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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 17, 2017, 16:21 Pigeon
HorrorScope wrote on May 17, 2017, 14:17:
Creston wrote on May 17, 2017, 13:51:
I like how they call it "over-charging" as opposed to "blatant theft" which is what it really is.

Yep, love how they can water down crimes like this, we all need to incorporate ourselves.

If you under-pay you have to pay an extra fee, get reported to a collection agency, and they destroy your credit. If they over charge you, you have to sit through customer support hell as they make every attempt to weasel out of what they promised, and probably make a few financial threats if you say you're going to back out of the contract they didn't honor. Such a balanced relationship, they can undoubtedly be trusted to handle your personal data and deliver the service they promised.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2017, 11:55 Pigeon
"While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant's behavior is a threat to civilized society," the suit said.

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse May 16, 2017, 14:02 Pigeon
Does anyone actually believe the ISP's reasons for needing to get rid of Net Neutrality? I feel like we all know they just want free-reign to do whatever the fuck they want regardless of the effect on everyone else while being protected from other companies/industries attempting to do the same. Do we really need to watch the FCC eat the shit cake and pat it's tummy in effort to convince people it's good?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Off topic May 15, 2017, 22:49 Pigeon
Mr. Tact wrote on May 15, 2017, 19:19:
Okay, old news that I have been purposely ignoring... finally read an article on the Penn State hazing death. OMG. I hope everyone involved does jail time. Absolutely ridiculous and unforgivable...

I read about it last week, the words horrific and disgusting come to mind. Complete and total fucking human garbage devoid of any redeeming quality what so ever. How do you do that to another human being, particularly one that's supposed to be 'one of your own'? I'd rather not read the details again as it'll just piss me off more, but if I remember there should be enough evidence to nail a large number of those fuckers.
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. May 15, 2017, 10:02 Pigeon
He should have been in vent apprising every one of his WoW login status on a minute by minute basis while working through the issue with customer support!!! MINUS 100 DKP! I loved a good raid, but as a raid leader managing the logistics could be a pain in the ass; same with managing personalities, particularly when things weren’t going well.  
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale on June 22?
2. Re: Steam Summer Sale on June 22? May 14, 2017, 13:05 Pigeon
There is nothing special about the summer sale any more other than the convenience of all the games being on sale at the same time. I think most of the sales prices can be found at various times through out the year. Also IMO the volume of shovelware and early-access games have also muddied the waters.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 12, 2017, 09:00 Pigeon
I like how the new FCC defines competition. It's competition if another choice is near you, even though you can't actually get it. Makes sense to me  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 10, 2017, 13:41 Pigeon
Choachy wrote on May 10, 2017, 10:35:
This is a rhetorical thinking out loud thought, but why do so many people have problems with contractors? We had an awful experience with a siding and window contractor. And it seems no matter who you talk to, if they've dealt with a contractor, they've had a bad contractor experience. Is it the nature of the business? Or rather, how they do business? Do they try to juggle too much? Is it an intelligence thing?
It seems like if you are honest, diligent, and skilled enough you could make a KILLING as a contractor because the bar is set so low by all the bad ones out there.

I think there is often a lack or problem solving/critical thinking skills in such trades. It’s not enough to be good with your hands you have to have a good internal conceptualization of what you’re doing and if/when problems arise how to deal with them. Most of my experience of bad ‘handiwork’ has been on the automotive side of things, and it has usually been an issue of the mechanic just replacing a part as opposed to actually diagnosing the problem. I’m sure part of it is just trying to do things quickly, the least amount of work to “fix” the problem.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Emergency Monitor Recommendations May 10, 2017, 08:27 Pigeon
MeanJim wrote on May 9, 2017, 23:54:
Pigeon wrote on May 9, 2017, 19:47:
I've been thinking of making a similar move. Gsync is better, though I don't know...

I saw that video a few days ago. I used to alternate between nvidia and AMD because they used to be closely matched and it just happened that when it was time to upgrade my GPU, it was the other brand that was winning. My last 4 GPUs have been nvidia though. The last time it wasn't by choice though. I bought an AMD, I forget the numbering (I think it was 47xx). After I put the card in, I saw the POST then my monitor just went to standby as the system booted up. I returned the card thinking it was defective, but the replacement was the same. I read on some forums of some people having the same issue with the card only when using DVI, so I tried the VGA port and it worked. I tried different DVI cables as suggested, but I couldn't get it to work with my monitor. I returned it and got the nvidia equivalent at the time (GTX 260 I think) which was more expensive for slightly less performance.

