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Nickname Burrito of Peace
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 8, 2018, 22:46 Burrito of Peace
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 8, 2018, 01:20:
Sounds pretty convincing to me. Hell, I'm almost tempted to try Manjaro. If ever I decide to take the Linux plunge, I'll be sure to ask you about it first, Burrito.

Definitely give it a shot. The installer is super straightforward (at least in my opinion) and you have a plethora of Desktop Environments to choose from so you will very likely find one that suits your workflow. Moreover, you don't really need to reinstall the OS if you want to try a different Desktop Environment. You can have several living side by side happily. You just select which one you want to use at the login screen.

I'll also be more than happy to answer any questions you might have to the best of my ability.

RedEye9 wrote on Sep 8, 2018, 15:53:
So you're saying if Pennywise and John Wayne Gacy had a child it would be Ubuntu.
Your points about a newb and command line vs gui are correct, and that is one of the reasons Linux has failed to take over the desktop.
Thank you very much for that write up. I know doing stuff like that takes time. I copied it into my notes and am sure it will hope other folks who want to penquin.

Well, I really like Pennywise. So Killer Klowns from Outer Space and John Wayne Gacy.

I agree with why Linux has failed to capture the home desktop. However, there are several superb distros that have made significant and non-trivial strides in making it far more approachable for new users.

You are quite welcome. I want people to embrace the penguin and, more importantly, I want people to have fun and enjoy it. I want them to discover and have the joy of an OS that is ridiculously fast and just gets the Hell out of their way so they can do their tasks. I want them to understand that there are millions of people who started with Linux just like they are now and evolved their skills to help continue improving Linux. That they did so to help new users have a better experience today. I want people to learn that you can have and use an OS that doesn't treat you like the product and respects your privacy, freedom, and liberty.

However, I always try to be honest with people. Steam Play is a really, really big deal and it has helped leap frog gaming on Linux by a very large margin. That being said, it's not quite there yet. While many titles work without issue at all, there are still some that don't. That will change in the future I am quite sure but I want people whom are going in to Linux right now to be fully aware of that.

Obviously, I am very passionate about Linux and I truly believe in it. I use it daily at work and at home. If anyone else has questions, feel free to hit me up if you see me post in a thread. If the problem or question is a bit deeper than what is probably appropriate for a thread, I'll be happy to supply you with my email address and Wire name so we can continue talking there. Not every Linux user is a trilby wearing neckbeard with delusions of elitism. Some of us really want to introduce people to the same happiness we enjoy on our machines.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2018, 23:59 Burrito of Peace
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 7, 2018, 19:23:
You gotta do better than saying the devs are clowns. Clown
Are they better or worse than Pennywise?
Ubuntu install and gaming looks straight forward https://youtu.be/WsUZ0LYyz54?t=421

Worse than Pennywise but, if you want me to get technical, I shall.

Canonical has a really nasty, ugly habit of backporting packages that were never meant to be backported just so Canonical can claim that they are "stable". However, user reports often show that said backports are anything but stable. For example, Ubuntu still has issues with properly updating GRUB (in the rare times they bother to update the kernel* past point releases of the shipped kernel tied to the version you have installed) whereas other major distros such as Fedora and Manjaro have that sorted. Why that is a big deal is if GRUB gets fucked up, your system no longer boots. Sure, you can boot to a live USB, chroot in to the system, fix it, and reboot but that is way, way beyond the scope of what I expect first and second tier users to be familiar or comfortable with doing.

Let's take a look at the biggest issue still facing the Linux desktop: video drivers. In specific, Nvidia proprietary drivers. Here's how you install those drivers on Ubuntu. In contrast, here's how you do it on Manjaro: Click on Manjaro Settings Manager, then Hardware Configuration, and then click "Auto Install Proprietary Driver". After that, reboot, and you're done. Moreover, you actually get the lastest 39X version (depending on your video card) instead of the moribund 340X version. Although you can technically get the 39X version on Ubuntu, they're marked "Beta" which will very likely intimidate first time users.

