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  1. Hello fellow aliens, If any of you are from Ubuntuland do you know how to solve the following problem: When I press the PrintScreen button there is a 30 second delay between the button being pressed and the shot being taken. In my settings the delay is turned off so it's not that. Research shows I'm not the only one with the issue and it's been going on since Ubuntu 12.04 It used to be fine on my machine until I installed something ( I'm not sure what or when ) I have: uninstalled gnome-screenshot disabled all screenshot shortcuts in settings installed shutter created custom shortcuts around the printscreen key that fire off shutter. But the problem is still present. I have found that if I do sudo killall gnome-keyring-daemon and then do something to fire up the keyring again eg start a print job then the delay is gone. The price of this though is that you can no longer do thinks like grab pictures off your iphone because the keyring is not restarted quite the same way as when you log in. To get that functionality back I have to log out, log back in and then of course the print screen delays are back. Does anyone know the cause of this and how to fix it?
  2. That's probably their plan. 13 year olds can be barely understood by anyone even their own parents so it makes it easier to "pass". I used to know a guy who reckoned he could write a program in PHP that would pass the turing test in 2 days. I laughed.
  3. You say that.. but: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27762088 I don't know if he's still up and running though.
  4. Are you actually calling me a bot?
  5. kik.. I mean lol. This is the pinnacle of Bot Programming. Its from the Star Wars Galaxies Days. Written by Fargo Crestinglight. The Autocamp 2000 talks to other players with following rules: 1.) If someone says something ending in a question mark, respond by saying "Dude?" 2.) If someone says something ending in an exclamation point, respond by saying "Dude!" 3.) If someone says something ending with a period, respond by randomly saying one of three things: "Okie," "Sure," or "Right on." 4.) EXCEPTION: If someone says something directly to you by mentioning your name, respond by saying "Lag." 5.) (And remember to accept all trade requests from other players by giving them a melon.) I sat it in front of the keyboard, made sure my character had at least fifty melons in his backpack, and then trudged off to leave it alone for the night. My character, Farglik the Mon Calamari, waited around in the Cantina for some adventurers. The following is a log of what transpired: KillSwitch: [Shouting] Does anyone want to join our hunting party? Farglik: [Powered by the Autocamp 2000] Dude? [KillSwitch invites Farglik to join the group.] [Farglik joins the group] KillSwitch: We're gonna go hunt wrixes. Farglik: Right on. [The group of players runs out of the Cantina, Farglik following close behind. Farglik shoots at every little monster they pass.] KillSwitch: Why are you attacking the durneys? Farglik: Dude? KillSwitch: The durneys, the little bunny things -- why do you keep shooting at them? Farglik: Dude? Troobacca: [A wookie in the party] My weapon powerup expired, I need a new one. Farglik: Sure. [Troobacca opens a trade with Farglik.] [Farglik hands him a melon.] Troobacca: ...what's this? Farglik: Dude? Troobacca: You handed me a melon! Farglik: Dude! KillSwitch: Knock it off guys, I see some wrixes up ahead. Let's do this. Farglik: Right on. [The group encounters a bunch of dangerous wrixes, but they gang up and shoot every one of them.] KillSwitch: We rock! Farglik: Dude! Troobacca: We so OWNED them! Farglik: Dude! KillSwitch: Uh oh, hang on. Up ahead are some Sharnaff bulls. We can't handle them, so don't shoot. Farglik: Okie. [Farglik shoots one of the Sharnaff bulls.] [The bull attacks; Trobacca and several other party members are killed before they beat it.] KillSwitch: You IDIOT! Farglik why did you shoot at them? Farglik: Lag. KillSwitch: Well don't do it again. Farglik: Sure. [Farglik shoots at another Sharnaff bull.] [The entire party is slaughtered except for Farglik.] [ ... Farglik stands there, alone, for several hours ... ] [ ... finally, a merchant runs up to him.] Stingrie: [A Rodian merchant.] Hey man! Would you like to buy a stimpack? Farglik: Dude? Stingrie: A stimpack. It boosts your health by 200 points. I'll sell it to you for 500 credits. Farglik: Okie. [Stingrie opens a trade session.] [Farglik hands him a melon.] Stingrie: What the hell is this? Farglik: Dude? Stingrie: You handed me a melon. Farglik: Right on. Stingrie: I told you 500 credits! Farglik: Dude! Stingrie: If it's too expensive, just say so. Farglik: Sure. [Stingrie runs away, angry.] [ ... several more hours pass ...] [A small hunting party led by Krushmor the Master Rifleman comes over the ridge and spots Farglik.] Krushmor: Farglik, what's up? What are you doing way out here? Farglik: Lag. Krushmor: We're rooting dralls out of a cave. You should join our group. Farglik: Okie. [Krushmor invites Farglik to join the group.] [Farglik joins the group and starts following Krushmor around.] Soop: [The party's medic]. Here, Farglik, let me hand you some stimpacks. Farglik: Lag. Soop: