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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 7, 2016, 19:10 NKD
 
This short-sighted tech-dumb approach to these rulings just can't stand.

It's death of privacy by a thousand cuts. Yes, something like a license plate number out on a public road is, by itself, totally public information. What you put in your cart at the grocery store, also public. We do all kinds of things openly, in public places.

But when corporations and the government start collecting that data in vast quantities you run into issues.

Those innocent, disparate pieces of data? They can be assembled to determine OTHER things about you. Add statistical models to the mix, and there are a lot of things they can't know FOR CERTAIN about you, but can determine to a high level of likelihood.

License plates aren't even so far removed from the abuse. You put enough readers in enough places and you know where every registered vehicle is in the city at any given time, and therefore can make a solid guess about where the owner is at any given time. Sure easier than obtaining millions of warrants to place millions of trackers on vehicles.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 6, 2016, 07:07 NKD
 
I used to criticize what kids are watching, but then I went and re-watched some of the cartoons and shit I watched as a kid and boy is it ever garbage.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Dec 1, 2016, 12:53 NKD
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 1, 2016, 10:04:
Just a reminder, this is the guy who brought us this.

Jesus christ.

#DeportRussia
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Dec 1, 2016, 03:21 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 1, 2016, 02:59:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 30, 2016, 22:56:
Task wrote on Nov 30, 2016, 19:56:
wtf
thank you for the ignore button blue.

Seriously? Task is one of the more reasonable ones around here.

Isn't Task a literal tinfoil hat wearer, or am I confused? I'm pretty sure I've seen him post some real crazy shit. I certainly can't make heads nor tails of his post here except that maybe he doesn't believe fake news is a thing and it's just a way to discredit, er, "novel" news sources?

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
17. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 30, 2016, 15:17 NKD
 
MT Silver wrote on Nov 30, 2016, 14:04:
You're just another idiot on the internet, not changing the world or having any effect on anything.

If what you say is true, then this applies to you too. So why are you posting? More to the point, why aren't you off commiting suicide if everything is so pointless and you're a sack of manure who has no effect on anything?
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Cleared by U.K. Ad Watchdog
15. Re: No Man's Sky Cleared by U.K. Ad Watchdog Nov 30, 2016, 14:31 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 30, 2016, 11:27:
Business body that supports business finds business not guilty. Gee, there's a surprise. Wry

It's like how the police always investigate themselves and find in favor of their own 99.7% of the time.

Actually the ASA has a very good reputation. They aren't like the Better Business Bureau in America where you can buy a better rating. But their scope is limited to advertisements. They don't examine things like forum posts, or interviews where where NMS set all its false expectations.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart. Nov 30, 2016, 05:58 NKD
 
Let's be clear: You guys are retarded if you're visiting /r/All and then COMPLAINING that you're exposed to the shitty parts of reddit.

Circlejerk subs like The Donald can upvote their shit to the top of All, but they actually get downvoted to shit if they stray into any of the defaults or most of the rest of reddit.

Stop visiting All. Remove all subs from your front page except ones you actually want to read. Voila suddenly reddit is whatever the fuck you want it to be.

I see more stupid conservative opinions here on Blue's every day than I do on my reddit front page. Is Blue's a wasteland full of hate and bigotry?
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Released
12. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Released Nov 30, 2016, 04:29 NKD
 
Slick wrote on Nov 30, 2016, 02:46:
I think the "cheerful message" he was talking about was the camaraderie amongst people of a like mind, fighting the good fight against the capitalist corporate overlords. As opposed to settling a personal vendetta. And for the record I didn't find the first one too dour, it just kinda dragged on. I cared about Aiden in the first 5 hours, and couldn't care less about him by the end, just didn't have any characterizations that made me care. He seemed like he would be a lousy guy to have a drink with.

Yes that's what I was talking about. These are people fighting against something they feel is wrong, but they still have a few ounces of joy left in their lives. It's nice to play a character that cares about something genuine. So often we play characters that are simply following orders, or worse, pursuing petty vendettas or greed.

