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7521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best road sign hack of the year thus far... on: February 02, 2009, 05:27:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 02, 2009, 05:13:57 PM


"Indiana Road Sign Urges Dinosaur Awareness"

Nothing like a true XKCD fan... 
7522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War DRM screwup makes PC version unplayable on: February 02, 2009, 04:18:55 AM

Quote from: warning on January 31, 2009, 08:25:34 PM

Quote from: cheeba on January 31, 2009, 04:34:04 PM

Quote from: JCAnejo on January 31, 2009, 02:32:00 PM

One gives it away and one makes you pay...
Oh come on, if that's the best response then I'll be disappointed in all of you. ALL OF YOU!

If you have to ask you've paid too much?  I got nuthin'.

The only one I know is the difference between a slut and a tease:

Spoiler for Hiden:
A slut will sleep with anyone.  A tease will sleep with anyone but you!
7523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Tax Time! on: February 01, 2009, 04:41:09 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on February 01, 2009, 04:25:09 PM

They just fired the one girl at work to cut costs.

Sausage fest!   puke
7524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bloodbowl - Warhammer/American football/fantasy football on: January 31, 2009, 04:32:24 PM
Starforce = Fail. 

I may give it a look on consoles.  My addiction in HS was Pigskin 621 A.D.
7525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hospitals with better IT have fewer deaths on: January 30, 2009, 11:33:49 PM
Hospitals with better IT have fewer deaths, study shows

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The study, involving more than 167,000 patients in 41 hospitals, also showed that better IT lowered costs.

According to an abstract of the study, published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, "hospitals with automated notes and records, order entry, and clinical decision support had fewer complications, lower mortality rates, and lower costs."
...
Comparing in-patient death rates, medical complications, length-of-stay and costs, the study showed that hospitals with the greatest level of automation saved up to $1,729 per patient for procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting.
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The study looked at four common medical conditions and how technology was used to automate the treatment process. Those conditions included heart attacks, congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass grafting and pneumonia.  The survey tool measured automation in four areas that would normally be paper based: physician notes and patient records; lab test results; physician order entry; and decision support. The survey also asked doctors about how effective and easy the systems are to use.

The level of IT was rated on a 100-point scale, with zero being the lowest possible score.  A 10-point increase in the automation of medical notes and patient records was associated with a 15% decrease in deaths, the study showed. Hospitals with that level of technology had a 1.4% patient mortality rate compared with a 1.9% among hospitals with the lowest level of automation. "This would suggest that for every 1,000 patients, five [or] fewer patients die at hospitals with the highest notes and records scores," the study said.
7526  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [PS2/Xbox/360] PeteRock's gaming backlog must go (pricing adjustments)... on: January 30, 2009, 11:26:56 PM
I think $50 is reasonable for:

God of War
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Rainbow Six Vegas
7527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here is your answer! on: January 30, 2009, 11:13:52 PM
http://tinyurl.com/ak2q82   icon_twisted
7528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would it be legal to...? on: January 30, 2009, 11:10:33 PM
It doesn't appear to be an issue.

Shaming bad drivers

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Mr. Vanderbilt points to a website, Platewire, that’s trying to shame drivers across America into better behavior by posting license plates of people who break laws and drive rudely. Platewire’s founder, Mark Buckman, a commuter in northern Virginia, explains his mission:

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It has become an all too common fact that the only time people straighten up and drive safe is when there is a police car near by; a prime example of a society driven by fear. Adopting that same mentality, PlateWire intends to grow large enough to become a real deterrent to unsafe driving habits. My goal is to bring awareness to bad drivers so they become aware of the dangers associated with the aggressive driving they have become accustomed to. So join in, vent your rage, and let us all do our part to make the roads safer.


Thus, thanks to Platewire, you can see the license plate of a white Ford Ford in the Bronx on Saturday whose driver was accused of nearly hitting someone else.

The picture of the driver might be crossing the line, but apparently the plate is not an issue.
7529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: January 30, 2009, 11:06:20 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 30, 2009, 11:03:54 PM

He's fun and should be in more stuff but doesn't quite deserve the "man-crush cult" that's somehow developed around him.

He's no D.B. Sweeney, after all.  icon_wink
7530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: January 30, 2009, 11:04:54 PM
From the sound of it at the moment, the family wants nothing to do with the media attention.  The grandfather was interviewed, gave only his first name, and flat told the media that they would never find their house.  Which is a challenge to them.  I give them a week before her yearbook picture is on TV.
7531  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Tamils under fire in Sri Lanka, disrupt Toronto on: January 30, 2009, 10:56:01 PM
Words on a page

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Thousands of Canadian Tamils formed a human chain through Toronto's downtown on Friday to protest a Sri Lankan government offensive aimed at crushing the separatist Tamil Tigers.

