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2041  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.
2042  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.
2043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude... negative media on: June 30, 2008, 02:29:41 AM
dune indeed.  still drinking wine
2044  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.
2045  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?
2046  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?
2047  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?
2048  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.
2049  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.
2050  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.
2051  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?
2052  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.
2053  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.   
2054  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?
2055  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.
2056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 29, 2008, 02:23:07 PM

This is one of Pixar's best.   I thought last year's Ratatouille was an extreme disappointment.    Everyone on the forums and critics raved about it, but it didn't feel at all like a Pixar movie to me -- and was boring.    My family hasn't even watched it more than 3 times.

The other Pixar movies, on the other hand, we've watched a hundred times each.    There is usually a Pixar movie playing in the background of our house at all times -- with kids and all.      I can still...after surely hundreds of times -- watch Cars.

Anyway..that being said:   Wall-E will rank among my favorites.    The Pixar magic returns in this one.
2057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 02:11:20 PM

Quote from: mikeg on June 29, 2008, 12:30:31 PM

Quote from: msduncan on June 28, 2008, 03:20:53 PM

I think both times my PS3 HDMI issue has been as a result of a lightening strike nearby.    Both times the malfunction happened after a noticable close strike.     For whatever reason the PS3 doesn't take line surges very well -- not as well as any other component I've ever had.   So from now on....EVERYTHING down there get unplugged when I'm not using it.

I have been doing that since day one.  When I am not using it the electrical plug gets pulled from the back of the machine.  AND don't leave the ethernet cord in either.  I believe one of the biggest killers of electronics over time is poor quality electrical current.

If it is poor quality electrical current in my house, how do I fix that?    Probably amazingly expensive repairs, right?
2058  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 29, 2008, 12:03:20 AM

Quote from: me on June 29, 2008, 12:00:58 AM

An interesting article in the Washington Post yesterday about what the ruling will actually mean to D.C.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/26/AR2008062603988.html

Quote
...the District will continue to enforce a separate decades-old D.C. ban on the possession of most clip-loaded semiautomatic handguns, which are popular with gun enthusiasts.

Quote
That regulation, which outlaws machine guns and was not part of the Supreme Court case, defines a machine gun in broad terms, encompassing semiautomatic weapons that can shoot, or be converted to shoot, more than 12 rounds without reloading, officials said.

Quote
Nickles said the new rules for registering handguns will probably be similar to those in effect for rifles and shotguns, with additional restrictions. Residents generally will not be allowed to carry handguns outdoors, he said.

I'm happy that residents of D.C. will now be able to defend themselves in their homes. However, until some sort of conceal-carry law makes it on the books, those of us that live in Northern Virginia will still be in a bind. I live and work in Northern Virginia, but have to travel to D.C. for work at least 2-3 times a week, sometimes unexpectedly. DC's current gun laws are part of the reason I've never gotten a conceal-carry, because it would be more trouble than it worth to have to drop of my gun every time I left the Commonwealth. And under the current law if they did enact a conceal carry, I'd still be restricted to a six shooter. I'll be interested to see what future laws/court rulings will do.

They will continue to enforce them, but we'll see how it stands up in court from here on.   Those laws will be challenged.
2059  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 29, 2008, 12:01:57 AM

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

Yes, sorry, I wasn't clear. I are stoopit in writing. I was thinking 18 would be a good age at which to start owning firearms - but realistically, growing up where I did, having your first rifle was a right of passage as a teenager (I haven't ever owned a gun, however).
You know, I really don't even see an age requirement being all that big of an issue. I think if a father gave his kid a rifle, there's nothing wrong with that. Gun safety is very important to learn at a young age. I guess you can still do that if the father buys the gun and registers it and then gives it to his son.

Gun ownership shouldn't be so complicated, though. I can see a problem with kids showing up at the gun shop to buy guns when they are teenagers - but if a good parent gave their kid a firearm and showed them proper safety, I see no problem.
I just can't stress enough my belief in teaching kids proper gun safety at an early age.
I grew up in an area loaded with guns in Wisconsin - and there was never a problem and no crime to speak of, really. No one ever was killed and that was that. Why? There were gun clubs through the school that taught safety and fathers that taught safety. 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 completely agree with everything you said.
2060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 12:00:20 AM
I hope they upgrade mine.   I don't give a rip about backward compatability.
2061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 28, 2008, 04:12:33 PM

Quote from: tgb1.1 on June 28, 2008, 03:59:42 PM

Aren't you a little old (and mature) for Myspace?
Bwhahahahahahhahahahhaa

/points at YK

Bwahahahahhahahahahahahaha
2062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 28, 2008, 03:42:16 PM
Pregnant = crazy
2063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Positively scary....... on: June 28, 2008, 03:37:04 PM

