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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Ex Machina on: May 08, 2015, 10:54:13 PM
I thought the acting was fantastic And see this as a character study.  I was never bored or checking my watch.  I though they did a fantastic job creating a tension that was hard to explain.  As for the meaning
Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought the point was deception is what makes us human.  All the other models could talk, walk, have sex...this was the first one that could use deception to get what she wanted...freedom.  thought it was brutal that she left him behind too...and to think if he hadn't been watching her dress he could easily have gotten out...think that says something too.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: March 24, 2015, 04:37:49 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 23, 2015, 10:33:34 PM

Quote from: stessier on March 18, 2015, 01:40:52 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 24, 2015, 11:32:44 PM

Working a necessity for survival. Wage slavery will no longer be tenable when robots are doing virtually all manual labor and AIs can do much of what we consider skilled labor. I don't know what will replace it, but the way economies are organized will have to change radically as workforce participation keeps dropping in fits and starts. People will work at creative endeavors if they choose to, for self-fulfillment and to enrich themselves beyond a basic income.

That is not happening in 50 years.  Automating jobs is expensive and difficult and labor is quite cheap in many areas of the world.

This fellow disagrees with you:

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University of Oxford Associate Professor in machine learning Michael Osborne has examined the characteristics of 702 occupations in the US, predicting 47 per cent will be overtaken by computers in the next decade or two.

Those most at-risk jobs are in accommodation and food services (87 per cent of workers at high risk of being replaced), transportation and warehousing (75 per cent) and real estate (67 per cent).

...yes we may see new forms of work generated but it's not  clear that the kind of people who are put out of work, which I said ought to be those at the low-skilled end of the spectrum, are necessarily going to be those that move into those new forms of work."

Note that his predicted timeframe is 20 years, not 50.

That guy doesn't work in a business with those functions or for someone who reports to shareholders.  I'm sure the view from his ivory tower is quite rosy.  smile

I've worked with an automated portion of the warehouse - it was FANTASTIC...when it worked (infrequent).  When it didn't (frequent), forklifts and their drivers were quite busy.  Real estate will almost certainly disappear, but while food ordering might, food preparation is far less likely.  Then there are all the factories - stuff that creating reliable robots for is too hard or costly.  20 years is a pipe dream.

On the other hand, maybe he's right.  I mean, you were able to place your order for a flying car this week, right?
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool on: March 24, 2015, 04:31:07 PM
Yeah, I doubt DirecTV will let that software upgrade through.  smile

While you are right about the $15/month, if you get the lifetime subscription, it generally pays for itself in about 31 months - less than 3 year.  So all you have to do is bet your unit lasts that long as the subscriptions are tied to the hardware.  We had DirecTV for 8 years and only changed when the DVR died and we found they had discontinued the DirecTV Tivo boxes due to a dispute.  We went with cable and our own box and it's great (although that's clearly not an option for everyone).  The best part is that we can go OTA and use the same Tivo box.

We hit 3 years with the Tivo box in February and are still loving it.  Adding new hard drives to expand storage is great too - 2000 SD shows is a lot of shows!!!!!
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool 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.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool 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.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool on: March 19, 2015, 05:23:59 PM
My problem with something like Sling TV is that there is no way to record the program.  So you can watch it, but only real time.  That doesn't work with my lifestyle.

I'm still looking into combining OTA with Netflix + Amazon (I hate Huluplus ads), but probably won't get around to it until May.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC pulled a Batgirl cover variant on: March 18, 2015, 05:49:39 PM
I don't know anything about the comics but just looking at the piece as a picture, I can't see anything wrong with it.  A bad guy is clearly going to hurt a good guy.  It's what bad guys do.  Meh.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: March 18, 2015, 01:40:52 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 24, 2015, 11:32:44 PM

Working a necessity for survival. Wage slavery will no longer be tenable when robots are doing virtually all manual labor and AIs can do much of what we consider skilled labor. I don't know what will replace it, but the way economies are organized will have to change radically as workforce participation keeps dropping in fits and starts. People will work at creative endeavors if they choose to, for self-fulfillment and to enrich themselves beyond a basic income.

