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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated]
124. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 25, 2016, 01:19 Scottish Martial Arts
Redmask wrote on Sep 25, 2016, 00:09:
They would rather burn it all to the ground with Trump than see Clinton elected.

The thing that bothers me about this attitude is it shows little imagination for how bad things can get. If you place the last 70 years or so, since the end of World War II, in the broad context of human history, then it becomes immediately clear that we were fortunate enough to live in arguably the greatest golden age humankind has ever experienced. The world has never been more prosperous, more peaceful, or more free, for more people, than it has in the latter half of the 20th century and the first few decades of the 21st. That's not to say things are perfect -- far from it -- but that most humans have endured lives far more brutal, far more violent, far poorer, and far shorter with far more loss. The last time humans came close to enjoying what we have, it was the second century AD at the height of the Roman Empire.

But Rome fell.

Our civilization is robust, but it's not impervious. A truly catastrophic leader can deal irreparable damage to a society, that perhaps doesn't destroy things overnight (although in the age of nuclear weapons don't rule it out), but nevertheless precipitates a long, irrecoverable decline and fall. This has happened over and over again throughout world history. For Rome, see Commodus. For Ancient Athens, see Alcibiades and the Sicilian expedition. For a hypothetical, read Plato's discussion in the Republic of how democracies devolve into tyrannies, and his description of the tyrannical man, and tell me that when you look at Trump you don't see that same passion-enslaved man -- always desirous of praise and popularity -- a man unable to control his desires or even himself.

This isn't to say our society doesn't have major problems and inequities that aren't being addressed by our national politics. No one is wrong to organize and press for change. But that doesn't mean we can be foolish when it comes time to select our president. We cannot claim a lack of historical imagination and perspective as an excuse for burning down a system that has given us the one of the great (if not the greatest) golden ages ever lived by humans. Things could be far better, but they could also be much much much worse, and the odds for rolling the dice on Trump should give any thinking person pause.
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News Comments > Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated]
106. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 24, 2016, 20:02 Scottish Martial Arts
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 24, 2016, 17:22:

The hilarious/sad thing is that's just the last seven days, and only the blatant/major lies. The man is a blackhole of insecurity requiring a steady stream of bluster and bullshit to fill it. Most of us figure out that character matters far more than juvenile dominance displays by about the time we graduate from high school. Why would we give drone strike authority to someone who emotionally and socially never left the high school locker room?
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided System Rift DLC
9. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided System Rift DLC Sep 24, 2016, 01:35 Scottish Martial Arts
I'm not very far into it, but it doesn't feel like cut content: it feels like a lengthy self-contained mission that relates to but does not depend upon the main game. It's still set in Prague, and there's no references so far to the ending of the main game, so it could have been integrated, but then there's nothing leaping out at me so far that says "cut out to be sold as DLC" either. Basically if you want a small new section of city to explore, coupled with what appears to be a massive infiltration mission, then it's probably worth getting.  
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News Comments > Civilization VI Specifications
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 23, 2016, 23:44 Scottish Martial Arts
GinRummy wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 22:36:
Has the actual Sid Meier been within a hundred miles of the development of any of the last several Civ games? He probably has about as much to due with programming these any more as Tom Clancy or John Madden did with theirs.

The only Civilization game where Sid Meier had a direct, hand-on role was the first one.
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News Comments > Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated]
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 23, 2016, 21:56 Scottish Martial Arts
I just can't wait for this fucking election to finally be over.

Oh, and probably not ever getting an Oculus now.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 23, 2016, 21:27 Scottish Martial Arts
Prez wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 20:22:

Also, what are "MRA's"?

Men's Rights Activists: individuals who believe and organize around the principle that the most oppressed and disadvantaged demographic group in contemporary society is straight white males.
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided System Rift DLC
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 23, 2016, 13:42 Scottish Martial Arts
wtf_man wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 12:56:
From what I read on other sites... it's a Headquarters... not the bank. Totally separate building in old Pargue.

Yeah the "Palisade Blade" is the slanty thing visible in part of the Prague skybox, which you don't visit in the main game.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 22, 2016, 13:48 Scottish Martial Arts
ItBurn wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 13:19:

Why are you even on this site if you're not a PC gamer?

