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Re: Evening Mobilization
Jun 18, 2021, 16:47
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Re: Evening Mobilization Jun 18, 2021, 16:47
Jun 18, 2021, 16:47
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RedEye9 wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 07:59:
Friends don't let friends buy chromebooks.


Oh oh oh...I have to ask...why? I have multiple friends and co-workers I have picked those out for or recommended. Seemed like a nice cheap alternative for folks that are purely online.

Have I offended the elder gods?
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs
Jun 18, 2021, 14:02
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 18, 2021, 14:02
Jun 18, 2021, 14:02
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Is this one of those bills where an industry lobbyist group writes the whole bill and shoves it in front of the politicians they "donated" too...and the politicians go up in front of the state legislator literally not knowing exactly what is in there because they didn't actually write it?

NPR talks lobbyists and lawmaking in 2013

not news to most...but I think this is the answer to a lot of people's questions. The lawmakers don't make the laws.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Jun 18, 2021, 13:25
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 18, 2021, 13:25
Jun 18, 2021, 13:25
 Jivaro
 
To be fair Julian, that article on CNN shows more about how CNN is just not a very good news agency. Those numbers take a short period of time and assume the whole year will be like that....when that has literally never happened.

Your point about right/left wing media...I get. I could do with less interpretation and more facts/data. News is spoonfed to us with an opinion on it and all and people stop critically thinking. All of the mainstream news agencies do it. More news anchors, much less talking heads spinning everything would be my dream. I may agree with Rachel Maddow's politics, but I find her as useful as Tucker Carlson because she will absolutely jump into assumption land and deliver it as fact to her viewers. That's the sin to me..for both of those two.

Living here in California and for a time in Arizona, I can tell you that we often hear all the scary numbers and they never end up being that bad. The border is a fuck up on a national scale over multiple presidents and both political parties. If they had an adequate system and staff in place rather than treating it like a political hot potato this would have been solved decades ago. Might help if we stopped fucking around with central and south american politics, but that is wishful thinking I guess. I have seen Republicans campaign to protect the immigrants, in south central california, while their compadres in northern california were campaigning against it. All politics are local I guess.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Jun 18, 2021, 13:11
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 18, 2021, 13:11
Jun 18, 2021, 13:11
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Crypto is only frivolous to me because I have none and I don't understand it.

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Re: Five Nights at Freddy's Creator Retiring
Jun 18, 2021, 13:04
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Re: Five Nights at Freddy's Creator Retiring Jun 18, 2021, 13:04
Jun 18, 2021, 13:04
 Jivaro
 
I think a private citizen should be able to donate their money to whomever they want without fear for their personal or economic safety. Yeah, even when they are Trump supporters. That's how freedom works, it's a two way street. If harassment for his political ideals is what is causing his retirement, I think that is a shame. I don't like the games and I don't like Trump politics....but I can't help but feel that it all is more destructive than constructive.

I know that there is a flip side here, and I get it. I just don't believe the country can be anything other than at each other's throats if "harass until you go away" is going to be the modus operandi. Stop spending money on his games, okay. Harassment? People are just psycho.
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Re: Police Simulator: Patrol Officers Early Access
Jun 18, 2021, 12:31
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Re: Police Simulator: Patrol Officers Early Access Jun 18, 2021, 12:31
Jun 18, 2021, 12:31
 Jivaro
 
wait wait wait

Where are you from Quinn? Your cops don't even have guns and you are....


LOL

C'mon man. You have zero first hand experience with the policing here in the US? Really? I...I guess from your posts I you always sound so self-certain I somehow missed all of this. I literally though...well, nvm. It doesn't matter. I guess I am just too "emotional".

Anyway, I got nothing against the game, I really would like to see a Police Quest though.

This comment was edited on Jun 18, 2021, 12:52.
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Re: ELEX II Announced
Jun 18, 2021, 01:58
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Re: ELEX II Announced Jun 18, 2021, 01:58
Jun 18, 2021, 01:58
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The first game came to me for free somehow and I haven't tried it yet. Maybe I will finish it in time to get this one for free somehow too.
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Re: Get Absolute Drift for Free
Jun 18, 2021, 01:46
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Re: Get Absolute Drift for Free Jun 18, 2021, 01:46
Jun 18, 2021, 01:46
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 17:24:
Jivaro wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 14:52:
I feel like there are an unusual amount of free games being thrown around this year, and with more variety in the titles. Like from the industry in general. I wonder if that is true or if it's just a perception based on who I specifically shop at.

