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7361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your worst game for Achievements on the 360? on: June 04, 2009, 04:56:32 PM
Lowest: Hexic - 10 of 200 - demo play
Lowest owned: Rockstar Table Tennis - 35 of 1000

I have twice that on Gears of War, and I only had that on borrow for about a week.  
7362  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: June 04, 2009, 05:03:37 AM
Head to BEst Buy instead and you won't have to mail in the rebate, they'll just give it to you.
7363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 04, 2009, 12:46:58 AM
Receiving a timeout.  No RoboRally for me...
7364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 04, 2009, 12:31:59 AM
Back in the old days, there would be a Big Bad that people wanted to kill that lived in an area.  If your group got to kill it first and there was a one-week respawn timer (not unheard of for the top end bosses), everybody on your server would have to wait a week for him to come back to kill him again.

An instance has a door with the Big Bad behind it.  Every group goes through this one door, but each one gets the same dungeon, but only that group is in it.  Every group that wants to can go try to kill the Big Bad without trying to figure out if someone else just did it, because a new Big Bad and dungeon are created just for you every time you pass through that door.

The loot in the instances is usually a unique item that can only be obtained in that area.  A lot of the WoW stuff does advance the lore and story lines as well, learning about the world, the wars, the legends and so forth.
7365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 03, 2009, 11:04:31 PM
As long as you're not interested in ever doing an instance, most do.  The real trick is what do you want to do in those 40 minutes? 

In WoW, you can log in, take a bird to where you want to be, fight, and hearthstone out as long as you're not in combat.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  Base yourself near the baddies you want to fight and it's out the front door, past the cave on the left, mind the gap, don't touch the third troll.
7366  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Internet Explorer 6.0 Users - This is for you on: June 03, 2009, 09:36:44 PM
You're searched by Go Kan Ryu karate guys?  How cool is that?

Seriously, WTF is GKR?  I must collect every TLA in existence and I do not know this one.
7367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 03, 2009, 09:34:06 PM
I think I'm going to start trying this whole ceiling fan thing at home.  I have one each in the living and bed rooms.
7368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: my new hardware..... on: June 03, 2009, 06:21:41 PM


Go nuts.
7369  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Internet Explorer 6.0 Users - This is for you on: June 03, 2009, 05:26:03 PM
Also, from my understanding is that the redesign is only targeting the main page and does not impact the forums at all.

I may be wrong.
7370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you have stopped? on: June 03, 2009, 04:43:02 PM
This thread reinforces to me that I should be "pre-flighting" my car before I get in it.

I would have tried to figure out what you were telling me.  I have given directions between cars and been informed that my headlight was out (it was really just pointed in the wrong direction).
7371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: my new hardware..... on: June 03, 2009, 04:41:20 PM
You got screwed.  Did that PS3 hard drive upgrade go south on you?

Seriously, WTF happened?
7372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: June 03, 2009, 03:45:07 PM
Count me out, then.  I'm not a huge Beatles fan and I certainly don't want to be swapping discs when I don't feel like All Beatles, All the Time.  Now as long as they make LEGO and/or RB2 exportable, I will pick up that one. 
7373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: June 03, 2009, 02:41:23 AM
That game certainly demonstrated the need to not take penalties. Three power play goals.

And for the record, I hate glass-banging morons sitting in the rich seats.   icon_mad
7374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to see the video clip to this. (Ass plant on Slim Shady) on: June 03, 2009, 01:12:56 AM

Quote from: hepcat on June 02, 2009, 11:48:55 PM

Just out of curiosity, of those who are saying he's stupid and unfunny, who found Clerks II funny?

I honestly didn't care much for it.  If it had been a new IP, I probably would have ejected it.  It got a pass because it was Kevin Smith and Clerks.
7375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to see the video clip to this. (Ass plant on Slim Shady) on: June 02, 2009, 11:33:26 PM
I ejected Borat during the driving instruction.  SBC has no appeal to me at all.
7376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 03:14:47 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 02, 2009, 03:09:29 PM

Teamxbox are saying that APB IS being developed for the 360 also

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/19833/All-Points-Bulletin-Coming-to-PC-and-Xbox-360/


innnnteeerreeesting!!

