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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EPL 13/14 - OO continuation Thread on: September 03, 2013, 12:44:03 AM

Quote from: mori on September 02, 2013, 10:59:07 PM

I was questioning the reasoning behind featuring the Crystal Palace/Sunderland match on TV, but easily was the best match of the weekend. I want to go to Selhurst Park now. That place just looked insane from the pre-match through the very end. I hope they can stay up.

And Rebecca Lowe is a Crystal Palace supporter.

The atmosphere is like that at many of the grounds. I've seen England play at Old Trafford. I've been in the away end with hardcore traveling Newcastle fans at Maine Road before Man City got rich, in a thrilling 3-3 draw. St James' Park several times before its renovation into the monstrously lopsided arrangement today.

Hell, back when Oldham Athletic were in the Premiership, I used to live about a mile away from Boundary Park for a while. I still remember hearing the chants and songs. At the time, I went to school and was friends with one of Andy Ritchie's children and we went several times to go watch him play. The atmosphere just about anywhere is incredible.

If you ever end up in the UK, try and get to ANY matches you can. most of them make American sports crowds look tame. Playoff hockey is the closest think I've experienced over here.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Worlds End-Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright on: August 29, 2013, 03:05:51 AM

Quote from: hepcat on August 28, 2013, 01:14:04 PM

I enjoyed it, but the ending felt forced to me.  The final scenes of Pegg's character didn't quite work, imho.

I thought the same when I watched it. One of the questions that was asked in the Q&A with all three after I saw the early screening was about this... Pegg had a really good answer that explained the idea around it.

Early in the movie Andy has a line where he says "it takes balls to order a glass of water in a pub full of tattooed men" (or something similar -- it's been a few weeks since I've seen it). After the end, Gary is back with his younger friends, living the life he wanted with them, and no longer needed the alcohol - and orders a round of waters. It's pretty heavily implied that he was seeing the physical/medical signs of alcohol abuse in the middle of the movie -- he refused to show his wrists to prove he's human.

The single best line in the movie was from Nick Frost, when they decide to continue with the craawl... with the PERFECT delivery of "but we don't have a better plan, so fuck it!" and smashes his hand right through the glass door.

The best part of the Q&A was when Simon Pegg went over the meaning behind all of the pub names, and how it basically foreshadows for each "act" of the film. -- since been uploaded here.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Worlds End-Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright on: August 23, 2013, 10:27:37 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 23, 2013, 08:21:15 PM

so, this has hit us shores today and is getting an impressive 92% over on RT.  I've convinced the wife to go and we are all set for a show today.   thumbsup

Who else is going?  

I got to see this a few weeks ago. I won a pair of early tickets through my local radio station last month and there was a surprise 30 minute q&a with Wright, Pegg and Frost after the movie.

It's on par with Hot Fuzz. And I thought HF was fantastic.

Also, this may have the most fantastic movie soundtrack EVER
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 11, 2012, 12:58:39 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 10, 2012, 03:25:41 AM

Quote from: rickfc on March 09, 2012, 06:12:21 PM

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast. biggrin

They're doing another series of this later this year... I'm... conflicted.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: January 22, 2012, 10:23:10 PM
Why is Scott Hartnell not at the all star game again?
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The iPhone 4S Thread on: October 07, 2011, 11:11:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 07, 2011, 09:32:28 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on October 07, 2011, 08:54:48 PM

So if I preorder through Apple, I don't have to pay right this moment?

I don't think so, but you'll still have to enter all your credit card info...

- - -

Interesting note on 4G:

 I ordered thru apple for at&t and was charged the full amount for both phones.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "my pet is cute" thread on: September 18, 2011, 02:42:55 PM
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, whats your vacation plans this year? on: July 04, 2011, 07:01:30 PM
The wife and I are heading to Vegas in November for a couple of days in a suite at the hard rock ($149 night midweek, 700sq ft suite).

At the end of january we are going to daytona for the Rolex 24 hour sports car race, then a few days at universal in Orlando.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Smart" Key - Keyless Entry - Working as Intended? on: April 14, 2011, 01:13:48 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 13, 2011, 10:15:44 PM

Quote from: Magic on April 13, 2011, 12:33:35 AM

This is normal for the Camry, and also for your Prius. Once you leave the car with the key on you and the car running, it should beep five or six times as a warning once you close the door and walk away as a warning. There is no way to override it.

