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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
22. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 17, 2014, 00:36 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 21:09:
The only things tying me to my desk for gaming are my monitor and my keyboard and mouse.

If the Oculus Rift lives up to the hype and a similarly innovative input device is invented, maybe in 10 years I will game using my Oculus Rift 4 XL and Cybor-aug FFB Finger Implants, all powered by the 128 core Samsung Galaxy SX2 in my pocket. Wirelessly. For games that don't use the Rift, my finger implants will work with my TV, which will be big enough and crisp enough for PC-like gaming from anywhere. The phone would be docked for power and to transmit 8640p data. You can't do that wirelessly, you're living in a fantasy world...

Yeah. A lot of people here are so tied to a form factor they refuse to even imagine a time when other form factors are as capable without having the same detriments.

But it's foolish. Look at where our processor innovation has been the last 5 years - efficiency and power consumption. We haven't seen huge jumps in power, just huge drops in power consumption. We've seen processor R&D shift to be heavily based around battery-power processors.
Because that's where the money is.

And it shocks me when people say they have never heard of a company not using desktops. Go to Microsoft - the only desktops are legacy. Go to Target. Or go to Amazon, where before your orientation begins they line all new hires up, give them a laptop, give them two power adapters (one for their desk, where a docking station, mouse, keyboard, and two monitors wait) and one for home, and give them laptop bag. When you quit, they expect the bag back, as it's part of company property.

Any advantage of a desktop in the business world is gone. Desktops mean companies need to choose between allowing employees to use their own (possibly compromised) machines on the VPN or giving them an excuse to not work from home (meaning, amongst other things, more sick employees come to work and more vacation days are needed when people travel - I once spent a 4 hour layover in the Delta lounge sending emails, meaning it was technically a work day for me.) Desktops are more easily upgradable than laptops, but aside from increased RAM no one ever bothers. They're easier to fix, but having a support staff large enough to do that is more expensive than just buying more laptops in bulk.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: TimeLines: Assault On America Preorders Jan 16, 2014, 20:43 Beamer
 
Bill Borre wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 20:35:
Of course, because we all know that corporations have the best interests of their employees at heart.

Well, I mean, he did use the qualifier "useless."

What America needs is fewer useless unions and more good, lean unions that work with employers to achieve fairness and balance for the employees and the employers.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 16, 2014, 19:36 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 18:23:
Panickd wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 17:10:
Free market economics at work. As a public company it is your duty to make more and more money for your stockholders so you have to move into new markets and raise your rates. And when that's not enough for you to earn even more money than the obscene profits you made last quarter, because you don't want your stock downgraded for missing an earnings target some random analyst pulled out of his bum, you have to find new ways to exploit the resources you already have even if it means a big fat middle finger directed at your customers.

Because we all know the only people on earth worth anything are shareholders. Everyone else is just a parasite or peasant who should be exploited for maximum return.

Whatever the topic when talking business, that is pretty much it.

And there are still people on this board that favor a free market without government interference.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
76. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 16, 2014, 17:51 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 16:27:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 12:49:
nin wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 11:56:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 11:43:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 00:05:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 22:13:
Beamer wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 17:44:
Fueling a different fire, I do not turn off my phone during movies and never, ever will.
It's always on vibrate, no matter where I am, and if I'm in a movie it's somewhere I can quickly and easily hit the "silence" button to end it after the second vibration (long enough to tell if it's an email, text or call.)

But I need it on. If something were to go wrong at work, and I was disconnected for 3 hours, I'd be screwed. And, frankly, there's always the chance a family member has some emergency.

...

Regardless, it's 2014. It's very hard for many, many people to completely disconnect from work. Which sucks. Computers and cellphones really kind of make sure that you can dive deeper and more efficiently, but expect you to do more work and longer hours.
But, come review time, if something went wrong and you ignored the communications because you were watching American Hustle, well, that is going to come back and haunt you.

I don't agree. I think it is more important than ever to unplug for several hours a day. You got along just fine in the 80s and before without a phone....deal with it.

Depends on your job.
Some people can't. I can't. I need to be available if a decision is made immediately. Sometimes, rather often, this is needed immediately.

If you're someone needed to make a decision, or inform a decision, and you're not reachable because you're seeing Hercules, you're probably going to have a rough time for the next few weeks at work.

An organization that only has 1 decision maker.....isn't setup properly....