I get a little tired sometimes of any kind of positivity being characterized as "cringy" or childish while darker stories are somehow considered more mature or refined.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Released
7. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Released Nov 29, 2016, 23:44 NKD
 
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 29, 2016, 21:32:
Driving sucks. The cops are fucking insane, and even if you are in the same vehicle they are in they can auto catch up to you (including watching a police boat take off after a co-op partner at 120mph across the bay). They still haven't fixed the play with friends seamless'ness yet. When you open your phone you can loose all controls (mouse and keyboard) up to 10 seconds), few random crashes, WAY to fucking happy and cheerful and 'LIKE OMG LIKE WE ARE HACKERS!' bullshit. I miss the more darker tone with the first game.

The driving seems fine to me. Cars are vastly more controllable than the previous game. I can actually use M+KB instead of swapping to a controller and praying every time I get in a car. True, the cops drive like maniacs. Cops are harder to evade if you don't use the hacks or otherwise run them off the road. I have no problems with the multiplayer. Opening my phone doesn't fuck anything up. Haven't had a crash. But yes it's true the protagonist is not Autistic Batman Ripoff and the game isn't set in Shitcago. The tone of the game is appropriate to the setting.

Frankly I appreciate a game that has a cheerful progressive message now and then, rather than the hopeless despair that real life is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 29, 2016, 18:50 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2016, 13:45:
Thank you, UK, for making the US not look as bad in comparison.

Hah, it's actually pretty bad: people can always say "Well at least it's not like the UK!" to justify any shitty privacy invasion.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
28. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Nov 29, 2016, 18:42 NKD
 
Quinn wrote on Nov 29, 2016, 18:33:

This game runs very well! I still absolutely curse the fact I went to 144hz because 60fps is now stuttery to me and an actual no go, but turning on the AA option that forces MSAA 2X (cant remember the term atm) DRASTICALLY increased my fps. And yes, it actually warranted the capital letters.

Temporal Filtering. I don't really understand how it works, but it drastically increases framerate and also reduces the computational cost of the higher tier SSAO modes. Apparently a similar workaround is used on the PS4 to squeeze higher FPS out of its limited hardware.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
26. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Nov 29, 2016, 18:16 NKD
 
So I picked this game up. Good performance, lots of graphics options.

Driving isn't as bad as people were making it out to be unless you're looking for some kind of simulator. It's very arcadey and the the controls are very relaxed so your car isn't doing a lot of crazy shit while you're trying to drive, shoot, and hack. I find it easier to drive than in the previous game by a good margin. I can even use KB+M instead of picking up my gamepad every time I get in a vehicle.

Story wise I'm not very far in, but its your standard haxxor fare thus far and not too bad. Side activities are fun, and the multiplayer can be either frustrating (idiots logs off just before you kill/hack him) or amazingly emergent. I've had some crazy shit go down while chasing a bounty or, as I actually prefer, triggering a bounty on myself and getting some poor bastard killed in some crazy chaos.

The little RC car is really a gamechanger, havent got the quadcopter yet...
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
7. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Nov 28, 2016, 23:00 NKD
 
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 28, 2016, 22:47:
Game performs well, but the driving sucks. And by sucks I mean cars are on rails/stick to the road. Would have prefered a halfway between more GTA driving. Co-Op is quite a bit of fun as well.

You can't go offroad? That's super disappointing.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
1. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Nov 28, 2016, 20:31 NKD
 
Early reports are that the game performs really well, unlike its predecessor. We'll see...  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
19. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Nov 27, 2016, 19:34 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 27, 2016, 15:32:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 27, 2016, 14:53:
Exactly. It's definitely not one side doing it. Each side has it's own echo chamber that propogates these things.

Let's stop with "both sides do it" false equivalency. Republican presidential candidates lied more than Dems. In fact according to an empirical study, all Republican politicians lie more than Dems.


Yeah the false equivalency shit really bothers me. People fall for it too often in this country. No, both parties aren't equally bad. No, they don't equally lie, cheat and steal. They may be both equally power hungry, but in the current political climate in the US the Republicans have a lot more to gain from doing shitty things. The Republican party does a lot more shady shit because they refuse to adapt their platform to a changing demographic, a changing world, with changing belief systems. They don't want to play fair, so they cheat.

