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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2016, 14:43 Pigeon
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 5, 2016, 13:40:
If I lived in a NFL/MLB city (I don't) I would never vote to approve the use tax dollars to build them a stadium. Building stadiums for millionaires (if not billionaires) doesn't make the list of things that need to be done with tax dollars.

I think this has been posted here before but John Oliver breaks it down pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcwJt4bcnXs
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 4, 2016, 13:31 Pigeon
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 12:07:
Congrats Pigeon. Cool that it came down to the very last game.

After leading by 1 or 2 points for most of the year I thought I was going to lose it on the last day. My secret was to pick the teams that win. Honestly though I feel most of it was luck, had a couple of really good weeks early on and then I was consistent enough to stay at the top; a lot of tough competition though. So now the important question, where's my prize? It's in over-sized novelty check form right ?

In all seriousness though it was a good season, and my team made it to the playoffs which seemed extremely unlikely at the start of the season. Though that is in no small part due to the rest AFC south being just awful. Unfortunately I don't foresee advancement, unless Brian 'the concussion' Hoyer can really step it up. If only we played the Bengals for the first playoff game...
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 4, 2016, 09:54 Pigeon
 
It doesn't even have an OS ingrained app store 90% full of freemium crap. How can you even use the internet without Cortana spying collecting data on your usage so it can deliver you the ads valued content you seek.

I was wondering if AMD was going to have an offering to compete with Pascal. Well good luck to them.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
1. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 3, 2016, 17:19 Pigeon
 
The fact you can even blow £4k on a kid's game is ridiculous.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 2, 2016, 12:40 Pigeon
 
El Pit wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 12:23:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 12:12:
I think we should also be focusing on auto fatalities/accidents, but that doesn't mean there isn't a better way to handle our gun violence issue. I do find it amazing how much resistance there is to cellphone/texting bans when the data shows how similar it is to driving under the influence. When I see someone all over the road now I don't assume they're drunk I assume they're on the phone; which is usually confirmed with a visual check.

Focusing on auto fatalities and accidents, TOO, is of course right. Problem: it would mean to take away personal liberty from the drivers, like built-in and unblockable speed control. Or a GPS transmitter in every car so the driver can get his ass sued for speeding. Who would really want that no matter how many lifes would be saved?

You don't need to go to those lengths to address the problem. A more stringent licensure process, bans on texting and non-hands free phone use and better enforcement/higher penalties for those actually breaking the laws.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 2, 2016, 12:12 Pigeon
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 10:54:
Creston wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 10:28:
Nucas wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 10:18:
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 1, 2016, 12:20:
A dickhead drunk driver totaled my brother's SUV and another brand new car while parked right before midnight, last night, before crashing about a hundred meters down the road.

I'm sure he'll get his wrist slapped real hard though.

i hear this expressed a lot and i wonder if people know what really happens. one of my management staff got a DUI this summer. all told he ended up owing over 10,000 dollars and lost his license for one year; can't even drive to work. he can apply for a conditional work license in 6 months, and may qualify for it after the 10th month.

Without knowing what state you live in, I'm going to guess this was not the guy's first offense. It seems unlikely they revoke your license for a year your first DUI offense, but this may vary from state to state.

And I'm sorry, thousands of people DIE due to drunk (or high, whatever) drivers, and it seems that in the large majority of cases, it's never the fucking shitwallet who chooses to drive drunk who dies. It's always the innocent person with the three children in the back seat who buys it.

DUI should be treated as fucking attempted murder if you get into a wreck. It is ridiculous how lax we are against it considering the amount of fatalities it causes each and every single year.

If you can't have the fucking willpower to NOT drive after you've had too much to drink, your "contribution to society" can easily be done without.


At the risk of angering the anti-gun people on Blues, this is why I laugh every time Obama gives crocodile tears on the TV about "gun violence" and vows to do something if it would help just one child!

