Questions you want answered.

How has Apple managed to convince people that Face Time is the only way to video chat?

SixteenBlue wrote:
How has Apple managed to convince people that Face Time is the only way to video chat?

BECAUSE WE SAY SO

Also, pre-installed app = path of least resistance for a lot of people.

I've heard people justify buying iPhones solely to Facetime with their significant other. Didn't Apple used to always say "there's an app for that?" I feel like Google should jump on that catchphrase now.

clover wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
How has Apple managed to convince people that Face Time is the only way to video chat?

BECAUSE WE SAY SO

Also, pre-installed app = path of least resistance for a lot of people.

Yup. If I have an iPhone and you have an iPhone (or Mac), it's as simple as calling each other. I don't even remember my Skype username, let alone password.

mudbunny wrote:
My vision has degraded enough that I need to get a new set of glasses.

Should I go for contacts instead? (I have used them before, they didn't bother me.)

If the cost isn't an issue get the daily disposables, and it's almost as convenient as having glasses.

Gravey wrote:
clover wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
How has Apple managed to convince people that Face Time is the only way to video chat?

BECAUSE WE SAY SO

Also, pre-installed app = path of least resistance for a lot of people.

Yup. If I have an iPhone and you have an iPhone (or Mac), it's as simple as calling each other. I don't even remember my Skype username, let alone password.

Google Chat is actually my go to video chat. I get why Face Time is popular though, just not why people think it's the only option.

SixteenBlue wrote:
How has Apple managed to convince people that Face Time is the only way to video chat?

The same way they convinced everyone that iTunes is the only way to get podcasts or andiPod is the only way to listen to mp3s.

edosan wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
How has Apple managed to convince people that Face Time is the only way to video chat?

The same way they convinced everyone that iTunes is the only way to get podcasts or andiPod is the only way to listen to mp3s.

We've always been at war with Eastasia.

Sorry, this question is not in the Walking Dead thread. (hee - it rhymes; i'm such a child).

What's the best way to play the game? With UI hints and helps turned ON or all that stuff turned OFF? I ain't got no problem making bad choices and living with the consequences.

I turned UI hints on (it turns into a bit of a pixel hunt without it) but turned the "Character X will remember if you make Decision Y" notices off for story immersion.

Answered this elsewhere in brief, but I had them both on. No pixel hunts, and I prefer to know in general terms the implications of my choices. (It doesn't give that much away, in my estimation.) This is related to my theory of how agency works in an interactive story, so I expect that someone else might make a different choice based on other reasons.

Ohh. I thought it was an all or nothing deal. Yup, options, gameplay switch some on and some off. Thank god. Pixel hunt was bad.

Is there a way to turn off the achievement popups in Steam? I'm playing Walking Dead and those popups are really obtrusive.

From what I can recall, not without disabling community altogether.

Playing in offline mode will prevent them from popping up I believe but that's similar in effect to disabling community.

krev82 wrote:
Playing in offline mode will prevent them from popping up I believe but that's similar in effect to disabling community.

I'm not sure that's the case. I run steam almost exclusively in offline mode and I get achievement popups when I play Football Manager.

Roke wrote:
krev82 wrote:
Playing in offline mode will prevent them from popping up I believe but that's similar in effect to disabling community.

I'm not sure that's the case. I run steam almost exclusively in offline mode and I get achievement popups when I play Football Manager.

Yeah, I'm thinking achievements do not shut off in Steam. Offline or not. Unless you run the executable from the game's folder directly maybe?

Strangeblades wrote:
Is there a way to turn off the achievement popups in Steam? I'm playing Walking Dead and those popups are really obtrusive.

In the properties for the game, you should be able to turn off the steam overlay for that game.

Alright collective GWJer brain, answer me this:

Why do I never see almost/mostly empty rolls of toilet paper in public restrooms? And further, why do I often seem to see brand new rolls in the early mornings after the bathrooms have been cleaned the night before?

Is it just coincidence based on my fairly infrequent use of very busy public restrooms? Or are countless partially used toilet paper rolls being replaced before their time? Could we as a species really be that wasteful?!

Spoiler:
We can.

Dude, I dunno about you, but I know I wouldn't wanna go to the bathroom and find nearly empty TP rolls. Ew. I'd hold it or find another bathroom.

Is there anything useful that I can do with some knock-off Wii remotes I mistakenly bought over eBay? They require constant re-syncing and are unreliable in general. Should I just be looking to recycle them with other electronics, or is there something they can be used for? I'll give 'em away if there's a project you've got that could make use of them. I just don't want to scrap them if they might be of actual use.

