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Signed On Oct 22, 2003, 23:07
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News Comments > Trump Calls Out Video Games
19. Re: Trump Calls Out Video Games Feb 22, 2018, 23:03 sliv
Everyone wants to blame something, something to demonize thinking if we just take this thing away everything will be better and we don't have to worry about it anymore.

10,497 - the amount of deaths caused by drunk drivers in 2016. A good friend of mine was killed along with his two boys and their friend by a head-on collision coming home from soccer practice by a drunk driver last year.

I don't hear anyone calling for alcohol to be illegal. Do those deaths not matter as much as a school shooting? Who will be the first to stop drinking alcohol? Where's the outrage?

We have a societal problem; bullying, lack of proper parenting, schools more worried about standardized testing scores than making sure their students matter and are cared for.

This can't be fixed or even controlled with our current system. We're a divided country, straight down the middle with everyone armed with bullhorns and earmuffs. We have a complete lack of respect, patience, willingness to listen or actually stop and think about their actions as opposed to doing whatever as long as it "feels right".

No accountability, no moral standards, and we're surprised when tragedy strikes. All it could have taken was one person to connect with this boy, let him know he does matter, things could be different. It can make a difference for a lot of students going through the same thing right now.

No, it's easier to just get angry at guns.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2017, 17:37 sliv
We have the Continuous Flow and Divergent Diamond within 5 miles of each other by my house. They work well until the holidays when we have out-of-towners who, understandably, get very confused. Especially the Divergent Diamond where we see cars going the wrong way heading towards oncoming traffic daily.

The simulation has a different traffic light pattern as there rarely is anyone crossing the bridge north/south at the light waiting on the bridge to exit the divergent part. It's usually open so anyone wanting to cross over the straight bridge (north/south) will automatically think "stay on the right side of the road" and start heading toward the group of cars heading their way (3:22).

It's a bit confusing at first but it makes traffic smoother. Unless you're one of the poor souls traveling east/west and want to stay on the access road through the light to get to the gas station on the corner. Lots of u-turns and driving through parking lots.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 3, 2015, 13:56 sliv
There will be alternatives. Just like hybrid and electric cars took away business from the gas & oil companies, there will be some who will move to using only cellular data for internet from smaller independent companies. Sure they may not have the massive 90%+ coverage of the US, but I never travel and could care less if Des Moines has great coverage while I'm here in Austin; that's not a selling point to me. I'm seeing more and more unlimited data plans being available, even one that will let you keep your phone from another provider.

Being that this is a gaming community website with a majority played online, having high bandwidth is worth your money, however I would guess that 85% of the US population would be just fine using cellular data at home.

I prefer not to have the government (an unregulated and corrupt monopoly in and of itself) manage business. I don't want a complete stranger who is more concerned about winning his next election speak for me. It's about how and where you spend your money. It's amazing how cheap cable is now that everyone is cutting the cord.

Or, better yet, go and create your own competition and make some money.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 13, 2014, 18:20 sliv
When I read the title, a flood of specific parts of games came to mind; and I'm glad to see that a lot of them made it in the list:

- Battletoads speeder level
- Megaman laser level
- TMNT's water level (Help me, Rafael, you are my only hope)
- Earthworm Jim's glass sub
- and pretty much any game that didn't have a save feature or gave you a 37 digit alphanumeric code

What I didn't see make the video and should be the crown-jewel as it was near impossible to play was E.T on the Atari. I was 9 years old and spent months trying to figure out how to play it. I was convinced that I was missing something since game developers couldn't possibly sell a game that made no sense. I read through the manual countless times determined to figure it out.

Years later when I heard that it was the worst gave ever created and that it really doesn't make sense, there was a sense of relief that it wasn't just me.
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jul 11, 2013, 00:18 sliv
Alice: Madness Returns on Steam. Save 75%

And yet no plans for a Mac version. Used on PS3 is my only hope, though I doubt I'll find it for $4.99.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 27, 2013, 09:55 sliv
We've been streaming-only for a year and a half and have not missed cable at all. Sure I miss ESPN during football season, but 16 games is not worth the price of cable. I do love going into Best Buy and the DirecTV guy walks up asking if I've seen their new rates. I simple ask "is it better than free?" and tell them we couldn't be happier cutting cable.

We're setup with an Elgato TV to record OTA local stations on my Mac automatically exporting to iTunes, bought a couple of AppleTV's and have bought the lifetime license of for the PS3.

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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Apr 15, 2013, 22:41 sliv
moment of silence  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 10, 2013, 15:09 sliv
Are you surprised to see an idiotic comment come out of Cutter?

I have gotten used to see this:
" * REMOVED * "
with his profile pic sitting next to it.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 9, 2013, 23:15 sliv
haha... didn't realize the entire city is all hipsters. Apparently after the 15 years I've been here I've been completely oblivious to the demographic here. Do you realize the amount of tech companies that are here? "Aren't worthy of taking your fiber"? Really? We'll let you know what gigabit speeds feels like next year.

