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Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« on: March 11, 2007, 02:32:44 PM »
Hay guyz, usual drill. If you have any quick questions, or minor points you want to mention that don't warrant their own thread, put them in this thread.

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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2007, 10:02:56 AM »
I got my Xbox 360 back  ;D 10 day turn around from the day I phoned them, to the day I got a replacement, and that includes weekends.
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007, 03:35:36 PM »
I just saw this and thought I'd share.  Army of Two  It looks pretty cool, and funny. 
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007, 03:38:46 PM »
It looks cool, but I'm very hesitant to buy games from EA. But I have been keeping an eye on this game for the past couple of months.
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007, 05:28:58 AM »
I just saw this and thought I'd share.  Army of Two  It looks pretty cool, and funny.

Awesome.  I don't know if the game is going to be good or not, but the trailers kick ass.

My favorite is the Eisenhower trailer for the game (with his most prescient speech). I saw it on, I think, G4 a while back. It's very ominous.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRTNzjQ7zWs&mode=related&search=

There's also this trailer which is like an ad for their security company:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7DObsn71-8&mode=related&search=
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2007, 06:30:48 AM »
I read you can use things like tampons as medical supplies in the game. You're AI buddy will drink some water in between battles, and later will actually find somewhere to take a leak.
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2007, 08:32:39 AM »
Putting a tampon in a bullet wound is a fairly commonplace EMT and field medic practice. Stick it in the hole, they expand when wet with blood and seal the wound. You can even use a maxi pad to control blood leaking from the wound and duct tape to hold it in place, though obviously that's a jury-rigged kit and not a professional one.

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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2007, 08:36:01 AM »
Its also recommended for Hikers and mountain climbers who may receive a large laceration from sharp rocks, using sanitary towels to cover the wound.

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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2007, 08:55:30 AM »
The point I'm making is that it's not very common in games. Games either use a "Med Kit", "Health Pickup", "Time Heal", or "Medic Class", "Food". I can't think of any other game where you can use almost anything to help heal the characters within the game, where you can pick up regular objects and use it to heal. There are games out there where you can use almost anything as weapons, not health.

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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2007, 02:19:05 PM »
Thompson is still a fucking cunt

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Thompson countersues Take-Two
Lawyer responds to publisher's lawsuit with accusations of intimidation, obstruction of justice, and violation of his civil rights.
By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpot
Posted Mar 21, 2007 7:05 pm ET

Last week, Take-Two Interactive filed suit against Florida lawyer Jack Thompson in a preemptive move to keep him from filing his own suits against the publisher to prevent the upcoming releases of its Grand Theft Auto IV and Manhunt 2 games.

Thompson promised to strike back, and today he filed his response to the Take-Two suit, along with a countersuit accusing the publisher of multiple violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), specifically a continued effort to violate his constitutional rights since July of 2005.

As for his defense in the initial suit, Thompson said it is an attempt by Take-Two to violate his First Amendment right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The Take-Two suit seeks to have Thompson barred from filing suit to have its games (or any games) declared a public nuisance in Florida. It would be a crime to sell any game declared to be a public nuisance, effectively banning such games in the state. Thompson said the publisher's suit is unnecessary because the law already has protections built into it.

According to Thompson's defense, "Should Thompson improperly bring such an action against the nuisance of selling adult material to children under 17 years of age, there is an adequate remedy available to Take-Two to defeat such an action and to assess costs against Thompson, as provided by the statute itself. Thus, the attempt in this federal action to preempt the state approach which adequately protects both the public and the defendant in such an action if it has been improperly brought."

Thompson also called the publisher's request to be reimbursed for attorney's fees "absurd," noting that Take-Two filed the suit as a preemptive measure, not knowing what the size and scope of the legal battle with Thompson would be over his suit, should he even choose to file one.

As for the publisher's contention that a nuisance suit from Thompson would violate its own First Amendment rights, Thompson said it couldn't.

"All Take-Two would have to do is submit each game to a court of law to see if it contains material harmful to minors or if it does in fact constitute a nuisance of any kind under Florida law. The games are finished. There is plenty of time to submit the games, and doing so will not in fact impede their release--unless they are in fact harmful to children."

Thompson's defense also appears to contain a number of factual errors and misrepresentations. He claims the Entertainment Software Rating Board found that Take-Two Interactive failed to disclose objectionable content in its role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The ESRB said it found developer Bethesda Softworks was at fault in that matter, not Take-Two.

Thompson also said that Bully was found to have "homosexual sex" hidden in the game, about which Take-Two "forgot" to tell the ESRB and the judge in last year's suit over the game's release. The homosexual activity in that game was limited to kissing, and the ESRB said shortly after that game came out that such scenes were considered in issuing it a rating of T for Teen.

When asked by GameSpot about these incongruities and others, Thompson replied "I'm sorry you can't figure these things out."

With his response to the initial suit out of the way, Thompson's countersuit opens with a few pages of background. He positions himself as a defender of civil rights, mentioning receiving threats on his life when he came out in favor of a fair housing law to end segregation in an all-white town in Ohio 38 years ago.

The background also includes a number of contentious remarks about Take-Two before enumerating his accusations. Thompson refers to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a "violence and sex simulation game" that perpetuates racial stereotypes, asking, "What else would one expect of Scottish sociopaths sipping their single malt Glenlivet in between brainstorming software programming sessions?"

He goes on to mention September 11, accusing the New York City-based publisher of "spewing its pop culture sewage to the world's children" from near the former site of the World Trade Center. Calling depraved US pop culture a recruiting tool for extremists, Thompson asks, "What is America's rebuttal to the Islamic Fascist recruitment call? This counterclaim is the rebuttal, not just to these terrorists but to Take-Two."

