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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
22. Re: Evening Safety Dance Dec 17, 2016, 09:12 Beamer
 
How did you guys not comment on the "Russia today is more accurate than US news" post? Some here don't live anywhere near reality  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
45. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 16, 2016, 14:38 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 16, 2016, 14:10:
Beamer wrote on Dec 16, 2016, 12:08:
I think the other thing that bugs me is the group of people most convinced the mainstream media always lies is the same group that kept defending Fox News when people called it out circa 2005-2010.

That works the other way around too, though. There are plenty of people who believe Fox News literally is the mouth piece of the devil, while blithely swallowing everything CNN, MSNBC and HuffPo say as the absolute gospel.

Every media outlet has an agenda nowadays.


Which is why I say 2005-2010. FN hasn't gotten better, it's just they're no longer alone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
42. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 16, 2016, 13:36 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 16, 2016, 13:17:
Nobody takes this #fakenews crap seriously because the ones perpetrating it are the biggest culprits of it, mainly the so called mainstream media.


I've seen plenty of it on Facebook. With people believing it. People on both sides.

But you're one of those people around here that any news from the mainstream is automatically false and therefore any news ignored by the mainstream is probably right.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
39. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 16, 2016, 12:08 Beamer
 
Necrophob wrote on Dec 16, 2016, 11:53:
descender wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 16:02:
Highlighting how oblivious you are to Trump's ACTUAL corruption while still talking about Hillary's "alleged" corruption just makes you look like a complete moron.

You know how they say you can't shame the shameless? Well, you can't inform the morons. Information is their kryptonite, hence their love of "fake news". Ugh, tired of hearing that term applied to anything they don't like.

The worst part is there is legitimate fake news out there. Things without any even remote basis in fact, made solely for clicks, and yet the term "fake news" is laughed off.

I think the other thing that bugs me is the group of people most convinced the mainstream media always lies is the same group that kept defending Fox News when people called it out circa 2005-2010. And, weirdly, they tend to still find Fox News more truthful than, say, the NYT.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
37. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 16, 2016, 11:14 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Dec 16, 2016, 08:12:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 21:42:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 21:30:
It's amazing how people who make $30K per year thought a landed gentry billionaire would have their best interests in mind.

and /thread

Problem is that today, money IS power.

Moreso now than ever, when Trump has stacked his cabinet with the richest people in the country. He clearly sees money as evidence of qualifications. And, we've gone from feeling as if corporations run the government to, well, them actually running the government.

As for wealth, I still think there's a generation gap there. My parents see Trump as a wealthy, successful figure. Me? I became aware of Trump through his failures. He was constantly lampooned as being a total failure at real estate (partially true), who managed to turn himself into a cheap brand (100% true.) So, to me, he represents the emptiness of wealth. This image is enhanced by how crappy everything about him is - the apparel his name is on, the food and decor of his restaurants, etc. It's all made to look like money from a distance to those who do not know what money looks like (not their fault), and falls apart under any scrutiny.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
65. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 15, 2016, 10:39 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 07:23:
Never mind your support for Harper and Quinn and the organizations they launched though. I'll wait for you to show the link saying that "it has validity."

We went through this already. I asked you to show a quote of me even speaking kindly towards these people and organizations, let alone support for them. You responded by posting websites proving these organizations exist. That wasn't a response and had nothing to do with me.

Again, if you make claims about my views, support them. Blues poster history is easily searchable - show me saying I support CON, or whatever organization Harper launched (I have no idea what you're talking about there.)

When I discus your ridiculous views, I can support them with your ridiculous claims. You cannot do so with me, because I, like every one you hate, am a strawman you've built up in your head. You don't read what I saw, you just lash out like a child against something you feel I must be, solely because I find you ridiculous.

ELF is a bunch of morons, but has very little support. Is antifa even in the US?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
62. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 15, 2016, 07:15 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 07:07:
Quboid wrote on Dec 13, 2016, 17:58:

I can't figure out what you think this says about progressives, or anyone or anything else. Why have you mentioned this? Why do you think this helps, or is relevant to your point?

Not paying attention to the press at all? The people who were pressing the "big-dangerous-alt-right" story were self-labeled progressives. Along with media that falls directly into that camp.

