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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 14:39 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 13:10:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:46:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:30:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:00:
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 09:48:
That murderer guy turned himself in to police rather than suicide-by-cop as he originally planned, so he is in custody now. Though the "4chan link" stuff is overstating it a bit. 4chan is where the dude posted his sick pictures after the fact. As far as anyone can tell, there was no other involvement by anyone on 4chan.

The best part was when ol' Brianna Wu decided to go on Twitter and link this to Gamergate or hold it up as an example of how serious online threats are. Except there were no online threats. This guy did his threatening in the real world, had a history of domestic violence and threats against law enforcement, and killed his girlfriend who he lived with, not some random woman on the Internet.

Sick of the people in this world who do that kind of shit. Comparing your trivial online threats to the very serious problem of domestic violence, god damn. Shameless.

Yup.
Had he killed someone over an argument on 4chan, fine, but he killed someone then bragged on the most convenient place on the internet. The steps to how he killed and ended up on 4chan aren't the same as anything else being discussed.

The truth never stopped anyone from twisting a tragedy to meet their own agenda.

No offense, but you're the one doing that.

Briana, Zoe and Anita have had numerous 4chan threads discussing ways they should die. Don't you think this hits a little close to home for then? It doesn't make them right, but I'm certain they're honest in being concerned that a message board obsessed with killing them has a thread bragging about killing a woman.

But I won't let understanding where people come from stop your personal agenda.

What's my agenda? [/quote

Diminishing death threats, apparently.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2014, 14:24 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 14:07:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 13:38:
This seems like a stretch. I didn't see any politician anywhere mention GG.

I didn't say they did. I said that one party ran on the 'War on Women', 'That other party is all misogynists' ticket, and they got absolutely slaughtered - apparently, by women-hating misogynists. Of which women made up a pretty substantial number, might I add.

You say 'all the olds turned out, and none of the youngs did'. Yep. In other words, the very people who supposedly are supposed to be the great SJW future... didn't give much of a shit about the supposed horrible misogyny and women-hating of the other party. Not even enough to show up. And of the ones who cared enough to vote, a pretty substantial number of them, if not a majority, voted for the big evil party.

Let me put it to you this way. One of a few anti-GG refrains has been 'Everyone dislikes you! Everyone dislikes people who are critical of feminism, of the idea of there being a war on women! Sark went on Colbert! You guys are so unpopular!' To have that sort of charge being aired as recently as a week ago, and then to have - during an election where 'war on women' schticks were being deployed louder than ever - the favored party of the anti-GG SJWs get absolutely slaughtered?

It's funny.


You're a weird one. The exact same number of young people showed up as show up for every midterm election.

You're fun, though. You're the guy that loooooves status quo. If you were alive in the 60s, you'd be there going "so I like to smack my secretary's ass every few hours? So what? It lets he know she's attractive, women like that. It isn't harassment. I tell her her sweater makes her tits look nice - I'd love if women told me they wanted to sleep with me more often. I'm just a man, I'm doing what men do, it isn't anything wrong."

Sorry, taking troll bait here, I know, but it's amazing how some view the world.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 13:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 13:24:
@Beamer,

We're good at finding illegal bribes, but the system is rife with ones that are legal, or else this wouldn't be true:
The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a "non-significant, near-zero level." The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process. The mass-based interest groups had minimal influence compared to the business-based interest groups.
Jack's right that in reality there really is only one party, and it's The Business Party, and all those PAC and unlimited campaign donations result in favorable legislation being passed. It's a quid pro quo. It's a bribe, but politicians just don't happen to get arrested for it.

And nobody goes into politics for the salary. Like you say, you go in for the $3M a year job on GM's board you get after you leave congress, or the $30K per speech fees, or the power and the perks, and even, sometimes, because you want to serve and try and make a difference. But the salary is minuscule to what these people can make in the private sector. You work less hours, and feel cleaner too.

