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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: The hidden problem Jun 5, 2014, 08:56 Pigeon
 
I rarely use Chrome, but can't you increase the font and everything through a simple keystroke like ctrl+ ? I know you can with firefox.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 4, 2014, 14:53 Pigeon
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 14:02:
Maureen Dowd is an idiot. Play with weapons grade pot and you'll get burned. What she did was the equivalent of downing a pint of grain alcohol on an empty stomach, getting smashed and throwing up, and then proclaiming alcohol is evil and should be banned.
I agree she was stupid. Without any experience she clearly should have been asking for guidance and then getting a second opinion on that. However, could someone explain the thought process behind putting 16 average doses of marijuana in a single candy bar?

From the article:
But that suggested serving size isn't mentioned on the label.
People do need to know what they're getting. Even if they make bad choices with what they get, there should at least be some indication of the amount of intoxication someone can expect.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 4, 2014, 13:58 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 12:31:
And tell me again why companies like Comcast shouldn't be regulated?

It's not their fault, it was the company they bought that installed it, not Comcast. Besides in the fine print it said it's the home owner's responsibility to test the system... using a web based program through Comcast's site they were never told about....
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 4, 2014, 11:43 Pigeon
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 11:18:
Not a fan of Slate, but found this article about education and cost per child interesting....

Shit man, give me 26k a year per child, I will educate 4 children in my home, and I bet they score better than the average.....M-F, 8am-3pm, hell, I'll even car pool them from their home to my house to teach them. They will be educated, intelligent, in shape, knowledgeable about the world, etc etc etc.

I will even do it for the US average of 11k per student. Give me.....8 kids, all the same age. Be a fun experiment.

Pretty damn good argument for a voucher program....

/discuss....

It would be nice to know exactly how that number is calculated. Is it just based on the cost of running a school, or is it the overall cost from federal level bureaucrats all the way to the hair nets for lunch ladies? Some of the federal and state level bureaucracy cost could also encompass private schools as they do need have some level of government regulation.

Still 26k a year is a lot, I'm sure there's a lot of wasteful spending and unnecessary cogs in the machine that inflate that cost. It seems to be a systemic problem not just with schools but pretty much everything, government run or not.
 
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News Comments > WildStar Launches - Free Realm Transfers
10. Re: WildStar Launches - Free Realm Transfers Jun 3, 2014, 15:01 Pigeon
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jun 3, 2014, 13:36:
When you say others, I'm curious to know what they are because I would be down to try them out.

To play devil's advocate for Carbine, they're an unproven developer who have put four or five years in to their first product. They aren't EA who can take a 400+ million dollar chance on making a Star Wars MMO and ultimately see it reserved for a niche corner of the MMO market or Blizzard who can milk their consumers with micro/macrotransactions on top of subs because of reputation. They're more like Flagship Studios (without the scum) who can sink if their first product is not up to par with the standards of the industry or their own hype.

The MMO market is super saturated and I firmly believe that MMOs that can use their monthly subscription for the purpose of developing content are the exact same to microtransaction systems such as those in Guild Wars 2. Just because you or I are not purchasing gems in the market does not mean nobody is dropping much more than a monthly subscription on them or other whirlygigs. The content they are able to push out at this point is likely directly tied to their microtransactions since their initial box sales are likely a minority in their pool of banked money.

Optional mincrotransactions simply allow players who don't want to pay beyond the box price (or nothing at all) to have their cake and eat it to by relying on others to throw enough money at developers to get a free ticket in to more content.

Like I said before, the Wildstar developers have 13 months worth of content updates ready to drop every 28 days. These aren't just costume updates but full zones, battlegrounds, and more. If they can retain their lofty goal beyond those 13 months to introduce more content on the same schedule, is that not the epitome of having a monthly subscription? I mean, in comparison, Blizzard throws out a new raid tier once every six to eight months with the exception of expansion updates so what feels like better bang for your buck? One chunk of tier which comes out after player fatigue or six to eight smaller, consistent content updates to keep things somewhat fresh?

Its not the subscription, I'm fine with that, its the $60 + subscription I take issue with. $60 is a lot for any game, when you limit the play time to a 1 month period and then require $15 a month if you want to keep playing you've created a massive pay barrier to anyone who is interested. If they're so confident they have the content to carry a subscription service why have the initial pay wall? Why not lower the cost to 30-$40 for the initial game, or offer more game time with a $60 purchase? You'll get more people playing the game and if its good, you'll have more people paying the subscription.

If it were the perfect MMO $60+sub wouldn't bother me cause I'd probably play it for a year+, thus the initial cost would be spread out over a longer period of time. What's more likely is I'd get bored of it after the first month or two and be pissed I spent $75 on an MMO that turned out to be nothing special.

