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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 29, 2015, 08:16:45 PM
Ironrod also spends more time walking than a good chunk of us.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 29, 2015, 06:04:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 29, 2015, 03:50:53 PM

So that's 1 out of every 300 people.

I like my odds.

Those odds are a hell of a lot higher than you winning the lottery. 

It's even slightly higher than dying from assault by a firearm.

You're more likely to get cancer from that meat than you are to be audited, and I know I worry a lot about the details of tax returns even when being 100% honest.  Tongue

I don't play the lotto, so it's a divide by zero error.  I don't worry about getting killed by a firearm.  And I don't worry about an audit.  I deduct my student loan debt.  Audit odds are 1 in 300.

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The 1-in-116 chance of being called on the carpet vastly overstates the severity of the situation. Fully three-quarters of all audits are handled by mail, not by mano a mano combat with an IRS agent during an office examination or a field audit. And if your return doesn't include income from a business, rental real estate or a farm, or employee business expense write-offs or earned income credit, the basic 1-in-116 chance of being challenged dwindles to about 1-in-300.

Another piece of rarely reported good news: Each year, tens of thousands of taxpayers walk out of an audit with a check from the government. In 2014, for example, almost 40,000 audits resulted in refunds totaling nearly $830 million. And 9% of field audits and 14% of correspondent audits end with the conclusion that everything is hunky-dory: no change in what the taxpayer owes Uncle Sam.

82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 29, 2015, 03:50:53 PM
National Cancer Institute

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The number of new cases of colon and rectum cancer was 42.4 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 15.5 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2008-2012 cases and deaths.

So that's a .0421% chance per year. 

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For every 50 grammes (1.8 ounces) of meat eaten on a daily basis, the population-wide risk of developing colon cancer was 18 percent higher, said the agency.

Let's assume the standard serving size of 4 ounces, a 2.2 increase over their amount.  That leaves us with a 39.6% increase. 

That puts the yearly risk at 0.0588%.  And then, that's only if your number is 4 ounces over the population baseline. 

In 2012, there were an estimated 1,168,929 people living with colon and rectum cancer in the United States.

Current US population is 321+M.  So that's 1 out of every 300 people.

I like my odds.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: October 29, 2015, 03:42:19 PM

Quote from: SeaMoosi on October 29, 2015, 01:11:49 AM

Quote from: Glycerine on October 28, 2015, 11:37:22 PM


No joke, this was both the subject matter of a lecture and on the final exam of a course I took in college. Thanks, Texas Tech!

Red Raiders represent!
84  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: October 28, 2015, 04:45:18 PM
Tell that to the American voters. 
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 10, 2015, 01:50:21 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 09, 2015, 03:00:17 PM

I believe our Canadian friends have a long weekend.

So do most bank workers.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 04, 2015, 09:40:55 PM
Decided to take the HOTAS out of her box and fire up World of Warplanes. Turns out I've never played past the tutorials.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 02, 2015, 04:16:22 PM
This weekend has snuck up on me.  No plans outside World of Warships at the moment.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help for a community member on: October 02, 2015, 04:08:32 PM
For those of you that have flitted back and forth between here and OO, you may know of Blackhawk and his struggles.  He has posted here at times as well, though not exhaustively.

Recently, he has had some rough patches with fighting off cancer and financial difficulties above and beyond what he has been able to handle, despite his best attempts to manage. 

Most recently, his vehicle has reached a point of obsolescence that makes driving it a danger to himself and his two sons.  After much gnashing of teeth, he has asked for help

If you can spare anything to assist him in raising funds toward a new vehicle, I'm sure he would greatly appreciate it. 
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 6 on: September 30, 2015, 06:34:19 PM
Tablet track editor

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Tired of the more than 40 tracks built into your copy of the "Gran Turismo 6" video game? Now you can craft your own race circuit with a new app for Apple and Android tablets. The GT6 Track Path Editor lets players develop a brand-new circuit on their tablet, and then download it to their PlayStation so they can virtually race on the new course.

"Gran Turismo 6" players begin by picking a geographical theme for their new racing track, which includes a Death Valley desert option, the hilly Eifel, Eifel Flat, and the lush Andalusia, and then customize the layout of the circuit. You can tweak the track's design down to each specific corner, adding curbing on tricky bends, grandstands for virtual spectators, crash barriers, and all sorts of other visual details to help bring your imaginary race track to life. While the customized tracks cannot be used for career-mode play, gamers will be able to race their virtual tracks in GT6's Arcade, Free Play, and online lobby modes.

