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News Comments > Why is Brink Now Free? Why Not?
1. Re: Why is Brink Now Free? Why Not? Aug 27, 2017, 15:07 Creston
 
how much money are we really making off a 99 cents [sale]?

Now, I'm not a mathematician or anything, but I think the answer is 99 cents.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gamescom Presentation
26. Re: Star Citizen Gamescom Presentation Aug 26, 2017, 22:02 Creston
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 16:13:
If anyone still can not see that the guy is a completely incompetent project lead plus a pathological liar on top of it

Chris Roberts is what happens if you cross Mac Walters with Peter Molyenenesuuxuxuxxe.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gamescom Presentation
25. Re: Into the Black Aug 26, 2017, 22:00 Creston
 
Kosumo wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 21:22:
Why at 2 hours and 14 minutes and 49 seconds did a performer from Cirque Du Soleil "A Nightmare before Christmas in Black and White" walk across the stage and give Chris a drink?

It was the $150M stretch goal! "Chris will hire a performer to be at his beck and call 24/7 to bring him drinks."
 
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News Comments > X4 Details Today
22. Re: X4 Details Today Aug 26, 2017, 21:54 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 19:30:
BazzaLB wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 19:17:
Here's a brief video

trailer

Is it just me, or do graphics look a step down from previous games?


Eh, it's pre-alpha. It's all placeholder stuff. You can tell that most areas simply have no shaders applied to it.

Also, it sounds like they're doing some cool stuff with the AI and economy to make the galaxy feel more alive.

Yeah, but they've honestly been promising this since X2. Every new X game they're like "This time it's really dynamic, with proper supply and demand!" And then there are like two stations that have supply and demand, and the rest just magically create supplies because if they had to run the entire universe on a logistics system, their AI would turn into a 1 frame per hour crawl.

Maybe this time they will have learned to code for multiple processors. (I'm not holding my breath...)

"You can fly every ship! You can fly every ship!" I guess they got the message.

Yeah, that really was just stupid in NoBirth. Give me one ugly-ass box to fly, with very few upgrades. Yawn.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2017, 17:58 Creston
 
Oh, one more thing: Before you feed your doggie anything as a treat, make sure to check that it's safe for them to eat. Some of the weirdest things are absolutely toxic to them. A single raisin can kill your dog, for example.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2017, 17:57 Creston
 
Hoop wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 17:43:
I had no idea that the Air Canada plane only cleared the stacked aircraft on the ground by just 69 feet. WTF
The only thing that betrays any kind of panic is the clipped speed of air traffic controls "Air Canada go around"
Kind of surreal how the pilot's voice stays in character as he powers on with no time to spare.
Even though his response is calm you can hear the I'am so fucked filling his head.
Mistakes on both sides but that Air Canada crew needs to be assigned new jobs loading planes not flying them.

Yeah, no shit. ILS is precise enough that it would have showed him he wasn't approaching the runway dead on. The guy was just fucking zoned out, and came pretty damn close to killing ~ 1000 people.
 
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News Comments > X4 Details Today
9. Re: X4 Details Today Aug 26, 2017, 17:30 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 13:37:
Got excited until I read "X4 online".

I had commented on that at first, but I realized it could just be the way the sentence is phrased. "our plans on how to reveal X4 online" could mean "We're revealing a game called X4 Online" or it could mean "We're doing the reveal online."


Watched through parts of the video, and... eh. They're still totally hung up on that whole "You can walk on stations!" thing, apparently having forgotten that they did that in Rebirth and it was the most boring shit imaginable. Also, while they have people who can make beautiful looking spaceships, they don't have a single person on their team who can make even a decent looking human...

I don't like the idea that you control EVERYTHING through the map, because unless they've somehow revolutionized the entire concept of a UI (lol, it's Egosoft), a map is an absolutely terrible tool to try to control things from.

And the whole "you can click on the pilot's chair, and the dude gets up and goes away, and you can then fly! And then when you stop flying, he comes back" just sounds terrible. Christ, we're going to have self-driving cars in the next ten years, I'm pretty sure that in the time of the X universe, there'd be such a thing as AI-controlled ships... Just more times I'm going to have to look at their terrible NPC characters.

I did like the modular station building, that looks cool.

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News Comments > X4 Details Today
8. Re: X4 Details Today Aug 26, 2017, 17:27 Creston
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 13:00:
Creston wrote on Aug 26, 2017, 12:19:
X4. I know I shouldn't after the aborted console travesty that was Unbirth, but I'm kinda excited for that.



Keep it together Creston. The stuff they've been hinting at sounds good but lets not ride the hype train... It only stops at the town of disappointment.

Yep, definitely not preordering or anything. Will wait and see. But I hope it's good. I WANT it to be good.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2017, 12:30 Creston
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 21:08:
OMFG tRump pardoned arpaio. best dotus ever


The fucker. Both of them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2017, 12:28 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 23:20:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 17:45:
But the good thing about Secret Service Protection for president Fuckface Von Clownstick is that it goes on in perpetuity, thanks President Obama!

