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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 10, 2015, 07:03:46 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on April 10, 2015, 04:01:28 PM

I'm an apple fan (laptops, OSX, iphones) but the apple watch is just lame. 10k for one with a gold finish is beyond stupid. I'm betting its gonna be a flop...

Who cares there is a gold expensive one? It's not like they are pushing it on you, it's for a certain kind of person that isn't most of us. If there is a market for that kind of thing, which I am sure they researched, then it was a good business decision.

People said the iPhone and iPad would flop. They didn't, obviously. I do think it will become like the iPad, still sell incredibly well, but not be a product everyone wants. Other companies can only dream of having an Apple flop.

If last night was any indication, the launch brought in decent numbers.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 10, 2015, 07:19:36 AM
I mistakenly relied on Safari and the store never came up. Picked up my iPad at about 12:04 AM PST and bought the Black Sport. 4-6 week shipping. It went quick. With Apple Pay, the whole process took less than 10 seconds at least.

People who ordered at 12:03 PST got 4/24-5/8 delivery. One minute later and it shifted to May 13-24. Reports are that the SS are selling out just as quickly.

Is supply that limited or is demand that high?

Edit: 42mm Black Sport already showing June deliveries.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Carls Jr - now in Toronto should I try it? on: April 10, 2015, 05:02:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 10, 2015, 04:35:02 AM

I can't understand how people think In-N-Out is a quality burger.  I would put them at the same level as McDonalds.  It seems like people who grew up in California have some sort of brain damage when it comes to In-N-Out.  Tongue

Ha! I didn't grow up there, only ate there twice even, and I remember loving it. It tasted like something you would make home if you knew what you were doing. Simple, with high quality ingredients.

Honestly, I am too old to be eating fast food anymore, so I rarely do. You guys suck for talking about it. Tongue
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 09, 2015, 09:45:56 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 09, 2015, 08:25:35 PM

If it is sold out I might go for the more expensive version which annoyingly becomes like $1000+$50 for the sports band.

My original thinking was if I couldn't get the black Sport edition, that I could justify jumping up to the SS. But the more I think about it, I just can't bring myself to pay that kind of price on a first-gen model that I will replace next year (would be easier if they had some kind of replacement/upgrade plan available). Also, while I am looking forward to having the watch, I am not excited about it. I really just want an improved Fitbit that looks nice. I don't have a good reason to splurge on this version.

Supposedly supply is very limited due to hardware manufacturing issues, but I am having a hard time gauging demand. After the reviews yesterday, a lot of Reddit and web page comments were saying they were waiting for version 2. Then you have a lot of very vocal people saying how stupid the watch is and that it over priced. I just don't see a lot of excitement about the watch. Of course you probably can't judge demand by review commenters and Reddit.

Listening to a podcast last night (ATP) and they made an interesting point. If you listen to the rumors, the watch hardware was ready to go last September, but the software has been holding it back (also the early reviews of it being slow and Apple saying they are working on improving the software for it to speed it up). That means we are already dealing with hardware specs that are at least 6 months old. Not that there has been a huge jump in technology in 6 months, but it won't be long before they can give it a nice hardware improvement.

Of course this is all to be expected, as early adopters we should know what to expect.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Carls Jr - now in Toronto should I try it? on: April 09, 2015, 07:49:49 PM
They're ok, we used to eat there a lot when I lived in CA. A bit more variety than McDs, but as Wonderpug said, it's not high quality food or anything. If your looking for a greasy fast food burger they are fine. I would never choose one over the higher quality fast food restaurants that are everywhere now.

They are the same thing as Hardee's by the way, so if you have ever eaten there, same thing. Although I have always thought Carl's Jr was a bit higher quality than Hardees. I think that is because every Hardee's I have been in has been a midwest dive, while every Carl's Jr I have been in has been in newer/cleaner places.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 09, 2015, 05:35:15 AM
Getting the 42mm black Sports as well. Reading around the Internet, that seems to be the far most popular option.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 08, 2015, 11:25:10 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 08, 2015, 11:00:39 PM

...but I do expect it to be a well-engineered gadget that will slowly inject its way into my everyday life.

From the reviews, do you think you will get that in its current form?
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 05:17:20 PM
It is very cool. Amazing to think its a fully functional PC. Still, can't think of a use for it. Tablets are more powerful and I don't need a monitor to use one.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 08, 2015, 05:14:01 PM
I have a read a bunch of the reviews, it is pretty much as I expected from a first gen device. Good, but rough around the edges. Bit concerned about the slowness some reviews mention though, especially since the only reason I want one is for fitness and will be using apps like Runkeeper. I don't want to have to wait a second to see where I am for instance.

Reviews seem to be scaring people off of it if you read article comments. Apple haters are thrilled of course.

