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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venting: It's not going to be me this time. on: July 08, 2009, 08:57:00 PM
On a side note, I had an interesting offshoot of this problem in my last relationship.  We would argue about something, I would try to give in, and she would immediately fold, almost demanding that we do it my way instead.   icon_confused
7322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: July 08, 2009, 07:19:34 PM
PRICE DROP!!

C|Net

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If you logged onto Amazon Wednesday, you may or may not have noticed that the Kindle 2 had a price drop: it's now selling for $299 instead of $359.

Alas, because Amazon ads for the Kindle 2 (and Kindle DX) are always plastered across its homepage--and are easy to ignore--I actually missed the new pricing until a reader pointed it out to me.
7323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished Grim Fandango on: July 08, 2009, 06:53:46 PM
Try here for patches.
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 08, 2009, 06:48:28 PM
So people don't have to page flip...



7325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 08, 2009, 06:36:27 PM
Put down the RPGs and pick up a Netflix subscription.  smile
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 06:30:02 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 08, 2009, 06:20:53 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2009, 06:04:00 PM

If you use IE (I have to, work, etc.), View| Status Bar.  Mousing over links shows you where it goes.
Firefox does the same thing.
I use it on Firefox as well, but I couldn't remember the menu commands to activate it.
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 06:04:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 08, 2009, 05:51:02 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2009, 05:43:43 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 08, 2009, 05:42:32 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2009, 05:21:29 PM

Because parachuting out of a plane in a life raft was so much more believeable...
I would love for Mythbusters to take on the life raft parachute.
Proof that you didn't follow my link...  smile
I suffer from assumeitsayoutubelinkism. frown
If you use IE (I have to, work, etc.), View| Status Bar.  Mousing over links shows you where it goes.

Quote from: hepcat on July 08, 2009, 05:46:38 PM

Do you think we could get them to test the nuclear blast/refrigerator conundrum?
I figure that might exceed their budgetary expenditure, not to mention violate several international treaties, environmental regulations and such.  They did, however, test something similar with the radiation and roaches myth.
7328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 05:43:43 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 08, 2009, 05:42:32 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2009, 05:21:29 PM

Because parachuting out of a plane in a life raft was so much more believeable...
I would love for Mythbusters to take on the life raft parachute.
Proof that you didn't follow my link...  smile
7329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 08, 2009, 05:42:51 PM
That pick is a gun and was from Push, Moliere's movie.  The one with the video camera and William H. Macy are from a different film.  The guy with the camera is the same actor as the guy with the gun.
7330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 08, 2009, 05:39:16 PM
7331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 05:21:29 PM
Because parachuting out of a plane in a life raft was so much more believeable...
7332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Music] Pandora keeps Hope in the box on: July 08, 2009, 02:48:33 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 08, 2009, 02:45:37 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2009, 04:29:43 AM


There's not one in the iPhone version either, just the web browser version, afaik.

Actually, there is an iPhone Pandora app

I was actually referring to the nag screen from Destructor's post.  The iPhone app is the only way I can get through my workday.
7333  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: July 08, 2009, 04:55:14 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 06, 2009, 03:11:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 06, 2009, 02:33:03 PM


I'll definitely have to give this one a look when I get home.

Worth the money if you like any of his stuff.  $3.99 for two CDs worth of ... whatever type of music you call this these days is worth it if you're a fan. 
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venting: It's not going to be me this time. on: July 08, 2009, 04:44:11 AM

Quote from: Chaz on July 08, 2009, 04:39:04 AM

Cue you guys saying "it doesn't matter if she's right, you have to fix it."  biggrin

It's not going to be me. 

As much as I love being right, I have learned over the years that there are some hills that aren't worth dying on.  If I face down someone who is stubbornly obstinate that they are correct, I let it slide.  If she's taking that much umbrage over EVER admitting that she's wrong or screwed up, especially after five years, I'd be looking for my luggage. 