Are people pushing that climate change isn't real, or enabling Richard Spencer not dangerous?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 13, 2016, 19:42 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Dec 13, 2016, 15:46:
Angrius Maximis wrote on Dec 13, 2016, 15:21:
NKD wrote on Dec 13, 2016, 13:17:

It's very disturbing that his supporters are okay with this kind of behavior and even applaud it.

OH SHUT UP you crying baby. Fuck you liberals are worse than bed bugs you follow every story everywhere and get into anything

You sound like a triggered cuck. Low energy. Sad. *insert Pepe Frog picture here*

At least his username was correct.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
59. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 13, 2016, 07:05 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 13, 2016, 05:16:
Beamer wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 07:25:

This is fun. Find a single quote from me about CON. Just one.

Or find me saying nice things about people in the "social justice movement" that would make someone think I even respect them, let alone consider them "favorites."

But sorry, anyone giving any credence to Pizzagate is a brainless moron, and anyone that can't see how GG is an alt-right extension of Five Guys, which was exclusively about harassment, is the type of person that ends up a Pizzagate believer.

Okay. Gee that's easy. Guess you shouldn't have asked.

You mean besides your support for Randi Harper, and Zoe Quinn?

Sorry, anyone who's never been involved in a child porn investigation as a crown witness or witness for the state doesn't know what they're talking about. So when was your last time as a witness for the state or crown? Mine was 2 years ago.

Whoops. Guess there's another reporter who pushed the "Iraq has WMD's" bit, this one for the NYT...again. That "dangerous alt-right" that nobody has really heard of, except the progressives pushing it. Oh wait, maybe it was China who hacked the emails from the DNC? No wait, the intelligence oversight committee says that neither the FBI or CIA have any substantive evidence.

Reread. I said a single quote by me about CON. You made a claim about my view of it. I asked you to support my claim. I can link to you saying Pizzagate has validity, now you link to me saying CON has validity.

Or that Randi Harper and Zoe Quinn do. All you'll find is me saying they don't deserve the harassment and attention GG gave them. C'mon, you're going to make claims about my views, support them or shut up.

The problem you GGers have is you think everyone against you is on some side. We're not. We just saw the whole Five Guys thing, saw what it turned into, and now see it be a bunch of climate deniers that think anything the MSM says is de facto lies and Hillary Clinton runs a pedophile ring in a basement. It's become some awful conspiracy theory based around extreme right wing views.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
43. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 12, 2016, 12:35 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 11:29:
Verno wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 11:14:
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 10:37:
So what are you personally doing about it?

Gosh we're saving the universe by recycling and buying an electric car! Is that what you wanted to hear? What do you think we're doing? We're doing the same thing as most sensible people, trying to limit our impact by reducing our carbon footprint. That basically starts with your household and your vehicle for most people. I'm also trying to raise awareness rather than spreading disinformation about it. What we can do as individuals is important but it really needs to be addressed on both a societal and worldwide level, just like we addressed the ozone crisis. That was ironically one of the few UN successes.

Good. You're doing your part and should leave it at that. But you won't because you're too fucking bored. What exactly do you want everyone else to do? Should individuals be thrown in jail for owning a car that runs on gas? Will we bomb nations that refuse to stop burning coal? Poor people in third world countries don't care about this stuff. This is a rich person problem. Most people working day to day never contemplate their carbon footprint. Maybe just kill all the undesirables because it's so much easier. How about selectively culling the world population for the good of the environment? Make farts illegal.

Does this stuff keep you up at night? If so then get a grip already.

You either oppose basic scientific consensus or you're demanding we bomb coal-burning nations and killing undesirables!
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
54. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 12, 2016, 11:06 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 09:47:
Beamer, you're not talking about right-wing gamers so generalisation is allowed.

Yeah, I'm pretty certain this site is left leaning, but not terribly so. We have a few out and out conservatives, such as Verno and Prez, and at this point I feel as if I get on fine with them, butting heads over a few social things and that's it (though, very much not always the case with Prez and I.)

I don't feel like denying climate change and pizzagate are "conservative" positions.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Payroll Issues?
19. Re: Crytek Payroll Issues? Dec 12, 2016, 09:41 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 11, 2016, 17:51:
Yeah, never do it. Company misses a paycheck don't bother showing up unless it's to take stuff for collateral until you're paid and start looking for something else immediately.

