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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: March 11, 2009, 05:17:36 PM
Star Wars: The Young Han Solo Chronicles.   drool  Now THAT, I would watch. 

I reserve judgment until I see a trailer.
7322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FUEL and weather effects on: March 11, 2009, 05:14:40 PM
Myto, over the weekend, I installed WMP 11 and was able to turn my XBox into a living room Media Center through the WMP Library function.  And this is with XP SP2.  I did it by following the instructions.  No muss, no fuss, all my MP3s now playable from the TV.

NOLF 2 did tornados first.  Firefight in a trailer park.
7323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 11, 2009, 03:51:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 11, 2009, 03:22:17 AM

Great playing with you tonight, Isgrimnur.  Sorry about complaining so much while we played, but it was pretty frustrating fighting both the controls and the weapon changes when I still have such vivid memories of my glory days on the PC versions.

Not a problem.  Made me feel better about my bitching two weeks ago when I picked it up.  Maybe we should hijack the GotM for April and go back to Worms Armaggeddon...?
7324  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does this make Obama a re-gifter? on: March 11, 2009, 03:49:27 PM
It goes both ways...

Quote from: The Atlantic
U.S. elected officials can't accept significant presents, as everyone knows, and such presents are particularly frowned on when foreign nationals are involved.  But sometimes, when "non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. government," the President of the United States just can't say no. Which is why George W. Bush, his family, and his senior staff have ended up the proud owners of the following gifts (among many, many others), as catalogued in a State Department registry.

  • Approximately 300 pounds of lamb, from His Excellency the President of the Argentine Nation and Mrs. Kirchner (value: $1,500)
  • Desktop models of Marine One and the Royal British helicopters, from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York (value: $500)
  • A 41" x 60" mohair wall hanging depicting a village scene with children, from the First Lady of the Republic of Botswana, Mrs. Barbara Mogae (value: $225)
  • A 23-ounce Lady McDuffies Gourmet Lemon Cream Cheese Cake, from His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei (value: $41)

Quote from: U.S. News
When the National Archives conducts a show-and-tell tomorrow of gifts that the first family has received from heads of state and others, it will include most of the nice and expensive items the Bushes plan to put in their new presidential library at Dallas's Southern Methodist University. But there are loads of others that the Bushes don't want but couldn't return because nonacceptance would have caused a international incident. Well, now we can tell you what's on that list, thanks to the State Department's Office of the Chief of Protocol.

How about a $42 pair of opossum leather gloves from Helen Clark, New Zealand's prime minister? Or a white traditional Afghan pantsuit, worth a whopping $135, from President Hamid Karzai? Then there are the "elastic sided" boots complete with a $40 shoeshine kit from Australia. No wonder the State Department puts this note after each gift under the "Circumstances justifying acceptance" category: "Non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government." Some of the gifts are pricey, like the $6,000 Baccarat crystal bowl to the first lady from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Many are edibles that the Secret Service seized. And some gifts come from people we wouldn't expect, like the $750 silver and gold Tibetan butter lamp from the Dalai Lama. And were the givers sending a signal to Bush by giving him these CDs: Jazz for Quiet Moments; Born to Survive: The Best of Troy Cassar-Daley; and Spirit of the Bush?

Finally, what was the president of Vietnam thinking, giving the president an electric harp and speakerphone, worth $4,500?
7325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Earth 5.0 on: March 11, 2009, 03:42:14 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 11, 2009, 06:21:02 AM

32 9'59.31"N 11050'52.08"W Airplane graveyard in AZ

Officially known as 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG).

7326  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 10, 2009, 07:24:45 PM
Reuters

Quote
AT&T to invest $17 billion in capital spending, add jobs
AT&T Inc (T.N) on Tuesday said it plans to invest $17 billion to $18 billion on capital spending in 2009, with about two-thirds to be used to improve its wireless and wired broadband networks.  The company, which had said in December that it was eliminating 12,000 jobs, also promised that it would add nearly 3,000 jobs in growth areas this year while cutting jobs in its traditional wired phone business.  The new jobs would be added in its wireless, video and broadband business segments, it said.

Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in a statement that data traffic on its network was growing at an annual rate of about 50 percent a year.  "We expect demand will only escalate when the larger economy rebounds, and AT&T's continued strong network investment will help ensure that we're fully ready to support the next wave of economic growth," he said.

The company said it would expand its U-verse video service to pass 30 million home in 2011, up from 17 million. AT&T also said it would expand its high-speed wireless service to another 20 new markets this year. It said that it currently offers such services in nearly 350 U.S. metropolitan areas. It also said it would add 2,100 new cell sites across the country.

That's the whole article, btw. 

So somehow taxing them heavier is going to grow the economy better than letting them spend their money in technology buildouts and capital expeditures?  The taxes will either cut into their cash, likely affecting their buildout plans, or they have to pass this along to the consumers, worsening the burden on consumers.  The landline business was circling the drain anyway, and I'm sure that anyone that is interested in moving to the wireless and data fields will have a leg up on outside hires, especially since AT&T is union friendly.
7327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 10, 2009, 05:47:46 PM
Thread Necromancy!  I didn't have a console when it came out.  I picked it up a couple weeks ago.  Let's get some wormage going!  Please?
7328  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Need more H.A.W.X. players! on: March 10, 2009, 05:35:12 PM
Pretty much.  Forgive me if you know all of the below, but this issue put me on tilt.

Part of the HUD is a flight path vector (FPV).  Despite where you are pointed, it is supposed to show you where you are travelling.  So if say, you're nose is pointed up, but you're losing altitude, the FPV will be below the horizon line.  In HAWX, you can gain altitude while the FPV stays below the horizon.



The 'W' at the top of the picture reflects where the nose and 'W'ings are pointed.  The FPV is the circle with the cross at the bottom right of the picture, kind of like seeing the engine, wings and tail from directly behind.  So while the F-18 is pointed near where his enemy is, which is 25 degrees on a downward angle, his aircraft is actually moving downward at a 35 degree angle. 
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How many games do you buy (How often) on: March 10, 2009, 04:11:27 PM
My last full price purchases were CoD:W@W on Veteran's Day and EndWar before Christmas.  Then I picked up three PeteRock Special Editions on the pool cue fire sale, two of which I still haven't loaded.  I picked up Worms from XBLAh a couple weeks ago.  I'll be picking up MLB 09 The Show next week (and probably a headset with it).  It helps that I have a Gamefly membership.
7330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mega Snowstorm for the Northeast - Here it comes! on: March 10, 2009, 03:53:00 PM
Keep your snow, I'll keep your ducks.







Taken last night on my walk.
7331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: March 10, 2009, 05:13:14 AM
I missed it.  Recording is set for next week and I guess I'll have to watch the premiere on teh intarwebs.
7332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are your gaming plans for the weekend? on: March 09, 2009, 08:16:06 PM
I actually picked it up about a week ago.  I was impressed that roping made it into the game, but I haven't been able to go over the top like in Armaggeddon.  And I miss my Baseball Bat and the flames from the barrels and my poor, lost flamethrower.
7333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are your gaming plans for the weekend? on: March 09, 2009, 06:28:14 PM
C-

CoD got played and I went with some Worms. Now if I can just beat challenge 20...
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 09, 2009, 05:24:38 PM
Wolverine/Rorschach I'm a Marvel. I'm a DC.
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A visit to London (advice appriciated) on: March 09, 2009, 04:05:18 PM
How about the Texas Embassy Cantina?  The location is tied to the former White Star shipping line.
7336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 09, 2009, 03:17:10 PM
Chaz throws at people's heads...  biggrin

My current plan is to pick this up on the 18th for an evening of baseball after my dentist hollows out and fills two of my wisdom teeth.  I suppose if I'm going to MP, I need to see about getting miked up on the PS3 as well.  Any recommendations?
7337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupid Time Change on: March 09, 2009, 03:07:22 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 09, 2009, 02:58:17 PM

I love DST, but don't see why we have to keep reverting to Daylight Wasting Time. They keep shortening that...let's do away with it entirely.

