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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 22, 2018, 16:28 Beamer
 
I mean, what % of congressmen do we think do this? 10%? 40%? 80%?

On one hand, I doubt it's very strict down party lines. On the other hand, I do think there's probably a correlation between friends of trump (e.g., the close ones, not the Paul Ryan types that are as much trapped as friends), and this kind of thing. But any non-Republican is likely deluding themselves to think this doesn't infect both parties pretty evenly.

The main thing from all of yesterday's prosecution is a nice, warm feeling to finally see white collar crime getting prosecuted. Manafort and Cohn were incredibly good at turning a lot of money into a lot more money, in the way very few ever can. Trying to avoid paying taxes on $20M just seems so greedy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: Op Ed Aug 22, 2018, 14:06 Beamer
 
And he was never seen again.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 22, 2018, 13:11 Beamer
 
The average doctor salary is in the $200k-$300k range, so not sure where you get that "most easily pull down over a million a year."  
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News Comments > Twitch Prime and Amazon Prime Changes
7. Re: Twitch Prime and Amazon Prime Changes Aug 22, 2018, 11:06 Beamer
 
rawbelly wrote on Aug 22, 2018, 10:26:
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 01:49:
The savings were already pretty meager for me because I have to pay taxes to Amazon and Best Buy, but not to Steam or Nintendo eShop or Green Man, etc. So if you cut that by another couple dollars or don't offer it at all for a lot of games, you've completely lost me. And yeah, looks like they really slashed the Twitch Prime benefits, too, though I really don't watch much of anything on there. Just another couple steps toward my deciding not to renew when that annual Prime membership is up.


Yeah. Because of some pretty drastic life changes I was considering ditching Prime next month when our sub was up. When they announced this I just went ahead and cancelled. I use Twitch a lot. This two day thing is getting to be nonsense anyway. I'm ordering stuff and it's not shipping for two days. Then it's two day shipping. I could just go down the street and buy it, sometimes for cheaper. Didn't use to be like that.

Are you ordering stuff that's PRIME eligible? A lot of products are sold by third parties and don't have that PRIME flag.

I order from Amazon probably 2 or 3 times a week, and most things get shipped within hours. Hell, I ordered something at 10:30pm last night and it shipped at 5am this morning. I pretty much expected it today, but it says it will be here tomorrow. It was $8. I love that Prime let's me just grab something that's $8 and have it within 2 days, max. At the cheapest price you can find, too (stuff from 3Ps is usually not the cheapest, but "ships and sold by Amazon" almost always is.)
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
51. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 22, 2018, 09:49 Beamer
 
djinn wrote on Aug 22, 2018, 06:42:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 14:28:
Why did you make a mile long post about peculiarities in ground photos when there are aerial photos, both taken from peak attendance, that clearly show the difference?

It was stepping through the process of how I didn't trust the original comparison and how I found out another part to the story.

The main overall point I was stuck on was not being able to reconcile how someone who'd won the vote had a ridiculously low turnout which caused my initial doubt of that image. There had to be more to the story. The videos showing protestors blocking people forcefully from entering was something I didn't actually hear about until now. It shows how little attention the media placed on that part of the story.

It shines a light on both parties and what their motivations are. A high turnout according to Trump would mean he is a popular leader. A low turnout according to the media would mean he is a hated one. In some strange way the conclusions are true and untrue for both parties, that's how divided the "United" States has become. I just find the whole situation really dirty on both sides.

Cthulufans video below was quite a good watch in that regard (unrelated to this particular example) but still quite honest and well presented.

Again, even the White House admitted it was a smaller turnout. You spent so much time investigating something that wasn't controversial, why? Because you trust Trump's word?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 22, 2018, 08:33 Beamer
 
In other news yesterday:

1) Trump complemented a Hispanic border control agent for "speaking perfect English." Why wouldn't he?

2) Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted for 60 counts of campaign finance corruption. They were using the campaign funds as their own piggybank. We're finally going after white collar criminals. Incidentally, Hunter was the second person to endorse Trump. The first, Chris Collins of NY, was arrested earlier this month for insider trading

3) Trump gave this speech:
You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills. You know, the wind wheels, [mimics windmill noise, mimes shooting gun] ďBing!Ē Thatís the end of that one. If the birds donít kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, itís like a killing field, the birds. But uh, you know, thatís what they were going to, they were going to windmills. And you know, donít worry about wind, when the wind doesnít blow, I said, ďWhat happens when the wind doesnít blow?Ē Well, then we have a problem. Okay good. They were putting him in areas where they didnít have much wind, too. And itís a subsidary [sic] ó you need subsidy for windmills. You need subsidy. Who wants to have energy where you need subsidy? So, uh, the coal is doing great.

