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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple tells M$ to stop with the ads? on: July 19, 2009, 07:42:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 18, 2009, 09:47:37 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on July 18, 2009, 09:41:46 PM

Quote from: mytocles on July 17, 2009, 08:33:47 PM

I'm afraid that I'm somewhat limited by my own knowledge-base and abilities to "learn new tricks" - but, wtf? There is no "backspace" key on an Apple laptop? Was it that important for them to separate themselves from MS, that one of the most common keystrokes was left in the dust?   eek

Is this still true?  I remember being in shock when trying to use my wife's IMac and not seeing a backspace key, what a pain in the rear.  Has the Mac finally discovered right-clicking?


As far as right clicking goes, on a Macbook, there is a very elegant multitouch system that acts as a right click.  I much prefer this to traditional PC trackpads - it's fantastic.  Similar to the keyboard, if you plug in any mouse, right click works as expected.

One of the things I was amazed when I first got a MacBook was the multitouch trackpad. Man, those things are slick. One finger moves the pointer, two finger scrolls a page. It became second nature to me and I find it really natural.
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 19, 2009, 06:53:26 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 17, 2009, 04:45:14 PM

I could use some more Crash Test Dummies.

Never broke up. They still tour. They mostly do the festival circuits these days, and sometimes Brad Roberts goes solo. In fact, there's a new Crash Test Dummies album being worked on now.
1123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jake G. as Prince of Persia on: July 19, 2009, 06:30:07 PM
That just looks epicly bad.
1124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So - Lunar landing gone from NAsa on: July 17, 2009, 05:35:48 PM
Here's a neat site that recreates the whole mission in realtime:

http://www.wechoosethemoon.org/
1125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book -> Movie] The Time Traveler's Wife on: July 17, 2009, 02:47:41 AM
Yeah, the book is awesome. I'm a little apprehensive about the movie though. I worry that they'll spend too much time focusing on the romance and not enough on the sci-fi part which is equally important.
1126  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: July 16, 2009, 02:40:36 AM
I can tell you that, having used Stigma stones, they can unlock new skills. Considering their drop rate is rare, you have more of a chance of picking something up that someone doesn't have. And you can slot up to 4 of them, so I expect things to get pretty interesting with the variety out there.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: hey Ron, we got a job for you! (new TMNT movie) on: July 14, 2009, 06:30:02 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 14, 2009, 02:17:36 PM

They're making a new movie after the utter bomb of the 3rd one?

Fucking Hollywood. Crushing my memories once again.

They already did. It was a CGI movie.
1128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Daggerfall now released for free on: July 14, 2009, 01:23:28 AM
Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't figure out how to swing my weapon at the first rat in the tutorial. Using the left mouse button just says "You see a rat", and the right mouse button doesn't do anything. I even reconfigured the swing key to Z and that won't work either. What am I doing wrong? I died in the tutorial. This is embarrassing.

Nevermind. Hold right mouse button and move the mouse in the direction you want to swing.
1129  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: July 13, 2009, 06:03:21 AM
Yep, unless things have changed, they were on track with September a few months ago when I was testing it.
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 13, 2009, 03:34:08 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 13, 2009, 03:30:28 AM

Quote from: Crux on July 12, 2009, 06:25:03 PM

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six with the right director.

Holy shit I forgot about this.  What a fantastic book.  And I loved the ending.   icon_twisted  Great call on Rainbow Six. 

Apparently there is a planned 2010 movie release.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414429/
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 13, 2009, 03:15:01 AM
You're right. I meant Mercury, my bad. That book sucked hard.

The best part I liked about Venus was the journey.
1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 12, 2009, 07:49:35 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on July 12, 2009, 07:26:44 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 12, 2009, 07:18:48 PM

Unfortunately, Ben Bova has written a lot of crap lately. His Venus and Mercury books have been more comic-book or fantasy-like with his own universe's agenda instead of the greatness that was Mars, which really disappointed me because I knew he was capable of better than that.

I'll disagree.  Out of all the "planet-titled" books that Bova wrote, I found Mars and Return to Mars the least interesting. I really enjoyed Venus and the Asteroid Wars books in particular.

Really? I guess it's all down to taste then, but I found his later books were terrible, almost as if he was grasping at straws and was more interested in creating his universe and forgot the science. Venus, I found was particularly insulting as first and foremost the story wasn't even about Venus, but his Skytower or whatever it's called as the primary focus of the book. Venus was pretty much relegated to being mentioned here and there. It was like false advertising. I wasn't reading about Venus, I was reading about a skytower project which so happened to have Venus mentioned. Let me put it this way. It's part of his planetary tour books, and I expected to have it set on Venus, where Venus was a primary focus of the story, but it was far from that. That particularly pissed me off.


