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    Locking myself in a little room and wishing the world away...
  1. philgreen

    Dear John

    I would discuss this with you gentlemen if any of you were capable of actually discussing it. Quoting press releases and campaign rhetoric as actual fact is less than impressive. In fact, it's downright depressing to see that my fellow Americans are all sleepwalking through their lives. The Congressional record is open, go read it. The contents of the Bills that either of the candidates have proposed and/or voted for/against are available, too. I hear everyone quoting rhetoric from the debates. In high school and college, we had debates- these were overhyped infomercials, not debates. For the love of God and Country (which, btw is YOU and your neighbors, not the government itself) learn to read and stop just repeating the useless drivel that oozes from the foul mouths of Kerry, Bush and especially their disingenuous campaign machines. waits for
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    X2: The Threat gold

    Has anyone else had the CTD issue when entering the Ore Belt system? I just can't get around it...It crashes about 3 seconds after I enter that system It is great if I stay away from the Ore Belt, though...
  3. philgreen

    X2: The Threat gold

    I got tired of waiting on Best Buy, EB and Gamestop to figure out a) what the game is, is it actually coming out, and c) if their labotomies are reversable... So I ordered it from GoGamer Wednesday night and had it Thursay by 2:30pm... This thing is graphically amazing, but I haven't had a chance to really dig into playing it as my daughter has been sick all week I gotta say the interface is gonna take some getting used to, but once I start remembering the keyboard shortcuts I think everything will just keep getting better... Sorry to hear you haven't got it yet, SC, but all I have to say is.... NEEENER, NEEEENER, NEENER !!! LMAO
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    X2; The Threat rolling demo out

    Just downloaded the demo... I can tell a few of things right off the bat: 1) I need at least a new AMD Athlon XP 2400+ 2) The lighting and bumpmaps are absolutely amazing compared to prior games... 3) It BETTER be fun to play, because I am going to buy it !!!! Also, did a benchmark on my system... Framerates Scene 00 219.243 fps Scene 01 29.718 fps Scene 02 62.486 fps Scene 03 36.528 fps Scene 04 26.178 fps Scene 05 17.333 fps Scene 06 8.980 fps Scene 07 33.124 fps Scene 08 49.476 fps Scene 09 35.061 fps Scene 10 21.814 fps Scene 11 20.000 fps Scene 12 18.666 fps Scene 13 17.970 fps Scene 14 43.329 fps Scene 15 21.356 fps Scene 16 29.659 fps Scene 17 43.380 fps Scene 18 24.245 fps Scene 19 7.160 fps Scene 20 30.437 fps Scene 21 20.438 fps Scene 22 19.089 fps Scene 23 27.969 fps Scene 24 29.677 fps Overall average framerate: 35.733 fps This is wihtout antialiasing, but with everything else on at 1024 x 768 32 bit. To run this thing with all settings maxed out is going to take a killer rig...
  5. Raid 5 just got a whole lot cheaper!!! Check out the new HighPoint RocketRAID 1540 SATA Controller... Retails for $90 and supports Raid 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JABOD. Yes, it's serial ATA, but comes with IDE adapters... That oughta take a bite outa' the RAID 5 setup! A threesome o' nice WD 7200 RPM 8MB cache drives would be sweet on this....
  6. philgreen

    What exactly is Freedom of Speech?

