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Signed On Mar 31, 2009, 18:40
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 13, 2015, 13:56 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 13, 2015, 10:49:

And whilst that Assemblyman's bill is reaching the intent is good. We have to be way more careful with GMOs than we currently are. A lot of it is already biting us in the ass and that will only get progressively worse. The fact that Obama has effectively put Monsanto and Cargill in charge of the USDA only makes it worse.

No one will argue with you that Monsanto and Cargill are literally evil corporations, but GMOs in and of themselves are not necessarily harmful. All the food you eat is genetically modified, whether via selective breeding or more modern techniques. Go find some "natural" corn, then compare it to store bought corn, if you really want to feel bad about eating something.

As far as "GMOs" in vaccines... well that's just a terrible understanding of vaccines in general. There will be no vaccines in NY if they actually passed that bill. Supposedly that assemblyman has already come to his senses though, that's an old bit of news.

Offtopic: Has anybody bought Ori and the Blind Forsest on Steam? It looks surpisingly good, and I never even heard of it until today.
 
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News Comments > New Killing Floor 2 Video Diary
2. Re: New Killing Floor 2 Video Diary Mar 12, 2015, 20:25 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
By Odin's Ravens...

this game is already looking spectacular! Now they just need to actually, you know, plan a release date within our lifetimes, and we'll be set.

The coop team is already hungry for this game, so come on already, Tripwire!
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
17. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 20:17 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
NKD wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 17:36:
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?

If that's your entire point, then you have no point, no offense. Your hyperbolic example is nowhere near the same. If people started getting prosecuted for making death threats, then it may indeed make others less inclined to spew hate online. It certainly isn't slowing them down when everybody just says "meh, ignore 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.

Tacit acceptance isn't outright support, but it's hardly a form of protest. That said, I should have used a different pronoun than "you" for the last 3 sentences. I meant it in the broad, generic sense, but clearly it was interpreted it as you personally.

I'd say it's pretty clear at this point that just ignoring these threats hasn't worked for these few public women. Bucket material aside, perhaps it is indeed time for somebody to actually try doing something. Clearly our opinions differ here.


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?

Do you think that the actual arrests of one or more people for murder/rape threats would change nothing? Are you suggesting that Wu or anybody else who gets threatened online should just completely give in to the threats and vanish?

It's still a free country, in that you can express your opinion without the threat of physical violence. If somebody threatens you, then yes, law enforcement exists to try to alleviate that, even if it's going to take some work on their end.

I personally believe that if the FBI gets a bit of a fire lit under their collective asses they could at least make some very public arrests of a few people, which may or may not help, long term. It makes a lot more sense to me than having everybody do NOTHING except hope these people making threats get bored. In fact, doing nothing seems to be encouraging them more than anything else.

We're beating the horse to red paste here, and obviously I can't predict the future any more than you can.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
15. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 15:37 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
NKD wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 14:30:

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?


Once again, you seem to be ignoring the actual situation, and are firing off on straw men. No one has said that the FBI is either responsible for, or able to stop all harassment.

Whether or not any threats made to person X are judged credible, is not known by you or me. You ASSUME no credible threats were made, but you simply do not know. Honestly you have no idea what the FBI or any other law enforcement agency may have said to any of the people mentioned in the article, stop assuming you know what they would do.

The internet isn't some magical realm where people are suddenly free from all laws. Is it harder to catch people? Yes. Is it legally impossible? No. Now any lack of interest by the FBI/DoJ might be getting overruled, depending on what happens with Rep. Clark, at least in the few cases mentioned in the article.

As far as government dollars being wasted, Anything spent here would pale in comparison to US military spending on such boondoggles as the F35 or Bradley.

Also I think you seem to be overestimating the anonymity of the internet. Dread Pirate Roberts, multiple Anonymous people, you name it, they all got caught if they caused enough of a hassle.

That'll probably be what eventually happens here, a few whackjobs get arrested for posting rape/murder threats, out of a sea of assholes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 12, 2015, 12:50 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 12:36:
And how about police departments start actually getting some sort of verification before storming the castle guns blazing first?

They can't do anything logical or reasonable like that, don't you know there's a war against X on? X being drugs, terrorism, crime, insert topic here, etc.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen is Huge
45. Re: Star Citizen is Huge Mar 12, 2015, 12:47 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Flatline wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 12:42:
I predict a minimum of 250 gigs when all is said and done, with my outlier prediction being half a TB.

Incidentally, 30 gig patches with any regularity will basically mean that anyone with data caps on their internet connection in the world are fucked.

Yep, this game will be unusable for people on Comcast, unless they remove their cap.

I have no stake at all in this game, but I am mightily curious as to what the final result is going to be.

I expect I'll be playing Pillars of Eternity 2 by then though.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 11:20 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 09:40:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 05:43:
You can't say "I'm going to rape you in the ass" or "I'm going to enjoy choking you until you die." Those are threats.


Yes, you can. Sure, in most cases, it makes you a reprehensible asshole but without any follow through, they're protected speech under the First Amendment here in the States and that's been held up in many, many court cases.

Think back on your life and tell me that at no point have you ever said "I'm going to kill you", even in jest with friends. Do you want to be locked up for something that is obviously a joke?

If you are talking about the United States, then no, you cannot threaten people like that under the First Amendment. If you actually say something along those lines, then yes you can indeed be charged if the person being threatened wanted to report it to the police.

Whether you follow through or even intend to follow through, is irrelevant. If you doubt me, call up any law office and ask them, seriously. I am amazed you think direct threats are protected under the First Amendment...
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
11. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 11:17 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
NKD wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 04:05:
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.

Did you actually read the article? We're retreading the same arguments here already, but at no point did anyone mention tracking down EVERY threat ever made online, or anything close to it.

