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Real Name Joshua Blomberg   
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Nickname Henry Dorsett
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Description Lead programmer and level designer for independent game developer Polymorphic Games.
Signed On Sep 28, 2012, 14:22
Total Comments 32 (Suspect)
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 30, 2015, 15:48 Henry Dorsett
z0dd wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 14:19:
"will", not "won't"
I think what it means is, they're dropping the proprietary API stuff and using the open-source equivalents. Funny thing is, I'm pretty sure OpenJDK is more secure, stable, and efficient, anyway.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 27, 2015, 15:39 Henry Dorsett
Luke wrote on Dec 27, 2015, 14:40:
If MSspytech Win10 says NO it IS needed
Or... We could stop using reg cleaners entirely, not because Microsoft recommends it but because they don't really do jack squat these days. Windows Registry is a database. It's a pretty big one, but it's just a database for storing system-wide settings. Cleaning it out won't make your computer run any faster or stop it from crashing, the two big promises reg cleaners make.

Put another way, if you're educated enough to know what they do, you should already know they're nearly useless and potentially dangerous. If you don't know what they do or how the Windows Registry works, then you don't know enough to use them safely. It's as simple as that.
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News Comments > Escapist Defends Star Citizen Sources
113. Re: Escapist Defends Star Citizen Sources Oct 4, 2015, 23:38 Henry Dorsett
More terrifying than the idea of Chris Roberts as an expert con-artist with the perfect scheme is the idea that he actually believes, 100%, zero doubt, every statement that he makes. That he believed every single deadline put forward would be met, that he believed each and every budget projection was correct, and that he believes, actively, that if anything goes wrong and Star Citizen tanks, it is absolutely and completely the fault of Derek Smart and those who have sided with him. And you know why that's terrifying?

Because that means that he would have to believe that Star Citizen is some sort of godsend, which would make him some sort of digital-age messiah. It would mean that his entire world view is based around the notion that his GAME is somehow more important than the lives of the people who work for him, more important than a free press, more important than the universal human right to free will. That if we would just stop listening to the media and the haters, we'd all realize just how absolutely amazing and life-changing his creation is, and how it would make all of our lives better for having it.

We kid about the die-hard fans of Star Citizen being a cult, but it's looking more and more like we've got a mentally unstable man with loads of money and an army of cultists, ready to try to force his views down our throats. Where does he go, if and when Star Citizen tanks? And how many people are truly convinced that he's the Truth and the Way?
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 2, 2015, 11:47 Henry Dorsett
$350 for a Rift? Well, there goes my interest... It would be a fun toy at $200, but at almost double that, it's just a fancy piece of tech with not a quarter of the usefulness it would need to justify the price. Maybe it'll become more attractive when the price drops and there's an established collection of software which supports it.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
117. Re: Op Ed Sep 25, 2015, 13:01 Henry Dorsett
You know, the funny thing is, I've made more progress on a space dogfight game that I started as a fun way for me to learn UE4 than CR and CIG have shown for Squadron 42... And I started it in March.

But, hey, who knows, maybe there's gonna be a bunch of people who want to work on a new space game soon.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2015, 11:54 Henry Dorsett
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 25, 2015, 11:11:
Not a useful article. The guy says "stop making your own boards, there are companies that can make them quickly and cheaper than you can yourself!"

And then doesn't even post a link to a single one of these companies.
The article falls flat on its face because it's intended to preach to two different subsets of the Hackaday community: Long-time readers who are largely resentful at the new "go out and buy these services" attitudes of the new writers of a website based around building shit yourself, and the recent influx of new readers who may or may not know enough about anything to know already why you'd want to make your own boards vs. why you'd spend money on having a board manufactured at what is almost definitely an overseas fabrication house, then waiting weeks for it to arrive unless you toss out EVEN MORE money on expedited (read: not fucking insane) shipping. In other words, it's for the people who know better but the author thinks don't, or for the people who don't know better but also probably don't know better than to listen to this guy.