    I'd like to say I'm glad to see the rational and repsectful way that everyone has replied to my comments...This is refreshing!! Now, on to the discussion: quote:Originally posted by Duncan Idaho: Menchise has a good point. Adding to it: The teacher's paid to teach facts, not opinions. If the teacher wants to spread opinion, let them come here with the rest of us. Idaho I can agree with you there, but... If teachers are paid to teach facts, then why aren't our children taught that our forefather's came to this land, raped and killed the current inhabitants and took ALL the land from them. And of course we justified it by calling them godless savages...What gave the future 'Americans' then to take what was never theirs in the first place? PROFIT. OK, that may be a bit too condensed, but you get the point...
  7. I'd like to hear from everyone on how they each define 'Freedom of Speech'. Since I was very young I can recall that it has always seemed you are allowed to express your opinion- but if it is not inline with the mainstream you must do it very carefully so as not to offend anyone. Actually, by the time you reword everything to not offend anyone, you haven't been able to fully convey your thoughts or beliefs, only a watered down version that is expected to be put forward as 'hypothetical' or 'what if'. Some recent examples: from CNN this morning- CNN.COM "PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- After complaints that the children of soldiers were upset by anti-war comments at school, Maine's top education official warned teachers to be careful of what they say in class about a possible invasion of Iraq. " ...and, the most shocking to me in the last 5 years... Detroit Free Press "It was Maher's uncompromising post-9/11 candor on "Politically Incorrect," however, that sparked a controversy that eventually led to ABC's cancellation of the show. One night, Maher suggested that the terrorists who died flying airliners into the World Trade Center were perhaps more courageous than Americans who kill civilians while dropping bombs from military aircraft miles above Afghanistan. OK, so Bill Maher said something very out of line with the mainstream- but that is his right under our Constitution isn't it? Shouldn't the Constitution have afforded protection to his comments? Here is exactly what he said- "We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly." Our own White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer, called Maher's remarks "a terrible thing to say" then goes on to remind us... "to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do..." Your comments on Freedom of Speech?
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    America's Role.

    I love this.... from CNN: ----------------------------------------------- "One video shows Arab fighters in Chechnya ambushing a Russian convoy and killing Russian soldiers. " ----------------------------------------------- Anyone here have the attention span to notice that the rebels in Chechnya that the US called freedom fighters are now called terrorists? Didn't we whine and cry 'oh, the humanity!' when the Russian Army was fighting and killing 'civillians' in Chechnya??? Political convenience and NOTHING MORE defines waht any group is called at a given time. We were for the rebels in Chechnya, now we call them terrorists. Hell, we even show the same video footage of them fighting the Russians but this time talk about how the Russian soldiers are being killed by them (before we said the other way round!).... The Justice department is also whining about not being allowed to do everything they want.... ------------------------------------------------ "We believe the court's action unnecessarily narrowed the Patriot Act and limited our ability to fully utilize the authority Congress gave us," the Justice Department said in a statement. ------------------------------------------------ I was always taught that Congress can not grant additional powers to the government, and that the Constitution and Bill of Rights defined rights that were GOD GIVEN and could not be regulated or controlled by the government...It seems they believe our rights and their power are really theirs.... Time to let 'em know that they have no power the people do not grant them. How long before I'm placed under surveillance for voicing such 'radical' opinions??
  9. philgreen

    Late News - Human nature discussion

    Grayfox, My main problem with the whole thing is simply put: In the long run, neither system will work. BECAUSE of human nature, the practice of capitalism and the pursuit of profit causes us to rationalize dishonest (even evil) behavior- as long as they result in profit for ourselves. In the end, our children learn from this example, morals are thrown away (seeing more talk of morals being a bad thing) and society degrades as the middle class disappears and the elite rich leech the lifeblood of the poverty stricken populace who still will do ANYTHING for money. I'm so glad you have a great job. I work for a great company, but you apparently have to be pretty and able to lie at the drop of a hat to get ahead. Same as every other company I have worked for- you got the looks and the bs talk you move up. I'm not a socialite; I'm a IS Specialist. Also, if I were part of any minority group, my chances for promotion would increase dramatically even if I had no degree. It's all about lawsuit prevention. I guess the only thing holding me back is my dedication to giving the customer what they deserve, and my honesty. Those used to be the qualities that got you ahead.....
  10. philgreen

