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7841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh come on now....more plumbing grief on: December 13, 2008, 01:34:50 AM
My dad had a similar issue involving a gas line.  The homeowner's insurance covers,well, the home.  The gas company's responsibility starts at the end of your property.  Anything between the two?  Get ready to pay for it in full.  Dad, of course, had to hire someone so that he didn't blow himself and/or the house up.
7842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 09:58:18 PM
That's why I round everything up in my head.  $3.99 is $4 to me.  During my time at cell phone CS, I would tell the customer when doing any math that I was rounding up.  Each additional line was $10, not $9.99., etc.  Makes for nice, easy numbers to work with.
7843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 12, 2008, 09:44:26 PM
Jet Pilot?
7844  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:41:22 PM
I'm already planning my trip to Zanzibar Land.
7845  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:24:36 PM
What was the line about WWI soldiers using Metal Gear to lure troops out into the open?
7846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 09:15:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2008, 09:13:32 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 12, 2008, 09:06:27 PM

perhaps it's better you put a good note in her file instead.

 unibrow

Just don't forget to...collate.  unibrow

Lamest ... innuendo ... EVAR!  Tongue
7847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 07:24:24 PM
her...  and yes.  biggrin
7848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 07:06:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 12, 2008, 06:45:19 PM

This is why I refuse to take on any direct reports.  Too many variables and HR craziness to consider.

gellar

Sometimes things can work out.  I got to debrief a subordinate after I left my last company.
7849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 07:02:04 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2008, 06:50:14 PM

Haven't Gamers Like Us wanted more mainstream acceptance of gaming for a long time now?  Well, we got it and this is what it looks like.  How naive of us to assume that Gamers Like Us would continue to outnumber Gamers Like Them when it happened.

"I was geek before geek was cool."
"Everyone likes it now, so I hate it."

It's the same old story.  Go read the comments on some of the news article talking about the speculation on the $99 4GB iPhone for Walmart and you'll see the exact same kind of elitism.  Some people are happy to be marginalized because they get the esprit de corps that others get from sports, fraternal organizations, and membership in other groups, structured or not.  Everyone wants to feel superior to everybody else, wants to bask in the "you don't get it" mentality.  It's human nature.
7850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: KB Toys files Chapter 11 on: December 12, 2008, 06:36:49 PM
I miss the old sheet metal Tonka trucks...   icon_cry
7851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 06:35:34 PM
You've pretty much got a handle on it.  If you had set up an incentive program beforehand that would reward the top performer and she happened to be it, no problem.  But gifting her something without a clear cut reason that you would have to explain repeatedly is bound to get you in deep, possibly with a nice long talk with henchmen resources. 


Given the cross department nature of your employees, maybe you and your fellow supervisors could see about setting something up on a quarterly basis and make sure it is known to all.  Those who don't care won't feel the need to change the way they behave and you will have a valid reason to reward who you figure your top performer will be.  Who knows, it might even motivate some of the other underlings to raise their game. 

At this point, you know where your target should be, you just need to set it out for everyone to shoot at it.  For those people that don't work cross project, the managers would rate them.  For those that do, the managers they worked for would need to collaborate to rate them appropriately.  And then you collude to reward the top performer(s) at the end of the period. 

It reminds me of a time at a previous job.  Tell me who you want to win and I'll tell you how to weight the statistics....  ninja
7852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 06:09:00 PM
To a certain extend, I believe Sony to be victims of their own success.  Heck, they're still releasing stuff for the PS2 with a huge install base.  For those people that were looking for rampant gaming goodness, the PS2 still provides that in spades and is still widely available.  Couple that with the bone-headed maneuver to make backward compatibility a Hunt-the-Wumpus campaign (this is the reason I got my 360 first), there's no true incentive for those existing customers to upgrade.  Anyone that wants to game their lives away could easily buy a new/used PS2 today and have years of fun still playing the backlog of excellent titles that are available.  The PS3's main selling point was the Blu-Ray, something that was outside the needs of a large group of their install base. 

