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1241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 02:09:46 AM
I'm not a pilot, but I play one on my PC. smile

I'm just waiting for one of those annoucements on the plane that ask if there are any pilots on board.. slywink
1242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love Portableapps.com. on: September 04, 2007, 02:15:04 AM
If you really want to you can probably get one of those boot cd's with the windows password regenrator, boot to the CD, change the admin password, then login as admin...or so I've heard....  ninja
1243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 04, 2007, 02:07:18 AM
PS2:
- Naruto Uzumaki Chronicles 2,
- World Champion Paintball (Hadn't even heard of this, have to check it out. I'm really waiting for GHPB3 though.)

PS3:
- Heavenly Sword (Maybe, depends on reviews)
- Stuntman: Ignition (Another maybe)

360:
- Halo 3

PC:
- Medal of Honor: Airborne, Star Wars: Empire at War Gold Pack (Maybe)
- Stranglehold, World in Conflict
- Hour of Victory (Maybe)
1244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rights and responsibilities on: September 03, 2007, 02:56:30 PM
Reemul, part of the problem is that they are not technically stopping you for shoplifting, just their bagcheck policy...

Also as you mentioned, many people feel ok with it or they just don't want the hassle.

As for the large numbers not shopping there, it will never happen. It would have to be a massive undertaking where at least 60% of all the customers stop shopping for a couple of weeks. (Or a larger percentage stop shopping for a day or two.)
1245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rights and responsibilities on: September 03, 2007, 12:42:13 PM
That was interesting. I don't know how accurate it is, but the person does state that bag checks are voluntary and you can refuse them.
1246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rights and responsibilities on: September 03, 2007, 01:11:59 AM
Calvin and Blackadar have kinda hit it on the head.

If it is legal for the guy to walk out and not legal for the store to force a search, why should people be after the guy because he asserted his rights? Why should anyone have to put up with it because "everyone else does" or whatnot?

If it is within the guys rights to refuse to show a DL, why should people get upset when he refuses? (although I wouldn't say he is a jackbooted thug... I really don't expect every police officer to remember every law, not too mention it could be something that he was taught mistakenly. Mistakes do happen)

Yes both things could be seen as someone being a jackass, but it may also have just been about someone not wanting to give up his rights....

It seems that some people are blaming the victim here...
1247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rights and responsibilities on: September 03, 2007, 01:07:53 AM

Quote from: Calvin on September 02, 2007, 08:39:00 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 02, 2007, 02:32:55 PM

I think the problem is that most people assume they can go through your bags and nobody has thought to challenge this. I REALLY think this should be challenged in court, even with it leading to arrests of employees who stop and detain someone. Yeah that would really suck for the poor guy who just works there, but then he could sue his employer for forcing him to do something illegal, so it could work out for them anyway.


It has been challenged in court, at least on a per state basis. It is unlawful in Maryland, for instance.

Do you have any links to the case by any chance? I'd like to read up on it...
1248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rights and responsibilities on: September 02, 2007, 04:32:02 PM
I don't always find it a small inconvenience. There have been plenty of times where they had lines at the door waiting to get out and quite a few times took several minutes to clear.

Also, just because "everyone knows" it happens, doesn't make it right. I truly believe that the small things can add up and eventually turn into bigger things.
What if every store adopted this policy? What if it turns into having to go through all your bags? Why not pat downs too? They don't take too much time...

As for the DL thing. Yes it's a minor inconvenience, but the guy didn't have to do it. Hey, it's a small thing for the police to do random ID checks or pat downs. It doesn't take too much of your time, so why not let them do that as well? If noone makes a stink about it, then it does become common practice. 

Everything starts with the little steps. People can push and twist tiny bits and see what happens, then if enough people don't complain, they push more.

Now for the record, I am not anti-police or full of Illuminati conspiracy theories. I think that the police in general do a bang-up job and tend to get a bad rep from a few bad apples, but that doesn't mean that when things are done wrong we shouldn't speak out.

