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    The Middle East part 2

    Well, if perpetuating violence is the only answer to terrorism, then we might as well shrug and push the red button. There is no negotiating with terrorists, but blowing them up is only counterproductive. Do you honestly think that killing one or two supposed terrorists in a busy urban area using rockets, killing or wounding multiple civilians in the process, is actually going to stop the terrorist actions? If anything, such 'retaliatory actions' only increase the number of people willing to perform suicidal attacks. The only way to stop terrorism is from the bottom up, by improving the social standards and living conditions of those who could potentially become terrorists. If the pool of potential recruits dries up, the terrorist organisations will slowly wither. But hey, that approach is hardly as appealing or flashy as bulldozing houses or bombarding cars in busy streets. One other thing amazes me. You say "you can't talk to terrorists, so why do we still try". As far as I know, no western country "talks" or negotiates with terrorist organisations. So what do you mean then? Perhaps you are referring to all Muslims as terrorists? I certainly hope you aren't.
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    The Middle East part 2

    Let's not forget that Palestinian violence is not a reaction to something as trivial as cartoons...
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    The Middle East part 2

    Let's bear in mind that all the outrage is not about how Mohammed was depicted, but that he was depicted at all. I fully agree that the cartoon you describe was in poor taste and hardly humorous, but that's disputing the merits of the illustration, not it's right to be there in the first place. Incidentally, I found some of the other cartoons quite funny, especially the one about the shortage of virgins
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    The Middle East part 2

    Good link Da12thMonkey! I especially enjoyed this little gem of a quote: A lot of people in this thread use the inverse of that last sentece as an argument. "Christians would never react like that". Please. Representatives of all religious movements react with indignation to satire and demand apologies, because they have no other argument. Satire wouldn't be satire if it didn't offend someone.
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    The Middle East part 2

    Heretic! How dare you disagree with my subjective preferences! Burn, you shall! Colt: Your description of Christians actually fits the 3rd generation Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands quite well. They are youths torn between the modern life and the traditionalism of the Islam. They call themselves Muslims, but do not regularly attend services or observe religious days. A rather interesting study about this subject was published a while ago... A new trend is becoming clear around here, by the way. Young descendants of North-African and Middle-Eastern immigrants, who only recently began to truly adhere to the Islam. These individuals are often far more zealous and intolerant than people who grew up with the religion (any religion, by the way). This is starting to cause some problems. If you insist on religious exhibitionism by wearing a djellabah to the university, that's one thing. But it gets worse: the Islamic students at the biology faculty refuse to acknowledge the evolution theory. Not only that: they also sabotage the classes and lectures by ostentatiously leaving the room en bloc etc. This is truly beyond me. Why do you choose to pursue a scientific career if you know you aren't willing to meet the requirements to pass? To make matters worse, our minister of education (a catholic, incidentally) openly flirted with the idea of Intelligent Design. Great. That's all we need. I realise this post may be better at home in the European Politics Thread, but the issue of the inflammatory cartoons transcends the boundaries of the ME and EP topics...
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    The Middle East part 2

    lol I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. I have seen cartoons way worse in Dutch newspapers and sites and I am sure we are not a case on our own. Why are they picking Denmark and why not the Netherlands for example? Well, something similar did happen a while ago, albeit on smaller scale. The monthly magazine of NRC Handelsblad used the front of the Koran for the cover image. Deliverymen of the Islamic faith either didn't deliver the magazine to the subscribers at all, or delivered it with the cover torn off. On a different note: Frank E. Peters makes a very interesting observation in his book "The Monotheists: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conflict and Competition". He argues that because the Islam was (historically) more universal and less dogmatic than Christanity, it managed to coexist with science without much friction. Christianity on the other hand was confronted by rationalism during the Enlightenment and had to give up ground in the society. The Islam was never forced to do that, and thus it is much more prominent and dominant in Muslim societies than Christianity is in (ex-)Christian ones. Still, this behaviour isn't solely the domain of Muslims. Let's use another religious country as an example: Poland. In the nineties, the magazine "Wprost" used a famous painting of Mary and Jesus with gasmasks on as a cover (the gasmasks were, obviously, their own addition ). The idea was for the cover to symbolise the air pollution in the city where the painting is displayed. Well, the symbolism was lost on most people. You wouldn't believe the uproar: boycotts, distraught priests and followers, threats etc. Conclusion: idiocy is universal!
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    The Art thread

