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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 29, 2014, 06:32:46 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 29, 2014, 06:07:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 24, 2014, 06:47:51 PM

Why did I buy the theater edition when there is an extended cut version coming out? Bastards. (I liked both movies, unlike everyone else it seems).

Meh, I have little to no interest in the extended cuts of Jackson's LotR or Hobbit movies. To me the theatrical cuts were already plenty long enough. I've viewed all the extended cuts at friends or relatives and really wasn't wowed by any of the extended content. And I'm saying that being a person that read everything Tolkien in his teen years, including his biography and the decidedly dry Silmarillion.

Hmm, I think the extended versions are much better. I couldn't give you an example off the top of my head because it's been a couple of years since I watched them, but I thought they filled in some holes and made the movies flow a bit better, as well as just some neat little atmosphere clips. Of course that could just be my selective memory.

Anyway, in a theater, anything over 2 hours is too long, but at home? Heck I have watched 10 hours of HBO shows in one day easily (Boardwalk Empires).
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 06:24:31 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on July 29, 2014, 05:42:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2014, 01:56:35 PM

I checked my FICO score through my Discover Card (one of the best perks ever), and have moved into the "very dependable" bracket with my score of 747.

...and this is why credit ratings are crap. smile

The major negative on my credit rating (Capital One uses TransUnion and breaks it down into letter grades in categories) is credit utilization.  I only have one open credit card and utilization is fairly high on that card, but I pay it off in full every month. Because of the way the due date lags, the balance overlaps and it looks like I carry a high balance, but I don't and haven't paid credit card interest in 13 years. I have >50% equity in my house and my car is worth more than the loan. My credit rating is dragged down because I don't have lots of credit cards I don't use.

They also have a simulator that tells what would happen to your credit if you make specific changes. According their simulator I could get a 30 point bump in credit rating by getting another credit card with a $20k limit.

Then again it's not very relevant to me as I don't actually need credit for anything. The only impact I can imagine is insurance costs.

I am curious to what your credit score is then, if you want to say of course. I am kind of similar, I have 3 credit cards that pay for everything. Every bill and expense I have is paid through those credit cards (for points, figure it's time to make money back from the banks). I pay them off in full every month and repeat the process. Until fairly recently I paid for a credit watch service through my bank, I think it was with TransUnion. My score has stayed at, or slightly above, 780 for three years, even when I had a car payment with 3 years left on it. I can make a large purchase, move, lose my job, pay off my car, etc, and it stays around 780. The credit watch service's only comments on how to improve my credit was to buy a house.

If it matters to you, couldn't you just pay the card at different date? Or get some credit cards with good a good cash back system to lower your utilization and get you some money back from them. I just applied for that Capital One card that is 1.5% on all purchases which seems to be the best out of there for cash back without categories (of course it looks like they are going to deny me because lack of income).
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 29, 2014, 07:12:13 AM

Quote from: farley2k on July 28, 2014, 07:14:44 PM

Got to say it looks too somber and depressing for me.  I have thought that through the whole series though.  I don't think Jackson captured the child's adventure story part of the hobbit. 

Ha, I think it looks good. I like somber and depressing, but I didn't think it looked that bad. I mean this is the big final battle with the dragon, and should be dramatic. Probably see it opening night.

Anyway, thanks for posting, I didn't realize the trailer was out.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 28, 2014, 06:20:07 PM
Sacred 2 had a pretty big following IIRC, so why is there is no hype over Sacred 3? I haven't read anything about it, did they do something to ruin it?
165  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 28, 2014, 06:17:58 PM
Saw the Sword & Poker ad in the app store, saw Konami written next to it and figured this couldn't be a good thing. Did a search and found about the clock so didn't bother. Everyone is jumping on the F2P bandwagon at this point. There was an enjoyable matching game called Dots, pretty basic, but a good time waster. They released a sequel called Two Dots, it might as well be called Dots Saga, it ramps up the difficulty, gives you limited tries and then wants to sell you more tries or bombs.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 28, 2014, 06:12:04 PM
It still needs to go through the Senate, where they will attach more crap to it and then pass it on the President for approval. Anything could happen with this government, so who knows if it will make it through.

