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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 > 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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 17, 2016, 22:48 Scottish Martial Arts
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 17, 2016, 21:53:
nin wrote on Dec 17, 2016, 14:34:
Rogue One was really good!


You also liked TFA so you'll forgive me if I wait for word from one of the TFA naysayers.

I quite enjoyed TFA but thought Rogue One was kind of mediocre. It's entertaining, particularly in its second half, but the characters are completely flat, and the plotting and pacing of the first hour is an utter mess. It's still worth a watch, and the grittier tone makes for an interesting take on Star Wars, but this is a movie that could have been much, much better than it was.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 17, 2016, 15:48 Scottish Martial Arts
 
64 degrees and sunny here in LA. I might need to put on a sweatshirt when I go out later.

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 16, 2016, 18:12 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Well despite the strafing, the Brits got nearly their entire expeditionary force and a portion of the French 1st Army out of there, principally because every seaworthy boat in the UK showed up to get them ("England's fathers sailing out to rescue England's sons."), not to mention the feats of the RAF's Fighter Command. If you were to pick a single most dramatic and heroic moment in the history of WWII, you would be hard pressed to pick something better than Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. After all, had the Brits failed in the evacuation from Dunkirk, it's very likely they, like the French, would have been forced to surrender in short order.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 14, 2016, 20:14 Scottish Martial Arts
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 14, 2016, 20:00:
Question: Without looking it up, which movie beat Saving Private Ryan to win the best movie Oscar that year? Having trouble? Just goes to show that the academy is not skilled at picking the greatest movie from the bunch. People still watch and refer to SPR. It's shown on TV many times a year, often unedited. It graces every top 10 war movies list. Watching it is used as punishment for people who vandalize national monuments.

That other movie? Largely forgotten.

Pretty sure it was Shakespeare in Love, although that might be 1997. Between the two, I prefer Saving Private Ryan obviously, but I would also argue that Saving Private Ryan was massively overrated. Even within the category of "war movies released in 1998", The Thin Red Line was a much thematically richer, better made film. Saving Private Ryan is on best war movie lists primarily because of the first 25 minutes; the rest of the film is very good, but as far as truly great war movies go, it's definitely not Paths of Glory. In my opinion, of course.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 14, 2016, 19:04 Scottish Martial Arts
 
NewMaxx wrote on Dec 14, 2016, 18:27:
If you're willing to consider a conspiracy of that magnitude to get Trump elected then I fail to see how you can ignore Hillary's security mis-steps, Pizzagate, or any other "ridiculous" theory.

There's a distinction between "a conspiracy of that magnitude to get Trump elected" and a foreign intelligence operation in the midst of an election. To be clear, I do not think Trump's election was illegitimate. He was elected because just enough people in just enough states voted for him, not because of an Illuminati Grand Conspiracy. However, Trump being legitimately elected does not preclude a foreign intelligence operation to disrupt the election.

Likewise, there is a distinction between the fantastical on the one hand, and a probable assessment inferred from known facts on the other. The former is contradictory, the latter is fallible but reasonable: the conclusion could be wrong, but there is good reason to think it isn't. Pizzagate supposes a child sex ring operated out of the basement of a building which has no basement. In contrast, the reports of Russian intelligence operations to penetrate the DNC and RNC depend upon a chain of evidence, some of which is publicly known and some of which isn't, analyzed by intelligence professionals. It is entirely possible that the CIA and FBI are wrong in their assessment, and likewise it is entirely possible the factual claims made in the previously mentioned NYT article are incorrect. However, if we suppose that the CIA/FBI/etc. are basically competent, and if we suppose that the who/what/where/when factual claims presented in the NYT reporting is basically correct, then we are left with a reasonable argument that the Russians are very likely responsible for the hacking of the DNC and RNC.

