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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2014, 11:23 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 10:35:
Let's see, I got all of them up to number 11: "Three logicians walk into a bar". Still don't get that one. The Batman one gave me a laugh because it took me a while - those are always the best. I wouldn't have gotten the theremin one without the picture, but I got all the rest. Good find Cutter!

Because a logician can't answer for everyone else unless he knows what they'd say. They look at everything pretty much as Pass/Fail/Wait.
So the first says "I don't know." If he did not want one, he'd say "No," because he knows they do not all want one.
The second one now knows the first does. He knows he does. He cannot speak for the third, so he also says "I do not know."
The third now knows the first two do, and he does, so he can answer.


All of these were ripped straight from a Buzzfeed article, complete with the images. It's complete plagiarism. Not that Buzzfeed is anything more than posts stolen from Reddit, but at least they tend to use their own images.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 11, 2014, 01:33 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 00:38:
Xbox One $40 Off.

XB1 for $360. Get it? Desperation, thy name is Microsoft.

This is more likely Desperation, thy name is eBay.
Google changed their search algorithms a few weeks ago, and it cut eBay's traffic by something along the lines of 70%. At least it's traffic from eBay search, which is a huge chunk of their traffic.

To compensate, they've been seeding ridiculous deals with their top vendors. If you want a cheap tablet, go to eBay first. Their tablet deals have been destroying everyone else.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2014, 22:53 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 20:21:
Back from the beach whereupon I read:

Margaret Atwood - Handmaid's Tale
China Mieville - Embassytown
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere

I'll take something from Gaiman over Zelazny any day. Amber was so god damn tedious.

Funny, I finished the Handmaid's Tale about 30 seconds ago.
It did not feel 30 years old.
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
28. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 20:07 Beamer
 
RaZ0r! wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 19:59:
I smell shit

Wipe better?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
17. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 20:00 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 18:46:
Beamer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 13:32:
I agree he's being overly aggressive, but when you have a parent in your office arguing sexual assault, you do not have leeway. If the parent goes to the media and says her child was sexually harassed and you did nothing, well, it doesn't matter what the truth is, that's a headline the media is running with.

I dunno. I've seen this bandied about on several blogs/sites and read hundreds of comments on this case. I have yet to see a single one supporting this action. This could backfire badly on the prosecutor. Prosecutors have limited resources. There are ways of delaying, settling, making deals, etc. But they're going full bore with this. Since the girl started it with a sext, I'm surprised the parents of the boy haven't taken revenge. Commendable on their part I suppose.

Even the defense attorney knows why it's going on:
"I donít mind trying the case. My goal is to stop the search warrant. I donít want him to go through that."

A lot of the arguments going back and forth are on the poorly worded statement from the police saying he was asked to stop. By the girl or the parents? If by the girl, again, this prosecution makes perfect sense. Well, other than the whole pictures-of-the-wang, which will hopefully get the judge that signed the warrant looked at very, very closely.

The bottom line is we need the laws updated.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 10, 2014, 17:43 Beamer
 
Shok wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 17:26:
Are there actually businesses that use Windows 8? Training users for the Metro paradigm shift is pointless. They won't be stopping support of Win7 until Win9+ is more business friendly...

Heck, the government is still barely migrated to Win7 as it is. Does MS honestly expect to stop support in 7 months?

What "training?"
Metro is a bloated start screen. Most businesses don't even get to the start screen. People use a browser, Office, and maybe a few legacy programs. Those are almost all sitting on the desktop and none of them function differently in Windows 8 than Windows 7.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 10, 2014, 15:41 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 14:07:
Windows 7 is still perfectly fine, no need to drop support next year other than Microsoft abusing their market position.

It wouldn't be good for Microsoft to force Windows 8 or make consumers choose their competition.

Microsoft has had their support position posted for years:
Microsoft will offer Mainstream Support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a productís general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product (N+1) is released, whichever is longer.

It isn't a surprise.
It also won't be a surprise when they extend it.
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
21. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 14:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 14:21:
Beamer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 14:03:
It's funny that he mentions Tim liking to walk. It used to be that, if you drove past Epic in the early evening, you were guaranteed to see Tim and Cliff walking together. Word is that's where a lot of Epic's future got decided.

