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Signed On Dec 22, 2010, 04:28
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 21, 2014, 00:01 Kitkoan
 
ViRGE wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 21:04:
"The Lowest Possible Score In 'Super Mario Bros.'"

What kind of shenanigans is this? The 4-2 warp zone is not accessed via a pipe.

So I'm not the only one who noticed that...
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 20, 2014, 20:59 Kitkoan
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 19:50:
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 18:04:
No Blue, the Japanese do not count other countries. All those Asian countries are incredibly closed off, xenophobic and racist.


That used to be true, but it's changing. The young generation have much less ill will or hatred toward other Asians compared to their parents and grandparents. Even mainland China is opening up. There is much cultural exchange and friendship between individuals in South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan for instance. Even gov't policy is changing, such as the Japanese letting "Koreans" born and raised in Japan become Japanese. One exception to this is the North Koreans, but not without reason. The DPRK has kidnapped Japanese and flown missiles over Japan. They go out of their way to inspire hatred.

I have to agree with this. The lady is South Korean, and so I've gone with her to Korea. I noticed that people in their 40's and up tended to be... less then impressed with me arm in arm with a South Korean woman. 30's and younger typically didn't care (or thought how great looking I was. Great when you can translate what they are saying...), or thought it was nice to see us so happy. They didn't care about the differences.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
6. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 20, 2014, 20:47 Kitkoan
 
Problem with things like this about indie games and the future is they want to point out games like Flappy Bird, Minecraft, Super Meat Boy, and Braid while ignoring the fact for every one of these, there are hundreds of clones of these games made by... dun dun dun... indies.

For every unique indie maker, there are a ton just as quick to chase a buck like the big corps.
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun: Dragonfall Delayed; Preorders Underway
9. Re: Shadowrun: Dragonfall Delayed; Preorders Underway Jan 28, 2014, 19:34 Kitkoan
 
I hope it will be better then the first game.

Was really disappointed in the Returns campaign. Wasn't a challenge as a fighter class, choices had no real effect so that killed multiple playthru value and was shorter then I expected it.

And what was worse was since I bought the Android version without looking (shame on me there) I didn't notice it doesn't have an editor (most likely so it would fall in line with the iOS version since I figure Apple would have denied it that ability or it would prevent most editor features beyond pre-built/defined ones from working). So play the campaign and then... replay it again with no real changes? Not much fun.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 23, 2014, 21:09 Kitkoan
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 19:05:
What a pittance lobbying costs. Just consider the billions they get in return for the millions they spend. You'd think the fat cat politicians would be holding out for a lot more money. A lot more!


I'm quite curious what the money was spent lobbying for.

I'm fine with lobbying for net neutrally, as people stand to gain from this, and it works in line with many companies interests. Win win
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
6. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Jan 18, 2014, 21:25 Kitkoan
 
Tom wrote on Jan 18, 2014, 19:55:
Kitkoan wrote on Jan 18, 2014, 17:07:
You've never dealt with the police before, have you?

Not quite that simple. They have no problems in using more... physical ways of "persuading" you for the information. Or arrest you on a sayso.

The super-paranoid know how to pass the wrench test. In theory.

The super-reality know that police still beat you and dump you in the middle of nowhere, without your phone or any other items they wish to take.

They just put a phonebook on you, and then pound away. The phonebook distributes the full force of the blow to you but displaces it enough to not leave any bruises or marks.

Takes experience to know these things. Not paranoia.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Jan 18, 2014, 17:07 Kitkoan
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 18, 2014, 13:51:
Pro Tip: Always password protect your phone. When the police ask you for the password, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. Use it.

You've never dealt with the police before, have you?

Not quite that simple. They have no problems in using more... physical ways of "persuading" you for the information. Or arrest you on a sayso.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
11. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Jan 5, 2014, 22:12 Kitkoan
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 12:00:
And what next? Punks? Rude Boys?

Rude Boys is already a trademark.

Punks too.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
10. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 5, 2014, 00:51 Kitkoan
 
I find myself quite productive with my Nexus 10 (wouldn't suggest it now due to it being over a year old and still same price... needs a refresh). I have a bluetooth keyboard and apps like AIDE and Sand IDE to program with.

The Samsung normal tablets I'm not for due to all the bloatware, but... CyanogenMOD? Does it work with those touch sensitive pens? Would be tempted for that if they work as well...
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Metaverse
6. Re: New Year's Eve Metaverse Dec 31, 2013, 20:58 Kitkoan
 
nin wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 19:34:
And not everyone knows about that option.

Exactly why I pointed it out...



