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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

MeanderingMind Re:The new truism (384 comments)

I'm not sure what you're talking about. If I wanted to buy a +40 jillion sword of epic wanking for WoW, I could go to any number of sites, and pay cash for that. I could do it *right now*. I could buy Diablo 2 items *right now*.

Right, and that's entirely irrelevant to my point. It's akin saying that *right now* I can buy various illegal drugs so it wouldn't be a big deal if the US government made them legal. While the ability to purchase such things is factually accurate, it has very little bearing on the importance of a large and powerful body making an about face on a major policy and even going so far as to facilitate the activity that policy forbade.

My point is that whether you agree or disagree with Blizzard's decision, the decision itself is extremely important.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

MeanderingMind Re:The new truism (384 comments)

I doesn't matter that this sort of thing was going on underground before, or that Blizzard isn't doing the selling themselves. Their policy has now shifted from "only cosmetic items may be sold" to "all items may be sold, whether they be cosmetic or have actual gameplay value". The fact that this is official is extremely significant.

This has nothing to do with whether this change is good or bad, but everything to do with it being an important break from Blizzard's previous philosophy/policy.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

MeanderingMind Re:The new truism (384 comments)

It's not a trivial change. Previously you could only buy purely cosmetic benefits for Blizzard games (unless you were involved in seedy craiglist-style transactions). The shift in policy from only allowing the sale of cosmetic effects to allowing the sale of actual in-game benefits is significant, even if Blizzard isn't going to be doing the selling. Whether you think it's wonderful or terrible, it's a notable change in game dynamics.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

MeanderingMind Re:Nope, not going to play Diablo 3. (384 comments)

Except it's not clear why you can't have the best of both worlds. Being perpetually connected and being able to download games with just a CD-Key are not mutually dependent.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Calls Today's Ubiquitous Gadgets and Information "a Distraction"

MeanderingMind Re:Transparency (545 comments)

If you specifically mean propaganda created by people in high places, then you're probably correct. However, don't underestimate the power of an echo chamber. A sufficient number of ignorant individuals can create and propagate absolute insanity to millions at a rate which makes the greatest advertising executives and spinsters envious.

more than 4 years ago
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Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

MeanderingMind Re:Flash (660 comments)

Ban incoming in 3... 2... 1...

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are There No Popular Ultima Online-Like MMOs?

MeanderingMind Re:UO wasn't that much fun really (480 comments)

Keep in mind as well that the situational awareness and correct reactions required to survive or really accomplish anything on a PvP realm are valuable skills to bring into a PvE context. They alone don't make a good raider, but they are the hardest skills to teach.

At the same time, not all PvE realm players are there because they don't have the mentality to deal with challenges. Some people simply don't enjoy having their play schedule impeded or interrupted at random by other players.

more than 3 years ago
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xkcd, Devotion To Duty

MeanderingMind Re:Seriously... (167 comments)

Unless xkcd is being edited into "In Popular Culture" wikipedia sections where it doesn't belong, I see no reason why I shouldn't ridicule someone for getting their pants in a twist over it.

I don't have any problems with people disliking stuff. It's when they draw attention to it like they're the center of the universe and no one else is allowed to enjoy life that I take issue. If it isn't directly or indirectly causing harm, forcing your umbridge on other people is by my reckoning a greater issue than the original "offense".

more than 3 years ago
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xkcd, Devotion To Duty

MeanderingMind Re:Seriously... (167 comments)

I think my analogy of someone else eating broccoli/discussing how they like broccoli fits better. You're not being forced to digest xkcd simply because someone suggests you might like it.

Now if people are constantly forwarding comics to you/hotlinking comic in forums you read, that's more analogous to broccoli showing up in your food (which, incidentally, has recently happened to me) and worthy of ire.

more than 3 years ago
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xkcd, Devotion To Duty

MeanderingMind Re:Seriously... (167 comments)

I hate broccoli. You know what I do when someone who loves broccoli starts fawning over some dish they recently ate which had broccoli in it? Nothing really, I just enjoy the conversation and talk about something I like in response. I don't even have to mention I don't like broccoli.

It's not like you need to burst a vein every time you see XKCD mentioned somewhere. If you do you can't really call it dislike anymore.

Although maybe I'm doing it wrong. The next time I'm in a restaurant and I see someone at another table with broccoli, I'm going to turn beat red and throw a hissy fit about how horrible broccoli is and how terrible it is that I have to see the stuff in public because of those damned broccoli lovers who think it's some miracle cancer curing vegetable or something. Yeah, that "Don't sweat the small stuff" crap won't be for me anymore. I'm going to make a big deal out of absolutely nothing.