I predict a move to the Religion and Politics forum.   Tongue
2064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 28, 2008, 03:20:53 PM
I think both times my PS3 HDMI issue has been as a result of a lightening strike nearby.    Both times the malfunction happened after a noticable close strike.     For whatever reason the PS3 doesn't take line surges very well -- not as well as any other component I've ever had.   So from now on....EVERYTHING down there get unplugged when I'm not using it.
2065  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 28, 2008, 12:42:47 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 28, 2008, 06:45:52 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 28, 2008, 02:48:58 AM

Quote from: McBa1n on June 28, 2008, 02:15:11 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 28, 2008, 01:41:37 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 28, 2008, 12:49:27 AM

Age limits?

A voting age citizen, in my opinion.

to own, not to use imo

Not sure I follow you?   You mean you think people should be able to own them but not shoot them?
I think he's pointed in the direction that you'd have to be 18 to own a gun, but 14 year old Timmy can still go hunting with his dad and use dad's rifle.

Oh right right right.   Yes.   100% agree.
2066  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 28, 2008, 02:48:58 AM

Quote from: McBa1n on June 28, 2008, 02:15:11 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 28, 2008, 01:41:37 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 28, 2008, 12:49:27 AM

Age limits?

A voting age citizen, in my opinion.

to own, not to use imo

Not sure I follow you?   You mean you think people should be able to own them but not shoot them?
2067  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 28, 2008, 01:41:37 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 28, 2008, 12:49:27 AM

Age limits?

A voting age citizen, in my opinion.
2068  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 28, 2008, 12:40:52 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 27, 2008, 11:33:27 PM

Question - under what circumstances (if any) would a citizen forfeit this right? 

Change would to should, as you wish.  This is a part of the debate.  An example being, let's say current prison inmates - I'm pretty sure 100% of the board agrees they shouldn't have the right to bear arms while in prison.  So msd and other ardent 2nd amendment supporters, under what circumstances can a citizen forfeit this right?

A citizen forfeits his right when he becomes a felon.    I'm pretty sure felons have traditionally (even centuries in the past) been deined some rights once they've broken society's rules.
2069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 27, 2008, 03:05:56 PM
Sony:  shipped 3 day select  +1
Microsoft:  UPS ground  -

(Sony used 3 day when I had warranty service too 6 months ago...so I'm counting it here for out of warranty as well)

2070  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 27, 2008, 03:17:10 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on June 27, 2008, 03:02:16 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 27, 2008, 01:09:06 AM

The thing is that the Supreme Court of the United States has decreed the U.S. Constitution to say that individuals have a right to bear arms.  Which judge do you think is going to look at the decision and say that their local law is going to supercede this precedent?  Every city that's put a blanket "no" to guns is going to have its citizens taking them to federal court saying that their Constitutionally guaranteed right to own a gun is being infringed.

Sure, but the Constitution is all about "Congress shall make no law" which is clearly about what the federal government can do.  As a federal district, DC is not Chicago or New York or LA.  While the 14th Amendment attempted to make the rights declared in the Constitution immune from state action, the Supreme Court has made it clear that states do have some overriding authority.

This was a specific case regarding a specific situation in a federal district.  Challenges to restrictive gun laws in non-federal districts will have to be determined seperately, but it would not surprise me if this court allows states a lot of leeway on this issue.



This both troubles me and also cheers me.    On one hand you have individual rights in the 2nd Amendment, and on the other hand -- if you are reading into this correctly -- you have State's rights.

I am a supporter of both.

Btw --  My theory on what would have happened if the court had gone the other way:   you would have seen rural states throughout the Union passing constitutional amendments to the State Constitutions that drafted every citizen of each state over a certain age into a 'state militia' for the sole purpose of preserving the right.   
2071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 27, 2008, 02:36:23 AM

Sony:  Shows as shipped the 26th.    +1
Microsoft:  Shows as shipped the 26th.   +1
2072  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 27, 2008, 01:01:59 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on June 27, 2008, 12:44:31 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 26, 2008, 10:58:29 PM

I bought some wine to celebrate tonight.    It was indeed a stressful night and morning for me.

I'm scared and shocked at how close this was....

Why?

I can't speak for you, but I can't promise that I'd actually go along with restrictive gun laws of the type DC was trying to enforce. 

Besides, this is a case specific to a federal district, which is why I don't expect the challenges already being brought against various other cities will succeed. 


