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4921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 30 Days of Night on: June 05, 2008, 04:08:28 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on June 05, 2008, 03:40:49 AM

I'm watching this now and about 20 minutes or so from the finale. Overall my impression is "meh" but there's lots of blood to go 'round and the overhead shot of the vampire attack was cool.

It can't be very good if you're resurrecting a month old thread in the middle of the movie to post your thoughts.
4922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metered Internet on: June 05, 2008, 03:47:25 AM

Quote from: gameoverman on June 04, 2008, 07:38:41 PM

It seems to me that they have it assbackwards.  They should continue charging one unlimited cap amount, and chuckle to themselves that the 90% of the people paying full price for miniscule use are making it more than profitable for the ISP to let the 10% bandwidth hogs go, uh, hog wild.

That's my point. The average Internet user is no longer 90% of the people doing a little web browsing and sending a couple of small text e-mails. The average user is watching endless videos on YouTube, browsing MySpace with all their videos and streaming audio, sending large graphic e-mails and videos, in other words the average user is catching up with you. The 80/20 rule is breaking down and ISP's need to adjust their Tiered Pricing and/or charge for bursting over your bandwidth quota.
4923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Popehat off line for a short time on: June 04, 2008, 09:29:27 PM
maybe the fire extinguisher fell off the cabinet and accidentally turned the power off on the server.
4924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does character matter in the NFL? on: June 04, 2008, 09:27:33 PM

Quote from: gameoverman on June 04, 2008, 08:02:04 PM

For instance, I'd expect my defensive end(if I was the owner of the team) to beat his blocks/hold his position then tackle the running back- if he was playing a run defense formation.  The 'tackle' could consist of grabbing the runner's foot and thereby tripping him up, for all I care.  As long as the runner is stopped.

In a pass defense, I'd expect the end to get past any blockers and either force the QB to get rid of the ball prematurely to avoid a sack, or actually sack the QB.  The 'sack' could consist of simply putting his arms around the QB so the QB is ruled to have been 'in the grasp' of the defense.
Roll Eyes

I'm not sure what sport you're watching. How do you suppose that the Defensive Linemen "get past any blockers"? Do you think they tap dance around with the Offensive Linemen? Do you really propose that the Defense doesn't try and tackle the QB and instead put their arms around him in a loving embrace until the Ref decides the QB has been embraced long enough? How do you think the Defensive End is holding his position against the OL and TE waiting for the Running Back? Should RB's no longer lower their shoulder and try to knock that LB over that is trying to tackle him? If a WR is doing a crossing pattern across the middle of the field do we wait until he is all set with the ball and heading up field before "tripping" him?

Lets face it, there is a certain level of violence associated with football. The NFL is trying to clean up some of the dirtier play, but football is inherently violent.
4925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sad day for a friend on: June 04, 2008, 07:12:33 PM

Quote from: Booner on June 04, 2008, 07:01:04 PM

I just want to say, as someone who has dealt with the serious drug and alcohol problems with friends and absolutely did the right thing.  nod

4926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does character matter in the NFL? on: June 04, 2008, 05:55:14 PM

Quote from: msteelers on June 04, 2008, 02:52:30 PM

But right now that blind regional loyalty wins out almost every time.

You haven't been to an AZ Cardinals game have you? There are more fans from the opposing team at every "Home" game for the Cardinals.
4927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does character matter in the NFL? on: June 04, 2008, 05:53:42 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on June 04, 2008, 05:43:27 PM

So the media & emo fans need to stop wringing their metaphorical hands over the tragedy of production over character in sports - our entire RACE, if not existence itself, is based on this concept.

4928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 04, 2008, 05:11:05 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 04, 2008, 04:51:08 PM

Is this one of those Hidden Object games?  Where's the list of stuff to find?

post it note
fire extinguisher
3 CRT monitors
brown chair
black chair
coffee cup
black pc server
white pc server
white cardboard box
open brown cardboard box
gray tool box
brown file cabinet
gray file cabinet
duffel bag
4929  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Vive la france! (can I say that?) on: June 04, 2008, 03:38:02 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 04, 2008, 02:44:29 PM

Last Edit: Today at 07:58:50 AM by Knightshade Dragon

Now I am curious what Laner originally said...
4930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 04, 2008, 03:34:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 04, 2008, 03:02:44 PM

No doubt, there should be a challenge, but man...I'm swing-and-a-miss on all of these so far.

