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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much hassle to cross the border into Canada? on: May 30, 2008, 08:15:55 PM
Yeah, you need a passport starting this year. Don't forget your passport!
1402  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 29, 2008, 08:26:13 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on May 29, 2008, 02:42:46 AM

From what I've read, Altec Lansing doesn't make 'em like they used to.

Yeah, that's what I heard too, but I refused to believe it, as I thought, how bad could it really be? I loved my pair of ACS 33's. Great sound with a subwoofer that wasn't overpowering, but delivered a nice rich sound. I thought for sure, they must of improved on this, but instead I've found they kind of went backwards. You still have a subwoofer, yet it doesn't really seem as effective as they used to be, even though they're bigger. What I'm looking for in a subwoofer is depth and midrange.

In general, all 2.1's in the industry seem to be going in the same direction. Lack of midrange, focus on subwoofer, which get bigger and bigger, yet nothing in the middle, so most sounds that need a midrange end up sounding tinny/empty/hollow. I noticed it on the 4121's, and I noticed it with the Logitech Z-4 they had on display. Music kind of sounded OK, but engine sounds sounded more like whimpers. Same thing with stuff like voices in a game. To hear someone, like in LOTR, I had to turn it way up, which then made everything else too loud. 

I've also noticed them saying you need a good soundcard to get them most of them, which frankly I think is unfair. I mean, not everyone can afford a good soundcard. Most of the onboard sound these days does it fine for most people. I just want a set of speakers that work good regardless of what you have it hooked up with.  Good speakers should be able to stand on their own.

So, tomorrow I'm looking at a pair of Bose.
1403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Andromeda Strain Remake on A&E on: May 28, 2008, 07:39:34 PM
So, who's watching? I remember the original quite clearly, and I think they did a really good job with this remake. They didn't wreck it like most movies/remakes would. Instead, it's a testament to how good a story it is, standing the test of time, if the pacing and story is kept the same without much meddling, save for a few modern references. It's pretty much intact. I'd recommend it for those who passed on it.
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My latest beer test..Yuengling on: May 28, 2008, 07:09:02 PM
My latest find is a Smokebeer from Germany. Absolutely tasty. Quite a treat if you can get your hands on some. It's Schlenkerla.
1405  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 28, 2008, 01:53:00 AM
Well, I went to take a look at the Z-4 in a store and I wasn't particularly impressed as I saw many of the same problems. I ended up not buying them. It seems to be a trend these days. I just don't particularly feel like they make speakers and subwoofers like they used to, where the sound was even with the subwoofer supporting the sound rather than it being there to just add loud booming. There just isn't any depth. In-game sounds are rather hollow/empty sounding on these. I want roar, not whimpers. And not necessarily from big huge subwoofers that don't really do much.

I might spring for some Bose, though they don't come with a subwoofer, but it might not need them.
1406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 11:10:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 27, 2008, 09:56:50 PM

Complex questions about the Earth's past??  C'mon, I think you're looking for a different series since they've never addressed that previously.

Well, this is a series about an Archeologist, so yes, I think I'd expect it from it. While it may never have addressed it, I consider it something that doesn't necessarily have to be spoken or mentioned, but be something that's been thought about. Some of the greatest things in our universe are things that are the unexplained.
1407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 09:36:40 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 27, 2008, 07:07:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 27, 2008, 07:04:31 PM

Indy 1: 1000+ year old religious folklore
Indy 2: 1000+ year old religious folklore
Indy 3: 1000+ year old religious folklore
Indy 4: several year old non-religious folklore