Here's a list of PCB manufacturers that I've heard to be reliable: (This one's actually located in the US, either in Oregon or Colorado).
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 22, 2015, 02:21 Henry Dorsett
I will say that the last point, the one on Twitch's subscriber model, is spot on. As someone who is heavily involved in a number of Twitch streams, large and small, partnered and not, the fact that you can meet, even exceed, every stated requirement and be denied because some idiot yahoo like the guy in the video, it's simply awful. You're a fucking business, Twitch, and it's time you started acting like one.  
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News Comments > Rainbow Six: Siege Beta Keys?
7. Re: Rainbow Six: Siege Beta Keys? Aug 10, 2015, 17:08 Henry Dorsett
I can confirm it's working. Just got mine, and everything worked first try. It's slow, though, so be patient.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Jul 27, 2015, 21:03 Henry Dorsett
So... Riot basically admits that they have no idea how to effectively manage the sub-divisions of their studio, and listen too much to their rabid, lunatic player base. As if everyone didn't already know things were fucked there when TANKS were the ones dealing the most damage and getting the most kills...  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 9, 2015, 11:37 Henry Dorsett
Or, you know, we could be happy that we're not using Flash on YouTube because Flash is a buggy, laggy piece of shit that eats system resources like nothing else... Someone with some authority needs to tell Cory Doctorow to sit down for a while and find a pragmatic approach to this stuff, rather than a strictly dogmatic one. He's slowly but steadily approaching Stallman levels of annoying.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jan 19, 2015, 17:47 Henry Dorsett
Ideology pushing on a topic that hasn't been relevant for a while now? There's another website to cross off my list of semi-reputable sources... Bye-bye, MCVUK.  
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News Comments > Roberts on Star Citizen in 2015: "No Finish Line"
3. Re: Roberts on Star Citizen in 2015: Jan 2, 2015, 17:35 Henry Dorsett
Is it just me, or does this guy seem like a condescending dickbag? I guess it's easy to let it go to your head when you're cheating people making money like he is.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 10, 2014, 01:35 Henry Dorsett
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 22:56:
Wow, just wow on that SCOTUS ruling! And the fucking plutocracy of America continues full steam ahead. Hopefully those poor bastards can get some restitution under state law. This, this is the kind of shit where you need strong union representation. Hell, this is what creates it. We're probably going to see a big swing back to unionization over the next 5-10 years as these abuses continue unchecked.
Well, SCOTUS exists to interpret existing laws and set precedent, not to create laws, and certainly not to protect any one group over another. They decided - rightly - that the law which was brought up in the case, which isn't even mentioned in the article posted here (good one, Reuters...), doesn't require employers to pay for end-of-day anti-theft screenings. If you want to read an article that isn't crap, I recommend the one by the NYTimes:

In a nutshell: No, you cannot sue your temp agency for money because the company they sent you to does security checks at the end of the day, and the temp agency isn't paying you for not working.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 21:08 Henry Dorsett
You know, I think the most important part of this story about an "acclaimed sci-fi writer" is that you can become one with a novella and a bunch of short stories.

A novella. Not a novel. A fucking novella. Which, if you don't know, is a very small (almost-)novel.

I guess I just need to stop being a straight white male American and I can be a famous writer, too! God knows I've written, even if not published, more than she has. Or is it that I just have to be a more vile human being? It's so hard to tell what the literary judges want these days...

(NOTE: I'm afraid my sarcasm might be missed. Obviously, the best way to become an award-winning sci-fi author is to, first and foremost, get published. You have to do all the trolling and other such after publication.)
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Oct 28, 2014, 20:00 Henry Dorsett
Why do people keep trying to redefine basic shit?

Gamer: "a person who plays games; especially : a person who regularly plays computer or video games" (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

I've stopped caring about Gamergate. I've stopped caring about Anita Sarkeesian's movement which has inspired so much hate-mongering and money-grubbing. But God damn it, people, stop trying to redefine words. It was bad enough that the idiots redefined irony to mean exactly the opposite of fucking irony.
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Oct 18, 2014, 12:44 Henry Dorsett
sdgundamx wrote on Oct 18, 2014, 12:13:
But I think you're grossly underestimating what it takes to make a game, let alone get it sold somewhere (whether it be in a store or through Steam's broken Greenlight system). It's not a good analogy again because to write some Internet news all you need is an Internet connection and a word processor.
And all you need to make a game is GameMaker's free edition.

Disagree? I should hope so. It does take a lot more than to make a game that anyone is going to enjoy. But it also takes more than a word processor to write an article or an editorial. You have to be able to make a case and back it up with evidence (or, you know, you can write for any of the hack websites like Kotaku and Polygon). You have to either get it published on a site with a built-in readership, or cultivate a readership of your own.

So, yeah, anyone can make a game with shit programming, shit graphics, and no real plot to speak of, and then put it online and have nobody play it (Jim Sterling rants about this all the time). But to say that it is simple to get an article written and published in such a way as that people will notice it is kind of absurd, too, don't you think?

And, frankly, I'm all for a high bar in getting things published, whether they be games or news articles or editorials. We've seen what happens when shit gets given equal time. It's not pretty.
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 11:46 Henry Dorsett
BitWraith wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 10:14:
I was under the impression GamerGate was about Quinn sleeping with journalists, and journalistic integrity overall? Did I miss something? When did it become about feminism?

