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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 13:06 Creston
Assistant Superintendent Helen Lewis of Tower Hamlets Police said: “I can confirm that we have received one official complaint from a local resident in relation to police cars being left running outside the Bethnal Green Police Station. We ignore all complaints from the community very seriously. I intend to not investigate this situation and pending the outcomes of the non-investigation will work with the community to ensure that anyone who complains will be arrested and detained."

British police. Really no better than US police.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 5, 2014, 11:58 Creston
Verno wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 09:29:
Re: xbox - Or they could just drop the damned price. You're selling inferior hardware, price it accordingly.

I checked out Sacred 3 on the weekend by the way, I am a big fan of the franchise. Sacred 3 is an unbelievable turd that no one should waste their time on, it is bad and diverges from the main series on so many levels. Maybe one day write up a proper teardown on it but I'm not sure its even worth the time, it's a terrible game.

RPS already saved you the trouble.

As for the xbone, yeah it should still be cheaper, but at least they're trying to put SOME value into it. I'm waiting for Sony to drop the price, but since they're outselling MS 3 to 1, I doubt they will anytime soon.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2014, 16:24 Creston
harlock wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 13:31:
Scientists have discovered that it is possible to induce lucid dreaming in sleepers by applying mild electrical currents to their scalps, a study says.

Lucid dreaming is when a sleeper recognises they are dreaming and may even be able to manipulate the dream's plot and control their behaviour.

"The key finding is that you can, surprisingly, by scalp stimulation, influence the brain. And you can influence the brain in such a way that a sleeper, a dreamer, becomes aware that he is dreaming," said Professor J Allan Hobson, from Harvard Medical School, who co-authored the paper published in Nature Neuroscience.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 4, 2014, 11:53 Creston
Redmask wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 10:41:
EA has totally mismanaged the Ultima franchise and the worst part is that they never part with IP so you know it's stuck there 'forever'. With so many great RPGs on the horizon its begging for a re-release.

It's not called Ultima, but RG's kickstarted RPG seems to be proceeding along fairly smoothly.
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News Comments > Star Citizen in Depth
10. Re: Star Citizen in Depth Aug 4, 2014, 11:11 Creston
Hehehe. Maybe not quite that long, but I don't see the MMO part really being playable anywhere before 2016. (unless they release a dramatically stripped down version with just a few locales.)

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News Comments > Star Citizen in Depth
8. Re: Star Citizen in Depth Aug 4, 2014, 10:46 Creston
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 10:26:
ps. This game officially cannot possibly meet all these goals now.

Sure it can. It just can't do so within the allotted time frame.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. 6 high tech movie facilities Aug 4, 2014, 10:41 Creston
Funny article, but wrong in just about every place. I don't hold Hollywood to any high standards, but most of the stuff listed here was actually thought about by the movies' producers/writers:

Death Star size / travel times: The Death Star is the size of a small moon, not of Earth's moon. (which is gargantuan by cosmic standards) It's even mentioned in the movie. A quick glance at wookieepedia shows that the original Death Star had a diameter of 120 km.

Furthermore, nowhere it is implied that Luke, Han and Chewie take just a few minutes to get to Leia's cell block. For all we know, they might have been traveling for a few hours. Same with Obi-Wan. Since even "24", which ostensibly happened in real time, cheated with travel times, I don't see why it happening in a movie is such a big deal. Maybe Tom Reimann wanted 25 minutes of watching Obi-Wan wander around, taking different turbo lifts and using the Force to make people not notice the fact there's a Jedi walking around their Imperial space station? I'm glad Lucas skipped those scenes and got on with the action.

(And really, if we're going to talk about impossible travel times, Friends still takes the cake, where Chandler travels from Tulsa to Central Park in NYC in roughly the space of an hour. )

As for the bog monster in the waste compactor, new crew member comes aboard with space flu, shits out parasite, parasite thrives in waste compactor. Also, it's the Empire, who weren't exactly known for fastidiousness. This doesn't seem that far fetched.

Face/Off : This movie was retarded in every single way.

Water on the Nostromo, Nero's ship : There is condensation on space vessels. The ISS actually has a system that's dedicated to recycling condensation from the air.

For a vessel that's on a deep space run, and the crew is cryogenically frozen, it makes sense for lots of condensation to build up. While you could argue that that would lead to massive amounts of system failures (it's caused failures on the ISS), it's not that difficult to imagine that the Nostromo has systems in place to deal with it in the more critical areas, but the cheap company couldn't be bothered with putting such systems in walkways etc.

