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2841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [feelings] Cancer, death and Dad (long) on: September 08, 2008, 02:25:16 PM
I can't add any practical advice to what's already been given, but I'd like to express my sympathy. You are wise to acknowledge that this is your father's decision to make, not yours, and that all you can do is to advise and support.
2842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ike Blows Hard! on: September 06, 2008, 02:15:15 PM
Hanna is racing toward us right now. It doesn't look like it poses any real danger, but the special effects ought to be entertaining. I'm looking forward to it provided the power stays on.  Bring your own!
2843  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Poll] What's most important in a Presidential candidate? on: September 06, 2008, 02:25:20 AM
In a candidate, I'm mostly concerned with positions on the issues of the day. In a president, character seems to be the greatest asset. Certainly the most successful presidents have been men of unwavering vision and strong character, not policy wonks or micromanagers.

I went with character, even though that's very difficult to judge during a campaign, when candidates will say and do whatever they think will get them elected.
2844  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Vote for the candidate of the peoples! on: September 05, 2008, 05:34:50 PM
I Like Ike!
2845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you an "older gamer?" on: September 05, 2008, 04:18:54 AM

Quote from: mikeg on September 04, 2008, 10:29:18 PM

I am 48 and don't think someone should be considered an older gamer til they hit their 50's. 

51 here, with a 5+ year-old-PC. I'm not much of a gamer anymore because I can't afford to keep up. 16 colors is plenty.
2846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Fall TV Season 2008 is here! on: September 03, 2008, 05:28:56 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 03, 2008, 04:04:04 PM

I thought Terminator got cancelled.  After 2 shows I basically couldn't watch it.

The first few episodes were about paying homage and trying to mesh with the movies. They weren't very successful at that, but by the end of the season they were internally consistent and the plots and characters improved a lot. I'm looking forward to its return.

I'm happy to see Pushing Daisies back again. I thought that one was gone for good.  
2847  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can't decide? Take a quiz... on: September 02, 2008, 07:32:58 PM
Same as gellar, but I split 48/52. And I probably will vote third party, as I always have done. 'Course, the answer I'd prefer was not even offered for many of those questions.
2848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm sorry New Orleans ... on: September 01, 2008, 10:23:47 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 01, 2008, 06:29:14 PM

Hanna is officially a hurricane now, and is starting to make me a little nervous. A slight shift to the east in the path, and I may have an unwanted date with her. As it is now, she's aimed for South Carolina or north Georgia.

I wonder if she'll hold together and come sliding up the coast. We haven't had one here since Hurricane Bob in 1991. That was exciting.
2849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm sorry New Orleans ... on: August 31, 2008, 10:10:17 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 31, 2008, 05:53:21 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 31, 2008, 03:17:57 PM

The latest chatter is pretty apocalyptic, but these things are notoriously unpredictable. I hope NO weathers this one in good shape. If it's obliterated, would we rebuild again?

Yes, yes we would. NO is technically too important - it's one of (if not the) largest shipping ports in the US. It just can't go away, no matter how many times it gets blown away.

I expect its population would shrink again, though. I don't know the city at all, but there must be areas that simply aren't habitable if storms like this become routine.
2850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm sorry New Orleans ... on: August 31, 2008, 03:17:57 PM
The latest chatter is pretty apocalyptic, but these things are notoriously unpredictable. I hope NO weathers this one in good shape. If it's obliterated, would we rebuild again?
2851  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: August 29, 2008, 01:41:43 AM

Quote from: msduncan on August 29, 2008, 12:38:28 AM

Quote
Yes.  Was her statement in any way misleading?
Yes.

Can you be non-partisan under any circumstances at all?   Maybe if a Democrat shot someone in the face perhaps?   

......   nah.  you'd probably blame it on the gun.

