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1  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: May 04, 2012, 05:43:16 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 04, 2012, 12:16:54 AM

The me back in about 2002 would have been all over this one. Now...not interested at all, between not being able to get into playing Skyrim, despite being a huge Elder Scrolls fan and not really caring much about MMOs anymore, despite having once been the type of person that had to play them all.

They also missed all the potential buyers from 2002 that have died.  They blew it!  Tongue
2  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LEGO MMO announced! on: November 05, 2011, 12:08:09 AM
Hey engine,  if it's any consolation you were part of a game that a lot of kids loved. My eight year old son is in a state of mourning ( we actually had two accounts so we supported you guys) over the news.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AP Just reported Steve Jobs passed on: October 06, 2011, 12:29:34 AM
Depressing to lose a visionary so young.
4  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe Impressions on: September 21, 2011, 06:12:43 PM
I know this game was considered a complete failure by people here, but I just finished a five month stint playing this game with three friends and had a good time overall.  We are probably the perfect group for this game, though, in that we are super casual (play twice a week for a few hours) and made a group of four which is the magic number for doing the instances.  Here are my brief pros and cons:

1.  Great super casual MMO.  A game where everyone can reach maximum level.
2.  Fast paced combat that was more enjoyable than wow-style.
3.  DC theme makes the questing more fun for anyone with an interest in the comics.
4.  Acrobat travel power is just fun.
5.  Group of four will get to see a lot of the end game content. 

1.  Maybe too casual for most people. 
2.  End game gets old and grindy very fast.  Of course I'd say this for every MMO ever created, you just get to the end game faster in DC online.
3.  Buggy for some people.
4.  Interface is mysterious and console driven.  Only six powers on a tool bar is lame and hurt the game a lot, especially when most classes are going to have three must haves that stay the same the whole game.

Anyway -- I enjoyed the game for what it's worth and wasn't bored for most of my 100 hours or so in the game.  Frankly, I don't want to play another WOW game that keeps me playing for 1000 hours -- I'd rather play a game for a while and move on to something new.  DCUO worked great for that and I got my money's worth out of it. 
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: September 13, 2011, 05:15:45 PM
I'm really hoping for an RDR 2 at some point.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix vs Hulu: Fight! on: July 31, 2011, 02:58:17 AM
I had both for a while but the ever increasing commercials drove me away from hulu plus. It started off with a few twenty second commercials which was fine, but by the time I quit it was creeping closer to broadcast Tv levels. Hulu also was consistently worse in the video quality department.
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The conservative image on: June 23, 2011, 07:37:09 PM
Just responding to random bits for fun:

Death Penalty:  Al Gore wasn't against the death penalty, has any democratic presidential candidate been for abolishing the death penalty (Obama switched to a pro-death penalty stance while running for president)?  Which is worse -- people that run for office believing in the death penalty or people believing the death penalty is heinous but changing their position because of political expediency?  I'm against the death penalty but the argument that killing one innocent person is too much can be applied to keeping one person locked up in a cell for life too -- should we free all the prisoners?  Frankly I think I'd rather be killed than spend my whole life locked up (of course I might feel differently in a non-hypothetical situation) for a crime I didn't commit.  Anyway, I get your point that in a wildly imperfect judicial system the death penalty is scary.

M. Moore and K. Olbermann being called dumb:  Would it offend you if someone called Glenn Beck dumb?  Probably not -- that's how most conservatives feel about M. Moore.  Anyway, I'm surprised this would really offend you all that much.

The Twitter stuff and Obama:  Would it have offended you if people called Bush stupid?  Again, liberals and conservatives demonize people fairly equally they just do it to different people.  

Obviously, if you're an atheist any site that wants to mix politics and religion is going to scare you.  I can't really help you with that one, it scares me too.
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Tabletfight!!! Apple vs. Android, It's ON! on: April 30, 2011, 03:42:08 AM
Cool -- I'm definitely interested to hear how this comes out. 
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: April 12, 2011, 03:55:09 PM
I've stopped going to used book stores as well.  That's a market that's going to get killed by e-readers.  I feel for the used book store owners, but I guess I'd rather put money in the author's hands.  It's not like books are this monumental expense to begin with.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The sick cat quandary on: March 18, 2011, 11:33:21 PM
I went through bad end of life issues with a couple of my cats and I told myself that if I ever got more cats I would be conservative with end of life care.  Hell, we can't even afford end of life care for people much less cats.  Realistically if you've given the cat 14 good years I wouldn't feel guilty no matter what the decision is.  This is cynical, but if you let the vets make the decision for you you will spend a lot of money.  We go to a cat care clinic and one of the vets was let go and she emailed everyone saying she was let go because she wasn't generating enough billable hours.  The Vets were super nice, but there was a slight sense of being pressured to spend money on tests and stuff that didn't really seem to do enough good to justify the costs.  I'm not sure I'm helping, but in my opinion you should put your family's finances ahead of your cat.  Especially if he/she is 14 years old.  I wouldn't want my family going broke to keep me alive once I reach a certain age, much less for a cat.

