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8321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Might Start a New Hobby: Lock Picking on: December 15, 2008, 04:04:06 PM
Of course, that comes up against the legality of owning and/or carrying lockpicks in your jurisdiction.  Having this as a hobby tends not to be looked upon highly by the local LEOs.
8322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife got me a mini-copter on: December 15, 2008, 04:02:12 PM
Whatever you do, do not search for "pocket hole" while at work.
8323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 15, 2008, 03:27:37 PM
Both temperature scales are linear, but with different slopes.  The intersection of both is at -40 degrees.  So -40 C = -40 F.

F = (C * 1.8 ) + 32

C= (F - 32) * (5 / 9)
8324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 14, 2008, 11:51:38 PM
Last call... And make sure you break out the woolies.  Sorry you can't make it, Dreamshadow.  I'll definitely get in touch with you about January.
8325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 14, 2008, 11:50:14 PM
They're not keeping it, they sent it to TX.  Current temp is 73 just after sundown.  Tonight's low is expected to be tomorrow's high.   mad
8326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 14, 2008, 07:51:26 PM
8327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 14, 2008, 07:49:23 PM
I had to turn on my air conditioner last night  ninja
8328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: December 14, 2008, 07:45:29 PM
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A 5’4” stunner with natural 32DDD sweater kittens

 
8329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife got me a mini-copter on: December 14, 2008, 07:40:40 AM
Woot has the Excalibur 9094 RC Skycrawler for $19.99 at the moment.
8330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: December 14, 2008, 12:44:10 AM
The Ref

Denis Leary holds the family of Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis hostage while masquerading as a marriage counselor attempting to get them to make up so that he can escape with the loot of his Christmas Eve robbery.
8331  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Throw us a bone (site redesign related) on: December 13, 2008, 08:18:00 PM
I killed the President of Paraguay with a fork.  How have you been?
8332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Captain Kirk's chair..own one today on: December 13, 2008, 08:16:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2008, 07:37:54 PM

I wonder if you could modify that into a toilet....

So you could boldly "go" where no man has "gone" before?
8333  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 13, 2008, 07:10:45 PM
Have you never worked for a company with a "Reply to All" problem?
8334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Blu-Ray here to stay? on: December 13, 2008, 07:07:42 PM
I believe Blu-Ray will be a marginal success.  That being said, I wouldn't be caught dead investing in whatever they say will be the next storage vehicle.  Blu-Ray will get a boost as we proceed to a PC storage media as well.  There are already BR drives for PCs.  It will progress like DVD did to be a burnable storage medium.  It may never be as successful as DVD has been, but I believe it will become a mature product.  There are still people in this country on dial-up that do not want to upgrade to broadband and the current infrastructure can not handle an unchecked growth in streaming content.
8335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: KB Toys files Chapter 11 on: December 13, 2008, 01:40:36 AM
2008 China is equal to 1980's Taiwan is equal to 1960's Japan.

Give it a decade or so and you'll be amazed at the quality that Chinese production can put together.
8336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh come on now....more plumbing grief on: December 13, 2008, 01:34:50 AM
My dad had a similar issue involving a gas line.  The homeowner's insurance covers,well, the home.  The gas company's responsibility starts at the end of your property.  Anything between the two?  Get ready to pay for it in full.  Dad, of course, had to hire someone so that he didn't blow himself and/or the house up.
8337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 09:58:18 PM
That's why I round everything up in my head.  $3.99 is $4 to me.  During my time at cell phone CS, I would tell the customer when doing any math that I was rounding up.  Each additional line was $10, not $9.99., etc.  Makes for nice, easy numbers to work with.
8338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 12, 2008, 09:44:26 PM
Jet Pilot?
8339  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:41:22 PM
I'm already planning my trip to Zanzibar Land.
8340  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:24:36 PM
What was the line about WWI soldiers using Metal Gear to lure troops out into the open?
8341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 09:15:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2008, 09:13:32 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 12, 2008, 09:06:27 PM

perhaps it's better you put a good note in her file instead.

 unibrow

Just don't forget to...collate.  unibrow

Lamest ... innuendo ... EVAR!  Tongue
8342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 07:24:24 PM
her...  and yes.  biggrin
8343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 07:06:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 12, 2008, 06:45:19 PM

This is why I refuse to take on any direct reports.  Too many variables and HR craziness to consider.

gellar

Sometimes things can work out.  I got to debrief a subordinate after I left my last company.
8344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 07:02:04 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2008, 06:50:14 PM

Haven't Gamers Like Us wanted more mainstream acceptance of gaming for a long time now?  Well, we got it and this is what it looks like.  How naive of us to assume that Gamers Like Us would continue to outnumber Gamers Like Them when it happened.

"I was geek before geek was cool."
"Everyone likes it now, so I hate it."

