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Signed On Jul 17, 2000, 22:20
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 22, 2015, 21:14 PropheT
 
Barton-Rush Act of 2006
In 2006 Barton partnered with Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) to create the Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006. The COPE Act or "Barton-Rush" bill would allow major telephone companies to compete with cable television companies. It has also been widely critized for making net neutrality impossible, which could possibly lead to a multi-tiered Internet where some websites would move and load faster if they pay an additional fee to providers like Verizon and Comcast.[21]

The leading proponents of the COPE Act have been Verizon, Comcast, SBC Communications, Time Warner, and AT&T. Barton has a potential conflict of interest in that he stands to profit if SBC Communications makes money off of this bill, which it most likely will. Barton owns between $1,000 and $15,000 of dividends in SBC Communications according to his 2004 personal financial disclosure forms.[22]

SBC Communications is also Barton's 10th highest career donor having given Barton $51,109 since 1989.[23] For the 2006 election cycle Barton is the 14th highest recipient of money from the telecom industry.[24]

From here.

So yeah, there you go. The guy making the Republican case for enforcing net neutrality rules and denying that there's any kind of monopoly or any regulation needed is a guy with a pretty strong history of campaign contributions and voting against net neutrality.

The leading proponents of the COPE Act have been Verizon, Comcast, SBC Communications, Time Warner, and AT&T. Barton has a potential conflict of interest in that he stands to profit if SBC Communications makes money off of this bill, which it most likely will. Barton owns between $1,000 and $15,000 of dividends in SBC Communications according to his 2004 personal financial disclosure forms.
 
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News Comments > Roberts: Star Citizen Will "Probably" Pass $100M; Release Schedule Expanded
55. Re: Roberts: Star Citizen Will Jan 22, 2015, 15:18 PropheT
 
Flatline wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 13:39:
It is a lot of fun. Comms is meh but it's an interesting team building exercise.

My best friend's gaming group got together and had a go with it, and they said it was great and had a lot of fun. Never got a chance to try it myself, unfortunately :/
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 12:59 PropheT
 
Verno wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 11:32:
Other good chair companies are HumanScale and Steelcase.

I got a Steelcase Criterion just like the one I used at my last job for home use.

Paid a whole $5 at a Salvation Army for it, just had to clean it up and replace a bad wheel and it was good as new. Places like that are worth a look for anyone trying to find a good chair locally, since they're so ridiculously expensive to ship anywhere they don't tend to move very fast on Ebay when they get sold.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisitions Patch to Fix Awkward Silences
26. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisitions Patch to Fix Awkward Silences Jan 21, 2015, 00:32 PropheT
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 15:37:
The lack of any of my choices actually mattering at the end kinda got me and killed my desire for a second play through. I miss the Bioware that made Dragon Age: Origins.

This guy has a pretty good write up that I agree with: http://johnswritersblock.com/2014/12/02/ending-dragonage-inquisition/

Play it again and you might notice how much of an effect your decisions actually made.

He wrote:
And speaking of character approval, I never once saw a character’s approval rating come into play. It was a thing that might as well never have existed. Nor did any of the character’s side quests ever come to affect the ending or even the characters themselves.

Which I can't even comprehend. There's no way not to notice the differences; it affects every conversation you have with them, it affects their tarot card, it affects their ambient dialog... it doesn't have the binary light/dark effect that you had in KOTOR but that's a good thing. Things that seem like every day dialog options you have early in the game affect conversations you're having hours and hours later, and relationships with the characters are no different. I don't think they need to force feed some kind of pass/fail system into it to dumb it down so that you know if your companions are maxed on liking you.

The entire choices having no consequences thing is horseshit, too, for the same reason. It's woven into the story and presentation well enough that it might not seem like it matters, but making choices (even like an answer to if you believe in the maker or not early on) affects conversations later, which affects how other conversations go later, and so on... You won't get the same experience in a second game if you answer questions differently.

