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Nickname Quboid
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Description I can't make any car pop a wheelie.
Homepage http://bcmedia.biz/
Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 15, 2013, 12:57 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 15, 2013, 10:14:
How exactly can the government dictate what a court does anyway ? Last I checked the separation of power was a pretty big thing in the western world.

They're not dictating, they're asking. This paragraph (emphasis mine) is key:
Now Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who represents the Obama Administration at the Supreme Court, has advised the justices not to take the case. It's not a surprising move. Just the publicity of a Supreme Court debate over NSA spying would be a giant headache for the administration; not to mention, the government obviously doesn't want the program shut down.

As far as I can see, this is just them panicking at the chickens coming home to roost. They're asking the US Supreme Court not to take up the case because that would be really, really inconvenient. (And funny, but they won't see it that way.)
 
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News Comments > Metro: Last Light Chronicles Pack Released
4. Re: Metro: Last Light Chronicles Pack Released Oct 15, 2013, 12:31 Quboid
 
This is the only season pass I've ever bought - I've yet to play any of the expansions but they don't look too impressive. I'll give them the once over but I'm not sure what I was thinking that day either. They're sure to be cheaper at Christmas.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
79. Re: Internet abandons the US Oct 14, 2013, 21:16 Quboid
 
I googled it. His numbers are in the low forties although I did come across one from a few days ago that said 37%. I don't know which polls are most reliable but I'm confident scarlet didn't cherry pick the 37% one because they liked the look of it most.



I don't know why I get involved in these threads. I enjoy it in a strange way, obviously. Picking apart stupid arguments is enjoyable but I'm well aware that others think they're picking apart my arguments. I'm right and they're wrong, of course, but they don't know that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
78. Re: Internet abandons the US Oct 14, 2013, 21:12 Quboid
 
scarlet wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 20:53:
The media in the States is heavily liberal by all accounts.

By the way, you realise why the media appears to be heavily liberal? It's because you're on the far right. That's just common sense, if we reduce political views to a left-right axis and if everything you see is to your left, guess where you are?

Maybe you realise this and are fine with that, which is your prerogative. Just remember if everything's to your left, you're at the extreme.

Or maybe you imagine that the leftist media don't represent Americans. Because that's how you stay in business. How can the media be so left wing when Fox News brags about being the most viewed news network? Is Fox News to your left and if so, are you really comfortable with that?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
76. Re: Internet abandons the US Oct 14, 2013, 21:03 Quboid
 
scarlet wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 20:53:
The latest numbers have his approval rating pegged at 37%. I don't know about what that would mean in Sweden, but that's very unpopular for a president here. I do not know how he's able to keep it that high, truthfully.

The media in the States is heavily liberal by all accounts. They are virtual mouthpieces for the White House and the prez's administration.

What is your source for this 37% claim?

"By all accounts" is wrong, even as an exaggeration. The perception in much of the UK is that the media in the US is considered to be right-wing, with Fox being the most famous - and infamous. I believe this is the same through-out much of the world, probably more-so.

(Kudos, Prez, on getting the media on your side. What's your plans there, stir up an outcry against DRM?)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
68. Re: Internet abandons the US Oct 14, 2013, 20:21 Quboid
 
Draugr wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 18:07:
Quboid wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 17:40:
It's impossible to say with any accuracy at all, but it would be really interesting to know what North America would be like now if the Confederate States had left the US. With the US lead largely on US liberal lines (which is still quite right-wing by global standards, in so far as "left" and "right" isn't bullshit) and the confederate states lead on some sort of libertarian/Tea Party combination.

We all think we know of course. We all think that <<my ideology here>> would be strong and stable while <<other ideology>> would be economically crippled. Of course <<my ideology>> would be the land of the free while <<other ideology>> would be an authoritarian nightmare because one of the weird things about the US left versus right shit slinging is that both sides think the other are bigoted fascists. Perhaps because some members of each side are bigoted fascists, but <<other ideology>> definitely has more. <<ideology-affirming TV network>> said so.

That doesn't work because one of those nations would have institutionalized slavery, (provided it wasn't done away with later) So the whole "who is more free" thing would only apply if you were talking to white people, heh.

