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Signed On Feb 24, 2011, 19:58
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 7, 2016, 20:12 descender
 
For what it's also worth:
"We collect several kinds of information from you, depending on the part of the Site being visited. For example, We collect personal information from you when you register for a forum or newsletter, download products such as drivers, register products with Us, create a user name and password, provide feedback, send email enquiries or participate in another part of the Site."

That is from... wait for it... AMD.

If you don't want telemetric data sent back to manufacturers and developers you should probably just get off the internet at this point.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2016, 20:00 descender
 
He talks about how every day when driving that he sees situations he doubts a driver-less car could deal with.

Most drivers are overly sure of their own ability and awareness until they are actually in an accident. It has basically been proven that humans can't actually do 2 activities at the same time at full mental capacity (multitask) and we are limited to our 5 senses and their ability to perceive the world. There is not too much that a human can actually do better than a machine anymore.

I agree that 10 years might be optimistic, but 20 probably isn't. I definitely agree that corporately or (hopefully) federally owned fleets of automated cars will be the way of it. It has to be that sort of controlled system so that it all works together properly.

The automation of society is going to force us to change the way everything works, top to bottom. It won't turn into a dystopia unless we keep trying to imagine the future under our current constructs.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced
40. Re: Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced Nov 7, 2016, 19:30 descender
 
The designs of D2 you are clinging to seem to have more to do with technical limitations at the time than anything else.

D2 was absolutely the king of ARPGs

I don't disagree with this at all, I just don't believe that is climbing a very tall hill.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced
38. Re: Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced Nov 7, 2016, 16:42 descender
 
Diablo 3 plays almost exactly like Diablo 2. There is practically zero gameplay difference between the games aside from D2 being incredibly easier. The only real difference is the character development, and the only real difference there is the skills you have access to on the player you are playing. Oh, that and there is about 10 times the amount of content in D3 to keep higher level players busy.

Maybe you didn't play D2 much, or recently... I don't know... but your assessment of the gameplay available in the two games is bonkers. D2 was absolutely not any more difficult or "strategically played" than D3. Map positioning and player movement in D2 wasn't nearly as prevalent for all classes as it is now. The skill ceiling in D3 is MUCH higher than D2 was. It is considerably harder to stay alive in D3. Class synergies exist in D3 (literally the only way to get through higher torment levels and rifts for some classes), item identifying is possibly the single stupidest gameplay "mechanic" ever... literally the only complaint that makes any sense is the character building and progreassion.

The problem here is that D2 (and ARPG's in general) simply was not as good as people want to claim it was, and D3 is being judged against something that never existed. It's rose-colored glasses all the way.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2016, 16:15 descender
 
Yeah, he must have fled his own country and hid in an Ecuadorian embassy because he was totally innocent. Right? Would you like to buy a bridge? Cheap!

If he was actually afraid of being extradited because of Wikileaks then he would have also been afraid of that before he allegedly raped someone and fled the country... but he seemed to be in no rush to leave Sweden at the time. Lest we also forget that there was another sexual assault charge her was being investigated for that the statute of limitations has expired on.

You are "technically" right, he wasn't accused of rape. The women were trying to force him to get an HIV test done, and after explaining the situation to the police they decided it broke Swedens extremely strict rape laws. The lack of accusation doesn't change what happened.

I guess if you repeat a lie often enough, gullible people will think 'the news can't lie' and think it's the truth.
This is exactly why people think Hillary is "the devil"... oh wait, you weren't talking about the GOP/FoxNews doing that? It's their entire business model.

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News Comments > "Lost" Left 4 Dead Campaign Released
2. Re: Nov 6, 2016, 13:02 descender
 
Wasn't this already released? I could swear I've played a third party campaign called Dam It that looks like it had the same map layout.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced
29. Re: Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced Nov 6, 2016, 00:28 descender
 
How many developers should be bowing to the concerns of 0.2% of their users? It's time to get over that.

If they can add this pixelation filter for the D1 release they could probably add the less colorful tone as an option too... but still refuse to. Makes me laugh.
 
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News Comments > More BlizzCon Announcement Details
9. Re: More BlizzCon Announcement Details Nov 5, 2016, 11:03 descender
 
I've played 400+ hours of D3 and the last thing I ever gave a shit about was the setting and surrounding graphics where I was killing things. Are you really spending that time looking at what hallway you are walking down? Why is it so important that the area look different if it makes literally no other difference in gameplay?

It just seems like finding something to complain about rather than something the game is actually missing. People played the same 3 D2 maps (baal, meph, cows) over and over and over for a decade. If D3 was "more like D2" as everyone lies to themselves that they desire, then there would only be more bitching about the lack of end game content and blah blah blah.

Do you want fluff, things that add absolutely nothing to the gameplay... or do you want new classes and skills and enemies to kill? One of them is a much better use of Blizzards (and my) time.

Also, what is wrong with the rifts? Am I missing something or did it finally make it too obvious that these games are about grinding, and little else?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2016, 17:48 descender
 
No? I said it takes ten years of use before a new hybrid is actually better for the environment than a standard engine... So, if you purchase a new hybrid every 5 years you are causing more harm than good. The manufacturing impact of hybrids is insanely high, not even considering the environmental impact of mining those rare earth metals in the first place. More than one study has shown those costs to be higher than a combustion engine over the life of the car.

