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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 10, 2015, 04:04:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 10, 2015, 02:58:30 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 10, 2015, 01:28:59 AM

You have rittchard

I can only dream. icon_wink

Huge backlash on the pricing. I have been reading the /Apple sub-Reddit, iMore, Macworld, and Engadget comments and the response is overwhelming negative (Reddit being a bit nicer than the rest). Engadget commenters have always been very anti-Apple so they aren't a big surprise, but iMore and Macworld commenters are usually very pro-Apple, obviously. On one hand I get it, $400 is a lot for something that is little more than a second screen for your phone. As a gadget, it's not cheap. As a watch, with a  nice band, it is not that expensive. My most expensive watch is $500, it's not made of any fancy precious metals, it doesn't have any fancy features, it sits on my wrist and tells time. Of course I think it look goods too. A $500 watch is low-end though, and it isn't about what it does, but how it looks. As a watch the Apple Watch is not that pricy. Plus the high end models isn't meant for me. The pricing is all relative.

Hard to say where this is going to go. A lot of people hate Apple and anything they do people will bitch about (as this thread has shown). But there was a lot of negativity about the iPhone and iPad as well, and we all know how that went. From a marketing perspective I can't wait to see how this turns out.

I am pre-ording, but I am a fanboy.

The difference between this $500 watch and your other $500 watch is that this one will be obsolete in a year. 

Not that I can really comment on watches, I haven't cared to carry one in ages and when I did I used a pocket watch to avoid troubles when typing.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 11:01:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 09, 2015, 09:08:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 09, 2015, 08:24:10 PM

Well, it's official...
$15 / month. 

...ly stupid
Quote
When HBO launches HBO Now, its new standalone subscription service, Apple will be its exclusive partner. You'll be able to watch after you sign up using an iOS device or Apple TV.

Hey HBO, how about all of the people who are interested but do not own an Apple product?   finger  No, I do not need nor desire to buy an Apple TV, I already have an Amazon TV stick, a PC and 4 consoles that all have network streaming capability.  I also own 2 chromebooks and 3 Kindle devices.    You couldn't have had a less likely subscriber from me unless you had tied your service to Zune.



It's only a 3 month exclusive.

I hadn't read about how long the exclusivity will last, do you have a link for that? 

I still think it's kind of a stupid idea, since to me the whole idea of launching this service would be to transition as many people as possible from torrenting into being paying HBO customers.  If you start off a new service with new seasons of shows but 3 months of being exclusive to a device those people can't use, I'd imagine they'll just go back to old methods.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Tomorrowland on: March 09, 2015, 08:21:25 PM
I'm still a bit baffled by this movie, but it should be interesting at the least.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 09, 2015, 04:03:25 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 09, 2015, 02:54:19 PM

Iím interested in Cities: Skylines, Code Name: STEAM and Ori and the Blind Forest but no day one purchases at this point.

Same here.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rimworld [PC] on: March 07, 2015, 05:33:58 AM
Awesome, thanks for the update, Lee!  This game continues to tempt me despite the fact that I have many other games I still need to play.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 05, 2015, 09:57:23 PM
Really glad that they are committed to supporting old DLC that people already own. 

I'm not sure I'm actually ready to go back to a Rock Band game, though.  Partly because I'm trying to learn real guitar with Rocksmith and partly because I'm no longer really in the atmosphere where I get together at a friend's house to hang out and play party games regularly.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 04, 2015, 07:57:38 PM
I don't want to get into the peen counting, but First Light isn't a full game, it was a standalone expansion.  I would also count Rayman Legends in Microsoft's favor.

Both have good games available pretty regularly, just be happy with that.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 04, 2015, 01:08:48 AM
Trailer looks great.  smile

For anyone who cares, the Harmontown movie/documentary also went up on Netflix Instant Watch this last weekend.  I thought it was pretty good.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old member, coming back after almost 4 years of absence =) on: March 02, 2015, 11:52:07 PM
Welcome back! 

