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161  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: February 06, 2013, 05:19:48 PM
Regarding Sentry's point about female POWs - the POWs are not going to just come from the infantry. In fact, even if we rescind this policy of allowing women on the front lines we will still have female pilots flying fighter jets and helicopters. Should we then rescind the policy of letting women fly combat missions because of fear of what the enemy will do to a captured female pilot?

I agree with the argument about physical standards being more stringent for line infantry units. But arguing about captured female POWs to me would seem like an argument to remove women from the armed services altogether. Simply because on an asymmetric battlefield anyone has the potential to become a POW.
162  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: January 31, 2013, 03:35:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 31, 2013, 03:15:03 PM

Chicks should be allowed on the front lines because we need to have someone nagging our male soldiers so that they keep pressing forward.  Think about it.  You got some dame behind you telling you that you forgot to clean out the garage back at HQ, what are you going to do?  You're going to rush straight into the enemy lair, that's what you're going to do.  The moment some Yenta appears on your flank to give you grief, you only have one option...escape.

Plus there's a reason why the automated voice warnings on planes and helicopters are female. They tend to get heard and acted upon.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh for fu....Lego accused of Racism over Star Wars Jabba's Palace on: January 25, 2013, 07:12:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 24, 2013, 02:36:00 PM

Lego are accused of being Racist over their Jabba's Palace line of Lego Star Wars because it resembles a Sacred Mosque in Turkey
The Austrian Turkish community claim 'Jabba's Palace' is similar to Istanbul's Hagia Sophia mosque and an affront to its cultural feelings.

Holy crap, so the Hagia Sophia has Han Solo frozen in carbonite displayed on its side wall too?
164  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: January 25, 2013, 03:26:33 PM
What I find interesting is that whenever the issue of women in combat comes up the discussion at first glance would indicate we are still fighting wars as if it were 1916. There is more to war than the infantry now. We have jets and helicopters. Women have been able to enter fighter pilot training since 1993. I don't recall any negative repercussions of that eligibility since then. Women have been in Army aviation since the 1990s and some flew (and some still fly) combat support missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As I understand it, lifting the ban on combat also means recognizing that the women who currently fly attack and support mission are actually in combat and and thus get that entered into record for possible promotions later. Or were they officially recognized as combat troops the moment they were allowed to fly combat support missions?
165  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: That "OMG I have to own this game now"-feeling! on: January 25, 2013, 03:10:51 PM
Btw, I've been to Brussels a few years back. Lovely city!
166  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: That "OMG I have to own this game now"-feeling! on: January 24, 2013, 05:59:36 PM
I have Starcraft the Board game  icon_cool

My game group and I tried to play it once. Unfortunately everyone was a veteran of the computer game so some of the ways in which the board game changed things around took a lot of getting used to. For example, combat. Combat is card-based and based off two decks: the technology deck and the combat deck. The technology deck is where new technologies are picked up when researching and the combat deck is the one actually used for fighting. When you develop a new technology you get to move a card from the technology deck to the combat deck and have it available for the next combat.

In battle, generally, the attacker gets to play 3 cards and the defender 1 card. Pairings are made between the attacking and defending units, each forming part of the front line of combat. Each single pairing is called a skirmish. Remaining units are support units and assigned to a given skirmish and will support the front line unit they are assigned to. The attacker then gets to put his combat card face down, one behind each skirmish, and the defender gets to put his card behind one skirmish.

The cards generally have two numbers on them, one in larger font. The larger font number is used if the picture matches the unit in the skirmish. For each skirmish the front line's total power is calculated and compared to the health value of the enemy unit, then casualties are assigned. If the attacker doesn't eliminate EVERY defending unit in the battle then the attack fails and the attacker has to retreat.

For some reason my group couldn't get around how the cards worked. That, and there was a long setup time as I explained the rules and we set up our bases. And there were four of us, all of whom had never played the game before, so I was trying to explain the rules while trying to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Anyway, I'd be up for playing it again, just need to find new people. I would never give it away or trade it though. The units are just too cool looking, the map tiles are awesome and its frakkin Starcraft. Sorry smile.
167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm guessing Gov. Christie won't be back on Fox anytime soon on: November 10, 2012, 06:40:17 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 10, 2012, 04:25:04 PM

No he really doesnt and shouldnt have to just to get someone to vote for him, unless people are complete assholes.     Obama smokes, that is a very unhealthy activity, should a person not have voted for him because of that?  This reality you speak of on this needs to change, just because a person is overweight doesnt make them any less able to be a leader.

