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Intel Core i5 @3.6 GHz
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Signed On Oct 9, 2004, 08:44
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 John Wick DLC; Game Free with Movie Ticket
5. Re: PAYDAY 2 John Wick DLC; Game Free with Movie Ticket Oct 21, 2014, 20:19 jdreyer
 
I like this idea. Tie-in games are either A) Rushed, awful, and derivative, or B) Good but years after the movie, or C) both late and awful. But if you're making DLC for an existing game you have a lot of advantages:
1. No need to design a game from scratch. You just design your DLC to fit in the paradigm of the game.
2. Game is already mature and fairly bug free, so there's less chance of it being a mess.
3. And existing player base.

As for the movie, it didn't look very good from the trailer, but the reviews have been good.
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Corporate Lockdown DLC This Month
13. Re: Alien: Isolation Corporate Lockdown DLC This Month Oct 21, 2014, 17:50 jdreyer
 
1. Gonna wait until I have an OR-CV1 in my house before I pick this up.

2. Gonna wait for GotY edition before I'm gonna pick this up.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
18. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 21, 2014, 16:56 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:45:
Creston wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:39:
Thoughtcrime at its finest. Good old UK.

Please, british citizens, come complain about what a shithole the US is again while ignoring the ridiculous government you live under. How's that porn filter working out for you guys?


As mentioned, this is illegal in the us, too. Also Australia.

The wikipedia page shows that most cases prosecuted for animated CP also had real CP. The Maine case was only animated CP and was dropped, probably due to the invalidation in the Handley case of animated images being covered under the PROTECT act. The MO case was cartoons only, but the guy plead instead of going to trial, so who knows how that would have turned out. My feeling is that if someone is charged and it goes to court, they'll be protected by the first amendment. That being said, someone with interest in this kind of material is quite likely to own the real stuff too and will be going to jail regardless.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 21, 2014, 16:45 jdreyer
 
NetHead wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 15:21:
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:15:
No one remembers Bill Gates saying it, either.

Yup, because he didn't.

Also jdreyer I think you may be looking at this wrong. Apple knows that more RAM is needed in time, it's also a cheap thing to add. So Apple does what it does best, here it's preventing people doing easy and cheap upgrades so Apple can sell models with more RAM for far more than they're worth. Just another day for Apple practices.

I am looking at it right, I think. That's why I said I hate Apple. Devilish
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
11. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 21, 2014, 16:42 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 16:30:
You guys are right, that CRPG does look awful.

I don't think it looks that bad, but you have to wonder what they can accomplish with $40K. It looks like they have an engine and mechanics, but adding the ton of content something like this will require will take a lot of time. They're probably a couple of zeros short of what it would take.

I will say that those character designs looked like they came from the bottom finishers at a comicon cosplay contest.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
7. Re: Game Reviews Oct 21, 2014, 14:49 jdreyer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 13:50:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 13:29:
PHJF wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 10:51:
Grimrock is the best game I've played this year. I spent so much time on it over the weekend that I burnt myself out: a late-game puzzle had me stumped for a good thirty minutes before I realized the (extremely obvious, extremely simple) solution. There aren't nearly as many puzzles requiring precise timing and/or movement as in its predecessor, and given the limitations of the engine at work, they REALLY get creative at times with puzzle design.

Oh, thanks Professor. I took this off the list b/c the first one was just too twitchy for me. So I'll check this one out.

Don't believe him then, because Grimrock 2 is definitely even more twitchy, if you don't dance around enemies you will lose, hard. There are even boss fights with timers (ie, spawners that constantly spawn stuff until you kill them) so it fits my definition of "twitchy"

Thanks, Eraser. Off the list again.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 21, 2014, 14:46 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:53:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:36:
Only two years? Amateurs. When you commit online abuse in the USA, we charge you with 50 years in prison and $1M fine. And then you kill yourself.

He didn't abuse, he stole. "Stole." And he never would have gotten 50 years or 1 million. Ever. He probably could have gotten away with no jail time.

He didn't steal anything. That means that he took it and the original owners didn't have it anymore. You're right though, this UK law is about online bullying, not file copying. Still my point is that when something involves computers the government goes overboard with the charges. If Aaron had photocopied that shit instead of copying it onto a flash drive, they never in a million years would have tried to charge him with 50 years in prison. It's prosecutorial overreach with intent to force a settlement, and just another example of how our government "of the people" favors the rich and powerful.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
11. Re: UK convicts man Oct 21, 2014, 14:29 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 11:33:
You guys know that computer created child porn is illegal in the US, right?