It's the same old story.  Go read the comments on some of the news article talking about the speculation on the $99 4GB iPhone for Walmart and you'll see the exact same kind of elitism.  Some people are happy to be marginalized because they get the esprit de corps that others get from sports, fraternal organizations, and membership in other groups, structured or not.  Everyone wants to feel superior to everybody else, wants to bask in the "you don't get it" mentality.  It's human nature.
8345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: KB Toys files Chapter 11 on: December 12, 2008, 06:36:49 PM
I miss the old sheet metal Tonka trucks...   icon_cry
8346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 06:35:34 PM
You've pretty much got a handle on it.  If you had set up an incentive program beforehand that would reward the top performer and she happened to be it, no problem.  But gifting her something without a clear cut reason that you would have to explain repeatedly is bound to get you in deep, possibly with a nice long talk with henchmen resources. 


Given the cross department nature of your employees, maybe you and your fellow supervisors could see about setting something up on a quarterly basis and make sure it is known to all.  Those who don't care won't feel the need to change the way they behave and you will have a valid reason to reward who you figure your top performer will be.  Who knows, it might even motivate some of the other underlings to raise their game. 

At this point, you know where your target should be, you just need to set it out for everyone to shoot at it.  For those people that don't work cross project, the managers would rate them.  For those that do, the managers they worked for would need to collaborate to rate them appropriately.  And then you collude to reward the top performer(s) at the end of the period. 

It reminds me of a time at a previous job.  Tell me who you want to win and I'll tell you how to weight the statistics....  ninja
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 06:09:00 PM
To a certain extend, I believe Sony to be victims of their own success.  Heck, they're still releasing stuff for the PS2 with a huge install base.  For those people that were looking for rampant gaming goodness, the PS2 still provides that in spades and is still widely available.  Couple that with the bone-headed maneuver to make backward compatibility a Hunt-the-Wumpus campaign (this is the reason I got my 360 first), there's no true incentive for those existing customers to upgrade.  Anyone that wants to game their lives away could easily buy a new/used PS2 today and have years of fun still playing the backlog of excellent titles that are available.  The PS3's main selling point was the Blu-Ray, something that was outside the needs of a large group of their install base. 

As HDTVs gain critical mass, I believe the PS3 could pick up a little more steam if they get some more killer apps, but they are also going to be fighting against digital distribution, which MS is using to great effect with their rentals and now HD Netflix. 
8348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 06:02:00 PM
That blows, Pete.  I had it a bit easier as a call center manager.  Since everything they did was reduced to numbers (QA scores, phone availability, Post Call Survey scores), it was really easy for me to be able to reward my to my top performer and be able to show an Excel spreadsheet to explain why.

That would more justify a monthly/quarterly/yearly prize structure better than a Christmas gift, however.  Given that we were all poor CS workers, for Christmas, I picked up a variety of Hershey's Kisses in different flavors and had those available for snacking on the lsat day we worked before Christmas. 
8349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 05:49:07 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 12, 2008, 04:20:28 PM

The only thing I imagine that would change that is playing games in 3D. Bill Harris has been hyping this for years, and recently made a post about how we're going to be seeing a lot of 3D stuff hit the movie theater in the next couple of years. If that takes off, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see somebody try to incorporate that into their console.

You mean like this??
8350  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 05:18:08 PM
You were behind the wall when I fired.  You moved right to left across my field and a name never popped.  I hesitated, then shot when your feet clipped through the wall.  Now that I think about it, it appeared that you were prone and I was firing too high.  I'll make sure to remedy that next time I try to TK you... nod
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 12, 2008, 03:33:42 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2008, 03:01:40 PM


Pug is too modest. In an early round on Dome it was 6 on 1 for a while, Pug being the one. We only barely beat his team.

As I recall it, we lost that round by 60.  That was because pug is such a ninja that it took us almost a full minute to track him down after all his teammates bailed and that went on for about three minutes before more targets started to drop in.  Heck, there are 12 people listed on his team for that match.
8352  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Throw us a bone (site redesign related) on: December 12, 2008, 05:40:32 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 11, 2008, 11:55:23 PM

as this happened to my first internet 'home', i would find such news painfully ironic. 

You can never go home again, Oatman!  But I guess you can shop there.
8353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS HOME - IT'S OUT! on: December 12, 2008, 05:36:15 AM
I doubt I'll even bother with it as long as I have a choice.  Thanks for the impressions, folks.
8354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budgets on: December 12, 2008, 05:31:21 AM
For weight loss, start walking 2 miles three times a week and eat less at dinner.  I've lost 35 pounds this year.

 And you've made me want to figure out how much I owe, and I know it's not going to be pretty..... 
8355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 12, 2008, 05:09:30 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 12, 2008, 04:54:04 AM

FG42 + steady aim+ stopping power The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

(double tap is fun too biggrin)

Even think about hitting the trigger and it's time to reload...
8356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: December 12, 2008, 05:07:45 AM
8357  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.
8358  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...
8359  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.
8360  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. 
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