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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 14:46 Verno
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 14:42:
Not for the first time, you seem annoyed at your own assumptions about me.

Quite the contrary, you're one of my favorite posters on this site. I was just explaining myself since you said I didn't do it adequately the first time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 14:29 Verno
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 14:20:
She's not in the news for her lifetime of comments, she's in the news for standing up to sexual assault and she's getting a hell of a lot of stick for that - so without any further context, it looked like you joined the many people criticising her for speaking up. I didn't say it makes her a good person, I said that your comment looked bad without knowing your reasons.

Fair enough, I just assumed people had some context on her but I forget shes not exactly an A lister anymore so perhaps people haven't heard her various "issues" over the years.

"You want to play? Lets play #ROSEARMY"

Be careful where you hitch your wagon, she is not Ashley Judd.

It is possible to separate her being an asshole and her being a victim of a horrible act. One is not necessarily because of the other, nor does it mean I am unsympathetic but that only goes so far in explaining her actions over the years.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 13:44 Verno
 
No one won this. She posted someone's personal details, all the shit that she's facing doesn't make that OK. Twitter suspended someone who's speaking out against sexual assault, that doesn't look good.

Neither does describing a victim of assault as a fucking psycho, but I'm sure there's a reason for that...

Sorry I forgot that automatically makes her a good person and her lifetime of idiotic comments are automatically wiped clean. Just off the top of my head twice she's gone after the gay and trans communities for no reason, had numerous public meltdowns and her extreme brand of feminism is not to my taste.

I don't "support rape" or something equally ridiculous because I dislike Rose McGowan, don't even go there. I haven't liked her for a long time now, long before knowing who Harvey Weinstein is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 12, 2017, 13:30 Verno
 
dubfanatic wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 12:59:
It's going to look pretty silly when in 30 years we have all these regulations and requirements for tech that never panned out

Are you referring to self driving cars? You don't think that's the inevitable future? Or are you referring to the tech insider mind hijack thing?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2017, 12:52 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 12:35:
The McDougall program is essentially the same as Ornish and Esselstein, and so is the reasoning: even moderate amounts of fat and cholesterol lead over time to heart disease and cancer. These basically vegan diets have been shown to be best at preventing these illnesses over 30 year longitudinal studies.

No, your body creates a lot of that "poison" itself. In much larger amounts than you consume. It is important to regulate how much fat you consume, particularly foods with trans fats but dietary cholesterol like eggs is relatively unimportant by comparison. For diabetics it is a concern, not the average person. To be honest I'm surprised to hear that still being repeated, it is considered outdated thinking by every nutrionist and doctor I know.

Because humans are genetically progammed to seek out these sweet and oily foods, and higher prices are a disincentive. Also, the money can be used for the subsidies.

I don't disagree that people seek out sodium/sugar whenever possible but I don't think taxation is the answer. First of all good luck implementing it and second it gives the opposition an easy trigger point and PR strategy. I think we can find some money to subsidize healthy foods, the government has more than enough inefficiency to address.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 11:11 Verno
 
Rose McGowan is a fucking psycho so uh, good.

The Movies Anywhere thing looks cool, I've been hoping for a unified app/service for awhile now. The Nvidia Shield comes closest to that experience but unfortunately Netflix continues to be assholes about integrating their library with external searching. They want everything gated through their app so they can spam you with their original content instead of letting you just queue up direct plays outside of it. Thanks Netflix I really needed 100 more stand up specials in my life.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2017, 08:54 Verno
 
bigspender wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 00:03:
This doctor has personally cured some 6000 peoples obesity, plus hundreds of thousands more that have applied his methods.

He speaks a little about 'the system' which keeps people sick and obese in this presentation, it's fairly interesting.

I know anecdotes don't count for much, but he's right on the average life expactancy and still working (instead of dying) which he puts down to his lifestyle of stuffing your face with the right foods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWavdmw3rgw

The list of disallowed foods is hilarious, eggs are bad again everyone. What an absurd diet, absolute nonsense and totally unsustainable for most people. I honestly can't tell if you're trolling me or not. Also be very careful when talking about "curing" people of things.

1. Taxes on soda, candy, and chips are one part of a multi-prong strategy to encourage healthy eating. They are an important, but not a magic bullet.

Why do we need to do this at all? Why not just subsidize healthy foods?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 12, 2017, 08:49 Verno
 
theglaze wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 02:12:
“While there’s an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don’t want). We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you’ll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you’ve had your eye on for a while. But other times you’ll end up with a pack of cards you already have.”

I hate to say it, but that makes sense to me..

It's a game of chance for real money and that doesn't cut it. At the very minimum they need to publish the odds and be regulated like similar industries. The idea that "oh well you got something no matter what" doesn't resonate with me. Did you get exactly your cash in value? No? Ok then we're still gambling. There's no reason the gaming industry should be less regulated than your county fair raffle for fucks sake.

Also when have publishers ever exercised moderation? You guys know where this is headed. Defend it now to your own chagrin later on.
 