Also, I am one of those that don't believe that the vote with your dollars thing works. If a store is doing something wrong and you just decide never to go again, nothing changes. You are an individual that I guarantee the stores won't miss in the longrun. Noone who matters will even know you aren't there or that you were ever there to begin with.  In order for change to happen, things need to be publicized and groups of people need to act together.
1249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rights and responsibilities on: September 02, 2007, 02:32:55 PM
He linked to the actual law and it looks like he actually DIDN'T have to produce his license..
Quote
2921.29 Failure to disclose personal information.
(A) No person who is in a public place shall refuse to disclose the personís name, address, or date of birth, when requested by a law enforcement officer who reasonably suspects either of the following:
(1) The person is committing, has committed, or is about to commit a criminal offense.
(2) The person witnessed any of the following:
(a) An offense of violence that would constitute a felony under the laws of this state;
(b) A felony offense that causes or results in, or creates a substantial risk of, serious physical harm to another person or to property;
(c) Any attempt or conspiracy to commit, or complicity in committing, any offense identified in division (A)(2)(a) or (b) of this section;
(d) Any conduct reasonably indicating that any offense identified in division (A)(2)(a) or (b) of this section or any attempt, conspiracy, or complicity described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section has been, is being, or is about to be committed.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of failure to disclose oneís personal information, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
(C) Nothing in this section requires a person to answer any questions beyond that personís name, address, or date of birth. Nothing in this section authorizes a law enforcement officer to arrest a person for not providing any information beyond that personís name, address, or date of birth or for refusing to describe the offense observed.
(D) It is not a violation of this section to refuse to answer a question that would reveal a personís age or date of birth if age is an element of the crime that the person is suspected of committing.
Now if this is accurate, I think it may be a case of the cop either just not knowing, or being improperly trained, or the cop getting upset at a perceived challange to his authority. Or a combination of everything. I also think the guy should have pressed charges right then and asked for the employee and manager to be arrested as well.

I have always hated those bag check things. They really don't deter theft. All that will happen is that a thief will hide the merchandise somewhere else on them rather than the bag. Not to mention most of the time the bag checkers don't even look properly.
I think someone said that the stores have the right to check, but we have the right to refuse as well.
I also don't like how the guy ends up arrested after he calls the police. The CC people should have been arrested for unlawful detainment.

I think the problem is that most people assume they can go through your bags and nobody has thought to challenge this. I REALLY think this should be challenged in court, even with it leading to arrests of employees who stop and detain someone. Yeah that would really suck for the poor guy who just works there, but then he could sue his employer for forcing him to do something illegal, so it could work out for them anyway.

1250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't you just love it when you get back from vacation and.. on: September 01, 2007, 07:40:22 PM
What I suspect happened is that since you didn't setup an account, they assumed it was under the previous owners/occupants. They see you now setting up a new account and it looks to them like you just moved in, so they figure you aren't responible for the previous months...

1251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Fast Have You Driven in Your Current Car? on: September 01, 2007, 07:37:13 PM
H2  105MPH on highway
Old Ford LTD  120MPH on highway

Other cars were around 80MPH +-10MPH

Those are not rgular speeds, just maxed at certain times.
1252  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Build me a rig, please.. on: September 01, 2007, 07:31:58 PM
I would say to get that Dell above. That seems like a decent system. Then just keep the card it comes with and add the video card later. This way you still have a pretty modern PC for now.

Also, how do you feel about building your own? If you are ok with that, then you can piece together a good system.
1253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wanna see some GT5 porn? on: August 24, 2007, 03:06:37 AM
I only play racing games with damage modeling because the first and only thing I do is turn them into a demolition derby...

I think I might have to check this game out though because it looks unbelievable...
1254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Im playing the Bioshock Pc demo Now! on: August 21, 2007, 11:39:04 AM

Quote from: SpicyJ on August 21, 2007, 07:20:07 AM

My computer laughed at me when I tried to play the demo. 360 version for me, definitely.

I think that it would be great that if a game saw that your specs weren't up to par, that it actually did laugh at you...

