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Nickname Bodolza
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Description Overworked and Underpaid
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Signed On Apr 18, 2003, 16:27
Total Comments 694 (Apprentice)
User ID 16753
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
30. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2017, 13:27 Bodolza
 
Dash wrote on Sep 15, 2017, 02:56:
You mean, way back, before all the current garbage started up, and people didn't pay attention to the characters as long as they were well-written

Video games are mainstream now, which means they're subject to mainstream sensibilities. We're never going back to a time when AAA titles are produced by 10 guys. It's another mass-media product, and has been for some time, which means it now carries all the baggage of our culture.

You might as well accept that, cause it's not going to ever go back.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
17. Re: Into the Black Sep 13, 2017, 14:21 Bodolza
 
If you have to rely on as-yet-unwritten movies in the future in order for your movie to make sense, then you've created a bad movie.

This post pretty-much sums up my feelings in a better way than I could express: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/78534#comment-3514804812
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
12. Re: Into the Black Sep 1, 2017, 13:13 Bodolza
 
We haven't changed because there's no good reason to. Celsius is not a "metric" measurement. Both are base 10. Both scales are based on physical properties. The only reason to switch to Celsius is because other countries use it.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 16, 2017, 12:46 Bodolza
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 16, 2017, 12:17:
Obama's tweet is a fantasy and nothing more.

So you actually think people are born hating Jews?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 9, 2017, 12:32 Bodolza
 
dubfanatic wrote on Aug 9, 2017, 11:57:
Is this still justified?

Yes. That person knew the culture of the company, yet still chose to work there. As long as the company is not doing something illegal, it's within their rights to fire them for violating policy. This is especially true in California, which is an at-will employment state.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 8, 2017, 17:09 Bodolza
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 8, 2017, 16:14:
it's illegal in California.
FYI, their was a huge drop in diversity of colleges in California after that law was passed.

You say discrimination is okay if it's for a good cause.
I never said this. I said we all discriminate all the time about lots of stuff. I made several discriminatory decisions today when I decided what to have for lunch. Discrimination itself is not inherently good or bad.

I've very intentionally left out any judgement of whether I think these particular policies are good or bad. My only point is that widely posting ANYTHING that goes explictly against company policy is dumb.

Maybe it is, but if you're not allowed to even talk about it then how do you know if it's gone too far, or far enough?
It would seem Google agrees with you.

"First, let me say that we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it."
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 8, 2017, 15:51 Bodolza
 
Pretty much everything listed under "The Harm of Google's biases". Every decision is discriminatory in one way or the other. People choose colors, what car they drive, their shoes -- all based on discriminatory choices. Google has chosen to discriminate based on race and gender towards the goal of increasing diversity and inclusion. Those are the values that the company leadership has decided to embrace.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 8, 2017, 15:04 Bodolza
 
I read it. It is anti-diversity and inclusion. Regardless of whether you think his points are right or wrong, Google, and many other companies, have made it corporate policy to encourage diversity and inclusion, even if it's not the most economical or efficient in the short term. This guy is an idiot for publicly posting something directly against corporate policy. It doesn't really matter what the subject was. Going against corporate policy is always a good way to get fired.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 7, 2017, 16:55 Bodolza
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 7, 2017, 14:30:
Fucking spoilers, man! Use secret text.

My bad. Edited the post. GoT is literally the only show I watch live. I found that avoiding spoilers is practically impossible if you don't.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 7, 2017, 14:23 Bodolza
 
Blue wrote on Aug 7, 2017, 13:16:
I also like their recent use of portals for travel.

Spoilers:
Seems to me that they've just stopped showing us months of travel time between scenes. At the end of last episode they had just raided Highgarden. By the time the attack happens at the end of this episode they've traveled all the way back to King's Landing and unloaded all the gold.

Highgarden is farther away from King's Landing than Dragonstone, giving an army on horseback plenty of time to catch up with the slow moving loot train.


This comment was edited on Aug 7, 2017, 16:52.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 29, 2017, 11:56 Bodolza
 
McSterls wrote on Jun 29, 2017, 09:08:
and yes I'm very tired of waiting for it.

