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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
29. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2015, 00:16 shiho
1badmf wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 19:48:
interesting. i've gotten into a few youtube arguments with russians about the thin veneer of civilization over there, but at the end of the day i've never been so couldn't support my case with any real authority. what's it really like over there?

Making it brief would do it a disservice. But whatever. People coming from USSR who would enter a Western supermarket have been known to break down crying.

Supposedly things are better over there now, but really a person who never stepped out of Russia has no point of reference just how AMAZING an average, say, American taxi driver, has it, just as your average American absolutely cannot imagine what a Russian has to deal with everyday.

Russia is a country, where by American standards, everything surrounding you is shit. Shit clothes, shit food, very few choices of anything (if any), deficit of basic goods, shit living conditions in Soviet-era depressing falling-apart buildings, broken roads, poorly regulated businesses and mafia wreaking havoc.

Terrible healthcare. I don't know if this improved since Soviet times, but in 1994 they still didn't use anaesthetics, water or suction for routine dental procedures, even on children. All of us grew up like that. Numbing agents were reserved only for taking teeth out.

Resterilized needles, bleary-eyed doctors, minimal and outdated equipment.

In order to accomplish something, bribe a bureaucrat. Drunk police.

Russians all grow up figuring out how to scam the system, because of perpetual scarcity around them. They also all grow up fighting each other. Even girls will fight guys in the playgrounds.

There's a defensive "pissing match" language for use with hostile strangers that men and women alike use. You'll see it in dashcam videos and the like. Women yelling stuff like "eat my pussy", only less nice version of it. Russian profanity is harsher than American/English profanity.

Despite an exploitative mindset, given a chance by migrating to a civilized country, most Russians work hard because they finally feel in control of their own future.

When I came to America from USSR and saw a flyer outside saying "Garage sale", first of all I was blown away that someone just left this colored piece of paper out there, for free. Not even the garage sale, just the flyer itself.

People carry toilet paper with them because in case they need to use a public toilet, it will likely just be a hole in the ground, and they won't give you free toilet paper.

In Soviet times, not having toilet paper anywhere was the norm, so we used daily free Communist newspaper, crumpled them to make them less rough, and used them like that. There was a bin to throw the dirty paper into, because you couldn't flush it down the toilet.

In Soviet times there was a complete lack of innovation due to no capitalist competition, and that retarded the country's progress in not just technology and abundance, but everything around you, and that impact is felt to this day.

From not-earthquake-proof buildings to pollution to shitty clothing and just a stagnant lack of originality and color and optimization/efficiency in every "homeland-made" object.

This is why one of the visitors in Sochi Olympics almost fell down an elevator shaft. The Soviet elevators were so inefficiently designed as to allow autonomous opening of doors. That design, like thousands of others, was never retouched since 1991.

In sane countries, elevator itself plugs into the doors and opens them, which guarantees you will not see them just open by themselves into abyss.

I really liked the movie Transsiberian, because it portrays the atmosphere pretty well. The Russian train conductor calls smiling Americans crazy loons, because that's how Western tourists looked to us... what's there to fucking smile about? Are you children or something?

Switching to that old perspective and seeing things through my "young" eyes like this can become really bizarre. What's all these Youtubers smiling about? Shouldn't they be standing in line for chemically manufactured milk powder substitute?

Anyway. This doesn't really cover it.
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News Comments > Gigantic a Windows 10 Launch Game
3. Re: Gigantic a Windows 10 Launch Game Mar 4, 2015, 19:44 shiho
The only gamer-centric feature anyone wants from Microsoft, is less memory and CPU consumption and less hogging the OS with useless apps and cloud garbage and bloat and "gamer-centric features".  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
26. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2015, 19:42 shiho
As an ex-Soviet residing in America, I fully understand why someone grown up in civilized world cannot survive for too long in Russia.

It's not just "another country", like Germany, France, Britain, Canada or Israel. It's really, REALLY not.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 3, 2015, 06:39 shiho
Sonic welcomes being regulated as a common carrier. Too bad about the trojan "general conduct" horse in the bill which destroys freedom of speech on the Internet.