And still not everyone will know about that option. Netflix viewers don't come to Blues News to learn about things like that.

Now advertising that you have an option for something like that, thats different and will help more people learn about such an option. (and what is being mentioned here).
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Metaverse
4. Re: New Year's Eve Metaverse Dec 31, 2013, 16:46 Kitkoan
 
nin wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 12:56:
Tumbler wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 12:22:
The netflix SD only streaming is actually a great idea considering bandwidth caps some people have. I don't worry about my bandwidth at home each month but I'm using it a lot more with every passing month. If my cap was low enough I might want the sd only streaming package.

You can set which stream is preferred in the options.

True but if your going to be setting the stream to SD only, might as well save a dollar. And not everyone knows about that option.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 30, 2013, 23:51 Kitkoan
 
Ceribaen wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 18:27:
It's occasionally on sale on Google Play for <10. My biggest issue with the SE games is that several of them have had an always online requirement to load/play - and it's never clear if they do or not. And in the past they even had a root check (which I think is since removed). So those two things have kept me from buying any SE games no matter how much I wanted them.

Not to mention that the new series, Choas Rings, has reports from people of the app verifying it's files every time it loads... to the tune of 5-10 minutes and more.

CHAOS RINGS &#937;
CHAOS RINGS
CHAOS RINGS II

No idea what it's really checking for. My guess to go through itself to make sure it's not pirated.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
25. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 28, 2013, 22:48 Kitkoan
 
Axis wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 19:20:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 17:01:
Axis wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 16:22:
It's just the standard cycle of fads. Everything new has a honeymoon period where its the greatest thing ever, then it's used and used until they're finally sick, bored or disenchanted with it -- people then proclaim a myriad of excuses as to why it's no longer the greatest thing ever for a need to explain off their initial unbridled enthusiasm when in fact human nature has already provided the reason.

Yo Axis. When you going to post a jpg for your avatar?

I suppose I should, what do you propose JD? And don't say a giant troll with a dicknose cause I'll do it I swear!! ")

How about a dicknose with a giant troll?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
4. Re: Sunday Mobilization Dec 22, 2013, 18:23 Kitkoan
 
Bill Borre wrote on Dec 22, 2013, 16:57:
GPS device insertions make Baby Jesus cry.

Guess it would depend where it was inserted...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
14. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Dec 21, 2013, 23:47 Kitkoan
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 18:43:
The Mac Pro is just a ridiculously overpriced PC. Can't imagine trying to transport something round ever, just a dumb design with zero advantage. A 12 core processor, well unless you are running apps that actually will use such and there are not many of them outside the scientific community. Again ridiculous. A friend has a system with a top end I7, 3 graphic cards, and a big solid state disc, less than 5k and it will blow the doors off the Mac Pro. Not much of an Apple fan when it comes to PC's since they are extremely overpriced and flat out badly designed.

The article is also horrible in how they done the whole Mac pro listing. As mentioned in said article, the CPU and gpu aren't really known so he guessed based on specs. Which isn't a very good comparisons and can be easily wrong in real power. Until the mac pro can be really pulled apart and seen what it really is part for part, such articles are meaningless and more just bait for clicks.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
5. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 21, 2013, 23:36 Kitkoan
 
killer_roach wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 19:25:
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 18:30:
The Vita is a piece of junk. Buy a pad, far superior and a lot greater variety of games. Can't believe there are so many stupid people out there.

Far superior? The Vita has the same GPU as the iPad 4 and arguably still a better CPU than the iPad Air (although Apple has done quite a bit in terms of masking that by offloading tasks to the GPU and doing heavy optimizations on its Web browser). Smaller, lower-resolution display, sure, but one's a two-year-old piece of hardware that sells for $189 and the other starts at $399 (and lacks discrete input or removable, expandable storage).

Also, point out to me one iPad game on the level (in both scope or production value) of, say, Persona 4, Soul Sacrifice, or Dragon's Crown. You have a large, wide variety on the iPad... of largely shallow, disposable games.

While I can't say for the ipad, on my Nexus 10 I can just run emulators with a ps3 controller. Lots of games there
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
26. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 22:17 Kitkoan
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 22:03:
I can't see what the Mac Pro does on a technical level that makes it superior to the computing performance of, say, a Dell Precision or HP Z820 when used as an actual professional workstation that would necessitate the use of a multicore Xeon.

It just seems like a vastly overpriced object d'art for the tasteless to circle jerk over.

It's for those that use OSX, due to preference or need.

Like Pixer would need these since all their custom software is no doubt OSX based (they were owned by Steve Jobs) and the cost and time to rewrite all of those into either Windows or Linux would out weigh the price of this machine.

