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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 1, 2014, 11:15 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:00:
Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards.

Not in my networks they don't. Better get firing the newbie admins...

And how, then, do you prevent this?

Where I am now we have extremely large shared drives. In nearly every other job we didn't, so USB became the only way to transfer large files to each other. It wasn't at all uncommon for us to be working with massive Excel spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations that were poorly optimized and therefore well over 20-40MB. Can't email those.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 31, 2014, 21:00 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 20:52:
Was just linked this image purporting to be a press release from San Diego police.

If true: In short, no attack happened. She slipped and fell near the pool, and injuries are not consistent with any kind of assault. She fell 6 feet.

EDIT: This article has been updated with the same info. Looks like the investigation is closed and they won't be releasing any more info.

Not surprised. The information coming out didn't seem right.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 31, 2014, 20:49 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 20:27:
NKD wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 20:04:
Doesn't look like any new info...

Yeah. Turns out she was found by the pool, and the mother had incorrect info when they said she was found by the road. It seems unlikely to me that it was the BF. He'd have to be a stone cold psychopath to have beaten the shit out of her, cleaned up, then gone to security asking if they'd seen her. Doesn't fit the profile of the fun-loving cosplay photographer in his FB page. It's possible he did it, of course, but my feeling is that she was attacked by someone else. It's disheartening that someone would try and destroy such a beautiful, fragile person.

Honestly, this one is starting to seem less reliable.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jul 31, 2014, 18:48 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 01:36:
Task wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 23:23:
I have never beaten the boss in FTL. Not. Once. 10/10

Here's a guide. I can vouch for most of the stuff in this article as solid advice.

My own advice
- Always play on Easy mode.
- Space bar is your friend.
- Most of the starting weaps have great power to damage ratios. Don't be quick to sell them.
- I tend to stick with lasers and ion weaps over missiles, although missiles are great for taking out shields
- Always buy the Burst Laser Mk 2 if you come across one.
- Buy Zoltan (to power your weaps and shields) and Mantis (for ship defense) if you come across them.
- Always upgrade your engines to at least 35% dodge.

My points:
1) Yes, always easy. I've beaten it maybe 5% of the time on Normal. At best. I'm probably over 10% on Easy. Or, I should say, over 10% of times I make it to Sector 5.
2) Yes, pause all the time
3) Eh. Depends. Once you get to double shield enemies they are usually worthless
4) Funny, I never, ever use ion, unless the ship starts with it.
5) Always buy a Vulcan cannon. It's a press-to-win weapon
6) Yup. I prioritize buying the races I want early on. I probably put too much money there. If you can get two Mantis and a teleportation, you can do significant damage. Especially on the capital ship. Most of its weapons have one guy and no door for someone to come in once he's dead. Best way to take out the weapons
7) LASERS! LASERSLASERSLASERS! You need to get through shields. If you have 4 lasers that fire 2 beams each, you'll hit the capital ship with 4 beams per time. 4 lasers with 3 beams and you'll cut through it. A vulcan cannon and its shields will never be able to regenerate. A glaive beam and the vulcan cannon and you can win without taking much damage.

Seriously, though, lasers. The second round of the capital ship makes missiles worthless. Lasers. You want to make it to the capital ship with at least 6 laser beams per attack, at least.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jul 31, 2014, 18:38 Beamer
 
Red Faction Armageddon is $1.99 on Steam.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 30, 2014, 14:26 Beamer
 
I don't know. A lot of people think of rape as being a crime of physically overwhelming someone. They think of rapists as being a guy in a dark park waiting for some jogger to run by.

They don't think of what they do to a friend in a dorm room as rape. There's a case in Seattle here like that now. The guy kept badgering the girl, she kept saying no, finally she was worn down and somewhat consented, but as soon as he had her pants of she said no again, and kept saying no. The guy admits all of this, but is saying he didn't really think about it, because she said yes, and he wasn't really paying attention to her after that (which, frankly, almost sounds like parody.)

That's rape. He didn't think it was. The school is trying to figure out if it is.

