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by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 562025

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

If for some reason you are on the fence about the free Fallout games, now is a very good time to get them for another reason - at the end of the year, ownership transfers from Interplay to Zenimax, and GOG is expecting they will no longer be able to offer them for sale at that point. Time to get the...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 562025

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

I have a few games (15, in fact) that I've been putting off buying for this sale. Fortunately, every single one of them is now on sale! Just remember (not specifically you, but a general reminder to all) to wait for anything your interested in to go on a flash or daily sale and only pick it up at t...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9384022

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

If by part of the game you mean going "please nothing break don't yell at me I hope this is nothing please don't break" then yes. I'd be just as happy with a mug of coffee and a good book, if not more so.
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9384022

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Assuming things go smoothly, I'll probably be watching it at work. If things don't go smoothly, that's why I'm at work, and people will yell at me about not being able to watch it.
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3584296

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

The hell? I got chicken pox, and got to be called "chicken boy" for a year, and there was a vaccine available??
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9384022

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

NSA threatening the fora? Do we need to bring back the ball-gagged avatars in protest? ...what even was the reasoning behind that? I remember joining in on it but I don't recall why. We should do something similar for this new year. There was reasoning? I thought it was just like the trend for avat...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9384022

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

NSA threatening the fora? Do we need to bring back the ball-gagged avatars in protest?
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2713683

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Apparently (according to the Internet Archive ), the clause wasn't even a part of the contract when the transaction occurred, or for years afterwards. Not to mention they appear to be displaying false BBB A+ ratings and TRUSTe certifications , which is probably not a good sign of an ethical, honest ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924740

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

As opposed to the computers that run on something else?
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread
Replies: 60
Views: 46507

Re: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread

Zamfir: Either you need to deal with UI switching, or deal with a tablet UI in laptop mode, or a laptop UI in desktop mode. Also, even the largest tablets are very small by laptop screen standards, which poses problems as well. My experience has been that you end up with a device that does more thin...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread
Replies: 60
Views: 46507

Re: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread

Zamfir: I have the Transformer Prime, and it's not a bad tablet in my opinion, though I don't have a lot of reference points. It's a little big and heavy for one handed use, but build quality seems fine (and I tend to have fairly high standards and not be too gentle with portable electronics), and t...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: badBIOS "Rootkit" - Hide Yo' BIOS, Hide Yo' Mic
Replies: 18
Views: 5444

Re: badBIOS "Rootkit" - Hide Yo' BIOS, Hide Yo' Mic

dii wrote:
PhoenixEnigma wrote: the "who" and "why" are sure to be very interesting.


*cough* NSA *cough*

It doesn't seem like NSA's style to me - at least recently, they've been more about grabbing all the data they can get their hands on, and then sorting it out later.
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: badBIOS "Rootkit" - Hide Yo' BIOS, Hide Yo' Mic
Replies: 18
Views: 5444

badBIOS "Rootkit" - Hide Yo' BIOS, Hide Yo' Mic

Up front - the research here seems fairly thorough, but hasn't been peer reviewed yet, and it is making somewhat extraordinary claims. Link to the Ars Technica story. A security researcher is claiming to have found a very sophisticated piece of malware - one that shares the USB-based airgap jumping ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Samsung just beat Apple in JDPower ranking for tablets. How?
Replies: 3
Views: 2226

Re: Samsung just beat Apple in JDPower ranking for tablets.

From JDPower's explanations , linked on that page: Using these measurements, Power Circle Ratings are calculated based on the range between the product or service with the highest score and the product or service with the lowest score. J.D. Power generates a Power Circle Rating of five, four, three,...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3584296

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

The fact that american chequing accounts electronic spending is visa / mastercard based is not something to be proud of. Yea, probably. We don't have any systems that are as widely accepted here though other than cash. What do other countries use anyway? EDIT: Incidentally it would be nice to have ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9384022

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

You, sir, name? wrote:I liked Jonas Quinn more than Daniel Jackson.

I like Angua more then Y,S,N :P
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458416

Re: Questions For The World

I haven't seen mention of PB&J with banana. Wonderful combination, IMO. Best way to do them is as a roll (and jam optional) - put your PB and possibly other stuff on a slice of bread, put a banana (or half a banana sliced lengthwise, depending on your bread and your bananas) on one side of the ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773591

Re: Today I Learned

emceng wrote:Enervate means the opposite of what I thought it meant.

