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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 28, 2006, 11:02:56 PM
here's mine - tax the oil company profits

Bad idea, the price of the final product would then be raised to cover the cost of those taxes, so if you want to pay even more for fuel then tax the companies more.
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bachelor's Degree = FINISHED on: April 25, 2006, 04:52:05 PM
The "Walk" is the ceremony to get your diploma where you walk across a stage and you are handed the document, very nice for recording and photo's.
1123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 04:49:15 PM
I agree oil is a finite resource that will be exhausted, the only question is when.  The oil referred to as sand oil or shale oil is of a low grade and energy derived from it is about 50% of regular oil after conversion to be useful.  This is also a problem with someof the alternative fuels.  When you convert there is always a loss of energy it is an unbreakable rule.  This loss of energy is compounded each step of the way.

Some time soon something has got to give.
1124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 02:46:03 PM
Oil demand by country (in millions of barrels/day)  I tried to line the number up below but in preview it keeps funking them out, sorry.
 
Country                     2000  2001   2002    2003  2004
USA                         19.70  19.65  19.76  20.03  20.52
China                       4.80    4.92    5.16   5.55    6.63
Japan                       5.61    5.53    5.46   5.58    5.44
Former Soviet Union  3.90    4.30    4.11   4.18    4.16
Germany                  2.77    2.81    2.72   2.68    2.67
India                        2.05    2.10    2.10   2.20    2.30
Canada                    2.03    2.04    2.08   2.19    2.29
France                     2.00    2.05    1.98    2.06    2.04
UK                           1.76    1.72    1.77   1.72    1.86
Total World              76.95  78.10  78.44  79.89  82.63


BY THE NUMBERS  
Are we running out of oil? And how soon?

Of course, it's bound to happen. Oil is a non-renewable resource and sometime (some experts say fairly soon) demand will begin to outstrip supply.

World Oil Consumption
It's estimated that we've already exhausted about half of the original two trillion barrels of oil on earth. And the rest will be burned even faster as China, India and other developing nations develop oil-hungry economies.

World consumption last year stood at nearly 80 million barrels a day. In 2003 North America, the world's largest guzzler, consumed 24,083,000 barrels (over 25% of the total) each day. Almost half of it went into the continents cars, light trucks and SUV's. Ninety percent of North America's transportation sector depends on an affordable and steady supply of oil.

Although North America's voracious appetite for oil is stable in other areas of the world it is growing by leaps and bounds. Last year China overtook Japan as the second largest consumer. Early statistics for 2004 are showing another substantial increase over 2003 and the International Energy Agency now describes China as 'the major driver of global demand for oil'.

Experts estimate that the world demand for oil will grow by another 60 million barrels a day by the year 2015.

World Supply Diminishing
At the same time production from the world's super-giant and giant oil fields is diminishing by 5% a year. Although new supplies are being discovered in places like Siberia, the Central Asian republics and West Africa, these are not enormous additions to the total output. Most of the 'easy' to recover oil has already been discovered and tapped.

That leaves oil supplies like the tar sands in Western Canada and the oil shale in Venezuela's Orinoco belt. But half as much energy is used extracting this oil as the energy value of the oil produced. The price of oil needs to remain high for these operations to be economically viable. And there's a terrible cost to the environment.

The impact of the oil 'peak'
Oil experts are unsure when the 'peak' in oil production will occur. Some like petroleum geologist, Colin Campbell say it could be as soon as 2010 whereas the U.S. Energy Department estimates it won't happen until 2037. In any case, if you're middle-aged, it's bound to happen in your lifetime.

Soon enough, the era of cheap oil will be over. As the supply begins to diminish the price will go up. If prices rise too steeply there could be a devastating effect on the world's economy. It will cost a lot more to heat our houses, offices and factories and power our cars, trucks and airplanes. Increased transportation costs will drive up prices everywhere from the hardware store to the supermarket.

That's why conservationists argue that we need to reduce the world's dependence on oil today so that supplies can be stretched giving us time to develop alternate energy sources.

