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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
52. Re: Differences Jul 25, 2012, 11:21 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 10:48:
It more speaks to his inexperience in being a good leader, which he isn't, and how naive he was in most of his "Yes we can" bullshit. When you have voters thinking Obama is going to pay their mortage, and beliving the man is going to have a tranparent presidency when in reality it's been nothing but, you know there's a bit o confusion.

IMO forcing any service on US Citizen's is unconstitutional. Period.
The only real problem with the constitutionality of the bill was that they tried to avoid calling the penalty a tax. USSC fixed that and said it's a tax. We've already decided, as a country, that nobody will be turned away from medical care. You show up at an emergency room, you get treated. It's that simple. This bill actually tries to get more people chipping in to pay for that instead of making only those of us with health insurance pay for it, along with the government, as is currently the case.

So, since we've already decided that universal health care is a right, we have to ask why we've implemented that in the most wasteful and expensive way possible. The health care bill takes some steps in the right direction to improve it, but still falls far short of where we need to be to get costs under control. For all the whining from the right about health care rationing by Obama, that's exactly what the Republicans are practically demanding. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so scary. The level of cognitive dissonance within the GOP is just staggering.

As for being a good leader, I think he's done ok. It's a matter of opinion, of course. I don't think Romney would be better. He's the biggest flip-flopping, finger-in-the-air type of politician we've seen in a while. He criticizes one day, then tries to take credit the next. It's ridiculous.

Yeah, Obama may have been naive in some of the promises he made, but I don't think there's a president who's ever lived up to all of their campaign promises once elected. Once they get into that office, everything changes. They get more information, have to decide on things in very great detail, and then live with the consequences. How much detail have you heard from Romney on anything that he wants to do? Easy answer: almost none.

I'm not happy having to choose between a D and an R again. I wish there was another choice. As it stands though, right now Obama is the only one that has given any specifics on what he will do. Romney, so far, has only criticized and offered no real new ideas or details on what he would do differently. We only get vague things like repealing Obamacare or letting the wealthy keep more money. No explanation of how he would handle the obvious consequences of these things. It's one thing to have an applause line or two, but that seems to be all he has.

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News Comments > Star Conflict Open Beta
3. Re: Star Conflict Open Beta Jul 24, 2012, 23:11 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Haven't seen any real gameplay videos, except one that was in Russian. Where are they?

Game looks decent. Not sure how much depth it has though. I may give it a try.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Stress Test Weekend
15. Re: Path of Exile Stress Test Weekend Jul 24, 2012, 19:01 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Just read through the patch notes for the big patch that came out this week, and now I really want to get back in and play some more. They've made some big changes, and a LOT of smaller changes that I've been wanting for a while. Tons of good stuff in this one.

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/39492
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Stress Test Weekend
6. Re: Path of Exile Stress Test Weekend Jul 24, 2012, 14:12 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 13:44:
I don't mind an online OPTIONAL component, I just don't see a valid reason why it has to be ONLINE ONLY (same as D3, outside of game design).

I see that they are going with a F2P model with Cash Shop which is fine, but I'd rather just pay them $50 and be done with it. If they want to have an optional B.NET like component that is funded by a cash shop (for ongoing maint, etc) that would be awesome and I would support it when I was home and could play smoothly. But I'm just not digging this direction of online only (especially non-MMO) with ARGP's which require smooth control to do well (target, etc). Even on my FIOS connection (and < 100 ms Ping) D3 bounces me around, it's not acceptable. Economies for games are a joke, D3's economy is already dead.

I'll help them load up the server and stress it, check the game out, but I'm not keen on supporting this direction for any game company, there ARE still ARGP's coming out with SP/MP options, they'll need to see some love so things like that will continue.

I hope this game is fun and hope that people who don't care about always on for non-MMO's enjoy it, but doesn't mean that because I won't support it that it is beating a dead horse. I am dissapointed to learn that it's online only.. another ARPG that I probably won't support and there are so few as it is.

I'm not wild about the online-only aspect either. Wish there was at least the option of playing offline, even if it's a completely sandboxed character that can never be used online.

