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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jun 13, 2017, 23:19 NKD
 
Are people still denying Russia fucked with our election process?

Even a few people in the Trump administration concede that point now. (Though Trump himself never will.) Jeff "Klan Keebler Elf" Sessions as much as admitted that there is a consensus in the intelligence community and that Russia will continue to do so. They just don't care to do anything about it because anything they uncover would make their win seem less legitimate.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 13, 2017, 18:02 NKD
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 16:20:
At least President Pence would be a known level of crazy.

This is what I don't understand about people who characterize the opposition to Trump as pure partisan bias. Those of us hoping for a Trump impeachment are hoping for President Mike "Christian Sharia Law" Pence, who by any measure MUST be further to the right than Trump.

I imagine that other than the 2nd Amendment there's basically nothing I agree with Pence on, but at least he wouldn't humiliate our country at every turn through sheer incompetence.

I can't see any valid argument where Trump is better for the Republicans than Pence. The Republican base is never going to go (D) and all the independents are already fleeing to the left. Independents are breaking left at a ratio of like 3:1 or something. I think they are waiting to see if they can time it so that they minimize their losses in 2018.

This comment was edited on Jun 13, 2017, 18:15.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 13, 2017, 15:24 NKD
 
There's no way Trump can be that stupid can he? If Trump fires Mueller he might as well just resign on the same piece of paper.

There's going to be no one left outside the idiots with the green frog avatars that doesn't think he's a Russian puppet at that point.

Plus it doesn't stop the investigation as Flatline said. They can just rehire Mueller. There's literally nothing Trump can do to stop an investigation into him or his campaign if Congress wants one.
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed
35. Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed Jun 13, 2017, 08:14 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 04:03:
What do you mean "libertarian socialist?" Those two words are antithetical, by definition.

The words aren't antithetical, the political viewpoints are. Lowercase l lowercase s. When you say Libertarian, you picture some Randroid anarchocapitalist. When you say Socialist, you picture Russian or Chinese communism.

But the idea is that small government and capitalism are not compatible. You're just trading overlords gaming an electoral system to undermine democracy, for overlords gaming an economic system to undermine the free market. I like the idea of decentralized government bodies controlled by more direct democracy with strong protection for personal liberty. Also true ownership of the means of production by the people. That's not something that's ever actually been done.

It's essentially a nice dream but barring a giant meteor coming down and rebooting civilization, it's never going to happen. The current systems are too entrenched and cannot be changed unless destroyed.

Also to the guy who invoked Godwin's Law... it by definition does not apply to discussions that are already about Nazis.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Jun 13, 2017, 00:34 NKD
 
Yeah natural instincts always amaze me. I wish I knew more about evolutionary biology, but lately I've been on kind of a physics kick. Maybe after I get tired of that I'll read about it. At least there would be less math I don't understand.

A crazy biology thought I had today: We are the descendants of an unbroken family line starting with some single cell lifeforms. For the last 4 billion years or so, each one of your direct ancestors successfully procreated.

Obviously that's looking at it in reverse since it ignores all the lines that died off, but from that perspective it's really amazing.

I keep thinking what my ancestor was doing when the dinosaurs died out. They would have been a little shrew creature living in the trees. Weird to think about. No I promise I'm not high right now.
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed
31. Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed Jun 13, 2017, 00:08 NKD
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 16:24:
NKD wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 11:14:
The final boss should be a guy named Drumpf.

6 posts to Godwin's Law. A new record?

You're right, that was unfair...

...to Hitler. Ol' Adolf could at least string together a coherent sentence. Even entire paragraphs and speeches.

Beamer wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 23:40:
We're way off topic, but I always wonder if people that mock how Chicago is a gun-free zone with high gun crimes understand there are no border controls in and out of Chicago, and that the subway system will take you to places you can buy guns.


Probably not, because that knowledge makes it harder for them to feel self-righteous.

Yep municipal gun free zones are fucking stupid. Criminals will still get guns from outside the city and the law abiding people living IN the city will be disarmed. Good fucking idea idiots.

Other than mandatory background checks, no gun control worth passing is going to make it past Constitutional muster, so you have to repeal the 2nd Amendment which is NEVER going to happen. Nor should it IMHO. Then again I'm a libertarian socialist so I'm vehemently against a disarmed populace.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
10. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 12, 2017, 17:47 NKD
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 17:18:
And they just announced a pirate game based on/spun off the naval stuff of Black Flag. Hell yes. Ubi's having a good show.

Hot damn. That was my favorite part of AC4. And it's multiplayer/open world.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 12, 2017, 11:34 NKD
 
Interesting article on the flop that was the Steam Machine.

Anything less than 100% parity with mainstream Windows releases is going to be a non-starter for a Linux gaming platform. The only way we get Linux gaming is if Microsoft decides to discontinue Windows.
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed
6. Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed Jun 12, 2017, 11:14 NKD
 
The final boss should be a guy named Drumpf.  
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News Comments > Anthem Gameplay Trailer
2. Re: Anthem Gameplay Trailer Jun 12, 2017, 11:00 NKD
 
Iron Man Simulator  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
1. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 12, 2017, 10:58 NKD
 
I've wanted an ancient Egypt setting since the beginning. Hopefully the year they took off from the franchise let them freshen things up a bit. The "Eagle Vision" mechanic where you actually use an eagle to scout shit out looks cool.  
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News Comments > Anthem Revealed
13. Re: Anthem Revealed Jun 12, 2017, 02:51 NKD
 
Hey man, I said it looked promising and my only problem with it is that they clearly shoveled Mass Effect into the dustbin in order to make it.

