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81  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 04, 2014, 12:53:07 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on August 03, 2014, 09:56:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 03, 2014, 08:54:36 PM

Are there any secret things you're not supposed to tell non JWs?

Eh, not really. It's not like Scientology that has a whole other separate set of beliefs once you achieve a certain "rank." However, there are things that they try and keep hidden until you get to know them more, like they believe that everyone who's not actively a JW will die very shortly, that they have the one true religion, and that if you become a JW and then leave, you will be ostracized by the JW community and they won't even look at you or say "Hi" to you.

I was friends with a JW family as a kid and I used to talk to the mother quite a bit (I had a crush on her). She was so scared of being ostracized that it controlled her life. Almost everyone she knew was JW, she was having doubts about the religion, and if she did something to screw up they would drop her. Her cousin was caught smoking and refused to quit, so she was ostracized and my friend was really upset because she was supposed to drop contact with her cousin but didn't want to, her husband was putting pressure on her to do it as well. It really put a negative light on religion for me early on.

Congrats on getting out of it. Hopefully you didn't loose too many people in the process.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 03, 2014, 10:05:44 PM
Am I missing something? When another enemy civ wants to trade a resource, I often wish I could check demographics. Is that my last unit of that resource?  When are my other trade agreements ending? Where are they in relation to me in everything else? Am I missing something or should I stay more familiar with that info on my turns?

Line of sight still confuses the hell out of me too. Had to read up on it today to see how it works. For units like cannons is there a way to see where you will be able to hit before hitting the set up button? Also it appears 3 range units are buggy and can be exploited. Odd that they haven't come up with a way to fix that.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 02, 2014, 09:52:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 03:51:02 PM

Someone tweeted that measles kills more people per year than Ebola has ever and yet people are refusing to even get vaccinated for that. I am sure it's true because I read it in the internet, Twitter no less!
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 02, 2014, 07:30:48 AM
I love the first of the month, I can win games again! Undefeated in 5 with my priest deck in ranked play, that never happens.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 02, 2014, 06:45:16 AM
Civ V and Hearthstone. Very addicted to Civ at this point.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 01, 2014, 11:18:35 PM
294 hours sounds like a lot, but I noticed I have a couple of OO Steam friends who are over 2000 hours in Civ. I wish I could love a game so much that I played it that much.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 11:16:05 PM
That's the thing though, I was thinking of getting an older cat, 8-10 years old, one that's not too active and perfectly happy just hanging out. That is a concern though, that it may mean higher vet costs at it gets older.

$20 a month and $200 a year on vet bills would be well within my budget.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: August 01, 2014, 05:53:15 PM
So why aren't we all switching to these cheaper companies? There aren't any drawbacks?
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 05:49:01 PM
Thanks guys. I had two cats 10 years ago, I don't remember them being that expensive, but yeah vet bills could be insane if something goes wrong. As far as money goes, I am retired military so I have a pension and I get paid to go to school, so I could handle anything that came up.

Apartment life with a cat worries me. A lot of cats like to go outside, and while I am surrounded by woods, there is a major road not far from here. My last cats hated to be inside and I couldn't open a door without one of them trying to get out.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 10:03:17 AM
I keep playing with the idea of getting a cat. An adult cat from the Humane Society, not a kitten. I live in a apartment. I am unemployed, but have some income, just not much. I am at home a lot, even when school is in session, I will only be gone 4 hours a day. The major concern is my limited income. I am sure I will have to pay a pet deposit, and vet bills. Plus the required cat items such as scratching posts, litter boxes, etc. Should I get a cat?
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PSN/XBLA]Sacred Citadel ..also Sacred 3 about to be announced? on: August 01, 2014, 09:07:56 AM
RPS hated it. Too bad, Sacred 2 had it's flaws but was a fun game.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: August 01, 2014, 06:44:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 01, 2014, 05:56:20 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

yeah, I've never understood the drive to buy a phone full price either unless you travel out of the country a lot.  Otherwise, you pay the same monthly rate I do as a subscriber but paid more for your phone.  I know it's due to the companies not wanting to cut profits though. 

I bought my iPhone 5 outright because on T-Mobile, I have 100 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data, and free wi-fi calling for $30 (plus like 3 bucks in tax) a month.