I guess I prefer a dynamic experience progressing through the game to a meaningless end screen that recaps choices. People get mad when games are dumbed down and spoon feeding the player, but when they don't do it.... just, eh.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 19, 2015, 15:27 PropheT
 
Remember around week 2 or 3 there were articles all over saying Brady was finally washed up and the Patriots were over, never to see the success they had in the past?

I don't even like the Patriots but I hope they stomp the Seahawks. Hopefully it's a better Superbowl than last year no matter what happens...not that it could be worse. Last year's was one of the most boring games I've ever seen.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 16, 2015, 12:32 PropheT
 
Ludomancer wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 12:16:
Who the fuck knows what that app did to your machine.

Nothing. We used Superantispyware at work for years. There's nothing wrong with it aside from being fairly slow, it worked as well as Malwarebytes did. Malwarebytes was faster, though if a system needed a cleanup I usually ran both since they each found things the other didn't in quite a few cases.
 
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News Comments > MS: Windows 10 "Best" OS Ever Created for Gamers
42. Re: MS: Windows 10 Jan 16, 2015, 12:26 PropheT
 
Ludomancer wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 12:05:
I'd still be happily using winNT if MS just didn't let it go extinct. Someone tell me now: What's been introduced since NT that couldn't have been done so in a patch?

Pretty much the entire core of the OS, including the ability to patch segments of it that would have required a complete reinstall on NT.

NT wasn't a good gaming OS even when it was current.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
10. Re: Into the Black Jan 13, 2015, 21:36 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 19:35:
No, in interviews he says it's generational. That younger viewers prefer the new trilogy while older viewers prefer the original trilogy and are too nostalgia-fueled to accept the original.

That seems dismissive of the idea that the maybe movies are actually just plain bad. Otherwise good actors aren't good actors in the prequels, the dialog is stilted when it's not outright stupid, and he made one of the most iconic characters in all of film history into a whiny douche.

I like Liam Neeson and his character in the first because he's about the only character that really seems like a Jedi in the whole trilogy. The lightsaber battle at the end is fantastic, too. The second and third movies revolve around a romance that just plain doesn't work and a sort of bastardization of the characters that devolves them into a spoiled child and the only woman in the series dying from... I don't even know why, and then the "Noooo" shout that wouldn't have been out of place in a parody done by The Onion.

It just seems so derisive to put all of it on the shoulders of people who love Star Wars, and while maybe he accepts some criticism it also makes it seem like he takes no responsibility for any of it. That's why I'm glad he's not making the new one, more than anything, since he won't learn from mistakes he doesn't even acknowledge making.

/edit for clarity.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV Trailer
4. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV Trailer Jan 13, 2015, 21:21 PropheT
 
I really hate it personally, but my son loves the game and plays it regularly and is really excited for this patch. There doesn't seem to be much in-between with FFXIV, but they've definitely added to it and built on what they did since the re-release.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 8, 2015, 14:43 PropheT
 
Considering the problems and bugs and outright suggestions not to install the iOS 8 update when it came out, I'm actually surprised it's as high as it is.  
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News Comments > Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines "Pretty Much Dead"
16. Re: Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines Jan 7, 2015, 23:21 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 18:25:
It's confusing that his company is named "Origin PC." I just assumed that he was working at EA Origin's website, and might have been heading that up. I guess it's not infringement, but damn is it confusing.

I actually didn't realize it wasn't EA until I saw yours and nin's comments about it here.

DarkCntry wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 21:58:
I know it's a cardinal sin to purchase pre-builds, but in this case it was well worth it, and in the end I came out about 600-700 cheaper than if I were to piecemeal my own system together with the same hardware.

Not as much as it used to be for sure.

I was kind of surprised when shopping builds for people over the last year or two, but as long as you're careful not to get some of the proprietary-only non-upgradeable systems that are out there it's probably a better deal not to build your own right now for someone who can't (or doesn't want to) do their own tech support. If someone is willing to wait for a deal like you did it's not even always a bad deal for enthusiasts anymore.

