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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
62. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 3, 2014, 15:42 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 15:08:
Jerykk wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:29:
I'll never understand the logic of people who takes pictures and/or videos of themselves nude or during sex.

Narcissism.

I enjoy when my girlfriend sends me naked photos.
Which of us is the narcissist there?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
317. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2014, 12:41 Beamer
 
Sho wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 12:31:
ASeven wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 12:30:
And one more video by MundaneMatt that discusses the trend of comparing gamers to nazis. Yeah, it's a real thing now.

Well, this very thread compared Sarkeesian to Hitler and Stalin. Fucking stupidity on both sides.

I'm not Hitler, you're Hitler!
I'm not Jack Thompson, you're Jack Thompson!

Insanity all around. I'm reading the tweets from one of the Hitman devs and the responses he's getting are ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 3, 2014, 12:06 Beamer
 
I get why a letter to his employer complaining about a relationship ending and an overbearing mother would raise alarms to someone working in a school, but sweeping the school and his home sounds like going from "we should check him out" to "Threat Level Red!" very rapidly.  
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News Comments > EA Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO
8. Re: EA's Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO Sep 3, 2014, 11:03 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 09:57:
Prepare to be Beamerized in 3....2....1.....

Well, yeah, because it's more people misunderstanding the difference between "marketing" and "advertising."

Marketing is figuring out what people want.
Advertising is some outside company paid to do campaigns.

Advertising is part of marketing, but at companies like Starbucks and Amazon very small parts. Instead, at Starbucks it would be the marketing deciding what products are offered. Do you like the cookie you bought from them? Someone from marketing likely made the decision for them to carry it.

We'll see what Chris Bruzzo can do. On one hand, he was GM of an entire division of Starbucks, one that has retail stores and sells to Whole Foods. That's kind of a big deal. On the other hand, his background is in PR and Communication, which I'd say isn't marketing at all because it lacks the entire analytical side. At some companies, marketing is complete fluff and just people that pay the outside firms to do things. At companies like P&G, marketing runs the show and is who actually determines what products get made.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
46. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 3, 2014, 00:46 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 00:02:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 23:37:
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 20:29:
NKD wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 20:10:

No one is suggesting people go out of their way to avoid all risk. But it seems reasonable for a high profile public figure like an A-List actress to take a few basic precautions.

Personal responsibility? Is that still a thing? I thought we lived in a fantasy land where people can walk into traffic with their eyes closed and are never hit.

Being a victim of a crime is personal responsibility now?

Taking rudimentary precautions to protect yourself against crime is a personal responsibility. Emphasis on "rudimentary." It doesn't take much effort to delete nude pictures of yourself. It takes even less effort to simply not take those pictures in the first place.

Your previous analogies were pretty bad. This situation is not in any way comparable to owning a car or a house or having a job. Those are things you have to do in order to survive in modern society. Taking nude pictures of yourself and storing them on a cloud-based service? Completely unnecessary and extremely risky if you're a celebrity who cares about their public image.

You say that life would be boring if people didn't take embarrassing pictures of themselves. Maybe you're right. Jennifer Lawrence's life has certainly become more interesting since the leak. That said, there are other ways to amuse yourself besides taking pictures that would ultimately humiliate you should they ever become public.

I'd wager most of them didn't know their pictures were backed up on iCloud, or not deleted off of it when deleted off of the device.
I'd wager that's true with most people that own iOS devices.

However, it's just weird to me that the conversation here, and really anywhere gamers venture, is "those idiots got what they deserved!" I mean, that's the very first place the discussion went and really the only place it stayed.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
308. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 23:45 Beamer
 
JohnnyRotten wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 19:50:
Sepharo wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 23:35:
You don't really need Blue to figure that out. All the comments and forum posts are available all the way back to June 2001

Beamer registered in 2003. So unless you're referring to some alias we don't know of you'll have his entire history. Comments are searchable by poster and forum wide.

Beamer: "I've been here since the late 90s, just didn't register this name until the day IGN bought VE3D."

Wish the old forums were still here - it was really entertaining at the time when he got called on his expert-on-everything routine. I wasn't the one who noticed it initially, just compiled the list once that snowball started to roll down hill. He changed his board name some point after that I believe.

He's certainly gotten better (and smarter in his SME claims) in his trolling over the years since then. Although he still has to have the last word, which is always fun when you have two people that have that same OCD issue on the same thread.

