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  1. $100 to the person who makes the first "Attack on Ubi Headquarters" mission.
  2. Rugby and Lacrosse are the two most violent sports I can think of. Lacrosse has the added value of having a ball (think of a baseball covered in rubber) flying at your nads at 75 mph.
  3. Ubi has probably just lost a customer.
  4. For future reference: There are three ways to remove backgrounds from images. The first is to use the Path tool to draw a path around the part of the image you want to keep. Once you are done, save the path and select the "Make Selection" option from the Paths palette menu. You can use this selection to create a layer mask (Layer > Add Layer Mask) which will make the background invisible. The second way is to enter Quickmask mode, paint out the background with the brush tool, and exit Quickmask mode. This will give you a selection you can use to make a layer mask. The third way is too look at the different color channels. Generally, one of them will give you a good range of contrast between background for foreground, and you can use the magic wand tool to make a general selection. Once that is done, you can use the Quickmask mode to refine the selection. If none of the channels give you the needed contrast, you can duplicate the best one and use Curves or Brightness/Contrast to increase the contrast until it's good. For complicated images, this is usually the best way, as you can get the program to do most of the work for you.
  5. Ya want the background taken away from the sub pic? The black bars? Huh?
  6. Depending on what the image is, I can do it for you.
  7. Virtual memory is a cache system, the idea is that it's more efficient for the machine to cahce data on the drive than to completely dump it and reload it when necessary. If you're running a lot of processes your RAM usage is always going up and down as the machine grabs RAM when needed. Fr'instance, if I'm running Quark, Photoshop and Illustrator at the same time and bopping between them, RAM will be adjusted up and down as the different processes need it. Now, if I open a 500 meg Photoshop file, the machine will start to write data to the drive to make room for that file, starting with the data which has been used the least and going up the chain until it has enough room. Caching to disk is till more efficient than dumping and reloading, as it is possible for the machine to cache part of an app or data set, thus freeing up the needed memory, while still keeping that app or data active in memory. So, fr'instance, it's possible that the machine will cache part of Quark to disk to make room for the Photoshop data, which is much preferable to having to quit Quark and restart to make room for the image. Unfortunately, Windows has always had an overly aggressive caching behavior, which results in inefficient use of virtual memory. Essentially, free physical RAM is wasted RAM. After 8 days uptime my machine (Running OS X) shows: PhysMem: 151M wired, 342M active, 535M inactive, 1.01G used, 250M free VM: 5.84G + 0B 366547(2) pageins, 109830(0) pageouts Wired memory is memory reserved by the kernel and OS and is completely unavailable to any other processes. Active memory is that in use currently by applications, and inactive memory is cached applications and data I'm not currently using, but which I have used since the last time I rebooted/logged in. This is a good thing, as the next time I launch Photoshop, it will launch faster because it is partly cached. Because all of that physical RAM is in use, there's less need to hit the disk for virtual memory, which is, of course, much slower. Windows, unfortunately, takes a different tack and tries to keep RAM free, which means that you have to hit the disk more. However, any modern OS expects to be able to cache data, so turning off virtual memory isn't a good idea. Without virtual memory the machine has no option but to dump the app or dataset completely to make room in RAM.
  8. I can't be the only Mac user around here. There has to be at least one other. . .
  9. I think the Hondas were eventually more powerful, although all the engines lost power when they had to stop using the special fuels.
  10. That's nothing. In the early 90s BWM was getting 1350 horsepower out of a 1.5 liter, turbocharged inline 4.
  11. The Audi Sport Quattro S2 and the Ruf Porsche Turbo are both nice. But it's hard to beat the 917/30: 1560 horsepower, 257 mph and still accelerating at the end of the Mulsanne straight.
  12. Nah. Just buy a replacement battery and put it in yourself. But mine's 2.5 years old and the battery is still going strong.
  13. D'oh! For the record, I think I will try Splinter Cell.
  14. No experience with the Mini, but I've got a 2.5 year old iPod which is still going strong despite lots of use and abuse. They're built like tanks.
  15. I've been looking at that. Is it any good?
  16. The old one is a five year old laptop on which I spilled a full glass of water. Still want it?
  17. Yup. Maps, maps, maps. Different maps with challenging terrain: elevation changes, obstacles, trees, etc.
  18. I have a brand new machine and video card, Chems. Hurry up!
  19. I installed Virtual PC to grab mods packaged as .exe files. Works pretty well.
  20. I just hope that whatever is released, it's a simultaneous PC/Mac release.
  21. One question: Why the light ammo loads?
  22. Beautiful work as always, guys.
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