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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 6, 2015, 21:20 Beamer
 
Saboth wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 20:50:
Dirty Butler wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 20:25:
Mine's be a solid 125 Mb down since the speed doubling. Are you testing your speed from speedtest.comcast.net?

I usually check from the Comcast tester and http://testmy.net/, and usually get similar results. About half speed at night, full speed during the day (like if I take a day off). Think my neighborhood just has a lot of congestion since Comcast is the only game in town for internet.

I'm getting 31mb from Dallas via Testmy and 130mb from Seattle via Speakeasy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
22. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 19:38 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 19:13:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 15:56:
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 14:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:48:
PropheT wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:45:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.

No. No no no no no no no no no.

The USSC is there to decide of laws overstep themselves. And they often do. Not to mention they often rely upon the Constitution, which is deliberately vague and our interpretation of it has swung wildly over its history.

PropheT got it right. I don't see how you can say "No no no" then make a point that does not dispute his point in the least. In fact, you instead made the same valid point that builds upon what he stated.

ProheT stated political lines need thrown out once you are in the USSC voting on the laws -- absolutely spot on. Then you said NONO, they vote on the laws that overstep themselves. Absolutely true, but PropheT already stated that, you just added a few words.

I think you just like to argue Beams...


As for my earlier statement:

Kagan has been the wrong person for the job -- she is hardcore in her liberal ideology which takes precedence to her interpretation of the law. She is by far the least qualified ever to be appointed, and appears to me to be outright dumb in many areas. (I won't bore you with the many links, you'd dismiss them anyway).

The supreme court is the one place that demands to be as neutral as possible, with the most amount of courtroom experience possible -- regardless of party lines, this is what we all should shoot for.

Huh?
Prophet said they need to vote based on law.
I said no, because sometimes the law is wrong and they need to overturn it. There isn't always law to point to that says the law they are overturning is wrong. Even when it is, it's usually the Constitution, and they rely upon their individual interpretation, not the actual letter of the Constitution nor prior rulings.

In other words, they use their feelings on the Constitution.



Do you understand how the USSC works?

Hear cases, interpret the law based on the law of the land.

Now that *you* understand how it works thanks to my simplified (yes I put it on "Laymen" Difficulty) way to define their primary duty, re-read everything prior to saying "Huh?" and realize that were wrong in "No No"ing Prophet...

I'm so confused about your argument.

Simply put, they do not just interpret the law based on the law. That's redundant, isn't it? I mean, how do you interpret something based upon itself? Is that like saying I don't know what art is, but I know it when I see it?

You can't interpret something based upon itself. You can only interpret it based upon something else.
In this case, it's opinions and feelings.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. removed Jan 6, 2015, 18:58 Beamer
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
20. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 18:55 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 18:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 15:56:
Do you understand how the USSC works?

You keep using that acronym, but SCOTUS is the one I've always seen bandied about. USSC has a lot of other translations, especially the Utica Shelby Swimming Club.

Good point, but maybe I just really like Utica.
 
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
31. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 15:59 Beamer
 
Incidentally, every review I can find on this thing says it's great, and easily best-in-class (that class being high end consumer), but overkill.

So it seems Creative may have actually made a quality product, just one few people need.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 15:56 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 14:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:48:
PropheT wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:45:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.

No. No no no no no no no no no.

The USSC is there to decide of laws overstep themselves. And they often do. Not to mention they often rely upon the Constitution, which is deliberately vague and our interpretation of it has swung wildly over its history.

PropheT got it right. I don't see how you can say "No no no" then make a point that does not dispute his point in the least. In fact, you instead made the same valid point that builds upon what he stated.

ProheT stated political lines need thrown out once you are in the USSC voting on the laws -- absolutely spot on. Then you said NONO, they vote on the laws that overstep themselves. Absolutely true, but PropheT already stated that, you just added a few words.

I think you just like to argue Beams...


As for my earlier statement:

Kagan has been the wrong person for the job -- she is hardcore in her liberal ideology which takes precedence to her interpretation of the law. She is by far the least qualified ever to be appointed, and appears to me to be outright dumb in many areas. (I won't bore you with the many links, you'd dismiss them anyway).

The supreme court is the one place that demands to be as neutral as possible, with the most amount of courtroom experience possible -- regardless of party lines, this is what we all should shoot for.

Huh?
Prophet said they need to vote based on law.
I said no, because sometimes the law is wrong and they need to overturn it. There isn't always law to point to that says the law they are overturning is wrong. Even when it is, it's usually the Constitution, and they rely upon their individual interpretation, not the actual letter of the Constitution nor prior rulings.