Could we make an exception in Trump's case?

Also, the dude does not look healthy. Odds are even he doesn't live out his presidency.

Ignore how healthy he looks, the guy is showing frightening amounts of symptoms that would indicate he's suffering from Dementia...
 
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News Comments > X4 Details Today
1. Re: X4 Details Today Aug 26, 2017, 12:19 Creston
 
X4. I know I shouldn't after the aborted console travesty that was Unbirth, but I'm kinda excited for that.


 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
43. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 26, 2017, 00:52 Creston
 
Wow, if that was the actual story, no wonder they never bothered to make another HL, because that was just plain shit.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2017, 00:46 Creston
 
BobBob wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 16:58:
Creston wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 09:55:
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Wow an encyclopedia of advice! Thank you! Hope you don't mind if I pick your brain in the future.

Ask away man.

Here's a picture they showed me of when she was even younger. Grin

She's a real cutie. Just be careful how much you walk her. Pekinese aren't marathon dogs.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Dude uploads 2 petabytes of porn to Amazon Aug 25, 2017, 22:18 Creston
 
Amazon canceled its unlimited storage offering in June.

Thanks for ruining it for everyone, fucking asshole.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2017, 09:55 Creston
 
BobBob wrote on Aug 24, 2017, 15:27:
Good to know. I hope we can train that out of her. I want to take the adopted dog to a doggy obedience school and for my wife and I to be trained as new pet owners.

Obedience school is always smart. It teaches you a LOT of things that will help you have a more fun relationship with your dog. You want your dog to listen to you just for your own sanity, but it's far better for the dog to be obedient too, because it doesn't always know when it's in jeopardy. My dogs respond to LEAVE IT perfectly, which has helped several times when I spilled something in the kitchen that would have been poisonous to them.

My main concern as a first time dog owner is how should I prepare? Is there an online guide on for "First time dog ownership"? What should I purchase and be prepared to feed her? How do I know when she needs to do her duty outside? The foster person has a dog door, but we don't.

Man, I've had dogs so long that's a really good question. I'm sure there are books you can find, but none that I can recommend, unfortunately. I've literally had dogs my entire life.

Food, I would ask the person from whom you adopt the dog what they give him/her, and just continue with that for a while. It's never a good idea to switch a dog over cold turkey anyway, as their stomachs can get really upset if you do that. If you want to wean them off their old food and get them some new, slowly start mixing in the new food and up the ratio of new vs old every few days.

Type of food is very dependent on the dog. Most dogs do fine with dry foods, but some will only tolerate wet/canned food. Typically I'd say buy them a good brand, but don't go overboard on price. Check the bag for ingredients, and make sure that the first few ingredients are actually what the bags says/pretends they are. You want actual fish/meat/vegetables in there, so it should say Salmon or Beef or Corn, rather than Chicken Product or Chicken Meal. Both Product and Meal indicate that it's literally just ground up remnants (think beaks and feet, etc.) Stay far away from that garbage.

Put your dog on normal, good food first, and if they tolerate it well enough, keep them on that. If it looks like they might be having allergic reactions to something (your vet can help diagnose that), you can switch to sensitive stomach foods. However, those are usually significantly more expensive, so you want to try the cheaper stuff first.

Some (crazy) people advocate giving your dogs different flavors of food so they "don't get bored with their food" but that's honestly not a good thing to do. First off, dogs tend to not handle changes in their diet all that well, so forcing them to keep switching off like that isn't good, and second, all dog food is bland as anything anyway, so it's not as if they'd taste that much difference. It's far better to stick with something they like, and to give them small pieces of doggie treats with different flavors as rewards.


As for the dog having to go out, at 9 months she should be able to hold it reasonably well for 6-8 hours, so just schedule times for her to go out, and she'll quickly adjust to that. Make sure to let her out at the same times each day, though, so she can learn the schedule.

At first, she will most likely do business in your house. One important thing to know is to NEVER do the bullshit "Rub a dog's nose in it!" thing. All that does is tell your dog "Here is where I want you to poop/pee." Instead, do the following:

1) If you catch them in the act, yell loudly. The idea is to scare them (I know that sounds mean, but it works) while they're doing it inside, so they'll quickly learn not to do that.

2) Take them outside, and praise them with a kind tone when they do their business outside. Give them a treat and say something like "good potties outside!" Yes, I know it sounds silly, but it works. If you keep repeating the potties outside command, eventually they'll know that that means doing business outside, and you can get them to respond to that command.

3) If you find they pooped / peed in your house but you did not catch them in the act, DO NOT PUNISH THEM. Dogs have no concept of being punished for something they did in the past, so they will literally have no clue why you're punishing them. Buy a stain / odor remover (Nature's Miracle works very well), and thoroughly scrub the stain (and more importantly: the odor) away so the dog doesn't smell it the next day and thinks that's its place to go.

