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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: April 23, 2015, 06:40:10 PM
The whole League of Assassins plotline seems off to me.  Earlier they made it sound like once he took over he could do whatever he wanted with it.  So why not just take it over and have them all stop killing people, or all kill each other or whatever lol.  Now they seem to have flipped and want it to be much more negative. 

Either way I don't think it was the right direction to go with the show.  Killing off Sarah was stupid to begin with, but I guess it gave Lauren more to do. 

I'm still invested in the characters (and shirtless Amell!!!) so I will keep watching til the bitter end, but I'm hoping they tie this up and do something different/better next season.  In contrast The Flash has been a much better show all around.  Here's hoping he goes back in time and saves his mom and changes the entire timeline so this whole stupid League plot gets erased lol.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 23, 2015, 06:34:54 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 23, 2015, 02:06:21 PM

I got my shipping notification very early this morning: 38mm Stainless Steel with Black Classic Buckle is inbound for tomorrow!

Still nothing here, I've pretty much given up for tomorrow.  It's kind of annoying to see how haphazard and random it all appears.  Some people who ordered later and/or had much later windows are still getting theirs tomorrow.  

As for the allure?  It's something new and different and fun and Apple.  Many people didn't see the allure of the iPhone, or the iPad.  Did they "get it right" with this product?  Only one way to find out!
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 22, 2015, 09:39:28 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 21, 2015, 10:51:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2015, 08:49:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:51:50 PM

Bit of a grammar issue.

I do not suck IN games, I simply suck AT them.

The title of this thread implies something entirely different (nsfw). Tongue

I suck both IN online games AND AT them  nod nod nod

But yeah, if anyone deserved the award for suckitude at an FPS, it would be me.  As I've mentioned before in other threads, I often can't even make it out of the tutorial in some of the games, which can be incredibly humiliating and annoying.

Of course that isn't all "online" games, obviously I'm super awesome at some online games like LoL - right Forge?!?!??!  eek icon_twisted

I can say this, of our group of regulars you were not the worst ninja

I'm going to screenshot and immortalize this!  It's my greatest triumph as an online gamer and shall be carved on my gravestone:

"Here Lies Rittchard: of his online group, he was not the worst."
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: April 22, 2015, 05:00:03 PM
A friend of mine kept insisting I should get one, so I finally did the invitation thing, and similarly got a 3 month ship time once I got the invitation.  Estimated delivery date is.... May 20 - June 4.  Definitely a weird stocking issue for a product that didn't seem to have much hype or demand...  makes me less suspicious that Apple purposely creates shortages for their product debuts; perhaps the electronics manufacturing industry as a whole just has trouble with new product launches of significant magnitude.
45  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles on: April 21, 2015, 08:57:39 PM
Sequel has a release date:  May 14th!!!!

I can't believe they are going to sell this for only $1.99.  I'd easily be $20 or more, it's gonna be a full premium release quality game with endless hours of gameplay.  Or so I imagine!

http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Heroes+and+Castles+2/news.asp?c=64944
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Age of Wonders 3 on: April 21, 2015, 08:53:41 PM
OK you sold me on it!  Will purchase when I get home.  Forum Effect wins again!
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 21, 2015, 08:49:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:51:50 PM

Bit of a grammar issue.

I do not suck IN games, I simply suck AT them.

The title of this thread implies something entirely different (nsfw). Tongue

I suck both IN online games AND AT them  nod nod nod

But yeah, if anyone deserved the award for suckitude at an FPS, it would be me.  As I've mentioned before in other threads, I often can't even make it out of the tutorial in some of the games, which can be incredibly humiliating and annoying.

Of course that isn't all "online" games, obviously I'm super awesome at some online games like LoL - right Forge?!?!??!  eek icon_twisted
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 21, 2015, 08:47:01 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 21, 2015, 12:40:16 PM

How are SHIELD's ratings right now? Are they really good enough to spin something like this from?

Not sure that pair can hold their own. Sad thing is, I'd look forward more to a Black Widow movie than this.

I was thinking the exact same thing.  I thought SHIELD was barely holding its own in the ratings, nowhere near enough to deserve a spinoff.  Maybe it's more of a mini-series like Agent Carter for the mid-season?

I guess they are doing OK in their time slot, and perhaps with Avengers launching soon they'll get some pickup toward the last few episodes.  But a full spinoff with two more un-powered agents definitely seems egregious. 

