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  1. 10 points
    Started work as a temporary administrator around 3 1/2 weeks ago, and although I've been hearing rumblings about it for the past week or so I've had it confirmed today that they want to take me on as a permanent contract and give me a promotion into a different team that they'll be starting in the new year as a data analyst.
  2. 8 points
    A 1970 Corvette

    Net Neutrality guff

    I don't know why you guys do stuff like this. Just say the discussion is dumb if you want to. Posting a bunch of meme images after serious posts just makes you look like asshats. If you don't care about the discussion then don't say anything. You guys are good posters on topics you care about but you then have to become ironically detached from discussions that other people care about that you don't. Maybe I'm the only one annoyed by this. If that's true then I guess I'll shut up.
  3. 7 points
    kayohgee

    Net Neutrality guff

    This is such a bizarre argument to make in this particular case. The only way the government is "controlling" the internet is having a regulation that no one is allowed to control the internet. Your stance is basically akin to this: Major automotive companies start adopting highways across the United States. They are granted permits to set up toll stations along the highways they own, so that on a road owned by Toyota, only owners of Toyota cars can expect to drive with any expectation of a reliable speed. Drivers of every other brand have to drive in slow lanes, or pay tolls to get into faster lanes, or may not be able to drive on those roads at all. Clearly no one wants this. The government steps in and says "This fucking sucks. Roads need to be reliable and accessible to everyone within reason." and sets up a regulation to end the practice. By your logic, the government is being the tyrannical party in this situation even though it's clear they're acting in the best interests of the public, which is their job.
  4. 6 points
    Stackbabbin' Bumscags

    Net Neutrality guff

    What part of do you not understand, Caveson? It's not "months" of saving, it's almost always years. If it takes you mere months to save up enough cash to move to a new fucking state, you're obviously not doing that bad in life to begin with. I'm going to be extremely blunt - and in doing so be an asshole - but I don't give a damn about your father's story and I sure as hell didn't ask for it. Because it's exactly the same kind of bullshit that I've been hearing everywhere else about why "The left just wants everything handed to them" "Millennials are so entitled" "Kids these days want the world for nothing". It's always "My parents grew up poor, but they worked and reaped the benefits of their hard work and blah blah blah blah blah" with words like "personal responsibility", "dedication", and "determination". Caveson, you're not this bloody stupid, the entire environment of the United States was vastly different than what it is now, it's why your father was able to actually accomplish that. I don't give a damn what you believe, lack of money is precisely the reason to not move, coming from someone who is currently in a situation where moving is impossible due to financial reasons, you're looking through Red, White, and Blue filtered lenses. Thanks for dropping the pretenses. Fuck the "Free Market". Actually, this more falls into "The internet is a utility - akin to electricity, water, gas, etc. - and should therefore be treated as such instead of letting corporations have unabated control over the internet", nowhere did I ever mention the internet as a "right". Except the states won't be able handle it! The moment a state - and, let's face it, it's going to be California - attempts to actually enact and enforce their own form of Net Neutrality, one of the major ISPs is going to sue that state. And the courts will have no choice but to side with the company because if the FCC repealed Net Neutrality, that means they obviously intended for corporations to be able to do what they're going to do, and therefore the states have no right to try to stop them. It's better than the complete clusterfuck you're asking for. You're assuming a lot about what kind of pricing they're going to offer. Things that use less bandwidth will not necessarily cost an appreciable amount less, and you'll still potentially be making internet access unaffordable for people who regularly use the internet for both "low-bandwidth" and "high-bandwidth" purposes. Gee, gotta love how you immediately jump to some kind of negative assumption of me just because you can't think of a reason so I must be lazy and don't want to do any work. I've already been impacted by differing standards across state lines. Technically I failed the 10th grade according to Georgia's standards, even though by Florida's standards I passed. In the grand scheme of things, it's rather insignificant - that could be said about just about anything - but I remember seriously questioning how and why the standards of education varied enough just across a single state border. The reason I'm making this argument is because the United States has hardly changed over the decades, even centuries. We're still trying to govern on a system that worked perfectly okay in the US' infancy and for some time after its formation. But we've grown tremendously since then, we're now 50 states and ~323 million people strong. Our system of governing has been showing cracks and faults for decades now, and yet, year by year, the wedges keep being driven deeper and we keep adding more wedges. At some point - be it in the near or distant future - those wedges are going to get hammered all the way through the foundations and everything's going to crumble. 2016 was a rather brilliant display of how the low the general landscape the US has reached. You can't always say no to a corporation. For example, I don't really like doing my grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, they're not the greatest company. But there's no place around me that has prices as low as theirs, or a wide enough selection of goods my family either needs or would be willing to buy. There's a Publix closer to my house, but they're typically more expensive on just about everything my family needs and uses. There's an ALDI somewhere around here, but it's far enough out and out of the way enough that we'd be spending every potential penny we saved on gas. So I bite my tongue and get my groceries from Wal-Mart, because they're cheaper and we can save that money in case something happens. Corporations don't need to outright force you to buy their products, they can still get you to buy their stuff in a number of indirect ways. And I'd thank you to not make such generalizing statements about my life when you know nothing about it. Disconnecting from the internet entirely would likely drive me to suicide - I'm an introvert and suffer from anxiety, I don't want to go out and meet with people, I dislike being alone in large crowds, so I don't want to go "experience the real world", whatever the fuck that means, and certainly not for any lengthy period of time - the "simpler things" in my life are chatting and gaming with friends I've made across the globe online. I don't have "my friend"s outside of the internet anymore - I don't have anyone I can call up or text and say "Let's hang out" or "Mind if I come over?" - I have "our friend"s, and even then I see them about once a month now. As edgy as it sounds, I don't have anything out there for me aside from some leisurely stuff I can't do at home. As pathetic as it sounds, my life is online. I already suffer from depression and feelings of loneliness, I don't need my one connection I feel the most comfortable with fucked with by some greedy conglomerate that's only interested in money I don't have.
  5. 5 points
    Dr. Rynjinstein, MD