Anything "obscene" that involves children, real or otherwise, having sex, is illegal. Only Souter had an issue with this. I can't recall the case, it was upheld in 2008 by the SC after being shot down (and rewritten) in 2002. Child pornography is found to be outside the First Amendment. However, these cases hinged on things other than CGI porn.

In any case, any pornographic image of a minor is illegal. Again, art isn't considered pornographic (you can buy plenty of coffee table books of naked 14 year olds), and porn isn't found to be art. Realistic images that are not of an actual minor, meaning stuff that's photoshopped or CGI or well drawn, is illegal if it's found to be obscene. And non-realistic drawings must also be found to be obscene. I'm guessing Manga is non-realistic drawings. And probably often obscene.

This is a good summary. I hadn't heard about that Simpsons case.

From that wikipedia:

The judge ruled that two parts of the PROTECT Act criminalizing "a visual depiction of any kind, including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting" were unconstitutional, but Handley still faced an obscenity charge.[67] Handley was convicted in May 2009 as the result of entering a guilty plea bargain at the recommendation his lawyer, under the belief that the jury chosen to judge him would not acquit him of the obscenity charges if they were shown the images of question.

So that part of the law was ruled unconstitutional, but the defendant's lawyer didn't have confidence that his client would be acquitted on the lesser charge.

Most of the other cases that were prosecuted, the defendants also had actual chld pr0n, not just cartoons. This one was interesting:

2011 Maine case[edit]
In November 2011, Joseph Audette, a 30-year-old computer network administrator from Surry, Maine, was arrested after his username was linked to child pornography sites. A search inside Audette's home did not result in any real child pornography, but did result in the findings of "anime child pornography". Much unlike previous cases (and likely due to the results of the Handley ruling), the charges were quickly dismissed under Maine law and dropped under federal law.[72]
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
29. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 21, 2014, 14:08 jdreyer
 
Prez wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 03:36:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:27:
NKD wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:07:
I propose that we create a new rule. If a comment thread has an article related to GamerGate in it, we talk about something else like hockey or TV shows we're watching....

Hey, not a bad idea. Let me one up you:

If a comment thread has an article related to GamerGate in it, we talk about Star Citizen. Yes? Yes? YES!


Okay. I find Star Citizen to be sexist because you can target and destroy only female pilots. You can do so without even developing any meaningful relationship with them! AND you can ask them for sex over voice chat while doing it!!! That is horrible and someone needs to do a video on it post haste!

How'd I do?

I agree, I find Star Citizen to be the sexiest game too! All those ships with alluring lines and gorgeous curves rendered with full PBR. All those beautifully rendered nebulae and heavenly bodies. It certainly gets my blood pumping!
 
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News Comments > Hatred Announced
59. Re: Hatred Announced Oct 21, 2014, 13:48 jdreyer
 
@Prez,

You ask a lot of good questions. No one has called for this game to not allowed to be made (one person almost wished for that, but didn't take it that far). So no one is trying to censor.

GTA is a sandbox. There are lots and lots of different things to do. The gameplay isn't solely built around killing people, or it wouldn't have sold millions of copies. Killing for the sake of killing gets boring pretty quickly.

Yes, I think context does matter. Imagine a game in which you are shooting vicious attack dogs trying to rip your throat out. Now imagine a second game in which you are running amok in a kennel. You kill dogs by graphically disemboweling them, by putting a pistol in their mouths and blowing out the backs of their heads, by mowing them down indiscriminately with a full auto AK. In both games you're killing dogs. However, your average person is probably going to find the first game okay, but the second game reprehensible.

And I think you do run the risk of being labeled a sociopath for enjoying the second game. Choices like this shouldn't be restricted on the one hand, but aren't consequence-free on the other.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 21, 2014, 13:33 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 10:36:
Frags4Fun wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 09:57:
That old man was a dick. I don't think the young guy expected it to get that serious but even so, he should have defended better. The old guy was good though.

Windmilling isn't skill. He just got lucky where he connected and the punk got his bell rung. You're right that he should have defended himself better, but he was obviously cocky and thought it was a joke. Life lesson learned.

I think this comment on vsift nailed it:

Poor young guy... he's in a lose-lose situation.