The interesting thing is that's not how it seemed to work in my Prius (2010).  Once I left the "Key Not Detected" came on and it seemed to shut the engine off but leave everything else on.  I may need to test it again, maybe it was so quiet it only seemed like the engine was off. 

In any event, an an engineer it just seems odd to me to replace a working system with a "feature" that does less, and actually creates new, potentially dangerous situations.

I tried this with a Camry today and was able to drive away with no keys. Just because the gas engine isn't running with the prius at times (when it runs in EV mode from the hybrid battery pack) doesn't mean that it's un-driveable - with the hybrids, as long as you see the "ready" light on the dash, it's moveable. I didn't have a Prius come by for the four hours I was at work, and was too lazy to trek the quarter mile up the road to the new car showroom to try it on a new car. I'm pretty certain that I've moved a running prius several times sans-key over the last few years, though.

The system is designed around the idea that most people shut off the cars and lock the doors before walking away, giving you the beep as a reminder or going crazy when you attempt to lock it while still running.

Another reason I was given for why it is that way: Let's say it's your wife's car and you are driving. She has her key in her pocket, and is sitting in the passenger seat. Being the chivalrous gentleman that you are,  it's a rainy day and you drop her off right by the entrance to the mall and go and find a parking spot, and she steps out with the key. The car will run until it's powered off.

Engineers overthink things smile

10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Smart" Key - Keyless Entry - Working as Intended? on: April 13, 2011, 01:04:33 AM
With the Toyota Smart Key system, if the key fob battery is "dead" you take the toyota logo on the back of the key and press that against the Start/Stop button for a couple of seconds to start the car.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Smart" Key - Keyless Entry - Working as Intended? on: April 13, 2011, 12:33:35 AM
First of all, I'm a service advisor for a Toyota dealership.

This is normal for the Camry, and also for your Prius. Once you leave the car with the key on you and the car running, it should beep five or six times as a warning once you close the door and walk away as a warning. There is no way to override it.

In theory, when you get out of the car and go to touch the little black square on the handle (or the grooves on the top of the lock cylinder) to lock the car, it will sound a long, constant beep for approx 5 seconds to let you know "hey, I'm still running!". That is, assuming you actually go to lock the car.

I can't recall if it actually locks or not when still running. I'll try it in the morning when I get back to work and double check.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The sick cat quandary on: March 19, 2011, 03:51:23 AM
I'm in the same boat right now. I get a panicked phone call from the wife just before my lunch break today. "if you see a charge from so and so, the cat's at the vet. He's really sick..." and then the tears start. I tell her to hang tight and I'll call her back at lunch.

Half an hour later I get a call from my bank calling to alert me to four purchases made within a 10 minute timeframe totaling $1850 as they had to tap into our savings/overdraft protection, and basically 80% of our money just disappeared.

The vet is refusing to tell me what's happening as I'm not listed as the pets owner, and I'm just not sure my wife actually knows what's going on. After I politely informed her we are now flat broke and won't be able to cover rent for next month, she went to her parents place for the night.

They open again at 7am. My inner car salesman asshole attitude is coming out in style tomorrow.

I hate to sound heartless -- My cat is my sportscenter buddy in the morning, he watches it with me as I have my morning coffee before work, sleeps by my feet at night and curls up on my lap whenever I play the xbox. I love the little furry bastard, but now we're screwed.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad: now with iPad 2 Info on: March 12, 2011, 06:59:42 PM
I swung by a best buy and my local apple store on the way home from work last night, and they were completely sold out. I wasn't really expecting to get one, and later I got a text from a friend who was at an apple store in north jersey who picked me up the 16gb white wifi model, and dropped it off for me this morning along with one of the smart covers.

I use my first gen iPad almost religiously as a couch computer. The speed of the new model is dramatically quicker. Safari handles multiple pages so much better, and loading times and multitasking is just that much snappier.

I wasn't sure how the white bezel would be, but as a web browsing device in daylight, it actually feels a little easier on my eyes - more like holding a sheet of paper.

The new model is a joy to hold and carry. Doesn't feel as heavy as it is. it's amazingly thin.

