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1201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a good digital video camera? on: January 17, 2009, 07:14:15 PM
If you want one that's easy to edit, I recommend getting Mini-DV, otherwise you're going to be pretty limited with the amount of video you can record.
1202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Order this drink the next time you go to Starbucks *forgot the soy* on: January 12, 2009, 07:56:00 PM

Quote from: kadnod on January 12, 2009, 07:09:00 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 25, 2007, 09:42:42 AM

In a grande, they'll add two teabags.

Heh. I got a grande London Fog today, and was all happy the barrista gave me two teabags.  I thought she was doing me a favor.  Now that I know the truth, I've got post-caffination depression.

It's the same idea behind Cappuccinos. Doubling the size won't double the amount of caffeine. It will only dilute.
1203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What dead game series should Bethesda get next? on: January 11, 2009, 07:50:37 PM
I'd say Crusader. Make it a Tactical based RPG Shooter.
1204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday time waster on: January 10, 2009, 05:40:40 AM
Try this. It doesn't matter what you do on the way down as long as you land head first. That's the way you score. If you do it head first, that's how you get your 9.0 or 9.5. All other positions lead you to lower scores, so you want yourself to land straight and head first. If you do that, you're guaranteed to win the level no matter what. Not in a ball head first, but straight head first. Guaranteed win, I guarantee you.

Once I figured out the way to win, it was all a matter of getting myself in the right position without worrying if I was bouncing around or not and I was getting high scores nearly every level. My lowest ones are in the 8's.

On 14 right now, I just got 9.1
1205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday time waster on: January 09, 2009, 10:04:02 PM
Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I can never get near enough what's needed for level 5.

Hmm, nevermind, I got a 9.7 on that, got an 8.0 on 6, and when 7 loaded it locked up Firefox completely.

Trick is that it doesn't matter if you get hit along the way as long as you hit the water right, so you can use the rocks to your advantage to bounce around. Just scored a 9.5 on 9 with this trick.
1206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: January 09, 2009, 08:41:30 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 09, 2009, 06:39:18 PM

Suffice it to say Vista should not be compared to Windows Me.

Nope, you're right. It should be compared to MS Bob!  icon_lol They've admitted it themselves that it was on the same level of failure, that it was their biggest mistake since then. At least Windows Me sold, and you didn't have the amount of backlash that Vista had, but you had people returning Vista and seriously wanting XP back. MS has extended XP support yet again, right through to Window 7's launch.

As someone who so beautifully says in one of the newsletters I subscribe to:

Quote from: Windows Secrets
Vista is looking more and more like the Edsel of the computer industry. Presumably as a result of slow uptake by corporations and individual users, Microsoft last month confirmed that it will allow OEMs and smaller-scale "system builders" to pay as late as May 30, 2009, for copies of XP ordered by Jan. 31. (Vendors won't have to pay Microsoft until the systems sell. MS previously had been expecting payments for copies of XP by Jan. 31.)

Combine this news with reports that Windows 7 may ship as early as mid-2009, and it looks like Microsoft is ready to relegate Vista to the binary scrapheap. Maybe the company's recent $300 million marketing push for Vista wasn't so successful as Microsoft claims it was.

http://windowssecrets.com/2009/01/08/02-XP-deadline-extended-toward-launch-of-Windows-7/?n=story1
1207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 06, 2009, 05:24:21 AM

Quote from: Windows95 on January 05, 2009, 05:58:07 AM

For a really good portrayal of Holmes, nothing beats the old British ITV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes .  It was made in the late 80's through to the mid 90's, and was run over here on PBS.  The series covered most of Conan Doyle's stories and was considered the most faithful adaptation of his work.  Jeremy Brett portrayed Sherlock Holmes brilliantly, faults and all.  While near the end of the series Holmes overcomes his cocaine addiction (this was done with the permission of Conan Doyle’s family), and was still well done and felt true to the character.

Yep, that's my favourite portrayal. Some complain that he doesn't wear his famous hat and cloak, but you do see him with it from time to time. And I loved how they pretty much went by the book and brought the different stories to life.

