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921  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 23, 2008, 03:53:05 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on June 20, 2008, 11:39:23 PM

My point is when you ask 324 dems 307 independants and 231 repubs who they are going to vote for in an elections, its hardly shocking news that the dem candidate is going to 'win' that poll when they outnumber the repub respondants so heavily.

I don't know how the select the sample, but what if they select people randomly?  Then if you get 324 dems 307 ind and 231 rep out of the random sample, it is a bad news for McCain.

EDIT: After reading the method, they select people randomly but weight them based on US census. So they don't selectively choose to pick more dem or rep. So I guess it was really a bad news for McCain.

922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: African-Canadians? on: June 20, 2008, 08:54:54 AM

Quote from: yossar on June 20, 2008, 03:13:10 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on June 20, 2008, 02:52:04 AM

The fact that most Americans are stupid and (if only slightly) prejudiced does NOT mean that Political Correctness is NOT stupid.

So you think it's ok for white people to refer to blacks with the n-word as long as they aren't doing it in a mean way? Maybe we are going to need a definition of political correctness.

Well, if you believe Hollywood movies, black people call each other with n-word all the time or call each other dog or other variation of the word dog. So I don't see why it is a problem with white people using it.slywink
923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect PC... Impressions? on: June 20, 2008, 06:57:29 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on June 12, 2008, 12:24:04 AM

How's the combat?  Most sources seem to indicate that it's the worst part of the game.  I definitely like a good story, but if there isn't interesting stuff to do between story segments (i.e. combat) then I could easily see myself getting bored.

The combat system is very good and creative. I wish that someone make a SF-based MMORPG that use the Mass Effect combat system. Seem to me that it'll be a good system for ranged combat in MMORPG.
924  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm Voting Republican on: June 19, 2008, 08:53:07 AM
Because most people are selfish and greedy. People can invent reasons why they don't want socialism, but for most of them it is really come down to not wanting to pay more taxes to help some strangers.


925  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Supreme Court Smacks Bushies Again... on: June 19, 2008, 04:28:10 AM
So is there any high level official that is going to go to jail for the war crimes?
926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 18, 2008, 03:33:19 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 17, 2008, 10:16:57 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on June 17, 2008, 10:04:06 PM

How has it changed from the previous version?

Well, the memory leaks are supposed to be fixed, for one. The other is enhanced security and one-click bookmarking, and native OS look. I just installed it on my Dad's computer which has 2K and it looks different to mine which has XP, which again would look different to someone using Vista or MacOS.

And stupidly changed the function of the website icon at the address bar. I used to be able to just click that icon in firefox (work the same way like IE) and it'll select the whole address line. Now clicking that icon show the info box on the website so I have to adapt to either click it twice or double click the address line. Not a big deal but why changed it?
927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Hustle - Why all the praise on: June 17, 2008, 04:02:34 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 16, 2008, 06:07:42 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on June 16, 2008, 05:10:32 AM

It is just another bad and average Stephen Chow's movie. Nothing special at all, but I guess most westerners never watched any Stephen Chow's movie before that other than Shaolin Soccer.

Which ones of his do you like?

I don't remember. I think I used to like his movies, but after so many of them you get tired of the same stupid jokes
928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 16, 2008, 05:16:27 AM

Quote from: jpinard on June 13, 2008, 07:04:07 PM

When was it Hollywood decided it could just create a "do-over" of a film that was released just a few years prior?  It's kind of odd if you think about it.  Also, what's that say about the directors and actors from the first version?

Don't let Ang Lee make any superhero movie.smile
929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Hustle - Why all the praise on: June 16, 2008, 05:10:32 AM
It is just another bad and average Stephen Chow's movie. Nothing special at all, but I guess most westerners never watched any Stephen Chow's movie before that other than Shaolin Soccer.
930  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: After retrying various MMOs, I find Vanguard is now REALLY actually playable on: June 13, 2008, 07:54:52 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 08, 2008, 09:15:33 PM

I remember reading about that race or whatnot you picked - their starting quests are a total mess.

I think the Kojan continent is the one that's the most 'finished' out of the areas. Of course, the island only goes up to level 20 or so, but it's a nice, peaceful place. Feels 'elven' for lack of a better term.

If this long after the release, they can't fix the starting quests of one of the race then how can anyone have confident that they'll fix them or any other bugs? Why invest time in playing the game at all? I can understand if they don't have time to fix some obscure quests, but starting quests are those that almost every characters of that race need to deal with and should be first priority to fix.

