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2841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 26, 2009, 07:41:26 PM
Too stupid because it is wrong.  I have read stories of at least 2-5 deaths in Abu Ghraib (and that was a long time ago) but only one person died in Kennedy's car. 

2842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 26, 2009, 01:09:19 AM
I haven't seen that Jim Carey flick....maybe Me, Myself and Irene
2843  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: On the ground outside a Congressional Town Hall on: August 25, 2009, 07:01:00 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 25, 2009, 06:53:58 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 25, 2009, 05:09:16 PM

A socialist system would mean anybody could get care for anything (at almost) anytime. For free.

Margaret Thatcher:

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

I don't think I get this.  Like Capitalism doesn't use other people's money? 
2844  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: On the ground outside a Congressional Town Hall on: August 25, 2009, 06:59:36 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 25, 2009, 05:39:44 PM

A socialist system is not free.

So true.  Of course that doesn't mean it isn't better.  Just that it isn't free.
2845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best movie of all time vote...from my two choices on: August 20, 2009, 09:16:47 PM
Too close for me to call.  They are both examples of great, great 80s action flicks.
2846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tony Jaa returns in Ong Bak 2! on: August 19, 2009, 09:00:05 PM
Chocolate was pretty bad.  They seemed to think people wanted a story so a lot of the film is story which is dumb (both the story and thinking people wanted a story)  The fights are fun but you can probably watch them on Youtube or somewhere and not be burdened with some really bad acting and a really dumb story.
2847  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 19, 2009, 08:55:05 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 19, 2009, 02:49:17 PM

Barney Frank gives a well-deserved smackdown to one of those idiots who thinks that national health care is a "Nazi"-like policy:

Awesome video.

That's exactly how these people should be treated. They're not here to discuss, they're here to derail discussion and make thoughtful consideration impossible.

smile  I loved that!

"Mama, arguing with you is like arguing with a dining room table.  I have no interest in doing it."

2848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes, a new PS3 RPG on: August 18, 2009, 01:09:20 PM
I will be much more interested when I can actually see gameplay.  November in Japan means probably a year or so for us so there is plenty of time.
2849  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 18, 2009, 12:49:22 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 17, 2009, 10:17:36 PM

And I dont believe for a second you are trying to think anything through, its not a big government plan so it automatically fails for you.

Dude, if you don't that is fine, but then there isn't much of a conversation going on.  I tried.  When you think about how no one here gives you a fair shake please remember I tried.
2850  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 17, 2009, 09:07:32 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 17, 2009, 06:58:08 PM

Do you know such things about any other important service you buy in your life?    No you dont, so why should health care be different?   It just seems to be another in the endless series of excuses given when anything other then massive governmental intervention is the plan for doing anything about health care issues.

Yes.  I certainly check the reputation of mechanics before car work, I demand references of contractors so I can see how satisfied others have been with their work.  I check the ratings on TVs, cars, and almost all electronics before making a purchase. 

You seem to be suggesting that I check the cost of a particular doctor but nothing else!  That makes no sense.  Anyone would prefer to go to a doctor who say successfully removes a tumor 90% of the time rather than one who only gets is 45% - even if the 90% person costs a lot more!

Cost is just one of many factors when considering health care - you can't start forcing people to check prices but then say "oh you can't know about anything else!"



What I really find funny is that I am genuinely trying to think through your suggestion and what it would mean - and you get annoyed because of around 3 questions!  Yet you are bitching that Obama can't answer every single question from every person all the time! 
2851  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 17, 2009, 05:11:40 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 17, 2009, 02:48:02 PM

The amount you pay for something has absolutely no bearing on how good the quality of service is.   You have no idea right now if you are going to a good or bad Dr right now when you get medical care do you?

Which will bring up another new wrinkle.  I will expect to know now.  If we adopt your plan I will want success rates, rates adverse outcomes, etc.  I will also expect that someone - i.e. the government - will make sure doctors report regularly and don't lie. 
2852  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 17, 2009, 01:36:05 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 14, 2009, 10:27:20 PM

Ive seen a couple companies that have a really interesting plan that this would feed into, its basically a high deductable health insurance combined with the company funding a health savings account or something similar, which can be used against that deductable, and if you dont use it up it can be rolled over from year to year.    This would still limit out of pocket expenses while at the same time giving people an incentive to try and lower their health care costs.

Where the comparing costs would work best might be something like this....   You have a yearly physical coming up, by knowing what is charged you see Dr A charges $500, Dr B charges $550, but Dr C only charges $400 so you would hopefully go to the Dr that would get you the best value for your health care spending.

When one never sees a bill for anything, of course there is no incentive to save, and it will be exactly the same in a governmental run plan.   You have to somehow connect with people what they are actually spending on their health care.    Maybe then people would more embrace preventive care and other lower cost ways to do health care.

