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8201  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: MMO patent violation lawsuit on: January 09, 2009, 07:28:06 PM
One of the things that can impact them on this case is the delay.  I don't know how much parallels there are between patents and trademarks, but there was the case of Whataburger vs. What-A-Burger references laches, the claim that the party "slept on its rights" and that the delay of what, a decade, means that the failure to reasonably exercise their rights in a timely manner negates their claim.
8202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: January 09, 2009, 07:05:21 PM
Billy Mays
8203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 09, 2009, 06:50:16 PM
Several years ago when I was in the heyday of actually playing flightsims (unlike, as my buddy calls it, my current static displays), I went to a party that actually had some military pilots in attendance.  I was actually able to impress them with my knowledge of the radar model and modes and have a bit of a conversation with them. 

It probably helps that I'm an Air Force brat of an aircraft maintainer, but I was (and am) still geeked when I can intelligently talk shop with military personnel. 

Now I need to go bust out my Saitek X-36 (which has a rocker for rudder control) and re-learn my boresite from my TWS....

8204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: January 09, 2009, 06:44:38 PM
Based on the complicity of Microsoft with the manufacturers on your second point, I would say that a larger portion of the hate is deserved than you are currently willing to attribute to Vista.  Yes, it's not the fault of the OS that it has dishonest parents.  But that doesn't make its behavior any easier to tolerate when it comes to live with you. 
8205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: January 09, 2009, 06:16:22 PM
8206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 09, 2009, 06:10:39 PM
It's a new month, so it's time for lunch.

Initial thoughts (up for debate, as always) are:

Spring Creek Barbeque, 270 North Central Expressway (at Belt Line)
January 30th 11:30
8207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: January 09, 2009, 05:06:36 PM

Quote from: Crux on January 09, 2009, 04:56:35 PM

the Grand Master who is an 8th Dan and was a Korean Marine Corps champion

On a related note, an Army buddy of mine told me that everyone he knew that was stationed in Korea came back with at least one, usually two of the the following:

  • A Korean wife
  • mastery of a martial art
  • a crushing case of alcoholism
8208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 09, 2009, 05:40:58 AM
When I was using my Sansa, I was ripping all of my CDs to MP3s using iTunes for the easy interface.  Now that I have the iPhone, the library of MP3s syncs nicely.  No issues.
8209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I wonder how bad it would hurt... on: January 09, 2009, 05:38:55 AM
Arkon, if you do have any free time, lemme know.  Maybe we can catch a meal or something.
8210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why am I such a masochistic gamer, (or "Please sir, may I have another?") on: January 08, 2009, 10:58:58 PM
JNacht, usually with the clan tag of [Boud].  He's currently flagellating himself with another round of NHL 09.
8211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I wanted to look something up on Wiki on: January 08, 2009, 10:24:14 PM
Tamil Tigers??
8212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: January 08, 2009, 08:25:19 PM
I hear good things about Simplify Media.  Especially if you leave your home (or media) PC on all the time anyway.
8213  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 08, 2009, 07:32:34 PM
We know about it, we're working on it.
8214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why am I such a masochistic gamer, (or "Please sir, may I have another?") on: January 08, 2009, 06:07:56 PM
Compare your K/D to mine.  You'll feel better.
8215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snowstorms to rainstorms on: January 08, 2009, 05:24:26 AM
So much for the 100-year floodplain...   icon_confused

Sorry to hear about the difficulties.  Here's hoping that all your stuff isn't under a layer of silt anytime before Fallout proves prophetic.
8216  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 07, 2009, 11:08:31 PM
After further research, it's not about getting on top of the rocks, it's about getting inside the rocks.

8217  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 07, 2009, 08:50:30 PM
Yes, but there's a problem...

Red phosphorus may be formed by heating white phosphorus to 250°C (482°F) or by exposing white phosphorus to sunlight.

Red is a derivative product of white, raising costs (and processing dangers).  And then there's

Red phosphorus does not catch fire in air at temperatures below 240°C, whereas white phosphorus ignites at about 30°C.

I imagine this would severely limit the practical applications of it.  Again, Mr. Rogers with a garden hose. 
8218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First police fataility of the year on: January 07, 2009, 07:23:30 PM
They identified themselves as police when one of the suspects came to the door.

