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by Chen
Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 7467

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Re: Dolores and Maeve I am fairly sure they were two different versions of "awakening" that we experienced but I have some trouble squaring them up with each other. Dolores had a much longer and harder road, struggled for it for 35 years and there was both a dash of mysticism in it and a ...
by Chen
Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 7467

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Re: MiB powers, etc. I didn't interpret that as being a special power or privilege or anything like that. I think in the game at some point he either bought/crafted some special "dynamite" cigars. Because, hey, that could be useful. Then when it comes to use/activate them it has to be...
by Chen
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 7467

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Regarding guns/bullets: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/westworld-season-1-hbo-how-do-bullets-guns-work-hosts-guest-humans-die-a7382921.html So it really is sorta looking like two separate shells or something. It also kinda makes sense why the hosts can't seem to be allowed t...
by Chen
Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 160
Views: 25554

Re: News in brief

But sounds that though it was propaganda, it was at least bipartisan propaganda, not so much the ruling-party (or, indeed, figurehead) mouthpiece that it seems is the fear that it might now become. Well the president apparently used to appoint the whole board anyways. Just that I guess it had to ha...
by Chen
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 160
Views: 25554

Re: News in brief

I've never heard of this public TV station. From the article it looks like it's America's foreign propaganda network. I mean is this something that gets played up here in Canada? Or are we close enough that extra propaganda isn't needed?
by Chen
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2990
Views: 341554

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:Are you sure it's the doctors that are the pill-mills? My money is on the chiropractors being at fault. Just biased in favor of doctors and against chiros, is all.


Are there a lot of chiropractors in the rural US? And can chiropractors even prescribe drugs?
by Chen
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 7467

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

A few stupid logistical questions that really bother me: The primary one is the guns- namely how the visitors are protected from the hosts. There is the "can't use weapons" level which seems to be new and mostly redundant, the "can't attempt to hurt a visitor" rule which...
by Chen
Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm doing my damnedest to not get my hopes up whatsoever. At the same time, are we, as a country, going to accept that? Is accepting a potentially dodgy result heavily influenced by a quasi-adversarial foreign government (with a popular vote loser, to boot) better or worse for the 'stability of dem...
by Chen
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hillary-clinton-27-million-lead-popular-vote-donald-trump-cook-report-a7459631.html Hillary Clinton has 2.7 million more votes than Donald Trump, despite losing the presidential election, and the number is expected to rise. Ms Clinton is on track to ...
by Chen
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 9844

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Is it because the word "racism" has become diluted that people voted for Trump despite his racism-based campaign, or is it because those people aren't bothered by the racism itself? What about the people who were bothered by the racism, but not enough to keep them from voting for Trump. S...
by Chen
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Boeing's shares drop 1% after Donald Trump tweets. Basically, he thinks that the new Air Force One planes will be too expensive and has tweeted that the order should be cancelled. Despite the fact that they're not even supposed to be used until 2024 (however the USAF wants them brought forward, bec...
by Chen
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 10140

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Eh, really? When I saw it in the theater it had the ending with them kissing, I'm pretty sure... Weird that they would do an alternate cut like that...I mean, it was definitely less overt than a lot of movies, but it was pretty clear what they were getting at over the course of the movie. Hmm I saw...
by Chen
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1848804

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I don't see a good way to legislate against this. Best thing would probably be to publish how long you can expect your product to work at X capacity for. Even that is notoriously hard to quantify though. Apple says something like 500 battery charge cycles and the battery will still retain 80% capaci...
by Chen
Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 87
Views: 19511

Re: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)

maybeagnostic wrote:The CGI plant also got more screen time than the main character. Its almost like they only used bits of two short scenes instead of creating a detailed summary of the whole movie.


Let's also be fair, the CGI plant was the best part of the first movie anyways.
by Chen
Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 30434

Re: Let's Talk Money

Grrr, I just lost like 200-300 dollars in lost matching funds because I maxed out my 401k a paycheck too early.* =( Does anyone else's 401k (or similar matching funds) not show how much you contributed this year? With today's side incomes and gig economy, it really throws a monkey wrench into the n...
by Chen
Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28306
Views: 2463444

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Uh yeah ok actually providing some sort of proof of all that would be pretty ridiculous. I mean are those followed by empty spaces on the application where they expect you to write something? That would be absurd (especially since there's SOOO much overlap in those)
by Chen
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1848804

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Police are looking for a thief who managed to carry an 86lb bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6m off a truck in New York. Surveillance video showed the theft happened in just 20 seconds while the armoured truck was briefly unattended. The man struggled to carry the gold, taking an hour to lug his loot...
by Chen
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28306
Views: 2463444

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Angua wrote:Double posting cause it's been a while and I have more ranting.

Basically I wish to curse whoever came up with the idea of a 'Person specification' for a job application.


I've never heard of that. Is it different than a list of qualifications that you'd normally see in a job application?
by Chen
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Therian Saga
Replies: 3165
Views: 420816

Re: Therian Saga

Yeah I think it's one of those ridiculous guild quarries with megalithic structures to get that new sand. That was one of those things that just seemed like an enormous time-sink to try and get a tiny tiny upgrade/sidegrade for things.
by Chen
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Regarding recounts, I always wondered, are they done more stringently than regular counting? If not surely if a recount resulted in a different winner it'd still only be 1-1, and thus a second recount would be required to break the tie no? And if it IS done more stringently, is there a reason we don...
by Chen
Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Therian Saga
Replies: 3165
Views: 420816

Re: Therian Saga

I can log on either tonight or on the weekend and send back some guild invites, assuming I havent been voted out as guild leader for not being on in the last while. I think there are a number of krya clusters at the alt guild's mine as well.
by Chen
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2990
Views: 341554

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sableagle wrote:
The monkey pulled off one of the girls' head scarf, leading men from the Awlad Suleiman tribe to retaliate by killing three people from the Gaddadfa tribe as well as the monkey, according to a resident who spoke to Reuters.


