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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Op Ed
113. Re: Op Ed Jul 27, 2014, 22:16 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 19:16:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 18:44:
Since when is "there's no point in even having the discussion" a point in the middle? That's as far out to the extreme as you can get...it's the same as saying, there is no issue.

You can't say that because it makes it clear you didn't actually -read- this specific article. Perhaps you scanned the words, but you obviously didn't make any attempt to understand what was being said.

That quote isn't mine, it's NKDs. I was pretty clear in my complaints that any debate feels like moderate discourse is shut out, case in point this article had comments locked when I tried post there. That's how I feel about you quoting my responses by the way.

Well then, by all means abandon the field. I'm sure you'll be much more effective in helping by doing nothing. Those trolls will realize on their own just how destructive they are...heaven forbid anyone disagree with you, or quote you.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
111. Re: Op Ed Jul 27, 2014, 18:44 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 15:43:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 12:29:
I don't give a flying fuck how badly someone else mistreated you in the past, that doesn't justify a claim of "there's no point in even having the discussion anymore".

Yep you're all about open discussion alright. Why are people sharing their own experiences? This isn't the first article johnny moderator, people are talking the whole issue and not just this singular one.

No one can make any point in the middle without being attacked by either side, there are several examples in this topic. I can't say 'that article seems one sided and doesn't really explore the issue in depth in a way that actually promotes open discussion' because then I'm a woman bashing MRA guy.

Since when is "there's no point in even having the discussion" a point in the middle? That's as far out to the extreme as you can get...it's the same as saying, there is no issue.

And it's not that saying 'that article seems one sided and doesn't really explore the issue in depth in a way that actually promotes open discussion' makes you a "woman bashing MRA guy". You can't say that because it makes it clear you didn't actually -read- this specific article. Perhaps you scanned the words, but you obviously didn't make any attempt to understand what was being said.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
109. Re: Op Ed Jul 27, 2014, 12:29 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 01:21:
NKD wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 17:38:
Just listened to that bit from TB, and he's really right on there. There's no point in even having the discussion anymore. The douchebags and the Tumblr SJWs can just fight it out amongst each other and accomplish nothing. Those of us who are reasonable, rational human beings are giving up on the subject.

That's really the problem with these topics in general, no middle ground or room to disagree about a specific idea. Everyone has to pick a side as if we're playing a really dumb sport. I had to scuttle a friendship with someone who turned into a pretty militant feminist. Nothing was ever good enough for her and I tired quickly of even the slightest concession being met with hostility and a rant about how men have oppressed them since times of yore. If I sympathized I was being patronizing. If I tried to make any concessions or identify with the problems I was just a man and part of the problem, how could I understand the plight of women? If I tried to point out any flaws or logical problems in her rhetoric suddenly I was a woman basher.

These people don't know they are their own worst enemy.

I'm still having problems understanding why so many of you are arguing points that have -nothing- to do with this article, as justifications for not reading or discussing the article. I don't give a flying fuck how badly someone else mistreated you in the past, that doesn't justify a claim of "there's no point in even having the discussion anymore". I agree there's little to be gained by discussing the situation with the fanatics on either side. But fanatics of any stripe are rarely interested in discussion (it's hardly specific to this issue)...and the vast majority of people don't fall into those groups, so there are plenty of people who will have actual discussions. The trolls from both sides will try to convince you to drop it, that it (or you) are not fit for discussion. Fuck them...the minute they make that claim, they've put themselves clearly on the side of making the issue worse, and they've declared they don't give a shit about solving it.

This article did and said nothing to justify a refusal to read or discuss it. Abandoning discussion altogether -makes- you a part of the problem, just as much as making the rape and death threats do, just as much as blowing off supporters simply due to their gender does. You cannot improve a situation if you won't even talk about it.

I think this says it better than I could: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" -- disputed sources
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Jul 25, 2014, 18:47 Stormsinger
 
And I suspect his predictions about Daikatana demonstrate exactly how valuable and/or accurate his opinions on -this- subject are.

Credibility: 0.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
100. Re: Op Ed Jul 25, 2014, 18:33 Stormsinger
 
Draugr wrote on Jul 25, 2014, 15:30:
In my experience Blue seems willing to accept articles to share, if you want to introduce the discussion, why not submit something to him?

Why would he submit something? That's not what trolls do.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 24, 2014, 22:37 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 19:58:
Microsoft's most boneheaded product is about to be killed off.

When I read the title, I thought they were getting rid of the Steve Ballmer bobbleheads. Guess they're still selling those tho.

Me, I thought they killed off Bob a long time ago...guess I was wrong.
 