One thing though, aren't At&T and Verizon on two different network types? So you still couldn't switch easily, at least between those two.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: July 28, 2014, 06:08:57 PM
Looks silly. Just another over the top special effects film. I'll watch the real Mad Max or The Road Warrior (good thing they didn't make a third movie and ruin it all icon_confused ) if I want a gritty car chase movie.

I'm old.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you ever??? on: July 25, 2014, 08:03:47 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 25, 2014, 06:25:11 AM

I'd personally prefer to stare at some hanging vagina. Um, maybe not. Bad image .

That reminds me of 12 year old me upon seeing my first picture of one. "You are supposed to kiss that?!"
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/25/14 on: July 25, 2014, 08:01:27 PM
Divinity OS, Hearthstone, and I have been itching to get back into Civ V, so probably some of that. Sort of babysitting this weekend though, so not sure I will have time.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 25, 2014, 05:22:19 PM
Thanks Lordnine, I will take a look.

The AI thing is a neat idea but doesn't seem to be fleshed out very well. For instance the "rascal" AI is for killing people, will never help anyone, was against letting people join the group, yet when I had to steal for a quest, objects. It feels like rascal just means disagree with everything the player decides.
171  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 25, 2014, 05:09:50 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 25, 2014, 03:29:24 PM

I have this aggressive customer service problem with my bank. Every time I walk in there are 3 tellers and a greeter trying to talk to me. Then they start asking me about my day, am I working today or have the day off, what's for lunch, and what are my plans for the weekend.

Isn't a bank usually young semi attractive women though?
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 25, 2014, 07:16:24 AM
I need a little push in the right direction. Neither of the two people you can hire in the first town will join me because my characters object to either of them. Is this because I am not supposed to have a full party yet, or is the AI being a pain in the ass? I am pretty much outnumbered in most fights and struggling to make it.

Edit: Disregard, I had to ask them to join with the character that objected to them joining in the first place. I like the game, but my characters never agreeing on anything is getting a bit old and I don't feel like starting over yet again.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 24, 2014, 08:07:36 PM
I eat yogurt every morning, but the pre-fruit added stuff with sugar usually. Fage is easily my favorite since I prefer Greek.

I tried mixing plain yogurt with my own fruit but found it to be too much of a hassle. Berries grow mold and get mushy in the refrigerator far too quickly, so I was having to stop at the store too often. My solution was to turn to smoothies. Plain Greek yogurt, frozen berry mixture, a banana, and a bit of orange juice to sweeten it up. Great beakfast.
174  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new router. Help Please on: July 24, 2014, 07:58:47 PM
Does buying a refurb from BB give you the full Apple warranty? I know if you buy a refurb from Apple they give the same warranty as if it was new.

Love my AirPort Extreme, couldn't be easier to set up and use, but that is because the Mac app is pretty straightforward. How is it for non Mac users though? Is there a PC app for set up or do you use a web interface? If you have an iPhone or iPad there is also an app you can use to access it as well.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you ever??? on: July 24, 2014, 12:26:40 AM
The jokes about the coasts of the US being like a different country, compared to the middle, really are true. Having spent a large portion of my life living in WY compared to where I am now (Seattle area), I can really see a very large difference in how people are and what is acceptable. Not that you wouldn't see truck nuts here, but I saw them enough in WY I wouldn't think twice if I saw them again. It's like the gun thread in R&P (requiring a gun class to graduate), the only objection I could imagine in WY, is that parents would want to do the teaching themselves. In Western WA I would expect outrage and even the idea of such a requirement.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 23, 2014, 06:43:58 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 23, 2014, 06:30:23 PM

Playing heroic now, first time I've felt challenged.  I'll beat it evetnually

Did you have to modify your deck?
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 23, 2014, 06:09:52 PM
I guess my complaint about Naxx is that I have no urge to play it again. I still have the heroic levels, but I don't really want to deal with the frustration. Unless there are Naxx quests, I can't see going back.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 23, 2014, 12:29:24 PM
MS is constantly patching this thing and most of the little things are gone, like the really slow wifi connecting on wake up. Liking it more and more and then the thing goes and acts weird on me again. I last used it about 20 hours ago and the battery was at 85%. Turn it on this morning and the battery is down to 10%. Nothing was left running but background apps like dropbox and Evernote. It has never gone down that quickly in sleep before.

