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Re: Into the Black
Jan 26, 2018, 07:24
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Re: Into the Black Jan 26, 2018, 07:24
Jan 26, 2018, 07:24
 
Please, please, please let retired / washed up wrestlers work the sidelines.

I remember reading that the real reason he changed the WWF to WWE was not about the animal rights group but rather that he didn't want to deal with being a legitimate sports organization and wanted to focus on entertainment. It's worked. Stick with entertainment. Bring on the roid league.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 25, 2018, 16:12
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Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 25, 2018, 16:12
Jan 25, 2018, 16:12
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 25, 2018, 15:12:
as long as doing so wasn't blocking my view of the show...

It doesn't really block the view. No more than the old school lighter salute.

BUT

It is kind of weird as hell to see a concert start and the entire front of the crowd turn into a sea of light blue rectangles facing back to a crowd of people not looking at the actual person they paid a fair chunk of cash to "see". And if all people did was take photos it might not be as much of an issue but that's rarely the case and not all bands are OK with bootlegs.

I'm also reminded of a story about David Bowie playing a show (I believe NYC in the 90s) and sticking to newer material and the album he was currently promoting. Most of the crowd was just happy to say they saw Bowie, the show 'ended', and they all went home. But, people who've been to concerts know that it's never over until the house lights come on and the roadies start tearing down. And after a particularly long delay, he took the stage again and played a pile of classics from the 70s for the super fans who stuck around, just in case.

It was a special moment specifically for them and that just can't happen with every other person making a smartphone bootleg.
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Re: Op Ed
Jan 22, 2018, 10:30
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Re: Op Ed Jan 22, 2018, 10:30
Jan 22, 2018, 10:30
 
Did this press release really include the text to a link for another article?

Or is there some kind of link between RS Siege and Far Cry 5?
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Re: ESA Rebukes President Trump
Jan 12, 2018, 15:58
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Re: ESA Rebukes President Trump Jan 12, 2018, 15:58
Jan 12, 2018, 15:58
 
Flatline wrote on Jan 12, 2018, 14:44:
His secret is pretty simple. He's giving people the permission to be sociopaths and has relieved his base from the weight of shame and guilt. That's why his base loves him. He makes it okay to indulge in any anti-social impulse that comes along.

It's not just his base though. It seems to be emboldening crackpots here in Canada too. Just this morning an 11 year old girl got attacked while walking to school outside of Toronto where a man tried to cut of her hijab with scissors.

TWICE!

And the voices against 'others' seem to have gotten louder and bolder since he took office.
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Re: ESA Rebukes President Trump
Jan 12, 2018, 15:54
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Re: ESA Rebukes President Trump Jan 12, 2018, 15:54
Jan 12, 2018, 15:54
 
I can't tell if there's more bigotry or insecurity in this train wreck.
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Re: New AMD Alpha Drivers
Jan 6, 2018, 08:56
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Re: New AMD Alpha Drivers Jan 6, 2018, 08:56
Jan 6, 2018, 08:56
 
I just wish that when you uncheck the 'automatically download updates' box it actually saved that setting and, you know, actually stopped automatically downloading updates... (I run legacy hardware)

It's hardly the end of the world but, the option is right there. What's the point of offering it if it doesn't do anything? I suppose I should be happy it at least doesn't automatically apply those updates
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Re: Evening Legal Briefs
Dec 30, 2017, 09:09
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Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 30, 2017, 09:09
Dec 30, 2017, 09:09
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 30, 2017, 07:35:
There are also massive free speech and privacy issues. These kinds of abuses are the price we sometimes have to pay for freedom.

There are also massive free speech and privacy issues around the use of the postal system. Didn't stop the Unabomber from getting 8 consecutive life sentences. I mean, he never pulled the trigger, he was not employed as a postal employee, he only sent packages in the mail.

What we need is a governing and legal system that can adapt to a rapidly changing world. Not a judge who's going to use old communication laws from the 70s (heck even laws from the 90s would be outdated considering what we have now) and give a stern tut-tut finger wag and ultimately dismiss the situation as "nerds being nerds". "Boys being boys" doesn't fly as a defence any more in cases of chauvinistic impropriety this has to change as well.
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Re: On Sale
Dec 26, 2017, 08:12
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Re: On Sale Dec 26, 2017, 08:12
Dec 26, 2017, 08:12
 
I limit myself to gift cards and as such I have enough for one last hurrah with this sale. I'm torn between Divinity Original Sin and the White March expansion for Pillars of Eternity. There can be only one!!! hahaha
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Dec 15, 2017, 10:04
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 15, 2017, 10:04
Dec 15, 2017, 10:04
 
Even this morning (I've got the news going in the background here) Trump is still going on about Russia not only being a non-issue but a waste of money and effort due to a lack of evidence and diminishing public belief in collusion. It's like he refuses to recognize that collusion and meddling are separate serious issues. Not colluding with his campaign does not mean Russia did not meddle with the election. He's either unwilling or incapable of seeing those as two distinct issues. And then he immediately goes back to attacking his defeated political opponent.

