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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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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 18, 2016, 19:29 Orogogus
jdreyer wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 16:44:
I have no issue with call people. The work should be either legal and regulated or at the least decriminalized. But it's not right that Nintendo is getting lambasted over this when it seems pretty obvious that a company trying to maintain a wholesome image wouldn't want their publicists secretly moonlighting as prostitutes.

Put that way, it doesn't make much sense to me. Employees who aren't moonlighting as call girls are probably having sex, too. What can you really prevent, or protect kids from? Becoming call girls, or having erections? It would be like firing someone if you found a picture of them smoking, drinking or not wearing their seat belt, except those would actually be setting bad examples.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 18, 2016, 19:16 Orogogus
NetHead wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 16:44:
Orogogus wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 15:17:
Tachikoma wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 13:06:
Sure, when google does it, it`s fair use. If I upload something, it`s criminal offence.


Google makes them searchable, which is really handy. What are you doing with your uploads that adds value or makes them a fair use case?

Here I thought Google made money when people ran searches, or do they not display any adverts and do no tracking with searches related to these books.

If they do I fail to see the difference between that and for example a torrent site with adverts, sites which don't actually even host any of the content. Except the people being hounded and ending up in prison for the later.

So back to the...

Sure, when powerful company does it, it`s fair use.

But heaven forbid someone who's purchase something do so much as make a backup of it.

I get no ads when I do a search and the first result is a Google Books entry. Maybe my company installed some kind of adblocker? If so it doesn't work on Blue's, Wikia or most other sites at all. It doesn't seem to trigger into my targeted history, either, that I've noticed.

No one's going to go after you for making a backup, unless that's what you're calling a torrent upload. But I use Google's book search feature all the time for work. It's something that wouldn't exist if they didn't put in the time and money to make it happen, but all I see is you and the other guy throwing hissy fits that you're not allowed to torrent books. What do you think fair use means? Is it that you think there's no benefit in having these books searchable, or is it just that you're really upset that it's not okay to just torrent books?

I mean, for most newer books and a lot of older ones you have the option to buy an electronic copy. There's no alternative search feature, as the publishers don't seem to be going out of their way to provide one. It's just, oh well, tough shit, right?
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 18, 2016, 15:17 Orogogus
Tachikoma wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 13:06:
Sure, when google does it, it`s fair use. If I upload something, it`s criminal offence.


Google makes them searchable, which is really handy. What are you doing with your uploads that adds value or makes them a fair use case?
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News Comments > Day of the Tentacle Remastered Released
19. Re: Day of the Tentacle Remastered Released Mar 22, 2016, 17:00 Orogogus
Tachikoma wrote on Mar 22, 2016, 15:52:
DotT is a masterpiece but in no need of remaster - nothing wrong with the original one.

The original is out of print, and it's a DOS game that people generally have to run in SCUMMVM. That's not really in reach for people who want to experience it for the first time now.
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News Comments > Day of the Tentacle Remastered Released
12. Re: Day of the Tentacle Remastered Released Mar 22, 2016, 15:21 Orogogus
Bundy wrote on Mar 22, 2016, 14:42:
BitWraith wrote on Mar 22, 2016, 14:24:
Yeah, what's the problem with this release and Tim exactly? Not being an asshole, I'm genuinely curious.

I know that he took a long time making Broken Age, which made people mad cause it was crowdfunded or something. And also that he burned some folks who bought the early access to Spacebase, and since the sales were low DF abandon it, kinda leaving them hanging.

Julio would be angry because Tim voiced support for anti-Gamergate last year. He hates it, he hates it forever.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 14, 2016, 13:22 Orogogus
Zoopster wrote on Mar 14, 2016, 12:32:
I have had that same setup for almost 10 years now. Each time a new console generation comes along it only costs me $400 or so to upgrade. Each time a new PC generation comes along it costs me at least 3 times that much.


Consoles are a convenience over PCs for a lot of reasons (more comfortable chair for starters, as well as bigger screen and better sound), and yet their cost of entry will always be way lower.

I don't disagree with the point, but it doesn't seem equivalent to count the monitors but not the TV, especially if you then go on to tout the seating, bigger screen and better sound system as pluses for the console. You can plug the gaming PC into the TV and have a more direct comparison.
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News Comments > Master of Orion Video Diary
18. Re: Master of Orion Video Diary Mar 2, 2016, 03:19 Orogogus
Rigs wrote on Mar 1, 2016, 21:11:
The GNN 'Galactic News Network' (that they stole from GalCiv2/3...not shit, same thing) is annoying and tells the player nothing they don't already know.

That's from the original Master of Orion, isn't it?


That android, who would pop up every few turns and tell you who was in first place, who had the most planets, or something equally useful?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2016, 15:19 Orogogus
Kxmode wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 10:42:
Hi Stephen. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but on the homepage there's a second video ad.

These ads makes the homepage unstable.

My workplace has the computers fairly well locked down so I can't install an adblocker or a different browser, and on vanilla IE Blue's is extremely unstable. If I leave the site open for more than a few minutes I can generally expect to come back and find it locked up. Sometimes it freezes up right away. I think Beamer mentioned having keypresses skipped, and I was getting that for a while, too, but it seems clear this week, but still crashy.
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