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Description God of death, destruction and decay. Likes fluffy kittens.
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Signed On Jan 15, 2001, 03:31
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2013, 16:48 sauron
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:20:
But there are soooooo many pretty trees.. impossible to keep focused.. especially since the main story isn't all that enticing...

Also.. Kittens!

Kittens to you too, Mister!

Careful with the fluffy ones though. They may look cute but they're plotting wold domination.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2013, 16:09 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2013, 15:13:
Agent.X7 wrote on May 7, 2013, 13:49:
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2013, 12:18:
And a cure for HIV months away?! Wow! That really is effing remarkable.




Uh, go back and re-read that. Results from a test are months away. If it works, the cure is years away. Says so right in the article.

Still, it's impressive as hell. A very possible cure inside of 5 years? Wow. And meanwhile the Cancer industry does almost nothing except collect money over the last 60+ years.

No offense but that's not true AT ALL. A colleague of mine just lost his wife to cancer after a 13 year battle. Without the drug she was taking (Avastin), she would have been dead inside 2 years. It bought her more than a decade of quality time. She was in her 70s by the time she died.

HIV is very complicated but the number of tools it has to survive are finite. Cancer is much more difficult - hundreds of genes can contribute to the loss of cell cycle control that triggers neoplasia. Hundreds more can be coopted by cancer cells to promote their own invasion and survival.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2013, 14:15 sauron
 
Verno wrote on May 7, 2013, 13:50:
Ratty wrote on May 7, 2013, 12:49:
Oh you kids and your fancy graphics, vocalized dialog and regenerating health. Fact: Daggerfall >>> Skyrim > Morrowind > Oblivion > Arena.

If the criteria is rat killing, falling through the world map and other fun bugs, sure Daggerfall wins

^ Haha, this!

I also saw Plant/Page at Glastonbury in like 1991 but was a bit disappointed. It was the middle of the day and they had an african choir on stage with them. I happen to like african choirs, but not when I'm expecting Zoso to tear the everliving **** out of rock and roll live on stage with his badass guitar. Plus I was a bit high. I suspect Plant/Page and the whole choir probably were as well. Glastonbury's a bit like that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2013, 13:36 sauron
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 7, 2013, 12:08:
1badmf wrote on May 7, 2013, 11:51:
i tried playing daggerfall. ten years later i tried playing oblivion, but i just don't get it. i don't get how you guys can play on through the lack of any narrative impetus. in both games i just kept fooling around until i got bored and hardly touched the main quest because there was no reason to. my friends who have played it tell me skyrim is the same - they just kept going until they got bored and then dropped it like an enfattenating girlfriend. which is a damn shame because all the elder scrolls games are the pinnacle of world design and rpg-ness.

Pretty much why I always cringe whenever someone calls Skyrim an RPG. It is more an adventure exploration game. It certainly never manages to tell any kind of proper story. Or make you feel something. Most of the time I was just fooling around doing quests to see what they were but not because I cared. And I never cared for a single character in Skyrim. I did in Oblivion though, there was this Argonian Shop Keeper with her Daughter in Chorrol and that is by the heavens the only character I remember of an Elder Scrolls game.

.... I liked Gothic 3 better in some regards....

The games do tell epic stories but you have to stay focused. Even if you choose to do all the Thieves' Guild quests (for example) you have to bear in mind there's a huge overarching narrative that you eventually need to go back to.

Basically, you have to see the forest as a whole, not just all the pretty trees in it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse May 7, 2013, 13:30 sauron
 
I use Photoshop and Acrobat Pro at work every day for hours at a time, and Illustrator almost every week. I refuse to pay a subscription - this is a great opportunity for Adobe's major competitors. Impress me and I'll switch, and all my colleagues will as well.

This is just a corporation that feels they have a monopoly and so they should leverage it to the hilt. Bad mistake.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Tomb Raider: Shipwrecked
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Tomb Raider: Shipwrecked May 7, 2013, 13:26 sauron
 
Bikini skin FTW. ^^  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2013, 11:15 sauron
 
InBlack wrote on May 7, 2013, 11:02:
Morrowind > Skyrim > Oblivion > Daggerfall > Arena. At least IMO, Skyrim is great and everything but Morrowind is still the pinnacle of the series. Both in terms of gameplay RPG complexity and writing/storyline. I hope their next single player Elder Scrolls bring back some much needed complexity gameplay wise. I think that the market has shown that they are mature enough to want it.

