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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 22, 2017, 16:57 Scottish Martial Arts
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 22, 2017, 16:51:
Right out of the gate the media is trying to paint a false narrative that he's completely unpopular, so unpopular that nobody showed up for his inauguration. It's the media that are acting childish in this case.

So are the aerial photographs and approval polls fake then? I'm not sure Trump needs you to defend his ego: I'm sure he'll spend most of his time in office doing just that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 22, 2017, 16:40 Scottish Martial Arts
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 22, 2017, 16:25:
Lot's of people showed up, end of story.

Except it's not the end of the story, because Trump thought it would be a good idea to send out his press secretary to declare that this was the most watched transition ever, moments after commenting that there are no hard numbers on attendance and viewership. And now, this morning, the soulless administration minions dispatched to the Sunday talk shows are, on being confronted with Sean Spicer's bullshit, talking about "alternative facts" and how "you can't quantify crowd numbers".

Every time Trump and his people make an ass of themselves, they reduce their stock of political capital with which to get anything done in their administration. The more absurd they behave, the less Congress is able to keep pretending the Emperor is wearing clothes. If Trump actually wants to win so much we get tired of winning, then he needs to find a better political hill to entrench on than the size of his inaugural audience.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 22, 2017, 16:02 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 22, 2017, 15:52:
It's nothing new. He said things which were demonstrably lies throughout the campaign.

Very true. It's still mildly surprising however that this is how they'd choose to spend their first full day in power: immolating any trustworthiness imparted by actually being in office for the sake of feeding Trump's insatiable ego. I figured they'd hold off on lying their ass off until a policy goal was on the line, like repealing Obamacare, but I guess they'd rather burn political capital and credibility on how big league the inauguration crowds were.

On second thought, it's not surprising at all: it's entirely consistent with Trump's behavior through the campaign, with all its impulsive self-destruction. The question now isn't whether or not Trump will be able to govern effectively -- he clearly will not -- but a question of how much damage his careening incompetence will do to the country, and the world, before he's out of office.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 22, 2017, 15:46 Scottish Martial Arts
 
The thing that gets me is that the ONLY reason why anyone cares how big the crowd was at inauguration is because we all know that Trump cares so much about size. If Trump had the emotional maturity not to care and the self-discipline not to mouth off about it, then the crowd size would have been a non issue. Instead, we now have him and his staff lying about something which anyone with a functioning pair of eyeballs can clearly see is a lie. If they're willing to abandon all shame, and lie about something so easily proven as a lie, and so unimportant in the scheme of his administration, then when, exactly, can we ever expect them to tell the truth? At least they are beginning their administration by not presenting us with any illusions about their credibility, or lack there of. This is going to be a long four years.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
84. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 22, 2017, 13:33 Scottish Martial Arts
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 22, 2017, 12:07:
Holy Shit. I don't know what's harder to believe. Kellyanne "Alternative Facts" Conway in charge of the ministry of misinformation, or that some simpletons actually believe this crap.
It's mind boggling.

Who are you going to believe: the great and magnificent President Donald J. Trump, first of his name, King of the Andhals and the First Men, or so called "photographic evidence"?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 20, 2017, 16:06 Scottish Martial Arts
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 15:53:
Do you even understand the electoral college? It is designed to give a voice to all of those flyover states you libs hate. If we had a straight vote and it was Texas, instead of Cali, that made a Rep win every year you would be crying like a baby about that, too.

Strictly speaking, the Electoral College was designed to insulate the office of the Presidency from the whims of a feckless people, by having state legislatures select electors who in turn select the President. There's no mention of or provision for a Presidential popular vote in the Constitution. Why do this? Because the Founders were concerned, given the history of democratic Athens, that average citizens would be irresponsible in their selection of a leader, being too easily swept up by the fantastical promises of populist demagogues possessed of dubious loyalties to anything but their own enrichment.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 14, 2017, 21:45 Scottish Martial Arts
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 14, 2017, 21:33:
You need to educate yourself on the term "baby boomers" post WW2 generation is considered the "lost generation" because while they rebuild everything, their lives were lost in that absurd rebuilding of a society with nearly none of them gaining anything from it, the students of ~68 were the baby boomers (aka, the generation that followed the "lost generation") and they got the fruits of that rebuilding shoved in their collective butts and followed it up by hoarding hose fruits for themselves, and giving us, following generations, the stick and a false promise of economic growth and the BS of trickle down economics (whoever coined that and believed it, should be publicly executed grml

Ahem
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 14, 2017, 20:53 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Uh, Creston, the baby-boomers were kids in the post-WWII years, and didn't start coming of age until the late 60s and early 70s. Likewise, the first boomer President was Bill Clinton. The people who got "the world back on track after the planet-wide devastation of WW2" were the Lost Generation, i.e. those who came of age during WWI, and the Greatest Generation, those who came of age during WW2. The Baby Boomers are only just starting to retire within the past couple years, with many more still in the work force for at least another decade or two.

And the Industrial Revolution refers to the advent of mass production in the US and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, not the post-war economic boom.

