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121  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 05:16:40 PM
Let's make up for lost time, then shall we?







122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 03:19:54 PM
Added in some Trackmania2 Stadium last night, and now I'm fiddling with Vassal.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 01:03:00 AM
So far, it's been NHL 14 and Pool Nation.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 08:01:46 PM
Ah.  Well, aside from Caine's speculation, it's a non-starter, as we've seen. The government is capable and willing to throw money at the problem to get people that know what they're doing to actually take on the work voluntarily.
125  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 01, 2014, 05:23:31 PM
It was cheaper during the Summer Sale.  Take that for what it's worth.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 04:20:59 PM
Well, the NIH dropped $28M on the problem back in March, some of which went to Colorado to develop quicker testing.  And the DoD has spent $140M to try and find a treatment. 

The only link I can find to the Gates Foundation is tin-foil-hat conspiracies that they fund a bioweapons lab that is the source of the current outbreak.

127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 03:06:06 PM
 icon_lol
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:49:16 PM
I didn't know you played bass.

129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:40:51 PM
I learned it by watching you!
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:34:47 PM
So they butchered your biography?
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 01:56:20 PM
Yeah, just like the government forced all those defense industry firms to create those weapons like the M-1, F-15, F-16, F/A-18.  Companies live and die for fat government contracts.  The idea that there's any forcing going on in product creation is ludicrous, especially when the government protects their ensuing monopolies.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 07:52:30 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 07:44:57 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 31, 2014, 07:40:03 PM

Chikungunya has made it here, and has a confirmed case that doesn't originate from Caribbean travel.  A bribe in the right place to let someone get on an international flight, and we've got serious problems.  The big thing keeping Ebola from being truly terrifying is that it's spread by fluids, not through the air.  That, and it's acquired from African animals.  It would be quite difficult for it to obtain a foothold here in the US, and then migrate to a wild animal population repository.  It's a bit different when your society doesn't require the eating of wild animals.

Good points. 

It does spread from sweat though, right, as that's a fluid?  That, and our awful open southern border, is why I'm more concerned.

I believe so, but again, you've got to connect the dots.  How much travel is going to originate in African areas, head to Mexico via some path, and then trickle across the southern border?  Especially for people that are consuming bush meat or those that come in close proximity to said people?
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 07:40:03 PM
Chikungunya has made it here, and has a confirmed case that doesn't originate from Caribbean travel.  A bribe in the right place to let someone get on an international flight, and we've got serious problems.  The big thing keeping Ebola from being truly terrifying is that it's spread by fluids, not through the air.  That, and it's acquired from African animals.  It would be quite difficult for it to obtain a foothold here in the US, and then migrate to a wild animal population repository.  It's a bit different when your society doesn't require the eating of wild animals.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 04:10:55 PM
And that, dear friends, is where governments are supposed to thrive.  To do for the people what the markets will not.  Of course, short term re-election terms have made long-term planning for the betterment of anything take a back seat to pandering to the base.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 30, 2014, 07:44:53 PM
But that's not the question posed by the thread. smile
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 30, 2014, 05:29:46 PM
Nope, I mean Pool Nation from Cherry Pop GamesPure Pool is from VooFoo Studios.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 05:04:28 PM
The idea that he didn't know squat about it a year before the rights were sold was probably a good indicator.  Again, Steve was a career worker in the industry.  I have a hard time feeling bad for him if he had a crappy contract.  Not only that, per the interview I linked, Radical reached out to him to work on the title that they wanted.

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For “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” one of the flagship titles from Radical Comics, Publisher and President Barry Levine wanted a creator with a spectacular angle for the ancient character—and found him in Steve Moore.

This wasn't something Steve created and then sold to Radical.  It was contract work that Steve signed on for.  As such, he should have had no expectation of continuing ownership rights any more than you would to something you create at your employer's request.

Perhaps that industry is different in terms of expectations of artists, but at the end of the day, it's the business people and the lawyers that determine what's legal.

So I find it hard for myself to feel, in this case, that he was "screwed", or that he should have had any expectation of future financial considerations if it wasn't explicitly listed in his contract.  He was free to feel whatever he wanted to.  I just don't feel that he had any right to be mad at Radical.  He should have been mad at  himself and whatever representation he had for signing a short-sighted contract.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 04:32:13 PM
Funny, you would have thought some of that hostility would have come out in the interview he gave in 2008 about Radical and the film.  As much as he valued being a freelancer and having been in the industry for 40 years, you would think he would have had a better handle on the contracts and rights issues.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 03:47:06 PM
Too bad it's going to get smashed by Guardians this weekend after coming in second to Lucy.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 29, 2014, 09:24:02 PM
I bought Pool Nation from the Steam Weekly Deals.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 29, 2014, 08:44:56 PM
In 3g areas, that's the case.  4G is the same tech for all the major US carriers.  But of course, 4G is still in the rollout stages, so it's not reliable to attempt to cross over between different 3G systems.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 07:08:47 PM
I was forced into taking a hit when the CARD legislation went through.  I went from several open lines, a couple dating back to the age of 18, to having no open lines, as the feds gave them 9 months in which to have their last hurrah at modifying rates for no reason.  Since every last one of them wanted to change my low fixed rates to higher, variable rates, I took the door available to me to tell them to sod off, cancel the line, and they could keep the line at the current terms until such time as I paid them off, which they were legally obligated to do.

