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Comment Re:Have you used any apps ever?? (Score 1) 76

I personally despised having to copy character sheets because of the thousands of times things got erased and re-written. Have you no memory of the billions of eraser particles that get everywhere over time???

This is why, for my games that normally have excessive erasing (Cyberpunk is one of them), I have char. sheets that are laminated or just put a char sheet in a sheet protector and use wet-erase pens to mark down info.

Comment Re:Just Use HeroLab (Score 1) 76

WoTC isn't building DNDBeyond, they are just supplying the ideas and data for it. They have partnered with Curse to build the product. As Curse has been supplying and maintaining one of the largest repositories of WoW mods for at least a decade, I think they are more than capable of keeping up with the upgrade cycle of Android and IOS. Especially seeing as how it's apparently not going to be an app.

Comment Re:Just Use HeroLab (Score 1) 76

There is a community data file that adds the vast majority of the non-SRD data to Herolab. I use it for DnD 5e and Shadowrun 5 (for which it is a god-send). The Community data file is regularly updated with new content and can be accessed by adding it's url to the list of sources that Herolab checks when it looks for system updates.

Comment Second tier tech support contact info. (Score 1) 479

After a rather troublesome issue with my internet service and a back and forth episode with my ISP's Tier 1 TS, I was transferred to T2 where I was able to get my issue resolved nearly immediately. The rep gave me the T2 direct number so that "You won't need to fuss with all that pre-recorded bs again, since by the time you've called, you have already done everything it tells you to do and more in some cases."

After a number of years and at least one move, I'm still with the same ISP, but have lost the T2 diect number. Normally I'll just patiently grind through the prompts like it's a bad MMO if I need to call TS these days.

Comment Re:PHB's strike again (Score 1) 207

Regarding Challenger, they KNEW that the seals were partially failing since the second launch. The "partial" failure was deemed not bad enough to warrant a fix, although they did redesign then connections between SRB sections before the Challenger explosion.

What I found most amusing about the Challenger was that after he got home from work that day, my father (an aeronautical engineer) said to me "You cannot properly structurally analyze rubber. There are just too many variables. I bet they will find that the seal failed because it was too cold and it got rigid." Sure enough, that's what they found.

Comment Re:PHB's strike again (Score 1) 207

I expect that they would have used Columbia as the go-to stand-by shuttle and not had it fly any normal missions. This would have allowed them to turn over the other ships faster for missions. I also think that the idea of commercial spaceflight would have gotten off the ground earlier had one of the ISS capable shuttles been destroyed instead of Columbia.

Comment Re:They saw this coming for ages... (Score 1) 235

Exactly Zero. $535 million doesn't even pay for the body of the satellite, not to mention the payload. And while we are on the subject of satellite expenditures, the GOES-R project (the next generation of GOES satellites) is still going on (at a reported cost of around 7.6 Billion).

Plus, GOES-14 has been activated and notices have gone out for all receivers to re-train their dishes to it's location and GOES-15 is picking up the slack that 14 is missing. The GOES network of satellites was built to be slightly redundant in the case of craft failure.

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