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8001  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.
8002  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...
8003  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.
8004  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. 
8005  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...
8006  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.
8007  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?
8008  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.
8009  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.
8010  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.
8011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 11, 2008, 08:43:31 PM
Red X and the Broken Images?
8012  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.
8013  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.
8014  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.
8015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: December 11, 2008, 05:42:26 PM
CNN

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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."
8016  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.
8017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Tropes on: December 11, 2008, 05:08:32 PM
You mean the Orbital Shot?

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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.
8018  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
8019  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.
8020  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Car Czar on: December 10, 2008, 11:42:28 PM
Call me Mr. Oblivious.  I actually missed the Augustus reference when I replied.
8021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you read, or post, on GT? on: December 10, 2008, 11:09:12 PM
I hit Console, and MP gaming for my daily smacktalk about CoD:W@W and to see if anything else catches my interest (like this thread Tongue ).  And I hit Off-Topic for all sorts of weird goodness (like this thread Tongue ) and squeeze on down to see if anyone bothered to post in P/RN that day (anyone else notice how close this is to pr0n?).

I hit OO as well, where I hit Forum Games and recently ran a 6 player game of Robo Rally, delve into Everything But Gaming, and then watch the Rabbids in the Religion & Politics forum. 
8022  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 10, 2008, 09:43:57 PM
Doesn't count when you're on the other team, Leo  Tongue
8023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] 1 year, 10,000 Gamerscore - an adventure on: December 10, 2008, 08:41:39 PM
CoD;W@W achievements...

  • Get Your Right Foot Wet - Got online, met some people, and kicked butt in a Competitive Co-Op game session.
  • Get Your Left Foot Wet - Complete a match in Campaign Co-Op mode over Xbox LIVE. (Online co-op only)
  • Blue Ribbon - Complete a 4-player Competitive Co-Op match in 1st place over Xbox LIVE. (Online co-op only)

There are plenty of in-came Challenges,  which are online only, but only three achievements worth 85 points total. 
8024  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 10, 2008, 08:21:49 PM
Level 45

I would also like to publicly apologize to HellSpawn.  I TKed him at the start of a match to get to a tank.  It was a dick move and I feel bad about doing it.
8025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 10, 2008, 08:05:30 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 10, 2008, 07:48:17 PM

Enemy of the State
Correct
8026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 10, 2008, 07:42:17 PM


No cheating...
8027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 10, 2008, 05:09:42 PM
Batman: The Dark Knight
8028  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Car Czar on: December 10, 2008, 03:47:12 PM

Quote from: CSL on December 10, 2008, 10:05:19 AM

We could call them Kaisers. Or maybe Caesars.

Car Kaiser.

Car Caesar.

Or better yet we could have a car triumvirate and call them the Car Augusti.

Tsar, Czar, and Kaiser are all derived from Caesar anyway. 

I'm reminded of Dragonheart.... something to the effect of "Instead of calling me Dragong, you call me dragon in another language?"
8029  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: atheist sign vandalized on: December 10, 2008, 03:39:37 PM
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Herrera family of Richland Hills, Texas, took matters into their own hands. Upset after their teeter-totter was stolen, the family trained surveillance cameras on their yard and was surprised when footage showed a teenage girl stealing a baby Jesus worth almost $500.

On a separate note, who the hell leaves a $500 item in their front yard?!?  Do people turn their brains off in December?  They sure as heck wouldn't leave their mountain bike out there the other 11 months out of the year.
8030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: December 10, 2008, 03:28:45 PM
First Sunday

Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Instead, they end up spending the night in the presence of the Lord and are forced to deal with much more than they bargained for.
8031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [RIP] Bob Petrillose on: December 09, 2008, 11:52:23 PM
French Bread Pizza FTW!
8032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Miramar F/A-18 crashes in San Diego neighborhood on: December 09, 2008, 09:31:31 PM
Not the right service, but...

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Air Force bailout procedures  call for ejecting if the plane is out of control and less than 6,000 feet above the ground.
8033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Miramar F/A-18 crashes in San Diego neighborhood on: December 09, 2008, 09:20:00 PM
I screwed up (and edited).  The article was using power failure to mean both engines, not electrical.
8034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Miramar F/A-18 crashes in San Diego neighborhood on: December 09, 2008, 09:09:59 PM
Update

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The Marine fighter plane that crashed into a residential San Diego neighborhood Monday had suffered power failure, a local member of Congress said today.
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The pilot of the plane reported to the air controller at Miramar that he had lost power in one engine soon after lifting off from the carrier Abraham Lincoln off the San Diego coast. Ordered to attempt an emergency landing at Miramar, the pilot lost a second engine on final approach.

The plane lost altitude and began to wobble. Residents of University City looked up and knew something was terribly wrong. Within seconds, the plane nosed downward and picked up speed, clipping the top of a jacaranda tree and smashing into the Yoons' Cather Avenue home.
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Jason Widmer, who was working in the neighborhood, talked to the pilot after he landed. The pilot said he had tried to steer into a brushy canyon to avoid homes.  "He was pretty shook up," Widmer said. "And pretty concerned if he had killed anyone. He had seen his bird go into a house."
...
Marine officials said the pilot was part of a training squadron and that he was trying to aim the plane at a deserted canyon to avoid slamming into homes or Interstate 805.

8035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Miramar F/A-18 crashes in San Diego neighborhood on: December 09, 2008, 09:05:07 PM
Modern fighter jets are designed to be inherently unstable.  This trait is what allows them to be as manueverable as they are.  This one was headed in for a landing on one engine when the other failed.  This turns the plane into unpowered glider and not a very good one.  The two safety margins that a pilot has are altitude and velocity, which can be traded off.  An aircraft in a landing pattern has neither.

The pilot would have done everything he could to manuever the plane to a safe area if possible.  Once he ejects, which is recommended to be at a certain airspeed/altitude if possible, there's nothing he can do to control where it comes down.
8036  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: atheist sign vandalized on: December 09, 2008, 05:11:04 PM
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We are a rational approach to religion, offering atheists, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers all the social, emotional and inspirational benefits of traditional faith-based churches, but without appealing to tradition or superstition. Our growing community of freethinkers provides a positive, affirming environment for leading a good life, free of the illogic and intolerance of other religions based on holy books and supernaturalism.

And don't forget the Solstice Party!

Come be touched by His Noodly Appendage!

8037  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 09, 2008, 05:03:21 PM
Depends on the timing.  There were a good number on 7-8 CST when I had to leave.  Next time I see you on, I'll make sure we get you a spot.
8038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'damn it feel good to be a gangsta' - the Office Space tribute on: December 09, 2008, 04:27:42 PM
I work for a company that writes bank software.  Company legend has it that a former employee owned a blue Porsche.  The opening part of the film with traffic was filmed here in Dallas. 

The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care."

"I said no salt, NO salt for the margarita, but it had salt on it, big grains of salt..."
8039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good luck on your test, Pete! on: December 09, 2008, 04:13:07 PM
Great job, Pete.  Congrats on getting the "hard" one out of the way.  With a few months to study and having to only put up with four hours of testing, I have no doubt you'll get through the fundamentals with no issues.

Just one more example of how much you rock!  biggrin
8040  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. 
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