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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2013, 11:06 Pigeon
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 10:27:
Clear case of Tampa Bay losing the game, not the Jets winning it. However, in the end -- "look at the scoreboard."

Hitting a player who is stepping out of bounds when all the other team needs is a few yards to get into comfortable field goal range is always a good choice.

Speaking of giving games away, the giants and 6 turns-overs = cowboy's victory.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2013, 10:37 Pigeon
 
The only thing that's keeping me from being completely overcome by a wave of jealousy regarding that EMU cabinet is the positioning of the screen. It looks like you'd have to stand play it, or find some bar stools, neither of which sounds like a comfortable option. Still very cool though, and all those controllers mmmm.  
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News Comments > Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be "Complicated" (By Activision?)
12. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 11:19 Pigeon
 
Malachii wrote on Sep 6, 2013, 10:55:
And no, I do not believe drops were "tuned" for AH.(prove me wrong.. PROOF , not conjecture or twisting words) We can get into the specifics of the item system being busted, but we've done that a million times already. Point is, the chances of an item dropping that beats what you have by the time you are para 100 is probably worse than lottery odds...So the AH fills this void nicely as well.
D2 players would buy/sell/trade all the time at this point, still not sure why the disdain? cause of the RMAH? If it was just gold would you all be LESS butthurt?

All you have is conjecture too. The only people that know for certain are Blizzard and Activision and some how I doubt they are going to release the details of all the planning that went into the game. We can still come to a reasonable explanation as to why things are the way they are based on their actions.

And assuming acti/bliz's cut from the RMAH was a reason behind the terrible drops, they wouldn't have as much of a reason to alter drops for a gold only AH. Frankly I wouldn't care if both of them disappeared.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 5, 2013, 14:18 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 10:46:
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 10:42:
Apple's DRM might not be a monopoly, but it's enough to keep me from giving them a single penny.

Hit the BatCutter Signal!


I've bought a few songs from them and had varying degrees of success using them on non-apple devices, or non-apple players. I %^&$(* hate iTunes UI and pretty much everything about it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2013, 15:48 Pigeon
 
sauron wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 15:41:
Prez wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 12:26:
Verno wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 10:42:
Got my picks in, toot toot. I hope you all bet on the Jets!

Even a Jets fan wouldn't bet on the Jets if they wanted to win.

Free gift at every Jets home game this year is an official paper bag with eyeholes.

In other news, FFXIV sold 185,000 copies in Japan alone its first week of release. They just had to double server capacity. It's doing pretty well: News

I was thinking of giving it a try once they have the capacity issues sorted out aka, digital sales re-enabled. Sounds like it could be fun for a bit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 4, 2013, 13:41 Pigeon
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 13:19:
Except that this attack would be totally stupid. They're mostly all bad guys in this civil war. Defeat Assad, and the islamists (Taliban, Al Quaeda, and other nutjobs) take over. They're already fighting the FSA, i.e. the rebels that started it all. A military strike would help NOBODY. This is not a good guys vs. bad guy conflict, best to stay out of this.

I believe the idea is that they broke with the Geneva Protocol, and if you don't enforce it, it's useless. The problem in Syria is that both sides are supposedly using it so any strike against one side or the other is just an excuse to give the other side a helping hand. Are these strikes supposed to take out production, storage facilities or delivery means? So far it just sounds like an excuse to attack the Syrian government without specifically addressing the actual problem.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Patch to "Cut the Legs Out from the Auction House"
19. Re: Diablo III Patch to Aug 30, 2013, 08:51 Pigeon
 
Thatís not what we intend, and we do want to address that

Yeah it really was what was intended. I agree that the boring loot and stat system is the core problem with the game, but the awful drops and almost forced reliance on the AH was the bigger insult. Actually I wouldn't be surprised if the boring stats and character building were designed to make the AH more attractive. If you could potentially use a wider range of stats, more of the drops would be usable.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2013, 11:57 Pigeon
 
My computer is going on 5+ years with only a video-card upgrade a year ago, and some added ram. I built it as an $800 PC and I'm pretty pleased with how well its held up. Even the card I upgrade to was a budget card so that was a decent bump in performance with little investment.

