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News Comments > Star Citizen Video
46. Re: Star Citizen Video Mar 16, 2015, 23:15 NKD
 
I wonder if you dudes get tired of having the same conversation and making the same posts in basically the same order in every Star Citizen thread...  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Mar 16, 2015, 12:46 NKD
 
Heh Rockstar is a notoriously shitty place to work that abuses the fuck out of its employees. It'll be interested to see how well that TV drama captures that.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 14, 2015, 00:40 NKD
 
LittleMe wrote on Mar 13, 2015, 23:15:
The police are no longer afraid of the populace. It's not just talk. They've been preparing for an escalated war on the people, militarizing up.

They are basically bypassing the Posse Comitatus Act. The government can't use the military as domestic law enforcement under normal circumstances, so instead they just turn our police departments into militarized units.

You have towns with 30,000 people and very small amounts of violent crime, and virtually no murders, who have bored SWAT teams with APCs and heavy weapons ready to be used on every weed dealer and prank call. The problem with this is that abusive law enforcement have more tools, and more dangerous tools, with which to conduct that abuse.

They use things like mass shootings to justify these SWAT teams because they know no one will sign off on that shit if they openly admit it's just for busting low level drug offenders with shock & awe. But let's not forget that by the time the SWAT team shows up to that shit, everything is over and the damage is done.

Anyone who buys into the line that these ever increasing SWAT teams are necessary is straight up delusional. They get this idea in their heads of SWAT teams being used to rescue hostages and stop active shooters, when in fact that's actually supremely rare and most SWAT teams in most towns won't see a call like that but once every few years.

But in this country we have this pussy little attitude where any expensive, any cost to our freedom and liberty, is worth paying if it saves just one life. How can you argue with people like that? People who will sign off on literally any expansion to police armament and power because they envision it one day saving an extra life, even though the statistics show that those expanded police powers are predominantly used to bully minorities and non-violent offenders.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 13, 2015, 15:45 NKD
 
Verno wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 14:57:
but acting like the cops are just a bunch of cowboys is incorrect and irresponsible.

You haven't been paying attention to what's going on in this country then.
 
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News Comments > BAFTA Winners
9. Re: BAFTA Winners Mar 13, 2015, 12:30 NKD
 
Why the fuck is League of Legends a "persistent game"? It doesn't have a persistent world. It's a lobby game. Yet it's in the same category with EVE and WoW. Fucking World of Tanks was in there too, another lobby game.  
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News Comments > Steam Gift Restrictions Tighten
40. Re: Steam Gift Restrictions Tighten Mar 13, 2015, 08:48 NKD
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 13, 2015, 07:39:

Except what you wrote is not quite true. Most east European countries have far lower standards than the EU or US and yet are region locked and have to pay more for games than their richer neighbours. How do you explain that?

Hard to say. It's not really in the retailer's benefit to charge a higher price to a poorer region because it will cripple their sales and hurt them in competition with pirated copies, so I can only assume there are outside factors affecting their pricing decisions.
 
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News Comments > Steam Gift Restrictions Tighten
38. Re: Steam Gift Restrictions Tighten Mar 12, 2015, 22:37 NKD
 
Orogogus wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 17:53:

You're going to try to have a discussion with Cutter? Why? I don't even have to read his post to know that his argument is going to be, "someone is making money, so fuck 'em all."

There's nothing Cuttard hates more than hearing about a business making a dollar. Especially if they have more than 20 employees. He needs to be sent back in time so he can live in the paradise of family run businesses that he envisions.

Anyway, I don't really see the big deal with regards to regional pricing. There are things you can't sell in poor countries because the cost to produce them is higher than you could reasonable get away with charging. Digital goods are not one of those things. So, instead of not selling their product at all, they sell it on the cheap. If people in Western countries are trying to get their hands on the product just as cheaply, good for them, but they shouldn't feel entitled to it. The only reason that low price is viable in those regions is that the alternative is no sales in that region at all.