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News Comments > Steam VR Room Space Getting Roomier
16. Re: Re: Steam VR Room Space Getting Roomier Oct 12, 2017, 08:42 Verno
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 23:46:
It's not alarmist to point out that they are expanding the boundaries of a technology that hasn't achieved mass appeal. It's financial stupidity. If I were a shareholder of Facebook, I'd be livid they were wasting resources on a "financial albatross" that has no foreseeable growth or profit. "Because it's cool" isn't enough, and early adopters isn't enough to make it sustainable.

Valve is a privately held corporation so it's really none of your concern. They can do whatever they want in VR as long as they sustain themselves. Valve got out of the Steam box game right quick and put it on OEMs because they saw the risk there. I doubt they have as much tied up into this as you think.

Personally I feel like VR is very promising but faces some inherent issues - bulky headsets, hard to demonstrate/advertise, social gaming limited to mostly internet applications, etc. On the other hand VR has porn which bodes well for it.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of War Released
39. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of War Released Oct 12, 2017, 08:09 Verno
 
Retired wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 18:18:
Whats the issue? You can't control yourself and buy them? YOU DON'T NEED TO BUY THEM TO ENJOY THE GAME OR BEAT THE GAME!?

The argument was never "you need to buy them to beat the game". It's gambling bullshit in a singleplayer game that does not belong there. Your argument defeats itself anyway. If they're so meaningless and harmless then they don't need to be in the product at all. And if no one buys them because they're meaningless, what do you think will happen in the future? Like take 10 seconds and think about the logical conclusion here. You don't think they will adjust design to ensure they make more money? I guess you have more faith in publishers than I do. I know where this leads in a few years time because I've watched it happen to the mobile market and we all know publisher behavior in general. This money doesn't go to the developers.

I feel the argument is equivalent to options on a vehicle. I buy the LIMITED edition because I enjoy the comforts that come with it. Is the moon roof, power running boards, leather heated seats, heated steering wheel, etc. needed to drive the vehicle? Nope. But they are there if people want them. I didn't buy the King Ranch truck because I don't need the things it has. I also didn't buy the Lariat, or the Eddie Bauer. But I am not mad that they offer them....

A flawed car analogy. If they want to sell a copy of the game labeled LIMITED EDITION (something publishers already fucking do) with dialed up loot drop rates to encourage more people to buy them then go ahead. At least that's up front. And by the way they should publish the odds on the box, even the lottery has to do that shit. If these motherfuckers want to be in the gambling game then they should be regulated like everyone else.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
13. Re: etc., etc. Oct 11, 2017, 15:31 Verno
 
Hollywood was doing respectable action movies for a long time with stunt doubles and choreography. I don't think they suddenly became too difficult to make, if anything a lot of the difficulty is eased with the advances in green screening and sound stages, that's without getting into how much post work is done in the edit room or by third parties now. I don't think action sequences need to be one take to be enjoyable or something either. There's a middle ground between hyper frenzy jump cut syndrome and one ponderous take with the actors face clearly visible at all times.

I am happy to see that some older style action movies are making a return. I was getting pretty bored with all of the watered down comic book style stuff.

Now if someone would please get DC and Marvel to stop putting in silly giant sky light beam sequences into everything I can die a happy man
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2017, 15:13 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 14:49:
Yeah, Cutter -- you are right, 100 calories of broccoli is not the same as 100 calories of candy. However, we are talking about obesity which doesn't happen without excessive caloric intake. So, yeah -- there are good calories and bad calories, but in the end it mostly comes down to reducing intake.

On average, a person burns about 10 calories per pound they weigh in a day -- just sitting on the couch breathing. If you weight 300 lbs, you are burning 3,000 calories "doing nothing". Consequently, if you only eat 2,000 calories each day, you will lose weight. Doing that takes will power, it isn't easy, but it isn't complicated.

In my experience most people with weight problems will benefit from counting calories because they tend lack any real education about nutrition. It is a simple system that anyone can follow and implement. For many people addicted to sugar/sodium/etc its hard enough to count calories, as you note people forget about willpower issues. There is more to life than calories in and calories out but generally speaking people who are overweight are usually better served by simple caloric reduction. This lets them lose some weight in a maintainable way, build up confidence and then move forward. People get caught up in what is optimal or what worked for them and forget about the psychological battle with weight loss. I would also note that counting calories helps educate people on what to eat since it gets them reading nutrition labels and researching what all of the info means.

Personally I track my macros because I lift and I'm going for volume so they are pretty important. Other people I know just count calories and they're perfectly happy. Whatever works for someone and gets them away from the bucket of KFC is cool beans with me.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
9. Re: etc., etc. Oct 11, 2017, 14:40 Verno
 
Fast cuts are a symptom of both poor direction and the proliferation of PG13 movies. Hollywood always wants bigger office hauls through as wide an audience as possible which is code for PG-13. So you end up with watered down bullshit like most Marvel movies where fast cuts and jumps are inserted with sound effects to take the place of actual violence. They might as well go one step further and just insert some bubble captioned BAM POW OOF.

