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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
1. Hellgate first person? May 16, 2007, 12:55 Ratty
 
Is Hellgate still a first person perspective game. I only ever see 3d person screenshots lately

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: No subject May 7, 2007, 15:59 Ratty
 
Ratty, sounds to me you don't like shows which are serial or have any overarcing storyline....
Nah, that's not it. Lexx had that and I still loved it. Liked the second season storyline in fact: Self-replicating robots gobbling up planets and stars, galaxies. Farscape I don't care for, and I watched quite a few on DVD. I might like B5 when I see it on DVD. I didn't like Firefly when it was on TV but then when I saw it in the right order on DVD I ended up loving it. I suspect B5 might be the same. I just need to see them in order, uninterrupted, when I have some free time. Or I might not like it, who knows? I'm just not very tolerant of cliched, stupid characters and plots.

 
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15. Re: Spiderman 3 May 7, 2007, 12:49 Ratty
 
What about Lexx, I found some info on that. Is it any good? Anybody know about it?
Lexx is AWESOME. One of my all-time favorite series. Only season one and two though. Season three was OK, watchable, but season 4 was a travesty. It got all campy and stupid. Seems to me the first two seasons had a good production budget. Special effects were great.

Never cared for Farscape. I started renting them through Netflix too because I'd never seen them on TV, but I only got so far before I quit. Andromeda is beyond worthless. I never liked B5 when it was on TV but I didn't hate it either. I'll probably watch it on DVD sometime soon. I have the first DVD of the 4400 on my queue. I've not heard a lot about it but I thought I'd give it a try. You might also consider the modern versions of Outer Limits and Twilight Zone.

Let's see, other shows I loved on DVD: Dead Like Me. I never saw it on Showtime but I fell in love with it on DVD. The first 5 seasons of Red Dwarf of course. Some of those episodes are simply hilarious.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Guurrl Scouts May 2, 2007, 13:28 Ratty
 
Children of Men is incredible. It's one of the few DVDs I'm tempted to buy.

I wonder if there is a word for when your Netflix queue only has mediocre so-so things in it that you sort of want to see but maybe not. Like after you've seen all the movies you want to see, all the TV shows. What's left is weird foreign movies you have to be in the mood to see and you're actually disappointed when it comes in the mail cause you were hoping to get something better.

My queue is like that now. Everything on it is only so so or something I have to be in a certain mood to see. It's depressing. Thinking of dropping down to the 4 a month plan.

 
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News Comments > Game Guidance
1. Serious Sam 2 May 2, 2007, 13:09 Ratty
 
Hey, is this game worth getting in the bargain bin? I didn't care for the demos when they came out (though the second demo was a lot better than the first) and I was as disappointed as everyone else. Consolization, sell out, blah blah ...

But those screencaps look fun. Should I bother getting it?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: Space Opera Apr 30, 2007, 18:19 Ratty
 
I suspect reading a Star Trek or Star Wars book is a guilty pleasure, like chicks get when reading a Halequin Romance.
I'll say. For the love of god I can't BELIEVE any of you guys are admitting to this. And I thought *I* read trash. Now I don't feel so bad.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Google desktop Apr 30, 2007, 18:17 Ratty
 
Hey thanks! Definitely none of that was available with version 1.0. I believe I'll give it another try.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: No subject Apr 30, 2007, 12:46 Ratty
 
It's all hyperbole. Cannabis has no physical addiction to it. So nobody is 'dependent' on Pot.
Bah. I think most drugs should be legalized. Heavy sentences for those who sell to minors (but not death like William F. Buckley proposes). I think making drugs illegal does a lot of good, but the bad it causes outweighs that: unfair, racist, classist conviction stats. Expensive overcrowded prisons. Erosion of civil rights. Support for opressive and antagonistic regimes. The amount of crime committed by druggies and junkies. A framework for organized crime to flourish. The huge expense of it all. Really I suspect the civil rights issue is the real reason we've never legalized drugs. Governments will do anything to keep from restoring rights they've taken away and losing that power.

But I was really addicted to pot for awhile. Smoked it every night when I was in college. It was definitely not good for me or my life. The only reason I'm not abusing it today is because it's illegal and I don't know where to buy it anymore. Still, even so, I think it should be legal.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Google desktop Apr 30, 2007, 12:32 Ratty
 
I tried Google desktop for awhile. I really need a more powerful search for the files on my PC than the straight exact string match provided by Windows search. Problem was I couldn't limit result to a specific tree of folders, nor could I limit results by file extension. It always returned too many results to be useful, plus it displayed too much detail on screen making me page through screen after screen.