The smart cover is pretty nifty. It's almost perfect In that it adds no bulk or heft, and wakes/sleeps the device with use, and magnetically snaps into place along the hinge, and also holds closed very well. Using it as a stand is surprisingly stable. I just wish there was a little more protection for the back.

The cameras are junk, but realistically I'll only ever use them for Skype and FaceTime. No native iPad Skype app yet though.

Should you upgrade if you have the original? Only if you do a ton of gaming or multitasking or want the video conference ability. If it's an e-reader or couch computer for light web use... Not really.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car Question - Odd Noise on: January 19, 2011, 02:07:09 AM

Quote from: Zekester on January 18, 2011, 01:46:59 PM

And thats probably about a 2 hour job there, at probably $50/hr

Did they say they were replacing the belt, too? 

This is Acura. Their labor rate will be approximately $120-140 per hr.  The labor rate we charge at work is 99/hr at a Toyota store.

They will have used factory parts for the repair which typically carry more than a a 30-50% premium over aftermarket parts, although smaller items like belts are often twice the price.

15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car Question - Odd Noise on: January 16, 2011, 09:00:09 PM
If it's a motor issue that will set you back hundreds, express extreme dissatisfaction to your service advisor, given you are only 7,000 miles over the standard power train warranty, and ask to speak with the service manager.  Tell him/her you are considering complaining to Acura Over the issue, and be sure to have as complete service history as possible on hand if you do not regularly service with the dealer. be civil and they should work with you. If not, google Acura customer relations contact info and reach out to them.

If it turns out to be something minor like a belt or other wear and tear item, ignore the above. Most self respecting service departments waive the diagnostic fee when you complete the repair there - that's standard operating procedure for us where I work.

Feel free to bounce any questions my way if needed.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car Question - Odd Noise on: January 15, 2011, 03:14:13 AM
Mileage on the car?

Almost sounds like an exhaust valve tapping noise.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Playing Music - What's giving you GAS? & Current Gear on: January 04, 2011, 04:41:24 AM
about ten years ago I picked up a cheap squier strat and began to noodle around. I learned a few easy songs and riffs, and probably haven't touched a guitar in a couple of years.

I was given a copy of the Gibson Learn and Master guitar program for xmas, and really want to spend the time to learn how to play.

I was pointed towards Rondo Music's website by one of the guys at work who has a stable of nice gear - a few early Les Pauls, a few fenders and ESP's. He brought in one of the Agile AL-3000 models he bought for his son to learn on and raved about the quality vs price compared to the upper tier of Epiphone models. I must say I think I'm sold - and it looks like I could have a fairly decent guitar for sub-$300

Before I take the plunge, any ideas what else I should consider in that ~300 buck range?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Radiohead fans want to get their mind blown tonight? on: December 24, 2010, 03:33:25 PM
Or start up Kid A, then start another copy up exactly 17 seconds later...
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Car Time on: December 07, 2010, 03:17:26 AM
I work for a Toyota dealership.

My honest opinion for you:
Buy the Ford if you need AWD. Their incentive packages are nuts around here.
If you don't need AWD, try the new Hyundai Sonata's. I'd take one of those over a Camry.  
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: November 09, 2010, 05:05:12 AM
Well holy crap.
My boss pulled me into his office this morning and handed me a 16GB wifi iPad. Apparently a contest at work was announced the first week of September when I was away on vacation, with the top prize an iPad, and a $250 best buy card for second place.

And I won.

I don't know exactly what I did or what the contest was for. A nice surprise though.   
21  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target B2G1 Free Video Game Sale starts 10-31 on: October 31, 2010, 09:34:31 PM
I hit Target this morning and it was buy any games, any platform, between 19.99 and 59.99.

I just picked up RB3, Fable 3 and Fallout NV for effectively $40 each.

On friday I'll be grabbing FIFA 11, NBA 2k11 and Dead Rising 2. I'm kind of glad I've been busy at work.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple's New Macbook Air? on: October 20, 2010, 03:26:14 AM

Quote from: rittchard on October 18, 2010, 11:11:25 PM

If they can really hit Netbook level battery life with performance closer to the original MBA, that could be very very sweet.

