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Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 255

online in pickup groups of strangers is for adults.

That's not what I said. I said you CAN play with random strangers but you can also FRIEND those strangers and play regularly with them if your play well together and your schedules coincide. You don't seem to understand the concept of "online friends". I've known certain people online for over a decade.

Perhaps being stuck in the past, you don't know about things like "friends lists" or "guilds" that exist in online games these days.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 255

This is basically a handheld that you can also attach to your TV. It looks more like a rival to the PS Vita than the PS4.

It is basically a Vita and PS TV Combo. You can ALREADY do practically everything shown in the commercial with a Vita and PSTV.

EXCEPT playing a Bethesda game. Screw you Bethesda! You do a game for this thing and never get around to finishing and releasing that Elder scrolls game you had for PSP or doing a game for the Vita...not even a port?

Comment Skyrim is a 2011 game though (Score 1) 255

I mean nothing wrong with having it on the platform, but it isn't exactly the pinnacle of modern tech. It was released in 2011, and the console versions were designed to target systems with 512MB of RAM (unified for the 360, 256/256 system/GPU for the PS3) at 1280x720@30fps. That was fairly low spec then, since the consoles were old (remember Oblivion released in 2006 as one of the first flight titles on the Xbox 360) and is really low spec now. It wouldn't at all surprise me if my Shield Tablet could handle it easily. It has more RAM, and its GPU seems to be at least as powerful as the 360/PS3 era stuff.

So while there's nothing wrong with Nintendo getting games like this, it isn't really some major win, or proof of a high spec system. We saw the same kind of thing happen with the Wii U where it got games that previously the Wii hadn't because of a lack of power.

The issue in the long run is that being too low spec can exclude games from being released on your platform. While people like to claim "graphics don't matter" they do and they sell games. That aside, there are a lot of things you could want to put in a game that will require more memory, more CPU, more GPU and so on. Developers aren't always going to be interested in either compromising on what they want to make, or producing a cut-down version to target the lower spec hardware.

Comment Re:That's easy (Score 1) 401

My father grew up in an orphanage.
My mother grew up in a housing project.

I am college educated and own my home. Their hard work elevated us into the middle class. I have access to resources that my parents didn't and it's because they took part in the process of moving from the 'outside' to the 'inside'.


Comment I hate football (Score 4, Insightful) 185

but I have to say that coaches like Belichick are the reason why the NFL feels the need to take such precautions. If they didn't, some coach would get the idea to use spotters and/or directional mics to eavesdrop on opposing teams and send the information to the coach, who would then relay it to the men on the field.


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

No it's not, because everbody KNOWS the first one really means the second one.

No, everyone doesn't know that because it's not true.

The term for that is 'dog whistles' - when you say words that incite violence and disguise it *just enough* that you'll be hard to convict in a court while making damn sure nobody is mistaken about what you meant.

Most of us understand what dog whistles are and people of all political persuasions make use of them. If the words do not directly convey the message, you're talking about Thought Crime. I'm not willing to go down that road and fortunately, I still have the right to vote based on that position.

Besides which - pain is not the issue, actual neural scarring is. Which has been proven to be a potential consequence from a pattern of abusive words.

Citation Needed


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

If you still believe that ignoring hate speech can prevent injury then you are about 30 years behind the scientific facts.

In order to hurt me with words, I would have to value one's opinion.

Even if you ignore that words themselves CAN do permanent, real, physical harm to a person - you still run into the problem that advocating violence (which is what most hate speech is under) will cause OTHERS to wield sticks and stones.

There is a clear line. Between simple speech and advocacy or inducement.

Saying "#Person is a piece of shit #Slur and I hope he dies!" is far different than saying "#Person is a piece of shit #Slur and one of us should pick up a #Weapon and blow his fucking brains out!"

You can choose to allow the former to cause you pain.


Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

The bigger issue is that they wanted to search an opaque bag. For no reason other than they were curious. Then when it's opened, and shows cards, again, they wanted to search, for no reason other than curiosity.

Partly yes, partly no. They wanted to search an opaque bag because they were curious. They had no right to do so... until the driver handed the cops the bag and told them that it contained gift cards he had purchased for cash off another individual, giving them (i) reasonable articulable suspicion that these were counterfeit cards, and more importantly (ii) implicit consent. It's even in the opinion:

Turner agrees that by handing the bag to the officer in response to his question about its contents, Henderson consented to the officer’s initial seizure of, and look inside, the bag.

At that point, the cops can most certainly open the bag, see the cards and, per (i) above, check if they were counterfeit.

If the driver said, "I don't consent to any searches" and shut up, they wouldn't have either (i) or (ii).

Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

Sticks and stones being wielded by people in order to assault and injure? That act is illegal. Not the sticks and stones themselves, but the act of wielding them in such a way.

