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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: Today at 05:20:20 AM
Looks like they must have pulled the old iPad Simcity, I can't find references to it in the store (some gaming sites talk about it). I had it, never played it. It's probably backed up to my computer.

There just isn't money to make in iOS unless you do free to play unfortunately. I find it insane that anyone pays money for that stuff, but to each his own I guess.
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: December 19, 2014, 10:47:31 PM
There is a full mobile version of Sim City, its been out for years. I haven't played it, but reviews always made it out to be very buggy and EA didn't support it.

Agreed though, I mostly gave up on iOS gaming. Of course I will still buy the good stuff. Just bought Qvadriga.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 18, 2014, 08:21:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 18, 2014, 05:04:53 PM

Eh, it was a stupid concept to begin with.  Can you imagine the outrage and anger if some middle eastern country had made a movie all about killing the actual president?  (pretending that they have a Hollywood size industry, stars, budget, marketing, worldwide distribution, etc like Sony and this movie)

That's my take on it, although I think they were just cashing in on a very popular image of Kim Jong Un as this very odd character. I don't think they would have dreamed of doing it with any other country, but NK's leader just begs to be made fun of. Anyway, they have every right to make such a movie, but it is in poor taste.

Did Team America call out the leader by name?
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 18, 2014, 08:14:49 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 18, 2014, 02:45:48 PM

Also, being able to 1.5x or double speed podcasts is the greatest thing ever. Obviously some lend themselves to it more than others, but I've been doing some major catch-up at work by putting some on 2X and ripping through them.

If you are on iOS check out Overcast. It has "smart speed" that speeds up the little pauses people make when they speak. The time it saves adds up a lot quicker than you would expect.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 18, 2014, 09:20:45 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 18, 2014, 05:10:53 AM

Quote from: Lee on December 18, 2014, 03:45:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 17, 2014, 04:40:43 PM

Command + Space + equation I want to solve.

I just tried that. Doesn't work.

Then I realized that I am on a PC, which doesn't have Spotlight (or Alfred).

Or a Command key.

I'm a Mac guy, so I didn't even think twice about that. I use all sorts of keyboard shortcuts, but I couldn't tell you what 99% of them are, they just come naturally. Outside of gaming and Excel, I have no idea why anyone would use a PC.  Tongue
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 18, 2014, 03:45:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 17, 2014, 04:40:43 PM

Command + Space + equation I want to solve.

I just tried that. Doesn't work.

Then I realized that I am on a PC, which doesn't have Spotlight (or Alfred).
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 18, 2014, 03:41:35 AM

Quote from: hepcat on December 18, 2014, 03:30:11 AM

Tomorrow's the season 1 finale for Serial.  I'm going to find the wait for season 2 difficult.

I can wait. Season 1 sucked after 6 or so episodes. We still don't know who did it and he is still in jail.

(Joking, but I do find it very disheartening that we still don't really know anything, and I still don't feel like we know enough facts to be sure of anything. I can't imagine being in his shoes if he is innocent.)

Did you guys hear Best Buy did an ad advertising that they had everything but pay phones? Pretty awesome.
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 17, 2014, 01:05:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 17, 2014, 12:29:26 AM

...whereas Obama went on Colbert to reach a friendly but tuned-out demo (more young people).

Colbert gets a wide range of age groups. His audience is also very pro-Obama (see Fivethirtyeight.com link)

9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 15, 2014, 09:36:20 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on December 14, 2014, 05:31:04 PM

So I found out more garbage concerning Leo/Lisa (This Week in Tech) to the point where I'm bailing.

Are they showing more of their sex emails on screen? I have never understood why Leo Laporte is so popular myself.
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 15, 2014, 06:38:44 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 15, 2014, 06:19:13 PM

One thing is for sure Bush was a lot funnier than Obama.  I say that without any political slant. 

Of course, he wasn't trying to be funny most of the time. Although, IIRC he was quite funny in the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner (I think that is that the one where it's more like a roast).

@Ironrod: Between Two Ferns is supposed to be painfully awkward. They are all like that, no matter who the guest.
11  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: WTF is going on here? on: December 14, 2014, 08:31:53 PM
I have no idea, but curious if it's only in Firefox, or does Chrome and IE have the same issues? Are you running any extensions that could be a cause? When you removed Firefox, did you get rid of all its hidden settings etc (can't think of the name)?
12  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 11, 2014, 09:00:33 PM
I couldn't get into Papers Please, probably because I have zero short term memory and attention to detail is hard. It felt like work.