Presumably because you can enjoy PC games while simultaneously thinking many self-identified "PC gamers" live in an echo chamber of their own making. I don't own a gaming console, and haven't since the N64/PS1 days, but Pachter definitely described PC gamer "culture" to a T.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 22, 2016, 13:26 Scottish Martial Arts
Task wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 12:48:
Additionally the 'official' polling also does not include millennials for some dumb reason,

This is where I stopped and said "WTF". If you think there is such a thing as an "official" poll -- and that these are explicitly excluding a major demographic group -- as opposed to a myriad of polls conducted by a variety of organizations for any number of purposes, then you clearly are existing in another reality and can safely be ignored.

And the polling data that makes the news A) includes millenials, and B) shows that millenials are preferring third party candidates in much larger numbers than other demographic groups. Hell, there's been a lot of ink spilled in recent weeks about how millenials are the part of the Obama coalition that is missing from Clinton's base and which are most likely to be the determining factor if she loses. So what exactly is your complaint here other than that "the media" isn't pulling numbers out of its ass that are even more amenable to your argument, such as it is?
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News Comments > Blizzard Dropping Name
28. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 22, 2016, 11:49 Scottish Martial Arts
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 09:19:
Not quite sure what you are complaining about. People are criticizing Blizzard for making a meaningless, cosmetic change and treating it like a big press event. I don't think anyone thought the service was going away.

As someone said, this is mostly the CEO thinking he is doing something productive -- and even though he isn't I'm sure he will get credit for being productive garnering a bonus worth many millions...

Except it's not a big press event: it's a blog post that apparently people are reading too quickly and then getting upset about for little reason. I'm annoyed because people can't be bothered to read an (admittedly easy to misinterpret) blog post and just want to post knee-jerk reactions about how fucking terrible everything (nothing) is.

TYPICAL COMMENTS SECTION POSTER: "OMG Blizzard Tech is such a terrible fucking name. What assholes! I bet some greedy CEO is behind this!1!"

The problem is that has NOT been renamed as Blizzard tech. Instead, the technologies that compose their online backend are losing their discrete branding, and will instead just be referred to as Blizzard technologies, if they'll be referred to at all. This isn't renaming, this is unnaming.

Don't like "Blizzard tech"? Great! You'll probably never hear it except as an off-hand reference deep in an interview about backend technical improvements for a new game/major patch!

And to which CEO do you refer? I think it's fascinating that no one seems to say "Mike Morhaime", and instead references a more generic figure. Better, I suppose, to have someone faceless and only loosely identified when making absurd claims about bonus padding, or corruption by Activision, or [insert idiotic gamer complaint here]. Anyone that thinks a CEO of a company Blizzard's size did anything but sign off on it after scanning through an email on retiring branding doesn't have a clue how enterprise-scale businesses operate.
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News Comments > Blizzard Dropping Name
16. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 21, 2016, 23:17 Scottish Martial Arts
I know most folks on Bluesnews can't be bothered to click a link before commenting, but can they at least be bothered to read the article blurb before commenting? technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We’ll just be referring to it as Blizzard tech instead.


Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology.

Note that they refer to " technology" and how it will now be referred to as "Blizzard tech", i.e. their backend tech stack will no longer have its own branding. They're dropping the discrete branding for their backend tech stack, not rebranding as something else. If the backend tech stack needs to be referred to, it'll be referred to as "Blizzard tech", but not as part of an orchestrated branding effort for what in 2016 is just a standard part of an online game.

Reading is hard, I guess.

As for me, I'm sad to see the branding go -- I still remember getting my Diablo 1 box with the "Play Online with!" sticker in the corner -- but Blizzard is right: isn't a product differentiator like it was in 1996, it's just an expected part of a modern video game and doesn't need its own marketing push.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 17:28 Scottish Martial Arts
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 16:05:
Ah, the border of the Village. I live in the West Village, and can give you a billion restaurant recommendations. The gentrification of the Village is real, but the place is still great with so many wonderful places around. You'll love it.