Btw, this summer, I bought Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography.  Haven't read it yet, but the concept was fascinating and it caught my eye.

http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes-Unauthorized-Nicholas-Rennison/dp/0802143253
1208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 04, 2009, 07:00:46 PM
Honestly, I think the casting in this is totally wrong. In fact, Downey looks more like a Watson than a Holmes. If I were the casting director, I'd switch the roles around and give Jude Law the role of Holmes with his hair slicked back. Downey's role looks more like a Charles Chaplin style tramp.
1209  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: XP/Firefox not saving my logins on: December 31, 2008, 09:55:23 PM
Long shot here, but have you tried creating a new profile? Might be a problem with your current profile. Maybe a file related to it has been corrupted.
1210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OK, all you consumer types: Dishwashers? on: December 23, 2008, 06:47:45 AM
They definitely don't make appliances like they used to. We had our fridge for a long time; maybe 20 years and then we had to replace it with a new one. Now this new one is 5 years old, is having problems and we're looking at replacing it in a few years.

The stove we had for at least 20 years and finally broke down last year. It definitely chose bad timing, as it broke right before the holidays. Turkey was ready for the oven and it had been in the oven for a couple of hours before my Mom noticed it wasn't cooking. Oh man, we scrambled last year and had to change our plans, and it was embarrassing as we had company over. My sister was over and to make matters more interesting, she had brought one of her friends from Argentina; his first time being in Canada. So, this happens and we scramble to get things together. We ended up having to order out our big Christmas dinner. It was nice, but holy crap. The new stove could only be delivered as early as New Year's.
1211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gladiators Cancelled on: December 23, 2008, 02:32:19 AM
Wait, what? I didn't even know it had been renewed for a second season.
1212  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: TOR First (pre-production) Gameplay Footage on: December 16, 2008, 08:12:34 PM
Well, I must be the only one who thinks this looks really good. I'm not seeing what people are complaining about in terms of graphics.
1213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Blu-Ray here to stay? on: December 13, 2008, 11:30:27 PM
I agree with Daehawk. I have a movie or two, but that's it.
1214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Blu-Ray here to stay? on: December 13, 2008, 08:51:20 PM
No, I doubt it. It seems more like a luxury item, and I doubt most people really care as long as they have a DVD player, which is good enough for most people. Plus there's the fact that Blue-Ray simply isn't descriptive in what it is. At least with HD-DVD, people knew that it was the next step up from DVD, but Blue-Ray sounds more like Death-Ray.
1215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: KB Toys files Chapter 11 on: December 13, 2008, 08:24:10 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 13, 2008, 11:45:51 AM

Quote from: Unagi on December 13, 2008, 01:45:08 AM

Quote from: Arkon on December 12, 2008, 06:15:14 PM

We got one of the nerf sniper rifles for my stepbrother last year.  It lasted about 75 shots before it "wore out" and would only fire about 10 feet max.
I bet the box was marked:   RAGÍLE ?
 icon_lol Tongue icon_biggrin icon_lol icon_twisted

Of course it did, it was Italian...

 ninja

French, spoken with an italian accent because the father didn't know any better... And that would be Fragile, delicate.
1216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Captain Kirk's chair..own one today on: December 13, 2008, 08:15:46 PM
The question is, why would you want to? As memorabilia, sure, it's cool, but as furniture? No thanks.
1217  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic using microtransactions!! BOOOO on: December 11, 2008, 04:38:15 AM
Wow, that's just a really terrible idea. What about people who don't regularly have access to a credit card? Or what about the fact that some people would just like to be able to play a game and not be reminded about the real world? It detracts from the immersion.
1218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best gift you have given... on: December 10, 2008, 09:56:11 PM
My Dad works in his workshop a lot, and he's the kind of person who likes to listen to the radio when working. He always used to use a headset with a built-in radio and wear safety earmuffs on top of them. I always looked at that and didn't think it was a safe solution, considering all the noise he was subjecting himself to in order to listen to the radio. So, I found a pair of safety earmuffs with a radio built-in. Should of seen the look on his face when he saw that, as he had absolutely no idea anything like it existed. To this day, it's his favourite present.
1219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Real or Fake: 2008 Edition on: December 10, 2008, 04:19:57 AM
Fake. Those self-shaping trees are pretty cool.
1220  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Something Keeps Deleting My Browser Settings- Virus? on: December 08, 2008, 08:49:41 PM
It could be Sinowal or Mebroot as it's called now. That thing's nasty as it lives in the Master Boot Record and uses rootkits to hide itself, then downloads different viruses.