As HDTVs gain critical mass, I believe the PS3 could pick up a little more steam if they get some more killer apps, but they are also going to be fighting against digital distribution, which MS is using to great effect with their rentals and now HD Netflix. 
7853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 06:02:00 PM
That blows, Pete.  I had it a bit easier as a call center manager.  Since everything they did was reduced to numbers (QA scores, phone availability, Post Call Survey scores), it was really easy for me to be able to reward my to my top performer and be able to show an Excel spreadsheet to explain why.

That would more justify a monthly/quarterly/yearly prize structure better than a Christmas gift, however.  Given that we were all poor CS workers, for Christmas, I picked up a variety of Hershey's Kisses in different flavors and had those available for snacking on the lsat day we worked before Christmas. 
7854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 05:49:07 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 12, 2008, 04:20:28 PM

The only thing I imagine that would change that is playing games in 3D. Bill Harris has been hyping this for years, and recently made a post about how we're going to be seeing a lot of 3D stuff hit the movie theater in the next couple of years. If that takes off, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see somebody try to incorporate that into their console.

You mean like this??
7855  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 05:18:08 PM
You were behind the wall when I fired.  You moved right to left across my field and a name never popped.  I hesitated, then shot when your feet clipped through the wall.  Now that I think about it, it appeared that you were prone and I was firing too high.  I'll make sure to remedy that next time I try to TK you... nod
7856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 12, 2008, 03:33:42 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2008, 03:01:40 PM


Pug is too modest. In an early round on Dome it was 6 on 1 for a while, Pug being the one. We only barely beat his team.

As I recall it, we lost that round by 60.  That was because pug is such a ninja that it took us almost a full minute to track him down after all his teammates bailed and that went on for about three minutes before more targets started to drop in.  Heck, there are 12 people listed on his team for that match.
7857  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Throw us a bone (site redesign related) on: December 12, 2008, 05:40:32 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 11, 2008, 11:55:23 PM

as this happened to my first internet 'home', i would find such news painfully ironic. 

You can never go home again, Oatman!  But I guess you can shop there.
7858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS HOME - IT'S OUT! on: December 12, 2008, 05:36:15 AM
I doubt I'll even bother with it as long as I have a choice.  Thanks for the impressions, folks.
7859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budgets on: December 12, 2008, 05:31:21 AM
For weight loss, start walking 2 miles three times a week and eat less at dinner.  I've lost 35 pounds this year.

 And you've made me want to figure out how much I owe, and I know it's not going to be pretty..... 
7860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 12, 2008, 05:09:30 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2008, 04:54:04 AM

FG42 + steady aim+ stopping power The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

(double tap is fun too biggrin)

Even think about hitting the trigger and it's time to reload...
7861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: December 12, 2008, 05:07:45 AM
7862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 11, 2008, 11:32:20 PM
The price is about right for my old employees.  I'd say rule of thumb would be ~2-3 hours of their pay.
7863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 owner - suggestions please on: December 11, 2008, 11:30:44 PM
I'm going to be looking into the Rabbids games after the start of the year...

Hee hee hee...
7864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 11, 2008, 11:20:43 PM
Are there any specific tools that this employee uses in their daily tasks?  Movie tickets and gift cards are usually well appreciated, but they are fleeting, gone once used/spent.  Desk clutter is just that.  But something that they can use in the course of their job that allows them to set themselves apart from the rest of the riff-raff might have a longer-lasting impact and also serve to motivate the rest of your people.
7865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon have breached the DPA? (Update - yes they have!) on: December 11, 2008, 11:15:55 PM
We have PBS, which is non-profit.  They get funds from the federal government directly (~20%), state/local taxes (~25%) and private donations (~55%).

Each station is a local entity, meaning there is little consistency in programming from market to market in terms of scheduling or even at times program availability. 
7866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon have breached the DPA? (Update - yes they have!) on: December 11, 2008, 11:04:50 PM
Yeah, when you have documentation, they're in deep.  If this were a U.S. case, I would certainly not see it as a slam dunk, but I, of course, have little to no understanding of the rules and regs over there.  The fact that people pay yearly license fees on televisions strikes me as odd.  They have TV detection equipment...
7867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 11, 2008, 10:51:05 PM
That's okay, I can schedule a 3 a.m. wake-up call so you remember it all day long.  slywink

Fretmute is in as well.
7868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 11, 2008, 10:29:13 PM
At the moment we have:

me
Fireball1244
GungHo
Cylus Maxii
godhugh

Anyone else?  Bueller?
7869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #1 Alabama vs #2 Florida - predictions? on: December 11, 2008, 10:14:22 PM
There was a sighting at OO R&P last evening with an 11-word post.
7870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: December 11, 2008, 09:46:08 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 11, 2008, 08:44:47 PM

There have been hundreds of people combing that area for months now. Either they all did a really bad job, or the body was just dumped there.

