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1  Creativity and Design / Artwork and Design / Re: Menagerie Cometh... on: July 01, 2012, 01:32:01 PM
Finally, something non spaceship.  Cool
2  Everything Else / Silver Screens and Boob Tubes / Re: Tron: Uprising on: May 20, 2012, 05:21:44 PM
*Drools*   Link, please?
3  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Feel Trapped with my BPD and Bipolar Niece, need to vent. on: April 20, 2012, 06:58:10 PM
Excellent. Keep us posted on her progress?
4  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Why future of console gaming looks bleak. on: April 02, 2012, 04:41:58 PM

Say hello to the brave new world of console gaming
By CNET | Plugged In – Fri, Mar 30, 2012 8:38 PM EDT.. .

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(Credit: Blake Stevenson)New game console rumors are piling up -- and they're painting a pretty bleak picture. Is the future of console gaming something out of an Orwell novel?
By Jeff Bakalar, CNET
The next evolution of home console gaming is shaping up like a dystopian Philip K. Dick short story. Refueled by the latest PlayStation 4 rumor, signs continue to point to a future in which games are no longer really yours to own, instead just a virtual right to play -- just as long as you're connected to the Internet, have a unique ownership ID, and aren't playing a used copy.
This isn't the first we've heard of this either; a January report says Microsoft's next machine will attempt to thwart used games too.
Of course Sony hasn't confirmed any of these supposedly leaked details, but is it really out of the realm of possibility? The Vita is a prime example of the company's piracy paranoia. It's locked down and vacuum-sealed, made painfully apparent by how tedious it is doing trivial things like transferring files between device and computer. The reason for all the red tape? To combat piracy.
Given this recent display of aggressive protection, reading a rumor about a PlayStation 4 that's just as meticulously locked down isn't too hard to swallow.
Think this worst-case scenario is that far off? Think again. It's already starting to happen. Every EA game sold for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 now has anti-used game components built in. New games ship with one-time use codes that give the original owner access to online game play and features. If you try and play one of these titles without the code on a different console or gamertag, it'll cost you extra to get online.
The most infamous anti-used game controversy came with the release of last year's Batman: Arkham City. Players who bought the game used missed out on the entire Catwoman campaign as it required a unique code upon playing the game for the first time. Game reseller GameStop eventually made good on the incident by including codes for those who bought the game pre-owned.
Speaking of GameStop, I can't imagine the company is too thrilled about the recent rumors surrounding the PS4 and its anti-used game tech. Gamesindustry is already suggesting the game giant could theoretically refuse to sell PS4 games simply for the fact that they would be "un-resellable." Now I'm not going to lose sleep over the death of a company that makes money off buying used games at a low price and then selling them back just $5 less than retail, but GameStop isn't the only entity that could potentially see an impact from the elimination of used games.
Look at the game rental business with services like Gamefly and sites that organize game trades between consenting players. What about those guys? It all funnels into a core concept of how ingrained used games are to the entire video game marketplace and ecosystem.
But perhaps the most overlooked element of this entire conversation is the idea of selling a game back has become such an integral part of the psychology of game buying. A customer feels much better about buying a brand new $60 game that turns out to be awful because they know there's a safety net in place that will most likely get them at least half their money back -- or more if they sell it in the right marketplace. In a world where selling back games is no longer an option, will games sell as well as they do now?
And what about the social ramifications of eliminating used games? Does this mean kids won't be able to go to a friend's house and show them the great new Portal game they just bought? That was half my childhood for crying out loud. But in this brave new world, that act may be considered trying to play a used game.
This week's PS4 rumor suggests that all games would be tied to a single PSN ID -- so could one sign into their ID on a friend's console thus allowing the "sharing" of the game? We just don't know yet.
So what does the future of gaming look like? I think a good indication of what might come to be is how Activision has approached Modern Warfare 3. Encouraging gamers to hop on board a subscription-based gaming experience not only shifts focus away from those who might want to sell a game back, but also increases overall game play value.
Modern Warfare 3 offers a one-year subscription price that includes any and all DLC over the course of a calendar year. It's cheaper to buy the membership upfront rather than picking and choosing which DLC you want.
What this really boils down to is the end of physical media. We lost a possessive right the second physical discs and material items like books, games, and music became nothing more than 0s and 1s on a drive. Sure, they might consist of the same data you'd get on an actual disc or book, but once they were made intangible, an unwritten sense of ownership was severed. There doesn't seem to be a used-game epidemic plaguing the Apple's App Store, does there?
So why is this the trend? Why does every little rumor and bit of news that leaks out all indicate that the next generation of game consoles will be fashioned this way? It can't be because console manufactures actually believe it will increase revenue when I just explained how, if anything, it might even lead to less sales.
Is there a silver lining here? Perhaps. Maybe this will could drive the cost of games down. The push towards the elimination of physical media does remove a number of middlemen from the equation, bringing overhead down. It'll also light a fire under those who can help improve the state of broadband connectivity in this country because not everyone is lucky enough to have a high-speed connection that will deliver a 50GB game in a timely manner.
Will Sony unveil details about the next PlayStation at E3 2012? Microsoft has already preemptively announced that an Xbox 360 successor will not be a topic of conversation at the big show. If the rumors are true and we do see a PlayStation 4 in 2013, Sony would also trade places with Microsoft in being the first to market with a new console, the opposite of what happened with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2005 and 2006 respectively (not counting the WiiU of course).
Whichever way the chips fall, we'll be the first to let you know as we'll be covering E3 2012 live from the show floor this June.