Spoiler for Hiden:
  I believe the movie says that the Crystal Skulls are several thousand years old and they are certainly religious folklore to the Incans. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
I believe what he has a problem with is the allusion that aliens may have created the Mayan empire, along with the Egyptian pyramids and the like. I agree with him. It kind of doesn't fit and seems lazy to write that off as Alien influence. That seems like giving up the complex questions about Earth's past. That's what Archeologists and Paleontologists are for; digging up the past. In this case, Indy seemed to have dug up the future which goes against the whole of Indy's purpose in general. He'd be out of a job.
1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 09:02:47 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 27, 2008, 06:59:50 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I guess I just don't like peanut butter in my chocolate, and I sure as hell don't like aliens in my Indiana Jones movie. I wish Lucas and Spielberg would both just get abducted and have 6 months of hardcore alien butt sex until they got it out of their system. I assume next we'll get Jurassic Park 4, DINOSAURS IN SPACE!!!

Actually, what I'd love is for Indy to discover that Dragons were really fire-breathing dinosaurs slywink
1409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chronicles of Narnia: Caspian on: May 27, 2008, 08:26:23 PM
Saw it on Sunday, and I really loved it. Almost as much as the first. Forgot how beautiful the scenery and cinematography was. That should count towards some awards.
1410  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 27, 2008, 03:39:47 AM
Hmmm, Canadians can't order from that site. And upon looking, those speakers sell for around $139 CND elsewhere. Cheapest I've found it for is $116.
1411  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Speaker Recommendation on: May 26, 2008, 08:55:20 PM
Ok, so I picked up a pair of Altec Lansing VS4121's last week, and I think I'll be returning them. While it does have clear sound, the bass is overwhelming, with no real depth,  and there's no real midrange resulting in a tinny sound. Some of the subtleties I heard on my previous set of speakers (Altec Lansing ACS33's) are lost on these. I listen to a wide variety of music, so a good range is important.

I was looking at the Altec Lansing VS 2421 as they seem closest to the ACS33's. I'm not looking to spend much. I already paid $100 CND for the 4121's and that's pretty much the limit on what I'm willing to spend. I'm also not looking to buy 5.1's. Just a good overall 2.1 Speaker system. So, I'm wondering if anyone has anything to recommend in particular. I heard that the Logitech 2.1's weren't that great, but then again, this was coming from the person who convinced me to go with the 4121's. All he was showing us was music with lots of bass.
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phoenix touches down on: May 26, 2008, 06:20:20 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 26, 2008, 02:05:23 PM

Why didn't they name this mission "Viking 3"? It feels like a rerun, except our greater familiarity with the Martian surface dulls the excitement that accompanied those first Viking panoramas, with their red rocks and pink sky. I hope Phoenix's science results are more definitive than the Vikings were.

Because, this is essentially the mission that replaces the failed Mars Polar Lander from years back. The mission that caused a lot of sadness and depression within NASA due to its failure. The one that made NASA second-guess itself. The one that made us wonder if we should just give up space exploration altogether.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 25, 2008, 06:22:02 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 25, 2008, 01:22:32 PM

Saw it. As a standalone popcorn movie, it was OK. As an Indiana Jones movie, I felt it was completely different than the other three, didn't fit into the series at all

When seeing it, you have to realize that it's been 20 years since The Last Crusade came out, and things have changed, not only for Harrison Ford, but in the world of Indy, so the tone is sort of different from the last three, and I think that's what a lot of people seeing it have failed to realize. Things have changed too much. It's not going to be the same Indy you saw him in The Last Crusade. The world of Indy has just gone through WWII, when last, it was on the brink of war. Of course things are different.
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 25, 2008, 05:48:12 AM
Ok, so I saw it tonight. I thought it was absolutely great. Lots of good humour and the stunts are spectacular! Probably some of my favourite stunts from the series are in this movie.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Though, I do hate the resolution at the end, with the use of CGI and all.

I do have a few minor quibbles overall though. Beginning: Rock & Roll music instead of the Indy Theme. WHY? Ok, I know they used it to set the tone, but to me it felt the opposite. It felt pretty dry.

Whip Cracking: Aside from the one use of the whip in the warehouse, that's all there was of the trusty whip. Come on. Give us a little whip action! An Indy movie isn't the same with his whip.

