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Intel Core i5 @3.6 GHz
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Signed On Oct 9, 2004, 08:44
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 13:42 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:59:
Primalchrome wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:46:
MCU Spidey movie
Sadly not a fan of the hi tech suit either...no need for Peter to have his own Jarvis. The actor/dialogue/script looks really good, though. Love seeing Michael Keaton back in a big role too!

Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 10:54:
holy hell do they nickel and dime you
You have a fully functional game...and they give you the option to purchase more cosmetic content or access to special events....which funds the creation of more cosmetic content and special events. None of these things have an impact on the actual game you purchased. How are they nickel and diming you again? I have a Jeep, and if I wanted to spend my entire yearly salary plus bonuses, I wouldn't be able to afford all the upgrades and cosmetics possible....but I've never thought that I was being nickel and dimed.

It's more like you buy a Jeep, and a year later they give you a box with new rims in it, which is yours to keep, but tell you that, in order to open the box, you need to buy a key from them.

Any other game with stuff like that, every other game actually, just gives it to you. Yes, you have to grind, but they give it to you. None of this "here's your reward, only $3 to redeem!"

And keep in mind this isn't a F2P game, it costs $20.

I think BL2 had for-pay loot boxes, but just in town at one location IIRC. The vast majority of the game, you forgot there were microtransactions.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews May 24, 2017, 13:36 jdreyer
 
Slick wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:14:
Thanks for the posting Blue, this is my Prey review guys, I tear it to shreds!

Hmm, 3000 reviews over at Steam rate it Very Positive. Slick says 'Mediocre.' Who to trust, who to trust...

Also, damn, that was a long review. Nice site, BTW.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 24, 2017, 13:33 jdreyer
 
Not surprising behavior from the worst company in the world.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 24, 2017, 13:32 jdreyer
 
Pigeon wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:39:
Roughing up reporters, allowing bot comments, and refusing to show proof of a DDoS attack they're claiming. The only thing that's transparent is that they don't give a fuck about what people, people that aren't corporations, think.

Yeah, there was no DDoS, there was just Ajit Pai and his fucking Reese's mug throwing a tantrum that 95% of the comments were pro net neutrality.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization May 24, 2017, 13:31 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 24, 2017, 09:51:
Call me when it's wireless.

I dunno, I think it's pretty cool. IF I had to do a lot of work offsite, I'd definitely want one in order to have a dual screen setup.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Daryl Bem May 24, 2017, 04:06 jdreyer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on May 23, 2017, 11:48:
Retitle that to: Deryl Bem proves data can be misinterpreted easily, and rigorous methodology is required for true science.

That's kind of the point. He did follow all the rigors his science required, multiple times, and still came up "proving" a wacky premise.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
58. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2017, 23:58 jdreyer
 
@SMA, Muslim terrorists were the baddies in Back to the Future.

 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 23:30 jdreyer
 
Sweeeet. Now if I could just convince the wife to let me get one.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2017, 18:37 jdreyer
 
NKD wrote on May 23, 2017, 18:06:
Quboid wrote on May 23, 2017, 17:54:
That metaphor doesn't work. It would be like getting mad when a fire department singles out the house with the biggest fire and ignores all the other houses on fire, which is an entirely justified criticism.

You say the metaphor doesn't work, but yours is just plain dishonest.

What you're basically saying here is that all religions have a problem with terrorism, but Islam merely has a somewhat more severe case which understates the connection between Islam and terrorism to an absolutely absurd degree.

Mr. Tact wrote on May 23, 2017, 15:47:
NKD wrote on May 23, 2017, 15:28:
... or pretending the extremists are mentally ill.
While I generally agree with most of what you said it is kind of hard to think anyone wishing to kill innocent civilians in the name of jihad as sane.

Their religious leaders tell them that these people they kill are not innocent, and that they have nothing to fear from death, as all that awaits them is paradise. Once you've had that drilled into your head, it becomes perfectly rational to blow yourself up. Their fundamental belief system is twisted. That doesn't make them insane, it makes them indoctrinated.
The hole in attacking Islam for terror is that there are a billion Muslims worldwide but only a few thousand Islamic terrorists. It's a fraction of a fraction of a percent. There's also a direct correlation between lack of education and economic opportunity and becoming an extremist. Improving these things would have greater success than taking a hard line.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed
20. Re: Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed May 23, 2017, 16:15 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2017, 10:56:
Numinar wrote on May 23, 2017, 10:02:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2017, 09:50:

I'm excited for the controversy of the new setting. While I'd wager they're going after everyone to some extent, I'd also wager the bulk of this is aimed at hyperconservative militias. I mean, it's Wyoming, it factually has hyperconservative militia groups, but doesn't factually have a significant amount of hyperliberals. Would not be surprised to have the main character be one, perhaps native American, or if they didn't learn their lesson from FC3, an obnoxious privileged white college kid that everyone finds at least slightly off-putting and Ubi later claims was a parody that went over our heads.

Yeah everyone hates the FC3 story. I think it might have been the best. I don't think I'm super smart or anything, and maybe I am reading into it, but I thought the douchebags in FC3 were awesome. The heroes journey was all about that kid realising what a douchebag he and his friends are and how he was starting to enjoy the murder (Which seemed a pretty cool mirror to games in general, the same theme drove Hotline Miami).

I thought it was fine, frankly. The guy was douchey, but it wasn't at all a game-breaker for me. Lots of my friends are douchey, so...
Well, you DO live in NYC.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
49. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 14:41 jdreyer
 
Right, taxes for the middle and lower classes have remained about the same over the decades. It's just the rich that have had their taxes reduced. And we wonder why we have massive deficits.

