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  1. I miss you, Kings. Ian Mcshane, Eamonn Walker, and a complex, realistic storyline. Great show, unfortunately too expensive and cerebral for mainstream. Plus the advertisements basically avoided the biblical connection that would have drawn in viewers.
  2. Methinks you misunderstood, though it is understandable given Volo left out a word. He was responding to the article linked in Zoraptor's post where 2 PC games were recorded as having beaten the game 28 times through Bioware's Big Brother game habits/feedback app.
  3. Though of course, there was the error where the ME2 DLC was put up for free on Live for a few hours before the game even came out.
  4. Your last sentence there concerning abolitionist motivation indicates the sentiment with which I (and I assume some of the other posters) have issues in your argument. I can't say this is what you intended, but I read your posts as equating all morality with Christianity and that all moral or egalitarian movements throughout Western history have arisen from Christian philosophy/belief. I will not deny that Judeo-Christian influences are heavy in Western Civilization (the extent and value of those influences are a separate issue), but it is ridiculous and frankly religiocentric to assume that all moral objections or acts of "human goodness" derive from Christian principles. EDIT: You'll notice that the same article you linked describes John Ball as having no connection to the established church, being described as a "mad priest," and that as a result of the Peasant Revolution he helped spawn he was put on trial, then hung, drawn, and quartered before Richard II after which his head was stuck on a pike.
  5. Yep, you're definitely not biased in the least. Obama may not have kept all his campaign promises, but at least he's trying to fix things. Which is more than can be said for Palin whose basic philosophy seems to boil down to the media (except Fox) is evil because they won't act as her propaganda agency and government is also evil, except when it is run by Republicans. Then it can do no wrong. Someone who felt the need to quit as governor of Alaska because of media pressure and gets facts wrong even when she writes them down ahead of time is in no way suited to national candicacy, much less the presidency. I also greatly dislike the 'America is a Christian nation' spiel of her and her ilk. Also, Imam Rauf is a Sufi as is his congregation. For those who don't know, Sufis are the peace-loving branch of the Islamic faith who use dancing and mysticism to get closer to Allah. Al Qaeda hates them because they aren't easily brainwashed as terrorists and they've been persecuted throughout history for not being true Muslims. Hell, Al Qaeda even has a death sentence out for Rauf. Doesn't that say enough?
  6. At least your conservatives are willing to negotiate. Bloody Republicans are more interested in actively obstructing any legislation that might improve the situation in the US before the November elections and thus negatively impact their chances to gain power.
  7. As usual with political movements, facts just get in the way of the message. How can you reasonably expect any group to promote their political agenda if they are forced to work without the propagandistic tools of fear, hatred, and ignorance? It's not as if common sense and truth has any real impact on the discussion. The sad thing is I'm not sure how much of that is truly sarcasm any longer. This attitude is the entire problem. Islamic terrorists represent Islam to the exact same extent the Inquisition represented Christianity or the Soviets represented Atheism. Which is to say, they are crazy extremes whose actions no reasonable person would blame upon the original creed. If you're determined enough, anything can be twisted to suit your purposes.
  8. A pity I didn't see this sooner. Yes, Alienware make great computers, however, that is accompanied by a similarly great markup in price especially since being bought by Dell. A neat trick pulled by many of the major computer manufacturers is to markup the price then give you an instant discount of a few hundred dollars. You think you're getting a great deal, but that discount only offsets a portion of the initial price markup. At the moment, for my money, I'd recommend either a MSI GX740 (~$1400 US) or an ASUS G73JH (~$1500 US) for a gaming laptop, depending upon your price range and need for portability. They are among the most powerful gaming laptops available at a quite reasonable price. The GX740 is a bit lighter at 7lbs vs 8.5 (that's a little over 3kg vs a little under 4 for you), but both fall under the DTR (Desktop Replacement) category of laptops similar to Alienware, so for their power they are quite portable. They both come standard with an i7 720QM CPU and a 1GB DDR5 ATI Radeon Mobility 5870 HD (basically the top mobile GPU available and the first that supports DX11). Both have fantastic sound for laptops. The MSI has a 500GB HD and 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 RAM, the ASUS 2x500GB (for a total of 1TB) and 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 RAM. Other than that, the only real differences are that the GX740 has a screen resolution of 1680x1050 (16:10) and a 3 year warranty while the G73JH has a higher quality 1920x1080 (16:9, i.e. true Widescreen) LED screen with a 2 year warranty and that the A1 version of the latter has a Blu-Ray reader disc drive for about $100 more. Both MSI and ASUS are known for having the best warranties in the industry. And unlike Alienware, they don't charge you an extra $300 for it. Also, the G73JH comes with a free Razer (top gaming input device manufacturer) mouse and a backpack. As far as looks, the GX740 has a bit of a retro futuristic vibe with red and black coloring and the G73JH has a "stealthy" matte black look and is supposedly inspired by the F-117 Stealth Fighter. MSI GX740 at Newegg ASUS GX73 This last one links to the ASUS catalog of a reputable custom laptop reseller. The one I mentioned is either the G73JH-A1 which includes a Blu-Ray reader for a $100 more or the G73JH-A2.
