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8201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google creates tools for Internet transparency on: January 29, 2009, 07:46:58 PM
Get DARPA involved and start laying fatter pipes.  Throttling is a holding action that will not solve any long-term problems.  Internet usage is only going to get higher, not contract. 

And mobile ISPs still have to interface with the wired networks anyway, just like cell calls get routed through the POTS once they hit your local tower.
8202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! on: January 29, 2009, 06:37:37 PM
The guy playing Duke in G. I. Joe will also be in The Stanford Prison Experiment, which I hope will be worth watching.

Cobra Commander is being played by Tommy from Third Rock from the Sun...

At least Ray Park will be Snake Eyes.
8203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: another History of Fallout deals on: January 29, 2009, 06:35:56 PM
I started playing the original Fallout for the first time this weekend.  Interplay had some legs and a profound effect on the industry.  I'll have to remember to go back and read this one.
8204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: it's websites like these that piss me off (mis)informing the public on: January 29, 2009, 06:34:01 PM
Dear god, the stuff is everywhere.

Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt: Nonfat Yogurt with Aspartame & Other Sweetener

Ingredients?  #2 is HFCS.  #10 is Aspartame.  14 G of sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel. 
8205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 06:21:47 PM
One would actually have to want to own a Chihuahua...
8206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 29, 2009, 05:14:51 PM
I agree with The Grue.  When you get to hard, there are songs where it is not tenable to be bridging to orange with your pinky, as it is easier to shift up with the strength of your index finger than overworking the pinky.
8207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 04:28:23 PM
Myself, I am allergic to cats at a level of 3 out of 4 based on their scale.  I was never tested for dogs, but my reactions lead me to believe that my level with them is 1.  I can be around dogs and even play with them, but I need to wash my hands immediately thereafter, as any contact with my eyes afterwards will not result in a pleasant experience.

And as for just testing it, again, allergic reactions take time to develop.  Just sticking your face in varios dog furs isn't going to give you the information that you would need.
8208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 04:00:16 PM
Scratch test, which its own brand of hell.  She gets to lay face down on a exam bed while the techs deliberately scratch her back in about 20-30 places and put all the local allergens on her back.  You then get to sit there while the body does its thing, not moving, while the itching begins, and you can do nothing about it.  Then, some maddening time later, they come back in and write down all the numbers of how badly inflammed each location got.  They will provide some cream for afterwards to stop the tortuer, and you will be good for sympathy points to wash her back off when you get home.
8209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Tax Time! on: January 28, 2009, 10:18:37 PM
Refund is currently "pending" in my account.   I filed before receiving Form 5498 from my 401k to rollover IRA transfer.  And since it was an internal transfer, there was no 1099-R to worry about.
8210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 28, 2009, 10:17:13 PM
Expected attendance list at this time:
  • Me
  • whiteboyskim
  • Dreamshadow
  • godhugh
  • Fretmute
  • GungHo
8211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 28, 2009, 10:14:47 PM
We are indeed. 
8212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 28, 2009, 04:59:24 PM
After rising today, realizing that it was going to take at least 30 minutes to chip my car into a driveable condition, probably an hour to get to work on ice-slicked roads with plenty of people around that don't know how to drive on ice and likely an hour drive that might result in damage to my vehicle, I decided that one day of PTO was not worth the risk and frustration that would entail me leaving the house before the afternoon thaw.
8213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: January 28, 2009, 04:19:02 AM
I swore off posting about the Kindle.  Nope, not gonna do it.
8214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: January 28, 2009, 04:17:16 AM
8215  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 2K Games Coupon on: January 27, 2009, 09:44:36 PM
$10 off, can be found here, good through 01/31/09, in-store purchases.

Fine print is :
  • Civ Revolution for 360/PS3
  • NBA 2K9 for 360/PS3/PC
  • NHL 2K9 for 360/PS3/Wii
  • Civ IV: Colonation for PC
  • Bioshock for PS3
  • Carnival Games for Wii/DS
  • Carnival Games Mini Golf for Wii
  • Dora the Explorer ... Saves the Snow Princess for Wii/DS
8216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ad astra per aspera on: January 27, 2009, 09:28:30 PM
At 18:30 Eastern time on January 27th, 1967, the Apollo 1 capsule caught fire during a test, causing the deaths of Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Command Pilot; Edward H. White II, Senior Pilot; and Roger B. Chaffee, Pilot.

