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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: June 03, 2015, 02:45:16 PM
Hit me up when you clear customs, and we can consume some adult beverages at the Flying Saucer.  I haven't been to the one in Fort Worth, but I'd be more than willing to try it, then tote you to the opposite end of the Metroplex to see the one on the lake. 
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Long weekend edition - 5/22/15 on: May 26, 2015, 03:20:46 AM
It's been Shadows of Mordor, a little pinball FX2, and a bit of GTA V on 360.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/24) on: May 26, 2015, 03:19:53 AM
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/15 on: May 16, 2015, 05:54:55 PM
Orc murder in Shadows of Mordor.  Lots and lots of orc murder.

165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: May 16, 2015, 05:52:48 PM
The Walrus Song
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Digital vs. Physical Comics on: May 08, 2015, 01:03:39 AM
Trades also gave a higher chance of showing up in the library system.

I got myself a year to MU recently. It's not perfect, but I got through all the Civil War stuff.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola Droid on: April 09, 2015, 05:09:16 PM
What the hell are you doing?
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Gear [US] on: March 25, 2015, 09:13:37 PM
There's a way around tirades, prima donna behavior, and unpolitic remarks. It's quite another when you physically assault a coworker to the point where he's taken to the emergency room, precautionary or not.
169  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 25, 2015, 09:11:08 PM
1 and 0 are also on sale.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 05:12:05 PM
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 03/20/15 - The 'Where the heck is everybody?' Edition on: March 21, 2015, 01:04:54 AM
I got BitDefendered at work, so I'm strictly a home or phone visitor now.

I have 19 more gold bricks to acquire in Free Play for Lego Marvel, but tomorrow is boardgame day.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 19, 2015, 02:32:45 AM
I'm 20th in post count here.  Bite me.  Tongue
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 08:12:00 PM
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2015 Edition on: March 18, 2015, 06:42:22 PM
Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

A peek behind the curtain at those that have served and suffered on the front lines of the GWOT.
175  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Surface Pro 3 on: March 18, 2015, 06:22:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 18, 2015, 06:20:17 PM

I'm just a Mac guy. 

We forgive you.  slywink
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC pulled a Batgirl cover variant on: March 18, 2015, 06:00:18 PM
Read up on the Women in Refridgerators saga, and you'll see a different perspective.  It may not apply to this particular piece, but it's had an impact on perceptions.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC pulled a Batgirl cover variant on: March 18, 2015, 05:46:42 PM
Remember when Garbage Pail Kids were the height of the corruption of youth?  Even moreso than those demon video games. 
178  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage and the Churches on: March 18, 2015, 05:26:53 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 18, 2015, 05:20:58 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 18, 2015, 05:18:10 PM

I've come to the conclusion that "ripping the bandage off" is not the way to go about change in our society.  It happens gradually.  Hopefully they'll (and others)  will continue to grow in the direction that I think any just and compassionate God would approve.
My relatives from the South said the same thing about slavery. It was being phased out and not economically viable, therefore the The War really was about the invaders from the north lead by the tyrant Lincoln trying to take away their state's rights.

Was that before or after they seceded and tried to seize federal military installations?   Roll Eyes
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 04:04:43 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 18, 2015, 03:48:16 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 18, 2015, 02:15:21 PM

Rip's absence from this thread is a bit strange. He's usually good about providing updates. I have a werewolf game to run!  Torches and Happiness!

Yeah! And I've got a WW game to not attend!  We put the fun in funeral

Traitor.  Tongue
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Gay Marriage and the Churches on: March 18, 2015, 02:37:37 PM

The largest Presbyterian denomination in the US will formally recognise same-sex marriages after decades of debate.

With nearly 1.8 million members, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the biggest Protestant group in the US to endorse the ceremonies.

The move was supported by the church's top legislative body last year, but required approval from a majority of the denominations' regional districts.

A New Jersey district delivered the critical vote on Tuesday.

The new church policy reads: "Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives."

But the denomination has included a provision that no clergy would be compelled to preside over a gay marriage or host such a ceremony on church property. A number of districts have voted against the rule change.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved the ordination of gay pastors, elders and deacons in 2011, which led to many conservative congregations to leave the denomination.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aurora tonight on: March 18, 2015, 02:33:47 PM
Without making plans on how to do so, photographing an aurora is hard.

Almost any camera―either digital or film―will work for photographing the aurora, as long as you can adjust it manually to take time exposures of 10-30 seconds or longer.  An all-automatic camera may not work well for these photos, I'm afraid, but it's certainly worth trying. 
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 17, 2015, 03:19:25 PM
Don't tempt me.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 16, 2015, 08:27:11 PM
Through the magic of the internet, you can relive the glory days.  At least in a single player mode.
184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Any Sales on Elder Scrolls Online? on: March 16, 2015, 04:44:35 PM
No subscription

As several readers point out in the comments, ESO won’t be 100% free-to-play: New players will still have to make a one-time purchase of the software up front. But if you’re already playing, you won’t have to spend another dime starting on March 17.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 16, 2015, 05:11:55 AM

I've got plenty of shooter left with BF4 if I need it, and I have an older OOTP that I've never really played. Even the MLB license isn't enough to get me to overcome the backlog inertia.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 3/13/15 on: March 13, 2015, 08:06:51 PM
I've slowed down the Lego Marvel quest for 100%, and transitioned to NHL 14 on the 360. Getting the Kings to call me up a few times has been nice, except for the fact that I can't seem to stick.  I guess they're too good to need me on a permanent basis. 
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: March 12, 2015, 06:25:27 PM
Each film needs its own thread.   Truthiness!
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 11, 2015, 04:57:27 PM
Yeah, the RFID chips were a bad idea without being able to control access.  The new chips require physical contact in the terminal.