So basically, its planned Obsolete for the CD and a way to make more money for Corps, if i'm reading this right.
5  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Feel Trapped with my BPD and Bipolar Niece, need to vent. on: March 29, 2012, 09:07:37 PM
Today was an awesome day. Me and Bro in law worked smoothly to at work. No yelling, no screaming, no bitching.   Cool
6  Creativity and Design / Artwork and Design / Re: Dark Mirror Universe W.I.P. on: March 24, 2012, 05:34:54 PM
A couple of Non-Federation Ship Sketches.

Cool.  Very botton ship remains me of a early Deridex Class.
7  Science Fiction / Star Wars / Re: Clone Wars Series on: March 23, 2012, 07:14:22 PM
Normally i don't raise dead threads but this season 4's got a returning character that has me baffled: Darth Maul.

As we all know, he slain by Kenobi in Phantom Menace but my question is,  Why now?  It seems pointless raise him up. How did off of Naboo? Why was his lower that of Spider and how did he get that?  I hope these questions will be answered.

8  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Feel Trapped with my BPD and Bipolar Niece, need to vent. on: March 19, 2012, 02:02:10 PM
Yea, i know and understand.

To Admins you could please sticky this?  And rename it?, If its ok with. Moony.  We'll call it General Vent and Support thread.
9  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Feel Trapped with my BPD and Bipolar Niece, need to vent. on: March 17, 2012, 08:55:15 PM
Yea i know.  Right she's calm...........for now. Btw, Moony. We gotta keep in mind is that they're human beings not Satan. Despite the problems, My sis and hubby have done and gotten nice thngs for me.  Its just living with them is tough.
10  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Feel Trapped with my BPD and Bipolar Niece, need to vent. on: March 17, 2012, 04:17:47 PM
Ok my asshole of Bro in law is really starting to piss me off. Angry

He's getting on my ass about the garage Can damaging his precious truck.  

In the driveway my sister parks her car next his truck it creates a narrow walk way for the Can. No Problem, Right?, just go around, right? Well i've tried that, the Left side is too narrow and right side too narrow of the driveway so that leaves the middle but the problem is that my sister parks her car tiny angles leaving very little room to manuever the Can when she does this at times. My Bro in law? All he does is moan & groan, bitch & bellyache about problems and issues that bother him instead of offering solutions Trash Can included.

I mean, it isn't just one thing. Otherwise i wouldn't be posting this if it were, its a shit load. Just about everything gets on his nerves. I know some will say: "Well, leave the house, move somewhere else" Unfortunately, i can't.