    Net Neutrality guff

    It's not about trust. These laws have a proven track record of working for the benefit of everyone. Repealing them has no tangible benefit in the current landscape of ISP semi-monopolies, and repealing them now can do nothing but harm. Yes, it's all trendy and edgy to be like "Lel the government is evil they shouldn't touch or do anything" right now but fact of the matter is sometimes, as shown in this case, government regulation has a net benefit for everyone but the executives of these ISPs. On the other side, yeah, no shit Amazon/Netflix/Etc. stand to gain from these laws staying in place and that's why they advocate for them. So? What's the issue with that? It's a win-win in that case, that's a GOOD thing. Again, yeah, it's cool and edgy to bitch about corporations making money these days, but at least attempt to look at the bigger picture. Bad for corporations =/= good for everybody else and vice versa. If you want to talk about trust, can always trust a megacorp to do what's in their best interests and they have a lot of swing in that regard. Why be pissed when it swings in your favor because interests align for once? Just so you can shoot yourself in the foot to "stick it to the man"?
  6. 4 points
    Idiot Cube

    Net Neutrality guff

    Yeah, gigantic profit-hungry corporations rule the world. Big whoop. The difference is, if the gigantic, profit-hungry ISPs aren't beholden to Net Neutrality rules, they can completely control what you see, hear, and do on the net. They could, for example, bar access to news and social media sites that promote views they don't like. Netflix and Amazon don't have that kind of power over anything outside their own sites and services. (You could argue Google has way too much power over what you see, but at least they can't prevent you from visiting any particular sites)
  7. 3 points
    >as he posts picture with memegenerator watermark
  8. 3 points
    Kraszu

    Net Neutrality guff

    1 hour 14 minutes marker.
  9. 3 points
    Gyokuyoutama

    Net Neutrality guff

    The reason that I've largely stopped caring about these net neutrality discussions is how apocalyptic the discussions are. I mean that both in the sense of how overblown the predictions are for what will happen if it net neutrality vanishes, but also in how frequently it is presented as a final battle between good and evil which will determine the ultimate fate of the internet. It's like if Wagner was still around he'd be writing about this instead of the Goetterdaemmerung. Rather than dealing with specific pieces of legislation or specific historical precedents, the conversation all too often turns to hypothetical dystopian scenarios gleaned from cyberpunk novels. It also all too often becomes a melodrama with one side full of mustache twirling villains who want to destroy the internet for laughs, and the other side a bunch of shining cavaliers making a brave last stand to save the internet. The reality of the situation is that we are largely dealing with a power struggle between various factions of large corporations and the government, each of which have shown that they are more than willing to fuck over the common internet user if they can get away with it and each of which stands to personally benefit quite a bit should their preferred set of regulations go through. It's also clear that the reality of the situation is that there is nothing final about any of these conflicts. No matter which way the matter is decided during the current conflict, it will inevitably be challenged a few years down the road. In the end I don't think that we're really discussing any course of government action (or inaction) so much as we are discussing the extent that we like the status quo of the internet. Thus the discussion actually becomes something along the lines of "do you want the status quo, or do you want horrible dystopian internet or no internet at all?" Of course everyone's going to say the former, and anyone who disagrees is going to be mocked. But at that point I don't see why it's worth having the conversation.
  10. 3 points
    So I got a call from someone wanting to do a survey. I answer in English since I was just talking in English to someone else. The person on the phone asks if I speak Greek, as the survey is in Greek. I answer "όχι" which means no in Greek and tell them I'm not interested, again in Greek. They apologise for the inconvenience, say they are only looking for Greek speakers, and hang up.
  11. 3 points
    alexgndl

