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41  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: October 01, 2015, 01:26:33 AM

Quote from: disarm on September 20, 2015, 11:36:45 AM

I have no idea what your willing to spend, but I took a chance on Aperion Audio a few years ago and they're fantastic...amazing value. I went with their Verus Grand series after finding nothing but glowing reviews and haven't been disappointed. Granted those are their top-end speakers, but even their lower stuff is supposed to sound great.

The one caveat is that you have to be willing to take a chance on something that you can't hear before buying, but that's not a big risk when they ship them free for a 60-day trial and will pay for the return shipping if you're unhappy. I never thought for a second about returning mine.

Ooooooh.....1900 bucks is a little out of my price range right now, but they are very highly reviewed.  Maybe I'll save up a bit?
42  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Time to research home theater speakers? on: September 20, 2015, 01:27:18 AM
So I left behind my speakers as an incentive to sell the Phoenix place.  It's time to buy some new speakers for the home theater setup.  Suggestions?  Embedded speakers?  External and mounted?   Onkyo?  Sony?  Something else?  Any help would be appreciated.

43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The kid and movies on: September 20, 2015, 01:26:29 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 14, 2015, 01:34:34 PM

Growing up I can't remember a single time when either of my parents said, "Hey, you've got to see this old movie I loved as a kid!"

I've come to accept that my kids are busy forming their own list of movie memories, and they differ from mine. But they'll be just as special to them one day.

Let it go, KD. Let it go. icon_biggrin

Oh man....I just can't.  He just hasn't seen ANYTHING.  Every day it's another movie he's never seen.  I've gotta raise this kid right!  HE MUST CONVERT!  SUBMIT!

(And no, I've not seen Dreadnaught.   Guess I'll have to check it out!)
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The kid and movies on: September 14, 2015, 01:45:58 AM
Given how much he lives for his cell phone, Clockwork Orange method may be the only way he actually SEES any movies.   saywhat
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamer motivation survey on: September 13, 2015, 11:21:49 PM
That's pretty much right where I expected to be.   I wonder if these sorts of surveys will restore single player to the fore over multiplayer?   I mean...who wouldn't want a single player adventure to go with Battlefront III?
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The kid and movies on: September 13, 2015, 11:14:00 PM
He hasn't seen Star Wars.  "They look lame"
He hasn't seen Lord of the Rings.  "I saw one once on my phone for about 15 minutes."
He hadn't seen Mission Impossible.  We spent a day on Netflix for that one.
He hasn't seen Jurassic Park. 

He thinks 1 star Netflix Zombie movies are the best thing on television.  *facepalm*   What am I gonna do with this kid....
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: September 13, 2015, 11:12:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 09, 2015, 04:10:02 PM

What happened with ADT, Ron?  Did they admit they screwed up?  Or did they mysteriously find a reason that it was someone else's fault (as I suspect they will/have)?

ADT's excuse is "We don't actively monitor - we just wait for you to send a signal that you need our help or your alarm goes off unanswered."  I explained that's exactly what happened.  They sent out a tech and he says "Somebody cut the wire"   Well yea!  That's the point!    Apparently the alarm didn't go off, so it doesn't matter that they couldn't contact it at all.  In the end they did exactly what I figured they would do - nothing.   

Then I got a bill for over $100 bucks for the service charge.   I called them and read them the riot act.  They removed the fee and waived the last month.   I won't be using them for the new home, that's for sure.

On the damage to the wall situation, I'm still waiting for about $4300 in reimbursements.  On the 24th I move into my new house (with any luck) which should start some level of normalcy in my life again...
48  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Free codes for Warframe (because people are STUPID) on: August 15, 2015, 03:57:45 PM
Here's a protip for entering a contest -- provide a valid email address!   If you win, and I can't notify you, I'm going to call you out as a complete and total moron, and I'm going to give away your keys to somebody else.   I've had it with trying to follow up with people, so here are some keys for Warframe for this weekend, courtesy of the dumb.    Please call em out so I can mark them off if you use them.   Enjoy!