Starting with your comment. How am I doing?

more than 3 years ago
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Core i5 and i3 CPUs With On-Chip GPUs Launched

MeanderingMind Re:Sockets and mobos (235 comments)

That's kind of like saying you can paint the Mona Lisa by just dabbing the right colors on the canvas. If you want to make something good and avoid making potentially damaging mistakes there's an awful lot of work involved.

Another important point is that the knowledge for changing oil or fixing a pipe doesn't change unless you buy a new car or completely overhaul your plumbing. Every time you build a new computer you have to get up to speed on all the latest developments, find reviews for many individual components, check system comparisons, monitor prices etc. Unless you habitually track all of that in your spare time or plan to just throw a bunch of parts together and hope it makes sense, it's a fairly long and involved process.

more than 4 years ago
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The Noisy and Prolonged Death of Journalism

MeanderingMind Re:the real threat will be government intervention (388 comments)

Consider Sony's simultaneous lawsuits against Lik-Sang over their PSP sales. Sony didn't sue them everywhere because their lawyers were bored, but because it was economically impossible for Lik-Sang to respond to that. Consider how many human trafficking rings begin with poor families in foreign countries being leveraged against economically, forcing them to send their daughters to "work". You're utterly naive if you think economics can't be used to apply force to a person, institution, or system.

Hell, it was practically the plot of Batman Begins.

more than 4 years ago
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The Noisy and Prolonged Death of Journalism

MeanderingMind Re:the real threat will be government intervention (388 comments)

You can get slaves for sale without using force. it depends on what constitutes force or fraud as defined by the government in charge of the free market, as opposed to a universal absolute.

It's entirely feasible, and in fact common, for governments to overlook economic force. For example, the RIAA lawsuits. In many cases the defendants can not afford to defend themselves. What is one government's fraud is another's acceptable business practice.

more than 4 years ago
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The Noisy and Prolonged Death of Journalism

MeanderingMind Re:the real threat will be government intervention (388 comments)

I think you're confusing "free market" and freedom. A country that espouses freedom can't have slaves for sale on the market, can't allow contracts with unconscionable terms etc. A free market doesn't care either way, its only concern is what people have to sell, and what people will pay for that product. If people want to buy slaves, and people have slaves for sale, there will be slaves on the market. In fact, there are slaves on the black market even now, though they are sold for purposes completely separate from cotton picking.

The moment you add any regulation, such as courts, into the system the "free" part becomes heavily qualified, and what you really have is a regulated market.

more than 4 years ago
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The Noisy and Prolonged Death of Journalism

MeanderingMind Re:the real threat will be government intervention (388 comments)

It's there, it just doesn't get as much attention because the government isn't actively attempting to squelch it.

For example, would we really have cared about potential corruption in the Iranian election for more than a day if it wasn't for the fact that brutal methods were employed to silence dissenters?

more than 4 years ago
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EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry

MeanderingMind Re:Honest from the start (221 comments)

While it makes logical sense for EA to make these changes, I think it would probably have helped the situation greatly if they'd done some basic PR about why the changes were necessary.

more than 4 years ago
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EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry

MeanderingMind Re:Times are a changing.. (221 comments)

I think the crucial difference there is that in real-world sports extra money only affords you better players. It's not like an underfunded baseball team has to play with a wiffle bat, while a grossly overfunded team gets to use a bazooka to pitch.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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MeanderingMind MeanderingMind writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MeanderingMind (884641) writes "Despite Nintendo's strap replacement program the lawsuit continues. The replacement program doesn't address the damage already caused by Wiimotes in flight.

From the Article:

"...a rep at Green Welling told Next-Gen that the free replacement program doesn't mark the end of the class action.

He said that even though Nintendo has issued a thicker strap, "there is no indication of the effectiveness of new strap."

He also noted that Nintendo's strap replacement program doesn't address property damage caused by flying Wiimotes. Windows, plasma TVs and other expensive items have apparently fell victim to Wiimotes slipping from the hands of exuberant players.""
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MeanderingMind MeanderingMind writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MeanderingMind writes "Graduating college and moving a few thousand miles away from my birthplace, hometown, and 22 year residence has left me rather isolated from friends and family. As much as I'd like to resign myself to 9-5 workdays followed by playing World of Warcraft or any of the new and upcoming home consoles all by myself, I'd much rather be playing World of Warcraft or any of the new and upcoming home consoles with a bunch of friends. Any tips for a nerd on how to seek out and locate people sharing similar interests in a major metropolitan area?"

Journals

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This is not my Journal

MeanderingMind MeanderingMind writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is.

SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: The content of the preceding page is liable to be highly random, opinionated, videogame related, day to day idiot related or otherwise mundane or crazy. It is advisable to maintain a safe distance from any sheep while reading.

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