Maybe you don't think $60 is too much to pay for 1 month of a game, that's fine its your money do with it as you wish, but I and I'm assuming many others think that's too much for something we may or may not like.
 
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News Comments > WildStar Launches - Free Realm Transfers
5. Re: WildStar Launches - Free Realm Transfers Jun 3, 2014, 12:00 Pigeon
 
Zanthar wrote on Jun 3, 2014, 11:54:
Maybe I'll buy it for $19.99 in November.

Yeah $60 and a monthly sub is way too much. Maybe if they gave 3 free months instead of 1 it'd be a little more attractive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 3, 2014, 09:07 Pigeon
 
Now you can play Candy Crush with 8xAA, 16xAF and full detailed shadows!!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 2, 2014, 14:15 Pigeon
 
Reason #438 Sony is having financial trouble: Pushing their own proprietary format in a large competitive market.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2014, 17:29 Pigeon
 
According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar, he simply went into a deep Samadhi or meditation and they have frozen his body to preserve it for when he wakes from it.

His body is currently contained in a commercial freezer at their Ashram.

Well if he wasn't dead before, he's certainly dead now that they've frozen his body. Also ignoring all the other reasons this is bat shit crazy, how is he supposed to wake up if he's frozen?
 
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News Comments > WildStar Head Start Underway
1. Re: WildStar Head Start Underway Jun 1, 2014, 17:20 Pigeon
 
Been contemplating this one, but $60 for a subscription based game is a bit much IMO.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue May 31, 2014, 12:14 Pigeon
 
We've got a neighbor who's tree is completely leaning against our fence, it's already popped out a board and its pushing the entirety of the fence; they refuse to do anything about it. While it's not come even close to calling the police, I can understand how annoying things can be.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2014, 09:13 Pigeon
 
He can hire Bobby Knight and they can both throw chairs on the sidelines.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse May 29, 2014, 22:42 Pigeon
 
I didn't think $10 a month was such a great deal for 5Mbps until I saw that their 6Mbps plan is $50 a month

Yeah you can get faster plans for less in their specials, but if your in a place where its only Comcast good luck trying to convince them you're going to drop them if they don't give you a good deal once that time period is up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 29, 2014, 09:38 Pigeon
 
My favorite comment from that article:
Apple's headphones may well be made to "see if the sound works"... but Beats' headphones are "made to see if the sound can be obscured with excessive bass and treble".
 
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News Comments > World of Speed Trailer
2. Re: World of Speed Trailer May 28, 2014, 16:44 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on May 28, 2014, 13:33:
One thing all these car games need to do is tone down the reflections. They're really distracting and annoying.

Are you trying to suggest that not every puddle of water or slightly metallic surface has a mirror finish on it?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 09:49 Pigeon
 
InBlack wrote on May 28, 2014, 09:41:
SpectralMeat wrote on May 28, 2014, 09:04:
March 35th?

Yeah, kind of a dead giveaway. Still there will BE BELIEVERS anyway who will insist on men in black, government censorship and all that other bullshit got the story pulled, and yet somehow ignore the glaring fucking error in the headline...

Scientists have proved in the future March will have 35 days. Due to America's ballooning obesity problem Earth's orbit around the Sun will slow as the planet becomes as inactive and lethargic as we are.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 09:21 Pigeon
 
I'm sure nobody is more disappointed they posted a false report than CNN. I mean come on, a fear based story they could milk for the next 25+ years, that's 24 hour news network gold.

EDIT: spelling

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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 27, 2014, 21:56 Pigeon
 
“One question might be this: are these disputes just business negotiations that can be resolved adequately in the marketplace? Or are they a warning sign of a breakdown of a functioning marketplace of interconnection and traffic exchange on the Internet? We at the FCC don't know the answer, but we know we need to learn more about how the marketplace is or is not functioning.”

Customers pay ISPs to provide internet service so they can access internet content (they or someone is paying for), and the ISPs want content providers to pay the ISPs for access to their customers. Nothing broken with that at all; I mean its okay to double dip a chip if it's not the end you bit first right?
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. May 27, 2014, 14:26 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on May 27, 2014, 13:37:
“There was no note or indication he was feeling down or distressed."

From what I understand, that's actually quite common with people who commit suicide. They actually perk up once they make the decision, since there is light at the end of the tunnel.

There's that, and they often don't want to be a burden on other people, or don't think they are worthy of others' concerns.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 27, 2014, 11:39 Pigeon
 
Well, it destroys my card :/  
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