Pity us Venture Bros fans.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 27, 2017, 18:46 Bodolza
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jun 27, 2017, 17:30:
They can run it how they choose.
No, they can't. They're a business, therefore they are subject to regulations, just like every other business in the world.

Since when is promoting your products illegal?
It becomes illegal when you use your market dominance in one area to influence another. That's been the case for roughly 2,000 years.

Pretty sure they're not the only search engine in the world.
The bar is not to be the only company. Market dominance is enough to be considered a legal monopoly.

Sprint isn't allowed to say their service is better than T-Mobile?
a) Sprint isn't the dominant company in the market
b) This isn't what Google is accused of doing. They're not saying their internet search product is better than another company's internet search product. They are intentionally lowering the natural search ranking for their competitors non-internet search products.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 22, 2017, 14:15 Bodolza
 
If they had admitted that election counts could have been hacked, it would throw the country into an immediate constitutional crisis. I'm not saying that there's a conspiracy to hide the truth about the extent of the hacking, but if there was going to be cover-up, this would be the time.  
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News Comments > Beyond Good and Evil 2 Trailers
10. Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2 Trailers Jun 13, 2017, 15:09 Bodolza
 
Apparently Ubisoft has absolutely no idea why the first one was so popular.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 1, 2017, 16:19 Bodolza
 
I've been using duckduckgo a lot recently, and they use bing as their backend search engine. I've got to say that they always have much fewer results than Google, but not only do they frequently have entirely different results, but it's often more relevant. Google does too much guessing about what it thinks you're searching for.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 1, 2017, 14:45 Bodolza
 
What's funny is that my company was already in the middle of migrating off of Onelogin to a competitor specifically because of a lack of confidence in their security.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Jun 1, 2017, 14:41 Bodolza
 
Jesus, I had that exact TV in the first picture. I remember taking a hammer to the stupid reflective screen. Can't to that to a modern TV. I eventually gave it to my mother when I upgraded to HDTV, and she used it for WebTV.  
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News Comments > Star Trek: Bridge Crew Released
24. Re: Star Trek: Bridge Crew Released May 31, 2017, 13:34 Bodolza
 
I played a bit last night - just the tutorials and the first mission solo. It's pretty fun. I'm looking forward to playing with some actual humans. You almost feel like you're on the bridge, but the graphics are holding it back from true realism. I guess that's the downside of having to be PSVR compatible. On the plus side, it's buttery smooth on the PC.

It's still real enough that more than once I tried to lean on the non-existent consoles in front of me. I can imagine someone making custom furniture for this game.

Complexity is similar to Artemis. I'd say helm and engineering have more to do than Artemis, but tactical is fairly basic, but that's true to the show, too.

The ToS bridge is bonkers. Everything is just colored cubes were you have to memorize their functions.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 10, 2017, 15:31 Bodolza
 
descender wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 15:12:
It must be exhausting never watching a repeat of a single tv episode or movie and always having to find something new to watch... :D

Not at all. There is way more to watch than I'll ever have time for. My Netflix queue is hundreds of items long, and I've got stuff on TiVo going back years that I haven't had time for. I also seek out material that isn't just a rehash of stuff I've seen before. I rarely rewatch anything, and if I do, it's either because I know there are things I didn't catch the first time, or because I haven't seen it in so long I don't remember what happened. If a TV show starts becoming repetitive, I drop it.

I would imagine that the reason most of us choose gaming as our preferred medium of entertainment is that we desire interactivity. To me... being told a story (TV/Movies) is the opposite of that.
I prefer to have my cake and eat it too. My favorite games are ones that are both interactive, and also tell a good story. Games like Grim Fandango or Half-life. In general, I don't like rogue-likes or RTS games for the same reason. Thankfully, there are plenty of story-driven games out there for people like me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 10, 2017, 14:57 Bodolza
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 14:49:
Like counterstrike? Survival games? MOBA's?

Yes, I find them about as interesting as other sports. I once made it through about 15 minutes of a Counterstrike match before getting bored watching them do the same thing over and over again. I tried watching a MOBA, but I couldn't even figure out what the hell was going on. Haven't tried watching a survival game, but I've played enough of them that I imagine it's got the excitement level of a golf game.

I, personally, find story-driven experiences much more involving. I don't criticize people that like watching sports, but generally speaking, I don't find them interesting.
 
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