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/04/20/live3-abcs-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-emerges-as-the-1-program-in-tuesdays-9pm-hour-in-adults-18-49/392040/

49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: April 21, 2015, 08:41:27 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 21, 2015, 01:45:25 PM

Of course, they implied as much in the sneak peek for this week - just thought I'd leave things... terse.  icon_wink

Were they implying that she might get super powers or was that too much of a leap?  They said that other guy with powers wasn't hit by the reactor explosion, so I'm wondering if it's fore-shadowing people getting powers another way, like for instance from a magical resurrection pool?  Too much of a stretch?
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 21, 2015, 08:39:15 PM
Watching the Macrumors forums closely, it looks like particular models are the slowest to be going out, particularly those with the most popular (?) black sports band.  Mine has yet to even be charged yet so there's little hope of getting a shipment update.  I'd say there's a 50/50 chance of arriving Friday at this rate.  Frustrating but hopefully they'll work it all out. 
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: April 21, 2015, 08:35:09 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 21, 2015, 07:07:30 PM

I am a hypocrite. (Get that out of the way first.)

So I put in to order one, just got the email that I can.

Especially with Siri soon to be attached to my wrist, I am not sure I should. I am a sucker for new toys though.

Teehee, I am also a hypocrite and ordered one a while back  thumbsup

Lee, shall we form our own Apple Watch Amazon Echo Hypocrite's Club?
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 20, 2015, 10:56:42 PM
Nothing for me yet - I called in last week to fix an error with my billing address but it doesn't appear to have updated, so I'm hoping that doesnt' screw me over.
53  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Implosion: Never Lose Hope - Diablo meets sci-fi on iPad on: April 15, 2015, 09:28:04 PM
Thanks Gratch!!!  Don't know how I missed this but I will grab it as soon as I get home!
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 15, 2015, 05:31:40 PM
Anyone else still watching?  Last night's episode detailing how May became the Cavalry was really good.

The show as a whole I'm having mixed feelings.  While part of me is happy they've finally embraced powers/gifts (or whatever you want to call them), another part of me is wondering if they've already jumped the shark.  I mean, already there's a guy who can teleport it seems with no limitations on distance, a woman who is more or less immortal (?), and then Skye who can create earthquakes and all manner of shock waves, etc.  These are powers at least on the Avengers level.  Not quite Thor level, but certainly more than Captain America or Black Widow or Hawkeye.  It seems like they are falling straight into the trap they originally planned to avoid, where many characters seem obsolete relative to the powered folk. 
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: April 15, 2015, 05:19:38 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on April 11, 2015, 02:35:52 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on April 11, 2015, 04:31:40 AM

Watched episode 1 though 7 early this morning and so far loving it. The Netflix model works well for street level marvel heroes since the budget doesn't have to be on a blockbuster type level.  Can't wait for Iron Fist!

I saw the first 2 episodes last night, but 7 in a row is a fairly serious binge.   icon_eek

Seriously, yeah!  I watched the first 2 as well yesterday.  Very well done thus far.  I was surprised to see Jessica (from True Blood) in the show - I feel like she adds a critical element to balance the show out.  I also like that the clearly mark the show in the present Marvel movies universe, with just enough references to make sure you are aware, but without the clutter that can burden a comic book show once you start introducing super powers. 
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok....I'm ready. Teach me how to invest on: April 15, 2015, 05:14:30 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 14, 2015, 06:12:17 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 14, 2015, 03:28:23 PM

Buy Apple stock! 

I am actually doing an analysis paper on AAPL for a finance class right now. I want to put some money into it because their numbers are great, but it seems expensive right now. That's always my problem though, I struggle with the when to enter more than anything else.

Hehe - it always seems expensive... but then it keeps going up and just gets more expensive!  I debate this with a friend of mine a few times each year, and each time he has ignored my advice.  Had he invested the first time I suggested it, he would have made a lot of money by now.  My philosophy with Apple is this: do you think it will go up even 5-10% over the next year?  If so, why not just invest in it rather than leave your money in a 0.5% (or whatever it is these days) share certificate?  If you believe in the company and its products (which he claims he does), its almost a no-brainer. 
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok....I'm ready. Teach me how to invest on: April 14, 2015, 03:28:23 PM
Buy Apple stock!   icon_biggrin

Seriously though I am not much of an investor but the few piddly shares of Apple I bought a few years back have made me more money than probably all my other investments combined.  They give a quarterly dividend to boot!