That said, I have other things I can play when I travel, and the game works well for me from home. I think the only things that D3 really does better than PoE are animations and environment interaction, but the game still looks pretty good. New patch just came out that includes the new skill tree and the endgame map content. I'm looking forward to jumping back in to see if I can improve my Shadow character with the new tree. He was kinda gimped by the old one.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Invulnerability Exploit [Updated]
58. Re: Diablo III Invulnerability Exploit Jul 24, 2012, 05:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
flechett3 wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 04:31:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 01:39:
Seems like there's plenty of ARPGs coming out now though. Torchlight 2, Path of Exile, Bordlands 2, Krater, Grim Dawn, and I think I'm leaving a couple out still...

I'm hoping TL2 is a big leap from 1. I got into the PoE closed beta, it gets really blah. Sorry, but infinite dungeon killed it for me. I'll probably play through Borderlands 2 one time, just like I did 1. I liked it, but the linear gameplay, the fact that there were invisible walls everywhere, and places you can see but have to backtrack to after you've opened more of the plot up killed it for me (which seems like it goes against the linear complaint, but really it doesn't). I've only seen a bit about the last 2, I recently got married and moved, and I'm stealing shoddy wifi while waiting on EPB to come hook me up with some Fiber.

What do you mean by "infinite dungeon" in PoE?
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Invulnerability Exploit [Updated]
55. Re: Diablo III Invulnerability Exploit Jul 24, 2012, 01:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
flechett3 wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 01:33:
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 18:07:
Yeah because Hellgate London worked out so well. Oh wait.

I ordered a copy online to be delivered on release. Somehow, I would up with 2 copies. I still have an unboxed still-in-shrink-wrap copy of Hellgate. I really wanted to like the game, because I loved the concept and I knew Roper had his mitts in it. Still kinda bummed that more people aren't investing in the action-rpg genre. It seems like it's all story driven (Mass Effect series/Dragon Age series) or the combat isn't real-time. So few games now give you the thrill of new amazing loot swarming over you while you cut a swath of death through the overwhelming numbers of bad guys...

Seems like there's plenty of ARPGs coming out now though. Torchlight 2, Path of Exile, Bordlands 2, Krater, Grim Dawn, and I think I'm leaving a couple out still...
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jul 23, 2012, 22:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
One can only hope that DayZ attracts all the griefers from elsewhere so that the rest of us can play our games in peace  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
49. Re: Differences Jul 23, 2012, 19:30 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 18:14:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 15:48:
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 14:15:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 00:47:
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 22:26:
I realize who passes a budget. The two Obama have submitted to congress got zero votes on either side of the aisle. What does that tell you?
That Congress is full of retarded monkeys? Seriously, most of those guys are idiots. I wouldn't trust them to mow my yard. Not saying the budgets were great, but Congresscritters not voting for them doesn't actually tell us a damn thing.

Oh right I forgot, noone understands Barry's genius. Not congress or the voters or anyone else. He's done pretty good for himself, the community orginizer that he is.

Nothing you said there makes a bit of sense. You must have a lot more respect for and faith in Congresspeople than I do.

You're aware that his first budget proposal got voted out 414-0 right? Barack Obama or Barry to his buds, who's supposedly a constitutional lawyer yet proposed and somehow got passed an unconstitutional health care bill, and who's prior experience to being a state senator was that of a community organizer in what is prolly the most corrupt state in the US.

I mean it's pretty hard to be a big a failure as Jimmy Carter was, but somehow Obama has managed. Honestly for as bad as Junior was, Obama makes him look good and that's pretty sad.

Yeah, now you're pretty much off the deep end. First of all, you may recall that the USSC determined that the health bill is not unconstitutional, and it was upheld in its entirety. Even though I'm not really happy with the bill, the current system is worse and the Republicans didn't do jack about it with over a decade of control, so they can just quit whining as far as I'm concerned. (In fact, the last time they actually did try to do something, back in the 90s, it looked a lot like the current law, individual mandate and all.)

