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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Concept of Time Like? on: June 17, 2009, 02:43:41 PM
With your avatar, I'm surprised that it wasn't 4:20.  smile
7322  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Looking for a good backlit keyboard on: June 16, 2009, 10:00:33 PM
One too many Ds.  Seasonal Affective Disorder.
7323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters impression thread on: June 16, 2009, 07:08:07 PM
I had them toss a soft package containing $80 of clothing onto my 2nd floor apartment's balcony.  They were nice enough to leave a note at the door that they had played frisbee with my nice, new work shirts.
7324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What will you be doing during the XBL maintenance tonight? on: June 16, 2009, 03:02:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 16, 2009, 02:24:58 AM



To whomever made this pic:

Dude, it's Try TO take over the world.
7325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBA Playoffs 2009 on: June 16, 2009, 02:55:16 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 15, 2009, 10:34:50 PM

...we deserve some leeway since we don't have a football team  icon_razz 

Bull...

7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A dog. We just got one. on: June 16, 2009, 02:52:31 PM
My past cleanup days were performed with a plastic mini-rake and a brown paper bag for dropping it in.  No close contact required.

Mind you, this was back yard cleanup and was done every few days rather than immediately afterward.
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 16, 2009, 04:11:37 AM
I spent a year and a half fielding requests for early upgrade.  Personally, if you were within 30 days, it was a rubber stamp.  A good story got you 60 days.  A great story would get you 90 days.  I apparently was low-balling what some people would do, because upper management came down on us with a freaking hammer before letting up a little because it was early-upgrade-a-looza for my co-workers. 

The carriers do not expect your loyalty.  They are that paranoid girlfriend that is so convinced that you are going to leave them for the next hot piece of hardware that comes along, that they will stick to those contracts as much as possible to keep you from leaving, even if it means that it drives you away eventually.
7328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] The Final Destination on: June 15, 2009, 02:37:31 PM
IMDB listing

Death ... Rube Goldberg
7329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: June 15, 2009, 02:34:01 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on June 15, 2009, 05:24:57 AM

Sigh...It's been a bad year for me with every technology purchase I've made this year being ruined by a newer, better model being released a few months later.

What makes you think this problem is limited to this year? 

Once I make a purchase, I embargo any news about said purchase after the return period is up.  I don't want to hear that the price dropped, that the newer model is 50 times niftier and cheaper to boot, or that my model is prone to explosive disintegration.  I do everything in my power to avoid buyer's remorse.

Of course, that means that I have to re-learn everything every time I want to upgrade my PC...
7330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mad Max's police interceptor on: June 15, 2009, 05:09:30 AM
I wonder how many "impersonating an emergency vehicle" tickets he's received.
7331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May 09 NPD on: June 15, 2009, 12:50:00 AM
I'll wait for the next generation of Wii when they actually decide HD is worth their time before I consider buying the next Nintendo product.  That, and I want the breathalyzer attachment.
7332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that music video for me... on: June 15, 2009, 12:43:29 AM
Is the tie-in with Beautiful Girls to the film or some other audio source?
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Taking of Pelham 123 on: June 15, 2009, 12:38:22 AM
That's why I'm planning my films this summer for work nights.  Anything other than Up! may consist of dinner and a show to cut down on the popcorn-slurping rugrat population.
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 14, 2009, 05:10:54 PM
My local artsy theater has Moon opening on July 3rd.  Yay!
7335  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why do I keep getting MMO's on: June 14, 2009, 05:07:27 PM
The LOTRO demo did nothing for me.  And after an ill-advised one-month sub, I dropped EVE as well.  If skill training is automatic, all I need to do is log in and update my skill queue until I'm as nifty as I want to be.  While it sounds good in theory, there's no point to actually play for the first few months once you can afford the skill books that you want...

