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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: April 12, 2014, 01:47:49 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 10, 2014, 05:02:13 PM

A complaint I've heard is there isn't enough stuff to unlock but I think it's more that you unlock everything relatively fast.  A lot of modern games are built with the treadmill/carrot mindset where you need to play 40+ hours to see all the weapon unlocks and mods.  As such, many modern gamers have been conditioned to consider chasing the reward to be the fun of the game instead of the actual gameplay.  Titanfall has a more old-school approach.  You may not get everything unlocked from the start but you can unlock everything or almost everything in about a casual week of play.  If all you care about is chasing a carrot then the game doesn't offer much for you to do.

Interesting. Ironically a friend of mine was bemoaning the fact that all we get nowadays are games where you have to play and increase in level to unlock all the weapons instead of getting everything at the start. His argument is that everyone should have a level playing field so that one knows they were beaten by a more skillful player, not one who played longer and had no life and therefore unlocked all the weapons.

I told him that gamers these days play the "lets play for better stuff" game because that's all they know. It never occurred to me that gamers would actually find the "play to unlock" process part of the fun.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 06:09:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 11, 2014, 12:40:37 AM


As for grinding, if you're fine with the cost then a conical burr grinder is super nifty.  The big advantage is that it ensures all your coffee gets ground down to the same size bits, with no risk of overgrinding.  You can also usually adjust the coarseness to suit different brewing methods.

That said, a cheapo spinning blade grinder really does work just fine.  Source: my coffee fanatic brother-in-law who owns at least $5000 worth of coffee brewing equipment.  If you don't want to spend a ton on a fancy grinder, just get a cheap one.  You do get the best taste the closer to brewing you grind your beans, and a cheapo grinder will get you that.

This. In fact I highly recommend getting the spinning blade grinder regardless because you can also use that to grind your own spices. If you truly want to see if you are missing out by not buying a burr grinder then do the following experiment: Go to your grocery store's coffee section and grab 2 bags of whole coffee beans. Use the store's burr grinder to grind one. Take the other bag home and grind one cup using the blade grinder. Make coffee from both. See if you can taste the difference. If you can't then you're not missing out.

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And finally as for beans, just go ahead and start out with your local Starbucks since you already like them.  If you decide to get more fancy, find a local coffee place that roasts their own beans so you can get really freshly roasted beans.

I feel that choosing beans that you like is the same as choosing wine that you like. You just have to try different ones because one person's bean of choice is another one's "cup of roasted dirt". That said, if you like strong coffee, then give Peets Major Dickason's blend a try. I thought Kona was my favorite then I had the Major and never looked back.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 01:39:59 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 16, 2014, 12:18:00 AM

After spending a couple hours with Titanfall, I've come back around to the notion that no matter how polished they are, MP shooters simply aren't my thing.  Everything is far too hectic, and I can't even begin to wrap my brain around what the hell is going on.  All I know is that if I meet up against another player, I'll be dead within 5 seconds.  With enough practice, I'm sure I could probably gain enough skill to improve on my current "get killed within 10-15 seconds after spawning" situation, but I'm not sure I really enjoy the core gameplay enough to actually put in that time...especially with other games that are much more my slow-and-steady pace waiting in the wings (i.e. Thief).

 I'm going to try and play to at least the 8 hour mark (it's the same time commitment I give to RPG's), but I can't really see myself warming up to it a whole lot.  Hopefully I'm wrong.