Then we move on to the kernel itself. Ubuntu 18.04 ships with kernel version 4.15 which they market as "LTS". However, 4.14 is the actual LTS kernel. The latest kernel is 4.18 and runs really well on any 64bit machine produced in the last decade. But, you can run 4.18 on Ubuntu. You can find out how to do that here in only five steps, four of which are in the terminal. Again, I'll use Manjaro for contrast. On Manjaro, you go to Manjaro Settings Manager, then Kernel, and click "Install" next to the kernel version you want to install. That's it. Three fucking steps, all in a GUI that won't terrorize a new user. Better yet, if you have funky hardware (like say Realtek NICs), it will auto-install the kernel module for that, if available, so that your funky hardware always works no matter how frequently you update the kernel or never reinstall the OS and just go with continuous updates.

Don't get me wrong, I fucking love Terminal but "go do this in Terminal" is never an acceptable solution for a new or low-skill user who is just getting used to an entirely new operating system.

But let's say you want to install Steam. Well, here's how you do it for Ubuntu 18.04. Again, on Manjaro, I literally hit the Super (Windows) key, hit up "Add/Remove Software", type in "Steam", select it, and install. It grabs all the packages needed, including the multilib 32 bit versions necessary, and makes it all work.

The above alone just covers the actual function of the OS, the installation of drivers, and the installation of a download client to get the basic framework in place to begin gaming.

So I repeat. Fuck Ubuntu and fuck the Canonical clowns. Start with Linux the easy way and don't be frustrated or intimidated when literally everything a new user will want to do is covered in an easy to use and navigate GUI.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2018, 19:04 Burrito of Peace
 
If one is contemplating Linux, don't use fucking Ubuntu. Canonical (the developers behind Ubuntu) are fucking clowns. Look at something like Manjaro with the Cinnamon desktop for ease of use (for users coming from Windows) which is both kept fresh with new package versions and has a driver installer for easy driver installs (especially if you have an Nvidia GPU).  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2018, 20:22 Burrito of Peace
 
Creston wrote on Sep 6, 2018, 19:56:
Hey fellas, anyone have a good recommendation for some wireless over-the-ear cans?

Good? No. I can tell you to stay the Hell away from Logitech, though. The 933s are absolute garbage. I had my original set replaced three times by Logitech. They didn't even want the old ones back, I was instructed to discard them. The final time, I was a bit exasperated, and the rep on the phone admitted that the 933s and 633s (wired version of the 933s) have a very high RMA rate.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2018, 17:47 Burrito of Peace
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 6, 2018, 14:55:
Pigeon wrote on Sep 6, 2018, 13:57:
Granted it's not slathering yourself in BBQ sauce
Crap, you sent me down the bbq rabbit hole.
My first recollection of this god sent creation was slow pit cooked pork from http://www.allmans-bbq.com/. Bested only by mothers milk.
I bet my folks dipped my pacifer in allmans vinegary sauce to settle me down. There is no substitute and nothing in TX even compares, beef brisket takes a lame 3rd place.


Pulled pork is just downright nasty. It is like a shit covered foot step above Sloppy Joes.

Slow cooked BBQ prime rib is where it's at. Followed very closely by beef ribs that actually have beef on them. Like a pound of beef per rib.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 6, 2018, 13:56 Burrito of Peace
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 6, 2018, 12:18:
controversial Nike Ad, it's damn good


It is damn good. The fact that it will piss off conservitards is just sweet, sweet buttercream icing on the cake. Maybe they can show us just how angry they are...by burning the stuff they have already bought and paid for. That'll show us.

 
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News Comments > EA Jacksonville Tribute
2. Re: EA Jacksonville Tribute Today Sep 6, 2018, 12:09 Burrito of Peace
 
EA's latest press release:

"In memory of the tragedy in Jacksonville, we will be offering a 25% discount on all loot crates for all Battlefield titles. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families.