If you've been gone 4 years, you'll probably find that several people who used to post regularly are now MIA, so maybe everyone you offended has taken off anyway.  slywink

Either way, we could use some "new" blood posting around here!    icon_smile
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rimworld [PC} on: March 02, 2015, 11:48:35 PM
I read the OO thread on this a while ago and it seemed really interesting, but I was kind of waiting until it had gotten further along.  At this point I'm still interested but I think I'll be waiting until they get a Steam release

I've never played Dwarf Fortress, at least partially because the ASCII graphics were a real turn-off.  These graphics look fine if not remarkable, though, beyond the characters taking directly after Prison Architect.

It's always good to hear that a game still supposedly in "alpha" is really fun to play and has enough systems to keep you addicted like that!  I also look forward to further impressions and hearing how they expand on it.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: March 02, 2015, 10:28:08 PM
If you can build robots smart enough to be an invading force of another country, you can sure as shit build some that carry the extra batteries.  Tongue
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 02, 2015, 06:44:20 PM
I wanted to be excited for Screamride, but the demo didn't do a whole lot for me.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 02, 2015, 12:31:27 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 01, 2015, 10:52:42 PM

(didn't the Rift start at Valve and Valve let the developers go after deciding not to pursue it?)

No, the Rift started as it's own thing.  There were a couple different teams at Valve working on VR and AR, but they laid off the AR team and let some key people from the VR team leave last year (like Michael Abrash who went to work at Oculus).
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: March 01, 2015, 03:40:25 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 27, 2015, 06:19:20 PM

How much does it cost to play a game?

The Eurogamer article says "at £2 a play for each of the missions, I blasted through a tenner to see the 15 minutes of fun the game offers".  A direct conversion would put that at something near $20 total US, but it may be cheaper in reality.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 09:22:22 PM
To me, this proves the "white gold in true sunlight, bluish and darker brown in shade", but to my buddy who sees it as blue/black he thinks it proves the opposite.

https://vine.co/v/O2rvPnlEzqi
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 07:57:18 PM
Pug, that test doesn't really make any sense and I hope it's a joke. 

Yes, the true chromatic color of the pixel may be light blue, but that says nothing about the true original color of the real article in shaded sunlight.

The argument isn't over the exact pixel color values of the image, it's about the color of the dress in reality.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 06:26:33 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 27, 2015, 04:59:56 PM

Gold isn't a colour

What?  Yes it is.  Always has been.  There are many shades of gold, but it's definitely a color.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 06:25:02 PM
Live long and thanks for all the fish.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 06:22:55 PM
The problem with this is without another picture it's just a pointless argument.  It needs real resolution to be satisfying to me.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 04:56:56 PM
Here is the Wired article and frankly I still don't believe their logic or their terrible Photochops.  I don't think you can get a gold color from any black source regardless of the amount of light on it.  

And the dress seems very clearly to actually be under an awning (look in the upper right corner), which leads to the white and gold in shadow conclusion.

You can take any section of that original picture away from the background or contrasting color and it still appears the same color (to me).  

I'd like to see another image of the actual dress not photoshopped but taken in better light.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 04:46:36 PM

Quote from: raydude on February 27, 2015, 01:08:30 PM

I've found that it's frequently not the cashier who holds up the line, it's the customer. Particularly if they're paying with cash or a check. It's like, they know they're going to pay with a check so can't they just open the checkbook while waiting and fill out the stuff they know in advance? Like the date and the store's name? Or, if they know they'll be paying with cash they can at least estimate to to the nearest twenty and get that money ready?

Yeah, this definitely happens as well.  It is probably ageist of me to say it, but it usually seems to be older people that this applies to.  They seem to be the most likely to still use checks and least likely to be aware of their impact on other people. 

Certainly not all old people are going to hold up the line, but if you see a little old lady in one line and a single dude in his 30's or 40's in the next, I know which one I'm getting behind.  Which, now that I say it, sounds like something Rittchard would say...   icon_surprised
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 04:41:25 PM
To me it seems really clearly a white and gold dress in shadow.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M on: February 26, 2015, 07:39:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 26, 2015, 05:29:02 PM

My in-laws let the then-7yo play Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed.  And there were no qualms about letting the 4yo watch. 