XBox One

PlayStation 4
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free Rainbow Six Siege Beta entries on: August 14, 2015, 12:50:32 PM
I'm signed up for PS4 and PC and confirmed for both.  Been looking forward to this one!
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Free Rainbow Six Siege Beta entries on: August 14, 2015, 01:40:15 AM
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51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 02, 2015, 09:37:53 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 02, 2015, 04:58:22 PM

Upgraded my lap and I like it, but prior to my upgrade streaming from my gaming rig to my laptop using steam was great, but after the upgrade my laptop is dropping frames and the game sound is stuttering. Tried prioritizing the traffic but nothing seems to work.  Might just upgrade  my gaming rig I'm just frighten especially since win 10 control aspect of all updates and I don't want them updating video drivers until I'm ready

The "Don't worry- we'll upgrade everything for you!" aspect worries me too.    If there is a dealbreaker, that might just be it.   I can think of quite a few day 1 patches that have caused horrible damage. 
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 02, 2015, 09:36:42 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 31, 2015, 07:13:04 AM

I've upgraded but haven't tried any games apart from Hotline Miami 2, and that's not exactly taxing. Everything I've heard indicates that you should see no change in game performance if upgrading from Windows 8, and a small increase in performance if upgrading from Windows 7.

My biggest two issues with Windows 10 right now are a lack of drivers for the Oculus Rift, and the infamous start menu bug that falls apart when you've got more than 512 shortcuts. I have more than 600, so my start menu doesn't work as it should.

That's...a LOT of shortcuts.  Interesting bug though.   That number suggests a limited address space kinda situation, like the sort you'd see back in the Windows 9x days.   
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: August 02, 2015, 09:23:54 PM
I'll echo that the Kinect is pretty much for Xbox Fitness and that's about it.  Voice controls have been spotty at best, and annoying most of the time.   I'll mention something completely related, and like a Stage-5 clinger my Xbox pops to life.  "OH!  Is it time for me?!"  "No...go back to sleep, ya pain in the ass"
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: August 02, 2015, 04:59:53 PM
The thing that really, really upsets me is that they were able to walk in and just cut the alarm wiring.  The motion sensors are kinda useless if the whole system is offline.    We had people there at 6pm the night before taking pictures for the house closing, and then at 6am we got the report, so the alarm was offline for 12 hours and ADT did nothing??  They are coming out tomorrow to figure out what happened, but that question is gonna stick for me no matter what he finds. 
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: August 02, 2015, 03:21:33 AM
I'm working on a review of King's Quest.   Never thought I'd be saying that again.  smile
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So....what fresh hell is this? on: August 02, 2015, 01:03:12 AM
Because of this post:'so-'/

As you know, I've moved to Texas.  I'm selling my house in Phoenix and it was scheduled to close about two weeks ago.   Well, they had problems with some documents on the buyer side so we delayed by a week.  Then somebody got into an accident and ran through the brick wall of my house.  It was repaired yesterday.  I got a call today from my real estate agent.  In the last 24 hours, somebody broke into the house (which is scheduled to close on Wednesday) and....vandalized it.   I'm waiting for pictures, but they shit all over the carpet in the three rooms, stole the speakers that were mounted in the ceiling, kicked out the doggy door, stole the shower heads, stole the spare hardwood, spare carpet, spare kitchen backsplash, damaged a cabinet, and more!   How'd they get in...well, they came in through the doggy door and cut the alarm system's wiring.   Did the alarm go off?  HELL NO!   Why would it?   

I've got an insurance claim going, and I've got an ADT rep that's going to come out and find out why the alarm didn't do it's one goddamned job, but I'm so stressed out and upset at this point I can hardly see straight. 
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...Ron likes starting topics with "So..." on: August 02, 2015, 12:59:02 AM
Because you said this, I'm gonna start another thread with exactly that.   smile
58  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Weird error message on: August 02, 2015, 12:57:48 AM
you might be in the IP subnet as somebody we banned?   PM me your IP and I'll take a look.   We've blocked nearly 100,000 spammers to it's possible!
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Winders 10 and gamin' on: July 31, 2015, 03:09:47 AM
So for reasons I can't begin to explain, I decided to click the button and move to Windows 10.

I have to say...I'm pleasantly surprised.  Everything has worked so far.  It feels like Windows 7 with a fresh coat of paint, a new engine for some additional speed, and some of the better parts of 8.   Nothing has had problems running.  Anyone else take the dive and have any experience on the gaming side?
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HBS Studios Battletech Game going Kickstarter Fall 2015 on: July 31, 2015, 03:07:30 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on July 29, 2015, 06:22:02 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 29, 2015, 05:33:33 PM

As long as they don't say 'multiplayer only'.

+1 to that. Please give me a single player campaign plus a sandbox and I'll throw money all over it.

Agreed.  If it's Harebraned, I can imagine it'll be single player first, and then the multiplayer component.  I really hope they focus hard on the planetary conflicts and houses.  biggrin
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 31, 2015, 03:05:59 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2015, 01:50:13 PM

Block out August 22nd for a trip to Plano.  I know it's a bit out of the way, but you won't find a much better place to get some boardgaming in than this. I'll be happy to show you around.  It's full of the geeks with a strong tech representation.  

