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News Comments > Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics Free in GOG.com Winter Sale
64. Re: Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics Free in GOG.com Winter Sale Dec 14, 2013, 10:14  Blue 
 
DG wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 08:24:
boo, might have gotten around to playing if I could have left them in the list there. Oh well thanks

With their strident anti-DRM stance, it would be more than a little odd for GOG.com to offer Steam keys.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Dec 14, 2013, 10:10  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 00:37:
Prez wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 00:30:
It's fairly new but I get the feeling the middling reviews hurt sales.

Whole team got axed.


Is our slightly klugy search system the reason when things like this come up that people end up referring to stories on other sites rather than when it was reported here? I see it happen fairly often, so I'm thinking this is something I should concern myself with.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: removed Dec 12, 2013, 19:06  Blue 
 
scarlet wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 16:03:
Clearly, Einstein, as if I were questioning that.

Merely making an observation and the callous nature of decision to remove my harmless comment. My sincerest apologies if that doesn't sit well with you. Who am I to question the mighty grand poo-bah, "The Half Elf", who speaks on behalf of the administrator of this site?

Sorry, at this point we've had so much political trolling that randomly invoking health care flags your post as destructively off-topic.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 12, 2013, 12:03  Blue 
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 11:51:
El Pit wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 11:43:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 11:25:
Who buys from Zavvi when you can buy from Amazon? Honest question here, is it a UK only thing? Why would you choose them over Amazon?

Because Amazon would let you keep the accidentially sent PS Vita. Sure.

I doubt they'd let you keep it for free, but Amazon would probably be smart and offer a rebate to those who got one by accident ^^

In the U.S. you are legally entitled to keep goods sent to you by mistake as a "free gift," according to the FTC.

Q. Am I obligated to return or pay for merchandise I never ordered?
A. No. If you receive merchandise that you didnít order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

Q. Must I notify the seller if I keep unordered merchandise without paying for it?
A. You have no legal obligation to notify the seller. However, it is a good idea to write a letter to the company stating that you didnít order the item and, therefore, you have a legal right to keep it for free. This may discourage the seller from sending you bills or dunning notices, or it may help clear up an honest error. Send your letter by certified mail. Keep the return receipt and a copy of the letter for your records. You may need it later.

Source
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 11, 2013, 20:03  Blue 
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 11, 2013, 19:53:
Oh come on, that wasn't that bad and those people deserve that. If you believe in fairies, clap your hands!

RollinThunder got banned for political trolling. You are supposed to get a pass because...?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: removed Dec 11, 2013, 09:30  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Dec 11, 2013, 09:21:
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This comment was deleted on Dec 11, 2013, 09:30.

Sorry, I don't think I want these forums to be that kind of springboard.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 10, 2013, 14:13  Blue 
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 13:47:
Atomic wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 12:33:
Creston wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 10:35:
I think my dad still has that modem somewhere, but I'll be buggered if I can remember that init string!

The best string was AT &F V1 &C1 &D2 X4 &K0 S11=50 S46=136 if you had a US Robotics Sportster 56K, but who didn't, right?


Did 56k modems even exist yet when Doom was in its prime? Maybe you weren't talking about that period in time. I know that when Quake came out, I had a 28.8k modem and didn't get a 56k until Quake 2 or Tribes came out (Can't remember which). It wasn't the best at the time though (the 28.8k) so maybe I'm wrong about the 56k.

No I don't think so... I remember writing about 56K modems as a future thing in news stories on this site. If I recall there was a debate in the DOOM days over whether it was actually helpful or not to go past 9600 baud or if that was the "sweet spot" for best gameplay.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 6, 2013, 13:46  Blue 
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 6, 2013, 13:39:
Established 1995. Over three-quarters of a billion visitors since 1997.

Congratulations!

Nice catch! And thank you (and everyone else).
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 6, 2013, 08:50  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Dec 6, 2013, 08:49:
Pachter: "I don't know why Iwata is I'm still employed".


What do I win?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2013, 09:35  Blue 
 
fujiJuice wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 09:10:
Just from looking at today and yesterday the "Starbound Beta Details" and from yesterday the "DICE pauses all future products". There is probably more. Basically any story that links to previous stories on bluesnews.com excluding the "read more" link.

Thanks for pointing that out... I think I have all the broken links fixed. Sorry about that.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Dec 4, 2013, 09:34  Blue 
 
panbient wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 08:01:
Cutter wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 23:28:
Chance to check out Fallout 4 if you're in Dallas. Lucky bastiges!

Where they're calling it 'upcoming and released' games, it sounds more like a job playtesting ports. Especially where this is a voluntary position that features an NDA.

Well, being in Dallas, I'd actually expect this to be testing at id Software.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 10:36  Blue 
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 10:03:
Well, I was going to ask, but glad you mentioned Huddy was home, I was concearned how Gunnar would take it - but pets understand death to - so I am glad everyone was home so Gunnar could also understand the absence and grieve.

