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Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 12, 2016, 16:08 Quboid
 
TangledThorns wrote on Jun 12, 2016, 14:43:
Today's Islamic terrorist attack is a reminder of why Trump won the primary and why I'm voting for him!

And that's your right as an American but you do realise that ISIS and groups like them want exactly that? They aren't killing Westerners to get us to like what they want to represent, they do it to get us to hate what they want to represent. Trump is a gift to them and people reacting like Cutter are their puppets.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 11, 2016, 12:46 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 11, 2016, 11:27:
Much as I agree with you, things are always ambiguous in the real world after all (though at least in Hogans and Thiel case I consider it slander), I disagree on 1 point, Gawker SHOULD be nuked from orbit. There is no ambiguity there The world would flat out be a much better place without Gawker.

Also you make a fair point about the height of punishment, but Gawker did not apologize. They refused a deal and refused to remove the video (before the legal proceedings, Hogan did request it after all before he sued them to high heavens).

By the way, why do I think Gawker should die in nuclear armageddon?

Jacob Appelbaum.. Gawker invented a rape scenario, invented victims, spun what happened and ruined a life with lies damned lies and more lies. And again it is Gizmodo that is the shitflinger deluxe. Nuking the company would be way too lenient. Everyone working there is a grade A asshole apparently and these people deserve jail time at the very least.

I don't know much about the Appelbaum situation. The supposed victim says it's not true but I didn't know Gawker had anything to do with making it up. Making stuff up could be a valid reason for bankruptcy-inducing punishment but it shouldn't be done by setting a precedent for something else. Not for reporting something that at least really happened.

The apology would be after a court has ruled on exactly what they did wrong. Even if hypothetically they did accept they were wrong, they wouldn't want to risk admitting to more than they mean to. I mean, they wouldn't want to get sued to oblivion
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 11, 2016, 11:11 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 11, 2016, 10:42:
And is that a bad thing? Publications should post news that are newsworthy and should maybe think a bit before pushing news to millions of potential readers. Most importantly they should make sure that what they post is legal, (maybe) ethical acceptable and verifiable. And how is that a hard thing to even decide? Don't slander people, no matter what, problem solved. Also Gawker would not exist if they'd stick to that. Look at the site right now. And despair. These fucktards learned nothing, they continue as if nothing happened, and when you have someone behaving like that, what other recourse, other than total war and annihilation, do you even have left?

And what exactly would be the option between doing nothing and total annihilation? How would you even offer anything that can unslander someone? What would you regard as a fair punishment for the various crimes of Gawker and it's pseudo journalists?

"Don't slander people, no matter what, problem solved."

They didn't slander Hogan (or Thiel) so why was there a problem?

I don't think these issues are simple at all. Privacy law and actual journalism ethics are not clear so the penalty for crossing the line shouldn't involve your entire organisation being nuked from orbit. An alternative would be for Gawker to issue an apology and pay appropriate compensation; closer to 1.4 million than 140 million.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 11, 2016, 10:24 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 11, 2016, 10:11:
Quboid wrote on Jun 11, 2016, 09:43:
Was it a "revenge porn campaign" in any way?

I understand that Gawker are awful but I'm not going to celebrate a publication getting shut down by someone rich who didn't like what they said. Even if this hadn't been about revenge by Thiel, it's still a massively disproportionate award that is an attack on freedom of the press.

Posting sex tapes or outing someone as gay who specifically asked you not to is not freedom of the press for fucks sake. That is the behavior of a mentally deranged arsehole. And such arses should, for all intent and purpose, be punished so harshly they won't find their own arse for quite a while.

To be honest, I am a bit baffled how you otherwise smart people can defend this shit flinger outfit. Do you have no ethics whatsoever? Do you not have any acceptance of others right of personal integrity and privacy?

As I said, this baffles me. People who defend Gawker are to me so absurdly alien in their thought patterns that I can not even comprehend what makes you see Gawker as a victim here. So I am curious, what makes you think that someone has the right to post a private sex tape, or to out the sexual orientation of someone against their will? Or start hate campaigns against someone? That is all OK with you? Because that is what you get as a package deal if you defend Gawker.

What makes you think I'm OK with this? There are options between "nothing" and "shut them down".

It's an attack on freedom of the press because all publications will now be worried about publishing anything anyone wants to keep private - because getting it wrong doesn't mean getting sued, it means getting destroyed. Specifically asking a publication not to report news should NOT stop any publication from reporting news!
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 11, 2016, 09:43 Quboid
 
Was it a "revenge porn campaign" in any way?