Qvadriga got best sports game of the year from Pocket Tactics. Haven't bought the iPad version, but it was a wise choice. Great game.
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 11, 2014, 08:56:10 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 11, 2014, 07:56:59 PM

But certainly not "horribly biased" as you earlier asserted.  

Yeah, I think they are, they don't do a great job of providing the other side of any argument. They just point out stupidity in the government, press, etc.
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 11, 2014, 07:03:18 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 11, 2014, 02:31:27 PM

The Daily Show has often attacked leftistsubjects in its pieces.  I really do believe they're more fair and balanced than...well...you know.

Sure, doesn't mean they don't have their own bias though. For instance the Jim Cramer thing. Stewart went after him as if he represented all that is wrong with the financial press and wall street. In doing so he showed he had no clue about Jim Cramer or how trading works, as well as showing his bias against Wall Street. The Daily Show without a doubt has a narrative they stick to, but it isn't always left vs right.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 11, 2014, 05:12:04 AM

Quote from: drifter on December 11, 2014, 04:17:33 AM

One thing you might want to look into is that Sony as a company is doing terribly.  They have re-structured and sold off some of their divisions.  They have no new gee whiz that's really new technology coming out.  They have glasses similar to google glass and an electronic credit card that can replace all your own cards; both of those are in the already done category.  Sony's only real money maker is the PS4.  If you look back at all the innovative things Sony has done in the past its looking pretty bad for them.

Not sure you can call that a disadvantage when comparing to MS. MS has also had a lot of issues and one thing that continues to come up is dropping the Xbox.  MS makes it money enterprise, and continually struggles with hardware releases.
16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 11, 2014, 03:28:04 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 11, 2014, 02:10:33 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 09, 2014, 03:47:46 PM

Quote from: Rip on December 09, 2014, 03:34:45 PM

Cute, but it wasn't that funny. Certainly some truth in it. I am pretty sure Comedy Central is about as close as many liberals get to news.

Sadly it's as close as news as most TV stations get to news.

Very good point. It's sad that the only place where you're likely to hear the honest truth is the daily show. It's also telling that RIP doesn't consider it real news.

I love the Daily Show and watch it every night, but I don't call it real news. It's basically the same as Fox but from a comedic point of view. They are bringing up stuff you don't see elsewhere, buts it's just as horribly biased as Fox.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 09, 2014, 10:55:35 PM
If it wasn't for sites with suggested decks I would have stopped playing long ago. I still suck at, but at least I stand a chance.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 05:25:42 PM
I use my computers app, Google if it's real simple, Excel if need be.

Yesterday, one of my professors was on his Surface with his iPad next to him. He got up went over to his bag and found his calculator. I laughed that he had one big calculator sitting in front of him. Basically the whole class (at least everyone who spoke up) said they always use a real calculator. I commented that I must be the odd one then. One of the girls looks at me and asks "You're a techie person, huh?" I thought the whole thing was kind of amusing (I am easily amused), but I was curious if I was that odd.

Of course asking here is probably biased in the opposite direction of what the class was.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 06:19:33 AM
You are at your computer, doing whatever, and you need a calculator. Do you open your computer's calculator app, Google it, use your phone, or grab a real calculator?
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 09, 2014, 04:53:22 AM
Well that got weird.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 09, 2014, 01:47:18 AM
Got the 3 free packs and bought 7 more with gold. Got a lot of double/triples unfortunately. I did get a new Warrior legendary though. I have no idea what to do with all these new cards.  icon_cry
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Crew Thread is Broken? on: December 06, 2014, 04:25:10 AM
It loads for me.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 07:11:59 PM
Monthly cost is the biggest concern I have, but it has to be HD, so quality is a close second. I watch very little TV, I only have cable for soccer. If I could cut everything and just pay $20 a month to watch soccer online I would do so in a second.

