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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
54. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 17:32 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 17:17:
And you make getting vaccinated seem so cool and envogue. You are such a hipster. It's just like buying a pack of twinkies on a Saturday night.

Apparently I am too old to know what the fuck you are talking about, but please don't base medical decisions on what is 'cool' or not.

Scientific evidence only. Not Jenny McCarthy(or whatever celebrity), not a refuted autism paper, not any random non peer-reviewed study, not random youtube videos, not suspicion of vast global conspiracies to make fractions of a cent off of life saving medicine.

Good luck, seriously.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
45. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 17:08 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 16:37:
How many people have died again from measles so far in a population of 300 million? Anybody? Anybody? Buehler? Buehler? Look me up again when the death toll reaches 1000 U.S. verified unvaccinated healthy citizens and I will reconsider my decision.

So it'll take a thousand deaths to convince you to vaccinate? In that case, please vaccinate yourself immediately(maybe even 145 times?), because 145,700 people died from measles worldwide in 2013. Source. There are no reported deaths from measles in the US, Because of our vaccination program. Unfortunately measles cases have been on the rise, so you can probably look forward to measles related deaths in the US in the future.

Please keep babbling about random political appointees though, you are doing good work in making anti-vaxxers seem utterly ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
38. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 16:05 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Red wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 15:39:
Julio wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 15:25:
If someone else dies from catching an illness from me...well they could choose to be vaccinated themselves. And if they were in a group that did not have that choice - they should be staying away from others when diseases are going around.
it is baffling to me that something this simple and reasonable is so vehemently attacked and belittled (not necessarily so badly in this discussion, but I've seen it so many other times elsewhere)

If you believe in and trust vaccines, get vaccinated. Your concerns stop there. If you cannot, you are the exception. You bear the added responsibility of staying healthy, not literally every other person around you.

Now I'm starting to wonder if you two are part of a trolling team or something.

Assuming for a second you are serious: Vaccinations work well, but they aren't 100% effective, and even a vaccinated person can catch the targeted disease if their immune system is compromised for some reason; HIV, illness, injury, etc.

So in spite of person X's best efforts(he or she was vaccinated, tries to stay away from plague bearers such as yourself), they get sick from some airborne contagion person R is exhaling, before person R even has any symptoms and knows to quarantine his or herself. If Person R was even considerate enough to do so.

In an ideal world, Person X with a weakened immune system would be in far less danger, because 95% or more of his/her fellow citizens vaccinated in order to not kill each other.

In today's world, Person X is probably fucked before they know it, as most diseases are contagious long before symptoms show. Person R has been walking around town, spreading polio or measles or flu either because hey, fuck the world, or they aren't even aware they are sick yet. or Person R's unvaccinated children coughed on Person X's kids, who brought it home to Person X unintentionally.

In short, your suggestion is actually unreasonable and not medically viable. Sorry to break it to you. On the plus side you can thank people who did get vaccinated for not giving you polio or measles or rubella.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
35. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 15:45 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Red wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 15:19:
Broaden your goal from "vaccinate everyone" to "make everyone healthy" and a lot more options present themselves.

That's not how vaccination works. Please look up the term "herd immunity." I know 'herd' has negative connotations, but in terms of vaccinations, a certain percentage of any given population has to be immune(through vaccination) to a disease to prevent its spread throughout the population. Unfortunately, that percentage is very high, 95% is recommended for most vaccinations.

Vaccinating everyone IS making everyone healthy, at least as best as modern medicine is currently able to do. Unfortunately for those of us who like not being paralyzed, deaf, etc. or dead, many people think as you do, and refuse to vaccinate based on non-scientific information and fear of some loss of "freedom." Freedom from not being crippled or dead, I assume? Don't worry, there are plenty of uneducated politicians who are championing your 'cause,' and you can argue in many supposedly developed nations that your god(s) prevent you from being vaccinated.

I do agree with you that it would be EXCELLENT for vaccines to be provided entirely free across the board. Luckily this is already almost the case, world wide. You may have to spend slightly upwards of 50 cents (post insurance), for some vaccines in the US though. Most developing nations, ironically, don't even charge citizens for vaccinations, as they are usually donated or paid for by the WHO or Red Cross.

All that said, vaccinations, like all medicine or medical procedures, are not 100% safe. That's not the universe we live in, currently. However the risk is EXTREMELY low, and arguably the benefits of eradicating the very dangerous diseases they vaccinate against outweigh the risk.

