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921  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?
922  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.
923  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
924  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.
925  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?
926  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
927  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
928  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.
929  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?
930  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.
931  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.




932  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.
933  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.


934  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

935  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Hmmm. What if: Hilary = VP? Does That Sway Your Vote to McCain? on: May 12, 2008, 03:45:51 AM
Hillary as VP is a good idea. It'll be like a good luck charm for Obama just like Cheney is for Bush.smile
936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 08, 2008, 06:38:46 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 08, 2008, 05:42:49 AM

Quote from: Jubei on May 08, 2008, 04:45:17 AM

GTA IV won because everyone actually wanted it.
Everyone bought Halo3 because thats all they saw anyone playing on the xbl dashboard......well i did anyways.
Still dont get why they say halo is a story driven game, i didnt get it at all.

And also because GTA4 was on two platforms...

Isn't PS3 pretty much a failed console so far? If so then not much extra copies sold compare to exclusive XBOX 360 platform.slywink
937  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Myanmar disaster - toll reaches 100,000 on: May 08, 2008, 06:36:28 AM
Financial aid is not always the answer. Most of those won't reach the victims. Myanmar is kinda like Indonesia in that the government are very corrupt. So instead of giving them financial aid to buy stuff to help them, it is a lot better to send personnels like doctors, nurses, etc. And if there is a rebuilding needed later, then the donors need to keep close watch on that.
938  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama Gas Commercial on: May 08, 2008, 02:40:31 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 07, 2008, 08:15:02 PM

I can't get into the long discussions about this, but there is one thing that is absolutely 100% true regarding this statement:

Quote
He wants to raise taxes on the 'wealthy' to fund more government programs, by reversing previous tax cuts.

The truth is simply this - Rich people stay rich by NOT paying taxes.  Raising taxes on them will simply cause them to find more ways to shrug off that tax debt.  (And where do you imagine it falls then?  It ain't rollin uphill, I can tell you that)  Why are we giving tax cuts to people that can afford it anyway?  It is akin to giving celebutards big gift bags full of stuff they could otherwise afford on their own.  It makes no sense.

Because helping the poor is too socialist.slywink
939  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationists visit the natural history museum on: May 08, 2008, 02:38:39 AM
Stop making fun of Christianity, let's talk about Scientology instead.slywink
940  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bush declares "Law Day" - Irony, you know no bounds... on: May 05, 2008, 06:33:45 PM

Quote from: cheeba on May 05, 2008, 02:46:44 PM

They have to accept them as a legitimate government controlled by the people. The other middle eastern gov'ts will no doubt not much like a democratic Iraq, as it will mean their people will begin wanting the same freedoms and access to wealth. That's the goal and the hope.

Or they can just point at Iraq as example of why they don't need democracy. People were much better during Saddam era than the current democracy one.
941  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bush declares "Law Day" - Irony, you know no bounds... on: May 05, 2008, 06:27:51 PM

Quote from: cheeba on May 05, 2008, 02:46:44 PM

If you look at Iran, you see a nation so worried about the cultural influence of America on its people that it bans the Barbie doll. You're right, we can't create friends with the occupation, but hopefully we can secure the nation enough and finally minimize our forces enough so that we can still allow them access to our culture.

Umm, Iraq was not a nation that worried about the cultural influence of America. Saddam's Iraq was secular.

So if the goal is to let them access western culture, the war was a step back. A better solution was to lift the UN sanction and helped Saddam restore the country. I'm sure if given choice, Saddam would embrace the west again if only to survive and to stay in power. But it is too late for that solution.



942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor on: May 05, 2008, 04:40:04 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 03, 2008, 03:22:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 03, 2008, 03:19:56 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 03, 2008, 03:15:14 PM

I don't understand why Jet Li is still making movies. What happened to "Fearless, Jet Li's last movie"?

IIRC Fearless was supposed to be his last martial arts epic, not movie.

I think that's correct...supposed to be his last epic in the style of his older movies like Once Upon a Time in China.

Or maybe they made mistake with the line, it supposed to say "Fearless, Jet Li's latest movie." smile
943  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bush declares "Law Day" - Irony, you know no bounds... on: May 05, 2008, 01:51:56 AM

Quote from: cheeba on May 03, 2008, 03:04:02 PM

The more influence we have in the middle east the better. Iraq is a big country, and if in 10-20 years its citizens are mostly democratic, driving BMW's and listening to Miley Cyrus "Back From Rehab, Again" albums, it will go a long, long way in making a friendlier middle east.