Anyway, it's a tough call -- and I have to say I'm not sure I practice what I preach.  I still feel guilty about putting my cat to sleep when at fifteen it started peeing uncontrollably around the house for a bloody year.  We tried everything and spent at least $1200 in care for the cat over the last year but we couldn't get anywhere.  The cat was wrecking our floors, peeing on my kids bed and if we confined the cat it would meow 24 hours a day and his health would deteriorate even more.  It was likely diabetes, but the insulin never did work.  Anyway, my wife had had enough for a while and I finally gave in and agreed to put the cat to sleep.  I think I had nightmares for months afterward.  Nothing quite like holding a cat to calm him down as he is being put to sleep to create horrific memories. 

Good luck though, it's a terrible place to be in so try not to judge yourself too harshly no matter what you decide. 

11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: March 18, 2011, 07:42:44 PM
Not a lot happening this week, but in a reality show there's always going to be some predictable episodes no matter how they try to edit it.  I really like redemption island, I feel it's a great addition to the show (though I appear to be in the minority).  I guess that's all I got . . .
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rock Band face off(The Herd) on: March 18, 2011, 06:16:58 PM
West: Seattle Region
The Rolling Stones Vs AC/DC: Looks like we're heading towards the inevitable Stones versus Beatles battle.

Midwest: Cleveland Region
Led Zeppelin Vs The Eagles:  The eagles beat the Doors???  Oh well, it keeps it interesting I guess

East: New York Region
Aerosmith Vs Pink Floyd:  Wow, the Who defeated.  Not as bad as the Eagles though.

Far East: London Region
The Beatles Vs Guns N'Roses
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rock Band face off(The Herd) on: March 17, 2011, 10:07:03 PM
West:Seattle Region
The Rolling Stones Vs Queen: I like both quite a bit, but the Stones are a powerhouse.

AC/DC Vs Nirvana: not the biggest fan of either, so sort of a toss up.

Midwest:Cleveland Region
Led Zeppelin Vs Metallica

The Doors Vs The Eagles : easy win for the Doors.

East:New York Region
U2 Vs Aerosmith: not a big fan of either.

Pink Floyd Vs The Who: toughest match up for me.  Pink Floyd would defeat quite a few of the winners in the other matches.

Far East:London Region
The Beatles Vs Pearl Jam

Guns N Roses Vs Van Halen: not a fan of either so a bit of a guess here.  
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Great article on why 3D just doesn't work on: January 24, 2011, 11:48:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 24, 2011, 10:38:00 PM

3D works for me everyday, unless I'm feeling piratey and wear an eyepatch....
Eh, I've tried using 3D glasses outside, everything looks the same (though a little darker). 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 16, 2010, 05:23:22 PM
Jane voted for Sash??? Sigh.  The scene where the three told Jane about voting her out was awkwardness at its best though.  The only rationale I can see for not blindsiding her is that they didn't want to outright lie to her, thinking she might be less angry at them in the end for it.  Didn't quite seem to work like that last night -- but who knows once she calms down maybe she will be somewhat thankful they didn't blindside her and gave her a chance to vent.

I was also impressed at the melt downs over the family reward.  Seriously, if you melt down over family reward night you don't belong on Survivor.  I like how Fabio's mom pulled him aside and tried to get his head back in the game.  Christ, I've never seen such babies on the show in my life -- at least so late in the show.  I guess I have to hope that Sash wins now just because he's the best player.  He's not a particularly good player, but he's the best of this lot.  

As far as The Amazing Race goes, I agree that the Finale was terrible.  I think they might want to rework the format of it.  Maybe they need to have more teams in the final show  or more road blocks or something.  

