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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 > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2017, 13:08 Quboid
 
NetHead wrote on Apr 22, 2017, 11:23:
The thing that still gets me about this is how all the news is about the release/distribution of the information, as if that cost the election. Rather than the contents of the information itself.

Anyone who changed their vote due to it did so because of the information, not because of its release or the means by which it was released.

It's like a philanderer who blames the person who informed their spouse for their failed relationship rather than their own actions.

The news and the DNC seem to blatantly ignore that, the important part, the problem, and instead focus on a good old bogeyman.

If I lived in the US I would probably care about the contents of the DNC emails and the inner machinations of that party, but from an international point of view the ability of a rival foreign nation to influence an election is a big deal. The information matters, sure, but Russia doesn't have your best interests in mind.

I feel like this is what happens when people think RT is a credible news source. I don't know if you do, NetHead, but they're out there, influencing discussion.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2017, 12:47 Quboid
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 23, 2017, 12:21:
Wait -- why is Trump going after Assange? I thought he loved WikiLeaks?

It reminds me of the story about Mongols getting through the Great Wall of China. They bribed some gate-keepers, got their armies past the gates, and then executed the gate-keepers because they can't be trusted.

"Thanks for your help undermining the establishment, but now that we're in power we can't have someone out there capable of undermining the establishment."
 
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News Comments > Activision Classics on Steam
11. Re: Activision Classics on Steam Apr 19, 2017, 23:54 Quboid
 
MacLeod wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 19:04:
Also... Spycraft? Damn... you mean there's a version of that game that actually runs now? A couple years back I tried to get my copy to work and couldn't. hmmm.

Spycraft! I played Spycraft for an hour or two when it came out and I was blown away, but I didn't know it's name. I often thought about that amazing game and I was baffled that no one else who tried it seemed to like or even remember it for long.

I found the name about a decade later and bought the CDs on Ebay. IIRC I used a VM running Win95 to get it to run. It looked dated when I finally played it through - and that was a while ago - but otherwise it held up pretty well. It's a great concept and I can't think of another game like it. I've forgotten enough of the plot to make it worth playing through again.
 
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News Comments > PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Patch Tomorrow
15. Re: PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Patch Tomorrow Apr 19, 2017, 23:24 Quboid
 
Thanks for the feedback. I suppose there's no rapport when playing solo on public servers, so switching server isn't a problem.

My approach to Early Access is that I'm buying what's available now. Player Unknown has a decent reputation (not that I know much about them) which is nice but doesn't mean that much. There have been quite a few reports of performance issues so I'll wait to see the reaction to this patch. £26.99 is a lot for an unfinished game.
 
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News Comments > PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Patch Tomorrow
10. Re: PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Patch Tomorrow Apr 19, 2017, 18:13 Quboid
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 16:55:
Frijoles wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 15:24:
MacLeod wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 15:18:
It's much more quick playing and round based than an open world game like you mentioned.

How quick is a round?
3 minutes to ~30 minutes. Depending on how quick you die.

What happens when you die, are you a spectator? This seems like it would suck for anyone who dies early and faces a 30 minute respawn timer. Are you expected to quit and join another server?

It's a shame it's in Early Access. By the time it is released, the player base will be experienced and quite possibly past its peak.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 18, 2017, 18:21 Quboid
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 15:11:
Pigeon wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 14:36:
I'll believe he's done something when he actually does something, and I don't mean a vague executive order that's the equivalent of 'we're looking into it.'

Yep.

Same, but I think this is something he might be able to improve if the people around him actually want to.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 18, 2017, 17:16 Quboid
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 17:02:
descender wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 16:17:
That's just one of my pet peeves having listened to this conversation in offices all my life. Way too many people seem to think that you can earn "too much", end up paying more in taxes and "take home less"... it's just mathematically impossible for that to happen. They think that if you earn $20001 then every penny you earned gets taxes at the higher rate and that's not how it works.
You are right, many people don't understand this. The language used around the tax brackets is often incorrect and helps with the confusion.

