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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 2014 OO/GT/Qt3 NCAA Pick'em up on: August 27, 2014, 02:10:13 AM
2014 Pick'em up

OO/GT/QT3 NCAA Pick'em Group ID# 10546

password: octopus
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Couldn't Solve it Then, Can't Solve it now. on: May 27, 2014, 04:37:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 19, 2014, 02:11:53 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on May 19, 2014, 02:01:37 PM

How can you not solve only one side? If the rest of the sides are all solved (i.e., one color), than shouldn't the last side also be one color?

I simplified poorly.  One of the most common solving methods is to think of the cube as 3 layers.  You can get one layer right easy peasy, then the second layer with a bit of reasoning.  The 3rd layer can be solved quickly and easily if you memorize a handful of algorithms.

This.  I haven't touched one since high school, but I think muscle memory would get me through it.  Not sure though...

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3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 12, 2014, 02:08:58 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 06, 2014, 08:31:42 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 06, 2014, 07:49:34 PM

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Should it stay or should it go? When it comes to Microsoft’s Xbox business, that recurring question continues to haunt Microsoft executives. Investors have been making the case for breaking off the company’s Xbox division for some time now, and Xbox gamers continue to become enraged whenever the idea is mentioned. Now, Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has weighed in.

Speaking with Fox Business Anchor Liz Claman, Gates said that he would definitely support spinning Microsoft’s Xbox business into a separate company in the event that new CEO Satya Nadella made the decision to do so. “I’m absolutely for it,” he said.

http://bgr.com/2014/05/06/xbox-division-sale-bill-gates-opinion/

If Xbox is even slightly profitable for Microsoft, what would be the sense of spinning it off into it's own company?
I've been pondering the same question the past 2 days.  I think a primary advantage of spinning Xbox off as a separate entity would be to remove it as a constant target and distraction for the board and key shareholders.  It's an easy, high profile target.  Get the board focused back on MS core business.  

The downside would be that Xbox as a stand alone entity would be fully exposed without the insulation of the other MS divisions.  I think that's probably ok.  It might free the brand up to make better, consumer focused decisions without having to worry about having to seek approval from MS senior leadership.

If I were the CEO of Xbox, I'd want to get far away from the scrutiny of the current group of MS board members.  They're almost adversarial towards the Xbox brand.  MS senior leaders can do their best to act as a buffer, but board members can exert a lot of pressure and influence. Who would want to work in that environment?

I can't see spinning it off - in my mind,I see Kinect as part of Microsoft's next generation input tools.

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4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 08, 2014, 08:54:23 PM
Ed TV was amazing too.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: [Rumored] Sony's E3 plans revealed? Killer lineup if it's true on: May 08, 2014, 07:33:28 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 08, 2014, 04:50:40 AM

doesn't seem too impressive, and half of them have already been announced or expected.

I'm real disappointed in this console generation.  I was ready to drop $400-$500 on a new console.  Something I never do.  I usually wait 2-3 years, because at the time I couldn't afford it.  This year, I was ready, and there's absolutely nothing to play.  Anything I want to play can be played on the PC.  The only thing I'm missing is MLB The Show 2014.  I held off during Christmas.  I thought maybe by June I'd get it.  Nope, still nothing.  I think both companies failed on their game lineups.  Not enough exclusive content as well. 

I'm assuming uncharted 4 will be PS4 only?

Agreed.  No real tech reason to upgrade (no 4k tv, kinect 1.1 instead of a real 2.0 implementation, unfinished interfaces and features,etc.), and the game selection is pretty poor thus far ( mostly sequels from last generation).

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6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: [Rumored] Sony's E3 plans revealed? Killer lineup if it's true on: May 08, 2014, 07:25:10 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 08, 2014, 07:21:23 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken
Last of Us 2 teaser

"2nd to last of us!"  

"Last-er of Us"

Me!

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7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 16, 2014, 05:22:55 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on April 12, 2014, 10:02:48 PM

He will riff on politics, but not as that character, I bet.