    Late News - Human nature discussion

    Grayfox, You must be living in Wonderland, then? Have you ever worked for a large corporation? If you work hard and contribute in a positive way helping raise the companies profits you will not see any rewards for this labor. In todays large corporations, profit is the motive. They understand that anyone less than an executive or their top R&D guys can be replaced easily- usually with cheap foreign labor- and is unimportant. You will always have a supervisor or manager (use any title you want) that you report to who will take credit for your hard work, find excuses to post low review scores and crappy raises to as many employees as possible- if they even let you have the raise they promised within the next year. I KNOW socialism doesn't work, but neither does capitalism. I have seen this country detroy the family unit, teach us our parents are disposable and market products directly to children who don't understand what money is (and learn that money and things ARE happiness). All the while, the elite rich and politicians (and those that aspire to be) make lying and cheating the most often rewarded skills in the US. If you've ever talked with executives, you'd know that unless they know they've been recorded, they'll always deny promising that raise or promotion. Hell, look at Clinton- he made a mockery of our entire system when he was allowed to squirm around the sex scandal by denying that oral sex is 'sexual relastions'. And we bought it. And most of us keep buying it and always will. We've been made so comfortable in life that we are afraid to go without that AC or TV, the video games and the internet. The more technology we get, the worse society becomes. More greedy, more dishonest, more bloodthirsty. Most will do whatever it takes to make sure they get the leg up and you get the shaft- most of them are bullshit artists and thieves with PHD's, no common sense and a knack for taking credit for the hard work all the little guys under them have done. Capitalism doesn't work either. In the end, we will consume ourselves and each other in our lust for more and more of all this crap we don't NEED anyway. We know better, but screw it- as long as we're comfortable we'll let the next generation deal with it. Why sacrifice? This is capitalism!!
  11. philgreen

    Earth & Beyond Beta

    My score, If I were talking about a certain game that I am obviously not, would be a 6. Course, I'm old school and am not impressed by flashy graphics...Just how well a game plays.
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    Earth & Beyond Beta

    I got on in the first round of testing. I can't comment it on it- but I am no longer testing it.
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    BCM Demo2 and 3D shutter glasses

    Nvidia now has stereo-drivers available for Windows98/ME/2000/XP. They work even better than the older 98/ME only drivers... Cheers
  14. Not a member of any fleets, here, but I'd like to keep informed and stay in touch. ICQ: 31390420 I don't use any webmail services, if you need my email check the ICQ directory or message me. I'm kinda partial to the Valkeries, if that fleet still has openings...
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    The state of the forum community

    I am reading alot of messages from people who feel closing the forums will give the SC a break and others who are just sad to see it go and want to try carry it on elsewhere themselves... I can completely understand what a bother it is to try administering a forum of this size, keeping it neat and relevant. Up until now, though, I have been almost paranoid about posting anything from fear of being banned because I mis-spelled a word, used the wrong punctuation or just asked a question about something everyone else takes for granted. Some people just don't have the reading comprehension to fully understand the manual. I would never say dumb it down, but as a community shouldn't everyone try to 'help each other'? If the SC is getting overwhelmed, I agree that he is more than entitled to a break. That's why the Moderators are here- so he doesn't have to be. After all of this, the bannings, the harsh words and the closing of the forum how many noobs are going to want to email directly for support? I would certainly be afraid of what I might happen should I leave out something or say something wrong. When my kids are 'not having fun anymore' it would not be appropriate for them to throw the toys on the ground along with everyone elses feelings. BCM is a mature game, can't we all be mature people? I am not trying to make anyone feel bad, and I hope I haven't caused anyone injury by this. I just want to enjoy the BCM experience and the community that made me want to be a part of it- without name calling and tantrums (I get enough of that from my kids). Whether the forums remain here or somewhere else let's remember this is supposed to be fun. If not, lets uninstall our games and play with SQL or ACCESS all day, scowl alot and give only fruitcake for Christmas gifts... -Whomever angers me, conquers me...
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