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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2018, 11:51 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 2, 2018, 11:38:
Beamer wrote on May 2, 2018, 11:27:
It gets clicks. It's going to be the most clicked link here, so Newsweek will keep discussing it. It will be the most discussed topic here, so Blue will keep featuring it. We doing this to ourselves!

And the more it's discussed, the more people think there just may be something to it.
Yeah, I know... clicks, ads, it drives everything. It is annoying and occasionally I like to rail against despite knowing I'm wasting my breath...

Lowest Common Denominator, but we definitely do it to ourselves. He who doesn't go for clicks gets destroyed.

It's why The Kardashians are America's Royalty.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2018, 11:29 Beamer
 
Also, Barry is the best show on TV right now, hands-down. Best comedy, at least. I was never much of a Bill Hader fan, but what he's doing with this show is great. And the production values remind me how much more effort HBO puts in than Netflix (see also: the production values of Wyatt Cenac's show vs. Joel McHale's.)  
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5. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2018, 11:27 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 2, 2018, 11:11:
If people want to think the Earth is flat, fine. Whatever. But why is it showing up in the news? Where are the reports of the successful alchemists turning lead into gold? *sheesh* If this is the best you can do to generate news, find a new job. Ignore them already.

Flat-earthers are either mentally deficient, idiots, or think they are being funny. There is no other explanation.

It gets clicks. It's going to be the most clicked link here, so Newsweek will keep discussing it. It will be the most discussed topic here, so Blue will keep featuring it. We doing this to ourselves!

And the more it's discussed, the more people think there just may be something to it.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
19. Re: etc., etc. May 2, 2018, 10:56 Beamer
 
LurkerLito wrote on May 2, 2018, 09:48:
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 2, 2018, 07:12:
jdreyer wrote on May 2, 2018, 03:39:
I do take solace that, as a race, we continue to improve our technology, and that someday, death from cancer will no longer be a thing.

It will continue to be a thing so long as medicine and healthcare are profit driven. There is far more money, currently, in treating cancer than in curing it. No cure will be forthcoming so long as treating it is a billions per year cash cow.

Unfortunately so true. There won't be a cure for anything anymore because cures are just not profitable. If a company ever found a cure they would hide it in some deep dark hole and then find a way to make it into a treatment that people pay over a lifetime on a daily basis. Don't think that drug companies aren't like every other company out there that wants you to pay them a monthly fee. IIRC the last cure invented was polio.

As far as TB goes, I am saddened by the news. While I haven't watched his reviews much recently, I did use to watch it a while back. My condolences to him and and his family.

Again, this isn't true. As others point out, there's more money in having someone live to 80 than die of cancer at 30 or however old TB is, and the amount of money people would earn from curing cancer is unreal.

Just to demonstrate how off base you are, polio isn't cured. There is no cure for polio. If you get polio, you are fucked. What we do have is vaccines to prevent polio, but that is just to stop you from getting it, not cure you when you have it. We have new vaccines all the time, with HPV recently getting a vaccine. We also very recently created vaccines for ebola and malaria. Since polio, we also have vaccines for chicken pox, anthrax, measles, mumps, rubella, lyme disease, etc. In other words, LOTS of diseases are in the same category as polio in the time since polio.

But hey, keep thinking medicine prefers to keep people paying for treatment, even when people are terminal. Wouldn't a treatment of cancer that kept patients alive for decades, needing medicine, be preferable to one that kept them alive for months?

And hey, why did doctors invent LASIK, which cures many vision issues, when they could have kept patients coming in and needing to get new glasses every 1-3 years?
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
16. Re: Devolves into my conspiracy theory is better than yours May 2, 2018, 09:41 Beamer
 
Whoever comes up with a cure for cancer will get a Nobel Prize, and the company that does it will become instantly beloved and see their stock price make a huge jump.