I fear it's going to be a long-to-never-again time coming before credit card companies see fit to give anyone a fixed rate ever again.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: July 29, 2014, 06:16:46 PM
Yeah, just seems like an extension of the EA Sports season ticket program.  It's all about monetizing things that people were getting for free.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 06:14:50 PM
That's already happened.  There's no reason for me to pay down my student loan debt, the majority of my debts, any quicker than the 20-30 year remaining term, as it's the lowest permanent rate of debt at sub-4%.  Of course, I'm looking at probably quadrupling my debt load next year through a mortgage acquisition.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:46:00 PM
Tongue

In short, you don't have to play the game for which they've developed the scoreboard.  It's not crap, it's just not useful to you.  For other people, this score determines a good portion of how major life decisions play out and how much they cost. 
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:33:45 PM
TransUnion
147  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 29, 2014, 05:16:11 PM
Daily Deal: The Fall -50% $9.99 $4.99 (80)

Midweek Madness: Age of Empires II HD -75% $19.99 $4.99 (68)
 - 4-pack $14.99
 + The Forgotten Expansion $7.49
 + FE & AoE III $13.74
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:13:48 PM
I'll take better than median.  I've never wanted to be a complete front-runner.  I'll take being in the front half of the peleton.  It keeps the wolves from trying to pick me off and the hunters from wanting to mount my head.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 29, 2014, 04:31:42 PM
Looks like today is the last day to drop $50 and get the lifetime expansion pass, which does not include the base game.  This is apparently included in the Alpha and Premium Beta packages.
150  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: July 29, 2014, 02:19:16 PM
No matter which way the wind blows, someone's making money. 

Aetna to expand private health insurance offerings next year.

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Aetna said this morning it will expand its private health insurance products on government exchanges under the Affordable Care Act next year to the additional market of Georgia based on the company’s first-year successes.

The Hartford-based health insurance giant, which raised its earnings guidance for the year to $6.45 to $6.60 per share from $.6.35 to $6.55, said during its second-quarter earnings call that its full year 2014 profits will be higher thanks to growth in lines of business across the company.

Though new membership from government run, so-called “public,” exchanges under  the health law is just 2 percent of company business, Aetna is seeing a boom in Americans signing up to the expanded Medicaid program for the poor, which is another key part of the Affordable Care Act.

During a 70-minute conference call with analysts and investors, Aetna chairman and chief executive Mark Bertolini said 45,000 of the company’s 79,000 new Medicaid health plan members in the quarter were related to “ACA expansion.”
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Aetna is already a big player on the government-run exchanges, offering health plans in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Aetna or its Coventry subsidiary are offering health plans on public exchanges operating in the District of Columbia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and certain areas of Arizona, Florida, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina, the company said.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 01:56:35 PM
I checked my FICO score through my Discover Card (one of the best perks ever), and have moved into the "very dependable" bracket with my score of 747.

Which makes me much better off than one-third of everyone else:

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More than a third of the country is in trouble when it comes to paying debts on time; 35% of Americans have debt in collections, according to a study out Tuesday from the Urban Institute, which analyzed the credit files of 7 million Americans.

That means the debt is so far past due that the account has been closed and placed in collections. This typically happens after the bill hasn’t been paid for 180 days. It also means the debt has been reported to credit bureaus and can affect someone’s credit score.

Southern states especially stand out with the highest concentration of people delinquent. In 13 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and West Virginia — and Washington, D.C., more than 40% of the population with a credit file has debt in collections. Nevada, one of the states hardest hit by the housing crisis and recession, has the highest share, at 46.9%.

The 77 million Americans with debt in collections owe an average of $5,200. That includes debt from credit card bills, child support, medical bills, utility bills, parking tickets or membership fees.
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At the same time, a significant number of people with debt in collections aren’t aware of the bill and may otherwise have great credit, especially when it comes to medical bills that patients often think were picked up by insurance, says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com.
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The research only draws on data from Americans with a credit file, so the researchers say lower-income consumers are underrepresented, and alternative forms of debt such as payday loans aren’t included.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 29, 2014, 01:38:51 PM
 crybaby
153  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 28, 2014, 06:26:37 PM
72 weeklong deals

Spellforce Complete $14.99
Pool Nation $1.49
Ironclads collection $12.48
Hearts of Iron II Complete $5.09
Hacker Complete Bundle $4.49
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 28, 2014, 01:55:11 PM
Nada.
155  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 28, 2014, 12:09:54 AM
Daily Deal: Landmark packs -66% (Early Access)
156  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 28, 2014, 12:09:00 AM
To be fair, the Brits do celebrate the Gunpowder Treason Plot.
157  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 25, 2014, 05:04:01 PM
Daily Deal: Broken Age -50% $24.99 $12.49 (82)

Weekend Deals:

Carnage Racing -75% $9.99 $2.49
 - 4-pack $7.49

Ace of Spades -80% $14.99 $2.99
 - 4-pack $8.99
 - Free to play weekend
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware - "You've been chosen"? on: July 25, 2014, 04:57:58 PM
IGN coverage

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A teaser site has been revealed, along with several other pages linked to footage from the trailer, including  reports for a missing person named Henna Caplin and a fake college called Woods-Watson Institute of Higher Learning. Is this part of a viral marketing campaign, or does it point to Augmented Reality Gameplay?

Back at E3 2014, BioWare announced its Edmonton studio is working on something original and new, which executive producer Casey Hudson promised wouldn't focus on a singular story, instead being more about "This is what the world is doing right now. Come and play." Judging by that quote, an ARG wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility.

The other option is BioWare's unrevealed project with Failbetter Games, the developer best known for creating Fallen London and Sunless Sea. The brief glimpses we got of the new franchise BioWare teased at E3 didn't look much like this trailer, but then there's no gameplay here.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware - "You've been chosen"? on: July 25, 2014, 01:37:08 PM
And here I thought I was special.   crybaby

Poor marketing choice, as I was all set to see what beta I'd gotten into.

"You have been Chosen.  To spend $60 on a late beta release of our new property.  A property that was written by junior high drama students."
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 24, 2014, 05:14:46 PM
biggrin
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