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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 02, 2015, 01:48:09 PM
any thoughts on the fence supports being on the 'wrong' side? I'm no engineer but I would have thought that by having the fence supports on the inside of the fence that it could better withstand the pushing from hordes of undead.

42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Not an easy topic) Death,crowd funding?,profit?,donate?-what are your thoughts on: February 24, 2015, 01:29:00 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 23, 2015, 08:46:26 PM

Now I would hope that having that kind of tragedy and seeing people's generosity the family would pass what along to others but I don't give it with the condition that it must be passed along.

My thoughts exactly.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Not an easy topic) Death,crowd funding?,profit?,donate?-what are your thoughts on: February 23, 2015, 08:24:22 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 23, 2015, 08:14:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 23, 2015, 07:06:21 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 23, 2015, 06:38:33 PM

Was this unpreventable? I'm actually surprised the parents are getting so much sympathy based on the description.

There's only so much you can do to kid-proof the entire world.  If the kid had never left his room on his own before, let alone solo opened the front door to the house, I think it's understandable that the parents never saw that as a high risk for that kid.

I've got a fishtank in my house, and conceivably my 4.5 year old could quietly leave her room while we were sleeping, walk downstairs, drag a stepstool of some sort over to the fishtank, open the lid, fall in, and drown.  But my daughter has never exhibited any behavior around the fishtank that would make her seem interested in doing anything remotely close to that action, and she doesn't even ever leave her room on her own unless we open the door for her or tell her over the baby monitor that she can come downstairs.

Should I find some way to completely strap down the lid to the fishtank even though it's seems extraordinarily unlikely that anything would actually happen?  I mean, I admit talking through the fishtank scenario now makes me want to strap down the lid out of the self-induced fear I just gave myself, but I'm sure if I put my mind to it (and hated myself) I could think of even more hypothetical deadly scenarios for my kids.

I guess when my daughter was even younger but not using a crib, I did have a childproof doohickey on her bedroom door knob to stop her from leaving her room on her own, so maybe there was more the parents in the OP could've/should've done.  But I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt unless I hear otherwise.

edit to my previous post:  I misread Roman's post the first time and didn't realize it was an unrelated other citizen who did the crowdfunding rather than the toddler's parents.  That changes everything, and if he keeps a single dime for his own personal benefit then yes, he's going to hell.

I wasn't specifically judging, I was more curious if there were any more details to the case, like the parents were out partying and left the kid home alone or something.

Well there were more details but I specifically left them out so that we could talk about the issue without any pre-conceived ideas....

He was staying at his grandparents apartment. He was put to bed around 9-10pm and made it out of bed, out of the apartment, down the elevator (or stairs - unknown) and out of the building (captured on camera)
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 23, 2015, 08:15:24 PM
Never had that happen even once. Sure they sometimes ask if there is something that I would like to pre-order - but I'm talking like 1 out of 10 transactions.
Maybe its because EB Games up here in Canada is on a the 'mellow' sales model  icon_lol.

45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Not an easy topic) Death,crowd funding?,profit?,donate?-what are your thoughts on: February 23, 2015, 08:02:36 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2015, 07:16:24 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 23, 2015, 07:06:21 PM

edit to my previous post:  I misread Roman's post the first time and didn't realize it was an unrelated other citizen who did the crowdfunding rather than the toddler's parents.  That changes everything, and if he keeps a single dime for his own personal benefit then yes, he's going to hell.

I don't think he should keep any either, but this made me start to wonder about the tax implications of all that money technically going to person A who then gives it to person B as a "gift".  The fund starter will be on record as having earned that $170k, right?  That probably puts a huge tax burden on that person, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

No No No. The concerned citizen is not keeping any of the money. All the funds are going to the parents.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Not an easy topic) Death,crowd funding?,profit?,donate?-what are your thoughts on: February 23, 2015, 05:53:38 PM
Okay I'll begin.

Yes - I'm a parent of one.

I'd like to think that I would use the funds for the funeral and donate the rest to other worthy charities. Maybe even the daycare where my child attended etc etc.
I'm not sure I would be comfortable with the excess funds. No amount of money would replace a loved one and I'd like to think that I would keep in mind the wishes of the original thought for the fundraising.

I guess in hindsight the crowd funding could have been capped at $20k too?