Good luck changing reality on that. I wish you all the best.
168  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: CIA Director Petraeus resigns on: November 10, 2012, 06:36:11 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2012, 05:25:43 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 10, 2012, 04:30:48 PM

It shows a tremendous lack of judgement for someone in his position.  And it doesn't have to be the person who he is having the affair with who will blackmail him, someone else could find out about it and try to use it in that way. 

Nobody tried to blackmail him! He never buckled under blackmail, and never compromised national security or secrets about his job (from what we know about the case so far, which is what we're discussing). Face it, you don't want him gone because of a hypothetical situation that hasn't even occurred. You want him gone because his actions go against your sexual morality.

I don't know what kind of news you are reading, but here's the article I'm focusing on. Now, since timelines seem to be all the rage these days, lets build a timeline:

Wednesday: White House learns Petraeus had a potentially serious problem.
Thursday: Petraeus telephoned Thomas E. Donilon, the national security adviser, early Thursday and asked to meet with Obama.
Friday: After sleeping on it, President Obama again asks Petraeus if he wants to resign. Patraeus says yes, Obama accepts.

I don't see anyone wanting him gone.  One day after the White House learning about it is not enough time to put pressure on a man who's been shot at in the chest and who shattered his pelvis while skydiving. Frankly, I don't like your insinuations that Patraeus is a victim who was forced out against his will. That implies that we can't trust his own words, both in his reasons for resignation, nor in his letter to the CIA.

I prefer to believe he was a man of conviction, who knew what he did was wrong, and figured the only saving grace was to resign. To think otherwise lessens the man.
169  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: CIA Director Petraeus resigns on: November 10, 2012, 11:58:24 AM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2012, 11:40:34 AM

Quote from: raydude on November 10, 2012, 11:39:13 AM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2012, 10:49:20 AM

I simply cannot even begin to fathom what this guy's personal sex life has to do with his job. Why should it matter in the slightest? If a guy in the upper echelons of Norway's elite was unfaithful with his wife, the media might mention it, but apart from that it'd be business as usual.

One word: "honeypot"

That doesn't explain squat. She wasn't a honeypot, unless you know something I don't.

Dude, imagine you're the director of the CIA. Every extramarital affair better be suspicious of turning into a honeypot, otherwise you're useless in terms of keeping our national security.

*modified to remove an adjective that didn't need to be there. My apologies. It was 6:40 and I didnt' have my morning coffee yet smile
170  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: CIA Director Petraeus resigns on: November 10, 2012, 11:39:13 AM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2012, 10:49:20 AM

I simply cannot even begin to fathom what this guy's personal sex life has to do with his job. Why should it matter in the slightest? If a guy in the upper echelons of Norway's elite was unfaithful with his wife, the media might mention it, but apart from that it'd be business as usual.

One word: "honeypot"
171  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: November 09, 2012, 04:23:03 PM
I'm guessing size 11's. <squints> Oh....SCANdals.
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: November 03, 2012, 02:53:39 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on November 02, 2012, 09:45:13 PM

Romney gets my vote because:

He is against gay marriage;  please note, I do not believe gay partners should be prohibited from receiving the same benefits married couples receive in regard to taxes, insurance etc.  From a purely religious stand point however, I believe "marriage" is between a man and a woman and I ask you to please let this go, as it is not worth discussing further than this.

Jesus saved a whore, touched lepers and cured them and used non-Jews in parables. I have no doubt that if Jesus were to come back today He would say "WTF, why don't we have gay marriage across the nation yet?" Jesus was the defender and savior of the unloved, the unclean, and the un-desirables. To say that one is against gay marriage because of Jesus-based religious beliefs ignores what He was all about.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Paranormal Activity 4 on: September 28, 2012, 01:55:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 27, 2012, 11:15:11 PM

it's that time of the year again, although this is supposedly tied in with everything that has happened in the other films:

I wonder how many more years in a row we can expect a new PA film.

