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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
8. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Feb 9, 2014, 20:49 mag
 
Panickd wrote on Feb 9, 2014, 18:19:
Why is GoPro going public? They're already a very successful multi-billion dollar company. Why would anyone in their right mind give up any control over a company like that?

Because you don't want to run the company anymore and want to cash out while you can.
 
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News Comments > Nadella New MS CEO; Gates Out as Chairman
19. Re: Nadella New MS CEO; Gates Out as Chairman Feb 4, 2014, 16:51 mag
 
And they made Stephen Elop (the guy they sent to sabotage Nokia, so that they could buy it) the head of the Expanded Devices Division (which includes newly-purchased Nokia, Xbox, etc).  
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News Comments > EverQuest Next Requires 64-bit OS
26. Re: EverQuest Next Requires 64-bit OS Feb 4, 2014, 14:17 mag
 
nin wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 10:07:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 10:06:
vacs wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 10:00:
You do know that there is a 64-bit version XP Pro available? So XP users can still play this game when it comes out
I did know that, but I have no idea if they represent 1, 5, 10, or 50% of the installed XP base. If I had to guess, I'd guess under 10%.

From what I'd heard a few years ago, it was buggy as fuck and no one used it.

edit: There's also a 32 bit version of 7, but no one uses that, either.


I used WinXP 64 for a while. It was, indeed, awful. That may have mostly been the state of the 64-bit drivers, though.

Win7 32 actually makes up a disappointingly large number of fresh installs on new computers. It's more common than you think.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Feb 4, 2014, 04:37 mag
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 00:32:
There's a reason Disney employees refer to it as Mauschwitz. They're still not as bad as Apple though.

At some point the order came down from on high that calling it that would get you fired.

Within the day everyone was calling it Duckau.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 2, 2014, 22:14 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 18:55:
Prez wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 17:12:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 15:53:

Drug od at 46? Hows that legal argument now?

So if someone commits suicide with a gun should those be illegal too? I am extremely libertarian when it comes to individual rights, so yes, I absolutely think drugs should be legal.

It's funny you should mention that. The majority of gun deaths in the US are suicides. Countries with much stricter gun laws (i.e. Japan, UK, Australia) have not only lower gun deaths, but also lower suicide rates. Guns just make it way to easy with no chance of reversal, unlike other methods of suicides.

Prohibition of drugs, on the other hand simply hasn't worked over the past 40 years, despite billions of dollars and tens of thousands of law enforcement personnel applied.

I'm for what is proven to work. Decriminalization of drugs appears to work, at least it has in Portugal and in other "experiments." It's a model to emulate. As for guns, I'm under no illusions that we'll get gun ownership rates as low as countries like Japan, nor will we make gun ownership laws as strict as that either. But unlike drugs, restricting guns has worked in other countries to reduce both homicides and suicides.


I don't think overall suicide rates are correlated very strongly with gun laws.

Wikipedia

Japan has a far greater suicide rate, the UK's is only slightly lower than the US's, Canada (with more permissive gun laws) has a lower rate than the UK...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 31, 2014, 13:29 mag
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 13:15:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 12:24:
InBlack wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 10:53:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 10:17:
InBlack wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 10:07:
Holy fucking shit, you gotta be kidding me, so Marijuana, LSD and MDMA are Schedule I drugs. Cocaine, Opium, and Meth are Schedule II. Well now there you have it. I have to admit that I didnt know that, but it makes sense I guess in a twisted, paranoid, fucked up greedy way.

If you research and fully understand the schedules, it makes perfect sense.

Is that a nicer way of telling me that I'm ignorant?? Well since they teach you all that at cop school I guess, how bout explaining to me why there is a ban on research of Schedule I drugs, unlike the drugs listed under Schedule II??

http://www.rsdhope.org/schedule-or-classes-of-drugs.html

Most important part of that very short info is:
The main difference between a Schedule, or Class, 1 and 2 is whether or not the drug is deemed to have a valid medical application.

Don't need "cop school" to look it up and have very general knowledge about why one this is "ok" and one isn't. Now it should make perfect sense.

(cop school part: Those are federal schedules, but states just adopt the same schedules)

It still makes no sense at all. How the fuck is anyone supposed to determine whether a drug has valid medical applications if research is banned on said drug??

Ding ding ding.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls 2 Video
10. Re: Dark Souls 2 Video Jan 31, 2014, 13:25 mag
 
Redmask wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 07:18:
Invaders are at a significant disadvantage though. Like he said you can just play offline if you don't want to be invaded, some of us like the excitement it provides as enemy AI only goes so far.

They've said that they made refinements to magic and several other gameplay systems, they don't show much in the video though.

You can now aim magic like a bows, do light or heavy spells (R1/R2), and there are some spells that designed to come from angles other than head on. You can also get items to recharge your spell uses, instead of needing to rest. Not sure what else.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls 2 Video
6. Re: Dark Souls 2 Video Jan 31, 2014, 00:28 mag
 
PHJF wrote on Jan 30, 2014, 23:35:
Dunno, combat just looks too unchanged/unimproved. Dark Souls was already basically more of the same, itself... isn't looking like they are trying to move forward at all.

They made bare hands and shields viable as weapons, added a dual-wielding stance, allow two-handed weapons to parry, made backstabs interruptable and harder to pull off, gave a riposte-like thing after guard breaks, added a lot more variability to character builds with all of the new stats... what do you want??
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Spanx? Jan 21, 2014, 09:50 mag
 
10/10. Ha.  
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jan 20, 2014, 22:06 mag
 
nin wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 21:12:
Well there ya go! Good to know!

