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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

genner Re:Golly, the "USA Freedom Ac" - it must be good! (173 comments)

If I had written the bill, I would have named it "USA #1 Freedom Bald Eagle Star Spangled Flag Waving Democracy Rah Rah Rah Act"

Vote yes on FBESSFWDRRRA!

yesterday
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

genner Re:5thed is irrelevant. (179 comments)

So you're saying GURPS is the best game for a Dragonball Z campaign? Six seasons later, the flaming dragon-fist punch finally lands...

Also works for Final Fantasy campaigns.......I summon Knights of the Round!............at least there's less grunting.

2 days ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

genner USB not pci. (502 comments)

Usb adapters replaced pci cards for us die hard users. Why wouldn't I want a audio solution for both my laptop and desktop.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

genner Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

This will likely end in their favour; You have no contract, you can be fired at will. Then again, I hear that there's parts of the US where this can happen anyway. Boggles the mind...

Of course I could be fired if they ever checked it but I could go to work for whoever I wanted.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

genner Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

Last one I got I just turned in blank. Office drones never check that stuff until there's a lawsuit.

about a month ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

genner Re:Silicon Valley is such a strange place (593 comments)

You'd also filter out Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.

I'm afraid I don't know either of those people personally, do you? Or are you you simply relying on public image and the usual BS stories people pass around about well known people.

Jobs died because he was confident he could cure cancer with a special diet. If that's not the definition of overconfident I don't know what is.

about a month ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

genner Enlightenment or Icewm (611 comments)

Keeps it simple
List fails without these.

about 2 months ago
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Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

genner Re:My favorite, and last, memory of DayZ (212 comments)

I don't play Rust or DayZ (not a PC gamer), so I'm not understanding something here. Wouldn't cooperating with other players be beneficial? More zombies than players right? So wouldn't it be like the Walking Dead when Rick figures out that more people is better because when you have plenty of people you have more skills/hands/eyes/brains available to do stuff?

So why aren't smart players camping spawns to recruit new players into groups so they can secure larger areas and more resources, and then when group borders meet up, merging groups into town-states.

The short answer is that some people are just assholes.

The long answer is more complicated. In a game like DayZ, you have to work to get equipped, to get food, to find shelter. At any time you can be killed and have to start all over with nothing. Now, imagine you come across a village that you want to scavenge. You can go in, risk getting attacked by another player, risk getting killed by zombies, and you don't even know if there is anything worth the risk. But if you see someone else searching the village, and say you have a rifle, you can just sit back, let them take all the risk by clearing the houses and grabbing anything good, then once they leave you can simply shoot them and take whatever gear they found along with whatever they had on them. You have significantly reduced the risk to yourself by doing so and get to live a little bit longer. Plus, since when you spawn you spawn with essentially nothing (just a flashlight), camping a spawn location (which is really the entire coastline) doesn't really help yourself since you would have to give things to your new buddy for him to be of any immediate use, and then would have to split whatever you found later with them as well.

It's really just history repeating itself. People do work together but only in the small groups of people that they trust. Tribe mentality takes over and outsiders are killed on sight because they can't be trusted.

about 2 months ago
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Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

genner Re:My favorite, and last, memory of DayZ (212 comments)

Rust is worse. Unlike DayZ, where (if I remember right) players start with a pistol, in Rust people start with a rock. The rock is a melee-only weapon with a horribly long swing time. It's deadly at close range, but it takes maybe half an hour to get a gun in Rust.

A very, very common sight in Rust is players with M4s and other military-grade weapons (which supposedly are only "placeholders" but have been in the game since its inception) killing people who have just spawned. On some servers, there are entire teams of people dedicated to camping popular spawn locations for the SOLE PURPOSE of killing anyone who dares to randomly spawn there.