True, but I want my children when they get to be adults to be able to go into a store and legally purcahse a firearm.    I also want them to be able to use them to protect their homes without being thrown in jail.

And we'll see about how far reaching this is.    The opinion was over 100 pages, and it's still being dissected.
2073  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 26, 2008, 10:58:29 PM
I bought some wine to celebrate tonight.    It was indeed a stressful night and morning for me.

I'm scared and shocked at how close this was....
2074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Starship Troopers 3 Trailer! on: June 26, 2008, 03:20:25 AM
This trailer doesn't inspire me.... and I **LOVED** the first movie and really got it.

And it wasn't all about Dizz, thought I lusted after her for weeks afterwards.   Denise Richards wasn't bad either, but her character was a pain in the ass.
2075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 26, 2008, 02:38:22 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 25, 2008, 09:35:50 AM

So which one had the fastest repair time?

They are both still in the shop.   It's a race!   icon_cool
2076  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 26, 2008, 02:10:34 AM

Quote from: McBa1n on June 26, 2008, 01:35:28 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 26, 2008, 12:02:22 AM

This could arguably be the biggest Supreme Court ruling since Roe v Wade.   

At first glance, you sound nuts in saying that. On second thought - I think you are really on to something. However, I think the importance is based upon which way they side. If they go along with popular opinion on this forum and defend the 2nd amendment, it won't be that big of a deal compared to if they go the other way... Then we'd have a serious problem. I have a lot of words if they go against the way I think they'll go, hopefully I can save the wind to cool my coffee.

Agreed.   But I guess what I was saying is that the implications of this case on both sides is as large in my opinion.   If it goes against gun owners -- it will be an earth shaking decision that will rattle the foundations of the country.    If it goes in favor of gun owners -- it will be but a whisper, but to some of gun control supporters most ardent warriors it will represent a giant hurdle to some of that faction's end goals (gun bans on a large scale like in Austrailia).    Please note I'm not saying that all supporters of gun control support those drastic measures, but a faction does... and this has the potential to effectively end their aspirations of gun bans unless the Constitution is changed.
2077  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 26, 2008, 12:02:22 AM
This could arguably be the biggest Supreme Court ruling since Roe v Wade.   
2078  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 25, 2008, 11:22:29 PM

Thought I'd go ahead and start this thread as a watch.     The decision should come down tomorrow at 10 eastern.

Speculation among bloggers is that it is going to come down favorably on the gun-rights side.    Justice Scalia is the only justice not to write a majority opinion this session, and it is thought the majority opinion will be handed to him to write.     

Stay tuned!
2079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roll Tide! on: June 25, 2008, 03:08:32 AM

Quote from: McNutt on June 25, 2008, 02:08:06 AM

I was never sold on him.  He seemed too easy going for an SEC head coach.  Saban would get in a player's face if he blew a play, but Miles seemed to have a "that's okay" attitude.  I don't like that, but it wasn't enough to damn him in my eyes.  I really gained a lot of respect for him when he signed an extension and ended all of the Michigan speculation.  He never lied to us (yes, that still bothers LSU fans about Saban) even though everyone would have understood if he had left for Michigan.  He gave us a national title and he showed us that he's willing to kick off players that have issues with staying out of trouble, even if they are the starting quarterback.

I don't think he's the best coach out there, but he's pretty good and I don't know that we'd have better luck with anybody else.  There were rumors going around that if Miles took the Michigan job (that was floating around after week 1) we'd entertain hiring 1) Steve Spurrier 2) Tommy Tuberville or 3)Nick Saban.  Man, talk about a weird selection.  LSU fans have hated every one of those guys, but I'll be damned if we didn't sit around talking about which one we'd like.  I went with Tuberville, but that's only if offered a choice of those three.   icon_razz  Thank Jehova we didn't have to make that choice.

Hopefully Saban recently signaled that he's planning to stay at Alabama for a long time.   He and Terry donated $1 million to a University of Alabama scholarship fund.
2080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roll Tide! on: June 25, 2008, 01:48:20 AM

Quote from: McNutt on June 25, 2008, 01:03:53 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 25, 2008, 12:42:45 AM

Miles (who is btw an idiot)

An idiot with the title.   icon_wink

Alabama definitely has their issues, but, and it pains this LSU fan to say this, they will soon be feared.  Saban is going to whip these new recruits into shape.  He's a good coach and combine that with talent and a school like Alabama and you have a dangerous combination.

I was surpised at LSU offering Miles what they did.   From a non-LSU fan's perspective, we thought LSU fans had very little love for him.
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