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14961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 05, 2006, 12:24:08 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 03, 2006, 11:32:02 PM

psycholoanalysis

heh. You said "psycho" "anal" and "sis" in the same word! saywhat I think we've got a Freud in need here.  Tongue
14962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 05, 2006, 12:08:17 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 03, 2006, 05:12:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 03, 2006, 12:08:21 PM

As to the hinge thing, sure why not? Apparently NW is rife with hot males. If it floats your boat, you could always turn to your own kind. You ARE satisfying sex; just not sexual intimacy (which is a 4th level requirement according to a psychotherapists pyramid scheme).
Gay doesn't float my boat.  I've never actually tried, but the thought experiment I just did made my testicles shrivel.  So, unfortunately, I think that's out.  Which is a shame, 'cause Northwestern has quite the vibrant, active gay community.

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on November 03, 2006, 12:50:08 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 03, 2006, 06:23:52 AM

Because fucking a 4 or 5 pretty much confirms you're a pathetic piece of shit.  I'd like to retain at least some suspension of disbelief.

There is nothing worse in this world than an ugly girl flirting with you.  It honestly makes me feel sick to my stomach.

Confirms it to whom?  I got news for you LE, you're already a pathetic piece of shit.  Maybe you should go get laid.
Man, you and Gator should totally take a reading comprehension class together.

Yeah, I'm thinking they missed the bold.  icon_lol
14963  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: Sony PSP with games and accessories on: November 03, 2006, 03:51:39 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 07:24:55 PM

Both you and JBlank both worked for me.  What does that say about you?!   icon_wink

That I worked for someone who is a poor judge of character? slywink

14964  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: First time building a new rig... help me! help me! on: November 03, 2006, 03:49:43 PM
I'd suggest double-checking the manual... those buggers are sometimes in the wierdest places. to be sure, check your BIOS setup for the monitoring info (it should have current temp/voltage/fan speeds). There should be CPU fan speed, sometimes a PowerSupply one, and at least 1 if not 2 or 3 Chassis fan speed ratings. If any of them are ----- (blanked out) then there IS a connection on the board that you haven't found.  nod

Otherwise, just use the 4 pin powersupply adapter that it comes with. Drawing from the mainboard means that if you use a mainboard monitor software pack (generally comes on your driver disk) then you have more info. IIRC, in some cases it can control the fan speeds too. (board specific)
14965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 03, 2006, 12:12:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 03, 2006, 09:13:14 AM

Quote from: Kobra on November 02, 2006, 11:37:09 PM

I think people seriously underrate AC97 and other onboard sound.  Most developers I have worked for, all developed on machines using AC97 sound as a rule.  Certainly Stardock did, most all of their boxes were Dells with onboard AC97.  Like I said, purging creative from my life ended many a headache about compatibility and crashing.

How do you know what kind of onboard sound you use?

What mainboard do you have?
14966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 03, 2006, 12:08:21 PM
LE, I understand the standards thing. I mean, it's really hard to get into it when she's that ugly.
Try beer googles. Seriously, if you can't find someone in the paths you have been taking, why not branch out? Do you ever go bowling, or swimming, or take a class off-campus (say martial arts or even ballroom dancing). Change your social circle. Try smiling more to people on the bus. You may find someone has a hot sister that you can plant while she's waiting for you to come down and meet her parents.

Perhaps you're not going to find a 9 hanging out with your friends discussing ugly girls. As to the hinge thing, sure why not? Apparently NW is rife with hot males. If it floats your boat, you could always turn to your own kind. You ARE satisfying sex; just not sexual intimacy (which is a 4th level requirement according to a psychotherapists pyramid scheme).
14967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 03, 2006, 03:11:16 AM
I hear you (well, read), and I agree with it. It is much like the movie 40 days.

