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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Geeky Debate: iPod nanos or iPods nano? on: October 20, 2005, 07:39:53 PM
Perhaps, but Honda is the manufacturer, and Accord is the product, whereas "nano" is merely a modifier of "iPod." The term "Honda" isn't actually part of the name of an Accord anymore than "Apple" is part of the name of the iPod. I think it's a slightly different situation. Interesting point, though.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Geeky Debate: iPod nanos or iPods nano? on: October 20, 2005, 07:18:07 PM
Which is grammatically correct? iPods nano or iPod nanos?

I'd think it'd be the former, just like it's attorneys general and passersby (and, as pointed out by the Onion, Whoppers Junior). A friend disagrees. And my copy editor friend isn't online. :-)
1403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: October 13, 2005, 09:36:58 PM
It's been a day since I got it, and the last page of INIFNITE CRISIS #1 is still giving me the giddies whenever I think of it. :-)
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: October 13, 2005, 03:33:05 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
The more interesting thing tomorrow is that Mockingbird should finally be unmasked in Villians United.  No clue who that is, but I'm sure they're quite tied into the overall plot.

Okay, I'm a bit confused, but either way

Spoiler for Hiden:
It seems as if Lex Luthor from pre-Crisis Earth-1 has survived into the post-Crisis universe! Between that and the triumphant return of Superman from Earth-2, I'm surprisingly giddy about all the IC stuff that came out this week. Whether it's going to be good or not, IC is sure off to an exciting start!
1405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lost on: October 12, 2005, 09:41:14 PM
If you miss it, you can buy it tomorrow for $2 from iTunes 6 and watch it on your computer. smile
1406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iPod Video announced on: October 12, 2005, 09:39:13 PM
The nano is all about size, weight and having no moving parts. Jogging with a hard drive iPod is not a smart thing to do -- its be easiest way to destroy your iPod. The nano, however, is perfect for jogging. It's lighter, smaller and has no moving parts whatsoever. Making things smaller makes them more expensive, in many cases. There's always been a large gap regarding storage between the mini/nano iPods and the regular iPods, but both sell very well because they're aimed at different audiences.
1407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: October 12, 2005, 09:23:54 PM
All Star Batman & Robin has been really bad.....

So, today's the day. Can't wait. Here's hoping INFINITE CRISIS has been worthy of the build up. biggrin

Crayola, you can borrow my issues.
1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iPod Video announced on: October 12, 2005, 09:19:34 PM
Laner is right about WMA.

Also, individual songs on iTunes can be burned as many times as you please. The only restriction is on song-combination playlists. I believe it's 7 burns.
1409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iPod Video announced on: October 12, 2005, 08:59:58 PM
The new iPod is interesting... and they finally have a "low end" real iPod that's hit my next size point -- double my current 15GB model. I'm not quite out of space on my current iPod yet, but when the time comes, I'm totally gonna get one of these fifth generation models.

The video support is cool, but its presently a very tentative step. The files are in very low resolution, so they won't look great if blown up to, say, fill a TV screen. However, if the distribution channel works, then the only question regarding improving the resolution will be bandwidth issues.

I think that the new iMac G5 -- which includes software called Front Row that provides a 30-ft interface to iTunes, iPhoto, DVD Player and QuickTime -- is far more interesting. It's a TV-tuner away from being a true Apple Media Center. Take Front Row, spruce it up, and add it and TV-in and -out capability to a Mac Mini, and you've got Macs in the living room.

So a lot of stuff in the Apple announcement today that interests me.
1410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much old mail is in your inbox? on: October 08, 2005, 04:52:33 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Fireball1244"

I'm an information horder. I have most of the computer files I've created since 1993, I've got an archive of every AIM chat I've had since mid-2003, etc, etc, etc.

That creeps me the hell out. Remind me never to chat on IM with you. I don't want people keeping records of the random shit I say when Im bored and joking around on IM. This is how future political careers are destroyed. Bad business if you ask me.

