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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
43. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 03:15 PropheT
LittleMe wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:35:
No, no he wasn't. Here's the quote:

Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility.

Nothing there about congress. It does look like a decree do me, and an unlawful one at that.

There's nothing about congress in there because it IS NOT NECESSARY.

The president called on them to enact this sort of reform because he can't do it himself. He can't create laws necessary for that to happen, therefore he needs to call on lawmakers to do that. Calling on lawmakers to enact legislation making these changes is doing exactly what you are saying he isn't.

LittleMe wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:35:
The whole local internet service is very anti-free market with antiquated mid-20th century local 'franchise agreements' that are the foundation of how the vast majority of local Internet service is provided. These franchise agreements are just kind words for government granted monopolies. THAT is the core problem here - that being, very limited consumer choice and minimal competition.

Because the providers are able to make those agreements and create their own monopolies by area with no impedance or penalty from government. They create the deals with local municipalities in exchange for non-competes with other providers in many cases because no regulation exists to prevent them from doing so.

I've done a fair amount of work at a local government level with this over the last ten years or so. Anyone who has done the same will immediately acknowledge that smaller communities are hamstrung when making these deals because there is no regulation that protects them. The lack of regulation leaves us with all but a take it or leave it approach to negotiations, and when changes or alterations outside of the agreements take place there is often little or no recourse for the communities affected.

I don't expect it to help much, because many of the problems we encounter are with general cable service as much as internet service, but separating the two from a legal aspect would give us ground to ensure stability and options that as of right now aren't available. In practice, that should lower the cost for subscribers and increase the number of available customers for providers.

Read between the lines. I'll rewrite it since you guys can't interpret that statement.

And yet you're accusing other people of creating strawmen.

All I'm seeing is that you don't like it because Obama said it. When you're not declaring our system a monarchy, you're arguing for the same things that people who are happy about this are.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 10, 2014, 21:55 PropheT
LittleMe wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 20:37:
The proper way to go about this sort of thing would be to pass a law. I saw no such language in the article. So it appears the pres doesn't care about the rule of law but his supposed authority over the FCC to enforce a 'rule' already found to be not within their lawful authority. This is how kings operate.

The government can only do so much here. This is where a free-er market would give consumers what they want - Internet access without being under the thumb of government-sanctioned monopolistic internet providers. Obama just loves to be the center of attention here as usual. It's superficial flair with no substance.

A law would need to be passed. That's what the president was asking for. That is not king-like behavior, because the executive branch does not create and pass laws; he is calling for these measures to be enacted, not decreeing to all his vassals that from now henceforth the land shall have net neutrality.

As for a free-er market solution, I don't know how you can think this when there is already obvious and tangible proof that the exact opposite of what you're saying is already true. There's even examples provided in the Oatmeal link. We have a free market in place right now, and the providers have used it to give themselves monopolies over coverage areas, control pricing, enact bandwidth limitations, and so on because the necessary regulations preventing them from doing so do not exist.

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News Comments > Blizzard Announces Overwatch
42. Re: Blizzard Announces Overwatch Nov 7, 2014, 18:34 PropheT
JeffD wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 16:49:
The cinematic movie was pretty laughable bad but the gameplay trailer was intense.

If that cinematic was "pretty laughable bad" then I have no f'ing clue what you'd think was actually good. Show that cinematic to people without telling them what it was from and they'd probably think it was Pixar.

The gameplay, though, is just TF2 mixed with Monday Night Combat. I was about as excited as I've been for a game in a while after the cinematic, and after the gameplay trailer all I am is disappointed that it's just another multiplayer team shooter.

I don't want to be negative about it, and I'm sure it'll be a good game, but it's just impossible for me to be really excited for multiplayer team shooters anymore.

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News Comments > Star Citizen at $60M
12. Re: Star Citizen at $60M Nov 6, 2014, 18:47 PropheT
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 18:07:
How the hell does a universe expand, when it doesn't exist in the first place?

At the rate they're raising funding, it's going to expand by declaring its independence and becoming its own nation.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 02:34 PropheT
Orogogus wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 21:32:
I have a Panasonic, too, and while burn-in is a non-issue, it really doesn't work well in sunlight.

I've never really noticed, but that's probably a combination of rarely being home to watch during the day and my house not being particularly bright even when I am.