It can take a while with young puppies to house train them, but at 9 months (and if the current foster parent is doing their job well), it really shouldn't be much of an issue.

If you get good with the Potties Outside command, and the dog is smart enough, you can eventually turn it into a question and if they need to go, they will whuff or wag to indicate they need to go. Both my dogs are very good at letting us know if they need to go outside of their normal times. Note that it's not mandatory that you let them go, though. Again, an adult dog can hold its business quite well, but if it's an easy thing to let them out, it's just as easy to do it to prevent any unfortunate accidents.

If you ever leave your dog in too long and it goes inside the house, don't blame them for it. It was your own fault for not letting it go outside.


The only video I could find is in the opposite extreme. :)

Awww.

So tempting ...

Here's the thing: I've always had dogs, and always had one. This last time, we decided to get two. We didn't plan on it, we were ready to walk out with our boy dog, when we saw a girl dog sitting there, and she looked so sweet, and yet so sad that we were taking her brother, that my heart broke and I adopted her on the spot too.

Taking two dogs was the best decision I ever made. They keep each other company, they play together, they look out for each other, and it's just wonderful. Dogs love being in a pack, and this means they have someone besides you to entertain them, which definitely helps out.

The downside, of course, is that two dogs is easily twice as expensive. You need two of everything, you need twice the amount of food, and you will rack up a ton of vet bills. If you can afford it, do it, but just be aware of the financial consequences.

I was wondering about that. I'm tempted to purchase this backpack. That way on long hikes he/she can hop inside, while I continue walking.

Yeah. Just try it out first before you go on that long hike. You want the dog to become used to it before you count on it for multiple hours. Also, remember that I said about hiking paths and sharp rocks. You really want to try to get him/her used to some doggie booties.
 
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News Comments > EA: Mass Effect: Andromeda a "Great Game" Series May Continue
12. Re: EA: Mass Effect: Andromeda a Aug 25, 2017, 08:39 Creston
 
Bye Andromeda. We won't miss you.

In any case, this possible new one isn't even going to get designed until Anthem is released and DLC'ed to death, so at a guess I'd say... late 2019 for initial design, and then maybe 2022/2023 release date at the EARLIEST for a new Mass Effect game?

Also, the whole "fresh, exciting place" does not bode well for a return to the Milky Way galaxy. Sigh. I want to see more of Sur'kesh, and Tuchanka, and Palaven. I don't need new places that have no history attached to them.

ME is just dead. Sigh
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Free Weekend
5. Re: XCOM 2 Free Weekend Aug 25, 2017, 08:35 Creston
 
Rhett wrote on Aug 24, 2017, 21:53:
Can't wait for the expansion. Haven't been too excited for any releases for a while, but WOTC is doing it for me. :X

Yep yep. Nod
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 24, 2017, 14:45 Creston
 
BobBob wrote on Aug 24, 2017, 09:57:
Yep, we want to get pet insurance and plan to create a bank for the dog's health, food, etc.



On the subject of energy level. Very well stated and all good points to consider. I'll take that strongly into consideration.

Here's a video posted of her.

It seems like in the video the person is agitating the dog, but it could be the personality of the dog too.

Nah, the girl is just holding up treats. Every dog will go nuts if you do that. It's also a bad thing to do, because you're teaching the dog that jumping up and grabbing food out of your hand is perfectly okay, which is not the kind of behavior you want. (They'll jump up on you to snatch food when you're not expecting it.)

She seems very cute. I wouldn't think she's too high strung, but maybe see if you can find a video where she's not being enticed with treats

I was told by her foster parent that she believes the dog will mellow out after she's over the puppy phase.

Yeah, she will. The big question is how long that will take. My two dogs didn't really lose their puppy craziness until they turned six.


Another rescue group wants to introduce us to a similar type of dog. Here's a video of him.

He's wearing the green collar and he's 4 years old.


Awwww, he's so cute too. Far more mellow and relaxed, but that makes sense at age 4 versus 9 months. I think both of them would make fine pets (Get them both! ). I would be cautious about how much walking you make them do, though, because they're both very small. An hour walk should be okay, but multiple hours of hiking will be too much for them, so take that into account.

Hope it helps
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 24, 2017, 10:49 Creston
 
Man, I know those scumbags called me, but none of my numbers are in their list. I bet that list has like 12 numbers in it. Same as Apple's website where you can check to see if your iphone 6s is valid for the battery recall. No serial number ever comes up that says it IS valid.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. fishing Aug 24, 2017, 10:38 Creston
 
FUUUUUUUUUUCCCKKKIIIINNN' HEEEELLLLLLL. hehe.

You know, the guy in the speedboat is an asshole because he's going way too fast for those tight spaces, but at least he ditched his boat rather than just going straight over the kayak.

 
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