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    Ben reacted to ineseri in LSPDFR 0.4 - Coming February, 2019   
    I don't think anyone does. Black Mesa (source has been removed from its title a long time ago) was developed with a proper dev-kit and with quite the larger team. LSPDFR is developed by mainly two people, in their own spare time. LSPDFR v.1 will come, when the developers feel that their mod is something worthy of calling "1". You're not a pretend beta tester, it just hasn't reached version 1. You're free to wait until v.1 releases if you don't want to play it 🙂
     
    Anyway, we're getting off-track here. 0.4 so far looks amazing and it'll probably be amazing as well. Kudos to the team!
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    Ben reacted to willpv23 in Is there a way to turn on vehicle's hazard lights?   
    I imagine you would call this native:
     

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    Ben reacted to Sniper296 in The LSPDFR award   
    You have changed a lot between alpha and beta versions. Still many bugs to work out.
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    Ben got a reaction from krul in [NOT VICTORY] Count To 20 Before A Moderator Or Developer Posts   
    It's a shame that a joke cannot be taken in, simply enjoyed. Quite a shame.
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    Ben reacted to c13 in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I think everyone over the last page needs to take a step back and calm down, then look at things from a new perspective.
     
    Let's rewind way back to the days of LCPDFR. As anyone who has ever worked with code before knows, anything and everything will go wrong if you change one line. Sam once said that there were often times when he would add a new line and 10 different things that were working would suddenly make the game crash. This brought up many issues with releasing finalized versions.
     
    It was several years ago, I believe it was LCPDFR .9, that a definitive release date was given about a month in advance. Like usual, the site went down due to the excessive amount of traffic. The few who were able to download it and get in game quickly noticed a critical error: the game crashed when they called for backup. People were furious, as could be expected.
     
    For people that haven't been around a while, that is the main reason why the official response to questions about release dates has always been "when its done."
     
    Additionally, it does get troubling keeping hype up for a new version. I'm sure a lot of people would be much more annoyed if there was no news whatsoever. It puts Sam and LMS in a tough spot, and I am sure they believed .4 would be finalized sooner rather than later when the first preview was posted in February. But life and game breaking errors can often get in the way and I am in no way privy to this information.
     
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I share frustration with many of you, but we have to sit back, relax, and not be at each others throats because that is not going to help anything.
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    Ben reacted to GravelRoadCop in Time to go 10-7   
    The time has come for me to radio in 10-7 and go out of service indefinitely, after spending a decade ( 2008-2018) being involved in the Grand Theft Auto communities. 
     
    I am not the one to make a long speech, so I will keep this simple : thank you for the greatest show on earth, and keep inspiring others to follow their goals.
     
    From 2008, being in junior high school, to present time, becoming an Emergency Vehicle Technician, thank you for giving me a platform that enabled my passion for the emergency services and emergency vehicles in general. Because of this journey, I get to wake up everyday and go to a job that I love doing, a career that GTA emergency services modding communities have helped me discover. It's been an adventure. I hope that my contributions to this community has helped make your gaming experience a bit better. 
     
    November 24th, 2018, This will be my final 10-7, it's been a great ride. Thank you very much. 
     
     
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    Ben reacted to Sam in Our Community - What we stand for & How to get involved   
    We'll be closing the application forms to join the team on Monday.  Far more applications than we anticipated were received, so it may take a little time to look through them all, but we hope to start contacting people by the end of next week.
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    Ben reacted to Forsteic in Slow Download   
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    Ben reacted to Sam in Our Community - What we stand for & How to get involved   
    With all the talk about LSPDFR 0.4, it's been a little while since we've provided a general update on our community.  Of course, LSPDFR 0.4 is our main priority at the moment and we'll have more to say about it shortly, but we thought it important to also address and announce a couple of things regarding our community.
     
    What our Community stands for
     
    Before anything else, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on who we are, as people that run this website, and as a community.
     