Domination maps are good for playing defensively - which also slows down the pace of the game (for the person playing defense). I've found that, once you control a point, friendly AI will come by and help guard it. On defense I go into a corner somewhere and use the AI defenders as audio "tripwire". As soon as I hear them firing I know an enemy is nearby, so I hit "cloak" and check it out. Or even better, wait until the hardpoint location is being captured then hit "cloak" and head out. The cloak is good enough that it can buy you the few seconds you need to kill the person capping the point. Go back to hiding spot and repeat. Plus you get points for guarding the location.  I actually finished first in points that way by holding a location for most of the game.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall - loadout question on: March 15, 2014, 05:56:53 PM
Question for the PC version:

How does one select the preferred loadout for pilot and titan? In the campaign matches I played last night I am frantically clicking on "Assassin" and "Tank" loadouts before the match starts yet I always spawn with the carbine instead of smart pistol and Atlas instead of the other one.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 15, 2014, 03:08:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 15, 2014, 01:47:26 PM

Is there a way to play against fellow low-level folks?  I just jumped into the campaign last night (figured that's as good a place as any to start) and when I got to the end of my last match, I noticed that I was the lowest level player by at least 15 levels.  I was 4, everyone else was at least 19.  Or do you just have to endure being target practice (me, doubly so) through the low levels until you gain some XP?
If you are playing in attrition mode don’t worry about being the lowest ranked person on the team.  Just do your best to avoid enemy pilots and go hunting for the enemy NPCS.  Killing a bunch of them is actually more valuable for your team than going only for pilots.  Playing to avoid is a valuable skill to learn so this is good practice anyway.  In this game more than any other FPS, if you stop moving you are dead.

Also, some people have already flipped their rank over and started again (after rank 50 you go back to 1 with a fancy icon).


I started the campaign at level 1 last night and saw that next lowest rank was 3. The other team had a few that were 20+. Our team still won. In the second game I was still the lowest rank person and ended up first in points. Oh, and our side won. Playing with your team - or picking someone and being his "shadow" helps both of you survive and gain points.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 01, 2014, 03:37:10 AM
Hey Turtle,

Just wanted you to know I enjoy reading your posts even though I may not comment much. Hang in there. At least you know what you have to do and it sounds like you'll make an honest effort to do it.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 21, 2014, 04:38:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 20, 2014, 12:43:37 PM

My last two clips from beta, including a triple kill with a nuke and a bunch of wall hanging defending in hardpoint.  fun stuff

http://1drv.ms/MDymX7
http://1drv.ms/MDyx4U

Were the nuke kills just a function of how close they were to the blast? I've noticed in some videos that the titan explosion doesn't seem to faze other titans near it.
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 18, 2014, 03:27:25 PM

Quote from: Rip on February 18, 2014, 03:20:54 AM

So basically they are mad for exposing the truth to the people that vote for them. If the voters want that then it shouldn't be a problem, nothing to be mad about. If they feel that they should allow the Democrats to spend as much as they want if they have 51 votes all they need to do is stand up and own up to it, no reason to be mad about it.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but raising the debt ceiling is akin to promising one will pay the credit card bill when it comes due. The racking up of charges itself is done in the approval of the budget, the most recent example of which seems to have passed with both the Republicans and Democrats blessing (at least in the House):

"the budget plan easily passed the House on a 332-94 vote, with solid majorities of both parties supporting it."

So it seems to me the Republicans are also to blame for racking up the credit card bill. They're just mad that they have to pay it when it comes due.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 12, 2014, 07:59:57 PM
I am IN, but as a humble Wanderer. I did spend $25 for the paper diorama though. That looks pretty cool.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 26, 2014, 01:27:11 AM
Add one more who's interested in an MMX giveaway and doesn't have the game.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: January 10, 2014, 12:41:29 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2014, 09:48:13 PM

It was very noob friendly (as far as community) when I last played, but I've heard it has since started the transition towards being a bit more caustic(due to being more popular).

Keep in mind though that literally EVERY team based online game will be this way sadly.


Well, yes and no. I don't notice it at all in PC team based FPS games and it seems gaming sites don't seem to mention FPS abuse from other players as much as they mention abuse for MOBAs. Perhaps it is because of the small team size in a MOBA - so if one player out of four is clueless it makes a bigger difference than if one player out of 16 is clueless.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: January 10, 2014, 12:37:03 PM
I played the tutorial late last night and was impressed enough that I bought the godpack. I was expecting the gods to be instantly unlocked after purchasing the pack but it seems the gods were still locked in-game. It was getting late so I went to bed and won't be able to check until I get home from work this evening.

