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Middle Earth: Shadow of War’s loot boxes are no more

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War‘s much-maligned loot boxes are gone for good, thanks to a major patch today. The blood-splattered Assassin’s Creed/Batman/Pokemon hybrid no longer crams orcs into chests to be sold for cash. If you want them to join your army now, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way; beating them up and forcing them to. The massive patch notes also include some game-changing tweaks. Below, my thoughts on some of the bigger changes.

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spongbeaux
33 days ago
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Might have to get it now!
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Welcome to the new Rock Paper Shotgun

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Hello! Why yes, something has changed – thank you for noticing. We’re so excited to finally show you our new-look website.

RPS’s design hasn’t changed much over the past five years, and in the five years before that it never received much more than an occasional nip and tuck. The result was a website design that we loved like an old friend, but which didn’t reflect all that RPS – and PC games – have become. We needed a fresh start, so we made a list of all the things that mattered to us and went to work. We hope you like what we’ve made for you. (more…)

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spongbeaux
33 days ago
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Like the design, hate the colours
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dotnet outdated helps you keep your projects up to date

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I've moved my podcast site over to ASP.NET Core 2.1 over the last few months. You might want to follow the saga by checking out some of the recent blog posts.

That's just a few of the posts. Be sure to check out the last several months' posts in the calendar view. Anyway, I've been trying lots of new open source tools and libraries like coverlet for .NET Core Code Coverage, and frankly, keeping my project files and dependencies up to date has sucked.

Npm has "npm outdated" and paket has "paket outdated," why doesn't dotnet Core have this also? Certainly at a macro level there's more things to consider as NuGet would need to find the outdated packages for UWP, C++, and a lot of other project types as well. However if we just focus on .NET Core as an initial/primary use case, Jerrie Pelser has "dotnet outdated" for us and it's fantastic!

Once you've got the .NET Core 2.1 SDK or newer, just install the tool globally with one line:

dotnet tool install --global dotnet-outdated

At this point I'll run "dotnet outdated" on my podcast website. While that's running, let me just point you to https://github.com/jerriep/dotnet-outdated as a lovely example of how to release a tool (no matter how big or small) on GitHub.

  • It has an AppVeyor CI link along with a badge showing you that it's passing its build and test suite. Nice.
  • It includes both a NuGet link to the released package AND a myGet link and badge to the dailies.
  • It's got clear installation and clear usage details.
  • Bonus points of screenshots. While not accessible to call, I admit personally that I'm more likely to feel that a project is well-maintained if there are clear screenshots that tell me "what am I gonna get with this tool?"

Here's the initial output on my Site and Tests.

dotnet outdated

After updating the patch versions, here's the output, this time as text. For some reason it's not seeing Coverlet's NuGet so I'm getting a "Cannot resolve latest version" error but I haven't debugged that yet.

» hanselminutes.core.tests
  [.NETCoreApp,Version=v2.1]
  Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc.Testing 2.1.1
  Microsoft.NET.Test.Sdk 15.7.2
  Selenium.Support 3.13.1
  Selenium.WebDriver 3.13.1
  Xunit.SkippableFact 1.3.6
  coverlet.msbuild 2.0.1 Cannot resolve latest version
  xunit 2.3.1
  xunit.runner.visualstudio 2.3.1
» hanselminutes.core
  [.NETCoreApp,Version=v2.1]
  BuildBundlerMinifier 2.8.391
  LazyCache 2.0.0-beta03
  LazyCache.AspNetCore 2.0.0-beta03
  Markdig 0.15.0
  Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.AspNetCore 2.4.0-beta2
  Microsoft.AspNetCore.App 2.1.1
  Microsoft.Extensions.Http.Polly 2.1.1
  Microsoft.NET.Test.Sdk 15.7.2

As with all projects and references, while things aren't *supposed* to break when you update a Major.Minor.Patch/Revision.build...things sometimes do. You should check your references and their associated websites and release notes to confirm that you know what's changed and you know what changes you're bringing in.

Shayne blogged about dotnet out-dated and points out the -vl (version lock) options that allows you to locking on Major or Minor versions. No need to take things you aren't ready to take.

All in all, a super useful tool that you should install TODAY.

dotnet tool install --global dotnet-outdated

The source is up at https://github.com/jerriep/dotnet-outdated if you want to leave issues or get involved.


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spongbeaux
45 days ago
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Component Catalog Management is IT's wolfsbane
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Syfy has canceled The Expanse, but its producers want to find it a new home

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Enlarge / Grace Lynn Kung as Doris (L), Terry Chen as Praxidike Meng (R). (credit: Rafy/Syfy)

Season three of the acclaimed sci-fi drama The Expanse is well underway, but unfortunately, it will be the last season to air on Syfy. The final episode will be the season finale slated for early July, Deadline reports. The Los Angeles-based production company behind the show says it will try to shop the series to other potential broadcasters or streaming platforms around town.

The Expanse, based on a series of popular novels by a duo of authors who write under the pen name James S.A. Corey, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, but it was expensive to produce, it delivered poor on-air ratings, and critically, Syfy had only first-run linear rights. In other words, the network did not have the OTT (over-the-top: streaming and other digital distribution as opposed to broadcast air) rights. For a show like The Expanse, OTT viewing is key for long-term revenue. The show was only made available on cable television or by purchasing episodes or season passes on digital storefronts like iTunes and Amazon.

In many ways, The Expanse was not a good fit for Syfy. It was introduced alongside other series like The Magicians in an effort by Syfy to recapture the passionate audience it had for Battlestar Galactica some years ago. But after a rash of ambitious series canceled after only a few episodes, viewers may have looked on Syfy's commitment skeptically. The target audience of The Expanse is heavily inclined toward digital consumption. Since Syfy ties much of its streaming to cable providers, it had no chance to entice cord cutters—and the network didn't have the streaming rights anyway.

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spongbeaux
99 days ago
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Beyond bummed. This was one of very few bright spots in Sci Fi.
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These easy, player-made speed fixes are BattleTech’s redemption

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Two things stand between BattleTech and true greatness. User guides and videos solve the bonkers decision to not so much as hint at absolute combat necessities that make the difference between grim slugfest and satisfying tactical supremacy, but the other one’s trickier.

The surfeit of frustrating pauses and pretty but time-wasting animations surely require an official patch, right? Hope – turns out that all you need to haul BattleTech out of the quicksand is a spot of ini file editing. The difference is… well, I don’t want to let my prose get too purple here, but it’s so much closer to the turn-based mech combat game I’d long dreamed of. (more…)

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spongbeaux
109 days ago
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Windows on ARM Getting Support for 64-Bit ARM Apps

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HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) Review Check-In: App Compatibility

Microsoft is releasing a new ARM64 SDK that'll let developers build native 64-bit apps for Windows 10 on ARM devices.

The post Windows on ARM Getting Support for 64-Bit ARM Apps appeared first on Thurrott.com.

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spongbeaux
136 days ago
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Confusingly-written. Short version is that Microsoft are releasing an SDK enabling compilation for ARM64 - the platform looks like it already supports it.
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