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Signed On Feb 1, 2009, 04:01
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
8. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Oct 25, 2015, 01:28 TheVocalMinority
 
Great White Shark wrote on Oct 24, 2015, 23:04:
Microsoft is collecting a lot of telemetry data and I don't agree with all of it but they are not collecting "private data" without consent, whatever the fuck that even means.

You certainly spend a lot of time defending something you don't agree with.

Great White Shark wrote on Oct 24, 2015, 23:04:
The only data collected without consent is telemetry data - a list of installed applications, crash reports, memory dumps of those crashes and so on.

So in other words they are not collecting private data except the private data they are collecting?

Both you and Julio could make you arguments much stronger by referencing some reasonably authorative sources that back up your claims (even Ars would do).
 
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News Comments > EA Account Details Leaked
16. Re: EA Account Details Leaked Oct 17, 2015, 01:04 TheVocalMinority
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 17, 2015, 00:31:

TheVocalMinority wrote on Oct 17, 2015, 00:30:

Please, tell me again how awesome your digital handcuffs are.

Please tell us again when you last played a game that wasn't made in 1994.

Erm, plenty of games made after 1994 that don't come bundled with malware dude. But yeah it's terrible I can't play all the COOL games because I have enough self respect not to install software that abuses me - I cry myself to sleep every night because of it*.

* no, not really.
 
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News Comments > EA Account Details Leaked
11. Re: EA Account Details Leaked Oct 17, 2015, 00:30 TheVocalMinority
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 22:32:
Well you're missing out on the best thing with Origin, their amazing customer support.

DangerDog wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 22:54:
My interactions with EA customer support has been a 5 star experience,

CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 23:05:
Yep. In spite of EA's shitty business practices the Origin client itself is actually pretty nice these days.

- Great Game Guarantee (Generous refund policy)
- Game Time (Generous demos of some games)
- On The House (Free games)


Please, tell me again how awesome your digital handcuffs are.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: AVG Sep 19, 2015, 00:12 TheVocalMinority
 
panbient wrote on Sep 18, 2015, 15:45:
Creston wrote on Sep 18, 2015, 12:34:
If anyone is still using AVG (and I can't fathom why, as it's terrible bloatware), get rid of it QUICK.

What do you recommend as an alternative?

Load linux?

(Sorry couldn't resist)
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
20. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 11, 2015, 07:27 TheVocalMinority
 
The comments about the iPad and Android are a little bizarro given that Windows 10 is largely making a windows PC more like those sorts of devices i.e. An appliance you do not control that also functions as a surveillance device.

Load a different OS if you can too bad about secure boot.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. A new version of BloodCM is now available Aug 29, 2015, 00:12 TheVocalMinority
 
OK I'm looked through the linked web page and still have very little idea of WTF this acually is.  
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News Comments > Mad Max Trailer
24. Re: Mad Max Trailer Aug 5, 2015, 06:54 TheVocalMinority
 
ItBurn wrote on Aug 4, 2015, 20:09:
gravity wrote on Aug 4, 2015, 19:21:
Julio wrote on Aug 4, 2015, 16:46:
I wonder if Max will need a woman to shoot for him because he's a gimp in the game as well?

... oh for cryin' out... are you serious?

Max may have spent a large portion of the film tied up, or bound in some way - but to negate his actions entirely, simply because a female takes a couple shots... I mean, your thinly veiled misogyny is shining through your insecurity here.

Yeah, that movie wasn't about feminism, misogyny or anything of the sort. It does feature a greater number of "powerful" women than usual, but that's not saying much. I never thought about any of that stuff after seeing the movie. I had no idea there was a controversy.

Spoilers, maybe: I do wish the movie was more about Max though... This was basically Furiosa's story of revenge with Mad Max as a side character. Also, I would have liked to see Max drive his car and stuff... It happens, for like 30 seconds...

Wow, the themes in that film certainly went whizzing over a few peoples heads!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Jul 31, 2015, 00:16 TheVocalMinority
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 11:41:
Why on Earth would anyone install an OS that so blatantly spies on it's users?

LoL.. what doesn't collect data these days? iPhones, iPads, Android devices, NSA, they ALL do. And most have settings to turn them on or off. STEAM collects data if you let it.

