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Signed On Feb 27, 2003, 22:00
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Sep 18, 2014, 23:11 Scud
 
Slick wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 17:58:
it's every bit as big of a deal if it's from some gamer, or a muslim extremist.

how does the race/ethnicity of the criminal affect the criminality of their acts?

to effectively terrorize someone you don't have to blow them up. threatening people's lives and inducing a constant state of fear is a terrorizing tactic. try phoning in a bomb threat and see if the FBI will treat you any differently cause you're "just a gamer, probably not likely to follow through".

crimes are crimes. and any degree of complacency is an accessory IMO. that's all this is about.

it's so sad to still be reading people saying shit like: "yeah whatever, she's just a self-important cunt, she deserves it". it's an attack on human decency.

how the fuck different are we if we see something we don't like/don't agree with, and we consider threatening their lives as an appropriate response? what the fuck planet is this?

p.s. not yelling at you in particular, just yelling in general

My point simply was that real terrorist organizations have to actually carry out at least some of their threats to be taken seriously. If all Hamas ever did was post nasty messages about Israel do you think anyone would give a fuck? Society has plenty of people who will talk all kinds of shit when they think they're safe and anonymous, but the number of people who will actually do the crazy things they describe is very very small. I'm not saying that it isn't shitty, I'm just saying that getting threats from a known terrorist group is not the same as getting threats from some anonymous asshole.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Sep 18, 2014, 15:22 Scud
 
The over the top responses from that minority of gamers disgusts me as well, but Muslim extremists have a well established reputation for committing acts of violence. These gamers on the other hand are pretty much all talk, few, if any will ever have the balls to follow through on the ridiculous threats they make.  
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News Comments > Seldon Crisis Announced
8. Re: Seldon Crisis Announced Aug 23, 2014, 00:19 Scud
 
To me, naming a warship the 'Hari Seldon' makes about as much sense as the U.S. Navy naming a warship after Sigmund Freud, and it only has one big cannon.(and it's just a cannon, nothing else, honest!)  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
19. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 15, 2014, 23:47 Scud
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 23:49:
You've obviously never dined in Europe. When serving staff make living wages there isn't much inclination to do any real work, know your products, be polite, etc.

You would be correct, I've never even been to Europe. However, I find it hard to believe that tipping is the only solution to that problem. In most other industries when you don't do any real work, know your product or are not polite then the customer complains to the management and they get fired. What makes food service any different?

Shok wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 23:53:
STFU Mr. Pink and tip!

And for the record I do tip, not tipping only punishes the people who are serving you.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 14, 2014, 23:02 Scud
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 20:18:
And that's precisely why everyone should do at least one stint in a restaurant at some point in their lives. You then understand why not only tipping is necessary, but tipping well. Most people think a monkey could do it, but they really couldn't manage it if their very lives depended on it.

Tipping is only necessary because the restaurant industry discovered it could get out of paying it's employees by passing the responsibility on to the customer.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 24, 2014, 15:04 Scud
 
Except there's still a little problem with the fact that you don't own the space you're selling, the city does. I can only imagine the kind of shit that will get started when someone is waiting for somebody else to leave a spot and is told that they're not leaving until the person who paid them to leave shows up. Also, ParkModo was guilty of paying people to take up spaces but it's just those kinds of "innovations" that this kind of system will lead to.  
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Co-op Support
9. Re: Far Cry 4 Co-op Support Jun 10, 2014, 15:29 Scud
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 10, 2014, 14:29:
Saint's Row got it right, and improved from one game to the next, to where you almost NEED a second player for SR4.

Anyway, they confirm this is campaign co-op, it'll be the first game I've bought day-one in years.

I played all the way through SR4 and don't remember feeling like I NEEDED another player at any point. I saw some side missions that looked like they required a second player but I never bothered with those.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse May 13, 2014, 22:08 Scud
 
And if that doesn't work they threatened to hold their breath until their faces turn purple.  
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News Comments > Democracy 3: Extremism Released
2. Re: Democracy 3: Extremism Released May 13, 2014, 21:49 Scud
 
The word 'God' doesn't appear even once on the Wikipedia page for Republic. The actual definition seems to vary a bit depending on where you are and who you're talking to.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization May 4, 2014, 16:40 Scud
 
Unless you only have enough money to buy one or the other that is, some might also find buying both to be somewhat redundant or excessive.  
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News Comments > Space Pirates and Zombies 2 Announced
17. Re: Space Pirates and Zombies 2 Announced Feb 7, 2014, 23:53 Scud
 
I guess my feelings are mixed on this game, I enjoyed the first half of the game but kept getting my ass handed to me when I hit the zombie zone and finally got frustrated and quit.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Feb 7, 2014, 23:33 Scud
 
NewMaxx wrote on Feb 7, 2014, 18:58:
Creston wrote on Feb 7, 2014, 18:28:
Also, as much as I agree with everything Ben is saying, he's forgetting one major part: Mods.

