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7481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Taking of Pelham 123 on: June 15, 2009, 12:38:22 AM
That's why I'm planning my films this summer for work nights.  Anything other than Up! may consist of dinner and a show to cut down on the popcorn-slurping rugrat population.
7482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 14, 2009, 05:10:54 PM
My local artsy theater has Moon opening on July 3rd.  Yay!
7483  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why do I keep getting MMO's on: June 14, 2009, 05:07:27 PM
The LOTRO demo did nothing for me.  And after an ill-advised one-month sub, I dropped EVE as well.  If skill training is automatic, all I need to do is log in and update my skill queue until I'm as nifty as I want to be.  While it sounds good in theory, there's no point to actually play for the first few months once you can afford the skill books that you want...

When's Champions due out again?
7484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP analog TV on: June 14, 2009, 06:22:52 AM
Did they finally getting around to that?  Seeing as I haven't been without cable in decades, this was a complete non-starter for me anyway.  The only impact close to me is Mom losing access with her battery powered storm cellar TV.
7485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Older movies that caught you by surprise on: June 13, 2009, 03:23:52 AM
The Taking of Pelham 123.
7486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How hard would it be for you to go without your PC...for good? on: June 13, 2009, 03:20:55 AM
I'm a IE-only web developer, wo without A PC is not possible.

Without MY PC? Not possible either.  I'm not tied to e-mail , I rarely check it.  But losing the boards would be intolerable.  If I had something approaching a social life, it might be more manageable, but that's not currently the case.
7487  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why do I keep getting MMO's on: June 12, 2009, 09:19:06 PM
What's the going odds on PPU MMORPGs vs. a change to the wireless contract structure in the U.S.?
7488  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 12, 2009, 09:17:47 PM
I have an after work drinking engagement that goes on until question marks.  Tonight is not likely for me. 

Pete mentioned that he would be likely to make Red Faction MP, and I'm guessing this is even farther down on his list.
7489  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why do I keep getting MMO's on: June 12, 2009, 05:18:38 PM
And less economically feasible for them to continue putting up the resources for the game.

This is the old fitness club scenario re-written for geeks.  The term I'm sure they use for us is "profit." 

I don't think we'll ever see a pay-per-use MMO.
7490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: June 12, 2009, 05:16:03 PM
I loved the first one, never played the second.  Played 1 on PC.  Nothing like diving past a doorway and stitching four rounds up through the jaw of a baddy that came to investigate why the door opened.   icon_twisted
7491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 05:08:41 PM
It's only opening in LA and NY at the moment.  IMDB doesn't list a wide release date for those of us in flyover states.  I'm hoping that changes in the near future.
7492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Theoretical choice of games if you were stranded on a desert island... on: June 12, 2009, 04:50:40 PM
MLB 09 The Show
Madden 09
NHL 09
Need for Speed: Porche Unleashed
World of Warcraft

Sports and driving games are always re-playable.  And WoW just to give me some sort of socialization.

Is there a way to get placed under house arrest without actually commiting a felony?
7493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 04:03:30 PM
You're lying. Nout enough 'u's.
7494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 04:29:09 AM
According to Wiki, the bot is named Gerty and is voiced by Kevin Spacey.

"The film pays homage to the films of Jones's youth, such as Silent Running (1972), Alien (1979) and Outland (1981)."

And I'm in.
7495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 12, 2009, 01:58:37 AM
It's not a penalty.  You want a new phone, pay the full price.  You signed a contract to get a discount.  You honestly don't have to sign a contract (you do have to agree to the terms of service), they just won't discount the phone.  But sweet merciful crap, IT'S NOT A GORRAM PENALTY!

You can go directly to Motorola or Nokia and buy phones directly from them, some that aren't even offered through the carriers.  AT&T stopped extending contracts for price plan changes over two years ago.  A discount on the phone is now the only reason the contract will be extended. 

Apple's rules as to the contract may be different since I've left the company, but every other mfg phone is available at retail.  Hell, my team was responsible for taking the orders from customers over the phone in Customer Care.  Full retail was ALWAYS an option.
7496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 11, 2009, 10:14:10 PM
With the right app, I've been told that storage space for music is a moot point.
7497  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: June 11, 2009, 09:18:49 PM
Is that some sort of Palm/Samsung hybrid?
7498  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Somalia: A Libertarian Utopia? on: June 11, 2009, 09:16:33 PM
I don't thing we have a particular care about the internals unless they're commiting genocide.  We care about externals.  Are they being good neighbors?  Are they not disrupting international trade?  Are the buddying up to disruptive nations and/or terrorist organizations?
7499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 11, 2009, 08:58:46 PM
It depends.  How much music do you have?  Now how many apps do you see yourself downloading?  Will your music collection grow to exceed your storage in the next two years?
7500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 11, 2009, 08:43:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 11, 2009, 08:21:02 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 11, 2009, 08:17:24 PM

You guys do know that 3G owners can get the lower price if they wait a while, yes?

Or simply wait another year until to buy the new new version which will be shiny and alluring and have all the 3GS owners complaining about being punished for their loyalty.

This is my likely tack.  Either that, or getting the phone that makes your puny little iPhones and Pre-s cry for their mommies.

Casio tested the Exilim Mobile using the Revision F test series, one revision behind the G series currently in use. Casio lists eight tests to which the Exilim was subjected. The Water Resistance test aims to replicate the effect of being stuck in a 4"-per-hour rainstorm with 30mph winds. The Immersion test dunks the handset in a meter of water for half an hour. The Humidity test replicates 95% humidity for ten days with temperatures ranging from 86 to 149 degrees. [They tested in Nebraska in July, you say?]