Cliff may be a loudmouthed dink, but he gave us some great games. He gets blamed for bad art style (I can't defend some of the characters in the middle UT games, but I still say GoW makes perfect sense when you meet the Art Director, and I never found that art style bad at all) - he definitely shaped what Epic was. So did quite a few others that followed him out.

I really wonder what Epic is now. I think a lot of people there do the same.

He did make some great games. I do so love the UT series, all of them.

What is Epic now? One thing, I am not impressed with what I've seen with UT4. They had a chance to really go outside the box on this, and it looks like they're just remaking UT3.

I don't know if there's a strong design voice left in the company. Lee Perry, Rod Ferguson and Cliff all left. Many others went with them. I don't know if the design team backfilled, or had good people waiting to rise and take control.

I say it often, and it's my second time to say it today, but I love seeing a strong company with all the tools that has a huge gap and thinking about how I'd fill it. I think Epic is just ripe for someone that loves games and knows how to get things done to come in and completely retool the company. Of course I think I'd kill at that, but I'd guess most people do.
It's basically what Mike Capps did, and he's another guy they lost. He was so quietly responsible for them becoming what they are.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 14:33 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 14:12:
On the person refusing to decrypt their data going to jail, looks like we might as well officially call democracy dead. Really a lot of countries are corporate dictatorships now.

You know there isn't a single corporation involved in that story, right?
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
18. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 14:03 Beamer
 
It's funny that he mentions Tim liking to walk. It used to be that, if you drove past Epic in the early evening, you were guaranteed to see Tim and Cliff walking together. Word is that's where a lot of Epic's future got decided.

Cliff may be a loudmouthed dink, but he gave us some great games. He gets blamed for bad art style (I can't defend some of the characters in the middle UT games, but I still say GoW makes perfect sense when you meet the Art Director, and I never found that art style bad at all) - he definitely shaped what Epic was. So did quite a few others that followed him out.

I really wonder what Epic is now. I think a lot of people there do the same.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
15. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 13:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 13:13:
Beamer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 11:34:
Cutter wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 06:49:
this prick of a prosecutor is either trying to make his political bones for later on so he can claim he's put sexual predators away, or he's a right-wing fascist puritanical asshole who has no business being in the position he's in. Either way he's a major league Asshole. If there's any justice he'll lose, be fired, and then sued in that order.

Cutter, again, wrong.

The kid committed a crime. Objectively. There's NO way to say he didn't commit a crime. He broke a law. A stupid law, but he broke it.

The mother filed a complaint. She said she wanted to press charges. Do you know what a prosecutor has to do when a mother presses charges in a statutory case? He has to follow up on it. If not, that's where he'll be fired and sued. Sure, a good prosecutor tries his best to settle this without it actually happening, and tries his best to talk the parent out of it.

But, she has a video. It's clear evidence that can't be denied. He is more or less obligated to move forward with this, whether he wants to or not.

Blame the parent for being an idiot before you blame the prosecutor for doing his job.

Prosecutors have a lot of leeway what they prosecute and what they don't, even if there is evidence. Here's an example of the DOJ deciding not to prosecute a case. The prosecutor is being way too aggressive on this case. I'm sure there are A LOT of other cases that this prosecutor could be focusing on, for crimes much more serious than this one, yet he's choosing to follow up on this one. I think Cutter's spot on, that he's choosing to be aggressive on this for the optics of it, and that it's a softball thrown down the middle.

I agree he's being overly aggressive, but when you have a parent in your office arguing sexual assault, you do not have leeway. If the parent goes to the media and says her child was sexually harassed and you did nothing, well, it doesn't matter what the truth is, that's a headline the media is running with.
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
14. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
Did he throw Dana under the bus?  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 11:34 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 06:49:
this prick of a prosecutor is either trying to make his political bones for later on so he can claim he's put sexual predators away, or he's a right-wing fascist puritanical asshole who has no business being in the position he's in. Either way he's a major league Asshole. If there's any justice he'll lose, be fired, and then sued in that order.

