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Upcoming MMOs / The Elder Scrolls Online
« on: June 01, 2013, 02:08:58 AM »
Beta app:

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The System

In The Elder Scrolls Online, players choose to become members of one of three alliances. Each alliance has a unique story and specific goals.

The Daggerfall Covenant is comprised of the two Provinces of northwest Tamriel: High Rock and Hammerfell, home to the Bretons and the Redguards. The Covenant has also offered the Orcs the opportunity to return to their ancient homeland of Orsinium in exchange for their support. Working together, the three races have formed a powerful alliance that aims to restore the Second Empire and bring peace and prosperity back to Tamriel.

The Ebonheart Pact is the most tenuous of alliances, consisting of former enemies turned allies in northern and eastern Tamriel. The Nords, Dark Elves, and Argonians of Skyrim, Morrowind, and Black Marsh fight to restore stability to the Empire and ensure their own autonomy.

The Aldmeri Dominion is composed of the three races of southern Tamriel: the Wood Elves of Valenwood, the Khajiit of Elsweyr and the leaders of the Pact, the High Elves of the Summerset Isles. The Aldmeri Dominion fights to stop the dangerous machinations of humankind, and restore the Elven dominance in Tamriel.

Testing Forum / Chinese Fake Eggs
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:01:32 AM »
Not long ago people discovered fake chicken eggs being produced and sold in China.

Citing an anonymous source, the paper outlined how the fakes were made: prepare a mould, then mix the right amounts of resin, starch, coagulant and pigments to make egg white. Sodium alginate, extracted from brown algae, gives the egg white the wanted viscosity. Then add the fake egg yolk, a different mix of resin and pigments. Once the proper shape is achieved, an amalgamate of paraffin wax, gypsum powder and calcium carbonate makes for a credible shell.

The newspaper asked Yi Junpeng, assistant professor for biological engineering at Henan University of Science and Technology, for advice on how to identify fake eggs at market stalls. Yi warned of eggs that are too perfectly shaped and smooth. Real eggs have a faint smell, he said, which fake eggs lack. Tapping a fake egg makes a hollower sound than a real egg. Once cracked open, egg white and yolk would quickly mix.

Fake eggs first appeared in the mid-’90s and production spread all over China, the state news agency Xinhua reported back in 2005. At the time, the production cost of a fake egg was half of its real equivalent. With the proper equipment and materials, one person could produce 1,500 fake eggs per day, another Xinhua report quoted a fake-egg producer’s website as saying.

The profit margin for fake eggs, estimated at USD$70 per day, is more than enough for the common Chinese to engage in the business and there’s nothing China’s poor won’t do to get ahead.

Tech Heads / YouTube to start charging users to watch some videos
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:54:50 PM »
YouTube will reportedly start charging around $1.99 a month for certain channels -- not for the cats on skateboards, but high quality produced content.

Sources tell the Financial Times that the subscription service may apply to as many as 50 channels, although it’s not known which channels those may be.

Some of YouTube’s partner channels include The Onion, the Howcast channel, and BBC Worldwide On Earth.

The line between network TV, cable, and online content has been blurring for a while now -- charging for online video is hardly new.

“Netflix has proven that there's certainly a large base of consumers willing to pay for streaming content over the web,” says Brian Wieser with Pivotal Research.

YouTube would also be cashing in on a huge infrastructure that so far has only been used to draw eyeballs for ads.

“What they’re really doing is capitalizing on what’s probably billions of dollars of infrastructure costs,” says Wieser, “the delivery, distribution, storage of vast quantities of video.”

The move to paid subscriptions has been hinted at for some time. In February, computer programmers discovered code in YouTube’s Android app that indicated the company was developing subscription infrastructure.

YouTube’s ad revenue grew by more than 50 percent last year according to Pivotal Research, and is expected to grow another 50 percent this year. That plus subscriptions could bring in $15 billion within a few years.

I'm sure they already make a ton with just ads.  Most of the stuff I watch on there (funny clips, music videos, etc.) I wouldn't pay for, I'd just go somewhere else.  If it's actual movies or original content guess it depends.

