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News Comments > Into the Black
12. Re: Into the Black Jun 22, 2016, 00:18 NKD
 
Bub wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 07:28:
I consider assault guns weapons of mass destruction.

Define an "assault gun." Part of the reason we don't see movement on gun control is that many gun control proponents don't seem to have a familiarity with guns and it's never really clear what guns they are talking about. It's hard to get support when people think you are talking about one thing, but you actually be another. Use proper terminology, not meaningless phrases like assault gun.



The founding fathers were talking about one shot weapons that took ages to reload, not devices that any fool can use to spray death into a crowd like assault guns do.

Repeating rifles with large magazines and good rates of fire were already starting to appear when the 2nd Amendment was written and it stands to reason the people who wrote it were aware of the fact that technology advances and knew that firearms would only continue to get more powerful.

We already prevent 50 cal machine guns from private use, it's time assault weapons were treated that same.

Did you know that the vast majority (>75%) of firearm homicides in the US are by simple pistols? Prior to the Pulse massacre, the worse mass shooting in US history, the VA Tech shooting, was done solely by regular old pistols. These are the most common and cheapest firearms available, and generally have magazines of only 7-12 rounds. They are also the most easily concealed.

The assault weapons that the media talks about are used in a tiny portion of firearm homicides. That's why when you bring up terms like "assault weapon" you lose the attention of the Pro-2nd Amendment crowd.

The only way to reduce firearm homicides in the US by a significant amount is a widespread reduction in the number of firearms, particularly handguns, that are floating around. I'm not sure the best way to go about that, but I do know that you can't accomplish it by banning weapons that are used in only a small portion of shootings.

Modern gun control advocates can't seem to get past their fixation on "Let's just ban the scary looking ones!" And that's why we can't have real, effective, gun control.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2016, Part 6
15. Re: It Came from E3 2016, Part 6 Jun 21, 2016, 23:32 NKD
 
Tachikoma wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 15:20:

Especially when the local mouthbreathers (hi NKD/Cpmartins) are listening closely?

Hi. Sorry I don't know who you are. Should I? I don't really keep track of the revolving door of recently created accounts. I can only imagine that you're a previously banned user because I've done little-to-no posting in the time period since you've made your account.

But on the subject at hand, I'm sure you're entirely unaware that you're doing the exact same thing you've accusing Parallax of, only in reverse. You claim he is attacking Polygon and similar sites because he disagrees with their politics, not because he has legitimate complaints. You, from what I can tell in your post history, seem intent on defending them despite giving no indication you believe their reviews are comprehensive, reasonably objective, and accurate.

Sites like Polygon have "politics shields." Any criticism leveled at them, by any party, is reframed as an insincere and unwarranted politically-charged attack from whatever groups they have a problem with, thereby invalidating the criticism. Any legitimate criticisms are simply dismissed as dog whistles that actually mean something else. They can do what you're doing right now: "No, you don't dislike Polygon because of that. You actually dislike them because of this other thing and that makes you a bad person!"

Polygon, and similar sites, are part of a trend in gaming journalism. It isn't the nature of their politics, specifically, that is so objectionable. It's the fact that their politics, any politics, are the centerpiece of nearly everything they do. They seem to have an open disdain for gamers and gamer culture. When they demonstrate games, they don't come off as seasoned gamers. They give the impression that they'd be writing about literally anything else if they could get paid to do it.

To avoid this trend, more and more of us rely on a small handful of YouTubers to get our opinions and reviews on games these days. These are highly experienced gamers, usually with decades of experience in the core gaming audience. You don't find that as often in these political blogs masquerading as game sites.

When criticism is levelled at Polygon, take a closer look at who comes out of the woodwork to defend them. Hint: It's not core gamers. It's people with brightly dyed hair, Patreon accounts and/or Trust funds, and 20 hours a day to spend on Twitter fighting with people.

So if every critic of Polygon is some MRA/RedPill tool, then every supporter of Polygon must conform to my stereotype right? If we're judging people by outspoken outliers, it's only fair.

I personally despise sites like Polygon. Despite being a cop-hating, gay rights supporting, gender neutral bathroom loving, commie leftist, which according to you means I am required to love Polygon and similar sites.

