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1361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Majority of Bush supporters think Iraq had WMD on: October 23, 2004, 06:15:20 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
So what do you guys think happened to the WMD?

If you have more choices to pick from than these, post them;

1. WMD moved prior to the invasion/war.
2. WMD programs dismantled and nonexistant prior to the invasion/war.
3. NO WMD prior to the invasion/war.
4. WMD's buried in the sand, underground, not yet found, never will be found.


WMDs mostly dismantled, lost, or sold to other factions, but all of that occurring years and years ago.  I think there's a continuing threat from the mere existence of those weapons, but I don't think Saddam, at least at the time of the invasion, posed any additional threat, and wasn't manufacturing any more at the moment (even if he wanted to).  I also think the invasion itself, and the anarchy that followed, resulted in a massive increase to the threat to the US, as any stockpiles and materiel that did exist for WMDs was distributed to parties unknown.  We needed more men on the ground, more oversight, and better planning, especially since we made WMDs such a huge part of the case to invade.
1362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about burning HL2 cd's from steam on: October 23, 2004, 06:10:57 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
Something just hit me, if my internet were to go down or if for whatever reason i'm without access to steam online, is there a way to make some backups?
I was recently without internet for several months recently for a couple different reason and if that were to happen again, am i screwed?


You can copy the .gcf files to a CD or DVD for backup, though I'm not sure if you can reactivate those without an internet connection.  But as long as you have the single-player games installed and registered once, you can play them just the same.
1363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Majority of Bush supporters think Iraq had WMD on: October 23, 2004, 05:17:58 AM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"
Iraq did have WMD. This is an incontrovertible fact.


That's not the issue.  We know they did have WMD in the past.  The dispute is whether they had WMD, or the faciilities to produce WMD, in terror-effective quantities at the time of our build-up to invasion.  That looks ever more doubtful.
1364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prepare for down-count! on: October 23, 2004, 03:28:47 AM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Some of my braincells have now been allocated to storing the memory of that for the entire rest of my life. I'm not sure how I feel about that  :shock:


Never before have my feelings been so adequately described by another.  Bravo, Gryndyl.  Bravo.
1365  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Wh40k - Dawn of War MP on: October 23, 2004, 03:07:25 AM
Grr... university firewall still blocks DoW ports.  One of these days, when I'm back home, I'll give you guys a good game.
1366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Majority of Bush supporters think Iraq had WMD on: October 23, 2004, 03:01:16 AM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
This just in: Majority of Bush supporters and brain-washed morons.


This is the kind of thing that will lose us R&P priveleges.  Edit that, please, and keep it off the forum in the future.

Edit for tone:  I'm not a mod, so I don't really have any authority or standing to ask, but I don't want one to duck in here, see that, report it to staff, and result in us losing R&P priveleges.  All it takes is one of us to ruin it for everyone.
1367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 - How many CDs? on: October 23, 2004, 02:59:35 AM
Road to gold has been the traditional home of game threads, gold or not, for stuff not on shelves yet.

Until the all-important second page of the Impressions thread, anyway.
1368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EQ2 Beta Keys at FilePlanet on: October 23, 2004, 02:58:51 AM
Announcement of another batch on Saturday, so they say.
1369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 23, 2004, 02:57:57 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
This means I'd have to plug it in just to install the game and play by myself, that's lame.


You only need it once, when you install.  To play by yourself, you can be offline, as long as you've registered.  I know extra wires are clutter, but if it's only a one-time thing, I wouldn't mind.
1370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / November 2004 - greatest game rush ... ever? on: October 22, 2004, 06:30:27 PM
Waiting for Christmas for reviews, patches, mods, and the like.  Halo 2 is my first priority, though, and Half-Life 2 I get through the ATI voucher, so I'll have plenty to do until then.

Not to mention my backlog!  WH40K, Rome:TW, Sims 2, Beyond Good and Evil, TOEE, MetaBall for UT2004 (great time waster), and the increasingly frequent in-dorm games of Dungeon Siege and system-linked Halo.
1371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 22, 2004, 06:27:38 PM
It was just announced that the copy protection for ALL copies of HL2, including store-bought, will be through Steam.  Buy it, activate it once through Steam, and then it can be played offline in single-player or LAN mode.

