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1281  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google Question on: August 26, 2008, 10:02:24 PM
http://lifehacker.com/5042006/disable-google-suggest
1282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 06:03:05 PM

Quote from: cheeba on August 26, 2008, 12:33:32 PM

I hope his next gig is some kind of Top Gear type of show, which could last 10 seasons just on the vehicles he has in his garage.

I have no idea if these are actual segments that appear on the show, but his site is cool: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/

There were rumours awhile back that he was going to be one of the co-hosts for the American version of Top Gear, but he shot those down.
1283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is the last season of Enterprise worth watching? on: August 12, 2008, 11:32:57 PM
The last season is much better than the first two combined, save for the last episode which was essentially a middle finger to the fans.
1284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Photos on: August 12, 2008, 07:04:00 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 12, 2008, 08:41:29 AM

lets face it - no-matter what they do, it will NOT be the old cast...

so, die-hard trekkies will moan and groan, but those of us just wishing for a great sci-fi adventure set in the Star Trek universe, should at least go into it with an open mind

It's not that at all. It's the fact that looking at them, I can't even recognize what characters they're supposed to be. And open mind or not, recognition is going to be a big part of it. And it will take a lot of good acting to convince my mind that these are in fact the same characters we grew up with.
1285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Photos on: August 12, 2008, 04:57:01 AM
Well, I'm not too impressed. I look at these posters and I wonder what I'm looking at. They're not giving me the vibe that they're supposed to be classic characters.
1286  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: August 11, 2008, 06:56:10 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 11, 2008, 05:26:31 PM

Keep in mind there was already a lot of work done on it from the original devs.

Emmert says that there were no assets taken. All they took was the license.

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Cryptic recently announced it had secured the rights to develop and publish "Star Trek Online" from CBS Consumer Products after now-defunct Perpetual Entertainment set the besieged project to kill.

"We had a friendly relationship with them," Emmert said. "As it became apparent they weren't going to continue to function, they decided to sell off the license. We swooped in and grabbed it. We took no assets. There was nothing to be had, to be honest. We're building everything from the ground up."
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 03:34:18 AM
My favourite part was the lighting of the torch. Very dramatic. And those fireworks... wow.
1288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:50:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 08, 2008, 06:34:31 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 08, 2008, 06:11:16 PM

Oh, this is easy, and I figure I'll get some heck for this, but Pan's Labyrinth. Came away feeling numb from it.

Same here, although I think that had more to do with my personal expectations of the film.  I thought it was going to be a fantasy movie with a bit of real-world war story mixed in, not the other way around.

Yeah, and I thought that was due to the way it was marketed. Anyhow, my senses felt assaulted with all that violence. Just not something I was expecting, and it made me wonder just what people were seeing that made them rave about it.
1289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:11:16 PM
Oh, this is easy, and I figure I'll get some heck for this, but Pan's Labyrinth. Came away feeling numb from it.
1290  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: July 27, 2008, 08:26:05 PM
NOD32 here.
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 26, 2008, 05:13:06 PM
Wow, here we go again. I wonder if this had anything to do with the upgrade. Last night I got some database error. Tried reloading and it's been a perpetual wait ever since.
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A tax to make music downloading...legal? on: July 26, 2008, 04:20:40 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 25, 2008, 04:09:32 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on July 25, 2008, 02:51:56 PM

Note:  Canada has something similar on blank media for that purpose, IIRC

That's true. By technicality, because you spend extra buying blank media, you're allowed to pirate. Or something really screwy like that.

Not for much longer, apparently, if the new copyright act comes into play. The government is pushing for something similar to NAFTA, but for copyrights.
1293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RoboCop by Darren Aronofsky? on: July 26, 2008, 02:32:46 AM
Interesting. I wonder if Noir style will be all the rage again, what with Max Payne coming out, and now this.
1294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: List Of People Who Need To Stop Writing Software on: July 14, 2008, 09:18:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2008, 08:29:49 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 07, 2008, 07:17:24 PM

I agree with everything on that list, especially the printer driver thing.  I mean, even the basic HP printer drivers are 30MB with no additional software.  I mean, seriously!  There's no need for this!

It's fucking insane.  It's one of the reasons I love OS X so much.  I just plugged the printer in and it worked.  No dicking around with gigantic 'drivers' and extra BS piled on.  PDF reader is built in.  That's one thing to be said about OS X, it does the basic parts of computing so much better than Windows does.

gellar

Exactly. Plug in a video camera, and it works. It's why I bought a MacBook. I was so frustrated with the way Windows made you jump through hoops to do something that should be simple. Windows is like fighting a beast, only the beast is supposed to help you, but gets you killed in the process.
1295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yet ANOTHER Blizzard game on the horizon on: July 03, 2008, 07:13:19 PM
I wouldn't bet on it being Starcraft, since they're already working on SC2. My guess it's either a new IP entirely, or a franchise they haven't touched in quite awhile. Lost Vikings? That would seem to be something that would be worth expanding on, although I'm not sure if they've already touched on it with WoW.