The original MBA got about 4-5 hours (rated around 5). My macbook pro 13" 2010 model is rated at 10 and I routinely get about 7-8 hours, so much so that I gave the netbook to the wife as it gets a solid 3 extra hours.

It's not far out of the realm of possibility.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2010 Season is kicking off on: October 12, 2010, 01:36:15 AM

Quote from: Devil on October 10, 2010, 02:15:57 PM

To make matters worse, I never expected the Rangers to be in contention this late in the season either.

You win today. I just about spit out my beer at that one!
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: October 11, 2010, 02:15:26 AM
I wrapped up my first season with Lotus finishing fifth in the driver's championship, with a few good results... the one above at Monaco, a win at Spa in the rain thanks to Massa and Vettel taking each other out three laps from the end at La Source, a strong fourth at Silverstone (so much fun with the new arena layout) a second at Brazil with some good pit strategy on a late rain shower and sticking with the slicks, and a win at the amazing Abu Dhabi track at sunset thanks to a batch of R&D upgrades finally coming to me for that race after that bastard Jarno hogged them all season long.

Contract offers came in from Lotus, HRT, Virgin and Toro Rosso as #1 for next year after the 17th race, all of which were turned down. After the end of the season, I was offered a #1 seat with Force India or a #2 at Red Bull alongside Vettel, and a #1 at Toro Rosso.

I went with the fastest car and signed up with Red Bull, and went to Bahrain.

What a difference - right out of the gate my lap times were a solid 3-4 seconds faster than they were with the Lotus, outpacing the McLarens and Ferraris by about half a second in qualifying. I can do things in the Red Bull car that only got me in trouble with the lotus - get aggressive on the curbs and not instantly loop it around, and just hammer the car around the circuit. The prime example is the narrow twisty section at Bahrain around turns 5-10 - the Lotus would slip and slide over the bumps and I'd have to back right out of it. In the RB car I can keep my foot in it somewhat, drag the brake a little to keep the weight balanced and pick up gobs of time.

I wasn't sure if it was just me being more comfortable with how the game feels, so i fired up single player time trial for the first time - the only time I've spent with this game is in career mode - and loaded up a lotus and ran a few 1.59's pushing the car as hard as I could. Back in the RB car I was consistently lapping in the 1.55 range. After playing the crap out of every other F1 game known to man, that came as a huge surprise.

The circuit in Korea is a ton of fun to drive around. That might be all we get to see of it this year.

It's still quirky. I was nailed three times for corner cutting at Singapore after running WIDE and losing positions in the last few turns, resulting in a 20 second penalty on the third time (I just can't get the line down at that track). I've had the car flip over and over when I bumped wheels with a car at 50mph in a hairpin. The wet/dry transitions between quali sessions still irks me. When you accelerate time in a wet session, all of the drivers seem to set dry weather times.

It's still incredibly well done with or without the wheel (I've spent 90% of my time without). The AI is very aware and fun to race without doing anything stupid. The wet weather effects alone sell me on this game - it's a completely different beast in the rain, and it's even better on longer races when the weather breaks. I ran a wet Spa race at 100% distance and inherited the lead towards the end as I'd settled for a podium spot on the drying line. I had gambled and taken intermediate tires too early and actually fell back some after it started to rain back around La Source and Eau Rouge - which handed me the win.

The stuff it does, it does well. It's just missing some stupid basics... split times is my biggest thing. Closely followed by the fact that slipstreaming/drafting doesn't work (unless you're an AI car following me). It still doesn't bug me enough to put it down.

There is however, one major - almost game killing flaw. My agent is French.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: October 09, 2010, 07:00:48 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on October 09, 2010, 03:52:48 PM

Quote from: Magic on October 08, 2010, 04:21:36 AM

I just sunk another five hours into it and despite it's quirks it's just damn fun.


Awesome impressions.  And you did all those moves with a 360 controller?

Yeah, with a very delicate touch. I think there's some hard-wired behind the scenes trickery to help out when using the controller. It's a different game entirely with a wheel.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: October 08, 2010, 04:21:36 AM
I just sunk another five hours into it and despite it's quirks it's just damn fun. I do like the R&D aspect to the game, too.

