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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Dead State
8. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dead State Dec 5, 2014, 15:25 jimnms
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 23:34:
I backed this and look forward to playing it, though I think I'll wait a month or two for the inevitable patches.

Same here. I thought it was odd they released a day 1 patch with so many bug fixes. It wasn't like they were under pressure to push the game out at a specific time. I backed Wasteland 2 and D:OS, and haven't yet played either of those yet since release (I played some during their early access). I was waiting for my physical box to arrive before starting WL2 and a fix for something that annoys me about D:OS. I'm really itching to play both of those. There is at least one patch planned for each of those, so I'm finishing off some other games while waiting for those patches.
 
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News Comments > Free Age of Wonders with GOG.com Winter Sale
23. Re: Free Age of Wonders with GOG.com Winter Sale Dec 4, 2014, 17:06 jimnms
 
I wish I didn't already have the STALKER games on Steam, so I could have GOG DRM free versions. I bought the first one at release and still have my disk, but I never finished it due to the first patch not being compatible with save games. I stuck with the release version until I got stuck due to a bug, then just never felt like starting all over. I bought them a few years ago during a Steam sale and been meaning to play them, but they keep getting pushed down the long list of games I need to get to.

Since I got The Witcher 2 free during their last sale, I can grab the first one for $1.49. I'm still not sure I'd play it though. It looks too hack 'n' slash for my tastes, and I don't much care for hack 'n' slash RPGs. I do have a spare GOG gift of Wasteland 1, if someone wants to trade.

Speaking of RPGs, that Ultimate D&D Collection keeps coming up every sale, but I already own all but four of the games in it (NWN 1 & 2, Dragonshard and Demon Stone). I'm only interested in picking up the NWN games. It's cheaper to buy all four for 80% off than the two I want for $60 off, but I don't want Dragonshard or Demon Stone. I wish they'd discount them individually. I keep passing every time it goes on sale because of this. I'm almost tempted just to pay the $2 extra not to have those two games in my library.
 
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News Comments > Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under
64. Re: Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under Dec 3, 2014, 22:28 jimnms
 
Wraith wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 13:04:
Yeah, the thing is, we banned semi-automatics and cut our gun massacres to zero. You guys need guns to feel like men and you're still killing your kids.

We're ahead of you mate. By decades.

New Zealand seems to be doing just fine too, and they didn't resort to a national ban on firearms.
The current paper examines the incidence of mass shootings in Australia and New Zealand (a country that is socioeconomically similar to Australia, but with a different approach to firearms regulation) over a 30 year period. It does not find support for the hypothesis that Australia’s prohibition of certain types of firearms has prevented mass shootings, with New Zealand not experiencing a mass shooting since 1997 despite the availability in that country of firearms banned in Australia.

Prez wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 15:41:
This is way off topic, so feel free to shoot me in the face (I'm a guy so it's perfectly okay!) But I have to say Australia =/= America. In Australia the main type of firearm owned by the citizenry are hunting rifles, and even then, don't you have to belong to a licensed hunting club to own one? Correct me if I am wrong, but the only ones that even had access to assault rifles were the standing army who kept them locked up in their homes. It was easy to ban assault rifles in Australia and enforce the ban because they knew exactly who had them and where they were, and there were relatively very few of them. There is an ungodly number of assault rifles in the US and there is no way in hell at this point that a ban could be realistically enforced. It's even more ridiculous of a notion given how many handguns are in the US. To argue at this point whether the US should or shouldn't ban some or all type of firearms is beyond pointless. The US is not Australia.

Since we're off topic... "Assault rifles" are a more of an enthusiast/collectors firearm. They're expensive and rarely used to commit crimes. More people are murdered every year by bare hands than all types of rifles (source). The DOJ's analysis of the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban concluded that its effects on gun violence was "too small for reliable measurement, because assault weapons are rarely used in gun crimes." Yet any time an assault weapon is used in a crime, the media is all over it getting everyone upset calling for a ban of the least used weapon to commit crimes.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 27, 2014, 01:22 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 13:55:
I'm glad that worked out for Prez, but using a gun for self defense can increase your chance of getting shot as I mentioned in my last post.

