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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 26, 2017, 14:59 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 12:59:
I dunno, that sounds about right. I'm tired of non-violent offenders being threatened with or receiving decades of punishment. After his 9 months, this guys life is basically ruined, since he'll be a felon. Good luck getting a job, an apartment, etc. Hopefully those draconian, post-punishment restrictions won't force him back into crime. So much for "rehabilitation."

I agree that it seems about right (Though I don't agree with felony charges for this type of crime). Honestly, these types of criminals are the least needing of a lengthy sentence.

The length of prison sentences has a pretty miniscule effect on deterrent value for many types of crime. This is because a lot of crimes are committed by people who aren't thinking about consequences in the first place, often due to substance abuse, or crimes of passion. Some cracked out mofo robbing a convenience store isn't going to care if the potential prison sentence is 2 years or 2000 years. He's not even thinking about it.

But some hacker? Easily spooked out of a life of crime with a minor sentence. They thought they weren't going to get caught, and didn't even necessarily consider what they were doing a "real" crime. No need to waste taxpayer dollars housing this shitter for a million years, just give him a taste of prison and be done with it.

I don't even support felony charges for these types of criminals, provided they aren't doing anything to threaten lives or disrupt national infrastructure.

But in general I have a very poor outlook on the US criminal justice system. It just doesn't work as well as what many other countries have.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 17, 2017, 23:04 NKD
 
Darks wrote on Jan 17, 2017, 22:01:

You are a POS and whats wrong with this country. its people like u and your stupid ass thinking thats gotten this country to its knees. Fucking moron!! These people committed treason, do you have any fucking clue what that is or what that means??

Yeah, it means they did us a big favor by revealing betrayal by our own government. Unless you're a Fascist, loyalty to the nation as a whole is more important than loyalty to the government, should the two ever be in opposition. Which they frequently are.

The real traitors are people like you. Disgusting people who will excuse any government misconduct like it's their duty and believe they are servants of their government and not the other way around.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 17, 2017, 17:03 NKD
 
The Red Cross, at least the US branch, is actually fairly effective in terms of how it spends its money, according to charity watchdogs. Dunno about the UK guys...  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Jan 15, 2017, 10:40 NKD
 
These private WoW servers are always such a disaster because they are run by the most unprofessional human beings alive.

I have to wonder why they have such nostalgia for vanilla WoW when, judging by their behavior, they can't be older than 11 or 12.
 
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News Comments > PC Brut@l Next Month
6. Re: PC Brut@l Next Month Jan 10, 2017, 02:30 NKD
 
Don't brutattle on me.  
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News Comments > New Steam User Record
5. Re: New Steam User Record Jan 9, 2017, 03:02 NKD
 
Rigs wrote on Jan 8, 2017, 22:05:
I dunno, seems a little bullshitty to me. It's a Sunday afternoon during playoff football season. I just don't see it happening. Then again, it's cold AF outside, so... Whatever

=-Rigs-=

Maybe it's the rapture.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda in March
13. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda in March Jan 5, 2017, 02:29 NKD
 
I never once felt bothered by the gay romance options, or felt like they were trying to force it upon me.

I think some people could do with a little introspection about why certain things bug them more than they bug other people. Is it really trying to "convince you that you need to be gay"? If not, then why are you emotionally driven to exaggeration by it? Were you also bothered by the romance options that, while straight, weren't the ones you were interested in? Why did only the gay ones bother you?

A lot of the problems we have as humans stem from a lack of introspection. We don't examine why we feel the way we do about things. Some people feel strongly about some gay content in their games, but they don't examine why. They often get defensive about it too, and vigorously deny hating gay people.

"I don't hate gays, but I don't ever want to be reminded they exist or that I share the same world with them. If I am, I'll scream bloody murder about it being forced upon me." seems to be a popular opinion among gamers when it comes to gay content in games.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda in March
5. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda in March Jan 5, 2017, 00:26 NKD
 
Be smart, don't be a retard, wait for reviews.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Dec 29, 2016, 01:40 NKD
 
WaltC wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 23:43:
Weird to think that just a couple hundred years ago the average male lifespan in America was ~45 or thereabouts!