There is no benefit to doing this. The rock is a useless item, not used for making anything else, and at most the new spawns might find a few wood or stone before they're killed.. neither of which are useful to the guys in metal bases with assault weapons. There is no advantage to killing like this - in fact, you're wasting precious ammo - but people do it anyway. Granted, a lot of them seem to be pre-teens with no jobs who can spend 24 hours a day grinding ammunition.

Med-kits are useful and everyone spawns with them.
That being said.......

about 2 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

genner It's a smaller bubble (154 comments)

but it's a bubble.

about 2 months ago
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Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

genner Re:$340 for BBC America on FIOS. (255 comments)

I an a FIOS customer, and they have 3 plans of issue here: Select HD, Prime HD, and ExtremeHD. Select has every channel I want. Prime adds some channels, but takes away others, namely BBCA. Extreme then is Select+Prime+more. I'd be happy on Prime if it had BBCA, but as a result, I pay a price difference of $340 a year for one channel. I could deal with dropping it and going Amazon and getting the BBC shows that way, but there are severals hows on there that I watch. (And I'm not referring to St:TNG reruns)

Dr Who?

about 2 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

genner Re:Just to stir the pot (457 comments)

I'm just annoyed there wasn't a Caravan of Courage option.

No Christmas special either.

about 3 months ago
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Wretched Ride: PS4 Driveclub Game Rental Tied To Paid Subscription

genner Re:There's a simple solution (93 comments)

You try to bullshit me with your contract, I'm not entering it. Keep your game, I keep my money, let's see who can rather afford it.

I normally take this attitude but Sony is breaking laws here. There needs to be a lawsuit at the very least.

about 3 months ago
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

genner Re:Do the states that allowed people to carry guns (274 comments)

require the people carrying a gun to also carry liability insurance and carry proof of that insurance with them anytime they are carrying their gun? I hope so, but probably not.

I think that if we are required to carry liability insurance and proof thereof for something as mundane as driving a car we should require the same for carrying something that is designed specifically to kill other people.

I think the "free market" could solve the gun problem in the US in a hurry. Insurers would simply make it so expensive to carry a gun that people would have to give up on the idea.

Yeah make it so that only the rich are allowed to have guns legally. I'm sure that will go over well.

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

genner People still use Yahoo? (300 comments)

Anyone savvy enough to care about this issue stop using Yahoo long ago anyway.

about 3 months ago
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High-School Star League Brings Gaming As Sport to Teenagers

genner Re:Ah, Just What Schools Were Missing! (87 comments)

Half the curriculum in High School is far from important anyway. At least this is useful to the small segment of the population that can make a living off it.

... and useless, if not harmful, for the large segment of the population who thinks they can make a living at it, but in reality are merely wasting time. Time better spent learning real, useful life skills.

Useful life skills like memorizing Chaucer.

Your opinion of one thing you had to do in school that you didn't like nor found useful notwithstanding...

I was thinking more along the lines of things like Grammar, Science, Civics, Mathematics, et al. My bad for assuming that I didn't need to spell that out to this particular crowd.

I presumed we were collectively smarter than that, this being a "News for Nerds" site, and I apologize for overestimating the intelligence level of the group.

You missed my point. High School is full of useless topics. It's disingenuous to pretend time will be well spent if sports ceased to exist.

about 3 months ago
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High-School Star League Brings Gaming As Sport to Teenagers

genner Re:Ah, Just What Schools Were Missing! (87 comments)

Half the curriculum in High School is far from important anyway. At least this is useful to the small segment of the population that can make a living off it.

... and useless, if not harmful, for the large segment of the population who thinks they can make a living at it, but in reality are merely wasting time. Time better spent learning real, useful life skills.

Useful life skills like memorizing Chaucer.

about 3 months ago
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High-School Star League Brings Gaming As Sport to Teenagers

genner Re:Ah, Just What Schools Were Missing! (87 comments)

Half the curriculum in High School is far from important anyway. At least this is useful to the small segment of the population that can make a living off it.

about 3 months ago

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