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News Comments > Overwatch Sombra Announced
3. Re: Overwatch Sombra Announced Nov 4, 2016, 16:39 descender
 
I could see them releasing a SP campaign addon, or maybe small mission packs. Kind of the way they are doing it with hearthstone.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2016, 16:34 descender
 
Hybrids are an interesting conundrum. Obviously, if they are running side by side with a standard car the hybrid is better for the environment "at the time". The biggest misconception here is that "running the car" is it's only cost to the environment, but it has to be created first. You have to drive a hybrid for something like 10 years before you "pay off" the carbon tax of creating the battery (which consumes an incredible amount of energy to manufacture). Only after that battery is "paid off" will any benefits to the environment actually matter.

Almost no one buys a car intending to drive it for that long anymore, so purchasing a hybrid can actually be creating more waste than you intended to save. In most cases, it makes more environmental sense to purchase a used car than a hybrid.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced
6. Re: Diablo III Classic Diablo Mode & Necromancer Announced Nov 4, 2016, 16:24 descender
 
Why does it bother you so much when people use words as intended by their definitions? Get a dictionary.

edit: P.S. I'll definitely fire up D3 for a run through with the necro, I spent 99 levels playing one in D2, what's another 70? :p Hopefully they've come up with something a bit more interesting than a re-skinned witch doctor.

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News Comments > Into the Black
11. Re: Into the Black Nov 2, 2016, 11:32 descender
 
Cast-iron skillets are an irreplacable tool in the kitchen IMO. There is no reason to be as gentle as people are with them, you will never really scrub off the seasoning on your pan unless you are using steel wool and serious elbows. Hot water, cold cater and dry it with a paper towel. Get yourself a silicon brush if you are worried about scratching it with something. This guide and this guide are all you will ever need.

Stainless steel is absolute crap, the lowest form of cookware you can purchase. It has the worst heat transfer, the worst heat distribution, and zero health benefits. As an adult, at minimum you should be using aluminum or copper for your pots/pans.

Trying to cook "the way a restaurant does" is misguided at best and usually just flat out bad advice for a person cooking at home.

Restaurant equipment is picked because it is cheap and durable, designed for cooking 100 meals "well", not 1 meal "perfectly". If you asked any one of those chef's what they use at home you bet your ass they have all cast-iron skillets and tri-clad aluminum pots/pans. They cook single meals completely differently than the ways they do at their restaurants.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 1, 2016, 16:02 descender
 
There is no regulation in place in any state that would stop you from starting up a competing ISP or TV service, but that isn't what he was referring to. There are little to no regulations on what cable providers can charge their customers... that's the problem. They are both "free markets". Markets in serious need of regulation to curtail some extremely anti-consumer business practices.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
17. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 28, 2016, 16:32 descender
 
I wonder what those dongles are? Maybe just a keyfob of sorts with a rolling wifi password?  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 28, 2016, 16:29 descender
 
Since using a mac for work, I've needed almost zero investment of time in just keeping the machines ups and running reliably.

Out of the box, a windows machine works the exact same way, though... so what did you do to it? :p /inserts tongue firmly into cheek
Windows machines don't innately require any more time investment to maintain than a Mac does, unless you break it first.

The reality is, it's probably not luck, it's more being good at avoiding the kinds of things that can surface problems.
I agree, that's most likely the case... but why can't I ever draw a fucking straight when I need it? huh?! Why must I always get river'd by some schmuck with crap hole cards!

When I slid into development I moved to linux because it was just better for what I was doing
What part of "using Linux" is forcing you to purchase overpriced Mac hardware to do so? I don't really follow that line of thinking. It would seem that you could have dual-booted linux on your existing gaming rig and saved yourself the entirety of your MBP purchase? Or purchased another laptop with the same hardware specs but without the markup for the logo?

The only argument that holds water for buying a Mac, IMO, is that you use a piece of software that only exists and runs on IOS. Outside of that it seems like a poor investment.

edit: I do see your other post, you specifically need to develop on a linux laptop?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 28, 2016, 16:06 descender
 
Dairy (meaning Cow's milk, I have no idea why eggs are lumped in with this garbage) is the last thing I'm worried about saving as it's the last thing any human should be worried about ingesting.

I feel like you're still missing my main point here (which i'll admit isn't coming out very clearly). How are you going to replace and replenish the topsoil that we are currently destroying by farming too much land too often? Usable farmland is drying up (literally in some cases) by the day and it has nothing to do with how much meat we consume.

Short of a mass extinction or population control measures those "sci fi" options are going to be your only option... and these two are actually both real-world solutions already in progress.

These are industrial scale solutions to world-scale problems. How are you going to forcefully change the diet of 7 billion people? You aren't, because no one agrees on what that diet is.

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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
13. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 28, 2016, 14:53 descender
 
Try not to choke on all of that Apple marketing hype :p

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 28, 2016, 14:46 descender
 
Sometimes I wonder if I'm wasting all of my luck by having a PC that doesn't shit itself every time it gets updated or turned off. Sometimes... I just want to win a game of poker.

I don't really understand people that come on bragging about all of the problems they have with Windows, as if your level of technical inadequacy is supposed to impress people. Do they really think that it's all just a big lie and every windows computer out there is just crashing all the time?

Have no fear, PEBCAK supports all operating systems and hardware equally.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 28, 2016, 14:09 descender
 
No one outside of Nintendo's shareholders really gives a crap about Nintendo's day-to-day stock price, though. Consumer reception is all that matters for a new product launch... because they are the ones that are going to buy it or not. Soccer moms are not checking stock prices while buying Xmas gifts.

Those same moron investors caused a $7bil market correction once Nintendo announced that they didn't actually develop Pokemon Go and only owned a 32% share in any Pokemon properties in the first place... so I'm not terribly worried about their initial reaction to something they obviously don't take any time to understand properly.
 
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