I guess getting Google desktop just to search files was overkill to begin with. Any suggestions on a better search utility that automatically indexes files in the background?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: No subject Apr 19, 2007, 13:25 Ratty
 
At times I will catch some of the auditions in the first weeks just to see the people making fools of themselves
Careful, that's how I started too. Like a gateway drug or something. Seems innocent enough at first, but before you realize it you're shooting heroin twice a day.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: No subject Apr 19, 2007, 12:34 Ratty
 
Nope. I have never watched it, and always roll my eyes and say, "wtf are you watching that garbage for"
Gah, for the first time I'm watching it. I don't know what's wrong with me. I resisted for years but now I find myself tuning in--not religiously, but more than I should. I resisted Lost for awhile too but I've watched the last 3 shows or so. Don't look at me! I'm, hideous!

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Keith Olbermann Apr 18, 2007, 12:38 Ratty
 
The man is revered as a god by liberals. Me, I've never been able to listen to more than 5 minutes of the guy. Seriously, everyone raves about what a genius the man is and I always think I'm missing out on something. He just drones on and on, using huge words and florid, bloated similes chocked full of meaningful symbolism. I can't ever figure out what the hell he's even trying to say. It's like I'm listening to somebody completely different than what everyone else is listening to.

 
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24. Re: Stalker Apr 15, 2007, 11:38 Ratty
 
Well, buying S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was a huge waste of my money.
I bought it too. It'll play but it's just no fun at 800x600. It also has a tendency ot crash a lot, serious crashes. I probably just need to update my drivers. I have a GeForce I've been meaning to install for awhile. Unfortunately I don't think my power supply is up to the task. The card says it needs a 350W UPS. How do I tell what my UPS is rated at anyway?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. No subject Apr 14, 2007, 13:07 Ratty
 
You own a tuxedo??

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Post nasal drip Apr 13, 2007, 11:57 Ratty
 
Probably still sick, sounds like. An interesting thing happened to me, though. I've been having a horrible sleeping problem. About 10 or 10:30 at night my allergies kicked in and I would be up literally ALL NIGHT sneezing and blowing my nose. No problems during the day, just at night after I went to bed. Benadryl worked pretty well, but I'd have to take it every night which I didn't like. By chance I saw some pillow cases and sheets I liked so I got them and changed them all and I noticed a couple of days later that my allergy problem had gone away (I didn't bother to wash the sheets before I put them on like most people do). I'm thinking I became allergic to the detergent, so now I'm using a hypoallergenic one and still have no allergy problems and I'm getting a good 8 hours nowdays.

 
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News Comments > Bethesda Buys Fallout
11. No subject Apr 13, 2007, 11:50 Ratty
 
Wait. What?? 30 million?

 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Microsoft is dead Apr 8, 2007, 15:31 Ratty
 
If I'm not using MFC why on Earth would I want that clunky bloated piece of shit on my harddrive? Just for the compiler? Blech. It's always about year behind in standards compliance compared with other compilers anyway.

 
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6. Re: Microsoft is dead Apr 8, 2007, 14:01 Ratty
 
By the way, did you ever develop with Visual C++ 6.0? Would you classify that as a weapon
No, it doesn't have that "weapony" feel to it. I used to develop with it but came to despise it's thin-wrapper approach, choked with weird macros. In fact, the only times I've ever used VB is when I had to do a windows GUI. I found it was really good at making stable GUIs with very little work. I'd develop the code in C++ with gcc though and call out to that. I'd NEVER go back to Visual C++.

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
22. Light saber umbrella Apr 8, 2007, 12:41 Ratty
 
Bought it!

 
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4. Re: Microsoft is dead Apr 8, 2007, 12:20 Ratty
 
An interesting thing. I always avoided Visual Basic, mostly because I didn't like it (I don't trust any programming language that doesn't have curly braces) but mostly because it was platform specific. A programmer I respected very much has recommended various languages, frameworks, and techniques over the years and she's been absolutely spot on every time. I owe her a great debt of gratitude for helping me get where I am today. But after several years of not seeing her I ran into her not too long ago. She'd turned gaga over .NET. I was stunned. Oh the humanity. Not her, they didn't finally get to her! She admitted the irony and her own surprise, but she was unqualified in saying .NET was .IT!

I've been hearing similar stories around the internet here and there. I still find it hard to believe, but I've been looking into .NET. Cautiously, but still looking. The thing I don't like about Microsoft tech is how stubbornly platform-specific it is, but mostly it's the fact that every technology they develop (or coopt) is designed as a weapon. They don't try and create useful tools for real users, they craft careful marketing weapons designed solely to overwhelm their target markets.

What do you guys think? Are we headed for a .NET world?

 
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