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Real Name Russ Whiteman   
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen
150. Re: More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen Aug 25, 2015, 11:11 Stormsinger
 
SXO wrote on Aug 25, 2015, 08:49:
Derek Smart is back to his self aggrandizing shenanigans, and everyone is eating it right up because of how badly they want to hate on CIG now. It's like people have a need to have a controversy to grumble about.

I'm just curious to see how long it will be before he starts doing shit like posting gay porn to court websites (as evidence of something unclear). Derek reminds me of Jack Thompson -so- much, it's gone way past funny...and rapidly approaching pathetic.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 24, 2015, 12:08 Stormsinger
 
Most of that blog would be vastly more correct if one word were added, to make the phrase "corporate privacy policies". It's the same problem we have everywhere when it comes to corporate behavior. Voluntary controls are just asking the fox to guard the henhouse. Legislated privacy policies have none of the issues the blogger refers to. They do have issues, primarily relating to a "one-size-fits-all" design and a designed-by-idiots problems, but the issues are at least different. And I suspect it would be far less damaging to the customers to put the onus on the business to meet national standards.  
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News Comments > More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen
21. Re: More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen Aug 24, 2015, 11:30 Stormsinger
 
NegaDeath wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 11:16:
With this latest move I almost feel sad he's fallen this far. I don't know if it's narcissism or some obsessive compulsive thing but it's out of control.

I don't think he's "fallen"...he's -always- been this low. He and Jack Thompson are two of a kind, scum-sucking opportunists with no working filters in their brain-to-mouth circuits.
 
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News Comments > More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen
19. Re: More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen Aug 24, 2015, 11:27 Stormsinger
 
Justopolis wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 10:43:
No one believes this is about anything but Derek's huge ego and his endless desire to create publicity for himself. He's willing to harm the development of another company's game, and thus all it's backers, just to get more attention and hopefully sell some more copies of his broken, terrible games. What a horrible, selfish person. He'll never change.

He -can't- harm their development. He has no standing to bring a suit anymore, his money was refunded so suffered no damage, not even potential damage. No judge is going to let this move forward.

But your overall point is absolutely correct...he's an asshole to the Nth degree.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen FPS Development Moves In-House
13. Re: Star Citizen FPS Development Moves In-House Aug 18, 2015, 14:21 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2015, 14:08:
Jivaro wrote on Aug 18, 2015, 12:08:
Well, usually this kind of thing is the other way around...development studio hands off project to third party so as to shrink it's own staff or focus on something else. Of all the announcements, this is probably the most positive. It makes sense in just about any way, as opposed to selling more virtual ships or adding yet more stuff....or whatever else they usually announce.

It's rare, but there really isn't much negative to say about this move unless you are one of the people who has been let go.

It could also mean that progress was not proceeding at a pace or direction that was satisfactory, and now a lot of refactoring has to be done, causing further delays.

Well sure it is. Every delay, problem or issue with this game is simply because it's so much bigger and better than initially planned. Why, it's like they were the victim of catastrophic success. Oh wait...the victims here are those laid off, and those who funded it based on false promises (aside from those persistent and/or lucky enough to get refunds).
 
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News Comments > etc.
29. Re: etc. Aug 17, 2015, 22:55 Stormsinger
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 18:11:
You did make a claim: that poverty causes crime (since you deny that the opposite is the case). As for the idea that poverty is not a measure of character and culture, I'd like to see your evidence to the contrary. You don't have any either, so all you can do is spout YOUR propaganda. Even if I could not come up with any evidence for my claim, that does not make yours true by default (the either-or fallacy). If you believe that access to weapons causes violence, then prove it. Otherwise, you could drop an arsenal in the living room of every normal person and the crime rate would stay the same.

Now I see the problem...you simply can't understand what you read. I never claimed you were wrong, I never claimed a single thing. Asking you to support -your- claim is a wholly different thing. It is not denying your claim, it is not claiming something else, it is simply asking you to provide a basis for your statement. And since you apparently can't do this, you cover it up with bluster, strawmen, and moving the goalpost.

While I made no claims, there was definitely an implication that you were being less than intellectually honest. I apologize for that mistake. Now I think it's looking more like rabid racism (if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck), or sheer stupidity.

Whatever the case, I'm done wasting my time (and everyone else's) on you and your shortcomings.
 
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News Comments > etc.
26. Re: etc. Aug 17, 2015, 11:31 Stormsinger
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 10:29:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 09:36:
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 18:22:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 16:41:
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 15:52:
4. Implement economic reforms so that the decades long increase in income inequality is reversed. As well, gun violence is perpetrated disproportionately by the poor and less educated.

Sadly, you have cause and effect mixed up. Poverty does not cause crime (there are large swaths of major poverty in the US alone that have little to no violent crime (property crime is a different story). People don't commit violent crimes because they are poor. Some people are violent, poor, and less educated because of who they are (they lack self-discipline, are sociopathic, lack morality, practice a defective culture, etc.). Poverty and lack of education is a symptom, just like violence. Blaming violence on guns or video games are just defense mechanisms for people who don't want to have to be judgmental about others' behaviors, cultures, or moralities. They are the easy way out.

