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    A New Doom Game Came Out

    That's an interesting thought. I haven't bought a physical box copy of a pc game in a long time since Steam came on the scene. I get the feeling you would be buying a box with a digital code inside. Or a CD that would fit only a portion of the game with the rest having to download.
  2. Technically, there is. I have Doom 3 BFG edition which has the old Doom games. There are console parameters you can activate that warps the screen for the Oculus Rift. I have the Rift, and I played through the first few levels of Doom. It was......FREAKING AWESOME!
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    Occulus Rift VR Kickstarter

    Hm, thinking about picking a set up. I see immersive strip club applications becoming a huge industry.
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    Supposedly this trailer was posted in December 2011, but I just heard about it now. Alien prequel. Looks awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-EZC5zn2Fk Trailer reminds me alot of the Planescape: Torment trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s2Qkx3lN5s
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    Dual Monitor Setup

    Tech savvy doomworlders, need your help. Just got a second monitor recently. I now have a 22 and 23 inch monitor. My video card has a DVI, VGA, and HDMI port. Right now, the new monitor (the 23 inch) is hooked up with DVI. The color is great. However, the color on the older monitor, which now uses VGA, is...not right. It has a yellow/greenish color to it. I've tried messing with the color settings for that monitor to no avail. If I connect the older one using the DVI (as was done previously before I received the new monitor) the color was just like the one with the new monitor with the DVI connection. I assume the color mess up has something to do with VGA? Does VGA support less colors than DVI? Will an HDMI to DVI cable fix this?
  6. I have a computer approaching 5 years now. It has 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM. I remember when putting the computer first together, and also a few other times, I stuck the two sticks (1gb each) into the same grouped slot. What I mean by that is I have four slots for memory, two slots next to each other, a gap in the board, and then two more slots next to each other. When sticking both into one group, the computer froze, couldn't even get to Windows. But when I did: slotted, empty, slotted, empty (1 stick in each group) the computer ran nicely. I was thinking about upgrading to 4GB of memory, but don't want to spend 30 bucks only to find that filling up the two blank slots is going to freeze my computer instead of speeding it up. Does this sound like a pretty common problem? What are some suggestions to fix it?
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    Question for atheists

    Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm not seeing the difference between how atheists and conservative fundamentalist christians read the bible; both are experts at reading the passage they want to use for their purposes, literally. Nowhere in the bible or extra-biblical literature does it say that all of the bible needs to be read literally or all of it needs to be read metaphorically. You read the bible, study it, examine it, criticize it with methods used by historians and linguists (source, form, redaction criticism, although these always aren't perfect methods). You take into account context: historical, cultural, lingual, the authors personal history, etc. A poem by Ezra Pound: The tree has entered my hands, The sap has ascended my arms, The tree has grown in my breast- Downward, The branches grow out of me, like arms. Tree you are, Moss you are, You are violets with wind above them. A child - so high - you are, And all this is folly to the world. Now, is Ezra Pound really saying that a tree has entered into her hands, and that the sap has ascended her arms, and that a tree is growing on her boobs? Well, no. Of course we don't think that. Why? Well, it's a poem. As children we've been taught that poetry is a creative form of writing. Oh, so the author must be using poetry to convey some kind of message. Now what is she talking about then? Well, you study the author's history, and you examine anything else that will help you and try to examine what she was saying when she says that trees are growing on her boobs. One thing that both non-christians and christians don't seem to understand is that the bible is not a science textbook (although both atheists and christian fundamentalists view it that way). Is not, never was, never will be. And although the bible may contain SOME specific guidelines as to how humans should live their lives, it main purpose was never meant to be a reference guide to morality, to be taken off the shelf, opened to a certain passage to be used(usually used out of context)), closed shut, and then put back on the shelf. The bible, as many christian scholars/theologians (correctly) view it, is a STORY; a grand narrative that tells a very specific story, with SOME of it literal, and SOME of it metaphorical. That story is the story of god redeeming a fallen creation through god's chosen people, the israelites (Old Testament), and ultimately through Jesus Christ (New Testament). It's unfortunate that there's a huge gap between christian scholarship and the church. Most lay christians have no idea why they believe what they believe. Many just believe what they've been "taught" at church. Although just believing is not in itself a bad thing, it often can lead to living a life based on ever-shifting morals and principles. This gap is also unfortunate in that many youth who start to discover things on their own grow disillusioned because they have no guidance when they find something that contradicts their (often incorrect) beliefs. For example, the church rarely talks about how the bible came to be in the form it is today. When an exploring believer comes upon a book by someone like Bart Ehrman, because the church has never talked about the formation of the bible and textual variants, most likely that person will jump to the conclusion that there is some sort of conspiracy in the church to repress the "truth" whatever it may be. Which is quite funny when for eons the catholic church and eastern orthodox traditions have included the deuterocanonical books in their bibles that they take to church every sunday. Now, I don't expect pastors to teach greek and hebrew, and give 2 hour, 3-month long lectures on biblical exegesis at the pulpit, but churches should start "in-depth" classes that take place outside of sunday worship. Ok, I'm done with my church/christian/atheist rant. Call the bible bullshit, whatever you want, but don't be a fundy on either side by reading a few passages of the bible literally, and brushing the bible off saying it's either all literally true or fairy tales, depending what side you're on. At least do some personal thoughtful "in-depth" study and then make conclusions. No, I'm not talking about reading a Dawkins book and regurgitating what he says. Be a little bit more in-depth than that.
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    Question for atheists