Anyway you'll probably need to be more specific.  Are you looking at retirement stuff like IRAs, do you have a 401k, or are you asking about mutual funds, stocks, etc?

Either way I wish you the best of luck!

58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: April 13, 2015, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 13, 2015, 03:54:40 AM

I think that was the season finale right? Anyone see the whole season like me?

I'm both disappointed, but still interested. The whole season seemed more setup for a season 3, with even more pointless obtuseness than season 1. But where season 1 had that driving threat of Narvik, season 2 lost a lot from these weird cult meanderings. Characters went no where, or off the deep end.

Meanwhile, the whole flash forward and back was kind of interesting, especially in the context of the everything. It just seems like no one was really prepared for making a second season and just made the whole thing to prepare for season 3, if there will be one.

I did watch the entire season more or less.  I fell asleep multiple episodes, and considered quitting multiple times, it was just too whacked out.  So many seemingly random things occurred and often felt like they were just thrown in randomly.  Like Mark Ghanime's role, what a complete waste.  And why was he listed in the main cast but Jordan Hayes was a "Guest Star" even though arguably she was in it as much or more than anyone else?   The conversion of Peter to Eli felt stupid and forced, some of the side whackos needlessly annoying as well.  Oh and I can't stand Steven Weber in anything; the best part of the show was when he got his head sliced off.  I did kind of like the grown up Caleb thing at the end, I guess that was kind of interesting.  The flash forwards were kind of interesting but also made it feel like everything in the present was kind of irrelevant.  Frustrating show all around, I have to admit it was mesmerizing in some ways but exasperating in others.

59  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 09, 2015, 11:16:16 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 09, 2015, 12:07:45 AM

You bastard.

Do I need to build the clan hall to be able to join you? (Yup)

Wait which one are you?  Are you Wander or Wik?

Either way I have no idea who all the people who joined are but the good news is our clan is ranked 1630 now woohoo!
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 09, 2015, 08:25:35 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 09, 2015, 05:35:15 AM

Getting the 42mm black Sports as well. Reading around the Internet, that seems to be the far most popular option.

That's what I'm targetting as well.  If it is sold out I might go for the more expensive version which annoyingly becomes like $1000+$50 for the sports band.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 09, 2015, 08:23:56 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 09, 2015, 03:32:43 AM

Will it play Minecraft?

That's about the most important question for it. biggrin

lol given that the Raspberry Pi can play Minecraft, I'm pretty sure this one will too.
62  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 08, 2015, 11:12:19 PM
Just picked up Civcrafter:

http://naquatic.com/civcrafter/

This is nominally a "clicker" (tap) type of game but somehow they've built a surprising amount of depth into it.  I've played numerous tap games but this one definitely has the most overall depth as it combines elements of Civilization and then war aspects of other mobile war games.  You are constantly playing a game of balancing everything out in terms of population, gathering, building etc, and although there are some timers that can be shortened with IAP, they don't really seem necessary to play the game whatsoever.  The one big difference from other tap games is there doesn't seem to be offline progress, but in some ways that makes it more of a strategic game since you can't just come back hours later and amass a fortune.


Edit: I just created a Wanderers clan in case anyone wants to play/join

Invite Code is: RAFAD492
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 08, 2015, 11:00:39 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 08, 2015, 05:14:01 PM

Edit: one thing that stands out between reviews and comments is that it's "not essential". Outside of my desktop computer and maybe my phone, I don't own a gadget that is essential. A smartwatch isn't even a must have, didn't we all know that already?

Of course it does bear repeating that the iPad was also deemed "not essential" and "a toy" and pretty much all the same negative things prior to its release.  I'm not expecting some sort of transformational miracle product from the getgo, but I do expect it to be a well-engineered gadget that will slowly inject its way into my everyday life.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 10:56:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 08, 2015, 05:17:20 PM

It is very cool. Amazing to think its a fully functional PC. Still, can't think of a use for it. Tablets are more powerful and I don't need a monitor to use one.

BIG SCREEN PORN!
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 08, 2015, 05:02:48 PM
Watch review embargo was lifted, lots of reviews if you are interested:

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/08/apple-watch-review-roundup/
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 05:01:28 PM
Already preordered smile

No idea what I will do with it but it just seemed too cool to pass up.

