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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 19, 2018, 20:33 Asmodai
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 19, 2018, 18:58:
Employee Lawsuit Reveals Google as Intolerant Race Cult

There's the reality of Big Brother Google. I hope Damore wins big time.

After reading the filing and looking over the explosive material contained within, and considering California's legal structure, I'd say it's a shoe in on a 50/50 civil suit. And I also predict the damages are going to be fairly astronomical. It'll be a drop in the bucket to Google, but the hit to their openly hostile ideology will be the thing that hurts them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 16, 2018, 02:09 Asmodai
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 15, 2018, 23:48:
I have my thoughts on Vista, but what's the point of putting effort into it? We're all past that.

Those that forget the past are doomed to repeat it?

/looks at Windows 10

Yup...

Vista was bloatware central. I created an early build of Vista using vlite to recompose the iso minus a metric tonne of crud that was tossed in for shits and giggles as far as I could figure. It ran faster and cleaner than XP and survived just fine once you turned off the auto updates which constantly borked everything.

Vista should have shown MS the door for bloated overdone OS's, and while 7 restored some of the XP feel, 10 has dived deep back in that shitty pool...

Side note, Windows 10 LTSB (enterprise long term service branch) is a beautiful thing if you can manage to get a key for it. It's clean, absent are all the mindless bloat and internet shit, you can control updates etc. Like Vista, there's a diamond in there somewhere, it just takes a buttload of work digging through shit to get it.
 
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News Comments > Get The Red Solstice for Free
2. Re: Get The Red Solstice for Free Jan 16, 2018, 02:01 Asmodai
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 15, 2018, 21:17:
Still nooooooooope.

Umm, why not? It's actually quite a good game and takes some work to actually beat.
 
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News Comments > ESA Rebukes President Trump
133. Re: ESA Rebukes President Trump Jan 12, 2018, 18:55 Asmodai
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2018, 12:06:
Timmeh wrote on Jan 12, 2018, 11:20:
Also..

America is not built on "diversity" that is a modern bunch of garbage leftists created to undermine the country like morons.

America is built on individuality and the freedom to be who and what you want to be based on your drive and tenacity. The diversity these leftist POS's throw around doesn't even mean close to the same thing.

another thing...

We should be working to import the best and the brightest even from a shithole country. not the lowest common denominator in order to line the voting tallies of the socialist democraps.


I repeatedly get the impression you're not exactly the most successful poster here.

Lol, if that's the bar for being right, it's pretty fucking low...

So the option is kowtow to the accepted opinion or freely express your own opinions despite the fact that it might make you unpopular with those that believe they have the moral high ground? For anyone with integrity, there is no choice.

What's braver, following the company line or speaking out? Pro tip Beamer, insulting people for their beliefs and opinions didn't work at the last election and isn't likely to work at the next... If the regressive left (and yeah, imo you qualify) isn't willing to live it's principles of diversity ie. accept diversity of thought, they will continue to alienate the centrists that, by virtue(signal) of people getting further to the left, actually look right wing... Swing voters who might actually toss out the Trump are being shooed away because they aren't as extreme as you want them to be.

Trump is completely unsuited to being the POTUS, but he's not wrong. These countries are shitholes, and the only people adding a racial element are the left. Would you want to live there? If the worst place in the US is better than the country of origin, it's a shithole... And imo it's refreshing to hear a politician actually express an opinion rather than indulge in political weasel words.

I do, however, notice that few people hesitate when pointing the finger and screaming bigot, racist, homophobe, misogynist, nazi... Yeah, you could make the point that the POTUS should be above that, but that hasn't really worked to date. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

ps. Funny how few ever consider that the best and brightest who flee their home countries are likely the ones actually needed to pull those countries out of the holes they are in. Immigration gives people a chance of a better life, but it also skims the cream of the crop. The old 'cruel to be kind' adage applies here, these are the people that could usher in a new age for their nations. If they had assistance dismantling dictatorships and corrupt governments, they might actually manage to pull their country in to the 21st century.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 9, 2018, 02:02 Asmodai
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 8, 2018, 22:29:
Cutter wrote on Jan 8, 2018, 21:50:
Good luck with that, James. In the current political climate the white man is enemy #1. But like Gil Scott-Heron said, whitey's on the moon.


