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Signed On Jul 19, 2000, 18:39
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: OT - Tankless water heaters Mar 27, 2006, 12:27 Fang
Maybe it's just me, but there's something truly disturbing about standing under a thing that's been hastily wired into the one bare lightbulb dangling from the ceiling and spraying water all over you.. Could be a Peru thing, I suppose, but my recommendation would be to build your bathroom to a slightly higher spec.!

When I was in Honduras, I heard that the nickname for these translates to "widow maker".

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8. Re: Paul Flaherty Mar 25, 2006, 23:18 Fang
me, all i want is a shack on some Walden Pond somewhere, with a big fireplace and a big dog.

No you don't. Do you know how freaking cold it gets in MA? Ugh, this past year was another cold winter. And the year before was a doozy.

If you do that, you'll need a huge fireplace, and a big supply of firewood.

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News Comments > World of Warcraft Guide Quashed, Lawsuit
4. Re: No subject Mar 25, 2006, 01:40 Fang
The guy is a thief plain and simple.

You are an idiot, plain and simple.

What do you expect from the Liberal Taliban? To actually be able to understand the other side of an argument?

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News Comments > Taunting Tragedy?
16. Re: No subject Mar 20, 2006, 02:03 Fang
Well, he does have a point.

If there's no such thing as a soul, then all there really is to behaviors are brain circuits and programming.

Is there such thing as free will? If not, then our "programming" is at fault. Can you blame them if their actions are deterministic to what was fed into them?

You can call it fate, or not, are they just little deterministic creatures that will follow their programming (albeit complicated programming?)

Of course, you can bring quantum mechanics into the equation as some have, but even if you do, then probabilistic law is then just applied, and in the large scale of things, we can know with certainty how large patterns of neurons will react (maybe not now, but eventually).

So there you have it:
no soul = must ban video games!
soul = let freedom reign!

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
58. Re: Meatforce Mar 16, 2006, 19:06 Fang
And besides, the last time I called tech support for something I got the most redneck sounding country inbred person you could imagine.

Yeah, don't you hate it when you get EvilGrouse's mom on the line for tech support?

Woohoo! Mom joke!

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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Wow... Mar 15, 2006, 09:14 Fang
The only problem with that system, Dan, is that they cut back on the video memory with only 256 MB. If you're paying for SLI, you don't want the system to be thrashing to system memory when you right at ultra high graphic settings.

At the highest settings, games do use 512 MB of video ram.

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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations II versus the Space Pirates
3. Re: thats not nice Mar 12, 2006, 18:03 Fang
Hey, you got to pay your protection money, or the Russian mafia is going to come knocking.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
52. Re: Car Issues... Mar 9, 2006, 16:19 Fang
Well, then it shouldn't be the brakes. Too bad, it would have been a cheap fix.

Actually, I had something similar happen to me after I had my brakes replaced. It all began when I was told I had to get them replaced on a road trip (the car was making immense grating sounds), and a family friend mechanic replaced them. They were doing just what you described after a few months. Took them to the dealership (Toyota, which was the make of the car), and they asked me if I installed the brakes myself. Anyways, they replaced the brakes, and it hasn't been a problem since.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode One
37. Re: No subject Feb 11, 2006, 04:59 Fang
Valve did the market research and they have determined that episodic releases will result in greater profit than a one shot deal. It's always about the money first and formost. No surprise here.

Yes, but greater profit doesn't necessarily mean more money out of your pocket. Its simple economics, a basic supply and demand curve. Lower your price point, get more people to buy your product, realize greater profits. Cost to you as a consumer is lowered, more people share your hobby, Valve makes more profit. Switching to an episodic format allows a company to drop their price point and allow people who normally wouldn't spring for a $50 add-on, try a $10 episode. If they like it, they'll buy the next one.

Plus it forces the developer to write compelling episodes or lose their audience.

Oh wait, I'm sorry, here's the requisite "Valve is evil!" part of my post.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: And in other news.... Feb 3, 2006, 15:37 Fang
Poor Warhawk, we're on to him. Trying to give CNN equal time to gain our trust back.