Nope. Never changed my name. And "still has to have the last word?" What, you expect me not to respond to this? What kind of smart thinking is that?

And what SME claims have I made?

Your sleuthing is pathetic. "Just compiled the list." What list is this you speak of? I wasn't a big poster in the 90s and extremely early 2000s because I was on VE3D. And, for part of it, in high school. Openly. I don't misrepresent myself. It's not my fault you seem to think grad degrees are some kind of mythical thing that middle class white guys can't fairly easily get.

But I appreciate that this topic had turned into something civil and even productive, albeit off topic, and you two decide to turn it into the random, uncited, baseless accusations against Beamer topic. Again. You guys are also really, really bad at it.

Redmask, I'm done being nice to you. I did it repeatedly. You have zero respect.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
307. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 23:42 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 23:34:
Hah I was right, failed lawyer.

This one, too. Nothing but nice to you, and this is how you act? This is your contribution? Not even trying to be on topic?

What happened to you in your life that you feel this is appropriate?

And no, I can prove that one wrong pretty easily. But where the hell did it even come from?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
43. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 23:38 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 23:32:
What a surprise

Not quoting you, since it's sure to end up deleted, but I've been nothing but respectful to you and this is how you contribute?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
42. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 23:37 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 20:29:
NKD wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 20:10:

No one is suggesting people go out of their way to avoid all risk. But it seems reasonable for a high profile public figure like an A-List actress to take a few basic precautions.

Personal responsibility? Is that still a thing? I thought we lived in a fantasy land where people can walk into traffic with their eyes closed and are never hit.

Being a victim of a crime is personal responsibility now?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Facebook Messenger Sep 2, 2014, 23:36 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 19:41:
Sure you did, Beamer. Sure you did.

I totally believe you.

What is this even in response to?

But, whatever, keep going on thinking you're the only person in the world with "real" friends, even if I'd wager most of those "real" friends also use Facebook.

Way to feel superior over other people using a tool.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
37. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 19:30 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 19:09:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 17:05:
What if someone did it to your daughter?

Sorry, but pet peeve trigger...

"Yeah, but I bet if you were emotionally compromised by being more personally affected, your thinking would be different!!!"

No shit, Sherlock. That's why we discuss things from the perspective of a reasonable human being and not from the perspective of some angry fuckwad looking for revenge.

I still don't think it's rational, though.
I mean, from this perspective, we should always just assume the worst. Do you own a car? Why, someone will probably just steal it or hit it while parked. Do you have a house? Why, someone will rob it or burn it down. Do you have a job? Why, you'll probably just get fired or the company will go out of business. Do you buy things online? For the love of god there are hackers, don't do that!
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Facebook Messenger Sep 2, 2014, 18:33 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 18:23:
Frags4Fun wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 10:05:
The way they word it still leaves many questions about whether or not they are using it to spy on people.

It's Facebook. There's no question they're spying on people, that's what they do and why they exist. Gradually they pull more and more of your private information into the public area.

I find it entertaining that many people worried about this are using Google phones.
Do you know who knows more about you than Facebook? Google.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
35. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 17:05 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 16:26:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 16:15:
Desalus wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 15:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:30:
Regardless, I don't get this "meet reality" thing. Because you're famous you shouldn't have any expectation of privacy? Where are you drawing that line? Should Erin Andrews have just expected that someone would drill through the peephole in her hotel room door and film her? I mean, meet reality!
Also, your credit card was replaced twice this year due to hacks? What the hell do you do that it keeps getting hacked? I've never had to replace a credit card for anything fraudulent. Twice in one year?

I concur; people’s private sex lives should remain private. Unfortunately that’s an unrealistic expectation for the world we live in. For instance you can have your computer or phone stolen, servers are hacked, account usernames and passwords are stolen, or it can simply come down to a jaded ex-partner posting nude photos of you on the internet. In the least, if you’re living in the USA, the NSA is spying on you (I remember reading that they enjoy sharing ‘private’ nude photos of attractive women among themselves when they find them). This is what ‘meet reality’ means. Celebrities, especially if they are female and attractive, should accept the fact that nothing is really secure on the internet and there are people who are actively trying to target them. It’s unfortunate but it’s reality.

All of those things, less the NSA, are punishable by jail time. They're crimes. Felonies.
You should have a reasonable expectation that people will not commit felonies against you.

