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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 01:44:08 PM
Re: Serial.

It was Jay. Maybe next episode will change my opinion, but so far it seems overwhelming that it was him.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 01:41:55 PM
It's still a thing because people are giving them the attention they want. I completely understand Briana Wu's reaction to them, but IMO, she should just ignore them and move on, it's just prolonging the whole thing.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 22, 2014, 01:39:22 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 22, 2014, 11:51:23 AM

Quote from: Caine on October 21, 2014, 05:27:20 PM

Sad to see that character go like that. I felt like he had a decent character progression from where we saw him at his lowest.  I also like the actor and thought it would be funny seeing him and the preacher in a role reversal from The Wire.  Then he goes and does something stupid. 

I am starting to wonder how he is tied up in the abduction and why he was alone in the church but seemingly able to get along just fine while being completely useless against zombies.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I knew Rick would regret not going back to finish off the Termites. 

My guess is that preacher man has been conspiring with terminus people in that he offers up fresh meat for supplies. That was he stays alive and ridden with guilt.

I think he has to involve the speeding car with the cross, not Terminus. And it looks like we get to find out what happened to Beth..
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 22, 2014, 04:17:02 AM
Whoops, Civ BE wasn't showing as a top seller because I was on my Mac. its not coming out for OS X for anther month or so.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 21, 2014, 09:57:53 PM
A lot of people are buying Civ BE here, but it's not looking like the blockbuster I expected it to be considering it could very well be though of as a sequel to Alpha Centauri. It's not even in the top 10 of sales on Steam when I looked recently.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 09:53:39 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 21, 2014, 09:38:52 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 21, 2014, 09:28:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 21, 2014, 09:14:31 PM

It's a terrible thing. A huge number of people were trolled and continue to be trolled. The threats are embarrassing, the advertising bans are embarrassing, the ethics conversation is embarrassing. Anyone who actually understands how this started and what it's become should rightfully think that both sides, the 4chan trolls and the hashtaggers who continue to think this is a real issue, are a bunch of tools.
  I think you are misusing both sides there, as the trolls and hashtaggers are on the same side.

Not exactly. The trolls started the whole thing. The overwhelming majority of people using the hashtag are the ones who were fooled by the trolls into thinking it was a real thing. That includes #gamergate and the #notyourshield tag which got a lot of use as well.

You are giving people too much credit. icon_smile

I haven't spent much time reading the hashtag posts, but 99% of what I saw is garbage. The majority who seem to be using that hashtag weren't fooled, they are ignorant f.....
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 21, 2014, 09:50:06 PM
I went to McDs just to try Apple Pay. Very cool. Held up my phone to the pad, screen comes on with a picture of the CC, press Touch ID, and the phone vibrates. It took seconds. You have the option to switch credit cards before you press Touch ID, but otherwise the whole thing only requires that you hold your phone up (screen turns on automatically) and put your finger on Touch ID. This needs to catch on, I love the idea of just paying for everything with my phone like this.

I have 4 credit cards, AmEx and Capital One work, while my USAA card will work in November. Just took a picture of them and they are in there. Chase CCs work, but not their Amazon card, which is what I have. People on the Amazon forums are claiming Amazon doesn't want the card to work with it, but Amazon is telling people it's Chase's decision. I believe the Amazon iOS app already allows you to use Touch ID for one touch shopping, so it's not a huge deal, but if this catches on I will definitely use that card less.

Also, Touch ID has quickly become my most loved feature of the phone. 1Password with it is great, not having to use it for passwords from some apps or in web pages. Having my phone easily unlocked while still being secured is great. Buying stuff that supports it, like the app store, is so handy. I am even tempted to get an iPad Air 2 for Touch ID. Well that and because its supposedly has 2 gigs of memory and three processors which will make a huge difference. Not that my Air is slow by any means.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 02:38:06 PM
Why sympathy for the movement initially? The whole thing started because a girl slept with a journalist who didn't review her game, despite the claims otherwise. There has never been any legitimacy to the movement since it was based on weak links that in the end didn't hold water. It seems like it's just an excuse for kids to troll.

