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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 07:11:24 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 10, 2013, 07:06:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2013, 07:00:07 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 10, 2013, 06:53:13 PM

Glad I didn't hold out for Apple to come out with a larger phone and keep me from moving to the beauty that is the Galaxy S4.  I've had iPhones ever since they came out with the first one, but after playing with an S4, I couldn't resist and made the switch.  Definitely love the phone more than any of the iPhones I had.  If they made one with the same screen size as the S4, I could maybe be convinced to go back, but Android is pretty stellar now.

Meh, Android doesn't hold a candle to iOS and the Galaxy is too big. nod

I used to think like you on iOS.  It's come a long way and it is definitely better than iOS now.  I had tried an Android once before with the Motorola Droid 2 and felt like Android was behind back then (I was forced to switch from my iPhone because of work). 

The bigger, the better, too.  The iPhone feels like a toy in my hand now.  My giant, manly hands.

I couldn't stand to have a phone that big.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 06:27:00 PM
well, that's fucking stupid Tongue
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 06:17:06 PM
sweet. pre-order day is Friday biggrin
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 04:43:36 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought Tongue
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 04:32:38 PM
I forget- if it's a pre-order, does Apple charge your card immediately or do they charge when shipped? I'm in for upgrading my iphone and my wife's iPhone, but can only pay for one today (get paid on Friday)
166  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 09, 2013, 08:30:57 PM
http://freakoutnation.blogspot.com/2013/09/president-obamas-brilliant-strategy-no.html

Food for thought, eh?
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] MirrorMoon EP on: September 06, 2013, 08:27:51 PM
I saw this last night at the monthly indie game dev meetup I go to. Its one of the games that will be featured at Fantastic Fest Arcade this year, I'll get some hands-on time with it.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tokyo Game Show 2013 on: September 04, 2013, 04:33:39 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2013, 04:10:07 AM

well, we're just over a couple of weeks away from TGS 2013, and info is starting to show up.  Square Enix has announce their line-up for the show:

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    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
    Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster K
    Kindgom Hearts x [chi]
    Bravely Default: For The Sequel
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
    Dragon Quest X
    Dragon Quest Monster Parade
    Drakengard 3
    Call of Duty: Ghosts
    Thief
    Wolfenstein: The New Order
    Diablo III (Ps3)

sadly, a couple of big names are missing.  perhaps we'll have some surprises (like them being able to connect to FF14 to show it off icon_twisted)

not sure why CoD: Ghosts is on there though.....

Or Diablo III or Wolfenstein, or Skylanders which you forgot to list)

Are they co=publishing Activision's titles in japan?
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Article]25 Celebrities When They Were Young on: September 03, 2013, 07:08:34 PM
Apparently I'm not the only one: http://www.blackbookmag.com/entertainment/a-love-letter-to-young-helen-mirren-1.64458
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Article]25 Celebrities When They Were Young on: September 03, 2013, 07:06:22 PM
Helen Mirren at 25 is my dream woman. I've seen video interviews of her from around that time that definitively display that she was not only hot as hell, but feisty and super intelligent. YUM.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody familiar with Kyle Baker? on: September 03, 2013, 05:12:55 AM

Quote from: Purge on September 03, 2013, 04:48:24 AM

Kyle Baker, a famous cartoonist, has liked (and linked) an editorial article from Gamingtrend.com on his facebook page (or at least, it's what I understand has happened).


I personally follow a number of comic artists on Facebook, Kyle Baker being one of them. I remember him originally from the X-Men-centric strips he did in Marvel Age back in the eighties:







But his first big claim to fame was a revival of Plastic Man, which has become the definitive run on the character:



I realize he's not on everybody's radar, but I thought it was pretty damn cool smile
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anybody familiar with Kyle Baker? on: September 03, 2013, 03:51:03 AM


I love it when this happens biggrin
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do people still text? on: September 01, 2013, 05:09:44 PM
I text constantly. Of course, the majority of the people who I text with are on iphone so I pretty much use that service (and it shows up on my ichat on my macbook pro which is nice)
174  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What games are you guys looking for in a board game site? on: August 30, 2013, 02:45:39 PM

Quote from: Siljanus on August 26, 2013, 05:20:36 PM

And a minor thing but if board games are going to become a staple on the front page, perhaps they can be added to the latest posts/review menu bar along side the "electronic" choices so you can jump to the board game stuff.

