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Homepage http://geekbravado.com
Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 26, 2014, 22:44 Parallax Abstraction
 
"Bash Bug “Shellshock” Is as Large an Issue as Heartbleed."

And it doesn't affect Windows or Android. I love watching smug Apple fanboys/press sites (which are largely one in the same) squirming to justify how this, the bending phones and the two emergency iOS 8 updates in two days are no big deal because it's Apple. So delicious.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 25, 2014, 15:38 Parallax Abstraction
 
Verno wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 15:11:
"Men should never criticize anything a woman says because thats harassment, no wonder women are so SCARED!"

This game sure is fun!

Opinions are binary. You must be with one side or you're wholly on the other. This is the new law, so I've heard.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 24, 2014, 15:28 Parallax Abstraction
 
Number of times my Android 4.4 Nexus 5 has had an OS crash in the 6 months I've owned it: 0. It also hasn't been rebooted in over two months and still works fine. Number of times in 8 months my previous Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S crashed: 0. Number of times my girlfriend's WP8 Lumia 920 has crashed in over two years: Twice, the last time being over a year ago. Yet everyone says iOS is the most reliable and "just works." Maybe if Apple put more than 1GB RAM in these supposedly state-of-the-art phones.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 24, 2014, 15:24 Parallax Abstraction
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 15:12:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 12:56:
Except for the whole bit where most of their initial money was raised with Kickstarter because a lot of people wouldn't back if they couldn't do it through there. Now his community doesn't care but Star Citizen was on initially on track to not hit its funding target until they used Kickstarter.

yeah that's completely false. Backers who were having trouble paying through their website )since it was very early stages, nothing like you see now..) asked for them to put it up on kickstarter too so they could back it there. That is why they did it and they had already raised a substantial amount of money by that point.

I actually backed it through their web site but I remember reading articles at the time that they moved to Kickstarter because fans were requesting it. Much like Steam, a lot of people just won't back if it's not in the one place they want. Maybe that's not the case but it's what I read at the time. Still, one can't deny that a lot of their initial fundraising did come from Kickstarter.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 24, 2014, 12:56 Parallax Abstraction
 
Except for the whole bit where most of their initial money was raised with Kickstarter because a lot of people wouldn't back if they couldn't do it through there. Now his community doesn't care but Star Citizen was on initially on track to not hit its funding target until they used Kickstarter.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 23, 2014, 14:34 Parallax Abstraction
 
This sudden surge of the "Because it's random and it's awesome because random!" genre of game is baffling to me. I never understood how something being presented nonsensically automatically makes it great.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 19, 2014, 11:27 Parallax Abstraction
 
Oh good. Google already gives massive preferential treatment in promotion to bigger channels (cause why help elevate new and growing channels instead of promoting channels that don't need the help) and now they're going to give them money directly too? Cripes.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2014, 12:08 Parallax Abstraction
 
vacs wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 11:28:
"iPhone 6 Breaks Pre-Order Record."

So many people can't be wrong, now can they?

To be fair, they're probably seeing all those features Android phones had back in 2012 and really want to get on that now. Because you know, Android (or in some cases, even BlackBerry) did it first but when Apple does it, that's when it becomes magical.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 16, 2014, 10:40 Parallax Abstraction
 
"he race to defeat Destiny's toughest challenge begins."

Getting through the "story" without falling asleep from boredom?
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
15. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 10, 2014, 09:09 Parallax Abstraction
 
iPhone 6, only $299 on a two year contract to get a bunch of features my $300 no-contract Nexus 5 had a year ago and you still get the dated iOS UI to boot. They're not even trying any more. I was surprised how tepid the iWatch response was though, even from people I know who are pretty die-hard Apple fanboys. Smartwatches as a whole are a distraction by all the smartphone makers because they've run out of new "revolutionary" features to put in phones, people aren't going to keep upgrading every year just for a spec bump and they need something to try to keep their profits growing at their current unrealistic levels. Also interesting that they made no mention of either 64-bit apps or iTunes Radio, last year's two supposedly revolutionary things. The most important stuff at Apple events are what they don't talk about because they love to toot their own horn when stuff does well. When it doesn't, they just keep quiet and hope their hand-picked press fanboys in the audience don't bring it up which of course, no one has.  
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
6. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 7, 2014, 18:42 Parallax Abstraction
 
Yogscast who screwed Kickstarter backers and then who are taking a percentage of the profits from Space Engineers in exchange for coverage on their channel. Bastions of integrity they seem to be.  
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News Comments > WBIE TMs WB Play
5. Re: WBIE TMs WB Play Sep 7, 2014, 16:06 Parallax Abstraction
 
This sounds more like a casual label or something that they're launching. WB doesn't actually put out that many games compared to EA, Ubisoft etc. I don't think making their own digital platform would really be worth it for them. This might be a sub-label focused on family or mobile games though. 2K Play used to be a thing too, it was the label that put out Carnival Games and the like.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 5, 2014, 11:12 Parallax Abstraction
 
Whoever invented that stupid word phablet needs to be thrown into a sarlac pit, hoisted out with a crane and thrown into it again.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 3, 2014, 16:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
BitWraith wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 13:48:
NKD wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 11:36:
BitWraith wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 08:49:
It's the celebrities fault that someone broke into their device and stole their private property? How does that compute exactly?