Don't forget to checkout our new Urban Warfare skin pack!"
 
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News Comments > Anthem Demo in February
22. Re: Anthem Demo in February Sep 4, 2018, 08:58 Burrito of Peace
 
This is the only video I have watched for Anthem and what I am left with is the impression that this is Bioware trying to do a sci-fi Guild Wars.  
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News Comments > Labor Day Tech Bits
5. Re: Labor Day Tech Bits Sep 4, 2018, 08:03 Burrito of Peace
 
I'll just wait for the inevitable evolution to "unregulated pre-citizen labor".  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 2, 2018, 22:54 Burrito of Peace
 
Nibiru confirmed! Half-Life 3 will be released when the confirmation is released to the public by NASA.  
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News Comments > Battlefield V Chat Will Have Profanity Filter
6. Re: . Sep 2, 2018, 22:53 Burrito of Peace
 
NKD wrote on Sep 2, 2018, 18:17:
Has a profanity filter ever done anything but annoy people to the point that they have to turn it off when it blocks normal words?

Dick Cockbourne from Scunthorpe would probably agree with that statement.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 1, 2018, 21:22 Burrito of Peace
 
Creston wrote on Sep 1, 2018, 12:33:
I do think Cutter, Beamer, Bats and I are just a few of the really old guard left. We've had some prolific posters for several years, and then they leave again (or skulk. I think Ray is probably still around, Warpig probably too, but they don't seem to post anymore.)

I wonder if Zathrus still visits.

What am I, chopped liver?! 2004 reg date.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 31, 2018, 18:37 Burrito of Peace
 
I just noticed this "Established 1995. Over a billion visitors since 1997." Is this new or have I just missed it all this time?

Either way, it's awesome that BN has had over a billion visitors.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 31, 2018, 18:35 Burrito of Peace
 
It is currently 104 where I live. I just spent the last 9 hours outside working on my lawn tractor. I am wrung out. We will get a "break" in the heat on Monday in that it will "only" be 98 degrees with "only" 69% humidity.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. FCC can define markets with only one ISP as “competitive,” court rules. Aug 29, 2018, 19:45 Burrito of Peace
 
Oh FFS. Time for another American Revolution...if you can get people's assess off the couch and their faces out of their TVs and phones long enough.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Aug 29, 2018, 14:26 Burrito of Peace
 
Sorry, Bethesda, you lose this round. You set a mighty high bar back on 11/11/11 with Skyrim and it is still quite playable and replayable today.

But then the Witcher 3 happened which upped the stakes considerably on what a CRPG could, should, and would be. You released Fallout 4 which was, uh, less than its predecessors and especially less than Skyrim.

CDPR is now showing off Cyberpunk 2077 which looks to yet again raise the bar of what a CRPG can do. Your response is Fallout '76 which, as far as I can tell, very few people asked for or wanted. You might even bring up the argument that Fallout '76 was in development long before CP2077 showed up on the landscape and I would grant you that. But it wasn't in development before the release of Skyrim. You needed to surpass Skyrim in quality, content, and longevity.

It doesn't and every thing you've revealed publicly about F76 makes me think you're actually backing down and away from what you yourselves accomplished with Skyrim.

You could say "But we heard you guys totally wanted Fallout and to be able to play with other humans!" We did, you're right, but almost everytime I have seen this request, it was for coop. Coop PvE, in point of fact. Not coop PvEvP. Just coop PvE so we could tell our own stories with our friends within the Fallout and Elder Scrolls universes. That's all you had to give us. We would have been happy, you would have made a hojillion dollars (provided the game was at least equal to F:NV or Skyrim), and quite possibly we would have solved world hunger, world peace, and cured cancer in the process.

I predict you're going to stumble pretty hard with this. You're going to come out 4-6 months after F76's release and say that it didn't perform as expected. You'll trot out the excuse that players didn't understand your "vision" or that players are "fatigued" with the IP. You won't be honestly introspective enough to realize you missed the clues for what would have been a megaseller because you were chasing short term profit instead.

