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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/03) on: February 03, 2014, 03:49:13 PM
Nothing.
42  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Live - 12 month code, 20 bucks off on: February 01, 2014, 07:51:21 PM
I was up in two weeks, so this came in very handy.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/31/14 on: February 01, 2014, 01:04:20 AM
I may try to get some Witcher in tomorrow and some Battlefield 4 this evening.  Plans are to hit dinner with a former co-worker.  Sunday afternoon will be checking out a wedding venue before coming home for the Superb Owl.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: February 01, 2014, 01:01:46 AM
Well, I'm on Origin as HadronSmasher.  All you PC folk add me so I can stop playing with randoms.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: February 01, 2014, 12:55:23 AM
I think they need to start investing in renewable energy.  The smog is starting to get bad.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Million ways to Die in the West - trailer on: February 01, 2014, 12:53:40 AM
It shows promise.  But then, so did Ted.
47  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 30, 2014, 06:22:13 PM
There's a Splinter Cell sale up as well.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 04:51:54 PM
Property Taxes are a large portion for some.

New Hampshire 61.3%
Vermont 42.1%
New Jersey 41.7%
Texas 41.6%
Rhode Island 41.1%
Michigan 39.3%
Connecticut 38.2%
Illinois 37.1%
Florida 36.8%
Wyoming 36.8%

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Note: Includes residential and commercial real estate (mostly local revenue) as well as personal property taxes on cars, boats, etc. (mostly state revenue).

Sales Tax Top 10

Washington 62.1%
Nevada 58.2%
Tennessee 56.8%
South Dakota 54.1%
Arkansas 53.2%
Louisiana 53.0%
Hawaii 51.7%
Florida 49.0%
Arizona 48.4%
Alabama 47.8%

Income Tax Top 10

Oregon 44.1%
Maryland 39.7%
Massachusetts 35.6%
North Carolina 32.7%
New York 31.8%
Virginia 31.6%
California 30.8%
Minnesota 30.5%
Connecticut 30.0%
Ohio 29.9%

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Note: States and localities generally lump wages, dividends, interest and capital gains together when applying their individual income taxes.

Top 10 Licenses

Alaska 52.6%
Delaware 34.1%
Wyoming 30.1%
North Dakota 20.7%
Montana 18.8%
Oklahoma 17.8%
New Mexico 17.5%
Nevada 14.3%
Oregon 12.6%
West Virginia 12.4%

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Note: In license category, taxes are imposed on motor vehicle licenses, business or corporation licenses, and hunting or fishing licenses. In category of other taxes, major revenue sources are severance taxes (natural resources), stock transfer taxes, and estate/gift taxes.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 03:44:01 AM
Ah. That was just the Excise division number.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 03:22:48 AM
Wyoming (PDF) apparently gets 84.1% of its monies from sales tax. Seems like they need to diversify.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 03:19:04 AM
Texas gets a combined 59% from federal receipts and sales tax (32.8 and 26.8, respectively). No other individual source is over 8%, so it's a buckshot approach from there.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 02:24:34 AM
State sales taxes. Most places I've lived in Texas have been content to max it out at 8.25%.

When Dad was in, he kept his home state as FL until he retired in NV.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 29, 2014, 07:59:21 PM
Washington, Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Florida.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: January 29, 2014, 06:49:12 PM
PC
55  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 28, 2014, 06:26:07 PM
Midweek Madness:

Game Dev Tycoon -50% $9.99 $4.99 (69)

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition -60% $9.99 $3.99 (89)
 + Shadow Warrior $5.99
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/27) on: January 27, 2014, 04:06:22 PM
Nothing.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 26, 2014, 05:24:31 PM
I have seen the S&S one, and watched the BB one. Apparently I just don't enjoy Rudd's sense of humor.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] 24: Live Another Day on: January 23, 2014, 09:32:36 PM
He did two seasons of Touch on Fox and is the new voice of Snake in MGS. He's not exactly hurting for work.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: January 23, 2014, 12:19:54 AM
That's horrific.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MTV] Are You the One? on: January 22, 2014, 06:42:15 PM
61  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 21, 2014, 09:43:06 PM
Weekend Spotlight? Quit toying with us. Tongue
62  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 21, 2014, 04:11:57 AM
When Neil deGrasse Tyson has given up, we're not going to settle it on a gaming board.

I have no issues with people thinking and believing what they want.  But when they try to shape public policy and change what every child learns in a science class, I will fight them every step of the way. 
63  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Nightfall: A Deck Building Game I can Enjoy, Despite Not Being a Card Game Fan on: January 21, 2014, 02:36:37 AM
I like the game.  It's got a lot more player interaction built in than say the competitive solitaire that Dominion is.  I've got the base game and a couple expansions, some of which haven't breached the plastic yet, as I have got to the point where I want to sleeve the game.  I've also offered to loan out the base game, and that's just not happening without sleeves.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Multiple platforms] R.B.I. Baseball is back! on: January 21, 2014, 02:13:34 AM
Bring back High Heat, Microsoft!  crybaby
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 20, 2014, 11:32:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2014, 07:53:49 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 17, 2014, 03:35:14 PM

The "theory" of evolution is not, in anyway shape or form scientific fact. Go to a debate in any of the top universities that are hosting the Creation Research Scientists...They will shake you to your core with facts. Theory is that, theory. If it was a proven "fact" it wouldn't be called a theory.

