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News Comments > Retail Tower of Guns
1. Re: Retail Tower of Guns Feb 19, 2015, 06:11 TheVocalMinority
 
Great Game, also on GOG:
http://www.gog.com/game/tower_of_guns
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: THE LAST OF US (Teens React- Gaming). Feb 2, 2015, 10:06 TheVocalMinority
 
I see that there are tons of these sorts of video on youtube (x social group react to y media/tech) and I'm not really sure why they exist. I just don't understand why I should care, or anyone for that matter. Can someone enlighten me? Is there something wrong with me that means I just don't get it? OK maybe that last one is a given....

Transgender octogenarians react to Bakelite radios.
 
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News Comments > Steam for Linux Bug Could Cause Data Loss
2. Re: Steam for Linux Bug Could Cause Data Loss Jan 16, 2015, 23:00 TheVocalMinority
 
The problem with Linux becoming more popular on the desktop is that it is now targeted by windows style malware  
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $69M
44. Re: No stretch goal? Jan 9, 2015, 00:06 TheVocalMinority
 
Minuit wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 16:24:
I thought that his next promise was to change the name to from "Star Citizen" to "Battle Cruiser 3001 AD".

CHRIS ROBERTS
CHRIS ROBERTS
CHRIS ROBERTS

Hey it's worth a try, Chris Roberts vs The Blues News Whiny Bitches would be awesome.
 
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
39. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 7, 2015, 00:17 TheVocalMinority
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 14:30:
I have to have an add-in sound card due to my weird motherboard and video combination but in the future I'll just be using the onboard audio.

Creative never updates drivers so if you buy something from them and run into a driver problem, too bad for you.

AFAIK there are driver updates, in fact I'm pretty sure I have updated drivers in my windows drivers archive for some of the Creative cards I've got. However once the Card is superseded they will remove all the driver updates from their web site and legally threaten anyone else who hosts the drivers for download.

Creative would have to be the most anti-consumer company associated with computer games that isn't an out and out scam (and this isnít and industry that is exactly known for it's consumer friendliness). Do not buy their shit people.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
14. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 3, 2015, 15:02 TheVocalMinority
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 13:54:
TheVocalMinority wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 11:09:
Beamer wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 21:53:
TheVocalMinority wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 21:27:
Icewind wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 18:21:
Smells like that article was written by an SJW.

I'd imagine if they were a "Social Justice" warrior they should understand the concept of human rights which the first comic gets horribly wrong (a first for XKCD as far as I know). As soon as I saw that I knew the article was going to be complete nonsense. Didn't realise io9 was gawker media.

This is the weirdest, most incorrect opinion I've seen here.

I was sure I was on the Beamer ignore list. Guess not.

If you think this is the weirdest, most incorrect opinion I consider this to be a considerable achievement given the quality of comment I see on this site.

For the most part I couldn't care less if I am wrong (weird I don't get at all, but there you go). However one thing I'm curious about if you will humour me - are you claiming that the XKCD comic is correct insofar as the right to free speech only exists due to its enumeration in Law? Not a fundamental right acquired just through being a human being?

Oh the irony is rich!

The comic says that you can't say something without getting criticism, and no one else has to listen to it.

You say it's wrong.
I say you're an idiot.

You then criticize me and put me on ignore. By your own asinine logic, you just violated my fundamental right by doing exactly what the comic says you're allowed to do, which you said was wrong.

Holy shit, it's terrifying that you don't connect these dots yet you vote.

Wow you are really starting to loose it Beamer! You misinterpreted what I wrote - I don't use an ignore list, assumed I was on yours after a previous exchange. You also attribute claims to me that I never made. I never stated that you can say something without getting criticism, or that ignoring someone is a violation of a fundamental right.

The comic made a very specific claim about the the right to free speech which is wrong - admittedly, on rereading it, not as egregiously as I had remembered - I've mixed it up with a lot of other things in the same vain I've read recently. It strongly implies that the right to free speech only exists as a result of law, and outright states that it only applies to government restrictions on speech (specifically being arrested for what you say).
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 3, 2015, 11:09 TheVocalMinority
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 21:53:
TheVocalMinority wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 21:27:
Icewind wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 18:21:
Smells like that article was written by an SJW.

I'd imagine if they were a "Social Justice" warrior they should understand the concept of human rights which the first comic gets horribly wrong (a first for XKCD as far as I know). As soon as I saw that I knew the article was going to be complete nonsense. Didn't realise io9 was gawker media.

This is the weirdest, most incorrect opinion I've seen here.

I was sure I was on the Beamer ignore list. Guess not.

If you think this is the weirdest, most incorrect opinion I consider this to be a considerable achievement given the quality of comment I see on this site.