We also have a Raspberry Pi here at work.  Definitely a cool product/idea, I wish this kind of thing was around when I was a teenager.  

In terms of simplicity and ease of entry, though, I am expecting the Intel Stick to be a better choice.  I love the idea that it plugs right into an HDMI port, effectively turning any (modern) TV into a full fledged Windows computer that I'm already familiar with.   I'm still wondering if it will need a separate power supply or if it is powered through the port like other similar sticks.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 30, 2015, 10:29:25 PM
Sorry I was busier this morning than expected.  I loved loved loved this finale, so much packed into a 90 minute show!!!  Honestly I think I barely took a breath for the entire hour I was watching the episode.  I really thought Glenn might bite it, Aaron too, and for a second I even thought Rick might go.  Can you imagine if they had killed Rick off in that sequence; that seriously would have been one of the biggest twists/moments in TV history.  I would have been bummed but the story possibilities killing Rick would be incredible, particularly since they would diverge further from the comic.  Who would be the new leader?  Morgan?  Carol?  Michonne?  Speaking of Carol, she was freaking awesome even in limited capacity.  I love how she dressed Rick down ("sunshine!") and it was such a great counterpoint to high-and-mighty Rick exiling her a while back.   The way she made Pete almost pee in his pants was so sweet, as was her declaration that all they'd need to deal with these "children" were knives.  She's in full command of her faculties and her new-found confidence, and she's pretty much the only one 100% completely thinking strategically.   If this were Survivor, she'd be my easy pick to win.  I also loved the short scene with Sasha lying in the grave.  I thought it was simple and creepy but beautifully shot, which just made it that much more disturbing. 

Wolves!!!  I don't remember them in the comics, but I'm pretty sure someone had said they were in the comics too.  I don't think they were a big deal, though, and that's kind of what it sounded like the implication was from Scott Gimple's letter on next season.  The next major threat should probably be Negan but hopefully that's back half of next season. 

68  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Kickstarter] Crowfall - "Game of Thrones meets Eve Online" on: March 26, 2015, 09:42:14 PM
Looks like they ended with over $1.7M and just shy of 17000 backers (too bad as that would have unlocked another stretch goal).  I've got high hopes for this one!
69  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warships on: March 26, 2015, 09:38:19 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 04, 2013, 05:59:26 PM

I dropped in our link on your post, Ceekay.  smile   Looks pretty sweet!  

Awwww for a second there I thought Ceekay had returned.  It's amazing how many posts were originated by Ceekay even 2 years (?) after he stopped posting.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 26, 2015, 09:36:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 24, 2015, 12:50:23 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 23, 2015, 10:29:05 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 23, 2015, 08:27:16 PM

I didn't agree with the killing notion either of course.  He didn't provoke the fight though.  I didn't find his "desire to take him out" too strong, I found his desire to do something just right, and the rest was in response to Mrs. Softy (going to get everyone killed) Mayor.

I guess the question is if you don't kill him, what do you do?  I guess you can try to keep him locked up somewhere, but this becomes a resource drain for someone who contributes nothing.  He still needs food and water, plus someone will have to watch over him.  Longer-term it's just a lose lose to keep a guy like this around.  Think about it, this is a guy that in the freaking APOCALYPSE is still beating his wife and kids.  Seriously if you not only can't be useful but are also hurting good people, you don't deserve to exist.  Exile is also a bad idea, because best case is he dies and becomes a zombie you have to fight, worst case is he finds another group and convinces them to raid you.  

Yeah I know I sound harsh, but I think that's what makes this show, this season (and post-apoc fiction in general) so interesting.  As Rick said, even though they are living in this illusory safe zone, the world is still one where only the fit survive.  If the zombies don't get you, evil humans will.  Rules of civilization and morality have to be re-thought when you're dealing with a world where people are coming back from the dead and eating each other for sustenance.  I think as viewers we still want to relate to everything that happens from our current societal point of view, but the show by its very premise has already changed all that.

Side note, someone during Talking Dead had a great question, how would Season 1 Rick handle Season 5 Rick?  Love thinking about that one...

Every one of the points you brought up about what to do about the guy could also be applied to corporal punishment today.  