Mind you, in my experience, I would have to say I *am* an addict. Tongue

See if the hinges work the other way on your "door".  icon_wink
14968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.U.R. - Need For Speed : Carbon [360] on: November 02, 2006, 10:29:00 PM
Notes:
- This poll is platform specific to [360]; other versions have major differences (such as different development studios;generation gaps).
- If you rated a game 1-4, please indicate the number and give explanation below.
- Check out the Forum User Review guidelines.
- Change your vote if your opinion changes!

Links:
- Need For Speed Carbon (360) GT site info.
- Need for Speed Carbon Impressions? (360) thread.
14969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 02, 2006, 07:39:00 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 02, 2006, 07:27:37 PM

A3D was Aureal's death, they never made it an open format like Creative did and thus they missed many an opportunity.

Seems to me that since many of these sound features are pretty common nowadays, the need for custom APIs for sound is greatly dimished.

Actually, financial ruin came from internal stealing and lawsuits from Creative designed to crush the competition. If anyone should be up for anti-competitive behaviour, it's Creative (who, ironically, is NOT).

The HRTF's that Aureal put out were actually believable.
14970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.U.R. - Might & Magic : Dark Messiah [PC] on: November 02, 2006, 07:36:18 PM
Notes:
- This game is exclusive to the PC platform.
- If you rated a game 1-4, please indicate the number and give explanation below.
- Check out the Forum User Review guidelines.
- Change your vote if your opinion changes!

Links:
- Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PC) and Limited Edition GT site info.
- Might and Magic: Dark Messiah Impressions. thread.
14971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 02, 2006, 07:25:45 PM
I miss Aurreal. :sniff:  icon_cry
14972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is what happens when my wife gotes to EB... on: November 02, 2006, 07:22:58 PM
Q1? What is this, a release schedule? Is it going to get pushed back to Q4 for holiday anticipation? slywink
14973  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: Sony PSP with games and accessories on: November 02, 2006, 07:17:01 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 07:04:24 PM

Quote from: JeRrYFaR on November 02, 2006, 07:01:37 PM

I might be interested in it, but I would have to wait until next week when I get paid.. It will be sold by then..

FYI - this guy sits next to me at work.  Don't worry about this being his first post.

I don't know if that means much. Tongue
14974  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: First time building a new rig... help me! help me! on: November 02, 2006, 06:28:06 PM
Check to see if your powersupply has a 4pin cable that "snaps on" to the 20pin bulkhead connector.


Diagram 1A Tongue (look at top right)

Oh, and just to give you some technical jargon :

POST - Power-On Self-Test -it's what your computer does while the BIOS is starting up.
BIOS - Basic Input Output System -it is what your hardware uses "beneath the covers". Your Operating System (e.g. Windows) talks to it. There are devices which don't have BIOS between it and the OS's control, and this is (generally) for speed reasons.
CMOS - Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor - you go into your CMOS setup to configure the BIOS.

Hope that helps a bit.

oh, one other thing : RTFM. Read The Freakin' Manual ... it will help you get through the BIOS config steps initially; it may answer questions for you down the road when you want to go and tweak or overclock. Manuals have gotten WAY better over the past 15 years. Most of them are in ENGLISH now, they used to be exclusively in ENGRISH.
14975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is what happens when my wife gotes to EB... on: November 02, 2006, 06:16:01 PM
any ETA on that, or are you too busy pettin' your new digital pooch?

Come on now, I *know* you didn't get Nintendogs for her.

Oh, and hows the weasel ? (fear-rat).
14976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 06:14:23 PM
It may have to do with available stock.

If people don't pre-order, they get an allotment that is arbitrary. I don't know why they would TRULY care, but it could be related to running out of the non-preorder stock on day-1 and having pissed off people until the next shipment comes in.

That, or they get badgered by their managers to do so.

I preorder many games, and just move money around. If there was a game I wanted and pre-ordered and the FE (forum effect) pushed me in the OUT! camp, I'd just go in and move the money. There is no penalty to doing that.