I've raced through to Istanbul in my first season with Lotus, and so far the track modeling is impressive. The bumps in Bahrain. The high speed sweeps in Melbourne, and those multi-apex sweepers in Malaysia. That damn decreasing radius turn 1/2 complex in Shanghai and it's 12 mile long rear straight. The "attack them or be painfully slow" kerbing in Barcelona. Monte Carlo's bumps, walls and narrow hairpins. It's very, very good. The cars sound great and no two drivers on the track behave the same. Schumacher's car is as wide as the track. Hamilton blocks and slams the door shut, Alonso does all he can to shake you from his tail... there's lots of really, really good things about this game and I think they've nailed the Game/Sim balance in terms of playability.

I'm not a huge fan of Hermann Tilke's track designs watching it on TV, but damn, he designs some circuits that are really fun and technical. It's just really rewarding to put together a clean, quick lap and have it all come together. Only to fuck it up again the next time by smile

I've found a few more quirks now the wet weather has come out to play... when qualifying at Barcelona, Q1 was dry, with a 2pm start time. The 20 minute session goes on fine, with a 20% chance of rain for Q2, which starts at 2.27pm - a 7 minute break. When Q2 starts, it's POURING with rain. I limp around and qualify 8th to make it to Q3, which should start about 7-10 mins after Q2. The rain began to let off on my in lap in Q2, and a drying line was developing nice and quickly. Without thinking, at the start of Q3 I slap on a set of intermediate tires, and head out to the track. Blue skies, not a single cloud, and a bone-dry track. I then run a quicker lap than most of the field who are on the Option tire.
I know it can get hot in Spain in May, but Jesus, that's some major Global Warming! smile

That said... Monaco is just... wow.
Qualifying was in a monsoon, and with a packed track and no driving assists you really have to be on top of things - and the visibility is just crazy low. I was hit with a 5 spot penalty at the start of Q3 when I spun coming out of the pits and slammed Vettel into the wall. The race started with me in 15th, on a damp track with 60% chance of rain - a wet weather race. I started on the intermediate tires from Q3, and managed to pick my way to ninth after seven laps.
Then it rained. HARD. A big chunk of the field dove in on lap 8 for fresh tires, and I was running about 10 seconds behind the leader of the pack -- a true Monaco procession. I stuck it out through the downpour and inherited the lead after Alonso came in at the start of lap 9.
I passed Alonso as he came out of the pits with 6 laps to go, still on my intermediate tires. The car was incredibly skittish and Alonso was all over my ass for the lap, sneaking by me into the casino hairpin on lap 10. The rain kept going and around lap 12 it suddenly stopped - though the spray from Alonso didn't make it look that way. I tailed him for another 3 laps, and on lap 15 the line was starting to dry out, and we were approaching the back markers. Coming into the swimming pool section at the end of the lap, Alonso was trying to work his way around Bruno Senna, but was having trouble getting by. Senna went straight ahead in turn one on the last lap as both Alonso and myself nip by. With a small advantage in traction I try and work my way up the outside up the hill into turn 2, get squeezed into backing off, and on the run down to the hard right by the hairpin I stick my nose inside Alonso and lock up the brakes. Alonso lets me slide in front, straight by, and crosses over and nips through the inside. I try my luck coming out of that complex, and notice Alonso sticking to the wet secition of track heading into the tunnel (a brilliant touch of realism).
Still on my inters, I get  the dry line and the power down going into the tunnel, going around the outside on the gentle sweep down the hill to the chicane. I get the chance to dive in front of the first part of the chicane, we touch wheels slightly, and fight to get going back to the Swimming Pool section. Alonso tucks in behind me and as I come out of the chicane, I try to cut it a little too close to close the door and drop the left side tires into the wet stuff with a little too much power down - the wheels start spinning. Backing out of the gas and a dab of opposite lock to right the ship, Alonso gets the jump and wins the drag race to the left hander. Through the last chicane I try the crossover one last time going into the last two turns, but Alonso shuts the door on me, and I have to settle for second, two tenths away from victory.


Quite possibly the greatest gaming moment I've had in years. After that, I don't care if this game eats baby kittens for breakfast.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: October 07, 2010, 02:26:30 PM
Finally picked this up last night, and right away miss my wheel.
I've learned that if you are very gentle with the controller you can navigate the twisties quite ok.