Nice.  icon_lol
2852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fostering a pup. on: August 28, 2008, 06:09:26 PM
I keep reading this thread title as "Frosting a pup." Then I come in here, and there's no cake.  retard
2853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 28, 2008, 06:08:06 PM

Quote from: Zero on August 28, 2008, 04:48:51 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 27, 2008, 08:54:09 PM

Quote from: Zero on August 27, 2008, 02:05:06 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 27, 2008, 12:35:28 AM

OK, Ironrod...what did you do?

Quote
General Error
SQL ERROR [ mysqli ]

Too many connections [1040]

An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists.

It was acting really really slow for me around mid-day.  But it was up...I do think it was IronRod!   icon_twisted

I've been seeing this intermittently since a software version upgrade last week. The software maker told me to turn on persistent connections, and that seemed to help for a few days. My web host said to make sure I'm not using persistent connections. I don't know whom to believe. It seized up on me today when I added some tracking code to the order confirmation page and put through some test transactions...but that might have just been a coincidence; it was working fine again half an hour later (with the tracking code in place).

The contract developer who performed the upgrades will referee between the host and the software publisher when I reach an impasse. But it's a very slow-motion process. It's way outside my amateur software knowledge, anyway.

Man that sucks...I hope you get it worked out.  It could be anything from the host (I'm assuming OO is on a shared server) limiting the connections, to misconfiguration in the config.php, to directories not having the right permission...hopefully they can run some testing/monitoring to see where the problem is occurring.  If its a server configuration or directory/file permission problem even moving to a dedicated host will not help OO.

Oops. I thought this was a remark about my store. It's been spitting out the same error message, off and on, for the past week.
2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 27, 2008, 08:54:09 PM

Quote from: Zero on August 27, 2008, 02:05:06 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 27, 2008, 12:35:28 AM

OK, Ironrod...what did you do?

Quote
General Error
SQL ERROR [ mysqli ]

Too many connections [1040]

An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists.

It was acting really really slow for me around mid-day.  But it was up...I do think it was IronRod!   icon_twisted

I've been seeing this intermittently since a software version upgrade last week. The software maker told me to turn on persistent connections, and that seemed to help for a few days. My web host said to make sure I'm not using persistent connections. I don't know whom to believe. It seized up on me today when I added some tracking code to the order confirmation page and put through some test transactions...but that might have just been a coincidence; it was working fine again half an hour later (with the tracking code in place).

The contract developer who performed the upgrades will referee between the host and the software publisher when I reach an impasse. But it's a very slow-motion process. It's way outside my amateur software knowledge, anyway.
2855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galciv II - Editions to play? on: August 25, 2008, 04:46:53 PM
Depends on your tolerance for a learning curve. Myself, I'd play one plain-vanilla game and one with the first expansion, just to familiarize myself with the game mechanics. If you already know the underlying game system, though, there's no reason to wade in gradually.

I quit the campaign after the first episode, when I realized that my progress didn't carry through to the second. Bleah.
2856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More LOLZ Cats (56k Begone!) on: August 25, 2008, 04:39:17 PM
Dogs have no dignity to offend.
2857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 25, 2008, 02:35:35 PM
I didn't hate it, but neither did I especially like The 40-Year-Old Virgin (which we saw last night). We almost bailed out after the first half hour, but persevered because we both had some in-front-of-the-tv projects going. It had its moments. The ending was funny. All in all, it was a mediocre but likable romantic comedy buried under a lot of vulgar gags. Just not my type of humor.
2858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Using unsecured WiFi networks as hotspots: OK or EVEEL? on: August 24, 2008, 05:10:20 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on August 24, 2008, 04:40:31 PM

If you forget to lock your door when you go out and then get robbed, the thief is still intentionally breaking the law.  If I was aware of an unlocked house, I wouldn't rob it.

