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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
39. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 5, 2017, 09:44 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 5, 2017, 07:46:
Rilcon wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 17:19:
1. Why do people now trust the likes of the CIA or NSA?

2. Who even cares who "hacked" (very strong word for falling for a phishing attack...) the emails? It wasn't the russians writing those things, and the writers aren't disputing their veracity. If someone hacked your SO's phone and only showed you proof they were fooling with somone else, who would you be mad at?

Finally some common sense in the thread, without resorting to conjecture or blaming the "other" party. Seriously, Trump may turn out to be the worst president in the history of the United States, but organizations like the CIA airing their OWN DIRTY LAUNDRY in public should be raising some eyebrows, they have their own fucking agenda, which is why this information is public. A real intelligence agency that actually cares about its nation's security would never make something as sensitive as this public.


My basic views:

1) There was absolutely nothing scandalous in the DNC hacks. It feels like everything that came out was either common sense or completely made up in the minds of morons (see: pizzagate)

2) The GOP was almost definitely also hacked

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

4) The whole Russia thing is annoying primarily because we've had multiple sources say "we're confident Russia did it" and other people go "NANANANANANANA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" with absolutely no evidence against it. The best evidence is consistently someone politically connected to Russia going "of course they didn't do it!" This doesn't I think Russia deserves retaliation or war, or even that I'm convinced they did it, but it's so weird to see the CIA, the NSA, and security experts outside the government go "this was Russia" and people respond "well, Julian Assange has never lied to us, and I don't know how he would know with complete confidence but I trust him endlessly!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
33. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 4, 2017, 20:27 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 20:10:
Beamer wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 19:32:
Rilcon wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 19:11:
Can you source to where wikileaks made those claims? I believe there's a difference between them publishing an email as-is and a third party like Alex Jones taking it well out of context and warping it into absurdity.

Twitter
OMFG ROFLCOPTR

Still their official communication
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
31. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 4, 2017, 19:32 Beamer
 
Rilcon wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 19:11:
Can you source to where wikileaks made those claims? I believe there's a difference between them publishing an email as-is and a third party like Alex Jones taking it well out of context and warping it into absurdity.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
28. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 4, 2017, 18:52 Beamer
 
If you believe WikiLeaks has never lied to you, ever. Not about the contents about the leaks, but anything around them.

If you believe Julian Assange doesn't have extremely pointed political motives.

If you believe he isn't extremely selective in what he chooses to release.

And if you believe that he knows the source of the hacking with 100% certainty...


Then I have no use talking to you. WikiLeaks has claimed Podesta took part in Satanic rituals. It claimed Clinton killed Seth Rich. It claimed Clinton wears earpieces. It made baseless claims about her health. It has had an axe to grind against her, and it's spread misinformation and lies.

But, if you want to believe it's never, ever led you astray, well, wow. Just wow. I love the people that feel they're the only ones smart enough to see that one side is awful and the other side is an angel.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
25. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 4, 2017, 17:37 Beamer
 
I don't particularly trust our intelligence agencies. The CIA has basically spent the last 80 years making everything worse, mostly for oil.

At the same time, numerous agencies have come together on this. I see no reason for them to be lying. And I see no evidence that they're wrong. Trump says they're wrong, because he doesn't want them to be. Assange says they're wrong, because he doesn't want them to be. Russia says they're wrong, because of course they do. And a bunch of people from The_Donald say they're wrong, because they believe anything Trump says.

In other words, we can believe the CIA, who doesn't seem to have any particularly strong motive here, or we can believe Trump, Assange, and Russia.

I'm leaning towards the CIA and NSA.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
22. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 4, 2017, 17:14 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 16:46:
descender wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 16:31:
Please, keep explaining to us how a GOP-led administration faked the precedent for the Iraq war... it's really driving home your point that the GOP isn't the party that starts wars. Rolleyes Jesus christ, you are dense.

There is nothing wrong with the intelligence community. There is something wrong with people who ignore or willfully misinterpret that intelligence (like Trump is doing) and say/do whatever they want instead.

