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Frans made a couple of posts about this yesterday: We are experimenting with a Blue's News game server, which is now online running TrackMania Nations Forever. This racing game may seem an unusual choice at first, so this post outlines the process behind this decision. This post describes how to get the free game client and access the server, which is located in California (the Blue Tower is in New York, but the web server is on the west coast as well). If you play you will likely run into Frans and/or myself on occasion, which will provide differing levels of competition, as Frans is a veteran driver, and I am a hopeless newb. I've been surprised how much I am enjoying the game, however, as the time trials remind me of one aspect of Motor City Online (R.I.P.).

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22. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2010, 14:28 dubfanatic
 
There is almost no difference between Democrats and Republicans. They both stand for exactly the same principle: maintain the status quo. There are slight differences in how the parties express this goal, and the public education system and the media combine to magnify these minuscule differences into divisive issues. This keeps the population distracted while their future is sold out to the lowest bidder.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2010, 06:46 Narf2029
 
Then there's privacy. Yes, the PATRIOT Act is the biggest invasion of privacy ever and The Devil. However, Republicans will always be the first to start screaming about invasions of privacy. And, of course, I have to defend it a little bit. I mean, if you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?

This kind of attitude is why the government can keep taking away civil liberty and we largely allow them to do so. I would not be surprised at all if one day soon you will have to submit to DNA testing to get on a plane, and people will not complain because "it keeps me safe from terrorists!" Would you let your local police search your car or house anytime they wanted? Even if you have nothing to hide? What if they do it specifically when you are not around? When does it stop being ok and start being invasive?

And the more important question : how many acts of domestic terrorism have been carried out in the United States since the PATRIOT Act became law? Compare that to how many acts of domestic terrorism were prevented - something you don't hear about very often.

The Patriot Act virtually stopped all domestic terrorism, yes. Why? Because terrorists know now that they don't have to actually do anything to scare us and change our way of life - their two primary goals. We do all the work for them. If acts of terrorism send you to Islam's equivalent of heaven, bin Laden is going to be appointed the lord and master of heaven for orchestrating a single act that is still damaging our society almost 9 years later. As for prevention, blame Clinton and his policy of not allowing the CIA to use informants if they were criminals.

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20. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 21:25 LittleMe
 
Breaking News: Growing Number of Americans think our president is a Socialist, Hitler-wanna-be, Antichrist. Which just proves how many stupid people we have in this country.

One of the biggest epic fail's I have ever seen. It's an Onion article. Your post just shows how deeply entrenched is the mindset of hostility towards people who openly question or distrust authority. There are people who would call you a mind controlled zombie but I prefer the term 'unconscious.'

You know you live in tyrannical system when there are significant number of people are openly hostile and prejudiced towards those who value their freedoms.
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 20:33 PHJF
 
There aren't (big) war protests because in case you didn't notice we're dealing with domestic issues right now. I couldn't fucking care less what happens or doesn't in Afghanistan, and most people will feel the same until there are no more important and immediate things to badger on about.  
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 20:16 Kedyn
 
As someone who could be described by many as "conservative", I really don't have a problem with the census. It really is 10 easy questions. I can, however, understand why you would not want to put in your name and phone number, but then again, the government can get that information damn near anywhere anyway, so why make a fuss?

Since I was recently let go from my job, I'm hoping to get hired by the Census. $12.75 an hour is damn good money!

Anyway, I think the issue with people and the Census is just more of the same arguments that crop of every time that one party is in power. If a Democrat is in office, then he wants to take your guns, kill all of the babies, invade your privacy, and give the country over to the United Nations/New World Order. If a Republican is in office, then the country is suddenly a xenophobic corporate controlled war mongering theocracy hell-bent on controlling the world's oil and television. Same old, same old.

The best parts are the protests! Ah, yes, the protests... How many anti-war protests were there before Obama was elected? And how about now? Now that we have a Democrat in office, it's okay to make war, because the peaceniks believe we're doing it for the right reasons!

And how about out-of-control fiscal irresponsibility? Republicans will go against Democrats on this, even after they spent two presidential terms doing the same damn thing. However, in my opinion, Republicans are better at it - they're mostly big business types... But, that's just my slight conservative bent talking.

Then there's privacy. Yes, the PATRIOT Act is the biggest invasion of privacy ever and The Devil. However, Republicans will always be the first to start screaming about invasions of privacy. And, of course, I have to defend it a little bit. I mean, if you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about? And the more important question : how many acts of domestic terrorism have been carried out in the United States since the PATRIOT Act became law? Compare that to how many acts of domestic terrorism were prevented - something you don't hear about very often.

But I digress. The lesson today : there is no "better party". They're both hypocrites. There is no "good party", only good actions - but whether an action is "good" or "bad" is never immediately apparent.
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 19:25 Jeraxle
 
PHJF wrote on Mar 26, 2010, 14:59:
I didn't like it when Bush did it and I don't like it now that Obama is doing it.

Doing what, having a census?

