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Real Name Russ Whiteman   
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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
50. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 20:24 Stormsinger
I'm completely amazed that there are still events going on in this world since noon today. Based on my circle of friends, I was sure everyone in the world was battening down to do nothing but play PoE for the next few days.

And I agree, been playing a couple of hours, and it's really, really good.
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Vulkan's Wrath Released
2. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Vulkan's Wrath Released Mar 19, 2015, 10:38 Stormsinger
Wait...Warhammer 40,000 is turn-based? I thought that was the team-based shooter, primarily looking like a WH40k capture the flag.

I might have to look into this then.
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News Comments > Universal Combat CE Free on Steam
19. Re: Universal Combat CE Free on Steam Feb 9, 2015, 14:54 Stormsinger
Task wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 10:32:
InBlack wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 09:43:
Oh come on guys, give credit where credit is due. Derek Smart released a game for free on Steam, he even took the time to upgrade some of the graphics. I say KUDOS.

I haven't actually played any of his games, so I can't really say anything about them anyways. The reviews on steam are pretty entertaining though.
I haven't actually played any of his games either, but it wasn't for lack of trying. It simply couldn't be done with the games I tried, they wouldn't run long enough.
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Feb 4, 2015, 19:29 Stormsinger
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 13:53:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 13:17:
Petition · Build "Elite: Dangerous" Offline Mode.

As originally promised.

Pssst Don't wake the fanboys claiming that was never really promised....

It'd be nice to get rid of that fucking DRM, but I've reached the point of "why bother". The game is just boring...and worse, it's boring for stupid reasons. The pseudo-autopilot can't calculate an arrival at the destination, so you have to manually tweak the throttle to try and avoid over or undershooting. And 90% of the time is spent just cruising around waiting to get somewhere. It's been uninstalled some weeks ago, and there's not much they could offer to convince me to reinstall it.
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News Comments > Bot Colony Ending
29. Re: Bot Colony Ending Jan 31, 2015, 11:49 Stormsinger
jdreyer wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 02:45:
harlock wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 22:23:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 22:04:
There's potential here. Imagine Skyrim with conversations being naturally spoken, interpreted, and answered by the AI instead of conversation trees.

imagine jacking in to skyrim itself, where your entire nervous system gets input from the game world, allowing your brain to interpret the signals as sensory reality, where all players are linked together in some kind of matrix... instead of just sitting at a desk with a keyboard and mouse

there is potential there too

I realize you're being facetious, but what I'm describing will happen within a decade, whereas what you're talking about is much further out.

Nah...they've been making that claim for two decades already, "It's just about ten years away." And yet, NLP is not much better than it was the first time I investigated the capabilities in the early 90s. It's rather like fusion power, or strong AI. They literally don't know what new knowledge they need to make it work, so estimates of how long it will take are all pulled straight out of someone's ass. It could happen in 10 years, it could be 50, it could be one.

Nobody with a brain builds a product requiring such an unknown breakthrough be made before the product can succeed. And this game is a perfect example of why.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2015, 21:03 Stormsinger
Honestly, how many people think that a company whose product can't keep track of how I want my feed sorted can code a decent false news detector?

I know of zero.
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
8. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 12:05 Stormsinger
Wildone wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 10:28:
Dont worry about them, play in Solo mode and they cant touch you.
But every hiccup by your ISP will still boot you from the game...
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Dec 22, 2014, 00:04 Stormsinger
Or maybe he said that a EULA/TOS is not binding on police. That's a far more likely interpretation today.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Exploring Gold for WoW Playtime Exchanges
2. Re: Blizzard Exploring Gold for WoW Playtime Exchanges Dec 18, 2014, 21:35 Stormsinger
NKD wrote on Dec 18, 2014, 21:02:
This is a good way to cut down on illegal gold selling. It doesn't stop it entirely, because the Chinese usually have better prices, but plenty of players would prefer to use a legit scam-free way even if they aren't getting quite as much gold.
I don't much care (since I haven't played for a few years now), but I'd say it more accurately legitimizes gold farmers.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 12, 2014, 18:54 Stormsinger
I can take or leave the "dislike" option. All I really want is for them to stop fucking with the order I prefer my feed displayed. Having them reset it every few days is really getting on my nerves. All I can think of is that somehow it's driving ad revenues.  
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Goes "Gamma"
43. Re: Elite: Dangerous Goes Nov 23, 2014, 23:02 Stormsinger
Kosumo wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 17:12:
It does not bother me that much at all. I just hope that you now can see the foolishness of getting envoled with Kickstarter.

So why did you buy into the alpha/beta?

I hope that they do refund your money so you can spend it on big boy pants (althought I'm sure you would rather spend it on Star Citizen Teflon pants for faster drag speed!)