You keep trying to make "community organizer" sound bad. Try making arguments with actual substance to them rather than these vague, hollow attempts to denigrate. There's plenty of things to not like about him. Maybe come up with something factual and specific at least?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
46. Re: Differences Jul 23, 2012, 15:48 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 14:15:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 00:47:
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 22:26:
I realize who passes a budget. The two Obama have submitted to congress got zero votes on either side of the aisle. What does that tell you?
That Congress is full of retarded monkeys? Seriously, most of those guys are idiots. I wouldn't trust them to mow my yard. Not saying the budgets were great, but Congresscritters not voting for them doesn't actually tell us a damn thing.

Oh right I forgot, noone understands Barry's genius. Not congress or the voters or anyone else. He's done pretty good for himself, the community orginizer that he is.

Nothing you said there makes a bit of sense. You must have a lot more respect for and faith in Congresspeople than I do.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Patent Lawsuit
44. Re: Minecraft Patent Lawsuit Jul 23, 2012, 01:23 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Dev wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 00:25:
Kajetan wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 16:07:
Dev wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 15:51:
That last line is just giving ammo to his opponent.
What ammo?
Go read that last line in blues blurb again. You don't think someone could argue thats defamatory in court?
I don't see anything there that could be considered defamation (specifically libel). Shouldn't be a problem for him.
 
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News Comments > Skyjacker Kickstarter Ending
21. Re: Skyjacker Kickstarter Ending Jul 23, 2012, 00:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Dev wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 00:23:
As I said, there's no harm in backing it for a few bucks if it won't make it, since you won't get charged, AND you will get a free music album out of it.
Yeah, I went ahead and kicked in for $25 just to help out. Game looks so-so to me, but probably good enough to be worth that much. Doesn't look like they'll make it anyway though. I really thought my cash would put them over the top
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
44. Re: Differences Jul 23, 2012, 00:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 22:26:
I realize who passes a budget. The two Obama have submitted to congress got zero votes on either side of the aisle. What does that tell you?
That Congress is full of retarded monkeys? Seriously, most of those guys are idiots. I wouldn't trust them to mow my yard. Not saying the budgets were great, but Congresscritters not voting for them doesn't actually tell us a damn thing.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Patent Lawsuit
11. Re: Minecraft Patent Lawsuit Jul 22, 2012, 17:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Doombringer wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 16:38:
Notch may be in the right, but his smug approach makes me want him to fail. The "I'll throw piles of money at them!" is little more than a boast. It isn't "cool" and it doesn't put him in a "good guy" light.
Saying that you'd rather spend the money fighting them than see them get a dime of it definitely doesn't seem like boasting to me. Seems like exactly the way I'd feel if these assholes came around trying to extort me.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Patent Lawsuit
2. Re: Minecraft Patent Lawsuit Jul 22, 2012, 14:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Somebody's making money off it, so it continues. Even the big players seem to prefer to keep the system in place because they know they can afford it, but the upstart competition can't.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
39. Re: Differences Jul 21, 2012, 23:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 19:50:
Still focused on taxes. The issue isn't taxes. It's spending. I bring this point up every single time a topic like this comes up and the liberals ignore it every time because they're so focused on getting their "share" of the supposedly finite pie that the 1% is hoarding from them, that they can't take a step back and realize we're spending ourselves into oblivion.

The issue is revenues vs. expenditures, so it's quite obviously about both taxes and spending. Who's not getting that?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: Using Twitter To Identify Psychopaths Jul 21, 2012, 22:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 15:09:
Pumas wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 14:40:
The use of twitter in general signifies at least some kind of psychosis.

Hehe, I agree.

On another note, what is the next thing they are going to propose, arresting people before they do something like in the Tom Cruise movie. Sorry, just like this twitter thing it is unconstitutional, of course no one cares about that in the current administration.
Or the prior one... and many others before that too.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
28. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 18:13 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Spaced wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 17:38:
That $80 billion from the people who are in the top 0.1% would make a huge difference when it comes to keeping some other important programs in place.