That should be concerning to anyone regardless of political stripe.

But people still want to play sides or be the kind of trolls that laugh at the potential of watching the world burn because it'll hurt others more than they think it will hurt them.

Sad
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Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium
Dec 14, 2017, 09:30
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Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 09:30
Dec 14, 2017, 09:30
 
And yet, even a bare bones skeleton of a company struggling to keep afloat can be seen as the big bad villain trying to bully the little guy who's pulled in well over $100 million from the public without actually delivering anything besides magical moving goalposts.

Amazing.

Only question I have on this is - will CIG's next big crowdfunding effort happen before or after the holidays?
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Re: Young woman raises over $160K for homeless veteran
Nov 24, 2017, 09:10
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Re: Young woman raises over $160K for homeless veteran Nov 24, 2017, 09:10
Nov 24, 2017, 09:10
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 23, 2017, 23:50:
Maybe it is just the cynic in me, but this story seems to have a major hitch in it, from the article:
...Wanting to repay him for his kindness, she started a GoFundMe page to share the story and raise funds for him.

She has since taken him essentials to stay warm and repaid him for the gas, and her GoFundMe page has raised more than $160,000 — far more than her $10,000 goal. She wrote that she would like to use the funds to help him rent an apartment, get a reliable vehicle and cover four to six months' worth of expenses.
You'd think $160k should last him 3-4 years, not 4-6 months. Maybe the 4-6 months figure was based on money actually received vs. pledged... ?

Pretty sure the original target of $10k is what was intended to cover 4-6 months (as in the winter). The article could have been clearer about it but yeah... I think your cynicism is overtaking their weak editing.
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Re: Stellaris Humanoids Species Pack Next Month
Nov 24, 2017, 09:01
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Re: Stellaris Humanoids Species Pack Next Month Nov 24, 2017, 09:01
Nov 24, 2017, 09:01
 
Considering the way Paradox charges for Crusader Kings 2 DLC this seems about right for them. Not right for me. But definitely right for them.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Nov 22, 2017, 16:33
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Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 22, 2017, 16:33
Nov 22, 2017, 16:33
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 14:32:
Well yeah, cause that's how Canucks vote. They don't vote people in, they vote people out. It's always an 'Anybody but So-and-So!' People are no less stupid here.

Reminds me of my old math teacher. He always said the Liberals could run a farm animal for office and his mother would still vote Liberal.

There's also something to be said about the disparity between urban and rural Canada. It's not just economical either. It's like a weird time machine where every hour away from a city turns the calendar back about a decade (I'm originally from a place that feels like the 90s when I go back to visit).

Having said all that - what's our actual alternative? If the way the NDP run provinces whenever they've been elected we're still a ways out from having a stable alternative (is being in the pocket of a union really much different than being in the pocket of the business owner?). And independents simply don't have the capital necessary to run any sort of effective campaign.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Nov 22, 2017, 12:10
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Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 22, 2017, 12:10
Nov 22, 2017, 12:10
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 11:56:
Canada's Attempt to Force Cheaper TV Has Failed.

C'mon Trudeau! You can do better!

I think Canadians would settle for cheaper internet over cheaper TV.

Trudeau is really only good at photo ops and long winded idealistic speeches.

And I think you're right that most Canadians would prefer cheaper internet. Problem is, same as TV, most of the internet is provided by one of two suppliers. We can either pay money to Bell or to Rogers and neither of those two companies really gives a crap about their customers.
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Re: etc., etc.
Nov 21, 2017, 22:00
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Re: etc., etc. Nov 21, 2017, 22:00
Nov 21, 2017, 22:00
 
4 audio pros
0 demonstrations of how to sit at a table and actually SPEAK INTO THE MICROPHONE!

Yeah... that about explains the RoS soundtrack.
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Re: Titan Quest Ragnarök Released
Nov 17, 2017, 20:35
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Re: Titan Quest Ragnarök Released Nov 17, 2017, 20:35
Nov 17, 2017, 20:35
 
I guess this explains how and why they dropped the ball in rolling out their big controller update for Grim Dawn.