Stand strong and find out which is more important to her, her ego or your relationship.  If it's her ego, then it's time for you to find out what's most important to you, going along to get along, or a healthy relationship where one partner doesn't have to constantly defer to another.
7335  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Sprint sells netbooks for a buck on: July 08, 2009, 04:38:41 AM
If you don't want to have to rely on wi-fi hotspots, that's going to be a similar amount for a cellular wireless card for go-anywhere internet.  There's a market for people who want a step up from a smart phone (which have come a long way on browser functionality) but not to go to a full laptop.

And a lot more people will agree to spend ~$1500 spread out over two years rather than up front.
7336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Music] Pandora keeps Hope in the box on: July 08, 2009, 04:29:43 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 07, 2009, 09:37:49 PM

Well, that bites - Pandora is like the #1 app (and then some) on the Sprint Pre. As of right now, there's no nag screen or anything, but the software hasn't been updated recently either.

Stupid music companies.

There's not one in the iPhone version either, just the web browser version, afaik.  I get banner ads that pop and refresh at every song.  They are relatively unobtrusive.  That, of course, may change to include the audio versions in the future with the new model, but again, I plan on rewarding Pandora.  And for about the price of a bargain video game per year, I can certainly afford it.
7337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Music] Pandora keeps Hope in the box on: July 07, 2009, 09:36:06 PM
Quote
Q: How do I ban an artist from a station?

Just give a "Thumbs Down" vote to any two songs by that artist on a particular station. However, the artist will not be banned, even with two "Thumbs Down" votes on one station under either of the following conditions:

* If at any time you gave a song by this artist a "Thumbs Up" vote on this station.

* If that artist was used to define that station.

Note: for more information on how to edit a station (remove an artist from your station's definition, or remove a song previously given "Thumbs Up"), please see:
http://blog.pandora.com/faq/#67

7338  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Sprint sells netbooks for a buck on: July 07, 2009, 09:18:45 PM
It was the next logical step up over smartphones.

As for 5 GB, I typically stream Pandora through my iPhone 5 days a week for ~6 hours a day to get me through work.  My last data bill came in at 1.5 GB.  While I am not a support of caps (and I don't know if I have one), 5 GB is a lot for a mobile device's throughput.
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Music] Pandora keeps Hope in the box on: July 07, 2009, 08:53:53 PM
News from PC Magazine:

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After two years of debate, Internet radio stations have finally reached a deal with copyright holders regarding royalty rates.  The price of the deal, however, will force Web radio station Pandora to limit the amount of free listening available each month, according to founder Tim Westergren.
...
The revised royalty rates, however, are "quite high" and will force Pandora to make some adjustments, he said. Users will now be limited to 40 hours of free listening per month. Those who go over 40 hours will be given the option to receive unlimited access for the remainder of the month for 99 cents. They can also upgrade to the subscription-based Pandora One.

"In essence, we're asking our heaviest users to put a dollar (well, almost a dollar) in the tip jar in any month in which they listen over 40 hours. We hope this is relatively painless and affordable--the same price as a single song download," Westergren wrote.

I've been pondering the Pandora One service for a while.  It suppresses the ads and opens up the time before the nag window comes up from one hour to five on the browser version.  And while it's not as cheap as $.99 per month, it is only $3/mo for a full year ($36).
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 07, 2009, 06:38:35 PM
7341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 07, 2009, 06:35:25 PM
Push
7342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 07, 2009, 06:34:25 PM
It's on my list as well, I just didn't want to be overly specific.
7343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: July 07, 2009, 06:33:34 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 07, 2009, 06:18:16 PM

I really hope that after this the media circus dies down a bit.  For fuck's sake, I'm tired of seeing Michael Jackson's plastic fucking face on TV at all times of the day.   mad mad

That's what the DVR and DVDs are for. 
7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 07, 2009, 06:20:58 PM
Think of it as a mini-RSS feed of people that you are actually interested in what they have to say. 