If too many people in wealthy countries start grabbing games at the regional price for Bumfuckistan, they either have to start restricting it, and if that doesn't work, simply stop selling their game in Bumfuckistan. Because when push comes to shove, they'd rather continue to charge you $60 than sell in Bumfuckistan.

When I see people bitching about regional pricing it's hard NOT to come away with the impression that their opinion amounts to "Fuck you got mine" and that they don't realize they are shitting on a good thing for poor countries for their own personal benefit. A short-sighted benefit at that, since eventually the gravy train will stop when companies start losing too much money.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
16. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 17:36 NKD
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 15:37:

That'll probably be what eventually happens here, a few whackjobs get arrested for posting rape/murder threats, out of a sea of assholes.

But who does that help? And at what cost?

That's my entire point. It's like someone complaining that their city is flooding and you hand them a five million dollar gold plated diamond encrusted bucket. It sure looks and sounds nice, but what's it going to do against the "sea of assholes" as you put it?

And let's not forget what you originally said, which was that by opposing the five million dollar gold plated bucket, you're supporting rapists and murderers. And if, as you say, I'm over-estimating the resources necessary to accomplish this task, then it's a rusty bucket that isn't going to do them any better than the gold bucket.

Let me ask you a simple question: If people like Brianna Wu are hoping for actual, meaningful relief from the pressures of online harassment while still doing the same stuff that drew the attention of the assholes to begin with, do you, or do you not believe law enforcement can provide it?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 14:30 NKD
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 11:17:
I can see the slippery slope that stuff like this could potentially lead to as well, but I don't think the answer is to just tell people getting repeatedly threatened to just ignore it.

Surely you can understand being threatened with rape and death constantly for months MIGHT actually warrant some sort of more active response from the FBI? Especially in these two or so cases where people have had to abandon their homes/apartments in fear of their lives?

The FBI, and any law enforcement agency, treat threats according to their credibility, not their amount. That's why they haven't delved into online harassment in any real way. There's absolutely tons of it, but it so rarely goes any further than anonymous hurtful words over the Internet. They WILL tell people to try and ignore threats, because there's simply nothing they can do to prevent them. It's a technical and legal impossibility. They sure as fuck will never tell someone to publicize their threats on Twitter for months and months.

Do you really think the FBI can do anything more than waste taxpayer money on symbolic enforcement? Do you really think that it is within their abilities to prevent someone who is unpopular online from receiving harassment? Would some symbolic but ultimately fruitless attempt to catch some online harassers actually do anything to help these people?

I feel like at some point you have to accept the reality that being abrasive and having unpopular ideas is going to get you some angry backlash. Is it fair? No. But until someone puts forward a concrete and feasible plan for getting rid of assholes on the Internet, something that law enforcement can actually run with, it's what you're stuck with. Free expression on the Internet sometimes comes with a high cost. In this case, the high cost of anonymity is harassment and threats that cannot be effectively policed.

I don't think there's really any uncertainty here about what is possible. I think the futility of trying to police online speech has been demonstrated over and over again with such clarity that anyone who knows anything about the Internet knows that the FBI cannot make any meaningful dent in the problem.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 04:05 NKD
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 23:04:
Just try not to support threats of rape or murder, or hey, even harassment, of people you disagree with. Crazy concept, I know.

You sound like some kind of "tough on crime" right wing loon, where you can't possibly be opposed to tougher punishments, stronger enforcement, and more zealous law enforcement, or else you're just supporting rapists and murderers.

I don't support rapists, murderers, or people who threaten same. I also don't support an FBI file being opened up and an investigation getting started every time some anonymous fuck says some disgusting shit online. Contrary to what you seem to believe, you can be opposed to reprehensible behavior and at the same time not give a blank check to waste taxpayer dollars on fruitless efforts to combat it.

And regardless of what I support, it's not even feasible to police online threats in any kind of effective way. I assume you're familiar with the technical limitations.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 11, 2015, 22:41 NKD
 
There's not much reason for the FBI to "crack down" on online trolling and harassment. If you have to choose where to allocate law enforcement resources, why the fuck would that be anywhere on their priority list?