Is there something else I need to do to enable the godpack? I'm hoping it was just a delay in Hi-Rez receiving my payment and updating my account, since it seems they use a third-party to handle store payments.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: January 08, 2014, 08:39:26 PM
Game looks interesting. I'll have to try this out. Would you say it is newbie friendly? Or friendlier at least than other MOBAs? I could never get into them out of fear that my soul would be scarred forever by people yelling terms at me I could never figure out.
14  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPad 2 Wi-Fi, 16GB, for sale--$225 shipped on: December 07, 2013, 11:55:04 AM
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15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] 300: Rise of an Empire on: December 06, 2013, 02:08:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 13, 2013, 02:28:06 PM

First movie was ass. This looks like more ass.

Probably more asses even smile
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: November 22, 2013, 02:42:46 PM
Thinking of picking this up on Amazon's DD Black Friday deal. Anyone else getting this for PC?
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bachmann Considers Suing Obama Over Canceled Plans Fix on: November 22, 2013, 01:29:58 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 22, 2013, 12:35:05 AM

And we should just then forget his 'fix' was something completely against the law?

And yet another example of how 'you can't win for losing'. Is there any particular scenario where Obama can do something about Obamacare where you won't get outraged? Short of repealing the thing entirely?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has your life changed since the last "next gen"? on: November 21, 2013, 05:53:49 PM
I didn't get the Xbox360 until Christmas, 2007. I was holding out through sheer willpower, even through the imminent release of Halo3. Then RockBand happened. And I had to have it. So in one fell swoop I went all in on the xbox. It was glorious RockBand and Halo3 nirvana. Less than 10 months later my first daughter arrived. That put a serious dent in my console gaming until the kinect came out. Then both daughter and daddy could play together - until my second daughter arrived two years ago. Then, just after daughter #2 was able to walk, she became cognizant of the white xbox console with the inviting big button on the front.

She pushed it, and yet another gamer was added to our fold smile. It started innocently enough - she'd play with the wireless controller and press the giant X button, then smile as the console lit up and made noise. Then she watched as daughter #1 and I played Once Upon a Monster. And now, she's the one who hands me the controller whenever she wants to play Once Upon a Monster.

Along the way I've been lucky enough to been a part of the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, witness a NASA balloon launch, switched jobs to work for the Applied Physics Lab, and gain 13 pounds, of which I've been able to lose 10.

I'm going to wait out this next gen though. I'm saving up my pennies to spend on the Occulus Rift (if indeed it becomes ALL that). I hope it does, because Eve Valkyrie looks amazingly awesome.
19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bachmann Considers Suing Obama Over Canceled Plans Fix on: November 21, 2013, 02:07:50 PM
Personally I think he should withdraw his proposal, citing 'intense Republican backlash' and put it all on them. Then he gets the benefit of looking like he tried to fix things AND the benefit of not looking like a usurper by withdrawing his attempted fix.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 20, 2013, 01:43:04 PM
OOOoooooO! Is this the bargain hunters PS3 group? Cause I can't wait to snag a PS3 now!  nod
21  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 08, 2013, 01:33:56 PM
I usually just scan to see if any of the sales interest me. If so, I'll go buy them. But let me just say that this thread is Teh WIN!!!!!!  nod

And thank you to all who work to provide the latest information on Steam Sales. Without you my credit card bill would be much smaller!  paranoid icon_biggrin

22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: November 06, 2013, 05:04:19 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 05, 2013, 09:27:16 PM

I'm going to vote that we skip the next few plot points and get right to the climax: "Stop preventing insurance companies from competing across state lines!" is Conservative newspeak for "We demand the federal government eliminate the right of each state to determine its own healthcare policies."