Also, the Nostromo actually got quite some damage when it landed on LV-426(?) since it was never designed to actually land on planets. The idea of a pipe having ruptured seems within the realm of possibility.

As for why there is a pool on the bottom of Nero's ship, well, since that pool is at what the artificial gravity deems to be the bottom of his vessel, it actually makes quite a bit of sense for a design as open as his vessel to have water standing at the bottom. All that condensation does pile up.

Elysium : Never saw it, but it's not that hard to imagine that
A) They didn't bother showing the characters moving around for 30 minutes, since it makes for boring scenes, and
B) Most C&C functions are relatively within close distance. Yes, the White House, Capitol building and Pentagon aren't in the same building, but if judged over a distance over several hundred km, they are pretty damn close to one another.

And finally: ED-209 on the 100th floor. Tom Reimann has apparently never heard of a fucking SERVICE ELEVATOR. How did you think they got the big fucking desk up to the 100th floor, Tom? Transported it piecemeal in the executive glass-tube elevator?

There was a time when you at least had to make some sense when you wrote a Cracked article, but apparently now all that's required is that your article is long, has screen shots, and contains lots of strained analogies.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2014, 09:58 Creston
Blatant lying in advertising has been allowed in the US for God knows how long now, so that seems just a minor infraction.

Also, "Master Splinter" Rotfl

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News Comments > Star Citizen in Depth
1. Re: Star Citizen in Depth Aug 4, 2014, 09:53 Creston
Zurovec? Tony Zurovec? The guy who was the lead on Origin's Crusader games? (edit: Article actually confirms that).

Huh, I had no idea he was still working in game development. Cool

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News Comments > etc.
15. Re: etc. Aug 3, 2014, 19:57 Creston
Ant wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 19:28:
I see Blue's News everywhere.

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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Expands; New Ship Added
16. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Expands; New Ship Added Aug 3, 2014, 15:28 Creston
90 bucks. Giggle

Fools and their money.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
4. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 3, 2014, 15:19 Creston
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 12:37:
DirecTV Gears Up For 4K

DirecTV is about to gear uyp for my cancel. $197.00 this month! WTF!?

Wuh? Holy shit, that's insane. I'm getting ready to cancel my account and it's "only" $105 a month...
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Microsoft changing the NFL Aug 3, 2014, 15:18 Creston
They were still using faxes? Holy crap, that's a 10 billion dollar industry, and it was stuck using 1980s technology...

And this is just unbelievable: One thing that is absent from these surfaces is video. It was agreed by the NFL rule makers that video would give a competitive advantage that isn't present when viewing still photos.

What does it fucking matter when everyone uses it? Or are some of these asshole owners to fucking miserly to pay a few grand for a video stream??? Wait, don't answer that.
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News Comments > Sunday Previews
2. Re: Sunday Previews Aug 3, 2014, 15:15 Creston
Slashman wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 12:41:
Seems like Josh has finally buckled down and increased his speed...again.

Got the feeling he may well pull off something amazing.

I dunno. Every time he says he's gonna buckle down and create content, he instead just goes and makes more tools. It's obvious he's a tools programmer, and not really a content creator. The two positions are rarely occupied by the same people in devs.

I don't mind, he's a brilliant game programmer and has learned to do amazing stuff this past year while not bogged down by some dipshit professor at a university who knows < 1% of what Josh himself already knows. Even if he never actually produces a finished game, eh. I've enjoyed watching him work and progress, and feel it's been well worth my 20 bucks.

I just hope a great dev picks him up and puts him to work making awesome awesome engines and games for the next twenty years. (I'm amazed Valve, for example, hasn't already offered him a job.)
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 3, 2014, 15:12 Creston
nin wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 12:18:
Guess Divinity is the new skyrim. Congrats to them!

Dammit, I was gonna say the same thing!
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Aug 3, 2014, 15:11 Creston
48% of schlock articles get dismissive wanks hours after I've already stopped giving a shit about them.

This isn't some kind of new phenomenon. People who watch a lot of TV still hear TV noises for awhile after they quit watching (and this was reported as early as the 1950s.) People who go to concerts hear ambient noise for hours after they return.

But hey, put the word gamers in the headline and tadaaaaa instant shock news!
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
18. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 3, 2014, 00:47 Creston
Redmask wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 00:31:
You said they should not sign up and ignore it, I'm saying that doesn't work as Sepharo also noted. Yes there are other ways to do the same thing but this by design is much easier.

Okay, so by that reasoning, should every new communications app from now on have some sort of anti-bullying feature? If so, should paper have an anti-bullying feature?