Meanwhile every asshole in the country has a car whether or not they have a license to drive it and motor vehicle accidents kill way more people every year. I drive to work through Charlotte rush hour every day and every. Single. Fucking. Day. I see at LEAST one person pull some stupid ass driving stunt that could potentially kill a bunch of people. Most days there are major accidents that fuck up traffic even more, and you know it's because some dickwad was driving just like that.

And then they go out and drink and get behind the wheel. To hard on DUIs? Fuck that. I think the immediate punishment should be the officer wailing on your genitals with a baton until you puke them up, and then we go from there.

I think we should also be focusing on auto fatalities/accidents, but that doesn't mean there isn't a better way to handle our gun violence issue. I do find it amazing how much resistance there is to cellphone/texting bans when the data shows how similar it is to driving under the influence. When I see someone all over the road now I don't assume they're drunk I assume they're on the phone; which is usually confirmed with a visual check.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 1, 2016, 14:50 Pigeon
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 1, 2016, 13:18:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 1, 2016, 13:07:
I noticed some fresh scratches on my car from last night, which I'm none too pleased about, so I imagine pissed off is probably beyond what your bro is feeling. While I enjoy alcohol I hate much of the culture surrounding it; it's unfortunate so many view it as an idol.

He's actually not that upset. He got sold what was essentially a grade above Lemon from Honda as it was constantly breaking down once he took ownership so I joked to him that his burden has finally been put to rest since it's a write-off. The owner of the new car, on the other hand, is likely furious and rightly so.

Living in a fishing community, drunk drivers are about as common as teenage pregnancies and even if you kill someone while doing so, here's six months probation. I'm not even making that part up so unless the owner of the car is a Judge or someone important, nothing substantial will come of it as far as punishment is concerned.

Well I guess if a drunk is going to total your car then that's the best case scenario.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 1, 2016, 13:07 Pigeon
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 1, 2016, 12:20:
A dickhead drunk driver totaled my brother's SUV and another brand new car while parked right before midnight, last night, before crashing about a hundred meters down the road.

I'm sure he'll get his wrist slapped real hard though.

Also really bummed out about Trapper.

I noticed some fresh scratches on my car from last night, which I'm none too pleased about, so I imagine pissed off is probably beyond what your bro is feeling. While I enjoy alcohol I hate much of the culture surrounding it; it's unfortunate so many view it as an idol.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY IX PC Plans
14. Re: FINAL FANTASY IX PC Plans Jan 1, 2016, 12:20 Pigeon
 
Suppa7 wrote on Jan 1, 2016, 11:21:
Jagacademy wrote on Dec 31, 2015, 15:23:
Whenever I hear anyone talk about great FF games, it is 3(6) and 7.

Contrary to popular belief, most of them were just "meh".


A much more likely explanation is that the games were good at the time but have either stagnated or have been superceded, aka no one knows what direction to take the genre in so it becomes uninspired retreads until the next game design genius shows up.

You could say that about most games, your perception of games change as you age and as you play more games and have time to reflect back on the experience. The more games you've played the harder it is to impress you and the more critical you become.


One of the things I like about 6 is the large cast of unique characters. Each character has their own unique skills that stay relevant through out the series. While FF7 isn't the worst example of this, the materia system essentially renders all the characters the same with exception to their limit breaks. 3 and 5 had job systems which I feel completely strips the characters of uniqueness, though 5 had a decent story.

I really like the DS version of 4; a true remake. Graphics are updated, but still carry the feel of the original SNES graphics, some extra abilities were added to allow you to customize the characters and add an extra layer of strategy, the game is harder (or rather the original difficulty found in the Japanese version), the are some added secret dungeons and the translation was cleaned up some.