Negative. Fion was referring to Bush taking away people's rights.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 18:38 Cutter
 
That's the original meeting 2 weeks ago, actually there is still hope the sociopaths here will lose this battle.

I don't understand why Texas just doesn't secede seeing as they hate America so much. Hell, I really don't understand why the rest of the states hasn't kicked their ass out. They're a global embarassment beyond belief. If they were muslim instead of xtian, you couldn't tell the difference between them and any other extremist arab country.

Anyway, the new in-game trailer for The Secret World is up over at Gametrailers. Looks good, but that's the easy part.

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/gdc-10-the-secret/63666?type=flv
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 17:33  Xymph 
 
Acleacius wrote on Mar 26, 2010, 13:20:
Blue getting an Error about Word to Long, whether I use the URL button or just copy the link in.
Yeah, my regexps obviously weren't doing the right thing yet. Fixed now.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 16:48 Jim
 

Has anyone noticed this is all over an article from the Onion?

Yes but the sad fact is that there ARE people that really distrust the census. I know a few myself. One friend of mine, who is deeply conservative, insisted on the fact that the census was 28 pages worth of questions with all sorts of questions relating to personal finances, and yes, even how many guns you own. I told him that I had been to the census web site and saw the sample form had only 10 questions, and he did not want to believe me. After he stressed out about it for a while I told him not to believe everything he hears on Fox news, which he quickly defended and said he consults several news sources. Just go to their web site, dude.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 16:24 JohnnyRotten
 
Blue wrote on Mar 26, 2010, 15:24:
Has anyone noticed this is all over an article from the Onion?

Sweet
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 15:24  Blue 
 
Has anyone noticed this is all over an article from the Onion?  
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 14:59 PHJF
 
I didn't like it when Bush did it and I don't like it now that Obama is doing it.

Doing what, having a census?
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 14:42 Jeraxle
 
Fion wrote on Mar 26, 2010, 12:59:
It's hardly a stereotype when you've got these people virtually in your back yard. I know how they are, I have grown up around some of them and I consider myself lucky to have a clear sense of reality.

It's ironic how one does not find the above comment 'these people' to be racist at all. Yet, when one has a firm grasp of the English language, one would deduce that the conjugation of the term would be 'you people'; which is a racist comment in some circles.

So, using Fion's logic here, one must state, "Just admit it Fion, you're racist against white people".
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 14:33 Jeraxle
 
Fion wrote on Mar 26, 2010, 12:55:

For god sake you red-necks didn't seem to give a shit when Bush instantly reduced your rights with the Patriot Act and thanks to it they know a fuck-tun more about you than the 10 questions on the single-page census. So just admit it. You simply don't like the fact that we have a black man as the most powerful person in the world. And stop looking at Glen Beck like he's the reincarnation of Christ before your head explodes.

I didn't like it when Bush did it and I don't like it now that Obama is doing it. Does that make me racist? Your comment, generalizing people's thoughts is the classic "attack the messenger, not the message" type of play. Get over yourself and realize that people other than you have original thoughts of their own.

 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 13:43 Coolone
 
Back to what was being discussed earlier, I got to play around on Trackmania with Frans a minute ago. He has some pretty good times on those tracks  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 13:20 Acleacius
 
Blue getting an Error about Word to Long, whether I use the URL button or just copy the link in.

Texas Conservatives Win Curriculum Change
That's the original meeting 2 weeks ago, actually there is still hope the sociopaths here will lose this battle.

Here is an example of the seemingly very popular democrat challenger to rick "the hair" perry (who put that sociopathic woman as head of the Texas School Board) putting the public pressure on.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/bill-white-texas-gubernat_n_512977.html

In addition to some rumors that all the other states will be not be buying the books, so they will either buy from another suppler or use the previous versions. This could put the book suppler of the Texas version out of business.

So basically still on going if you have kids and are concerned about this, don't give up yet.

Edit: Link fixed by Frans.

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The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works the same way in any country.
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 12:59 Fion
 
It's hardly a stereotype when you've got these people virtually in your back yard. I know how they are, I have grown up around some of them and I consider myself lucky to have a clear sense of reality.  
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 12:57 Caveman
 
Ah yes, Fion, stereotyping is so convenient.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 12:55 Fion
 
Growing Number of Americans Distrust Census


Breaking News: Growing Number of Americans think our president is a Socialist, Hitler-wanna-be, Antichrist. Which just proves how many stupid people we have in this country.

Come on America, get a clue. It's 10 questions and they don't even ask you how many guns you own, but rather simple things like how many people are at your house and what your phone number is.

For god sake you red-necks didn't seem to give a shit when Bush instantly reduced your rights with the Patriot Act and thanks to it they know a fuck-tun more about you than the 10 questions on the single-page census. So just admit it. You simply don't like the fact that we have a black man as the most powerful person in the world. And stop looking at Glen Beck like he's the reincarnation of Christ before your head explodes.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 11:40 JaguarUSF
 
Trackmania has an absolutely rabid following in Europe, especially France and Germany. I knew those two would eventually agree on something!  
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