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News Comments > Jagex Free Weekend
1. Re: Jagex Free Weekend Jul 24, 2014, 22:34 Stormsinger
 
I really have a hard time figuring out the recommendations on Steam. This battle builder title has some 3700+ reviews, but they don't show the totals. It's rather like they're trying to hide something. But they do show the 49% recommendation for Carnage Racing, so the bar must be disturbingly low.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
82. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 12:01 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 07:15:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 05:30:
You didn't even read the article, did you. How can you say she's OVERstating the case? She's describing ACTUAL events that happened to her and others. How is that OVERstating? Look, I get it. You want nuance, subtlety, reasoned debate. Well, let me welcome you to the real world. That's not what works. What works is in-your-face smashing of biases and forcing change on people.

Of course no one has ever overstated an issue or used extreme examples to make a point. Forget reasoned debate, how about any at all? The moment someone brings up something here they are immediately pounced on as if they are 'against women' and there is only one true view. The article won't even open for comments. Yeah its hard for me to take this more serious, I've been to countries where violence against women is a very immediate and serious problem in a way that not only interferes with day to day life but actually made you feel morally obligated to help. Guilt trip Tumblresque posts preaching to the choir on a Macbook while sitting at Starbucks? Not so much.

The artricle -was- originally open for comments...and by comparison with those comments, this thread (which has plenty of negative commentary, IMO) is heavenly. THAT is why they deleted and turned off commenting. Because the assholes showed up immediately and started in.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
68. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 23:43 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 22:34:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 22:08:

OTOH, there's a -lot- of comments in this thread that go way past bordering on supporting the claims in the article. How many here were saying "suck it up, it happens to everyone"? How many boiled down to "it's not that big a deal"?

No, I don't feel that is a fair summary of what went on here. I don't see anyone actually supporting the negative actions and I don't see anything inherently wrong in people disputing some of the points or offsetting the experiences with their own. What I see a lot of is people acting indifferent due to being harangued about it in very one sided blog style articles (this is not the first, there have been many) that literally close any open ended discussion. Sometimes its not what you say, its how you say it.

There is a lot of scary shit going on in the world and I don't mind telling you that this is barely even on my radar. We will never erase every asshole in the universe and all articles like this do is piss off the more reasonable ones.

First, there is no such thing as a reasonable asshole. Second, maybe you can only deal with one thought or issue at a time, but some of us have a bit more capability than that. Other unspecified scary things don't stop me from acknowledging that rape and death threats are way more serious than "its no picnic for men either".

And statements like yours, are precisely what many of these "one-sided blog articles" are talking about. You blow off the issue with some bullshit false equivalence, and then get offended when called on it. If you get tired of them, too fucking bad. Grow a thicker skin.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
66. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 22:08 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 21:49:
I don't think many women would have a problem with getting men to condemn their stalkers, their abusers, and their harassers. When they start generalizing, accusing all men of being victimizers, the moral high-ground becomes very shaky. This article borders on that...

Great points Eirik, thanks for a good read. That is how I feel about womens issues now, they have gone too far the other way and almost alienate people with it now. I've worked in several female dominated fields and its no picnic for men either. Maybe I should write a post on Tumblr about not feeling safe.

OTOH, there's a -lot- of comments in this thread that go way past bordering on supporting the claims in the article. How many here were saying "suck it up, it happens to everyone"? How many boiled down to "it's not that big a deal"?

Over half, at a rough count. That's pretty damned telling, in my view.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
65. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 22:00 Stormsinger
 
SlimRam wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 14:56:
Just a quick life lesson from yours truly.

Men have always dominated this planet.

Men will ALWAYS dominate this planet, unless a woman creates an army strong enough to defeat man altogether (and unless there's some kind of sex wars that started and I haven't heard about it then that's probably never going to happen).

Men mostly have designed and created society and the laws that govern it.

If women want anything to change they simply have to remove all men from positions of power. And the only way that'll ever happen is if there is war against men, worldwide, and they win. The problem with this is men tend to be very good at war & in times of crisis, they band together.

So there you have it, the problem is solved, either sex war against the entire world or nothing changes. Simple really
Or maybe, some day enough men will grow the fuck up and stop putting up with the rest of the immature assholes, and things will actually get a bit better.

Frankly, I'm all for prosecuting every rape threat or death threat. Send a few hundred assholes to jail, with full publicity, and the number of people stupid enough to keep doing so -will- decline. If not, more profit for the private prison industry. Note, this is quite likely the only time I'll every make that statement...it burns, even now.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
28. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week Jul 23, 2014, 16:38 Stormsinger
 
Tim1_2 wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 07:52:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 21:57:
It just blows my mind that what used to be an expense for a developer (beta testing to ensure a working product) is now a major revenue stream. Paying $75, not to mention $150, to do their work for them is a mindset I simply cannot fathom.

Most people that buy into the early access thing (alphas and betas) don't really participate actively in testing. They just play the game.