That seems good but it does assume that all medical care is the same quality.  What if good doctors charge $550 but the shitty ones charge $400.  Are you going to go to a shitty doctor?  Are you going to trust the advice of a "discount" doctor when they say you have to get your nuts cut off because of a lump?  smile 

2853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wolfenstein news, videos and pics! on: August 14, 2009, 08:56:38 PM
Here is about 7 minutes of Xbox 360 play  I have to say if there was any competition for FPS right now I don't think this would sell until it hit the bargain bin but when it is a one man race that one is the winner! 
2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 14, 2009, 08:11:19 PM
Mars Attacks.

If I am right



If I am wrong - move along nothing to see here.
2855  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 14, 2009, 05:03:08 PM
Ok, I think we need to add a rule in the CoC that you can't quote more than 4 times in anyone one message.  smile 
2856  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 14, 2009, 04:19:39 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 14, 2009, 04:15:39 PM

Quote from: msteelers on August 14, 2009, 04:09:12 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 14, 2009, 03:24:30 PM

The vast majority of care and tests run are not emergency care related.

That changes nothing.

How does it change nothing?   If the care isnt emergency related and you dont need it right this second, what would be the problem with what I said about prices for things being avaliable so you can know what you will be spending and have the abililty to price shop just like you do for almost anything else in life.    It doesnt hurt anything to have that information avaliable and could help cut costs.

From my perspective it changes nothing because I still don't have the medical knowledge to know if a test is really needed.  Sure I can shop around for the cheapest MRI but I have no clue if I really need an MRI at all. 

And see my post above to talk over how it will help cut costs.  I am still not sure how that will work.
2857  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: August 14, 2009, 04:17:37 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 13, 2009, 10:44:21 PM

I dont know the exact figures, I dont think anyone does, but it is without question an area for billions in savings that would not in any way reduce the quality of care for the patients.   I would love to see an open market where costs of tests and procedures are posted by every Dr, and a person could actually price shop for their care if they wanted to take the time to do so.   But when you never see the real bill for the costs of the tests, you have no incentive to question the tests the dr is running or how much the tests cost.

Ok, I like this idea but I am confused.  Right now my insurance company pays for the test so I don't have much incentive to check out competing costs.  So how are you going to make me want to check.  Am I going to be paying?  So you want to get rid of private insurance altogether?  Or will my insurance charge me the difference between the cheaper test across town and the test I bought?

2858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another serious blow to mans exploration of space on: August 14, 2009, 03:43:44 PM

Quote from: jblank on August 14, 2009, 03:40:43 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on August 14, 2009, 03:35:45 PM

I think one of the issues here is that there is no compelling reason for manned missions either from a research standpoint or a nationalistic, ego-boosting one.  I'm all for space exploration and discovery, but I'm not convinced that there's currently a need for manned missions and Joe Blow Public doesn't even care.

Joe Blow Public doesn't NEED to care. Do they care about Farm Subsidies or any of the other minutia that our government routinely spends money on? Beyond the scientific needs don't you think that with the changes we're doing on our planet alone dictate branching out into the solar system? With the technology we have there is no reason for us to not be a 2 planet species within the next 50 years and I think there is excitement to be cultivated among the public.

As someone who I thought was against government frivious spending I am suprised you are in favor of this.  Is it just because you find it cool or is their another reason?
2859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: August 13, 2009, 02:54:05 PM
I am working my way though day two and I am really enjoying the game but I can see it is going to be one of those games where you have to have a lot of characters which you switch out at each fight.  You will want to have a demons with resistances to all the different magics but since they couldn't have that many skills you will need to check each battle and put in teams designed to take on that type of enemy.  You will also have to switch the still assigned to each character depending on the battle.  That is not necessarily bad but it is a different type of SRPG than one where you build up a few really powerful characters.  
It also lacks some of the depth of other SRPGs.  As others have mentioned facing doesn't matter, neither does elevation.  Those things had a fun tactical twist to many SRPGs and it is sad they are not in this one. 

I actually think the strongest thing about the game is the setting and story.  It is unique and fun. 

2860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: August 10, 2009, 05:18:41 PM
I was happy it looked as good as the first one.  I didn't see anything outrageously stupid which was nice.  I also loved Stark's contempt for Congress (which seems to be en voge right now)
2861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 10, 2009, 03:07:54 PM
I was pleasantly surprised.  It was fun, looked great, and had great voice acting.  The combat will probably get old but swinging all around is fun so that makes up for it.
2862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: August 10, 2009, 03:02:57 PM
I took the "considering" to be doublespeak.  Of course they are going to release it in NA but I think Kevin is right that they are under no pressure to release this fiscal year so why bother?  Why not push a money maker into next year so they have some guaranteed revenue then?
2863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: August 10, 2009, 02:31:22 PM
Did those of you who hated it expect it to be bad?  If you thought it might be good and went that is one thing but if you expected it to suck and you still went on opening weekend then you are the reason stupid films like this get made.  They know you will go even when you know it will be terrible so why should they make something really good?  That is more work and since suckers will pay for crap why give them more?
2864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: August 10, 2009, 01:29:22 PM
Well this is annoying.  They are just considering where to release it in other regions and not until after April 2010!

