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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > etc.
26. Re: etc. Aug 17, 2015, 11:31 Stormsinger
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 10:29:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 17, 2015, 09:36:
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 18:22:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 16:41:
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 15:52:
4. Implement economic reforms so that the decades long increase in income inequality is reversed. As well, gun violence is perpetrated disproportionately by the poor and less educated.

Sadly, you have cause and effect mixed up. Poverty does not cause crime (there are large swaths of major poverty in the US alone that have little to no violent crime (property crime is a different story). People don't commit violent crimes because they are poor. Some people are violent, poor, and less educated because of who they are (they lack self-discipline, are sociopathic, lack morality, practice a defective culture, etc.). Poverty and lack of education is a symptom, just like violence. Blaming violence on guns or video games are just defense mechanisms for people who don't want to have to be judgmental about others' behaviors, cultures, or moralities. They are the easy way out.

Got any citations for actual peer-reviewed studies backing up those ideological claims?
Peer reviewed studies to support what? You got any peer reviewed studies that state handing a specific individual a gun makes that person more prone to violence?

Given the obtuseness you display to avoid answering the question, I'm getting the distinct impression that I'll be wasting my time, but here goes.

Do you have any peer reviewed studies (or -any- studies that aren't simply parroting rightwing talking points) that indicate that poverty does not cause crime, or that poverty and lack of education are symptoms of personal character defects? Because that's a damned big claim to make if it's just talking out of your ass.

As for your second point, I made no such statement. In fact, made no statement at all, remember? I simply called you on your bullshit, and want you to back it up, or admit what it is.

There is no such thing as as a study that "confirms" a negative. Do you have any peer-reviewed studies that show poverty causes violence (not is correlated with, not is associated with, but causes)? The default isn't your assumption (that poverty causes crime... that's just you talking out of your ass and misunderstanding how science works). If you want to get faux-scientific (which is what your claim is, since sociological science works in correlation, not causation) about this, prove your point with research first, that poverty causes crime.

Once again numbnuts, I made -no- claim. You did, and I wanted to know if you had -anything- to back it up. Now, given all your blustering and complete refusal/failure to provide any evidence, I think it's pretty clear that you don't. Sucks to be called on your propaganda, doesn't it?
 
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News Comments > etc.
24. Re: etc. Aug 17, 2015, 09:36 Stormsinger
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 18:22:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 16:41:
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 15:52:
4. Implement economic reforms so that the decades long increase in income inequality is reversed. As well, gun violence is perpetrated disproportionately by the poor and less educated.

Sadly, you have cause and effect mixed up. Poverty does not cause crime (there are large swaths of major poverty in the US alone that have little to no violent crime (property crime is a different story). People don't commit violent crimes because they are poor. Some people are violent, poor, and less educated because of who they are (they lack self-discipline, are sociopathic, lack morality, practice a defective culture, etc.). Poverty and lack of education is a symptom, just like violence. Blaming violence on guns or video games are just defense mechanisms for people who don't want to have to be judgmental about others' behaviors, cultures, or moralities. They are the easy way out.

Got any citations for actual peer-reviewed studies backing up those ideological claims?
Peer reviewed studies to support what? You got any peer reviewed studies that state handing a specific individual a gun makes that person more prone to violence?

Given the obtuseness you display to avoid answering the question, I'm getting the distinct impression that I'll be wasting my time, but here goes.

Do you have any peer reviewed studies (or -any- studies that aren't simply parroting rightwing talking points) that indicate that poverty does not cause crime, or that poverty and lack of education are symptoms of personal character defects? Because that's a damned big claim to make if it's just talking out of your ass.

As for your second point, I made no such statement. In fact, made no statement at all, remember? I simply called you on your bullshit, and want you to back it up, or admit what it is.
 
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News Comments > etc.
19. Re: etc. Aug 16, 2015, 16:41 Stormsinger
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 14:25:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 15:52:
4. Implement economic reforms so that the decades long increase in income inequality is reversed. As well, gun violence is perpetrated disproportionately by the poor and less educated.

Sadly, you have cause and effect mixed up. Poverty does not cause crime (there are large swaths of major poverty in the US alone that have little to no violent crime (property crime is a different story). People don't commit violent crimes because they are poor. Some people are violent, poor, and less educated because of who they are (they lack self-discipline, are sociopathic, lack morality, practice a defective culture, etc.). Poverty and lack of education is a symptom, just like violence. Blaming violence on guns or video games are just defense mechanisms for people who don't want to have to be judgmental about others' behaviors, cultures, or moralities. They are the easy way out.