Ironically, part of why I do it is because I'm in politics. It's often important to be able to have some sort of verifiable evidence of things people say or claim.
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / S E R E N I T Y on: October 08, 2005, 04:29:45 PM
I loved this movie, absolutely loved it -- for lots of the reasons some people didn't like it. However...

It's not going to do well at the box office. Look, when Firefly was on TV it rarely managed more than around 3 million viewers. Even if all three million or so (let's say that only some of that is overlap, and that about 5 million folks watched the show) go see the movie, at $8 a ticket, that's only $24 to $40 million. Factor in that a lot of people who watched the show won't go see the movie, and that some folks who didn't will, and I don't think that it's going to even break $40 million.

And it certainly won't see its week over week box office increase. It made over $10 million its first weekend? Okay, that's about enough box office to account for almost all of the folks who bought the DVDs (the rabid fans like us) and some new folks. Most of the core audience has already seen the film and its a tough sell to newcomers.

We got a good movie out of the show, and that's enough for me. I don't expect it to be a "hit" movie, and I don't expect a sequel.
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much old mail is in your inbox? on: October 05, 2005, 11:56:11 PM
I have thousands of back email messages, going back to 1998, in various formats -- Outlook Express databases, PST files, Microsoft Entourage databases, and now most of it in my Apple Mail database. I archive into folders all mail from friends, business associates, organizations I'm a member of, etc. I delete spam and general announcements.

I'm an information horder. I have most of the computer files I've created since 1993, I've got an archive of every AIM chat I've had since mid-2003, etc, etc, etc.

It's a lot of storage, but from time to time, very useful to have.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Intelligent Design = Creationism on: October 05, 2005, 07:03:51 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
My problem with this... Darwin's Theory of Evolution, is just that, a Theory at this point as it has not been proven.

As has been pointed out, you're not using the scientific definition of the term "theory." A Theory in science is a way of structuring all available data (facts) into a coherent whole. A theory is not a guess. It is not a "fact" because it's something different than a fact -- it's a way of analyzing and accounting for all available facts.

When people speak of the Theory of Evolution, they are discussing the scientific framework which accounts for and processes EVERY available, confirmed piece of data on the matter of biological development.

Evolution is a "theory," but it is also unquestionably true and its data is factual. It happens. We KNOW it happens. The "theory" part is we're investigating how it happens and what drives it.

Darwin himself recanted the theory after writing it.

This is not true.
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No fresh start for you! Pay up, 130 years! on: October 05, 2005, 05:57:15 PM
I was worried you might get caught in the terrible new bankruptcy law when we talked about this a few weeks ago. I had thought it went into effect in January, though. You know you've got my support and that I'd do whatever I can. Not that there's anything I can do.

The health insurance system in this country is deeply broken. The number of insured continues to fall, the costs of insurance continue to rise, and the coverage provided continues to recede. There's absolutely no reason it has to be this way.
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Shining" Happy People on: October 04, 2005, 08:47:03 PM
From Roger Ebert by way of my friend Ferguson, here's a video clip trailer where someone took "The Shining" and made cut a trailer that makes it look like a touching family dramedy.

1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development is still great. on: September 22, 2005, 08:10:24 PM
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 2 Premier Tonight on: September 22, 2005, 06:09:26 AM
Okay, some dipshit at ABC listed the bullshit, boring, idiotic, worthless "recap" at 7:00 CDT as "Lost." Seeing it listed at 7:00, my Tivo dutifully recorded it. Since I set Lost to record 3 minutes into the next hour, Tivo doesn't record anything at 8:00. So I have no series premiere.

Fuck ABC and their bullshit "recap." Networks seem to exist to make it harder to watch the shows I want to watch.
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: September 16, 2005, 08:59:27 AM
JLA was a big issue this week, as noted above. The fraying relations between the major heroes is handled quite well. I hated seeing that stupid new Supergirl (here's hoping she dies in Crisis... yeah, I know, won't happen), but Zatanna's actions were very interesting.

