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  1. Hi Squawkers, sorry for the extended downtime, but we're back! Thanks to those of you who helped with donations to get us back online. Without you, this wouldn't have happened. Expect some kinks and bugs as we work through the transition to a new host, significantly newer software version and overall site that has no idea what going on, but no big deal, we'll work through it. If you come across any issues, please post about them in the help forum and we'll do what we can to fix them. Once again, thanks for your support and welcome back.
  2. chillzatl

    Colon cleansing

    lol, so I'm late to the game on this one and it's obviously a funny topic, but I have to throw a log, so to speak, on this fire. I've never had the full on cleansing, but I've had probably the next best thing. I picked up one of those mount to your existing toilet bidet setups and Oh Baby!, this is how we were meant to live. All this technology and feeling like we run the planet and we're still essentially wiping with leaves? Barbaric I say! If you got poo on your face, would you just swipe it away with a tissue? No! Then why treat your booty like a 2nd class citizen? hehe. So anyway, back to the primary topic here. With one of these setups, the water pressure can get pretty crazy if you crank it up. If you do this enough times, you will eventually hit the mark just right and give yourself a bit of a flushing and while the first time is a bit shocking, you'll quickly realize that it's pretty awesome, especially after a night of beer and hot wings. After that you know to just relax a little, line things up and badoosh, mini-cleanse any time you need it. YMMV! :)
  3. Lol, we scratch out "a win or two" and you never know what will come crawling out of the woodwork! How goes it?
  4. I picked up an Xb1 and kinect 2 is significantly improved over the original. Basically, it has no input lag now or if there is, it's so minor that you can't really tell. It's also able to pick up fine movements like hands/fingers. There isn't much for it yet beyond the voice controls and xbox fitness (which is very slick), but compared to the original it's much improved and since it's a mandatory add-on, we should see some real development for it now. with that said, right now, both consoles suck. I wouldn't put any effort into trying to get one right now because any game that you can get on ps4/xb1 and ps3/360 will be better on the older consoles. The graphics might not be quite as slick, but gameplay is what matters and the new consoles just don't have the gameplay. Hell, in a lot of cases they don't have the graphics either, but the gameplay and options are consistently lacking on the new games compared to the old.
  5. This is my current (and for hte last year or so) favorite.
  6. It's one of those shows that I watch when I come across it, but I rarely make it a point to see it. I think it's cringe inducing hilarity. I agree though, no way Kenny Powers stays rental car model dad for long. The chrome nuts will be back on the stolen truck before long!
  7. I've had 360's since they were released. I currently have 3 of them that I use primarily as set top boxes for U-verse. I play games on them when I find a game a like, but I mostly play on PC. I'm interested in the XB1 more for the media/tv stuff and to see how it integrates with all my other gadgets (windows 8, surface, Windows phone 8, etc), but the games are a nice bonus! :)
  8. The XB1 was originally going to require a 24 hour check-in to verify game licenses. Every game was automatically installed to the hard drive and never needed the disc to be inserted again. YOu could digitally share your games with friends and they would always be available to you in the cloud. Today, due to the mindless mob, microsoft announced that they're dropping the 24 hour check-in, but they're also dropping the mandatory installs and the ability to digitally share your games with friends. You can still purchase games online and get some of those features, but disc based games work like they always have, ie. they have not evolved at all. FWIW, you were always able to buy and sell games, but there was a license transfer process. Now it's back like it always has been, no evolution there.
  9. Sup squawkers, long time! I've got an XB1 on pre-order. I mostly game on a PC, but I want the xb1 for the media/TV stuff. Looks pretty cool!
  10. I've read all 94 issues up to this point and I'd just stick to the show if I were you. You're just going to ruin it for yourself. I'd almost say read up to the point that they get to that building you saw at the end of the S2 finale and stop, because they could really ruin things for you from there on out. The crazy thing is that's probably 25 issues worth of reading there, but take it from me, one can read through 94 issues of a comic in a VERY short amount of time when they're all sitting there in front of you
  11. Why do you think it will take away from productivity? The entire concept of the Metro UI is to give you quick access to the information that you use the most. Once apps are built to take advantage of that, the metro UI should be a huge time saver as there will be less of a need to constantly shuffle your open apps to see what's new. Even without that it shouldn't cost any additional time.
  12. loved the finale. I had concerns that they would be able to make it big with the two previous deaths, but IMO they knocked it out of the park. They will definitely pull huge numbers for S3E1.
  13. Definitely 1 of my favorite shows on TV and 1 I look forward to every week. Gonna be sad when the season finale hits this next week and we'll have to go 6 months or whatever without the show. ah!
  14. I don't even recall that from the movie, but in the context of the story he is a fairly fascinating thing to them as he can do things they can't. The commercials give it no context and really only make the movie look like Conan the Barbarian in space, which is disappointing. I loved the story and would love to see more of it on the screen. It's getting decent word of mouth so maybe it will keep showing strong. I'd definitely recommend seeing it though.
  15. hehe, I lurk frequently! actually still a great show though, one of the few I bother recording these days. There should be some very good stuff coming up next season.
  16. any of you guys have experience with the comics? They've strayed here and there so far, but overall it's keeping to the general flow, with a few big exceptions.
  17. Loved this movie, one of my favorites in the last few years. Probably the least effective advertising campaign I can remember for a movie though. I had no previous knowledge of the story and had no real interest in seeing the movie, but the story was pretty darned good, as was the acting and FX. If the marketing had focused a little more on the actual story, I think it would have done better in its opening weekend. I'd definitely recommend seeing it though. As I understand it, they changed the name at the last minute from John Carter of Mars to just John Carter, which only increases the weight of my complaint.
  18. favorite swilling beer: miller lite favorite cheap beer: guinness Current overall favorite: Nostradamus Other favorites in the cooler: Duvel, Chimay, Alagash Tripel, St. Bernardus Tripel Also just had a friend from Virginia bring down some Dog Fish head 120 minute IPA and it was good, very unique. It ranges somewhere between 18-25%, but is surprisingly smooth.
  19. chillzatl