The Indiana Jones Theme. It was used very sparingly, almost like it was used as an afterthought to remind people that what they were watching, was an Indiana Jones movie. The whole score itself felt underwhelming, and I thought that an Indiana Jones movie deserved something better.
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The alternative to Indy this weekend on: May 24, 2008, 01:44:21 AM
Postal or Indy. Postal or Indy. Hmmm, tough choice!  icon_lol
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the Gaming Trend Soundtrack? Contest! on: May 23, 2008, 08:36:36 PM
Off-Topic: Life Less Ordinary - Carbon Leaf
PC Gaming: Still Alive (The Portal Theme song) - Johnathan Coulton
Multiplayer Gaming: If I had a Rocket Launcher - Bruce Cockburn
Hardware/Software Hell: Worse Than Before - Wide Mouth Mason
Trading :Keep the Customer Satisfied - Simon & Garfunkel
Political/Religious: Bone of Contention - Spirit of the West
Massive Multiplayer: It's only me, the wizard of Magicland - Barenaked Ladies Or Log In To You - Arrogant Worms
Console Gaming: Sibling Rivalry - Unknown Author
General Gaming : Born to Lose - Ray Charles, I think?
Feedback: Hanging by A Thread - Nickel Creek
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boeing Firing High-Energy Tactical Laser... on: May 22, 2008, 10:01:46 PM
That must be why pointing green lasers at planes is illegal.
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do companies do this? on: May 22, 2008, 09:17:25 PM
But that doesn't make sense if I open up the package, which has the same documents and all that which has a registration card that tells me to send it in for a longer warranty, but only for US Citizens. It IS a local version. It's what's being sold by the stores. It's what the stores are given. I don't have a choice. I'm simply locked out from the offer.
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why do companies do this? on: May 22, 2008, 07:56:15 PM
I just picked up a pair of Altec Lansing  VS2141's to replace my aging pair of ACS33's. Great sounding, though I'm a little disappointed in that they sound a little hollow.

Anyway, I usually send in the registration cards, and this one offers a 2 year Warranty for sending it in. But, and this is a big but, it's only valid for American citizens.  Now why do they do this when on the whole,while it's sold in North America. We're just as big customers, so I don't see why people who aren't in the US don't get the same type of support. It just seems a little unfair that customers who pay about twice as much for the same thing, in the end don't get the same type of support. Feels like we get shafted on an otherwise great product.
1420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 25 years but not for his worst crimes on: May 21, 2008, 08:19:59 PM
Good. Maybe this should stop the influx of boy bands.
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you back up iTunes? on: May 20, 2008, 08:10:24 PM
You can also export your library to a file. This will essentially keep your library, including playlists and songs bought on itunes, which makes re-authorizing much easier. Do this along with the backup of the whole directory.
1422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Black Book: A Gem of a movie on: May 19, 2008, 09:14:34 PM
Those who are using his bad apples to judge his career and avoiding this one, you're missing one heck of a gem. Everyone makes a turd, but not everyone can make a gem. This is one he should be extremely proud of, putting it at the top of his resume. It's his crowning achievement, the one he's probably waited all his life to make. This is one extremely cool movie, and deserves a rightful place in movie history.  So, if you have doubts, watch it at least once and tell me you didn't like it.
1423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Black Book: A Gem of a movie on: May 19, 2008, 07:34:16 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 19, 2008, 04:04:37 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 18, 2008, 09:24:16 PM

There's a German movie which most people haven't heard about, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which I've just seen today, and thought it was absolutely fricken brilliant! It's a movie about a Jewish singer living in Holland during WWII,  who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch Resistance. It's utterly brilliant, with so many twists and turns, and so many details it's like a novel unfolding before your eyes. Everyone needs to see this underrated gem. Simply a masterpiece of filmmaking.
It's a Dutch movie!

