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Description Older, smarter, better.
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Signed On Jun 11, 2012, 20:08
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News Comments > Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal Launches
12. Re: Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal Launches Mar 6, 2014, 15:24 Axis
 
Having been absorbed in Invasion the last 24 hours, I can say woe to new players.

I personally love the difficulty, but I've been playing the game for the better part of two years. However new or ezmode players may be scared off quickly -- the level of difficulty in invasion has been hugely ramped up right off the bat.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 12:36 Axis
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 10:47:
more like Axis: USA USA USA USA!!

You're damned right! No disagreement there.

Would be a few more "USA's" in there if we had leaders worth a shit, but we will start this year with mid-terms and finish off in 2016.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
17. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 10:27 Axis
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 07:59:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 23:30:
For example, what does ATM mean to you?
I'm probably one of the few that first think of "Asynchronous Transfer Mode", most would probably think "automated teller machine".

Ask Cutter what ATM means, Canadians are notorious porn surfers...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 10:25 Axis
 
Warren Buffet: Crook with no Bitcoins...  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 4, 2014, 20:33 Axis
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 18:57:
Axis wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 17:55:
Everyone listens to music but how many know what a Clef note is?

Probably no one because a Clef is not a kind of note. But people who listen to music without understanding much of music theory or how to play an instrument are the poorer for it.

Should everyone know industry terms if they aren't part of that industry?

One would hope people are curious and seek to understand things for their own sake, but in the absence of that, people should have a bare minimum understanding of the world around them, hence education. Given the essential nature of the web to modern life in an advanced nation, people should at least have heard of HTML and know that it pertains to the web. No, they don't need to be able to markup content with HTML, or even really understand what it does or how it works, but they really ought not to think it's an STD, for the same reason people really ought not to think the sun revolves around the earth, that vaccines cause autism, or that a device which runs electrical current through your abs will allow you to lose weight without getting off the couch. I would think "HTML has something to do with the internet", would be a sufficiently low hurdle of knowledge, but given the anti-intellectual bent of our culture maybe it is.

I wouldn't expect many to know what HTML is, but I would expect an intellectual to understand my point even if it's something as simple as a musical note placed on a clef. I could have said "Everyone listens to music but how many know what a Whole Note on a Treble Clef is?", but then I'd sound like you. : )

No, people don't need to understand the things they enjoy, often the opposite applies. Having an understanding of something lessens its allure and effect for many. Ever see a magic trick that is revealed? Hows it feel watching it again? Ever been in awe of a painting, photograph or otherwise? Are you more appreciative and engrossed when someone looking at it with you starts talking about color theory or rule of thirds? Not for most.

Mystery has a far greater effect than understanding in many creative and emotional areas of our lives.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 4, 2014, 17:55 Axis
 
25% don't know the earth orbits the sun. That's surprising.

What's not surprising is 10% don't know what HTML is. Everyone listens to music but how many know what a Clef note is?

Should everyone know industry terms if they aren't part of that industry? And exactly what does this have to do with Americans? -- ask people in other countries you'll get about the same responses.

Silly...

 
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News Comments > Diablo III XP Bonus
52. Re: Diablo III XP Bonus Mar 4, 2014, 15:38 Axis
 
OpticNerve wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 14:58:
Axis wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 14:34:
Well D3 has been plastered hardcore - every tiny scrap of info - here on BN for the last couple weeks.

Meanwhile tonight or tomorrow's news will show a blip of what a tiny ARPG company has managed with it's next 4-month league.

And frankly that's the only news worth of mention - throwing wads of $$$ from a gigantic corp with gigantic dev teams to make a 2-year game somewhat enjoyable to those who would like it if it was covered in shit sure isn't news to me.


I really, REALLY wanted to get addicted to PoE and the devs have my utmost respect with what they have done as a small studio. They really do try and to do things differently with the ARPG formula and I do think that PoE is honestly a very good game regardless of my criticisms about it.

But the thing that stuck out with me and sort of relates with your comment is that due to Blizzard throwing millions of $$$s into the game, it really does show with how slick and smooth combat is with Diablo 3 and what I didn't feel from Path of Exile. Even back when I was hating on release Diablo 3, I did notice and comment on how slick the base combat system was with the feedback, hit detection, ragdolling and even just how the mass numbers get spat out.

I really do hope that with the money that the PoE developers are making, that they'll go back and rework the combat animations and feedback since I think that it's one of the more common initial criticisms that I tend to see from people about the game.