189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 11, 2015, 04:38:06 PM
Chip card (EMV) deadline for financial institutions is October 2015. After that, the onus of fraud losses shifts to them.  Even if not everyone makes it by then, they'll be moving forward on it.  

So why has the U.S. not embraced EMV sooner? Part of the reason is because our fraud problem, while significant, has typically been among the lowest rates among highly-developed economically-mature countries. Much of that is due to the online authentication methods at work here. . In England’s old offline authentication method, credit card transactions were gathered together at specific times – typically, at the end of the business day – and then batched over to the card issuers for authorization. It’s a method that gave those committing fraud a significant time lag between the transaction and the authorization, and this time lag contributed greatly to the higher levels of fraudulent activities in England. Here at home, our online authentication methodology permits authorizations to be done in real-time, thus thwarting a significant percentage of the fraudulent attempts at the point of sale, the best place to stop fraud. Our online authentication methods also incorporate multiple fraud and risk parameters as well as advanced neural networks that are ‘built-in’ to the approval process. It’s been a highly effective system that works well when compared to most alternatives.

I work for an FI of under $1B assets, and it's on our roadmap for this year.  The insurance agencies that insure FIs against fraud are going to make it expensive for those that aren't in complaince, I'm sure.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 10, 2015, 03:44:17 PM
HBO Go requires a HBO subscription through your tv provider.  HBO Now is a completely different product that's standalone, and is built by the MLB Advanced Media, a move that made HBO's CTO quit. 
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 10, 2015, 02:32:00 PM
And Comcast now can't slow down your packets for bypassing them.  ninja
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2015 Edition on: March 09, 2015, 09:41:53 PM
Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross

The story of an Austrian enlisted in the service of the Wehrmacht.  It's a very unvarnished look at the war with graphic descriptions of wounds and atrocities committed during the war. 
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 09, 2015, 05:46:39 PM
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scientists discover new spiders on: March 02, 2015, 07:29:52 PM
Two more!

Two gorgeous new species of peacock spiders nicknamed "Skeletorus" and "Sparklemuffin" have been discovered in Australia, according to a new report.

Peacock spiders are so-named because of their bright colors and their dancelike, courtship rituals.

The two new species were found in southeast Queensland by Madeline Girard, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley who studies peacock spiders, and a friend who went with her into the field. Girard affectionately gave the nickname Sparklemuffin to one of the species, Maratus jactatus, which has bluish and reddish stripes on its abdomen.

She nicknamed the other species Skeletorus for its white markings on a black background, which make it look a bit like a skeleton. Sparklemuffin looks similar to three previously discovered species in this group of peacock spiders, whereas Skeletorus looks very different from all the other known species in the group.
Both Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus, along with the three other known species that belong to the calcitrans peacock spider group, share certain similarities, some of which have a lot to do with the way the arachnids perform their characteristic mating dances. For instance, the males display a flap-like body part called a fan that is adorned with a pattern of bold, transverse stripes, according to the report. They also raise a single leg, displaying it to the female.

Otto said he watched Skeletorus perform its mating dance. "When [the male] got within a few centimeters of the female, he exploded into a firework of activity," he told Live Science. "The spinnerets were extended and flicked around at an amazing speed, one of the legs was flexed like he wanted to show off his muscles, and he moved constantly from one side of the grass blade to the other."

Otto admitted that because Sparklemuffin was somewhat similar to other peacock species he had seen before, he was not too excited about it at first, but then he became fonder of it. "It was in particular its docile nature and soft teddy bearlike appearance that really charmed me," he said. "It was a fun spider to work with."
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: March 02, 2015, 06:32:22 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 02, 2015, 06:24:52 PM

-I found the opening military sequence of ED-209s on the rampage in Tehran while a CNN-type foreign correspondent tags along pretty thought provoking. It's interesting to posit, "well, if we can invade countries with no loss of life risk, how does that affect foreign policy?" But the film wants to return to Detroit, and doesn't really do much with this foreign policy idea.

An army marches on its stomach.  Translate that to a mechanized force, and you're still deploying personnel for logistical needs like fuel, ammunition, and maintenance, be it people in uniform or civilian contractors.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations - Update! on: March 02, 2015, 06:19:42 PM
And will again. 

If you want to go back a bit farther, you can get the Theatre of War series this week for $6.99.
197  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 02, 2015, 06:17:20 PM
The whole DLC add to cart marks it at $2,351.10.  The three non-discounted Value Packs would cut another $988.67 off the top for you.  It appears there might be some overlap in the Value Pack contents, however. 
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: March 02, 2015, 04:38:26 PM
Even better than Vegas, since their chips have the denominations printed on them.  smile
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 02, 2015, 04:37:32 PM
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 28, 2015, 12:47:04 AM
Change it out for the X-55 Rhino.
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