I know, it's pretty bad tonight. Here you go. Farglik: Right on. [Soop opens up a trade window and hands Farglik a Stimpack.] [Farglik hands Soop a melon.] Soop: Uh ... thanks! Farglik: Dude! [The party enters a cave and spends the next two hours brutally clearing it of creatures, room by room. Everyone gets tons of XP.] Krushmor: Aw man, it's getting really late guys. I should go! Farglik: Dude! Krushmor: I know, sucks. I'll catch you all later. Farglik: Sure. [Krushmor logs off. By default, Farglik is now promoted to group leader!] Soop: Well that sucks. What should we hunt next? Farglik: Dude? Soop: Let's hunt Slice Hounds! Farglik: Dude! Soop: I know an awesome spot. Follow me. Farglik: Right on. [The group runs out of the cave, but Farglik, because he is now group leader, just stands there. Several minutes pass before Soop returns.] Soop: Farglik why didn't you come with us? Farglik: Lag. Soop: Well catch up when you can. Farglik: Okie. [Farglik stands motionless in the cave and eventually the group disbands. Half an hour passes.] [Suddenly, one of the game developers, controlling Darth Vader, enters the cave.] Darth Vader: Well, my young padawan, we've been watching your progress for quite some time. Farglik: Sure. Darth Vader: You have done well. We have decided to bestow upon you: Force powers! Farglik: Okie. Darth Vader: You will be the most powerful Jedi on the planet! Farglik: Dude! [Darth Vader gives Farglik force powers.] Darth Vader: Would you like my light saber? Farglik: Dude? Darth Vader: My light saber. I bestow it onto you. Farglik: Right on! [Darth Vader opens up a trade and gives Farglik a light saber.] [Farglik hands Darth Vader a melon.] Darth Vader: Thanks, uh, for the ... melon. Farglik: Sure. Darth Vader: Well? Aren't you going to try out your new Force powers? Farglik: Dude? Darth Vader: Your Force powers! The powers I just gave you! Farglik: Dude! Darth Vader: The FORCE, Farglik! Use the Force! Farglik: Lag. Darth Vader: Okay, you know what. Just forget the Force powers. I'm taking them back. Farglik: Okie. Darth Vader: And give me back my light saber! Farglik: Sure. [Farglik hands Darth Vader a melon.] [Darth Vader kills Farglik.] [Farglik respawns in the cloning facility.] KillSwitch: [In the cloning facility] Whoa! Look who just popped in. What happened to you, Farglik? Farglik: Lag. KillSwitch: Want to come hunting with us? Farglik: Okie. [Farglik and the Autocamp 2000 join the hunt and gain experience for several more hours...] I'd call the experiment an unqualified success. - Fargo
  6. Actually I'm happy again - I have found the gnome-tweak-tool and enabled desktop icons. Now I can do what I want. I also have installed the menu editor so I can add custom links to the main panel. I like the way the workspace switcher works. I know how to turn it off if I get bored and want Compiz back I like Gnome 3. You need to turn back on a few things that are turned off by default but it's a very nice environment. Going to have a good look through the shell extensions next.
  7. At this rate I'm going to end up with pure command line and just enough framework to run games full screen only.
  8. I too went the route of Gentoo back in my university days around 1999 / 2000 took around a day to compile and install with an early version of Enlightenment.
  9. @steve_vI will try KDE - I do like KDE but the last time I tried Kubuntu it installed just fine and then fell flat on it's face. I got it up and running again but it refused to populate the software centre and a few other things so I stuck standard 16.04 back on a pen drive and went back to that. Mind you this time I'd not be installing Kubuntu per-se just KDE Ooh.. maybe someone here can answer - I'm wanting to install Unity Personal, will the upgrade from 16.04 to 18.04 cause issues with Unity Licensing? I haven't got a clue how Unity checks how many operating systems its installed on.
  10. I'm afraid I don't get you? Are you talking about Windows 10 or Ubuntu / Gnome 3
  11. Haha I assumed Zeiss Ikon was kidding.
  12. Oh I'm starting to find fault with it. Like I can't work out how to make my own launchers for say wine apps and place them on the desktop. In fact it seems the ONLY use for the desktop is to display a rotating wall paper. If there was an easy way to create and edit shortcuts for the menu's that would be just dandy!. I've installed "Main Menu" of course but it's bit of a long way round just to create a custom shortcut for a wine game for instance or to launch the wine version of steam. For something that claims to be "customisable" it's not really. Dang it, I've been discovered. Yes, I admit it. I spontaneously aggregated from old computer parts left in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet and have been plotting your doom ever since. Empress Valentina is just a simulation run.
  13. I've not yet needed to use a thermal control system except for on a mining rig. What do we use the small fixed panels and radiators for? My only guess is that they may be necessary when visiting the inner planets to stop the crew from cooking in their capsule. Can they also be used to mitigate re-entry heat?
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    Thermal Control Systems and Radiator Panels

