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  1. While you're at it, put a base empowerment station next to the medi-porter, so you can buff yourself vs. whatever killed you in the first place! And while you're at it, get a nurse to sell you candy... A trainer is very handy, also.
  2. The up-front cost was one thing, but the shameless "Noice base you got heah, too bad if sometin happen to it." aspect of it drove me crazy! Between the base raids and the mortgage payments, it was an excellent reason to unsubscribe! (I get enough of that crap IRL -- which I keep waiting to see some decent patches for. Talk about your slacker devs! If there was only an alternative, but so far, it's the only game that runs on my system.)
  3. I believe it's just missions. Have you checked your Tips?
  4. Oh, I don't know. If I have a lowbie that finds a SO under 20 or so, I'll blow an unslotter to park it in the base when she outlevels it. It's a nice treat for new toons. But yeah, not so much needed these days. Neat to have a level trainer and a place to sell surplus enhs/recipes/salvage handy, though!
  5. True enough! (Post-apocalyptic voice:) "The ancient engineers built well!"
  6. OK, you asked for it. This is my Tier 9 nuke of Windows advice! O&O have two freeware products, O&O Shutup, which neuters the MS telemetry, and O&O Appbuster, which helps you uninstall the bloatware that comes with Windows 10 (Paint 3d, upsell Solitaire, etc). Between those two, I find Windows becomes much more tolerable. I also use Open Shell, which gives you back a Windows 7-ish start menu, and Winaero Tweaker, which lets you mess with some of the other silly defaults Microsoft chose. Be careful, though. It's not always obvious what changes will do. For instance, I used to use a custom hosts file which blocked the URLS associated with Windows Telemetry, but they have now set Windows Defender to detect and revert that. Cunning indeed! Details here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-hosts-file-blocking-telemetry-is-now-flagged-as-a-risk/ (If your router gives you a decent amount of control, you can set such a hostfile there, and Windows can just... deal with it!) I also run TInywall, a more versatile interface to the built-in firewall (again, reading needed or you will be sad when things break). It lets you block outgoing connections, which the defaults don't. You wind up having to whitelist apps that you want to access yon Internet, but that means apps that sneakily try it are blocked. I find it worth the hassle, but you may disagree. Also, out of a surfeit of paranoia, I like to use the free version of Malwarebytes to run a when-I-feel-like-it scan on demand for malware. (I don't trust Windows Defender. For one thing, they avoided the Leadership pool completely, always a bad sign on a Defender!) Every time you update (or are forcibly updated), be sure to check your settings, because Windows will decide to change things. Finally, for extra credit, do you know how many copies of Adobe Flash Player (a notoriously, ridiculously insecure vector of infection) you have installed on Windows 10? Have a look in C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\ and C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\ and C:\Windows\WinSxS\ and count again! (And that's if your browser doesn't have a copy!) Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. Bleeping Computer (cited above) is a good site for more detailed advice, and the first place to go if you break something. Remember, my guarantee is, if you take my advice and something breaks, you get to keep all the pieces! Please be safe out there, and good hunting! Disclaimer: Doctor Ditko is not a medical doctor. Do not take medical advice from Doctor Ditko!
  7. There are some call-outs in missions, too. Firesign Theatre quote: "Melanie Haber? Audrey Farber? Betty Jo Bialosky?" "Oh, you mean Nancy!" When you rescue a lady with any of the first three names, she'll tell you to call her Nancy at the end.
  8. Glad to help! Although, I must confess, thwarting Microsoft's plans for world domination is its own reward, I'm glad to assist a fellow hero! (Little known fact: "Microsoft Pretends Ally" is actually an anagram of "Mender Silos Crafty Plot!" Coincidence? I think not!)
  9. Delighted to hear it! You're very welcome!
  10. Let's hope Homelander ends up like Captain Amazing!
  11. I don't like Cheetos, but another favorite sandwich is peanut butter and extra sharp white cheddar. This one might be improved by being on sourdough bread, depending on the sourness. And yes, apples and cheddar are a magical combination. Easier to make than crabmeat and cheddar casserole, another amazing pairing. Chocolate meringue pie goes well with kosher dill pickles. You alternate, and the sweetness of that first bite never goes away.
  12. Kinda crazy that the good Stamina procs go in Health and the good Health procs go in stamina. But that's par for the course.
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