I could see him keeping the set around for various bits.

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8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iOS games for a long flight? on: April 01, 2014, 06:59:55 PM
XCom?
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Verizon Contract Is Up, Don't Want to Renew Due to Grandfathered Data- Halp! on: March 28, 2014, 05:46:29 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 25, 2014, 03:08:31 PM

As far as I know, zero chance of this happening. You have to pay an unsubsidized price for a new phone or give up the unlimited data.

which should be 100% worth it

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10  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: March 07, 2014, 04:25:20 AM
That's what fit in my price performance range too!  PNY xlr8 version of the 770 gtx.

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11  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Re: Re: Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 06, 2014, 09:06:39 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 04, 2014, 06:37:29 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 04, 2014, 06:28:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 04, 2014, 06:18:18 PM

you're doing it wrong  ninja
I'm going to correctly probably buy this 4GB EVGA GTX 760 and a Samsung SSD of some sort.  Commander Keen is going to look awesome on my rig now.

I recommend against a 4GB card. Unless you're triple monitoring things your card will become outdated before you'll need the 4GB of memory. Get a 770 instead.

I'm one for whom 4GB was necessary.  Picked up a 30" 2560x1600 monitor and wanted to run a fully modded Skyrim on it.  Skyrim at high resolutions is very hungry for video card RAM...
12  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Re: Humble specials - Humble Mobile Bundle 4, Humble Simulator weekly on: March 06, 2014, 08:52:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 04, 2014, 09:53:43 PM

Current revolving special:  Humble Mobile Bundle 4 3/4 - 3/18
*Android only
Pay more than $1
Catan
Vector
Riptide GP2
Zombie Gunship

pay more than the average
BADLAND
Breach & Clear

Anyone tried Catan on android? Is it as good as the xbla version?
13  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intel i5 vs i7 on: January 27, 2014, 07:54:01 PM
I'm trying to wait until the x99 motherboards come out in Q2 and then evaluate.  z87's aren't doing it for me without triple/quad-channel RAM and the x79's seem like they may not age quite as well from here on out as the x58's did.
14  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warframe on: January 27, 2014, 07:49:22 PM
(PC) Installed it after getting some drops from the Steam Xmas Globes, but haven't launched yet.  n00b-friendly?
15  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Re: Re: Wireless router with good range? on: January 11, 2014, 08:19:42 AM

Quote from: Crawley on January 11, 2014, 05:27:57 AM

Just throwing this out there but have you tried changing the channels Wi-Fi is broadcasting on? May be some interference from another Wi-Fi signal that is broadcasting on the same or channel close to the one you are using.

Wifi analyzer works on an android device to show this kind of interference.  Not sure of comparable iOS app

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16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 06, 2014, 09:55:20 PM
Kinect is a long term proposition, not just for gaming but for computer interaction as Microsoft sees it.  

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17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Death to the BCS! 2013 GT/OO Bowl Pick'em! Now with possible prizes!!! on: December 25, 2013, 06:58:20 AM

Quote from: Azhag on December 24, 2013, 04:05:54 PM

Agh, is there a password for the league? I realized it made my team in the overall pool, not the GT/OO one, but said the password (blank) was wrong when I tried to join that group with my picks (as I'd rather not throw out my only win so far).

octopus

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18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Death to the BCS! 2013 GT/OO Bowl Pick'em! Now with possible prizes!!! on: December 23, 2013, 06:22:51 PM
For those of you who joined but didn't make your picks - you can still get them in - lots of big points games out there to pick...