Cutter, as a white man, of course thinks the white man is enemy #1. Because he only sees what could impact him.

Nevermind that Damore put out a statement that offended a significant chunk of his coworkers. It's not that he distributed that to all of Google, it's that he's a white man! And the other guy in the suit? Sure, he said his Pakistani coworker should be investigated for terrorism, but it isn't that he said something to be fired, he was fired for being a white man!

So offending a chunk of the establishment is a bad thing? I should travel back in history and tell all those revolutionary minds who created new paradigms (including the women's suffrage movement) to stfu and sit down, right?

Instead of hiding behind just how many snowflakes got butthurt by Damore's completely reasonable paper, how about you actually bother to refute the things he said? That's a legitimate argument, an actual review of what is put forward and then a reasoned response that debates said points, not just "Oh, a bunch of people played the PC victims and cried foul".

Or are women avoiding STEM like the plague and going in to things like health, education and women's studies because the patriarchy told them to? X D

ps. You do know that it is actually okay to be white. And white people are allowed to have opinions. Things happen to white people as well. Maybe you're too racist (or suffering from a truckload of white guilt) to see it, but judge the individual rather than the skin. = P
 
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News Comments > ESA Takes on WHO Over "Gaming Disorder"
13. Re: ESA Takes on WHO Over Jan 3, 2018, 02:09 Asmodai
 
Rossafur wrote on Jan 2, 2018, 22:49:
I'm sure gambling addicts make the same argument...
Like anything that provokes serotonin release, gaming absolutely can be addictive. The gaming industry knows that, that's why they've been hiring people with backgrounds in I/O psychology for years (and why the ESA would be fighting this, just like the tobacco industry fought declaring tobacco addictive). I sure have realized more and more often while playing games, "Wait a minute... What I'm doing here isn't actually even FUN, -why do I feel so compelled to keep playing??"

Figuring out how best to trigger compulsion has been what MMO's have always relied heavily on, and then they realized that if they threw in micro-transactions to speed up/bypass the parts where people might start to realize they were not actually having fun, they could ensure people continued to play longer and keep giving them more money.

I love how a person can say something straight up and yet ignore the implications (or the explicit information within) of what they've just said.

Human addictions are, at their root, an effort to avoid something else by getting a blast of happy chemicals. You can invoke the tobacco industry, but the decline of smoking due to various pressures proves that smoking addiction is not insurmountable. Like a satisfying wank after a shitty day, you feel better because you've dosed yourself with a homemade drug that is designed to make you feel better (and incidentally creates a positive feedback loop, an evolutionary thing to convince us to do things by giving us a jolt of our own extremely addictive body chemicals as a reward).

The problem is not the habit, it's the user. As you noted, you pull the plug when you're not having fun. Games mustn't be very effective then, right? Or are you just so mentally strong and everyone else needs a nice sheet of bubble wrap for their psyche?

I've often played bad games long past their use by date because they were co-op and the act of playing with friends was a hell of a lot of fun (often way more fun than the game in question). Is friendship and having fun with people we like addictive? Should we distance ourselves in case friendship is habit forming? \= |

This is pop psychology 101. Like saying violent games caused Columbine, it ignores things like underlying pathologies and instead blames the method the addict uses to cope with their life.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 31, 2017, 17:14 Asmodai
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2017, 13:56:
Shovel prank gone terribly wrong (or right?)

And if it had gone "right?" That recipient would be in the hospital with a split scrotum. How would that not be assault?

Seriously, you're going to pull the bleeding heart routine on an old prank vid?