I'm with you on this one.
7338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly - ships of it's universe? on: March 09, 2009, 03:01:14 PM
Serenity RPG
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 09, 2009, 02:59:09 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 09, 2009, 05:26:04 AM

Fixed!

 Tongue
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hangover on: March 09, 2009, 03:57:03 AM
Very Bad Things it isn't.  It's going to take more than that trailer to pique my interest.
7341  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial PS3 Network Name REQUEST THREAD on: March 09, 2009, 12:52:08 AM
IsgrimnurTTU for the Big Black Console of Death.
7342  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Need more H.A.W.X. players! on: March 09, 2009, 12:28:35 AM
There's not a big enough "Off" switch in my brain to suspend disbelief to enjoy this game.  If you're going to model a HUD and have it function, you'd damned well make it work properly.
7343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 08, 2009, 11:48:30 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 08, 2009, 10:26:15 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2009, 09:35:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 08, 2009, 06:58:23 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2009, 06:33:08 PM

Yeah, I guess I will probably skip.  I liked it back in the day when movies hinted at gruesome things, but left it to your imagination.  Now Hollywood feels they have to show everything and it is a big reason I don't watch too many movies anymore.

I get what you're saying in general, but in the case of Watchmen they didn't add any gore for gore's sake; it was all stuff that was in the graphic novel. 

No, I know that.  I don't want to see it represented in film in high detail.  In the comic there's maybe a panel or two and it looks like a cartoon.  Hollywood has gotten good with gore and I just don't like looking at it, despite the fact I know it isn't real.  Doesn't matter whether they added it or not...I still don't like it.  You can still get the point across without showing it at all.  For instance, let's say you have a gun pointed at a guy's head.  In the older days, they would cut to something else (black or do a transition) and you would hear a gunshot.  You knew what happened.  Now they feel they have to show it and I don't like looking at it.

but...but, you'r[e] a GRUE!

He stays in the dark so that he doesn't have to see what happens when he eats.
7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 08, 2009, 03:16:49 AM
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7345  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 07, 2009, 08:21:58 PM
Not a problem.  I wasn't aware of where the current povery level was and wanted to actually pin down the numbers.  I wouldn't have an issue with those numbers, especially as my earning potential is likely to never hit the single mark. 
7346  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 07, 2009, 08:00:31 PM
Based on HHS levels for the lower 48 in 2007-2008, that puts your threshold at $260,000 for a single person and $530,000 for a family of four. 
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super soldier exoskeleton on: March 07, 2009, 07:39:10 PM
That why you spring for the "extended-endurance HULC fitted with a "silent" generator running on JP8 jet fuel. A tankful will run this suit for three days, marching eight hours per day - though presumably at the cost of some payload."
7348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: POS PS3 on: March 07, 2009, 07:29:15 PM
PS3 retail configurations
7349  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 07, 2009, 06:56:28 PM
I think that a good starting point would be 50%.  The idea that half or more of the money you earn is given directly to the government would be a point that most people could agree on.  And of course, that doesn't take sales tax, property tax, etc into account. 
7350  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 07, 2009, 06:20:23 PM
I need to some research and see where the legal precedent was set that the electromagnetic spectrum belongs to the government to license and that we have the right to lease it out.  I can certainly see the regulation of technology as the right of the government, but ownership seems to be taking it a bit far in my opinion. 

The government operations in this regard amount to a state monopoly.  It's not like the carriers can do anything but pay the increased rates or go out of business.  It's not like there's some other organization selling spectrum that they can use.
7351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 07, 2009, 06:14:12 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 07, 2009, 05:39:38 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 07, 2009, 03:19:13 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 07, 2009, 02:51:24 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing him play for the chiefs

Great googly moogly!

