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News Comments > etc.
21. Re: etc. Mar 9, 2015, 18:45 Jivaro
 
Prez wrote on Mar 9, 2015, 17:36:
I know that I am going to regret this, but wasn't there a near unanimous consensus for years on high cholesterol foods raising your blood cholesterol in the medical field? Until this year anyway, when the latest studies have proven there to be no ascertainable link whatsoever. I'm not saying that the same thing will happen with climate change (specifically anthropomorphic climate change), but it does illustrate that a consensus based on bad or incomplete findings or evidence is still a wrong one. I only question is there enough evidence for such a consensus to be infallible.

For me the climate change debate has always come down to one thing.... and whether the possibility that we are in fact responsible for an unnatural amount of change or not is not it. It is the possible consequences that ring with me. If mainstream science is correct than there is some scary consequences if we don't make changes. If we wait until we are 100% sure, the consequences are already here. Yes, the mainstream might be wrong, like with cholesterol, but if they are we haven't really lost anything. We already know fossil fuels cause pollution and are limited anyway. Moving on from them, climate change or no, isn't really such a bad thing.

I don't know anymore than any other person who isn't actually making a career out of studying the climate, it just seems to me that it would be dumb not to do anything until we are absolutely certain when we don't have anything really to lose if we are wrong but we will definitely pay the price if we are right. More importantly, our kids will pay the price.

The fact of the matter is that there have been members of the scientific community talking about this for a very long time and it wasn't until the late 70s that anybody started really taking it seriously. Know why? Because some really smart people figured out how to make money off of alternative ways to power things. That's how things change in a capitalistic society based on a free market. Things don't change until someone figures out how to make the change profitable. The older oil based industries still have bank though, and they use it to donate to politicians who give them a voice. The minute they don't have that bank those same politicians will be true climate change believers. Ask Big Tobacco about how all of that works.

Just my take on it. Or at least how I have been viewing it so far.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 8, 2015, 16:50 Jivaro
 
I am hate Daylight Savings Time. Hate it.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen FPS Module Nears
12. Re: Star Citizen FPS Module Nears Mar 7, 2015, 17:27 Jivaro
 
Blue, you should somehow form a news post that contains Derek Smart, Diablo 3, Star Citizen, Peter Molyneux, Half-Life 3, and #gamergate all in the same topic.

I bet it would set all sorts of post records.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 6, 2015, 19:25 Jivaro
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 13:27:
Jivaro wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 11:46:
Glad I use DirecTV for television and Comcast for Internet. Not the first time I have been very happy to be a member of the "I don't bundle" club.

This is the kind of thing that makes me a bit hesitant about "cutting the cord" in October, as is my current plan. Having all my content at the mercy of Comcast is not something I am very comfortable with. I was burned by that a couple of times before, which is why every service I have now is through a different provider. Turning to just my ISP as the source for all my content will dramatically cut my monthly bills, but it will also limit my options occasionally. Still...I know plenty of people who have done it and yet I know of nobody that regrets it.

Why don't you just switch ISPs?

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And pay as much for 1/10th the speed and as shitty customer service from AT&T? It's a lose/lose in my area. I do Comcast because if I am going to get screwed I might as well enjoy some of the experience.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Launch Postmortem
18. Re: Diablo III Launch Postmortem Mar 6, 2015, 11:57 Jivaro
 
Hellgate London had a fantastic amount of potential. I regret nothing about buying it on Day One. Really is too bad the company that made it was so poorly run. I don't play the F2P online version, I tried it and had some fun. Seems to be a decent game with a decent community. I have the community modded/patched single player version that addresses most of the biggest issues the game had. A ton of fun to be had in that.

It obviously has limits because development has stopped, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted. They created a very cool world that I would love to revisit if someone were able to make a second game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 6, 2015, 11:49 Jivaro
 
nin wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 10:28:
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 10:23:
That Comcast thing is exactly why we need a least the commons man version of Net Neutrality. BS an ISP can pick and choose what will go over their wires. Lets see where this leads...

Yeah, you'd think, at least for the moment, they'd be kissing ass, trying to prove they don't need additional FCC input.

But nope! This is exactly why NN is important, to either keep them from being assholes about this kind of shit, and/or allow competition from another vendor that could provide what they don't.


Is this a net neutrality issue? I thought this was a tv provider issue. Comcast, the cable tv company part of it, didn't negotiate a contract with HBO for this, thus subscribers to Comcast cable TV can't verify their accounts. It's like DirecTV subscribers who can't access ESPN on their mobile devices because ESPN and DirecTV can't seem to get their shit together. I mean, I used my DirecTV account on my PS4 for HBO Go....and unless I am REALLY delusional....it works fine. Streams right over my Comcast Internet connection without problems. Am I missing something?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 6, 2015, 11:46 Jivaro
 
Glad I use DirecTV for television and Comcast for Internet. Not the first time I have been very happy to be a member of the "I don't bundle" club.