Large insurance carriers like Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana are free to offer competing health insurance plans in all fifty states, and to the best of my knowledge, they all do.  The thing they *weren't* allowed to do was craft a health insurance plan that met regulatory requirements established by the state government in Tennessee and then sell that plan to residents of California where the requirements were more strict.  That would have allowed the largest insurance companies to adapt their plans to the lowest, most lax regulations in the country and sell them nationwide, circumventing state laws and easily undercutting smaller local competitors.  It's literally using the power of the federal government to take away existing state rights -- which Conservatives often claim makes them so mad! -- and reset the median quality of health coverage to the lowest possible level in the name of making everything better.
-Autistic Angel

Where I have I read something like this happening before? Oh Yeah, this is exactly what happened when credit card companies were allowed to export whatever interest rates were allowed in the state they were headquartered! That's why most credit card bills seem to get mailed to South Dakota, Nevada or Delaware, since they essentially let companies headquartered there charge whatever interest rates they want!

I forsee health insurance companies all moving to someplace like Louisiana or Texas if what AA is suggesting conservatives actually want comes to pass.
23  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: November 05, 2013, 08:13:11 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 05, 2013, 05:52:09 PM

Quote from: raydude on November 05, 2013, 04:22:52 PM

Wait, so it's because of government regulations that we had companies pulling cheap policy shenanigans?  eek

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/03/junk-health-insurance/index.htm

Companies offer cheap premiums fake insurance and people are surprised when they don't get the same any coverage? Shocking! If only the government could come in and make it all "free".  legit health insurance Roll Eyes

Fixed that for you. Because you don't seem to have read the link.
24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: November 05, 2013, 04:22:52 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 05, 2013, 02:40:06 PM

Quote from: raydude on November 05, 2013, 01:05:08 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 31, 2013, 09:37:11 PM


In short, the ACA was written to allow people to keep their existing plans while forbidding insurance providers from ratcheting up the price for that privilege.  It also requires that insurance companies actually honor the terms of their contracts by paying out when people get sick, rather than rescinding the policy and keeping years of paid premiums for themselves.

This means all those cheap "junk policies" aren't lucrative any more, so the insurance companies are responding by offering comprehensive coverage plans as mandated by the law.

Waitaminute - so prior to Obamacare insurance companies could sell these junk policies and then say "oh you're sick? Tooo bad, your coverage just expired today, so sorry!" without any repercussions? Whatever happened to free market economic principles that were supposed to weed out these kinds of policies? Surely the people would flock to an insurer that offered cheap policies without the shenanigans and, via sound capitalist principles, ensure that the market would drive out the bad policies and only keep the good ones?

Waiting to hear from free market advocates...

Stop pretending that prior to Obamacare we had anything remotely resembling a free market in the health care industry. A free market requires unregulated prices and the ability of any company to enter the market to compete. Companies can only overcharge when the government limits their competition through regulations (i.e., making it too expensive to run a start-up) or outright barriers (e.g., not letting insurance companies do business across state lines).

Wait, so it's because of government regulations that we had companies pulling cheap policy shenanigans?  eek

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/03/junk-health-insurance/index.htm
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: November 05, 2013, 01:05:08 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 31, 2013, 09:37:11 PM


In short, the ACA was written to allow people to keep their existing plans while forbidding insurance providers from ratcheting up the price for that privilege.  It also requires that insurance companies actually honor the terms of their contracts by paying out when people get sick, rather than rescinding the policy and keeping years of paid premiums for themselves.

This means all those cheap "junk policies" aren't lucrative any more, so the insurance companies are responding by offering comprehensive coverage plans as mandated by the law.

Waitaminute - so prior to Obamacare insurance companies could sell these junk policies and then say "oh you're sick? Tooo bad, your coverage just expired today, so sorry!" without any repercussions? Whatever happened to free market economic principles that were supposed to weed out these kinds of policies? Surely the people would flock to an insurer that offered cheap policies without the shenanigans and, via sound capitalist principles, ensure that the market would drive out the bad policies and only keep the good ones?

