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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2016, 18:45 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer -- That issue is the core of the election. Which side can get their voters to turn out. However, shouldn't it apply equally? If you are a Trump supporter, and Trump is sure to lose, why show up to vote?

*shrug*

There is some reason to believe the Clinton campaign has a "better ground game" and should win the turn out. But in a country where typically only 45-55% of the registered voters actually vote -- anything is possible.

I'm hoping Nate Silver is as on target this time as he was in 2012 when he was correct on all his predictions, except for a single house seat.
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2016, 18:39 Mr. Tact
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 11, 2016, 18:12:
Mr. Tact, that's the conventional logic which made people think the Brexit referendum would fail and that Trump would go out early in the primaries. I hope Trump gets landslided but 2016 just doesn't make any goddamn sense.
Yeah, I agree. To anyone who has told me Trump can't win, I've responded with, "That's what they said about the primary." However, I do actually think it is reasonably likely Trump will lose simply because of how the electoral college map is lined up this year. For Trump to win the electoral college he'll basically have to sweep all the swing states, and that just doesn't seem very likely.

My concern is "just" winning really isn't enough. All those people steadfastly behind Trump despite him showing repeatedly he is not suited to be president, will only be encouraged if they "just" lose.

Preferably it would be a landslide for Clinton. But, I just don't see that happening. She is a bad candidate who just happens to be running against a worse candidate. She might be able to swing a electoral landslide, that would be helpful. Of course, getting the Senate would be helpful too. There is a small chance of that, but I wouldn't put any money on it.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2016, 17:38 Mr. Tact
 
Saw a great comment in an article which said concerns Trump might win were nonsense and recalled a Ulysses S. Grant story:

"It reminds me of a story that Ulysses S. Grant tells in his memoirs about a night he spent on the wild prairies of East Texas. He and a fellow officer were near Goliad when they heard “the most unearthly howling of wolves” directly in front of them. They couldn’t see the wolves through the tall prairie grass, but the men knew they were near. The other officer asked Grant how many wolves he thought were in the pack. Grant, not wanting to seem afraid, tried to lowball the number at twenty—knowing well enough, he said later, that it was still enough “to devour our party, horses and all, at a single meal.” Grant thought that maybe they should turn around, but the other officer, having come from a part of Indiana where the wolves hadn’t been completely driven out, smiled and pushed on.

The men arrived to find just two lone wolves sitting on their haunches. These were the sole animals who had made all the noise that had scared Grant so badly, that had convinced him he was overwhelmingly outnumbered. Four decades later, after a full life in public service and politics, Grant would relate that he often thought of this incident when he heard of a group changing course due to criticism or someone giving up because they were deterred by an unseen enemy. The lesson in such situations, he concluded, was this: “There are always more of them before they are counted.”
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2016, 08:46 Mr. Tact
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 10, 2016, 21:58:
Did any of you guys pick Lions yesterday?
Not me, in fact I apparently was sleeping or something when I made my picks, only got 6 correct. That's what I get for complaining about scoring 10 each of the first three weeks. Thankfully we are throwing out the worst week, which leaves me 3 back of the leader. Still have some chance...
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2016, 23:46 Mr. Tact
 
Happy anniversary and thank you for all you do, Blue. I second the idea of another 20 years. Oh and where is that Patreon account?  
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2016, 10:10 Mr. Tact
 
I realize you are not attempting to force me to believe what you believe. But you are attempting to convince people by presenting your supposed evidence.

Superstring theory -- the key word being "theory", an admission it is not proven. A better example is Dark Matter and Dark Energy. We have no idea what they are or how they work. However, we can infer their existence through provable, observable, phenomenon. There is no provable, observable phenomenon of the existence of a God.

I find it absolutely fascinating that so many put faith in their various supreme being beliefs without realizing the beliefs of other religions have just as much merit.

I'm not condemning your belief of God, just the fact you think there is evidence to support it.
 
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29. Re: What’s the Longest Humans Can Live- 115 Years, New Study Says. Oct 8, 2016, 18:02 Mr. Tact
 
You forgot to mention how the world is flat, Kx. If you want to believe in a supreme being, that's fine -- it's your right. But believing the apocryphal stories of the Bible, that's over the top...  
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2016, 21:08 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 2, 2016, 03:50:
Also, that NMS vid is pretty hilarious.
Not to mention pretty accurate...
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 1, 2016, 00:47 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 30, 2016, 11:57:
HBO should do a series based on Georgey's Wild Cards. It'd be nice to see a gritty adult show about Aces and Jokers.
If done well, that would be pretty awesome. I have difficulty believing it would be done well.
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2016, 09:46 Mr. Tact
 
Hmmm, 10 correct picks in each of the first three weeks in our pick 'em league. Guess it is time to take some chances...  
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 27, 2016, 20:08 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 27, 2016, 17:17:
We're so far away from colonizing Mars. Let's invent an alternative to rocket technology first. Then we can start thinking about colonization.
Unless there is an unexpected technical break-through, this will not happen within the next 20 years.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 27, 2016, 16:26 Mr. Tact
 
Oddly, this morning I watched an episode of "The Outer Limits" from 2000, "Decompression". In the episode Bruce Boxleitner plays a senator running for president. On a plane flight after winning a primary he is visited by "someone from the future". She appears as "projection", basically a 3-d hologram. She tells him she is there to save his life and tells him the plane has been damaged by a lightning strike. She tells him if he dies it creates an environment where "... a weak president does get elected, terrorism escalates, riots break out, the stage is set for a tyrant to emerge...".

LOL.

Tell me it was just a coincidence that episode was shown...
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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