This is the first F1 game/mod I've spent time with since rFactor on the PC which can get hardcore to the extremes. Signed up with Lotus, went to Bahrain and put a full practice session in. I like the way they've simplified the setup menus, and it just looks gorgeous.
With difficulty at one stop down from the highest, I was able to qualify 13th - missed out on Q3 by .15 seconds - with a lap about 2 seconds off pole. Finished the race in 7th place.

The bahrain track is intense - the new section they added for this year's race is incredibly tight and bumpy, and linking together a good run is very satisfying.

There's a few things I don't like, though, and I think they're relatively minor. The cockpit view needs a customizable field of view setting - my personal tastes have me too far forwards in the car, and a little too low down.
In a race, it shows sector times on the top left under your position - i can't figure out a way to show me how many seconds back from the next car (or even relative to the leader, either would be nice) I am. I think I might be missing something here. It's kind of a shame that all of the HUD doesn't use the FIA world feed TV overlay for position info, the rev counter, etc. That would have been a nice touch.

Also, I was handed a 10 grid penalty at Melbourne when coming out of the pits on an empty front stretch for "Illegal Blocking". I don't think that's right. I'm also not sure if the pit lane rule is fully enforced - if you so much as think about hitting the white line on the way out of the pits in real life, you'll be hit with a drive thru penalty or be shot. I clipped it at Melbourne and nothing happened.

This is very, very fun though. I can't wait to try the weather effects.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: strikes again on: March 21, 2010, 03:17:39 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on March 20, 2010, 05:56:25 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 20, 2010, 05:06:13 PM

Better get one while you still can, Toyota won't let them use the name and logo once they realize what's up.

Good advice - just ordered one - which should work extra well since i drive a Toyota.

I just ordered one and i work for Toyota  icon_twisted

29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 18, 2009, 08:57:07 PM
I played forza2 to death (and then some) over the years, and not once did I even know about the suspension settings app/spreadsheet. Boy, has it made a difference. The car feels settled and responsive, and predictable. the forzatune app has given me fairly realistic spring rates and suspension settings that compare well with the setup on the H&R cup suspension kit on my real-life Audi A4 that sees occasional track days.

Also, the Fujimi Kaido track is pure bliss in the 360 Challenge Stradale in the cockpit view. The downhill sections with the back end hanging out on the long hairpins, a touch of opposite lock and feathering the throttle... brilliant.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 16, 2009, 06:25:19 PM
Woohoo! Xbox just arrived back this morning, I'll be back in for some laps. Gamertag is fledonfoot.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 04, 2009, 02:07:45 PM
an email back from MS/Turn10 support told me to delete all traces of FM3 from the HDD. Start the game, download the title update then install disc two and begin playing.

I installed disc two, and part way through it froze in the menu. When I went to restart the 360, I got hit with the RROD.


32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 03, 2009, 03:53:02 AM
no field of view mod. no hotlaps, only career racing on the hood/roof/bumper view.

The disconnecting from Live happens because I don't download the title update - it won't let me connect to XBL without that update. Ive tried numerous reinstalls, with and without the second disc, full installs of both discs, everything.

I'm getting freezes when both connected to XBL and not with the title update installed. the console was one of the last 20GB pro's, with the 60GB HDD kit added. I don't have the old 20GB HDD anymore and would have tried that.

I can say with 99.9999999% certainty that it's the title update that does it for me. that's the only thing that has remained constant with all this screwing around that is the last step that triggers the freezing.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 03, 2009, 12:30:36 AM
I've dumped ~14 hours or so into this so far. On Saturday night I sat down to play and it prompted me for the title update. 5 seconds into a race EVERY FREAKING TIME it freezes my xbox. Random menu freezes. All other games work fine. Back to F3 and it's freeze city, population me.

Sunday morning, I cleared the xbox cache, reinstalled the update. More freezes.

I cleared the cache again, did NOT install the update and presto, I'm back to racing (though disconnected from live) and sink in another six hours. For shits and giggles, I reinstall the title update and it's freeze city again. Another cache clearing and no title update, and another two hours of freeze free performance goes by fine.

