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8041  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.
8042  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: atheist sign vandalized on: December 09, 2008, 05:11:04 PM
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!

8043  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.
8044  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..."
8045  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
8046  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. 
8047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Treat your dogs fairly... on: December 08, 2008, 10:27:29 PM
... or they may revolt.

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.
8048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NEWS] Miramar F/A-18 crashes in San Diego neighborhood (Resurrect) on: December 08, 2008, 09:53:45 PM

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."

8049  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...

8050  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.
8051  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!
8052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Friends List Etiquette on: December 07, 2008, 09:56:27 PM
Friend request, indeed.
8053  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
8054  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.
8055  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.
8056  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.
8057  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.
8058  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...
8059  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!
8060  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...
8061  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.
8062  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.
8063  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.
8064  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
8065  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)
8066  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.
8067  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.
8068  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. 
8069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 05:20:44 PM
8070  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.
8071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 05:10:45 PM
Quaker Oatmeal
8072  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....
8073  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
8074  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
8075  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...
8076  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?
8077  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.
8078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 10:27:11 PM

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.
8079  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.

Minimum investigative scope

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


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.


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.


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.


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?
8080  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. 
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