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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 21, 2016, 19:28 Scottish Martial Arts
And here I was thinking that Harriet Tubman was an uncontroversial hero of American history, second only to the likes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Why am I not surprised it would be Cutter/Halsy of all people to draw issue with her displacing an ethnic cleanser who hated paper money on the twenty dollar bill?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 18, 2016, 17:23 Scottish Martial Arts
Cutter wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 12:01:
Marissa Mayer, another useless CEO that's clearly not CEO material. Well that's what you get when you hire style over substance.

Not defending her failed turn around attempt at Yahoo, but I'd hardly call the former head of search at Google, and one of its earliest engineering hires, a style over substance person. Yahoo CEO was a big promotion for her, but not an unrealistic one: going from the head of the core technology division of arguably the most successful tech company, to the CEO of a struggling one isn't exactly cutting the line. I don't know what the precise numbers are, but I wouldn't be surprised if she had more employees under her at Google than at, the much smaller, Yahoo.

She failed; the buck stops with her; but implying she was unqualified -- and just a diversity hire -- is really pushing it.
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 17, 2016, 23:42 Scottish Martial Arts
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 17, 2016, 12:49:
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 17, 2016, 11:50:
Waiting for cut/copy/paste functionality.


Just a reminder that most computer (and smartphone users) only know about and use a very small fraction of the features and functionality available, I guess.
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News Comments > Into the Black
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 15, 2016, 13:18 Scottish Martial Arts
jdreyer wrote on Apr 15, 2016, 03:47:
Also, here's the current top grossing movies with RT scores. Only one "fresh" in the whole bunch. Tells you a lot how much people pay attention to critics:


19% The Boss $23.6M
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $23.4M
98% Zootopia $14.3M
28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $6.5M
51% Hardcore Henry $5.1M
47% Miracles from Heaven $4.7M
11% God's Not Dead 2 $4.1M
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant $3.5M

I generally find my movie tastes are pretty similar to what the critics like, but then the last time I went to see a super hero movie was The Dark Knight, and Star Wars was the first mainstream release I went to see in a long time. My summer movie going experience, for example, consisted of Meru, The Look of Silence, The Third Man, Chinatown, and Blade Runner (there are some really awesome movie theaters in LA if you like indie/classic films). In all likelihood, the only movies on that list the mainstream film goer has heard of are Chinatown and Blade Runner, and they aren't new releases lol.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 15, 2016, 12:20 Scottish Martial Arts
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 15, 2016, 01:31:
If the backup was done via compressed snapshots recovery of that backup is extremely simple and actually so simple you can do it yourself. Considering he got his files back, I assume his backup was a compressed snapshot archive of the hosted server directories on external drives.

What you forgot is that when you backup website stuff, you probably wanna compress that crap (html/xml compresses really well), take a snapshot and put it in clean labeled directories on some external drive and then you don't need to recover more than -1- file, the snapshot of that day, and even if that fails, you go back your sequential order (since new directory puts clear boundaries between data) until you get a recoverable snapshot archive

And maybe he even used a proper compression format that has built in redundancy and set it to a properly high value so even partial recovery would still give him all his data.

Point being, if you backup properly rm -rf is not gonna scare you.

According to that reddit thread he got his data back btw

Glad to hear he got his data back. At least as initially described however, he had his external backup drives mounted locally on the file system over the network (WTF?), and so they were subject to the unintended rm -rf /. Even if there was some other backup in place that he was able to turn to, the guy sounds massively incompetent as a system admin, and I say that as someone who is by no means a Linux sysadmin wizard, but who at least has heard of fucking rsync. (Sorry, I still can't get over mounting your external back system in the local file system.)
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 15, 2016, 00:21 Scottish Martial Arts
dubfanatic wrote on Apr 14, 2016, 19:15:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Apr 14, 2016, 18:34:
Denigrating a brand by associating it with blacks and Latinos isn't racist?

It's appalling, everyone knows minorities use Boost Mobile anyway

ROFL! Okay you made me smile.

The woman may not have explicitly been thinking in racist terms, and probably wasn't, but Sprint's decision to run it was... unwise. When you call something shitty "trailer park" you're making racial (white) associations; when you call something shitty "ghetto", you're also making racial (black) associations. Even if you just mean shitty, and nothing racial, you still probably wouldn't use the term in a job interview or a similar environment. If you wouldn't use a word in a business environment (because of its racial connotations), its probably not a good idea to use it in an advertisement. :-shrug-:
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 14, 2016, 22:02 Scottish Martial Arts
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 14, 2016, 19:13:
Someone who doesn't know that rm -rf does not in fact delete anything should probably not be the guy you go to to host a website.

It's like thinking just hitting DEL on your keyboard makes a file disappear forever.

