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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

Rakarra Re:The terrorist won. (187 comments)

By participating you're part of the problem, not the solution.

The creed of the lazy slacker who never does shit.

yesterday
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Rakarra Re:the new (224 comments)

in both the ray rice and this case, you have a group or individual in power to affect someone else's life looking at something on a screen, instantly finding it distasteful, and relegating the person to a professional junkyard and a life of struggle without really ANY facts about the situation, the history, etc etc

If by 'group' you mean almost the entire news-watching population of the US, that would be correct. Ray Rice was the scandal, the NFL saw the tape early on, tried to hush it up and protect him, but once the footage was leaked, there was no holding back the outrage. Ray Rice doesn't belong along with the persecuted whistle-blowers any more than Nixon's campaign workers who broke into the Watergate offices did. He was taken down because a whistle-blower made his wrongdoing public.

3 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Rakarra Re:Exact Opposite of the Obama Campaign Message (224 comments)

Maybe mother theresa didn't do that many bad things a whistleblower could tell the others?

You don't know much about the story of Mother Teresa, did you?

The obvious criticisms that wouldn't surprise would be her objection to contraception and abortion, calling abortion the ultimate evil, and that the 450,000 women raped in Bangladesh be forced to have those children.

More notable though would be her attitude that suffering is good. Suffering brings you closer to God, so it is good that the poor suffered. Of course it wasn't good to make suffering happen through evil acts, but to her it was better that the poor accepted their suffering. Because of that, her charity missions did not properly stock painkillers, as it was better for a terminally ill patient to suffer near death... nor did the nurses discriminate between curable and incurable ailments, again because suffering and death is just spiritually better for you.

There were other allegations like her coziness with Charles Keating (she accepted a lot of money he stole, and she refused to give it back), but other than her refusal to return stolen money, those allegations are hard to prove and feel he-said, she-said. Being close to communist dictators and honoring them was also just something she had to do to operate in communist countries.

3 days ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Rakarra Re:Credit cards? (80 comments)

And it's one reason why I never ever use my debit card like it was a credit card. Debit cards just don't have the protections that credit cards do.

4 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Rakarra Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

That's like believing that all women who are feminists believe 90% of men should be phased out.

Ah yes! I remember SCUM :-)

4 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Rakarra Re:Where does it go? (154 comments)

As far as I can tell, there are generally two things that can be rescued from a cancelled game:

1) The game engine, if it was unique to the game. Of course if you're using someone else's engine this point doesn't apply.
2) Story lines, either the overall story line, or minor subplots. Works best if this is a part of a franchise, otherwise your mileage may vary for what can be salvaged.

Art is such a mixed bag. If you can immediately yank something to put into a game in a similar genre, great, though the longer you wait, the more the technical hurdles end up outweighing the usability of the assets, such that it's better to redesign from scratch.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Rakarra Re:F*ck Titan. (154 comments)

Diablo 3 was a big disappointment to me on launch. But I think the game has made great strides and is pretty good now. And the new ladder season means everyone in the same ladder starts out on the same level.

I also missed my chance to try out the market when it was still usable.

You didn't miss out. The market was the biggest reason why regular D3 was such a disappointment.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Rakarra Re:It isn't the first time for Blizzard (154 comments)

The first time it was officially announced that Ghost was canceled was yesterday in the article linked to in this slashdot topic. Previously it had been on hold indefinitely with the last official statement coming in 2008. So sometime in the past six years it was cancelled without much fanfare. Of course, it had been considered vaporware for some time before the 2008 announcement.

At least with Starcraft: Ghost, they had playable demos at Blizzcon.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Rakarra Re:What where they copying? (154 comments)

> WoW's real game always only really starts at level cap.

So basically all the fun a person has while leveling doesn't count ??

Way back in 2005 in the earlier days of vanilla, I was told over and over again that the "real game" begins at level 60. Keep adding more tiers of endgame (60-70, 70-80, 80-85, 85-90, and now 90-100) and you have to start compressing that 1-60 experience or it really will take ages to get to the endgame.

That being said, I'm not a fan of how the Cataclysm-redesigned leveling zones turned out. I like a bit more challenge and more exploration. I'm just happy they didn't touch Outland.

WoW has turned into one major grind-fest.

The comments here are funny. I see a bunch of people on one side who claim that any semblance of a grind has been wiped out, and other people complaining that WoW is nothing but grind.

Grind for gear while the next patch nullifies and obsoletes it

Well geez, what do you propose that would be better? If new gear isn't better than the old gear, then there's no reason to try to get the new gear. No reason to really try to progress -- in fact, progression would be way too fast, and you'd be sitting around doing nothing for 6 months because everything was easily beatable when it came out. That's the price for making different gear tiers equivalent.

That, and it would lead to trying to grind old dungeons for the best gear, and that WOULD be an exercise in frustration that would dwarf anything in the game now.

It was this way right from the very start, too. Good luck trying to beat C'Thun if your whole party is wearing items from Scholomance. Naxx40 if you've just barely beaten Molten Core? Good luck. And should shoulder pads looted from a level 40 instance really be as good as those from a level 60 instance? Almost every RPG from the last 30 years is built around the idea that dungeons closer to the end of game give you better items, and that you discard/sell/shard the previous gear that you'd gotten. I'm not sure what sort of a game we'd have if we eliminated 60+ progression, but I doubt it would have lasted more than a year. I'm not sure I really understand the mind-set where getting new gear to replace old gear is a bad thing.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Rakarra Re:What where they copying? (154 comments)

and basically turning "raid finder" raids into the step-up Heroics.

