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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 11:19:16 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 09, 2015, 11:01:34 PM

I hadn't read about how long the exclusivity will last, do you have a link for that? 

I still think it's kind of a stupid idea, since to me the whole idea of launching this service would be to transition as many people as possible from torrenting into being paying HBO customers.  If you start off a new service with new seasons of shows but 3 months of being exclusive to a device those people can't use, I'd imagine they'll just go back to old methods.

Sorry, lazy posting, I should have linked it. (I originally read it on Twitter, but can't remember where.) The original source according to the article is CNN.

Also you can still watch it on your computer, it's only an AppleTV exclusive for set-top boxes. But if they are going to have an exclusive, I don't see it as that big of a deal when it is with one of the major players in the market. Sure, there is a lot of Apple hate, but Apple/iTunes is a very popular service. If people really want to get HBO Now, an AppleTV is now the cheapest option, and the store is very good even if the UI needs an update. Still, I agree, I hate exclusive deals, but unfortunately there is huge money in it for them.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 10:29:09 PM
Anyone want to buy a Surface Pro? I want the new MacBook. From people who where there and got to try it, the new trackpad sounds really awesome.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 09:08:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 09, 2015, 08:24:10 PM

Well, it's official...
$15 / month. 

...ly stupid
Quote
When HBO launches HBO Now, its new standalone subscription service, Apple will be its exclusive partner. You'll be able to watch after you sign up using an iOS device or Apple TV.

Hey HBO, how about all of the people who are interested but do not own an Apple product?   finger  No, I do not need nor desire to buy an Apple TV, I already have an Amazon TV stick, a PC and 4 consoles that all have network streaming capability.  I also own 2 chromebooks and 3 Kindle devices.    You couldn't have had a less likely subscriber from me unless you had tied your service to Zune.



It's only a 3 month exclusive.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 09:04:02 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 09, 2015, 08:55:39 PM

I think this version is for people who don't have cable, but want HBO.

True, but I much prefer a set top box over my cable box (Comcast X1). Cable boxes are slow with horrible interfaces. Would gladly pay for HBO Now over a cable subscription of it.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 08:51:08 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 09, 2015, 08:38:34 PM

If I didn't already have cable I would get this.  As is, I get free HBO offers from ATT uverse all the time.

Same, but I lose my free HBO in another year. Isn't HBO $20/month on cable? If so, I wonder if they will lower cable prices so they can compete with set top boxes.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 08:38:24 PM
Apple breakdown on battery life.

42mm gets slightly better battery life, but not enough to say how much it seems. Still, if that info is correct, it will work fine for me.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 08:25:04 PM

Quote from: Exodor on March 09, 2015, 08:10:10 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 09, 2015, 07:04:02 PM

No, they just released upgraded MacBook Pros today.

Well, the upgraded the 13" model including the new touchpad but I'm not sure they upgraded the 15" model at all.

A little disappointing since we have a client who needs a new one - I told them to wait to order until after this event but I guess that was pointless.

Ahh, didn't catch that. Very odd they didn't update the 15". Wonder what that means?

@Teggy: no difference it appears. The Apple site has tons of info and prices on additional bands now.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 07:04:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 09, 2015, 06:59:17 PM

I'm a little discouraged by these MacBooks, actually. My current Macbook Pro from 2011 has Firewire, 2 USB ports a DVD drive and a reasonable AMD graphics card. Is Apple done making full-featured notebook computers?

No, they just released upgraded MacBook Pros today.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 06:47:56 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 09, 2015, 06:41:57 PM

More interesting - 18 hour battery life?!?

I thought that was pretty good. They said from day 1 you would have to charge it every night. The real question is how much use that 18 hours is. I know it's not a device that you will use for long periods of time, but I don't want it dying if I do interact with it too much. I noticed they didn't say how that 18 hours was broken down between standby and use.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 06:40:27 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 09, 2015, 06:36:14 PM

Yeah, apple those prices for the watch?!!!  I know you go for the premium market but WTF

Well the aluminum one is just a bit more than the Android equivalent, which was expected, Apple is always slightly more than competitors. But a solid gold watch with custom bands? The price wasn't at all surprising. Solid gold watches aren't cheap.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 05:52:46 PM

Quote from: Exodor on March 09, 2015, 05:48:41 PM


EDIT - a new AppleTV, with HBO streaming for $14.99 a month?  Yes please!