NO! If he misses one call, it's the end of the universe!!!!!!!! He's so important!!!!!!


Murphy's Law - the one call you miss is the one call that was urgent.

Batman - sometimes redundancies don't make sense, and other times you just prefer to always have the full ownership rather than delegate it to someone else, because if the wrong decision is made you're still the one held responsible.

I worked the corporate world reporting directly to the executive staff for a long time.....you need things in place so your people (and you) aren't the only ones....there is a reason we go home at the end of the day. If you can't trust the person you assign as a backup to make the right decisions in your absence, then fire them and get the right people in there.

That works for some industries, not for all.
If you're a company that does dozens or even hundreds of deals per day, having "backup" isn't economically feasible. One person is responsible for those deals. That person reports to someone, but that someone is too busy to know everything all their employees are working on.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Alpha Invites Going Out
14. Re: Titanfall Alpha Invites Going Out Jan 16, 2014, 16:21 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 16:13:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 15:16:
Scottyl42 wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 15:11:
6V6 lolololo No thanks....what is this? 1996

What team based FPS were you playing in 1996?


Still don't get why people keep making comments like this. Are games inherently better with more people?

I don't think anyone was expecting hundreds of players in a server but it looked initially like it would be 32 player at least, 12 does come as a bit of a shock. Playing with and against bots is barely acceptable in most single player games, even then it's usually a frustrating experience with your "AI" buddies getting in the way.

Honestly, the bots are pretty damn good in Ghosts. If there are two good things I can say about Ghosts, it's that the campaign let you do some cool things (better than any since MW), and that the bots are surprisingly good to play with.
But I've always been a bot fan.

Not sure how bots work in this one. I'd love to see someone make a game similar to this, where you're some kind of super soldier, and put bots in as ordinary soldiers. In other words, both teams would be something like 6 humans and 10 bots, with the bots being cannon fodder. Those bots would count for fewer points and be there more to die spectacularly than anything else.
Then again, I loved the PeaceBot in Quake. When I ran servers with my friends, I often put a few random bots in, with random skills and traits, but it was the cannon fodder bots that got the most use.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Alpha Invites Going Out
9. Re: Titanfall Alpha Invites Going Out Jan 16, 2014, 15:16 Beamer
 
Scottyl42 wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 15:11:
6V6 lolololo No thanks....what is this? 1996

What team based FPS were you playing in 1996?


Still don't get why people keep making comments like this. Are games inherently better with more people?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 16, 2014, 13:52 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 13:26:
It's not charging twice, it's "premium". Much like coach, business, and first class seating on a plane. If you can afford it, good times, if not well fuck you peasant!

*sigh* I hate this classist shit.


This also isn't exactly right, because it still treats consumers the same. I haven't seen many scenarios pitched where it becomes a tiered thing. I mean, it's already a tiered thing, isn't it? I have 40mbps, but if I pay more, I could have 100mbps.

It's the corporations that get treated differently. Amazon and Netflix can pay Verizon and ComCast to treat their traffic differently. This would either mean it goes faster, or more likely it doesn't count to caps. Netflix could advertise that using their service is superior because of this, and Comcast would feel less bad about putting data caps in on people.

It kills innovation, because some startup can't compete with that. And it comes back to the consumer, anyway, because Netflix has to pay to grease Comcast's palm, so either they raise rates or they cut costs elsewhere.
 
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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
19. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 16, 2014, 12:59 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 22:05:
Beamer wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 20:11:
The only advantages of desktops, that they are expandable, are outweighed by the detriments - that they're large, energy heavy, can't be moved, and require permanent space dedicated to them.

Advantages you missed:
More Powerful by far
Get more done
UI Devices nothing else has

Your negatives: Large, can't be moved (well they can be moved) and require space. I am sorry but I have the room to house them and don't have an issue with them. It doesn't all have to be small and mobile for me.

