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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 14, 2016, 11:59:12 PM
Got home planning to play some KanColle.

Realized that servers were undergoing maintenance that I totally hadn't planned for.

Didn't know what else to do with my time so I ended up doing some work from home.

What is wrong with my life...
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I Like to Spam on: July 10, 2016, 05:44:29 PM
Be the change you want to see, Kevadu.

OK, here's how the gameplay would work:

It's basically a management simulation except what you're running is a spam company.  Basic gameplay is turn-based.  Every turn you can do things such as,
  • Purcahse lists of email addresses.
  • Research better spamming techniques (to get past those pesky filters)
  • Decide what to spam (different markets will have different properties)
  • Set up new servers to spam from
  • Set up botnets to hijack other people's servers
  • Set up shell companies (more on that later)

Of course all of these things cost money so you need to start small-scale and work your way up.  And only a tiny fraction of the email addresses you acquire will produce any revenue so you need tons of them.  Furthermore, email addresses will 'decay', that is to say over time people will stop using certain addresses so their value goes to 0.  You must periodically purchase new addresses just to keep up.  And even more to expand.

Every company you establish will have a 'legitimacy' rating.  The high-value email lists will not be sold to companies perceived as illegitimate.  But spamming is not a very legitimate profession so you must get around by setting up shell companies.  Company A will purchase the email lists while Company B does the spamming, that sort of thing.  The legitimacy of your shell companies goes up over time (assuming they're not caught at least) because more established companies are seen as more legitimate.  Furthermore it will also be based on the geographic location you establish it in.  For example Europe has more strict regulations against that sort of thing so a company based in Europe appears more legitimate.  But for the same reason it will cost more money to maintain the facade.  So creating good shell companies requires both time and money.

In the course of actually spamming you will have the choice between less and more illegal content for your spam messages.  The more illegal content will generally produce more revenue, but it carries with it and increased risk that your company will be investigated.  So will things like using a botnet instead of your own servers.  If your company gets investigated you might have to pay a bribe just to stay in business.  But it can also reveal the links between some of your shell companies.  This can potentially reduce the legitimacy you've been working on establishing for years to nothing overnight.  So illegal activity is higher reward but also higher risk.

That's the basic idea I've got, at least.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I Like to Spam on: July 10, 2016, 03:19:20 PM
Saw this topic and thought somebody had made a game called "I Like to Spam".

...I'm more than a little disappointed...
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 10, 2016, 02:36:29 AM
I was feeling nostalgic for Nichijou and was thinking about rewatching it.  But what do I find...
  • It was taken down from Crunchyroll.
  • It doesn't seem to be available at any other (legal) streaming sites either.
  • The DVDs are out of print and have become very hard to find.

I hate piracy, but seriously what other option is there at this point...

I should add that I like the show and would be perfectly willing to pay for it, but I can't even find anywhere that would take my money for it.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 09, 2016, 08:55:58 PM
21  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 09, 2016, 04:36:36 PM
Jokes on you, they're not ninjas this time around.

Not that the Senran Kagura girls were terribly ninja-like either, but sure I guess officially they were ninjas...
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 08, 2016, 01:48:41 AM
I'm seriously not sure the spamming resume thing even works.  Not just me, I know lots of people who got absolutely nowhere with that...

Knowing someone feels like just about the only way to get a job these days.

Which is basically why I constantly feel like I'm screwed and should just resign myself to the fact my life won't ever improve.

"Knowing people" is not some unchangeable constant, though.  That's why networking exists.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 08, 2016, 12:05:40 AM
I'm seriously not sure the spamming resume thing even works.  Not just me, I know lots of people who got absolutely nowhere with that...

Knowing someone feels like just about the only way to get a job these days.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 12:01:21 AM
The president is more of a figurehead than anything else.

I'm sorry Dincrest, but bullshit must be called out as bullshit.  And this is complete and utter bullshit.

Nobody in the US holds all the power.  That was the entire point of the system with all those pesky checks and balances.  But the president is still very powerful, and this decision is actually important.