This is the kind of thing that makes me a bit hesitant about "cutting the cord" in October, as is my current plan. Having all my content at the mercy of Comcast is not something I am very comfortable with. I was burned by that a couple of times before, which is why every service I have now is through a different provider. Turning to just my ISP as the source for all my content will dramatically cut my monthly bills, but it will also limit my options occasionally. Still...I know plenty of people who have done it and yet I know of nobody that regrets it.
 
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News Comments > Phil Harrison Leaving Microsoft?
5. Re: Phil Harrison Leaving Microsoft? Mar 5, 2015, 10:31 Jivaro
 
He has worked for Sony before. Have to wonder if he has a Sony job lined up now that a few of the executives at Sony have moved on. Seems like a good move for him and Sony were it to be the plan.  
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News Comments > EA Closing Maxis?
10. Re: EA Closing Maxis? Mar 4, 2015, 16:47 Jivaro
 
It has been a rough decade for Emeryville.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 3, 2015, 16:03 Jivaro
 
If Led Zeppelin loses this lawsuit....all of pop music is in really big trouble because the same 4-5 chord combinations, at varying tempos, make up a huge percentage of all of the songs. I am definitely not a musical expert by any means. I know how to read music and play a number of brass instruments, the drums, and the piano because of childhood/teenage band classes. That's it. I never studied musical history, I can't sing, and I never wrote a song. That said, I think you could be completely musical illiterate and still see that this seems like a pretty weak case.

Australian musical comedy group "Axis of Awesome" in a video demonstrating how even classic songs, perceived to be unique by many, are relatively similar to other songs.

As someone else said, there is a difference between inspiration and blatantly ripping someone off. This seems more like a case of inspiration.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5 Will Add Party Storage; Mouselook
6. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5 Will Add Party Storage; Mouselook Mar 3, 2015, 00:01 Jivaro
 
This might be the patch that gets me to load the game back up. Love the game but it had issues..the patches seemed to increase the amount of issues....one of the patches corrupted my main savegame....blah blah blah.

I figured I would wait until the community seemed to signal the all clear. This patch, should it roll out smoothly, seems to be reasonably close to that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 2, 2015, 12:25 Jivaro
 
I tend to look at driving from a self-preservation point of view. While the truck driver might be the "professional" in the scenario and thus held to a certain standard with regards to behavior and reactions, the woman was an idiot who is lucky she didn't get killed or worse...cause the death of others. I wish that there was a punishment for people who cause accidents or get sited for this kind of thing that forced them to ride in the cab of rig through commuter traffic, 2 lane roads, etc. I guarantee it would affect how they drive around those trucks for the rest of their lives. The extra 40ft you might get ahead in the flow of traffic isn't worth the risk of not giving these drivers and their trucks plenty of space and respect on the roads.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Mar 2, 2015, 11:54 Jivaro
 
From Bedrooms to Billions- The Amiga Years!

Sounds like a porn being advertised to 40-50 year old geeks. Not that there is anything wrong with that...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
3. Re: Saturday Consolidation Feb 28, 2015, 22:54 Jivaro
 
Rocksmith is awesome, that is for certain, but the plastic peripherals are perfect for casuals and kids. If either RockBand or GuitarHero made their guitars for next gen consoles it would do fine I think. Particularly if they found a way to let people move their previous gen music libraries to the new consoles. They could even go the Let's Dance/Singstar way and use a free app + paid DLC.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2015, 19:15 Jivaro
 
To look at the Kardashians of the world and label all celebrities as such, or even most, is to ignore all of the evidence that clearly shows that while these people obviously have to maintain their "brand" as part of their careers, a great many do a large amount of charity, political, and social work. From small efforts like Captain America (Chris Evans after the Super Bowl) and Batman (Christian Bale after the Denver "Joker" movie shootings) making rounds at hospitals to larger projects like the various actors funding water projects in Africa or helping homeless vets here in the states, a great many celebrities take their money and fame and put it towards things that the average Joe simply can not. William Shatner is missing Nimoy's funeral today because he is in Florida at a Red Cross benefit. he knew Nimoy wouldn't want him to cancel that to attend his memorial so he didn't. Seems like something most non-celebrities would do as well were they in the same situation to me. I am not a Taylor Swift fan in terms of her music. I am a huge fan of her charity work and the personal attention she gives to her fans. She has quite literally created a community out of her fans using social media, and with that she has on many occasions helped people in life changing ways. She knows she can leverage her popularity to create positive change and she does it. I couldn't give a shit less about daily talk shows but Ellen Degeneres has contributed to real changes in the way things are done at pet shelters, elementary school lunches, LBGT rights, education, and much more. She takes her fame and uses it to affect changes that are important to her fans and to herself. That seems pretty noteworthy to me, regardless of what may or may not be important to me personally.