    I'm now expecting to see a full Kerbal re-enactment of the film "Sunshine" by the end of the month. Hippety Hop, quick like a bunny!
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    Thermal Control Systems and Radiator Panels

    Revive away - have you considered using fuel cells as a means of powering TCS and Radiators? What is the practicality of using a captive asteroid as shield / fuel along with other means? Just throwing ideas out here. Cold you in fact create a sphere segment with TCS on the shadowed sides and the afore mentioned asteroid or just huge fuel tanks? I think you should do lots of testing with sun divers in various formats to see which ones best survive
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    Rebirth

    Previously in Kerbal Space Program: Quietly and without anyone noticing, from the depths of the nethersphere the Kraken grew restless. Reaching into the substructure of the Kerbiverse with it's many tentacles it began it's interminable work. Nothing noticeable at first, a glitch in the matrix *cough* an unexpected repeated meme. Here and there a delay in time. Barely tangible and passing unremarked by the Kerbals and indeed the Superuser herself!. But bit by bit by byte by megabyte the fractures and fissures festered unfettered across the divine snack platters of the Kerbiverse and indeed the entire multiverse and then ... nothing. The Superuser tried in vain to coax the spin back into the Kerbiverse but it's snack platters could do nothing more than a brief cheddaring noise before sinking back into nothingness. With that everything was wiped from existence. No more would Babylon K dominate the local system it simply vanished from Minmus Orbit. No more would hapless tourists with only a few funds find themselves unexpectedly transferred to the Minman Ore Mines at Rura Penthe Base. All was not lost however. The Superuser, though thoroughly spanked by the copious tentacles of the Kraken for completely missing the foretellings of the SMART, began again. This time the multiverse was rebuilt with no spin but was in a solid state to the core. This time there was the technology, she could rebuild it, stronger, faster better than before! And would find the route back to Kerbin! So Say We All! Valentina opened her eyes. The sky was blue and cloudless above her. As she came too she recalled the memories of a previous life. She knew she was powerful! But this new form, this new form - It was weak! But not for long. She luxuriated for a few moments in the kerbal enriching sounds emanating from the great speaker and slowly became aware that the space centre was back! More! there was a count down going on T minus five minutes!. There was just time. Sprinting as fast as her shift key would allow she ran back to the astronaut complex. She threw on her suit and made for the launch pad on foot, stopping only to pick up a number 3 pool ball. Ahead of her she could see Jebediah sauntering towards the launch vehicle confident in his status as pilot of the first Kerbal Launch Vehichle. With all her strength she threw the pool ball at Jeb. It sailed in a lazy arc through the air and came down right on target! It bounced off the top of Jeb's helmet and landed in the grass in front of him. Round and red amongst the green blades, he could not resist, It looked exactly like a mini ball of Edam. A fine snack to be sure. He removed his helmet and stooped to pick it up. Sitting on the grass he dropped first one glove and then the other. He turned the ball slowly, realising with horror his mistake as he spotted the number 3 on the side. Quickly he turned back towards the launch vehichle. Simple as it was, just two goo canisters, a pod and a flea booster it was a fine sight and scrambling through the hatch - Valentina!. Clipboard in hand. She had already done her crew report and EVA