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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 15, 2018, 22:06 dubfanatic
It's ironic that BoingBoing talks about "Internet of Shit" when practically all they do is re-post other blog posts...  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
11. Re: Saturday Mobilization Apr 15, 2018, 02:35 dubfanatic
jdreyer wrote on Apr 14, 2018, 20:58:
We used to have elevators that were human controlled. Now they are all automatic. We don't even think about it. We throw our hands in front of a closing door and expect the elevator to respond accordingly. So to it will be with cars, although not right away of course. It will take a few decades to perfect the software and hardware.

Old elevators requiring operators wasn't because navigating the elevator through the shaft was difficult, it was because the original interfaces were difficult to operate. Elevators work on one dimension in a controlled space. Comparing how elevators work to cars on public roads isn't anywhere near a fair comparison.

People will not tolerate deaths due to a fully autonomous vehicle. You can argue that this is irrational or illogical, and I would agree. People aren't logical or rational and never will be.
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Apr 11, 2018, 17:44 dubfanatic
jdreyer wrote on Apr 11, 2018, 14:21:
Prez wrote on Apr 11, 2018, 13:00:
I have to admit, when I saw the topic of the article my instant reaction was similar to Cutter's. It's not that I don't support diversity in gaming or indeed any workforce, it's just that I'm so friggin' tired of hearing about this.
Genuinely curious, when was the last time you read an article calling for diversity in the games media? I don't recall seeing one for a long while.

I think a big reason is because people seem to want diversity for diversity's sake - to avoid the stigma of being anti-diversity because it looks bad to people who care about such things, all because media outlets hire from a pool that consists largely of white males. So the answer is forced diversity? That is just stupid to me.
Diversity is always a plus in the US. We're a diverse nation, and the quality and appeal of companies and products improves with diversity. Diversity boosts profits. It also prevents accidental stupidity: a soap dispenser company in Europe built a bunch of automatic soap dispensers that failed to detect the hands of black people. A black person on staff could have prevented that eventuality.

Diversity also decreases social cohesion and trust (see Robert Putnam's research) but hey it's all good because at least corporations make more profits and we have better functioning soap dispensers
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News Comments > R.I.P. Steam Machines?
24. Re: R.I.P. Steam Machines? Apr 2, 2018, 18:53 dubfanatic
Zoom wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 16:48:
the OS is much more secure and less prone to self destruction than the pile of shit layered upon historical piles of shit that is Windows.

This may have been true in the WinXP era and prior but a properly-administered Win7 or Win10 install is no less secure than Linux. Of course if you do dumb shit like disable UAC and click on any old email attachment then you're going to have problems, but that's true with Linux too. Most of Linux's security issues aren't in the kernel itself but in the other programs and services that run in it. Look at the shitshow that has been OpenSSL for an example.

And those "layered historical piles of shit" are what make it so you can still run 20-year-old games on a x64 Win10 machine. Try running one of Loki Software's old ports on a modern Linux distribution.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
12. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 18, 2018, 21:49 dubfanatic
Tom wrote on Mar 18, 2018, 21:10:
Yeah, people are so fed up with PUBG that it's ... still the top selling game on Steam. And after a full year of that, so what if an experienced dev house gets their act together and presents credible competition? "Bunghole" has already made a fortune. GG!

At only $30 for an account (and less in China) they require money from key purchases and the vig from crate transactions for the cash flow to keep their servers running and their developers paid. If the player base dries up, this puts their cash flow in jeopardy. Go look at the graphs on Steamspy, the max daily CCUs are on a downtrend. They're still extremely high, so it's just a pinhole leak right now, but if they don't patch it up there's a danger it could grow into a serious breach. (And who the hell names their company "Bluehole" anyway? You're just asking for it at that point.)
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
9. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 18, 2018, 20:38 dubfanatic
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 18, 2018, 18:53:
Who the hell is still buying PUBG at this point, or is it all banned people getting new accounts?

