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Nickname Scottish Martial Arts
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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 6, 2016, 12:42 Scottish Martial Arts
 
The Microsoft Subsystem for Linux tech looks pretty amazing. Windows a viable developer platform? Sounds like it may be possible.

I've grown to prefer my Mac to my PC for a variety of usage reasons, but at the end of the day, I bought a Mac because I had no choice: web development on a PC is an exercise in pain, Linux is an improvement over Windows as a developer platform but brings its own issues, the industrial design/core hardware/price point mix for Macbooks have been vastly superior to the shit machines Dell or HP have (until only very recently) churned out for a long time, and for those reasons, Macs have become the default developer machine, at least in the tech industry, so documentation and new tools get written with a "Mac first" perspective. As the Ars article said, a Macbook is a Unix developer workstation for a not-cheap-but-still-reasonable price, where as a Windows machine is for corporate office workers or gamers who need custom hardware builds.

While I'm pretty fully a Mac convert at this point, one thing I definitely don't like about them is the premium price for the core hardware: even the iMacs are essentially laptops with full size monitors. I'm willing to pay more for superior industrial engineering, but not for very good, but not top of the line, computational hardware. But now that Windows can convert POSIX syscalls to Windows syscalls, has bash, and a package manager, and it all just works (apparently), the lure of building high powered machines for cheap starts to become more compelling.

It would mean having to go back to Windows though, and that means losing the usability and work flow advantages of OS X that I've come to enjoy so much. But it would also mean having a VR-ready machine that I can also do work on...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 21, 2016, 11:59 Scottish Martial Arts
 
So Doom has lost all play-worthiness or historical value because we have Call of Duty? Literature is irrelevant because we have video games and, shortly, VR? Shitty world you live in.  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 20, 2016, 15:52 Scottish Martial Arts
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Mar 20, 2016, 15:32:
"Apple's fight with the FBI is about LGBTQ issues as well as privacy."

Blue, why would you post a story from The Onion and play it off as a real story?

The story's legit. It's just contextualizing some of the potential consequences of an FBI mandated backdoor making it out into the wild. Specifically, in many parts of the world, being gay is sufficient grounds for imprisonment or execution. Heck, in most US states, its entirely legal to fire or evict someone for being gay. A data breach which exposes, for example, text message content between a same sex couple could have pretty dire consequences for the individuals involved.

If the focus on consequences to a specific identity group upsets you, then just replace "LGBTQ issues" with "the security of your banking data" in the headline and perhaps the case will feel more relevant to you personally.
 
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News Comments > Tyranny Announced
29. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 16, 2016, 17:02 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 15:05:
Even if he provided it himself, lives off Blues should stay off Blues. No need to know who or what Cutter is or is not, beyond what he provides here.

And, for that reason, I was hoping that SMA would appear here, I just disagree with him about bringing Cutter's photo into this.

Fair enough. My immediate response to Cutter's latest performance was "what the fuck is wrong with you?" But when you're dealing with someone who lacks both shame and self-awareness, such a response goes nowhere. Mockery is the only answer, and evidently it got enough of a rise out of him to get a post deleted.
 
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News Comments > Tyranny Announced
24. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 16, 2016, 14:44 Scottish Martial Arts
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 14:36:
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Huh, that should be online SOMEwhere.

It would have been in 2003 or 2004, when he still went by Halsy. If you want to get adventurous and check his post history, the link might still work!
 
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News Comments > Free Planetary Annihilation Keys
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 16, 2016, 14:18 Scottish Martial Arts
 
mellis wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 13:02:
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 11:57:
Although, Homeworld remastered and Homeworld Deserts of Kharak both pretty awesome strategy games imo.

Agreed.

Is there much of a multiplayer community emerging for Deserts of Kharak? I thoroughly enjoyed the single player campaign, but the Steam player count numbers aren't encouraging, and I haven't been sure if I want to invest the time in learning the multiplayer game if no one is in fact playing.
 
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News Comments > Tyranny Announced
20. removed Mar 16, 2016, 12:03 Scottish Martial Arts
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 13, 2016, 12:19 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I'm always kind of surprised at the rancor directed at DST when its time to switch. The pain of the switch only lasts a day (or two I suppose if your internal clock is particularly slow to adjust) but the benefit of long summer evenings and of winter mornings where the sun is at least partly up by the time you get to work last for the rest of the year. Nice to see you distinguish between the switch and the concept in general, Blue. (I do however feel tired and grump from an hour less sleep in an already short night though!)  
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News Comments > Diablo II Patch Adds OS X Support
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 11, 2016, 19:32 Scottish Martial Arts
 
KS wrote on Mar 11, 2016, 13:01:
Yeesh I loved it but don't even know where my discs are anymore.

I assume a 63 fire trapsassin is still on their server somewhere. Alls I was doing was Pindleskin runs anyway.