They don't really have all that many original IPs. Blackthorne, which doesn't really seem like it could easily be applied as an MMO. Lost Vikings, which has more of an opportunity to explore. And then there's Rock'N'Roll Racing, and though it would be interesting as an MMO, I'm just not sure it's something that a mass market would appreciate, so that leaves it up to something entirely new.
1296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: July 03, 2008, 06:30:36 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 03, 2008, 04:42:42 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 30, 2008, 08:00:46 PM

ust because there isn't gore and a truckload of swearing or people fucking on the screen doesn't mean a story can't be meant for a more mature audience.
Some would argue that gore, swearing, and people fucking isn't very mature, either. Enjoyable, sure, but pretty adolescent.

That's the thought I subscribe to.  I see so many movies swearing just for the sake of swearing, which adds nothing to a movie, and  pull it down to an immature level. If a situation warrants it, it's different, but there are so many few movies that I've actually felt it added to. I was disgusted by the immaturity in Little Miss Sunshine for example. It would of been an enjoyable movie hadn't it taken the direction it did. And no, I'm no prude. I just don't think it was particularly funny to be taking it in that direction.
1297  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Perpetual Entertainment cancels Star Trek: Online (sorta) on: July 03, 2008, 05:37:22 AM
Heh, the document won't be posted. There's been drama going on apparently where lawyers contacted someone on the site after they found out what was going to be posted, and also someone from the now defunct Perpetual chimed in about not wanting the document online. So there you go.
1298  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Power Supply Failure on: July 02, 2008, 06:53:01 PM
And ironically OO is down for me. What'd you do? Tongue
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Canada Day! on: July 01, 2008, 07:33:38 PM
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=gSOqFJvxoOw
1300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Canada Day! on: June 30, 2008, 09:37:27 PM
Happy Beaver Day! biggrin

Speaking of the long weekend, Highway 17 (which is near me) was held up for at least 6 hours (and closed for 11 hours) yesterday due to a fatal accident involving a vehicle that collided with an off-duty police officer (OPP), around Nairn Center,  who was driving a bike. I was coming home from a BBQ and we had waited at least a half hour, wondering what was going on until we realized there was a police officer stopping cars and asking them if they witnessed the accident.

http://www.northernlife.ca/News/PoliceandCourt/2008/06-30-08-crash.asp?NLStory=06-30-08-crash
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doogie Horrible, M.D. on: June 29, 2008, 09:33:14 PM
Joss Whedon? Pass. I can't seem to get into any of his shows for some reason. They just seem to do something that doesn't appeal to me. Maybe it's the way they're produced.
1302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The end of an era - Bill Gates Retires Today on: June 28, 2008, 02:19:13 AM
I thought that happened last year with that special video they made?
1303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How to Rip Off Every Game Ever Made on: June 27, 2008, 05:06:51 AM
The devs came back from their vacation, so here's an update:

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"In response to the shocking notification that some alleged unauthorized copyrighted materials submitted by sources external to the development team have been found within the PC game Limbo of the Lost, we (the development team) have given our consent and full cooperation to both publishers who are recalling all units from all territories immediately.

Please be assured that we do not condone in anyway the use of unauthorized copyrighted materials and if we had been made aware earlier, we would of course have ceased development of the product and rectified the issue prior to the publication process.

To the best of our knowledge no one at Majestic, [European publisher] G2Games or [North American publisher Tri Synergy, Inc.] knew about this infringement and knowingly played any part in it.

We can only apologise to all regarding this issue, as a team we are shocked and mortified regarding these events and we continue to work with said publishers in order to rectify the issue.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6192856.html

Ok, so they're pleading innocence now. That takes some balls when they know they've done it.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mr. Magoriumís Stupid Emporium on: June 26, 2008, 08:50:45 PM
In French, calling something gay, is equal to calling it happy. It's not deregotary in the context. I think the difference in making it deregotary are those who perceive it to be. Somewhere along the way, someone's getting their wires crossed.
1305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 26, 2008, 08:37:21 PM
I must be one of the few that have no interesting in seeing this at all. I was the same with Cars, which I eventually saw and disliked. Is it any coincidence that ever since Disney bought them that they've made two movies that aren't about humans or monsters-like beings but instead objects that don't naturally invoke human emotion? I find it hard be to interested in these. This movie seems cold and devoid of any human emotion, made for marketing purposes. I've seen the trailers and it just looks a bit too surreal to me.
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mr. Magoriumís Stupid Emporium on: June 26, 2008, 03:59:46 AM
I could probably tell it was going to suck just by watching the trailers.
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now I just need a black 1982 Trans-Am! on: June 26, 2008, 02:15:06 AM
That's pretty damned cool.  Fits in perfectly within the spirit of KITT. Now you just know that some who build these KITT replicas will want to use this and somehow revise their replicas to include this into the dash.
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: African-Canadians? on: June 20, 2008, 06:21:24 PM
I think it's an issue of not being from said country and not hearing it. I live in Canada and hear it almost all the time.

