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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

This comment was edited on May 28, 2014, 09:31.
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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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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. May 27, 2014, 09:52 Pigeon
I understand it takes Call of Duty awhile to metabolize through the body's system. They should be able to figure out just how much Call of Duty he had, and how long it took to make him kill himself for no reason.

On a serious note, just because someone can laugh or appears outwardly cheerful, doesn't mean they aren't depressed.
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale May 27, 2014, 09:11 Pigeon
Jivaro wrote on May 26, 2014, 16:26:
Dust is a cool little game. Most of us already have a backlog, but I think it's worth putting in the "someday" stack if you haven't already played it.

I really enjoyed it. Certainly worth playing, specially is you like old school style-like platformers. Kinda cool one guy did most of the work creating it.
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News Comments > Memorial Consolidation
13. Re: Memorial Consolidation May 27, 2014, 09:00 Pigeon
NKD wrote on May 26, 2014, 21:12:
jdreyer wrote on May 26, 2014, 16:51:
NKD wrote on May 26, 2014, 14:12:
Remasters of PS3/Xbox360 era games? That would be a colossal waste of time and money.

Really? On the PC, I would love to play some modern remakes of some of my favorite classic games: Homeworld (which is coming out soon), Xwing & Tie Fighter, Dungeon Keeper, I-76 (pure remake OR sequel), System Shock 2 (although still pretty playable with mods), Undying, and a bunch of others.

And I know that I'm not the only one who thinks that way looking at the fan made remakes that are either finished or in progress: remake of the original Half Life: Black Mesa, remake of Morrowind: Skywind, and remake of C&C Renegade: Renegade X.

I'm not against HD remakes in general. And the titles you list are 10, 15, 20 years old. For example, The Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster was phenomenal and actually brought the complete versions of the games to the US market. But remaking some shit that came out 2 years ago? Come on now.

I'd still kill for a good remake of FF6(3US). But as many have pointed out most of the games on that list are from last gen so I doubt we'll see (m)any of those get remakes. I highly suspect they intended a Last of Us PS4 release before they released for the PS3, they just denied it because they didn't want sales to suffer.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. May 25, 2014, 12:19 Pigeon
SpectralMeat wrote on May 25, 2014, 12:08:
Wow that sucks about TB and he is only 30!

Yeah, at least it sounds like the prognosis is good though.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization May 24, 2014, 11:57 Pigeon
So basically these things are for people who are too lazy to pull their phone out of their pockets so they can see if they need to pull their phones out of their pockets?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2014, 14:12 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on May 23, 2014, 13:41:
Verno wrote on May 23, 2014, 12:48:
Have fun waving at moose while you lament the Maple Leafs and apologize way too often. Canada, dontchayaknow eh?

Dat maple syrup though!

We run from meese. Most of us hate the Maple Laffs. I'm sorry, but we don't apologize way too often. And Vermont maple syrup is better than K-bec maple syrup.

Speaking of which, I only recently learned that the reason maple syrup is so goddamned expensive is that the producers are engaged in criminal collusion. That's right, they actually hoarde the stuff and dole it out in limited amounts like diamonds in order to inflate the value. They actually have a maple syrup reserve of several million gallons. And somehow this is legal. It boggles the mind.

Dig it.

Maple syrup worth up to $30M stolen in Quebec

The warehouse, in St-Louis-de-Blandford, 160 kilometres northeast of Montreal, held about 3.4 million litres of bulk maple syrup and is part of a global strategic reserve of the sticky liquid.

Global strategic reserve? Yeah, because in time of war or natural crisis the people NEED maple syrup!

You say that now, but if terrorists ever attacked our maple trees there would be chaos. What do you think people will do when they have nothing to put on their pancakes? Riot that's what!
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 22, 2014, 17:19 Pigeon
He sure showed them....  
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 13:44 Pigeon
Beamer wrote on May 22, 2014, 13:23:
I'm going to bow out, as no one really cares what I have to say, I'll just continue to point out how weird I find it that people get so defensive when an improvement is brought up that involves something not exactly what they are.

Just ask yourselves if something is an improvement. You don't need to be defensive. Just ask yourself if things can be improved. If yes, why do you get so angry when people suggest these improvements?

No where in the original two comments did we say Nintendo shouldn't make characters of more diverse skin pigmentation. We were pointing out that it was our own racial and culture background that makes us assume these characters are white.

I'm all for more diversity in games, so long as its done tastefully and not some shoe-horned stereo type. Does Nintendo have a diversity problem? I guess, but then they have more Koopas than actual humans. They've essentially been reusing the same characters/IPs since the 1980s. Their inability to create new ideas and characters seems a lot more endemic than their failure to create diversity amongst the cast.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 22, 2014, 09:52 Pigeon
Zip and it's big brother Jazz, disks were awesome for the time. There really wasn't anything better at the time. I'm not sure what they were talking about with all the issues and low adoption rates, as that was never my experience. CD writers may have replaced their usefulness as backup devices, but not as a portable storage medium. USB key drives are what really killed ZIP.