I should pre-order 45 copies of Barbie Horse Adventures 2 : Ridin' Bareback and then cancel them all. Tongue
14977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.U.R. - Final Fantasy XII [PS2] on: November 02, 2006, 05:49:10 PM
Notes:
- This game is exclusive to the PS2 platform.
- If you rated a game 1-4, please indicate the number and give explanation below.
- Check out the Forum User Review guidelines.
- Change your vote if your opinion changes!

Links:
- Final Fantasy XII: Return to Ivalice (PS2) GT site info.
- Final Fantasy XII: Return to Ivalice GT site review.
- Final Fantasy XII Impressions thread.
- Final Fantasy XII reviews thread.

14978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 04:45:56 PM
I'd have to side with DR on this, Raydude.

The reason EA / Activision / Ubisoft etc. release multiplatform games is because it provides a bigger market footprint. The cost to create one game is more than the manpower to port a game to another platform, so they do this to make more money. It has nothing to do with exclusive hardware draw created by customer demand.

For instance, the reason the last Soul Caliber game (end of 2005 IIRC) wasn't ported to the XBOX1 was that the PS2 marketshare was so big, and since the XB1 was being replaced with the 360, they opted instead to make the NEXT SC game for PS3/360, and not devote time & cost to getting an XB1 game out the doors.
14979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicken soup? I've got a cold. on: November 02, 2006, 04:39:33 PM
I tend to load up on the vitamins, and keep a healthy intake of complex carbs, fibre (12-20g per day) and healthy fats.

I also don't stop with the protein; I've found I tend to get and stay sick when I eat crap foods (like simple sugars etc).
14980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is what happens when my wife gotes to EB... on: November 02, 2006, 04:36:04 PM
Ron,

saywhat that story is ... *snff*...it's ... it's just so beautiful.   crybaby

It should be turned into a short movie, and it'd be a hit! Call it "how to keep a guy in 10 minutes". Scarlett Johannsen can be the EB clerk.  nod
14981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 04:27:56 PM
Me? I want a hula hoop event in DOAX2. icon_twisted
Wait, what were we talking about again?  paranoid  
14982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: November 02, 2006, 01:53:53 AM

Quote from: jblank on November 01, 2006, 11:16:29 PM

Mine is a 3/20/2006 build.

He mentioned this back when I took mine in for a replacement (August) and this was when the problems were "rearing their ugly head". I dunno <shrug>.

My 360's have all worked fine (except some noise with my first one).
14983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: November 01, 2006, 09:07:21 PM
... and my source was a buddy of mine who manages an EB; he was told that by his MS rep too.

In such a small place, changing airflow direction can have a real negative impact if there is airflow paths engineered to move the hot air away (and said aftermarket product could create a null zone where the air doesn't move).

In the "redesign" he cited that they had changed some of the internals and MS was starting to get calls on intercooler'ed systems dying. The release systems apparently had no problems with it, and they were highly recommended initially.

When was your 360 mfgr'd? My buddy moved on and is no longer at EB (left about a month ago; apparently Starbucks treats him way better as the Regional Mgr for EB is sputtering idiot) so I he doesn't have contact with the MS rep to follow up on it.
14984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 01, 2006, 05:28:26 PM
Naw, there is a blakck spot and then a swirled cable in the middle; it seems to be in that swirl.
The red wire area is WAY too low for a bellybutton... that may not in fact BE part of the tattoo at all...  eek  headbang3
14985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: November 01, 2006, 05:24:07 PM
That, and the 360's heat dispersion methods have changed from the original on release day. Apparently the intercoolers have not changed design and can actually stifle heat distribution.

Don't do it.
14986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 10:56:00 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 31, 2006, 10:12:19 PM

I'm pretty sure the IRS would disagree with you, particularly with it being new, unopened merchandise. It's an unspoken rule not to ask though. Kind of like not paying sales tax on out of state internet purchases.

Sales tax has already been paid on the merchandise. You are not a registered company or a reseller. At least, that's how it works in Canada.