More powerful by far: for now. R&D isn't being put into desktop anymore, so it's changing. Laptop processors have already caught up to desktops. Mobile is only a few years back. GPU is a different story, but desktop GPUs have largely stagnated (when was the last time you heard of something truly new, like Fermi was?) while mobile GPUs are increasing exponentially year over year

Get more done: what does this even mean? If I have a mobile, running a fully fledged OS, connected to two monitors, a mouse and a keyboard via a docking station, how in the world are you able to do more on your desktop? Again, a desktop is merely a form factor, nothing else

UI Devices nothing else has: such as? All those UI devices are USB. Name one UI device your desktop can use that a Surface Pro can't


As for negatives:
"Can be moved." Yeah, by unhooking a billion wires, unplugging from a wall, etc. No one is deciding to work on the couch or in the kitchen and moving their desktop there for a few hours

"I have room" good for you. Notice how you're making it about you, not about the general public

"It doesn't have to be small and mobile for me." Good for you. You're in a niche. What's good for you is irrelevant to this conversation. What's good for me would be a restaurant that puts avocado on everything, but you don't see me claiming that a restaurant that puts avocado on everything is going to dominate the future
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
73. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 16, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 11:56:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 11:43:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 00:05:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 22:13:
Beamer wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 17:44:
Fueling a different fire, I do not turn off my phone during movies and never, ever will.
It's always on vibrate, no matter where I am, and if I'm in a movie it's somewhere I can quickly and easily hit the "silence" button to end it after the second vibration (long enough to tell if it's an email, text or call.)

But I need it on. If something were to go wrong at work, and I was disconnected for 3 hours, I'd be screwed. And, frankly, there's always the chance a family member has some emergency.

...

Regardless, it's 2014. It's very hard for many, many people to completely disconnect from work. Which sucks. Computers and cellphones really kind of make sure that you can dive deeper and more efficiently, but expect you to do more work and longer hours.
But, come review time, if something went wrong and you ignored the communications because you were watching American Hustle, well, that is going to come back and haunt you.

I don't agree. I think it is more important than ever to unplug for several hours a day. You got along just fine in the 80s and before without a phone....deal with it.

Depends on your job.
Some people can't. I can't. I need to be available if a decision is made immediately. Sometimes, rather often, this is needed immediately.

If you're someone needed to make a decision, or inform a decision, and you're not reachable because you're seeing Hercules, you're probably going to have a rough time for the next few weeks at work.

An organization that only has 1 decision maker.....isn't setup properly....


NO! If he misses one call, it's the end of the universe!!!!!!!! He's so important!!!!!!


Murphy's Law - the one call you miss is the one call that was urgent.

Batman - sometimes redundancies don't make sense, and other times you just prefer to always have the full ownership rather than delegate it to someone else, because if the wrong decision is made you're still the one held responsible.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
65. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 16, 2014, 00:05 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 22:13:
Beamer wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 17:44:
Fueling a different fire, I do not turn off my phone during movies and never, ever will.
It's always on vibrate, no matter where I am, and if I'm in a movie it's somewhere I can quickly and easily hit the "silence" button to end it after the second vibration (long enough to tell if it's an email, text or call.)

But I need it on. If something were to go wrong at work, and I was disconnected for 3 hours, I'd be screwed. And, frankly, there's always the chance a family member has some emergency.

...

Regardless, it's 2014. It's very hard for many, many people to completely disconnect from work. Which sucks. Computers and cellphones really kind of make sure that you can dive deeper and more efficiently, but expect you to do more work and longer hours.
But, come review time, if something went wrong and you ignored the communications because you were watching American Hustle, well, that is going to come back and haunt you.

I don't agree. I think it is more important than ever to unplug for several hours a day. You got along just fine in the 80s and before without a phone....deal with it.

Depends on your job.
Some people can't. I can't. I need to be available if a decision is made immediately. Sometimes, rather often, this is needed immediately.

If you're someone needed to make a decision, or inform a decision, and you're not reachable because you're seeing Hercules, you're probably going to have a rough time for the next few weeks at work.
 
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News Comments > Evening Screenshots
4. Re: Evening Screenshots Jan 15, 2014, 21:00 Beamer
 
Dishonored 2 looks great!  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
59. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 15, 2014, 20:23 Beamer
 
Light is more visible in your peripheral vision than your direct vision.

And, if it's a dark scene, a sudden bright light in the corner of your eye can be very distracting. Maybe you're engrossed and you miss it. Or maybe you're engrossed and it suddenly distracts you.
 
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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
14. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 15, 2014, 20:13 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 19:57:
Well the fadchat "pc gaming is dead" was always about pc gaming, desktops in general.

PC dead today may be about PC's sold, but they're not dead as some would like to believe. They're just still able to be capable gaming machines in full use -- If you have a monitor doing 1024x768 with even rudimentary graphics options you can still play most games -- no need to upgrade often.

