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2001  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 12:54:46 AM

Quote from: Razgon on July 05, 2008, 12:49:29 PM

As a non-american, to me the OP's statements contains astounding levels of national elitism and self-centeredness (and I'm trying so hard to refrain from using words that I'll regret) I've not seen since Armageddon...

I actually didnt believe the arrogance that some movies portray regarding US being a "Beacon of light" to the rest of the world existed...until now...

While its good to have pride in ones nation, please, take a look around you first, before claiming you can pwn us all with your shining light.

thanks



With all due respect -- everyone has the right to believe that their stuff is the best.     I believe the car I'm getting is the best.    I believe my dog is the greatest.    I certainly tell people I'm married to the best woman in the world, and that my children are the best kids anyone could get.

It's no different with country, and hell fing yes I'm arrogant when it comes to America.    You shouldn't take offense to that at all.    You should go out there and say your country is the best, and I'll give you the big thumbs up.....    thumbsup
2002  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 12:04:45 AM

Quote from: Laner on July 05, 2008, 04:01:35 PM

Quiet Drazzil - we'll have none of this pro-America talk here.

+1

Gaming boards are as anti-patriotic as they get.


***I believe those who attack America's flaws without acknowledging the singular greatness of our ideals, and their proven capacity to inspire a better world, do not truly understand America.

Of course, precisely because America isn't perfect, precisely because our ideals constantly demand more from us, patriotism can never be defined as loyalty to any particular leader or government or policy. As Mark Twain, that greatest of American satirists and proud son of Missouri, once wrote, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."
2003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 05, 2008, 08:46:53 PM

Quote from: depward on July 05, 2008, 07:25:35 PM

At least you have a PS3 that is able to get an update.  Mine is in its box, over in Texas, hopefully not getting outright swapped so I can keep my save games..   crybaby

I backed mine up using the XBM option before I sent it off.
2004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 05, 2008, 06:43:43 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on July 05, 2008, 06:22:34 PM

Quote from: msduncan on July 04, 2008, 02:02:07 AM

When will we get our 2.4 update back?    crybaby

Quote from: msduncan on July 05, 2008, 04:10:37 PM

So when do we get our update back?  frown

um, we'll let you know when we find out? (in the meantime, you might wanna direct further inquiries here)...



Have we gotten it back yet?   crybaby
2005  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 05, 2008, 04:27:12 PM
I've actually always enjoyed the fireworks here in Alabama.

They are legal, and there are tons of places to buy them.    The main reason I enjoy them (and this is going to sound cheesy) is because when you go out your front door at about 9 pm on the 4th.... you can close your eyes and hear literally thousands of distant thuds, booms, pops, etc..... and for just a moment you can imagine that it must have sounded something like that to people listening to battles a couple miles away from where the Colonials and the Redcoats were clashing a couple centuries ago.
2006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 05, 2008, 04:10:37 PM
So when do we get our update back?  frown
2007  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 04, 2008, 03:02:45 PM
btw -- Happy Independence day everyone!   Happy Birthday America!

For the first time in her adult life Michele Obama is proud.   

/ducks and runs
2008  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / All's quiet.... on: July 04, 2008, 01:15:49 PM
/sticks head in

/looks around

Hmmm.... this forum hasn't had a post in over 24 hours?
2009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 04, 2008, 12:56:11 PM
I get so exhausted by the console pissing match.

Xbox360 ----  a major screw up in that their orginal design is a freakin piece of crap and get's its longevity butt kicked by the voyager probe assembled in the 70's.

PS3 -- original online and interface design a screwup.   HDMI ports sporadically failing a screwup.    Sony's arrogance of sitting on their laurels while being passed in innovation also a screwup

Wii -- woeful online component major major screwup.   complete utter lack of the ability to mass produce these things major screwup.

I have all three.    This isn't the 'next gen'.     Hopefully NEXT Generation will have fewer of these screwups and be more streamlined.
2010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 04, 2008, 02:02:07 AM
When will we get our 2.4 update back?    crybaby

We've been waiting on it for so long...they release it....F it up...and then pull it.
2011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about my first shotgun on: July 03, 2008, 11:45:44 PM
My favorite shotgun, and one that my entire family (and my wife's side) uses routinely for protection, hunting, target shooting, etc....

Is a 12 gauge Belgium made Browning A-5.    The beauty of this firearm is second to none...and the recoil operation is satisfying and like engineering art.      At 100 steps, the pattern is amazingly tight.



