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SMEGMA_MAIL
May 4, 2018


THUNDERDOME LOSER 2021





Seems like a lot of those small services use their platform as a Trojan for “copyright” protection spyware and other really lovely practices while if you get something from Steam you can have a degree of trust that it won’t be too shady.

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Toph Bei Fong
Feb 29, 2008

You can't see me at all...



f-droid.org

Thanatosian
Apr 16, 2013

Angrier, Bitterer Man


Grimey Drawer

duz posted:

still hilarious that you can only buy one thing at a time on epic

And you still can't buy anyone else a game. Not that anyone would ever want to buy a video game as a gift.

Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.



Let's see.. highly unstable warpstone-lightning battery, wheel made of bones and rotten wood, literally has scythes mounted everywhere theat may well impale the driver, who is a deranged clan skryre warplock engineer...

Eh, still safer than a Tesla!

The Bloop
Jul 5, 2004




Ultra Carp


I was an huge fan of WHFB but I've never played any of the video games

Is this poo poo any good?

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Peanut President posted:

I don't think Valve does any gatekeeping for steam at all. They just wait for people to report poo poo and then they kick it out. Speaking of, they're being sued by the company that owns Humble Bundle for being a monopoly.

They actually used to gate keep (which I think was just them only working with established publishers), until they started doing project greenlight and allowing certain Indy games. Eventually they just threw the gates wide open altogether.

Volmarias has issued a correction as of 18:57 on May 3, 2021

Falcorum
Oct 21, 2010


Volmarias posted:

They actually used to gate keep (which I think was just them only working with established publishers), until they started doing project greenlight and allowing certain Indy games. Eventually they just threw the gates wide open altogether.

Greenlight was amusing since it came about because indy devs wanted in (previously you'd basically have to contact Steam as you would Microsoft/Sony re: releasing on their platform), then there were a lot of complaints that the $100 upfront was too high a cost to participate in greelight, and now instead there's the "my Zelda-like Soulsborne pixel art platformer isn't getting the attention it deserves, why is steam discoverability so bad" complaints.

Falcorum has issued a correction as of 19:09 on May 3, 2021

Riot Bimbo
Dec 28, 2006

Was ist das problem fraulein?


If you want to stand out dont be slavishly derrivative. So ez

SMEGMA_MAIL
May 4, 2018


THUNDERDOME LOSER 2021





Here's a pretty good (and long) video about the Chinese social credit system from an actual Chinese academic on the system. They talk about a lot of the reality (it's still pretty cyberpunk dystopia but not yet nearly as widespread, coordinated, or all-encompassing as often portrayed) versus the anti-Chinese propaganda and just common misunderstandings.

I think it's important to keep an eye on even for Americans because if the various programs are seen as a success you bet your rear end some billionaire in San Jose will be ready to disrupt your poo poo, and a lot of it as it exists could be ported to the United States very easily without too much legal hair splitting and only a few greased palms I think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4UurP59nDM

Silhouette
Nov 16, 2002

SONIC BOOM!!!



We're already halfway there with credit scores and publicly viewable criminal and financial records

Biplane
Jul 18, 2005



The Bloop posted:

I was an huge fan of WHFB but I've never played any of the video games

Is this poo poo any good?

if you like warhammer and total war, then it's the best videogame of all time.

tokin opposition
Apr 8, 2021

I know a lot of
weed smokers


VOTE!


In the future your class position will be determined by your anime preferences

Dubs watchers, just know that you get -69 points each time you make that mistake

SMEGMA_MAIL
May 4, 2018


THUNDERDOME LOSER 2021





tokin opposition posted:

In the future your class position will be determined by your anime preferences

Dubs watchers, just know that you get -69 points each time you make that mistake

Socialism with waifu characteristics

Woof Blitzer
Dec 29, 2012


tokin opposition posted:

In the future your class position will be determined by your anime preferences

Dubs watchers, just know that you get -69 points each time you make that mistake

The Space Dandy dub is better than the original

The Bloop
Jul 5, 2004




Ultra Carp

Biplane posted:

if you like warhammer and total war, then it's the best videogame of all time.