I imagine the next time I find a need to increase performance it'll probably be another full build. Not sure I'd be able to salvage much except for the hard-drives.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 26, 2013, 10:16 Pigeon
 
I think Balmer's problem wasn't that Vista was terrible at launch, but more that they wasted a lot of development, time, and money on Longhorn, only to scrap most of it for Vista. Frankly I think win-8 is a bigger failure, Vista was eventually patched into functional and stable OS. Mean while 8 still seems to be insistent on forcing desktop users to use a GUI more suited to smartphones, tablets, and other touch-screens.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 25, 2013, 18:21 Pigeon
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 25, 2013, 17:14:
I still can't see the problems that Microsoft has being the result of just one person. Everyone loves a scape goat though.

I'm sure he bears his share of responsibility. IMO Microsoft's biggest problem is their echo chamber corporate culture. Its like nobody is aloud to criticize ideas, because it doesn't grow the brand. Unfortunately for Microsoft criticism helps pave the way to innovation.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Announced
27. Re: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Announced Aug 21, 2013, 11:11 Pigeon
 
InBlack wrote on Aug 21, 2013, 10:58:
Xero wrote on Aug 21, 2013, 10:29:
Blizzard's catering to a younger crowd these days. I think they let WoW go to their head and unfortunately the beloved more mature Diablo is long gone. What we have now is a WoW in a darker universe that doesn't try to be unforgiving. I agree, the cinematics are always nice and clean, but the writing and dialogue, especially the in-game cinematics are atrociously bad.

This. Blizzard seems to have forgotten that Diablo was a Horror experience first and foremost. I would have forgiven all of D3's faults had they kept the atmosphere of the original games. D3's story isnt bad per se, its just told with so much handholding and without even a hint of mystery that it loses most of its charm a few minutes into the storyline.

Dont even get me started on the skill trees and character progression. Again. Dont. Feels like a goddamn WoW expansion blurb, YEAH FOR 10 MORE LEVELS!!!!! Fuck you Blizzard.

Blizzard's solution to cookie cutter builds was to hand people a box of animal crackers.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Announced
13. Re: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Announced Aug 21, 2013, 09:32 Pigeon
 
I still find their insistence they had no idea how damaging the Auction Houses would be ridiculous. The loot system was tuned to make using the AH extremely advantageous. So was the stats system as there was really only 1 primary stat you needed to worry about, with only 1-2 secondary stats like crit or regen. Oh and magic find, since without it you're chances of actually getting something you want go from crap to nil.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2013, 15:40 Pigeon
 
I've always thought sriracha was over-rated, something in the taste, an odd sweetness that never seemed to fit. Now Cholula and omelets = awesomeness, add a nice cup of coffee and I'm in heaven.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 16, 2013, 23:08 Pigeon
 
I test drove some CVTs a few weeks ago, the accord and the altima. I thought they were actually pretty nice. I found the Honda's a bit more responsive, but then its gas milage wasn't quite as good. If you're a manual driver and like feeling the shifting CVTs will probably drive you nuts, but if you're used to automatics there's a good chance you'll like 'em. I've heard varying and wide ranging claims about their reliability. Probably no better or worse than anything else.

Aero wrote on Aug 16, 2013, 18:40:
I finally gave up on a manual transmission a few days ago after driving them all my life. I think it's got something to do with getting older. I used to enjoy driving more. Now it's kind of just a chore. I want something comfy and easy to handle, and where I can drink my morning coffee and smoke my morning cigarette without the juggling act.

I'm interested in CVTs though. They're still a little new for me to really consider investing in one (want to see how they fair 5 and 10 years on), but they ought to give the best of both worlds.

I definitely do not like flooring the throttle, and then having the car actually decelerate for 0.5 seconds while it decides to downshift. Driving an automatic, you really do have to consider your throttle inputs a lot more carefully.