The greater Toronto area is home to more than 200,000 Tamils, one of the largest Tamil populations outside the Indian subcontinent, and a number of protests have been staged here in recent weeks.  On Friday, protesters formed a human chain spanning several miles of major downtown streets to protest the military offensive, which has ousted the rebels from all major towns following heavy battles in recent months.
...
The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate state for minority Tamils since 1983, and were declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997 and by Canada in 2006.
7532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 30, 2009, 10:49:58 PM
His high tolerance just means that it's a lot cheaper for the rest of us to enjoy the same effects. 
7533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The ultimate Super bowl recipe on: January 30, 2009, 10:16:01 PM
I am sorely tempted to attempt this.  But I can't justify even the purchase of bacon with my OO weight loss thread.  I have a goal and this is so counter to it as to not even be funny.
7534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 30, 2009, 10:13:56 PM
Until the resolution of computer monitors can approach the resolution of the human eye, I think that you are out of luck.  Also note that there were plenty of pilots that weren't as gifted visually as the pilots that get all the press.
7535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: January 30, 2009, 09:24:04 PM
I hope it lasts longer than Drive did.  Oh, wait, it should because it's not on Fox...
7536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next up on 'It Came from the Eighties': Masters of the Universe on: January 30, 2009, 09:18:00 PM
I must say, Pete, that your catch was Suitably Ironic.
7537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good time to buy a house now? Need opinions please!! on: January 30, 2009, 09:08:29 PM
Don't forget about having to either be or hire a property manager unless you want to get calls about the water heater breaking at three in the morning.
7538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The ultimate Super bowl recipe on: January 30, 2009, 08:49:34 PM
Should they bring a sample with them?
7539  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 30, 2009, 08:47:19 PM
From my experience, it's mounted on the hull of the tank rather than the turret, so it's possible with driving experience to cover two arcs.  You can hold the turret steady while sweeping an area as you manuever the tank body.  But it's been a while since I used it, so I may be off base.

*COD Wiki
7540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hey, why am I out 800 Live pts? Eh, Microsoft doesn't care. on: January 30, 2009, 08:11:32 PM
Sorry to hear about your problems.  

I have taken the tack, especially with their pimping of gamer pictures and the like that if they can't be bothered to show me what they look like before I purchase them, I can't be bothered to purchase them.  All of my purchases have been XBLA games or Rock Band content.  I don't rent the movies because that is what my Netflix has.  And having 0 points available sure makes it easy to resist any impulse purchases.  That may be why I haven't given them any money on over two months.

That being said, I put in three years in cell phone customer service where we dealt with returns of those stupid ringtone subscriptions and our customer service was decent about taking care of the refund, stopping the recurrence, and educating the customer.  And yes, we had our customers over more of a barrel, as they had 2 year contracts with us.  We still did our best to take care of them to the best of our ability.
7541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 30, 2009, 04:11:04 PM
Not a problem.  Hope everyone has a speedy recovery.

I am wearing a green plaid shirt today and will be carrying a red octopus on a blue field.
7542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fannie Mae Contractor Indicted For Logic Bomb on: January 30, 2009, 04:05:39 PM
Information Week

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It was mere chance that a senior Unix engineer with Fannie Mae discovered a logic bomb.  The logic bomb, a malicious script designed to wipe Fannie Mae's 4,000 servers, was allegedly placed by Rajendrasinh Makwana, an IT contractor who worked in Fannie Mae's Urbana, Md., facility. It was set to execute on Jan. 31. Had it done so, Fannie Mae engineers expect it would have caused millions of dollars in damage and possibly shut down the government-sponsored mortgage lender for a week.
...
According to the affidavit of FBI special agent Jessica Nye, the Unix engineer who found the malicious script, identified only as SK, did so by accident. "The malicious script was at the bottom of the legitimate script, separated by approximately one page of blank lines, apparently in an effort to hide the malicious script within the legitimate script," the affidavit states.

The discovery occurred on Oct. 29. Makwana had been terminated as a Fannie Mae contractor on Oct. 24, around 1 or 1:30 p.m., the affidavit says, but his network access was not terminated until late that evening. Makwana was fired for allegedly creating a computer script earlier that month that changed server settings without the permission of his supervisor.