And it's a good point about how higher tax brackets reduce the value of over inflating exec salaries. In the 1960s, exec salaries were 30x the avg worker salary, today it's 100,200, 300x.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 23, 2017, 13:30 jdreyer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on May 23, 2017, 11:51:
Because Mike O'Reilly and Ajit Pai are literally human garbage, and probably ordered their 'guards' to assault people? Because the president recommends physically assaulting people who disagree with you, and suing the press?


The answer you're looking for is, "Because we now live in a banana republic."

Also, not sure why the word 'Manhandling' is in quotes as if they weren't actually manhandled. When you shove someone into a wall, and forcibly remove them from a building, that's just manhandling, not 'manhandling.'
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 04:37 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 22, 2017, 14:29:
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:34:
Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers.

Skynet is just around the corner...
As long as microsoft did the programming for skynet I won't fear it because I know with the first update it will break.

Also, BSOD amirite?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
46. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 04:35 jdreyer
 
TheVocalMinority wrote on May 21, 2017, 00:55:
jdreyer wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:01:
Right now, laws are 98% correlated to what companies want, and only 50% (random chance) to what people want.

The link you gave does not appear to include the figures you are quoting, closest I could find is:
"A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time," they write, "while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time."

Grr, I can't find the study with those numbers. Read it a few years ago. From the Princeton Study, however (emph is mine):
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
45. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 23, 2017, 04:27 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:56:
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2017, 13:28:
It's also individuals, and wealthy people are to blame, since they hoard. Right now we have the worst income since before the great depression. Strong economies depend on a fairly flat income distribution: when people in the lower and middle classes have money, they tend to spend it on both necessities and things to improve their lives. Rich people don't need to improve their lives, and their necessity costs are negligible to their income, so they save or "invest."
Okay, I'd be near the front of the line to complain about the GOP seemingly being out to help the 1%. But I'm not sure what you are attempting to say here, could you clarify?

First, where are you drawing the line for being wealthy? I certainly wouldn't consider myself wealthy. But, since I'm single and managed to get good paying jobs in IT, I was able to save enough money to retire at a reasonably "young" age, 54. I'm guessing there are plenty of people who would consider that wealthy (possibly legitimately).

Second, wherever you are drawing that line for being wealthy, what do you expect people above that line to be doing that you don't think they are doing now? Are you just asking for them to be more philanthropic?

I wouldn't include you in that. Good on you for retiring early, but you probably don't have millions in assets, nor make half a mil per year or more in income, nor live your life on a small fraction of your income.

What rich people have done over the past 4 decades or so is make themselves richer:
- They bought politicians to greatly reduce taxes for themselves only (remember when we had a 90% bracket?)
- They jiggered taxes away from investment income. That's how Mitt Romney paid a lower rate than his secretary.
- They undermined unions and hoovered up all the gains in productivity for themselves. Thus middle and lower class wages have remained flat while exec salaries have soared. Compare this image of salaries of various income brackets with this graph comparing salary to productivity gains. Unions aren't perfect, but here's what happens when they go away.

What rich people don't do is spend. Middle and lower classes do, because they have to. They need food, shelter, clothing, transportation, medicine, even a little entertainment, the vast majority of the incoming salary goes right back out. This is the engine that drives the economy, this constant exchange of goods.

When you concentrate wealth in the few, the flow slows down, weakening the economy. The rich further entrench, further reducing incomes, and it becomes a vicious cycle. Middle and lower classes have much less power in a society where politicians are reliant on private donations to get reelected. Eventually you end up with a banana republic. Or an extreme political faction convinces the military to turn on the wealthy, and you end up with a communist, fascist, religious, etc. authoritarian regime.

What the rich need to do is spend the vast majority of their income. But how can they? They've already got everything they need. So they save or invest.

Remedies (no particular order) to flatten the income scale:
- Higher national minimum wage and strictly mandated overtime rates
- Bring back the high tax brackets, and increase capital gains tax.
- Undo all the anti-union laws passed over several decades
- Get rid of the $100K limit for SS payroll taxes
- Education reform (incredibly complex and difficult task) including public preschool from age 3.
- Make all elections publicly funded, weakening the influence of the wealthy and corporations.

And there are a bunch of other smaller things, but I've ranted enough.
 
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News Comments > The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Finale Next Week
2. Re: The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Finale Next Week May 23, 2017, 03:39 jdreyer
 
The Walking Dead is Dead Man Walking.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. May 23, 2017, 03:39 jdreyer
 
Valve confirm they've hired the Kerbal Space Program team…

Wait, that's not possible. That implies that KSP is... completed.

Also, the Angry Birds movie made enough money to justify a sequel??
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 23, 2017, 03:35 jdreyer
 
Sorry, you can’t protest security screening by getting naked for the TSA.

Yeah, some porn star tried that a few years back. I hate the dumb, ineffective screening rules, but getting nekkid is just stupid. Unless she's hot, then she's sexy stupid.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 23, 2017, 03:33 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on May 22, 2017, 23:01:
Well a good day for justice all around it seems.


And collection of posts that doesn't include the NC gerrymander case where the GOP got two of their district drawings thrown out for being too racist.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation May 23, 2017, 03:32 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on May 22, 2017, 23:03:
The Half Elf wrote on May 22, 2017, 22:47:
GAH DAMN YOU ROCKSTAR!

THE LEAST YOU BASTARDS CAN DO IS GIVE US RDR REMASTERED FOR THE PC!

RDR Remastered is included in the Super Duper Special Deluxe version of RDR2, which you can preorder now for the low, low price of $120.
 
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