Democratic Iraq = Iran style terrorist sponsoring fanatic leadership. By invading Iraq, US helped her real enemies.

944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 02, 2008, 07:24:04 AM
Best superhero movie ever!!!! I didn't stay through the credits, but I guess this is one of those movies that good enough to watch repeatedly.
945  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Class Poll on: April 28, 2008, 04:06:10 AM
Barbarian, what else?
946  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How does one rattle a saber when it's bent, stuck, or otherwise engaged? on: April 28, 2008, 03:59:45 AM

Quote from: mikeg on April 26, 2008, 03:10:51 PM

Other than our own inept government, I see Iran and China as the two biggest threats to America's future.  One directly and the other indirectly.  Good read.  I have little doubt that in my life time I will see a near, in magnitude, world war.

And that is all you will ever hear me say in the arena of politics.  As for religion, I have even less to say.

It is very easy to deal with Iran, ignore them and they won't be any threat at all. So they get nuclear, so what? Just make sure they know that if their nuclear somehow cause harm to Americans (directly or indirectly through terrorists) then Iran will be wiped off the face of earth.
947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jimmy Fallon to replace Conan O'Brien! on: April 25, 2008, 06:38:46 AM
I still think Conan as the new guy.smile
948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally got into the Health Dept on: April 23, 2008, 11:05:01 AM
Save some money then go to China or other countries to deal with it. It is a lot cheaper. Or maybe Mexico or other nearer countries can be good option?
949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MicroSD cards in phones? on: April 17, 2008, 04:05:50 AM

Quote from: Purge on April 15, 2008, 05:15:37 PM

Pretty much, no, and not really. (respectively).

Speed is still going to be limited by the phones processing itself which is nowhere near the speed of the cards.
I think MicroSD's are even interchangable with the micro Sony memory cards (I know a few people who have w300i's and IIRC they're using MicroSD cards ... I could be wrong on that though).


Umm, if you mean Sony's MemoryStick Micro or M2, then it is not compatible with MicroSD.
950  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW- Server and Player lists READ FIRST POST on: April 15, 2008, 04:09:18 AM
Level 70:
Victoria Raverna,Emerald Dream,Horde,Talka,Hunter,Orc,Foolish Intent,Mining+Engineering
Victoria Raverna,Emerald Dream,Horde,Raverna,Warlock,Blood Elf,Foolish Intent,Tailoring+Enchanting
Victoria Raverna,Emerald Dream,Horde,Veehar,Paladin,Blood Elf,Foolish Intent,Engineering+Enchanting

Current focus:
Victoria Raverna,Emerald Dream,Horde,Seraphine,Death Knight,Undead,Foolish Intent,Mining+Blacksmithing



951  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Ice Shelf continues to show how much it hates Bush on: April 14, 2008, 08:18:04 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 26, 2008, 11:32:23 PM

The Antarctic Ice Shelf's latest little tantrum attack on those glorious fighters against the "global warming" propaganda dumped 160 square miles of ice into the ocean.

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Scientists are citing "rapid climate change in a fast-warming region of Antarctica" as the cause of an initial collapse of the Wilkins Ice Shelf. The damage got started at the end of February when an iceberg dropped off and triggered the "runaway disintegration" of a 160-square-mile portion of the 5,282-square-mile shelf.

The ice shelf, which scientists speculate has floated in the Antarctic region for hundreds of years, is succumbing to recent rises in temperature in the area--an average of 0.9 degree Fahrenheit every 10 years for the last 50 years.

This series of pictures that show the beginning of the breakup were taken by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer sensor, which flies on its Earth Observing System Aqua and Terra satellites.

Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center/NASA

I sure hope NASA isn't implying that Global Warming is real.  They aren't allowed to do that anymore.

Hopefully I'm old and died before the sea level rise. Too bad this piece of ice decide to break off this year instead of 1 year ago before I decided to purchase my new home. I wish I chose to buy a property on a hill instead of near the sea.frown

So this global warming thing and potential sea rising will not occur within next 50 years right? So I don't need to care about it?

952  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: April 14, 2008, 07:02:23 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 14, 2008, 06:54:56 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on April 14, 2008, 06:22:04 AM

Movies make fun of BAC because it is a lot safer than make fun of muslims.slywink



You think we can't make fun of Muslims too?