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on December 13, 2010, 07:01:13 PM

We finally watched it last night.

Just...sheesh what an awful season.

Hell, I hope Dan wins.  icon_lol

At least Amazing Race looks good for next season (after the crappiest season finale ever)...and in HD finally!
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: November 2010 NPD on: December 10, 2010, 05:53:15 PM
I wonder if the PS3 is struggling because Blu-ray is losing steam because of the way streaming movies and TV shows is taking off (or because of much cheaper Blu-ray players)?  It also seems like the Kinect has won the PR war with Move, and I think that's a huge deal for the future of both consoles.   
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 10, 2010, 05:42:54 PM
I think Sash made the right choice, though, it's a tough call.  It's really hard to read how Holly and Jane would do with the Jury, I think more people might be annoyed by them than we know right now. Chase might do okay but then again, I'm not sure people respect his game.  Sash, will probably get Purple Kelly, Nianka, and Brenda's vote.  I also think he'd probably get Marty's vote too as I think Marty will vote based on who he thinks played the game the best outside of his extreme hatred for Jane.   So that's four votes right there, that's pretty strong if it's a three way finale.  I'm not a big Sash fan, but who else deserves to win at this point?  Probably Jane I suppose, but I just can't get excited about that prospect for some reason. 

This is really a tough year to watch.  I'm huge survivor fan and I don't have much motivation to tune in week to week.  I fear this season's failure is going to put pressure on Survivor to turn to gimmick casting more and more though.  While I enjoy the occasional All star shows, I don't want it to turn into an MTV rehash reality show. 

Quote from: dfs on December 10, 2010, 02:43:00 PM

Quote from: Crawley on December 10, 2010, 01:07:18 AM

I think Sash made the right choice with going with Chase/Holly/Jane. If he actually makes it to the final four and doesn't win final immunity I think they would take him as someone who probably isn't liked over someone like Jane who is. Of course that person who's left out will be pissed and probably give their vote to Sash. On top of that there's three jury members who were part of his alliance (Brenda/NaOnka/Useless Kelly). So maybe the voting will be pretty close if he makes it to the end.

I think Sash went the wrong way here and I think he did it because the group he ended up with was a cohesive alliance. I don't think he can beat Holly or Jane in a jury vote, where if he had gone with Fabio/Dan/Benray I think as long as he gets to the jury, he's a sure win.

Of course, in the past I've been wrong in my thinking about how juries would vote.

Quote from: Crawley on December 10, 2010, 01:07:18 AM

My ideal final 3 for this season would be Chase/Holly/Dan. Dan won't get a single question asked his way. Chase will give stupid answers. And Holly will just be crazy paranoid.
Dan/Na/Purple Kelly would have been awesome. "Jeff, do I have to cast a vote?"
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nutrition professor loses 27 pounds on twinkies and donuts diet on: November 12, 2010, 06:52:13 PM
Most people in the know say it is next to impossible to add muscle and lose weight at the same time -- which is why body builders cycle between bulking and diet cycles.  Could they be wrong about this, sure, this is just what I've read.

Nutritional balance is great but over stated, in my opinion.  Sure the extremes are bad, but if you're exercising and are balancing your caloric intake and expenditure you are going to be healthier than 99.3% of the population regardless of caloric content (unless you go crazy).  I have no science to back this claim up -- but I"m pretty sure I'm right as I came up with this theory on the John and most of my theories that have come to me on the John have held up pretty well overall.  
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever cheated on your spouse? on: November 03, 2010, 08:00:47 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on November 03, 2010, 07:41:01 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 03, 2010, 11:51:50 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 03, 2010, 02:24:16 AM

My dad basically threw away watching his two boys grow up for the sake of some one-night stand that didn't amount to anything.

No he didn't. He made a decision about his sexual life and while it may have broken an agreement with your mother, it does not mean he was throwing away seeing his boys grow up.

I would say that instead, his boys were taken from him as punishment (which is generally the case). Having sex with someone else does not invalidate one as a parent (mother or father).

Couldn't disagree more.  It sure does invalidate you as a parent since you have an obligation to your children to provide them with the best home situation possible.  Breaking your wedding vows to their mother is an insult to them nearly as much as it is to their mom.

