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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: June 01, 2009, 12:57:42 AM
One heck of a swing between the halves of that first period...
7322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones 2 on the way. on: May 31, 2009, 10:25:48 PM
I wasn't aware of the delay.  Thanks for the info.
7323  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 31, 2009, 10:24:33 PM
I think the issue here isn't so much the fear of spiritual reprisals.  There are people that cloak themselves in their religion as a method of proving to themselves and others that their actions are correct.  Even if they are shown to be wrong, they have the "Get Out of Hell Free" card with the ability to seek forgiveness.  So you've got both sides of the coin believing that there will be no spiritual repercussions, one side just has to follow the correct checklist.

Oh, and as for altruism, we don't have a monopoly on that.

Frans de Waal, PhD, director of the Living Links Center at Yerkes, and a research specialist led the capuchin study. They had researchers participate in a tokens-for-food exchange program with eight adult female capuchins. Each monkey was set up in three scenarios: Get paired with a relative, an unrelated familiar female from the same social group, or an unknown female from a different group.

The researchers then gave the capuchins a choice. One token (the selfish choice) gave that female capuchin alone an an apple slice. The other, prosocial token option (the sharing one) gave both capuchins an apple slice.

The monkeys most often chose the prosocial option. When a monkey was with with a relative or familiar female, she predominantly selected the sharing token. She didn't when she was with a stranger.

"The fact the capuchins predominantly selected the prosocial option must mean seeing another monkey receive food is satisfying or rewarding for them," said de Waal. "We believe prosocial behavior is empathy based. Empathy increases in both humans and animals with social closeness, and in our study, closer partners made more prosocial choices. They seem to care for the welfare of those they know."
7324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones 2 on the way. on: May 31, 2009, 10:09:38 PM
Make it 6 and a subscription.  I didn't realize that Champions was due out in a month and a half.
7325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC-PR] Matrix Online Ship/Beta Date on: May 30, 2009, 06:12:05 AM
June 01, 2004
7326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones 2 on the way. on: May 30, 2009, 04:31:04 AM
And my game budget goes up another $60.  I think I'm sitting at close to $300 for the rest of the year.
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: May 30, 2009, 03:27:43 AM
And people wonder how you get 21k+ posts.... smile
7328  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Matrix Online Dies at around 4 years on: May 29, 2009, 09:36:24 PM
I have not seen mention of this game in years.  Their marketing has been nonexistent.  I was not even aware that it was still in operation.
7329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: May 29, 2009, 08:30:20 PM
7330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 05/29/09 on: May 29, 2009, 05:08:34 PM
Headed to Houston tomorrow for the RB party.  Tonight and Sunday will probably be FarCry 2 as I do laundry.  I get to play the same stretch for the third time, as I died the first time and a power outage wiped my progress last night right before I saved my progress...
7331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: May 29, 2009, 04:21:57 PM
I'm likely in for this one.  That, along with Ghostbusters, CoD, and either NCAA or NHL...  ~$260....   *sigh*
7332  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: May 29, 2009, 02:56:57 PM
Yeah, me and a lot of my co-workers were all "WTF?!?" when we heard about that merger.  Why buy a company with a completely incompatible network?
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ABC's TV Series "Wipeout"... on: May 29, 2009, 04:43:19 AM
Just watched it from the website.  Entertaining in the extreme.
7334  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 29, 2009, 03:59:38 AM
Jeff, it's turtles all the way down.
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oak Ridge Boys Demand Relevancy... on: May 29, 2009, 12:30:47 AM
When did Dumbledore and Chris Gaines join the Oak Ridge Boys?
7336  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Logitech G-19 Keyboard on: May 28, 2009, 11:09:34 PM
Amazon has it listed at full retail for pre-order.  It's not currently listed at NewEgg.
7337  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: May 28, 2009, 11:07:21 PM
AT&T has PDA/iPhone Data at $30, texting is $20.  450DT/5K NW/UM2M would be $39.99.  Total would be $10 less than the Verizon plans above.

Yeah, Sprint's cheaper, but they are hemmoraging customers and need to do something to try to staunch the flow. IIRC, they are always near the bottom of the list.
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Realms Shut Down? (Massive store update coming) on: May 28, 2009, 10:22:08 PM
An interesting coincidence is that what DNF represents in racing circles ... Did Not Finish.
7339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Lord of The Rings games coming on: May 28, 2009, 09:44:37 PM
That's what my comment was based off of.