You have to remember to lock your door every time you go out, and an unlocked door looks just like a locked one. You only have to secure your network once. Running an unsecured network is like building a house that doesn't have any locks, and putting a big sign saying "open house" on it.
2859  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 22, 2008, 04:05:42 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 22, 2008, 05:18:27 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 21, 2008, 10:26:30 PM

Just out of curiosity, how do you feel about banning smoking in the workplace? Should we let bar and restaurant owners set their own individual smoking policy, and let the marketplace sort them out, or is there an overriding public health interest?

Last time I checked bars and restaurants are private property. Nobody is forced to be there. Customers choose to enter the establishment knowing there is smoking. Individuals choose to work there knowing there is smoking. As long as cigarettes remain a legal drug then its up to the private property owner to establish the smoking policy. If the owner can't find decent help because no one wants to work in a smoking environment then he will go out of business. If the owner can't attract customers that are willing or want to purchase his goods and services in a smoking environment then he will go out of business. If every place has smoking then there is an opportunity for an entrepreneur to open a nonsmoking facility and create their own niche service. There is no public heath interest involved here.

That happens to be my opinion, too. While there are legitimate public health concerns about smoking in the workplace, the anti-smoking movement became a moral crusade quite some time ago. If you want to ban smoking entirely, then make it illegal. And watch the black market that springs up after THAT one!  nod
2860  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 22, 2008, 04:01:14 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 22, 2008, 07:44:17 AM

Quote from: Moliere on August 22, 2008, 05:18:27 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 21, 2008, 10:26:30 PM

Just out of curiosity, how do you feel about banning smoking in the workplace? Should we let bar and restaurant owners set their own individual smoking policy, and let the marketplace sort them out, or is there an overriding public health interest?

Last time I checked bars and restaurants are private property. Nobody is forced to be there. Customers choose to enter the establishment knowing there is smoking. Individuals choose to work there knowing there is smoking. As long as cigarettes remain a legal drug then its up to the private property owner to establish the smoking policy. If the owner can't find decent help because no one wants to work in a smoking environment then he will go out of business. If the owner can't attract customers that are willing or want to purchase his goods and services in a smoking environment then he will go out of business. If every place has smoking then there is an opportunity for an entrepreneur to open a nonsmoking facility and create their own niche service. There is no public heath interest involved here.

I would have to at least somewhat disagree with you here, im one of the biggest advocates of the government keeping its nose out of things, but a case can be be made for the state government regulating safe working conditions for employees.   The arguement that the employees choose to work there could be used to excuse any number of totally unsafe working conditions.    I am not a big fan of the smoking bans and things like that some states have, but to say there is no public health interest just isnt being completely fair to the issues, as there are a lot of things involved in it.

How do you square that with your opposition to mandatory paid sick time -- arguably another public health measure, if it keeps sick workers from spreading disease in the workplace?
2861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 22, 2008, 02:22:50 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on August 21, 2008, 10:37:57 PM

The Hollywood version with Martin Freeman, who I thought was perfect.  It was weird because I liked it and my wife liked it, and she knew nothing of the series.  Then I find out that everyone else hated it.

I didn't hate it, but I found it inferior to the cheesy old BBC version. 'Course, that one runs about 6 hours.
2862  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why is this the business of the government? on: August 21, 2008, 10:26:30 PM
Just out of curiosity, how do you feel about banning smoking in the workplace? Should we let bar and restaurant owners set their own individual smoking policy, and let the marketplace sort them out, or is there an overriding public health interest? Is sick leave policy also being sold as a public health matter, or is it on a par with the 40-hour week and minimum wage?
2863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 21, 2008, 10:14:50 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on August 21, 2008, 09:07:56 PM

I just thought of one:

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I've read the books.  I love the books.  But how else could they have made this movie?  Douglas Adams wrote it, including the stuff that people hate.  It's funny, it's creative, and it tried it's darndest to stick the source material.  I wish I could have seen Restaurant at the End of the Universe, because that's my favorite book.  Ah well.

