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7401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Neighbors can be distinctly un-fabulous... on: March 31, 2009, 05:00:48 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on March 31, 2009, 04:05:52 PM

90000000

TL; DR
7402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: March 31, 2009, 04:54:21 PM
Better than I was doing.  I thought it was Skeet Ulrich to start.

7403  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / An Error Has Occurred! The upload folder is full. [Fixed] on: March 31, 2009, 04:52:05 PM
An Error Has Occurred!
The upload folder is full. Please try a smaller file and/or contact an administrator. 

I attempted to attach a 16k jpg file for the Name That Movie thread.
7404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: March 31, 2009, 04:41:53 PM
Frequency with James Caviezel
7405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: March 31, 2009, 04:18:50 PM
So how's that gaming backlog coming, Pete?   icon_wink
7406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is this Christian Bale avatar really freaking people out THAT much? on: March 31, 2009, 03:09:13 AM
As one of the comments, it honestly doesn't bother me.  Pharaoh's on the other hand...   puke   icon_wink
7407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nutflex raising price for blu ray rentals on: March 31, 2009, 03:02:16 AM
But but but they've added Facebook Connect where you can share your movie ratings!  Surely the BR fee is more than reasonable to support the spread of such cutting-edge technology!
7408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 30, 2009, 10:41:25 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 30, 2009, 08:54:10 PM

Toby Keith is a jingoistic POS. Looks like a week of no DLC in RB for me!

Surely you haven't downloaded everything you've wanted from the store already?
7409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] 50 million sold! on: March 30, 2009, 10:07:43 PM
I refuse to bask in the glow of anything perpetrated by a blue, glowing, emaciated Christian Bale.
7410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nutflex raising price for blu ray rentals on: March 30, 2009, 09:16:31 PM
I'm seriously considering dropping the BR option until later in the game, maybe having a BR month where I pay the extra three bucks and just go hog-wild on watching nothing but BR titles for the month.  Given that I have 80% of my titles on DVD only and am sporadic at best at getting through my queue, I might as well save the money.  
7411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: March 30, 2009, 07:32:16 PM
Wild-ass guess of Choke
7412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 30, 2009, 06:06:44 PM
My days where country was my primary genre of choise are long past, but I might pick up a few of them, or the whole pack if the reviews are good and the songs are catchy. 
7413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/29) on: March 30, 2009, 04:43:49 PM
Info on Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
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Box Office Bust promises open-world sand-box gameplay including exploration, platforming, racing and puzzle-solving. As with other games in the series, it will feature humor, beautiful women and mature themes, although, unlike Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, this game will contain no nudity.

Then what's the freaking point?
7414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Considering Ipod Touch - Those with one plz chime in on: March 30, 2009, 04:26:51 PM
For extra cords, it was recommended that I shop at MeritLine.  I have not as of yet purchased anything there yet, so I can not speak from experience.  The site was mentioned last week at PC World in reference to HDMI cables (along with perennial forum favorite MonoPrice).
7415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Hivemind] Looking for education on bourbon and whiskey... on: March 30, 2009, 04:20:01 PM
I find that getting my vitamins along with my alcohol increases my likelihood of drinking to excess.

The zombies at Trader Vic's go down easy and pack a punch.  But my sweet tooth is well and truly established.
7416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Love The Beast on: March 30, 2009, 03:51:54 PM
Unless you're Aussie, it might be a while.
7417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: March 30, 2009, 04:32:19 AM
Last week, Castle came in 2nd to CSI: Melodrama ( puke ) with 9.8 million viewers, almost 50% more than Patricia Marionnette's Medium.
7418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: March 30, 2009, 02:58:20 AM
Just watched the premiere on ABC's site since I missed it.  Have the next two on DVR and will definitely be sticking with it and hoping that it holds up.
7419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 28, 2009, 06:45:14 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 27, 2009, 11:17:54 PM

Since we aren't getting a Rock Band 3 this year I'm glad this patch is coming.

Damn, denog.  Let me finish RB2 before we get a third one.  There's no chance that I'll be going back to work on RB1. 
7420  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Peggle Peg Party on: March 27, 2009, 10:06:00 PM
I have the Carcassone demo, but have yet to try it.  I have seen and heard good things about it from the tabletop version, as I have a strong tabletop history, but I just haven't gotten around to firing it up.
7421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" Buy Managers violate price match, get bonuses on: March 27, 2009, 10:02:01 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 27, 2009, 09:48:54 PM

The only time I ever asked about it, I was told that internet pricing was exempt from their policy. Price comparison is pretty difficult if you exclude the internet. So I walked out, and bought whatever it was online.

That wouldn't meet their "local' qualification.

Here's the store policy from the website.

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Store Price Guarantee

Two more great reasons to buy with confidence at Best Buy.
If you are about to make a purchase and discover a lower advertised price offered by a local retail competitor on the same available brand and model, let us know and we'll match that price on the spot.