That is not happening in 50 years.  Automating jobs is expensive and difficult and labor is quite cheap in many areas of the world.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Off-Season Discussion on: March 17, 2015, 01:12:01 PM
I admire him for making that choice - couldn't have been easy.  It'll be interesting to see if this is a blip or the start of a longer term trend.  Players can make a fair bit the first year or two and get out mostly intact.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 17, 2015, 01:10:04 PM
Glad it's not just me.  smile
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 12, 2014, 01:22:55 PM
How is the Rich Eisen podcast?  Good guests and discussion?  Can I find it on iTunes?
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 11, 2014, 06:41:17 PM
The BS Report - Bill Simmons podcast from Grantland - covers sports as well as pop culture

The Right Reasons - Juliet Littman and David Jacoby discussing everything in Reality television.  I have never watched and of these shows and have no plans on doing so, but their chemistry and discussions are quite entertaining.

The Lowe Post - Zach Lowe from Grantland discussing all things NBA

The Grantland NFL Podcast - Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays from Grantland discussing all things NFL

Jalen and Jacoby - Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discussing NBA and hip hop

I don't listen to it, but if you are a soccer fan, Men in Blazers is supposed to be well done (from Grantland as well).  Mostly discusses Europe clubs, but some MLS as well.

Smodcast - Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier discussing life

Hollywood Babble-On - Ralph Garmin and Kevin Smith discussing the entertainment industry

Tell 'em Steve Dave - Bryan Johnson, Brian Quinn, and Walt Flannagan discussing life
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:55:30 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2014, 05:33:45 PM


Interesting.  When I pull my score from all 3, TransUnion is always the outlier - usually on the high side by 10-15 points. 
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:18:46 PM
Which report does Discover check?  Or does it average all 3 numbers?
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:08:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2014, 01:56:35 PM

I checked my FICO score through my Discover Card (one of the best perks ever), and have moved into the "very dependable" bracket with my score of 747.

Which makes me much better off than one-third of everyone else:

You're actually better than 50% of the people according to this article.

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A FICO score can range from 300 (very bad) to 850 (very good). The median is 723, according to Fair Isaac statistics.

Some reassuring news: The majority of consumers still have good credit. Forty-five percent of consumers have a score between 700 and 799, and 13 percent score above 800, according to statistics from Fair Isaac.

Just like the SATs, perfect scores are rare. Even though 850 FICO scores do exist, high scores taper off around 825, says Sweet. "You can't get much better -- that's pretty much walking on water," she says.

Now for the rest of the population: 27 percent rank above 600, and 13 percent weigh in above 500. Only 2 percent have 500 or below, according to Fair Isaac numbers.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 29, 2014, 01:18:46 PM
Same for me.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 10, 2014, 03:10:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:49:13 AM

It's a combination of not remembering everything about algebra and the calculator I think are my problems. I panicked a bit each day when the instructor was going over everything from the day before and everyone else seemed to get it but me. And the repeated "you should know this".

Yeah, "you should know this" is not a helpful comment from anyone.  smile  I went through it before graphing calculators were allowed.  I had to do everything on graph paper.  It might be helpful to do that a few times on some simple functions just to understand what the calculator is doing. 

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I have been playing with the calculator and learning how to use it (thanks youtube), but for algebra I think I just need a good refresher. I am working on getting through algebra on Kahn Academy so maybe that will be enough.

I dropped the class both times when we got into limits. I get the idea, but then I would get home and do the homework and I didn't feel like I even began to understand it enough to get through the homework. I don't think its the professors fault, so I wonder if there is some class I should take before this one, such as pre-calculus maybe?

Seems like a of kids struggle through this class. I need to give up the idea of getting an A on everything and just get through it.

I've never tutored anyone, but feel free to ask questions here or through PM.  I check OO more often, so if it's time sensitive and you still have your login over there, it would be better to PM me there. 

Limits are where a ton of people struggle, so you're not alone.  Once it clicks, assuming it does, things get a lot easier.  smile
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 09, 2014, 04:12:07 PM
I have a MS in chemical engineering and had to take a ton of calculus.  From your description, it sounds like the calculator is the main stumbling block.  Do you still have access to the course material?  Can you just practice that information and using the calculator?

