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7361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Razgon's empire just got smaller... on: June 23, 2009, 01:04:25 AM
Greenland has started down the path of self rule!

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Greenland, with 58,000 people and only two traffic lights, both of them here in the capital, is now securing its place in the world. On Sunday, amid solemn ceremony and giddy celebration, it ushered in a new era of self-governance that sets the stage for eventual independence from Denmark, its ruler since 1721.

The move, which allows Greenland to gradually take responsibility over areas like criminal justice and oil exploration, follows a referendum last year in which 76 percent of voters said they wanted self-rule. Many of the changes are deeply symbolic. Kalaallisut, a traditional Inuit dialect, is now the country’s official language, and Greenlanders are now recognized under international law as a separate people from Danes.

Thrillingly, the Greenlandic government now gets to call itself by its Inuit name, Naalakkersuisut — the first time in history, officials said, that the word has been used in a Danish government document.
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Under the new self-government agreement, Greenland will get half of any proceeds from oil or minerals. The other half will go to Denmark, to be deducted from the grant of 3.4 billion kroner, or $637 million, that it gives Greenland each year. The hope is that eventually the subsidy can cease altogether and Greenland will be ready for independence.

The prospect of Greenland’s benefiting from what may be a lucrative oil and mineral business raises an obvious question: What’s in it for Denmark?

“It’s not a question about money,” the Danish prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, said in an interview here. “This is a question of respecting Greenlandic people and giving them the right to decide their own destiny.”

 
7362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Merlin Starts Tonight on: June 22, 2009, 09:29:37 PM
More like Doctor Why Me?
7363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: June 22, 2009, 05:49:38 PM
Just finished the northern part.  Interesting ending to the northern section.

I am currently going back through all of the areas to get all of the diamonds before I drive off to the southern area.
7364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $10K for GT? on: June 22, 2009, 05:01:11 PM
IP addresses (for now) max out at 255.255.255.255 (0-255 or 2^8).
7365  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: MTG - getting started on: June 22, 2009, 04:41:21 AM
Possible, but not probable.
7366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 22, 2009, 04:40:55 AM
My migraine thanks you...  Tongue
7367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Origins 2009 on: June 22, 2009, 04:38:19 AM
My sister lives in Columbus.  If I ever get to the point where I can sustain a reasonable amount of vacation time, I plan on spending a week up there with Origins being one of the weekends.

This is not that year.
7368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $10K for GT? on: June 22, 2009, 04:35:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 22, 2009, 04:06:47 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 21, 2009, 05:12:18 AM

New Clue:

You are now watching 370211931299

coordinates?

Map of 37.0211, 93.1299.  Welcome to China.

Can't be degrees, minutes, seconds since the 99 is over 60.
7369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Father's Day. on: June 22, 2009, 04:29:37 AM

Quote from: Moliere on June 22, 2009, 02:12:32 AM

Have you seen the South Park episode where Stan tries to return the Margaritaville? It's a great episode about "The Economy".   icon_twisted

That, sir, was bad-ass. 
7370  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: MTG - getting started on: June 22, 2009, 01:06:05 AM
If you're looking to play and meet other players, ask the Wizards.

As a recovering player, I will also state that this is financially a bad idea.  I refuse to ever touch a game that includes purchasing extras that are based on a rarity scale. 
7371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just finished watching Jericho (no spoilers) on: June 21, 2009, 06:04:28 PM
Filming locations:

15001 Calvert Street, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
    (medical center)

Bakersfield, California, USA

Big Sky Ranch - 4927 Bennett Road, Simi Valley, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Santa Clarita, California, USA

Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Jericho is set in northwestern Kansas, but the series is filmed in Van Nuys, California.  The pilot and all episodes involving New Bern, Kansas, were filmed in Fillmore, California.  Filming also occurred in Pasadena, California, including in front of the city hall. The final episode to air included portions filmed at the Santa Anita race track. Some filming also took place in Canada. The commentary for some episodes on the Jericho Season 1 DVD includes the location of their filming.
7372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: June 21, 2009, 06:02:11 PM
I'm hoping that it passes through the horrible/comedy barrier like End of Days did.
7373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $10K for GT? on: June 21, 2009, 05:12:18 AM
New Clue:

You are now watching 370211931299
7374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 09:47:24 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 18, 2009, 08:37:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 18, 2009, 08:26:50 PM

It's $60 with any other PDA with a 5 GB limit.  That would be cheaper than doing it with a Palm or HTC device.