BTW "Hipster" is considered a curse word to most people here. With the above comment, "Cutter" is working its way up there now too.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: Morning Interviews Apr 8, 2013, 16:24 sliv
Used to game a lot, got married, bought a house, had kids, hardly have time to play anymore; gaming simply took a backseat. Kids are too young to watch me play the more mature games on PS3, mostly play the kiddie games on the Wii U with my 4-year-old for about 30 minutes at a time.

I can't speak for everyone (who really can?) but for me, I'm no longer the demo for gaming companies anymore. I have no time for it. I have three jobs, one full-time to make money and the other two are all-time being a husband and daddy. I wish I had time to play and sometimes when the kids are asleep, I'll turn on GOW for an hour of hack n' slash, but that's few and very far between. Still like to peek on Blue's to see anything interesting, but seems like the only news that pertains to me is all the companies I know and love(d) are all closing shop these days. C'est la vie.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 6, 2013, 22:33 sliv
Yep, just because they're saying it's coming to us, I think it will be a long time before we can actually have it available. I am glad to hear it's coming though!  
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Mar 11, 2013, 21:50 sliv
Incredible, yes. Inedible, yes.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Skylanders reacheas more than $1 Billion Feb 11, 2013, 08:57 sliv
And I think I've contributed what's felt like half of that for our 4-year-old. It's like crack for kids, he can't stop talking about them, begs to go look at the display in every store and his birthday party was Skylander themed. Money pit!  
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News Comments > AMD for Sale?
22. Re: AMD for Sale? Nov 14, 2012, 11:26 sliv
I'm wondering if Apple will make a push to buy them. There's already rumors that they may be moving away from Intel to do their own, this would give them a good head start. If there are talks already, their relationship with Intel may already be shaky. Unless they plan to use the AMD chips for MacBook Air and smaller devices as AMD is known for their low-power consumption and keep the Intel chips for their iMac's, MacBook Pro's and Mac Pro's.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 18, 2012, 12:17 sliv
We know of a dog and cat that died for science, how many died for religion?

That's pretty funny... Religion has done and is doing some terrible things, but you can't paint all religion the same color and if you do, then you are ignorant about religion.

If we use your example, all science is bad. Google "unethical science". Traumatizing children for life is a good thing, right? I guess as long as it's in the name of "science".
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 17, 2012, 18:52 sliv
Ricky Gervais sticks it to religion. Nice one.

Oh Ricky, you're so clever! Yeah, cause, it's a fact that all religious people want to shoot children and, like, support other religions who shoot children.

I originally thought that Twitter was useless, but apparently it has this unique ability for people to show just how dumb they really are.
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News Comments > WoW Passes 10M Subscribers Again
47. Re: WoW Passes 10M Subscribers Again Oct 4, 2012, 17:35 sliv
It's a job you don't get paid for, and are rarely thanked for. I'm all for having hobbies, and I still play games constantly. I'll just never run a large raiding guild again.

I haven't played an MMO since DAoC and after months of playing it non-stop with my work buddies, it started feeling like a second job. After I did a /played and saw how many hours I spent, I was done.

What's interesting is I've been following Blue's since the old Voodoo Extreme days and am starting to notice that some of the guys who have been around for that long are saying the same. With two kids now, I don't have the time (or energy) to play unending games anymore; comes with age I guess. I still keep my eye out on the gaming industry/community but my gaming money is now going to house, wife and kids these days.

I'm sure I'll be ostracized for this but I sold my PC for a work Mac a couple of years ago and have a Wii and PS3 that my oldest son plays more than I do!
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Blue's loading up slowwwww! Sep 12, 2012, 23:28 sliv
I saw someone else mention it in a prior thread and haven't gone back and look to see if this has been discussed, but I"m noticing that the site is taking a really long time to load as it's making sure all of the ads are loaded before showing any information at all.

If this is intentional, I can somewhat understand, but the delays seems incredibly long. Using Firebug, I can see it's loading over 240 requests and taking almost 50 seconds to finish loading everything just on this Post Comment page alone. It's taking almost 25 seconds for the content to actually load and I'm running at 18mbps. The longest requests seem to be coming from and

I'm hoping this is just temporary because it's making browsing the site a bit painful.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 25, 2012, 13:07 sliv
Mountain Lion is just a minor upgrade since the next OS isn't ready yet. Several things I'm happy about, Notification Center (to replace the buggy Growl), Messages (to replace the buggy beta version), WiFi screen mirroring to the AppleTV and extended iCloud support.

Not trying to over-hype a minimal upgrade, but it is an upgrade I have been waiting for. Probably not for everyone.
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2011, Part 24
6. Re: try it like this Jun 24, 2011, 23:53 sliv
You stay classy Space Captain.  
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