Still readily had at gun shows.    Every hunting club we've joined the younger crowd has turned their nose up at this firearm thinking their new Benelli shotguns would shoot circles around them.      Every single time they have been stunned when the Browning shoots circles around their Winchesters and expensive new Benellis.

2012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 03, 2008, 11:22:25 AM

I wish they would patch GTAIV with trophies.   And Metal Gear.
2013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My kitty is dying [Update: He's gone :( ] on: July 02, 2008, 01:00:09 AM
So sorry to hear of your loss.   frown
2014  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: July 02, 2008, 12:21:09 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 01, 2008, 09:01:40 PM

Quote from: McBa1n on July 01, 2008, 08:54:50 PM

I am very certain the crime rate in DC will go down with the 2nd amendment being defended.

Well, let's revisit this post in five years then.

Gamingtrend won't be around in five years... sheesh....

JUST KIDDING!   I fully hope and expect it will be.
2015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 02, 2008, 12:19:23 AM
Get thee behind me Satan.

(all of you Trophy haters)

I like them, and now I have them.    Up yours.    slywink
2016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: July 01, 2008, 09:39:25 PM
PS3 HDMI works.   I restored backup -- works.

Xbox360 is now operational.    No RROD so far.     Will test extensively tonight.
2017  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: gay marriage = CA fires on: July 01, 2008, 08:03:32 PM
I wonder what that wild bannana tastes like?
2018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: July 01, 2008, 07:55:46 PM
And also -- I made a backup of my system to a portable hard drive .   I should be able to just restore it onto the PS3 and get all my stuff back.
2019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: July 01, 2008, 06:32:00 PM

Sony:   Replaced unit
Microsoft:  Same unit


I'm going to hook them up in a few minutes and I'll report on if they are fixed or not.
2020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: July 01, 2008, 05:56:08 PM
ok... both consoles just arrived.   I'm going to get my serial numbers and see if any of them were repaired or outright replaced.

Un momento por favor:

Edit to add:   Btw -- the UPS guy identified my 360 coffin and said  "Getting your Xbox back eh?   I've delivered a TON of those things... every day."

 eek   Microsoft must be losing a fortune on fixing these things.
2021  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: July 01, 2008, 05:18:55 PM

Quote from: Geezer on July 01, 2008, 04:40:27 PM

Quote from: msduncan on July 01, 2008, 03:20:36 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on July 01, 2008, 05:01:22 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 01, 2008, 04:17:27 AM

What are the raw numbers for murders/etc from 1980-1985 in paradise Kennesaw, GA?

I don't think Kennesaw is too relevant to the opponents of this ruling.  The split here comes in areas with populations  more than 10 times that size.  Easy access to guns makes a much larger problem in densely populated areas with high crime rates. 

I happen to agree that there's an individual right to bear arms in the second amendment, but there does need to be something done about the prevalence of guns and gun violence in places like Oakland.  Most solutions just don't fit into the realities of the situation and there likely isn't a one size fits all solution.

Guns are not the problem.   Culture of these urban areas is the problem.   For some reason urban areas develop cutures of crime.   

There's also this problem:    you can pass all the laws in these urban areas you want.   The only people that are going to abide by them are lawful people.   The criminals are going to get their guns from unlawful places if nessessary, and the only thing the laws do is allow law enforcement to tack on additional punishment for getting caught with them.

Criminals are going to get guns unlawfully.    Gun control laws prevent only law abiding citizens from owning or carrying them.   

Theoretically, then, what's the point in outlawing ANY item that has the potential to harm society in the wrong hands?  That is, why are guns any different than drugs, and why are drugs any different than, say, cars that exceed 75MPH?

Cars?   I wouldn't have a position on that.    Montana has areas with no speed limits during parts of the day.

Some drugs drastically alter the mind and thus make it difficult for people to make rational decisions.     Guns do not.   

The laws governing driving and drugs (going to lump alcohol in here) are centered around safe operations of each respective product.    I'm pretty sure the dangerous part of having a gun is pointing it at someone and pulling the trigger.    This is illegal unless you are defending yourself.

Plus there is no Constitutional right to do drugs or operate or own a vehicle.
2022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 01, 2008, 03:34:28 PM
When is this update due out?
2023  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: July 01, 2008, 03:20:36 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on July 01, 2008, 05:01:22 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 01, 2008, 04:17:27 AM

What are the raw numbers for murders/etc from 1980-1985 in paradise Kennesaw, GA?

I don't think Kennesaw is too relevant to the opponents of this ruling.  The split here comes in areas with populations  more than 10 times that size.  Easy access to guns makes a much larger problem in densely populated areas with high crime rates. 