 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Specs; Requires 6GB
24. Re: The Witcher 3 Specs; Requires 6GB Jan 7, 2015, 15:00 PropheT
 
harlock wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 14:47:
gotta have rock solid 80+ fps, with all effects and bells and whistles - and its just not happening on that generation

Most people aren't going to be all that upset if they don't hit a rock solid 80+ fps with everything maxed in the newest games to come out.

My son's system I built for him a few years ago is an i5-2500k with a GTX 680, and there just hasn't been any real reason to upgrade it yet.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 7, 2015, 01:26 PropheT
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 18:58:
Is Cutter an SJW when he endlessly pisses and moans about Apple and its treatment of employees?

He kind of has a point about this, though. At every tech job I've worked at it's been around 80% white men because white men make up 80%+ of the people who apply for those jobs. The last place I worked was hiring people who weren't white guys just to hit the right diversity stats, and we wound up with people who had no experience and no background for the work sitting next to us as result.

Obviously that's only anecdotal evidence, but it seems to me that there's a bigger problem with educational diversity creating barriers to technical fields than problems with technical companies not hiring more diverse workers.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 12:45 PropheT
 
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 2, 2015, 22:29 PropheT
 
#11 should be a comic about that annoying type of person that thinks all of the arguments they disagree with on complex issues can be summed up and dismissed in a few comic panels.  
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2014, 01:16 PropheT
 
jimnms wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 23:38:
I can't decide whether to go ahead and get it on Steam since it's practically free, or go ahead and buy it for $5 and save my Steam wallet funds for the next sale.

If you can get it for $5 at Gamestop for the same thing, I don't see any reason to spend the extra just to have it on Steam. $2.50 will get you another entire game during a sale at some point.

Although, if you haven't played it yet, you'll get your money's worth out of it even if your limo driver has to go hungry because you paid the extra $2.50 on Steam instead
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 30, 2014, 22:53 PropheT
 
Reading the study itself it kind of strikes me that the researchers are saying that marriage=sex more than the data itself does. That's the idea they start with and then use their formula to determine the degree to which porn/internet usage trumps marriage.

The entire thing seems to have been rendered down to an If=Then mathematical formula about how if a man chooses to be married, then he measures wife value vs. porn value and chooses whichever is greater. I guess I'm not a scientist, but at least anecdotal evidence says that isn't how it works.

As a side note, while looking for the study itself instead of just sites grabbing the headline and running with it, I found it funny to see that the same thing has been blamed on Facebook, World of Warcraft, and a few other things as well.

 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Dec 30, 2014, 22:09 PropheT
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 21:48:
It just seems that they - along with Amazon, et al. aren't as aggressive on getting lower price points as fast as they used to.

A few of the games they've featured have actually been cheaper over at Amazon or elsewhere either recently or during the sale, too.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 30, 2014, 12:53 PropheT
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 12:03:
Range is a problem, but for me the bigger problem would be that you can the throw the car away if you ever leave the battery unplugged during -10°C for longer than 24 hours.

I'd never heard that before. That's...not a good deal for any cold weather state. It was cold enough here last year for long enough that the battery in my truck couldn't handle it and died, so if that's the case then I can't imagine prolonged cold would leave the car in good working order even if it was plugged in.

I'm a cheapass when it comes to cars, though, I could have a whole fleet of trucks like mine for what a Tesla would cost.
 
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News Comments > Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight
18. Re: Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight Dec 30, 2014, 12:41 PropheT
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 11:26:
I think you mean Hatred fills your whole body. You're sick and tired about SJW's and authoritarians telling you what you can or can't play.

I can't think of any time the SJW's have said what I can and can't play, they just say I'm a shitty person for supporting certain things. If I were to buy Hatred and support it, they'd probably have a pretty good point.

If they want to make their game, that's fine, but fuck their game and them... and I still don't understand why people think Steam needs to distribute it for them or it's some big free speech issue. They're free to make whatever they want, but there's two sides to that free speech coin; nobody else has to support them doing it if they don't want to.
 
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