Cutter, again, wrong.

The kid committed a crime. Objectively. There's NO way to say he didn't commit a crime. He broke a law. A stupid law, but he broke it.

The mother filed a complaint. She said she wanted to press charges. Do you know what a prosecutor has to do when a mother presses charges in a statutory case? He has to follow up on it. If not, that's where he'll be fired and sued. Sure, a good prosecutor tries his best to settle this without it actually happening, and tries his best to talk the parent out of it.

But, she has a video. It's clear evidence that can't be denied. He is more or less obligated to move forward with this, whether he wants to or not.

Blame the parent for being an idiot before you blame the prosecutor for doing his job.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 11:31 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 02:16:
@ Beam,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the picture IS the issue. In Virginia, it's legal for a 15 year old to have relations with a 17 year old. So it can't be that. The problem is that "child" pr0n is photos of anyone under the age of 18. You can be 15 and see your 17 yr old BF naked and engage in relations with him, but you can't take a picture of his junk.

To summarize: he's a child when it comes to photos of his junk, but he's an adult when it comes to being tried for taking photos of his junk and sending them. Ridiculous and totally inconsistent.

Also, is it legal for the prosecutor to break the law while prosecuting a case? They want a picture of the kid's junk to compare vs. the photo on the girl's phone, so they have to commit child porn to get that comparison picture. Also, is it legal to force an innocent minor to receive the risky injection that will make his junk stand at attention so they can take said picture? I really don't see how any of this is legal at all. I've never heard of medicating a defendant to gather evidence from him for trial. That would seem to me to be a violation of the fifth amendment. I hope the ACLU jumps on this.

Well, I'm wrong and this isn't just morally moronic it's fully moronic.

That law is still terrible, anyway. Most people are 18 before they graduate. If you are a HS senior that turns 18 on April 5th, and your partner is a HS senior that turns 18 on May 5th, having sex (sorry, "banging beaver like it's going out of style,") during that month means you go to jail.

The biggest problem with these laws is that no politician wants to change them. Being the politician that tries to relax statutory rape and child porn laws is a surefire way to get voted out of office, even if it's sensible, responds to how kids actually act, and would be supported by most people if they thought about it rather than the shock terminology of, you know, relaxing statutory rape and child porn laws.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 10, 2014, 11:26 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 09:49:
It's not even the messaging so much as it is Microsoft simply isn't making a real commitment to it. They've been doing PR crap with it for awhile which is great for the bigger name indies who actually get devkits from them but bad for everyone else who has been getting the runaround. Sony on the other hand are doing subsidized dev kits, personal reps assigned to indies, great documentation and almost immediate access to DevNet and so on. They are actually trying to foster a community instead of just "oh look we're gonna have Transistor too!".

A friend of mine is pretty close to their indie team. I gave him an earful once, then decided it wasn't worth risking friendship over. Their indie policy blows. He basically said it was well intentioned (this was mostly over the can't-launch-anywhere-before-xbone policy) but not well thought out, yet no one would back down.

I, as I always do, pitched myself to come in and rebuild that entire department, actually working with indies, and actually understanding that MS is the 800lbs gorilla and should be bending over backwards to help them because it's the one in that position, but he shrugged and hinted that an attitude like that may not make it very long.

Figures.
 
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News Comments > CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak
28. Re: CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 11:24 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 10:55:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 03:12:
Sepharo wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 19:54:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 04:30:
Sepharo wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 01:17:

You should try the F2P "Loadout". Very solid weapons and netcode/feel IMO.

I thought Loadout looked pretty cool. However, there's no way to play single player, and coop matches seem to force 4 humans Vs. 4 AI (I have little desire or time to play compet multiplayer)? No way to have bots on your team?

Haven't looked into it but my guess would be no. I know there are tons of people on Blue's who insist on having bots in what are normally online MP games but that's something that I don't personally understand. If you want SP, play a Half-Life or Bioshock style FPS.
Quake, CS, UT, BF, Titanfall... that's for MP.

