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4641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 01:36:25 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Quote from: "Laner"
Personally, I don't think it is.  There's nothing wrong with OS X, but it's certainly not the computing nirvana that the Macolytes claim.  It does some things better than Windows, and it does some things worse than Windows.  Some people will point to the lack of viruses and spyware, but honestly they're not a problem on my Windows machines either.  And if there ever is a serious OS X virus, it's going to tear through Mac systems like tissue paper because no one is protected.

That's unlikely. By default, every Mac system is protected because it has inherently more security, due to the very tight Unix permissions model. Most Windows users run in the equivalent of Root mode, which is not an active option in Mac OS X. There is no way a virus on your Mac could actually damage the Mac OS without you giving it explicit permission to do so, and even then the damage it could do would be very limited.

And that's precisely the attitude I'm talking about.  

So you're saying there are no holes anywhere that can be exploited?  The dozen or so security updates I've installed this year seem to say otherwise.  Not running as root doesn't guarantee anything.  Yes, it's *more* secure, but it's not foolproof.

Pride goeth before the fall, and all that.
4642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counterstrike:Source, is it safe to go in the water? on: October 20, 2004, 03:43:35 AM
Quote from: "Jow"
One problem you'll have as a newbie is that people have been playing CS for damn near 7 years now.

Que?  Half Life is barely 6 years old at this point, and Counterstrike didn't show up until at least a six months later.
4643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 20, 2004, 01:31:52 AM

Yeah - I need to clean up a bit.
4644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 01:06:56 AM
I had the same urges last year, and I ended up getting an iBook... which I think was a wise decision.  It was a relatively small cash outlay compared to the rest of the Apple line ($1099), it gave me a good feel for the OS X environment, and the cost was easily recoupable... Mac laptops tend to hold their value much better than the desktop models.  While there was still some warranty left on it, I sold it for $850 on ePay, and put it towards the price of a new Powerbook.

Another reason I'd recommend the iBook - Apple *today* refreshed their iBook line, and the 12" iBook is now only $999 with a 1.2Ghz processor, 256MB and built-in wireless support.  A great bargain anyway you slice it, and if you decide it's not for you, you're not out $2000 or more, or stuck with a 50lbs boat anchor (the eMac)

I've been exposed to vague statements like, "Macs rock," "OS X is light years ahead of anything else," "Once you go Mac you'll never go back". Is that crap true?

Personally, I don't think it is.  There's nothing wrong with OS X, but it's certainly not the computing nirvana that the Macolytes claim.  It does some things better than Windows, and it does some things worse than Windows.  Some people will point to the lack of viruses and spyware, but honestly they're not a problem on my Windows machines either.  And if there ever is a serious OS X virus, it's going to tear through Mac systems like tissue paper because no one is protected.

I use my Mac for video production mostly.  Which it does very well, at a relatively low cost.  But I don't ever see it replacing my Windows PC as my primary computer.
4645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-load. Crackable or No? on: October 19, 2004, 11:22:46 PM
Quote from: "Falator"

Will it affect sales, yes, but studies have shown that out of 5,000 dled copies, only 1 sale is lost (if i recall correctly, it was something like that).

Right... and I have some seafront property in Nebraska that you might be interested in.
4646  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Adaware Question on: October 19, 2004, 06:03:01 PM
Spybot seems to be more thorough, IMO.
4647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NFL pay per view would be sweet on: October 19, 2004, 02:48:12 PM
Quote from: "mb737"
Yes, please take ALL sports programming and stick it on pay services so I may actually have something to watch on Sunday afternoons.

hear hear!
4648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 gold? You bet! (Nov. 16th release) on: October 18, 2004, 03:54:08 PM
Quote from: "bluefugue"
What annoys me is the idea that "if I so choose" I CANNOT play the single player game without registering the thing (assuming this is true, still don't have a definite confirmation on that).

I mean suppose you fast forward 10 years and you build a retro box with an ancient P4 processor and a paltry gig of ram, and want to dust off your old Half Life 2 CD.  Whoops!  Won't work without Steam registration.  But as we all know Valve folded in the Great Crash of 2011, and there is no such thing as Steam.  Tough shit, you can't play Half Life 2 again unless you hunt around for arcane workarounds on the internet.

I just think it's a crappy precedent for single player games, if true.  You shell out for the CD, you play the game -- should be as simple as that.

