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Signed On Jul 30, 2009, 05:12
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News Comments > Red Faction Guerilla Open Beta Drops GFWL & DX10
18. Re: Red Faction Guerilla Open Beta Drops GFWL & DX10 Nov 4, 2014, 20:47 BobBob
 
Very cool. Loved the game! Thumbsup  
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Financials - WoW at 7.4M
5. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials - WoW at 7.4M Nov 4, 2014, 19:08 BobBob
 
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 18:59:
BobBob wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 18:57:
How many hours does the average player spend playing an MMO?

http://tinyurl.com/sittingandhealth

Vs just sitting around on a smartphone, sitting at work, sitting and watching tv, sitting in a car, sitting at dinner, at a movie, at a sport event?

Vs walking, bicycling, surfing, skiing, hiking, etc.
 
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Financials - WoW at 7.4M
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials - WoW at 7.4M Nov 4, 2014, 18:57 BobBob
 
How many hours does the average player spend playing an MMO?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2014, 10:57 BobBob
 
Voting here in California is pointless, especially if you are moderate or lean right.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 3, 2014, 17:40 BobBob
 
My vision --

There will be self driving 'vehicles' but not in the sense that we think now. The parts will be somewhat interchangeable and quickly put together upon order (think extremely quick and robotic Erector or Lego style sets). These parts will be tightly stored (able to lay into each other) in large underground facilities and will be sterilized, maintained, processed, and connected when a functional unit is required. One simply orders what he/she needs via an app, the vehicle is put together based on range, time needed, road condition, passenger count, cargo size/weight. For habitual commutes, a schedule will be developed, along with a car profile based on time and event. The vehicle arrives, picks the person up (including any passengers along the way) and the transportation begins. At the end of the designated trip (either home or to a one way destination) the vehicle will return to the nearest facility for cleaning, maintenance, storage, etc.

Most likely there be different services and brands -- whereas some will focus on utility and others luxury. Each with their own type of fees based on time and distance and/or features.

There will be mandates whereas such vehicles are required to communicate via a standard protocol to a transportation grid so that they not only communicate with each other but also for routing, reporting road conditions, emergencies and location tracking.

Social ramifications -- individuals will appreciate this -- particularly the generation that sees it as status quo. The current and possibly second generation will see a major upheaval on a socio-economic scale that may lead to catastrophic poverty if government institutions do not choose to implement ground-breaking re-education/social policies whereas if a technology be so disruptive as to cause a vast sweeping change of employment (usually for the worse) that a social welfare / re-education / and re-employment process must be provided (most likely a tax or surcharge) by those who wish to commercialize and exploit such new radical technologies -- be it manufacturer, service, etc. Otherwise, society will suffer the consequences of having millions of unemployed and possibly homeless transportation drivers of all types.

If the social ramifications have a policy that is worked out now, based on driverless vehicles, it will allow precedence for when the AI Singularity occurs -- which will change the entire social and economic structure in a sweeping and potentially catastrophic way if universal human needs are not made a priority.

I wonder if I made any sense at all here.

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News Comments > Prey 2 Cancelled
19. Re: Prey 2 Cancelled Oct 31, 2014, 14:16 BobBob
 
If I recall correctly, the original game rewarded you for failing and punished you for trying to survive for too long.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2014, 12:45 BobBob
 
I used to be allergic to chocolate (seriously). My father would always 'volunteer' to be the one that took me trick or treating. By the time we returned home all of the chocolate candies magically disappeared out of my bag. Hmm ...  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
26. Re: Tim Cook: Oct 30, 2014, 16:32 BobBob
 
Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS (/&#712;tj&#650;&#601;r&#618;&#331;/ tewr-ing; 23 June 1912 7 June 1954) was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, pioneering computer scientist, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

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In January 1952, Turing, then 39, started a relationship with Arnold Murray, a 19-year-old unemployed man. Turing met Murray just before Christmas outside the Regal Cinema when walking down Manchester's Oxford Road and had invited him to lunch. On 23 January Turing's house was burgled. Murray told Turing that the burglar was an acquaintance of his, and Turing reported the crime to the police. During the investigation he acknowledged a sexual relationship with Murray. Homosexual acts were criminal offences in the United Kingdom at that time, and both men were charged with gross indecency under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. Initial committal proceedings for the trial occurred on 27 February, where Turing's solicitor "reserved his defence".

Later, convinced by the advice of his brother and other lawyers, Turing entered a plea of "guilty", in spite of the fact that he felt no remorse or guilt for having committed acts of homosexuality. The case, Regina v. Turing and Murray, was brought to trial on 31 March 1952, when Turing was convicted and given a choice between imprisonment and probation, which would be conditional on his agreement to undergo hormonal treatment designed to reduce libido. He accepted the option of treatment via injections of stilboestrol, a synthetic oestrogen; this treatment was continued for the course of one year. The treatment rendered Turing impotent and caused gynaecomastia, fulfilling in the literal sense, Turing's prediction that "no doubt I shall emerge from it all a different man, but quite who I've not found out". Murray was given a conditional discharge.

