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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 19, 2016, 12:04:59 PM
And I'm still wondering what this "great" era is that all the "Make America Great Again" people want to go back to.  

...

The 1950s?  Great if you were a white male

I think you answered your own question Dincrest.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: July 18, 2016, 10:55:58 PM
I love me some Gust ... but I personally didn't like seeing the switch from NISA to Tecmo Koei for Gust game localizations

Ar Tonelico 2

Never forget

(I guess the lesson is that Gust games have always had crappy localizations...whee)
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2016, 09:07:39 PM
Oddly enough I feel like I generally do fine on first dates.  There's a certain ritual to them that you just have to follow.  Talk about what you do, what your hobbies are, the heat death of the universe, yadda yadda.  Throw in a few compliments, jokes, and make sure to ask questions yourself (that is genuinely good advice) and you'll do fine.

It's after that where I run into problems.

Did you know that after a date most women expect you to contact them again?  Like, in under 2 weeks?  Hell, some of them even want to talk everyday.  I have no idea what they even talk about but apparently that's a real thing.  Personally I've yet to meet a person (of any gender) I would actually want to talk to everyday.  Most people just aren't that interesting.  I thinking coming into contact about once every two weeks is about my limit.

In conclusion, misanthropes might be poorly suited to dating.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2016, 03:56:02 AM
You guys need to go to better beaches.  They're not all the same.  In fact there are pretty huge variations...
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2016 on: July 16, 2016, 05:22:38 PM
Apparently Evo has decided that they're too cool to show both halves of the screen in their streams.
36  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...
37  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.
38  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...
39  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.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 09, 2016, 08:55:58 PM
POKEMON GO IS THE END OF HUMANITY
41  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...
42  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.
43  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.
44  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?
45  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?
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