Mods are what have been making the Elder Scrolls so enormously successful on the PC since Morrowind.

Will there be mods in ESO? Why no, of course there won't.

There's reason to believe there will be, for reasons I can't disclose under the NDA (although the extent of the mods remains in question). Might I say I agree that player-created content is an important thing for all MMO's moving forward. I've gotten a taste of it with some of SOE's games and it's really taking off with EQN/EQLM.

NDA or not, I think it's a safe bet that any MMOG is not going to allow anywhere near the modding freedom that we see in single player games like Morrowind, Oblivion or Skyrim. So as far as I'm concerned it's still the death of modding for all practical intents and purposes.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Feb 4, 2014, 22:23 Scud
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 17:39:
1. But nothing should be done. Come up with your own damn world! It isn't hard, it's more rewarding, and it encourages more creativity. We don't need more Jar Jar Binks games, we need new scifi worlds to explore

2. I agree in part. In part. Concepts shouldn't be easily dependable but should be easily extended. At the same time, it's harder than you think. There was a laser sword in Halo and no one sued. And while "mechs" may be copyrighted, "long range missiles" is not, nor would a court ever hold it, unless Microsoft is suing North Korea for making them right now. Yeah, the issue is that it may get to court, but its unlikely to

I would disagree with the assertion that coming up with your own IP is easy. Or maybe what I should say is, an IP you or I create is highly unlikely to reach the same cultural critical mass as something like Star Wars. Does this mean Star Citizen should be made into a Star Wars game if it could be? No, Star Citizen is cool the way it is, but that won't stop me from wanting an updated Xwing or Tie Fighter game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 3, 2014, 23:10 Scud
 
Agreed, but jail time wouldn't matter anyhow as Apple is constantly getting broken out of jail.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 27, 2014, 22:21 Scud
 
An article highlighting the excuses some of these people had when caught trying to get this shit through a TSA checkpoint would be a perfect followup.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Jan 20, 2014, 19:43 Scud
 
Gaming is whatever you make of it, your reasons for playing games are yours and yours alone. This being the internet of course there's never any shortage of people ready to tell you that you're doing it wrong, no matter what it is.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Live-Action Trailer
7. Re: Borderlands 2 Live-Action Trailer Dec 26, 2013, 15:05 Scud
 
Creston wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 13:59:
It'd just feel cheap if they 'clone' Jack, though. (and they actually already sorta did so in the Hammerlock DLC.)

The respawn system is still funny in how it will respawn you every single time, but apparently nobody else ever gets to use it.

Nobody else gets to use it? I think it's a perfect excuse for why you feel like you're killing the same psycho over and over again, you are killing the same psycho over and over again.
Also, I still want my space station DLC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 16, 2013, 23:16 Scud
 
The news about Destiny hardly seems like news at all really, I was always under the impression that Destiny was pretty much an online only game anyhow.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 8, 2013, 05:51 Scud
 
Sadly artists rarely make good businessmen and good businessmen rarely have any problems taking advantage of this. One of the reasons I don't really buy CD's anymore is because I know I'm not supporting the artist so much as the bloated industry when I do buy one.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 2, 2013, 23:20 Scud
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 20:58:
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 18:59:
Well if we can't call the MPAA leeches and scumbags I suppose that's only fair. Yeah, gotta be careful who you call a pirate or thief or you'll be dragging the US Gov't into court next.

Seriously though, they're just providing a service. It people choose to use it for illegal purposes that's hardly their fault. If the Mafia uses Microsoft products does that mean MS is in collusion with the mob?


It really depends on the purpose of the service, doesn't it?
If I create HireaHitman.com, a service designed for people to hire hitmen, and charge a listing fee, can I use the "it's just a service, it isn't my fault people choose to use it for illegal means!" argument? What about if someone starts a child pornography subreddit and reddit does nothing to stop it?

At some point you are responsible for how people use the tools you create. Whether this is at that point or not can be debated, but "just providing a service" isn't a blanket defense.

Your argument turns into a straw man when we realize that the site in question is named Hotfile, not something like PirateCopyrightedStuff.com. Your two examples blatantly advertise that the site in question is dedicated to illegal activities (ie contract killers and child pornography)while Hotfile could be anything.
 
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