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7681  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New Union Movement...the Card Check Plan on: April 28, 2009, 03:42:09 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on April 28, 2009, 03:22:36 PM

Do, not what you say. I am not saying you could hold a rally and pass out leaflets but on your lunch period you can talk freely, one on one.
Now imagine that the company is hostile to the union.  Now imagine that in said lunch room that there are other workers you know to be against the union and will carry tales to management.  All of a sudden, the rules are being more strictly enforced, but always to the letter of the code.  Things that were previously met with a word aside are now being backed by disciplinary action.  The paper trail grows and all of a sudden you find yourself fired for cause.
7682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I.Joe: Resolute on: April 28, 2009, 02:51:08 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 28, 2009, 02:29:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2009, 04:31:23 PM


I was curious about who Dialtone was when I was watching the cartoon, so I looked it up on the web. Dialtone has actually been a female before, in comics.

Yeah, but the surgery scenes were a bit squicky.   icon_wink
7683  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New Union Movement...the Card Check Plan on: April 28, 2009, 01:59:13 AM
Breaks, mandated or not, are usually paid and company time.  And even if you're on lunch, as long as you're on company premises, the company still has a say in what you do.
7684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: April 27, 2009, 10:25:10 PM
The Mexican release will be delayed due to the swine flu.
7685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: April 27, 2009, 09:20:39 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 27, 2009, 02:25:18 AM

Run Away ?
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7686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you were planning to wow your significant other by cooking dinner... on: April 27, 2009, 09:18:52 PM
Don't forget a tribute to her later work of dancing with a small child to Abba's "Fernando".
7687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Bea Arthur dead at 86 on: April 27, 2009, 09:10:28 PM
And now it's up on the calendar!
7688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Bea Arthur dead at 86 on: April 27, 2009, 08:31:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 27, 2009, 01:49:07 PM

I thought she was fantastic. It's odd that the last time I saw her in a performance, it was "Malcolm in the middle" and she was a babysitter who, IIRC, died.
I really didn't need the ABBA song "Fernando" stuck in my head today.  Thanks for nothing, Purge!   icon_wink
7689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swine Flu Outbreak- the next big pandemic? on: April 27, 2009, 08:24:12 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 27, 2009, 06:28:27 PM

and it seems the wrath of Khan has put Mexico on its list as Mexico City has just been hit by a powerful earthquake

Wouldn't Montezuma's Revenge be more appropriate to that locale?
7690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I don't miss? on: April 27, 2009, 08:11:51 PM

Quote from: JayDee on April 27, 2009, 07:11:54 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on April 27, 2009, 04:06:06 PM

I miss the pink power ranger.

Then you should watch Flashpoint.

I KNEW she looked familiar! 

 paranoid What?
7691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I.Joe: Resolute on: April 26, 2009, 04:28:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 24, 2009, 04:34:36 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 24, 2009, 04:17:07 PM

One fault through episode 5:


Spoiler for Hiden:
DIALTONE WAS NOT A CHIXX0R!

yeah, I caught that too.  he had the coolest gun out of all the toys too.  I forget what type it was, but it was a machine gun with a really massive barrel- actually, maybe it was an auto shotgun...

7692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Touch screen pocket watch on: April 26, 2009, 04:22:41 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 26, 2009, 12:21:54 PM

I can imagine owning that watch and going back in time. People think ya got a standard old pocket watch till you open it up and BAM :Looky at me Im Mr. Future man"...Ok so that is stupid..but the watch is cool smile

There's a movie deal in there somewhere if you can hone the idea.  Hell, they made Click, didn't they?
7693  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New Union Movement...the Card Check Plan on: April 25, 2009, 01:57:40 AM
You exist in their work environment for 8 hours.  There will not be time provided pre-union for union organizers to discuss things with you, post flyers, or have any interaction with you if the company does not wish it so.  And there will be plenty of employees who do not or can not attend extracurricular meetings to discuss this during non-work hours.
7694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 04/24/09 on: April 25, 2009, 01:34:57 AM
 icon_biggrin
7695  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New Union Movement...the Card Check Plan on: April 24, 2009, 09:47:06 PM
But how does that serve as a check against blanket discriminatory measures taken by the employer?  Neither side has the moral high ground on this issue.  As much as I like the idea of fair secret balloting in a neutral environment, I just don't see it.  The company already has a monopoly on your time and the material that you see.  I honestly don't see a reasonable solution to this one that isn't open to abuse by one side or the other.   
7696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 04/24/09 on: April 24, 2009, 08:01:17 PM
Chess with Friends
Eve Online trial
God of War
7697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: April 24, 2009, 07:59:20 PM
My tag is my tag.

