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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
36. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 15, 2018, 01:47 Orogogus
MeanJim wrote on Oct 15, 2018, 01:13:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2018, 10:51:
Factually incorrect. Like, hugely. All it did is prevent Romero from making money off of his movie. It didn't do a damn thing to the zombie. The word "zombie" isn't used in Night of the Living Dead, and there was zero copyright around slow shamblers.

Hell, you know how zombies run around uttering "braaaaains!?" That comes from Return of the Living Dead, a movie that could be made without NotLD's copyright issue, and a movie with a proper copyright, despite the fact that nearly every zombie movie after had zombies trying to eat brains.

Sorry, your article isn't legally accurate. The copyright status of the movie had nothing to do with the growth of zombies. If it did, then Monster Squad never would have had the Universal Monsters in it.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

I read the article and I don't understand why the author thinks that nobody else would have made a zombie movie if Night of the Living Dead wasn't in the public domain. He compares this to Superman, which seems really stupid.

The Lord of the Rings isn't in the public domain, but there's a ton of derivative work on the market.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Oct 4, 2018, 12:44 Orogogus
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 4, 2018, 11:40:
I'm surprised it is worth anyone's time to write malware for Macs...

Aren't their laptops still super popular?
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
33. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 2, 2018, 18:45 Orogogus
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 2, 2018, 18:39:
"Nyaneave fidgets, and tugs at her braid." x 10,000. Wheel of Time needed a harsher editor so badly, it was infuriating.

They also sniff.
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News Comments > X4: FOUNDATIONS Next Month
4. Re: X4: FOUNDATIONS Next Month Oct 1, 2018, 21:33 Orogogus
Looks like they've ruled out VR for this game. Maybe when it's on a deep sale, then.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
27. Re: Sunday Mobilization Oct 1, 2018, 13:18 Orogogus
Xero wrote on Oct 1, 2018, 09:12:
A police officer is telling you when to go cross an intersection despite the traffic lights still working because of something else going on. I mean, how can the Ai understand all this?

Of all the concerns, the others of which seem reasonable, I don't think law enforcement would end up unable to control autonomous traffic. I'd expect this aspect to be easier with self-driving cars, as authorities reflow traffic digitally instead of sending someone to stand in the intersection.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
2. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 30, 2018, 15:44 Orogogus
ItBurn wrote on Sep 30, 2018, 15:31:
Oh man, China's gonna dominate Steam. I suspect they'll have to do a special separation of the store. China / "the rest".

I think the Communist government put a freeze on video game approvals back in August. And their domestically produced games tend to lean heavily on grindy MMORPGs, similar to South Korea. This game is apparently an indie production, so I guess it's not. But otherwise, Chinese gamers play a lot of PUBG and League of Legends, just like the rest of the world. I think they don't get to play Fortnite, though.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
39. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Sep 26, 2018, 11:51 Orogogus
Scheherazade wrote on Sep 26, 2018, 11:26:
My GF when in her mid 20's looked like a middle schooler. Movie theaters didn't want to let her in (not hyperbole, she would actually get stopped. I witnessed it first hand). Does that make me a pedo?

Or how about the two daughters of a coworker who I saw at work one day and thought they were new employees, because they looked like they were a good few years out of college (looked older than me for sure). Turns out they were ~16. I guess every 20-30 something that hit on them was a pedo, right?

I knew a girl in HS who was 16 and lied about being 18, so she could work at a strip club, because she left behind a shit home life and went out on her own early. I guess you can pull up receipts and charge every worker and customer at the establishment as a pedo, right?
Boy, wouldn't that be a fun unexpected surprise for them : "Hi, we're the police. Surprise! You're a pedo!"

None of those examples mention anyone actually having sex. And it seems to me in the first example that you're the one who would theoretically have a problem with it, since you're the one looking at it from the point of view of intent.

Is your argument that we shouldn't have age of consent laws, or that the laws set the age too high? Everyone knows that there's no magic change at age 16 or 18 or whatever, and that it can be a fuzzy line, but you seem to be taking an extreme position with no boundaries.

The law has no problem treating "kids" this age as "adults" when charging them with breaking into a house, or robbery, or whatever

At least where I live, the media isn't allowed to name minors for these crimes, they go to juvenile court, where punishments are less severe, and I think the court seals their records so it gets wiped for most purposes once they turn 18. They're treated significantly more leniently.
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News Comments > Gundam Breaker Breaks Out
3. Re: Gundam Breaker Breaks Out Sep 25, 2018, 13:46 Orogogus
I think they could have something with the customization and model-building aspect in VR. There's a small feature in Batman: Arkham VR where you can view the models for a few characters, either in full scale or in miniature, I think about eight inches tall, springing out from a portable card. It's really neat to see them in your hand like that; the models really had a lot of personality in their resting animations, and in VR it felt surprisingly real. I think there's a market for a glorified model viewer for properties like Gundam, Transformers, Warhammer 40K, etc.

