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1041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ortega makes Shawn Johnson's taco pop on: September 03, 2008, 10:47:04 PM
That is so awesome. I wish I could pop Shawn's tacos. drool
1042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinite Undiscoveries (360) Impressions on: September 03, 2008, 03:27:52 AM
After I read the Gamespot review, I was pretty down on the game, but after what you guys said, I think I'll give it a chance.
1043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinite Undiscoveries (360) Impressions on: September 03, 2008, 02:21:15 AM
Wow, the impressions you guys have seem pretty much opposite of the Gamespot review.
1044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 29, 2008, 08:27:54 PM
No kidding. As if Kato hasn't given enough of himself short of losing a limb or worse. Every time I see our president on TV I want to punch him.
1045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 27, 2008, 07:54:28 PM
Kato, I hope you weren't running like the last guy (the reporter) iin this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdaQHTWT_ZI

From Generation Kill, which ended this past Sunday on HBO. It was a great mini-series about First Marine Recon in the invasion of Iraq.
1046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 27, 2008, 10:01:48 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 26, 2008, 11:17:40 PM

All that camo and a bright neon green water bottle.

Too bad it wasn't the water bottle that got wounded.
1047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 02:52:03 PM
Craig Ferguson is better than all of  them.
1048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: August 22, 2008, 08:28:14 PM
Great news Kato. Glad you are well and able to keep all your limbs. I bet you got some incredible stories to tell now!
1049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: August 19, 2008, 05:50:33 PM
I don't know how realistic an idea this would be, but when Kato returns to the States, and I have full faith that he will, I think it would awesome if we threw a GT 'welcome home' party for him and maybe present him with the loot purchased from the money that's been donated. I know it's expensive to travel these days, but I'd hop on a plane and go without question.
1050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: August 18, 2008, 05:43:25 AM
Christ, that fucking blows.

Come back to the States quickly Kato. We need you back home. You are one heroic badass for saving two of your buddies.
1051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The year is 1987 on: August 14, 2008, 11:50:39 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 14, 2008, 11:04:24 PM

There are no words...

Yes there are: Business in the front, party in the back!!! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  icon_lol
1052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did anyone finish Gothic 3? *stupid life stuff inside too* on: August 14, 2008, 11:47:53 PM
Wow, that was the most touching game related post I've ever read.

Now excuse me while I go shoot some hookers in GTA4...

Seriously, I think you need to finish the game just to get some closure for Timmy's sake.
1053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: David Archuleta's first single: "Crush" on: August 12, 2008, 11:12:19 PM
Welcome to generic, insipid, paint-by-numbers pop.  icon_razz
1054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 10, 2008, 06:01:24 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 10, 2008, 12:03:42 AM

Just saw the abbreviated version on NBC's website.  Even on a small screen, that was absolutely mind-blowing.  I'd hate to be the next olympic city that has to follow up that performance.

Next summer Olympics will be in London. The British are going to be hard pressed to top the incredible spectacle the Chinese put on.
1055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 08, 2008, 05:25:22 PM


Stay safe Kato, and DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!
1056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: August 07, 2008, 09:28:31 PM
Donation sent. Hookers and blow for everybody!!! Woo hoo!!  icon_biggrin
1057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Photos from Comic-Con 08 on: August 01, 2008, 06:32:55 PM
Vader needs to cut back on his visits to the Death Star cafeteria.
1058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new toy... on: July 31, 2008, 10:20:42 PM
Your man-card needs to be revoked ASAP.  Tongue
1059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asian tortu...err massage on: July 28, 2008, 11:56:30 PM
Well...at least your ass doesn't hurt.
1060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've got a MILF prob guys, help? on: July 28, 2008, 09:56:12 PM
Does this mean we're not getting any pictures?

 drool
1061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back from Maui 08 on: July 22, 2008, 05:54:45 PM
Nice coconuts!  drool

I love Maui. I spent a week at the Sheraton Maui just north of Lahaina and it was the best vacation I've ever had in my life.
1062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World's Greatest Dad contestant on: July 16, 2008, 05:16:34 PM
LOL. it gives new meaning to "who's your daddy?"
1063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: July 12, 2008, 02:50:31 PM
Those are the most secure concrete slabs in the entire middle east.  icon_biggrin

Seriously, how do you not faint in that weather wearing full combat fatigues??
1064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G launch today on: July 12, 2008, 04:13:48 AM
You can cancel the update when iTunes detects a new version.
1065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G launch today on: July 12, 2008, 12:08:19 AM
I finally updated to 2.0 and the Exchange Mail/ActiveSync e-mail setup was ridiculously easy. Push e-mail is working like a charm.

