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  1. For the record, I did see in my notice that one point, at least from what I can tell (an offence mark at GTAForums I suspect) expired in June, that I got the past week or two before the permanent one. I really think it should still be reversed, I mean a life long ban, I'm the senior member of just about everyone there, but do you think their dedication to gaming or GTA will be stronger then mine? I don't think so, I think at some point they'll lose interest in gaming, or they'll become something they seem to abhor, an older gamer with no life, like me! hahahaha I dedicate music that seems to encompass all I'm feeling about a situation or someone, and this one REALLY fits the bill in terms of those Holier Then thou moderators who make life hell, instead of fun..... And for blowin off some more steam, nuthin' beats the Misfits classic, though more about a female's 'attitude' if the shoe fits... HAHA
  2. So, maybe you've heard that Doctor Dre has decided, seemingly sell his company with Interscope Records Jimmy Iovine's partnership formerly with Monster Cable's Noel Lee and son, who spent over a million dollars and nearly 60 prototypes coming up with Beats headphone designs, now to APPLE, along with their music service it's believed most interests Apple with it's lucrative hands on iTunes marketplace saturation?? Well, I'd like you guys to sound off, so far, it's a laugh worthy argument talking about overpriced goods for 'looks' or status, and Apple's pricing policies. Keep in mind that Apple was going it alone in the PC market, forging new paths and kicking open doors. Both Dr Dre and Monster were originally looking at a Speaker marketing deal, but moving to headphones because of the supposed Hi Fi market for speakers seemingly tapped. I still think PC speakers or smaller surround solutions still have a market share to exploit. Surround is much more a part of everyone's life in terms of the tech making it all possible. Noel's idea at Monster was to propose a new surround audio solutions for product sales, but what I read didn't specifically suggest surround headphones, but there are only a few tapping this market as well. It's debateable how much there's a market for them, but I have interest rather recently based on a DAC I got that's paired to a cheaper 5.1 surround headset. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beats_Electronics
  3. Well the topic is a bit harsh, there was 10 years I spent there in total, but I can't fault anyone I got along with, those who never tried to cause mental anguish. I've been online with GTAO, RDR Online less then a year when it became available, so I know even those experiences were amazing, but just not the same these days. That's part of the reason I hope Rockstar don't sink all their time, people, money into Online, though I do think supporting it well at a bare minimum should be on the docket. That way you can take your time to explore the older games time and time again, if even for the first time in some cases. Adding things can't continue ad infinitum since that clearly stopped with regard to GTA 4 and the DLC Episodes. The original augmentation of Red Dead Redemption as well, 4 installments of DLC IIRC, but basically moving on with new IP endeavors. Some or most we've yet to find out about. I really wish they weren't so secretive trying to stay ahead of the Industry, I think it does pay off only in a minor way, other then keeping companies in the dark about their ideas for the future of gaming, assumed that ideas might be usurped. As for GTAForums, I think the reason for the massive viewing activity and active members is because they got in on the Name Game that makes GTAF feel like a tie in directly with Rockstar Games, though there's no tie there at all.
  4. I got a ton of updating on XBL and I suppose, PSN as well, been offline while paying for the service still... Not a move I would normally do, but as it stands, I forgot to bring my Wifi dongle for good ole' Xbox360. Wish they built that thing inside! haha
  5. The reason I feel bad about posting things like rants here is you guys don't like reading about feuds, I don't like being at the center of them, but the truth is as I see it, what I would or could do to appease their moderating staff, and as the saying goes, only takes a few bad apples to ruin the whole bunch. How in the Hell do you enjoy a game and it's associated fanbase forum discussion when there's relentless harassment as I suffered with?? I know there's problematic members, but if you can't tell them from me, you're in no position to moderate a damn thing!! hahaha The only offense really is difference of opinion over semantics, I don't see the little nuances they try and lay down as some sort of law. For many years beforehand, they would get some complaints from other members, and the staff response was that I hadn't actually broken any rules that would mandate a ban. I did some basic No-nos starting out, like not editing posts properly and being overtly impatient about responses, bumping old, OLD threads, etc... but the reality is still, No Harm No Foul, and this means no harm was instigating in these practices
  6. Look at Imagine by John Lennon, like the earlier comment about Beatles being more popular then Jesus, the point was being considered and voiced, yet in both instances, John Lennon took heat from expressing Religion in the context of something bad, like every human frailty however, it can be both bad and good. Expressed in the book Jacked, Rockstar's pushing of envelopes didn't go out no holds barred, there was fallout, and there will continue to be based just on the medium, demographic and production channel aspects impacting such decisions.
