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121  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Top CEOs donate to Romney over Obama on: July 31, 2012, 11:59:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 30, 2012, 07:54:31 PM

it's a 4-1 margin:

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/30/13034655-top-ceos-donate-to-romney-over-obama-by-4-1-margin?chromedomain=nbcpolitics

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The chief executives of America’s top corporations have thrown their financial support to Mitt Romney over President Obama by more than a 4-1 margin, according to a review of federal records conducted by NBC News.

The presumptive Republican nominee’s presidential campaign has received almost $322,000 in direct donations from the CEOs of the companies listed on the annual “Fortune 500” list of the biggest U.S. companies.

By comparison, the Obama campaign has raked in $75,500 in contributions this election cycle from CEOs of the companies included on the list, according to records through the second quarter of 2012 on file with the Federal Election Commission.

While the sums are but a drop in the bucket relative to the hundreds of millions of dollars raised by both campaigns, they paint a picture of where the upper echelons of corporate America’s sympathies might lie at this point in the campaign. Overall, the Obama campaign has raised about $300 million in total, and the Romney campaign has collected roughly $153 million.

Federal records indicate that 147 CEOs have made some level of contribution directly to either the Obama or Romney campaign. Eighteen of those individuals contributed to Obama; 129 gave to the Romney campaign. Many of the CEOs – though not all of them – donated the maximum $5,000 to their candidate of choice, hewing to laws limiting contributions to $2,500 each for the primary and general election campaigns.

"People who support Mitt Romney do so because they support his pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda for the country," Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said. A spokesman for the Obama campaign declined to comment for this story.

let the Obama spin machine begin!  I can see it now:  'Romney: Bought and Paid for by Corporate America' without mentioning how little it is in the grand scheme of things.  kinda surprised to see funds raised being so different though; I was under the impression that Romney was doing better than Obama.

That's because all the Romney money is going to the SuperPacs where the real power brokers can hide and avoid the spotlight.  Approximately the same balance as the CEOs (roughly 4-1) is seen on the Super Pac money:

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As of July 31, 2012, 698 groups organized as Super PACs have reported total receipts of $318,769,081 and total independent expenditures of $165,567,116 in the 2012 cycle.

80% of that money comes from less than 200 people:

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80 percent of super PAC money spent in the presidential election so far has come from just 196 Americans. As Upworthy points out, that's less than the capacity of a single Boeing 767....

...Whispers checked in with the Center for Public Integrity to look at the top five of those 196 donors. And, surprise surprise, as of the June FEC filing, 4 of the top 5 biggest super PAC donors support Republican candidates.

If Romney does win (and I'd say right now he's got a 40-50% shot), it will say a lot about whether we have an oligarchy or a democracy.  Not spin, just the facts.
122  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: What's your Steam Sale haul on: July 22, 2012, 12:19:17 PM
Here it is:

Doom 3 (for the Dark Mod)   $11.99
Demigod 4-Pack   (sing out if you want a copy) $9.99
Dear Esther   $2.49
Trine Bundle (Summer 2012)   $4.99
The Witcher 2   $15.99
Tribes: Ascend - Steam Starter Pack   $4.99
SpaceChem, SpaceChem: 63 Corvi mission   $2.98
Total:   $53.42

Not bad, though the only games I've played  have been Demigod and SpaceChem, though just like the Christmas Sale finally got me to play Portal 1 (which had sat in my games list for months, if not over a year), I finally got back to the first Witcher. 
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/20/2012 on: July 22, 2012, 12:07:55 AM
SpaceChem
Demigod
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
The Witcher
Maybe some Team Fortress 2

Basically getting some steam lovin' in

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124  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: In the market for a new laptop for pharmacy school... on: July 19, 2012, 11:59:53 PM
Techbargains usually has really good deals, as well as any coupon codes (including stackable ones), usually from Dell.  At least take a look around.
125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer for a 76-year old PC-phobic grandma? :) on: July 19, 2012, 11:54:23 PM
I'd say iPad with bluetooth keyboard and airprint photo printer (and Cox + WiFi setup).