  9. As I understand it, there are two theoretical factors limiting the size of stars: 1) a pressure gradient formed by the radiation huge stars produce, which eventually would prevent any material being added to the star and 2) the amount of gas and dust physically present in the star's vicinity. In other words, a star can't grow beyond the amount of material available to it, but if it gets big enough, then its own radiation physically prevents it from going larger. My own astronomy is a little rusty, but, if I recall correctly, massive stars such as this follow the Type-II Supernova model which is described further here. Basically, such stars are massive enough to form heavier elements through fusion, including iron, plutonium, etc. Eventually, an iron core is created, which provides no energy for the star, and once the core reaches a certain mass (the Chandresekhar limit) the star can no longer support it and the core implodes. The heat produced as the core implodes results in nuclear reactions, creating neutrons and neutrinos which reverse the implosion and detach stellar material, resulting in a supernova. Because the supernovae of these stars are so violent, they do not leave behind their metal core or collapse into a black hole like other stars, but instead blast the material of their core across space. It is theorized that stars similar to this are what existed in high proportions after the Big Bang and are responsible for approximately half the amounts of elements heavier than iron.
  10. His girlfriend most likely did alter the tapes to at least some extent, however, that doesn't clear Mel of all the other similar situations in which he has been. The numerous racist/anti-semitic rants (typically drunken, which likely indicates the truth of his sentiments - lowered inhibition) made when pulled over and extreme Christian rhetoric speak pretty clearly to his character regardless of this particular circumstance.
  11. Didn't they basically say that's exactly what they're doing? Though more Mass Effect 2.
  12. I believe what LadyCrimson is trying to say is that while yes, there are normal, well-adjusted people in Hollywood, people who want to be actors have to accept the possibility of fame/near-worship and constant media attention. Some will decide to go into the business of acting despite that, while others consider it another draw. At least some of this latter group are driven to seek attention. It is not that there are no normal actors, it is simply that there is a higher ratio of borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic personalities in the acting community compared to the general population. These people either seek constant reinforcement of their identities or psychologically need to be the center of attention. Given that, they are drawn to positions with public exposure and due to other character/personality faults are more likely to fall into harmful behavior such as drugs, etc. if only for the attention they get. The culture of Hollywood does not help.
  13. A badly written form letter at that. There are at least 4 things wrong with this that I notice at first glance: 1) Any professional Western company will make sure to use proper English and sound like a business in their correspondence. Nothing says incompetence like an inability to speak/write intelligently and clearly. 2) The content of the email is very lacking. Saying simply hey we need employees, we'll pay this much tells you absolutely nothing about the company, the position, or its responsibilities. This strikes me as intentional as it is directly followed by a link to their website. Seems like temptation to find out more by clicking the link. 3) The URL itself. Business websites just aren't designed like that. A random, long list of alphanumerics is not how pages/subpages are indexed to the viewer. It's unprofessional and to anyone internet savvy reeks of unsavory business, such as hidden redirects or attempts to hide information before clicking the link. Think something like how TinyURL or the like give such monikers for sites. There, depending upon the person using it, it tends to be benign. This may very well not be. It could very well link to spyware or otherwise infected sites in an attempt to steal information. 4) Unless you have an outstanding resume or highly valuable skills in specialized areas (both typically requiring post-grad education/employment), there is absolutely no reason a company would ever approach you completely out of the blue about a job like this. Given you are just going to undergrad, I doubt you fulfill those criteria (no offense intended). And anyway, even if they were just plastering the web about a temp job or low position or something, why not use one of the numerous sites dedicated to posting such openings? Another thing: have you actually posted your resume online anywhere? If not, they they're definitely lying. Notice that they don't use your name anywhere (unless you removed it). If they have your resume, then why not use it? Exactly as you said, this is a form letter of some sort. Anyone looking to hire you would address you by name, again assuming they didn't just spam the internet with emails like this. Either way, I rule this to be a scam of some sort. It just feels sleazy and doesn't meet any criteria I would expect in a true job offer.