"There isn't a monetary incentive" is a dumb, dumb response. This would be the biggest medical breakthrough since penicillin. The researchers names, and probably the CEO who enables it these days, would be known to history forever.
 
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News Comments > Get The Witcher Free
34. Re: Get The Witcher Free May 2, 2018, 08:25 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on May 2, 2018, 08:10:
From what I understand also, they don't make Witchers anymore. They are something of a dying breed. That's why the Witcher schools have fallen into ruin.

So to make the story about a new Witcher, you'd have to find a reason why they are still being created when the rest of the world has stopped the practice. Witcher creation is basically mass murder. Most will not live.

That's why I said decades or centuries before. No character overlap, and makes sense to have Witchers
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue May 1, 2018, 16:20 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on May 1, 2018, 15:05:
opie wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:14:
RedEye9 wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:02:
Thanks GOP for denying Americans access to assisted suicide and affordable health care. Vote Democrat, it's easier than you think.


Democrat: We need access to assisted suicide!

Also Democrat: too many people are committing suicide with guns!


Points-scoring partisan soundbites aside, it seems obvious to me that people committing suicide with guns and those looking for assisted suicide methods are two different groups, and there could reasonably be different ethics at play.

For example, even people who love their pets are usually in favor of putting them down humanely when they're in a terminal state, instead of extending their last moments into excruciating pain, their bodies becoming nonfunctional with their minds mostly gone. But when you're talking about people then there's a different set of rules and what's unethical and uncompassionate for the animal becomes the right thing to do for the person.

Yeah. Suicide by gun tends to be an emotional, often impulsive decision.
Suicide by doctor is essentially exclusively due to a terminal medical condition and ending life gracefully and painlessly. It's about sacrificing days or weeks, not years.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue May 1, 2018, 14:56 Beamer
 
KS wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:27:
Beamer wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:15:
Pigeon wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:02:
RedEye9 wrote on May 1, 2018, 13:44:
jdreyer wrote on May 1, 2018, 13:32:
Meh, I always use two spaces. That's how I learned in typing class in 7th grade (from my 100 lb. blonde French teacher, nonetheless) and I'm sticking with it. It may get stripped out online, but it doesn't in Word documents, and it looks better IMO.

Also, get off my lawn.
#MeTwo spaces is what everyone learned in typing class. But i have reverted back to one.
Incidentally typing was the most useful thing I learned in public school.

Same we were always told two spaces. Maybe it's a generational thing, relegated to people learning to type in the 80s and 90s. I use one now because that's what any formal writing I do requires. I am curious now what older guidelines say, I still have my old grammar rules books from my freshman year of college. I'll have to see what that says.

It's due to typewriters and how they spaced letters, causing confusion that computers don't have. The article details it.

The same rationale for using it on typewriters still applies to computers.

Fonts could, but don't, add extra space after a sentence to duplicate the benefit. The idea that proportional fonts don't need it was a specious assertion from the ignorant of typeface and computer design so they could be lazy in their stream text output formatters.

Yes, I beat the holy hell out of this in several programming classes and professional work.

tl;dr. The one space rule was made up out of whole cloth due to ignorance.

No offense, I'm just going to assume the Chicago Manual of Style editors have done far more work on this than you have. Like, infinitely more. Than every single person here put together.

Again, though. HTML will autocorrect you down to 1, so if you're on a website like here, you have no choice. Did you do more in programming classes than the people who author HTML standards?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue May 1, 2018, 14:15 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:02:
RedEye9 wrote on May 1, 2018, 13:44:
jdreyer wrote on May 1, 2018, 13:32:
Meh, I always use two spaces. That's how I learned in typing class in 7th grade (from my 100 lb. blonde French teacher, nonetheless) and I'm sticking with it. It may get stripped out online, but it doesn't in Word documents, and it looks better IMO.

Also, get off my lawn.
#MeTwo spaces is what everyone learned in typing class. But i have reverted back to one.
Incidentally typing was the most useful thing I learned in public school.