She probably went an hour or so before we woke up, so Gunnar got to experience it first. By the time we discovered her, he was no longer even paying attention to her corpse, he just concerned himself with comforting us, he knew already that even though her body was there, she was gone.

It's amazing how clearly he understands what happened, and I can see the wisdom of the advice to let them have this closure. He was previously more attached to Huddy than to either of us, to the extent that he was starting to get mopey because she was doing poorly. He's already back to his happy-go-luck self, whereas in the past, if Hudson left the house without him, he couldn't be distracted by anything but waiting for her until she returned, so if she had just gone off to the doctor's one day and never returned, we would have had a difficult situation with him.

We are here for you brother.

Thanks, it's a great comfort.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4(?) "Nuclear Winter" Teased
9. Re: Fallout 4(?) Nov 22, 2013, 11:50  Blue 
 
Atomic wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 11:48:
Can someone explain to me why a new game would be considered Fallout 4? Why is NV not counted as number 4?

Because NV is not the Roman numeral for four?
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns DRM Ending
10. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Ending Nov 13, 2013, 07:34  Blue 
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 13, 2013, 01:22:
Cutter wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 23:38:
Ver ist Berlin?!

Where is Berlin? = Wo ist Berlin?

Who is Berlin? = Wer ist Berlin?

Learning German - Lesson 1


Ich bin ein Berliner!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 8, 2013, 11:35  Blue 
 
DrSquick wrote on Nov 8, 2013, 10:31:
Blue, that got me thinking - do you prepare Saturday's and Sunday's posts ahead of time? Or have you worked seven days a week for the last 15 years?

The latter.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 30, 2013, 12:07  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:02:
He used to post some around halloweens, when they dressed up, but I've not seen pictures in a few years.

Do a search around previous halloweens...

There's a "Misc" section in the Screenshots archive

Hudson the puppy (2001)
Hudson Halloween 2004
Gunnar the puppy (2004) Includes Hudson's infamous pink cast
Hudson's Teeth
Hudson and Gunnar Halloween 2007
Hudson and Gunnar Halloween 2008
Hudson and Gunnar Halloween 2010
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 25, 2013, 09:48  Blue 
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 24, 2013, 16:50:
So then what is the point of the bags and "recycling" if they just get thrown in the garbage. I won't even go into the comments about drinking that squirrel piss coffee. I thought you burred your own.

We do grind our own, the Starbucks bags are for French Roast whole beans. To my tastes they result in an excellent cup of coffee.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2013, 15:38  Blue 
 
Ant wrote on Oct 23, 2013, 09:56:
Efflixi wrote on Oct 21, 2013, 14:58:
I remember when you got Hudson Blue. I loved seeing you dress her up for halloween! I am certainly sending good juju your way!
Do you remember when it was mentioned on BN? I'd love to reread that again!

First mention of her coming to live with us:
http://www.bluesnews.com/s/19640/out-of-the-blue

First mention of her by name:
http://www.bluesnews.com/s/19737/out-of-the-blue
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 22, 2013, 13:05  Blue 
 
Ladron3dfx wrote on Oct 22, 2013, 12:49:
Dogs don't like pills (full or part of), it's tricky to make them eat them. I used a pill cutter and stuffed it in a soft treat. Smiley

You cannot underestimate Hudson. She is not highly food-motivated to begin with. Also, she is like the princess and the pea with pills. She can pick through anything but peanut butter and spit the pills out, and after she decided I was trying to poison her with antibiotics, she stopped eating for basically three weeks. She still carefully picks through everything I give her, and refuses to eat peanut butter, and I don't know if I will get her past that.

Believe it or not, she puts up with the pills as I do them better than trying to trick her. She's just too smart and wary to be tricked anymore.

Finding a 24hr pet hospital, just in case of emergency always helps. Wink

I have the number of two places if she has an off-hours emergency. The place to take her to save her, and the closer place to take her to just put her out of her misery. I've discussed with the vet the possibility this will come to that, and while she cannot rule it out, she says most cases like this will involve a slope of decline, rather than a cliff. We will keep assessing her condition in light of that going forward.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 22, 2013, 12:26  Blue 
 
Ladron3dfx wrote on Oct 22, 2013, 10:36:
"she is beginning to suffer from congestive heart failure."

Blue, last year my dog had the same. She needs medicine right away or fluid will build up in lungs again (very bad). My veterinarian prescribed 3 medications.

Enalapril Maleate
Furosemide
Vetmedin

Dosage will depend on dogs weight.

Ask the veterinarian about the medicines I mentioned.

I would have a pretty poor vet who would have let me leave without prescriptions. CHF in dogs is treated with a cocktail of drugs, and Hudson is on Enalapril, Vetmedin, another heart medication, and two diuretics.

That I still have fingers after stuffing all those pills down her throat is a testimony to her devotion.
 
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