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Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant. (Score 1) 182

by Yosho (#47561105) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Except for a 12th level characters reasonably having +29/29/24/19/14 where the first attack is actually a double attack as well and he's doing +28 dmg per hit for obscene numbers yah, pathfinder sure is 'good'.

Yes, in fact, that's very reasonable compared to 3.5 under the guidance of WotC, where with some exploits you can have a 5th-level character with an infinitely high strength, or another who can take an unlimited number of actions per turn, or even a 5th-level wizard without any particularly bad exploits can kill the tarrasque.

So yes, a heavily tweaked and optimized 12th-level character who can do a few hundred damage per round is pretty reasonable. Oh, and I do think my original post said there were a few exceptions.

Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant. (Score 1) 182

by Yosho (#47561055) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

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.

The amount of freedom you have is entirely up to the GM running the game. There's nothing inherent to any of the system mentioned that would stop GMs from letting their players do whatever they want. PFS modules are very railroady as a contrivance of being part of an organized play campaign; players have to play within the box and by the rules in order to keep things fair and balanced for all of the other players.

If you're playing in a home game, though, there's no reason why a GM can't let their players run wild and go wherever they want except for a lack of imagination. It seems like you're trying to set up a strawman argument in order to justify your dislike of the system.

the Pathfinder Society is too controlling and almost cult like

Wait, take a step back. Did a 2E D&D diehard seriously just call another RPG "cult like"? Are you intentionally going for maximum irony?

Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant. (Score 1) 182

by Yosho (#47557475) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Pathfinder is a joke, as is any edition past 2nd.

You may not personally like Pathfinder, but you're kidding yourself if you think it's not the king of tabletop RPGs right now. Game shops stock more PF books than any other rules setting, and gaming conventions are dominated by Pathfinder Society tables -- and, honestly, Paizo has exerted better quality control over PF than WotC ever did over D&D. They've had a few duds, but overall the quality of their supplements and adventure paths has been very consistent.

Comment: Re:Bad media coverage (Score 3, Informative) 1330

by Yosho (#47357367) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

What happened was that the president of Chik-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, expressed an opinion on same-sex marriage that was exactly what Barack Obama had expressed just a couple of years earlier and that HIllary Clinton had also expressed. Oddly, only one of these three people were harassed for their opinion.

Wow, like leaving out details much?

Just for reference, the problem isn't that Dan Cathy expressed an unpopular opinion. The problem is that Chik-fil-A's "charity" organization, the WinShape Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT hate groups. Did Barack or Hillary do that?


Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel 583

Posted by Soulskill
from the in-soviet-google,-car-drives-you dept.
cartechboy writes: "We've already discussed and maybe even come to terms with the fact that autonomous cars are coming. In fact, many automakers including Mercedes-Benz and Tesla have committed to self-driving cars by 2017. Apparently that's not ambitious enough. Google has just unveiled an in-house-designed, self-driving car prototype with no steering wheel or pedals. In fact, it doesn't have any traditional controls, not even a stereo. The as-yet-nameless car is a testbed for Google's vision of the computerized future of transportation. Currently the prototype does little more than programmed parking lot rides at a maximum of 25 mph, but Google plans to build about 100 prototypes, with the first examples receiving manual controls (human-operated). Google then plans to roll out the pilot program in California in the next several years. So the technology is now there, but is there really a market for a car that drives you without your input other than the destination?"

Comment: Re:What about mechanical failure? (Score 1) 167

by Yosho (#47072119) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

I'm curious as to how they handle various types of mechanical failure - what does the car do if:

For all of the situations you listed, the solution is quite simple: turn on the warning lights, slow down, pull over to the side of the road, and display an error message to the driver. Then either let the driver take control or resume control after the problem has been fixed.

In addition, do these cars handle unexpected road conditions:
Unannounced road closures/detours

Detect that the road is closed and calculate a different route.

Tree blocking part or all of roadway

If it's not blocking all of the roadway, drive around it. Otherwise, see above.

Large sinkhole ruins part of all of roadway

See above.


Detect and drive around them.

Road maintenance requiring speed reduction (chip&seal)

See above.

Dirt or gravel road

Just keep driving? I don't see how this is even a problem.

Comment: What I find really amazing... (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by Yosho (#47072087) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

is how every time there's an article about autonomous cars, there are waves of people who have spent about five minutes thinking about the subject and are sure that they have come up with a laundry list of show-stopping issues that the people who've been working on this problem for a decade could not have possibly thought of.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 4, Insightful) 1198

by Yosho (#46878805) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Welcome to the internet. Most of the armchair criminal scientists here feel that the purpose of the justice system is to get revenge and slake the bloodlust of the accusers. In that aspect, society hasn't really advanced a whole lot since the dark ages. If you suggest that maybe the justice system is about rehabilitating criminals who can be rehabilitated and protecting society from the ones who can't, all of them will call you a hippy liberal who is soft on crime.

Fortunately, most of those people don't have any actual influence on the justice system, but you still have to watch out for the ones that do.

Comment: Re:Sharing is nothing new (Score 1) 331

by Yosho (#46852701) Attached to: Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

They shared tools, e.g., when they build houses. They shared land. They shared knowledge. Farmers, share their equipment for a long time, as it was expensive all the time.

Except that most of those things are not personal. A hammer's just a hammer; if you loan that to somebody who loses it, you're just out whatever it costs you to buy another hammer. And knowledge? Sharing that doesn't cost you anything. Letting somebody stay in your home, though, especially when you're not there, is very personal, and most people are very hesitant about giving somebody else unfettered access to everything they have.

And... land? Are we looking at the same history? I'd wager that more wars have been fought over who owns what land than anything else. Land is absolutely not something that people have historically been willing to share with somebody they didn't trust intimately.

Comment: Re:Eye candy (Score 1) 79

by Yosho (#46822111) Attached to: BioWare Announces <em>Dragon Age Inquisition</em> For October 7th

as carefully balanced ... as Skyrim

That's not really a very high bar right there. Invest a little bit in stealth, archery, alchemy, or blacksmithing, and you can easily break the game.

Is it close enough to bug free that immersion isn't lost?

Actually, are you sure you played the same Skyrim as everybody else?

Comment: Re:Is it a lie? (Score 1) 723

by Yosho (#46717537) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

I know exactly 0 people that have signed up for it

Really? You've gone and surveyed everybody you know and verified that their negative response was correct? And if you find the 2% number doubtful, I'm going to assume you've surveyed enough people to ensure that number is outside of your margin of error.

Are you sure you're not just assuming that somebody hasn't signed up because they haven't told you about it?

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...