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1001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: August 01, 2009, 02:40:16 AM
I think the disclaimer is mostly because a lot of people complained when it was found out that those survivor man type shows received help and it wasn't mentioned. Pretty much all "reality" shows have people to help.
I think Chaz is correct, it is mostly for emergencies that they help or if it looks like the people are really about to blow themselves up.

I don't think anything is added to the warehouse that wasnt there at the beginning, just the outside stuff.
Spoiler for Hiden:
As for Michael, I saw this week's episode and yes he is a dick, and yes he is trying to be a martyr, and yes he does have some useful things to say, but I think that if this was real, he would be on the way to being banished or killed by now. Take the gasifier thing (which is really neat and something I'll have to file away for the real apocolypse). He kept making a scene and saying they had a bomb and saying that just because they have engineering PHD's they think they know what they are doing....and then it does end up working and he's like, oh ok, so they got one thing working, what now?....He's a dick... I was sooo hoping his part would keep failing.... If the chip on his shoulder was a generator, they could light the city up...
1002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New job, big move on: August 01, 2009, 12:48:28 AM
It's page 2, where are the impressions?
1003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 02:59:53 AM
Sent like 10 lines, but I also ordered the book from Amazon....
1004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let your iPhone rate your sex life! on: July 30, 2009, 04:25:38 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on July 30, 2009, 12:46:17 AM

What is this "sex life" you mention?

I think it's an expansion pack to Second Life.....
1005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 29, 2009, 08:36:34 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on July 29, 2009, 07:34:36 PM

From Michaels bio

Quote
For someone with limited education, he’s quite opinionated. Michael is a conspiracy theorist and complete pessimist. He claims, "I always knew there was something wrong with the world", "Nancy Pelosi is the anti-Christ", and "the space program wasn’t for exploration," implying it was to armor space for World War III.

Wow. So these are the types of people we have to deal with after the apocalypse...... I think Michael should be sent out for some supplies...alone.....

I wonder if he will bring anything to the group that's needed...
1006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New job, big move on: July 29, 2009, 07:34:18 PM
Congrats!

So does this mean there's an opening at Bethesda?  ninja
1007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 pics starting to show up on: July 29, 2009, 07:23:49 PM
I am thinking Demon in a Bottle/Armor Wars mashup coming in IM3
1008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 29, 2009, 07:21:47 PM
I haven't seen yesterday's yet, but even in the first one, Michael was annoying....
1009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Torchwood: Children of the Earth on: July 28, 2009, 06:52:12 PM

Quote from: walTer on July 28, 2009, 05:15:04 PM

Just finished up 4 and 5 and ..... eek

So much for campy fun.  NOT what I expected.

Also, according to wiki, the ratings were enough for a new season so I *guess* this 5 parter was the entire season?

Yeah, they went from campy fun to WTH?!?!?

But I thouroughly enjoyed it. Hope they bring it back.....

1010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Punisher War Zone on: July 28, 2009, 06:23:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 28, 2009, 06:14:23 PM

My only complaint was them offing a major character, it just felt wrong.
Spoiler for Hiden:
TWO major characters... Jigsaw and Microchip
1011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Cold War Movies? on: July 28, 2009, 04:25:26 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 28, 2009, 04:10:34 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 28, 2009, 03:59:12 PM

RED DAWN!

Wolverines!
How can this not be FIRST?!?!
1012  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Netbooks, how do you reformat them without a CDROM drive? on: July 28, 2009, 04:23:40 PM

Quote from: warning on July 28, 2009, 01:39:54 PM

Quote from: Punisher on July 28, 2009, 12:13:57 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 28, 2009, 05:09:17 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 28, 2009, 02:30:35 AM

Can you upgrade to Win7 on Netbooks?

yes

Don't think that would be a good idea though. Most (all?) Netbooks come with XP for a reason... They just aren't very powerful...

They come with XP because Microsoft charges about $15 for Asus and other companies to put XP on them and people didn't like them much when they shipped with Linux.