Some things the president can do (this isn't everything):
1. Veto any law.  Members of Congress can vote against a law of course, but the president's 'vote' counts a hell of a lot more than any one member of Congress.  Of course a veto can be overridden with a two-thirds supermajority, but in today's super-partisan fractured Congress that's extremely unlikely to actually happen.
2. Appoint Supreme Court justices.  You know, that whole third branch of government.  This is extremely important this election since the new president is guaranteed to be appointing at least one new justice (and given the age of some of the other members of the court it shouldn't be surprising if it ends up being more than one).  Well, unless Hillary wins and Congress suddenly decides to confirm Merrick Garland in their lame duck session since he's likely more moderate than whoever Hillary will pick.  Which would be pretty much the most hypocritical thing in the universe but I wouldn't put it past them.
3. Commander in Chief.  Theoretically Congress has to declare war but we've been fighting an awful lot of wars where that never actually happened.  Outside of that the president has almost total control over the world's most powerful military.  Do I even need to say any more?
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 02, 2016, 04:56:58 PM
So, hum, yeah...
ReLIFE has a different schedule... as in all 13 episodes are out now.

You can just binge the whole season already.

EDIT: oh yeah, episode 1 is not very good but it gets much better already at 2.

I saw that and was confused.  Haven't actually watched any yet.  Are they full length episodes?
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 28, 2016, 10:32:31 PM
I'm with Dincrest on this one.  If you think people drive badly in the US you need to travel some more.  Not saying US drivers are perfect (because they're certainly not), but I've been to so many places where they're much, much worse.

Also, statistics per unit population don't really account for the fact that a much higher percentage of people in the US drive compared to most places in Europe.  If we assume they all drove equally well you would still have a higher number of accidents per unit population just due to the larger number of drivers per unit population.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 27, 2016, 04:02:38 AM
Episode 13 of Re:Zero was painful to watch yet somehow also incredibly appropriate.  It was a long time coming, really.  Since the story is all told from Subaru's point of view it's easy to forget how different things look from his perspective and, well, the rest of the world's.

I know a lot of people are going to hate on Subaru after this, but considering all he's been through
and all the times he's died...
it would be stranger if he wasn't a little messed up in the head.  I don't know, maybe I'm just glad that the protagonist isn't some Marty Sue for once.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 21, 2016, 12:46:19 AM
I'm not stoked about the return of demon conversations. I know that's probably sacrilege, but it's been the one part of the series I never really liked, and I was happy when Persona 3 followed in Digital Devil Saga's footsteps by removing it.  I found the shuffle time mechanic just a lot more streamlined and better for my style of play.

Nah, you're not alone at all.  I've always kind of hated them.  One of the reasons I'm not really a fan of the mainline SMT games (oooh, now that is sacrilege).

Maybe they can make them not-terrible this time around, but I can't say technology was ever really the main limiting factor here.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 21, 2016, 12:36:13 AM
this atari 5200 commercial is everything I'd ever dreamed the 1980's could be


That's using hummer in a context I don't understand. Thanks, Ronnie?

I rewatched that video like 3 times looking for a hummer.  Mainly because the HMMWV didn't even enter service until 1984 (and civilian versions weren't until the 90s...) and this is supposed to be a 1983 commercial.  Sure enough there isn't a single sign of one...

But I guess you did succeed in making me waste my time.
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 21, 2016, 12:23:12 AM
I like Re:Zero,  but I am hoping animating WN that have been converted into LN isn't the next big thing for anime.

Next big thing?  Do you mean the last big thing?  They've been doing it for years...

In the beginning they start out decent but they just devolve into overpowered main character wankery. The ones that do not go the blatantly op route tend to be Gary Stu author inserts.

Let's be fair, this only describes 99% of them!

...OK, yeah.  Most WNs are terrible.  Though I still seem to read a ton of them because 1) Sometimes I just want something stupid and fun, I think hard enough at work, and 2) They're easily available and it's a good way to practice my Japanese.  Though even I've gotten pretty sick of most of these OP-protagonist WMs.  Which is actually why I've been reading more and more shoujou ones lately...those have their own tropes of course, but at least they're *different* tropes!

Though one non-shoujou title I've been enjoying lately that doesn't have an OP protagonist is Genjitsushugiyuusha no Oukokukaizouki ("A Realist's Kingdom Reform Chronicles").  It does feature and awful lot of masturbating to Machiavelli on the other hand but at least that's something different!
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