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1081  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Save the environment, go Nuclear on: April 10, 2008, 06:22:52 PM

Quote from: The Meal on April 10, 2008, 05:23:50 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 10, 2008, 02:59:32 PM

Quote from: The Meal on April 09, 2008, 08:34:11 PM

This went around work about a month ago (I'm in the biz).  Not even the folks here beleive everything he wrote.  But still, fun read.
Since I am not in the biz can you be more specific about which parts are not believable? It seemed like a pretty reasonable and logical argument for the use of nuclear energy.
To avoid turning into a douchebag, I'll give someone else the opportunity to step in and answer this (possibly only after reading the article).  The difference between that someone else and me would be their desire to get into an argument.

If nobody steps up, I'll see what I can come up with.

~Neal

While not looking to get into an argument I also am in the nuclear business (I've worked at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant for  24 years).  His article seems a bit too light handed on a few issues such as
Quote
The replaced rods will be removed and transferred to a storage pool inside the containment structure, where they can remain indefinitely (three feet of water blocks the radiation)

err I wouldn't go near an expended fuel rod that was shielded by only 3 feet of water!  Ours are under 27 feet and there are numerous design elements that go into that figure.  He is also pretty offhand on the issue of recycling the fuel, while it is true that much of an expended fuel rod is reusable, getting it out isn't an easy task.  He ignores low level radioactive waste (a big cost for us to dispose of) and is wrong when stating there isn't any discharge to the environment.

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There is no release into the environment. The fuel rods come out looking exactly as they did going in, except that they are now more highly radioactive. There is no air pollution, no water pollution, and no ground pollution.

Actually there is some release of radioactive gas and liquid to the environment during normal operation and while his comment about the fuel rods is correct (except they aren't as shiny anymore) his statement that they are "now more highly radioactive" is an understatement, they are now lethal if you get anywhere near one, say 3 feet from one even if it is underwater.  There are many many safeguards to prevent that from occuring but you can't just disregard it with an off hand comment.

I guess the overall tone of his lecture was too light on the difficulties and downsides of nuclear power in order to make his point.  I support the business but people really should be told the reality of it.
1082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 10, 2008, 05:53:25 PM
While I do post (infrequently) on both boards, GT is websensed at work so I tend to spend more time on OO, go figure.  I sometimes have trouble remembering which thread on which board I've posted in but I believe it was the OO American Idol thread that had some of my incoherent ramblings in.... How about KLC this week eh?  She should have been gone weeks ago but rises to the occasion and will probably stay another week (hmmm methinks I should have searched GT for an AI thread  paranoid).

In an effort to provide more background info on me I can tell everyone that I commute to work on a ChrisGrenard approved Piaggio MP-3 like this one;


That isn't me by the way, just a stock photo showing how the bike leans.
1083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: April 08, 2008, 02:40:49 PM
Hmmm my copy of the game seems to be lost in the mail  icon_evil.  Shipped out of Bell, Ca on 3/27 with an estimated delivery date of 4/2.  I hate the USPS tracking system as you can't get any update of the package location until it's delivered?  I suppose I'll have to talk to them when I get a chance but I'm working too many hours to take time to stand in line and find out where my game is.   I figure by the time I get the game there won't be anyone left playing to rescue me when I die  icon_biggrin
1084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MotoGP - SICK Save on: April 01, 2008, 04:10:06 AM

Quote from: Canuck on April 01, 2008, 04:05:50 AM

I don't get it.  What's a save?  I was sure this was going to be some kind of MotoGP game replay video or something.

If you look closely you can see that he uses his shoulder and knee to pick the bike back up onto its tires.  The bike had lost traction and was sliding along the pavement before he managed that trick.
1085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: March 26, 2008, 05:47:14 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 26, 2008, 05:16:27 PM

Ah crap.  GT effect has me now, I'm getting this for some nice portable dungeon crawling.