SMA's Cheat Sheet on Generational Cohorts of the Western World:

The Lost Generation: born between 1880 and 1900, came of age around WWI, called the Lost because so many were killed during WWI. Representative members: Ernest Hemingway, Harry Truman.

The Greatest Generation: born between 1900 and 1925, grew up during the Great Depression, fought during WWII. Representative members: JFK, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne.

The Silent Generation: born between 1925 and 1945, came of age around the Korean War and were entering middle age by the time of the cultural changes of the late 60s. Representative example: John McCain, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Caine.

The Baby Boomers: born between 1945 and 1965, coming of age at the time of the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Civil Rights Movement, and the whirlwind of cultural changes of the 60s and 70s. Representative examples: Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Paul McCartney, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama.

Generation X: born between 1965 and 1980, came of age around the Gulf War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Representative examples: Paul Ryan, Trent Reznor, John Stewart, Winona Ryder.

Millenials (Gen-Y): born between 1980 and 1995-ish, came of age around the new millenium, hence the name, with 9/11, the Iraq War, and the Financial Crisis all being major formative events. Representative examples: Taylor Swift, Evan Spiegel (Snapchat Founder), Ryan Gosling.

Post-Millenials/Gen-Z/Name-to-be-determined: born between the late 90s and present day, it's oldest members are just starting to reach adulthood.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2017, 17:19 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 16:48:
So technically Trump doesn't say that Clapper called the dossier false; he just implies it in a way that is irresponsible if not intentional.

Trump, at his press conference yesterday, spent a lot of time trying to conflate the CNN report and the Buzzfeed document post. In so doing, he appears to be trying to dismiss the causes for concern in the CNN story by pointing to the obvious problems with the document posted by Buzzfeed. In other words, this appears to be a big rhetorical dodge.

The two news reports by CNN and Buzzfeed are distinct: the CNN report describes how on Friday, Trump was briefed by the IC on the unconfirmed possibility that the Russians may have compromising blackmail material on him, whereas the Buzzfeed post was an opposition research dossier from the campaign which makes allegations about what material the Russians have. Now there's a lot of reason to think that the dossier is not entirely, or even partially, accurate, and it makes allegations which can't be readily verified, which is why most news organizations, CNN included, never published it, despite it having been floating around Washington circles since at least last August. However, CNN's report indicates that the IC has been following up on the dossier -- to include the FBI applying for wiretap warrants on Trump officials who are alleged to be in contact with Russian agents -- and while supposedly nothing has been confirmed, the IC was sufficiently alarmed at the implications of their investigation that they wanted Trump to be aware of the possibility that the Russians may have some blackmail material on him.

So to sum up, the Buzzfeed document is just salacious oppo research, which makes claims that no one can verify, while the CNN report suggests that the IC is taking seriously the possibility that Trump may in fact be susceptible to black mail, but Trump is using the clear flaws in the former to try to wave away the real concerns in the latter. Hence, a Tweet which by conflating the two is at odds with what Clapper claims to have said.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2017, 16:29 Scottish Martial Arts
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 16:07:
It's way the fuck too small, especially at that price. 40-50" is the absolute perfect size for a 4k desktop monitor.

Wut? You do that and your pixel density goes to shit, defeating the whole purpose of having a 4k display to begin with: HiDPI scaling. Unless you plan to use your monitor solely for gaming, and to sit a good 6-8' back from it, then putting a 50" 4k monitor on your desk would mean that text and interface elements would look no better, if not look out right worse, than a plain old 27" 1080p monitor.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2017, 15:35 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 12, 2017, 14:59:
But Trump said that US intelligence sources were involved, so Clapper did reject Trump's claim. What did Clapper apologise for?

Walt seems to be taking Trump's 140 character characterization of the conversation between Trump and Clapper at face value while not having read Clapper's statement on the same conversation. In other words, you can safely ignore Walt's comments.

If you're curious, this is Clapper's statement:

Clapper's Statement

And this is Trump's tweet on the matter:

Trump's Tweet

CNN's headline is playing up a particular angle -- that Clapper and Trumps characterizations of their conversation contradict one another -- but it's not factually incorrect as Walt alleges. Trump says that the dossier posted by Buzzfeed "was illegally circulated", while Clapper says that "We also discussed the private security company document, which was widely circulated in recent months among the media, members of Congress and Congressional staff even before the IC became aware of it", i.e. this was not a leak of a classified document by the intelligence community. Trump also states that Clapper called him to "denounce the false and fictitious report", but Clapper says that "The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable", i.e. they have not yet determined the truth, or lack thereof, of the information in the dossier. Clapper does not explicitly call out Trump as a liar, but he certainly does describe his conversation with Trump in terms that contradict how Trump describes it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 10, 2017, 14:31 Scottish Martial Arts
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 10, 2017, 08:42:
Wrong again. That distinction would have to go to the BlackBerry, sorry. Apple did definitely invent the Iphone, and with its touch interface it definitely was an improvement to previous smartphone designs and quickly became standard. However the claim that they are responsible for inventing the smartphone as we know it today is false.

But the touch interface is absolutely essential to the "smartphone as we know it today". Same deal with an app store. The Blackberry had neither.

