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News Comments > Out of the Blue
52. Re: On Sale Mar 26, 2017, 13:03 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 12:41:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 09:11:
Quboid wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 01:26:
That review has a decent argument for Starship Troopers not being quite as bad as I'd remembered.
Uh yeah, I'd have to read that before I'd believe it. Starship Troopers was a horrid movie. And as you mentioned, has very little to do with the book it was named after.

It's a fantastic satire on Fascism. It also happens to be an amazing action movie.

Ok, you've made up for your loose Adam Sandler defense from yesterday!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Re: On Sale Mar 26, 2017, 09:49 Beamer
 
I'll never get how being respectful of other people offends ones morality. I blame poor interpretation of white people mythology.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 26, 2017, 01:51 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 22:52:
Say what you will, but the Ridiculous Six was awesome. Or at least that's what my kids told me.

You just became the first person on my block list!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
39. Re: Endless Space 2 Announced Mar 26, 2017, 01:49 Beamer
 
Asmodai wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 00:35:
Beamer wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 19:40:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 18:54:
"Gender-neutral pronoun." That would be entirely appropriate to apply to gender-neutral outer-space aliens lived on earth. However, the entire human race has gender; and has always had gender since the beginning. People cannot say I am "X" when they are biological "Y."

You should consider reading up a bit before chiming in, as you don't appear to know what gender is.

Actually, he's correct.

There is biological sex.

There is gender.

And then there is gender identity.

The first two are related to biology, the first being an absolute definition, the second being a social construct to encompass the biological reality and the third is a subjective, personal definition.

I am quite content with people to identify with whatever they want, but to claim their gender is not explicitly related to their sex is incorrect. I am even quite happy to use whatever pronouns a person requests in person if I mistakenly misgender them. But I'm not going to jump through hoops guessing or restricting myself to a single universal pronoun in the hopes of not offending the less than 1%.

Beamer wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 20:26:
You're making it a thing. For a guy that preaches so much, you're weirdly unwilling to make a minor change in your own behavior to make others much, much more comfortable.

Lol, "comfortable"... How far out of our way should we go to make every person on the planet comfortable? Do we allow for NAMBLA members to be "comfortable" just because they have a different subjective perspective to us?

Not that I'm inferring that people who identify as anything other than the bog standard genders are doing anything wrong, they certainly are not. But once you start down the rabbit hole of catering to every individual whim, you incidentally justify every subjective whim, even the ones we would deem illegal...

Categorisation of people in to groups is a way for our minds to deal with the infinite variety of humanity on a more reasonable basis. With 7+ billion humans, we can instantly cut the list to "male/female" with a tiny % of a % being biologically "other". Hence why the classic gendered pronouns exist.

And side note, what a privileged world we live in that we can sit around and argue the intricacies of providing emotional comfort for a statistically insignificant part of our society by manufacturing ways to address them without causing offense. At any other time in human history (and let's face it, for the majority of the current world population right now), this is an absurdly decadent luxury.

Bitterbug wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 21:46:
XX, XY, XXY, XXX, XXXX, XXXY, etc and so on. Our genes and chromosomes do all kinds of neat things you can't wrap your head around, apparently.

Actually, those are abnormalities, genetic mutations. They generally result in physiological and mental issues and have not bred to a number significant enough to represent a divergent evolution of humankind. Survival of the fittest will sometimes accept the freak specimen over the regular, but this has not happened in this case.

Incidentally, I find the flippant use of the words "neat things" to be vaguely offensive, as if it's good to have broken genetics, but don't worry about it, I'm no snowflake.

If this seems grossly insensitive to the individuals afflicted with genuine chromosomal disorders, it is. Science doesn't care for your feelings when you're falling to your death due to gravity, and it doesn't give a shit how legitimate you feel about your extra chromosomes..

You just compared being born differently, in a way that harms no one other than asking them to use a different pronoun, to wanting to have sex with 8 year old boys, and therefore nothing you ever say, about any topic, is worth listening to. You aren't terribly good at critically thinking.

As Schwarzenegger said yesterday, the people you are demeaning are likely infinitely better, and more valuable, humans than yourself, but keep thinking you're more worthwhile than them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: On Sale Mar 26, 2017, 01:48 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 21:55:
Squirmer wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 20:46:
It's actually really liberating if you stop trying to jam all human beings into rigid categories. Everyone is just trying to live their lives as well as they can. Treat them as individuals, allow them to identify how want to, and let go of the desire to stick one of two labels on them.