Same we were always told two spaces. Maybe it's a generational thing, relegated to people learning to type in the 80s and 90s. I use one now because that's what any formal writing I do requires. I am curious now what older guidelines say, I still have my old grammar rules books from my freshman year of college. I'll have to see what that says.

It's due to typewriters and how they spaced letters, causing confusion that computers don't have. The article details it.
 
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News Comments > State of Decay 2 Technical Beta
4. Re: State of Decay 2 Technical Beta May 1, 2018, 12:29 Beamer
 
Nullity wrote on May 1, 2018, 12:17:
What SJW bullshit?

There was a female with a sniper rifle in that trailer, and she was a person of color, too. That's all it takes for Cutter. Is there a character that isn't reflective of how Cutter sees himself? Then the game is SJW bullshit!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 1, 2018, 11:43 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 1, 2018, 11:29:
So, wait -- the Chicago Manual of Style and the Modern Language Association Style Manual say two spaces look better, yet the article calls this a horrible habit? Am I missing something or did they shoot themselves in the foot?

Nearly all HTML autoconverts 2 spaces to 1, so you're wasting time here.
Also, it says the Chicago Manual of Style says use 1.
Published work these days rarely features two spaces after a period. In the era when type was set by hand, it was common to use extra space (sometimes quite a bit of it) after periods, a practice that continued into the first half of the twentieth century. And many people were taught to use that extra space in typing class. But introducing two spaces after a sentence-ending period—and only after those periods—causes problems. Absolute consistency is easy to monitor when double spaces are never allowed, but less easy when some spaces after periods are double and others single (such as those at the ends of abbreviations and initialisms in running text). Since there is no proof that an extra space actually improves readability—as your comment suggests, it’s probably just a matter of familiarity—CMOS follows the industry standard of one space after a period.[q
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 1, 2018, 11:21 Beamer
 
That sports sound video is interesting.

Superbowl 50 had the best in-person sound for me, though. The speakers weren't working, apparently, which made a huge difference. You could hear the sounds from the field. Downtime between plays wasn't being drowned out by 80s metal and awful music. It was quite. You could feel the crowd, rather than being overwhelmed with music. It made it feel more alive.

The other advantage is that the stadium was still super quiet during Coldplay's halftime show - you could hardly hear them. It's always nice to not be subjected to Coldplay.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Op Ed May 1, 2018, 11:19 Beamer
 
LibertyOrDeath wrote on May 1, 2018, 11:07:
As if government control of the internet is a good thing. Wake up, people!

It wouldn't be the government in charge, it's them saying no one is in charge. As opposed to Verizon and Comcast being in charge.

For the record, nothing intelligent was ever followed by "Wake up, people!," but I give you credit for not saying "sheeple."
 
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News Comments > Get The Witcher Free
20. Re: Get The Witcher Free Apr 30, 2018, 15:24 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Apr 30, 2018, 15:13:
saluk wrote on Apr 30, 2018, 14:48:
Acleacius wrote on Apr 30, 2018, 12:35:
I'm in the minority but many of the quests are terribly written (chap 3 bank job, Shanni and Triss) and the constant false choices (chap 1 Abigail). Forced to play as a poorly written egotistical male instead of creating your own Witcher (male or female, good or bad or neutral) then learning about the world, while doing the main quest to find out what happened to the magical widget.

I mean, those would be fair criticisms if the game had been created out of nothing, but it's an adaptation of a series of books, and geralt is the main character from the books. It's called 'The' Witcher not 'A' Witcher. This is like complaining that you have to play Batman in a Batman game.

I thought the writing was pretty good, but this game was a bit of a slog to get through, especially towards the end.

You're falling for the troll bait.. These people never understand the points your trying to convey much like arguing religion.

I can see arguments about forced decisions being relevant. I mean, TW3 had forced decisions, but handled them with such grace that you rarely felt like you were being forced. I can't stress enough how fantastic the writing was in that game, and how you could make The Witcher a dick or a softy and it still worked so well.