This shit has going on for about  a year now. I'm trying to be patient but my patience is wearing thin.  My sister is no better. I know what i'm saying seems like tiny bullshit and it should be but The problem if it isn't that,  its always one thing or another but like the douche bag that he is, he's gotta blame someone.
He and i almost to blows about month and half ago. I helping him with some stuff, he gave some directions and next i know he spins me about, grabs my shirt and waves his fist in front my face. For me it was fight or flight, my response was fight, so i hit. He let go of me and i walked away to cool off.  I come back after my cool period and my douche bag of a bro in law is threating to kick me out of the house if i don't perform well that day. Which i did.  There's not a week doesn't that goes by i don't get yelled at for something , eirther by sister or hubby who is my bro in law.  

I would like explain my side but as i've said before they don't wanna hear it. Assholes. Angry


Sorry for triple post. Pressed qoute by accident.
11  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Feel Trapped with my BPD and Bipolar Niece, need to vent. on: March 16, 2012, 10:41:39 PM
Today was like a freaking roller coaster.

So in a nutshell it was freak out, calm down, freak out, calm down and finally get her room done after a month of us telling her to, freak out again, and calm down.   

I can Relate , Moony. My sister is also Bi Polar. We both love our respective siblings but it aint easy dealing with them. My sister has bitched me out on more than one occassion for no reason, but she claims she has every reason. *Sigh* Like you said: freak out, calm down, freak out, calm down. She always says: Oh, its your fault, bro. She claims she postive, but i don't believe.  Her husband is no better. He bitches me out too.Like his wife, he claims it my fault but i know it isn't. Its him.   I've tried to explain my side niether of them want to hear it. They just cut me off and i get an earfull.  It usualy happens when i 'm helping him with some type of project.  Then i know he's calling me dumbass, says i'm worthless, but i know i'm not. He has no appreciation for the help i give, and is always correcting me, He says all he sees are problems and issue. This makes him very tough to work with and i also live with him and sis. So its no cake walk.

My only advice to you is: write in a dairy or put it here. Trust me, it helps
12  Creativity and Design / Artwork and Design / Re: Dark Mirror Universe W.I.P. on: March 13, 2012, 11:16:18 PM
Hey, stourangeau. You're a wonderful artist.  Will we ever see Mirror Universe ships frpm Klingon or Romulans? Maybe even Cardassain?
13  Creativity and Design / Artwork and Design / Re: Klingon Ship Design Request on: March 13, 2012, 11:11:08 PM
The reason is that the Klingons seem to get shafted in Trek for new ships.  

You're forgetting the Neg'var of DS9 and To All Good Things, TNG's series finale.

Cool Klingon ship, J Grey. Smiley
14  Everything Else / Videogames and computers / Re: Looking for Daiblo style games that be play off of browsers. on: February 13, 2012, 09:39:44 AM
No one knows, eh.
15  Everything Else / Videogames and computers / Looking for Daiblo style games that be play off of browsers. on: February 03, 2012, 07:30:40 PM
Hey all i'm looking for games like that. Do you know of any? I tried League Of Legends but i found it disappointing. Hellforge was good but was ended due to low player turn out. Any suggestion will be welcome.
16  Everything Else / Silver Screens and Boob Tubes / The Trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is Here! Spoilers on: December 13, 2011, 09:06:15 AM
17  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: PETA lawsuit seeks to expand animal rights on: October 26, 2011, 03:41:17 PM
LOL.  So i guess, Orca will have Ingrid Kirk for lunch? Tongue
18  Everything Else / Get a Life! / PETA lawsuit seeks to expand animal rights on: October 26, 2011, 09:30:11 AM

By DAVID CRARY and JULIE WATSON - Associated Press | AP – 2 hrs 31 mins ago...

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal court is being asked to grant constitutional rights to five killer whales who perform at marine parks — an unprecedented and perhaps quixotic legal action that is nonetheless likely to stoke an ongoing, intense debate at America's law schools over expansion of animal rights.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing the SeaWorld parks of keeping five star-performer whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery. SeaWorld depicted the suit as baseless.

