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Comment From a game nerd (Score 1) 373

I first started coming to Slashdot because this site had some good articles about video games. I might not be an expert sysadmin, I'm a little bit fuzzy about the difference between Vi and Emacs, but I know a thing or two about the video games. Given all that we currently know about both consoles, I'd recommend the PS4. Most multiplatform releases are available on the PS4, and there are a number of upcoming impressive exclusives on the PS4 that aren't available on the Xbox One. In terms of hardware, the two consoles are roughly equal. Last gen, I would have recommended the 360 over the PS3, but this time the PS4 clearly has the edge.

Of course, if we broaden our options beyond the PS4 and XBONE, I'd recommend the Wii U. Triple-A games are a load of bullshit these days. I despise the money grubbing behaviors in the AAA industry. I hate seeing games released in a broken state, with large portions of the core experience carved out as DLC in order to nickle and dime the customer. Nintendo, on the other hand, releases games that are extremely high-quality and then releases DLC in the form of mini-expansions, which is what DLC should have been all along. So if you really like games and don't like bullshit, pick up a Wii U or 3DS instead of a PS4 or XBONE.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 2) 588

I couldn't help but notice that you didn't address the comments by Ted Cruz and the fact that multiple candidates attended a "kill the gays" conference. This would imply that you're well aware of these facts, and wanted to draw attention away from them by focusing on another part of my post. Assuming that's the case, I'm asking you now to put aside the partisan vitriol and just stop to think about that for a moment. Those facts alone are fucked up. Really, really fucked up. Something has gone very wrong in this country, and it scares the hell out of me. I want to believe that you care about our nation as much as I do, and I want to believe that you can put aside past loyalties for the good of your country. This isn't a game, and it doesn't get any more serious than this. The right has taken a very dark turn, and we need people on the right to have the courage to pull us back before things go too far.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1, Insightful) 588

You are living in denial. Things are getting out of hand in this country, and instead of trying to deny it, you need to take a hard look at the facts of the situation. Just the other day Ted Cruz suggested that we only allow Christians into this country. Multiple Republican candidates just visited a big conference held by some nut who thinks we should execute gay and lesbian Americans. Donald Trump has endorsed setting up a database of Muslims, and there are multiple instances of Trump supporters violently attacking Hispanic Americans. And those are just a few example of right-wing extremism! Don't you see where this is all headed? Can you not understand how dire the situation is becoming? Fascism is already here, and it's not coming from the left.

Comment Re:Hmmm interesting (Score 1) 588

People who violate the rights of other people should be watched to prevent them from doing harm. People who have not done any harm and do not threaten others with harm should not be watched, if only because doing so would violate their privacy. This isn't complicated, and I'll thank you not to muddy the waters with this strawman you've constructed

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 0, Flamebait) 588

I have not seen any Democrats proposing anything that even comes close to the things coming out of the Republican party. From the Republicans we see religious tests, attempts to deny rights to specific religions, and now a national registry of Muslims of the exact same sort that Hitler used against the Jews. It's very fashionable to pretend that "both sides are equally as bad", but we need to take a long, hard look at the reality of the situation. And it's only one side of the American political spectrum that's pushing for all-out fascism.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score -1, Flamebait) 588

For once, this is the time and place to come out and say it. The conservatives in this country, represented here by Republican front-runner Donald Trump, are following in the footsteps of Adolf Hitler. All you need to do is look at the Republican primary to see that fascism is here, it's wrapped in the flag, and it's carrying a cross.

Comment Re:As opposed to American Trolls? (Score 1) 269

Yeah, because the Democrats are a bunch of goddamned corporatists. There's big money to be made rooking the public into supporting corporate interests, and those interests support both parties pretty equally. What you rarely, if ever see is actual liberals running astroturfing campaigns, because there aren't billions of dollars to be made in reducing corruption and spreading democratic ideals that benefit everyone rather than just the filthy rich. If you're trying to imply that the left is just as bad as the right, you're either a fool or you've been bought.

Comment Re:IRS (Score 4, Informative) 307

I can understand conservative's (Tea Party types) dislike - it was pretty damning the selective enforcement of tax laws against conservative organizations

Wrong. This is one of the most widely debunked myths in modern politics. The IRS was investigating a wide range of new 501(c)(4) organizations that cropped up following the formation of the tea-party movement. 501(c)(4) organizations are tax-exempt nonprofits, and as such they are obligated to avoid being used for political purposes. Political organizations are supposed to be taxed. So of course, like any responsible agency should, the IRS took time to carefully examine the sudden influx of obvious right-wing political organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Even so, not a single one of those organizations was ever denied 501(c)(4) status.

At the same time, the IRS was giving similar scrutiny toward more liberal leaning organizations. They went through the same process as the rightwinger political organizations, but unlike the rightwingers, the IRS decided to go ahead and deny status to a number of seemingly-liberal organizations. Of course, this didn't particularly matter to the rightwing media when the story broke. They proceeded to lie, scream incoherently and flood the airwaves with manufactured outrage. It was part of the ongoing effort by the right to paint themselves as victims, and they still won't shut up about it no matter how often it's been debunked. As we've seen again and again, if the evidence for wrongdoing never surfaces, the right will just turn a non-scandal into a conspiracy theory. See: Benghazi, Obama's birth certificates, etc.

Submission + - Latest Edition of Dungeons and Dragons Releases (wizards.com)

GammaKitsune writes: The Player's Handbook for the fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons, formerly known as "D&D Next", released today to major bookstores and online retailers across the US. The Player's Handbook, which contains core rules for gameplay and character creation, is one of three three core rulebooks that developer Wizards of the Coast plans to release in 2014. The Monster Manual is scheduled to release in late September, and the Dungeon Master's Guide will release in mid November. Also out today is the first of two adventure modules in which players team up to battle against the dragon goddess Tiamat.

Fifth edition has a lot to prove following the highly-controversial fourth edition, the rise of competing roleplaying game Pathfinder, and two years of public playtesting. Initial reviews posted on Amazon appear overwhelmingly positive at the time of writing, but more skeptical gamers may wish to take a look at the free "Basic Rules" posted on the official D&D website. The basic rules contain all the bare essentials needed to create a character or run your own adventure, and will serve both as a free introduction for new players and as a holdover for long time players until the remaining two rulebooks are released.

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