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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2017, 19:34 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 17:02:
Pigeon wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 15:01:

There is a difference between running around looking for crimes to stop and witnessing a violent crime and attempting to stop it. There is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself and others. Is it dangerous, yes, but so is rolling over and being a criminal's bitch. I'm not condemning people who don't help, but I think it's stupid to chastise those that do. I would rather not live in a society where you're only allowed to be a helpless victim to the unscrupulous.

Yeah, no. You should let the police handle it.

A woman pulled out her revolver at a Germantown supermarket Monday morning and fired two shots at a man who was robbing her, but she missed her target and instead hit a store security guard, police said

Um, yes.Sometimes they need help too

And from your posted link:
The woman called for store security and dialed 911, police said.

Prater and the woman exchanged words, and then he charged at her with a large stick and tried to hit her, police said.

Prater then threw a cup of hot coffee at the woman, and she drew her revolver and fired twice, authorities said.
So she was actively being physically assaulted when she fired her gun. It was very unfortunate someone else got hurt, but it sounds like she was being attacked by a crazy person and could very well have felt her life was in danger.

Bad shit happens, choices aren't always clear, and the outcome is never guaranteed. That is the reality of the world we live in. So do we punish victims for standing up to the wicked? Are they bad people for being in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to do what they thought was right? Were those two men that got stabbed to death trying to defend those Muslim girls bad people? They got killed, they obviously did the wrong thing right? Perhaps they should have called the police and let that guy do whatever it is he was going to do to those girls. Those people didn't ask to be put in those situations, and I don't think it's right to judge them for how they acted. Help if you can help, run if you can run, piss your pants if you need to piss your pants.

For the record I'm not advocating people go looking for trouble, nor am I saying people should be obligated to help in dangerous circumstances. People should call the police if they can, and I'm sure as hell not advocating for scared paranoid dummies with guns culture.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2017, 15:01 Pigeon
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 14:34:
Primalchrome wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 13:12:
I'm not sure where you live....but things aren't always that black and white. Taking out your cell and snapping a movie of Optimus Prime robbing the barista isn't really going to do any good. Most burglaries and robberies become nothing more than paperwork for local cops. They don't spend many resources doing anything about it....because it's low percentage, and they don't make any money doing it. So the deterrent factor starts disappearing in some areas. If the local citizenry begin refusing to allow it to happen...you start recapturing some sense of order.

While I can see your argument being somewhat valid(Brazil maybe), I surely don't want 60+ year old people trying to be vigilantes and fighting people in my city, particularly when where I live, EVERYONE has a gun. I literally do not want to be caught in the crossfire. People can't even drive correctly, I don't trust random people to be vigilante crime fighters, armed with a chair or a gun or otherwise.

Take a video/some pictures. You won't feel like quite as much of a hero, but odds of conviction will go way up with more evidence to back up the witness statements. Are the cops in every city/country going to do the work to track that robber down? Obviously not, but that doesn't give people a license to kill, excuse me, detain via multiple stabbings.

That said, the original article is a non story, it's not like the 59 year old guy is going to successfully be sued in court by the robber.

There is a difference between running around looking for crimes to stop and witnessing a violent crime and attempting to stop it. There is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself and others. Is it dangerous, yes, but so is rolling over and being a criminal's bitch. I'm not condemning people who don't help, but I think it's stupid to chastise those that do. I would rather not live in a society where you're only allowed to be a helpless victim to the unscrupulous.

This comment was edited on Sep 20, 2017, 15:40.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2017, 13:09 Pigeon
 
Cregg Jerri, 58, was that customer, and he intervened in the attempted robbery by hitting Flores with a chair from behind. Flores pulled out a knife and fought back, with the two men wrestling over the weapon. Jerri sustained a stab wound to the neck, but was able to take the knife away, and stab Flores an apparent 17 times during the fight.

lores's mother, Pamela Chimienti, described Jerri's actions as "excessive force" and told KSEE that Flores planned to file a lawsuit.

"The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante," Chimienti told the broadcast news station. "Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn't take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you."

Mr. Owl, how many stab wounds does it take to get a criminal to succumb?

Let's find out, one, twooo, tthhreee...

Unless the guy was unconscious, or attempting to give up, I'm not buying it (And it sounds like this was anything but the case). When you're using violence or the threat of violence on others, complaints that the tables got turned are going to fall on deaf ears.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: Firewatch dev Sep 19, 2017, 13:13 Pigeon
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 11:26:
What he did was dumb.

