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2921  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.
2922  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?

2923  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?
2924  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. 

2925  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)
2926  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.
2927  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?
2928  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?
2929  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.
2930  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
2931  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.
2932  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!
2933  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. 
2934  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. 
2935  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
2936  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?
2937  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. 
2938  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.
2939  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.
2940  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. 
2941  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! 

2942  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.
2943  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? 
2944  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
2945  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!
2946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 17, 2009, 07:50:12 PM
That sucks, but isn't uncommon.  Most DS games it seems don't allow you to shut off music but leave on other effects.  Maybe it is how sound works on the DS, who knows.  I can always turn off the volume which I do most of the time.  Thanks for looking.
2947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 17, 2009, 05:21:04 PM
I am interested after checking out this tread and watching some videos.  One big question though - can I turn off the music?  It is so annoying I want to jam a pencil to stop the suffering.  I can turn off the sound altogether but I do like the sound effects in games usually. 
2948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valkyria Chronicles 2 to be on the PSP! [updated with in game footage!] on: July 15, 2009, 03:27:11 PM
Great news for those of us without a PS3. I loved the game but it wasn't worth keeping the whole system for it.

2949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Crimson Gem Saga on: July 15, 2009, 03:04:38 PM
Good review.  Ultimately I started to dislike the game due to the fact that in every single battle one character would get poisoned - and poison did a ton of damage - which meant frequent trips to town but I agree with most of the review.  Maybe it was that the characters were that interesting to me so I didn't really care. 
2950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 15, 2009, 01:30:43 PM
Famitsu loves it though!  Gave it a perfect score.
2951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 07:33:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 14, 2009, 05:48:42 PM

Not specific to rittchard's situation, when someone finally triumphs over a long-term struggle, shoving "I was smart enough to avoid your problem in the first place!" in their face strikes me as a dickish move. [citation not needed]

That was so much better than what I said.   I retract my comment and want to use that one instead. smile
2952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 04:34:15 PM
Nope all from articles read in actual print media.  So it probably isn't true.  They are known liars and just make stuff up.

2953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 03:27:54 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 14, 2009, 12:17:17 PM

I buy stuff only when I have the cash for it.  That's how I beat credit card debt.

Since most credit card debt and most bankrupcies in the US are from medical bills I find your statement really lame.

"Oh! I broke my leg.  Well I can't afford to pay cash right now so I will just ignore it!" 

or in my case "Your newborn son is in critical condition!" "Oh could you tell me how much that will end up costing so I can see if I have enough cash?"

LOL
2954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: M$ to offer Office 2010 Online....For free! on: July 14, 2009, 03:19:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on July 14, 2009, 02:22:49 PM

I'm still trying to figure out how you use these free online productivity apps when you are on a plane with no Internet access or somewhere similar.  I guess I am not the intended audience as my company would buy the real version that I could travel around with.

Those situations are becoming more and more rare.  Heck even on some flights you can get Internet if you pay.  Cloud computing is a bit forward looking - to a time when the Internet is available everywhere.
2955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 13, 2009, 03:43:32 PM
Well the Amazon reviews in Japan are not favorable!

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• 5 stars (67 stars)
• 4 stars (57)
• 3 stars (70)
• 2 stars (86)
• 1 star (223)
2956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA What's worth 800 points? on: July 10, 2009, 08:26:05 PM
I got an answer!  Monkey Island: Special Edition!
2957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Square Enix game countdown on: July 10, 2009, 01:50:17 PM
You sure do run around a lot...
2958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: July 09, 2009, 04:09:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 09, 2009, 01:12:38 AM

3 new videos showing gameplay.

I am not impressed with these videos.  1. where is the HUD?  2. How do I choose abilities/spells to use? 3. Is it pausable at all?  It looked more like some action game like Dynasty Warriors or a smashem up like The Warriors. 

2959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: game of the (1/2) year on: July 08, 2009, 06:19:58 PM
A quick check of Gamerankings about Rise of the Argonauts shows that maybe you should wait. 
2960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Monkey Island on: July 07, 2009, 06:14:43 PM
This comes out next week!  July 15th it seems.   I will be buying day one!
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