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41  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [TDS] Barack Obama is the Luckiest Dude On The Planet on: October 02, 2012, 11:54:13 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 02, 2012, 11:26:04 AM

I just find people like you fascinating now.

As do we... as do we...

He's outside the margin of error in key states, such as Ohio. In general, though, he's pulling ahead. Even Rasmussen and Fox News polls now have Obama leading. Electoral college wise, it's never been close. I don't think I've seen national polling with Obama forecast less than 300 once you change the "toss-up" states to their leaning direction...

That's not to say the American public necessarily wants Obama reelected. It just says that they like Romney significantly less than Obama to the extent they're going to reelect him anyway. Romney is, in general, very disliked. Sorta the point of the Daily Show's clip.
42  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: motherboard and cpu incompatibility issues on: September 29, 2012, 01:49:05 PM

Quote from: notrich on September 29, 2012, 05:02:16 AM

ok... tried the 14.5x with no prob and then upped it to 16.5x with no prob so far... thanks again for the help.

No problem! Glad to hear everything is working for you.

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trying to read more about overclocking... do some of these cpus have extra cores that might be viable to turn on?  or is it not worth the risk?

Nope. They changed the way they disable extra cores. If they disable extra cores, they can't be re-enabled (they laser cut the connections on the die).

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if i ignore the core part of this... what would be a reasonable  multiplier beyond 16.5 to try?  any links to a website with good info on overclocking appreciated - my googlefu often gets me into bad spots with bad info.

I'd really recommend against it. HardOCP is the overclocking website I go to, their forums have reliable information. I don't overclock, however. The gains you'll get aren't really worth the risk you'll burn up your CPU.
43  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Australian deputy PM: 'Cranks and crazies' in GOP threaten US economy on: September 27, 2012, 09:17:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 27, 2012, 03:24:01 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on September 26, 2012, 10:28:24 PM

What a crock of shit.

I agree!  They threaten far more than just the economy.   Tongue

If only someone would give a speech on the dangers of extremism...
44  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin advises Romney to 'go rogue'; Gingrich says 'get tough' on: September 24, 2012, 07:33:33 PM
Woah, woah, woah. We don't need any of those fact thingys getting in the way of an argument!
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 24, 2012, 07:12:56 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 24, 2012, 03:30:05 PM


On one hand, it has the normal cherry picking of data. The Hotel was specifically listed as an unverified listing, meaning it was crowd sourced.

On the other hand, I agree with it's main points, that being that 1) Apple wanted/needed to cut ties with Google's map data and 2) creating mapping data is very hard and very expensive. I just don't see Apple investing the money required to make the mapping data usable long term. I think they wanted to buy companies and roll their solutions in, but map data isn't going to work that way. On some level, you're going to have to pay people to verify the data.

I foresee the Google Maps iOS app being really, really popular once it's released.
46  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: motherboard and cpu incompatibility issues on: September 24, 2012, 10:39:35 AM

Quote from: notrich on September 24, 2012, 06:09:11 AM

thanks for your response... sorry i am so late in replying - crazy work schedule and computer seemed to improve to reasonable speed after adding a graphics card...

That says something about the power of modern graphics cards...

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but still puzzeled by the 800mhz... even with gw2 in windowed mode never going higher... so i am going to try your settings.

It's 800 MHz because that is AMD's "safe default". It's the lowest multiplier on the lowest bus setting. It's not Cool 'n' Quiet making the CPU slow, it's that your BIOS doesn't know what to correctly set the core/bus speeds at. It will never go higher than 800Mhz.

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but before i do, i understand we are going to try and set to 3300Mhz to "overclock" it to its max setting (when i went to performance it gave the option of setting it MUCH higher than 16.5 3300Mh) - where is the 2000Mhz coming from (2 processors at 1000 each or something else)?

if i tried 14.5x first as a test... what should i choose for the nid?

"Back in the day", you would have to set the processor information manually with jumpers. You're just doing that in the BIOS (they don't have those jumpers anymore). We aren't overclocking: you're manually setting it to factory specs because your BIOS doesn't know what they should be automatically.