If ignoring the sticks and stones could prevent injury, it wouldn't be necessary to do anything about them.


Comment Ahh yes, the most accurate source of infomration (Score 1) 311

The AC who posts doomsday scenarios with absolutely no sources :P.

Seriously man, if you think this crap you are peddling is real, then some sources please. If not then fuck off.

I'd imagine the reason you don't is because, of course, the real story is far less dramatic than you make it out to be. NatWest is closing RT's account why is not known, as they haven't said. There is no "at the behest of the US" reported anywhere. They also aren't doing anything dodgy like seizing funds, they've notified RT "We don't want to do business with you anymore," and they will close the account down next month.

Here's a source, since you can't be bothered: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-...

Comment It does feel that way (Score 1) 311

Particularly with the "state actor" thing. I mean there is no reason to use that language I can think of other than to insinuate it was the US (or maybe UK) that did it. Yes, it is correct, that Ecuador is a "state actor" but if you knew it was them, well the just say so up front. If my ISP cut off my Internet access I would say "Cox cut off my Internet," not "A corporate actor cut off my Internet," even though both are true.

Now if they didn't know who cut it off, fair enough, but then saying a state actor did it would be again misleading, implying knowledge they didn't have. Then it would have been accurate to say "Assanage's Internet was cut off by an unknown party."

To me it seems like just another way to try and drum up more attention, which is all these leaks have been so far.

As I said in my other post, the leaks have been exceedingly "meh" for anyone who's looked at Clinton with anything even approaching a critical eye in the past. I can't see them changing anyone's mind. Die hard Clinton supporters will ignore them, claim they are made up, or claim they don't matter. Die hard Trump supporters will scream and shout about how evil Clinton is... just like they have been since day one, they have convinced themselves she's done much worse. All the rest like the Bernie supporters will just say "Ya, we knew all that shit, that's why we wanted Sanders. What a crap election. Oh well, better her than Trump."

Plus if they had anything major they'd really better reveal it now-ish. Early voting is already happening in many states.

Comment You can buy them for like $20 (Score 2) 204

And they'll dump the data out as keyboard output, if you like. We used to use them at the university I work at to do pay for printing. You'd swipe your student ID which would feed the info to the print program that could then contact the card office database and look up your account. Same idea as a credit card terminal, but just for printing (Pharos, if you are wondering).

We also used them just to let students register for events. When they'd come to an open house they'd sign in, which in the past meant writing their name and e-mail on a sheet, which got entered manually later. Now instead they could just swipe their student ID and the data dumped in to a text file. That could later be fed in to the student information database to get an e-mail address (the whole point of signing in was because you wanted your e-mail on the list for contact with job recruiters). Made it much easier for the students.

The actual data on the card was nothing more than your name and the card number (both printed on the front) and a checksum to validate. Credit cards tend to be the same, just name and number matching what is embossed on the card, plus checksum. There's no security or special hidden information, mag stripes were developed WAAAAY back in the day and it just stores identifying information. Hence the push to move to chip cards.

If the purpose was just to verify that the information on the mag stripe matched the information on the card, one would need little more than the reader hardware and text editor of your choice.

Comment Doesn't really matter how she comes off (Score 4, Insightful) 311

The real thing is so far, I haven't seen anything I didn't already know. I mean maybe some of the "bombshell" revelations are news to some people, but not to anybody who has followed Clinton for any amount of time. She's cozy with Wall St.? Oh so fucking shit, tell us something we didn't already know :P.

Perhaps I've just missed it (I haven't gone and read everything, I've been relying on synopses provided by others) but I've seen nothing that would change my opinion, nor would I think anyone else's. Everything "revealed" was already known: She's cozy with big business, favours free trade, had the Democratic establishment behind her, etc. All the reasons why I would much prefer that Sanders was the Democratic candidate.

However, none of it makes me think any better of Trump. Like Senator Sanders himself, I can be pragmatic about what happened.

Comment Precisely (Score 3, Insightful) 394

The issue is NOT language, that's something that Trump's PR people have been trying to spin it as, and you are eating that spin if you believe it. The issue is what he's saying: That he commits sexual assault because he's a star, because he can. THAT'S the deal. The terminology he used isn't the issue, it is what he's claiming he's done.

Trevor Noah put it pretty well: https://youtu.be/LiPjWUn-PUo?t...

Anyone who thinks this is just "normal guy talk" needs to reevaluate who the fuck they hang out with. None of my friends have ever said anything like this. We've said vulgar things to each other, we've talked about sex, but none of us have ever said we have forced ourselves on a woman without consent. If your friends talk about doing shit like this, no matter if the language they use to describe it is crass or refined, you need better friends.

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