I just did my first year with Comcast so my bill is jumping from something like $85 to $130 (with internet). That includes HBO, which was free for a year. That's insane to me. I am going to cancel HBO, which I like, but again I don't watch it enough to justify the $20 extra it is a month. I think I would be willing to pay about $5 a month for it. The value just isn't there for me. TV is too expensive for what it is. Sports seems to be the only thing that keeps many people paying for cable.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 05, 2014, 05:53:37 PM
Nah, the writers will suddenly give her a whole episode next season where we will learn more about her as we find out she is sleeping with Rick's kid (who has also taken a backseat in the story).
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: December 05, 2014, 12:00:31 AM

Quote from: Crusis on December 04, 2014, 07:53:15 PM

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For now, it's a very cool gadget to show friends. I DO think that the Echo has a future but the device needs time to mature.

Ha, you don't make it sound very cool. You can show friends how it doesn't work, nor sound that great!

It seems very strange to release a tech they haven't tested in a $200 device. At least Google/Apple have been playing with it in phones. They seem to understand that the tech isn't there yet for a full blown device based on this (although it's getting there).

I think I said this in the other thread, but we need a company like Google or Apple to do this. Amazon's hardware is ok, but they just copy the big guys. Their claim to fame is cheap, not innovation.

Edit: Did you do to the voice analysis thing? Seems to work quite well in YouTube videos.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Puzzles and Dragons, what gives? on: December 02, 2014, 10:41:30 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on December 02, 2014, 05:36:38 PM

This game is enormously popular and I don't really get it.  Seems like just another matching game, made well, but doesn't seem to warrant the popularity in my opinion.

Thoughts?

That describes most of the free app store for me. I really don't get it. Even Candy Crush was mildly amusing, but I don't think I would pay a $1 to play it. People are willing to give them hundreds though.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shopping list app/program? on: December 02, 2014, 10:35:20 PM
Tried to various shopping lists over the years, and never found one I really liked. I just use iOS reminders for it now. If I think of something I need I just use Siri to add it. Syncs between phone and my computers so it's great.

That said, if I could find a shopping app that tracks prices at different stores I would pay for it. Don't think that exists on iOS.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 30, 2014, 05:49:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 30, 2014, 04:03:05 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 29, 2014, 04:22:07 PM

Just remember, we were all really excited when we saw the Phantom Menace trailer too.

Actually, I was FAR more excited about the Phantom Menace trailer than I am with this piece of crap. You don't 'tease' anything by showing absolutely nothing whatsoever.

Somewhat related to the trailer:
http://imgur.com/gallery/Xc6mozE
biggrin

Wow, I have seen some skeptical reactions, but nothing that cynical. Sure they didn't show anything about the story, don't care, thought it looked cool anyway. (I haven't read any spoilers, I know nothing about the movie.)
29  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MP3 meta data - software recommendations? on: November 30, 2014, 03:19:26 AM
Recently I bought a Sonos, which is amazing, but my oldest music isn't showing album art. The stuff I ripped myself over a decade ago. iTunes shows album art for it, but its a bit of a process to get it embedded into the file so everything else shows it. I have been poking around the internet and I am still kind of lost on an easy way to get this done. Anyone have any recommendations for software that will do this easily? OS X or Windows, but it would be great if I could do it right on the NAS where the music is stored (Linux, I think). Willing to spend money.

Thanks.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 29, 2014, 06:26:47 AM
While that's pretty neat, since we know nothing about the characters, it's kind of silly. They could be random characters just setting the mood that something is coming and people (and soccer balls) are fleeing.

I listened to a podcast tearing apart every detail of the trailer tonight. An 80 second clip generated a 70 minute podcast. Was pretty great.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 29, 2014, 01:24:33 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 29, 2014, 12:02:17 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 28, 2014, 11:54:34 PM

Not a huge SW fan, but I did get chills when the falcon came on screen.

I agree. It's not so much the images, but the sounds of the x-wings, droid, Falcon, and the soundtrack that put a stupid smile on my face

That's what did it for me, the sounds. From the music to the tie fighter engines(?), it made me teary.

Don't get all the negatives I have seen around the net, Star Wars was pretty cheesy, I am perfectly ok if the new movies are as well. I can't wait for December 2015, even if I am worried that the end result won't be any good.

And the Stormtrooper in the opening? Who said he is a real Stormtopper? I assumed he wasn't, just someone who stole a uniform. I hope they don't make them appear human, I like them better as mindless cannon fodder.
32  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 27, 2014, 08:24:22 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 27, 2014, 07:41:47 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 26, 2014, 06:49:46 PM

And $7.50 for Civ V Complete? That's insane, anyone who is even slightly on the fence about it should pick it up.