The last bit of advice you give is good - start looking for something else immediately. But not showing up? Iffy.

For one thing, not showing up can guarantee you never get paid. If a bulk of employees stop showing up, any product in the pipeline gets stalled. Any potential savior investor backs away. It basically means the company will fail, and if it fails, you do not get paid. Maybe you're pretty certain this is a foregone conclusion, but if not, you may be better off going in until you have someone else to pay you.

In other circumstances, companies get sold. If you'd stopped coming in, you're no longer part of that company and you're likely not part of that sale. Your old coworkers now have new jobs and steady paychecks, and you do not. Often, too, the company is sold and not the debt. Sometimes the new company will offer bonuses to make the new employees whole (or closer to it), while the company you actually had a relationship with just declares bankruptcy.

Looking for a new job is smart, but unless everything is clearly doomed, still coming in and doing your job is probably also smart. Doing that, you have some chance, even if small, of getting some money. If you stop coming in, you have no chance at all.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
49. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 12, 2016, 07:25 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 05:46:

Reminder: I said that there's highly suspicious things. Don't let that usual lying get in your way Beamer. I'll also remind everyone that Beamer still thinks that Gamergate is only 300 people, and the big anti-harassment group known as the "Crash Override Network" or CON, wasn't engaged in doxing and harassment. Believes that GG is nothing but harassment, and runs away when confronted that his favorite people in the social justice movement are shown to be gigantic hypocrites who actively engage in everything they claim to be against.

This is fun. Find a single quote from me about CON. Just one.

Or find me saying nice things about people in the "social justice movement" that would make someone think I even respect them, let alone consider them "favorites."

But sorry, anyone giving any credence to Pizzagate is a brainless moron, and anyone that can't see how GG is an alt-right extension of Five Guys, which was exclusively about harassment, is the type of person that ends up a Pizzagate believer.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
36. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 11, 2016, 10:19 Beamer
 
I'd just like to remind everyone that Mashiki believes Pizzagate.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 17:28 Beamer
 
NewMaxx wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 14:48:
Beamer wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 11:32:
I remember playing Fighter Ace on Microsoft Zone back in, I dunno, maybe 1997? That game would give you a message every time there was a bullet impact. If a bullet hit you, it was red text saying something like "You were shot in the fuselage by FighterAce1977," and it would be the reverse in green text if you made the hit. Given that you were firing dozens of bullets at once, getting a good volley in a ship meant a sudden scroll of green text in the corner of your screen. It was immediate, satisfying feedback. It's how I first noticed how important things like that were - you just kept playing for more instant feedback like that, just one more hit.

Look at the Modern Warfare games. Two things they did was change the target reticle when you land a shot, and then give a +100 pop up every time you kill someone. Initially complained about as arcady, but every time you see that pop up you hunger for the next one.

Contrast that with some of the earlier games in the series, or even occasional modern games in other series, and there's very little feedback for you doing something good like hitting someone, and I lose interest in those shooters quicker.

Another modern example would be Battlefield 1. The satisfaction of hearing that "kill" sound is just so sweet. Constant points for doing anything pop up for you; suppression, defense, assisting, flares, spotting, healing, ammo resupply, everything. If you disable those the game feels completely different...

To be clear, I'm not advocating against these things - I love them. But it's fun to see the stuff put in there to push the dopamine, or whatever causes the reaction. You feel like a rat pushing a lever for more sugar.

edit - also worth pointing out that Valve has multiple experimental psychologists on staff, and they're not there to figure out how to make video games less addicting. Which isn't to say that their explicit goal is to make them more addicting and they're sitting there, twirling their mustaches, but I'm sure it's to make video games more pleasurable and rewarding, which ultimately, is pretty much synonymous.

This comment was edited on Dec 9, 2016, 17:38.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2016, 17:25 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 16:49:
They want a younger guy for Spider-Man because they want him for a long run of several movies. New guy is 20 now (so even younger for Civil War) and has a serious baby-face, but that's in contrast to Tobey Maguire barely passing for a high schooler in his first film and then looking like a tired old man in the third. Because he was one, in his thirties! Now that Sony is [finally] teaming up with Disney/Marvel and folding Spidey into the MCU, they're going to do it right and this kid is gonna be around for at least ten years like the rest of the Avengers.