Those should be populating there as well. I think the volume of posts and reviews we've been having lately just cycles them off real quick
175  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Member Stats? on: August 30, 2013, 02:37:07 PM
Definitely spambots combined with this shitty forum software
176  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Email shows on profile? on: August 28, 2013, 07:56:29 PM
177  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 27, 2013, 04:10:31 AM
178  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 09:31:02 PM
I posted something but then decided to remove it. Attempting one more time to exercise restraint and not responding to blatant and ignorant trolling.
179  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 07:37:27 PM
Dammit. I resolved not to respond to any more of your foolishness. I failed.  mad
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 07:31:41 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 26, 2013, 07:18:35 PM

http://lungcancer.about.com/od/causesoflungcance1/f/marijuana.htm

Links in there about how pot contains many of the same cancer causing agents as tobacco, it leads to increased risks of other types of cancer and other such things.

And no single person who was stoned has ever driven and gotten into an accident that killed themselves or someone else?    That's quite a bold claim you are making.

If you smoke it, yes, those carcinogens are, in fact, there, but two points:

  • Volume- tobacco smokers smoke exponentially more amounts of tobacco than pot smokers smoke pot. In fact, the tobacco companies chemically enhance their products to ensure this. Risk is drastically lessened due to this
  • There are other methods of ingesting pot that don't release carcinogens like smoking does- vaporization, edibles, etc. The cancerous properties come from combusting it.

As for the claim- back yours up, we have ours. Again, all you have is assumptions.
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 07:10:39 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 26, 2013, 07:05:13 PM

Not one single death ever from pot?   Bullshit.

Again, you have nothing but an assumption. Here:

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.mDyd1OEM.dpbs

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This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world. Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. - See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.mDyd1OEM.eE5xnOKU.dpuf

182  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 06:59:41 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 26, 2013, 06:45:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 26, 2013, 06:37:40 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 26, 2013, 12:29:13 PM

So what you're saying is, not only have you willfully ignored everything everybody else has posted in this thread, you've ignored who is posting it as well.

I'm done with you.



sorry, I just high fived the screen.

I put my head up against the image and started throwing punches that missed the screen like it was a three stooges skit...

^The response I was looking for smile
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 06:38:49 PM

Quote from: stessier on August 26, 2013, 06:34:38 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 26, 2013, 06:00:19 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 26, 2013, 05:52:13 PM


We might have an alternate solution for you... I believe Ron has reached out to Rip...

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Haven't you ever heard of "single point of failure"? We need procrastination redundancy plans.

It's wrong, but that was my first thought too.  biggrin

Well, we're working out the particulars on our own redundancy plans, so OO would likely be a beneficiary of that once it happens...
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 05:52:13 PM

Quote from: FishPants on August 26, 2013, 05:31:15 PM

Ok looks like speeds are good from a number of locations.. I will place the order once I'm out of my afternoon meetings.  I ate a Roti the size of my head for lunch, so if you don't hear from me by 6pm eastern please send someone over with a cup of coffee and some Charmin.

We might have an alternate solution for you... I believe Ron has reached out to Rip...
185  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 12:29:13 PM
So what you're saying is, not only have you willfully ignored everything everybody else has posted in this thread, you've ignored who is posting it as well.

I'm done with you.

