The N00bgamer’s Presidential Platform for the 2016 Elections

The 2016 Elections are upon us! Time to once more head to the polling booths to choose our next set of leaders! But we’re all tired of campaign promises on law and reform. What we’d like to hear are hard solutions or concrete ideas that are practical and simple to execute. On that note, we can science the sheesh out of our problems and come up with equitable and practical solutions.

That being said, here are some of the N00b-generation ideas that we’d like to propose;

Poverty and Housing

We propose the creation of the “Human Energy Solution” which consist of pre-fabricated bio-solar housing units that have the following properties;

  • Built from a strong material/foundation such as empty shipping containers.
  • Each container will be fitted with solar panels and a bio-waste to energy system.
  • Each container can be fitted with a waste-water recycling system, as well as integrate fish stock as a food source which can be grown from within the bio-waste recycling system.
  • Edible plant stocks can also be grown using the bio-processing system as a food source.
  • With the solar panels and bio-gas system, energy and food could now be grown using the abundant solar power as well as bio-fuels to power backup generators or fertilizer for the plant stock.
  • Considering that each container unit is large enough for a family, this strategy could be used for mass housing relocation.
  • By using a simplified coupling system between the bio-units, several of these container storage units could be interconnected to form a super-battery, capable of making villages of previously disenfranchised  now a potential money making unit by selling the power created by the bio-solar village and sold back to the consumer network. This strategy guarantees each household an income capability in order to lessen the need for them to return to where they were relocated from.
  • Since the size and shape is now standardized, multiple units of these bio-solar farms/containers can now be sent to the other islands of the Philippines for the national government to fulfill on its commitments of housing, food, and economical opportunity.
  • We have over 7000 islands… this seems the most practical solution to getting power/services out towards remote locations.

Military and Peacekeeping

Self Defense by far is one of the most dismal topics here given the volatility of events and participants in the West Philippine Sea. By and far, we don’t really need to focus on offensive weaponry. Rather, should push come to shove and we see war, the islands are better defensible using tactics seen during the Vietnam War.

Defensive Parameters;

  • Create multiple tunnel networks around the islands. Capitalize on already existing natural tunnel networks, and augment them with the capability to move personnel and supplies between skirmishes.
  • We have a very healthy community of underground arms manufacturers. Some of which are boasted to perform better than their original predecessors. The National Government should provide these engineers with an amnesty program, as well as capability to now supply our under-serviced military with upgraded and tuned weapons designed for skirmishes in tropical conditions.
  • Create a Fast-Craft response Self Defense Unit. Retrofit the navy with Jet-ski propulsion vehicles designed to operate in only 2-3 inches of water. This will enable us to fully realize guerrilla tactics on the water as well as rapid deployments between islands. We should utilize this strategy (as seen from terrorist movements) as a method for repelling invaders and rapid deployment for peacekeeping. The land and sea terrain being what is is, is already a tactical advantage. By using fast-craft such as these, we’ll be able to use the terrain as a force multiplier, or a way to funnel enemies into a kill-zone.
  • Create an effective intelligence unit. One that uses stealth, guile, and compassion. We’re not here to repress people, we’re here to weed out the ones that want to create destabilization.
  • Implement a citizen empowered response system for crime reporting as effective as 911. Our current response times are horrible.
  • Get our nations best and brightest. Pay them a rate that prevents corruption. Induct them into what an “ideal society” is like before arms training. A soldier at his best behavior, is a pillar of a good and orderly society.

Government Services, Graft and Corruption

Computerize Everything! The less human facilitation/intervention, the less potential for graft. Our BPO and Call Center industry have the right tools to cater to the administration of each citizens requirements. If all government services and ID’s started with the biometric system, as well as unified under one database, you can seriously lessen the labor requirement needed to service the rest of the country. This should doubly apply for taxes and elections. Once we fully adapt to the current technology of API’s and databases, its harder to cheat the system.

 

Those are just my two cents. Your duty is to go out and Vote! You need to vote to elect the right candidate for the 2016 elections.

In the end, its not up to our elected officials to solve our problems. Its really up to us.

Discipline, Integrity, Technology. Those are the foundations of my platform. Vote N00bgamer!

Improve your sluggish X-Com2 play experience!

Ok so after a few days of hitting up X-Com 2, you’re probably like me who’s wondering if those spare seconds of action sequence are really part of the game, symptoms of a sluggish or old pc, or just a bad release version.

Turns out, some of the modders on steam have figured out that a lot of that extra time between shots and actions were actually coded into the game as part of the experience. Some would disagree of course and would say that Firaxes and 2k owe us a patch that improves game performance.

For those who can’t wait for a fix, here’s a mod for you!

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Hit the picture for a link to the steam store to get “Stop wasting my time mod for X-Com 2”

It’s a must have for those that don’t have newer computers but want to have a more responsive play experience. It works marvels by cutting some of the pauses out of the combat experience in the game and does a great improvement for responsiveness.

