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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2017, 17:58 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Apr 22, 2017, 14:03:
And here's how they caught them:

“When a lot of the fake peer reviews first came up, one of the reasons the editors spotted them was that the reviewers responded on time,” Wager told Ars. Reviewers almost always have to be chased, so “this was the red flag. And in a few cases, both the reviews would pop up within a few minutes of each other.”


Reminds me of a major drug bust in Quebec a few years ago when the cops got lucky on a random traffic stop. The reason they pulled the driver over in the first place?

They were going the speed limit and using their turn signals, which seemed suspicious for a driver with Quebec plates on Quebec roads.

Not even half joking, that's the line they gave to the press.
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News Comments > Everything Released
7. Re: Everything Released Apr 22, 2017, 17:49 panbient
The naming of this game reminds me of PCU - an old David Spade / Jeremy Piven college movie from the 90s right about now. At one point Piven and his crew need to stage a concert to save their frat house. So what do they name the band in order to draw the most attention?

Everyone Gets Laid.
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News Comments > New AMD Drivers
1. Re: New AMD Drivers Apr 18, 2017, 20:15 panbient
And still no actual implementation of the options to stop checking and automatically downloading updates for legacy users... Thanks AMD!  
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 10 Begins
6. Re: Diablo III Season 10 Begins Apr 1, 2017, 19:49 panbient
It's also nice that a Season finally comes to the PS4 as well for those of us who prefer the lazy couch version.  
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News Comments > StarCraft II Skins Previewed
3. Re: StarCraft II Skins Previewed Mar 24, 2017, 14:12 panbient
hello newman wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 10:23:
buy a skin for 2 bucks...
that's so sad

the reason i got into games was because back in the day games were an art form they were expressing stuff about us humans.

nowadays it's a BS dumb-entertainment-as-a-service freeforall...

So... like absolutely every other form of popular art EVER?

Seriously though, this reaction to DLC is getting foolish. It's like gamer opinion on DLC has come full circle to shove itself firmly up its own ass.

Horse armor in Skyrim? OUTRAGE!!!! It's just cosmetic and doesn't add anything!!!

Ok, fine - here are mini-campaigns for Borderlands. WAHHHH!!!! Why should I have to pay for extra content when I bought the main game!!! This is bullshit!!!! If the companies want to make money on DLC monetize the stuff that doesn't actually affect gameplay like cosmetic updates...

And now - here's ALL the gameplay stuff but extra skins and emotes for multiplayer will cost you extra. FUCK YOU!!!! I PAID FOR SOMETHING ONCE AND SHOULD NEVER EVER HAVE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING AGAIN!!!!
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 09:52 panbient
Kxmode wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 20:24:
What I have a problem with is BioWare (and by extension EA) keeping him employed when they know of his constant racist and violent expressions: For example, "Justice is not the same as legal. The law is not always just. The US deserves no peace until it acts upon the moral imperative to be just."

That statement is true, it is valid, it is not at all racist, and it is something the majority of western individuals should actually learn both young and old.

Here in Canada we've had a few incidents recently that have underscored this issue. Two summers ago Jian Gomeshi (a well respected and recognized CBC personality) was charged with violent sexual assault. He was represented by one of the absolute best acting defense lawyers in Canada and cleared of charges. His career is still over. He was still vilified by the public.

His lawyer, Marie Henein, tried to speak to various universities afterwards to discuss the impact of the case. The fact that a woman represented a man accused of abusing other women and got him off the charges. Not because she thought he was necessarily innocent. But specifically that there IS a difference between justice and legal law. What the individuals feel is right or fair is not always reflected in the laws of the land but if you disrespect the process and judicial system we revert back to mob justice. ANY accused is innocent until proven guilty, regardless of how heinous the accusation may sound.

Our next generation of higher learning big thinkers shut her down. They protested just the idea of even letting her visit the campus. Not because she upheld the law and respected the system and wanted to address that reality and how to effectively make changes. But because she didn't take their idealistic side and try to crucify the perceived villain. There were claims she rolled back feminism by decades... by being a incredibly strong legal mind that functioned beyond her boobs?

The States (and the rest of the western world) are in a new time of social strife. They will not have peace until they address WHY the strife is happening, not only that it's happening. And most of it is a broken and unbalanced legal system. It's like working for a boss who brings in pop and chips to 'address' low morale with their staff then wonders why morale is still low. What legitimate effort is being made to truly rectify the situation and why should they get actual peace until they do so?

In my eyes anyone upset with his statement is more upset about the fact that he's pointing out how it is rather than how they'd rather see it through the tiny little holes in their cracker bunker.
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Mar 18, 2017, 09:24 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 04:42:
El Pit wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 04:20:
The Kinks are as important to Brit music as the Beatles, Stones, Who! This is a very deserved knighthood!