931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ars Technica re-reviews the PS3 on: June 13, 2008, 07:49:03 AM

Quote from: jblank on June 10, 2008, 08:55:40 PM

With regards  to me "now knowing one", I was referring to my circle of gaming friends, not people I am  members  with on websites.

If I just look at my circle of gaming friends then I can draw a wrong conclusion. My circle of gaming friends are anime loving and JRPG gamers.slywink They don't play action games or sport games.
932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ars Technica re-reviews the PS3 on: June 13, 2008, 07:46:11 AM

Quote from: jblank on June 10, 2008, 08:55:40 PM

Your emoticon and post struck me as smarmy, but whatever.

Your second paragraph sort of makes my point doesn't it? When your developing games for the mass market, surrounded by SO MUCH competition, are you going to bank on JRPG games, which we both agree are appealing to a small market, or, are you gonna try and develop say,a game like Resistance? Gears of War? Call of Duty?

With regards  to me "now knowing one", I was referring to my circle of gaming friends, not people I am  members  with on websites.

If you're a JRPG developer why you want to risk to develop a shooter to compete with Resistance, Gears of War, etc. in a highly competitive market when there is a less competitive market which is within your expertise?
933  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ironrod: McCain supports manned exploration of Mars on: June 10, 2008, 04:34:57 AM
My answer is "I Don't Know."
934  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ironrod: McCain supports manned exploration of Mars on: June 10, 2008, 03:29:44 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 09, 2008, 11:35:24 AM

And just for the record -- I believe evolution happens.    I just believe there is a creator, and I see no reason why evolution can't happen according to a scientific engine he set up and set into motion.

Believing that evolution can happen because of a creator isn't anti-science, believing that evolution is wrong based on faith is anti-science.

As for believing that there is a creator? why? Also who created the creator? The creator's creator? Then who created the creator's creator?smile

935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware doesn't trust us (Mass Effect) on: June 09, 2008, 09:29:27 AM

Quote from: Two Sheds on June 09, 2008, 02:20:58 AM

Why are MOST of those companies out of business in 10 years in your head? And why do you assume it will be complicated? Why on earth would it involve "hours" spent searching online? Isn't it more likely that you'll be able to hop onto [your file downloading website of choice] and grab the activation-deactivation patch that the company released when it went under?

Seem like most of those companies that made great games over 10 years ago are now out of business or bought by EA or other big publishers. As for how to deal with online activation, i think the solution is simple, just go to a pirate site and download a crack then store it somewhere safe in case you need it in future. While at it, maybe now the customer is tempted to just download other games for free from the pirate site so in the end the protection help promote piracy.smile
936  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: June 09, 2008, 04:22:37 AM
Also had problem with AVG. So now using Avast. Other than false positive, AVG also failed to detect some virus.
937  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ironrod: McCain supports manned exploration of Mars on: June 09, 2008, 03:11:12 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 08, 2008, 08:32:01 PM

Believing that there is a divine spark to life != anti-science.     They simply believe that there is more to the beginning of everything than a singlularity about which scientists can't explain how it got there, why it was there, what was there before it, etc.    Science about the beginning of the universe is as unprovable, unexplainable, and fantasmical as anything religion has conjured up.

Replacing evolution with that kind of bullshit is anti-science.
938  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Example why the human race is doomed to extinction on: June 05, 2008, 09:10:59 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 03, 2008, 09:40:40 PM

Movie was awesome, haters.

Did the horseface one ended up with Mr. Big?smile
939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fallout 3 image used on Al-Qaeda web site on: June 05, 2008, 09:09:14 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 03:31:58 PM

The artwork wasn't stolen, it was created FOR the terrorists BY bethesda.  i've always been suspicious of those guys.  creating games that keep me indoors for days on end....what better way to conquer america for their jihadist masters than creating a nation of couch potatoes!?