WTF?
by Chen
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Therian Saga
Replies: 3165
Views: 420816

Re: Therian Saga

The last patches added more content, but really the grind to get the new stuff made really turned me off from the game. Just grinding temples took a ridiculous amount of time and now you basically need temples to make a bunch of the new stuff too (like a woodworking temple for the runic bows, shield...
by Chen
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 7649

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I disagree. First, because we don't know how true that is, we've never had a super powered group in the real world. Works fine in Avatar though, benders don't really attract hate (I'm excluding Korra since I don't want to think about that show very much). Regardless, the fact that it's hard doesn't...
by Chen
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 7649

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

In terms of needing to survive it's a numbers thing (again like the White Wolf Vampire example). Plus Wizards in the Potter universe are pretty much idiots who don't understand technology at all. With creative use of their spells and the like sure they could probably do a lot of harm (imperius charm...
by Chen
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 7649

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Yeah, it's one thing that's always annoyed me about the Harry Potter universe. Don't forget that Hermione erased herself from her own parent's memories. They were always complaining about how many muggles' minds had to be wiped after some magical mishap or the other but no one s...
by Chen
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Stop insisting that only "uneducated" people voted for Trump. The majority of college educated white people voted Trump , even if the ratio of uneducated white people voting for him was (much) greater. I don't think anyone is insisting "only" uneducated people voted for him, but...
by Chen
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm personally having a lot of Schadenfreude recently because of this. Liberals claimed that Trump supporters would riot and would never support Clinton. Come a few weeks later, we learn the opposite is also true. Yeah the hypocrisy is strong here. Just on my random Facebook feed I've seen a number...
by Chen
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tyranny
Replies: 1
Views: 951

Re: Tyranny

Played this over the weekend. Definitely has potential. I've heard its quite short (20ish hours) compared to other RPGs like this and that the ending is very abrupt, as if it's really made for a big DLC expansion or sequel. That said I've been having fun with it so far. Magic seems way more powerful...
by Chen
Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If Trump is smart for avoiding tax, can't you argue that any politician is smart for doing anything? Take huge amounts of campaign donations from a shady group and coincidentally alter policies is now genius! I presume the only way the avoiding taxes thing would be seen as smart is if you're findin...
by Chen
Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm less willing to start over with Trump supporters. I want to know how they justify voting for a man who's said the things he's said, and expressed the values he's expressed. Did a lot of them just not believe it? Did they think he was just lying? Are these values that they themselves hold? If so...
by Chen
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I am going to go out on a (very long) limb here and say virtually everyone willing to vote for Hillary did so and it wasn't nearly enough. I'm not sure how you can say that seeing as how she won the popular vote. It's a fact more people wanted her as president than wanted Trump. It's pretty easy to...
by Chen
Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So the spoiling didn't work then, did it. If these people didn't want Trump, they did the wrong thing to not get Trump. No one votes third party with intent to spoil. That's silly since its far easier to "spoil" the other side by voting for the other major party. I think the point was the...
by Chen
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 7467

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Episode 6 continued spoilers Thing is everything they do now will either also be recorded or not. If it's recorded than going along with her wishes is just as pointless as going to their bosses. If it's not, then rendering incapable of continuing to blackmail them is feasible. I think it wou...
by Chen
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 7467

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Well that last episode was interesting though I have some MAJOR complaints Why in the hell would those guys actually do what she asked? I understand WHILE she was threatening them, but after? I mean they had her coding opened up. You'd think they could just drop things to 0 or right out turn her...
by Chen
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)
Replies: 23
Views: 4524

Re: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)

Ad&d second edition had 6 methods for rolling characters in it. The base method was the 3D6 in order, but it had everything from the common standard now (4D6 drop the lowest, assign where you want) to an early version of the point buy system, albeit with base scores and then rolling dice to dete...
by Chen
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 679504

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

From my limited searching capability with the filters in place here, I got the following as a description of that hot mic incident (the relevant part about kissing people and grabbing them by their genitals): “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says. “You know I’...
by Chen
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)
Replies: 23
Views: 4524

Re: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)

No, when we're talking about "strength proficiency" or what have you, we mean proficiency in strength saving throws. That's just too long of a phrase. (There are some things that'll grant you proficiency with all checks with a given attribute, but they're class abilities or magic items.) ...
by Chen
Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)
Replies: 23
Views: 4524

Re: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)

Wizards do not get strength as a proficiency by default. If you've managed to do that, you've somehow burned resources on it that make you less wizardly and more strength based. It's an option, and it's not particularly broken in any way. But no, most wizards will not be terrifically strong, or goo...
by Chen
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)
Replies: 23
Views: 4524

Re: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)

Since it would be basically be added to *everything*, would it? If we just hiked DCs by +5, too, what would the genuine difference be? We'd be dealing with higher numbers at lower levels, but wouldn't the scale be the same? The rate of success, the impact of bonus modifiers? In terms of DCs I think...

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