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News Comments > Out of the Blue
70. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2017, 12:22 Verno
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 4, 2017, 12:00:
Really, you have no idea what I am doing.

Seems pretty clear to me - you're offering shallow surface level opinions and ignoring the larger context as usual. Didn't even miss a beat to make the usual republican rant either. Keep posting those facebook and youtube videos though, well done Agent of Change Idea

His father was, which is reason enough to see if it carried on genetically. Psychopaths often operate as completely normal and highly successful - if not compelling and attractive - in society until he/she is caught being manipulative or performing an heinous act.

There is no reliable method of isolating "psychopaths" from the regular populace. The few studies pointing to genetic factors also point to how they are affected by socialization and parenting. Its a nice thought but pretty hard to implement.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
64. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2017, 10:23 Verno
 
The baby steps need to start at the political level, aimed directly at campaign finance reform and political donations. We need to go after the thing stopping change and that's corporate money. This has the added bonus of affecting several other societal areas where corporate lobby has become entrenched and problematic. What we don't need are sound bite opinions from media who move on in less than a week. Or ineffectual feelgood change that can't possibly go anywhere.

Unlike people like RedEye9, I'm not posting on Facebook or reposting Jimmy Kimmel videos and convincing myself I'm doing something. We don't need awareness raised, people are already aware, they just ignore it as soon as its out of their face. I'm trying to get people elected who will reform the underlying causes of these problems. I'm using my time and money in that respect and that's what I recommend others do. Don't give up, attack the real problem. People will support reasonable restrictions when the true obstacles are removed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
54. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2017, 17:00 Verno
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 3, 2017, 15:04:
You're free to make your own choice.
I choose to be part of the solution and that solution is change.

Until then you can enjoy your choice which is tens of thousands of innocent Americans getting gunned down every year.

Ironically I view people like you as part of the problem. Always trying to forcefully push a narrow agenda onto others, one that you clearly haven't even put much thought into. Constantly ignoring the larger context and what actually needs to change before we can even think about gun control, instead trying to shout everyone down if they disagree with the method.

You cannot change gun control in this country in the current climate. The NRA is too powerful and gun ownership is a respected and lawful tradition in this country. It is legal to own and use guns. The public will for change simply isn't there, there are 55 million registered firearm voters in America and who knows how many unregistered ones. The overwhelming majority of gun owners aren't doing anything wrong either but good luck influencing them with guilt trips.
You can talk about deaths (roughly 2/3 of US gun related deaths are self inflicted by the way) but people have become normalized to these events, in a week people will have moved onto the next news cycle. I know because we've been here before.

Lobbying for additional gun control without addressing the inherent issue (feckless politicians bullied or funded by a massive lobbying arm) is a pointless battle. The NRA needs to die before anything else happens, period. How do you kill the NRA in this context? Prevent them from influencing the political sphere. How do they do that? Money.

You bring me some politicians who will reform campaign finance and political donation legislation, I am right there. That is some meaningful change I can get behind. You want to sit around debating about whether people can own the 12 bullet clip or the 15 bullet clip, you're on your own Agent of Change.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2017, 14:48 Verno
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 3, 2017, 13:54:
But you're wrong, it will change and it has to change.

I don't hold gun legislation in any high regard but sorry you're incorrect, it will not change in any meaningful way in our lifetime.

You can cite some polls or link youtube videos or parrot others all you want. Ain't happenin.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
29. Re: Op Ed Oct 3, 2017, 14:05 Verno
 
It's called BUSINESS. You don't survive without making a positive cash flow.

Bumping in here but what a strange argument. I'm the customer, I don't care about their cashflow. If you want me to care about their business, you can buy me some shares in it. They can always justify increased monetization with cashflow nonsense. There will never be enough for these companies. They all managed to exist before the microtransaction era by dealing with these things by properly costing their products. Something tells me they can still survive just fine without this sort of crap. They simply don't want to. They want as much money as possible. Ok fine, I'm never one to argue against fair profits but this type of thing should be regulated like gambling because that's what it is, glorified gambling.

It's now impossible to argue these things aren't affecting design negatively and I would also argue they are going to have some societal impact much like gambling if it isn't curtailed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2017, 13:52 Verno
 
Yes because what people say they will do in a poll and what they actually do have never been different. Guns and gun culture are too well entrenched in America. You might as well try to ban sugar while you're at it. Cite all of the polls you want but the political will to get it done isn't there because the public isn't truly behind it.

NKD is right, by and large people want guns so we're going to keep having guns.
 
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News Comments > Nioh: Complete Edition Coming to PCs
3. Re: Nioh: Complete Edition Coming to PCs Oct 2, 2017, 12:23 Verno
 
This game is really hard, totally puts Dark Souls to shame in combat difficulty. I'm having a good time with it though.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2017, 10:29 Verno
 
I'm sure this will descend into the usual debates soon enough but for now I will just offer my condolences for all affected.  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
12. No subject Oct 2, 2017, 09:19 Verno
 
NKD wrote on Oct 1, 2017, 23:36:
There is zero moral justification for European colonization of America and displacement/extermination of the natives. Not much we can do about it now, but we can at least not bitch about small inconveniences visited on us by Native Americans.