Reading an excellent book or going on vacation to an exotic location is liberating. Deciding on a whim to reclassify gender is not. All it does is creates confusion for others. People are free to do it all day long in the comfort of their home and among friends. When it is forced upon me to play along with it, that's when it becomes an issue.

I can share my beliefs with others, but I would never force anyone to believe them. Conversely, gender fluidity is slowly becoming a forced tolerance when it should not be.

Your book of myths is leading you astray. Respect that everyone goes through life differently, and stop fighting it because it isn't exactly what you've experienced.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: On Sale Mar 25, 2017, 20:26 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 19:53:
Beamer wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 19:40:
You should consider reading up a bit before chiming in, as you don't appear to know what gender is.

I'm not in the dark. I know what "gender fluidity" and "gender neutral pronouns" are. I chose not to waste my time on it. There are only two genders: male and female and the vast majority of humans are one or the order.

Why is this even "a thing?"

You're making it a thing. For a guy that preaches so much, you're weirdly unwilling to make a minor change in your own behavior to make others much, much more comfortable.

You also directly contradict yourself by stating "there are only two genders" then following it, in the exact same sentence, with "male and female and the vast majority of humans are one or the other." If there are only two genders, yet only the vast majority is one or the other, what is the vast minority?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: On Sale Mar 25, 2017, 19:40 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 18:54:
"Gender-neutral pronoun." That would be entirely appropriate to apply to gender-neutral outer-space aliens lived on earth. However, the entire human race has gender; and has always had gender since the beginning. People cannot say I am "X" when they are biological "Y."

You should consider reading up a bit before chiming in, as you don't appear to know what gender is.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 25, 2017, 11:46 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 11:19:
LittleMe wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 22:23:
snipped for Sanity
Whatever you're taking, double the dose.


It's pretty insane, but at least it isn't pizzagate or sandy hook trothing, I think.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 23, 2017, 11:37 Beamer
 
William Rubin wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 10:45:
Archer to end after 10 seasons.

A previously perfect show, but I'm ok with this. It hasn't gotten bad, but it's no longer incredible. I considered it one of the best comedy shows of all time, and right now Rick and Morty is stealing its thunder.

I just hope Reed brings Jon Benjamin to his next show (and casts him as something other than a lazy slub. Everything he's always done has been a lazy slub, and he's been one of the best voice actors as that lazy slub, but Archer is head and shoulders better than his other performances.)

 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
73. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 23, 2017, 11:34 Beamer
 
It's impossible to stop what Google knows. You can block everything on your end, but you can't block things on their end. They can still put together who you are extremely easily.

These days, nearly everyone can. Instagram drives me insane with this. I don't connect it to any other apps, and I use a throwaway email for it, yet it still keeps suggesting HS people it can only be finding via Facebook. I didn't connect to my Facebook. I didn't use the same email. If it can still find it, whatever go for it, but what drives me nuts is it lies and says it's suggesting them based on what I've liked, but I keep my Instagram walled to a small group of individuals, none of whom know anyone I went to HS with.

These days, there is no privacy. None. You can lock your system down as much as you want, but other people don't have theirs locked down, and so much of the tracking is done on a server level. Hell, at this point we're nearing where Google and Microsoft can identify us as individuals based on our typing and mousing techniques.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 23, 2017, 00:16 Beamer
 
fishingtime wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 18:55:
meetings are a waste of everyone's time. if it takes you that long to get an idea across, you are the problem.

Beamer wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 15:54:
If you're one person working on one person things, or something that's digestible parts, like many software consultants, sure, you can work remotely.

When you're in marketing, your days are probably 25%-90% meetings, depending on your level. If you're working from home, you aren't efficient. A few days a month, sure, so you can get away from those meetings, but in marketing you need to work with finance, with sales, with accounting, with strategy, with legal, etc. You cannot do that remotely.

If you're someone that works focused on one small thing, great. If you're someone responsible for, or in the chain responsible for, actually directing the company, it's awful.

Decisions that require multiple departments require a lot of meetings. Meetings to establish what you're trying to figure out, to review data, to convince people to dedicate resources to your cause.

Sorry, decisions take a lot of people and take time. If you're doing a task, no, but if you're running entire brands, yes.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: GOG Galaxy Leaves Beta Mar 23, 2017, 00:14 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 19:37:
That role was easily the peak moment of Chris Tucker's career.

https://youtu.be/bgo0CDL6bd0 is a much more accurate version of the aria.

