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161  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 07, 2014, 06:59:30 PM
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And I have no idea what jicama is, so that's not in there.

Mexican yam.  
162  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 07, 2014, 05:40:07 PM
Risen Collection is $7.99, and Risen 3: Titan Lords is up for pre-order.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 07, 2014, 05:21:26 PM
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 07, 2014, 05:18:45 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 06, 2014, 09:16:04 PM

I am intrigued by your degree Isgrimnur, I had never heard of it. I love computers, but I ruled out CS because of the math. I wonder if I should look more in that area? Although I do quite like accounting, I just don't know how far I am going with it since certification will take quite awhile (if I go that route).

The actual term for it is Management Information Systems and all the classes were labeled Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences (ISQS).  It's easier to say Business Programming in the general conversational sense.

From my limited experience of job searching in 2007 that finally got me my first career-related job, the business job fair was heavy with companies looking for accounting and finance majors, outnumbering everyone else.  Regardless of the economic status, money has to be moved and tracked.

After that, there were enough people looking for business programmers that I was able to net 4 interviews, two on-site interviews, and one job offer that I accepted.  Companies looking for Marketing and Management majors were mainly looking for people to be salespeople, like Enterprise Rent-a-car.

As a MIS major, you won't be programming games or robots or any of the cool stuff that they like to do news reports and make movies about, but I've been working directly or indirectly for financial institutions for the past 6.5 years.  My first project was for a bank that went under after 1.5 years of work in 2009, a week before we went to pilot.  At the end of the day, I still got paid, and I learned a lot.  There was another project in the pipe, I was transferred over, and kept working.

I don't have to know all the financial and accounting equations and rules to do my job effectively, I just have to know how to implement what other people ask me for.  While my department will always be a cost sink, it's my job to help others become more efficient so they can drive revenue.  At the end of the day, if the powers that be know and respect what I do and I keep my internal customers happy, I'm assured of a nice, cushy office well away from the teen teller line and the mass of humanity that are our customers.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/07) on: July 07, 2014, 02:48:56 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 07, 2014, 01:11:28 PM

NADA
^ This
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 06, 2014, 04:05:42 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 06, 2014, 03:04:32 AM

I've been working my way trough Shadowrun.  Just had a TPK on what looks to be the final battle.  I'll probably give it another shot and tweak my approach.

I was able to give it a few more tries last night, and I'm undergeared. I don't have enough medkits and doc wagons, so it looks like I'll have to back all the way out to pre-run, re-gear, and husband my resources better until I get to the end.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 06, 2014, 03:04:32 AM
I've been working my way trough Shadowrun.  Just had a TPK on what looks to be the final battle.  I'll probably give it another shot and tweak my approach.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 06, 2014, 03:03:07 AM
Most of the heavy math lifting for programmers ended up in the CS department, which is under the engineering college.  There's plenty of math to go around between the two semesters of Math Analysis and Stats, but after that, it's all business applications in Accounting, Finance, Programming. 

Regardless, I tool calculus in HS and my first year of college when I decided I wanted to be an astronomy major, which is really just a physics degree.  To me, derivatives were easy.  When it got to integrals, I got lost, and never found my way back in.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 05, 2014, 08:20:06 PM
I have a double business degree from a 4-year university in Business Programming and General Business.  Not once did I have to take a calculus class nor have I ever been presented with a working problem where it was required.

I took statistics, business math, accounting, finance, and way too much economics.  But calculus was never required.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: July 05, 2014, 03:44:33 AM
The reports I hear is that's exactly what it is.  It's the same Civ V engine with a new spacey setting.  It's a standalone game. 

The preorder price is set at $50.  I'm sure I can wait for a Steam sale eventually.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday Ron! on: July 03, 2014, 11:32:53 PM
 Torches and Happiness!
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 04:40:05 PM
The idea that you can type that with a straight face...
173  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 02:44:39 PM
 icon_lol
174  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 02:02:35 PM
I'm sorry that there's no straight guy burger for you to purchase.  I know how hard your struggles have been with your 'chosen' orientation, what with you being targeted by law enforcement for persecution, being denied equal protection under the law, and having your orientation designated as a mental disorder.