The factory specs for your processor are 3.3Ghz CPU speed (the "Core FID" setting of 16.5x) with a 2GHz HT bus (The "NB FID" setting of 2000MHz). If you set the "Core FID" setting to something less than 16.5x you should still set the "NB FID" setting to 2000MHz.

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also... it looks like it is reporting the 803Mhz for each processor (2 core)... so am i really getting 1600Mhz?  or should they both be going at 3300?

Your CPU uses one clock frequency for all it's processors (cores). You're currently getting 800MHz and when you correct the settings you'll get 3300MHz for both.
47  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin advises Romney to 'go rogue'; Gingrich says 'get tough' on: September 24, 2012, 02:32:41 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 24, 2012, 02:12:09 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 23, 2012, 10:22:58 PM

Just in case anyone is wondering, now or whenever anyone needs to illustrate how Conservative media leaves its consumers wildly out of touch with reality,

I admit I was puzzled, because I have seen the polls lately and they're not ambiguous. Romney is behind and losing ground in most of the swing states as well as in the national popular vote. A new poll today put him 5 points behind in OH. (Without OH, he has no path to 270.)

Of course polls can be wrong and there's still time for Romney's campaign to pull out a turnaround, but I can't fathom how Eco could think it's all a liberal media conspiracy or something.

Speaking of Ohio, absentee voting (aka, vote-by-mail) starts the 1st week of October. And the state sent applications to every registered voter. All you had to do was send the form back signed with your DL# on it or last four of your SSN and they send you a ballot in the mail (and you can't vote in person). It's likely Romney has 2 weeks (or so) to turn it around or people here are going to start voting...
48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin advises Romney to 'go rogue'; Gingrich says 'get tough' on: September 24, 2012, 12:34:58 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on September 23, 2012, 11:42:56 PM

Lol Autistic.  Guess we will see.  You shouldn't claim to know where I get my information though.

 Definitely not Maddow, Olberman and those bafoons that is for sure.

When even other GOP members start commenting negatively on their candidate's campaign, you know he's got a serious problem.

I'm with Autistic Angel, though, I am completely at a loss where you're getting your information. I haven't seen any national poll, nor statistical analysis of state polls that shows Romney ahead. Obama is starting to pull outside of the statistical margin of error...
49  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: iOS 6 on: September 21, 2012, 07:48:19 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 21, 2012, 02:50:21 AM

I can appreciate the bullet Apple swallowed on the maps app. While the google data was more mature, the maps platform it was using painted the app into a corner (to do the more os integrated stuff Apple likely has in mind). They had to take some steps back to open up more opportunities going forward. Once the data matures, I don't doubt that the elegance of the UI combined with tighter integration will give it the opportunity to compete and possibly surpass Google maps. Given how many iOS users there are I bet that data matures at a pretty fast clip.

There's a good article on this on The Verge here. I agree with their assessment in that it's going to take a long, long time before the map data is usable. It's taken a long time and a lot of investment to make Google Maps as good as they are. Keep in mind its also part of Google's core business. Apple's core business is not making Map data.

I think the real positive on this is that it allows/forces Google to release their own map application on iOS. Previously, the application was written by Apple using Google's data.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 20, 2012, 02:07:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 20, 2012, 01:18:27 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on September 20, 2012, 07:39:28 AM

There's a number of things Apple could have added.

- Expandable memory card. Of course including built-in memory is one of apple's cash cows, but it'd be nice to be able to add my own 32gb or 64gb card like I can with any of my Android phones.
I'm not super familiar with Android offerings.  Can you link to an Android phone that has a size/shape equivalent to the iPhone 5 that also has room for a memory card slot?

The HTC Hero had a MicroSD Here are its tech specs. I guess that's actually closer to the size of the older iPhones, though. MicroSD is pretty much a standard feature on Android phones.

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- HDMI port. Becoming pretty standard on most recent high-end Android phones. Still waiting for iPhone to catch up. (Yes I know they are working on an "adapter" but it'd be nice to have standard HDMI out of the box instead of all these proprietary formats they keep making money off of instead of going with the industry standard.)
See my comment on the memory card slot.  Not meant as snark, I'm genuinely curious what phones have room for this.  The few Android phones I've handled have seemed gigantic.