    I love the systematic consistency of the background, very minimalistic! Do you only work in B/W?
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    The Art thread

    Two years have gone by, and I still haven't gotten off my arse and uploaded any of my drawings to my site. Might as well post a few linkies here! An eyeless creature consumed by frustration. Satan helping Beelzebub get up. Made while reading Paradise Lost, never finished. A faceless woman becoming one with the surroundings. If nipples offend your religious beliefs, don't click. Just a little experiment with Indian ink. Inspired by Frank Miller's work. I don't know what the hell this is. One might say I'm obsessed with eyesight. Memories from a hallucinogen-induced haze. Smells like Venus of Milo to me...Beware, here be nipples! Again, no idea who this is, but I have no desire to meet him.
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    FFUR - Huge Release !!

    So, um... when will it be released? Sorry, couldn't resist
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    The Iraq thread 4

    US Military at 'breaking point' In response, Rummy has also argued that the experience of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan has made the Army stronger, not weaker. "The Army is probably as strong and capable as it ever has been in the history of this country," he said in an appearance at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington on Dec. 5. "They are more experienced, more capable, better equipped than ever before." Doesn't this sound a bit like US soldiers commiting suicide on the walls of Baghdad? Now who said that..?
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    The Iraq thread 4

    Haha, the last time I used this quote was on TS with my (ex)squad... One of the people present was in a military band also, as you can imagine, he was quite upset
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    VME Release !

    Just the comment I would expect from you Shash Still in love with that Loken broad, hehe? Anyway, I've just finished downloading a pack, I'll give it a try in the morning. I've been waiting for this quite a long time, can't wait to see the suppresion scripts in action!
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    Backup!

    250 is not much, but it's the automatic synchronisation that proves to be very handy. Still, it's pretty hard to retrieve files. Axentra (sadly no longer active) used to be a much better alternative. It offered a webDAV server (for calenders and such), you could hotlink images, access the webspace via Windows Explorer, etc... Excellent stuff, but abusers forced Axentra to end the services. Dammit.
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    The Iraq thread 4

    The above is... unbelievable. It looks as if the military is hell-bent on kicking America's reputation in the groin, then stamping on it's head when it's down. As if Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay weren't bad enough. What are they thinking? It's obvious that such a sentece cannot be kept secret. Are these people masochistic? Boy, them insurgents sure could use some extra motivation to blow us up! "Bring 'em on" indeed... As Groucho Marx said: military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
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    The Iraq thread 4

    Correct, but there is another factor - as wages and standards of living increase, the population's willingness to accept 'shitty' jobs (factory work etc.) decreases. This process can be witnessed everywhere around the world. I will use Poland as an example again: many Dutch companies in the steel sector moved to Poland, because they couldn't find employees willing to perform hard manual labour back home. Now, as Poland has grown richer, young people are unwilling to do such work. Time for the company to move on. It's a logical sequence, not some evil corporation's plot to exploit unwitting poor people to the last drop of blood. A 'shitty way to develop the world'? I don't follow. It's not the companies' goal or even responsibility to 'develop the world'. Their goal is to make profit and ensure the continued existence of the company, in the interest of the shareholders, the employees and the clients, while adhering to the law. What the third world really needs is a truly free market: no trade-distorting farming subsidies, no excessive tariffs, free movement of goods etc. That is the one thing that would be truly beneficial to third-world residents (and everyone else for that matter). It is nationalistic protectionism (akhem France, US akhem) that hampers the development of the world, not some abstract phantom of 'big corporations'. May I add that the above is not an idea endorsed exclusively by neo-liberals, but institutions like Oxfam? To get back on topic, I still do not see a link between capitalism and war (because that is what you are implying...).
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    The Iraq thread 4

