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7921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Treat your dogs fairly... on: December 08, 2008, 11:45:48 PM
Our childhood dog would snap at any small children that came over.  We would have to put her out back.  She was fine with my sister and me, but woe betide any rugrat that wandered within her leaping range. 
7922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Treat your dogs fairly... on: December 08, 2008, 10:27:29 PM
... or they may revolt.

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Dogs appear to experience a range of complex, unpleasant emotions such as jealousy and pride, scientists have discovered.  Until now, this type of behavior had only been shown in humans or chimpanzees, but researchers suspected that other species that live together could be sensitive to fair play -- or a lack of one.

"We are learning that dogs, horses, and perhaps many other species are far more emotionally complex than we ever realized," Paul Morris, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth who studies animal emotions, told The Sunday Times.  "They can suffer simple forms of many emotions we once thought only primates could experience."

Scientists noted that dogs hate to see their owners being affectionate to other dogs and can suffer if a new baby or partner arrives on the scene.  To test the theory, Friederike Range and colleagues at the University of Vienna in Austria asked 33 trained dogs to extend a paw to a human.  The animals performed the trick virtually all of the time whether they were given a reward or not -- when alone or with another dog.  But the dogs' enthusiasm waned when they saw other dogs being rewarded but received nothing themselves.  Dogs that were ignored extended their paws much less often, doing so in only 13 out of 30 trials. They also showed more stress, such as licking or scratching themselves. 

"They are clearly unhappy with the unfair situation", Range told New Scientist magazine. She also suspects that this sensitivity might stretch beyond food to more abstract things like praise and attention.  It might explain why some dogs react with 'new baby envy' when their owners have a child," she said.
7923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NEWS] Miramar F/A-18 crashes in San Diego neighborhood (Resurrect) on: December 08, 2008, 09:53:45 PM
CNN

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A military jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in San Diego, California, on Monday as it tried to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, an FAA spokesman told CNN.

The pilot ejected before the jet, an F/A-18, went down two miles from the airfield about 11:55 a.m. PT, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Information about injuries wasn't immediately available, Gregor said. CNN affiliate KGTV reported that the pilot was transported to a local hospital in "mild status."

7924  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: atheist sign vandalized on: December 08, 2008, 09:00:28 PM
There are always people of any ideology that feel the need to be confrontational about their beliefs.  I disagree with the confrontational tactic used by any party, be it one I agree with or not.  There are ways to have a reasoned discourse about the state of the universe, but plenty of people that would rather rail at the opposition than sit down and discuss matters where they can find a common ground.  As many atheists and agnostics (percentage wise) try to live good lives and accomplish things that the religious do, even if for different reasons.  I'm going to ask Freethinking Santa for some peace and understanding, even if his handlers don't quite get it...

7925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #1 Alabama vs #2 Florida - predictions? on: December 08, 2008, 06:59:40 PM
It's all about the golden rule:  He who has the gold gets to make the rules.  I'm surprised that the mid majors haven't filed anti-trust/anti-competition lawsuits against the Big Boys in the BCS instead of hoping for the table scraps every year.
7926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 08, 2008, 06:25:46 PM
ninja That's why I bought the 120 HD version when I bought my system this past march.  But then, when they launched, I was po', Kenny!
7927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Friends List Etiquette on: December 07, 2008, 09:56:27 PM
Friend request, indeed.
7928  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 07, 2008, 07:32:02 PM
Call me a twitch-kiddie, then, because I showed signs of competence in normal mode, once taking tops on a team that had Harkonis in it.  LFT
7929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Friends List Etiquette on: December 07, 2008, 07:28:50 PM
Myto's got FR.  Heck, one of the more fun evenings this past week was half a dozen of us CoD players griping about hardcore multi while listening to Moriarty gripe about Quicktime events in Kung Fu Panda.  The new party functionality makes for some interesting juxtapositions.
7930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help restore my faith in the youth of today... on: December 07, 2008, 06:20:01 PM
leg-lamp evidence, 1 minute in.  

It's obvious from a YouTube clip that the 'F' is pronounced.
7931  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Religious Hatred........Why? on: December 07, 2008, 08:19:21 AM
My grandfather and uncle were/are Masons.  My Dad - went Air Force.  I've thought about looking into the Masons myself, just never pulled the trigger.
7932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It had to happen: Snow-covered, Nazi Zombie movie on: December 06, 2008, 07:26:12 PM
I love the weapon choices   the sickle, hammer ... chainsaw.

