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SpaceX's first astronaut launch TODAY!

If everything goes well, I'll be watching it from our backyard. We've watched all latest launches from our backyard. It's pretty far off, still it's an amazing experience (esp. at night).


I like their spacesuits. Look futuristic. Reminds me of Star Trek.

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Tune in at 4 something PM EST. The launch is at 4:33 PM.

Watch it live on YT:

Why can’t I get the Windows installer to launch (Bootcamp)? iMac 13, 1 (late 2012)

I get a black screen with blinking cursor when Boot Camp reboots after creating the partition. I have been trying to install Windows 10 1909 on an iMac 13,1 (late 2012) running High Sierra (and now Catalina). The first issue I had was creating the USB – I ran into the issue that boot camp could not create the USB because there is a file greater than 4 GB, and so I circumvented this issue by re-formatting the USB to exFAT and then copying the contents of the Windows software support and the Windows 10 ISO onto the drive. I also read some reports that you need a USB 2.0, and so I’ve attempted that as well with the same result.

I then run boot camp and create a partition, and the system reboots, but just has a black screen with blinking cursor, so I cannot not run the Windows installer at all. If I manual shutdown and then reboot holding option, I have a USB option “Windows” and “EFI Boot” (or at least that was the way it was with High Sierra). When I run EFI Boot, I can enter the Windows installer, but an EFI windows install is not possible because the partition scheme is MBR, not GPT (and I’ve heard the drivers for this generation Mac do not cooperate with EFI boot anyway). When I run “Windows” option, I get the same result – black screen with blinking cursor. So I am stuck.

I’m not certain if this is relevant, but this machine previously had Windows 10 dual boot with its original Mountain Lion install, however, the Windows install completely crashed and was irreparable. What I did was remove the Windows partition with Boot camp assistant, and then I completely wiped MacOS and re-installed the High Sierra. I did run updates, and it did run a firmware update.

Any help would be much appreciated.

dnd 5e – Can you launch Sequester on yourself after creating a Simulacrum?

Yes, but you probably want clone spells instead

There is nothing in the way spells work that prevents this from happening. You create a drill of yourself and then presumably someone else throws to kidnap in you, what you are willing to do. This leaves a simulation of you free to do as you are told. There are some significant ways that a drill is not you. It cannot recover spell spaces and have half your maximum hit points. It is a construction, many forms of healing will not work. He cannot learn or level up for you, and will not save death when reduced to 0 HP, but will instantly die at that point.

So what can you do instead of using two level 7 and 6500 gp spells? Well luckily for you there is a spell specifically for what you describe (or at least almost): clone. This eighth level spell will only cost you 3000 gp (2000 of which are reusable) and will leave you completely roaming with a nice new backup ready if something goes wrong …

performance – Integrate a macOS Catalina launch script

I am a beginner with computer development, I have a Mac with MacOs Catalina. For my work, I need an application that runs on my Mac all the time (without interruption), it may happen that I close without expressing the application without realizing it.
I found a solution:
– create a script that verifies that the application is open; otherwise, the script opens the application.

Can anyone explain to me in a fairly simple way how to create this script and how to make the script run permanently on my Mac too? Does anyone have a better solution?

Thank you very much for your help,

keyboard shortcuts: how to enable a hotkey in Windows 10 to launch LastPass Desktop application (like in macOS)?

I use LastPass password manager on Mac and Windows. The Mac version has a default keyboard shortcut / hotkey to open the app and let you find the password you need (COMMAND-SHIFT-L by default). The Windows version seems to have no hotkey to do the same thing. I would like to replicate this behavior in some way.

I've been messing around with AutoHotKey but I haven't been able to start LastPass Desktop (which seems to run as a service and is not a standard executable application).

How can I assign a hotkey in Windows to mimic the hotkey behavior for LastPass Desktop on macOS?

dnd 5e – How many wizard levels does my 7-level eldritch knight player need in order to launch a fireball?

I am sending DM for a group that has a player who is a level 7 eldritch knight and wants multiclass wizard to expand their spell casting abilities. The short version of my question is the one in the title and I think ultimately it is based on two factors.