Yeah, I mean that's their decision.  A lot of people are not comfortable with kids that age playing M-rated games or seeing R-rated movies.  Developing brains and influence and societal norms and all of that.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M on: February 26, 2015, 05:06:48 PM
Yeah, when buying games for myself ratings don't matter at all. 

But it has been a big concern when buying them for my nephew who is now 12.  For example, he's been super interested in Halo for a couple years and has lots of toys and talks about it a lot.  I'd love to get him the remastered games to start from square one, but because it's an M-rated shooter series he hasn't actually gotten to play any of them. 

And I respect that choice of his parents, and I would probably do the same in their position.  Even though I know there are tons of 10-15 year olds who have been playing Call of Duty and whatever for years.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 26, 2015, 06:15:48 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 26, 2015, 05:28:19 AM

...actual cashiers who can do things TONS faster than the stupid scanner can. And baggers, too.

Hah, then you clearly don't work in any of the grocery stores I use!   icon_evil

I'm really sick of cashiers that don't bag things until they're done ringing things up.  Or that insist on chatting and commenting on the things I'm buying instead of scanning things more quickly.  Or just move like molasses as if there aren't people waiting in line.

And baggers that have no idea how to bag, keeping frozen things together, and fragile/squishy things on top, and not using a ton of bags.

I can (and do) bag all of my things faster than either of the other two actual employees.  The only thing inefficient about self checkout are some idiots that use it and the fact that the employee that's supposed to be over-seeing it is never around or not paying attention to their job.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 26, 2015, 03:59:12 AM
I'm happy to see I'm not the only person that just wants to get in, get my stuff and get out.  Makes me feel like less of a grumpy Gus.    icon_smile

And not a single person so far likes those slow, invasively talkative ones, which really makes me feel better.   nod
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: February 25, 2015, 11:01:13 PM
Apparently there is going to be a Fast & Furious stand alone expansion pack coming out on March 27th.  It will be FREE if you download in the first couple weeks, otherwise it will be $10 if you get it after April 10th, and you don't need Horizon 2 to get it.

As a stand alone I guess it will have it's own set of missions and content, though I'm not sure if that means any F&F characters show up or what.

The cars currently listed to feature in it:
  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: February 25, 2015, 10:50:24 PM
I've tried to watch a few episodes of this but have yet to get interested at all.  I think I have 3 or 4 episodes backed up in my Hulu queue since I never really desire to watch it.

I had no idea this was meant to be a short one-shot series, i assumed it was supposed to be an ongoing 40's version of Agents of Shield meets Mad Men.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PC/Wii U/3DS/DS/Ps3/Ps4/Vita] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on: February 25, 2015, 08:53:56 PM
Man, I really need to go back to this game.  I'm not sure why I stopped playing, but I don't think I got even half way through. 

I do remember that the flying controls for Iron Man were super frustrating and I failed one of those challenges multiple times before quitting, so maybe that was the catalyst.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 25, 2015, 08:48:36 PM
All the recent talk about retail experiences has me curious how other people prefer their retail checkout experiences to go.  Do you like cashiers that act like they know you?  How about chatty ones that comment on the things you're buying?  Or do you prefer efficiency over all else?

Personally, I just want to pay for my crap and go home.  Do your job and let me get out of here so you can move on to the next person as quickly as possible (which also sped up my time waiting in line to get to that point).

I also really dislike those that feel the need to comment on what I'm buying, like how delicious my food looks or ask where I got it.  I know it looks good, I picked it out and put it in my cart.  We don't know each other, don't pretend like we do.  Also, you work in the damn store I'm buying it from, it's not like I brought in this magical new item from somewhere else.

I always wished that there was a "cashier mood/style" sign above them so you would know what you're getting in for or choose another line. 
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations on: February 25, 2015, 06:30:35 AM
If you're still interested in RTS games Grey Goo just came out and I've heard it is pretty decent.  It's made by Petroglyph, which is in turn a bunch of ex-Westwood (Command & Conquer) people.

