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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 9, 2017, 11:26 Flatline
"Hold Your Nose: Burglar Doesn't Flush, Gets Caught by DNA Evidence."

This isn't the first time feces caught a criminal in Ventura County.

My friend was murdered in the summer of 1997. Apparently the murderer was robbing his home and in the process left a giant deuce in the hamper. The cops sampled it, froze it.

15 years later they figured out they could extract DNA from feces. So they pulled his DNA.

Two years after that someone got arrested for accepting felony levels of stolen goods and was sentenced to a year in prison. They swabbed his cheek as standard operating procedure, ran it through the cold case file and... my friend's murder came up.

He was convicted last February and sentenced to life in prison without parole. It took 20 years but his shit stank after all.
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Patch Plans
6. Re: No Man's Sky Patch Plans Aug 9, 2017, 11:23 Flatline
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 9, 2017, 10:29:
Still a pretty, but empty game. They should rename it to "Pointless".

They should call the game Existential Blues.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 8, 2017, 16:03 Flatline
jdreyer wrote on Aug 8, 2017, 15:13:
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 8, 2017, 11:09:
Companies and their scare-tactic agreements:

"Uber claims in their Terms of Service that they are not responsible for anything and that you are unable to sue them," wrote Wilcox. "I have proved that wrong in a court of law, and I encourage you to never give up fighting for what is right in all aspects of your life."

Welcome to the sharing economy, where companies reap all the profits by exploiting their workers and then claim they aren't their workers and thus not responsible for any of their behavior on the job.

Uber is easily the worst of the lot for this. Their corporate culture is so toxic that people who work for Uber have trouble finding jobs when they move on.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 Delayed
61. Re: Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 Delayed Aug 1, 2017, 15:36 Flatline
Cutter wrote on Aug 1, 2017, 12:15:
Trump has actually produced a lot of stuff in his time. Those hotels didn't build themselves.

Most of those hotels and apartments licensed his name from him and he had no part in building.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 Delayed
10. Re: Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 Delayed Jul 31, 2017, 21:52 Flatline
Bub wrote on Jul 31, 2017, 21:41:
Gotta love the last paragraph about Evocati in Wikipedia:

"The name evocati was also applied to a select body of young men of the equestrian order who were appointed by Emperor Domitian to guard his bedchamber."

Does that mean they'll let suckers... I mean backers pay 10,000 dollars for the privilege of standing guard in his bedroom while he bangs his wife?

I imagine there'd be at least 3 or 4 people who would throw down for that.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 Delayed
9. Re: Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 Delayed Jul 31, 2017, 21:51 Flatline
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 31, 2017, 20:56:
Delayed? I think I speak for us all, when I say I am completely surprised.

Not just delayed but the scheduled delay has been delayed due to unscheduled delays.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 10, 2017, 14:24 Flatline
Firefighter: Did you burn down the building?
Pyromaniac: Of course not.
Firefighter: Great would you like to run the arson prevention unit?
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News Comments > TransRoad: USA Details
2. Re: TransRoad: USA Details Jul 6, 2017, 12:13 Flatline
I'm still playing ATS myself. Which is really weird. I know the California freeways pretty well and driving from Sacramento to LA in 20 minutes still makes me twitch. I mean... the Grapevine takes like 2 minutes to drive through. It's kind of surreal.

Maybe ETS would work better for me since I don't have preconceptions baked into my skull from a lifetime of driving around California.
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered on August 14; Price Revealed
9. Re: StarCraft Remastered on August 14; Price Revealed Jun 30, 2017, 12:25 Flatline
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 30, 2017, 11:27:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 30, 2017, 11:03:
Blizzard seems even more greedy than usual lately, and way less creative than the old days. Clearly that is subjective, but I think I'm going to stick to new games and skip the remasters for awhile.

Someone on here is going to be triggered by this for sure.

But I agree with you... yet I can't help but think is that because we're getting older and more bitter? Or is it because it's the truth and we have the wisdom to see it with clairvoyance?

I can't tell anymore...

No, Blizzard has had a problem with conceptual development for probably 15 years now. Mechanically WoW managed to innovate, but I remember original, vanilla WoW back when it launched and it was a Frankenstein of Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2 concepts. Overwatch had some new-ish ideas (new for Blizzard) to it but otherwise they are really, really bad at coming up with *new* ideas.

