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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

epyT-R Re:OMFG, stupid (487 comments)

There are far fewer teslas on the road.

2 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

epyT-R Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (443 comments)

or countries which demand that science agree with dogmatic ideology.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

epyT-R Re:Fox News? (443 comments)

Are you saying that grant chasing doesn't happen? I assume not. Therefore, it is in society's best interests that the media do its job and find out if there is fraud and tell us. Is fox lying to make koolaid? I don't know. Like their koolaid flavored friends on the left, they mix lies with the truth to push their political agendas. This kind of lie is no better than msnbc's latest medical 'study' correlating without causating about some social dynamic in order to shape assumptions, or all the appeals to emotion and mixing of politics in today's 'documentaries'. While it's true there are science deniers out there who refuse to budge on their dogmatic beliefs, I think the main problem is that people have been conditioned to think with emotion rather than reason because that drives people to the store shelves, to stare at the TV and to buy into dogmatic political ideologies that destroy liberty. Lie enough times to such people and they'll never believe you even when you are telling the truth (eg climate science) because they lack the faculties and the information to discern it.

yesterday
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

epyT-R Re:'toxic' players (50 comments)

Fuck mainstream. At some point the new player has to stretch out. Games aren't about IV feeds and colostomy bags. These people are better served by cable tv.

3 days ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

epyT-R Re:F2P means newcomers have to deal with toxicity (50 comments)

Have separate chat channels for public and team/squad that are independently mutable for voice and text. It shouldn't be hard. Really, though, the cultures need to toughen up again. I think there are bigger problems when we have 16-30yo players crying over trashtalk or 'mean spirited' tactics. If the game allows it, then it's ok. If the fact the game allows it is not ok, patch the game.

3 days ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

epyT-R Re:The difference (50 comments)

Well, to be fair, a lot of play involved team deathmatch and tourney/duel 2v2 modes, which were much more structured and required team effort. Trash talk still happened there, though it was less frequent. This wasn't due so much to censorship from above (although, like I said, there were a few server admins that tried this and their servers failed to gain popularity), but just that players spent most of their chat time in team chat rather than global, and a lot of that was just binds. FFA/pickup games were more casual and allowed more chatty behavior.

I just think catering to whiners by sterilizing everyone else's environment is self defeating. They cannot be appeased no matter how E-for-everyone they try to make the interaction, because in the long run, this sterilization causes more extreme reactions to diminishing stimulus. The real reason they whine is because they get beat by better players who likely play more often. Publishers are better off focusing on these better players because they are likely repeat customers (assuming subscription mmo here). Flattening the skill curve on the better players in vain attempts to reach everyone ruins the game itself. Offering some incentive for new players is fine, but the main game should not be compromised, nor should the culture that built up around it.

3 days ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

epyT-R Re: 'toxic' players (50 comments)

Like I said, the better, more consistent players (ie the ones who are repeat customers) are the ones growing thicker skins and focusing on playing the game.

3 days ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

epyT-R 'toxic' players (50 comments)

Do today's gamers really care about being called 'fag' on the internet? I'm not much of a mmo player, but back in the quake days, the problem was dealt with by keeping the few who did whine to a minimum instead of pandering to them. They were unceremoniously booted from servers, laughed at and kicked off irc, and, otherwise, mocked and ignored. While some of them did persist, the community was healthy and stayed healthy for a long time because of that. Irrelevant complaints about 'mean words' and social justice politics were ignored. If you wanted respect, you had to get good at the game. Nothing else mattered. There were a few servers (out of thousands) that had silly rules meant to appease these people, and you know what? They rarely if ever had any players on them. A little pool shock every now and then keeps the water fresh and clear.

As far as other behavior goes, like griefing or outright cheating, it was difficult to do the former without sucking really bad anyway. There were a few specific maps and/modes that would lend themselves to it, but usually persistent griefers were booted after a minute or two. While there were some known cheaters that got away with it for a long time (even a whole clan of cheaters iirc), most were caught and booted/banned from servers.

The answer to 'abuse' in gaming is a chat toggle. Those who can't handle the main chat should turn it off, and the ones who whine anyway should get votekicked. These special snowflakes aren't worth pandering to. The better players are almost always more immune to the banter and trash talk anyway.

3 days ago
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

epyT-R Re:Proprietary (64 comments)

Yeah but those practices don't include catching exceptions in their video drivers.

4 days ago
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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

epyT-R Re:Who cares (87 comments)

doing your part for the idiocracy

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

epyT-R Re:Don't complain... (211 comments)

No, it is not.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

epyT-R Re:Don't complain... (211 comments)

Yes, well the devil's in the details. My definition of 'fair' is not the same as the left's. Mine is keep what you earn (or at least 90% of it or so), and allow the meritocracy to operate more naturally. Theirs boils down to insistence on equal outcome, everywhere, even at the cost of liberty and bonafide justice. They go so far as to manufacture evidence and coerce institutions to get involved with it (a new one that comes to mind is itsonus.org and college campuses). We are not borg drones, we are a diverse group of individuals with differing strengths and weaknesses. To expect equal outcome from such a group is lunacy. That said, I do not disagree with a welfare system that supports the truly disabled, possibly finding them work if they are able enough. I just have big problems with the current one that rewards welfare babies and hands out (d)ebt cards.