For a guy that seems surprised when non-white people "speak perfect English," he should realize how much his needs work.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 22, 2018, 07:32 Beamer
 
JeffD wrote on Aug 22, 2018, 05:43:
Our social landscape has changed, Twitter officially sucks and can diaf. I read madonnas story and thought it was great. 10 years ago it would have gotten positive headlines in news...err..papers. madonna expressed her thanks to the late Franklin and Twitter said no. Fuck you, Twitter.

The issue with Madonna's story is that it wasn't the introduction, it was the whole thing. I went to a wedding where the best man did a similar speech. Started with an anecdote about himself that was loosely related to the groom. At the end, you'd expect him to transition with "and that's why XYZ was so important" and discuss the accomplishments of the groom. He didn't. He sat down, like Madonna did. That was 8 years ago, and we've been to about a dozen weddings since, and it still gets referenced at every single one, much to his humiliation. "I was nervous about my speech tonight, but there's no way it could be worse than John's was, right?"
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
42. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 21, 2018, 17:27 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 17:16:
Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 17:11:
8 of 18. News seems sketchy (still breaking, so unclear as of yet), but I think I saw facing 80 years, so two of those big bank fraud ones stuck.

I did wonder if the jury would be too partisan to agree on anything. The US would basically be done if that was the case (not that this is the only way he could have gotten off).

I keep getting reminded of this classic from on here a year ago:
Manafort who was a long-time worker for democrats and the obama administration -- and was hired(by Trump) at the suggestion of Obama.

Thanks Obama.

Possibly. Or the judge lumping things together. Or those were just weak charges.

And wait, someone said that here? I'm not surprised, I really do think we have a small but loud contingent of people who just believe Trump tweets and Sargon YouTube videos, but someone said a guy that has always been a Republican and worked with basically every Republican president was an Obama guy?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
40. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 21, 2018, 17:11 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 17:02:
NKD wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 16:23:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 15:33:
The guilty plea of Michael Cohen provides further confirmation of the following fact:

MOST SUCCESSFUL WITCH HUNT EVER

(And it's not over)


Yeah it's definitely a witch hunt. The problem is that witches exist, and seemingly in large numbers. #DrainTheWitchesHut

And Manafort is guilty, surprise surprise.

Nixon ain't got nothing on these guys.

8 of 18. News seems sketchy (still breaking, so unclear as of yet), but I think I saw facing 80 years, so two of those big bank fraud ones stuck.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Says FCK DRM
18. Re: GOG.com Says FCK DRM Aug 21, 2018, 16:31 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 16:05:
'Pat, is there an O in it?'


Yes, actually, they're discussing the Fuck Dorm, which I believe is where the football players live at the University of Florida.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Op Ed Aug 21, 2018, 15:28 Beamer
 
LibertyOrDeath wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 15:19:
You liberals...

Look up the word communist and do an in-depth study of the topic. First, you will find that most modern liberals think and believe in communism. Second, you will find that communism fails. Just ask people who have lived it. Yes, the USSR used to believe in communism. Today, even Putin knows that communism does not work. Sadly, many Americans were raised in socialist think tanks called colleges and universities where they teach that this garbage succeeds.

Actually, no modern liberals think and believe in communism. I mean, they believe it exists, but they don't want it. That's a strawman that YouTube boogeymen want you to believe. Not even democratic socialists want communism. Or true socialism.

See, what outrage-based-conservatives never seem to understand is that the US, and the entire Western world, isn't pure capitalism. It's a mix of capitalism and socialism. We don't have a true free market, and we never will. We never really did. However, we're closer to it now than we have been since the days when 8 year olds were working 16 hour days in factories. We're pretty far from the 50s, when socialist policies in America had top income tax brackets above 90%. The good ol'days, the glory days of America, had some really heavily socialist views that we've since moved away from. The liberals you call socialists or communists just want to shift a bit. Given that I can't imagine you have a net worth in the 8 or 9 figures, this would benefit you greatly.

Communism, though, is when all means of production are owned by the State. You'll struggle to find a single "modern liberal" that wants that, let alone "most." But if you believe everything some screaming white dude on YouTube tells you, then yes, all liberals in America want the government to take control of their businesses.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Says FCK DRM
13. Re: GOG.com Says FCK DRM Aug 21, 2018, 15:24 Beamer
 
headkase wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 14:53:
Ages ago I bought Crysis 2 on Steam before EA had their hissy fit and removed it from that catalog. They brought it back eventually (but not 3) but it was under a different application ID in the catalog - the version I own can not be bought any more, just the new version. The version I have comes with a limited number of activations. I tried to start it one day and it wouldn't work saying they had all been used up. I know I could have jumped through hoops to get more activations as a reward for actually buying the game but I didn't care enough to do so. A quick download of a cracked executable later I was able to play the game I bought again. That was faster to satisfy the whim of playing it again as that was all I wanted.

