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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apathy in Healthcare? on: September 14, 2008, 06:59:27 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 14, 2008, 03:22:11 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 13, 2008, 05:54:30 PM

Move to Canada?

Trust me in saying that what KD describes here is not an ucommon scenario in my Canadian city at all. As much as there's many good things about government healthcare, one of the downsides is that payment caps to practicioners means many of them don't want to be GP's. So moving north of the 49th parallel unfortnately wouldn't alleviate this kind of problem.

Yep, exactly. In fact, a lot of Canadian practitioners have moved to the US, leaving us with a shortage of doctors. Most people in Canada don't have a family practioner, and a lot of them aren't accepting new patients. Contrary to popular belief, the medical system doesn't pay for everything. For example, I'm having wisdom teeth removed and the system doesn't cover that, even though you'd think it would considering dentistry is a form of health care.  And waits can be long. I was told I needed my wisdom teeth removed sometime in March and I'm getting them removed this Tuesday.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 12, 2008, 07:49:12 PM
Uh Ok, that new one is just as weird as the first one.
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 09, 2008, 10:22:05 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 09, 2008, 03:18:19 PM

I'm gonna go ahead and pat myself on the back for not buying this one and waiting for feedback  icon_wink

Hehe, same here, Jeff.  Seems to me like most of what I thought would happen is turning out to be true.
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 09, 2008, 06:54:16 PM
So true  icon_lol

What would of been better is if Seinfeld asked him if they were anywhere near making a shoe phone like in Get Smart. At least that would have tied it to technology.
1405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 09, 2008, 06:49:13 PM
Yeah, exactly. I think you hit it right on the mark.

The whole significance of this campaign will just fly right over the average computer user. And consider the fact that the average computer user doesn't care about what they're using as long as things work, they won't care about the origin of Windows.

And considering even technologically minded people can't even really figure out what this is all about, think about all the "huh?" and furrowed brows that this is generating to the average user. Just a load more of confusion that MS doesn't need at this point.
1406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Fall TV Season 2008 is here! on: September 07, 2008, 07:06:48 PM
I admit, I watched 90210 because I was curious and thought it was total crap. Even considering the original 90210, I don't think it fell within the same standards. Way too much drama for a first episode and too much superficialism. If someone plagiarizes you, I would think you'd be angry with the person for at least the entire season, if not the entire series, and not have everything be hunky dory by the end of the episode and be friends again with that person. My Brother went through an ordeal awhile back that very nearly kicked him out of university due to something a team project member had plagiarized. Friends with the jerk who did it? Hell no.  And the plane trip to San Franscisco dinner date? Please. That just doesn't happen in the real world.  One that revolves around high school kids anyhow.

Ironically, the actress that landed the main role, Shanea Grimes came over from Degrassi: TNG, and  I think that's a much better series. I almost feel bad for her that she had to leave the success of that show for this, although it should open more doors for her.
1407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 06, 2008, 09:21:00 PM
Oh, I don't doubt it. But for some reason, I get the feeling the next ones will be more WTF, and if that's the direction MS is going in, then uhhh what?

Although, I admit, it would be pretty funny seeing Seinfeld take him to the comedy club and have him do standup.
1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 06, 2008, 08:21:09 PM

Quote from: rickfc on September 06, 2008, 04:40:30 PM

Quote from: namatoki on September 06, 2008, 05:21:14 AM

If you have to explain it, then it's not effective marketing.

I happen to agree. I predict an epic fail. Imagine spending all that money on this campaign only to have people scratching their heads in confusion. That's exactly what MS doesn't need right now. With the web of confusion that is Vista, they need something clear and concise to reassure people of their buying decisions, not a philosophical rambling about shoes.

I'm reminded of a commercial years ago that gave me a serious WTF moment, and not in a good way.  It was a Chevy commercial advertising one of their trucks, only it kept going on and on about "You've Got Mail", and how they loved it. Not once did the commercial say anything about the truck. Not even at the end. It made me wonder what exactly they were advertising. Were they advertising the movie, which was already out on video at this point, or were they advertsing Chevy? It felt like the commercial had an identity crisis. It was also the only time I ever saw the commercial. I figure it got pulled.
1409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 05, 2008, 07:56:21 PM
WTF? LOL Man, it makes it seem like those two have shoe fetishes or something.
1410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Fall TV Season 2008 is here! on: September 03, 2008, 06:36:55 PM
Where's Knight Rider? I'm not seeing it on the listings for tonight. Does it debut this week or not?
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars - remake(Would you watch it?) on: September 01, 2008, 08:31:12 PM
Rather round?  Not quite sure what you mean by that...
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars - remake(Would you watch it?) on: September 01, 2008, 06:49:52 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 01, 2008, 02:54:28 PM

Not sure about who'd play Leia or more importantly Mara Jade.

Gillian Anderson was born to play Mara Jade.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passchendaele the movie. on: August 27, 2008, 05:51:49 PM
It honestly looks like a CBC TV movie. Nice to see an effort though with a story told from our point of view though. It's about time though that we got our own War movie.
1414  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google Question on: August 26, 2008, 10:02:24 PM
1415  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:

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.
1416  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.
1417  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.
1418  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.
1419  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.

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."
1420  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.
1421  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.
1422  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.
1423  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: July 27, 2008, 08:26:05 PM
NOD32 here.
1424  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.
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A tax to make music 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.
1426  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.
1427  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.


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.
1428  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.
1429  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.
1430  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.
1431  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
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Canada Day! on: July 01, 2008, 07:33:38 PM
1433  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.
1434  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.
1435  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?
1436  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:

"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.

Ok, so they're pleading innocence now. That takes some balls when they know they've done it.
1437  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.
1438  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.
1439  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.
1440  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.
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