Waiting to hear from free market advocates...
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Bloodmasque - Fighter/RPG from Squeenix on: November 05, 2013, 03:42:05 AM
Picked it up today. Imported my face and it's not bad once I get the lighting and skin tone to match up. Only killed two vamps but so far I'm digging it!
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: October 30, 2013, 03:28:46 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 30, 2013, 01:17:08 PM

You are also going to lose your plan if it is too good, as it then is one of the 'cadillac' plans that is going to be taxed out of existence.     Obamacare is a complete disaster and people are finally waking up to that fact.

Whew! Thank goodness I don't make enough to afford one of those 'cadillac' plans. Must be nice to have all that dough though.
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: October 30, 2013, 12:50:34 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 30, 2013, 04:35:40 AM

The only thing that surprises me is how many people actually thought that when he said "No matter what you have heard, I'm telling you. You can keep you insurance if you like it. You can keep your doctor."

Dupes.

Anyway in reference to this piece of the lie.

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None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.

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Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.” 
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said  Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/28/21213547-obama-admin-knew-millions-could-not-keep-their-health-insurance

Note that is an NBC story, where if it is about the administration and it bad you know it has to be true or no way in hell would they print it.

Face it what he aws saying was not true and HE KNEW it. Well in as much as he seems to know anything.

I agree. He really should have had the balls to say "Look. If you have a crappy plan, you will be forced to drop your crappy plan. But face it, it's cheap because its crappy. Are you willing to risk your savings on a crappy plan that won't cover hospitalization, outpatient procedures, specialist referrals, or pre-existing conditions?"

Faced with this I think Congress has only one solution. Push for a Crappy Care Act that forces insurance companies to re-instate their crappy cheap plans with the caveat that people on the crappy plans are on the hook to pay any out-of-pocket costs.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 22, 2013, 12:53:09 PM
Just checked prices on the PS3. This could be the year that I get one for Christmas!
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 21, 2013, 06:00:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 21, 2013, 05:22:16 PM

Quote from: raydude on October 21, 2013, 04:24:12 PM

What is there to stop an employer from doing this in a universe with no Obamacare? Or - to rephrase the question, neglecting the Obamacare option, how many of us think that the health insurance plans our employers give us are equal to or better than the health insurance plans we received fifteen years ago?

Because now they have a convenient scapegoat for gutting insurance.  Whether it's really true or not (and we all know how little people are actually paying attention outside of their preferred news provider's soundbites), they can now say "Obamacare is forcing us to discontinue health insurance" instead of "we're going to slash your benefits to increase our profit margin".  The latter would send people running for the exits while the former might not.

I'm just speculating here.  My hope is that companies will realize they still need to care for the employees in order to retain talent, but we all know that $$ will trump everything.

My point is that over a long time scale I do not conceive of a scenario in a non-Obamacare universe where employers do not eventually either drop employee health insurance because it is too expensive or because they are too focused on profit margin. I could be convinced otherwise but I think the long-term trends suggest that in a non-Obamacare universe employee health insurance would, in my lifetime or my kids lifetime, become a thing of the past - just like employer provided pension plans.
31  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 21, 2013, 04:24:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 21, 2013, 04:11:10 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 21, 2013, 03:46:16 PM

You are dreaming if you think employers who drop health coverage are going to give all the money they paid for insurance back to the employees to do the exact same job they were doing before.   It just isn't going to happen.    

As much as it pains me to agree with brett, I think he's right on this one.

In a perfect world, if a company drops their insurance and sends everyone to the exchanges, they would provide an raise equivalent to what they were previously paying.  In reality, however, I seriously doubt that's going to happen.  My guess is that lots of companies will simply drop employee's insurance with NO raise and either a) hope that their employees don't look elsewhere or b) use it as an opportunity to bring in cheaper labor.