I've exhausted myself using the google machine and can't find an answer

Veloxi wrote:
Dude, I dunno about you, but I know I wouldn't wanna go to the bathroom and find nearly empty TP rolls. Ew. I'd hold it or find another bathroom.

I get that if there's only one holder. You don't want it to run out too early. But I'm also talking about when there's room for two rolls. Is there some complicated formula involved?

PaladinTom wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
Dude, I dunno about you, but I know I wouldn't wanna go to the bathroom and find nearly empty TP rolls. Ew. I'd hold it or find another bathroom.

I get that if there's only one holder. You don't want it to run out too early. But I'm also talking about when there's room for two rolls. Is there some complicated formula involved?


Likely not, they just likely fill the rolls when they get below a certain point.

My wife has now expressed a desire to take a vacation to Vancouver mainly because half the shows and movies she watches seem to be filmed there and she's decided it looks beautiful. So, any input on what time of year would be the best time to visit, where to stay, things to see/do, etc.? I know absolutely nothing about the place aside from "it's in Canada."

Kehama wrote:
My wife has now expressed a desire to take a vacation to Vancouver mainly because half the shows and movies she watches seem to be filmed there and she's decided it looks beautiful. So, any input on what time of year would be the best time to visit, where to stay, things to see/do, etc.? I know absolutely nothing about the place aside from "it's in Canada."

Great Indian and Chinese food, IIRC, though I can't speak to specific restaurants other than http://www.vijs.ca/

Kehama wrote:
My wife has now expressed a desire to take a vacation to Vancouver mainly because half the shows and movies she watches seem to be filmed there and she's decided it looks beautiful. So, any input on what time of year would be the best time to visit, where to stay, things to see/do, etc.? I know absolutely nothing about the place aside from "it's in Canada."

It's been a long time since I've been there. But the best time is summer, the other 3 seasons have a good chance of being overcast and a little rainy for days on end. If you've ever been to Washington state, it's about the same in Vancouver.

Other than that, it's definitely beautiful. Stanley Park is the big park downtown, that's a must see. You can also go up to Whistler if you have the time and a way, that's a big tourist spot.

Restaurants? If you're downtown, most are good. If you like Greek, Stephos had a line out the door basically every night 6 or 7 years ago. I can't be certain, but I would assume they're still very popular and very tasty.

Kehama wrote:
My wife has now expressed a desire to take a vacation to Vancouver mainly because half the shows and movies she watches seem to be filmed there and she's decided it looks beautiful. So, any input on what time of year would be the best time to visit, where to stay, things to see/do, etc.? I know absolutely nothing about the place aside from "it's in Canada."

If you like skiing and other winter sports, Whistler is about 90 minutes up the coast.

Kehama wrote:
My wife has now expressed a desire to take a vacation to Vancouver mainly because half the shows and movies she watches seem to be filmed there and she's decided it looks beautiful. So, any input on what time of year would be the best time to visit, where to stay, things to see/do, etc.? I know absolutely nothing about the place aside from "it's in Canada."

Summer! Stay in the Listel (my favorite), the Blue Horizon, or the Fairmont (for super fancypants). Ride the tram around Stanley Park, go to Gastown, check out the farmers market. Go ride the zipline. Take a ferry to Vancouver Island if you have a long vacation, but there's more than enough to do in town.

All other suggestions depend on what you guys are actually into

Kehama wrote:
My wife has now expressed a desire to take a vacation to Vancouver mainly because half the shows and movies she watches seem to be filmed there and she's decided it looks beautiful. So, any input on what time of year would be the best time to visit, where to stay, things to see/do, etc.? I know absolutely nothing about the place aside from "it's in Canada."

July-August would be the safest bet, in between the late-spring rain and the early-fall rain. There's usually a week in August when it's nice.

In addition to Stanley Park (and Whistler, though that's a ways out), there are lots of tourist spots like Granville Island, Gastown, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Aquarium, Van Dusen Botanical Gardens or the Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden at the University of British Columbia (UBC campus is a nice place to walk around too). There are good beaches like English Bay, Spanish Banks, and Locarno. There are lots of small art galleries on South Granville, and other great neighbourhoods to explore are Commercial Drive and Main Street.

Downtown is good for restaurants, but it's a tourist trap (walk around Robson Street, but don't spend your money there). Better for restaurants is Main Street.

You can go a little further afield and visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Lynn Canyon Park, or drive up to North Vancouver and rent a canoe or kayak at Deep Cove. Whistler was mentioned, plus there's Grouse for hiking or biking. There are winery tours around the valley. There's a zoo, which you could see before all their animals die.

Edit: Huh, I have to say that's not bad for someone who normally sticks to home/Xbox-work-board game store.