well I know nothing about the total war games but I love warhammer and own 99999 skaven

guess I'll look into it

Nothus
Feb 22, 2001




Silhouette posted:

We're already halfway there with credit scores and publicly viewable criminal and financial records

Yeah we're already there, it's just that we did it the neoliberal way so it's patchwork, decentralized, largely run by private companies, and tied into the financial system.

christmas boots
Oct 15, 2012

To these sing-alongs of siren songs
To oohs to ahhs to big applause
With all of my anger I scream and shout
America, I love you but you're freaking me out


Biscuit Hider

tokin opposition posted:

In the future your class position will be determined by your anime preferences

Dubs watchers, just know that you get -69 points each time you make that mistake

It's a small, but important, act of resistance against the police state.

Yo-ho. Don't give it up, Luffy.

Riot Bimbo
Dec 28, 2006

Was ist das problem fraulein?


The Bloop posted:

well I know nothing about the total war games but I love warhammer and own 99999 skaven

guess I'll look into it

hope you like being bilked for dlc and buying 'sequels' that amount to expansion-esque updates at full price

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004





i like older Total War games and Warhammer but i couldnt get into WH:TW

SMEGMA_MAIL
May 4, 2018


THUNDERDOME LOSER 2021





Nothus posted:

Yeah we're already there, it's just that we did it the neoliberal way so it's patchwork, decentralized, largely run by private companies, and tied into the financial system.

Well that's the thing, that's basically what China's system is. Some specific aspects are a lot worse, kinda think like the US no-fly system but a dozen or so involving various programs or public services but the rules are super unclear, and usually in practice the threat of getting on one of those lists, even if the official can't actually do it, is enough to quiet a lot of complaints.

Some of it also includes way to sanction companies, which are actually in theory good, but in practice it's basically a part of the mindset you see in libertarians and tech bros in the US that everything, even (especially) social issues, is an engineering problem that just needs apps and management structures. Basically taking the whole community aspect out of communism, building a zero-trust system.

Biplane
Jul 18, 2005



The Bloop posted:

well I know nothing about the total war games but I love warhammer and own 99999 skaven

guess I'll look into it

you can control a million skaven, take over and infest everywhere else by building hidden hives underneath normville. you have to take captives to feed your forces after battle, if they get hungry enough they may revolt. also, you have to deal with their inbuilt skaven treachery.

The Bloop
Jul 5, 2004




Ultra Carp

Riot Bimbo posted:

hope you like being bilked for dlc and buying 'sequels' that amount to expansion-esque updates at full price

A true skaven would just pirat the game...

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008

I always get the last word


The Bloop posted:

A true skaven would just pirat the game...

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017

I will not shut up about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I talk about them all the time and work them into every conversation I have. I built a shrine in my room for the yellow one who died because sadly no one noticed because she died around 9/11. Wanna see it?


mazzi Chart Czar posted:

It could have been like the 1950's where it was a big wall with little doors, and you pay to get the food out.
I didn't have to be seen making the food.

I was performing freshness.

What you mean like an automat?

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017

I will not shut up about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I talk about them all the time and work them into every conversation I have. I built a shrine in my room for the yellow one who died because sadly no one noticed because she died around 9/11. Wanna see it?



Neal Stephenson's cyberpunk utopia

Tulip
Jun 3, 2008

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth; I am a citizen of the world.




Always double check your conference call settings. The Epic v Apple trial began this morning with kids yelling overtop each other on a packed phone line. "I would suck all of you to get Fortnite mobile back," said one voice.

Tiler Kiwi
Feb 26, 2011


The Bloop posted:

I was an huge fan of WHFB but I've never played any of the video games

Is this poo poo any good?

ya

Riot Bimbo posted:

hope you like being bilked for dlc and buying 'sequels' that amount to expansion-esque updates at full price

don't buy them then

Riot Bimbo
Dec 28, 2006

Was ist das problem fraulein?