I'd advocated for an older Spiderman a few times. Back in the Spiderman 1/2/3 days, I thought it would be interesting to replace Tobey McGuire with Jake Gillanheal, as both look similar but Jake is less wide-eyed. He'd have made a good continuation of Peter Parker now being more assertive and cynical.

Then, when they started talking reboot, I thought older again, because we'd seen younger.

Then I saw Civil War, and yes, this guy is perfect. Andrew Garfield was terrible as Spiderman. He's a good actor, but in the suit I found him overacting to compensate for us not seeing him, and rather than playful banter I found his words arrogant and obnoxious. This kid? Feels like Peter Parker, just swept up and enthusiastic and sarcastic.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 11:32 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 11:21:
The psychology behind some of the most successful games and even whole genres is fascinating, even if it makes you a little uncomfortable or even upset to think that your "want" to keep playing is actually something that is predictably and intentionally generated.

I remember playing Fighter Ace on Microsoft Zone back in, I dunno, maybe 1997? That game would give you a message every time there was a bullet impact. If a bullet hit you, it was red text saying something like "You were shot in the fuselage by FighterAce1977," and it would be the reverse in green text if you made the hit. Given that you were firing dozens of bullets at once, getting a good volley in a ship meant a sudden scroll of green text in the corner of your screen. It was immediate, satisfying feedback. It's how I first noticed how important things like that were - you just kept playing for more instant feedback like that, just one more hit.

Look at the Modern Warfare games. Two things they did was change the target reticle when you land a shot, and then give a +100 pop up every time you kill someone. Initially complained about as arcady, but every time you see that pop up you hunger for the next one.

Contrast that with some of the earlier games in the series, or even occasional modern games in other series, and there's very little feedback for you doing something good like hitting someone, and I lose interest in those shooters quicker.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 11:12 Beamer
 
panbient wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 10:50:
Beamer wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 10:19:
I'll never understand people who call articles like this "one-sided."

How is this not one-sided?

If you happened to be super old school and read this in a print newspaper you would have the story of a single special needs boy being spun as representative of the impact of video games on a generation of youths. While the online version does have loads of links to support other ancillary claims this is really an article about one single family's experience and not an exploration into reclusive social behaviour. It's almost like you didn't actually read the article.

As for the actual article that whole angle about the 'negative' impact of games because dialog lines would pop into his head... I mean, I know haters are going to hate, hate, hate, hate! Just shake it off, shake it off!

Am I right? And now get that out of your head.

Oh, but when the earworm comes from a video game it's totally due to addiction. Right. Because no one has ever had a catch phrase or ad slogan or song hook just pop into their heads just because they hear it so much. Nope... gotta be addiction.

How is it being spun as representative?! It's talking about isolated cases.

There's no need to say "99% of people play video games without problems," because people know that. It dilutes the story by adding information that's boring.

What really bothers me is Blue posts articles with only "one side" every day. People here just get angry when it says something bad about video games, because they either can't differentiate between "all" and "a select few," or you're convinced no one can so this will lead to bans. Which is great, because the first post here accuses this of fear mongering, but the post itself is fear mongering.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 10:51 Beamer
 
I mean, if you read the article (we all know one person who doesn't), it doesn't make it out to be an epidemic. It's talking about how something impacts a very small subset of people, and it's an interesting story.

It's by no means making the claim this is widespread.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 9, 2016, 10:49 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 10:38:
It was basically so tightly packed that a casual jostle or bump could merge 2 layers of cells together.

I would gladly take battery life over "thinness" any day too.

What's weird is that they "just found" this, but I remember the subsidiary that made the battery making this claim either the week Samsung first acknowledged the explosions or the week after. I'm pretty sure I posted it here, too - there was a photo (x-ray?) of the battery cross-section showing the edges being distorted and cells coming close to each other. This was put out there almost immediately, which is why so many people weren't surprised when the explosions continued with the new batteries made to the old specs.

To your second point - I've been saying that forever. I had the Nokia Lumia Icon, which was a thick phone relative to the iPhone, and it was fine. I have an S7 Edge now, and it's fine, but I'd happily trade it for one as thick as the Icon if it meant more battery.

I also don't want to lose the home button. I actually like physical buttons (and hate on-screen ones), and I use double-tap for camera daily. If they ditch the home button, I'd hope for a dedicated camera button on the side.

 
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