The GT6 Track Path Editor is available now as a free download for Apple and Android tablets.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 2 --- GIVE ME MORE FOOTBALL!! on: September 21, 2015, 03:36:43 PM
I'd never wish injury on anyone, but the injury bug for the Cowboys couldn't happen to a nicer owner.  Bob Kraft might be a close second.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/18 edition on: September 21, 2015, 03:34:56 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on September 21, 2015, 12:55:50 AM

Religiously World of Warships.

I did that.  Made sure to get my 3x XP rewards at least twice on all my ships.  It's probably the only way I'll get through the IJN BB line and get to the carriers.

I've started using my Bogue fighters x2 as a strike package and had better luck at fending off enemy fighters.  If I go 1-on-1, I'd see a 2-6 loss on an exchange, which infuriated me.  Oh, and dive bombers are nigh useless.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 21, 2015, 03:32:55 PM
Nada.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/15) on: September 14, 2015, 03:18:52 PM
Nada.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/4/15 - US Labor Day Edition on: September 04, 2015, 06:05:46 PM
I will probably continue my suckitude on the high seas of World of Warships.
95  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: September 01, 2015, 07:01:21 PM
Is it open season on personal attacks now?   
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 24, 2015, 02:16:50 PM
Nada.
97  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 22, 2015, 01:46:41 AM
Price has gone up $10 since release, and the discount percentage is lower than when it went on sale then, too.
98  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: August 18, 2015, 12:23:26 PM
CNN

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For the first time in history, two women have completed the vigorous training curriculum and will graduate from Army Ranger School on Friday.

However, the Pentagon isn't expected to make final decisions about exactly what combat roles women will be allowed to fulfill until later this year.

Quote from: Pentagon press release
Nineteen women and 381 men started Ranger Class 06-15 on April 20, 2015. Eight women successfully completed RAP week; however, all were recycled into Ranger Class 07-15 as Darby inserts for a second attempt at patrolling. After the second Darby Phase attempt, five were dropped from the course and three were given a Day one recycle into Ranger Class 08-15, starting the course again on June 21, 2015. These three women successfully met the standards of the Benning Phase and moved on to the Mountain Phase on July 10, 2015. All three women passed the knot test, military mountaineering skills assessment, the foot movement up Mount Yonah, and were given opportunities to lead patrols. One woman recycled into Ranger Class 09-15 to start the Mountain Phase again on Aug. 9, 2015. Two women received a passing grade in the mountains during platoon level combat patrols and moved on to the Swamp Phase on Aug. 1, 2015. The two women also met the standards of the Swamp Phase, proficiently leading waterborne platoon level combat patrols and will earn the Ranger Tab on Aug. 21, 2015.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 17, 2015, 09:49:49 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 17, 2015, 02:46:27 PM

Shadowrun: HK since I'm a backer
I guess this.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 14, 2015, 06:18:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 14, 2015, 05:26:05 PM

Saturday will be spent with swine, fried foods, things on a stick and all manner of fun.

We expect an after-action report:

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Check out our top three finalists for our 2015 New Fair Food Contest!

Corn in a Cup: Available in two varieties. "The Iowan," which includes a cup of corn niblets, pork sausage, cheddar cheese, mayo, butter, lime and spicy magic dust. "The Mexican" is a blend of corn niblets, pork chorizo, coyote cheese, butter, mayo, lime, and spicy magic dust. (available at The Corn Stand south of the Service Center)

Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster: a blend coconut, pretzel pieces, and caramel dipped in chocolate and served on a stick. (available at Dipped in Chocolate at the outer perimeter of the Livestock Pavilion)

Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb: smoked pure ground brisket, diced jalapenos, a few onions, infused with a pepper cheese, all wrapped in bacon, and served with a sweet and spicy chili glaze. (available at The Rib Shack located at the north side of Walnut Square)
...
Other new foods in 2015 include:

Apple Pie On-A-Stick (available at Applishus on the Triangle and north of Walnut Square)
Cattleman's Steak Fajita Wrap (available at Cattleman's Beef Quarters southeast of Walnut Square)
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on a Stick (available at Strawberry Hut, west of the Jacobson Exhibition Center)
Chocolate Marshmallow Malt Fair Square (available at the Fair Square stand at the northwest corner of the Administration Building)
Bruschetta(available at Parlo Pizza near Grandfather's Barn)
Deep Fried Cherry Pie (available at Fyfe Concessions in front of The Grandstand)
Deep Fried Nacho Balls (available at Jalapeno Pete's on the Grand Concourse)
Donut Sundae (available at Ford's Concessions in Walnut Square)
Golden Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly on a Stick(available at Veggie Table on the north side of The Varied Industries Building, west of the main entrance)
Gluten Free Corndog (available at Campbell's Concessions at the northwest corner of The Varied Industries building)
Kernel Kluster (available at Snappy Popcorn, which is north of the Animal Learning Center and east of Little Hands on the Farm)
Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake (available at Westmoreland's Funnel Cakes, south of the Riley Stage)
27 Degree Super Chill Beer(available at Steer 'N Stein on the Grand Concourse)
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 14, 2015, 04:38:32 PM
What's on the agenda?

