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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 9, 2011, 12:24  Blue 
 
Verno wrote on Jun 9, 2011, 11:18:
It's to pay for the clerk who is going to take your payment, her supervisor and blah blah blah.

Actually I think it goes a bit beyond that, to the extent of being a bit sinister. From what I know, the Feds have measures in place to try to prevent local municipalities from setting up "speed traps," and can withhold federal money from places that derive too much income from speeding tickets. This is one reason there is such willingness to negotiate them down to non-moving violations for those who appear in court, and why so much of what is paid for tickets is listed as court/administrative fees rather than the actual fine. Someone who is a cop (Bats?), lawyer, or judge can surely explain this better than I can, if not outright correct it, but that it my understanding.
 
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News Comments > Infinity Ward on Dedicated Servers & PC MW3
8. Re: Infinity Ward on Dedicated Servers & PC MW3 Jun 8, 2011, 17:56  Blue 
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 17:45:
they talked about it, everyone laughed, and they began to show off their business cards.

Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark!
 
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News Comments > Consoles Lead Skyrim Development
52. Re: Consoles Lead Skyrim Development Jun 8, 2011, 17:39  Blue 
 
Krovven wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 17:14:
I was just pointing that some people here will be categorizing news like this as "console news" instead of "multi-platform news".

I understood you were speaking of the outlook of others... that was also what I was addressing with my reply.
 
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News Comments > Consoles Lead Skyrim Development
44. Re: Consoles Lead Skyrim Development Jun 8, 2011, 16:50  Blue 
 
Krovven wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 16:43:
Blue, a lot of people around here view multi-platform news as "console news". Especially when the news topic focuses in on the console iteration, like we have with this topic.

So this shouldn't be reported? Or should the headline be: "Voldemort Leads Skyrim Development"?
 
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News Comments > Consoles Lead Skyrim Development
39. Re: Consoles Lead Skyrim Development Jun 8, 2011, 16:23  Blue 
 
Marvin T. Martian wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 16:18:
Site has never been the same since console news was added and mixed in.

Console news has never been mixed in here, it is in a single separate post, starting in September 2000 (9/11, oddly enough). Has the site never been the same since then?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2011, 12:36  Blue 
 
Verno wrote on Jun 7, 2011, 10:57:
You use run Dead Pixel Tester on it Blue, I believe there is a free version still. I use it every time I get a new monitor as there are many times you wouldn't notice a cluster until a specific image scenario comes up and by then its often too late to return it.

Never heard of that program, but I was interested. Unfortunately, I could not find a download location that my Web of Trust plugin didn't flag as untrustworthy. I found a couple of web-based testers that just help you eyeball this, but still can find no dead pixels. I'm pretty confident this is the case, as I have a pretty sharp eye... My last LCD before the three I discussed here was a Samsung 21" dealie that had three dead pixels that I noticed on a daily basis without looking for them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2011, 10:50  Blue 
 
brother19 wrote on Jun 7, 2011, 10:43:
I always buy from Newegg, but some sort of brief price guarantee would be nice. I do try to buy monitors from a brick & mortar, to avoid dead pixel return issues. I did grab a tv from the egg recently, though, and no problems.

I hadn't really considered the dead pixel issue... it's been a long time since I've had one, but that is a good point. Luckily this one is fine too, which means no dead pixels on my last three monitors, two of which have 2,304,000 pixels, and the other has 4,096,000.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 in March 2012
9. Re: Mass Effect 3 in March 2012 Jun 6, 2011, 16:52  Blue 
 
DangerDog wrote on Jun 6, 2011, 16:46:
maybe I'm wrong but haven't they screwed themselves design wise by doing this, all responses will need to be just a few words long.

The E3 demo showed that Shepard's in-game responses are longer and more fleshed out than the voice commands to trigger them.
 
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News Comments > Raven's Cry Revealed
3. Re: Raven's Cry Revealed Jun 6, 2011, 14:42  Blue 
 
Spektr wrote on Jun 6, 2011, 14:27:
Is it a cryengine game?

In spite of the title, there is no indication that this used the CryENGINE, nor is there any reason to believe that Raven Software is involved.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 4, 2011, 11:21  Blue 
 
taryuken wrote on Jun 4, 2011, 01:00:
Sounds like a problem with the power inverter board from the symptoms. Maybe you can look a repair kit and change out the capacitors.

I think that this may be the problem, as it first happened after a brownout. Unfortunately the fix you describe is beyond my level of technical proficiency... I am not a solderer. I do plan on looking into fixing this however. I wonder if that power inverter is in the uber-brick that lies between the monitor and the outlet, and whether that thing can be replaced?