But yes, while I'd love to revisit the world a few hundred years earlier as A Witcher, this game needed to be The Witcher.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2018, 13:18 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 30, 2018, 12:58:
Foo Fighters vidja was fantastic.

Dave Grohl's face when he does a solo...
 
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News Comments > Get The Witcher Free
3. Re: etc. Apr 30, 2018, 12:11 Beamer
 
deqer wrote on Apr 30, 2018, 12:02:
It's not really free if I'm required to pay my attention to your newsletter, or pay my effort to signing up for your newsletter.

Getting tired of the "Free" word.

You remind me of reddit's choosybeggars sub. The other day, someone was ranting that a free piano listed on Craigslist wasn't really free if the person needed to come pick it up - to be free, it should be delivered to the home of whomever wanted it.
 
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News Comments > Midday Tech Bits
8. Re: Midday Tech Bits Apr 30, 2018, 10:42 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 27, 2018, 17:52:
You might want to check out the reports in detail to find out in which areas they are actually growing and scoring the highest margins.

Hint: It's not the traditional PC sector. The PC (client computing group) was Intel's weakest growing segment at only +3% vs. growth rates of 17% to 24% yoy across all of their other areas of business.

The desktop specifically (which would be where gaming PCs belong) was DOWN 13% vs. 6% DOWN last year so the DOWNward trend in traditional PCs has solidified.
The notebook segment was also DOWN 8% while it grew 4% at the same time last year.

This looks different for AMD, of course, but AMD is basically ryzing back up from zero. Of course they have growth because for the first time since the Athlon64 era they finally have a product at least worth considering.

And Intel "doing nothing" is so retarded it is not even worth commenting on.

Right. Their workforce of 100K+ is driving into work every morning to jack off to pr0n, then they play table tennis and console games until noon, have lunch and finally they sleep all afternoon, unless interrupted by more wanking breaks, before checking out at 5PM.

This is also the reason for the 10nm delay. They are just lazy bums. They are faking all these minor pesky technical hurdles to be able to slack off more. Of course!

Exactly.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
20. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Apr 29, 2018, 17:57 Beamer
 
This is kind of what I'd expect if Duke Nukem ever discussed science, so the username adds up.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
12. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Apr 29, 2018, 12:45 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 29, 2018, 11:20:
DukeFNukem wrote on Apr 29, 2018, 00:20:
NKD wrote on Apr 29, 2018, 00:04:
You have a lot more faith in vaccines than I ever will.
I don't think vaccines require faith? It's not like no one knows how they work or that they are some great mystery. All you need is a very basic understanding of the underlying science and some lay-person digestible summaries of the peer reviewed studies.
A very basic understanding of the science? Do you know what a scary statement you just made? Scientists study these things for years and years and years and don't always get it right. Unless you have done that, that's all you really have is a very...basic...understanding of something your trusting with your life. I probably couldn't have said it better myself. Are you a scientist or a microbiologist? I'm not, nor will I probably ever be. You get results like they got in 1955 when you have a ...very...basic...understanding...of very complex science.
So, it is really complex, but you completely understand the situation. Congratulations on being a genius, apparently. Rolleyes

Do us and yourself a favor, up the dosage on whatever the meds are you should be taking. Oops. That would probably take some "faith" which you wouldn't have. Oh well...

Sounds like he has only a very basic understanding of very complex science.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Apr 29, 2018, 09:29 Beamer
 
Guys, we fucked something up 60 years ago. There's zero chance we learned from that, instead, everything is bad,

Hey, people died inventing airplanes, too. That means airplanes are bad! You losers who fly places have way more faith in them than I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


NKD, I know you're having fun, but I still need to say there's no point in engaging with anti-vaxxers. They're the same lunatics who watch Alex Jones and Hannity.
 
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