Did I miss something where any truth/reason was presented in this whole thing?
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 21, 2014, 02:01:45 AM

Quote from: rittchard on October 20, 2014, 11:31:22 PM

Question/Theory:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Throughout the cellar/water sequence I kept thinking someone would die or at least get bit.  I thought Bob might have been bit underwater but then they kind of went another direction.  Still, I couldn't tell what his crying sequence was all about, I was still suspecting he had been bitten and was essentially saying goodbye.  Could it be that he was bitten, and the leg that they ate was the infected one?  Ironically they would have saved him and possibly poisoned themselves?  Would be kind of cool but the previews didn't look like they were going that direction.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I took it as Bob being bit. I assumed that as soon he went under, and then with the limp and crying, it confirmed it for me. That scene seemed considerably stupid in the first place when they knew there could be walkers under the surface (or maybe I only thought it was obvious from reading World War Z?) Anyway, everyone is already infected, so I wouldn't think eating his leg would mean anything. Although, my first thought was that's where they were going to go with it, but they still have 8 more episodes to fill up with this story line, so it couldn't be that easy.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 21, 2014, 12:44:00 AM
Ha, thought it was boring as could be. I hate the character development episodes, I just don't think the characters are as interesting as the writers seem to think (I am sure I have bitched about this already in this thread). Plus, it was very predictable that certain people would be getting revenge very soon. We knew that this season was going to be an ongoing battle with that other faction after the first episode. Maybe that speeding car will introduce something more interesting.

Thank god the kissy kissy relationship is over.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 21, 2014, 12:37:46 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 20, 2014, 11:39:28 PM

My gaming Podcast

Isomeritc with Brianna Wu (yes the one recently in the news)  Last one was pretty difficult to listen too

Bombcast

Co=Optional (TotalBiscuit, Dodger and Jesse Cobb + a guest host) Mostly youtubers

I tried to get into Isometric, I like everyone involved, but they are all very different gamers than I am. Plus the constant laughter got old quick (obviously I haven't listened since Gamersgate, which has probably made the tone much more serious).
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 20, 2014, 10:21:45 PM
Some of the ad pricing I have seen for some of the more popular Apple/tech podcasts is about $3700 an ad. These are generally 2-3 minutes, very personalized ads by the hosts. I would think something like This American Life does a lot better.

Distribution and hosting is free unless you use something like Stitcher, or pay someone to edit and finds ads.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 03:49:12 AM
Already ordered Beyond Earth. Zero time to play it though. Hopefully find time to give it a look over this weekend, that's about it.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 19, 2014, 02:16:40 AM
Speaking of This American Life, another good one that is sort of a spin off is Start-up. It's about Alex Blumberg's attempt to start his own podcast network after leaving This American Life. It follows the steps he goes through and what he learns on the way.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 19, 2014, 01:33:17 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 19, 2014, 12:44:50 AM

Well we know the end result of the trial, so unless they find something that can be used in court, I don't see how it will turn out positive.

You're right of course, but whether it's logical or not, hearing it play out, it's hard not hope there is something.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 18, 2014, 08:52:41 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 18, 2014, 08:32:46 PM

The new podcast Serial has been great so far. It follows the This American Life format but follows one story for the whole year (12 episodes, I think?). The focus this season has been on the murder of a high school girl in Baltimore in 1999 and whether or not the person convicted (her ex boyfriend) actually did it. So far I've vacillated back and forth on whether I think he's guilty and seemingly change my mind as each new piece of evidence is revealed. It's worth a listen to if that sort of stuff interests you.

Came here to say this. The first series is so depressing but so addicting at the same time. I am really hoping it ends on some sort of positive note, but I am not sure how it can.
137  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Any Safari users on the forum? on: October 18, 2014, 02:12:14 AM
Use Safari on two different Macs (Yosemite) and never had that problems. No problems on iOS Safari either. What are you cookies set to? (Wild guess)
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 03:56:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 17, 2014, 02:14:41 PM

The over 60 crowd is going to go nuts for this!