You must be such great fun to hang with IRL.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Dec 29, 2017, 18:58 Asmodai
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 29, 2017, 14:53:
Hey Walt, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

Also, people have died from playing too much video games all over the world including such far flung places as Calumet City, Illinois and Virginia Beach. When you can't stop playing for 24 or more hours, the results can be fatal. I'm not sure if we need a specific ICD entry for "gaming addiction," but gaming certainly has some unique qualities which can compel people into fatal behavior, all without any kind of chemical consumption (Mountain Dew and Doritos, notwithstanding). It's definitely worth investigation and discussion.

People have died from drinking too much water, I guess we should investigate this harmful chemical...

Addictive behaviour based on dopamine response or Skinner box conditioning is the same no matter the format used to addict the subject. And while there have been deaths, the numbers would be like unto the numbers of suicides due to Dungeons and Dragons (we all remember that little furor don't we?). If the trigger points in games were so serious and so well tailored, you would be pointing to articles showing hundreds of thousands of gamers mouldering away in front of their screens till they expire (aka BTL from Red Dwarf). As with most things, the average person is capable of handling it without significant issues, which speaks to the problem being individuals ability to cope rather than the addictive nature of the games.

This smacks of the same alarmism every small problem is treated with these days.


 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Dec 29, 2017, 18:43 Asmodai
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 29, 2017, 11:51:
Even more hilarious.
http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/fox/
HuffPo does not hold a candle to fox noise retractions and lies.

I love this argument strategy... You have two bad things but because one is worse than the other, suddenly the other is what??? Virtuous?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 27, 2017, 21:58 Asmodai
 
Comments on the linked article say it all. Almost all of them are positive about the movie and many of them point out the glaring disparity between what the critics think is good and what the people do.

To be fair (something I think the critics forgot to do), just because a lot of people like something doesn't make it objectively good, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with Bright. And while it wasn't exactly the Shadowrun homage I was hoping for, it's certainly set the scene for sequels/spinoffs that could explore a Shadowrun-esque world. Given that no one else has really attempted something like that, I'm glad Netflix is going to run with it.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Fans Urge Everse Reverse
23. Re: Destiny 2 Fans Urge Everse Reverse Dec 27, 2017, 06:03 Asmodai
 
Prez wrote on Dec 27, 2017, 01:45:
Prez checks time in Destiny 2... Over 50 hours. Laughs at the irony of Darks and his Destiny apologist brethren accusing someone else of talking without knowing what the fuck they're talking about. Thinks about taking it further and exposing Darks and his attack dogs for the clueless blowhards they are, then decides they're sad little men and takes pity on them. :D.

But not on Activision Blizzard. Fuck Activision Blizzard. Fuck'em right up their sleazy corporate asshole.

So what part of the rage spike is actually due to the story in question? The story about threads which are raising factually inaccuracies as a real issue?

Or is this just general carping? If you hate em so much, why dafuq did you buy the game?
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Fans Urge Everse Reverse
22. Re: Destiny 2 Fans Urge Everse Reverse Dec 27, 2017, 05:51 Asmodai
 
Kxmode wrote on Dec 26, 2017, 20:09:
Darks wrote on Dec 26, 2017, 19:06:
Prez wrote on Dec 26, 2017, 11:12:
Is it any surprise? EA has nothing on Activision for sleaze, greed, and stupidity. Along with Take2 and Warner Bros, both EA and Activision are run by clueless corporate fuckwits who don't give a shit about their customers beyond how much more money they can milk out of their wallets past the initial game purchase. Fuck Activision Blizzard.

You need to shut the fuck up, your another one of these assholes that hasn't played the game but here you are jumping all over the game about shit you know nothing about.

Wow. Both of those comments were extra salty.

Whelp, I guess I'll add to the salt...

Haven't played D2 since a couple of weeks before osiris went live, but the core principle of 'everse is p2w' is fundamentally wrong. There is literally no performance gain (unless red makes you go faster) and nothing that you can't obtain by grinding...

