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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 03:08:15 PM
I love how I am exact opposite of you guys. I thought the show was badly in need of something new to mix it up, this was it.
82  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: November 05, 2014, 04:03:32 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on November 04, 2014, 10:49:10 AM

Any questions, call them. They went above and beyond for me. Numerous times.

"Is it ready yet?"
"When is it going to ship?"
"Has it shipped yet?"

Don't think that will get me anywhere. I did email them over one thing, they replied right away. I have no doubts I will be happy with it. And I really don't have time to use the thing until December...but...shinny new toy...
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 03:56:00 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 04, 2014, 05:53:04 PM

That and the annoying anti-Directv banners that kept running during the program.  Obviously I'm biased since I work for Directv, but regardless I don't think that's the way to make an attack, by fucking up your viewers' actual broadcast.

I am not sure what you are talking about. Either I didn't get banner ads using Comcast. I got them but I am so used to tuning them out that I didn't notice them. Or, since I play Threes! or check Twitter on my iPad while watching the show only looking up occasionally, I missed them.

Anyway the episode was a nice change of pace even for a non-Beth fan, and the twist at the end was excellent.

I am not really a Beth fan, her character is boring and she's not the greatest actress, but umm...cute girl.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 03:46:35 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 04, 2014, 07:34:59 PM

The only thing that wasn't clicking with me was that, apart from the one jerky/creepy guy, I'm not sure what Beth experienced there initially that made her so clearly against the place. 

I mean, yes, she seems to have been abducted, but she wouldn't really know that.  As far as she knows, she got rescued and has to do some very minor, menial work in exchange for safe shelter, food, protection and medical care.  Sure the pasty dude had a clear rapey vibe and the "leader" is preachy and less in charge than she thinks, but what's so bad, otherwise?

I couldn't give you examples without rewatching it, but I seem to remember from the very beginning things were off. There were a few comments from cops right off the bat. I could be misremembering though because I expected something to be off. Nothing ever is normal.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: November 04, 2014, 10:34:44 PM
Slate has a Serial podcast where they talk about each episode. Also the subreddit about Serial is supposed to be really interesting. Haven't found time for either but figured I would post in case people didn't know. Both are supposed to be good.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 04, 2014, 05:46:41 AM
My bitching must of made you guys scared to post. icon_biggrin

Last night was FAR better. New intrigue to figure out! Something more than just getting to know the current characters. How different groups are dealing with the new world is the best part of the show, so I am very happy to have something new to explore. Plus...Beth.
87  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: November 04, 2014, 05:43:17 AM
To bitch, since it wouldn't be me if I didn't, I don't like that there isn't an an order status page. I mean it's only been one business day since I ordered it, so I have quite a while to wait, but it would be neat to know where in the process the build is. They don't offer much in a website though, I was looking around on it last night and they were recommending Norton Anti-Virus 2010 in their FAQ section. Its a good thing they have a good reputation, off of website alone, I wouldn't be so trusting.
88  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: November 03, 2014, 12:05:47 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on November 02, 2014, 11:26:07 PM

It quit being about Politics when this traitorous fool was elected.  That is when my attitude changed, it isn't about right or left.

Point proven.
89  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: November 02, 2014, 08:19:45 PM
Damn man, you really are desperate to argue politics. There are tons of political sites out there for you to debate on. Not being able to post here without referring to politics (while being insulting to anyone who disagrees with you) just makes you look like an obsessive asshole. I have many of friends who I disagree with on politics and get in heated debates with, but we know when to drop it. By making it a signature, you are refusing to do so, taking any fun out of it.
90  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Alienware desktop on: November 02, 2014, 12:10:01 AM
Alienware Aurora (late 2009 model, bought January 2011)
i7 2.8ghz
6 GB
Radeon HD6900 (not sure how much memory)
Sound Blaster X-fi
HDD 280gb
HDD 233gb

No monitor. Computer only.

Works fine, besides memory sometimes needs to be reset if the computer was physically moved (isn't an issue unless you move a lot, then just have to open it up and re-seat the memory). Still fast, but you won't current stuff at max settings.  Asking $300 OBO, including shipping.