Edit: one thing that stands out between reviews and comments is that it's "not essential". Outside of my desktop computer and maybe my phone, I don't own a gadget that is essential. A smartwatch isn't even a must have, didn't we all know that already?
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: April 08, 2015, 03:17:02 AM
Since I wasted one of Wonderpug's beta keys (it didn't grab me and there is other stuff I want to play more), the least I can do is provide more for GT. I have 4 to give away. Post here and I will PM one to you.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars digital HD movies released 4-10 on: April 07, 2015, 04:37:00 AM
I am not buying until we get the original theatrical releases.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: April 06, 2015, 04:38:39 AM
Thanks guys, I will try to stop worrying about stars and just do the levels. Maybe the stars will become easier with time.

I do have a question though, should I be trying to push through walls to find secret doors? Are there things like well hidden buttons to look for? Part of my problem with stars is that I am not sure what I should be looking for. Should I think like an RPGS and constantly looking for hidden things, or is it more like Portal?
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 06, 2015, 04:33:01 AM
You only get experience for quests and killing new monsters I believe. The game does open up a bit more of where you can go later as well, but the first act is a bit limited. Still, I did things out of order in Act I which made for some of my early battles being really hard and some really easy fights later on.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: April 05, 2015, 05:21:25 AM
This game is driving me nuts! I do the room quests easily enough. I have to think a bit, but I haven't found one I can't figure out. Stars though, I just can't find them. I am skipping stars because I become frustrated, but it occurred to me that when I go back I will have forgotten the layouts of the levels and will have to relearn them hoping to find the star. It seems like I should be finding the stars now, not coming back for them later.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 05, 2015, 03:53:30 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 05, 2015, 03:17:43 AM

I am a total noob with infinity engine games - is it common to encounter enemies in a map that you are not strong enough to beat and have to return to later? Like the
Spoiler for Hiden:
bear cave
in the map after the first dungeon.

Yes, you can end up places you aren't ready for in these games.

Spoiler for Hiden:
People have beaten the bear, so it is possible depending in your class. I skipped it, and  came back later to kill it, which messed up the attached quest and NPC interactions.  What you find in the cave results in a quest, but I had already dealt with the quest characters without knowing any better so it resulted in a dead end quest. Seems like a minor quest though.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: April 05, 2015, 01:04:08 AM
Late to the party, but enjoying it immensely so far, although I do tend to get frustrated with puzzles and rage quit. I have been able to do most puzzles so far and found a couple of stars, but finding the stars is driving me nuts. I found the star in one of the starting areas, but I can't for the life of me find anything to jam the door open. I think I have searched in every nook and cranny, but obviously not.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 04, 2015, 03:05:04 AM
And another patch. They must have screwed something up.

Edit: Fixes companion lock picking bug that was introduced.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 03, 2015, 09:11:57 PM
The patch didn't fix my Stag Defense always active for my druid. I created a new druid, and the new one did not have the same issue. It's a minor problem, but I think I will just start over so I can apply what I know about attributes/skills to a new build.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 03, 2015, 06:38:48 PM
Patch is live. 853mb.

Edit: Unless you bought through GoG, then you get to wait until next week sometime.
60  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: April 02, 2015, 02:43:06 AM
As I said above, isn't buzzing usually have to do with power? It's probably not the power supply's fan, but it's internals.

I will say it again, why on earth would you keep a computer when you are already not happy with the quality of it? Especially when you are going to sink more money into it? My Falcon NW Talon wasn't much more than what you paid (if I wouldn't have got the warranty and a couple of minor spec bumps), and the build quality is astounding. They don't skimp.

If you want a completely quiet computer, get a Mac. Tongue More and more games are coming out for it as well.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 06:04:54 PM
Cities' Chirpy comes to other Paradox games.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 07:46:51 AM
Samsung Blade. Even they are joking, their products look cheap! Look at that handle!
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: April 01, 2015, 06:11:16 AM

Quote from: Destructor on April 01, 2015, 06:01:18 AM


Are we sure that is an April Fools one? It seems plausible.

64  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: April 01, 2015, 06:03:43 AM
I would guess the drive cage doesn't come out. With all that room you have in there it shouldn't matter too much. Well besides the fact that if you want to take a drive out, you have to take off the cover on the other side. I haven't opened up my Falcon, but my last 3 or 4 PCs have had drive cages that were easily removed (or accessed), thought that was pretty standard now.

On fan size, I don't know, and I am usually wrong when I guess, but I would think bigger fans push/pull more air, so maybe can run slower? That would result in less noise.

If you need to mod a brand new computer, it seems like you would be better off sending back and buying it from somewhere else.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools 2015 on: March 31, 2015, 10:07:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 31, 2015, 09:56:52 PM

Ha!  Those are pretty cool.   I think the Dash could be ultra convenient, though not always the best price.   The balance struggle is real. 

I think it would be cool for something like soft drinks (which Amazon does sell and at least one brand is included so far it appears), but even with Subscribe and Save, Amazon is usually much more expensive on those items. Nothing they are showing now do I order enough of to need a button just to order it. Neat idea though.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 31, 2015, 10:03:28 PM
Fair enough. There hasn't been any in act I (of course I am only 10 hours in). Also seen complaints about a lack of it, guess those were from people early on as well.