When's Champions due out again?
7336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP analog TV on: June 14, 2009, 06:22:52 AM
Did they finally getting around to that?  Seeing as I haven't been without cable in decades, this was a complete non-starter for me anyway.  The only impact close to me is Mom losing access with her battery powered storm cellar TV.
7337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Older movies that caught you by surprise on: June 13, 2009, 03:23:52 AM
The Taking of Pelham 123.
7338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How hard would it be for you to go without your PC...for good? on: June 13, 2009, 03:20:55 AM
I'm a IE-only web developer, wo without A PC is not possible.

Without MY PC? Not possible either.  I'm not tied to e-mail , I rarely check it.  But losing the boards would be intolerable.  If I had something approaching a social life, it might be more manageable, but that's not currently the case.
7339  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why do I keep getting MMO's on: June 12, 2009, 09:19:06 PM
What's the going odds on PPU MMORPGs vs. a change to the wireless contract structure in the U.S.?
7340  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 12, 2009, 09:17:47 PM
I have an after work drinking engagement that goes on until question marks.  Tonight is not likely for me. 

Pete mentioned that he would be likely to make Red Faction MP, and I'm guessing this is even farther down on his list.
7341  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why do I keep getting MMO's on: June 12, 2009, 05:18:38 PM
And less economically feasible for them to continue putting up the resources for the game.

This is the old fitness club scenario re-written for geeks.  The term I'm sure they use for us is "profit." 

I don't think we'll ever see a pay-per-use MMO.
7342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: June 12, 2009, 05:16:03 PM
I loved the first one, never played the second.  Played 1 on PC.  Nothing like diving past a doorway and stitching four rounds up through the jaw of a baddy that came to investigate why the door opened.   icon_twisted
7343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 05:08:41 PM
It's only opening in LA and NY at the moment.  IMDB doesn't list a wide release date for those of us in flyover states.  I'm hoping that changes in the near future.
7344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Theoretical choice of games if you were stranded on a desert island... on: June 12, 2009, 04:50:40 PM
MLB 09 The Show
Madden 09
NHL 09
Need for Speed: Porche Unleashed
World of Warcraft

Sports and driving games are always re-playable.  And WoW just to give me some sort of socialization.

Is there a way to get placed under house arrest without actually commiting a felony?
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 04:03:30 PM
You're lying. Nout enough 'u's.
7346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 04:29:09 AM
According to Wiki, the bot is named Gerty and is voiced by Kevin Spacey.

"The film pays homage to the films of Jones's youth, such as Silent Running (1972), Alien (1979) and Outland (1981)."

And I'm in.
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 12, 2009, 01:58:37 AM
It's not a penalty.  You want a new phone, pay the full price.  You signed a contract to get a discount.  You honestly don't have to sign a contract (you do have to agree to the terms of service), they just won't discount the phone.  But sweet merciful crap, IT'S NOT A GORRAM PENALTY!

You can go directly to Motorola or Nokia and buy phones directly from them, some that aren't even offered through the carriers.  AT&T stopped extending contracts for price plan changes over two years ago.  A discount on the phone is now the only reason the contract will be extended. 

Apple's rules as to the contract may be different since I've left the company, but every other mfg phone is available at retail.  Hell, my team was responsible for taking the orders from customers over the phone in Customer Care.  Full retail was ALWAYS an option.
7348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 11, 2009, 10:14:10 PM
With the right app, I've been told that storage space for music is a moot point.
7349  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: June 11, 2009, 09:18:49 PM
Is that some sort of Palm/Samsung hybrid?
7350  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Somalia: A Libertarian Utopia? on: June 11, 2009, 09:16:33 PM
I don't thing we have a particular care about the internals unless they're commiting genocide.  We care about externals.  Are they being good neighbors?  Are they not disrupting international trade?  Are the buddying up to disruptive nations and/or terrorist organizations?
7351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 11, 2009, 08:58:46 PM
It depends.  How much music do you have?  Now how many apps do you see yourself downloading?  Will your music collection grow to exceed your storage in the next two years?
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 11, 2009, 08:43:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 11, 2009, 08:21:02 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 11, 2009, 08:17:24 PM

You guys do know that 3G owners can get the lower price if they wait a while, yes?

