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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2016, 13:04 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 11:22:
Creston wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 11:17:
Man, eff spiders.

I don't like them either, but it's a fair point that a lot of folks here are pro pet/animal (some of us wildly so).


I'm generally fine with spiders, but I don't like them in my living space. Regular spiders whose venom isn't a problem for humans can have staph on their fangs. My brother and dad were bitten by regular house spiders on separate occasions, my brother ended up having to be rushed to the ER, and my dad had months long issues relating to it until the antibiotics were finally able to clear it out. So when I see a spider in my apartment I try to relocate it outside, and if that's not possible it gets squished.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2016, 17:43 Pigeon
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 17:13:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 16:51:
That "How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts" was a morose read especially Scott Stevens' story. I pray none of you ever get to that level of addiction with anything, including video games.


...too late... far too late.

Also, mmmm... baklava... *drool* -Home Simpson

There were random mini-baklava treats in the break-room today, wonder if someone actually knew it was baklava day. Either way it worked out well for me mmmmm.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2016, 13:41 Pigeon
 
BobBob wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 10:41:
I respect the intellectualism here more than any other online discussion forum.

Here are some questions:

Is this new administration going to suppress civil liberties? Will its ideology and staff choices be an enabler for hate groups and extremist individuals to discriminate against people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and minorities? Will it normalize acts of bullying? Will it reverse years of climate change policy? Will it cooperate with known oppressive governments? Or are most of these published articles and debates a bunch of hype brought about by major news and media outlets to increase ratings?

Among many of my worries is that massive tax-cuts will have the reverse of the intended effect and send our debt ballooning even faster than it already is. Once government spending gets cut you'll have an unemployment domino effect. Kansas has tried something very similar under Governor Brownback, and now their local economy is in dire straits. The money just stayed with the wealthy, and with nothing to help put money back into the economy they are just going to constrict their businesses further as there is less money to be made. Something has to keep money flowing through the economy, and there in no way in hell the people who have money are going to collectively work against their immediate self interest and start expanding their businesses in good faith that others same.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2016, 13:21 Pigeon
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 16, 2016, 12:49:
nin wrote on Nov 16, 2016, 10:39:
I've never had a problem with the needle, but generally have a slightly sore shoulder for a day or two. But it's not a big deal, in my experience.

I got lucky this year, the nurse was so good I didn't even feel the needle going in or out, no pain after. I've defiantly had them sting before as Blue mentioned. I think it's when they get the angle into the tissue/muscle wrong. I'm thinking more horizontal, is a better angle.

This year I had no soreness at all, and other years the next day it'll feel like an MMA fighter kicked me in the arm. I too wonder how much of this is due to injection technique.

EDIT: Quick google search says the soreness is part of the immune response, but I still suspect there's something to the technique as well.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Sombra Launch
5. Re: Overwatch Sombra Launch Nov 15, 2016, 23:16 Pigeon
 
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 22:32:
fucking hate the 1 on 1.

Only had a chance to try one game of that tonight. Got my ass handed to me at the outset till match point when I managed to win 4 rounds and tie it up. Got McCree who I've been playing the most and thought I'd have it in the bag only to get completely owned . Oddly I won with the players I had no clue how to use or am normally terrible at, like Hanzo. I can't hit shit with that bow, but I pulled off the perfectly timed head-shot for a perfect round.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Zika Virus mosquito Nov 15, 2016, 14:18 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 14:11:
Its days are numbered. There is a trial underway where they're going to release a bunch of genetically modified (male) mosquitoes into the wild. The only thing different about these is that they pass on a gene that makes its offspring sterile.

If proven successful, they'll release more of those, and within several generations that particular brand of mosquito will die off or at least be so diminished that its threat will mostly evaporate.

After that, they'll likely do the same for that little fucker in Africa that spreads Malaria.



Sterile GMO Mosquitoes (GMOMs)!? Sure nothing can go wrong with that; certainly won't backfire and sterilize the human population of Florida and the other southern coastal states. Actually... I'm cool with that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: PS4 Pro shitting the bed Nov 14, 2016, 14:10 Pigeon
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 13:50:
Creston wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 11:06:
Man, I wonder what would cause that...

Online Support representative KingGobbo admitted the issue’s existence and suggested a convoluted temporary fix involving switching the console into its Safe mode and changing its digital rights management setting from HDCP 2.2 to 1.4.

Oh, of course.

Yup, DRM, fucking over paying customers since, forever... but hey it stops pirates right?

Absolutely, it's just not very effective against buccaneers, marauders, corsairs or freebooters.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Nov 11, 2016, 19:32 Pigeon
 
I was going to say this could be a customer positive change that could also benefit AT&T if implemented properly, but reading the article it seems more likely that no, that probably will not be happening:


Stream Saver is similar to a T-Mobile system that reduces video quality. On T-Mobile's older plans with monthly data limits, customers can turn the video throttling on or off without it affecting their bills. But on T-Mobile's new "unlimited" plans, unlocking HD video costs extra. Even then, customers can only switch HD video on for 24 hours at a time.
 
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News Comments > Play Overwatch for Free Next Weekend
12. Re: Play Overwatch for Free Next Weekend Nov 10, 2016, 13:07 Pigeon
 
VaranDragon wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 12:48:
theglaze wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 11:11:
I don't think Overwatch has been on an official sale since it launched...