Already bought? We'll refund you the price difference from our own sale price, or 110% of the difference from our competitor's sale price, during the return and exchange period on your product.

Either way, simply bring in proof of price while that lower price is in effect.

Best Buy Puerto Rico Stores have their own store price guarantee. Also see our BestBuy.com Price Matching/Price Guarantee policy.

Exclusions:
The Price Guarantee does not apply to our or our competitors' free offers, limited-quantity items, items for sale November 28th & 29th, 2008, open-box items, clearance items, Outlet Center items, mail-in offers, financing, bundle offers or pricing errors.

What is considered a local retail competitor?
A retail store located in the same market area as your local Best Buy store.

Addressing the quoted memo, different model is covered, which most rational people would expect.  Out of stock would *appear* to be addressed by "available."  Free widget would fall under bundle offers.  I guess a warehouse store would be an "Outlet Center?"  Limited quanitit is covered.  Competitor across town would depend on the definition of market area, not something likely to be an argument where proof could be produced, although my argument would be if there were only one Best Buy in town, then the entire town is their market area.  The below cost item does not seem to be covered directly.  

Then again, I'm sure any customer-oriented retailer wouldn't look really good if internal documents about customer relations got out, they'd all look pretty bad.  I can certainly call some from memory from my time in the call center business that wouldn't look good when broadcast on the nightly news.

I hereby downgrade my outrage.
7422  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Peggle Peg Party on: March 27, 2009, 09:38:05 PM
Bear in mind I've had my 360 for just about a year.  I'm late to the party in a lot of ways. 

According to the almight wiki, Uno came out in May of 2006, a year and a half before I found my way out of a number of bad situations and into a better financial position.
7423  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Peggle Peg Party on: March 27, 2009, 09:11:49 PM
Yeah, you're back on West Coast time for the next 7 months...

Peggle sounds good.  Uno's an old family favorite, but I don't think I want to swing another purchase this pay period.
7424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to look like an idiot in a national news story on: March 27, 2009, 08:43:57 PM
That's okay, I'm sure he'll be writing his Congressperson for a bailout when his electric bill comes in... Tongue
7425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 27, 2009, 07:39:12 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 27, 2009, 07:24:42 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 27, 2009, 07:21:37 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 27, 2009, 06:55:16 PM

Our stars are coming back! Yay. Now scores will mean something on the menu again.

This comment frightens and confuses me. 

http://www.destructoid.com/gdc-09-rock-band-2-per-song-star-tracking-patch-coming-126537.phtml

I feel much better now. I really do.
7426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 27, 2009, 07:21:37 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 27, 2009, 06:55:16 PM

Our stars are coming back! Yay. Now scores will mean something on the menu again.

This comment frightens and confuses me. 
7427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get them away from me! I need help! The noms, they're EVIL! on: March 27, 2009, 06:47:06 PM
Argentinian steakhouses can't possible compare to a Brazilian churrascaria.
7428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burn, Zombie, Burn! [PSN] on: March 27, 2009, 05:25:56 PM
I was not aware of that.  My apologies. 
7429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not paid enough... on: March 27, 2009, 05:24:57 PM
Firing trumps annual reviews, but not by much.  I was luckily able to have attendance be most of my terminations, which is easy.  Getting your paperwork trail long enough to fire for performance is a long headache. 

Personally, having to fire a friend for performance would make me angry because they didn't consider me enough of a friend to straighten up their act and perform like they were supposed to.  That shows a lack of respect for you in that they didn't take what you said seriously and thought they could skate anyway.  And that would be my response to any co-worker that brought up the issue to me. 

Best friend or worst enemy, nobody is worth me losing my job. 
7430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burn, Zombie, Burn! [PSN] on: March 27, 2009, 03:17:42 PM
Blame it on their insistence that they charge developers for all the stuff that is downloaded from them.

There are videos available. 
7431  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Peggle Peg Party on: March 27, 2009, 03:14:38 PM
Add me to the list.  I picked this up last night, promptly got schooled by The Fabulous One, then proceeded to play through the first five characters.  Oh, and Pete, that owl is five kinds of bullshit.  smile
7432  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: AH Kingmaker - Anyone have the Board or PC Game? on: March 27, 2009, 03:10:06 PM
I played the heck out of the board game during my first year of college (1993-94).  A few years ago, I picked up the two copies of the board game (one for spares, which was good, as the first one was missing one of the royal chits) and a copy of the computer game in box.  I know I have the game installed on my machine, but I've moved twice since then.  Let me see if I can find the box with all the stuff and I'll see what I can do.  Here is the list of copy protection answers from the game (hosted by Wizards of the Coast, oddly enough). 
7433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All-Encompassing Work Rants on: March 27, 2009, 02:35:17 PM
Even if you don't change careers, this sounds like a prime reason to take your legally-guaranteed leave and use it to look for a new employer.  They obviously do not have your best long-term interests at heart, especially when it comes to work/life balance.  Twenty years from now, what memories do you want to have of your child's first year?  Some quality time with child and mother or working yourself to death?
7434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All-Encompassing Work Rants on: March 27, 2009, 02:52:56 AM
Gratch/Skinypuppy, you're in the U.S., correct?  FMLA Parental leave applies to you as well from everything that I've been told.  You have the federal right to take 12 weeks (unpaid) leave with no repercussions. 

