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41  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.
42  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.
43  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. 
44  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.
45  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.

46  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.
47  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
48  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...
49  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.
50  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
51  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
52  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
53  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).
54  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?

55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 23, 2013, 04:41:55 PM

Quote from: Odin on August 23, 2013, 04:27:00 PM

I guess need to check and see if there's a thread on here where SilverJon and I can be the only ones to discuss Neverwinter Online, ha ha.

Every time you guys bump that thread I think about logging into NWO and pushing toward 60...

Then I load Civ V again and lose 4 hours.   
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 23, 2013, 01:28:37 PM
Rip, does that mean it's possible there are ecommerce sites that just went "poof" with no backup?

I would imagine there are some angry people out there right now...
57  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: August 22, 2013, 04:14:38 PM
I feel just the opposite - as a FTP game I might check it out even with a $60 up-front purchase but with a subscription model I have no interest.  I don't have the time or dedication to play a sub-MMO anymore so I'll just skip it until they inevitably go FTP.
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Are there... on: August 14, 2013, 07:06:06 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 14, 2013, 06:39:16 PM

Something being right or wrong shouldn't depend on if you like the person or not.   

Good thing that has nothing to do with the content of the the PMs being the reason hepcat revealed them.


Then again I'm of the opinion if you send me something it's up to me whether or not to reveal it.  If you don't want your dickish PMs revealed to the world maybe you shouldn't send dickish PMs in the first place.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How common (in the U.S.) was your name in the year you were born? on: August 09, 2013, 08:44:19 PM
22,867 other male Scotts in 1972

And 95 females. 


Only ~1400 Elises in 2005 so my daughter is fairly unique.

And her name is pretty uncommon, too.   BOOM
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 07, 2013, 04:33:10 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 07, 2013, 03:51:03 PM

Once a week, or less. 95% of what I drink is plain water.

This is me.  Well, I'm probably 75% water, 15% coffee, 5% beer and 5% soda.

I usually can't bear to pay $2 when I eat out for a cup of sugary fizz-water.

I can't imagine drinking a soda a day.  
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CD Players In Cars On the way Out on: August 05, 2013, 10:05:04 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 05, 2013, 07:58:39 PM

Looked into getting an auxiliary jack installed so that I could plug in my ipod, but the only nearby car stereo installer is Best Buy, and I'm not going to let them cut into my dashboard. Apparently car stereo shops are on the way out, too.

I had to replace the factory stereo in my car earlier this year.  I went to Best Buy and I'm very happy with the results.  There's a USB cable that runs behind the dash into my glove box where my 240GB customized iPod lives.   I either listen to my music from the iPod or my daughter tortures me with her music from the back seat via Bluetooth (current fave - One Direction.    saywhat  )


The only time I've put a disc into the stereo since it was installed in January was while the car was parked - I had to test out the DVD functionality at least once.  I"m not sure what the point of playing a movie on a tiny car stereo screen is but at least I know it works....
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 30, 2013, 04:37:53 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on July 30, 2013, 02:55:16 PM

Quote from: Exodor on July 29, 2013, 11:16:25 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 29, 2013, 09:39:11 PM

Nope.  My whole family kills watches just by wearing them.  Mechanical or electronic, it doesn’t seem to matter.

I thought I was the only one!   Actually I don't kill them they just don't keep accurate time - after a week it'll be off by an hour or more.

I just use my cell phone instead.



What kind of watches are you buying that are off by an hour or more after a WEEK?

And to answer the OP, yes, I wear a watch.

Every watch I've ever owned which implies it's me, not the device.

80% of the time I'm either in front of my PC (with a visible clock in the corner) or in a room with a visible clock.  When I'm not I have a cell phone in my pocket that keeps perfect time.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What music streaming service do you use? on: July 30, 2013, 04:34:01 PM
1.  Pandora
2.  Spotify (free because I'm a cheap bastard)
3.  subsonic when I want to stream something from my personal library while at work or on my phone
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 29, 2013, 11:16:25 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 29, 2013, 09:39:11 PM

Nope.  My whole family kills watches just by wearing them.  Mechanical or electronic, it doesn’t seem to matter.

I thought I was the only one!   Actually I don't kill them they just don't keep accurate time - after a week it'll be off by an hour or more.

I just use my cell phone instead.

65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speeding ticket on: July 24, 2013, 09:16:21 PM
My last (and only) ticket was for going 35 in a 25 at 11 PM on a Sunday night through a deserted college campus.    Roll Eyes

Stupid cop delayed me so long that Taco Bell closed before I got there.   finger
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gmail - WTF on: July 23, 2013, 10:52:30 PM
I like the tabs.  I can go to the "Promotions" tab and easily clear all the crap without disturbing the ~20 messages I want to keep in my Inbox.

I also like it automagically segregating the Facebook/LinkedIn messages.   thumbsup
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you have a will? on: July 12, 2013, 02:05:59 AM
I don't have one and it's a huge failing on my part.  Should something happen to me I want some say over who watches my daughter.

If I keeled over tomorrow I'm pretty sure it would turn into an ugly tug-of-war between my family and her maternal grandparents.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heatwave Western U.S. on: July 01, 2013, 06:22:52 PM
96 today in "always cloudy and rainy Portland."    crybaby



It always amuses me to see people who choose to live in the desert complain about heat.  It's kind of like Portlanders who complain about the rain.   retard
69  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Supreme Court DOMA Ruling on: June 26, 2013, 08:08:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 26, 2013, 07:29:05 PM

Conservatives already pressing to restore DOMA.  From the article:

Quote
Huelskamp told Politico that he hopes states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Seriously, people...WHY THE FUCK DOES THIS MATTER SO MUCH TO YOU???