The chances of the suit succeeding are slim, according to legal experts not involved in the case; any judge who hews to the original intent of the authors of the amendment is unlikely to find that they wanted to protect animals. But PETA relishes engaging in the court of public opinion, as evidenced by its provocative anti-fur and pro-vegan campaigns.

The suit, which PETA says it will file Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego, hinges on the fact that the 13th Amendment, while prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, does not specify that only humans can be victims.

Jeff Kerr, PETA's general counsel, says his five-member legal team — which spent 18 months preparing the case — believes it's the first federal court suit seeking constitutional rights for members of an animal species.

The plaintiffs are the five orcas, Tilikum and Katina based at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., and Corky, Kasatka and Ulises at SeaWorld San Diego. Tilikum, a six-ton male, made national news in February 2010 when he grabbed a trainer at the close of a performance and dragged her underwater until she drowned.

Captured nearly 30 years ago off Iceland, Tilikum has enormous value as a stud and has fathered many of the calves born at SeaWorld parks.

The lawsuit asks the court to order the orcas released to the custody of a legal guardian who would find a "suitable habitat" for them.

"By any definition, these orcas are slaves — kidnapped from their homes, kept confined, denied everything that's natural to them and forced to perform tricks for SeaWorld's profit," said Kerr. "The males have their sperm collected, the females are artificially inseminated and forced to bear young which are sometimes shipped away."

SeaWorld, which is owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, said any effort to extend the 13th Amendment's protections beyond humans "is baseless and in many ways offensive."

"SeaWorld is among the world's most respected zoological institutions," the company said. "There is no higher priority than the welfare of the animals entrusted to our care and no facility sets higher standards in husbandry, veterinary care and enrichment."

The statement outlined the many laws and regulations SeaWorld is obliged to follow, touted the company's global efforts to promote conservation of marine mammals, and said the orcas' performances help give the public a better appreciation and understanding of these animals.

SeaWorld and other U.S. marine parks are governed by the Marine Mammals Protection Act, which allows public displays of the creatures if permits are obtained and the facility offers and education/conservation programs for the public.

Overall, under prevailing U.S. legal doctrine, animals under human control are considered property, not entities with legal standing of their own. They are afforded some protections through animal-cruelty laws, endangered-species regulations and the federal Animal Welfare Act, but are not endowed with a distinct set of rights.

However, the field of animal law has evolved steadily, with courses taught at scores of law schools. Many prominent lawyers and academics have joined in serious discussion about expanding animal rights.

Rutgers University law professor Gary Francione, for example, contends that animals deserve the fundamental right to not be treated as property. Law professor David Favre of Michigan State University has proposed a new legal category called "living property" as a step toward providing rights for some animals.

Favre was skeptical that litigation seeking to apply the 13th Amendment to animals would prevail.

"The court will most likely not even get to the merits of the case, and find that the plaintiffs do not have standing to file the lawsuit at all," he said by email. "I also think a court would not be predisposed to open up that box with fully unknown consequences."

Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, who in past writings has proposed extending legal standing to chimpanzees, also expressed doubt that the courts were ready to apply the 13th Amendment to animals. But he welcomed the PETA lawsuit as a potentially valuable catalyst for "national reflection and deliberation" about humans' treatment of animals.

"People may well look back at this lawsuit and see in it a perceptive glimpse into a future of greater compassion for species other than our own," Tribe wrote in an email.

Tribe noted that some Americans might find it bizarre or insulting to equate any treatment of animals to the sufferings of human slavery. But he argued that the 13th Amendment was written broadly, to address unforeseen circumstances, and could legitimately be applied to animals.

An African-American constitutional expert, Nicholas Johnson of Fordham University School of Law, said he could understand why some blacks might be insulted by the lawsuit, but didn't share that reaction: "I'm more entertained by it in the legal context than I am offended by it."