I don't think you're wrong, it definitely feels like there are more giveaways on Steam and GoG recently, not counting the GoG-Steam link thing they were doing for awhile. EGS Giveaway influence? I don't know. I'd love to see some concrete numbers, but probably nobody has kept track across all digital platforms.


Between IndiaGala, Humble, Fanatical, Steam, GOG, and Epic....it feels like I am averaging about 5 free games a week. How many will I actually play? Much less, probably like 1. Still it's nice to try some games I skipped or missed. Most of the time its a base game giveaway so if I like the game I can throw them some cash via DLC or a sequel. Now I know why this method works so well for drug dealers. *insert Dave Chappelle "got any of that" meme here* One Warhammer game got me to spend 15 bucks on DLC after getting the base game for free. I have to believe that is the intention, and honestly, I am okay with it. Nobody made me spend that 15. Actually hadn't played a Warhammer anything game before that...so there was that too. (I know, don't take my gamer card)


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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 18, 2021, 01:35
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 18, 2021, 01:35
Jun 18, 2021, 01:35
 Jivaro
 
Those are some excellent points about the art. I guess it does require those opportunities as well.
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Re: Police Simulator: Patrol Officers Early Access
Jun 18, 2021, 01:28
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Re: Police Simulator: Patrol Officers Early Access Jun 18, 2021, 01:28
Jun 18, 2021, 01:28
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I want Police Quest...
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2021, 01:25
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2021, 01:25
Jun 18, 2021, 01:25
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Cutter wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 21:14:
Because putting hands on them is assault. So no, there's nothing they can do beyond call the police - who obviously don't bother to show up.


It's not assault to attempt to regain stolen merchandise. It can be dangerous, which is why most companies tell their employees not to do it and hire third party security. Think of it like basketball....if you get the ball it ain't a foul. The thief literally put it all in a bag the guy could have easily grabbed. My point is that Walgreens is paying for security that will stand by and watch while Office Depot and Target are paying for security that will literally stop you at the door by force. Some Targets in my area have the ability to remotely lock the front doors these days. I know it's easy to believe that in SF a security guy would get rung up for assault....but we haven't put our heads that far up our collective asses. Not quite yet anyway. The dollar limit on misdemeanor vs felony theft and police response time literally has nothing to do with anything other than the ability to criminally charge the thief.

Another good example is Kaiser-Permanente. They do these flu shot clinics outside. We have just enough crazy weirdos in California that they have to hire security for those events because there is always some asshole who thinks breaking up the flu shot clinic is his true destiny as a superhero. In my two months it didn't happen often, C19 had come, but apparently it had become a problem leading up to that time. Anyway, those guys would throw a dude to the ground, pin an arm and hold them until police got there. A few times they just escorted them off the premises and that was that. The people being so manhandled usually only destroyed some hospital property, stole some needles, and delayed the lines. They rarely threatened staff. Not one assault charge or lawsuit. It just isn't a thing, but I can see why Walgreens and other companies that are facing bankruptcy and an inability to hire because their wages suck would want to not spend even more money on security.

I mean if there is a lawyer here who thinks I am wrong, I am here for it. As a voter here, this is my understanding of things though.

From my news feed this morning, local CBS:

Adam Gelb, director of the public safety performance project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, disputes those sorts of anecdotes.

“The vast majority of offenders just aren’t fine-tuning their behavior that way,” Gelb said.

His organization recently reported finding no effect on property crimes and larceny rates in 23 states that increased the threshold to charge thefts as felonies instead of misdemeanors between 2001 and 2011. California raised its threshold from $400 in 2010.