So you've gone so far down the idiot rabbit hole that you actually believe that the CIA/FBI/NSA are doing Hillary's bidding... even though at least 2 of them are headed by republicans... but they couldn't even get her elected? The same FBI that derailed Hillary's campaign over the stupid emails just told you that Russia did actually hack the DNC and RNC... but now they are in Hillary's pocket too? Boy, that is some extremely ineffective effectiveness. It almost bears disbelief!


This was a good time. Do you have any more right-wing conspiracy nut stories that you'd like to know are verifiable bullshit? I could do this all day.

I only believe CIA/FBI/NSA intelligence when it supports my "feelings"

because feelings are what mater most

"The US intelligence agency, as an entire entity, consisting of several different organizations, lies. The MSM does, too. So I'll believe one guy and Russia Today."
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
12. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 4, 2017, 16:15 Beamer
 
I feel as if the only people still talking about Hillary are extreme right wing people, most of whom also spend their time wondering aloud why no one can stop talking about Hillary.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 4, 2017, 14:46 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 14:19:
What the fuck are people paying $40 for then??

My guess is the $40 is for a powered OTA antennae, because that is how much they actually cost? Not sure where you got your $20 from. Most people don't live close enough to major cities to use an unpowered antenna.

No, he's right. This thing only has USB in. In order to actually connect an OTA antenna, you need a standard cable line-in. The dongle takes that and converts it to the USB.

What you get, for that $40, is the convenience of having 1 remote control everything, not needing to change inputs on your TV, and having the Dish on-screen guide show you the local channels and be capable of tuning to them.

Maybe worth $40 to some, maybe not.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 4, 2017, 14:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 13:54:
Clearly the solution is to put five more minutes of unskippable "PIRACY IS NOT A VICTIMLESS CRIME!" bullshit whines on officially bought DVDs.

In fact, let's put such a notice every five minutes during the actual movie! That will get everyone's attention!

The FBI/DHS (whichever tard agency is behind those), hard at work.

We all know what doesn't have those warnings, right?

Haha! Nagging never fixes problems.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 4, 2017, 11:20 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 11:14:
“While various statistical explanations for this ‘no-result’ finding have been considered, none are consistent with increasing revenues, which suggests the explanation lies elsewhere.”

According to McKenzie, there could be several explanations why box office attendance wasn’t influenced. Pirates might simply be continuing their old habits because the catch rate is relatively low, or it’s possible that they’re taking measures to hide their piracy habits. Through VPNS or by switching to streaming or cyberlocker services which aren’t monitored, for example

Or maybe, assuming moderate attempts to curtail blatant mass piracy, piracy has little to no impact on box office revenue. The same as it's always been pirated copy does not necessarily mean a lost sale. I'd say one conclusion you could take from their research is whatever effect piracy is having it is so minuscule it is overwhelmed by other effects.

Doesn't necessarily, yet some absolutely does. If there was no piracy, would the average pirate consume no media? No, he'd definitely pay for more.

More likely, "don't pirate this" warnings just don't deter people that already don't care about their pirating, either because they just don't care or because they spend time moralizing it with things like "it doesn't hurt anyone" or "my pirating it just increases public awareness and will actually make those people money!"
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
23. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 4, 2017, 07:32 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 01:00:
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 22:52:
The NES did it, though, emerging from the dust of a bunch of fallen competitors. The Atari did it amidst those competitors. Which is good and all, but it did contribute to the crash of 83 (which was caused by a lot more than just "bad games.")

Absolutely. I think it's time for another video game crash. There's too much garbage now. Too much clutter of low-quality, broken titles that are exacerbated by incomplete games thanks in part to season passes, which cost nearly as much as the game itself. In other words, publishers don't take their video game consumers seriously. We're just cows they can financially milk.

I'd disagree, heavily actually, that we're getting worse AAA games than 20 years ago. We may not have the peaks as high, but our lows are nowhere near as low.

