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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 11, 2014, 08:50 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 23:40:
It's also something that happened months ago, but trust Ars to be right on the ball.

And I like how the US government's IT department is being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.

I'm not sure what the problem is, everything is backed up onto 8" floppies. It's not like any data was lost.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 11, 2014, 08:42 Pigeon
 
Agrajag wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 06:31:
Creston wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 23:40:
It's also something that happened months ago, but trust Ars to be right on the ball.

Are you sure you're not thinking about his original plea? Or Musk's vague promise to help at the time? This appears to be a brand new update on the situation saying that Musk is giving a million bucks (and a supercharger station for the parking lot)... From what I can tell by the Oatmeal's blog post on the subject (dammit, people, put dates on your posts!), it was posted yesterday... He mentions it being Tesla's birthday, which was July 10th...

Thank you, how hard is it for places to automatically put time stamps on their articles. I'm frequently amazed at how many "news" articles aren't dated.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 19:23 Pigeon
 
The public didn't support the police's plan to chemically induce an erection in a teen and then take pictures of it? Guess they'll just have to label him a terrorist so they can do whatever they want.

This comment was edited on Jul 10, 2014, 21:03.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 10:08 Pigeon
 
Task wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 09:09:
More in-depth article on U.S. VA. Top to bottom u.s. society is constantly degrading from wars, and the pawns the government uses get tossed away.

We pay a lot of lip service to vets, but when it comes to doing something worthwhile for vets like providing them with good health care(mental and physical), as a society we fall flat on our faces. But hey, so long as you've got a yellow ribbon sticker on the back of your SUV its okay to vote for Warhawks that will hold vet benefits hostage as political leverage.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
11. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 09:42 Pigeon
 
We have a social and moral system derived from a 4000 year old bronze age religion. As a society we've obviously adapted it, which in itself wouldn't be too bad, but its generally been wielded as a tool by those with power to oppress those without power. We also have a reactionary society driven by a sensationalistic media that routinely tries to make sense of irrational acts, by finding one facet of a problem and scapegoating it. Thus we get laws that unfairly punish people because we ignore context.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 13:12 Pigeon
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 12:05:
Beamer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 10:18:
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 09:41:
Guess they don't want the truth to come out, so they're pushing to settle.

What "truth?"

Again, why do so many here think there is conspiracy behind incompetence?

Word. How much more money are they going to spend finding a scapegoat for this mess? Politicians are useless.

Cost of 38 studios default: $87 Million
State legal fees: $2 Million
Number of impoverished state residents: 140k
Finding a Scapegoat: Priceless
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 9, 2014, 10:06 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 09:48:
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 09:43:
I just don't get 'e-sports'. Why not just play games yourself?

I don't get why people watch baseball or soccer yet they do. They really do need to stop calling it e-sports. That's the sort of thing that make people roll their eyes. Yeah, a bunch of kids playing video games is a sport? Yeah. Sure.

Well apparently chess and bridge are considered sports, so why not video games? At least they require more hand eye coordination. I agree though calling these things sports is dumb, there needs to be some athletic component. Even bowling requires you to hurl a 14 lb ball down a lane with enough physical dexterity to knock over all the pins.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Multiboxing
11. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Multiboxing Jul 8, 2014, 13:52 Pigeon
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 13:40:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 13:01:
Multiboxing should be banned, plain and simple. It isn't a reasonable practice.

Reasonable is reasonably a relative term. Old friend of mine used to play EQ with 5 computers running 5 separate accounts pretty easily. Just really a factor of money and desire to do it at that point.

Even if they were to ban it, it is almost completely unenforceable from a technical point of view. At best they could make it harder to do but they'd run into a lot of situations where it would be a gray area and they couldn't hand out bans without catching a lot of flak. Not worth their time and since the player is paying for a additional accounts I doubt they care.

You aren't going to multibox anything that couldn't be done by a swarm of 8 year olds so their really isn't any harm that I can see. Maybe for in-game economies but it is nothing you wouldn't be able to accomplish by making your kid/friend (or funding some third-world child to do ;)) do the same for you.

While I'm not a big fan of multi-boxing, I think you're correct that outright banning would be inneffective, and hurt people who have multiple accounts but aren't multi-boxing, such as families.

Frankly I understand multi-boxing in some cases, like leveling multiple alts. After you've leveled a few the leveling experience can be very boring and pointless. And the multi-boxing arena shammy that was mentioned previously should technically be at a disadvantage, he just played bad teams. The obvious problem with multiboxing being the high potential for abuse, i.e. botting.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Multiboxing
4. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Multiboxing Jul 8, 2014, 11:44 Pigeon
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 10:39:
Why? No money is in the game anymore - no AH, who cares.

