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41  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Issue with laptop display on: January 21, 2014, 02:08:20 PM
I would think not with that kind of consistency. On screens that light up and then immediately go dark I've found the problem to be the backlight inverter (or perhaps the backlights themselves causing the inverter to shut the light off), but if that's the case you should be able to shine a light on it and see the Windows desktop faintly. How long is the screen staying lit? If it's on during POST and then shuts off for Windows then it's likely a driver issue.

Also, is this a CFL or LED lit screen? If it's the latter, then it's far less likely to be the light itself.
42  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Issue with laptop display on: January 21, 2014, 01:27:17 AM
Shine a flashlight onto the screen and see if you can make the image out. If so, the backlight or inverter is bad. If not, perhaps the connection between the GPU and monitor got jarred loose.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2014, 01:13:13 AM
Probably with a stack of newspapers 10 feet high with all of the important articles highlighted and cataloged.
44  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Upcoming ios/android phones you are looking forward to on: December 27, 2013, 05:49:06 PM
The new Sonic All Star Racing game immediately comes to mind.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas Loot Thread! on: December 27, 2013, 05:55:03 AM
I got some money that I doubled towards a Nexus 7 32 GB and a $150 Amazon gift card that I'm not yet sure what to use on. Also got a box of really great cookies from a bakery in Grand Rapids as well as a bunch of delicious popcorn.

With the Amazon card I think I might get:

Hanger for my guitar (mere days after I tossed my belt on my bed and forgot that my guitar was laying on it and gave it a couple nice dings...d'oh)
Hohner Special Twenty Harmonica
Game of Thrones book series
H.P. Lovecraft story compilation
Case for my Nexus 7 (eeny, meeny, miny, moe)
Kill 'em All (I'm a bit late on this one)

I suppose I should save some to put towards Android apps as well (I'm not entirely certain how the whole Android ecosystem works yet, but I assume I can get Android apps from Amazon that will work on my Nexus).
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 24, 2013, 01:27:18 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
So for the cons...

The biggest disappointment by far was the Mirkwood sequence. Where was it?? My greatest hope for this film was that I would finally get to see some good dialog between the company while they were trapped in Mirkwood. Instead I got what seemed like five minutes of them walking in the forest with intermittent banter before an all too brief battle with the spiders, leading immediately to them being captured by the elves. Absolutely unbelievable! What a wasted opportunity for character development. My favorite parts of the first film were the dialog sequences for Balin and Bofur. Here you didn't even get that much. These are great actors and they've proven they can play these characters well. There's no reason for them to be cut out just so we can see another ten minutes of shit getting killed real good.

Some of the platforming sequences during the barrel ride bordered on surfing-on-an-oliphaunts-tusk ridiculous. Particularly Legolas jumping from dwarf to dwarf and Bombur's barrel rolling over dozens of orcs and flying all over the place. Just stupid.

The new character was perfectly fine but I could have done without the love triangle. The story could have easily stood on its own, and indeed would have been better and more substantial, if it were just Tauriel and Legolas / Thranduil butting heads over whether or not the elves should get involved in the conflicts outside their realm.

Beorn was done well, but it would have been nice if he had gotten a little more screen time.

The entire sequence with Smaug vs the dwarves was obviously tacked on because they needed something exciting to happen during the climax of this movie so people didn't walk out feeling completely ripped off when it ended before the attack on Laketown.

Why does Thorin regress to thinking Bilbo is a worthless toad immediately after the lovey-dovey sequence towards the end of the first movie?

For the pros...

The scenery was beautiful as usual.

The casting was exceptional. Everybody did a really fantastic job. I actually thought this was the best Orlando Bloom has played his character yet. Maybe it's because Legolas is more of a dick at this point in his life and is just that much more likable (by me, anyway) as a result.

Smaug. Brilliantly designed, rendered, voiced, and acted. His sounds and fire effects are absolutely awesome as well.

I saw it in 2D and if it was a higher frame rate I certainly didn't notice (I don't think it was). Overall I think it was a good movie and better than the first. 6 out of 8 tentacles.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Phillipines storm on: November 08, 2013, 01:34:49 AM
Jesus it's like a 100 mile wide EF-5 tornado.
48  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Alienware] Trade in your used console for $200 w/ new PC purchase on: October 26, 2013, 08:33:04 PM
Damn I was hoping I would be able to send in my 32x.
49  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [iOS] Worms 3 on sale for 99 cents on: October 17, 2013, 11:54:08 PM
This is a fantastic game by the way.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 14, 2013, 07:28:00 PM
2000 Toyota Corolla - 251,720+ miles and counting.

[Pictured: Someone else's Corolla]
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SUV Vs. Biker pack on: October 03, 2013, 10:18:51 PM
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 50 PC games of our generation on: September 19, 2013, 09:16:44 PM
Perhaps the worst Top XX list of all time.