Hmm, I'm seeing Civ V Complete for $12.49 USD, still a good deal. I have the base game but wasn't that impressed with it. With the two big DLC (Brave New World and Gods and Kings) is it now a must get? I've been a Civ lover since the first one, but Civ V left me cold. Oh, I'm also guessing that it's cheaper to buy the Complete edition than just the two DLC Roll Eyes.

You're right, faulty memory as I wrote that. The expansions do make the game a lot better, but if you didn't like the base, I don't know if they would change it enough to convince you.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 27, 2014, 08:21:25 AM

Quote from: JuniorDan on November 27, 2014, 12:23:41 AM

Clash of clan, Boom Beach and since no one else want to say it but all\most do Porn.


Probably because there was no to say it, good for you though, congrats. And actually I don't use a tablet for that.

Clash of Clans and Boom Beach? You are everything that is wrong with tablet gaming.  Tongue
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 27, 2014, 12:44:09 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 26, 2014, 10:07:35 PM

GT's excellent review of Rollers of the Realm moved it from a "someday" to a "right now" purchase.
Be interesting to hear your thoughts. Its fun, I like it, but it never really hooked me. I would say it's a wait for a sale game.
35  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 26, 2014, 06:49:46 PM
LOL, every game on my wishlist is on sale. Now do I hold out for a better "featured" sale or buy now? Almost everything is at least 40% already.

And $7.50 for Civ V Complete? That's insane, anyone who is even slightly on the fence about it should pick it up.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 26, 2014, 04:08:10 PM
Waiting for the price and reviews of Warhammer 40k Armageddon on PC. Unfortunately reviews will probably be mixed and it will be expensive. Edit: it's on sale for $30.
37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: November 25, 2014, 07:40:56 AM
Well it seemed to clear itself up after I wrote that post. I had done reboots before, but it seems the last one cleared up any trouble (or something did it), it's been rock solid since I posted that. I give up trying to figure out computers. But anyway, I am very happy with it now, it's a pretty awesome machine.

For some reason I like Windows 8 with a mouse much better than I do on my Surface too. It's not so bad on a desktop.

Anyway, thanks for the replies guys.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 10:03:43 PM

Quote from: Torfish on November 19, 2014, 10:02:05 PM

PC Civ Beyond Earth - It might be a little flawed right now but I'm still having a blast with it.  Type of game that gets better as you learn it.  It will be supported for years and I can't wait to see what they do with the DLCs/expansions.  

If I had to pick a game released this year, this would be mine. Do you think we will see support for years though? We didn't see anything for Colonization.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 10:01:21 PM
Civ V, played it more than any other game this year. After that Diablo III. I am not very current I guess.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 19, 2014, 05:06:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 19, 2014, 04:33:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 16, 2014, 07:50:48 PM

My Surface 3 (the piece of crap that it is with its shitty built in Maxwell wifi chip) is just my secondary computer if you will. It holds all my chat clients, Skype, and everything else I need. It sits underneath my gaming PC's monitor (or next to me when I'm on a console) and it gives me access to anything no matter what I'm doing.
You have problems, even after all the firmware updates? Contact support. Get that fixed up. Mine runs like a champ.

Yeah, wifi hasn't been issue for months, a firmware update took care of my problems. As I said though, my Surface Pro is flakey and I have to reboot it once a week.

My biggest gripe right now is that with a bluetooth keyboard hooked up, it still likes to pop up the onscreen keyboard sometimes, which resizes all my windows (unless they are maximized). It drives me nuts. Then there are apps like Steam that just either don't support touch, or have such small hit boxes it makes it a complete pain in the ass. The Surface to me is a laptop with touch capabilities more than it is a tablet. Don't get me wrong, if someone told me they were going to buy a laptop, a Surface Pro would be my first recommendation (after Apple), but I would not recommend it to someone who wants a tablet. Not even in the same ballpark on weight, easy of use, or even performance (both Android and Apple tablets are getting to be quite powerful and don't have fan and heat problems like a Surface). Tablets are still too limited for many things that are just easier to do on a laptop, for this stuff, the Surface is great.
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