That seems like that'd totally rock.  biggrin   Let's see if I can make that work!
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: July 31, 2015, 03:04:59 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 27, 2015, 11:14:09 PM

So are you here yet?

I am!   I'm bidding on a house and should be moved in by mid next month.  I'm gonna be living in south Fort Worth.   So far so good!   biggrin
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 29, 2015, 01:14:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 28, 2015, 11:32:47 PM

hope you have some awesome boardgames/tabletop to tame the kid

That's the worst part....I don't.  Keith is running the Table Top Throwdown side of GT so I've only got a handful of games to play.    He won't exactly be short on videogames, but I'm not sure Cards Against Humanity is gonna be appropriate....
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 28, 2015, 01:16:00 PM
Also, congrats on turning your life into an eighties sitcom.  icon_lol


Damn it...I'm Mr. Drummond, aren't I?   Son of a.....

Thanks to everyone for the advice so far.  Keep it coming!
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 28, 2015, 03:44:14 AM
Well, I told him already that he can expect to be coming to martial arts class with me.   I figure that's a rapid path to instilling some respect and discipline.   He's also been told that we'll be very involved in his education.   I'm not looking to be a dick to the kid, but I do intend to set some expectations and either reward him for hitting them, or placing consequences for missing them.   

I know if I leave this kid where he is, he'll continue on the path he's on.  That path leads to him being like his punk "friends" - drugs, theft, and all manner of dead end. 

As for the site, yup - I figured I'd put him to work doing some writing.   Those English 101 skills have served me pretty well in my career.  smile 
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 28, 2015, 03:37:42 AM
I'm the Assistant Director of IT, and Security reports to me.   I think you can infer how I'm going to solve this problem.  "Hey, unblock me.   Thanks"

67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 27, 2015, 10:37:44 PM
Very long story short, a mutual childhood friend has just had a baby.  Her oldest (15 years old) has never had a positive male role model in his life.   My wife, having visited our friend for over a month, was asked if we'd be willing to foster this oldest kid for about a year.   We don't have any kids, but everyone tells us that we'd be great parents.   We decided we'd take on the challenge for at least a year.   

What have I gotten myself into this time?   If any of you have any suggestions, I'm all ears.    icon_eek
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 27, 2015, 10:35:07 PM
I do also want to take a moment to point something out.  I'm more than happy to engage any of you at any level and on any topic.  Here's a protip on how to best engage me:  Don't start by insulting me or the site we've built.  This site is a labor of love for a lot of people, and we work very hard on it.  If you don't like the way we do it, make suggestions.  We'll listen!   If it really rubs you the wrong way, I encourage you to start your own site and see just how hard it is to reach where we are today.   
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 27, 2015, 10:30:13 PM
Sorry for the extended absense - I've transitioned jobs (finally!) and my new gig blocks GT.  frown     I'm working on fixing that (soon!) but it does make it difficult to post and keep an eye on things. 

Forum usage is down for all webmasters.  As has been pointed out, sites like Neogaf and Q2Three that have built their entire coverage around their forums are still remaining strong, but folks who have turned their attention to reviews, previews, etc. have certainly seen a diverging of their traffic.  As it stands, our forum traffic is certainly down but our front page traffic is very much up.   With this transition finally complete, we are doing a bit of rejiggering in the background.   The oft-promised unification of the forums and front page are finally gaining some traction (believe me - I want it to happen more than you guys!) and moving forward.

All of that said, if you guys really want to consolidate forum boards again, I'm not against it.   I want to engage you all the way you want to be engaged, and if that helps things, then let's do it.  If it's of interest, start a thread, we'll start the debate, and we'll do whatever is decided.  After all, we are here for all of you!
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: June 04, 2015, 02:41:19 PM
Packing suuuuuuucks.  :/  After packing, painting suuuuuucks.    At least I have a friend who is a real estate agent who can help me sell the place. 
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: June 02, 2015, 04:51:36 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 02, 2015, 03:04:23 AM

You're going to need a gun now.

More of them?  I have a few, but that sounds hardly adequate for Texas.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: June 02, 2015, 12:43:06 AM
Some of you might recall that my jerb was falling apart at the seams at GoDummy.  Well, two more bosses (9 in total for three years) later and I've resigned that absolutely miserable hole.   Fast forward a month and a half and shazam...I'm moving to Fort Worth.   I've accepted a position as Assistant Director of IT for the City of Fort Worth, and start on the 29th of this month!  

