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Off Topic / Warning
« on: July 02, 2011, 01:43:16 pm »
Hey guys, I'm not sure how many of you guys know about this, but for the last three months a very, and I mean very, sophisticated virus has been spreading around. The threat is called a TDL-4 rootkit. It hides in the Master Boot Record (MBR), and most antiviruses rarely scan those areas, making it a good area to hide.  As of now, Kaspersky has been trying to go through it's complex coding, and I suggest ALL of you to

A. Update Windows. Go to Windows Update and install every update (except the language packs)
B. Update every single one of your browsers, even the ones you don't use
C. I don't believe the rootkit uses exploits in Microsoft Office (since it seems the threat is coming from booby trapped websites) but install Office updates just in case.

The rootkit is on the most common sites where you would find malware, which are

*Sites that tell you  to download an "update" so you can watch pirated movies
*Porn websites
*File hosting websites

This is a Windows-only threat for now. If there is a Mac or Linux version out there it has not been found yet. The creator of this piece of malware is unknown

Off Topic / Your internet connected devices
« on: June 27, 2011, 05:17:55 pm »
For a little survey I'm doing, can you guys list the number of internet connected you have in your home? For me,

1. My office PC
2. My laptop
3. My gaming PC
4. My 2nd Generation iPod Touch
5. My 4th Generation iPod Touch

Other Games / Breathtaking mod (56K warning)
« on: June 25, 2011, 11:20:37 pm »
Just look at this... and the developer is a 16 year old! Absolutely the best mod I've ever seen for any game

Image credit to GTAForums user nkjellman.

Heres a trailer. The mod is slated for a July 2nd release
GTA IV - World Trade Center Trailer Mod 0.2 Version (NEW TRAILER )

I'm not really trying to advertise... I really just want to let people see something as good as this

Other Games / GTA IV on Sale
« on: June 22, 2011, 08:07:12 am »
For those GTA IV fans, if were planning to buy the game, buy it now. GTA IV EFLC is $7.49 and GTA IV is $4.99. All Rockstar games are on sale for 75% off

Off Topic / Rogue Antivirus for Mac
« on: June 10, 2011, 09:19:48 pm »
First time I've seen a fake antivirus on Mac OS X. I've gotten my hands on it, and I don't know a way to remove this.

Mac Defender

Off Topic / May 21st Doomsday?
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:15:01 pm »
I'd like to ask, how many of you believe that May 21st is the end of the world? No offense to anyone, but it seems like a load of religious bullshit I always hear. There is absoluetely NO scientific evidence of this, and many "doomsdays" have came by and they went on normally. For example, the world didn't end on June 6, 2006, and I don't believe it will end on May 21st, 2011 either.

For those who are going to ask about performance issues with openBVE or BVE (ie. Lag), these four MUST be listed before we could help you with anything.

*Your Operating System, and the System Type
This can be found by right clicking My Computer, clicking properties, and telling us the Windows Edition and the System Type

*The amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) you have. This can be found by going to Properties like before and looking for Installed Memory (RAM)

*Your graphics card. This can be easily found by downloading GPU Z:
and telling us the name of your GPU, as seen in this screenshot

*Your Processor. This can be found in System Properties, under System and then Processors

However, for those who are not advanced with computers, the easiest way to list all of this at once is by downloading CPU Z:

Click the Validate button, and give them your email. Check your email for the link they give you and post that link here.

Other Games / Who wants a Trainz 2010 Voucher?
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:43:48 pm »
I got a voucher for Trainz 2010 Engineer's edition for 20% off. I don't want it, but if you want it, post here. Tomorrow night I will give it away to one lucky winner. The winner of course will be selected randomly.

General BVE/OpenBVE / How to improve performance on BVE and openBVE
« on: February 22, 2011, 10:28:56 pm »
As our routes become more and more detailed as well as routes from many foreign countries, I want to give a little guide for users on older systems to show them how to improve performance. I took a look at some statistics while running openBVE and BVE on a older system of mine.

In all games, the resolution of your game is going to most likely have the biggest impact on performance. For users running on any sort of integrated graphics card, 800 x 600 will most likely give you any playable FPS except on the less detailed routes. In my opinion, playable FPS means its steadily over 30 FPS, because in higher graphical areas FPS might take a dip. Also, keep the draw distance down, that way your system resources don't need to be also concentrating on working to render everything far, far ahead, even stuff that you might not be able to see. Keep that down to around 300-400, which will definitely improve performance from 500 or 600.

Lastly, in both BVE 4 and openBVE, a dual core system is needed, and at least 2 GB of RAM is needed to stay away from any issues involving running out of RAM. openBVE keeps my Pentium E2200 at around 60 % load, and along wtih the OS uses around 1.65-1.7 GB of RAM. For fasting loading, you can go get a better processor, or a SSD or another hard drive for RAID. During loading, sometimes your CPU can easily load the route quickly but it has to wait for your hard drive. Sometimes your hard drive waits for your CPU. A RAID 0 will increase speeds by about 100 MB/s which will be a huge difference in application load time and Windows boot up times. A Solid State Drive on my system loads the F in about 30 seconds, but I have a strong processor to go with it as well.

A tip for people who have stronger systems is to turn Vertical Synchronization on, or VSync in openBVE. All monitors have a refresh rate, normallya at 60 Hz. Some monitors have a higher refresh rate, some have a lower refresh rate. When you turn VSync on, you are limiting your FPS to your monitor's refresh rate. For example, with VSync on with my monitor, which has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, the most FPS I can have is 60 FPS. Why do I want to do that? When VSync isn't on, your graphics card can run as fast as it can, but the bad thing is the graphics card produces more FPS then the monitor can normally happen, thus sometimes creating a visual called Tearing, which is a little like this.

For those with a good setup, then enabling VSync will improve visuals in the game.

Have any more tips? Leave them here.

Off Topic / What if
« on: February 06, 2011, 10:00:37 pm »
If smallpox was one day used as bioterriorism, if you were President of the US, would you allow people to come from poor countries the don't have the supplies to vaccinate everybody from smallpox take the vaccine here, even though you might risk running out of vaccines for Americans?

Yes or no, why?

Off Topic / Verizon iPhone announced
« on: January 11, 2011, 08:58:30 pm »
For all of you that want it, it's finally announced. Verizon will sell the iPhone 4 on February 10.


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