I may try to find something that has a strategic and progression system deeper than World of Warships and Borderlands 2, but the odds are not high.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: August 14, 2015, 02:21:02 PM
That's what the MP world needs, 1/3 more of His Harkness.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 14, 2015, 02:19:33 PM
Yeah, the public wifi is for customers and vendors, not for employee use. 
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 12, 2015, 06:48:20 PM
Seeing as I stream music constantly at my desk, my wife (3GB plan) and I are averaging 8GB a month.  Per AT&T's site, I could save a whopping $5/month to move to a 10GB plan with unlimited talk and text. 

I think I'll pass.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 12, 2015, 06:41:17 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 10, 2015, 07:44:18 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 09, 2015, 01:19:44 AM

World of Warships. Grinding XP in the SC battleship is taking a while. I want the U.S.N. carriers. I'm taking the IJN on the destroyer side, which was lucky, as they have the better torpedoes.


What happened with your air conditioner?  At last update, it was brand new and barely keeping up with the heat wave. icon_frown

-Autistic Angel

They came back out on Monday and fixed a valve issue that, per their reports is common and their installers didn't bother to check.  Everything's peachy now, and Dad told me that he successfully griped them into cutting me a $50 check toward my electric bill for it running all that weekend trying to get it below 74.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 10, 2015, 02:18:29 PM
Nada.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 09, 2015, 01:19:44 AM
World of Warships. Grinding XP in the SC battleship is taking a while. I want the U.S.N. carriers. I'm taking the IJN on the destroyer side, which was lucky, as they have the better torpedoes.
108  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warships on: August 05, 2015, 01:43:25 PM
It's in open beta.  I've played enough to get into Tier IV, a feat I never managed in Tanks, and have maxed the level 8 rank progression.  Anyone out there?

I'm loving the IJN destroyers.  The South Carolina battleship?  Not so much. 
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 04:24:17 PM
If it had made it to Eastern Ohio, it would have been burned at the stake. 
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/4) on: August 03, 2015, 01:47:27 PM
Nada.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: August 02, 2015, 02:05:04 AM
Despite thermostat settings below it, the house temp never got below 75 today, something that the old unit never had a problem with. I am not a happy camper.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 07:15:11 PM
~$5800, actually.  5 ton unit, new pad, new ducts, new drainage system, the works, apparently.  A York unit, which the guy raved about, saying he'd never lost a coil in three years.

I called the place at 7:05, got a tech in the truck, he set an appointment for 9:30, and after all is said and done, they're saying that they'll be done by 5 today.  

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Angie’s List members who had new air conditioners installed in 2014 reported paying an average of $5,230, with a general range of $4,425 to $6,025, not counting discounts many service providers offer to Angie’s List members.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: July 31, 2015, 05:35:56 PM
Well, I'm living in Corinth while working in Grand Prairie.  When you get some time, hit me up and we can go grab a drink or something.  I haven't hit the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth yet.  I'm sure it will pale in comparison to the one at the lake, but I'm willing to give it a look. 
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 05:32:53 PM
Drink myself into a coma at the thought of the $6k I just had to ask Dad to spot me for a new air conditioner.  And maybe some World of Warships.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 29, 2015, 01:50:13 PM
Block out August 22nd for a trip to Plano.  I know it's a bit out of the way, but you won't find a much better place to get some boardgaming in than this. I'll be happy to show you around.  It's full of the geeks with a strong tech representation.  
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 12:17:29 PM
Nada.
117  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 28, 2015, 05:57:31 PM
No problem.  Sorry for the gap.  I have to proxy home to get to the boards, and access has been sporadic.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 28, 2015, 02:22:02 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 27, 2015, 10:30:13 PM

Sorry for the extended absense - I've transitioned jobs (finally!) and my new gig blocks GT.  frown     I'm working on fixing that (soon!) but it does make it difficult to post and keep an eye on things. 

I find Chrome Remote Desktop to be a godsend.  Obviously, someone of your technical skills and position might have a better solution, but for those of us that have less than those, it's nice.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: July 27, 2015, 11:14:09 PM
So are you here yet?
120  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 25, 2015, 05:41:21 PM
Daily Deal: Blockstorm -50% $6.99 $3.49

Quote from: Isgrimnur
Today's deal: The Evil Within & Dishonored up to 66% off
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