In other words, they use their feelings on the Constitution.



Do you understand how the USSC works?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 12:48 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:45:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.

No. No no no no no no no no no.

The USSC is there to decide of laws overstep themselves. And they often do. Not to mention they often rely upon the Constitution, which is deliberately vague and our interpretation of it has swung wildly over its history.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 10:55 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 10:10:
Kagan has never had any business being in the supreme court -- what an embarrassment.

So she votes not only in favor of free speech but blocks future laws limiting it, and you leave a complaint about her with nothing other than "she sucks." Well thought out. Given that it only mentions this ruling, I have to assume you disagree with it.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
35. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 19:38 Beamer
 
I'd also enjoy a Far Cry that's truly dangerous. You come across small skirmishes in FC4. I mean being placed in the middle of a war. Coming across not 3x3 skirmishes but dozens.

Ug. But I've also wanted something like that since the days of Prax War previews. Being someone trying to accomplish your agenda while there's a war around you that you keep stumbling across.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
34. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 19:35 Beamer
 
Far Cry 5 / Alpha Centuri FPSRPG.

Sold.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
27. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 16:05 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 16:00:
Verno wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 11:08:
I don't know Creston, Far Cry + dinosaurs sounds fine to me.

Well, I'm sure next year they'll be happy to bring you Far Cry 5 ... 4.5 ... 3.5Alpha2 where they've replaced the elephant models with T-Rexes.

You know... I'd still buy it. I'd feel bad doing so, but I'd do it.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
19. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 14:05 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 13:54:
@ Beam. Yeah, that was actually one of my few complaints about BL2: the weapons were too samey. In the first one, the randomization seemed to have more variety so you could get something that did massive damage for 1 RPM, or something with 30 RPM with very low damage, and everything in between. In BL2, submachine guns always had a rate of around 10, assault rifles around 8, etc. It just seemed that there was no way to get something crazy anymore.

It all goes back to Motor City Online for me. I don't know if anyone here played it, just the beta for me, but you could significantly tune your car by buying parts online. And it was a brilliant idea - no one person involved in auto racing drives the same car because there are so many parts and ways to tune parts and no one way works best for every driver. And spending more on parts puts you in different classes (I think), which is similar to leveling up.

MCO failed, though, by not randomizing the parts and not having its driving model be unique enough (if even really possible) so that there were very clearly some parts much more superior than others and some builds much better.

With an FPS, though, I think that people do have very different play styles and are aware of what they like. And it would be easy to build parts people could easily evaluate. Throw in different ammo types and people will spend time looking for the piece they want if they want power at all costs, or maybe they find that piece that is super powerful and fires super fast but, in a game like BL, that may last 3 or 4 levels before you start finding junk so much more powerful that your super part is no longer worth keeping.

Instead, BL was just finding new weapons, often having trouble figuring out if it was better than the weapon you had, and with you probably finding certain weapon classes you liked and just sticking with them.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
15. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 13:20 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 13:00:
Space! Set the game a few hundred years in the future where humanity has arrived at a Goldilocks planet in a nearby star system that is teeming with xenobiology. Lightly colonized, and light years from earth, it would be the wild west, with factions, dangerous aliens and plants, and completely open design options. It would be a breath of fresh air to have that style of game play set off planet.

Although dinos would also be cool.

Then the outposts and towers would make sense and Zzzzzzzzzzz.
And all the killing new animals to build wallets and zzzzzzzzzz.

Man, they need to tweak all that a bit, but yes, a new planet would be fairly amazing and give so much opportunity for new and strange ideas.

Honestly, and I said this about BL2, I'd absolutely kill for someone to finally build a better weapon crafting system. Don't have me find full weapons (except uniques.) Have me find pieces. This body has a high rate of fire but low accuracy. This muzzle has good range but low accuracy. This magazine has high power but low capacity. Etc. Makes more sense for a game like BL2, where you keep leveling, but it gives you reason to explore and build weapons that suit your playstyle or your needs. What I like about FC3/4 is that it rewards me for using multiple weapons in ways that many other games don't - I'll start silenced or maybe sniping (still probably silenced), and if things go to hell (and they will) I switch to something much louder and more violent.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
12. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 12:24 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 12:16:
How about cutting all the fluff annoying cutscenes immediately when we want to without having to hack some shit. That would at least make me want to load up the game.

Then remove the 5-second-a-pop skinning animation among other long useless in-game animations that adds nothing but time wasting. That would make me want to play the game for more than 5 minutes.

Start with the basics...