Then I run update, it restarts, plug it in, and I close the keyboard to put it to sleep. Few minutes later the fans on it come on. Something called Windows Installer Worker has the CPU at 20% but it isn't installing anything. Reboot and CPU is at 0%, but the fan still won't turn off. It finally turns off when I put it back to sleep. This problem scares me a bit because I don't want it doing that when stashed in a bag. Plus I need to be able to rely on the battery. Hopefully it was just a fluke.

I really like the thing, but sick of these little issues.

One really cool thing I discovered tonight (this morning actually, insomnia is killing me): double click the pen button to take a screen shot from anywhere, then it opens in OneNote where you can crop it. That is so handy and neat.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 23, 2014, 11:44:35 AM
The class challenges are pretty easy too, and I enjoyed them the most.

Reading Reddit's Hearthstone sub, people are making it sound like the heroic difficulty isn't too bad either if you play the right deck. Of course whenever I read anything about Hearthstone online I feel like I am the only one who doesn't study the game and know all the ins and outs. I don't really know what any of the decks are.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 04:30:46 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 23, 2014, 04:24:31 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 23, 2014, 01:25:32 AM

That's gotta be trolling

Reworded to clarify a poorly worded section.  Wasn't trolling.  smile

I assumed he meant people trolling the poll. No?
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 12:52:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 23, 2014, 12:08:29 AM

I guess the Phantom Menace doesn't surprise me too much.  The younger generation that had no previous tie to Star Wars had really no concept of how terrible it was.  If the prequels are your introduction to the universe then that's probably the baseline for how you judge everything from then on.

Those poor kids, their parents failed them.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 22, 2014, 09:30:56 PM
FiveThirtyEight (great site, especially if you like stats) has a break down on the Star Wars movies.

This is the one I find most surprising:


Ten percent rate the Phantom Menace as the best movie? Now that some time has passed, I don't think I know one person who liked it. At the time there were people who enjoyed it, but I think that was mainly because they were in denial after being disappointed. Although I despised all 3 of the prequels, I also thought they got a bit better with each passing movie. Are you, or someone you know, in that 10%?

Interesting article with a few more charts at the link above.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 22, 2014, 06:54:27 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 22, 2014, 06:34:50 PM

PvE decks can be very different from PvP decks and be successful.

So maybe on normal level it's pretty easy? Curious as to what others think.

Some of the cards/special powers are pretty brutal. AI seems decent pulling off some combos. Other than it crashing, seems very well done.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 22, 2014, 06:48:13 PM
Beat the final boss, it was close, got a fireball right when I needed it. Game timed out right away. Can't get back in. Sure I can beat it again, just don't want to.

Edit: I got credit for the win. I got a legendary! My 3rd now (that everyone else is also going to have). icon_confused I really should just invest in $20 of cards.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 22, 2014, 06:22:45 PM
It's out. Beat the first boss easily with my mage deck. smile

Edit: and beat the second one easily. Not sure if I have been lucky or I have a good deck (I have never got above rank 17 with this deck).
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 21, 2014, 07:58:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 18, 2014, 10:50:27 PM

I've had Comcast cable and internet service for going on 17 years now, and can count the number of issues on one hand.  Even when one does arise, they've been pretty quick to get it fixed, and their people have all be quite nice (even if they don't seem like the sharpest knives in the drawer). 

Guess I should just consider myself lucky.