Could be. The daily max CCUs have been on a downtrend since January. More people are getting fed up with Bunghole's constant screw-ups, terrible PR and inability to control cheaters than are picking the game up now. They're going to have to turn it around fast before an experienced dev house drinks their milkshake.
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News Comments > PUBG Plans to Reveal Plans
3. Re: Rampart Cheating Feb 15, 2018, 11:21 dubfanatic
Jagacademy wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 09:59:
Until they deal with the fact that this game still has an epidemic of rampart cheating they should have absolutely nothing else on their agenda because everything else is irrelevant.

The solution is simple: end the crate market. But that would cut into their bottom line, so that will never happen.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Feb 4, 2018, 12:56 dubfanatic
LOL butthurt shitlibs are hilarious. "HE TOOK MY GAWKER AWAY FUCK THAT GUY"

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News Comments > ESA Rebukes President Trump
201. Re: ESA Rebukes President Trump Jan 16, 2018, 20:06 dubfanatic
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 14, 2018, 12:58:
President Dipshit Gets “Shithole” Thrown Back in His Face: Vulgarity Projected Onto His D.C. Hotel

How can BONALD BLUMPF possibly recover
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News Comments > Chinese PUBG Cheat Creators Arrested
41. Re: Chinese PUBG Cheat Creators Arrested Jan 16, 2018, 19:57 dubfanatic
jdreyer wrote on Jan 16, 2018, 15:31:
You can be arrested for cheating at a video game in the US: video poker, or video slots, for example.

In the past I would have countered this by pointing out how involving money changes things, but in PUBG there actually is money involved through crate and item sales. Maybe there really is something to heavily regulating online games.
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News Comments > PUBG China Cheating Backlash Heats Up
9. Re: PUBG China Cheating Backlash Heats Up Jan 11, 2018, 23:52 dubfanatic
The cheating in this game is like nothing I've seen since Diablo 1. Blatant, no-fucks-given cheating, in almost every game. And with only one notable exception of someone with a meme name using anti-recoil, every one had a name like "HuWeiGuoLai34623" or "qun-43487334". But according to PLAYERUNKNOWN himself I'm supposed to not believe my lying eyes and pretend that cheaters are equally distributed across the world (even though there is ample scientific literature to the contrary)  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 28, 2017, 16:46 dubfanatic
Important quote from the article:

Geographically, it’s all still focused on the western United States

And by "Western United States" they mean California, on either private tracks or open rural or suburban roads. Up here in Washington it's been pouring rain and blowing wind for the last two weeks almost non-stop. Let me know when self-driving cars are logging miles in downtown Seattle in the middle of a November storm, then I might be interested.
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News Comments > New Steam CCU Record
14. Re: Cheating galore Nov 27, 2017, 13:18 dubfanatic
Primalchrome wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 10:16:
Jagacademy wrote on Nov 26, 2017, 15:46:
PUBG has a massive cheating problem, to an extent I've never seen in any game I've ever played. Got squad wiped by hackers in 9 of my 21 games yesterday.
Flip side is that I've only ever seen a few hackers in 300+ hours of playtime. Kind of like some of the streamers screaming about stream snipers, I think a number of the "hax!" complaints are just deaths.

Hell, I'm a reflex challenged old man and I solo killed two four man squads in close combat this past weekend. No hacks...just piss poor situational awareness by their four man.

(edit : And I realize that so many of the 'get off my lawn' gamers want to look at the past with rose colored glasses....but that's not the way I remember it. I remember CounterStrike servers rife with *real* speed/wall/aimbot hacks back in the day. Half the servers you would get on would either have a hacker or had an active admin wasting his playtime banning them.)