In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, preparations are underway in Hobbiton for a great party to welcome Aragorn, King of Gondor, and honor Samwise Gamgee for his service during the War of the Ring. The children of the town are eager to learn more of this great man and so Samwise, now Mayor, embarks on a tale of the revered warrior, Strider—as Aragorn is known in his Ranger days—and his most valiant battles. Players assume the role of Aragorn and embark on his greatest quests from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as they wield his sword, bow or spear on foot and on horseback through an action-packed gameplay experience. On the Wii platform, two-player co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf will allow kids, families and friends to work together in the heart of the action.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is being developed for Wii by Headstrong Games and for NDS, PS2 and PSP system by TT Fusion, scheduled for release in fall 2009.
7340  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: May 28, 2009, 09:38:43 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on May 27, 2009, 07:25:44 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 27, 2009, 07:19:31 PM

This doesn't seem quite as clear a confirmation as PreCentral makes it out to be, but the AT&T CEO talks about "seeing it" carrying the Pre once the Spring exclusivity time period runs out...

CEO Confirms: Pre Coming to AT&T
After defending his network's glass jaw and complaining about how much data the iPhone uses, CNN reports that "Stephenson added he sees AT&T selling the Pre after the exclusive arrangement with Sprint expires."  We pretty much expected it, but it's nice to hear it from AT&T themselves.

Nice, I do hope this occurs sooner than later smile

From my time with AT&T Mobility (nee Cingular), expect 6 months at the earliest.  That was about the delay we would see on new Blackberries, but of course it will depend on the contract that was signed. 
7341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Lord of The Rings games coming on: May 28, 2009, 09:17:10 PM
Now we wait for the Saturday-morning cartoon tie in.
7342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You've just faked the kidnapping of yourself and your daughter! What's next? on: May 28, 2009, 05:54:16 PM
"I'm going to Disney World!"

Authorities are looking into additional charges of theft against Bonnie Sweeten, the Bucks County mother whose bogus claim of being kidnapped with her 9-year-old daughter set off a massive law enforcement manhunt and a national media frenzy.  The saga ended yesterday at Walt Disney World, where Sweeten, 38, had flown with daughter Julia Rakoczy Tuesday after emptying thousands from various bank accounts and using a former coworker's driver's license to travel.
The efforts to track down Sweeten - which included an Amber Alert and massive local and national media coverage - began when she told a Philadelphia 911 dispatcher about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday that she had been abducted by two black males and stuffed into the trunk of a Cadillac.  Authorities said she made several calls in which she claimed the men had kidnapped her after a minor accident at a busy intersection on Street Road in Upper Southampton.  Several calls were cut off, but Sweeten spoke at least twice with a Philadelphia dispatcher.  In the calls, Sweeten indicated that her daughter was with her, but the girl's voice could not be heard, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a Philadelphia Police Department spokesman.

Police who responded to the Street Road scene found nothing to indicate an accident or a struggle. Authorities nevertheless issued an Amber Alert for the child and began a region-wide search.  Though police initially treated the case as they do most reported kidnappings - approaching it with an open mind and considering a range of possibilities, including a hoax or a custody dispute - officers found Sweeten's 911 call especially convincing.
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: May 28, 2009, 04:53:15 PM
The old school language...

(Sept) = 7
(Oct) = 8
(Nov) = 9
(Dec) = 10

November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

Modernity FAIL!

I'm going to laugh my ass off if LEGO Rock Band outsells this.  I'm not confident that it will, but that would make my day.
7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns guns guns! on: May 28, 2009, 04:49:01 PM
The problem with that mentality is that there are no places that some other people are not willing to carry a gun.  People have been killed at their place of employment, be it blue collar or white, people have been killed at school, in church, in their hotel rooms, etc. 
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: loaves of bread on: May 28, 2009, 04:41:18 PM

Quote from: kadnod on May 28, 2009, 03:38:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 27, 2009, 11:05:07 PM

Why can't they sell half loaves of bread? 

Because it will confuse kids trying to buy a loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter.

I heartily approve of this post.   thumbsup
7346  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 28, 2009, 03:54:45 PM
I think that there's a delineation that some people fail to make.  You won't see these same types of threads attacking belief in the soul, the grace of God, etc, because they are the realm of faith.  What most of us seem to have issue with is applying faith to the physical existence of evidence that supports a claim.

No, none of us can say that the universe was formed on a Tuesday, but the better our instruments get, the smaller the gap that we can file it into.  It's like saying to start with that you went and saw a play last year.  Okay, let's examine that further.  Can we figure out what month it is?  You remember it was right before Thanksgiving, so we've narrowed it down to November.  Great, what else can we find.  Ah, here's the ticket stub with the exact date and time.

As a local geology professor stated, religion does not belong in science because science is, at its base, the search for fact.  The idea that you are going to interject faith into it is antithetical to the entire idea of science.  Science is all about making observations and predictions and repetition.  Faith does its best to avoid making predictions and does not hold up under repetition.  One can not determine why one prayer was answered and another was not.  You can make the same prayer twice and get separate results.  There are no variables to consider, no reagents at work, no flowchart that determines the outcome.  