  7. JUST got permanently banned from ever taking part at GTAForums. So long, suckers!

  8. I was just perma-banned (again) from GTAForums by moderator Moonshield. This was a result of linking my last fresh made topic into where I thought it should have resided, possibly, not just to bring the issue to discussion, but to rant about how a great injustice continues to prevail, and Moonshield gave me an instant 1000 points, apparently the maximum to qualify for a ban, if not in excess?? Well, what this means is true to my name, and previous status, I'm Blacklisted Bill to you guys, and I will continue to support my interests here and abroad, supporting Grand Theft Auto and Rockstar. If you're curious about this great offence of mine, it was to try and create discussion about future Playstation support from Rockstar, including PS Vita and PS4 as well as GTA tie in exclusive, and to revive discussion about Agent.
  9. Borrowing a name of an LA newsprint magazine bands used to list for fellow musician searches (want ads) In this topic, my intent for it is to get you guys to talk about any tech toys you took in (from the trash, were donated or bought) I found two desktops just walking home, not even a block away, both loaded with old school AGP cards, one Socket A Athlon XP Biostar in case, the other a Dell Dimension 9300...AGP x8 in this later generation 478 P4 desktop, got a near top of the line at the time 6800GT graphics card, but as I was cleaning it, a capacitor up and fell off. Wasn't very firmly attached it seems! YIKES Thinking of keeping most of this, however, as time goes by it's harder to deal with the aging tech. What with XP's end of life term, it's interesting as well in that I got more COAs for the aging OS! hahaha So, comment on your own old gear as well, and what you use it for now, if you still do.
  10. Well, Trevor's actor Steven expressed in interview how kids, his own, should not be privy to such adult content. I was talking about and looking into the last movie I saw the other night for GTAForums Offtopic, that being the 1978 rape revenge film I Spit On Your Grave, originally titled, Day of the Woman. If you look into the details about it's origins, up to 1980, when the title was changed beyond the scope of the director and writer. Still a great title, but it brought to the table discussion about it's contents in a serious and thoughtful manner, rather then knee jerk reaction, and as Wikipedia points out, people who likely had never even seen it, they took up a vocal protest against it, advocating censorship. Wikipedia again cements my belief that it maybe the best source for movie data, even more then IMDB at times, since it talks about response to such films, offers trivia and production data, all very interesting to research
  11. Power board paid for off eBay, soon to fix free 47 inch TV!!!

  12. Oddly, I come back to GTAForums to find another topic still open about PC, Rockstar North and why the delay. Doesn't seem prompted by anything other then elapsed time with no word from Rockstar. Weight in on what you guys think is the hold up, not that Rockstar are ignoring it presently, but when we might see it, this year? When RDR sequel comes, or news of PS4 and Xbox One?
  13. You guys seem un-naturally silent here on even the music front. I keep most active at GTAForums in the rate the song above topic, it's fun no matter what time of day you visit. But it's sadly inactive and neglected here. Why is that I ask?? I'd love if you guys took an interest. it's not much effort to expend on your part. They do it all the time on the most active fansite around. Well, as you may or may not know, Finding song lyrics is one of the viral Malware traps best known, outside of 'pron' perhaps... but I believe now YouTube with lyrics is one of the safest and best growing database, and as you know, property rights owners would rather there be no sharing of any professional music on said channel, but they're simply over-numbered by the users who do uploads day after day. At least that's my take. Here's a song I heard many many years ago, never really knew what the late Freddie Mercury was on about, but here you can see quite clearly!
