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1521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: March 04, 2005, 09:20:52 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Still.. has anyone here tried Lesko's program?


  Lol, the joker/riddler. Thanks guys, lots of interesting ideas/comments so far. I really do want to know if anyone has used his program though. Anyone else care to comment?


I was thinking that it would be a good thing to look for his book at the library,  if you can find it...
1522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: February 28, 2005, 09:57:36 PM
Most of these are Multi-Level Marketing (also known as MLM)schemes, if not outright Pyramid/Ponzi schemes.  YMMV, of course.

Pyramid scheme wiki

MLM wiki

Ponzi wiki

Even in the best case, the odds are it will end up costing you more money than you will ever make.  If they ask you for *any* money up front dial your bullshit detector to it's highest level and make sure you don't get taken.
1523  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: February 28, 2005, 09:43:50 PM
Ohhhh - My Hero!
1524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CBS Football Pre-Game show (rant) on: January 18, 2005, 07:55:37 PM
Quote from: "Exodor"
I just wish CBS would can it already with the little "football theme song" they play as they go to EVERy freaking commercial break.

I never really noticed it until last week, when I was watching football while my wife was around.  It about drove her crazy.  Now it gets to me, too.


Fox games are so pleasant by comparison.


Fox is horrible -- they are the ones who started adding sound effects to their graphics.  Their baseball telecasts are THE WORST.  Who the heck needs an engine racing sound to go with an animated baseball as they switch.

I think it was originally a NASCAR marketing ploy.

Now ESPN is copying it with over-decibeled sound effects for the Top 10.

end rant.
1525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aliens, Conspiracies, and India on: January 12, 2005, 12:29:04 AM
LOL!

I love how the author of the first story is "Staff Reporter".  Couldn't even bear to put their name on the story.

Here's another story by India Daily's "Staff Reporter":

Evidence of Extra-terrestrial mind control in India – like in America politicians are forced to cover up
1526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What classic tv show car would you choose.... on: January 11, 2005, 11:52:42 PM
The Mach 5!
1527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need some TV recommendations on: January 11, 2005, 11:47:23 PM
I'll second Buffy, seasons 1-4.  Season 1 is very low budget but you can see the potential.  So far season 5 is good too, but the show definitely loses some of it's quirky charm as the show goes on and delves into some more 'serious' stories.  Haven't watched 6 or 7 yet.

x-files are also good - much better than I expected.  I always hated the show  based on its desire (based on my early perceptions) to promulgate UFO and conspiracy theories.

Twin Peaks - tough to find the pilot or season 2 however

The Prisoner

Other, non-SF/Action/Adventure shows:

The West Wing (seasons 1 -3).  The show drops off a cliff once Sorkin is removed from creative control.  It won multiple emmy's for a reason

SportsNight - another Sorkin show.  Entire 2-season run can be found in one DVD set.
1528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your anticipated games of 2005 on: January 05, 2005, 08:32:22 PM
Call of Cthulu
Serious Sam 2
1529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your 'classics i finally played this year' list on: January 04, 2005, 06:08:34 PM
Halo
1530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apparently Adrenaline Vault is dead/dying on: December 31, 2004, 08:08:51 AM
Gonna miss avault too.  Excellent gaming site.  I think I'll be lost if VE and Blues go next...
1531  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB Games after Christmas Sale on: December 28, 2004, 08:08:03 AM
$30 for bloodlines might grab me...
1532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 08:01:35 AM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.


Two things, memory is retained when the batteries are removed and even if you do lose all of the programming, you just need to connect the remote to your PC, log in to the harmony site and reload the programming (even if you throw your remote against the wall and have to buy a new one).


Nice.
1533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 07:39:21 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Bulletpig"
If this gave me full functionality of all my stuff with one remote I would consider it.

Pig


That's specifically why I selected this one. It can control up to 15 individual devices. As new components are released support for them is added to the configuration web site. It has enough buttons for most everything, plus up to 6 custom label buttons on the LCD screen for each activity.

In fact, this remote can switch my TV to other inputs instantly, something the remote that came with the TV couldn't do (watching a DVD meant switching the video input 5 times, no more)!

It takes some setup time, collecting model numbers on your components, configuring extra buttons that aren't automatically configured, but in the end it's completely worth it to me.


One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.
1534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Fantasy Football] Playoff Roster Question on: December 16, 2004, 01:45:52 AM
Gotta be PIT.  PHI has injuries across the front line and might have some serious trouble stopping the run.  Also, Vinny has had some good games, whereas Manning has gone straight down.  Picks and Sacks galore.  Dallas might even give Philly a run in that game, if they have trouble stopping Jones.
1535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wheel of Time installation help! on: December 08, 2004, 07:01:19 PM
Quote from: "Bulletproof"
It's always helpful to search the publisher site for technical issues, especially for older games or obscure issues. In this case, it took me approximately 2 minutes. after typing "GO WHEEL OF TIME PC GAME" into internet explorer to find this.

