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8481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Hockey time again! on: September 23, 2008, 12:27:55 AM
Actually, I'm not.  Though I did spend three years located 7 degrees North and 84 degrees East of there, I have never been to Buffalo.
8482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She looks just like Terry Farrell on: September 22, 2008, 11:44:34 PM
8483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Hockey time again! on: September 22, 2008, 11:41:12 PM
06-07, Sabres were 53-22-7, 5 more wins than Ottawa, 4 more than New Jersey, 10 more than Atlanta, 3 more than Detroit, 4 more than Vancouver, and 5 more than Anaheim.  QFT

The Detroit Red Wings finished 1st (American division) in 1934, missed the playoffs in 1935, and won the Cup in 1936.
The New York Rangers finished 1st (Patrick division) in 1992, missed the playoffs in 1993, and won the Cup in 1994.

I had do some wiki digging to come up with the data.  The original quote didn't expand on the info or cite a source.
8484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 22, 2008, 11:05:01 PM
I call shenanigans.  Call the local PD and ask for the admission requirements.  Until they definitely rule you out, there's no reason for you not to look into it.
8485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She looks just like Terry Farrell on: September 22, 2008, 11:00:50 PM
IBTL   Tongue

It was kinda freaky seeing Farrell working a lunch counter opposite Ted Danson after DS9.
8486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Today's Winnar of the "Most Obvious Statement" Award on: September 22, 2008, 09:47:18 PM
Plane diverted to O'Hare blows tire, goes off runway

"He ran out of concrete before he ran out of speed," one traffic controller source said of the pilot's landing.

The flight was scheduled to arrive in New York at 4:10 p.m., but was diverted to Chicago because of an electrical systems issue, said American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan. The plane's instrument landing system was not working, meaning the pilots had to make a visual landing approach to Runway 22R, rather than relying on the computerized landing system, according to air traffic sources in Chicago.

The plane had to come in faster than normal because its pilots could not rely on their gauges to find them a safe speed and other readouts, the sources said. The plane couldn't slow quickly enough after getting on the ground and ended up with its front tires in the grass.
8487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [News] Girl almost loses hand in jump rope accident on: September 22, 2008, 09:04:06 PM
Erica doesn't have feeling or movement in her hand yet but doctors hope that will change with future surgeries. She will also have to undergo extensive physical therapy to help regain use of her hand.
8488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [News] Girl almost loses hand in jump rope accident on: September 22, 2008, 08:56:10 PM
To expand on that line, it being the girl's left hand would lead me to believe that she was sitting directly behind her mother, out of her line of sight.  No mention of any other children or any reason why the child would be sitting out of view of her mother.

Here's a more detailed story.  The attached slideshow indicates that the mother was unaware that she was playing with it out the window. 

8489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Hockey time again! on: September 22, 2008, 08:21:25 PM

Quote from: Semaj on September 22, 2008, 08:15:29 PM

Sigh, remember when the sabres were good?

So long ago...  Now we'll prolly fight toronto for worst team in our division.

With a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on April 3, 2008 that eliminated the Sabres out of playoff contention, they became only the third team in NHL history to go from finishing first overall in the regular season standings to finishing out of the playoffs the following year. Both of the previous two teams to do so ended up winning the Stanley Cup the following year.
8490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [News] Girl almost loses hand in jump rope accident on: September 22, 2008, 08:17:54 PM


Surgeons were able to reattach the hand of a six-year-old girl from South Bay, Calif., after a freak accident involving a jump rope cut it off, reported Monday.

Erica Rix was riding in the back of her mother’s SUV and dangling her jump rope out of the window with the rope's slip knot around her wrist. The other end of the rope became tangled in the car’s axle, and as the rope tightened around Erica’s left hand, it eventually sliced the hand off.
8491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Co-worker killed himself... in our office... on: September 22, 2008, 08:07:54 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that.  That kind of thing would get into my head and refuse to let me sleep until exhaustion set in.  My thought go out to you, his family, and your co-workers.
8492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 22, 2008, 07:41:59 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 22, 2008, 06:37:04 PM

My girlfriend thinks my mental exhaustion comes from the fact that I am very introverted and quiet, but at work I'm in charge of 30 employees. That forces me to "wear" a personality that isn't my own. I really want to change fields altogether, but at 35 I feel like I'm on borrowed time and should already be properly nested in my career.

That's your parents' generation talking.  Go find you a nice computer job where at most you have to deal with your co-workers at most an hour a day. 

I speak from experience.  My father was 14 years into his 21 total with the Air Force by my age.  I've tried comparing myself to him, and it just doesn't work.  The economy isn't set up for 20 and a gold watch.  Modern expectations that I've seen are that the average worker is expected to change careers 7 times during their working years.  Given how "stable" economies are these days, I can believe it. 