  14. It's a challenge I always avoided, that tracing back to CRT tube based sets, main thing was dangerous high voltages that were enough to cause you serious harm, if not possibly injure you some way, some how. But I've been shocked a few times and burned on other projects just the same! Now, I actually hope not to have to do repairs, but I encountered yet another LCD someone was tossing out with their trash, and I decided I'd at least try and get it home. Well.... I did manage the no mean trick, it took about an hour to move the set about 7 or 8 blocks to my apartment, it was between my sister's home and my new one. Not too far, but I have no car, no truck, no trailer, I walked the set! It was a painful affair! Anyway, it did spring to life initially but then failed to respond moments later. I was able to get a playback signal in non-anamorphic mode, and navigate onscreen menus. For a bit it went to black and caused speaker distorted tones. The screen was in great shape. Of other found smaller screens, several actually worked fine, they were LCD intended for computers. VGA and DVI inputs only. This is the second full on HD set I found that shows signs of life. A further defective unit I disassembled and re-trashed, saving working speakers and electronic sub-sections. In looking at what's available for my replacement parts, I found this site I'd like to pass along... http://electronicshelponline.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-detect-t-con-board-faults-with.html Tells you more specifically what a technical term relates to in diagnosis. In my repair agenda, looking to get a remote and power supply unit, as well as check the fuse it uses. I noted eBay parts to give me an idea of the internal designs even before pulling the TV's chassis. Audio did also work while my signal was coming through. Previous HD 'Ready' repair also required a new AC adapter, in that unique case, a cord direct to set was not used, but rather an in-between Transformer box that had to be specific 24volts and 6 amps. If you were unaware of that, you'd buy the wrong adapter from eBay sellers because the set is actually marked for the spec, and they're offering the wrong adapter at lower 5 Amps. I tried one and it failed to provide enough juice. The replacement failed as well, due to poor build quality, but it looks like no more I'd have to spend then $100 on the parts if they prove to be the main culprit. (remote needed for brand association) I wonder if you guys do any of your own repairs, do you follow the throwaway society generally? It seems the prior owners just bought a new set to replace this one, it dates to early 2009 for manufacture. The 47LG50 model LG, a rather nice upgrade from my in-use Viore 32" The LG offers three HDMI inputs, VGA, component, USB, and standard composite and S-video. HiDef tuner also runs full 1080 Progressive. Hoping a PWR box replacement sets everything else in line for operating smoothly. Will let you know if my prognosis pans out. It's something of a gamble spending any money on a project like this, but say if the LCD or LED were damaged and you're looking at 30 inches on up, it's gonna be a hefty price tag!! Here we have CNET's take on it, $1500 originally in 2009 dollars!! http://www.cnet.com/products/lg-47lg50/
  15. Grabbed a free alleyway trashed HDTV, it's a 50 inch LG!!!

  16. I was watching the most awesome Peter Frampton Guitar Center Sessions again, even though I'd seen it before, and wanted to compare his career in retrospect. As he appeared on stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1993, at the FOX theater, I was a cable subscriber then and opted into the very special Pay Per View event that evening. It's NEVER been released to the public officially. Enjoy my earliest YouTube segments however...
  17. Well, I suppose there was a general Query thread for this forum but lost activity in recent years. I get in trouble posting Tech advice in the GTAForums area of the Web, so I figure any findings and answers you might have or pass along for others could be posted here without fear of condemnation from Moderation staff. I hope you guys know the value in such things. Recently I commented on the Hiren CD, as well as ISOs available from other sites some might consider warez, but I was inquiring for an ISO I could make an installer disc without buying one second hand and then using a valid machine COA to install and register it, this came under fire as well, and it can be sketchy territory no doubt, but I like to refurbish and put things back into service, and computers simply appeal by virtue of their Swiss Army Knife capability. Oh, and sorry for the topic title error, I'd appeal to Chris or staff to remove the last letter on Guide which I didn't see on my screen at the time
  18. As a more fun, lighthearted topic of discussion, did any of you guys catch the Lunar Eclipse last night?? I went out to film it, and it was REALLY cold, and I noticed today's local forecast actually gave single digit temps for some places in the State, in fact we got snow flakes last night in a partially cloudy sky, and more snow on the way in the next 24 hours. Winter just won't leave us alone!!! DAMMIT Aside from that though, the Lunar eclipse I saw was much like as it was shown on TV by others, and across the Net, but once it was fully in the Earth's shadow, I lost sight of it completely, too dang cloudy for one thing.
  19. Still on GTAForums temp ban. Always can be found here of course

  20. Of course, over the course of several Red Ring of Death Xbox360s, I wound up with HDDs included, and out of sheer curiousity as it happens with computers as well, I scour any content included before deleting anything, often times in the case of someone's computer, I find graphics or music I wish to save in my own archive. I never exploit personal data, rest assured, but I do see that happen to wind up in the used markets of goods, and that's a bad thing! haha Point of this topic is to go over my personal findings, one of which was Xbox Live accounts left on used HDDs did allow me for a time to use them activated with "GOLD" for online multiplayer and start over the online play aspects, for a time, this was actually a fun use of the freebie hardware I got, but eventually the ability to use an account for someone else expires. I saw this happen on more then one I got, so rest assured, no harm ensued in doing so, if dormant, I was just using it while I had it. If it effected their online MP aspect, I just don't know, but it seems it either expires or reverted back to the original owner. I would expect the user to do account changes before selling or pawning their old HDD or memory sources for their profiles. This should be common sense. The latest thing is a 120GB HDD I bought to recondition to PC (laptop 2.5), but finding the previous XBL gamertag on the HDD had GTA V in their arsenal, I opted to boot up my disc and see how far they were along in the game. About 75 missions unlocked and tons of cash, all they'd done, some of it seemingly like a cheat was invoked, like tons of cash in their account... This allows me to play their offline game as it was last saved to HDD. No Harm or Foul is invoked in doing so, this shouldn't effect them if you disconnect your online signal. As the game is starting, you're prompted for online data update, this effects saved Gamertag overall status, so if you were to play around with this in a similar situation, disconnect Broadband from the Xbox or PS3 so anything you do locally isn't effecting anyone needlessly. My system did have to run through some initial updates while online however, but I knew when I was going to explore their progress, I'd be doing so only on my local system. I hope posting these particulars isn't against any policy, rule, or ethics, it maybe dodgy in the ethics area, but hey, it's all fair game so to speak!