Got any citations for actual peer-reviewed studies backing up those ideological claims?
Peer reviewed studies to support what? You got any peer reviewed studies that state handing a specific individual a gun makes that person more prone to violence?

Given the obtuseness you display to avoid answering the question, I'm getting the distinct impression that I'll be wasting my time, but here goes.

Do you have any peer reviewed studies (or -any- studies that aren't simply parroting rightwing talking points) that indicate that poverty does not cause crime, or that poverty and lack of education are symptoms of personal character defects? Because that's a damned big claim to make if it's just talking out of your ass.

As for your second point, I made no such statement. In fact, made no statement at all, remember? I simply called you on your bullshit, and want you to back it up, or admit what it is.

There is no such thing as as a study that "confirms" a negative. Do you have any peer-reviewed studies that show poverty causes violence (not is correlated with, not is associated with, but causes)? The default isn't your assumption (that poverty causes crime... that's just you talking out of your ass and misunderstanding how science works). If you want to get faux-scientific (which is what your claim is, since sociological science works in correlation, not causation) about this, prove your point with research first, that poverty causes crime.

Once again numbnuts, I made -no- claim. You did, and I wanted to know if you had -anything- to back it up. Now, given all your blustering and complete refusal/failure to provide any evidence, I think it's pretty clear that you don't. Sucks to be called on your propaganda, doesn't it?
 
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News Comments > etc.
24. Re: etc. Aug 17, 2015, 09:36 Stormsinger
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 18:22:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 16:41:
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 15:52:
4. Implement economic reforms so that the decades long increase in income inequality is reversed. As well, gun violence is perpetrated disproportionately by the poor and less educated.

Sadly, you have cause and effect mixed up. Poverty does not cause crime (there are large swaths of major poverty in the US alone that have little to no violent crime (property crime is a different story). People don't commit violent crimes because they are poor. Some people are violent, poor, and less educated because of who they are (they lack self-discipline, are sociopathic, lack morality, practice a defective culture, etc.). Poverty and lack of education is a symptom, just like violence. Blaming violence on guns or video games are just defense mechanisms for people who don't want to have to be judgmental about others' behaviors, cultures, or moralities. They are the easy way out.

Got any citations for actual peer-reviewed studies backing up those ideological claims?
Peer reviewed studies to support what? You got any peer reviewed studies that state handing a specific individual a gun makes that person more prone to violence?

Given the obtuseness you display to avoid answering the question, I'm getting the distinct impression that I'll be wasting my time, but here goes.

Do you have any peer reviewed studies (or -any- studies that aren't simply parroting rightwing talking points) that indicate that poverty does not cause crime, or that poverty and lack of education are symptoms of personal character defects? Because that's a damned big claim to make if it's just talking out of your ass.

As for your second point, I made no such statement. In fact, made no statement at all, remember? I simply called you on your bullshit, and want you to back it up, or admit what it is.
 
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News Comments > etc.
19. Re: etc. Aug 16, 2015, 16:41 Stormsinger
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 15:52:
4. Implement economic reforms so that the decades long increase in income inequality is reversed. As well, gun violence is perpetrated disproportionately by the poor and less educated.

Sadly, you have cause and effect mixed up. Poverty does not cause crime (there are large swaths of major poverty in the US alone that have little to no violent crime (property crime is a different story). People don't commit violent crimes because they are poor. Some people are violent, poor, and less educated because of who they are (they lack self-discipline, are sociopathic, lack morality, practice a defective culture, etc.). Poverty and lack of education is a symptom, just like violence. Blaming violence on guns or video games are just defense mechanisms for people who don't want to have to be judgmental about others' behaviors, cultures, or moralities. They are the easy way out.

Got any citations for actual peer-reviewed studies backing up those ideological claims?
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Aug 15, 2015, 18:39 Stormsinger
 
NewMaxx wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 16:59:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 13:27:
9-axis motion control sensor, really?

I'm skeptical, too, in terms of how useful it'll be. As far as the axes go, it's a 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer, and 3-axis compass (magnetometer).

So their description is still utter bullshit. 9 sensors is not the same as 9 axes. And I'll be damned if I can see how magnetometers are of the slightest value in this, unless they plan games that include metal detectors.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Aug 15, 2015, 13:27 Stormsinger
 
Gotta say it, this blurb about the "smart ring" controller just reeks of scamware.

9-axis motion control sensor, really? You've got x, y, z, pitch, roll and yaw...WTF are the other three? Sounds like some science/engineering/gaming illiterate marketing dipshit got to make up the PR copy. I'll not be holding my breath on this one...
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 6, 2015, 14:56 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 6, 2015, 13:22:
RIAA says BitTorrent software handguns account for 90% of piracy shooting deaths, demands action.