I have absolutely no clue if I've played Crysis 3 or not. I enjoyed 1 quite a bit, though it got a bit long and dragged in the end. I enjoyed 2 quite a bit, though it felt even more padded and towards the late game I just kept getting annoyed that it kept going.

I just checked Amazon, which shows I bought it a day before Christmas in 2014. Watching the opening on YouTube, not thinking I installed it. Wonder if I can still play it.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
67. Re: NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month Aug 21, 2018, 14:45 Beamer
 
Nullity wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 14:23:
Slick wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 19:37:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 19:30:
I wonder if RT will be like PhysX: a cool gimmick, but hardly essential.

People are already calling it "PhysX 2.0"
Those people don't know what they're talking about. Real-time ray tracing is a big deal.

Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 08:19:
That was my first fear - that this is something NVIDIA exclusive, and therefore underutilized. We'll see. If it's easy to do, we'll see it, anyway.
No, DX12 (and I think Vulkan as well) has ray tracing capabilities built in. Though the RTX cards have extra hardware to speed up the rendering process. Presumably, AMD will have something similar eventually.

So long as it's not proprietary in-engine, I think this will be big in the next few years. I didn't pay close enough attention to know, but thanks for that update. If it's in DX12/Vulkan, then the engine will use it that way rather than through some proprietary wrapper or whathaveyou, which means it won't be just NVIDIA, which means it will be used widely, haha.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Says FCK DRM
8. Re: GOG.com Says FCK DRM Aug 21, 2018, 14:02 Beamer
 
MDB wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 13:50:
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 13:29:
My music? Wrong. All my music is in M4A and MP3 format (over 17,000 files) that are 100% DRM free that will play on any device, any place, at any time, with or without an internet connection. Only chumps who stream music through an online service are at the mercy of DRM.

I think you're in an increasing minority. Surprising (and disappointing) to me too. The on-demand model is just so much easier for the layperson who doesn't want to bother worrying about 17,000 files.

Or buying 17,000 files. The average album is, what, 10 songs? 17,000 files is going to be around 1,700 albums, then. At $10 per, you're at $17,000. Or maybe you're finding deals on CDs, in which case you still need the physical media (who in the world wants that?), and it's still going to run you $8,500 minimum, right?

Spotify is $9.99 a month. That means his music selection cost, at a minimum, 70 years of Spotify. It's also around 70GB. And, while he says "any device, any place, any time," that's not entirely true.

I pay for Spotify. According to the stats I see, I've listened to 13,000 different tracks. In that time, I've paid about $480. That's about 3 cents per song I've listened to. I have basically every song ever made at my fingertips. If I get a weird urge for something I never anticipated, I can listen to it. If I don't have internet, well, I can't satisfy the weird urges, but I can save my most frequently listened songs on my phone pretty easily, and honestly, airplanes are the only time I'm more than 20 minutes without internet. Beyond this, laying in bed I can have Alexa queue up a song for me without having to open my eyes, find my phone, and subject myself to a bright screen in the middle of the night. I have Sonos, which I can also yell at to start playing whatever song I want. I can create playlists for my girlfriend and send them to her instantly without worrying about whether she has the songs, or how to transfer them to her. I can start playing music in any room in my home from any device I have, regardless of where I am. Then, when I walk out the door, I only need to plug in my headphones and it's now on my phone instead of wherever it was before.

Again, assuming he paid for 17,000 songs, that's ballpark $17,000, or 70 years of Spotify, to be limited to those 17,000 songs. I don't see how that makes much sense, but for some reason people keep pushing it as the "smart choice" and that everyone else is dumb and stupid and needs to get off their lawn.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
36. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 21, 2018, 12:48 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 11:23:
Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 11:05:
It isn't laid to rest while the children are separated from families still, no?

Here's a novel idea:
How about securing the border then NO families get separated.
Or is that too simple of a concept for you to handle?
BTW: I am not against LEGAL immigration.
Damn! I'm glad Australia is surrounded by water. Our Navy does a great job keeping illegal boats out.

Shit definitely have to go to bed.

Yes, many people are working on securing the border. Uncertain as to how that has anything to do with the families being separated. In fact, it's your hero's job to secure that border, and instead he's separating families.

