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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
31. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2012, 15:27 nutshell42
DukeFNukem wrote on Aug 7, 2012, 14:54:
Fast and Furious, backstabbing Israel

I'm not in the know when it comes to right wing lingo so could you enlighten me here? WTF are you talking about?

And what America needs much more than a new president is a new Congress. Take 535 chimpanzees and let them vote with left banana/right banana. At least they'd get it right 50% of the time.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
29. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2012, 15:17 nutshell42
Verno wrote on Aug 7, 2012, 14:30:
Talk about how private does it better,
They can't because it doesn't.

talk about the greater number of specialists in a private health care system

Turns out they hurt more than they help because there's such a thing as too much healthcare. All those good capitalist specialists try to maximize their profit by doing shit to patients they don't need and getting kickbacks from big pharma for selling too much or the wrong pills.

Healthcare is prone to principal agent problems (look it up) to work without government intervention. There's hardly a market where the three main factors in PAPs - information asymmetry, uncertainty and risk - are more prevalent than in the patient-doctor relationship.

There's a lot to be said for a private element in health care but in areas where those three factors are limited, e.g. goodies like single rooms in hospitals, dentists and other nice to have stuff.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 19, 2012, 17:29 nutshell42
avianflu wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 15:56:
Sorry nutshell but I've been on the beta for 6 months.

Then give me a few example of all the things that are so much more terrible.

However I want the Koolaid you've been drinking!

Oh yes, "I might upgrade a PC" is sooo much shilling.
If anyone here's drunk the Kool-Aid then it's you and your fellow Win8 hate-train brigade.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 19, 2012, 05:41 nutshell42
avianflu wrote on Jul 18, 2012, 15:51:
For non-touchscreen users, windows 8 actually add more clicks to do normal things. Your only real alternative is to use keyboard shortcuts.

The writer of the editorial has no idea what he is talking about.

You have no idea what you're talking about.

The only major thing that adds clicks for normal users is when they search for settings (something Edna in accounting does 400 times a day) or files.

I'd actually dispute the file search because every normal person I know looks for files in the explorer because that's where files reside in their logic. Also the current start menu search sucks for files anyway because the 5 hits it shows are generally not enough and the additional work for the superior search in the explorer is marginal.

That said the new file search sucks just as much because of its lack of contextual actions.

If your whole hatred of windows 8 is based on the additional click required for searching the control panel (if you don't know the keyboard shortcut) and the continued suckage of a stupid way to look for files then you are just a trolling luddite.

Honestly, call it irrelevant all you want. I don't know if even at $40 the advantages are worth it -I might upgrade one PC but certainly not all- but this hatred is ridiculous.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. No, four things you REALLY need to know Jul 5, 2012, 10:50 nutshell42
[b]1. You don't have to use Metro apps.[/b]
On 7 you can't, so if you don't use them at all on 8 it's a strict super-set of 7.

[b]2. The start screen works well.[/b]
I haven't used the start menu for anything but search in ages because it was crap. The start screen can contain a *lot* more.
The act of starting a prog is rarely something you do while multitasking something else so I don't understand the haters.

[b]3. Some stuff is good[/b]
The new explorer is great because it makes lots of cool stuff accessible (honest to god, how many of you used the shift-context menu for stuff like copy as path?) and the new copy handler is so much better than the old one that I might get rid of teracopy. The new task manager is much better, too, and the right click menu in the lower left corner is very handy. I hope it gets implemented in taskbar tweaker for 7. All rather minor.

[b]4. Some stuff sucks.[/b]
You can't avoid the new control panel for some things; search results should be combined if there are hardly any. All rather minor.

[b]5. I lied.[/b]
The upgrade is $40 until Jan. 2013 and contains DVD playback for which they're gonna nickle and dime you afterwards.
Also, there is no start button. Yes, the start menu pops up if you just click in the lower left corner and there's been a windows (or equivalent) key (often 2) on just about every keyboard sold in the last 15 years; but to some the start button is the single most important UI paradigm of post-pre-post-modernism and they just won't shut up about it.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 29, 2012, 15:00 nutshell42
I didn't even bother with the link once I saw the "london" in the URL.