The only reason I know what it means is because of the D&D spell Enervation
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd shirt request
Replies: 1
Views: 6945

Re: xkcd shirt request

The connection between the fora and anyone who could make such a change is very weak at best, so asking here is no good. I suppose you could try emailing orders@xkcd.com, as that's the general store email, but that's also probably a slow method at best. If it's just a one-off shirt for yourself, you...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9384022

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

i met an adult that could not drive. We talked about me teaching him. I was overwhelmed with the task. He was an adult! He was a big one, too. He would Not fit on my lap. How do you teach a person to drive? I put them on my lap and let them drive while I laugh and crack jokes with the other passeng...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Comment on desktop build
Replies: 5
Views: 7106

Re: Comment on desktop build

Re: CPU cooler. If noise is your primary concern, high end air coolers are generally quieter than closed-loop liquid coolers, particularly if you aren't throwing a huge amount on energy at them (which these days would mean SB-E/IVB-E/Bulldozer + overclocking), even if they're not quite as cool . A c...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3584296

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Just after the US and Canadian dollars hit parity, one of the major book sellers here (I want to sat Coles?) started honouring the US prices printed on books, on the basis that the prices were set with an expected exchange rate of about CDN$0.70 to the dollar. It didn't seem to do them much harm, an...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you live?
Replies: 42
Views: 26563

Re: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you liv

I believe that there was some concern that at one point that the USSR would should nukes over the North Pole at the US and miss short. I've never seen any kind of a bomb shelter outside of a military base, though, so I guess our plan for that scenario was 'we all die'. At least for Saskatchewan, a ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2713683

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Not that it will ever make it into a headline, but the chance of an impact is estimated at 1 in 63 000, which is better than winning the lottery but I'm still not overly concerned by.
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3584296

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Isn't the reasonable variation in how long a cheque takes to clear more than 24 hours? Ie, depending on who you and they bank with, if the funds were only there for a day there's a reasonable chance it would bounce for at least some employees no matter when they deposited it? And yeah, I'm with Suza...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773591

Re: Today I Learned

It seems that people that knit tend to end up with spare bits of yarn, much like people who take part in most hobbies seem to slowly accumulate odds and ends related to them. Being able to put that to good use for penguins with no fashion sense* can be a way to get some value from that, too. *Or alr...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you live?
Replies: 42
Views: 26563

Re: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you liv

None that I know of, though there is a major Canadian Forces ammo depot just outside of my city that I presume has some explosion-resistant buildings. This is in Saskatchewan, Canada, so it's perhaps understandable that there's not a lot of defensive preparation - we're a long ways from a land borde...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773591

Re: Today I Learned

There's no reason to change it to any other English, either. Extra "u"s are lovely.
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458416

Re: Questions For The World

I live about 20km from my parents, and have lived within 20-30km since I moved out several years ago. I generally text my mom a couple times a week, and see them for supper once or twice a month, though this is pretty variable - we may meet for coffee three times in a week and then not see each othe...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread
Replies: 60
Views: 46507

Re: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread

New Surface hardware has been announced by Microsoft. Surface RT (the non-x86 version) is followed by the Surface 2 (making a bad naming scheme worse), with a better screen and Tegra 4 inside, which should be quite a bit faster then the RT even if it's not the fastest thing on the block. $50 price d...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2713683

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Just FYI, "fax" is not an acronym, just an abbreviation of "facsimile", and doesn't need any capitalization.
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Indented Ergonomic Keyboards
Replies: 2
Views: 2793

Re: Indented Ergonomic Keyboards

I'm not sure of the general term for such keyboards, but the Kinesis Advantage sounds like it would be an example of what you're looking for. Maybe that will help with further searches?
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762123

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

You might look into the Large Trebuchet Delivery Service. Not only do they provide very timely local service, the delivery is sure to make an impact.
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773591

Re: Today I Learned

Magnanimous wrote:TIL Tisdale, Saskatchewan is the Land of Rape and Honey. (As in rapeseed/canola.)

That's where my mom was born. It's actually a very boring town.
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Survey: How do you drive?
Replies: 49
Views: 12236

Re: Survey: How do you drive?

1) Summarize your driving habits/philosophy: Defensive but not slow, with a distinct chaotic neutral/good bent. I watch what other drivers are doing and where they might end up, and keep a close eye on ditches for potential hazards from that direction as well, but I'll bend the letter of the law at...
by PhoenixEnigma
Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2713683

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

It is nice to be believed. The guy that is with you will believe your stories. No one else cares. They had fun, too. What? Rock Hunting? Did you bag one? Have you ever seen Wild Uruanim? I have. It is not a big deal. It is, just, a stupid looking rock. How can you tell? Put it in the refrigerator. ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:22 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Printing above and beyond the Lexmarx LOL[3D]
Replies: 5
Views: 2581

Re: Printing above and beyond the Lexmarx LOL[3D]

Blender is fairly powerful, under active development, free (in both meanings), cross platform, and appears to work just fine. trueSpace is also free (as in beer) for Windows users, and can also output printable files, though you need to jump through a hoop or two. Also, this is the internet. You can...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9384022

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

FRT: I heard about a very cheap, one-man backup service a few months back, and I'm fairly sure it was because it was mentioned somewhere on this forum. Annoyingly, the only actual details I can remember are, 1) someone saying that the UI was hard to use, and someone else responding that if the auth...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 562025

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Thanks for that EdgarJPublius. When I saw the little "sell" icon on my inventory, I thought Valve was being delusional. After I read your post I sold off a bunch of my old TF2 junk for a few dollars. Though I think I'm going to wait until the summer sale is over before I sell my trading c...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1560
Views: 400026

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Thanks for the suggestions! Evil Genius looks interesting for sure, and I like the idea of Cities in Motion 2. I'd tried OpenTTD and found it a little fiddly for my taste, but Cities in Motion looks a little lighter.

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