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News Comments > Everything Released
16. Re: Quake Champions Trailer and Interview Apr 24, 2017, 16:31 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 15:52:
Beamer wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 11:50:
"This guy that agrees with me is classier!"

There's absolutely zero evidence of any kind of God. More importantly, even if there were, there's absolutely no evidence of your God. You believe in him because your mother and father did. Had you been born in China, or India, or hell, New England, you'd believe in different things. Your entire religion is your blind faith in the circumstances of your birth.

Some of us have no time to believe in things that there's absolutely no evidence. As likely as your God is, it's equally likely that a 3 inch pig is controlling all of the world with an Apple Newton. Just as much evidence one way as the other.

Scientists state in matter-of-fact tones that in billions of years the sun is going to expand into a red giant and take the earth with it. This viewpoint is quite literally an association fallacy because they base this conclusion on the premise that stars of our sun's size and age typically exhibit signs of cooling. And yet, contrary to all scientific thought, they can't explain why the sun is burning hotter now than at any point in the past 1,000 years. So people are supposed to take their conclusions as sacrosanct? It takes faith to believe their perpetual changing conclusions (or "clearer picture"). Despite translations, the Bible hasn't changed in the thousands of year of its existence. I'll put my confidence in a book that has a flawless record of getting predictions right.

RE: "You believe in him because your mother and father did. Had you been born in China, or India, or hell, New England, you'd believe in different things. Your entire religion is your blind faith in the circumstances of your birth." I'd direct you to a this comment that pretty much refutes that. Somehow I don't think you'll bother to read, so I'll quote the part worth noting:

While most base their beliefs and faith in science, I base mine on history and science, through the prism of the Bible. If that sounds odd, hear me out. When I was young, my parents constantly told me, "Make the truth your own." In other words, don't believe what we say, prove to yourself that it is true, otherwise find the truth. That is what I did. I have studied just about every major religion. I say major because there are over 4,000 worldwide. So I focused on the majors: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. I also looked into Atheism and Agnosticism in the sense of questioning God's existence.

What you did is, out of sheer ignorance, group me in with a bunch of clueless people who go to church to passively listen to sermons. Most of which never use the Bible, and many steeped in political ideologies. Neither of that applies to me.

As an aside, I'd like to make this point that I am not taking my comments to the Bible level. You guys are. I've already stated that I won't post such things on this site, but if you goad me into a response with disrespectful nonsense, then I will respond. I have never disrespected any of you. I would ask that you not do the same to me. If you dislike my posts, then feel free to use my Hide Users on BluesNews TamperMonkey script (my user id is 18786). I spent about an hour putting the script together so that it lessens these kinds of conversations and keeps Blues News relatively friction-free. I'm sure Blue would appreciate it.

You disrespect us by endlessly bringing up your beliefs, treating them as true, and using them as evidence of things despite claiming you don't.

And, for the most part, people here would overlook it, but you do it so often, and you do it so repeatedly, and you so frequently claim to have used the scientific method to validate your beliefs. But it's funny. Your proof that the Bible is accurate and real is in The Bible. That's the least sensical thing possible.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 24, 2017, 16:29 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 14:48:
Beamer wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 11:51:
There's evidence-based faith, and there's utterly blind faith.

Of which, mine is based on historical evidence. The same could be said of jdryer's third point. Faith fills in the rest for both. I see one outcome, and other's see another. In either case, time ultimately determines which is correct.

We have more evidence that OJ Simpson is innocent than we do Jesus the son of some God. I mean, there are books that say it, and people believe it, so, yeah, must be true. OJ is innocent.

Also, there's a school for magic in England.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 24, 2017, 11:51 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 11:35:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 22, 2017, 15:49:
1) A fatalistic attitude is extremely dangerous thinking. Humans are absolutely capable of poisoning the planet down to the point where only bacteria and tardigrades can exist. India has about the same number of vehicles as Great Britian. However, death from accidents is six times higher. Fatalism plays a huge part in this, as people don't drive safely, wear seatbelts, etc. "My time is my time" is a prevailing sentiment, so most people don't take care.

2) Let's not forget Aesop. When the cart gets stuck in the mud, the farmer implores Hercules to come and push it out for him. Hercules appears, and says "Don't just stand there man, put your shoulder to the wheel!" The Gods help those that help themselves.

3) Doom and gloom is absolutely the correct response. Global warming has in the past caused mass extinctions, and will do so again in the next 100 years, except this time it will be the first anthropogenic climate change extinction.