Which is why I appreciate movements like Cenk Uygur's Wolf PAC, who are trying to get corporate money out of politics for this very reason. Although now that 10 additional state legislatures went Republican a couple days ago, this seems further away than ever.

I wasn't disagreeing with there being one party.
What I disagreed with is that politicians spend millions of their own money because they line their pockets with bribes.

As mentioned, that's not true because they don't get those bribes and they aren't spending their own money.

You're right, they get enormous campaign contributions. Like I said, they sell their souls to the Koch Brothers and/or Sheldon Alderson. But that money doesn't go into their pockets. You can't retire on campaign contributions. You have to spend them. They're not your money.

And sure, some come out and get those huge jobs. But not the really bad ones. Mitch McConnell is an old jackass who just fought the biggest fight of his life to keep his seat. If this was about money, he happily would have walked away into those cushy, high paying jobs. But he didn't. And he won't. Nor will John Bohener. These people will be in office until they retire. They're career politicians. And they're the bigger problem. But it isn't due to them making themselves rich. If that was what it was about both would have been in industry one or two elections ago.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 11:46 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:30:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:00:
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 09:48:
That murderer guy turned himself in to police rather than suicide-by-cop as he originally planned, so he is in custody now. Though the "4chan link" stuff is overstating it a bit. 4chan is where the dude posted his sick pictures after the fact. As far as anyone can tell, there was no other involvement by anyone on 4chan.

The best part was when ol' Brianna Wu decided to go on Twitter and link this to Gamergate or hold it up as an example of how serious online threats are. Except there were no online threats. This guy did his threatening in the real world, had a history of domestic violence and threats against law enforcement, and killed his girlfriend who he lived with, not some random woman on the Internet.

Sick of the people in this world who do that kind of shit. Comparing your trivial online threats to the very serious problem of domestic violence, god damn. Shameless.

Yup.
Had he killed someone over an argument on 4chan, fine, but he killed someone then bragged on the most convenient place on the internet. The steps to how he killed and ended up on 4chan aren't the same as anything else being discussed.

The truth never stopped anyone from twisting a tragedy to meet their own agenda.

No offense, but you're the one doing that.

Briana, Zoe and Anita have had numerous 4chan threads discussing ways they should die. Don't you think this hits a little close to home for then? It doesn't make them right, but I'm certain they're honest in being concerned that a message board obsessed with killing them has a thread bragging about killing a woman.

But I won't let understanding where people come from stop your personal agenda.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 11:00 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 09:48:
That murderer guy turned himself in to police rather than suicide-by-cop as he originally planned, so he is in custody now. Though the "4chan link" stuff is overstating it a bit. 4chan is where the dude posted his sick pictures after the fact. As far as anyone can tell, there was no other involvement by anyone on 4chan.

The best part was when ol' Brianna Wu decided to go on Twitter and link this to Gamergate or hold it up as an example of how serious online threats are. Except there were no online threats. This guy did his threatening in the real world, had a history of domestic violence and threats against law enforcement, and killed his girlfriend who he lived with, not some random woman on the Internet.

Sick of the people in this world who do that kind of shit. Comparing your trivial online threats to the very serious problem of domestic violence, god damn. Shameless.

Yup.
Had he killed someone over an argument on 4chan, fine, but he killed someone then bragged on the most convenient place on the internet. The steps to how he killed and ended up on 4chan aren't the same as anything else being discussed.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 6, 2014, 10:59 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 10:27:
Verno wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 10:23:
Fair point.

They are horrendously underpaid though. According to the Googles, $8000 for the three month season. Given the danger involved, fuck. that.

