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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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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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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 31, 2016, 23:11 Scottish Martial Arts
butthurt middle aged men of bluesnews are gonna butthurt  
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News Comments > Heavy Gear Assault Early Access
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 29, 2016, 21:57 Scottish Martial Arts
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 29, 2016, 19:36:
Heavy Gear has been around since 1997, and I believed used a version of the Interstate 76 engine which was a version of the engine used on the Mechwarrior 2 series at Activision.

IIRC, the Heavy Gear series was made by the MechWarrior 2 in-house team at Activision, since license craziness led to MechWarrior 3 being developed by Zipper Interactive and published by Microprose. In other words, Heavy Gear was what Activision made when it couldn't make a sequel to MechWarrior 2.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2016, 19:26 Scottish Martial Arts
Dacote wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 19:08:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 18:53:
Get an advanced education, kids: the days of mass employment through blue collar work are just about over.
There will always be a need for plumbers, brick layers, welders, mechanics, framers, painters and electricians for those that an advanced education is not an option.

There will always be a need for such skilled tradesmen, but whether that need will be so great as to provide mass employment for the high school educated is doubtful. I didn't state it explicitly, but there is going to be tremendous economic and social disruption over the next 25-30 years as entire industries are automated out of the labor market by advances in robotics and AI. We're entering a period of dramatic change which could work out very well for mankind, but could also cause such dislocation that things completely fall apart socially and politically. As far as an individual is concerned however, the only sure bet these days is to acquire the education and skills necessary to be a driver of automation, rather than an economic victim of it. The days where you could graduate high school, get a "good job", and work your weekly 40 plus occasional overtime while building a life for yourself are over and aren't ever coming back.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2016, 18:53 Scottish Martial Arts
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 17:34:
Sounds cool, you'll need strong progressive politics, the old-school will fight this in some way. Alt-Wrongs will talk about freedom of owning a car and all that and they'll never give in! Good times ahead.

In the US context, vehicle automation will start scaling up in cities first, primarily because it will make more economic sense (more passengers), but secondarily because there will be less of the cultural/political resistance you describe. Rural/Republican America will likely bitch and moan about urban coastal elites giving into "socialized transportation", but the market efficiencies to be gained from vehicle automation will be so great that businesses which don't pursue it won't be able to compete with those that do. Then, once long distance trucking gets automated in 10-15 years, it will be game over for rural America: in most rural communities, truck driving is one of the few good jobs left, and all the other businesses depend on a steady stream of truck drivers passing by on the local interstate.

Honestly, it will be kind of interesting, but also scary, to see what ends up happening socially/culturally/politically when the bottom falls out on the parts of the country that are already dying. Rural America did itself no favors by buying into the Trump fantasy; even if he does end up being a better than expected president (which is a huge if), the idea that he can turn the clock on the economy back to 1960 is pure nostalgia/magical thinking. Get an advanced education, kids: the days of mass employment through blue collar work are just about over.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2016, 11:42 Scottish Martial Arts
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 03:34:
Why are self driving cars being developed.

Because human driven cars are A) dangerous, and B) inefficient. Tens of thousands of people are killed in auto accidents each year in the US alone, and in the overwhelming majority of those cases, human error was at fault. Likewise, a car is a fairly expensive capital investment, yet for most of the hours of its useful life, a car will be sitting in a parking spot doing nothing useful. Self-driving cars offer the very real promise of reducing auto fatalities dramatically, radically increasing the efficiency of our transportation and logistics systems, and of freeing up our commute time for work, recreation, or silent contemplation without the stress of driving during rush hour.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 17, 2016, 22:53 Scottish Martial Arts
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 17, 2016, 16:37:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 17, 2016, 15:48:
64 degrees and sunny here in LA. I might need to put on a sweatshirt when I go out later.
Give us a call the next time you are effected by an earthquake or wild fire...

Hehe. Neither of those tend to be as much of an issue as the national media makes them out to be (wildfires mostly crop up in wilderness/rural areas, and earthquakes of significant magnitude are extremely rare). The real problem with California is the high cost of housing and the state's weakness to persistent drought.
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