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961  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?
962  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.
963  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.

964  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.
965  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.

966  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

967  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
968  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
969  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.
970  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:

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
971  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
972  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.
973  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.

974  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
975  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.

976  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.
977  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Class Poll on: April 28, 2008, 04:06:10 AM
Barbarian, what else?
978  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.
979  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
980  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?
981  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.
982  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

983  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.

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?

984  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
985  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.
986  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

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?
987  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
988  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.
989  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

990  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 I'm one of those Asia players that play on US servers.
991  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).

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.
992  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

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

...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.
993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Astro Empires - Web Based Space MOG on: December 12, 2007, 08:26:31 PM
I recommended people to join OO guild at alpha because OO has been well established there and most other strong guilds are relatively friendly with OO. The smaller and newer guilds which tend to be more aggressive to new players are no real danger to OO.

I play at alpha, ceti, and delta. Compare to alpha, both ceti and delta are chaotic. You can't fully depend on the 7 days protection because once that is up, you are unlikely to have adequate defense to stop the more experienced players from attacking your bases for profit if you're new player and still learning. You can join a guild, but most of the strong guilds at ceti and delta are aggressive guild and not a good place for newbies to learn the rope. OO at alpha is a pacifist guild and most of the other guilds know it, so they left us alone because while we're pacifists, we know how to fight in war.

BTW, OO guild is only at alpha server. Also only a few of the members are from OO forum, only a few of us from OO who started the guild are left but we met a lot of new friends in game who joined the guild. I hope to see GamingTrend guild at alpha so maybe we can arrange a 'friendly' war once the GT guild has been more
994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Astro Empires - Web Based Space MOG on: December 12, 2007, 09:08:33 AM
I played and joined Octopus Overlords guild at the alpha server since over a year ago. Delta server just opened so if you want to start playing, that can be a good choice. But alpha server is also a good server to start playing. The main guilds are well established at alpha so it is less chaotic than newer server like ceti or delta.

If you want to learn how to play then joining alpha and OO guild there will keep you safe from being attacked by random bullies who like to farm newbies. Learn to play at alpha and use what you learn from alpha to play at delta where the other players are not much ahead of you.

995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Two. Anyone IN? [spoilers inevitable] on: December 11, 2007, 09:46:05 AM

Quote from: madpeon on November 27, 2007, 05:44:23 PM

When I break into a house, remind me *never* to go further into the house when its owners come home, considering THE WINDOW I JUST USED TO BREAK IN IS A FOOT BEHIND ME.

Arg.. stupid writers.

You're not a Unlike you, the cousin need to watch someone else do something before she can copy it. So she watched how to climb up and break into the house, but she didn't watch how to climb out of the window. So she can climb and break in through the window, but can't use the window to leave.slywink

996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Toshiba and Microsoft set to bring HD DVD integrated 360 to market on: October 22, 2007, 11:31:26 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 22, 2007, 11:28:55 PM

There is no way in Hell ANY version of the Xbox 360 would be sold under the Toshiba name.

Why not? What if it'll get Japanese to start buying XBOX 360?
997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone playing Overlord for the PC? I'm stumped, need help? on: July 23, 2007, 08:11:51 AM
You can guide your minions by assigning them to a guard market then you target the marker and hold the button then you can move the marker and the minion will move with it.

Now that you know how to move the marker, then you just need to time it to move it through the geysers.

Using XBOX 360 Controller, it is not hard to move the minion through the geysers.

As for the egg thing, that is for other place with water snake. You need to lure some of the birds to the water snake so that the snake is busy and not attacking your minions who need to turn a wheel.

998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did I miss some XBOX 360 controversy? on: May 18, 2007, 05:58:52 PM
Unlike the original XBOX modding, the 360's firmware hack has nothing to do with cheating. It won't let you run unsigned code which mean homebrew or any other kind of software modding isn't possible.

The only thing the firmware hack do is to trick the XBOX 360 when it checks for the copy protection code of the disc which is not at a location that is writable using regular dvd writer so the firmware hack redirect the read to other location of the disc.
999  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Friend Codes on: May 18, 2007, 04:13:13 AM
My code:

Diamond 2449 1306 4488
Pearl 4768 3978 1213  (temporary, will restart later)
1000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 16, 2007, 03:44:13 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 14, 2007, 01:02:22 PM

I can get you a Palkia from the GTS.  It'll likely be Japanese with a Japanese name, but other than that it'll work just fine.

Just to warn you, you'll also only have one chance to capture the three legendary psychic guys that live in the lakes.

I decide to replay the game, but I'm going to play Pokemon Diamond first and transfer some of my better pokemon from the Pearl then later replay Pokemon Pearl. Also ordered Pokemon Fire Red, Leaf Green and Emerald. Couldn't find Ruby or Sapphire anywhere so I guess I'm not going to be able to complete the collection of the Pokemon games of GBA and DS era.
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