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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
35. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 9, 2014, 14:04 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 13:57:
Xil wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 11:22:
The masses get bored faster, would Snowden still have been able to keep the steady flow of news going if he had stayed in the USA, if not then he would have been yesterdays news pretty fast and to be honest give it a few more months and he will be, that dude that..... He still paying the price of living in exile for the rest of his life but I guess it beats Guantanamo bay or where ever they would have whisked him off too.

Snowden and Greenwald's strategy to continuously trickle stuff out over 1.5 years has been quite genius. They've managed to keep it in the news on nearly a weekly basis since the story broke.

100% agree. A lot of people are criticizing him for this, saying that it's because he's an egomaniac. But it is the absolute best way to do it, if the intent is to effect change.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
27. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 9, 2014, 13:04 mag
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 12:29:
Cutter wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 12:10:
Dagnamit wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 10:02:
Look guilty? He IS guilty. He broke the law. He's not a "traitor", but he's definitely a coward. He had a great opportunity to stand for something bigger than himself and be a symbol for what the people want. Less intrusion. the vast majority of Americans were outraged by what was/is going on. He blew it for himself and for everyone else, tbh.

Yes, he knowingly destroyed his life to do the right thing, what a chickenshit bastard. Rolleyes

And what would be gained by him sitting in prison for the rest of his life or being killed? He didn't create the program. He didn't authorize it. And out of the thousands and thousands of people involved in this he was the only one who had the stones to stand up and say it was wrong, and that's your definition of cowardice? What the fuck are you smoking?

It's the timing of the whole thing. At the time he leaked the information the people were outraged. They had a bad guy (US government) and the good guy (Snowden). Classic David v. Goliath scenario. His message was out already, so him being further silenced is completely irrelevant. He was a hero, but, and this is my point, he 1) RAN, and 2) to Russia, all but destroying his capability to be the symbol that could help to change government policy. He's not a coward for having the balls to step up. He's a coward for running to freaking Russia, of all damn places. It wrecks his credibility and makes his sacrifice meaningless.

Because apparently it needs to keep being repeated:

HE DIDN'T RUN TO RUSSIA.

HE GOT STUCK IN RUSSIA BECAUSE THE US GOVERNMENT CANCELED HIS PASSPORT AND GROUNDED THE FLIGHT HE WAS GOING TO TAKE TO SOUTH AMERICA.

You want someone to blame for him being left in Russia's hands for the past year? Blame the US government.

His big mistake was revealing everything before he'd 1) arrived where he wanted to stay long-term and 2) secured asylum.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II DLC Trilogy Starts Next Month
13. Re: Dark Souls II DLC Trilogy Starts Next Month Jun 6, 2014, 03:24 mag
 
Warskull wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 20:11:
Alamar wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 12:15:
Warskull wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 08:44:
The best description I have seen equates doing pure melee in DS2 to playing without a shield in DS1.

Maybe it's me, or the changes in the game... I would have to play some more DS1 to find out, but I very rarely bring out the shield in DS2... I'm almost always using a power stance (dual wield) build (as opposed to a 2h build, which generally relies on larger, slower, weapons that I don't enjoy).

I also go pure melee almost everywhere... I've never used a herb (which replenishes castings of spells), and even with a ton of attunement/slots, there just isn't many spell uses available, so I 'save them', then end up not using them.

Even my sorcerer is dual wield Blue Flame (a sword that can be used to cast spells).

-Alamar

No you are right, the shield feels much less mandatory in Dark Souls 2. The fact that shields are weaker also helps. Most medium shields are 90% damage reduction. You have to get a tower shield if you want the 100% damage reduction.

Not having a range option on the other hand is downright painful at times. Hence why I compared doing DS2 as melee only to doing DS1 without a shield. DS1 was brutal without a shield.

MacDuff sells a couple of 100% phys def. kite shields once you get the dull ember, and the Drangleic shield after the Pursuer has 100% phys. def.