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/oil/numbers.html
1125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 02:27:29 PM
No where in the article does it state this so where did you get this idea in your head?
"I read some of the stuff you posted BTW, and I still think that a huge spike in prices suddently to make up for gas usage in 2025 is garbage, as well as claiming that last year, china used for gas. Again garbage"

The article states the at current usage rates China will surpass the US in oil consumption by 2025.

You are paying more for oil now because demand has increased globally, especially in China, I do not see how this is hard to understand.  the economy there is booming and more people are able to purchase things they did not have, imagine the price of oil if the vehicle to person ratio was the same in China as it is in the US?
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 12:17:27 PM
Graham its a waste of time trying to get yoru point across here.  I posted a link on the first page that had a lot fo good data in it.  I do not think the majority of people that responded read any of the article beyond the snippet I put into the post.

Gas prices are higher because of the refinerys situation here and the many developing countries are demanding more oil.  We are competing for oil with China and India in a big way.  It costs too much money and there are too many regulations here to bother to build a new refinery, not to mention having to fight every environmentalist group in court.

You might as well blame Wal Mart for our high gas prices hell 80% of their globally supplied products come from China.  As China prospers it will get worse for us.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bachelor's Degree = FINISHED on: April 25, 2006, 12:07:34 PM
KD are you thinking about continuing on with Keller to get your masters since they have one in Networking.  You can also transfer over as many as four classes so you would only need 12 classes to get your masters versus 16.
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bachelor's Degree = FINISHED on: April 25, 2006, 12:41:58 AM
Job Well done.

Odd thing is that is my grade point right now at DeVry, 3.81.
1129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 24, 2006, 12:36:15 PM
Here is why you are paying more for oil.  It is both easy and popular to blame the President when you might as well blame the global economy.

Much of the growth in demand – about 40 per cent says the EIA #150 will come from Asia. Its daily oil fix is expected to double by 2025, thanks mainly to rapidly growing economies in China and India.

In 2004, China passed Japan as the world's second-largest consumer of oil. It ate up an average of 6.63 million barrels of oil every day – about twice what it produces. Its oil imports doubled between 1999 and 2004.

China's demand for oil is expected to continue to increase by five to seven per cent a year. If that happens, China will surpass the United States as the world's largest consumer of oil by 2025.

Similarly, India's oil needs are expected to grow by four to seven per cent a year. In 2004, it consumed two million barrels a day.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/oil/supply_demand.html
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 19, 2006, 07:11:13 PM
And that is not clothes she has on that is paint.
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NY Times article about Lucas Arts on: April 17, 2006, 03:17:23 PM
You have to be a registered member of the NY Times to veiw the article.
1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Help!] If anybody's got a job opening...(posting resume) on: April 14, 2006, 07:12:04 PM
Do some rework on the resume as well.  Put the more important/business like items on top in each category like:

Siltronic - Wafer Manufacturing Plant - Portland 06/2005 - 08/2005
A.D.E. Machine Operator (unless it is real long spell out ADE here and abbreviate it later, put (A.D.E.) after the words)

 Worked extended shifts in a class-10 clean room, which required wearing a specialized outfit, measuring computer wafers on the A.D.E. machines.
 Calibrated machinery to calculate thousands of computer wafers’ size and shape.
 Performed visual inspections of computer wafers using magnifiers.
 Worked with a computer program to track and verify each shipment as cases of computer wafers were placed on and off the measuring machines.

Stratos Group, Inc. - Online Business 09/2001 - 05/2004
Contributor

 Participated in writing professional manuals that would ship with software.
 Worked with a small group of writers and wrote articles reviewing software while on a deadline.
 Wrote the majority of a very popular guide which has since appeared on different websites because of its immense size and detail.



I would edit more but am pressed for time.  Just suggestions here anyway.
1133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I should have my head checked....M170 on: April 14, 2006, 03:26:37 PM
Good deal Knightshade.

