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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/22) on: September 22, 2014, 02:37:54 PM
Nada.  I've got too much on the backlog, nothing is grabbing me, and I've got too much stuff to do.  Like go to the Dallas Stars hockey game this evening, get a songlist to the DJ, and find a caterer for the wedding.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 20, 2014, 04:26:49 PM
Sales people are there to sell.  They are not technically trained enough to walk most people through anything more complicated than an out of the box setup.  Nor do they get enough practice.  relying on a store sales rep to walk you through a backup is like asking a car salesman why your engine is making a funny noise.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 3 on: September 19, 2014, 08:28:36 PM
Slacker Tongue
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/19/14 on: September 19, 2014, 04:50:00 PM
Toying with going boardgaming tomorrow. 
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 17, 2014, 03:28:19 PM
I will be looking into a 64 GB 6 Plus eventually, but I have bigger fish to fry in the next month.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 16, 2014, 08:02:33 PM
Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut drops in two days.  As a KS backer, I will get it gratis.
47  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: September 16, 2014, 06:00:03 PM
Here is the initial KS announcement about the Director's Cut.  They've published four Dev Diaries under the Updates that detail the work they've been doing.
48  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: September 16, 2014, 05:50:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 16, 2014, 05:06:53 PM

Midweek Madness



$3.74 Metacritic score - 76

The Director's Cut of Dragonfall drops in two days.  It is a standalone delivery.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 16, 2014, 05:07:35 PM
Finished up the final (real) season of Scrubs.  Moving on to finish up Burn Notice, jumping back in to early Season 6.  Once I finish up that, the idea is to move on to Fringe for my first pass through.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 15, 2014, 06:49:19 PM
We're close to finishing up the previous season of Supernatural.  We just finished Season 2 (THE FARM!) of Walking Dead.  I might give it another go now that we're done with all the farm stuff.  I've been working on the last non-relaunch season of Scrubs, and you can definitely tell that it changed a bit for the finale season.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 13, 2014, 01:00:05 AM
Even better, I'm a former employee.  My acct information had to change when I moved from WTX to DFW, but I know all the ins and outs, to whom to write complaints to cause the maximum amount of carnage, and what magic buzzwords will make them crap their pants.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2014, 03:42:59 PM
I'm grandfathered into AT&T's unlimited data plan at $30 a month.  Most of the other unlimited plans I've seen only guarantee 4G speeds to a certain bandwidth cap, then start throttling you.  Unless things don't get demonstrably worse for me than everyone else, I have no good incentive to move providers.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2014, 01:58:06 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 11, 2014, 02:09:59 PM

Get off the contracts! Contracts are the devil! Go to T-Mobile! Tongue

64 GB iPhone 6+:
AT&T - $399
T-Mobile - $849

So not signing a 2-year contract to get the device subsidized, when I've used all my previous devices for three years, will cost me an extra $450 dollars?  I think I'll pass.  Tongue
54  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: September 10, 2014, 03:28:24 PM
"Ask Me Anything"
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 01:20:32 AM
I'm likely in for a 6+ at the 64 GB level.  I still have 12 GB free on my 64GB (57 available) on my 4S.  But I want to actually experience the difference in size first.
56  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: September 09, 2014, 07:30:59 PM
Why does it matter to you if they are or not?  And on what authority do you make that distinction?
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 1 on: September 08, 2014, 07:32:01 PM
Seeing as the NFL has suspended him indefinitely, you might be waiting a while.  At least until the court case is resolved.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, um, Jack the Ripper is Solved on: September 08, 2014, 07:31:36 PM
Jack's been caught lots of times.  It's those darn investigators hemming him in those first couple nights.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 08, 2014, 04:04:21 PM
Man, that's a shame about the NHL title.  Now if someone else would pick up the puck and run with it.  

I'm a console version behind, and since all the sports titles were abandoned on the PC anyway, I'm not purchasing a thing.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 05, 2014, 05:38:59 PM
I will be steeped in football on Sunday.  I'm in a bit of a gaming lull.  I might be persuaded to fire something up tomorrow, but at the moment, I have no idea what I would look towards.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [comics] New 52 - what is it exactly? on: September 05, 2014, 03:17:21 PM
Marvel is so eating DC's lunch these days.  As a longtime DC fanboy, it's kind of sad that they can't make films to compete, and have now muddied their own waters with such an ill-conceived direction.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Information Society fan? I have news for you.... on: September 04, 2014, 07:51:51 PM

Quote from: Roman on September 04, 2014, 07:36:04 PM

I wanna know what you're thinking - there are some things you can't hide.