Ya that's all true, agreed -- the animations and fluidity (but mainly the over the top physics) stand out in D3 when compared to PoE, there's a heftiness that can be 'felt' more.

However I'm well beyond being impressed by bling anymore, I'm about gameplay, innovation, and whether or not the developers deserve my money and time. I despised D3 developers for fooling the masses, most of whom simply wanted to hit the ground running getting in on a game IP they knew was all the rage. And the game ended up being a sub-par experience across the board peppered with corporation revenue selfishness.

And I've yet to see anything that disputes my initial judgement. The company makes a sub-par D2 successor, and the 'fix it' update costs 66% the initial cash-grab. RoS is an increased loot-balloon gambling process with a few more assets thrown in with the knowledge it will sell like hotcakes just because.

Compare D3 class forums to PoE class forums and it's truly sad - PoE is ALL builds, D3 is junk.

Here's D3 Demon Hunters Forum

Here's PoE's Ranger Forum


It's not even close. You wouldn't even know there were any D3 builds at all if you came in with zero knowledge of the genre.

There is little to gleam from the new D3:RoS but popping loot balloons - it's more fun than pulling the slot machine lever, but its certainly not innovation in the ARPG dept, not harkening back to its roots, and not a good example of a passionate development team.

Having said that, I see why many others like it -- It's popular, it looks and sounds good, it's one of the few arpg's on consoles, and it's easy. And for that fine, enjoy it. I couldn't imagine trying to have my son grasp PoE, but he has no problem with D3...
 
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News Comments > Diablo III XP Bonus
43. removed Mar 4, 2014, 14:34 Axis
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
2. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Mar 2, 2014, 21:03 Axis
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 2, 2014, 14:01:
Could it be that RSA overstepped its boundaries by letting the NSA have a back door without requesting a warrant?

^

Only thing to add is... why request a warrant when you're getting $$$ instead.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
16. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Mar 2, 2014, 21:01 Axis
 
Kevin Curran... oh how you look the fool.  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
10. Re: Sunday Metaverse Mar 2, 2014, 20:56 Axis
 
It has everything to do with how it's used. It's an advanced multi-use global interactive learning and social tool unlike anything mankind has ever had, and with any tool it can uselessly rust or utilized for good OR bad things.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
36. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 2, 2014, 16:14 Axis
 
No JD, what you did the last two times we disagreed is you simply said "Yes, Scotty says things so well, I couldn't have said it better and everyone should learn from him". Nothing specific about what should have been gleamed, just a generalized statement of praise for a bunch of words that have nothing to do with the only point I made - that being Obama is a lip service man who has no credibility in the international world.

Try to dispute that all you like, but you didn't - you deferred. That deference didn't apply or have any affect on the facts, nor on my (and most of America's) disappointment in our leadership.

I won't be part of a monologue where readers who comprehend can see it's obvious merits, - but those merits are not about my point. And Scott has the ability to eloquently post facts without those facts being pertinent to the original point. And if it weren't you, JD, I'd have been more dismissive. But I know you "aren't stupid" either, so I give the benefit of the doubt when you reply.

For the record once more - Clinton signed a treaty that guaranteed Ukraine and it's borders since they disarmed their nuke program. Obama stands up, issues warnings, pokes bee hives and shakes the tree in an attempt to look strong, but in the end looks weak as fuck as he has again and again. Putin calls his bluff. Now what? Are we supposed to be proud of the buffoonery?

It's Obama's catch 22, not mine, not yours. Don't pretend anyone in America wants a war and try to explain how it's not feasable as Scott did in response to my point that we want is a leader we can look to for answers -- and we don't have one.

As for wording - any wording that isn't praise for Obama gets called racist, rushie, whatever - there is no appeasement, no way of speaking without being immediately discarded thanks to the dems and their inability to take any responsibility and just push the blame game. So I don't sugar coat and get right to the point.

And nin, I know no one who acts more trollish than you. Rarely do you make any points, just trouble. Be happy you get community brown points for being a newser, but you don't have me fooled.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
29. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 2, 2014, 11:38 Axis
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 2, 2014, 02:05:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 2, 2014, 01:00:
Axis wrote on Mar 1, 2014, 23:58:
What I cannot stand is Obama and his usual lip service, it makes us look more weak and insignificant than had he said nothing at all - we've lost all credibility because every "red line" Obama puts out there is crossed and laughed at.

