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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 17, 2017, 07:23 panbient
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 16, 2017, 22:32:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 16, 2017, 21:39:
ledhead1969 wrote on Aug 16, 2017, 21:04:
I'm glad you all disagree with net neutrality.

"First they came for the Nazis..."

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

If all they wanted was an equal voice then sure. But there's a huge difference between white supremacists defending the lifestyle they chose and defending the actual life of a non-white American who's life (not style but literal living existence) is actually threatened by the lifestyle the other side is trying to 'protect'.

It's almost like they completely forgot the American territory was not originally white -at all-.

There seems to be something fundamentally flawed in the fabric of society where a substantial portion of the population seem to draw a narrower focus as they look out at the 'big picture'. People who rail against globalists because they aren't trying to skew everything to their personal benefit. And in that same way they're blowing political correctness beyond the pale to the point where they're using the concept to justify continuing to indirectly support oppression and hate.

Or did anyone actually manage to find a 'very fine' torch carrier from the recent Virginia marches who could speak with words worth hearing in regards to the value of preserving confederate statues? Yes, history is important to remember, it's important to learn from the mistakes of the past. No one seems to be saying that. They all seem to be going on about protecting the history that justifies and supports the ideology that allows them to continue believing the failures of their lives is due to the 'other' that somehow things would be better if they went back to how it was. They all seem to want to go back rather than learn from - that's a problem.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 31, 2017, 18:50 panbient
William Rubin wrote on Jul 31, 2017, 17:44:
And there's the problem with bad employers right there. Instead of wasting money on that sort of nonsense pay/treat your employees better and you won't have to worry about them quitting.

No, that's the problem with corporate America. Companies are arguably legally bound to do nothing but seek and maximize profit, so there is no reason to consider whether or not profit-seeking causes any harm to society, the environment, or in cases like these, employees.

Incidentally I had this same conversation with a co-worker this very morning. I don't think it's necessarily specific to corporate America so much as the concept of work / life balance with employees. Personally I see them as two separate entities like if you were making a meal you would have meat and potatoes balanced on your plate. Meanwhile other people seem to approach the balance like they're making a stew and there's no real line between the elements they're just 'balanced' within each other. In my experience those type of employees also seem to regard the workplace as an extension of their personal / social being and, for lack of better terms, start looking at the workplace kind of like a group home / hangout spot.

Ultimately it's a balancing act for the company as well. You do need to treat your employees well otherwise they'll just move onto your competition. But at the same time there's a difference between treating well and coddling.

A company operating with your attitude wouldn't last a quarter.
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News Comments > Dota 2 Secret Shop Closes
1. Re: Dota 2 Secret Shop Closes Jul 19, 2017, 21:38 panbient
Some of those figures look cool but I don't understand why none of those MOBA game stores offer custom pieces based off user's characters.

Like make a 3d model of MY Razor or Spirit Breaker or whoever. Not some default config or some 'cute' plushy. Personally I wouldn't mind a Razor fig based on my own config to stand next to my Vault Boy and Marcus bobble heads (looking over to the side of my desk and they're both nodding enthusiastically at the idea of a 3rd musketeer).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 16, 2017, 18:34 panbient
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 16, 2017, 14:37:
Cutter, I assume a major reason for what you are describing is the lack of a profit motivation. You don't have any billion dollar corporate hospitals building new facilities to make even more billions. I'd agree with most of what you said, socialized medicine works great for some things, not so great for other things. And the system we have in the US is only great if either you are employed by a large employer with a good insurance plan, or if you have the cash.

While I agree that profit is a factor I think the bigger issue is the vastness of Canada - especially trying to provide coverage to more rural and remote parts of the country. Rural doctors are tough to come by and that's just for a general practitioner.

At the same time the government can't really diminish the value of the rural population and openly establish a multi-tiered system though in reality if you don't live in a major area you're pretty well screwed for service.

What I'd really like to see is a focus on the basics (including basic dental and optical exams - but pay for your own braces and glasses) and then not necessarily privatize specialized procedures but anything that is elective should be paid for by the patient. The old example being the removal of a wart - it's an inconvenient blemish but otherwise inconsequential (unless it's on your face / genitals), but some people will insist on visiting a doctor to have it frozen and removed. Because god forbid they suffer the indignity of having to face their peers in the local pharmacy with a package of Compound W for a little bump on their finger.
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News Comments > Tyranny: Bastard's Wound Announced
25. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Jun 15, 2017, 21:14 panbient
MeanJim wrote on Jun 14, 2017, 18:57:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 14, 2017, 09:50:
Anyone tried Tyranny? I must not have even noticed it when it was released. Looks kinda interesting.

I enjoyed it. A lot of the negative reviews I see about it mainly come from people going in expecting a large, deep open world RPG like Pillars. This is more like a choose your own adventure RPG. You can't see and do everything in one play through. During main quests, you're generally given two to three choices of locations to go to. Sometimes you can only go to one or two of them, sometimes going to one will open up another option, but you can't do all of them.