    LCPDFR was founded, back in 2009, simply because I thought it'd be a fun thing to do.  To play as the police in GTA IV.  It was an idea, ambitious for its time, and nothing more.  I worked on LCPDFR because it was fun, I published it because I thought others might also enjoy it.  LCPDFR has come a long way since then, it has evolved from one person's topic on a forum, to its own website, to its own forum, to its own community.  We've spanned two games, our reach has grown massively, our community is approaching 300,000 registered members.  The amount of work that goes into developing LSPDFR alone is staggering - the time that we've spent on it is measured not in days, weeks or months, but years.  Likewise, the effort required to keep our website online is vastly underestimated - in the past month we've served around 30 terabytes of download traffic alone, and have done all of this despite persistent, targeted denial of service and hacking attacks against us.  To put this in context, if you were to serve 30 terabytes of data through Amazon Web Services, it'd cost you $3,000 a month - and that's just one month of download traffic. 
     
    Why do we do this?  Because it's fun.  We love developing our community, we love developing our mod, and we love that other people - complete strangers, from all over the world, from countries you've probably never heard of, from all walks of life... we love that they love LSPDFR.  Our community has achieved incredible things: we've created an entire gaming phenomenon and we've developed things that nobody ever thought would be possible.  Our members have done more than simply play games or make mods: we've fought hand-in-hand against corporate giants (and won), we've transformed peoples' entire lives by sparking new careers and we've been covered everywhere from massive YouTube channels to mainstream media publications.  Heck, we've even triggered out of touch government ministers in Australia.
     
    That's not the whole story, though.  Sometimes we are the story.  Sometimes we make mistakes.  We've had catastrophes, like the time where we had a hyped countdown on the website only to reveal a private testing version of LCPDFR that nobody could access.   Our first ever livestream had to be rescued by Steve and Jeff after it started with Prophet driving a train around Los Santos and infamously stating "this is not the preview for LSPDFR 0.3" while our community manager could do nothing but watch helplessly after being accidentally disconnected.  We've messed up releases, we've announced things too quickly, and sometimes we've not announced things at all.   
     
    Yet, despite all of this.  Nine years later, we're still here.  We're still making mods, we're still developing this community, and we've stuck true to our principles the entire time:
    Our community is open to all. We treat members equally regardless of their status. Everything is completely free of charge, with no catches.  
    Why?  It's not about fame, it's not about money, it's not about status.  It's about love.  We love LCPDFR, we love LSPDFR, and we love our community.  We don't think that modding should be hidden in private Discord servers.  We don't think that modding should be something people pay for.  We don't think that modding should be an ego boost.
     
    We just think that modding should be fun.  It should be open, and it should be free.  That's what we stand for, and that's what we do.
     
    How you can get involved
     
    Last year, we opened up applications to join our Community Team for the first time.  This resulted in a couple of new faces joining our moderation team and upon reflection, we think it's a good change in approach from previously handpicking staff members ourselves.  We've decided to open these applications again, and would invite anyone who is interested in volunteering some of their free time to moderating our community to apply by following the link below.  Our volunteer Community Moderators are a vital part of everything that we do, and it wouldn't be possible to maintain the community without them.
     
    To find out more and to submit an application, please visit: http://lcpd.fr/staffapp
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    Ben got a reaction from Hystery in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    I find it funny that you seem to spend all day attempting to fire shots yet not making a point, I didn't say gun control was what was needed, and you'd know this if you read my post, so I am just going to gather that you didn't. I know that when Armed Police respond here, they are the very best trained in the world, I feel safe knowing that, so it works out incredibily well for me and I am sure the people from France would also agree.

    So are you going to actually contribute to the discussion or just attempt to trigger people with off-topic jibes, and yes I can see the hidden posts where you went out of your way to be rude and offensive.
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    Ben got a reaction from Hystery in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Three cops got injured... surely it would be better to think of a solution which has the chance of stopping this ahead of time? I mean, it's all good saying every religious place in America needs armed guards but I highly doubt local law enforcement departments are going to send their valuable manpower to every religious building in their jurisdiction on the off-chance it is involved in a shooting, so these guards are coming from somewhere else - who is going to pay for them, how trained are they going to be.