Spamalot / Screaming Lady Spurs Fan
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:34:20 AM »

The hatred for Screaming Spurs Fan Lady was strong. Take a look at all these tweets:

That was so much fun to watch.I didn’t want that lady to be happy though.She’s terrible and whoever brought her & allowed it is worse

— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) May 7, 2013

Incredible game. I’m FedExing the Mute Button to San Antonio for Game 2 for The Shrieking Lady.

— Tony Reali (@AroundTheHorn) May 7, 2013

Only benefit of getting less than 5 hours of sleep tonight? Less time to have nightmares about Screaming Lady Spurs Fan.

— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) May 7, 2013

What a game. And that ridiculous screaming will be in my head all night.

— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) May 7, 2013

Screaming Spurs Lady 1, America 0.

— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) May 7, 2013

Testing Forum / 545
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:33:58 AM »

Testing Forum / Limb lengthening tests human willpower
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:30:47 AM »
Limb lengthening tests human willpower
Patients endure unimaginable pain for a few inches

Limb-lengthening surgery is controversial among dwarfs, and it is painful. Still, many choose to undergo the bone-breaking and difficult therapy to gain inches in height. One patient who made this decision, Christy Ruhe, allowed an Associated Press reporter and photographer to closely follow her two-year progress. This is her story.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The tiny, silver BMW roadster slides out of the garage and zips toward the freeway. Christy Ruhe adjusts the rearview mirror and rests one hand on the steering wheel. The car, her dad’s, is a perfect fit. She looks like she’s been driving it forever.

Two years ago, she couldn’t have reached the pedals.

Christy recently finished a procedure that surgically broke her bowed legs, then stretched and straightened them, an agonizingly painful ordeal that would leave even her questioning how much she could endure.

Once 4-foot-3, she’s now just 2 inches shy of 5 feet tall.

She had always craved just a few more inches. Enough to drive any car and pump her own gas, or reach the pedals under the piano. Practical things, but seven inches would accomplish so much more.

To understand why Christy would put herself through the grueling surgeries and therapy is to understand a spirit determined to be as independent as possible.

In the beginning
Christy was born with achondroplasia, one of 200 forms of dwarfism. Her arms grew in proportion to her torso, but her little legs were severely bowed. At 5, surgeons broke her hips and realigned them. At her sixth birthday party, she lay in a full body cast.

But the more she grew, the more stubborn her legs became — always bending outward.
Limb lengthening might help straighten her legs, her pediatric orthopedic surgeon acknowledged, but he discouraged the idea.

“His reasoning was: ’Why would you want to put yourself through that?”’ said her mother, Rita Ruhe (pronounced ROO-ee).
The procedure is controversial. The advocacy group Little People of America has taken an official stand against it, warning of the risks of long-term nerve and vascular damage.

But Christy, who lives in Pickerington, near Columbus, couldn’t get the idea out of her head.
Everything she did reminded her of the limitations of being 4-foot-3 in a world where most adults are a foot taller. She needed a footstool to wash her face at the bathroom sink or to flip a light switch. To drive a car, she needed extension pedals.

Her parents are not dwarfs, neither is willowy older sister Erin. John and Rita Ruhe nurtured their daughter’s independence.
Yet outside the Ruhe house, Christy would learn about alienation. Strangers would stare. Her legs were weak, and on walking trips, she lagged behind.

“I always felt like, why do I have to explain this? Why do I even care what they’re saying?” she says. “I did, of course. It’s impossible not to.”

Taking steps for change
At 22, Christy contacted Dr. Dror Paley and the International Center for Limb Lengthening, the clinic he co-founded with two other orthopedic surgeons at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.
It’s now late September of 2001. Christy is focused on the changes unfolding in her own life, and the anticipation of her first limb-lengthening surgery is thrilling.

Her hospital gown drags the floor as she slides off the bed onto a stepstool. She smiles widely at her nervous parents.
In the operating room, Paley’s plan is to break the thigh and shin bones of her left leg and stretch the bones for three or four months as they’re healing. A year later, he’ll lengthen the right leg.