This is starting to be via an external USB box now. My old EVO 4G had a built in HDMI, my new EVO 4G LTE does not.

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- Ability to use voice and data at the same time like all the Android CDMA LTE phones have supported for some time now.
iPhones have supported this, too, but only on AT&T.  Why is that? 
GSM supports it as part of it's default spec. CDMA does not (by default). For 3G CDMA, data is actually a 'call'. CDMA phones support WiFi and 3G calling or 4G (WiMax/LTE) and 3G calling because they use seperate antennas.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 18, 2012, 02:14:21 AM

Quote from: JuniorDan on September 15, 2012, 01:53:41 PM



Okay, this got me. I lol'ed for a while. Where is this from?
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Rep. calls Planned Parenthood 'racist' baby killers on: September 14, 2012, 10:35:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 14, 2012, 07:13:33 PM

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A Republican member of Congress equated Planned Parenthood to “slavery forces” and called it a “racist organization” that was “created with the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a congressman from Kansas who made the comments at the 2012 Values Voter Summit this morning, is staunchly anti-abortion rights and said he has adopted four children “each of them either black, Hispanic, native American.”

“Besides slavery, abortion is the other darkest stain on our nation’s character,” Huelskamp told the crowd. “And this president is looking for every way possible to make abortion more available and more frequent, and he wants you to pay for it -- even if you disagree with it. Welcome to another provision of Obamacare.

“Like the pro-slavery forces who invaded Kansas, the pro-abortion forces in Washington and elsewhere want us to believe that abortion is not murder -- that being born is worse than death, that the unborn baby is property, not a person. We’ve heard that before -- 150 years ago,” Huelskamp said, in an apparent reference to the Civil War and slavery.

buh?   saywhat


There needs to be a Godwin's Law for something like this...
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2012, 08:16:51 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 12, 2012, 08:05:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 12, 2012, 07:21:42 PM

...when the iPhone 5 screen actually has far less pixels than its competition.

Say, what? Um, retina display?

Arguably all high end phones are retina at this point. My Evo 4G LTE is 312 ppi, but it's 1280x720, which was the point TiLT was making. The iPhone 5 doesn't have a 720p display, which it's competitors have. At the distance I normally hold my phone, my Evo's display is a retina display.

I think the bigger issue with the iPhone 5 screen is that it's not a whole multiple of the prior screen sizes so application scaling won't be direct 1 to 1. Applications will have to be stretched to fit the screen.
54  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Asura's Wrath 360 $20 on: September 06, 2012, 06:35:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 06, 2012, 01:56:25 PM

Amazon has Asura's Wrath on the 360 for $20.

I'm sure this was a sweet spot price for some of you, and if you were waiting for it, don't hesitate.  I just finished it, and it's totally worth the price.

Your link is a bit... off. I mean, I'm glad you like Downton Abbey, but I think that's a bit different than Asura's Wrath...  icon_wink
55  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: motherboard and cpu incompatibility issues on: September 01, 2012, 11:48:06 PM
Your MB doesn't support that processor so it's clocking it as safe values. If you look on the CPU Support tab, the Phenom II X2 560 isn't listed.  You're not the only person to get caught by Newegg's deal:

Quote from: Newegg Review
BAD Combo Deal with X2 560
Pros: None.

Cons: I got this in a combo about a month, it came with a Phenom II X2 560. Be aware THIS IS NOT COMPATIBLE with that processor. No where did i read that it wasn't. It's the only processor in the Phenom II family that's not compatible. The only way to get the processor to work is to void the warranty( which I don't want to do) and "overclock"( really clocking it to what it needs to be) to get it to run anything over 803MHZ(not GHZ) I am VERY disappointed in this, I've never had problems with Newegg until now.

Other Thoughts: Contacted Newegg service, and they say they're not responsible for Combo deals that are not compatible, so why would they have combo deal on it? Not to mention, I would have to pay for the shipping to return the mobo to them.