So let science figure out the facts of how the universe started and when.  We'll be happy to cede to you the question of why.  Perhaps God created the Big Bang.  As a scientific-minded person, I'm ok with that.  My interest in the science does not preclude that, but there had to be forces at work.  Perhaps God is a watchmaker, but that still implies that there are rules and functions that are self-sustaining processes that do not require the constant attention of the Creator.  The job of the scientist is to figure out those rules and functions and does not concern itself with who built the watch.  
7347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 28, 2009, 05:18:10 AM
You want bad?  I have a work bracket that we are currently working through the second time with 8 players.  The guy that sits in the adjacent desk to me has had two people forfeit.  One lost their phone and the other left it in his pocket when he went swimming!

Oh, and I got checkmated in 13 moves in the second level...
7348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wednesday / Thursday time waster - Crush the Castle! on: May 28, 2009, 04:48:04 AM
I got 17 on a croquet-style stone collision.

21 is difficult.

24 is a lot harder than it looks. After fighting it for a while, I then managed to one-shot it...  Odd..
7349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That does not make me want a sandwich... on: May 27, 2009, 09:53:56 PM
It looks like a co-worker and I will be road-tripping to the nearest Firehouse Subs for lunch on this coming Monday. 
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 now has 13million players on XBL on: May 27, 2009, 08:54:41 PM
I guess I need to go pick this one up so I can be ready for the expansion.  Since I won't be dabbling in the MP aspect of CoD4, mebbe I'll just rent it after I finish FarCry2.
7351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you use the Preview function here? on: May 27, 2009, 07:19:55 PM
BB Code tests for the most part.  After that, I'll quick edit when I've a word.
7352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 27, 2009, 04:58:53 AM
My RPG threshold is one night.  It never fails.  I will start the game, enjoy it, and play for hours for the first evening.  And then I will likely never go back to it, as the mental baggage of going back into it is so high that I can't make myself load the game.  I'll play multiple seasons of baseball on the same title, play the same shooter in MP for hours a night for weeks on end (SP, once I'm done, I'm done.  Replaying at a higher difficulty is something I won't do). 

I did, however, get a WoW Rogue to 70., which was the cap at that time, but again, MP has a different vehicle that gets you to play.
7353  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 27, 2009, 04:55:32 AM
One would have to, as the universe had to age just to get to hydrogen, much less magnesium.
7354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tired of reading same books over and over...need suggestions on: May 27, 2009, 12:39:33 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 27, 2009, 12:15:20 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 26, 2009, 09:36:38 PM

I'll second the Dragonbone Chair.  It starts slowly, but once it gets going, it's a heck of a ride.

I couldn't get into these at all.  "Starts slowly" is the understatement of the year.  However, his War of the Flowers is one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels.

Slowly equals about 300 pages, I'll grant you.  I tried reading one of the VR books he wrote and couldn't get into it. 
7355  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: A History of Video Cards on: May 26, 2009, 10:20:13 PM
I started with a Diamond Viper V330 2D/3D (4MB), to which I then added one Diamond Monster 3D II 12 MB card, then another for SLI goodness.  Nothing like doing the combinatorics on the 12 possible driver combinations to figure out which one would work correctly... 

These days, I couldn't tell you what the card is 30 days after I bought it.  It truly was a more memorable marketplace back in those days.
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 10:16:24 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 26, 2009, 09:42:34 PM

Way too much noise with very little substance. It just seems like a way for people to self-promote themselves.

Three of those are web comic artists, one is an author and public speaker, and the last is a web journalist.  Every last one of them is in a position where self-promotion is pretty much a required skill.  I don't wait with bated breath for updates from any of them and sometimes do not check it on a weekly basis.  I have plenty of places to get my "heavier" content.  That's not Twitter's wheelhouse.  If it's not your bag, it's not you bag.
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tired of reading same books over and over...need suggestions on: May 26, 2009, 09:36:38 PM
I'll second the Dragonbone Chair.  It starts slowly, but once it gets going, it's a heck of a ride.

I recently finished the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb and enjoyed it.
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 09:31:06 PM
Tycho from Penny Arcade
Gabe from Penny Arcade
Wil Wheaton
Scott Kurtz of PVP
Angela Gunn, a tech writer formerly blogging for USA Today, now working for Beta News.  Her latest article at the time of this posting is pretty good.
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5-22-2009: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 26, 2009, 08:32:03 PM
Saturday was a rousing game or Rebuild the Workshed Door that Dad and I played until after dark.  Learning the special move of Hinge Placement turned out to be more difficult than expected

Sunday was a change of pace with a grid-based game called Laying Sod.  It was resource-based and the carrying capacity of the vehicle we had selected was insufficient to properly fill in the playfield.  Dad proceeded to use the same vehicle to make a second trip on Monday, while I headed back home and got to play some Rock Band 2 on the Wii at a friend's house.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've graduated! on: May 26, 2009, 07:47:08 PM
Congrats on the paper, Turtle. 
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