    TIAM: General Gaming edition

    So I bought a Switch a couple of weeks ago, along with Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, a couple of smaller games, and as of today, Rocket League and Skyrim. This is by far the best console I have ever played. I never thought that something would drag me away from sweet, sweet PC gaming, but Nintendo has done it. I freaking love this thing.
  12. 2 points
    kayohgee

    Net Neutrality guff

  13. 2 points
    _Jaybee_

    TF2 general

    I don't know why it took me so long to do this...
  14. 2 points
    Binary

    Star Wars Thread

    GAH ITS EITHER WAIT TILL AFTER FINALS TO SEE IT WITH FRIENDS OR WAIT EVEN LONGER TO SEE IT WITH MY DAD. Normally I don't care about spoilers, but I spoiled TFA, and really missed out I think on some stuff that I would have liked to go in blind on. As such you could post pretty much whatever you want, and label it "TLJ Spoilers"
  15. 2 points
    kayohgee

    Star Wars Thread

    I've opened this thread like five times because I want to read all of those juicy spoilers but I'll hate myself if I do
  16. 2 points
    I hope I didn't scare ya with my face ta face Mann face
  17. 2 points
    Raison d'être

    Net Neutrality guff

    I'm disappointed, reading the responses I thought Cave's comment was going to be more like "If you make less than $100,000 per annum you should be thrown in the fucking electroshock chamber" or "I bottle the tears of poorfags and drink them with my caviar-encased filet mignon" instead of the extremely mild-mannered (and lame) "Most people can escape poverty if they really try and make good decisions, although some of course never can and I feel sympathy for those people." You can argue that he's clinging on to a relic of the past and that things have changed (which to a certain extent is true) but damn he's basically just being a well-meaning dad. And at any rate "You can escape poverty if you try" is monumentally better life advice than "Give up, you'll never make it."
  18. 2 points
    Gyokuyoutama

    Net Neutrality guff

    Personally, I think that the current political framework of "liberty and equality" as opposed to "authority and duty" naturally leads to a form of ingrained sociopathy. The only question is which form it takes. More specifically, liberty and equality are incoherent notions on a grand political scale; absent an anarchy a government must always take some action which restricts someone's liberty (and even in an anarchy powerful thugs can do much the same thing), and perfect equality is neither obtainable nor desirable. But if you have those goals as your basis for your political thought you can't admit this, and thus must pretend that things which would seem to be unliberal or unequal actually are liberal and equal. Individuals will resolve the paradox by making unprincipled exceptions, but they will do so in different places. And when people who have made disagreeing unprincipled exceptions encounter each other, they will not be able to interact beyond calling the other a monster or an asshole. You can't have a pleasant conversation where you reason through positions that have buried logical inconsistencies, after all.
  19. 2 points
    Medic

