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Serious / Penguin at local Japanese zoo adopts a waifu
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:44:24 PM »
No I'm not making this up.

EDIT: It's fucking fake.

The Flood / How is your life coming along based on this scale?
« on: May 01, 2017, 11:48:32 PM »
Verb, you get two freebies and can skip 28 and 31.

Serious / Trump on the subject of Old Hickory
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:57:41 PM »

Trump: ‘I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, “There’s no reason for this.” ’

According to Trump, Andrew Jackson was very upset about the Civil War and believed he would've stopped it if he was president.

The problem with this? Andrew Jackson died in 1845, 16 years before the Civil War broke out.

Now let's just say he wasn't being literal, and that this was just a philosophical "What if" on the subject of General Jackson being in charge when The South decided to secede from The Union. Yes, General Jackson was a hard believer in keeping the Union, in regards to threats of secession over tariffs. However he was also a hard slave owner, he appointed Justice Roger Taney who made the infamous Dred Scott Decision.

Point is, it's impossible to gauge what General Jackson would've done in regards to the Civil War and that's the best case scenario for Trump if he wasn't just getting his historical facts wrong.

TL;DR: Trump doesn't know history and believed president Jackson was still alive during the Civil War.

Serious / Karl Marx was a racist
« on: May 01, 2017, 01:56:08 PM »

For example, in a July 1862 letter to Engels, in reference to his socialist political competitor, Ferdinand Lassalle, Marx wrote, “It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother had not interbred with a n*****. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product. The obtrusiveness of the fellow is also n*****-like,” according to the book “Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy.”
Regarding Mexicans, during the Mexican-American War, he wrote: “Without violence, nothing is ever accomplished in history.” But then he asks, “Is it a misfortune that magnificent California was seized from the lazy Mexicans who did not know what to do with it?”

Sounds like a fine fellow don't you think?

“What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money . … Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist,” Marx wrote in the book—which critics have later described as virulently anti-Semitic.

And in what sounds like a 19th-century version of a screed penned by a Holocaust-denying, white supremacist on a web forum, Marx continues:

“Money degrades all the gods of man—and turns them into commodities. … The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. … The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general.”

The guy sounds like a /pol/ack, I can't wait to see all the sudden "WTF I love Marx now!" memes.

Marx opined: “Thus we find every tyrant backed by a Jew, as is every pope by a Jesuit. In truth, the cravings of oppressors would be hopeless, and the practicability of war out of the question, if there were not an army of Jesuits to smother thought and a handful of Jews to ransack pockets.

With this, we see the truth. Karl Marx is an unedcuated, racist dumbass who couldn't even balance his own checkbook in between calling Mexicans lazy and Jews greedy. Yet even today, people still persist that his ideology will somehow pull the poor and disenfranchised up and it will be a perfect Utopian society. If your idea of a Utopia is a miserable poor Hellhole, than Marxism is just for you, but I don't like being poor nor do I like my friends being poor so I wont support it.

Inb4 "But he wasn't a REAL Marxist!"

Serious / Trump Invites Duterte to the White House
« on: April 30, 2017, 11:04:31 PM »

Easiest TL;DR ever: Trump invites Rodrigo "I'll fucking murder your family" Duterte to the White House.

I doubt he's gonna try and raise his killcount while visiting but Trump isn't exactly going to get any commendations for bringing him over in the first place.

The Flood / PSA: Turn off your computer when you're done!!
« on: April 29, 2017, 11:25:01 PM »
So I'm going to get this out of the way: yes I fucked up big time with this but I was unaware of what "Coil Whine" was until it was too late.

So after I built my computer a little over a year, I had a habit of leaving it on when I went to bed. My reasoning was that purple noise (the sound of like an AC or fan running) calms me and helps me sleep, I also sometimes have a middle of the night piss and having the lights on the computer helped me get my bearings in the dark immediately so I don't slam my head against anything. So my computer would be on for months on end without interruption. This really didn't do anything other than increase the dust build up but I get compressed air regularly so that wasn't much of an issue.