I don't think I disagree, and I absolutely thought he was the worst part of that movie. Made it almost unwatchable. Still a ton of fun.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 22, 2017, 15:54 Beamer
 
If you're one person working on one person things, or something that's digestible parts, like many software consultants, sure, you can work remotely.

When you're in marketing, your days are probably 25%-90% meetings, depending on your level. If you're working from home, you aren't efficient. A few days a month, sure, so you can get away from those meetings, but in marketing you need to work with finance, with sales, with accounting, with strategy, with legal, etc. You cannot do that remotely.

If you're someone that works focused on one small thing, great. If you're someone responsible for, or in the chain responsible for, actually directing the company, it's awful.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
61. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 22, 2017, 15:52 Beamer
 
There's no way spyware is why more desktops run Windows 7. More likely, no one updates desktop OSs unless they buy a new desktop (or the OS they have is horrifically bad.) Since desktops aren't rapidly aging, people just aren't replacing their hardware and therefore seeing little reason to move to Windows 10.

Anyway, OSs collect data. That's just what 2017 is. As mentioned, your phone does it, your tablet does it. If you sneeze Google and Facebook know. Sometimes it's for marketing purposes, often it's just to see what the hell you do with your device and where issues occur.

Most people don't care. There's no way it's responsible for more than a percentage or two of conversion.
 
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News Comments > Vulkan Multi-GPU Support for Windows
5. Re: Vulkan Multi-GPU Support for Windows Mar 22, 2017, 12:18 Beamer
 
grudgebearer wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 12:03:
Microsoft probably has 250 lawyers working feverishly right now to find a way to crush Vulkan, or neuter it to the point of being useless before any more devs drop DX12 support.


Or, on the other hand, they're on the board of Vulkan.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 21, 2017, 23:04 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 22:51:
Wait what?
When you send an email to a gmail address Google scans it.

Hope nothing nefarious like that happens when I use my Nexus 7.
Whew, I was almost scared there for a minute.

Whoa. That's odd. You mentioned the Nexus 7, and I read it on my Android phone, and now every webpage has an add for the Nexus 7.

What a goofy coincidence!
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
13. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 21, 2017, 14:29 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 13:39:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 13:37:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 13:08:
Beamer wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 12:41:
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 12:33:
Is the Irish slave story fake news? They came over as indentured servants and were essentially slaves during their indentured period. There was also a high death rate among them too.

So you can sugarcoat the fact all you like, but it certainly was no cake walk for them.

Or you could, y'know, click and read the sources.

killer argument follows
Generically speaking, any form of forced labor can be called slavery and this is not for historians to decide, but by the zeitgeist.

Whether the servitude was voluntary and time limit or involuntary and forever, makes no difference. One is worse, but both are slavery.
Or this; Unlike institutionalized chattel slavery, indentured servitude was neither hereditary nor lifelong; unlike black slaves, white indentured servants had legal rights; unlike black slaves, indentured servants weren't considered property.

and that makes indentured servitude not really a problem


Said no one. Ever.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 21, 2017, 12:41 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 12:33:
Is the Irish slave story fake news? They came over as indentured servants and were essentially slaves during their indentured period. There was also a high death rate among them too.

So you can sugarcoat the fact all you like, but it certainly was no cake walk for them.

Or you could, y'know, click and read the sources.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 21, 2017, 10:09 Beamer
 
There's been a huge war between some of these airlines and the American airlines. Delta and United have been threatening to sue Emirates over the new Newark to Athens leg it just opened last week. It's been a huge, huge deal, and the airlines have met with Trump over it several times.

Given that this makes no sense, people are speculating this is punishment for the airlines from these countries starting price wars on some of the profitable legs for the domestic airlines. A shame, I actually booked that Emirates flight. I've flown Emirates, and it's an infinitely nicer experience than the domestics, and was cheaper.
 
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News Comments > etc.
40. Re: etc. Mar 21, 2017, 01:28 Beamer
 
They worked for a dev that was outsourced to. If you know anything about development, or common sense, it's obvious she didn't have the final say in anything, and was only marginally involved. But, I mean, GG lacks dev experience and common sense, and all they saw was a woman they could blame, and one that fit their world view that she must have gotten the position due to sex.

You're an incredibly awful human being. Why was I the first to respond? Because everyone else responding to kxmode on similar topics has you on ignore.
 
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