Baby Center article

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How can I tell if I'm entitled to unpaid leave?

Start by asking your company's human resources department. Many employers are required by federal law to allow their employees (both men and women) 12 weeks of unpaid family leave after the birth or adoption of a child under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the end of your leave, your employer must allow you to return to your job or a similar job with the same salary, benefits, working conditions, and seniority. You're eligible if you meet both of the following conditions:

  • You work for the federal government, a state or local government, or any company that has 50 or more employees working within 75 miles of your workplace
  • You've worked for your employer for at least 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours during the previous year (which comes out to 25 hours per week for 50 weeks)
There are a few exceptions: Your employer can deny you this leave if you're in the highest paid 10 percent of wage earners at your company and can show that your absence would cause substantial economic harm to the organization. In this case, your employer isn't required to keep your job open for you. Another exception is if you and your partner both work for the same company. In this case, you're only entitled to a combined 12 weeks of parental leave between the two of you. Even if you're not eligible under the FMLA, you may still be eligible for leave under your state's provisions, which are usually more generous than the FMLA, or under your company's policy.

Also, you can take it all at once or piecemeal over the first year after birth.
7435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thirteen Year Old IS NOT the father.... on: March 26, 2009, 10:18:16 PM
Times of India
7436  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Score one for the good guys! on: March 26, 2009, 09:51:13 PM
I'll peruse their site for factual articles, but don't delve into much for opinion, politics etc.  My current Friday evening ritual is dinner at Fuddruckers while reading the Dallas Observer, followed up with some sweet pinball action.
7437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have XM radio? on: March 26, 2009, 09:46:10 PM
I thought they made some models that were portable so that you could have one receiver that plugged into the car that you could then take inside and mount to a desk unit.
7438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" Buy Managers violate price match, get bonuses on: March 26, 2009, 09:31:43 PM
In the linked article, there's an internal memo that details what actions to take and there's a reference to a situation where the difference was $700.  The memo is pretty damning, however.

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The court decision lists parts of an internal Best Buy document dated 10/19/2006, written by Phil Britton, a member of Best Buy’s Competitive Strategies Group. Its entitled “Competition Insider Templates”, here’s an excerpt:

“Price Matches

It looms on the wall, on a 9 foot sign.  Our Price Match policy.  There it is plain as day in English (Y en espanol para los de usted que puede leerio.)  However, just because it is our policy, do we abide by it?  Does it really help the customer?

What is the first thing we do when a customer comes in to our humble box brandishing a competitor’s ad asking for a price match?  We attempt to build a case against the price match.  (Trust me, I’ve done it too).  Let’s walk through the “Refused Price Match Greatest Hits:”

Not same model?  Not in stock at the competitor?  Do we have free widget with purchase?  Is it from a warehouse club (they have membership fees, you know)?  Limited Quantities?  That competitor is across town?  We’ve got financing!  Is it an internet price?  It’s below cost!…..”
7439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Best" Buy Managers violate price match, get bonuses on: March 26, 2009, 09:21:13 PM
Courtesy of one of my favorite journalists, Angela Gunn, comes the story of manager malfeasance at "Best" Buy.

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The US District Court, Southern District granted a motion on 3/19/09 for Class Action Certification to allow Plaintiff Thomas Jermyn and any similarly situated NY State residents to sue Best Buy for violating its “Price Match” policy.

According to the ruling, the plaintiff alleges, “Best Buy uses false and deceptive trade practices in advertising and applying the company’s well-known “price match guarantee” policy.  Best Buy tells the consuming public it will match a competitor’s lower price on any item purchased in the store.”  Plaintiff alleges that Best Buy uses its “price match guarantee policy as a ploy, to lure unsuspecting consumers into its stores and to induce them to purchase its merchandise, while allegedly having an undisclosed “Anti-Price Matching Policy,” pursuant to which employees aggressively deny customers’ legitimate price match requests.”

Among the major revelations listed from evidence within the decision based on internal BB documents, depositions of current BB employees and declarations by two former BB employees are the following allegations:

·    Best Buy had an undisclosed Anti-Price Matching Policy

·    Corporate headquarters disseminated the anti-price matching policy to regional managers, store managers, assistant managers, and necessary store personnel

·    Best Buy taught its employees how to deny price match requests in its training facilities in New York

·    Best Buy provided financial bonuses based, in part, on denying proper price match requests

·    Best Buy denied more than 100 proper price match requests per store per week.

7440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii SD card storage channel!!! on: March 26, 2009, 09:05:41 PM
It's going to be a slow build.  Not everything is available (last column) for them yet.  360 and PS3 players have had it since the start, whereas Wii owners just got the ability this year and only for RB2. 
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