I loved seeing Dr. Light II and Dr. Light I duke it out in Green Arrow. The creation of Dr. Light II was a major point in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Over in JSA Classified (which I Byrne-Stole), Psycho Pirate himself has returned. A few months ago, Harbinger was in Superman/Batman, and last week both Lady Quark and Pariah (!) were in Villains United. Aside from Alexander Luthor of Earth-3, that's pretty much the whole cast of characters to be created for and survive Infinite Earths. Things are definitely converging here!

I'm really enjoying the "unified" feel of the DCU as this story approaches. Seeing similar themes, recurring characters and references to the same moral dilemmas cropping up in books across the company really lends aa air of authenticity to the universe.

Some big questions remaining before INFINITE CRISIS arrives: who is Mockingbird (Alexander Luthor? The Monitor?)? Will the JLA dissolve just as the DCU's villains are uniting? And, of course, which Flash will they kill this time? :-)

The DC Insider column at the back of the books spoiled a bit of the set up for the first issue of INFINITE CRISIS, basically letting the astute reader know the endings of all four of the lead-in miniseries. Regardless, I'm looking forward to these final issues, and I'm counting the days until INFINITE CRISIS arrives.

And what's really nice is that this IC lead in has been so cool, it's almost totally distracted me from the fact that All-Star Batman & Robin is basically crap.
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Y'all seen the new iPod? on: September 12, 2005, 03:20:59 AM
The nano is pretty cool, but I'm waiting for an update to the regular iPod. The low end model is currently 20 GB. I have a 15GB Gen 3 iPod, which is about 85% full. Once the low end iPod hits 30 GB, I'm buying one.

If the price comes down a bit, in a couple years I could see myself replacing my iPod Shuffle with an iPod Nano.
1420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 06, 2005, 04:23:49 AM
Are you sure, Mitch? I would have sworn it was a childhood encounter with mosquito spraying that did that to your face. :-)

I'm down in Houston right now, for a job interview tomorrow. The hotel is full of refugees. When I got off the elevator, there was a girl sitting in the chairs opposite, writing in a pad. She got out of NO with her boyfriend and his family, but has no idea where her parents are. frown

Even those who haven't been killed... how long will it take for people to reconnect?
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 02, 2005, 10:30:37 PM
Not quite sure if that's a compliment or not....
1422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 02, 2005, 05:45:33 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Fireball - Keep us posted on how things are going since you may have a better grasp on what's going on in the way of help for these people. Thanks!

By far the best way to help is to give money either to the American Red Cross ( or to the local food banks in the areas where refugees are being taken. They're being inundated with "stuff," but what is needed is good, old-fashioned, imminently flexible cash.

Of course, I say this, yet my Dallas Young Democrats are going to do a toy drive for the kids in Reunion Arena. Oh well. :-)
1423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 01, 2005, 08:27:38 PM
I had friends in Manhattan on Sept. 11. It took almost a week before they could get phone calls in and out (they lived in SoHo). I suspect it'll be even worse in the damaged areas from Katrina.

As most folks know, I work for the Democratic Party, and we're being swamped both with people looking for ways to help get funds to Louisiana, and with folks trying to get a grip on how to best help the refugees being brought here to Dallas. This whole situation is overwhelming on so many levels.
1424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 30, 2005, 03:48:18 PM
It's not the economy, it's the budget that's at fault. Bush cut taxes way too much, and has raised spending way too quickly, thus resulting in staggering deficits. The man has never vetoed so much as one spending bill from Congress, even the pork-laden energy and transportation bills passed last month. Fiscal discipline simply isn't in his nature, apparently.
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 09:02:43 PM
I should be able to get away at 6:00 on Friday. Let's do dinner and the flick (and Tiger!).
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 08:22:35 PM