I understand that Gawker are awful but I'm not going to celebrate a publication getting shut down by someone rich who didn't like what they said. Even if this hadn't been about revenge by Thiel, it's still a massively disproportionate award that is an attack on freedom of the press.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 9, 2016, 17:02 Quboid
 
It's alright, they say they won't abuse it.  
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News Comments > Hearts of Iron IV Released
3. Re: etc., etc. Jun 6, 2016, 22:52 Quboid
 
I'm going to wait to see what people are saying about this in a month. HoI3 was rather poor but EU4 is brilliant. It looks like HoI4 is more manageable than HoI3 - those battle plan arrows look pretty sweet - and the first reaction is positive.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
21. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 6, 2016, 22:42 Quboid
 
descender wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 20:07:
The hardware survey pops up and asks you to accept it every single time they want to collect info from your machine.

EDIT: As far as weighting statistics go... I'm guessing that their analytics suite for developers is a bit more advanced than anyone here is going to come up with. You are right, it would be damn foolish to count all machines as equal. I don't agree that more hours should give more weight though. If you play 1 game for 15000 hours, and someone else plays 15 games for a normal amount of hours... I'd rather cater to the person making me more money.

True. All about the cash. I'd quite like to know what information developers can get.
 
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News Comments > Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released
59. Re: Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released Jun 6, 2016, 22:33 Quboid
 
The Witcher 3 is just a Hearthstone clone with a ridiculously elaborate front-end.  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Countdown
11. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Countdown Jun 6, 2016, 22:27 Quboid
 
Watch Dogs was really dull for the few hours that I bothered with it. The hacking system is what killed it for me, I was looking forward to seeing this and turns out ... you press a button when it pops up. Weak.

It might have been that they needed to get something out the door and all they do could do is tick the boxes for Ubisoft Open World Game. Maybe WD2 will be a lot more fleshed out. Maybe. I won't be rushing to buy it.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
17. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 5, 2016, 20:00 Quboid
 
Dev wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 14:45:
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 14:03:
And that has to be taken with a grain of salt.
How many systems have steam running in the background (along with weatherbug) that have crappy specs and were never meant for gaming, except for that one time when Timmy was visiting and installed TF2.
My guess is a lot of them.
lies, damn lies and statistics.
Yeah and you know what? Those are still all part of the average PC gaming systems. I'd include the 17% or so that have intel integrated in that crappy specs portion. Or maybe they only play casual mobile phone ports that steam seems to have too many of nowadays. Still part of that average.

But that's not the hardware specifications of people who actually buy games, which is who developers should be targeting.

Instead of just saying X people own a Geforce 980, Steam should say X people own a 980, Y thousand hours have been played on a 980, each owner buys an average of Z titles.

This would weed out little Timmy's grandma's aging PC that he used that one weekend he was dragged out there. 1 game for 4 hours on some ancient card wouldn't carry much weight while someone who has spent thousands of hours on dozens of games - i.e. most of us here - would count for a lot more.

Basically, weight the averages based on how much money can potentially be extracted. Perhaps this information is available to developers, I've no idea what analytics they have access to.



descender wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 19:53:
Uh, you have to fill out and submit the steam hardware survey. It doesn't just collect that data from idle machines and it isn't spying on anyone.

How do you guys ever possibly stock enough tinfoil in your homes?

I was wondering how "voluntarily agreed to the spyware survey" works. It's not really spyware if people are agreeing to it.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
7. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 4, 2016, 17:19 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 4, 2016, 16:36:
Cutter wrote on Jun 4, 2016, 10:48:
C) If man ever creates an actual AI then they can't own it without it being a slave. So is that what they're promoting? Slavery? They'd like the rest of us to be slaves so why not.

Are dogs and cats slaves? How would that be any different?

And the danger inherent is that machines will do our thinking for us. Even now most people don't question what they see on a screen. What is the AI makes a mistake? People take it as gospel and you can see where everything goes off the rails.

How is this any different from religion, and the issues we have to deal with there?

Were either of these answers supposed to be reassuring?
 
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News Comments > Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition
9. Re: Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition Jun 3, 2016, 22:38 Quboid
 
I bought this and I've played the first 2 single player missions (which appear to be an extended tutorial for multiplayer). It's nothing like Counter Strike. I'm not sure it's too much like Rainbow 6 either, but so far it feels much more realistic than R6 Vegas. It doesn't disgrace the name.

The SWAT comparison is a great call.
 
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News Comments > Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition
4. Re: Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition Jun 3, 2016, 19:38 Quboid
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 18:31:
Surely they will be adding a way to purchase the in-game currency if there isn't one already. Several Ubi games have microtransactions on top of a standard $50-60 price tag...

It's in. Apparently with the starter pack, you can buy all the operatives (heroes) for approximately the price of the full game. It's probably a bit more but not much.

I think this is a good system. As long as the prices are reasonable, we can buy the base game and then pick whatever content we want to buy. Operatives cost about 10x as much experience in this starter pack, which they admit means grinding is required to get extra content for no extra cost. I don't like fee-2-pay but this seems justified: giving this much away for free is a lot to ask, cutting it down more could affect the community, having the same XP cost as the full game means either a $60 grindfest or $15 with unlocks so easy the business model fails.

