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Signed On Oct 24, 2002, 15:22
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2015, 16:35 mag
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 17, 2015, 16:11:
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 17, 2015, 13:51:
PHJF wrote on Jul 17, 2015, 13:05:
...but what's the difference between a personal watercraft that anyone can operate and a car in terms of having open containers? Lower travel speed on the water, and less traffic usually

You just answered your own question. Driving a car in a heavily populated area is infinitely more demanding on the driver than piloting a boat in the middle of nowhere.

Yes, because every person in a boat is the ONLY person on the water... Jethro and his buddy going fishing on a secluded lake is an unenforceable edge case, but the vast majority of boating is done in public recreational areas that tend to be pretty crowded in the summer months.

All right then, how about this: in 2013, Florida had 685 reported boat accidents, the highest in the country, involving 51 fatalities. That same year Florida saw 317,000 car accidents involving 2402 fatalities. You'll have to forgive me if I'm not writing my congressman about boat DUI enforcement.

On top of all of that, boating while intoxicated is illegal in all fifty states.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 17, 2015, 01:39 mag
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 16, 2015, 19:30:
FOX was an illegal monopoly with Star Search 2000, err American Idol. Or what about Game of Thongs and HBO. Walking Dead?

What's funny is you can get the NFL on NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN to.

DirecTV is not a TV channel. It is a satellite TV service.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Jul 16, 2015, 22:29 mag
 
Saboth wrote on Jul 16, 2015, 21:59:
I think the term "SJW" is not referring to an *actual* warrior for social justice, but rather someone that is just professional outraged on the behalf of others, or attempting to garner fame for themselves at the expense of a real or imagined cause. Like Martin Luther King, Jr. might be a real warrior for social justice. People complaining about the cross dresser fable in Pillars of Eternity are merely professionally offended trolls.

So maybe people using SJW as a slur should find a better word.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2015, 03:35 mag
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 16, 2015, 02:50:
mag wrote on Jul 16, 2015, 00:11:
Okay, fine, let's try for some books. Type in a book title... only used copies available. Try another book title? Only used copies available! Obviously they actually do (must!) still have a large selection of books that they sell, but there are some enormous holes in their stock that wouldn't have existed ten years ago.

Trust me on this, I work for a book publisher: If amazon doesn't have it, no one has it. I'd have to say you were either looking for very obscure, or old out of print titles.

If it weren't for their recent and very high-profile attempts to strong-arm Hachette by refusing to sell their books, I'd be inclined to agree with you. As is, pretty easy to believe that they're either having another tiff with another publisher or trying to push more people toward Kindle versions. I unfortunately can't recall the titles I was looking for right now, but they were moderately successful/popular sci-fi/fantasy books published within the past ten years or so. It's possible they were out of print, but it was really hard to believe. One had been published only a couple years prior.

Edit: Okay, so this inspired me to try to remember and do a little more investigating. I did remember one of the things I was trying to find was the Tales of the Flat Earth series by Tanith Lee, when she died back in May. This is one of her more famous series, and she was a pretty prominent author, so it seemed pretty crazy that it would be out of print. And it had actually been published by a new publisher in 2010.

But apparently that publisher went kaput in 2013 or 2014, DAW was supposed to pick up some of the titles, and it sounds like they never picked those up. So that's why that one's missing.

That was just one of a handful of instances I had over a few months, so maybe I just had a string of bad luck for a while. It was right on top of a string of bad Amazon shipping experiences, so I was already pretty willing to be annoyed at 'em.

This comment was edited on Jul 16, 2015, 04:08.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2015, 00:11 mag
 
Task wrote on Jul 15, 2015, 22:36:
*Shrugs* A lot of the misc stuff is probably useful to folks that shop online all the time for anything. Its not just a online hub for buying movies and games; its practically an online department store now (gas grills, leaf blowers, shoes, clothes, and pink bras ahoy!).

My recent experience has been that Amazon doesn't actually sell anything anymore. Everything is sold by someone else, and Amazon just handles fulfillment. Get Amazon credit that says it must be used on items sold by Amazon? Gooooood luck. I had like $20 to get rid of by a deadline, so I'm like... okay. Let's try some video games. Nope. Computer hardware? Nope. Board games? Nope.

Okay, fine, let's try for some books. Type in a book title... only used copies available. Try another book title? Only used copies available! Obviously they actually do (must!) still have a large selection of books that they sell, but there are some enormous holes in their stock that wouldn't have existed ten years ago.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Jul 15, 2015, 12:51 mag
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 21:33:
Bill Borre wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 20:06:
God is telling us we should love Pluto and restore its planetary status.

Actually, they are. NASA has hinted that the newest measurements from the fly-by will push Pluto over the mass limit, and its spherical geometry may do so as well.

Really, the issue is that 240-odd people (at a conference that had 10,000 attending) decided, after the majority of the other folks had left the conference, to de-list Pluto for whatever reason. There was never a large sentiment in the astronomical community to de-list Pluto in the first place. And the fact that the new "rules" for planets are just as fraught with issues as the old ones (there's some argument that, if the Earth was situated in the asteroid belt or even in the Kupier Belt, it wouldn't be able to "clear its orbit" [one of the new requirements for planetary status] either...), has left many astronomers ignoring the de-listing. In many ways, NASA, et al., are just owning up to the fact that the scientific community never was on board with the de-listing in the first place...