I really like Marvel Heroes 2015.  It's an online action RPG, a lot like a Diablo MMO in the Marvel universe.  It's free to play (and not in the bad way), so you can try out several heroes up to level 10 and then choose one or buy a different one.  Personally I've found it much more fun than Diablo 3.

Grow Home is a great, charming little platformer action game that just came out.  It's only $8 or something and lasts maybe 5 hours.

Payday 2 is a great first person shooter with a cooperative element.  The developers have really supported it well over time and keep releasing new stuff.

If you didn't play Dead Rising 3 on the Xbone, it's also available on PC and is a great open world action game with lots of over-the-top weapons.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: February 24, 2015, 10:57:32 PM

Quote from: DOSHIGH on February 24, 2015, 09:45:44 PM

I don't think people will be typing much in another 20 years, let alone 50, with the way voice recognition has evolved.

You can't exactly talk to your computer quietly in most office environments, so I doubt voice recognition would replace it there.

Not to mention talking is going to be much slower and less accurate than typing for anything like coding that requires tons of specific syntax and non-English words.

But, having said that, 50 years is a long time for something to completely change the game.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 24, 2015, 10:53:36 PM
Also, this image somebody posted in the reply was prefect.  smile

154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 24, 2015, 05:00:54 PM
I can't even imagine how much that has to screw with the cornering to have so much added weight and the center of gravity messed with like that.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/24) on: February 23, 2015, 08:19:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 23, 2015, 07:17:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2015, 04:55:15 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 23, 2015, 02:50:44 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 23, 2015, 02:44:12 PM

I still don't understand what htoL#NiQ is, or how you're supposed to pronounce it.

It's apparently the 'stylized' version of Hotaru no Nikki.

Aah, I was going to go with "Hotel Nyquil".   icon_biggrin

You are feeling unwell.  Press F to take swig of Nyquil

Continue holding F to swim into a dreamland full of people with snakes for arms...
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Not an easy topic) Death,crowd funding?,profit?,donate?-what are your thoughts on: February 23, 2015, 08:17:10 PM

Quote from: Roman on February 23, 2015, 08:02:36 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2015, 07:16:24 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 23, 2015, 07:06:21 PM

edit to my previous post:  I misread Roman's post the first time and didn't realize it was an unrelated other citizen who did the crowdfunding rather than the toddler's parents.  That changes everything, and if he keeps a single dime for his own personal benefit then yes, he's going to hell.

I don't think he should keep any either, but this made me start to wonder about the tax implications of all that money technically going to person A who then gives it to person B as a "gift".  The fund starter will be on record as having earned that $170k, right?  That probably puts a huge tax burden on that person, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

No No No. The concerned citizen is not keeping any of the money. All the funds are going to the parents.

So who pays the concerned citizen's $50,000 in taxes come next year?  That's the reality of the situation.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: February 23, 2015, 08:14:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 10, 2015, 07:03:54 PM


Yep, that pretty much sums it up from my perspective as well.  smile

Also...

It's Naptime!
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Not an easy topic) Death,crowd funding?,profit?,donate?-what are your thoughts on: February 23, 2015, 07:16:24 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 23, 2015, 07:06:21 PM

edit to my previous post:  I misread Roman's post the first time and didn't realize it was an unrelated other citizen who did the crowdfunding rather than the toddler's parents.  That changes everything, and if he keeps a single dime for his own personal benefit then yes, he's going to hell.

I don't think he should keep any either, but this made me start to wonder about the tax implications of all that money technically going to person A who then gives it to person B as a "gift".  The fund starter will be on record as having earned that $170k, right?  That probably puts a huge tax burden on that person, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/24) on: February 23, 2015, 04:55:15 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 23, 2015, 02:50:44 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 23, 2015, 02:44:12 PM

I still don't understand what htoL#NiQ is, or how you're supposed to pronounce it.

It's apparently the 'stylized' version of Hotaru no Nikki.

Aah, I was going to go with "Hotel Nyquil".   icon_biggrin
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/24) on: February 23, 2015, 06:54:30 AM
I guess I technically already own Republique Remastered since I Kickstarted it ages ago. 
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