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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roger Ebert RIP on: April 05, 2013, 03:57:44 AM
I had just read yesterday that he was stepping back from reviewing for a while because the cancer had resurfaced, and that he'd only be doing a few reviews here and there... shocked to see that he died today.

Didn't always agree, but I could always see where he was coming from, and I think he did a better and more thoughtful job than a lot.  Bummer.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar-Finding Dory on: April 03, 2013, 02:03:25 PM
Toy Story 2 and 3 were both amazing.
123  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 03, 2013, 04:18:15 AM
So what's the magic number for you to be on board with having better control and restriction of firearms?  Is there a certain body count where you say 'Ok, we need to rein this shit in'?

I don't totally disagree with you, fwiw.  As I said, the cat is out of the bag, and I think that everyone now suddenly being all anti-assault weapon is just reactionary.

I do think that the enforcement of even our already existing gun laws is a goddamned joke.  I do think that assault weapons are pointless, and just feed this macho 'I need to be able to cap some fuckers!' mindset that a lot of assault weapon owners have.  I do think that in terms of actual crime, handguns are clearly far more dangerous.

I live in the state with the highest percentage of gun ownership in the country, but the per capita gun murder rate is super, super low.  I think something like 80% of the guns owned in this state are bolt action hunting rifles.  There is a cultural difference to how firearms are regarded here vs. other places.  I know a lot of responsible gun owners.  I have even been one.  So how do we foster that sort of an attitude elsewhere?  How do we keep guns out of the hands of people who want to use them do do bad shit?

I am willing to see my 'rights' (I put that in quotations, because I think it's a silly thing to be so up in arms about (sic), really) curtailed somewhat in the interest of the greater good.  We do this all the time - we have speed limits, even though that infringes on my right to drive 120mph.  We have a legal drinking age, even though that curtails my son's right to get brain damaged...

I'm not sure what it is about this particular issue that makes people so unwilling to give an inch, though I suspect it has a lot to do with the macho nature of the subject to begin with... and especially with how that macho nature is especially strong in the average guy who feels the need to own an assault rifle.  I take issue with that attitude.

I also sort of get it... they are neat as shit, and I'd love to go shoot one sometime.  I think it would be super fun.  But I don't *need* to, and I certainly don't feel like my life will have been bereft of freedom if I'm denied that chance.

I am probably not explaining this well, because it's sort of an intangible concept in a lot of ways.  Oh well.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] This is the End on: April 03, 2013, 03:52:34 AM
It's not April Fools... there have been previous trailers.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 11:01:19 PM
C#/ASP.NET/SQL Server Software Developer for a tiny company that contracts with, primarily, State agencies, primarily in Wyoming, but in some other states as well.
126  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 02, 2013, 10:55:07 PM
Yeah, we should control all firearms a lot better than we do, not just assault weapons.  Which we still don't need.  The Russians are not going to invade, the dead are not going to rise from the grave, etc, etc. 
127  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 31, 2013, 06:14:04 AM
M1 carbines are hardly hunting rifles.  I'm not an encyclopedia or state by state gun laws, but you certainly couldn't hunt big game with that round in this state.  I imagine that's the case in most, if not all, states.

Comparing European gun violence to US gun violence is silly.  The number of people killed with guns in this country vs. Europe is something like 34 times higher.  I don't think assault rifle bans will solve the gun violence problems we have in this country, I'm not that naive. 

Look, the cat is out of the bag.  To reduce the violence, we have to change attitudes.  I think the attitude that ordinary citizens for some reason need assault weapons, or that their rights are somehow being violated if they don't get to have them is what is scary - not the 'look' of the weapons themselves.  Don't put words in my mouth.  I think there is absolutely a point in, as a society, saying 'hey, we need to reign ourselves in, this is destructive'.
128  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 31, 2013, 03:18:53 AM
And for the record, I don't think that banning assault weapons is going to really make a big difference in the damage someone can do in most cases... but it sets a different tone for how view ourselves as a country.
129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 31, 2013, 03:17:15 AM
There is a functional difference between a 5 round top feed magazine and a 30 round removable box magazine.
130  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: March 30, 2013, 01:49:04 PM
Thinking that it is appropriate for the military to have assault weapons and not thinking that it's appropriate for private citizens to have assault weapons does not seem contradictory to me.  In fact, that's my exact view.