Since then nvidia was always the best performer for the price when it was time to upgrade. I'm still not sure I want to get a g-sync display and lock myself into nvidia cards given that I don't upgrade my display that often.

It seems like every high refresh rate display has either g-sync or free-sync in it. I haven't found a simple 1440p 144hz display without either. I've been looking all night and haven't been able to decide on something. I hate making a rush purchase, and I'm out of time now. I need to go to bed and I have to decide if I'm going to shut my system down and hope the monitor comes on tomorrow or leave the whole thing running just to keep the display powered on.

Well you can always get a free-sync monitor knowing you won't be using the free-sync part. Also 1080p monitors are cheap right now, so you could pick one up as a close gap till the 1440p market produces something you're interested in. Plus you'd have a spare/secondary monitor.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Emergency Monitor Recommendations May 9, 2017, 19:47 Pigeon
MeanJim wrote on May 9, 2017, 18:00:
My current monitor has been acting up for a while. Sometimes when it wakes up on after being in standby for a while, the left side of the screen flickers, but it always stopped after a minute.

I've been putting off getting a new one for a while as it's never been more than a little flicker for a bit every now and then, but just now it had only been off (standby) for an hour or so. When I woke it up, it flickered for a few seconds, then the bottom left corner went dark. Luckily turning it off and back on lit it back up, but now I really need to get a new one before this one gets worse since I don't have a backup.

I hoped this one would last a while longer until some sort of standard came out of GSync and FreeSync, but it appears that won't happen. I currently have a 24" 1080p 60Hz display. I'm thinking of going up to 27" 1440p and 144Hz. I just built a new machine, but kept my old GPU (GTX 970) since it could run everything I have maxed out at 1080p 60fps. I'm a bit concerned that the GTX 970 can't handle some games at that 1440p and upscaling generally looks like shit.

I'm not loyal to nvidia or AMD, but I'd hate to lock myself into one brand by buying a GSync or FreeSync monitor. So this is kind of where I've been stuck in my decision making process. I can just grab a 24" 1080p monitor a lot cheaper and wait for some sort of xSync standard, or go ahead and upgrade now to a larger, higher resolution, higher refresh display with GSync (since I'm already on nvidia).

I've been thinking of making a similar move. Gsync is better, though I don't know how noticeably better, and the quality control is better. Apparently there are varying degrees as to how well monitor manufactures implement free-sync. On the other hand free-sync is about ~$200-$250 cheaper and should be a noticeable step up form what you have. There was a video posted a few days back doing, sort of, an apples to apples comparison between the two.

I'm kind of waiting for the 2nd gen of 1440p IPS G-sync displays to come out. Ideally I'd like to see one with HDR and the backlight bleed issues taken care of. Unfortunately the monitor manufactures seem to be pushing 4k right now for gaming monitors, so I'm not sure how much love 1440p is going to get. The only 2nd gen 1440p monitor I've seen announced was from Acer, and had a curved screen and eye-tracking, both things I have little interest in. Anyways I'm feeling ya, the adaptive sync market is a bit wonky right now, and the idea of dropping $800 on a monitor where features can only be used with one brand of video card has stopped me from pulling the trigger numerous times.

EDIT: Here's the Link that was posted on blues a few days ago.
EDIT 2: And to add to the confusion FreeSync 2 is now a thing.

This comment was edited on May 9, 2017, 20:03.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 8, 2017, 09:57 Pigeon
Nucas wrote on May 8, 2017, 00:42:

plus this is ignoring that mike pence is less insane and more re-electable.

Actually I think he’s less (re)electable. Whatever siren’s song Trump has over, enough of, the electorate, I don’t think Pence can do that. So to us Pence seems like he should be more electable, but so did all of the other contenders in the Republican primary. Yet Trump is what they chose and Trump is what we got.
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News Comments > TERA Turns Five
4. Re: TERA Turns Five May 6, 2017, 13:07 Pigeon
I tried this once, but it didn't hold my interest. I get the sense that with games like this you'll get a lot more enjoyment if you're ready to go in and RP with a group of friends; otherwise the KILL X AMOUNT OF BUSYWORKWOLVES quests just aren't going to cut it for entertainment. Gotta say, I've not felt the MMO itch in quite awhile, glad that condition finally cleared up. I think I last tried Wild Star 1-1/2 years ago, and the leveling was enjoyable, but my sociability and willingness to commit time to the end game just wasn't in it for the distance.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 5, 2017, 12:48 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on May 5, 2017, 10:50:
That's the weird thing about Canada. For all it's touting about how what a precious little multicultural country it is there's no real latin element to speak of. It's virtually impossible to find a latin type resto. About the only thing you see here are burrito places and even they aren't anywhere close to authentic. I know of 2 places in the country that are legit Mexican and actually sell tamales. I love tamales. It's a crime we can't get them more readily here. I'd love to see more real taqueria's here, etc.

