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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Paperwhite! Updated Fire! Kindle Fire HD! on: September 07, 2012, 01:45:26 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 07, 2012, 01:12:10 AM

Ordered the 7" Fire HD.  As much as I want the 8.9 I just can't see spending 299.  Ordered and I can't wait for next week

I think I have enough miles to convert to an Amazon GC, that I can get an 8.9, but I kind of want to see what else is coming out, as well as more info regarding the battery life and stylus response times.  Unfortunately, by that time Amazon will probably be back ordered until February.  I guess I could return it if I don't like it though...
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / OO/GT 2012 NCAA Pick'em on: September 06, 2012, 11:35:27 PM
Too lazy to find the old thread, and in a rush, so here goes:

Quote from: Pyperkub
Edit - 2012 version is up!  Sorry for the delay, wasn't thinking straight w/o football!

Group Name: Group Name: OO/GT NCAA Pick'em Group ID# 21303
Group ID:     21303
Password:     octopus

Go Bruins!
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/24/12 on: August 27, 2012, 09:08:32 PM
Put a bunch of time into GW2.  Having fun so far

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124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Romney birth certificate remark sets off firestorm on: August 25, 2012, 10:03:02 AM
I thought it was funny.

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125  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 Names List on: August 25, 2012, 09:33:17 AM
HackenSlash.9248 (Ehmry Bay - Sylvari Guardian - Malathyst).
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Attending the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy... on: August 25, 2012, 09:31:16 AM
Mohawk?  I think I missed something after the trip home... congrats and good luck!
127  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Sony Worldwide Studio Pres: Sony struggling to recruit 3rd parties for PS Vita on: August 20, 2012, 10:30:11 PM
Because developing for it isn't worth it.  The thing isn't selling and handheld gaming has moved to the iPad and iPhone.

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128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Need xbox game recommendation for 10 yr old on: August 20, 2012, 04:55:02 AM
Prince of Persia is a lot of fun.

Fable has sex and sexually transmitted diseases, fwiw.

If Psychonauts is still available and supported that was great.

I'll also echo Kameo.

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129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Top CEOs donate to Romney over Obama, but Barack has at least $5k! on: August 14, 2012, 03:43:06 PM
A little more info:

Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show... Conservative social-welfare nonprofits have spent about $70 million on TV ads in the election cycle so far, compared to just $1.6 million by liberal groups, CMAG data shows.

130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Classic Doom games coming courtesy of Rage on: August 05, 2012, 07:06:55 AM
I picked up Doom 3 during the steam sale.  Pretty much only to play the Dark Project (thief-esque mod)... Haven't loaded it up yet though.
131  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: August 05, 2012, 01:02:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2012, 09:22:38 PM


I can't believe that I just pulled the trigger on this (it's still .99)
132  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Romney Unveils 5-Point Plan To Fix Economy on: August 04, 2012, 05:14:25 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 04, 2012, 03:19:17 AM

You gotta go with the proven winners. Every president since Nixon has called for energy independence.

It's not the specifics that matter, it's having five simple bumper-sticker points that everybody agrees with.

He is generic Republican.  There is nothing different from the Bush agenda there.

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133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are your favourite series of films? on: August 03, 2012, 11:17:21 PM

Quote from: msteelers on August 03, 2012, 07:46:59 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 29, 2012, 08:53:05 PM

The Harry Potter series is not only a favorite film collection, but a true achievement in the translation from text to big screen.

I'm one of the few people I know that never read the Harry Potter books. Seemingly all of my friends have read the series and are huge fans. Due to the sheer number of my friends who read the series, I always found myself going to the Harry Potter movies (sometimes even midnight premieres). And I have to say that the movies do almost nothing for me. It's one of those odd things where I can see why people would love it, but I just can't get excited about it. I don't know if that's because I never read the books, or if Harry Potter is just one of those things that's massively popular that I just don't "get".

No, the movies are very disjointed.  There are maybe 2 good ones, and the rest are extremely mediocre.  There just is not a good way to get enough necessary material into a movie and have it be a decent length and coherent to someone who hasn't read the books.  It really needed/needs to be a series, with probably one season per book, with the first few being shorter seasons, if the tale is ever to be done true justice.