    It's all good saying that everyone will be safer with more armed guards, yet all I see is poor response to an issue which happens somewhat reguarly in the United States - don't get me wrong, I don't say I know the answer but surely putting the money into finding a more logical, safer and sustainable solution is better than just throwing more likely poorly trained rent-a-cops into the line of fire.
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    Ben got a reaction from Hystery in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Three cops got injured... surely it would be better to think of a solution which has the chance of stopping this ahead of time? I mean, it's all good saying every religious place in America needs armed guards but I highly doubt local law enforcement departments are going to send their valuable manpower to every religious building in their jurisdiction on the off-chance it is involved in a shooting, so these guards are coming from somewhere else - who is going to pay for them, how trained are they going to be.

    It's all good saying that everyone will be safer with more armed guards, yet all I see is poor response to an issue which happens somewhat reguarly in the United States - don't get me wrong, I don't say I know the answer but surely putting the money into finding a more logical, safer and sustainable solution is better than just throwing more likely poorly trained rent-a-cops into the line of fire.
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    Ben got a reaction from Hystery in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    I find it funny that you seem to spend all day attempting to fire shots yet not making a point, I didn't say gun control was what was needed, and you'd know this if you read my post, so I am just going to gather that you didn't. I know that when Armed Police respond here, they are the very best trained in the world, I feel safe knowing that, so it works out incredibily well for me and I am sure the people from France would also agree.

    So are you going to actually contribute to the discussion or just attempt to trigger people with off-topic jibes, and yes I can see the hidden posts where you went out of your way to be rude and offensive.
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    Ben got a reaction from goldencandy610 in Looking Back: Fort Carson RP   
    With Fort Carson Roleplay, for me it was the smaller more constant roleplays that made it more enjoyable. Everyday there would be tons of unique roleplay's that players had created/initiated, from your average pursuit to 4 of the 'rednecks' on the server stealing the fire departments utility trailer - then saying that had purchased it from the Fire Chief. 

    It didn't really matter how many players where online, you would always find something to do on the server. It was also that although the server had at times 70 players on, you could check the player list and recognize around 30-40 people who you've either role-played with or spoken to in one of the Public TeamSpeak channels, so for such a significant amount of players - it was still at the same time a small community.
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    Ben got a reaction from Giordano in Notification Sound Going Off, No Notifications   
    Do you have any topics open when the notification sounds goes off? When someone replies to a topic that you have open it will play the notification sound and provide the ability to refresh the topic, it is possible that this is the sound you are hearing.
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    Ben got a reaction from Giordano in Notification Sound Going Off, No Notifications   
    Do you have any topics open when the notification sounds goes off? When someone replies to a topic that you have open it will play the notification sound and provide the ability to refresh the topic, it is possible that this is the sound you are hearing.
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    Ben got a reaction from ineseri in Suspected Attack In London (no fatalities)   
    Firstly, don't try and play victim because somebody calls you out on the things you say - I don't hate Americans and I am not the one who reguarly posts anti-uk and europe stuff even though your country is far from perfect, and when I say far I mean like really, really far. Now just to break down that twitter post you quoted - I can bet you for a fact that they are seized from people who have no reason to be carrying them, people who aren't handymen who are likely part of a gang who won't be able to bring up one valid reason on why they need to be carrying them around, you'll probably say it's anti-freedom but I call it great police work.

    I don't see how you can complain about a country that actually tries to solve an issue instead of just sitting back and letting it happen time an time again, different cultures I guess.
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    Ben got a reaction from ineseri in Suspected Attack In London (no fatalities)   
    I guess it's better than other countries approaches of doing nothing and expecting that the outcome will be different.
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    Ben reacted to Cyan in A few site updates   
    Hi all,
     
    We have a few updates that I thought would be a good time to share.
     
    Trending System
    The eagle eyed among you may have noticed we've added a new 'Trending' section to the download portal, at the bottom right.
    We're still in the middle of finalising and designing the system, but we're so excited about it we've made a rudimentary version live.
    The system will eventually be expanded to be available to every category, but right now operates from the main GTA5 Mods feed. 
     
    The system considers a few important factors to decide whether to make a file trend or not. The process is automatic and operates without intervention from staff.
     