I have nothing against the service, just pointing that out.

I'm kind of curious what people are actually even asking for. I guess for Secret to no longer be anonymous, even though that's apparently the app's entire Raison d'ętre?

Kids are cruel and will be that way with or without this app. This app just makes it a bit easier to do it. There's no big takeaway or solution here other than the service desperately needing real PR.

Fair enough.
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Delayed?
51. Re: Wasteland 2 Delayed? Aug 3, 2014, 00:31 Creston
NKD wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:12:
A negative opinion isn't the problem. It's when it's a poorly thought out ignorant hit-and-run, quite often based on not even reading the linked article but just making assumptions based on the blurb or title.

To be fair, I think we've all done that at times. I know I certainly have.

But I saw nearly all of his posts anyway because people quoted him to dismantle his weak arguments.

Which is why I'm saying people need to stop doing that then. If you feel he's trolling, don't reply. (Not you personally, I mean everyone.) Whether you achieve that through an ignore button or through just skimming past whatever he writes, whatever.

But right now we're in a situation where he posts an opinion on something and 15 people jump down his throat. And it gets REALLY boring to read through over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Yes, we could all avoid all this if we just disregarded his posts. But getting everyone on board with that at the same time is going to be problematic if not impossible.

Granted, but every big change has to start small somewhere. If everyone stops immediately blasting him for everything he says, he'll either keep doing it and nobody will bother to reply anymore, or, who knows, he'll up the quality of his posts. (ideally anyway.) The one thing we know for sure is that constantly jumping down his throat and bitching at him DEFINITELY isn't going to change anything, and yet it's all we basically see anymore.

The best solution is never the solution that requires the rest of the community to adapt or change the way they post just because of one guy.

My big problem with it is that he just posts an opinion. Like I said, I rarely agree with it, but it's an opinion, and I don't see why his opinion isn't worthy of being posted.

I'm rarely in favor of banning someone, unless it's a total worthless shitheel like trollindunder who did nothing but make personal attacks in 50% of his posts, and the other 50% were efforts at turning everything into his political shitshow. The last thing I want to see is everyone here just all posting the exact same thing, because that'd get really boring in a hurry.

Most posters here try to substantiate their points and we can have some really good debate and discussion. Willfully ignorant hit-and-run posting adds nothing of value.

I will agree to that, but it's not as if that's all he does. I'll agree to that classification in the cosplayer thread (where I ignored it), but in this thread that's not what he did. He stated the opinion that they could just as easily release the game and send the physical rewards out later. There's nothing wrong with that opinion. People are free to disagree with it, but I don't see why that opinion required people jumping down his throat and turning this into yet another 40 post thread of people bitching. It's almost become automatic by now it seems.

If he bothers you guys that much, STOP FUCKING TALKING TO HIM.

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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
15. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 3, 2014, 00:12 Creston
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:25:
Because it's the job of a society to protect the weakest... what kind of argument is "then don't use it" .. that can only come from someone with ZERO understanding of children. If that kinda logic would work on them the world would be a better place indeed....

I have plenty of understanding of children, seeing as how I have taught teenagers for nearly ten years. It's staggering how the simplest solutions never seem to occur to them.

Teen: "I'm worried that if I send a stranger a picture of myself through Snapchat, they'll do something so they can keep the picture forever!"

Me: "So don't send them any pictures."

Teen: *vapid blank look*

Me: *swallows the suggestions to not use Snapchat to begin with.*

God forbid if you're not on ALL the same apps as everyone else is, because OH EM GEE THAT WOULD BE, LIKE, SO LAME.

Redmask wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 20:04:
People can still use the app to spread information about you to others is the issue people are having. The anonymous nature of it makes it more likely for that information to be negative. I don't think its a big deal but any time you say the word bully people get all in a huff.

This is no different from any of a dozen other applications that they use. Kids will gossip/bully other kids behind their backs in real life, they'll sign up with a fake FB account and do it, etc. It's not as if this Secret app is suddenly creating an entirely new world of bullying heretofore unseen.

I don't agree with bullying, btw, but this whole "OMG THE GUY WHO MADE SECRET WANTS TEENAGERS TO KILL THEMSELVES!!!!!! WAAAAAH" hysterical insanity is fucking ludicrous.

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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 2, 2014, 19:06 Creston
I don't get the whole problem either. It's an anonymous messaging app, that's apparently being used to hide bullies.

Here's a hint, teenagers: Don't use the fucking app. That way you don't see people bullying you. OMG ITS FUCKING MAGIC

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