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Signed On Dec 17, 2000, 11:18
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2016, 13:24 Red
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2016, 12:39:
Americans should be running riot in the streets over how they get screwed by PhRMA.
how's the saying go? Don't bite the hand that vaccinates you?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 18, 2016, 13:54 Red
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 13:13:
What do you mean, "Need, or want"?

Oh, wait, that's right... we should allow safe havens of operation for criminal scumbag pieces of shit so they can hide evidence of their crimes. Hey, here's an idea... Why don't we also make a type of drug house that law enforcement will never be allowed to enter or put surveillance on. Why stop with drug houses? Let's give murderers, child rapists, and any other criminal the right to keep their crimes a secret by claiming their right to privacy is being violated.
You went and got your barcode tattoo and GPS microchip under your skin too right? I mean you're not breaking the law so no worries, eh? Until you've done that, shut your pie hole you freedom hater.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 2, 2016, 16:06 Red
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 2, 2016, 15:21:
or vaccines.

No need to study vaccines anymore, all the studies prove that they work.
Cool. Triumph of physics that must be that all the [existing] studies prove that [not yet invented vaccines] work. No need for further studies eh? We'll just take big pharm's word on their new products? Better yet, let's expidite them straight through to human trials! Really no reason to waste time on caution since "all the studies prove that they work."

Coca Cola works too. Does exactly what its manufacturer claims. It deliciously refreshes me when I'm thirsty. Independent and industry research are in total agreement regarding whether or not it works.

In all seriousness though, how can you recognize the scam in one or more industries and not be skeptical of the others? They are all for-profit, corporate driven industries. They all serve shareholders above all else. At what point does an intelligent, thinking human being become so convinced that they stop questioning and just accept data at face value? Placing their faith and trust in an industry going forward? Even smiting down those who dare question those convictions?

Vaccines may generally do a lot more good than harm for our species. But it's dangerous to stop questioning companies who value "safety" as nothing more than a profit impacter.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 2, 2016, 15:07 Red
 
industry-supported studies and independent studies tended to draw very different conclusions
What? Holy shit. How can they get away with that?! Man, I sure am glad this is limited to the sugary drinks industry and not plastics or GMOs or vaccines.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 1, 2016, 20:32 Red
 
I'm a fan of the tablet form factor, mostly because I am not a fan of large smart phones. But if it weren't for websites becoming increasingly more atrocious (not Blue's) and needing Gigs of RAM and High-end processors and 100Mbs connections just to view a simple article.. I wouldn't ever need to buy tablet upgrades.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
11. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 28, 2016, 13:17 Red
 
El Pit wrote on Oct 28, 2016, 10:21:
Aren't we over those touchy touchy things yet? Oh, it's Apple. The followers will praise them and throw money at them. Sorry, forgot about the cult following.
Microsoft is the one spear heading all the touchy touchy things with their Surface computers. Apple is just following. Cause that's what they do now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 29, 2016, 19:24 Red
 
I really think they've got a winning combo planned. The Galaxy 8's emphasis on Virtual Reality coupled with actual explosions? Gold mine.  
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News Comments > Master of Orion This Month
5. Re: Master of Orion This Month Aug 11, 2016, 15:10 Red
 
Jagacademy wrote on Aug 11, 2016, 12:30:
my friends and I all loved upgrading our ships and seeing them in action back in '93.
I absolutely loved custom building ships then directing them in space combat. It was probably by far my primary reason for playing Moo2 as long as I did.

Then one day I watched my best friend, who also loved Moo2 and played it as much as I did, play the game. I was flabbergasted to witness that he didn't customize ships or even watch the space combat, much less control the ships. He only built the preset ship options the game offered and had conflicts set to just show the final math result instantly. I was like, wtf, you're not even playing the game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 6, 2016, 11:26 Red
 
Happy Anniversary! I remember those days. Blue's Quake Page (something like that) and Mr. Wolf's Quake page were two of the earliest sites I regularly visited way back in the late 90s.  
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
3. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Jun 27, 2016, 14:30 Red
 
What good can come of this? If extremists' messages cannot be heard over online media, the logical next step is to bring it to as many physical door steps as they can until their message is heard.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Apple watch dresser topping Jun 17, 2016, 16:22 Red
 
It only costs $250 to adorn your chest of drawers with a brand new Apple Watch.  
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Jun 9, 2016, 15:34 Red
 