If a Brit was anywhere near an article about the EU you can pretty much assume that it's lies.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse May 2, 2012, 04:00 nutshell42
Goodbye Firefox, hello Firechrome.

But if it stops crashing all the time I don't care how it looks.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Patch Next Week
10. Re: Mass Effect 3 Patch Next Week Apr 7, 2012, 08:53 nutshell42
The Black Widow is actually >>>> any other gun with maybe the exception of the normal Widow, and it's annoying it's 250K.

It's weak on higher difficulties because you get all the disadvantages of the Widow without the punch.

I admit I haven't tried the recoil damper but then you'd either have to give up additional ammo or time dilation which are arguably more important.

The problem is that even the Widow is too weak compared to the Raptor (probably the best weapon in the game. That said I don't use shotguns so I can't compare those) which is available much earlier. It's basically an assault rifle with the scope and time dilation of a sniper rifle (= guaranteed headshots) and you can pump just as much damage into most opponents as with the Widow but it's a lot less risky (not all eggs in one shot).

Plus you only need a SMG as secondary weapon and can drop the heavy pistol which increases your power frequency and that makes up for the small drop in punch against massive enemies.

So I increased the damage of the Widow to make it once again a one-hit-one-kill weapon. Unfortunately a post on the Bioware forum implies that multiplayer weapon stats are saved locally (which would be the most stupid thing ever. Why would you wanna do that?) and they already said they'd ban people for modding SP if it "might unbalance" MP.
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News Comments > ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
36. Re: ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Apr 5, 2012, 12:21 nutshell42
The next game can take place several hundred years in the future and the mass relays can be rebuilt with the help of the prothean survivor you have as a crew mate.

Doesn't make any sense. Jarvik is a soldier and wouldn't know more about mass relays than you do about string theory or would be able to build a F-22 from scratch.

No, the thing is that one of the Prothean relays was on the Citadel. I didn't read anywhere that they removed it so the Alliance could just discover it in the debris (see: Cerberus and the remains of the Collector base if you destroyed it) and, in time, copy it.
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 PC Patched
25. Re: Battlefield 3 PC Patched Mar 30, 2012, 12:23 nutshell42
venomhed wrote on Mar 30, 2012, 10:54:
Doing one big patch like this is for amateurs.

No, doing one big patch like this is for console publishers. MicroSony don't like frequent patches and want money for their quality assurance (that is, making sure your patch doesn't fuck up the console. They don't give a shit otherwise).

You can't expect EA to release more frequent patches just for PC players, do you? That would cost literally dollars! Don't know how many but more than 1 and that's just too much. Be happy that it supports mouse and keyboard unlike Ubisoft's future crap.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
72. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 17:06 nutshell42
DarkCntry wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:32:
Except a specific quote from Sovereign stating that they, the Reapers, are each nations unto themselves...that doesn't support the collected conscience, nor a single unifying controller over them.
The US has 50 States, the EU 27 nations. If anything the fact that each Reaper is somehow a collection of whoever was harvested for its production (otherwise what's the point of the whole space goo operation) then you already have a mixture of some aspects of individuality and a shared whole. The Catalyst is just another level.

As I said, the Geth work in a similar fashion. (Always did, now more so than ever)

I expected a MacGuffin somewhere, but in Mass Effect I wasn't expecting a Star Baby to come out of left field in the last five minutes, give me a run-down of the history of the galaxy despite it slapping the established Lore in the face, and then telling me that I am the sole reason that the galaxy must die.
I had stopped listening by that point.

But then that leads us back to the Space Baby...if that AI was there the entire time, why did it not step up in ME1 with Sovereign?

