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by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 954
Views: 142334

Re: What are you playing right now?

Been playing Stellaris with the expansion and various mods. Stellaris is interesting to me because the difficulty is all over the place. Too much depends on how the galaxy is initially set up, it seems. Also, the AI seems to randomly choose between super-aggressive and super-passive no matter what ...
by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 954
Views: 142334

Re: What are you playing right now?

Been playing Stellaris with the expansion and various mods.
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 12070

Re: End of an E®A

Vhalidictes wrote:
Based on the number of ads I throw away weekly, bulk mailing rates are way too low.

THIS...Post office needs help, they should pay full price if they want to send me that rubbish.
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 954
Views: 142334

Re: What are you playing right now?

A Steam sale is ongoing. I have a feeling I'll be getting a few games I have no time to play. Cities: Skylines, Age of Wonders 3 and others are 75-80% off till July 5th.
by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 181
Views: 11214

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

I don't believe I have ever eaten it.

It sounds intriguing after many years of hearing about it. A Filipino friend cooks with it but I haven't eaten the results.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 954
Views: 142334

Re: What are you playing right now?

Anyone try Tyranny yet? It seems it's an RPG where the big bad guy took over the world.

I got it on Steam Sale but have not tried yet.
by Hawkwing74
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Steven Furst - Babylon 5
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

RIP Steven Furst - Babylon 5

Another of the B5 actors has died. I loved his role as Vir Cotto. Great character.

RIP.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Furst

Now part of the B5 "curse" but not listed yet.
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls056207990/
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 6955

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

I hope he paid his capital gains taxes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2017/02/21/if-you-traded-bitcoin-you-should-report-capital-gains-to-the-irs/#2bfc3fd6e3d8 Yeah I was reading that yesterday. I can't give my opinion on capital gains on *everything* or this will go into R&P. ...
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 6955

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

whm1974 wrote:
I would at least cash some of it out every so often to avoid getting burned, or at least buy legal goods that I can use anyway.

He cashed out 1/3 of his original investment. As people said above, I agree he should cash out the other 2/3 of the original. But he is more of a gambler.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 6955

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

My coworker is "up" on paper with Ethereum and BTC about $38k. I would sell, but I would have sold long back anyway.

I think he's likely to get burned sometime but he isn't going to take advice from me.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 6955

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Anecdotal comment on the exchange being difficult. Another coworker heard how the first coworker has been "making money" so he tried to buy BTC a few weeks ago right before it had a huge spike. He couldn't get in and buy via coinbase, and so he "lost" $1000 in growth. So yes, in ...
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 6955

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Captain Ned wrote:
You might want to let him know that, despite what proponents believe, tracing Bitcoin transactions to individuals is trivially easy these days.

[/day job]

He's not doing it for black market...he thinks it's an investment.
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 6955

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

A coworker made a ton on Ethereum when it jumped from $30 to over $200. Did he cash out? If just has a balance (or "re-invested") on poloniex or GDAX or Kraken, he arguably hasn't made anything yet. Agreed, and he is trying to figure out if he should cash out. If it tanks before he sells,...
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 6955

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

A coworker made a ton on Ethereum when it jumped from $30 to over $200.

I can't say I get why it is a valid investment.
by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)
Replies: 22
Views: 2048

Re: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)

I started watching Continuum with my wife. Enjoying it so far.

Into the Badlands is pretty cool. Has a Game of Thrones vibe.
by Hawkwing74
Thu May 25, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??
Replies: 11
Views: 1306

Re: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??

Captain Ned wrote:
You mean in 1980 when the Hunt Brothers tried to corner the silver market (and pretty much wrote half the script for "Trading Places")?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Thursday

Aware of that spike as well, but no, I meant the more recent one.
by Hawkwing74
Thu May 25, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??
Replies: 11
Views: 1306

Re: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??