If you truly believe that, then you may have a limited understanding of just how big the scope of the problem is. Cuts may help a little, hikes may help a little, but like I said, they mostly just delay the inevitable. Your last point is a key for an effective potential solution (one that could start to solve the problem entirely in as fast as one month). Tax code reformation and Dev's post on a flat tax are the solutions. The tax base -must- be broadened, the code simplified, and the loopholes/exceptions for lobbied options removed. A flat tax is likely the only effective solution at this stage in the collapse. It could even potentially work with few or no cuts at all, but cuts and streamlining spending will only help as well.
Did you just not read the part where I said that I understand that this is not going to solve our budget problems? Seriously, I get that. But $80 billion in additional revenue is $80 billion that doesn't have to be cut elsewhere. We still have a long way to go towards fixing things though. Taxes and budget cuts are just one piece of the puzzle.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
26. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 17:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Spaced wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 15:57:
The 'blame the wealthy' is a misdirection tactic being used by a political idealogy (used by both R's and D's historically) in order to keep and gain more power. They want you to blame your rich neighbors and direct you to vote for them and their policies so they can achieve their ultimate objectives. The reality for hiking taxes on the rich is: there aren't enough 'rich' people to make any significant changes to the course of the country. And that's exactly what they don't want you to know while they attempt to distract you and play on your envy and jealousy so you'll enthusiastically support them and what they're doing. Even if they get what they want, it won't solve even a small fraction of the problem.

For example, say they get everything they want. Lets start with the pending tax hikes on the 'rich'. Yeah, problem solved, right? They got the hike they wanted and all will be well. No, the revenue generated (about $75-80 billion) will cover about 8 days of government spending. It's a complete farse. So lets really get those 'rich' people and take everything away from them. We'll just leave them with a few dollars to eek out an existance like the rest of the 99% of us. That'll solve it, right? Nope, even if they confiscate all of it, it'll only cover spending for a few months. The math is that the top 10% pay around 70% of the entire tax bill already, even though they earn around 43% of the total income. Sliding the scale further won't make a dent in the course of the current spending path, simply because there aren't enough of them to take enough money from.

So what are they (the ones promoting the hikes) doing? That's the real question and you'll need to read history to learn what the idealogy is based on, why they are taking the steps they are, and what it -will- eventually lead to. I'm starting to doubt it will be reversible at this point, no one (not even the 'rich' Republicans) are stepping up to make the necessary changes to turn away from the approaching cliff.

Throughout history, it often starts at the top, but always works its way down through the middle class, the poor, and everyone's property/wealth until collapse. Steps like increasing taxes, Roman empire style 'debasement' (quantitative easing in modern terms), confiscation, and reclamation are merely attempts to delay the inevitable. But at most, they may gain a few months or years of survival at best.

Give it some time (probably down to within a decade or so now) and you won't have to 'worry' about those few 'rich' people any more, you'll have a whole new array of things to worry about.

I don't think anyone is saying that raising certain taxes on the rich is going to solve our problems. That's just another straw-man argument used to cut off that line of thought. It certainly won't fix the debt problems we have, but it will help. The same people who point out that "8 days of government spending" point will turn around and say we should cut some other programs that they don't like that amount to a mere few million or so. They will then say something like "there's no silver bullet and every little bit helps". Funny how that doesn't apply when you're talking about $80 billion. That $80 billion from the people who are in the top 0.1% would make a huge difference when it comes to keeping some other important programs in place.

That said, I do think the tax code needs a serious rewrite from top to bottom. It's insane right now and just makes even discussing these issues difficult because there are so many bizarre rules, loopholes, exceptions, etc. in the code that nobody is really sure what the point of any of it is anymore.

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
15. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 14:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
maleitch wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 14:43:
Holy Jesus...you truly believe that this country's wealth is a static, fixed amount with the evil "rich" taking "your" share through nefarious Hollywood inspired deeds?
No, it's not a static, fixed amount. The amount keeps going up, but wages stay flat for the vast majority. Only those at the top are seeing the gains. Of course they're the ones that fund the political campaigns and have direct input into legislation too. Funny how that works out for them, huh?
 
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9. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 13:35 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Axis wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 12:35:
Hmm.. So the choice is:

Romney: Filters Porn

Obama: Bankrupts my children, Erodes the constitution, Welfare World.

Hmm ya I'll take the porn filtration please.

They have an Obama and Romney on your planet too? Weird.
 
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