Of course, if your’re a n00b like me, this means you’ll be running into Advent and not taking full advantage of Concealment mode just to draw that sword and slash at some snakeman that’s grabbed your mate.

Sadly it doesn’t do much either for the mission loading time, as that’s the game loading up its assets for you (but there’s a mod for that!).

Got any other mod suggestions to improve your play experience? Hit us up in the comments!

Update: 2/17/2016

Just found another hotfix for the game, this one’s credit goes to my favorite credible gaming site “RockPaperShotgun”.(see their full article here). 

This one requires you to go to your Nvidia control panel and turning down the Maximum pre-rendered frames to the setting of “1”.

Its labelled as "Flip Queue Size" on AMD
Its labelled as “Flip Queue Size” on AMD

With these tweaks now in place i think i’m reaching the 40’s fps finally lol.

To the Hack that’s trying to hack this website

First off, we’re really flattered for you to think that there’s something of value here. But sorry, all you’ll see here are a bunch of people having fun (without you). You may think you’re very clever, but our administrators have reported your activities to the police.

Even if you try again, we’ll just block and report you to the authorities. So if one day the police come knocking on your door, please show them to your computer where we’ve submitted both your masked IP address, as well as the MAC address of the computer you use.

So to you sir, who probably doesn’t have much of a future aside from petty theft, we bid you good day and thanks for visiting our website.

For you i give you a Yao Ming! May all your presents have this face plastered all over them.

Sometimes you're just so desperate.
Sometimes you’re just so desperate.

So if you find yourself feeling good about something you did, or you need to have that feeling of a pat on the back, rest assured that we’ll think of you each time we need to scratch our scrotum.

Clash of Clans War Etiquette

There have been many a Clan leader asking me “How do i prevent my clan mates from fighting each other?”

The simple answer: You can’t!

People fight. Its the nature of human beings. We’re quick to point out what’s wrong, and we don’t hold back on that feedback. I see a lot of Clashers rage-quitting with much impunity lately and its all because we can’t stop paying attention to “other people’s wrong moves.”

So instead of focusing on what’s wrong, let’s focus on what’s right in this socially enabled addition we call clash of clans. And on that note, here are a few tips to keep your clashers interested and not at each other’s throats…

Clan War Etiquette

  1. Attack a War Base Within Your League level – If your base is listed as number 15, and you’re attacking someone who’s about 10 levels lower than you, then you’re not focusing your attack on opponents that are on equal footing as you. I see a lot of this in clan chat “Attack your mirror first”. The reasoning behind this is to give those of lower levels equal opportunity to attack an opponent that is their near match. By attacking someone totally underdeveloped, you deprive your lower leveled clanmates a chance to have an effect on the war.
  2. Donate Appropriate Clan War Troops – Yes there’s such a thing. I’ve seen a lot of Clashers get their snickers from donating a level 1 goblin for someone’s war attack. Though funny, it doesn’t help that person’s sense of well being. You leave them the impression that they’re garbage, same as the garbage troops you’re donating.
  3. Attacking for Loots are Only Acceptable When We’re Winning – The clan war is a strategic activity designed to appropriately show clans who’s who in awesomeness. If you feel like throwing your 2nd attack only specifically because someone left their clan castle outside of their walls. Your 2nd attack might have been needed to cleanup other bases for more stars to win the war.
  4. Announce Who You Will Attack Ahead of Time – It helps a lot to coordinate your attacks. Work through wars as a team, and you’ll find yourself winning most of the time. Start not caring, and don’t be surprised your clan is losing all the time. Remember, winning a Clan war is a team effort. You cannot pin a failure on just one person, and it takes at least 10 people working together to win a War.
  5. Don’t Be Quick to Criticize – No one is perfect. Don’t start blowing things out of proportion by criticizing someone’s mistake. And if you’re ever the subject of criticism, don’t be quick to anger. We all need feedback to improve our game and selves. Don’t be so closed minded that you think its ok to rage quit on your friends who need you just because you weren’t treated like a God (as your Lvl 10 TH suggests).

Be nice people! Its a team game and it takes teamwork to win wars!  It take good etiquette, teamwork, and strategy to rank high in this game.

Now go work together for those seasonal Gem prizes!

 

Upgrade to Windows 10 and do a Clean Installation

So its been just about 4 days since the release of Windows 10 and we’re already seeing about 14 Million active users on the news. If you’re finding this blog post, you’re probably looking for ways to do a clean install or upgrade to Windows 10 on your machine. Before we get to those steps here’s a few important points we need to get out of the way;

 

  • The upgrade to Windows 10 is not an amnesty program for those with pirated versions of Windows 7 or 8.1. If you use a non-genuine version and you do the upgrade, you’ll still see the same non-genuine notification on your system.
  • The process is a bit counter intuitive. It requires you to first upgrade (non-clean installation) your current version of windows to windows 10. This is to properly overwrite your product key on your BIOS (first time i heard of it but its now a feature on motherboards to avoid piracy), then re-do a download prior to a clean installation onto a usb media device so on and so forth.
  • If you bought a computer with windows 8, you probably can’t see the product key. Those are now apparently embedded into the BIOS to avoid being compromised. You can view it on programs like Nirsoft.
  • Just make sure you copy your product key in case you need to revert back to Windows 8 (don’t touch that rescue drive either, that’s still a legit installer for windows).