Not directed at YellowKing's specific situation at all -- but I think there is definitely more shades of gray here than most people are willing to admit.  People do crazy things for sex.  They don't call it a sex 'drive' for nothing.  I believe that you can love your spouse and cheat on her.  People aren't perfect.  My wife and I have had this discussion a few times and  we both are able to separate love from sex.  I think it helps that my wife has a high sex drive and can at least see being tempted.  Now, this is all theory craft of course (as far as I know at least) and we haven't had these types of talks since we had a kid and I have a feeling things have changed a bit from her perspective and frankly I have no interest in having an affair so I haven't bothered to broach the subject.  But, if my wife had an affair I'd still love her and understand that human beings in general like the excitement of flirting/sex with other humans.  I guess I'm pretty confident that emotionally we are a good fit so I don't worry about her falling out of love with me and actually going off with another guy.  

Anyway, that's my somewhat incoherent two cents.  

20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: November 03, 2010, 07:44:58 PM
One of my all time favorites.  It's a great book to re-read every couple of years. I wouldn't call it a quick read though.   

Quote from: Gratch on November 02, 2010, 11:50:17 AM

Just finished Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (yes, it takes me a full month to read a book.   icon_redface. This goes down with HHGTTG as one of the funniest books I've ever read. It's a completely ridiculous look at World War II through the eyes of a rebellious bomber pilot, and the writing is simply brilliant. I normally shy away from anything that has to do with war, but this one was by turns laugh-out-loud funny and incredibly poignant.

Itching for a good fantasy book...might need to dig up some old threads on the subject.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever cheated on your spouse? on: November 03, 2010, 07:38:01 PM
I have, but I would never admit to it in a forum. 
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: October 26, 2010, 06:15:46 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 26, 2010, 05:21:33 PM

As the iPads poor book sales have proved, LCDs suck for reading. They should have stuck with eInk.

I'm not sure if this was sarcastic or not as I don't know the book sales figure, but as a counter-point I have both a kindle and an ipad and I read exclusively on my iPad, but I buy all my books through amazon's kindle app still.  Surprisingly I have no preference between eInk and LCD for reading (I really thought I would prefer eInk).  Furthermore, pretty much my whole extended family has moved away from reading on Kindles to iPads but still use the Kindle/amazon reader app. 

There are pros and cons to both devices for reading, but I guess I'm not as sold on e-ink for ease of reading anymore.  Now for battery life it's great.  I also really like the size of the nook/kindle devices and of course now the cost is a lot more compelling.  Color eInk is a big meh for me.  Like I said, I do all my reading on the iPad and color is just not a big part of the reading experience for me.   

23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam warning on: July 02, 2010, 08:56:49 PM
Yeah, I'm obviously ranting a tad here.  It's frustrating but things are going to go wrong sometimes.  I've heard the sale is swamping Steam -- as long as it get resolved in a week or so I'll survive somehow.  It was frustrating to not even be able to get a forum account approved -- I feel like I have seven accounts associated with steam somehow.  That finally got approved and I had the satisfaction of making a post that got ten views before it slipped off to oblivion.  so I got that going for me.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam warning on: July 02, 2010, 04:31:02 PM
Just wanted to give a heads up to people thinking about buying games on Steam right now.  Myself and three friends purchased GRAW2 through steam over the past weekend and attempted play together on Wednesday and all of us got an Invalid CD key error message and weren't able to join or host a multiplayer game.  We researched the issue and tried the various fixes, but obviously when it happens to four different people located in different areas of the country there is something strange going on.  Anyway, we all contacted support on Wednesday and no one has received a response yet and furthermore, we can't even post on the steam forums as our forum accounts are still in queue to get permission to post (been three days for me).  In researching this issue it seems like Steam Support is completely swamped and wait times of 10 days to hear from support is not uncommon. 

Not the end of the world, and I'm sure I'll eventually hear from Steam and get this resolved, but if you are planning on buying a game to play over the holiday weekend, just be aware that if there are problems (and I think there have been more problems than usual lately) that you might not be getting a resolution for a while.  I feel bad because my friends were originally going to purchase the game through Amazon to play this holiday weekend, but I talked them into Steam

I love the convenience of Steam, but I think I'll be buying my games through Amazon from now on.  Of course now I'll probably just have problems with Amazon -- but I think it's healthy to shift the subject of your anger every once and a while. 
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: new Kindle in August? on: May 30, 2010, 06:58:06 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 30, 2010, 02:51:53 AM

I have to say that now that I have an iPad I wish I had held off on buying a Kindle. Barnes & Noble just released their iPad app which means I can now read books from Amazon, B&N, or iBooks on the same device. I also have to say that the formatting on the iPad apps blows the Kindle out of the water. I vastly prefer reading using the Kindle app just for the superior layout.

