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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 10:10:28 PM
WikiLeaks defenders of the past today:

"Hmm... you know, that guy that committed treason might not be such a great person after all."
^ he's also been accused of raping two women. classy dude.

Pretty sure Klutz was talking about Snowden and you're talking about Assange.  Correct me if I'm wrong.

It really annoys me how much people mix the two up, though.  They are completely different, unrelated people.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 12:18:18 AM
I kind of feel like a lot of third party candidates are just as bad (if not worse) than the major party candidates when you actually take a look at them.  But they're so obscure that people vote for them more because they want to  'stick it to the man' than based on anything they actually know about them.

Jill Stein supports homeopathy for gods sake.  I don't think there exists a quack theory that has been more thoroughly disproven than homeopathy in the history of science.  I cannot take this person seriously.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 23, 2016, 07:27:15 PM
After starting to get fed up will all the negativity this election cycle I decided to listen to Tim Kaine's inaugural speech as a VP candidate.  All 40 minutes of it.  I have to say it was pretty refreshing.  He seems like a genuinely earnest and likable person.

Sure ultimately it's just words.  But even so it was a nice palette cleanser after a solid week of doom and gloom from the GOP...
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 23, 2016, 06:32:02 PM
I also look at US economic history.  The US was a leader and innovator in manufacturing, but for the past few decades (mostly our lifetimes), that shifted-- wealth was obtained by shuffling numbers around, manufacturing was outsourced to foreign countries for pennies on the dollar (with so much manufacturing in China, they surely have a sizable portion of US dollars), US factories closed down (hence the name "The Rust Belt" region), the economy collapsed (a foundation based on "bubbles" is weak compared to a foundation based on building/manufacturing)...

The problem with this argument is that it's not really true.

While manufacturing jobs certainly have declined in the US, the overwhelmingly biggest reason isn't trade, immigrants, or anything like that.  It's automation.  Technology.  You can do a lot more today while employing fewer people.  A problem that isolationist trade policies will do absolutely nothing to solve.  In fact they will probably make things even more difficult for working class people by increasing the cost of goods.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 23, 2016, 05:10:46 PM
To be fair, regardless of who gets elected president the TPP still needs to be ratified by Congress and given the controversy around it and general isolationist trends don't think that's a sure thing at all.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 22, 2016, 02:34:37 AM
Who was it who was looking to buy a new figure?

Because damn
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 21, 2016, 11:47:13 PM
I mean, sure, Trump has said and done a lot of shady shit that should be brought to light.

But if its the cheap shots that get people talking and thinking, then why not take advantage of that?

Much of it has been brought to light, though.  Repeatedly.  The truly scary thing is that nobody seems to care.  Trump routinely does things that would be instant death to any reasonable politician's career yet his supporters eat it up...
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 19, 2016, 10:42:25 PM
I'm honestly surprised this hasn't gotten more coverage:

Rep. Steve King says what Trump supporters are thinking.

I know Hitler comparisons are so overdone nobody even pays attention to them anymore, but for the love of god this isn't even a metaphor.  It's literal master race talk. 
69  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.
70  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)
71  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.
72  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...
73  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.
74  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...
75  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.
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