You are aware that foreign leaders don't get their intelligence reports on Obama from Fox News, correct? I'm only marginally supportive of Obama at best, i.e. I think he has admirable qualities but has been mostly ineffective as a president, so don't get the impression that I think his record is of unbridled strength. But that said, "strength", and the perception of it, is more than a willingness to launch misguided invasions which bog down the better part of US military strength for a decade and empower regional adversaries. Certainly, if I were a foreign adversary, I would note Obama's caution to a fault, his tendency towards paralysis by analysis, and his domestic political weakness. I would note his signaling miscalculations as the Syrian Civil War escalated, i.e. having Assad call his bluff over the chemical weapons "red line", but conversely I would recognize the wisdom of not compounding that called bluff by intervening militarily in Syria in an attempt to save face, when such intervention is highly unlikely to serve US interests. Furthermore, I would note his ready willingness to violate the sovereign territory of allied states to launch cross-border special forces and drone raids to assassinate perceived threats to US national security. I would also note his willingness to project power when there is good reason to believe it can depose an adversary, i.e. Libya. In short, my assessment would be "cautious, reluctant to intervene, but if he believes US military intervention is likely to serve US interests, rather than a mere desire to appear tough, then he is likely to use it."

A really excellent analysis, SMA. I hope that it's not lost on Axis who appears really reluctant to allow nuance to color his one-dimensional take on the Obama presidency.

He's not praising Obama JD. His reply is a long winded monolog (Scott likes to hear himself) initiated with a liberal jab while attempting to deflect Obama's admitted ineffectiveness -- apparently lost on you JD, but certainly lost on many as they'd skim right after they rejoice at the Fox News comment, likely you did too.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
24. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 1, 2014, 23:58 Axis
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 1, 2014, 20:47:
Axis wrote on Mar 1, 2014, 14:06:
Hey Franken, how about you worry about the US and Britain's promise to Ukraine? That's a hell of a serious issue that NO ONE is reporting here in the US...

Obama will as usual do nothing... even when there's an 'international law' that Clinton signed...

Not that I want him to, but he's such a terrible representative of our country it's sickening. But ya, he'll just keep being "deeply concerned" or "strongly discouraged" or some other useless statement he makes as he sits back and tries to forget he's in shoes way to big for his tiny feet.

Axis, you claim to have been in the military, so clearly you must know something about military affairs. Tell me this: what military presence do we have in Ukraine? What naval presence do we have in the Black Sea? How far away is the nearest US military installation of any size? How far away is the nearest US military installation of a size sufficient to support war in Ukraine?

The answers, respectively, are none, none, about 350 miles away in Bulgaria, and about 800 miles away in Germany. Think about this for a moment: we don't have any airbases close enough to Ukraine to provide a credible deterrent from the air. We could make a handful of aerial tanker supported air strikes as a show of moral support but that's about it. Likewise, the experience of the Gulf and Iraq War demonstrate that it takes months to build up a credible land based force on foreign shores, so the Army is out as an immediate deterrent. What about the Navy? Can't we just move a few battle groups into the Black Sea? IF we get permission from the Turks to cross the Bosporus, which is no sure thing, we could conceivably do so, BUT, the Russians already have a fleet, complete with ports to repair and resupply at, in the Black Sea. We would have to fight through a blockade of the straights to move a fleet into the Black Sea, and that fleet would have to deal with both the remnants of the Russian Black Sea fleet, and the Russian Air Force which has bases throughout the region.

So what does this mean? It means that military intervention on the part of the US/EU in the Ukraine to maintain its territorial integrity would necessitate a full-scale, medium-intensity war on land, on the sea, and in the air. Is keeping ethnically Russian, and Russian speaking Crimea a part of the Ukraine worth such a war to you? Or are you just interested in blustering and finding new ways to hate Obama?

Long winded cutesy monolog directed at the wrong person. I never wrote the treaty - Clinton and company, so send them your concerns.

What I cannot stand is Obama and his usual lip service, it makes us look more weak and insignificant than had he said nothing at all - we've lost all credibility because every "red line" Obama puts out there is crossed and laughed at.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
8. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 1, 2014, 15:46 Axis
 
PropheT wrote on Mar 1, 2014, 14:43:
Axis wrote on Mar 1, 2014, 14:06:
Hey Franken, how about you worry about the US and Britain's promise to Ukraine? That's a hell of a serious issue that NO ONE is reporting here in the US...