"Lie = money back end of story" lol, no, you have been conned by a very good conman (you put in money before you knew what they accually had to sell) When you put money into a Kickstarter, you are not getting a product, you are funding a dream. In return you get a reward (copy of game/software in this case)

Any chance you could explain to me what it is that makes this game shitty?
I'll bet if you put a little thought and effort into it, you could be an even bigger jackass. Maybe someday you can rank right up there with Slick.
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
1. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 14:05 Stormsinger
My money is on them backing down from this idiocy. I know my plans to buy the game have changed, as long as this holds true.
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News Comments > Android PC RPG Emulator
4. Re: Android PC RPG Emulator Nov 11, 2014, 15:05 Stormsinger
I wouldn't be surprised to hear about one or more court cases before too long...

I'm not at all sure there are grounds for it, but that won't stop the suits from being filed by some of the various IP owners.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 10, 2014, 22:53 Stormsinger
PropheT wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 21:55:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 20:37:
The proper way to go about this sort of thing would be to pass a law. I saw no such language in the article. So it appears the pres doesn't care about the rule of law but his supposed authority over the FCC to enforce a 'rule' already found to be not within their lawful authority. This is how kings operate.

The government can only do so much here. This is where a free-er market would give consumers what they want - Internet access without being under the thumb of government-sanctioned monopolistic internet providers. Obama just loves to be the center of attention here as usual. It's superficial flair with no substance.

A law would need to be passed. That's what the president was asking for. That is not king-like behavior, because the executive branch does not create and pass laws; he is calling for these measures to be enacted, not decreeing to all his vassals that from now henceforth the land shall have net neutrality.

As for a free-er market solution, I don't know how you can think this when there is already obvious and tangible proof that the exact opposite of what you're saying is already true. There's even examples provided in the Oatmeal link. We have a free market in place right now, and the providers have used it to give themselves monopolies over coverage areas, control pricing, enact bandwidth limitations, and so on because the necessary regulations preventing them from doing so do not exist.

In this case, the talk is just a distraction. He made his actual stance perfectly clear when he appointed a lobbyist as the chief regulator of the industry he lobbied for. The man's a corporatist, pure and simple.

That said, the FCC certainly has the power to declare internet providers to be Title II services. And then regulate the hell out of them. Verizon in particular seems to be committed to pushing the limits until this happens.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 2, 2014, 11:26 Stormsinger
NKD wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 10:27:
Carbine Studios Employees Give Negative Reviews to Developer of Wildstar MMO…

I've always had a particular distaste for these articles about Glassdoor posts. Are bitter ex-employees really a good source of subjective information? While I'm inclined to believe them in this case, seeing as how the proof is in the pudding, that's not always true.

Glassdoor is great for things like salaries, but beyond that I have a hard time putting a lot of objective weight behind the words of people who are disappointed and angry.

But an awful lot of those reviews are from -current- employees. At first glance, there are more reviews from current employees than from ex-employees. And most of them are pretty consistent.

That's enough for me to rule them out as any place I'd want to work.
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News Comments > Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager Released
5. removed Nov 1, 2014, 01:02 Stormsinger
This comment was deleted on Nov 1, 2014, 16:46.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo
4. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo Oct 24, 2014, 20:56 Stormsinger
Too late...already bought it. Still downloading but...I've never played a Sid Meier's game I didn't enjoy (and I've played most of them). I'm pretty sure he's the -only- developer I can say that about.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 21, 2014, 23:58 Stormsinger
And once again, physicists insist on using a word with a well-defined meaning to refer to something completely different. First it was teleportation, now tractor beams.

Turning a tiny glass bead into a radiometer, while interested, is -not- a tractor beam. That's nothing but a simple highly focused heat ray.
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News Comments > etc.
21. Re: etc. Oct 12, 2014, 23:55 Stormsinger
NKD wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:38:
Squirmer wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:30:
NKD wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 19:34:
There is literally no good that can come from broadcasting this shit over the Internet.
You mean no good can come to the gamergate cause by broadcasting it. All the more reason to broadcast it.

Yeah, because we want to escalate the situation, encourage more death threats and women fleeing their homes just to make GamerGate look bad. You're a fucking genius.

I don't want the situation escalated, I want the fuckers who make death threats and such to spend a largish number of years in prison. Enough that they'd be too old and feeble to be a physical threat when they get out.

This is one of the very few places where I fully support a zero tolerance approach.
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News Comments > Tim Schafer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions
31. Re: Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions Sep 22, 2014, 15:29 Stormsinger
DrEvil wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 12:45:
Just as devs have to adapt to expectations, game players need to also change theirs.

The fact that DF is finishing a stable release and then shipping lua gameplay source code is enough for me.

Um, no. Some developers WANT gamers to change their expectations, and fund their unfinished games. But we do NOT need to do so. I won't be funding any more...I've been burned too often to justify the occasional success. At this point, I'm only buying finished games, after the final product can be examined.
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