You need to spend less time working and more time watching movies.
4931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 04, 2008, 03:31:22 PM
I see people!

4932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hats Off To Knightshade Dragon and the GT Krew on: June 04, 2008, 03:27:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 04, 2008, 03:15:20 PM

Seriously, I appreciate the thanks.  If you are extra thankful there is a paypal link on the front of the site, lower right corner.  As many can attest, dedicated servers ain't cheap. smile

I clicked on the ad in the top right of the page. Does that help?  ninja
4933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does character matter in the NFL? on: June 04, 2008, 02:50:40 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on June 04, 2008, 02:47:11 PM

But what happens when we ask this similar questions of our military?  The people we are asking to represent us a nation but make a tiny fraction of pro sports player and who risk their lives.  We ask them to kill and die for their country.  How much does and should character matter there?

When people are being trained to kill I would say character is pretty damn important.
4934  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 04, 2008, 02:48:45 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 04, 2008, 02:43:04 PM

This whole damned thread confuses me....

Don't be a hater. There's no fun in posting a picture like

and asking what movie its from. The point is to make it a bit of a challenge.
4935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does character matter in the NFL? on: June 04, 2008, 02:22:21 PM
Here's an interesting article from the Rocky Mountain News.

Pacman Jones, the poster lout for noncharacter NFL players, is home again in Dallas, the same place that took in Tank Johnson. It took endless arrests and suspensions for the Bengals to finally get rid of Chris Henry, and Chad Johnson is unable to wear out his welcome in Cincinnati or, like Henry, make it to any minicamp.

How long did Bill Romanowski endure, and when was he no longer tolerated? Only after he could no longer play well enough to be forgiven.

A noble and handy alibi is character, useful when things go badly and unbearable when things go well. Doing it the right way rings with a smug superiority when it rings, and it almost never does.

Its always been an interesting conflict between expecting these guys to beat the crap out of each other on the field and then be perfect citizens off the field. It really doesn't surprise me when football players have anger issues and domestic violence arrests.

So does character really matter if the player continues to perform? This article makes the case that people like Travis "9 kids by 9 women" Henry would still be on the team if he was a 1500 yard Back. What the hell are the Cowboys doing picking up Pacman Jones unless they think he can perform on the field? Will anyone be surprised when he gets arrested again outside of some Night Club in Dallas?
4936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 04, 2008, 01:59:03 PM
I'm trying to figure out what is happening in this picture. Is it a brain looking into somebody's window? Can you provide a clue?
4937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good morning! What the hell is this? on: June 04, 2008, 01:30:51 PM
Any wonder that the winning bidder's identity was kept secret.
4938  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get rid of the 2? on: June 04, 2008, 02:15:59 AM

Quote from: LordMortis on June 03, 2008, 07:20:03 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on June 03, 2008, 04:24:10 PM

Actually, I'd just keep the 2 and get rid of everything else.

Oh, I like it.  Except 2 really needs to be prefixed.  He should become Number Two.  Go Number Two!

Make it so

4939  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's official: Obama Vs McCain. Coming this November '08 on: June 03, 2008, 10:40:41 PM
My money and vote is on the Libertarian. Those other two guys don't have the name recognition, money or political influence to win the general election.
4940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metered Internet on: June 03, 2008, 09:32:04 PM

Quote from: deadzone on June 03, 2008, 08:46:23 PM

These guys would be the phone and cable companies who we have already paid BILLIONS in tax subsidies (and continue to do so) to provide us with FTTH connections. 
I don't recall the government giving phone companies Billions in tax subsidies so that we all could get fiber to the house. If you want to complain about something try screaming about the USF garbage from the FCC making you subsidize every rural area's phone services.

