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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > Independence Day Metaverse
3. Re: Independence Day Metaverse Jul 4, 2012, 12:34 Ratty
 
I guess I use iGoogle. I just like a bunch of news feeds on my google start page. I think I started doing that a few years back then they started calling it iGoogle or something and now they're not. Big whoop de doo.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Beer can chicken Jul 1, 2012, 15:42 Ratty
 
Loved the article debunking beer can chicken. I've made a LOT of really bad chicken, but my beer can chicken is the best I have ever made. Perfectly juicy with a crisp skin done to perfection. But I've always been skeptical of the beer part of the equation, believing like the article it's merely the upright baking position that makes it great. I've tried a couple of vertical chicken roasters but it's hard to find one that keeps the chicken solidly upright and doesn't let it slump back down. The large size beer can shape and size is perfect for the task.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 28, 2012, 14:14 Ratty
 
nin wrote on Jun 28, 2012, 13:36:
Man! Where the hell is my steam summer sale?! I need to add another 20-30 unplayed games to my list, pronto!

Waiting as well. I'm finally ready to give Portal 2 a go.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: No more fast forward Jun 20, 2012, 20:20 Ratty
 
I knew this was coming. Comcast has disabled fast forwarding on some of their VOD network shows for a couple of months now. The day they do it for shows saved on my DVR is the day I quit cable. But, in light of the previous article on Netflix stealing viewers away from VOD, it's hard to see this happening. But then again, when you have a virtual monopoly and own a network or two ...  
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News Comments > Blizzard on Cheating
19. Re: Blizzard on Cheating Jun 11, 2012, 20:27 Ratty
 
Fletch wrote on Jun 11, 2012, 17:29:
There is no cheating in Diablo III. The online requirement and securing of key player, game, and runtime files behind Blizzard's digital redoubt have rendered the possibility of cheating ridiculous.
+1 for the use of the term "digital redoubt"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2012, 11:55 Ratty
 
PropheT wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 11:40:
... especially Peter Dinklage, who actually manages to make Tyrion as good in the show as he is in the books, if not better.
Peter Dinklage is the only reason it's still on my DVD waiting to be watched. I read the books and loved them but it was so long ago I remember almost nothing about them. So the TV series is basically brand new to me. Really, I think the thing that bothers me is everyone is so damn evil and I basically don't like anybody (except Tyrion). Every time Joffrey has a scene I want to turn it off.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2012, 11:23 Ratty
 
Seen that quantum space propulsion thing around the web lately and it's typical nonscience crap.
"By moving the plates (which are made of silicon), energy is created out of nothing and a net force is created which would be used to push, pull or propel a spacecraft."
Right up there with perpetual motion and spinning magnet antigravity. I can only guess it's getting so much attention because she's Egyptian and a *gasp* GIRL.

As for Game of Thrones, I still just can't get into it. I have the whole season on DVR at this point and can't make myself watch it. I love fantasy and scifi so this is quite puzzling to me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2012, 12:58 Ratty
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 12:34:
California seems like it'd be more fun to visit than live in.
The thing I like about living in California is there is all types of country here: rural, forests, mountains, deserts, busy metropolitan areas, tiny secluded hamlets. So if I want a change of pace it's never too long a drive away. Southern California, I love to visit it and always have a blast when I'm there (I adopt my naughty "vacation persona") but wow, I could not imagine anything worse than living there.

So excited for you Blue that you get to stay in your lifelong home. But I imagine now that's almost as scary as moving would have been - unless they make that Don Corleone offer or they manage to find a place for MrsBlue in NY.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard Revealed
8. Re: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard Revealed May 31, 2012, 13:11 Ratty
 
Panickd wrote on May 31, 2012, 13:08:
Wow. So everything they showed off in the Skyrim hackfest ends up as part of this new DLC (with the exception of the kill cam updates for projectiles and spells). I am shocked. Shocked I say! Well not that shocked.

This is maybe worth $10 to me. Otherwise it'll be waiting on the Steam sale shelf.
I noticed that too. Especially the flying guy with the wings, that's like exactly from the hackfest. Didn't see my personal fave though, the humongous crab.

For people complaining about the XBox exclusive, just be glad it won't require GFWL. That's something at least.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard Revealed
6. Re: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard Revealed May 31, 2012, 13:04 Ratty
 
CrimsonPaw wrote on May 31, 2012, 13:00:
I hear ya, but it seems to be the nature of the beast anymore (look at COD and GTA IV just to name a few). From my understanding, the exclusivity is only one month so hopefully they can take that time to fine-tune the PC experience.
Oops. Misunderstood what you said so editing my stupid post.

Anyway, I don't mind the months wait. Gives me time to create a new character and customize him exactly the way I want.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2012, 13:25 Ratty
 
Verno wrote on May 30, 2012, 10:58:
Just getting some shit off my chest. Our little yorkie Lucy passed away yesterday. She had a little doggie version of a stroke and her equilibrium was off as a result. She could barely get around and obviously wasn't happy so we put her down. She had been blind for a few years which was really rough at first but eventually we discovered that her other senses more than made up for it. All the same I had a long 16 years with her and my GF and her daughter have only been around for 3 but seem to be taking it harder than I am.