I will hopefully be graduating DeVry on May 1st next year with my degree in Netcom.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If you are a ninja... on: April 14, 2006, 02:32:51 AM
It was a Ninja vs. Pirate meeting or something.

The pirate greeting was arrrgh

The ninja,s were required to greet everyone with a Hi-Ya doing?
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 07, 2006, 03:57:12 PM
Call centers in India are cheap compared to here and thats why compnaies use them.  With VoIP its costs them nothing for the long distance.

The problem is that despite them being able to speak english they do not understand it.  If you get them off their standard script then they are lost.
1136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 07, 2006, 03:05:52 PM
Nothing but goodness here.  Have a Dell Latitude for my work laptop that is nearing the end of its three year lease.  I recently bought a Dell 600M works so well I just bought another for my wife for $544 shipped to me.  Have a dell 1905FP monitor that is the best graphics upgrade I made in a long time.  Have a Dell Axim PDA works and no trouble.

I highly recommend Dell to people.
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 06, 2006, 06:05:38 PM
When you bought it, if you did it online, there is an option to have recovery CD's sent for around $8 or you have to use the recovery partition on the drive.

Blame the vendor because you are apparently incompetent.
1138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Put your own face in Oblivion on: April 04, 2006, 01:44:33 PM
Very cool find
1139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 10th Anniversary...sorta on: April 04, 2006, 03:58:10 AM
the faster the days go by the sooner I am to being able to ask her to marry me.

If you are at that point then you should ask her.

I got married at 26 and my wife was 18, that was 13 years ago.  I met her through a friend when she was 17 while she visited for them a week.  After she left we kept in touch and about a year later she came up for another visit, I dont think it was two weeks and I asked her to marry me.  Best thing I ever did well maybe after getting lasik  :lol: .
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 10th Anniversary...sorta on: April 03, 2006, 05:13:10 PM
Ok so 9 year anniversary is the refrigerator anniversary
at 10 its the washer/dryer anniversary
So is 11 the dyson/kirby vacuum anniversary
What would that make 15 years the hot water heater anniversary?  Or maybe the heating/cooling anniversary.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re-poll - Sat Radio on: March 27, 2006, 04:14:12 PM
Usually I listen to nothing in my car, I enjoy the silence.
1142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ass Clapping-NSFW on: March 23, 2006, 03:13:21 PM
Wonder if she does that to show off on family holidays, hey watch my daughter make her ass clap....
1143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Tweaks/Tips/Mods on: March 22, 2006, 08:22:41 PM
My mouse worked a lot better when I lowered my resolution of 1280x1024 to 1024x768.
1144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: March 21, 2006, 11:40:12 PM
Me too.  Running it on medium and 1024x768.

AMD athlon 2500 Barton 1.83 Ghz
1 GB Ram
radeon 9550 256 meg AGP video card
WinXp Pro
1145  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Oblivion - $15 off the 360 version, $10 Off the PC version on: March 21, 2006, 01:23:44 PM
Back to the website and I think it is this:

XBOX 360 regular edition is 44.99 25% savings on this one.
XBOX 360 CE is 69.99
PC regular edition is 39.99

They do not appear to either sell/list the PC collectors edition although the box graphic for the 39.99 version looks like the CE version.
1146  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Oblivion - $15 off the 360 version, $10 Off the PC version on: March 21, 2006, 12:59:14 PM
Yes  I should have put XBOX 360 CE 69.99.  Does this game even come out on the regular XBOX?
1147  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Oblivion - $15 off the 360 version, $10 Off the PC version on: March 21, 2006, 02:56:07 AM
From what I am able to read looking at the ad from C-usa website:

PC collectors edition is 44.99
PC regular edition is 39.99
XBOX CE is 69.99
1148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Oblivion - $15 off the 360 version, $10 Off the PC version on: March 19, 2006, 03:02:39 PM
Why does it say available tuesday 3-21?  Isnt it available on 3-20?
1149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: March 18, 2006, 06:09:19 PM
Is there a difference in the media between the CE and the regular?  Are they both one DVD or is the PC like 6-8 CD's?
1150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX360 and BestBuy on: March 18, 2006, 06:06:02 PM
I usually run by BestBuy on the way to class at DeVry.  I just happened to ask a guy if they would be getting any 360's in and he said oh we have 6 or 7 in the back we dont put them on the shelf and you have to ask for them.  All they had was the core system and I kicked around the idea of buying one but decided against it.  I went on to DeVry and decided to check with BestBuy online if there were any showing in stock, the online ordering system showed none available in all of Georgia.

