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#1 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -
@dimmuxx said:

Edit: Still seems to be some buffering problems, but at least it's better than before.

Whoop! Working great! Time to catch up :D

P.S I've never had buffering problems in HD (ISP: Virgin Media 60 meg, Location: Manchester, UK), hope yours improve :]

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#2 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -

+1!!!!!! I just started using XBMC and loving it. I really hope to watch giantbomb through it.

Obinice, which addon are you using? I was using one from the official repo which didn't work. Are you using a different one?

I'm also using the official repo addon, which (as of yesterday when I last checked) is completely broken at the moment. I can't wait for it to be working again, having everything in XBMC at the touch of a remote is great! (Giant Bomb, Tested iPlayer, Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Music, Photo Albums), it's the future.


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#3 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -

First off, I know this issue is almost certainly being worked on. Dave posted:

Getting the API up and running, this will also fix any problems you're having with your Roku / Boxee device.

today, and I know that Roku and Boxees are media center setups and probably access the API in the same manner as XBMC. I didn't see XBMC mentioned however, and XBMC is the only way I take Giant Bomb videos in (nothing better than coming home from work, sitting down with my dinner, and firing up today's Quick Looks). I even bought a subscription so I could watch all the awesome subscriber stuff, and get everything in glorious HD!

Anyway, the app still works almost fully, except that the account linking is currently broken, so no HD or premium content. I linked my account up, it threw a couple of errors, and now it seems linked, but no premium content. I'm sure it will be fixed along with the rest of the API stuff, but I just wanted to make a thread you case anybody forgot about XBMC :)

P.S Since the last big update of the app when GB was bought out, there's no "All Videos" tab any more, so I can't browse back through the archives, I have to do a manual search for anything more than a couple of months old. Kinda sucks, sometimes I want to go back and watch an old show or Quick Look, but I don't have anything particular in mind, or can't remember what I'm looking for!

P.P.S The new site is freakin' awesome :D My congratulations to the team. You deserve a year's paid holiday :P

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#4 Edited by obinice (303 posts) -

My body is ready, as is my browser. Sure the site's slow, it just got launched, that's cool.

FYI if you can't get at the live shows (when the aliens QL was on earlier, the /chat page told me there was no live show while there was), you can get to it through ! I think there's another show on at around 11PM GMT tonight, Breaking Brad.

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#5 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -

Kind of surprised they're taking it live this soon. Streaming videos don't work, looks like they just straight up removed the option (kind of a big deal on site where video content is the point and their progressive player doesn't allow skipping), and as of last Unprofessional Friday, the live chat still crashed if you breathed on it the wrong way.

I like the new site though, only thing I don't like design-wise is that reviews are now constrained to a fixed width column like news posts and can no longer resize take up the full width of the screen. IMO they're not as nice to read as a result.

I could be wrong, but I thought one of the basic differences between progressive and streaming video transfer was that, while progressive can't skip ahead like streaming can, progressive will allow the whole media file to load up front, whereas streaming will stop at the end of a limited buffer, and only begin downloading again once you move forward through the video.

Which I guess would be useful for someone with less bandwidth that still wants to watch HD video :)
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#6 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -

@snide Brilliant news! You guys are awesome. I have just one question. I (and by proxy my family!) watch everything Giant Bomb produces on our XBMC media center. Will the Giant Bomb plugin be affected by any of this?

P.S As a side note, since the plugin redesign last year, the ability to list more than 100 videos in any particular section has disappeared. Basically, it makes it impossible to go back and watch stuff from even a few months ago, unless you know exactly what to search for! Major bummer :(

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#7 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -

Aaaaaand now I'll have to tell a bunch of upset customers that the game they've pre-ordered won't be released until four months after they were originally informed itt'd be released.

Oh well. I'm always in favour of extra development time on any game.

I think I'm going to lie down. It's been a long day.

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#8 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -

@Jams: Yeah, it's surprising when you first actually start looking, and you see antennas all over the place! And California? I do hope to be able to pick up someone from there at some point! Hmm, I should get a world map, and some pins :P

Hope the neighbours weren't looking at mine today, lowered the mast to do some work, always looks like it could go either way :P. It's only 40 feet from base to tip, but damn when you're lowering it it seems huge :P Speaking of analogue radios, one of the handy things about this Anytone rig is you can program your own channels in, so I've got it set so I can flick through channels, and then use the clarifier to get to all the frequencies in between. It covers 25.615 - 29.205 MHz, FM/AM/USB/LSB/CW. Been wanting it for a year now, so pleased :D

My ultimate goal is to contact Mr Vincent Caravella MUHAHAHAHAHAHAAAaaaa

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#9 Posted by obinice (303 posts) -

@TooWalrus I can totally see where you're coming from. Maybe it would help you understand why people enjoy it, if I say that I get a similar sense of wonder and excitement out of bending physics to my will using electronics, and flinging my voice across countless miles directly without any outside aid (unless you count the electricity supply), as I do when I look up at space and think of the probes and rovers we have traveling to other worlds. It's exciting! We're exploring other worlds, and the world of radio is right around us, and easy to get to :D

And who cares if somebody's already explored it? I know I haven't, it's an adventure! The first time I turned on that new radio, I heard a guy talking from Tennessee! That's over four thousand miles away from me! And I'm not using an established and maintained communications network, or a station that somebody else set up. Sure I didn't build the radio from scratch (though at higher licence levels you can, and I totally look forward to that!), but I set everything up, and got it all working, and I'm learning. That's all pretty awesome :D

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#10 Edited by obinice (303 posts) -
My 1/2 Wave Antenna
My 1/2 Wave Antenna

Hey guys and girls! Remember a while back, Vinny talking about getting his Amateur Radio Licence? I was especially interested, as I've been interested in the world of radio for a while now!

I've yet to take my primary exam, although it's really easy (seriously, young kids can get the Foundation licence). Basically if it's not in this book, you don't need to know it for the Foundation. At least, if you're in the UK!

Anyway, I've just been having some fun with a 1/2 wave silver rod barely poking above my roof, and a 30 year old Transcom GBX4000 (with an Amstrad 901 board) that my uncle gave to me when I was a little kid years ago (always loved electronics!). But now I want to do more than just talk/listen to the handful of locals on CB. I want to reach the world!

Anytone AT5555 with silly Instagram filter
Anytone AT5555 with silly Instagram filter

To that end, I decided to grab myself an Anytone AT-5555, and program it so I can listen in on all the freebanding (and some amateur) frequencies for now. The advantage is that while freebanders often aren't licenced in their respective countries, they are able to take advantage of skip, and work with a common code/language (as opposed to the slang and constant swearing of CB), that allows them to make and communicate well with distant contacts, begin to learn that there's more to radio than what CB has to offer, and really enjoy what radio is all about without the pressure of assessments and exams.

It's also an excellent stepping stone towards the licenced Amateur bands, where the users are more knowledgeable than simply turning a channel dial, and have good rules of etiquette (while there's nothing wrong with swearing in every day life, remember that anybody, including children could be listening!).

Anyway, I guess I'm getting a bit off topic, maybe? My point is, radio is awesome, and I was wondering if anybody else here at Giant Bomb is into it too? :D While it's great to talk to the radio community folks that have a wealth of knowledge and experience in radio, I'm finding it hard to find any people anywhere remotely near my own age who are into it (I'm 24), and none of my friends could care less :P