All that is why I was so disappointed with the FF6 re-release, because they could have done a much better job putting a bit more polish on an already good game. Instead they they slapped some lipstick on it and sent it to turn tricks on the street corner.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY IX PC Plans
2. Re: FINAL FANTASY IX PC Plans Dec 31, 2015, 13:35 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2015, 12:52:
Is this just another attempt at milking the back catalog, or is this a good game? After playing 7 on PC (which I really liked at the time) I watched a friend play 8 on console and was much less impressed. And Square seems to be doing this for a lot of their old FF games. I'm probably getting too old for JPRGs anyway.

So long as they do a decent job with the controls and don't fuck up the graphics this one should be a good port. Though that seems to be asking a lot from square these days...

I tried playing 8 on my PC and didn't like it; I found it quite boring. Supposedly it gets better, but I couldn't be bothered to find out, and the combat system wasn't doing it for me. I never finished FF9, but I enjoyed it. There were emulation problems that deterred me from completing the game. So assuming they don't fuck this up I'll probably pick it up when it comes out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 30, 2015, 10:12 Pigeon
 
Sounds like I jumped the AVG ship just in time. When they announced they'd sell your browsing history it was a pretty clear sign the security of your data was no longer a concern of theirs. Not something that instills confidence in an anti-virus product.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 29, 2015, 16:31 Pigeon
 
BobBob wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 16:16:
Thanks to El Niño we had a super cold blast here yesterday. Was only in the mid 50s to 60s.

Not all hope is lost. It's climbjng back up toward the 70s over the next few days. Thumbsup

It was a near record 84 degrees on Christmas, now we're hovering around the upper 40s low 50s for daytime temps. One day AC next day had to turn the heat on.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 29, 2015, 13:43 Pigeon
 
How do they know that guy blew up the condom machine? Maybe he was framed by unstoppable gonorrhea.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 29, 2015, 13:37 Pigeon
 
I used Tiger Direct back in the late '90s and early '00s; in fact the first computer I built most of the parts came from there. Getting their catalogs in the mail was like nerd porn; so it's kind of sad to see it on the way out. But really I've not used them in years, last time I even looked at their site it was a bit of a mess to navigate, prices were not particularly good and a lot of items lacked detailed specs. New Egg isn't perfect in those respects, but comparatively much better.

On the Wikipedia article I've certainly run into the issue being described. I think part of the problem is a lot of those entries are written by people who are used to writing for scientific journals, which assume the reader already has a higher level of knowledge about the topic. Also the writing itself is generally not presented in a way that is easily understood by most people. It takes a good amount of skill to "dumb down" a complex topic so it's accessible to a wider readership. I'll take overly complex articles I have to struggle to understand over ones that only tell half the information to keep it simple any day.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 29, 2015, 10:27 Pigeon
 
I picked up HBO Now a few weeks ago to watch the show. Currently on a free trial, not sure if I'll continue subscribing after the trial or not. While there are lots of good show and some decent movies on it at $15 a month its not quite the deal Netflix is. For some odd reason you have to subscribe to HBO Now through your phone or some other supported streaming device like a Roku. Once you've done that you can watch shows and movies on your computer. Maybe there are some kind of contractual agreements that prevent them from not using a third party; at any rate it's another barrier to people watching the shows legally.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 28, 2015, 14:37 Pigeon
 
HoSpanky wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 12:21:
El Pit wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 12:15:
To destroy a hard drive permanently, just let your young son/daughter/nephew/niece just use the computer as they see fit. After 60 minutes, the boot sector will be a deadly snakepit full of viruses, trojans, and everything you do not want on your system.
Now just unplug it and hand it over to somebody you really hate and tell them: "I trust you. Can you please destroy this hard drive? There's some personal info, pics and mail on it, so please don't look at it. Thanks!"
Problem solved!

This isn't a particularly efficient way, but it's one of the most entertaining!
Thanks for the laugh.

