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About MaxwellsDemon

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  1. hm... basically, what I'm getting from that (although that thread's a lot more than I want to read at one sitting, and it started a couple of years ago) is that, at the current time, I should be looking for something with an i5-7xxx or i7-7xxx and either Nvidia or Raedon. (I confess I don't see the connection between bitcoin mining and GPUs, though there obviously is one.) (No, don't bother explaining-- it doesn't interest me...)
  2. What did you do in KSP today?

    It's nice to see that even tractors get to admire the view every so often.
  3. I miss the "locked" option to prevent accidents on long-term landers and bases...
  4. Yeah, not sure what 'ancients' are being referred to. I can tell you that the Egyptians thought in terms of tens, based on the symbols they used.
  5. What did you do in KSP today?

    I never, ever understood the opposition to MechJeb. Space flight is not done manually or by the seat of the pants. Yuri Gagarin did not touch the controls in Vostok a single time; in fact they were code-locked to prevent him from doing so (although in the event, it appears that multiple people told him the code ).
  6. Clipping and rotating tools make your rockets look better. I can't tell you how many times I've taken a "Thud" and turned it around to make it an "inline" engine, especially in clusters. Oh, another one... adding a probe core, especially an OKTO2, into a capsule--- makes nonpilots into pilots and low-level pilots into better pilots.
  7. It's coming up on time to replace my old laptop-- it's going on 5 years now, and it's been a good one but it's starting to show its age in a number of ways. I discovered that I really didn't use it as a laptop all that often-- it sat on my desk most of the time. So I think I'll be looking at a tower or minitower for the next one. Which all leads me to the important question: what things should I be looking for as far as KSP is concerned? I know already that I want to get something with better graphics capability than the creaky integrated Intel stuff I had on my laptop, and know that NVidia/Gforce is a good way to go, but I'm not up on what all the models are. I won't be getting a high-end ultra-gaming machine, just a general-purpose computer, but I don't want to accidentally limit myself... What are some hints for me to look for that stand a good chance of being good in a KSP way?
  8. What did you do in KSP today?

    After a couple of false starts, successfully docked the 'Hapi 2' module to the 'Hotep' (Mir-type) space station. The tourists returned from their 18-day stay aboard the older 'Nedjkhert' station... but failed to pay the promised amount as a bonus. A last crew was sent up for a 90-day mission to finish up some research before the station is de-orbited. Spent some time designing another rendition of an R-7/Soyuz booster-- moderately happy with the results but still have some work to do on it.
  9. Who's Your Favorite Doctor?

    I had to go with Tom Baker, although I'd put in a plug for Matt Smith for the 2000's era. (Which is interesting, because I am not sure I liked his portrayal of the Doctor best... but I think the writing during that time period was top-notch and they did some of their best shows.)
  10. What did you do in KSP today?

    Launched the 'Hotep' station base block, then launched the first expansion module ('Hapi 1') and docked it to the rear axial port. That ace of engineers, Alice Kerman (who the ____ is Alice?) is handling the orbital assembly in her orbital tug. 'Hapi 2' is nearing completion and will be launched soon and then it should be ready for habitation. The expansion modules 'Tjehnet', 'Nut', and 'Geb' will be added as they are completed. The tourist visit to the 'Nedjkhert' station is nearing the end of its 18-day run. Evidently tourists aren't any more susceptible to space adaptation sickness than Kerbonauts... Also wrapped up the visit to Minmus' Greater Flats, rendezvoused with the 'Horus' capsule, and parked the lander at the site of the future Delta Base on the Great Mesa (about 4N, 66W). The 'Hotep' launch did have one hiccup... I had forgotten to include a SAS module in the design. I was able to quickly add one to 'Hapi 1', though, so that takes care of that. Very much enjoying the combination of Vapor Vent and Launch Countdown Clock. I sometimes want to call a hold simply to admire the way the rocket looks on the pad.
  11. What did you do in KSP today?

    No... it was worse-- far worse... I didn't have time to KSP at all.
  12. Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    Am I weird for liking to watch the RCS firing as it comes in? It's almost certainly the combination of the solar panel "wings" and the rounded shapes, but watching a Soyuz or Progress come in, it looks so much more graceful than anything else (except perhaps a shuttle, for the same reasons-- wings and rounded shapes).
  13. What did you do in KSP today?

    There are some days when everything's going fine, and then I fire up KSP and my rockets start flipping and exploding. Let's just say that if that inverse relationship holds true, then I am in for a spectacularly successful KSP session this evening.
  14. KSP: Making History Grand Discussion Thread

    I'm with you... and, to judge by your avatar, you're probably as excited by the KerSoviet (or whatever) parts as I am!
  15. What did you do in KSP today?

    I took advantage of the roomy 'Isis' crew transfer vehicle (seats a pilot plus four) to fulfill a nice contract: give four tourists an 18-day stay aboard the 'Nedjkhert' space station. It's due to be deorbited soon, to be replaced by the 'Hotep' (Mir-analogue) orbital complex, so may as well get some funds out of it... besides, there were still some excess supplies aboard, so why not? Also landed on the Greater Flats on Minmus-- the last biome that hasn't been thoroughly scienced-- picking up a rescuee along the way. The bank account has been replenished back up above four million again, which eases things up for some future projects...