Judging from the reverse aging trend I predict 5 will be about toddlers being terrified. 6 will be shot mostly from baby monitor cams - ie. crib and diaper changing scenes. 7 - ITS IN THE WOMB!
174  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rock Band DLC - 1100 tracks on sale on: September 24, 2012, 01:28:35 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2012, 07:15:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 22, 2012, 06:45:36 AM

tempting, but with them not really releasing replacement instruments anymore (and places asking crazy prices for what is still available) I'm holding off on any new DLC.  you'd think after nearly 2 years they'd do a new batch of instruments.

Still rocking the ION kit here - that's most of what I care about.   

Ditto. I think Harmonix' best decision was to make the ION kit compatible with electronic drum kits. I was able to expand the number of cymbals by using Pintech electronic cymbals with no problem at all.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Robotic Cheetah? Seriously, someone needs to stop these guys! on: September 06, 2012, 01:14:13 PM
Forget being drafted. I see a Fahrenheit 451 type future where police and fire departments have their own version of 'the Hound', based on the Cheetah.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whore of the Orient on: August 31, 2012, 04:48:23 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 31, 2012, 02:22:09 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 31, 2012, 01:21:42 AM

If they manage to keep that name for release I will be amazed.

I seriously doubt it will stick around once the publisher gets involved. Only an independently produced project would be able to keep the name.

Looking forward to any game set in this time/place.

That's an awesome name for the game. What if they released it via Steam? You think Steam would object? 
177  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tom Smith Must Have Taken Lessons from Todd Akin on: August 31, 2012, 04:46:32 PM
One wonders if he would have similarly commended her for making a courageous and personal decision, knowing how he thought,  to abort the baby.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Copper on: August 28, 2012, 03:40:47 PM
The wife and I watched the first episode via On Demand. We like it!  nod
179  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 25, 2012, 03:31:10 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 25, 2012, 01:32:47 AM

Actually Autistic, and I know this will be wildly unpopular here, but I don't care enough about debating with you all to do any more than that.  It's helpless, and not even close to being worth my time.   

It is what it is and we can agree to disagree.  I'll stop the hit and run posts in here and let you all carry on amongst yourselves.


I can make it real simple. Either you are part of the 1% and therefore like Romney's plan. In which case good on you, because that's probably the best case scenario for you to keep your 1% status.

Or, you just like supporting the 1% on the back of your increased tax burden. In which case I'd like to come out and say I'm part of the 1% and we can skip the government middle-man. Just send 10% of your income to my bank account. I'll send you an email. Look for "Nigerian prince" in the subject header.
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 24, 2012, 03:28:14 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 23, 2012, 11:42:26 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 23, 2012, 11:08:57 PM

Not even close Gratch.  Maybe in your socialist fairytale land.

Except that Gratch is correct, of course.

I don't understand what part of Romney's pledge to cut taxes on the 1% and broaden the tax base (i.e. raise taxes on everyone else) is supposed to be appealing to me. But I am willing to learn. If only someone could explain why I should feel good about that?
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Papa Johns to raise pizza prices if Obamacare survives on: August 09, 2012, 05:04:32 PM
I can think of at least one person who's not okay with this.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Epic hacking - Wired Senior Writer on: August 08, 2012, 03:22:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 08, 2012, 03:18:50 PM

Granted, he's partially at fault for not backing up his data, but that's still some scary and heinous crap on the part of the hackers.   icon_eek

Oh no doubt. I promptly enabled two-factor authentication after reading it and thanked the lords of kobol that I don't use apple email.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Epic hacking - Wired Senior Writer on: August 08, 2012, 03:17:00 PM
Yeah, I feel badly for him. But still, not backing up any of his photos? Even if he wasn't hacked there is still the possibility of the laptop getting stolen or the hard drive failing out of the blue. Was he going to wait until his MacBook started acting funny before he backed stuff up?
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: has this Remake been mentioned yet?..Total Recall on: August 02, 2012, 04:45:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 02, 2012, 04:38:50 PM

I don't consider DVD commentaries to be part of movie plots.  And it's not really an "again - " moment if you wrote the "again" part after I wrote my comment.

