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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 26, 2016, 21:30 Mr. Tact
 
No danger of needing the heat here in central Illinois any time soon. The 10 day forecast has overnight lows in the mid 50s, still making the high 70s during the day.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
73. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 24, 2016, 19:05 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 24, 2016, 12:39:
It's just bizarre that they keep pulling in $2M/month.
Just shows how much hunger there is out there for another good space MMO. ED was pretty good, I put hundreds of hours into it. If this was anywhere near what has been promised I'd probably spend thousands of hours on it. Unfortunately, I have absolutely zero expectation it will actually happen.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Examined
63. Re: Star Citizen Examined Sep 23, 2016, 21:53 Mr. Tact
 
Sneakycamper wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 12:53:
I saw this Coming after My Friend bought $3000 Game Ship and His old Lady divorced his Lazy butt !!!
I don't know if you were serious or not, but I have wondered if this might have happened.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 22, 2016, 15:47 Mr. Tact
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 15:41:
That ship elevator is impressive as hell, but WTF? Technology for moving ships vertically exists in a much safer, far less catastrophic failure-prone form, with the classic lock setup that has been around for about... 120 years?
There is a "standard" system of locks (one in each direction) using water to raise/lower boats used for the large commercial vessels. I'm pretty sure this is a secondary system for fast transfer of smaller ships.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Dropping Battle.net Name
29. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 22, 2016, 14:50 Mr. Tact
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 11:49:
And to which CEO do you refer? I think it's fascinating that no one seems to say "Mike Morhaime", and instead references a more generic figure. Better, I suppose, to have someone faceless and only loosely identified when making absurd claims about bonus padding, or corruption by Activision, or [insert idiotic gamer complaint here]. Anyone that thinks a CEO of a company Blizzard's size did anything but sign off on it after scanning through an email on retiring Battle.net branding doesn't have a clue how enterprise-scale businesses operate.

I don't know or care who the CEO of Blizzard is. What I know is that, in general, large corporations in the US over compensate their executives and do their very best to screw their lowest tier of workers. Are there exceptions? Sure. But they are few and far between -- witness the Wells Fargo Bank nonsense.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Dropping Battle.net Name
27. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 22, 2016, 09:19 Mr. Tact
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 21, 2016, 23:17:
I know most folks on Bluesnews can't be bothered to click a link before commenting, but can they at least be bothered to read the article blurb before commenting?

Battle.net technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We’ll just be referring to it as Blizzard tech instead.

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Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology.

Note that they refer to "Battle.net technology" and how it will now be referred to as "Blizzard tech", i.e. their backend tech stack will no longer have its own branding. They're dropping the discrete branding for their backend tech stack, not rebranding as something else. If the backend tech stack needs to be referred to, it'll be referred to as "Blizzard tech", but not as part of an orchestrated branding effort for what in 2016 is just a standard part of an online game.

Reading is hard, I guess.

As for me, I'm sad to see the Battle.net branding go -- I still remember getting my Diablo 1 box with the "Play Online with Battle.net!" sticker in the corner -- but Blizzard is right: Battle.net isn't a product differentiator like it was in 1996, it's just an expected part of a modern video game and doesn't need its own marketing push.
Not quite sure what you are complaining about. People are criticizing Blizzard for making a meaningless, cosmetic change and treating it like a big press event. I don't think anyone thought the service was going away.

As someone said, this is mostly the CEO thinking he is doing something productive -- and even though he isn't I'm sure he will get credit for being productive garnering a bonus worth many millions...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2016, 22:33 Mr. Tact
 
Yeah, I've never understood why people put up with that. I'm 54 and I have had a checking account since I was 12 when I needed it for my paper route. And the only time I ever paid a fee for my savings or checking account was when I was a poor college student and I let my the checking balance slip below $100 a couple of times. I'm also at a credit union, but I'd be willing to go to a named bank if they had services I wanted but couldn't get at the credit union. However, I don't suspect that would actually ever happen.