    Net Neutrality guff

    Wow, Cave, you really are a cunt.
  20. 2 points
    Stackbabbin' Bumscags

    Net Neutrality guff

    Wow, Caveson. Just.. wow. The sheer amount of arrogance in your post is absolutely astounding, you honestly think with a post like that I'm ever going to consider for even a fraction of a second confiding in you for anything, or be interested in discussing anything with you? All I can say is congratulations on your blind delusion, I'm sure all those child-less high-school and college graduates with full-time jobs that are still stuck in poverty would love to hear such an inspiring talk.
  21. 2 points
    Oh yes, "just move to another state"! It's just a "hassle"! For many people - myself included - moving that far is impossible for one reason or another, primarily money. I mean, at this point all you're saying is "Well, if that's what happens then too bad, it's what The Free Market wants." This could literally leave whole swaths of people with no internet in the likely event that ISPs decide to do what they've done in the past. Just because some people would still have it doesn't excuse the fact that there'd still be people without. "Well, wouldn't you rather have some people be without instead of everyone being without?" Fuck no, I'd rather that nobody be without without their own choice in the matter, and this is taking the choice out of the people's hands. Corporations should not have that much control over something that has become a pillar of the nation's - and global - society. We don't need ISPs deciding they want to create their own "soft" versions of the Great Firewall of China to gate you into content that's only Comcast/Verizon/AT&T/Dish/etc. Approved - Purchase a two-week pass for just $14.99 and get faster speeds! Dear god, no! We're already having to deal with the consequences of having so many different sets of laws and regulations - the easiest examples are the wildly varying minimum wages, education standards, and gun laws - we don't need to add more hammers to the cracking foundations! We don't need more individual sets of laws and regulations, we don't need to add NN to the list of state-by-state variances! The "freedom of choice to live where you want" is not so free, Caveson, you cannot honestly expect people to just pack up and move out because of some of the things you just listed about yourself moving. What about those who can't move? Are they supposed to just suffer in silence until they can oust everyone responsible for preventing NN from being established in their state? That would take years, maybe even decades! You can't boycott the major ISPs, you'll find yourself out of options, the smaller ISPs either can't deliver the same kind of service, or get indirectly shut down by the well-established giants and life gets more difficult if you can't get internet in some fashion. I'll say it again. Corporations should not have that much power over something that's become a pillar of today's society.
  22. 2 points
    Dr. Rynjinstein, MD

    Net Neutrality guff

    It's at a point where government intervention of some kind is necessary either way, yeah. If some legislation was made to break up the mafia-like territorial control agreements all the ISPs have FIRST, then repealing the Net Neutrality rules would make sense and arguments that the free market would sort itself out would hold weight. As-is most people have either no choice or a choice between at most two ISPs (here in Florida it's Comcast and Century Link with MAYBE Brighthouse/Spectrum if you happen to live in one of the like 3 cities they cover), so there is no market. Making it fall under utility rules like light and power makes a lot of sense since that's pretty much the way ISPs have set themselves up. You have little to no recourse if Talquin Electric fucks with you because you have no other options, so it makes sense for them to be government regulated so they can't do that. Same here.
  23. 2 points
    Stackbabbin' Bumscags

    Net Neutrality guff

    I only wanted to add that they can only if you get your internet from their Google Fiber service - which is only out in a few highly populated areas - but otherwise, I pretty much agree with this. While Amazon, Netflix, and co.'s reasons may not necessarily be altruistic in nature - I don't know how they think, maybe it is for all we know - we've already seen ISPs do things against sites/services they don't like or that potentially cuts into their bottom line. - Verizon blocked text messages from pro-choice group NARAL, calling them controversial. - AT&T limited its use of FaceTime to incentivize people to get more expensive data plans. - AT&T apparently censored a portion of a live-stream of Pearl Jam's Lollapalooza set that contained criticisms of then-president Bush. - Comcast blocked BitTorrent, which was ruled illegal by the FCC at the time - now Ajit Pai says it wasn't a big deal And there's still more! And this is just some of the shit we know about, there could be many more instances that haven't been published yet. Trying to compare ISPs to content producers and providers is stupid. On the one hand, you have companies whose primary service is to sell you connectivity. They sell you access to the internet through their infrastructure. On the other hand, you have companies who create content or provide services - shows, streaming, social media, online marketplaces, webcomics, art, games, etc. - that are delivered to you through the internet. While I won't discount that the potential for reduced revenue, lower sales/usage, and not having to pay out for "priority" or for higher bandwidth caps is a large driving factor in content providers' push to keep net neutrality, that's a pill I'm willing to swallow compared to letting our ISPs have the power to control what we see and do online. If our market for ISPs wasn't so monopolistic - with most places having only one or two, maybe three, ISPs to choose from - it might not be so bad, there would be some potential for The Free Market™ to finally do something useful. But we don't. So it won't. The internet is a necessity at this point, even if you're just connected through your phone carrier's mobile network. We need to have some kind of protections in place to keep consumers safe from the predatory practices of the companies that control our ability to access the internet. Full stop. We are far beyond the ability of The Free Market™ to do anything useful in regards to ISPs, the only thing we have left is government regulation.
  24. 2 points
    Paero

    Net Neutrality guff

  25. 2 points
    Huff

    Net Neutrality guff

  26. 2 points
    Doopliss2008

    Post ur Sunsets/Rises

    Got a few spectacular ones from work yesterday
  27. 2 points
    Buncha people with the letter M browsing. Totally not a conspiracy or anything.
  28. 2 points
    Silver Wolf