Salt Fog tests keep the handset in a 48-hour mist of saline and water. The Drop test, from four feet up, involves concrete, plywood, steel and 26 gravity-facilitated introductions to same. The Vibration test straps the handset to an electrodynamic shaker and lets loose along the x axis, then y, then z. (The new Revision G tests do all three axes at once.) Dust Resistance testing took place at 95 degrees and within a cloud of "silica flour," which many servicemen will claim comes directly from the mess hall. And Solar Radiation testing involves shooting the handset into the sun blasting the handset with three days of temperatures between 90 and 120 degrees and solar intensities of 1120 watts per square meter.
For civilian purposes, from what we can tell from the product information the phone's got plenty of charm (albeit a rather, well, camera-shaped form factor) -- browser, GPS, a 2.3" LCD, and of course the 5 Mpx camera with 3x optical zoom. The camera also does video and visual voice mail -- and just in case, you can do all that in the middle of a desert sandstorm, or from within a bank of salt fog.
7501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hangover on: June 11, 2009, 06:18:04 PM
How does it compare to Very Bad Things?
7502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Slam Tennis on: June 11, 2009, 06:02:17 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 11, 2009, 05:50:31 PM

The Grand Slam mode gives you a number of practice games and chances to earn a legend's skill (they give you one for free which is cool), before dumping you into the tournament.  The bad news is instead of playing some nobody in the first round, I end up against John McEnroe.  WTF is up with that?  I have no idea how they generate the tournament but sending you in your first real match against an old school legend just seems odd and misplaced. 

Even the pros have to crush someone in the opening rounds.  I'm not sure on tennis tournaments, but look at the NCAA brackets.  Top seeds get to stomp on the lowest seeds in the first round.
7503  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: June 11, 2009, 05:27:23 PM
I may regret it, but I just purchased the new map pack via the website for d/l when I get home.  I still had enough points this time, so no worries about trying to add points while the server was being hammered.
7504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: June 11, 2009, 04:27:56 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on June 11, 2009, 02:41:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2009, 03:02:15 AM

Gamestop will have 3 exclusive tracks for those who pre-order.

Even though I was going to buy this at Gamestop anyways - the fact that I have to preorder pisses me off. I hate giving Gamestop interest on my money.

Last time I preordered something from them, I paid $5 to hold it.  I am unlikely to pre-oder something if it requires me to put the full amount down before I take delivery.
7505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 11, 2009, 02:27:18 PM
7506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to buy a new car now on: June 11, 2009, 03:18:53 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 11, 2009, 03:05:18 AM

Quote from: Moliere on June 11, 2009, 03:01:47 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 11, 2009, 02:58:19 AM

'Course, identifying and punishing all the gas guzzlers might be a tad on the intrusive side...  icon_wink

Just a tad.

...But it's for the children. No price is too high to pay, as long as it's coming out of somebody else's pocket.  slywink

You forgot to add "9/11!"
7507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unusuals on: June 11, 2009, 03:13:36 AM
I caught the episode tonight after the lead in from Wipeout.  I'm sorry that I didn't pick up on it earlier.  Any show that uses this as the music for a chase/shootout was worthy of me watching it. 
7508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 11, 2009, 02:39:30 AM
7509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 11, 2009, 12:41:37 AM
That top one is just....

I'll be in my bunk.
7510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 10, 2009, 09:19:42 PM
T-mobile screwed up and released the specs for the 3GS
7511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to buy a new car now on: June 10, 2009, 07:26:49 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 10, 2009, 07:23:12 PM

So I could go buy a clunker for $200 and then get $4500 in trade for it? Wow.
I believe that you have to have owned it for a year first.
7512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 10, 2009, 05:42:25 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 10, 2009, 05:34:18 PM

(Side note: wtf is up with $0.15 a text message, that's got to be the most bogus ripoff known to man.)

Buy a freaking package already.  I pay $5 for 200 a month.  That's $0.025/message when used to its full extent.  If you use 34 sent and received, you've just saved money over the pay-per-use price.

The math kind of breaks down when you get to the Unlimited package for $20.

Quote from: rittchard on June 10, 2009, 05:34:18 PM

Ultimately these kinds of policies only hurt the companies that continue them.  I have brought in at least 5 people I know of to the iPhone, and at least 10 more are keenly aware of it because of me.  Insignificant numbers, I realize, but every bit counts in a competitive arena like this.  I am a walking talking posting advertisement/demo for Apple (and by default AT&T) - and one should never underestimate the power of word of mouth.  I am not saying they "owe" me something special, but irritating your most dedicated fanbase seems like a poor strategy for the long haul.  
As for me, I'm still at this moment a whore for Apple and AT&T's bitch.  But I will say this, any sense of brand/service loyalty I felt for either of them is gone, and I won't hesitate to jump ship (including early termination or whatever it takes) when something better comes along.  

Have you heard of the referral program?  $25 a person that you refer for up to 5 people per year.
7513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best lunch ever! on: June 10, 2009, 05:35:34 PM
My pinncale of meals is  at Texas Roadhouse.

New York Strip, medium
House salad, honey mustard dressing on the side
Cup of chili

Now if they'd just stop putting cinnamon in the butter for the rolls...
7514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 10, 2009, 03:37:55 PM
7515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 10, 2009, 03:31:31 PM
7516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 10, 2009, 02:52:43 PM
I can't beat the freaking demo mission.  If I try to walk around calmly, I start getting shot at. 
7517  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.
7518  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...

7519  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.
7520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NC] Slim Jim plant explosion on: June 09, 2009, 08:58:43 PM

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.
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