Huh? In nearly every flavor of Unix/Linux of which I'm aware, rm is pretty permanent. The bits are still on the storage device -- at least until overwritten by file I/O operations -- but any file system reference to them are lost. Recovery would depend upon immediately powering down and disconnecting the storage devices in question, to prevent the bits from being overwritten, and then calling in some very expensive data recovery experts to try to reconstruct files from the raw bit sequences still in the storage device. The likelihood of recovery is very, very low. It would be like cat-ing together a series of compiled object files, removing lines at random, and then trying to reconstruct the original uncompiled source files from the resulting mess: you might get something of the original (most of the data is still there, albeit in unintelligible form), but it sure isn't likely.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 14, 2016, 18:34 Scottish Martial Arts
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 14, 2016, 13:53:

Denigrating a brand by associating it with blacks and Latinos isn't racist?

As Jon Stewart once said, we seem to be really good at teaching people that racism is bad, but we seem to be much less good at teaching people what racism actually is.

(Disclaimer: I'm a T-Mobile customer, and its because the first three words that come in to my mind are "unlimited data plan".)
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Tease
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 13, 2016, 13:55 Scottish Martial Arts
ItBurn wrote on Apr 13, 2016, 11:15:
The story was interesting and the art design was good, but the games are linear, static, simple and have bad shooting. Playing them isn't really pleasant, but maybe it's because I've played more shooters than most.

The first one wasn't especially linear. At least it was a whole lot closer to Ultima Underworld/System Shock/Thief than it was to Call of Duty. I enjoyed the first one, even if the attempts to be deep/meaningful were mostly overwrought. I never played the 2nd, and didn't think Infinite was especially good.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 12, 2016, 12:17 Scottish Martial Arts
I have one, I wear it daily, I get (sometimes very) useful functionality out of it. But it in no way is a must have, and it's hard to envision it ever being one. As wearable computing gets more powerful and more ubiquitous, I highly suspect non-watch form-factors will ultimately deliver the device that changes wearables from an "interesting" or "nice to have" device, to an essential component of modern life like a smart phone.  
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News Comments > Beamdog on Siege of Dragonspear Complaints
82. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 8, 2016, 12:13 Scottish Martial Arts
Julio wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 12:10:
There are plenty of websites that exist if you want to see pics of guys in their boxers.

Nah I'm more interested in how the decline of men translates into the decline of muscle mass and the formation of man tits. I strongly suspect there is a correlation. Care to prove me wrong?
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News Comments > Beamdog on Siege of Dragonspear Complaints
79. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 8, 2016, 11:52 Scottish Martial Arts
Wraith wrote on Apr 8, 2016, 11:31:
It's possible to have female friends, but genuine female friends are women you have a mutual respect with - not women you have a secret yearning to fuck.

So men can only be friends with women if the women in question are ugly/sexually unattractive?

It's shit like this that makes me wish there was a forum rule that if you're going to go on and on about the "decline of men", you need to post up to date, verifiable photo(s) of yourself in your boxers first. If you aren't a virile specimen of male strength and beauty, an image of a man all women are yearning to fuck, then you need to work on the decline of your own flabby ass before concerning yourself with the supposed decline of your gender.

It's what a real man would do.
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News Comments > Beamdog on Siege of Dragonspear Complaints
49. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 7, 2016, 19:06 Scottish Martial Arts
FloorPie wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 18:40:
Hah, people citing the Riker versus ensemenating a husk chick-non chick episode of TNG. Pretty sure that episode was to demonize straights vs gay more than gender binary vs not. Of course, in that TNG episode you could argue they had evolved to non binary genders rather than say, just cutting off body parts.

The episode was definitely written in response to the treatment of gays by mainstream society when the AIDS epidemic was still at its height. But it's also one of those instances where an author's story takes on new dimensions once its out in the wild. While the screenwriter had gays in mind when she wrote the script, the allegory that results is all about gender identity: the outcast is an outcast because she "feels like she is female", because she identifies in a way that her society says she isn't supposed to be able to identify. Sounds like a transgender person to me. So yes, while the episode in question was written in response to the social response to the AIDS epidemic, and the sudden prominence of gays in the public eye that that epidemic brought, the story ends up being just as much about trans people.

I remembered enjoying it as a kid, and enjoyed it even more as an adult, finding its conclusion all the more heartbreaking when seen with adult eyes. I brought it up because it's an example of popular entertainment, that is A) popular, B) entertaining, and C) addresses a contemporary social issue, and does so without somehow wrecking video gamer culture Star Trek.
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News Comments > Beamdog on Siege of Dragonspear Complaints
43. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 7, 2016, 17:58 Scottish Martial Arts
LittleMe wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 16:51:
Bingo. Roll reversal is another way to put it. Puts the outcasts in the role of the ruling intolerant oppressors and a degree of clarity as to the absurdity of it can be seen. Well, that's the objective anyway with regards to that episode of ST:TNG.

Allegory is a very valid and useful form of literature, even if it can be discomforting. Now if its poorly executed or in bad taste, then that is a separate issue.