It just occurred to me, this may not be true anymore. Is CBS still the channel that old people watch? I watch Survivor, that's it. I think I have seen 10 minutes of one of the CSIs, that was more than enough to make me vow never to watch the channel outside of Survivor again.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 02:14:41 PM
The over 60 crowd is going to go nuts for this!
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 11:32:16 AM
I don't think Terminus is wrapped up, the leader that Rick wanted to kill was still left.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 10:54:35 PM
What was the after credits scene? I didn't see it.
142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 11, 2014, 04:47:56 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 11, 2014, 08:52:43 AM

I still can't understand why more developers don't give the option to choose between IAP, or a full priced premium download. The number of games I've skipped because of these stupid timers is in the dozens.

Thats me too. I usually won't even try a game with timers because I am scared that if it is good, I won't be able to play it. No way in hell I am paying money to reset a timer each day. I am more than willing to pay for a game.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 10, 2014, 02:45:58 PM
I have to say I really miss the size of the 5, only because it was easier to use one handed. I could reach the upper left easily, and it just felt more comfortabLe to hold. As far as in pocket, the difference is barely noticeable. On the other hand, I really do like having a bigger screen and would hate to go back to a smaller size. I guess I have two years to figure which is more important.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 06, 2014, 09:24:01 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 06, 2014, 06:33:45 PM

RIP, and condolences to his family.

And fuck cancer.   finger

This. Friend's wife is going through it. Fuck cancer.

145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 05, 2014, 04:25:19 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 05, 2014, 12:51:28 AM

...and if they manage to get their store to sell desktop apps as well as native windows apps, it could be a tipping point.

First they need to clear out all the garbage, create some sort of approval process, and then maybe it will be useable. From what I have read, the store is so bad that no one uses it. Did they clean it up for 10 or something?
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 03, 2014, 06:07:45 PM
2013 April fools joke about skipping Windows 9.

Quote
If you've been looking forward to Windows 9, the OS that will fix what Windows 8 got wrong, you're in for a surprise: There will be no Windows 9. Instead, Microsoft announced it will proceed directly to Windows 10.

"The Windows 9 internal beta was a phenomenal success," said Microsoft PR rep Cheryl Tunt. "I mean, it blew Windows 8 out of the water, and as we all know, Windows 8 is nigh flawless. After discussion at the C level, Microsoft has decided it will not mess with success and will leave Windows 9 exactly as it is. As such, work is now getting under way on Windows 10, which should see a public release."
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 03, 2014, 05:05:37 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 03, 2014, 04:18:20 PM

There is nothing wrong with 8 (once you either update to 8.1 so you don't boot into Metro anymore or you install a replacement Start Menu bar (Classic Start Menu is awesome)). That's all 8 did over 7 - change the UI. And it's something I fixed Day 1 upon installing.

Maybe, but I shouldn't have to install a mod to fix an OS, or in this case to make it work like Windows 7. I don't mind booting into Metro, that really isn't issue for me (I almost never reboot anyway). What I hate is that I have a huge full screen start menu divided into two sections, metro versions listed first, and then normal apps listed second. I hate that there are two versions of software and that I have to play with defaults to get the right one to open as default. I never ever want the gimped metro version of something to open, but it seems every program defaults to this. This is all fixable, but I shouldn't have to fix it. Windows 7 worked fine, just give me that.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 10:30:04 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on October 02, 2014, 10:25:48 PM

Windows X? (say that one out loud... maybe X Windows, hmmm)

Too Apple-y.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 03:49:22 PM
I despise 8, this can't come soon enough (I thought I just needed to get used to it, that wasn't the case). Anyone jumping on the beta?
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 01, 2014, 03:36:07 PM
As a Surface user, I am looking forward to its increased awareness of what kind of hardware you are using. Windows 10 will supposedly adapt its interface to how you are using a device (tablet with or without keyboard, laptop, touchscreen, etc). It's still early in development though, so won't be in the initial builds.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 29, 2014, 08:59:57 PM

Quote from: Exodor on September 29, 2014, 05:25:43 PM

Hopefully by then Apple will again offer a phone for those who don't want to carry around a huge device.

