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  2. European Trip

    Glad you guys had a good time. It looks like your photos are really solid.
  3. Guild Wars 2

    I have done only a small fraction of what you have already done but I would already agree the new zones feel good and the difficultly level is noticeably less than HoT. I'm phoning it in half the time on fights ("Oh I aggroed another patrol oh well").
  4. European Trip

    You mentioned food in Paris and Rome but not Germany. Yeah, parking and gas in Germany is $$$. Car ownership in general is more $$$ in Germany. Those are some of the reasons why you have more small cars. Every time someone ask me about Autobahn I tell them it's not as crazy as they think it is but it's a bit more intense because everyone is expecting you to pay more attention. I think tipping is a terrible system. I wish we could get rid of it. Thank you again for being comfortable with sharing photos. Speaking for myself, I do look through them. I still find it weird that Cologne did not feel like Germany to you but I've never been there so.... When it comes to cars, people are biased about "local" brands. It's not entirely logical. That's all I can think of right now.
  5. Today
  6. Guild Wars 2

    I figure I'd post a basic rundown of what I've seen/done in the new expansion. I'll keep it spoiler free. I beat the main storyline, but I was rushing it pretty hard. Overall the storyline was decent, a bit higher quality than the living world, but it also helped that they focus on the side-characters I enjoy. Canach in particular is the best written character in the game. I've seen some really cool lore stuff related to gw1, I know most players won't appreciate it, but it's nice to see the devs making some tasteful callbacks to the original. I managed to 100% the first 2 zones, I'll probably take a break from this and do some work on the the fifth mount because that involves some heart completion and events. Overall, I think the mounts are solid, the raptor is basic but fast, the springer feels almost broken, especially with the jump upgrade, you can scale nearly sheer cliffs with it. The jackal seems mediocre, I haven't used many of the portals yet, so that might change my opinion, I don't like the blink ability it has. The skimmer is just bad, it's the slowest mount, the "ability" it has is a joke and it's only really needed for environmental hazards and water. The fifth mount looks bonkers, I'd argue it's an "ascended" rarity mount in terms of the gold and effort needed to unlock it. I'm glad there's some effort involved in getting it, although I wish it wasn't quite as expensive, 250g is quite a bit for most people. I'd recommend getting mount masteries like: raptor 3, springer 3, jackal 3, then springer 4 because it applies fall damage reduction to all mounts, which seems very useful. I think this expansion is easier than Heart of Thorns. The difficulty seems lower and the ability to do map completion seems quite a bit easier than heart of thorns, you can do almost all of it with raptor/springer 3. I also believe that there are only 3 "meta events" in the maps and none of them are on strict timers like the heart of thorns maps. Some people speculate that means that heart of thorns maps will still be a major focus, and that these maps will be left behind, I'm not entirely sure. I do think that the focus in path of fire was mounts, the fact that they're usable in all other areas is going to be a major game changer for world completion and general movement. I really like the new maps and think they're very well made. I think they took many of the complaints from heart of thorns and addressed them in these maps. Even after do map completion on two of the maps, I feel like I haven't seen everything. At this point I really need to find a guild to join up with. I'd really like to try out some raids since that seems to be a rather major piece of content I haven't touched. I'd also love to find some proper fractal groups because my luck the last few nights has been abysmal. I hope the raiders and other top pve players start posting builds this week. I'm curious to see where everything ends up. I do expect some nerfs because some of the preliminary numbers I've seen so far for the new elite specs are way out of line, 50% more damage than the previous top damage builds. I know that some power creep is inevitable, but that's just way to much.
  7. Intel Coffee Lake

    article - https://www.anandtech.com/show/11869/intel-announces-8th-generation-coffee-lake-hex-core-desktop-processors i7-8700K, $359, 6 cores/12 threads, 3.8GHz base frequency i5-8600K, $257, 6 cores/6 threads, 3.6GHz base frequency Not a whole lot new there that was not already known. Nice that it is official though. I think the 8600K might find a nice niche for itself if you have the right use-case and plan to overclock and push it up to maybe the same base frequency as the 7700K (4.2GHz) which I imagine would not be hard.
  8. Guild Wars 2