It was the actions of our ancestors and if you look at human history its pretty rare for the conquered to be given this much status, especially this far into the future. We pay out billions in reparations every year, they get favorable taxation and countless other concessions. Short of giving the land back, you can start with your property if you truly care that much, I feel we've done what we can. It has never been a just world, not then and certainly not now.

Getting back to the original story, this is the 4th instance of this I've heard about in recent years. I'm not thrilled with the idea that casinos can just declare a malfunction but sometimes it makes sense. For example a few times the jackpot was in excess of the machines stated payout - an obvious programming error. I didn't get enough detail on this one to decide though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 28, 2017, 14:52 Verno
 
I'd be more partial to Elizabeth Warren but she isn't a great orator which is a pretty big deal in modern politics.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
11. Re: Into the Black Sep 28, 2017, 14:50 Verno
 
It was a global phenomenon at the time, the introduction of new technology and the long awaited new film from the guy who made Terminator 2 and Titanic. To me it was lightning in a bottle and I really don't think quality and dollars have anything to do with each other. It was a mediocre film that made a lot of money and came at a very opportune time with big marketing and a huge name behind it. I guess we'll see how the follow ups do.

Mr Mercedes is fucking great, you should watch it dude! It has that amazing weirdness and watchability that marks Kings best stuff to me. No one writes human characters like King does and TV is by far the more preferable platform for his work since the longer runtimes allows for his characterization to shine.

On the other hand sometimes you get The Langoliers
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Sep 28, 2017, 13:25 Verno
 
MacLeod wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 10:32:
4 new ones. And people can say what they want about Avatar, but the movie made 760 million domestic, and 2 billion internationally... so obviously people were going to see it.

I personally found Avatar an enjoyable movie, and the 3D has been the only movie I've actually enjoyed in a theater. i find a lot of the hate came afterwards, when it became in vogue to hate it.

Look it was a mediocre film. I don't care if the opinion is popular, unpopular, counter-culture, whatever. This isn't high school and I don't care about impressing you with my hatred of popular things or whatever you're suggesting. It had a hamfisted script that beat you over the head with its themes. The characterization was so forgettable I struggle to remember a single thing outside of archetypal traits. Yes the visual fluff was incredible and yes it had good 3D, so what? Back in 2009, that stuff mattered. Now that stuff is everyday. 3D was a potential game changer back then but its not exactly a butts in seats thing right now.

Please don't point to the gross and expect me to be impressed by the way. Plenty of shit fucking movies have big grosses. Transformers grosses big, you going to defend that one too? How about Adam Sandler trash?

Cameron has done amazing things in his career even if I haven't liked them all but Avatar is not one of those things. Sure its going to make big money in China but I don't care. It's such a waste of his talent.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2017, 13:19 Verno
 
Fuck man, Hefner died? End of an era.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Sep 28, 2017, 10:26 Verno
 
Uhhhhhhh GOOD! Maybe Valve will actually start giving a shit about a different game sometime.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 28, 2017, 10:24 Verno
 
I trust Equifax to do exactly jack shit right now. The scope of the breach is breathtaking and like many breaches, was accomplished in the most simplistic manner. It begs the question why there aren't stricter regulations for companies who possess enough information to literally derail the entire credit system.

Zip your corporate speak PR trap and spend some money on security. Stop with the PR platitudes and loophole offers.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Sep 28, 2017, 09:11 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 01:57:
Bundy wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 22:24:
It does have James Cameron behind it. And he did make the last successful one, so maybe that'll do the trick. If it doesn't, nothing will.

On the other hand, his last movie was Avatar, which lots of people don't like.

Agreed and to expand on your point, he believes so much in Avatar that hes making 3 new ones. I get that everyone loves money but god damn, dude could make money doing anything and Avatar is his fucking passion project.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
5. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 28, 2017, 09:00 Verno
 
Make Warcraft 4 and print money while being able to sleep at night.

Or make shitty loot box IAP gambling game for phones like sleazebags.

What the fuck Blizzard.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 27, 2017, 16:08 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 14:13:
I'm not picking on your Verno, because what you express is a fairly wide-held view, but I'm curious if not sports, where you think black people should protest. Pro sports is one of the very few places where blacks have both the power and limelight in our society. The Daily Show addressed this last night in a bit called "When is the right time for black people to protest." Watch to the end for a great tribute to Dr. Seuss.

It could be any sport, black or white dominated. Football is just my personal favorite one. I try to have empathy and hear people out but once in awhile I need an escape from the worlds problems, it's getting to be too much. Particularly when its as nasty and divisive as it was this week.

But that's ok. People have every right to protest and turn the sports world into a political circus (thanks Donald). Just like I have every right to change the channel because they're exasperating me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 27, 2017, 15:53 Verno
 
On the other hand, he apparently knows it well enough to parlay 140 character messages into being President. So yeah I suspect he knows exactly what he's doing there, out of sight is out of mind for many people. You may not like the guy but hes got a killer analytics team apparently because he keeps failing upward. I guess after President though its all downhill

Oh hey did you Dems pick someone to run in 2020 yet? Who is up and coming on the left, I haven't been keeping track since electionopalypse.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 27, 2017, 13:43 Verno
 
A buddy of mine is a photographer and he gets requests to touch up photos all the time for everything - weddings, shoots, etc. I don't know what percentage is the people in the photo vs the company hiring him though.  
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