Limb lengthening works by taking advantage of the body’s natural tendency to heal itself. The shin bones and femurs are broken and automatically begin to generate new bone. But as they heal, they’re pulled apart to make them longer. The surgeries, which typically cost about $200,000, are covered by insurance.

With Enya’s solemn melodies filling the room from a CD player, Paley cuts holes in Christy’s leg so he can screw the rods into the bone.
Seven rods, or pins, in her thigh and five in her shin. Each is a foot long. Half the length protrudes from her skin, so Paley can attach them to a graphite brace that Christy will crank several times a day.

Paley leans into a T-shaped handle, boring the pins deep into the thick whiteness he sees on the X-rays.
Finding a good place to crack the bone, he first drills a tight chain of small holes. He puts a chisel to the perforation and pounds it hard with a mallet. The whirring and hammering make it sound like a construction

Unimaginable pain
The pain is like an ocean that sucks her under again and again.
Christy lies on her stomach, and a physical therapist bends her knee as far as it will go. Muscles and nerves are stretching to meet the length of the new, soft bone.

The therapist pushes until she feels the soft tissue become elastic. It’s been only a few days since the first surgery.
Christy’s face reddens, and she rides the wave of pain with short breaths. She tries not to scream but finally can’t stop it from coming. She doesn’t hear its rawness. It sounds like an animal.

She wonders if the therapist knows what she’s doing. Always, Christy thinks her leg is pulled taut. Always, the muscle stretches more. Unable to get the words out, she thinks, “This cannot be right!”

Her mother would give Christy her own legs if she could, but she can’t stay in the room when her daughter screams, when tears slide down her face and her fists pound the plastic mat. Trying not to hear Christy’s sobs, Rita Ruhe waits outside, talking to other families.

But her eyes constantly tear, and later she can’t remember what the conversations were about.

Test of willpower
There’s little blood and not a lot of cutting in limb-lengthening surgery. But recovery is an extended test of mettle and will.
Christy will go through the agony twice. She knows if she survives even the worst day, there will be another just like it a year from now.

Each day brings a monotony she comes to dread: therapy, broken up by hours of MTV and talk shows. She gets around in a wheelchair. Four times a day, she uses an Allen wrench to turn the brace and stretch her leg.
The growth of bone and muscle tissue is measured in millimeters — 1 mm a day — but Christy doesn’t feel it.
She smiles less these days, snaps at her parents and then regrets it.

She can’t sleep. The steel rods sticking out of her legs keep her from rolling over. She worries about jarring them, which sends slivers of pain up through the sore muscles.

Quitting is not an option.
“You have those moments when you say, ’I can’t do it anymore. I can’t stand it,”’ she says. “You have to look back at why you’re doing this. It’s for my health, my well-being.”

Before the surgeries, she talked herself into being resigned to a hard life. Now, the change in her body seems like an extraordinary gift. She reminds herself that the pain is temporary.

Gradually, she realizes how different her life will be. She even dreams differently now, seeing the world from her new height, as a person who blends into a crowd.

Painful progress
Most of Dr. Paley’s patients are children, and they crowd into the waiting room at the International Center for Limb Lengthening.

They come from nearly every continent. Little girls, with one shorter leg wrapped in a pink or purple cast, bring their Barbie dolls. Adult patients sit with their afflicted legs propped on a seat, rods penetrating the skin, machinery that looks misplaced inside healthy, smooth flesh.

It is spring of 2003, a year and a half after Christy’s first surgery, Her left leg, the one already lengthened, is straight and muscular. The leg is a promise to her that the surgeries will be successful.

But a chronic infection has developed in the skin around one rod in the right leg, which was operated on six months ago. Christy knows the rod must be removed.

The procedure will be done without general anesthesia, which always makes Christy’s stomach roil. Paley hopes it will be quick.

In the treatment room, she’s already shaking before he removes the outer brace. Later, he would say her anxiety heightened the pain.

He attaches a T-shaped handle to the troubled rod. With the first turn, Christy begins to shriek. As the rod twists through bone, muscle and infected skin, she lets out short, piercing screams.

With one arm, John Ruhe tries to immobilize his daughter’s good leg, the left one, and wraps his other arm around her shoulders. Her fist slams his chest as the pin turns.