I dunno.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (Not an easy topic) Death,crowd funding?,profit?,donate?-what are your thoughts on: February 23, 2015, 04:26:11 PM
Back story:
Something terrible happened here in Toronto last week. A 3yr old child managed to leave his room / residence in a diaper, boots and tshirt in the early morning (security footage shows 4am) and exit the building.
Todler was later found approx 6.5hrs later lying in snow next to a home in a lane way, all attempts to revive failed.
Temps that day were with windchill: -33 C or -27.4 F

Concerned citizen with children of his own decides to set up crowd funding to cover funeral costs -he hoped to raise $20k. It grew to just over $170k.

There are some comments being registered via social media that the deceased's family should take the $20k for the funeral costs and donate the remainder to (for example) children's charities etc etc.

There are other calls for (believe it or not) for the citizen who created the crowd funding to setup other sites to take care of the other people who need it (how dare he forget about the other people[as an example])

What are your thoughts? Why has this world become so jaded and angry - in your opinion?

48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: February 10, 2015, 07:56:01 PM
24 mil DPS on a weapon?  eek

When I was playing on the PC I think my highest was 3400 (give or take) DPS? I believe I maxed out around 450k DPS and 6.5 mil toughness for my entire build and I was 245 paragon.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: February 03, 2015, 06:46:39 PM
I'm considering coming back into it - once I make time to call Blizzard and get them to turn off my authenticator (on my old iphone which is gone  tear)
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 31, 2015, 04:14:15 PM
I ain't seen anything like that yet. Closest thing for me was just after I liberated an outpost a truck of bad guys rolled up. So I killed all 3. Easy.

I chalked it up as just random driving got them there not lazy coding.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 01:12:04 PM
I have !!! This one time at band camp...................

But yes for me the eagles far outweigh any other frustration in the game - even the time I spent like 2hrs trying to figure out why I couldn't unlock the North mission  finger
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 29, 2015, 08:50:32 PM
Perhaps they were just another pack of roaming wolves that just happened to be in the same area? You know like wolves do and such.

Lucky it wasn't Rhinos! Those bastards are mean and tough. That is until a .50cal mounted gun is close by  ninja
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 28, 2015, 08:45:46 PM
Yup - done that  icon_rolleyes

I can't count the number of times I've thrown meat instead of grenades or knives smile
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 28, 2015, 04:44:50 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 28, 2015, 01:43:49 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 28, 2015, 05:55:18 AM

I seem to have met my match in Act V with Adria: The Witch (aka Spider-Woman). Any ideas? I've tried everything in my L54 Crusader toolbox, and seem wholly unable to bring her health meter below maybe 70%. Then the stupid heart slugs (or whatever) fill up the screen. If she has a weakness, I can't find it.

Nobody on bnet seems to join open multiplayer games anymore (presumably the only people left playing are L70 players now) so it doesn't seem like I can get any help on this that way.

I guess I'll Google it but thought I'd ask in case anyone here even remembers playing through Acts anymore.  icon_smile

I guess I knew sooner or later D3 would go back to pissing me off and frustrating me. Nothing like a love-hate relationship.  icon_neutral

I don't know if the PC and console versions differ in leveling speed, but you seem really low-level for that fight.  I was already at 70 and had gained a few paragon levels by that point.  You could try gaining some levels or crafting some new gear.

I agree with Eddie on this one.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 27, 2015, 05:56:31 PM
I can't remember the exact build from my crusader but I was lucky enough to get the flail and shield combo that allowed me to toss the shield into battle and it just ricochet back and forth doing hundreds of K to millions of crit  damage in the meantime. Kinda cheesy but was still fun smile

The gameplay looked something like this:

56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question for aviation experts - Speed of sound / size of plane? on: January 15, 2015, 04:30:34 PM
I understand that the plane was not travelling at the speed of sound. I am coming at it from the position of: they came pretty close - but even coming close did that pose any threat/risk to the fuselage? Is a plane with that type of aerodynamics meant to fly as fast OR faster as that?

edit - reply was posted at the same time as post above.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Question for aviation experts - Speed of sound / size of plane? on: January 15, 2015, 02:59:27 PM
Earlier this week it was reported that a British Airways Boeing 777 flying from NY to London reached near super sonic speed due to the jet stream. It pushed the plane to 1200 km/h (super sonic is 1224 km/h)

Question- are planes of that size tested at those speeds? My lame brain tells me that the plane may not be designed as such.

58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: January 13, 2015, 03:41:01 PM
While not 'awesome news' I am very happy that you made your decision. You will be happier for it now over time.