Information technology collects data - it's kind of the whole point of it. The issue is who has access to that data - most free (as in freedom) OS's give you control over the data generated by your own system, and there are also ways to limit the tracking of your browsing and general internet use as well (Privoxy, VPNs, etc).

But yes I know having some privacy these days requires you to actively to something about it, which is a hassle and inconvenient. And the harms from not having privacy are subtle or slow to manifest themselves so you're not going to worry yourself about it.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs [Updated]
14. Hookers and Blow? Jul 6, 2015, 10:53 TheVocalMinority
 
Maybe he was too burnt out from all the hookers and blow?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 1, 2015, 09:17 TheVocalMinority
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 07:27:
Where is Beamer, did he get tired of being the devil's advocate on this board?

Devil's advocate? I'm pretty sure he fully believes most of what he has written.

I've seen what I'm pretty sure is one of his alt accounts submitting stories recently but not a lot of forum activity.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2015, 08:03 TheVocalMinority
 
Pretty sure Slick is an EA shill - just a really really terrible one.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Everything you think you know about color is wrong May 4, 2015, 05:29 TheVocalMinority
 
This is an excellent video which I almost didn't watch due to the click-bait title.  
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
5. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup May 1, 2015, 23:09 TheVocalMinority
 
wasteoid wrote on May 1, 2015, 20:22:
To be quickly followed up by Game-Cheat, the world's first hardware anti-anti-cheat device.

No need, Unless I'm missing something as I only quickly scanned the article, but a software cheat could just feed false data to the device to make it look like everything was fine.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront November Release Revealed? Teaser Trailer
14. Re: Star Wars Battlefront November Release Revealed? Teaser Trailer Apr 17, 2015, 07:14 TheVocalMinority
 
JAGUART wrote on Apr 17, 2015, 06:38:
Remember the Battlefield 1942 Mod Galactic Conquest?

That was so good, it was more Star Wars THAN Star Wars.

I certainly do! The version that was first released was hilariously bad - comical shuffling walkers, an endless steam of people spawning over the pit monster from ep 6 and plummeting in as soon as they moved forward, the wonky speeder physics. I don't think I have ever laughed so much playing a computer game. It was eventually developed into a very good mod but in between there was a lot of meh.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 4, 2015, 00:44 TheVocalMinority
 
ForgedReality wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 19:36:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 18:48:
Cutter wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 17:57:
Corrupt judge decides to get in while the getting's good...shocker!

And the feds knew he downloaded this in the first place how exactly? That's the most important question that's not even been asked here.

Well, it was over bittorrent. If he was downloading to his public folder (which a lot of clients have as default), it would have been visible, I think.

That's why it's not so much a cautionary tale of the "dangers of bittorrent," but more about reasons why you should never use public trackers.

Probably more a cautionary tale about not leaving materials about making bombs on a work computer in a folder called "anarchy", particularly when you are in danger of loosing said job. Although not stated outright in the article it is strongly implied that it was his former employer who contacted the police - hence the bomb sniffing dogs.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2015, 06:55 TheVocalMinority
 
nin wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 00:13:
In all seriousness, I don't mean to offend. But Bronies (and their rise, over the past few years) really have me scratching my head.


I always figured it was a 4chan psyop that got out of control. Kind of like using a biological warfare agent escaping from the research facility where it has been contained, but in this case a it's a memetic virus inexplicably turning young men into fans of a TV show made for little girls.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
36. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 28, 2015, 02:05 TheVocalMinority
 
Verno wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 09:14:
They did so, Cognitive Dissonance kicked in, and Steam became something that "Revolutionised PC Gaming" rather than being annoying DRM and spyware.

This is a really weird, revisionist history sort of comment. People bitched endlessly about Steam when it sucked. In fact most people hated the WON/Steam transition for CS and the HL2 launch, you can find internet archives filled with complaints on various PC sites including this one. People only really liked Steam after it actually started becoming more stable, feature complete and Valve put some effort into the store front side of things.

Valve was not lucky and they didn't really gamble on anything, they built the DD market one piece at a time pretty deliberately. There were many missteps along the way but they're still the best in the market as far as I'm concerned. While EA, Ubisoft and etc have been farting around trying to extract as much money as possible from console owners Valve created a new market on the PC and set some standards that the PC market desperately needed at the time.