Manufacturer Response:
Please see Biostar website for CPU support for this model.
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=506

note: 803 MHZ may be AMD cool & quiet or what is now referred to as Power Now. A feature to save energy when the unit is not doing anything strenuous. If you don't like this feature, you can disable the "Power now" option in bios.

I love that the manufacture's response is partially bad information, it's not CnQ that is at fault, it's that the CPU isn't supported.

You're going to have to tell it the correct information because the BIOS doesn't know. Just set the multiplier to 16.5x and make sure HyperTransport is set to 2GHz and you should be good to go.

In your BIOS, it should work like this (based on the manual on their site, I don't have this board)
Under the Performance "tab" goto AMD Overclocking.
Set the Core FID to 16.5x if you can (according to the manual 14.5x is the highest)
Then set the NB FID to 2000 MHz.

That should get you close to the factory speed.
56  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: RNC on: August 30, 2012, 11:19:04 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 30, 2012, 10:18:56 PM

Ohhh zinger👍

Plenty successful (around $50m under management for what its worth) just stating my opinion.  If steps are not taken to decrease the debt problem in our country we will not be far behind Europe.  That is basic math and if you don't get it I can't help you.

$50mm is a single large commercial account, perhaps a couple of smaller commercial accounts or a handful of individuals. Portfolio size doesn't equate to success, either. Portfolio managers misread the market all the time, even ones at large institutions.

Long term, yes, we need to address the debt problem. At some point, if we do nothing, interest payments will become a problem. Raising revenues (by tax increases via some method) and working on cutting waste is a good idea. Slashing programs and moving them to vouchers is not. You'll cause the unemployment rate to skyrocket because you've got to layoff so many public sector workers. This is part of the problem we have now with the unemployment rate. Tax revenues are down so municipalities are having to layoff workers. The private sector isn't adding enough jobs to counteract the job losses in the public sector.

Consider this as well, we've spent the last 70 years telling businesses that it was okay to get rid of their pension plans because of Social Security and Medicare. Pretty much all of them have eliminated their pensions. Now we're saying we need to make the guaranteed benefits of Social Security into a non-guaranteed 401K style program and we need to change Medicare from a guaranteed benefit to a voucher program that isn't guaranteed to cover a basic plan. As a society, do we honestly think this is a good plan?
57  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: RNC on: August 30, 2012, 09:14:07 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 30, 2012, 07:54:27 PM

And I assure you it doesn't take 90% of my emotionally.

I do however work as an investment advisor and feel with confidence that if he is reelected they global markets will not react in a positive manner.

BS, global markets right now care more about Europe's economy way more than ours. In the scheme of things we're in recovery, while bank failures and political turmoil are serious problems in some areas of Europe. The highest tax brackets here have fully recovered, it's the average guy that hasn't. And based on the Republicans platform, they couldn't care less about them. Electing Romney/Ryan and pushing through a bunch of austerity measures right now would make us more like Greece than Germany.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I used to run a winery... on: August 30, 2012, 01:38:38 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 29, 2012, 05:37:40 AM

Had a second interview with the same company and I got the job! Wow, 6 weeks at home is suprisingly NOT fun!

Congrats! Is this the one in Cleveland? Because if it's Great Lake Brewery that awesome. Dortmunder Gold FTW!
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: RNC on: August 30, 2012, 12:42:21 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 30, 2012, 03:30:09 AM

Reeks of desperation Autistic.  

The fools on MSNBC were hysterical tonight as well.

Dude, you're delusional. Five Thirty Eight, which is widely held as an excellent statistical analysis of the polling data, firmly shows Obama as having an excellent change at winning (70/30). Ryan's announcement bump hasn't just vanished but been eliminated and Obama has started gaining again. The more people are finding out about Ryan the less they want to elect Romney. The average voter doesn't want someone so far to the right and the no exception pro-life stance is going to continue to cost them votes... Especially considering that ads with the Akin quote and Ryan's stance haven't aired yet.