Edit: Willing to work on price...mainly just want to cover shipping. Doesn't seem to be much of a demand for old desktop gaming machines.
91  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: October 31, 2014, 11:33:34 PM
I did price the Mach V as well and it does end up being a lot more expensive, even though it includes the 3 year warranty. Plus not having a huge machine is important to me.

How quiet is your Talon? My current Alienware is extremely loud, I don't mind some noise, but this thing is a bit on the ridiculous side. Hoping the Talon is semi-quiet.

Looking at BenQ monitors. I am used to IPS displays from my Macs, but I guess you don't want that for gaming. Never really liked TN displays though. Maybe I should just get a Dell 4k.
92  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: October 31, 2014, 10:19:11 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on October 31, 2014, 10:12:51 PM

Falcon NW!

Your post convinced me.  Tongue

It's been a dream to get a Falcon NW since Rich got one on Gone Gold over a decade ago. I even put Gone Gold under the "How did you hear about us?" section.

I should be getting the thing just before finals, some planning that was.
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: October 31, 2014, 10:14:23 PM
Talon ordered. i7, 16 GB, GTX 970 4gb, and I upped the warranty to 3 years. I probably should have just got a Mach V for the price.  icon_confused

Now what do I do with an almost 4 year old Alienware? My nephew would love it, but probably buying him a gaming laptop soon.
94  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: October 31, 2014, 09:36:22 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 31, 2014, 08:10:32 PM

Cyberpower configurato section lets you build exactly what you want.  Mine is three years old, and aside from having the RMA the boot drive, I've had no issues with it.  

Thanks, I have looked at it, and ruled them out for a couple of reasons. First, horrible flashy website that looks like it's 20 years old. Next, they are the worst offender at the ugly, flashy cases. However, I did look at some of their smaller/less flashy cases, but...I got lost in the choices. I don't want to choose every little detail and try to figure out what is the best, or what I need, I told you I'm a Mac guy, right? icon_lol

Every time I go to their site, I get turned off, and go someplace else.
95  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: October 31, 2014, 05:06:49 PM
Getting close to pulling the trigger. I have all of December to do nothing but game, so I want to get it ordered soon. But...

Is it the right time? Isn't Intel coming out with new chips early 2015? I waiting to update my Macbook for the Broadwells, but does it matter as much for a desktop?

Is the AMD Mantle thing mean I should be looking at a Radeon card?

I am looking at the Talon as well as the Origin Chronos, which PC World thought was a better buy than the Tiki. I am wondering if I should not worry about size. I just hate the huge, heavy Alienware that I have now. I tend to move a lot, and space is limited. For gaming computers I can't seem to find anything decent that is in the middle, its either huge heavy things (with far to many lights), or small little things. I guess there are always Dell XPS, that seems to be in the middle, and would be a lot cheaper...

Edit: Also looking at the Digital Storm Bolt 2.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public speaking on: October 31, 2014, 03:51:24 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys. I think where I went wrong is in one class the layout was weird and I walked behind a 2 rows of people at one point. People were turning to look at me and looked to be very puzzled as to what I was doing. I didn't want them looking at me anyway, I had charts on a slide that they were supposed to be looking at as I talked about them. I think I need to apply Gratch's "vision cone" a bit more.

I always thought you were supposed to move a bit, but when I looked up public speaking yesterday, a lot of articles were saying that unless you are really good at it, it just comes across as awkward. As I said though, I felt more comfortable moving around, I think it gives me some confidence. One speech I had to control the slides without a clicker, so I had to keep going back to the computer and it completely threw me off. I lost any rhythm I had and struggled to remember what my key points were.
97  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 30, 2014, 10:07:02 PM
King of Dragon Pass is $5 today only I believe. Classic PC game.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Public speaking on: October 30, 2014, 10:02:47 PM
Do you move around? Do you find it distracting when speaker do?

Three speeches in a week and in every one of them I moved around. Not pacing so much, but moving around the aisles of the classroom, stopping occasionally. I find it relaxes me and end up doing it without even thinking about it. The last speech was today, and it hit me that it was awkward that people were having to turn in their chairs to look at me. I realized I needed to stop, but I couldn't. Out of all the other speeches, not one person has left the podium, and now I am curious as to how it looks. I am not an energetic speaker even by the loosest definition, I am also an extremely dry, monotone person, so I am not a speaker who uses it for effect. (Professors never commit on it, and I get full points, but the bar is set extremely low in most classes.)