Whoa, whoa, whoa. NO love for Bowie? No love for Mercury??

I can't speak for El Pit but I'd say you're comparing bands and individual artists at that point. It's not that one is better than the other, just different. Freddie Mercury is easily one of the absolute best frontmen ever, but is Queen really that great of a band compared to The Stones, or The Who?

Granted The Kinks are rather basic in regards to their technical proficiency (then again so are The Stones) but that's part of what makes them special. They might not have gotten as much praise and attention as their peers back in their day (they were basically the proto-punk version of Oasis brotherly fisticuffs and all) but they were definitely one of the pioneers in power chord driven rock and roll.

I really wonder what a more modern band like the Queens of the Stone Age would sound like if The Kinks (and all the bands that in turn reflected their influence) had never existed.
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Mar 18, 2017, 09:13 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 23:20:
The first five words, "Kinks frontman Sir Ray Davies..." gave me a sinking feeling. Glad the rest of the sentence was good news!

You're not alone there - had the exact same reaction. Considering so much of our pop culture is rooted in the middle of the last century it does stand to reason we'd be getting bad news a lot more often though.
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000 - Eternal Crusade Free Edition Launched
6. Re: Warhammer 40,000 - Eternal Crusade Free Edition Launched Mar 17, 2017, 15:14 panbient
BANDAI NAMCO says this does not make it a free-to-play game, apparently trying to avoid the stigma this carries.

Ironic that I still use Bandai Namco's F2P Soul Calibur attempt as a prime example of how to do it wrong. Then they did it again with F2P Tekken.

The 'stigma' is part of their own doing.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 13, 2017, 12:48 panbient
Cutter wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 11:14:

I'm also sick of these bullshit millenial articles when they only really apply to a tiny group of people who live in a major city where everything is fiercely competitive and expensive. There's plenty of other work to be had in all kinds of places, but no, they don't want to move to those places. There's plenty of good paying work in the trades but no that's hard work. This is entirely an issue of their own making. I come from a family of tradesmen. My nephews and their buddies never lack for work, make great money, own their own house, truck, tools, yada yada yada. Listen up kids, the world owes you nothing. Work sucks. That's why it's called work and not 'super happy fun time'.

Here's the flipside to your own bullshit.

I'm a college educated Canadian. I've been on the job hunt for a few months now - again - same as every other year or so. Only this time around I can no longer get a callback. It's not a lack of job postings or a lack of effort either. I'm honestly starting to think there's something broken in the system that doesn't connect people effectively anymore. You can't accept a job that doesn't get offered to you. Do HR people google / facebook first then consider looking at a resume second now?

And NO I'm not waiting on some kind of ideal career. I'm just looking to pay the bills. At this point I'm honestly considering putting groceries on shelves again. Same as I did as a teenager. Only now I'm 40 and graduated college twice in both French and English - which makes me look like a risky hire who won't stick around a minimum wage job. But all it's ever gotten me is a heavier plate with a side of ass kissing for the same pay as some slacker who barely got through high school.

You're right there's plenty of great jobs in trades. From a family of tradespeople too - all about lumber. But do you remember the message we all got in the early 90s? Technology, technology TECHNOLOGY!!!!

And then what happened in the early 2000s? Oh geez, the IT bubble burst. Well why the hell did you study technology dumbass? Trades are the future. What? You thought you were too good to get your hands dirty? Just because absolutely everyone around you, family, society, economy all pushed towards a different direction?

At least millenials are getting a straight answer instead of incessant bullshit. It might suck to hear but at least they're not being blamed for having followed the path presented to them.

Either way, our future is fucked.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2017, 13:48 panbient
Absolutely NO ONE needs an "I told you so" about Lyme Disease, especially not some bullshit religious text version of it either.

What we have needed are medical professionals willing to honestly consider Lyme Disease as an actual possibility within North Americans. It's less of an issue in the States but holy hell doctors in Canada will go to extreme lengths FOR YEARS to avoid testing people.

No - fuck you doctor it's not just fucking depression!@!!
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 23, 2017, 17:51 panbient
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 23, 2017, 12:25:
Meaning a malicious site/tracking pixel can read out all TLS encoded sites you visited

So finally time to ditch Firefox and get Chrome? Or is there a better browser for Win10?

I've been noticing FF getting more and more bloated over the last few months. Just flipping between tabs tends to be an exercise in patience now.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
14. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 19, 2017, 09:54 panbient
Slick wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 15:00:
Disney sponsors a gamer youtube personality. Who's the fool here?