A small market, granted. But as it is this looks kind of dire, especially the combat.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 14, 2018, 17:17 Orogogus
Cutter wrote on Sep 14, 2018, 15:34:
Uh there's a little more to it than that, guy. While cats are good companions - according to cat people - they also play a vital role in keeping pest populations in check. A huge part of the Black Plague can be attributed to the fact that the superstition against cats and the killing of them led to an explosion in the rodent population - namely rats - resulting in the death of an estimated 75 to 200 million people. Egypt, on the other hand, cat lovers that they are, never had a plague. Except for raining frogs because god is really mean to them apparently.

Dogs, besides companionship fulfill all manner of roles in all manner of work and protection. Whilst cows and pigs could play companion to some extent, they're not really good for much else except in the food and clothing department. So, there are some key differences in animals and their roles with humans. It's not just picking on cows and pigs.

Male cattle pull things, and are important for agriculture in areas where modern agricultural equipment isn't in play. An ox is just a male cow.

Anyway, I don't feel like value to humans is enough justification. You can use a single breed of animal for both work and food; you you just don't eat the cattle that you're using to pull plows. There are bacteria, fungi and insects (pollinators) that have enormous value, too, but that doesn't make them more than bacteria, fungi and insects.

I can respect vegetarians; all these food animals pretty clearly don't want to be killed and eaten. That's an easy enough rule. Eating meat but having a cutoff at not eating people makes sense. And the cetaceans, since they might be just as smart as people. Drawing lines between dogs, cats, cows, pigs, goats, rabbits, raccoons, horses, opossums, deer and so on does seem arbitrary, just another form of shoving your values in other people's faces. A guy across the street eats a dog, and what? He's spitting in the face of thousands of years of domesticated history? I just don't really feel it.
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News Comments > Assetto Corsa Competizione Early Access
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 13, 2018, 11:27 Orogogus
theglaze wrote on Sep 13, 2018, 09:11:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 12, 2018, 20:27:
I recently decided to build a racing sim pit instead of investing in VR, so bring on the new generation of racers! Cant wait to play dirt rally and forza 7 on a proper force feedback wheel, along with the realistic sims like project cars and assetto corsa. If VR manages to come down in price while updating the visuals, that will be something I can add to this setup in the future as well.

Dirty Rally is amazing, the best thing this side of Richard Burns. Forza 7 (demo) was a complete bust, but PCars2 fills that void on PC.

VR is great, even with low resolution, so don't wait too long before joining in on the fun!

Have you had a chance to try any of the higher resolution headsets, like the Vive Pro or the Samsung Odyssey? I'm curious if the ~70% increased pixel count is enough to resolve distant fuzzy blobs into cars and spaceships.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
25. Re: Saturday Metaverse Sep 9, 2018, 14:01 Orogogus
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 9, 2018, 12:10:
Beamer wrote on Sep 9, 2018, 08:35:
I just don't get these arguments. Businesses and services have rules/terms of service. When you violate them, you are penalized. When you continue violating them, you are banned.

Bluesnews has terms of service. Blue has banned people before. Is that wrong? Infowars has Terms of Service. Those terms state very clearly that:

You will not post anything libelous, defamatory, harmful, threatening, harassing, abusive, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, racially or ethnically objectionable, or otherwise illegal.
You will not make threats to other users or people not associated with the site.
If you violate these rules, your posts and/or user name will be deleted.
Remember: you are a guest here. It is not censorship if you violate the rules and your post is deleted. All civilizations have rules and if you violate them you can expect to be ostracized from the tribe.

I don't get why everyone here thinks Twitter and Apple can't enforce their terms of service, yet other people can. Alex Jones was on his TV show Friday screaming that the violent revolution would start on 10/6 and people needed to prepare themselves. Is that not grounds for being kicked the hell off of these platforms, even if endlessly harassing Sandy Hook parents isn't? Or riling up people so much against a random pizza joint that a guy shows up with a gun?

In Germany, court ruled just 2 days ago that TOS limiting freedom of speech is null and void, just FYI. You as facebook can not willy nilly remove opinions you don't like if it violates freedom of speech, which ranks higher than the house right you might have.

So yeah, house rules don't matter if they inhibit basic law.

I feel like there's context you're not presenting, because pretty much every message board has rules, and would therefore be illegal as you've presented it. Stay on topic? Illegal. No trolling or flamebait? Illegal. Don't insult other posters? Illegal. Don't argue with the moderators? Nope.