What were you expecting?

From what they're saying, I read that it's $55 for the tethering only, making it $85 for data and tethering...that's the WTF...

on other phones it's $65 for both...at least on AT&T

AT&T Squashes Tethering Surcharge Rumors

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Rumors suggesting that AT&T will surcharge its users $55 to activate the tethering capability are wrong, according to AT&T.
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"There are a lot of reports out there, but wanted you guys to know that rumors of $55 tethering plan on top of an unlimited data plan are false. We'll have more news to share when the iPhone tethering option is closer to launch," reads a statement on the company's Facebook page.
7375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $10K for GT? on: June 19, 2009, 08:39:20 PM
3000 upside down (rotationally) could also be 000E, meaning a hex value of 14.
3000 upside down (mirrored) is ... 3000.
7376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $10K for GT? on: June 19, 2009, 08:16:39 PM
First clue is out.

Tengrand_IE8: 3000 Upside Down
7377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 19, 2009, 05:36:38 PM
It looks like the TomTom app may require a hardware purchase in the form of a car dock.

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TomTom has made navigation available for your iPhone 3G. All you need is:

  • the TomTom app including the latest maps (coming soon to the iTunes App Store)
  • the TomTom car kit that offers secure docking, enhanced GPS performance, clear voice instructions and hands-free calling, while charging your iPhone at the same time.

7378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I scored a Job Interview. Now what? on: June 19, 2009, 04:53:38 PM
I'll cede the point.  My company works exclusively with banks and frequently has them on site.  While we don't wear suits around the office, the older rules still apply as to how the bigwigs want things to run and be scored at the interview level.  We're a bunch of programmers.  A suit requirement would cause a riot, I'm sure, but you won't see the pop culture image of programmers around here.

I agree with Pete that it depends on who you're interviewing with.  A suit is right out if you're answering that ad for a rock guitarist.  smile
7379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NCAA Football 2010 Demo Out Now on: June 19, 2009, 04:49:10 PM
Demo is queued.  Thanks, Eco.
7380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I scored a Job Interview. Now what? on: June 19, 2009, 04:12:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on June 19, 2009, 04:07:19 PM

If you lived in Arizona I'd advise against wearing a suit.  I can't tell you the last time I saw one in the wild.  Most interviewers I've sat before have been dressed in slacks and a polo shirt.

For my company, I have sat 2nd chair on several interviews.  The dress code here has slacks and polo as acceptable. 

On the interview sheet, everything is given point values of 0, 1, or 3.  Under dressing gets you a zero, obviously.  Dressing like we do gets you a 1.  Wearing a suit gets you a 3. 
7381  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPhones (16G-3G) on: June 19, 2009, 03:45:47 AM
You'd likely lose your phone number in the process.
7382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I scored a Job Interview. Now what? on: June 19, 2009, 03:43:58 AM
Over dress.  You want to be in a suit if possible.  Always look better than the people that are talking to you.  Don't be afraid to ask for a moment to gather your thought if a question takes you by surprise.  Research job interview questions so you have an idea what will be asked.  Look at the behavior-based interviews, as they are becoming more prevalent than skill-based interviews.  Skills can be taught.  Showing poor behavioral skills will get you round-filed quicker than not knowing every last detail of the job.
7383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: June 19, 2009, 01:17:02 AM
Count me in!
7384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: June 18, 2009, 10:19:04 PM
IIRC, all of the PS3s are BC with the PS1.  It was just the PS2 functionality that was Burked in some SKUs.
7385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 18, 2009, 10:10:26 PM
The geohashing might be more your speed, then, Grue.  There is no anticipating the location, it changes every day, and adds the element of meeting people if you are in an active graticule.
7386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 18, 2009, 10:08:10 PM
To summarize a discussion that I had with a co-worker who just got a Pre as his first smart phone:

It's easy to look at it before you purchase a device and say that you don't need it.  It's another thing that after you see all that you can do with it, even after his week and a half, that you no longer want to live without it.  The maps, the GPS, the instant internet access, the quick little games, the reading material, all in the device that you'd be carrying as a phone anyway, makes it become, if not essential, then highly desired in a very short period of time.