But yeah. Shields kinda suck in DS2. I even have better luck 2-hand parrying with my murakumo than I do with a medium shield.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II DLC Trilogy Starts Next Month
11. Re: Dark Souls II DLC Trilogy Starts Next Month Jun 5, 2014, 13:28 mag
 
Alamar wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 12:15:
Warskull wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 08:44:
The best description I have seen equates doing pure melee in DS2 to playing without a shield in DS1.

Maybe it's me, or the changes in the game... I would have to play some more DS1 to find out, but I very rarely bring out the shield in DS2... I'm almost always using a power stance (dual wield) build (as opposed to a 2h build, which generally relies on larger, slower, weapons that I don't enjoy).

I also go pure melee almost everywhere... I've never used a herb (which replenishes castings of spells), and even with a ton of attunement/slots, there just isn't many spell uses available, so I 'save them', then end up not using them.

Even my sorcerer is dual wield Blue Flame (a sword that can be used to cast spells).

-Alamar

My dual-caestus run is actually going better than my faith/sword/shield run did. Power-stance boxers kick some ass in this game!
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 5, 2014, 02:57 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 02:38:
Redmask wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 23:13:
Beamer wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 21:37:
But this is actually meaningful. They released resources reserved for Kinect. It's not PR fluff, it's an actual improvement. Modest, but still tangible.

No it's pretty much PR fluff, a 10% reservation isn't going to make up the difference in CUs and Microsoft can't do anything there without new hardware.

Consoles are kind of retarded these days, a glorified x86 PC that has to last 8+ years is absurd with the sort of pace we're seeing from other devices. Microsoft utterly failed PC gaming despite every advantage in the world so I shouldn't be surprised they are fucking up their console efforts too.

For sure the XB1 & PS4 should have come out 2 years earlier in their current iterations. They definitely waited too long.

One of the interesting things with using a standard PC architecture is that in four years (instead of eight) they can come out with XB2 (or PS5) with whatever specs they want, and it will be completely backward compatible, making the transition much smoother. New games can use all the new goodies, old games can be patched to run in full 1080P 60FPS with stuff like tessellation enabled, etc giving them new life. The cost of switching to a different system increases, since all their old favs are still playable and look better, etc.

I'm not really sure what their game is these days. In a sane consumer-friendly world, what you say is true. On the other hand, I think they are extremely excited about the idea of selling you your 360/PS3 games all over again this gen, and your XB1/PS4 games all over again next gen.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II DLC Trilogy Starts Next Month
8. Re: Dark Souls II DLC Trilogy Starts Next Month Jun 5, 2014, 01:05 mag
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 21:16:
So for those who got this, have you finished it yet? Was it good? Was there any sun praising?

I finished it, really liked it, really doubt I'll get as much play out of it as DS1. Glitches and bad port issues aside, I think DS1 is the better game.

Still, DS2 was worth the purchase and play. I'm at 80 hrs, and I'll probably get a fair number more. I'll probably buy the DLC, too. I just don't think it's going to be 400+ hrs like DS1 was.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Jun 1, 2014, 16:22 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 1, 2014, 05:29:
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 1, 2014, 01:17:
mag wrote on May 31, 2014, 15:16:
It's not like they have the ability to reprogram all of these old games. The source code of some of them doesn't even exist anymore! I'm perfectly okay with Wine.

It's not about the older games, it's the newer ones like Witcher 2 that is the concern. It was wrapped in a WINE shell, and so suffers massive power issues. One of those games that I MIGHT be able to get 20 FPS on lowest settings if I run it on Linux, but I know (having done it) I can get 30-40 FPS on max settings at 1080p.

Now, if you are a beginner to Linux and you're trying to use it for gaming, this doesn't look good and seems to do everything it can to make Linux look much slower then Windows.

I wonder if the Steam Machines can do something in hardware that would accelerate that.