 

Once you are backed up, let’s get into upgrading and installing windows 10 step by step;

  1. Make sure you have the “get windows 10” app running and make sure you’ve reserved a copy of your windows 10.
  2. Create a Microsoft Live account using your email (like the one you use for the Xbox). If you have an xbox account, just use that one.
  3. Once that’s done and it says you’re lined up for the upgrade, head to this link at the Microsoft main site and download the “Media Creation Tool”. Also make sure you have the appropriate version if its x32 or x64.
  4. Run the media creation software tool and select “Upgrade this PC now”. Then follow the prompts to get a non-clean version of windows 10 on your existing drive. Don’t forget to make sure to activate the copy of windows 10 to make sure its activated and your product key is set on the Microsoft servers under your identity.
  5. Now that you have a non-clean version of Windows 10 running, and you have your new Windows 10 product <a href="http://n00bgamer software for tracking projects.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Windows-10-Media-Creation-Tool.jpg”>Windows 10 Media Creation Toolkey set into your BIOS (you can view it using Nirsoft), you’ll have to go back and re-download the media creation tool (yes i know this is tedious but each download is unique). Also make sure you copy down the EXACT VERSION that Windows 10 installed as you’ll need to select that version on the re-download of the installer to a USB drive.
  6. Run the re-downloaded Media Creation tool and this time select “Create Installation Media for another PC” and then make sure to point it to a USB drive that’s got more than 3Gb of available space.
  7. Once the download is finished and installed on a bootable USB drive you just created, reboot the computer and this time use the BIOS option to boot from the USB drive you created.
  8. Follow the setup prompts and just skip the option to enter a product key. (Your hardware and BIOS is already saved and activated on microsoft’s servers, you just need to re-activate it and you’ll be ok). If it doesn’t activate on the new installation just force the activation to run by using the cmd command slmgr.vbs /ato.

Enjoy Windows 10 guys!

Also send us some screenshots of your brand new Blue Screens of Death!

 

8/3/2015 Update: The downloadable upgrade now gives you the option to “keep nothing” option which is almost similar to a clean install. The above listed process still applies for those that want to delete partitions to reconfigure their drive.

8/7/2015 Update: All systems working perfectly. No conflicts detected and these new Xbox games features on pc rock.

X-Com: Enemy Unknown n00b moves

Oh how one had to wait 20 years for a proper remake...
Oh how one had to wait 20 years for a proper remake…

Stemming from my addiction of tactical gaming titles, I’ve been following this franchise ever since MicroProse’s release back in 1994. The sequel of that version X-com: Terror from the Deep was more commonly known in my pc gamer group as Error from the Deep, as there was no internet back then to patch boxed game titles.

 

Moving on, comes 2013’s latest version and most faithful to the original (albeit missing the Avenger) X-Com: Enemy Unknown. When you get to do almost exactly what you got to do as the original, but without the terror of forgetting light flares during a night interception mission. That being said though, there are a lot of critical strategies I’ve forgotten since the original and its always nice to remember them as I get my rear end handed back to me.

So for those of you still yet to start on the game here are a few pointers to make sure your n00bness shines through;

What to choose, what to choose...

What to choose, what to choose…

1. Don’t research up as fast as you can to gear up and increase survivability.

2. Always charge in with your strongest guy/gal!

Maybe if i scream really loud they'll run away...
Maybe if i scream really loud they’ll run away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Never be afraid to run in alone!

Feeling lucky? Punk!
Feeling lucky? Punk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Take that screenshot to prove you stared death in the face!

I'm not sleeping on the job... just resting my eyes for 5 minutes.
I’m not sleeping on the job… just resting my eyes for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Never save when you enter the tactical screen! Saving is for sissies!

Outnumbered and Outgunned... epic!
Outnumbered and Outgunned… epic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Its not about surviving, but how to die in the most epic way possible!

 

But if you choose to play this game seriously, then you’ll find out it’s complicated, and not that much fun… till you whip out the mecha!

Chop off his limbs and give him eternal life!
Chop off his limbs and give him eternal life!
No sharks?!? Ok how about a floating weapons platform with LASERS!
No sharks?!? Ok how about a floating weapons platform with LASERS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But all in all, if you loved the original, or are new to the series, then you MUST try this game. Its absolutely engaging, frustratingly hard (depending on which difficulty level), and good for hours and hours of rage-quitting.