    Believing that god is a god of explanation is...misplaced faith? See Dawkins' interview with George Coyne. I wonder if sometimes our sense of entitlement, especially Americans, has a factor in our age of skepticism today. We want to do this, and we want to do that, and we want this and we want that, but do not because of our religious beliefs, or because of our assumption that the Bible supposedly says so, when in fact everything is permissible, just not everything is beneficial :) DarkX, your exegesis of the seven deadly sins is extremely shallow. You didn't even skim the surface. I'll expound on it later after I get off work.
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    what the most disgusting/weirdest boss you ever played.

    This dude creeped me out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfBdZ8ICWBM&feature=related
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    Computer. Earl Grey, hot.
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    Bin Laden Dead

    Neither happy, nor sad that he's dead. What I do feel though, is disgust in seeing Americans pour out on to the streets reveling in vengeance. In some sense, they are reveling in and glorifying death. I do believe he's dead, for real this time. However, the way the media is covering this story, all on word of mouth by the president and government officials, and the frenzy (mostly by Americans) surrounding it reminds me of a certain passage from Fahrenheit 451: "They're faking. You threw them off at the river. They can't admit it. They know they can hold their audience only so long. The show's got to have a snap ending, quick! If they started searching the whole damn river it might take all night. So they're sniffing for a scape-goat to end things with a bang. Watch. They'll catch Montag in the next five minutes!" The search is over, Montag is dead; a crime against society has been avenged
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    Evolution for Beginners - Book Recommendations

    Thanks, Grazza. I'll definitely check that out.
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    Evolution for Beginners - Book Recommendations

    Point taken and agreed. By fact I meant to say it's more than just an "idea" of someone's. Very bad use of the word fact on my part. Book recommendations? For people new to evolution? If I'm not mistaken, The Selfish Gene leans more towards people who have a deeper than shallow background on evolution.
  14. So, I believe in both evolution and Christianity, and I'm trying to get a better understanding of the details of evolution to understand it better. I've only ever taken a biology class in high school and at the time I didn't pay much attention. It's only in my genetics class that I really started to seriously question whether evolution was true. It wasn't until years later where I really had to question what the church had told me about science and religion (ex. creationism). I did go through a short period of atheism but I found that my personal history had moved me towards trying to reconcile the two. I do believe that evolution is more than just a theory (as in, someones "idea"), but I need a better grasp of it to explain it to friends when the discussion ever comes up. Any book recommendations that do justice to the subject for beginners? I was thinking of Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth" but I'd rather avoid a book that uses ignoramuses and insane in every sentence :) But, if anyone has read the book, and it does do a good job of explaining it I'd be more than willing to read it. Book recommendations please. It's not my intention to turn this into a science vs. religion thread.