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81  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.
82  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.
83  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.
84  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.
85  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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86  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
87  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?
88  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?
89  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.
90  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.
91  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
92  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

93  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.
94  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.
95  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
96  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...
97  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!
98  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.
99  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.
100  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!
101  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.
102  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.
103  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.
104  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.
105  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?
106  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.
107  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
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 13, 2013, 03:45:41 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 13, 2013, 03:34:20 PM

After looking at the photos of the recent execution by rebel forces, it makes me sick we're actually arming these savages. Seriously, just let all these psychotic evil fucks kill each other at this point and save us the trouble.

Not to sound cynical but isn't that part of the point of arming the rebels? To ensure that the killing of two bad choices keeps going on?
113  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: September 10, 2013, 12:35:42 PM
I have 2 starter sets, the Falcon, 2 Y-wings, and the Tie Interceptor. And no one to play it with.   crybaby
On the plus side, the models are awesome cool and make a great display on my bookshelf. Especially the Falcon. If nothing else, you should get that - even if only for display purposes.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Shipbreakers on: September 06, 2013, 12:21:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2013, 03:55:36 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 06, 2013, 03:34:10 AM

it would take some seriously bad acting on top of Lucas to get me to give up on this game. 

I hear they hired Tara Reid to do all the female voicework.

Surprisingly, I'm in smile
115  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 04, 2013, 05:32:44 PM

Quote from: Rip on September 04, 2013, 04:08:32 PM

Quote from: raydude on September 04, 2013, 01:28:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on September 01, 2013, 01:02:25 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 01, 2013, 08:35:22 AM

I think  Obama is probably happy to have passed the buck. He's probably not looking forward to something that he is pushing being rejected but if it is then he can say his hands are tied. Win/win for Obama.

and a lose/lose for America.

Wait, I'm confused. So if he attacks without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he consults Congress but still attacks it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack because of Congress it's Obama's fault. Sounds like someone has a case of 'I just don't like Obama'.

I didn't say anything about Obama's fault. I said lose/lose for America and could give a shit about who is at fault. Anything we do unilaterally in this case is a loss when the dust settles.

Actually if we do nothing we would not be doing it unilaterally. We would be in company with the Brits and a majority of countries by doing nothing. Hence my confusion that you interpreted a "do nothing" action, such as if Congress said no and Obama said his hands are tied as a "lose/lose".
116  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 04, 2013, 01:28:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on September 01, 2013, 01:02:25 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 01, 2013, 08:35:22 AM

I think  Obama is probably happy to have passed the buck. He's probably not looking forward to something that he is pushing being rejected but if it is then he can say his hands are tied. Win/win for Obama.

and a lose/lose for America.

Wait, I'm confused. So if he attacks without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he consults Congress but still attacks it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack because of Congress it's Obama's fault. Sounds like someone has a case of 'I just don't like Obama'.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: peanut butter on: August 21, 2013, 01:37:39 PM
Has anyone tried Cookie Butter, aka Biscoff spread, aka Lotus Speculoos spread?

This stuff is amazing. Spread it on an apple slice and you'd swear you were eating apple pie. I just had it this morning spread on bread and it was like eating a cookie sandwich. Not the sickeningly sweet kind either. It's surpassed Nutella as the "evil" spread from Europe that I just can't get enough of.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: August 21, 2013, 01:14:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2013, 10:45:27 PM

you can also add PC.

Most excellent! I am hoping the # of players online in the same "universe" or "shard" or whatever will scale upwards for the PC version. This may be a co-op game that will bring all my PC gaming friends together.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC]Skull Girls Beta on: August 20, 2013, 12:13:19 PM
Anyone else bought Skull Girls for the PC? I'm having a blast with this 2-D fighting game, mainly because now I understand more of the underlying strategy behind blocking, hitting, and counters. And THAT is because the tutorial for this game is probably the best I've seen for any fighting game to date.

The tutorials do a step-by-step introduction to the ins and outs of the Skull Girls fight mechanics, from basic "this is your low, med, high punch/kick. Try it now" to "this is what hit confirmation is. So, if the hits are blocked do [blah] but if not, do [blahblah]." The nice thing is that, since the terminology and tactics are the same as in most fighting games, the tutorial really is a primer for "how to be better at any fighting game".

As an example, I never really knew what the heck people were talking about when saying one can "cancel your attack into another attack". The tutorial explains it, shows it, and then gives the player an opportunity to try it. As a side bonus it shows and allows you to practice some neat combos for a few of the characters in the course of teaching you a particular technique (like air combos, or air juggling).

The game is still in beta so story mode is disabled, but there is still arcade mode, the tutorial, the training room, and online multiplayer. Haven't gone online yet but I may try it later on this week.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hyperloop on: August 15, 2013, 12:56:10 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on August 14, 2013, 06:05:03 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 14, 2013, 06:41:53 AM

I assume this would be a high-speed train tube thingie, that has no stops? How useful is that to the community compared to its costs?

Normal high-speed trains at least can have stops on the way, this seems designed not to, as I see it

I find Mag Lev trains to much more interesting, and useful to society.

California's HSR will not be Mag Lev. In fact it will barely be high speed as it is stopping about every 50-60 miles. It also goes through a populated and farming area whereas the hyperloop proposal goes through about 200 miles of nothing (Interstate 5 from Livermore to the Grapevine).

Burrito? Is there a good reason for the HSR to go through populated and farming areas? Is it stopping there? If no good reason, then why doesn't it go through 200 miles of nothing? Seems less expensive that way.
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