Hell, I remember in law school finding out that a drunk person can't consent. Many states have this as a gender-specific law, but many are changing it. If someone is pass out drunk and consents to sex, then regrets it, it can be construed as rape. The law isn't well written, because, as mentioned, it's often gender specific, and it rarely takes into account if both parties are drunk beyond consent, but this was something my class, myself included, had an enormous amount of time wrapping our heads around because it seemed counter-intuitive, but yes, if you meet someone at a bar or party, they're so drunk they can barely walk, and they bring you home to have sex with them, that can be rape.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 30, 2014, 14:15 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 14:03:
Paying to not own a game is not something I want to do. I get it that some people might be okay with it, it just isn't my thing. Even if this was a company I actually trust and not EA I would feel exactly the same.

I recognize that eventually I will probably be without options though. Sadly.

On one hand, $4.99 per month for last year's games doesn't sound awful, if you play all those sports games.
On the other hand, I'm pretty sure last year's games are available in stores for not much more than that. NHL 2013 is $18 on Amazon. FIFA is $33, so that's a good deal. Madden is $18 on the 360, $11 on the PS3.
If you only play two of those games, it's a bad deal.
If you play more, it's a good deal. Frankly, owning an EA Sports game matters little to me because those things hold 0 resale value.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 30, 2014, 13:59 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 13:29:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 13:11:
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 12:07:
Logitech G Unveils World’s Fastest Gaming Mouse

Now if only they could put that tech in the best "mouse" ever created: The M570. Why thumb balls haven't achieved a wider adoption, I'll never understand. It's so much better in every conceivable way. It's faster, it's more accurate, easier on the hand/wrist, you never have to worry about running out of desk/mousepad, etc. Oh, and the lag-free RF wireless? Fuck yes! Do this for my mouse, and I'll buy 10, and hand them out to friends. Otherwise, it's just another stupid gimmick.

No no.. the best mouse ever created is the mx518 (Ps.: The mx518 already tracks as fast as I can move.. maybe I just move slower ,p)

Someone's never used a trackball.

I swore by this thing in my 2.5D days. I didn't feel it held up as well with the move to 3D.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 30, 2014, 13:57 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 13:40:
Beamer wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 13:31:

Moral of the post doesn't seem to be "hey, guys, don't beat 17 year old girls and leave them bloody in the street," but "hey, 17 year old girls, don't have fun skimpily dressed with your friends at a place full of skimpily dressed people because some guy may beat you."

Yeah, seems that way. I'm all for personal responsibility. I think this girl did make a shitty decision, not that it excuses this guys behavior, but lets at least point out the decision she made that actually put her at risk. Instead of the one that doesn't comport with conservative values regarding sexuality.

How do you avoid getting fucked over at a major event? SAFETY IN NUMBERS. You can be wearing fucking pasties and a Tribble from Star Trek over your snatch and be perfectly safe at a con, as long as you stay in a group. Or you could be wearing normal street clothes and end up a victim because you weren't in a group.

Women are much more likely to be victimized by strangers on the street. It's a simple fact. What they are wearing doesn't really swing that statistic at all. Where they are, and the fact that they are alone accounts for all the risk.

Well, the whole thing with "rape culture" is that you hear so much about what women should do to avoid being raped, but you rarely hear a guy being told "don't rape."

Yes, there are some things you can do that are stupid. If you drink, drive, and crash into a tree, you're stupid and your actions led to your suffering. If you go out to a bar, don't drink, drive home at 1:30 am and are hit by a drunk driver, yes, you could have avoided the roads when a significant portion of drivers are drunk, but does that mean that you deserve blame?

This girl may have had sexual relations with a 29 year old at Comicon. And she may have then ended up beaten and bloody in a street. One of those does not inherently lead to the other. I'll wager more than a handful of guys here have ended up at a strange location having sex with someone they only just met. It didn't end up with them bloody in a street.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 30, 2014, 13:31 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 13:23:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 13:17:
But hey, what's the worst that could happen?

I don't know about you, but I don't make decisions based on the "worst that could happen." I make decisions based on "what's most within the realm of possibility." The worst that could happen is I die or am permanently injured. The problem is that's the "worst that could happen" for literally everything I do.