The SteamOS way of playing non-Linux games is to stream them from a Windows computer. The Steam Machines themselves are just off-the-shelf PC components--there's not going to be any magic there.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. May 31, 2014, 15:16 mag
 
It's not like they have the ability to reprogram all of these old games. The source code of some of them doesn't even exist anymore! I'm perfectly okay with Wine.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Re: Into the Black May 31, 2014, 03:01 mag
 
Quboid wrote on May 30, 2014, 16:09:
Can anyone recommend a 27" monitor? As far as I can see it's either 1440p@60hz or 1080p@120hz unless I feel like importing a QNIX QX2710 from South Korea and overclocking it, which I don't.

I'm pretty happy with my HP ZR2740w. They can be had for cheap because they're pretty bare-bones (no on-screen display controls or whatever), but that reduces their latency a bit (so I hear).

It's 2560x1440 @ 60Hz, and can be had for ~$300 refurbed pretty frequently. I got mine from woot for $300, I think. They have them for sale like every week.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Sets One-Day Sales Record
12. Re: Watch Dogs Sets One-Day Sales Record May 29, 2014, 01:19 mag
 
Creston wrote on May 29, 2014, 01:07:
jomisab wrote on May 28, 2014, 20:17:
Might have been better PR to announce how they are aggressively working to resolve launch issues.

They aren't. People will eventually stop trying to log in en masse, and then their paltry infrastructure will be able to handle the load.

It completely hosed all of UPlay. Pretty embarrassing. It took me a while to figure out why I couldn't log into Rocksmith...
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Delayed
31. Re: Steam Machines Delayed May 28, 2014, 19:39 mag
 
Dagnamit wrote on May 28, 2014, 12:15:
I will heartily disagree with the "consoles are vastly overpowered" comment though. The Xbox 360 had a 8800 GTX under the hood, before the desktop card hit the shelves, and a 3 core CPU while most desktop parts were rockin' duals or singles. It was, for about 6 months, the highest quality gaming device available. The new ones had year old mid-range GPU's and low power mobile centric CPU's.

Not... really? The 360 had something similar to an ATI X1800. The 3-core 3.2GHz PowerPC is more difficult to compare, but yeah, probably no slouch. But 512MB of RAM to share between CPU and GPU was pretty paltry at the time.
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 This Summer
5. Re: Wasteland 2 This Summer May 20, 2014, 20:47 mag
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 20, 2014, 20:32:
Cutter wrote on May 20, 2014, 20:04:
Six months overdue, not too bad but they should open up the beta to all KS backers. At least Larian is doing it right with DOS.


Man the latest DOS patch, this thing is playing super sweet. Wasteland and the other Baulder Gate wannabee's on the horizon have quite a bar to reach and this has coop and mod'ing ta boot.

Pretty sure I'm going to feel like an idiot, but what's DOS?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 19, 2014, 19:04 mag
 
dj LiTh wrote on May 19, 2014, 19:00:
mag wrote on May 19, 2014, 14:14:
Ozmodan wrote on May 19, 2014, 12:19:
So unless you are a heavy graphics user and the software you use is available for Unix, what good is Ubuntu to anyone with an expensive video card?

People that use OpenCL, people that dual-boot and don't want their card to be useless in Linux, people that play Linux-supporting games (of which there are more and more) that have been holding off because their video card has been comparatively underperforming, people interested in building a SteamOS box...

Ahhh yes, the point one percenters...

Buyers of expensive video cards are .1%ers anyway. They probably just shouldn't even be made, right?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 19, 2014, 14:14 mag
 
Ozmodan wrote on May 19, 2014, 12:19:
So unless you are a heavy graphics user and the software you use is available for Unix, what good is Ubuntu to anyone with an expensive video card?

