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Comment: Re:And this ... (Score 1) 89

I couldn't agree more.
I use FF mostly, and have all the tracking blockers you've mentioned installed and configured to only allow what I deem "non-Big-Brother-esque". That means BOTH Google and FB are blocked. TrackMeNot, RequestPolicy, NoScript and AdBlock Plus are the way to go.

Comment: Re:It's time to fire samzenpus (Score 1) 299

by Sir_Eptishous (#48002541) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography
Mmmm... Can you smell that?
It's that sickly sweet, sort of decaying flesh odour of AC apologetics.
Hey, genius, jump over and read this before you start awarding Nobel prizes to the idiots that penned this rule.

Here is an excerpt for you:

Close, of the Forest Service, doesn't seem to agree. She said the agency was implementing the Wilderness Act of 1964, which aims to protect wilderness areas from being exploited for commercial gain. "That's kind of a distortion," says Peter Essick, an award-winning National Geographic photographer who has worked with the Forest Service before, as well as the other agencies that oversee American wildernesses for years to produce truly remarkable work. "When the Wilderness Act was created in 1964, there were plenty of people doing photography," he says. "Nothing in the Wilderness Act says photography is not approved or banned." When he goes out to shoot, Essick takes the utmost care to the follow the rules of "leave no trace," and he does it with 65 pounds of gear on his back. He's a nature photographer: Not trashing the place is pretty much rule number one.

Comment: Re:Should we jump to conclusions? (Score 1) 299

by Sir_Eptishous (#48002449) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

on National Forest System lands that takes place at a location where members of the public generally are not allowed

WTF is this bullshit?!?
There are wilderness designated areas in National Forests that people are in on a constant basis:

Wilderness is an area of Federal Land that is free from modern human control or manipulation, is undeveloped, and provides outstanding opportunites for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation. Wilderness areas are generally over 5,000 acres in size and may contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.

Heck, there are wilderness areas where ranchers can graze cattle.

Comment: Re:Study evaluated sacharin vs glucose (Score 2, Insightful) 294

by Sir_Eptishous (#47935975) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
Shhh...! We don't want people using that as a sweetener.
It's in everybody's interest to have a population that is morbidly obese, diabetic and wracked with all manner of diet related diseases so that the Big Pharma-Insurance-Hospital/Hospice Industrial Complex can continue to bleed the American People dry.

Dry as a funeral drum...

Comment: Re:Fire(wall) and forget (Score 1) 348

Keep in mind that the regs and red tape from PCI are now being used as revenue generating mechanisms by many companies that have their fingers in the PCI pie:
We charge you $ to audit and approve your compliance or you can just be non-compliant and then pay us a monthly fee...

Comment: Re:Oh please. . . (Score 1) 183

by Sir_Eptishous (#47559891) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

I've been doing RPG for 38 years

Great, because you've been playing that long I'm supposed to agree with you about Pathfinder and WoTC. Sorry, I don't. You don't have to agree with me either. Thats the beauty of slashdot. Also, if EGG approved of WoTC that is fine, thats him. Not me.

I see WoTC/Hasbro as a corporate profit generating system, whereby a new and more lame version of what used to be D&D comes out every few years, more expensive with more books and supplements to have to go out and buy. Thats the reality as I see it. Should we change the rules to Poker, Monopoly and Baseball every few years?

BTW, I started D&D with the Blue Box in 1979, so you can do the math.

I've tried 3.5, 4 and am actually about to try D&D Next(5.0?, etc;), because my group wants to and I said I would give it a shot. I love other games besides 1.5-2nd ed D&D. Traveller, Warhammer 40K, Gamma World, etc; I've played quite a few.

A few things about the games I don't like, such as:
1. Pathfinder modules and GM's "guide" the group too much, similar to video games. It seemed very much like the old text based games. I like Fantasy RPG's where characters have the freedom to do as they wish, which also leads to consequences of those actions. Not where it's like "You have to protect this temple against the raiders from Ad-Keroatia and their evil minioins".

2. When I tried 3.5/4 the general breakdown of the character attributes, powers, skills, etc ad infinitum led to the sort of "superheroing" of characters. I admit it, I like a more conservative game when it comes to Fantasy base RPG's. IMHO that leads to players having to use cleverness and teamwork more. I'm not a fan of characters that can do and be everything.

Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant. (Score 1) 183

by Sir_Eptishous (#47559745) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D
Yes, I'm quite aware of Pathfinders popularity, especially among the 20-something crowd who thinks they are playing D&D. I don't argue that point. Believe me I've tried it, and 3.5 and 4... They are all, as another person mentioned, "video games on paper".

Really the thing about Pathfinder I couldn't stomach was how the story and character actions were just too "guided". It reminded me of playing Everquest for the first time and running into the edge of the map("wow, I can't keep going?!?). Sure, that is an extreme example, but the Pathfinder Society is too controlling and almost cult like in the way the GM's run their worlds. I like freedom in RPG's. For example, if I'm running Traveller and the group decides to forget about their mission to protect a mining convoy and jump over to another star cluster, hey, that is their decision, and I will allow players that freedom.

Comment: Re:I still don't get it... (Score 1) 183

by Sir_Eptishous (#47559699) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

if Gygax had kept his eye on the ball better as far as the company went.

If memory serves me correctly, part of how things ended up in this state for TSR was because EGG was busy in Hollywood trying to get a D&D film made during 1985, and he actually took his eye off the ball while TSR was bleeding money. His heart was in the right place but he wasn't a smart businessman it appears. Also his ego was probably in the way of any clear thinking regarding business decisions.

The Blumes probably just wanted TSR to get back on track and saw EGG as a roadblock to that. Then they made the deal with devil...

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