Unless you're saying that the GOP reeks of desperation, then I think you can find some logic to it... I mean, for a party of half-truths and lies that emphasizes selfishness over all else and run on a platform of fiscal conservatism but consistently increases the deficit (thanks 8 years of GWB!), I don't see why the electorate has problems with their platform...
60  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Ultima Week / Indie Weekend Sale on: August 27, 2012, 05:07:10 PM
For UIX it's worth watching Spoony's videos about it...

http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/05/29/ultima-9-ascension/
http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/07/09/ultima-9-ascension-part-2/
http://spoonyexperiment.com/2012/08/11/ultima-9-ascension-finale-uncut/

He's a HUGE Ultima fan and it shows...
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 25, 2012, 10:16:16 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 25, 2012, 04:37:33 PM

Sorry, this is why I typically avoid the use of acronyms and abbreviations.

By "the repeal of DADT," I was referring to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the government's official policy on allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the armed forces so long as they kept their sexual orientation strictly secret.  Its enactment, enforcement, and eventual repeal is the very definition of political change.

You may be thinking of the Disney-ABC Domestic Television division and the cultural tides their policies shape and are shaped by, like the whole Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction kerfuffle.  Extreme overreactions to a momentary glimpse of near-nudity amid a sea of erectile dysfunction ads is all about weird societal morays, so I'd agree with you there.

LOL, this wins on so many levels.

Arguably DADT (in the first sense) was brought on by cultural changes that were more accepting toward the LBGT community. DADT was an initial reaction to the change, it's repeal will also be reactions to further mainstreaming. I think we just see the definition of political and cultural change differently. When I say it's a cultural change, I mean that changes in culture drive the changes in politics (e.g., DADT). When I hear 'political change', I think that it is a change in public policy that drives a change in culture (e.g., the civil rights movement of the 1960s).
62  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 25, 2012, 08:21:46 AM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on August 24, 2012, 09:55:40 PM

Quote from: Calavera on August 24, 2012, 09:28:48 PM

To be perfectly honest, I actually don't care who the President is. Aside from military power, he can't impart change without Congress.

If the Republicans end up with control of both the House and Senate, then it will matter quite a lot who the President is.

So if they have control of Congress....  icon_wink

I'm just saying, it's much more important to pay attention to who you're electing to Congress than who we're electing as President...
63  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 25, 2012, 08:20:00 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 24, 2012, 10:54:52 PM

Quote from: Calavera on August 24, 2012, 09:28:48 PM

To be perfectly honest, I actually don't care who the President is. Aside from military power, he can't impart change without Congress.


The repeal of DADT, the end of the American torture program, and the decision to stop deporting youths brought into the United States illegally at a young age are all changes affected without Congress.  Supreme Court nominations also fall to the president's discretion.

Love these decisions or hate them, the president matters.

-Autistic Angel

'Repeal of DADT' is a cultural change, not a political one. We're going to keep torturing people regardless of who is President, we'll just get better at hiding it (or getting other countries to do it for us). And we're definitely going to keep deporting people because we're a pretty xenophobic lot. Pick a period in history and we've got some ethnic/religious group we've been hating on. As a quick example, prior to JFK no Catholic was elected President because it was felt that they would make the US answer to the Pope. SCOTUS nominations I'll give you, but they rule on the laws that Congress passes and the President signs.

In the scheme of everyday life, Congress has way more bearing. Which is why it's either really comical or really sad who we elect there and how little attention is paid to them.
64  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 24, 2012, 09:28:48 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on August 24, 2012, 07:53:54 PM

Don't forget that Romney saved the 2002 Olympics, largely by lobbying the federal government for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.  He can just do the same thing again to fix the US economy! 

In all seriousness, I think this highlights the current problem. Set aside the party rhetoric and Romney and Obama are actually very similar candidates. In the scheme of things, Romney is a "moderate" old-school Republican who has historically supported universal access to healthcare. This explains his pick of Ryan to charge the hyper-conservative base. He knows that the base is his weakness.