The size of Pluto has nothing to do with its classification as a planet or lack thereof. The issue was that we were finding lots of other Pluto-like objects (Eris, Sedna) of comparable or greater mass, and the Kuiper Belt was turning out to be way more populated than we thought.

So if they allowed Pluto to be a planet, this was opening up the door to, a hundred years from now, having 1000 objects that have every bit as much a right to be classified as plants. So, wanting a consistent definition that would rule out most trans-Neptunian Kuiper belt objects, they added the rule: has "cleared the neighbourhood" around its orbit."

Revisions of Pluto's size don't really affect that, unless it's now big enough that the barycenter of the Pluto-Charon system is actually within Pluto. Then you might have a case.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2015, 03:24 mag
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 02:31:
Verno wrote on Jul 13, 2015, 14:05:
You've declared war on a video game product, its time to step back and re-evaluate things man. If Star Citizen sucks no one is going to sugar coat it no matter what the moderators do on some random forum. There is no need to waste time or emotion on it but whatever floats your boat I guess.

Kxmode invested his belief, and entrusted a thousand dollars to CR and crew, trusting them to build the game they pitched. A hundred goalpost changes later, with nothing to show for it really, can you really blame him for being pissed?

Well, yeah. This is a video game that doesn't even exist yet. Your reaction to a Kickstarter not going the way you hoped should be no worse than "Well, damn, that sucks." If it's worse than that, you spent more than you could afford.
 
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Map Pack DLC & Mod Support
2. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Map Pack DLC & Mod Support Jul 10, 2015, 00:37 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2015, 00:00:
Map packs for Gal Civ? Aren't all the maps procedural? Or are these hand-crafted scenarios?

And has anyone been playing GalCiv 3? Any opinions vs. MOO2 and GalCiv 2?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2015, 20:07 mag
 
dj LiTh wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 14:02:
mag wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 13:26:
Retired wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 12:14:
Cutting the cord....er...sattelite dish....

Setting up a Plex server and have Amazon Fire on each tv.

What are you guys using for a setup?

Use this link here for discussion into the Blues Forums.

I use my PS3 as the media device hooked up to the TV, but anything would really do. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and PlayOn running on a PC to stream Hulu (non-Plus) (and other) content to the PS3, I'm pretty set.

Until the internet goes out

I have books and video games and rabbit ears antenna.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2015, 13:26 mag
 
Retired wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 12:14:
Cutting the cord....er...sattelite dish....

Setting up a Plex server and have Amazon Fire on each tv.

What are you guys using for a setup?

Use this link here for discussion into the Blues Forums.

I use my PS3 as the media device hooked up to the TV, but anything would really do. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and PlayOn running on a PC to stream Hulu (non-Plus) (and other) content to the PS3, I'm pretty set.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
3. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jul 6, 2015, 01:28 mag
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 20:47:
I didnt even know there were any physical prototypes. Awesome seeing this finally after a couple decades have passed from the first time a cd addon to the SNES piqued my interest. I would imagine nintendo would have continued to be a dominant player in the console industry if they would have gone through with this. The SNES had a primary limitation of being cartridge based when new mediums could store hundreds of times as much data. This would have coupled the impressive SNES hardware with a much better storage medium, which would have made for a very awesome console.

Contemporary CD-based systems were... really bad, though. The load times where absolutely abysmal on all of the competitors of the day. I doubt it would be remembered very fondly, if the SNES had been CD-based.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 30, 2015, 23:14 mag
 
Rigs wrote on Jun 30, 2015, 15:27:
And what do we all do? Sit here and bitch about it. Yet, come election day, we'll gladly check those marks for the same bastards that have been in office most of their life and probably will retire there...

I'm sorry, you can't complain (well, I mean you 'can', but still) if you blindly go in and vote the same mothersfuckers in each and every time and each and every time they do nothing. Who's stupider? The fool or the fool that keeps voting them into office?

I'm 37 and I haven't voted once in my life. Not once. Only because no one has come around that had me thinking they would actually make a damn bit of difference. And I don't foresee anyone in the near half century either! Dark, sad days ahead of us and the only one to blame is ourselves!

=-Rigs-=

By not voting, you are implicitly voting them in yourself. Thanks, buddy!
 
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News Comments > Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Instantly Funded
21. Re: Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Instantly Funded Jun 16, 2015, 12:54 mag
 
PHJF wrote on Jun 16, 2015, 12:11:
Skies of Arcadia made it to GCN (a 10x better console). I had a friend during high school whose basement featured a Dreamcast. Besides the odd round of Power Stone, it ended up being mostly used for Virtua Tennis. The friend himself was a prominent supporter of Jet Grind, a game I've never enjoyed. I'll give you points for PSO, but other than that... there's a reason Dreamcast killed Sega.

Soul Calibur, Rez, Ikaruga, Bangai-O! Marvel vs. Capcom!
 