Makwana was not required to turn in his badge or Fannie Mae-supplied laptop until the end of the day on Oct. 24. According to Nye's affidavit, it was during that afternoon that Makwana is alleged to have planted the malicious script.
7543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A little Pat on the Back - My Company, and Me, make Dallas TX a little brighter on: January 30, 2009, 04:03:08 PM
While I can understand them not going with it permanently, that could be the basis for a great ad/charity campaign.
7544  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm all for gov't agencies saving money, but this is ridiculous. on: January 30, 2009, 04:00:59 PM
That's one day you can get caught up on the classics using "View Now."  Don't be a greedy, wasteful consumer.  That's what got us in this mess in the first place icon_wink
7545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Bruckheimer doing G-Force movie! on: January 30, 2009, 03:37:13 PM
I love how the link reinforces your signature line. 
7546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google creates tools for Internet transparency on: January 30, 2009, 02:47:13 AM
Sounds like the perfect project for a stimulus package.  We got the government checkbook out, let's incentivize the production so that the companies can build it on the country's dime and make the money off of the service contracts.  Economic stimulus and new jobs.
7547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 30, 2009, 02:45:13 AM
I won't weigh in on that, but I will say that this has been a monthly event since October.  And since this one will be as late January as it can be, it shouldn't be a few more weeks before we get the February one.  If you decide to stay out, it won't be missing your one shot at meeting some of the DFW members.
7548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A little Pat on the Back - My Company, and Me, make Dallas TX a little brighter on: January 30, 2009, 12:38:37 AM
Good job!  Although I do think you have one of the most un-green logos ever invented.

7549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! on: January 29, 2009, 11:29:35 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 29, 2009, 06:55:14 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 29, 2009, 06:37:37 PM

Cobra Commander is being played by Tommy from Third Rock from the Sun...

Who is actually an excellent actor.

That he may be, but I have a hard time seeing a 27yo actor playing the megalomaniacal head of a wide-reaching army.  But then, it is The Rise of Cobra, so maybe it'll work.  As long CC and Duke don't tangle over a WB-esque relationship with Scarlett...
7550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: January 29, 2009, 11:04:28 PM
The IP Austin posted and The Meal quoted works like a charm.  The town still exists, they've just closed the road you use to get there.
7551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: January 29, 2009, 10:14:57 PM
For those die-hard RE fans, might I recommend a rainy-day purchase of an umbrella?



7552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Swayze stops treatments on: January 29, 2009, 09:52:17 PM
They run in frequently enough, I don't think anyone will forget it.
7553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google creates tools for Internet transparency on: January 29, 2009, 07:46:58 PM
Get DARPA involved and start laying fatter pipes.  Throttling is a holding action that will not solve any long-term problems.  Internet usage is only going to get higher, not contract. 

And mobile ISPs still have to interface with the wired networks anyway, just like cell calls get routed through the POTS once they hit your local tower.
7554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! on: January 29, 2009, 06:37:37 PM
The guy playing Duke in G. I. Joe will also be in The Stanford Prison Experiment, which I hope will be worth watching.

Cobra Commander is being played by Tommy from Third Rock from the Sun...

At least Ray Park will be Snake Eyes.
7555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: another History of Fallout deals on: January 29, 2009, 06:35:56 PM
I started playing the original Fallout for the first time this weekend.  Interplay had some legs and a profound effect on the industry.  I'll have to remember to go back and read this one.
7556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: it's websites like these that piss me off (mis)informing the public on: January 29, 2009, 06:34:01 PM
Dear god, the stuff is everywhere.

Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt: Nonfat Yogurt with Aspartame & Other Sweetener

Ingredients?  #2 is HFCS.  #10 is Aspartame.  14 G of sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel. 
7557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 06:21:47 PM
One would actually have to want to own a Chihuahua...
7558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 29, 2009, 05:14:51 PM
I agree with The Grue.  When you get to hard, there are songs where it is not tenable to be bridging to orange with your pinky, as it is easier to shift up with the strength of your index finger than overworking the pinky.
7559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 04:28:23 PM
Myself, I am allergic to cats at a level of 3 out of 4 based on their scale.  I was never tested for dogs, but my reactions lead me to believe that my level with them is 1.  I can be around dogs and even play with them, but I need to wash my hands immediately thereafter, as any contact with my eyes afterwards will not result in a pleasant experience.

And as for just testing it, again, allergic reactions take time to develop.  Just sticking your face in varios dog furs isn't going to give you the information that you would need.
7560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 04:00:16 PM
Scratch test, which its own brand of hell.  She gets to lay face down on a exam bed while the techs deliberately scratch her back in about 20-30 places and put all the local allergens on her back.  You then get to sit there while the body does its thing, not moving, while the itching begins, and you can do nothing about it.  Then, some maddening time later, they come back in and write down all the numbers of how badly inflammed each location got.  They will provide some cream for afterwards to stop the tortuer, and you will be good for sympathy points to wash her back off when you get home.
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