Though I guess if all you are saying is that people in the military are less likely to favor gun control, then that is surely true.  Then again, there may have been something in his past that made him think that stricter gun control is a good idea... but how are we to know?
131  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Dakota Governor Signs Strict Abortion Law on: March 30, 2013, 01:44:01 PM
The word you actually want is hyperbole.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: March 24, 2013, 04:43:20 PM
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you truly cut the cable? Getting away from the cocks at Cox. on: March 20, 2013, 01:38:00 PM
We cut the cable a couple years ago and do netflix, hulu + and NHL Gamecenter Live.  There are some annoyances - I can't watch any Colorado Avalanche games, and and any nationally televised game is blacked out.  The major annoyance is that the playoffs are not available through GCL.  However, we've saved an absolutely *insane* amount of money by not paying the ridiculous cable fees every month.  Overall, it's a plus.  I might try adding an HDTV antennae, which would get me some playoff hockey, I guess, and we would have the option of watching some stuff when it aired.  Dunno though, might keep things as is... we certainly have enough going on that we don't spend much time watching anyway.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 02, 2013, 06:05:29 PM
Things bought from that sale:

I bought this a while ago.  It is great:

135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: February 24, 2013, 06:11:18 PM
Nice work.

I actually think that while pushing pace will help some (especially if you do pickups/fartleks) with speeding up, one of the real keys to getting faster and running more comfortably is the long weekend run - try going for a slow, long run one day a week.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I just had my worst day at work ever... on: February 21, 2013, 03:57:33 PM
Brutal.  But funny!
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meteorite Shower hits Russia,injures 500 on: February 15, 2013, 02:59:30 PM
Aside from the injuries, it's pretty f'n awesome.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a short term paying job? GT needs some work done. on: February 15, 2013, 02:57:07 PM
Based on a short conversation with KD about what he is looking for, I think automating it is going to be nearly impossible.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a short term paying job? GT needs some work done. on: February 13, 2013, 09:30:38 PM
What you are describing sounds like something that would be best handled by a little script/program...
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 13, 2013, 04:24:25 PM
Hrm... I don't know if I think of my wife/kids as accomplishments per se, but I'm enormously proud of both.

Things that I've done on my own that I'm pretty proud of:
Putting out several albums and doing some touring behind them.
Quitting smoking, losing 70+ pounds and getting fit all of which allowed me to do some pretty cool stuff like running a half marathon and doing some long (50 - 72 mile) mountain bike races.
141  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 11, 2013, 05:59:07 PM
Newegg told me nope.  I see that the terms changed to be from 2/4.  Oh well.  Guess I should've ordered 4 days later. :/
142  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 09, 2013, 04:04:47 PM
I guess I'll have to call Newegg... it certainly appears that this promotion should apply to me, runs from January 22, and I bought on the 30th.
143  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 09, 2013, 03:57:29 PM
I may have a small sense of the CPU bottlenecking, but I'm pretty happy, overall.

I'm wondering how I can take advantage of that promotion... I see that it refers to a unique ID that I need, but I'm not finding anything like that in my stuff from Newegg...
144  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 07, 2013, 03:45:23 PM
And I do have 64 bit windows 8.
145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 07, 2013, 03:44:35 PM
I have been up and running since Monday - the video card looks great, but holy hell does it get hot when playing games (~90C on BF3). I checked on the manufacturers site which said up to 95 is normal, so I guess it is fine. Running the game at 1920 with 'Ultra' settings is cool!

I have had a second monitor at the office - so I knew what I was missing. I had to mess with color settings a TON to get rid of a blue cast and general weirdness, finally going into the color settings in the catalyst control panel to get it non-annoying. Whites still seem a little cool, but it isn't actively distracting now when coding.

I will look into my board supporting SSD. I am already thinking it is a good idea.
146  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 01, 2013, 06:07:41 AM
Yeah, Tom's recommended that card for that price range.
147  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Assassin's Creed: Revelations 360 on: January 31, 2013, 07:31:12 PM
Nm, too far on PC now!
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: January 31, 2013, 07:20:48 PM
Just chiming in to say that I am now much more likely to visit the front page when I see something go by in the FB feed.
149  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 31, 2013, 03:48:19 PM
Thanks for the replies!

I don't want to get more than say... Another year or so out of this computer, so $300+ on the video card wasn't an option.

I ended up going with a Radeon HD 7870 2gb, and then grabbing a second monitor (24" acer LED that was on a good sale - I have an acer at the office and I like it... And it was cheap!). If I'm still complaining in a month, I will grab an SSD drive. Boot up time is definitely a concern, but nicer graphics are more fun. smile

Spent $384.
150  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 30, 2013, 04:07:29 PM
I guess my other questions would be:

I really want to add a second monitor to this rig since I'm doing a lot of work from home now, and coding on one monitor blows... will I see a gaming performance increase with an SSD, or would that money be better spent on a second monitor? 

And part 2, would upgrading just the graphics card and keeping my 'slow' transfer HDD actually hamper gaming speed increase?  I don't feel like I have a lot of HDD related slowness, but that just might be ignorance on my part, and maybe it's a big bump of the type I associate with upgrading graphics.

Part 3... I feel like my CPU isn't that far off from the new stuff... is that right?  It seems pretty solid.
151  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 30, 2013, 04:01:54 PM
Or, if I'm going to spend $300 - $400 on this stuff, is it better to spend $1000 on a completely new PC?  I think I got some killer deal on this one 6 years ago and spent $1000 - $1200 from Dell.

