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Signed On Sep 24, 2003, 23:48
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4. Re: On Sale Mar 2, 2017, 00:30 Kxmode
 
jamiedj99 wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 00:27:
and each planet will be sub contracted out to companys that in turn sub-contract them out as well.

Nobody sub-contracts Pluto Brood
 
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31. Re: On Sale Mar 1, 2017, 23:05 Kxmode
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 22:33:
On this note, a company reached out to me today to interview for a job in downtown Chicago. They'd increase my salary, and offer a 60% bonus over a 30% bonus. It'd ultimately be a $86,000 raise, though much of that $86,000 would be bonus and taxed somewhere in the vicinity of 50%.

It's downtown Chicago, not even an hour commute, but... Chicago is one of the few cities I know no one. Is $86,000 pre-tax really worth it? I get that, to some, that's a horrifically obnoxious question, but still one I need to ask. Not even like I have the offer, just a first round with HR.

Not sure about Chicago or the state of Illinois but from a Fed level you usually benefit from a good sized refund. My bonuses in California are taxed at a high amount (like 50%). Between my salary and bonuses, I paid something like $12K in taxes and I was still able to get a decent return. I also have a mortgage and pay property taxes so that refund is even higher. One more reason to buy a home. Best long term investment ever! Thumbsup
 
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2. Re: On Sale Mar 1, 2017, 22:56 Kxmode
 
You know it's a long day when you call it Tubrotax. My CPA is Tupac. He's trying to get me a Biggie Smalls refund.  
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27. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 1, 2017, 20:28 Kxmode
 
dubfanatic wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 19:18:
Exactly. I spent my 20s in the big city with the hip culture and hot nightlife. It was fun, and I'm glad I did it (especially since my condo went way up in value since I bought it) but now I'm in my 30s and the noise, crime, and extreme left-wing politics were getting old. And there's no way I'm going to raise kids in that environment. Now I'm in the suburbs with an eye to move to a smaller metro area.

I hear Galt is nice this time of year. Their flea market is off the chain!
 
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100. Re: On Sale Mar 1, 2017, 20:23 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 15:12:
It really depends on the type of candy. ... Everyone knows that Dark chocolate is the only choice

That made me chuckle.
 
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14. Re: etc. Mar 1, 2017, 19:09 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 18:47:
I'm wondering what other games that engine might be good for. It's a pretty unique implementation for a game with unique requirements.

Off hand, there could be an RTS game that lets players settle colonies in different systems and engage in diplomacy with aliens with dialog, force, or a hybrid of both, and also the ability to created factions with allies. The gameplay would be a third person (macro view for empire building) or first person (micro view for exploration and communications). A combination of 4X, Homeworld, and Star Citizen with a bit of Mass Effect thrown in.
 
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22. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 1, 2017, 18:57 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 18:30:
You need to read what DMan wrote:

Dman20 wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 09:49:
Pending medical and exact taxes he's probably bringing home 65% of his pay after (401k, medical, fed taxes, state taxes, etc), so roughly 104k, 36k in rent later your down to 68k of usable income.

So he still has quite a bit left. I live in an expensive market, but I don't pull in anywhere near $160K. I'd love to. Would make my life so much easier.

Thanks for the insight. I have to say $68K of available income is still significant. People's entire salaries are less than $68K. Perhaps this is a simple assessment, but it would seem to me if it's hard to live on $160K they're doing something clumsily. The first rule of any household should be to budget income and know where every dollar goes.
 
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11. Re: etc. Mar 1, 2017, 17:23 Kxmode
 
You guys already know how I feel about Star Citizen, so I won't beat that dead horse. However, unlike Derek Smart, I don't want to see the project fail either. I feel what CIG is doing from an engine and technological level is pretty amazing and insanely ambitious. Only time and money will tell if they achieve success. I'm just glad to watch from the sidelines with no money invested in the process. If successful I do hope CIG licenses their unique CE engines to other AAA Studios. Can you imagine a Star Wars game on the level of Star Citizen? Makes me excited for that possibility.  
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10. Re: etc. Mar 1, 2017, 17:16 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 10:10:
|RaptoR| wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 09:59:
Did you watch it though?
No, I did not watch a video about an unreleased game discussing beta code.
I prefer to get my in-depth analysis from vimeo. /s

Right there, that sums up why your replies tend to fail on so many intellectual levels. You don't even bother to educate yourself on the topic discussed. It's way too easy only to post snarky comments critical of someone's hard work or the platform it is presented. I actually feel sorry for your level of ignorance at times. I'm positive this comment is going to elicit a "you're in a cult, so your reply is invalid" response. Which, again, perfectly sums up my point.
 