Three minutes later, the end of the 12-inch pin appears. The hole in her thigh looks like a gunshot wound. Hot, red blood starts to roll out.

Christy’s back slumps. Her eyes are closed.

Family emotions
It’s two months later, and Christy is undergoing what she thinks will be her final surgery. The hardware that has become her second skin is to be removed.

But on an X-ray, Paley examines a hazy, white patch on the right thigh bone. Eight months of therapy should have left it solid — healed — but it isn’t.

Christy is unconscious a few feet away in the operating room when Paley makes the decision. If he takes the pins out now, the leg will break when she walks on it. They will have to wait at least two months more.

In the waiting room, John is thinking about what it will mean for his daughter to be healed. He looks around and sees other patients changing something fundamental in their bodies.

“Chris sees people with deformities; she sees that they probably could be fixed, but they just don’t know that it’s possible,” he says. “It seems so difficult that they don’t ever think it could be done... “

The idea that there are people suffering, as Christy did, when they could lead easier lives, overwhelms him. Suddenly, the one who holds the family together is falling apart. He starts to cry, takes off his glasses and roughly scrubs his face with his bare hand.

Rita is waiting for Christy in recovery, and no one is there to comfort him.

Happy ending
The banner at the party reads, “Congratulations Christy.”
It is a 25th birthday celebration, but the occasion also marks the end of her surgeries and crutches.
Friends and family who have supported her through an ordeal they can barely fathom write messages on a plastic sign.
“Good luck, and have a wonderful rest of your life,” says one.

“In my eyes, you’ve always been tall,” says the only note that hints at her physical transformation.
“You are my hero,” her sister writes.

All eyes are on Christy as she arrives. She steps carefully on her new legs. The right leg is still weak, but growing stronger.
Later, she would say she doesn’t remember all of the pain she endured. Time has dulled her memory of it, and she prefers to look forward — to a life that she hopes will be easier, now that she’s in an adult-sized body.

She takes a second to place the faces before flashing her hundred-watt smile, a picture of self-assurance.
“To me, I am tall,” she says. “I am a tall person now. That’s all that matters.”

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Tech Heads / The Internet As It Was In 1996
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:14:51 AM »

Man strikes it rich -- but now he's trapped in a nightmare. Collecting a big fat lottery check increased Boyd Neill's net worth -- and his net girth: He ballooned from 200 pounds all the way to 735!

"I dreamed of being a fat cat but ended up just fat," Neill, 41, told The Lakeside Gazette.  "I gorged myself around the clock -- eating my way through my winnings as if my life depended on it.  "I boasted to my pals that the win would turn my life around. It sure did -- in the worst possible way!"  Neill -- the fattest man in his native Australia -- said his transformation began when he won $550,000 in a lottery.   "Though heavy, I was super-fit," he recalled. "I worked as a miner and also had a part-time job at a bar.”

“But after my win I invested as a silent partner in a few businesses, and bought a video rental store where I worked myself.  The days were long and I'd kill time by putting my feet up and watching movies. And as I viewed films I ate and drank my way through my own stock. My snack department was a gold mine for me: I'd raid it for popcorn, potato chips, candy bars, ice cream.  All this snacking made me hungry: I'd have three or four large pizzas a day, sometimes six or seven burgers, too.”

Within a year, 5-foot-10 Neill's weight doubled to 400 pounds -- and kept soaring.  Within 3 years, he was bankrupt -- "I ate the video store," he said -- and investments in other business went sour too.   Sorely depressed, he ate and drank even more -- supported by welfare and his mom Dawn, who still looks after him.  “I grew so big that two six-packs of beer would still leave me thirsty, so there'd be plenty of room for up to 30 cans of cola as well," said Neill, who lives in the small town of Biloela.  "Some days I'd easily polish off two whole legs of ham, five or six burgers, three pizzas, two fried chickens, a steak, a dozen donuts -- and more.   "In between there were snacks and candy. If something wasn't within reach, I'd panic."

By the time Neill reached 500 pounds he was too heavy to find work. He seldom went out because walking was too exhausting. Twice, after topping 700 pounds, he went to the hospital to be put on supervised diets. He lost weight, but quickly put it back on.  Neill's days now are spent watching TV from a specially reinforced wooden bench and eating almost nonstop.  He's too big for the shower, so his mom has to hose him down in the backyard.