I'd still say it's better during daylight than my 37" Westinghouse LCD I have upstairs at home, but that's a few years older than the plasma too so maybe they've improved a lot.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 5, 2014, 21:12 PropheT
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 20:26:
Why not for gaming? My plasma looks great for games, though admittedly I've only played Decrepit Gen consoles on it...

I've got a Panasonic plasma in my living room, and it looks and plays great. Despite the concerns about burn in I've never really had a problem in the years I've had it even with some heavy gaming sessions sporting static UI elements.

For blu-rays it's still the best TV I've seen picture quality-wise.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
14. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 2, 2014, 16:01 PropheT
Rossini wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 14:42:
Maybe I played way too much Civ 5. But is anyone else finding Civ: Beyond Earth boring?

I like it really well, but after a first game that went pretty much perfectly I haven't been able to complete any more. I got to a late turn in my next game, and the game just ended with no feedback as to why. The next game, Elodie gives me a dialog about going to war with someone in turn 300-something and the game locks up; can't reply to her, can't get out of it, reloading an earlier save doesn't help. Same thing next game.

Doesn't take much to make you not want to play after getting to turn 300+ in a Civ game and not being able to finish multiple times. I like the game, but it's hard to recommend when that's the experience I keep getting.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Oct 31, 2014, 11:23 PropheT
Or maybe it's just the safety of anonymity...

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News Comments > Dragon Age Keep Open Demo
9. Re: Dragon Age Keep Open Demo Oct 30, 2014, 11:42 PropheT
InBlack wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 10:18:
Hands up if you're going to preorder Inquistion!!

*keeps his hands firmly @ his side*

*raises hand*

I've had it pre-ordered since it went up, though. If there was only one game I could have this entire past year this would have been it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 29, 2014, 16:19 PropheT
Numinar wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 14:01:
Destiny is actually really good, really polished, really fun.

As for 500M? Pretty sure that got debunked.

I think the $500 million was part of the 10-year thing that was mentioned with the game, not that this title alone cost that.

I agree, though, the game is good. The story complaints are definitely right, though, and it does worry me that when asked about it in this article he mentions the Thorn exotic quest -- which I eventually just abandoned because I'd never finish the crucible portions of it, and the first and last phases are just repeating the same strike in a different way with the second visit being one you can't just queue for normally (from what I understand, I never got that far).
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News Comments > WildStar Realm Transfers
4. Re: WildStar Realm Transfers Oct 29, 2014, 12:36 PropheT
NKD wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 11:30:
How can you justify creating content only a few hundred people are going to experience?

That's why Blizzard quit doing it with World of Warcraft in the first place. Even without the gating it was a max of around 5-10% of the population of the game taking advantage of that content at the early end, and at the far end by the time they stopped making it Naxx-40 was more like 1-2%.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
25. Re: etc., etc. Oct 29, 2014, 03:23 PropheT
Prez wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 02:01:
Even more worrisome is how many people share in this warped view. What is wrong with you people?

Given that most of the "discussion" seems to be on Twitter, I'm not convinced a lot of them actually do; they just agree with the quick sound bite that site presents and don't actually know the rest of what's being said. When confronted with an argument later they're already vested in being on that side of the argument, so they double down on it.

Same thing happens on Reddit or Fark or wherever else, too. People just read the headline and talk about that instead of actually reading the article, this doesn't seem much different to me.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Oct 28, 2014, 22:28 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 21:26:
More like what Breitbart called them.
Again, the whole "gamers are dead" thing was about banishing that stereotype, not enforcing it. It's very sad that the reaction was really, really clustering around it and proving that "Gamers" aren't dead, and the stereotype is still true for many extremely loud people.

That's because "gamer" to the kind of people who read gaming sites are hardcore gamers, which is probably a more fair usage of the term than the broadened description of it that's been adopted by certain parts of the industry to fudge the numbers by including your grandma picking up Candy Crush once or twice last year.

The ridiculous part of it, and why the blowback was what it was, is that some of the gaming sites picked up on that and keep repeating it as if their clientele isn't the predominantly male hardcore demographic that was being dismissed. It's hard to banish the stereotype when the people who are reading the sites publishing that article are by and large the people who fit the description of the crowd that's 'over'.

