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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
44. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 14, 2013, 12:36 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Verno wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 11:56:
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 11:42:

A handgun can fire blistering fast as well. A vehicle can be used as a one ton projectile of death, and was I believe the leading cause of death last year, so should we ban cars? Maybe just the fast vroom vroom red ones? And again the 2nd amendment is not there for "hunting" But you know that.

This argument doesn't make any sense, it's not about determining the leading causes of death as those are known quantities. You're also ignoring that a great deal of prevention measures have been and continue to be enacted for things like cars, roadways, chemicals, etc. Gun control debates are pointless anyway, people on both sides get too emotional and are way too invested in their position to ever be reasonable about it.

Updating and modifying gun control happens all the time and I would think any responsible gun advocate will appreciate that. It's not a catch all to stop random violence though, people need to realize that. Just like updating health care will not guarantee that a sick person won't get a gun and do this again. There are no fixes, all we can do is strive to do better and hope that it works.

There are things we can do that may actually help. Improve reporting by the states to update NICS. Enable NICS use for background checks for private sales. Improve access to mental health care, and work to de-stigmatize it. Require that weapons be locked up in homes where there is a resident with mental issues that would disqualify them from ownership (and depending on the details, this could be applied more broadly).

Most of the ideas being considered for legislation right now are just worthless and will only affect law-abiding gun owners. It's political pandering and grandstanding. They're not going to make anyone safer.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
43. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 14, 2013, 12:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 11:44:
We make it difficult to get cars, take licenses away all the time, and have an enormous amount of restrictions on them that we don't have on guns.
Getting a car is not very hard at all actually. It basically just costs money. Driving tests are very easy to pass, and once you pass one, there's little chance you'll ever be tested again.

For all the regulations on them that we do have, we still have tens of thousands of vehicle-related deaths every year. Those restrictions don't prevent people from driving intoxicated, tired, or from road raging or racing or other dangerous behavior. We do very little to take bad or impaired drivers off the road too. How many accidents are caused by old people who shouldn't be driving anymore for various medical reasons? It's not until they cause an accident that anyone even tries to evaluate their abilities or take away their license.

The point is that if people are willing to break the law, then the law is no longer an impediment to them. You can stack 20 more laws on top of that, and it's really not going to make a difference. Just like designating places as "gun-free zones" isn't going to do anything to improve safety. You've basically stopped anyone with the intent to abide by the law from having a weapon there. Congrats on that.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
36. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 14, 2013, 10:12 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 08:21:
I call what they're proposing knee jerk because it won't help at all and they're using these victims as a platform to justify more control for the sake of it.
Right, and I tried to give examples of a couple of non-knee-jerky things that could be done to improve the situation. The biggest elephant in the room is still the rather appalling state of mental health care in this country. Until we start doing something about that, instead of just dispensing pills to anyone with insurance, anything else we try is just a band-aid at best. Unfortunately, that hasn't been a priority for either party, but the Republicans are generally much more opposed to broadening access to health care. Time for them to face up to it.

Regardless of its flaws, Obamacare is better than what we've had up until now, and certainly better than the huge nothing that Republicans did over the 10 years or so that they were in control. As far as I'm concerned, they had their chance to do something constructive and passed on it, so they can quit whining now and start cooperating and working to improve it. Particularly focusing on improving mental health care. Then maybe we could start getting somewhere.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
34. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Jan 14, 2013, 00:54 Wowbagger_TIP
 
StreetPreacher wrote on Jan 13, 2013, 01:09:
PropheT wrote on Jan 12, 2013, 23:17:
NewMaxx wrote on Jan 12, 2013, 22:50:
What was the statistic? Oh right...more people were killed last year by bludgeoning than guns in this country.

Um...bullshit.

Not for last year, but you get the idea that it isn't even a LITTLE close: FBI Expanded homicide statistics for 2007-2011

I seem to remember the quote you're talking about somewhere, though, and they didn't say "guns" they said a specific type of rifle.
Assault rifles. More people are killed each year by bludgeoning (and bicycles, interestingly enough) than are killed w/ assault rifles, which comprise a fraction of 1% of homicides.

