Zortrax M200 Plus print examples

I am getting the hang of my new 3D printer. So I’m posting the photos I promised. First is a comparison: The darker green wererat on the left is with the new printer, compared to the neon green on the right with the old printer. So, yes, for my miniatures the new printer is working fine, and better than the old one.

Next is an example of something my old printer frequently refused to do: Print half a dozen miniatures at the same time. The new one did these 6 bandits in one go without problems. I assume it has to do with the ABS printing hotter, so it still sticks to the previous layer even that layer has been printed a while ago.

The other advantage of ABS is that you can treat it with acetone vapors, which makes the surface glossy and hides imperfections. As an example the 3DBenchy model printed twice identically, with the right one being treated with acetone vapors for 1 hour. Note that for miniatures you better just use 15 minutes, after 1 hour fine parts like arms or swords tend to melt.

Finally I used a model of a bard with a lot of detail to see how it comes out. This is with 15 minutes acetone treatment. Looking closely you can still see the layers and imperfections. But remember that this is just 3 cm tall, so for this size this is as good as it gets. You can see the lute, the rapier, and even the jester’s hat is printing out fine.

The best Total War?

I have played a few of the games in the Total War series, but I am not a big fan. Now I’m playing Total War: Arena, which isn’t a real Total War game at all, and like it much better. I’ve already played over 300 battles in the closed beta, in spite of knowing that my progress will be reset. So, why would I prefer this one?

I tend to think of games as having a core game, which in the case of Total War would be a battle, and a shell game, which is the rest of the game outside of battle. Now in the classic Total War games I feel that the core and the shell are at counter-purpose to each other. For maximum success in the shell game, the strategic map, you will always want to have battles in which your troops outnumber the enemy. You don’t want pitched battles, because even if you win, the losses will set you back in the strategic game. But if you consider the core game, the battles in which you are clearly superior in numbers and quality just aren’t any fun. The pitched battles are more fun, because they are more balanced and have a less certain outcome.

Total War: Arena gets rid of the strategic map, and thus resolves that conflict. And the matchmaking makes every battle balanced. I don’t really need to care about losses, because they are automatically bought back with silver, and playing aggressively earns you more silver than your losses cost you. The shell game around the battles is a game of simple progression of units and commanders. And as I said, I don’t even care much about that, as it will be reset at the end of the closed beta anyway.

Of course I can see how the battles in Total War: Arena might not be for everyone. You only control 3 units, and the action is mostly tactical. Due to the usual lack of coordination when playing with random strangers, the strategic positioning on the battle map is mostly non-existing. In fact the game appears to be designed to aggravate the kind of player that doesn’t suffer fools lightly, because there is friendly fire: Ranged units are not very accurate, and artillery is very slow and might fire on a spot where the enemy has moved away from and an ally moved into, so even with the best of intentions it is nearly impossible to completely avoid causing friendly fire when playing ranged. You can even suffer friendly fire from spearmen or pikemen in phalanx formation. Some players are extremely sensitive to losing units to friendly fire, or losing a battle due to allies playing badly or without coordination. I wouldn’t recommend Total War: Arena to them. Me, I’m having a lot of fun and even bought a founder pack.

Life is Pay2Win

I was listening to some well-known YouTubers complaining about lootboxes in new games like Star Wars Battlefront II or Shadow of War and pointing out in painstaking detail how getting this or that bonus unbalances the game in favor of people who buy lootboxes. However they appeared to be totally okay with other people getting the exactly same bonuses by grinding the game for many, many hours. And that annoyed me. Wouldn’t we be much better off if our multiplayer PvP games would be perfectly balanced and the outcome only determined by skill? If you can get bonuses that make you much stronger than another player, why would it matter whether you got them by playing the game for endless hours or by using your credit card? It appeared to me as if some hardcore gamers are quite okay with a game being unfair, as long as that unfairness favors them and their kind.

The only advantage playing a game for longer should be the skill you acquire by practice. Any other bonus you get from grinding is in fact a historical and economical anomaly. The practice will certainly disappear over the coming decade, because it simply isn’t in the interest of game companies to keep doing so. Companies don’t *want* players that use a lot of their bandwidth but give them no money. The only free players they want is those that they are still trying to persuade to cough up some cash.