My interest will be higher if the old arcade game is playable inside it.
7377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "I'm Feeling Lucky" on: June 02, 2009, 02:46:26 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 02, 2009, 04:32:17 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 02, 2009, 04:23:12 AM

Quote from: gellar on June 02, 2009, 03:53:25 AM

It gets to my actual LinkedIn profile.

It goes to a disambiguation page for me, as there are five of us.  I am the first on the list.  Although I wouldn't mind being Director of Slot Operations at Grand Victoria Casino in Chicago, Global Industry Leader at Chemtura in Philly, or Manager at Business risks in Melbourne.

Funny, you never came across as a Wayne.  ninja

 icon_eek  Stalk much?  icon_lol
7378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "I'm Feeling Lucky" on: June 02, 2009, 04:23:12 AM

Quote from: gellar on June 02, 2009, 03:53:25 AM

It gets to my actual LinkedIn profile.

It goes to a disambiguation page for me, as there are five of us.  I am the first on the list.  Although I wouldn't mind being Director of Slot Operations at Grand Victoria Casino in Chicago, Global Industry Leader at Chemtura in Philly, or Manager at Business risks in Melbourne.
7379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 04:00:16 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 02, 2009, 01:00:48 AM

Watching the EA show now on the TiVo. What and odd start they chose with all the Littlest Pet Shop and Charm Girls Club stuff. The audience seemed to be mocking them.

(There's someone on here that programs the Pet Shop stuff, right?)

Butterknife has a thread over at OO
7380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1 vs. 100: Could this actually be interesting? on: June 02, 2009, 03:06:24 AM
Maybe it's a back end process to get those awarded and they will notify you and/or it takes a day or two. 
7381  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Was it worth it? (GM bankruptcy) on: June 01, 2009, 08:13:27 PM
Excellent.  I used to shop almost exclusively at Walmart in my last community.  I didn't care much for that community, so that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
7382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 01, 2009, 08:00:32 PM
I can manage mid-70's (freaking apartment analog thermostat!) when I get home, and 70-72 to sleep.  As to the assertion that raising and lowering the thermostat not being cost effective, there appear to be a multitude of sites that disagree.

Madison Gas and Electric

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Fiction: It costs as much or more to heat a home back up after a setback. (Or to cool the house after a summer setup.)
Fact: The longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more heat you save.

Everyday Wisdom

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Another myth regards the efficiency of adjusting the settings down or up for heating and cooling, respectively, when you don't need it, such as at night or when no one is home. This myth, in fact, states that your furnace will work harder than normal to heat your home back to the desired temperature after the thermostat  has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. This is not true, as has been proven by years of research and field observations. The longer your home stays at an increased temperature when cooling or reduced temperature when heating, the more energy and money you'll save. This is because your heating and cooling costs depend mostly on the difference in temperature between outdoors and indoors. When you turn the thermostat up in the summer or down in the winter, you are simply reducing this temperature difference. If you adjust your thermostat back 10 or 15 degrees during the hours while you're away at work or while sleeping, , your energy savings can be anywhere from 5-15% on your energy bill.

The Department of Energy's energysavers.gov

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You can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.
...
In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning, too, by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal as you wake or return home.
7383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sacrifices you make as a husband. on: June 01, 2009, 02:38:08 PM

Quote from: stimpy on May 31, 2009, 04:11:53 AM

Apparently, he felt that green lights made him look "black", and thus he instructed us to climb all the rigging and remove all the green filters.

Other than that, the gig went great and he was quite gracious after the show.

That was one of my few "M&M"* moments.

But the green ones make you hit a home run!
7384  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...
7385  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.
7386  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.

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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."
7387  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.
7388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC-PR] Matrix Online Ship/Beta Date on: May 30, 2009, 06:12:05 AM
June 01, 2004
7389  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.
7390  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
7391  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.
7392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: May 29, 2009, 08:30:20 PM
706_3-1?
7393  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...
7394  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*
7395  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?
7396  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.
7397  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.
7398  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?
7399  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.
7400  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.
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