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8321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday, Nov 4th: You vote, my son has brain surgery [long] on: November 05, 2008, 06:30:11 PM
Glad to hear it all came off so well.  Thanks for keeping us updated.
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: November 05, 2008, 01:36:34 AM
Rumor has it that the download codes for the 20 bonus songs have begun going out and will take 24 hours to fully distribute to all of those that have registered.
8323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There Hope for Metallica? on: November 04, 2008, 11:47:35 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 04, 2008, 04:49:27 PM

Ever since they built the Save Mart Center (15,000+) here in town we get some really big bands when they tour. I just can't bring myself to spend the kind of money they want for bands that have played there best 15-20 years ago.

I'm sorry, with a name like that I see Beck in a shopping center parking lot doing Two Turntables and a Microphone.
8324  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: NOT Political. Please Vote Tomorrow on: November 04, 2008, 09:43:56 PM
Waited in the wrong precint line for an hour (partially because of the cute blonde I was talking to), got done in 10 minutes once she was split out to her alphabetic line and I asked about the precinct.  No stickers in evidence.
8325  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Annoying Ad on: November 04, 2008, 08:31:17 PM
R&P just played host to The God Who Wasn't There.  Doesn't bother me much, but I figure I would bring it to attention.  Don't know what your criteria is, but I'm sure someone's not going to like it.
8326  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: NOT Political. Please Vote Tomorrow on: November 04, 2008, 07:11:51 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 04, 2008, 06:52:00 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 04, 2008, 06:03:11 PM

Go get a doughnut from Krispy Kreme (a super nifty patriotic doughnut!) then stop by Ben and Jerry's on the way home.

Spoken like a true American.

A true American that has lost 35 pounds ( and a full belt size ) this year.  Bachelor life agrees with me.
8327  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: NOT Political. Please Vote Tomorrow on: November 04, 2008, 06:03:11 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on November 04, 2008, 05:54:43 AM

I saw the legal issue too and Starbucks changed the deal to anyone that comes in.

If only I liked their coffee. icon_confused

Go get a doughnut from Krispy Kreme (a super nifty patriotic doughnut!) then stop by Ben and Jerry's on the way home.
8328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: November 04, 2008, 05:57:27 PM
Irreconcilable Differences

Drew Barrymore divorces her divorced parents, who are screenwriters and spend a lot of time on location at various movie sets.
8329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!! on: November 04, 2008, 02:48:33 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on November 04, 2008, 12:03:09 AM

BTW - great win - that was an awesome game.  Win out, and you'll jump PSU and probably 'Bama (sorry msd, the Big 12 South Gauntlet looks tougher this year, though the SEC championship against FLA should be a doozy).

We have already jumped PSU in the one ranking that now matters...

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 03, 2008, 01:39:22 AM

BCS is out. Tech is 3rd on the polls, tied for 1st by the computers. Verdict: Tech is 2nd!

Winning out will be nigh impossible, methinks.  I just hope it's a loss to OU and not OSU.  Then it will come down to straight BCS rankings if Texas and OU win out as well.  If we lose to OSU, we're done on tiebreakers to Texas even if we beat OU. 
8330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 04, 2008, 02:46:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 01, 2008, 02:09:00 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 01, 2008, 01:05:29 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 01, 2008, 07:41:33 AM

Damn I wish there really was a Jesus, he would have done something just like that during WWII.

I thought he was a pacifist?

I guess he had a really good PR firm covering that up.

As I recall, he got violent against some currency exchange workers because he did not approve of their taking advantage of the local zoning laws.
8331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!! on: November 03, 2008, 11:24:17 PM
Harris has Texas 6, Oklahoma 5.

Coaches have Texas 7, Oklahoma 4.

The computers correct for their stupidity by having Texas 3 and Oklahoma 6.