Go back to old Bethesda. The one who made interesting, dynamic, and daring games. Ask to have lunch with CDPR so they can reinvigorate you on what makes a good, compelling, and long lasting game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. NVIDIA Controls AIB Launch and Driver Distribution Aug 29, 2018, 08:30 Burrito of Peace
 
Jesus, Nvidia have just become blatant dicks now. I understand NDAs for unreleased products to protect trade secrets but this is ridiculous. Five fucking years NDA length? An intentional chilling effect for independent reviewers? That's ridiculous. There will be no more Nvidia products in my future.  
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News Comments > Cyberpunk 2077 Hidden Message
21. Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Hidden Message Aug 28, 2018, 12:05 Burrito of Peace
 
Desalus wrote on Aug 28, 2018, 11:42:
Why are the woman's breasts right in front of the camera? When you carry someone in your arms their chest would not be right in front of your eyes.

Depends how you carry them, really. I tend to carry people up high so that some of their body weight is shifted against and carried by my chest and the rest is carried by my upper arms and shoulders. It prevents stress and strain on the lower back to do so. Also, remember, the view is obviously shown as the PC looking down at the person she is carrying. Later, her view shifts up when she sees the arrival of the trauma team.

The carry position seems perfectly fine to me and the bare breasts were a non-issue.

As for the language used, that is also a matter of perspective. It is not uncommon to hear a litany of expletives in my job and I work in IT. How we speak amongst ourselves is obviously different than how we speak among others. That, I think, was shown well in the video. She and Jack, obviously friends for some time, talk to each other in the way they want and is contained within the relationship they have with one another. However, when the PC interacts with others, the language is different which shows varying levels of familiarity. That, too, seems perfectly fine to me.

As for the game itself, I'm all kinds of excited. This will be a pre-order for me as soon as it becomes available and I'll probably play it a bajillion times through like I did Skyrim, Fallout, and other open world games. Totally hyped.

 
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News Comments > Fatal Shooting at Game Tournament [Updated]
77. Re: Fatal Shooting at Game Tournament [Updated] Aug 27, 2018, 10:56 Burrito of Peace
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 27, 2018, 09:17:
So how do you change "we, as a culture?" Or do you just accept that this keeps going on?

Also, why don't we start with banning guns not used for farming and rural life? Goodby AR-15s, hello more pistols and single shot rifles. Which yes, are often used, but to smaller results.


That's a good question, Beamer. One, unfortunately, for which I don't have a simple, quick, or easy answer. We can start with stopping the fetishizing of guns and the "every man's a hero" idology. I think one of the things that stands in stark contrast to what we as Americans fantasize about shooting and killing another person is the actual experience of combat veterans. Create a national ad campaign where they explain to the country their experience in frank detail. I have never met a combat veteran who was well adjusted who cried in joy "FUCK YEAH! I SLAUGHTERED A WHOLE GODDAMNED SQUAD AND IT WAS AWESOME!" They've all been quiet about it, some even still harbor feelings of guilt even though in the situation they killed to preserve their life and/or the lives of their fellow servicepeople. Having that raw emotional impact would, I think, help dissuade the belief that Bob in Accounting is the equivalent of Rambo.

I'm 100% onboard with the removal of sale of assault rifles for civilian use. There will never be a justifiable use case scenario for a civilian to have a 30 round magazine. However, I disagree with limiting rifles to single shot. On several occasions, the 4 round magazine in my Ruger 99/44 has saved me from injury from a charging javalina that burst out of the brush at less than 20 yards. Likewise, the 8 round en bloc clip in my M1 is useful for thinning out the coyote attacks. We have an especially difficult time because the development in Austin and surrounding areas is pushing coyotes further out and in to what the local Park and Wildlife folks are calling "super packs" because of their unusually large sizes. 10 rounds or less is a limitation that I could and would fully support.
 