Again? They still do, the 5c and 5s. Really besides NFC, there isn't that much difference between a 6 and 5s. Sure the 6 is faster, but unless you are getting into some hardcore gaming, does it really matter? (And even then, I don't think it makes that much difference with the majority of apps.) Having messed around with a 6, as well as comparing my 6's case (the phone will here Wednesday) with my 5, the 6 really isn't that much bigger. Not enough that it will make any difference in my pocket at least, and I wear skinny jeans.

Apple seems to be looking to offer a variety of phones for people who want different sizes. I bet we see some sort of 5c/s upgrade next year.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 27, 2014, 10:55:03 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 27, 2014, 06:49:26 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 27, 2014, 02:37:59 PM

"Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed"

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/09/consumer-reports-tests-iphone-6-bendgate/index.htm

I'm shocked!
Because they, like Apple, tested it at the very MIDDLE of the phone...and not the massive weak point at the volume button.

http://imgur.com/a/FBegH/noscript

Take a look/read - quite informative IMHO as to why the phone breaks down as it does.

Also, BTW, between the three latest iPhones, the force in pounds needed to bend the phones in the middle:

5 - 130
6 - 90
6+ - 70

Yeah I get the phone is bigger but ouch.

Still don't see the big deal. Thin metal and glass to make a light weight device? It's going to be weak to a degree, but why would you ever put your phone in a position where this could happen? If you are that rough with you phones, buy a plastic one that can hold up better (and is cheaper to replace).

Dropping it and shattering the glass is far easier to do, as well as more likely. Bending it ranks about 10th in the  likely ways I could damage my phone. This whole thing is way overblown because it brings page hits. I went to Bloomberg yesterday and their leading story was this (over everything in the news world). Web sites are trying to cash in on 10m+ phones being sold, so they are creating controversy. Just like the OS X shellshock bug, non issue for the majority of users, but it was listed right below Bend-gate on Bloomberg.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 25, 2014, 12:28:54 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 25, 2014, 12:06:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 24, 2014, 08:41:08 PM

Joystiq does award half stars, so it's more nuanced than you think. On the other hand, I agree that Metacritic is a blight on the industry. If it were me making something like that, I'd turn it into something like Rotten Tomatoes. Either you give a game a thumbs up, or you give it a thumbs down. Final score is the percentage of total votes that are thumbs up. The current review systems are garbage anyway, especially since the gaming press can't agree on a single scale. Even a 1-10 scale means different things for each publication, and even between reviewers in the same publication. It's a mess, and games with a niche audience suffer the most for it.

This whole gamersgate issue is making me re-evaluate my reliance on reviews by journalist and sights like metacritic.   
Not to turn this into a Gamersgate thread, but have you read past the hype? I thought the same way, but then did research and found out there was nothing to the original claim.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: September 25, 2014, 12:24:09 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 25, 2014, 05:45:49 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 25, 2014, 02:36:22 AM

Man, you guys are really making me look forward to the next few years when my 30's turn into my 40's.   frown thumbsdown

Or you can just ignore it. Mine was kind of high when I had it checked 6 or 8 years ago. They wanted me to come back and do a fasting test. Bzzt! I'll pass. I'm 57 and I've already outlived my usefulness anyway.

Not really an option to ignore it. My father didn't take care of himself, he had his first heart attack at 37, a few more over the years, and then multipe strokes. Except none of this stuff killed him, it just made his life worse. The final few years were spent in a wheelchair with dementia. I don't really want to live like that. It's better to watch this stuff now than to go down that road. I didn't give a crap about my health for the last 20 years and it's already starting to catch up with me.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 25, 2014, 01:03:04 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on September 25, 2014, 12:59:19 AM

The iPhone 6+ is the bendiPhone, not the 'regular' iPhone 6.