That you are probably paying entirely too much compared to what some countries in Europe or Asia get for their money should make you a little bit unhappy with them. Also because companies like Google have proved that it's possible to provide high speed internet for a lot less than Comcast or their competitors.
187  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 07:49:53 PM
I think Harpua3 is implying that their niceness is connected to religion because of statements like this "The company's official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists 'To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A'" Some documentary I saw a few years ago about Christianity in America (I forget the name) covered it a bit, and religion is very much part of their working environment. I always assumed they are so nice because of it, I just don't care, I would rather deal with someone being overly nice than the opposite when ordering fast food.

Excessive politeness always strikes me as it must be for some ulterior motive, so it's easy to make the religion connection, at least for me it is. (That probably says more about me than Chick-fil-a, I know.)
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: July 21, 2014, 07:28:06 PM
Why does it have jet engines?
189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 04:28:27 AM
I wouldn't eat there for years because they seem to indirectly use their Christian ownership as a selling point. I got over that. I don't eat there much (at all now that I don't live near one), but I always found it nice going to a fast food place where the employees genuinely seemed nice and to care. I don't think I have ever had a bad Chic-fil-a experience, while I am not sure I can ever say I ordered Taco Bell and been glad I went there (bad CS, dirty restaurants, low quality food).

Still, I would rather they leave their politics out if it.
190  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What virus/malware software do you use? on: July 19, 2014, 09:51:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 19, 2014, 04:21:36 PM

Yikes. Perhaps I should rethink my choice of MSE.  icon_neutral

They really liked BitDefender. I didn't like the free version because it seemed like it was constantly scanning when I didn't want it to. Maybe I should just pay for it?

I really don't go much off the beaten path on the internet, plus my PCs are used for games and productivity, I don't really do much web browsing on them. So MSE is probably fine for me.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 18, 2014, 10:32:07 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 18, 2014, 07:34:30 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 17, 2014, 09:25:48 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 17, 2014, 07:31:43 PM

I have something like this too, internet and tv through the electric power board here in Chattanooga.  They claim
We have the fastest internet in the country and I couldn't wait to switch from comcast to them 2 years ago, not because of the speed, but because of my feelings towards comcast, which are enormously negative.

Are you going to be able to keep your service as is? IIRC, it's a Tennessee rep that is the one who started this bill in the first place. She is heavily funded by the cable companies as well.

I haven't heard about this, id like to see them try and take it from me though.  I kid of course, but my particular city is putting a lot on our recognition as " the gig city" and I assure you this isn't because of "Xfinity".  In reality it's a big reason we've had Amazon and VW open centers/plants here.  There is way too much riding on that for some broad (sp, never used it in this context before today, but it seemed appropriate) with Comcast money in her pocket to do a damn thing about it.

Our politicians frankly won't let that happen.  If they do, I'll be here talking about it I promise.

Summary of what is going on in your state with muni-broadband. Your state already came up with a law limiting it, and your congressman is leading the way at the federal level. All of this is being funded by the big cable companies.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 17, 2014, 09:25:48 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 17, 2014, 07:31:43 PM

I have something like this too, internet and tv through the electric power board here in Chattanooga.  They claim
We have the fastest internet in the country and I couldn't wait to switch from comcast to them 2 years ago, not because of the speed, but because of my feelings towards comcast, which are enormously negative.

Are you going to be able to keep your service as is? IIRC, it's a Tennessee rep that is the one who started this bill in the first place. She is heavily funded by the cable companies as well. 
193  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: AMD Raptr/Gaming Evolved (WTF?) on: July 17, 2014, 09:19:50 PM
Sure I unsubscribe as well, but I shouldn't have to jump through hoops. I like Steam, but now they are putting added layers that want to do the same thing on top of it, like UPlay. Now if I play some games, I get Steam messages, UPlay messages, and now Raptr messages. Yes I can/will/do turn them off but it's getting out of hand. None of these extra services seem to be providing with anything I asked for or wanted.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yogscast Yogventures successful Kickstarter ($570k) game cancelled on: July 17, 2014, 09:14:33 PM
Not surprised. I know kickstarter has produced some great games, but for me it's just not worth it. I backed Godus, which is slowly getting there, but the fact they decided to make it F2P makes me wish I wouldn't have bothered. The other game I don't even remember what it was. In the year since I backed it I think I have gotten one or two updates. In the future I will just buy finished games, I don't have the money to be messing with Kickstarter or early access.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 17, 2014, 09:08:56 PM
Now do I spend money on it or try to save gold? I seem to be so far behind everyone on legendary and rare cards, I am considering dropping money on packs as well.