Again proving Isgrimnur's point from earlier in the thread.

Thanks for not making me re-post it.  I will, however, expand on the quote from the same page.

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Scientific theories are testable and make falsifiable predictions.

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At what point does a "theory" become a "law"? I think the latter term, as in "law of gravity," is informal.

Scientific laws are actually looser than theories.

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A scientific law is a statement based on repeated experimental observations that describes some aspect of the world. A scientific law always applies under the same conditions, and implies that there is a causal relationship involving its elements.
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A law differs from a scientific theory in that it does not posit a mechanism or explanation of phenomena: it is merely a distillation of the results of repeated observation. As such, a law is limited in applicability to circumstances resembling those already observed, and is often found false when extrapolated. ... Newton's law of universal gravitation only applies in weak gravitational fields
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/17/14 on: January 17, 2014, 05:55:27 PM
Saturday is boardgaming day.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: January 16, 2014, 03:27:27 PM
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Internet providers should not also be the content providers.

There should at least be internal firewalls that prevent them from being in the same business unit.  Just imagine if Time Warner hadn't spun off their cable unit. 
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: January 15, 2014, 04:23:54 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 15, 2014, 10:55:37 AM

While all the major carriers have come out and stated nothing will change I can imagine they are finding ways to monetize this and it will affect consumers negatively

AT&T came out with their announcement of 'toll-free data' before the ruling came down.  Basically, content providers can pay AT&T so that consumers can view/download their content where it doesn't count against the consumers' data package limits.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: January 14, 2014, 03:05:24 PM
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

This was a good read and focused on the lives of Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Margaret of Anjou.  You get a good look at where they were from, the players in their lives, and their impacts on those around them.  It's a good attempt to personify these women who are seen, a lot of times, as just another set of royal names on the chessboard of history.  It's enough to intrigue me that I want to do more reading at a higher level about the history of England and Europe during that period to get a better feel for their parents, husbands, children.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 12, 2014, 09:06:09 PM
When they went down by 13, Cam looked lime he'd already conceded defeat.
71  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 09, 2014, 07:47:36 PM
Torchlight II -75% $19.99 $4.99 (88)
 - 4-pack $14.99
 - Free to play weekend
 - Torchlight $3.74
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2014, 03:44:17 AM
No human and few bots can keep up with his level of posting indefinitely.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 08, 2014, 02:38:59 PM
Yeah, parts of reddit are not for the squeamish.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 07, 2014, 08:04:40 PM

Quote from: Graham on January 07, 2014, 07:48:18 PM

My first reviews were K-1 World Grand Prix for the PS2, which released on 7/9/2003

That's some score.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 07, 2014, 05:46:39 PM
He's the first registered forum member, which is what your date was going after.  And ConsoleGold as a thing predates the crash.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old man winter sucks. on: January 07, 2014, 05:44:02 PM
Only from November through March.  The rest of the year, it's 60 and raining.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 07, 2014, 05:06:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 07, 2014, 04:52:29 PM

I was the 25th registered member (same as Gonegold), so I'm thinking that the site launched in late April of 2004.

You could have just checked:

Knightshade Dragon - Date Registered 2004-03-18
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/06) on: January 06, 2014, 05:03:07 PM
Nothing on the horizon.  I did pick up Civ V: Brave New World from GMG last night.  Under $8 was a magic number for a $30 expansion. Now just to find time to play.
79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 03, 2014, 04:01:29 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 03, 2014, 03:43:46 PM

I tend to feel the same way about the big bang THEORY...Notice all these theories? Meaning, un-provable.
There-fore if you believe in evolution, and the big bang theories, then you're already are in the realm of Faith

You have no understanding of the term as used in the realm of science.

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A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on knowledge that has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation. Scientists create scientific theories from hypotheses that have been corroborated through the scientific method, then gather evidence to test their accuracy.

Your definition of theory is the same as a scientific hypothesis.  A hypothesis is an untested idea.  Once it has been tested, retested, and reviewed by others and determined to fit the facts of observation, it becomes a big-T Theory.  We know how the Theory of Gravity works because we've tested it.  Science may not know how it works, but they know that it does.  And honestly, science doesn't care about why.
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: January 02, 2014, 10:48:27 PM
Marines delay new PFT standards  for women:

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More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.
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Although no new timetable has been set on the delayed physical requirement, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos wants training officials to "continue to gather data and ensure that female Marines are provided with the best opportunity to succeed," Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman, said Thursday.

Starting with the new year, all female Marines were supposed to be able to do at least three pullups on their annual physical fitness test and eight for a perfect score. The requirement was tested in 2013 on female recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., but only 45 percent of women met the minimum, Krebs said.
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Officials felt there wasn't a medical risk to putting the new standard into effect as planned across the service, but that the risk of losing recruits and hurting retention of women already in the service was unacceptably high, she said.
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In fall 2012, only two female Marines volunteered for the 13-week infantry officers training course at Quantico, Va., and both failed to complete it.

But the following fall, three Marines became the first women to graduate from the Corps' enlisted infantry training school in North Carolina. They completed the same test standards as the men in the course, which included a 12-mile march with an 80-pound pack and various combat fitness trials such as timed ammunition container lifts and tests that simulate running under combat fire.
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