Yes, I know it’s been a damn long time and i apologize for that.
In the lost time I have….
gotten rid of my car which decided to play nice with the new owner…
picked up a beater truck…
worked on said beater…
faced losing my job…
decided I’d like to take the severance package, unemployment and get certified on pc tech an repair and a general college degree…
got fucked by my job as they decided to relocate me back to warwick and took severance off the table once i said i wanted it…outright saying i hated my job had no effect on them…..fuckers……
beater isn’t fairing well on the drive to work, as it hasnt been over 40 in years and gets royally pissed when it is…
looking at a 45-60 minute commute, which should be 15-20 since the truck doesn’t do highway for more than 10 before royally shitting itself……
spending 30-40 a week on gas on a 4 banger…….
telling the assholes at corporate that my truck can’t do highway got the response..”just borrow from your profit sharing” which is what fucked me from being able to pay my bills in the first place…..
my tv/pc monitor shit from the plague that’s affecting all Samsung TV’s….got a quote of $5-900 to fix my 2 year old $1500 plasma. the current equivalent version of my tv is $800….with better refresh, etc. Bought a $800 LG 1080 LCD. Fucking love it. FUCK SAMSUNG AND THEIR SHIT TVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my LG makes the sammy look like a turd. plus i got a 4 year warranty. fuck you samsung! $1500 should get me more than ONE FUCKING YEAR!!!!!!!!! really, i have crts from my early childhood still kicking great. this POS lasted 2 fucking years…..$1500 = 2 years……..FUCK YOU SAMSUNG!!!! and to add insult to injury, i work 8:30 to 5 and the local samsung tech works 9-4, so repair…..if it didn’t cost more than a new tv, isn’t even an option.
I switched over to volcanoecigs.com electronic cig. I tried a generic at a 4h fair and they just had regular tobacco flavor which tasted like dip and made me crave cigs. but a friend had a menthol version at the bowling alley. Lovin it. 6 days on vapors. So far, I’ve already covered the starter packs price in cigs not smoked. i grabbed two…..white and black. the black was on backorder, which was what i wanted while the white was in stock. so i’ve been smoking the white and just handed it off to a friend tonight when my black arrrived. it came with a bad charger, which is already going back for rma….fortunately the blu pack is also a charger.
and there’s been a bunch of other misc crap too, but the long and short of the effects on this site will be that….
updates are coming…
zero punctuation will no longer be embedded, just keeping it as a sidelink, he updates weekly
updates to come

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EA facing class action lawsuit over Spore’s DRM

Yup the same DRM they have on bioshock and mass effect. You’d think they might learn.
I’d have bought bioshock new if not for the drm. I waited until the install limit was lifted to buy it. So I paid $20 for a game that i would have otherwise been willing to pay $50 for. I passed on mass effect until I no longer had interest in getting it.
So, we all know about the over 2000 people one star rating spore on amazon due to issues from the drm.
Now there is a class action lawsuit for securom doing exactly what it does….spyware and malware. Securom causes system instability, it is a fact. Now people are calling EA out on it and (as always in America) seeking monetary compensation.
The sad fact is, as I said before with bioshock, DRM only hurts and inconveniences legal purchasers of the game. On launch day for spore, there already was a torrent of the game and working no cd crack. The pirates get a free, DRM free game. Why do those of us who legally purchase the game get the install limits, system instability and securom bullshit?

Jack Thompson has been officially disbarred

The state of Florida has come to the right decision and disbarred Jack Thompson “without leave to reapply for admission”. Yes, permanently.
While I do feel for the guy, he just lost his livelyhood, I know they did the right thing. He was using his position, and overusing it, to pursue his campaign against violent games. I have no doubts that he will try other means to continue his campaign, but the campaign itself is fundamentally flawed.
Because of his campaign, video games became a legal scapegoat for people to do horrible things and get away with it.
I was in the atari (well TI-99 really)/nes generation.
I never got the idea to eat people from pac man, jump on peoples heads from mario, throw barrels at people from donkey kong, or even later shoot people from doom and wolfenstein. Duke Nukem’s cool attitude and catchphrases never inspired me to go on a shooting spree.
I mean christ, you don’t see the same attention paid to tv and movies. Tom and Jerry never made me hit my brother on the head with a mallet. The Three Stooges never inspired me to poke someone in the eyes.
Kids are smarter than people give them credit for. They get where the line is between comedy and game and reality.
People reflect the environment they are raised in. Just think of the classic cartoons you watched as a kid.
The older movies pose the prime example of how we’re constantly changing standards to “protect the kids”. National Lampoons Vacation – PG – swearing, topless nudity, dog strangulation, old woman dying in a car, under aged drinking, pot smoking, threats of violence with a gun. I loved this movie as a kid, still do. It would never see the light of day today, and if it did, it would be R or worse. Airplane is another good example with drug use, drinking, swearing, etc.
All this overprotective crap isn’t making better kids. Look around, they’re disrespectful, use language that would’ve got us a swift beating, and aren’t afraid to threaten their elders. This shit is getting us nowhere. What we….well they need is real parenting. Parents today are too interested in being their kid’s friends and not parents. And too fucking many of them can’t be bothered to put the effort into raising them properly.
Spanking your kids is “child abuse” today. Fuck that! A swift beating on the backside is exactly what kids need when they fuck up. A sore ass from the belt taught me damn quick not to do stupid shit.
So, back on topic, see the official documents over at Joystiq.