I haven't had any eyestrain issues, but then again I work in IT so I'm accustomed to staring at LCD screens all day. So far the benefits of the iPad far outweigh the display difference. I think the days of dedicated hardware e-readers may be on the wane, particularly if they stay at their current price points.

Love the iPad, but so far I'm glad I have a kindle for reading.  I stare at computer screens all day and it's just not what I want to do when I'm reading for fun.  The size of the iPad is also not super conducive for long reading stints (for me at least).  I agree, though, that it it going to make dedicated e-readers a much harder sell to the general public. 

Still, if I had to choose to own only the Kindle or iPad, I would choose the Kindle.  Buying the Kindle had me reading 30 more books last year than the year before, I'm afraid the iPad is just going to result in me playing a bunch of silly games, browsing the internet even more, and watching a ton of movies.  Man, I really do love Netflix on the iPad though. 
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Experienced Terrifying Sleep Paralysis Last Night on: May 17, 2010, 08:17:33 PM
I used to have sleep paralysis all the time, it really is freaky.  I also start to have lucid dreams at this point that usually have something to do  with hearing noises in the house and I can't move to investigate.  My trick is to try to move my pinky, once I can move my pinky I can then move the rest of my body.  The worst part is this came in streaks, I would usually get it three or four times any night I experienced it.

I can't remember what exactly causes this, but I think it has something to do with waking up right after being in REM state -- I believe I heard that a lot of times the brain paralyzes people while they dream so they won't hurt themselves by flailing around.  Keep in mind I might of actually heard this in a dream . . . I'm not sure.  But ever since all my dreams have been crushed I haven't had the sleep paralysis anymore.  So I have that going for me.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 05:20:07 PM
Eh, big disappointment that Sandra won.  What did she do that affected the game at all, except for being dragged along to the final three?  She tried to make strategic moves, but they never panned out.  She was terrible at challenges (this was not a strategy, does anyone really believe that?), and she's a mediocre social player (has random fits at times).  How Parvarti didn't win the final jury vote is a mystery to me.  Russell -- great to watch, but a huge weakness in his social game that makes it almost impossible for him to win it all. 

If this is the type of player that is going to dominate Survivor, count me out.  I hope good players are taking note and will learn to ditch the weaker players before the final three.  I bet Parvarti is pissed at Russell for getting rid of Danielle and Jerry -- those decisions cost her a million dollars. 
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for Validation (in all the wrong places) on: May 05, 2010, 05:58:24 PM
good luck on this one Rowdy.  I've had similar battles in the past with my spouse and it's not fun at all.  We've generally meandered to a happy medium, but there has been tension on the way there.  It's tough because there often isn't a great middle ground and the consequences of the decisions are fairly life-changing.   Counseling might not be a bad idea (of course you're just throwing away RV money by paying a counselor).  I've never reached the point of going to a counselor so I have no actual experience with it, but a counselor might be able to get both sides of the situation out on the table in a more productive manner; or it may ruin your marriage by digging up a bunch of crap-- hard to say.  

29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: May 02, 2010, 08:57:24 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 15, 2010, 06:27:11 PM

I got Air Video working last night from the inside of my network at home - very nice.  Now I can watch all my stuff on the TV with Tversity or on the iPad with Air Video.  I still can't access it from outside (tried from work on the public wi-fi with my iPhone) but that could be a port forwarding issue at home.  Even if I can't get it to work it is well worth $3 for in home streaming.

What videos do you guys watch on Air Video?  I can't watch my itunes library because of DRM as far as a I can tell.  Are you guys ripping DVDs to your computers or am I missing something here.  It seems like a great technology, but I can't figure out much of a use for it so far.

Another thing I'd love is if the iPad could be part of the home share network on itunes.  It seems somewhat silly that I can stream all my iTunes videos on all my PCs but can't do it to an iPad.  Obviously, I could connect an iPad to PC and synch the videos but streaming would be so nice as I'm lazy.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NASA balloon fails, telescope destroyed on: April 29, 2010, 08:11:37 PM
Can't we just use Russian or Chinese balloons to get this crap done?
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 27, 2010, 05:14:02 AM
Wow, the streaming video sounds cool, rittchard. 

