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General Discussion / Re: Sunny days are nice
« on: May 24, 2015, 06:07:16 pm »
Summer is the worst.  Hate the humidity, hate the heat.  Give me the cold of winter any time.

¿sics, podría usted por favor, escriba en Inglés, ya que es un único foro Inglés?

Front Page News / Re: Translations: One Man's Misfortune is Another's Gain
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:17:04 pm »
There's another post out there claiming I'm a military AI running on a massively parallel mainframe somewhere, but no, I'm (sometimes I think unfortunately) human like the rest of you.


Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:28:22 pm »
What's up DS?!

Man... we haven't talked in 13 years!

I've been pretty good man. Turned things around after many years squandered in the Bay Area. Endless commuting and working at thankless jobs is all behind me now.

How have you been doing?

Not much, man.  Glad to hear you're doing well! :D 13 years?!  I can't believe it has been that long.  You should come to the IRC sometime.  (I "own" the RHDN chatroom, and we have a good community of regulars in there, if you're one for chatting.)

Oh, that’s not about the money; it’s about penance.

everything burns!

I didn't mean that the money they save from cutting Iwata's and other executive pay would equal out what Nintendo has lost.  My point is that Nintendo doesn't get what is causing them problems.  Cutting executive pay does not make up for the fact that the Wii U is doing horridly and that the 3DS is losing ground to smartphones and tablets.  Other executives have lost jobs at other corporations for lesser shellackings in the market place.  While I think it's cute that Nintendo apparently has faith in Iwata, I think it's misguided.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:01:10 pm »
It was 2010 and I was sitting up on the third floor at Sega when some Genesis games for iPhone came into the department. I was assigned Ecco the Dolphin -- a game that I had never played back in the day.

The next few weeks were basically the same day repeated over and over: I'm trying to control a dolphin using "soft keys" on the touch screen, while my infamously sweaty hands result in less and less control of the device.

The difficulty of the game, my unfamiliarity with it, and my endless struggle to gain control resulted in an infuriating experience. The final level -- "Welcome to the Machine" -- pissed me off so much that I was cursing out loud and occasionally giving the desk a good punch. Total hell.

So the answer is no!

Avi!  I haven't seen you around since ICQ, and that was AGES ago.  How the hell are you?

Also, Nintendo just doesn't get why they fucked up, hence why they are cutting Iwata and others executives' pay.  And it's only temporary.  How the hell does that make up for the loss in revenue due to the Wii U?  Hint: It doesn't.

General Discussion / Re: So are you guys conservatives or liberals?
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:33:44 pm »
I am not sure I can get behind that line of thinking. However I will have to leave it there as such a thing immediately and unavoidably would end up in discussing what education is and how the current system is completely unsuitable for a lot of people.

No, seriously... Think about it.  If everyone went to college and received a college degree, someone out there would still have to do the menial tasks that exist.  Blue collar work would not just magically stop existing now that everyone has a college education.

General Discussion / Re: So are you guys conservatives or liberals?
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:04:06 am »

There are several fundamental issues with what you're saying though.  While the free market may indeed bounce back and fill in the gap that GM and Chrysler may have formed after they went "tits-up", it wouldn't have been an immediate thing.  It takes time for the other companies to ramp up production, if increased production would have even been called for.  In the meantime, millions of people would be unemployed.  (I say "millions" because it wouldn't have been just GM and Chrysler that would have been impacted, other companies in their supply chain would have their businesses disrupted or bankrupted.)

So, you're a free market proponent, but advocate getting a government handout for free education?  How does that work?  If everyone had a college degree, we'd still need people to flip burgers or clean the floors. Not everyone could be a CEO of a company. You should also love the Affordable Care Act as it practically gave billions of new dollars to the health care industry.  Everyone has to sign up for health coverage through private insurance agencies?  That's no different than requiring people to have car insurance when they want to drive a car.

When has the US government tried to restrict your internet content exactly?

The government shutdown cost us billions of dollars. So you're advocating waste?

As for Donald Trump for president, that idea is incredibly laughable.  The man was born into money, has declared bankruptcy many times over and is thought to be inflating his own self-worth.  He didn't "do" his own work to get where he is.  Having a pretty piss poor understanding of economics, foreign policy, internal policy, other than "I've made 'billions'. My opponent is from Kenya." is very embarrassing. Understanding economics is only a small portion of the presidency, or any legislature at that.  (Not to mention that Donald Trump and other corporate giants are willing to be and have been unethical in the pursuit of gaining more assets.)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:16:56 pm »
Yeah, Nintendo is getting a beating in the stock market today.  -17% change in one day is horrible for any company.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:51:23 am »
Considering how many developers put out buggy piles of shit like Skyrim or Battlefield 4 or SimCity 5, do you really have to imagine a world with incompetent studios?

