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Nickname eRe4s3r
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Description 3D-Modeller, Anime Geek, Internet Addict, Lurker
Homepage http://ere4s3r.deviantart.com
Signed On Jan 29, 2009, 14:16
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General Discussion > BN display on mobile
7. No subject Nov 28, 2014, 14:06 eRe4s3r
 
Blue wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 08:57:
Rhialto wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 08:20:
I believe the really first steps though would be to post this as a news on the main page, maybe in the 'etc.' or 'Out of the Blue' section or something so more people would see it and more chance that someone kindly offer you some help. That would be a good start.

That's how I've planned on dealing with this when I was prepared to bring it up... I posted here and now because of your post.

You need to make that a bluesnews related news post then ;p Sadly I can't help.. but a proper m.bluesnews.com would be much appreciated. Site is sadly unbrowsable on my android tablet. Looks like that screenshot, really.
 
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News Comments > The Pillars of the Earth Game Announced
6. Re: The Pillars of the Earth Game Announced Nov 28, 2014, 14:04 eRe4s3r
 
Speaking of building sims... I want more building/transport sims.. someone seriously has to make a proper remake of Transport Tycoon, except with a more tight focus on industry interactions, more detail and more fictional settings and options. (Ie, mods, themes and such), and the ability to design factories and bus/train yards in more detail. Think the KSP of Transport Tycoons  
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News Comments > Black Friday Tech Bits
1. Re: Black Friday Tech Bits Nov 28, 2014, 13:52 eRe4s3r
 
Not quite sure why I would want "native" mkv support in W10... does MS believe we use WMP for mkv media playback?

Nah.. once you go MPC-HC with MadVR you never go back
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
3. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 28, 2014, 13:31 eRe4s3r
 
That's all nice and such.. but both Fox IT (2004!), and F-Secure (2008) sat on detailed information including a "fix" for this attack since 2009 including fixes for the updates trojan versions! They talked to their local agencies and were "convinced" not to reveal the information to anyone.

Only when Microsoft released a half-assed fix did this become a known attack, until then at least 3 companies, INCLUDING Symantec since at least 2013, did NOT release info about a highly advanced trojan they *KNEW* about.


As in, they *knew* about it. They did not discover it and didn't know what it was. This trojan existed since 2004, and at least since 2009 3 major AV companies had information (apparently Symantex is so superior, they missed the most advanced trojan so far for nearly a decade entirely) and didn't release anything of that to the public, no fix, no info, nothing. Now, end of 2014..., Trojan first seen, 2004.

These companies are nothing but extended arms of the surveillance state at this point.

And especially Symantec.. a company claiming to be the leader of.. something or another.. should be the first to discover this kind of shit. 10 years it took them. In that time that trojan infected all major targets it had 10 times over.

It just goes to show, AV software is a pointless waste of time.

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News Comments > Black Friday Interviews
1. Re: Black Friday Interviews Nov 28, 2014, 13:22 eRe4s3r
 
as usual, the gold is not the article, the gold is some of these absurd hilarious comments.. which remind me that really, it's not yet discovered whether intelligent life exists in the universe. ;p  
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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
1. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 28, 2014, 13:02 eRe4s3r
 
Just to re-iterate.. so called "Anti-Virus" companies sat on this trojan for 10 years, did not fix, did not reveal and did nothing.

Yep, I know whom to trust in the future....
 
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News Comments > The Witcher Adventure Game Released
2. Re: The Witcher Adventure Game Released Nov 27, 2014, 14:32 eRe4s3r
 
Reviews are not kind.. from what youtube has so far, it seems to be .. extremely random, and other players have barely any influence on your play.

But then, it seems a good game for 5$ or so.. not for 9Ä as GOG wants me to pay though.
 
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News Comments > The Pillars of the Earth Game Announced
1. Re: The Pillars of the Earth Game Announced Nov 27, 2014, 14:30 eRe4s3r
 
More adventures is always good ;p  
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Thanksgiving Crowdfunding Roundup Nov 27, 2014, 14:27 eRe4s3r
 
Orogogus wrote on Nov 27, 2014, 14:08:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 27, 2014, 13:51:
This would be really neat.. with a budget 20 times higher, full blown 3D and a proper story.

But as it stands, just another FTL alike

"Just another?" What are some of the other ones? I can't really think of any off hand, although I don't follow the crowdfunds that closely.

Eh, Rogue-likes? I see FTL as a rogue like...
 
