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@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:30 AM

From the front page:

 

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 11:54 AM

Backwards compatibility will be a welcome reclaimed feature.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:18 PM

Glad to see the PS4 BC. I really hope it is also PS3/2/1 BC compatable.

I would also love some uprezzing for PS1 and 2 games. But I seriously doubt that'll be a thing.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 03:01 PM

I can understand lacking PS3 compatibility, even PS2 for that matter.  But there is ZERO reason I shouldn't be able to play my digital PSOne or PSP titles on the system, not with what home-brew people have been able to accomplish on platforms a fraction of the power of the PS4, much less what the PS5 should be able to do.  And that includes uprezzing and similar features to make the games look better.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 03:19 PM

An all it one system 1-5+PSP+Vita would be my dream machine

 

As I would have 351 games to play 


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:04 PM

I can understand lacking PS3 compatibility, even PS2 for that matter.  But there is ZERO reason I shouldn't be able to play my digital PSOne or PSP titles on the system, not with what home-brew people have been able to accomplish on platforms a fraction of the power of the PS4, much less what the PS5 should be able to do.  And that includes uprezzing and similar features to make the games look better.

 

If the PS3 and PS4 could emulate PS2 with little to no problem *proved by hackers* there is no reason the PS5 shouldn't be able to handle it.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:50 PM

But then they can't sell you a "Playstation 2 Classic, complete with 40 games pre-installed"!



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 05:02 PM

Well considering the failure of the PS1 classic.. Doubt they will try that again anyways.


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:10 PM

Because heaven forbid a company should learn from their mistakes and simply do better the next time. If they'd simply used the NTSC versions of games, that alone would've made the PS1 classic more popular. If they'd been more careful in their game choice, they could've had an absolute hit.

I don't care so much about backwards compatibility. I mean, it's nice to have those options, but I already have a PS2, 3 and 4. So my bases are already covered. What I would like though would to have PSP games on the PSN network. I would love to give Crisis Core and Dissidia Duodecim another try.
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Posted 24 April 2019 - 02:17 AM

Watch them not even put an optical drive in it at all, making it only "backward compatible" with games you bought digitally.

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 08:43 AM

Watch them not even put an optical drive in it at all, making it only "backward compatible" with games you bought digitally.

 

No, they mentioned that it would have a optical drive.


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Posted 02 May 2019 - 12:38 PM

I was thinking of upgrading to a ps4 pro..   I assume the 5 will be native 4k and I should probably wait for that instead?

 

 

edit>> A google research shows the "ps5" (apparently that will not be the final name)  will have a native 8k resolution.. (Ow my wallet just slapped me)


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Posted 03 May 2019 - 05:38 PM

I was thinking of upgrading to a ps4 pro..   I assume the 5 will be native 4k and I should probably wait for that instead?

 

 

edit>> A google research shows the "ps5" (apparently that will not be the final name)  will have a native 8k resolution.. (Ow my wallet just slapped me)

 

If you want to wait another two years and pay a bit more than go ahead. Otherwise, just get a PS4 pro. 


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Posted 04 May 2019 - 06:28 AM

Everything I read said it'd be out in 2020. I'm probably gonna get the ps4 pro anyway

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 08:34 PM

So this seems like a good place to ask....

 

I kind of want a PS4. With the PS5 coming next year or in 2021 - which PS4 is the more "worth it" console to get?

 

I don't have a 4K TV (yet).

 

Is it worth shelling out for the Pro at this point?

 

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 08:51 PM

I don't have a Pro. From what I've heard though, the specs are supposed to make games run slightly better even if you don't have 4K. That said though, if all you're looking for is something to hold you over for a couple years until the PS5 comes out, I'd still advise getting the cheaper version. It still plays the same games and I've never had a problem running anything on my base PS4.
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Posted 06 May 2019 - 10:35 PM

Yeah, if you don't have a 4k.. I'd advice the cheaper model. But you can probably find the pro used as well.



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Posted 07 May 2019 - 09:08 AM

So this seems like a good place to ask....

 

I kind of want a PS4. With the PS5 coming next year or in 2021 - which PS4 is the more "worth it" console to get?

 

I don't have a 4K TV (yet).

 

Is it worth shelling out for the Pro at this point?

 

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Well you have a couple of options:

 

1. Go get a PS4 Pro and a TCL UHD TV. You can get a 55" 4K Smart TV with HDR for $350 or less these days, so I would advise picking one of those up. We got one for my mom last year and it is amazing.

 

2. Get a regular PS4. I have the regular Star Wars Theme PS4, and it works pretty well on my 4K UHD TV. I haven't tried it on my 1080ps TVs but I imagine it would be nice on them too.

 

3. Wait two years and buy a new TV and a PS5.


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Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:36 AM

The Pro does offer broad overhead performance improvements.  But a bulk of its benefits are on higher resolution TVs.

 

I figure it's at least worth waiting until the fall to learn any details of the new device, and the Pro will probably see price reductions in the holiday season as well.



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Posted 07 May 2019 - 11:55 AM

Yeah, like I said in (I think) the Fallout 76 thread, my gaming TV is an ancient 720p set. Pre-LED, HDR, and all that jazz. It's getting updated (thanks for that TV rec Predaking!) - I just haven't decided when. Probably sooner, rather than later, since low res screens have been bothering my eyes lately.

 

I kind of don't want to get a PS4 Pro, since the PS5 is coming and I'm 80% certain I'm going to get one of those, and paying for a Pro right now with a replacement on the way just bugs me. But I'm also leaning towards doing anyway. Maybe.

 

If I didn't need a TV upgrade, I'd just get the regular PS4 and be happy until the PS5 comes out.

 

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