Pure energy
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teaching kids about on-line safety - I thought I had more time! on: September 04, 2014, 05:49:29 PM
Don't forget the 900 numbers.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon bought Twitch on: September 03, 2014, 08:32:56 PM
And there's nothing in his post history that I can find to explain it.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 1 on: September 03, 2014, 07:21:30 PM
Yes.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon bought Twitch on: September 03, 2014, 01:41:15 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 27, 2014, 08:51:21 PM

I quit the Comixology app cold turkey after Amazon acquired it. I guess I'll have to quit using Twitch now (I have found it great for sharing gameplay snippets without devouring my hard drive space as I with FRAPS).

After Amazon acquires The Internet next year, I guess I'll have to give that up too. Oh well. I still have my typewriter. Amazon can't screw THAT up. icon_eek icon_razz

And where else are you going to get overnight shipping on your ribbons?
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: September 01, 2014, 05:39:25 AM
As long as it wasn't Martha.  That's worthy of burning you out and salting the ground.
68  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 22, 2014, 05:59:29 PM
The prices on the 2K sale aren't actually changing day-to-day, just what they "feature" on the banner.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/22/14 on: August 22, 2014, 03:53:24 PM
Laundry, packing for Sunday departure on a week-long work conference, and wedding ring shopping.
70  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 21, 2014, 05:44:33 PM


$4.99
GOTY $10.19
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: August 21, 2014, 04:08:04 PM
I imagine the re-release of Aladdin next year just got a few more bonus features projected for addition.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: August 21, 2014, 03:15:29 PM
You think they're going to change what's worked so well for so long?  We're looking at a decade of saturation before they even consider putting anything in "the vault", and I don't even know if that's something they do with live action titles.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Data Breaches on: August 19, 2014, 03:43:07 AM
When I was going back through some old paperwork, I ran across a receipt from the University bookstore for my first year of college in the fall of '93.  My SSN was printed on it in full, as that was my ID number as far as the school was concerned.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 09:00:31 PM
Grazi.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 06:54:39 PM
Is Counterspy a retail release, or is it more a PSN d/l purchase?  Price point?
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/15/14 on: August 18, 2014, 06:52:40 PM
I went to the boardgame event.  Played Arkham Horror, All Hands on Deck (which should be up on Kickstarter next month), Cutthroat Caverns, and several rounds of One Night Ultimate Werewolf.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Data Breaches on: August 18, 2014, 04:42:24 PM
Your data will be acquired by hackers. Know it, own it.  Do what you can to protect yourself.

Community Health Systems

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Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years -- or was merely referred there by an outside doctor -- is affected.
...
The company's hospitals operate in 28 states but have their most significant presence in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.
...
Federal investigators and Mandiant told the hospital network those hackers have previously been spotted conducting corporate espionage, targeting valuable information about medical devices.

But this time, the hackers stole patient data instead. Hackers did not manage to steal information related to patients' medical histories, clinical operations or credit cards.

Still, the lost personal information is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal health records protection law. That means patients could sue the hospital network for damages.
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Making matters worse, Community Health Systems said it will provide notification to the 4.5 million patients "as required by federal and state law," which is inconsistent and varies by region. There is no federal data breach law that requires timely and transparent disclosure that sensitive personal information was lost.
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The hospital network said that just before Monday's announcement, it managed to wipe the hackers' malware from its computer systems and implemented protections to prevent similar break-ins.

The company plans to offer identity theft protection to the 4.5 million victims of the data breach.

Their main site is down, so the map from the article is the best you can get at the moment.

78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 18, 2014, 04:40:25 PM

Quote from: Azhag on August 17, 2014, 07:25:19 PM

This is why I need to retire out of the area...

Texas is #4 on the lowest cost of living, Tennessee takes the top spot.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hypochondriac on: August 15, 2014, 09:27:19 PM
Stoic

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a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 15, 2014, 09:25:13 PM
Certainly a different tack from some local boys:  Dallas researchers are out to scientifically prove the biblical version of creation

I've been on your current road.  It's an interesting journey with a lot of steps in between.
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