The title update is screwing up my enjoyment online. Or lack thereof. I'm getting very frustrated.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to buy a new car now on: June 11, 2009, 02:05:23 AM

Quote from: shaggydoug on June 10, 2009, 07:42:22 PM

There are rumors of a hybrid tacoma in the 2010 model year though.  Here's hoping the vouchers aren't all used up by then.

Anyone have experience with a double cab like small pickup with better mpg that they could recommend?

It's unofficially timetabled for the 2012 model year redesign. The 2010 Prius has drawn on all of our hybrid resources - The 2010 Camry line launched more than 2 months ago, but we haven't rolled the Hybrid into production just yet. The Highlander Hybrid has been on a very, very slow build pattern.  Toyota's putting everything into that new prius.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the hell do you promote a website? on: June 12, 2008, 02:01:04 AM

Quote from: Zaxxon on June 12, 2008, 01:50:08 AM

Find commmunities that share an interest with your site, and get it exposure. 

and if that fails, boobs.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My wonderful yet insane car leasing experience on: June 11, 2008, 03:03:54 AM

Quote from: Austin on June 11, 2008, 02:52:33 AM

Quote from: Magic on June 11, 2008, 02:19:21 AM

Eventually it gets to a point where I've spent four hours of my time with a set of customers, and I'd rather earn the flat mini-commission than not be paid for my time.

Well you should have started out down there and you could have made $75 off me for 1/2 hour. slywink

I could, but given an average car salesman sells 12-15 cars/month, $12,000/yr is not great money.  icon_lol Besides, I already told you I'll sell you anything Toyota without a hybrid logo on it at invoice if you wanted to drive up to Philly smile
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My wonderful yet insane car leasing experience on: June 11, 2008, 02:19:21 AM

Quote from: ChaoZ on June 10, 2008, 03:04:25 PM

Basically, unless the car is in really high demand, invoice price is what you really should be paying (or very close to it), not MSRP. The invoice price already includes the dealer holdback and accounts for their profit. Anything above that is just gravy.
For the dealership. Not the salesperson.
The whole act about going back and forth with the sales managers, financing etc. is a big show.
Actually, it's trying to earn myself some money. I'm paid a percentage of gross profit over invoice price. On average it's ~17-20% or a flat $75.
It's got nothing to do with putting on a show and everything to do with trying to pay some bills. Eventually it gets to a point where I've spent four hours of my time with a set of customers, and I'd rather earn the flat mini-commission than not be paid for my time.

38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What really grinds my gears... on: June 11, 2008, 01:50:53 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 10, 2008, 11:50:40 PM

Does the dealership just change out the bulb or do they do the whole headlight assembly?

The dealership's not doing anything with the headlights. Technically, doing an HID conversion into a car that wasn't offered it from the factory is in a gray area of the DOT regs in certain states. I'm doing this myself.
I have a set of Audi RS4 headlights retrofitted into my car (only a tiny bit of fender cutting) which set the previous owner back about $1100. They only made a handful (double digits) of RS4's back in the B5 body model, and they were HID equipped back then. They have a projector style low beam, so I get very little light out of them as they really have no inner reflective surface. I do a lot of night driving, which doesn't help. This should rectify this cheaply.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: June 11, 2008, 01:29:33 AM
tomtom just announced their GPS software for the iphone through the app store.

After buying one about eight weeks ago (yeah, i know. However, being mid-contract and facing a $549 bill to replace my smashed Tilt, it was going to save me a few bucks) and having the most of the internet in my pocket at all times, I've been kicking myself since passing it up at launch. I was able to add the unlimited data plan to my original early 2000's contract rate for $20. Worth every penny.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Extended Warranties on Cars... Questions on: June 11, 2008, 01:24:33 AM
The dealership I work for offers the warranties of course. We also offer a full money back guarantee - if you don't use it, and any claims are optional - it's a full money back deal. 75% of our customers take up this offer - on a Toyota product.

Judge it based on how many miles a year you're going to drive, and how long you plan on owning the car. It's a honda, so it's going to be fairly reliable and relatively cheap to maintain - though they can typically pay for themselves if for some reason you need 2-3 $300+ repairs. If you take it, make sure it's $0 deductible, and look through the info to make sure it covers the potentially expensive repairs.

It's always going to be a crapshoot though.
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