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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 09:37 Pigeon
InBlack wrote on May 22, 2014, 09:20:
Id call them cartoon manga characters. They are not Black, Asian, White or anything. They are in a category of their own which has nothing to do with race. Typical op-ed piece where a non-issue is turned into an issue, just because. Race.

The writer even points to an article about this issue, but completely gets it wrong as though they didn't read the article they cited.
Then there are also questions about what "whiteness" in Japanese animation and gaming really reflects; the short of it is, Japanese viewers tend to identify with characters that appear white (pronounced eyes, blonde hair, etc.), but in the case of Nintendo characters, at least the color has been consistent, with few-to-no cultural overtones to clarify its application.
The article points out that we (various cultures of European descent) see many anime characters as white because that's what we assume when we don't see things that appear, to us,to be obvious ethnic identifiers. When Japanese draw characters that are supposed to be white they add things like larger noses and bigger chins to identify them as such. Blue hair and blue eyes, while characteristics oh some whites, are more a way of setting characters apart than identifying them as a nationality. Pink hair, and purple eyes are also fairly common traits in anime characters and no nationality has those features naturally.

So yeah a stupid article made even dumber by the fact they point to an article that explains why this is, and then promptly ignore most of said article.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Transistor
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Transistor May 20, 2014, 20:15 Pigeon
Rattlehead wrote on May 20, 2014, 20:04:
Has anyone tried this yet? I really liked Bastion, but $20 is high for a game with no demo.

I'll probably pick it up. I loved Bastion enough $20 for this game doesn't seem much of a risk. Some of the early reviews I saw said more of the same goodness; seamless narration story and music while being different enough from Bastion to have its own charm. Not a demo, but here's the sound track:

My real quesiton is should I get it on the PC or PS4
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 20, 2014, 09:57 Pigeon
InBlack wrote on May 20, 2014, 09:14:
A small caveat here. What happens to throttling with regards to the FCC ruling? Would throttling suddenly become illegal if the FCC was to pass these new rules??
When you think about it this way, suddenly things come in to focus a little bit. Right now no one is preventing your ISP from throttling your connection. With SOME kind of regulation in place this kind of shit would not be happening. So on SOME levels the FCC ruling makes sense...

From what I understand throttling would be illegal, but I don't know what their definition of throttling is. Since fast lanes would be legal this would give ISPs a good incentive to find ways to get content companies to pay for prioritized access. An exert from another story posted here several days ago:
...Thursday, Cogent Chief Executive Dave Schaeffer said Comcast has been "very clever" to avoid interfering with traffic on its own network by instead interfering with traffic before it enters its network. Ports -- or connections between Cogent's network and Comcast's -- became full when Cogent tried to deliver Netflix traffic Comcast customers were requesting, he said, adding that Comcast refused when Cogent and other backbone providers asked the company to upgrade...

So illegal yes, but the ability to enforce it would be extremely difficult. If you remove the ability to create fastlanes you remove most reasons to throttle traffic from content providers. But seeing as how Comcast is also a content provider they still some reason to throttle traffic.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 20, 2014, 08:48 Pigeon
Thanks Woz.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 19, 2014, 21:18 Pigeon
DangerDog wrote on May 19, 2014, 15:22:
J wrote on May 19, 2014, 11:50:
So, based on the law of Windows, this will be the good one right? I mean: good, flop, good, flop...

...What's the joke? I missed it whilst I was typing.

They're not giving up on trying to herd people into switching to "modern apps", being able to run them on the desktop in a real windowed environment does very little to appease me but I'm sure the drooling masses with make the switch just because it'll be so "easy" for them to get programs from Microsoft's app store.

If they go full retard and make the whole thing work mostly from the "cloud" then it'll be truly time to switch to one of the many flavors of Linux desktop distros.

Windows 9 will come out a few months after I finally break down and build a new computer using 8.1. That's how I got stuck with the bastard child Vista for my current OS. I noticed AMD can't even be assed to release new video drivers for it, when they've got 14.4 for everything but /rant

In all seriousness I don't have high hopes for win9. I haven't seen a lot of good decision making coming from Microsoft lately. If they still insist on forcing a mobile/touch screen UI on a desktop environment, people are going to treat it like the Frankenstein monster it is; i.e. go after it with pitch forks and torches.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization May 19, 2014, 10:12 Pigeon
"Unless you’re shooting for a degree in Angry Birds, tablets are a horrible back-to-school purchase. You can’t write a 10-page research paper with an iPad".

In addition, also mentioned in the article, if you have to take notes more detailed than a few sentences you're going to want actual pen and paper. Though most of the article reads like an advertisement for OneNote, and Surface Pro. I had to laugh when a^2+b^2=c^2 was the example given for "complex drawn-out equations".
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