Ditto for anyone else who's interested
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Death to the BCS! 2013 GT/OO Bowl Pick'em! Now with possible prizes!!! on: December 21, 2013, 12:26:18 AM
Bump! Games start tomorrow with Wazzu and Colorado St...
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: December 18, 2013, 05:47:21 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on December 17, 2013, 01:31:27 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 17, 2013, 12:12:15 AM

Gotta love this from the Interstellar movie wiki:
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In January 2013, Christopher Nolan entered negotiations with Paramount and Warner Bros. to direct Interstellar. Nolan intended to write a screenplay based on his own idea that he would merge with his brother's screenplay. By the following March, Nolan was confirmed to direct Interstellar, which would be produced under his label Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions.Though Paramount and Warner Bros. are traditionally rival studios, Warner Bros., who released Nolan's Batman films and works with Nolan's Syncopy, sought a stake in Nolan's production of Interstellar for Paramount... In August 2013, sources reported that Legendary Pictures was in the process of finalizing an agreement with Warner Bros. to "finance 25 percent or more" of the film's production.

Wow, talk about someone (Nolan) writing their own ticket!  Very much looking forward to this and hope it lives up to all it's $ and promise.

Until Nolan proves me wrong as far as Im concerned they can write him a blank check and tell him to go make a movie.  I have faith that he can deliver.

Dark knight rises/rising whatever, was kind of half assed in my book. Too long, huge plot holes, uninspired actors, etc.

I kind of want to see if he can get a better editor who will can get a more coherent effort out of him.  He'll probably be more motivated on a personal project tho.

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21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Death to the BCS! 2013 GT/OO Bowl Pick'em! Now with possible prizes!!! on: December 16, 2013, 04:58:55 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on December 15, 2013, 11:28:20 AM

It's Bowling time again!  The OO/GT NCAA Bowl Pick'em is up for 2013/14.  Get your picks in with Confidence - how many tentacles/trends will YOU rate each of your picks???

(pwd: octopus).

PS depending upon the Steam Xmas Sale, I'll probably throw a steam game to the winner... no guarantees, but I'll probably do it.

Bump for possible prizes!
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Death to the BCS! 2013 GT/OO Bowl Pick'em! Now with possible prizes!!! on: December 15, 2013, 11:28:20 AM
It's Bowling time again!  The OO/GT NCAA Bowl Pick'em is up for 2013/14.  Get your picks in with Confidence - how many tentacles/trends will YOU rate each of your picks???

(pwd: octopus).

PS depending upon the Steam Xmas Sale, I'll probably throw a steam game to the winner... no guarantees, but I'll probably do it.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: December 10, 2013, 10:39:24 PM
After the launch hype period for each console - during which I was tempted to get one or the other just because of SHINY!  NEW!  LATEST STYLES and COLORS!

Now I'm more looking forward to playing the games in my Steam backlog - having a blast with XCOM: Enemy Within, and getting excited to go back to Skyrim after 8+ months off and try the DLC packs I've been picking up with my new monitor/video card.  Woot!
24  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Just got a new monitor and it feels "wierd" on: December 03, 2013, 12:12:40 AM
I got one of the 30" Monoprice IPS monitors and I love it.  Of course, I had to also get a 4GB video card to go with it, which made it cost more.... (2560x1600 - woot!).
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Black Friday Swag List (Also Known as Merry Christmas Me) on: November 30, 2013, 09:17:02 AM
PNY VCGGTX7704XPB-OC2 GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-bit - $349.99 AR/Coupon
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 23, 2013, 05:51:48 AM
Steam box or bust... at least until 4k tv support is there, or there are some great kinect games.  Sorry, GREAT kinect games or features.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 10, 2013, 06:40:37 AM
Company of Heroes (finally) in honor of Veteran's Day weekend

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28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: September 09, 2013, 11:18:30 PM
Ouch - no PS4 in Japan until February 2014?

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The PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan on February 22, 2014, with Sony noting that it wants to make sure that the software for the console is ready for the Japanese audience.
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 09, 2013, 07:38:15 PM
I think there is a distinction to be drawn between a strike and a war.  Are we at war with Yemen?  We've launched plenty of drone strikes there.  Are we at war with Pakistan?  We assassinated Bin Laden without their knowledge there and have launched tons of drone strikes.  Were we even at war with Libya?

