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31  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.
32  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.
33  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.
34  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
35  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
36  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.
37  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Around the Campfire [OOC and open feedback] on: September 16, 2014, 04:23:29 AM
Been a weird, weird 6 weeks. Might be over, might not.

I want to get back to this, but I really can't quite yet Undecided.

Respected, thanks for touching base. Cool
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 15, 2014, 11:26:56 PM
Useful links!
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 15, 2014, 11:21:55 PM
So the USA has a nuclear arsenal maintenance problem.

Current maintenance costs are about $23,000,000,000^ with a total-per year cost of $200,000,000,000 all told over the next decade.

Given that the U.S. borrows* .40c out every of $ it spends, this is a problem.

Generally calls for nuke upkeep come from two directions. The first has silos and basis in it's congressional districts and like the jobs, and the other is about deterrence.
Welp, point one's basic porky-pig politics. Ain't a damn thing new there.
But point two's weaker.
Nuclear weapons aren't useful. The people we can deter from nuking us first won't (Russia -crazy but not suicidal and China -our greatest creditor), and the people who might don't care (Iran). There's also the problem of retaliatory strikes making the issuers the new greatest mass-murderers in human history. If the US nukes Iran we probably (but not 100% lolololol) kill the few thousand desired enemies and then "collateralize" the remaining 14 million -assuming we hit only Tehran.
Kick in secondaries from radiation and famine created by crop losses and we could make Hitler look like a ballerina with a runny nose.

So what are we going to do about the cost of the arsenal we hope we'll never use?

Oh, and I stretched the dollar value out to somewhat counter the anesthetizing effect of the way gov't spending is announced like it's, "a billion here, a billion there -who really keep count anyway?"
No srsly gaiz a billion is a metric fuckton of money that can go quite a ways in any direction.

^Other articles put the value at around 250 billion.
*Page 2, though you can get that number from any one of dozens of other sources.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 15, 2014, 08:42:41 PM

Hey, thanks. Damn handy. Nah, any media that contributes is welcome here.

So, Freedom. Good luck, Scots.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 15, 2014, 12:22:24 AM
So, not exactly a life accomplishment but I completed XCOM:EW on Normal.
Days: 197.
Countries lost: 1, Egypt -the day before I would have gotten a satellite up over it.
Kills: 504.
KIA's: 7.
Wins: 45.
Losses: 0.
Mid-mission saves: under 10 -I didn't really keep track, but I generally don't.
Alien Base cleared: day 122.
Ethereal Device: 142.
Psionic Soldier: 145.

Last battle:
I can't say I didn't get a little lucky, but it went like this. Assault breaches the door, trigger the Master Ethereal's appearance.
ME speechifies.
Squadsight Sniper gets 19 damage on a crit, double taps, confirms kill.
Boss battle concluded.
Duration: less then 1 turn.

The Volunteer: Colette "Anaphylaxia" DuBois, Support class soldier.
Yup, France saved the world. Oh well, someone had to. Wink

TusVal called it right: Rocket Punching a Sectopod is frackin' epic. Like, God of War-worthy. Cool
Also I made me, and I became a Sniper and later became my command's first MEC.
42  Community / Off-Topic / Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 14, 2014, 06:33:45 PM
This thread exists as a place to specifically talk about news and ideas, the human condition and the state of the world.
We all know the basic rules of engagement, and they're no different here: be polite, be respectful, and as much as you can be accurate.
If you don't know say so; nobody who's opinion is worth heeding will shame honesty about ignorance. We can always learn and teaching is a blessed cause.

 Scotland and Independence.

I really feel like I wish I knew more. It seems to me like all the money and political interests are against the move, and those are unquestionably details of significance, but basic national liberty is an important human desire.
I'd love to hear from any Scots, Scot-ish folk, or whoever has a stake in this.

"5 Things I Learned as a Sex Slave in Modern America."
Hi, I'm Valentina. I've come to bring you down for at least a little while. Tongue

George Zimmerman's back in the news, but I don't really care. Someone else is welcome to tackle this if they want.

Brain Damage in the NFL.
43  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Feet wet campaign for the 1960s. on: September 14, 2014, 02:19:00 PM
Hmm ... Have you heard the song '99 Red Balloons' by the German group Nena? The idea behind the song is that at a concert in West Berlin, 99 red balloons are released. They drift over the Berlin Wall and are seen on radar as an attack, triggering WW 3.

Maybe your people are support band, or your promoter has decided to do this without your knowledge. How can you avoid a global disaster caused by a red balloon?

There were also a few almost-nuked-ourselves-and-started-WW3 events during the Cold War. Get your Google on, and maybe those are useful as well in a similar vein.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 14, 2014, 12:12:34 AM
What's the name of those ears?  'Cause I remember there being Dire Foxes in the game.

They're "Feline Ears."

Ah.  I also remember there being the more classic cat ears that characters could get in the game.

Indeed! "Kitty Ears," I believe. Tend to go for upwards of 50k when they are for sale. Those you wear atop your head, instead of in place of the usual flesh flaps.
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 13, 2014, 10:45:42 PM
What's the name of those ears?  'Cause I remember there being Dire Foxes in the game.

They're "Feline Ears."
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