 Tongue

Also anyone wondered how Bethesda survived as a studio between the release of Daggerfall and Morrowind? Or how did they survive between the first Elder Scroll game to Daggerfall release? How did they manage to stay in business releasing one game every several years. Must be money laundering business for the terrorists.
940  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: South Korea and American Beef on: June 05, 2008, 03:42:17 AM
Does the fact that SK eat other parts of the cow and not just the meat has anything to do with it? I think they need to be far more careful because infected cow that is safe for US consumption can be bad for them. If SK's cow is somehow infected because of the import, then it'll cause serious health problem. That is more important that worrying about US beef industry losing money because they can't export to SK.
941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metered Internet on: June 05, 2008, 03:38:42 AM
I think this is what that'll kill bittorrent and other filesharing. I guess MPAA and RIAA finally can win their wars.
942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We All See Into the Future on: June 05, 2008, 03:33:13 AM
It is interesting that this predictive correction of human brain is based on single frame which caused us to see those illusions. I think if we write a program to do the same thing (like for robots), we'll use multiple frames to do prediction instead of using single frame because it is a lot easier to do prediction by comparing several frames to predict what the eyes will see than to figure it out using just single frame.
943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We All See Into the Future on: June 04, 2008, 07:03:10 AM

Quote from: Windows95 on June 03, 2008, 02:01:03 PM

So to defeat the optical illusion, we just need to upgrade our internal CPU's so we can process the image faster. smile

Or just disable the oracle function.smile
944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do we have a biology of self destruction? on: June 04, 2008, 06:59:48 AM
If life have two possible path, non aging but can't reproduce (or slow reproduce) or aging but fast reproduce, which one will win out in the natural selection process?

945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phoenix touches down on: May 30, 2008, 09:57:42 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 30, 2008, 09:32:01 AM

And frankly, if it was an object of interest on mars that wasn't man made, and not a glitch in the camera or some other process, then the scientific community would be the first to say something because that'd be a big finding, a finding that scientists have been wanting to announce for a very long time.

Not if the photo was taken somewhere in New Mexico or Nevada.
946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phoenix touches down on: May 30, 2008, 09:16:04 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 28, 2008, 03:43:52 AM

I have a question:

Why is it that google earth has access to sattelite images that allow me to see individual people standing on different levels of the Eiffel Tower in Paris but the best NASA can do is show me a blurry turquoise colored blob for a car sized lander on the surface of Mars?



Because then it'll be too obvious that the pictures are fake.slywink
947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: May 29, 2008, 08:18:25 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 29, 2008, 05:49:00 AM

And just so people know, crystal skulls in the real world are pretty much fakes with fancy stories surrounding them.

Isn't that the same as holy grail? Or that the holy grail can cure sickness or make people become immortal aren't just fancy stories?

Or are there any holy grail out there that are not fakes?
948  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: May 29, 2008, 05:04:55 AM
Seem like the found a possible cause. There is a big news on the log on screen asking people to upgrade their adobe flash player.
949  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So now we torture on behalf of the Chinese? on: May 22, 2008, 05:47:43 AM
Maybe US need to help taking care of the Tibet protesters. Kidnap those troublemakers, send them to Guantanamo and keep them there until the Olympic is over.smile
950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bourne movies any good? on: May 21, 2008, 09:18:21 AM

Quote from: rickfc on May 19, 2008, 06:00:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 19, 2008, 05:53:59 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on May 19, 2008, 05:45:05 PM

I hate Bond, but I loved Casino Royale and so did my wife, to my surprise.

Quote from: McBa1n on May 18, 2008, 09:54:41 AM

I can't stand the stupid ridiculousness of 'Bond' movies.

Quote from: rickfc on May 19, 2008, 05:49:54 PM

+1.  My wife and I couldn't stand any of the Bond movies, especially the last one with Hally Berry.  Ugh, what a train wreck.

Is the Bond hate directed at the Pierce Brosnan releases or the Bond series in general?  I hated the Brosnan ones but I can't see you guys could hate on Thunderball, Goldfinger, and From Russia With Love.  A big part of why I loved Casino Royale was because it brought things back closer to how the old movies felt.

To me, it was anything past Roger Moore, really.  I grew up watching the Roger Moore Bond, and later watched Sean Connery.  Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan's Bond movies were terrible.  I think Brosnan was a good Bond, but the movies themselves were horrid.  Dalton was just bad from the get-go.