On the other hand - yeah, some of them should say something, but there really is no good answer to Syria, save Russian involvement, which appears to be happening...
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Numbness in toes on: September 09, 2013, 07:33:32 PM
Yeah, I'd go with bad shoes to start, but see a doctor, if not a podiatrist.  Persistent numbness is not something to mess around with.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 06, 2013, 09:13:39 PM
Looks like my local comcast dns servers (75.75.75.75, 75.75.75.76, I think) haven't updated yet - had to force my router to use google's first (which is what I usually do, but had to do a reconfig and left the DNS on DHCP)...
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 04, 2013, 10:37:34 PM
A small follow up from the MS/Ballmer perspective:
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Translating from this business-speak, buying Nokia’s phone business gives Microsoft a greater business opportunity, if it can succeed. Microsoft noted in its case for why the deal makes sense that it currently gets less than $10 in revenue from each Nokia Windows Phone sold, as compared to the $40 or so in profit margins Nokia stands to make.
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Snowden on: September 03, 2013, 08:43:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 29, 2013, 12:52:32 PM

I'm sorry, but I still completely disagree with your earlier statement:

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 I don't think there's any way in hell the Civil Rights movement happens without the Cold War

The Civil Rights Movement did not come into existence because of the Cold War.  Nor did it come into existence during the Cold War.  That it saw a modicum of success DURING the Cold War I can agree with.  Although most historical accounts of the Civil Rights Movement rarely (if ever) mention the Cold War as anything more than a minor factor in the success of the movement, or as a footnote explaining how it effected the international view of our country (at least until Vietnam eclipsed it).

Yeah, I was a bit too hasty in my language there.  Later I qualified it to passage of the Civil Rights Act.  There would have been a Civil Rights movement after WW II regardless.  However, without an incentive such as the Cold War on the world stage it could well have turned into Apartheid or even Egypt/Syria situation.  I'm not saying it would have, but I can certainly picture the freedom rides without federal involvement and with a Malcom X inspiration rather than an MLK inspiration.  Non-violence would have had a much tougher time overcoming when the whole world wasn't watching.
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 03, 2013, 08:19:10 PM
I think the best outcome here would be to convince Russia that it's in their best interest to bomb Syria for the use of Chemical/Nerve Gas.  Is it possible?  I have no idea, but that is probably the only thing that could make a difference in Syria.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: College Football 2013 kickoff on: September 03, 2013, 03:53:27 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 03, 2013, 04:55:34 AM

How has one and done 'killed' college basketball?    The NCAA tournament is still the greatest event in college sports.

Too much power to AAU player brokers.  No accountability for one and done players.  A couple of examples from UCLA:

Ben Howland at UCLA was effectively killed by the dislike of his system by  AAU coaches.  He couldn't have disciplined Shabazz Muhammad if he wanted to.

Derrick Rose - no academic integrity.  Cheated just to get into college by having someone else take the SAT for him. 

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36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: September 03, 2013, 03:29:07 PM
41 megapixel phone had me intrigued, but the lag in getting CDMA phones out in a timely fashion killed any chance there.  Ultimately it probably had to be done to have any chance of being competitive in the mobile space - there's going to be an opportunity as Apple appears to be struggling a bit.

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37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 03, 2013, 05:21:10 AM
OH, and I appear to be timing out now...
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 03, 2013, 05:20:28 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on September 02, 2013, 11:09:57 PM

And poof! We're all gone. Like a fart in the wind.

What, no gif?
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College Football 2013 kickoff on: September 03, 2013, 03:22:01 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 02, 2013, 08:03:55 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on September 02, 2013, 05:45:36 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 02, 2013, 04:06:21 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on September 01, 2013, 10:52:53 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 31, 2013, 08:46:58 PM

I like anyone who says fuck you to the NCAA.  It's a horrible, corrupt organization that does far more harm than good.  Anything anyone does to show them up is good by me.