Actually, according to the FBI statistics (latest that I can find), more people are killed by unarmed people than by all kinds of rifles and shotguns combined.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
33. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 14, 2013, 00:53 Wowbagger_TIP
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 13, 2013, 14:43:
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 13, 2013, 13:43:
I don't however 99.99% of the time liberals propose knee jerk reactions

20 kids mowed down and you throw out knee jerk reactions. How many have to die for you? Probably doesn't matter... until it hits home.
How many have to die until what? Until we do something stupid, pointless and knee-jerky? That seems to be about all that's on the table right now. Hasn't helped in the past.

HorrorScope wrote on Jan 13, 2013, 14:43:
All 3 mediums can give some, doesn't mean it won't happen, but we can do better. Assualt, clip size, banning gun shows and registration are all things that can be put on the table, not meaning all are gotten.
Opening up NICS for use in private sales would be a good thing. Improving reporting from the states about those who should be listed as a prohibited person in NICS would also be a good thing. The reporting is pretty bad right now. That stuff also needs to be maintained. Maintenance costs money. But money doesn't seem to be an issue to those calling for new laws anyway.

HorrorScope wrote on Jan 13, 2013, 14:43:
This week in CA a person goes in with a shotgun, only shot one and they are are in critical but stable. That is the difference between handgun/rifle/shotgun vs spray and pray guns. Not that someone won't die, but it does limit it. Hence... doing a little better.
Wow. That's a pretty dishonest portrayal of the incident. The kid went in with the intent to shoot a couple of specific people, who he called out by name. He shot one before his teacher intervened to try to talk him down. He even said he didn't want to hurt the teacher. He wasn't a spree shooter out to kill as many as possible. Trying to paint him as such to help your argument is pretty weak.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Tactics Closed Beta; Founder's Program
10. Re: MechWarrior Tactics Closed Beta; Founder's Program Jan 10, 2013, 23:53 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I'm wondering how P2W this game will be. From what I've read, it sounds like they're almost going for a CCG type of game, but you can still earn cards in-game. Not sure how much grinding you have to do to get stuff though. The synergies between equipment from the same manufacturer, for example, could give an advantage to someone who can buy a bunch of stuff up front. Not sure how significant it will actually be in the game though.  
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News Comments > Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer - New CDP Reveal Next Month?
28. Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer - New CDR Reveal Next Month? Jan 10, 2013, 23:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Not sure what to expect from the game, and I really wish it wasn't so far off, but I love the art style and the kinds of tech they're using. Mission accomplished, I have been teased.  
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News Comments > Path of Exile Open Beta This Month
13. Re: Path of Exile Open Beta This Month Jan 10, 2013, 13:20 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Played the beta off and on over the last year. The game has really improved a lot over that time. The skill tree used to be a crazy mess, but now they've really made it much more interesting and balanced, but still allowing for all sorts of builds. Love the skill tree tool they have on their website for planning your build too!

There are a ton of skills and skill supports now, and they can completely change how you play. Everyone should be able to create a character that works for them and the style of play they like. I'll definitely be playing again when OB starts.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 3, 2013, 16:15 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 11:32:
I still fail to see how allowing Mickey Mouse or the Beatles catalog to be public use encourages innovation. It seems to actually do the opposite.

Yes, Walt Disney is still sitting on Mickey Mouse rather than creating new characters. But other people are forced to create new characters rather than use Mickey Mouse.


To be fair, people can do anything they want with Santa Claus and other non-copyrighted characters, and we have a wide variety of creations that do make some use of them, including porn. I don't see why other creations should be locked up forever either.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 2, 2013, 14:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 2, 2013, 13:32:
At this point even a Half Life? Half Life 2 is over 3 years old, so we should legally have a Half Life 3 sex game with Alyx and Dog?

oh hellz yeah...

Beamer wrote on Jan 2, 2013, 13:32:
Half Life should be public domain so we should just be able to get it off the internet without paying Valve? EA should be able to sell it on Origin without paying them?

If something still has value the creator should still be able to get value. I can't think of a single argument for how society would be better if Gordon Freeman was public domain. Or if every shitty amusement park in every backwoods part of the country suddenly had Mickey Mouse walking around.

Seriously though, I agree with you. I actually think copyright should last a default of about 10 years, and then allow for renewals that must be paid for, and probably with an increase in cost for each renewal. That would keep people from just sitting on things forever, hoping they may come back into vogue at some point, and allow access to things that really aren't worth much to the creator anymore. The pricing would be tricky to work out, as would a lot of other details, but I'm sure it could be done.
 