Yeah, I don't have the DVD so I don't have access to the commentaries. So I too was left to ponder whether it was real or recall.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Dark Knight Rises - Impressions start page 12 on: July 30, 2012, 02:29:07 PM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on July 29, 2012, 03:22:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 29, 2012, 01:07:23 PM

Side note:  Did anyone else think Bane sounded like Deckard Cain?  Kept expecting a "Stay a while and listen".  smile

That is exactly who he sounded like.  icon_biggrin

Saw it yesterday and was trying to place where I had heard a voice like that before. OMG! Bane sounds like Deckard Cain!

I liked the movie. I came into it not expecting TDK so I found myself enjoying it and the references it made to the previous two movies. And as for Bane:

Spoiler for Hiden:
After seeing him get shot by Catwoman I thought, "So he can't dodge bullets. Wonder why more people haven't tried shooting him sooner?
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (personal text) How would you decipher this? on: July 23, 2012, 05:28:00 PM
Quote from: Dante Rising
We're going out on Sunday, so I guess I'll learn more then. I do think there may be an element of cat-and-mouse involved on her side, but I guess I can't fault her for that. As I mentioned in my original post, I'm just trying to determine what the hell is going on based upon her mixed signals.  

Is this the same girl from the other thread? If so, wouldn't the Sunday outing have given you a better idea of her motive?
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WW2 history] WWII Living History Weekend (Sully, VA) on: July 17, 2012, 02:12:14 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 17, 2012, 01:46:26 AM

Same guy did a pretty exhaustive blog w/ photos about it here:

She's not a man, baby!  eek
188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Next contestant for Voter ID issues: Tennessee come on down! on: July 13, 2012, 01:43:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 13, 2012, 03:28:00 AM

Lessons? Probably working as designed for the guys who wrote the law.

189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Youngest voters shed image as Obama's army on: July 03, 2012, 07:41:16 PM
"See fellas", says Newt. "If you put the little bastages to work early enough you'll keep them from voting. NOW who's the smart guy for suggesting we put 'em to work in high school?"
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes 2 on: July 02, 2012, 02:52:10 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 05, 2012, 04:53:38 PM

They're reusing a lot of tech and working on something they know how to make.

The engine is the Space Marine engine, the gameplay is very close to CoH1 with notable additions. They also know exactly how many people are interested in buying this.

This sounds like a relatively safe bet of a game.

+1. I know I'm in.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wreck-It Ralph on: June 28, 2012, 05:27:09 PM
Anybody know who the catgirl is in the Bad-Anon meeting?
192  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mechwarrior Online - reserve your name on: June 27, 2012, 01:28:48 PM

Quote from: kronovan on June 21, 2012, 09:09:39 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 21, 2012, 08:46:02 PM

No melee!

Well that's pretty damn lame, but I can probably live with that. My gal Hedy will just have to take her aggression out with a PPC 10, or even better an AC 20!  slywink

[Edit] I saw this list of 'Mechs (Atlas, Awesome, Cataphract, Catapult, Centurion, Cicada, Commando, Dragon, Hunchback, Jenner, Raven, Stalker, Trebuchet) and noticed that none of them are jump jet capable. So I'm guessing jumping is out too?  There's still 4 that are unannounced, so one can only hope.   icon_confused

The Jenner in the "Light Mech Developer Breakdown" video had jump jets. The dev showed off using the jump jets to get behind the enemy scout mech.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 25, 2012, 02:06:40 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 25, 2012, 04:12:38 AM

Unfortunately, I haven't seen Aliens in at least 6 years and don't remember the details enough to be able to compare the two settings. And my guess is that the average Prometheus movie goer hasn't seen Aliens very recently either.

Details? I think the fact that Prometheus shows the planet being sunlit and looking like New Zealand is different enough from the Alien planet all dark and Hades like to be a big glaring difference.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 24, 2012, 09:29:14 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 24, 2012, 08:11:52 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 24, 2012, 03:58:44 PM

If you've seen the old movies, you know this isnt the same planet, due to the name.

I have seen the old movies. In fact, I watched Alien again less than a week before seeing Prometheus. But I still didn't realize it wasn't the same planet until I read that online. Seriously, do you think most people who casually watch these movies will remember that the planet name that briefly popped up in Alien was LV-426 and not LV-233? As far as I know, that's the only way to realize that this isn't the same planet, right?