Current BCS verdict: Texas 4, Oklahoma 6.
8332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wizards First Rule dated on: November 03, 2008, 11:20:37 PM
It just occurred to me that the syndication market seems to have dropped of from the Herc/Xena days.  Used to be I could count on two/three channels airing them on different days throughout the week.  With the explosion of channels, it seems like more and more shows of this level can find a dedicated home.  Legend of the Seeker seems to be following a distribution model that I haven't seen in years...  Any thoughts on why?
8333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!! on: November 03, 2008, 07:31:16 PM
I'm hoping LSU can play Kingmaker for us...    icon_wink
8334  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: November 03, 2008, 06:20:31 PM
I was listening to the radio feed at the NASCAR race yesterday on the scanner and they were running an ad for McCain that seized on Obama's "guns and religion" comment and shook it like a terrier.  Very heavy-handed and unneeded in Texas.  The cities will go Obama, the vast ag spaces will go for McCain.  There's no doubt where our electoral votes are going.
8335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 03, 2008, 06:15:59 PM
Must ... beat ... Pete!!
8336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blackberry Storm - what's taking so long? on: November 03, 2008, 04:46:12 PM
AT&T is similar.  $39.99 for 450/5K/UMM voice, $30 for unlimited data on iPhone/PDA, then take your pick of text if you want $5/200, $15/1500, $20/UNL. 
8337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 - Sell me it, and why not arcade? on: November 03, 2008, 03:55:08 PM
Why not arcade?

Two words and three letters:  Rock Band DLC. 
8338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 25 Marines killed in last 12 months... by motorcycle crashes on: November 03, 2008, 04:55:27 AM

Quote from: mori on November 01, 2008, 02:30:55 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 31, 2008, 08:13:02 PM

I found some info from a report in 2007.  Apparently the really bad groups for accidental death are infantry, artillery, pilots ... and the helicopter/aircraft maintenance personnel (  confused )

The avionics guys are rock solid, however.

Helicopter/aircraft maintenance are in constanst dangerous working conditions so I don't understand the confusion. Combine this with the off-duty social situations I am surpised the death rate isn't close to 75%.

Here are the graphs that I was looking at...





What I was focusing on were the "other" (i.e. non- Personal Motor Vehicle) rates.

Here's the source Powerpoint.
8339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday, Nov 4th: You vote, my son has brain surgery [long] on: November 03, 2008, 01:53:22 AM
Check out the big brain on Riley!  Best of luck to you and yours. I'll be looking for the update with greater anticipation than rampant election speculation.
8340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!! on: November 03, 2008, 01:39:22 AM
BCS is out. Tech is 3rd on the polls, tied for 1st by the computers. Verdict: Tech is 2nd!
8341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!! on: November 02, 2008, 05:23:36 AM
as much as I'd like to see it, I don't see us above third. We still don't get enough respect to jump that many spots. Maybe after OK State, but probably not unless we beat Oklahoma.
8342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get Yer Guns Up! on: November 02, 2008, 05:19:45 AM
You gotta go pirate like we did.
8343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!! on: November 02, 2008, 03:57:23 AM
You're welcome...   icon_biggrin



8344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 25 Marines killed in last 12 months... by motorcycle crashes on: October 31, 2008, 08:13:02 PM
I found some info from a report in 2007.  Apparently the really bad groups for accidental death are infantry, artillery, pilots ... and the helicopter/aircraft maintenance personnel (  confused )

The avionics guys are rock solid, however.
8345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 08:09:30 PM
Paranoid much?

And thanks for making almost smother myself at work to try and keep from guffawing in a quiet cubeville.   icon_lol
8346  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: October 31, 2008, 07:19:57 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 31, 2008, 05:53:34 PM

It might be the case that McCain is advertising more heavily in other parts of PA where he'll perform much stronger than he will in deep blue Philly.

I can never remember what color I'm supposed to be.  I still remember the childhood fearmongering that wearing one would get me capped by the other color's gang.  Despite me being a terminally uncool fat white boy geek that no one in their right mind would associate with any sort of gang activity.
8347  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Another Sony Battery Recall on: October 31, 2008, 06:59:08 PM
Article

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Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba have once again recalled Sony notebook batteries following reports of them causing fires that have resulted in people suffering minor burns.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the three computer makers announced the worldwide recall Thursday. The action involves 35,000 batteries sold in the United States and an additional 65,000 sold outside the country.
...
In the United States, HP's recall involves a total of 32,000 batteries in three notebooks, the HP Pavilion, models dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000; Compaq Presario, models v2000 and v2400; and the HP Compaq, models nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230, nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120, and nx9600. The recalled batteries have a bar-code label starting with A0, L0, L1, and GC. HP has set up a Web site for customers to get instructions on replacing the batteries and has also listed a toll-free number, 800-889-2031.

