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News Comments > Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway
62. Re: Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway Jun 24, 2016, 11:15 Orogogus
Acleacius wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 10:06:
I'm not saying there aren't some bad players selling keys. I just don't want to cast judgement on everyone and the whole game sales market. This is just the kind of scandal the big corporate's want to push people away from independent sales. This is how big corporate played the Crowd Funding too.

It's not everyone, but if there are no controls on it there's no reason to think the "winners" -- the ones with the lowest prices -- aren't the criminal element. It's just like a game, really; in a competitive game with no cheat protection, how much faith are you going to have in the scores of the people at the top?

PHJF wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 11:06:
Or I will buy it. At the lowest price I can find. Because America is supposedly a capitalist bastion, and to do anything else would be decidedly un-American.

I mean, yeah. "Fuck you, got mine" is basically the American/capitalist motto. The endpoint of the regional pricing argument is basically, do you care about people who can't afford to pay the NA/EU price. One argument is going to be, that's sad and all but tough shit for them, and that's going to be where people are going to have to agree to disagree.
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News Comments > Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway
61. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Jun 24, 2016, 11:09 Orogogus
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 10:04:
So, instead of figuring out a single price that will allow you to recover your costs and make a nice profit, you try to segment the market and charge whatever you feel each segment will bear.

I can't say what it's like for entertainment goods, but for my industry that single price would just be the high US/EU price. US/EU generates upward of 85% of the revenue, and to sell to the AF/LA/RU/AS territories you would have to lower the US/EU price far enough to tank your overall profits. If it were required by law to have a single price then those territories just wouldn't get anything, because it wouldn't be worth it.
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News Comments > Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway
45. Re: Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway Jun 23, 2016, 20:50 Orogogus
Acleacius wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 20:14:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 19:53:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 16:09:

Virtually all of mine are only 10% off. I don't see a single game I want at a sale price I deem fair atm. And G2A is still crushing most of those prices.

Don't buy off of G2A if you can stand it. There was an article on here a few days ago, many stolen credit card rings are buying game keys and reselling them on G2A, and G2A doesn't seem to be doing much at all about it.

More on topic: I may have reached peak Steam ownership for awhile, no good sales on my wishlist at all at the moment.

I saw the article too, but wasn't it sort of speculation? It just seemed like something the RIAA drm, PR people try to push to justify all their lawsuits.

I don't think it's wild speculation. The developer was able to pick a key and show that it was bought off the Humble Store and sold below the buying price. The only place you can buy anything cheaper than G2A is "pay what you want" bundles; other than that they beat everyone. G2A's retailer fraud protection is a paid service. I see a lot of room for doubt.

And I feel like if G2A were legitimately trying to stop fraud, they'd have some pretty big busts under their belt by now. If I were a no-goodnik, I think I'd certainly try this avenue to launder stolen credit cards. As long as there are ton of Cutters out there, G2A has every incentive to do nothing to stop fraud, and no one else would be in a position to stop evil-me.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 23, 2016, 14:29 Orogogus
Saboth wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 14:14:
xxzone wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 14:04:
I agree. If it wasn't for child pornography, I'd think it was completely nuts as well. I'm all for every advantage to help bust the pedos.

I'm of the mind we've given up too many rights and privacy already in the name of defeating the "terrorists and pedos" (the 2 tired factions trotted out by the government every time they want more power to snoop on all Americans). It's time to start walking back many of those government overreaches that they've given themselves in the past decade.

I don't know if this is relevant, though. Nothing here suggests to me that they don't need a warrant to use the dog.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 23, 2016, 14:28 Orogogus
xxzone wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 14:04:
I agree. If it wasn't for child pornography, I'd think it was completely nuts as well. I'm all for every advantage to help bust the pedos.

It still sounds very strange to me, though. I'm sure it's not in the feds' interest to let everyone know how they zero in on child pornographers, but it doesn't seem intuitive to me that the main obstacle would be finding where they stored their files. I would have thought if someone's impulse control is poor enough that they go after that forbidden fruit, they probably wouldn't have great discipline about hiding their files and history, either.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 23, 2016, 14:01 Orogogus
The motivation is kind of nuts, but I was wondering, how can they possibly train a dog to sniff out pornography?

Weber Countyís latest recruit has undergone nine months of intensive training on how to sniff out smut, or more specifically, digital devices such as flash drives, DVDs and memory cards that illegal material is typically stashed on.

Okay, so following the link to the original source it seems like this is meant to go after distributors and people harboring child porn? I guess? They cite Jared Fogle's case, and I think the reasoning is that people who possess something as extraordinarily incriminating as child porn don't keep them on their hard drives, but it's all not very clear. If the goal is just to sniff out regular porn in a sweep under a total porn ban, I think you don't need a dog to find storage devices. Go to home, confiscate computer, find porn.

There's probably a more reasonable story somewhere in here, but I'm not sure what it is.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 23, 2016, 13:53 Orogogus
The Revive news is a month old, isn't it? I think it's just belatedly working its way around the general media (specifically, the UK Register).  
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Total War: WARHAMMER
22. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Total War: WARHAMMER May 25, 2016, 12:41 Orogogus
nin wrote on May 25, 2016, 11:38:
JoeNapalm wrote on May 25, 2016, 09:31:
VaranDragon wrote on May 25, 2016, 03:22:
Stop equating theft and software piracy. It's not the same thing and it makes you look stupid.

