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Nickname Quboid
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Description Ein Bürgermeister
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Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
21. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 30, 2017, 17:06 Quboid
 
Prez wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 10:07:
When Congress and Adminstrations of both parties run rampant over people's rights, I don't see any reason to single out this one thing and suddenly be concerned.

It's not this one thing. Even if it was, that's not a reason to not care but it's clearly not. Remember SOPA?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 30, 2017, 12:24 Quboid
 
Pigeon wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 11:08:
Donald Trump champion of the people... as defined by Citizens United.

Ha! Nice!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2017, 14:59 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 29, 2017, 14:25:
Ah, I remember the good old days of railing against lobbyist Tom Wheeler when he first started and him turning out to be a pretty good consumer advocate. Thanks Obama!

No chance of that happening with ex-Verizon lawyer Ajit fucking Pai at the helm. We never knew how good we had it.

Corporations, FTW.

I remember thinking he was an awful appointment. Glad to say I was wrong.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 27, 2017, 19:57 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on Mar 27, 2017, 11:38:
The term is basically used today to mean "someone who is concerned about something I'm not personally concerned about".

Which, quite frankly, makes the person using the term more of a snowflake than anyone else, because they are dismissing the concerns of a lot of people simply because they personally don't give a shit.

Well said. It's a word used by sensitive people who are very self-involved and not at all self-aware.

To be fair, they don't have a monopoly on thin skin.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 26, 2017, 16:18 Quboid
 
Is there a Battle Royale game that is generally considered to be the best? It seems like a good mode for public servers; not reliant on teamwork with randoms, but more organised than FFA.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: On Sale Mar 26, 2017, 01:26 Quboid
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 01:10:
@Quboid - Have you seen the STTNG episode "The Offspring?"

No I haven't, I've only seen a the odd episode of Star Trek. I keep hearing about it, TNG in particular, and it sounds like something I'd like. Red Letter Media's review of Starship Troopers compares that movie to a TNG episode with a similar premise and the thoughtful approach of TNG looked very interesting.

That review has a decent argument for Starship Troopers not being quite as bad as I'd remembered. The fascism satire went over my head when I saw it, I was more interested in the shower scene at that age. Just remember that it's not based on the book of the same name.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Endless Space 2 Announced Mar 26, 2017, 00:53 Quboid
 
Haven't we all used "they" as a gender-neutral pronoun for centuries?

"I was supposed to meet someone here an hour ago."
a) "Oh, where are they?"
b) "Oh, where is he or she?"

Does anyone say b?

I plead ignorance on why this is an issue. Is it the grammatical problem with the question being plural? (edit: I can see this could be a problem in formal situations, such as causing ambiguity in legal documents.) Or is there a distinction like maybe does "they" refer to someone as a person, and is therefore gender-irrelevant rather than gender-neutral?

'It' doesn't sound at all right to me. That implies non-sentience. I occasionally hear people refer to an animal as 'it' and it's awkward. I know it's accurate and not inherently pejorative but it comes across as dehumanising.

This comment was edited on Mar 26, 2017, 01:10.
 
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News Comments > Arma 3 Free and Paid DLC Plans
4. Re: Arma 3 Free and Paid DLC Plans Mar 23, 2017, 01:15 Quboid
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 00:33:
2 questions

1) Did the finally release a full game after it was decided to cut up the game into parts? And would I need to shell out a bunch of money for DLC to really enjoy it

2)How is performance and gameplay compared to Arma 2? Do I need a triple SLI 1070 system and a 300 dollar HOTAS type setup to enjoy it?

I enjoyed the single player a lot. The full campaign is there, and there's a bunch of stand-alone missions. I use KB&M, and a gamepad for driving, but I played as an infantry 99% of the time. A single 1070 is enough for 1440p and good view distance if you're not too fussy about AA/AO/etc.

You don't need any DLC to get started and it looks like bad value to me, although I'm not a hardcore Arma player. I did get screwed in an online game when the mission's helicopter was from a DLC pack so I couldn't get in
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2017, 14:31 Quboid
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 14:14:
|RaptoR| wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 14:12:
Hey - did nin ever resurface?
Not yet, He is just on extended hiatus. Blue did get in touch w/him and said all was well.
I miss his quips.

Good to hear, I had wondered if he'd had an accident or medical emergency.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Mar 21, 2017, 23:17 Quboid
 
I'm glad he's investing in science. Is this an increase in funding? Meals-on-wheels should be a priority but there are better things to cut.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Launches
68. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Launches Mar 21, 2017, 22:29 Quboid
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 20:39:
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 16:15:
And for all those not sick today... Here ya go. Yeah I caved and ordered, and have to say that the polish for the 10 hour trial is pretty abysmal, but the game seems to getting on a role and quite enjoyable after Eos.

Parden my ignorance, but what does Eos mean?

It's the first planet you go to, so what people in the trial mostly saw.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
20. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 21, 2017, 17:48 Quboid
 
Indentured Servitude is slavery by modern definition; migrant workers in Qatar are frequently informally referred to as slaves. I would say it's quite a bit better (not for life, not hereditary, have some rights), but it's still bad.

It's that article that is bullshit, rather than the premise. It's deliberately misleading. It's written to try to down-play the plight of chattel slaves by people who want to down-play the plight of black people. It's not fake as QZ implies, but saying that article is disputed (Facebook's phrasing) or a mixture of true/false (Snopes) seems appropriate.