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News Comments > It Came from E3 2016, Part 6
7. Re: It Came from E3 2016, Part 6 Jun 20, 2016, 23:33 NKD
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 23:18:
Des wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 20:12:
They apparently have more writers than we have readers.

HA!

Man, I wish that was true. Polygon's actually really popular. So is Kotaku and all the other sites that care more about faux outrage clickbait than actual journalism.

My favorite Polygon bit is the one where they "review" that VR gun range simulator and the pussy reviewing the game is waxing poetic about how much he dislikes guns and how uncomfortable they make him and how he doesn't understand the first thing about them.

Here is a video that contrasts the Polygon review with one done by a CS:GO player.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
25. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 20, 2016, 23:20 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 18:30:
For myself, however, I know damn well that when I drive, I focus on driving, nothing else. In 26 years of driving, I've been in two accidents, both blatantly the other guy's fault. I will trust myself over some Google/Tesla engineer's code.


You don't remember all the times you were distracted by a flashy sign, or some strange looking vehicle, or whatever else. You didn't cause an accident due to chance, and a lack of willful stupidity, not any personal skill.

Traffic flow has momentum. A bunch of cars going down a freeway in zero-to-light traffic for example requires equipment malfunction, extremely profound lapse in attention, or willful recklessness for an accident to occur. There's no pedestrians, no cross traffic, no signals, and sometimes miles between having to start looking at signage. Everyone is basically on low-attention autopilot. It's very hard to stay attentive when you're not required to make any decisions. Ask any long haul trucker type about how much time they spent white-knuckled and attentive.

In city driving, there's a lot more shit going on, and a lot more that can go wrong. But there's also a lot more to distract. And you do get distracted. Everyone does. Literally no one is immune to being distracted. You can snap yourself back to attention over and over but those lapses are still there and it takes very little for an accident to occur. Once more data is available, it will become clear that human drivers are vastly inferior to self-driven cars both in terms of performance and of safety. You can paint yourself as some kind of godly outlier, but you know it isn't true.

Your reaction is an understandable one, but it's basically the standard issue rejection of unfamiliar technology thing that's been going on since some caveman started a fire and another caveman shit his loincloth and ran away grunting the equivalent of "FOUL MAGIC!! YOUVE DOOMED US ALL!" Every time machines have come along to replace humans, theres a bunch of people who insist the machines can't possibly be more reliable than them. And they are almost always wrong.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2016, Part 6
5. Re: It Came from E3 2016, Part 6 Jun 20, 2016, 21:35 NKD
 
You can't really call anyone at Polygon a writer, or even a gamer. So don't feel bad.  
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News Comments > It came from E3 2016, Part 3
18. Re: It came from E3 2016, Part 3 Jun 20, 2016, 02:55 NKD
 
3D Vision never had this kind of presence or adoption. Even the worst case scenario for VR has already surpassed that.

3D Vision was barely even mentioned or talked about, even at its peak. The only reason it "has games" is because it works to some degree with anything that doesn't explicitly break it. It was basically never a selling point to anything.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls VI in Development
30. Re: Elder Scrolls VI in Development Jun 14, 2016, 14:06 NKD
 
Sounds like the reason TES6 is so far out is because of those two other big projects they are working on. It's not like they were gonna just gonna alternate Fallout and TES games forever.  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Trailers
5. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Trailers Jun 14, 2016, 00:58 NKD
 
This is looking good so far. A less cardboard protagonist, and overhaul/expansion of all the game mechanics. More shit is hackable, Quadcopter/RC car thingy. Better meleel. Better parkour, etc. Don't get me wrong, I liked the first game, but it was really just a skeleton in terms of what they could do with the concept.

Aidan Pearce was kind of a lame character. Basically just a boring generic hacker dude on a revenge mission.

This new dude seems to tie into more of the hacktivist shit they hinted at with DEDSEC in the first game. You're less of an outsider and actually have some kind of greater goals.

A few nitpicky things aside, not much to complain about so far.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 12, 2016, 19:15 NKD
 
Ten thousand are killed each year in the US with guns. People like to blame politicians for not doing enough, but the only people to blame are the American public. The politicians absolutely would do more if they thought they could actually get away with it.