Pretty sure that taking something without permission is still theft.

They're offering it for sale, you take it without paying, that's stealing.

You can justify it in whatever self-serving manner you want, it is very much the same thing.


Assuming every pirated copy is a lost sale is quite the assumption.

I don't think he or Slick said that? From the individual's standpoint, I don't think their argument is out of left field. The moral problem here is taking something you're supposed to pay for. From that standpoint I don't feel there's much difference between theft and piracy, either. From the company's and the courts' point of view there will be a difference, and that's where lost sales come in, but I don't think Slick or JoeNapalm were talking about that.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: aol lasik May 25, 2016, 04:54 Orogogus
Sepharo wrote on May 25, 2016, 02:11:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 25, 2016, 01:54:
1% ?

March 2014
An alarming 19.1% of patients enrolled in an FDA clinical trial for LASIK using the latest technology reported worse or significantly worse "night driving difficulty" six months after surgery.

I have to believe a significant amount of that is introduced through bias. I was told repeatedly before my surgery that I might have worse vision when driving at night. It's not great, but as far as I can recall it wasn't great before the surgery either. Driving in the dark with contrasting blinding headlights oncoming is bad for anyone I'd imagine. So when the docs keep telling everyone that they're night driving is going to suffer they can't help but notice how bad it is and chalk it up to the surgery whether it was at fault or not. That's my theory at least.

What's your basis for assuming it's bias? Both my cousin and my brother had LASIK, and said that after the surgery they would see light halos around bright lights, like headlights, at night, something they didn't experience before. They both thought it was annoying, but worth it. There are ton of websites -- most of them the LASIK providers -- warning of this specific effect, and that link says 41% of people experience the same. I wouldn't think that something that would be easy to bias into existence.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2016, 04:42 Orogogus
Sepharo wrote on May 20, 2016, 16:40:
The only reason my own company has come up is because it's an example of an office that doesn't drug test its employees. It's a tangent to show that it's possible and something that exists out there in the world. I believe that employees that are treated with respect will give it back in return and I see that everyday.

As descender said in the post you replied to, this is the norm for white collar workers. Your situation exists almost everywhere in the world of office work. Most people who get tested regularly are in the military, the transportation industry or work with heavy equipment, where there's very real potential for harming yourself and others if you're impaired, and it's been judged that safety outweighs privacy concerns.

Well, and low paid positions in large retail chains like Wal-Mart and Target. There is a lack of respect there, but with the hiring bar set so low that's kind of a given.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 24, 2016, 20:10 Orogogus
The kiddie porn guy's argument seems pretty far-fetched. Paying someone to go undercover at Best Buy -- or at every Best Buy? -- to search the hard drives of particularly stupid criminals seems like a low-value proposition.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 21:04 Orogogus
As descender and the article touched on, drug testing is heavily concentrated in a few industries, mostly where showing up impaired can have serious consequences to the user and others -- it started in the US military after a serious incident on an aircraft carrier (14 dead, dozens injured, several planes put out of commission) and very soon branched into other branches of the federal government, specifically in safety-sensitive occupations.

The federal government has tried at various times to encourage general drug testing, and states have done the same (the article mentions how some provide a break on compensation insurance rates), but outside of safety-related jobs generally related to transportation, it's not mandated. Compensation is a fairly big thing in construction, where drug abuse is rampant, especially, as the article notes, among white guys.

The majority of white collar office workers don't get tested. When they do, it's usually because of the workers' comp insurance thing. A lot of employers specifically want THC tests that are less sensitive to avoid cutting too many employees and candidates for what they often also perceive as a non-issue.
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News Comments > King's Quest Episode One Free
14. Re: King's Quest Episode One Free May 18, 2016, 19:23 Orogogus
Bundy wrote on May 18, 2016, 17:55:
I didn't mind that. All the KQ games had points of no return that weren't obvious and many, many ways to get yourself stuck in an impossible to solve position. That was way back when games being difficult was the rule, not the exception.

It took me a long time to get through KQ1. But with a guide you can finish the game in 20 minutes. Making mistakes and reloading was part of the journey. Which I personally like better than Telltale's impossible to fail adventure games today.

Eh. I don't miss that style of game design; good riddance to bad rubbish.

In practice, it's pretty easy to not eat the pie. It doesn't get you anything and you lose the pie. And in some of Sierra's games (maybe just King's Quest 1) that kind of thing would also lose you points, providing another hint that you're not on the right track

But it's fundamentally bad design. I don't see at all how reloading is part of the journey, when it's just as easy for the game to say, "No, I'm not hungry". I feel this particular kind of no-win situation is just game designers thinking they're clever and funny. I think LucasArts' decision of steering away from that was totally the right way to go. You can put down the game at any point and come back to it blind without wondering if there was anything you should have done in Chapter 1 that's going to necessitate a restart.