This is kind of a misleading statistic, however. Average life expectancy a couple hundred years ago was skewed lower by childhood mortalities. In the early to mid 1800s, if you made it to your 20s, you were probably going to make it to your 60s, and it wasn't unheard of for people to live into their 70s and 80s.

It wasn't routine for people to die in their 40s, nor was it viewed as old age.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
10. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 28, 2016, 13:27 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 13:08:
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 03:34:
Why are self driving cars being developed.

In addition to what SMA said, self driving cars never fall asleep, have 360 degree vision, have faster reflexes, have a better ability to calculate accident avoidance, and can't get drunk.

They also provide a vision of cheap driverless taxis, since there is no driver to pay salary to.

Also traffic flow would be considerably better so people would get where they are going faster, even with the same number of cars on the road. Many traffic jams are caused by some idiot hitting his brakes for no reason and starting a chain reaction that causes the flow of traffic to get slowed down even long after he's started moving again. Well-programmed self-driving cars wouldn't make stupid errors like that.

The other cool thing to think about is not just a self-driving car, but a network of self-driving cars. It's possible that a single self-driving car acting on its own could encounter a situation where it can't prevent an accident. For example, in poor weather or road conditions, even a very advanced driving system could simply be betrayed by the laws of the physics. Granted, it would still be a better driver in poor conditions than a human. But anyway, if one car could communicate with another car, or even all cars in proximity, then they could virtually instantly coordinate a response that prevents or mitigates an accident.

Also interesting is the idea that traffic signals could eventually become obsolete. Your vehicles would coordinate with each other, either directly or through some kind of city-wide traffic management AI, to pass through intersections more efficiently than the current system of long red and green lights allows for.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 27, 2016, 16:03 NKD
 
If you're bothered by conversations, bring some music you fucking cry babies. As long as the person isn't screaming into the phone, who gives a fuck.  
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News Comments > Hero's Song Cancelled
7. Re: Hero's Song Cancelled Dec 27, 2016, 15:57 NKD
 
At least they are offering full refunds. That's pretty cool.

I don't think anyone should back a crowdfunded project without being 100% cool with the project not working out. After all, there's no way you can guarantee a project is going to be successful. That's just not how life works. There's also no way you can guarantee that there will be any money left to give back to anyone.

But if a company can do it, it's really great to see.

Shame the project didn't work out. Smedley got harrassed and bullied out of his previous job, people making bomb threats and all kinds of other crazy shit. Apparently gamers are sociopaths who think that if you make a decision they don't like, you deserve to be hounded until your dying day. Pedophiles and murderers get more forgiveness than game devs who upset gamers.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Tech Bits
10. Re: Christmas Eve Tech Bits Dec 25, 2016, 06:44 NKD
 
yuastnav wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 05:05:
There is NO indication that artificial intelligences would want to destroy us, that is just all in your head.

There is no indication they wouldn't, either. We just don't know, and that uncertainty is something to keep in mind.

I've posted about this before, but when AI start self-iterating, we can't predict how they will behave. Because the more they iterate, the further they will get from anything resembling human motivation and thinking processes, and the more they slip out of our control.

Imagine a hundred years of AI self-improvement. How could any of us pretend to understand its motivations or actions. Could we even perceive its actions?

Like you said, Terminator is a science fiction movie. Even if they wanted humans gone, an AI wouldn't have to nuke humanity and make scary robo-skeletons. Computers can make very quick decisions, but a true AI could take centuries or millenia to think something over if it wanted, or act so subtly to be imperceptible. It could put into motion some elaborate series of actions that lead to reduced human birth rates, for example. Or it could even kill SPECIFIC humans with equally subtle meddling. It doesn't need to send a T-1000 unit to kill some human, it can just subtly alter events to result in that human dying.

Once we reach the point where AIs are making decisions about their own design we just don't know what will happen. And that's why being concerned, or even a bit scared, is appropriate.
 
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News Comments > AU Fines Valve $3M
48. Re: AU Fines Valve $3M Dec 24, 2016, 06:22 NKD
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 20:08:
I look at it like this: When you put a full 43 hours into a game, you no longer qualify for a refund. No matter how bad the game sucked. Nono

Agreed. Some games may take longer to assess but that's a risk the consumer is gonna have to take on. A system that allows people to refund games after dozens of hours? You'd have to have some strict limitations on how often people could actually get that refund to prevent abuse. Would it even be any use at that point?