  1. When do you get access to 3rd level spell spaces like Eldritch Knight 7 / Wizard X?
  2. When can you cast third-level spells as a multi-class character?

Spell Spaces First – This seems like the easier of the two questions and is described quite clearly in PHB p.164

You determine your available spell spaces by adding all your levels in the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, and wizard classes, half their levels (rounded down) in the paladin and ranger classes, and a third of their levels fighter or rogue (rounded down) if you have the Eldritch Knight or Arcane Trickster feature. Use this total to determine your spell spaces by consulting the Multiclass Spellcaster table.

And the table is given as (again on p.164)

LvL. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st   2
2nd   3
3rd   4   2
4th   4   3
5th   4   3  2
6th   4   3  3

So for a level 7 Eldritch Knight, that's 7/3 = 2 (rounded down). Each wizard level would give a full level for the table, so Eldritch 7 / Wizard 1 = table row 3, Eldritch 7 / Wizard 2 = row 4, Eldritch 7 / Wizard 3 = row 5 (to reach third spell slots level).

The second question of "when can you cast a third level spell in this situation?" It doesn't seem to be answered directly by the spell space table and the best / closest answer I can find is above the spell space section in PHB. 164:

You determine which spells you know and can prepare for each class individually, as if you were a unique member of that class.

So, taking this almost literally, of his 7 Eldritch Knight levels he would have the same 2 cantrips, 5 known spells, 4 first-level spells, and 2 second-level spells of his 7 levels of that class (PHB p.75). The wizard has his own table, but for the sake of brevity, he does not give access to the slots / spells for spells from level 3 to level 5. So, I understand that he would need to be an Eldritch Knight 7 / Wizard 5 before he could achieve the desired spin of "Action Surge Double Fireball".

That seems to be the answer of online searching and a literal reading of the PHB, but that would mean, in theory, in Eldritch 7 / Wizard 3, for example, as indicated above based on the table, third-rate spell slots level that … couldn't use for third level spells. The PHB seems to support this as a possibility by saying (PHB p.164):

If you have more than one spellcasting class, this table may give you spell spaces of a level that is higher than the spells you know or can prepare. You can use those spaces, but only to cast your lower level spells. If a lower-level spell you cast, such as Burning Raids, has an improved effect when cast using a higher-level slot, you can use the improved effect, even if you don't have any spells of that higher level.

For example, if you are Ranger 4 / Wizard 3 mentioned above, you count as a fifth level character when
Determine your spell spaces: You have four first level spaces, three second level spaces and two third level spaces. However, you don't know of a 3rd level spell, nor do you know of a 2nd level ranger spell. You can use the spell slots in those levels to cast the spells you know and potentially enhance their effects.

Is that correct? My personal opinion is that it is quite long (12 is near the end of many campaigns) and it is a bit lame, but for the most part I try to follow the book.

So please tell me if any of the above is incorrect or if there is something I have overlooked. Thank you for your time and apologies for any formatting errors.

The repository … doesn't have a launch file

Why am I getting this error?

E: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/alexlarsson/flatpak/ubuntu focal Release' does not have a Release file.
E: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/noobslab/apps/ubuntu focal Release' does not have a Release file.

dnd 5e – launch two cantrips, both modified by metamagic?

According to the written rules: Yes, you can.

First: you can cast two spells, one of them is a cantrip (PHB, p. 202). Since both are cantrips, your example works.

You cannot cast another spell during the same turn, except for one
cantrip with a cast time of 1 action.

Second: you can only add one Metamagic option to a spell (PHB, p. 102). Since the wording indicates that you are only limited to one per spell and not per turn, you can add as many Metamagic options as you want in different spells, as long as you follow the previous rule.

You can only use a Metamagic option on a spell when you cast it,
unless otherwise stated.

So you can throw two fire boltYes, each with a different Metamagic option.

Launch of the Community Ambassador Program! The | Forum promotion

Hello, the new community ambassador program launched at faff. You can read more about this here. Essentially it is a way for community members who are active and passionate about the faff to be recognized for their hard work, but they also have a responsibility to help support the community.

Anyone is welcome to join. If you are not registered yet, send me a DM and I will invite you.