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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 23, 2010, 06:51:23 PM
You can get a good selection of the free ones through Amazon as well.  I have been going through the Sherlock Holmes series.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [RANT] F*cking Theives in the office space on: July 20, 2010, 03:00:22 PM
I worked in a supposedly secure government facility that had a gym.  They had just installed a set of flat panel TVs.  It took about a week before either the security or janitorial staff stole them (pretty much the only people authorized to stay after hours without signing out).   

I also worked at a place where someone was poking through desks after hours in a lab.  Getting no help from the company they set up one of their cameras (usually used with microscopes) to watch their desks and set bait (a little gold bar one of them had).  Sure enough they got the guy.  Of course HR pushed to have them dismissed as well for setting the company up for some kind of liability.  Cooler heads prevailed.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job offers- Extremely hard decision on: July 17, 2010, 12:42:46 PM
I just left Fairfax county and it has pros and cons. 

For me it was too congested and the price of real estate was obnoxious.  I also got tired of leaving for work at 6AM to beat the beltway traffic.  I came from a town of 80000 so coming from Houston maybe it is something you are used to. 

The one thing that I did envy coming from a small town was the opportunities kids can have to know what their careers can be about.  My summer job in high school was stacking wood at a lumber mill while one of my VA co-worker's summer job was working on genetic algorithms and n-body simulations. 

Another advantage of the area is it is fairly recession proof for the tech sector.  There are generally always jobs to have.  One of my co-workers used to work in the game industry and got tired of having to chase down and move to jobs so he moved his family to the area for the stability.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] A new Mortal Kombat on it's way? on: June 09, 2010, 10:10:24 AM
It is actually a demo clip for a director that wants WB to make a new MK movie with this kind of vision.  The actors volunteered their time to help. 

 
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the oldest shirt that you still wear? on: June 08, 2010, 09:30:20 PM
I have nothing more than 3 years old.  When I grad schooled it I took pride in dressing like a slob.   When I got a job I had to upgrade to business casual.   I start telecommuting full time in a week and I am looking forward to pitching the Polos and stocking up on T-shirts. 
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gothic 2 on GoG on: April 04, 2010, 12:22:29 PM
I thought Gothic 2 was a lot of fun.  It is a throw back to RPGs that don't adjust the difficulty based on your level or spoon feed you along.   
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: April 03, 2010, 11:04:08 AM
I completely chumped the Tower Knight as a Mage.   I had already gotten the poison cloud spell.  I wiped out the crossbowmen and then just got as close as I needed to poison him and ran and hid until it wore off.  Rinsed and repeated. 
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [anime] New FMA series (remake, not a sequel) begins this weekend 2/13-14 on: February 08, 2010, 03:40:03 PM
There was a point where the original series and the manga diverge but it wasn't for awhile.  So the new series just about tells the exact same story for about 8 episodes.  I initially thought I had stumbled onto the original series with a new open credits sequence.   

9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead DLC (FREE!) & Mod Tools & maps too! on: October 11, 2009, 12:31:59 PM
I've played a couple from that list and Death Aboard is very well done.  Night Terror is clever but more about recreating scenes from movies / Haunted Mansion than level design.   
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: recommend me an "Awesome strategy game" on: September 11, 2009, 07:52:43 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 11, 2009, 07:29:31 PM

wow - been a while since I've seen you :-)

Anyways, never tried it, so I'll be sure to look into it. Is it turnbased though?

Company of Heroes is not turn based.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: King's Bounty: The Legend (adventure/RPG/turn-based combat) on: September 11, 2009, 05:28:03 PM
When you are in combat mode you move the whole stack.  More troops in the stack equates to greater amounts of damage you can inflict and receive.  Your leadership score dictates how many you can have in a stack.  It is kind of a balancing act as you can have lots of weaker monsters in a stack that will do a good amount of damage all at once but will die quickly when hit.   Others types will be tougher and take more damage but you can only have a few at a time. 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An application... really? on: September 09, 2009, 11:42:30 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on September 09, 2009, 02:54:06 AM

Quote from: Eightball on September 09, 2009, 12:41:32 AM

At my level (in-house counsel), from my experience, and that of my various co-workers, applications for large companies are pro forma.  This is because in they use the application to conduct a formal background inquiry, to check that you actually are who you are, went to the schools you went to, and are licensed in the states that you say you're licensed in.  This includes both companies that are known to work their lawyers like dogs (see Pfizer), and companies that treat their attorneys very well (like my own, which was ranked 57 on cnnmoney's top 100 companies to work for in 2009, and ranked the #1 large company to work for in NJ).

For jobs that don't carry as much risk with misrepresentation of the person, they likely don't need to conduct a formal background inquiry, so it's possible applications may not be required.