Got any citations for actual peer-reviewed studies backing up those ideological claims?
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Aug 15, 2015, 18:39 Stormsinger
 
NewMaxx wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 16:59:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 13:27:
9-axis motion control sensor, really?

I'm skeptical, too, in terms of how useful it'll be. As far as the axes go, it's a 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer, and 3-axis compass (magnetometer).

So their description is still utter bullshit. 9 sensors is not the same as 9 axes. And I'll be damned if I can see how magnetometers are of the slightest value in this, unless they plan games that include metal detectors.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Aug 15, 2015, 13:27 Stormsinger
 
Gotta say it, this blurb about the "smart ring" controller just reeks of scamware.

9-axis motion control sensor, really? You've got x, y, z, pitch, roll and yaw...WTF are the other three? Sounds like some science/engineering/gaming illiterate marketing dipshit got to make up the PR copy. I'll not be holding my breath on this one...
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 6, 2015, 14:56 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 6, 2015, 13:22:
RIAA says BitTorrent software handguns account for 90% of piracy shooting deaths, demands action.

Yeah, that was my thought too. Gotta love the corporate mindset here.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
57. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2015, 11:07 Stormsinger
 
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 2, 2015, 00:34:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 23:27:
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 19:19:
Blue wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 11:25:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 20:52:
Notify if a comment is added to a post you commented on. Keep the shit goin...


Already present.

Anyone, how does this work? Unaware.

Right next to the "Post Comment" button is a checkbox labeled "Email me when this topic is updated." Simple as that.

Sorry, got it. I'm talking about a message system within Blue's, emails being sent is messy.

Ah...that's a different matter. As far as I know, it doesn't exist. I suspect Blue was interpreting your suggestion the same way I did.

Personally, I much prefer email notification, although it would be nice to get just one email per day, no matter how many topics I've signed up for. Yet more evidence that there's more than one way to...do anything at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
55. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2015, 23:27 Stormsinger
 
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 19:19:
Blue wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 11:25:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 20:52:
Notify if a comment is added to a post you commented on. Keep the shit goin...


Already present.

Anyone, how does this work? Unaware.

Right next to the "Post Comment" button is a checkbox labeled "Email me when this topic is updated." Simple as that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
45. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2015, 11:17 Stormsinger
 
Jivaro wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 10:01:
... That being said, this is a very successful campaign that, despite the negative picture one might draw from the comments here on Blues, has a huge and devoted fan base that is largely in support of the game design expansion. With all the millions that they have generated I think giving refunds to those that kicked money in based on the plan of the original Kickstarter is the right thing to do. I meant it when I said I didn't think he would get his refund though...I am used to companies doing the "legal" thing or the "business" thing, not the right thing.
In reverse order:
I'm pretty sure that's precisely what they did here, the "business" thing. He filed a BBB complaint, and they immediately reversed their stance on the possibility of a refund. Not because it was the "right" thing to do, but because a set of unsettled complaints with the BBB has a negative impact on their ability to continue getting more suckers funders.

While their funders may still be mostly on-board at this point, I believe a very large portion of those who are not funding it (and are still aware of it) see it as a long-running con. I find myself curious how many more years it will be before there is an actual game of any sort, and then how much longer it will take for the MMO. I'm expecting something on the order of DNF's development timeframe, as there appears to be zero incentive for them to actually produce anything but vaporware.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2015, 12:07 Stormsinger
 
I'm not a fan of dropdown navigation menus, unless you actually mean a floating menu, such that it's always on the left, no matter how far you scroll. Don't quite see how that would work for mobile displays though, so it's probably not that.

My own preferences would unfortunately mean extra work for your coders...I really dislike trying to make a single design that works well for both mobile and PC UIs. The hybrid approach generally leads to a mediocre experience on all platforms. Best to have separate pages, one optimized for each.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 30, 2015, 12:17 Stormsinger
 
Washington has never had any more (or any less) trouble making large, complex websites than any other organization. Especially any other organization where ~48% of the people are actively trying to sabotage things.

NOBODY does big web-based systems well...at best, they grown them over a decade and get something moderately functional (like Amazon). Just give any of the big help-desk apps a try, and you'll see what a hellish nightmare the "best software companies" produce.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 30, 2015, 12:12 Stormsinger
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 11:05:
Verno wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 10:51:
The EMDrive stuff is very interesting, it freaks me out to hear some of the smartest minds in the field admit it can work but that they can't explain how.