My issue with microtransactions, even more than opponents buying an advantage, is will they affect the game balance? I don't trust developers to not pad their game if there's a financial incentive. In this case, I'm glad they admit that it's grinding because I can see why, it seems fair and I don't feel manipulated.

This comment was edited on Jun 3, 2016, 21:39.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
23. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 3, 2016, 17:50 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 17:07:
Quboid wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 17:00:
and disable the Update service so I can update when I want.

Can you tell me about this? I don't see it mentioned on their page (or at least the page I found).

Thanks (curious about it)!

It's one of the Windows services, more here:
4sysops.com/archives/turn-off-automatic-updates-in-windows-10-build-9926/#disabling-the-windows-update-service

This is all-or-nothing, you can't enable only security patches this way. Microsoft provide a tool to disable selected updates so presumably with vigilance you could fine tune updates a bit more. You can also set your connection to be metered to stop auto-downloading of updates, which is a neater way of doing it.

Patching the OS is important, particularly for security. I'd like to do automatic updates but I don't trust Microsoft enough.

BTW, while researching this, I learned that you can right-click on the start button and get handy shortcuts to various system things. Neato.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 3, 2016, 17:00 Quboid
 
Atomic wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 15:02:
descender wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 14:36:
I understand most complaints about W10.
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Too much anecdotal nonsense is being widely accepted as fact regarding W10.

I agree. It is a great OS. But the things Microsoft are doing to trick or force people to upgrade are just wrong.

Technically it seems to be a perfectly good OS, shame about the business model. I use Spybot Anti-Beacon to decrease the spyware and disable the Update service so I can update when I want. These are hoops I shouldn't have to jump through, obstructions placed because they want to control my computer.

I'm not surprised that a free OS has a catch and I don't suppose anyone else is, but being free doesn't justify much. All the other spyware out there is free, that doesn't mean it's fine!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 3, 2016, 14:14 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 13:30:
Cutter wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 12:30:
Does the rest of the world outside of NA even know what a donut is?

It's a cliché even we Europeans know about, so I assume for the most part that many people know what a donut is.

But fact of the matter is they are not popular here

In the UK we call them doughnuts and they usually have jam injected into the middle, although the hollow style (that I associate with The Simpsons) is reasonably common.
 
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News Comments > Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released
52. Re: Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released Jun 2, 2016, 22:29 Quboid
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 18:54:
There's not been many games where I executed a perfect combat session and thought: fuck me, I'm awesome. The Witcher 3, though, is definitely one of the few. To me, without second thought, that makes it good combat.

That's the thing - despite my criticisms, I wouldn't want them to rip out the combat system. I wanted tweaks (which may or may not be implemented by now) but I respect that The Witcher should do its own thing and clearly quite a few people are very happy with it. It's not you, Geralt, it's me.

As Creston says, third person melee games aren't really my thing. There are some I've enjoyed, but I've never enjoyed them because they were third person melee games.

I was very impressed by what I saw in the few hours and I stopped playing because I didn't have time, not because I wasn't enjoying it. I don't mean to be overly critical.
 
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News Comments > ARK: Survival Evolved Turns One, Adds Content
13. Re: ARK: Survival Evolved Turns One, Adds Content Jun 2, 2016, 21:58 Quboid
 
clint wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 19:33:
I dont know what you guys are on, the game is still being heavily developed and optimised. What is the difference by saying it is done, then patching it, or saying it is in EA and patching it and putting in heaps of content? It runs perfectly fine on my nvidia 660, and is one of the best looking and content full games around.
The game is huge and high quality by anyones standards and still growing. The game is also cheap.
Why so mad bro?


If they had said this was done a year ago, it would have been slaughtered for being unfinished. Instead, they say it is unfinshed and people throw money at them and excuse every flaw as the nature of unfinished software - which it is, but flaws are also the nature of finished software so excusing everything is naive.

There have been enough complaints about performance in Ark to make me believe that there is a serious problem affecting a large number of players. Will this be fixed? Maybe. It will very likely be improved but it's quite likely that it always have problems. Especially because if you're an Early Access customer, they already have your money. Your opinion and therefore your experience doesn't really matter any more.

That's probably why they keeping adding dinosaurs. People who have paid are having problems but people who haven't are looking at the fancy spaceships dinosaurs and reaching for their wallets.
 
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News Comments > ARK: Survival Evolved Turns One, Adds Content
5. Re: ARK: Survival Evolved Turns One, Adds Content Jun 2, 2016, 15:03 Quboid
 
Jagacademy wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 14:11:
and most people are done playing them by the time they are "officially" released.

Presumably the online community for many Early Access multiplayer games has peaked before it's even released. That's messed up.
 
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