Product Specific Issues for Wheel of Time on Windows® XP

and more specifically this....

Error: "Critical Error: Co-initialize"

Have fun with the game....


ONe thing, the publisher's info simply says to disable third party sw, though it does mention Gravis by name.  It's still a lame support site.
1536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 06:54:10 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
I actually think Charlie Brown Christmas is boring. The music is great, but the actual show is just a snoozefest. I thought that when I was a kid too, so it's not just an adult thing for me.


That's why I like it so much.  It's the antithesis of the Christmas season in many ways - it's low-key and quiet, unlike the high-stress, high-pressure hurry that threatens to crush us mere mortals during December.  There's plenty of OMG XMAS SANTA COMING!!!!11 specials - Charlie Brown is a nice change of pace.


Exactly.  One thing I was disappointed in last night though was the second 1/2 hour.   It did a decent job of maintaining the spirit, but I really hated the 'quick-cut' storyboarding.  It was rather jarring after the pacing of the original.  It appears as if it was done in 2002 or so, after Schulz passed.
1537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 07, 2004, 09:41:44 PM
Quote from: "Crusis"
I think I messed the first quote up a bit, I think he says "I'm either in love with your daughter or I've found a new found respect for life".

But the timing with Ackryod saying the same thing 2 seconds later cracks me up every time.

There are so many great quotes in that movie.  Can't remember it but when he is talking to his therapist and says something like "why don't you want to treat me, I know where you live." is just LOL funny!

OH!  And the conversation with the dad:

"What do you do?"
"Professional killer"
"Ah - it’s a growth industry"

That Sponteneity one is tickling the back of my mind ... gimme a few.


I'll add another hint:

"Make love in a hammock!"
1538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "The Matrix" was a rip-off? WTF? on: December 06, 2004, 08:52:49 PM
FYI I did a little hunting and the Salt Lake paper that printed that story also has a retraction where they say:

"In reference to the recent article entitled "Mother of the Matrix Victorious," some information has been deemed misleading. Ms. Sophia Stewart has not yet won her case against Joel Silver, Time Warner and the Wachowski Bros. The decision on October 4th enabled Ms. Stewart to proceed with her case, as all attempts to have it dismissed were unsuccessful. Ms. Stewart's case will proceed through the Central District Court of California. "

http://www.slccglobelink.com/news/2004/11/16/News/Corrections-805777.shtml
1539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 08:49:50 PM
Some disappointing news:

http://www.ursulakleguin.com/UKL_info.html

It may end up decent, but....
1540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 08:37:25 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
Yes!  It shouldn't be hard to tell that I'm a fan of the Earthsea books. smile


LOL - I liked the first book and the recent (couple of years) bk 4, but 2 & 3 never resonated as much...
1541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brin's Earth a reality? on: December 03, 2004, 07:17:23 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
For the record,  Earth, by Brin, is one of my favorite science fiction novels out there.


Amen - currently he is still putting too much paradigm-shift endings into his novels, but for Earth it was appropriate and fun.

There is a lot to be gleaned about directions our future society might take in this book, as well as good read.

If you'll recall though, there were some major upheavals getting to the book's time period, the root causes of which are still present in current day society...
1542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 03, 2004, 06:48:13 PM
Quote from: "Crusis"
Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack ...

-Crusis

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I had googled it because I couldn't remember (and it was really bugging me - I could hear Ackroyd's voice but couldn't place it), but I didn't feel right answering - got another?  I'll throw out one in a similar vein:

"Sponteneity has it's time and place!"
1543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 01, 2004, 06:27:54 AM
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
Ed Wood?

if so here's one:

"I can't even get real drugs here.":  Bonus points for context/characters...

(edit for correctness).


Hint (another line from same movie):

"Language Lessons.  Inspired words from a man who knows how to ski."
1544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: November 30, 2004, 08:11:06 PM
Ed Wood?

if so here's one:

"I can't even get real drugs here.":  Bonus points for context/characters...

(edit for correctness).
1545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Supreme Court Hypocrisy" for $2000, Alex on: November 30, 2004, 05:06:37 PM
Quote from: "MrBad"
You're talking about the north frieze right?  The one depicted here:

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/about/north&southwalls.pdf

Doesn't actually have the ten commandments.  It has Moses with commandments 6-10 partially visible.  Commandments 6-10 are not particually religious.  Additionally, other historical lawgivers appear.  Some of the other ones are also religous, such as Solomon and Muhammad.