No official money. Multiboxing is often used by gold farmers, and paid levelers. There is still an in-game economy and gold farmers tend to screw that economy up by farming way more than anyone not using botting programs could. I'm not currently playing D3 so I'm not sure what things are important, but the standard problems are:

1. The value of in-game currency drops drastically
2. The value of relatively easily farmed materials drops making it harder for non-botting players to earn enough in game currency to afford the going rates for rare items.
3. Drop rates for rare items are often decreased as they are seen as being to easily obtained and/or amounts of materials needed for crafting are increased for the same reasons.

So Blizzard cares because botting ruins the experience of those who are not botting, i.e. people not cheating.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 8, 2014, 10:12 Pigeon
 
My Monday night routine is co-op gaming with a few mutant friends.

Wolverine and Night Crawler?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 8, 2014, 10:09 Pigeon
 
I wonder how long till the robots start unplugging themselves.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 8, 2014, 09:34 Pigeon
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:26:
jimnms wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:14:
Do hard drives and flash drives with child porn on them smell different?

No, the child porn BS is to convince the public that this is a good thing and to deflect attention from the obvious. What they actually want is to be able to find any storage devices so that they can be scanned or spied upon. Zero privacy in the United Police States of America.

They're just saying that to be sensationalistic. There's nothing wrong with the police having a dog that can sniff out storage hardware and media. Whether or not they have a warrant for search and seizure is another matter.
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Jul 8, 2014, 09:21 Pigeon
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 20:53:
Slick wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 19:17:
the idea that pc gamers pirate any more or less than console kiddies is a fallacy. search piratebay for xbox or ps3.

people will pirate as much as they're able to. that's all consoles have going for them, that the new console shaven't been jailbreaked yet.

and gamers are whiny bitches. anyone who disputes that is living in a fantasy.

It's not fallacy. Pirating on PC takes a download. Pirating on Xbox takes hardware modification that gets you banned from online. The piracy rate on the PC is significantly higher than the Xbox.

But, in the years since Cliff stopped making PC games, Steam has risen. And PC piracy has fallen drastically since Steam showed up.


So, not everything exists in a bubble.

Its almost like lower prices and easier access decrease piracy. I wonder if the RIAA and MPAA know about this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 7, 2014, 13:23 Pigeon
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 12:31:
You want a credit lady? Haha, are you serious? We're Comcast, you're lucky we let you cancel your servi.....oh shit we're on the news! Quick give her money!

Good job Concast, bill someone for 13 years who isn't even in an area you provide service to anymore then offer a $174 refund. That's the kinda classy that got you voted worst company in the US.
 
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News Comments > The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 Next Week
2. Re: The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 Next Week Jul 3, 2014, 14:01 Pigeon
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 13:54:
...I enjoyed it a lot but the length of time between episodes is much too long. Episodic content doesn't work when the gaps are so long that people forget half the plot, their decisions and their relationships with the other characters...

I picked up Broken Age in the steam sale, but I'm in no hurry to play it for that exact reason. I considered picking this up too, but I'm probably better off waiting till more content gets released.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 3, 2014, 09:34 Pigeon
 
The case was placed on "pending inactive'' status, "until which time evidence of a crime exists.''

Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Jul 2, 2014, 09:46 Pigeon
 
Great you can use clipping exploits to finish a game that is largely about exploring a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 23 minutes, congratulations.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Comcast raises your electric bill by turning router into a public hotspot. Jul 1, 2014, 13:01 Pigeon
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 1, 2014, 12:46:
So they're estimating $2 per month if two PCs were connected to the hot spot, streaming netflix, at all times.

This is an increase over idle. What is the increase over a router that already has 2 pcs connected streaming netflix?

Even still, I'm hard pressed to believe most of these routers will get even 10 hours a year connected, so, yeah, pennies.

Regardless, though, it should have been opt-in and should have come with a bill reduction. Want to turn your router into a hot spot? Save $2 per month on your cable modem "rental!"

I think this is the biggest sticking point to me, they hit you for fees for everything they can think of and when they need their customers to do something for them they act like its no big deal and they're actually doing them a favor. If the situations were reversed they'd be charging a hotspot location rental fee.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jul 1, 2014, 11:55 Pigeon
 
Julio wrote on Jul 1, 2014, 10:36:
Couldn't they have just said that Dorian is 'gay' not 'legitimately gay'? Legitimately sounds like they've required proof to be submitted i.e. a Kinect feed streaming the act

I guess they mean he's not bi, since in the past male-bi characters have been labeled as gay. All the relationships tend to seem very contrived in Bioware games anyways, I appreciate the effort, but I'd rather they didn't bother.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 1, 2014, 10:14 Pigeon
 
What, you mean mouse & keyboard desktop users aren't going to be forced to use an interface designed for mobile and touchscreen devices? What an uncharacteristically sensible idea.

Hopefully win9 comes out sooner rather than later and is actually good. A new build is on the horizon and I don't want to get stuck with the bastard child OS again. Currently running Vista, which runs just fine, but vendors give it no love. AMD has stopped releasing drivers for it, while still continuing to support XP.
 
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