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In an investor Q&A session, president Yoichi Wada said that the company is "considering" releasing DQIX overseas, according to Siliconera's translation, and still deciding which regions will receive it. And when Square Enix does get around to it, the company doesn't plan to release it anywhere until after April 2010, the start of the company's next fiscal year.
2865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP still worth getting? (for my kid) on: August 06, 2009, 02:34:41 PM

Quote from: Jag on August 06, 2009, 12:41:40 AM

Last thing I want him doing is asking questions from strange people on a gaming forum.

Like father like son. smile
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: August 05, 2009, 08:54:28 PM
So far I am really enjoying the game.  I am still in day one - if fact I just got the fusion unlocked so I can start making my own demons.  They could have done a few things to improve the interface which other SRPGs do - automatically putting the cursor on "attack" after a character moves would be nice.  Little touches which make it easier and quicker to navigate.  However it is fun so far.
2867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP still worth getting? (for my kid) on: August 05, 2009, 08:48:10 PM
Plus if it is his birthday money it is a good experience for him to decide what he wants - if he loves it he learns about how great video games are and if he hates it he learns about how you have to live with your choices.  Everybody wins!
2868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is a special circle in hell meant for cars salesmen (rant) on: August 04, 2009, 01:23:06 PM
Good for you!  Yell your bleedin head off!  You already were not going to buy from the crooks so burning that bridge was just to make you feel better. 
2869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guillermo del Toro’s Novel The Strain may become TV Series. on: August 03, 2009, 02:54:38 AM
The first one was ok.  It will probably make a good mini series.  It was as formulaic as could be for a horror novel. 
2870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 29, 2009, 08:29:00 PM
Right so have some to punch in the face nearby.  I can do that! smile
2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 29, 2009, 06:49:37 PM
I think I am ready to start this and I wondered if folks had any tips after their time playing.  I believe crack all available skills is a pretty common tip, are there any others?
2872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green lantern: First Flight on: July 29, 2009, 03:26:51 PM
I liked it a lot.  I never really understood Green Lantern's powers - like why he would create a bazooka to shoot down stuff sometimes.  Can the ring make explosive material?  Sometimes it seems to create complex machines - like the saw to cut off the finger, but other times it only seems to be bigger melee weapons (various clubs, bats, etc.)  In one baffeling scene he used it to create a handsfree headset to make a phone call!  So it can create complex electronics? 

Despite that though it is a pretty great flick.  The story is strong, the acting is good, and the scenes are fun to watch. 
2873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 27, 2009, 04:53:30 PM
We got a babysitter to go see this and it was almost worth it.  Of course this is why we hardly ever get a babysitter.  Not much is worth the cost.  Anyway the movie was actually quite good and I really enjoyed it. 

my only problem is the same one I had with the book
Spoiler for Hiden:
who cares that Snape is "the half blood prince"?  It never is the least important again as far as I can remember.  Yes the book was important for Harry to get into Slughorn's club but one would expect something really neat in the revelation.  Instead it just a toss aside thing.
2874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 27, 2009, 04:47:10 PM
Well if you would have went it wouldn't have come in 2nd!  It is all your fault.
2875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Crimson Gem Saga on: July 27, 2009, 12:54:28 PM
That is true most of the time with Atlus games but don't shut them out completely.  Read reviews and ask here.  Some of the games they publish are great and not that hard.  I finished Riviera on the DS years ago and it wasn't hard at all.  From what I have read the Persona games are not impossibly difficult nor is Devil Survior for the DS (which is on my list to play). 

They certainly tend towards hard games but each game is different so don't rule any good game out just because it has the Atlus logo. 
2876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: July 24, 2009, 01:05:21 PM
Those are the juciest people I have ever seen!  Every single hit produces a loud squishing sound, and flying blood! 

2877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One, Two, Rorschach's coming for you (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) on: July 23, 2009, 08:42:10 PM
I don't think it lacks for original ideas.  I think it is a business and finally realized that they make more money doing re-boots/sequels/etc. than they do with original ideas.  The original ideas are there, they just don't make the $$$ so they get made much less frequently and have smaller budgets.  

That isn't Hollywoods fault.  It is ours.
2878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whiteout on: July 23, 2009, 08:21:57 PM
why is she assigned to the Arctic where she has to wear a heavy coat rather than say Maui where she can actually show us the best parts of her skills in a bikini? 
2879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 21, 2009, 01:09:55 PM
I picked it up even though I have no time to play it.  With Altus releases it just better sometimes to grab it when it is available.  Heck I haven't unwrapped it so I may just sell it in a few months when it is actually worth more than I paid. smile
2880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Doctor Who and his companion on: July 21, 2009, 02:16:16 AM
Here are a couple more shots for io9.



I will say what I said on gamerswithjobs

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I hate him. I will watch and maybe his acting or the stories or something will help but I hate him. Why the heck did they hire some Robert Smith impersonater to be the Doctor!? It even looks like he has red lipstick on - maybe because he is as pale as a teenage goth wann-be. Have I mentioned I hate him? I hoped when I saw the first shots of him after he was cast that they would be reworking his ugly hair style, anemic skin ton, and general ugliness but apparently that is the look they want. I know the Doctor is not a fashion model, in fact many of them are kind of ugly but come on!
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