It's the same old AppleTV, just on sale right now. AppleTV needs a rework badly too, it's disappointing.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 05:37:47 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 09, 2015, 05:30:30 PM

Only on Safari?  I guess it is good marketing - since only Apple fanboys would buy it, and only Apple fanboys use Safari it is kind of logical.   

I think you mean only Apple users would use Safari. Its a good browser on OS X.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 05:04:56 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 09, 2015, 05:03:41 PM

anyone have a safe mirror that doesn't require safari to view.  Stupid Apple

I doubt they are allowed. Follow any of the live blogs I guess.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 05:03:59 PM
I will be buying the $350 one. Only one want it for exercise. Still as a fan boy, looking forward to this getting started.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 09, 2015, 03:50:31 AM
Already bought Starships. Maybe Skylines, but the videos I have seen haven't sold me. Waiting for impressions/reviews.

I really don't need any new games. My goal this school break is to finally learn Europa Univesalis IV.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rimworld [PC} on: March 07, 2015, 05:19:38 AM


Here is New Renton after about 5 hours (I play at slow speed far more than I should). We set up in a temperate forest in the mountains. Growing season is between April and September, so plenty of time to get the food levels stocked up. I set up in the corner of the map with a choke point to control invasions. The large blue section on the left is my trading stockpile (but I don't have the comm equipment to trade yet). Fields with food and cotton below that (lots of food needs to be hauled to the freezer still). Not only do I need a stockpile of food, but since I am a map that has winter, I need to get parkas made quickly. Right now I have solar power connected to two batteries, which is more than enough. It's controlling my one turret (bottom left, its off to save power), lights, and my freezer (top center).

I only have 3 guys here, but I made sure I had all the key skills covered before starting (growing, cooking, shooting, medical, crafting). I soon convinced a pirate to join my ranks after he attacked and I captured him. We then nursed him back to health and convinced him to join. A 4th person really helps things get moving. The new guys is "lazy" though so he does everything slowly which is annoying, but his stats are decent and he doesn't have any traits that detract too badly. You have to be really careful about negative traits because they can break you. If you get someone who is abusive, he will bring down everyone else for instance. If people start breaking because of it, your game is pretty much over.

My plan didn't quite work out. On the right center is the barracks. Large rooms so that when they are sleeping they get a spacious bonus. Anything to keep the stress low. The problem was in the upper left I uncovered a geothermal, which is great for making power. The problem was it heated up the inside of my fort quite a bit. Then a heatwave struck which made it even worse. I had to put a door in to stop it, and get some AC going to control the heat problem. The geothermal won't be a problem because once it's built I won't have to go back in there, so if heat builds up it's not a problem. Plus I can use it for heat in the winter if I want.

We had a little emergency during the heatwave too. Two of my guys got malaria and were bedridden, so my third guy had to take care of them. Except one of the sick people was also my cook, so we ran out of food. Luckily they can eat raw food if need be, but with the stress of being sick, running out of medicine, and the heatwave, they were getting close to cracking. Luckily they both made it through it and I learned to keep a lot more frozen meals ready to go.

All the little dots you see in the rooms are dirt by the way. One of the things I had to do was get someone cleaning and hauling. The blue dots you see are chucks of stone that are tagged to be moved out to the purple area on the far left. At this point I was too busy trying to get everything else done, and deal with random events to deal with cleaning and hauling. Things do get easier, the first 6 months or so of game time is the roughest, then you can start concentrating on making money and building up. Your eventual goal is to build a spaceship so you can leave.

Really a fun game. Can't say how much I am enjoying it.
137  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Now Free on EA's Downloader Service That I Refuse To Call By Name: Syndicate on: March 04, 2015, 11:45:28 PM

Quote from: naednek on March 04, 2015, 11:38:57 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 04, 2015, 11:11:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 04, 2015, 10:10:28 PM

I don't like using Origin, but I have to admit it's better than this other service I won't name that's analogous in a way I won't mention.  It's really just because of the person place or thing I won't mention.

Didn't that one get bought by GameStop and fade out of existence?
that was impulse

I know, I thought he was playing the "don't mention" Brad Wardell or he will come game. Guess not. So never mind.
138  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Now Free on EA's Downloader Service That I Refuse To Call By Name: Syndicate on: March 04, 2015, 11:11:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 04, 2015, 10:10:28 PM

I don't like using Origin, but I have to admit it's better than this other service I won't name that's analogous in a way I won't mention.  It's really just because of the person place or thing I won't mention.