I could be wrong, but wasn't the planet in the Alien movie all dark and dreary? Like, all the time? While the one in this movie actually has sunshine and sparkles? Well, maybe not sparkles but there is a definite day night cycle, and in the daytime it doesn't look quite so scary (aside from the storms).
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 24, 2012, 04:55:39 AM
Things I learned from Prometheus:

Spoiler for Hiden:
1. If you're going to be a bro-scientist (acting on impulse without all the facts, drinking when things don't go your way) you will be a shitty one and your only hope is to tie your research to someone who is actually more research oriented than you.

2. If you're going to ask people to go on a long cryosleep voyage to do some research, run psych tests on them to filter out the obvious failures. Like:
 a. a biologist who freaks out over dead bodies. Seriously?
 b. a geologist who gets the creeps from being in caves.
 c. scientists who listen to the bro-scientist and take their freekin helmets off before checking for alien airborne pathogens. Something you'd think the biologist would be worried about more than the dead body.
 d. scientists who can't be bothered to check their map (i.e. what the sensor probes mapped out) to find their way back out. Like subjects a. and b. who should have been filtered out from the psych tests

3. Bring nukes. Especially if you're secretly hoping that the scientists are all wrong but wondering what the hell can go wrong if they are right.

Seriously though my main complaint was with bro-scientist. Simply because he was just not believable. I could be biased, but then again I've never ever met a bro-scientist. Then again, all the scientists I've met were brilliant and competent in their field smile.
196  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: B-17 Queen of the Skies: Boardgamegeek Bombing Campaign on: June 23, 2012, 06:42:46 PM
After Action Report
Pilot: 1st Lt. Allan Brannigan
B-17G: Polka Dotty ( 1 )
151st Squadron
Mission: 99
Date: Sept 22, 1943
Target:  Hannover, Germany
Position: N/A, night operations
Crew Status:
Pilot 1LT Allan Brannigan ( 1 ) Bailout, captured
Copilot 2LT Kurt Parkey ( 1 ) bailout, captured
Bombardier 2LT Cody Wengerd ( 1 )  bailout, captured
Navigator 2LT Johnny Patel ( 1 ) KIA
Engineer Sgt. Gregory Trent ( 1 ) bailout, captured
Radio Op Sgt. Greg Sidney ( 12 ) bailout, captured
Ball Gunner Sgt. Justin Martineau ( 1 ) KIA
Port Waist Sgt. Russell Wakefield ( 7 ) bailout, captured
Starboard Waist Sgt.Jeff Durrett ( 1 ) bailout, captured
Tail Gunner Sgt. Kevin Looper ( 1 ) bailout, captured

* = 1 kill
# = 5 kills

Fighters Claimed this mission (Dmg/Prob/Kill): 0/0/0

B-17 Status:
lost over target zone
Debrief compiled from various eyewitness accounts:
Polka Dotty reported as having a good run to target, no enemy fighter interceptions.
A searchlight found and fixed on bomber during target run. Bomber reported to be trailing a plume of fire on her right wing. Most likely due to a flak hit on the inner starboard fuel tank. Eight chutes reported exiting the craft. No word on which of the crew survived. Due to the location of the target all hands presumed killed or captured.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DCS Combined Arms on: June 15, 2012, 06:44:36 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on June 13, 2012, 06:31:21 PM

I think you'll be disappointed if you think this is going to be a high fidelity tank sim.  They've already said it's not.

Not a high-fidelity tank sim. I have Steel Beasts pro for that. I was thinking spiritual successor to M1 tank platoon. And especially with the larger forces involved, something akin to Combat Team but as a computer game instead of a book.

198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DCS Combined Arms on: June 12, 2012, 04:28:15 PM
 eek whoa! This could potentially be the game I keep hoping Steel Beasts would evolve into.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transit of Venus on: June 06, 2012, 01:09:52 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 05, 2012, 11:40:48 PM

Just took this picture from the roof of my apt building. An amateur astronomer had set up a telescope and was viewing it with a couple of friends.

That speck on the Sun is Venus.

Oooo! A solar funnel! Did you happen to ask what material that was? The plan I downloaded from the internet called for the material used in rear projection screens but that looks like cloth.

And I got clouded out when trying to view from my house. At 5:30-6 it was clear. Then 6-8pm all clouds.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DayZ - Arma 2 Zombie Apocalypse Mod! (small AAR story included) on: June 06, 2012, 12:45:56 AM
Can anyone set up a private server?
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