Perhaps a perception among some people that we are heading for a period of global political instability? Kind of like the gold bug thing, but geekier. My thought is some of the gold bug/silver people went to these. Gold and silver have been flat since their big spike a few years back. Still histori...
by Hawkwing74
Thu May 25, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bitcoin bubble-tastic??
Replies: 11
Views: 1306

Bitcoin bubble-tastic??

I have a couple work friends speculating in bitcoins. One sold 5k of company stock from the stock purchase plan and bought bitcoins. I know I'm not generally a prophet but I think we're in bubble territory. What is the reason it's really increasing in value so rapidly other than sheer speculation? A...
by Hawkwing74
Thu May 18, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (SoundGarden/AudioSlave)
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

Re: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (SoundGarden/AudioSlave)

I was 19 in the summer of 1994. Soundgarden was definitely in my wheelhouse during early adulthood. Me and my friends listened to them a lot. When I think 90's alternative I think Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, STP, Soundgarden, etc.

Sad to die so young and he leaves several children behind.
by Hawkwing74
Tue May 16, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 4552

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

Not unusual for business. So many corporate apps (not in house but purchased) are not supported well with modern operating systems. Many of our plant controls still require XP SP2 (SP3 breaks them). We are Win7 rolling out Win10 but there are issues. A lot revolving around Excel plug ins. How does ...
by Hawkwing74
Tue May 16, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 4552

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

This thread made me think. I may have a Win 8.1 PC at home. It shows "end of mainstream support for Windows 8.1" in Jan 2018. What is the difference between mainstream support and extended support? And LOL at Captain Ned's example. My Fortune 20 company is as bad, mostly running Windows 7 ...
by Hawkwing74
Tue May 16, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Colossal Cave Adventure/ADVENT
Replies: 18
Views: 2853

Re: Colossal Cave Adventure/ADVENT

I guess he is financially secure enough he doesn't feel any threat from SJW's.

You can’t base “identity” on a person’s private self-beliefs and expect sane behavior to emerge any more than you can invite everyone to speak private languages and expect communication to happen.
by Hawkwing74
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 47963

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

RE: Ep 7 I haven't seen it yet. Is it skippable in your opinion? Rogue One, on the other hand, was awesome. Well, depends how badly you have the fanboy bug. I watched Ep 4 when I was 4 years old. The bug bit me bad. Older and perhaps wiser, I can see how I am a fanboy but they'd have to really torc...
by Hawkwing74
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 47963

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

So is this just Luke Rey on Dagobah Green Mountain? Will she sense her friends and trouble and leave before her training is complete? Is this going to be ENTIRELY based on Empire? Ugh, I hope not. I'll be the fool who gave my money if it really does turn out to be that. Maybe I can read what the cr...
by Hawkwing74
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 47963

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

I hope the story is better than the last one. Regardless, I'll be there to see it.
by Hawkwing74
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Torment: Tides of Numenera out
Replies: 10
Views: 4126

Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera out

I finished the game. I thought it was very well done, but a little short for 4 years of development. Maybe I missed some content somehow but I flew through it at an hour here and there before my physical copy even arrived. Loved the story, but like its predecessor there's little reason to play throu...
by Hawkwing74
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planescape: Torment: EE release on 4/11/17!
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Planescape: Torment: EE release on 4/11/17!

For my money, the best story-driven RPG ever made. Replay value goes way down. But I truly loved this game.

I think I played through about 2 times, then on the 3rd, I just got bored.
by Hawkwing74
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 8462

Re: March Madness 2017

I knew I shouldn't have bet against North Carolina!
by Hawkwing74
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6782
Views: 1193686

Re: World Of Warcraft

Starfalcon wrote:
I really hate what my class has been turned into this exp....all our passive damage got turned into rng damage. I almost have reached the point after all my years of playing this game nonstop, of giving up and quitting.

It burns us all out in the end, sadly.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 6253

Re: Where do you bank?

superjawes wrote:
As one of those people under 30 (for a few more months), cash is just a terrible way to pay for anything.

Yes, because governments and banks ALWAYS have our best interests at heart.
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