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Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 8, 2017, 01:25 Quboid
 
jacobvandy wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 21:41:
Whaat, utter bullshit clickbait from Ars? Another one bites the dust, I guess...

They're not pulling Star Wars and Marvel films, with Disney starting their own streaming service, they won't be renewing the Netflix deal when it expires in a couple years. In other news, water is wet!

Disney aren't pulling the films, they're just stopping them from being available? That sounds like they're pulling the films.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 2, 2017, 22:12 Quboid
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 19:15:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 15:14:
It's no longer spying on you, your habits and what you do if it's in your hand.

To a certain extent it's not: if all the data used to train the AI agent never leaves the phone, and the AI agent (whether it be a recommender or a face recognizer or whatever) is trained on the phone with that data, then the company in question knows no more about you than before you owned the device.

Machine learning on device is a big push right now for exactly this reason: if the ML model can be trained on device, then no sensitive data needs to be sent to, stored, and processed on third party servers. This saves companies money and limits the amount of sensitive data they have to handle, and potentially be liable for. The challenge heretofore has been that the limited computational resources on phones have severely limited the kind and quality of on-device training you can do, but that will probably change substantially in the next 4 or 5 years as both hardware and ML algorithms and ML engineering techniques improve.

Do companies typically actually want this, rather than grabbing as much data as they can?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 30, 2017, 14:59 Quboid
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 30, 2017, 13:28:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 30, 2017, 10:43:
Bullshit! There is no way a wireless mouse's batteries are going to last much more than a week unless they come up with some way to charge them. Any gamer who buys into their hype is going to be sadly disappointed.

I don't waste money on wireless for my desktop anymore. Nothing worse than a battery going dead in the middle of a big fight.

Welcome to the future because they don't run on power hungry tube amps anymore, something about miniaturization.

Great life and great performance has been around for years and it just keep getting better. Take for instance my G602 wireless gaming mouse.
Battery Life
Performance mode: up to 250 hours*
Endurance mode: up to 1440 hours*

*in a blind taste test most gamers would not be able to tell the difference between performance and endurance modes.

Sadly disappointed, not at all.
Amazed by awesome performance with zero lag, no connectivity issues and great battery life, YES.

I haven't had a problem with a wireless device shutting off unexpectedly for years. Even my gaming mouse (Logitech G700s) lasts long enough for a gaming session and gives plenty of warning before it dies. That is in a low power mode, because I also can't tell the difference (making me think the performance modes are gimmicks and no one actually needs their mouse to report 1000 times a second).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 30, 2017, 02:07 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 29, 2017, 17:03:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 29, 2017, 13:32:
Fox News pulled off the air in Britain
What took them so long?

LOL, "Fox News failed to attract an audience... A few thousand viewers per day."

Why is it that Brits are so much smarter than we are?

We've got tabloids instead. Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Daily Star, and The Sun are the main ones.

AFAIK the Fox News broadcast was just the American one, so it was never going to be of much interest. Murdock wants to buy Sky, including Sky News, which would give him much more influence. He claims Sky News will be independent but obviously that's bullshit.
 
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News Comments > X4: Foundations Announced
1. Re: X4: Foundations Announced Aug 28, 2017, 10:35 Quboid
 
Sounds good, they seem to have learned from Rebirth's mistakes ... but I don't think I'll preorder.

 
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News Comments > The Guild 3 Early Access Next Month
4. Re: The Guild 3 Early Access Next Month Aug 24, 2017, 01:24 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 23, 2017, 11:17:
Steam entry is here, with (very early) screenshots
http://store.steampowered.com/app/311260/The_Guild_3/

Developer is GolemLabs though.. who made.. exactly nothing for a decade. So I doubt they have the technical skills to make a decent engine, let alone a bug-free scripting system ;/

Good, I hate it when sequels change the spirit of a game.

I played a load of Europa: The Guild in local multiplayer back in the day. Lots of fun, despite being incredibly rough. Never got around to playing The Guild 2 much but it seemed like more of the same, in both good and bad ways. This is one I'll probably pick up if the initial reaction is good.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
6. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 23, 2017, 14:10 Quboid
 
It's also at gamers' expense, but let's not let that stop us from jumping on the guy trying to help.

Doesn't his 30% cut include making the freaking Unreal engine? That's a completely different service to app stores.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
35. Re: Into the Black Aug 23, 2017, 11:21 Quboid
 
I see what you mean about it not really being a slippery slope because this is already happening, I had misunderstood.