The cut scenes only really bother me when I'm seeing them for the second time, which I am now for most. I mean, the Fashion Week introduction went on FOREVER and made me want to stab my eyes out the second time through. Painful.

As for the skinning, it could be worse. It's closer to 2 seconds and it stays first person. RDR was what broke me there. Each one was about 5 seconds and had a camera change. Why? Why would a dev think we want to see that? In both games when a body is in an awkward spot it just gives it to you. Why not do that? Why make me loot every body?

The worst example of this, to me, is in the new Wolfenstein. You need to press X to pick up ammo. Every time. Dear developers: can you tell me a single time I wouldn't want to pick up ammo? Ever? I get why games make me loot bodies for junk and trinkets - maybe I'm low on room, or maybe it's just a gameplay feature to find all the dead bodies, but there's never, ever a time I don't want to pick up ammo. Ever. Stop making me have to hit a button to do it.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
9. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 11:54 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 11:50:
It's a mixed bag - zombies, really? - but there's some cool concepts in there. A character in FC4 mentioned he was going to "South America, maybe Cuba" which given other references (Willis referring to FC3's "SoCal douche-bag" made me laugh) I took to be a clue about FC5. That would be Peru; survival in Alaska and fighting/surviving in Vietnam would also get my vote.

Far Cry 4 was excellent but I really hope they don't just repackage Far Cry 3 again. My first impression of FC4 was that it was FC3 but worse, that the changes they had made worsened the experience in my opinion. This picked up and features I disliked, such as bait, could be ignored so I enjoyed it very much but it didn't feel new in the same way that every other Far Cry game has. If FC5 was to be Far Cry 3.6, hopefully Ubisoft's annus horribilis will prompt a rethink - but probably not.

I liked bait. I only used it in combat a handful of times (it could make taking an outpost fun if you disabled the alarms and hunters), but it had one main purpose: hunting. Need 5 bear pelts? Go into bear territory and throw a bait, then mow it down. Repeat until you have a bigger wallet.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Poll
6. Re: Far Cry Poll Jan 5, 2015, 11:32 Beamer
 
All of the above sounds fun to me. Just give me good shooting, good progression, some exploration, and stuff to kill. Hopefully not zombies.

Yes, FC4 is FC3.5, and you can do that once, but it's still one of the most entertaining games I've played in a while. Change the gameplay formula a bit and I'm happy. I don't really care about the setting too much, so long as it's visually interesting and hopefully more distinct than what we had in 3 and 4. Maybe a more detailed weapon crafting system so you have reason to explore all those question marks on the map.

As for choices mattering, I would rather not, unless the game also gives you an option to replay the missions you missed once you finish the game. I wouldn't want to replay a 40 hour game, but I would enjoy knowing what fun missions I missed out on.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 3, 2015, 15:52 Beamer
 
Fair enough. We both read something wrong.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 3, 2015, 13:54 Beamer
 
TheVocalMinority wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 11:09:
Beamer wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 21:53:
TheVocalMinority wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 21:27:
Icewind wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 18:21:
Smells like that article was written by an SJW.

I'd imagine if they were a "Social Justice" warrior they should understand the concept of human rights which the first comic gets horribly wrong (a first for XKCD as far as I know). As soon as I saw that I knew the article was going to be complete nonsense. Didn't realise io9 was gawker media.

This is the weirdest, most incorrect opinion I've seen here.

I was sure I was on the Beamer ignore list. Guess not.

If you think this is the weirdest, most incorrect opinion I consider this to be a considerable achievement given the quality of comment I see on this site.

For the most part I couldn't care less if I am wrong (weird I don't get at all, but there you go). However one thing I'm curious about if you will humour me - are you claiming that the XKCD comic is correct insofar as the right to free speech only exists due to its enumeration in Law? Not a fundamental right acquired just through being a human being?

Oh the irony is rich!

The comic says that you can't say something without getting criticism, and no one else has to listen to it.

You say it's wrong.
I say you're an idiot.

You then criticize me and put me on ignore. By your own asinine logic, you just violated my fundamental right by doing exactly what the comic says you're allowed to do, which you said was wrong.

Holy shit, it's terrifying that you don't connect these dots yet you vote.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 2, 2015, 21:53 Beamer
 
TheVocalMinority wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 21:27:
Icewind wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 18:21:
Smells like that article was written by an SJW.

I'd imagine if they were a "Social Justice" warrior they should understand the concept of human rights which the first comic gets horribly wrong (a first for XKCD as far as I know). As soon as I saw that I knew the article was going to be complete nonsense. Didn't realise io9 was gawker media.

This is the weirdest, most incorrect opinion I've seen here.
 
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