Yeah, that was my thought too. Gotta love the corporate mindset here.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
57. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2015, 11:07 Stormsinger
 
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 2, 2015, 00:34:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 23:27:
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 19:19:
Blue wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 11:25:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 20:52:
Notify if a comment is added to a post you commented on. Keep the shit goin...


Already present.

Anyone, how does this work? Unaware.

Right next to the "Post Comment" button is a checkbox labeled "Email me when this topic is updated." Simple as that.

Sorry, got it. I'm talking about a message system within Blue's, emails being sent is messy.

Ah...that's a different matter. As far as I know, it doesn't exist. I suspect Blue was interpreting your suggestion the same way I did.

Personally, I much prefer email notification, although it would be nice to get just one email per day, no matter how many topics I've signed up for. Yet more evidence that there's more than one way to...do anything at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
55. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2015, 23:27 Stormsinger
 
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 19:19:
Blue wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 11:25:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 20:52:
Notify if a comment is added to a post you commented on. Keep the shit goin...


Already present.

Anyone, how does this work? Unaware.

Right next to the "Post Comment" button is a checkbox labeled "Email me when this topic is updated." Simple as that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
45. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2015, 11:17 Stormsinger
 
Jivaro wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 10:01:
... That being said, this is a very successful campaign that, despite the negative picture one might draw from the comments here on Blues, has a huge and devoted fan base that is largely in support of the game design expansion. With all the millions that they have generated I think giving refunds to those that kicked money in based on the plan of the original Kickstarter is the right thing to do. I meant it when I said I didn't think he would get his refund though...I am used to companies doing the "legal" thing or the "business" thing, not the right thing.
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I'm pretty sure that's precisely what they did here, the "business" thing. He filed a BBB complaint, and they immediately reversed their stance on the possibility of a refund. Not because it was the "right" thing to do, but because a set of unsettled complaints with the BBB has a negative impact on their ability to continue getting more suckers funders.

While their funders may still be mostly on-board at this point, I believe a very large portion of those who are not funding it (and are still aware of it) see it as a long-running con. I find myself curious how many more years it will be before there is an actual game of any sort, and then how much longer it will take for the MMO. I'm expecting something on the order of DNF's development timeframe, as there appears to be zero incentive for them to actually produce anything but vaporware.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2015, 12:07 Stormsinger
 
I'm not a fan of dropdown navigation menus, unless you actually mean a floating menu, such that it's always on the left, no matter how far you scroll. Don't quite see how that would work for mobile displays though, so it's probably not that.

My own preferences would unfortunately mean extra work for your coders...I really dislike trying to make a single design that works well for both mobile and PC UIs. The hybrid approach generally leads to a mediocre experience on all platforms. Best to have separate pages, one optimized for each.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 30, 2015, 12:17 Stormsinger
 
Washington has never had any more (or any less) trouble making large, complex websites than any other organization. Especially any other organization where ~48% of the people are actively trying to sabotage things.

NOBODY does big web-based systems well...at best, they grown them over a decade and get something moderately functional (like Amazon). Just give any of the big help-desk apps a try, and you'll see what a hellish nightmare the "best software companies" produce.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 30, 2015, 12:12 Stormsinger
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 11:05:
Verno wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 10:51:
The EMDrive stuff is very interesting, it freaks me out to hear some of the smartest minds in the field admit it can work but that they can't explain how.

The thing that blows me fucking away about this drive, which I've been reading about for about a decade, is that no one wants to front the fucking money to actually test it in space. Point it at the moon and turn it on and if it works, then argue about how it can't possibly work. It took NASA over 15 years just to test it in their lab. It took the chinese to actually try it out first and then NASA to say "Ok maybe it works". I realize that it costs a metric fuck ton of money to send weight into space.. but I also know that we spend so little on space exploration technology.

Why spend money chasing after such pipe dreams, when flying unicorns can already make it to the moon in less time?

More seriously, we (the US) don't test it in space because we no longer have a viable space program. We gave that up, because the politicians considered it too expensive with too little pork, remember?
 
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News Comments > King of Dragon Pass Released
4. Re: King of Dragon Pass Released Jul 29, 2015, 18:03 Stormsinger
 
It was definitely difficult if the world and backstory were new to you. Not quite so much for old fans of Runequest. I'd still considering paying to play in a decent RQ campaign, should such a thing still exist. It was an amazing game system and setting.  
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Announced
31. Re: BATTLETECH Announced Jul 29, 2015, 18:00 Stormsinger
 
Minuit wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 17:42:
TangoBaker wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:57:
We can hope. I'm as much a Battletech fan as the next guy but I've always wanted a PC version of the old FASA Crimson Skies. Or maybe even Renegade Legion.

You probably already know this but there was a PC version of Renegade Legion: Interceptor. It was a pretty faithful adaptation of the board game, and was only missing the important rules for how much damage you took when you accidentally knocked over the little cardboard box miniatures.



Be fair now...the amount of damage you took for knocking over the miniatures was totally dependent on who you were playing with.
 
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