The thing that blows me fucking away about this drive, which I've been reading about for about a decade, is that no one wants to front the fucking money to actually test it in space. Point it at the moon and turn it on and if it works, then argue about how it can't possibly work. It took NASA over 15 years just to test it in their lab. It took the chinese to actually try it out first and then NASA to say "Ok maybe it works". I realize that it costs a metric fuck ton of money to send weight into space.. but I also know that we spend so little on space exploration technology.

Why spend money chasing after such pipe dreams, when flying unicorns can already make it to the moon in less time?

More seriously, we (the US) don't test it in space because we no longer have a viable space program. We gave that up, because the politicians considered it too expensive with too little pork, remember?
 
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News Comments > King of Dragon Pass Released
4. Re: King of Dragon Pass Released Jul 29, 2015, 18:03 Stormsinger
 
It was definitely difficult if the world and backstory were new to you. Not quite so much for old fans of Runequest. I'd still considering paying to play in a decent RQ campaign, should such a thing still exist. It was an amazing game system and setting.  
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Announced
31. Re: BATTLETECH Announced Jul 29, 2015, 18:00 Stormsinger
 
Minuit wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 17:42:
TangoBaker wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:57:
We can hope. I'm as much a Battletech fan as the next guy but I've always wanted a PC version of the old FASA Crimson Skies. Or maybe even Renegade Legion.

You probably already know this but there was a PC version of Renegade Legion: Interceptor. It was a pretty faithful adaptation of the board game, and was only missing the important rules for how much damage you took when you accidentally knocked over the little cardboard box miniatures.



Be fair now...the amount of damage you took for knocking over the miniatures was totally dependent on who you were playing with.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Gamer Primer
38. Re: Win10 Gamer Primer Jul 23, 2015, 01:19 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Jul 22, 2015, 09:23:
It's free for a year and there aren't any significant teething problems for gamers. I can't think of any real reason to avoid an upgrade, maybe driver maturity but Nvidia and AMD have been pretty on the ball. Compatibility is fine too. They got most of the kinks worked out in the lengthy public preview periods and frankly it isn't much of a departure from prior releases of Windows anyway.
There may not be any big reason to avoid it, but neither have I seen a single reason to upgrade to it. I have seen no feature that it offers that means a thing to me. And I do have reason to avoid it, although some may think it's petty.

Frankly, Microsoft has truly and deeply pissed me off with their crap about trying to nag me into upgrading. It was bad enough that they installed nagware on my computer. I uninstalled it, and hid the update specifically so that it would not be reinstalled (exactly as they tell you to do to avoid installing a patch you do not want). So they overrode my specific instructions and reinstalled the same patch again. Not on one box, but on three separate computers.

I will -not- be installing Windows 10. I'll be moving to Linux first. This computer is -mine-, not Microsoft's...and as they have decided that their convenience matters more than my ownership, they have seen the last dollar they will ever see from me.
 
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News Comments > Master of Orion Remake Plans
28. Re: Master of Orion Remake Plans Jun 10, 2015, 12:25 Stormsinger
 
Darks wrote on Jun 10, 2015, 08:25:
Stormsinger wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 19:12:
Darks wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 18:22:
Primalchrome wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 18:15:
Darks wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 16:08:
I seriously doubt that. You seem to forget get that they bought out Gas Powered Games. And I happen to know they are working on this game too.
I didn't know that...but even that doesn't give me a lot of hope. Age of Empires Online anyone?

I was never impressed with S.Commander....though I've purchased TA and core contingency multiple times over the years just because of it's massive scale.

I really get annoyed when people come down on Chris for the Age of Empires Online. He had nothing to do with how that game was created. What happened was he took over the production of the game at the late stages after most of the game was built. Microsoft didn't like how that game was being run and fired the previous team then brought in Chris and his team to get it to the finish line.


Some of you guys really need to do your home work before jumping to conclusions.

I know many people didn't like Sup Com 2 because he went the Console route. but you have to understand the background on his company and what was going on. He was hurting for cash, to the point where he needed to try and make as much money from all markets or the ship was sunk. As we all know, that ship almost sank which is why he sold out to Wargaming.net

It doesn't really matter if he had anything to do with creating the game or not. If you agree to take over production, you get associated with it, whether for good or bad. It's really a bit disingenuous to get annoyed about how people will do that. That's simply reality.

