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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."


The Flood / Nazi Magneto?!
« on: March 12, 2017, 10:28:51 AM »
I'm going to boycott Marvel by buying twenty copies of whatever issue has Hydra Magneto on it! That'll show them!


Serious / Am I Being Detained?
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:26:14 PM »

"Am I Being Detained?"

These four words are the only ones you need to know when dealing with police officers. Remember, Police are only wannabe authority figures with a gun and a useless badge that mean nothing. You have rights guaranteed to you by The Articles of Confederation. You have zero obligation to comply with police or even acknowledge their existence. They cannot lay a finger on you, that is assault and even rape in some cases.

Under no circumstances should you ever interact with "Law Enforcement" as they are anything but "Lawful".

The Flood / Baby Godzilla is real!
« on: March 03, 2017, 12:26:43 PM »

Serious / University Ban Star Wars Stormtroopers
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:36:35 AM »
From Star Wars themed reunion.


Reminder, almost every empire in shows, movies, and games did nothing wrong.

The Flood / Meanwhile in the technology industry....
« on: March 03, 2017, 01:40:14 AM »
AMDrones are committing mass suicide for falling for the Ryzen meme.

REMINDER: Never trust a company that continuously lies about their upcoming product as being competing with the top (Video cards with Nvidia, CPUs with Intel), then fails and backpedals claiming their product is about "Price performance". Ryzen is a fucking joke, we got the same performance five years ago and with less power consumption, this would be an insult if it wasn't so funny.

Commencing AMDcuck meme dump:


The Flood / ITT: Sad Truths
« on: March 01, 2017, 04:12:32 PM »

You will never die on the Eastern Front, defending western civilization in the name of the glorious Führer.

Serious / On the subject of The Culture War
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:13:40 PM »
Over at the well educated and intellectual subreddit of GamerGhazi (a shadow of Kotaku In Action), they discuss their displeasure at their crumbling ground and how their online territory is receding. Sargon does an excellent job tearing down the first couple of posts in the video below:


However there were plenty of other responses that he missed that is in need of a wake-up call.

I think what's actually happening is we've bred a series of rich young men who receive constant ego validation and thus they've become utterly unable to handle even the slightest criticism.

Interesting how Felix has apologized three different times during #PewDieGate and you still say he can't take criticism, or when Sargon brings on people who don't actually hold the same beliefs as him for a legitimate debate, but he as well can't take criticism supposedly. Meanwhile you hide behind the safe space of an echo chamber subreddit.

Jontron was bad, but I think it could be manageable because he was going alt-right from stupidity to the point where people could see through his shit.

This is objectively untrue. He denounced the Alt-Right in the very same stream he was in with Sargon, he is a voice of reason. People aren't "seeing through his shit" they're running away from a rational perspective that they don't agree with.

Hell, Pewdie's fans are going after the WSJ journalist and JK Rowling with his newest video. Something has to be done before something really awful happens.

You mean giving The WSJ and Rowling a taste of their own medicine? I wonder how this particular poster feels about the WSJ Editor who got PDP released from Disney making all those racist jokes on his own twitter channel? Or is it only okay when they do it? And what counts as "damaging" to you? People looking at your hypocrisy for what it is?

What do you propose Youtube "do" with him and these other channels?

Re: Ban actual hatred, sexism, and fascist apologia from their site?

Well that wont do much since PDP isn't a hateful sexist racist fascist bigot. Basically what this translates to is: Ban everything I don't agree with, even if it's a joke.

YouTube was always a dumpster fire
youtube debuted when i was in high school and i've never understood the idea of a community based there
I'll let you in on a secret: Youtube has always been awful.

The Flood / Avatar IS anime
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:19:39 PM »
I want this guy's shirt.


Gaming / Todd FINALLY admits it!
« on: February 24, 2017, 12:35:37 AM »

The dumb ass just opened his fucking mouth and can't go back! That stutter afterwards was priceless, he knows he just fucked up.

"Making the same game over and over again...."

The Flood / Oh God, is this it?
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:45:42 PM »
Conversation for about two weeks with a girl, should I ask to meet up? I'm absolutely terrified right now.