Well, I'd guess the whole slavery thing wouldn't have lasted long. It would quickly become embarrassing if the US and Mexico both had better civil rights than the Confederate.

In my experience, to the far-social-right, freedom means freedom for them and them alone to do what they want so it would effectively only apply to white people - non-whites wouldn't be so free but they wouldn't count because they wouldn't count.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
66. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2013, 20:15 Quboid
 
scarlet wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 17:46:
Quboid wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 17:32:
You guys realise that the EU hasn't actually disappeared into a black hole? Some of the countries have very serious debt problems, sure, but we're still here. I'm still here.

Most of the EU has economic growth and only the basket cases (Greece and Cyprus) are showing big problems. Spain and Italy are still struggling, not as much but as they're much larger countries any problems are magnified.

Europe has big problems. Suffice it to say, growth rates in Europe are pretty anemic like the US right now. The highest performing economy is Lithuania at 3.6%, but they are very different from the rest of Europe as they've gone through some serious waste-cutting to get where they are. Norway is at 3% but most are much lower (Greece is at -6%). The stalwart powerhouse, Germany, is only at .7%. I wouldn't be rejoicing over that. If that's the high bar, I'd hate to see things get worse.

I'm certainly not rejoicing. I just think that comments describing the EU as disappearing into oblivion are so devoid of reality to be worse than useless in any discussion. Exaggeration is one thing but this (and some other comments in these always helpful and conclusive discussions) seems to be an exaggeration of the idea that the EU is in big trouble. It's not doing well but I have to wonder why some people seem to think it's teetering on the edge.

(Time-machine? As in the EU is gone and I'm posting from the past? Sorry, that joke went over my head )
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
46. Re: Internet abandons the US Oct 14, 2013, 17:40 Quboid
 
It's impossible to say with any accuracy at all, but it would be really interesting to know what North America would be like now if the Confederate States had left the US. With the US lead largely on US liberal lines (which is still quite right-wing by global standards, in so far as "left" and "right" isn't bullshit) and the confederate states lead on some sort of libertarian/Tea Party combination.

We all think we know of course. We all think that <<my ideology here>> would be strong and stable while <<other ideology>> would be economically crippled. Of course <<my ideology>> would be the land of the free while <<other ideology>> would be an authoritarian nightmare because one of the weird things about the US left versus right shit slinging is that both sides think the other are bigoted fascists. Perhaps because some members of each side are bigoted fascists, but <<other ideology>> definitely has more. <<ideology-affirming TV network>> said so.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
42. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2013, 17:32 Quboid
 
You guys realise that the EU hasn't actually disappeared into a black hole? Some of the countries have very serious debt problems, sure, but we're still here. I'm still here.

Most of the EU has economic growth and only the basket cases (Greece and Cyprus) are showing big problems. Spain and Italy are still struggling, not as much but as they're much larger countries any problems are magnified.
 
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News Comments > etc.
27. Re: DXHR Oct 14, 2013, 17:14 Quboid
 
You'll notice I didn't make that argument about the AI, because I don't know what's changed. I had no problems with it. If they have fixed problems with the AI then they should release that as a free patch, although the game clearly doesn't suffer to anything like the extent that Rome 2 apparently does.

It might be an unfair straw man but that's how it goes.

And there's your justification for piracy? Right oh.
 
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News Comments > Spice Road Demo
6. Re: Spice Road Demo Oct 14, 2013, 16:14 Quboid
 
I tried the demo. It plays about as well as it looks, and this video is fairly representative of that.

I might try Rise of Venice. It can't be worse.
 
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News Comments > Spice Road Demo
5. Re: Spice Road Demo Oct 14, 2013, 12:33 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 12:25:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 11:42:
Is this the game that you play as the Spice Girl's selling illegal items on the internet for Bitcoins?

I'd greenlight that for a dollar!!!!


Kickstarter. All my money.
 