Reread what I said. The Space Baby isn't inside the Citadel. (it says as much) It's the shared consciousness aspect of the Reapers. The Citadel is just a terminal that can be plugged into the Reaper network (again, as I said, until the Protheans pulled the plug)

Look at it this way: The Crucible is StuxNet.
The Reapers are the Iranian nuke program.

You got the virus and the target but how do you deliver the thing? In the real world they used a worm and waited for it to infect USB drives.

In Mass Effect the Iranians had an external supercomputer (the Citadel) that was connected to the internal network until the US pulled the plug on the server to slow down the Iranians.
But now they infected that server with StuxNet and then reconnected it to the Iranian network. As long as no one in Iran had thought to revoke the certificates of the server (which is sloppy but if you've created an unstoppable force of galactic doom then you need some stupidity on their part) you have access and can infect their system.

The Space Baby would have made for a nice discussion on just how deep the Reapers had been in Shepard's brain if it had just kept its mouth shut.

There's a fine line in ignoring and going totally brain-dead...the latter was required to get through the ending unless you wanted to be stuck with a serious kick in the Wolfman Nads..
Just go and take a dump in the meantime, that's what the Bioware scribes did anyway.

The assets have some sway, but thanks to the lack of distinguishing effects in the different endings, it just didn't help portray that fact.

Even that tiny bit is reduced to its numeric value. It doesn't make a bit of difference if you got the Krogans, some random asset from a scanathon or Boo the Hamster.

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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
60. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:23 nutshell42
While the Catalyst didn't appear until 5 min to midnight the existence of a shared consciousness of the Reapers makes a lot of sense.

It's more or less the same arrangement the Geth use now that they've been improved by the Reapers (or used. They either died because you killed them sooner or later or because their Relay blew up) and if you listen to the Reapers in the games they always sound like mixtures between individuality and a hive mind.

The whole arrangement wasn't that bad. There was bound to be a deus ex machina solution because the Reapers were just too powerful. That solution was bound to be a computer virus of some kind because there's no other logical way to kill all the Reapers across the galaxy in a surgical strike.

Lo and behold 10 min into Me3 we find the plans for the Crucible which even looks like a virus.

So now we need an attack vector, a way to inject it and what better way than to use the Citadel which we know had a direct connection with the Reapers until the Protheans pulled the plug and which we know could keep up that connection over galactic distances.

I just ignored everything after the part where you have to choose between the Red, Green and Blue Button (did that with Deus Ex, too. It's a surefire sign that the writers have stopped giving a shit and so should you) and was quite happy with the whole thing.

My main issue is that your war assets have no real meaning at all and the fact that hours of careful galactic diplomacy are worth less than a shitty horde mode with Jim, Bubba and Bill.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
45. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 13:01 nutshell42
I have unequivocal proof that ME3 sucks: Eurogamer didn't give it a 8/10.
The 10/10 is code, a desperate message from the Eurogamer staff to their faithful readers that BiowEAr (sorry) sEAls (k, I'm gonna stop now have infiltrated Eurogamer World HQ and forced them to write an undeserved hagiography.

On ME's story: No, it doesn't break new ground but it would be quite good for a B movie and that is impressive for a AAA game. Honestly, all it takes for people to say that a game has a great story is for it to have a story.
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Trailer
12. Re: MechWarrior Online Trailer Feb 29, 2012, 14:14 nutshell42
Parias wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 12:27:
This was exactly my thought too, it looked like it dropped with a disposable thrust system to help it get down in one piece.

I'd just like to add that that's not something the Mechwarrior series came up with either. I remember it from an old rules compendium from the mid-90s or something. <- nerd


Also, cool of them to use the exact startup voice from Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries (albeit slightly changed).

Heat level critical. Shutdown sequence initiated...
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News Comments > BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC
77. Re: BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC Feb 24, 2012, 19:50 nutshell42
Given Mass Effect's story and setting, the fact that a fucking Prothean on your crew is not a cornerstone of the plot is pretty appalling.