I don't really see how your own expectations are in any way relevant to those who perpetrate such crimes. Expecting everyone to obey the law and act in accordance with your own principles and values is unrealistic. As such, precautions must be taken. It's why you lock your door at night. It's why you shred documents with sensitive info on them. It's why you use virus scanners. It's why you don't open suspicious e-mails. It's why you shouldn't take pictures of yourself doing embarrassing or incriminating things.

Life is so much more boring if you aren't taking pictures of yourself doing embarrassing things.

I'll put it this way - if someone were to break into your house and steal your computer, then put your browsing history and file contents on the internet, would you sit there and say "whelp, guess it's my own fault for not using private browsing at all times, and for not deleting every single weird piece of porn I ever downloaded," or would you feel violated?
What if someone did it to your daughter?
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, Preorder Bonus
19. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, Preorder Bonus Sep 2, 2014, 17:03 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 16:52:
Blue wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 16:07:
Alamar wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 10:53:
But I just did a youtube search, and clicked on a 'Claptrap gameplay vid', and 2s into it, he jumps... Now I can't play the game if they're going to mess with 'the lore'!

That lore was already messed with... if you go back to the first Borderlands you'll find Claptrap actually uses.... STAIRS!

Haha! He probably used them in the first area of Borderlands 2. Remember when Hammerlock was telling you that Claptrap messed up the device on the hideout at the edge of the frozen lake by trying to "integrate" with it? The only way I see that he could have gotten up to it to "integrate" with it was to use the stairs!

No I think the comment claptrap made about being foiled by stairs was a convenient ploy because despite his false bravado in wanting to kick Handsome Jack's ass, he really was scared to. The stairs were just a convenient excuse.

I think he mentioned stairs early on, too, so it didn't come out of nowhere. There was some foreshadowing.

However, Claptrap is a giant goof, and if Gearbox came up with some utterly ridiculous reason for why Claptrap can jump and do stairs in this game but not 2, well, the more ridiculous and tongue-in-cheek the better. It wouldn't bother me the slightest. The game thrives on its supporting characters being totally insane.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
31. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 16:15 Beamer
 
Desalus wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 15:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:30:
Regardless, I don't get this "meet reality" thing. Because you're famous you shouldn't have any expectation of privacy? Where are you drawing that line? Should Erin Andrews have just expected that someone would drill through the peephole in her hotel room door and film her? I mean, meet reality!
Also, your credit card was replaced twice this year due to hacks? What the hell do you do that it keeps getting hacked? I've never had to replace a credit card for anything fraudulent. Twice in one year?

I concur; people’s private sex lives should remain private. Unfortunately that’s an unrealistic expectation for the world we live in. For instance you can have your computer or phone stolen, servers are hacked, account usernames and passwords are stolen, or it can simply come down to a jaded ex-partner posting nude photos of you on the internet. In the least, if you’re living in the USA, the NSA is spying on you (I remember reading that they enjoy sharing ‘private’ nude photos of attractive women among themselves when they find them). This is what ‘meet reality’ means. Celebrities, especially if they are female and attractive, should accept the fact that nothing is really secure on the internet and there are people who are actively trying to target them. It’s unfortunate but it’s reality.

All of those things, less the NSA, are punishable by jail time. They're crimes. Felonies.
You should have a reasonable expectation that people will not commit felonies against you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
30. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 16:14 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 14:30:
Jamil20 wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:56:
Why do these leaks only include women? That's so sexist!

Sorry, recent events have made me quite emphatic to the feminist cause.

My friend told me that's there's pictures of men too. So don't worry, there's an equal sex crime here. Just that the journalists aren't making a big deal of the naked guys. If it was 'gaming journalists I'd suspect there was a sex for burying the story trade going on here.

Wow.
The men weren't the target. They're just dudes like Justin Verlander who are dating the women that were targeted and happen to be in their pictures.
But don't let that stop you from your "waaah, it's tough being a man" cry.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Facebook Messenger Sep 2, 2014, 16:13 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 14:49:
Frags4Fun wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:03:
Unfortunately, facebook has profiles on people like you who who never even signed up so it's not so simple to just avoid being a part of it. All you can do is try to minimize the amount and accuracy of the data they collect on you.

Understandably so, given that there is no longer any reason to believe there is any sort of privacy whatsoever.