It became about feminism when the feminists chose to make it about feminism. Or maybe when the anti-feminists did. At this point, it's hard to tell one screaming lunatic voice from another.

The Tumblr Attack Squad can't keep up the rhetoric and the storm of pure noise that they've started without incorporating every single thing they possibly can into their movement. I know it sounds borderline-conspiratorial, but it's actually a very logical way of looking at it, at this point. Here's my case:

Tumblr has been the viral (in the worst sense) breeding ground for the culture that tries to say that we're all special little snowflakes and each of us is important and valuable and wonderful... Unless you're straight, white, male, or Christian (or, in some cases, not clinically insane.... look up 'headmates,' I dare you). It's the idea that because you're part of what the world considers the norm, you can't possibly be a good person, and that if you're not part of those groups, you're entitled to anything your heart desires under the banner of fighting oppression.

Almost all of the anti-GG death-threat hate (that is, the people threatening GG supporters, as opposed to the people threatening Sarkeesian et al.) has come from Tumblr or Twitter; while the supporters of GG use 4chan, the other side uses Tumblr. Tumblr has the well-known MO of causing a shit storm about something, getting it a lot of attention, and then moving on to the next thing when people stop paying attention. It's their perpetual fight for relevance in and dominance of the broader cultural conversation as to how we, as a society, should view those who do not fall in what is perceived to be positions of inherent power.

When you look at GG from the perspective of two warring factions of very vocal psychopaths, it's clear how it has escalated into this level of shit storm. It's no longer about journalistic ethics in the same way that the public discourse of Anita Sarkeesian's videos is no longer about the admittedly poor representation of women in a lot of video games (the problem exists, even setting aside the fact that her evidence is largely either from games that haven't been culturally relevant for decades, or is situational and misleading at best and intellectually dishonest at worst). One set of raving lunatics have co-opted yet another news story, and the other set has pushed back.

Welcome to a world where everyone has been given the power of their every thought being heard, but nobody took the time to teach them to think.

EDIT: The quote at the top didn't end up in there at first.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 12:44 Henry Dorsett
Huh. I'd always thought of Seagate as being the reliable one. Of all the Seagate drives I've owned over the years, I've had one fail on me, and that was after a move. And Western Digital? I've owned four, spaced out over a decade or so, and they've all died within the year that I purchased them. Normal operating conditions in a desktop and everything. Looks like I'll be giving them another shot, though.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
8. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 25, 2014, 12:34 Henry Dorsett
To people like me, GamerGate (and I LOATHE any term where some schmuck adds the suffix of 'Gate' to any controversy) is about three things: The vast majority of AAA games are at best mediocre, and at worst, they're pure shit; games 'journalists' are commentators who are getting paid off by the companies whose works they're supposed to be examining, leading to a lot of bullshit reviews; and, unfortunately, how FUCKING RIDICULOUS the reactions from both sides have become to this shit show.

I hate that AAA games have basically become garbage. You used to be able to rely on finding a small group of studios you liked (Blizzard, Westwood, id, New World Computing / 3DO, etc.) and going through their games as they came out. You knew the product would be good because the company had a track record of quality. But now? Now you have be on constant vigil and to hope an indie game comes along that's looks interesting, gets finished, and ends up how they said it would be.

And this is compounded by the fact that we can't trust the people who are supposed to be telling us whether or not a game is worth playing. It means that we have to do the work ourselves, with whatever time we can spare and without the resources to actually do the job properly. Now, the closest we can get to a fair review is watching someone play it on YouTube or Twitch, because we can at least see the game being played that way.

Then, when we finally get pissed off, a bunch of fucking idiots ruin the righteous indignation that the community had built up by attacking people WHO WERE KNOWN TO CONTORT EVERYTHING INTO BOTH A PERSONAL ATTACK AND AN ATTACK ON THEIR ENTIRE GOD DAMN GENDER. Seriously, who the fuck thought going after the fucking Tumblr Attack Squad was a good idea? You can't get rid of these people by attacking them OR the people they've attached themselves to. You have to discredit their leaders and their movement en masse.

Oh, wait, I forgot, they're in bed with the journalists.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 24, 2014, 10:26 Henry Dorsett
Once again, Riot dodges the real issue: Their ranking system is shit. No matter how well you do, if your team loses, your ranking score drops. You can have 100 kills and no deaths and your team can still lose, so you'll still suffer. Which means, unless you can reliably win every game with zero help from anyone, there's no reliable way to advance in solo-queue ranked play.  
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