99  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Nikon D200 w/lens *sold* on: October 29, 2014, 05:26:20 AM
Nikon D200 with a 30-70mm lens and 2 batteries. Works great, with minor wear and tear (some very minor scratches). Selling because I don't use anymore.

$100 Amazon or Paypal.
100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Synology DS212 on: October 29, 2014, 05:23:58 AM
NAS, diskless. About 3 years old, works great, but fan is a bit old and noisier than when it was new. The technology has come a long ways this one came out, so you can't run too many packages without it getting bogged down a bit. Works great as a backup RAID NAS. I was also running a personal cloud service (Cloud Station) on it, but any other packages and it was a little too much for it since it only has 256MB of memory. Selling because I upgraded to something fancier. Check out the Synology website if you want to see all the stuff it can do.

$75, Amazon or Paypal.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 28, 2014, 09:25:23 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 28, 2014, 09:18:55 PM

I think Lee is the one watching a different show than everyone else.

I obviously have higher standards. icon_biggrin
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 28, 2014, 08:31:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 28, 2014, 05:00:34 PM

Yet another great episode.  This season has really started off strong and just continues to get better.  They're really nailing the pacing.

We are obviously watching different shows. icon_wink I would stop watching if they didn't occasionally shine though.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School shooting in Marysville, Washington on: October 27, 2014, 09:51:05 PM
We had a minute of silence in class today. Nothing like meaningless expressions to show others that you care. Like most of the class, I played with my phone for the minute.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 27, 2014, 09:48:32 PM
That episode could have been half as long. The whole Bob storyline just seemed like filler. The cannibals also seemed like their only point was so that they could show how hardcore the group has become. Back to half watching as I surf the net or play Threes on my iPad.

Bring on the Beth story line. Hopefully they don't screw it up and it's interesting rather than just more slow, silly character building.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 26, 2014, 03:43:26 PM
I don't think it's a great game, but it is quite fun. My problem is I am struggling to find the info I need with the changes from Civ V. For instance the tech tree has so much info and choices, it's a struggle to see what I need to research next. For instance my health is low, but finding techs that can help me is tedious. Also all these new resources, I can't tell what improvements can be made until I move a worker onto of them or stumble through the civopedia, which really could use some cleaning up. Less backstory and more hard info with links on related game concepts would be nice.

The game feels like it needs more work, like it needs to be hashed out a bit more. I am really looking forward to an expansion already, which is odd for a game that just came out.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School shooting in Marysville, Washington on: October 25, 2014, 10:56:47 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 25, 2014, 10:01:00 PM


Yeah, sorry, failed to check my spell checker. Fixed.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 25, 2014, 10:55:26 PM
I switched my perscription preference from Rite Aid to to Walgreens over this (not that i have a current prescription). Not that Apple Pay is that big of a deal (but it is awesome), but if they think if it's worth turning off NFC when the service costs them nothing, they don't deserve my business. Retailers should be doing everything they can to support alternate pay systems that are more secure, not avoiding them because they can't profit off of them.

I won't be using ConnectC for a few reasons. First, I benefit greatly from my credit card point systems. Unless these retailers are going to lower prices for non-CC, users, there is no incentive for me to use something else. Second, I don't trust them to keep my information secure in their own cloud. Nor do I like/trust the companies that are backing it, such as Wal-mart and Best Buy. They are just looking for a way to profit on this service, not looking for a way to help the end user, so no thanks. If I ever find myself desperate enough to shop at one of those retailers (which would never happen), I will be sure to use my American Express so they have to pay even more. icon_wink
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School shooting in Marysville, Washington on: October 25, 2014, 08:41:51 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on October 25, 2014, 08:04:24 PM

one of my coworkers' friends knows the shooter's sister. that's how i found out about it..