  14. Simple enough. For Leland, it depends on whether you want to fight him or Westridge as the final boss. If you have a good relationship with Leland, he'll offer the chance for you to join Halbech. If you agree, he'll serve as an additional handler at some points (basically just instruction) and you'll take down Westridge as the final boss. You then have the choice to either work for Leland or betray him (basically starting your own Halbech equivalent/taking over Halbech), which gives the additional choice of sparing or killing him. If you don't join him and don't agree to take down Alpha Protocol (if you do - an option in the final conversation with Shaheed - you'll face Westridge as the final boss, but confront Leland afterwards), Leland is the final boss and you get the choice at the end to kill him/spare him. If you spare him, there are three options: 1) you just punch him, 2) if you turned Marburg, he'll be in the room and Leland will order him to kill you but he'll turn and walk away allowing you to punch Leland, or 3) Scarlet appears and shoots you. This happens when you don't rescue her from the Graybox and ally with her, as far as I know. Not knowing that she is the assassin and preventing Sung's assassination may also be part of it. You then have the choice either to convince/bribe Scarlet to leave (in which case she shoots Leland, you never see her again, and she won't be on the boat) or have your handler kill her. As far as who is on the boat at the end with you, there are four options. To avoid Mina, either kill her, have a negative relationship with her and send her away, or ignore her entirely (don't confront her in the weapons range). If you have Heck as your handler and save neither Mina nor Scarlet, he'll join you on the boat at the end. If you have Sie or Albatross as your handler, you'll be alone on the boat. To get Scarlet, you just have to have a high relationship with her and save her in the Graybox. You also may or may not have to know that she is the assassin, though I don't believe you necessarily have to know. If your relationship with her is high enough, she'll tell you herself when you meet her in the Graybox. Just don't kill her. If you agree to ally with her, she'll replace whatever handler you chose for the mission. Either way, she should join you on the boat at the end.
  15. I've beaten Brayko a few times, several on Hard difficulty, including one Hard Recruit run. I tend towards the stealth builds myself, and so the first time I faced him I died a few times while trying to figure out a strategy. The key point of this battle when using a stealth build is play to your strengths. You probably don't have toughness maxed out or the highest endurance/damage resistance armor (as they are noisier), so don't try to take him head on. He'll murder you quite often in this situation, as he is designed for melee. In fact, he's sort of a melee god, what with the speed of his knife attacks. Don't play into a situation where he's at an advantage. Here's basically what I've done: When I first come into the room and after the battle begins, I immediately go to the large square cover in the middle (I'm already crouching). He may get lucky and occasionally hit you, but in my experience, that is pretty rare. Here, I headshot him a few times until he snorts the coke and gets down off the stage. Then I immediately activate Shadow Operative. If you watch Brayko wander around for a while, you'll notice he has a fairly set pattern of activity; in other words, he has a certain area he patrols continuously so long as he doesn't become aware of you. There are two alcoves on either side: so long as you stay behind the wall opposite of Brayko, he will never see you while wandering through his area. At that point, it's just a matter of Shadow Operative, Chainshot to the head, retreat back to the alcove and either use Brilliance or wait for them to recharge then repeat. On a normal difficulty run, that should take him down in about 3-5 chainshots, depending on your accuracy. Naturally, it will take more on Hard difficulty, but the strategy is equally effective in my experience. But then again Chainshot is basically godmode for AP, so this is the easiest method. It will be harder if you don't have pistols trained, but I assume you must have some sort of offensive skill, hopefully gadgets as martial arts, while definitely doable, would be much, much harder (a melee attack immediately deactivates shadow operative and makes the enemy aware of you). Assuming gadgets, plant some around the area using shadow operative to take advantage of his pattern. You could also chuck a few at him, I suppose, though this may very well alert him to your position.
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