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8041  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 07, 2009, 08:00:31 PM
Based on HHS levels for the lower 48 in 2007-2008, that puts your threshold at $260,000 for a single person and $530,000 for a family of four. 
8042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super soldier exoskeleton on: March 07, 2009, 07:39:10 PM
That why you spring for the "extended-endurance HULC fitted with a "silent" generator running on JP8 jet fuel. A tankful will run this suit for three days, marching eight hours per day - though presumably at the cost of some payload."
8043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: POS PS3 on: March 07, 2009, 07:29:15 PM
PS3 retail configurations
8044  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 07, 2009, 06:56:28 PM
I think that a good starting point would be 50%.  The idea that half or more of the money you earn is given directly to the government would be a point that most people could agree on.  And of course, that doesn't take sales tax, property tax, etc into account. 
8045  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 07, 2009, 06:20:23 PM
I need to some research and see where the legal precedent was set that the electromagnetic spectrum belongs to the government to license and that we have the right to lease it out.  I can certainly see the regulation of technology as the right of the government, but ownership seems to be taking it a bit far in my opinion. 

The government operations in this regard amount to a state monopoly.  It's not like the carriers can do anything but pay the increased rates or go out of business.  It's not like there's some other organization selling spectrum that they can use.
8046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 07, 2009, 06:14:12 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 07, 2009, 05:39:38 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 07, 2009, 03:19:13 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 07, 2009, 02:51:24 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing him play for the chiefs

Great googly moogly!

I take it you don't like that idea!


Honestly, even loving the AFC like I do, the Chiefs are never on my radar.  I guess most of my attention ends up being devoted to the AFC and NFC East divisions, one because of my team of choice and the other due to my location.  If TO went to the Chiefs, maybe he'd be less of a media circus, but I doubt it.
8047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NASA] Kepler Space Telescope to launch tonight on: March 07, 2009, 03:24:10 AM
The Kepler Mission is due to launch this evening at 10:49 EST.

The Kepler craft will survey the Milky Way to look for rocky, water-bearing planets in our galaxy, dialing down the searches from the super-Jupiters that we have been racking up. 

NASA delayed Kepler's launch by one day last week to allow extra rocket checks on the spacecraft's Delta 2 booster to ensure it was fit to fly. The precaution, stemmed from the Feb. 24 failure of a different rocket carrying a NASA Earth-watching satellite, found Kepler's booster in fine shape for tonight's planned liftoff, mission managers said.

Kepler will not be orbiting the earth, but apparently placed into a solar orbit that trails the earth so that it can continually observe stars without our pesky planet getting in the way.  (Man, I'd love to see some of the math about the forces involved in making that work...)

After launch, Kepler is designed to turn its unblinking camera eye at a patch of sky between 600 and 3,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. The target zone covers an area similar to what a human hand could cover when held at arm's length.

Kepler will stare at the region for at least 3 1/2 years, measuring the light from 100,000 stars every half hour with a 95 million-pixel camera to watch for the slight dip in a star's brightness that signals a planet moving across it as seen from Earth. It's the equivalent of trying to spot a flea crawl across a car headlight from miles away, NASA has said.

Who wants to watch it with me?  Less than 30 minutes to go.
8048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 07, 2009, 03:19:13 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 07, 2009, 02:51:24 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing him play for the chiefs

Great googly moogly!
8049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: March 07, 2009, 03:16:40 AM
Let the jokes begin!!

8050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are your gaming plans for the weekend? on: March 07, 2009, 02:09:37 AM
Tonight will be CoD:[email protected] due to double XP weekend.  No idea if gaming is on the agenda for tomorrow yet, as I need to go put in some work tomorrow and may take in the North Texas Irish Festival.  Sunday may get some EndWar or I may drop the caseh a week early to pick up MLB The Show 09.
8051  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: March 07, 2009, 02:03:32 AM

Quote from: RuperT on March 07, 2009, 01:22:49 AM

Me too, please.

