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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: October 28, 2013, 08:57:20 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 26, 2013, 11:36:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2013, 11:33:01 PM

Quote from: Exodor on September 25, 2013, 07:32:27 PM

I could deal with the look if I could just turn off the ZOOM in and ZOOM out every time I launch or close an app.   tear thumbsdown

it's funny, I never even noticed the zoom effect until I sat down and looked for it the other night.

It bothered me at first. I don't notice it now I am so used to it. It's not so slow that it bothers me.

The most recent iOS patch removes the ridiculous ZOOMing if you turn on Reduce Motion in accessibility options.

 thumbsup
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/25/13 on: October 25, 2013, 08:35:24 PM
Rocking out with Rocksmith2014


Then finish my Civ5 game when my fingers hurt too much from the  rocking.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 24, 2013, 06:57:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 24, 2013, 06:16:35 PM

Question on the PC version:  I assume the cable just hooks into a regular USB port, correct?  Do I need any other connections/cables?

No other cables needed - just goes straight into a USB slot.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 24, 2013, 06:00:17 PM
Gratch, I saw this review linked on QT3 and thought you might be interested - one of the two reviewers is a total guitar newbie.

45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 23, 2013, 10:45:52 PM

Quote from: Travis on October 23, 2013, 10:29:38 PM

So I have a hard time calling it a "game" so to speak.  It's a focused learning tool really that just took the way rock band showed music and reimagined it as another way to read music.  There isn't any failing in the song mode.  There is a minigame area that has games that work by having you practicing certain things (chords, running scales, etc.)

I felt like the first Rocksmith tried too hard to be a game.  For 2014 they made the correct choice to present it as a learning tool and it's a better product for it.


Quote
I am sure that you will memorize the songs and be able to play outside the game.  That's how learning guitar works to be honest.  At first you need the transcription, but over time you don't.

Prior to getting the original Rocksmith last year I had never held a guitar before.  Now I annoy my daughter all the time by playing the riffs from "Boys Don't Cry" or "Where is My Mind" over and over.  


If you're at all interested in learning guitar I recommend picking it up.   thumbsup
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad on: October 22, 2013, 09:19:59 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 22, 2013, 08:59:04 PM

I felt like my v3 iPad has been awful since putting iOS7 on it.  Need more POWAH!

Still using iOS6 on my iPad3.  So far I still don't have a compelling reason to upgrade - I don't need the newer iOS or more processing power to read my RSS feed or the Kindle app. 
47  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 20, 2013, 05:06:03 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 20, 2013, 04:17:54 PM

Am I wrong to think that this program is for people who don't have employers that compensate health insurance?

The exchanges are specifically for people who don't have employer-provided insurance - I'm pretty sure you don't quality for any of the subsidies if you have access to health insurance at work.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 14, 2013, 11:35:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 14, 2013, 10:19:11 PM

where's your cup?




DAMN fine coffee!
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 14, 2013, 08:57:18 PM
2009 Chrysler 300

This one, in fact:




Such a fun ride.  Such terrible mileage.   crybaby
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: October 04, 2013, 11:25:21 PM
You know what I don't like about iOS7?

I can't send iMessages to other iOS users - they get stuck on sending and after a reboot they show as "not sent"

Texts to my android-using girlfriend go through just fine.  Texting works but iMessage doesn't.  

I guess the solution is to encourage everyone I know to switch to Android phones.  retard
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: October 04, 2013, 06:47:19 PM
Season 2 so far is a huge improvement over the first - I'm now watching because I want to, not just to laugh at the terrible acting and contrived plot.

52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 02, 2013, 07:08:03 PM
Saw the preview linked on one Rocksmith twitter feed or another and didn't realize until the end that it was a GamingTrend preview.  Very professional and very impressive.    thumbsup


I'm a big fan of the first Rocksmith but the $60 price tag had me hesitating to get the sequel.  The previews were enough to push me over the edge and pre-order.

I figure it will take me a year to get "The Spirit of Radio" down.   saywhat
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: September 30, 2013, 09:20:27 PM
54  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: September 30, 2013, 02:06:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 30, 2013, 01:07:12 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on September 30, 2013, 12:41:13 PM

Shutting down the government after youve lost at every turn is acting like a petulant child.  Rips to the death attitude shows just how disconnected and selfish this position is.  He would rather see millions of families face unnecessary economic strife, then allow the government the right to put a plan in place that just might benefit millions of people.

The GOP's biggest fear is that Obamacare might actually work. 

Yup.  Once Obamacare is implemented the Republicans will be pushing to re-implement recission, to re-introduce lifetime caps, to remove kids up to age 26 from their parents plans and to allow insurance companies to not cover pre-existing conditions.