I think there are two style of Bond, Sean Connery style and Roger Moore style. All actors that play after copy one or the other. You can easily find out which style it is by lookin at the cloth they wear and their hair. If their hair mess up after fight then it is Sean Connery style. If their hair stay in place, then it is Roger Moore style.smile

Pierce Brosnan is Roger Moore style. The last Bond and Timothy Dalton are Sean Connery style. Since I grew up during Roger Moore era, I prefer Pierce Brosnan's Bond.
951  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: May 21, 2008, 04:38:10 AM
Is this available in downloadable version so that we don't have to wait for the shipment of the dvd/cd?
952  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Episode V: The Obama Strikes Back... on: May 19, 2008, 04:12:18 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on May 17, 2008, 01:55:10 AM

Quote from: cheeba on May 17, 2008, 01:35:55 AM

And yes I'm willing to let them send thousands of Americans to their deaths and spend trillions of dollars (are you holding your pinkie to your mouth when you type that?) to do what I think is the right thing.

So if you really believe it's the right thing to do, then why don't you enlist?

Or is it only the right thing when you don't have to risk anything?


He can stop playing golf.slywink
953  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama Gas Commercial on: May 14, 2008, 03:53:54 AM

Quote from: cheeba on May 14, 2008, 03:42:10 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on May 14, 2008, 03:26:22 AM

BTW, how come Israel is the closest and most important allies?
If you truly wish to be educated on that question, I suggest The $36 Billion Bargain: U.S. Aid to Israel and American Public Opinion by A.F.K. Organski, one of my old professors.

I guess then the next question is why Israel is still be closest and most important allies? Cold war is over.

Osama Bin Laden was also US's allies during cold war.smile
954  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama Gas Commercial on: May 14, 2008, 03:26:22 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 13, 2008, 02:21:16 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on May 13, 2008, 04:01:28 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 12, 2008, 08:00:16 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on May 12, 2008, 03:58:48 AM

Hamas isn't the enemy of US, so Hamas like Obama probably not a bad thing.

Huh ???

Did Hamas send people to Iraq to kill US soldiers? Did Hamas send terrorists to US to kill Americans?


Perhaps not. But they do wage a war of desired annhilation against Israel- one of the US's closest/most important allies.

Maybe Obama can persuade them to change their mind?smile

BTW, how come Israel is the closest and most important allies? I think there are more disadvantages of having Israel as allies than advantages for US. The only time US can get help from Israel is when there is a conflict in middle east but US have other allies that can help with that like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Israel is also known to spy and steal US secrets.
955  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama Gas Commercial on: May 13, 2008, 04:01:28 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 12, 2008, 08:00:16 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on May 12, 2008, 03:58:48 AM

Hamas isn't the enemy of US, so Hamas like Obama probably not a bad thing.

Huh ???

Did Hamas send people to Iraq to kill US soldiers? Did Hamas send terrorists to US to kill Americans?
956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 12, 2008, 05:56:40 AM
I think maybe they refered to the ten rings organization. I don't think Mandarin made a cameo in Iron Man movie.
957  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How does one rattle a saber when it's bent, stuck, or otherwise engaged? on: May 12, 2008, 04:23:31 AM
I don't know why anyone think Iran is bigger risk than NK.

I'll count on Iran's leaders' will to survive. It is easy to fund terrorists or send people on suicide bombings if there is no risk to them. You won't see those leaders strap bomb on their chest and go to Israel to blow up stuff. So to stop them, you just need to make it very clear that if their nuclear somehow cause harm to Americans, you'll kill them all.

NK on the other hand is probably a bigger risk. Unlike Iran, the leader of NK is not a sane person. This is a guy that is worshiped like a god and probably believe the propaganda.slywink Now God is immortal, so you can't threaten to kill him if he harm Americans with his nuke.




958  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Myanmar disaster - toll reaches 100,000 on: May 12, 2008, 04:09:47 AM
For those that expect ASEAN to do something about it, it won't happen. ASEAN is pretty much a joke. Members of ASEAN are not exactly friendly to each other. From time to time, Malaysia and Singapore are mad with each other about things. Same with Malaysia and Indonesia. There are also some border disputes between the members.
959  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama Gas Commercial on: May 12, 2008, 03:58:48 AM
I don't know about Hamas but Obama as president is probably the worst case for Al Qaeda. McCain is a lot better one for them.

Hamas isn't the enemy of US, so Hamas like Obama probably not a bad thing.


960  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How does one rattle a saber when it's bent, stuck, or otherwise engaged? on: May 12, 2008, 03:55:57 AM
If US's government love Israel so much, maybe they should just donate a state to Israel and let them move and set up a country inside US. That'll reduce the middle east conflict.slywink

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