We had KIRO news on right after it happened, and they were reporting the shooters family was very confrontational with the news crews and got aggressive with one of the cameramen. And they self identified as the family. Very strange, if true.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 24, 2014, 02:31:40 PM
Yep listened last night. This podcast is gaining quite the following it seems, hearing more mentions of it around the internets.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It was Jay. This episode just reinforced that. He is so wrapped up into every part of this I don't understand how he got away without a closer look at the time. Was Adnan's lawyer incompetent? (Didn't they say she's dead now?) The police really seemed to have focused on Adnan and gave up on any other leads.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 24, 2014, 02:25:43 PM
I played for an hour last night, and for me, it's not so much that it isn't AC, it's that it really does feel like Civ V with a different wrapper. That's not to say it isn't good, but it does have a mod feel to it for me.

I spent most of my time and effort dealing with aliens. I pissed them off, not by attacking them, but I let some earth plant life become invasive. I have no idea if that's the real reason, but they were leaving my units alone, and then within a few turns there was just tons of alien units all over the place and they started attacking. It made it very interesting and fun.

I had a weird bug where I couldn't click and hold the right mouse button to move. Loaded up Civ V to test my mouse, then back to BE, and it was gone.

I am really hoping to find some time to play it tonight, school papers be damned for one night.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 23, 2014, 11:29:22 PM
After watching Total Biscuits game play review, I am considerably less excited. Still looks neat, but really it is just is a stripped down Civ V in a different setting. Written reviews seem all over the place on it. Most seem to like it, just nothing to get excited about. Hopefully some expansions can add some uniqueness to it.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 23, 2014, 03:29:26 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 23, 2014, 03:27:51 PM

As expected the reviews for this are running extremely high.  I was planning to hold off, but I think I will have to buy it now... sigh

Polygon is high, a 9 , none of the others were that I read. Escapist gave it like 3 stars. Overall sounds like its good, not great. Civ with a Sci-Fi theme.

The bigger names are all pretty average.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 04:45:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 22, 2014, 04:35:01 PM

I think the perfect ending the series would be the reveal that the host did it!

I don't know who she is, but I just love her. How she adds little anecdotes that she is thinking, her gut reaction, even if they might be taken as silly. Still, depresses the hell out of me that we already know the outcome.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 03:36:17 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 22, 2014, 02:58:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 22, 2014, 02:37:00 PM

Briana can do that, she did before all this happened. I am not sure a Twitter hashtag and some gaming forums really amounts to that much and are worth the time.

I feel like there's some misunderstanding here.  The hashtag is used by the harassers, in part as a way to organize and call out targets.

Right, but Twitter is a pretty vile place in general, gamersgate hashtag or not. The amount of abuse on any subject is nothing short of disgusting. I love the service, but I don't know why anyone of even smalltime fame would use it. Liberal use of the ignore function is the best you can do if you want to be active on the service. For me the real issue here is that Twitter should be stepping in and banning IPs that post the abuse.

If people like Briana Wu want to fight it, more power to her, but I think she is nuts, that crap isn't worth the time or stress for me.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Health] The Infectious Diseases Thread on: October 22, 2014, 03:28:40 PM
I haven't had so much as a cold in the last 3 years, I laugh at your infectious diseases as I knock on wood.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / IRe: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 02:44:44 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 22, 2014, 02:03:02 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
1) what's his motive? So far, we've heard nothing to suggest that he has beef with either Adnand or Hae (Hay? Hey?).

2) If he did it, why go to the police at all? Wouldn't it be much safer to have no involvement whatsoever with the cops?

3) Who was the anonymous caller who tipped the police off about Adnand?

Clearly, Jay had more involvement than he let on. His story keeps changing and it seems pretty clear that at the very least he helped hide the body. I have no doubt he his an accessory to murder (do we know what happened to him? Did he also get locked up or is he scott-free?) but why he would have killed her in the first place is my biggest nagging doubt about Jay.

Spoiler for Hiden:
1. Jay was jealous that Adnand that was close to his girlfriend, maybe there is more to that side of the story? Maybe there was more going on with Jay and Hae than we know about? Maybe Hae rejected him?

2. Because he's an idiot. From the Jen interviews, he was heavily involved and greatly concerned about destroying evidence.

3. No clue on the caller, a friend of Jays?

I don't have a good answer, it's just that he doesn't seem at all trustworthy and was very much involved in what happened.

117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 02:37:00 PM
Briana can do that, she did before all this happened. I am not sure a Twitter hashtag and some gaming forums really amounts to that much and are worth the time.
118  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.
119  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.
120  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..
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