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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Xphile101361 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (981 comments)

believe me, if we won't do something about these ISIS people, they will not stop until they reach the borders of the western world, and by then it will be too late.

It scares me to no end that you got modded "Informative" for that post. Too late? Too late for what? You honestly think ISIS is going to march into Europe and plant their flag in Paris?

ISIS exists because both Syria and Iraq have had their own internal struggles. Using the chaos of those struggles, they managed to seize military equipment and take control of land. The people they are a threat to are the civilians in the region that have no way of fighting back against them. They'll never manage to take on Isreal, Iran or Turkey

Nothing good will happen when Western Nations fight ISIS. The only good that will happen is if nations in the region actually stand up to them and deal with the problem

about 2 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

Xphile101361 Re:Value (253 comments)

Note: I am a currently GW2 player and like the game. Hoping to put some context around the above's comments for people who haven't played the game.

1) The game play did majorly switch between GW1 and GW2. They reimplemented the class system, created a whole new skill system and a bunch of other things. Some of this were a disappointment to me as well, as they removed the "Monk" class and you no longer had the ability to have a Main and Secondary class for each character. Beyond that though, I found the rest of the changes to be an improvement for the most part.

2&3) At any given time, you have 10 skills on your character. The first five skills are defined by what weapon combination you are currently wielding. Every Necromancer using a staff will have the same five skills. You then have a slot for a healing skill, three slots for utility skills and one slot for an elite skill. On top of this you also have a "trait" system, which modifies your skills or gives you bonuses for certain types of actions (steal HP on crit, your AoE skills get bigger, etc). I find this is where most of the customization comes into the game, while in the original GW you simply just dumped points into various stat pools to make the associated skills stronger.

It does suck that you can't move your weapon skills to different slots. Some of the skills i use far more often than others, and it would be nice to have those as one and two all the time, instead of two and four on one set of weapons and five and four on a different set of weapons. The rest of the skills (6-0) can be put on different keyboard commands though, as most people I know make "Q" their heal skill and "E' their elite skill. Overall I think that after you play awhile, you just get used to it. I constantly shift back and forth between my two weapon configurations on multiple characters and no longer have issues, but it did take awhile to learn.

4) There are two storylines, your personal story line and the "Living World Storyline". I agree about the personal storyline. After about level 40, I became rather disinterested in it. GW2 for the past year has been pushing out bi-weekly updates that push the "Living World" story forward and this one I have enjoyed immensely.

5) This is the one that I have to disagree with, unless we have very different versions of grinding. Basically anything in this game will give you XP. Craft a new item? Explore a new location? Do a jumping puzzle? Congrats, you got XP for all of that, on top of any killing that you have to do. So leveling I never felt was a grind, as I had a choice to basically do whatever I wanted in game and I would level up for doing it.

As for equipment... everything in the game is craftable. Legendary items do take a lot of grinding to acquire, but they are meant to showcase the dedication of the player. Between Karma rewards given by the vendors when you help out a location and the ability to craft equipment, I've never had to either grind or spend real money to get equipment. I've gotten so much crafting stuff just by running around and salvaging stuff that I make stuff just to throw it into the slot machine for a chance to get a precursor item.

about 9 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Xphile101361 Re:No... (627 comments)

Agreed, but lacks car analogy. Using an IDE makes you a bad programmer like pneumatic tools make you a bad mechanic.

about 9 months ago

High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

Xphile101361 Re:"Lord Justice Laws" (169 comments)

That was what got a chuckle out of me as I read the headline

about 9 months ago

Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe?

Xphile101361 Re:Oh, goodie. (117 comments)

Who cares. I don't care whether it adds millions to his bank account or gives an alien a heart attack.

And now you know why they invade us in all the movies. Every time you mod funny, you give an alien a heart attack

about a year ago

A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

Xphile101361 Re:Fucking rednecks (1030 comments)

All you are doing is proving the point that politicians, ALL politicians, need to stay out of it and not pick winners and losers.

1 year,5 days

US Postal Service To Make Sunday Deliveries For Amazon

Xphile101361 Re:So Saturday Bad, Sunday Good? (258 comments)

Read the summary? loses money on first-class mail delivery, but package delivery is profitable. Saturday MAIL delivery loses them money. While Sunday PACKAGE delivery is profitable.

1 year,17 days

German Federal Police Helicopter Circles US Consulate

Xphile101361 Re:But of course (239 comments)

You always have meaningful choices. You always have the option of not exercising them.

about a year ago

Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

Xphile101361 Re:I was planning to get one... (329 comments)

How much does a "small HTPC" cost? Is it 35$ or less?

about a year ago

Schneier: The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet

Xphile101361 Re:Al Gore wants the Internet back (413 comments)

With the vast array of powers that the VP has to block or change legislation? Or the executive orders which he can create to change how it is implemented? Or the ability to rule upon the constitutionality of such a program?

about a year ago

NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Xphile101361 Re:Yes, and? (780 comments)

2) If you're going to claim higher crime rates are related to lead poisoning, you should also consider that lower crime rates are related to high per capita firearm ownership (and in turn, shooting). There is no association here, this is a strawman argument.

Bakaara Market must be the safest place in the world.

about a year ago

Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

Xphile101361 Re:League of Legends (743 comments)

Because like Doom and Counter Strike, League of Legends will be the next "violent games makes kids violent" scapegoat when something happens.

about a year ago

What Can You Find Out From Metadata?

Xphile101361 Re:The old, white guys knew... (341 comments)

“[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business."
-- A.A. Milne

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”
-- Winston Churchill

“Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”
-- Ambrose Bierce

“A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.”
-- Dorothy L. Sayers

“He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
-- Rudyard Kipling

about a year and a half ago

Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Xphile101361 Re:A win for me (716 comments)

and an NRA paradise as everyone owns a gun and uses it?

about a year and a half ago

US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

Xphile101361 Re:bollocks (678 comments)

The same way they deliver their goods to over 2000 different locations without having to drive there themselves?
Maybe part of the reason I don't see a problem is that I live in a sane state were we have one state sales tax and no sales taxes at the city or county level.

about a year and a half ago

US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

Xphile101361 Re:bollocks (678 comments)

Held accountable how? If the businesses are not required to tell the state that you bought something and they need a warrant to search your financial files to tell if you bought something... exactly how are they to determine that you spend thousands of dollars on Amazon without paying use tax on the items you bought.

about a year and a half ago

Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

Xphile101361 Re:But...Agile teaches us... (400 comments)

To me, that makes sense.
The purpose of being "agile" is to be able to change things. If you have to complain and bitch on forums about things not working, then you obviously aren't getting feedback from those evolved and changing things to make them work.

about a year and a half ago


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