But digital distribution has made Steam and cellphone app stores a nightmare full of utter garbage. I just avoid 99.999% of it. Works fine. I think most gamers avoid most of it, too. It sucks for the dev making the really good game that doesn't understand how to market it, but the true trash gets ignored, and people playing all the pay-for-time games like Clash/King/Game of War/Combat/Thrones aren't the same as people playing AAA games, and if those have a huge crash no one other than them and Wall Street will mind. I think we've already seen the app crash, though.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Jan 4, 2017, 07:28 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 4, 2017, 04:03:
Jivaro wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:40:
That AssCreed bundle is pretty good if you haven't played them. I only did the first two tiers, but even if you do all three it's a solid deal. That's a lot of pretending to kill people while being better looking than you really are for your money.


There's no Black Flag, and I don't really have much interest in the others.

That's where I fell. Second time I've fallen for this, haha.

I played the first 10-30 minutes of AC1 and while the tutorial was kind of fun, losing your powers and going into the world felt repetitive. It was a "well, I've done it all once, don't really need to do it again" kind of thing. How many groups of monks can I slowly hide in?

But everyone here says Black Flag is different and fun, so if I see a way to get it under $10, or probably under $5 given how uninterested I was in AC1, I'd do it.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
19. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 3, 2017, 22:52 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 21:52:
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:40:
Though true that they were in the back half, it was still more competition than anything today. And they're all considered the second generation of video games, along with the Fairchild, which came out a year prior, and the Odyssey, which was a year after.

The NES released to no competition. Those systems were all off shelves by then.

And, today, systems compete with two other products. The 2600 competed with at least 3.

I'm not referring to the original launch NES, I'm referring to the 4th generation days when Nintendo was the dominant console. That was when Commodore CDTV, Neo Geo, Philips CD-i, Genesis, Super NES, and TurboGrafx-16 were all competing for my gaming dollars. That's what I meant by "I remember when Atari was the Nintendo of gaming." There was competition in early 80's, but Atari dominated the market.

Hope this clarifies what I meant.

I got what you meant - when it was THE system to own. Like the NES was. I'd argue those are the only two systems to hit that.

The NES did it, though, emerging from the dust of a bunch of fallen competitors. The Atari did it amidst those competitors. Which is good and all, but it did contribute to the crash of 83 (which was caused by a lot more than just "bad games.")
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
16. Re: Offtopic Jan 3, 2017, 20:26 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 18:02:
Beamer, do you still recommend the Fractal Design Define R5 case?

So far, so good.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
14. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 3, 2017, 17:48 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:10:
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:23:
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:15:
Kxmode wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:39:
I remember when Atari was the Nintendo of gaming. Everyone and their dog had an Atari 2600.

you mean, back when there was no other competition? not sure how that equates to nintendo...

i also remember when Atari was Atari tho.. it was the only game in town, so yeh

No competition? There was more competition for consoles then than now, and significantly more than when the NES came on the scene.

wrong yet again

How is it wrong?

The 2600 was part of a generation including:

Fairchild Channel F
Colecovision
Odyssey
Intellivision
Commodore 64

And this was just the successful systems. No mention of things like the Astrocade. The late 70s and early 80s had a glut of consoles not seen since. Shelves were lined with various systems, and advertising dollars were going everywhere. Confused parents were bringing home one-off systems that barely did anything yet looked as competent on shelves.


The NES launched basically to itself, and competed with the DOA 7800 and the barely marketed Master System.

And, today? Nintendo, Sony, Xbox. End of story.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
13. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 3, 2017, 17:40 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:11:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:00:
Those didn't come till later, originally you had Atari 2600 and a Sears knockoff clone call tele-games.

1977 - 1982 Atari 2600
1980 - 1984 Intellivision
1982 - 1994 Commodore
1982 - 1985 ColecoVision

You're right in the sense that Commodore and ColecoVision appeared towards the end of Atari's life cycle (although they still competed). However, Intellivision was a strong competitor due to the two years it directly competed with the Atari 2600. There were tv commercials from Intellivision showing how superior the Intellivision was to the Atari 2600; which was evident.