186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 05:28:52 AM
OO-ers, we'd be supremely grateful if any of you could go check out this thread here: http://gamingtrend.com/forums/off-topic/gaming-trend-to-speak-at-sxswi-2014-with-richard-garriott-only-if-you-help!/
187  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 04:29:55 AM
Here, a link that is sure to make your head explode if you actually take the time to read it: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/12/02/driving-stoned-safer-than-driving-drunk/

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“One hypothesis is that it’s just safer to drive under the influence of marijuana than it is drunk,” Rees says.  “Drunk drivers take more risk, they tend to go faster.  They don’t realize how impaired they are.  People who are under the influence of marijuana drive slower, they don’t take as many risks.”
The other theory, Rees says, is that people smoking marijuana simply don’t go out as much.
188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 04:25:13 AM
No, we're saying (as well as several well documented scientific researchers) that driving stoned does not impair the driver the same way alcohol does, and unlike driving drunk, the driver is more likely to recognize their impairment and drive less recklessly or, even better, not drive at all. Some of us in this thread know this from personal experience, but rather than depend solely on anecdotal evidence, scientific evidence has been presented that back up this assertion. You, however, have nothing but an assertion and not even a shred of anecdotal evidence to back it up, all the while calling everybody idiots and ignoring every attempt to discuss the matter like adults.

Not a single person here has said everybody should just drive stoned. We're just saying it's an order of magnitude less of an issue than driving drunk.
189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 01:57:21 AM

Quote from: Rip on August 26, 2013, 01:20:54 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 08:50:39 PM

And as I said, that didn't take long.   I am sure lots of people who drink just one or two drinks don't think it affects their driving at all, and they drive more carefully when they have been drinking.

Actually no they don't.

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In a recent preliminary study, the professors enlisted 14 students -- all recreational marijuana users -- and tested them both when they were stoned and when they were soused. (Recruiting subjects for the marijuana and alcohol studies doesn't require much work. The lab doesn't even advertise, but as soon as word of the study got out, volunteers came rushing in.) The students were tested for physiological strain and driving performance as they drove through rural communities and desert scenes, and past roadblocks and pedestrians. One group smoked low and high doses of THC. Another downed vodka and "orange drink" cocktails to reach Israel's legal limit of .05 percent blood alcohol content. Others took a placebo.

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None of the doped-up or drinking drivers were models of safety on the road. They tended to switch lane positions, swerve, and vary their steering. But the THC cigarette smokers drove significantly slower than the liquored-up subjects, who zoomed down the virtual lanes. The drinking drivers also tended to be confident and boast a sense of control, while the pot smokers seem to be "more aware of their impairment."

http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2009-05/who-drives-better-drunks-or-stoners



Exactly.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 01:06:50 AM

Quote from: Blackhawk on August 26, 2013, 12:50:36 AM


Full disclosure: You're going to want to copy paste that. We have a system here that auto-inserts our Amazon link tag on any appropriate out-bound link posted.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 25, 2013, 08:48:14 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 25, 2013, 08:42:07 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 25, 2013, 08:11:56 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 25, 2013, 07:21:18 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 25, 2013, 03:43:33 PM


Well since OO is offline, let's go ahead and bring OO over here.

Bill Clinton is garbage.    See this for proof.

I really hope this is intended as a joke.

Seriously?

Wasn't sure.  You do have a pension for OUTRAGE.

I think all pensions these days are outrageous
192  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 25, 2013, 02:06:34 AM

Quote from: msduncan on August 25, 2013, 01:24:54 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 24, 2013, 08:29:15 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 07:52:04 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 24, 2013, 07:30:43 PM


The only thing I'd like to see is (for both booze and pot) that if you get into a vehicle under the influence, the damned book is thrown at your head.

1000% agree with this, which is where there is an issue some people have, you can test for alcohol roadside (breathalyzer) but not for pot.    And before someone comes in and try to claim it, no you don't drive just fine stoned.

Here's the main difference- Someone who drinks more than one or two beers, or even several beers generally doesn't have a good level of self-awareness as to their impairment. Someone who's smoked a lot of pot generally IS, and hence wouldn't get behind the wheel. I think a good data point for this would be the amount of accidents attributed to each. I guarantee there is a VAST gulf. And before someone says "well that's because you can't detect it" I sincerely doubt that gulf would be bridged significantly if it were easily detectable.

Beer and pot affect the brain in two completely different ways. Keep that in mind.

If I'm reading this right -- we can still throw the book at their head if they get behind the wheel stoned.    The difference is that not as many will because they will realize they are impaired.    The ones that do will be asshats.

Yup.
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 24, 2013, 09:22:05 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 09:20:02 PM

There was a question in all this idiocy you just posted about how driving while stoned could never be a problem for anyone?