The president is currently seeking to expedite the return of illegal immigrant children.  But that doesn't fit the outrage narrative.

Voter ID a federal mandate? I thought conservatives were all about state's rights and the sanctity of the 10th Amendment.  And where is the landslide of voter fraud cases that we're supposed to be seeing?  If Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott can't find more than 26 cases in a state of 26 million, it must be a huge problem.  

Get the fuck over yourself.  
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 03, 2014, 03:36:06 AM
Would you write your name down?
...
Thank you. When I'm famous I'll make it a point not to like you.
176  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Summer Sale Haul 2014 on: June 30, 2014, 02:09:23 PM
06/21
Metal Slug 3   $2.71
Monaco   $1.49
06/25
Noir Syndrome   $2.37
06/26
Call of Juarez Gunslinger + Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon   $6.24
06/27
L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition   $5.09
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 02:08:01 PM
Nada ting.
178  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 09:40:00 PM
Tell yourself whatever you want.  You seem more interested in trying to tell me what I think and mean.  I'm done with your nonsense. 
179  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 01:50:00 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 27, 2014, 11:51:24 AM

You can keep going around like this, Isgrimnur, but I'm telling you now: criticizing Barack Obama for disarming the Syrian chemical weapons program because it was too peaceful is on par with complaining that the Special Ops forces didn't obtain visitor visas on their way in to kill Osama bin Laden.  Find a different avenue of attack.

-Autistic Angel

I am not criticizing the president for anything, merely exploring the actual events that occurred.  And I will ask you again to stop putting words in my mouth. 
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM
Do the Syrians still have weapons of war?  Then they didn't "unilaterally" disarm.

I'm not arguing anything about what we should have done, I'm arguing about what actually happened.  Regardless of what he said, the expectation of just about everyone was that crossing that "red line" would result in some punitive action.  

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The phrase then became a source of contention when political opponent John McCain said the red line was "apparently written in disappearing ink," due to the perception the red line had been crossed with no action.

And it's not my assertion that it resulted in a credibility loss.  It's a lot of the media and the Saudis themselves.

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The Saudis have been particularly shaken by Mr. Obama’s refusal to intervene forcefully in the Syrian civil war, especially his recent decision not to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria with military strikes even after evidence emerged that Mr. Assad’s government used chemical weapons on its own citizens.

Instead, Mr. Obama chose to seek congressional authorization for a strike, and when that proved difficult to obtain, he cooperated with Russia to get Syria to agree to give up its chemical weapons. Prince Turki and Israeli officials have argued that the agreement merely legitimized Mr. Assad, and on Sunday, the prince called the world’s failure to stop the conflict in Syria “almost a criminal negligence.”

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You're arguing we should have followed exactly that same track in Syria, launching a completely voluntary war solely because...why, exactly?

I have argued no such thing.

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you're disappointed we didn't insist on going to war anyway.

I have expressed no opinion on whether or not the actions that were taken or those that were being considered were appropriate.

So my big question to you is why you seem to take my posting of the facts and opinions that are evident through major media coverage as some sort of personal opinion on the issue.  

When you posted:

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The United States threatened to bomb Syria unless they gave up their chemical weapon stockpiles.

you were demonstrably wrong.  A point I made an effort to correct.  Nothing more.  
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 12:21:55 AM
We didn't threaten to bomb them if they didn't give up their chemical weapons.  We threatened to bomb them if they used them, which they did.  Then Kerry got all flippant when someone asked him what would prevent us bombing them, and he shot his mouth off of them giving up the weapons.  They agreed to do it when the Russians came calling, and the Saudis got pissed.
182  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 26, 2014, 09:05:43 PM
We have interests in the Middle East.  If we lose credibility there like we did when we backed down from bombing Syria because they surrendered their chemical weapons, we lose the willingness of those governments in the region to take actions on our behalf or to our benefit that expose them politically against opposition in their own countries.  Especially if they feel that our word carries little weight.
183  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 26, 2014, 08:45:07 PM
"Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests." - Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, KG, GCB, PC
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: June 26, 2014, 07:04:09 PM
The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground by Michael Harris

This is a rather unvarnished look at Harris's year on Eniwetok during the Operation Redwing tests.  It's as much of a character study of the enlisted men, the corruption of the officers, and the complete whitewashing of any dangers that the men were subjected to by being within viewing distance of the 1956 nuclear weapons testing.