And heck, they put the sequel hint right in the trailer.  "We should have gone to the beach like I told you!" - Dead Snow 2: Dead Sand - set in Normandy.
7933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 06, 2008, 07:36:52 AM
Good deal.  I hear they have more politics there to consult on...
7934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 06, 2008, 07:29:23 AM
Whee ha!

Check out the K/d Ratio ... and the nemesis!  And it only took 226 matches!
7935  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 10:57:51 PM
Rummaging through the ice bin?!?  saywhat   Man, my parents have through-door ice and have had for years!  Is your fridge not up to your fabulous standards?

I don't get the love since I'm an apartment-dweller, but still...
7936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Article: "Upgrade Your Xbox 360's Hard Drive on the Cheap" on: December 05, 2008, 10:52:51 PM
My understanding is that most games that start out as a trial require XBL connection to verify that you have purchased them every time that you play them.  So the machine could be chock full of demos, but nothing that had to be unlocked.
7937  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 10:13:51 PM
Pantsless is de rigeur

I can't keep my controllers connected.  I shudder to think how much adding a wireless headset would make my system shudder.  Does it go by bluetooth or another protocol?  Does it require a special headset or would any phone-type set work.
7938  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 09:52:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 05, 2008, 09:16:57 PM

I just couldn't take ... the feedback

Sorry.  Stupid me rips my headset out of socket at least twice a night and for some reason, I use the RB extender as well.  One of my yanks half-separated the patch from the main line, which apparently caused some unanticipated effects.  Take heed.  If you're getting feedback, have the wired folks check their plugs.
7939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like the MGS4 360 port will be announced soon on: December 05, 2008, 09:15:19 PM
How about people who played MGS4 and wished that they hadn't?   saywhat  thumbsdown
7940  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This is a scary map. on: December 05, 2008, 08:16:22 PM
Texas hasn't changed colors (4-6% range)
7941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 05, 2008, 07:15:48 PM
As per the breakaway armor, there's an achievement (iirc) about disabling the tracks on 10 tanks.  This would involve breakign through that armor and hitting the treads.  I believe I accomplished this once the other night.
7942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: O.J. GUILTY on all counts on: December 05, 2008, 06:49:52 PM
15 years, possibility of parole after six years.  He is currently 61.   Simpson cannot be freed on bail pending a possible appeal.
7943  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 05:42:51 PM
Then I'm doomed, as getting a recon plane is usually beyond my abilities. 
7944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 05:20:44 PM
Phillies
7945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How technologically advanced is your office? on: December 05, 2008, 05:18:42 PM
What I want is somebody to agree to go to lunch with me week after next...   Tongue

We develop exclusively for consumer banks.  And I just got a LCD replacement for my CRT within the last two months.  Our staff is a little more than 1% of yours.  Honestly, I'm happy where I'm at. 

My current machine is a Dell Optiplex 745, small form model, Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz, 1 GB RAM.
7946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 05:10:45 PM
Quaker Oatmeal
7947  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 04:58:59 PM
And here I was planning on going out to see if I could pick up women...

Given no time frame for bed time this evening, maybe I can squeeze in a little social activity before coming home and unloading what will no doubt be a frustration-laden evening to blow crap up... smile

*deep inhale* Fake confidence... fake confidence....
7948  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 05, 2008, 04:06:53 PM
I honestly thought you weren't feeling well.  biggrin

In all honesty, I believe that my outbursts have increased after playing with fellow board members.  You all are bad influences on my fwagile wittwe psyche  nod
7949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How technologically advanced is your office? on: December 05, 2008, 04:10:38 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 05, 2008, 01:35:01 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 05, 2008, 01:20:15 AM

Cisco stuff, really high speed fiber, ginormous data storage centers, etc. I can't wait.  icon_biggrin

I've been told we used to have the second largest oracle DB in the US. A lot of it has been moved off oracle to stuff built for such volumes... I think we are at half a petabyte or something like that now. I've had a 19 inch LCD for years, dual core laptops for everyone with wireless throughout the campus. Of course we also have some ridiculous number of employees, it was around 20,000 before we bought a couple consumer banks over the last few years.

Are they hiring web devs?  biggrin
7950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How accurate is the BMI chart? on: December 05, 2008, 04:08:30 AM
Picture that for a minute...  They are comparing your ratio of weight/mass to a version of you that is as wide as you are tall and two dimensional...  It's like something out of Madeline L'Engle...
7951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Creed to reunite? on: December 05, 2008, 12:44:37 AM

Quote from: kratz on December 05, 2008, 12:13:21 AM

Unless it lead to the 'Creed and Nickelback killed in fiery bush crash'.