PS  Go read the first book.  It's quick and good. 
134  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 03, 2012, 10:10:58 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 03, 2012, 11:04:29 AM

Saw this onImgur and couldn't resist

Is it just me, or is everyone in that photo overweight?  OK, everyone but the adolescents...
135  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 03, 2012, 07:59:50 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 03, 2012, 04:58:25 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 03, 2012, 04:06:55 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 03, 2012, 11:04:29 AM

Saw this onImgur and couldn't resist

Why would you assume all those people are Christians?

Christians are vociferously opposed to gay rights and statistically very likely to self-identify as Conservative.  This controversy, including "Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day," has been heavily promoted through Conservative channels like Fox News and a battery of national talk radio shows.

But it's always possible there's, like, one guy who only listens to Top 40 stations and is quietly wondering why the line for his daily lunch stop was suddenly ninety minutes long.  That's why the caption doesn't read, "You'd never see a photo showing no one except independently verified Christians lined up...."

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 03, 2012, 04:06:55 PM

The few news stories I read on it showed people coming out in support of "free speech" with no mention of religion in it.

Yes, and the people who still hammer the issue of Barack Obama's birth certificate and suspect him of secret Muslim affiliations are very good about never mentioning race.  We can still see the dog whistles.

-Autistic Angel

Evangelical Christians.  Some other sects actually support gay rights and marriage.

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136  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Walter Jones On Romney's Tax Returns: 'I Don't Think This Will Go Away' on: August 03, 2012, 05:34:26 PM
Because Romney's tax platform is to cut his own taxes.  If he hasn't had any income tax due/hasn't owed anything it says a lot about why more tax cuts for the wealthy aren't needed.

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137  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 03, 2012, 04:41:55 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 01, 2012, 08:42:59 PM

The owner said nothing bigoted, but rather that he supported a biblical definition of marriage.

Gay hatemongers twist his words and lie like they often do (see NC marriage ammendment)  and cause a firestorm.

Liberal politicians citing their amazing tolerance are completely intolerant about a company with different views and that has no history of discriminating against anyone.  Irony is lost on them. So is the 1st ammendment.  Yay facism!

How many openly gay franchise owners are there?

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138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: August 02, 2012, 07:38:33 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on July 30, 2012, 05:45:38 PM

And its official.  The Hobbit is now a trilogy according to PJ.

I think I've decided to skip this.  At least until video.

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139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Wachowskis debut new film, and btw Larry's a girl now on: August 01, 2012, 02:31:11 AM

Quote from: Teggy on July 30, 2012, 08:19:49 PM

As a title, I think that would be a winner.

Movie is called Cloud Atlas, based on the novel of the same name.

Cloud Atlas is going to be really difficult to do justice to as a film.

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140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are your favourite series of films? on: August 01, 2012, 12:27:53 AM
Bond, James Bond.  Hands down.  The series is now 50 years old.  Then probably Star Wars 4-6, the rest never happened.  Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are two other series that kept the flame bright.  The Godfather would probably win if there hadn't been a third.

I'm going to say that LotR doesn't weather well for me.  I really can't bear re-watching it much.  There really isn't a good villain, and there's no love interest.  Sauron doesn't have any lines, and doesn't act, Saruman is ok, but is essentially a bit part.  The Nazghul and the Balrog are cool, but really don't matter much.  The themes are kind of blah.

But Bond, Bond runs the gamut.  You've got great villains, love interests, humor, the best stunts and the epitome of cool.  You've got sword fights, gun fights, laser fights.  Car chases, ski chases, underwater missiles, etc. You've got Jaws, Oddjob and Agent Triple X.  Bond defines multiple genres.

I will also throw an honorable mention towards The Naked Gun series.  Agent Frank Drebin remained funny despite how dreadful most comedy sequels are.
141  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:

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:

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:

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.
142  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. 
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/20/2012 on: July 22, 2012, 12:07:55 AM
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
The Witcher
Maybe some Team Fortress 2

Basically getting some steam lovin' in

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144  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.
145  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.
146  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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147  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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148  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?


PS Bioshock 2 won with 34% of the vote to Metro 2033's 35%... FWIW (on my Steam)
149  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. 
150  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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151  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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152  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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153  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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154  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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155  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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156  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
157  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.
158  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.
159  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?
160  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.
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