And thus ends the mystery of continually seeing you online and wondering just who the hell MooseFoe is and how we all know him biggrin
8052  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / BlackDay theme, Links, and quotes on: March 06, 2009, 07:56:31 PM
Is there a way to tweak the theme for coloring of links that have been clicked previously?

The current colors used in the BlackDay theme make a previously viewed link inqide a quote box nigh impossible to read without highlighting it. 

Example post
8053  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does this make Obama a re-gifter? on: March 06, 2009, 06:32:03 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on March 06, 2009, 04:38:48 PM

I do hope they were blu ray........and not vhs

Worse.  BetaMax

Spoiler for Hiden:
Would HD-DVD have played better?
8054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 06, 2009, 05:34:10 PM
I want to see some Dire Straits.  Sultans of Swing FTW!
8055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 06, 2009, 05:25:42 PM
Has anyone hit a homer in Fenway that has hit the Monster behind the stands in CF and then dropped into the crowd?  There was a bug that I reported to 3DO back in the High Heat days where that would result in the game calling it a ground rule double.  I sent the question to eric Nadel of the Rangers Radio broadcast after they played there, and he confirmed that it should be a HR if it's in fair territory, a ground-rule double if it hits the wall in fair territory, then drops into the stands in foul territory. 
8056  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 06, 2009, 04:23:46 PM
The argument from the carriers is that they (and by definition, their consumers) are already doing more than their fair share.  If you increase the burden on a successful business, they either have to pass that burden on to the consumers (note the fees referenced above) to maintain their expected models or start taking chunks out of their operating revenue, which puts an impact on their ability to maintain and expand the business to remain successful. 

If the carrier's spectrum fees increase 300%, you can expect to see it passed along in the Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge.  There are more than 150 million cell customers, so you can expect to see less than a $1/user (I assume yearly).  Without the reporting, you would likely never notice it on your bill.
8057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Fox TV] Lie to Me... on: March 06, 2009, 04:07:26 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 06, 2009, 01:57:52 PM

Tim Roth is a villain in my mind. A multi-leveled villain with admirable qualities, but a villain none the less. His acting always brings a seriousness, a gravitas if you will, to any role he plays, and in something like that I can't see myself enjoying it.

For me, watching Roth on a weekly basis in episodic content on a prime-time investigation show is like having Christopher Walken replace Wayne Brady on "Don't Forget the Lyrics". Tongue

Go watch Four Rooms.   It's okay, I'll wait...
8058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Monsters Vs. Aliens (3D) on: March 06, 2009, 05:50:22 AM

(Voiced by Reese Witherspoon)

We'll let this one go.
8059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: March 06, 2009, 05:15:01 AM
I had to go get a drink just after the 1:05 mark because I was choking so hard with laughter at the alliteration and the follow-on joke.  A truly enjoyable outing this week. 
8060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good luck on your test, Pete! on: March 05, 2009, 11:06:15 PM
Sorry to hear about that, Pete.  You should at least be able to throw rocks at whoever screwed this up. 
8061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic on: March 05, 2009, 09:31:10 PM
Thanks for stopping by twice, Pr0ner.  I'm glad to know that you read my threads.
8062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic on: March 05, 2009, 08:49:47 PM

Quote from: Doopri on March 05, 2009, 07:53:45 PM

italy has a f@#$ing baseball team???

Yes, with major leaguers Philip Barzilla, Mark DiFelice, Lenny DiNardo, Jason Grilli, Alex Maestri, Adam Ottavino, Luca Panerati, Francisco Cervelli, Vinny Rottino, Frank Catalanotto, Mike Costanzo, Alex Liddi, Nick Punto, Peter Ciofrone, Chris Denorfia, Valentino Pascucci ... and 11 guys from Italy.   icon_biggrin
8063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any word on MLB 2K9 for the Wii yet? on: March 05, 2009, 05:33:14 PM
How about a real world example?
8064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 2009 World Baseball Classic on: March 05, 2009, 05:28:38 PM
    It is officially underway!

