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2001  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 03:40:57 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 06, 2008, 03:12:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 06, 2008, 02:28:07 PM

i personally prefer to see Off Topic remain full of goofy, fun posts and personal stories of car trouble, health issues and sexual dysfunction. 

Can you recommend an HDTV for me?

52 inch Sharp Aquos.     Abes of Maine is where I found the best deal.   Amazing set!
2002  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 06, 2008, 02:07:12 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on July 06, 2008, 04:18:26 AM

Quote from: msduncan on July 06, 2008, 03:30:17 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 05, 2008, 08:42:54 PM

Maybe I was on to something in my last post. Or maybe just on something. Anyway...Americans' Unhappy Birthday: Too Much Wrong Right Now doesn't exactly blame George Bush, but same general idea.

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Happy birthday, America? This year, we're not so sure.

The nation's psyche is battered and bruised, the sense of pessimism palpable. Young or old, Republican or Democrat, economically stable or struggling, Americans are questioning where they are and where they are going. And they wonder who or what might ride to their rescue.

These are more than mere gripes, but rather an expression of fears - concerns reflected not only in the many recent polls that show consumer confidence plummeting, personal happiness waning and more folks worrying that the country is headed in the wrong direction, but also in conversations happening all across the land.

Damn Obama for being so far left.    I adore his patriotic and hopeful speeches.   He is Reagan in that respect --

But there is no way I can vote for him based on his ideological foundation and the risk of the type of justices he'd put on the Supreme Court.    You know... like the 4 that very nearly ended our 2nd Amendment protections.


Which conservative justices are you worried he'll be replacing?  The oldest justices and the ones most likely to be replaced in the next four years are Stevens and Ginsburg, with the rest being 72 or younger.  Stevens and Ginsburg are both considered on the liberal side of the court.  Barring something unexpected, the next president won't be shifting the balance of the court.

 

That much is true.    How old is Kennedy?   He seems to be the swing at the moment.
2003  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 01:51:33 PM
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sure you have that right, as I have the right to call arrogance extreme, when I see it. And I dont believe my country is the "best", I believe in people, not countries - unless you'r a hivemind, there's no such thing as a unified and equal country whose people are all the same and supergreat people.

I believe in our great foundation -- the Constitution.    I believe in the principles upon which it was constructed.      I believe it has allowed our country to propell us and the world into the modern era you see around you.    Before the United States, the world was mired in monarchy.

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I'm from Denmark, and we dont wear wooden shoes.
The shot taken at windmills and wooden shoes was wrong, but I think done in jest.     Denmark is a great country with great people.

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And no, you people didnt establish the foundations of modern democracy - sorry to bust your bubble there.

Uh... yes we did.    Before the United States stood up our Democratic Republic, it has been antiquity since someone had tried Democracy.    Unless you consider antiquity as being the modern....

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And I'm not really being sensitive, I call things as I see them - isnt that what this forum is all about? Congrats on the document though, its a nice document, would be equally nice of people lived up to it, right?

"what makes America great has never been its perfection but the belief that it can be made better. I came to understand that our revolution was waged for the sake of that belief - that we could be governed by laws, not men; that we could be equal in the eyes of those laws; that we could be free to say what we want and assemble with whomever we want and worship as we please; that we could have the right to pursue our individual dreams but the obligation to help our fellow citizens pursue theirs."

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I can actually make a grand document as well, doesnt make me a better person though..

actions, not words, are what counts in my world.

Let's see...   The automobile.  The assembly line.   The phone.   The harnessing of electricity.   The airplane.   The air conditioner.   Atomic energy.  Manned exploration of the moon.   Scientific exploration of the outer solar system.   The television.   Movies.  And the internet you are enjoying right now.     America propelled the world into two different ages in 200 years...first the Industrial, and now the Information.

All made possible by the freedom to innovate, own, invent, communicate, and invest in ideas.   All made possible by that 'grand document'.

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edit: and hey, the mere fact that you think my country's only contribution to the world, especially compared to the greatness of the US are "windmills and woodens shoes" kinda proves my point.

I guess that a mostly US based forum is the wrong place to question these things though...to bad, really...

You point can't be proven by merely a grumpy ATB responding to a slight against America on her birthday.

Perhaps your 'indoctrination', as you call it, neglects to teach what the world was like when this document was written?
2004  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 06, 2008, 03:30:17 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 05, 2008, 08:42:54 PM

Maybe I was on to something in my last post. Or maybe just on something. Anyway...Americans' Unhappy Birthday: Too Much Wrong Right Now doesn't exactly blame George Bush, but same general idea.

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Happy birthday, America? This year, we're not so sure.

The nation's psyche is battered and bruised, the sense of pessimism palpable. Young or old, Republican or Democrat, economically stable or struggling, Americans are questioning where they are and where they are going. And they wonder who or what might ride to their rescue.

These are more than mere gripes, but rather an expression of fears - concerns reflected not only in the many recent polls that show consumer confidence plummeting, personal happiness waning and more folks worrying that the country is headed in the wrong direction, but also in conversations happening all across the land.

Damn Obama for being so far left.    I adore his patriotic and hopeful speeches.   He is Reagan in that respect --

But there is no way I can vote for him based on his ideological foundation and the risk of the type of justices he'd put on the Supreme Court.    You know... like the 4 that very nearly ended our 2nd Amendment protections.
2005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 06, 2008, 03:27:01 AM

Quote from: depward on July 05, 2008, 09:15:45 PM

My PS3 wouldn't power on anymore; I would power it on, it would be green for one second, then go to yellow then a blinky red light.  No picture whatsoever.  That's why I couldn't transfer over any saves or anything.

Suckage.   That blows.

On a related note, I bought a UPS to safeguard my PS3 and TV.    After two HDMI failures on PS3s, and lightbulbs around my house constantly blowing out.... I decided I must have wierd power instability going on and went ahead and forked out some money.
2006  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 02:43:03 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 06, 2008, 02:36:24 AM

So, it's not you?

I'm anti-jingoism.  There's a lot of things we've done right, and there's a lot of things we've done wrong.  It is equally important to acknowledge the wrong things so that we can strive to fix them and live up to the promise (and premise) of our constitution.

I'll requote:
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.
2007  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 02:31:48 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 06, 2008, 02:21:35 AM

Quote from: msduncan 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.

Uh huh.  Is it video games that make us so anti-patriotic?

Is this you?

I didn't say unpatriotic.   I said anti-patriotic.   Big difference.
2008  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
2009  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."
2010  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.
2011  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
2012  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.
2013  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
2014  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
2015  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?
2016  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.
2017  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.
2018  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.

2019  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.
2020  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
2021  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.
2022  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
2023  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.
2024  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?
2025  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.
2026  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.
2027  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.
2028  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.
2029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 01, 2008, 03:34:28 PM
When is this update due out?
2030  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.   
2031  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:

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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.

2032  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.
2033  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.
2034  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.
2035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude... negative media on: June 30, 2008, 02:29:41 AM
dune indeed.  still drinking wine
2036  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.
2037  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?
2038  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?
2039  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?
2040  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.
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