Seriously though, they forgot to include the new Steam Controller configuration for a major controller overhaul update. On Steam...

In their defense they were rather quick in posting a fix on their forums but still didn't quite fully explain how to get it to work (you have to scroll to the bottom of the 'Templates' options rather than selecting the 'Recommended' config option. Both of which are named the same...

It is an improvement, but waiting until Monday to release the update and giving it some weekend polish would have probably been better than releasing it late last night.
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Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch
Nov 15, 2017, 09:37
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Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 09:37
Nov 15, 2017, 09:37
 
MattyC wrote on Nov 15, 2017, 05:37:

What in the world did you grind to unlock co-op characters or missions? Do you mean abilities when you leveled them up? Even if that is the case you are pretty far off. With the first win of the day bonus that has been around forever now, leveling those is trivial.

You had to grind some kind of gem or crystal to unlock more heroes if you didn't own all 3 campaigns.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Nov 6, 2017, 16:10
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2017, 16:10
Nov 6, 2017, 16:10
 
Flatline wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 11:54:

I remember Unreal editor being a huge step up because it used negative space for it's level design and how quake & doom if you had accidentally left even a minuscule part of your level open to the "outside" you'd crash. Unreal was all "Since you carve space out of an infinite block that doesn't matter any more!" and there was much rejoicing.

For me it was a philosophical difference. I really had to change how I conceptualized and planned out maps when using CSG engines rather than a BSP Tree.

And the easiest way to avoid 'leaking' in a BSP engine was to literally just build a giant block around your map. This was not an efficient solution - but it worked hahaha. It also didn't crash (unless you left a massive leak), what you'd normally get is a hall of mirrors effect across the leaking area (at least with the Quake2 / HL engines).

The biggest thing I remember from Unreal / UT was their scripting language essentially being an extension of BASIC which made it a lot more accessible to people who hadn't studied C/C++ in college. Also that CSG block was not infinite... (found this out the hard way when I decided to try making a race track).
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Nov 6, 2017, 08:49
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2017, 08:49
Nov 6, 2017, 08:49
 
SirKnight wrote on Nov 5, 2017, 19:26:
Can't agree with that at all. The old engines are much easier to create things since everything is so much more simple. That's why modding for the classic games was so big and still goes on. Modern games rarely get mods. To create anything that looks good in a modern game/engine requires you to be a VERY talented artist and takes insane amounts of time. This is not true for Build/Doom 1,2/Quake 1,2,3.

You're comparing vastly different things all over the place with this comment. Unless your idea of a great mod is just a basic sprite / SFX audio swap without any actual new content or gameplay systems.

Modern games rarely get mods because most developers don't provide the necessary tools or lock out base systems to build upon. The old games didn't. But you had to be able to teach yourself how to manipulate and create within those environments. It's kind of like how you actually needed to understand how your computer worked just to be able to get certain games to load back in the DOS days (or have you forgotten about batch files to allocate specific memory?)

Making something look good, especially today, has far more to do with graphic fidelity and artistic ability than it does with the ability and access to the underlying framework of the engine.

Build / Doom engines were NOT easy to use. Sure it was simple to replace a sprite, but that's about as much of a 'mod' as applying flame stickers to the side of your car and telling yourself it'll move faster. Making a new map in those engines was rough, especially if you found yourself attempting to make legitimate 3d space.

Quake 1,2 (same with Unreal / UT / Lithtech) were the next step and the first really substantive 3d engines available to the public. Still rudimentary but at least you could place player accessible geometry over existing geometry for true 3d.

Quake 3 with its curved surfaces took that a step farther and started moving the creation of user made content out of their proprietary editors into professional grade 3d modelling tools (3Dmax etc.) I'd go so far as to say Q3 is where the FPS mod scene really started taking a dive due to the fact that the requirements to make passable content moved out of the casual players hands and more to the semi-professional developer.
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Re: Evening Metaverse
Oct 15, 2017, 09:45
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Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 15, 2017, 09:45
Oct 15, 2017, 09:45
 
Choobeastia wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 21:40:
All of this is moot, really. The real point is that even if we do not agree, it costs nothing to be understanding of a group choosing to stand up against bullies. At the same time, we only diminish ourselves by demeaning them.

Well said.

Also with that roller coaster example -

A person scared of heights might try a roller coaster in an effort to get over their phobia and grow as a person.

Twitter offers nothing of the sort.
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