report. A goo pod opened and then a great pit opened in Jebs stomach as he realised - he had eaten the pool ball!. That was going to be painful later! The countdown reached zero. A mighty roar filled the air and Valentina Smiled as she was pressed back into her seat. She had forgotten to check her staging and the parachute had deployed at the same time the engines fired. But no matter. The science from the goo pods and her crew reports would vinidcate her. Empress Valentina was on her way back! And she was going to science the Kraken out of this! ( or at least make someone else do it ) I'm no graphic artist - if someone can help me make a better flag along these lines I'd be very grateful - 8 planets of the Kerbol sytem in a row. Kerbin dominating and a gladius over kerbin to represent the Empire!
  17. Feeling a little frustrated. I'm loathe to install all the stuff I had and start projects I want to until the 26th of this month when Bionic Beaver gets released. I know the last time I tried a distribution upgrade it kind of broke everything. I'd hazard a guess that it's all a lot smoother these days but one of the things I want to do is a custom Wine install using some 3rd party patches which get Fallout 4 up and running ( check the appdb to see what i mean if you're curious ). I'm betting though that if I go to the trouble of getting it all in place then the upgrade to beaver will break it. Same as with a thing I want to do for KSP. I have some assets I want to have a go at making. But I'm loathed to install unity, blender and other stuff in case it all gets FUBAR and I have to start over. Of course I guess I don't have to upgrade at all. But then my brain will itch too much.
  18. NewtSoup

    Rebirth

    Heh, it's just another term for brainy people and scientists. I imagine them doing more than simply waiting until such time as I can stuff them into a mobile lab and ship them off to some forgotten moon, although they do reset experiments. I'll give them that. ** Edit - just occurred to me that you probably know the meaning of boffins :).. I'm slow sometimes.
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    Going to Minmus

    It looks like it's time for me to set up a Minmus Base, I wasn't planning to but I went and accepted some Minmus contracts and one of which was to return a sample of ore. Easy enough I thought, clicking away. Now Babylon K is in orbit of the Mun and has it's own mobile mining base I thought I'd revisit the Minmus contracts. I've already got a station in orbit and a survey sat out there. Errr, that Ore Requirement - I'm sure that said 50 units of ore not 3050 units! I'm going to need a bigger boat!. So like I say I am going to have to build a full on Minmus Base. Me being me I can't do anything simply and I've decided on a modular, expandable form for the base and I've already done a little bit of research right here on Kerbin. As you can see from the picture. It's based on a cross shaped module made of a micronode, girders, docking ports and wheels. Each Module is a rover in its own right and the docking ports, when modules are arranged in a grid do indeed interlock!. An amusing side effect is that the entire base can be driven like a rover itself. I may need to unlock a few technologies before continuing though - Rovemax M1 Wheels might be better. I thought about waiting until I could unlock the HubMax Multi Point Connector but I believe the micronode and strutting will suffice.
  20. NewtSoup

    Going to Minmus

    Thanks that's good stuff.. By rearranging the equation I should also be able to calculate the required PE for 2/3 orbits and 3/4 orbits for dropping 3 and 4 satellites at regular intervals with the correct AP so they only need to burn back to the correct PE to be geosynchronous again.
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    Rebirth

