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7681  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.
7682  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.
7683  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...
7684  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.
7685  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.
7686  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?
7687  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
7688  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.
7689  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.
7690  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.
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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.
7691  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.
7692  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
7693  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. 
7694  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.
7695  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.
7696  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.

7697  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...
7698  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.
7699  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?



7700  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.
7701  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.
7702  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.
7703  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.
7704  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. 
7705  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...
7706  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.
7707  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.
7708  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.
7709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Tax Time! on: January 28, 2009, 10:18:37 PM
Refund is currently "pending" in my account.   I filed before receiving Form 5498 from my 401k to rollover IRA transfer.  And since it was an internal transfer, there was no 1099-R to worry about.
7710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 28, 2009, 10:17:13 PM
Expected attendance list at this time:
  • Me
  • whiteboyskim
  • Dreamshadow
  • godhugh
  • Fretmute
  • GungHo
7711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 28, 2009, 10:14:47 PM
We are indeed. 
7712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 28, 2009, 04:59:24 PM
After rising today, realizing that it was going to take at least 30 minutes to chip my car into a driveable condition, probably an hour to get to work on ice-slicked roads with plenty of people around that don't know how to drive on ice and likely an hour drive that might result in damage to my vehicle, I decided that one day of PTO was not worth the risk and frustration that would entail me leaving the house before the afternoon thaw.
7713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: January 28, 2009, 04:19:02 AM
I swore off posting about the Kindle.  Nope, not gonna do it.
7714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: January 28, 2009, 04:17:16 AM
7715  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 2K Games Coupon on: January 27, 2009, 09:44:36 PM
$10 off, can be found here, good through 01/31/09, in-store purchases.

Fine print is :
  • Civ Revolution for 360/PS3
  • NBA 2K9 for 360/PS3/PC
  • NHL 2K9 for 360/PS3/Wii
  • Civ IV: Colonation for PC
  • Bioshock for PS3
  • Carnival Games for Wii/DS
  • Carnival Games Mini Golf for Wii
  • Dora the Explorer ... Saves the Snow Princess for Wii/DS
7716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ad astra per aspera on: January 27, 2009, 09:28:30 PM
At 18:30 Eastern time on January 27th, 1967, the Apollo 1 capsule caught fire during a test, causing the deaths of Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Command Pilot; Edward H. White II, Senior Pilot; and Roger B. Chaffee, Pilot.



At 11:38 Eastern time on January 28th, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger was lost when the O-ring seal on the right solid rocket booster failed, resulting in the deaths of Francis "Dick" Scobee, Commander; Michael J. Smith, Pilot; Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist; Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist; Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist; Gregory Jarvis, Payload Specialist; Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Spaceflight Participant



At 09:00 Easter time on February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed due to a breach in the thermal protection system of the left wing caused by a piece of foam during launch, leading to the loss of  Rick D. Husband, Commander; William C. McCool, Pilot; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Specialist; Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist; David M. Brown, Mission Specialist; and Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist.  A time-lapse of the weather radar which detected the Columbia reentry trail can be seen here.

7717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 27, 2009, 04:53:45 PM
Dallas is expecting the worst icing conditions in five years.  It's been raining since yesterday, so everything is nice and wet for the temperatures that have been dropping since the sun went down last night. 

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By the evening, nearly a quarter inch of ice could be on roadways, trees and overpasses in Dallas.
7718  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 27, 2009, 04:33:38 PM
I got an update when I signed on last night.  Anyone know where to find the list of changes short of digging through the Treyarch forums?
7719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 27, 2009, 04:28:01 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on January 27, 2009, 03:58:45 PM

I am supposed to go play dodgeball tonight followed by drinking and talking with the ladies at the league bar followed by our kickball HH marathon that falls on Thursday this week and of course would go out for a bit on Friday and stupid Super Bowl on Sunday. 

I may have to quit drinking.

But then what will you do during recess? 
7720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 10:56:23 PM
I still have to play through the first two....  Should be nice and cheap by the time I get to it...
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