Imagine a fact checking service that didn't piss off Trump supporters. It couldn't even state Trump's own words because they'll be a liberal conspiracy as soon as Trump contradicts himself.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
92. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 23:51 Quboid
 
For what it's worth, I don't mean to be shitty to you Kxmode. I disagree with you on this but you seem like a decent person and I don't doubt that your posts on this subject and others are well-meaning and sincere. I also disagree with you about religion and I knew that conversation was doomed, but I admired your effort and patience and I appreciate the respect that showed.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
71. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 17:32 Quboid
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 16:51:
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 16:32:
some of his comments were actually bad.

How many does it take before it becomes wrong? A dozen, fifty, hundred? How many tweets does it take? All of it is bad. Quantity is irrelevant. BioWare should've distanced themselves from his viewpoints the day the first one appeared; that they didn't very much concerns me. That was the gist of my point.

Anyhow, apologies for dragging this out. Like I said in past comments it's irrelevant now as BioWare no longer employs Manveer.

El Pit, see this comment.

It takes one before it becomes wrong. However, there are degrees of wrong and if this was as "wrong" as race relations got, the world would be a much nicer place. If I thought he said anything remotely like you do ("He's literally saying ALL white people are terrorists on the same level as Al-Qaeda and ISIS individuals who brutally murder people."*) then I would expect him to lose his job, but that's not what he said.

* That's from an earlier season. El Pit, I think the other Mass Effect thread in Popular Threads was the first season
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
63. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 16:32 Quboid
 
"Racism against any race is racism, period, and ALL of it is bad. "

I agree, and some of his comments were actually bad. But you got quite a few wrong and not-racism against any race is not racism.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
55. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 16:03 Quboid
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 15:50:
Your response tells me more about your basic understanding of the situation. I'm glad Manveer Heir no longer works at BioWare. Whether he quit or fired doesn't matter to me. His hatred will cease to be a stain upon the company.

Quit complaining that everyone else is failing to understand. You took the most offensive interpretations of any ambiguity you could and proceeded to make objectively incorrect conclusions from that. Someone being angry about racism perpetrated by white people does not make white people victims of racism.

One of the tweets you object to is "The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings." Do you not see the irony?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 20, 2017, 13:56 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 13:11:
FBI director to testify on Russian FBI interference in the presidential election.

Fixed, cuz that was at least as big a factor.

That begs the question - why believe the FBI about Russia?

I can understand why people ask this sort of question. For me, it's because the situation based on numerous other reports points to Comey wanting to get Trump elected, but understanding that a rival nation influencing democracy is an issue that goes beyond party politics. Comey, like 99% of Republicans (and Dems/others), wants what he believes is best for the US. Russia doesn't. There are other reasons, many more cynical (election's won, nothing to gain and everything to lose by screwing this up), but I think this is the nub.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Mar 20, 2017, 01:45 Quboid
 
Flatline wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 21:48:
Quboid wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 19:50:
The Libertarian movement in the US generally seems very genuine (excluding Tea Party types who want oversight over lots of things). They could do a lot of good if they broke into the mainstream enough so issues had 3 sides instead of 2.

The Libertarian party honest-to-god doesn't see a problem with 6 year old shooting heroin, but thinks that drivers licenses to prove competency driving are the beginnings of slavery.

And that's not hyperbole, that's straight from the Libertarian convention debates.

Well that does sound crazy. I didn't mean to endorse their position, I simply meant that they stay true to what they claim. Maybe the 3rd position in mainstream debate should be a bit more realistic...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2017, 19:50 Quboid
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 18:20:
Quboid wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 15:46:
Would you say you are a Libertarian? You're basically describing how every person views their own ideology. Everyone thinks they use common sense and morals, everyone thinks they're individuals (obligatory), everyone wants oversight when it's needed and doesn't want it when it's not needed, most people want to preserve/restore freedoms. The differences are in what we consider to be needed/not needed/freedom/moral.

IMO most people do not think for themselves, they're indoctrinated into one of the two major parties and that's where they get their opinions from. Those borrowed opinions are what shape their sensibilities, not the other way around. Everything becomes a liberal vs. conservative dichotomy and you're not allowed to venture from the side you're on or else you risk being ostracized by the friends/family/whoever that you've aligned yourself with. That leads to the needless hostility, the Us vs. Them mentality that is decidedly not libertarian in philosophy.

No democratic philosophy is about Us vs. Them. The US's two party system contributes a lot to the pervasive tribal mentality, but that's not down to ideology. Judging by your primaries, there's plenty of scope for disagreement within each party too - including by self-proclaimed Libertarians who join the red tribe.

The Libertarian movement in the US generally seems very genuine (excluding Tea Party types who want oversight over lots of things). They could do a lot of good if they broke into the mainstream enough so issues had 3 sides instead of 2.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan
26. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 19, 2017, 16:16 Quboid
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 14:49:
Good software engineering practices are in short supply however. If you're working for the in-house code shop for a company that is in some non-tech related industry, then chances are your software engineering practices consist of "Here's your deadline, regardless of technical feasibility or the time necessary to do it right: get something that (barely) works by then, and we'll fix any problems later (but later will never arrive). Then, as your codebase accumulates more and more problems, and gets more and more neglected, it will become harder and harder to make any forward progress, so in response we'll hire some barely competent contractors to 'help' you out, primarily by committing breaking changes to your production codebase and generally not knowing jack shit about computer science fundamentals or software engineering best practice."

Do ... do you need a hug?
 
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