But of course these lists aren't meant to actually mean anything, but to simply stir up controversy over how terrible they are. So...well done.
53  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle 9 on: September 18, 2013, 07:29:54 PM
This is the first Humble Bundle I've seen that didn't give you the bonuses if you purchased the bundle without beating the average.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Cal Worthington on: September 11, 2013, 12:13:57 AM
Pussy cow, pussy cow, pussy cow...
55  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [iOS] Ultima IV C64 Free on: September 07, 2013, 03:48:48 PM
What's the install size on this? 136 MB download seems excessive for a game that came out twenty years ago.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: peanut butter on: August 21, 2013, 02:58:26 PM
If you don't want separation then store the peanut butter in the fridge.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yes, Japanese people like to lick each others eyeballs on: June 16, 2013, 03:34:10 PM
I wonder how prevalent eye infections are as a result.
58  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Star Wars: KOTOR on iPad on: May 31, 2013, 02:48:48 AM
A certain point of view?
59  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? on: May 27, 2013, 05:31:40 PM
The prize should have been a tanker truck filled with nougat.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kobe beef jerky kickstarter on: May 23, 2013, 12:50:29 PM
Isn't Kobe beef famous for its marbling? And isn't jerky supposed to ideally be made with lean meat? Isn't making jerky out of Kobe beef therefor a waste of Kobe beef?
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man who was the voice of Charlie Brown jailed for stalking on: May 09, 2013, 10:51:21 PM
Good gr

Damn it.
62  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Star Command finally releases! on: May 02, 2013, 02:28:24 PM
So how long until the mediocre reviews and sales send the developers into full on meltdown mode on the iOS forums?
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 01, 2013, 11:24:30 AM

Quote from: TiLT on May 01, 2013, 09:21:58 AM

Xbox Infinite? That's actually quite clever. 360 is a circle after all, so what do you get if you have two circles? The infinity symbol. smile

Which is just stupid because a circle is infinite as well without all that extra bullshit.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drop - typing game from Minecraft creator on: April 30, 2013, 02:32:53 PM
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drop - typing game from Minecraft creator on: April 29, 2013, 09:22:31 PM
596 so far but I can tell if I just play it for a while I can easily get that way higher. There only seem to be about a dozen words and you just have to be able to spot which one is next and it becomes trivial as long as you can type fast enough. I'll play it more later.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drop - typing game from Minecraft creator on: April 29, 2013, 07:05:46 PM
I can type 140+ WPM and I'm absolutely hopeless at this game.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon on: April 16, 2013, 07:37:40 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 16, 2013, 07:03:16 PM

Why don't the just shout "Enhance" at the screen and get a nice clear picture like they do on TV?

68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon on: April 16, 2013, 05:13:37 PM
I'm pretty sure that's Bert from Mary Poppins.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [food] KFC to introduce "Boneless Chicken" on: April 05, 2013, 06:22:22 PM
I'm still waiting for scientists to breed boneless chickens.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: April 05, 2013, 02:41:20 PM
The reaction from Microsoft's digital PR director.

71  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: It's finally time to retire my AMD components on: April 03, 2013, 01:50:27 PM
What do you plan on doing with your old Mobo, CPU, and RAM?
72  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: To renew, or not to renew....NORTON on: March 26, 2013, 05:54:43 PM
For what it's worth, I don't think I've ever seen MSE actually stop any kind of virus, trojan, or piece of malware from installing and running. Ever. A few weeks ago a family member clicked on an e-mail attachment which then proceeded to install some feux AV scam which made the computer unusable while constantly throwing up scare notices about porn viruses (the scam was they wanted you to send them your credit card info so they could send you a "key" to enable their software and remove the "virus".

Their PC had a fully up to date MSE running which proved to be utterly impotent. I had to run RKILL to find and kill the process before installing and running MalwareBytes as well as HijackThis and another program I can't remember the name of so I could track down and delete the remnants. While doing this I had the process manager open and found that "iexplorer.exe" was running, even though Internet Explorer wasn't. I killed it and a minute later it came back. So it had another trojan on it as well, apparently, that MSE wasn't aware of.

By far, the best anti-virus is common sense. But if, on the other hand, you have family members who think browser toolbars are obviously an essential part of the Internet experience (and don't we all), then you have my sympathy. I can only recommend that you also make sure you have programs like MalwareBytes and Spybot S&D installed to help catch what MSE can't.
73  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Gem: Psychonauts on: March 04, 2013, 02:05:28 PM
If I didn't own it twice already I'd be all over this.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are micro transactions the wave of the future? on: March 03, 2013, 08:47:25 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2013, 08:20:07 PM

Basically, this review's score is not based on the gameplay or graphics or sound or other accomplishments which are significant, but entirely political in nature.  My point is that this should never be the case.

Does the microtransaction implementation have an effect on the enjoyment of the game?


Then it's not "entirely political in nature" then, is it?
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 01, 2013, 02:18:39 PM
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 23, 2013, 03:25:19 PM
If they brought you some female Privates would that've counted?
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 21, 2013, 11:38:34 PM
And yes, it's fake, but still funny.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 21, 2013, 11:33:35 PM
Thanks to that news story about the AWOL that came back seven years later with a box of grid squares, I think most people will understand that.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2 is returning! on: February 18, 2013, 04:10:51 AM
I'm up to Deck 5, Recreation. After I finish it up I think I may install the original and play through it again. Or maybe Deus Ex or Bioshock.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2 is returning! on: February 14, 2013, 05:20:58 PM
Bought. I hope they get the original as well, which is surprisingly really playable with the mouselook mod.
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