It is entirely fair to reject an inference with a probability of 0; it is absurd to reject an inference solely because its probability is less than 1.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 14, 2016, 18:14 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Rigs wrote on Dec 14, 2016, 17:40:
Anyway, you guys know every movie doesn't have to be Oscar-worthy 'Saving Private Ryan' life-changing shit, right?

No, but there's a difference between a popcorn flick with a soul and a popcorn flick that is soulless. The Force Awakens was certainly the former, Rogue One may be the latter if many of the reviews are to be believed.

And I'm pretty sure Saving Private Ryan only won Oscars for sound and special effects. edit: Looks like it got Director and Cinematography too.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
16. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 14, 2016, 18:06 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Squirmer wrote on Dec 14, 2016, 17:35:
"Act of war"? Put away the nukes. The US government has spied on everyone, it has intervened in so many other countries' elections, it has militarily intervened in so many countries and caused the deaths of countless people. But we're supposed to be outraged by one Russian hack of a political party that had no provable impact?

This is all just distraction stoked by a febrile media and a political party that can't accept it lost. And what's more it's dangerous distraction.

Fair enough on US spying. However, to your second point, while an impact probably cannot be proved, it can certainly be reasonably inferred. Likewise, this is not a distraction and it's not a matter of refusing to accept a loss. Trump is our President for the next 4 years, barring impeachment. He won narrowly, but he won. The question is: what kind of President is he going to be? Is he going to be a President who rejects intelligence out of hand that doesn't flatter his ego? Is he going to be a President who isn't transparent about his financial/business interests and how they entangle with potentially hostile foreign powers? Is his Republican Congressional majority potentially blackmail-able by Russian intelligence (the CIA and FBI maintain that the RNC was penetrated by Russian intelligence too: what kompromat, if any, were they able to glean from those hacks?) Hopefully there's nothing to these concerns, but we won't know unless the Russian intrusions are thoroughly investigated. Perhaps you're satisfied with Trump dismissing this all out of hand, but his business record suggests that those who place their trust in him, and don't insist on up-front accountability, ultimately end up regretting it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 14, 2016, 16:12 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Which reviews are you guys referring to? From fandom or something? The general impression from the professional critics, e.g. A.O. Scott, etc., is that this is a serviceable piece of entertainment, but lacks any particular reason to recommend it as a film or even to exist aside from printing money for Disney and maintaining popular culture mindshare until Episode 8. The plotting is reportedly contrived, the characters thin, the performances remarkably weak given the otherwise superb cast members, and the pacing is off until the final act.

edit: To be clear, some critics genuinely seem to have enjoyed it, but most seem pretty lukewarm. Some of the reviews which rottentomatoes is scoring as positive, for example, give a much more mixed impression once you actually read the review.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 14, 2016, 16:07 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I used to hang out on a forum that had a pretty sizeable Russian population, and it was fascinating watching a subset of that population go all in on Putinism over time. Some of the Russian posters maintained a healthy skepticism of their government, were horrified at the assassination of journalists, saw their government's interventions in the "near abroad" as an attempt to distract from economic stagnation and oligarchic cronyism, etc., but others swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. As Timmeh, and others like him, show, that process seems to be happening much faster with the American right-wing and Trumpism. I'd argue with him, but what would be the point? In his world, there are no verifiable facts, reasonable inference is impossible, anything reported in the media is de facto false, and all information is suspect except for the party line of the glorious leader. Why discuss the specific malware that was used in penetrating the DNC and how it was also used in Ukraine and against NATO (gee which foreign actor has this constellation of interests?), or that the hours of illicit network activity overlap exactly with working hours in the Moscow timezone, or that the supposed Romanian leaker Guccifer 2.0 appears to have used an online translator to conduct conversations with the press in "Romanian", or that the phishing link pointed to a server which is known to be used to Russian advanced persistent threats, etc? All of that was reported in the "media" so therefore it cannot have any basis in reality, and therefore the truth of Trump saying it wasn't the Russians is self-evident.

 
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