For the most part I couldn't care less if I am wrong (weird I don't get at all, but there you go). However one thing I'm curious about if you will humour me - are you claiming that the XKCD comic is correct insofar as the right to free speech only exists due to its enumeration in Law? Not a fundamental right acquired just through being a human being?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 2, 2015, 21:27 TheVocalMinority
 
Icewind wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 18:21:
Smells like that article was written by an SJW.

I'd imagine if they were a "Social Justice" warrior they should understand the concept of human rights which the first comic gets horribly wrong (a first for XKCD as far as I know). As soon as I saw that I knew the article was going to be complete nonsense. Didn't realise io9 was gawker media.

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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Server "Strike" Plans
42. Re: Battlefield 4 Server Jan 1, 2015, 23:22 TheVocalMinority
 
Slick wrote on Jan 1, 2015, 20:56:
Cutter wrote on Jan 1, 2015, 19:14:
Heh, why do people do dumb shit? Like continually buy this sort of crap from EA and Actiblizz? It's battered wife syndrome I swear. 'No, this time he'll be different! He's changed, really!'

why do people continually post about things they have no interest in, and add absolutely nothing to the discussion? it's self-important cunt syndrome i swear.

^_^

Because it makes a good counterpoint to all the shills and stupid fanboys?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 31, 2014, 03:34 TheVocalMinority
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 31, 2014, 02:47:
TheVocalMinority wrote on Dec 31, 2014, 02:27:
Suppa7 wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 16:44:
Cutter wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 11:54:
Well stop fucking using social media than and problem solved. Honestly, the way people go on about this shit when there's an such an obvious solution.

People are not free, nor rational. The human mind didn't evolve based on the idea of free choice or free market theory. The human brain simply doesn't work like this. Our society is organized around the philosophical basis that human beings are "free" to "decide" when the evidence is overwhelming in the other camp: That human beings are not free and the whole idea of responsibility is flawed.

I'm really curious about the experience of living with this kind of belief system. Do you get up in the morning and wander through your day with no concept that you are the source of the actions of your body? Are your actions essentially random or deterministically dictated by the world around you? Do you ever deliberate on any topic or possible course of action?

It strikes me largely as a philosophical/political position rather than something rational (although I do like that part of this is the claim that people are not rational as it sets up a very nice paradox). I don't believe the claim of their being evidence of "free will" not existing is really defensible when the concept itself is not particularly well defined, even if a team of neuroscientist have managed to predict, with a statistically signification degree of certainty, the arbitrary action that a person with their head stuck in an nMRI machine will make before the self report of that decision is made (which I think is what your "overwhelming evidence" consists of).

You are oversimplifying. Which Suppa is guilty of too admitedly. The point is that our idea of 'self' is an illusion or rather its something that is very fluid. We do deliberate internaly, we can philosophise and we do have intelligence. It's just that when we do these things we do not really understand our motivations for doing them. Please dont confuse this with choice, we can and frequently do choose but the question is WHY one choice over another. This is much more murkier territory and a very interesting subject in neuroscience.

No I agree it is an interesting research topic (for many disciplines). I was more interested in the claim that the question had been settled, what that actually means, and the context of this sentiment being expressed (i.e. Facebook, and by extension personal privacy).

My thoughts are that, at least to some extent, the self is a social construct (certainly in terms of signifier if not signified - if such a distinction is even meaningful) but I wouldn't use the term "illusion" as it is far to loaded (e.g. the self is worthless, to be dismissed, etc.).
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 31, 2014, 02:27 TheVocalMinority
 
Suppa7 wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 16:44:
Cutter wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 11:54:
Well stop fucking using social media than and problem solved. Honestly, the way people go on about this shit when there's an such an obvious solution.

People are not free, nor rational. The human mind didn't evolve based on the idea of free choice or free market theory. The human brain simply doesn't work like this. Our society is organized around the philosophical basis that human beings are "free" to "decide" when the evidence is overwhelming in the other camp: That human beings are not free and the whole idea of responsibility is flawed.

I'm really curious about the experience of living with this kind of belief system. Do you get up in the morning and wander through your day with no concept that you are the source of the actions of your body? Are your actions essentially random or deterministically dictated by the world around you? Do you ever deliberate on any topic or possible course of action?

It strikes me largely as a philosophical/political position rather than something rational (although I do like that part of this is the claim that people are not rational as it sets up a very nice paradox). I don't believe the claim of their being evidence of "free will" not existing is really defensible when the concept itself is not particularly well defined, even if a team of neuroscientist have managed to predict, with a statistically signification degree of certainty, the arbitrary action that a person with their head stuck in an nMRI machine will make before the self report of that decision is made (which I think is what your "overwhelming evidence" consists of).
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Version 1.0 Released
23. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Version 1.0 Released Dec 21, 2014, 22:51 TheVocalMinority
 
Flak wrote on Dec 21, 2014, 18:09:
BN used to be the go-to place for all things PC Gaming, it's now the go-to place to read nonsensical musings of SC haters.
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You're saying that like it's a bad thing...
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 20, 2014, 06:19 TheVocalMinority
 
A #Gamergate link and no comments about it! What is Bluesnews coming to?