Fact is that life itself is Pay2Win. In a consumer society, the more money you have, the more luxury you can afford. The whole “American Dream” idea is built around the concept that money is the yardstick for success in life, and that by working hard on pursuits that actually earn you money or improve your chances to earn money later, you are leading a better life. Even the people who would like wealth to be redistributed don’t complain about the fact that more money buys you a better car or the best seats in the theater. So why exactly should video games be exempt from that?

Games went from being fair and balanced to being unfair based on time spent. Now they are moving from there to being unfair based on money spent. People complaining about that on YouTube or various internet forums isn’t going to change that, because millions of people will buy those new games with their new unfairness. Because for millions of people the new unfairness is actually an improvement over the old unfairness. Gaming has become a mass market for the general population, and in the general population there are more people who can afford to spend $100 than there are people who can afford to spend 100 hours. Calling for that to be rolled back to the previous state of unfairness doesn’t even have the benefit of being moral, the moral situation would be games that don’t give you any advantages from neither time nor money.

Rage of Demons: Session 4

In the previous session the players had reached the duergar city of Gracklstugh, and had started to explore the Whorlstone Tunnels. Unfortunately their companion who had told them that they could find a way to the surface had turned out to be a mad serial killer who had just wanted to get to the tunnels for his own reasons. But they continued to search the tunnels, having been asked to find out about the Grey Ghosts, a thieves guild of renegade duergar and derro.

After some exploration they found an alchemist of the Grey Ghosts and some duergar, which they captured. Having also found a shortcut back to the city, they brought the prisoners to the Keepers of the Flame. There they found out that the Keepers suspected the Grey Ghosts of having stolen a red dragon egg from Themberchaud, the dragon of the city, and were told to go back and look for it.

This time the group collected some of the mushrooms that could grow or shrink people, and used them to explore the narrower tunnels. That way they managed to sneak up on a group of enemies they hadn’t really been looking for: Cultists of Demogorgon, who were doing a ritual that apparently was responsible for the curse that made the giants sprout a second head and go rampant. They killed the cultists and reversed the ritual.

Finally they found the dragon egg with the leader of the Grey Ghosts near a strange obelisk, guarded by a spectator. The Grey Ghost turned out to be annoying due to his Blink spell. But in the end they killed him and his pet spectator, and got the red dragon egg. They found that the obelisk was a teleport out of the city, so if they had wanted they could have kept the egg and raised a dragon baby. But instead they brought the egg to the dragon (and not his keepers), who promptly destroyed the egg, as he suspected his keepers to use it to replace him.

So they left the city and traveled north towards Neverlight Grove. They only had two NPC companions left, who were myconids and wanted to go home. And Blingdenstone, the deep gnome city north of Neverlight Grove, was their best hope of finding a way back to the surface.

[Note that this journal entry is somewhat abbreviated, as there was a lot of dungeon exploring and fighting going on, which I didn’t want to recount in detail.]

Rupert Murdoch Seems to Have Forgotten That He Fired Bill O’Reilly

The only sexual-harassment problem they’ve had at Fox News was Roger Ailes, he said.

In light of the news that the Walt Disney Company had reached a deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, executive co-chairman Rupert Murdoch spoke to Sky News TV about the move and other business matters at the empire.

But when the topic of sexual harassment allegations came up and whether they affected the network, Murdoch called the accusations “nonsense.”

“It’s all nonsense,” he said. “There was a problem with our chief executive, over the year, isolated incidents.” Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes stepped down in 2016 after over 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, and News Corp paid $45 million in settlements related to those allegations. Upon his departure, Ailes was awarded a $40 million exit package.

Murdoch told Sky News TV, “As soon as we investigated he was out of the place in hours — well three or four days. And there has been nothing else since then.”

Since then, since Ailes left News Corp, there has actually been quite a bit else.

The network’s biggest star, Bill O’Reilly was fired in April following numerous sexual harassment allegations and after the New York Times discovered that Fox had paid at least $13 million in settlements over complaints made against him. The network also terminated host Eric Bolling in September, after Huff Post reported that Bolling had sent unsolicited pictures of his genitalia to at least three female colleagues. Host Chris Payne was also suspended this summer after allegations of sexual harassment. He was later reinstated.

Murdoch claims the accusations were “largely political because we are conservative. The liberals are going down the drain. NBC is in deep trouble.”

The media industry, like Hollywood, the food industry and politics, has come under scrutiny for a culture of predation by men in power and systematic sexual misconduct. From NBC’s Matt Lauer, to CBS’s Charlie Rose, to PBS’s Tavis Smily, allegations of sexual harassment or assault have not been confined to conservatives. But to ignore how pervasive allegations specifically at Fox News have been is a very selective understanding of this current moment.