Tiler Kiwi posted:

ya


don't buy them then

Im just real salty about WH2 being announced and released, and then have it run worse than the first game despite doing less and having equivalent fidelity.

And i paid for it because at some point my habit of alwats buying indie games i liked became a habit of just buying games.

Tiler Kiwi
Feb 26, 2011


thats how they get ya

VideoTapir
Oct 18, 2005

He'll tire eventually.


https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/technician-for-water-co-linked-to-liver-failure-says-his-dog-got-liver-illness/?amp=1

quote:

The lead water technician for Real Water—a Las Vegas-based company that produces “alkalized” bottled water now linked to liver failure cases—testified that he had no relevant experience to be a water technician when he was promoted to the position last August.

Real Water’s lead technician, Casey Aiken, 40, is a former vacuum and timeshare salesman who began working for Real Water last June after losing his job as a strip club promoter. According to a taped deposition from late March that was obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aiken was promoted from his job of loading bottled water onto shipping pallets to the company’s lead technician after “a couple hours” of training.

In late November, just a few months after Aiken’s promotion, five infants and children who drank the water developed acute non-viral hepatitis, which led to acute liver failure, health officials say. The children ranged in age from 7 months to 5 years. Real Water’s branded water was the only common link between the cases.

LIVE AMMO COSPLAY
Feb 3, 2006



Vacuum and timeshare salesman you say.

VideoTapir
Oct 18, 2005

He'll tire eventually.


I could totally see this guy as a PK Dick protagonist

The Nastier Nate
May 22, 2005

All aboard the corona bus!

HONK! HONK!




Yams Fan


Were over a year into this poo poo and somehow the same people are still loving up Zoom calls

And god help you if you have to explain how to work Microsoft teams to those people

DACK FAYDEN
Feb 25, 2013

Bear Witness

VideoTapir posted:

According to a taped deposition from late March that was obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aiken was promoted from his job of loading bottled water onto shipping pallets to the company’s lead technician after “a couple hours” of training.
well hell, somebody had to be lead technician, and this guy had a couple hours more training than all the alternatives!

SMEGMA_MAIL
May 4, 2018


THUNDERDOME LOSER 2021





Bottled Water = Disrupted with new paradigms in hepatitis.

Colonel Cancer
Sep 26, 2015

Tune into the fireplace channel, you absolute buffoon

I mean he was a vacuum salesman

That's basically 90% of a head technician

Thanatosian
Apr 16, 2013

Angrier, Bitterer Man


Grimey Drawer

The Nastier Nate posted:

Were over a year into this poo poo and somehow the same people are still loving up Zoom calls

And god help you if you have to explain how to work Microsoft teams to those people

Because we don't expect Boomers to actually be able to do their job.

Syncopated
Oct 21, 2010



quote:

Aiken’s own dog developed a liver illness that month after drinking water Aiken brought home from work. The dog recovered after his wife identified the water as the possible source of the illness and told Aiken to stop giving it to him.

After Aiken’s 2-year-old min pin/Chihuahua mix rescue dog drank the water, the dog started throwing up, and became lethargic. Aiken and his wife then took him to a veterinarian.

“It was an issue with his liver,” Aiken said. “We got him some pills. Three-hundred-dollar vet bill later, my wife, she’s the one that told me to stop giving him the water because she didn’t know what it was and that’s the only thing we changed, so we stopped giving the dog the water.”

“Did he get better?” attorney Will Kemp asked Aiken in the deposition.

“Yes,” Aiken replied.

It’s unclear if Aiken alerted the company to his dog’s illness and the potential problem with the water. However, Aiken said whatever the potential problem was, it wasn’t his fault.
lmfao

Kitfox88
Aug 20, 2007





Colonel Cancer posted:

I mean he was a vacuum salesman

That's basically 90% of a head technician

lol

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mawarannahr
May 21, 2019



Volmarias posted:

There's a reason that those dialogs continue to get increasingly scary. There are far more people who will get some malware to guide them through doing this to install some other kind of malware, than there are legitimate users of this.

We live a documentary, it's called "Idiocracy," and it's starring you

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