I believe this is the most Texas picture I can find to celebrate:


(made into a link since it's a larger gif)
73  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: More DB errors on: May 29, 2015, 04:11:41 PM
Before I woke up this morning we took a series of attacks from several sources in China.  Got those all blocked and such.  Should be back to normal now.
74  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: More DB errors on: May 19, 2015, 09:30:31 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 19, 2015, 05:41:23 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 18, 2015, 11:27:50 PM

Holy crap was today crashy!   Sorry folks.  frown

whew thought it was just me!

Is there an easy way to indicate when the forums are actually down so I know it's just an individual thing?  Maybe a note on the front page or even on Twitter?

I suppose I could bounce a quick note to Twitter.   smile   
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 19, 2015, 05:49:35 AM
I've put in a shade over 3 hours.   A few impressions:

- I'm playing on a 980 with everything at Ultra and the Hair Effects turned on at 1080p.  I'll be doing benchmarking in a moment.
- The game works very well with an Xbox 360 controller  (about to try kb/mouse)
- Hooooly crap I forgot how difficult the combat can be.   I've died.  A LOT.
- The world, as Ridah said, is chock full of detail.  It's amazing just how much of it, really. 
- Creatures are unkind to one another.  I saw a bunch of X icons on my minimap, indicating a body.  Turns out a bunch of Neckers had wandered into a nearby wolf den and obliterated them.  Easy pickins once I got rid of the two Neckers.
- Money is scarce.  You might think "hey, I'll be nice and not charge this person for killing their monsters" but you might also find yourself unable to buy necessary items to heal, seal off monster areas, etc. 
- Loading times are almost non-existent when you die or fast travel, at least thus far.  It's odd having to go to a sign post to fast travel to another sign post, but that's how it works.
- The texture detail on armor and weapons is the best I've seen in any game, ever.

I'm only a little ways in, but thus far it's pretty damned incredible.  I've already had two "Oh, that wasn't the intended outcome!" moments, and I'm just getting started!
76  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: More DB errors on: May 18, 2015, 11:27:50 PM
Holy crap was today crashy!   Sorry folks.  frown
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 17, 2015, 04:42:47 PM
Ah, and from the same folks - PC on Ultra vs. PS4, if you were teetering on which platform to grab:

PC vs. PS4
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 17, 2015, 04:35:29 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 15, 2015, 08:44:45 PM

For what it's worth, a developer claims that the PS4 version will see an improvement of 3-5 fps on average with the day 1 patch compared to what the reviewers were seeing.

A few sites confirmed that, on both the PS4 and XB1 version.  Went from an average of 29fps to 33fps, even during heavy combat.

For those on the PC, if you want to know what all of the important features look like turned on or off, or even running the game on low will look like, this video is pretty great.   Hell, if you just want to see what NVidia is doing with some of the new NVidia-specific bells and whistles look like, here ya go :

PC Settings Video
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Job stuff] So....I did it on: May 09, 2015, 01:07:39 AM
I quit Go Daddy.  I actually did it about 2 weeks ago, and I have to say that I've not slept this well in a very, very long time.  I can't reveal the details, but escaping that toxic environment was something I should have done a long time ago.  So where are we now?

I have a final interview to be the Asst. Director of IT for the City of Ft. Worth on the 21st of this month.
I finished my second interview with Riot Games in Santa Monica this afternoon to be their Director of Operations -- it sounds like the next one will be a final and face to face.   Waiting...
I finished an interview with Comcast this week to be Sr. Director of Engineering for their HQ in Atlanta.  Waiting on an interview with the VP.

It's looking pretty good, and all of those are exciting for different reasons.  I've got my fingers crossed.  smile
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Ex Machina on: May 09, 2015, 01:04:34 AM

Quote from: stessier on May 08, 2015, 10:54:13 PM

I thought the acting was fantastic And see this as a character study.  I was never bored or checking my watch.  I though they did a fantastic job creating a tension that was hard to explain.  As for the meaning
Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought the point was deception is what makes us human.  All the other models could talk, walk, have sex...this was the first one that could use deception to get what she wanted...freedom.  thought it was brutal that she left him behind too...and to think if he hadn't been watching her dress he could easily have gotten out...think that says something too.

Right!  And had he

Spoiler for Hiden:
not given her the impression that he would stay in that house with her, instead of leaving and exploring the world with her, she might not have left him behind!

I agree it was a little slow, but I loved how thought provoking it was.  smile
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