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Nickname Burrito of Peace
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2 Dev to Australians: "Just Pirate It"
41. Re: Hotline Miami 2 Dev to Australians: Jan 16, 2015, 12:27 Burrito of Peace
 
Killswitch wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 09:29:
I hate to play the "for the children" card...

You didn't, I already did upthread satirically when I knew that you would be doing exactly that later on.

So far you have:
Invoked Godwin's Law
Invoked the tired refrain of "for the children"
Used false equivalency
Used appeal to consequences
Used, admittedly in a subtle way, slippery slope
Used appeal to emotion

I'm not trying to bait or antagonize you, but c'mon...try to make some cogent arguments instead of relying on logical fallacies.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 16, 2015, 09:22 Burrito of Peace
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 19:54:
We can go back to hating those who wear bluetooth ear pieces everywhere again!

You mean ear penises?
 
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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2 Dev to Australians: "Just Pirate It"
28. Re: Hotline Miami 2 Dev to Australians: Jan 16, 2015, 09:05 Burrito of Peace
 
Killswitch wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 09:00:
What if you were a Jew, a Muslim, an African-American, a victim of rape, or a mother of a child?

What if someone is neither of those? Those have zero bearing on your moralist crusade.


Killswitch wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 09:00:
I would go so far as to say that the very fabric of society was being eroded by the actions of those who develop and defend this sort of objectionable media.

Uh, how about no?
 
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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2 Dev to Australians: "Just Pirate It"
26. Re: Hotline Miami 2 Dev to Australians: Jan 16, 2015, 08:55 Burrito of Peace
 
Killswitch wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 07:25:
Are you suggesting we open the floodgates to any and all games where you play as a character engaged in the most heinous of crimes?

We already have. Play any modern FPS in, say, the last five to ten years? While I have no moral qualms about it, you're given the keys to the kingdom to virtually murder your way through, taken across all games in the genre, millions of sentient beings. For example, in the last two Fallout games, you could literally kill every single thing you see...including children with a mod that isn't at all hard to find.

We've become so blaise at the simulated act, that we rationalize it away with some really flimsy logic at times. I think Spec Ops: The Line did a great job in its presentation on the lengths a person can go to when rationalizing behavior that is absolutely horrible. You can try to rationalize it by saying "B...b...but those are BAD guys and we're GOOD guys! Because reasons!" Yet, even then, good and bad are subjective, not absolute. Who's good? The blue sky hero soldier in a pretty uniform "defending freedom and justice" or the former sheep herder who's tired of seeing a foreign power murder his friends and family, impoverish the local population, starve them, and suppress his faith whom decides to fight back to stop it?

Your post is pretty typical of an absolutist and moralist. You believe that there is a definitive line between good and evil and that line must be enforced by "society". Yet, within society, there exists no moral absolute across the whole of society. Whose society? The US'? China's? Niger's? Italy's? Given that the release of entertainment products are now global, catering to as many purchasers as possible, it makes zero business sense to release a product that is hung up on one culture's values.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: 2015 will be the year of container wars Jan 15, 2015, 19:59 Burrito of Peace
 
jimnms wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 19:05:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 12:24:
Registration required, albeit free. Why are we linking to websites that require it now?

http://bugmenot.com/view/infoworld.com

Thanks!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Birdman Jan 15, 2015, 14:51 Burrito of Peace
 
I just finished watching Birdman about 30 minutes ago.

I'm left with the impression that this movie was done either on a dare or because Keaton, Norton, and Stone lost a bet. It's actively abysmal.

Just...ugh. It's not even depressing-but-good-and-insightful.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. 2015 will be the year of container wars Jan 15, 2015, 12:24 Burrito of Peace
 
Registration required, albeit free. Why are we linking to websites that require it now?  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 14, 2015, 10:27 Burrito of Peace
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 14, 2015, 10:10:
CRM is the worst god damn platform I have ever worked on. It's slow, it's unstable, and it's simply awful.

So, your typical Microsoft product then?
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Jan 14, 2015, 10:24 Burrito of Peace
 
"...a small, virtual team..."

A group of AIs are making a game? Neat!

Will it run on Hyper-V, Parallels, WMware, KVM and QEMU? Cause that would be rad.
 
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News Comments > Total War: WARHAMMER Accidentally Revealed?
8. Re: Total War: WARHAMMER Accidentally Revealed? Jan 14, 2015, 10:19 Burrito of Peace
 
In typical CA style, it will require a centacore processor running at 50Thz with 512PB of RAM, a DirectX 55 capable video card with 4PB of VRAM (an Nvidia GeForce Titan XII should do the trick at the low, low price of $10,000USD) and require 65ZB of hard disk storage. Even then, it'll still run like syrup and the AI, despite the hundred million programmers they've assigned to writing just that subsystem, will still do retardedly dumb shit like send a stack of two mobs of pissants against the player's full stack of elite, veteran units one turn after an accepted proposal of a non-aggression agreement.