It seems to me that if freedom of speech were as sacrosanct as suggested here, then the EU's prized privacy laws wouldn't exist.
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News Comments > System Shock: Enhanced Edition Source Port Update
12. Re: System Shock: Enhanced Edition Source Port Update Sep 9, 2018, 13:07 Orogogus
Vulkan wrote on Sep 8, 2018, 10:25:
CJ_Parker wrote on Sep 8, 2018, 07:33:
They also didn't release screenshots or a gameplay video to illustrate the changes which is really retarded so they kind of made up in stupidity for no BR and no MTX.

There is always something...

I suppose no screenshots because it basically looks the same. The only differences are that it doesn't run like ass anymore if you play it at anything above 1024x768 since it no longer relies on dosbox, the menus are fancier with a new range of options, and the face portraits for the emails were redone. It's the new, best option to play the game if anyone hasn't yet.

Played through the first three floors and it feels great, though now with the modernized control options, it feels waaay too easy.

There is a gameplay video on the Steam page. The first video talks about 4K resolution and full mouselook controls. It's also the same as this video on YouTube, posted on the 6th.

I think some of the screenshots on the Steam page are new, too -- the ones that have the crosshairs right in the middle of the screen.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
15. Re: Saturday Metaverse Sep 9, 2018, 04:01 Orogogus
NKD wrote on Sep 8, 2018, 23:32:
You think any of the corporate stooges he has appointed to various agencies are going to actually ADD regulations? You need to stop eating lead paint chips.

Not to corporations in general, but to ones he doesn't like in particular. Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, NFL teams that don't fall in line, most of the news media, Harley Davidson. So far it's just bluster, but Trump certainly wants to run the US like China or Russia -- corporations and the wealthy reap a lot of benefits, but even they can be fucked by the government.

As Nucas said, though, it's bizarre that the Alex Jones crowd in general believes that Facebook and Google are monopolies that need to be treated as public utilities, while the ISPs aren't. How does that make any sense?
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News Comments > Witch Thief Announced
7. Re: Witch Thief Announced Sep 6, 2018, 15:47 Orogogus
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 6, 2018, 15:40:
Oh geeze they mean in title only, what a crazy marketing shit post.

That was just Blue's commentary, wasn't it?
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News Comments > U.S. Video Game Spending Up 40%
21. Re: U.S. Video Game Spending Up 40% Aug 30, 2018, 20:37 Orogogus
MattyC wrote on Aug 30, 2018, 11:11:
Jivaro wrote on Aug 30, 2018, 11:04:
MattyC wrote on Aug 30, 2018, 07:44:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 30, 2018, 01:27:
I play Candy Crush every time I shit... for uh 6 years now.
Level ~1350 on Soda Saga
No money spent though.

Sounds like you need to take it to the next level and bring in some Puzzle Quest!

Also probably some fiber or something... just saying.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is my preference. I will admit to spending a tiny bit a couple of times over the last 4 years or whatever it's been. Maybe like 30-40 dollars total? Worth it I say...even though I admit to being a tad embarrassed to admit I spent money on the game.

I have tried a few PQ variants over the years, but I haven't ever heard of that one. I will have to give it a go.

I think in total I got the original PQ for $3 or so on iOS, $5 used for the DS and a few other versions (Java for phones in the dark ages etc) for nothing. I would gladly have paid that again. After all, others have gone to much greater lengths to pick it up

PQ2 goes on sale on Steam for $1ish pretty often and I do enjoy it, but I feel that the game is best on handhelds/phones.

I seriously did not like Marvel Puzzle Quest, although that was back in 2013 and surely they've addressed many of the issues I had with it.

If I recall correctly, my biggest problem was with the upgrade system. You had a limited number of slots for... comic covers, I think, representing your characters. And to upgrade them you needed to collect a certain number of the same cover. So you'd get a cover for a rare character, but to get them to a reasonable state you had to upgrade them with more of that cover, but since it was rare, this would take months or years. So you'd be throwing away good covers all the time because of the limited slots and low drop rates.

Another beef was the usual F2P P2W grind. Events give out rewards based on your ranking, and you see the great prizes for, like, ranks 1-200 out of 178,384 or whatever while you plod along. I tend to lose interest when I see that kind of thing.

Again, that was 5 years ago so maybe they've listened to player feedback and improved things. A few months ago I jumped on Gems of War and so far it seems to be pretty fun as a F2P player.
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News Comments > Steam Supports Blocking Specific Creators
4. Re: Steam Supports Blocking Specific Creators Aug 28, 2018, 15:13 Orogogus
Bishi wrote on Aug 28, 2018, 14:45:
Does this mean i finally have a way to filter out all the weeaboo schoolgirl porn (visual novels) and all that other anime trash

From Steam's preferences, you can already filter out tags like anime or visual novel, although I don't know how well that works since it says it doesn't completely exclude them, only lower the chances. There's also a checkbox to exclude all nudity/sexual content, although I guess that's not good if you want to keep the non-anime sexual content.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
48. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2018, 14:53 Orogogus
Beamer wrote on Aug 28, 2018, 13:41:
He made them a long time ago, disavowed them and said he felt they were inexcusable and he was embarrassed about who he was when he made them, and virtually all of those working with him came out and said he'd changed from then and it wasn't representative of who he was today.