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News Comments > Getaway Day Legal Briefs
12. Re: Getaway Day Legal Briefs Nov 27, 2014, 14:21 eRe4s3r
 
Orogogus wrote on Nov 27, 2014, 13:32:
This is exactly like China, or any other country. A company doing business in a foreign country usually has to abide by the laws of both. You tried to blame this situation on the US courts, which is absurd, and then on Google, which isn't much better. As far as I can tell, most US citizens think the EU law falls on the wrong side of censorship, and would not be behind Google if it abandoned our principles for yours. It's a bad place for Google, and I suppose if the EU pushes hard enough that they'll have to get out like they did with China. I just think it's weird that you're acting like the EU has nothing to do with this and it's everyone else's "fault."

US law does not apply in the EU

And German laws don't apply to German companies operating in China? I don't think this has been answered.

Laws always apply to a corporation where it does business. That it also has to follow laws of it's "home" country is obviously a problem for that company but as part of EU a company has to follow national law, EU law and the law of whatever country it does business. There are ways to do company structure to spread this out so that what happens in a country is only relevant to that countries laws ;p But that's why I say US courts fucked it up and why I said google fucked it up. Google could have created another company from scratch for Europe, licensed search algo to that company and have ZERO ties to the US... it choose to argue it's existing structure instead of adapting. The courts decided that google has to give European data to US agencies. Which is, by the way, illegal in the EU.. meaning Google can not follow this US court decision without facing the harshest of harshest legal counter the EU has (Splitting of a company in a US and EU company)

Frankly speaking, to the EU it is completely irrelevant what the US laws are for an US company ,) When the EU says google is not allowed to give the US the european data then that is a fact. It is unchanging. Google does it, google will be crushed.

And to be more frank. Google getting out of the EU? That's a good joke ;p The EU can split Google in 2 companies if it does not comply. Then we will have 2 google companies...

And btw, you should really google that US court decision. ;p
Even if it doesn't really have a lot to do with the right to be forgotten. Google has ignored EU calls for better protection of privacy and this law is the result. But the US courts made it so google CAN not do anything BUT ignore the EU laws for better privacy.

And so we come to the situation we have now.. it's a clusterfuck. And the only way this could be any worse is if Google were an Russian company. ;p

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News Comments > Thanksgiving Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Thanksgiving Crowdfunding Roundup Nov 27, 2014, 13:51 eRe4s3r
 
This would be really neat.. with a budget 20 times higher, full blown 3D and a proper story.

But as it stands, just another FTL alike
 
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News Comments > Getaway Day Legal Briefs
10. Re: Getaway Day Legal Briefs Nov 27, 2014, 13:18 eRe4s3r
 
Orogogus wrote on Nov 27, 2014, 12:47:
Orwell was concerned about privacy from the government, which I don't think this affects. But if you're going to protect privacy, call it that. "Protecting" data by erasing it, obfuscating it and limiting access to it is classic doublespeak. Down the memory hole it goes.

Still curious, though -- are German companies operating overseas not bound by German laws? Is the general European attitude that companies who want to work in, say, China, should just set up a separate company, stepping outside their EU jurisdiction, and do things the PRC way? I mean, EU, whatever, but if Google set up a separate Chinese company and handed over everything the Communist government asked for they'd get tons of shit in the US.

Privacy is privacy ,)

Either way, it's a huge clusterfuck. But the simple principle applies. You do business in the EU, you follow EU laws, you don't follow EU laws, EU will fuck you over so badly you wish you did.

US law does not apply in the EU

And the EU is not like China. But if you want to do business in China you have no choice but to cooperate with a local Chinese company and thus you are bound to their laws. (There is no free market in China)
 
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News Comments > Getaway Day Legal Briefs
8. Re: Getaway Day Legal Briefs Nov 27, 2014, 10:26 eRe4s3r
 
Orogogus wrote on Nov 27, 2014, 00:02:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 23:00:
Google basically had to eat this judgement and the results because the US courts made it illegal for GOOGLE to actually follow the EU laws.

Hence my saying this is something the US courts caused

Wait, so German laws don't apply to German companies operating out of the country?

EDIT: I have to say that "data protection" is one of the more Orwellian terminologies I've heard in recent years. Privacy is well and good, but this is the opposite of protecting data.

It is protecting privacy through laws on data, the opposite of Orwell

How laws work in a world where borders are at best lines someone paints on maps (or where Putin invades and/or annexes land willy nilly) is something to argue about. When you get down to it, Google has brought this upon itself by not splitting EU business into a separate EU company.
 