The easiest way to minimize that data collection is to not provide them anything at all. They want the data, they can mine the shit out of it on their own time without my assistance. Not using it is the most direct route to not assisting them.

Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:10:
You can also have a normal, fulfilling life with friends whom you actually see, face to face, yet also see when they aren't nearby thanks to the internet.

Your life can't be all that fulfilling if you're worried about having your nose shoved so far up people's asses that you need to know what they're doing when you're not around. Me, I have my own interests, obligations and responsibilities that keep me occupied.

Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:10:
I never understand all these people who think that Facebook is a way of never seeing people face to face (though, frankly, it's best at keeping you in touch with those you can't see face to face because they live on the other side of the continent.

If only someone had invented cars, airplanes, trains, boats, motorcycles or any other means of rapid conveyance that would allow one to actually be in direct contact with someone in a distant locale. If only. Then we could actually go do things together, experiences, adventures, misadventures and events that have a long lasting and meaningful impact on one's life. But, no, clearly clicking a thumbs up icon and posting a one sentence line of text is more than sufficient to build memories from. Man, when I'm in my 70s, I'm sure I'll remember that time when I "liked" John's post about his sandwich way back in 2012. I'm sure we'll never talk about the time that we were doing the "Conspiracy Road Trip", got lost on the way to Roswell and ended up at this funky little gas station and diner out in the middle of nowhere where the old guy with the off colored glass eye regaled us about his alien abductions. The same diner where John met the girl whom would become his future wife.


Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:10:
It's especially weird how prevalent that attitude is amongst gamers on this site, since I'm pretty sure a good number of people here have friends they game with that they never have and likely never will meet face to face.

It's not weird at all. It's perfectly understandable from people who aren't shallow, lazy, attention whoring sycophants who need constant affirmation for even the most trivial of endeavors. Maybe your definition of "friend" is fairly...cursory. I can't speak for everyone, only myself, but a friend to me is someone I know I can call at 3am on a Tuesday and have them show up to assist in an emergency or provide bail money. The same friends who can call on me to do the same for them. These are people whom I have fought with, bled for, bled with, laughed with, cried with, shared meals with and have been to their marriages, funerals, baptisms and congratulated them on the birth of their children. As for gaming, I have a rule in place that has served me well since MUDs launched. If I can't call you an asshole to your face for something stupid you said or did while playing, then we aren't playing together. It's pretty simple. The core group I play with, and have played with for decades now, are awesome people that I am really glad to be playing with.

Sigh. That's a really, really long rant about why your friends are better than anyone else's, and it's mostly non-sensical:

Your life can't be all that fulfilling if you're worried about having your nose shoved so far up people's asses that you need to know what they're doing when you're not around. Me, I have my own interests, obligations and responsibilities that keep me occupied.
What does this even mean? Why would you possibly think that people on Facebook have their noses shoved so far up people's asses? Facebook doesn't follow you around telling you what your friends are eating every waking moment. It only tells you what they're doing when you use it, which doesn't have to be all the time, and it only tells you what they tell it, which isn't everything.
Shockingly, the hundreds of millions of Facebook users also have their own interests, obligations and responsibilities. You aren't a special, unique snowflake.

If only someone had invented cars, airplanes, trains, boats, motorcycles or any other means of rapid conveyance that would allow one to actually be in direct contact with someone in a distant locale
Jesus, this is even dumber than the last one. I have friends in nearly every major city in the country, and in several other countries. Even flying from Seattle to New York, which I do about 5 times a year, is a 5 hour flight. Seeing them is not at all convenient. I text many of them regularly, but even then, it's more cursory than when someone posts an article they found interesting onto Facebook and suddenly 20 of us, in 10 different states and 3 different countries, are commenting on it.

Then we could actually go do things together, experiences, adventures, misadventures and events that have a long lasting and meaningful impact on one's life
Yes, because no one ever visits their friends, they just use Facebook.
Jesus, dude, it's a tool, similar to a telephone or Skype. It complements a relationship rather than replaces it.
HOW IS IT THIS HARD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND?
People have normal relationships, and Facebook is a means to communicate using it. Just like the telephone. Just like instant messaging. Just like email.

It's not weird at all. It's perfectly understandable from people who aren't shallow, lazy, attention whoring sycophants who need constant affirmation for even the most trivial of endeavors.
How are you so dense that you think every single person on Facebook is a shallow, lazy, attention whoring sycophant?