    From Pool A at the Tokyo Dome in ... Tokyo:

    Japan 4, China 0

    Once you get out of that midnight showing of Watchmen, you can segue nicely into Chinese Taipei vs. Korea at 4:30 a.m. EST, take a nap, and get ready for the 10:30 p.m. EST Game 2 Loser vs. China.

    Saturday and Sunday will kick off the rest

    Pool A - Tokyo Dome in Tokyo
    • Japan
    • China
    • Chinese Taipei
    • Korea
    Pool B - Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City
    • South Africa
    • Cuba
    • Australia
    • Mexico
    Pool C - Rogers Centre - Toronto
    • Canada
    • United States
    • Italy
    • Venezuela
    Pool D - Hiram Bithorn Stadium  -San Juan, PR
    • Netherlands
    • Dominican Republic
    • Panama
    • Puerto Rico
    8065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 05, 2009, 04:36:58 PM
    I found it's better to see the film, then read the source material.  You can easily see where changes were made or stuff was left out, but are less likely to go on a fanboy diatribe.  You can save that for the next time you watch the movie.   icon_wink
    8066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any word on MLB 2K9 for the Wii yet? on: March 05, 2009, 04:03:29 PM
    I've got nothing on specifics but...

    Pinpoint Pitching – Use the Wii Remote™ to control every pitch. A Flick of the remote, as you pitch, will increase velocity and movement on your pitches.

    Precise Hitting – Use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk™ for total control of your hitting. The Wii Remote allows you to place your hits in relation to your swing timing, swing speed and swing angle.

    Signature Style™ – Individual MLB player-specific batting stances, step-ins, step-outs, home run celebrations, windups and deliveries create a real life game experience.

    New Broadcast Team – Gary Thorne provides the play by play calls alongside color analyst Steve Phillips giving more depth and realism for a true-to-life conversational broadcast. With improved sound effects including real time crowd noise you’ll feel like you’re actually sitting in the park.

    New 2K Beats – Featuring Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, Coheed & Cambria, Ted Nugent, SR-71, The Romantics, Boys Like Girls, and Europe.

    Just be careful...
    8067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awww damn accident on: March 05, 2009, 03:48:41 PM

    Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 05, 2009, 01:50:41 PM

    It's just insane to me that these two parents would teach their children the lesson of dishonesty by trying to claim that their moron kid didn't do all this damage.  This is just one example of why I don't have kids...

    So instead of fighting back by having children and teaching them the proper way to do things, you cede the next generation of society to the mouth breathers?  Thanks for doing your part, KD!   thumbsup  icon_wink
    8068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 05, 2009, 02:43:15 AM
    And did you not see that you can "Adjust the text size"??
    8069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Personal info. hacked? Need help, suggestions, advice. on: March 04, 2009, 10:18:28 PM
    Wu-Yi should be able to tell you what bank the card was drawn on.  I believe that each bank is issued a block of numbers to issue similar to area codes for phone numbers.

    As for the credit report, I think that there are delays.  I had paid off a dental loan that had not been reflected yet. 
    8070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Personal info. hacked? Need help, suggestions, advice. on: March 04, 2009, 08:03:15 PM
    Should I apply for a new Social Security number?

    Under certain circumstances, the Social Security Administration may issue you a new Social Security number - at your request - if, after trying to resolve the problems brought on by identity theft, you continue to experience problems. Consider this option carefully. A new Social Security number may not resolve your identity theft problems, and may actually create new problems. For example, a new Social Security number does not necessarily ensure a new credit record because credit bureaus may combine the credit records from your old Social Security number with those from your new Social Security number. Even when the old credit information is not associated with your new Social Security number, the absence of any credit history under your new Social Security number may make it more difficult for you to get credit. And finally, there's no guarantee that a new Social Security number wouldn't also be misused by an identity thief.