So I guess all you people who hate Steam are out of luck.  It's a shame, because I don't see much wrong with Steam, personally, and it will hopefully do a decent job at eliminating more piracy than CD copy protection (which we know from experience doesn't work).
1372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday...The Home Stretch on: October 22, 2004, 06:20:00 PM
Eh.  About to go out to Long Island for dinner with the girlfriend's family, after which I'm buckling down and working on my work for next week (a midterm, speech, and paper all due on Wednesday).
1373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Grrrr... Doomboy getting ANGRY! on: October 22, 2004, 12:56:19 AM
I seem to recall a news article that said network times were slowly drifting off by a minute or two; the networks were claiming it was for those vital 'on-the-hour' viewers who flip through if there's a commercial, but PVR companies were claiming it was to force people to sit and watch instead of recording.
1374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halflife 1 help on: October 22, 2004, 12:54:03 AM
If you're interested in Half-Life 2 at all, just wait and get the Silver package off of Steam; it includes Valve's back catalog, including Half-Life (and the Source remix when it comes out).
1375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultima IV: The Little Shepherd starring Sausalito on: October 21, 2004, 08:25:20 PM
Wow... you guys made me dig up a copy of Ultima 4 that runs on my PDA.  I'm never even going to get any work done OUTSIDE of the room now.
1376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / But it's... pink! (Best Quotes Thread - Games Ed.) on: October 21, 2004, 08:24:04 PM
"Expect the expected."  --Discworld
1377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How are the Far Cry mods? on: October 21, 2004, 08:21:16 PM
Quote from: "Biyobi"
I think it's the fact that the Source engine has a bigger name so it will be getting the majority of the next cool mods.  Does the Crytek engine support multiplayer?  I've only played the game a little on a friend's computer (mine won't do it justice) and I was very impressed by the atmosphere of the game and the visuals are just plain awesome.  I'd love to have a multiplayer game on one of those islands.


Far Cry's multiplayer is pretty standard.  It's as generic as SOF2's, but without the great feel that kept me going back to SOF2 multiplayer for quite a while.  A few more distinctive weapons would keep it a lot more interesting.  Of course, it doesn't help that they released a 1.3 patch to fix quite a few bugs, and only THEN discovered it FUBARed the game with an astonishing amount of configurations, THEN declined to issue a rollback patch.  I got to the uninstalling the entire game part, then decided to reinstall when it's worth it.

Guess what?  It hasn't been, yet.
1378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How are the Far Cry mods? on: October 21, 2004, 01:58:52 PM
I wouldn't know... I was pissed off enough about the 1.3 patch thing that I haven't reinstalled since.
1379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 01:11:52 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Vazquez in. Brown out.

Is this a good thing or not?


No.  Grand slam.

And I guarantee you he's not buying his own beer for a long, long time.
1380  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Xfire Username List on: October 20, 2004, 09:02:59 PM
KeySJU
1381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 5 Best New shows on TV on: October 20, 2004, 06:49:08 PM
Quote from: "Hamlet3145"
You can download episodes through bittorrent.


Not behind my firewall I can't.  No BT, Kazaa, EMule, or anything of the sort.  Gotta love universities.
1382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If GG could be saved, would it be worth it? on: October 20, 2004, 06:27:50 PM
Let it go, man.  Let it go.  A GG raised from the dead now would probably be a zombie GG, anyway.  And we don't need release sites wandering around the Internet eating people's brains.  That's just not cool.

In conclusion, zombies suck.
1383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 5 Best New shows on TV on: October 20, 2004, 06:26:10 PM
Is there any way to catch up on Lost?  I missed out in the beginning, and now I want to catch up, but I don't want to start watching in the middle.

Are they running an encore anytime soon, or is it better to just wait for the DVDs?
1384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 20, 2004, 06:24:33 PM
Last year, in Game 7, there was a small riot in the quad; police were called, and many things were broken.  Hell hath no fury like exuberant Yankees fans.