No matter how unpopular the phrase "Obamacare" polls I can't imagine taking all that away will be any more popular.
55  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: September 26, 2013, 01:38:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 26, 2013, 01:05:36 PM


If there had been a billion dollar pot lobby all these years, it would have been legalized long ago.

I've always been amazed that the big cigarette companies don't jump on the legalization bandwagon.  Seems like a whole new untapped market.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 25, 2013, 07:32:27 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 25, 2013, 07:26:35 PM

You get used to the looks, but it's still not growing on me.

I could deal with the look if I could just turn off the ZOOM in and ZOOM out every time I launch or close an app.   tear thumbsdown
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 24, 2013, 07:31:19 PM
I think my iPad3 will stay on iOS6 for as long as possible since my only must-have iOS7 feature - call blocking - isn't something I'll use on it anyway. icon_wink
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 23, 2013, 07:50:56 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 23, 2013, 07:08:08 PM

I went ahead and updated my iPhone 5 and iPad 3 over the weekend.

What the performance like on your iPad3?

I've been holding off on updating mine after reading about a pretty big performance hit.

I did upgrade my iPhone4 and although it's slower than my work-provided 5 it's still usable.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 18, 2013, 10:11:16 PM
You can turn off the Parallax Bullshit in General\Accessibility by choosing Reduce Motion - but that option is missing on my iPhone 4   crybaby


And turning it on doesn't seem to do much on my 5 anyway.   finger mad

60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 18, 2013, 10:00:57 PM
Other new features

Text Timestamps
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With iOS 7, you can reveal the timestamp for each and every message. Just grab one of the speech bubbles in a thread and swipe to the left

Level
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To get to the level, open the compass app. Though not immediately obvious, there’s a second page to the app; swipe to the left, and you’ll be at Apple’s level.

61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 18, 2013, 09:55:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 18, 2013, 09:54:00 PM

the 3D effect when you close an app makes me kind of nauseous now lol.


Yeah I really, really wish I could turn that off but Apple doesn't allow users to make choices on their devices.  *sigh*

62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 18, 2013, 07:35:43 PM
iOS7 allows you to block calls!

That feature alone makes it a must-have for me.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 18, 2013, 03:19:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 18, 2013, 03:18:14 PM

Ars Technica is reporting worse battery life across the board but the iPhone 5 being really bad. 3 hours less battery life. Nothing else is close to that bad. Not excited about the upgrade now.

Wow.

What are the benefits to upgrading to iOS7 - other than the new look?
64  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 16, 2013, 08:54:25 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 16, 2013, 10:06:54 AM

He never should have made his 'don't cross this line' bullshit to begin with.     That is the problem.    Also that you think Obamas threat is what made all this happen is laughable.   Syria was ignoring it and laughing at the US until Russia got involved.

Russia never would have gotten involved if Obama wasn't threatening to bomb their ally.

I think Obama's "red line" comments were stupid and it certainly looks as if they backed into a solution - but a solution that requires no effort from us that removes chemical weapons from the region seems like a Good Thing to me.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2013, 03:35:01 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 12, 2013, 02:56:01 AM

T-Mobile and their special 'web only' deal. Yes I had to buy the phone up front. Yes I can't get any insurance through the plan. But for $30 a month (plus about $3 in taxes) I get 100 minutes (but unlimited wi-fi calling), 'unlimited' (5GB before they slow you down) internet, and unlimited texting. Although the plan is only really useful if you're in a major city that has good coverage on just their towers (or so they say).

So while everyone is paying $80 (what my Sprint bill was after an employee discount) or a lot more (I know my brother pays over $100 with his discount), I'm getting back the cost of the phone in about a year. And then saving oodles of money if I say, keep it for two (most contract durations).

Do you get 4G through T-Mobile? 

StraightTalk is $42 a month for unlimited data (with a soft 2 GB cap) and unlimited voice/texts.  I don't get visual voicemail and I can't do MMS texting.  Data access on my iPhone4 is sometimes sketchy so I'm not convinced their 4G coverage will compete with Verizon's.  For ~$100 more over the course of a 2 year contract I'm probably going to switch to Verizon.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2013, 11:10:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 11, 2013, 11:06:56 PM

Didn't apple recently start its own iDevice trade-in program? I remember reading you have to do it in an Apple store, and have to be ready to swap to a new phone right then and there.

Yes

My 8GB iPhone4 is worth a $130 Apple gift card.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2013, 10:24:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 11, 2013, 10:11:36 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on September 11, 2013, 09:33:05 PM

I'm on AT&T, and one year in on an iPhone 5 and two year contract. My quoted price from Apple is $549. Still too much for this year.

Don't both AT&T and Verizon have new buy earlier than 2 years options now? Each month owned counts towards a lower fee or something?

I don't think that kicks in until one year into the contract and doesn't make much difference until you approach the two year anniversary.