Obama is actually a moderate Democrat (objectively less liberal than Clinton) that has been attempting to involve the other side in order try and avoid controversy to preserve a shot at a second term. His biggest problem right now is the disillusionment of younger voters that have supported him in the past. I'm fairly certain, though I don't have evidence to back it up, that a lot of younger voters (myself included) are completely disillusioned with government at a federal level and fed up with the gridlock that prevents real work and change from happening. If anything, the last four years have proven that gridlock is possible, so who cares? It won't get passed anyway.

To be perfectly honest, I actually don't care who the President is. Aside from military power, he can't impart change without Congress. I'm in Ohio and actually concentrating more on the Senate race (Josh Mandel is winning the 'Pants-on-fire' count for lying in political ads) than anything else.
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 23, 2012, 04:21:11 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 23, 2012, 03:15:49 PM

He did it on his own

No, he didn't. No one does it on their own. Everyone, every. single. person. has at some point received help from others and/or benefited from government.

If, at any point in time, he ran a small business, he likely benefited from the SBA. Banks pretty much won't lend without an SBA guarantee (which covers 50-75% of the loan). If he's ever purchased a home less than 417K (big if) it was backed by GSEs. If he ever drives on a road, it's because a government has paved it. The colleges he went to have received federal money. At some point, he's had employees. All of them have contributed to his success. Nothing in this world is a wholly singular effort.

Whether you like it or not, we're all in this together. We need less people thinking 'I did this on my own, suckers!' and more people acknowledging the help they get every single day to get to where they are.

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And just to drive home this point, on Gawker today: GOP hosting 'smaller-government' rally in arena paid for with a majority of government funds. Government is a hell of a lot more ubiquitous than people realize. It touches every single facet of our lives in a lot of invisible ways.
66  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 13, 2012, 11:33:45 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on August 13, 2012, 10:19:43 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 12, 2012, 02:19:45 AM

Previously, Romney's Obama's strategy was to avoid specifics and keep sniping at Obama Bush on the economy while positioning himself as the nebulous alternative. The idea was to run out the clock while trying to damage the president in any way possible, without getting pinned down on specifics.


Funny how that works.  Hope and Change and All That.

The Politifact Truth-o-meter for Obama might help you out with this...
67  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 13, 2012, 03:48:47 PM
<sarcasm>
Well, if the basic idea is to cut government services, I'd start by cutting the national guard. When was the last time we really had to worry about mobilizing on our own soil. We've got police forces with MP5s, etc. Why do we need to pay them? Second, I'd cut funding to military bases that have been unpopular to our image. Base on Japan, closed. Let's close a bunch of bases in Europe as well. They've got a modern military, they certainly don't need us there anymore. I mean, we're pretty xenophobic to begin with, let's go with it. Isolationism, FTW. Finally, considering the negative view of government research the right has, let's cut funding to DARPA. If NASA doesn't need money, neither does DARPA. Private enterprise will take care of all of it. Actually, yes, if we've privatized the prisons, let's just further privatize the military. While talking about defense spending, we should slash interstate maintenance funding. Considering it's historical roots, it's basically military spending.
</sarcasm>

Or, realistically, you could keep the current marginal tax rate and increase the effective tax rate on the top 1% of earners while keeping the taxes low on the other 99% and call it a day. I suggest the Reagan ideas of closing tax loopholes and taxing capital gains at the same rate as income. Or we could just continue to deficit spend like Reagan and Bush...

On some level, taxes have to increase. Our basic infrastructure needs investment. This money isn't coming from private enterprise, nor will it ever. We can't slash and burn all of the spending in the government without completely crashing our economy. Components of the economy don't work in a vacuum.
68  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Full screen flash video and multiple monitor issue on: August 07, 2012, 10:48:22 PM
The latest Chrome Beta (21.0.1180.75) fixed this for me as well. It updates Pepper Flash to 11.3.31.225 which doesn't have the audio problems or focus problems of the last 2-3 versions. Keep in mind with every Chrome update is re-enables the latest version of the Pepper Flash plugin, even if you've disabled it for the system one (11.3.300.270). Or, at least it does on mine...
69  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 8 - 10/26/2012! on: August 07, 2012, 10:39:21 PM

Quote from: JCC on August 07, 2012, 05:18:02 PM

I agree completely. They will have to scramble to get windows 9 out because businesses will not touch it. It's vista all over again, but this may be even worse.