This comment was edited on Jan 14, 2015, 10:26.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
11. Re: etc., etc. Jan 13, 2015, 22:52 Burrito of Peace
 
Orogogus wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 14:24:
But really, do people think those conclusions are completely valid, end of story?

Since semi-hard statistics were provided, that makes them completely valid. Sales data is what it is and the public voted for what they wanted most based upon what they purchased.

Orogogus wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 14:24:
Games aren't as homogeneous as foodstuffs or office supplies; there so many factors that I don't really know how you would get a baseline to compare from.

Yes, they are. They're an entertainment product. Specific formulas of products sell extremely well and much better than other formulas that don't. For example, what's going to sell more tickets at a theater? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or a film about a blind, black, transgendered midget set in the ghetto against the backdrop of Depression era Tulsa?


Orogogus wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 14:24:
Grand Theft Auto sells a gazillion copies, Watch Dogs sells a lot less than that. Therefore open world games with three word titles are more successful.

From a business perspective, that is absolutely correct. If the statistical data shows that open world Three Words Title sells, say, 180%* more than open world Two Words and that the Three Words Title series sells 562%* more than all games with two words in the title combined, then that is exactly part of the formula that will be used to create the entertainment product. Advertising, sales, and media analysts spend many millions of dollars to figure out the exact formula that will generate the most profit. Certainly, you can't shit in a box, slap the title "Box of Shit" on it and expect it to sell a gazillion copies**. You'll need a quality product that is within the framework of the formula that shows it will sell the most copies.

*Completely fabricated numbers but they work to show how statistics work in regards to total sales.
**Actually, it might. See: Goat Simulator.
 
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News Comments > Universal Combat Advanced Announced
18. Re: Universal Combat Advanced Announced Jan 13, 2015, 14:08 Burrito of Peace
 
Are the pictures on that Twitter account from the first game? I hope so because they look terrible.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: etc., etc. Jan 13, 2015, 13:57 Burrito of Peace
 
This probably has a lot to do with why publishers, who generally cough up large sums of money up front to take a cut of the profits later, didn't want a female lead:

"'Male-only hero games sold 25 percent better than those with an optional female hero, and 75 percent better than whose with a female-only hero,' according to the private consulting group EEDAR. Those numbers may have changed in the past two years."

As a business, with shareholders, payroll, profit, and future growth in mind, it makes little sense to go after a smaller profit when there's a larger one available and a demographic that has the possibility of providing you with that larger profit. "May have changed" is nothing more than a hedge, because there's been no significant cultural revolution that was skew those numbers in a way that drastically changes the purchasing habits of the public at large. CoD, Battlefield, Halo, all the major franchises will still see monumental sales regardless of an all, or mostly, male cast. Tomb Raider is the only game I can think of that has sales in the same range as those franchises but features a female protagonist.

SJW/GamerGate/cause du jour aside, the cold hard facts are that the greatest profit to be made is with a specific formula. As a company, at the end of the day, that is the only reason to exist and the only thing to create product to generate.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
2. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Jan 11, 2015, 12:42 Burrito of Peace
 
Axis wrote on Jan 11, 2015, 11:00:
Obama sits in his little hole and punches out useless executive actions while ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker
European Parliament president Martin Schulz
European Union president Donald Tusk
Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg
Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico
Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven
Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga
Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibachvili
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov
Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz
King Abdallah of Jordan
Queen Rania of Jordan
German chancellor Angela Merkel
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
MK Eli Yishai from Israeli Knesset
Abu Mazen of Palestinian Fatah party
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
Gabonese President Ali Bongo
Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou
Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi
Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa
Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra

... all stand united in Paris to show unity on the terrorist issues. Not even Biden or Kerry showed up, though to be honest there's not a single US leader I feel should be there anyway -- they are weaklings and excuse makers in an office built for better people.



You'll note that no one from the Americas was there, either.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Status Report
6. Re: Star Citizen Status Report Jan 11, 2015, 12:36 Burrito of Peace
 
Sneakycamper wrote on Jan 11, 2015, 09:29:
Oh Boy Here GOes the Future of DUKE NUKEM Forever Again !!! All that Money !! No Game but LOT's Of Money Given to Us That is how to be a SelfMade Millionaire !!! 2016-Update 100 Million and still going strong ! New Investors - Looking to Buy Company ! EA !

Cocaine...not even once.
 
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News Comments > Stardock: Details on Three New Games Next Month
9. Re: Stardock: Details on Three New Games Next Month Jan 10, 2015, 21:31 Burrito of Peace
 
Another vote for Sins of a Solar Empire 2. However, the studios mentioned are not Ironclad Games so, unless Stardock has stripped the IP away from them, I wouldn't expect that game's announcement.