Browsing through the history of smart phones, there were a variety of devices from the 90s which kinda-sorta do some of what we call a smartphone today. But when it comes to an aluminum or plastic touch screen slab, that has cellular and wifi connectivity, a variety of sensors such as GPS and accelerometers, a camera, and access to an ecosystem of first and third party applications that overlap the functionality of a desktop PC -- in other words, when it comes to a device that is clearly a modern smartphone -- well, then in that case, there is a clear pre-iPhone and post-iPhone line in the sand. A 2004-era Blackberry meets a bare minimum definition of a smartphone, but you certainly never plugged it into your car to get turn by turn directions while listening to your music collection.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 9, 2017, 19:19 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 9, 2017, 18:52:
I didn't get it either. Still don't. Guess I'm not keeping up with the Twitterverse.

It's a reference to Trump. His bad fake tan makes his skin look orange, depending on the lighting. Likewise, during the second Presidential debate, he would frequently roam the stage while Clinton was talking, mean mugging the camera and hunching his shoulders in a way that no less an authority than Jane Goodall described as being "like a primate dominance display". Finally, Trump's Twitter handle is @theRealDonaldTrump.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 7, 2017, 18:31 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jan 7, 2017, 17:43:
Go diy with it. The emulation on the nes classic sucks.

I've had zero problems with mine. It even gets the framerate slowdowns in games like Mega Man 2 right. Plus, the CRT filter nails the look of early 90s gaming perfectly.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Free Content
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 7, 2017, 01:00 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Jerykk wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 22:58:
I think starting and ending the game with Illuminati cutscenes but not really resolving anything with the Illuminati in the actual game is what annoyed people.

I wonder if part of the issue is that the original Deus Ex is far enough in gaming's past now that people either have forgotten its plot and characters, or never played it to begin with. If you know who everyone is in the Illuminati cutscenes in Mankind Divided, then you also know that Adam Jensen isn't actually ever going to unmask and destroy them, because with one exception they're all around in Deus Ex, still doing Illuminati-type things. With that in mind, you expect Jensen to perhaps foil an Illuminati plot or two, but that by game's end, they'll still be out there, influencing world events from the shadows. Given that that's exactly what happens, it didn't feel like half an ending to me. If on the other hand, names like Bob Page, Lucius DeBeers, and Joseph Manderley don't mean anything to you, then I could see how some players might end up with the impression that Jensen is actually going to defeat them personally, and be disappointed when he doesn't.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Free Content
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 6, 2017, 22:10 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 21:46:
Is this the patch that adds a proper ending?

Still don't get this complaint. Yeah, by game's end, Voldemort is still out there and Han is still in the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, but the events which kick off the game and motivate its action have been resolved, and the side stories are nicely concluded with a Fallout 1/2 style epilogue.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Free on Origin
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 5, 2017, 21:49 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Ant wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 21:43:
Do we need to play ME1 to understand ME2's story?

As I recall, the story is pretty self-contained, although there will be occasional references to events/characters from the first game that will make more sense if you've played it.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Free on Origin
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 5, 2017, 19:51 Scottish Martial Arts
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 19:18:
At this point they could offer every free game ever made, and I still wouldn't install that shit.

Meh, it's pretty unobtrusive and has a lighter memory footprint than Steam. Of course, I probably would not have it installed were it not for Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 but whatever.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
48. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 5, 2017, 14:35 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 09:44:

3) The concern becomes that the party decided to release the hack from only one side, which caused churn, because somehow people felt the DNC hacks were a scandal even though the emails basically revealed what many of us already assumed was going on


It wasn't so much the content of the DNC emails that was the problem, it was the headlines it generated. As many of our own esteemed members demonstrate every day, actually reading an article and carefully weighing its contents is very, very different from a glanced-at headline reinforcing your own preconceptions. Most people do not actually read articles: they glance at a headline and say "yup, I was right all along"; again, see basically every comment thread ever, on Bluesnews or otherwise. If you were a Republican-leaning voter who disliked both Trump and Clinton, but were trying to find some rationalization for rolling the dice on Trump, seeing "Clinton - Emails - Investigation - DNC - Suspicion" in your Facebook feed during the last two weeks of the election would be far more decisive in forming that rationalization than the actual contents of any of those headlined articles.
 
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News Comments > Alien Covenant VR Experience Plans
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 4, 2017, 19:29 Scottish Martial Arts
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 15:32:
All this effort put forth by Weyland to obtain an Alien for their "bio weapons division" ... who exactly is the enemy they're wanting to take out with this weapon? Is Russia still the generic bad guy in the future?

Possibly. A lot of hard-ish science fiction from the 70s and 80s assumed that the Cold War would still be ongoing in the 21st and 22nd centuries. Early iterations of the script for Alien 3 actually featured Space Communists finding a derelict Sulaco, iirc. More generally, given how unscrupulous and greedy the powers that be are in Alien/Aliens, I think we're supposed to just assume that humans are regularly coming into conflict with each other, Cold War in space or not, and that the advent of space colonization in no way caused us to join hands and sing kumbaya. Even if there aren't any Space Communists to fight, it's safe to say Weyland-Yutani Bioweapons Division still probably has plenty of customers.
 
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