Don't get a touchscreen PC.  Try using one for 10 minutes, and you'll find that the touchscreen is an ergonomic nightmare because it has to be in arm's reach to be worth it.
126  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Re: In the market for a new laptop for pharmacy school... on: July 17, 2012, 10:25:20 PM
500 GB ssd drives can be found under $390 at both Amazon and newegg.  Think about going aftermarket there.

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127  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Re: In the market for a new laptop for pharmacy school... on: July 17, 2012, 06:14:47 PM
Make sure you get your student discount on the office software.  I'd recommend contacting the student store to see what deals they have on software.

Sign up for your free year of Amazon prime once you get your student email.

Consider getting the dvd/cd as an external to be kept at home. 

Spring for a large ssd, spinning hard drives eat batteries and take longer to boot.

Max out your RAM, or make sure you have an available memory slot to do so.

Make sure you have back up capability and do so!

I love my m11x for its portability and battery life.  Dell has discontinued them, but you might be able to find one and it has some power.

Get a good laptop backpack.

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128  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE! - 30% Trade Bonus at GameStop for Steam Funds on: July 14, 2012, 07:13:10 AM
Hey CeeKay - can you update the OP with the Gamestop info?

Thanks!

PS Bioshock 2 won with 34% of the vote to Metro 2033's 35%... FWIW (on my Steam)
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Long PS3/360 lifecycle "biggest mistake ever", has expedited decline on: July 12, 2012, 01:09:00 AM
I think the likelihood of the PS4 being more successful than mobile devices streaming games to your tv is getting slim. 
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Good luck tomorrow, Pete on: July 11, 2012, 04:37:04 AM
I hope all is going great.  Best wishes to you both.

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131  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Romney: June Jobs Report 'Kick In The Gut' on: July 07, 2012, 12:34:21 AM
I think his plan is to have the Republican House on his side...

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132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/06/12 on: July 07, 2012, 12:29:10 AM
Sins of a Solar empire: Rebellion

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133  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Re: Forum Consoliation on: July 07, 2012, 12:25:29 AM
I always start with most recent topics regardless of sub forum

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134  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Republicans becoming bored with 2012 election? on: July 06, 2012, 03:23:03 PM
it's basically generic Republican vs Conservative incumbent black Democrat.

Romney is bland. Obama is not, but the whole republican premise for for years has been anyone/anything but Obama.

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135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Codemasters exec compares PS3 and 360 to Dinosaurs on: July 06, 2012, 03:17:28 PM
He's a lot more likely to stick around developing for the business model he's taking about tho, than developing for the $60 disc market.  The $60 disc market is already shrinking.

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136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Feeling Defeated/Ethan's hospital stay on: July 05, 2012, 01:03:12 AM
Awesome news Ken!  This is great news!  Update the title of the thread to share the news... slywink
137  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Arizona Sheriff to release New Obama Birther "Shockers" July 17th on: July 05, 2012, 01:01:09 AM
Worldnetdaily + Arpaio is pretty much the definition of scraping the bottom of the barrel.  All you need to add is some Orly Taitz and you'll have hit the batshit crazy trifecta.
138  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: This forum no longer works with Tapatalk. on: June 25, 2012, 10:30:36 PM
Yeah - broken here too.
139  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBL - 75% off GoD sale (PoP $4, etc.) 6/19-6/25 on: June 20, 2012, 10:47:18 PM
Looks like they changed the Prince of Persia to the Prince of Persia: the Forgotten Sands.

I don't have that one, though some people are peeved about the change in the comments.  Any good?
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game consoles will be extinct after next-gen - Jaffe on: June 15, 2012, 06:47:26 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 15, 2012, 08:40:16 AM

Their current forms will go extinct. However, it won't be the PC that will take over, it will be the more closed platforms that take over like iOS, including various boxes meant to stream in internet, and also play games.

We'll have this upcoming generation, then a very small chance of a generation after that.