I'm following Adam and Grant from Mythbusters, the Bad Astronomy guy, some of my web comic artists, Weird Al, Nathan Fillion, and a particular tech journalist that I am a fan of.
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 07, 2009, 05:36:54 PM
Correct.

I forgot that I was the one on the clock for this...   paranoid
7346  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: July 07, 2009, 04:01:12 PM
7-7

LP
by Discovery

7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the famous folk keep dying... :( on: July 07, 2009, 03:31:00 PM
AP

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French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt, who was recently banned for betting on matches, has died. He was 24.

The French tennis federation said Tuesday that Montcourt died overnight but "the causes of his death are not yet known."

French media reported the 119th-ranked Montcourt was found dead by his girlfriend in the stairwell of his Paris apartment. In May, Montcourt was handed a five-week ban and fined $12,000 for betting on other matches. That ban took effect Monday.
...
Montcourt complained during the French Open that the punishment was too harsh, saying that he never bet more than $3 at any time, and never on his own matches a fact confirmed by the ATP, which oversees the men's Tour.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Montcourt had wagered a total of $192 on 36 tennis events in 2005. It reduced his suspension on appeal from eight weeks to five.
7348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Sony had immediately killed off the PS2...... on: July 07, 2009, 02:17:33 PM
On the download front, you have the upward pressure of HD content being counteracted by the limited bandwidth that we have at the moment, attempts to either cap or throttle bandwidth, and the limited availability in rural areas.
7349  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW and how it's evolved on: July 07, 2009, 03:58:05 AM
Chat Commands

The main WoW site is chocked full of good information about the game in general.
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Sony had immediately killed off the PS2...... on: July 06, 2009, 09:56:42 PM
Yes, but all the things you mention are optional with the other consoles.  There are plenty of people that can spend the $200-300 for the XBox and be quite happy without an HD video component.  Not a lot of people care that the Wii won't play DVDs, because most people making a Wii purchase already have one available.  As for your arguments, most people don't see the overall cost up front, and once they're in, they're pot committed.

Sony tied their horses the console to the competition and eventual win of the BD format, which makes sense from a corporate standpoint, not so much from a console division standpoint. 
7351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lucasarts announcement Monday on: July 06, 2009, 07:54:56 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 06, 2009, 06:01:37 PM

Now, all I need is ... Zork

404 Zork.
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 06, 2009, 04:44:07 PM


Darth Lance is showing strong, but it's always been the mountains where he starts crushing people.

7353  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: July 06, 2009, 03:11:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 06, 2009, 02:33:03 PM


I'll definitely have to give this one a look when I get home.
7354  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: the Forum speed on: July 04, 2009, 10:56:16 PM
Firefox 3.0 and 3.5 (different locations).
7355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the famous folk keep dying... :( on: July 04, 2009, 10:48:41 PM
I believe you're thinking of Kurt Warner.

Steve McNair:



McNair started with the Houston Oilers, that then moved to become the Tennessee Titans, staying with that team from his draft in 1995 through 2005.  In Super Bowl XXXIV (30 Jan 2000), he was on the other side from Warner when the Rams won because McNair's receiver, Kevin Dyson,  came up one yard short.  He finished his career with the Balitmore Raves 2006-2007.  He was selected for the Pro Bowl three times during his career.

He was found shot to death with a currently unidentified female in Tennessee.  His wife was in Mississippi at the time.
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: July 03, 2009, 06:22:47 PM
It has entered a slightly wider release today.

Release Dates
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asteroids on: July 03, 2009, 04:59:20 AM
Warlords



Which I was not aware that they had redone on XBLA!
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 03, 2009, 12:36:43 AM
7359  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: July 02, 2009, 09:00:25 PM
Seeing as the State Supreme Court found unanimously that there was no further grounds to review this, I fail to see how anyone could consider this a theft, especially for someone that didn't have a dog in that fight.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 02, 2009, 08:55:55 PM
Drag Me to Hell.
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