I am on my second industry as a computer programmer.  I spent 11 years in the call centers, 3 of which as a Manager, at two different companies.  I am introverted like you, and managing employees was a mental drain.  Now that I'm a programmer, and a single one at that, I find that I have to work to get what little social interaction that I do need. 
8493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] Pandora keeps Hope in the box on: September 22, 2008, 06:19:33 PM
I just noticed this when I brought up Pandora on my iPhone.  Best Buy and Beck's will be advertising through the mobile version for 30 days each.  Hitting the add will take you to the Best Buy website without interrupting the music.  There's a banner right above the control bar.  It has a marker to kill the ad, but it pops back up as soon as a new song starts. 
8494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Adam Baldwin Thread on: September 22, 2008, 04:19:09 PM
The return of Adam Baldwin's current vehicle will most likely lead to the death of the Sara Connor Chronicles.  When faced with a "pick two" between SCC, Chuck, and the CBS comedy block (The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother), I hate to say that the loser in this battle will be Summer Glau's show.  That, and SCC is going up against Heroes this week as well.  What were they thinking?

All praise Adam Baldwin!
8495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She looks just like Terry Farrell on: September 22, 2008, 03:59:59 PM
The PTB have decided that Sara Connor Chronicles needs to be up against the CBS comedy block and the Chuck season premiere next week.  I see them losing that battle for my attention.  I can record two blocks.  Adam Baldwin and Neil Patrick Harris will be getting my time.
8496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She looks just like Terry Farrell on: September 22, 2008, 04:57:21 AM
8497  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden '09 Online League on: September 22, 2008, 04:54:27 AM
I went up against Gumps (Buffalo vs. Minnesota) tonight.  It certainly wasn't about ball control, what with 9 turnovers taking the form of both interceptions (one of which went goal line to goal line for the first score of the game for Gumps) and fumbles (one of which was returned 65 yards by Buffalo, stopped short of a TD by being run down from behind by Adrian Peterson).

There were 4 attempts on 4th downs, the one for Buffalo on 4th and 1 after a failed 3rd and 1 resulted in a TD through an uncovered WR.  Minnesota converted 2 of 3.  One of these was a 1 yd Adrian Peterson run.  The failed attempt resulted in a Buffalo interception to be spotted at the 1 yard line.

All in all, a hard fought game that came down to mistakes (Buffalo +1 on turnovers) and clock management, as Buffalo made the go ahead score with less than a minute to play in the game. 

Adrian Peterson was the top rusher with 64 yards and 1 TD.  Trent Edwards threw for 263 yards through the air with 2 TDs, 3 picks, and a 78.1 QB rating.
8498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 22, 2008, 03:26:16 AM
People will always get sick.  There will not be a shortage of jobs for medical personnel until the well after the next holocaust/superbug.  Current projections are that the U.S. population will exceed 400 million by 2050.
8499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 3 on: September 22, 2008, 01:02:34 AM
I'm 11-3 before the Dallas game.  Got to watch a guy at the bar that had bet on the Giants with the 6.5 point spread lose it when the game got tied.  Made even sweeter by him wearing Dallas gear sitting in a Bills bar. 

We also had about 5 Raiders fan who were much classier when a Buffalo player went down, applauding when he got up and walked off the field.  In their defense for choice of venue, they were at that location last week as well. 
8500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: September 22, 2008, 12:46:39 AM
I'm still in.  I didn't see anything to push me one way or another.

The doctor screwed up the Fibonacci numbers

He skipped the number 5 in his initial run.  After being interrupted, he started hopping around.


This is something I did by hand back when I was a kid, well before it was featured in a story involving a parrot on Mathnet.
8501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 3 on: September 21, 2008, 09:38:57 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 21, 2008, 08:14:21 PM

Wow. I log into The bills have the ball, down by 2 with about 40 secs left.  They kick the game winner as time expires.  This is what's supposed to happen TO THE BILLS not be performed by the Bills.

17 points in the 4th quarter?!

Could this be a special season?

The wins keep getting uglier.  Lost of dropped balls, more than Week 1 when they were playing in the rain.
8502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drunk History on: September 21, 2008, 03:30:49 AM
They got real actors!  Episodes 2 and 2.5 have Jack Black as Ben Franklin... and vomit
8503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 21, 2008, 03:29:37 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 21, 2008, 01:06:33 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on September 20, 2008, 11:13:54 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 20, 2008, 09:14:20 PM

What the heck is an oreo pizza?

I figured the name and the picture on the box would make it rather obvious.

Is it cooked? Is it frozen?  Is it ice-cream?  Does it have pizza fixings on it in addition to (gulp) Oreos?  And above all WHHYYy!!?!!

Watch the commercial.  Or read this.

According to the official Domino's website, The Oreo Dessert Pizza is basically a sweetened wheat flour crust, covered in vanilla sauce and icing and then topped off with mounds of Oreo cookie crumbs.
8504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G launch today on: September 21, 2008, 03:25:05 AM
The gub'ment got involved. for wireless to wireless ports, it's usually done in hours.
8505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drunk History on: September 20, 2008, 06:14:35 PM
I LOLed.   nod
8506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G launch today on: September 20, 2008, 06:07:51 PM
3G iPhones for cracking are likely to be rarer than 1st gen, the reason being that the 3G iPhones must be activated in the stores, which means that someone somewhere took the hit on the contract or $175 term fee.  When you compare that to the $300 discount, that certainly can have an impact.
8507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: need medical advice on: September 20, 2008, 06:05:16 PM

Quote from: disarm on September 20, 2008, 06:14:08 AM

hmm...i am one of the medical people around here, so i guess i'll throw my opinion in the ring...