It's certainly possible that it could be a difference in responsibilities. I work in the upper levels of I.T. - so my job is rarely customer facing.

However at some companies they did require a background check - but that was completed using an actual background investigation form rather than a standard job application form. (The BG check required a crapload more information than any application).

Ah well. I'll rephrase my statements as being specific to the I.T. industry, in which case I truly believe that they are accurate.

 icon_biggrin

And as someone who also works in the IT industry...I've had to fill out applications.  I had a clearance walking into my current job and still had to fill out an application.  I can't say it even really crossed my mind to be bothered by it.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New heavy music I bought in the last day... on: September 08, 2009, 01:25:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 05, 2009, 03:32:51 PM


My current kick has been Amorphis.  They started out as a straight-up death metal outfit (the Tales from the Thousand Lakes disc is awesome, if you're into that sort of thing), but their new stuff leans more towards prog or symphonic metal.  Their latest, Skyforger , is an absolutely incredible album - some of the vocal and music styles remind me a lot of a much heavier Queensryche.




Just grabbed this one.  Thanks for the recommendation! 
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got that hankering for a new shiny game! on: August 21, 2009, 10:03:34 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 20, 2009, 05:24:49 PM

I'm intrigued by Overlord II but I'm holding out for a demo. There was a time I'd routinely drop $30-$40 on PC games that I "thought" I might like, and my game room is full of boxes of games like that, which I didn't play much at all.  icon_redface

I enjoyed the Trine demo quite a bit, but I missed out on the Steam sale. I might check it out eventually.

The forum-ites here are displeased understandably about the lack of "save anywhere" (even just an "overwriting quicksave" would probably do) in Wolfenstein. I long ago resigned myself to that, given all the multi-platform focus of publishers today, but given that today's consoles have fairly roomy hard drives, I do kinda find it inexplicable.

The demo for Overlord 2 has been out for awhile.  You can grab it on Steam.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interested in traveling to Japan on: August 10, 2009, 10:01:15 PM
Around the major cities you can get by with English but as you get further out expect to do a little pantomime if you don't have any of the language under your belt.   
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From When We Were Boys: Why Do We As Men Hoard Our Childhood Things? on: May 13, 2009, 11:45:38 AM
For me the difference is I was part of the first generation to see their toys become "collectibles" before their eyes.  My folks are kind of shocked at what their toys would have gone for now. I have boxes of Star Wars stuff and comic books.  It is all at my parent's house and will remain until they tell me to haul it away.  I like to think of it as my retirement account since my real one isn't worth much anymore.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you remember the first time? on: April 23, 2009, 09:10:11 AM
Yeah my first experience was telnetting to a MUD a friend had told me about.  For awhile I figured the whole of the internet was a few IP addresses pointing to game sites.  My first WWW experience was similar to yours:  a very, very slow loading webpage. 

After that I remember what a big deal it was to setup a SLIP connection with my school account to be able to use all the internets from home.   
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Recently Learned C++? on: April 16, 2009, 09:14:02 PM
Also not recently but I am mainly self taught.  My book was this: http://my.safaribooksonline.com/0130857297 .  I had tried various times before but what ended up motivating me was having a problem I wanted to work on.  

Currently if I ever have a C++ problem and want an example then I typically just Google for a solution.   
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 Impressions thread (now with FIRE!!!) [56K beware] on: March 28, 2009, 08:35:48 PM
Hit R to flip between the map views.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good and Bad TV Series finales on: March 26, 2009, 01:36:32 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on March 25, 2009, 11:31:08 PM

Okay,

I watched Night Court and don't remember the ending.

And How Did ST:Enterprise end?

Spoiler for Hiden:
The original show creators came back for the final writing duties and apparently decided to drop the story arc that had been developed up to that point and advances the time line 6 years.   The relationship arc between Trip and T'Pol was dropped right after the previous episodes foreshadowed / built up to them having a human/vulcan baby at some point.  Apparently things just didn't work out in the years in between and decided to be just friends.  Trip was evidently deemed to be superfluous to the remaining plot and was promptly killed.   At the end Archer was going give the speech that was so rousing that it caused the formation of the Federation.  The writers weren't up to that kind of quality so they cut away just as Archer reached the podium.  On top of that the entire episode (series?) was wrapped as a historical recreation viewed by Riker to make some critical decision during an episode of STNG.     
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 22, 2009, 07:23:51 PM
Have you seen Carnivale?  Cool dark show that was on HBO for a couple seasons.  If you like the vibe of BSG then you will probably enjoy it.  Ron Moore was one of the Executive Producers and was the showrunner for the 1st season.