I happen to agree that there's an individual right to bear arms in the second amendment, but there does need to be something done about the prevalence of guns and gun violence in places like Oakland.  Most solutions just don't fit into the realities of the situation and there likely isn't a one size fits all solution.

Guns are not the problem.   Culture of these urban areas is the problem.   For some reason urban areas develop cutures of crime.   

There's also this problem:    you can pass all the laws in these urban areas you want.   The only people that are going to abide by them are lawful people.   The criminals are going to get their guns from unlawful places if nessessary, and the only thing the laws do is allow law enforcement to tack on additional punishment for getting caught with them.

Criminals are going to get guns unlawfully.    Gun control laws prevent only law abiding citizens from owning or carrying them.   
2024  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: July 01, 2008, 02:06:43 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 30, 2008, 06:03:07 AM

Quote from: McBa1n on June 28, 2008, 09:30:11 PM

I grew up in an area loaded with guns in Wisconsin - and there was never a problem and no crime to speak of, really.... The irony of that is - of all the places I lived in, the areas with the most gun ownership had almost no crime versus areas with less gun ownership.


I don't think you need a degree in psychology to know that two things which occur together aren't necessarily causal.  If that were true then would all agree that playing video games makes you want to kill people.  I have no doubt that backwater Wisconsin has a low crime rate but I'm not convinced that it's because everyone has a gun.  It could simply be because Wisconsin is a backwater state. smile

And then there is Kennesaw Georgia which passed a law requiring ownership of a firearm in every home.   The law was passed in response to out of control poperty crime such as burglaries and such.      The following year the crime statistics were down approximately 80%.


Edit to add -- was a little off on the 80%, but here are the numbers:

Quote
The New American magazine reminds us that March 25th marked the 16th anniversary of Kennesaw, Georgia's ordinance requiring heads of households (with certain exceptions) to keep at least one firearm in their homes.

The city's population grew from around 5,000 in 1980 to 13,000 by 1996 (latest available estimate). Yet there have been only three murders: two with knives (1984 and 1987) and one with a firearm (1997). After the law went into effect in 1982, crime against persons plummeted 74 percent compared to 1981, and fell another 45 percent in 1983 compared to 1982.

And it has stayed impressively low. In addition to nearly non-existent homicide (murders have averaged a mere 0.19 per year), the annual number of armed robberies, residential burglaries, commercial burglaries, and rapes have averaged, respectively, 1.69, 31.63, 19.75, and 2.00 through 1998.

2025  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: gay marriage = CA fires on: July 01, 2008, 02:04:13 AM
Have to agree with Brendan.   That was masterful.
2026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 11:22:19 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on June 30, 2008, 03:20:26 AM

Sorry if this is already here somewhere, but I was wondering how long each was 'in the shop'?

24 hours for each.
2027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 02:34:56 AM
btw it looks like both of my consoles are due on July 1st.
2028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude... negative media on: June 30, 2008, 02:29:41 AM
dune indeed.  still drinking wine
2029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dude... negative media on: June 30, 2008, 12:59:48 AM

Dude... I was reading some news stories and just realized -- I mean I knew... but it just HIT me big time -- how negative most of the news is.   From Air Show deaths to grizzly bear attacks.   If you take what the news says for granted you wouldn't want to let your kids out into the back yard.

Oh....Mighty Muggs are cool.

My Mini hasn't left the damn SouthHampton docks yet.

Oh... I've been drinking a bunch of wine tonight.   So pardon the random ramblings.
2030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 12:45:34 AM
And I guess the other quetion I have is:

Most of these UPS's seem to be aimed at PC users since they come with software (like the geeksquad one).    They are still useable on the TV, consoles, etc right?
2031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 12:30:22 AM
It says AVR under the specs.   That's voltage regulation, right?
2032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 09:53:18 PM
Btw I thought UPS's did basically do power conditioning since it maintains a constant level?
2033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 09:16:17 PM
I dont recall signal noise on the televisions.... however we do have a baby monitor which has two strange things happen periodically:

When the AC comes on either upstairs or downstairs....the monitor reacts by momentarily dipping in volume (presumably in power too).

Periodically -- maybe once every 5 to 10 minutes it seems (not exactly sure the interval) there's a strange electronic sound that comes in over the speaker -- rapid and lasts a second or so.....   sort of an electronic pulse or something.
2034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 08:15:43 PM
Would this one work?

Geeksquad one.

