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Comment: It's so brave of you... (Score 1) 834

by Yosho (#48359069) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

to post another anti-GG smear article.

But I feel like pointing out that actually, the majority of the harassment going on in the hashtag on Twitter nowadays is the anti-GG crowd harassing the GG supporters. Is it worth mentioning that a journalist who has supported GG has been sent a syringe and a dead animal in the mail?

Yesterday I saw an anti-GG supporter tell a prominent GG supporter (who is a woman who has been raped) that:
1) She's not really a woman
2) She should join her in hating all men
And then, after it was revealed that the rapist was female:
3) She wasn't raped, because women can't rape.

Or should I mention how GG has tracked down the identity of the person who sent death threats to Anita Sarkeesian (and many other people, under different accounts)... and Anita has ignored them and refused to press charges? I guess it's not good for the smear campaign if it looks like your targets are helping you.

But, go on, keep talking about how terrible it is that you think GG is a misogynist harassment campaign. Unfortunately, GG isn't actually even fighting that battle. They don't care about public perception, they care about taking down the corrupt giants -- and let me point out that Gawker has been bleeding advertisers lately.

Comment: Wow... really, Slashdot? (Score 1) 260

by Yosho (#47736111) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Given how this is supposed to be a community of nerds, I'm surprised at how many people here are proudly stating that they don't even have a wireless router (or they choose not connect anything to it, or they don't even have an internet connection).

I mean, the whole point of technology is to improve quality of life, right? Sure, I could spend time running cable through the attic and installing panels in the walls... but then I'd have to spend time doing that, and I'd still have unsightly cables running from the walls all over rooms. On top of that, I've got plenty of devices that don't even have ethernet ports. Sure, I've got my router and a gigabit switch next to it that both have things plugged into them, but that's only convenient for things that are near the router. Sure, ethernet would be faster, but 802.11n is still enough to saturate my internet connection -- and if really need to copy a ton of data between computers on the intranet, nothing beats a USB hard drive. So, going down the list...

2 tablets
1 laptop
1 phone
2 Nintendo 3DSes
1 Playstation Vita
1 Roku
1 Ouya
1 Wii
1 Wii U
1 Kindle
1 desktop computer

That's just for my wife and me, but I could easily see having several more if we had kids. And I've got an isolated guest network for my friends to use with their phones and tablets whenever they come over. I've probably had two dozen devices at once connected to my router.

Comment: Re:Dubious achievement (Score 1) 336

by Yosho (#47596151) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

None of those things were minor improvements to existing products that already met peoples' needs, either. Windows 3.1 and 95 were huge upgrades that did things their predecessors were completely incapable of, and the iPhone may as well have been a completely original product, given that its competition was composed of clunky bricks with terrible UIs.

What about Win 7 is "substantially worse" than XP? Or 8, after you turn off Metro?

Comment: Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (Score 1) 336

by Yosho (#47596139) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

The currently available solutions seem pretty weak to me. I mean, I've got an Android tablet, but it's pretty poor at actually controlling a media center PC. I suppose I could use a UPnP app to make it play music or video files, but that won't work well for something like playing games, watching Blu-ray discs, browsing the web, or anything else -- and if all I'm doing is streaming content to it, there's no point in having a standalone PC instead of just using my TV's built-in media capabilities. Using something like VNC to control it remotely is kludgey at best. What does Windows 8 offer that makes it suitable for this kind of thing?

Comment: Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (Score 1) 336

by Yosho (#47593757) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Systems without a touchscreen or a digitizer shouldn't exist.

So let's say I've got a media center PC connected to my TV that's running Windows 8. How am I supposed to use a touchscreen to interact with that? Walk over to my TV and leave giant smudges on it as I smear my fingers several feet across it?

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

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) 183

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?

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