There's always going to be extreme situations that society won't accept. Yes it is abused, but the more I think about it the less I can see any alternative. We should and we do try to make the best of the unavoidable situation, because the alternative is to complain that reality doesn't fit our ideology - which is all "fake news" means now. Trump has done a genuinely good job of converting that phrase from referring to deliberate lies designed to fool gullible people into voting for him, to referring to inconvenient reality that should change to suit our opinions.
 
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News Comments > Anno 1800 Revealed
5. Re: Anno 1800 Revealed Aug 22, 2017, 16:49 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 22, 2017, 15:50:
Quboid wrote on Aug 22, 2017, 12:44:
I like the past settings much more than the future ones so this is a good start. I hope it's not a more linear, story-driven game this time.

Random maps, story mode inside the endless mode like in 2205, but aside that, enemy AI on the same world, ship battles, diplomacy and trading

Game is not yet feature complete though, some things may end up out some may end up in.. we'll see I guess. Also far as I understand, that means no story driven mini-campaigns with specific goals, but (real) multi-stage long-term monuments are back

That at least, say the German Anno guys that played the alpha before GamesCom

Good! I just want a custom skirmish mode on a single map. If they want to build a plot around this, that can work out fine for me. I got the impression the future ones, 2070 and 2250, were more the other way around, the story-telling dictated everything else.
 
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News Comments > Anno 1800 Revealed
2. Re: Anno 1800 Revealed Aug 22, 2017, 12:44 Quboid
 
I like the past settings much more than the future ones so this is a good start. I hope it's not a more linear, story-driven game this time.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
29. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2017, 01:40 Quboid
 
This has been an interesting read. I'm torn on this issue. I'd like to back Orogogus's dogmatic point of view were privately held views and actions outside of work are ignored, and that it is a slippery slope. However, I feel like in the real world, Beamer's pragmatism will win out.

An employer isn't going to fire half their employees because these employees don't like a Nazi. Even if it's just one; "Sorry Mrs. Goldberg but because you gave the stink eye to the Nazi who celebrates your grandparents getting incinerated, we're going to have to let you go" ... I don't think so. There are always limits.

So then the slippery slope is inevitable, and if it can't be avoided it needs to be managed. How? The only way I can think of is laws in line with society's sensibilities; and judges, lawyer fees, loopholes, and all jazz.

Orogogus, what about criminals? Should past crimes, with punishment served, be ignored? Or does the fact that the person acted on their problematic beliefs prove that they are a risk?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
22. Re: Into the Black Aug 19, 2017, 19:11 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 18, 2017, 23:47:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 18, 2017, 16:07:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 18, 2017, 03:42:
And it doesn't help if you just wanna fight terrorism, you have to fight anti-fa, which is the primary reason so much hate exists nowadays against cops as well.

Are you joking? Seriously, you think 'antifa' is the reason people hate the police? People hate and fear the police in the US because they are often racist, murderous criminals, who treat civilians as the enemy. Most US citizens don't have a clue what/who antifa even is.

Ps.: I think doxxing is equal to any other hate crime.

*Eyeroll*

I don't condone doxxing, but saying it's equal to lynchings, murders, bombings etc. is ridiculous.

The false equivalency shit is getting out of hand.

In Germany, AntiFA is anti-establishment, anti any-goverment structure. So yeah. They are worse than Nazi's. Nazis just wanna be racist without being stopped and get violent when they do get stopped, Anti-FA would happily kill cops or anyone in governmental power just to make a point. Google RAF , but beyond that you'd need to speak German to understand where I am coming from there. Needless to say, ANTIFA is a terror organization. They thing they stand above the law, they attack anyone they don't agree with, and just because ANTIFA calls someone a Nazi does not mean he/she is one. ANTIFA isn't beyond calling it's own people NAZIS....

And secondly, Doxxing ruins peoples lives fundamentally, they live in constant fear, they need police protection, need to move, change jobs, change identity and not just them, but their families, children and relatives too. To me that is a far worse hate-crime than murder. Murder doesn't hurt the dead person much beyond that, doxxing hurts you an entire life.

I am curious, what part of doxxing isn't a hate crime to you.

Antifa don't seem to see the hypocrisy of violently suppressing anyone they declare to be fascist. Are Antifa considered left-wing in Germany? They seem more like anarchists to me, I'm not sure if the connection is invented to demonise the left or they are far-left.

I agree with the Antifa criticism but not your doxxing view. It seems to me to be miles away from murder. Does it even cause long-term problems? (The reason one got doxxed might, like employers knowing you're a Nazi, but does the doxxing its self?)
 