Because God and Jesus and Leviticus.

Not sure why Deuteronomy 25:5 is ignored though.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to Apple for me... on: June 24, 2013, 01:42:00 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 21, 2013, 11:14:04 PM

Quote from: Exodor on June 21, 2013, 10:43:04 PM

Nothing compares to the nightmare of using iTunes to manage music.  I love Apple hardware.  It's a shame their software is such shit.

I'm guessing you use a PC? The only people I hear this from are those using iTunes on a PC. Oh, and even on Mac holding up iTunes as the standard for Apple's software is weak- they have MUCH better applications than that.

I have a Mac Mini and a PC and both are terrible. And how is it weak to hold up Apple's default music software, something they've aggressively pushed - and the only application that can reliably interact with their universe of mobile hardware?

I should say getting music on my iDevices is easy - but getting a lot of music transferred over with cover art, even if the cover art is displayed in iTunes, seems nigh impossible.

On my Android I just had to have a JPG in the same folder and the music player would display it.

I would love an Android iPod Classic but there doesn't seem to be any large-capacity MP3 player available other than the Classic.  crybaby

And lest I get labeled as an anti-Apple fanboy - right now I have an iPhone4 (personal), iPhone5 (work), iPod Video (in the car glovebox), iPad3 (mine) and an iPad mini (daughter).  I love Apple hardware.  I just wish it was a wee bit more open
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to Apple for me... on: June 21, 2013, 10:43:04 PM

Quote from: The Grue on June 21, 2013, 10:30:01 PM

My biggest issue will be the fact that I have my music collection sitting on a Macbook using iTunes and my last experience with using some software to get the music onto an Android device was pretty crappy.

With my Droid Charge adding music meant plugging it into a USB slot and copying the files directly over, as if using a thumb drive.

Maybe other Droids are more difficult?

Nothing compares to the nightmare of using iTunes to manage music.  I love Apple hardware.  It's a shame their software is such shit.

72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 19, 2013, 03:37:52 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on June 19, 2013, 03:30:41 AM

I've always said that the devil was beating his wife. I learned that one from my mom.

I used to live "close to" the south (Missouri) - close enough to hear most southernisms - but I've never heard that phrase before.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 19, 2013, 01:50:27 AM
From the site linked a few pages back...



What the what?!
74  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Budget cuts lead to assault and rape in Oregon on: June 18, 2013, 03:58:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 18, 2013, 12:22:37 PM

300 Million for Syria but no money for police.

Why should federal dollars be spent on local law enforcement if the people living there won't fund it themselves?
75  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: June 17, 2013, 03:37:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 15, 2013, 01:23:35 PM

Our interests are paramount

When spending US dollars and sacrificing American lives?

Yes, pretty much.

Why wouldn't they be?
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Switching from Iphone 4S to Samsung Galaxy S4? on: June 13, 2013, 07:28:51 PM

Quote from: KC on June 13, 2013, 06:24:34 PM

I've had syncing problems on my Iphone, particularly the Outlook calendar.

I've been fighting the occasional iOS / Exchange calendar sync issues for years.  FWIW I never had an issue with my Droid Charge syncing.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple WDC 2103- iOS 7 on: June 13, 2013, 05:52:57 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 13, 2013, 04:22:20 PM

Yeah I'm way on the other end.  The S3 and S4 are too big.  I'm actually concerned that the iPhone 5 won't be very comfortable when I have to upgrade.

I use a 4 as my personal phone and a 5 as my work phone, so I switch back and forth between the different screen sizes.

I'm still not sold on the larger screen of the 5.  There are times when the extra real estate is kind of convenient and there are times when the screen feels unwieldy.  I kind of wish I could get a 4-sized phone with 4G.

My previous work phone was a Droid Charge which was comically big.   And a complete POS.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple WDC 2103- iOS 7 on: June 11, 2013, 07:08:22 PM
I know it wasn't expected but I'm still disappointed by the lack of a new iPhone.

I'd really like to upgrade my 4 but I know the moment I order one they'll announce the 5S or whatever.
79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: June 06, 2013, 06:24:34 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 06, 2013, 06:06:18 PM


I agree and my  quote above shows clearly that bush started this...and it also shows that obama has clearly expanded it's reach and impact on the american citizenry. Also, the WH is playing defense against it NOW. So, it counts for this Admin!

Also 2008 Obama explicitly ran on a platform opposing these sorts of abuses.  He doesn't get a "Get Out of Scandal Free" card just because the previous administration abused  power - we put him into office in hopes that he would act differently.

He hasn't.
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Budget cuts lead to assault and rape in Oregon on: June 04, 2013, 08:50:05 PM
The issue with these counties is they mostly relied on the timber industry which is all but dead.

So for years they've relied on handouts from the federal government.  Those handouts were extended several times but finally dried up.

When levies are placed on the ballot to increase property taxes to fund public safety they get voted down despite these counties having some of the lowest tax rates in Oregon.


I'm very sorry for the woman who was attacked but I've got no sympathy for anti-tax zealots who expect a high level of government service but are unwilling to pay the taxes to fund it and expect the federal government (ie everyone else) to pay for it..  Fuck those people.
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