I played the heck out of Morrowind, well over 100 hours, but for some reason could never quite get into Oblivion, partly because it runs like a pig on every system I've ever tried it on. Actually Morrowind did as well but it was so good I put up with it.

As noted below I'm just beginning Skyrim but am already hooked and it runs really smooth - the code seems well-optimized. I think I'll be playing this one for a while.

I'd put the scale as Morrowind=Skyrim (pending) > Oblivion > Redguard (I have that as well) > Daggerfall. Never played Arena.

Not including Fallout series - I have them both (Steam sale!) but haven't played either enough to make a judgement.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2013, 10:31 sauron
 
I got some recommendations from the regulars here yesterday for a new RPG since I pretty much finished GW2. I was going to try both Skyrim and GW1 which have been sitting on my HD for months. I only got as far as Skyrim - boy is it ever good.

Any advice for mods very welcome - I already installed the improved UI since the original is awful. The game otherwise is fantastic and runs beautifully on my machine - much less of a system hog than Oblivion. It's like playing a movie.

Also, the members of Led Zep in that photo have really aged in the last 5 years - somebody found their Dorian Grey portraits/pacts with you know who?
 
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News Comments > EA's Exclusive Star Wars Game Rights
5. Re: EA's Exclusive Star Wars Game Rights May 6, 2013, 16:57 sauron
 
"I've got a bad feeling about this"

edit - BEATEN - GAH!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue May 6, 2013, 12:10 sauron
 
So I'm finally about done with Guild Wars 2 after 8 months, two max level characters, a Legendary weapon, completed world map and a lot of World vs World fun. One of my favorite games, I think.

I never really got into GW1 but have a couple of the titles sitting on my shelf. Are they still worth firing up or should I just go straight for Skyrim (also have it, never played it).

Thanks for advice, Blues' RPG connoisseurs!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2013, 09:55 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 6, 2013, 13:50:
That beer can is brilliant! Can't believe no one came up with this before.

Sapporo used to have something similar on their silver pint cans around 15 years ago, but then for some reason they stopped making them.

But yeah, totally cool idea - I'll be looking out for those for sure. We have a Best Yet supermarket here in Harlem (8th avenue between 118 and 119th St) that has an entire floor just for beer - pretty sure they stock it.
 
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News Comments > Neverwinter Open Beta This Month
10. Re: Neverwinter Open Beta This Month Apr 5, 2013, 08:48 sauron
 
It looks interesting but will have to be really special to drag me away from GW2 - currently 375 hours in to that game and it's really starting to open up. I'm now comfortable with the end game content such as WvW and EXP mode dungeons, my Legendary is almost done, and the atmosphere on my server is great.

I love D&D but unless this brings interesting game mechanics and depth I'm not sure it will do well. People that play MMOs tend to want LOTS of content and customization.
 
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News Comments > Chris Avellone Joins Torment Team
10. Re: Chris Avellone Joins Torment Team Apr 4, 2013, 09:57 sauron
 
Yifes wrote on Apr 4, 2013, 00:03:
Well, Avellone and that in-engine video did it for me.

PS:T had the best writing I've ever seen in a videogame. Hope they can pull it off again.

Morte: "An elderly man was sitting alone on a dark path, right? He wasn't certain of which direction to go, and he'd forgotten both where he was traveling to and who he was. He'd sat down for a moment to rest his weary legs, and suddenly looked up to see an elderly woman before him.

She grinned toothlessly and with a cackle, spoke:

'Now your third wish. What will it be?'

'Third wish?' The man was baffled. 'How can it be a third wish if I haven't had a first and second wish?'

'You've had two wishes already,' the hag said, 'but your second wish was for me to return everything to the way it was before you had made your first wish. That's why you remember nothing; because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes.'

She cackled at the poor berk. 'So it is that you have one wish left.'

'All right,' said the man, 'I don't believe this, but there's no harm in wishing. I wish to know who I am.'

'Funny,' said the old woman as she granted his wish and disappeared forever. 'That was your first wish.' "
 
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News Comments > Torment: Tides of Numenera Delay
15. Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Delay Apr 3, 2013, 13:34 sauron
 
Creston wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 12:36:
Btw, please tell me you didn't just write that down from memory...