Same here, I should have it next week I guess.  Couldn't find it locally in the big box stores or the game stores so had to get it from Amazon.
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This could be the geekiest thing I've ever done... on: March 12, 2008, 06:39:21 AM
Bring your own bananas with you, I hear the have no bananas in Scranton PA.
1087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: According to TurboTax, I owe $3,000 to the government on: February 12, 2008, 02:49:24 AM
I'm feeling your pain!  My wife works part time (24hrs/week) and I can't seem to get the Feds or State to with hold anything from her pay check.  Claim single and 0 deductions and this year her W-2 had a total of less than $200 federal and state combined taken out!  This is on over 20K!! Insane to say the least and very expensive when you combine it with my income.  Let us say that I have your 3k covered and then some.  I'm going to have to go to a tax expert to see what can be done about taking money out throughout the year, this is stupid.
1088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/21) on: January 21, 2008, 04:53:05 PM
I'll wait and see on Burnout for the 360.  Need something new for the DS so maybe Advance Wars.
1089  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Iranian Boats (possibly with GWB at the helm) Harass US Warship on: January 10, 2008, 06:22:56 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 10, 2008, 02:52:59 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 10, 2008, 12:45:37 AM

Well have you watched the video?  Story untrue?  Hoax?  Normal for Iranian gun(?)boats to claim that they are going to explode another ship in international waters?  U.S. Navy dubbing sinister voice over the video tape?

No, I don't need to watch the video, because what can it possibly prove?

How do you know what was said?  Do you speak Persian?

I guess I do speak Persian since I understood what was said, it turns out Persian is just like English!  I suppose watching the video might give more insight into what happened but I can see that it would in no way change your opinion of what happened or who was telling the truth.
1090  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Iranian Boats (possibly with GWB at the helm) Harass US Warship on: January 10, 2008, 12:48:22 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 09, 2008, 11:02:21 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 09, 2008, 10:05:43 PM

I'd say they were bringing a scimitar (curved for better slashing!) to a gun fight.

Or they loaded them with explosives a la the Cole.

True if they were intending to attack vessels but the Iranian government says they were just identifying ships, again how would they turn back a ship if they had no guns but were loaded with explosives?  Whatever they were doing they were ill equipped to do whatever the Iranians said they were supposed to be doing.
1091  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Iranian Boats (possibly with GWB at the helm) Harass US Warship on: January 10, 2008, 12:45:37 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 07, 2008, 11:08:55 PM

Quote from: CSL on January 07, 2008, 10:53:56 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 07, 2008, 09:53:53 PM

Any bets on what percentage of this story turns out to be untrue?

None of it probably.

We can revisit the issue when more details come out.  I'm willing to bet it's like 99% of all the other things we read in the mainstream news.

Well have you watched the video?  Story untrue?  Hoax?  Normal for Iranian gun(?)boats to claim that they are going to explode another ship in international waters?  U.S. Navy dubbing sinister voice over the video tape?
1092  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Iranian Boats (possibly with GWB at the helm) Harass US Warship on: January 09, 2008, 10:05:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 09, 2008, 07:52:53 PM

Video released of the incident check the new sites. It's hardly thrilling, but I do believe you can see GWB waterskiing off the back of one of the boats.



I'm betting every Navy ship is at general quarters when passing though the Straights of Hormuz and what you don't see on the video is the guns tracking those boats and the repair parties/boarding parties and other stations all manned up.  I'd say those Iranians were less than a minute before "hardly thrilling" became "Gulf of Tonkin thrilling".  In fact I was amazed to see those boats near the wake of the ships, hardly necessary to get that close to "identify" a U.S. warship but plenty close enough to get blown out of the water.

I didn't see any weapons on the Iranian boats, I wonder what they would have done if they needed to turn back the unidentified ships that they went to check out?  I'd say they were bringing a scimitar (curved for better slashing!) to a gun fight.
1093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gladiators on: January 09, 2008, 01:04:34 AM

Quote from: kathode on January 08, 2008, 10:26:54 PM

Please, please settle the writer's strike soon!

+1 Million!!!