Jabber support is present in iChat 1.x in Panther. Just follow their instructions, and it should work. And I'm pretty sure that the next time we have dinner (still need to see the Aristocrats) that my Tiger DVD might accidently come along for the ride. :-)
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 08:07:22 AM
Email or PM me if you would like my GoogleTalk name — its my Gmail account address, so I don't wanna publicly post it.
1428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tipping? on: August 15, 2005, 05:35:26 PM
I tend to tip very well when service is good, upwards of 20%, which is my normal baseline (for ease of math as much as anything else). I tipped 50% last week at lunch with the Texas delegation to the Young Democrats of America convention. One poor waitress, 42 Texans, 90 minutes to get in and out. There were some snafus, but I thought she did a stellar job.
1429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 11:28:21 PM
So it rolled out to the Apple Stores today? That's pretty cool. And this thing didn't leak, either. Not bad.

I'm a huge fan of my Kensington Studio Mouse, so I don't need this new Apple Mouse. but if my next Mac comes with one, I'll definitely give it a look. I'm a big, big fan of most everything Apple designs.
1430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 06:01:24 PM
At most 5 years too late. There was no reason to switch to a two-button mouse until the advent of Mac OS X. And even OS X runs just fine with one button.
1431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 03:45:44 PM
Apple Computer releases a multi-button, scrolling mouse

These are strange times.
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are your pet peeves? on: August 01, 2005, 11:43:03 PM
God, I hate loud eaters. I have a friend I don't eat with because they smack, and their mouths hang open and its sick. I can't eat while watching that. Sick, sick, sick.

Slow drivers drive me nuts. Get out of my way. Jesus.

People who talk slowly or take forever to get to the point .... not my favorite people. My time is too valuable to listen to you stammer. Just spit it out.

Coffee. I hate coffee. The stench of that noxious beverage immediately removes my appetite. Coffee is bad. There will never be a coffee maker in any home in which I live.
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Vista on: August 01, 2005, 09:13:05 PM
ME was a disaster on my system. I paid $50 to have my printer and scanner stop working. My printer eventually got updated to working status. I wasn't willing to shell out bucks for a new scanner driver. Now, the steps ME took towards unifying the driver model and integrating the Windows 2000 shell were good steps. It's just that ME was never supposed to be released (it was thrown together because a home edition of Windows 2000 died in the womb), and it really showed. Rough edges abound.
1434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stationery Question on: August 01, 2005, 05:51:31 PM
1435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Vista on: August 01, 2005, 05:50:49 PM
The release window is Q4 2006, which is about 18 months away.

If my PC will handle it, I will likely upgrade. I like to be running the newest set of software, and while it pales compared to Mac OS X, Windows XP has been a pretty solid release from Microsoft.
1436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stationery Question on: August 01, 2005, 07:46:09 AM
Okay, let's say (of course, totally hypothetically) that I'm starting my own personal business and I'm buying some stationery. And let's say that a letter I write goes for more than one page... what do I print the second page on? Do I print it on the same full letterhead (with name, logo, address, phone, email, web, slogan, etc, on it) or do I use a more simplified letterhead for the second and subsequent pages?

Or do I just use the same stock of paper, but blank?

I'm glad to say, this is the biggest question holding up my launch. smile
1437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: July 25, 2005, 08:10:49 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
So, they will fast forward to the time after Superman's "For Tomorrow"? since that was set one year ahead as well (one of the reasons people thought Kyle Rayner was going to survive Hal Jordan coming back and the end of his series).

Hopefully they won't even mention "For Tomorrow." That story was just absolute garbage.

1438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Longhorn becomes Windows Vista on: July 22, 2005, 07:50:22 PM
Of course, a window is the barrier keeping you from the beautiful vista.
1439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 08:15:43 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Open borders attract terrorist.

I could post many more articles about this, but would they really do any good. You seem to argue on emotion, not on reason, and your favorite tactic is to attack and insult.

And you conflate Hispanics with Illegal Immigrants, when the two are not the same.

A suspected terrorist operative came in through the Canadian border. Yawn. We survived the Cold War against a far more dangerous enemy with very open borders. Terrorist boogeymen are the last reason to mess with our relationship with Canada or Mexico.