Windows 7 run perfectly on my Asus 1000HE.  I've been running it since the RC released and there's been no problems.  It's just as fast as XP on mine (but I went ahead and bumped the RAM from 1 to 2GB).

Microsoft was very smart designing Windows 7 to work just fine with netbooks.
Really? I'm quite surprised at this.... Bery interesting..
1013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 28, 2009, 12:28:02 PM
My wife and I saw this the other night and loved it.. This is a new and interesting take on reality shows. Can't wait for the new episodes....

One thing I am wondering though...
Spoiler for Hiden:
How far will they allow the people to go in defending themselves. It looks like they are making a flame thrower! I am sure that they could also come up with some sort of projectile launcher as well.
1014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Store...leaked info....kicks Apple Store ass? on: July 28, 2009, 12:22:31 PM
Has any info been released yet about where they are opening the stores?
1015  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Netbooks, how do you reformat them without a CDROM drive? on: July 28, 2009, 12:13:57 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 28, 2009, 05:09:17 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 28, 2009, 02:30:35 AM

Can you upgrade to Win7 on Netbooks?

yes

Don't think that would be a good idea though. Most (all?) Netbooks come with XP for a reason... They just aren't very powerful...
1016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rig Killer? on: July 27, 2009, 03:26:15 AM
Finally finished build and most of the software installations/updates...

Setup Crysis on 1680X1050 16XQ antialias, everything very high...
getting between 18 FPS and 30 FPS
drop shadows to high and turn off motion blur (which I don't like anyway) and get around 25 FPS-35FPS

So even with my rig, I can't quite max it out and the montior I'm going to be using will have a higher resolution... I'll have to play with the settings I guess...
Also just to see what happens, I dropped everything to low and was getting around 140FPS. smile

3D Mark on High gets me 14,387. Fastest Closest system is 35,000+ frown I wonder if it's something I'm doing wrong....

Next will be Fallout 3 and GTA , hopefully sometime during the week.

As a side note, speaking of Fallout 3. I went and bought 2 of the DLC packs from games for Windows....but I have never done this before and can't find them. I can see The Pitt and Anchorage, which I installed off of a DVD in the FO3 folder, but not the other 2 (steel and point)

Anyone know where they should be?
1017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 pics starting to show up on: July 26, 2009, 03:42:59 PM
Anyone had any luck finding footage? Either my Google-Fu is failing me or it's not out anywhere, which is surprising..
1018  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 kills hard drive #2 on: July 26, 2009, 02:53:39 AM
I would lean towards cable or MB as well. Power Supply "may" be the culprit.
I would also agree that Windows 7 is just a coincidence.
If you feel like ruling out Windows 7, get a new drive and load XP or Vista. smile
If you MB or cables are bad that could cause your symptoms. I am actually leaning towards MB or PS, because it ran for a while and then died (unless you can see and actual physical problem with the cables). If the MB or PS are bad, they could cause intermittent problems or after running for a while cause a failure.

1019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rig Killer? on: July 25, 2009, 06:39:20 PM
Well, between my existing games and the games that came with the MB and video card (Crysis, FarCry2, and Stalker Clear Skies)... I should be able to put it through the paces.. Also 3D Mark as well...

Loading Vista Ultimate 64 bit right now.. (Came with the MB/CPU, along with the 32 bit version)

New PC:
Intel DX 58SO MB
Intel Core i7 920 OC'ed to 3GHz for now, with a Zalman CPU Cooler
BFG Nvidia GTX 295
Seagate 1.5TB SATA
LG Blu-Ray rewriter, HD-DVD readed, CD/DVD read write SATA

This should keep me for a while....hopefully....
1020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderland stuff on: July 25, 2009, 03:18:48 PM
Yeah, I'm going to wait on a demo as well. Still not sold on the "not" cell shading look...
1021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rig Killer? on: July 25, 2009, 03:12:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 25, 2009, 03:11:29 AM

Crysis, Far Cry 2, GTA 4 or even possibly ARMA 2 would be my choices.