I find that odd, you have to ask for them, they are not on the shelf and do not show in stock.  I asked if they knew when they might get a premium one in and was told they come direct from MS and they have no idea when or what they will get.

What is funny is that I stopped in EB Games at the mall and these guys are still trying to fill the last 15 pre-orders from last November.
1151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any singleplayer MMORPG's out there? on: March 17, 2006, 11:44:42 PM
I played NWN's on a persistent server run by drunkenwarriors had fun with it. The guy who created the persistent world did a heck of a job witht he tools available in the game.
1152  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Bioware is doing a MMOLRPG on: March 14, 2006, 05:07:09 PM
and that is a matter of opinion, I liked both of those games.

I also do not think you can really compare a single player story driven game to what the same company would do in an MMORPG.
1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 03:46:53 PM
I stopped in a mall gamestore and they had boxes out so I asked "hey you actually have XBOX 360's?".  Nope the guy siad they still havent filled 15 of the pre-orders from NOVEMBER last year.
1154  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Bioware is doing a MMOLRPG on: March 14, 2006, 02:31:22 PM
Neverwinter Nights
Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate II

In these three games you create your own character so the your evil and find out later blah blah just dont work here.
1155  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Bioware is doing a MMOLRPG on: March 13, 2006, 10:29:03 PM
Yeah these guys dont know what they are doing.
 :roll:
Joining the Austin team as lead designer is James Ohlen, BioWare's Creative Director, whose previous credits include lead or co-lead design roles on Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Baldur's Gate(TM) and Baldur's Gate II(TM). Also leading the BWA team are MMO veterans Richard Vogel and Gordon Walton. Richard Vogel brings 15 years of experience to BioWare Austin, previously serving as VP of Product Development for Sony Online Entertainment's Austin studio, as well as launching Ultima Online(TM) as a senior producer at Origin. Gordon Walton recently served as VP, studio manager and executive producer at Sony Online Entertainment as well as VP and Executive Producer at Electronic Arts.
1156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hey, Pixar's "Cars" has a plot now! on: March 11, 2006, 04:20:06 PM
My son is gong to love this movie and I think it will be one I enjoy too.

She just likes me for my body
1157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TempurPedic or Sleep Number? on: March 05, 2006, 03:15:21 AM
Fits into the current bed frame.  You do not need the foundation as it is two boxes of heavy duty plastic pieces you assemble and cover with cloth; if you do not use it however I believe they say it will void the warranty.
1158  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need help with new LCD and Video Card settings...Update on: March 02, 2006, 09:28:23 PM
On my dell LCd I have four buttons on the lower right corner for adjustments.  Power on/off analog/digital input and two for adjusting things.  

You should be able to adjust it somehow if the video card adjustments are not enough.
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Katrina: Bush and the administration were explicitly warned on: March 02, 2006, 04:01:52 PM
Why does it always have to be the fault of the President?

Where does local gorvernment come into play?  They sure as hell could have said "Hey this storm looks like it may be really bad, get out of town"  or god forbid common sense.  Hey uh this storm out in the gulf looks bigger than anything in my lifetime maybe I should get out of town for a few days.

I think government at all levels screwed up.
1160  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Alienware or Sager Laptop? on: March 02, 2006, 03:41:21 PM
A student I ran into at DeVry has a Dell XPS and he loves the thing.  Has an excellent screen and he uses it for gaming; he fired up black & white 2 on it to show it off, looked great.
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