I played only a little bit of the demo last night, just to look at the graphics. Ran fine with everything turned up and 1680 X 1050 resolution.
Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo 6600, 4GB Ram, 8800 GTX, Vista, old Nvidia drivers
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock available for pre-order/load on Steam; Demo Friday @ Fileshack on: August 20, 2007, 09:55:21 PM

Quote from: Raider H on August 20, 2007, 08:00:03 PM

For what it's worth, even the RETAIL version of the game is still locked.  I picked it up at Circuit City yesterday (Sunday) and installed it.  After installation it then had to authenticate (even the box states that an internet connection is required) which it then promptly told me that Bioshock was not available until August 21st and I should uninstall the game and then reinstall it on the 21st.....  Going to try again this evening when I get home from work.

If I wasn't so damn hyped for this, that would cause me to cancel the game, even though I am getting it on the 21st. There is no reason to punish the consumer's for mistakes that retail stores make. What if someone just picked it up without actually know the details about activation (I didn't even know until very recently). The box says Internet connection required, but does it say cannot be played until the 21st?
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock available for pre-order/load on Steam; Demo Friday @ Fileshack on: August 20, 2007, 06:45:31 PM
Demo still wasn't active when I went to work today. frown

I am leaving at 11PM and have to be back at work tommorow from 8AM-4PM, so by the time the demo gets activated I will have the full game. Wasted the download. Damn.
1257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Community: I need your help. on: August 20, 2007, 04:08:02 PM
They should have enough now, check with Ron before you send it... (Or they could use the extra to take EA out to dinner.. smile )
1258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Community: I need your help. on: August 20, 2007, 01:50:31 PM
Sent. Would have been sooner, but I never saw this post until today. frown
Sticky Ron, Sticky... smile
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock available for pre-order/load on Steam; Demo Friday @ Fileshack on: August 20, 2007, 01:45:15 AM
Looks like the PC demo might be ready. I had it reserved with Fileplanet and it started downloading about an hour ago.
1260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sweep the leg Johhny! on: August 18, 2007, 12:31:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 17, 2007, 07:41:18 PM

I've been trying to find a good higher resolution non-youtube-grainy version of that since it came out.  I thought it was hilarious. smile

http://www.sweeptheleg.com/

You can buy it from Itunes here, preview is good quality
$1.99
1261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UFO - Haiti on: August 18, 2007, 12:17:47 PM
I think they were just trying to find a TRU that was still selling Bioshock.....


Also, on the second video, it looks like an alien is surfing on top of the thing..

1262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 16, 2007, 01:57:41 PM
You are 65% Bumblebee!
1263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got Bioshock for the 360 today!!! on: August 16, 2007, 01:50:54 AM
My local TRU knew about it and had already gotten the memo, supposdly they did have them out at one point. I can't play on the 360 because it's out for repair, but I was gonna get it and bring it to the GS I have the PC version pre-ordered and try to convince them to give me the real one. slywink
1264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 16, 2007, 01:47:02 AM

Quote from: siege on August 16, 2007, 12:40:36 AM

Don't buy the PC version yet. You won't be able to play it.



That has to be fake......
1265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 13, 2007, 09:14:49 PM
Great news. I'm gonna go DL it as soon as I get home!!!

Oh wait, that's right, I can't! My 360 died last week and shipped out for repairs today.....Damn... crybaby

Oh well, I have it pre-ordered for the PC anyway.
1266  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: August 08, 2007, 01:11:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 08, 2007, 01:37:40 AM

Quote from: Punisher on August 07, 2007, 08:45:56 PM

Can someone tell me what the minimum hardware specs are? I tried with Fileplanet and I don't meet the specs??

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1
4GB Ram
8800 GTX
Windows XP.

the Core 2 Duo tends to trip up system detectors.  I've had install programs tell me my 2.13 isn't good enough to run games yet they run perfectly.

Yeah, but they didn't use a detector, they used a drop down menu system...
1267  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: August 07, 2007, 08:45:56 PM
Can someone tell me what the minimum hardware specs are? I tried with Fileplanet and I don't meet the specs??

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1
4GB Ram
8800 GTX
Windows XP.
1268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resignation Horror Stories - Anyone have one? on: August 07, 2007, 02:00:28 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 07, 2007, 12:10:34 AM

I put in my two week's notice and they convinced me to stay.  So, don't be like me and be weak-minded.  Be strong.  Hold on.  Because if they like you, they will bombard you with e-mail to stay.