GTA4 really? For some reason I never even thought of that as a rig killer...
For ARMA 2, I'll probably try it with the graphics all up, but won't play it that way. The grass and what impairs my vision, but not the AI's.....
I have Crysis and was planning on that anyway, wasn't sure if there was something newer out.
I think FC2 came with my video card, I'll have to check.
1022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: video - WTH is that in this sewer in North Carolina?! on: July 25, 2009, 03:12:24 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on July 24, 2009, 12:54:22 AM

That video was released weeks ago and the whole thing already explained, as Sparhawk link points out.  Those are worm colonies reacting to the light from the camera.  Those sewer pipes are so old they have cracks in them and it allows the worms to get inside.

Here's another story about the whole thing: http://www.news14.com/content/top_stories/611427/raleigh--sewer-creature--surprises-city-officials/Default.aspx

Bah...experts... what do they know.... Besides I prefer the whole alien life form thing, makes the story more interesting... (But not as furry as I remember)
1023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ArmA II - demo, videos, reviews and other stuff on: July 25, 2009, 03:09:16 AM
Post when you guys play. I should be building my new rig this weekend, just need a new case, but I already have it on my other system and it runs fine...
1024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rig Killer? on: July 25, 2009, 03:07:13 AM
If you had to pick one game to kill a new rig, what would it be? Is it still Crysis? I am trying to build something this weekend and want to put it through it's paces...
1025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: video - WTH is that in this sewer in North Carolina?! on: July 24, 2009, 12:07:09 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 23, 2009, 04:07:09 PM

Well he is the expert but those do not look like worms all massed up to me. Makes me think alien polyps in a colon..burn with fire!

I was waiting for it to crack open and hatch something.....

or just ooze towards the camera and digest it and get bigger until it reaches the drive-in......

The problem is that there are 2 separate solutions.. #1 requires fire, #2 requires ice..... Choose your own adventure...
1026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: video - WTH is that in this sewer in North Carolina?! on: July 24, 2009, 12:05:36 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on July 23, 2009, 03:55:05 PM


Looking at the videos, the 1st one on bottom doesn't look anything like the original....
The 2nd one sort of looks like it, but you can see the actual "worms" and even with multiple worms moving, there is no "single muscle-like" contraction...
1027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One, Two, Rorschach's coming for you (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) on: July 23, 2009, 11:59:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 23, 2009, 11:24:27 PM

..i dunno,i am making this up as i go along

So are they....
1028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 23, 2009, 11:57:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 22, 2009, 09:41:57 PM

You couldn't have told us beforehand?  Tongue. Sounds cool, I'll have to check it out.

I agree... I vote for thread FAIL due to poor timing..... Going to DVR this now...
1029  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wootoff in progress on: July 23, 2009, 01:02:43 AM
Mine should come in the next day or so... Hoping for a crapbag, just to see what all the fuss is about!
1030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Prison Break: Final Break on: July 22, 2009, 09:05:58 PM
I don't think it is supposed to be in addition to the series finale, I think this was supposed to be instead of.... I think this one was supposed to make it possible for more shows...
1031  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wootoff in progress on: July 22, 2009, 03:47:44 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 22, 2009, 03:38:45 PM

My Woot lights just arrived this morning. I have them going on my monitor right now.

Did you win the crap bag?
1032  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wootoff in progress on: July 22, 2009, 03:06:38 PM
Well..... Did you get it? ninja
1033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: July 20, 2009, 12:43:37 AM

Quote from: Chaz on July 17, 2009, 08:48:06 PM

Well, the upside to the whole yanking of purchased book thing was that they provided a refund on the book you no longer had, so it's not like the customers have actually lost anything (besides the book itself).  

The downside is that some people were in the middle of reading the books.......
So...
1) Halfway through the movie, the movie theater, shuts the movie down, but gives everyone there money back...
2) While on a family road trip you stop at the rest area and then find that the car company has decided to take your car back...
3) partway through dinner, the restaurant doesn't want to sell that dish anymore and takes it away... (Although, in this case you would actually get to keep something, unless they wanted to wait....)