Didn't that one get bought by GameStop and fade out of existence?
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 04, 2015, 05:14:52 PM
I am following it, but waiting for reviews. It looks good though, all except the Tweet Bird at the top of the screen, which looks annoying.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: March 04, 2015, 04:57:57 PM
Yeah, I am at about 60 hours, not even close to finished, and have really enjoyed it so far. I think it could be better in a few ways, especially with the interface and quest tracking, but it has been well worth the money.
141  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: RAID 1 questions on: March 04, 2015, 04:32:56 PM
I was listening to some Podcast awhile back and they were saying raid6 is the way to go, but it is all over my head and I couldn't tell you why. I just use 1 because it's easy and it works. They were talking about on a NAS though, so maybe it's more suitable for that?
142  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: RAID 1 questions on: March 03, 2015, 07:33:48 AM
I use Raid 1 on my Diskstation, which is used for backups and media streaming. It works fine with no issues whatsoever. Drive fails and you just hot swap it. Can't speak for Rsync, but Raid 1 is simple and works extremely well in my experience.

I use Backblaze to back up my computers offsite. Unfortunately they won't back up a NASs though.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 02, 2015, 09:56:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 02, 2015, 09:49:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 02, 2015, 08:43:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 02, 2015, 08:09:15 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 02, 2015, 06:54:37 PM

As for the supports? This show has never been about realism.

Was it the zombies that gave it away?  It was the zombies, wasn't it?

As you know I don't mean it that way, but the flaws in writing, directing, etc, that pulls you out of the show. Obviously it happens with me a lot more than you guys with this show. icon_wink

Some flaws and missteps exist, sure.  But many of the things that you feel are wrong are simply due to the fact that your version of the way things should go often doesn't mesh with how things happen in real life.  You look for James Bond and when you get Joe Blow, you mistakenly believe it's an example of bad writing.

A matter of opinion of course. You are as just mistaken assuming that your opinion of the writing is more legitimate than mine.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 02, 2015, 08:43:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 02, 2015, 08:09:15 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 02, 2015, 06:54:37 PM

As for the supports? This show has never been about realism.

Was it the zombies that gave it away?  It was the zombies, wasn't it?

As you know I don't mean it that way, but the flaws in writing, directing, etc, that pulls you out of the show. Obviously it happens with me a lot more than you guys with this show. icon_wink
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rimworld [PC] on: March 02, 2015, 07:41:45 PM
Anyone playing Rimwold? It's been awhile since I bought a game and then played it for 5 hours straight without a break.

First off it's still in Alpha, but I didn't find any major bugs, just a couple of little ones that didn't affect gameplay. The interface is pretty rough at times, but once you get the hang of things it isn't too hard. The game has been Greenlit on Steam, but you can't get it through Steam yet. And the developer isn't promising Steam keys if you do buy it now. That is a big drawback for me, but obviously it didn't stop me from buying it.

I haven't played Dwarf Fortress, but I have heard of it described as being similar, but not as complicated. You crash land on a planet (although you get to pick where you land), with 3 characters and some supplies. You need to get shelter built, food growing, and defenses ready. You can either dig into the mountain side or free standing buildings, but the former is easier, and cheaper to do. Once you have food and power going, you can start the more advanced stuff like trading, medical wards, and various crafting. It's all about time management, setting up priorities for each character to get things done.

There are different AIs that decide how hard things get. I am playing the slow one that lets me concentrate on building up a base, but you can play AIs that spice it up and throw frequent random attacks at you. I haven't had to do much combat so far, but it's pretty basic it appears. You tell your guys where to go and who to shoot at. You can take full control of the characters during combat, but I did find the whole thing a bit awkward. I am still learning everything.

The graphics look to be a direct copy of Prison Architects, which I am not fond of, but they are work and are functional.

If you are into the survival games, this definitely seems to be a good one to check out. Been awhile since a game hooked me so quickly that I had to forcibly stop myself from playing.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 02, 2015, 06:54:37 PM
While I disagree with you on almost everything TWD, Bullwinkle, I think you are right. This is about how our heros are so messed up that they don't know how to be normal and will screw this up.