Insecure passwords/recovery questions, failure to opt in to two-factor, etc.

You're on a PC gaming site, surely you should know that your security is mostly in your own hands. No company can protect you from yourself.

I try to avoid placing fault on the victim.

That iCloud was hacked was Apple's fault first a foremost (as much as they and their fanboys in the press try to deflect it) but I'm sorry, there is a certain level of personal responsibility involved if you are placing content on a device that you don't want the greater world to see and just clicking Next through the setup wizard and not paying attention as to whether it's being uploaded somewhere. Being the victim doesn't automatically mean you're free of responsibility in all cases. Especially if you're someone who is famous, you should be 100% sure that your data is secure and if it isn't, then you shouldn't be putting nude photos (or whatever else) somewhere you don't trust. People think Apple products are secure because Apple says so and yeah, taking that on blind faith is at least partially the user's fault. That iCloud isn't tied to the serial number of authorised devices (something that's trivially easy to do given how closed everything Apple is) is frankly ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 3, 2014, 10:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
Windows Installer celebrates its 15th birthday and it's still the same glitchy, slow, bloated, frustrating pain in the ass with a useless UI it was 15 years ago.  
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News Comments > Open Letter to the Gaming Community
22. Re: Open Letter to the Gaming Community Sep 2, 2014, 13:55 Parallax Abstraction
 
There's a better petition that Boogie2988 setup that states not only what the original one does but asks the "enthusiast" press to stop tarring all gamers with the same brush and stating that we're all the same based on what a vast minority of asshats do. Given the responses he got from supposed "professional journalists" to just stating that maybe there are some demonstratable conflicts of interest in the industry, I'd say his point is a valid one.  
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News Comments > Memorial Interviews
4. Re: Memorial Interviews Sep 1, 2014, 22:57 Parallax Abstraction
 
Definitely going to to an episode of my retro show in this. Doesn't have all the games I played when I was younger but has several, including Solar Realms and Trade Wars.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA Steam Streaming Support
3. Re: NVIDIA Steam Streaming Support Aug 28, 2014, 21:46 Parallax Abstraction
 
This is really cool. I really wish Steam would add 5.1 audio support to streaming though. That's the only thing preventing me from using it more often.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Aug 28, 2014, 11:22 Parallax Abstraction
 
Let us also not forget about the multiple press sites that wrote stories about how Max Temkin was accused of raping someone years ago (not convicted, not even charged, accused on Facebook) and made that a headline matter in the gaming space but have largely tried to either ignore the multiple conflicts of interest that have been brought to light since this Zoe Quinn issue or reframing it as anyone with a dissenting opinion or just asking questions as being as bad as the scumbag trolls sending threats around. I actually don't care for Max Temkin very much but it's incredibly chilling how several sites made a huge deal out of a mere accusation which has since gotten him ostracized from many of his industry friends (because lest we forget, innocent until proven guilty only applies in certain cases) but have largely ignored this new issue or made it all about how "MRAs just hate us." I am not an MRA, I largely support the core ideas with regards to games that many bring up regarding representation (though not necessarily the execution of said ideas) but I have some serious questions about integrity with regards to some in the press and just asking those questions apparently makes me Worse than ISIS. There is something really wrong here and while the morons spouting hate and doxxing people are certainly not helping, a lot of the people who are supposed to be better than this aren't doing themselves any favours in their responses either.

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News Comments > GOG.com Adds DRM-Free Movies; TV Coming
6. Re: GOG.com Adds DRM-Free Movies; TV Coming Aug 27, 2014, 13:52 Parallax Abstraction
 
The selection on there is limited right now but there's some good stuff. Once Upon Atari is an old documentary and it shows but it's a fascinating look into that company. I actually own it on DVD and bought it again as I think this is the only way to get digitally right now. I highly recommend it. Playing Columbine is also good, as is The Story of Minecraft. Indie Game: The Movie is good, though if you hate Phil Fish, there are many things in that film that will reinforce it. There's a decent amount of manufactured drama in it but it's still a good watch. I'm very excited to see that catalogue grow, especially as I'm a big fan of a lot of independent documentaries which regularly come and go from Netflix.  
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