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Homepage http://steamcommunity.com/groups/detroitgamers
Signed On May 29, 2003, 01:51
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2016, 19:05 Sepharo
 
Blue you didn't prepare for the VR?

I had the laser eye surgery 4 years ago (or whenever it was) to be ready. Hate contacts
 
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37. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2016, 16:40 Sepharo
 
descender wrote on May 20, 2016, 15:36:
I'm happy for you that your job is so simple and lacking in responsibility that your boss doesn't care what type of person does it. Sounds like a great business model! /s

You are going to great lengths to avoid the actual topic at hand... what a waste of time this was. No one cares about your company or your particular situation. How many times does it have to be brought up that testing generic office drones is not being discussed here by anyone but you? How many more times can you ignore the very real reasons why employing someone at risk of being thrown in jail at any random moment is a bad idea?

Where is the outrage at background checks? How is that any more or less of an invasion of your privacy? It seems you only very specifically care about you, your job and your drug situation. That's fine but admit that up front, don't try to play it off as if drug tests are "insulting" in any way. If anything, your expectation of employment with no strings attached is the most entitled and insulting thing in this entire thread.

I think you're trying to make my point larger than it is.
This is my personal opinion. You're not going to change it. There's nothing to prove wrong here.

But lacking responsibility? No it's the opposite. We're expected to be professionals here, we have autonomy in our solutions, we work directly with customers, anyone can contribute and are treated with respect.

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.
 
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35. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2016, 14:50 Sepharo
 
HoSpanky wrote on May 20, 2016, 14:34:
Wait until one of your coworkers claims 50 hours of overtime when no one's seen him for weeks.

There is no overtime, so that's not an issue here. But even if there was, if someone was found to be abusing it they would be fired.

As far as all this weird hypothetical stuff in the rest of your post... I don't have to deal in hypotheticals. I'm describing the reality of the company I work for. We're salaried professionals here with lots of autonomy. I came in at 2PM today, I'll probably leave at 8, and then I'll put another 2-4 hours in back at home after dinner.

You guys work with scumbags I guess and apparently that means I'm not allowed to think that drug testing office employees is insulting. I guess you can have that. I'll continue only working at places without scumbags I guess where the employers respect their employees. If we have a scumbag here we'd fire them I suppose, not impinge on the rest of the workforce.
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2016, 13:18 Sepharo
 
Guy, I said at least 3 times now that I find the whole concept insulting. There is really no other point to be made. I would never work for a company that did such things to its employees. Employment is built on mutual respect. I'm a human being, not some machine or animal to be shuffled through testing programs. This is my 4th job in 12 years (been here for 7) never had a drug test (from work) before, never will. Another thing that might blow your mind is that we don't have a time clock or a dress code. We are allowed to make these decisions on our own because the company respects us and only cares that we're producing.  
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6. Re: Talos Principle 2 Revealed May 20, 2016, 13:11 Sepharo
 
It's close... But I think Talos slightly edges out The Witness for best recent puzzle game in my opinion.

This comment was edited on May 20, 2016, 18:24.
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2016, 03:19 Sepharo
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on May 20, 2016, 02:15:
3 days for uppers and 30 days for weed. If you don't have the willpower to stop for long enough to pass a drug test, go buy one of the numerous kits that can help you pass it. Pretty easy really. If you live in a place where it's illegal and are trying to get a job, be prepared.

If it's just urinalysis it's essentially a test of your ability to research and follow instructions.
Day before go heavy on the creatine, supplements or red meat.
Few hours before test drink water until pissing clear.
Eat some rolaids for specific gravity.
Take vitamin B2 for yellow color, or an energy drink works really well too and will keep you needing to go.

Pissing water will be flagged as dilution normally. But the quick and easy ways they determine that are color, creatine, and specific gravity and you can cover all of those. Do a test run the day before with the home test, to at least make sure the dilution aspect is going to work for you.