I'd be very surprised if somewhere down the line (after they've milked HL2 for all they can) Valve doesn't release a patch that eliminates the need to connect to Steam.
4649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pf Changs on: October 18, 2004, 04:19:08 AM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
There's a PF Chang's in Charlotte, NC.

I haven't been, and probably never will. I don't like trendy restuarants, and don't like eating with rich snobby trendy people.

I can't speak for the one in Charlotte, but the one down the street from me is hardly "rich snobby trendy people" turf.  Occasionally you'll see a famous musician in there, but that's due to it's location (it's surrounded by studios), not any inherent trendiness.  You can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting someone in the music business.

I've spent $80 there on a date, but it was Valentine's Day, and we went with the expensive wine and tipped the waitress very well.

Lettuce wraps - OK, but they tend to disintegrate in your gands after the first couple of bites.
4650  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Arcade stick for trade on: October 17, 2004, 11:30:38 PM
Is it the one or two stick version?
4651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console and PC on: October 17, 2004, 11:13:35 PM
Quote from: "Eliot"
My only other question before I pull the trigger on EBGames special is how are the graphics holding up? I understand the XBox has a vid card roughly equivalent to a GeForce 3 Ti200.

Given I do not have HDTV, how would readers rate graphics compared to the PC (I have a ATi 9800 pro). Certainly I do not expect on par graphics. I just don't know how much of a come down it will be.

There are quite a few Xbox games that have excellent graphics... while it doesn't have the raw power of a modern PC, the games can be optimized much better since it's a closed, singular platform.  And most games are locked at a resolution of 640x480 (since standard TVs can't display much higher than that), they can really crank up the eye candy, if not the resolution itself.
4652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What compelled you to go Console? on: October 17, 2004, 11:08:06 PM
I was a complete anti-console snob from the day I got a Commodore 64 for Christmas - in fact, I was head of the "Nintendo Haters Club" forum in the early days of AOL.  Then in early 1997 for whatever reason I was compelled to get a Playstation, and it just snowballed from there.  Now, I enjoy both console and PC games - they're different, yet equally enjoyable experiences. I think I realized that as I have less and less time to spend on gaming these days, consoles are a better fit for my lifestyle.  But I can't give up PC gaming, because my favorite genre (FPS) is still better overall on the PC than on consoles.  And I enjoy the hardware tweaking/upgrading aspect of PCs as well.
4653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 15, 2004, 11:10:41 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
R&P as a seperate forum is just something that some people find important. You can't just tell them "absolutely not" and expect them all to be just happy.

Heh, am I the only one that noticed that most of the people that NEED a seperate R&P forum are the ones that were up in arms about it when GG created one?  :shock:

Nope... I had the same thought smile
4654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold ending, what I think no one realized... on: October 15, 2004, 06:20:52 PM
Quote from: "HarveyB"

Oh, and I will personally put a contract out on the first Trekkie to start blabbing about the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few. :twisted:

Or the one.

/runs for cover
4655  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 15, 2004, 06:09:06 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "RaptorRed"
Looks like the rest of the community is over at Brutesquad.

Yes, it does seem like some of the community has gone over there, for whatever reason. I'm not a big fan of the community splintering off into these two camps, so I am not sure why Peacedog & Co decided to open that forum up....well no, I think I do know why they did it, but thats another story.  Ron has been very nice so far with letting this feel like home to many people from Gone Gold.

I have made a couple posts over there, but I like the feel of this forum more, so far.

Same here... this is more like the GG of old that I remember.  Brutesquad, meh... I haven't even registered there, and doubt I ever will.

How about we let this feel like something NEW, fun, and excellent in its own right, instead of somewhat sadly hanging on to something that was bigger in our minds than it ever was practically? GG was a shell of a site in many, many ways for a long time (and those that have been there for 3-4 years know what I am talking about). Why does CG have to be like GG? Let it be something different, and maybe in its own way better. I know there is a need to reminisce(sic) about all things, but at some point, it ceases to be a useful exercise and starts to appear desperate.

I agree with this as well... it really started to get on my nerves when some folks felt the need to turn this to GG immediately with the whole R&P discussion.  CG has plenty of upside of it's own, without having to be the red-headed stepchild of GG.
4656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Road Rage on: October 15, 2004, 06:04:05 PM
Quote from: "Ascendent"
I've given this alot of thought. What I would like is a special power that you can use once per day. Sort of a mind zotch. See you have said driver you mind zotch him and what happens is they shit themselves and pull off to the side of the road and fall asleep.  Hence no permanent injury and the hopefully after the person comes to after having slept in shit and piss realize that perhaps he/she should become a more aware driver.  