Turing's conviction led to the removal of his security clearance and barred him from continuing with his cryptographic consultancy for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the British signals intelligence agency that had evolved from GC&CS in 1946 (though he kept his academic job). He was denied entry into the United States after his conviction in 1952, but was free to visit other European countries, even though this was viewed by some as a security risk. At the time, there was acute public anxiety about homosexual entrapment of spies by Soviet agents, because of the recent exposure of the first two members of the Cambridge Five, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, as KGB double agents. Turing was never accused of espionage but, in common with all who had worked at Bletchley Park, he was prevented by the Official Secrets Act from discussing his war work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing

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News Comments > Star Citizen at $59M
34. Re: Star Citizen at $59M Oct 30, 2014, 00:43 BobBob
 
Just installed my old cd-rom of Freelancer and started replaying it a bit. One of the best sci-fi games ever created. It'll be interesting to see if Star Citizen can surpass it in quality, substance and scale.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
15. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 28, 2014, 16:01 BobBob
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 15:45:
BobBob wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 15:20:
harlock wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 06:04:
BobBob wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 02:07:
Lately, I've been reading a lot of 1930's and 40's science fiction --- checked out free from the library.

yeh but youre a senior citizen... people expect those kinds of things from you

I would consider that a compliment if it were true. I find most of the older generation to be hard working, humble, wise and ethical. This new generation has too many whiny, narcissistic, impatient and selfishly spoiled drama queens -- much of it thanks to the short attention span and immediate gratification of social media and skill-less virtual games that require little to no challenge.

Things the old generation gave us:
1) Student loans to cover skyrocketing college tuitions
2) Raided pensions and social security
3) The concept of leverage, and with it businesses that disappear by being excessively leveraged by PE firms
4) In the legal world, lengthier waits to be partner and the new concepts of non-partner track attorneys and non-equity partners
5) A drastic increase in CEO to worker pay
6) And, with it, a drastic increase in wealth inequality
7) Worldcom, Enron, and a large host of companies "restating" earnings
8) A doubling in federal debt share of GDP from 1965 to 2012


The legacy of the boomers is widely discussed, but at this point they're mostly considered to have been given a very successful, thriving country and taken as much out of it and put it into their own pockets as possible. So many articles and books speculating how the Boomers could go from hippies to scorching the Earth with their greed, leaving future generations to figure out how the hell to fix all the economic damage they wrought.

As mentioned:

This new generation has too many whiny, narcissistic, impatient and selfishly spoiled drama queens.

 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 28, 2014, 15:20 BobBob
 
harlock wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 06:04:
BobBob wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 02:07:
Lately, I've been reading a lot of 1930's and 40's science fiction --- checked out free from the library.

yeh but youre a senior citizen... people expect those kinds of things from you

I would consider that a compliment if it were true. I find most of the older generation to be hard working, humble, wise and ethical. This new generation has too many whiny, narcissistic, impatient and selfishly spoiled drama queens -- much of it thanks to the short attention span and immediate gratification of social media and skill-less virtual games that require little to no challenge.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 28, 2014, 14:40 BobBob
 
When I was living overseas, I noticed Europeans were a lot less offended by the human body. Why is our American culture so prudish?  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 28, 2014, 02:07 BobBob
 
Lately, I've been reading a lot of 1930's and 40's science fiction --- checked out free from the library.  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
11. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 27, 2014, 14:37 BobBob
 
Without any hard proof and resulting evidence or action, one might as well use this to accuse a company of 'such and such': http://www.pakin.org/complaint  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 25, 2014, 22:39 BobBob
 
72 and sunny here. Had a good beach hike today. Winter, what's that?  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Kromaia
1. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Kromaia Oct 23, 2014, 20:35 BobBob
 
This looks fun and old school. Is it worth getting? Is there a demo somewhere?  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Oct 23, 2014, 20:16 BobBob
 
Too much time. Not enough drama.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
26. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 14:15 BobBob
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 13:56:
Half the time I wonder if news sites make this shit up.

Anonymous "victim."
Anonymous "perps."
No official complaint to the authorities to back up the story.

News places used to be somewhat neutral, reporting on the events without spin. These days news places use any event to push their political agenda. I would not put it past them to make up stories to push their agendas.

It's all about revenue. Advertisers will pay more for whatever draws in the most potential customers. Social media has made this a prerequisite to gaining views and clicks through persistent posting of dramatic and highly opinionated articles. The news is now forced to compete by editorializing (for what used to be objective) articles with drama and bias in order to earn the same advertiser's money.

Also, keep in mind, people can now anonymously comment on the articles, which leads to more volatility in expression with minimal to no consequence for inflaming a discussion. There is a narcissistic 15 seconds of fame phenomenon taking place as anyone can proclaim to be an expert seeking appreciation, despite having no experience or education on the subject at hand. People will post controversial or antagonistic views to gain more likes, replies, attention or ranking. This falls back on the primary article which is now expected to start a debate instead of simply relaying information or a story.

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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Recommended Specs
10. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Recommended Specs Oct 23, 2014, 13:06 BobBob
 
A Quake / UT style FPS by any other name ...  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
15. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 12:23 BobBob
 
Is the term 'drama queen' no longer used? Seems this entire situation is based on the behavior of drama queens. Social networking has taken it to a virtual and global level - but it's all the same as your typical daytime shock / trailer / trash talk TV show nonsense.

I'll only be impressed with socially based technology when it can alter human nature for the better. Recently, much of social media and gaming implementations cultivate and normalize deviance, spreading it on a larger scale -- for the worse. What was once considered a violation of mores becomes common and assimilated practice. Eventually, this virtual normalization of deviance seeps into the real world and becomes an assumed part of family, school and workplace life.

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