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14. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 1, 2017, 16:55 Kxmode
 
$36,000 for rent doesn't explain where the remaining $124,000 goes. Even if you include essentials, there's no way someone making that much cannot meet their financial obligations in the Bay area (regardless of how expensive it is to live there). The only way they are barely scraping by is if they're living out of their means or without a budget. Except the very wealthy, constantly dining at expensive restaurants and taking in expensive entertainment is going to kill anyone's checking account. Not all, but many making $160K tend to live lifestyles that never bring them contentment. They always have to keep up with their neighbors. They always have to spend on things. They consume material things. There are plenty of people making ends meet on significantly less.

The only thing that came to my mind while reading this was #OnePercentFirstWorldProblems

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15. Re: On Sale Feb 28, 2017, 19:05 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 16:03:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 14:54:
I don't think anyone asked for this game.

As a sci fi fiend, I thought you'd be down for this.

I typically don't play games based on movies (they suck). I will, however, play games based on a movie's IP (KOTOR, Tron 2.0, Star Wars Galaxies, et all).
 
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47. Re: On Sale Feb 28, 2017, 17:14 Kxmode
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 02:29:
That case doesn't seem like a win for free speech. What am I missing here?

In fairness to your question I went back and reviewed more of the case (as best I can since I am not a lawyer) and I believe you're right.

The nuts and bolts is:
- Chaplinski was on a street corner yelling at people and calling them sinners and fascists. (Unfortunately, Witnesses did that back in the early 1900's) Eventually, a mob formed and started a riot.
- Chaplinski was arrested and charged with breach of the peace under a New Hampshire law that made it illegal to call people names.
- Chaplinski was convicted of a violation of the peace. He appealed.
Chaplinski argued that the New Hampshire law was unconstitutional since it infringed on his 1st Amendment right to free speech.
- The US Supreme Court upheld the conviction.
- The US Supreme Court found that Chaplinskiís statements were fighting words (words designed to incite violence against the speaker).
- The Court found that freedom of speech is not absolute and that certain forms of speech (like fighting words, commercial advertising, or obscenities) do not convey ideas and are therefore not covered by the 1st Amendment.
- This decision became known as the two-tier theory because it divides speech into two tiers of constitutional protection.

Interesting. While there are a great many examples of freedom of speech as it relates to Religion, it would appear Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire isn't one. My apologies for that.
 
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4. Re: On Sale Feb 28, 2017, 14:54 Kxmode
 

I don't think anyone asked for this game.
 
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44. Re: On Sale Feb 27, 2017, 22:31 Kxmode
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 21:00:
LOL freedom, yeh

Yes. Freedom. The ability to say things regarded as "hateful" or "fighting words" to a person or group is, in part, thanks to the Witness's Supreme Court victory. I posted the information. You didn't pay attention.

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03/09/1942, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (315 U.S. 568)

FREEDOM: First and Fourteenth Amendment rights to free speech (otherwise know as the "fighting words doctrine")

Justice Frank Murphy delivered the court's decision noting the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government from making laws that abridge the freedoms of speech, of the press, and of worship. Some forms of expression -- among them obscenity and fighting words -- do not convey ideas and thus are not subject to First Amendment protection. In this case, Chaplinsky uttered fighting words, i.e., words that "inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace." The First Amendment similarly applies to the states, as its protections are within ďthe fundamental personal rights and liberties which are protected by the Fourteenth Amendment from invasion by state action.Ē In other words, freedom of speech was designed to protect speech that was unpopular and not the other way around.

Laws applied: U.S. Constitution amend. I; NH P. L., c. 378, ß 2 (1941)

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Anyhow, on behalf of The Witnesses, you're welcome.
 