Keep in mind, the guy was useful.  It was one of Mayor Mayor's key points as to why you don't kill him.  That, and the whole keeping society going thing.

But here's a question: The world is now the same kind of rough place it was before humans started congregating and creating a society.  Okay, it also has zombies.  But why is it wrong to try to rebuild?  Isn't that the point?  If the world stays at the same level of insanity and never changes, never gets better, humanity will die out.

A lot of these folks are going through PTSD, basically.  Same as coming home from a war.  Of course, this isn't home, exactly...

It is this kind of thought process that makes this storyline so damned good.

Agreed on that last point!

On the first one, I don't think you can say every point is valid for corporal punishment.  Certainly if someone gets the chair today, they aren't going to turn into a zombie and try to bite me  icon_biggrin  And you really can't equate our society where the vast majority is law abiding citizens with the post-apoc society that has cannibals and psychopaths.  Point is it's a completely different set of circumstances.

There's nothing wrong with trying to rebuild society, but I think the definition of "society" needs to be adapted and suitable to the present circumstances.  I think what the writers are arguing is that holding onto an antiquated notion of society is likely going to get you and everyone you love killed.  Obviously there are limits to what is "acceptable" (e.g. cannibalism BAD!) but what worked in the past (wife beating asshat gets a pass because he's a doctor) probably does not work in this world.  It's not insanity so much as adaptation to an insane amount of change. 
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 23, 2015, 10:29:05 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 23, 2015, 08:27:16 PM

I didn't agree with the killing notion either of course.  He didn't provoke the fight though.  I didn't find his "desire to take him out" too strong, I found his desire to do something just right, and the rest was in response to Mrs. Softy (going to get everyone killed) Mayor.

I guess the question is if you don't kill him, what do you do?  I guess you can try to keep him locked up somewhere, but this becomes a resource drain for someone who contributes nothing.  He still needs food and water, plus someone will have to watch over him.  Longer-term it's just a lose lose to keep a guy like this around.  Think about it, this is a guy that in the freaking APOCALYPSE is still beating his wife and kids.  Seriously if you not only can't be useful but are also hurting good people, you don't deserve to exist.  Exile is also a bad idea, because best case is he dies and becomes a zombie you have to fight, worst case is he finds another group and convinces them to raid you.  

Yeah I know I sound harsh, but I think that's what makes this show, this season (and post-apoc fiction in general) so interesting.  As Rick said, even though they are living in this illusory safe zone, the world is still one where only the fit survive.  If the zombies don't get you, evil humans will.  Rules of civilization and morality have to be re-thought when you're dealing with a world where people are coming back from the dead and eating each other for sustenance.  I think as viewers we still want to relate to everything that happens from our current societal point of view, but the show by its very premise has already changed all that.

Side note, someone during Talking Dead had a great question, how would Season 1 Rick handle Season 5 Rick?  Love thinking about that one...
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 05:22:50 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 23, 2015, 02:41:23 PM

I had no idea Pillars of Eternity was coming out this week...and I backed it!    I honestly stopped reading their updates a long time ago because they were so frequent and long.  Pleasant surprise.

lol ditto!
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 23, 2015, 05:16:31 PM
Another awesome episode!  KEEP WALKING.  Absolutely cannot wait for the season finale next week.  If you saw the extra preview during Talking Dead, you know what I mean!

Also sounds like another significant death or two ("there will be blood, not just walker" plus "special guest" on Talking Dead).  Tara, Sasha, Rosita?  Too much overlap between these 3 girls if you ask me, so maybe time for one to go.

Only thing that bugged me about last night was am I really supposed to believe that a drunken wife-beating surgeon could go toe to toe with supercop/zombie-killer Rick?  I mean seriously Rick should have been able to take him out in one punch and that would be the end of it.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool on: March 23, 2015, 05:13:04 PM

Quote from: stessier on March 21, 2015, 10:25:06 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 20, 2015, 05:38:36 PM

Quote from: stessier on March 20, 2015, 01:21:47 PM

I think Roku and Chromecast come closest.  You still have to pay the separate bills, but that is super easy with recurring payments.  The rest is handled nicely through just choosing the right app on, say, the Roku where I can watch Netflix or Amazon or Crackle or whatever - all with the same remote.

But nothing with live content yet, right?  I think that's the "holy grail" - to merge live and VOD content seamlessly in the same interface and same box with a "pick and choose what you want" package.