Considering that two out of the three examples you posted came from one publisher, and that publisher just happens to be EA...  :thumbsup:

I think that a lot of people are overlooking the fact that Nintendo had to adjust their forecast by 70%, in the negative, with the respect to the WiiU.  That is a huge problem.  Companies don't just write off a -70% change, and shareholders certainly won't idly sit by and be okay with this.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Admits Wii U Is A Flop? Interesting...
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:34:55 pm »
With all due respect, the implication that the Wii is an overclocked Gamecube is entirely false and completely ignores how game-changing the Wiimote is. The fact that both Sony and Microsoft have had to implement the third dimension of control on their respective platforms underscores just how much the Wiimote changed gaming. The Wii didn't need to be graphically on pair with its competitors: the Wiimote set it apart in a way that disrupted that generation. Note how the Wii, until its successor was introduced, outsold its competitors by a fairly wide margin individually.

There is no such distinguishing feature to set the Wii U above the Wii, especially as the Wii U looks exactly like a Wii, gamepad aside. That alone has done more damage to the Wii U than the fact that the gamepad is an incredibly stupid gimmick. The Wiimote, whatever you may think of 'flailing' it, added an entirely new dimension of control and provided a new way for gamers to interact with their games. The gamepad is literally nothing more than a console-tied tablet with gaming-oriented buttons bolted on.

I don't know why you're trying to take Nintendo to task over the Wii when it dominated its generation almost as well as the DS dominated the PSP.

But the Wii WAS an overpowered Gamecube, how else would have it maintained the backwards compatibility?   Being an underpowered console doesn't take away from how much of a gimmick the WiiMote was, even though tons of casual gamers became hooked to WiiSports.  The Wii captured that casual market where people who wouldn't normally have bought video games at all. (AND the console was freaking cheap as hell too compared to the 360 and the PS3.)

There is no one problem with the WiiU.  It's a comedy of errors that Nintendo has been perpetuating since the N64, and just just been getting worse since.

General Discussion / Re: So are you guys conservatives or liberals?
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:20:40 pm »
Was wondering how many sensible right wing realists we have in the rom hacking community.  :thumbsup:
Liberals disappoint me with their naive perspectives.

I wish you would comment more about how conservatism is some how better than liberalism other than strawmen arguments or ad hominems.  How about some meat to your opinion?

General Discussion / Re: Abortion
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:16:50 am »
Why would anybody think this was a great idea to talk about here :P


General Discussion / Re: Abortion
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:38:57 pm »
There are many options that don't require killing. Using free birth control, over the counter emergency contraception (If you did not use birth control), and of course adoption. I know many people looking to adopt babies, some willing to give the mother money if need be. There are many other reasons to abort, but convenience should not be one of them. We live in a country that denies people the right to adopt others, because they disagree with their life style.

Pro-life advocates consider the "morning after" pill just as evil as abortion.  And abortion as a means of convenience is actually far in the minimum.

General Discussion / Re: Abortion
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:07:53 pm »
Haha.. hmm.. well, not too sure. I guess I was thinking that a chance at life is better than not having any chance at all? I've read some of the other comments and there are some interesting points. A difficult topic of conversation, to be sure.

Honestly, I wouldn't take what the RHDN community has to say about abortion as the end all/be all for the abortion debate.

General Discussion / Re: Abortion
« on: January 10, 2014, 09:19:03 pm »
Again, for those who are advocates for pro-life, what gives you the right to impose your beliefs, religious or otherwise, on others?

Hm.. I've been asked this before, but never really thought too much into it.

I stuck with my gut response which was pro life.

Okay... but why?  Especially since you haven't given it much thought.

General Discussion / Re: Abortion
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:43:03 pm »
The US government has laws protecting eagle eggs, because an eagle egg will eventually become an eagle. An eagle egg is no different than a human fetus.

Human beings are not endangered species.

General Discussion / Re: Japan's future at risk?
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:41:44 pm »
I mentioned I lost the source. More specifically it was in a real life paper journal, in french, released in my country. I've thrown the journal away very long ago so I can't scan it and send you the source. However the testimony from the farmer couple was from yet another source so chances are that you'll find trace of it on internet, in japanese or english, if you search.

Since I read this 6 months ago I probably forgot part about it and what I say has absolutely no value and might be deformed. I've said that I have no source and I know that this is not a valid argumentation. However, I'd like to point out that you guys also have no source either and no valid argumentation either. I still don't understand why you guys are acting so pro-nuclear. You guys probably have one or several very good reasons for it.

As for the catastrophe being the second worst nuclear catastrophe and being rated 7, a single look at this and that is what lead me to say this. Fukushima Daiichi is clearly the 2nd worst catastrophe behind Chernobyl, so repeating "it was less worse than Chernobyl" is true but it sounds like you're just leading to mean it was nothing because something even worse already happened.

Oh, I don't dispute the notion that Fukushima is the "second worst" nuclear accident of all time.