At 11:38 Eastern time on January 28th, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger was lost when the O-ring seal on the right solid rocket booster failed, resulting in the deaths of Francis "Dick" Scobee, Commander; Michael J. Smith, Pilot; Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist; Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist; Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist; Gregory Jarvis, Payload Specialist; Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Spaceflight Participant

At 09:00 Easter time on February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed due to a breach in the thermal protection system of the left wing caused by a piece of foam during launch, leading to the loss of  Rick D. Husband, Commander; William C. McCool, Pilot; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Specialist; Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist; David M. Brown, Mission Specialist; and Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist.  A time-lapse of the weather radar which detected the Columbia reentry trail can be seen here.

8217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 27, 2009, 04:53:45 PM
Dallas is expecting the worst icing conditions in five years.  It's been raining since yesterday, so everything is nice and wet for the temperatures that have been dropping since the sun went down last night. 

By the evening, nearly a quarter inch of ice could be on roadways, trees and overpasses in Dallas.
8218  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 27, 2009, 04:33:38 PM
I got an update when I signed on last night.  Anyone know where to find the list of changes short of digging through the Treyarch forums?
8219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 27, 2009, 04:28:01 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on January 27, 2009, 03:58:45 PM

I am supposed to go play dodgeball tonight followed by drinking and talking with the ladies at the league bar followed by our kickball HH marathon that falls on Thursday this week and of course would go out for a bit on Friday and stupid Super Bowl on Sunday. 

I may have to quit drinking.

But then what will you do during recess? 
8220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 10:56:23 PM
I still have to play through the first two....  Should be nice and cheap by the time I get to it...
8221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 26, 2009, 10:40:58 PM
Righty-o.  I love that movie.  It's darker than dark, the Vegas sequence can be kinda brutal, but after that, it's comedy gold, Jerry!

Sorry for the delay, I forgot that I had answered that one and forgot to check back.  Moliere was kind enough to remind me.
8222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 Conundrum... on: January 26, 2009, 10:19:36 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on January 26, 2009, 10:12:45 PM

The other thought I had was that perhaps I could find a Holiday bundle at a different store with a Jasper chip in it, then return the Falcon Holiday Bundle to that store. But I've also heard that most places scan the serial number of the system? Do all places do that? And then again, I'm not sure how comfortable I feel with this ethically. Technically, an unopened system is an unopened system, but still.

There's also the SKU issue.  Unless the barcodes match identically, you will be SOL anyway. 
8223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do we have any pool players here at GamingTrend? on: January 26, 2009, 09:57:33 PM
Is that the one with a Phoenix feather in the core?   icon_wink
8224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 26, 2009, 09:56:24 PM
8225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 26, 2009, 08:21:39 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on January 26, 2009, 08:13:25 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 26, 2009, 07:02:01 PM

You all still have nothing on hardcore soccer supporters.
Man U, wankers!

The Yankees of the Premiere League.  When Man U and Chelsea play, people in Nigeria die.

But in Nigeria the obsession is now going too far - after the Champions League final in May, seven people in Nigeria died in clashes between Manchester United and Chelsea fans.
8226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 05:47:12 PM
I will be giving Coraline a rental on PS2 format for my BC PS3.  For those who aren't familiar with it, it's based on a book by Neil Gaiman and soon to be a major motion picture.  It's a really dark kid's story set in an .
8227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 24, 2009, 07:20:27 PM
Just got done watching FSM.  2/5 stars.  Decidedly Meh.  I got as many laughs out of the 5-minute gag reel as I did the film.  It was good to see Mila Kunis in a non-Jackie role.

And I will be so happy when Jonah Hill's 15 minutes of fame are up.  I can not stand him.  Bill Hader is not far above him on my list either. 

