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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jun 10, 2014, 08:39 Pigeon
I'm surprised those kids didn't get hauled away by the cops. Honesty and good intentions can get you into a lot of trouble  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 10, 2014, 08:32 Pigeon
jdreyer wrote on Jun 10, 2014, 03:10:
mag wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 23:04:
Verizon will miss deadline to wire all of New York City with FiOS.


Netflix got worse on Verizon even after Netflix agreed to pay Verizon.


Yeah, Verizon is the poster boy for heavy ISP regulation and reclassification as public utility. It's ridiculous how much they charge for how little they do.

mag wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 23:04:
Close to half of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus.

This is... actually pretty surprising.

On the other hand, who CAN'T afford $8/month? (Well some people, sure, but it's a lot less than 50%.)

Compared to cable TV even having all 3 of those is an awesome deal.
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
6. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Jun 9, 2014, 15:45 Pigeon
NKD wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 10:01:
Frijoles wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 09:48:
Wildstar has the worst spam of any MMO I've ever played. And I played ESO, so that's saying a lot. No way that I can see to easily report spammers, either (needs a right-click option in my mail). I kind of wonder why MMOs aren't able to more easily ban spam. Seems like it'd be an easy problem to solve (this email just went to 50 people and has a URL in it, better flag it for review).

I'm not sure why we see so much spam in Wildstar. Their automated bans for gold spam are EXTREMELY aggressive (to the point of causing a significant number of false positives when people set off triggers while merely DISCUSSING gold spam in zone chat), why can't they filter it out at the same time?

I don't understand why MMOs in general don't make an easy ignore/report feature. I remember being astounded with FFXIV how hard they made it to report spammers, bots and cheaters, which entailed being able to remember the random string of letters spammers tend to have for names then navigating through an unfriendly report UI.
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jun 9, 2014, 11:50 Pigeon
Creston wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 11:27:
Classy. Make millions of bucks off selling an incomplete version of Minecraft, which took roughly five years to actually reach an actual release candidate, then complain at the other guys doing the same thing?

I agree that SOME early access games are a scam, and some are released as nothing but a few rudimentary ideas, but there are also plenty of early access games that are released in roughly the same state as Minecraft was.

The Age of Notch is passing.

I saw a quote from him explaining it was mostly a jab at 'minimal effort' early release green-light games, but he also acknowledges the inherent hypocrisy seeing as mine-craft was an early access game for years.

Frankly my take away from it is, if you're doing early access release something people would want to access early.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 9, 2014, 09:27 Pigeon
The league also wants full exemption from state, county, and city taxes. Surprise!

Next thing you know they'll want taxpayers to foot most of the cost of new stadiums while they keep the larger majority of ticket sales, concessions, and naming rights... oh wait, that's been happening for a long time.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2014, 14:43 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on Jun 8, 2014, 13:49:
Zep was always my fave band but let it go. Even seeing them at the O2 was pretty sad. Rob can't get anywhere close to belting it out like he used to.

It's hard on the mortal frame to host the voice of a god.

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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
3. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jun 8, 2014, 11:01 Pigeon
Rhett wrote on Jun 8, 2014, 03:05:
Destiny's looking pretty bland.

Reminds me of Warframe, which is to say pretty bland. I'm pretty sure the Halo crowd will like it. I see nothing to indicate its anything special though.
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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....


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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