Win and you're a dickhead, lose and you got beat up by an old guy.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Oct 21, 2014, 13:29 jdreyer
 
PHJF wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 10:51:
Grimrock is the best game I've played this year. I spent so much time on it over the weekend that I burnt myself out: a late-game puzzle had me stumped for a good thirty minutes before I realized the (extremely obvious, extremely simple) solution. There aren't nearly as many puzzles requiring precise timing and/or movement as in its predecessor, and given the limitations of the engine at work, they REALLY get creative at times with puzzle design.

Oh, thanks Professor. I took this off the list b/c the first one was just too twitchy for me. So I'll check this one out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 21, 2014, 13:27 jdreyer
 
Apple solders RAM into new Mac mini to block memory upgrades.

Because, as some famous computer guy once said, "You'll never need more than 640K of RAM."

This kind of thing is one of the many reasons I hate Apple.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 21, 2014, 13:24 jdreyer
 
Facebook 'dislike' button 'too complex' to introduce.

Precisely 75% more complex, because it has 75% more letters than 'like'.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 21, 2014, 13:20 jdreyer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 10:03:
How do you guys handle online bought but physically shipped items? For me it's a huge hassle to actually be there when the packet guy/gal is there. And I often end up having to run to places in the boonies to get my packets... ;/ Or my neighbors but they are nearly never at home when that packet service comes

That alone is why I am trending to buying items in physical stores lately.

Can't you have them deliver at work? Or arrange for delivery after 6PM? Maybe it's different here in the states.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 21, 2014, 13:10 jdreyer
 
Donations Pour in After Pro-Gamer Dies During Tournament.

Wow, that's awful that he died, and wonderful that the community is coming together. Comments in that thread are overwhelmingly sympathetic. I wonder what happened to him. He was young and not overweight.
 
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News Comments > Jade Raymond Leaving Ubisoft
76. Re: Jade Raymond Leaving Ubisoft Oct 21, 2014, 03:00 jdreyer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:16:
Forgotten Golden Rule #1: Sticks and stones...


Actually the Forgotten Golden Rule: It's okay if it's in a three-way.

This goes back to ancient Greece. I'm talking about Caesar.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
19. Re: Into the Black Oct 21, 2014, 01:56 jdreyer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 23:43:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:27:
Hey, not a bad idea. Let me one up you:

If a comment thread has an article related to GamerGate in it, we talk about Star Citizen. Yes? Yes? YES!

Is it going to be the greatest game this decade, or the greatest game ever?

Jesus, are you trying to break blues? I mean there has to be some theoretical memory limit to a post count after all.

"Chris Roberts hires Anita Sarkeesian as community manager"


We're not even close to Peak Star Citizen.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
18. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 21, 2014, 01:55 jdreyer
 
sdgundamx wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 00:10:
NKD wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:07:
I propose that we create a new rule. If a comment thread has an article related to GamerGate in it, we talk about something else like hockey or TV shows we're watching.

Anyone been watching Gotham? What do you think so far? I feel like it has a lot of potential but it's not one of those shows I eagerly wait to watch each week. I've never really been able to get excited about procedurals. For example once Person of Interest became more about the overall plot and less about the number of the week, I liked it a lot more.

I haven't seen Gotham or Arrow, but my officemate says Arrow is kind of one those "guilty pleasure"-type shows: not great but reasonably enjoyable if you're willing to just kinda go with it.

What about The Walking Dead or Sons of Anarchy? I felt the first two episodes of the new season of The Walking Dead were reasonably good and getting back to what made the series interesting in the first place (i.e. exploring what is "moral" in a world of anarchy). SoA was a bit of a disappointment at first, but it started to get better around the 4th and 5th episodes.

Anyone seen the new Flash show? The extended trailer I saw a few months back looked really good.
 
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News Comments > Space Engineers Sells 1M
4. Re: Space Engineers Sells 1M Oct 20, 2014, 23:02 jdreyer
 
Gas Bandit wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:23:
Yeah, it's unfinished. It's alpha as hell with bugs galore. I don't recommend buying it yet. But I can't stop playing it (400 hours and counting).

Not to pimp my channel or anything, but if you want to see what keeps me busy, you can see this playlist - all footage taken on the multiplayer PVP server I play on. All battles and casualties are real in-game emergent gameplay.


Watched Space Engineers - The Ghetto Bird fights Pirates!

Can you provide a bit more context? Is this a permanent server you have set up, or are you just fooling around with friends?
 
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