No, it's not Vista all over again. Vista had noticeably poorer performance than the previous OS. Win7 is basically Vista with higher performance and some small interface tweaks (the taskbar is vastly improved, for example). Businesses are just now moving off XP, many are moving to Windows 7 because Windows 8 isn't out yet. Considering Windows 7 is more expensive than Windows 8, I don't see MS having a problem with it.

Windows 8 is faster all around than Win7, it literally boots in half the time. Without an SSD. It's also a cheap upgrade at $40. I don't think it's going to sell like hotcakes, but it's a solid OS. Even including the new UI (f/k/a Metro). Seriously, Metro isn't going to eat babies or kick puppies. Literally, you can click the button labeled 'Desktop' and it goes away. Clicking in the lower left or hitting the Windows key on your keyboard brings it up. Hit escape and it goes away again. It's actually really unobtrusive.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2012 - London on: August 03, 2012, 08:19:24 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on August 03, 2012, 08:08:45 PM

I'd say both of them have earned spots on the Mt. Rushmore of sports.

Absolutely agreed.
71  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 03, 2012, 08:04:28 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 03, 2012, 04:06:55 PM

Why would you assume all those people are Christians?

Straight statistics dictate that ~80% of them are self-identified Christian.

Quote from: gellar on August 03, 2012, 04:51:06 PM

I think people here fundamentally have a misunderstanding of the first amendment.  Sure, you can say/believe whatever the fuck you want, but I (and anyone else) can sure as shit judge you and make your life more difficult for saying it. 

For example, if you are against gay marriage, I would honestly like you to go fuck yourself.  See, free speech works both ways!

This, oh so much this. The first amendment just states that you have the freedom to say something, not that there are no consequences for saying it.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2012 - London on: August 03, 2012, 02:29:19 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 03, 2012, 02:13:07 AM

You're consistently missing the point that his competitors have access to the same technology.  What you explain is why world records consistently get improved on, but that isn't what was being said.  He has more medals, and medals are won versus people using the exact same amazing technology.

Fair enough. The point I'm making (very badly) is that it's pointless to compare one from the 1930s to one from today, let alone comparing a track and field athlete to a swimmer. It's sorta like saying that 1950s American football players are more athletic than today's soccer players. It's an inane argument. Comparing raw medal count is pointless as well. Comparing success rate would be significantly better as far as a raw comparison, though I don't quite understand why you would even want to. 19 medals is an amazing accomplishment, let it stand on it's own.

Quote from: leo8877 on August 02, 2012, 08:50:43 PM

Nope nothing.  Unless you watch on a mobile device app you gotta wait until primetime.

You can always use one of the VPN tunneling services to watch it using the BBC iPlayer....
73  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 03, 2012, 02:14:52 AM
At least one Chick-fil-a manager gets it...
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2012 - London on: August 03, 2012, 01:27:53 AM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on August 02, 2012, 11:32:17 PM

Quote from: Calavera on August 02, 2012, 07:24:56 AM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on August 02, 2012, 06:59:49 AM

Put in historical context, Jesse Owens is maybe history's most significant athlete. In pure athletic terms, I think Phelps has accomplished more.

If you completely ignore the technological progress that has occurred between then and now, I don't think that argument holds much water. e.g., changing his swimsuit enables him to swim faster...



I don't think the article you quote makes the point you think it does. According to the article you cited, Phelps was one of the last to switch to the advanced suits and held world records before switching. More importantly, what does the advance in technology have to do with Phelps' medal count? Unless you think Phelps is the only one out there with an advanced suit, the playing field is equal, just like it was equal in the past. On an equal playing field, Phelps has dominated his competition to a degree never before seen. I stand by my earlier comment about Phelps' athletic achievements.