Well, they're not changing that much (unless you have an established group) from the current system other than relabeling what the raids are called. Warlords's "heroic raids" will be the same difficulty as Pandaria's "normal raids," Warlords's "normal raids" will be the same difficulty as Pandaria's "flex raids." The new Mythic Raids fulfill the same difficulty level as the old Heroics. "Raid Finder" remains unchanged. So there are the same four raid tiers that there are now.

The reason for the change is that since flex scaling was added to the next raid tier as well (what used to be 'normal'), it didn't make much sense to call a raid tier "Flex Raids" anymore, as if that designation was special or unique to the tier.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Rakarra Re:So, when can we expect... (154 comments)

That might be hard to balance out different characters. Blizzard has enough issues with PvP and PvE balance for humanoid characters in WoW. For example, if you are an Ultralisk you can pretty much stomp on any other ground based character but completely helpless against some aircraft.

Maybe, but even in WoW it's freely acknowledged by the developers that that 1 vs 1 combat is not balanced, that some classes will just be BETTER than other classes, but that together they achieve some sort of form of balance. Starcraft works along the same lines, though because of Starcraft's resource feature the 1on1 imbalances are more acute. An MMO would have to have a different style of combat system to make up for that, or scrap the whole imbalance entirely.

5 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Rakarra Re:Not Coincidence, it's the point (236 comments)

I think the GP has a point. Of Apple defied the order what would happen? Tim Cook in handcuffs?

There's no reason to be so heavy handed. They would just get a bad reputation on the federal level as a company which refused to cooperate with investigators on terrorism manners. Contracts would start to dry up. Departments that used macs would start to switch to Linux. iphones would be replaced with Android or something more custom.

Congress passed the "National Minimum Drinking Age Act," a matter which constitutionally they should have little authority over. When some states showed little interest in raising the drinking age to 21, the ATF didn't go in with guns and demand the state legislature to change their mind. Instead, they said "look, the act authorizes us to cut the amount of federal highway funds that go to your state. That's what will happen if you don't raise the minimum legal drinking age." Lo and behold, within a few years, all 50 states and the District of Columbia had "voluntarily raised" the drinking age to 21. That's how things get done: not with the stick, but that they legally offer a lot of carrots that states can't afford to turn down, and then attach strings to those carrots to get states to do things that Congress shouldn't have authority over.

It would be risky but if they really stand by their principals like they say they do...

What would happen if they stood by their principals is little more than an extremely large entity giving its business to their competitors. Very little would happen that could give those in charge direct bad press.

5 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Rakarra Re:What do Terrorists use? (236 comments)

Obviously they are not hipster enough for Apple products, ironic beards not withstanding.

I don't think they're going for -irony- with those beards.

You would be correct though in stating that both hipsters and terrorists try to make statements with their beards.

5 days ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Rakarra Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

Custer was about the US Army's charge to push the American Indians of the area onto their assigned reservations. One can argue the morality of this, but since this time the courts have ordered restitution to the descendants of the Native Americans who where displaced. This payment, which represents the value of the Black Hills land at the time it was taken with interest sits unclaimed in escrow with a value approaching about a billion dollars. So, at lest in the case of Custer and the campaign he was involved in, the USA is making restitution for their actions.

Forcing someone off of their land and paying them a pittance for it is still kicking someone off of their land. It doesn't make it much less of an ignoble crime.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Rakarra Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

If I were to listen to all of them, nobody would be a Muslim

This works for Christians too, you know! Jack Chick of the Chick Tracts fame obviously has it out for the Roman Catholics (he has explicitly claimed that the Roman Catholic Church was started by Satan himself) and that only his brand of evangelical Protestantism could bring you to Jesus. And on the other side, I attended a Catholic high school and had a religion professor tell me that all non-Catholic denominations were cults set to take your soul.

That's just what happens when you listen to the extremists.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Rakarra Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

Doesn't bestow riches or anything on this dirtball planet. Yet legions are running around claiming anything they do is because Allah wills it.

Sounds like they're really worshiping Tash.

about a week ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

Rakarra Re:I keep hearing about all these outlets (144 comments)

While I don't see the need for a 3-d printer for myself, right now, I'd love to be able to walk into a place, scan a broken part, and have them print a new plastic one.

On my outdoor shed, there's a plastic proprietary piece of plastic that holds the door off the ground and lets it slide. The plastic broke, and I have no chance of just being able to get a replacement part. I wouldn't even know where to begin to look! But if I had access to a 3-d printer, I could glue the part back together, scan it, and get a new, stronger one printed out.

about a week ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Rakarra Re: More common, and possibly unconstitutional... (124 comments)

There really is no reason to distinguish between republicans and democrats

Of course there is. There's no reason to distinguish between them if you're a single-issue voter (where one issue greatly outweighs any others) and both parties agree on that issue.

If you're a single woman on welfare, and Republicans want to cut your monthly benefits, you're going to think there's a huge difference between the parties.

If you're an evangelical Christian and you think that gay marriage is a state-sponsored affront to God, you're going to think there's a huge difference between the parties.

If you think climate change is a bunch of BS and that your company shouldn't have its carbon emissions regulated, you're going to think there's a huge difference between the parties.

If your first concern is whether the government overreaches in surveillance efforts, you may not think there's much difference between the parties.

It's a difference of perspective, what is important to you.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Rakarra Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

No true muslim.

Are you making the claim that most muslims and Islamic texts support terrorism, beheadings, mass executions, etc?

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Rakarra Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

The move to the Republican party is actually fairly recent. Hell, when I moved down here about twenty years ago, the bible belt was still Dixiecrat territory. After all, that's where you get Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, etc.

Political change can take a long time, usually for the old generation still in power to actually die off.

about a week ago

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