Is that the recent Hollywood version, or the cheesy old BBC made-for-TV version?
2864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall is really here! on: August 21, 2008, 06:17:03 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 21, 2008, 03:59:48 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 21, 2008, 03:42:09 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 21, 2008, 03:20:36 PM

I would be surprised to find Sam Adams Octoberfest in my local grocery this soon

Really? In a world where Christmas decorations go on sale the day after Halloween and are put up the day after Thanksgiving. The consumer spending machine is programed to shop early and often.

While this may be considered "Christmas for beer drinkers", it is just difficult for me to comprehend fall beer offerings when in Phoenix summer is still in full-swing.  The flavor and complexity of a fall beer just doesn't mesh well with 100-degree heat and afternoons at the pool. 

By your reasoning I should be finding Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale already in-stock.  While Christmas decorations continue to offend by their increasingly premature appearance, I struggle with drinking fall beer in a summer climate.   

Yesterday I bought a 12-pack of SN Anniversary Ale. With no description on the carton, I don't know what to expect. Probably something very much like their pale ale.

"Climate" describes your wonderment at seeing fall beers already. The nights are getting downright cold here in New England -- down into the 50s. That makes summer ales seem past their prime.
2865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall is really here! on: August 21, 2008, 02:59:44 AM
I love summertime and I am always loathe to let it go. But last week's cool rainy weather brought noticeable pigmentation to the foliage in the Berkshires. Today's high barely cracked 70 degrees in Boston, and there was no humidity at all. Fall is here early this year, like it or not.

All you can do is embrace the Oktoberfest Overlords. Let the tasting begin.
2866  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: August 20, 2008, 01:54:04 PM
I don't even know who most of these people are. I'll start paying attention after they pick their running mates. Until then, it's all just background noise as they pander for position.
2867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 20, 2008, 01:48:47 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on August 19, 2008, 09:25:06 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on August 19, 2008, 04:54:13 PM

Juno

I was expecting to really like Juno.  So we rented it, and sat down to watch.  15 minutes later I was playing games while my girlfriend finished watching it.  I have no interest in watching 90 minutes of an obnoxious teenager who speaks like the twats in Dawson's Creek.
* Huw the Poo shudders

As a non-breeder who considers pregnancy a medical emergency, I know better than to even rent that one. Or any other from the spate of pregnancy movies that have come out in the past year or two. Gravidas gross me out.
2868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 20, 2008, 01:45:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2008, 12:42:24 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 19, 2008, 08:21:35 PM

ATM it's not loading at all, but these things happen. Chalk it up to internet weather.

you deleted another post, didntcha?

No, but I think I broke my cookie. OO doesn't remember me anymore.  icon_cry
2869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alcohol related conversation within. on: August 20, 2008, 01:42:21 PM
I haven't drunk to the point of getting wild or sick or amnesiac since I was in my early 20s. If I hold myself to one drink per hour, I can keep going almost indefinitely. I usually fall asleep by 1 AM regardless of whether I'm drinking or not. My typical dose is 6 beers, more or less. I've never been a competitive drinker...alcohol is not my drug of first choice.
2870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your first post at Gaming Trend was... on: August 20, 2008, 01:33:27 PM
Oct 11, 2004

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I'm here. I appreciate the emails enquiring as to my status. I hadn't registered here up to now because I'm simply not a console gamer...but any port in a storm, eh?