I R unfamiliar with US tax practices. We pay enough income tax here :icon_sad:.
14987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 10:09:58 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on October 31, 2006, 09:52:02 PM

So, will any of you who make a profit on the PS3 actually report the income to the IRS and pay the appropriate taxes?   icon_twisted

I think selling something for $1500 as some people have wouldn't easily fly under the radar for taxes.

You are auctioning it off privately. There are no sales tax; it's not considered income. You are selling non-registered properties. Tongue
14988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 09:10:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 07:50:39 PM

And I think ticket scalping is usually legal as long as you're not doing it within X feet of the event.

You CAN sell tickets in front of events on the condition that your price does not exceed the sell value of the ticket. (so if you're stuck and can't attend, you can sell them in front of a sold-out show).

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 07:50:39 PM

You were saying that selling PS3s on ebay is different than ticket scalping because you don't sell for over retail on ebay.  My point is that you probably are going to sell your PS3 for more than retail.  If there's a difference between PS3 ebaying and scalping, I don't think that's it.

The point of scalping is to set an over-inflated price, and force buyers into that price. Auctioning off a product during a boom season is no more immoral than buying auction products for less than retail prices.

Sitting in line to DO that, if anything, would be considered the morally reprehenisble action. Then you have to think about why they're doing that. The person waiting in line for the system is anticipating an entertainment (not a necessity) so by "taking a place in line" is no less important than doing so to anticipate payback for product value equal to that of a rare item.

If we were talking about denying a necessity, then there would be moral consequences (in my mind).

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 07:50:39 PM


You've brought up the comic book/collectible argument before, but I think that's a different situation because time has increased the rarity of the item which in turn has increased the value.  Action Comics #1 wasn't rare and valuable when you bought it.
Your real estate argument is a much stronger point.

I strongly disagree with dismissing the comic book comparison. What determines the market value for the comic book? Availability.
25 cents when it's in print, $400 in 20 years. Does holding the product for so long create the value based on ownership? What if I were to buy said comic from an uneducated person in a garage sale for 50cents? They've made a 100% profit; I then go and makk 399.50 on that purchase. Time value had no play in that. Am I bad?

Property is more valid because it's a larger value item? Is the property purchased in the auspice that I were to move there less reprehenible than if I were to buy it knowing it would be worth more and just sat on it, or rented it out until it gained what I deemed to be a target state market value?

The PS3 is property, so is the comic book. The fact that some people sit on gold-mines and don't profit from it doesn't add a nobility over those who are shrewd with their opportunities.
 
Quote from: wonderpug
But why are the B&M shops mandated to stick to MSRP?  The fact that they are required to follow "fair trade" regulations implies that to act otherwise would be "unfair."  Why are they given a mandate and contractual obligations to conform with distribution guidelines, and why does that reasoning not extend to the ebay sellers?

Because Sony would be hung out to dry if they were to allow retailers (with official distribution chains) to go above the MSRP in the north american market. In Japan it is very different. They've already taken PR punches for the MSRP.

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 07:50:39 PM

put, but the question that arises is: Why is profiteering wrong for necessities but ok for luxuries?  Just because you "need" that particular food or gas?  There are certainly other ways to feed or transport yourself. 
Um, food is a necessity. Transportation isn't. The government regulates gas prices in an effort to prevent collusion (which, by it's very nature is anti-market value). The price of oil dictates the fluctuation of gas prices. It is NOT a necessity.
14989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Halo movie a no go on: October 31, 2006, 06:28:34 PM
You're no fun.

Ok. Mortal Kombat Armageddon. The plot-holes are so big you could toss a camel through em.
14990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 06:22:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 04:06:07 PM

So then why doesn't EB, Best Buy, and Walmart start charging $1500 for PS3s in the first few months?  And whatever that reason is, why doesn't it apply to the ebay sellers?

Because when you buy from a B&M shop, they've generally been given a mandate to sell it at MSRP (and have contractual obligations to conform with distribution guidelines).

