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81  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 08, 2013, 08:21:30 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 08, 2013, 05:42:09 AM

Is it time for reality to match fiction? ninja2

I believe the North Koreans think so. Unfortunately for them they think they can emulate this invasion
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: March 08, 2013, 07:45:38 PM
One could get the (cough) actress known as "April O' Neil" to play April O' Neil. ninja
83  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 07, 2013, 04:31:27 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 07, 2013, 12:11:52 PM

Nah Gratch not Government.  I hate that so many have been impacted by the sequester (Obama's idea from the start).

Daughter 1 wants some toys Daughter 2 is playing with. Daughter 2 wants some toys Daughter 1 is playing with. Neither is willing to share the toys they already have. Daddy says 'okay, if you girls can't compromise by 10am then neither of you will get to play toys'.

10am comes and girls still not compromising. Neither gets to play with toys. Are you seriously saying Daddy is to blame? (Assuming Daddy came up with the idea in the first place, which he didn't)
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac/iOS] Space Hulk on: March 07, 2013, 02:17:31 PM
Makes me want to bust out my copy of Space Hulk and play it.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Euro Truck Simulator 2 on: February 24, 2013, 06:28:05 PM
I find myself fighting the analog stick sometimes on my controller. Been playing around with the sensitivity and non-linearity settings. Anyone find a setting they like?
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Euro Truck Simulator 2 on: February 23, 2013, 02:46:41 PM
What kind of controller have folks been using? I sold my old old Microsoft wheel a long time ago and have been using a wireless xbox360 controller as an alternate to keyboard and mouse. I'm wondering if the xbox360 controller is adequate for this game, if folks are getting by with keyboard and mouse or if most are using some kind of wheel.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iOS v Android on: February 22, 2013, 04:23:40 PM
As a brief aside, when talking about iOS do you guys say "eye oh esss" or "eye oohs"? I've always spelled out the acronym because I know when I'm talking about different OSes in conversation I say, for example, "Microsoft Oh Ess" not "Microsoft oh ssss". So it was little funny hearing the radio newscaster talk about Apple's "eye oss" devices.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Won? on: February 20, 2013, 01:59:27 AM
I just won this cool lifestraw from entering into a 'caption this' contest on facebook. Now I don't have to worry about getting sick from a water source after the zombie apocalypse smile
89  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: That "OMG I have to own this game now"-feeling! on: February 11, 2013, 06:08:22 PM
Congratulations! Did you play with the minis at all yet? That was the first thing I did, putting them on the table and imagining the character sounds in my head.
90  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.
91  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.
92  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
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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?
93  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?
94  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!
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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
99  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"
100  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.
101  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.
102  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!
103  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.
104  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.
105  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? 
106  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.
107  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
108  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.

Chris

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.
109  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?
110  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.
111  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.
112  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?
113  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.
114  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?
115  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?
116  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:
http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/328574

She's not a man, baby!  eek
117  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.

+1000.
118  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?"
119  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.
120  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?
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