1094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: The Final Season on: December 29, 2007, 03:33:37 AM
Can't wait to see what Omar is up to this season!  Season 4 was a bit down for me as well compared to the first 3 seasons but it was still good television.  Setting up the DVR for the final season now.
1095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, what did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2007, 04:23:15 AM
  I'm just a big downer at Christmas as I really don't like this holiday.  Today I couldn't bear opening any presents so I went on a 35 mile bike ride instead.  It's now 8pm and still the presents sit around all wrapped up, I'm going to see if the wife will just agree to save them for next year, maybe I'll have a better time.

  I actually am glad to see people can get excited this time of year, I never figured out why it hasn't done anything for me and even when I was a kid the magic never happened.  Enjoy the holidays all! (again no joke, I like to see what everyone got  icon_biggrin)

1096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 24, 2007, 10:23:56 AM
Jumped into a multiplayer game with Harkonis and Loomie and had some fun but there were issues.  None of us could see damage on the other cars, they all looked perfect while we could see our own cars all smashed up.  The re-spawn after you are taken down is too quick and far too close to the other car that just took you out.  It was pretty easy to take out Harkonis after I re-spawned since I had a fresh car right next to where his damaged one was.  Also it was distracting not to see even a hint of a driver in the cars, I'd rather see mirrored windows or something rather than the empty drivers seat that the demo had.  I hope some of these things are only because we are playing a demo that may not have all the features in it but for now I'm on the fence and will await reviews before I decide on if I'll buy it.
1097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Proud moment: My mom beat her first game! on: December 23, 2007, 06:50:20 PM
I say move her onto God of War and see if she has a RMorton moment (or three).    icon_biggrin
1098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - What is your band name? on: November 23, 2007, 10:16:56 AM
If I get the game then the band shall be named Critical Drinking
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Timmy our little 18 year old dog died today on: November 21, 2007, 05:27:01 PM
It breaks my heart to read posts like this, I'm very sorry for your loss Dae. 
1100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 06:30:39 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 19, 2007, 06:08:08 PM

Three words:  Buy a PS3

Otherwise, maybe the towel trick will work, oh wait, this isn't the three ring error.

I didn't know Mass Effect (one of his most anticipated titles) was coming out on the PS3.
1101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: November 19, 2007, 06:26:51 PM
The only game I've ever pre-ordered Mass Effect.
1102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 may be losing in sales.... on: November 18, 2007, 08:53:58 AM
I'd be worried that my launch PS3 (or close to launch anyways) with hardware backwards compatibility would be replace with one with the software emulation instead.  Fingers crossed that it works like my launch PS2 that runs to this day.
1103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/12) on: November 13, 2007, 08:05:43 AM
Assassin's Creed and SMG for me I think.
1104  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Call of Duty 4, Let's get it on! on: November 09, 2007, 09:02:21 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 09, 2007, 04:46:51 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 09, 2007, 08:57:30 AM

I'm sure to try it again once I calm down (which I am at the moment  icon_biggrin) but dang I don't like to be a target dummy with little chance to fight back.  I find it telling that given the choice of staying home and playing CoD4 or heading into work a couple of hours early to get a jump on my workload, I went to work.  Thanks for the kind words and support but expect if I'm in the game I'll be scoring 0-5 pts per match while the top dogs and even the medium tier peeps will be in the 70 to 120 range.

I posted similar comments in the COD4 impressions thread.  I actually don't have much trouble with console shooters and I was ashamed of my inability to play COD4.  Last night while playing MP I could have stayed in a party with Harkonis and company, but I was so frustrated that not only did I leave MP, but I didn't even want to play SP, and because I was so unhappy I didn't even bother loading up anything else and instead went to bed.  I even woke up pissed off this morning because I had such a miserable time. 

I want to like this game, but either I'm missing something, or MP isn't really what it's cracked up to be.  It's not like I can't play shooters.  And yet so far I can't play this one.