Review bombing is also dumb. Probably a bit less dumb, but c'mon.

It's the internet and I'm incensed, logic and reason have no place here!!! PewDiePie was/is dumb, the developers response was dumb, and the people losing their minds over it on both sides are dumb. It's a self sustaining cycle of stupidity.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 18, 2017, 13:04 Pigeon
 
I had a 285, it was a decent card for 1080 gaming, but was hampered by one glaring issue, 2GB of ram, even it's predecessor had 3GBs. They also touted Mantle support, but either the card didn't fully support it, or they never bothered to optimize the drivers for it. That was kind of a non-issue as mantle never really took off.

In its defense the launch price may have been $250, but it quickly became a sub $200 card, whereas the 970 was still in the $300-330 range. So on the actual market it was more of a ~75% difference than a %30 difference. Their first assessment is correct though, not much of a performance upgrade over the 280, and with less ram it was a downgrade in some instances.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
6. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Sep 17, 2017, 10:35 Pigeon
 
Dev wrote on Sep 16, 2017, 14:53:
Cutter wrote on Sep 16, 2017, 13:37:
Bumpy wrote on Sep 16, 2017, 12:45:
Arts and music major with no IT or tech schooling, eh?

If true, that's a bit of a red flag I'd think. I see a bit more than wrist slapping about to go down.

I don't think that means anything. Loads of people come out with degrees they never use and go into other fields. I studied history and ended up working as a tech monkey and sales engineer in IT for over a decade. The rest of it's been hospitality. Neither of which my education would have applied to. With the exception of something really educationally specific like medicine or engineering anyone can learn anything on their own and go on to do that.

Their entire business is personal info, these guys should have some of the highest security spending and focus in the industry. They don't.

Other people's personal information they were never given permission to gather, that they sell to other companies, that the people who are the subject of the data must pay to access, and must pay if they want "some" control over that data. As the personal information they are holding is not that of a primary customer, their concern for it's security is secondary. Also, particularly with the current administration, they're unlikely to get into much trouble with the government, maybe a slap on the wrist fine.

As far as the CSO goes, she may very well have worked her way through the ranks of IT, r at least been heavily involved with. A few decades ago it wasn't completely uncommon for people to start working in IT because companies needed IT workers. It's also possible she was part of the "in" management group, and she was put in charge of security because all you need is management skills.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2017, 13:11 Pigeon
 
Capella wrote on Sep 15, 2017, 12:49:
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2017, 11:55:
400 years from now, a giant nebula will move towards Federation space. It will be called C'ini.

I do wonder what happened to the Plutonium that was on board. Otherwise what a great space probe it was. Its discoveries will live on for eternity.

It should quickly melt like everything, not sure what the radioactive particles would/will do. I assume nothing, otherwise they would have flung the probe into deep-space.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 15, 2017, 13:02 Pigeon
 
I didn't realize how much crypto mining was effecting GPU prices until I noticed the card I'm using being advertised as on sale. It was ~$65 more than what I paid last year. A quick search revealed this was not just bad pricing. Sucks for anyone in the market for a new video card. Also it has not escaped my notice the new currency's root name is often used to describe something that is intangible and often fictional.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development
5. Re: Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development Sep 14, 2017, 13:13 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 11:59:
Toxic behavior in an online FPS? Now there's a first.

Well Overwatch is highly reliant on team play, so toxic behavior can absolutely destroy the game. I mean it's usually even easy to tell when the opposing team is toxic; they go from competitive with a few mistakes, to playing like garbage.

I've not played in several months, the slot machine like chance of getting a good (aka non-toxic) team wore on me.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Sep 13, 2017, 19:11 Pigeon
 
Jail time for Shkreli

Have fun Martin Biker Anxious
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Re: Into the Black Sep 13, 2017, 08:43 Pigeon
 
I enjoyed TFA, it had some obvious problems, but mostly it was good; characters were likeable and had relatively clear motivations. The prequels were complete trash. The backbone of a good story may have been there, but the execution missed almost all of the marks. And most importantly the main character was thoroughly unlikeable, and not in a good way. ‘You’re right creepy prune guy, nobody appreciates me, and um… I don’t like sand. Gonna go murder some kids and my pregnant wife now, kthxbai.’ Honestly the clone wars cartoons handled the development of Anakin way better than the movies ever did.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
4. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Sep 9, 2017, 15:42 Pigeon
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 14:01:
Equifax apparently is trying to become the most hated company on the planet.