Trying to find a bunch of teenagers hiding behind proxies and people in other countries who like to say mean things on the Internet is not really a good use of their time. Frankly the FBI wastes enough time on bullshit already.

Plus, unfortunately for Brianna Wu and her moron squad, actual law enforcement has a very different definition of harassment than the anti-Gamergate crowd who think that disagreement is harassment because it's unwanted disagreement that they don't want to hear.


 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Rogue Launch Trailer
14. Re: Assassin's Creed Rogue Launch Trailer Mar 10, 2015, 13:01 NKD
 
This is like twice the game Unity is in terms of enjoyment factor. It's more Black Flag, simply put.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
8. Re: Morning Previews Mar 6, 2015, 14:05 NKD
 
DangerDog wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 12:22:
I'm worried that cheaters are going to ruin the online portion of GTA V, they can't even keep them out of the console version so the PC version is almost certainly doomed.

Don't worry dude, Rockstar Information Minister nin has assured us that the cheaters and hackers are burning in their tanks outside Baghdad.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2015, 14:00 NKD
 
LittleMe wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 11:36:
Socialist police powers continue to grow..

You sure it's not Muslim Kenyan Gay Mandatory Abortion Socialism ya fuckin stooge?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
7. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2015, 05:37 NKD
 
TangledThorns wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 22:18:
People won't go with this because the Republicans are involved. Still, anybody that works for an ISP clearly understands how bad Net Neutrality is.

I don't work for an ISP, so put plainly, I just don't give a fuck. I have no desire to look out for the best interests of an under-regulated series of regional monopolies. Anyone who has any sympathy for the ISPs in this country is a fucking candidate for the padded room.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Mar 5, 2015, 13:32 NKD
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 13:25:
is AMD on the list?

No
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 5, 2015, 13:26 NKD
 
loomy wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 11:45:
the only definite here is that you two goons definitely don't know if this is BS or not

I don't think it's too outrageous to say that a claim that 0% of people will get motion sickness while using SteamVR is BS. It's technically and medically impossible for that to be true. Some people are very prone to motion sickness, even using normal monitors, to say nothing of motion tracking VR. Sell thousands of units and you will get at least 1 person who got motion sickness while using it, making it a non-zero value.

Now, Gaben might have intended to say something else, but his claim as quoted is bullshit, plain and simple.
 
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News Comments > Source 2 Games Must Use Steam
9. Re: Source 2 Games Must Use Steam Mar 5, 2015, 12:10 NKD
 
Slick wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 11:57:

because no matter which way you slice it, if a game is listed on steam and ANYTHING ELSE, then steam will get %95 of the sales. so it's essentially a %30 fee to use their engine. a bit more expensive than UE4's %5.

Ah, but it goes further than that. It's not a 30% vs. 5%. Because if you want to sell a PC game you're going to want it on Steam anyways, so Valve will be getting their cut even if you use someone elses engine.

That's the unspoken "win" here for them. Regardless of whether you use their engine or not, they are getting a huge cut of your sales. So if Valve is going to be taking your money either way, why not at least get free engine licensing out of the deal? Valve's 30% vs. Valve's 30% and then Epic's 5% on top, not 30% vs. 5%. That'd make the decision too easy.
 
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News Comments > Ensemble Vets Announce Servo
4. Re: Ensemble Vets Announce Servo Mar 5, 2015, 11:34 NKD
 
Task wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 11:01:
Off topic time - Verno, is Black Sails S2 on DVD/Bluray?

Season 2 just started airing. Not yet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 5, 2015, 10:54 NKD
 
LurkerLito wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 10:13:
Newell: SteamVR headset has 0% motion sickness rate.
I call BS.

Yeah, definitely BS. It's not really a resolvable issue. Some people are not going to be able to get comfortable with the tech, and we just don't know what percentage of people that is yet.
 
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