Yup. Since we are a gendered species, and since for 99.9% of us that gender is binary, we intuitively empathize with and understand the perspective of the eponymous outcast in that episode. Again, through allegory and role reversal, it takes what we intuitively call normal and imagines a world in which our normal is their "perversion". Since we understand female gender, we can see how unjust it is for this alien society to persecute one of its members simply for being female. But to anyone who can read subtext, the alien woman and her situation clearly isn't meant to represent androgynes oppressing gendered men and women, she is supposed to represent our own society's oppression of people who don't cleanly fit into the male/female binary. Since we understand her perspective and her oppression, since we can feel empathy for her, we can then begin to apply that empathy to a group of people whom we perhaps don't understand so well: trans and gay people.

That's the power of good narrative fiction that is unique to narrative fiction, and particularly science-fiction: since the writer isn't bound by what is real or factual, he or she can explore ideas by imagining alternate possibilities, possibilities that take the shape of fictional stories. Thus, the quip about lying to tell the truth: by using our imagination to explore ideas from the real world in the stories we tell and consume, we can arrive at a deeper understanding of those ideas that a "mere" objective/scientific analysis would never bring to light.

edit: About 2400 years ago, a dead white male named Socrates said that "An unexamined life is not worth living." If you think there might be some merit to that idea, then we do ourselves a disservice when all we want from our narrative fiction is escapism; we could be getting deep examinations of our own lives, while being entertained at the same time. Literature, film, television: the good example of those media provide that kind of examination, but sadly video games don't, or do so poorly, or rarely. It sounds like Dragon Spear merely mentioned a social issue to score points, failing miserably in the process, but that failure doesn't mean we shouldn't ask for games that make us think about our lives as humans in our present moment in history.

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News Comments > Beamdog on Siege of Dragonspear Complaints
22. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 7, 2016, 14:33 Scottish Martial Arts
jdreyer wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 14:29:
Was there this kind of outcry when Dragon Age introduced its gay character? Or when Mass Effect allowed same-sex relationships? I don't recall anything this big.

There was, but to a smaller extent, and mostly confined to the angrier, more alt-right corners of the Internet. But that was pre-GamerGate.
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News Comments > Beamdog on Siege of Dragonspear Complaints
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 7, 2016, 13:55 Scottish Martial Arts
Icewind wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 13:35:
I had to laugh, because the Star Trek example you gave actually shows the aggressiveness and insincerity of your typical trans person by having an entire planet of them be so married to their beliefs that they punish those who don't fall in line with them.

typical SJW behavior, really.

You didn't research your example much, didja?

It's called using allegory to flip the script, and you're inability to detect that shows, frankly, a very low level sophistication in your approach to narrative literature. Most people fear and/or hate trans people because they don't understand their experience and make conclusions based upon that lack of understanding. The episode in question asks non-trans people to imagine what life would be like if they were the hated minority, to imagine how they would feel if having a binary gender was the anomaly rather than the norm, and by imagining such a scenario through watching a story, and by examining the thoughts and feelings that story creates in them, perhaps also reexamine how they think about trans and gay people, and how our society treats them.

Would you want to live in such a society as the one portrayed in that episode? A society where binary gender is outlawed? No? Then why do you support a society that tries to outlaw non-binary gender? How is one society any different than the other, except that you were fortunate enough to belong to the majority, non-hated/feared part of the society in which you live? Those are the questions the episode is asking, and if you couldn't detect that question, then, like I said, you bring very little sophistication or thoughtfulness to your consumption of fiction.

This wasn't a lack of research on my part; this is an ability process subtext or detect allegory on yours.

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News Comments > Beamdog on Siege of Dragonspear Complaints
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 7, 2016, 13:05 Scottish Martial Arts
Darks wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 12:17:
Bludd wrote on Apr 7, 2016, 11:56:
Have fun living in your bubble where you can cower and hide from the realities and issues of the day.

Science fiction and fantasy literature have always been about real life issues. It's by putting the story in a setting where the trivialities and rules of the universe can be skipped to focus on telling the story, which have always - in the best sci-fi and fantasy - been about the times and people and the world and all issues therein.

Apparently it's you that's living in a bubble, most common people prefer to not deal or hear about this lame bullshit. It does not have a place in gaming where people are trying to most likely place their political views and cramming them down everyone's throats.

Which would explain why Star Trek was such an unpopular and short lived series: using science fiction as a way to understand ourselves and the present is something no one wants. Oh wait, we're talking about one of the longest lived and most popular institutions of popular culture, one which even had an episode exploring what life is like for transgender people, in 1992!

Good fiction writing is NEVER purely escapist, because otherwise it would mean the writer has nothing on his or her mind which the writing is a response to; if you don't have ideas, then your story doesn't have anything to say. When a story says nothing about our lives in the real world, it isn't good writing. That doesn't mean a story needs to be a response to hot button issues, but it does mean that it could, for example, explore the guilt that comes from an irreversible mistake: immersing yourself in the experience of such a character tells you a LOT about how you live your own life.

If all you want out of literary media is to slay dragons, you're living an impoverished life. Full stop.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 6, 2016, 22:12 Scottish Martial Arts
Upside of a password manager: complex, autogenerated passwords you don't have to remember.

Downside of a password manager: rules out seriously using new browsers which don't support your password manager's plugin.
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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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