    Spoilers for the "hidden" mount. Expect to see this thing all over the game world.
  9. Cell Phones & Service

    They don't have any numbers for pixels right now. I imagine when the pixel 2's come out they'll have values for the original pixel phones trade in.
  10. Cell Phones & Service

    i wonder how much they offer the current pixels for the trade in. if any
  11. Yesterday
  12. Guild Wars 2

    that hydra staff is sick
  13. European Trip

    Paris + Rome + FANGs https://photos.app.goo.gl/yqetIw1P7RjNm0783 Germany (Munich, Ingolstadt, Stuttgart, Cologne) https://photos.app.goo.gl/Z0KEtGa2p5iiqePI2 I have more photos on my slr these are all from my phone. might add later Paris. The city is honestly fine. Its not super clean its not super dirty either. immigrants who are beggings and just sitting bum is kinda sad. some have kids pets, and luggage. its hella busy and people are just not tourist friendly. not all but yeahh... food ? im honestly not a fan; Icecream, Gelato + deserts + croissant are fantastic. their subway is confusing as fuck. we have to ask people to make sure shits are correct. its prob fine but its just not obvious enough for me. maybe im dumb. Rome Its dirtier but with characters. old buildings, graffiti everywhere. people are much friendlier and they are funny. restaurant waiter by our hotels keep inviting us to sit to eat every time we pass. food? i love pasta soo its good. except i dont like it if its too cheesy Germany Munich i love this place. people are Super nice. one lady come up to us and ask if we were lost. i know this is like one encounter but i feel like people in general always have a smile and its much more approachable. Autobahn i love this shit. i follow my speed limit and i was driving ok i think. nobody honk or flash me. the fastest i went was 180kmph. i couldn't go any faster rather comfortably cause its relatively busy and ford bmax (standard btw). google map. works fantastic but when i have a shit signal the direction would lag and i would miss a turn and guidance, and it would change its mind and rerouted me to a different road altogether. city driving is rather difficult because of above reasons + constructions. aside from the autobahn i wouldn't drive and rent a car any more in Europe because gas is expensive and parking cost $. im glad i did try it tho. Subway and long distance train. easy to navigate make sense, some confusion on the bahn but i can always ask for directions. Ingolstadt NO speaks engrish. i was only here for the Audi forum aniway Stuttgart some speak engrish. Porsche/ MB museum, even if you dont like car i think this museum is fantastic. they have soo much stuff and nice building, architecture. Cologne everybody speak engrish, i dont feel like im in germany not sure why. lots of different people or maybe cause i was already home sick. Overall it was expensive trip its worth it. enjoyable + hanging out with the FANG REN + Christina love VAT, and no tipping is best. get to see some cool cars and i was surprised very little/barely Japanese cars. Germans are better anyway . VW/AUDI/ Porsche / MercedesBenz/ BMW/ SEAT / Vauxhall / OPEL / Renault / Peugeot / Fiat or ban NO i dint go to a full blown oktoberfest shitshow but i get to see people wearing lederhosen and havin a good time when we roam at night.
  14. Last week
  15. Cell Phones & Service

    We've posted about the essential phone in this thread previously. I love the design of the essential. I think it's the best looking smartphone currently available. But it's absolute garbage in every other area. Camera - Garbage. They've desperately tried to update the software and even with all that, people have found better results sideloading google's pixel camera. That speaks volumes... Updates - Garbage. They haven't released security or version updates to 8.0. They mentioned that these updates would be "fast" but they've also said that they expect 8.0 to release "sometime before the end of the year" Water resistance. - Nope. They couldn't get proper ip certification, and they claim that it's "resistant" but I sincerely doubt it is considering the lack of certification. Headphone Jack - Nope. I know this isn't a unique problem, but it's worth mentioning. Honestly I hope they find some level of success, but I've heard they're bleeding engineers and that sales haven't been great. I also hope that the Google/HTC design team shamelessly copies much of their design, because I really like it that much. It's too bad the software support is currently non-existent and the camera is trash.
  16. AMD Ryzen (Zen)