    Blu Ray

    If you want a blu-ray player, get a blu-ray player. You'll be able to find full featured blu-ray players for $100 this holiday season and you won't run the risk of wearing out your $300 blu-ray player (ps3) playing movies. If you want a game console, I'd still recommend the 360 over the ps3. It has more games, better online service, more features and in the case of games that are made for both, they are consistently better on the 360. You will have no reliability issues with a newer 360.
  20. Ad-aware and spybot have been beaten by malwarebytes. It is the current king in that niche.
  21. Most antivirus programs aren't going to do anything for you for malware/spyware/adware etc. If you've got popups or annoying things like that, it's one of the previously mentioned problems, not a virus. The best program at the moment for this is Malwarebytes. You can get it at and it's free. It only works on demand. For free a/v, google AVG.
  22. As a professional gamer, i'll throw my opinion in. First off, to stay on topic. Elite is now $299, Arcade is $199. The elite has a 120gb HD, the arcade has built in memory, I think 512mb. Both now have HDMI ports. You may also be able to find a Pro model which has a 60gb HD for $249, while supplies last. For the most part, performance wise, the systems are identical. xbox live is still vastly superior to PSN and that will not change any time soon, but it costs ($50 advertised you can find 12month cards for $30-35 if you look). Even if you aren't an online gamer, you can't discount what Xbox live offers. It's not just an online gaming platform anymore. Netflix integration, movie/TV rental services, twitter,, facebook, media center integration, etc. They are expanding XBox live at a fantastic rate. Both consoles have exclusive titles, but most games come out on both systems, so you're not going to lose much either way. There is a vast separation on the PS3 side between gamers and blu-ray buyers. For gamers, the blu-ray capabilities of the PS3 aren't a big seller. For blu-ray fans, the gaming capabilities of the ps3 aren't a selling point. This is why while the ps3 only lags behind the 360 by a few million units world wide, cross platform games consistently sell 2x (or more) as many units on the 360 as they do on the ps3. Most people buying PS3's are buying them for movies over games. This doesn't mean much overall, but you're certainly going to have a larger pool of potential people to play against on the 360. There is no denying the 360's past reliability issues, but the last two revisions of the 360 have nearly eliminated these problems. Comparing the units that have been released over the last year you'd find that the 360 is on par with or only slightly behind the ps3. If you're buying new, the reliability issue simply isn't an issue anymore. If you search around you can find out how to tell if the unit you are considering is one of the latest revisions (jasper I think) or the previous revisions (falcon). Also keep in mind that despite these original problems the 360 is the best selling next-gen (now current gen) console on the market. That says a lot for the platform as a whole. In the end it really comes down to how much you value blu-ray. If you plan to watch a lot of blu-ray movies and have all the other things you need to take advantage of them (good TV, etc), then that might matter to you. I'm a huge movie buff, but blu-ray simply holds no magic for me. I will not deny that I get my HD movie fix in other *ahem* ways, but I can't ever see myself owning a blu-ray player or paying the premium for blu-ray movies over regular DVD's. If that day ever comes, I doubt I would get a ps3 simply because blu-ray players are so cheap now. It's not going to be long before you're going to be able to get a feature complete BD player for $99.
  23. Depends on where you want to go more. CS tends to be more technical (programming) while CIS tends to focus more on the management / PM aspects.