    I'm sorry Jinef, but what you write strikes me as very odd. To my knowledge, no country has yet been invaded with the purpose of giving the industry access to cheap labour. Unless you see free market policies as an invasion Sorry for going off-topic, but I would like to elaborate upon this topic as it is rather universal. If corporations were forced to pay their employees the same wages regardless of geographical location, then many (relatively) poor countries would remain poor. Cheap labour is one of the main reasons for Foreign Direct Investments, which spur economic growth (although this is challanged by some academics) and create jobs. An example: after the fall of communism, Poland was a very poor country. The influx of foreign companies (supermarkets, banks etc.) created new jobs, introduced new products at lower prices and introduced efficiency and expertise (especially the payment system and farming). French style hypermarkets may be ugly as hell, but they certainly offer new jobs and a wide range of products at prices people can afford. If such foreign companies faced wages of Western magnitude, few would be inclined to invest in an emerging economy. Poland does face high unemployment rates currently, but that is more due to ineptitude and short-sight of the political class than anything else. Having said that, I agree with you that war = bad. What worries me most is how people are willing to accept war and the horrors it brings as an inevitability. As if it were some kind of natural disaster we cannot control, a hurricane or tsunami. "war is hell, there will always be civilian casualties!" This argument has been used in this thread many times. I find this kind of reasoning baffling. Wars don't 'just' happen people! Wars aren't inevitable. Accepting this is the first step towards a more peaceful world.
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    Holophonics

    That's hardly surprising, seeing as the technology has been around for 23 years. Pink Floyd even used it on one of their albums in 1986 (or so the website says ). To those of you who haven't already done so, I suggest you take a look at the developer's website http://www.holophonic.ch/whats.php. There's some interesting stuff there. For example, the developers had commissioned an experiment to test whether holophonic sounds was emotionally more evocative than 'regular' stereo. Quite a nice read
  18. Hello all, before I begin, let me state that I am not a mission maker. My knowledge of scripting and mission making can barely be called rudimentary Some two years ago I was a member of the OFP squad called SWAF. One of the activities this squad used to participate in were Clan Wars. These were in fact a series of PvP coops, connected by a story line. For example, in the first mission the attacking force would have to establish a bridge head, in the second it would have to advance to strategic points on the island etc. Of course, the defending force would have to hinder their progress. The missions were an excellent mix of combined arms and spec op missions: special forces would disable AA defences, aearial units would perform recon and offer CAS, while infantry and armoured units would capture and hold ground. Interestingly, the most exciting and suspenseful aspect were the radio communications: a single commander (who did not participate in the fighting) would oversee the progress of the troops and coordinate the operation. A disciplined chain of command was established, and everyone agreed that "deadmen don't talk": if you're dead, you do not communicate. This created some of the most exciting moments in my OFP career. It was so cool to hear the commander desperately try to establish contact with the infantry leader, oblivious to the fact that the whole infantry contingent had been wiped out by friendly arty fire. Great stuff! I have always had the idea that this is what OFP is all about: combined arms encounters, where everyone has a task which is essential to the success of the operation. Establishing a chain of command using radio communications overcomes OFP's original shortcoming - the lack of CoC beyond squad level. And this without the need of lag-causing scripts! In my experience, proper radio communications are one of the most immersive aspects of online play, especially in a game so well suited for large-scale cooperation as OFP. These Wargames had one big flaw however: the lack of scale. Every soldier in-game was played by a human. This resulted in the ridiculous situation of an island being invaded by 12 people... And being defended by the same amount of soldiers. This called for some serious suspension-of-disbelief on the part of the players to truly enjoy it. This made the whole concept less than popular. Which is a shame! I have been suffering from some insomnia lately. Laying wide awake in bed, I have had enough time to think about a lot of stuff, including OFP. A thought occured to me - would it be impossible to incorporate AI in the above concept in order to overcome the limited scale? Just imagine: the players could play squad commanders, with the ability to 'reincarnate' in squad mates should they be killed. This would simulate the idea of the second-in-rank taking command. Even with only 6 players on both sides this would expand each force to at least platoon scale. Of course, this still isn't very realistic when invading an island, but it's better than 12 v 12... Also (and this is a rather experimental idea), the commander could even stay out of the game. As he doesn't participate in the fighting, he could be just a coordinating voice on Team Speak. How cool would that be! There you are, with only a map of the AO and a headset to coordinate the movement of your troops. Performing periodical status checks and moving pawns on the map to indicate the position of the troops. I realise this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but to me this sounds very cool. I have no idea whether this would be technically possible. I don't know whether this amount of AI would cause a lot of lag. Intuitively, I don't think it would be that bad: 6 squads on both sides, that shouldn't be too laggy, right? There would be no need for extra scripts to simulate the CoC, as that would be done purely via TS or another comms program. Perhaps a trigger or two to check who controls a strategic point. That's pretty much what I had in mind. Let me know what you think! Does the concept sound appealing? Is it at all feasible? Let me know... Regards, X.
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    FFUR - Huge Release !!