It's not my sort of game (over-the-shoulder shooter, puke), but a lot of people actually seem to like Spec Ops for the moral ambiguity is contributes to the modern military shoots. Zero Punctuation had a good review.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 20, 2014, 21:39 mag
 
ViRGE wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 20:49:
saluk wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 19:49:
Everyone I know who has a wii u really likes it. But the large portion of casuals who would buy in think it's some weird wii upgrade and they already have a wii.
Does anyone know someone who actually thinks this? Every person I know is aware that the Wii U is the new Wii. I see this rationale thrown around a lot, but it seems unfounded.

My parents are owners of a Wii. I doubt they have any idea what a Wii U is, at all.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 20, 2014, 19:20 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 18:42:
Money on the table. Lots of people want to play Nintendo that don't own or want to own their hardware.

Mario on smart phones would probably be the dumbest thing they could do right now. You could make a case for maybe putting the old games there, but to actually release new games on iOS would destroy them. It would turn their strongest brand into something on the same level as a Zynga rip-off. That's not where you want to be.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: 123456 Jan 20, 2014, 18:45 mag
 
Obligatory:

"That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!"
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
16. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 19, 2014, 22:16 mag
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:59:
mag wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:28:
Axis wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:17:
Whatever nintendo needs to do is fine by me, my family got my moneys worth out if it already easily -- can only get better.

Couple games we're looking forward to, particularly super smash bros.

I'd really like to see the Wii U turn it around. I'll pick one up as soon as the price drops and they get a few more games on there. Get Zelda and Smash Bros and we're almost there.

Eh.
To me, they screwed up by being lazy with the Wii versions:
Smash Brothers wasn't as fun as Melee (though, admittedly, people said the same thing about Melee, but the Wii version lacked a lot of magic for me)
Mario Kart was fun, but they oddly took awful levels from old versions rather than great ones. I would have loved if they just added map packs. Seriously, that's the game that would get me to buy DLC. $1 a map, even if they're just updated old ones? Sold!
Zelda games... I know I'm in the minority, but nothing has changed since the N64. Twilight Princess used the same animations and sounds for many actions as Wind Waker. Too much deja vu for me to see and hear those again

The best Wii games, for me, were mostly new ones. Boom Blox was tough to beat.
And, hypocritically, I still find the best Zelda games to be the 2D ones.

I never grabbed a Wii, so I'm looking forward to playing all of those games, too. I played the heck out of the NES Zelda when I was young, but skipped the SNES for the N64, so Ocarina of Time is really my *formative* Zelda game. It's my favorite by far.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
4. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Jan 19, 2014, 22:13 mag
 
Sigh. The proposed NSA reforms are pretty skimpy. "We won't spy on the leaders of our closest allies." Lots of wiggle room there. "We'll offload the cost of storing all of your data to the telecoms themselves, and the rubberstamp court will have to rubberstamp requests for data." Ugh. And now all of the other law enforcement agencies will get to submit requests for the exact same data.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 17, 2014, 17:28 mag
 
Axis wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:17:
Whatever nintendo needs to do is fine by me, my family got my moneys worth out if it already easily -- can only get better.

Couple games we're looking forward to, particularly super smash bros.

I'd really like to see the Wii U turn it around. I'll pick one up as soon as the price drops and they get a few more games on there. Get Zelda and Smash Bros and we're almost there.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 17, 2014, 10:04 mag
 
Blue wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 09:59:
Shineyguy wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 09:42:
Injuries from service are a b*tch... I have bad knees and a sore back from my 7 years I had spent in the Military and deployed to Iraq.

Military service appears to age your body an extra 10 years.

Seems like you might be taking the "weekend warrior" thing the wrong way, as I never served in the military. That's an old cliche for people who spend most of their week sitting on their asses only to overdue their sports on the weekend. In my case, it was millions of softball games, which I think caused all the wear-and-tear on my shoulder, though the actual injury (which I've always presumed is a rotator cuff tear) came from throwing a wet football. I had a knee scoped years ago, and I'm betting the same will happen to the shoulder.

Anyway, that's all nothing compared to your military experience, so I feel sheepish that I even invoked that thought... I'm not sure how I could handle a seven-year vacation in that area, much less seven years of conflict.

I had a shoulder labrum repaired last year. The recovery wasn't bad at all--but the rotator cuff is a lot more involved. Good luck!
 
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News Comments > Dodge Wars Announced
5. Re: Dodge Wars Announced Jan 15, 2014, 23:06 mag
 
nin wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 21:17:
Red wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 19:10:
I read that title as doge wars at first. And I will not deny I was intrigued.

Beat me to it...


Hahaha. Came to make the same comment.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II "Cursed" Trailer
8. Re: Dark Souls II Jan 15, 2014, 16:31 mag
 
harlock wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 12:52:
its the same engine as the first one, why wouldnt it look the same.. hence: dated

They say it's a new engine, actually.

http://kotaku.com/5970754/dark-souls-ii-runs-on-a-brand-new-engine/
 
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News Comments > DayZ Sells 1M in One Month
20. Re: DayZ Sells 1M in One Month Jan 14, 2014, 15:00 mag
 
Jraptor59 wrote on Jan 14, 2014, 11:22:
I guess we are solidly in the era of paying $30 for beta access (they say the beta period still has a year to go before the game is ready).

I want this company to survive and do well, but this should cost about $15. As long as people pay for alpha/beta/ideas for games that don't exist, we will be trapped in that ideal.

We have transitioned from the gamer who was exotic/cutting edge/elite (the early days of gaming, where you built your P/C and games pushed the envelope for computer design) to the console generation.

I think it is a "dumber" generation that seems to accept almost anything pushed out there, from buggy games to insane prices, to 8 year old hardware. They don't realize they have real power to shape the face of gaming based on how they spend their money.

Would you be okay with paying $15 for the beta and then later paying another $15-30 for the final version? Because that's really what you're asking for.
 
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