Pandora makes this update so worth it.
1066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G launch today on: July 11, 2008, 06:44:52 PM
I just tried to update my 1st gen iPhone to 2.0 and it keeps telling me that the 1.1.4 version I have is the latest. Methinks the Apple servers are crying out in agony.
1067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home Depot Scam!! on: June 27, 2008, 11:59:14 PM
Were they Nigerian?
1068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a new house / wife? on: June 26, 2008, 11:31:53 PM
She must be a fix-it-upper.
1069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Lords 2 announced on: June 25, 2008, 11:25:48 PM
They did. It was called the "Collector's Edition".
1070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Ego Post] The Dirty 30 on: June 20, 2008, 08:04:25 PM
You all suck. I just turned 40 this past Tuesday.

I feel old...
1071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica 6/13/08 - spoilers on: June 14, 2008, 07:38:59 AM
There are 10 more episodes after tonight's.
1072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Panda on: June 08, 2008, 07:15:43 PM
I'm looking for a movie I can take my 4 year old daughter. It would be her FIRST time in a movie theater. For those who have seen it already would Kung Fu Panda be okay for her?
1073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 25, 2008, 11:59:59 PM
I am in total agreement with YellowKing. What a bizarre movie. I can suspend belief as much as anyone. Heck, I thought the 4th Die Hard movie was brilliant. Setting aside the whole alien theme, which I didn't have much of a problem with, the leaps in logic and common sense are so mindblowingly lame, it was just shocking. Aside from the stuff YK mentioned, there's also
Spoiler for Hiden:
the ridiculousness of the waterfalls, the on again off again magnetic properties of the skull, seemingly neutralized at times by a piece of CLOTH, natives literally coming out of the walls. Does Lucas really think his audience is so catatonically stupid??

There are so many problems with this movie that one could write a thesis about it. After 2/3 of the movie, I stopped caring and wanted it to end. Quickly. I actually left the theater feeling angry. Angry that Lucas/Spielberg took a favorite icon I grew up with and stomped all over it like a piece of garbage.

I guess on the bright side, it was cool to see Harrison Ford in costume again. He looked great, even at his age, and Shia LeBeouf was great too.

(sorry, I added the spoiler tag for those who haven't seen it yet)
1074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have Apple TV? (now with more Netflix!) on: May 21, 2008, 03:11:30 PM
Yes, it supports WEP, WPA and WPA2. It doesn't support the enterprise version of WPA/WPA2 though. Also, the wireless support is b/g (no wireless-N). I did a lot of the wireless network testing on this thing and we tried to test with a good cross-section of wireless router brands. The usual suspects: Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, Apple, Buffalo. We even tested a Linksys router flashed with DD-WRT. We tended to test with later model routers. We tried getting old model stuff, especially the old wireless-b products, but they were hard to find.
1075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have Apple TV? (now with more Netflix!) on: May 21, 2008, 03:31:44 AM
Believe me, we are chomping at the bit to make HD content available. We fully realize that there are a lot of folks who will hold off on buying one until that day comes. Unfortunately for Roku, we have no control over this as it is Netflix's job to encode their library of movies in HD. However, they are very committed to making this happen, and from what I've heard, it's supposed to be sometime before the end of the year. Ideally for us, it would be wonderful if this can be achieved before Christmas. The entire group at Roku who worked on this box are all ex-Netflix employees so we have a very tight relationship with them. It's in their and our best interest to bring HD content as quickly as possible.

