# Morning Discussion

by Alice O'Connor, Feb 23, 2010 5:00am PST

Chris is jetting off to Mothership GameFly this morning to teach Brian the secret handshake, the Shackshake, leaving me in charge around here for a while.

To the Shackcave!

• Today is Tuesday, the 23rd of February, the 54th day of 2010.
Fry: That's a chick show. I prefer programs of the genre: World's Blankiest Blank.

• Rehevkor Talks About Old Games

Soul Blazer

I'm going to blather on about another Enix classic this time, also an old favorite of mine. I played this a lot when I was a kid, but I never beat it... until yesterday. You can find my thoughts on this excellent game in reply.

• I gots me a basic algebra question. I am making a java program that calculates if a number is prime or not. In the pseudo code the teacher gave us she wrote this:

Determine if the number is prime
- Assume the number is prime
-Try to prove it false: is it evenly divisible by any number between 2 and the square of the number inclusive. If yes then it is not a prime number

I don't understand why the check is between 2 and the square of the number. Why the square of the number?

• how the hell does Symantec stay in business?

BE 12.5 snapshots are going nuts because of "missing files" in the VSS snapshot. tech support in the forums spends the entire time deflecting the issue onto xyz's software not properly registering it's removal blah blah blah - in the end the culprit? Symantec's very own End Protection client. GG!

• The day that I discovered test screens on arcade machines was a magical day. It was like a secret world of sound tests without spending any money.

• im going to upgrade CPU, graphics card. and ram and i'm trying to figure out if i need to upgrade my power supply.

current system:
ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 65W
XFX GeForce 7950GT 512MB
2 gigs ram
2 HDs
Seasonic 550w power supply

future system (only upgrading cpu, ram, and video card)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W
6 gigs ram
EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

it looks like I might need to upgrade my power supply too? the geforce 9800 recommends 400w by itself? what the fuck?

• Computer people

I'm building a PC tonight, which is something I haven't done in a few years. Do you guys use grounding straps? I had one when I built my last one, but I can't find it. I'm wondering if I should pick one up on the way home.

• the space battle at the end of mass effect was pretty incredible. it felt like a hybrid star trek / battlestar galactica moment. i hope there is more of that in the sequel.

by the end of the game i was one-shotting anything short of a geth armature. sniper rifle with a base 305 damage + rail extension VII + kinetic stabilizer VII + tungsten rounds VII made insanely short work of any synthetic.

• Illustrator question!

I don't know what I did, but I can't get colors to show up in the artwork. The color picker will let me pick any color, but all the colors show up as shades of gray once they're applied. How do get I back to using pretty colors?

• I'm going to give Intuit some props. I was having a goofy issue saving my invoices as PDFs and I deleted the wrong fucking QuickBooks printer. My bad. So I uninstalled QB and started to reinstall when I realized I forgot to get my key out of QB.

Luckily the QB installer finds the previous key in the registry (ok, so maybe this is more "uninstallers still suck ass in Windows 7") and put it in for me on the reinstall.

• Who is the sky diving dude on the shack, was it agentpothead? I'll check this thread when I get home from work.

• Haha shit yeah Windows 7 just automatically installed drivers for my vid card, all the onboard crap, and I think my mobo chipset too.

• I just hit level 29! 30 is getting close :/

I got a PSP Go. So far I've got FFVII, WipeOut and GTA:LCS (and planning on getting GTA:VCS and probably Chinatown Wars - although I do have that on the DS already).

What are the must-have PSP games? (or original Playstation games that are good on the PSP)