PETA addressed this issue in the suit, noting that repeated Supreme Court rulings have applied the 13th Amendment to many forms of involuntary servitude beyond the type of slavery that existed during the Civil War.

"The historical context is undeniable," said Jeff Kerr, the PETA lawyer. "But that's not what this case is about. It's about the orcas in their own right, not whether they are or aren't similar to humans."

The five orcas are represented in the case by PETA and four individuals: Ric O'Barry, a longtime orca and dolphin trainer; Ingrid Visser, a New Zealand marine biologist who has studied orcas extensively; Howard Garrett, founder of the Orca Network, an advocacy group in Washington State; and Samantha Berg, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld Orlando.

The lawsuit details the distinctive traits of orcas, the largest species within the dolphin family, including their sophisticated problem-solving and communicative abilities and their formation of complex communities.

The suit alleges that captivity in the "barren tanks" of a marine park suppresses the orcas' abilities and relationships, and subjects them to stress. This sometimes leads to instances where the orcas injure themselves, other orcas or humans that interact with them, according to the suit.

Naomi Rose, the Humane Society's marine mammal biologist, said there's a growing body of research suggesting that whales, dolphins and porpoises have the cognitive sophistication of 3-to-4-year-old human children.

As for the orcas at SeaWorld, she said, "They don't seem to adapt to captivity. I would say they're miserable."

At SeaWorld San Diego, visitors are shown a film touting the park's rescue efforts that have saved thousands of sea creatures. During the main performance, trainers point out how much the orcas are similar to humans: The babies cry before moving on to babbling and finally imitating the crackling sounds of the adults' voices.

Jenny Raymond, 47, who was visiting from Switzerland, said she was delighted by the show and does not buy the argument that the orcas are slave laborers.

"I think they are in better conditions here than in the wild," she said.


Crary reported from New York City.


Strangely enough, PETA may have a case because Orca's are taken from the Wild by Seaworld. Either way, i hope PETA doesn't win not  because i don't like then(I don't) its because it won't stop with the Orcas.
19  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Slavery Becomes a Personal Question Online/ on: October 04, 2011, 02:51:29 PM
Flagg instead of silly childish comments, how about adding to the news piece.
20  Everything Else / Videogames and computers / Star Trek: Infinite Space on: October 04, 2011, 08:48:48 AM
Star Trek: Infinite Space  will be a free-to-play casual browser game based the Star Trek franchise.  It is first annouced in June by Gameforge and would be developed by KeenGame. The game uses Unity3D (browser plugin), no additional download is necessary.

Star Trek: Infinite Space  will feature space combat and exploration with RPG elements, while the social network game will be more light-hearted and specifically designed for the uniqueness of the networks – strong emphasis on community, customization and exploration. It will also be more light-hearted in style and tone than the browser game.

- Choose between two playable factions: Join the Federation or become a Klingon
- The game is set in the Deep Space Nine timeline
- Alpha testing will begin in late 2010

Official website
http://gamelist.bbgsite.com/iframe.php?gamename=Star Trek: Infinite Space&officialsite=http://startrek-is.com/

Although i wish there more races would be playable, i'm glad to see someone putting out a Star Trek Game.
21  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: Slavery Becomes a Personal Question Online/ on: October 01, 2011, 10:27:02 PM
Yes, Amanda.
22  Creativity and Design / Artwork and Design / Re: SF-4 fighter on: September 25, 2011, 08:30:06 AM
I love the weathered look. Great job, Hobbes.  Cool
23  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Slavery Becomes a Personal Question Online/ on: September 22, 2011, 11:34:58 AM
ANDREW MARTIN, On Wednesday September 21, 2011, 8:42 pm EDT

Do you know how many slaves work on your behalf?

While many people may assume the answer to that provocative and unsettling question is zero, the creators of a new Web site want to demonstrate how forced labor, especially overseas, is tantamount to slavery.

A nonprofit group, with funding from the State Department, will unveil the new site, www.slaveryfootprint.org, on Thursday in an effort to show that forced laborers are tied to all kinds of everyday products, from electronics and jewelry to the shirt on your back.