I don't know why imagined violence is somehow better than depicted violence but it makes Disney a lot of money so they keep doing it. Personally I think showing people some moderate respresentation of impact is probably better in the long run than showing kids that people can just punch each other through walls without any blood. But perhaps I'm not giving kids enough credit, I don't know. Either way I like my violence in movies, please stop fast cutting everything. Deadpool was so refreshing.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Oct 11, 2017, 13:21 Verno
 
Nullity wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 12:32:
It seems like there are a lot of people who expect every movie they watch to be some groundbreaking movie-of-the-year contender. There's nothing wrong with simple fun popcorn flicks sometimes (this is more of a general statement, not necessarily specific to this movie).

Everyone has different standards. I don't expect every flick to be an Oscar winner but when its written for a 14 year old then it makes it tough for me to enjoy. I'm speaking generally too, not specifically about this. Sometimes pet peeves ruin it for me too, for example I hate shaky-cam and can't watch flicks with a lot of it. It's a sloppy editing cover-up for poor direction. Does that mean I'm being demanding of movies? I don't know but it means I can't enjoy that movie.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2017, 12:45 Verno
 
Companies like Monsanto would go apeshit and torpedo any attempts to do something like a HFCS tax. More traditional farmers (what few remain) get a lot of subsidies from the government just to stay alive and tend to strongly oppose new taxation entirely. Too many people are living off corn subsidies unfortunately, both corporations and people. Trying to wean them off now is going to be tough.

It's a nice idea that will never get off the ground in our current political climate.

Ironically Donald Trump is looking at reducing farming subsidies by the way

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2017, 12:06 Verno
 
I used to support a tax on soda but I eventually realized that even if it was effective people would simply adjust habits to something else to get their fix. The real solution has to be in food education at home and in schools. Someone made a pretty compelling argument that minimizing corn subsidies would make a big difference too thanks to overuse of HFCS in...pretty much everything.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2017, 11:39 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 11:17:
I'm not sure if soda taxes are a good idea or not. It might help discourage people as tobacco taxes did, but on the other hand, I am not convinced it would really make much of a difference. Although, I'd probably be in favor of it if we could guarantee all the money collected on soda takes went to obesity programs or at least health programs.

Listen, you could make non-diet soda illegal tomorrow, remove it from every store, and you know what -- people would still become obese. In the US, unless you pay close attention, there is no way you are going to get a dinner at most restaurants which doesn't have more than your daily recommended amount of calories. And I can tell you from personal experience you can go from a normal weight to obese without drinking a single non-diet soda.

It is a life habit and cultural/societal problem. And it will not be solved by taxing some food products.

Yeah I split my time equally between Canada and the US for work, the difference in restaurant serving sizes is totally nuts. Americans demand more food...and we get it. Disgusting portions, usually overloaded with carbs so you don't really feel full until you've eaten 3/4 of the meal. I used to follow a rule that I looked at my plate and ate half of what I saw but several years back I decided even that was too much food in many cases.

Nowadays when I eat out I just try to go higher end restaurants where the focus is on food quality and atmosphere. I would rather eat out twice a month for $200+ a pop than spend $40 multiple times at chain restaurants.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2017, 10:21 Verno
 
We did a big batch the other day, used this Alton Brown recipe. Decent but not enough heat. My girlfriend got one of those Instant Pot pressure cooker thingies, I was skeptical but it did a great job. Once we stirred it a bit afterward I couldn't really distinguish 25 minute pressure cooker chili from 8 hour slow cooked chili. But perhaps that just says more about my palate, who knows.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
34. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 11, 2017, 09:40 Verno
 
Capitan wrote on Oct 8, 2017, 02:00:
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 7, 2017, 03:56:
The only thing that is disturbing is indeed people who can not STFU and simply accept Wolfenstein as the frickin' video game entertainment product that it is. It's a game. It's a work of fiction. It's not reality. Shut. The. Fuck. Up. Thank. You.
WORD and thank you! You just wrote what I just gonna say.
It's just a game and leave it with that. I hate when people drag in politic into a things who supposed to be entertainment. Simply it destroys the mood and make everybody feel uncomfortable.

This is why I kinda tuned out of football this year. All of the crap surrounding it has been toxic and it's disheartening to see people on both sides of "the debate" basically using it for their own crusade.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Season Pass and Free Content Outlined
7. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Season Pass and Free Content Outlined Oct 11, 2017, 09:19 Verno
 
Jerykk wrote on Oct 10, 2017, 22:51:
As a general rule, I find that season passes are worth about a third of their asking price. So in this case, $14. The only exception thus far was the Witcher 3 season pass, which was a fantastic deal.

In general I've found season passes to be a poor deal for the consumer. The content is either sparse, disappointing or sometimes they don't even release everything due to lack of sales.
 
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