Hopefully developers don't lose their incentive to actually "finish" games after making a pile of money on early access.... DayZ's been a top-seller on Steam since December and is still in the alpha phase. They could literally just stop development on it now and walk away having made a pile of money. Here's hoping that doesn't happen, and doesn't become a trend.

Agreed, I hope it doesn't become more common...however, history suggests that it will, and that exploitable conditions -will- be exploited.

But even more than that, paying 3-5 times the retail price for an unfinished game is just...odd, to say the least. My own experience with early releases have left me -very- skeptical of them...I've only had one that I found playable and fun. Even there, I suspect I've settled for less fun than I'd have had by waiting for a finished and polished game.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
24. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week Jul 22, 2014, 21:57 Stormsinger
 
It just blows my mind that what used to be an expense for a developer (beta testing to ensure a working product) is now a major revenue stream. Paying $75, not to mention $150, to do their work for them is a mindset I simply cannot fathom.  
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News Comments > Habitat Early Access
4. Re: Habitat Early Access Jul 8, 2014, 20:46 Stormsinger
 
This is an early access offer I'll pass. I'm hopeful that the final version will be half as interesting as the concept itself, and seeing it partially done would only ruin that.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 20:56 Stormsinger
 
Oh, -that- Smart. Pffft!

I thought this might have been something interesting.
 
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News Comments > etc.
23. Re: etc. Jun 10, 2014, 00:24 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 22:44:
Cutter wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 18:51:
Yeah, 1 hit is the very definition of lucky. Guys like Meir, Molyneux, Carmack, CliffyB, Spector, et al. have been knocking out pretty major hits for over 20 years.

Highly debatable. No one said hes an industry authority, he gets to have an opinion like anyone else. If an armchair internet guy like you gets to have one then I think the guy who made millions making a Java voxel game gets to have his opinion too.

No shit...I'd say the one-hit-wonder has infinitely more cred than a no-hit-wonder.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
52. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 20:12 Stormsinger
 
Quboid wrote on May 7, 2014, 10:23:
Who on Earth will preorder or otherwise crowd-fund Towns 2? Oh who am I kidding, loads of people will.

The same people that still click on spam...there's a lot of truly stupid people out there, as P.T. Barnum observed.
 
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
17. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 4, 2014, 11:04 Stormsinger
 
nin wrote on May 4, 2014, 00:46:
What they didn't mention was that if your phone was lost or replaced, you'd have to jump through hoops to get it turned off.

Exactly why I stick with a physical authenticator.

Those have the same issues, if hopefully less often. The best you can say for them is that they don't suffer from planned obsolescence, like phones do.
 
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
15. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 3, 2014, 22:48 Stormsinger
 
MattyC wrote on May 3, 2014, 22:17:
None of that makes any sense. If you don't care about the previous Battle.net account, why not just create a new one?

An authenticator was never required. If you didn't care about the security of your account why did you even add one?

I don't care about any of the games on that account, but in order to create a new one, I'd have to create a throwaway email, because I can't use my real one...it's already been used. Again, the inconvenience is totally on my end.

I put the authenticator on the account because they offered some minor benefit in whatever game I was playing at the time, a pet in WOW, or some such...and because it saved -them- money...not because it makes sense for me; none of my characters had anything valuable, and I don't use weak passwords or share my accounts. I've spent too long in the game industry to be careless with security on any account I care about.

What they didn't mention was that if your phone was lost or replaced, you'd have to jump through hoops to get it turned off.
 
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
13. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 3, 2014, 22:02 Stormsinger
 
MattyC wrote on May 3, 2014, 01:58:
Stormsinger wrote on May 3, 2014, 00:48:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:24:
Stormsinger wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:04:
Well, since I can no longer access my battle.net account unless I send them a copy of my driver's license, I won't be dealing with Blizzard again.

I guess I should have said "screw 'em", I don't care how much they spend on customer support for stolen accounts.

Really? That's your big problem in dealing with Blizzard is them taking account security something on the serious side? Geeze, imagine if it was something actually important.

What, you think faxing them a copy of a driver's license means shit? Anyone over the age of 13 can grab a fake image of one of those, under whatever name and picture they like. That's not security, that's just theater...all at the cost of the customer.

So in your world it is both a trivial task that a 13 year old with no income can handle and a grueling endeavor that no adult can afford?

Nowhere did I say it was grueling. I'm just pissed that I'm being inconvenienced for -their- benefit, not my own. I haven't logged into battle.net in years...the phone with the authenticator is long gone, and in order to turn off the authenticator (installed at -their- request, in order to reduce -their- customer service costs) on an account with nothing I care about, I have to send them a document they can't even identify real from fake.

THAT is what pisses me off.
 
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