I sure hope you negotiated a raise at least...
1269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terrorists train using 'World of Warcraft' on: August 07, 2007, 01:56:40 AM
I just bet those bastards are ninja looters and griefers too.....
1270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tom Chick disses GT! on: August 07, 2007, 01:41:26 AM
This thread proves that a Zombie uprising is inevitable. We need a zombie thread smiley....
1271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Catch A Predator.... on: August 05, 2007, 03:10:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 29, 2007, 08:55:36 PM

Quote from: Punisher on July 29, 2007, 08:35:05 PM

also, do they actually use real teens? (corruptrelic  post about the girl going to change)

Their bait is an 18+ year old that looks younger.  She's usually only in sight of the target for like 5 seconds before she heads to the back room. 

I wonder if the suspect could use that as an argument.....

"I have seen the show and thought that your bait was hot and I just really wanted to meet her...I know she is legal..."
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: August 04, 2007, 02:48:30 AM
Mine just died. No red rings, the console just freezes randomly. I unplugged everything for a few minutes and tried turning it on with only the bare minimum, no games, no network, no hard drive, no controller. Same things. Makes a loud hising noise then freezes. I have the extended warranty with them and they are sending me a shipping box, BUT they said the turn around time is 3-5 business WEEKS!!!! WTF? That is crazy...
1273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: August 03, 2007, 03:15:41 PM
Oh, also, with the mini-map thing, even though there are no plans for it..... Multi Monitor support would go nioce with that. Even multi-monitor support without the mini map would be nice. I can drag all the menus to a separate monitor and use the main screen for the game.

Also, dragable menus would be nice, even without the multi-monitor support.

1274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Catch A Predator.... on: July 29, 2007, 08:35:05 PM
Thanks for the clarification Wonderpug and Mr/ Fed...


Also, I wonder what would happen if it was a teenage boy prentending to be an older man to get with a younger girl....

also, do they actually use real teens? (corruptrelic  post about the girl going to change)
1275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Simpsons Movie on: July 29, 2007, 08:28:00 PM
Stay until the end of the credits....
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: July 29, 2007, 06:13:44 PM
1) I would like to offically request that all current and future posts regarding recommendations to purchase games be banned.. I really didn't need to spend $45... slywink
2) Things I think this game needs from the little bit I have played it:

1) A mini map, with a couple levels of zoom. Solar System, Region, Whole thing for example. Mini map should have flashing "combat" icons to show your conflicts and allies conflicts, preferably in different colors.
2) Time Acceleration. There are times when the game is SLOW. I went to bed and left it running to gather resources. It was nice when I woke up though. smile
3) Colony ships should have a speed upgrade available at some point.
4) A clickable alert list, so that if an ally calls for help and you miss it, you can click to go there. Also in the same note, on the mini map when you click it, it should show the path from your currently selected planet to the alert so you have an idea where it is. (I made a LARGE map on my first game)
1277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Catch A Predator.... on: July 27, 2007, 06:53:45 PM
I haven't really seen this, but have heard of it.... Do they actually get the guy to ask for sex or something? If sex is never brought up in the conversations, could they still be charged?
Also is this show entraping people in any way?
1278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Princess Bride...then & now on: July 24, 2007, 07:29:57 PM

Quote from: depward on July 24, 2007, 06:40:52 PM

I just watched The Princess Bride for the first time about a month ago.  I thought it was really lame.  I think I laughed maybe once?

Someone should report this to a mod.... I think this is a bannable offense....
1279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally - an accessible HD Tivo! on: July 24, 2007, 04:25:31 PM
Ever since they stopped lifetime membership I gave up on Tivo. Once my current Tivo with lifetime dies, I'm completely done with it.
Right now I built my own "Tivo" I have a PC with one single and one dual tuner and I'm using the beyond TV software for it. I can record up to 3 shows at once and I only had to pay a one time fee for the software.
1280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: 4 Hours 'til impressions! (spoilers within) on: July 21, 2007, 12:19:05 PM
Be forewarned. It now seems that people are posting spoilers in other forums under unassuming titles. EX: I went to pbnation.com (A paintball forum) and someone posted a new message about a new marker coming out. Inside were nothing but spoilers....such a jackass...

On another note, my book better come today...
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