Half Life 2 and BS: Infinite are great, but they're not "games" ...

I didn't make it any further.

Yeah, I don't know what he was going for there, unless he puts the word "competitive" in front of it.

I mean, HL2 and BS:Infinite are interactive sci-fi movie styled games, but absolutely still games. Two of my favorite. I get every single criticism about BSI, particularly that it felt a bit throwback in a bad way and that most of its message seems lost in the diediekilleverything gameplay, but the game was still a blast and I don't see a way to avoid the second part without a game being boring, so yeah, I loved it.
 
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News Comments > Battleborn TM Oddity Explained
4. Re: Battleborn TM Oddity Explained Jul 10, 2014, 00:03 Beamer
 
Your point isn't relevant here. Suing a company that owes you k joinery and hasn't paid you is valid. They're are plenty of bad lawsuits. That isn't what gearbox is protecting themselves from.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 21:43 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 21:40:
How is a boyfriend sending a girlfriend a private erotic photograph considered pornography to begin with? A million simulated murders in popular culture a day and no one bats an eye. A guy sends his girlfriend a private erotic pic and he's a sexual predator. Jesus, only in America.

Cutter, as a video game fan, you should know better than to complain about "simulated murders."

And the problem is that he was above the age of consent and she was below. In reality, it should not be a problem. The law is problematic. But that's why this is a "problem." You say "a guy sends," but if it was a 30 year old guy and your 16 year old daughter you'd probably complain.
 
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News Comments > Battleborn TM Oddity Explained
2. Re: Battleborn TM Oddity Explained Jul 9, 2014, 19:33 Beamer
 
Panickd wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 19:09:
It's a pretty sad state of affairs when a country is so full of scumbag overly litigious lawyers that you have to create a shell company just to hold the rights to a property you intend to use so that your real company doesn't end up needlessly sued into the dust.

'merica! Hell yeah!

I don't think you're looking at this the right way.

Gearbox isn't afraid of being needlessly sued, they're afraid of being rightfully sued. If they go bankrupt they could lose their IP in auction, like what happened to THQ. That isn't needless, that's actually deserved.
But now? I assume the Gearbox shareholders are also the Necromonger shareholders. If Gearbox goes bankrupt they'll fight to keep the IP out of it. The Gearbox shareholders are trying to protect themselves so that, even if they run Gearbox into the ground, they still have something they can keep their debtors away from in order to keep themselves rich.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 19:30 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 18:35:
In sexting case, Virginia prosecutors want to photo teenís genitalia.

This case is just the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. The prosecutor wants to commit child porn to prove "child porn" by photographing the kid's junk for comparison to the sexting pic. I hope he prosecutes him/herself. And no doctor or nurse should agree to participate in this travesty.

This poor 17 yr old kid is fooling around sending pics of his junk to a 15 yr old girl he knows (she started it) and now faces jail time and life branding as a "sexual predator child pornographer." It's just ridiculous. Should I just never get my kids cell phones in case they have a lack of judgement? Is there any other first world country where this happens? Seriously, does Delaware not have actual crimes they should be solving instead of wasting resources on this? I'd love to hear how this kind of thing is handled in sane countries.

No no no.
The issue wasn't a photo of 17 year old junk. That was fine. Age of consent and all.
The issue was sending it to an underage girl.

They want the photo to prove it was him.

But yes, this illustrates the huge issues with these laws and technology. Basically, every high school girl has sent photos of herself naked to someone. And that someone may have sent it on to other people. I'm pretty convinced everyone in high school has naked pictures of everyone else. And ages of consent differ by state and country, and with the internet being global...

There have been cases where young men, 17 or 18, were prosecuted for having sex with young women, 15 or 16, that they went to HS with. In many of the bigger cases race was an issue. Prosecutors usually don't want to go after these cases, but if a parent is pushing and it's technically illegal they more or less have to.

There needs to be a change. Yes, you don't want a 35 year old with naked pictures claiming they'd be legal in Italy. And you don't want a 20 year old sleeping with or sexting a 15 year old. But two high school kids? Or, really, two people that met while still in HS?

C'mon.
 
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