Quote from: deadzone on June 03, 2008, 08:46:23 PM

You talk about Mothers Day and how it's so scary for the phone companies... It's that way because they refuse to do anything to upgrade their infrastructure other than provide constant stop-gap measures.  I hold in my hand the tiniest violin in the world and I play "My Heart Bleeds for You" for the phone companies.  BOO FREAKING HOO!  When you have a duopoly at best in the majority of the country this is what you get though.  It's no wonder the Telecos are bleeding telephone subscribers to Cable Co.'s VOIP offerings.  The majority of the Telecos are engaged in the short term profit-long term loss game.  Good luck I guess. 
The reference to Mothers Day is to point out that Telco infrastructure just like the freeway can't be built for the busiest day of the year. You don't seem to want to acknowledge that the average internet user's habits have changed and the business case for the ISP's need to change with it. Ironically, the U.S. is at a disadvantage because we have over 100 years of history with our telecom infrastructure. Its not going to be a simple or cheap transition moving from TDM to IP.
4941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Example why the human race is doomed to extinction on: June 03, 2008, 08:24:30 PM
I used to play Civ 3 while the wife would be watching this show. I still can't hear the theme music without thinking of Civ and unfortunately can't play Civ without thinking of SatC. Must be why I could never get into Civ 4.
4942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do we have a biology of self destruction? on: June 03, 2008, 07:42:11 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 03, 2008, 07:14:57 PM

Henrietta Lacks' cancer cells are immortal and have been living and duplicating since the early 50s.

Living for 50 years is hardly immortal. Come back to me in 1000 years and we'll talk immortality.
4943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming and violence question. on: June 03, 2008, 07:35:37 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on June 03, 2008, 07:29:17 PM

I'm not necessarily all that concerned about kids in cars as they aren't in my car,

You say that until the distracted mother drifts into your lane as she is turning around to separate her two kids in the back seat so they will stop fighting. Or how about those kids who when getting out of their car ALWAYS throw their door open with no consideration to your perfectly clean/dent free Mazda sitting right next to them in the parking lot?
4944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Good Movies You've Never Heard Of] "You Move You Die" Impressions... on: June 03, 2008, 06:27:41 PM

You just had sex with her two minutes ago. How can you hang up on her?
Easy, I just push this little red button and the bitch goes away.
4945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metered Internet on: June 03, 2008, 05:41:26 PM

Quote from: deadzone on June 03, 2008, 05:07:19 PM

My question is:  Why don't these guys man-up and do some meaningful fiber deployment instead of playing with all of these stupid stop-gap measures?  It all seems to be a rather transparent attempt to play upon a bandwidth apocalypse fear that they themselves seem to be perpetrating.   

Who are "these guys"? Where do you propose your meaningful fiber deployment? There is already significant fiber deployed in the backbone infrastructure and in major metro rings. The only place missing fiber is the local loop to the house. New developments and modern apartment buildings/condos might have fiber, but most of the stand alone homes will be running on copper. LEC's and CLEC's can't be expected to dig trenches to everyone's home to deploy fiber so you can have unlimited bandwidth at $39.95. DSL was invented as a way to provide high bandwidth on traditional copper. Its also why cable was able to provide an alternative for bandwidth over their coax.

Did you know that Mother's Day is the single most profitable day for phone companies? Its also the scariest because the entire network's capacity is challenged to keep up with the demand for all of you to call your mommy. The networks are not built to handle that kind of traffic every day. Now with the Internet we have a situation that high bandwidth applications (e.g., MMO's, audio & video streaming, bit torrent, etc) are being more widely used. The previous model of offering unlimited access to the consumer worked because most everyone was browsing a few web pages and sending a few text e-mails so there was plenty of room for high bandwidth customers and still keeping the ISP's below their bursting usage thresholds with their upstream provider. That's no longer the case so we should expect a transition into having to pay for the bandwidth we use.
4946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 03, 2008, 05:19:11 PM

Quote from: deadzone on June 03, 2008, 05:16:08 PM

Also - For some reason, I think the Saw series seems to get better and better.  I think there are 4 Saw movies though...

