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Signed On Feb 6, 2004, 19:18
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
6. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 8, 2014, 01:46 SmyTTor
 
North Korea is going apeshit because Sony made that movie about assassinating their leader.

If you didn't think they were a half-step short of reality before...
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
18. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 13:33 SmyTTor
 
Going of the rails a bit more...

In the mid 70's corporations began co-oping conservative political groups and subverting the mainstream ideology with a radical movement with the intent to crush labor unions, the only way the average worker has any quantifiable bargaining power with their employer. This endeavor essentially succeeded, when at the beginning of Reagan's presidency, the President stepped in with the full authority of the federal government and decimated the air traffic controller's union when they went on strike to decrease the amount of successive hours and shifts they endured as it was impacting both the workers health and air safety in general (and of course they wanted more money for all that work).

Since that time, even more money and resources have been put into destroying the ability of workers to bargain for fair compensation that matches their productivity.

To put it simply: people work harder and smarter, making more money for companies, but do not get paid fairly for that increased output.

Handy historical data:

http://s3.epi.org/files/2012/ib330-figureA.png.538

http://www.epi.org/publication/ib330-productivity-vs-compensation/
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 11:04 SmyTTor
 
Obama nominated a guy who spent his time cashing checks from lobbying for cable and wireless companies.

It's not shocking to see where his loyalties lie.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 06:18 SmyTTor
 
shihonage wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 03:37:
Liberalism was not always a mental disorder. Old-school liberals provided a much needed balance,a humane counter to worker abuse, greedy corporations, and to bible-thumping cults. Sexual liberation, and all that.

That time is long over. Modern liberals are Statists who have been defending a totalitarian President. Demagogues who prey on emotion and race to sway low-information voter.

The country has finally woken up. Thus, their asses have been kicked during the 2014 elections, and in 2016 elections, the other shoe is going to drop.

Modern conservatism is not about bible thumping. It's become about fact and reason, the ability to do math and act rationally in the interests of this country and its allies in the world. A candidate that stops dropping Jesus into every sentence, and shows themselves to be resolute, informed, sober, experienced, and optimistic, is going to win.

We're going to have a conservative President. And one day, your children will be thankful for this.


Hello, Kettle!

Let's continue to make up insubstantial nonsense regarding the recent US election, as was spouted during the campaigns by parties, lobbyists, and media outlets, and ignore all the relevant factors involved.

The seats up this cycle were primarily in areas where geographically and historically Republicans hold advantage. That is partially why you heard pundits nattering not a day after the 2012 elections that Republicans would come back with a fury in 2014. No shit; the statistics said as much.

Between the gerrymandering of districts and the amount of voter suppression practices that were initiated by Republican legislatures across the country, the US had the worst voter turnout in over 70 years. That says a lot. Low turnout elections favor Republicans, yet the more represented the electorate is and the process becomes more democratic, Republicans do poorly.

There are a great many other factors that had a huge impact, such as dark money, political exhaustion at the bickering between the two parties, general ignorance of the current state of the country, a massive flood of disinformation, and so much more.

If you think that this is some glowing affirmation of one party's ideology or the condemnation of the other's, you're just completely blinded by partisanship and caught up in everything wrong with what our political system has devolved into.

After election polling have the Democratic participants supporting the Congress compromising on policies by 72%, but Republicans rejecting any compromises by 66%.

That's pretty telling about who might be a bit too inflexible and extreme with their own ideology.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 3, 2014, 13:56 SmyTTor
 
*Obligatory 'socialist' epithet here*  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 14, 2014, 12:56 SmyTTor
 
The judge's comments as to why he declined the recommended sentence is because he wanted to stop her from protesting in the future. That just so happens to violate the constitution on its face. This is why it will be overturned on appeal.  
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News Comments > Respawn Attacks Titanfall Bribery Claims
82. Re: Respawn Attacks Titanfall Bribery Claims Feb 21, 2014, 01:16 SmyTTor
 
Rather than say the game sucks in general, I'll say why it isn't very good, for me.

I realize this is beta and use that grain of salt liberally when seeing the entire opening day scrubbed due to server connectivity issues on MS's side. I do not think it was okay to have the graphics on PC look as dated as they did so close to public release. But, I will say that even bumped up to max, the game ran very smoothly on a mid-range machine.

The auto-aim code is strong with this one. Aside from a weapon that can lock on and automatically track and kill multiple things at once, there is far too much correction going on. You can especially see this in the immediate death replays while waiting to respawn. Or when you wonder how the hell you just hit that guy when your cursor ended up blocked by the wall.

There is way too much one-shot killing. You can kill a guy with a shotgun clipping a foot. You can one-shot anyone from about 7-8 meters away with a flying kick. I'm not kidding. I topped an entire match solely (get it?!) by meleeing.

This is not a mech game. When you get your titan, you are pretty much a wrecking machine if you come across any other player. It's not that it's all just power, you also have about as much speed of movement and agility. That side-step is powerful, even with having it as two very short-timed charges. In one quick backslide I splattered 4 pilots and 4 npcs.

The npcs on each side end up making it harder to locate actual players. However it's a strange mix. The flow of combat is so inhibited by so many features that are crammed into the game. Like the cloaking ability, and the mini-map pointing out enemy locations, and the FOV being capped as it is. Don't get me wrong, those would have their places in other games, but it seems like it was about how many features from other popular games they could put in "Titanfall" rather than how they actually affected game play.

I actually really like the way the double jump/wall sprinting mechanics were implemented and that alone would have been amazing. I just don't think everything combined the way it is fits together into one coherent game.