The average doctor in Nepal makes $2,100 per year. Average income as a whole is $200 per year. It's the 48th poorest country in the world.
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
13. Re: Evening Previews Nov 6, 2014, 10:54 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 08:06:
Pirating is NOT stealing. It is illegal copying. If I went to your house and 'copied' your car with a magical machine from the future and drove away in my copy would that be stealing?? CJ might be a loudmouth troll or whatever but you sound like a braindead worker drone right from 1984 with that comment PH.
No, but had you written a video game and someone downloaded it and enjoyed it without ever paying you, I'm guessing your view would change.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 01:12 Beamer
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 21:30:
I laugh at the divide. While people fight over political parties they fail to see that their is just one party, the ruling party. What I call American Royalty. I know we all want to have faith in the system... in humanity but it doesn't matter who is in power they are all corrupt. Why else would anyone spend millions of their own money to land a job that pays $450,000 a year? Makes no sense. Unless they are making a hundred times more money in bribes, insider trading, and fleecing the tax payers. Being above the law sure has its benefits.

This isn't entirely true.
I mean you're right in principle, politicians are greedy, selfish jerks and all the same.
But you're wrong about them collecting bribes. Our system is actually good at sniffing that out.

Most politicians do not spend millions of their own dollars to get elected. They spend millions of Sheldon Adelson's dollars, or the Koch brothers dollars. All three of those people are horrific and have done a fantastic job crafting the country to their own benefit. The few politicians that do spend millions of their own dollars, like Romney, don't have any dreams of making that money back. They do it because they're already rich and don't need the money. Instead, they want the power. They want their name on a library and on middle schools. And, honestly, I don't even think Romney was motivated by that - I think Romney wanted power but I don't think Romney was motivated selfishly - I genuinely believe Romney wanted power because he thought he could do good. Sadly, I think he wrongly believed the way the country improves is by helping its richest. Still, I think he was much more honest than basically everyone in Congress. Obama, too, I think is honest in his beliefs. I just think he has zero ability to get things done (the cards are stacked so I feel few actually could), and, in order to get as far as he did, you basically have to sell your soul to people like Sheldon Adelson, anyway.

Yes, some people get into politics for money. If you're middle class, that $450,000 per year is huge, and it lasts a long time, and there's a lot of money to be made when you retire. But people instead get into it for power. For the name. To feel important.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 01:07 Beamer
 
Plasma definitely lacks in sunlight. If it's a sunny room, it's a problem. My VT25 suffers even in a room that's bright. On a Sunday morning it can be hard to make out details in dim scenes, even though the blinds are closed and the TV isn't facing a window.

Any other time, though, it kills.
I am very upset I didn't buy a ZT60, or whatever the final one was. They were much better in the sun, and will probably hold their value like the Kuros did. Without any doubt the best TV ever made, and sadly the end of the line for Panasonic plasma.

Most LCD/LEDs I've seen look like soap operas, even with all the motion smoothing turned off.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 5, 2014, 20:22 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:56:
If the driver delivers the box with an "Allahu Akbar" run the other way.

Lulz comment of the day in there!

And now he's cheering comment trolls.
Wonderful individual.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 18:00 Beamer
 
walrus1 wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 17:52:
EW because our readers found Entertainment Weekly too confusing.

EW because unnecessarily lengthy URLs are frustrating and annoying.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 15:03 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 14:05:
Beamer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 2014:

Or just acknowledging that you never built up a relationship and not having a stupid funeral with a stupid action button that no one will care about?


That would work but is that "troubling" as the editorial's author claims or is just a silly design decision?

Like Quiboid points out, it isn't saying "troubling" meaning disrespectful or anything, it just means that it's a bit concerning that video game developers are this lazy with their storytelling and think it's ok to try to force emotion with a stupid button press.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 13:59 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:50:
Generally bad writing is endemic to videogames and has been for a while. But ask for a minute how was the developer supposed to build that emotional bond with the deceased character that you say is missing. How about a flashback scene where you guys go fishing and talk about your childhood issues and how you are so lucky that you guys were there for each other? Or maybe a scene detailing how you were there for the birth of his baby when everyone else couldn't make it? Or how about a scene when he busts into the bar, drags your drunk ass out and helps you sober up and get your life back together? That's how movies do it, but is that what someone buying a game about shooting bad guys with awesome weapons wants to sit through?