A couple of days ago I noticed high pitched chirps started coming from my computer. I checked temps, and everything ran fine so as far as actual performance, everything was normal. The noise is just downright fucking annoying, It's fucking loud as shit and hits sporadically. After testing my computer running with various fans off (including CPU fan) and my video card out, I was able to pin point the problem being my PSU. It has coil whine and based off what I've gathered, once you get it, it doesn't really ever go away. The computer runs perfectly fine but this chirping noise hits completely randomly and it's so fucking annoying and loud. Basically if I want to be free of the silence I have to buy a whole new PSU, so now I have to budget a $114 PSU before Stormblood hits in June.

TL;DR: I never turned my computer off and now I have coil whine in my PSU, either I live with an unbearable noise or I spend $114 on a new power supply.

The Flood / AMA Ask The Sonic Totem Anything!
« on: April 23, 2017, 12:07:46 PM »
Open up Google RNG, set max value to 999 then ask your question and post your first roll!


Will we ever get a third season to Seitokai Yakuindomo?!



Serious / It's Just A Prank Bro
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:12:08 PM »

As much as I am an advocate for allowing content that really pushes the limits on Youtube, this is beyond skirting the line. It's not a controlled environment with just a single individual, it's a "family" with a child that is actually trying to live a normal life and this is nothing short of abuse, how Child Services has not come to the rescue yet is beyond my comprehension.

The Flood / Picking a program
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:23:16 PM »
I've been thinking/internally debating a lot about it today, and I feel after summer it might be for the best to slowly go back to taking a class a season and get on track to finishing my degree since I've knocked out all my Gen-Ed classes. However I'm left with some questions:

-Will I keep the credits I earned from two years ago? It's the same school.
-Do schools ever purge inactive students?

If I don't have any problems with the previous two questions, I'm stuck on a choice of two different degrees.

A Technical Certificate in Film Production and an A.S. in Film Production. The first is slightly shorter and I can complete it faster but the latter I have all the gen-ed classes completed and I wouldn't have to leave my job at the end to get the degree. I'm really torn on choosing one; I don't really want to be in a position of leaving the company but I kind of want to get it over with.

What would you guys suggest?

The Flood / Chris-Chan is selling his old shirt for $25k
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:42:55 AM »
This is some next level autism. Just like the Sonichu totem, how will his saga end?

The Flood / Always Knock Twice
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:10:20 PM »

Serious / On the subject of males in universities
« on: April 19, 2017, 06:00:23 PM »

An interesting Anti-Feminism video calling for significantly more male representation in universities, and why it can benefit society.

Gaming / Persona 5
« on: April 18, 2017, 03:13:31 AM »
I find it mind-boggling that with all the absolute weeabs on here no one bothered to make a Persona 5 thread all this time (or bump the current one if there was already one).

How is it so far? I might get it this Thursday, I've been waiting for a used copy of the steelbook edition to pop-up but a new copy has sprung up for roughly the same price so I'm holding out for a few more days.

I can already tell how my social links are going to go: Makoto > Haru > Everyone else

The Flood / Need to sleep
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:37:58 PM »
Gotta be up in five and a half hours to get ready for work. Literally the only morning shift I've ever gotten in the past five months. This is impossible since I've been going to bed around 2am every night since then. I've got no sleep meds, any advice?

Gaming / ITT: Characters that remind you of yourself.
« on: April 17, 2017, 08:24:14 PM »

For me it's Kefka - intelligent, nihilistic, and with a wicked sense of humor.

The Flood / Barron Trump
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:59:15 PM »

What's his endgame?

The Flood / Alien Covenant Prologue
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:35:20 PM »
The official prologue to the movie.


I like the little "Foods not that bad" line making its way back from the original 1979 film. I also like the huge cast of characters that will be complete fodder for the Xenomorphs.

Don't like the jarring conversations though, even before they started drinking it was hard to tell that this wasn't a trailer from the way the shots were made.

Serious / Fly United or Else!
« on: April 11, 2017, 11:03:41 AM »

United Airlines stock is PLUMMETING. 3.7% equating to 380 million dollars, this is how you majorly fuck up a company.