Later in the countersuit, Thompson draws parallels between himself and Jeffrey Wigand, the Big Tobacco whistle-blower portrayed by Russell Crowe in The Insider, saying that former Entertainment Software Association president Doug Lowenstein threatened to sue 60 Minutes to keep him from appearing on the program.

As for the actual claims in the countersuit, Thompson levied a number of accusations against the publisher. The countersuit reads, "In addition to the RICO predicate act of extortion (intimidation) of Thompson by Take-Two, Take-Two has committed other predicate RICO acts, including but not limited to fraud, distribution of obscene and/or sexual material harmful to minors, as already determined by the United States Federal government...and other predicate racketeering acts. Additionally, upon information and belief, Take-Two, through its Blank Rome lawyers, sought in Alabama to tamper with a witness in a pending criminal case, according to that witness' lawyer."

Thompson's counterclaim also accuses Take-Two of obstructing justice "by derailing an FBI investigation of its criminal infringement of the civil rights of Thompson by persuading the Justice Department, improperly, to drop that FBI investigation of Take-Two. This conforms to the now known politicization of the Justice Department by the Bush Administration on behalf of political cronies, none of whom is better connected than [Take-Two's legal representation] Blank Rome."

According to Thompson, Take-Two had still more help in breaking the law. The countersuit mentions a number of companies and media outlets--including the ESA, Penny Arcade, and GameSpot--as having collaborated and conspired with Take-Two to commit racketeering activities.

Thompson is seeking to be awarded damages and reimbursement of his legal fees.

Once again Thompson has no idea what he is talking about, pulling shit out of his ass, lying.

My favourite part is this :

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Thompson's defense also appears to contain a number of factual errors and misrepresentations. He claims the Entertainment Software Rating Board found that Take-Two Interactive failed to disclose objectionable content in its role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The ESRB said it found developer Bethesda Softworks was at fault in that matter, not Take-Two.

He confused to completely different game developers just to pad his lawsuit.

He's the greatest comedian EVER!
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2007, 06:42:15 PM »
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The background also includes a number of contentious remarks about Take-Two before enumerating his accusations. Thompson refers to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a "violence and sex simulation game" that perpetuates racial stereotypes, asking, "What else would one expect of Scottish sociopaths sipping their single malt Glenlivet in between brainstorming software programming sessions?"

I smell a lawsuit!  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2007, 03:43:57 PM »
It's getting to the point where making fun of Jack Thompson isn't fun anymore. There's really no point in making fun of the mentally challenged anyway.
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2007, 08:25:18 PM »
Okay, so I've been having some issues with my laptop and sent it in to be fixed, which it was.  When I got it back the clock was off by a random amount of time so I changed the timezone and fixed the time and all that.  But it's off by a random amount again.  Is this an ominous sign of things to come or should I just ignore it and hope it doesn't happen more?
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2007, 10:00:42 PM »
That is an unusual problem. Personally, I'd keep an eye on it.
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2007, 10:02:29 PM »
Definitely an ominous sign of things to come.  Seek shelter immediately.  In case of a severe emergency, Manticore can be used as a flotation device.  :D

That's strange though.  Maybe something to do with daylight savings coming early this year?  Not sure what all that fuss was about.
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2007, 10:03:28 PM »
Definitely an ominous sign of things to come.  Seek shelter immediately.  In case of a severe emergency, Manticore can be used as a flotation device.  :D
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2007, 10:07:40 PM »
No, you're a big pussy, and pussies float  :P
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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2007, 10:15:29 PM »
No, you're a big pussy, and pussies float  :P

While yes, I do identify more with cats than most other animals, I fail to see the relevance here.

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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2007, 10:32:38 PM »
So I just glanced at my computer clock again and it's reading 9:45PM.  It's actually 11:31PM here and I changed it not that long ago!  My computer has been on the whole time; clearly there is a sinister force at work here.  I blame Jimi.
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2007, 10:42:16 PM »
How dare you blame Jimi, when Stoo is obviously the guilty party!
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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2007, 11:24:29 PM »
So I just glanced at my computer clock again and it's reading 9:45PM.  It's actually 11:31PM here and I changed it not that long ago!  My computer has been on the whole time; clearly there is a sinister force at work here.  I blame Jimi.

It's all part of my evil plan to wear you down with trivial annoyances and have Stoo take the fall.  Xero was part of it as well, but now that he's gone and ruined the whole damn thing I'm going to have to kill him.  Or ban him.  It could go either way.
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« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2007, 03:09:18 AM »
That's what you get when you don't pay me!
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« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2007, 09:27:46 AM »
I'm actually going backwards in time.  I fell prey to an April Fools joke already because I thought it was March 31st, which is what my computer clock told me. :(
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« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2007, 11:04:55 PM »
When you get to the past, try not to screw up the entire space time continuum, because it would really suck to wake up tomorrow morning only to find out I never existed. :P :D

Sorry I can't offer some kind of help, but I've never heard of anything like a backwards resetting clock before and have no idea of how to go about fixing it.  Though my first suggestion would be to try a hammer.  ;D
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Re: Off Topic Discussion - Direct Ask & Answer
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2007, 04:48:15 AM »
Right-click the time on the taskbar, select "adjust date/time". Look under the "internet time" tab. Is it set to synchronise with an internet time server?

I've no idea why it would be synced with an incorrect server, this probably isn't the issue, but it's one of the first things  I'd check anyway. After all god knows what the baboons at HP customer support did to your laptop.

[edit]oh, and maybe check whatever time it quotes in the BIOS? You can call that up when booting the machine, right after you've switched on, before it gets to loading windows. It will let you know what key to hit to reach the bios interface, might be F4 or something similar.
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