But I need citations for the claims of deaths, both human and aquatic.  Throwing out "billions of fishes and sea animals were killed" and "humans got cancer and were killed too"... need to be backed up by solid evidence.

That said, since you're using Wikipedia as "citations", I'll counter with this from the "Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster" Wikipedia article.

Although no short term radiation exposure fatalities were reported, some 300,000 people evacuated the area, approximately 18,500 people died due to the earthquake and tsunami, and as of August 2013 approximately 1,600 deaths were related to the evacuation conditions, such as living in temporary housing and hospital closures. The exact cause of the majority of these evacuation-related deaths were unspecified because that would hinder the deceased relatives' application for financial compensation.[12][13]

Future cancer deaths from accumulated radiation exposures in the population living near Fukushima are predicted to be elevated for certain types of cancers such as leukemia, solid cancers, thyroid cancer and breast cancer. The negative health effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster for populations living in the most contaminated areas include a moderately increased risk of thyroid cancer for girls, and a slightly increased risk of other cancers for infants. In particular, a 2013 WHO report predicts that for populations living in the most affected areas there is a 70% higher risk of developing thyroid cancer for girls exposed as infants, a 7% higher risk of leukemia in males exposed as infants, a 6% higher risk of breast cancer in females exposed as infants and a 4% higher risk, overall, of developing solid cancers for females.

A screening program found that more than a third (36%) of children in Fukushima Prefecture have abnormal growths in their thyroid glands, however whether these growths can be attributed to exposure to nuclear radiation has not yet been proven. As of August 2013, there have been more than 40 children newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer and other cancers in Fukushima prefecture as a whole. The government says the recent cases are unlikely to be connected with the Fukushima releases as it generally takes several years after radiation exposure for thyroid cancer to develop and similar rates of cancer occurred before the accident. Data from the Chernobyl accident showed that there was a steady then sharp increase in thyroid cancer rates following the disaster in 1986, however whether this data can be directly compared to the Fukushima nuclear disaster is still yet to be determined. In November 2013, another report from the Fukushima Prefectural Government revealed that more children have been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected thyroid cancer. The number of children diagnosed with thyroid cancer was 59. However whether these cancers are due to radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is still yet to be determined.

General Discussion / Re: Abortion
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:49:53 am »
I guess this makes me pro-life and pro-abortion, if that makes any sense.

No, it really doesn't.

What really gets me is that the vast majority of "pro-life" advocates really want these children to be born because "every life is sacred", but then refuse to help pay to raise that child.

General Discussion / Re: Japan's future at risk?
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:06:27 pm »
I can't find the source anymore unfortunately but I've seen a report about a couple of farmers in the Fukushima region. They simply couldn't continue to work because all their food and animals were too much irradiated to be able to sell safe food, so they were basically homeless AND jobless. Unfortunately this happened to more people than just a couple.

I've also seen reports of many people who died of cancer (or got infected by cancers, but were somehow saved) in the Fukushima region, although it's true there is no direct link because people get cancers anyway, so it's impossible to tell if it's because of the incident or not (and it's very easy to falsify those results in a pro and anti-nuclear point of view).

It's definitely completely false and just propaganda to say nobody was killed. First billions of fishes and other sea animals were killed. Humans got cancer and were killed too, even if it's impossible to prove, radiation increases the probability.

You guys keep pointing that this was less worse than Chernobyl, true, but it still hold the palm of the 2nd worse nuclear incident, and not by a major difference (both are rated level 7, not that this means anything either).

To me it sounds most of you guys are blatantly pro-nuclear biased for some reason (political ? or hate towards anti-nuclear lobbies ?) and keep minimising the consequences of such catastrophes. Of course other catastrophes (floods, earthquakes, etc...) are just as deadly if not worse, true, but the real horrible think about nuclear ones is that it REMAINS deadly even many years after the catastrophe.

I need citations for your claims, please.

And to your last point, the more radioactive a material is, the faster it becomes less radioactive... therefore becoming safer quicker.

General Discussion / Re: Abortion
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:03:55 pm »
It's an issue that The United States continues to struggle with. Separation of Church and State, versus people who believe that religion has a place in the Government, School System, etc.

As with most topics of this nature it's not always that simple of course. This country doesn't have a national religion, so even if religion should hold a place in Government, and other areas, the people that advocate such things would have decide which religious doctrine to follow.

It's an argument that's been in the background of a lot of political arguments in this country for a long time.

The problem is that there shouldn't even be an argument in the first place.  Making the country a Christian theocracy is exactly what the Founding Fathers were trying to avoid.  Even though they were men of faith, they weren't Christian in the sense that most who believe that Christianity should be the nation's religion are.

Then why the fraking heck did you start this thread?

Calm down there, cowboy.  I'm almost of the opinion that it was meant to elicit a certain response from pro-choice advocates, but we'll see how this progresses.  If the topic devolves, I'm not against locking it if necessary.

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