Yes people bitched and moaned initially - that's exactly my point. The Commentary typically went something like:
"zOMG what is this BS", then
"I had to install steam to play [game] moan moan bitch bitch"
and finally "OMG Steam is so awesome, it has benefits".

Maybe Steam was so awesome that gamers, once they tried it, found it to be awesome. But I think not. Particularly given this is the pattern for every piece of BS that has come down the pipe since (although the final justification varies).

Oh and nice try Slick, but I think it is you who is the historical revisionist. And Steam - a Telescreen.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
33. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 08:53 TheVocalMinority
 
DrSquick wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 10:50:
You know what I've been thinking about lately? How did Steam make the first move, because there were so many others that could have done it first. For example, do you remember Gamespy? Before it was a crappy website, it was essentially the only multiplayer server finder. Can you imagine if they had the foresight to start offering games for sale digitally? It would have been a natural fit - I already use Gamespy every day to find servers to play on for these 30 games, why don't I just buy my game here too.

Valve was the only company that COULD have done it - Counterstrike was far and away the biggest game around at the time (performing the important function of keeping lamers off the other game servers) and they made Counterstrike dependent upon Steam. If the CS kiddies wanted to play Counterstrike they had to install Steam. They did so, Cognitive Dissonance kicked in, and Steam became something that "Revolutionised PC Gaming" rather than being annoying DRM and spyware.

If any other company had done it gamers would have refused to buy into it an the company would have been sunk. But of course once Steam succeeded and was seen to be OK other similar services followed and it opened the flood gates for an anti-consumer race to the bottom. Online only DRM, No LAN play or mods etc.

So now that I have explained this you can start thinking instead about how to cure the world of war, or poverty or whatever.
 
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News Comments > Descent: Underground Single-Player Details
17. Re: Descent: Underground Single-Player Details Mar 16, 2015, 04:48 TheVocalMinority
 
Orogogus wrote on Mar 15, 2015, 14:33:
I feel like people on this board are kind of jerks.

FTFY
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen is Huge
106. Re: Star Citizen is Huge Mar 13, 2015, 03:20 TheVocalMinority
 
Jivaro wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 14:29:
At this point, it really seems everyone has their mind made up about how they feel about the game and it's development process. I mean, every thread about this game is essentially the same. It seems like there are mainly 4 different types of people that post in these threads.

1) Haters - May or may not have backed the game. They have their reasons and they tell everyone what they are in every single thread. I don't understand this group at all, just like I didn't understand this same type pre-D3's release. The whole "I hate this and you should too for all these reasons that make complete sense to me...or you're big, fat, ugly, and dumb!" thing just doesn't really make sense to me. It's not that they are absent of facts in their posts, but there sure are a lot of assumptions that go with them.

2) Fans - Backed the game, some REALLY backed it. They have their reasons and they defend them in every single thread. I don't really get this group either, just like I didn't understand this same type pre-D3's release. The whole "I love this and you should too for all these reasons that make complete sense to me... or you're big, fat, ugly, and dumb!" thing just doesn't really make sense to me. It's not that they are absent of facts in their posts, but there sure are a lot of assumptions that go with them.

3) "Wake me up when Squadron 42 is out" - They backed the game to play the single player. The rest of the game is either a bonus or completely irrelevant. Since they won't be able to play the full single player experience all at once for some time, they are basically in hibernation. I myself fit into this group. I only come here because occasionally the "fans" comment on something I am interested in and I go look it up at the official forums. Sometimes I let myself get sucked into the debate of the day. It's not something I am proud of but hey, I am only human.

4) The Disappointed - These are the people that backed the game and for one reason or another wish they hadn't. Honestly, I very much understand this point of view. Lots of things have changed about the game, not all of it means much to many of the backers, and it's obvious the release date is a ways off. Did Roberts ever say that wasn't a possibility, well no..of course not. That doesn't make it any less disappointing. A great many people have absolutely zero interest in beta testing and yet that is essentially all a great many backers feel like they have to look forward to for the foreseeable future. I think a great many of the people that fall into the "Wake me up for Squadron 42" club fall into this last group as well...or will eventually depending on the length of time it takes to arrive.

Did I miss anyone? I mean, I realize there is a 5th group who may or may not have backed the game, look forward to all aspects of the game, and have decided to just sit tight until release...but since they don't post often it's hard to gauge their number.

Yes you did miss a quite significant group that contributes to these threads - the Trolls!
 
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