"I know I must lose weight or die," Neill added. "I'll have one more try at a hospital-supervised diet. I don't know if I'll win, but I'd like folks all over the world to pray for God to help me. I can't do it on my own."  Neill says he still hears people "spilling out their fantasies about how much better their lives would be if their dreams came true and they won the lottery.  "I tell 'em: 'Enjoy the life you've got. Your dream could turn into a nightmare!'"

Tech Heads / What type of cell phone do you use?
« on: August 05, 2012, 10:47:02 PM »
Contract up, so will be getting a new phone soon, so was curious what type of phone people here use/opinions/are happy with or not?  (Can't start polls in the tech forum for some reason)

I currently have a BlackBerry Torch.  It's okay, but there are now better options and RIM as a company seems to have a shakier future than TZT right now.  Even if they aren't in a final death spiral that's the perception.

So obvious options (smart phone):

iPhone 4s   (iPhone 5 is out Sept. 21)
Samsung Galaxy S III

General Discussion / TZT: Dead in 2 weeks?
« on: July 24, 2012, 04:11:03 PM »

Tech Heads / New Top-Level Domains
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:00:25 AM »
Reveal Day 13 June 2012 – New gTLD Applied-For Strings

ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet’s addressing system. What is a gTLD? It is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org. There are 280 ccTLDs but only 22 “generics” in the domain name system right now, but that is all about to change.

The new gTLD application window opened on 12 January 2012 and closed on 30 May 2012. The following list displays all of the gTLD strings that were applied for during this round:;txt

All told, these companies have applied for 1,900 strings. Yet even after tomorrow's big reveal, as it's known, a whole lot of messy work awaits. Brands such as Google will simply get their TLDs because of their trademarks. Other claimed brand names will surely lead to disputes, Even countries can protest names.

Then there's the overlap problem. Here's an example: Both Schilling and Google want .lol, as might others. Schilling also wants .home, which happens to be on Go Daddy's shopping list as well. And that's just two. Collisions will doubtless occur on many of the best generic names: .music, .free, .cars, .game, and on and on to dot who-knows-what.

This is hardly surprising. Choosing strings, like speculating on domain names, includes a bit of instinct, but it's far from random., for instance, used proprietary software to help it come up with its list, examining 25 parameters that include popular search phrases on Google as well as keyword bidding trends.

All this will lead to months of backroom negotiations. ICANN is asking those involved to try to work out deals. Only when that fails will ICANN hold an auction for the names. Presumably, the big shots like Google will get what they want, but not necessarily. The smaller firms could, for instance, try to team up with a competitor or bring on more investors.;mostPop

$150,000 per TLD name app....   :shocked:

General Discussion / RL Zombie Attacks in last week
« on: June 02, 2012, 02:45:31 AM »
Zombie Tracking Incident Map:

Zombie #1

"According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away. Meanwhile, a woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.

The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots."

Zombie #2

US man murders roommate, eats heart, brain.  A US college student has told police he killed his roommate, cut up the body and ate part of the victim's brain and his whole heart, according to US media reports.
Alexander Kinyua of Baltimore, Maryland, was arrested on Tuesday after police searched his house following the discovery by his brother of the victim's head and hands, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Zombie #3

PUBLISHED: 12:25 EST, 1 June 2012 | UPDATED: 18:51 EST, 1 June 2012
A man who filmed himself chopping up his lover before posting body parts to politicians was being hunted across Europe last night.
Luka Magnotta, who is suspected of cannibalism, flew from Canada to France a day after placing gruesome footage of the murder on the internet.
Police fear the gay porn star may now have slipped into Britain.

Zombie #4

Mother Beheads Son & Eats Brains
Otty Sanchez, 33, has been accused by San Antonio police of beheading her 3-week-old infant son using a knife and two swords.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told reporters Monday, May 28, that Otty Sanchez’s attack on her son, Scott Wesley Bucholtz-Sanchez, was “too heinous” to fully discuss.