It's got nothing to do with Destiny 2 fanboi'ism, but I'm a huge fucking fanboi for accuracy in reporting. Bungie did a lot of dumbshit with D2, but a p2w prem store is not one of them...
 
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News Comments > PUBG Launches
14. Re: PUBG Launches Dec 21, 2017, 15:44 Asmodai
 
HoSpanky wrote on Dec 21, 2017, 15:20:
Jagacademy wrote on Dec 21, 2017, 14:32:
My first impression of this game was terrible, I refunded it within an hour.

I'm still not exactly sure why, probably because I figured I was missing something, I decided to buy it again for another shot. For the first 50-100 hours, I still hated it. I didn't like the mechanics, kept dying to what I thought was bs, couldn't understand why I wasn't good at it, etc.

1,000 hours later, it's my 3rd most played game on Steam, and I love it.

Sounds like you probably were an easy target for tobacco companies. “This thing is awful, and has literally no upside to it, but do it enough and you won’t be able to go without it!” “OK!”

I think that says more about you than him... = \

Haven't played it (I'm getting old enough that my Quake 1 era reflexes are well and truly starting to fall to pieces) but I get the excitement of the concept. M&B:Warband is a game with bugs, crappy graphics, AI issues etc that I sank over 1000 hours in to because once I got past all the things that pissed me off, I found a challenging game that I really enjoyed. It's subjective, so there's really no wrong answers here, and if someone gets over a thousand hours of enjoyment out of a title it seems like the bang for buck ratio is pretty damn good.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Dec 18, 2017, 08:31 Asmodai
 
Just wait till the first hack or bad update either bricks the cars or causes multiple fatalities...

Technology is becoming a bigger and bigger crutch for humanity which means we're going to be that much weaker when it inevitably falls on it's tits.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Denounces Loot Boxes and Microtransactions
26. Re: Obsidian Denounces Loot Boxes and Microtransactions Dec 17, 2017, 00:36 Asmodai
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 16, 2017, 14:35:
Slick wrote on Dec 16, 2017, 11:47:
I wonder if this game will have any sort of post-launch DLC that they charge money for. Call me a literalist, but if you charge $14.99 for content not included in the original vanilla game... that's a fucking microtransaction.


It's a transaction, but it's not micro. I'd say something over $5 and largely self-contained (so more than just a weapon that affects the main game's balance, for example) is fine, as long as it's not filling a glaring omission in the base game.

Micro transactions are pretty easy to specify. Cosmetic unlocks (skins etc), extra stash capacity and so on.

Path of Exile is an excellent example of a game done proper. Some of their "micro" transactions are vast (ie. expansion major support packs running in to the thousands) but the entire game is available and free to play. I've spent perhaps 100 bucks on things like stash tabs in that game without a 2nd thought as I've played the game for over a thousand hours. That's a model I can fully get behind, nothing is required to play the game and everything you buy rewards the creators for their hard work.
 
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General Discussion > Star Wars Spoiler Thread
5. No subject Dec 16, 2017, 02:55 Asmodai
 
K, musings...

1. No one thought to jump a Imp SD a few light seconds ahead, turn around and mash them? What about Victory style fast attack destroyers, interdictors (block hyperspace jumps), attack shuttles with boarding parties etc. This is perhaps the flimsiest part of the plot (aka the entire reason why they are jacked up), that the biggest military organisation in the galaxy can't work out how to deal with a single cruiser and a couple of support ships of no note. Admiral Thrawn would have had the command staff summarily executed for gross incompetence.

2. Yeah, send out the thousands of squadrons of tie fighters, bombers, intercepters (all those funky things shown on the weapon dealers ship holos) and obliterate them in seconds... (see point 1)

3. Yes, you can determine a ships course through hyperspace fairly accurately if you get to their departure point quickly. The signature fades over time, and is only good for the trajectory of the last jump however.