Yep your initial post mirrored my experience exactly, well done expressing it.  I suppose there may be hope for improvement but since I work most nights I will have to rely on Sunday/Monday nights go join up with the cool kids at GT/OO for some fun(?).  I hope the game clicks with you soon and someday maybe for me too.
1105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Call of Duty 4, Let's get it on! on: November 09, 2007, 08:57:30 AM
I'm sure to try it again once I calm down (which I am at the moment  icon_biggrin) but dang I don't like to be a target dummy with little chance to fight back.  I find it telling that given the choice of staying home and playing CoD4 or heading into work a couple of hours early to get a jump on my workload, I went to work.  Thanks for the kind words and support but expect if I'm in the game I'll be scoring 0-5 pts per match while the top dogs and even the medium tier peeps will be in the 70 to 120 range.
1106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Call of Duty 4, Let's get it on! on: November 08, 2007, 08:59:48 PM
Wow my first impressions of CoD4 multiplayer were not good.  All that comes from my suckiness at FPS games in general but in CoD4 it seemed like I'd spawn, look around then die.  Repeat this over and over and I was getting frustrated and pulling the team down (sorry Hark, papasmurf and jztemple  icon_evil ).  I think I played 4 or 5 matches in total and the number of kills I scored was 0 and my total deaths must have been near if not over 75.  This just isn't my kind of MP game I guess as there was no fun to be had for me at all.  At least in Halo I could amuse myself with by grabbing a vehicle or something but in CoD4 all I can do is peek around a corner and die or dash over to a bus and get shot by a sniper on the way etc.  I'm sure this game is top notch in the MP arena but really I don't see myself getting back into it after that disaster earlier today.
1107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/5) (The real post) on: November 05, 2007, 06:54:17 PM
Probably COD 4 on the 360 but I just picked up the Orange box and Ratchet&Clank so I may wait awhile before jumping in on any of this weeks releases.
1108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you dress up for Halloween? on: October 18, 2007, 04:08:06 PM
Since I work nights and costumes would be verboten at work I voted no.  But if I was off on Halloween I'd still wouldn't [Barney]Costume up![/Barney].
1109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 08, 2007, 05:22:27 PM
I don't mind the occasional ad if it fits in the game world.  I think a burnt out Burger King in a ruined city would be a cool ad.  That being said I hate it when they just repeat an add over and over, the example that jumped to my mind when I saw the thread title is NFS:Carbon where every bus stop bench in the city was the exact same Mazda ad and there were bus stops every 25 yards!  Far too many and each one exactly the same.
1110  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 07, 2007, 12:44:15 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 06, 2007, 04:11:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 06, 2007, 03:21:58 PM

Had fun last night. It's fun to see that I'm not HORRIBLE at it anymore...I might actually have to give ranked matches a try (where I'm sure folks with 3 years experience will sk00l me, but...)



If you ever want to take a team online keep me and my wife in mind.  She's rather good for the casual player (as OtterChaos learned early on), and I've been known to play a FPS from time to time.   ninja

I'm getting a restraining order against MooseNukle whereby she needs to stay at least 25 meters away from my position while in possession of a melee weapon! 
1111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 06, 2007, 09:10:44 AM
I'm having a better time of it after I moved the difficulty to silver instead of gold.  Now I can progress though the races and win some kudos.  I wasn't too impressed when I tried the "2 wheel only" section of the arcade races in that each track took place either at night, in the fog or best yet on snow.  Sheesh I'd like a chance to see the track and be able to set up my lines but every time the graphic settings made it very difficult.  I got medals in each of the events so it couldn't have been that bad but I hope not all races are run in limited visibility mode.  One the plus side the achievements have started to rack up and I guess I'll be quite happy to circle around in silver instead of gold level.
1112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 05, 2007, 06:08:25 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 05, 2007, 12:09:08 PM

Quote from: VegasD on October 04, 2007, 09:31:23 PM

-load times

that's a bummer to hear...was hoping they would improve on that after the painfully long loads in PGR3.  do they still make you watch the long loading screen every time you restart a race?