A bigger problem are things like the pie vs. yeti and the shoe vs. cat puzzles, where you brute force puzzles by using every object with everything else until something works, and even when you solve it you just think, what the hell was that? Why do I even want the mouse to get away from the cat? It's vermin! I think that it didn't even get you points, so even in Sierra game terms it was particularly unintuitive -- you lose an item, and nothing happens any time soon to tell you it was the right action. And I don't think there's anything at the crisis point to signal that you should have saved the mouse, if you didn't. Total crap, designed for people whose time is worthless.

At the end of the day, I feel making mistakes being "part of the journey" is like patting yourself on the back for having a big fat pile of graph paper maps at the end of an old school CRPG. It's just not impressive.
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. May 17, 2016, 20:50 Orogogus
jdreyer wrote on May 17, 2016, 20:26:
Kxmode wrote on May 17, 2016, 14:10:
What's the difference between "can't into" and "can't even"?
One is proper English and the other isn't?

I don't think either one is proper English.
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News Comments > New Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees
4. Re: New Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees May 6, 2016, 13:44 Orogogus
Slick wrote on May 6, 2016, 02:17:
Yeah, I know that it's only in it's second year. I guess I don't get the "trickle" method, unless this particular hall of fame is assuming it will run for 50 years... by then we might be up to Half Life...

The fact that "The Legend of Zelda" wasn't included in the first round, and failed to make the cut for this round is abyssal.

I'd say that Zelda was more important than GTA III...

It's just another bullshit award show by any other name. Is this sponsored by Spike TV?

How do you read that it failed to make the cut this round? It's right there.

The first round was apparently DOOM, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Brothers, Tetris and World of Warcraft, which does seem stronger than the second round.

And man, clicking on the link, this is probably as far from Spike TV as you could possibly get. It's a lot more PBS than Spike TV. Sample image caption: "Computer scientists from Malmo University in Sweden tour The Strongís electronic games collections with Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of the museumís International Center for the History of Electronic Games."
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News Comments > The Climb Ascends
2. Re: The Climb Ascends Apr 29, 2016, 13:46 Orogogus
I've heard tell that the action of pulling yourself up doesn't actually translate well to motion controls. You're expecting your body to move while your hands stay still, but in real life the opposite is happening.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 26, 2016, 20:46 Orogogus
RoboNerd wrote on Apr 26, 2016, 12:06:
Re: Six cases of measles confirmed in Tennessee outbreak. Measles was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.

Don't care for all the name calling in this article. I would also like to know if the influx of folks from outside the country where vaccination efforts are slim to none played a big role. But, we are never going to see reporting on that aspect - it's not PC. Sad, because disease will never respect PC "rules".

You guys know you can click the links to get to the source article, right? You don't have to read it from boingboing or whatever if you don't like their tone.

The organizations that place refugees, and the governmental agencies that work with them, immunize migrants as a matter of routine. I don't think the CDC has a current table, but their webpage has one from 2014 posted, and you can see the MMR vaccine is included in the International Organization for Migration's immunization schedule:

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2016, 12:52 Orogogus
TorchMaster wrote on Apr 19, 2016, 12:47:
Can someone please post directions on how to ignore a user, or direct me to such a post? I'm logged in and see 'Manage Ignored Users' in the menu, but I don't have any users listed, nor is there a way to add from that screen. If I click on user name I see their details, but no way to ignore. Links at the bottom of posts don't seem to offer anything to me either. Help please.

I think usually when people have trouble with the ignore feature it's because they don't have Remember Me checked in the login (under the row of emoticons whenever you make a new post). Some people type it in every time, other people have their browser auto-fill it for them. But you have to check that box and either preview or post so that it sticks, then the ignore functions will be there.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
16. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 18, 2016, 20:22 Orogogus
dubfanatic wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 19:53:
Do you seriously not see the difference between publicly advertising your services as an escort and maintaining a private sex life? Oh why am I even asking, this is Blues News comments, the second most autistic place on the Internet behind LessWrong

Well, spell it out if you can do it without the snark. What is the threat to the public if someone advertises as an escort? How do you think it's going to harm the kids?
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 18, 2016, 19:37 Orogogus
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 17:23:
Cutter wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 12:01:
Marissa Mayer, another useless CEO that's clearly not CEO material. Well that's what you get when you hire style over substance.

Not defending her failed turn around attempt at Yahoo, but I'd hardly call the former head of search at Google, and one of its earliest engineering hires, a style over substance person. Yahoo CEO was a big promotion for her, but not an unrealistic one: going from the head of the core technology division of arguably the most successful tech company, to the CEO of a struggling one isn't exactly cutting the line. I don't know what the precise numbers are, but I wouldn't be surprised if she had more employees under her at Google than at, the much smaller, Yahoo.

She failed; the buck stops with her; but implying she was unqualified -- and just a diversity hire -- is really pushing it.

There's not really much point in engaging Cutter. I've done it myself, but I have to admit it was mostly just to see my pretty argument posted up on the Internet.

Is there anything salvageable at Yahoo? I'm trying to imagine what a successful turnaround/revival would look like, and absolutely nothing comes to mind. I feel like they haven't been relevant since they were selling dissidents out to the Communist Chinese government.
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