Is the intent biblical or more OB/GYN?
7952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: December 04, 2008, 11:19:20 PM
It does start mid-sentence.  And the score comes in pop-ups, so some bug-me-not add-ons may prevent proper functioning.
7953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 10:27:11 PM
Source

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When a cleared individual leaves the job or employer for which they were granted access to classified information, they are formally "debriefed" from the program. Debriefing is an administrative process that accomplishes two main goals: it creates a formal record that the individual no longer has access to the classified information for that program; and it reminds the individual of their "lifetime commitment" to protect that information. Typically the individual is asked to sign another non-disclosure agreement (NDA), similar to that which they signed when initially briefed, and this document serves as the formal record. Note that the debriefed individual does not lose their security clearance; they have only surrendered the "need to know" for information related to that particular job.
7954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 10:17:32 PM
To get a Top Secret clearance, the government turns your life inside out.

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Minimum investigative scope

Past ten (10) years or to age 18, whichever is less.

Employment

Direct verification through records of all periods of employment within scope but in any event the most recent two (2) years. Personal interviews of two sources (supervisor/coworkers) for each employment of six months or more shall be attempted. In the event that no employment exceeds six months, interviews of supervisor/coworkers shall be attempted. All periods of unemployment in excess of sixty (60) days shall be verified through records and/or sources. All prior federal/military service and type of discharges shall be verified.

References

Four required (at least two of which are developed). To the extent practical, all should have social knowledge of subject and collectively span the entire scope of the investigation.

As appropriate, additional interviews may include cohabitant(s), ex-spouses, and relative(s). Interviews with psychological/medical personnel are to be accomplished as required to resolve issues.

Neighborhood

Interviews with neighbors for last three years if residence exceeds six months. Confirmation of current residence shall be accomplished regardless of length, including review of rental records if necessary. In the event no residence exceeds six months, interview of neighbors should be undertaken.

Credit

Verification of the subject's financial status and credit habits of all locations where subject has resided, been employed, or attended school for six months or more for the last seven (7) years.
...
The investigation may include a NACLC on the candidate’s spouse or cohabitant and any immediate family members who are U.S. citizens other than by birth or who are not U.S. citizens.

It's taken you years to work your way up to qualify for consideration for this clearance.  It has taken years for the investigation to be conducted.  This clearance is tied to every dime you make and probably every dime you will ever make from here on out.  And even with TS clearance, if there were evidence of alien life/craft, you still wouldn't be cleared for it. 

You think someone who's a glory hound and wants to crack this story open and looking for a book deal is going to get through all this?
7955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 09:20:57 PM
My father was tied to a project out of Nellis AFB in the 80's.  The first we knew of it was when they declassified its existence of the result and read off his unit's designation on the nightly news.  I know more about that project from the History Channel than he has ever told me.

I know plenty of military personnel from various services and timeframes.  I listen to the stories they tell and respect them enough not to ask questions about things they obviously can not discuss. 
7956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 09:06:01 PM
They don't give security clearances to people who are likely to break them.  Even were you so inclined, the threat of imprisonment is very real and the government is more than willing to request, and then demand that whoever had the information passed to them be gagged or face imprisonment as well.  Not to mention being discredited.
7957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: December 04, 2008, 08:18:02 PM
1 mistake
75.64 wpm 

2 mistakes
79.04 wpm

7958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 04, 2008, 06:47:58 PM
It's December, which means it's time for me to put together a Dallas-area lunch GTG.  I have organized one for the past two months at OO and been remiss in not including the GT brethren. 

Initial thoughts are Monday, 12/15.  11:30 - 1:30 has been the standard up to this point.  Our last turnout was seven forum members

Urban Spoon has suggested to me that we do Bone Daddy's to change it up from our run of Mexican food.

All details are up for debate here and the other place.
7959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Combat 2 confirmed! on: December 04, 2008, 06:27:26 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 04, 2008, 06:18:15 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 04, 2008, 05:54:54 PM

I brought up Viet Nam in conversation not 15 minutes ago. 
yeah sorry,i took about 30 minutes to write that...either i am a slow poster or half way through typing it,i got a telephone call and had to go out ...you choose,LOL

Conversation, meaning someone in the next cube here at work.  I hadn't brought it up here when you did.  Actually, I my post was in regard to seeing you had already btought it up when I came in here to do what you already had. 
7960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Combat 2 confirmed! on: December 04, 2008, 05:54:54 PM
I brought up Viet Nam in conversation not 15 minutes ago. 

Let's see one in Korea!  Initial invasion, Pusan perimeter, landing at Inchon, Saber vs. Mig-15, the possibilities have not been explored enough.
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