Why didn't you just pretend you read it and answer anyway? That seems to be what you're doing in this thread.
194  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 24, 2013, 08:56:00 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 08:50:39 PM

And as I said, that didn't take long.   I am sure lots of people who drink just one or two drinks don't think it affects their driving at all, and they drive more carefully when they have been drinking.

You're creating equivalence where there is none. You're also completely ignoring scientific evidence. I'd post more findings here but you're obviously just going to ignore them, much like you aren't even reading or comprehending what I am saying.

Also, you still didn't answer my question
195  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 24, 2013, 08:44:58 PM
But here, have some look at actual research done on the matter:

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Misc/driving/s1p2.htm

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This report concerns the effects of marijuana smoking on actual driving performance. … This program of research has shown that marijuana, when taken alone, produces a moderate degree of driving impairment which is related to consumed THC dose. The impairment manifests itself mainly in the ability to maintain a lateral position on the road, but its magnitude is not exceptional in comparison with changes produced by many medicinal drugs and alcohol. Drivers under the influence of marijuana retain insight in their performance and will compensate when they can, for example, by slowing down or increasing effort. As a consequence, THC’s adverse effects on driving performance appear relatively small.
or this:

http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/26000/26600/26685/DOT_HS_808_065.pdf

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Blood specimens were collected from a sample of 1,882 drivers from 7 states, during 14 months in the years 1990 and 1991. The sample comprised operators of passenger cars, trucks, and motorcycles who died within 4 hours of their crash.

… While cannabinoids were detected in 7 percent of the drivers, the psychoactive agent THC was found in only 4 percent. … The THC-only drivers had a responsibility rate below that of the drugfree drivers. … While the difference was not statistically significant, there was no indication that cannabis by itself was a cause of fatal crashes.
196  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 24, 2013, 08:40:09 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 08:31:16 PM

Well that didn't take long.

Actually, I didn't say "you don't drive just fine stoned"
197  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 24, 2013, 08:29:15 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 07:52:04 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 24, 2013, 07:30:43 PM


The only thing I'd like to see is (for both booze and pot) that if you get into a vehicle under the influence, the damned book is thrown at your head.

1000% agree with this, which is where there is an issue some people have, you can test for alcohol roadside (breathalyzer) but not for pot.    And before someone comes in and try to claim it, no you don't drive just fine stoned.

Here's the main difference- Someone who drinks more than one or two beers, or even several beers generally doesn't have a good level of self-awareness as to their impairment. Someone who's smoked a lot of pot generally IS, and hence wouldn't get behind the wheel. I think a good data point for this would be the amount of accidents attributed to each. I guarantee there is a VAST gulf. And before someone says "well that's because you can't detect it" I sincerely doubt that gulf would be bridged significantly if it were easily detectable.

Beer and pot affect the brain in two completely different ways. Keep that in mind.
198  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 24, 2013, 08:23:10 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 07:53:11 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on August 24, 2013, 05:54:30 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 24, 2013, 05:11:45 PM

Because as soon as anyone answers you on anything, the goal posts move and you ask another nonsensical one line throwaway question.    You aren't worth answering.

Fair enough. You called me an idiot and I was just wondering if you'd explain why. I was just trying to get to the crux of the matter, but I can understand if you don't want to answer.

Ale


I would have no problems answering you if you could converse like a normal rational human being.

What about my question?
199  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 23, 2013, 08:55:17 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 23, 2013, 08:19:15 PM

Using mind altering drugs in general is unwise, that includes alcohol and other drugs besides pot.   One major problem is too many people do stupid things like drive under the influence of such substances.

In your mind is there such a thing as responsible use of drug, alcohol, etc? Just because some people abuse a substance doesn't necessarily mean that all will.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming Trend to speak at SXSWi 2014 with Richard Garriott? Only if you help! on: August 22, 2013, 01:47:11 PM
I've got a new video up on PressStartToBegin.com: http://bit.ly/14GFnJ7. I speak with Richard Garriott about the UX of Shroud of The Avatar. Think of it as a little tease for the panel!
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