Gerrymandering - Primarily a Republican tactic.
Fake News - Primarily targets conservative voters, by fake news creators own admission, conservatives fall for it more easily.
Voter ID laws designed to impact young people and people of color - Republicans.
Closing down polling locations - Republicans.
Reducing polling hours - Republicans.

But, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the Democrats are all unicorns and rainbows. Far from it. This isn't some superior morality on the part of the Democrats. If the scummy shit the Republicans do could work for them, they'd do it. In fifty years this could all be different. But for right now, the Republican party has significantly more to gain by hampering the democratic process. When the elderly boomers start finally dying off, the Republican party will most likely switch to a more progressive platform because they won't be able to rely on disenfranchising and redistricting anymore, they'll need to actually bring in new blood to make the numbers add up.

But for now what we're seeing is the last, desperate, dying gasp of the most destructive short-sighted generation our country has ever known.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 27, 2016, 18:49 NKD
 
It's a sad statement on American culture that one of the most praised traits a person can have is "hard worker." Slaving away for shitty pay in order to make someone else rich is apparently the peak of human accomplishment.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2016, 15:15 NKD
 
You can evade CIA assassins... but time? Not so much...  
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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
29. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 26, 2016, 14:41 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Nov 26, 2016, 11:42:
This isn't meant to be snarky, so don't take it that way. The voted ID law would require you to provide a government-supplied (or sanctioned) ID before you could vote, right? So how could that disenfranchise so many legitimate voters?

People of color are less likely to have an ID that fits the bill. That doesn't mean they aren't US citizens entitled to a vote.

Why is that the case? They tend to be poorer and live in cities. A drivers license isn't a necessity in a city that has either a robust public transportation system, or lots of stuff within walking distance of your home. In addition, studies have found that both Hispanic and Black voters were far more likely to have a suspended or revoked license. Half of those cases were due in inability to pay fines or penalties.

There are other valid forms of ID, but many of these prove troublesome for black and hispanic voters as well. Some states accept your concealed carry permit, but black and hispanic voters are less likely to have these. Less likely to have access to their birth certificates and other supporting documents. Simply having enough money to pay the free to receive the identification is a problem for poor voters. Young college students are somewhat impacted as well, as many rely on student IDs, which are accepted as valid ID by just about everyone, including the cops, but not for most of these voter laws. Why is it that way? Surprise surprise, young college students tend to be liberals/Democrats.

Some good info here, courtesy of NYU School of Law

More information about a study in Wisconsin that shows more racial disparity.

I understand the kneejerk response to say "Well having an ID isn't a big deal, so if you don't have one you must not be a US citizen." But the truth is that there are a lot of small things that add up to big disparity in who voter ID laws impact.

Yes, the vast majority of white suburbanites have valid and current drivers licenses, but that isn't true for everyone, for various reasons.

For me, the most offensive thing about voter ID laws is that at its most basic, it creates a situation where a US citizen may be disallowed from voting until they pay money to a government agency. I'm very not okay with that. There should never be a situation where a person finds themselves having to choose between being able to vote, and being able to put food on the table that week because of some $50 charge for ID, or worse, some huge penalty or fine they accrued somewhere along the way that they'll NEVER be able to pay.

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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
21. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 26, 2016, 07:31 NKD
 
In person voter fraud does not exist in any significant way. No reputable studies exist showing that it happens or sways elections. The laws meant to fight this non-existent threat are largely accepted to be Republican ploys to disenfranchise minorities.

Voter ID laws, reducing the number of polling locations, reducing their hours, disallowing vote by mail, overbroad voter registration purges that erase valid voter registrationss, these things have all been shown to benefit Republicans, and are largely only supported by Republicans.

And the Democrats are at a distinct disadvantage because pushing people to vote is a lot harder than preventing them from voting.

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News Comments > Thanksgiving Metaverse
24. Re: Thanksgiving Metaverse Nov 25, 2016, 23:48 NKD
 
Wait people really believe that Pizzagate shit? I thought it was just some dank meme that they took too far. There's literally zero credibility or proof behind it. Just a lot of wacky theories I assumed people didn't genuinely believe.  
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