  21. If you browse their Ask a Question (VERSION TWO) which, as an aside was started as a topic thread VERSION ONE by our webmaster Mike, aka PCGuytech_2005. That's the real fact, and nothing otherwise is the truth. Staff there, and Andrew was involved at the time, got upset over postings, kept locking and unlocking and then starting a new topic of the exact same subject... I tried to ask about why the temp ban, and someone who's been there even longer then me in 2003, he came out saying he felt a ban was not required, and of course, I agree, but that seems like being somewhat level headed, though he did say negative things about me. That one page discussion with Otter remains on the thread, and not deleted, but it shows there's a lot of vitriol there! The kind of responses you get in both topic threads is much the same, the quality of the people didn't change because a topic existed or vanished, what is severely lacking is REAL communication and understanding that NEEDS to take place to understand where people are coming from in what they post. Being allowed to reply in rebuttal is not a bad thing, pretending someone or something doesn't exist doesn't eliminate it. Erasing history to make your own doesn't negate the facts. The Nazi's did this during their reign of terror in the '40s. and I don't think drawing some similarities is too far out in left field. The mindset seems the same at times. They place themselves as some supreme beings. Their site garners the most participants, and it just goes to their collective heads, that's all I can make of it. It's so senseless otherwise. Oh, and Chris. We'd have thrown in the towel with GTAChronicles if we allowed ourselves to be trampled upon relentlessly by these type of other personalities. We're as much, if not more so, passionate about GTA and gaming in the current generation then anyone there. I know there are those who are more up on one aspect or another, and perhaps even better gamers or writers, but a forum is about gathering all the different USER aspects, and that is as important as it's ever been AMEN
  22. I posted earlier a thread about Windows XP, hoping you guys will tell us how you plan to keep using XP past it's expiration date, and this thread will serve the same for those still going with what they've invested in, Xbox 360 original or SLIM, and PS3 'Phat' original or slim. I bought multiples as is somewhat well known. But I am debating selling my second repaired PS3 and buying another Xbox360 locally that's only being sold (pawnshop find) for $40 with no accessories, the only other system under $100 typically in the current used market is the PSP portables, old or SLIM versions again. This happens naturally with new consoles and handhelds on the market. So, how long do you see for current past gen use to continue and be OK with that? Originally I wanted a system straight away, and my folks gave me a Xmas gift of cash that I could have gone that route, but I opted to build a gaming laptop, but my lack of research there did cost me more money then I wished to spend. It pays to do a lot of homework when shopping for the best deal, You also don't want to sit on something when it appears, Once a deal comes to light, you have to react fast or it's gone! PS4 and Xbox One are the new systems we'll keep seeing new gaming 'killer apps' coming to, perhaps, at first, some of the wind came out of the sails when the same title came to both old and new platforms
  23. In addition, GTAForums is down today, the whole site apparently, They were working on portions of it earlier, but I will tell ya, when that happens and you're in the mood to talk GTA and Entertainment..... WHERE YA GONNA GO?!?!? HERE or GTAC of course!!
  24. Outside of that older GTA game title case, I've really heard next to nothing, zilch, nada about GTA V and any impact it's had on real world events. Considering it's massive sales figures, perhaps more people are aware of exactly what the game is about and no longer spin hyperbole that's simply unsupported. Cooler heads prevail. I haven't heard other games come under attack in relation to real world crimes either, but I always suspect someone to make a connection because of the original aim at youth demographic
  25. Seems according to the stats of Xfinity's Watchathon that completed the week prior, not much to anyone's surprise, Walking Dead and Game of Thrones seem to have garnered the most viewers. Now, outside of Xfinity On Demand from Comcast, can't say. And they do like to blow their own horn, as can be assumed with every company, but I believe it's fair to say. Had there been a topic about the show prior? If not....here we go.
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