Sweet link - thanks for teaching me something new today.
1546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brin's Earth a reality? on: November 30, 2004, 05:02:41 PM
Dunno if you saw this but pervasive surveillance in public places is becoming a reality:

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5470286.html

David Brin's Earth depicted a near-future society in which pervasive surveillance had massive implications for culture.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/055329024X/qid=1101834100/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-3586458-6139839?v=glance&s=books

Thoughts
1547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: November 30, 2004, 04:57:12 PM
If you can find them, here are some alternate fantasy novels that are fun:

The Shattered World - Michael Reaves
     Very fun book about a shapeshifting thief in an intriguing world setting

Dream Park - Larry Niven
      Futuristic Theme Park running D&D games in real life.

The List of 7 - Mark Frost
       Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a Political-Mystical intrigue.

Eragon - Christopher Paolini
        Fun book with Epic ramifications about a kid finding a dragon's egg.

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Leguin
        First book in a trilogy about a young wizard and the danger of pride.
1548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone into hacker games? on: November 30, 2004, 01:17:55 AM
Anyone seen a PDA version of Decker?  It seems like it would be perfect...
1549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOTR Time Again - Holy crap! on: November 30, 2004, 01:04:28 AM
Of course, I still have to watch the Two Towers extended edition (I'm glad I at least proceeded to unwrap it and look through the box...)
1550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Christmas Recommendation/Wishlist Thread on: November 25, 2004, 09:57:14 PM
Rome is absolutely fun if you have any interest whatsoever
1551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 08, 2004, 07:31:51 AM
Hey Jeff, don't forget about the SEC championship, even if they lose to GA, Auburn will likely play Tennessee again...
1552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 08, 2004, 03:53:55 AM
Sorry, but as much as I'd like to see it,  'SC wont lose to my Bruins.

Orange: USC Oklahoma
Rose: Cal Wisconsin
Sugar: Georgia WVA
Fiesta: ??? vs ACC champ

??? = Utah, Michigan, Texas, Auburn

this is assuming Georgia beats Auburn this week coming up and then wins the SEC, otherwise swap Auburn in for Georgia
1553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Forget the Election - On to Basketball Season! on: November 04, 2004, 07:38:23 AM
Sorry, but the NBA regular season is boring.  Wake me up when the playoffs are coming.
1554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 04, 2004, 04:11:30 AM
Even with Serious Sam there were levels in single player that don't show up in Coop.  If a level was too scripted it was simply yanked from the Coop level progression.

FWIW - I'm one of those gamers who are 99% more likely to buy if coop is in place, especially shooters.  I've skipped every shooter this year because Coop wasn't included.  I really want to play Painkiller, but I'm much more likely to actually finish it (and thereby get my money's worth) if it had Coop.
1555  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reformatting and Install on a Dell on: November 04, 2004, 04:03:56 AM
Sounds like they just tried doing a reinstall, not a format and reinstall.  Many new dells come with another backup/tools drive/partiition that can cause problems.  Make sure to back anything needed up (files, etc..), then reformat before reinstalling.

Have a CD ready with AntiVirus +recent definitions, as well as Windows XP SP2 ready if your CD doesn't have SP2 integrated, if you possibly can.  Driver CD that came with the Dell is also mandatory (otherwise you might not be able to get a Network or modem driver going to get drivers and patches...
1556  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Burning App suggestions needed. on: November 04, 2004, 03:59:51 AM
FYI, many new CD's have some sort of copy protection built in - which may be your problem with Green Day etc...
1557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good PC Co-op games? on: November 02, 2004, 08:37:32 PM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"
Serious Sam
Serious Sam: Second Encounter

Both are ton of fun in co-op mode. Plus the end boss in SSI is one of the best end bosses you'll ever see.
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Seriously (nyuk, nyuk) these are the best recent Coop games.  Incredible fun!

You may also look for Sven's Half-Life coop mod, and people have mentioned thet System Shock 2 had a coop mode...
1558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gone Gold/Console Gold Road To Rome FAQ Updated 10-18-04 on: October 31, 2004, 05:45:58 AM
bump
1559  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Great deals on Ram, where? on: October 19, 2004, 11:25:58 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
be very careful with Pricewatch though, in no way, shape or form would I recommend getting cheap (generic) ram. Ram is a critical piece of hardware for stability, and I wouldn't recommend skimping on it.  I like Crucial, or get Corsair or Kingston from Newegg.


I totally agree.   Use pricewatch only as a tool to see the price range, and make sure to scroll down to see what more reputable vendors (such as newegg) are charging for quality RAM of your needed type to estabilsh your baseline.

Sorry for any confusion.
1560  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Great deals on Ram, where? on: October 19, 2004, 09:56:14 PM
don't forget to swing by pricewatch.com to find the baseline prices for your RAM.  

I've also never had a problem with crucial and they occasionally have deals...

I would also check techbargains.com and tech-deals.net if there are any specials...
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