As for the other suggestions that it may be a cable, well that is within my level, and it is assuredly not that. I have an HDMI TV connection into the monitor as well as the DVI from the PC, and the flickering persists when switching between them.
 
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News Comments > Rise of Immortals Keys
6. Re: Rise of Immortals Keys Jun 1, 2011, 22:49  Blue 
 
Ant wrote on Jun 1, 2011, 10:31:
Blue wrote on May 31, 2011, 18:38:
MxxCon wrote on May 31, 2011, 18:09:
Blue, do you have a quota to fill? Or is this game so unpopular nobody wants those keys?

I have no quota, just a big pile of keys, so I figure there's no harm in putting the call out to keep them from going to waste. The Age of Empires Online keys turned out to be a pretty hot item (I'm still getting requests more than a week after they ran out), but I think these are a *lot* of places to get the Rise of Immortals keys, and I guess everyone who wants one has got one already.
Do you get paid?

No. I doubt I would ever take money to post anything here, I certainly never have. But rest assured that if I did, I would clearly say so.
 
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News Comments > Age of Empires Online in August, Pricing Details Revealed
2. Re: Age of Empires Online in August, Pricing Details Revealed Jun 1, 2011, 15:07  Blue 
 
Creston wrote on Jun 1, 2011, 14:43:
Premium and Pro are the same price?

Creston

That's what it says on GameSpy. We didn't get that press release here (in spite of handing out 520-something keys to the AoEO beta).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: JJ Abrams Jun 1, 2011, 15:01  Blue 
 
kanniballl wrote on Jun 1, 2011, 14:36:
Either Blue has to do a better job at flagging some articles as possible NSFW or my filter at work got a lot more strict. Lately articles are being blocked, I imagine because the domain is known for showing riske ads. Today's was the JJ Abrams article.

I use the NSFW tag for links that have audible bad language. Your work filter is to block things they don't want you reading, which I don't think is the same intent. There's nothing NSFW about the Abrams article, but Nerve has their own sexy personals section and other content that probably earn the site a spot on that filter.

More of a concern would be not marking something as NSFW that isn't blocked by someone's work filter which then gets them in trouble. I'd be eager to hear from anyone with a problem in that regard, which would tell me I needed to look out for such things more carefully.
 
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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 MP Rumors
4. Re: Battlefield 3 MP Rumors Jun 1, 2011, 13:58  Blue 
 
Phaint wrote on Jun 1, 2011, 13:56:
heh don't you mean Modern Warfare 3 Rumors blue?

Sorry about that.
 
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines in Spring
6. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines in Spring Jun 1, 2011, 13:56  Blue 
 
Ray Ban wrote on Jun 1, 2011, 12:43:
This should be good. Co-op should be a blast!


I thought it was kind of funny that Gearbox don't think we will have made the transition to IPv6 before this time setting (as evidenced in the video at 0:26).

Well the whole Aliens vision of the future is a little retro to start with... Mono CRTs?
 
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News Comments > Rise of Immortals Keys
2. Re: Rise of Immortals Keys May 31, 2011, 18:38  Blue 
 
MxxCon wrote on May 31, 2011, 18:09:
Blue, do you have a quota to fill? Or is this game so unpopular nobody wants those keys?

I have no quota, just a big pile of keys, so I figure there's no harm in putting the call out to keep them from going to waste. The Age of Empires Online keys turned out to be a pretty hot item (I'm still getting requests more than a week after they ran out), but I think these are a *lot* of places to get the Rise of Immortals keys, and I guess everyone who wants one has got one already.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue May 31, 2011, 10:33  Blue 
 
nin wrote on May 31, 2011, 10:23:
I dig a good lamb chop

Never would have pegged you as a Shari Lewis fan, Blue.

Never was much of one... though Mallory seems pretty fine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mallory_Lewis_and_Lamb_Chop.jpg
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. May 31, 2011, 10:22  Blue 
 
zerobytes wrote on May 30, 2011, 20:16:
Dirwulf wrote on May 30, 2011, 14:31:
That is insane...

Actually, it's good to get the download insurance. Most packet collisions happen within 2 miles of your home.

Highfive
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2011, 12:06  Blue 
 
Esoteric wrote on May 30, 2011, 04:56:
I've been thinking about making chili recently and I've heard you had a good recipe. Could you throw me the link? Is it REALLY hot? I don't mind spicy, but I like flavor moreso.

http://www.bluesnews.com/a/813/blue_s-own-texas-style-chili-recipe-2008

It's pretty spicy, though there are two versions. There have been some further changes over the years, so one of these days I need to update the recipe.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2011, 19:18  Blue 
 
Ant wrote on May 25, 2011, 18:26:
Ah. I can't recall mine doing that at work and home. How old was it?

Old enough that I can't remember buying it.
 
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