When was the last time you saw a Blizzard game on sale?

It happens, usually around Christmas and it's not a particularly big discount and usually not for new games. It's certainly not steam where it's almost guaranteed to go on some sort of sale a few months after release.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2016, 13:25 Pigeon
 
Verno wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 12:59:
Wallshadows wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 12:49:
Good thing he shit on his party enough so Congress won't give him an inch. Probably the only time it's good to have a Republican majority.

Oh I think they'll see eye to eye on enough things to forgive the campaign. Washington is all about self preservation and he didn't hurt the party at all, arguably he bolstered a lot of races.

I think the Republican establishment is afraid of him. They'll probably fall inline because he can rake them over the coals with the voting base, at least until(if) things go to shit and they can throw him in front of the bus.

Maybe the dems will actually support someone with a better reputation next time. Whether or not Hillary actually did any of the shit she is accused of doing, there were enough people who believed she did or found her untrustworthy because of the zeitgeist made of such accusations, that she was vulnerable to this. All I can say is I hope I am wrong about all the shit I think is going to happen. Also wonder if Hillary is packing to skip town, he did promise he'd put her in prison.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 7, 2016, 22:06 Pigeon
 
Take that Netflix you rabble-rouser you, now you don't get to be part of Comcast's anti-competitive scheme. I really don't understand how these data exemption schemes aren't in legal hot water.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Nov 7, 2016, 20:43 Pigeon
 
I've had nightmares like that, so I'll just go ahead and rename that NOPE island.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2016, 11:36 Pigeon
 
Voted 2 weeks ago, but can't wait for this to be over. I already got into my election day booze though, probably a bad choice to buy it ahead of time... or maybe it was a great choice.

I more or less purchased my last car through emails, it was a more pleasant process than dealing with the sales people face to face.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Nov 7, 2016, 11:09 Pigeon
 
I've seen more than a few very underwhelming Play of the Games, like someone trying to defend a point in the final seconds and not killing anyone. And then there's the ubiquitous Genji or Bastion going nuts on a control point; not so much poor use of PotG, but just how effective their ults are in those situations.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2016, 13:09 Pigeon
 
it'll be nice to have some light for the morning drive to work. Maybe traffic will move a little faster and people won't be so quick to play bumper cars... assuming the morning sun isn't directly in everyone's eyes.  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
3. Re: Saturday Mobilization Nov 5, 2016, 22:14 Pigeon
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Nov 5, 2016, 14:35:
Somebody leaked some of the design process conversations for the new macbooks/iphones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XSC_UG5_kU

That was awesomely perfect.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2016, 13:43 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 4, 2016, 12:34:
Make murica great again and get a Honda Accord Sedan from Ohio. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/honda/accord-4-door-sedan/2016

When I was looking for a car a few years ago the Accord was near the top of my list. I ended up going with a Mazda 6 though, but I'm sure I would have been quite happy with an Accord. The sales guys at the Honda dealer were extra douchey (even for car salesmen). Not that it would have stopped me if I really wanted one, but it certainly didn't help persuade me into getting one.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 2, 2016, 16:15 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 2, 2016, 13:02:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 2, 2016, 12:58:
There's a lot of discussion about vote selling on Ars in regards to the ballot selfie law, which I think are valid points. My concerns, however, are more for the privacy of other individuals voting than people choosing to share how they voted. If people are allowed to have their phones out taking pictures, it is much harder for the poll workers to monitor what people are taking pictures of than whether or not they have a phone out. Presumably it would be legal to take a picture of yourself, but not of other voters. At what point does the right to free speech get to infringe on other people's right to a secret ballot?

It should be noted I'm part of the "just put your fucking phone away" brigade so my views on this topic are probably biased

You;'re in a public place, you're allowed to be photographed, end of discussion.

Is it a public place? There are a lot of efforts made to ensure polling places are out of the view of the general public i.e. you don't have people voting in the middle of town square, people aren't allowed to loiter inside the polling place, and many states have varying laws regarding electioneering inside and outside of polling places. Even if it is a public place there is precedent for suppressing first amendment rights when other rights are in greater jeopardy of being violated e.g. Judges can ban access to court rooms when it is perceived someone's access to a fair trial would be infringed upon by having the court room open to the public.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 2, 2016, 12:58 Pigeon
 
There's a lot of discussion about vote selling on Ars in regards to the ballot selfie law, which I think are valid points. My concerns, however, are more for the privacy of other individuals voting than people choosing to share how they voted. If people are allowed to have their phones out taking pictures, it is much harder for the poll workers to monitor what people are taking pictures of than whether or not they have a phone out. Presumably it would be legal to take a picture of yourself, but not of other voters. At what point does the right to free speech get to infringe on other people's right to a secret ballot?

It should be noted I'm part of the "just put your fucking phone away" brigade so my views on this topic are probably biased
 
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News Comments > Steam Screenshot Policy Change?
4. Re: Steam Screenshot Policy Change? Nov 1, 2016, 20:46 Pigeon
 
Possibly just a move to protect themselves from legal action? I suppose if something like Colonial Marines happened again someone could argue Valve was complicit in false advertising if they allowed such images to be presented as screenshots. And/Or it could just be a customer relations/reputation move. They are ultimately responsible for how their site looks so they're just exercising that control to keep the brand's image polished.

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