Serious / In Honor of BHM
« on: February 20, 2017, 10:37:33 AM »
There are always groups of people that say the most outlandish, far fetched, out there things. And you would think they were just trolls on the internet until you see them take it to "debates". The sad part is, there's only a small handful of individuals on this site who are as WOKE as the people in this video, the rest of us are just fucking albino non-Melanin animals.

It's time to take the REAL red pill friends, and learn the truth about your Melanin brothers and sisters.


The Flood / Playing Joking Hazard with friends
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:09:23 PM »
Guys give me tips on how to win. It's me and six other people.

Gaming / Recommend PS4 Games
« on: February 14, 2017, 09:17:05 PM »
Just got a PS4 Pro, current games I have now are:

World of Final Fantasy
Kingdom Hearts 2.8

I like single players JRPGs.

The Flood / How does one join ISIS?
« on: February 10, 2017, 12:15:36 AM »
Seriously guys, I want to help the Caliphate or some shit like that.

The Flood / Saint Skittles would've been 22 today....
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:15:06 PM »
Remember to drink a can of Arizona Iced Tea to pay respects to Saint TrayTray and to combat this evil white supremacist civilization that systematically holocausts black youth who would've been tomorrow's astronauts that would've cured cancer while ending world hunger.


Serious / Science Is racist
« on: February 04, 2017, 12:42:11 AM »

I couldn't really understand the main girl speaking about "Decolonizing the science" because of her accent; but from what I gathered, she seems to think that the science we teach today is wrong because it comes from a western perspective.

>Girl says part of science in the homelands involves believing you can harness lightning and strike another person with that
>Man says the objective fact that doing something like that is simply ludicrous
>Speakers get totally ass-blasted because someone denied voodoo magic existing
>Man has to apologize because saying shit like "You can't harness lightning to attack another person via magic" is offensive and triggering

Serious / Jeb Bush at Amherst College
« on: February 02, 2017, 02:54:38 PM »

Tuesday night, while Bush did not mention Trump, he rejected any style of leadership that involves "pushing other people down to make yourself feel better." True leadership involves "forging consensus and having a servant's heart," as well as exhibiting integrity and backbone, he said.

Bush called for immigration reform that supports economic goals, not just the reunification of extended families. He spoke up for a path to legal residency for so-called "dreamers," undocumented immigrants who arrived in American as children and who are pursuing educational and work opportunities.

Most Republicans make a distinction between undocumented immigrants who commit crimes, and those who are "working hard, trying to make ends meet," Bush said.

He responded to audience questions about voter suppression, the death penalty, criminal justice reform, and affirmative action, and repeatedly returned to the themes of optimism, prosperity, and compromise.

"We need to re-energize the compromise gene; the consensus muscle," he said. "Find common ground on the smallest thing and build on it."

Will Jeb rise again in 2020? I'd vote for him.

Serious / #MiloAtCali canceled - Violent Rioting
« on: February 02, 2017, 11:52:08 AM »

There's several videos of people speaking to a crowd before the rioting took place. Despite the fact that I disagreed with them, it didn't really bother me that much since they weren't saying anything other than their beliefs which wasn't anything harmful. But after a while the above video happened and then it got out of hand.

I'm really disappointed in the University's response to cancel Milo's speech over this. It's giving the non-peaceful rioters a sense of accomplishment and giving them the idea that they can suppress dissenting views through intimidation, which is ironically what they were advocating against in the speeches before. I don't really agree with Milo other than that one video where he BTFO someone trying to attack his anonymous supporters with Ad Hominems but if his views are so harmful and wrong it should be especially vulnerable to criticism in a debate and easy to defeat.

This riot didn't accomplish anything towards Milo, it only strengthened his resolve and did property damage to their own campus.

Serious / Parliament officially voted on Brexit
« on: February 01, 2017, 01:56:46 PM »

498 to trigger Article 50 against 114.

This is to be expected but there was still straggler beliefs that the MPs would do something to either slow down the vote incredibly or to call another referendum altogether.

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