    Have you seen the recent Soyuz rockets? Its almost as much as the N1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_(rocket_family)#/media/File:Soyuz_rocket_engines.jpg SpaceX kinda follows a similar design with their Falcon Series... Kinda crazy with the 4 die design though. Now that caching strategy makes so much more sense.
  17. Cell Phones & Service

    Have you guys considered the Essential? Its an Andy Rubin phone with a minimalist design language which is something I thought you guys appreciate. https://www.essential.com/ http://www.androidauthority.com/essential-phone-review-794364/
  18. Trailers

    MORE STEPHEN KING. WE NEED MAXIMUM MARKET SATURATION.
  19. Guild Wars 2

    Patchnotes: https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/2879/game-release-notes-september-22-2017#latest Looks like some minor changes in fractals got pushed. They updated bolt's projectiles, I will look for a video/gif to post of this. EDIT: Bolt projectiles appear much better than previous. EDIT2: Cool new cash shop weapons. The axe looks massive. http://dulfy.net/2017/09/22/gw2-war-god-weapon-skins-gallery/ There's also this amazing looking hydra staff skin that's super rare. I personally think this looks better than bifrost, and very close to the raven staff legendary.
  20. Nvidia GTX 1000 series

    1070ti stuff/rumors: http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/geforce-gtx-1070-ti-specs-and-details-based-on-gp104-300.html Looks like a slightly worse 1080 but for $100 cheaper. I honestly think this muddies the water, the only reason I can see for producing this is the use of GDDR5 instead of GDDR5X to lower the overall cost.
  21. Trailers

    BOTH of those movies have LOTS of well known names attached to them... the DENSITY
  22. Financial Markets

    I think there are two reasons why maliciously freezing someone's credit doesn't happen. You normally have to pay for the freeze at about $10-15 per bureau and it only affects the opening of new credit lines. I think the nastiest thing you could do to someone would be trying to freeze their credit during a home buying transaction and potentially spoiling that transaction, if the lender couldn't pull a followup credit report. Also you would still need access to some private information like their SSN to go through the credit freeze process. I think there are so many other ways to do damage to someone with less time/effort/money than paying $45 and freezing their credit.
  23. Guild Wars 2

    They gave it melee range around your character as well as the cone in front. This means it's effective to use it when stacking because you can hit people next to you in melee with the shout and don't need to be behind them and pointing the cone perfectly. Yes it's not a huge range, but that's a major quality of life upgrade. Shouts and banners tend to have 600 range.
  24. Financial Markets

    I was also surprised how easy it was to freeze your credit in the first place. How has no one tried to freeze people's credit maliciously before? I guess people just don't open new lines of credit that option they might not even notice?
  25. Cell Phones & Service

    The more I think about this, the more palatable it makes this upgrade. $650 (pixel 2 64gb non-xl) -$115 (5x 32gb trade in) total: $535 (before tax, ship, fees)
  26. Guild Wars 2

    They basically all got this bit added on: "This skill now applies its effects in a 120 radius around you in addition to a 300 range cone ahead of you. This ability can now be cast while in the air." That being said 120 is still close. A long time ago when I was shout build it was like 600 range AOE on everything that mattered. Someone said this is 120 range indicator but that seems a bit too big... source - https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Range ""The most common ranges are 130 (for most "melee" attacks) and 1200 (for most "long-range" attacks). The only weapon in this table with more than 1200 range is the Ranger's longbow (with 1500). ""
  27. Games and Gaming News

  28. Guild Wars 2

    https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/2698/firebrand-specialization-updates-for-the-path-of-fire-launch Firebrand mantras hitboxes now apply in both AOE and Cone. They also cut some of the extra cast time on them. Looks like Kuhla finally gets hit full support guardian, although there does appear to be some burn/dps specs floating around. Spellbreaker got almost no changes and I expect it will be only used in pvp/wvw. Scourge got the nerf-bat super hard. Sidenote: Finally crafted Bolt yesterday. Looking forward to this weekend and putting some time into the new expansion. Also, I have gone full elitist - I'm starting to get mad when I see pugs do terrible dps numbers or fail basic t4 fractals mechanics. I need to find a real guild...
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