Really? I thought they only tried to outdo each other in gruesomeness. The compelling story and mystery was lost after the first one.
4947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming and violence question. on: June 03, 2008, 04:54:55 PM

Quote from: Remus West2 on June 03, 2008, 04:51:58 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 03, 2008, 04:34:51 PM

Can we ban kids.
Works for me.  Likely works for PeteRock.  Of course we are going to need to figure out how to grow adult humans a different way before it is a feasible plan.  Hmmm....develop a Matrix?

It would be a lot quieter if we could plant the kids in those Matrix bubbles until they grow up and then hatch them into adulthood. Say goodbye to the energy shortage.
4948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming and violence question. on: June 03, 2008, 04:34:51 PM
Children in the back seat screaming have to be more distracting than cell phones. Can we ban kids from the car too?
4949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metered Internet on: June 03, 2008, 04:31:29 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 03, 2008, 04:23:34 PM

What are the chances this will cut down on spam?


Upstream providers are charging the ISP's on a usage model so I am only surprised that its taken so long for ISP's to pass that business model down the line to the end user customer.
4950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get rid of the 2? on: June 03, 2008, 03:13:24 PM
4951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 03, 2008, 04:07:17 AM
I still don't have a clue. Bring out #3!
4952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 02, 2008, 10:58:35 PM

Quote from: cheeba on June 02, 2008, 10:46:05 PM

My most hated part was using the damn eagles to get the heroes out of nearly every dangerous situation.

When they should have been used in the very beginning.
4953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hats Off To Knightshade Dragon and the GT Krew on: June 02, 2008, 08:30:55 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on June 02, 2008, 08:20:05 PM

Can I get a Hillary calendar to hang up by my monitor so when I'm not on GT I can still gaze upon her?

I see what you mean!

4954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost finale is tonight! on: June 02, 2008, 06:57:47 PM

Quote from: Brendan on June 02, 2008, 06:46:43 PM

Obligatory nerd thing:

So, once the episode started and they kept referencing "Jeremy Bentham", I knew that was a pseudonym for John Locke - Bentham was a British philsoopher influenced by Locke.  They were both rationalists.  Bentham's credited with utilitarianism, which essentially posits the principle that moral actions are those which maximize happiness.

Thanks! I wondered what the name meant, but was too lazy to Google it.

Also, I would modify your definition of Utilitarianism to specify that its the group's happiness that is being maximized.
4955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 02, 2008, 06:53:06 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 02, 2008, 06:36:16 PM

20 wonderpoints?  This is my first "Name that Movie" thread.  Do you usually give people the win if they get close enough or is it a winner takes all kind of thing?

Winner take all. Unagi posts the next movie picture.

I just wanted validation for picking the correct director even if I picked the wrong movie.   ninja2
4956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 02, 2008, 06:28:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 02, 2008, 06:07:56 PM

Quote from: Unagi on June 02, 2008, 05:54:33 PM

Yojimbo ?

Yes!  Finally!  The movie that pretty much launched Clint Eastwood's rise to fame when it was remade into "Fistful of Dollars."  You'll laugh, you'll cry.  Everyone needs to see this movie!

No partial credit for calling it a Kurosawa movie? 
4957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 02, 2008, 05:55:36 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 02, 2008, 05:45:23 PM

the Mexican Series (certainly Desperado was better than the original and Johny Depp steals the show in Once Upon a Time in Mexico).

El Mariachi was brilliant low budget film making. Desperado was typical big budget Hollywood garbage. IMHO
4958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 02, 2008, 05:33:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 02, 2008, 05:12:48 PM

The movie shares its name with a slightly obscure Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character.

Kuam rak krang sutai
4959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bo Diddley R.I.P. on: June 02, 2008, 04:30:55 PM
Heart failure.

video sample

I was always a fan of Roadrunner too.
4960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 02, 2008, 03:46:20 PM
I'm guessing its one of Kurosawa's like "Shichinin no samurai", but I don't know for sure.
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