I know that, but my mother doesn't seem to, she just sees all these "news" articles about it and thinks this is a big concern she needs to worry about. Still, the non plus is made of the same materials and I am sure could bend too, it's just less likely to because it fits in your pocket better. To me, and I would think the majority of people, this is a non-issue.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: September 24, 2014, 11:17:03 PM
I am with you guys. My cholesterol is always high, but since hitting 42 or so it's been non stop medical problems. I am at a point where I have no choice than to quit all the bad stuff. Not just fatty, greasy foods, but sugar and alcohol as well. I would kill to go out for a burger and beer, but my body has already decided those are no longer options for me. I would do anything to be in my 30's again and not have to worry about this stuff. Getting old sucks.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 24, 2014, 11:09:52 PM

Quote from: Crusis on September 24, 2014, 10:02:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 20, 2014, 01:17:37 PM

Was just searching for apps, and the top trending app is something along the lines of Verizon data transfer with another for AT&T. People have no clue about back ups and iCloud I guess.  

I just used the AT&T app. It transferred all of my pictures, contacts, and stuff from my Android phone to my new iphone. Sure, I could back all that crap up but why not use this simple utility? It's pretty slick, I got them both on the network. My Note generated a QR code, my iphone read it and started transferring all of my stuff.

That's for switching from Android (or any other phone) to an iPhone, it does the basics. I am referring to upgrading an iPhone from one model to to another. You can use iCloud to back up all your settings and app data so you don't lose anything. Of course there is a line of thought that you shouldn't do a restore, but should start over when you get a new phone so you have a fresh slate.

My mother read on the Huffington Post about Bend-gate and is all concerned about bending her non plus iPhone 6. She thinks she needs a firm case so she can't bend it. I told her to avoid sitting on it and she will be fine. Seems like common sense to me, but I guess it's not. If I am wearing tight jeans with the iPhone 5 in a front pocket, it's very uncomfortable when sitting down, it's pretty obvious it's putting pressure on it. I baby my phones though, it's an expensive computer that I don't want to break.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 20, 2014, 05:05:35 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 20, 2014, 04:26:49 PM

Sales people are there to sell.  They are not technically trained enough to walk most people through anything more complicated than an out of the box setup.  Nor do they get enough practice.  relying on a store sales rep to walk you through a backup is like asking a car salesman why your engine is making a funny noise.

While I sort of agree, product knowledge is the difference from a good salesmen and a bad one. Apple reps aren't always great, but if she would have went there they would have done more to help her. I don't think its too much to ask for a Verizon guy to know how to properly set up a iPhone or Android. She left the store thrilled, telling how the "great" salesman was very helpful and even sold her a $20 screen protector with a lifetime guarantee and insurance (which I told her to cancel). An hour later she wished she never bought the phone. Part of that falls on Apple to better educate people, but I think most users are just clueless.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 20, 2014, 01:17:37 PM
Was just searching for apps, and the top trending app is something along the lines of Verizon data transfer with another for AT&T. People have no clue about back ups and iCloud I guess.  For instance my mother went into her local Verizon yesterday and got a 6. The Verizon guy "transfered everything" for her but then she texts me about how she's having all these problems and she is having to re-download all her apps. I can't figure out if she had her 4s syncing with iCloud and what is recoverable at this point. She wishes she never upgraded now.

I figured it was just my 70 year old mother just not having a clue, but by judging from trending apps searches, it appears it's a common problem. People just don't seem to know they can do back ups and restore it, and even worse is that the store salesmen are equally clueless.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 19, 2014, 05:31:17 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 19, 2014, 04:59:54 PM

6 passes my shirt pocket test (see imageo). Barely.  icon_smile Is crazy thin and light -- though i guess that's happening with everything these days. May take some time to get used to the narrow volume buttons (instead of circular), and the sound/ringer on/off switch being thinner. I hope my silicone case arrives soon cause the back definitely looks like it will scratch like crazy. The camera lense protruding a bit somehow looks less pronounced to me in person than when I viewed images of it.

I wish they would stop trying to make it thinner and lighter, I would gladly take a thicker/heavier phone if it had a better battery life.
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