When the suspected gunman opened the door, Smith yelled that they were the police, according to the preliminary investigation. The suspect then tried to close the door, and Smith pushed back. That's when he was shot.

Officers returned fire, frantically trying to pull their fallen comrade out of the line of fire as the gunman opened the door and continued shooting. No one else was injured in the gunbattle.

And now the neighbors are getting the microscope treatment.

Shortly before noon, at least 15 patrol cars arrived at the Oak Wood Place Apartments. Officers swarmed in to knock on doors, checking for possible arrest warrants and attempting to remove anyone who didn't belong in the area.

Authorities said the crime-ridden complex with 206 units was already a target for such a sweep sometime in 2009, but Smith's murder moved the complex to the top of a list of areas for the routine measures.  Authorities were looking to execute five outstanding felony warrants on people in the complex.

"It just so happens he was walking out with marijuana in his hand when the officers were walking to another apartment," said Sgt. Dwaine Sides, a supervisor on scene, as officers put handcuffs on a man who looked to be in his 20s. The man also had an outstanding family violence warrant, police said.

8219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snowstorms to rainstorms on: January 07, 2009, 06:45:07 PM
What's the old saying?  "Lord willing and the creek don't rise"?  Well, crap....
8220  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 07, 2009, 06:38:28 PM
I think what it comes down to is that you are forward deploying a smokescreen.  Tanks are capable of deploying one to cover movements, but the tank has to be in the area where it's needed.  The idea behind the WP is to be able to deploy a screen to cover movements into an area rather than movements of troops already there.

Also, smoke requires fire.  You want something for that purpose that isn't going to be counteracted by Mr. Rogers with a garden hose. 
8221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My girlfriend snores... on: January 07, 2009, 05:56:08 PM
My ex would talk in her sleep.  Couple that with her relative inability to keep secrets and it was certainly helpful at times.
8222  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 07, 2009, 05:49:12 PM
The ethics depend on what the intended target is.  Population density alone does not dictate the choice of weaponry.  And as General Peter Pace said, "A bullet goes through skin even faster than white phosphorus does."

The photo in the article you linked seems consistent with what I would consider the deployment of a smokescreen.  (I am certainly no expert on the subject, however.)   There is not a discrete target that is being the target of a concentrated burst of WP.  I would imagine this would not fall under individual civilians or civilian targets being the object of attack. 

Israel did ratify Protocol III on 22 Nov 2007.
8223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / First police fatality of the year on: January 07, 2009, 05:30:11 PM
Senior Corporal Norman Smith

Senior Corporal Norman Smith was shot and killed as he attempted to serve an arrest warrant.  Corporal Smith and several members of the Gang Unit went to a home on Wadsworth Drive in Dallas to service a arrest warrant for aggravated assault. When Corporal Smith knocked on the front door of the home, he was shot and killed.

Members of the Dallas Police SWAT team were able to make entry into the apartment and arrest three suspects at the scene, including the suspect that shot Corporal Smith.

Corporal Smith had served with the Dallas Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Gang Unit. His murder occurred on the day before this 18th anniversary with the department.  Corporal Smith is survived by his wife, who also serves with the Dallas Police Department, and two children.

Local news coverage

A 26-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a veteran Dallas gang-unit officer Tuesday night in east Oak Cliff was on suicide watch in jail this morning.  Charles Patrick Payne was charged with capital murder in the death of Senior Cpl. Norman Smith, 43, according to the Dallas County sheriff’s office. He was being held with no bond.
8224  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 07, 2009, 04:16:55 PM

Quote from: Brendan on January 07, 2009, 03:07:23 AM

Israel appears to be using white phosphorous shells.  Classic non-denial denial:  "The Israeli military last night denied using phosphorus, but refused to say what had been deployed. “Israel uses munitions that are allowed for under international law,” said Captain Ishai David, spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces.

WP is legal under international law as a smokescreen, but is banned by Geneva for use in civilian areas.

WP is not scheduled under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Israel signed but did not ratify in any case.
8225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 07, 2009, 03:57:40 PM
The article I read suggested new hotness teeny-bopper music will be priced at the $1.29 while the backfill B-side 80's tracks will be at the $0.69 level.
8226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 1/6: A new year of movies on disc! on: January 07, 2009, 03:50:42 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 06, 2009, 03:56:34 PM

Ping Pong Playa and Righteous Kill just went into my queue... at positions 485. confused And for some reason, they skipped over my Stargate Season 7 Disc 5.   mad

Stargate SG-1: Season 7: Vol. 5 - Shipping today

Why do you have an extra DVD?