“There are really bad cases and people should be moved aside,” Murdoch said. “There are other things — which probably amount to a bit of flirting.” According to Sky News, the 86-year-old said that he did not believe sexual misconduct allegations had “affected investor sentiment towards his businesses.”

 

 

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Test Your SQL Basics – Part_3

Manipulating Data Questions

1. What all operations can MERGE statement perform in SQL?

  1. INSERT
  2. DELETE
  3. GROUP BY
  4. None of the above

2.Which of following commands is a DDL (Data Definition Language) command but is often considered along with DML commands?
  1. DELETE
  2. INSERT
  3. TRUNCATE
  4. None of the above

3. What among the following is a TRUNCATE statement equivalent to? (Choose the most suitable answer)
  1. To a DELETE statement
  2. To an UPDATE statement
  3. A DELETE statement without a WHERE clause
  4. None of the above

4.Which of the following situations indicate that a DML operation has taken place?
  1. When new rows are added to a table
  2. When two queries are combined
  3. When a table is truncated
  4. None of the above

5.What is true about the keyword VALUES in INSERT statements?
  1. VALUES can add multiple rows at a time during the INSERT
  2. VALUES can add only 100 rows at a time during the INSERT
  3. VALUES is mandatory to be used if we use the keyword INSERT
  4. VALUES add only one row at a time

6. Which of the following commands is used to save the changed data in a table permanently?
  1. ROLLBACK
  2. COMMIT
  3. INSERT
  4. UPDATE

7. Which of the following commands / statements would end a transaction?
  1. COMMIT
  2. SELECT
  3. SAVEPOINT
  4. CREATE

8.What happens when a transaction is committed?
  1. The changes made during the transaction are saved for a particular user session
  2. The changes made during the transaction are discarded
  3. If the transaction is a DDL, the commit doesn’t work
  4. None of the above

9. Which of the following reasons will the best one on the usage of string?
  1. Using sub-queries
  2. Syntax errors
  3. Access permissions
  4. Constraint violations

Answer
1-(A,B),   2-C,   3-C,   4-A,  5-D,   6-D,   7-(A,D),   8-D,   9-(C,B,D)

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Using DDL Statements Questions

1.DDL statements are used for which of the following Oracle database objects?
  1. Tables
  2. Sub-queries
  3. Rows
  4. Columns

2.What is the basic unit of storage in Oracle Database that contains data?
  1. View
  2. Column
  3. Query
  4. Table

3.Which of the following database objects improves the performance of some queries?
  1. Table
  2. Synonym
  3. View
  4. Index

4. When a table can be created?
  1. When the database is not being used by any user
  2. When the database is newly created
  3. It can be created any time, even when a user is using the database
  4. None of the above

5. What is true about a table?
  1. It is not mandatory to specify the size of a table
  2. The size of each table is the same
  3. A table can be modified online
  4. None of the above

6. A table named 123_A is created for storing the number of employees in an organization. What is wrong in the name of the table?
  1. The name of a table cannot start with a digit
  2. Nothing is wrong in this name.
  3. You cannot use an underscore while naming a table
  4. None of the above

7. What among the following are the pre-requisites for creating a table?
  1. CREATE TABLE privilege
  2. Storage space
  3. Data in the table
  4. None of the above

8. What is the syntax for creating a table?
  1. CREATE TABLE [schema.] table (column datatype [DEFAULT expr] [,..] );
  2. CREATE TABLE INTO [schema.] table (column datatype [DEFAULT expr] [,..] );
  3. CREATE TABLE VALUES [schema.] table (column datatype [DEFAULT expr] [,..] );
  4. None of the above

9. What is true about a namespace?
  1. It is a group of object types
  2. Within a namespace, all the object names should be uniquely identified by schema and name
  3. The same type of objects in different namespaces can share the same name
  4. All of the above

10. Which of the following object types share the same namespace?
  1. Synonyms
  2. Table
  3. Views
  4. All of the above

11. Which of the following are the data types for date and time data?
  1. TIMESTAMP
  2. INTERVAL DAY TO SECOND
  3. TIMESTAMP WITH LOCAL TIMEZONE
  4. All of the above