Now I don't need a $200 GPS unit for my car.  I don't need a separate MP3 player.  I don't need a Nintendo DS or PSP.  I don't even need a laptop for entertainment purposes.  (If I travelled more for work, that would be a different story.)  I don't need to carry a book with me if I'm going to be stuck somewhere for a while.  I have all of this in something slightly bigger than my old flip phone. 

You say $70-80, but you're probably already paying half of that for your current phone service.  It's $30 for the data plan and $5 for my text 200.  I would be paying the $40 for the phone anyway. 

Last month, my bill showed my iPhone usage at 1.5 GB.  That usually includes 20-30 hours of Pandora usage during my work week.  I'm paying $1 a day for an average of 50 MB of data transfer.  To me, it is MORE than worth it.
7387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 18, 2009, 10:00:24 PM
Thanks for the info.  I'll have to wait until I'm home to review it in detail.  I may be gettign a new hobby.
7388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 18, 2009, 09:43:34 PM
Where are you going to find out about these caches?
7389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek TOS on: June 18, 2009, 09:21:29 PM
That might have something to do with:

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All live-action footage was scanned in high definition from its first generation 35 mm film elements, while visual effects shots have been digitally reproduced. As noted in the "making of" DVD feature, first generation "original camera negatives" were used for all live-action footage but not for external shots of the ship and planets, etc.

35mm is film-quality stock.  The series looks really sharp in 1080p.
7390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I have X-Wing Alliance working..YES I DO WOoooo on: June 18, 2009, 09:00:59 PM
If you can drop the shields of the convoy and disable them, you can leave them until you deal with the gunboats.  It's much quicker to disable a ship than pound through the hull, iirc.
7391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 18, 2009, 08:46:40 PM
But your dongle is treated as a separate line. Your situation is different than someone using another type of PDA to tether to their laptop. 
7392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 18, 2009, 08:40:34 PM
Since AT&T hasn't officially announced it, a bit of leeway might be in order.  It might actually be $55 for data/tethering.  Until it's officially announced, everything is subject to change.  

As for cases, I spent $30 on a neoprene case with a belt clip and a straps to thread an included velcro armband through.  Worth the cost to prevent the near-heart attack after I dropped it on the sidewalk while jogging one night.
7393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Geocaching? on: June 18, 2009, 08:27:53 PM
I haven't, but the idea appeals to me.  You might also look at geohashing.
7394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 18, 2009, 08:26:50 PM
It's $60 with any other PDA with a 5 GB limit.  That would be cheaper than doing it with a Palm or HTC device.

What were you expecting?
7395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 18, 2009, 08:21:16 PM
Over the Top

*EDIT Wrong barely intelligible action star.   retard
7396  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Somalia: A Libertarian Utopia? on: June 18, 2009, 08:20:58 PM
In related news, the Security Minister that was helping fight the Islamist  insurgents there was killed by a large bomb.

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Mr Aden had recently moved to Beledweyne, a town close to the Ethiopian border, in an effort to stop Islamist insurgents gaining more ground in Somalia, the BBC's Will Ross in Nairobi says.

Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told a news conference in Mogadishu: "As you see this country was invaded by terrorists who do not allow for the existence of the Somali national flag, its sovereignty and any peace to this country.

It doesn't sound like the Islamist extremists are very interested in Libertarian ideals.
7397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms 2: Armageddon on: June 18, 2009, 02:33:22 PM
I didn't see those, so you might have me there.
7398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I have X-Wing Alliance working..YES I DO WOoooo on: June 18, 2009, 04:26:25 AM
Drop the shields and use the ion cannons.  Much quicker to disable than destroy.

On a side note, a friend of mine used to take out Star Destroyers in the original X-Wing.  He would take down the two globes, disable the SD, take out the ENTIRE complement of TIE Fighters on board, and then destroy the SD at his leisure.
7399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I have X-Wing Alliance working..YES I DO WOoooo on: June 18, 2009, 03:10:15 AM
Y-Wing?  Are you using the ion cannons?
7400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms 2: Armageddon on: June 18, 2009, 03:09:10 AM
Oh, hellz yeah!  Except for quite possibly the worst trailer soundtrack ever... saywhat
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