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News Comments > Chris Avellone Leaves Obsidian
20. Re: Chris Avellone Leaves Obsidian Jun 9, 2015, 14:55 mag
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 13:15:
PoE was awful. Worst thing they've ever done. It's no wonder he doesn't want to be associated with Obsidian anymore. It's over, Johnny. It's over!

Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: No Chance of Fallout 4 on Xbox 360 or PS3. Jun 8, 2015, 15:47 mag
 
gravity wrote on Jun 8, 2015, 12:15:
Wait.. why? Not that I care (as I don't have either, and prefer PC versions in all cases they are available), but...

(from the article)
"It is not coming to 360 and PS3, the stuff we’re doing will never work there," Bethesda's global community manager Matt Grandstaff said in a NeoGAF thread.
(end quote)

The stuff we've seen looks nothing like next-gen hardware mandatory. In fact, it looks like all F:NV/F3 mod-work at best (so far).

Mind you, it's very early still... but was anyone truly impressed with anything in that trailer? Can someone reference engine improvements to GameBryo that support leaving behind last-gen devices?

Could be as simple as them wanting larger game areas that won't fit into the meager ram on the PS3 or 360.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2015, 09:36 mag
 
Redmask wrote on Jun 7, 2015, 04:19:
Cutter wrote on Jun 6, 2015, 19:42:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 6, 2015, 14:42:
Walmart

Hooray for small changes?

Instead, the company is bringing back Radio Walmart after 9 years, meaning an actual DJ will keep things fresh, rather than playing the same handful of CD’s over and over as many stores did, driving countless associates (and customers, too, probably) batty. Even better, individual stores will have more control over their thermostats rather than having headquarters decide.

Foran also talked about a new push he called the “10-feet rule.” Associates must greet customers and make eye contact when they are within 10 feet as a way to lift sales.

Yeah, because that's not annoying at all. I *hate* the retail experience simple because of this mindset. Everytime I walk in, or even by a place, you hear 'Hi how are you? - like you really care - 'Is there anything I can help you with/If you need anything let me know.' Gee? Really? Thanks I never would have figured that out on my own, I thought you were part of the display. Just leave me alone, you'll know if I'm seeking you out because you'll hear, 'Excuse me...'

Most people actually desire human contact, there's a reason those questions are asked. You are an extreme outlier of society who wants to live in a cucumber flat or whatever, accept that its not aimed at you.

The only reason those questions are asked is that it's been demonstrated that it reduces shoplifting.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 2, 2015, 18:15 mag
 
Task wrote on Jun 2, 2015, 18:04:
The CIA/Pentagon Times more like.

And yet, our very own Pentagon employs trolls too and so do other Western intelligence services - The JTRIG document. US Airforce uses software to create an Army of fake people. So all is fair in love and war? So yeah, everyone does it, not just Russia but the MSM blasts the headlines with Russia does it, not us! And yet if you google search "us army/pentagon paid trolls" ALL you get is Russia.

What's even more funny is that on occasion, I've been called a "russian troll" on other sites when I didn't "tow the mainstream line" so to speak. It reminds me of how it was long ago if you were anti-war in WW1/WW2, historically people were called unpatriotic and such tripe. During the Cold War, you were called a "Pinko Commie" or "Red" for joining the anti-war or civil rights movement. Its the same thing today - you are either with us, or you are the enemy sort of nonsense.

The more you demean a society and their people by projection, the easier it is when the time comes for bombs to fly and shoot to kill.

Alright, so Task is one of them. How many more of our resident trolls are actually Russians?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 2, 2015, 04:03 mag
 
InBlack wrote on Jun 2, 2015, 02:33:
Zanderat1 wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 21:32:
DX12?

Are you fucking kidding me? They are pulling a Vista? Again? Win10 will be DX12 exclusive? Fucking Microsoft...

It's been obvious that that's the case for a long time. And Win10 is free for Win7 and Win8 users.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2015, 23:36 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2015, 22:03:
1badmf wrote on May 30, 2015, 17:49:
ViRGE wrote on May 30, 2015, 17:23:
Fantaz wrote on May 30, 2015, 16:02:
no Tron 3 makes me sad... :(
Agreed. I was looking forward to that finally going into production.

weird decision. that movie made boatloads of money. just not enough boatloads i guess. really lame cuz i love kosinski's work. he's one of the best new big budget directors around; i'd take him over JJ abrams 10/10 times.

Yeah, I'm not sure why they're not? Tron Legacy made $400M worldwide. That being said, big budget sci fi hasn't been panning out lately. Fury Road has just broken even, and didn't even win its opening weekend. Jupiter Ascending, Chappie, Edge of Tomorrow, John Carter, Elysium, and Dredd, to name a few have not made any money. The ones that have have either been superhero movies or Michael Bay movies.

Fury Road is at $240M world wide against its $150M budget. It's done fine.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 28, 2015, 17:24 mag
 
SanDisk To Release New Solid State Drives Priced "On Par" With HDDs.

Highest capacity, 256GB. You essentially can not buy 256GB HDDs.
 
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