Or simply wait another year until to buy the new new version which will be shiny and alluring and have all the 3GS owners complaining about being punished for their loyalty.

This is my likely tack.  Either that, or getting the phone that makes your puny little iPhones and Pre-s cry for their mommies.

Quote
Casio tested the Exilim Mobile using the Revision F test series, one revision behind the G series currently in use. Casio lists eight tests to which the Exilim was subjected. The Water Resistance test aims to replicate the effect of being stuck in a 4"-per-hour rainstorm with 30mph winds. The Immersion test dunks the handset in a meter of water for half an hour. The Humidity test replicates 95% humidity for ten days with temperatures ranging from 86 to 149 degrees. [They tested in Nebraska in July, you say?]

Salt Fog tests keep the handset in a 48-hour mist of saline and water. The Drop test, from four feet up, involves concrete, plywood, steel and 26 gravity-facilitated introductions to same. The Vibration test straps the handset to an electrodynamic shaker and lets loose along the x axis, then y, then z. (The new Revision G tests do all three axes at once.) Dust Resistance testing took place at 95 degrees and within a cloud of "silica flour," which many servicemen will claim comes directly from the mess hall. And Solar Radiation testing involves shooting the handset into the sun blasting the handset with three days of temperatures between 90 and 120 degrees and solar intensities of 1120 watts per square meter.
...
For civilian purposes, from what we can tell from the product information the phone's got plenty of charm (albeit a rather, well, camera-shaped form factor) -- browser, GPS, a 2.3" LCD, and of course the 5 Mpx camera with 3x optical zoom. The camera also does video and visual voice mail -- and just in case, you can do all that in the middle of a desert sandstorm, or from within a bank of salt fog.
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hangover on: June 11, 2009, 06:18:04 PM
How does it compare to Very Bad Things?
7354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Slam Tennis on: June 11, 2009, 06:02:17 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 11, 2009, 05:50:31 PM

The Grand Slam mode gives you a number of practice games and chances to earn a legend's skill (they give you one for free which is cool), before dumping you into the tournament.  The bad news is instead of playing some nobody in the first round, I end up against John McEnroe.  WTF is up with that?  I have no idea how they generate the tournament but sending you in your first real match against an old school legend just seems odd and misplaced. 

Even the pros have to crush someone in the opening rounds.  I'm not sure on tennis tournaments, but look at the NCAA brackets.  Top seeds get to stomp on the lowest seeds in the first round.
7355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 11, 2009, 05:27:23 PM
I may regret it, but I just purchased the new map pack via the website for d/l when I get home.  I still had enough points this time, so no worries about trying to add points while the server was being hammered.
7356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: June 11, 2009, 04:27:56 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on June 11, 2009, 02:41:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2009, 03:02:15 AM

Gamestop will have 3 exclusive tracks for those who pre-order.

Even though I was going to buy this at Gamestop anyways - the fact that I have to preorder pisses me off. I hate giving Gamestop interest on my money.

Last time I preordered something from them, I paid $5 to hold it.  I am unlikely to pre-oder something if it requires me to put the full amount down before I take delivery.
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 11, 2009, 02:27:18 PM
Correct.
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to buy a new car now on: June 11, 2009, 03:18:53 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 11, 2009, 03:05:18 AM

Quote from: Moliere on June 11, 2009, 03:01:47 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 11, 2009, 02:58:19 AM

'Course, identifying and punishing all the gas guzzlers might be a tad on the intrusive side...  icon_wink

Just a tad.

...But it's for the children. No price is too high to pay, as long as it's coming out of somebody else's pocket.  slywink

You forgot to add "9/11!"
7359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unusuals on: June 11, 2009, 03:13:36 AM
I caught the episode tonight after the lead in from Wipeout.  I'm sorry that I didn't pick up on it earlier.  Any show that uses this as the music for a chase/shootout was worthy of me watching it. 
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 11, 2009, 02:39:30 AM
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