Your viewpoint and my viewpoint are both based on faith. Humanity will wait and see which comes true.

There's evidence-based faith, and there's utterly blind faith.
 
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News Comments > Everything Released
14. Re: Quake Champions Trailer and Interview Apr 24, 2017, 11:50 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 11:21:
descender wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 08:23:
Everyone should listen to more Alan Watts, it would be good for you. Especially someone who has to fight himself to stop spouting nonsensical gibberish about his particular brand of Christian oppression... Some eastern philosophy might just blow your mind.

I like to listen to many interesting concepts, such as Brian Greene and string theory. However, I'll pass on a man who views religion as a form of psychotherapy and sees the Bible as "the world's most dangerous book."

Brian Greene takes a classier viewpoint of religion. "If you don't view God as the reservoir of temporary answers to issues we haven't solved scientifically, but rather as some overarching structure within which science takes place, and if that makes you happy and satisfied, so be it. I don't see the need for that; others do."

Science and religion are compatible, but only to a degree. The problem is when people turn science INTO a religion. Science only explains the HOW. The Bible explains the WHY.

"This guy that agrees with me is classier!"


There's absolutely zero evidence of any kind of God. More importantly, even if there were, there's absolutely no evidence of your God. You believe in him because your mother and father did. Had you been born in China, or India, or hell, New England, you'd believe in different things. Your entire religion is your blind faith in the circumstances of your birth.

Some of us have no time to believe in things that there's absolutely no evidence. As likely as your God is, it's equally likely that a 3 inch pig is controlling all of the world with an Apple Newton. Just as much evidence one way as the other.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 24, 2017, 11:19 Beamer
 
Dacote wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 11:06:
We are going to rue the day when cell phones were just for phone calls.

As someone that does about 90% of my personal interneting on a phone: no, no I will not.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 24, 2017, 11:18 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 11:08:
It's the age of con-men and fads--the "AI Chip for everything" hearkens back to the 1920s when magnets were heralded as magic cures for what ails ya'--machines--computer chips, are as dead as door nails, and no more sentient or aware than the light switch on your wall. There is as much in common between a human brain and a rock in your driveway as there is between a human brain and a computer-chip transistor...;) Yet the so-called "genius" behind Tesla Motors, ever looking for cons to sucker investments--government backed, preferably--is now telling the world he wants to "merge" the human brain with computer chips...! As likely or as desirable as merging the brain with a rock, imo...;)

It's going to require a lot of time to bring this country back to a state of rationality because it seems the years between 2008 and 2016 have stepped the country back several generations and all but guaranteed that most of the 21st century will be spent simply getting us back to where we were before the "Apocalypse of Stupid" hit the country in 2008...;) (I laugh--but it really isn't very funny.) I genuinely feel sorry for younger folks today whose "educations" are more grounded in idiot emotion than in rationality and fact. They are suckers for every con that comes along!

On the flip side, you've never been right about anything around here, so... I'll trust Musk over you, especially since you are the type of guy who would hate Tesla due to your own insular, backwards politics.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
10. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2017, 12:01 Beamer
 
Why must evidence be presented to the public prior to legal action?  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
21. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2017, 12:00 Beamer
 
JohnQP wrote on Apr 23, 2017, 10:37:
Historically, deterrence and prohibition on the sociocriminal level never worked. And the US penal system is famous for its awfull rehabilitation rates, its better at producing more crime and violence from non-violent and petty criminals than doing the opposite. So you want more socioeconomic problems? Sure, get their ass in the anus pounder. What you want first on this side is a reform to WHAT WORKS and there are plenty of good examples from the scandinavian penal model, which is the most successfull in the world.

Leftists love to point to Sweden because 1) They've banned pointing out the obvious HBD angles and 2) it's full of Swedes.

But I don't observe the ban. The US has huge African and Mestizo populations, two of the most violent demographics in the world. If Sweden had our demographics, they'd be dealing with our problem, and their solutions would be more compelling. But maybe we'll find out, as they're busily importing a problematic demographic as we speak.

It's the same with socialism. The demographics of successfully socialist countries are usually what explains the success.

Are you claiming people of African and Mestizo heritage, that have never been anywhere near those regions, are inherently more violent?

Please stop posting.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
8. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Apr 21, 2017, 17:15 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 21, 2017, 10:34:
For anyone who lives in a country that gets shafted by regional pricing key reselling sites are a godsend, so fuck Total Biscuit and his ilk.