Since the OOtage I have grown more fond of this port.
2871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 19, 2008, 08:21:35 PM
ATM it's not loading at all, but these things happen. Chalk it up to internet weather.
2872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had My First Twinkie in More Than Decade Yesterday on: August 18, 2008, 07:27:54 PM
Maybe you can find a Twinkie from a decade ago. It should still be as "fresh" as the day it was synthesized.
2873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 17, 2008, 02:16:03 AM
I don't know if everyone else hates them, but I'm a sucker for John Wayne movies. All of them, no matter how cheesy. Merely starring the duke already earns four out of eight tentacles. I probably ought to be looking for a support group.
2874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 17, 2008, 02:11:10 AM
Do not adjust your set. This is not the fault of your receiver. 
2875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coooool weather on: August 16, 2008, 02:15:27 AM
Trees are already turning color out here. It is going to be a bad winter.
2876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coooool weather on: August 15, 2008, 04:28:55 PM
We're having the coldest, wettest August I can remember. I brought mostly shorts and T shirts on vacation, yet I've worn nothing but the one pair of jeans, flannel shirt, and sweater that I brought "just in case". It's barely risen above 65 all week and rained all but two of our 10 days here in the mountains. I hate it.
2877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 14, 2008, 07:20:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 14, 2008, 02:27:53 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 14, 2008, 05:06:37 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 14, 2008, 02:16:47 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 12, 2008, 08:35:45 PM

I've fallen asleep to Nightmare Before Christmas twice, the first time in the theater, the second at a New Year's Eve party.

I thought I was the only one who didnít like this movie!  I saw it the first time in theaters and thought it was dreadful.  After years of hearing its praise I thought I would give it another chance and about a year ago I did.  Fell asleep about 20 minutes into it and woke up in time to watch a singing dancing EVIL sock puppet.  I just donít get the love for this one. 

It was one of the last non-CG animation movies. In its day it was state of the art, but it did not age well. I used to be a big fan. After seeing it fairly recently...not so much.

I don't get that.  How does stop-motion animation not age well?

The jerky animation interferes with my suspension of disbelief by constantly drawing attention to the technique. Oddly, I don't have that same problem with old Harryhausen films, so I can't really explain why Nightmare was such a letdown the last time I saw it. Same complaint applies to Beetlejuice -- the fx were fine for its time, but they look pretty embarrassing now.
2878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 14, 2008, 07:13:36 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 14, 2008, 04:03:34 PM

Very Bad Things

I didn't know that was on anybody's hate list. I like it, too.
2879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 14, 2008, 05:06:37 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 14, 2008, 02:16:47 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 12, 2008, 08:35:45 PM

I've fallen asleep to Nightmare Before Christmas twice, the first time in the theater, the second at a New Year's Eve party.

I thought I was the only one who didnít like this movie!  I saw it the first time in theaters and thought it was dreadful.  After years of hearing its praise I thought I would give it another chance and about a year ago I did.  Fell asleep about 20 minutes into it and woke up in time to watch a singing dancing EVIL sock puppet.  I just donít get the love for this one. 

It was one of the last non-CG animation movies. In its day it was state of the art, but it did not age well. I used to be a big fan. After seeing it fairly recently...not so much.
2880  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Yep, big business sure pays their fair share! on: August 13, 2008, 03:08:22 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 13, 2008, 04:47:11 AM


Your subject line is extremist and misleading.  The vast majority of businesses not paying corporate income taxes (75% of them) are small or medium businesses (the article clearly cites 25% as big business).  The article also clearly states that half (HALF!) of all business income is taxed through individual tax codes!


The OP lumps S Corps, C Corps, and LLCs all together under "corporations." My corporation (Kraken Enterprises) earned a small profit last year. By law, an S Corp's profits must be distributed to its shareholders (me). The shareholder (me) pays income tax on the Schedule K income. So yeah, Kraken Enterprises did not pay a dime of income tax...but I paid every penny that was due. In fact, since it was my first profit I was unfamiliar with the law, and let the company retain the earnings -- so I paid income tax on income that I never even got.

This personal look at corporate tax law might interest you. Or it might not.

My company does pay nearly $1000 a year in government fees simply for the privilege of existing. Even small S Corps are not getting off scot-free.

Anyway, if the majority of C Corps aren't paying taxes, you've got a complaint. S Corps and LLCs were designed specifically to eliminate double income taxation (once at the corporate level, and once at the shareholder level).
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