22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penumbra- any impressions? on: March 10, 2009, 09:24:56 PM
I played through the 2nd one first and really enjoyed it.  It reminded me of Half Life if they took out the fighting and added more puzzles.  I don't recall any combat just a lot of tension waiting for an enemy to go by without tipping him off.  I thought the "stealth" system was pretty clever. 
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 07, 2009, 07:41:12 PM
I saw it this morning at 10 AM showing that was sparsely attended.  Although I have never read the novel I have been on the internet long enough to have information subtly enter my head though diffusion.  It is just odd to see the characters and to be able to name them without ever seeing the source.  

Anyways, I liked it and I think it works as a film partially because of the Nolan Batman films.  Those films created an expectation of a serious take on superheroes that broader audiences can accept and other films (like this) can comment and build upon.  Much like the superhero comics of the 80s took themselves (very) seriously as a genre.  

My advice is to go into it like you just got a miniseries on DVD and are sitting down to watch the whole thing.  Its about the little stories more than the grand story.        

    
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the best game you own? on: February 28, 2009, 11:17:21 AM
System Shock 2

I have replayed it numerous times and just love roaming the decks of the Von Braun.   It always felt like it created a real sense of place and used sound wonderfully.  My favorite moments are when I find a little safe place where I can hide out and regroup and I hear something passing by.  Bioshock was good but a straight remake with just new graphics while maintaining the feel of the original SS2 would be fantastic.   
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What kinds of interests make you a "nerd" or "dork"? Why? on: February 23, 2009, 01:06:52 AM

Quote from: Jaddison on February 22, 2009, 11:12:46 PM

It is an interesting construct.  if you are INTO cars and engines you are a motorhead and it is acceptable.  if you are Michale Jordan not making the HS team and work on your game almost to the exclusion of all else that is acceptable.

Be into something intensely that is intellectual in nature and it seems most likle you will have a non-flattering moniker attached.

In HS when I worked on being a good pitcher no one batted an eye.  But when my algebra teacher really got to me about effort and not working my hardest and i started doing the extra problems he assigned...people had a problem with that (though not my parents, actually I don't think they gave a hoot either way)

I think a certain amount of that is because certain activities have clear payoffs.  People understand the immediate benefit of having a nice car or being a sport's star.  Discovering a more efficient way to compute a sparse matrix, well...it is probably not going to get you the girl.       

I'd also add as someone who does computer science research if I am on a project and get to choose between the geek and the cool guy for my team then the cool guy can piss off.  Yes, this is a real office scenario.   There is something just wrong when you work in a field that is about solving problems and you kind of brag about not being the smartest guy.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: February 11, 2009, 12:31:49 AM
Not in the least.  It just followed a slew of people not getting the 10 inch pianist joke so I actually read Moliere's post as another "I don't get it" post but now I see he was referring to the actual content.  Ever few months I try to be useful on these boards and I am counting this one!   <Lurk On>
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: February 09, 2009, 11:50:50 PM
The TED conferences are where the best and brightest minds give presentations on some interesting or exciting field of research.  His did not count. 

They are usually pretty good.

http://www.ted.com/
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - [beta impressions included] on: January 28, 2009, 01:55:08 AM
You shouldn't need a key. That was just for the week headstart.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 on: November 15, 2008, 11:25:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 14, 2008, 03:26:03 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 14, 2008, 02:51:26 PM

  I have no idea what kind of ridiculousness he'll come up with to rival the ability to outrun cold.   

did you watch the trailer?  I'm not sure how he can top a tidal wave wiping out the Himalayas  icon_lol

That was actually the end of the movie.  The rest is a tense procedural crime drama in which the tidal wave slowly puts together the clues to identity of the monk and finally tracks him down in the triumphant conclusion getting revenge for the murder of his wife and child waves.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 21, 2008, 10:01:03 PM
Managed 31.  A sad state of affairs.  Pushups and situps used to be a daily ritual for me and while I never hit 100 I did manage 75+ in the good old days.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wrong Number You Douchebag on: May 20, 2008, 09:52:18 PM
I lost my cell phone a couple years ago and since I was a few months from renewing my contract and getting a deal on a new phone I deactivated my account.  When I reactivated it apparently the local phone company gave my number away in the interim even though I was still paying for my service.  Usually calls would get through but occasionally would be rerouted to someone's house.  Could be a similar deal.
32  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: nVidia 9800 GX2 on: January 05, 2008, 08:28:07 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on January 04, 2008, 11:28:37 PM

Unless they've drastically changed the architexture from the 7 series GX2 card then it's not actually 1GB of videoram. Sure.. it's all physically on there, but because of the way SLI is setup at a hardware/driver level then you only practically have 512mb or ram. Having two 768mb GTX's doesn't give you over a gig of video ram. You're game is still only using 768mb worth of textures at a time at best. The reason? Both cards always contain the same texture memory. The way they split rendering doesn't allow them to use your total, only the max on the individual card.

