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Next the head of the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms bureau will come forward saying Trump tried to order a hit on Comey

That is the most worrying thing, the grandstanding boring old "Hard line against terrorism" that is now obligatory to trot out, is time consuming, it takes effort. I'm more scared of the outcome of a chaotic negotiation process, then in any terror attack.

RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: May 22, 2017, 10:55:06 pm »
Finally made my way through Andromeda.


7 patches later, and the game is mostly as it should have been when it was shipped, though the multiplayer is still an unholy mess of bad netcode and grind designed to lure you into microtransactions. 

With the exception of maybe Drack, who is basically Wrex 2.0, and Reyes Vidal (voiced by the always excellent Nicholas Boulton), none of the characters stand out, except perhaps to piss you off.  It's not clear that any of your actions have any impact, at least in this game.  The "story-rich" side quests seem designed to actively piss you off...I actually took a break from the game after doing the now infamous "Contagion" questline (which makes you backtrack over what feels like the entire cluster for very little payoff in terms of story or anything else).

Ironically, some of the best content may be the stuff we never see, or is only alluded to.  The "Ryder family secrets" and fate of the Quarian Ark, while obvious sequel bait, have a lot more potential than anything else we see in the entire game.

The combat is also pretty fun.  I've been doing a Insanity difficulty vanguard run, mostly to show up the whiners who are all "you have to sniper on the higher difficulties" weenies.  You can effectively chain invincibility frames from biotic charge, nova and the (asari sword) melee which, along with the saving barrier upgrade and vanguard profile siphoning strikes makes you unkillable. 

But yeah, if you're going to play it, just do the main quest, which is mostly OK, though nothing amazing, and the companion quests.  Everything else just isn't worth it.

The four lads I lived with who started playing Andromeda, all independently stopped and went back to play ME1, not because Andromeda was bad, just that it couldn't compare and made them nostalgic for the original.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Banning Nazis from PD
« on: May 20, 2017, 01:06:18 pm »
Its more like the gnome kings vault in return to oz, cavernous halls filled with butthurt, and when you trip over the butthurt it creates more butthurt.

If we could figure out how to make butthurt turn a turbine, we'd never have to worry about powering our cities again.

But the thing that makes the butthurt even butthurtier is when the persons you are butthurt about have a totally incorrect idea of why you're butthurt.  I mean, it doesn't make me cry into the beer I can no longer drink, but it is an irritant.

Also, it's worth mentioning that when properly aged, it sometimes stops being butthurt and turns into plain old hatred.  Not always, but sometimes, and for me it's usually based on the reason for the butthurt.

I don't hate you, for example, but I hate Kai like poison...Even though, to an 3rd party, it would seem that I have less reason to be butthurt at him than I did with respect to you.
I don't keep track of why people are butthurt with me, if I've done something worth hating me over I'm always willing to talk it out but I don't know what that something is.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Banning Nazis from PD
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:13:12 pm »
Its more like the gnome kings vault in return to oz, cavernous halls filled with butthurt, and when you trip over the butthurt it creates more butthurt.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Banning Nazis from PD
« on: May 18, 2017, 02:43:07 pm »
You've already shown you dont want a fair world where everyone is treated equally because you hold the prejudiced and false view that the average Muslim is extremist. It undermines your argument.

The people who know absolutely nothing are generally open about it and you can walk them through it. Its the ones who know just enough and panic when they think they are expected to know, they will mess you around. Of course they are not as bad as the ones that you send requests to, that you might as well have sent the messages into a black hole, you are never going to get a response from them.

We have the ask three times rule here at work as we believe all IT admins are under religious obligation to lie the first two times:

"Have you opened port 443 for our system?"
"OK fine I'll open it now"

Lets not be facetious now, all jokes aside I think we can all agree that gadaffi would have made a better president.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Banning Nazis from PD
« on: May 17, 2017, 08:06:35 pm »
But yeah, I thought I had to say something because "we tolerate racists"  isn't something I agree with in any form so I did not like the thought of being considered part of that "We", though banning them isn't the only option to show you don't tolerate it.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Banning Nazis from PD
« on: May 17, 2017, 08:02:51 pm »
Crying out to ban a Nazi and then being called a Nazi is pretty standard for admin staff, it's a thankless, awful, time consuming job.

You try to decide the rules which are entirely subjective and apply them fairly and a hold over from the dark days that people wanted differently was an emphasis of free speech. It has its positives and its negatives.

At least we have only had a handful of people try to dox us over the years, reading about the something awful guys experiences is pretty depressing:

If the problem is the decision needs to be made by a larger pool of people again maybe that's what's needed, we're fairly active again, certainly a lot more then last year which is nice (thanks Trump, for making Discordianism great again, one by one all the disagreeing, bickering popes are climbing back in to the clown car).

I'm sorry I can't give more energy to the site, I prioritise the other aspects so I removed myself from the forum decision making process, the only rule I enforce is "If your photons representing information result in me getting legal threats, I reserve the right not to process those photons in the server"

Can you tell if a system is set up for load balancing from a domain name? Surely the domain name could resolve to a machine/load balancing system/shitty home router

At this point with the chaos I wouldn't be surprised if Trump was to turn out to be pro Palestine

In fairness to MS they released a patch all the way back to XP for this one, first patch for XP in years. But yes, there are a worrying amount of systems running critical infrastructure that are on archaic systems, Or critical systems that only get updates periodically (quarterly or even annually is common enough to see for some big systems)

Then you could have widespread intrusion on many many systems, that could passively spread without detection, potentially compromising a lot more then this attack. This was loud and quick and invoked a quick reaction, a poorly executed cash grab.

If someone had wanted to make something to give them access to information and control of the critical infrastructure of many countries on a long term basic (similar to how the FBI would have been utilising it), they could have. It's not outside the realms of possibility, that they could have done so already. It validates what Tim Cook was saying when apple refused to create a back door for the FBI, because this is exactly the scenario they described.

The good thing about this attack is that it has inspired a lot of even companies to update their old out of date systems which will close off many of these exploits and result in a safer web.

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