If you cannot show that a decision significantly increases your chances of a negative consequence, you cannot call it bad judgement. A cosplayer, particularly one who doesn't go hang out in an alley by herself or run off with some strange guy, is safer at Comic Con than you are driving to work. There simply isn't any data to show that cosplayers are at a significantly higher risk of assault than the general populous.

Dressing slutty = Possibly distasteful depending on the context and your morality, but not poor judgement.

Running off by yourself during a major event = VERY poor judgement.

The fact that you chose to skirt that particular point with empty rhetoric doesn't do you any favors either.

Moral of the post doesn't seem to be "hey, guys, don't beat 17 year old girls and leave them bloody in the street," but "hey, 17 year old girls, don't have fun skimpily dressed with your friends at a place full of skimpily dressed people because some guy may beat you."
 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
4. Re: Evening Patches Jul 30, 2014, 13:03 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 12:58:
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 12:01:
Creston wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 11:39:
As a thanks for giving us updates like these for free, I bought some paint job DLCs.

It's hilarious that we see things like this as an above-and-beyond bonus nowadays, when it used to be that free updates to games for several months after release were just expected and the norm.

Rose-tinted glasses. Free content has never been the norm. Generally speaking, the vast majority of games just got a few patches and that was it.

Yup, for every Total Annihilation, which had about two dozen units doled out weekly as free content, we had dozens of Test Drive 3s, which came with 3 cars in the box and access to about a dozen more, if you bought a Car Pack, each of which gave 3 more, and no retailer seemed to stock.
 
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News Comments > Pixel Piracy Sets Sail Thursday
2. Re: Pixel Piracy Sets Sail Thursday Jul 29, 2014, 18:35 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 18:32:
Really excited to play the final version. I played the hell outta this in Early Access then stopped to wait for the majority of bugs to be taken out. I wrote to them more than once and received answers back very quickly. I applaud them, and it is a very good game.

I came very close to buying this in the last sale but EA dissuaded me, plus I have no clue what the hell you do in it and watching 30 seconds of a video made it look like it may not be something I like.

But that won't stop me from buying it when it hits $5 and playing for a while.
 
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News Comments > No Stained Steam Keys for Bundle Buyers
15. Re: No Stained Steam Keys for Bundle Buyers Jul 29, 2014, 12:58 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 12:49:
A great way to help promote your game would be to actually give the steam keys so people can see their friends playing it on steam and maybe get more people to notice it and write reviews on the game via steam too..

Unless they are afraid of people writing reviews or noticing it.. and it does look terrible so I Cant blame them

In the article, he explains he tried that desperately, repeatedly sending multiple keys to anyone that reviews games, only to have no response.

If you're this small of an indie, no one is going to waste time reviewing you because no one will read those reviews. Bundles tend to be a good way to get people to buy your game, as it's a great value, and start talking about it somewhere.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2014, 11:49 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 01:07:
also not a fan of tom hardy in the role. good actor, but they needed someone more masculine.

Wait, so the most masculine person in Inception, Batman and Warrior isn't masculine enough?
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 29, 2014, 11:07 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 10:46:
What a surprise.. Internet Exploder is still the worst browser.

You can't say "still." If you look at what that article is discussing, it wasn't in 2013. It was actually better than Chrome and FF.

It isn't this year. As the article says:
As for the reasons that are making Internet Explorer such a vulnerable browser, probably the most obvious reason is the retirement of older versions, including those that were running on Windows XP, which also reached end of support on April 8.

At this point, Internet Explorer 8, which is no longer supported by Microsoft, is said to be the leading browser on the market, with a market share of around 21 percent. Since Redmond is no longer patching the browser, it’s really easy to see how IE8 is becoming vulnerable to attacks, with users still not willing to make the switch to another application.
 
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News Comments > No Stained Steam Keys for Bundle Buyers
7. Re: No Stained Steam Keys for Bundle Buyers Jul 28, 2014, 21:49 Beamer
 
Blackhawk wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 21:04:
For a new developer with a new game, the value of being in a bundle has nothing to do with the money made from the bundle.

The value of being in a bundle is that, if your game is actually good, you are getting it out there into fans of that type of game to try, talk about, and tell their friends about. A handful of sales is the first step to building the kind of word of mouth that leads to ballooning sales later on.