I loved the first Resident Evil movie. It went downhill at an alarmingly increasing rate though. The second one wasn't too bad, but that last iteration was one of the worst movies ever.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 1, 2016, 20:12 Red
 
Can't you just not tell the tv your wifi password? I don't have a Samsung, but the Vizio and Sharp smart tvs I have work just fine as a tv even without wifi access. And I use connected devices (PS4, TiVo, HTPC) for all the content.  
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News Comments > Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released
33. Re: Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released May 31, 2016, 19:19 Red
 
Creston wrote on May 31, 2016, 17:59:
It just takes some time to learn what to parry, what to dodge, what to roll, what sign to use where, etc. Once you've learned how it works, and you put the difficulty up, it's a fantastic combat system.

See I didn't find any of that intuitive. It felt like combat was trial and error memorization of what counters what for whatever arbitrary reason. And then I always felt clunky trying to execute the various actions. I didn't feel like my FPS skills were relevant, more like I needed awesome spreadsheet skills to kick ass.

With a typical first-person shooter, reflexes and environmental awareness enable you to dodge in an organic manner, not because you timed the appropriate dodge-mechanic button press. Your weapons have a familiar purpose making it intuitive in what situations each would be effective. And you can actually see what's going on because it's ranged combat, not melee where the FOV just doesn't work well and aiming/targeting it awkward.

I don't like saying it's bad. But it certainly isn't my cup of tea.
 
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News Comments > Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released
15. Re: Witcher III: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Released May 31, 2016, 14:29 Red
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 31, 2016, 13:05:
ItBurn wrote on May 31, 2016, 11:41:
I'll be playing them eventually, in super easy mode, because the combat is terrible.

I don't know why people say this. The combat is fine. Have you even played the game? You want to dumb it down because it's "terrible," or you just lack the proper skill and it's too "hard?" Hmm...
I got a few hours in before I quit because I didn't like the combat. So there are people in that camp. I don't want to claim it's terrible, but for me, it just wasn't fun. I felt like the complexity of it was forced rather than natural, that it was hard in a way that wasn't enjoyable or rewarding.

One day I'm going to try again with the difficulty lowered so I can see everything else Witcher has to offer. So many people have given it really high praise.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization May 24, 2016, 19:00 Red
 
I didn't realize voice assistants were AIs. I guess the ones that don't suck as much as Siri might be considered rudimentary AI. But if speaking commands to your phone really is the next big thing, all Star Trek like, couldn't Apple just integrate it from Google as a last ditch effort? I'm sure Google would take them up on a licensing deal. They already put all their apps on iOS.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2016, 18:07 Red
 
descender wrote on May 16, 2016, 16:51:
One does wonder exactly which intelligence that is testing.
Don't intelligence tests generally focus on pattern recognition rather than knowledge? And that test is clearly a pattern recognition exercise as the actual math involved is trivial.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue May 9, 2016, 19:18 Red
 
Beamer wrote on May 9, 2016, 18:19:
And, while ownership is nice, I felt that way about DVDs, and when I go back and watch them the quality is so terrible that I just end up paying the $3 or whatever to rent on Amazon.
I find that DVD quality is about on par with HD downloads from iTunes or HD streaming off NetFlix. Amazon Prime streaming is noticeably worse than all of those; it's my last resort for watching anything. Blu Ray is handily superior to anything I can [legally] download or stream online, but it is also by far the biggest hassle so I only have special favorites on Blu Ray.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue May 9, 2016, 18:13 Red
 
It's a shame that Blu Ray was ruined so badly. I had a high end HTPC/projector setup back in the days of DVD (1300+ titles) but never could justify the move to Blu Ray because of all the crap they overloaded it with. Now I just use my PS4 to play the occasional Blu Ray but accept the inferior quality of DVD and HD streaming for most stuff. Blu Ray just isn't worth the hassle.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization May 9, 2016, 18:01 Red
 
On the opposite side, Apple's update practice is bloody obnoxious. It pretty much forces the update down your throat, downloading it onto your device, prompting you daily until you cave and install it. For every damn 0.0.1 release. I feel like a build server forced to load every snapshot their engineers produce.

And then I have to click through each of my devices telling me about how a new device is using my account for facetime and imessage. No it's not! That's the same set of devices that have been using my account, just +0.0.1 versions moar!

Or my kid doesn't know any better and clicks update then complains that her iPad is stuck downloading and rebooting for the 20 minutes she's allotted to use it before bedtime.
 
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