12. Which of the following data types are for large objects?
  1. CLOB
  2. BLOB
  3. RAW
  4. All of the above

13. What will happen if the inserted value is of a smaller length as defined for a VARCHAR2 data type column?
  1. It will throw an ORA error
  2. It will get inserted successfully and the value will take up as much space as it needs.
  3. It will get inserted and the remaining space will be padded with spaces
  4. None of the above

14. What happens when a table which is marked Read Only is attempted for drop?
  1. It will throw an error
  2. It will no longer remain Read Only but cannot be dropped either
  3. It will be dropped without errors
  4. It will remain un-touched

15. Which of the following data types cannot be used with a GROUP BY and an ORDER BY clause?
  1. CLOB
  2. VARCHAR2
  3. CHAR
  4. LONG

16. How many LONG columns can a table contain?
  1. None
  2. Maximum 2
  3. Minimum 2
  4. Only one

Answer
1-A,   2-D,   3-D,   4-C,  5-(A,C),   6-A,   7-(A,B),   8-A,   9-D,  10-D,   11-D,  12-(A,B),  13-B,  14-C,  15-D,  16-D

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Creating Other Schema Objects Questions

1. What among the following is true about synonyms?
  1. PUBLIC and PRIVATE synonyms can have the same name for the same table
  2. DROP SYNONYM will remove a synonym
  3. DROP PUBLIC SYNONYM can be executed only by a SYSDBA
  4. None of the above

2. What is true about creating a view? (Choose the most appropriate answer)
  1. A view can only be created from a table
  2. A view can only be created from one table
  3. A view can be created from one or many tables or views
  4. None of the above

3. Which of the following privileges are required to create views in one’s own schema?
  1. CREATE TABLE system privilege
  2. CREATE VIEW system privilege
  3. ALTER VIEW system privilege
  4. CREATE ANY VIEW system privilege

4.How is a view stored in the data dictionary?
  1. As a WHERE clause
  2. As a CREATE statement
  3. As an UPDATE statement
  4. As a SELECT statement

5.Which of the following can contain single-row functions?
  1. Inline Views
  2. Simple Views
  3. Complex Views
  4. Composite Views

6.When can the rows from a view be removed?
  1. Deletion of rows through a view is not possible
  2. It should be a simple view
  3. It should be a complex view
  4. None of the above

7.When can the data in a view not be modified?
  1. When there are group expressions
  2. When there is a GROUP BY clause
  3. When ROWNUM is used in the view query
  4. All of the above

8.What is true about the WITH CHECK CONSTRAINT?
  1. INSERTs or UPDATEs performed through the view cannot create rows that the view cannot select
  2. Only INSERTs performed through the view cannot create rows that the view cannot select
  3. Only UPDATEs performed through the view cannot create rows that the view cannot select
  4. None of the above

9.How can you prevent DML operations on a View?
  1. By defining a WITH CHECK OPTION constraint
  2. By defining a WITH READ ONLY option
  3. Neither of A nor B
  4. None of the above

10.What is true about the above statement?
  1. The view will not be created
  2. INSERT operation on this view an will throw an ORA error
  3. On UPDATING the rows for all the employees in department 100, an ORA error will be thrown
  4. None of the above

11.How many rows can be deleted from the view as shown above?
  1. All rows of the view
  2. All the rows of only the department 100
  3. No rows
  4. None of the above

12.What is true about sequences?
  1. It generates integers
  2. It is a shareable object
  3. Can be used to create a PRIMARY KEY value
  4. All of the above

13.What can be the last value generated by this sequence?
  1. 0
  2. 100
  3. 101
  4. 9999

14.What is true about NEXTVAL pseudo column?
  1. It re-generates the CURRVAL of a sequence
  2. It returns the next available sequence value
  3. It can return duplicate values
  4. It generates the same values for different users

15.What is true about CURRVAL pseudo column?
  1. CURRVAL can be used before NEXTVAL with respect to a sequence
  2. CURRVAL gives the current value of a sequence
  3. CURRVAL can give duplicate values
  4. None of the above

16.Which of the following is used by an index to locate the data quickly?
  1. ROWNUM
  2. ROWID
  3. Sequence
  4. None of the above

17.What happens when there is no index on a column of a table?
  1. The data is located quickly
  2. There is a full table scan
  3. The table cannot be created
  4. The table cannot be altered

Answer
1-(A,B),   2-C,   3-B,   4-D,  5-(A,B),   6-B,   7-D,   8-A,   9-B,  10-(B,C),   11-C,  12-D,  13-D,  14-B,  15-B, 16-B, 17-B

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