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@  Goldenheart : (08 February 2015 - 01:10 AM) but FreeDOS didn't see any other drive. Back to researching.
@  Brandino : (08 February 2015 - 03:53 PM) Win 7 definitely can do this
@  Brandino : (08 February 2015 - 03:53 PM) same with linux
@  Goldenheart : (08 February 2015 - 08:51 PM) Thanks guys. Ubuntu did the trick & was able to reformat & partition my HDD. Strange OS, but still better than 8. Too bad none of my old copies of Windows would install on my 2yr old i3 laptop. :( Guess I'll have to get Win7 to be able to play my game.
@  Goldenheart : (08 February 2015 - 08:53 PM) Well, technically, I never did get to try to install Win2k, (my fav) the proper way, but since WinXP didn't recognize my RAM, I doubt it would.
@  ermac666 : (19 February 2015 - 09:31 PM) The disappointiung order 1886 reviews has me concerned. On one hand I really want to check out the game because it looks amazing, but on the other hand it may be not worth it. I am on the fence.
@  ermac666 : (19 February 2015 - 09:31 PM) *Disappointing
@  colonel_j2020 : (20 February 2015 - 05:50 PM) One of the review I read said either rent it or wait for a price drop as there is little incentive to replay.
@  d2_s : (21 February 2015 - 02:44 AM) @ermac I have The Order 1886. I'm still not sure how i feel about it. On the one hand it's easily tye most impressive looking this generation thus far on the other it heavily relies on cinematics like past MGS games. It breaks up the gameplay quite a bit and I'm not sure how I feel about that yet.
@  d2_s : (21 February 2015 - 02:47 AM) It needs to be seen and experienced, biu not sure i can recommend it at this point as it will only appeal to people who don't mind cinematic style games.
@  ermac666 : (21 February 2015 - 06:48 AM) I went ahead and bought the game. I am very impressed by the graphics. It looks so eerily realistic. I am also getting behind the characters and actually care for them. Gameplay is also very smooth. Aiming and other aspects are very responsive. Love the game. I should not have listened to the reviews. I know that they can help people who are also on the fence, but not everyone would feel the same as they feel. Solid game. I am like 50% through and so far, so good...
@  ermac666 : (21 February 2015 - 06:49 AM) Storyline and voice acting is also surprisingly good. They clearly put in the effort.
@  d2_s : (21 February 2015 - 06:52 AM) Glad you're enjoying the game ermac. I'm too early in the campaign to form a complete opinion, but if one thing is certain it's that this game is by far the most visually impressive game thus far.
@  d2_s : (22 February 2015 - 03:40 PM) @Space How's Iron Banner going?
@  SpaceInsomniac : (22 February 2015 - 05:25 PM) I just reached rank 4 and bought the boots, shotgun, and hunter cape, so it's going nicely.
@  d2_s : (22 February 2015 - 10:05 PM) Very nice :)
@  d2_s : (22 February 2015 - 10:14 PM) I am somewhat tempted by the shotgun, but I'd need to re-roll it and that could be expensive. Let me know your thoughts on it.
@  d2_s : (23 February 2015 - 07:36 PM) Nevermind I went ahead and bought everything :)
@  SpaceInsomniac : (23 February 2015 - 08:47 PM) I bought two of the scout rifle, one to keep the same, and another to reroll.  My first try I got the radar perk, explosive bullets, and last round does more damage.  That was good enough for me.
@  d2_s : (24 February 2015 - 04:16 PM) Not a bad first roll at all :)

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#1 SpaceInsomniac

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:12 AM

Not too long ago, there was a time when not everyone had high speed internet.  I still remember going to IGN and waiting 30 minutes to an hour for a gameplay video that lasted only a few minutes, and played in a window that was perhaps a tenth the size of the screen.  And early streaming video technology was horrible at best.

Like this, only smaller:


Now days, I just hop over to Giant Bomb and I'm streaming an hour of gameplay that looks better than an SD television.  Ain't technology grand?

But just as home consoles killed arcades, and MP3s killed record stores, high-quality streaming video killed the demand for another type of business.  There was a time when people who wanted to watch pornography had to leave their house and actually make contact with other human beings at a rental store.  There's a disturbing thought.  And just as people bitch about their retail job, and the customers they have to deal with, you just know that the people who worked at these places must have had some very interesting stories to tell.

That brings me to this blog, which I first read before I was even aware of the word "blog," and which has now been removed from its original URL.  You have to use the internet wayback machine to read it at this point, but I've already done that work for you.  Here's a quick excerpt:

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Lots of people are hung up on a particular race, or a particular racial combination, and many straight men are pretty specific about breast size (The Nice Rack series and theItty Bitty Titty series seem to rent fairly evenly). The most common fetish, if you can call something so common a fetish, is for borderline jailbait. This is true of both straight and gay porn. The gay series to watch are Eighteen Today, Just 18 and Gay and First Time Tryers. The straight series are Bring 'Em Young, Barely Legal, and, horrifyingly,Faces with Braces. We actually have a guy who vets all our videos and makes sure that nobody is under 18, but still, guys who bring a stack of those up to the counter make me want to hiss and warn them away from my little sisters. And it's never the 21-year-olds who rent Barely Legal, it's always the 45-and-ups. Gah. The 21-year-olds do occasionally rent the one Older Women, Hotter Sex video we have. I approve of this, in a shocking display of my own personal prejudices.

And as one more example:

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Several of our straight porn boxes have a cheerful little blue circle on the front. It's designed to look like a sticker and it says "Gaping Asshole Inside!" in the same sort of cheerful font one might use for "Now with more fiber!" or "New fresh scent!"

It is clearly meant to be a feature, a sort of guarantee of quality: whatever else may or may not happen in this film, you are guaranteed at least one gaping asshole. Frequently there is also a gaping asshole holding the box, but that issue is not addressed.


It's even more specific, detailed, humorous, and disturbing from there, and it's an absolutely fascinating read.  Check it out:
http://web.archive.o...om/mb/tpcs.html


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Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:45 AM

So I started reading this again, and found one section that I can absolutely relate to:

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A man came in today and a note popped up on his file: "This charmer shoved his tapes on the counter in front of the disabled guy who wasn't getting out of his way fast enough."

The man is screwed for life at our store and he doesn't even know it. No, we won't be deliberately mean to him or short change him or anything like that. But we also won't cut him a break on late fees or give him the benefit of the doubt on damage claims or go out of our way to help him out, which we frequently do.

Clerk Karma happens more for our customers than people think, and it's odd how far-reaching, if minor, the effects can be. Even the highest management will take a note into an account. A fee on an account with a note that says "This guy admits it was his fault but he was really cool about it." usually gets reduced by the Powers that Be. "This guy screamed at me for 20 minutes." is unlikely to get the same friendly reprieve.

I like it. We're not penalizing the jerks so much as rewarding the good, and it's comforting to know that life sometimes works that way, even if it's on a small scale. And of course, many small scales I don't know about may be adding up all over town.

I really liked reading this, because I feel the exact same way.  I work in retail, and rude or pushy customers basically have to pry customer service out of me.  I do the very minimum required, unless they specifically request that I take a particular action.  Polite and thankful customers end up learning about all sorts of things I can do to acquire the item they're looking for, or help them with whatever problem they might have.

Whenever I notice mean, rude or unthankful people throughout life, I have to wonder just how much more difficult they're making their lives.
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:59 AM

I started reading this in bed the other day, and read most of it until later than I should have. Strangely entertaining.

No thumb print on my iPad...sorry to disappoint.
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