The link you posted is a pretty piss poor study. It is only taking data from one city, which is a high crime city to begin with. You still can't know that for sure if having a gun increases your chance of getting shot as all of these studies come to a false conclusion because they don't count for the unreported number of times a gun is used in self defense without being a shot being fired. I'd like to see one that takes into account the ~100,000 per year as reported by the NCVS plus the estimated unreported 500,000 by the CDC or the others at 1-2.5 million.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2014, 08:19 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 22:24:
While I hear what Cutter and Jimnms are saying, and I understand the comfort gun ownership affords, the statistics are pretty damning:
This model indicated that for each percentage point increase in gun ownership, the firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9%.
"An armed society is a polite society" is also a myth. Guns, like internet anonymity, afford a level of protection to the owner such that they feel they can get away with more:
motorists who had been in a vehicle in which there was a gun were more likely to engage in such forms of road rage.
Does a gun in your home make you safer? Nope:
626 shootings occurred in or around a residence. This total included 54 unintentional shootings, 118 attempted or completed suicides, and 438 assaults/homicides. Thirteen shootings were legally justifiable or an act of self-defense, including three that involved law enforcement officers acting in the line of duty
Got that? Of 626 home shootings, only 13 were in self defense. The problem with guns and humans is that humans have poor judgement and make mistakes. And you can't often undo a mistake with a gun.

I could go on and on.

I've had these discussions so much I'm tired of it. I can find just as many studies and statistics that show the opposite. The reports I've read that conclude you are more likely to be killed by owning a gun tend to stack their numbers by lumping in gun suicides to the total gun deaths. This is dishonest because someone determined to commit suicide will find a way with or without a gun. After Australia's gun ban, suicide by gun obviously dropped, but the ban had absolutely no effect on the suicide rate because people turned to other methods.

What all of these "statistics" and studies fail to show is this:
Prez wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 22:37:
I had to pull my gun once because I saw a dangerous situation developing, and the sight of me doing so de-escalated what could have been a bad situation.

The USDOJ NCVS shows just over 100,000 reported cases of a guns used in self defense per year. The CDC estimates as many as 500,000 more go unreported. There other studies that attempt to estimate unreported uses of guns in self defense that range from 200,000 to 2.5 million times per year.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
14. Re: On Sale Nov 26, 2014, 07:17 jimnms
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 21:00:
Is there anyway to set a percentage of a sale on your Steam Wish list? I.e. if I want to be notified of a Flash sale or any other sale where the game is 50% to 75% off.

You can do that at IsThereAnyDeal. You can import your wishlist and customize how it notifies you of deals. You can have it notify you only if the discount is 50% or greater, or you can set it to notify you of a discount once then not again unless the price drops below the previous notification. It will even notify you if there is a discount code (i.e. GMG) for a game. By default it notifies you if a game on your wishlist goes on sale anywhere, even if it's GOG, Origin, Uplay, but you can also set it to only notify you if the game activates on Steam.

I've noticed Steam's wishlist notification a lot of the time doesn't work when games go on sale, but IsThereAnyDeal works great.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2014, 19:49 jimnms
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 14:49:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 14:15:
The law states you must flee your own home. Unreal. No one has ever been charged, but it is on the books as basically saying if you can leave your home during an attack, you should.....

That is so fucked up, Bats. I'm glad I live in Texas. There's zero fucking snowball's chance in Hell that I am giving up my home, its contents, my pets and the people inside it to some crackhead invader because someone else thinks that would be a safer choice.