"The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field." - Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman

"It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed." - Vladimir Lenin
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 27, 2015, 17:06 shiho
Cutter wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 11:37:
NegaDeath wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 10:11:
“The FCC’s decision to grant the petitions of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina is a troubling power grab,”

Was going to post the same response below but someone beat me to it:
"It's like watching a 6th grade bully telling a high school kid to go pick on someone his own size, when the high school kid interrupts the 6th grader from beating up a 3rd grader."

Bang on. Stop obstructing my ability to obstruct others!

It's part of their whole cognitive dissonance. It's why they call themselves pro-life when they're really anti-choice. The GOP & their suppoerters - the reason working class Americans can't have nice things.

Spoken like a true proletariat stooge. Lenin used low-information voters like you to create a revolution in my home country. Now Obama's using people like you for a soft coup. Some things never change.
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
88. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 23:33 shiho
Cutter wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 23:18:
I can see some of you youngsters don't understand how the internet started. It's called the ARPANET. So all you anti-gubment/sky-is-falling/socialism is evil types should get off the internet now and go live in a shack somewhere off the grid.

Not so much anti-government, but anti-government which is headed by a moronic college sorority brainwashed from ear to ear with Statist teachings, the sorority that already managed to convert IRS into Stasi, ICE into babysitters, NSA into Big Brother, side with Militant Islam and undermine both Egypt and Israel, spy on free press under guise of anti-terrorism, and was willing to sacrifice 40 people in Benghazi compound to win re-election.

There are different kinds of governments, my friend. This one happens to be "governed" by Obama, who just recently declared he will veto Congressional votes and "let the political process run in parallel" to what he's doing. He's also ignoring the orders of a Federal Judge, and just openly announced that he's "expanded his authority".

Combined with his anti-semitism and covering for Militant Islam, the parallels to Hitler are absolutely chilling.

But hey, just wait until court jesters on Comedy Central will give your daily two minutes hate against Fox News, and you'll stop wrinkling your pretty little face thinking about things which are serious and real.
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
87. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 23:25 shiho
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 20:15:
shihonage wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 19:18:
This ruling has a trojan horse which allows bureaucrats to censor the Internet. EFF sent a letter to FCC about this "small concern" of general conduct rules, which went on to be ignored.

These rules will be exploited to curtail Internet freedom.

Chairman Mao would call this a step in the right direction.

Now this is possible, but it still shows regulation need, it is companies still trying to finagle every loophole and advantage they can find, not for the greater good, for their good.

Yeah, yeah. The Obama administration just made you a piece of cake with shit in it. That's essentially what this legislation is about. It was all about the shit. The shit will ruin the Internet. The cake(de-monopolizing) will not be worth it in the global picture.
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
13. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 19:18 shiho
This ruling has a trojan horse which allows bureaucrats to censor the Internet. EFF sent a letter to FCC about this "small concern" of general conduct rules, which went on to be ignored.

These rules will be exploited to curtail Internet freedom.

Chairman Mao would call this a step in the right direction.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 18:05 shiho
Windows XP allowed you to boot from install disc and repair the system without reformatting. Ever since Vista, this feature is gone. De-evolution continues.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
30. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 12, 2015, 20:13 shiho
beremot wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 11:02:
InBlack wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 09:41:
As an outsider I guess I will never understand the U.S. two party democracy and it's intricacies...*sigh*

It all revolves around:

A: General stupidity on the part of the voting public, particularly in the more conservative states, and

B: A highly complacent mass media that sticks to a "he said/she said," style of reporting, as in "Republicans say they are only trying to protect consumer rights in their efforts to stop internet regulation, while Democrats say they are trying to ... bla bla bla."

In other words, unless you do your own due diligence on an issue, which many voters, of course, do not, you have no real way of knowing what's really going on, politically, in the U.S. So if one political party is willing to openly lie, again and again, about their true intentions for any given issue, that party will pay no penalty for this, and will have a sizable advantage over the party that more or less tries to play it straight.