If that's not really the issue, can you explain more what type of information the class covers?  Does it start with the limit definition of a derivative?  Does it start with Reimann Sums to define what integrals are, or is that already assumed?  Do you know how far it goes?  Partial fractions?  Partial derivatives? Differential equations?  If you could link to a syllabus, that would help to.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 23, 2014, 02:52:27 PM
If you are looking for an OTA antenna, check out GoMohu.com.  I had very good luck with it pulling in stations nearly 40 miles away.  Sadly, I was still missing one (the CBS station was 70 miles away) so had to stick with cable.  Now that I'm back in civilization, I can't wait for the kids to age a bit more so I can try again.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 18, 2014, 08:00:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 18, 2014, 07:18:49 PM

edit:  oh, as for the Vudu stuff.  That's actually a separate issue for me.  I'm trying to reduce the amount of hard media I have.  I'd love to get everything I watch via streaming.  Right now I have shelves and shelves of blu rays and dvd's.  My goal is to just have the essentials on blu ray and everything else available through Vudu or Amazon Instant Video.  Vudu is not a subscription service, by the way.  It's simply an online streaming rental/purchase site.

Ah, good to know!

About HuluPlus - I have Tivo's that can record everything OTA and have good signals from all the networks.  Is there any reason for Huluplus in this case?
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 18, 2014, 07:01:47 PM
How is the experiment going?  Have you found any use for HuluPlus?

I've looked into doing the same a few times and talked to the wife about it.  We figure two more years.  At that point, the kids will be done with Disney Junior and Nick Jr. and everything else we watch (and truly care about vs. watch when extremely bored) is either OTA or Netflix. 

You also mentioned a Vudu subscription.  What do you see as the value there?  Do they have different movies than Netflix?  I've heard of the service but never really looked into it.  I really wish WB wasn't setting up it's own walled garden - there are a few movies I will likely never see because they don't come to any of the services I subscribe to.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The LEGO Movie - the movie of Legos on: February 11, 2014, 04:01:05 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on February 10, 2014, 04:47:01 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on February 10, 2014, 04:14:54 AM

Went and saw it today. Perhaps I was overhyped from the Rotten Tomatoes reviews. I thought it was "cute" but not particularly hilarious or deserving of Best.Kids Movie.Ever status. My 4 year old was bored to tears within 30 minutes, which didn't help matters.

Still, as a Lego fan I really enjoyed it. I could have waited for a rental though.

I don't think it is the best kids movie ever but it is one of the best animation movies for adult.


I saw it and like it, but I don't know about that.  I think Frozen was better.

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2014, 04:20:31 AM

Little B 4.11 wanted to see it, but the crowds this weekend were absolute madness and every showing was sold out.  Decided to wait a couple weeks until things settled down with it.

We ended up seeing Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 at the dollar theater instead, which I thought was quite good.  Much funnier than I was expecting.

Just to add another 4 year old data point, my 4.7 year old daughter went and was quite bored pretty quickly.  She plays with Legos but the jokes went right over her head.  My 7.7 year old daughter got all but those aimed at the adults and had a much better time.  I think the difference is the ability to pick up on puns.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Reacher is coming to the big screen. on: February 09, 2014, 11:49:00 AM
I've never read the books and just saw this on Netflix.  It wasn't what i was expecting and I really liked it.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: January 10, 2014, 07:53:28 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 10, 2014, 04:37:14 PM

No I didn't read it yet. I'm debating it, but I knew it would be a downer so I haven't bought it yet.

To be clear, New Spring is not.  It's actually an interesting look at what went on before.  I really wish they would finish the planned trilogy.  I'd say it's more jarring jumping back to 20 years before EotW.  Definitely read it at some point.  smile
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: January 10, 2014, 03:24:44 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 09, 2014, 03:22:40 PM

I finished up the final book last night. To sum it up I thought it was fantastic. How a person can write 900 pages of almost nonstop battle scenes and manage to make it interesting the entire time is beyond me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
While the Wheel of Time is no were near as bloody as other works, it did get messy at the end, Egwyn dead, 3 of the 4 generals, Over 50% of the Aes Sedai, all of the forsaken except Moghadein.

Which reminds me, I liked it when I thought Moghadein got killed by cannon balls, I wish he would have left it that way. Instead those dirty Seanchan got her. Which of course reminds me that Rand never did get around to straightening them out, I thought Mat was going to do it when he sent Aurthur Hawkwing to talk to Tuon, but we never see that conversation or hear how it went. Too bad

Still the book was a great wrap up to what turned out to be a really outstanding fantasy series. I particularly like that Rand was allowed to live and move on to what we assume is a normal life.

I know this isn't going to happen, but I would really like to see a story about the Ail taking on the Seanchan and beating the shit out of them.

My final thoughts are that if anyone is stuck in the middle parts of this series I implore you to read on. Get past book 10 and finish the series because the last act is awesome.