 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 23:42 Sepharo
 
My argument is that it's insulting and unnecessary.
It has nothing to do with whether it's a choice or not.
If the idea is that it's detrimental to the company and that's why they test for it... well then there's a whole suite of tests that need to be done because there are lots of things that could be detrimental to the company.

Measure my performance and value to the company. Not the composition of my blood or urine.
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 22:34 Sepharo
 
I said drug testing office workers is insulting. I don't care what the test is for. My employer doesn't need access to my bodily fluids to determine if I'm good enough to work for them.

Should they also test my blood sugar? What if I'm diabetic?
How many hours of sleep do I get a night?
Maybe I have sleep apnea... A dead employee is also a bad prospect.

Sorry, before you work here we're going to require you to sleep over night at this testing center. We're going to hook up all of these wires to you because sleep deprivation has been shown to effect performance on nearly an equal level with some drugs.
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 21:20 Sepharo
 
Orogogus wrote on May 19, 2016, 21:04:
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.

Drug testing office workers is insulting. I'd say the same about every job but I do understand the safety concerns around driving and/or operating machinery. I've always said that I'd never work somewhere that required or randomly drug tested, whether or not I was doing drugs. Being forced to piss, take a hair sample, or a blood test for your employer is some draconian shit.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Launch Plans
2. Re: Overwatch Launch Plans May 19, 2016, 20:05 Sepharo
 
I'm moving on the 25th (which means I'm preparing to move in the days before that). And then I'm going on a trip 26th-1st... My Overwatch friends are going to be pissed. I'll basically be missing the first week of play.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 19:48 Sepharo
 
descender wrote on May 19, 2016, 19:42:
A standard field test for balance, reactions, all that jazz is sufficient.
There is a reason that they have to administer a breathalyzer or blood test in a DUI case. A field test based on "all that jazz" is not, in fact, sufficient evidence in court.

Alcohol has the same metabolism issues you are attempting to raise here, and testing for edibles will always be an issue... but there will absolutely be a "THC breathalyzer" in the next few years to catch smokers, they already exist.

There are many companies looking to create and sell such devices to law enforcement but no science will ever back them up. I definitely won't be surprised if agencies start using them, it doesn't mean they're correct. Look what just happened with hair in forensics... Turned out the FBI had been making shit up for decades and the science wasn't sound.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 19:35 Sepharo
 
descender wrote on May 19, 2016, 19:33:
Maybe you should go back and read the discussion then Sepharo, you misunderstood Cutter's post and my post.

I always back read. The only point I'm making (and was backing up Cutter on) is that Marijuana has the longest detection times in all manner of drug tests of the scheduled drugs... and it also happens to be the least dangerous of all those drugs.

And no, they won't be able to devise a test for being actively under the influence of marijuana. It's extremely subjective and measuring quantities isn't effective since even the blood tests can be positive 7 days afterwards. A standard field test for balance, reactions, all that jazz is sufficient.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 19:29 Sepharo
 
descender wrote on May 19, 2016, 19:02:
That is definitely not the same test. If you get in an accident and they suspect you are high you are not peeing in a cup or giving a hair sample. They arrest you, you have your blood taken from you and tested... unless you refuse the test and they assume guilt.

With the inevitable explosion of the pot industry in the US, proper field testing equipment is not far behind. Just because they are going to legalize pot doesn't mean they are going to let everyone be high all the time anywhere they want, just like you can't do that with alcohol. Don't confuse field tests with the reasons that employers test their employees though.

Drug tests during hiring are essentially an extension of a background check. Random drug/alcohol tests throughout employment are pretty rare but usually quite warranted.

I'm positive we're not having the same discussion so I'll let you have your unrelated points in peace.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 18:39 Sepharo
 
descender wrote on May 19, 2016, 18:36:
That's because it isn't a test for being under the influence at work. It's a test to determine if you ingest illegal drugs. They don't care when.

The alcohol testing that certain jobs do are to determine if you are showing up drunk, not if you ever ingested alcohol.