Might want to try this: http://www.f-secure.com/blacklight
1221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Headset for Skype? on: December 07, 2008, 05:22:01 AM
Well, mine's not USB as I couldn't find that in the store when I was looking for a headset. Apparently the USB version aren't available in Canada for some reason. They're the analog version of these:

http://www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/products/computer/multi-use-headsets/audio-650-usb


They're really comfortable too. In the past I've had problems with headsets hurting my ears over extended period of use, but these don't due to the way they're designed.  And the sound is excellent.
1222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Headset for Skype? on: December 06, 2008, 10:07:43 PM
I really like my Plantronics headset. Of all the ones I had previously tried, including many Logitechs, this one blew them all away.
1223  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: December 02, 2008, 03:48:13 AM
Heh yeah, I guess so, although as a CEO, I think he would of had a say into what made it into the game or not, so while he's not fully responsible, I do think he was at least partially responsible for the decisions and direction the game was heading in, including the membership scheme that people were very unhappy with.
1224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 27, 2008, 07:51:21 PM
You know, it's interesting hearing about Cars. I didn't care for it. I thought it was dull and boring, but certainly one of their more marketable efforts towards children.  Maybe that's why Disney feels they should make a sequel. When I look at the list of movies though, Cars is the odd one out and doesn't seem to really belong. Think about it for a moment. Cars is the only one of their movies that may speak more to Americans than the rest of the world, what with the love of NASCAR. Maybe it's a regional thing, as there's really little pull for me in it and a lot of the jokes get lost on me, being in the north. Which is odd, because I do love cars in general. The other movies have a wider range of appeal.
1225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Postal via Kotaku on: November 24, 2008, 09:09:49 PM
The ironic thing is that it sounds like he's gone postal against the system  icon_lol
1226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: November 18, 2008, 01:29:44 AM
I saw the trailer for it on TV and I didn't recognize Daniel Radcliffe, but my first thought was that he looked like a goth. Ugh.
1227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 on: November 16, 2008, 12:07:32 AM
I thought it was actually one of the better recent disaster movies.
1228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 15, 2008, 07:05:33 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 15, 2008, 06:05:02 AM

Quote from: McNutt on November 15, 2008, 06:04:14 AM

It looks good, but I still don't like the teen hearthrob feel to Kirk.  A guy in his 20's is given command of this ship???

I hear he's not quite given command through the normal channels.

Yeah, I bet we'll hear him brag about how he cheated the Kobayashi Maru.
1229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 15, 2008, 12:06:27 AM

Quote from: kratz on November 14, 2008, 10:51:32 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 14, 2008, 09:25:59 PM

REM's End of the World? Though I'd go with this more frantic version http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=OENjixZd_Oo

My fucking ears.

Heh, sorry you don't like Tongue
1230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 14, 2008, 09:25:59 PM
REM's End of the World? Though I'd go with this more frantic version http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=OENjixZd_Oo
1231  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: November 06, 2008, 06:15:03 AM
Noooo, dammit, seems they've hired Bill Roper, as Design Director. The game is officially doomed now...  icon_confused Design Director? You kidding me? After the catastrophic failure of Hellgate: London, I wouldn't let him design anything.

http://www.startrekonline.com/node/106

Edit: Whoops, I just realized it said it was for Champions Online, but still, I wouldn't let him design anything. It might doom the company.
1232  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What would be good settings for a new MMO? on: November 05, 2008, 11:20:32 PM
Dune's what I was thinking of lately. I've always thought it would make good backstory for an MMO. Can't believe it hasn't been done yet.