If you are seriously worried about 'big pharma,' well, you probably should be, but not about vaccinations. That's about 1% of their R&D and probably doesn't even show up on their revenue. None of that compares to the trillions of dollars made each year on boner pills and sleep aids. If anything you should be shouting for them to shift some of that viagra/cialis cash towards vaccination research.


 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
30. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 15:22 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Linthat22 wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 14:08:
As a father of a now, 7 month old, it is not out of being uneducated, living in blissful ignorance, or selfishness that we chose not to vaccinate our daughter. My wife and I have seen the negative effects that vaccinations can cause from a professional and personal aspect. There are so many layers of deception, corruption, and politicization of vaccines from the vaccine industry that it is staggering. There are pros and cons to the debate and there are so many facets when it comes to vaccinations that the media spins it to an “us versus them” debate. That should not be the case when really everyone wants the best for their child. As a parent, I don’t subscribe to the philosophy that you have to crack a few eggs.

You are arguing from an emotional position, so I have the feeling your mind is already made up, but please try to educate yourself on vaccinations. Many years and many studies have shown no links between autism and vaccinations. The ONE study that did has been refuted, repeatedly. While no medicine of any sort is 100% safe in every case, MMRV, polio vaccine, etc. have been extensively tested and used worldwide with miniscule actual side effects.

I also question how you and your wife somehow were able to directly link vaccinations to some "negative effects." At best that sounds like the flawed logic of correlation, not causation.

Good luck, and please at least speak to your doctor, daughter's pediatrician, or some other licensed Phd.

On a side note, I've met people who are partially paralyzed from polio(in their 60s and 70s now). That disease seems like a much more real thing to fear than whatever nebulous spectre the anti-vaxx crowd is worked up about.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 14:36 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Julio wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 14:22:
Prez wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 10:31:
I am all for vaccinations myself but I just don't get the hysteria over measles.

The drug corporations and politicians need their cash, hence the push for eventual forced vaccinations. Every time one of these types of initiatives starts, the answer is always - who benefits?

Lots of people had measles when I grew up, and they weren't dying left and right. The sheep follow the flock.

Parents who send their sick kids to school/daycare are the drivers of most illness spreading.

Are you for fucking real? Measles STILL kills like 145 THOUSAND people a year(worldwide), not to mention leaving thousands of others with permanent disabilities. Vaccination is not a cash grab, it's the only method of protecting humanity from many diseases.

Who benefits? Humanity. Please educate yourself and stop relying on one flawed report that has been refuted multiple times. Put away your tinfoil hat, not everything is a conspiracy.

A good start


 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Physical Rewards Vote
11. Re: Pillars of Eternity Physical Rewards Vote Feb 12, 2015, 14:28 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
I backed at a lower, digital only tier, and it's been awhile since I used physical media for a game anyway, but option 1 seems like the only sensible choice for probably 95% of the audience.

Surely somewhere there is somebody who backed the project and CANNOT download, that will unfortunately feel a bit screwed, but it sounds like those unlucky few will be out of luck regardless, if they are delaying the disc version.

ps. Hopefully the game is much improved from the underwhelming backers beta.

 
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News Comments > Evolve Skin Costs Tallied
12. Re: Evolve Skin Costs Tallied Feb 12, 2015, 00:45 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Wallshadows wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 20:58:
I bet a copy of Ow My Balls! was included in the purchase.

It's somewhat embarrassing for humanity in general, that on almost any topic, somebody can bring up a valid Idiocracy reference.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Galaxy Stress Test Tomorrow
2. Re: GOG.com Galaxy Stress Test Tomorrow Feb 11, 2015, 22:18 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Well... I wish GoG good luck with this, since a lot of the old games on gog.com no longer have their original server structure, and this could be really useful, but at the same time, DO NOT TURN INTO STEAM jr., Gog!
 
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News Comments > Dying Light Free Hard Mode Update Coming
3. Re: Dying Light Free Hard Mode Update Coming Feb 11, 2015, 22:16 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
robdot wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 19:54:
I played this online on ps4 ,everyone was cheating...


ps4, there's the problem.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Cheaters Banned
26. Re: Diablo III Cheaters Banned Feb 11, 2015, 11:54 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 03:42:
Why the fuck would you cheat in Diablo3? You cant trade the items that are worth anything anyway.