    As for the DL#, I would imagine it's a similar situation and probably more trouble than it's worth.  The fraud alerts are pretty much what LifeLock does anyway.
    8071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Personal info. hacked? Need help, suggestions, advice. on: March 04, 2009, 07:18:44 PM
    I'd follow up with the bank and get the specifics on the breach that they were made aware of.  Get all of the information that you can from them.  Filing a police report once you have the details will allow you to put the fraud alerts on for no charge, whereas preventative holds require a fee.  A police report will get your paperwork in order, but likely not much else, as you run into jurisdictional issues and whatnot.  They may be able to refer it up the chain to appropriate law enforcement, but I doubt it will result in much action other than having your ducks in a row.

    You can get info on the credit reports here.  It costs a small fee to get the score, but I imagine that is a tertiary concern at the moment.  You can either get all three at once or stagger them.  It should tell you what accounts are open, how long, etc.  Should be easy to see what happened when.  I'm not sure how fast they get updated, however.

    All this being said, I have not been through this, so my advice is based merely on my own academic research.  And, of course, IANAFL.
    8072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Personal info. hacked? Need help, suggestions, advice. on: March 04, 2009, 06:58:26 PM
    The Federal Trade Commission is here to help.

    1. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports, and review your credit reports
    2. Close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
    3. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
    4. File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
    8073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blackberry Users??? on: March 04, 2009, 06:38:25 PM
    Yeah, that $40 would barely cover the lowest voice package for most carriers.

    T-Mobile would give you 600 day, unlimited night/weekend, no mobile to mobile.  Blackbery service would run you at least $30 a month to get work e-mails. 
    8074  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [02/05/2009 edition] on: March 04, 2009, 06:29:33 PM

    Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on March 04, 2009, 06:06:51 PM

    Yeah, baby, I'm #161! Woot. nod

    Disney Sing It?!?
    8075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awww damn accident on: March 04, 2009, 06:17:15 PM
    So somewhere between swerving and hitting your car, he was able to accurately deduce the pre-existing condition of your car?
    8076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 04, 2009, 06:15:46 PM
    Some of us don't have issues with reading off of backlit screens for long periods of time.  On the other board, I compared it to playing a PSP or DS for a long period of time.  The iPhone is more portable than the Kindle.  If there were a book that I wanted to read but didn't feel like owning in hardcover and a $10 version were available before the paperback was due, I would certainly consider it.  I would imagine that commuting passengers that already have an iPhone will like the option.  It won't ever be a replacement for books like the Kindle is supposed to be, but it will definitely take another step in mainstreaming the ebook market. 

    I don't think it will sell iPhones on the strength of this development by itself, as the long term cost of ownership is higher for the iPhone ($200 device, $30/month data), where the break even point is 5 months and 10 days.  But multiple functionality is where everything is going.  I don't think the Kindle is a one-trick pony, but the possibilities with the Kindle pale in comparison to the iPhone's feature list.  They mention that you can't use the iPhone Kindle app to purchase books, but that's not a big deal, as I can access Amazon from the Safari browser and purchase them from there. 
    8077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no life on Mars on: March 04, 2009, 04:51:31 PM

    Quote from: Ironrod on March 04, 2009, 04:24:44 PM

    Does the BBC's Life On Mars not exist on DVD, or does Netflix just not have it? I'd like to check out the original after the US version ends.

    "This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer."
    8078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In need of a cough suppressant. One that works. on: March 04, 2009, 03:42:40 PM
    ...maybe I'll look into it next time I'm sick.  But I do have some Benzotate 100mg left over from the last time I was sick.
    8079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In need of a cough suppressant. One that works. on: March 04, 2009, 03:27:53 PM
    Many years of childhood experience being force fed that crap.
    8080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no life on Mars on: March 04, 2009, 05:30:56 AM

    Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 04, 2009, 02:24:09 AM

    I saw on BBC America that there is some new series that is in the same world or however you describe such a thing.  I think the name has 'Ashes' in it.

    I never did watch this one, but I find it funny that so many of our TV shows are now remakes from other countries.

    Ashes to Ashes is the sequel.
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