Orson Scott Card is nuts and he should shut his gob. He wrote some good books back in the day, though. A lot of good scifi writers are nuts though (Phillip Dick, for example), but usually in a more of an interesting, eccentric way. He's just run-of-the-mill far-right nuts.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 16, 2013, 10:47 Pigeon
 

From back when Bush was president:
The Patriot Act was going to turn America into a fascist nation. Well, it hasn't happened -- despite the weird fantasies of the insane Left who talk as if it had.

We've had, for seven years, a President who has thought carefully and sought a balance between compelling opposites. We had to find a way to effectively find terrorists before they acted, without wrecking the Constitution. So President Bush asked for the tools he needed in the Patriot Act, and used other tools that other Presidents had used, including Democrats, and it worked. So far, anyway.

I'd say Card needs to go back and read his own rants from 6 years ago, but I seriously doubt that would produce any enlightenment. I think he is the epitome of what is wrong with politics in this country. So blinded by ideology, right and wrong is only determined by us or them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 9, 2013, 11:09 Pigeon
 
So basically the police completely failed at due diligence with an existing law, and now they get to have a new law that could easily be abused to, ironically, bully people they don't agree with... Yep that sounds like government to me. Don't subject police investigations to more scrutiny, just give those same police more power to do whatever they want.



nin wrote on Aug 9, 2013, 10:26:
Nova Scotia's insane cyber bullying law.

Yep, that's nuts.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
60. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 7, 2013, 18:52 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 7, 2013, 18:37:
And the end of the day even if there is a bit of an alarmist thing going on so we end up with a cleaner and healthier planet? Are you really arguing against that? You could swim in the lakes and rivers in this city 20 years ago, now they all have biohazard signs saying enter at own risk and people regularly get sick when they do go in. Is that part of the green agenda?


Only liberal hipster commie hippies get sick when swimming in that water. They have weak constitutions because they don't eat enough raw meat and bacon grease!

Seriously though, that's a great point, and something I've always wondered. Does anybody actually like smog, or water ways too toxic to swim or fish in? I already live in a place where they advise NOT GOING OUTSIDE on certain days because of air quality. That alone sounds like a good reason to want to clean things up.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Aug 6, 2013, 08:42 Pigeon
 
Javascript the swiss cheese of programing languages. Actually I don't know if it's any less secure than other things, and/or if it's just its popularity that has people looking for holes. On a related note, 'noscript' is a great addon for firefox  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2013, 01:34 Pigeon
 
mag wrote on Aug 3, 2013, 23:50:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 3, 2013, 14:57:
NewMaxx wrote on Aug 3, 2013, 14:25:

Yeah, no kidding. I can't help but be reminded of the wine tests that have been done where people have easily been fooled into preferring the far cheaper product.

Yeah, some of those people fooled are wine professionals.

I don't think this applies universally of course. Beer is a good example. I can tell a Bud from Trappiste blindfolded. And a good tequila like Patron is smooth and earthy, missing the harsh bitter bite of cheap tequila, but even that is pretty subtle. However, for things like vodka and rum, I can't tell good from bad in a blind test.

What is notable about nearly all studies of that sort, is that they are focused on tricking people, rather than actually testing if they can tell things apart with no preconceptions going in. (There are some flat-out blind taste tests including expensive and cheap wines, but I don't think that anyone should be surprised that sometimes cheap wines taste really good and expensive ones taste gross)

The only things most of them prove, in the end, are that:

1: Oftentimes people prefer specific cheaper wines to specific expensive wines

2: Your *expectations* of a taste can make you think you taste it. That is: Expecting the taste of a red can make you think you're tasting a red. Expecting it to taste more expensive will *make* it taste more expensive. Being primed to look for tastes of apricot, leather, dirt, will make you *taste* apricot, leather, dirt.

Surely there's a better place to order top-shelf liquor than TGI Fridays. This may explain why patrons were fooled so easily, they had bad taste to start with.

I tend to glaze over when people tell me about the merits of a wine, sounds like that's for the best anyways.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
11. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 3, 2013, 11:46 Pigeon
 
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 3, 2013, 10:49:
How about business? What do you think they prefer?

Pads are near pure entertainment. Portable DVD players feel rejected.

If you have a job where you can get everything done on a tablet, you're not actually working
 
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