I mean, do you see how you don't really make a solid point there? You think you do, but you don't. The funds that should be securing the border are being spent creating foster care prisons for children. The guy you're advocating for is spinning his wheels in the wrong directions.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
32. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 21, 2018, 11:05 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 11:01:
Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 09:11:
And it isn't "laid to rest." Again, if you're going to constantly try to troll, or have a loud opinion, please inform yourself. This stuff is everywhere in the news - a quick Google would show you Obama didn't do it, and it isn't yet solved. May be worth it before putting your foot in your mouth?

It is laid to rest for the majority of your population and the world.
Just another "storm in a teacup" that Bush, Obama and Trump were involved with. (yes I have read all about it. Should have said involved rather than started. Sue me.)
Still blown out of proportion by the biased media and anti-Trumpers in another FAILED attempt to have Trump impeached.
Just like "Russian Collusion" and "Trumps mental capacity" and "Stormy Daniels" Etc. Etc.
How's all that workin' out for ya?
I'll answer that for ya: TOTAL FAIL!
That's what happens when you get all ya news from the likes of Clown News Network, MSNBComunists, Washington comPost or New York Turds.
What about the great state of the US economy? You know the part of my earlier comment you conveniently cherry-picked out of all your post comments.
Care to have the balls to give Trump some credit?

Face the facts: He is YOUR President for at least the next 2 years and (in my opinion) probably for 4 more after that.

Well it's almost 1am here. Time for bed.
Shame I didn't get to read your obviously piss poor "removed" response. I'm sure it was a well thought out beauty. LOL.

It isn't laid to rest while the children are separated from families still, no?
And it wasn't official policy until Trump, and Trump separated more in a week than Obama and Bush did in 16 years, so I'm not sure how you compare them.

To date, there have been 0 attempts to impeach Trump, btw.
And not sure what credit we should give him? Great state of the economy? It's actually slowed since he took office. However, China, Japan and Germany have recently seen large improvements, that started right when the tariffs did. Whose economy is he helping?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
31. Re: removed Aug 21, 2018, 11:03 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 10:56:
Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 09:04:
Blue wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 08:41:
Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 07:21:
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This comment was deleted on Aug 21, 2018, 08:39.

Please don't punctuate your posts with personal insults if you want them to remain. If you *really* want to discuss politics here it's going to require more civility than normal, not less.

Apologies.

I tried to edit my apology, which you can't do (I should know that!)
To you, and ventry. I have an absolute pattern of cranky posts before 7:30am. Basically, i wake up, grab my phone, and cruise a few sites. For some reason I'm infinitely crankier, and it shows, and I know it. Bad form by me.

No worries. I like how you turned it into a teachable moment.
 
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News Comments > CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds
136. Re: CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds Aug 21, 2018, 10:52 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 10:49:
There's such a high slant of bias, I find his posts useless.

This is basically where I'm at. I'll admit, I have been a long time admirer of Derek Smart because he is a free spirit who does what he wants, says what he feels, and doesn't tow anyone's line. However, it can't be denied that he has a specific, vested interest in seeing RSI/CIG fail spectacularly - at this point he basically needs to be hoping for their monumental failure so his very adamant and very public declarations don't make him very publically wrong. That makes him about as far from an objective source as you can get.

That's where I'm at. Derek can be very insightful, but here, his obsession makes no sense.

I do find it odd that KXmode is so eager to believe Derek's view, which at best is second-hand from an actual attorney, and at worst something an attorney just reviewed to make sure it wasn't actionable, and writes off all the YouTube videos from actual attorneys (I give no more credence to them than Derek, but think if you had to believe one, the uninvolved actual-attorney would count for more than the guy who is involving himself for emotional reasons and has no law degree [or PhD!])
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
28. Re: Op Ed Aug 21, 2018, 10:38 Beamer
 
LibertyOrDeath wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 10:13:
Yes, freedom of speech is very important.

Oh the children. Wow, you can tell people who just get fed liberal media bullcrap.

I'm sure, then, you're boycotting BluesNews for Blue removing my post below. He took my freedom of speech!
What's that? I was unnecessarily assholeish in my response, broke the rule, and was punished for it? Hmm, then it isn't a freedom of speech issue. And Alex Jones also broke rules and is being punished for it?
 
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News Comments > Battlefield V Open Beta Next Month
14. Re: Battlefield V Open Beta Next Month Aug 21, 2018, 10:07 Beamer
 
Have BF fans gone to PUBG/Fortnite? I'd expect PUBG got a huge chunk, right? Less to Fortnite and Overwatch.

But those games are what's taking players these days, not realistic or semirealistic deathmatch games.
 
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