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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2017, 17:19 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2017, 17:01:

The privatization and corruption of the military industrial complex is an issue separate from the individual soldier.

I definitely don't blame the soldiers for it. They are just doing a job, and frankly the recruiting process can be very exploitative. But I'm also not really comfortable putting them on a pedestal, given the role of the US military, as a group, in the world today.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2017, 16:07 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2017, 14:59:
Today is Veteran's Day in the USA. If you have served in the military, you have my respect and gratitude, not just today, but every day. Thank you.

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day.

Also, unfortunately I gotta agree with (some) of what Cutter is saying about Veterans Day here. It's seriously lost its shine as I've gotten older and learned a lot of stuff about the US military that we didn't learn about when I was in school.

While I'll certainly always be grateful to those who fought against potential conquerors, the US military is entirely co-opted as a money making venture for corporate interests at this point.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Nov 9, 2017, 23:59 NKD
 
I'm confused as to how the original Star Wars trilogy has gotten this reputation as some kind of masterpiece. It's certainly a very fun, very enjoyable set of movies, but it's fast food film designed to sell toys.

But people complain and act like it's gone downhill when it's just doing what it's always done...tell a somewhat by-the-numbers story with cool visual effects and lots of merchandise potential.

That's not really meant as a criticism of Star Wars, though. Not everything has to be some pretentious intellectual circlejerk. Lots of people love Star Wars, including me.
 
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News Comments > EA to Acquire Respawn
14. Re: EA to Acquire Respawn Nov 9, 2017, 23:08 NKD
 
TIL Respawn wasn't already owned by EA.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
39. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2017, 17:21 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 16:50:
But people have spoken up about him. Repeatedly. Is this one news to you guys? The rumors first hit right after Cosby, with people discussing how he'd be the next to go. Several female comics discussed a horrible person, and people figured out it was him, but they wouldn't name him.

Gawker covered it in 2012 Jen Kirkman, who worked with him, and Tig Notaro did an episode about it.

I hadn't heard about it before today, but I don't really follow the stand-up scene at all so that's probably why I hadn't learned about this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Las Vegas' self-driving bus crashes in first hour of service Nov 9, 2017, 17:18 NKD
 
Humans always trying to keep a good robot car down.

The sooner we can retire ape-controlled automobiles the better.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2017, 15:52 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 15:48:
Verno wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 15:15:
There's the Louis C.K story I mentioned earlier.

Stay clean Bill Burr.

I wonder why so much of this stuff is coming out now. Is it just people feeling encouraged by others speaking up?

Yeah. No one wants to be the first to speak up about this shit, for fear no one will believe them and their career will be done. There's a huge push on social media to get people to come forward now so that people will understand the magnitude of the problem.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Nov 9, 2017, 15:44 NKD
 
Metal Gear's story doesn't even make any fucking sense in its original format. How are they gonna adapt it even remotely faithfully? Kojima is a weird motherfucker.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2017, 15:30 NKD
 
So Louis CK is a serial public masturbator? Fucking moron, no one wants to see you whack it. Well, almost no one. I'm sure someone has a fetish.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2017, 13:36 NKD
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 13:20:
Cutter wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 12:30:
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First to believe in conspiracy theories, last to believe in actual happenings. sad

Don't you mean "SAD!"

Come on dude.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2017, 13:08 NKD
 
Verno wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 12:57:

I'm sure you've seen it but Peace Officer was a pretty eye opening documentary on the militarization of police in North America.

Yep that's a really good documentary. Won a bunch of awards and shit too.

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NKD wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 12:44:
Combine this with a bunch of former military joining up after their deployments treating suburbia like its fucking Fallujah.

There were articles recently about a Marine veteran who got fired for not gunning down a suspect and choosing to de-escalate the situation. They said in so many words that soldiers get more training in target discrimination and protecting civilians than police do, and are taught to accept a greater amount of personal risk.

One article, from last December: link

That's an interesting take on it. I wonder if there's a discrepancy between those who have seen combat action and those who haven't? I.e. how much of it is a difference in experience and how much is a difference in training. His department claims they fired him for some other stuff, but I wouldn't be surprised if he got fired for trying to talk that guy down.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2017, 12:44 NKD
 
Cops in this country see anyone not wearing a badge as target practice. Dogs, cats, people. Doesn't matter. If you're not a fellow cop, you're an enemy combatant. They are indoctrinated into this in their training. Everyone is out to kill them, so they need to be ready to shoot first.

Combine this with a bunch of former military joining up after their deployments treating suburbia like its fucking Fallujah.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Tease
9. Re: Obsidian Tease Nov 9, 2017, 12:33 NKD
 
Jerykk wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 12:24:
Bill Borre wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 10:57:
I was thinking they probably regretted doing AP.

Not at all. They've gone on record saying that they'd love to make a sequel.

IIRC they occasionally bug Sega about getting the IP back. Honestly though it's not really necessary. The IP isn't that valuable, it was the gameplay and dialogue systems that were fun. The story and characters were pretty generic.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials
43. Re: Ubisoft Financials Nov 9, 2017, 03:23 NKD
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 8, 2017, 20:02:
NKD wrote on Nov 8, 2017, 19:57:
You thought he was trying to pass that off as an actual accurate statistic? I didn't get that impression at all.
If JDreyer had scribbled it on aged papyrus scrolls he would have swallowed it hook, line and sinker. drops mic

Maybe if JD had made some prophecies about how we are on the precipice of Armageddon he could have mixed that other thing in there and gotten away with it!

By the way, where is that Armageddon anyway?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 9, 2017, 01:54 NKD
 
While I have no doubt that implantable computer tech and more fully fledged cyborgs will be a thing, it's not clear that it will come before we have true Artificial General Intelligence. Our progress in computers has far outstripped our progress in neuroscience.

We may have that scary AI before we figure out how to plug an infolink into someones brain and make it actually useful.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials
37. Re: Ubisoft Financials Nov 8, 2017, 19:57 NKD
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 8, 2017, 19:37:
I am saying I take issue with it because you used meaningless numbers not backed up by anything factual to create a point. Hyperbolic statements passed off as facts is misinformation.

You thought he was trying to pass that off as an actual accurate statistic? I didn't get that impression at all.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 8, 2017, 19:52 NKD
 
Robots that don't go on strike.

Worse, robots go rogue and destroy humanity
 
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News Comments > Videogame Voice Actor Strike Ends
9. Re: Videogame Voice Actor Strike Ends Nov 8, 2017, 19:50 NKD
 
Linksil wrote on Nov 8, 2017, 15:03:
I don't see anything about royalties.

They didn't ask for royalties. Their original idea was a bonus paid to VAs at 500k, 1M, 1.5, and 2M units sold. So up to 4 bonus payments for the biggest selling titles, but no perpetual royalties. They settled for this alternative based on number of sessions, rather than number of units sold.

NOW they just need to start paying the real people behind the games like programmers and artists better.

Maybe they should unionize The VAs were on strike for a year. Imagine if the programmers and artists went on strike?

 
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News Comments > Videogame Voice Actor Strike Ends
1. Re: Videogame Voice Actor Strike Ends Nov 8, 2017, 11:34 NKD
 
Looks like good improvements.

I'm sure we'll get the usual comments from our local food service workers saying how the voice actors should be grateful they get paid anything at all.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 8, 2017, 00:54 NKD
 
Slick wrote on Nov 8, 2017, 00:42:
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Hahahaha I loved that part.
 
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