“It’s hard to see how raising the level to $950 in California would touch off a property crime wave when raising it to $2,000 in South Carolina six years ago hasn’t registered any impact at all,” Gelb said.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 20:44
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 20:44
Jun 17, 2021, 20:44
 Jivaro
 
Yeah, 47 sucks...but I am still not sure why a store security guard can't stop a person. Like I said, this isn't how the security in all of the stores in SF handles theft. What's the point in paying for a security guard who is just going to point a mobile phone at things? There is already building cameras inside and outside and every person on the planet is carrying a cell phone. That's really all I am questioning. I know 47 was not a well-thought out prop, unless the goal was to make more employment opportunities for off duty cops. Cause that is where this will go. These thieves will eventually walk in somewhere that went from mallcops to an Oakland beat cop making some extra money on his off days....and I just don't think it will go down this way.

edit: If you want a HUGE laugh, look up TS4 Security. That is the company Walgreens is using. I have my answer as to why that guard didn't do anything I think.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 16:36
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 16:36
Jun 17, 2021, 16:36
 Jivaro
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 16:02:
Acleacius wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 14:00:
Speedy recovery Blue, glad your home safe!
Guess this is hardest on Mrs Blue cause all the sammiches and beer she will have to make, then deliver till your broken wing heals!
Hehe, think Blue gave me credit for RedEye9's China Space and him credit for my Donnie Yen.
I blame the opioids.

Norco is a hell of a drug.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 16:34
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 16:34
Jun 17, 2021, 16:34
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That is the least effective security guard in the history of security guards. In SF there isn't a law that says hired security can't do their job. I know that would be easy to believe about the supposed liberal bastion of the planet but that dude ain't paid to stand there and take cell phone pics. That isn't the job description. His response indicates to me that this is what he is specifically told to do at that site.

Walgreens shouldn't be complaining about high theft if the thieves already know the security guards aren't going to do anything but stand there and film them. That article answers the questions about why it keeps happening.....Walgreens won't stop it. If that dude with the cart tried that at Office Depot on Geary Blvd just down the way, he would be stopped by security. Nice try to blame it on the city though.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 17, 2021, 16:21
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 17, 2021, 16:21
Jun 17, 2021, 16:21
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I think there is a grey area where a person can simultaneously agree that humans vary in potential for reasons that go far beyond simple biology (ie motivation) and yet also acknowledge that potential needs opportunity. Getting both at the same time is mostly effort of course but it has some luck too. I have a kind of epilepsy that if I had been born 100 years earlier I would have died at age 13 and that would have been normal. I wasn't though so it stopped having an affect on my life when I started treating it properly. I had the opportunity. I am not an Einstein but 100 years before Einstein...did an Einstein die prematurely due to an illness we had not yet learned to cope with? There are Einstein brains across the planet IMHO. They just die in a malaria epidemic or grow up in a trailer with no money to go to college....as examples. Einstein was special, but yes, I absolutely believe someone else would have done it if he hadn't and I believe that about basically any human accomplishment outside of art.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 15:03
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 15:03
Jun 17, 2021, 15:03
 Jivaro
 
Happy healing Blue. (unsolicited medical advice from a non-doctor) Don't underestimate that injury. Not to make age jokes, I am no spring chicken, but we don't heal like we used to. Do all the phys rehab, do all the exercises.
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Re: E3 2021 Awards
Jun 17, 2021, 14:55
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Re: E3 2021 Awards Jun 17, 2021, 14:55
Jun 17, 2021, 14:55
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jacobvandy wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 01:37:
GunSlingerAU wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 01:28:
Considering BF2042 racked up more views rhan any other trailer I saw, and is now the most anticipated FPS of the year, the lack of it getting any recognition is gob-smacking. It's easily the #1 game of the show for me.

That game was also not actually at E3... The ESA is not going to give recognition by way of their official awards show to games from publishers who explicitly chose to NOT be a part of their event. I can see where the confusion comes from, though, with EA borrowing some hype and revealing it around the same time.

I guess it worked for EA...at least on me..lol
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Re: Get Absolute Drift for Free
Jun 17, 2021, 14:52
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Re: Get Absolute Drift for Free Jun 17, 2021, 14:52
Jun 17, 2021, 14:52
 Jivaro
 
I feel like there are an unusual amount of free games being thrown around this year, and with more variety in the titles. Like from the industry in general. I wonder if that is true or if it's just a perception based on who I specifically shop at.
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Re: Get Tell Me Why for Free
Jun 17, 2021, 11:36
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Re: Get Tell Me Why for Free Jun 17, 2021, 11:36
Jun 17, 2021, 11:36
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Easily the sickest burn in recent Blue's memory.
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Re: Atari VCS Released
Jun 17, 2021, 02:07
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Re: Atari VCS Released Jun 17, 2021, 02:07
Jun 17, 2021, 02:07
 Jivaro
 
just shut up. I challenge you.
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