Anyway...pretty much too many in the last week to list... SE U.S. seems to be ground zero  :undecided:

Spamalot / You can have pleasance 5 times a night
« on: May 04, 2012, 03:09:55 AM »

Time for wonderful nights with your gf     

Got this in my e-mail....afraid to click link.  WTF is pleasance? Is this an African thing? German thing? A spam thing? A virus thing? 

General Discussion / Dick Clark down....
« on: April 18, 2012, 05:19:57 PM »

April 18, 2012 4:00 PM

Dick Clark dead at 82

Host and TV producer Dick Clark has died. He was 82.
Spokesman Paul Shefrin said the "American Bandstand" host had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure.

Long dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and was equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers. He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. Among his credits: "The $25,000 Pyramid," "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" and the American Music Awards.

For a time in the 1980s, he had shows on all three networks and was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. Clark also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Networks, which provided programs - including Clark's - to thousands of stations.

"There's hardly any segment of the population that doesn't see what I do," Clark told The Associated Press in a 1985 interview.

"It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, 'I love your show,' and I have no idea which one they're talking about."

The original "American Bandstand" was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. It later aired for a year in syndication and briefly on the USA Network. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Madonna. The show's status as an American cultural institution was solidified when Clark donated Bandstand's original podium and backdrop to the Smithsonian Institution.

Clark joined "Bandstand" in 1956 after Bob Horn, who'd been the host since its 1952 debut, was fired. Under Clark's guidance, it went from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon.

"I played records, the kids danced, and America watched," was how Clark once described the series' simplicity. In his 1958 hit "Sweet Little Sixteen," Chuck Berry sang that "they'll be rocking on Bandstand, Philadelphia, P-A."

As a host, he had the smooth delivery of a seasoned radio announcer. As a producer, he had an ear for a hit record. He also knew how to make wary adults welcome this odd new breed of music in their homes.

Dick Clark age 55:

Dick Clark age 82:

Tech Heads / Cracked iPhone Repair
« on: April 15, 2012, 05:59:32 PM »

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FYI.  People always asking me if I can fix their iPhones they dropped (probably while drunk), I'm sending them here from now on

Tech Heads / NASA pulls the plug on the mainframe computer era
« on: February 14, 2012, 01:37:20 AM »
NASA pulls the plug on the mainframe computer era
By Donald Melanson  posted Feb 14th 2012 1:12AM

It's the end of another era at NASA, although this one was perhaps more inevitable than others. Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton announced in a blog post over the weekend that the agency's last mainframe computer was shut down this month, marking an end to decades of room-filling computers. Of course, that last mainframe was considerably more recent than that pictured above. It was an IBM Z9 (pictured at the source link below), still quite a behemoth and useful for certain applications, but deemed unnecessary by NASA in the face of other more flexible alternatives. Feeling nostalgic or curious about those days gone by? You can find a bit of mainframe history at the links below.

Spamalot / BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: February 13, 2012, 07:34:46 PM »
The 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition's cover girl and it is, as expected everywhere, Kate Upton.  Apparently, it's breaking news.  You're welcome.

Spamalot / Whitney Houston Down
« on: February 11, 2012, 08:16:00 PM »
Dead at 48

Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

Not that I was fan or anything but that's relatively young....

Spamalot / Lin-sanity
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:59:30 PM »
WTF?  Unknown asian guy who went to Harvard, who used to average 1 min a game and was 4th string PG on Knicks is all of sudden lighting up the NBA

Jeremy Lin
College: Harvard

DATE         FGM   FGA   FG%    ASST  PTS
Feb10        13    23    .565   7      38
Feb 8      9   14   .643  10      23
Feb 6     10   17   .588     8      28
Feb 4     10   19   .526   7      25

Spamalot / Matrix987
« on: February 09, 2012, 01:21:46 AM »
Is this the same guy who posted on TZT once about the Matrix?   Matrix987 same user name as that guy.  Very strange like that guy was.