59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: January 08, 2015, 09:28:52 PM
trade it in now. Buy something you really want to play.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: January 07, 2015, 09:35:10 PM
Here's a question - how does she feel about you? If there is nothing coming your way there is little incentive in prescribing to ATBs Rx.
(although it is nice - just don't tell him that) icon_lol
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: January 05, 2015, 08:49:56 PM
First thing to realize is that you are not abandoning your child IF you chose to leave the relationship. This point cannot be underscored enough- please realize this.

I'm going to be honest with you as you have some 'similar' things in your relationship that I have experienced.

I was married for 12yrs and have a son too.

I married for the wrong reasons and knew this from day 1 but stuck it out because:
  • I did not want to be my parents (failed marriage)
  • I did honestly think that I was in love
  • Other BS that you tell yourself to stay in it
I waited WAY TOO LONG to pull the plug on the marriage and as a result all 3 of us suffered. But I can tell you with the utmost honesty and assurance that it was the best decision in my life. There was no infidelity, drugs or booze or any of the Hollywood drama you may have read or heard about with other couples.

Did it hurt? Sure.
Was it scary? Sure.
Did I come out on the other end? (still a process) Yes
Do I get along with my ex? Yes

Looking back would I make the same decision to end the marriage? Yes

She has gone on to meet another man and is happy and I have been in a relationship with another woman for the past 6-7 months. It took me just over 2yrs to be 'ready' to date again and in that time I learned a great deal about myself.

Don't waste any more of your life is my advice. You may continue to experience (as I did) more and more resentment towards her and grow further and further apart.

62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Avenger Gaming Controller Add on? on: December 31, 2014, 07:24:33 PM
Yes yes yes. That's the one. The inventor chose the wrong guy to market it if me memor serves. The guy he chose ended up being a total douche and loser to boot.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 28, 2014, 08:29:08 PM
Might have smiled or snickered once or twice. Lame and not worth the time. I did think that the actor who played Kim was good.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 25, 2014, 05:47:26 PM
might also be seen on torrent sites too.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 18, 2014, 06:52:02 PM
yes the 'I' indicates that the item is from the expansion. As for base damage question- I'm not %100 sure but would be my bottom dollar that it is. Bungie is a joke. Game traded in for Far Cry 4.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 17, 2014, 11:50:27 AM

Quote from: Laner on December 14, 2014, 10:50:57 PM

People actually apply for jobs on their phone?

Mobile devices have file storage, mail client. Why not? Some job posting sites also have Apps to enable you to apply direct from the app. Its 2014!
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 15, 2014, 08:41:37 PM
I'm done. These 2 articles (posts) reinforce my decision.

Article Link:

Post from their forums (Credit to ATB)

Bungie, I have done a really good job of just supporting you and defending you since Destiny launched, and to be fair I have had a blast playing. I love the game.

However, you've just pushed and pushed and pushed. Just bullshit, nonstop, since launch.

This Dark Below stuff is really close to the last straw for me, and I've put a LOT of time into Destiny for my schedule. Approximately 14 days may not seem like that big of a deal for others, but that is a lot of time for me.

The Dark Below has literally invalidated everything I've done.

My raid armor - Useless
The time I've put into my exotics - Useless
Doing HM VoG - Pointless
The Hezen Vengence I had drop for me last night, post DLC, - Pointless at 300 attack now.

That is 14 days that you guys made irrelevant with a 9mb download.

To make matters even worse when you put out that update about how you're handling exotics and EVERYONE tripped, you guys came back and said that you were taking to heart our complaints and were going to respect the time we put into our gear. Then you went ahead and did EXACTLY what everyone was complaining about.

Yeah it's nice that my Icebreaker is 302 instead of 300 now that I've reset it, but now all the perks are gone. Instead of leveling up something new I have to go back and REDO what I've already done.

And that is what The Dark Below is. Redoing everything we've already done. I loved the missions and the strike, and I can't wait to do the raid. However, past the 6 hours of content you gave us (which is a whole other topic for disappointment)... it's all about redoing what I've already done, on items I've already had.

There is no reason to run VoG anymore. I can get gear from vendors that makes VoG gear useless. I could bust my ass trying to get Vex Mythoclast, but why bother when I can get any weapon from the vendors that tops at 331 now. I've made it this far without Mythoclast, my other exotics work fine. Oh but I can upgrade it at Xur? I've ran the hard raid 4 times (yeah maybe not as much as others) and all 4 times I have gotten the sparrow and MULTIPLE helmets. So if I happen to get lucky enough to have Mytoclast drop, then I have to wait to be lucky enough for it to show up in Xur's inventory. I have no faith in your RNG benefiting me. But that's okay. I could deal with that, if you hadn't been making it habit to completely ignore what we say.