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News Comments > Fatal Shooting at Game Tournament [Updated]
64. Re: Fatal Shooting at Game Tournament [Updated] Aug 27, 2018, 08:05 Burrito of Peace
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 27, 2018, 03:28:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 22:17:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 22:02:
Apostle wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 21:39:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 19:36:
Also, the solution is glaringly obvious: gun control.

Prohibition works. That's why there are no drugs or prostitutes in America.

Works for guns. Look at Europe and East Asia. I've already provided links and stats.

The problem is one of false equivalency. Neither Asia nor Europe started their countries or developed their countries where personal arms ownership were enshrined in law. At this point, there are so many long guns, pistols, and revolvers in the wild that any sort of prohibition would be equivalent to closing the door to the barn not only after the horses had all left but also after it had burned to the ground.

Moreover, you would need to repeal the Second Amendment which at this point would be a rather quixotic affair. That doesn't even include the long drawn out process of actually trying to collect those firearms out in the wild which would more than likely bring up a lawsuit, or lawsuits, based on the 4th Amendment which would need to wend its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. Should that somehow get struck down, you can bet someone is going to file a lawsuit based on the 9th Amendment and that is going to be a much trickier case to win in favor of a new Prohibition.

But, let's say that the stars all aligned in your favor and a new Prohibition is enacted and enforced. First, you're not going to get even a majority of the firearms in the wild because private sales are not held to the same registration standards as a store. Then you have to deal with the enormous amounts of CNC machines out there because they can be used to create new firearms, let alone 3D printers which is yet another cornucopia of either parts or straight up fully complete units.

It's just flatout not going to work in any real sense in a country founded upon the idea that a person has the right to own a firearm without onerous government intervention and the billions of dollars from SIGs, PACs, and private donations that have and will continue to go in to upholding that right.

Not saying it won't be hard. But we're pretty much the only industrialized nation that hasn't figured this out yet. Other countries have, including ones with traditionally high gun ownership like Australia, Canada, and Switzerland. We've tackled difficult issues before as a nation. The rights of women and minorities have drastically improved over the past several decades as attitudes and laws have changed. Ditto toward smoking. Ditto toward cannabis use.
And attitudes toward gays and gay marriage have swung 180 degrees in less than a decade. Massive change can happen quickly with the right arguments and exposure.

It's already starting to happen with RE to guns: look at how the NRA is losing corporate sponsors and finding itself more isolated.

It's not that it won't be hard, it is that it is quite literally impossible from both a legal and manufacturing standpoint.

You keep bringing up other countries as examples while not taking in to account the very real and substantial differences in culture. We, as a culture, have firearms deeply engrained within it. The possession and ownership of it is so important to us that we enshrined it within the very documents that founded this country. We have roughly 250 years of established culture and legal precedence putting firearms in the hands and homes of anyone who wants them, provided they aren't part of a small group serving as a restricted class.

You're not going to magically get rid of that in one, two, or even three generations. You would need to significantly shift the bedrock of the United States to make that happen and that isn't going to happen. Moreover, you'll have people like me who will fight you tooth and nail to the grave to prevent a new Prohibition because firearms are a useful tool in my way of life. A way of life that would be significantly and negatively impacted by that very Prohibition.

Let's not forget that most of the US is rural and the life that people lead in a city is radically different than the life a person who lives on a ranch, farm, or out in a rural area lives. How would you like me to keep the coyotes away from my cattle, especially my calves? Rocks and harsh language? What about the javalina that will quite literally break down fences to get to our gardens (actual produce bearing gardens)? Catch and release? Are you going to buy cages and a means of transporting them to some far off location at no cost to me? What about the plethora of copperheads and occasional cottonmouth we see annually? I've literally had to shoot copperheads on my back porch with snakeshot over the years for the safety of my family and of my pets.

While I wholeheartedly agree that mass shootings are tragic and unjust, a blanket statement of "just ban the guns" is impractical and wholly inappropriate "solution" to the wider population across the US.
 
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