It seems like I'm making a bigger deal out of the flash stuff than it is -- it's not like I can't go to another computer if I really need to see flash content.

Thanks again for the info everyone. 
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 26, 2010, 10:03:58 PM
I guess this is another example -- it's a link I tried to access from my iphone while browsing this forum:

Am I right to assume that a lot of video content is not going to work on the iPad?  That seems like a lot to give up frankly.  (I'll still probably talk myself into getting it). 
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 26, 2010, 09:30:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 26, 2010, 09:10:41 PM

I haven't noticed at all.  I probably don't surf enough or to the right places.  Many places I frequent have apps - Amazon, Craigslist, Netflix, Weather Channel.

What sites have you felt frustrated with?  I can try them tonight.

It's been youtube oddly enough -- I think I've just run into some bad luck with getting sent links to videos that haven't been converted to HTML5.  Then I got bummed a little about Hulu (though I've heard they're making an app).  Have you guys had any problems with game trailers?  At any rate, it's good to hear that it hasn't been a big deal -- thanks for the responses!
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 26, 2010, 08:58:42 PM
Question for current iPad owners: has the lack of flash been annoying?  I have almost talked myself into getting an iPad, but lately have been thwarted more and more while browsing on my iPhone because of no flash. I mainly plan on using the iPad for browsing the internet in bed and watching netflix (no hulu I guess because of flash right?) but I'm starting to worry that I'll regret buying a $500 web surfing device that can't even use flash.  Am I being paranoid here?
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A good Hitler parody? on: April 22, 2010, 05:03:21 PM
Hmm, I noticed that this won't work on my iPhone -- I'm assuming it wouldn't work on the iPad as well?  It's annoying that I can't seem to click on a lot youtube video links in my email on my iPhone (three this week).  Maybe I'm doing something wrong, though.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 21, 2010, 04:02:27 PM
Yes, you can rationalize away any moral code or ethical system quite easily.  I'd still rather be surrounded by people who hold the illusion of an ethical system than the clever, cynical people who think they see through it.  Most of the time the ethical system they so cleverly see through just happens to get in the way of their self interest -- a win/win for them I suppose.   

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 21, 2010, 03:38:27 PM

The Brits are taking the American media to task over their griping about Gizmodo's methods

It comes down to something that is instilled in US hacks from the time they train. They might be biased, purple prose peddlers, but they somehow have a "moral code" and they are "respectable". They bang on about press ethics even as they are writing up a press release for some IT company that has its goods made in a Chinese sweatshop. But the illusion of moral superiority is more important than writing news or informing people.

This arrogant illusion places the press at the mercy of the press officers and government spin merchants. US hacks sell their souls for "access" to government sources and industry executives, and don't dare write anything unflattering or critical lest they stop getting invited to tame press briefings.
A while back I got a call from former colleague who said he was working in the land of the free and making a killing. He said that UK journalists were highly prized in the US because they were fast and tended to get stories. It looks like Gizmodo's crime was to learn that lesson and get the news by whatever means it could.

As to the US hacks who rounded on the magazine: shut up and write some proper news.
37  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes Issue 17: Dark Mirror on: April 15, 2010, 04:28:02 PM
Interesting update.

I played COH twice -- once right before WOW came out and then again last year.  It really is a good game and has held up very well. I just lose interest in the game after the 200 hour mark or so, which is not really a bad thing.  The fighting and character development is unique enough to differentiate itself from most of the MMOs out there.  It's my second favorite MMO of all time right behind WOW, a great casual MMO. 

Plant controllers are fun!
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 14, 2010, 11:17:15 PM
So you're saying I'm going to die naked reading my kindle, eh?  I better get in shape or this could be embarrassing.

Thanks for the info though!  I know I'm going to cave on the iPad eventually, the netflix App was really the final straw, though I'm trying desperately to delay the inevitable.

Quote from: ydejin on April 14, 2010, 10:47:41 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 14, 2010, 09:12:52 PM

1.  iPad is larger and more difficult to hold.  This is a big deal to me.  One of the reasons I like the kindle is that it is easy to read in about any situation.

IMO one handing the iPad is not good for more than a few minutes.  Two handing it is acceptable, but will probably get tiring after a while.  Also the iPad without a case is pretty slippery.