That being said, I paid 10 bucks for the remaster of Full Throttle, so 15 bucks for a remaster of Starcraft isn't bad. I'll pass because I played so much Starcraft back in the day I burned out on it, but it's a lot better deal than, say, 15 dollars for one new character in Diablo 3.
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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Op Ed Jun 25, 2017, 22:44 Flatline
jdreyer wrote on Jun 25, 2017, 16:25:
What are your specs? My machine is five years old and runs SC fine.

In fact looking forward to trying out the 3.0 alpha that drops next month.

I'm fairly certain it's either a problem with my motherboard or it needs an SSD to swap files out on, and mine isn't big enough to really store SC on.
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News Comments > Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Video Tease
5. Re: Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Video Tease Jun 25, 2017, 22:42 Flatline
LC wrote on Jun 25, 2017, 01:57:
Any idea which series this is based on? The guy from the Ponderosa and male Starbuck BG or the guy from Miami and female Starbuck BG?

You can see a battlestar docked in the space station so it's pretty apparent it's the reboot. Probably the cylon war as mentioned above.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2017, 17:55 Flatline
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 24, 2017, 12:30:
As is normal, the cutterverse has no clue about how things work in the real world. sad

So if you shopped for wood in the 50's a 4x4 measured just that, 4"x4".

Why did it change. Is your average person born with this knowledge. Is looking it up really going to simplify matters. remember, measure twice, cut once.

The problem with this lawsuit is that Home Depot is going by government standards then, right? 4x4 is a reference to green wood, which will naturally shrink as it seasons. And the only time ignorance of the law is a valid defense is if you're a law enforcement officer, as ruled by the supreme court.
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Jun 25, 2017, 15:22 Flatline
Ranger55 wrote on Jun 25, 2017, 12:34:
I work for a Fortune 100 company. Often times, while we have the cash on hand to fund big projects, or even parts of projects, we will still go to lenders to finance the projects. It is no different than using a line of credit. Do you want to blow all of your cash now on a server farm, or do you want to put it on credit and pay it out over time?

Derek is just envious because none of his projects ever had this big of a following.

A line of credit isn't quite the same thing though as a secured loan right?

I have lines of credit and I don't put any collateral up. Back when I ran a business I had a line of credit for it after a couple years and didn't have to put up collateral. I mean, maybe because there is no actual product and only the pretty ethereal ebb and flow of pre-selling ships a financial institution would see that as not exactly a guaranteed source of income and require collateral.

Now, on the other side of the DoomSooth Derek Smart, I imagine that putting the IP up as collateral *could* be used to secure more favorable terms for a loan.

I basically at this point consider the money I spent on Squadron 42 to be wasted and I'll never see delivery of a product. I can't run what they're building on my computer, which officially makes it the *only* game I've encountered where I can't do that. I don't feel like wasting money to get the damn thing to run either. I have other priorities in my life that I didn't have 5 years ago.

Even if they every deliver sq42, chances are I won't be playing it for a long time, since I don't see myself upgrading my computer any time soon. I figure I've been scammed either way.
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News Comments > .hack//G.U. Last Recode Announced
2. Re: .hack//G.U. Last Recode Announced Jun 21, 2017, 13:10 Flatline
Weird games back in the day. Fun though.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Rises Next Week
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 21, 2017, 11:50 Flatline
LiTh wrote on Jun 20, 2017, 22:12:
I'm a PoE type of guy (cant wait for 3.0!), but having played the necro for free in beta I can say its easily the most fun I've had in d3. Its expensive but if your on the fence I think you should go for it.

I've recently fallen down the rabbit hole that is Grim Dawn.

I'm... not sure if I like it or not.

But I'm playing the hell out of it.
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News Comments > Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Rises Next Week
2. Re: Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Rises Next Week Jun 20, 2017, 22:08 Flatline
15 dollars? LOLOLOL

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News Comments > Space Hulk: Deathwing Return to Olethros Launches
10. Re: Space Hulk: Deathwing Return to Olethros Launches Jun 16, 2017, 19:11 Flatline
Asmodai wrote on Jun 15, 2017, 03:35:
Enemies always come from the same place, unlike L4D or Vermintide which are somewhat dynamic.