I take it you don't like that idea!

source

Honestly, even loving the AFC like I do, the Chiefs are never on my radar.  I guess most of my attention ends up being devoted to the AFC and NFC East divisions, one because of my team of choice and the other due to my location.  If TO went to the Chiefs, maybe he'd be less of a media circus, but I doubt it.
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NASA] Kepler Space Telescope to launch tonight on: March 07, 2009, 03:24:10 AM
The Kepler Mission is due to launch this evening at 10:49 EST.

The Kepler craft will survey the Milky Way to look for rocky, water-bearing planets in our galaxy, dialing down the searches from the super-Jupiters that we have been racking up. 

Quote
NASA delayed Kepler's launch by one day last week to allow extra rocket checks on the spacecraft's Delta 2 booster to ensure it was fit to fly. The precaution, stemmed from the Feb. 24 failure of a different rocket carrying a NASA Earth-watching satellite, found Kepler's booster in fine shape for tonight's planned liftoff, mission managers said.

Kepler will not be orbiting the earth, but apparently placed into a solar orbit that trails the earth so that it can continually observe stars without our pesky planet getting in the way.  (Man, I'd love to see some of the math about the forces involved in making that work...)

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After launch, Kepler is designed to turn its unblinking camera eye at a patch of sky between 600 and 3,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. The target zone covers an area similar to what a human hand could cover when held at arm's length.

Kepler will stare at the region for at least 3 1/2 years, measuring the light from 100,000 stars every half hour with a 95 million-pixel camera to watch for the slight dip in a star's brightness that signals a planet moving across it as seen from Earth. It's the equivalent of trying to spot a flea crawl across a car headlight from miles away, NASA has said.

Who wants to watch it with me?  Less than 30 minutes to go.
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 07, 2009, 03:19:13 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 07, 2009, 02:51:24 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing him play for the chiefs

Great googly moogly!
7354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: March 07, 2009, 03:16:40 AM
Let the jokes begin!!

7355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are your gaming plans for the weekend? on: March 07, 2009, 02:09:37 AM
Tonight will be CoD:W@W due to double XP weekend.  No idea if gaming is on the agenda for tomorrow yet, as I need to go put in some work tomorrow and may take in the North Texas Irish Festival.  Sunday may get some EndWar or I may drop the caseh a week early to pick up MLB The Show 09.
7356  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: March 07, 2009, 02:03:32 AM

Quote from: RuperT on March 07, 2009, 01:22:49 AM

Me too, please.
MooseFoe

And thus ends the mystery of continually seeing you online and wondering just who the hell MooseFoe is and how we all know him biggrin
7357  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / BlackDay theme, Links, and quotes on: March 06, 2009, 07:56:31 PM
Is there a way to tweak the theme for coloring of links that have been clicked previously?

The current colors used in the BlackDay theme make a previously viewed link inqide a quote box nigh impossible to read without highlighting it. 

Example post
7358  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does this make Obama a re-gifter? on: March 06, 2009, 06:32:03 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on March 06, 2009, 04:38:48 PM

I do hope they were blu ray........and not vhs

Worse.  BetaMax

Spoiler for Hiden:
Would HD-DVD have played better?
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 06, 2009, 05:34:10 PM
I want to see some Dire Straits.  Sultans of Swing FTW!
7360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 06, 2009, 05:25:42 PM
Has anyone hit a homer in Fenway that has hit the Monster behind the stands in CF and then dropped into the crowd?  There was a bug that I reported to 3DO back in the High Heat days where that would result in the game calling it a ground rule double.  I sent the question to eric Nadel of the Rangers Radio broadcast after they played there, and he confirmed that it should be a HR if it's in fair territory, a ground-rule double if it hits the wall in fair territory, then drops into the stands in foul territory. 
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