And in fact, last year my credit union started charging if you received monthly paper statements. The first month I was charged, I went over and asked about it. Asked, "I've been mailed paper statements for 25 years without charge, why do you need to charge me now?" They waived the fee for my account.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2016, 21:51 Mr. Tact
 
Ha! Just a saw a clip of Elizabeth Warren dressing down the Wells Fargo CEO at the senate hearing today. Once again, sometimes it sucks to be the good guys. He probably deserved to be taken out to the south lawn and be publicly flogged. Oh well...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2016, 21:38 Mr. Tact
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 19:03:
It is important that there be probable cause for an arrest. Otherwise, doing what you propose would eventually turn into a witch-hunt. Does this help clarify my point?
Being the good guys really sucks sometimes. Although I am loath to agree, I'm afraid I must. There has already been some reporting of people who quit rather than participate in the program. But if you are a $12 an hour teller / customer service rep. would you be willing to buck management and lose what you probably consider a "good job"?

Oddly, they were also firing these people at a rate of 1,000 a year for five years. So it seems like there was a lot going on there and I suspect we have only heard a small portion of it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2016, 10:51 Mr. Tact
 
I have a similar issue. A tree in the neighbor's yard, literally just over the fence with a good portion of the the canopy over my property. Haven't bothered to figure out what the tree is, but it drops seed pods something like discolored, smallish limes. Total PITA. The only good news is it does not overhang my roof... I'd gladly go half and half to have it removed.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 19, 2016, 23:42 Mr. Tact
 
With enough will power they can probably do without food!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2016, 16:29 Mr. Tact
 
Right -- transmission is a huge problem. But let us ignore all that stuff for now... If it was feasible to cover most of Nevada or Arizona in solar panels, would the power produced approach the national usage or not?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2016, 15:42 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2016, 15:28:
And the same for solar in the SW US. 330+ days of sun per annum. A small part of AZ paved with solar panels could provide the US with all of it's electrical needs. And distribution could be done via HVDC lines, which lose only 5% over 1000 miles.
Do you have any links for this? I remember reading someone calculating out all of Nevada being covered in solar panels. The premise being, it's mostly federal land already, so there would be far fewer issues with getting the land. But the result was an electricity output of less than 10% of the national usage. I don't have a link for that, but clearly one of those view points is totally wrong. And frankly, I have no idea which one....
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 14, 2016, 21:20 Mr. Tact
 
"You don't fuck with a man's car. You just don't do it."

-- Pulp Fiction
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 13, 2016, 19:43 Mr. Tact
 
89 mph standing a skateboard. That is insane.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 13, 2016, 19:38 Mr. Tact
 
Another vote for the Galaxy S6. I got one as the S7 was coming out. Big selling point for me was having a replaceable battery -- although I haven't had it long enough that's been needed.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 12, 2016, 07:00 Mr. Tact
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 11, 2016, 22:49:
People can sit in their own shit and cry all day long, that's their choice. However, I saw more bare pairs of tits today than I think I've ever seen on any other single day in my life, including fetish balls. Today was a great day. I retire a happy man.
Okay, I'll bite. Where were you witnessing this display of the female anatomy? Nude beach?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2016, 19:39 Mr. Tact
 
Thank you Donald Trump.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2016, 07:17 Mr. Tact
 
Well, that worked out. I forgot about the pick 'em league so didn't have my picks in for the first game of the season last night. but with Denver winning, only 5 people in our league got the pick correct. And I probably would have picked Carolina anyway -- so little to no damage done. Heck of a deal!  
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Legion Launched
21. Re: World of Warcraft Legion Launched Sep 1, 2016, 08:53 Mr. Tact
 
Anyone who says leveling is a grind has a low tolerance for activity. I haven't really been trying and hit 103 already. That's with me still spending time in previous expansion areas because I came back a month ago after being gone for 4.5 years.  
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