Reread The Gentleman's Guide To Forum Spies the other day and had to laugh about how much of it relates to #Gamergate...
http://pastebin.com/irj4Fyd5
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
151. Open Elite? Nov 21, 2014, 07:09 TheVocalMinority
 
Came across this the other day, haven't played so don't know if it is any good but may scratch and itch for those who want to play an Elite type game offline:
http://www.oolite.org/
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective
49. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 19, 2014, 10:01 TheVocalMinority
 
Spektr wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 09:10:
I was trying to take KillCrit seriously then I read his post about Ubi Soft's communist action.. Thank you for this moment Sir I hadn't ROFLed for over a decade. Beware of the communist multinationales!

Troll or False Flag Strawman I'm sure.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 19, 2014, 08:16 TheVocalMinority
 
Every Single Thing About This Gawker Headline Is Click-bait.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
31. Re: etc., etc. Oct 29, 2014, 08:40 TheVocalMinority
 
NKD wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 02:27:
Prez wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 02:05:

This whole line of thinking is so wrong-headed I honestly don't even know where to start. So before Gamergate became a thing Twitter was never used for harassment? Do you guys even think about this stuff before you type it?

Join me!

Using that facility to ban people you simply disagree with rather than just trolls and griefers creates a nice echo chamber which doesn't challenge and hence improve your ideas. This is not a good thing.

Beamer is a smart guy, he just loves the Koolaid a little too much. He brings up some good points about Gamergate which you would do well to consider.

And anyway - I think you have missed a couple of his socks
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
44. Re: Breitbart Oct 26, 2014, 02:35 TheVocalMinority
 
nin wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 14:06:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 12:48:
Any chance for a real discussion is long gone, it's just fanatics yelling at each other now, with moderates getting drowned out in the noise.

Pretty much that exactly.


So I doesnít worry either of you that one lot of fanatics has the mass media at their disposal to disseminate propaganda? I couldn't care less about the "games media" and haven't self identified as a gamer since that term came to mean someone who was willing to install malware in order to play computer games. However the way gamergate has been portrayed in the mass media is really concerning to me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2014, 08:26 TheVocalMinority
 
Creston wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 10:47:

Try Pandora's Star. It is his best book, and it introduces his most popular universe (The Commonwealth.) It's my favorite sci fi novel of all time. I tend to re-read it at least once a year or so. Great characters, great story, great universe.


Word of warning - this and Judas Unchained are actually one very long book split in two, so you need to get both. It felt overly wordy and padded to me - although the nasty aliens are very cool.

Enjoyable enough if you have the time to slog through. Not anywhere near as good as Use of Weapons IMHO, which is the only Banks I've read.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
51. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 20, 2014, 07:20 TheVocalMinority
 
Interesting idea NKD, thanks for that.
I have been wondering myself what the link between Anita Sarkeesian and Gamergate is, given that Gamegate is ostensibly about corruption in Games media and as she isn't a Game Journalist or Game Developer. I found something from that link provided by NewMaxx that seemed to explain a lot (although obviously from a pro-GG POV) and decided to repost it here as others may be wondering the same thing. It is by a Reddit user called kapow25.

"its complicated but it really boils down to the fact that tv, music, and movies are a dying media form. video games are the new route through which cultural attitudes are being transferred to a new generation. this means that video games are becoming an ideological battleground for different groups who wish to control which message video games will carry.

The Dawn of Vidya

From the beginning, games, electronics and programming has been a masculine pursuit. Men are usually the early adopters of any new technology or social structure, therefore the video games and technology industries have developed a very strong masculine culture with masculine values. For the last 30 years no one really cared that this was the case because the industry did not carry a high amount of social prestige. Technology was considered a niche domain of nerds and social outcasts.

This disparaging description was obliterated when technology companies like sony, microsoft, apple, and others, became the most valuable and prestigious companies on earth. Video games began to make more money than movies and music combined. TV ratings began to collapse. Suddenly, nerds like steve jobs became more famous than rockstars. These new rockstars, and the companies they controlled, were almost exclusively men. The consumers of the video games industry were also men, and thus the industry appealed to masculine tastes. The video games industry became a temple of culture, a Parthenon, for the average american male.

Enter Feminism

Conversely, women had shunned technology for the last 30 years because of its negative social connotation. But they suddenly realized that they were on the losing end of a cultural and economic change that would compare to and exceed the industrial revolution.

Various women's groups, "Social Justice Warriors," and post modernists became desperate to get more women into technology fields, not because they were interested in electrical engineering, computer science or video games, but because they wanted to prevent the loss of control that women have in older dying industries. They tried to convince women to major in technology fields but no matter the amount of effort they expend, the proportion of technology majors continued to become more and more male.