It'd be like Blue posting here about how the PC-centric crowd is over in this age of console gaming, and that the male-oriented PC enthusiast content is a thing of the past that only a dying breed cares about. There's enough evidence to make a case for it (whether true or not doesn't matter), but the vast majority of the people reading and commenting would be male PC enthusiasts... it's not hard to figure out how the discussion on it would go.
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News Comments > PC Valkyria Chronicles Confirmed
11. Re: PC Valkyria Chronicles Confirmed Oct 28, 2014, 15:11 PropheT
The story is way too anime for me, but the game was really good.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Oct 27, 2014, 21:28 PropheT
Sounds good to me, I love Doctor Strange and he seems like he'd be a good fit for it.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Oct 26, 2014, 12:02 PropheT
Julio wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 11:40:
And one more reason to not purchase DA3 is provided - thanks Gaider!

Did you even read what he said?

I agree with most of it, even though I definitely don't care for her message. The part where he's wrong is the part about why anyone who disagrees should even care, and that part seems pretty obvious to me when even if you want nothing to do with it the mainstream media and not just gaming media is covering it now.

Anyway, you might want to actually read the article instead of just condemning anyone with a different viewpoint out of hand.
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News Comments > Golden Joystick Winners
4. Re: Golden Joystick Winners Oct 24, 2014, 21:32 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 21:04:

Well, Anita is the only one of those I'd ever heard of other than Pewdiepie.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
34. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 18:01 PropheT
mixma242 wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 11:24:
I feel 'meh' about it. I actually managed to win on my first play through on the 'normal' setting. As in no restarts for a better landing spot or reload because I did something stupid or got surprised in combat or something. I have been playing ever Civ since the original (including AC) and I never would have been able to do that with any of the others. The devs have said that at higher difficulty there is no different AI logic...

Satellites seemed interesting but not necessary, as was diplomacy. I didn't need any of the higher end techs other than to achieve my victory type. I only did a minimal number of quests.

It took me just under 400 turns / 11 hours to achieve the Harmony Trancendence victory. Last 100 turns / hour or two was waiting on stuff to be researched/built and waiting on the PC to take its turn.

I didn't think it was any easier or harder than Civ5 on the same settings. Playing on the default difficulty when it starts your game is just the 2nd (Chieftain in earlier Civs, I think?), so it's not very hard; losing on any of the lower difficulties is fairly tough if you've ever played Civ before. 400 turns seems like a lot, too, since I finished in just over 300 and was actually competing for victory conditions at the end with another civ even at the newbie difficulty.

The aliens are definitely harder to deal with than barbarians in Civ usually are. Siege Worms on early turns are all but impossible to get rid of and they'll screw up your trade routes any chance they get; if you have bad luck with alien nest spawns you can be up to your ears in aliens that, even if they're not aggressive to you, still disrupt anything you need to do outside of your territory. Even if you burn the nests they have a tendency to come back in the same spots if you haven't put something down to prevent it, too.

Satellites are necessary depending on what you're doing and your luck with the map. Miasma negation satellites can be pretty important. Defense satellites are great, and definitely a must on higher difficulties if you're having trouble defending your territory.

Other civilizations are more aggressive than they are in Civ 5 from what I've seen, too. If they don't like you blasting aliens, they'll tell you or may attack you if they're a Harmony civ and you're Supremeacy or Purity since you probably won't change your evil ways. They have personalities, as well; ARC is a corporate power, and can be an aggressive empire builder, Brazilia is an aggressive military power a la Moctezuma, Africa is Ghandi-esque right down to the wishy-washy bipolar diplomacy, etc. etc so each game can play out fairly differently.

Once you get some more time to tweak the game and play with it I think you'll like it.

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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
3. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 10:23 PropheT
It takes some adjusting to figure out what everything is, but Alpha Centauri was like that too. The tech tree is a bit arcane and civ health/happiness is harder to manage across multiple cities than it is in Civ 5 for sure, but after a few complete games I'd imagine everything will flow just as well.

I like it really well so far. You can't just out-tech other civs for military pursuits, the quests are brief but involve you in what's going on and give you choices, and even the non-combat victory conditions seem to require more to complete than just ramping up and super specializing in winning by those means at any cost. It's sort of impossible to judge a Civ game from one night of playing it but I'm happy with what I got up to this point.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2014, 11:36 PropheT
I was one of the only weirdos on earth that didn't really care for the Avengers I think, so I wasn't all that hyped for the sequel... but good lard that Age of Ultron trailer is incredible.  
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