And for business PC's its even more applicable. You can get away with ancient hardware running local apps, and if you are really hard pressed on cash you simply virtual desktop / terminal server, etc.

Since you're saying "PC = desktop," sorry, they aren't relevant in business.
None of the last 3 companies I've been at used desktops. Laptops are as cheap and significantly better for businesses, because now your employees have no excuse to not get something done, even while home. Which I often am ok with, because now I don't need to take a sick day or go to work when I'm feeling crappy - I just log into the VPN (which is usually tied to hardware) and work almost as efficiently from my kitchen table.
True, it would be entirely as efficiently if they let my desktop VPN in, but I'd guess I'm one of maybe 30% of my company with a desktop.
 
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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
13. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 15, 2014, 20:11 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 19:25:
Quboid wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 16:09:
Axis wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 15:36:
Quboid wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 15:31:
Axis wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 15:23:
And yet we're still seeing "PC's are DEAD" articles and their hopeless buffoonery console minions pop up...


Are we? This has long been a cliché but I don't remember the last time I actually saw such a headline. Of course, if Blue's simply stopped linking to them then I'd have no way of knowing.

Fortunately most have learned that it was a load of faddish hogwash -- but every now and again one pops up. Just saw one on blues bout a week ago I think, least the headline and I didn't bother to read it for obvious reasons. Then there's countless posts from a few members here like Beamer who still recite it like prophecy...

Do you honestly think Beamer has been saying that, or anything like that, or are you joking?

You'll know when I'm joking, I make it obvious.

Beamer was convinced only a month or so ago that tablets were king and desktop pc's were dead and never coming back, something along those lines. Regardless it's an absolutely naive view of the current desktop business.

Sure we like our small tablets, phone apps, laptops, etc, but the only real PC gaming going for 90% on is on desktops.

So "PC" is just a form factor to you?
Hey, how many desktops did major manufacturers show at CES? 0 (unless you count all-in-ones, or that crazy Razr concept.)
How many consumer laptops did HP or Dell show at CES? 0.
How many desktop products has NVIDIA shown at CES the past 3 years? 0.

It is a form factor experiencing negative growth. And it's interesting that you claim the "only PC gaming going for 90% is on desktops." Far fewer than 90% of Steam users have desktops. Need proof? 25% of machines on the Steam Survey have 1366x768 resolution. Those are laptops. Shitty ones, at that. Still 25% of Steam users.

Sorry, desktops are already a niche product and a rapidly shrinking market. Tablets are becoming more and more powerful, and will catch up relatively soon. And develop better input methods. The only advantages of desktops, that they are expandable, are outweighed by the detriments - that they're large, energy heavy, can't be moved, and require permanent space dedicated to them.

We'll hit the point soon that a tablet can be docked to a mouse, keyboard, two monitors, and do anything that a desktop can do (albeit at lesser frame rates.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
55. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 15, 2014, 17:44 Beamer
 
Fueling a different fire, I do not turn off my phone during movies and never, ever will.
It's always on vibrate, no matter where I am, and if I'm in a movie it's somewhere I can quickly and easily hit the "silence" button to end it after the second vibration (long enough to tell if it's an email, text or call.)

But I need it on. If something were to go wrong at work, and I was disconnected for 3 hours, I'd be screwed. And, frankly, there's always the chance a family member has some emergency.

I would never answer it in the theater. I'd never send a text in a theater. But if I get three texts in a row, I'll take it halfway out, hiding it with my hand look and see who the text is from, and if it's work I'll walk out of the theater and see what's up. If it's two phonecalls in a row, it's an emergency (or mistake) from someone and I'll do the same.

Not much light gets out when I peek to see who is texting, because only about an inch of screen needs to be visible.

Regardless, it's 2014. It's very hard for many, many people to completely disconnect from work. Which sucks. Computers and cellphones really kind of make sure that you can dive deeper and more efficiently, but expect you to do more work and longer hours.
But, come review time, if something went wrong and you ignored the communications because you were watching American Hustle, well, that is going to come back and haunt you.

I don't go to many movies, and I'd say I look at my phone in 10% of the ones I do (1 per year), and actually needed to run out and answer it once. But I don't feel shame about any of that. It's a fact of life now. It's the people holding actual conversations that piss me off.
 