Paul Verhoeven is, even with his horrible misses, one of my favorites. I haven't seen all his old Dutch movies, but Soldier of Orange, while not a classic, is a very good movie.
Napolean, #gg's Dutch member, was very happy about this one when it came out but I sadly missed it in theaters.

Oh right, sorry. I must of gotten confused because the Germans play such a big role in this movie. Some of it sounded German. I never saw Soldiers of Orange. Is it any good?
1424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Black Book: A Gem of a movie on: May 18, 2008, 09:24:16 PM
There's a German movie which most people haven't heard about, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which I've just seen today, and thought it was absolutely fricken brilliant! It's a movie about a Jewish singer living in Holland during WWII,  who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch Resistance. It's utterly brilliant, with so many twists and turns, and so many details it's like a novel unfolding before your eyes. Everyone needs to see this underrated gem. Simply a masterpiece of filmmaking.
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A thing of beauty on: May 18, 2008, 01:45:50 AM
Were they maybe filming Top Gear? Or the American version of Top Gear? Looks nice.
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 10:22:08 PM
When the commercials are about 3 times as loud as the actual show, where the volume level for the show itself is very low, it drives me away from the channel.
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh...Oh NO. NKOTB Reunites. Tour Planned. on: May 16, 2008, 10:19:16 PM

Quote from: morlac on May 16, 2008, 09:20:17 PM

I think, as a fan, you will want to pay close attention the the third set of pictures as they represent what I was talking about above.

I'm offended that you think I'm a fan! I said no such thing!  Tongue I don't even know who the hell they are for the most part, nor do I really care.
1428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 07:34:02 PM

Quote from: Asharak on May 16, 2008, 07:21:12 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 16, 2008, 06:39:20 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on May 16, 2008, 06:01:08 PM

I'm also surprised to hear that Whedon's new show is on Fox.  After Firefly he stated in no uncertain terms that he would never work with Fox again.  I guess he likes being paid.

This is par for the course in high-stakes Hollywood. No matter how badly a TV network or a movie studio screws you, you better be ready to be diplomatic and do business with them in the future.

I believe it has more to do with the fact that Eliza Dushku is involved. As I heard it, the development deal was between Fox and Dushku and, after Whedon pitched the Dollhouse idea to her, she convinced him to come on board and help make the show.

- Ash

So, it's her dollhouse, and she's playing Barbie? This sounds better than the actual show itself.
1429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo Lego Indiana stuck on: May 16, 2008, 07:30:50 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 13, 2008, 09:55:40 PM

Ya the camera is horrid. The controls are at least remappable though.

I agree. I just finished playin Lego Star Wars, and there's this part in Revenge of the Sith where you have to use force powers to activate ledges and jump onto them before they retract again, and using your force powers again to activate more ledges in order to jump onto platforms. The problem is that the camera angle makes this very difficult to do, as most of the time, you're directly under the platform that you're supposed to jump onto, and the perspective makes it hard to see that. What makes this worse is that you actually have to do this in order to proceed to the next part. And this is for kids? Some of the level design leaves a lot to be desired.
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dracula Origin adventure game! on: May 16, 2008, 06:20:13 PM
Yep, where games are the same, with a new setting. Not to mention that they like using Starforce. Or liked anyway. Not sure if they still use it. As pointed out, Dreamcatcher is their parent company. It's more or less just a division they've started using ever since they started publishing other type of games.
1431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 06:14:29 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 16, 2008, 04:27:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 16, 2008, 04:20:25 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 16, 2008, 04:17:47 PM

I wish they would go to what I saw done when I was in England years ago.  The show aired commercial free, and then the 10 minutes after the show, before the next show was commercials.

Was that the case for all British shows?  I'm probably talking about my ass here (maybe metallicorphin can chime in) but I know that a lot of shows are broadcast on BBC which is, I believe, government funded and therefore commercial free while other "private" stations still use regular commercial advertising. 