That's been one of my biggest concerns about ACA from the get-go.  Companies are going to use this as a cost-cutting measure because there are lots of people out there looking for jobs.  They might lose some talent, but when people are strapped for cash or enjoy what they do, they're going to be reluctant to look elsewhere.

What is there to stop an employer from doing this in a universe with no Obamacare? Or - to rephrase the question, neglecting the Obamacare option, how many of us think that the health insurance plans our employers give us are equal to or better than the health insurance plans we received fifteen years ago?

Personally, given that fifteen years ago I didn't really have to worry about whether I was in coverage or out of coverage, it was a lot better back then than it is now.
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 17, 2013, 01:07:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 17, 2013, 11:59:29 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 17, 2013, 10:47:45 AM

Here, I doubt we'll have to wait a full week before one of the 144 Republicans who voted against the bill last night is invited on television to complain about what a dangerous anti-American spendthrift Barack Obama is.

A week?  More like not even 8 hours.

Oh. My. God. I think my IQ dropped 10 points just reading that. How the hell can he write all that with any shred of journalistic integrity? I think hey may be the living embodiment of False Equivalency.
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 16, 2013, 12:34:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 16, 2013, 02:02:47 AM

heh.  if you look closely, the guy in front of her wearing a dark blue cap is wearing a white coat that is blending in with her pasty white skin.

Um, if that blue cap guy belongs to the white coat body and hands then he has a seriously elongated neck. I think there is a short senior citizen lady with white hair (you can see it poking out of the forehead of the girl with backpack) wearing a white sweater holding her hand up.
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 10, 2013, 10:11:30 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 10, 2013, 02:40:08 AM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on October 09, 2013, 11:28:17 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 09, 2013, 06:28:50 PM

Yes they did get a shutdown, and the dems want the shutdown to hurt as many people as possible for political gain.

No, we don't. How do we gain politically from it? This insanity is not doing anything to help the member of Congress I'm most concerned with (other than the historic polling collapse for the GOP, I guess... but that's hardly worth this cost). There is a bill in the hopper of the House, passed and engrossed by the Senate, which the Speaker could put on the floor any day with two hours notice. It would pass. The shutdown would end.

Why is he prolonging the shutdown by not doing so?

Of course your party gains politically by people being hurt as much they can be by the shutdown as you can blame the opposing party for everything.    The people don't matter to anyone in DC anymore, whatever gains the most power over the opposition is all that matters.

The same can easily be said for the obstructionist party holding up the bill from the Senate. In fact, even more so since evidence clearly shows the trend is increasing negative public perception towards the obstructionist party the longer the shutdown goes on. Which begs the question, why is Boehner prolonging the shutdown by not holding an up/down vote on the Senate bill? Is he in favor of self-destruction of his party?
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 09, 2013, 06:12:49 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 09, 2013, 04:00:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 09, 2013, 03:41:06 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 09, 2013, 02:51:11 PM

You wouldn't even need that. The republicans have tried to take the approach of sending on the stuff everyone can agree on so it can be whittled down to budget areas where there are differences. That was not acceptable to Reid/Obama. They fear loosing leverage for the stuff they know wouldn't get through. Both sides are more worried about getting their less popular pet issues through than the most important meat items that neither one dares oppose.

Right. Because that's how a government should be budgeted and run. Defund everything, then refund things one at a time in a knee-jerk fashion, based on whatever the media happens to focus on.

Well in some ways that would be better then the current dem plan.   Do everything you can to make the current shutdown as painful as possible for as many people as possible as a political game to put pressure on the other party until you get what you want.

When is a shutdown not a shutdown? When it doesn't affect your pet agency. Republicans wanted a shutdown. They'll get a shutdown.
36  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 09, 2013, 01:26:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2013, 09:40:24 PM

hopefully they fix this piece of bullshit right quick:

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In what veterans call an outrageous slight after the ultimate sacrifice, the shuttered federal government is withholding a $100,000 payment normally wired to relatives of fallen soldiers — including the families of five killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.