Honestly, why should I waste any more time with you.

I'm only here right now because you're fairly amusing. And I like the black-and-silver color scheme.

And I haven't moved the goal post.

Sure you have. You've been arguing over the quote all night -- but now, no, it's the article, not the quote. The quote seems to now serve no purpose, when before it appeared to be the linchpin of your Grand Unifying Conspiracy Theory about the browning of America. Why, some nobody Hispanic woman said something glib about Texas being part of Mexico. Best sound the alarm. And be sure to ignore the opinions of people who, you know, actually live in Texas. Or, at least, that's the circle this thread went in for hours.

But now it's about the article itself.

I think the agenda is quit real, and quit chilling. Keep the borders unsecured, for as long as possible, so as many illiegal immigrants can pour into America, in as short a time as possible, regardless of the impact on the economy, environment, healthcare, taxes, education, crime, or national security.

Yes, that must be it. The Mexican government wants everyone in Mexico to go to America, because that would work out very well for them. Look, the only reason we have illegal immigration is because we, as a nation, WANT and REQUIRE it. You don't want illegal immigration? Good. Neither do I. So, let's come up with a way to legally get those laborers over here to work for the wages our economic stability requires us to pay them.

And with this newfound political muscle comes an arrogance, and the comment I quoted in my initial thread is a reflection of that arrogance.

By definition, illegal immigrants have no political muscle. They have no vote. If a city is 90% illegal immigrants, and they all hate you, but the 10% that aren't love you, and there's an election, you win, because that 90% has NO political clout and can neither vote NOR give money to campaigns or PACs.

The only domestic political clout Hispanics have is that wielded by Hispanic citizens of the United States. So, either, the political clout you worry about does not exist or you're bemoaning the fact that a lot of Americans -- people who are just as American as you will ever be -- are Hispanics. Which takes us back to the race.
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 07:36:50 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Do you really think they make your argument any stronger?

Your paranoia doesn't really require an A game.

The Mexican Gov't hands out free information on how to enter the US illegally, and fanatically applies pressure on Washington to keep our borders unprotected.

Fanatically? You have evidence of this fanatacism? And is it fanaticism regarding open borders, or more of the "please don't shoot people trying to get into the US" sort of thing?

Clearly illegal immigration is a problem. However, there is a need and a desire in the United States for these workers. We want them here, to take the jobs we won't and be paid the wages we can't live on. We can't afford the true cost of our goods, so a porous border provides a deflationary pressure that keeps prices down. Clearly, this is a haphazard solution. Better and more safer would be to legalize transient Mexican workers, as well as a lower standard wage for them, and make what's happening BECAUSE WE REQUIRE IT TO happen above board.

And thanks for completely ignoring the link I provided.

Your thread title mentions a "chilling admission," and then you chose to pull out and highlight that incredibly idiotic quote. Yet now you say that wasn't what you really thought? That I should read the whole article to get your point of view? Huh? Then why highlight that paragraph, and spend two pages arguing over the meaning of it? You're moving goalposts now.

And not that you'll respond to this point, but regardless on how you feel towards illegal immigrants, shouldn't we protect our borders, if only for security reasons?

Security? You mean... GASP... the TERRORISTS? Give me a break. You're more at risk of being killed by a car being driven by a drunken sea otter than being killed by a.... GASP... TERRORIST who swam across the dirty Rio Grande to blow up a dirty city with his dirty bomb. We need to beef up our border patrol so that we can more efficiently check and process people entering the country... but only because that will make the free flow of goods, capital and economic interdependency more efficient, not because we're afraid of bad men in turbins.

Frankly, I'm more afraid of our porous northern border than our porous Southern border. Those Canadians. You know, they club seals. Scary people.

I'm not going to die in a terrorist attack, and neither are you. The bogeyman is not in the closet, and he's not hopping across the Mexican border, either.
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