Mom-n-Pop places (like independant shops that get through a distributer) are not required to conform to the same practices as they don't have the same pull to get stock, or the same guidelines. If Sony were to contact ME and tell me I had 12 PS3's coming to my place to ebay and that I could only sell it for MSRP and they gave me margin for profit from cost vs. MSRP, then I would be setting up a buy-it-now option or be crushed like Lik-Sang.  Tongue

Next up : EBAY is an AUCTION HOUSE debate. Which means supply vs demand = price  ... not RETAIL.  nod
14991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.o.W. on: October 31, 2006, 06:14:13 PM
Does that mean I should be killing myself then? I'm sure Meriam would be dissapointed if I kept throwing myself on my own grenades.  nod What else could she use her ammo up on then? Enemy AI?
14992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Considering a 360 vs P3 on: October 31, 2006, 03:15:06 AM
No, you need a VGA adapter cable. It comes with components which will work for you on a high-def TV.
As I understand it, the best place to buy a 360 state-side is in Costco for their return policy.

Use Ebay to get yourself the vga adapter. or Play-Asia.
14993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: THANK YOU one and all on: October 31, 2006, 03:11:21 AM
Glad to see you up and running. Now if swapping out hardware were the easy way to fix all the problems, eh?

I wish you and your family the best.  thumbsup
14994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 03:04:41 AM
Yes, however by distributing across the world, they've created this mayhem.

I mean, if Winnipeg is getting 300+ units of the 400,000 NA releases, and there are 70million PS2 owners, it stands to reason that anyone who can get something as rare and in demand will step up to do it.
It isn't moral depravity; it is called being an opportunist. For someone somewhere who wanted it bad enough to buy it at the inflated price it's a pill they've chosen to swallow. PS3 is entertainment. It ain't saving anyones life.

Sony (the retard) shouldn't actually LAUNCH the console until they have enough stock to reasonably meet the demand ... but hey, they need the christmas season right? I mean, the 500k they're selling are keeping them afloat, right? They wouldn't sell out just as fast if they had, oh I don't know, started selling them AFTER christmas with a "save your cash" advertising campaign during the holidays.
14995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update on: October 31, 2006, 02:49:08 AM
I'm guessing it will do MPG2 as well. Basically anything the Media Center extender would do.
14996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Considering a 360 vs P3 on: October 31, 2006, 02:45:23 AM
2007WFP doesn't have component in (or HDMI for that matter). So either DVI-D or VGA. I would go with the 360; frankly you're getting next-gen and you're not paying for the BluRay player.

14997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update on: October 30, 2006, 09:12:51 PM
Quote
Stream WMV video from a Windows PC running Windows Media Player 11, Zune software, or Windows Media Connect.
Play video from storage devices such as USB flash drives, Xbox 360 Memory Units, etc.
Play video from CD or DVD data discs.


Nice. smile
14998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 30/Oct/06 on: October 30, 2006, 08:16:06 PM
60hrs for it. I haven't even played all of the officers yet. There's about 8 or so that I've not even started up.
Cleared it with at least 16 though. ::sigh::

I enjoy the mindless hack-n-slash, and the combat engine has been mixxed up a bit. I actually preferred the combat in N3 than this though; it IS showing it's age.

I'd have 18inch biceps if I had to play it on Wii; that's for DAMNED sure.
14999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 100 Scariest Movie Scenes on: October 30, 2006, 08:07:16 PM
Vulgar

Not a great movie (K.Smith is in it) but it had it's freaky moments.
Here's the #1 broken down into math:

Cross-dressed Clowns
+
Horrid makeup
+
Ethan Suplee as an assailant
+
aggrevated homosexual assault (gang-rape)
+
morning after scene with blood running down the vic's leg through garter belt and panties
______________________________________________________________________
=  eek :icon_eek: saywhat paranoid puke
15000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 30/Oct/06 on: October 30, 2006, 07:43:50 PM
Unlocked 3 officers in Samurai Warriors 2. I only have one left (Ranmuru Mori) and two guards to complete the achievements.
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