You're a greedy and ignorant person that weirdly loves calling everyone else those two words.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 21, 2017, 17:14 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 21, 2017, 15:44:

Edit: "you wouldn't get preachy about your anti-science." Wait a second. I never said anything about that. What does "anti-science" even mean?

"Global warming isn't a big deal because God will save the Earth!"

About as anti-science as it gets. Next, you'll tell us evolution is "just a theory."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 21, 2017, 12:11 Beamer
 
Duuuuuude. You promised us you wouldn't get preachy about your anti-science.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
5. Re: Morning Interviews Apr 20, 2017, 12:54 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 20, 2017, 12:32:
Key reselling sites wouldn't exist if not for the devs own actions with greed and regional pricing. If they start being fair sites like G2A will disappear. This is a problem entirely of their own making, and the solution is in their hands as well. It's no different from orgs like RIAA who refuse to adapt and change the business model that no longer works.


  • I love when cutter complains about greed when explaining why he deserves things more than others.

    Literally no one else here understands economics (and, oddly, bartending) less.
     
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    News Comments > Prey Trailer
    8. Re: Prey Trailer Apr 20, 2017, 01:39 Beamer
     
    Jerykk wrote on Apr 20, 2017, 01:15:
    Dash wrote on Apr 20, 2017, 00:42:
    They're pushing this extra hard, which doesn't give me any good feelings on this game.

    You have a bad feeling about a game because its publisher is actually marketing it? Or are you just fixated on the name and can't judge the game based on its own merits?

    Maybe it's just me but I'm pretty over all the politics. Did Prey 2 look cool? Sure. Did Bethesda cancel it for bullshit reasons? Probably. Does this new Prey have anything to do with the original game? Nope. Do any of these things have any impact on the quality of the game itself? Nope. From what I've seen, this game looks to have tons of potential and may be the System Shock 2 spiritual successor we've been waiting for.

    People really need to stop fixating on politics and just judge games on their own merits.

    ItBurn wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 20:13:
    The amount of Prey spam that I get from Bethesda is unprecedented. Neither Skyrim or Fallout 4 came close to the amount of posts about Prey that I see. I'm not sure I understand why.

    Elder Scrolls and Fallout are much, much bigger IPs than Prey ever was. Hell, most people have never played or even heard of the original Prey. This is essentially a new IP, which is why Bethesda is promoting it so hard.

    Isn't it amazing how much more fun games are when you hit this point? Instead of spending time on the Internet whining about how wronged you are for things that don't impact you in any way, you can focus on playing what's good and worth your time.
     
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    News Comments > ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Released
    7. Re: ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Released Apr 19, 2017, 13:21 Beamer
     
    El Pit wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 13:18:
    Beamer wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 13:12:
    El Pit wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 12:36:
    I enjoyed the first Orcs Must Die! game a lot. Unfortunately the sequel was build with co-op in mind and gave the fans of the first game the finger in a way. If this F2P game is again single player oriented, I will give it a try.

    The sequel played fantastic single player. I have never played these games multi, but 5 skulled every level in both games. The sequel is a much trickier and more fun game.

    If you enjoyed running from one of the end to the other because you played the level alone instead of co-op, good for you. What levels with single player in mind should look like you could see in the first game.

    It's an action puzzle game. Those levels required, y'know, action. And thinking.

    I five skulled them all. Solo. They're not hard. And the game has an identical Metacritic score and higher user score, so... you're in the minority for thinking it was giving fans the middle finger. It may not have been to your taste, but it wasn't giving fans the middle finger.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
    13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 19, 2017, 13:19 Beamer
     


    Oh, good, alt-right Alex Jones is back.


    Your experience doesn't map to the industry as a whole, based on the opinions I've read, and I've read a lot of them over the years.

    Yes, I say this outright, that it depends on where you work. What I said is true for the major tech companies, the ones for whom their demand far exceeds the candidates the US produces. You, I will point out, have absolutely zero experience, yet you keep spewing your opinions. Go get some experience. Wait, you can't, because you're less talented than the H1Bs that Google is hiring.

    You see no issue with white, first world countries draining the best and brightest from non-white, third world countries?

    Oh, good, now you're trying to turn it around and make it about those countries, not the US.

    And you don't see any possible outcome where leftists might try to bend us over and fuck us down the road, for stealing the third world's best talent?

    "Leftists" and slippery slope arguments. Alex Jones to the rescue!

    Then I'm sure none of the major tech companies have any objection to reform.

    You're one of the absolute worst posters here.
     