Fire is quite efficient and fun. Nobody is recovering anything from a glob of melted aluminum.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
6. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Dec 28, 2015, 09:39 Pigeon
 
It seems like half the place I go to still swipe and the other half use the chip. Meanwhile check-out people look at me like I'm a moron because I swipe instead of insert or vice versa and I invariably make the wrong choice for that particular store. Damnable technology  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
28. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 28, 2015, 08:57 Pigeon
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 07:13:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 27, 2015, 23:59:

In the meantime, and I don't think we're in disagreement here, for most people working in an office, for most people going to school, and for most people watching and making cat videos, their cell phone and their laptop they bought 5 years ago is all they need, and will need, for the foreseeable future.

Even if you own a low end desktop PC, the usability that you can get out of it will always be much better than any tablet, cell phone or laptop can provide. People will always say, oh but its not mobile...Well DUH that's what laptops, tablets or phones are for. People will say but if I have a laptop, why do I need a desktop PC and there is some truth to that. However from just an ergonomic viewpoint the PC provides a much better experience no matter the specs. Even if the hardware isn't being pushed to the limit by most users, there is really nothing that can beat the PC when it comes to usability at home or at the office. Articles like this try to make the case for mobile devices to the detriment of the PC, but it's just ambiguously disguised marketing. There is nothing a phone, tablet or laptop can do than what a comparatively priced (or even much cheaper) PC can't do better in a much more comfortable and easier environment. If you work in an enterprise environment, the PC is the be all, end all solution. If you work from home, same thing. Sure you have mobility with a laptop, but if anyone says they feel more comfortable working on a laptop than a desktop PC, they are lying or have bought into the marketing bullshit.

There's nothing in this article about PCs being less usable, less capable of productivity, or just less in general. The only thing this article is doing is offering an explanation as to why PC sales have been so low and continue to decline through the last several years. This is not a THE PC IS DEAD article, again it is just an explanation of a market trend.

People buy a new phone every two years because the new phones do things they want to do better than their old phone. Meanwhile their 5 year old laptop still browses the web, plays videos, runs casual games and simple office productivity suites almost as well as a new balls to the wall computer. If anything the article is saying PCs are so good that once you buy one you're not going to need another one in 5+ years. Even as a gamer I had a hard time justifying the replacement of my previous 6 year old computer. My biggest reason was that any new $200+ video card I got would likely be bottle-necked by the older hardware. There just isn't a compelling reason to buy a new PC, superior platform or not.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
9. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 27, 2015, 16:32 Pigeon
 
“Some products such as registry cleaning utilities suggest that the registry needs regular maintenance or cleaning. However, serious issues can occur when you modify the registry incorrectly using these types of utilities. These issues might require users to reinstall the operating system due to instability. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved without a reinstallation of the Operating System as the extent of the changes made by registry cleaning utilities varies from application to application.”

Ooggity booggity boo! DON'T TOUCH THE REGISTRY BAD THINGS MIGHT HAPPEN!!

Maybe if Windows did a better job of keeping itself tidy you wouldn't need things like CCleaner. I've had way more trouble with old registry entries causing issues than I have ever had with CCleaner deleting something it shouldn't have(which is never). I have never understood why windows has such an aversion to fully uninstalling programs, there's always bits and pieces left behind. I'm sure they don't like that CCleaner can also delete cached information for various programs; they can't collect that information and sell it if you delete it.../rant

As for the PC failing article, it's horribly written, but the crux of the argument is pretty solid. The kinds of apps that most people use for personal and business uses do not stress even old PC hardware. Until an app comes out that most people will want, and that requires the kind of power a PC provides sales will remain low.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Dec 24, 2015, 13:38 Pigeon
 
And then Lucas became directly involved and everything went to shit.

A lot of the things mentioned were just development hell/suits asking for more work for less money, but the stuff about Lucas makes you wonder how this man ever made respectable films. He has creative diarrhea, shit just comes flying out of his mouth without any thought. It's like a 7 year old making up nonsensical stories as they play with a menagerie of toys. Is it pure hubris, was he secretly into sniffing glue and eating paint chips or does he just hate the fans and takes every opportunity to troll them?
 
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