And DF, because it sounds cooler smile
1309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 20, 2008, 05:24:09 AM
Well, apparently we're not the only ones as other sites have complained about the icon, so apparently it does matter. You know the old saying, "It's the little things that make a difference". Well, this is one of them.
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 20, 2008, 04:31:20 AM
What's with the attitude? It's not like I know any more than anybody. I'm just saying that I dislike the current favicon, which reflects Google's branding, or lack of it. And it's annoying as it takes me awhile of looking at it before I realize it's actually Google compared to their old one. It should be my right to vent about it. If you don't like that I'm venting about it, then why are you posting in it? Obviously others share my opinion.
1311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 20, 2008, 02:41:40 AM

Quote from: The Grue on June 19, 2008, 11:14:47 PM

This thread is proof that people on the Internet will bitch about anything.  I'm sure there i someone out there who is willing to sue over it, too (hopefully not on this forum).

Right, and I'm sure you're one of the people who don't realize how much Google has a hold on the internet. The world would be a boring place if nobody had any places to vent.

The fact is that the new one has a distinct lack of branding.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google's new Favicon on: June 19, 2008, 09:40:59 PM
SUCKS! It utterly sucks. I miss the colourful G with the white background. Now it's just like a plain purple G. Doesn't look distinctive enough. When I look at tabs, I forget they're Google tabs.
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 19, 2008, 08:17:34 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on June 19, 2008, 07:42:50 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 19, 2008, 05:21:05 PM

Here's an easter egg: about:robots

Heh.  I don't get the fourth reference though.

I think it's a reference to Futurama's Bender, who often said, "Bite my shiny metal ass!"
1314  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Firefox 3.0...What's your take so far? on: June 19, 2008, 06:22:44 PM
I'm finding that with a lot of tabs open, it tends to lag a bit, so much that if you click on a tab, it will take a few times to get into focus, which wasn't the case with Firefox 2. In the end, it kind of makes it feel clunky.
1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 19, 2008, 05:21:05 PM
Here's an easter egg: about:robots
1316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 19, 2008, 04:59:22 PM
Yes, Canadian. But unless they're budget titles, I've seen them way up there. For example the Starcraft Battlechest or was it the Warcraft Battlechest? I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price: $99.99.
1317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 07:24:49 PM
Like I said in the previous post, RPGs are the exception. It's all part of the gameplay.
1318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 07:02:46 PM
Yes, I think they do. If anything, the price of games have gone up while games have gotten shorter. That alone makes me consider long and hard whether I want to buy a game or not. I want something that will make me feel like what I paid was worth it. I've bought Morrowind and Oblivion in the past because they're an exception, where I felt I'd be getting my money's worth. Games here are close to $80, sometimes even $90, which is a far cry from $60 and $70 back in the early 90's. To me, I don't care so much if I see the end. I only care that I get my money's worth enjoying a game, and if it takes me a long time to even get near the end, then so be it. I think some people like a challenge, where games are a journey from beginning to end.

And there's also the factor of consolizing. Games have more and more been designed for consoles first, and PCs last. Console gamers I think tend to have short attention spans, where games are designed with smaller levels so that people can feel they can play "bite sized" game sessions. They haven't been designed with patience in mind, but for twitchy minds.
1319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 06:45:11 PM
In other words, he wants people to pay more for less.  Roll Eyes It's ironic since Deus Ex was one of the longest games in recent memory. Everything these days seems bent on being short, and I think people feel cheated if they're too short. Some games like RPGs need to be long. It's all part of the accomplishment, part of the gameplay and discovering what you need to do next. Short RPGs tend to not feel epic. It's the difference between slaying a dragon and delivering a note.
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 18, 2008, 06:35:27 PM
Whenever I used to log into Hotmail and view a graphic filled email, I'd get lines as I scrolled. It was very annoying. I'm glad they fixed the rendering problems.


As for it being a memory hog, the only thing I've noticed is that it lags if you have a lot of tabs open and takes awhile for the tabs to get into focus. Other than that, it's been speedy fast.
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