I'm pretty sure that if you still have the CD key, you can just enter it into your Battle.net account and get the installer. Of course, given that CD keys were on the CD case in 2000 and that if you're missing the CDs you probably don't have the case around, then that doesn't do you much good.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 4, 2016, 21:22 Scottish Martial Arts
 
So did any of you even read the article? Because we're now 12 comments into this thread and the word "obesity", which is what the demonstrative pronoun in the article title refers to, has yet to be mentioned...  
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News Comments > HTC Vive Preorders This Morning
26. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 1, 2016, 00:14 Scottish Martial Arts
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 29, 2016, 18:18:
I'm an ole man these days, but don't feel as old as the comments I read here. Not sure if there is a better gaming site now with some fresh optimism. But overall this audience seems to be getting too old for my pov.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one feeling this way/noticing these things. I registered in 2002, and honestly, it seems like 1/4 - 1/3 of the comments these days seem to be stuck in that year for all the relevance they have to computing/gaming in 2016.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 23, 2016, 13:09 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Armengar wrote on Feb 23, 2016, 11:33:
Blame the laws not the outcome.

Well that's the thing: the law is completely ignorant of the technical factors involved. I doubt Apple would be objecting if they weren't seriously concerned that what's being asked of them could permanently damage the security of data stored on iOS devices. By analogy, the FBI has asked that Apple, in lieu of providing a key, damage the lock.

It's an open question whether what the FBI is asking Apple to do, i.e. create custom firmware that bypasses lockout and data-erasing mechanisms and successfully load it on to the suspect's phone, is actually possible. Frankly, only Apple's security engineering team knows the answer. Further, writing secure code is very difficult. Writing secure code is even more difficult when done under the exigency of time, with a court order breathing down your neck. Even if Apple can write the custom firmware that the FBI wants, there's no guarantee that it will be secure. If that firmware then gets out into the wild, the potential attack vectors that could be opened up are innumerable. As others have noted, the FBI has asked Apple to open Pandora's Box and merely hope that nothing unintended happens.

The question isn't the legality of the court order; it's whether or not one dead terrorist's phone is worth compromising the security of the world's most popular smart phone. The terrorist in question is dead; he's not going to shoot anymore people. Is his phone worth losing the assurance, for example, that you can safely do your banking on your phone? Is his phone worth compromising the privacy of political dissidents in countries like China or Russia? I tend to think not, but then I'm one of those wusses who thinks our (over)reactions to terrorist attacks are more destructive than terrorists themselves.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 15, 2016, 10:28 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Inexorable wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 09:59:
Except he is not being racist.

Except that he was. He was not speaking about people in their multitudes (white, black, green, purple, short, tall, etc.). He was talking about a specific racial group and was making specific negative generalizations about that group that are part of a history of negative generalizations that go back to chattel slavery. How do you think otherwise decent people were able to convince themselves that slavery was a morally defensible institution? Slave owners convinced themselves that the people in their thrall weren't fully people, that their slaves were less sensitive to pain, that they were more brutish and bestial in nature, and, yes, that they were less intelligent and less likely to rise to the demands of any task of the mind.

Whether Scalia realized it or not, he was tapping into specific historical racial stereotypes that have been and continue to be used to oppress a specific racial group. And he was using those same stereotypes to make the same characterization about the same group in order to end a program, however flawed, meant to address the social imbalance created by that historical, and indeed present day, oppression. Sound like racism to me, intentional or not.
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 14, 2016, 11:20 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Feb 14, 2016, 07:12:
Well you're sure doing a fine job of showing your fine reasoning skills. So you're saying "fuck you" to an entire group of people who make their money from something, and want to work in that industry because it's lucrative. Very regressive.

Dude, what are you talking about? I'm saying that your indignant over-reaction about rape games is hilarious, nothing more.

The UN can't enforce anything with its member nations; it can only put a seal of disapproval on something. And that disapproval isn't rooted in "pixel feels" its rooted in the tacit approval such games give to the objectification of women and sexual violence against them. That doesn't mean that such games should be banned, but it does mean that an outraged response to an unenforceable tentative proposal, followed by the sexual violence equivalent of "I'm not racist because I have a black friend", makes for awfully entertaining, not to mention revealing, reading.
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 14, 2016, 00:32 Scottish Martial Arts
 
"I like rape games but its cool because not only do I have female friends, I have female friends in the GAMING industry!"  
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 13, 2016, 22:14 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I'm going to guess that a certain poster's defensive response and the linguistic origin of his handle are indicative of a fondness for the kind of game in question.  
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News Comments > David Gaider Joins Beamdog
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 10, 2016, 16:02 Scottish Martial Arts
 
SXO wrote on Feb 10, 2016, 08:33:
The ones he wrote, such as HK-47 and Morrigan. If you read the first two Dragon Age novels (which he wrote), you would see there's a huge discrepancy between the quality of the storytelling in the books versus that of the games.