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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
8. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 15, 2014, 16:55 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 16:09:
Axis wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 15:36:
Quboid wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 15:31:
Axis wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 15:23:
And yet we're still seeing "PC's are DEAD" articles and their hopeless buffoonery console minions pop up...


Are we? This has long been a cliché but I don't remember the last time I actually saw such a headline. Of course, if Blue's simply stopped linking to them then I'd have no way of knowing.

Fortunately most have learned that it was a load of faddish hogwash -- but every now and again one pops up. Just saw one on blues bout a week ago I think, least the headline and I didn't bother to read it for obvious reasons. Then there's countless posts from a few members here like Beamer who still recite it like prophecy...

Do you honestly think Beamer has been saying that, or anything like that, or are you joking?

Through plenty of fault of my own, and in part due to everything becoming a rabbit hole, lots of people never know what I'm saying. Arguments just become twisted strawmen on every side.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 15, 2014, 16:53 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 15:39:
Yeah well there is a big problem with the decision, the stupid judges assumed that competition would be there to prevent excessive fees. Problem is, most people, unless you live in a very large city deal with a monopoly when it comes to cable. Hence they used faulty data to base their decision on.


No, not really. The judge isn't stupid here, and he didn't base anything on competition.

He based it on the FCC using incorrect wording. And, due to that, they are legally unable to do anything. It isn't the judge's responsibility to make things right, it's to tell people if they're doing something they are allowed to do. By the FCCs own doing, they are not allowed to do this.

The judge very specifically says that, if this isn't corrected, we'll go down a bad road. But, being a judge, he is not able to correct this, only interpret.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 15, 2014, 11:03 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 10:01:
We are so fucked. If the Net Neutrality ruling is not overturned its the begining of the end of the open and free internet....

It can't be overturned. The judge was very, very in support of the FCC, but what they did was stupid. They defined who net neutrality impacted as a group that did NOT include ISPs.

Basically, he said that they couldn't enforce it because, under their own definitions, it didn't impact ISPs. Because they were stupid.

The question, now, is if they can change this or if they need Congress to. In one case, things work out. In the other... stupid Congress is worse than the stupid FCC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 14, 2014, 13:33 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 14, 2014, 13:24:
Beamer wrote on Jan 14, 2014, 12:50:
I see arguments on both sides of how valid a foiling this is, but it's certainly less encouraging than preventing someone operating solely without government encouragement.

Er... how are the two related? Most terrorist plots are averted because someone talked or someone noticed something that seemed suspicious, or because the terrorists left a clue behind. Not because the government talked a guy into becoming a terrorist, then arrested him for being a terrorist. (something which the supreme court itself actually said isn't something the government/the police is allowed to do.)

Simply collecting information on every American citizen and hacking all the major tech giants has, by their own admission, led to exactly zero terrorist plots foiled or averted. But somehow, in some mystical future, that self-same collection will magically allow the NSA to stop the next 9/11? Even though in order to stop such a thing they'd have to cooperate with other agencies, and the one thing the NSA flatout refuses to do is cooperate with other agencies?

This is the NSA pathetically trying to justify its own importance, even though it really has very little reason for existing.

The two are related because the government uses them as examples of these agencies preventing terrorism.

I'm being diplomatic, because I know some people, including people here, believe this is valid. If you read my post a bit carefully, you'll clearly see where I fall in the argument about how effective these agencies are.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 14, 2014, 12:50 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 14, 2014, 11:33:
When I saw the headline, I was thinking "Well, if it foiled one plot and saved dozens(?) of lives, it may be worth it." I mean, it's annoying, sure, but saving lives is of paramount importance.

Then I read the article.

that the NSA's mass surveillance program had foiled a total of one terrorist plot (an attempt to wire some money to al-Shabaab in Somalia)

It didn't foil a terrorist plot. It stopped some dudes from wiring some money to some other dude that may somehow have been possibly related, in some way, to terrorist activity, somewhere. Perhaps.

Fuck the NSA.

Well, look at most of the terrorist plots we've foiled in the past decade.
The FBI, or Homeland Security, or whomever, finds a guy with a low IQ living a shitty existence, gets friendly with him, discusses how much America sucks, discusses how much the government is responsible for this guy's shitty life, asks him if he wants to bomb something, teaches him how, offers to sell him the materials, then arrests him.

I see arguments on both sides of how valid a foiling this is, but it's certainly less encouraging than preventing someone operating solely without government encouragement.
 
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