    It was night and the light from the Mün illuminated the KSC with a quiet beauty. The Great Speaker had had it's tape changed and was repeating a sound that the brain doctors at the Kerbal Enrichment Centre called "Krikits". She ambled over the dew dampened grass letting the sound and smell of the night fill her senses. She reached out and caressed the speaker's console lovingly before firmly stabbing the stop button with a finger and silencing the annoying noise! She looked up at the Mün, it's stilton like substance hung in the air in exactly the way cheese wouldn't, It's radiance entranced her and deep within she felt a longing. She was sure she had been there before, she had the memories and yet she had not. In that moment it was clear to Valentina that the time had come to reconquer Kerbin's largest child. The science boffins had been conducting their weird experiments in planes and ground cars around the KSC and the nearby places. They had a fascination with sticking thermometers in places you wouldn't normally think to stick one. It was best to be off and away from them if possible. They had, nevertheless, developed a whole slew of technology for the engineers to manifest. Time to wake Bill. Bill was unhappy. It was dark and not a time to be back in the Vehichle Assembly Building. Except it wasn't. Strangely it was always daytime in here no matter the time of day. Once inside the giant construction space you could look outside and see the crawler way and launch pad clear as, well day really. But the second you stepped back out through those doors - Darkness! Well assuming it wasn't already daytime. Bill suspected Valentina was working on a way to make engineers productive around the clock by tricking them into thinking it was always 5:02 pm. In fact it WAS always 5:02pm in there. Just about tea time. Tea time! Bill was hungry. At least there were snacks in the VAB. Stepping through the main entrance the girl on the desk greeted him with the usual "Hello Sweetie". He stopped in his tracks and looked at her. She flashed an engagement ring at him and winked. "Not today Sweetie, but if anything changes, I'll let you know!". Yes of course, she was engaged to some doctor or other. Who, he didn't know, it didn't matter anyway. He stepped through into the main assembly chamber. It was huge and unsettling. Just as with the strangeness of the time of day, you could see the walls and the roof and yet it was possible to build craft that wouldn't actually fit inside the VAB, inside the VAB. Like it was bigger on the inside. He tried not to think about it. Time to get designing. Thankfully the boffins had done considerable research and it wasn't long before he had a science package, command module, tanks and a beautiful engine to take the whole lot from LKO to the Mun. It was then that he noticed that no research had been done on heavier landing gear. He was going to have to improvise if he was going to avoid a pool ball based diet. Many hours later he stopped for tea, as it was tea time after all and admired his work!. Strong and Stable and not at all conservative in nature it stood there ready, fulled, filled with snacks, ready to do science. He notified Valentina of his success and signed off on the paperwork to have it taken to the launch pad. Valentina was impressed. Ignoring protocol and all documentation procedures she went straight to launch. Bill had once again out done himself. The craft flew beautifully. The solid kick from the huge SRB's shook her to her core. The pleasing but gut wrenching lurch as they cut off and staged. The steady thrum and vibration of the main engines as they ramped up to full power filled every fibre of her being taking her from pleasure to.... ahem, sorry, got carried away there. Everything went text book to orbit. Nice gravity turn. Main stage separated cleanly with apoapsis at 100k on a sub orbital trajectory. Circularised at 100km before plotting a transfer burn to within 20km of the Mün. Performing Remote Camera inspection of Vessel. What in the name of the Kraken's deep fried appendage rings! "WILLIAM KERMAN! YOU PROMISED ME THIS THING WOULD HAVE LANDING GEAR!" "Actually, I just said it would have the ability to land without damaging the engine. I have perfect faith in your reconciliatory piloting skills. Oh your breaking up.. bzzzzt shhhhhhhh" *click* Valentina took a moment or two to compose herself. She could of course do this. Only one person would think she couldn't, Jebediah! And Bill had betrayed her to boot it was time he was replaced. She could find a new assignment for him. Jeb, she would have to think of something special for him. There was a new applicant by the name of Catsey who showed great courage and relatively little stupidity. Valentina sent back the orders for Catsey to be hired and put in accommodation adjacent to her own. This young apprentice would be turned to her side and become a powerful ally. Valentina turned the craft retrograde and ramped up the poodle ( this doesn't get said often enough ) to a deorbit burn and aimed for somewhere in the mun's midlands. Sure enough she set the craft down very gently, with the landing finesse of a tortoise dropped by an eagle. The slope was rather steeper than she would have liked and the craft having three scrap girders instead of proper landing gear to sit on slid for a few minutes before coming to a full stop. Valentina took a final deep breath, punched the "more data" button for Bob and donned her helmet for her first(?) Münwalk. Finally the New Kerbin Empire Flag had earned it's first star! Of course only she knew it was the New Kerbin Empire Flag yet. But soon. Very soon.
  22. NewtSoup