As for the supports? This show has never been about realism. I doubt they thought about it. (I didn't notice myself.)
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A good, basic FPS? on: March 01, 2015, 06:20:38 AM
Playing Call of Juarez, really fun game, but I hate the duels. Just don't get what I am doing wrong on them exactly (besides being slow). It really makes me want to play Red Dead Redemption too. Too bad they never did a PC version.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations - Update! on: February 28, 2015, 05:56:31 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 28, 2015, 05:47:19 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 28, 2015, 05:04:51 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 28, 2015, 02:42:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 28, 2015, 06:26:14 AM

Just tried to add you Eco, it said no one by that name exists. I'm leeabe51.

I just sent you an invitation Lee.  Once you get it, maybe you can let me know what my steam name is, I'm a steam novice afterall!

Hmm, you are Stockbroker. Not sure why it wouldn't find you before, I copied and pasted it.

Well, there's Stockbroker and then there's St0ckbroker as originally posted. The latter does not exist while the former does.  icon_wink

Yeah, sorry, I was trying with the 0 not the o as I posted. He wasn't showing as St0ckbroker last night, now he is.

Who's on first?
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations - Update! on: February 28, 2015, 05:04:51 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 28, 2015, 02:42:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 28, 2015, 06:26:14 AM

Just tried to add you Eco, it said no one by that name exists. I'm leeabe51.

I just sent you an invitation Lee.  Once you get it, maybe you can let me know what my steam name is, I'm a steam novice afterall!

Hmm, you are St0ckbroker. Not sure why it wouldn't find you before, I copied and pasted it.

Edit: for the 0
150  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Network Question on: February 28, 2015, 03:51:42 PM
I am far from an expert, but with that many I don't think it matters much. My first thought is to buy a 5 ghz router. More channels, and most likely less interference from neighbors.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Frozen Cortex (formerly Frozen Endzone) on: February 28, 2015, 06:35:35 AM
I am really enjoying it now that I understand it. It takes me forever to play a game, but the strategy of it is great fun. It's refreshing to play a game that leaves nothing to a dice roll. (Still can't figure out when I can run backwards though, it will let me until I finalize the turn and then say I can't. Need to check the read me again. Thanks for copying that and sharing it jztemple).

How's the AI for everyone? I have seen it do some really dumb things, but I wonder if that could be because it had no options. Sometimes it seems it will try the pass even though I have him locked up, but sometimes he just throws it in a really weird place when I have all his pass routes blocked. For instance he had no throws, so he tossed it to a empty area that no one was near, but I had the closest player. He practically gave me the touchdown.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations - Update! on: February 28, 2015, 06:26:14 AM
Just tried to add you Eco, it said no one by that name exists. I'm leeabe51.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 28, 2015, 05:25:26 AM
Not really an answer, but I like the SciSchow on YouTube.

As they point out, as have numerous others, it's all about white balance. I think that's why I see blue & black, because I got really used to editing white balance when I was into photography. Maybe I am used to interpreting colors depending on the light source because of it? Who knows, just a thought.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 27, 2015, 10:51:56 PM
Did my biannual check of Facebook. Old coworker will no longer watch the show because of the gay character. Since I have lived in WA for the last year, I forgot there were still people out there like that. Kind of embarrassed for him, but his friends agreed, so I didn't even bother repling. (Background we almost came to blows over gay marriage 5 years ago. He's about as redneck as you can get, but really nice guy otherwise.)
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 10:14:25 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 27, 2015, 09:25:50 PM

You must be exhausted, saying it so many times.

The argument is not at all over what the color of the dress is in reality.

The discussion is over what our perceptions are of the dress in that picture.

Please read what I replied to before you get all snarky, Bullwinkle. He said he wanted to know what color the dress was in reality. It has been stated numerous times in many places.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 27, 2015, 07:57:18 PM

The argument isn't over the exact pixel color values of the image, it's about the color of the dress in reality.

As I have said twice, the real dress is blue. Its been mentioned in articles. The dress is on even sold on Amazon.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 06:22:27 PM
Since the dress is black and blue, I am not sure how people could see white and gold. Tongue

Us blue and blackers are superior because we see it as it really is.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 05:10:46 PM
In Purges shot, both are white and gold for me, that's a first. Always been blue and hold for me.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 04:43:06 PM
The real dress is black and blue.

For an explanation, see the Wired article. (Can't link right now)
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Llama drama on: February 27, 2015, 03:25:07 PM
And even that was paled by the dress. Never seen something take over the Internet so quickly. twitter is still going nuts.
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