Switching suits actually made him faster. Regardless, we have cameras to review the mechanics of swimming, etc. Technology has improved performance significantly in all sports. It was more of a comment on the comparison a 1936 Olympian to a current one. They didn't have the technology we have, so I'd hope a modern athlete is significantly better than one in the past.
75  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 02, 2012, 09:39:19 PM

Quote from: VictorGrunn on August 02, 2012, 08:51:47 PM

You're saying quite a few things loud and clear. Possibly more than you realize.

This is an ad hominem. This is an insinuation about the author of the argument rather than the argument itself.
76  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 02, 2012, 09:00:27 PM

Quote from: VictorGrunn on August 02, 2012, 08:51:47 PM

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In a right-to-work state, they certainly could be without recourse for the person fired. If an employer finds out that someone is racist, it's very likely they would be fired as well.

I'm not asking about the specific laws of right-to-work states. I'm asking about ethical and moral considerations - but really, the rest of your answers show where you're coming from.

So there you go. With the work question up in the air, it should be allowed to bar people from from adopting, legally unable to form groups on campus, be discriminated against in housing, owing to their beliefs about sexual behavior.

This irony of this one line is amazing. Isn't that what you're actually defending?

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As a society, we're saying loud and clear that being intolerant because of someone's sexual orientation is unacceptable.

You're saying quite a few things loud and clear. Possibly more than you realize.

Congrats on the ad hominem.

Yes, from a moral and ethical standpoint we should absolutely have consequences for hateful speech. I'd prefer societal consequences, which is what is going on with Chick-fil-a, but sometimes you need the extra oomph that formal government action provides. We needed it in the 1960s and, unfortunately, it looks like we need it again.
77  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 02, 2012, 08:43:52 PM

Quote from: VictorGrunn on August 02, 2012, 07:54:44 PM

Let's say someone is opposed to gay marriage. Their employer finds out. Should they be fired, even if this never came up on the job - say the employer found it during a facebook check.

In a right-to-work state, they certainly could be without recourse for the person fired. If an employer finds out that someone is racist, it's very likely they would be fired as well.

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Should they be allowed to adopt? Should it weigh against them if they're attempting to adopt?

We take income into consideration, so why not? If someone was racist and it was well known or they made it known, it's likely they wouldn't be allowed to adopt either.

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Should anti-gay-marriage groups be allowed to form on a university or high school campus with the same rights (and access to funding) as their opponents?

No, because it's hateful speech. You wouldn't let a racist or sexist organization form on a campus, how is this any different?

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Should someone be allowed not to rent to an anti-gay-marriage person owing to their beliefs?

Abso-freakin-loutly. This is literally no different then calling someone out on being racist or sexist.

As a society, we're saying loud and clear that being discriminatory because of someone's sexual orientation is unacceptable. People have every right to say hateful things, but that doesn't prevent them from suffering the consequences for holding the belief.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2012 - London on: August 02, 2012, 01:42:56 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 02, 2012, 12:00:46 PM

So if you win a medal you are taxed by our government    saywhat

It's income, why wouldn't they be? I don't see outrage that Nobel Prize winners have to pay taxes on their award. I don't see any reason this should be different...
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2012 - London on: August 02, 2012, 07:24:56 AM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on August 02, 2012, 06:59:49 AM

Put in historical context, Jesse Owens is maybe history's most significant athlete. In pure athletic terms, I think Phelps has accomplished more.

If you completely ignore the technological progress that has occurred between then and now, I don't think that argument holds much water. e.g., changing his swimsuit enables him to swim faster...

80  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless Router Advice on: July 20, 2012, 05:09:06 PM
I strongly suggest getting a high powered router. Buffalo and Netgear tend to be favorites, though the new Asus routers are really nice and are well liked.

I use the Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N with a high gain antenna (19 dbi TP-Link) and have 0 range issues. The whole setup was about $90.

While anecdotally you might hear the G is better, N will maintain the same throughput with a poorer signal and will have higher throughput on a higher signal. G and N operate in the same freqencies but N uses more channels within the frequency. 5GHz N is actually fairly rare on PCs, most consumer gear only supports 2.4GHz as 5GHz is an optional part of the spec.

Small Net Builder has good advice and reviews.
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