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15321  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).
15322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is what happens when my wife gotes to EB... on: November 02, 2006, 04:36:04 PM

saywhat that story is ... *snff*'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
15323  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  
15324  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).
15325  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.
15326  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
15327  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.
15328  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:.
15329  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
15330  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.
15331  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.
15332  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
15333  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?
15334  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.
15335  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
15336  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.
15337  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.
15338  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.

15339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update on: October 30, 2006, 09:12:51 PM
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
15340  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.
15341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 100 Scariest Movie Scenes on: October 30, 2006, 08:07:16 PM

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
15342  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.
15343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. (Forum User Review) Guidelines on: October 30, 2006, 07:24:08 PM
I'm not trying to step on the impressions and spoiler threads. This is an at-a-glance "What's the tempurature" kind of thing.
If you want, I can add links to the first message to the other pertinent threads though.

so there would be a "links" and have the URL to your different topic threads. Would that help?
15344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 3 on: October 30, 2006, 05:29:21 PM
I can't wait.

I'm gonna win ATBs contest; this is the game he's going to be buying me.  nod
15345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 verticle or horizontal on: October 30, 2006, 05:23:51 PM
You'd think papasmurf coulda polled this one, no?

Vertical for me.
15346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want the 360 HD-DVD Add On? on: October 29, 2006, 02:04:12 AM
There are rumblings that HDMI will be available. (and have been for some time). It wouldn't surprise me either; their bulkhead connector is likely capable of recieving and transmitting digital information.

They just haven't done it thus far.
15347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend a Canadian Netflix-like service on: October 29, 2006, 02:00:33 AM
Never bothered with movies; only games. ( ). Sorry bud.  :icon_sad:
15348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow 6 Vegas demo on: October 29, 2006, 01:58:20 AM
Zipline anchor points are commonly installed; they're required by code in places where terrorists may infiltrate.

Finished the demo. Game is #1 on my rental list; I may even buy it.
15349  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] Finally...I'm done with Deadmines.... on: October 27, 2006, 11:36:37 PM
I don't miss this one bit.

The addiction, however, almost craves it.
15350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.o.W. on: October 27, 2006, 11:30:22 PM
Early reviews are out!!

it cuts ...

the butter??!!  saywhat
15351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are the symptoms of a 360 about to go bad? on: October 27, 2006, 08:34:30 PM
Oh, here's a symptom:

if the magic smoke escapes, your 360 has gone bad.  nod
15352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are the symptoms of a 360 about to go bad? on: October 27, 2006, 07:53:46 PM
Arkon is a magnet for bad luck.

All warranty issues I've had with MS have been excellent. (XBOX1, replacement power supply for 360)

I just wanted a second one; my first one was alright... I just didn't feel like moving powerbrick everytime I switched TVs.
Since you can't BUY em, I told em I lost mine. The guy said "sorry, there's nothing we can do."

I said "So I gotta go buy a 500 console for a part you can't sell separately, but are giving away to people with "bad ones"?"
He said hold on, then 5 min later came back and shipped me one.  icon_biggrin
15353  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Splinter Cell Double Agent For Sale (lowered price) on: October 27, 2006, 06:13:33 PM
2 bux cheaper?? I heard this game suxxorz from "Calvin". You want me to shell out almost full price?  saywhat  disgust  :slywink:
15354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly not in Canada.... so GameAccess is!! on: October 27, 2006, 06:11:11 PM
Winnipeg .. you can click on peoples names to see where they're located. (if they have real info in the profile)
15355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy sales chart comparison on: October 27, 2006, 03:40:46 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 27, 2006, 03:07:18 PM

I think Square did a good job of marketing VII to non RPG players.  On a personal level I don't care for JRPGs at all and somehow I own 2 copies.  It reminds me of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantam Menace.  I hated the move yet somehow I saw it in the theater twice, bought it on VHS and own 2 copies on DVD. 

I think you should have your head examined by a medical professional.  nod
15356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. - F.U.R. [Console Gaming Forum] on: October 27, 2006, 02:24:03 PM
Mods, could you move this to Site Feedback. If people have suggestions, please put them here. I just went with Forum User Review.

It could be something like Trend-Setting Review ... or Gaming Entertainment Trend Outspoken Users Tally (GET OUT)  icon_twisted . The point of the thread is important. I'd actually asked KD to look into getting something like this integrated so they aren't their own threads (as every game would flood the forum). That's ultimately why I only do the blockbuster games.

We could call it GT Weathervane, or Windsock. At this point we can put forward suggestions, but if this is going to be a regular thing, it should probably be integrated and site controlled. Heck, it would be nice if we could "relate" posts to items in the GT game database. biggrin
15357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly not in Canada.... so GameAccess is!! on: October 27, 2006, 11:34:04 AM
Currently from Montreal; by the end of 2006 they will have a sendout from Vancouver.

Right now I wait about a week for a game. I have the 2 game membership (~20 a month).
Once they add the expidite function on the site I'll be a happy boy.
15358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. - F.U.R. [Console Gaming Forum] on: October 27, 2006, 12:53:04 AM
Sorry pug. I saw the low votes and figured you were making a statement. I suppose I *will* stop with the posts if it truly is unloved.
15359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. - F.U.R. [Console Gaming Forum] on: October 26, 2006, 09:13:11 PM
Thanks for the feedback Wonderpug. I appreciate it.  disgust
If this poll doesn't do better, I won't bother. :shrug:

You'd think this should be in Site Feedback.
15360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want the 360 HD-DVD Add On? on: October 26, 2006, 07:18:46 PM
thar ya go. 2 good reasons.

1) wear and tear on the 360 (I doubt it does much more than run 1 CPU though; that's what DVD use does)
2) HD-DVD vs. BluRay format wars.

Either wouldn't hold me back; the 200bux, however, does. biggrin
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