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Real Name Russ Whiteman   
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Mar 5, 2018, 20:03 Stormsinger
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 5, 2018, 18:38:
“Marijuana is a very complicated subject and we understand this,” the rules say on the charity’s website.

Uh no, no it's not. Grass is going legal everywhere sooner than later so learn to deal with it already. This outdated bullshit is unreal. 'Mary Jane? But that's only used by communists!!!' 'We cannot allow our young people to be seduced by the Jazz Man's reefer stick!'

Basing your actions based on what you -think- the future legality will be is...pure and simple stupidity. It's against the law in Virginia, and it's quite likely a felony to deal it (and you can bet that'll be how it's prosecuted). Guy was an idiot to have done this, especially with someone he didn't know well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 20, 2018, 18:25 Stormsinger
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 20, 2018, 15:14:
Using a pyramid graphic to explain your commission structure... ballsy
I think the word you're looking for is "stupid".
 
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News Comments > Humble Offers Freebies
3. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 17, 2018, 14:21 Stormsinger
 
Jamie's got it right, although I'd be one hell of a lot more emphatic. If you have to pay for a subscription, even for a single month, in order to get these...that's not even remotely qualifying as "free".

Piss-poor headline.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
7. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 17, 2018, 01:10 Stormsinger
 
Red886 wrote on Feb 16, 2018, 23:15:
all these articles leave out examples of these activities of election meddling for a very good reason:

it is quite a joke.

i recommend googling it.
Nice vaguebooking...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 10, 2018, 15:20 Stormsinger
 
I'm still amazed that anyone who considers themselves to be a writer at -any- level would call paper a natural material. That's one fucked up vocabulary, someone should introduce him to a dictionary.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
17. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 5, 2018, 20:15 Stormsinger
 
Creston wrote on Feb 5, 2018, 14:23:
Altered Carbon is truly fantastic. Sad I only have four episodes left.
I agree! They managed to avoid all my fears, and so far, meet all my hopes for this show. Also sad that I've already watched four episodes.

The good news is that between us, we still have a full season to watch!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jan 30, 2018, 19:49 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 19:24:
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 19:09:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:32:
whitelined wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:15:
You don't need Amazon, buffet, or JPMorgan to reduce costs of healthcare. Just regulate the costs of treatments. The healthcare companies are willfully taking advantage of an uncompetitive market and treating patients like cash cows. Why do they charge so much? Because they can.

Limit the profit the insurance companies can realize.
If the ACA proved one thing, it's that the profits of the insurance companies are not a major component of rising healthcare costs. The 80% medical loss ratio requirement made that quite apparent...costs continued to skyrocket even when the insurance profits were limited to 20% (and that's all non-medical costs, not just profits).

Pharma, hospitals, and large provider organizations are much bigger culprits.

Over $3B was refunded to consumers due to the 80/20 rule. But you're right, it didn't manage costs. There's a few reasons for that.

Don't doubt, for a second, it's that insurance companies gamed it. They could keep 20% of every dollar spent. So how do they make sure they cover all their costs? Inflating the 80% to capture a higher 20%.

UnitedHealth's CEO made $66 million last year. Profits were still extremely nice for insurance companies.

And what percentage of UnitedHealth's profits came from ACA policies? If they're like most companies, not much. Of course they game the system...but the profits they make are still a drop in the bucket compared to pharma and hospitals.

Now if you want to look at some truly dirty tactics, there is an entire industry these days in re-pricing hospital charges. Those companies generally take a percentage of the "savings" they provide, say 30%. I'll bet my next paycheck that there are a number of...shall we say, closely connected networks between the owners of those companies and hospital ownership. Hospital charges $100K for a simple procedure, repricing reduces it to $10K, and takes home $27K. Even the mob couldn't do better.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jan 30, 2018, 19:09 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:32:
whitelined wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:15:
You don't need Amazon, buffet, or JPMorgan to reduce costs of healthcare. Just regulate the costs of treatments. The healthcare companies are willfully taking advantage of an uncompetitive market and treating patients like cash cows. Why do they charge so much? Because they can.

Limit the profit the insurance companies can realize.
If the ACA proved one thing, it's that the profits of the insurance companies are not a major component of rising healthcare costs. The 80% medical loss ratio requirement made that quite apparent...costs continued to skyrocket even when the insurance profits were limited to 20% (and that's all non-medical costs, not just profits).

Pharma, hospitals, and large provider organizations are much bigger culprits.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jan 17, 2018, 19:26 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 17, 2018, 19:02:
New California declares independence from California in statehood bid.

Dumb. It looks like a gerrymandered district. California's power comes not only from its size, but also from it's symbiotic relationship between the urban and the rural. This gives it the ability to effect change at the national level, as many laws that CA makes are subsequently adopted or become defacto law in other states. Break it up, and that power is diminished.

Also, those rural counties depend on the revenue generated by the cities to fund their infrastructure.
This is one of those bluffs that would, in some ways, be worth calling...just for the poetic justice of the way the seceding parts would become the new rival to Alabama and Mississippi. It'd be interesting to see how fast it happens.
 