    There is one thing that keeps bothering me: the idle animations. All units set to careless or safe execute the same animation, which looks very strange. It almost looks like they are performing a dance Would it be possible to add some more variation to the idle animations?
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    The Iraq thread 4

    It was quite easy really, the story was plastered all over the papers here in the Netherlands. Including the direct link
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    The Iraq thread 4

    Hmm, Pogingwapo beat me to the punch. Here is a direct link to the full report.
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    Dutch sell "Wehrmacht" helmets for world cup

    Good job I read all the way, as I was about to point that out. Simplistic views of history help no-one Yes, people seem to forget that, but then again, people seem to forget most things. For example, most people associate "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" with the Nazi ideology of racial superiority, even though "Das Lied der Deutschen" has been written in 1841 ( ! ), 80 years before the NSDAP even began stalking beer halls. Furthermore, the first line of the first stanza (the infamous "ueber alles"...) refers to the importance of putting the interest of Germany as a whole above the interest of the indivual Laender. No plans of world domination there Slightly off-topic, I know... As to the helmets, German WWI and WWII helmets are similar, but not identical. Besides, let's be honest, there is little doubt which historical period the manufacturer is referring to... In WWI, the Dutch, although neutral, contemplated entering the war on Germany's side. In WWII, the relationship was somewhat... less cordial
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    FFUR - Huge Release !!

    Well, the 1,000 yard stare has been fixed by enlarging the iris. To be honest, it looked more like the soldier had taken vast amounts of speed I don't see the need to discount everybody else's remarks as 'ass-licking', but I have to agree with Mr. Zig on some points. The helmets are indeed incorrectly scaled in relation to the head. The neck transition is indeed somewhat odd looking. Still, I assume TB's screenshots are WIP, so no biggie
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    UnDynamic Dynamical MP Campaign

    Welp, I've registered at OFPCC. I like what I've read! I only fear that if the games will be held on thursday and saturday, I won't be able to play as often as I would want... Saturday is significant other day
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    Interface discussion

    Funnyguy, your idea sounds interesting but I fear it would become somewhat impractical in the heat of action. Hand gestures are used for communicating because they are easy and quick to perform. Drawing a gesture with a mouse is much more difficult. First you have to bring up the gesture option then actually perform it, making sure you do not perform a different gesture by mistake. The indy game Darwinia used a mouse-drawn gesture system for selecting weaponry and such. It was fun at first, but once the novelty had worn off, it became very cumbersome, especially in action-packed situations. Personally, I think the idea proposed by Jinef is very good. Easy to use, not distracting and encompassing all necessary movements and commands. There is one gripe though. The current command system requires the player to remove his hand from either the mouse or the movement keys, thus making him vulnerable. Jinef's system doesn't get rid of this problem. A context sensitive system a la Rainbow Six is more intuitive and less distracting. Perhaps a third button on the mouse could be used to bring up the menu. Most mice nowadays have more than 3 buttons so it shouldn't be a problem.
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