Creston

Hehe, no, but I do have a few lines of the game burned into memory. Example:

Morte: Look, chief, these dead chits are the last chance for a couple of charming young bashers like us. We need to be chivalrous - no hacking off limbs or bashing them to pulp looking for keys.

Nameless One: Last chance? What are you talking about?

Morte: Look chief, THEY'RE dead, WE'RE dead, see? Wink, wink?

Nameless One: You can't be serious.


 
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News Comments > Torment: Tides of Numenera Delay
13. Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Delay Apr 3, 2013, 09:30 sauron
 
Ceribaen wrote on Apr 2, 2013, 21:53:
There's just something that's drawing me to it.

Nameless One: What can change the nature of a man?

The Transcendent One: I have seen you live a countless lives, Broken One, I have lived your endless quests that accomplish nothing except spread your torment though the multiverse. Then, this is my answer and you are my proof: Nothing can change the nature of a man.

Nameless One: You are wrong. If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear - whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I've seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag's heart half-circle. This entire Fortress has been constructed from belief. Belief damned a woman, whose heart clung to the hope that another loved her when he did not. Once, it made a man seek immortality and achieve it. And it has made a posturing spirit think it is something more than a part of me.

The Transcendent One: Believe what you will. You will die again, and you will forget again.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2013, 08:07 sauron
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Mar 31, 2013, 19:49:
Been holding off watching GoT until it's done... but the other day I was flipping though the channels and came across GoT so started watching a bit... WTF, they should just call it Game of Porn FFS... I mean ok you want some T&A fine but keep it story related, from what I saw it was simply porn for the sake of having porn... seriously put me off ever watching it... was expecting Lord of the Rings not Lord of the G-Strings.

Dang, I DEFINITELY need to start watching this show.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Climate change BS Mar 29, 2013, 16:58 sauron
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 15:19:
sauron wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 13:34:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 11:42:
Point. Just because something is published with peer review doesn't mean there isn't an agenda and spin behind it.

At the level of the Nature journals and similar, you can't just make stuff up. It will get found out in a heartbeat by your peers. They are not fools and the process is incredibly rigorous.

That's the whole point of peer review. It doesn't guarantee the truth but it makes things a whole lot more reliable. Especially in the high tier journals.

The question is, who are the peers... and who pays them for what research specifically, as you say, the high tier journals have the problem that only scientists in that field can disprove or prove a study. If all the peers that reviewed this study are climate scientists that are paid to research climate change..... would they announce if they find that climate change is not human made? Or would they propagate a "lie" by keeping or hiding certain data points (with agreements among themselves) to keep themselves employed?

My point is not that this is the case, my point is that I don't believe the journal system anymore because that could be the case. And in the same way I don't believe the "other side" either. Because they could be paid by the industry.

Essentially, they cherry picked data sources on the report 2010, that is a minor thing maybe, or maybe it is the main thing... in any case, if they do that on a MAJOR international report, what do they do behind the scenes among their peer reviews?

Are opposing viewpoints with data to prove their point listed in Nature? Or do they get rejected for false assumptions and bad logic, or reasons more nefarious?

All I am saying is, I don't trust climate scientists anymore, from both sides of the argument.

I'm a science researcher in neurobiology, and am funded by both the federal government and industry. From my experience, the feds want the truth either way and will pay for it. Industry is sometimes pushing an agenda - depends on how good they are. The smartest corporations just want reliable facts. Some of the others are less careful and more profit-oriented in the short term and don't realize this approach will hurt them in the longer term.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Climate change BS Mar 29, 2013, 13:34 sauron
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 11:42:
Point. Just because something is published with peer review doesn't mean there isn't an agenda and spin behind it.

At the level of the Nature journals and similar, you can't just make stuff up. It will get found out in a heartbeat by your peers. They are not fools and the process is incredibly rigorous.

That's the whole point of peer review. It doesn't guarantee the truth but it makes things a whole lot more reliable. Especially in the high tier journals.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Climate change BS Mar 29, 2013, 08:19 sauron
 
Blue wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 08:07:
ledhead1969 wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 01:05:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/dyp9cm5

Nature.com versus investors.com. Are you sure you have properly identified the party with an agenda here?

Haha yeah. There is such a thing as a peer review process. One of the two articles went through it and was published in Nature. The other one reports a previous report bashed out on a typewriter by a member of the press with no scientific training at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2013, 19:18 sauron
 
Thanks guys!

Will pick it up this weekend.
 
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