And just to be clear, I've no opinion on him one way or the other, I've never played any of his games, nor have I played any of GPG's games. For that matter, the only Wargaming.net game I've played was WoT, and I rather liked that...if only for short periods of time.


You apparently have no clue how things work in the development world of gaming or what transpired with that deal with Microsoft. The ground work was already laid out they just brought the game to the finish line with what they had to work with. from what you are saying they should have redesigned the entire game. Sorry, but that wast going to happen because of the time constraints given to them. This is the same thing that handicapped Gearbox over Duke Nukem.

Learn the facts before you bash someone about something you clearly have no knowledge of.
You're absolutely right...the fifteen years I spent in game development left me with zero knowledge of how things work.

Can you even read, or is it just that comprehension is just too much effort to bother with? I SAID I didn't have an opinion on your buddy's reputation. I was calling out the absurdity of you taking offense that people tie that game to his reputation. THAT is the way the world works...it's as simple as that. If he hadn't wanted his name tied to that game, he should have refused. Once he agreed to take over (and -why- he agreed is completely irrelevant), it was inevitable that it would affect his reputation. Crying that it's unfair is juvenile and pointless...especially when it's coming from someone who isn't even directly affected.
 
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News Comments > Master of Orion Remake Plans
24. Re: Master of Orion Remake Plans Jun 9, 2015, 19:12 Stormsinger
 
Darks wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 18:22:
Primalchrome wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 18:15:
Darks wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 16:08:
I seriously doubt that. You seem to forget get that they bought out Gas Powered Games. And I happen to know they are working on this game too.
I didn't know that...but even that doesn't give me a lot of hope. Age of Empires Online anyone?

I was never impressed with S.Commander....though I've purchased TA and core contingency multiple times over the years just because of it's massive scale.

I really get annoyed when people come down on Chris for the Age of Empires Online. He had nothing to do with how that game was created. What happened was he took over the production of the game at the late stages after most of the game was built. Microsoft didn't like how that game was being run and fired the previous team then brought in Chris and his team to get it to the finish line.


Some of you guys really need to do your home work before jumping to conclusions.

I know many people didn't like Sup Com 2 because he went the Console route. but you have to understand the background on his company and what was going on. He was hurting for cash, to the point where he needed to try and make as much money from all markets or the ship was sunk. As we all know, that ship almost sank which is why he sold out to Wargaming.net

It doesn't really matter if he had anything to do with creating the game or not. If you agree to take over production, you get associated with it, whether for good or bad. It's really a bit disingenuous to get annoyed about how people will do that. That's simply reality.

And just to be clear, I've no opinion on him one way or the other, I've never played any of his games, nor have I played any of GPG's games. For that matter, the only Wargaming.net game I've played was WoT, and I rather liked that...if only for short periods of time.
 
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News Comments > Master of Orion Remake Plans
13. Re: Master of Orion Remake Plans Jun 9, 2015, 13:02 Stormsinger
 
I guess I'm the only one who sees no value in remaking MOO, when you can still -get- the original game, and it still plays just fine. Higher resolution graphics will add no value. Making it online would add no value (for my taste). I can think of nothing they could do to make it enough better that I'm going to buy it yet again.

Put out the effort to do something creative guys, and stop trying to piggyback on the fame of older works.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update
13. Re: Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update Jun 5, 2015, 22:29 Stormsinger
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 18:54:
Vall Forran wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 17:49:
Actually (and it just launched so this might not matter in a few hours), the federation lady that looks like the platinum haired girl from the Matrix is in the lead, followed by the other fed guy who looks like Bryan Cranston.

Bryan Cranston? That's clearly a well aged Robert Patrick!

So is this the major content patch that means it's time to get in to Elite:Dangerous, or should people on the fence keep...sitting on the fence?

Personally, I'd wait until it's about $5 or so. I wish I had, then I wouldn't feel so taken. It's boring as hell, both spaceflight and combat, with the most interesting part being trying to outguess the autopilot to avoid overshooting your destination. No "strategic" layer on top of that is going to help.
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Announced
8. Re: XCOM 2 Announced Jun 1, 2015, 18:21 Stormsinger
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 17:24:
From a continuity standpoint, not sure how they will explain away my squad of utter badasses seemingly eradicating several alien species with relative ease in the first game and expansion.

Maybe the same way they can justify calling the fourth or fifth entry in the series XCom 2. It's fairly obvious that they're just not very concerned with consistency or logic.
 
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