Lest anyone try calling me out, I was really pumped for this game. I'm not an EA fan, but this game really caught my eye. The game just feels like a run-of-the-mill FPS console port with little else going for it at this point.

I will personally be passing on this game. The only other upcoming FPS that caught my eye was "Tom Clancy's The Division" and I really hope that turns out well.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 5, 2014, 21:14 SmyTTor
 
But if they do indeed raise Prime by $40, or even the $20 low end, would that change things enough?  
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News Comments > Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed
50. Re: Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed Jan 3, 2014, 02:26 SmyTTor
 

Does no one remember the incidents of Amazon removing books people purchased and downloaded to their Kindles?

It isn't similar to what this situation is (though there are enough posts implying as much), but people shouldn't be surprised at how things play out in an era where the copyright and patent systems, which were created to foster progress and protect culture for society in general, are used as weapons by corporations to exclude people from accessing the very culture they are supposed to have a right to.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 20, 2013, 02:58 SmyTTor
 

Such trollbait.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 22, 2013, 04:15 SmyTTor
 
No biggie just use Bing... oh, wait...  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Sep 22, 2013, 07:24 SmyTTor
 
Da Hoppa!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
29. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 1, 2013, 22:30 SmyTTor
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 1, 2013, 19:17:
shihonage wrote on Jul 1, 2013, 18:18:
Well downloading a driver is good...for those "hardcore nerds" as it were. Most people can't install a printer without managing to hose the installation even with an 8 or 16 step sheet of paper.

Please tell me society has not already dumbed back down to the point it can't install a damn driver- or worse that it shouldn't have to, ever.

There is zero compelling reason to switch to Win8, even after they fixed most of the more annoying aspects. None.

Aside from the cheerleaders, I would have to say that 95% of the tech community I work with and speak with have nothing but disdain for Win8 as anything but a cash grab and yet another PinTA for certification tracks.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 19, 2013, 20:30 SmyTTor
 

Don't forget the company executives made aware would have been committing felonies by even mentioning those orders and most likely similar charges as Snowden is facing for his making knowledge of these programs public.

I mean, they are giving that 60ish guy who was growing pot for his wife's illness 10 years. The Steubenville rapists got 2 years while the person who made it public that officials were going to drop the charges because the rapists happened to be top pick football prospects is up for 10 years. The US is holding publicly acknowledged innocent people prisoner on foreign land because... I don't rightly know. Same country.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 15, 2013, 23:20 SmyTTor
 
Not even a peep about the government having the ability to turn off cell phone communications of people even after what is going on with the NSA?  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
3. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jun 15, 2013, 22:14 SmyTTor
 

That they did not knowingly participate.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
6. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jun 8, 2013, 17:27 SmyTTor
 
Some interesting facts to note:

Twitter isn't listed in any of the submitted materials as a cooperative entity.

By law, all these companies cannot acknowledge this program in any way.

All the companies have an existing immunity from the earlier Telecom amendment regarding the TIA (Total Information Awareness) scandal.

TIA as a program was abolished, but the Senate Intelligence Committee kept the policies and gave them legal cover.

Only the Senate Intelligence Committee (a fraction of the Senate and Congress) were aware of the details of the recently revealed programs.

This is being treated as a federal leak investigation when it previously would have be considered in the area of whistle-blowing.

This administration has prosecuted more "leaks" than all previous Presidential administrations combined.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 13, 2013, 18:43 SmyTTor
 
Meh, I'll stick with Bernie Sanders and decisions based on data. Fuck ideology.

Oh, and yeah, making sure people have access to healthcare, what a terrible goal.

Glad we have politicians willing to tell he truth!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT3Px11xN-0
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Anonymous Mar 1, 2013, 22:41 SmyTTor
 
What a massively ignorant grasp of the situation. Did you even read the full title of the link above? Because it's glaringly apparent you certainly didn't read the article it link to.  
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
13. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Feb 12, 2013, 01:14 SmyTTor
 
RollinThundr wrote on Feb 11, 2013, 13:51:

Jdreyer, you seem like a pretty rational guy, why for the love of god would you prefer a party that wants to turn the US into a 3rd world shithole of socialism and make everyone overly reliant on government while bankrupting us in the process? aka see Greece.


I guess you aren't too big on data or facts. When Republicans held the presidency and had control of congress, rights of citizens were lessened and rights of corporations expanded while deficits and spending went off the charts. Under Democratic presidencies and congressional control the deficits have either been, recently, dramatically lessened or produced the staggering effect of a surplus of funds.

I would suggest you dial back on the FOX News agitprops.

As for the most ludicrous 'turn US into Greece' meme certain ideologues try to mainstream (see, proper use of quotes!), I am not sure anyone with a minor grasp of economics other than those of Strauss would even bother listening to it. As a matter of fact, doing what conservatives currently suggest would take the US economy on a fast track towards what Greece IS rather than growing the overall economy.

If you want to see how austerity cannot only stop but damage an economy's recovery, all you need do is look at what is happening to European nations that decided to stop investing in their commonwealths and cut, cut, cut. I feel sorry for England- talk about shooting yourself in the face- err foot. A country with no debt, a world leading currency rate, bodies jumping to lend money at next to zero interest, and rather than invest and stimulate their economy they cut hard.

Or you can learn from history, back when Roosevelt listened to Republicans in 1937 in the recovery from the Great Depression where he decided to acquiesce to austerity measures, greatly stunting what was record breaking growth until removing them.

Boom goes the dynamite.

 
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