If they expected him to change the tone of what he does, then they're sorely misinformed about the reason he's so popular.

Well... Kevin Smith is also part of that Maker Studio mix. And from what I remember back in the day if food wasn't going into his mouth the word fuck was coming out of it.

Yet, not hearing any sort of hassles with him

I don't think it's that Disney expected him to change his tone, they just didn't expect him to go full-retard. It's not the early 90s anymore you can't claim "I didn't think they'd do something shocking on the internet for a dollar" as a defense anymore - at all.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 18:22 panbient
Primalchrome wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 18:03:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 17:44:
You gotta create lotsa felons so you can have a cheap labor force, something about the rich get richer, it's been that way for as long as I can remember.
I dunno, man. This guy didn't sell a dime bag to his buddy....he threw a 3 1/2 foot alligator at a person. Would you feel differently about his criminal behavior if the drive thru employ had had their hand mangled? It's also not like he was a dumbass 17 year old....we're talking about a grown man of 24 years. I'm not worried about the record affecting his future, because if he's pulling shit like this at 24 he probably already has his future all mapped out....

I'm with you on that. Also worth noting this winner is also a single dad - one who's own father tried to defend alligator tossing because he always had a pet lizard...

I guess it's not entirely his fault he's an idiot.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 15:23 panbient
Oh man that drum video...

I just kept telling myself "Get a longer cable and tighten the mic stand..."

But realistically whoever decided on that setup is just as responsible for the aftermath as the kid (if not more).
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 17, 2017, 15:16 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 11:58:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 11:25:
I don't understand the need for USB Killer. Anyone care to explain?

It just seems like an asshole thing.

Ima get one for work and fry my laptop so that IT has to buy me a brand new one.

Reminds me of the provincial politician who visited one of my employers years ago and regaled staff with his 'upgrade' method of 'accidentally' using the cd-rom tray as a cup holder then 'accidentally' closing it and soaking the system in coffee.

We all kind of laughed and thought he was trying to be funny / edgy until he assured us it worked and had seriously done it at least once.

Stay classy New Brunswick... you won't ever get my taxes again.
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News Comments > More Apocalypse Now Crowdfunding
12. Re: More Apocalypse Now Crowdfunding Feb 15, 2017, 13:19 panbient
Why wouldn't you just play Spec Ops: The Line again?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Feb 15, 2017, 12:43 panbient
Slick wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 04:23:
This would be OUTRAGEOUS in any other industry. They're taking your money in exchange for garbage software while giving the barest of fucks about what it is they're selling you. Does the candy we're selling have arsenic in it? Who cares, they're selling like hotcakes! Push that shit out the door!

Arsenic? No. But lots of candy IS still coated in shellac. They call it E904 now so people don't connect the dots between the shininess of their candy and the shininess of their varnished furniture but... there's a very good reason why certain things only melt in your mouth and not in your hand.

The behaviour isn't new. It's just a new market / store front. People still buy candy essentially coated in shiny bug shit, so yes, it stands to basic reason that people will still keep buying half finished digital goods too.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 6, 2017, 10:06 panbient
This is one of those semantic issues that really gets under my skin.

Samsung's Gear VR - IS NOT ACTUAL VR!!!!

It's a headset for viewing 360 degree video / augmented reality - not actual virtual reality.

Yes, it's way more immersive than typical media. Yes, it's a great experience. Yes, it makes you feel like you're really there - the first time.

But after that first time? Once the novelty has worn off and you decide you want to control your own experience and see what you want to see? Well... forget that. While you're able to determine the angle and scope of your point of view you cannot control the actual point of origin. Your museum tour video is going to move from room A to room B after 34 seconds every single time you watch it regardless of what you're focused on at 33 seconds (unless you pause the video).

In game terms it's the equivalent to calling Duke Nukem 3d a 3d game because it's in the title. Anyone with a technical clue knows this is not accurate. That doesn't mean the product is bad or the experience is not worthwhile.

But to call watching 360 video the same as virtual reality demonstrates either a lack of technical knowledge or a lack of respect for the consumer. At least in Duke's case the idea of 3d gaming on pc was still very much in its infancy and they were cutting edge rather than releasing Duke 3d alongside Quake / Unreal and claiming to be technological equivalents.
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News Comments > Husk Released
11. Re: Husk Released Feb 5, 2017, 09:20 panbient
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 4, 2017, 18:50:
Anyone else annoyed by this growing trend of entertainment media that uses what might be considered controversial themes feeling like they have to put in a PSA disclaimer?

We did it to ourselves when we refused to take ratings seriously. Same with every idiot parent who insisted on buying GTA5 / COD for their 12 year old then were upset when they heard profanities through the wall.
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