A Civil War MMO might be fun.

And Snow Crash would be a shoe-in for a great MMO, considering the Multiverse practically defined a virtual world with avatars long before any MMOs. Or maybe combine both Snow Crash and Diamond Age since both of those have often been thought of to be one world in different times.

Psst, Blackjack, not quite the same concept, but I think this would be right up your alley slywink

http://www.vectorstorm.org/get-games/full-games/mmorpg-tycoon/
1233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: David Tennant to depart from Doctor Who. on: October 30, 2008, 07:32:24 PM
That's too bad. I've really grown to like Tennant as the Doctor compared to my initial thoughts.  And he seemed to want to go on as long as the BBC needed him, and even said he wanted to do a movie or two.
1234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dream Analysis? on: October 22, 2008, 05:17:41 AM
Cats and dogs too. It was fierce. The campground was flooding.
1235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dream Analysis? on: October 21, 2008, 10:11:12 PM

Quote from: Orgull on October 21, 2008, 06:56:48 PM

In version one of the dream, as I pack to leave the weather turns nasty, horrific nasty, like tornadoes and huge storm surges.

Well, I can't help you, but I've had this happen last year when I was camping. It was time to leave and we had to pack in the rain. We're talking a deluge due to a nearby hurricane. Like nails.
1236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 20, 2008, 07:50:49 PM
Hah, I can't even keep track of my own arguments anymore...  icon_lol
1237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 20, 2008, 06:00:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 20, 2008, 02:38:56 PM

The far-fetched religious stories are based on ancient artifacts and legend, which fits for a fantastical archaeologist adventure.  The alien story is based on stories invented in the 50s, which isn't as fitting for a fantastical archaeological adventure.  When you hear "archaeologist" do you think of people digging up religious and/or historical artifacts or do you think about people digging for proof of alien conspiracies?

It's the genre-jumping that rubs me the wrong way. We had three movies based on a religious theme (Temple of Doom was still religious in terms of the cult aspect). Then they just up and jump it into X Files country.

Compared to previous Indy installments, this feels more like a modern concoction than something to do with the past, which is what the others were about. Putting aliens in a story like this feels like a copout, especially with the ending that didn't make sense.


Bingo. I think when archaeology delves into alien artifacts, it becomes xeno-archaeology, which would be a specialization that I don't think Indy would have. The ending made it feel like it was half-finished.
1238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 19, 2008, 07:18:08 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 19, 2008, 04:50:18 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 19, 2008, 04:46:47 PM

story elements made no sense and weren't even part of the Indiana storyline (when the blubberfuct was he a Colonel in the military investigating government crash sites or doing CIA work overseas  retard). 

During WW2. 

Yeah, "Codename: Jack Ryan", you know? slywink It's all supposed to make sense in Harrison Ford's movieverse. Maybe that's why his character in Firewall was so badly wanted.


Yeah, the whole alien angle just sucked. What made it worse was that there was practically nothing leading up to it or no explanation for why the aliens were there. It just was. And we're just supposed to take it? It was one of the most WTF'd endings of all time.

The best part for me were the motorcycle stunts as they're being chased in the city.

And I still think that the soundtrack sucked. The familiar theme was hardly there. I wanted the movie to open with the epic score, but instead opened with rock and roll, and it kind of felt empty. They could of at least done a rock and roll version of the theme, which would have helped a bit. But instead, the theme only appeared from time to time to remind us that the crap we were watching was Indy.
1239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 18, 2008, 08:47:47 PM
The worst part about this? They actually want to make another one. I sure hope they've learned their lesson here if they do. I'd rip it out of canon, especially due to the end.

I'd actually like to see an Indiana Jones movie that shows him in his first adventure, or more to the point, adventures leading up to him getting the 'Indiana' Jones name. Something sort of like the TV series did.
1240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: October 17, 2008, 08:31:28 PM
Actually, it does.
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