Also beyond Netflix, we would like to bring other video services to the box. Technically there is nothing stopping us from getting the box to work with stuff like YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Unbox. It's all a matter of whether or not these other services are willing to work with us, but we are very optimistic we can make it happen. To me, this little $99 box running all those services would be just about the holy grail of set top boxes.
1076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woot! Random Crap results on: May 21, 2008, 12:15:50 AM
Damn! You hit the motherlode. Congratulations!
1077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have Apple TV? on: May 20, 2008, 09:07:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 20, 2008, 09:02:42 PM

Is it actually shipping now?  This might be a good Father's Day gift for me. 

It is in fact shipping now. Our intial stock was around 2500 unit I think and from what I've been told we expect to run through that in another day. We have plenty more coming to the warehouse though.

Quote from: Jag on May 20, 2008, 09:03:48 PM

Wow, that's pretty cool Jimmy. BTW I totally understand the concern about being viewed as a viral marketer, so the disclosure is welcome. I work for a vitamin company, but also belong to some vitamin forums (yes they exist) so i'm very careful not to be viewed as a viral promoter.

I'd also like to know if and when an external HD would be available for playing your own content (home movies, ripped dvds, etc). That would be the ultimate Apple killer.

More importantly when is DTV going back with Tivo?! slywink

The way the box is designed there is no possibility of attaching a hard drive. This is strictly a box that does streaming video. The box has no fan. It's a 5 inch x 5 inch x 1 inch cube so it's very small.

I don't have any inside info on DTV and TiVo getting back together, but my gut feeling is that it will happen. The president of the company that acquired DTV from Rupert Murdoch is good friends with Tom Rogers, the CEO of TiVo.
1078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have Apple TV? on: May 20, 2008, 08:59:48 PM
FINALLY, I can talk about the Roku player!

Just so no one thinks I'm some sort of evil viral marketer, I've been a member on these boards for a while now. I used to work at TiVo, but went to  Netflix last September when this box was still an internal project there. Our group got spun out and acquired by Roku, Inc several months ago, where we've been working on this set top box in complete secrecy until now. I'm part of the QA group that did all the testing of the Netflix player, so if anyone has any questions about the product I'll do my best to answer them.

For me, on a personal level, this is probably the most exciting product I think I've ever worked on. Not so much for what it does now, which is still pretty cool, but for what it could potentially do in the future. Let's just say that it's a Netflix only player now, but there is nothing technical that could prevent it from playing any other streaming content available on the internet today. Regarding the HD question, the hardware itself is HD capable, enabled through a quick downloadable firmware update. The content coming from Netflix however needs to be available in HD. Their instant watch stuff isn't HD yet, but it will be at some point soon. Sorry, I don't know exactly when yet. Currently though the box does scale anamorphically, so if you have a 16:9 HDTV, if the movie being streamed was encoded in 16:9, we will display the video in the correct aspect so you don't get the dreaded "postage stamp" effect (black bars on sides and top/bottom). To me video quality, at its best, is about equal to standard def DVD.

If you read the numerous reviews of the box on the web a lot of them compare us to AppleTV, which we expected would be the case. I wouldn't say we are a head to head competitor. For one, the subscription models are completely different and admittedly, there is a big difference in size and quality of movie titles between the two services. I think our little box would like to eventually be on par with AppleTV, but there's still work to be done to get to that point. However, if you think the Netflix instant watch stuff is a nice secondary addition to the DVD delivery part of the service, then a $99 box I think would be pretty compelling.

Anyhow, like I said, if anyone has questions I'd be happy to answer as best I can...
1079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 4 Just Hooked Me on: May 19, 2008, 05:41:00 PM

Quote from: msduncan on May 19, 2008, 12:13:41 AM


Apparently the standing ovation was for the movie BEFORE it started. After it was over, the audience gave it significantly more subdued applause.

Reviews seem to be all over the map.
1080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 15, 2008, 07:39:20 PM

Quote from: Graham on May 15, 2008, 05:59:28 PM

I can't stand Fantasia, and I heard that she looked ridiculous on stage last night.  Does anyone know of a video of her performance last night?  I hear that Simon's expression is just priceless.

Don't have a video, but this screenshot says it all!

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