Thanks for this review. It's not quite bumping Tyranny to the top of my list but I'll definitely be reconsidering it during the upcoming Steam sale (all depends on how much I have left in my game budget after picking up Motorsport Manager).
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News Comments > Writer Jay Pinkerton Leaves Valve
20. Re: Writer Jay Pinkerton Leaves Valve Jun 7, 2017, 19:47 panbient
Hmmm Jay Pinkerton was one of the original writers to help turn into way more than the paper magazine could ever be (along with David Wong and Jack O'Brien). O'Brien also quit Cracked this week for some kind of super awesome opportunity that had apparently been months in the making.

Seems a bit coincidental that two of those originators just left their cushy jobs at the same time, no?
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jun 1, 2017, 21:09 panbient
Hottest tech of 20 years ago and no 3d video cards?

No way was the Netscape browser hotter than my Diamond Monster Voodoo 3d with 4 (FOUR!!!) whole megabytes of ram.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Jun 1, 2017, 20:57 panbient
Dunno about anyone else but I'll give this guy a pass on having made ET after learning he made the most excellent Yars' Revenge.

Also kind of hard to blame an individual for the 'worst' game ever while the industry was still very much in its infancy. Rather than say working on what Gamespot literally called "A horrible mistake of a game that should have never been made". In 2001-2.

In ET's case they were still pushing envelopes and trying to determine what the full potential of the actual medium could be. In 2001 it was pretty well established what you could accomplish within a given budget and time frame. Or at least it should have been.
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed May 30, 2017, 21:29 panbient
eRe4s3r wrote on May 30, 2017, 13:32:

And I wouldn't mind someone taking an actual scientific look at social games and how incredibly bad they are for children development.

That would require a generation of parents who are concerned with actually raising their children to grow into competent adults rather than just checking off the next item on the list of things they need to do to be told they're doing a good job at taking care of their kids.

I just read an article about a parent who was upset that their 9 year old got sick after tasting a drop of vape / e-cigarette fluid they found on the ground in their schoolyard. 1000 words is spent going on about the labeling of vape fluid containers. Only a single sentence addresses the doctor's frustration at the parent of a 9 year old who would put something they found on the ground into their mouths.

Because obviously the parenting methods that result in a 9 year old who's first reaction to finding pretty garbage on the ground is to taste it are not at all an issue in today's society.

No, no, no, it's a product labeling issue.
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News Comments > Danger Zone Released
3. Re: Danger Zone Released May 30, 2017, 19:13 panbient
So how does this compare to the crash mode in the old Burnout games?  
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black May 26, 2017, 07:04 panbient
meezookeewee wrote on May 26, 2017, 00:24:
The Half Elf wrote on May 25, 2017, 20:36:
Um... if I'm not mistaken, Disney said they would release the original trilogy.

Here's the problem: The distribution rights to the first 6 movies are still held by Fox Studios, if I remember correctly. The original film is held by Fox in perpetuity, which means they own the distribution rights to the original film forever. The actual distribution rights to the other 5, I hear will expire in 2020. So, the EARLIEST you would even see something like that is in three years.

I wonder if that's why George Lucas submitted the re-releases instead of the originals when the National Film Registry requested copies of the first two movies (or so I've read).
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News Comments > Grim Dawn Sells 1M Copies
22. Re: Grim Dawn Sells 1M Copies May 25, 2017, 19:40 panbient
Suppa7 wrote on May 25, 2017, 18:04:
Zoom wrote on May 25, 2017, 14:37:
I expected nothing less from the creators of Titan Quest, one of the very best ARPG series until now.

TQ was one of the worst selling games in THQ's history, it was not as good as grim dawn. I wasn't a big fan of TQ, it's quality was all over the map story wise. The art was nice in certain places but the combat left a lot to be desired.

That's fair, the vanilla Titan Quest was kind of very bland. But TQ plus its expansion Immortal Throne was FANTASTIC (I think this is what most people are remembering when they say 'Titan Quest').
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News Comments > Grim Dawn Sells 1M Copies
21. Re: Grim Dawn Sells 1M Copies May 25, 2017, 19:35 panbient
With over 300 hours logged it's safe to say I really like this game. Incidentally I've been trying to focus on Diablo 3 for the last little while since we finally got our first season on consoles but all it does is make me want to play Grim Dawn.

However I must admit there's one aspect of GD's world that does frustrate me.

As an older gamer I'm used to exploring all the nooks and crannies in any particular area. And in GD there are at least 2 spots that look like they could possibly lead to a hidden area but are literal dead ends. These are spots where a little trail / corridor branches off from the main area with nasty green / aether damage on the floor (which seems to cause damage as a % / tic rather than X amount / tic. So even with full resistance you'll die relatively quickly.

This is especially frustrating when you consider the game also features 'off the map' loot rooms.

It's the only time I've ever used a hex editor to revive a HC character. Dying from a tough battle? I'll accept that. Dying from questionable map design in the last overworld area? No.

