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7321  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 10, 2009, 02:18:50 PM
For any public radio fans, I picked up "Public Radio Tuner" by Public Radio Exchange (free, natch) to get a feed for my local NPR station in Dallas.  Who really needs an FM tuner on this thing, huh?  All the cool stations have an app for streaming.
7322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Possible hacked XBox accounts on: June 10, 2009, 04:12:51 AM
I received an XBox message from a member of these boards (who I have PMed) that was a message involving a CoD Modern Warfare 2 beta.  The listed site had a .tk extension.  I proceeded to log in using my XBox information, and was then presented with an error message that was directed to another site that had nothing to do with anything I expected.  Freaked out beyond belief, I have now changed my password (and all accounts that shared that password, stupid me...)

A search of the intarwebs indicates that this is definitely appearing to be a scam.  Looks like I got out lucky, as I was able to change the information before someone else did...

7323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: June 09, 2009, 09:08:51 PM
I find the ad that popped on this page hilarious.
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NC] Slim Jim plant explosion on: June 09, 2009, 08:58:43 PM
AP

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Three people were missing and 20 taken to hospitals after an explosion at a Slim Jim meat products plant in North Carolina, officials said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Hammerstein, district chief with Wake County Emergency Medical Services, said five injured people were tagged as priority patients with serious conditions. Hammerstein said officials were searching for three people missing from the site in Garner, a Raleigh suburb, but it wasn't clear whether they were inside during the explosion.

About 300 people were in the plant, said ConAgra spokesman Dave Jackson.

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said injuries ranged from burns to smoke inhalation. Emergency crews were keeping people away because of concerns about the smell of ammonia.  "There is a toxic cloud on and about the plant," Williams said.

Officials said at a news conference that firefighters were still trying to contain a small fire and an ammonia leak.
7325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [First Review on the NET!] PROTOTYPE on: June 09, 2009, 08:57:21 PM
There's a lot more buttons.    nod  icon_wink
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: June 09, 2009, 08:33:06 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on June 09, 2009, 08:26:46 PM

Finally caught the first two episodes last night. Wifey and I both liked it quite a bit.

I'm guessing that means it won't be back.

You would be wrong.

*Damn you, KG!   Tongue
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! on: June 09, 2009, 07:59:16 PM
Plenty of imperial pilots got kills in the air battles.  They are Academy graduates, though, not Stormtroopers. 

...I got nothing.
7328  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Dodge-Isuzu dealer has his business taken out from under him on: June 09, 2009, 06:17:36 PM
Chrysler Guarantees Rejected Dealers Place for Autos

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Chrysler LLC, planning to shed 25 percent of its dealers, guaranteed those losing their franchises that it will find others to take their unsold vehicles and extended a deadline to transfer the cars and trucks.

Dealers slated to be eliminated are protesting rejection of their contracts in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York today. The company will give the 789 dealers being rejected until June 15 to sign paperwork that lets them transfer vehicles to others that will keep operating, Chrysler lawyer Kevyn Orr said in court. That deadline had been today.

“We are now close enough to guarantee that we will redistribute 100 percent of the affected inventory,” Steven Landry, Chrysler’s executive vice president for North American sales, said in a note to rejected dealers on June 5.
...
Landry said in his June 5 note that as of that date Chrysler had found dealers willing to purchase all but 400 vehicles from the rejected franchises and would be able to find homes for the rest by today.
7329  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gingrich: "Obama's already failed." on: June 09, 2009, 05:39:14 PM
Who's to say either line was ever accurate? 
7330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 09, 2009, 04:58:33 PM
The forum effect really has me looking hard at this one.  I guess I'll have to go home and play the demos that I downloaded and see if I love it as much as everyone here.

And with the thought of capping Pete without having to wait for Veteran's Day...
7331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [First Review on the NET!] PROTOTYPE on: June 09, 2009, 04:42:30 PM
Burked in IE 7.

I did enjoy the review.  Thanks, Ron.
7332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Announced on: June 09, 2009, 03:26:53 PM
The issues over the new title have apparently spawned an organized protest.
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 09, 2009, 01:08:25 AM
And the griping begins...   Roll Eyes

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AT&T's iPhone subscribers are urging AT&T to reconsider its upgrade policies to allow owners of 3G iPhones to upgrade to the new iPhone 3G S model at the discounted price offered to new customers and subscribers eligible for subsidized upgrades.
...
AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 3G who are not eligible for an upgrade -- those not near the end of their two-year contracts -- can still upgrade to an iPhone 3G S, but must pay $200 more -- $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model.
...
"This is ridiculous and slap in the face to long time loyal iPhone customers like me who switched from T-Mobile and the only reason was the iPhone," writes another unhappy iPhone customer. "We have to mount a vigorous campaign to change this policy. Call your local AT&T and ask for the manager and complain. Send e-mails and post in forums everywhere."
 

Nevermind that the 3G version was half the price of the original version.  Can you imagine if customers in the car industry worked this way?  It's having to explain things like this to customers that really got to me when I was an AT&T rep/manager.