Either we sent you an extra DVD rental from your Queue, or you recently changed the allocation of DVDs between your profile(s) and your main account.

So I should have two DVDs (my plan) waiting for me today ... and a third waiting for me tomorrow?  Thanks, Netflix... saywhat  paranoid 
8227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 3 makes.... on: January 07, 2009, 05:54:29 AM
God of War 3 makes....
[RROD] my turn

8228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 07, 2009, 05:53:14 AM

Quote from: Zero on January 07, 2009, 05:21:29 AM

I prefer to rip my own smile

This.  I have a used CD store a couple of blocks away.  I can get three albums for under $30 after tax and be on my merry way to rip them ... using iTunes... wait....
8229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I might be getting deported on: January 07, 2009, 12:35:14 AM
Move to Australia.  There, you can be a Jedi.
8230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 07, 2009, 12:33:35 AM
Not a problem.  I wasn't sure, hence the route I took.
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 07, 2009, 12:10:18 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 06, 2009, 10:52:24 PM

You sure are being mighty touchy about a guy who has been charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors.

In the event that this was directed at me...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm not being touchy about the newest member of the local jail, but I do think some of the responses are disproportionate to the author's post.  If he came in here stating the facts then asked how his buddy could get ROR or the charges dropped, then he would certainly be deserving of an OMGWTFDUMASS.  As it was, he came in asking for thoughts from some of our more jurisprudent members.  Yeah, the guy's buddy should be using some of the brain cells that he has left, but it's my opinion that Glycerine was deserving of a tad more respect than some of our members were prepared to show him today.

"I came in here for advice!" "Oh, I'm sorry, Off-Topic is for abuse."  ;c)

If not, feel free to disregard.
8232  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 06, 2009, 11:14:50 PM
I assume you mean catching cheaters, not actually using it yourself.

I heard a guy in FFA last night trying to justify his use of one in Makin due to he'd never tried it before and as soon as he ran out of ammo, he'd have to leave it anyway.   Roll Eyes  Good one.  He got reported.

And another one on Seelow are the rock-humpers.  On the side with the water tower, to the right as you're facing the end of the map, there's apparently enough small ledges to climb your way up the rock face.  It takes a fair amount of work from what I saw last night.  And I reported both of them that I did see. 

If this is the Christmas bonanza that I was told to expect from the newbies, where can I return it?
8233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 06, 2009, 10:46:36 PM
geez, ya'll are harsh....
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Baconnaise on: January 06, 2009, 09:55:12 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 06, 2009, 09:50:47 PM

How well does it work as axle grease?

8235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Baconnaise on: January 06, 2009, 09:34:01 PM
"Taco Bell does not care about fat people."  They are determined to exterminate their "die-hard" customer base.
8236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 06, 2009, 09:32:52 PM
I would say that without knowing the state he was in and the governmental level of the prison, any info would be rampant speculation.  It it was a federal/state prison, I would imagine that the local charges above are going to be the least of his worries in the near future.  

Also, it sounds like the marijuana charge is the least of them.  It's the other pills that are going to be the big issue.  I would expect the prior to factor in heavily when it comes to bail, the willingness of the DA to deal, and the sentencing.  
8237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Baconnaise on: January 06, 2009, 08:38:58 PM
Shenanigans!  There is no bacon or bacon-derived content.  Even their ads indicate no animals were harmed in the making!  The salt is the same, even stated as kosher!

8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Weekend on: January 06, 2009, 08:36:24 PM
It's a possibility vs. probability argument.  Fire up Madden and try to run Westbrook against a full punt rush.  Even the FG coverage leaves a man or more back to account for other things. 
8239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Weekend on: January 06, 2009, 07:52:56 PM
See also: Denver Broncos - 1986, 1987, 1989.
8240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Weekend on: January 06, 2009, 07:33:03 PM
The idea that you can be 100% successful is completely off base.  Run 100% of the time and there's 8 men in the box with three backs covering the outside.  Pass 100% of the time and you're only getting three rushers while you have 8 people covering your 5 receivers. 

The trick is to get more coverage to think you're doing the opposite.
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