[PS3] Rocksmith 2014 Issues After Patch 1.02 in EU/ANZ

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Issue 1: The News Feed is Out of Date

Newsfeed Out Of Date (22nd October 2013)

Newsfeed Out Of Date (22nd October 2013)

As you can see, it is dated 22nd October 2013, when the game was launched, advertising Smashing Pumpkins DLC.

Issue 2:  Selecting UPlay from the Main Menu In Rocksmith 2014

Selecting UPlay from Main Menu

Selecting UPlay from Main Menu

This is what happens when you select Uplay from the Main Menu. The message says “The Uplay service is unavailable. Please try again later.”.

Issue 3: Unlocked Uplay Rewards Unavailable

Locked UPlay Rewards

Locked UPlay Rewards

Rewards Unlocked (Uplay Website)

But Rewards Are Unlocked (Uplay Website)

These two images illustrate the Uplay rewards being broken. You can see in the first image my Karawan song is locked and you can see in the second image that I have unlocked and redemmed all Uplay rewards for the game.

Issue 4: The Score Attack Leaderboards Are “Reset” or Unavailable

Score Attach Pre Patch 1.20 (Nirvana - In Bloom Medium)

Score Attach Pre Patch 1.20 (Nirvana – In Bloom Medium)

The above image shows my score on Nirvana – In Bloom on Medium difficulty. I was top of the leaderboard with a score nearly 700,000. The game was clearly online at the time I got this score. This was pre-patch 1.02.

Score Attack Post Patch 1.02 (Nirvana In Bloom Medium)

Score Attack Post Patch 1.02 (Nirvana In Bloom Medium)

The above image shows the same scoreboard after patch 1.02. It basically appears to be wiped but I think this may be because the game is not integrating with Uplay properly? How there is any scores on there at all, I am not sure? Maybe they are dummy scores to get the ball rolling or something, but it doesn’t make any sense to me.

Score Attack Retained in Game (Nirvana In Bloom Medium)

Score Attack Retained in Game (Nirvana In Bloom Medium)

The image above shows that my installation of the game remembers my scores from Score Attack even after patch 1.02 is applied.

Issue 5: Uplay and Sony Account Linking

Sony Account Unlinked From Uplay

Sony Account Unlinked From Uplay

This image shows that I have gone in to my Uplay account online and unlinked my Sony account. I did this because I hoped it would resolve the issue of Rocksmith 2014 asking me to login to Uplay every time it started and then giving me the error message “Failed to link Uplay and Sony account”. The idea being if I removed the current link, I would be able to re-link again via the game. This did not work.

My Uplay credentials are obviously fine because I am logging in to the website with them.

If you re-register your Uplay account via the game with the same credentials it will actually accept them and the game will stop prompting you to login. You even get an email from Ubisoft thanking you from registering. Unfortunately, as you can see above, it doesn’t link back to your proper Uplay account and rewards are still locked etc. There appears to be no way to remove your Uplay details from Rocksmith 2014 after doing this. I have tried deleting Saved Game, Rocksmith 2014 1.02 Patch and even deleting my PS3 account profile. The only thing I haven’t tried is a format or factory reset on my console, but I am not doing that.

For all intents and purposes, the game appears to be disconnected from Uplay.


How to Fix the Firefox Font (Windows)

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If you think the font in Firefox on Windows XP looks horrible it may be because you are using the standard method of edge smoothing for screen fonts (which is the default). There is a setting you can adjust in your “Display Properties” to set the smoothing method to “ClearType”. Apparently Internet Explorer does this by itself but you need to do the following to enable it in Firefox:

1. Right-click on your Desktop and choose “Properties”.
2. Click on the “Appearance” tab.
3. Click the “Effects” button.
4. Select the checkbox for the “Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts” option and set the drop-down list to “ClearType”.
5. Click OK to exit.

This is illustrated below:

Setting "ClearType" smoothing method.


Android: Storing a DatePicker and TimePicker in SQLite Database

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If you are looking for an easy way to store a DatePicker and TimePicker control to an SQLite database, one method is to convert them to a Calendar object and store the combined date and time in milliseconds (a ‘long’ value). Take the following method as an an example:

private Calendar createAsCalendar(DatePicker dp, TimePicker tp)
{
    // Convert a DatePicker and TimePicker control in to a calendar object. The time is
    // stored in UTC minutes and unaffected by time zone
    Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance(TimeZone.getTimeZone("UTC"));
 
    cal.set(Calendar.YEAR, dp.getYear());
    cal.set(Calendar.MONTH, dp.getMonth());
    cal.set(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, dp.getDayOfMonth());
    cal.set(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY, tp.getCurrentHour());
    cal.set(Calendar.MINUTE, tp.getCurrentMinute());
    cal.set(Calendar.SECOND, 0);
 
    return cal;
}

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Common Operations With Java Calendar API

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The date/time API in Java gets a bad reputation but it is not so bad to work with once you get used to it and is fine for doing simple manipulations or calculations without the need to use a third party library. There are various bugs and some performance issue with the native API so if you are doing an application which heavily utilises date/time functionality you might want to look in to using something like Joda Time instead.

The majority of date/time operations in Java are done using the Calendar object. Below are examples of some common date/time operations using the native Java API:

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