To be honest this was about 12 years ago.  I was on my way to Namibia and had a few day layover in London.  I just remember all the shows we watched had the commercials all slotted after the shows were over.  So say 12:00-12:50 was the show, then 12:50 - 1:00 was the commercials.

British shows typically run longer due to no commercials, which is why shows like Top Gear are cut up for American audiences, resulting in a lot of stuff missing, literally becoming Best of segments.
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 05:51:37 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on May 16, 2008, 03:19:00 PM

I suspect that's exactly what they had in mind. That'll really mess with people who download shows.
I wonder how Canadian broadcasters are planning to approach this. It means shows will run 5 minutes longer if they stick to the old-style commercials (if the show has factored them into the plot structure at all).

I don't think it matters all that much for Canada since we already have less commercials in the first place, which is why ASN  show music videos and other stuff to fill the gap.
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 15, 2008, 05:11:44 PM
I think OO needs Viagra. It's been down for too long and probably needs help to get up and running again.
1434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh...Oh NO. NKOTB Reunites. Tour Planned. on: May 15, 2008, 05:07:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 15, 2008, 02:19:43 PM


Heh, funny you should say that. I never knew about that band until awhile ago, when a show I was watching had a new generation of the band. Basically, all new members and none of the originals. At this point, it's not the same band at all. Time for a new name instead of rehashing a name. It was ridiculous to say the least.

Oh and ATB, long awaited by girls of course.
1435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NASA news conference to announce mystery discovery on: May 15, 2008, 04:50:32 PM
Yep, Supernova. They were talking about it on the radio yesterday.
1436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alaskan playground on: May 14, 2008, 07:04:30 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 14, 2008, 01:51:41 PM

That's what I call a slight change of climate. Only way you could get worse is moving from Arizona to Alaska. biggrin

Or even worse, Resolute Bay, northernmost edge of civilization. My Dad lived there for about a year doing research. Seriously, you have to live carefully the further north you go. People have been known to lose appendages due to frostbite.  At this point, I'd rather be sweating. And that's the difference between hot and cold. You won't melt with the heat, but you'll lose things in the cold if you aren't protected enough.

Quote from: ArmyOfOne on May 14, 2008, 02:16:57 PM

I moved from Canada to Florida.  I think I got the better end of the deal.

Maybe. Though I bet you miss the Auroras. Alaska would be an astronomer's dream. Dark place, no street lights; just pure darkness, and the chance of freezing your bananas. A lot of what astronomers strive for amid all the light pollution. Cold? What cold? Astronomers tend to do crazy things to get at what they want, including freezing outside for hours.

1437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alaskan playground on: May 14, 2008, 04:48:49 AM
I have a friend who moved from Florida to Alaska if you can believe it. Loves it there.
1438  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yet another reason to avoid Vista on: May 12, 2008, 09:36:55 PM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on May 12, 2008, 03:50:44 AM

Millenium, meet Vista.
Vista, meet Millenium.

More like,

BOB, meet Vista.
Vista, meet BOB.

1439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Canadians: Is Bell Internet faster than Rogers Cable? on: May 12, 2008, 08:27:11 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on May 12, 2008, 05:01:03 PM

I'm looking into alternative providers right now.

Heh, does that mean you'll be changing your avatar? Those beaver mascots annoy me. And man, is Bell ever relentless! It's been about a year and a half since we quit Bell and went with VoiP through our cable company. Bell's been at us ever since, trying to get us to reconsider. The truth is, they don't give a dam (haha) when you're with them, only when you're not. They're too big for their own good and don't know the meaning of customer service and competition, charging an arm and a leg for basic services.  They have the gall to harass us with telemarketing calls day after day.
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Clone Wars Trailer on: May 12, 2008, 08:15:48 PM
I'm not very impressed. This is more likely to win over kids though. I just don't think it will be a must-see.
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