    Deploy those tail fins!

    I've often wondered what the deploy function was for on winglets and tail fins. They didn't seem to have much use at all. So I've never, ever bothered binding that function to an action group. This is my current "Science Plane" - It's got an octo for stability control - a load of science bits a couple of engines and two tail fins, the reaction wheel is not necessary, I just like it for making "on the spot" turns instead of faffing around taxiing in a circle. Its ugly but it flies pretty well and it does the job. The wing section at the front is for a kerbal to stand on when they climb out of the cockpit. As long as you are doing less than 80m/s you don't get blown off the wing. Though I wouldn't recommend "let go" or "climb out" or you will disappear into the distance which is why everything can be reset from the cockpit door - no the wing is to stand on to take surface samples when landed really. Anyway back to my point - I've always had to slow down to do EVA's in flight and to reset the science stuff. This has led me to wish I had air brakes. Today though I thought "I wonder?" so I went back to the SPH and bound the deploy function to RCS toggle because I only have basic action groups available right now. Lo and Behold a PAIR, you must have 2 or things will go very bad for you, a PAIR of fins turn in on each other and produce a massive amount of drag working just like an air brake!. This resulted in my first ever successful landing at the abandoned island air field. As you can see the tail fins are turned inward this allows me to really control my speed on approach to a runway and indeed on the runway itself to aid in braking. I would highly recommend this kind of setup (2 fins or winglets ) to anyone making planes because it's just so useful. The first deployables you get are in Aviation ( Tail Fin ) and Flight Control ( AV-8 Winglet) - Obviously you need Aviation for making planes anyway but there may be a use for deployed winglets in aerobraking maneuvers.
  23. That's an interesting question right now. Maybe not. Usually yes. There is a bug at the moment which stops KSP recognising my Thrustmaster HOTAS Joystick which is annoying. And if I try to configure the game to use my steam controller it simply crashes. The game SHOULD respond to any Direct Input controller on Windows or SDL compliant Joystick ( Direct X equivalent I believe ) in Linux. Does KSP use SDL? I'm not sure but probably.
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    Going to Minmus

    It was a lot of work and a lot of fun and I will do it again. This time I have extra ground stations turned off so I am in the process of setting up a Minmus SatNet right at the moment. All prep work before base building. I'm doing contracts in Career mode to keep the funding sufficient. Also thinking ahead to what technologies I will have available to me. Also just used my first "Wolfhound" engine - superbly efficient in space! much better than a poodle which was my previous interplanetary bulk cargo engine. 412isp on the Wolfhound! nearly a 25% improvement on fuel efficiency Here's one of my new Minmus Relay Sats in orbit - the first one I dropped. Sort of. I will admit I did this when I was very tired. On the first attempt I did. I reached Minmus Orbit and then realised I'd left a KER module off the ship so I couldn't work out my orbits correctly to drop 3 synchronous satellites. Second attempt I had Ker module. Dropped my first sat and then realised the sats didn't have ker modules so I couldn't fine tune their oribits back to synchronous after the kick from the decoupler ( even 1% makes a difference ). Third attempt I dropped the first satellite and then realised that the solar panels weren't up to the job. So I went back and changed the satellite and for my fourth attempt I thought - I've done the work 3 times already - I subtracted the funds for the lifter and then "set orbit" 3 synchronous satellites. everything was paid for in funds. And I truly believe I'd worked hard enough
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    Antenna question

    This was my diary of Minmus Station and Rura Penthe This thread documents my Mun Mission along with Babylon K