Toshiba has recalled 3,000 batteries in two notebooks, the Satellite, models A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, and M50/M55; and the Tecra, models A3, A5, and S2. Toshiba also has a recall Web site and toll-free number, 800-457-7777.

Dell's affected notebooks are the Latitude, model 110L, and Inspiron, models 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160. Dell also has set up a customer Web site and toll-free number, 866-342-0011.
8348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 25 Marines killed in last 12 months... by motorcycle crashes on: October 31, 2008, 05:31:25 PM
Article

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Twenty-five Marines have died in motorcycle crashes since last November -- all but one of them involving sport bikes that can reach speeds of well over 100 mph, according to Marine officials. In that same period, 20 Marines have been killed in action in Iraq.
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The Marine Corps has had a long-standing policy for all Marines who ride motorcycles to take a mandatory basic riding course. More recently, it added a second training course specifically designed to train Marines who ride sport bikes.

Any Marine caught riding, even on leave, without going through the training courses faces Marine Corps punishment, officials say.

Not planning on buying a sport bike, are you, Kato?
8349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 30, 2008, 10:49:26 PM
I might rent it at some point and wait for the price to come down, but I'm not going to pay $40 for concert recordings of which that I haven't heard at least a preview.  In terms of cost, it's only marginally more expensive than the $2/track that in MS Points ($2.22 per +tax for the 18 tracks).
8350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone and Wi Fi on: October 30, 2008, 10:46:15 PM
Given that you're not paying AT&T and wouldn't be able to receive the text message, I'm going to guess that your guess is correct.
8351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: October 30, 2008, 10:02:19 PM
Yes, it is.  I would also accept Dip huet seung hung, Bloodshed of Two Heroes, or Die xue shuang xiong    icon_wink
8352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: October 30, 2008, 09:57:18 PM
It is not Hard Boiled in this or any other language.  It predates it.
8353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quantum of Solace trailer on: October 30, 2008, 09:45:08 PM
With the PeteRock seal of approval  Fabulous , I may have to put it in for GameFly.  Gran Turismo just isn't cutting it. 
8354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iPhone and Wi Fi on: October 30, 2008, 09:42:13 PM
Text message received today:

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AT&T Free Msg: Your Apple iPhone now has free AT&T Wi-Fi access at thousands of hotspots nationwide, including Starbucks*. For info visit http://www.att.com/attwifi

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*Wi-Fi available at U.S. company-operated Starbucks locations equipped with a hotspot.

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iPhone users, get started with Wi-Fi

  • Activate Wi-Fi from the settings icon on your iPhone
  • Select "attwifi" from the list of available networks
  • Enter your 10-digit mobile number and check the box to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Tap 'continue'
  • You will receive a text message from AT&T with a secure link to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot. You will not be charged for the text message.
  • The SMS link will only be valid for 24 hours at the location it was requested. Another request must be submitted when using another hotspot location.
  • Open the text message and tap on the link for 24-hour access to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot
8355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: October 30, 2008, 09:41:12 PM
As much as I wanted to use that after mentioning Stranglehold, I went in a different direction.
8356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: October 30, 2008, 09:27:04 PM
8357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: October 30, 2008, 09:21:25 PM
Adaptation
8358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quantum of Solace trailer on: October 30, 2008, 09:20:27 PM
I played the Bourne demo and was underwhelmed by the quicktime boss battles and the horrid driving level.  I'm still eyeballing picking up Stranglehold.  I'll be giving the QoS demo a look.
8359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Beatles? on: October 30, 2008, 08:10:40 PM
The whole reason RB1 content was importable was to keep the people who already owned it happy.  RB2 just came out.  How much money do you think they would lose if The Beatles disc was instantly importable?  The only people making money would be the rental stores.  It wouldn't surprise me to see an export come around in a year or so, but making a big hitter like the Beatles immediately importable would cost them millions in lost sales.
8360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: David Tennant to depart from Doctor Who. on: October 30, 2008, 08:02:33 PM
Doesn't this mean he's headed for a final death when the 13th Doctor leaves? Or will they pull something from The Master, do you think?
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