Though true that they were in the back half, it was still more competition than anything today. And they're all considered the second generation of video games, along with the Fairchild, which came out a year prior, and the Odyssey, which was a year after.

The NES released to no competition. Those systems were all off shelves by then.

And, today, systems compete with two other products. The 2600 competed with at least 3.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 15:08 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:27:
descender wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:23:
The Clean Power Plan passed by Obama doesn't actually go into effect until 2022.

Don't let facts get in the way of a good rant, though. Fuckin Obama!

I don't think we should be worried about keeping towns in the mountains of west virginia afloat just because they used to be sustained by coal jobs. Coal is fucked, coal is over. No one should be feeling bad about the jobs lost, they are shit awful jobs. These people don't need their coal jobs back, they need education so they can get different jobs.

Just like the auto industry in Detroit... these jobs are never coming back thanks to automation. The people living in these areas need to be told this instead of being constantly lied to. This is how we end up with statements like "Hillary abandoned the blue collar worker". No, she just didn't lie to them about bringing jobs back that are never coming back. They didn't want to hear that, so they felt "abandoned". It's time for these people to wake the fuck up and get with the times.

I generally agree.

But. If you're passed the aged of 40 or so the odds of you getting reeducated and then employed in anything like a decent job are slim. Nobody wants a n00b with only 10-15 years of work left in them. These are the people you need to pitch something like Basic Universal Income to. Or just let them retire early as we intentionally transition away from their industry. If you're over say 40 and you lose your coal mining job due to the employer going out of business, you qualify for retirement. One time thing, government declares the industry is obsolete/being phased out, and the social net supports the 20,000 or so coal miners it'd impact.

That'll never happen, but at this point it's probably what needs to happen.

Will we do the same for taxi drivers? Car dealers? "Hey, you're 40? Your industry died. Let's give you free income and benefits for the next 110% of your life."

I get that those industries have skills more transferable, but they're still industries I think will utterly implode in the next 10-15 years.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
6. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 3, 2017, 14:23 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:15:
Kxmode wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:39:
I remember when Atari was the Nintendo of gaming. Everyone and their dog had an Atari 2600.

you mean, back when there was no other competition? not sure how that equates to nintendo...

i also remember when Atari was Atari tho.. it was the only game in town, so yeh

No competition? There was more competition for consoles then than now, and significantly more than when the NES came on the scene.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 13:26 Beamer
 
WebSoldier wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:22:
Correct. Only because of the needless Obama regulations on coal. Look at the price of natural gas now, versus the price of coal prior to Obama. Remove the regulations and your answer is incorrect.

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=25392

"Now."

I like that you ignore the entire damn chart and focus on the final 3 pixels. Ignoring that new methods make natural gas easier. Ignoring that coal demand has massively dropped (and you know what happens when demand drops, right?)

I suppose it's also Obama's fault that China, formerly the biggest burner of coal, is rapidly moving away from it. Also his fault India is doing the same. This has nothing to do with air quality, not to mention what mountain removal has done to the land.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 13:18 Beamer
 
WebSoldier wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 12:52:
Oh yes its always the dumb and the naive who hate coal and have no idea other than a propaganda piece stating solar is spectacular. Let me tell you about Solar, so I bought into the hype and purchased one. A heavy investment but hey it will pay off in 10 years or so, what the hell.

A year went by and heavy storm came in and knocked it hard enough where it didn't work....no refund from the manufacturer. Okay I thought it was just a coincidence okay purchased a replacement 3 years later its not working and its junk.

Yes please talk about things you have not purchased before and only read about. Trump will make coal cheap again without all the Obama regulations and no need for you to purchase a solar panel that breaks every 2-6 years.

It's not solar that's putting coal out of business, it's natural gas. Which is fun, you complain about others believing "propaganda pieces," then proceeded to believe the pro-coal propaganda claiming it's hippies interested in solar that are hurting the coal industry.
 
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