I will leave you to guess which party is which.

The most lying party is the one governed by the Obama Administration.

A rational observer would come to this conclusion after following all the incredible scandals they've been involved with, their anti-semitism and bungling of world affairs, war-mongering with Russia, betraying Egypt and Israel, spitting on Veterans healthcare because it wasn't PR-friendly, converting IRS into Stasi, willing to sacrifice 40 Americans in Benghazi to get Obama re-elected, and generally Obama turning to shit absolutely everything he touches, as well as betraying every single even remotely moderate position he held during the 2008 elections.

It takes a special level of brainwashing at this point, in the age of freely available information, to keep your head in the sand and believe the Republicans are the Greater Evil.

You really have to wonder about a party where violent thugs shot by police have names and racial background and were oh, just about to get their doctorates in Physics, while a targeted attack of Muslim Extremists on a Jewish deli is described by Obama as a "random attack on a bunch of folks".

Maybe with Jon Stewart gone some of you will actually be forced to seek out actual news sources instead of listening to Obama Court Jesters on TV, where Comedy Central, CNN and MSNBC have become indistinguishable from state press in my home country of USSR.

Only with more giggles this time around.

G'day Komrades.
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Feb 11, 2015, 06:09 shiho
Bye, gov't court jester and a self-hating, anti-Israel Jew. Your ObamaJugend audience will miss you, but only for 5 seconds before they flip the channel to Slutty Housewives Of Orange County  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2015, 23:31 shiho
Guild Wars 2 uses a framerate smoothing system. If you're experiencing a lot of sluggishness, it's because without this system the game would've chugged at a low FPS.

The only solution is to lower graphics options or upgrade.

All in all, however, I quickly got lost and trapped in an initial area, and I have a feeling that it's waiting for me to do one of its boring single-player story missions to direct me further.

Single player story in an MMO is such a douche thing to do. The interface is all wonky, and the combat system feels really bad. I'm done with that mediocre game.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2015, 17:27 shiho
That battery's generating so little power, it could just be absorbed from the environment. It's a stupid article by stupid people. An AAA battery after this long a period could sustain the same microscopic amounts of power as well. Nobody cares.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jan 18, 2015, 03:09 shiho
Vote for "The Man In The High Castle"!

It's directed by Ridley Scott, based on Philip K. Dick, about alternate 1960s where Germany won the war.

That episode is fucking ON POINT.



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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Dec 11, 2014, 00:31 shiho
Mad Max: The 300 Edition

Honestly looks like ass.
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News Comments > No Elite: Dangerous Launch Wipe
96. Re: No Elite: Dangerous Launch Wipe Dec 10, 2014, 06:08 shiho
This game will be ruined by hacks and abandoned by all sane online players who don't like to be instagibbed.

The hacks will also affect the world of always-online single-player. You won't get instagibbed, but there will be weird pricing/availability fluctuations and whatnot.

Within 3 months the game will be cracked to have real single-player, because it is neither a thin client, nor a particularly secure one.

In the end, pirates will have the one good version of the game.

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
30. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 8, 2014, 22:23 shiho
jimnms wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 22:15:
I agree with you about Skyrim being shallow, but disagree somewhat about its reactivity to you. It's not like they have the internet and camera phones where people can get instant updates on what's going on in the world. They have books, so I'm sure they probably have some form of news papers. How is some random citizen supposed to know you are the dragon born and all of your epic deeds? Then there are times when people know about things I did when they shouldn't.

Even allowing for that... the RPGs of the 90s were more reactive to everything about you.

Now we spend hours creating the perfect looking FACE for our character because the stats themselves are almost meaningless. Of course, so is the damn face.

You're not gonna have someone call you a Chinaman because you created Asian facial features... the programmers and designers don't care about reactivity or immersion past the threshold of luring in 12-year-olds.

The idea used to be - look at these amazing computer machines! They can allow us to implement the dream of interactive worlds which function just like P&P RPGs minus all the time-wasting calculations, and portray the events with real graphics!