    Deactivation
    We've added self-service account deactivation. This is available from the User Control Panel. This will allow you to close your account, as well as remove any files you've uploaded. Your profile will also be removed from public view.
     
    Please note, there is no self-service reactivation as of yet. To reactivate your account, you'll have to contact us externally from the site. We will only consider reactivation requests after a two-week cooling down period.
     
    Clarifying our File Reporting policies
    @willpv23 has published a new guideline on reporting files. Before you report a file, make sure to read it. We'll be updating our reporting form shortly to make this clear.
    As a reminder, you can view the status of your reports from our Support Dashboard.
     
     
    Cyan.
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    Ben got a reaction from Hystery in Three mass shootings in America in one day   
    I can likely outrun someone with a knife, have the potential to outfight someone in a fist-fight, but I can't outrun a bullet. Obviously, the whole European point of things would never work in the United States, simply because how many guns are already out there, most other countries I'd argue a case could be made that it is safer to have no guns or strict limitations, but the numbers in the United States simply means that either way you'd struggle to make a difference.
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    Ben got a reaction from Hystery in Three mass shootings in America in one day   
    I can likely outrun someone with a knife, have the potential to outfight someone in a fist-fight, but I can't outrun a bullet. Obviously, the whole European point of things would never work in the United States, simply because how many guns are already out there, most other countries I'd argue a case could be made that it is safer to have no guns or strict limitations, but the numbers in the United States simply means that either way you'd struggle to make a difference.
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    Ben got a reaction from Hystery in Three mass shootings in America in one day   
    I can likely outrun someone with a knife, have the potential to outfight someone in a fist-fight, but I can't outrun a bullet. Obviously, the whole European point of things would never work in the United States, simply because how many guns are already out there, most other countries I'd argue a case could be made that it is safer to have no guns or strict limitations, but the numbers in the United States simply means that either way you'd struggle to make a difference.
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    Ben reacted to Sam in Three mass shootings in America in one day   
    Not going to debate the gun issue, been over that countless times before, especially as it relates to the UK: https://www.lcpdfr.com/forums/topic/83855-texas-school-shooting/?do=findComment&comment=547070
     
     
    It's totally incorrect to suggest that our police fear for their lives and are begging for guns, though.  The Police Federation often surveys the police on this and there's little appetite for all police officers to be issued with guns with the most recent survey suggesting two thirds remain opposed to it.  It's an idea similarly opposed by the vast majority of senior police officers (if not all of them) and I think that just about everyone here embraces the unique model of policing that we have - I think you have to understand that it's very different to what you have in the US, especially as it relates to using force.  Indeed, it is frequently reported that police forces throughout England & Wales are actually struggling to recruit enough firearms officers - the vast majority just don't want to carry guns.  Even drawing the gun would be considered a reportable use of force here where paperwork must be filed after...  You simply couldn't do that in the US - you'd probably run out of paper.
     
    On the contrary, you are entirely correct when you say that the Conservative government has cut police funding, and these cuts do appear to be having a worrying impact - especially as it relates to the numbers of officers.  I think that there's much greater public awareness of this now (it is frequently reported throughout the media, and it's not a left wing or right wing issue) and I'd be surprised if the government doesn't allocate extra funding in the next budget as they are starting to see the blowback from it.
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    Ben got a reaction from ineseri in Suspected Attack In London (no fatalities)   
    Firstly, don't try and play victim because somebody calls you out on the things you say - I don't hate Americans and I am not the one who reguarly posts anti-uk and europe stuff even though your country is far from perfect, and when I say far I mean like really, really far. Now just to break down that twitter post you quoted - I can bet you for a fact that they are seized from people who have no reason to be carrying them, people who aren't handymen who are likely part of a gang who won't be able to bring up one valid reason on why they need to be carrying them around, you'll probably say it's anti-freedom but I call it great police work.

    I don't see how you can complain about a country that actually tries to solve an issue instead of just sitting back and letting it happen time an time again, different cultures I guess.
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    Ben got a reaction from ineseri in Suspected Attack In London (no fatalities)   
    I guess it's better than other countries approaches of doing nothing and expecting that the outcome will be different.
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