So over the usual 2 year agreements...yeah, I save a crapload of money.

And I ask again, how is network coverage, is that 4G?
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 01:41:34 AM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 04:21:07 PM

I agree with Isgrimnur.  This is what governments are for.  When it isn't profitable for companies to do it.

That's pretty much economics 101, but there has to be a public demand for it. The way it works in this country though, is the demand is only when there when is a current event where the press reminds the public. As soon as the press stops covering it we go back to no one caring again. That said, today the WHO pledged $100M to fight this disease.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 01, 2014, 12:49:48 AM
After 68 hours of total play, I have finally finished a game of Civ V. On Chieftain. I always play on large maps at epic speed and I always get bogged down in the end game and quit playing. Heck to win this game I think it took me 20 hours. It was fun though, too easy obviously, looking forward to starting again at a higher difficulty level.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 31, 2014, 05:25:24 PM
But don't those cheap services have limited networks? And what about 4G/LTE? I have Verizon and seem to get service no matter how far out in the middle of no where it am.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 31, 2014, 05:21:52 PM
Did you buy through the App Store or Battlenet? Didn't have any issues buying through the App Store.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 30, 2014, 10:12:55 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 30, 2014, 09:43:35 PM

I was able to beat the first two guys on Plague last night but the third one kind of kicked my ass.  He starts with 75 HP even on Normal, what gives?  I guess you're supposed to take advantage of those weird things that give you +8 to attack if you kill them?

Yep, keep control of the board and get as many units as you can out, kill a spore for +8 and take him out. You will have to do it again as a hunter in the class challenge.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 30, 2014, 07:29:23 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on July 30, 2014, 05:59:03 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

yeah, I've never understood the drive to buy a phone full price either unless you travel out of the country a lot.  Otherwise, you pay the same monthly rate I do as a subscriber but paid more for your phone.  I know it's due to the companies not wanting to cut profits though. 

Actually, I use a out-of-contract phone and paying $35 per month for unlimited everything. Is that the same price as your in-contract plan?

I generally keep my phone for 3-4 years, so it balances out in about 20 months, then it's pure savings after that.

Who are you using? Do you have data? Verizon I pay the same $90 whether my contract is up or not. And use the same phone for 3-4 years? Why?! I would have a new phone every year if I could.  icon_biggrin
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 30, 2014, 08:42:12 AM
Wing 2 gets a bit harder. Had to do the final boss and the Hunter challenge twice. Class challenges are easily the most fun for me, having to figure out how to play a deck and not knowing what you even have.
100  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 30, 2014, 04:43:26 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 28, 2014, 06:28:16 PM

The timer might actually be the least egregious of the freemium aspects.

Really? If I like a game, I just want to play it, not wait for when it will let me play it again.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 30, 2014, 04:29:22 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on July 29, 2014, 06:58:00 PM

I think it was 726 (TU).

Heck, anything over 700 is good, doubt you have anything to worry about, especially with interest rates this low for at least another year.

I am like you on getting every last bit of interest. Except I only get .87% APR so we're probably only talking pennies. Still, I will take every cent I can get.

For credit cards I was looking at what to do with my AmEx which has an annual fee. I didn't want to cancel it because of the credit hit, but I found out I can downgrade it to the free version. I will just use it where the categories are beneficial.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 30, 2014, 04:07:29 AM
So in the end it means we will be able to buy and use whatever phone we want, for use on our network of choice. We won't have to go through the network's store to get the phone. BUT, since phones will only work with one or two of the networks you are still very limited in that you can't just keep one phone and switch networks. Also, since phone companies charge the same monthly charges regardless of your contract status, it would be cheapest to buy it through your network and just get the contract. The latter being really important if you like to have the newest and greatest phones that run $500+.

It's an improvement sure, it gives the consumer some choices, but it doesn't seem like it really matter in the near future. Maybe it will shake things up in the long run?

Edit: After reading some, this only means you can unlock a phone you bought from a carrier, which seems almost pointless. It's good they are changing it, but it really seems to mean very little to the average person.
103  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).
104  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).
105  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.
106  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?
107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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?!"
111  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.
112  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.
113  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?
114  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.
115  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.
116  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.
117  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.
118  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?
119  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.
120  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.
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