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News Comments > New Year's Metaverse
5. Re: Broadband price hikes. Jan 2, 2013, 04:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Kitkoan wrote on Jan 1, 2013, 21:54:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 1, 2013, 21:18:
Kitkoan wrote on Jan 1, 2013, 20:24:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 1, 2013, 17:43:
Why? Because they can. They're a monopoly in most places.

Hey, according to their highly paid lobbyists, they are in a healthy competition environment...

The world would be abetter place if they couldn't lobby. It has gotten so far out of control. I don't see how it is even legal, laws are now written by special interest groups....so sad.

The reality of it is the US isn't a democracy anymore and hasn't been for years. Its a crony capitalist nation borderlining a corporatocracy. More and more laws are made for the big business against the people, and will continue until there is a major shake up. But for that level of a shake up, it would take almost a revolution (which is what big business it trying to make sure can't happen, with more and more control over the internet and personal devices.)

The game is definitely rigged for the corporations.
 
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News Comments > Torchlight 2 Sells 1MM
33. Re: Torchlight 2 Sells 1MM Jan 2, 2013, 03:40 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Dev wrote on Jan 1, 2013, 19:26:
PHJF wrote on Jan 1, 2013, 18:47:
Heck why stop at hundreds of thousands? I say a minimum of four hundred trillion. That's not too much of a reach, really.
Since thats just a bit more than the population, I'd say it is.

Not really. I pirated it 59254 times. I'm sure that's about average for most people.
 
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News Comments > Dune II Web Revival
8. Re: Dune II Web Revival Dec 30, 2012, 21:46 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I remember spending countless hours playing Dune II back when it first came out. I tried it again years later, but yeah, the interface is painful, and it's been surpassed in gameplay many times over since then. Great game in its time though.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Randi Zuckerberg Dec 27, 2012, 14:04 Wowbagger_TIP
 
@Sepharo
I was about to mention that point as well (and someone else already mentioned it below). I think the main issue here is that this kind of thing happens all the time to all kinds of people. People have been complaining to FB about it for years. So it's easy for someone to be especially frustrated to hear it coming from her, especially claiming that it's just simple human decency after all the very non-decent things FB has done.

Edit: quotes seemed to be jacked at the moment
 
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News Comments > Jagged Alliance Online Updated
5. Re: Jagged Alliance Online Updated Dec 21, 2012, 12:11 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Damn, that sounds horrible. Pass.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Hammerlock DLC Next Month
10. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 20, 2012, 11:57 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Verno wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 11:44:
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 11:31:
BL 1.5? That is just saying they stayed true to the franchise.

Nobody said that was intended as a negative label, sheesh.

The term does seem to be used that way most commonly though.
 
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News Comments > HAWKEN Beta Opens
4. Re: HAWKEN Beta Opens<br> The <a href= Dec 13, 2012, 11:53 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Bummer. Yet another promising title turned into crap.  
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News Comments > Spike VGAs
6. Re: Spike VGAs Dec 8, 2012, 19:33 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Couldn't care less about the awards, but I did pick up about 5 more golden keys from the Gearbox twitter posts after BL2 won a few categories.  
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News Comments > Gollop on X-COM Remake
47. Re: Gollop on X-COM Remake Nov 29, 2012, 17:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I do get annoyed that my snipers tend to miss 90%+ shots fairly regularly. That's just kind of ridiculous. They need to revisit the calculations for those I think. If a sniper has a clear line of sight to something less than 100 yards away, and the target isn't something crazy fast, he should have essentially a 100% chance. My guys miss zombies at 20 yards  
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News Comments > Gollop on X-COM Remake
28. Re: Gollop on X-COM Remake Nov 28, 2012, 16:50 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 16:34:
The new X-COM is a dream come true for me. It's not entirely the full X-COM experience because it lacks some pretty significant staples of the series (I absolutely LOVED the base invasions - they were gloriously challenging and tense and I miss them terribly) but what is there is exquisite. I was a major skeptic about this game but a few regulars pushed me into buying it (thanks djLith!) and I absolutely loved it. The enemy re-designs are across-the-board fantastic, and I am a convert of the new 2-action-per-turn system, even though when announced I thought they were sacrilege (how could they remove my action points????). I can't give enough kudos to Firaxis on the job they did with this modern-day remolding of a classic franchise.

Yeah, I just got started with the game, but I'm loving it so far too. The game just feels right. Maybe they'll add some kind of base invasion component in a future expansion or something
 
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