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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 664

by Rakhar (#46143757) Attached to: Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

My manager at work has actually had HR completely reverse a firing for someone that didn't come to work for three work days in a row with no notice whatsoever, while calling up at the end of each day and promising to be in the next. Reason? Not enough paperwork on said person.

Of course on the flip side, if you follow the policies at my workplace to the letter, each and every employee should be fired roughly once per week. It's not possible to follow every policy at once.

Comment: Re:Torchlight 2 (Score 4, Interesting) 177

by Rakhar (#45476475) Attached to: Game Review: <em>Path of Exile</em> (Video)

I have TL1 and 2, Titan Quest, D2 (and even that other abomination). PoE has a lot more variables in item stats, and you have a lot more influence on your items due to the "currency items". The game also seems to be a lot harder than most hack and slash games I've played before. High level monsters don't mess around, and there are bosses that will pretty much one-shot you. Reflect mobs remind me of the old iron maiden mobs in D2.

Overall the game feels very different than any of the other games listed. Whether the differences are good or bad is up to each individual. I do agree that the spin of the summary seems forced and comes off as pure marketing, but the game is worth trying.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 5, Insightful) 399

"but there was no justice involved"

As a US veteran I actually got teary eyed when I saw the newspaper headlines after Osama was killed with the President saying that "Justice has been served". The President of the United States, calling that justice. The country we have now and the one I enlisted to defend are not the same country.

The older I get, the harder I find it to be truly patriotic.

Comment: Re:people may hear about but rarely see or touch (Score 1) 47

by Rakhar (#45439409) Attached to: Smithsonian Releases 3D Models of Artifacts

The interesting bit is the possibility of schools being able to get their hands on cheap scale models of some of these things. Getting a child interested in science and history makes the learning process go a lot more smoothly than just cramming a bunch of facts down their throat. Even viewing the 3d models on the computer is actually fairly interesting. Rotating around the mold of Lincoln's face is very much different than just "looking at a picture". The same for things like the Wright brothers' plane, with all of its individual parts.

Just because you aren't interested doesn't mean that other people aren't.

Comment: No problems here (Score 5, Insightful) 142

Despite the massive amount of bashing going back and forth here, I feel compelled to point out that I've swapped back and forth between both AMD/ATI and NVidia over the years and I've run into problems with brand new games having glitches with one or the other on both sides. Even having said that, I'm talking two or three times in over a decade. Aside from that I've had fans go out on one card, and it still lasted long enough after that that I didn't feel bad when it came time to buy a new one.

For most people it really doesn't matter what card you get as long as it isn't ancient. For enthusiasts, compare specs and get what you need. If the specs look like they're in Klingon to you, take the time to learn what's what. If you can't be arsed to do that, then you aren't an enthusiast in the first place.

This isn't like rooting for your home sports team. There is no justifiable reason to give complete loyalty to any company when weighing your purchases.

Comment: Re:PC + TV (Score 1) 166

by Rakhar (#45386217) Attached to: Why Project Flare Might Just End the Console War

Why would you need a second PC? There are plenty of ways to use your television to display without putting your PC right next to it. I have a 25 ft HDMI cable, with my computer desk in the back of the living room. The cable sits coiled by the TV when I'm not using it.

Also, if you DO get a 2nd computer for that function, it doesn't have to be a massive gaming powerhouse. You can hook up a cheap laptop and push video from your main PC to it.

Comment: Re:What is a 100Mbit connection good for? (Score 2) 327

by Rakhar (#44471009) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch Wants To Destroy Australia's National Broadband Network

He was restating the parent post, only from the view of years earlier. The point is that at one time, the connection speeds we have now would have been considered excessive in much the same manner. Somehow some of us still manage to use all of the bandwidth we can get without sharing movies and other media. Maybe not always, but sometimes. (How 'bout that summer Steam sale? My ISP must've hated that...)

Having better internet access available universally can at worst have no effect on some people that really don't use it that much. For the rest of us, it's a bonus. To even imply that it should be seen as a negative thing is ridiculous.

Comment: Re:A real-name policy is GOOD for privacy (Score 2) 85

by Rakhar (#42921511) Attached to: Facebook Can Keep Real Name Policy, German Court Rules

Because he obviously has never thought about this issue before now, right? It didn't affect or influence him in any way prior to this story being posted.

When you have a mental condition and people tell you they just don't believe that you have it, it makes you question your own sanity. Your post makes a rather large assumption about someone you have never met and could be detrimental to the person it's aimed at. Apparently he's not the only one that has problems with emathy and filtering his output...

Comment: Re:A real-name policy is GOOD for privacy (Score 1) 85

by Rakhar (#42921487) Attached to: Facebook Can Keep Real Name Policy, German Court Rules

You say he should just be careful what he discloses... You are failing to see the problem. Until he's had a lot of experience with a new social situation, he doesn't know what is acceptable and what isn't. And even then, that doesn't mean he understands WHY. Combined with the fact that he can't fully erase any actions or statements he makes online after making them, that leaves avoiding that media altogether or remaining anonymous. You are telling him to do the thing he has problems doing to begin with.

Also, hindsight is 20/20, etc.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 592

by Rakhar (#42818523) Attached to: Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

If this is true, I highly doubt that MS will work with stores like Gamestop for this. They simply have no reason to. Even if they do, the small local game stores have MUCH better prices on nearly any game, and they are going to be SOL in this matter either way simply because they aren't big companies.

Comment: Re:This is a move to stop online piracy. (Score 5, Interesting) 592

by Rakhar (#42818493) Attached to: Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

I have a locked XBox Live account with +half a year or so paid on it. Being a yearly subscription, I forgot to update it when I canceled my bank account (due to another bank that I dislike buying out my bank). Instead of cancelling my account, MS left it running for another 4 or 5 months, THEN closed and locked the account for nonpayment. I went out and bought a year prepaid card, entered it in my account. The next day I was locked out again. The response I got from MS? "We don't take time cards as payment for debt owed." I also couldn't get any prepaid credit cards to work with their system.

Their system was more than happy to eat the $50 subscription card and bring my account back into the positive, but still keep me from accessing my account. Customer service told me I was out of luck. My Live account has hundreds of dollars of DLC and games on it. I sold my XBox within a week and haven't looked back. I'm done with consoles.

Comment: Re:If this can happen ... (Score 1) 241

by Rakhar (#42815567) Attached to: Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles

Per person? They'll just cycle through people. Per company? Oh, look... we went out of business last night and...wouldn't you know it...reopened for business today under a new name.

There is no easy fix that does not involve pouring tons of man hours (money) into oversight, and no one is going to pony up the dough to do so. The real problem now is that starting from scratch with the law really is the best alternative available, but so many political people have so much invested up to this point that they'd never back down.

All anyone can do at this point is make sure stories like this get out in the open so that people are aware of just how twisted and unequal our laws are applied when money gets involved.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell

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