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 14, 2010, 09:12:52 PM

2.  I like the button for turning pages much more than swiping the screen (or tapping).  I read one handed a lot with the kindle -- is this really feasible with the iPad?

You can definitely hold the iPad with one hand and then occasionally swipe with the other hand, not really a big deal IMO.  OTOH if you absolutely cannot use the other hand, I think it would be very difficult to hold and swipe the iPad with the same hand.

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 14, 2010, 09:12:52 PM

3.  A kindle in a zip lock bag is awesome for reading in the bathtub.  I'm not sure how this would work with a touch screen -- also, I'm not sure the larger iPad would even fit in a zip lock bag.

You can certainly get a zip lock large enough for the iPad, but there is no way, I'd want to try reading it in the bathtub.  I'm also pretty sure I personally wouldn't want to try this with the Kindle.  The iPad is way too expensive for me to put it in a situation which would mean frying it.  On a side note, I know generally running electrical devices in the bathtub is a very bad idea.  Your skin has very low resistance when wet, which means that even small voltages will result in potentially deadly amounts of current going through your body if you accidentally make a circuit.  Anyone know if an iPad battery carries enough power to kill someone if dropped in the bathtub?  Just seems like a bad idea all around for Kindle or iPad.

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 14, 2010, 09:12:52 PM

4.  Battery life.  The kindle's battery almost seems unlimited without 3g on (now with 3g on it is kind of lame and that becomes more of an issue when you're synching devices).  

I've been quite pleased with Battery life.  The only time I can see this being an issue is if you're out on a trip.  Even then as long as you can let it recharge at night you should be fine.  I've never come close to running the battery down and have used the iPad on and off all day.  I've seen reports of 12+ hours of battery life, well in excess of the official 10 hours.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 14, 2010, 09:12:52 PM
I'm tempted to buy an Ipad, but as a dedicated Kindle user here were some cons I am concerned about:

1.  iPad is larger and more difficult to hold.  This is a big deal to me.  One of the reasons I like the kindle is that it is easy to read in about any situation.
2.  I like the button for turning pages much more than swiping the screen (or tapping).  I read one handed a lot with the kindle -- is this really feasible with the iPad?
3.  A kindle in a zip lock bag is awesome for reading in the bathtub.  I'm not sure how this would work with a touch screen -- also, I'm not sure the larger iPad would even fit in a zip lock bag.
4.  Battery life.  The kindle's battery almost seems unlimited without 3g on (now with 3g on it is kind of lame and that becomes more of an issue when you're synching devices).  

Quote from: The Grue on April 14, 2010, 02:39:17 PM

Quote from: raydude on April 14, 2010, 12:26:20 PM

I'm interested in hearing more comments on how it reads vs. something with e-ink. Especially for long reading periods.

I was pretty skeptical about using it as a reader, since I have a Kindle.  I must say, though, that it doesn't bother my eyes at all.  Also, since it is much snappier than a Kindle, I am debating on whether to bother to use my Kindle anymore.  The one thing I hear the Kindle is better for would be in direct sunlight, but if I am outside, I usually don't want to read (and can't, because I get to distracted).  However, I am going to take it outside later today to see if it is really all that bad.  I wonder if it could be fixed by allowing white type on black background.

My other debate, though, is whether to buy books on the Kindle store or iBooks.  I like the reader for iBooks better than the Kindle app, but I also see that you can synch your page position between the Kindle app and the Kindle itself, which would be great if I wanted to swap between the two.

While I was typing this to synch the Kindle to where I had read a book on the iPad, I just noticed how horribly small my Kindle screen is compared to the iPad.  Oh, why do I have to make decisions?

Just to put it out there, so I can try to decide which storefront to buy books from:

1) Can read on both Kindle and iPad
2) Better for reading outdoors

1) I like the book reader software better
2) Bigger screen
3) Can read at night with no book light
4) Always have my Ipad with me

Yeah, it looks like it leans to iPad, but I still can't decide.  I hate limiting myself and if on some off chance I want to read outdoors (which never happens), I hate knowing I can't.  Or at least that is what the people on the Internet are saying.  I guess I jus tneed to test it myself later.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh no! Someones at the door, its dark, and my door is wide open! on: March 22, 2010, 03:00:30 PM
this started off as such a nice light-hearted post . . .

I'm sure the gun comment was completely serious though, and he would have gone up there guns a blazing.

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