Not a good player, my ass.  You crushed me in 22 moves.  crybaby And here I had been upbeat after beating a co-worker in 19. 
7698  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Eve Online - GT+OO Corporation (Naming?) on: April 24, 2009, 06:15:17 PM
Yeah, i've been in it the last few nights.  Everybody's been really helpful. 
7699  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Eve Online - GT+OO Corporation (Naming?) on: April 24, 2009, 05:07:36 PM
As soon as I figure out how to find the location.  I think I'm 10 jumps away and I'm still on a trial account. 
7700  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pakistan Imposes Sharia Law on: April 24, 2009, 04:08:04 PM
When the Germans are worried, it's really bad.

"We Germans are not a warlike people, but we can be pushed too far."
7701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you listening to right now? on: April 24, 2009, 03:33:57 PM
"The Village Green Preservation Society" by Kate Rusby (Kate Rusby channel, Pandora)
7702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone on: April 24, 2009, 03:10:50 PM
Welcome, brother.

Start here for apps and games.  Don't forget to come play chess with us.
7703  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Eve rage quit time? on: April 23, 2009, 07:51:39 PM
Yeah, I'd be asking for a review.

Drones

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I fired on a drone and CONCORD attacked me! Why?
Drones are the registered property of their respective owners, and attacking them constitutes an attack on the owner himself. If left for too long in the depths of space a drone may lose this connection to its owner, but there is no guarantee that this will happen.

When you're under fire, and you're not the initiator of the fight, you are free to shoot the other player's drones to pieces. But when you stumble on an abandoned drone just floating around in space, firing on it will make you the aggressor. In high security space, you are going to be in trouble.

Note that since drones are relatively cheap, going through all this trouble just to incapacitate one and scoop it up may not be worth it. If you really want one without any risk or hassle, simply check the market.

Looks like the DC may have tripped them over to an abandoned status.

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Behaviors Concord will respond to
...
Using remote repair systems on NPC ships
7704  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 23, 2009, 04:45:38 PM
That seems to be too fine a hair to split with a lot of the Christians that are in the media today.  You don't see many people on TV that can love the sinner and hate the sin.  I do believe that there are a large number that are not in the media that are capable of maintaining such an attitude, but it isn't what sells to the politically motivated consumer.
7705  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 23, 2009, 04:22:23 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 23, 2009, 02:17:56 PM

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This is why I don't believe in organized religion.  You can't preach tolerance and then pull this sort of nonsense. 
Not sure who preaches tolerance, but it wasn't Christ.

Yeah, shaking the dust from your feet isn't exactly a tolerant act.  I also seem to recall him referencing the destruction of three Jewish towns as a warning, but can't seem to find it.  
7706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are you listening to right now? on: April 23, 2009, 04:10:50 PM
A brain wave brought up the IRC plugins that would allow you to type a command and share what you were listening to.

Right now, I have a Perez Prado channel on Pandora running.  Nothing like a little Mambo.  Loaded today after thinking about Mean Guns.
7707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 23, 2009, 03:08:39 PM
Quote from: BBC
Judge Tomas Norstrom is a member of the Swedish Copyright Association and sits on the board of Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property.

This ought to get even more interesting.
7708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worrying about your loss of memory makes it worse! on: April 23, 2009, 02:42:48 PM
Live Science

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In this study and previous ones, performance by seniors on standard memory tests, such as recalling a list of words, fell 10 to 15 percent when thoughts of the negative stereotypes were activated, Hess told LiveScience.