The idea became - look at these amazing consoles, attached to your entertainment centers. They can allow us to create Hollywood spectacle with an occasional illusion of meaningful player input! It's what the plants crave!(tm)

The former was a challenge to evolve the gaming industry and create miracles. The latter is a corporate directive.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
23. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 8, 2014, 05:05 shiho
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 04:48:
The lack of reactivity is what makes me really sour about Open World games nowdays as well Farcry 2/3/4 are all the same game... Dragon Age Inquisition also has this problem, and is nearly like a slightly more focused Skyrim in that regard... at least some stuff really does happen in the world. But reactivity... the army that is supposed to ravage the lands is always nothing but a phantom and nobody really cares about it until it stands right in front of your door, quite literally, twice even.

And don't even get me started on Assassins Creed , Watchdogs and Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor. All 3 are the same games essentially. Mixed up with a slight bit of dynamic, but ZERO reactivity. Even the much touted nemesis system is nothing but bullshit and really adds nothing to the game reactivity at all....

Even stuff like GTA lacks any real DEPTH to it's world.

When you think about it a lot of games really had very low world reactivity. Even good stuff like Torment, Baldurs Gate and such had great story and writing but world reactivity? You could kill certain people and other people might care, but it was all pretty shallow...

Yep. If you read say, this:

... it will make you shed a tear - after you notice just how much subtle reactivity is in the world of Fallout 1. It reacts to your stats and choices, sometimes intermixing the two.

Rescuing Tandi from the Raiders? Well, you can start a fight. You can attempt to outsmart them and join them, however they will force you to kill all female prisoners, and if you fail to get all of them before they escape, the Raiders will attack you.

Oh, and you have high INT, you can convince their leader that you're his father.

And there's this kind of scripting all over the damn gameworld. When was the last time a Bethesda designer managed to do something like that?

Fallout was one of the last progressive steps toward creating a computer analog of P&P experience. You'd walk down a corridor and your high PER would let you know of a stimpak in a nearby locker. You can even wait out a night and go right back into Vault 13 without leaving the cave.

I'm working on a game influenced by Fallout's ideas. It's my struggle against the dying of the light.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
21. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 8, 2014, 04:41 shiho
No really, Skyrim is ankle-deep. You can finish the game, go around talk to NPCs, and they'll treat you like nothing happened. There are far too few choice&consequence checks, and the world isn't really reactive in any meaningful way.

Bethesda doesn't know how to do any better. Fallout 3's world reactivity was a pale shadow of Fallout 1 and 2. It too was an ankle-deep game, using the same engine no less.

We live in an age where publishes combine genres to appease everyone. That's how you get clumsy realtime first-person combat in your RPGs (Skyrim) and have to skin boars to get a second weapon slot in your FPSs (Far Cry).

That's why Assassin's Creed and Watchdogs are essentially the same game.

IQs dropped sharply enough in the past decade for people to stop distinguishing between a world which reacts to player agency, and a mere walking simulator.

For the most part, what we have today is walking simulators, all merging into this omni-genre of mass consumption. They're no longer games, but spreadsheets in 3D clothing, stamped out one after another off a conveyor belt.

All of them about "epic" bombastic adventures, where you stumble upon hundreds of programmer-written, autistic NPCs who drone on about garrisons, defenses and politics in a manner that makes The Phantom Menace look well-written.

The dream of translating pen&paper reactive worlds into computer form has died a long time ago. Now the big publishers only make extroverts' games. All flash, all nauseatingly "epic", taking place in railroaded and dead worlds.

Dark have been my dreams of late.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
19. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 8, 2014, 03:29 shiho
Skyrim is like GTA5, Far Cry 2-4, Dragon Age: Inquisition - an ocean, ankle-deep.

Sandbox RPG is the most boring type of game one can imagine, for it offers no actual freedom to player's actions. That would be hard. Instead, it lets you choose the order in which you kill things, and the locations where you kill them.

In other words, sandbox RPGs offer you a thousand different ways to get bored.
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