Nice! I may take you up on the restaurant recommendations at some point. I'm hoping to live within walking distance of work, so my apartment hunting will be concentrated in the West Village and Chelsea. The job doesn't start until March though, so I haven't gotten too serious about finding a place yet.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 15:53 Scottish Martial Arts
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:28:
Actually, someone just shared a tweet on my FB feed:

New York Fears Ranked:

1) pushed into subway tracks

2) Seamless outage

3) Have to go to Times Square

4) Favorite dive bar gentrified

1,563) ISIS

I'd also add in "no Ubers available" and "Uber Surge above 1.9x" to the top 10.

Heh, that's awesome.

And it sounds like we'll be living in the same neighborhood: I recently accepted a job located about 10 blocks south of where the bombing occurred.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 15:49 Scottish Martial Arts
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 11:43:
Cutter wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 10:51:
You know, it's funny. Whenever I'm downtown I see the people lined up for the food bank they're all smoking. So they can afford $15 for a pack a day but not food? Yeah. Ok.

Well, you're right in a sense, but it's also hard as hell to quit smoking once you start. The more poor and less educated somebody is, the higher the chance (it seems at least) that they will smoke. A vicious little loop, of addiction, further poverty and weakened health, and lack of education. Obviously if nobody used tobacco products at all(dip is also a huge problem), humanity would be much better off, but it's not really reasonable to expect that or even feasible anytime soon.

The other two pieces of it are A) poverty is a continual cognitive drain that reduces your mental resources when making decisions, such as the decision to quit smoking and follow through on it, and B) poverty means constantly and continually having to tell yourself "no, I can't have it" with all the major things in life (like a car, a home, furthering your education, etc.) so at some point you have to say "yes" to some small things, like a cigarette or a hamburger at McDonald's.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 14:32 Scottish Martial Arts
Timmeh wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:26:
The guy spent 4 months to engineer a clone nand unit in order to do brute force hacking...

If you don't think that level of work is worth a million bucks...


Not the FBI's or someone else who values their genius and hard work.

Yeah. I mean it should go without saying that the FBI (like the military, like the government in general) gets ripped off by contractors regularly, but time and expertise are certainly not free commodities.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2016, 13:33 Scottish Martial Arts
Meh, perfectly happy with my Saitek Combat Rudder Pedals which I got 4 years or so ago. I also quite liked the AV8R joystick before I upgraded to Thrustmaster's Warthog HOTAS. Although in fairness, I think both are no longer being manufactured.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
20. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 12, 2016, 00:52 Scottish Martial Arts
Squirmer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 00:05:
Sounds pretty unambitious for a DX game. They usually have you deciding the fate of the world.

To a certain extent, you are. This game has a smaller scope than other Deus Ex games, if for no other reason than that 95% of it takes place entirely in one city. That said, without wanting to give away anything, the main character is immediately suspicious that the train station bombing is a false flag attack meant to force the passage of far reaching legislation at a newly empowered UN. You can probably guess what that means. At any rate, the game does a pretty good job of illustrating the global stakes involved, the actors involved behind the scenes, and how this game ties into both Human Revolution and Deus Ex 1, even if the plot revolves around investigating a single terrorist attack.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 11, 2016, 15:29 Scottish Martial Arts
nin wrote on Sep 11, 2016, 14:59:
I shall not remain silent this day, no more

Congrats - you're asshole of the day!

Asshole is giving him too much credit. I'd go with pathetic cretin myself.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 11, 2016, 14:06 Scottish Martial Arts
Meh, to be honest I preferred the ending to this one over the ending to Human Revolution. Fallout-style recaps of your choices go a long way with me, much more so than rambling monologues over stock footage, neither of which having anything to do with the events of the game. The "to be continued" nature of the Mankind Divided ending is kind of disappointing though.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
26. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 8, 2016, 14:39 Scottish Martial Arts
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 14:35:
They look kinda ridiculous too. Makes the person using them look like a cyborg or something.

Yeah, we finally seem to have shamed people into losing the Bluetooth headsets, and now Apple wants to bring them back in an arguably stupider form.
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