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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

skam240 Re:Extra Paycheck (48 comments)

Just to make sure I'm following what you're getting at

Disliking a crappy book = poor reading ability?
Liking a crappy book = good reading ability?
Calling a book crappy and making fun of you for making claims that sound like they're coming from a first grader = being defensive of own reading ability?

8 minutes ago
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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

skam240 Re:Extra Paycheck (48 comments)

Does being a good reader mean you like a crappy book or do you just have poor taste? Has your mother confirmed your good reader status?

And for the record, I think it's just super you are such a good reader. Good for you!

6 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

skam240 "gate" (222 comments)

Can we please stop adding gate to the end of any controversial subject? It was barely clever the first time it was done and it's gotten to be pretty much the polar opposite at this point.

7 hours ago
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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

skam240 Extra Paycheck (48 comments)

I guess he needed an extra paycheck after writing that pile of awfull, Reamde.

I made it 2/3rds deep before I realized I was wasting my life

yesterday
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

skam240 Re:Glad you like it, please stay there. Wouldn't l (315 comments)

Ghiradeli hasn't been top notch for years. Our weather is most.certainly some of the best in the world. Violent crime rates are virtually identical between Texas and California (https://www.census.gov/statab/ranks/rank21.html). There hasn't been a power crisis in California for over a decade. An active night life is generally considered a virtue. Breast implant rates in the South are extremely high.

Plus if you want to play the beauty angle, we aren't nearly as fat.

It's great you have regional pride but don't be so condesending if your region can't walk your talk.

2 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

skam240 Re:but not by going to Texas and bringing fail (315 comments)

Ha, property values are so low because no one wants to live there. It's simple supply and demand. Plus not only is our average wage higher but our wealthiest are wealthier.

As for your conservative versus liberal nonsense, virtually every other solid red state takes in more then it pays in to the fedreal government. Good for Texas for being the exception to the rule but don't harbor these fantasies that Liberal politics don't generate wealth.

2 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

skam240 Better Link (315 comments)

I wasn't real thrilled with the linked article. All it did was call out a number with nothing to scale it against.

A real quick search brought up an estimate of three years worth of rain like this would be needed to make up for the drought and also had some other ways of relating what 11 trillion gallons actually means as precipitation received is traditionally measured in inches.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wh...

2 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

skam240 Re:What are the chances those on the side of force (1039 comments)

You're literally making things up.

Rather then address every point i'll just stick with pointing out Mexicans have excellent vaccination rates
http://www.unicef.org/infobyco...
As do most other Latin Americans.

Please dont muddy the waters with an unrelated and highly partisan issue.

about a week ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

skam240 Re:Modern board games (171 comments)

Your post makes me crazy!

"Strategic board games ("eurogames")": Eurogames are strategy board games done in a European style. There is also an American style and you can often tell the difference pretty quickly. Basically, Eurogames are a sub genre of strategy board games. They are deffinitly not the same thing.

"Settlers of Catan, you've probably heard about, but that was just the game which enabled the genre; honored for it, but otherwise left behind as a deeply flawed example of what a truly strategic board game should be"

Well for starters strategy board games were an established genre since at least the 70's while settlers came out in the 90's I beleive. The one thing that Settlers did was to bring a strategy board game to the masses that is both easily accessible and contains a reasonable amount of strategic planning. It's a great starting point for these games. As for it being deeply flawed, all I can think of is that some more hard core board gamers don't like it because it's too lite but that's what makes it so great as a starting point for people. Plus sometimes it's nice to play a nice lite social game

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

skam240 Re:Modern board games (171 comments)

If the video games you play are strategy ones, especially turned based like Civ, then there's a good likelihood you'll like strategy board games (which is what he's basically talking about although, as mentioned above, he's way off about Settlers and time lines)

If you're an FPS player the odds are a bit less but there could still be some appeal. I've been surprised by some of the people my friends and I have gotten into these games. Really it's the social dynamic that makes it great. Any time you can get a bunch of friends around a table doing something fun together you've got a good time

about two weeks ago
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The Five Levels of ISP Evil

skam240 Sonic.net (243 comments)

... And yet another reason why I am so glad I use sonic.net as my ISP. I've been with them since the 90's when they were a small county wide internet service provider and they've always been great. Sure I could spend 5 dollars less a month (or maybe even more) with comcast or AT and T but it's worth it to me that my money goes to a company that treats its customers so well and actually gives a rats ass about my privacy rights. About once a quarter I get an email from these guys discussing proposed legislation that threatens my data privacy rights along with suggestions as to what I can do about it. Absolute love it.

If you live in Northern California you'd do well to look into them for your service.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft's Draconian DRM Patched?

skam240 Re:Ubisofts DRM (233 comments)

Whether Steam is or can be cracked is irrelevant, Steam is helping to push us farther and farther down the path of us "leasing" our games instead of buying them. As it stands now, when I "buy" a Steam game I really have no idea whether I'll be able to play the game five years from now or even a month from now when the game makes its mandatory check in with their servers. All I have to go on is the good will of some faceless corporate entity and the assurances of Steam fans that this could never happen or that there will be some wonderful work around that will be less convenient than just being able to install my game and play like I should be able to.

The worst part is, it's as easy pirating a game today as it was 10 years ago when all that was on games was Safedisc. Really brings home how ridiculous all of these inconvenient measures are, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Oregon Senator Stops Internet Censorship Bill

skam240 Re:I commend you sir! (315 comments)

Really this is something that Americans from all over the political spectrum should be happy about (I personally sway to the blue).

Sadly, most of the public either doesn't care or is completely ignorant of the issue.

about 4 years ago
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The Joke Known As 3D TV

skam240 Re:thrusting (594 comments)

I'm not sure your post does what you want it to do, which is to assure us of the value of 3d in cinema. I would even go as far as to say that your post does the exact opposite.

3d within the context of cinema (including this latest attempt) has always looked terrible and added little to the experience aside from novelty; hence it's lack of perseverance in each era. There are certainly exceptions where you can point to a minimal amount of value added to the cinematic experience but these are exceedingly rare and have had minimal impact on cinema as a whole. I went to Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, both in 3d and felt cheated out of the extra money I spent for these experiences and like a sucker for being duped by this latest run of gimmickry that seems to pop up every 20 years or so (and no, I'm not one of those people that "3d" doesn't work on. It all jumps out at me, it just looks like crap when it does).

This latest run, just like all of the others, is just Hollywood trying to milk a few extra bucks out of people.

more than 4 years ago
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Icons on my (computer) desktop:

skam240 Re:Similar but different (384 comments)

I sort of agree with you and sort of don't in regards to using the keyboard as I think it depends on where your hands are at when you want to launch something. In Windows if your hand is on the mouse it's faster to minimize either one window or hit the minimize all on the quick launch and then open something on the desktop. If your hands are already on the keyboard then it's faster to do what you've laid out (I do both). On top of that, some people don't want to be bothered learning all of the keyboard shortcuts so the mouse is just "easier".

I do so love some of the desktop clutter I've witnessed though. When I was in school a while back I would do light computer tech stuff for my parents friends to make a few extra bucks. I honestly don't know how some of these people could let their desktops get like they did. Most of the time they didn't even know what half of the icons on their desktop did.

more than 4 years ago
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The Misleading World of Atari 2600 Box Art

skam240 WTF? (267 comments)

Who writes an article like this? Half of the mentioned games don't have any images at all and instead feature lame one line descriptions of the box art. Of the other half that the author bothered to provide images for, over half of those don't have contrasting images which makes the posting of the one image pointless as well.

more than 4 years ago

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