Of course, your game has to be good first or the opposite happens.

Yup. You don't release a bundle to get rich.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2014, 17:57 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 17:53:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 15:07:
RoboNerd wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 11:21:
It's weird I just re-watched Thunderdome twice about two weeks ago, then this trailer appears. Just don't know about Mad Max without Mel. Policeman

I'm pretty "meh" about this one. Dunno if I've outgrown the genre or what, but I didn't find the trailer very interesting.

i'm with you man. what made mad max great was the Heart of Darkness type of journey he took to his own salvation. i didn't see that in the trailer, just 15(hundred) pieces of flare. i suspect they'll get it wrong, look good, play boring.

You mean the teaser that didn't have a hint of story because it solely showed action (did it even have dialogue?), left you cold because it didn't have a hint of story, just action?

The original director is doing this. Have a tiny bit of faith. And the action actually looked pretty good - mostly practical effects augmented by CGI rather than all CGI.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jul 28, 2014, 11:04 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 10:54:
I think the fact that they found the old myth of cartridges being buried in the desert to be true is quite interesting, but it's interesting solely as a fact.

I would never spend 90 minutes of a finite life-span watching a fucking movie about it.

I say this about most documentaries about "discovering" something. They're usually about 15 minutes of actual discovery, all of which could be a yes/no answer, and 75 minutes of stupid tangents. At least the tangents here may be interesting, but they're almost certainly aimed at a wider audience, meaning people like the people that spend time daily on Blues will likely already know everything they're discussing in their tangents.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 28, 2014, 11:02 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 09:19:
Goodbye, Destiny. Going to be a long wait...


I only played it a bit. To Level 5 in single player, then 4 multiplayer games.

I'll say I'm not in love. I was immediately - upon receiving a weapon and going through the first fight all I could think was that the weapons felt good... really good. Delightful, actually.

But the actual single player left me a bit cold. I realize that my dream based on their description, you run around with your party and occasionally see other parties in the distance, was realized, but not how I wanted. I pictured a Halo type single player, more linear levels, that would occasionally crisscross and you'd see other parties, or even join them for a fight or two then go in other directions, as if they were doing different things. I realize now this sounds basically unpossible. But I didn't like what we got. One large area you keep going back to, with people running around like maniacs, some just screwing around, some doing missions you've already done, and some doing the mission you're doing. It didn't feel like a living world, it felt like an MMO. The bad parts of an MMO, the parts that make you see the same landscape over and over and over and over and make you feel unimportant because you're obviously doing the same things everyone else is.

Multiplayer was better. I did decently my first game, got destroyed my second game, led the third game and did pretty well my final game. The maps weren't as memorable as some of the Halo maps, nor did they feel as clean, nor did I like having default loadouts that make you play one way rather than the ability to run and pick up whatever weapon is needed for the situation you want to create (I'm never as big a fan of build based mp unless I can change that build on the fly.) Still, the weapons feel good and running around feels good so I'm ok with all of this.

I don't know. It's a beta so I can't fully judge, but it just felt like an incredibly solid FPS game with an MMO tacked on. Again, the bad MMO parts. Even 5 missions on the same Mother Russia level got tedious to me. I felt like I was just running back and forth from orbit to Mother Russia to do errands, occasionally going to the city to upgrade. Like in an MMORPG. I hate MMORPGs...
 
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News Comments > Firefly Online Trailer
19. Re: Firefly Online Trailer Jul 28, 2014, 01:40 Beamer
 
smackdaddy wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 00:02:
Jerykk wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 22:27:
smackdaddy wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 20:59:
Didn't anyone else notice the for PC, mac and tablets and phones. How on earth is anything made to run on a tablet or phone going to be deep?

A tablet or phone is just a device. Touchscreen interfaces are pretty limited, sure, but they work fine for specific genres. Fallout 1 and 2, for example, would work fine on a tablet since the mouse-based UI and gameplay translates well to touch-based.

how about them having small screens, limited memory and processors? I know they've gotten stronger but its nowhere near a desktop processor.

You really have false hopes if you think this game, with social aspects, based on a licensed property ten years dead, will need your desktop processor.

Also, ftl and xcom work wonderfully on tablets.
 
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