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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: October 03, 2014, 04:49:38 PM
Tigers v. Pinatas?
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 02, 2014, 04:48:33 PM
McDonald's Monopoly promotion: the odds of what you'll win.

Quote from: article
As we mentioned earlier, the odds you win any prize is approximately 1 in 4, a probability of 25%.

So what does this mean? Well, comparing the two probabilities, 89.9% of the prizes will be food prizes. Hope you're hungry.

In fact, 4 out of every 11 prizes allocated will be a medium fries.

Medium fries, for sure.
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 28, 2014, 02:51:21 AM
Police Officer shot in Fergunson.
Non-lethally, 2 suspects sought.

Human Net Worth Index.
The idea that the USA is a wealthy nation is somewhat commonly evoked; here's a little data on what that actually means.
19  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: September 26, 2014, 06:22:34 AM
Awesome. =D
How is it?
20  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Dead Inside: Do Not Enter on: September 23, 2014, 10:45:54 PM
That's hardcore. Cool
Much kudos to Mark.
Price ain't bad either, which is a nice surprise.
21  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: September 23, 2014, 08:15:19 PM
I suppose I'm random debris and whale sounds? Wink
Yeah, I'm active.
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 23, 2014, 02:06:27 AM
This kerfuffle about the Columbian cycling team's uniforms isn't as sexy as it sounds. It's pretty SFW. Tongue
23  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 23, 2014, 12:19:51 AM
Mildly off-topic, but ain't this cool: Mercedez-Benz's ideas of a self-navigating tractor-truck/lorry.
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 22, 2014, 09:57:08 PM
Meanwhile in Japan: the Occulus Rift supported groping simulator!

Ah, here it is: "there will be no Final Fantasy 7 Remake."

"Final Fantasy 15 will be an action game."
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 22, 2014, 09:35:04 PM
I want to argue about FDR's New Deal, but I don't have the mojo right now.
So here's some other news.

"Arab civilization has collapsed. It won’t recover in my lifetime."

A corollary piece; NSF-Hope.

Occupy Wallstreet gets into student debt collection, but not like anyone expects.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 22, 2014, 09:26:03 PM
So, here I am, waiting in line for my copy of Destiny.

Krensky_ on PSN (note the underscore).

See you starside.

Let us know how that is, eh?
I'm not really sold on the hype, so I'm curious to find out what the various folks here abouts find on the ground.

It's a solid shooter. The 'story' mode is shortish, but I found the story engaging even if its really only a prolog.

Everyone on Bungies forums is bitching that everything is overpowered and needs to be nerfed, so PVP is probably about right. Wink  Or:

(click to show/hide)

I haven't gotten the gear for the Vault of Glass raid, but I've found strikes to be fun and challenging, although there is a marked bias to big piles of HP as opposed to mechanics. It is a FPS game, so that's not all that surprising, and I understand that changes in the Vault raid.

I've only just really started the end game stuff, so I can't speak to much about how it all fits together. The 'economy' (and I use that loosely because there's no trading or market) is somewhat interesting because even if you have all three of your characters at high levels there's still stuff you need low level and green gear for. Namely to break down into parts to feed your high level kit.

Probably it's biggest weakness is the lack of in game chat which means finding a guild or PUG goes to Bungie's site or other community resources.

Thanks Krensky.
I had two reasons to ask.
1) I was curious and I thought you'd give an intelligent, useful response.
2) I'd read of Destiny's $500 million dollar dev tag and I was curious about it's chances of turning a profit.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: September 22, 2014, 09:23:49 PM
Some Aesop Rock collaborations.

Ego Death.

Gun For The Whole Family.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: September 21, 2014, 09:00:09 PM
Holy blast from the past, Batman!

That was a great game - I need to send some emails out to folks that I know that still play it, now and again.

The Auld Grump - and always make the sound effects when using a shotgun - you do more damage that way....

Laser Sights do nothing and mostly are for poser yuppies anyway. Grin
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 19, 2014, 03:07:54 AM
Scotland says "No."
Mildly disappointing, but I can't say that I don't see the pragmatism in the decision. Sad
30  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 17, 2014, 04:51:18 AM
Unsurprisingly I'm with TSK on topic of nukes, but I respect the necessity of having a few dozen city-busters laying around.
So say scale back to double digits?
Eighty -twenty small, twenty medium, and twenty BIG. Enough to retain any intimidation value, with a budget break too.

Ludomastro: comrade Drop Bear is exaggerating, but off the top of my head corporate money in politics, corporations are people, corporations could also have religious associations, attempts to cover up massive toxic material spills, the NRA being the lobbying wing of the arms manufacturers, attempts to repeal minimum wages, pegging American financial health to stock market gains (not truly any corporation's fault I don't think, but not a wise move imho) and of course the fire-everybody-close-the-plants-ruin-the-towns-take-a-bonus loot and scoot practice of forced acquisitions and asset sell-offs.
Oh, and of course placing shareholder interests over everyone elses.

Of course all that's legal, but I assert the comparison is about morality. Mores and Laws shouldn't be lockstep, but I believe there's a values/results dissonance present.
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