As an old fart, this worries me: "... the new one will be a reboot and have a different set of lore from the classic series."

Why? The original lore, plus the gameplay, humor, writing and music, is what made Star Control. The Kzer-za and Kor-ah religious battle, about which little is known, drove the whole point of the conflict in SC2.

It's like saying "Yeah, we're rebooting Firefly but, uh, it's gonna be Dancing with the Stars in space".
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories
8. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories Jan 9, 2015, 19:34 Burrito of Peace
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 19:22:
A week or so they pulled the 6 month sub plan, many looked at that to be sign. We love signs.

Indeed we did.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
22. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 9, 2015, 14:16 Burrito of Peace
 
Verno wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 11:06:

Ouch, kind of harsh there man.

Fair point. I was feeling pretty crotchety last night.

Verno wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 11:06:
Some people like having a collection that they can resell or lend to friends/family.

Also a fair point. I can do that right now with digital media on USB keys, however. Those people can then play that digital content on a much broader variety of devices, some of which an optical drive simply isn't feasible (tablets, phones, ultrabooks and some laptops for example).

Verno wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 11:06:
It's not necessarily anything to do with needing omega quality, although I have to say the difference between some Netflix bitrates and what you get on a decent Bluray goes well beyond just small things sometimes. It's not like Bluray is a big investment either, most people probably own a console or you can get a $30-50 Bluray player.

But hey if it doesn't fit your use case, I get it. I mean some people don't place importance on these things and view content as more disposable, fair enough.

It really isn't a single price point but, rather, the cost of evolution over time. I think the timeline for optical media is Laser Disc, CD-I/CD-V/MMCD, DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray and now this. Since Laser Disc came out in 1978, we can probably chop it off the list. However, the rest of the list spans from early 1997 to today. The USB port became fairly frequent the same year. So, in that time line, I have 7 different optical input standards versus one data input standard that is bi-directionally compatible. Can you play a Blu-Ray in a CD player? However, I can take a USB 1.1 device, plug it in to a 3.0 port and still have the data available. Likewise, cause I just tested this for grins, I can take a USB 3.0 device and plug it in to a USB 1.1 port and have it function (albeit cripplingly slow by today's standard).

My point is that we already have a common interface standard that is also already present on more playback capable devices (versus optical playback devices) that can also easily support all media standards that doesn't necessitate buying new equipment every five to ten years. Why continue to pay for a chain of technology that is essentially dead? Hell, I don't even install my OS off of an optical disc anymore. When was the last time you purchased a physical disc for a PC game instead of downloading it from Steam/GOG/etc for example? Windows, OSX and all Linux distros can be legally purchased/acquired as ISOs that can be made in to bootable keys.

Regarding streaming versus local playback, there's probably going to be some bitrate loss I agree. However, even that can be addressed without too much pain. While I have a Netflix account, I don't like it as much as I like the video I get off of Amazon Prime. Netflix doesn't seem to do a very good job at read ahead buffering compared to Amazon.

Perhaps I have become the old neckbeard yelling at clouds but it irks me to see proprietary crap being shovelled when I have something that is, at least, equal if not exponentially better and far more ubiquitous that is being ignored.
 
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News Comments > Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines "Pretty Much Dead"
31. Re: Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines Jan 8, 2015, 22:47 Burrito of Peace
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 22:03:
I tell you how I lost a lot of HW over time.... not having a UPS fronting the pc, that is one wise investment in pc health right there. My failures are almost all electric spike related, my main thing was power supply failures. Since I went to UPS's, I don't know 4'ish years ago with a small army of pc's, way better, no-brainer better. I just got one that gave me around 15 minutes up-time, if power goes out, the software is set to shutdown properly after 5 minutes.

I agree. I can't stress enough how important it is to have a good line conditioner plugged in to the wall with a UPS connected to that. In my current house, I've got a line conditioner inline between the panel and the pole drop. I live in a lightning prone area and it's kind of funny to hear it grunt when it's shunting the excess power to ground. I've got a TrippLite UPS in the rack that gives me plenty of time to get the systems shutdown.
 
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News Comments > Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines "Pretty Much Dead"
29. Re: Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines Jan 8, 2015, 21:22 Burrito of Peace
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 14:44:
Yes, except hardware fails.

I can count on zero fingers the amount of time I've had hardware fail that murdered an entire system and I've been building my own machines since the mid-80s. Probably because I've never used a component that was the Chinese knockoff part equivalent of a Yugo.

Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 14:44:
I say this as a man who worked in IT for Lockheed Martin building, repairing, and maintaining PCs and laptops, it's not that I can't, it's that I won't.

If that is so, then you should already be familiar with the route that companies like Dell, HP, Asus, etc. take when building machines. If you're ok with overpaying for cheap, shitty parts that have very obviously failed well before their expected service life well, to quote you, "Good for you."

 
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