I'm pretty sure German tax works the same way. The UK is the same, and it's also frequently misunderstood. There are some complexities but no one is given a pay rise that lowers their take-home.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 18, 2017, 00:13 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 22:55:
This is gonna get good.

Blaming video games worked for ratings back during Columbine. So they're going back to the well.

He doesn't blame video games for the shooting, he's comparing the viral video's perspective to FPSs. It's a dumb comparison and a rather meaningless point, but that's what happens when you've got 24 hours of news content to produce. The 'Fuck you CNN' reaction looks like the usual persecution complex.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 12, 2017, 16:46 Quboid
 
Blue wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 11:17:
He's 12-1/2 years old now

Bloody hell, what?!

I've never really thought about it but I imagined him being a young dog. I'm not sure why that surprises me so much but it seems like you were talking about him as a pup just a few years ago. They grow up so fast

I can't speak for in the Cutterverse but in our universe, that's not likely to be unlearned in a hurry.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Drops G2A Deal
15. Re: Gearbox Drops G2A Deal Apr 8, 2017, 23:38 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 22:28:
Quboid wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 07:56:
Jerykk wrote on Apr 7, 2017, 23:47:
Not sure what Gearbox was expecting. You can't deliver an ultimatum demanding far-reaching systemic changes and expect G2A to comply within a day.

This was simply a PR stunt to help boost Gearbox's public image.

Gearbox gave them at least 30 days. G2A must have rejected the demands outright.

I'm pretty sure Gearbox gave them like eight hours? They made their ultimatums on the day before the reclip edition went live and said "This all has to be committed to before the game comes out!"

Even with the most goodwill in the world, no company is going to make major changes like that in the space of a single business day. That's just not how business works.

In the end, I'm pretty sure this was Gearbox's plan all along, as some weird way to generate buzz for themselves. Randy Pitchford is a giant fucking moron, but there's no way he genuinely didn't know what a shithole G2A is.


Hmm, good point. They gave G2A 30 days to implement the first changes, not agree to them. Sorry.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 8, 2017, 09:08 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 02:08:
U.S. Blinks in Clash With Twitter; Drops Order to Unmask Anti-Trump Account.

Good, because the request was small, petty, bullying, and probably illegal.

Something something Trump, amirite?!
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Drops G2A Deal
13. Re: Gearbox Drops G2A Deal Apr 8, 2017, 07:56 Quboid
 
Jerykk wrote on Apr 7, 2017, 23:47:
Not sure what Gearbox was expecting. You can't deliver an ultimatum demanding far-reaching systemic changes and expect G2A to comply within a day.

This was simply a PR stunt to help boost Gearbox's public image.

Gearbox gave them at least 30 days. G2A must have rejected the demands outright.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Plans Apr 8, 2017, 07:47 Quboid
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 02:47:
The situation with the neighbor's dogs has to be the most stressful event I've found myself in. It's raining and cold over here in California, and I didn't know how the dogs were doing or if they had shelter, food, or what. The worse is the owner left the property two weeks ago (he's a renter). He abandoned his dogs. I have great news to report! The Chief of Police emailed me tonight:

"Animal Services responded to check on the dogs today. Some food was left by the Animal Services Officer and the dogs appeared to be in acceptable health at that time. A note was left requesting contact from the owner and we’ve received no response. The plan now is that the dogs will be taken into protective custody tomorrow by our Animal Services staff."

It's been a very long six months but I'm relieved for the dogs, and I'll finally be able to get peace and quiet. Win-Win for us both!

Poor pooches. I hope they're sent to a no-kill shelter. I don't hope the same for their ex-owners.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2017, 12:20 Quboid
 
"Hey Anthony, want to make a lot of money for little effort?"
"Michael my friend, you're a genius!"
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
63. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 19:20 Quboid
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 18:47:
Squirmer wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 18:40:
The only issue here is that Bioware writers are terrible. It wasn't this character that was "hamfisted". Bioware's writing in general is hamfisted.

That's the thing. I don't even like ham. So I surely don't like it being punched! I prefer turkey clubs with a side a french fries. I'm hungry. BRB! Drool

Um, fisted doesn't mean punched. Just sayin'.