Not that I really have $1000 sitting around for this purpose... but I do have $300 - $400 right now.

Also... I see the SSDs are SATA III... I can't figure out what I have.  The original order says SATA 3.0Gbs.  Is that SATA I?
152  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: January 30, 2013, 04:00:42 PM
When I run the Windows Experience index on my... shit, 6 year old PC, it comes up 5.8, based on the transfer speed of the primary HDD. Processor and Memory come up  7.1, and Graphics come up 6.9.

It runs most games pretty well, and I don't have many complaints... but I wonder if a few hundred bucks would make a big difference?

As I understand it, when you get an SSD, you basically just run your OS on it, and use traditional drives for storage.  If I were to do this, would it actually increase game performance if the games themselves were stored on the regular HDDs?

Graphics wise, I'm looking at the Radeon HD 7870 or 7850, which Tom's recommends as a good mid-range cards.

Current setup is:
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.4Ghz
nVidia 8800 GT
My HDDs are Western Digial something or others... WD3200AAJS and WD5000AAJS... I guess those are 320 and 500gb, respectively.  I'm guessing 7200rpm?

Anyway... any input would be appreciated.
153  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Assassin's Creed: Revelations 360 on: January 27, 2013, 05:39:44 PM
I've got this for PC in the steam sale, but having just finished brotherhood on the 360, I'm sorta wanting to go that direction.

Not sure if anyone has this...  I have a couple things I could trade, or cash.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Kids] I need a movie about horses and/or ponies on: January 24, 2013, 04:56:05 AM
Probably too young for it just yet, but the Black Stallion is great.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 21, 2013, 02:21:03 AM
Wild look pretty good on the attack... this could be a big year for them.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 20, 2013, 04:58:38 AM

Quote from: Kagath on January 20, 2013, 03:12:08 AM

Good to know the Wings haven't lost their step from last year... Roll Eyes

157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 19, 2013, 11:53:24 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 15, 2013, 04:18:42 AM

I am spending an exorbitant amount of money to watch a piece of cloth be raised to the roof of a building on Saturday.

Can't wait!

How's that cup defense going, Kings?
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Setting up a entertainment system... on: January 06, 2013, 06:52:26 AM
HDMI = vastly reduced headaches.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 19, 2012, 03:40:46 AM
I went today, and found it horribly disappointing.  In true Star Wars fashion, it largely abandoned what made the original movies so great.

I went into it thinking the reviews were probably overly harsh because of the cash grab feeling of them drawing it out into 3 films, but after seeing it, I'm afraid I have to agree with a lot of the criticisms.

The first act is mostly ok, if drawn out, but the second is almost non stop terrible and groan inducing.  For some reason they decided they had to come up with a main villain, and what they came up with looks like a video game character... I don't get it when Gollum is so well done. The other CG characters don't seem realistic in comparison, with this villain character being the most glaring.  The wargs and other animals just don't look believable or like they are part of the same world that they made with the LOTR films.

However, even beyond that, it seems that they have done away with actors in makeup and gone to CG monsters all over the damn place, and it doesn't look nearly as good... having a character with bird shit all over his head who flies around the countryside on a bobsled pulled by *bunnies* is getting up to Jar Jar Binks levels of unforgivableness. 

The third act, aside from yet another weak CGI character, actually goes a long way towards saving the movie - and proves that the closer it sticks to the source material, the better.  The stuff with Gollum is spot on, and I like the casting for Bilbo.  The third act took me from 'do I even want to keep watching this one, let alone two more of these' to 'ok, I'll watch the next one'.

I don't mind that they are including stuff from other books, appendices, etc., but it seems like they are screwing up some basics.  The rock giants could not have been done more poorly... they had a chance to do what they do with the eagles there, but instead they turned it into some Jerry Bruckheimer BS... Radagast being an eccentric hippy is fine, but so much of what they do with him is just too ridiculous... Galadriel getting beamed up or whatever the hell they do with her... there are just a lot of little things that are too much, or too far, or too over the top, and too far away from what they had done before.  The atmosphere was severely lacking.

I'm NOT a hard sell when it comes to a movie like this... but I was really, really let down.  I don't know how this was made by the same people - it should've been a guaranteed home run.  The summer blockbuster dreck they were rolling previews for seemed to have more in common with this than the original movies did.

Side note: I thought there was a lot of Boromir in the voice and mannerisms of Thorin... which I think is brilliant if it's intentional.
160  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FREE:* Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Wheel on: December 16, 2012, 12:02:10 AM
You pay shipping, and I send you this wheel.  Last time I plugged it in, it worked great.

We are moving, and I am getting rid of unused stuff - this seems like the best place to find someone who would use this.

I have not used it in Windows 7/8, but it's USB, so I'm assuming it works.

It is this one:

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