In Mercury, there was a villain, and right there, is when I felt things were different.

With Mars on the other hand, he stuck to realism and a realm of believability, instead of going off fantasy style with his own agenda, and that's where I was impressed. The landscape itself was the villain. It was more about survival on a foreign planet.  That's the Ben Bova I expected in his later stories, but never got. Somewhere down the line, he switched from hard sci-fi to fantasy sci-fi and started getting all fantastical.
1133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Superman II is Cannon? on: July 12, 2009, 07:30:07 PM
It's hard to say. I really liked some of the Donner cuts, but overall, it left me wanting. There were some of his cuts that I thought should of been in the original. Like the part where Clark goes back and gets his powers back. I like the way that was explained, as in the original it just kind of came out of the blue with no explanation.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 12, 2009, 07:18:48 PM
I agree about Mars by Ben Bova. That would make a great movie. I've read many Books set on Mars and I still think he had the most realistic portrayal of what it would be like, no offense to Kim Stanley Robinson. The closest we came to that was the Discovery Channel miniseries, Race to Mars.

Unfortunately, Ben Bova has written a lot of crap lately. His Venus and Mercury books have been more comic-book or fantasy-like with his own universe's agenda instead of the greatness that was Mars, which really disappointed me because I knew he was capable of better than that.

Another great book I think would make a great movie is Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear. Loved the story.

The Last House in the Galaxy by Andy Secombe would make a really cool movie. I LOVED that book. Think Douglas Adams with a modern day setting England, where an Alliance of a multitude of aliens end up on Earth and use a rich couple's estate as a refuge to plan their attack against their enemy.
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 12, 2009, 06:54:26 AM

Quote from: Booner on July 12, 2009, 05:11:49 AM

Off the top of my head.......Soundgarden would be someone I'd like to see do something new.


I was just thinking of that. An interview I saw recently had Chris Cornell saying he didn't think it would be a possibility, however.
1136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best TV Theme Song on: July 10, 2009, 09:15:02 PM
Dukes of Hazzard?
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome App Megathread on: July 03, 2009, 05:56:09 PM
One of my favourite apps of all time is one called Mailwasher. It acts as a sort of in-between that you run before your mail client. It logs into the mail server and fetches the headers and you can see exactly what you have in waiting for you in your account. Then you can mark specific mails such as spam and viruses (which are easily marked), hit the process button deleting all the crap that you've told it to delete, leaving only the good stuff to be picked up by your mail client. This has saved me loads of pain, particularly for my Dad's computer which otherwise would be a minefield of spyware and viruses. Ever since I started using it, I then trained my parents to use it, which cut down dramatically on the crap.

The free version is limited to one account, but there's a Pro version with additional accounts among other features.

www.mailwasher.net
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asteroids on: July 03, 2009, 05:35:06 AM

Quote from: kronovan on July 02, 2009, 08:00:46 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on July 02, 2009, 04:49:02 PM

I thought Armageddon was based off Asteroids.

Heh...both Armageddon and Deep Impact. smile

I thought Deep Impact had the better story while Armageddon was the one to get more attention.
1139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perhaps warm weather isn't ALWAYS better than cold weather... on: July 01, 2009, 06:55:05 PM
Try weathering (ha!) -30C (-22F) and come back and say cold is better. Yeah, didn't think so Tongue
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MP3 Player Recommendation on: July 01, 2009, 06:34:05 PM
My parents both got Sandisk Sansa Fuzes for Christmas. They look and feel like iPods.
1141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fuel on: June 30, 2009, 10:01:42 PM
I wish Codemasters would team up with Invictus again and make an 1nsane sequel. I freaking loved that game and to me, there's no off-road game that came close. It introduced some fun capture-the-flag mode never before seen in a racing game.

I would check out Project Torque. It's made by Invictus. It's a free to play racing MMO that includes many different kinds of modes, including arcade, sim,  ctf, free roaming, drag racing, etc and has some pretty good damage modeling. Includes a mix of made up and licensed vehicles. I discovered it recently and been having a blast with it.

http://project-torque.aeriagames.com/
1142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 30, 2009, 09:13:27 PM
This is a funny video of him going through a McDonald's Drive-through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtYdDK1uTDI
1143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 29, 2009, 06:22:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on June 29, 2009, 05:33:22 AM

I honestly didn't care about Billy Mays, in fact, I hate him.  That is until I watched Pitchmen.  He seemed like such a great guy on that show and you couldn't help but love it when he was on the screen.  He's loud and larger than life but so much fun to watch.  I feel bad for Sully frown  I wonder if Pitchmen will go on without him?  It's one of the few new shows that's found it's way onto my DVR.