I have a gift cert to Best Buy is why I'm asking.
2035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 29, 2008, 08:05:06 PM
Dude, YK -- you said on here you broke it off with this chick months ago!   nod

Edit:   JUST KIDDING YellowQueen.   YK is telling the truth..we're just giving him a hard time.
2036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 06:10:21 PM
I guess UPS's protect against poor power or power fluctuations?
2037  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama vs. McCain - My Research PT. 1 on: June 29, 2008, 05:38:11 PM

Quote from: Geezer on June 29, 2008, 04:02:03 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on June 28, 2008, 04:22:41 AM

Just a side note.

Most of those rich who are looking at possible tax increases?

Yeah, they've have significant tax breaks to begin with.  Why do you think so many rich people donate to charity?  It's all a tax break.  Start a business and have it fail?  Tax writeoff. 

And I'm not even a tax lawyer.  I'm sure one of those could really explain some of the breaks that are available to everyone, but that only the wealthy can truly take advantage of.

They have tax breaks because the *give away or lose* the money.  Let's say that a rich guy makes one million dollars.

The rich guy makes a $500k charitable contribution.  Then he loses 400K in a bad business startup.  He's left with a taxable 100K. (And incidentally - that 400K he lost? It went to employees, who paid income tax, or vendors, who pay tax or have employees who pay tax.)

No lets say another guy makes 100K and doesn't give any to charity and doesn't start a business.  He also has 100K in taxable income.

Do you REALLY think the rich guy is somehow "cheating the system?"  It's not like he got to keep the money he gave away. 

Serioulsy -- when people talk about all the "tax breaks" the rich get, I honestly wonder if they understand what a "tax deduction" is and why people get them.



Thank you geezer.   It's class warfare, plain and simple.    It's really easy to scare people with 'tax breaks for the rich' or 'rich guy cheating the system'.   It's much more difficult to get people to realize how it really works.
2038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 29, 2008, 04:44:28 PM

Quote from: Mookee on June 29, 2008, 04:23:33 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 28, 2008, 01:29:07 PM

You're right; "superficial" was a poorly chosen word. I should have said "simplistic". Simplicity is a good thing in a children's movie...it's just not an approach that appeals to me. From the reviews I read, I gather that WALL-E is more nuanced, and thus something that I'm more likely to enjoy. I should add that I haven't seen Ratatoulle or Cars, so maybe those had the layers of complexity that tickle my tortured soul.  icon_wink

Ironrod, Ratatouille fits your criteria the most out of any Pixar movie in my opinion. You should give it a shot - it's awesome. Cars, not so much.

The trick for appreciating Cars more deeply is to watch the short on the disc that explains how unbelievably accurately they captured and modified almost every detail of NASCAR -- down to the camera angles on the tracks.   
2039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 29, 2008, 04:00:50 PM

Quote from: The Myoclonic Jerk on June 29, 2008, 03:45:21 PM

I really enjoyed Ratatouille. Cars and Finding Nemo I found tedious, though. But I've definitely always considered Pixar to be superior to other animation companies. If only they could jam all the creativity of their shorts into their feature-length films.

That said, I enjoyed Wall-E immensely from an adult perspective, and give it a strong recommendation. There were elements of the plot I didn't care for (see spoiler box below), but all in all it was a fantastically realized story. While most Pixar films seem to aim for a mark above being merely children's entertainment, this is the only one in my opinion that might actually have hit it. And while any film so produced fails to feel fresh, this one has enough personality that it doesn't nearly seem stale.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I much preferred the silent-film "first half" to the environmentalist-adventure second. While the entire film is packed full of imagination and spectacle from beginning to end, it was difficult for me to dismiss the overbearing (but seamlessly interwoven) theme as mere science fiction. That doesn't mean that it wasn't still a wonderful story; I delighted in enjoying the plot from the robots' perspective. But the "message" often felt pushy. Or perhaps I'm just over-sensitive as a result of hearing "carbon footprint" eleven thousand times every time I switch on the news. Not that it isn't important to raise environmental awareness; I just prefer that it doesn't happen as part of an inspiring fantasy film. That said, it's entirely tolerable. It just nags in the back of the mind, throughout. But I suppose we couldn't have had this story without that plot point. It's just that environmental devastation is quickly becoming this generation's "atomic threat". Though I concede that the future will likely show us this one was worth worrying about.

We are opposites.   I loved Finding Nemo -- what I consider to be their best work -- and Cars (which I think on the surface looked like just a kid movie but was MUCH more funny on many many levels than most people realize upon further viewing).      However we both immensely enjoyed this movie.    I think that might mean they have something special here?
2040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo 3 to be announced this weekend? the magic 8-ball says... on: June 29, 2008, 03:25:51 PM
I should never have watched this.   Now I want it right now.
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