If we don't let people have jobs after they repent and grow, we can be in trouble. How people handle things from the past matter, as does who sticks up for them.

My understanding is that the modern argument for these kinds of firings isn't about whether or not the person in question has repented or changed, it's whether or not anyone -- co-workers, partners, customers, advertisers, vendors -- is uncomfortable.

And you know, I don't know if I believe that he was suddenly born again, either. 2012 isn't ancient history -- already 4 years after Star Citizen's announcement (EDIT: typo, should be the same year as SC) -- and the guy would have been 46 years old, so not really a youthful indiscretion. It seems more likely that he made a choice between entering the big leagues and making edgy jokes on Twitter into his middle age. I don't think it's inconceivable that people working with him, watching his films, buying ads, might have the same doubts.

Now, I don't think it should be fireable. I've made my position clear before, that I think employers should only care about how you behave at work. But if you're not doing that, it seems to me that you have situations where you like this person so you spout off all these reasons why the touchie-feelies don't matter, but you don't like that guy so you just point at the big pile of touchie-feelies and say your hands are tied; people are uncomfortable and you can't reason with them or appease them except by giving them a head on a plate.

Also interesting that Disney has no issue working with Rob Lowe today, a man once found himself in the center of a sex scandal for having sex with a 16 year old.

That seems kind of irrelevant since the sex itself was within the age of consent at the time (and still is, apparently). The taping was the illegal part, and as it got leaked (rather than him selling it or putting it on, uh, a BBS, I guess), it doesn't seem like a punchy scandal. "How dare Disney hire someone who made a sex tape with an underage girl, that is to say, underage as in too young to be filmed having sex, although there was nothing wrong with the sex itself."

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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
15. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 26, 2018, 12:47 Orogogus
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 10:09:
Not talking about preventing what happened here, I'm questioning why idiot kids have access to machinery like that at all. At the very least they shouldn't be allowed on public roadways with it.

As Muscular Beaver and Redeye said, the type of car doesn't really seem like it was the problem. We get wrong way crashes pretty often here in San Diego, and they usually end up with fatalities if they take place on a highway. If both cars are going 60 MPH in a head on collision, that's effectively like hitting a wall at 120 MPH, very likely to kill someone. People here usually drive significantly faster than that -- the extra 20 MPH between 80 and 100 isn't going to matter that much.

News article from earlier this year summarizing the local wrong way crashes through February. I don't think any of those involve high performance cars.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
6. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 25, 2018, 21:17 Orogogus
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 25, 2018, 11:11:
If you have to be 21+ to rent a car, a regular old sedan or whatever, how in the hell does it make sense to allow a teenager to own or operate a super-car? I hope the victims' family or families sue the fuck out of that idiot's insurance and/or next of kin.

I think 18 year olds can rent a car in most states, but they'll pay extra. It's not a law, the rental companies just don't like doing it. Because, yeah, more accidents.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
23. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 23, 2018, 13:54 Orogogus
jdreyer wrote on Aug 23, 2018, 05:11:
Creston wrote on Aug 22, 2018, 23:27:
Beamer wrote on Aug 22, 2018, 16:28:
I mean, what % of congressmen do we think do this? 10%? 40%? 80%?

More than 80. I don't think it's 100%, I have to think there's at least one or two congress critters that aren't corrupt, but it really would not surprise me if it's 90%.

I think "corrupt" is the wrong word. It's the way the system works: they have to be constantly fundraising to be able to get reelected. So they're beholden to those that fund their campaign. And per Citizen's United, there's no upper limit on donations: "money = free speech." Congress people spend more time fundraising than they do actually make laws. Things need to change. 100% publicly funded elections could solve this problem pretty quickly, or limiting congress people to one consecutive term.

That's not to say that there aren't actual corrupt politicians. But I don't think most of them are corrupt outside of how the game is played.

I think "corruption" in this context refers to the use of campaign funds for personal use, not to campaign fundraising in general or any implication of improper relationships with donors. And in that case I feel like 80% would be a high estimate. I think the majority of accountants aren't embezzling from their employers, and the majority of congressmen probably aren't stealing from their campaign funds. It seems like a dumb, desperate move for people living beyond their means, easily red flagged in an environment where extensive documentation is required.
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