The problem isn't the NCAA, it's the NFL and NBA who want free developmental leagues.  Get the pro wanna-be's who aren't interested in college (and their leeches/entourages) the fuck out of college sports.  You don't see this shit in college baseball...

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You really think that?  Very few D1 athletes with a chance to go pro (outside of maybe Stanford) would choose to go to college. That's absurd. The NCAA and the Universities would never allow that as they would lose billions of dollars.

This doesn't exist in college baseball cause no one gives a flying fuck about college baseball, with good reason. The NCAA and the U's would be screwed without D1 football and basketball. Hell, there's a good chance college baseball doesn't even exist for most universities without the other two.

Also, the NBA actually does have and pays for its own developmental league: http://www.nba.com/dleague/

And I say let those D1 athletes go.  Screw them.  If they are the biggest part of the problem people have with the NCAA, then eliminate the problem.

As to the NBA, they do have a development league but they've designed it and their draft to use the colleges as a testing ground.  I'd rather the NCAA just make basketball freshmen ineligible. Presto! No more early entry problem, or eligibility problems, etc. Screw the NBA and their stupid draft policy.

The only people you say are screwed by the NCAA are those who you say have enough pro potential and aren't interested in playing by the rules, I think the best way to solve that problem is to tell them to shove it.

I mean it solves the problem in that it eliminates college football and basketball as we know it, so I guess I can't really disagree with that.

It takes the incentive to cheat out.  Every year I feel more and more disgusted with recruiting and the show that ESPN is making of it.  Now they're making a big deal out of High School games.  Enough is enough.  The NBA's one and done has made College Basketball a farce, and Football is almost as bad (the 7 on 7 camps aren't quite what the AAU's are, but they aren't far behind).  Kids are juicing in High School now and it's probably their handlers that are telling them too.

College sports will be better the sooner it is cleaned up, and stipends are not the answer.  Getting the kids who go to College solely to get to the NBA/NFL out will be better.  Baseball's HS/College Junior draft seems to strike the correct balance - let the kids who have the ability and no inclination to study and/or are desperate for the money go get it, if they can.  If they want an education too, come and get it, but realize that they've made a commitment for at least 3 years.

I don't think it would kill College Sports as we know it (in basketball, the one and done has already done that, and it would be restoring order).

40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: College Football 2013 kickoff on: September 02, 2013, 05:45:36 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 02, 2013, 04:06:21 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on September 01, 2013, 10:52:53 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 31, 2013, 08:46:58 PM

I like anyone who says fuck you to the NCAA.  It's a horrible, corrupt organization that does far more harm than good.  Anything anyone does to show them up is good by me.

The problem isn't the NCAA, it's the NFL and NBA who want free developmental leagues.  Get the pro wanna-be's who aren't interested in college (and their leeches/entourages) the fuck out of college sports.  You don't see this shit in college baseball...

tapatalk4'in

You really think that?  Very few D1 athletes with a chance to go pro (outside of maybe Stanford) would choose to go to college. That's absurd. The NCAA and the Universities would never allow that as they would lose billions of dollars.

This doesn't exist in college baseball cause no one gives a flying fuck about college baseball, with good reason. The NCAA and the U's would be screwed without D1 football and basketball. Hell, there's a good chance college baseball doesn't even exist for most universities without the other two.

Also, the NBA actually does have and pays for its own developmental league: http://www.nba.com/dleague/

And I say let those D1 athletes go.  Screw them.  If they are the biggest part of the problem people have with the NCAA, then eliminate the problem.

As to the NBA, they do have a development league but they've designed it and their draft to use the colleges as a testing ground.  I'd rather the NCAA just make basketball freshmen ineligible. Presto! No more early entry problem, or eligibility problems, etc. Screw the NBA and their stupid draft policy.

The only people you say are screwed by the NCAA are those who you say have enough pro potential and aren't interested in playing by the rules, I think the best way to solve that problem is to tell them to shove it.

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