This presented a major obstacle to feminists goals. How can you gain female control in an industry if no women want to enter it? They had few female engineers, but they had large numbers of newly minted female writers with worhtless liberal arts degrees. The solution then is to attempt to influence the industry from outside with criticism.

Sites began to appear which started to parrot the narrative of various post modernist and feminist ideologies. The most notorious of these sites was kotaku, a branch of the heavily left leaning gawker group. they published article after article deriding the people and cultural attitudes of the industry men had built. This is the actual title of an article published by kotaku:

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

They began to criticize games not for the merit of the game but for the perceived ideological stance it had on women and feminsim. If a game didnt have enough female heros, if it had women with revealing costumes, if it had "damsels in distress", if female characters were killed, or if anything offended their sensibilities it would be heavily criticized in the games review industry.

The relentless fusillade of identity politics eventually began to affect games companies. EA bent its knee to anita sarkesian when they hired her as an advisor. God of War was delayed for weeks to remove any female monsters or enemies because its was politically unpalatable to see women killed. Companies began to remove "boobplate" costumes from characters. Tech conventions surrendered to the will of adria richards.

Backlash

These political shenanigans were extremely abrasive to two main camps

The first camp is people who just dont give a fuck about identity politics and only wanted reviews to answer one question, "is the game fun?" they view any political considerations to be a corrupting influence to the gaming experience. They argue that if some political group started giving poor reviews to a game because it didnt have enough feminism, it is just as bad as poor reviews for not enough references to jesus christ. game reviews should only reflect the quality of the game and should be politically neutral. their battle cry could be, "STFU and play videogames"

The second camp is a broad coalition of groups who oppose the political agenda put forward by the SJWs for variety of reasons:

Artists who see SJW censorship as a inhibitor to the creative process

People who genuinely enjoy the things SWJs hate, such as sexy characters and rescuing princesses.

Meritocrats who view the identity politics as a form of favoritism and discrimination against people who work hard.

Capitalists who want the market to determine the success of a game, instead of a minority of feminist journalists

people that think SJWs should make their own games instead of fucking up the games of other people

conservatives opposed to social justice theories

MRAs who view the situation as an assault on an area of masculine interest

People who view SJW influence as an outside power trying to control videogames despite the fact that they have no interest in the hobby

people who think the SJW sites dont actually care about feminism or games, they just care about clickbaiting people for money, and they dont care about any collateral damage.

lastly, some are just contrarians who hate being pushed around and having ideologies forced down their throat, especially from people that dont play video games

The two opposing camps became increasingly angry over the SJW agenda. Notable individuals such as Internet Aristocrat, ThunderFoot, Maddox, and Sargon of Akkad began to organize a counter movement. They started making counter arguments on youtube to every piece of criticism that was published by the SJWs. In their videos, they demonstrated many glaring flaws and objectively incorrect statements in the SJW narrative.

A feud between the two sides reached the boiling point. Feminsts attempts to doxx and censor the anti-SJW side became commonplace. Tumblr organized raids into 4chan, and 4chan counter raided. A huge reservoir of hatred was building up for years.

The Dam Bursts

Each side was looking for anything to discredit their opponent. A windfall appeared in the form of a female indie developer named zoe quinn. she made an indie game called depression quest and was caught in several instances of censorship, doxxing, and other shenanigans. The most important of her actions was supposedly sleeping with several men in the industry and a kotaku writer. this kotaku writer gave positives reviews to depression quest despite the fact that it was an objectively terrible game. Worse, quinn's sabotaged of The Fine Young Capitalists indie game project, apparently to draw attention to her own competing project. Games journalists suppressed stories of quinn's schenanigans apparently because of the personal relationship they had with her.

The anti-SJW camps were waiting for any kind of fuck up from the kotaku writers. They pounced on this news as proof that kotaku was a corrupt institution, uninterested in providing objective information and instead interested only in promoting their female friends in the gaming industry. It was interpreted as a blatant example of quid pro quo.

At this point a third camp entered the anti-SWJ movement: People who want to end the rampant corruption and nepotism in the games journalism scene.

The news spread everywhere in the internet. 4chan, reddit, review sites, youtubers, and the main stream media. Most sites attempted to censor the news because they claimed it was doxxing and harassment. Several days later, a dozen sites simultaneously posted articles that presented an almost unanimous condemnation of the anti-SJW camps. This was interpreted by the opposition camps to mean that the "conspiracy" was even deeper than they suspected.

A mainstream journalist broke news that these SJW review sites have private discussions amongst each other with secret mailing lists to set the content and the tone of their articles. In effect, the conspiracy was confirmed."

The only thing I still want to know is what the hell is an MRA?

Edit:think = thing

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