The same test for THC is given in auto accidents as well and they will consider the presence of THC metabolites to be indicative of being under the influence. It's also always listed in autopsies and then the news likes to run with "he was high at the time!"
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2016, 18:26 Sepharo
 
THC can be detected for even a month after use. The tests for that are bullshit and should be pushed back against as often as possible.

Having THC (metabolites) in your system 30 days past ingestion is in no way indicative of "being under the influence" and yet that's how it's treated.

Cutter's point was that much harder, more dangerous drugs are out of the system much quicker, while one of the most benign (but still schedule 1) drugs like marijuana are detectable the longest.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2016, 21:37 Sepharo
 
I randomly decided to watch the first Addams Family movie the other day. I don't think I had seen it since I was in the single digits. It's still a pretty fun movie that holds up. The acting, setting, script, all on point.  
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News Comments > King's Quest Episode One Free
12. Re: King's Quest Episode One Free May 18, 2016, 18:22 Sepharo
 
saluk wrote on May 18, 2016, 18:13:
This game has a really checkered development history, I'm not sure I want to support it even if it's free.

It's been years since I did a complete kq1-8 playthrough, if I get the urge for more KQ I think I'd rather go back and replay them. They can be obtuse and mean at times for sure. The Dark Souls of adventure games The worst are the dead ends where you have made the game unwinnable without knowing it. Oh, you drank that potion that does nothing here but you need on this other screen later on? Too bad!

But there have been remakes that clean up some of the rougher edges.

KQ6 is sooo damn good.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Trailer
20. Re: Overwatch Trailer May 17, 2016, 08:41 Sepharo
 
I don't think he actually gives a damn. I just raised his blood pressure by using the word "goalposts". I've never actually used it before, as a search shows, and I won't use it again because I don't want to hurt anyone.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Trailer
17. Re: Overwatch Trailer May 17, 2016, 07:32 Sepharo
 
rudra wrote on May 17, 2016, 07:15:
Sepharo wrote on May 17, 2016, 05:06:
Osc8r wrote on May 17, 2016, 04:41:
Sepharo wrote on May 17, 2016, 01:33:
Osc8r wrote on May 17, 2016, 01:26:
If only their games were half as good as their movies.

Overwatch is pretty much the most polished MP FPS I've seen in a long while. You and others might not enjoy the gameplay and that's fine of course. But it's a solid, well-made, good game... especially in relation to the other MP FPS stuff out there, at their launches.

Nobody is doubting their polish, but that's about the only thing Blizzard ever brings to the table these days.

Copy what's already out there, dumb it down, polish, add blizzard logo, polish some more, profit.

/yawn

Goal posts on wheels. Now it's not that it's bad but that it's not original.

hey genius, ever consider its bad BECAUSE its not original?

see - that means the argument is actually valid and you cant dismiss it with some cliche internet knee jerk bullshit

dont let that stop you, im sure you wont - but yeh, if you are trying to act "impartial" then you've failed quite handily

in fact i wonder if all the drooling fanboys even notice what comes out of their mouth

I'm by no means impartial. It's neither bad nor unoriginal.
 
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15. Re: Overwatch Trailer May 17, 2016, 05:06 Sepharo
 
Osc8r wrote on May 17, 2016, 04:41:
Sepharo wrote on May 17, 2016, 01:33:
Osc8r wrote on May 17, 2016, 01:26:
If only their games were half as good as their movies.

Overwatch is pretty much the most polished MP FPS I've seen in a long while. You and others might not enjoy the gameplay and that's fine of course. But it's a solid, well-made, good game... especially in relation to the other MP FPS stuff out there, at their launches.

Nobody is doubting their polish, but that's about the only thing Blizzard ever brings to the table these days.

Copy what's already out there, dumb it down, polish, add blizzard logo, polish some more, profit.

/yawn

Goal posts on wheels. Now it's not that it's bad but that it's not original.
Other than just the very base gameplay of TF2, what is it copying?

Name a more unique MP FPS. It's not easy to do considering most are at least 3 or 5 sequels in.
 
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