100% correct.  There will be enough computing power in the phone and TV to eliminate the console.
141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / XBL - 75% off GoD sale (PoP $4, etc.) 6/19-6/25 on: June 14, 2012, 07:40:00 PM
Looks like some good deals on some older titles.  Maybe MS is getting some Steam competition going...  Prince of Persia is a Steal at $4, and Kameo was fun too.  Viva Pinata Party Animals and others could be good too...  Hit the link for the list.
142  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help: my verizon phone stinks, need to exchange somehow... on: June 13, 2012, 07:46:26 PM
You can try some of the Custom ROMs here:

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* Please note that software labeled for GSM and software labeled for CDMA will ONLY work with their respective phone-types.
* Verizon RAZR and RAZR MAXX use the same software/ROMs and are both CDMA.

I  know that rooting/flashing Motorola Android phones can be tricky (though I've never had one), but in my experience, I've had better luck with the ROMs from xda on my phone than from the manufacturer.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Finals) on: June 09, 2012, 06:28:09 AM
Saw some interviews where the Devils had shaved their playoff beards.  What up? I thought tradition was that the beards stayed until the season was over
144  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Risk of non-citizen voters at center of election year struggle on: June 05, 2012, 05:18:28 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 04, 2012, 04:40:55 PM

pr0ner, the proof is that the long, ever growing list of ways Republicans are dreaming up to make voting harder, more expensive, and less representative is being in enacted in the complete absence of any legitimate problem.  Every single independent study done on the issue of electoral fraud, including ones commissioned by true believers on the Right, has demonstrated that the "problem" is statistically nonexistent.

Quote from: US News & World Report
And these laws are a solution searching for a problem. Conservatives have long bemoaned the menace of voter impersonation, but the evidence for this threat is nonexistent. George W. Bush's Justice Department spent years ferreting out voter fraud and managed to prosecute not one voter for impersonating another. "Out of the 300 million votes cast [between 2002 and 2007] federal prosecutors convicted only 86 people for voter fraud," Rolling Stone reported. A 2007 study by the Brennan Center found the instances of voter fraud to be literally infinitesimal. "You're more likely to get killed by lightning than commit in-person voter fraud," says the Brennan Center's Michael Waldman. Which only makes sense: That thousands of people are casting illegal votes in others' names while evading determined detection (always managing to choose people who weren't going to vote anyway) doesn't pass the smell test.


When the stated goal of this legislative pattern is to prevent a crime that no one is committing, you start looking for other reasons why Republicans might benefit from laws that disproportionately discourage the poor, the sick, the elderly, college students, and ethnic minorities from casting votes.  You don't have to look very hard.

-Autistic Angel

In other words, there have probably been more laws introduced to address this alleged problem than there have been of confirmed incidences of it, to say nothing of all the noise being drummed up about it.

And amazingly enough, every one of those proposed laws manages to make it more difficult for citizens who would demographically tend to vote D to vote. 

Or maybe not so amazing, as they are all pretty much based on model legislation written by ALEC to do exactly that - reduce the effectiveness of democratic get out the vote efforts.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Finals) on: June 05, 2012, 03:12:04 AM
Staples sounded amazing those last few minutes.  Wow!
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/1/12 on: June 05, 2012, 02:44:55 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 03, 2012, 06:56:23 PM

I've been hoping to get some Sins of a Solar Empire in, but I've only been playing Diablo 3.  I think I just want to see how the story ends (just finished Act 3 last night).

Finished D3, and finally got back to my SoaSe game last night at 11.  4.5 hours later I had conquered the star system (first win in a game with a medium ai) and was wondering wtf I was doing that for on a school night...
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Confirmed ? - Diablo 3 for consoles. Link via Blue's on: June 05, 2012, 02:35:37 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on June 04, 2012, 09:15:13 PM

If it was PS3 exlcusive that could make sense given the restrictions MS places on their network. Blizzard supports their games for years with updates/patches and I believe Sony is far more loose with letting games be updated. Blizzard could feel thats to much of a pain to deal with.