TL;DW: United Airlines overbooks on a flight, decides to kick paying customers off the flight for their employees, a doctor who has to see patients in the morning refuses, and they beat the man and forcibly drag off the plane.

GG United, should've just stayed with breaking musical instruments.

The Flood / Lionsgate/Hollywood is making a live action Naruto
« on: April 10, 2017, 02:34:16 PM »

I can't fucking stop laughing. This will definitely go down in the Hall of Film Catastrophes.

The Flood / Ozymandius is not a villain
« on: April 10, 2017, 02:28:26 PM »

Please stop calling him the bad guy. He did the wrong things for the right reasons and his actions were far better than any other possible outcomes for humanity, all of them involving a nuclear-winter Hell for the entire human race. Moral absolutist Rorschach was a fucking idiot and would purposefully let billions of people die to a nuclear war because "Hurr it's better than lying!"

Serious / Syrian Gas Attack 2017
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:33:02 PM »

TL;DR: Syrian Government uses chemical weapons dropped from planes onto rebel occupied city. Civilians and children killed in attack.

This is going to be hard for Assad to defend, yeah Aleppo is liberated but all those people cheering as their city was finally free from violence aren't going to be so happy to hear their family could have possibly been attacked literally right next door.

Serious / New vending machine BTFO fatties
« on: April 02, 2017, 12:15:50 PM »

If you wanted a bag of Doritos from one of Brad Appelhans' experimental vending machines, you'd have to wait. The associate professor of preventative medicine at Rush University Medical Center designed a device that fits inside of vending machines and waits 25 seconds before releasing the typical processed snacks. But healthier fare — like peanuts or popcorn — drops instantly.

Think of it as a sort of "time tax." The idea is that every second you spend waiting for a snack will make you want it less, similar to how a tax on sugary drinks might get you to buy less soda, Appelhans says.

"We were interested in the ability to test whether time delays can nudge people to healthier choices," he says.

So, he created DISC, or "Delays to Influence Snack Choice," to test the idea. The device is a platform inserted inside a vending machine that catches snacks falling from the top half of the machine, where a vending machine operator would sort all of the unhealthy snacks. On the display window, a written decal tells customers they'll have to wait for an extra 25 seconds for less-healthy snacks.

When a snack falls onto DISC, it triggers a 25-second countdown on the vending machine's display screen. At the end of the countdown, DISC drops its platform and the snack falls into the vending machine's bay. Healthier snacks are all sorted into the bottom half of the vending machine and so would bypass the platform altogether.

To qualify as "healthy," snacks had to meet 5 out of 7 criteria, such as packing fewer than 250 calories, 350 mg of sodium or 10 mg of added sugars per serving, containing no transfats or getting less than 35 percent of their calories from fat. (Some might quibble with that last point.)

It's the food stamp debate all over again. Pick up a fucking banana every once in a while, or if you're so desperate for a bunch of candy bars, actually do shit afterwards to get rid of the weight.

The Flood / Jimmy Nuetron
« on: April 01, 2017, 12:45:14 PM »

>"A double McSpanky with fries and a Flurp. That'll be $6.53. And $3.47 will be your change."
>"Dude, you're supposed to push the buttons with pictures of food on them."
>"Don't need to Skeet, I memorized the prices and did the tax and change in my head."

Who was in the wrong here?

Gaming / Video Game "Villains"
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:08:26 AM »
ITT: Post "Villains" who objectively, factually, 100% did nothing wrong. I'll start:

Gaming / Beginning of the end for Gamestop
« on: March 26, 2017, 10:43:52 AM »
Once again, I post this in Gaming because it's slightly more relevant.

The retailer of new and used video games has been on shaky ground for a while. Its stock has plummeted more than 31% over the past year.

"Shaky" is a terrible word to use, GS has become almost completely irrelevant in the past five/six years. But the most laughable thing they had to say was in response to why they are going down:

On Thursday, the company said its overall sales fell 13.6% last quarter compared to a year prior.
At the core of GameStop's issues: It's not selling enough video games.

CEO Paul Raines said in a statement Thursday that "the video game category was weak, particularly in the back half of 2016."