There were a string of home break-ins here a few weeks ago. In three of the break-ins the family was home. Two didn't go so well for the families, it was a woman and her two children home. The two men that broke in tied the kids up and took turns raping the mother while the kids watched. They robbed the place, raped the mother again, then left. The second time was an elderly couple at home. Once again it was two men, they beat the couple nearly to death, then robbed the place. The last reported break-in involved a mother and three children. The two men tied them up, but this time the oldest child managed to get free, get a gun and shoot one of them. The other one got away, but hasn't been caught yet. This one happened just a few houses from my sister's house. There haven't been anymore reported break-ins since. The last thing I read said that they think most of the break-ins were committed by the same two men, and one was done by someone the family knew in hopes that it would be blamed on the others.

I own guns, have a carry permit and carry when and where I can. When I get into a discussion with anti-gunners, they always assume people that carry guns want to shoot someone. I explain that I carry a gun for the same reason I have home owners insurance, car insurance and health insurance. I don't want to use it, but I have it in case I need it and just like insurance, I'd rather have it and never need to use it than not have it and wish I did.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
17. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 23, 2014, 22:43 jimnms
 
After all the hype about FarCry 3 I was a a bit disappointed by it. It was ok, certainly worth the $12ish bucks I paid for the FC3/Blood Dragon pack Uplay code I got on sale at Amazon, but definitely not worth $50-60. The story was total shit, but it was fun to play. I heard the same hype about how awesome Blood Dragon is, but I haven't played it yet because I'm not ready for another letdown.

I'll wait till FC4 (and any DLC they shovel out) is under $10 before I pick it up. Does FC4 still make you do those ridiculous hunt rare animal quests to make weapon/ammo holsters and upgrades before letting you carry more weapons and ammo? Does it have those god damn bird things? I generally left the wild life alone, other than the ones I had to hunt to make weapon/ammo holsters, but those bird things were annoying as shit. I was minding my own business scouting an outpost thing to try and take out silently when I hear something behind me. I turn around and it's some of those bird things charging at me. They nearly killed me and blew my stealth. After that I went out of my way to run over or kill every one I saw.
 
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale This Week
2. Re: Steam Autumn Sale This Week Nov 23, 2014, 12:12 jimnms
 
The same stuff and same that goes on sale in the fall is repeated during the winter sale, and they'll probably do the card crap during the winter sale again. You might as well wait and spend your money then so you can sell the cards to make a little back.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 23, 2014, 12:01 jimnms
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 10:24:
This War of Mine is a great game and people should pick it up like now, not in a Steam sale.

I've been tempted to pick it up since day one. Buy it from the Humble Store because you get a Steam key and DRM free downloads, the soundtrack and a few little extras you don't get anywhere else, and some of the money goes to charity.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 19, 2014, 18:47 jimnms
 
Blue wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 09:50:
It was a 2003 Accord, and had a theoretical trade in value of $6K, but replacing the transmission would cost over $3K, so it was time to walk.

That sounds kind of high for a transmission replacement. Most transmissions for cars that old are rebuilt/overhauled and shouldn't cost more than $1000. You don't usually pay full price since you trade-in on your old trans for the rebuilt one, since they rebuild your old one and resell it. My sister had her trans replaced several years ago, and I think total cost of trans and labor was under $1500, and I'm pretty sure I remember the trans came with new axles. She drove that car for a few more years before trading it in on a new car.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Op Ed Nov 18, 2014, 23:21 jimnms
 
LibertyOrDeath wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 21:52:
I hope voting against the Constitution will change once the new congress is sworn in, but we will see.

Do you really thing things will change?
A roll call of votes shows that 41 of the 42 votes against the bill were cast by Republicans, with only four senators from that party voting to move the bill forward.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: GTA 5 PC's expanded soundtrack revealed… Nov 18, 2014, 11:30 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 10:36:
I was going to post something similar, but on second thought, they could always just release a patch basically says "ignore these tracks", so that they're skipped.