Super Bowl bust: U.S. government seizes 307 domains for violating NFL copyrights

Target sites assumed guilty until proven innocent under U.S. law

While many sports fans are preparing for Sunday's Super Bowl by organizing parties and shopping for TVs, the U.S. government is preparing in a different way. Just yesterday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency seized 307 different domains suspected of violating NFL copyrights. Of those, 16 were suspected of illegal streaming. The rest were allegedly selling counterfeit NFL merchandise.

The seizure was conducted under U.S. civil law, not criminal law. That means the affected parties need to prove that the internet domains were not engaging in illegal activity to get them back — an ugly mirror image of the country's usual "innocent until proven guilty" right. Many of the domains were not being operated by U.S. groups. Because they used U.S. domain suffixes .net, .com, and .org, however, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was empowered to act.

Visitors to any of the seized domains are now greeted by a message from ICE explaining the takedown. According to the government, these messages have already been viewed over 77 million times yesterday alone.


Upcoming MMOs / Guild Wars 2 (GW2)
« on: January 15, 2012, 05:28:13 PM »
Guild Wars 2 (GW2)
Official Site:
Status:Development  (est.rel 2012)
Retail Price:n/a | Monthly Pay Type: Free 

Guild Wars 2 Overview and Recent Content

Guild Wars 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to ArenaNet’s flagship title.  Due to launch sometime in 2012, GW2 aims to fix a lot of what’s “wrong” in the MMO world. With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is on track to be far more epic in scope than the original… while still retaining the F2P business model.  The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer.  On top of it all, there will also be several unique forms of PVP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another.  ArenaNet hopes there will be something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.


Dynamic Events | Aimed at making questing more interesting than killing ten rats, Dynamic Events are area-wide quests that scale based on the amount of people participating and can set in motion a chain reaction that spans an entire zone.  Players will always have something new and exciting to do when they log in, from stopping a band of invading centaurs, to hunting down a massive ice wyrm with the Nords.

Unique Combat Mechanics | Each profession has both weapons and spells to use, and each weapon has its own skills as well.  Players will be able to blend their skills to create powerful interactions (fire arrows throw a wall of fire to create flaming arrows), and every class is capable of being a healer, ensuring that you’re never waiting around for a “priest” to complete content.

Personal Story | At character creation, players will set up their personal biography for their hero, which will inform their entire story throughout the scope of GW2, maximizing replay value and ensuring that your character feels like a character, and not just an avatar with shiny armor.

WvWvW PVP | A part of the Endgame, we don’t know much about WvWvW PVP yet, other than the fact that it will allow hundreds of players from three different servers to compete against one another in a massive battle with siege weapons and destructible environments for some pretty extreme server-wide bonuses that are bestowed upon the winner.

Free to Play | Guild Wars 2 will continue the tradition of its forebear by being completely free beyond the retail purchase of the game.  There will be an Item Shop in the game, but ArenaNet insists that it will only be for cosmetic and convenience items, never for anything that would give one player a competitive edge.


Warrior | Your sword and board master, the Warrior prefers to be in the thick of battle.

Ranger | The ranged specialist capable of splitting an ant in two from three hundred yards away.

Necromancer | Master of the undead and dark arts, you do not want to tick the Necromancer off.

Elementalist | The magical architect of fire, air, earth, and water.  Basically, a raging pyro with a few other tricks as well.  But come on… fire.

Guardian | This profession is hell-bent on protecting his mates, and he does it through causing pain to his enemies as well as warding his allies.

Thief | Fancy yourself a spry little pickpocket? Or do you just want to get all stabby on someone? This may be the class for you.

Engineer | Guns, traps, bombs… more guns. The engineer is all about the mechanics (literally) of battle.

Mesmer | A fan favorite, the Mesmer’s skills involve the manipulation and destruction of its enemies’ minds.  He will make you think you’re on fire while you fight mirror images of him and watch him teleport across the battlefield in the blink of an eye.


Asura | Little, genius, and damned cute, the Asura are technological marvels with an passion for technology.

Charr | Primal, tribal, and obsessed with warring as a part of their main existence, the Charr are new allies to the people of Tyria… but ferocious ones at that.

Norn - These massive 9-foot tall Northerners value the spirits of nature more than anything else.

Sylvari | The Sylvari are a young botanical plant-like race, whose inquisitive nature has brought them to the forefront of the conflict in Tyria.