    Dreams

    Second dream started off in a coastal town. It was just a pleasant sunny day with a nice sea breeze and then my subconcious decided it would brighten the mood by having a maniac behind a sports car plough into the side of a bus, sending them both careening off the road and towards people on the pavement. Fortunately, the people got out of the way before they both ploughed half way through the wall of someone's house. Both instantly burst into flames, the bus passengers ran out of the bus, both drivers weren't so lucky. People began pouring out of the smashed buildings in a panic while I looked on in bewilderment at the hell around me and how fast it had appeared. There was a screech of tyres. I turned to look expecting police or ambulances but, naturally, it was U.S. soldiers... In the middle of the English countryside... They formed two columns and called for people to walk down the middle so they could be searched. One by one, people were escorted away from the danger. I was called, but as I stepped forwards the soldier on the verge of searching me flipped and raised his rifle so that I was looking down the barrel, yelling at me to back up. I did as I was told, hands raised, but that didn't stop someone kicking me in the back of the legs and forcing me flat against the road. Someone else joined the fray and pressed the side of my head into the road. As you can imagine, the panic of this attack made me attempt to break free which only served as an excuse for others to join in. Now I was completely restrained when someone grabbed my lower jaw and yanked it down almost to breaking point, they hooked their other hand under my front teeth and started pulling on the upper jaw. Although being aware I could try to clamp down on whoever was dumb enough to place their fingers in my mouth, I was also aware enough to realise I didn't want my jaw being snapped seconds later, so I froze. Fortunately, he then moved his hands to my chin and forehead instead, maintaining the pressure. I caught the glint of something metallic to my right, I couldn't make it out though since my eyesight was being obscured thanks to the hand pressing my eyelids upwards too. Suddenly, the metal was smashed against my teeth and began brutishly scraping. I then realised my teeth were being filed. I writhed as I attempted escape and then in agony as my teeth (and generally the inside of my mouth) were slowly destroyed. I kicked and screamed, spat blood onto the asphalt. But the onlookers didn't make a move or sound, just kept staring. The only people who kept yelling were the ones who kept my arms twisted behind my back and kept kneeing me in the ribs. A few moments later I was magically back home. In the mirror I could see the extent of the assault. My canine teeth were reduced to bloody stubs and everything else had been filed down to a bloody, uneven line. My mouth was so butchered and my tongue so swollen I was only capable of barely audible gurgles and growls. Fortunately, with the power of dream logic, the random person in my house who I've never met* was perfectly able to understand what I was saying. I can't remember what I said though. So yeah... Basically, I was tortured by being defanged. First thing I did when I bolted awake out of that dream sat upright in bed was roll my tongue around my teeth and sigh in relief. Hopefully my next dream isn't straight out of a body horror film. (*I've heard the theory where anyone you see in your dreams is actually someone you've seen in reality, as the brain isn't capable of creating faces. I'm doubtful of that... If the brain can create something as vivid as I just described, why would it struggle with making up a face?)
  29. 2 points
    _Jaybee_

    TF2 general

    Advanced Dead Ringer contract strats bois.
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    FreshHalibut

    TIAM: General Gaming edition

    I was really lucky today and managed to buy a SNES Classic (without paying scalpers). The Menu is super charming and if you afk Mario takes over and starts randomly loading games. Star Fox runs bad, which is cool, because emulators run it good and it runs (I assume) how it would on the OG hardware. Chill Penguin is a wimp. I am bad at Donkey Kong. F-Zero starts out easy but then the sand zone blows you up. And I haven't started yet, but am excited to play Earthbound and SMRPG on something that's not a keyboard. Also Final Fantasy 3 (6) is on there, dunno anything about it! But it's supposed to be good! There's also this neat replay feature that saves the last forty seconds or so of gameplay. So you can either load a savestate or pick up just before you jumped into those spikes. I know you can just emulate all these (and a bunch are even on virtual console), but there's just something fun about having a bite sized SNES packed with retro goodies.
  32. 2 points
  33. 1 point
    Huff

    TIAM: General Gaming edition

    My aunt knits me socks every year and I love them
  34. 1 point
    Gyokuyoutama

    Star Wars Thread

    Major The Last Jedi spoilers:
  35. 1 point
    Kraszu

    What song are you listening to RIGHT now?

    fuck yeah Jamiroquai my man
  36. 1 point
    Paero

    What song are you listening to RIGHT now?