Refunds are cool, but satisfaction guaranteed refund policies with no time limits are not going to happen.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
22. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 22, 2016, 01:38 NKD
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 19:21:
NKD wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 14:12:
"Game developer"

Well I guess if we're being technical. I'm also an author because I'm writing this post. I'm a porn star because my ex and I made a video one time. I'm an astronaut because I have a thousand hours in Kerbal Space Program.

Duuuuude show me how to properly get into orbit without making Kerbal flambe!

Some tips for a successful gravity turn into orbit...

For the sake of your own sanity, download a mod that shows your TWR and Delta-V like Kerbal Engineer Redux. This mod doesn't alter gameplay it just provides data readouts. No other mods are necessary. It will also show you your time to apoapsis in a more convenient way.

Design a rocket with a total dV of around 3600-4000. You can get into orbit with as little as 3200 but that requires practice and a very ideal rocket shape. Any doofus can get up with 4000 dV.

Your launch stage should have a TWR of 1.8 to 2.0. Old wisdom was that this is too high, but it's actually ideal since the atmosphere was thinned out a few versions back. Specific rocket design will depend on your game mode/tech level.

Launch your vessel straight up and once you reach 100 m/s, tip over to the east by about 10 degrees. Once your prograde marker shifts over to that 10 degree mark, just keep yourself pointed at it. It will naturally drift to the horizontal over the course of your ascent. Ideally you don't even have to touch your controls for this part. While this is going on, adjust your throttle to try and keep your Time to Apoapsis at around 50 secs.

Once your apoapsis is above 80km, kill your throttle. You'll need to fire it in tiny bursts to keep your AP above 80km while you're losing speed in the atmosphere. Once you exit the atmosphere at 70km, your apoapsis will be locked in. Get close and then burn prograde until your orbit circularizes. Ideally you want half your burn to be before AP and half of it to be after. But for a first orbit you can just kinda blast your engine roughly around AP and watch until periapsis pops up out of the atmosphere.

Then you're in orbit! To return home just flip retrograde somewhere along your orbit and burn off enough fuel to dip your orbit back into the atmosphere.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 21, 2016, 14:12 NKD
 
"Game developer"

Well I guess if we're being technical. I'm also an author because I'm writing this post. I'm a porn star because my ex and I made a video one time. I'm an astronaut because I have a thousand hours in Kerbal Space Program.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
32. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 16, 2016, 07:38 NKD
 
Hillary is nuts, but you believe Pizzagate... holy fuck how do you get through the day without a helmet and safety gear.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
30. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 16, 2016, 00:22 NKD
 
TangledThorns wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 18:34:
The stock market is at record high. Gee, I wonder what event may have caused that? Probably has something to do with someone Making America Great Again Cheers

Except the people in the middle of the country who voted for this schmuck don't have stock portfolios. They don't even have a savings. The stock market is the #1 tool for concentrating wealth at the top, by the very nature of how it works.

I don't think anyone is arguing that Trump is bad for big business. He's great for it! He's promising massive deregulation of just about everything, and appointing people to his cabinet who don't even believe in the mission statement of the departments they head.

Corporate America LOVES that shit. We'll see even more money accumulate in the top 1% than ever before.

I hope you're super rich dude, because if you're not, you fucked up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 15, 2016, 18:00 NKD
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 17:15:
I'll take Trump's corporate cronyism any day over Hillary and the Neo Con's wet dream of going to war with Russia.

So we go to war with China instead? Is that better? Trump's big mouth is going to cause diplomatic incident after incident.
 
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8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 15, 2016, 15:24 NKD
 
TangledThorns wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 15:19:
NKD wrote on Dec 15, 2016, 13:45:
Trump has got to be the most thin skinned piece of shit alive. He takes literally everything personally and is super vindictive.

Great qualities in a President according to some folks.

Oh, the liberal tears over Crooked Hillary's loss can be used to add a moat to President Trump's Mexico wall. Hahaha!

Didn't you hear? He's not doing the wall anymore, and Crooked Hillary isn't crooked enough to warrant locking her up. Sad!
 
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