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42. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2017, 20:56 Kxmode
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 20:07:
Give what a rest? Confused

With respect, I wouldn't recommend engaging in such conversations with RedEye. I still love the guy even if he spews a lot of hateful rhetoric towards my beliefs. It's fine. He has that freedom.
 
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2017, 20:48 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 19:40:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 17:35:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 16:03:
Most of the Oscar movies aren't blockbusters. Money makers like Secret Life of Pets, Batman v Superman, Finding Dory ($1B!), and Deadpool had no nominations. Other blockbusters like Suicide Squad, Rogue One, and Fantastic Beasts had one or two in minor categories.

The winners were chosen to promote various beliefs Hollywood supports aggressively, and not necessarily because they were the best films. I'm sure in the minds of many any of those blockbusters were award winners. However, most do not promote anything beyond pure entertainment.

I'm just curious what your Best Picture nominees would have been.

I'm biased, but I would've gone with:

Arrival
Zootopia
Captain America: Civil War
Finding Dory
Sully

All five were great and memorable for different reasons and stories told.
 
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18. Re: Twitch to Sell Games Feb 27, 2017, 19:49 Kxmode
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 18:48:
In this order, of the gaming world, I mostly respect:

Carmack -> Newell -> Indie developers.

I hope you haven't included Sean Murray in that list.
 
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2017, 19:29 Kxmode
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 18:45:
Does that mean JW's are no longer conscientious objectors? I'm not setting you up for a debate, or contradiction, I'm asking out of curiosity. Apologies if it offends.

Trust me, if I can take strong jabs from others, an honest inquiry is not offensive in the least.

Witnesses still conscientiously object when required. This act only reaffirms our standing to oppose forced conscription to serve in the military against our religious and spiritual conscience. We do not do this out of malice. We respect the superior authorities; we just cannot serve the superior authorities. And joining the military is the number one way people serve their government and country.

The scriptural reason for why we do not comes from our supporting God's Kingdom. This act invalidates the possibility of serving in the military of any nation. The primary principle comes from Jesus when he tells Governor Pilate, "My Kingdom is no part of this world. If my Kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be handed over to the Jews. However, as it is, my Kingdom is not from this source." (John 18:36) In other words, Jesus tells the governor that his kingdom is a separate and neutral institution from human governments; and by extensions, his followers would be too on the same basic level of an American Ambassador not running for or getting mired in the politics of another nation. His loyalties lie with his mother country for whom he represents. However, like Witnesses, an ambassador obeys the laws of the region in which he resides.

Witnesses have conscientiously objected in the past and won many Supreme Court cases that provided us (and indeed ALL U.S. citizens) with many First Amendment freedoms (especially in the area of religion). However, in South Korea, where they have no First Amendment freedoms, for the last 30-40 years, young male Witnesses are routinely incarcerated for refusing mandatory military service. As a result, South Korea has one of the largest incarceration rates for Jehovah's Witnesses. Those are my spiritual brothers. I pray for them and their families often.

Hope that clarified.
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2017, 18:55 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 18:26:
I thought Casey Affleck's performance in Manchester by the Sea got far more praise than it deserved. I mean, come on -- even I can do dead pan. It certainly wasn't Oscar worthy; someone got robbed.

He won because he perfected the art of deadpan acting and it only took 30 films to do it (he pretty much does the same performance in each movie; watch Ocean's Eleven, Interstellar, etc.). However, I agree, there were many other worthy choices. The judges certainly do love nuanced acting, but I would never say they are good at picking the best. A perfect example of this is Russell Crowe for Best Actor in The Gladiator. The film was fantastic no doubt, but best acting should have gone to Ed Harris for his frantic, fiery role as Jackson Pollock, or Tom Hanks in Cast Away. He carried 80% of the film himself and made my cry over a volleyball. A volleyball! Who does that? Tom Hanks can.
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2017, 18:41 Kxmode
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 17:41:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 17:35:
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Off-topic, side question: As a JW what will you do if there is a war and a draft, and they don't care about whole "conscientious objector" thing?

I think you know the answer to that question. Any person willing to be loyal to his or her government is also willing to die for it too.
 
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