I ran the numbers - if I buy an unlocked 5s for $649 and stay with Straight Talk I pay $1657 over two years.  If I get Verizon's quoted trade-in value for my iPhone4 and share my mom's plan I pay $1770 over two years.  My work phone is a Verizon phone and the coverage is noticeably better than the re-sold AT&T coverage on Straight Talk.


Looks like I'm going with Verizon.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2013, 05:47:54 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 11, 2013, 03:55:04 PM

It's SO nice going contract free. And SO unbelievably cheaper in the long run, too.

Which provider do you use?

I've been using StraightTalk for about a year with a CraigsList-purchased iPhone4.   I'm happy with the service but torn between paying the off-contract price for a new phone or sharing my mother's Verizon plan and getting a subsidized 5S.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 10:52:12 PM

Quote from: JCC on September 10, 2013, 10:27:34 PM

Sigh... I knew it wasn't coming but still bummed at the lack of a bigger screen size. Oddly enough I am mildly tempted by the cheap 5c. If the S4 would drop to $99 this Fall, that would create a nice dilemma for me.... Or I may just suffer with my Razr for another 6-12 months....

Having seen some demos of the fingerprint reader it's pretty cool.  I don't use a unlock code because I'm fundamentally lazy but I like the idea of securing my phone but still being able to access it easily.

I'm still torn but I'm leaning back towards the 5s. 
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 07:32:11 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 10, 2013, 07:24:51 PM

Definitely want to go 4S -> 5S. Just have to decide if I want to pay. Well, I did cancel my Xbone pre-order.


I'm terribly unimpressed with the 5S but I'll still upgrade from my 4 eventually.  I'm just not in a huge hurry and nothing announced about the 5S makes me want to get one ASAP.


Actually looking at the specs I may just go with the 5c.  It looks like the only improvements you get with the S are an incrementally faster processor and a slightly better camera.  I think I can sacrifice those for $100.
71  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 04, 2013, 03:53:10 PM

Quote from: Moliere on September 04, 2013, 03:22:29 PM

Quote
the President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Obama 2007

I agree with that statement - which is why our intervention in Libya pissed me off so much.

72  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 29, 2013, 07:25:32 PM
Justice Department will not block Colorado and Washington's legal pot laws.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 27, 2013, 09:32:52 PM

Quote from: Jag on August 27, 2013, 03:36:10 PM

Not sure how I feel about being on an OO FB. I wouldn't want to mix my sekret OO life with my real life.


For the longest time I tried to keep my online life separate from my real name.  Circumstances conspired to make that impossible and now my twitter account (with my real name) is the 4th hit on google.

/joined
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 25, 2013, 04:02:22 PM

Quote from: FishPants on August 25, 2013, 10:55:21 AM

Looks like we may be in luck today or tomorrow, vd is announcing their bgp routes to a new facility and their twitter has had some minor updates.

The second I see oo back online I will throw it in maintenance mode to grab the database... Ater that I'm not sure where we go from there but I will care a lot less once I've got a recent backup.

It's not up to me of course but it seems to me it would be foolish to stick with VolumeDrive after this fiasco...
75  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: August 23, 2013, 09:46:13 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on August 23, 2013, 09:29:25 PM

Have they actually said there won't be a cash shop?

There will be according to this:

Quote
we will have a shop to buy kind of fun stuff and services too like name changes and things like that.

Which is a little broad.  Mounts could easily be "fun stuff" - they could have a model like NWO where the fastest mounts require a cash payout.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 23, 2013, 07:47:03 PM
The thread linked previously is fascinating and giving me my fill of forum-drama. 

 Bring your own!


It's fun watching Rip pop in and stir things up from time to time.   thumbsup
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 23, 2013, 05:26:45 PM

Quote from: Vorret on August 23, 2013, 05:20:34 PM

Holy crap you have 8k post here!   How is that even possible?

I think Isg's account is actually a front for a wide-ranging 24/7 post-count padding operation. 

It's the only explanation that makes sense.   Tongue
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 23, 2013, 05:05:01 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 23, 2013, 05:02:32 PM

Just think, it's a completely fresh slate.  biggrin

And a whole new group of users to out-post.   icon_razz
79  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: August 23, 2013, 05:04:25 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 22, 2013, 11:44:42 PM

I like tossing my money at developers for fully realized high quality content instead of playing free marketing vehicles disguised as games.

I think that's assuming a lot, though.  Until the game launches and has been live for awhile it's impossible to know if you're getting more for your subscription fees than you would get in a FTP game.

A first-time MMO developer doesn't fill me with hope (see SW:TOR).
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 23, 2013, 04:44:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 23, 2013, 12:23:17 PM

I'm pretty much the same as I've always been. Drugs = bad.

All drugs - Including Alcohol?  Tobacco?  Caffeine?  Prozac?  Viagra?

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