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# 1
Adminiature Art Hour / Grandpa's manga
14-06-2017, 05:48:26 AM
This is some old-school text-based manga written by my grandpa (age 86). Our first manga is called "Sabbatical Recalled" and it's the shortest of the 3 mangas he gave me. It's about a guy named Fred who's a real scientific dude, giving little credit to the supernatural. That is, until he has a CRAZY experience in Israel that not even science could explain!  :sonic:

I only have a printed copy so I had to scan it. Used the popular FOSS OCR engine "Tesseract" to extract all the text, and used even more FOSS tools (enscript and ps2pdf) to create a PDF. Hope it turned out alright

If this gets enough likes I'll scan the other 2 mangas

# 2
SPOILER (hover here to read)
I think so yeah

Let's hope it runs in wine
# 3
Social/Off-Topic / Unexpected 69s
22-05-2017, 21:59:25 PM
Please post any unexpected 69s you encounter
# 4
Social/Off-Topic / Reminder
14-04-2017, 02:00:58 AM
# 5
It's been a long journey, but I'm glad we finally made it

Please leave a review:
# 6
Something you can send to M$ shills
# 7
Hello, still needs an app for iOS. Hopefully this quick guide for dummies can get you started! uses a slightly modified version of Tapatalk API, which is mostly documented HERE. Tapatalk uses a simple protocol called XML-RPC, which is mostly documented HERE.

Basically it works like this:
1) Send your XML document (via HTTP POST) to
2) will return an XML document containing the data you asked for
3) Parse the XML document in your app
4) :winner:

(note there are user-friendly xmlrpc libraries for most languages so you can avoid dealing with the XML completely)


Method: login
Description: Logs you in
Required params: username (base64), password (base64)
Notes: any time the tapatalk docs say type is byte[], that means you have to base64 encode it
Code: [Select]
<?xml version="1.0"?>

Curl command:
Code: [Select]
curl -c cookies.txt  -b cookies.txt -H "Content-Type: application/xml" -d @login.xml

Python3 (using xmlrpc library)
Code: [Select]
from xmlrpc.client import ServerProxy, Binary, Error

# see
client = ServerProxy("", CookiesTransport())

def login(username, password):
    # base64 encode parameters
    username = Binary(username.encode("utf-8"))
    password = Binary(password.encode("utf-8"))
        resp = client.login(username, password)
        return resp["result"]
    except Error as e:
        print("ERROR:", e)
        return False

Method: get_latest_topic
Description: Returns a list of the latest topics ordered by date
Required params: start_num (int), end_num (int)
Notes: get_latest_topic(0, 9) returns first 10 topics
Code: [Select]
<?xml version="1.0"?>

Curl command:
Code: [Select]
curl -c cookies.txt -b cookies.txt -H "Content-Type: application/xml" -d @get_latest_topic.xml

Python3 (using xmlrpc lib)
Code: [Select]
from xmlrpc.client import ServerProxy, Binary, Error

# see
client = ServerProxy("", CookiesTransport())

def get_latest_topic(start, end):
        resp = client.get_latest_topic(start, end)
        # print username and short content
        for topic in resp["topics"]:
            msg = "{}: {}".format(resp["post_author_name"], resp["short_content")
    except Error as e:
        print("ERROR:", e)

Well that is pretty much everything you need to know to start making app for iOS. Let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help 24/7
# 8
# 9
Social/Off-Topic / /!\ ROGUELIKE /!\
04-03-2017, 02:22:57 AM
Please list the following roguelikes from most favorite to least favorite:

Dungeons of Dredmor
Pixel Dungeon/variants

Thank you.
# 10
Social/Off-Topic / PSA: Please FLOSS
02-02-2017, 18:57:44 PM
No not Free/Libre and Open Source Software, I mean floss your teeth!

# 11
Lately, a lot of people have been asking that. Basically I'm not sure yet. It depends on a lot of things....

Here's my questions:

1. Is it the true successor of 3DS, or will Nintendo release an upgraded *DS (which would be cool if they did)???

I LOVE all Nintendo handhelds and if Switch is the true successor to 3DS then I want it, but I'm not ENTIRELY convinced that it really is. Looks kind of big to be portable and it's also trying to be a home console, which is something idgaf about..... Also the loss of dual-screens and touch seems like a huge regression to me. These allowed for many innovations such dynamic on-screen buttons or maps that didn't get in your way, also games like WarioWare just used them in cool and crazy ways. I think this was before iPhone made touchscreen smartphones standard, so as usual Nintendo was just way ahead of the times....

2. Will it get hacked????

If hacked, Nintendo switch is probably the best emulation handheld ever made.  If you want an emulation handheld your choices right now are basically:

* Pandora/Pyra - old hardware, bad build quality, expensive
* GPD Win - x86/runs Windows
* Hacked 3DS or Vita - weak hardware, non-standard graphics APIs make it harder to port over emulators like Mupen64plus/Dolphin/PPSSPP
* Android devices - no physical buttons, unpredictable latency

Nintendo Switch:
* Powerful handheld
* Superior Nintendo build quality
* Tegra GPU should easily handle the best CRT shaders
* Probably powerful enough for good SNES emulation (Maybe even bsnes/bsnes-mercury?)
* Full OpenGL/Vulkan support
* Dolphin/Vulkan can potentially run well???

3. Will Nintendo be friendly to indies???

This is the biggest question. Switch probably won't get a lot of AAA 3rd-party support (who cares), which leaves first party titles and indies. A lot of my favorite indie devs are already drooling over Nintendo Switch. Ethan Lee (porter of many Mac/Linux games), Lars  ??? (dev of Defender's Quest), etc. But will Nintendo allow them to sell their games on the eShop. Who knows?

Hope we can get some of those questions answered tomorrow during the presentation.

Thanks for reading!!
# 12
I noticed reddit has the same angry reaction to both Hawaiian pizza and Coors Light. Why? Discuss?
# 13
Social/Off-Topic / Christmas Haul
25-12-2016, 19:46:20 PM
@Cirus is usually the one who makes this topic, but I'll do it this time as my present to him.

I got a big azz paper shredder and some See's candies

# 14
It's time again for my yearly post about the state of gaming

It's been a pretty , but not perfect I'll admit

1000+ new games, more AAAs than usual thanks to Square Enix and Feral Interactive

The indie scene continues to flourish with games like Rocket League, Stardew Valley, and of course the MVP:

It was the year of the Vulkan API - a new low-level graphics API for everyone!

The first major game to use it was the new DOOM which IRONICALLY (or not) was a windows-only game 👺

Bethesda later felt sorry and removed the evil Denuvo DRM, which allowed the game to run perfectly in wine with identical performance to windows.
Vulkan was also used by Talos Principle and a bunch of FOSS emulators (ParaLLEl, Dolphin, etc)

Hope to see more games with Vulkan in 2017!!

It was also the year my friend @whatusername switched to Linux (at least part time), which is great to see

I think that's it for the good news, now for the         :

* Steam Machines were a flop

* People getting used to the idea of Windows 10

* Windows gamers elected Trump

* Tracer is gay which goes against Christianity

So what's next for me?? Idk, I'll probably keep playing roguelikes, maybe get a Nintendo Switch too, but I will NEVER, EVER become a Windows gamer

stone cold steev autism out
# 15
Social/Off-Topic / Crash test 2
19-12-2016, 20:02:58 PM
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