I've always gotten the sense Canada's much touted diversity is achieved by a more liberal reporting and interpreting strategy than the US uses. This would seem to indicate Canada's diversity is much lower than the US.'s.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Youtube May 4, 2017, 12:59 Pigeon
Creston wrote on May 4, 2017, 10:27:
I bet that dumbass would have thought it'd have been even funnier if people had gotten into an accident over it.

In any case, yep, removing federal road signs is a felony. And sure, they can donate to your legal fund, but your ass is still going to jail, because there is video evidence of you frigging committing the crime. Moron.

"BUT I DID IT FOR THE YOUTUBES!" is not a $)*#$# legal defense.

Well a good legal defense might be able to keep him out of prison, but hopefully not. I don't have much sympathy for someone whoring themselves out for attention, doing something that anyone with two functioning brain cells should know is both illegal and dangerous, and then whines about getting caught and having to have face the consequences. I hope this, and I normally hate this term, special snowflake gets to have a special experience in prison.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse May 3, 2017, 16:14 Pigeon
jdreyer wrote on May 3, 2017, 15:15:
Haven't had cable TV for 12 years at least. Missed some live sports but otherwise I was glad to get rid of it.

It’s probably been about 10 years for me, I really don’t miss it. When I had it I found I really didn’t watch much TV, and I usually missed things I would want to watch because I was busy doing something else. The current fragmentation and inconsistency of the streaming market is a bit annoying at times, but I far prefer that to cable TV. At least with the subscription models I can pick up a services for a month or two to watch what I want then drop it when I’m done.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 2, 2017, 20:24 Pigeon
Well it's got the word freedom in the title, so you know it's going to fuck over the average citizen.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 2, 2017, 14:17 Pigeon
Good luck with the new contractor. Having any work (home, or mechanical) done by professionals always makes me a bit uneasy. I feel like it should be assumed that by having a professional do the work I:

  • should have a reasonable expectation that other things are not broken or damaged in the process.

  • should expect the quality of workmanship to be higher than what I could do with the same equipment and a 5 minute youtube tutorial.

  • Sadly this is often not the case.

    The cat story reminds me that I’ve actually had the cops called on me for having a stick before. I was probably 12 or 13 and my friend and I were playing around a bridge, at some point we had picked up some sticks. Apparently someone in a nearby house in desperate need of better set of glasses decided we had rifles and called the cops. So later we notice a cop and couple of the volunteer fire guys sneaking around and we were like ‘what are y’all doing’ and they started barking about where the gun was. It took a bit to convince them there was never a gun and we had only picked up a stick at some point. We ended up with a stern lecture about not playing with sticks because ‘reasons’, and were told not to hang around there anymore (both pieces of advice we ignored). There was no intense stand off or anything, and this was long long before all the stories of cops shooting unarmed kids; so we were only scared we’d get in trouble because someone decided we were doing something wrong. The only lesson I learned that day was that people can be fucking dumb, even those you expect would know better.
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    News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
    3. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 2, 2017, 08:56 Pigeon
    Redmask wrote on May 2, 2017, 06:56:
    GSync is superior which is part of why people pay a premium for it. It's an also LG, that's why the price is so much better. Even their OLED TV sets have major problems with motion processing and their bootloop issues on their phones is well known. If you want to see even more serious trash then check out their appliances. They make good panels but the actual processing and build quality matters too. Buy something that uses an LG panel but isn't subject to the rest of their shitty supply chain. You get what you pay for. Go ahead and buy an LG, I'll see you on here in a year when its defective and LG tells you to piss off.

    Even when you make something closer to an apples to apples comparison like an Asus 2k IPS screen that comes in freesync or gsync it's still a ~250$ difference.
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    News Comments > Hearthstone Celebrates 70 Million Players
    9. Re: Hearthstone Celebrates 70 Million Players May 2, 2017, 08:28 Pigeon
    VaranDragon wrote on May 2, 2017, 02:52:
    I had quite a lot of fun with HS on launch. After the third or so expansion it got a serious case of "Blizzardittis" and it turned from a game of skill, into a game of chasing the meta. I quit, and haven't looked back.

    Yeah it was fun at first, but once I hit the pay wall the frustration set in. My F2P deck just couldn't compete with the premades.
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    News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
    1. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2017, 20:37 Pigeon
    And still costs over $100 less than a gsync screen almost half it's size. I know there's more to it than that, but damn it's hard not to notice the massive disparity in prices.  
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