Beyond that, I agree with you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 22:00 Kitkoan
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 21:35:
WaltC wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:11:
Quboid wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 13:57:
That Mac Pro was assembled in the USA. Cutter, how many of the manufacturers you buy from can even say that?

Assembled in the USA--made in China. (You forgot about that, I guess.) Every Windows computer in my home since 1995 has been assembled in the USA--assembled by me, personally, as I cherry-pick the hardware components and order them separately and "assemble" them myself. Assembling is one thing, manufacturing a component is quite another, isn't it?

(Man, the RDF is really deep in this thread...;) Keep it coming guys, always entertaining!)



I didn't forget anything, I simply pointed out that it's not entirely done outside the US. Nothing else.

The main point was how ridiculous Cutter's criticism of Apple appears to be. Unless he's made sure none of his possessions are also made outside the US, it's getting hypocritical to bang on about it so much.

I thought he was joking at first, now I think it's only about 50% joking at most. His largely incoherent ramble doesn't clear that up; Cutter, seriously, what? Do you own a phone? Who made it? Who made your mouse? Who made your monitor?

Not to feed the fire and all, but Cutter does have a somewhat point.

Apple gets a lot of tax cuts from the US government for its retail stores. It gets waivers in court bans. And other tax cuts from beyond their retail shops.

And for this apple has declared they will not return jobs back to the US, and have invested billions in China's future in the form of robotic designs. Money that could have helped the US but apple would prefer to spend in China and it's future (link )

And as that article States, they are now using their China investments to remove more us retail jobs (iPhone fixing machine) with Chinese developed, Chinese made machines. Which is also what I think is happening with the assembled in the USA machines since it's more then a quick job so it qualifies as assembled in the USA but is fully automated removing the US jobs it could have created.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 21:14 Kitkoan
 
Orogogus wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 19:35:
Kitkoan wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 19:10:
nin wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:28:
WaltC wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:11:
Quboid wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 13:57:
That Mac Pro was assembled in the USA. Cutter, how many of the manufacturers you buy from can even say that?

Assembled in the USA--made in China. (You forgot about that, I guess.)

No. He was referring to the fact that it at least contained some US labor, compared to any other number of companies that have none at all.


If I remember correctly, there is zero US labor involved in something like this that's "assembled in the USA".

It'd fully automated machines that are design, build and maintain by Chinese employees on cheap visas. It's all marketing to help people think they are bringing jobs back to USA, even though they aren't.

There are rules governing this, and you're not allowed to say "assembled in the USA" -- which Apple has said, in so many words -- for basic repackaging operations.

http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/bus03-complying-made-usa-standard

Assembled in USA Claims

A product that includes foreign components may be called "Assembled in USA" without qualification when its principal assembly takes place in the U.S. and the assembly is substantial. For the "assembly" claim to be valid, the productís last "substantial transformation" also should have occurred in the U.S. Thatís why a "screwdriver" assembly in the U.S. of foreign components into a final product at the end of the manufacturing process doesnít usually qualify for the "Assembled in USA" claim.

Example: A lawn mower, composed of all domestic parts except for the cable sheathing, flywheel, wheel rims and air filter (15 to 20 percent foreign content) is assembled in the U.S. An "Assembled in USA" claim is appropriate.

Example: All the major components of a computer, including the motherboard and hard drive, are imported. The computerís components then are put together in a simple "screwdriver" operation in the U.S., are not substantially transformed under the Customs Standard, and must be marked with a foreign country of origin. An "Assembled in U.S." claim without further qualification is deceptive.

In any case, I don't understand why you guys, including several forum regulars, are engaging Cutter on this. This isn't going to be a frank exchange of ideas. What do you see as the endpoint other than name-calling and insults?

That says nothing about who performs the labor, just that the labor has to be more then a basic one set of moves which these machines do. It has many steps to put together, they are just all computer controlled
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 19:10 Kitkoan
 
nin wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:28:
WaltC wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:11:
Quboid wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 13:57:
That Mac Pro was assembled in the USA. Cutter, how many of the manufacturers you buy from can even say that?

Assembled in the USA--made in China. (You forgot about that, I guess.)


No. He was referring to the fact that it at least contained some US labor, compared to any other number of companies that have none at all.


If I remember correctly, there is zero US labor involved in something like this that's "assembled in the USA".

It'd fully automated machines that are design, build and maintain by Chinese employees on cheap visas. It's all marketing to help people think they are bringing jobs back to USA, even though they aren't.
 
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