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7401  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.
7402  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.
7403  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.

Quote
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.
7404  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
http://www.precentral.net/ceo-confirms-pre-coming-att
Quote
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. 
7405  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.
7406  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!"

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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.
7407  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

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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.
7408  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. 
7409  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
7410  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.  
7411  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...
7412  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..
7413  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. 
7414  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.
7415  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.
7416  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.
7417  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.
7418  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. 
7419  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.
7420  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.
7421  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.
7422  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.
7423  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.
7424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've graduated! on: May 26, 2009, 07:47:08 PM
Congrats on the paper, Turtle. 
7425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: M. Shamalamadingdong Night's Last Airbender movie on: May 26, 2009, 07:44:09 PM
What a twist!
7426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: May 22, 2009, 09:48:46 PM
Damn, Pete.  I'm sorry to hear that.  Good thing you're not rated PG yet, as I'm sure you have some R-rated statements to voice about the situation. 

Now go find a job that doesn't revolve around asbestos abatement.
7427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 22, 2009, 09:42:55 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Spock is faculty in the new film.  He created the Kobayashi Maru test in the current film.  He was also a professor over Uhura in her classes.
7428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 22, 2009, 08:08:01 PM
biggrin  Those are the premium areas.  And you don't want to scare away the squares with too much detail in the marketing message.
7429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5-22-2009: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 22, 2009, 06:34:55 PM
Headed out of town.  Nada.
7430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 22, 2009, 06:29:08 PM
"RedHotPawn.com  Come watch hot pawn-on-pawn action.  We have sections for all your chessrotica needs including bishop-takes-rook and knight-takes-queen.  RedHotPawn.com.  Come get checkmated.™"
7431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 22, 2009, 02:52:20 PM
My question would be why not the obvious tie-in of "Zombie" by the Cranberries....?
7432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inglorious Bastards on: May 22, 2009, 02:49:43 PM
The opening shot of Room 4, which is like 10 minutes without a cut, is cinematographic gold! 
7433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 22, 2009, 02:48:04 PM
The instructions I got said to hold down the Home button and then press the power button.  But, yeah, that's the gist of it.
7434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inglorious Bastards on: May 22, 2009, 02:44:05 AM
WBS, have you seen Four Rooms?  While not his film in its entirety, the final room is and I believe that the film as a whole holds up remarkably well.
7435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 21, 2009, 09:27:49 PM
Just to geek this thread up some more, I give you algebraic chess notation!



In my more ambitious moments, I have thought about charting some of my games for posterity.  None of the ones I've played against Godzilla Blitz, Destroyer of Defenses of course.    icon_wink
7436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: May 21, 2009, 09:08:00 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 21, 2009, 08:49:53 PM

The end of Robin Hobb's Assassin's Quest pissed me off so much that I will never read something else Hobb writes ever again.  What a waste.

 saywhat

I would be very interested to read your spoiler tags as to why you did not care for it.
7437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 21, 2009, 07:39:15 PM

Quote from: Tokek on May 21, 2009, 05:56:12 PM

My coworker just joined and is looking for people to play, I told him I'll post his user name here zthf20

I started a game with him.  By the way, thanks for moving your knight off of f6 ... biggrin

7438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam Raimi on: May 21, 2009, 04:28:22 PM
I guess he'll be taking home a nice bonus to his salary.
7439  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Great Time for Union Raises ...... on: May 21, 2009, 03:50:33 AM
Who did they negotiate this against?  Is there not an employer representation to temper the union's mandate?
7440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 20, 2009, 05:49:37 PM
To steal a phrase from a friend of mine, we can get you a dummy cord for that thing. 
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