With "next gen" consoles auto patching like Steam, they certainly can remove tracks. It was a dickish thing to do to GTA: SA considering they removed tracks from Vice City after a similar license problem, except if you bought VC before the license BS, your digital copy still has the tracks. I bought the GTA Complete pack when it was GTA 1-3, VC and SA, and my copy of VC is complete. Luckily I still have my original (hot coffeeable) disk of SA, although I doubt I'll play SA again. I started to play the Steam version of SA once since it had some updates the original version never got, but I stopped playing it because something wasn't right about it. I don't know what it was about it though.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. GTA 5 PC's expanded soundtrack revealed… Nov 18, 2014, 09:48 jimnms
 
It will just be unexpanded in a few years when they lose the license to the music and rip it out of your digital copy.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 17, 2014, 18:02 jimnms
 
nutshell42 wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 14:56:
I know Linux has had them at least since '94 because I thought they were the shit back then (fvwm2).

The only reason MS decided to implement this feature is to throw a bone to hardcore users. This will be a support nightmare, I know at least 3 relatives that won't understand them, ever.

Yeah I remember using virtual desktops long before KDE. Hell there was even a free program I used on Windows 95 to give me virtual desktops like I had in Linux.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Nov 17, 2014, 00:10 jimnms
 
I was just thinking about Deus Ex the other day. It has me wanting to replay the first two and do another play of HR, but I've got so many new games sitting unplayed. I know people love to hate the second one, but IMO it doesn't deserve all of that. It wasn't that bad after a few patches and tweaks to clean up the interface.

The first DX was great, up until the end. The endings were all accessible during the last mission and it was basically going into a different room and pushing different buttons to get the other endings. I thought that was kind of crappy and left no replay value (although I've played it at least 4 times). I still wish you would have to chose your side earlier in the game.

The second, although all endings were still accessible during the last mission, it was a bit different depending on which side you helped most during the game. The other sides would be hostile making changing your mind to get the other endings more difficult than just pushing a different button.

DX:HR was a decent try at rebooting the franchise. It did have the Deus Ex feel to it, but even though it's a prequel, it did feel more powerful than the previous titles. It does have its flaws though. I thought the beginning was a little stupid. You're called in to handle a hostage situation, and you're given the option of what weapon to take. Regardless of what you pick, you barely get any ammo for it and have to scavenge what you can during the mission. You also don't seem to get paid. Any money you make in the game is through stealing and selling things you loot from people. Once again, they failed on the endings. This time it was even cheaper than the first. It literally is a room with 4 buttons to push for the different endings, but at least it makes more sense since you're just choosing which message to broadcast to the world or to blow up the building.

I wonder if we'll ever see another Deus Ex game? He'll I'd be down for an remake of the first one in a modern engine. It probably would sell well with the generation ADD kids though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 14, 2014, 14:44 jimnms
 
I have an idea, don't cap the frame rate at all. I can tell the difference between 30fps and 60fps. I may not be able to tell the difference between 50fps and 60fps or 60fps and 100fps, but if my machine can push it that far, let me. I don't keep a frame rate counter on my screen and obsess over it either.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
20. Walmart to price-match Amazon and other online retailers Nov 14, 2014, 14:12 jimnms
 
I shop at Amazon so I don't have to go to Walmart. How are they going to compete with that?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 14:10 jimnms
 
Prez wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:33:
Doesn't licensing eat up all of that money? I think that streaming music is a great way for fans to find new bands and artists - I spend a lot of time shopping for mp3's and in a great many user reviews that I read a recurring theme is "I heard this band on Rhapsody/Pandora/Spotify/etc and came here immediately to buy the album..." It's hard to put a dollar value on that. Granted Taylor Swift doesn't need that kind of exposure, so it holds little value for her, but for hard rock and metal bands that get virtually no radio play it is great exposure. I found my new favorite metal band, Allegaeon that way. Most exciting metal band in years.

That's how I use Pandora/Spotify. I like how you can plug in artist you like and it will play random tracks from things you already like, like a personal radio station, and mix in similar artists. I've found lots of new music that I never would have found any other way. I still purchase digital albums so I can put them on my music player to listen to in the car, gym, etc.
 
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