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News Comments > Getaway Day Legal Briefs
6. Re: Getaway Day Legal Briefs Nov 26, 2014, 23:00 eRe4s3r
 
mixma242 wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 22:45:
And eRe4s3r, what is the stance of the German Pirate Party on the 'right to be forgotten' - does the party support or condemn it?

That's a good question actually, but I fear completely irrelevant, the Pirate Party is defacto dead in Germany (sub 1%)

But to answer it anyway, it warned that the judgement while protecting privacy rights of EU citizen also created a legal loophole for censorship, and that any not yet encountered misuse should be swiftly blocked off via addendum to the law.

At the core this law is by the way, not the right to be forgotten.. that's just how the media calls it. The judgement defined that an US company doing business in the EU has to abide to EU data protection laws. And if it does not, it will face SEVERE punishments. Google basically had to eat this judgement and the results because the US courts made it illegal for GOOGLE to actually follow the EU laws.

Hence my saying this is something the US courts caused

To explain to you why Germany is such a big pusher of this, in Germany Google has a ~95% market share. Yes, you read right. Partially because google is really superior to all other search engines in German, and secondly because Firefox came with google by default, and Firefox is also very popular in Germany

Ps.: And yes, this does apply to ALL companies not just google. Not just to search engines either.
 
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News Comments > Assassinís Creed Unity Free DLC Offered; Season Passes Discontinued
8. Re: Assassinís Creed Unity Free DLC Offered; Season Passes Discontinued Nov 26, 2014, 21:30 eRe4s3r
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 19:56:
Wow. Credit where it's due. "Hey we fucked up, and we're sorry. Here's a bunch of free shit, including one from a few of our newest, premier titles."

Ubisoft released 2 broken games within a few days and now gives you the OTHER broken game for free ;p That ain't a gift, that's a poison pill. ^^
 
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale
52. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Nov 26, 2014, 19:29 eRe4s3r
 
ItBurn wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 19:18:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 19:11:
ItBurn wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 18:05:
Jivaro wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 18:04:
My backlog is, so far, winning the battle this year. Usually I buy stuff even though my backlog is ridiculously long. This year seems to be different for some reason. I have less time to play than in previous years, so that is probably part of it. I have some really well reviewed games in my backlog, which is probably a bigger part. I haven't played Dishonored yet, for example.

I don't have time to play games anymore... It's actually starting to affect my mood...

seems to me you are living your life for pretty much anyone, except yourself and if you notice it affects your mood you should act. You don't need to do anything drastic, but 1 hour a day for your hobby/hobbies is the minimum. Take that time and MAKE that time. A hobby you enjoy will help you counter stress.

Thanks for your concern :p I'm fine, don't worry Sorry for hijacking the thread.

As long as it's true.. any anyway it's not really my .. right to tell you how to live your life. But yeah.. when I read that kind of stuff I worry even if I don't know any of you guys... make time in life for your own needs. You only have that 1 life to make yourself happy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 26, 2014, 19:17 eRe4s3r
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 22:44:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 21:27:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:33:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.

Mostly wrong.
For one, no one can hire their friends in a major corporation. Why? Two reasons:
1) The hiring process involves multiple people
2) You can rarely recommend someone that would be your direct report, and when you do, usually you are exempt from the interview

It isn't hiring someone that has the same qualifications, it's recommending someone that has the right qualifications. Again, job postings get hundreds of resumes, many of which are perfectly qualified. Sorting through them for someone that's qualified, serious about the position, and a good fit is extremely time consuming.
When someone can say "hey, I have my friend here who is qualified, wants to work here, and is perfect for the job," of course that gets listened to.

This is why every company offers thousands of dollars to recommend your friends. Not because of nepotism, but because it's proven to be the most effective way of hiring.

Here:
Nepotism - "I was just elected mayor, I'm going to assign my best friend to be dog catcher."
Not nepotism - "Hey, I see you have an opening for a marketing specialist. My old college roommate is a marketing specialist that's interested in moving here. He's got 6 years experience in the role, and currently works for XXX Corporation. Here's his resume, take a look, you'll see he fits your needs."

See the huge difference?

Both is nepotism according to it's actual definition. The difference is one of (your) morality

Ps.: I dunno if you are just arguing out of principle.. but may I direct you to read the post before the one you quoted? We talked about Unions too close to corporations, aside you literally nobody made Nepotism a main topic Cutter just gave an example for the corruption that some Unions have fallen for. But nobody was actually complaining about that being Nepotism, we talked about corruption, and what Cutter described is most definitely nepotism, and nepotism no matter in what form, is corruption when it comes down to it.