As an aside, I also agree that lately the negativity around here has been fucking retarded.

Yeah, you expect people like Cutter and Task and whatever Space Captain's latest alt account is to shit on everything, but lately it seems like everyone is getting into it.
 
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News Comments > Anthem Revealed
10. Re: Anthem Revealed Jun 11, 2017, 23:48 NKD
 
Looks promising, but I'd rather have had Edmonton do another Mass Effect rather than pawning it off on Montreal. I've put a lot of hours in Andromeda and it's a lot of fun, but it clearly suffered from a lack of care when compared to what we're seeing in Anthem.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 11, 2017, 06:43 NKD
 
bigspender wrote on Jun 11, 2017, 05:52:

It's definitely a real threat, sharia is slowly creeping into western society officially - such as the sharia courts in the UK.


I think it's important to not lump "Western society" together here. The problems places like the UK and Australia have with Islam don't exist in any real way in the United States. The US has probably the most liberal Muslims in the world, and only 1/5th as many Muslims per capita as the UK, for example.

The only Sharia Law we have to worry about in the US is the Christian equivalent, since they actually have political influence via a large number of indoctrinated redneck voters.

If you live in the Europe, especially the UK where the most conservative Muslims in the western world live, you definitely need to be making your voice heard on the matter.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 11, 2017, 01:19 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 11, 2017, 00:53:
Retired wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 21:34:
Can someone explain to me why people would counter protest a protest AGAINST sharia law? There is a counter protest here in MN and I am utterly confused.....

Because it's impolite in this day and age to say "I hate brown people" but when people rally against the non-existent threat of "Sharia law" that is exactly what they are saying. And some people want to counter-protest that sentiment.

In case anyone is interested in what these winners look like, the Southern Poverty Law Center has some pics.

Yeah "Protest against Sharia Law" is just "Protest against anyone who looks vaguely Middle Eastern". It's just the current dog whistle for Neo-Nazis.

And interestingly, the types of laws these people DO support are closer to Sharia Law than what their political opponents want. So in effect, the people protesting these "Sharia Law" protestors are more opposed to actual Sharia Law than the people protesting it... what the actual fuck.

Now, that's not to say that the left is innocent in all this. There's a huge amount of ridiculous Islamist apologia on the left and while most of this more radical Anti-Islam stuff is just Nazis being Nazis, part of it is a direct reaction (overreaction, really) to the free pass that we on the left want to give conservative Islam.

That and the fact that the label "Islamophobe" is attached to anyone who isn't willing to put on a bomb vest and die for Allah.

 
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News Comments > Johnny Gat Joining Agents of Mayhem
3. Re: Johnny Gat Joining Agents of Mayhem Jun 9, 2017, 05:09 NKD
 
Johnny fucking Gat  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2017, 13:13 NKD
 
Comey's strong confidence in Mueller's investigation is reassuring, but that has never been my concern.

My concern is that the cowards on the right will not put America before party if it becomes clear Trump was involved in wrongdoing.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 7, 2017, 23:27 NKD
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jun 7, 2017, 22:54:
Where I do disagree is with the notion that Siri or Alexa is going to become self-aware and turn your home into Citadel Station. That sort of fear, the creation turning against the creator, simply isn't reflective of how these technologies actually work.

Well yeah, if anyone is worried about that, they are being silly. A "Skynet" type scenario is far less likely than a "paperclip maximizer" scenario, where an AGI designed to fulfill some larger task, makes inherently unpredictable intermediate decisions and goals that are incompatible with the original intent, or even incompatible with human well-being.

There needs to be an active component to ensuring an AGI doesn't come up with ways to improve and optimize itself that are destructive to human well-being, even if avoiding harm to humans conflicts with its own desires.

An AI needn't view humanity as a threat to accidentally fuck us all over. All it needs is to be granted enough ability to exert its will on the physical world, and a few bad decisions.

My main worry is that our ability to safely and responsibly use a new technology usually lags behind the development of the technology itself by a decade or more. I think that with AI, that's too much of a lag time and we need to be absolutely proactive.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 7, 2017, 21:06 NKD
 
The point that I'm trying to make is that the science-fiction scenario, which admittedly is fun to think about (System Shock and Terminator are appealing for a reason), is sufficiently improbable and not currently possible, that we can safely leave it to science-fiction.

Aren't you just assuming people wouldn't be stupid enough to, through intention or incompetence, give an AI control of dangerous weaponry? There's nothing fundamentally impossible about this scenario. In fact, this scenario doesn't even REQUIRE artificial general intelligence. It only requires a poorly built narrow AI and over-confident apes dumb enough to implement it.

This is exactly the sort of stuff people need to be researching. How do we ensure that these AI are developed SAFELY? These safeguards aren't going to manifest by themselves, and we can't wait until they are knocking on our door to start thinking about it.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jun 7, 2017, 20:16 NKD
 
Sounds like they had serious management problems over there at Bioware Montreal. The scope change away from procedural generation was a necessary evil but I don't think they handled it very well.  
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