"The assumption is that they are aware of the negative stereotype," he said in an email interview. "They may not necessarily buy into it, but the simple concern that they themselves might be stereotyped by others is thought to lead to the sorts of effects we observed as the individual becomes concerned about their performance, which may then have negative effects on behavior."

Study participants between the ages of 60 and 70 suffered more when these negative stereotypes were activated than seniors who were between the ages of 71 and 82. And the negative effects were strongest for those older adults with the highest levels of education.
...
"Another common problem with negative stereotypes about memory is that they may lead older adults to shy away from situations that require use of their memory skills," he said. "There is emerging evidence that continuing cognitive activity in later life is beneficial in supporting cognitive functioning. If negative stereotypes prevent older adults from using their memory skills, such skills may be adversely affected through disuse."
...
"This research has specifically to do with the impact of stereotypes," Hess explained. "It does not deny that aging has negative impacts on memory, but it does suggest that there may be certain social factors that may negatively affect performance beyond what might be expected by the normal effects of aging."

I've also seen other articles that this type of negative image had an impact on all levels of adults when applied to tests such as math and analytical skills.  Turns out your parents were right.  Having a poor attitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy.   nod
7709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ridley Scott does Robin Hood on: April 23, 2009, 02:28:26 PM
Voiced by none other than Roger Miller of King of the Road fame and source of the music used for the Hamster Dance.
7710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you remember the first time? on: April 23, 2009, 02:25:29 PM
It really all started for me with my C-64, modem, and BBSes.  Once we went PC, it was AOL and Gopher.  I recall using the university systems with a text-based browser thumbsdown  
7711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 23, 2009, 04:47:50 AM
Purge.
7712  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 23, 2009, 12:17:16 AM
Yay! 

I learned a lot as a kid from Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess.  It's almost like a choose your own adventure book of chess.  You read it the correct way with scenarios laid out and questions as to the appropriate move, turn the page to see the answer, then flip the book and do it again going back upside down!
7713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 22, 2009, 09:31:55 PM
I saw recent information that the translation was more equated to "Thou shalt not murder," which would absolve soldiers and any person acting in defense of self or others.

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The Old Testament's examples of killings sanctioned by God are often cited in defense of the view that "murder" is a more accurate translation. Additionally, the Hebrew word for "kill" is הרג (harog), while the Hebrew word for "murder" is רצח (retzach), which is found in the Ten Commandments לא תרצח (lo tirtzach).  In the fullness of the Old Testament Exodus 20:13 is abundantly evidenced as prohibiting unjust killing, rather than a universal injunction against all killing, as retzach is never used in reference to the slaying of animals, nor the taking of life in war, while its most frequent use is in reference to involuntary manslaughter and secondarily for murderers.
7714  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 22, 2009, 09:03:37 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 10, 2009, 03:11:23 PM

Come play chess with me!  You already know my tag.
Seriously?  We have no chess fans around here?  Or is it me?   tear
7715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you REALLY believe that extraterrestrial life has visited Earth? on: April 22, 2009, 07:02:40 PM
Would this be the same military-industrial complex that can't keep contracts from being cancelled?
7716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band LEGO? on: April 22, 2009, 02:30:42 PM
I want the export code to be for RB2 so I can play EVERYTHING in LEGO Vision!
7717  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Eve Online - GT+OO Corporation (Naming?) on: April 22, 2009, 12:31:19 AM
Well, I've decided to give this a try.  Isgrimnur Outlander is out and running around on newbie missions.
7718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 21, 2009, 06:51:29 PM
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7719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Ads are uncanny... on: April 21, 2009, 06:04:27 PM
I went to PeteRock's profile to see if I had missed any of his entertaining musings.  The top ad box had several ads, most of them under the topics of:

  • Stop neighbor's dog barking
  • Neighbor complaint letter
  • Is your HOA company ignoring you?

While none of the top page of his posts have been about these topics, they certainly have been on his mind in the recent past.  Makes me almost afraid to see what some of the other members ads are pulling up...   paranoid
7720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 21, 2009, 05:52:55 PM
Not to mention that you don't have the original God of War anymore... 
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