Now to decide what to read next, I haven't read anything else by Sanderson, so maybe I will check out the mystborn series, any thoughts?

Did you read New Spring?  I started it after finishing the series and am having trouble getting through it.  I like the story but

Spoiler for Hiden:
I find myself getting so sad.  It's a prequel so like half the people you meet are going to end up dead.  I find it easier to read now, about 5 months after I finished the series.  It's weird - those characters have been in my life for 20 years - longer than I've known my wife.  Having the series end that way, while very cool, was also kind of rough.  smile
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: December 31, 2013, 02:21:47 PM
Read faster people!!! icon_biggrin
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: December 28, 2013, 08:46:46 PM
I just saw the one from 1947.  It was really quite good and I'm not a fan of old movies.  Now I can see the new one  and do a comparison.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Frozen on: December 01, 2013, 05:55:34 PM
We saw the movie this weekend with my 4 & 7 year old daughters.  We thought it was great.  The kids liked Olaf, but I found him unnecessary and thought it would have been better without him.  I thought the songs were great - harkening back to Lion King level of goodness.  I also thought the themes were good - sisterhood and the beauty you can create when you stop trying to do what others want and just be yourself.  

As for the Snow Queen basis - if you read IMDB, the story was in development hell since 2002.  It's kind of amazing we got such a good movie out of the process!

Edit;  Oh - and Kristen Bell can really sing!  She easily held her own with Idina Menzel (who might be better known from her work on broadway in Rent or as the adoptive mother on Glee).
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Forumer Reviews of Random Anythings on: November 13, 2013, 03:49:35 PM
I picked this up on a whim for my kids

Ice Cream Magic

Spoiler for Hiden:

Technically, it works.  It makes ice cream.  But it is more soft serve/Wendy's Frosty style.  It also takes longer - around 5 minutes of shaking - and works best if you open it up half way through and scrape down the sides.  The kids (7 & 4) enjoy it and it only makes about 3 tbsp of ice cream, so you're not ruining their health.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today I weep... on: October 25, 2013, 06:55:30 PM

Quote from: Razgon on October 24, 2013, 07:40:25 AM

This is bordering on P&R but doesn't that help with your country's financial troubles?

The taxes are state taxes.  There is no federal sales tax.  So locally, it might help but nationally (which is the debt you probably hear about) it won't.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 25, 2013, 06:39:59 PM
My first -

June 11, 2003 - Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix.  And it was a gift.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Frozen on: October 25, 2013, 06:34:18 PM
My brother worked on this one.  I'll ask him if it's good.

Don't see Planes (I've heard it was supposed to be straight to DVD originally).  Despicable Me 2 was very good.  Monsters U was just okay.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: October 25, 2013, 06:12:05 PM
FWIW, I never hit the brick wall.  I liked them all and 7-10 were much better than I remember when trying to read them the first time through.  Of course I was reading them at about 1 book/week pace - so the whole thing was like a long mini-series.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 3 on: September 23, 2013, 01:14:44 PM

Quote from: naednek on September 23, 2013, 01:04:52 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 23, 2013, 12:52:52 AM

Welp, time for hockey season I guess.

Just quoting for future use Tongue

Man I can't wait till our WR's come back.  And why did the niners give up on the run.  WTF.  As soon as they went pass happy it was over.

Kaepernick through 27 times in the game and something like 10 in the first half while it was still close.  That's not a big number. 
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 3 on: September 19, 2013, 09:52:54 PM
Nice. 
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 2 on: September 14, 2013, 05:10:06 PM
At least the Pats were wise enough not to waste a season roster spot on him. biggrin
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 2 on: September 13, 2013, 02:19:18 AM
So this is what it is like to have rookie wide receivers.  I can see why the Pats have tried not to use them the last few years.  Hopefully they grow into their roles quickly.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 13, 2013, 02:18:20 AM
Finished today.  I'll try to remember to come back when this thread becomes fully spoilerific and see what you guys thought.  smile
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 12, 2013, 11:37:42 AM
92% through Memories of Light.  Plan to finish up today on the plane.  Was very hard to stop reading and go to bed last night - stupid adult responsibilities!!!
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 08, 2013, 09:18:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 06, 2013, 02:50:41 PM

Are the Bills out of the playoff hunt yet?  

HAHAHAHA. I make me laugh.


Spoiler for Hiden:
Of course they are.

They gave an impressive performance today.  Technically, they are in dead last in the division, but I don't think they are going to be a punchline this year.
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