You nuked player investment. Nuked it. Right out of the atmosphere. What this content has showed me is that none of my time is going to matter because every time there is a new DLC, everything I have is going to be irrelevant or I'm going to have to start it over. So why spend the time getting there?

Don't get me wrong, I still have hopes. I've been hoping and staying positive since launch that you guys were going in the right direction. I've been stoically defending Destiny against naysayers all this time, but you guys aren't giving us anything to stand on.

Which brings me to my next point - Your weekly updates.

Are. BUNK.

All you've done with these updates is blow smoke up our collective asses, and this one? Seriously? A weekly update and all you're giving us are two freaking interviews?

Your weekly updates need to be directly related to things going on in the game. What is coming, what is being tweaked, what is being changed. All you do is hint and make sly jokes pointing towards things that end up being disappointments because you don't listen to anyone. Stop. Letting. Activision. Ruin. You.

I mean seriously, Bungie. I WANT this game to be my go to game for all my free time. I want this game to be the Halo of my teenage years. I want everything to always come back to Destiny. No matter what I play, I want to end up back at Destiny.

But all you're doing is dicking us around, and this is coming from someone who has done nothing but defend you since launch. Your updates are pointless, the content you're giving us has ruined everything we've already done. There is no reason for new players to run VoG. There is no reason for veteran players to bother with VoG drops. There is no reason to bother leveling up anything that you're not going to use on a daily basis.

I am disappointed. To my core. I'm not going to rage or scream, or yell. I just want you to know that I am very close to giving up on you and your game. I paid for the season pass, so I'm stuck until House of Wolves.

But if your performance over these last few months is anything to be believed, I will be leaving once I finish those story missions.

I pray you get your collective heads out of your butts, and start listening (and I mean really listening) to what your players are saying.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 10, 2014, 06:17:04 PM
In terms of COD I always knew what to expect in that case and we are talking about 2 fundamentally different games. This is not COD and expectations were higher.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 10, 2014, 04:24:14 PM
Agreed with Lettuce. Plus you had all sorts of adrenalin flowing. People will remember the kick and not the post response.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 10, 2014, 02:06:43 PM
wow. just wow.

I caved and bought the content- what a joke. 3 new missions are lame and were over in about 10mins each. What the fuck did I pay for?
Sure there are more bounties from that new female character but really?

71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 05:06:24 PM
start, run, calc
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 08, 2014, 06:55:27 PM
I agree with you %110. While I didn't follow the marketing campaign I understood what was being promised from tidbits that I read from here and there.
The gameplay is solid and like ATB says the shooting is darn near perfect.

I am just very burnt out with the repetitive nature of this game. This is my first 'MMO' I guess you can classify it as such (I've no idea) but the constant grind for materials and the sever lack of actual content once the story was done is very very painful. I usually race through a game and don't pay attention to the cut scenes so I can't comment on the lack of story I guess -but everything I have read since its release points to massive cutting in order to make $$ off us.
Add to that the experiences that I have had with the servers being down just make me more 'sad'

Maybe I'll hold onto my $20 and buy FarCry instead..........
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 08, 2014, 06:48:30 PM
jeebus! You're just like Jason Bourne now!
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 08, 2014, 06:00:08 PM
I'll take your code HarK  icon_lol

I'm torn- although I know that I will get the DLC just for the social aspect of continuing with my group. But this has been a big disappointment IMHO.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 03, 2014, 04:05:19 PM

what Lettuce said above. Have fun and hope you win.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shopping list app/program? on: December 03, 2014, 03:57:19 PM
I use MyShopi for groceries etc.
I organize my categories by the way my store is laid out and how I shop in it.

It works for me. Has pics and also ability to add items to the DB and search google for the corresponding pic.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 01, 2014, 07:45:57 PM
do the markings on the trees in the forest hold any significance? We always see them when Morgan is on screen.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 19, 2014, 08:49:17 PM
Destiny was/is a let down.

Wolfenstein is my surprise.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 12, 2014, 05:54:49 PM
zero gaming for me. I use for web browsing etc. Any activity really where I don't want to have my laptop on my lap  icon_lol
Plus I RDP to my desktop when I see something I want to download  ninja
Streaming movies from PC to tablet in bed is also a bonus!

I never wanted a tablet until I bought the 1st gen iPad the week it was released - haven't looked back since.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gmail Will Give Anyone an Invite to Inbox for One Hour Today (Wednesday) on: November 06, 2014, 03:01:24 AM
Same here. Nothing since the confirmation email frown
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