 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
31. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 13:04 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 12:54:
Quboid wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 12:07:
Characters should be well written, this one wasn't. That's the problem, not that they included a trans character.

It's a good thing I didn't make that argument then, you seem like you're struggling to find something to be offended about here. I said don't include a minority character for the sake of ticking off some boxes. That means don't pander, its almost always poorly written and offends the very community you're trying to be inclusive toward. It's just as obnoxious with dude-bro stereotypes before you even go there and yes I find it equally as annoying.

I'm not offended, I just think your statement "Include a minority character if its story appropriate" isn't sufficient. I agree with your wider point.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
20. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 12:07 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 11:33:
Quboid wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 11:21:
How often is a minority character any more or less appropriate for the story than a majority character? If a game has nothing to do with race, is a non-white (or non-whatever race is majority in the dev's culture) character inappropriate?

Go play the game and you'll see why this character sticks out like a sore thumb and what people are talking about. Does it fit naturally into the story? No one cares what their gender or sexual preference is. Does it feel shoe horned and unnecessary because it was some idiot ticking boxes? Don't bother unless you can do it in a way that doesn't insult the community you're trying to make feel included in the first place.

Characters should be well written, this one wasn't. That's the problem, not that they included a trans character.

I don't want to argue for tokenism, but for realistic diversity. Watch Dogs 2 included a trans character and because she was well written, it didn't feel like a box was being ticked. This presents a problem for writers - if I was writing fiction set in my own environment, the realistic representation for one character would be a heterosexual white cis able-bodied person so writing anything else would arguably be tokenism. But if I write 100 characters, avoiding tokenism for all of them, then I have an unrealistic depiction - I would need to deliberately give some characters different attributes.

Solution: write diverse characters, write good characters and when you fail, learn from your mistakes like BioWare seem to be doing. Don't apologise because anyone's feelings are hurt, do apologise if you think you made a mistake.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
12. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 11:21 Quboid
 
Because heaven forbid BioWare actually take pride in their work and actually willingly listened to criticism. No no, it's the SJWs (this time).

Include a minority character if its story appropriate

How often is a minority character any more or less appropriate for the story than a majority character? If a game has nothing to do with race, is a non-white (or non-whatever race is majority in the dev's culture) character inappropriate?
 
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News Comments > Steam Discovery Changes Will "Fight Fake Games"
22. Re: Steam Discovery Changes Will Apr 4, 2017, 20:32 Quboid
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 4, 2017, 13:40:
Steam has gotten to the point where I am thinking of keeping my current library but no longer purchasing games through them. As someone else mentioned, the "Discovery" queue system is a joke, often filled with crapware and "Early Access" titles. What is likewise "Recommended" to me rarely fits my interest. I think I'll probably switch to GOG since they have a more generous refund policy, tighter rules, and I don't always have to be connected to play my games or fiddle with a client.

Another old man.

You can customise your store front discovery queue to exclude E.A. and some other stuff like VR and videos. It's in your preferences (click on your username, top-right), and for the queue there's a customise option by the "Next" button.

I'd rather these were hidden by default. Early Access has it's place, but IMHO the store-front isn't it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
20. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 3, 2017, 09:31 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 3, 2017, 07:55:
Orogogus wrote on Apr 3, 2017, 07:24:
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 3, 2017, 07:16:
And I never said nor implied it was a race crime...

Cutter said it was a race crime (black on white) and you came in to defend that.

That's really cute, but I posted here because the article wasn't talking about a pretty damn important element of the case, namely that a hate mob (of "people" hah) formed in front of her house and that hate mob did more than "ringing forcefully" and the police relocated the entire family, and that on top of that there was a pretty disgusting hate mob on twitter targeting the family and the victim.

When I ever have cause to defend Cutter you can be sure it will be a gold laced letter made of pure ivory and not a secondary quote from Quboid

I hadn't read anything more about this. Sadly, this doesn't surprise me at all. Witness intimidation, extreme victim blaming, and the police being unwilling/unable to deal with mobs are common place in this sort of situation - regardless of race, or racism against whites, or whatever was up Cutter's ass yesterday.
 
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