I am as far from right wing as you can get, and I honestly find it comical that you would somehow think that from what I wrote. 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?

I know, anything said online is fake, according to you. Once again, that judgement isn't up to you. As far as actively catching somebody making threats, well it all depends on how many mistakes they make, etc. just like most crimes.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 11, 2015, 23:04 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
NKD wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 22:41:
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.



Clearly it's the death and rape threats they don't want to hear, and yes, the FBI should do more about those level of threats.

Is every threat directed towards a person online genuine? Highly unlikely. Is EVERY threat just some "teenagers hiding behind proxies" or whatever other category you want to name? No one is going to know until it's too late obviously.

Considering several of these women have been threatened with rape and murder for months, and some of them have felt scared enough to move, then yes it's time to get the FBI really involved. Rep Clark I'm sure was underwhelmed with the FBI's initial responses.

Clearly you disagree on what the FBI should be doing, but luckily you are not in control of the FBI.

Disagree all you want with whatever game/movie/literary critic you want. Just try not to support threats of rape or murder, or hey, even harassment, of people you disagree with. Crazy concept, I know.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Mar 11, 2015, 22:27 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Well, I'm into PoEt for $55 I think, Game+extras + Expansion, and I'm really looking forward to it.

But really, Obsidian is always about to go under, hehe. Every time I turn around they are barely getting a game out the door, hence their unfortunate reputation for buggy releases.

As it is, they are basically Black Isle 2.0, which had to close back in the day.

All of that said, I wish them all the best!
 
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News Comments > Titanfall DLC Goes Free to Celebrate Anniversary
5. Re: Titanfall DLC Goes Free to Celebrate Anniversary Mar 11, 2015, 22:10 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Dammit, tempted to buy this(base game that is), but I have to assume this game is totally dead by now, multiplayer population wise.

Deluxe version of Titanfall is listed at $19.99 right now on Origin, hrm.

 
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News Comments > Seven Dragon Saga Kickstarter
6. Re: Seven Dragon Saga Kickstarter Mar 11, 2015, 22:08 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Hrm, I'll keep an eye on this, definitely interested. I'm not sure if I want to contribute to yet another Kickstarter with barely Alpha footage so far though.

SSI was arguably my favorite game studio back in the day, I hope these guys still have the chops.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 11, 2015, 21:28 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Julio wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 21:07:
Guess the politicians see potential votes here by going after gamers.

You must be confused. You are supposedly in favor of harassment and threats being reported to the authorities. Your focus is on corruption in gaming journalism. Right?

Luckily, "gamers" are not under attack. Fringe elements which you do not support at all, SWATters and people sending rape and death threats, hopefully will be. You can commence your applause any time now. Because none of those people are involved in the "real" Gamergate, right?


 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 10, 2015, 16:53 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
CCTV in every home? Oh of course it's the UK, although I think there have been one or two blurbs preaching the same thing in the US.

We can't be safe and free until we've given up all of our freedoms!
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Gameplay Footage
8. Re: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Gameplay Footage Mar 10, 2015, 16:48 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Reloading, it depends on the game, for me. If reloading is very fast, as it is in Wolfenstein:TNO, especially when you get the perks, then shit yeah, reload after every shot if you're behind cover.

Most games penalize reloading enough that it behooves you to only reload in downtimes, BF4, CS:S, etc. and conserve ammo per mag.

More on topic: This looks pretty good, and I enjoyed W:TNO a lot, I'm probably sold on it already.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 10, 2015, 11:20 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 10, 2015, 10:37:
If you're looking at a clock on a webpage than you're doing something.

Baby steps, baby steps.

You can't just jump into meditation from this nonstop cellphone/tablet/twitter/etc. world, people would be dying of shock.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2015, 12:24 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 9, 2015, 11:17:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 9, 2015, 11:05:
GMT for everyone? Hehe. I am fine with getting rid of DST, but be realistic. Getting rid of time zones helps no one.
What are you talking about? It will help anyone who ever communicates with someone in another time zone. So, when you tell your co-worker two time zones away, the meeting is at 14:00. There is no question about when the meeting is.

Ok, maybe saying "no one" was a bit of an overstatement, but my job regularly involves communication across several time zones, and we run on zulu/GMT because of it. However when we step outside, local time makes vastly more sense, because of the angle of the sun, and the rest of local humanity. Most other industries run in a similar manner, I'd hope.

*EDIT* Unless the majority of people start sleeping during broad daylight, or working during current late night/early morning hours, the world won't really function on GMT. Studies have shown messing up the circadian rhythms like that is really unhealthy.

This comment was edited on Mar 9, 2015, 12:30.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2015, 11:05 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 9, 2015, 09:19:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Mar 9, 2015, 09:18:
I think we all should have the same time! And where I live it should be like it was!
I agree, GMT for everyone, everything, everywhere, all the time. End all time zones and "daylight savings".

GMT for everyone? Hehe. I am fine with getting rid of DST, but be realistic. Getting rid of time zones helps no one.

Also, nice Zirconia teeth, thanks dental technology!
 
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News Comments > Sunday Previews
1. Re: Sunday Previews Mar 9, 2015, 06:50 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Hrm, this sounds like a vastly (graphically) superior version of Interstate '76... hope it overcomes the movie-game tie in curse, and lives up to my personal hopes.

Plus it's by the makers of Just Cause, so they hopefully end up making something stupidly fun in the end.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Mar 5, 2015, 20:40 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Almost nothing worth it on there, but I did pick up Defense Grid 2 on Steam... it's actually pretty good! I'd heard a lot of bad things about the game, but so far(through mission 16?) only thing I've noticed is one seemingly unoptimized level that ran pretty slowly with everything maxxed out on settings.
 
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