Human | The most widespread and influential race in Tyria, the Humans must work with all of the other races to ensure the safety and survival of Tyria.

Upcoming MMOs / RIFT
« on: January 19, 2011, 11:15:31 PM »

Anyone going to try this?   Kind of looks like a combo of Warhammer and WoW...hopefully the best parts of each.  There will be some PVP on all servers and a couple servers that are PVP all the time/everywhere.

It's in final beta next 2 months and comes out March 1st  ( )

Class system is based off main 4 classes (Warrior, Mage, Cleric, Rogue) and customized with skills from 6 or 7 subclasses from (a lot of combinations)

Anyway..... I thinking about giving it try for a couple months since it's got PVP and been reading up on it seems good (never really know until it's released).  If anyone here has played beta let me know what you thought of it.

Spamalot / TZT: Total Posts 934,343 ...ETA to 1 Million
« on: January 14, 2011, 07:20:57 PM »
TZT Forum Stats

Total Posts: 934,343    

Total Topics: 39,934

I say we probably reach 1 million posts on TZT in June 2011.  Maybe by the middle of May if Skars doesn't go out this weekend.

Spamalot / H
« on: January 10, 2011, 11:26:38 PM »

Alan: Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly?
Lisa: What do you mean?
Alan: I’m not getting a sig’ on my beeper.
Lisa: I’m not sure.
Alan: Is there a payphone bank? Buncha payphones? Business.
Lisa: Umm, there’s a phone in your room…
Alan: That’ll work.

Alan: Can I ask you another question?
Lisa: Sure.
Alan: You probably get this a lot. This isn’t the real Caesar’s Palace is it?
Lisa: What do you mean?
Alan: Did, umm… did Caesar live here?
Lisa: No.
Alan: I didn’t think so.

Spamalot / HH
« on: December 27, 2010, 06:30:43 PM »

Hugh Hefner engaged to Crystal Harris: Playboy founder to marry Playmate 60 years his junior

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner celebrated the holidays with his newest plaything - announcing his engagement to bombshell girlfriend Crystal Harris.

Hefner, 84, said in a Twitter message from the Playboy Mansion in Hollywood that he'd given a ring to Harris, a 24-year-old former Playmate.

Harris, who posed for Playboy in her birthday suit last December, burst into tears at the news that the octogenarian mogul wants to tie the knot, he tweeted.

"This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," Hefner wrote.

Hefner later tweeted a second time to let friends and fans know that ring was not simply a Christmas gift for the sexy gal pal.

"Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring," the mogul wrote. "I didn't mean to make a mystery out of it. A very merry Christmas to all."

It would be the third marriage for the still-dapper Hef. He divorced equally stunning Playmate Kimberly Conrad last year. He was married for 10 years to college sweetheart Mildred Williams in the '50s.

Hefner stars in the of E! reality series "The Girls Next Door," which chronicles his life surrounded by 20-something vixens at the Playboy Mansion.

Harris, who studied psychology at San Diego State University, moved into the Playboy Mansion in January 2009 and quickly caught Hefner's eye.

She starred in his reality show along with Hefner's teenage twin girlfriends at the time, Karissa and Kristina Shannon. In October, Harris made a YouTube video in which she tried on various sexy Halloween outfits for Hefner's enjoyment.

An animal rights supporter, Harris described herself to Us magazine as "a good girl, for the most part."

This kind of weird for him.... She's 24.  He couldn't find any 18 year olds?

Spamalot / WTF
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:01:06 PM »

What the heck was going on here June 28, 2007?  433 users online at once on TZT?

Upcoming MMOs / Hot New MMORPGs
« on: October 24, 2010, 06:39:05 PM »

not really... just suprised they are still around.   There are text based MUDs out there too

Tech Heads / IE 9
« on: September 16, 2010, 05:29:20 PM »
Anyone else try this yet?   Still just in beta:

Seems very similar to Google Chrome.  At least the look and feel.   Which might not be a bad thing compared to earlier IE browsers.

I'll let you know about performance speed after use it for a while.   I have Chrome and Firefox as well and had been using Chrome for most things.

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