I think in my opinion it's actually worse than them selling an essential chara for extra-$$$. In the second case they'd just be greedy assholes, but brilliant greedy assholes.

This just shows that Drew Karpyshyn was the only guy with vision and brains on that project.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Demo for All
35. Re: Mass Effect 3 Demo for All Feb 17, 2012, 15:39 nutshell42

So with ME2 they went the shooter route. I didn't like that decision but I have to admit that if you want a shooter then ME2 is a better shooter than ME1.

But this is crap. As a shooter.
1. Your movement speed is ridiculous,
2. cover is glitchy, and
3. half the time you wanna get into cover you do something else because the Use/Sprint/Cover button is now the Use/Sprint/Cover/Roll/Collect Stuff button (it did collect stuff in ME2, too, but there was hardly anything to pick up. Press X to Jason all the way guys).
4. And on a purely subjective note it doesn't really feel like I'm there; there's a detachment between you and the character. Perhaps it's just the horrible animations.

The combat animations are horrible (for J. Jonah Jameson's opinion click here), in fact they've gone from good in ME1 to meh (or bad if you played a female shepard because they canned the female animations) in ME2 to ridiculous in ME3. Anderson is waddling in front of your face, Shepard's either to static if you run or ridiculous (see above) if you sprint and faces still are off, sometimes creepy (they might wanna call Valve).

The PC version is an afterthought.
a. We already know that they weren't ready to invest the time to port Gamepad support (too time consuming; funny how lots of one man operations manage to do it).
b. Textures are bad; in particular there's still the complete disconnect between a character's face and his body in all of the games copious close-ups in conversations.
c. Oh and you can no longer holster your weapon because they had to can the animation on XStation for memory reasons and couldn't be bothered to leave them in on PC.
d. There's no way to unbind the Press-X-to-Jason button and separate all those completely disparate actions. At least not officially, which leads to
e. There's still no mod support. And I'm not talking about a full SDK but simple stuff like retexturing. Expect some ini hacks at some point but that's it.

The demo was really too short and too targeted towards teh HalOZ crowd to judge the story but Shepards interaction with the Defense Committee was definitely written by Bad BioWare

Conclusion: I'm too invested in the series not to buy it. But I'm not 15 anymore and I got so many games I want to play on my shelves that I won't bother with that Origin crap and ME3 until the Steam Christmas Sale and EA's inevitable copycat operation.

Expect me to break down and buy it no later than May.

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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Footage
18. Re: Mass Effect 3 Footage Jan 22, 2012, 13:38 nutshell42
I also like Privateer 2 and WC:Prophecy.

The Darkening really didn't have much to do with WC per se and the cutscenes were a bit high concept (I like them but I see how some wouldn't). The gameplay, story and Clive Owen were top notch though.

Prophecy did a good job in a bad situation and for the first time since WC2 made capital ships scary.

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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Footage
15. Re: Mass Effect 3 Footage Jan 21, 2012, 16:25 nutshell42
peteham wrote on Jan 21, 2012, 13:10:
Funny you'd mention WC, since Freddie Prinze Jr. starred as Blair in the horrible trainwreck of a movie

Yeah, thanks. That was actually meant to be the point of my post, but I forgot to include it. -_-

@3R4as0R (or whatever. Sorry, your name is too k3'//l for me): You do know that there's a wide array of programs that try to help people with mental issues like yours?
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Footage
9. Re: Mass Effect 3 Footage Jan 21, 2012, 09:56 nutshell42
And he didn't talk about Sci-Fi and RPGs but about Sci-Fi and games in general.

Wing Commander had great characters and story (for a game. But ME isn't any better. In fact WC3+4's character development, especially for the main character, blow ME out of the water) since 1990.
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News Comments > PC Alan Wake Announced
25. Re: PC Alan Wake Announced Dec 14, 2011, 16:23 nutshell42
Remedy Entertainment is proud to announce the PC release of Alan Wake.

Fuck you Remedy.
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