I don't really know the protocol for these things, this has been my only pet and has been with me since I was 16. Part of me really wants to wait and just mourn for awhile but another part wants another little companion again as soon as possible. My GFs daughter is totally heartbroken and keeps asking when Lucy will come back from heaven, three year olds are adorable.
I've been through quite a few pets over my lifetime. I've decided the best thing to do is get a new one the very next day. One day to mourn and remember what a great dog he was is enough. Any more than that and you are yielding to the notion that to get a new dog too soon is somehow disrespecting the memory of the old one. But it's not like they're in doggy heaven frowning down on you for "forgetting" them. You're not forgetting about them. For a while you'll think about them fondly every single day. You'll compare the new dog's behavior with the old one, noting how they behave differently, how they're not as good in some ways as the old one, seeing how they're better in some ways too.

By the way, I love the story about how your old dog was blind but he adapted and flourished under your patient care anyway. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing: dogs with no back legs wheeling around in custom wheelchairs, that sort of thing. Bravo to you sir.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
93. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 18:41 Ratty
 
Loved D1. Got burned on D2 - shelled out my money like a sap only to discover the SP game sucked. Didn't play it more than an hour before uninstalling it. Never even got excited about D3. Some of us DO learn our lessons.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. May 18, 2012, 14:15 Ratty
 
Nah, if you want to see the Diablo secret level you have to watch Robbaz King of Sweden play it. Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB0XHZ7Ee1o  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse May 18, 2012, 14:12 Ratty
 
Skype and Comcast. Talking to somebody on your TV sounds kind cool. I wonder if it can do picture in picture so you can watch things "together?" Surprised nobody's done that yet.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 16, 2012, 12:12 Ratty
 
Hyatus wrote on May 16, 2012, 12:01:
Ratty wrote on May 16, 2012, 10:58:
Unskippable commercials even for shows you record as they air. Yeah, I'll be quitting Comcast then.
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I think the answer is to make clever commercials people will want to watch. Like super bowl halftime ads.

So the answer is to make clever commercials for you to skip over?
I don't know, a Depends commercial could be pretty funny. Also if the actors were nude I'd bet more people would watch (though probably not in a Depends commercial)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 16, 2012, 11:30 Ratty
 
Beamer wrote on May 16, 2012, 11:20:
Well, the thing about building it into their DVR is who gets paid for it? Comcast puts commercials in their On-Demand because they get some money for it. But regular networks?
Comcast now owns NBC so I see a big incentive there.
But part of it is also that it's Psych, so I'm usually half-watching anyway.
Ha! So totally agree with that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse May 16, 2012, 11:25 Ratty
 
I'm still a very active Flickr user and I still love it. I think it's successful as a social platform as there are lots of ways to meet friends and interact with them. But I have noticed a lot of my friends are disappearing and new images I'm interested in are becoming a lot rarer. So something is happening, though I'm not sure what. Maybe it's what the article talked about: not enough localization or emphasis on mobile.

I remember the whole Yahoo ID debacle, though. Users were livid, including me. But on the whole it was a small tempest in a teapot.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 16, 2012, 10:58 Ratty
 
Beamer wrote on May 16, 2012, 10:09:
"Fox and NBC: Dish's commercial-skipping DVR 'a strange thing to do' at best, 'an insult' at worst."

In the "be careful what you wish for" department, we're probably less than 3 years away from permanent ad bugs or ad scrolls during shows to compensate for revenues lost via commercial-skipping viewers.

Of course, no one wants to watch crap with that crap, so ad-revenue-driven programming will likely cut back significantly. That's not just networks but basic cable. Which will drop cable subscription rates, meaning HBO will suffer, too.

On the plus side, all of this will force new business models and, probably, new content creativity.
On the down side, it will likely lead to a few lame years and some serious viewing habit fragmentation (which we kind of have, anyway.)
I was pretty disgusted and horrified when I found just a few days ago I couldn't skip commercials on Comcast's on-demand TV shows. It's not all TV shows yet, just a couple of networks so far. But the writing is on the wall. Now I make damn sure I save TV shows to my DVR when they air instead of expecting to catch up with On-Demand.

I won't be surprised if they build that into their DVRs sometime soon. Unskippable commercials even for shows you record as they air. Yeah, I'll be quitting Comcast then.

As far as new business models go Beamer, I remember they did some very obvious product placements on both Psych and Eureka a couple of seasons back. Psych had constant references to some deodorant throughout the season. It was obvious they were having a little fun with it. I rolled my eyes but I admit it didn't disgust me. For Eureka it was a car, also over several shows. I imagine that would get very very old if we saw that constantly on all of our shows.

I think the answer is to make clever commercials people will want to watch. Like super bowl halftime ads.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2012, 15:11 Ratty
 
nin wrote on May 12, 2012, 13:02:
Debating if I want to see Dark Shadows. I love Tim Burton, but this one doesn't look great.
Sorry, but it looks awesome.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2012, 15:04 Ratty
 
Prez wrote on May 12, 2012, 14:55:
Goddammit - they cancelled Alcatraz. Why do I bother watching any Sci-fi shows anymore?

It wasn't even that great, but it was decent, and it's not like we're flooded with choices these days.
I hear ya. I never watched Alcatraz but I got burned on enough others to learn my lesson. I'll never again waste time watching a serialized sci-fi show from the beginning. I'll wait until ratings are high or until the second season before I start watching, and then catch up through Netflix. (Or, used to be, On Demand before Comcast stopped letting you fast forward through commercials (and they wonder why people download their stuff from torrents)).

You'd think the networks would learn their lesson. People aren't going to start watching their serialized shows because now we just expect they'll be cancelled.

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