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News Comments > etc.
24. Re: DXHR Oct 14, 2013, 11:17 Quboid
 
They're not fixing the boss fights, the boss fights already worked. They are bring additional content in the new boss fights and also in things such as the commentaries. I know you don't care about them but they're there, they're additional content that's part of the Director's Cut package. Maybe it's not game content, but I know arguing semantics is so far beneath you that you won't even consider such matters when there is a clear, very significant difference like there is between "fixing" and "adding".  
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: DXHR Oct 14, 2013, 09:07 Quboid
 
vrok wrote on Oct 13, 2013, 17:27:
Quboid wrote on Oct 13, 2013, 11:39:
It looks like more than just a patched up version, nothing wrong with charging a bit for it IMHO. Why do you think you're entitled to new boss fights, improved graphics and AI, or developer's commentary for free?
I don't give a crap about developer's commentary, and yes, everything else could just as well have been in patches, or even an expansion that also improved upon the base game if they really wanted to charge for the extra work done that they should've done in the first place.

You can call it entitlement if you want. I don't really care because you could use that argument for anything patch related. It's a completely meaningless argument. I'm simply voting with my wallet.

Boss fights sucked ass and were even outsourced. Giant Square Enix failure. They deserved to be done right.

AI was too stupid to deal with stealth and silencers. Making it a very boring style of play.

DX11 produced input lag for quite a lot of people so they were forced to play in DX9. Wasn't even fixed for Missing Link. DLC was more important than fixing the game.

I can deal with games and especially console game PC ports being unsupported, but charging for fixing this stuff is ridiculous. My reaction would be no less even if it cost less than a dollar.

We are not entitled to this stuff and the point is that these are not really "patch related". The boss fights were shit? Yep, they were. Square Enix dropped the ball on those. Guess what? We bought them. We bought the shit boss fights and expecting this to be changed for free is what I call a false sense entitlement.

We have a right to expect broken things to be fixed, we do not have a right to expect free additions to a game until it achieves perfection.

Vote with your wallet, sure. Don't buy it if you think it's too expensive. Just don't pretend that this justifies piracy.
 
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3. Re: DXHR Oct 13, 2013, 11:39 Quboid
 
It looks like more than just a patched up version, nothing wrong with charging a bit for it IMHO. Why do you think you're entitled to new boss fights, improved graphics and AI, or developer's commentary for free?  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Oct 12, 2013, 19:47 Quboid
 
Kosumo wrote on Oct 12, 2013, 18:21:
Why is there no comments? Urk

AFAIK I'm the only person who buys FIFA or cares about football. Me and you I guess.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 12, 2013, 10:45 Quboid
 
Xil wrote on Oct 12, 2013, 01:22:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo9-0So2A_g

its long but man its an eye-opener, hats of to mr levison

Thanks for the link. It's a lot easier to decry this sort of thing when your whole business isn't on the line. Maybe he'll make a fortune of the back of basically being the most trustworthy man in the world but he and his Lavabit partner shouldn't have to face this upheaval.

The line about the prosecutor asking him if he really thought that Lavabit users trusted him more than the government is really disturbing. I wouldn't have trusted Lavabit as I knew little about them much but trust the government after all this? Since he asked in court, I can only think he actually believes people do.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 11, 2013, 11:43 Quboid
 
MoonSpook wrote on Oct 11, 2013, 10:44:
Well if it's the same in the UK (no PIN on CCs), I may just start leaving my CCs at home. As I said earlier, I never use them in shops - at least with my debit card there's a layer of protection there giving me enough time to phone the bank and cancel the cards.

Consider me educated.

There is a PIN on all debit and credit purchases in the UK. For a couple of years after Chip & PIN came in they would accept a PIN or a signature but I haven't seen anyone attempt to pay by signing recently and it probably isn't allowed.

Plenty of people make zero effort to hide what PIN they're entering. If I was a pickpocket, I could easily note their PIN and then nab their card on their way out.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2013, 08:53 Quboid
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 11, 2013, 03:14:
jdreyer but I know it's bullshit.

Yeah, besides, it's those rich and powerful hippies that control things and the poor oil and manufacturing industries can't afford to go up against them (I'm paraphrasing, but I have actually heard this argument).
 
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News Comments > Arma 3 Campaign This Month
14. Re: Arma 3 Campaign This Month Oct 10, 2013, 19:51 Quboid
 
I think I paid the GBP equivalent of $32 USD but IIRC the sooner you bought the cheaper it was - if you got in when it first went on presale, it was less.  
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