Some people cheat at anything. According to the forums(D3), many people were using third party programs like TurboHUD which shows the location of all elites/goblins etc. on the map, along with generic maphack/fog of war removal, as well as standard botting.

I'm not sure if Blizzard banned anybody using graphic mods, DarkD3 etc. which would be a bit more of a gray area in my opinion.

I don't do leaderboards or seasons, and only rarely play D3 as it is, but it's good to see Blizzard getting rid of these jackasses anyway.
 
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News Comments > Asteroids: Outpost Announced
3. Re: Asteroids: Outpost Announced Feb 11, 2015, 11:45 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Well, I'll check it out when they show some actual screenshots and information, right now there's no telling how the game will end up. Three concept art pics and a short, vague desription? Nice work, Fake Atari.
 
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News Comments > Nuclear Union Now Project 5
4. Re: Nuclear Union Now Project 5 Feb 9, 2015, 15:15 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Looks like it could be fairly interesting, if apparently a mostly combat oriented rpg-lite. I'll check it out again when they're closer to an actual release.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Feb 8, 2015, 19:17 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Hrm, art style on Valkyria Chronicles looks pretty sweet, too bad the only video on Steam basically shows zero gameplay. I am tempted to just buy it for 10 bucks, based on your description though, Parias. Turn based, like X-Com, with tanks and infantry? Twist my arm, why don't you?

Anybody play that Jurassic Park game? Apparently it's from Telltale games... I am halfway through their Walking Dead game, and find myself liking and hating various aspects of their gameplay design.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
16. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 8, 2015, 15:46 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 8, 2015, 14:21:

Bummed that Gray Goo isn't on the list.

Oh, I'm definitely going to get Gray Goo(on sale), but I have a feeling it isn't going to be breaking any Steam sale records... traditional style rts, with a HARD single player campaign, according to reviews...not a MOBA or a survival zombie game...

I think the mainstream has moved on from classic RTS games, unfortunately.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 8, 2015, 12:09 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Wow, based on reviews of H1Z1, I'm amazed it even made this list, let alone the fact that it's still Early Access and will be FREE to play eventually.(not counting their microtransaction airdrops)

Nice to see Dying Light and Homeworld Remastered on there though, I'll buy both eventually when they drop in price a bit.

PS. If you have yet to buy Wolfenstein the New Order, or the Evil Within, due so at the next sale opportunity... both are pretty damned amazing in my opinion.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Feb 6, 2015, 16:04 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
I bought it with a Steam Coupon, presumably from me owning Van Helsing 1 and 2(the same company, many of the same art assets).

It's pretty good, it's the Adventures of Van Helsing Tower Defense mode expanded upon and made into its own game.

The game still has some bugs despite being the 'release' version, nothing that caused a crash, but stupidly obvious ones like missing text in a description, etc.

I am not that far along, but I hope they open up the maps to allow more building spots... I'm on the 4th map and many of the nodes seem to be locked. Maybe it's a low level/tutorial type thing, not sure yet.

Very nice art style in my opinion, but I did have to turn shadows down, on the laptop. It seems something isn't optimized with the shadows somewhere.

I'd definitely recommend it on sale, but arguably Adventures of Van Helsing 1 and 2 have more actual gameplay, for a lower regular price.
 
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News Comments > Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter
6. Re: Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter Feb 4, 2015, 12:47 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
This game will probably get made, fueled by pure nostalgia, but it doesn't really make sense to me as a project, when there are so many other first and third person RPGs these days, that look so much better and have advanced so far past what Underworld was back in the day.

Well good luck, I'm not going to be contributing to the kickstarter though, and I loved the shit out of the original Underworld.

PS. Offtopic, but I finished The Evil Within yesterday... I thought it was extremely good, well worth the 20(or 30?) bucks I spent on it.
 
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News Comments > Men of War: Assault Squad 2 This Month
2. Re: Men of War: Assault Squad 2 This Month Feb 3, 2015, 19:47 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Hrm, excellent auto ammo resupply, although I've gotten used to resupplying guys manually very quickly in this series. Unit veterancy could end up being overpowered, depending on how they do it, and make turtling early way too strong.

5 Skirmishes as a tank crew... bah I'll probably still buy it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Superbowl Sharks Feb 3, 2015, 10:16 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Interesting, I don't even remember sharks in that show, although my laser-like focus allowed me to capture every detail of Katy Perry's legs.  
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