Do you wear the Decepticon badge around your patients?  'Cause that would certainly give my the idea to ask for a different (whatever medical thing you are).   Tongue
8508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminal Cancer on: September 20, 2008, 05:57:51 PM
I'm sorry to hear that, rick.  I can't even begin to imagine what it's like for you.  I know that I would be crushed if I got that news about either of my parents.
8509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G launch today on: September 19, 2008, 09:38:03 PM
YMMV, but as a CC manager w/AT&T (now former), on rare occasions I would approve the transfer of contract time from one line to the other.

Result would be to place remaining contract on your line onto your wife's number, allowing you to cancel/port your line to another carrier.  The front line reps at any carrier will most likely not be able to pull the trigger on this w/o manager approval, assuming there's a manager as cool as me nearby.    icon_cool
8510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 3 on: September 19, 2008, 09:29:50 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 19, 2008, 09:22:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 19, 2008, 03:15:46 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 19, 2008, 12:32:38 PM

For some reason the Oakland game scares me.

Are you and RunningMn9 related?

I think we both know the way things go for Buffalo... frown

Edit: I went to OO just to find out what he wrote. The same exact thing! zow.

Then allow me to show those here my finely crafted reply to you and him as well:  SHUT IT!   slywink
8511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: be Talk Like a Pirate Day! on: September 19, 2008, 07:54:12 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 19, 2008, 06:34:05 PM

I'm so tired of this particular "holiday" - it was funny and clever 4-5 years ago, now it's just annoying.  Every year we have this guy who wanders through the office in full pirate garb, talking with an Irish accent.  I want to smack him and tell him he sounds like a leprechaun, not a pirate.

You mean like Grace O’Malley??
8512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 3 on: September 19, 2008, 03:15:46 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 19, 2008, 12:32:38 PM

For some reason the Oakland game scares me.

Are you and RunningMn9 related?
8513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 19, 2008, 04:12:12 AM

8514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 19, 2008, 02:01:43 AM
I'm doing much better than I was last year, but then that was just a recovery from the last collapse.  As a computer programmer, I got out of school in May of 2000 and the job market collapsed shortly thereafter, leaving me to attempt to get a programming job through my call center experience.  After 7 years of fits and starts, I finally gave up on the city (and relationship) that I was in and got an offer in November of last year to move to Dallas.

My current job is a programmer for a privately-held company that writes bank software for customer contact personnel at various levels.  They've been around for 28 years, serve the largest consumer banks in the industry, and have never laid off a programmer.  Assuming I don't find a way to screw it up, I should be siting pretty through this one. 

That being said, my rough estimate is that between my consumer debt and student loans, I'm in hock for 1.5 years' worth of my salary.  It's going to be a long, slow climb out.
8515  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New Copyright Bill(s) on: September 18, 2008, 11:12:59 PM
I imagine the law will go up against some pretty stout legal challenges on their first attempts to enact it against American consumers. 

As for the learning, I bring you the return of Don't Copy That Floppy.
8516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: September 18, 2008, 09:05:19 PM
My drop in the bucket is on its way via Paypal.
8517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon FiOS on: September 18, 2008, 05:57:25 PM
Wiki knows it, too.

Port blocking
Although the official Terms of Service (TOS) does not specify any exact blocked ports, the language does suggest that at a minimum incoming port 80 and outgoing port 25 may in fact be blocked. At one time, section 3.7.5 stated that "you may not use the Broadband Service to host any type of server whether personal or commercial in nature"; however, later updates to the AUP removed that language and currently (as of 14 May 2008) merely prohibit resale, abuse or use of the service for "high volume purposes." (What constitutes "high volume" is not defined.) Section 11.2 states that Verizon reserves the right to block "selected ports" to provide for email security.

Business FiOS service is available in some areas, with higher upload speeds, static IP addresses and no blocked ports (for the static IP option).
8518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 18, 2008, 02:47:29 PM
I think the other guy will go to Dr. Venture and see if he can do anything.  Remember, he believes that his kids are immortal.  There's certainly the opoprtunity for a cloning or Venturestein II.
8519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google + Valve? on: September 18, 2008, 03:27:25 AM

Quote from: crumsteel on September 17, 2008, 11:38:35 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 17, 2008, 08:53:39 PM

This would be huge. I wonder if this means Google wants to get into Games?

A google console?

You're thinking too small.  A Google Portal gun!  Tie it in to the street level view, register your Portal Unique Designator, and one of their Street View cars will generate a portal keyed to your device.  Simply open a portal on your end and step through!
8520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Still Alive on: September 18, 2008, 12:49:19 AM
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