The payment, known as the death gratuity, is typically sent to families of the fallen within three days to help them cover funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones.

“It is upsetting because my husband died for his country, and now his family is left to worry,” said Ashley Peters of Springfield, Mo., whose husband, Jeremy, was a special agent assigned to the Army’s 5th Military Police Battalion and was among the five killed. “My husband always said if something happened to him we would be taken care of.”

“I’m a stay-at-home mom, which is what my husband wanted,” she said. “He wanted me to take care of our son.”

Outrage over the lapse built Tuesday in both parties in Congress, among the relatives of the fallen and among veteran advocacy groups, which characterized it as an unacceptable breach of the country’s obligation to its volunteer military and their families.

The families of five U.S. troops killed overseas this weekend will not receive the usual "death gratuity" due to the government shutdown. A typical $100,000 compensation is wired to families within 36 hours to help with funeral and other expenses.

“Impacting grieving families when they are at their absolute weakest point is just disgusting,” said Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the largest organization of combat veterans in the United States.

“Veterans, military personnel and now their families are not to be used as leverage in this political game of blame,” he said. He called on leaders in Congress to “put the country ahead of their politics.”

Congress passed a law last week to pay the military during the shutdown. Pentagon officials studied it to assess whether it might cover the death gratuity and determined that it was not possible, a defense official told NBC News on Tuesday.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/08/20871220-just-disgusting-outrage-after-shutdown-delays-payment-for-families-of-fallen?lite

I wonder if we could push all aspects of the government through media outrage and re-open the government bit-by-bit. Wouldn't that be a hoot to have House Republicans wake up and realize too late that their leverage is gone. smile
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/Wii U]Injustice:Gods Among Us(DC fighting game from MK makers) on: October 08, 2013, 04:21:45 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 20, 2013, 07:19:43 AM

Watch places like Buy.com and such - you can pick up fighting sticks on the cheap.  Know those awesome Street Fighter sticks from MatCatz?   The ones that are over 100 bucks a piece?  Yea the wrestling themed ones were 20 bucks the other day.   Same stick, different graphics, who cares.   It's the only way to play.  smile

Just wanted to chime in with regard to fighting sticks. I bought myself the qanba q1 after seeing a review of it by a youtube guy who posts fighting game videos. His review is here. Injustice input test at 6 minute mark.

It works flawlessly on the PC. I've been using it to play skullgirls on steam and it really makes pulling off combos and special attacks a lot easier. A really good stick for the price.
38  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 05, 2013, 05:36:51 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 05, 2013, 03:29:46 PM

Defaulting on our debt for the first time in history will cause a hell of a lot more then some families having tough times.

Somebody better tell this guy.  A quote that should shock all of us:
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“I think we need to have that moment where we realize [we’re] going broke,” Yoho said. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, that will sure as heck be a moment. “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 03, 2013, 04:02:13 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 03, 2013, 02:02:08 AM

Its part of the overall pay and benefits from my employer at this time, so yes they do pay for part of my insurance.   So as long as it is part of that package they give me in exchange for my work, yes I do expect them to pay.

Then you have nothing to worry about do you?

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So what that means as more and more employers shove people off to the government plans people will get royally screwed.   I know if my employer did that I couldn't afford to have insurance.
40  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 02, 2013, 10:52:09 AM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 05:24:29 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 01, 2013, 04:16:26 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:01:08 PM

Situation is what situation is, it didn't get there overnight in a vacuum.

You keep on saying this as if it somehow equivocates the two party's approaches.

You say that as if I feel any need to. They are all pretty much a bunch of worthless crooked douchebags.

They are all acting pretty much in the exact way I have come to expect them to act. ALL of them, I am not the one trying to blame one side.

You sure? Because this:

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:02:17 PM

By traitor?

speaks volumes about which side you think is to blame.
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