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Comment I will buy this game if... (Score 1) 210

I will buy this game if the following are true (as compared with Oblivion):

1) Creatures don't level along with the player. I hate almost every game I've played that has this mechanic. It's not that I like to grind a lot and breeze through boss fights or anything, it's just that I like to feel I've progressed in the game or that there is a reason to actually level up. Creatures leveling up with the player destroys that feeling for me.

2) The game is playable in third person mode. Yes, I know there was a third person mode in Oblivion but it was horribly clunky, especially in combat. First person RPG's suck.

That is all.

Comment You could have asked anyone... (Score 2) 213

Anyone within the intelligence community could have been able to "speak intelligently about it off the cuff'. It is clearly spelled out in Executive Order 12333. Everyone within the intelligence community is given yearly reinforcement training on it.

The most important part that is emphasized during the training is that the US Intelligence Community cannot collect or maintain intelligence information on US citizens or those assumed to be US citizens (anyone physically in the US is considered a US citizen unless it is known that they are not) unless they are suspected of working for a foreign "entity".

Therefore, if that person is suspected or known to be working for a foreign entity, the information can be maintained.

There are no legal consequences if it's found that a US intelligence agency accidentally (or incidentally) collected information on a US citizen (think phone call between foreign person and US person), that information is purged from the system, and if related to a crime given to the FBI. There is only a legal consequence if the US continues to maintain the information once it's found and confirms that the US person doesn't fit the criteria in order to keep it. Keep in mind that most of the information that the NSA collects is never reviewed by a human and so isn't looked at to try and figure out if it involves a US person.

Also note that there is nothing that prohibits the US from giving the "incidentally" collected information to US allies who would, of course, share it with us at our request. The executive order only says that the US cannot maintain it.

Comment Re:Criminal Activity is IMPORTANT!!! (Score 1) 349


It's called a work visa you fucktard.
Thousands and thousand of people, unskilled and skilled, from all over the world get them. They come to the US to work and often send most of the money back to their home country. It's not hard, and everyone won't be approved, but there are legal ways. The only caveat being, that they can't stay in the country permanently. Next time try talking about something you understand.

Comment Re:Criminal Activity is IMPORTANT!!! (Score 1) 349

...murder innocent civilians...

Two things:
1) People stop being "innocent civilians" the moment they break the law (common sense wise, not law wise)
2) It wouldn't be murder, it would be enforcing our border with force, which every country has a right to do if they so wish.

I'm not saying I agree with the notion, but I disagree with your equivocation of border enforcement to murder.

Comment Re:No sympathy here, sorry (Score 1) 844

Well ideally he would have some recourse within the system itself, or would not have willingly joined it in the first place. I know that I wouldn't join a military that didn't have some reasonable system in place for dealing with corruption further up the chain.

There is a system. It's JAG and the IG (Inspector General). They do work, if used. They both have their own chain of command as well, making them separate entities from each other as well as separate from the the chain of command that investigating or prosecuting, kind of like Internal Affairs of a police department.

Comment Re:No sympathy here, sorry (Score 1) 844

>>>Contacting JAG

Which means revealing classified information to the JAG ("I found documents that say...."), so Manning would still be in jail. Your solution is a non-solution.

Sorry, but that's not true. For starters, revealing classified information of a certain level like SECRET to others who have a SECRET security clearance is not a crime. It is frowned upon if they don't have a "need to know", but it's not a crime. Every JAG officer or civilian has at least a Secret clearance, and there are plenty with Top Secret clearances specifically for the reason of handling cases that involve it. Contacting JAG also protects the individual from any backlash. Depending on the severity of the allegations, the individual who reported something to JAG (or the alleged wrong doer) may be transferred to some place where nobody knows him/her where they continue doing their job, but they are immune to any "punishment". If punishment is found to have happened, JAG itself can prosecute those who did it. If all else fails there is always the IG (Inspector General), who is basically the equivalent of an Internal Affairs. So, whistle blowers in the military are protected if the they go about it the right way.

Comment CFLs with "good" light? (Score 1) 1049

Does anyone have any suggestions on brands of CFLs to use that give off "good" light? Every one that I've tried gives off a harsh, dead light. That may be perfect for a horror flick, but not for my house. I would love to make the switch, but I'll be hoarding too if that's the sort of light given off by all of these things.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 580

You are forgetting that Bradley Manning gave up some of his constitutional rights when joining the military. The best example being free speech. His detainment and trial are not covered under the constitution, they are covered by the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice).

Comment Re:Question (Score 2, Informative) 352

Actually you are correct depending on your county/state. Nude pictures of children are not always legally considered child porn. The pictures must be sexually suggestive in some way. This is why nude beaches (depending on your county/state) are not illegal and people of all ages can walk around with their sex parts hanging everywhere and you or anybody else can freely take pictures as if on a regular beach.

Comment Re:Good move (Score 1) 920

Good move. It's time to pull the plug.

My sex life on chemically-powered women works no better than it did 40 years ago. Without some other pumping techniques, it can't get better. There's only so much energy per unit weight available. It doesn't get any better than the hooker from last night, and that's already been used. Rerunning her is just a money sink.

My girlfriend tries but mostly does tweaks on weight reduction, and that reached the point of diminishing returns some time ago. Without a better booty, there's little hope of progress.

Now, breast implants - that might work. Real looking ones were tested in the 1950s. They would have to be tested from my bedroom, of course.

Comment Re:Control Scheme Differences? (Score 1) 452

Isn't the game crippled without a keyboard and mouse? I have similar concerns over the upcoming Final Fantasy 14, which is supposed to be an MMORPG (but how do you communicate with other players if you can't type?).

The same way PS2 users did/do it with FFXI. They plug a USB keyboard into their system because typing with the controller is a pain and very slow. FYI, like FFXI, FFXIV will probably be completely controllable with the keyboard, nobody who plays the game uses a mouse, EVER.

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