I've read an excerpt from his first Dragon Age novel out of morbid curiosity and it was one of the worst pieces of genre fiction I have ever read, and it's not like genre fiction sets much of a high bar to begin with. On the other hand, I give a wide-berth to the world of fan-fiction, so I'm sure by that standard, Gaider is a fucking genius in comparison. But given that he WAS solely responsible for the abominable (at least if the first chapter of the first book is indicative of his "talents" as a writer) Dragon Age tie-in novels (gee, who could have guessed that a marketing prop for a video game would be terribly written?), I think it's fully justifiable to refer to him as a hack.

The only reason he has any credibility at all is because he works in an industry where the audience generally either doesn't read, or only reads bad genre fiction, occasionally stumbling into the rare work of sci-fi/fantasy, like Dune or Lord of the Rings, which transcends it genre into something actually worth reading. And Gaider is definitely no Tolkien or Herbert; he barely even rises to the level of bad imitator of R.A. Salvatore or Kevin J Anderson, a rather ignominious benchmark.

I suppose such scorn for Gaider is a bit overblown, but I dislike him because he represents the kind of game developer that continues to ensure that gaming is a pastime for children and adolescents, or adults who just want to feel like a kid again for an afternoon. There's nothing wrong with getting in touch with your inner child, but I'd love to see gaming grow up someday, and no, pretentious indie pseudo-games aren't really a step in the right direction. But as long as we have developers of limited artistic maturity, like David Gaider, heading up game development, then we can't expect much from games as an "art form" any time soon.
 
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News Comments > David Gaider Joins Beamdog
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 10, 2016, 02:05 Scottish Martial Arts
 
A win, I suppose, for those who like adolescent power fantasies that amazingly still have pretensions of being socially relevant, continually recycled plot structures, and characters that ALWAYS have some sort of traumatic history which the PC has to play therapist for. It still blows my mind that people think this hack has something to contribute to game writing except for keeping it at its current bottom-of-the-barrel standard.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 31, 2016, 00:23 Scottish Martial Arts
 
4D-Boxing wrote on Jan 30, 2016, 21:39:

I thought that education fell under state jurisdiction like health or is that a Canadian thing?


Education is one of the most highly localized functions of government within the US. While there are state-level education departments and a federal department of education, most curricular, administrative, and budgetary decisions are made at level of local school districts. Some school districts, like the Los Angeles Unified School District, are gigantic, but most comprise only a handful of schools for a given town or city. Further, the majority of a school district's funding comes from local property taxes. In other words, rich neighborhoods get richly funded schools, and poor neighborhoods get poorly funded schools. As you can probably imagine by this point, the quality of public education runs the gamut from 3rd-world conditions to competitive with the likes of Finland, with most somewhere in the middle range of mediocrity.

The federal department of education doesn't directly control local school districts or state departments of education, but they do have money to distribute, and they can use the promise of that money to influence state and local education policies. In other words, it's something along the lines of "here's x dollars which you can use to hire y qualified computer science teachers who will teach courses based upon z curriculum we've developed."
 
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News Comments > PC Rise of the Tomb Raider Rises
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 28, 2016, 15:54 Scottish Martial Arts
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jan 28, 2016, 12:29:
"including 4k resolution"

Which every single game made in the last 10 years supports, so long as it lets the driver tell the game what resolutions your system (videocard and monitor) support. How is this a feature?


"advanced graphics"

Relative to what? A console? I bet it looks the exact same as those shitty, 5-years-behind, 2005-Dell-laptop-emulators, since it was made for fucking consoles...


"Pure Hair technology"

Oh jesus fucking christ. Excuse me while I go stab a baby.

I don't know if you've been living under a rock for the past 4 years or so but the gaming industry has kind of moved on from its brief infatuation with living room consoles as the only platform of relevance. If you can't find enough worthwhile games to play on the PC because some AAA releases are still console first, then you clearly need to find more uses for your time. Seriously bro, your comment is straight out of 2007 when consoles really were stealing the PC's thunder. In 2016 though, the problem is too many worthwhile games to play on the PC, not too few.

And as far as graphical advancements being "held back" by the consoles, we've hit the limit of where we're reasonably going to go. Diminishing returns have fully set in, and marginal improvements in graphical fidelity require huge budget increases. Have you not noticed how long the credits run for AAA releases? Game budgets for AAA games are already GIGANTIC. More powerful hardware implies the CAPABILITY for better graphics, but not the REALITY of it. To actually make better graphics, you need more artists, more animators, and more programmers, and these people all cost money to employ. Better hardware doesn't conjure more photorealism out of the ether: it merely gives those artists, animators, and programmers a larger performance budget to work with. Their time to make use of that performance budget, however, does not particularly change, which means that better graphics means a more expensive development process.

AAA game budgets aren't going to get any bigger (how much bigger could they conceivably get?) unless the market for AAA games gets larger. But that would mean making conscious efforts to expand the appeal of AAA games beyond the teens through mid-30s male demographic, but we all know how it goes if someone dares to suggest that maybe gaming should be less of an adolescent male power fantasy club.
 
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