There's not much to like about credit rating companies even when they aren't leaking your information to criminals.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 8, 2017, 11:35 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 8, 2017, 10:20:
Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed

The trio had not yet been informed of the incident, the company said late Thursday.

Yeah, I'm sure they had no idea what was going on, a massive data breach and nobody working their said anything until it was officially announced Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 5, 2017, 18:41 Pigeon
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 15:27:
Took dog to park. Sign clearly says pets on leash. Some old fat guy walking his dog without a leash... his dog sees my puppy and charges at me. My puppy totally panics and the guy is laughing. WTF ...

With the owners reaction, it's not hard to see why the dog behaved so poorly. In most of my run-ins with aggressive or poorly behaved dogs the owners have been jackasses and/or morons. Here's hopin your future adventures with the pup are idiot free.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 5, 2017, 13:17 Pigeon
 
After spending more than a decade and millions of dollars trying to dismantle net neutrality, Comcast this week whined about how the debate over net neutrality never seems to be settled.

How unfortunate for them our government isn't completely pay for service. Don't worry Comcast, the current administration is hard at work getting rid of that last 10% that is concerned about citizens' actual needs.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher Turning 10
5. Re: The Witcher Turning 10 Sep 4, 2017, 16:46 Pigeon
 
I liked all the games in this series. For some reason it was always hard for me to get started, but once I did it was hard to stop. Some of the best story telling out there. 3rd one is easily my favorite, solid combat, great story, and stunning visuals. There aren't too many games where I can spend hours just wandering around admiring the scenery, and still not tire of it after 200+ hours of playing. Speaking of which I'm ready to buy an island in Skellige and plop a house on it, just need a way to consistently take care of the siren and harpy problems without the expense of hiring a witcher  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 1, 2017, 13:07 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 12:28:
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 12:25:
It annoys me that I know who Alex Jones is.
It does make you feel like wire brushing your brain when some simpleton mentions him. I feel your pain.

I saw a segment* on his show about Osteen recently, and despite being inclined to agree with the general sentiment, the whole thing was off putting. The guy doesn't just come off as an ill informed raving lunatic, but seemed very inauthentic to me, just looking to jump off into the deep-end with whatever topic one of his listeners with anger management issues called about. He's a nutcase, but he's also a charlatan.

*Note this is the first time I've seen his actual show and not as part of a news segment discussing him.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 1, 2017, 08:50 Pigeon
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 01:05:
You post here so regularly that I just randomly assumed you would do so with a tablet at least SOME of the time But if not then that's fine too. But by phone? Amazon doesn't have my phone number.... what for? To call me? Like, a real person? From India? No thanks

And yeah, they really gotta do something against 3rd party counterfeit resellers. It's extremely hard to tell where something is coming from on Amazon. But at least in Germany they gotta take the thing back no questions asked if it's counterfeit.

Unfortunately I don't think they will do anything until it hurts their profits more than fixing the problem will. Maybe if they get sued by enough people with burned out retinas they'll take some measures to authenticate merchandise.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 31, 2017, 15:34 Pigeon
 
mellis wrote on Aug 31, 2017, 15:11:
I honestly cannot understand how American citizens can let this happen. It's such a blatantly corporate anti-democratic move that in no way benefits the American people.

Any other first world country would laugh this out the door. It's seems doing anything for the betterment of your own countrymen is equivalent to high treason. Unless you've got your boot heel on the neck of your fellow man, you're not doing it The American Way... such an odd and counter productive mentality.

Lasting effect of the cold war IMO. Socialism = communism = reds under the beds, and since corporations were held up as the antithesis of communist Russia, corporations = good. It's stupid, but I think it's a belief structure that is ingrained into a lot of Americans.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Scientists Aren't Sure... Aug 31, 2017, 11:49 Pigeon
 
Unfortunately the answer is too complicated and nuanced for a lot of people to understand, and people who have the capability to understand but who have conflicting agendas that prevent them from accepting it. Not saying it actually is complicated, but when something isn't completely black and white with a definitive cause and effect, it's just too much for some to wrap their heads around.  
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