I remember some comedian had a bit about how he wanted to invent a gun that would kill people for five minutes... of course, it's primary target would be idiot drivers.
4657  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Your old Atari consoles/games on: October 15, 2004, 03:30:27 PM
You gots PM
4658  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Your old Atari consoles/games on: October 15, 2004, 02:47:27 PM
Well, I had a couple of responses on the GG board, but thought I'd retry here...  basically, I'm looking for old Atari games and systems - 2600/5200/7800.  If you have any of these wasting away in your basement, give me a holla!
4659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanks admins ! Board Style: BlackGold! on: October 14, 2004, 09:10:01 PM
Quote from: "UsulofDoom"
Who else has changed  thier Board Style: to blackgold in profile?.

Not I.  I always hated the dark background/light text color scheme.
4660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 has been leaked. on: October 14, 2004, 03:00:01 PM
The game, a key title for MS' console in the run up to Christmas, is believed to have surfaced on Usenet and the web last night, possibly in the form of a localised French version, according to early reports.

French version?  

There's a joke in there somewhere about every button causes Master Chief to drop his weapons...
4661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logins change from GG to CG? on: October 14, 2004, 02:57:30 PM
On GG I was "GayNaziBiker"
4662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode 3 Trailer - SPOLIERS on: October 14, 2004, 02:38:29 PM

The Tri-Fighter, aka the precursor to the TIE fighter with three curving wings and guns mounted between each wing. They shoot red lasers.

The ARC Clonefigthter, aka the precursor to X-Wing, with three wings on each side.

A gigantic starship being sprayed by streams of something that looks like dense acid.

Good to hear... one of the biggest issues I've had with the prequel trilogy, is that for a series called "Star Wars", there have been precious few space battles in Eps 1 & 2.  The bit with Obi Wan and Jango Fett in the asteroid field was pretty cool, but other than that, bupkus.
4663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 news - does this actuall make people feel better? on: October 14, 2004, 01:37:56 PM
Meh - I found a "show stopper" in the original Half-Life (making it impossible to get out of the dumpster after you were knocked out), a bug which made it impossible for me to continue, but didn't affect the majority of gamers.  It was eventually patched, but while it was severe for me, I was in the distinct minority.  I would imagine this is the kind of thing they're talking about, not bugs that will affect every player every time.
4664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tivo Mania! on: October 13, 2004, 09:43:38 PM
If it's a series 2, you can use a broadband connection for schedule updates.  Though it will need to make a call via land line when you first set it up (IIRC)
4665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tivo Mania! on: October 13, 2004, 06:56:53 PM
Quote from: "hepcat"
I've been a happy tivo-er for about 2 years now.  Love it and wouldn't go back to regular television/vcr combo.  question though?  what's the "lifetime basic tivo" service you mentioned?  I thought there was only one tivo service for subscribers?  (granted, i haven't looked tivo's pricing plans since I got it)

The "basic Tivo" thing comes with DVD/Tivo combo devices - it's not available for standalone Tivo units, and honestly, it's pretty useless.  Only three days of program info, no season passes, no smart recording options, etc.
4666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / my new toy on: October 13, 2004, 04:48:47 PM
Geez, that's thin... and expensive.  Now I don't feel so bad about buying one of these today smile
4667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Urge to kill rising, most hated commercial category on: October 13, 2004, 03:15:16 PM
My current hate list includes any ads with those two Sonic morons... the TV ads are bad, but the radio ones are even worse.

*watches some happy people dancing around in the field*

Hah - the worst one is the herpes drug (Valtrex?) - I can just hear the inner monologue:

Guy - "I'm gonna score!"
Girl - "What a chump - he'll never know I have herpes until it's too late!"
4668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 12:02:37 AM
Quote from: "Exodor"
Quote from: "RunningMn9"
Quote from: "godhugh"
There was the great Mod Uprising which resulted, I feel, in the complete joke that was the GG moderation upon the forum's demise last week

Excuse me?   :cry:

Wow, and I thought Rich saying the site had "gone to hell" was a slap in the face to those of us who volunteered...

I'm not even a GoneGold mod and I found that post from "Mr. Skim" annoyingly insulting.

And I had all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings towards the CG staff too.

Yeah, that welcome mat lasted what, a whole three days?