MS let EA pull their ' it must only be our servers   ' crap, I can't imagine that they'd let Blizzard get away for the same thing...
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [movie] Kick Ass 2:Balls to the Wall on: June 04, 2012, 03:07:32 AM
Just saw that the original was one of the most pirated movies ever (at least by torrents).
149  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Risk of non-citizen voters at center of election year struggle on: June 04, 2012, 03:05:59 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 03, 2012, 11:48:36 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on June 02, 2012, 05:29:24 PM

Democrats are *not* trying to allow non-citizens to vote. The Republicans are trying to block actual citizens who are more likely to vote Democratic from voting by setting up "proof of citizenship" standards that millions of Americans can't meet -- particularly poor Americans, old Americans, women and college students.

That's quite the outrageous claim.  Got concrete proof?

Yes.  Florida's voter purge has already been called into question because of it
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Finals) on: June 03, 2012, 07:04:54 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 03, 2012, 03:30:44 AM

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Really fucking excellent OT from both sides.  Great hockey to watch.

Closest the Kings have ever been.  Of course, being a near life long Kings fan, I'm still expecting Lucy to swipe the ball away from this Charlie Brown at some point.  It still feels good though... so far.

Yeah, OT in game two had me remembering McSorley's stick just a bit too much.  Great goal by Carter to put those off for a couple of days...
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/1/12 on: June 03, 2012, 06:56:23 PM
I've been hoping to get some Sins of a Solar Empire in, but I've only been playing Diablo 3.  I think I just want to see how the story ends (just finished Act 3 last night).
152  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Re: The next phase of MMO's on: June 03, 2012, 03:04:47 AM
I think the next MMO to succeed will find some way of leveraging handhelds and consoles too. It may even be a facebook game.
153  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Amazon's 12 Days of Game Downloads Mayhem on: May 27, 2012, 06:29:35 AM
Shogun 2 is really tempting
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: OO down again? on: May 26, 2012, 03:19:46 AM
And fine for me now too.  Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / OO down again? on: May 26, 2012, 03:00:43 AM
Can't get there from my phone and tapatalk search couldn't find the old thread...frown
156  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama backs same-sex marriage on: May 09, 2012, 08:26:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 09, 2012, 07:33:50 PM

I'm kind of torn on this-  it's good to hear him say it but it's clearly election year politics and I have to wonder if he'll keep the same stance once the election is over or if it will quietly fade into the background.

The only way this helps him this year is to raise money.  It will likely hurt him in every single battleground state (per Nate Silver):



The generally accepted battleground states are:

Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin

some add:

New Mexico, North Carolina, and Michigan.

Only 1 battleground state is consistently blue in all models - Colorado.  The biggies (Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania) all have over 56% of the voters in the linear model voting against Same Sex marriage in November.

The only upside for Obama is doing what's right.
157  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: eBook bargain thread on: May 06, 2012, 03:35:05 AM
I saw that book one of the Patrick Bowers series.- The Pawn, was only$ 1.99 on kindle the other day.  Fun fbi agent series that I've enjoyed.  Creepiest opening sequence I've read in awhile.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Free Kindle Library books from prime - suggestions on: May 06, 2012, 03:02:47 AM
The selection has grown dramatically.  Search in the categories too.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Why in hell do people still refer this gen as next gen?!? Aren't we past that? on: April 30, 2012, 07:05:48 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on April 30, 2012, 07:04:55 AM

So whats the correct cutoff point as to calling a console or piece of technology next gen? I still see some people referring to this generation as next gen. That's plain silly, it's been in or living rooms for years... Any insight on this baffling situation?

Many people still aren't playing on HD sets and I think that really is the reason these are still considered next gen.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Why in hell do people still refer this gen as next gen?!? Aren't we past that? on: April 30, 2012, 07:03:45 PM
Amazingly enough, no.

I'm more concerned about the use of drm and dlc to control what is already a closed platform.  I think the value add of the new architectures is not going to be as great as the leap to hd and consumers will lose more options.

CoD X-treme will cost $ 60, will have a 2GB day one patch, multiplayer will be a additional cost(with another 2 GB download) probably include it's own subscription fee, any cool weapons will be available only for a fee and you'll still be paying with the same teenagers.

Ok, maybe I'm a bit jaded, but I'm thinking about skipping the next generation.
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