Jason Segel lays it on a bit thinck, but I guess it doesn't grate on me in HIMYM, since he's not the sole focus for the entire episode.  Everything in moderation, I suppose.
8228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wolverine & the X-Men on: January 24, 2009, 06:30:34 AM
Psst.  Over here...
8229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CSI: Vegas with Grissom gone on: January 24, 2009, 06:27:07 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 24, 2009, 03:55:43 AM

Gonna miss him. Not sure how it will work out without him on there. He is supposed to appear off and on but it wont be the same Im afraid. Im worried that it will be the end of the show.

Too bad Peterson won't.  I think it can have promise, but I haven't watched the latest yet.  The preview looked good and it looks like they're not trying to replace Gil, which they couldn't do anyway.  If they can get the rest of the lab cast to step up and get some more decent CSIs to fill the void since they lost Sara, Warrick, and Gil, they'll be okay.  I'm not going to discount it without a shot.

I certainly gave it a shot with ER, but once they got rid of Greene's wife and killed off Gallant in a two minute sequence, I just couldn't take any more of Neela's whining, didn't care for Morris, and John Stamos just got on my nerves.
8230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 24, 2009, 06:21:48 AM
Yeah I replied before I read that.  Glad someone around here knows Deutsch. 
8231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A cop, a secret agent, and a of the Dead - Wii on: January 23, 2009, 11:31:59 PM
Time will tell.  If there were a way to turn it off while using the gun, I'd love it.  But again, I'd have to buy a Wii and that's not likely, so I guess my minor quibbles are in vain.

Oh, and Wiki says: 
Also, a new feature called Battle Screen will add challenge to the game. It will expand the camera beyond the screen, forcing players to move their point of view. The game will also once again feature two player co-operative play.

Now if they'll just get around to implementing head-tracking, I'd be all over it.
8232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A cop, a secret agent, and a of the Dead - Wii on: January 23, 2009, 11:15:45 PM
That almost makes me want to buy a Wii (and make it the console trifecta).  I don't like the circle on the screen, though.  If you're going to make it point and shoot, you shouldn't need it.
8233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 23, 2009, 11:11:45 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 23, 2009, 11:02:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2009, 08:32:16 PM

My guess is that the snake was defanged, judging by the fact it didn't draw blood.

It would only have fangs if it were poisonous.  Which would be really stupid in the first place.  It looks like a constrictor type, which means it runs the same as any other run of the mill animal bite, but IANAH (I am not a Herpetologist).
8235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 10:10:13 PM
The WTF expression I got from watching The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
8236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oscar Nominees and Predictions on: January 23, 2009, 09:53:38 PM
I'm predicting that I will watch 30 minutes or less of this event.
8237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 09:50:49 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 23, 2009, 09:37:16 PM

I can't stand The Office
8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 08:55:15 PM
I understand and certainly didn't take any offense, nor thought that was your intent.

There can be a certain comedy in a sad sack type character.  Heck, look at Eeyore.  He's completely morose, yet an entertaining character within the fabric of the Hundred Acre Wood.  He does have a certain perseverity in rebuilding his house, but he certainly never "gets over it."  If the film comes off to me as you read it, I certainly may not care for it. 
8239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 23, 2009, 08:29:44 PM
I haven't seen it yet.  This weekend will tell me if I like it or not.  Given that's it's by Apatow, I don't have high hopes.

And I have a family and personal history of depression, so there are times that "pulling myself together" just doesn't quite work.  Self-pity is something that I am familiar with.  I have gotten a lot better over the last several years, but there's probably more in that film for me to relate to than you, Pete. 
8240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is it about KOTOR that I'm missing? on: January 23, 2009, 08:21:20 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on January 23, 2009, 07:25:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 23, 2009, 07:22:47 PM

I never tried it because it's an RPG and the only one I have ever finished is Final Fantasy Adventure on the GameBoy.  Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go convince myself to play the original Baldur's Gate...
Hey!  Someone else remembers that game!  I love FFA!

I didn't realize that it was the start of a non-FF series:

Final Fantasy Adventure: Game Boy
Secret of Mana : Super Nintendo
Seiken Densetsu 3 : Super Famicom
Legend of Mana : PlayStation
Sword of Mana : Game Boy Advance
Children of Mana : Nintendo DS
Friends of Mana : Mobile phone
Dawn of Mana : PlayStation 2
Heroes of Mana : Nintendo DS

But then, I only had the original Gameboy and the PS2 (for a short while).
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