As noted in another post, the membership of this forum has more then tripled over the past few days.  You'd think they'd be thankful for the increased traffic...   :roll:

I'm sure they are.  But that doesn't mean they have to be subject to the whinging of a few who expect this to be a duplicate of GG.  They took the idea of R&P under consideration, and turned it down.  I fail to see how continuing to discuss the issue any further is going to help.
4669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Joe Satriani on: October 12, 2004, 10:18:30 PM
The last CD of his I bought was Crystal Planet - it was pretty good, but didn't have the spark of his first few CDs... the songs all sounded pretty similar, whereas on "Surfing" and "Flying", nearly every song had it's own unique identity.  Even the songs he sang on... "Big Bad Moon" rocks out loud.  :twisted:

I particularly dig the Dreaming #11 EP - the live version of Ice 9 is one of my favorite instrumentals ever.
4670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 12, 2004, 10:08:50 PM
Quote from: "jblank"

No more a generalization than what you and others have said or implied, when comments are made that adding R & P would basically lead to the end of CG, or that somehow the R & P posters at GG were the "sewer" type posters before the split into an R & P forum there.

Wait a minute now, come on down off that cross.  While I can't speak for whiteboyskim (though I'll bet he would concur), when I agreed with his "sewer" comment, I meant the discussions and their tendency to get ugly with a quickness - not the people involved.


Bottom line to all this, which has been stated already ad nauseum:  This is not Gone Gold.  It will never be Gone Gold.  So don't try to make it Gone Gold.
4671  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth PC Game $14 shipped - HURRY!!! on: October 12, 2004, 09:33:22 PM
Well, I just got my cancellation notice:

We regret to inform you of an error that has resulted in the display
of incorrect pricing of the LORD OF THE RINGS: The Battle for Middle
Earth DVD you have ordered. Regrettably, we are unable to offer this
item for the incorrect price. The correct price is $49.99. We have
canceled your order for this item. Please accept our sincerest apology
for this error. If you would like to order this item at the correct
price, please feel free to visit our web site and reorder.

Despite our best efforts, a small number of items on our site are
occasionally mis-priced. We do, however, verify prices as part of our
shipping procedures.  If we discover that an item's price is higher
than our stated price, we will, at our discretion, either contact you
for instructions before shipping or cancel your order and notify you
of such cancellation. This policy is posted in the Help section of our
Web site.

Again our apology for any inconvenience this has caused you. Thank you
for shopping at
4672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want the Nintendo DS to fail on: October 12, 2004, 08:34:40 PM
The $350 amount is still unconfirmed.
4673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any GG forum regulars that have not yet been spotted here? on: October 12, 2004, 08:21:11 PM
Haven't seen Tim (not Desctructor) around...
4674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 12, 2004, 08:17:20 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

Thus spake a member who was not there for the last several years. smile To say the R&P forum worked is to miss several points, chief among them that is was considered much like a needed sewage drain.

Heh - that's an excellent description smile
4675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need some advice from E-Bay sellers on: October 12, 2004, 07:35:23 PM
Oh - another thought I had.  For books/music/movies/games, I find that is a much better option as long as you don't need to sell the items and/or get the cash immediately.  The whole issue with feedback and deadbeat buyers is largely non-existent.
4676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 07:14:25 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Quote from: "pr0ner"
This site should not be exactly like GG.  GG is dead.  It's time to move on.  

I think that's the bottom line.

4677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need some advice from E-Bay sellers on: October 12, 2004, 07:13:04 PM
That's what I'd do - just jump in.  I'd start with small items though - so in the off chance that something *does* go wrong, it's not a big deal.  I've sold hundreds of items over ebay, and very rarely had a problem.  My only advice is to be *very* specific about your item, and what you are and are not willing to do (i.e. ship overseas, accept escrow, etc.)
4678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [xbox] Got KOTOR, now what?? on: October 12, 2004, 07:08:07 PM
You can safely ignore Lord Ebonstone.  KOTOR is a great game at five times that price, and for $10 it's an absolute steal.  It's the first game I've played in a *long* time that kept me riveted until the end... you know, one of those where you ignored all the other crap you needed to do (like sleep, work, eat, etc.) just to finish *one more quest*
4679  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / TRU B2G1 coming soon on: October 12, 2004, 06:21:22 PM
Hm... I've got a $100 gift certificate for TRU coming my way.  I wonder if they'll honor both it and the buy 2 get 1 free deal?
4680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need some advice from E-Bay sellers on: October 12, 2004, 04:29:20 PM
I would just re-list it.  You are in the clear here - if he gripes, the worst that can happen is that you get a negative feedback.
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