What's really funny is how you and Halsy got defensive... maybe a feeling a little guilty?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Hybrid cars in India Feb 3, 2006, 13:08 Fang
Good point, Truth. And the Lexus 400h is also a good example. Of course it isn't about the fuel economy. What do you think the Lexus customers are paying for with the extra $10,000? They don't care about savings (if they did, they would buy a kia). They are paying for the extra engine power the hybrid provides. It's been designed to forgo the fuel economy in place of more horsepower.

It's about designing your product for your target audience.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Doh...! Feb 3, 2006, 12:14 Fang
That's pretty good, Halsy. Slight criticism of the DNC to gain trust, more villification of the Repubs (ie. DNC talking points). Stealthy insertion of client's link.

They train you guys well.

Thanks for proving my point

Next up: Batman

XM Radio would be too easy to guess with his signature. I'm guessing its something more insidious...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Doh...! Feb 3, 2006, 10:56 Fang
Have you guys read the posting over at Penny Arcade? I'll include the most interesting part:

I actually hired a company called Hype Council ( These guys do a TON of gaming related stuff -- I actually wouldn't be surprised if it's the company referred to in your news post. Their technique is quite insidious. Let's say they were hired to pump up PA (not like you need the buzz, but whatever...). Using one of the hundreds of shill accounts they have across the net, they post a new thread that says something like "hey guys, I've been looking for some new web comics to read. Anybody have any recommendations?" This is non-threatening, and gets the community engaged. They then wait a couple days and post again, this time with "Well, I asked some friends and they suggested I check out Penny Arcade <insert link>. I thought it was pretty funny, although I didn't like all the cuss words. What do you guys think?" Again, seeking engagement, they now have stealthily inserted the client's link, thereby encouraging trial. It's all very measurable and very effective. You should see the monthly reports you get from these guys: everything is detailed. Spooky.

It's all very insidious and, I'm sure, widespread. So much so that I don't trust anything I read. Unless it's a board where I "know" the posters, I always assume everyone on the board is a shill.

So let's play the "who do you really work for" game. Guess who each person is a client of.

My two guesses:
Warhawk - FoxNews
Halsy - DNC

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: External hard drive Jan 31, 2006, 02:43 Fang
Fine great….Whatever. What women want from a man in a relationship and what they are attracted to and two entirely different things.

When it comes to romance, women prefer someone who tickles their funny bone

Yeah right, that's just what they say and probably even think they want. But if they had to pick between a funny poor guy, or a serious rich guy, who do you think they would pick based solely on those two attributes? Of course no one will say, "I look at the size of his bank account." I wonder if subconsciously they think that someone with a sense of humor is really just someone who is least likely to be mean/cruel toward them.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: No subject Jan 31, 2006, 02:39 Fang
Actually, a few(?) years ago, I took an introductory Tai Chi class for fun, at a local hospital. I was the only male in the group, and the only person under 40.....

So how many dates did you pick up there?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: BSG Jan 29, 2006, 00:10 Fang
Really? I liked it. I'm not saying it was the best episode of BSG, but man, it was a nice to have an episode where nothing too critical happened. My nerves are starting to get shot from watching the show. And it was more philisophical at a certain level, instead of so much violence/action. Oh, I love action, but I think I'm getting old, drama is starting to be my cup of tea.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Gah Jan 27, 2006, 16:39 Fang
Also, for those that want to support Blue but don't want ads, you can check out Adblock Plus. It's an extended feature set of Adblock, that not only has a whitelist, but "other" extra website support features. Not that I'm condoning that sort of thing, just informing others of what's out there.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Gah Jan 27, 2006, 14:34 Fang
I suspect that it's not so simple. Contracts probably have everything covered - ads, design (no more of those cool logos), hosting, etc. While it's all speculation, I'd be surprised if UGO didn't have it all sewn up.

My point was that Blue would end his contract with UGO and sign a contract with a new company, including all those "details" that he mentioned. Of course, depending on what was in the original contract (hopefully he didn't sign binding clauses, etc) he can do this and its not all that difficult.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Gates: beating Asia piracy to take 10 y Jan 27, 2006, 13:47 Fang
Dang, with Gates track record on predictions, that means Asian piracy won't be defeated until much after 10 years, if ever.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Gah Jan 27, 2006, 13:37 Fang
Maybe there is a better host/ad provider than UGO that Blue can easily transition to?

If anyone has recommendations feel free to share.

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