At least, that was my first thought when I saw it on the news.

ABC

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The area around the remains, swarmed by more than two dozen officials including FBI agents, was searched by police previously but had been flooded at the time.
7871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 11, 2008, 09:25:51 PM
Better.  And I already cheated, so I'm passing on this round.
7872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 11, 2008, 08:43:31 PM
Red X and the Broken Images?
7873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How often are you sick? on: December 11, 2008, 08:42:57 PM
Usually one cold a year.  This year I had two due to the stress involved of new job/city/singleness plus checking off the side effects list of one of the antibiotics I was on after having an abcess treated.
7874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 survival rate thread on: December 11, 2008, 07:24:27 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 11, 2008, 06:56:12 PM

You missed a great opportunity to blame your faulty Xbox for your Call of Duty K:D ratio. slywink

Well, that stems from a faulty "controller" issue.
7875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 survival rate thread on: December 11, 2008, 06:02:17 PM
#: 1
Streak: 9 months

Current issues:
Will refuse to maintain connection with the wireless controllers, reset required
Will drop the headset connection regardless of controller connected
Throws error codes of various types ... when the ROL decides to work..
Turning off the console via controller will result in an auto reboot.  I usually pull the power cord out of the back when I'm done for the night.

I'm praying for the RROD so I can get a replacement.
7876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: December 11, 2008, 05:42:26 PM
CNN

Quote
Remains described as being those of a small child were found Thursday near the home of missing toddler Caylee Anthony's grandparents, a spokesman for the Orange County, Florida, sheriff's office told CNN.  The discovery was made about 9:30 a.m. by a utility worker, who alerted authorities, spokesman Jim Solomons said. Investigators, including those from the Anthony case and defense team, were on the scene, he said.

Police Capt. Angelo Nieves was reluctant to disclose details of the discovery to reporters at the scene, other than to say the skeletal remains found in a plastic bag appeared consistent with those of a young child. The Anthony family has been notified of the discovery, he said.
...
Solomons said he could not confirm reports that the body was that of a small girl. Asked about the distance from the site to Casey Anthony's parents' home, he said it would be "very safe to say it's in very close proximity."
7877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 11, 2008, 05:34:31 PM
Is that from one of those new talking pictures I've heard about?  slywink

I got no guess.
7878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Tropes on: December 11, 2008, 05:08:32 PM
You mean the Orbital Shot?

Quote
there is only one subject around whom the camera circles (usually on a dolly track), so as to provide a rotating view from all sides. Sometimes gives the impression that the subject is spinning.

This was a particularly common shot in music videos during the 1980s.

The Orbital Shot is often used in Bullet Time.

Oh, and one that everyone here should be intimately familiar with...  Screwed By The Network

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Fox is pretty much considered to be the king of this sort of programming decision, so much so that ratings for new shows on Fox are usually comparatively low, since most people know they'll just be canceled within 10 shuffled-around episodes anyways.
7879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Tropes on: December 11, 2008, 04:03:15 PM
Ever been watching your favorite show when they go back to the same well and use a story element that's been done to death?  Ever wanted to see just how prevalent it is?  I give you TV Tropes Wiki!!!

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Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite". In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.

Using the "random item" button has kept me entertained for hours on end.  This wiki is more about citations and humor than really expanding on the main text of an article.  Spoilers are done to good effect and there is a strong geek bent to it, with sci-fi and anime being disproportionally represented.

To get you started:

All Your Colors Combined

Star Trek Shake

Heel Face Turn

The Cast Showoff
7880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Down with the flu - home remedies anyone? on: December 11, 2008, 03:54:14 PM
DUDE!  You and your wife need to head to the local warehouse store, stock up like it's DefCon 2 and not come out of the house until spring.  What gods did you piss off?

Seriously, I got nothing other than hopes that  you get to feeling better soon.
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