Yes and it is very disappointing after playing Stuntman:Ignition and Dirt both of which allowed you to restart a race instantly.  The load time isn't quite as long as when you first start the race but it still seems much too long a time to wait.  This is very evident for me in the early races where one mistake will allow the other cars to get ahead of me and from then on I can't catch up using the slow cars I have.  Having to sit through yet another load screen because I forgot there was a bump in the road just before that corner is aggravating,  it would be less so if I had a car that might be able to catch up.
1113  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help me fix my router so I can play Halo 3! (regarding NAT setting) on: October 05, 2007, 12:50:04 AM
I had to look up my 360's ip address in the settings tab and then get on my computer, bring up the router homepage and from there I configured that ip address to be a DMZ address.  I have a Belkin router so I don't know if your netgear is similar but it may help.  I couldn't join Halo3 games the other night because my router had reassigned the 360's address from 192.168.0.8 (which is where I had the DMZ set to) to 192.168.0.7 .  Once I went in and changed the DMZ setting to the .7 address my NAT went from moderate to open and I could join the games.  I'm not a networking expert but I believe the DMZ setting takes the computer that is assigned that address and puts it outside the firewall protection of the router.
1114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut, Stuntman or PGR4 on: October 05, 2007, 12:42:09 AM
I've only played Stuntman and PGR4 and my vote goes to Stuntman.
1115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 04, 2007, 05:17:19 PM
Never played Flatout  before but I wish I'd have gotten this instead of PGR4.  I like PGR4 but it is pretty much just like 3 with some updated graphics and there isn't anything wrong with that but I'd love to try something different.  I'll keep an eye out for FUC as they didn't have any copies at the GameCrazy that I pick up PGR4 at  icon_mad.  Do you think the MS wheel would work in this game or is it more like Stuntman Ignition where you really need the controller to play the game?
1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 30 year battery on: October 04, 2007, 04:59:49 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on October 04, 2007, 03:09:33 PM

Yikes....
Radioactivity freaks the fuck out of me.

Bah it runs on beta particles which can barely penetrate the dead layer of your skin and it's enclosed inside a case?  You wouldn't see a thing.  Sign me up for the 30 year battery but I wonder what work (nuclear power plant) would think of it.
1117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 04, 2007, 04:42:38 PM
Load times are longer than I like.  I played the first two events (three races each) in career mode and there were no cone challenges.  They are in the game but I haven't run into them yet.  I'm using the MS wheel and the bike is controllable but I may need to switch out to the normal controller and see if that is better, I'm not sure how to pop wheelies using the wheel.  Force feedback is very good as you might expect since PGR3 shipped with the wheel and PGR4 improves on it IMO.  I bought some understeering pig of a car for the second series of events and you really could feel it struggling to make the corners.  I need to figure out the interface as I'd like to go back and re-run the first series but I saw no way to do it, the interface isn't nearly as well done as the one in Dirt.  The graphics are very nice and I'm waiting to see some changing weather patterns, I hope there is more than just rain included.  Unlike kathode my achievement score after about 45 minutes of play stands at 5 points  crybaby.
1118  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 03, 2007, 06:46:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 03, 2007, 03:56:45 PM


By god if someone gives me 50 DKP minus they can expect a rocket up their Halo!  Of course I'm much more apt to hit myself but it's the thought that counts.
1119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 02, 2007, 10:12:03 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 02, 2007, 08:36:52 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 02, 2007, 08:16:41 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 02, 2007, 07:40:53 PM

hey does anyone know if PGR4 is supposed to be out in retail stores today (Tuesday)?  every Gamestop I tried says tomorrow...I thought games are usually in stores by Tuesday

It's not like music where they all come in on the same day.
Zelda shipped Monday.
PGR/Flatout shipped today.

ok, was wondering because both Zelda and NBA 2k8 were in stores today (I bought 2k8)

Yeah I was looking for PGR4 in the local Circuit City and they told me next week but being a astute consumer I figured it shipped today and would be available tomorrow.  Not sure if I'll pick it up as I have lots to play but being an owner of an exploding MS racing wheel I sometimes feel the need to fire (heh) it up and drive around a bit.  I did pick up the Zelda game.
1120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/28/07] Friday Night Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild... on: October 02, 2007, 10:05:17 PM
No need to worry about me,  I'll be back and ready to go.  I really enjoyed the games last night but need to work on something or another, I mean how can I always finish last on Rocket Attack?  I can see if I'm using some stupid rifle or another that takes some accuracy but it's a rocket man!  I am off this week so I'll be online as much as I'm able to.  Look for OtterChaos and [Ash]Come get some[/Ash]
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