Or just acknowledging that you never built up a relationship and not having a stupid funeral with a stupid action button that no one will care about?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2014, 13:53 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:38:
Beamer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:59:
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:57:
Wow watching those voting results was like watching a national suicide attempt. The US really doesn't want to live on this planet anymore. Here we go boys, prepare your anus for legislation based on climate denial and religious doctrine.

Nearly 40% of the voters were over 60.
Boomers.

Boomers are selfish, greedy, and all around the worst.

That's painting with just a bit of a broad brush, don't you think?

Aren't all generalizations painting with a broad brush? I mean, that's the definition of "generalization," no? Even saying all generalizations are painting with a broad brush is a generalization painting with a broad brush. And people need to realize, sadly, that "a characterization of a group doesn't mean all people from that group fit it." Candy fans love chocolate. Not all candy fans love chocolate.

But our economy is the result of the Boomers. They slashed, burned, scorched earth, and took for themselves.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed
74. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed Nov 5, 2014, 13:03 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 01:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 21:35:
I just spent the past 24 hours in LA. In a rented Camaro (which is one giant blind spot.) I picked a friend up at her place in broad beach and just cruised up and down Malibu this afternoon. Thanks to gtav it was startlingly familiar. Crazy how the game does that.

It's been a long time since I was in LA (2000, IIRC, the Lakers were killing everyone at the time), but Malibu and Santa Monica pier in game looked quite like I remembered them.

What kind of Camaro did you get? Base model, or a Z/28?

Base. Company paid for a mid car, I talked my way into the upgrade at the counter.

Seriously, the thing was not fun, haha. I had no clue where the back was so changing lanes in LA gridlock was no bueno, I had no idea where cops were so I was never really opening up the engine, and it was just an enormous blind spot. Great car for a HS kid, less great a car for someone in his 30s.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2014, 12:59 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:57:
Wow watching those voting results was like watching a national suicide attempt. The US really doesn't want to live on this planet anymore. Here we go boys, prepare your anus for legislation based on climate denial and religious doctrine.

Nearly 40% of the voters were over 60.
Boomers.

Boomers are selfish, greedy, and all around the worst.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 12:58 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:55:
It's a lazy, dull scene, I will grant them that. However, using the word "troubling" is just some emo loser trying to drum up the feels for the emo loser audience he's trying to pander to.

There's nothing "troubling" about it, however. Some guy dies, he's allegedly my character's friend and then his dad offers me a job...at the funeral. It's ham handed, stupid and lame and I've been more emotionally motivated when I found out the milk had expired. That's not "troubling", that's just boring. The only way it could be considered "troubling" is if your greatest daily challenge is to figure out what song on your iPod you're going to cry to on your bus ride to work.

Wow, this is nitpicking.
EW: It's troubling that these games can't make something that's emotional rather than boring
Burrito: It isn't troubling, it's boring!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 5, 2014, 12:47 Beamer
 
ldonyo wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:40:
Axis wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:14:
What we did get right was the ousting of Democrats, despite the numerous instances where votes were getting flipped to Dem...
Let's see how you feel next November...

What will be fun is when Ted Cruz announces his candidacy and those few but loud Obama Birthers have to wrap their heads around a guy very openly born in Canada.
 
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News Comments > Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots?
5. Re: Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots? Nov 5, 2014, 12:10 Beamer
 
Being the most negative person on a board full of middle aged PC gamers is tough, but being the most negative on a board with Cutter?

That deserves a trophy.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed
56. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed Nov 4, 2014, 21:35 Beamer
 
I just spent the past 24 hours in LA. In a rented Camaro (which is one giant blind spot.) I picked a friend up at her place in broad beach and just cruised up and down Malibu this afternoon. Thanks to gtav it was startlingly familiar. Crazy how the game does that.  
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