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Signed On May 24, 2003, 03:25
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Season Pass Trailer
19. Re: Far Cry 4 Season Pass Trailer Nov 18, 2014, 04:57 Prez
 
Well, according to Dictionary.com, "stealing" is "taking another person's property without permission or legal right", and Meriam Webster defines it as "taking something that does not belong to you in a way that is wrong or illegal". Both definitions fit for copyright infringement, so yeah, it's stealing. I've done it before, so I'm no angel, and I'm not making the case that there are no morally justifiable reasons to do it or every case of it is the same, but it is what it is.  
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News Comments > Goat Simulator Free MMO Expansion Thursday
28. Re: Goat Simulator Free MMO Expansion Thursday Nov 17, 2014, 19:56 Prez
 
I'm all for a little silliness but this game seems like a joke that has gone on for WAY too long.  
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
263. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 17, 2014, 19:50 Prez
 
Kosumo wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 19:38:
I have reported you for saying "People should have the right to feel what they feel", I don't think we need that shit around here! Cowboy

To whom?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 17, 2014, 18:13 Prez
 
Windows 8 is quite possibly the worst desktop operating system that Microsoft ever released. Since Windows 8 is going up against such all-time flop-a-doodles as Vista and Windows ME, that’s saying something.


I guess it would depend on what you are considering when dubbing one version the "worst", but even though I have a PC with Windows 8 on it and I hate it, there's just now way it's worse than Windows ME.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
15. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 17, 2014, 17:53 Prez
 
It is always wise to be wary of government. Some people just take "being wary" a bit too far. Some take it into paranoid delusion territory. Human beings are susceptible to propaganda; always have been, always will be.  
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
246. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 17, 2014, 17:07 Prez
 
I can still play the new XCOM (which is awesome) and the original XCOM right after, and Xenonauts is about to work its way in there. Elite is going back a bit too far for me personally but everyone's threshold of tolerance will be different. The original Jagged Alliance is a bit blocky but Jagged Alliance 2 seems like it is much more future-proofed. I think it still looks good for what it is and probably will for another ten years.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
13. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 17, 2014, 17:03 Prez
 
The fear mongering from conservatives seems to stem from a genuine fear that with the FCC allowed to pass any rules whatsoever governing the internet (which hasn't really ever happened before - this would be a first), it's opening the door to all sorts of future draconian regulation and, in a worst-case scenario, censorship of ideas that don't line up with what the Fed wants us to hear. Like in North Korea. The obvious problem with that is that the FCC has no history of doing anything remotely like that with radio and TV, which they have governed for decades, so it makes no sense. That is not even counting the fact that the Supreme Court has been unwavering in its support of the first amendment throughout its history and would undoubtedly put a quick end to any government overreach of this kind.
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
243. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 17, 2014, 16:42 Prez
 
Part of it is some of us are old-fashioned too. We can still play the original Elite today, 30 years later. As long as people continue to write dos emulation programs for new OS's, that will continue to be true indefinitely. Making a new version require constant main server interaction in order to run means that it is likely that the same will not be true for Elite Dangerous. The obvious question is "Why would you want to?" but GOG.com has shown that many people do want to revisit old abandoned games. Being the nostalgia-nut that I am, I often do. The idea that games will eventually become "lost" to us when the servers inevitably go down makes me sad.  
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
239. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 17, 2014, 16:16 Prez
 
Yeah, what Creston said. I nearly spit my diet mountain dew out when I saw that Slick of all people wrote that.  
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
73. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 16:17 Prez
 
I suppose the big question is what happens to my game when my internet goes down? I remember a marathon Borderlands 2 session that started at 6 pm one night and went on until 7 am the next morning. Sometime in the night my internet went down and did not come back, and the only way I noticed was a message appeared in the chat window saying I had lost connection to the servers and all my progress would be saved locally until re-synced with the servers (Proving if nothing else that Steam is absolutely NOT always on DRM). If I try to do something in Elite with the internet down what will happen?  
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News Comments > Sunday Patches
2. Re: Sunday Patches Nov 16, 2014, 15:59 Prez
 
Still only the first act playable? ARGGGGGHHH!  
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
64. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 15:47 Prez
 
Tom wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 15:36:
Prez wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 15:32:
Remember when the original Elite forced you to be online and play with other jackholes you didn't want to? Yeah, me neither.

You don't understand what online-only means in this game. If you choose "Solo" mode you will never see another human in the universe. Only AI. It feels pretty much exactly what an offline mode would be like, except you can't cheat as easily, commodity prices are probably affected by the trading of other players, and you will have a bad time if there are connection or server problems.