The assumption that the majority of the population simply worships all celebrities like some kind a stereotypical teenage fan girl of a boy band is also a bunch of crap as well. People often have very real and very personal reasons for their fandoms and choice of celebrities. In Nimoy's case you would find a great many people that chose the sciences as their field of expertise because of Star Trek and Spock. (Like a long list of NASA employees stated on their social media feeds yesterday) Yes, it's entertainment, but part of life is being entertained and if you can be inspired by that entertainment or that entertainer isn't that a good thing? Is't it worth mourning when that inspiration passes?

All celebrities aren't selfish boneheads like Kanye West or Justin Beiber. All fans aren't able to be locked into a limited stereotype for easy degradation either. Do the rich and famous tend to get a bit disconnected from what most of us would consider "normal"? It certainly seems so. That doesn't change how they might impact people with what they do both on and off a stage, set, or in the development studio. Do some people seem a more than a bit obsessed for no real reason? Sure, it does certainly seem that way from a distance sometimes. The media would have us believe that these perceptions are the reality but somehow I suspect that very rarely is it ever quite so black and white.

Do I mourn Nimoy like I mourned my grandmother or any of the other "humble" people I have known? No, but than again, it isn't an either/or type of deal. I can mourn all of them to whatever degree I feel appropriate. That's the emotionally healthy thing to do. The concept that somehow I shouldn't have recognized Nimoy's affect on my life, either while he was alive or now after his passing, seems like the unhealthy thing to me.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2015, 12:04 Jivaro
 
That Kimmel video is hilarious.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
40. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 26, 2015, 23:41 Jivaro
 
My i5-2500k is a workhorse that was worth twice as much as I paid for it. The performance/cost ratio on that thing is awesome. I bought it when it was a year off the presses (early 2012 I believe) and I expect to have it for at least another 2 years. For a processor in one of my gaming rigs that is a hell of a lifespan. Easily one of the top 3 PC hardware purchases I have made in 20+ years of PC building when looking at cost of ownership as the primary buying motive.

Of course the reason that my processor (and my Nvidia 570) will both have such long life spans is because I have changed my upgrading policy. I used to upgrade as soon as there was a game I wanted to play regularly that I couldn't run at full everything. Now that I have a mortgage I make myself wait not just on the upgrade but on that game...at least until there are quite a few of those games. Elite and SC have me tempted, particularly since I can run both of them currently at reduced settings, but I think I am going to wait for now.
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
83. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 23:13 Jivaro
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 20:22:
Jivaro wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 20:11:
To me this whole thing has been an interesting event to experience. The media has done a fabulous job of confusing the general public. The politicians have done a fabulous job of confusing the public. The ISP companies have done a great job of confusing the public. Fuck, even the public has confused the public.

This is a good thing and if it hadn't happened under the current administration it would happen under the next. Nobody seriously thought the Internet wasn't destined to be a utility. Even the ISPs knew it was coming. The only points of real contention was which party was going to get historical credit for doing it and how long could the ISPs stall it so as to keep their margins as high as possible. There might even be some lawsuits to try to stall it a bit longer, nobody with a brain cell believes they will go anywhere.

Jivaro, you think like me. (my apologies if you don't agree) I think we only have gridlock because a lot of the things that Obama has gone after are really big ticket items and the other wants the credit, they are scared of the success it could bring.

This boils all the way down to most city halls. It's about my idea, not yours, I dream of someday being in a much more powerful position and I can't make it there with your ideas, it has to be mine.

Yep, for the most part that is exactly what I think. At all levels of politics most of the people involved agree on the goals when it comes to major projects. They just argue over who is going to get the credit and whose buddies are going to get the work contracts.
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
37. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 20:11 Jivaro
 
To me this whole thing has been an interesting event to experience. The media has done a fabulous job of confusing the general public. The politicians have done a fabulous job of confusing the public. The ISP companies have done a great job of confusing the public. Fuck, even the public has confused the public.

This is a good thing and if it hadn't happened under the current administration it would happen under the next. Nobody seriously thought the Internet wasn't destined to be a utility. Even the ISPs knew it was coming. The only points of real contention was which party was going to get historical credit for doing it and how long could the ISPs stall it so as to keep their margins as high as possible. There might even be some lawsuits to try to stall it a bit longer, nobody with a brain cell believes they will go anywhere.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
10. Re: Into the Black Feb 24, 2015, 22:51 Jivaro
 
Reading that article and not watching the video is pointless. The title was most likely conceived with the notion that a viewer would read the article and view the video, not one or the other. Given that they provide both without having to follow a link to a third party page, it's a fair thing to expect from the reader. Unless of course the video is unavailable to you for some reason like geographic location or something I suppose.  
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