Ideally, they hope to get consumers engaged enough in the issue to do something about it, primarily hoping people demand that companies carefully audit supply chains to ensure, as best as they can determine, that no “slave labor” was used to manufacture its products.

“What we are trying to do is make it so it’s not just someone else’s business, it’s everyone’s business,” said Luis CdeBaca, ambassador at large for the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. “There’s a horror about it when they figure out what is going on.”

The slavery footprint is a twist on the more commonly known carbon footprint, and the new site tries to point out areas of a consumer’s life where the organization believes slavery is most likely used to manufacture products.

Slavery Footprint defines a slave as “anyone who is forced to work without pay, being economically exploited and is unable to walk away.” The State Department estimates that there are 27 million slaves globally. The Web site steers users through a set of prompts, where they can define where they live, the type of dwelling they live in, how many children they have, how many cars they use, what they eat and what types of things they have bought.

Sprinkled throughout are grim notations about slave labor and human trafficking, like this one: “In China, soccer ball manufacturers work up to 21 hours in a day, for a month straight. Even the toughest American coaches wouldn’t ask that from their squads.”

Or this claim: “Every day tens of thousands of American women buy makeup. Every day tens of thousands of Indian children mine mica, which is the little sparkles in the makeup.”

The site also asks users how many times they have paid for sex. While there is no way to answer, the site notes that people who pay for sex contribute to the demand for sexual trafficking.

Although the Web site had a few kinks before its official introduction, it informed me that I had 76 slaves working on my behalf, well above the average of 55.

The site was created by the Fair Trade Fund, a California-based nonprofit group that uses media to promote advocacy on issues, particularly human slavery. Among its projects are “Call + Response,” a documentary on the slave trade, and chainstorereaction.com, a Web site that encourages consumers to send electronic letters to companies challenging them to define their policies on human trafficking.

The companies’ responses, or lack thereof, are posted on the Web site.

Based on the movie and the Web site, the State Department sought out the Fair Trade Fund to create the Slavery Footprint site and provided it with a $200,000 grant.

Justin Dillon, 42, the organization’s chief executive, said the Slavery Footprint site did not make specific companies its targets. Instead, it shows consumers which products they use are most likely to involve forced labor.

He said a mobile application would allow consumers to find information on products at the point of purchase, and send companies electronic letters asking about their policies on slave labor. Those letters will also be sent to all of the consumers’ Facebook friends, in the hopes of applying consumer pressure for changes in practices. “Really the goal is to amplify the conversation between the consumer and the producer,” Mr. Dillon said. “Our torches and pitchforks are out for the slave traders, not the multinationals.”

Ideally, he said companies would hire third-party auditors to determine if their supply chains were employing slave labor.

The Slavery Footprint application is being started nearly a year after California passed a law that requires companies with global sales in excess of $100 million who do business in the state to disclose what efforts they have made to eliminate forced labor from their supply chains.

Some business groups opposed the measure, saying it unfairly tagged companies for “failing” on an issue they were powerless to change.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for the United States Chamber of Commerce said he would not comment because officials at the organization had not yet seen the Slavery Footprint Web site. Mr. CdeBaca said the new grant recognized the need to encourage consumers to put pressure on the marketplace.

“Without some kind of demand, the traffickers wouldn’t be rushing to meet that through coercion and threats,” he said.


We the consumers, support slavery without realzing it. What's your anwer?

Here's the website.  http://madeinafreeworld.org/
24  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: I got this in my Inbox today. on: September 08, 2011, 05:07:51 AM
You know I almost told him it sounded legit but he's so fucking gullibly stupid I thought he might go for it.

It is obvious that Flagg is half blind and in need of corrective glasses because its equally obvious he missed this:   Personally, i think its bullshit. I've never sign up to this site, let lone heard of it. Sumthing is screwy around here.
25  Everything Else / Get a Life! / Re: I got this in my Inbox today. on: September 02, 2011, 09:01:04 PM
Yes, Flagg we hear you loud and clear.

Anyway, he's right. 
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