Apparently they fixed that a couple patches ago?
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous The Return Patch Plans
18. Re: Elite Dangerous The Return Patch Plans Jun 14, 2017, 19:32 Flatline
Wash Washburne wrote on Jun 14, 2017, 14:06:
It's not that I hate the game, quite contrary, got about 150Hrs in it so far and loving it. Maybe I'm being selfish but I just want to fly and mod cool space ships and not pay extra for them, also how they split up original release and the release of Horizons, basically had to buy the game again if you wanted to land on planets but if you just bought Horizons, you would only miss out on the Cobra Mk4 ship. So to get both of the worlds you had to buy it twice. In a grand scheme of things I guess it's just an odd business model.


Yeah it was mildly more economical to buy when Horizons came out, and I imagine it'll be the same for the next major content patch, but I didn't pay the full price for Horizons.

Well crap, didn't know that...guess be sticking with Elite for a bit longer.

So you've missed the thousand dollar cap ships and shit that has been sustaining Star Citizen for years now?
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News Comments > New Brothers in Arms in Development
2. Re: New Brothers in Arms in Development Jun 13, 2017, 23:36 Flatline
I really enjoyed the original and wouldn't mind seeing a really well done reboot.

I think more than that though I'd really like to see a Korean, Vietnam, or even a modern day Brothers in Arms game. Using more modern weapons and different environments than the f*cking French Countryside. Again.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 13, 2017, 16:20 Flatline
NKD wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 15:24:
There's no way Trump can be that stupid can he? If Trump fires Mueller he might as well just resign on the same piece of paper.

Considering the amount of water the GOP is carrying for him in the House especially, it's not necessarily "that stupid".

I mean holy hell Paul Ryan actually came out and said basically Trump committed obstruction of justice but come on he's new at this give him a pass.

The only remedy against a sitting president for anything is pretty much impeachment, because it's questionable if criminal charges can be brought against the executive while in office. And prosecuting any subordinates means that Trump can just pardon them. This is a purely political process. So until Paul Ryan stops carrying water for Trump, he's basically invulnerable.

That being said, if Trump has two neurons in his head and access to unfiltered, honest media coverage, he can see the writing on the wall. The GOP, especially in the Senate, are starting to realize that he's toxic to the party. As soon as they repeal the ACA and pass massive tax cuts for the wealthy, his main purpose is largely over with as far as the GOP is concerned. They can dispose of him, *and* blame him publicly for the toxicity of their policies.

This has been their game all along I believe. I also used to believe that it'd be a race between the GOP getting their pet legislation through vs Trump consolidating his power over government. But now I don't think Trump has the mindset to see that and organize a dictatorial power grab. He literally just reacts in the moment, with little care as to the past or the future.

So if I was a betting man, I'd bet that Trump would be facing impeachment in the next 12 months. It'll go something like this:

1. McConnel has stated he wants the ACA bill voted on before July 4th. If that passes, that's 1/2 of the pet projects they want done.
2. You'll see a tax code overhaul by the end of the year. Trump will sign it to great fanfare and will strut like a peacock.
3. Late end of the year/beginning of 2018 you have many investigations coming to fruition all of a sudden. Trump's cabinet at the very least will be implicated and the GOP all of a sudden will start openly questioning Trump's judgement.
4. Trump gets impeached. It may be pretty quick. He gets booted out in time for the GOP to run in the mid-terms as the adults in the room, so devoted to the country they'd impeach their own president.
5. Pence is sworn in and serves out the first term passing the more cultural GOP agenda, which goes through with less public upheaval because he'll seem absolutely normal compared to the dumpster fire that Trump is. He runs in 2020 as having righted the ship that Trump capsized.
6. If Pence gets impeached too, then we swear in President Paul Ryan. See step 5.


1. The ACA doesn't pass the Senate and dies.
2. Realizing that the tax cuts are existentially based on the ACA repeal, the GOP pushes through some tax cuts, either middling ones permanently or big ones on a 10 year time frame to take advantage of reconciliation, and then cut their losses and prepare to maintain the house and senate in 2018, and step 3 from above starts in the fall instead of the end of the year.
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