That's because the biggest names in gaming -- Playstation maker Sony (SNE) and Xbox maker Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) -- haven't updated their consoles in a while, Raines said. That creates a lag in business for retailers like GameStop.

This is fucking bullshit. The gaming industry has done nothing but grow in the last decade, Gamestop is dying because you can simply buy new/used games cheaper online without having to leave your home. Other reasons include:

-Other online retailers having their own deals/preorder bonuses/extras when buying from them
-Not having to be pushed to be a Premium member or subscribe to a fucking magazine
-Actually including the fucking box and manual of the game regardless of its preowned status
-Buying the game digitally off the console store and being able to play it in just a few hours.

There is no "lag" in business due to console sales. What you are seeing is a jump in sales because of the console's release, that jump is NOT something you should expect daily you fucking retail troglodytes.

In all honesty though? Good riddance, GameStop was a blight on the industry, thank God online shopping and alternatives sprung up to save the consumer from being abused by shareholders holding their hobby at ransom.

The Flood / It's that time again! PPAACCKKAAGGEE THREAD!
« on: March 25, 2017, 10:19:23 AM »
I wonder what's inside! ~

Hint 1: Not dragon dildos
Hint 2: It's weeab media but not anime weeab media

Serious / Get Rekt Shia
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:30:06 PM »

Shia shut down his HWNDU wall. He instead raises a flag that is supposed to stay up for four years. That gets taken down and replaced with a flag of Pepe, so Shia moves to a new location. THAT flag gets taken and used in a game of Capture the Flag, so Shia decides that the US "isn't safe" and moves to the UK.

Well sorry Shia, but nowhere is safe for your "project" which is nothing more than a laughing stock now. As the flag has been found in its "Secret location" and trolled by the internet again. Shia followed police advice and removed the flag afterwards.

Shia, by the time you find a "safe" enough space for your project, it will be so far removed from relevancy that no one will care anymore. They only care now because it's funny.

Gaming / The Yooka-Laylee Shitshow
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:00:03 AM »

Debated throwing this in Serious but decided on Gaming because it ultimately is, about a video game. Watch the video, I'm not giving you a damn TL;DW.

Before any dumb asses comes in and says "Playtonic has every right to do what they please with their product", that's not the problem. No one denies that, but financial backers have a right to their money back before a product has been given to them, and banning individuals demanding a refund isn't going to stop them from rightfully getting their money back if they go above the studio and to Kickstarter themselves.

This is Mighty No. 9 all over again, and Playtonic is 100% in the wrong when it comes to how they're handing the situation involving their "backers".

Serious / AI defeats top Go player in the world
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:45:15 AM »

Over the past few days, Google’s Deepmind machine-learning team secretively put its AlphaGo artificial intelligence system onto two Chinese online board-game platforms to test its skill in fast-paced games against several of the world’s best Go players. As of Jan. 4, when the test was completed, AlphaGo had racked up 60 wins and no losses. The best any of the humans could muster was merely a tie, forced when a player went offline, which required the game be recorded as a tie.

The millenia-old board game of Go had long been thought of being beyond the reach of artificial intelligence programs thanks to its notorious complexity. But AlphaGo’s sweeping wins, coming after its March victory over Korean Go champion Lee Sedol, have proved emphatically that AI could play the game at a level no human has, or likely ever could, attain.


Ke had been confident that AlphaGo could not beat him after the AI’s March victory over Lee. But after his first two losses to “Master” in recent days, he acknowledged that humans are no match for AI in this game. His edge against AlphaGo in the top Go player ranking is left at just dozens of points.

I would like to see how AI develops beyond simple board games. Seeing such swift and precise victories in RTS titles or Shooters would be a sight indeed.

The Flood / Mamoru Oshii don't give a fuck
« on: March 21, 2017, 09:05:33 PM »

Director of the original GiTS movie supports the casting of Johansson as Kusanagi and other comment:

If that's not allowed, then Darth Vader probably shouldn’t speak English, either. I believe having Scarlett play Motoko was the best possible casting for this movie. I can only sense a political motive from the people opposing it, and I believe artistic expression must be free from politics."


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