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    News Comments > ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Released
    5. Re: ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Released Apr 19, 2017, 13:12 Beamer
     
    El Pit wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 12:36:
    I enjoyed the first Orcs Must Die! game a lot. Unfortunately the sequel was build with co-op in mind and gave the fans of the first game the finger in a way. If this F2P game is again single player oriented, I will give it a try.

    The sequel played fantastic single player. I have never played these games multi, but 5 skulled every level in both games. The sequel is a much trickier and more fun game.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
    11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 19, 2017, 10:53 Beamer
     
    saluk wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 00:52:
    In America, you are a boring waste of space nerd if you are into tech, and a teenage god if you are a jock who aspires to play football for a few years before you get brain damage and then sit on your ass collecting endorsement deals.

    And you wonder why many companies struggle to find good workers in America and have to ship people in from countries where these fields are actually respected by the general public.

    The foreign workers are generally better performers at their job as well, in my experience.

    There are certainly cases where companies are exploiting the system (if there is anything that corporations are good at, it's exploiting the system). Reviewing the program seems fine and dandy, as long as they get a wide perspective from all the relevant stakeholders... hahahahaha yeah that's going to happen.

    I think it's very much where people experience the H1Bs, right?

    I worked at one of the largest tech companies in the world - think either a Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, or Google. The H1Bs there were all brilliant and all excellent employees. They weren't hired to save money, as they earned what the Americans did, to the dollar. They were hired because these tech companies have so many employees and need the best and the brightest, and the US doesn't produce enough. They have to look elsewhere.

    And, frankly, I see no issue with India sending their best and brightest to us. Very few of them go back to India - most settle here and, *gasp*, become Americans! It's a brain drain for them and it's a huge benefit for us. China, too, has really started trying to make immigration for innovation more common, to try to get that advantage we've had.

    Are there companies doing bad things with H1Bs? Probably. But not the major tech companies. They need that influx of brilliance to survive. They're already taking a huge share of what America can offer, but they still have greater demands. And, again, most of those employees remain in America.
     
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    News Comments > etc., etc.
    12. Re: etc., etc. Apr 19, 2017, 09:41 Beamer
     
    saluk wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 01:14:
    MeanJim wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 23:08:
    They can't be that massive, I've never heard of them before now.

    Lol. I hope you are being sarcastic. Tencent is bigger than Amazon. It is basically the Chinese Ministry of Entertainment.

    One of the 10 largest companies in the world. Also the company that finally convinced Epic to sell some of itself (which, I believe, resulted in a brain drain.)
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    21. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 18, 2017, 19:50 Beamer
     
    descender wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 16:17:
    Do tax brackets work differently in Germany? Or does it just mess you up because you are filing for the year in advance?

    In the US, moving between tax brackets only affects the income inside that bracket.
    Ex: 3 tier tax system, 10% @ $10k, 20% @ $20k, 30% @ 30k
    ONLY $0-$10k gets taxed at 10%
    ONLY $10k-$20k gets taxed at 20%
    ONLY $20k-$30k gets taxed at 30%

    That's just one of my pet peeves having listened to this conversation in offices all my life. Way too many people seem to think that you can earn "too much", end up paying more in taxes and "take home less"... it's just mathematically impossible for that to happen. They think that if you earn $20001 then every penny you earned gets taxes at the higher rate and that's not how it works.

    Marginal tax rate, and no, I've found that no one that didn't take some form of tax course in school understands this, which drives anyone that has insane.
     
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    News Comments > Gone Gold - The Surge
    22. Re: Gone Gold - The Surge Apr 18, 2017, 19:49 Beamer
     
    Agent-Zero wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 18:49:
    JohnQP wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 17:27:
    I've always been under the impression that on rails games means little to often no movement control, sometimes even no option as to where to look or even what direction to face.

    "On rails" (or variants like "railroad") is a general gaming term that isn't even limited to computer games (tabletop roleplayers use it a lot), and whenever I've seen it used, it meant "linear."

    its understandable to think it is only this way if you are still young and/or relatively new to gaming, or someone who just lacks knowledge in general.. which is also quite common

    https://www.giantbomb.com/on-rails/3015-169/

    but its meaning as "linear" is only a fairly recent phenomena (last decade or so) in terms of gaming

    originally, its was just as specific as it sounds


    Calling something "on rails" used to be an insult and exaggeration. Over time, I think people who weren't used to what it actually meant thought the insult was a legitimate term for it.

    It's like calling someone who thinks we should raise taxes on the rich a socialist and someone else believing that the fundamental defining principle of socialism is feeling that the rich having lower tax rates than the poor is odd.
     
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