4. Seriously, virtue signalling about some urchins on some random backwater? News flash, many cultures in Star Wars are exploitative, awful, xenophobic, slave owners etc. It's a big galaxy, and no force (including THE Force...) is going to fix that any time soon. Even the smallest of crime syndicates have forces that far out number the "Rebellion" at the start, let alone the end...

5. The heavy bomber scene at the start shit me to pieces. K, let's just take it for granted that B-Wings no longer exist (even though X and A wings do). So instead of heavily armed/armoured ships carrying big loads of proton torpedoes, we have a collection of paper boxes that instantly kerplode as soon as something touches them and their awkward payload of dumbass bombs(which work in space because... WHY THE FUCK DO THEY WORK IN SPACE?????). Oh yeah, and we need a button control to drop the bombs instead of just having the pilot trigger them...

6. We know nothing about Snoke (dumb name). Why does he look that way, where did he come from, why is he so powerful? Is he one of the Emps clones, perhaps damaged? An ancient Sith that has managed to come back? He is the driving force behind the continued unification of imperial forces (which, in the EU, break up in to factions as traditional central power structures get knocked out by the Rebs), but there is almost nothing to justify him apart from 'just cos'.

It might seem like I'm focusing on the made up tech in the made up universe, but even if you ignore the extended universe novels, the original stories show that, for some reason, the resistance/rebellion/whatever the fuck they are are just goddamn morons. The whole premise for the OJ space chase is so flimsy that all actions that stem from it seem completely irrational. Huge gaps in possible technology/tactics that would have shutdown the escape in the first 5 minutes are ignored and we're just supposed to accept everything presented to us on the screen because.. no fucking reason I can think of.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the concept of the storyline, it was something that was done very effectively in the Battlestar Episode 33. But this had no urgency or impact. Luke's spiritual departure was fine, but the reason he had to project across the universe (save a bunch of dumbasses from a bigger bunch of dumbasses) was flawed. Ackbar dying in such a trite way, /shrug. 2 ties and a tie advanced model can tear apart the fighter bay/bridge, but they are in huge danger because the main fleet can't provide them cover? Cover against fucking what? The fighters they just blew up??? The guns on the cruiser that they can't pen the shields to destroy?

I enjoyed TFA despite the issues, it wasn't bad. This was bad. Even if you only take 4/5/6 as canon, there are holes you could drive a SSD through, and everything is tacked together to give you 2.5 hours of meh.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 16, 2017, 02:26 Asmodai
 
2.5 hours of cringe with a few valid highlights that did nothing to make it worthwhile...

When you think that this is supposed to sit analogous to Empire Strikes Back (which is still my favourite for the entire series), I'm at a loss for words how anyone could go see this screened after directing it and think to themselves "Yep, I'm satisfied"...
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
3. Re: New GeForce Drivers Dec 9, 2017, 10:52 Asmodai
 
Yay, finally graphic options for exotic resolutions which they haven't bothered with since Fallout 3 came out...

Surround or 21:9 users have been stuck with WSGF hacks and mods galore for years but VR, shit yeah.

Fucking dickheads...
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris Released
5. Re: Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris Released Dec 6, 2017, 07:20 Asmodai
 
Slick wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 06:09:
Oh and for those keeping track, D2 already has microtransactions for cosmetic items.

Cosmetic items are fine, PoE has been doing cosmetics for years (in sometimes very high cost packs).

The XP fiddling to drive people to the vendor and show little for grinding is far more egregious, you would have at least had a point about that... ; )
 
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News Comments > Get World in Conflict Free and Free Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Plans
18. Re: Get World in Conflict Free and Free Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Plans Dec 5, 2017, 04:52 Asmodai
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 20:41:
I've heard good things about Black Flag, but never played. My daughter has been saying she wants to play some AC what with the movie just coming out, and her friends playing ACO. Good timing. Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!

Black Flag is one of the more engaging AC's and the ship part (despite being complete horseshit, ie. the wind blows wherever you want to go ; ) is great.

First AC game I completed including DLC.
 
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