Cannot wait for the expansion.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2017, 19:06 panbient
Asmodai wrote on May 18, 2017, 17:21:
Don't often get effected by news of famous folk departing the mortal coil, but Chris Cornell is one of my all time faves and will be sorely missed.

He broke his rusty cage and ran. = (

This. As selfish as it sounds there was always a little part of me that thought I'd someday get to see Soundgarden in concert. Guess not.

An accidental overdose I could understand, but suicide by hanging, I just can't.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation May 17, 2017, 20:56 panbient
Pretty sure the only way Led Zeppelin will show up in RockBand is after both Robert Plant and Jimmy Page die. Page for certain - he's openly disparaged rhythm games and would rather see young people pick up the actual instruments as opposed to providing an opportunity for those young people to transition from virtual to actual instruments.

And Plant, well anytime anyone has asked him a direct face to face question about Led Zep he rolls his eyes harder than pretty much anyone ever.

Now, if this was an opportunity to re-re-re-remaster the catalog from the 70s so they could sell it all over again. Well... in that case Page would be all over it (again).
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed May 16, 2017, 20:39 panbient
"Your drug dealer is not your friend. Dope is not healthy."

... hasn't stopped anyone yet. Good way to get clicks though.
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. May 10, 2017, 20:18 panbient
eRe4s3r wrote on May 10, 2017, 18:35:
I always thought a company wasn't allowed to lie to investors.. how is that investor to feel now that Kotaku released the info that EA is withholding? That's some super strange way to communicate...

TL;DR, Bioware Montreal is downsized support team now, and ME:A on cooldown indefinitely. It's just like EA to waste Bioware talent on yet another shitty MMO though. But I guess not a lot of good scifi and character writers are still at Bioware anyway.

Btw, if you wanna have a good laugh, google ME:A alpha vs release comparision. Game looked better (I mean a shit-ton better) than whatever cut-down downsized thing they released here. They literally removed nearly a dozen advanced graphic features, entire animations, entire already recorded and extremely well done facial performances, including nvidia gameworks ENTIRELY too. How the holy fuck does that happen, did they change engines mid development???? Sounds to me like ME.A was actually cut down and reduced very late late in development to get anything at all working and released...

In my very limited experience cuts like that happen to support lower end hardware. All of a sudden about midway through development you get a real list of the lowest end system the publisher wants the product to operate on, then it's on the developers to figure out how to make that happen without extending the timeline. The only effective way to do that is to start cutting higher end features (since adding additional graphic options requires substantially more testing and time).
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
9. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 24, 2017, 19:54 panbient
Acleacius wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 01:19:
panbient wrote on Apr 23, 2017, 20:49:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 23, 2017, 19:41:
I think we're getting to the point where court rulings for things like this are ultimately pointless. "You can't have subtitles because they're illegal!" "Uh, so? I can download them from a server hosted where it isn't illegal."

How does this make any sense? It's like saying you won't be busted for having pot because you bought it in a state where it was legal to purchase as if it trumps possession laws.
No it's not, you can't be arrested for pot in a state where it's legal, by state and local authorities. Legal allows possession. So who's not making sense?

I read the original statement to be on par with if it's illegal to get it here I'll just get it from where it's legal (as in download from a server in another jurisdiction) and then I won't have hassles. As in - if I'm in a state where pot possession is illegal, I'll just buy it from Colorado and thumb my nose at the local law in any other state because I'm that special.

Make sense now?

And what honest profits are there from unauthorized subtitles for pirated media? How do the creators profit from that in a worthwhile manner even if the audience expands?
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
25. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2017, 21:33 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Apr 22, 2017, 13:55:
John Deere just told the copyright office that only corporations can own property, humans can only license it.

Welcome to the corporatocracy. Here's the distillation of the article:

GM went so far as to argue locking people out helps innovation. That’s like saying locking up books will inspire kids to be innovative writers, because they won’t be tempted to copy passages from a Hemingway novel. Meanwhile, outside of Bizarroland, actual technology experts—including the Electronic Frontier Foundation—have consistently labeled the DMCA an innovation killer. They insist that, rather than stopping content pirates, language in the DMCA has been used to stifle competition and expand corporate control over the life (and afterlife) of products.

Funny, that DMCA complaint pretty much sums up the entirety of the complaints about the Canadian Radio and Tele-Communication Canadian Content laws. Initially intended to promote and support Canadian media instead it turned into "here's your once an hour Bryan Adams / Barenaked Ladies / Celine Dion / Shania Twain / Tragically Hip / Guess Who song".

New material? Oh, no no no, that would be risky and people might not instantly recognize it as inherently Canadian. If you want real success in Canadian media you bleach your white bread until it shines then tattoo a Maple Leaf on your face just the same as the old guys did decades ago.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2017, 20:49 panbient
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 23, 2017, 19:41:
I think we're getting to the point where court rulings for things like this are ultimately pointless. "You can't have subtitles because they're illegal!" "Uh, so? I can download them from a server hosted where it isn't illegal."

How does this make any sense? It's like saying you won't be busted for having pot because you bought it in a state where it was legal to purchase as if it trumps possession laws.
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