Anyway.. I like having physical books, but was thinking about getting an e-reader when they come down a lot more. Just because we think this won't happen again, I am nervous about the fact that it happened at all and that they could even do this....

1034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO about to annex San Diego? on: July 18, 2009, 09:43:21 PM
No... This would obviously be SO, not OO.....They will have to battle it out.
1035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple tells M$ to stop with the ads? on: July 18, 2009, 01:48:09 PM

Quote from: Laner on July 16, 2009, 04:15:17 PM

The ironing is delicious though.

It may be delicious, but you'd probably burn your tongue....
1036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Not Harry Potter? Not a Problem..... on: July 16, 2009, 03:28:35 PM
http://www.bu.edu/today/node/7818

Wow....

Although, it does seem like fun for some reason...
1037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mechwarrior coming on: July 13, 2009, 02:40:32 PM
I was going to go out and buy another full set until the annoucement... I wish they would put up a date so that I know if I can wait for it. smile

Interesting Mechwarrior story...... Mechwarrior was the main/only reason I bought my first PC... A Packard Bell.... I actually bought the game about a month before the PC. I took the game to the store to check for compatibility..... I didn't know anything back then and asked if I could load the game on their demo unit to try out. The first 2 stores said no, but the 2rd one said YES!! ( I "think" it was PC Richards? Were they even around then?) I sat there and played the game in the store for about 3 hours!!! Noone said anything and they even used me as a demo for other customers... smile I went back a week later and bought the PC from them, even though it was about $250 more.....

I still have my original BattleDroids game somewhere, but sad to say, I lost the BEST game minitures EVER made that came with the game.... I think it was a Shadowhawk and either a WASP or a Warhammer.... but these were actual tiny models with moving parts...

1038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Postal 3 on: July 05, 2009, 02:54:53 AM
It must be a wolverine (Wolverines!!)... I doubt they need any stinking Badgers....
1039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam hacking attempted! on: July 03, 2009, 09:59:57 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 03, 2009, 09:25:15 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 03, 2009, 08:37:01 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 03, 2009, 07:36:00 PM

Hi all,

just a quick heads up, that I got a chat message from "Automatic Messaging System" which claimed it was from steam, and had discovered multiple IP adresses on my computer, which was hackers, and wanted my password and username.

The funny thing is, we had a group in common, and I do believe it was Gamingtrend

So, beware of this, although I'm sure no-one here would ever give out their username and password :-)

edit: yes, its part of GamingTrend group.

Is there no method of communicating this to the folks at Steam/Valve to swing the hammer of bannination (and subsequent investigation) ??

I reported it - wasnt able to under "hacking" since I had to supply my username and account info as if my account HAD been compromised, so did it under "friends list"...but the steam support is a nightmare to get to work

ditto this.. Their support is a real pain. I actually had my account hacked about 2 weeks ago or so and it took a while to get it back.
1040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ArmA II - demo, videos, reviews and other stuff on: July 03, 2009, 09:46:24 PM

Quote from: Booner on July 03, 2009, 02:21:23 PM

I'm assuming you are at the pick-up location, you may want to change the LZ. I found some weirdness with the chopper's decisions on where to touch down. Never have him come down close to a treeline...I've seen him either hover for a long time till I give him a new LZ or crash into said treeline.....also, never have him touchdown near livestock, unless you want steak and have time to watch him take off and land about 10 times.  icon_confused

If all else fails, grab a car. smile

Ditto powerlines and buildings. While we can land on tight spots, Maddox is an idiot and needs WIDE open area's.
Also try to make it flat land. He doesn't actually land all the time and instead hivers a few inches off the ground. If it is on any kind of slope, he will start sliding down it.

If you kill Maddox, I think you can't get any missions completed, but I'm not sure.

If you can find a good server, MP is awesome.
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