Has anyone played against a rogue doing the card overflow thing? Where they force you into so getting so many cards that you start losing them? Most tedious match I have ever played. Took forever and it just wasn't fun. Every turn was just tying to lay down as many cards as I could to clear my hand out, and I still lost. Legitimate strategy, but completely took the fun out of the match.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 17, 2014, 02:25:26 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 16, 2014, 01:39:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 16, 2014, 12:29:42 AM


Still, I have never had a cable company that I did like. We need competition.

What you need is a municipal internet provider. I get mine (cable tv, too!) through our electrical utility. It's taxpayer owned and the payments stay in the community; any profits get turned over to town government. They have fewer than 10,000 customers and when I have a problem I know I'm going to be speaking to either Donna or Chris.

That's right: communism. I'm glad our utility was chartered in 1892 because the conglomerates have made it next to impossible for communities to establish them now. Internet service should be a public utility like electricity and water. Duh.

House just passed a bill today to make it harder for towns to provide internet themselves. I really just want more choices. A dish isn't suitable in a lot of apartments I have lived. DSL just isn't fast enough.
197  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 17, 2014, 01:17:01 AM

Quote from: rittchard on July 16, 2014, 08:26:17 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 16, 2014, 01:52:21 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 16, 2014, 12:15:15 AM

A new Tiny Tower?? Why? I still don't get this "game". I am sure it will be the same game with different graphics as usual from them.

I enjoyed the first one until the progression got too slow, and then I enjoyed Tiny Death Star until the progression got too slow.  But another one already?  These free-to-play games are already so formulaic, 83% of the fun is seeing the formula applied to a new setting.  I don't see how Vegas is going to feel that much different than Tiny Tower 1.

I'm actually beta testing it.  I didn't play any others in the series.  It's amusing but I think they need to make better use of the casino games to make it more appealing to a broader/different audience.

For me, that is the problem with all of Nimblebit's games, bar Nimble Quest, not enough game to them. Just a little more complexity and I think they would be great games. I played Tiny Tower for about a week, and then I realized I was just waiting for timers to run down, there didn't seem to be any challenge. It seems to work for them though, it's just not for me.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon.com Problem... on: July 17, 2014, 12:35:27 AM
I have had bad luck with the "fulfilled by Amazon" in the past so I try to avoid it. A manufacture (Jawbone) even refused to honor a warranty because it was not actual Amazon that I got it from (needless to say I won't buy anything from them now).

Apple stuff though I only buy through Apple. If you bought it through them and have troubles, you can walk into a store and they will bend over backwards to help you.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 16, 2014, 11:53:23 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 16, 2014, 09:09:29 PM

You can sort of game it and quicksave and just try spacing through them.  It's sort of neat that you can save mid conversation.

At first I was saving before conversations just for that reason, but then I realized that it is part of the game so I should live with it. If I don't like it, I should start over again with "loyal" AIs. I do wish they would agree sometimes though, my wizard is really a bitch, she's always for making money and fighting so far.
200  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What virus/malware software do you use? on: July 16, 2014, 07:09:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 16, 2014, 07:05:02 PM

MSE does malware and spyware in addition to virus scanning.  I'm not sure to what degree, but it's in there.

That's what I thought, so it seems redundant. Still I switched to that combo myself (MSE & MalwareBytes) just because I was sick of of BitDefender doing a very intensive scan while I am playing a game.
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