Maybe they'll replace him with Vince, aka the Shamwow pitchman.
1144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Megan Fox is HOT thread...lots of big pics NSFW on: June 29, 2009, 06:17:54 PM
You forgot Kate Winslet.
1145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 28, 2009, 06:41:39 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 28, 2009, 05:12:27 PM

Wow, he was on Conan last week promoting his new show.
He, like MJ, was 50. So odd!

Conan gave him a hard time, and I was glad for it, as I'm not a big fan of his. But he was good at his job.

His segment on Conan was hilarious. Actually gave me some respect for him.
1146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Megan Fox is HOT thread...lots of big pics NSFW on: June 27, 2009, 09:03:22 PM
Now we're cookin'! Damn, those eyes drill right into me  icon_lol
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Megan Fox is HOT thread...lots of big pics NSFW on: June 27, 2009, 07:36:43 PM
She may be hot, but I dunno, I think she's of little substance.
1148  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: June 27, 2009, 07:10:04 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 25, 2009, 06:42:42 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 25, 2009, 05:49:14 AM

Hehe, she's in a Star Trek RPG group that I'm in.

 eek so, the Geek really DO inherit the earth!

You bet. Check out her profile: http://www.aiononline.com/us/community/development_team/meet_liv.html
1149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: June 25, 2009, 05:49:14 AM
Hehe, she's in a Star Trek RPG group that I'm in.
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need some new music on: June 24, 2009, 09:08:08 AM
Just remembered another band after coming across them that would be along the lines of what you're looking for.

The Mudmen:

http://www.mudmen.ca/

Check out their songs on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/themudmen
1151  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: June 23, 2009, 09:28:31 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 20, 2009, 01:18:15 PM

Podcast number 1

WOW Lani Blazier is such a hottie. Not seen her before. I think she is the hottest babe in a gaming company. Hmm need to make an award for that.

Yeah, she is. And I know her, which is how I got into the closed beta smile
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who Special on: June 23, 2009, 09:16:48 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on June 23, 2009, 08:49:29 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 23, 2009, 06:56:07 PM


...

Alex Trebek?

lol that was my thought too when I saw that. I'll take Doctor Who? for 500, Alex.

As for if it's true or not. Well, I'd agree otherwise, but this reads more like a press release rather than assumptions.
1153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who Special on: June 23, 2009, 05:51:07 PM
Holy freaking crap. This is even better than the rumours that were floating around. This is a doozy.

I came in late with the new generation of Doctors starting with Eccleston. I had my reservations with Tennant as I didn't like him at first, but he's grown on me, but I still prefer Eccleston.
1154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Burton-Alice In Wonderland on: June 22, 2009, 08:03:00 PM
I actually really liked the 1999 TV movie version. It had a great cast.

Robbie Coltrane as Tweedledum
George Wendt as Tweedledee
Whoopie Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat
Ben Kingsley as the Caterpillar.
Miranda Richardson as the Queen of Hearts
Martin Short as the Mad Hatter.
Peter Ustinov as the Walrus
Gene Wilder as Mock Turtle
Christopher Lloyd as the White Knight.
1155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Didn't Circuit City go out of business? on: June 22, 2009, 02:35:11 AM
Systemax, I think is TigerDirect's parent company. They're now a Circuit City partner, and I'm guessing they took control of the Circuit City domain.
1156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Didn't Circuit City go out of business? on: June 22, 2009, 02:29:40 AM
Systemax, I think is RadioShack's parent company. I might be wrong, but the name does sound familiar.
1157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arrested during a haircut on: June 21, 2009, 07:08:24 PM
A crime of bad hair?  icon_lol
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: June 19, 2009, 08:08:17 PM
Less CGI, please! The thing I hated about Indy 4 the most was its reliance on CGI. The movie didn't need to have a groundhog!
1159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starforce returning on: June 19, 2009, 06:05:10 AM
Who was it who was on a crusade against Starforce on GG? Was it Jeff Jones? I remember when the boycott was started all those years ago by people discovering its existence and their problems with it. It was an interesting thread. I hope the people who make Starforce have learned their lesson. Hopefully now there will be labels on the box.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek TOS on: June 18, 2009, 10:25:08 PM
I'd love to see TNG in HD, though that would be hard to do apparently, as they did all the effects on film, which is harder to clean up. Some of the first season episodes are really showing their age. Encounter at Farpoint in particular could really use some enhanced special effects.
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