This is a personal account by a PFC, not a detailed historical account by a historian, and is as much a biography.  I felt like I learned some things about the US military at that time, but not necessarily what I was looking for.  I don't regret reading the book, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone unconditionally.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: June 26, 2014, 07:04:02 PM

The German Empire, 1870-1918 by Michael Sturmer

A light read at 192 pages of a half-sized book complete with a dramatis personæ and index, but a good introduction of the German Empire and the modernization of the land, effects of unification, and the lead up to the first world war.

It's not really enough of a study to let me feel that I truly understand the forces at play.  I guess it's more of a Cliff Notes to let me know if I want to do more reading in the area.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 05:51:14 PM
4 minutes of stoppage time in both games, we have to melt down quickly to not advance.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 03:13:39 PM
Each one has been at a different league level: Netherlands, EPL, and now direct FIFA. 

Mauro Tassotti got 8 games for a deliberate action that broke the nose of Luis Enrique back in 1994.  I think that getting the full 2-year ban will require a mass murder on the pitch
188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 26, 2014, 03:03:57 PM
I love the appeal to the majority, as if that's a valid reason. retard

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“Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”

Yeah, having it called something like the Lake Shores, Bluebirds, Broncos, or Naps would just be weird.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 03:00:53 PM
Stealing a post from OO, ESPN had a good article on Suarez.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 02:59:34 PM
Suarez out for 9 games and four months for his third career bite attack on an opposing player.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] The Interview - Rogen and Franco kill Kim Jong-Un on: June 25, 2014, 06:06:03 PM
UK Mirror

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North Korea has threatened to go to war with the US unless it blocks the release of a film about Kim Jong-un.

However, despite saying the release of the Seth Rogan film The Interview would be an "act of war" it is believed that the dictator would still watch the film.

A foreign ministry spokesman did not mention the film by name, but it is believed to be The Interview from his description.

He was quoted by KCNA News Agency as saying: "Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated."

He added that there would be "merciless" retaliation saying: "If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken."
192  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 25, 2014, 03:14:00 AM
If you do, pick up the bundle with Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon for $6.24
193  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 24, 2014, 05:45:05 PM
I would have bough OOTP 15 for $10.  Ah, well, my wallet balance remains safe for now. 
194  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 24, 2014, 03:42:31 AM
They got lost on the way to the front page.

Flash Sales:

Gone Home -85% $19.99 $2.99 (86)
Rising Storm GOTY -75% $19.99 $4.99 (82)
 - 4-pack $14.98
 - DE $7.49
Spec Ops: The Line -80% $29.99 $5.99 (76)
Scribblenauts Unlimited -75% $19.99 $4.99 (75)
 - Scribblenauts Unmasked -75% $19.99 $4.99

Community Choice:

Wasteland 2 -33% $59.99 $40.19 (Early Access)
Just Cause 2 -80% $14.99 $2.99 (84)
 - Just Cause Collection $14.99
Planet Explorers -40% $24.99 $14.99 (Early Access)
Risen Collection -75% $39.99 $9.99
195  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: June 22, 2014, 07:23:52 PM
Yeah, it's not like out leadership have always been rich, white landowners or anything.  Or that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was strongly based off of life, liberty, and property.
196  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 06:16:16 PM


I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/20/14 on: June 20, 2014, 02:27:33 PM
Playing the Steam Sale once every 8 hours for voting cards. 

Other than that, I have some more interest in Supreme Commander.  Each "mission" is taking me multiple hours to complete, what with the follow on objectives and expanding map quadrants.
198  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 17, 2014, 02:10:32 PM
Also, the "weeklong" deals end on June 19th.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/16) on: June 16, 2014, 04:26:52 PM
Depends on if the Steam sale starts on Thursday or not.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 16, 2014, 04:06:13 PM
I spent some time with Supreme Commander playing the naval mission.  We went and saw Godzilla, and spent a lot of time cleaning the apartment before my sister and BIL arrive on Wed night.
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