I was pretty blown away when that was explained to me the first time. Your fancy GX2 won't give you any better framerates at higher resolutions than people with regular old SLI setups.

It's worth noting that those "30% faster" notes are only in ideal situations and an actual SLI setup will pretty much always outperform it. In some cases for less money.

I bet you could pickup two 512mb 8800GT's for several hundred dollars less and get the same or better performance. Granted there's no benchmarks yet, but I can't imagine this one being a drastic departure from the results the 7950gx2 got relative to the other cards out at the time.

The one truly major positive to the GX2 design is that it only needs one PCIe slot. It means you can get SLI like performance on a non SLI motherboard. It's just a feature you pay a lot of extra money for.

I agree.  Nothing to amazing to see here.  Your last line reminds me of some game mechanic.  My motherboard only has 2 free slots so I can either go with 2 8000 series cards or use a single 9800 card and in the other slot put a stone of +3 to fire mastery.

Kind of disappointing for me because I do GPGPU stuff and SLI just useless for that.  I really wanted a single GPU with 256 processors. 
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3d wii! on: December 24, 2007, 06:08:02 PM
After a bit of dicking around I got this to work.  I am using a Kensington Bluetooth USB 2.0 adapter.  The tutorial for installing the Bluetooth for Wii recommends using Soleil but another Wiimote PC page indicates it does not need it.  So my initial problems may have been linked to that.  In the end I just used the Windows XP discovery method and it was fine.

A good application to make sure everything is working is WiinRemote which is a dump of all the outputs being generated by the Wiimote to the PC. 

But in the end I fired up the app and was able to do all the demo stuff.  So I got about 5 minutes of "Wow that is cool!" after about and 1.5 hours of screwing around figuring out what all the various error messages I encountered were telling me. 
 
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sony marketing idea: Showing decapitated animals. (not a joke) on: April 29, 2007, 03:22:07 PM
Quote
The Sony spokesman said the animal had not been slaughtered for the event but had been bought from a local butcher by the Greek company hired to stage the event.

If only it had been properly wrapped in plastic on a styrofoam tray like nature intended meat to be presented.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario and Zelda-I Just Don't Get It... on: April 27, 2007, 01:56:54 AM
When people buy a Nintendo console they expect Mario and Zelda.  So they sell well and will sell well as long as they have some level of quality.  Okami may have done much better on the GC or Wii because the audience is already built in. 

I will cop to the nostalgia.  Donkey Kong was one of the first arcade games I ever played and it intrigued me so much more than Pac Man because it almost seemed to have a story.  I played all the descendents of that game and when Super Mario Brothers came out it was perfect.  I played everything through SNES.  Mario 64 I find lacking since it seemed to strip off the charm and pacing of the original and the camera blows. 

But I also have different expectations for consoles games.  I have a good PC so I want to play things that don't feel like PC games on my console.  Silly, charming, somewhat shallow, replayable diversions. 
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Orlando FL Honeymoon on: April 21, 2007, 11:22:03 PM
I highly recommend going about an hour outside of Orlando and taking a swamp boat tour.  It is a nice change from the tourist track, fun zooming through the swamp and you get to get up close and personal with alligators doing their thing.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for 2/19 on: February 19, 2007, 05:53:44 PM
I just checked the VC store and as of right now Donkey Kong Country is not available while the other three are. 
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Loken should take the Red Pill on: March 25, 2006, 02:16:52 PM
I can't really blame her.  Work is work and I doubt she was getting any other offers to carry a theatrical release movie like that.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doom Movie on: March 06, 2006, 04:45:55 AM
I'll go ahead and be the one to say I found it awful.  I just could not think of a reason why it needed to be called Doom.  Why take all those years to try to get the game made into a movie when the only similarities will be shadows, the BFG and naming the scientists after the game developers?  Felt like they bought a script that was close enough and slapped Doom on the cover.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST 02/15 [Episode Spoilers] on: February 17, 2006, 04:11:39 PM
I enjoyed this one although it does feel like a different writer is heading each episode and the characters are not feeling very consistent.   Or maybe everything is too splintered storywise.  It felt like everyone was involved in some main story arc the first season and now they are jall ust doing their own thing.  

I do get why Sawyer smashed the frog because I know guys like that.  It is just a petty little way to show his power to affect Hurley's life.   When Hurley stood up to him about the food that took away a tool to screw with him.  But as soon as he saw Hurley thought of the frog as a pet he got a new one.
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