People that use OpenCL, people that dual-boot and don't want their card to be useless in Linux, people that play Linux-supporting games (of which there are more and more) that have been holding off because their video card has been comparatively underperforming, people interested in building a SteamOS box...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization May 19, 2014, 14:02 mag
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 19, 2014, 11:07:
There is a place for all four and chances are many here have it.

Phone - Mobile business and entertainment.
Tablet - Mobile entertainment.
Laptop - Versatile Business.
Desktop - Office, Development and HighEnd Gaming.

IMO the least important is the Tablet, still a cool device, but if one had to go, it would be that one in a easy decision. Now which would be next after that? Now your going to have to pry from dead hands. I needs each.

The phone's pretty much just a convenience, but yeah. Cold dead hands, to the laptop and desktop. My tablet's a fun toy, but that's all.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 18, 2014, 05:21 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on May 17, 2014, 04:45:
Bankrolled by broadband donors, lawmakers lobby FCC on net neutrality.

This is such crap. At the very least I'd expect Google and Apple, who support net neutrality, to inject some of the 200 billion or so cash they have on hand into thwarting this bullshit.

The secret: they don't actually support net neutrality. They see a way to profit off of this.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2014, 14:21 mag
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 17, 2014, 11:19:
I suspect there is currently a global warming trend, though I'm not convinced how desperate the situation is or that the warming is being significantly exacerbated by humans. I've heard/read both that there is unprecedented melting of ice in Antarctica and a huge build up of ice.

I'd love to hear an intelligent, well moderated debate on the subject. That seems unlikely to happen -- people on the extremes of both sides seem to be overstating their cases. I've seen arguments on either side eviscerated.

One half of Antarctica is losing ice, and the other half is gaining ice. The ice that is being lost outpaces the ice that is being gained.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2014, 21:29 mag
 
Cutter wrote on May 16, 2014, 19:43:
1badmf wrote on May 16, 2014, 19:00:
water isn't a huge problem for the country as a whole; just need the infrastructure to transport it, which i suspect would be cheaper than building dozens of desal plants. we get most of our water adequately from rainfall and runoff and deficits can be made up by transporting excess from areas with high amounts, like the north and NE this winter.

desalination will always be expensive. it's not like it's a new technology that needs to mature. economies of scale will only help a little bit, but if we relied on that california food prices would still be sky high. also climate scientists predict a strong el nino event this winter which means abnormally high rainfall for the SW.

For the southern US fresh water is a massive problem right now and only getting worse. What's more important? Oil companies like Exxon getting 5 billion a year in tax subsidies when they're making 40+ billion a year in profits? Or fresh water and food? The MIC getting close to a trillion dollars a year in tax dollars? Or fresh water and food? Etc. etc. etc. Call me crazy but I'm all for fresh water and affordable food.


Continuing to try to grow all of the nation's food in what we now know is historically a desert is not desirable long term. Desalinization, if we need to go that route, should be a disincentivized stop-gap as food production moves to places that can support it naturally.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse May 16, 2014, 21:25 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on May 16, 2014, 13:09:
Save The Internet.

Glad someone in this country still has the time and cojones to protest. We've become such a docile nation of sheeple.

The whole Occupy thing was just like a year ago!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2014, 16:26 mag
 
Creston wrote on May 16, 2014, 15:31:
jdreyer wrote on May 16, 2014, 13:27:
Desalinization is incredibly expensive and energy intensive.

Yes, it is. And the longer we wait as a country to start putting plants and infrastructure down to be able to provide basic water necessities once drought reaches critical levels all over, the more it's going to cost.

A simple prohibition on watering lawns would be wise, even though such a thing is obviously beyond any fucking politician's ability to grasp, but it's a stop-gap measure. The only way to guarantee water 50 years down the road is to start going the desalination route. And since it'll take twenty odd years to get that entire infrastructure in place, the longer we wait, the more critical it will become to put down.


There is a large Californian desalinization plant that was built during the last long drought that was mothballed when the drought abruptly ended. Last I heard was that they're working on getting it set to run.
 
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