BTW, rumor is Apple is announcing a new Apple TV in June...

Tivo just changed their season pass option to do that (or what I think you are describing).  It goes out and finds everything - VOD, live, whatever - and lets you put it in folders for viewing now or later.  It's called OnePass.  We haven't gotten the UI upgrade yet to do it, but it sounds great.

That's fantastic, actually even better than what I was describing since it looks like it seeks out all sources for you.  I was just thinking a universal umbrella UI so I didn't have to go back and forth between live TV and Netflix. 

Only caveat is that you have to buy a Tivo machine + pay $15/month.  And unfortunately for me, I don't think it will be part of the Directv custom Tivo box frown   I guess the good news is that the technology is all ready to go,
75  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Kickstarter] Crowfall - "Game of Thrones meets Eve Online" on: March 20, 2015, 05:48:44 PM

Quote from: drifter on February 28, 2015, 02:45:36 AM

That does sound pretty cool.  They have some serious experience between them.  Shadowbanes PvP was, I think, really one of the best ever done.

Agreed!  Not just the PvP but the ecosystem (economy, crafting, etc) seemed to work really well.  It's the only game I played where we actually built cities with different "philosophies" and it completely worked.  We built one main city which was more "moral/hero"-type, and then later a second city which was kind of a commerce city which had less rules and regulations.  Then later on we played a rogue guild with no base city.  So cool.  

Crowfall support is doing well, 5 days left and they are almost at their next target $1.3M which would add mounts and caravans.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: March 20, 2015, 05:44:11 PM

Quote from: Xmann on March 19, 2015, 04:12:47 PM

22% off with AT&T

That's my place it looks like

Around $160 for 10gb shared


That sounds 100% consistent with what I'm paying, same discount too.  Only thing you might want to inquire is if they would bump you to 15GB for no extra charge.  They did that for me recently when I went over on accident.  My partner was on business travel and ended up inadvertently using a bunch of data when he made a hotspot.  Even with 4 people I don't need 15GB (or even 10GB), but it doesn't hurt to ask  icon_smile
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool on: March 20, 2015, 05:38:36 PM

Quote from: stessier on March 20, 2015, 01:21:47 PM

I think Roku and Chromecast come closest.  You still have to pay the separate bills, but that is super easy with recurring payments.  The rest is handled nicely through just choosing the right app on, say, the Roku where I can watch Netflix or Amazon or Crackle or whatever - all with the same remote.

But nothing with live content yet, right?  I think that's the "holy grail" - to merge live and VOD content seamlessly in the same interface and same box with a "pick and choose what you want" package.

BTW, rumor is Apple is announcing a new Apple TV in June...
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool on: March 19, 2015, 11:37:42 PM
It's kind of weird, a week ago I was kind of freaking out at the prospect of satellite TV dying a quick death in the next 5 years or even sooner, but now when I see all these crazy packages, I'm starting to wonder if they won't all end up cannibalizing each other instead of killing cable/sat.  Maybe that's not the right word, it's more just this general sense of confusion and inconvenience in terms of how do I get all the content I want access to.  OK so maybe I save $20/month putting together a package of OTA + Prime + Netflix + HBO Now + Apple? + Vue or whatever (just a random example), but is it really worth the hassle?  From a pure financial standpoint obviously the answer is yes, but when you consider everything else maybe not.  Particularly not if I need a PS3/PS4, Apple TV, OTA tuner box and Chromecast or whatever too.  Multiple hardware platforms, multiple remotes, multiple UIs to deal with, multiple bills to pay; I don't think this is the direction people want to go in the long run.  

Ultimately I think the killer would be a single platform that can take everything in but uses one universal UI, plus only pay for the content you want.  Maybe somewhat packaged but not the way it is now where you get 1000 channels and only watch 20 of them.  I suspect this is what Apple is aiming towards but still having trouble securing all the content rights.  Content is a crazy game.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool on: March 18, 2015, 11:35:33 PM
Thanks for the link, I'm socializing it around my workplace too (Directv).  Will be even more interesting to see what happens if/when Apple enters the game.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 18, 2015, 11:32:27 PM
But on the plus side they have the two most kick-ass black women (in terms of combat) now that they've leveled Sasha's sharpshooting skills.   thumbsup
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