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News Comments > Deus Ex: Breach and VR Experience for Free
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 25, 2017, 00:47 Scottish Martial Arts
Squirmer wrote on Jan 25, 2017, 00:19:
Ah that's interesting, makes me want to play it now.

It's definitely worth playing if you've enjoyed other Deus Ex games or Vampire: Bloodlines. I'm undecided on whether it's as good as Human Revolution -- some things are better, some worse -- but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Breach mode is kinda garbage though.
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Breach and VR Experience for Free
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 24, 2017, 21:44 Scottish Martial Arts
Squirmer wrote on Jan 24, 2017, 21:26:
Have they finished the storyline of Mankind Divided yet? That seemed to be one of the biggest criticisms.

It's complete. The issue is that if you haven't played the original Deus Ex, or have completely forgotten its story and characters, then it's easy to misunderstand some key cutscenes. The motivating action of the game is all resolved by the time the credits roll, but the DX1 characters whom you glimpse in various cutscenes haven't been unmasked or defeated. If you don't know that they're DX1 characters, and therefore have to be alive in 20 game universe years and still be doing Illuminati-type things, then you can easily come away with the impression that the game left major plot points unresolved.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
23. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 24, 2017, 19:52 Scottish Martial Arts
Timmeh approved facts:

Nothing that has ever happened or will ever happen was as great as Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The crowd was magnificent and huge, bigger than any crowd had ever been before! It stretched all the way to the moon. The Pope, who was there, confirmed it.

“Thanks for being here, Pope,” Donald Trump told him.

“Are you kidding? You’re my best friend,” the Pope said. “I wouldn’t miss your big day for anything!” He gave Donald Trump a big high-five.

Everyone in the world had come there at great expense. They sold all their possessions — their homes, their “Hamilton” tickets, which were worthless to them — to raise money to come and see this great sight. They could not believe that a perfect being such as Donald Trump even existed. They thought that he was a myth or a legend or a decades-long series of fabrications.

But then they saw him, and their doubts fell away.

The media was there, too, and they were very sorry. “Donald,” the newscasters said, “we were mean to you. We used to laugh and call you names. We were no better than all of the other reindeer. How can you ever forgive us?”

“Forgive you?” Donald Trump asked. “I’ve already forgotten.” He smiled a big, beautiful smile. That was just who Donald Trump was: forgiving, like Jesus, but blond.

It was a wonderful start to the day.

Everyone liked Donald Trump’s speech and the words that he used. They liked even more the part where he rolled up his sleeve and showed off his bicep. It was a great bicep. It made the Rock so upset to see it that he threw something down on the ground and said “darn.”

Donald Trump pulled out a violin and played a solo, and then he pulled out a guitar and played an even sicker solo. The whole ground was soon covered with women’s undergarments. (Millions of women were there to support Donald Trump, and they were all AT LEAST sevens.) Also, every woman that Donald Trump had ever dated was there, and they were not upset with him, just ashamed that they had not lived up to his required standard.

“Trump! Trump! Trump!” the crowd cheered.

Donald Trump touched many people in the crowd in a way that they all thought was welcome and appropriate, and he cured their ailments, from cancer to autism.

“If only we could bottle your touch,” someone said, “children could stop getting vaccinated altogether.”

Donald Trump winked. “Don’t worry!” he said. “I’m on it!”

Then Donald Trump served loaves and fishes to everyone there. There were enough loaves and fishes for everyone, and they all were Made in America and said “TRUMP” on them. It was like the Oscars, but also like Woodstock, but also like the Super Bowl, but also like the Sermon on the Mount. If you were not there, you should just go home and die, because nothing in your life will have purpose or meaning by comparison, not even holding your newborn child in your arms or having health insurance. This is what FOMO was talking about for all these years.

Bono, and Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John, and the Rolling Stones, and Beyonce, and all the top artists were there. They fought hard over who would be allowed to sing. Finally Bruce Springsteen won. Bono cried and cried, and the other artists had to console him. When Bruce Springsteen had finished singing, he walked over to Donald Trump, extended his hand, and said, “You are the only real hero left in the world.”

The people were so excited that they built a very special stone pyramid just for Donald Trump so that he would not have to wait until he died to see what his monument would look like. But they were silly to be concerned. Donald Trump will never die!

A little child was in the audience, and he started to cry because the emperor was wearing so many clothes. Also, he could tell that he was not and never had been racist.

Donald Trump’s beautiful big family was there. His favorite childhood dog was there, too, back from the farm where he still lives to this day.

Donald Trump can talk to the animals, and his eyes are lasers. When the floor is lava, Donald Trump can walk on it, but only Donald Trump. When Donald Trump points his finger at you, you have to lie down. But when other people point their fingers at Donald Trump, he does not have to. Donald Trump’s block tower is the biggest. He does not need a nap or a snack. He has the longest, biggest attention span. Everyone loves Donald Trump, and what he has to say interests them.

Donald Trump is the star. People love him.

He won the popular vote, too.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 24, 2017, 19:44 Scottish Martial Arts
nin wrote on Jan 24, 2017, 11:29:
Kxmode wrote on Jan 24, 2017, 11:23:
I personally loved TFA and had no problems with the remix of the original trilogy. For me TFA ranks near the top behind #1 Empire and #2 A New Hope.

Totally agree, loved it, especially after the trash prequels.

Agreed. I'd also add that I thought it was far superior to, the nevertheless enjoyable, Rogue One. TFA's plot may have been a remix of the original trilogy, but it told its story well. In contrast, Rogue One did try to do something different with Star Wars, but got tripped up with lifeless characters and editing/pacing issues.
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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

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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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