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News Comments > CCP vs EVE Online Botting
5. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jan 16, 2018, 21:15 Stormsinger
 
Wait...the developers of the first* MMO designed for the tastes of the griefer audience have now found some amoral behavior they object to? I didn't think it possible.

* I realize it's not really the first one built for griefers, but they're the first that didn't change their minds and design after seeing the shithole a game like that turns into.
 
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News Comments > CIG Responds to Crytek Lawsuit
5. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jan 7, 2018, 16:16 Stormsinger
 
I don't believe I've ever seen the word "impertinent" used in a legal document before.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 20, 2017, 18:56 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 14:21:
It is polite to say only good things about the dead.

The cardinal is dead. Good.

IKR My first thought was, the world is a better place today.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
28. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 14, 2017, 19:08 Stormsinger
 
SirKnight wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 14:01:
Jagacademy wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 12:41:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 12:31:

the fact is pretty obvious that PUBG just hit gold out of pure luck.

It's actually an interesting phenomenon. If you look at most wealthy and/or successful people, pure luck is responsible for the overwhelming majority of them. If one minor thing hadn't gone their way, none of it would have come to fruition.


It's not luck or a phenomenon. There is no such thing as luck or coincidences (your last statement actually hints at this). These are terms thrown around by those who can not see the big picture. Everything happens for a reason. There is no luck or chance.

Quantum mechanics says otherwise. Virtually everything that happens at the subatomic level is random, and no specific event can be predicted. I'll put my money on the view with a base of solid evidence, rather than some idealogue's unsupported statement.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
26. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 14, 2017, 19:03 Stormsinger
 
Darks wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 10:23:
Prez wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 09:29:
Wow Playerunknown seems to have less and less of a clue every time he opens his mouth.

Yea, right prez. Thats why hes sold over 20 million copies of his game. I guess he has no fucking clue right!!!

McDonald's sold lots of burgers, but that doesn't make them good burgers, nor does it make McDonald's a good restaurant.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
47. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 7, 2017, 18:55 Stormsinger
 
draginol wrote on Dec 7, 2017, 16:22:
Beamer wrote on Dec 7, 2017, 14:28:
Man, delete that. It isn't needed, it's too much information, and I don't think you need to explain yourself. Others are doing the work for you in a way that would be better. This is one of those instances where more information doesn't help, and one of the rare ones where I think isn't warranted.

Normally I would agree with you. It's just ugly dirty laundry stuff.

But every time anything about Stardock shows up, this guy is right there spreading the same old BS. I appreciate the people who have patiently tried to correct him.

And yet, you come off looking worse and worse when you attack him over it. It absolutely does paint a picture of a vindictive sort of person, and it makes the original claims seem quite believable.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 5, 2017, 18:38 Stormsinger
 
Just let Star Trek die with whatever tiny shreds of dignity the property has left. There's nothing valuable to be gained by adding psychopaths, gratuitous violence and pointless gore. It's completely counter to the entire premise of the series of shows.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 5, 2017, 18:33 Stormsinger
 
It'll be interesting to see if they treat -these- employees the same way they've treated raters for their search algorithms, i.e. like trash, to be managed by a third party for plausible deniability.  
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
4. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 3, 2017, 18:16 Stormsinger
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 3, 2017, 16:53:
Ugh, I knew this was going to become a confusing mess.

Let slip the lawyers, etc.

It's the involvement of lawyers that led to this mess... Normal people would have been unlikely to try to break the IP into so many little pieces and sell them to different entities.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Nov 3, 2017, 18:34 Stormsinger
 
NKD wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 16:36:
Beamer wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 16:23:
Which is also why I said here a few days ago I think the DNC is still in trouble next election. There's nobody. Nobody.

Nobody might be a bit of an exaggeration. Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris. Maybe Caroline Kennedy? If Stephen Colbert or The Rock actually run in 2020 rather than just joke about it, I think they'd be very serious contenders, despite the gimmickry of it.

I mean, if Trump can become President, you truly don't need any qualifications, just the ability to appeal to a large segment of the population.

Frankly I think our best bet to be rid of Trump is for someone less batshit insane to primary his ass. I'd vote (R) if the candidate wasn't Trump and wasn't completely repugnant, if the Democrats didn't have anything to offer.

From my own point of view, -anyone- who runs under the banner of a party that argues in court that they're not required to provide fair competitions for their candidates is already disqualified.

At this point, I wouldn't vote for Jon Stewart if he ran as a Democrat.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft Allegiance Revival
10. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Sep 30, 2017, 16:56 Stormsinger
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 16:51:
This site will tell you any and everything you ever wanted to know about it far better than I ever could...

Note: If you have Flash enabled, there's an audio file that plays when the page loads and if you have your sound up high, it'll be very loud. Other than that, the site is extensive!

=-Rigs-=

Thanks, that's the game I was thinking of. I had a friend that worked on it. And I liked it quite a bit anyway.

The loss of it was one of the worst things about the closing of Westwood Studios.
 
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