The far right? Who is that? the cheneys and ashcrofts and bush's? They are not really rightwing. They are neo-right. There's a huge difference. They advocate tax breaks and market cornering legislation for fortune 100s. They need a big government to do this. The traditional republican party doesn't really give a shit about the working class or liberty.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

epyT-R Re:Don't complain... (211 comments)

oh and btw, I don't think your post was objectionable, that's why I replied to it.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

epyT-R Re:Don't complain... (211 comments)

I am from the US (I am sure you guessed by now). Here in the states, it is the left (democrat) that wants to grow the size of the state, increase taxes, and reward voters with handouts and 'social justice' witch hunts for protected castes. The 'right' that is typically talked about are the republicans (usually called neo-conservative), who want less regulations (but not necessarily a smaller government) and tax breaks for business owners (but not so much of either for the working class). The libertarian 'right' advocates a more streamlined government that is more efficient and fiscally responsible with tax dollars, and protects liberty from those who'd want to take it for economic or social reasons. They advocate a meritocratic society where free expression and entrepreneurialism naturally take hold. Despite what some will say, they are not against charity or helping the truly destitute or disabled. Right now, a big part of their platform is reduction and/or total reversal of the federal government's deficit spending pattern, which is inflating the currency and making life harder for the average citizen.

Keep in mind that this works both ways. You are from Germany so I'd expect you to have a German perspective, and that's perfectly fine. I am from the US, expect me to have a US perspective. I've noticed lately that a lot of US posters are getting caustic replies for their US centrism from those on the european continent, and possibly other places. It is hypocritical for them to be intolerant of US-centric expression while expressing their own culturally centric views.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

epyT-R Re:Don't complain... (211 comments)

I live in the US. Expect me to have a US centric view. I'd expect Australians to have an Australian perspective on politics even when judging the US as well as other countries. Same for Canadians in Canada. That's normal and natural.

I disagree with your definitions, even from a global perspective. Historically, leftists (of any flavor) want to centralize power in the state under the guise of doing 'The Peoples'' bidding, and rightists prefer smaller governments and traditional values. Even the 'revolutionary' sorts like the bolsheviks and che guevara overthrew the goverment and took on its trappings to push back against real or perceived threats within the country. Obviously, whoever's in power will want to accrete more, eventually becoming the new tyrant. This is why the US constitution is written the way it is. It significantly slows this process, but cannot stop it entirely. It depends on a population that cares for individual liberty in order to keep balance. Unfortunately, the US population is losing that interest in return for handouts and so-called 'social justice' witch hunts.

You're right, that's what the current US government does.. It claims to act in the public's interest, but is really only acting in the interests of a phalanx of powerful single issue and business interests. The larger the state, the greater its reach, and that means more scope to coerce the public's behavior. The most direct way I see to reduce this influence is to reduce the size of the federal government. It was never supposed to be this large in the first place, and it seems preoccupied with tasks it isn't meant to do...it also seems very against the tasks it's supposed to take care of (eg defend the mexican border). Without this taxpayer funded behemoth, these special interests, economic or social, will have to fund their efforts on their own, and without the big mouthpiece.

Your canadian example seems very similar to here, except that in your case it's contained within one party. Here in the states, the democrats do the government powergrabs while the republicans dole out the special favors to industry..all against the interest of the public. Unions are a response to improper treatment by employers and should be allowed to form freely. However, if they get too big, they can strangle whole industries with competition killing regulations and overly inflated wages. Like oversized governments, when they get this big, they are no longer for 'the people' but for themselves.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

epyT-R Re:Don't complain... (211 comments)

Typical response from someone who thinks anyone to the right of a typical swedish politician must be a war mongering nationalist. This seems to come from a lot of europeans who've unfortunately fallen for their own propaganda artists like we have, here, in the states. I laugh when I hear stuff like this because it sounds just as dogmatic and demented as the tripe I get from leftists in my own country. To me, they differ only in style and local cultural issues. Their ideology is essentially the same. Oh, usually it is the leftist who uses conspiracy theories to justify yet more encroachment on liberty.

The left here is always talking about oppression and how any unequal outcome no matter how slight (eg 'micro aggressions') must be due to systemic oppression. So in the name of fighting that, they institute the same social oppression in the opposite direction along the lines they say are so terrible for private citizens to use as delineators in the first place. They call this hypocritical travesty 'affirmative action,' and now we live with all the extra passive aggressive, divisive behavior it breeds in the workplace, on college campuses, and, recently, even online communities (atheism+, 'gamergate' etc). For what? Stable voting blocks and power, of course. Making people mad at each other gets them to the voting booths..and frees up their wallets.

Total Surveillance is a wet dream for both parties. Democrats are control freaks who represent the single issue lobbyist wannabe tyrants who want to tell everyone what to think and how to act, and republicans represent the interests of fortune 100s who want to corner the market in their favor with legislation. None of this is right wing, pro liberty, pro privacy, or pro free market. Like we need to do, here, Australians need to vote their own tyrants out of office.

I think you are talking about the neo-conservatives, who, like you implied, are just to the right of the democrats. The USA most definitely has a left wing bent. Democrat or republican controlled, our government burns more taxpayer and borrowed cash in a year than most of the rest of the world combined. While I don't agree with them, I can at least respect the overt socialist parties of this country for being very open and honest about their objectives and ideology. I cannot say the same for the so-called 'moderate' democrats as legislating the same things under the radar is anything but moderate. This I find evil, yes, as evil as all the shit ashcroft and friends did to liberty under bush 2.0.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

epyT-R Re:Niggers and Jews (211 comments)

Actually, that question is relatively easy to answer. Different races have slightly different biochemistry. To caucasians, black people have an odor, but to blacks, caucasians have an odor. This is true of other races as well. Ask an asian what he thinks of caucasian odor.. Men and women smell different too.

In the case of jews, well, most of them are caucasian as judiasm is a religion and not a race. I'm assuming your caucasian.

5 days ago

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