Anyway, I am not wrong, I said "in my experience", which is 100% correct. Tongue
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 31, 2015, 09:16:34 PM
In my experience, there is no banter. You can talk to them by clicking on their portrait to find out more about them, but I haven't seen them talk to each other like the old games.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 31, 2015, 05:17:23 PM
Even Raedics, as I understand it, you just have to leave through a certain door to avoid the bug.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 31, 2015, 03:42:14 PM
A "buggy nightmare" might be an overstatement. There are bugs, but people have now finished the game and I have seen many forum posts of people with tens of hours in and have had no noticeable bugs. Even with my 10 hours, I have seen one minor bug and I know how to avoid the bigger game breaking bugs ( I understand if double clicking is natural for you, you might not want to play it now though). The game is very playable right now.

Also Crusis, without giving away spoilers, I would say play awhile before you start over with a wizard.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TDS-Jon Stewart to take summer off,John Oliver to fill in on: March 31, 2015, 03:33:10 PM
That was ok, but I wouldn't go out with of my way to watch him. Regardless, not sure that even if you like his stand up, it means he should host a show. His pieces on TDS were really unfunny and he can only take the "I'm from South Africa"/black thing so far before it gets old (the clips you posted centered around that, as well as his TDS pieces).

He's already getting silly backlash over tweets aimed at Jews from a couple of years ago.
71  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: March 31, 2015, 04:22:01 AM
I am starting to think you are insane Blackjack. Tongue
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TDS-Jon Stewart to take summer off,John Oliver to fill in on: March 30, 2015, 09:59:32 PM
Trevor Noah taking over The Daily Show.

I have found his Daily Show appearances very unfunny, to the point of muting him when he has been on. I already gave up on Wilmore, so I guess this will free up more TV time for me.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 30, 2015, 05:32:09 PM
Yep, I posted it here earlier. Patch coming this week according to a message on the official forum.
74  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: March 30, 2015, 03:20:26 PM
Never seen that, what's the point of using a tiny motherboard in a regular case? Not a big deal by any means, just seems odd when they have the room.

It's not the SSD, there are no moving parts to them. Every SSD I have is silent. Since the OS is on the SSD, just disconnect the power cable from the HDD to see how it sounds.
75  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: March 29, 2015, 10:24:17 PM
In my experience, SSDs are completely silent, no noise at all. On my Falcon I can sort of hear the HDD, but the fans are loud enough to drown out most of the noise. Never hear the HDD or SSD on my iMac, both are completely quiet.

A hum though, wouldn't that be a power thing?
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 28, 2015, 08:43:31 PM
Game breaking bug. Don't double click to equip items. (Reddit link.)

And checking to see if I had this bug, I found another bug. My druid's stag defense boost is supposed to only be active when in stag form, but it is always active on my character. Looking at the official forum, no one has reported this though, so wonder if it's just a glitch in my game. Not that it is a big deal anyway.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 28, 2015, 08:04:57 PM
You can make characters in the inn. That's why you see people with 6 characters.

It could be that you aren't ready for that battle yet. The game doesn't level creatures like Skyrim, so you can go back to an old save and just do it later.

Magic is hard to use. When casting you will see a red circle, that's the base diameter. The yellow outer circle is the modified range, and that area does not hit your own party members. I try to arrange it so my guys fall in the yellow area when possible. I have stopped using the big AoE spells though, to hard to use effectively.

Edit: got red and yellow backwards.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 28, 2015, 04:05:07 AM
How did I never see this show? Its amazing! Have seen 4 episodes now and I am addicted. Surprised it doesn't get more hype. Or does it go downhill?
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 27, 2015, 09:10:59 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 27, 2015, 07:46:27 PM

I really, REALLY, want to play this game, but I've promised myself I wouldn't touch it until another patch comes out. We all know how buggy these types of games tend to be.

still, the developers already have my money so I've voted "thumbs up" on their work, and a potential for a sequel.

While I am sure you are right, that there are probably many bugs that will be fixed in the next patch as well as game mechanic adjustments, but 5 hours into the game it seems pretty solid. Following the very active Qt3 thread, very few people are mentioning bugs (of course they are finding other things to bitch about, but that forum has always been pretty harsh). I haven't looked at the official forums or the Steam forums though, I am sure they are full of people with bug reports.

The game is pretty awesome so far. Really enjoying it. Combat is a bit rough, but I never finished BG 1&2, IWD, and NWN because I just don't like the RTwP combat system. Hopefully I can manage this time because I am enjoying it.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 26, 2015, 06:59:17 PM
Character creation took me 40 minutes alone. Kept changing my mind. Went with meadow human druid with stag shape change. So far looking very good, but I am just starting. Had to take a quick break to do something, but about to dive into the game.
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