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"What we're trying to do is to be fair," said AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel. "Customers in the U.S. enjoy very, very low device prices. The financial models of wireless are built on that. If you want to change your device in midstream, we want to help you do that, but you have to look at the economic realities."
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 08, 2009, 07:54:52 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 08, 2009, 07:00:41 PM

current 8GB Iphone 3G Price: drops to $99 as of *today*, and they plan to keep it on the market [many rumors saw a lower cost iPhone being introduced but apparently the current 3G becomes that bargain model instead]

Well, I'm out $40 on a bet...
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washing machine/fuse problems... on: June 08, 2009, 06:41:58 PM

Quote from: naednek on June 08, 2009, 06:34:53 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 08, 2009, 06:12:58 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 08, 2009, 06:05:06 PM

IANAFE
Urban Dictionary has failed me and Google's got nothin' so I think you're just making up acronyms to look cool.  icon_twisted

Oh, and Pete, the problem might have something to do with the fabulousness resonating from your clothes. Wiring from the 80's wasn't designed to handle that kind of load. I'm surprised it lasted 3 years.
I am not a [email protected] electrician?

We have a winner.
7336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washing machine/fuse problems... on: June 08, 2009, 06:05:06 PM
IANAFE, but it might be a grounding or a short issue.  I had a similar issue in an apartment with my hot water heater.  The sludge had built up to the point that it was arcing the heating element (or something...) and tripping the breaker.
7337  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Table Tennis tournament? on: June 08, 2009, 05:05:11 PM
I'd be up for some table tennis, but the above seems the trend.  My Madden league imploded.
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/8) on: June 08, 2009, 05:00:57 PM
The Indy game came out of nowhere for me.  I seriously hope it has no issues on a BC PS3.
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ride on: June 08, 2009, 03:41:33 PM
I don't care for the box look, as made famous by the Honda Elephant.  Any color you want, as long as half of it is grey plastic.
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ride on: June 08, 2009, 04:29:27 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 08, 2009, 04:18:17 AM

They're certainly popular with "the Birkenstock crowd," says my wife. I infer that Birkenstock must be in the Berkshires, probably near Woodstock, but I have never been there.

In the off chance that you're not kidding...
7341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scribblenauts on: June 08, 2009, 03:26:21 AM
Is there a fridge on board that train?
7342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTF? Activision Drops Ghostbusters, Brutal Legend, Riddick and Others for... on: June 08, 2009, 03:25:50 AM
Yeah, Games Workshop completely ripped off StarCraft!  WTF is up with that?

Spoiler for Hiden:
  icon_wink
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 (gameplay video) on: June 06, 2009, 11:33:46 PM
Research shows that the fatal bugs appeared to be limited to the PS2 version of the first game.
7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Eureka Returns on: June 06, 2009, 02:56:29 AM
Besides, I think most of Sci Fi's target demo for this show is more than aware of DVRs.
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Eureka Returns on: June 06, 2009, 12:15:59 AM
I just received a text message:

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Same smarts, different night!  Get set for all new episodes of Eureka returning FRIDAY July 10th @ 9/8c on Sci Fi!

Eureka
7346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ride on: June 06, 2009, 12:05:48 AM
Glad you came through the wreck all right.  The new car looks great.

Who's your candidate for next year?
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie was this? on: June 06, 2009, 12:02:34 AM
What time frame (made/setting)?  Any recognizable stars?
7348  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: June 05, 2009, 09:37:40 PM
Wireless Local Number Portability information.  It's an old link from the initial launch of the program, but aside from the info about geographic restrictions, it all matches what I recall from my three years in the industry.
7349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Best Game for Achievements (or trophies)... on: June 05, 2009, 07:51:41 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 05, 2009, 03:16:48 PM

My best is Lego Indy, with something like 960 points and missing 2 achievements.  The last two would require stupid amounts of grinding, and after getting 100% on that game, I was all done with it.

I did the grinding.  100%, every achievement. 
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your worst game for Achievements on the 360? on: June 05, 2009, 06:50:57 PM
That would be funny as hell if the next embarrassing game like that came with an achievement just for loading it.  biggrin
7351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 05, 2009, 04:51:19 PM
The title of the comic is "His Southern Reaches."

7352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what is your favorite XBLA/PSN game? on: June 05, 2009, 02:30:16 AM

Quote from: msteelers on June 04, 2009, 09:05:53 PM

I got my money's worth with Peggle, Worms ... Settlers of Catan

These.
7353  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: June 05, 2009, 02:18:35 AM
With these mail/IM battery issues, there's only so much you can do.  Again, you are maintaining an active data connection.  With the iPhone, it's the same.  You can turn e-mail pushes to up to one hour or make it by request only. 
7354  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: June 04, 2009, 10:18:14 PM
I'll try and badger my co-worker to put some words to screen either directly or indirectly to get on here.  He plans on being at a local Best Buy before it opens to make sure and get one. 
7355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 04, 2009, 09:40:47 PM
I got nothing at the moment.  Please feel free to go again.

And I will admit to guessing that one off a keyword search on IMDB for "zeppelin."
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 04, 2009, 09:21:20 PM
Equilibrium
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 04, 2009, 08:08:37 PM
$40 for 450 DT/5K NW/UNL M2M, $30 for unlimited data (standard PDA data rates), $5 for 200 text (in and out).
Plus taxes and fees, ~$80-85.
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 04, 2009, 08:03:22 PM
The Golden Compass
7359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 04, 2009, 06:29:56 PM
Any device that you use on a constant basis that maintains a backlight and/or an active data connection is going to have battery life issues.  Most "normal" phones rank at about 4-6 hours of talk time before needing a charge.  I can get more Pandora time out of my iPhone than that. 

I love it for web browsing.  It's not as quick as a wired connection, but that's to be expected for another few years

When I worked in wireless, we recommended a power cycle a couple times a week for any mobile device, not just smart phones.  People code badly.  The more people code, the more of them code badly. 

WAEFR - When All Else Fails, Reboot.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 04, 2009, 05:27:59 PM
They need to bring something, because all of the first gen iPhone contracts start expiring on June 29th.  
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