And aside that, I find it funny you bring up Nepotism in a thread that talks about the lie corporations spread that it doesn't find enough skilled workers Which is sometimes directly supported by Unions.

Aside from Cutters example, which isn't about nepotism but rather corruption... nobody made any remark or indeed "whined" about Nepotism

I'm well aware I made it the main thing. Like I said, it wasn't brought up here, it's just a pet peeve when people think that "you need to know someone / network to get hired" means nepotism. It doesn't. But even you are arguing this.


Nah, my argument is that nepotism is "the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends" I am not arguing whether that is needed to get hired in rank and file jobs, but it is a fact that is how the top tier (executive) jobs are assigned. They not running through the same processes as normal job interviews. And specially managers are not getting a job for their "skills" they are getting a job over their connections.

Your definition being so far apart from the actual meaning (where I come from) of nepotism that it made me argue my point.

Executives are rarely via nepotism, either. I've been on the teams for executive search for one of the largest retail chains in North America. We hire an outside recruiter, because you can't just post "General Manager / CEO - 600 store chain" on Monster.com. You go to a recruiter. The recruiter uses LinkedIn, "About Us" pages on similar companies, and her own network. She brings people in. It isn't tapping Bob who your current CEO has drinks with on the shoulder.

And yes, the new GM will probably bring in one or two of his own people, but at that point you probably have a team you want with you. I'm only middle management and I have a kid I'll lure anywhere I go with huge promotion incentives. It isn't that I'm friends with him, I never even hang out with him outside of work. It's that his skillset and personality work perfectly with mine, I know he's incredibly competent, and I know he trusts me.

To be fair, what you describe there isn't nepotism, that's just team coherence in a corporate structure. But believe me when I tell you that what you describe is not how it works in Germany for the big corporations... would be nice if that were true. Say, DB (Deutsche Bahn) you think the manager there is chosen via recruiters? You have to have political clout, connections and people in the upper echelons of power that vouch for you or you'd never get the job to lead a multi-billion corporation.

Maybe I have a different view on this because I was tingling around largely in public-private partnership kind of corporations, ie Universities and the like. Professors are not chosen for leadership positions for their skills or via recruiters... and neither are Union leaders or the big company managers. Politics have their claws in nearly everything big here.
 
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale
50. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Nov 26, 2014, 19:11 eRe4s3r
 
ItBurn wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 18:05:
Jivaro wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 18:04:
My backlog is, so far, winning the battle this year. Usually I buy stuff even though my backlog is ridiculously long. This year seems to be different for some reason. I have less time to play than in previous years, so that is probably part of it. I have some really well reviewed games in my backlog, which is probably a bigger part. I haven't played Dishonored yet, for example.

I don't have time to play games anymore... It's actually starting to affect my mood...

seems to me you are living your life for pretty much anyone, except yourself and if you notice it affects your mood you should act. You don't need to do anything drastic, but 1 hour a day for your hobby/hobbies is the minimum. Take that time and MAKE that time. A hobby you enjoy will help you counter stress.
 
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News Comments > Getaway Day Legal Briefs
3. Re: Getaway Day Legal Briefs Nov 26, 2014, 14:23 eRe4s3r
 
garrywong wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 13:15:
Wow, so America isn't the only one that thinks it can impose its own laws outside its borders?

And the best part is this is something the US courts in their infinite idiocy enabled. By saying that US companies operating in the EU have to abide to US laws even if those laws are something that is illegal in the EU has now a legal stand for that applying in reverse.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 26, 2014, 11:15 eRe4s3r
 
nin wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 10:48:
CrimsonPaw wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 10:45:
I would consider myself "christian" religious, but more from a spiritual side versus a specific denomination. Given that, there's very few things I find more annoying that people pushing their faith on others (though one I do find more annoying is political correctness). My faith is not a badge I wear for all to see, it's just something I use as a foundation for how I live my life. The more you preach from the bible, the less serious I'll take you and the more I'll question what skeletons are hiding behind your rhetoric.

Totally agree. I don't share my views with most folks as I feel like everyone should be allowed to have their own beliefs.


That's how intelligent human beings behave.. but as you both are well aware, there are those who do not accept different views on a subject and will do anything they can to change, or failing that, suppress an opinion.

In the end, tolerance of such is a skill you have to learn, and some people have it. But as in all things, tolerance needs moderation. You can not be tolerant of everything without giving up what makes you human to begin with. (critical thinking and all that ,p)
 
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