You can but then you probably have to hide for the rest of your life or until you outlive the person that order your death. Even then you have to keep watching your back.slywink
953  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Shiite cleric threatens to end militia's cease-fire on: April 14, 2008, 06:55:18 AM
Why can Saddam keep these guys under control, but US with superior military power and fund can't.
954  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Myth Busted: S&G Met an Asteroid on: April 14, 2008, 06:50:29 AM

Quote from: Jolor on April 12, 2008, 03:46:52 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 09, 2008, 11:16:50 PM

No, I mean "rewarded" in the "not turned into salt like poor Lot's wife" sense.  My point was that Lot should've been punished for the twin transgressions of a) offering his daughters to rapists and b) sleeping with them, whereas Lot's wife's only sin was, as far as I can tell, looking over her shoulder.

Wasn't her real sin disobeying an order?

Right, wife has to obey her husband especially a daughter pimping one.smile

BTW, about the incest, did God create more than Adam and Eve? Or only two of them? If only two then all humans are result of incest?
955  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can someone please tell this senile moron to shut up? on: April 14, 2008, 06:33:51 AM

Quote from: Electronic Dan on April 13, 2008, 11:21:36 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 13, 2008, 10:30:51 PM


BTW, Hamas was the democratically elected government of Palestine.  They aren't a terrorist group now... they are a legitimate government.

While it's debatable that having elections where there aren't meaningful democratic institutions, where the parties intimidate civilians, eliminate competitors, possess militaries and take over parts of the Gaza strip through warfare counts as a legitimately democratically elected government, that's besides the issue.  They're still  a terrorist group.  And going after them is no more "genocide" then eliminating the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

When you don't like the outcome of an election, then the election must be flawed.slywink
956  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Olympic Torch relay on: April 14, 2008, 06:28:29 AM
About the Tibet situation. Peaceful protests or riots? Seem like there are conflicting reports on that on the non western media.
957  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: April 14, 2008, 06:22:04 AM
Movies make fun of BAC because it is a lot safer than make fun of muslims.slywink

958  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Business lessons learned from WoW on: April 12, 2008, 11:15:11 AM

Quote from: StriderGG on April 09, 2008, 01:54:38 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on April 09, 2008, 08:07:07 AM


LOTRO is available in Asia. Most of the current MMORPG are available in Asia.


I am not so sure about that. They do have some presence in Australia/Oceania and they did sign an agreement to start distributing it in Korea (they issued a press release about it in Dec 2007). However, to this date I still haven't seen any news about the game being available in Korea and China.

I know because I can buy it.smile I'm one of those Asia players that play on US servers.
959  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Business lessons learned from WoW on: April 09, 2008, 08:09:15 AM

Quote from: Jag on April 08, 2008, 09:29:20 PM

I don't know about reported numbers, but this is a list of all US servers all participating in an event that launched with the new patch (note this is NOT asia or europe).

http://us.gorgonnash.info/index.html

That's 225 active realms with probably any where from a few hundred to a few thousand people on each. (woo, my server is #16) That's ALOT of people in the US actively playing this game.  eek

US servers aren't exclusive for US players. A lot of Asia/Australia players play on US servers.
960  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Business lessons learned from WoW on: April 09, 2008, 08:07:07 AM

Quote from: StriderGG on April 08, 2008, 07:53:36 PM

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They really did bring a LOT of improvements to the genre

Improving other people's inventions does not make them pioneers by definition - "one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress". They were more like 15th smile

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...subscribership for World of Warcraft®, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has continued to climb, recently passing 10 million worldwide...

...The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of all time, with nearly 2.4 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.

I still haven't seen the words "active subscribers" anywhere. The number of expansion sales (6M) probably shows the number of their active subscribers back in Feb 2007 pretty accurately. I really doubt it grew by about 60% in 10 months. So I am still not convinced they don't count all those people who cancelled back in 2005.

BTW, it's interesting to see that only 25% of their customer base is in North America. I often see LOTRO (for example) numbers compared to WoW, which is really not fair, since LOTRO is not being sold in Asia AFAIK. So it's not 400K vs. 10M, it's 400K vs. 2M (not sure if 400K is the correct number). And as per above, I am not even sure it's 2M of active subscribers.

LOTRO is available in Asia. Most of the current MMORPG are available in Asia.
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