The American public is absolutely fine with 10,000 people dying each year from gun violence. We, as a country, apparently see it as an acceptable tradeoff to our freedom to own firearms.

Is that true? I don't know. But the American people will not tolerate extensive gun control measures, and there's nothing the politicians can do to force it on us on a national level.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
11. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 19, 2016, 18:34 NKD
 
Even pending appeal this could sink them. If they are forced to put up a supersedeas bond (could be as high as $50 million) it could be enough to put them down. But the court does have the right to forgo making them put up that bond.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 18, 2016, 23:25 NKD
 
The big leg drop. Rest in pieces, you scummy pieces of filth.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 17, 2016, 17:43 NKD
 
This guy is conflating gaming and gaming "journalism" way too much. Worthless article.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 15, 2016, 21:43 NKD
 
Ew. It's using a single 1080p screen. Screen door ahoy. When the Rift was on a single 1080p screen it wasn't too enjoyable.

But we did always expect the PSVR to be the budget product.
 
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News Comments > EverQuest Next Cancelled
30. Re: EverQuest Next Cancelled Mar 12, 2016, 03:54 NKD
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Mar 12, 2016, 02:55:
I found EverQuest Next and Project 1999 pretty much on the same day.
I think its obvious which of both got my money and is played by me.

Neither because Project 1999 is free?
 
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News Comments > EverQuest Next Cancelled
15. Re: EverQuest Next Cancelled Mar 11, 2016, 19:25 NKD
 
Took them forever to make the official announcement on this. We've known for a while that this thing was doomed, and the odds were pretty good it was done for when the new company took over.

Smedley liked to throw money at projects, the new company not so much. As soon as this company changed hands and Smedley was put on a tight budget, this game was done.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 10, 2016, 11:34 NKD
 
These Gawker idiots can't even pretend to be normal human beings when being sued and sitting in front of a jury.  
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News Comments > Tom Clancy's The Division Sets Ubi Records
12. Re: Tom Clancy's The Division Sets Ubi Records Mar 10, 2016, 02:16 NKD
 
This is actually a pretty fun game from the open beta shit I played. I'm a bit backlogged at the moment or I'd buy it.

Also I dunno what what's his face was on about with the "naive buyers" shit when this is probably the most transparent launch we've seen in a long time. Literally no one should feel ambushed by the game they bought. All the information and even available hands-on play were available well before launch.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Mar 9, 2016, 22:18 NKD
 
Seems like the writing portion of Andromeda must be winding down. Maybe we'll see some more concrete info on the game soon.  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
25. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2016, 19:37 NKD
 
jimnms wrote on Mar 7, 2016, 16:27:
Because the photos were on a digital device and he used a digital device to photograph them, he's now facing felony computer crimes makes no sense.

Not true. Aggravated voyeurism is a felony in South Carolina and applies to the distribution of any unlawfully obtained photos, recordings, or files regardless of whether an electronic device is involved.

Stealing photos out of her purse and then distributing them would still be felony aggravated voyeurism in South Carolina.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
21. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2016, 08:29 NKD
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 22:25:
We disagree on what it means for the phone to be unlocked, then. The door on a phone is the lock screen, it either opens to anyone who turns the knob or it requires a key in the form of a PIN, password, gesture, thumbprint, whatever. If the phone is left unlocked, that door has been left ajar.

A door left hanging open you can look inside without turning the knob. Hell, you can see whats going on without really forming the intent to look inside. A stray glance might be all you need to see something embarrassing. An unlocked phone still requires you to pick up the phone, turn the screen on, and then go digging if you want to see anything incriminating. It's not something you can do on accident.

Also important, you can't even know if the phone is locked until you've already grabbed it. Meaning the intent to access the phone precedes finding out that it's unlocked. There is no "innocently stumbling across an open door and looking in" in this situation like the way you're trying to paint it.

Even if your analogy held up, taking photos of things and distributing them with malicious intent basically erases any sort of claim that might justify looking through an unlocked phone.

I just don't understand why you think it should be legal to rummage through other peoples belongings looking for embarrassing shit to distribute.
 
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