I can't speak for everyone, only myself, but a friend to me is someone I know I can call at 3am on a Tuesday and have them show up to assist in an emergency or provide bail money.
So you don't have many friends, then, eh?

These are people whom I have fought with, bled for, bled with, laughed with, cried with, shared meals with and have been to their marriages, funerals, baptisms and congratulated them on the birth of their children.
I've done all of this with people that I talk to on Facebook.
Again, it's a tool. You have some really weird, warped view of it.

If I can't call you an asshole to your face for something stupid you said or did while playing, then we aren't playing together. It's pretty simple. The core group I play with, and have played with for decades now, are awesome people that I am really glad to be playing with
I have no clue what this means. The core group of people I talk to when I bother logging onto to Facebook I call an asshole to their face, I have known for decades, and I am really happy to still be calling them an asshole today.



You just seem to have built up this really weird notion of what Facebook is and somehow think that not using it makes you a superior human being with better friendships. Every single person on Facebook has as many real life friends that would bleed for them as you do. Again, you're not special. Get off your fucking pedestal and realize that Facebook is just a communication tool, not a lifestyle replacement, and you seem to be the only fucking human on Earth that doesn't understand what it is. I know we love the term "strawman" here, but you seem to have constructed a strawman of a mythical person that never leaves the computer and just does all of their communication via Facebook.

Which, again, is weird on a computer games board, because we've all lived through the time when computer gamers had the stigma of never leaving the computer and only doing their communication from behind a screen, and we thought it was stupid, unfair, and only came from ignorant morons. It's weird to now see computer gamers making the exact same stupid, ignorant and unfair accusation.


 
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News Comments > Open Letter to the Gaming Community
21. Re: Open Letter to the Gaming Community Sep 2, 2014, 13:54 Beamer
 
4D-Boxing wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:50:
Pigeon wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 11:02:
Asking the internet not to make death threats and racial,homophobic or sexist slurs, is a bit of a tall order, but good luck.

Lol keyboard warriors would actually have to use logic to express their repressed angst..good luck with that. Why aim that at gamers, its a satiety/evolution issue. Hundreds of years after slavery and almost 50 years after MLKs assassination and society is still dealing with this issue. Give it another 200 years maybe at least if not more. (people that spread hate and intolerance do reproduce so it will take a very very long time.

Why aim at gamers?
Because this was done by game developers? Why would they aim it at something other than games?

Anyway, given how many people here have, in the past, claimed they would never use Xbox Live because it's just racist 14 year olds, I'm shocked at how many people are angry at someone posting an open letter saying you should "publicly stand against" racist 14 year olds.

Not that Xbox Live is really full of that anymore. It was when only 14 year olds used the service, but in the early days of the 360 they became the minority.
 
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News Comments > Open Letter to the Gaming Community
15. Re: Open Letter to the Gaming Community Sep 2, 2014, 13:36 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:27:
This sort of thing is just preaching to the choir and as Verno says, people will and have already jumped aboard with their own largely imaginary grievances.

I don't know.
This sort of thing seems like a "is this good enough?" It doesn't really take a stand on anything. It's 4 sentences that are vague. It isn't preaching to any choir, it's trying to say "look, we're doing something" without doing anything to make sure exactly no one is angry. It's phrased deliberately so that it's really hard to disagree with (though people are finding ways), yet not really saying anything and not really actionable (what the hell does "take a public stand" mean?) It holds absolutely none of the people signing it to any kind of standard or accountability.

It's fluff that says nothing, but I guess given that this is the gaming community, people still find "don't be racist" to be overly preachy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 13:30 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:27:
I'm surprised they didn't call it rape. They would have gotten even more clicks.

Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:46:
But their private sex life should be their private sex life.

Now meet reality. I expect my credit card number to be secure, but I've had to replace it twice this year due to hacks. Unfortunately, I don't have a choice about giving out my card info. They did.

A credit card is a bit different, as it isn't exactly private. You give your credit card to a waiter or bartender several times a week, and he walks away with it.

Regardless, I don't get this "meet reality" thing. Because you're famous you shouldn't have any expectation of privacy? Where are you drawing that line? Should Erin Andrews have just expected that someone would drill through the peephole in her hotel room door and film her? I mean, meet reality!

Also, your credit card was replaced twice this year due to hacks? What the hell do you do that it keeps getting hacked? I've never had to replace a credit card for anything fraudulent. Twice in one year?
 
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