Everyone has reported on it in the U.S., it just didn't become a major news point until Russian troops showed up there.


Show me the headlines that proves it's been news here. There are none on any of the major news sites. And it has nothing to do with what I want him to do, what he does with our treaty is his catch 22...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
8. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Mar 1, 2014, 14:10 Axis
 
"Windows 8 is the most vulnerable Windows OS, you can thank Flash for that."

No, you can thank the IE built into the OS for that. What a bunch of dolts...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 1, 2014, 14:06 Axis
 
Hey Franken, how about you worry about the US and Britain's promise to Ukraine? That's a hell of a serious issue that NO ONE is reporting here in the US...

Obama will as usual do nothing... even when there's an 'international law' that Clinton signed...

Not that I want him to, but he's such a terrible representative of our country it's sickening. But ya, he'll just keep being "deeply concerned" or "strongly discouraged" or some other useless statement he makes as he sits back and tries to forget he's in shoes way to big for his tiny feet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 25, 2014, 12:00 Axis
 
I don't get throttled. And if I did I'd get a VPN. Problem easily solved.

Only Joe Layman might get affected. But I doubt Joe Laymen is running Netflix (or any streaming service) on all his big-screened TVs. And if he is... then he or someone he knows would know how to circumvent any throttling.

However I wish Netflix would have taken a stand. Simply publish 'trying' a high speed vpn and see if any problems go away. If they go away, your carrier is the problem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
36. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 25, 2014, 11:42 Axis
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 24, 2014, 23:57:
I guess we'll never know if people like Axis and Max are just nothing but trolls or really that delusional and stupid. Either way, what a waste of life.

Let replay this again, and see who really fits your quote...


Morning Metaverse


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  • Cutter says:
    "Man, don't you just love the American "free market". Yessir, all that competition driving better service at lower prices certainly is something to see! Oh wait, that's what happening in all those "socialist" countries! Hrm, well how is that possible?!"

    So Cutter puts down the US for free markets, and yet the very next article shows what a government controlled market does - shuts you the fuck down on any whim and you can't do jack shit about it.

    Course I can't say this type of stuff is unusual for Cutter, but it's certainly worth quoting again as a prime example of hypocrisy and ignorance in action.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    30. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 24, 2014, 23:39 Axis
     
    Sepharo wrote on Feb 24, 2014, 23:10:
    shinchan0s wrote on Feb 24, 2014, 22:57:
    Axis wrote on Feb 24, 2014, 21:05:

    That's completely false. The vast majority 'live' off-base among the communities they serve. Bases have minor amenities; you get necessities and some recreation. The vast majority live their lives off base unless they are in a war zone.

    I don't know a single right-leaning veteran who comes out of the military as a leftist, and I know hundreds - that's complete crap. The opposite of your statement tends to happen. The military is everything most leftists tend to avoid like the plague. And yes, it's authoritative as expected when you sign the dotted line for however many years you want -- and the best life experience you can get paid to do if you can handle it.

    Sepharo is half right.

    I don't know what bases you've stayed in, but as a former Air Force brat I know Osan Air Base (in South Korea) has more than just the "basic necessities". I mean, hell, they even had a school and hospital. Pretty nice Tennis courts too. The base in Osan was just like the one my Dad worked in at Fort Devens, MA down to the AAFES convenience store. A guy could live pretty comfortably just within the base.

    I also think you're over-estimating the extent military people "immerse" themselves in country they're based in. Most guys in Osan only went as far as downtown to buy bootlegs and meet women. I knew a few guys who actually lived in Korean apartments, but the extent of the Korean they knew was hello and goodbye. You might get a few more thoughtful guys out there who learn some of the history and culture, but the vast majority had as much knowledge as a tourist on a week-long trip. They do bring back a lot of cool souvenirs though.

    Be prepared to be called a liar. Axis knows better than you.

    I'm not afraid to state my life experiences Seph, and however that translates to your ego is up to you.

    But Shin is also half right - there's usually a main base in the country that has more major facilities, while the majority of bases have basics. More to the point, you don't need to "be" Korean to understand what life in Korea is like when the country and its people surround you 24/7 -- as opposed to sitting in your basement reading blogs.

    And Shin speaks from a family point of view. The vast majority join young and unmarried -- and they take every chance to 'live' outside that base as often as possible -- as I'm sure you can imagine as being or having been young once yourself. When I was that person, I did my best to avoid "PaPa Military Base" babysitting me...
     
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