Yesterday I got killed by the same hacker twice in a row. Once you get above a certain rating you start getting matched with cheaters.
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News Comments > ESA Seeking Final Disabilities Access Waiver Extension
11. Re: ESA Seeking Final Disabilities Access Waiver Extension Nov 18, 2017, 17:43 dubfanatic
Cutter wrote on Nov 18, 2017, 17:17:
If repiglicans had their way they'd be taking a page from the Nazi playbook and sterilizing and euthanizing all the handicapped. Of course the fact that most of them are mentally handicapped to a point they'd qualify for said euthanization if completely lost on them.

hahahah rethugliKKKans are stupid!
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Real-Money Transactions Disabled
6. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Real-Money Transactions Disabled Nov 16, 2017, 23:20 dubfanatic
LOL EA, ya dun goofed. But yeah, the above poster is probably right, nerds will still plunk down the cash for the game after this all blows over. The market certainly thinks so; their stock has been flat through this whole pseudo-fiasco.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 11:32 dubfanatic
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 11:01:
Red wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 10:44:
So Facebook openly and officially commits to being racist. Couldn’t they just happen to appoint a black board member and say he/she was the best fit for the job? Can’t we at least maintain the illusion that all races should have equal potential and opportunity? Any black person who accepts that token position now is doing a disservice to promoting real equality.

Sometimes race does make one person the best fit, no?
I mean, it sounds obvious, but for some reason straight white dudes terrified of missing out on something because they're the most qualified on paper is ridiculous.

1) There is no perfect fit. Things are subjective. Outside of extremes, one person is never objectively a better fit than another reasonably qualified person

2) Fit has a lot to do with culture, which isn't on paper. A guy with an incredibly ideal resume may have personality traits that don't fit well with that particular organization, while someone slightly less ideal on paper may fit much better and be the better hire

3) As Timmeh points out, if you're making a product for a diverse audience having a less than diverse board isn't ideal. A black person, or a woman, is much more likely to understand the audience needs of a black person, or a woman, than anyone else. If your board is already very good at understanding white people but needs to be better at understanding black people, a black person is absolutely going to be a better fit for the current needs.

Your race baiting is illogical and based in bad business. And your final line, about needing to "promote real equality" absolutely outs you as a terrified white straight white guy that will likely never even be remotely qualified for this kind of role. You've clearly never built teams before.

Are you suggesting there are differences between races in the distribution of personality traits?
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 12, 2017, 12:59 dubfanatic
It's going to look pretty silly when in 30 years we have all these regulations and requirements for tech that never panned out  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 20, 2017, 13:29 dubfanatic
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 12:40:
Creston wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 12:26:
Oh good, so he got zero months of jail. That's even better!

One time lapses in judgment put people in jail for possessing 2 grams of TEH WEED, but hey, if you were extorting people, that's just perfectly fine.
I suggest you smoke your straw man.
The drug trade is responsible for thousands of deaths in the US and an untold number in Mexico.

The prosecutors asked for no time and no time was given.
But this is America and we have the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world, so I can see your point.

not to mention that most people in prison for "drug crimes" either have additional violent criminal charges attached to it, or they have a lengthy rap sheet already. but that doesn't fit the narrative of poor potheads who dindu nuffin getting rounded up by the dozen by racist cops
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Sep 14, 2017, 21:07 dubfanatic
Of all the reasons to close your Steam account, this is probably one of the worst. Might as well cancel your Internet account too while you're at it. Toss out your phone too, people say mean things on it.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development
19. Re: Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development Sep 14, 2017, 19:21 dubfanatic
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 13:15:
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is the problem with online gaming, period, and Overwatch is no exception to the rule whatsoever. 90% of online gamers are toxic, shit-talking, holier-than-thou, whiny little bitches, no matter what game they're playing. This is why I stopped playing online games years ago, but I see that nothing has changed.

Yes, but in the past a player could find a dedicated server with active admins and an established community of mature players. It didn't stop the occasional kiddie from wandering in and causing trouble, but that's why we had admins. Now that everything's moving to this matchmaking model, that's off the table.
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