This year, I have a room with a great spectating view.  So, in a twisted way, I'd really like to see the Sox take it in extra innings, just to see what happens.  I bet nobody in campus security has the night off tonight.
1385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Red vs. Blue - Who's a fan? on: October 20, 2004, 11:21:46 AM
On the new RvB site, they have links across the top; one of those is to their new series, [url http://strangerhood.com/home.php] The Strangerhood[/url].  As for the RvB episodes, they keep a rolling archive to save bandwidth; the best way to catch every episode in short order is to look on an archive (I think Machininema.com has one), or buy the DVDs.  Also, I've had decent luck in the past searching for RvB eps with the Google "Parent Directories" trick.[/url]
1386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help finding shot glasses on: October 20, 2004, 02:23:08 AM
Step 1: Buy regular 12oz. plastic cups.
Step 2: Call friends, tell them that party now has 12oz. jello shots.
Step 3: Watch friends drink themselves into stupidity (if friends aren't already stupid), make them do dumb things, videotape for future reference.
1387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PoP Warrior Within demo on: October 20, 2004, 02:17:10 AM
Yeah, wall to wall is still tricky on the keyboard.
1388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 02:09:07 AM
I, too, have been suffering from Mac envy recently; a bunch of people at work are shifting from Solaris to OSX, and getting some nice machines, both work and personal.  I like the way OSX looks, the way it feels when I've tinkered with it, and I especially like that there's a UNIX-style console available.  I'd love one to tinker with, and with the new cheaper ones, I may bite at some point in the near future.

Of course, part of it is seeing SubEthaEdit in action on the Mac and thinking that it's so unbelievably cool.  I wish there were a Windows alternative.
1389  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Laptop as portable music player? on: October 20, 2004, 02:04:59 AM
Generally, it's not good for your HD to have the platter going while there's any motion going on; it's delicate, and a wrong jounce to the needle can damage it pretty quickly.

Then again, I know some amateur photographers that pipe high-quality shots straight to a backpack-carried laptop from a digital camera, so YMMV.
1390  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Sound card and headphone recommendations? on: October 20, 2004, 02:03:21 AM
I've been using a pair of Bose QuietComfort 2 headphones for a while now.  They are, without a shadow of a doubt, the best audio equipment I've ever owned, and well worth it.  The sound cancellation is great, especially for a noisy dorm room (if I have my eyes closed, I can miss the phone ringing, and can't hear the TV over even quiet music), they're comfortable for long stretches, and the sound quality is great.
1391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counterstrike:Source, is it safe to go in the water? on: October 20, 2004, 02:01:08 AM
Give it a shot.  Every time I play CS, I play passively; don't get caught up in the talk and don't ask too many dumb questions, and generally things go ok.  TKing isn't a huge problem most of the time for me; just be prepared for a dumb team if you go out and play on public servers.
1392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v Yanks - Game 6 on: October 20, 2004, 01:37:40 AM
With all the chaos at my university last year when the Yankees won this series, I'm just hoping for it to go to Game 7.  Anything for a little more chaos.   :lol:
1393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Game Sound Test on: October 20, 2004, 01:27:37 AM
12 of 18, but I missed an easy one on a game I idolized when I was young.
1394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happed to gone gold on: October 19, 2004, 08:52:13 PM
We're gonna need you to come down to the station and identify the body.  And if you can't account for your whereabouts the last few weeks, we'll just need you to cooperate fully with us.
1395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Red vs. Blue - Who's a fan? on: October 19, 2004, 08:50:15 PM
I am not a cockbite.

Anyone catch episode 1 of The Strangerhood?  A Sims-2 filmed short by the same team.
1396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone use Gmail notifier? on: October 19, 2004, 01:20:13 PM
Quote from: "obb"
Doesn't double clicking the little mail icon automatically open up Gmail, no need to enter in your password?


Yeah, it does, as long as you click the 'two weeks' link on the gmail homepage once.  Otherwise double-clicking brings you to sign-in.
1397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Problem with KOTOR installation. Please advise!!! on: October 18, 2004, 01:25:29 AM
Still kind of odd that the game would install registry entries before it finished installing; I thought most games waited until the game files were installed to stick themselves in the registry, for just this kind of case.
1398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Problem with KOTOR installation. Please advise!!! on: October 17, 2004, 10:34:33 PM
Man, that's a foreign concept to me.  I haven't reformatted my machine since I got it almost two years ago; registry cleaners and some smart maintenence have kept it pretty much good as new.  Do people really reformat that often?
1399  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I need graphical driver update advice on: October 17, 2004, 09:31:27 PM
I wish I could give those Omega drivers a try, but last time I checked they didn't support ATI's TV-in on AIW cards.  Until they have that, no way am I giving up my TV for better performance.
1400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Problem with KOTOR installation. Please advise!!! on: October 17, 2004, 09:28:03 PM
Why reformat?  Go to some KOTOR forums, find out what hidden files and registry entries the game installs, and delete them.  Reformatting would be like using a nuke to take out a city where you know a murderer is living.

If I had the game myself, I'd help you.
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