Fair enough. Online only is still a problem though as I see it. There was a similar uproar when it was announced that Planetary Annihilation was scrapping its offline mode so that even single player games had to be connected to the server. I had gotten in on the Early Access long before that was done so I tried to convince myself that wasn't a big deal. I was able to finish exactly 1 single player skirmish over the course of about 20 attempts over dozens of hours because of server disconnections. That's 5% folks. If Elite Dangerous can avoid such problems fine, but I am glad I did not back this. We'll see once it is released what happens and then I'll decide.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2014, 15:38 Prez
 
And it was 2 weeks from 10 years ago today that I was finally able to play it without single digit frame rates due to the audio bug. I'm pretty sure I am going to straight to hell when I die for the things I said during those two weeks!

Great game though. One of the best ever made.
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
55. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 15:32 Prez
 
Remember when the original Elite forced you to be online and play with other jackholes you didn't want to? Yeah, me neither.  
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
46. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 15:24 Prez
 
Wow - that is REALLY disappointing. I am SO glad I didn't back this. They have lost their way - they are supposedly making a spiritual successor to a game that did not force players to be online and still managed to be one of the defining moments of PC gaming.  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Patch and Workarounds
5. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Patch and Workarounds Nov 15, 2014, 13:04 Prez
 
There was just no reason to rush this. They of course decided it had to be out in time for Xmas but it clearly wasn't worth it. Gamers buy games year round; look at how badly this is hurting their reputation. Was it worth it Ubisoft?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
25. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 16:19 Prez
 
Scale is a magic word for so many cloud-based companies and services, but Beats and Spotify operate differently. Their margins don’t improve as they get larger. If Spotify bought the rights to songs for a flat rate, then every subscriber it adds would mean free money for the company. But that isn’t what it does. Instead, it spends a fixed proportion of its total revenue on royalties. So if Spotify doubles its subscriber base, it doubles the amount of money it pays out. It may be that Spotify will gain some power over the royalties it pays once it has a critical mass of customers, but right now, many people think it can never get ahead of its costs.

The worst-case scenario for Spotify isn’t losing to Apple. It’s discovering that its prize is insolvency. According to a report published by Generator Research last November, the current business model for streaming music is “inherently unprofitable.” Andrew Sheehy, the main author of the report, concluded: “Our analysis is that no current music subscription service—including marquee brands like Pandora, Spotify, and Rhapsody—can ever be profitable, even if they execute perfectly.”

Excerpt from Businessweek article in May 2014

That doesn't sound like Spotify is shafting artists while its makers go on lavish vacations in the Caribbean. It sopunds like the model is just broken altogether.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
33. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 14, 2014, 16:12 Prez
 
Yeah, 8GB is small potatoes these days. But if 8GB is required, then wouldn't it stand to reason that the "recommended" specs be around double that? Going on normal "required" vs. "recommended" ratios anyway.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Things IT people never say Nov 14, 2014, 15:57 Prez
 
My only wish is that they just not cap the framerate on the PC version. We are just going to remove the cap anyway via a tweak or fix anyway.

A personal anectodote about IT - throught the years of being here I've been able to determine who is or has been in IT here, and you guys are pretty smart. So why is it the IT department at my place are some of the most incompetent buffoons I've ever worked with? After 14 years I have lost count of the number of times they have done just facepalmingly stupid things that have made my job more difficult, and in October of this year they performed their best trick of stupidity yet by losing 100% of the data on the plant intranet LAN servers (despite it supposedly being automatically backed up every night) due to "a hardware failure". All of the hundreds of thousands of spare parts catalogued in SAP? GONE. Tens of thousands of archived work orders? GONE. 2 decades worth of job instructions on work procedures for intricately complicated and vital maintenance jobs? GONE. 8-years worth of NFPA and OSHA-mandated records of critical electrical power distribution maintenance and testing (that I performed and for which I am responsible)? Fucking GONE! Way to go IT Department! Jolly good show! Clap
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
21. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 15:29 Prez
 
If no one was hurt by their actions, I don't really care what people do in their private lives (or even public lives) if they put out a good product. I still like Billy Bob Thorton, Mel Gibson and George Clooney movies even though I don't like them much as people. The claim that some of her hate speech "contributed to a suicide" as the article claims is worrisome, but without knowing the particulars of the exchange I can't count that as "hurting someone".

 
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