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines - Concerts Released
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 19, 2017, 18:55 Quboid
 
LiTh wrote on Aug 18, 2017, 12:42:
So of the dozen DLC which are ones are must have from a gameplay standpoint?

The proper expansion packs are Mass Transit, After Dark, Snowfall, Natural Disasters (in descending order of importance). I'm not sure any of those are must-have. The most important features of these expansions were in the accompanying free patches. It's the workshop that makes this game, I presently have about 100 mods and 1000 assets (buildings, trees, etc).

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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Re: Into the Black Aug 18, 2017, 08:21 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 18, 2017, 03:42:
The most absurd thing is that I can't even disagree with Trump. He said there are bad people on both sides, violent people on both sides, and that is a fact.

Yes, it's more his false equivalence that I object to, he said that to appeal to white supremacists. This was a white supremacist march, where everyone was either literally a Nazi or close enough to be willing to march along side them. There were no fine people. So the counter-protest was anti-Nazi and anti-white supremacist. These weren't all fine people, but they were all there for a good cause. These are only equal to Nazi sympathisers.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Aug 17, 2017, 23:12 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2017, 21:17:
For all the hardcore idiots on the left that think there's no problem with the antifascist assholes out there....

Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

And that's how easy it can happen. One if you ever run into one of these motherfuckers on the street with a minor altercation and they decide to make your life miserable by saying you're a nazi or some such shit? This is precisely why they need to be shut down hard. Hope this guy can sue the shit out of everyone involved.

That stuff is messed up. Mob justice is no justice. The Reddit Sherlocks are a bad joke too.

I feel like there's going to be a pretty big domestic terrorism incident in the US and antifa are as likely as the far right to do it. Given the far right's propensity for accusing their enemies of doing what they're engaging in, I wouldn't put it past them to stage it (although it will take more than the inevitable ideologically-convenient conspiracy theories to convince me).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2017, 17:30 Quboid
 
Why is that dog on Michael Stipe's lap?  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 16, 2017, 23:00 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 16, 2017, 20:19:
No,Walt. It's because ISPs are monopolies and duopolies that they need regulation. Stop listening to Alex Jones. He doesn't believe the shit he spews. Neither should you.

The lack of competition is probably a more serious issue, but Net Neutrality is something. I'm curious as to what WaltC actually thinks Net Neutrality is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 16, 2017, 16:27 Quboid
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 16, 2017, 14:23:
And as in all things orange dipshit world, the dotus has disbanded the Business Council, because you know, JOBS!!!

SAD, Sad, sad president.

#Ignoredon and let the shadow government do its thing. President Obama is still running things, get over it.
We are not sore losers but we are disgusted patriotic Americans. And guess what, we are the majority.

He disbanded one, after the other told him they were disbanding. Then he lied to save orange face.

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/trump-business-advisory-council-to-disband-1502904005
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2017, 18:16 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 17:35:
Creston wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 17:31:
Kxmode wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 14:25:
Cutter wrote on Aug 14, 2017, 13:36:
That's the problem with those old buildings. It costs far more to repair and maintain them then it would be to scrap them and build something new and efficient. It's just a huge waste of money for a public service building.

Have you never heard of sentimental value? It's not an "old building." For Londoners and England in general, Big Ben (the building and the clock) remains a part of the culture and heritage for over 150 years. I guarantee you if you asked any Londoner what you just said, they would be appalled at such a thought.

I lived in London for six months, and very few Londoners had much good to say about the Houses of Parliament and the shitheels that infest them. Big Ben, yes, but I think that if given the choice, the good people of London / the UK would choose NOT to pay SEVEN BILLION POUNDS for the upkeep of a building.
£7B buys a lot of rounds at the pub. Given the choice which would they choose?

It would be nice to fix up the existing buildings, even if it was expensive. But this expensive? It feels like we're being taken for a ride and that bothers me.

Brexit dominates everything and it's hard to look at any big expenditure as wise with so much uncertainty about what our economy will look like a few years. It's some measure of economic stimulus, but there are higher priorities. We haven't even started buying the land for the border controls we'll need in 19 months. It feels like we're treading water until someone senior in the government acknowledges the elephant in the room: this is a terrible idea. The undefined being negotiated by the unprepared in order to get the unspecified for the uninformed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 12, 2017, 09:08 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 11, 2017, 16:41:
Trump is stupid, and can't see the game for what it is.

I don't know about the second part of that. If he wanted to distract people from his Russia connections, he's done a decent job.
 
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