    Fuckin tune this
  37. 1 point
    Gyokuyoutama

    TIAM: General Gaming edition

    Again, that's pretty much exactly what the oscars are, so mission accomplished. Well, that and handing out awards via a complicated system of favors owed (including awards to make up for previous snubs).
  38. 1 point
    This is tangentially about a video game, but not really at the same time so I decided against posting it in the video games discussion. Gonna toss it in here instead. I'll warn you now it's long and doesn't have any meaningful conclusion, it's just me pouring my thoughts out.
  39. 1 point
    *Takes deep breath* Medic: Covers Missing the Bandwagon and generally not being too fussed about the next big thing! Gives advice On Hunting Eidolons in Warframe! Talks about the many music genres she likes! You do you! ...And gives her opinion on the new Justice League film!
  40. 1 point
    Stackbabbin' Bumscags

    Net Neutrality guff

    Well, first off, my mother chose to keep me instead of aborting, since she got pregnant at 18, accidents are fun - but I wouldn't really call that something done to "give me a better future", especially since - in a way - keeping me negatively impacted her future. My father is from a family of nurses and doctors - your typical Asian family - so he didn't grow up even remotely poor. My mother was never "poor" but was most certainly not well off either, I think she was squarely in the lower-middle class, not quite poor, but still not enough to sustain a family, especially in today's economy. My parents divorced when I was around 7 or 8 because they weren't happy with their marriage, my mom got custody of me. My father's side of the family kicked the two of us out of the townhome we were living in shortly after, forcing us to move in with my grandparents. It was their townhome, they were certainly within their rights to evict us. My father didn't do much to try and maintain a relationship with me, nor did I actively seek one out when I disliked how he sometimes would treat his then-girlfriend's daughter better than me, eventually I told him I didn't want to see him anymore. I have cut off my father's side of the family entirely, so he's done nothing to "give me a better future" except not be a dick when we needed to file papers allowing me to move out of state as I was still under 16 at the time. My mother's side of the family wasn't particularly there for us much either, aside from when we had to live with my grandparents. I only ever saw my cousins, aunts, and uncles during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and after we moved out of my grandparent's home, that list included my grandparents as well. My mother's side of the family has pretty much let us go since we moved states. The only thing my mother has done to "give me a better future" has been to provide for me as best as she can as she always has, even though it was difficult then, and difficult now that she's providing for me and her disabled fiance, as well as two cats. We have always just gotten by in life, we've never had the opportunity to make any kind of investment into our future. Seeing how I have a possibility of requiring disability in the potentially near future - I am at risk for two kinds of arthritis, and I may already be exhibiting early onset - my prospects for jobs has diminished severely as I cannot be on my feet for more than 2 hours at a time before I need to sit down for a while. These questions aren't hard to swallow, they're just simply the facts of my life, and none of this can be attributed to simple laziness or being unwilling to work. Don't project your family's success story on anyone else, for every anecdote of someone making it big, there are more than plenty to match of someone struggling or just barely getting by in life even though they too work hard and are just as determined, maybe even more.
  41. 1 point
    Wulff

    Net Neutrality guff

    I agree with this. I'm not saying that occasional shitpost should be grounds for immediate excommunication because god knows that practically every user on this forum is guilty of at least an occasional shitpost, but there are certain people who return to post only to incite and degrade and others who let themselves get whipped up into a frenzy by a fleeting mood. You want to know why this torrent of shitposts came along in this thread? It's because we (Myself, Facade, Huff, Insectan and Raze) were discussing it on Discord, as we do certain controversial things that are posted on these boards. I won't lie to you, there are some opinions that have been posted in this thread that I think are incredibly naive and that I disagree with, but I also don't have the energy or data to really dispute them outside of an "Well I don't feel this way" perspective. So I just don't post. But we still talk about it on the Discord and then people get into this weird fucking mood and it becomes a competition about who can be the most edgy when it comes to the responses. I personally would prefer it if people could just keep it to the Discord if they're going to be like this, but I also don't want to become the moral arbiter of what's OK to fuck with and what's not OK to fuck with, because as mentioned above, it's not like I'm sinless when it comes to this stuff. So I just stay quiet. Honestly I think you hit the nail on the head, as much as Insectan wanted to prove some point by quoting you or whatever that was. I don't even think that dropping in to say that a discussion is "dumb" is even something you should do, it just comes across as really fucking arrogant. Just ignore it and participate in discussions you do find interesting. Like the really good one about CIA in the War Room right now.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    TheOnlyGuyEver

    Dreams

    Last night I dreamt I was playing a mix of Lego Star Wars 1 and 2, but all the levels were set in various TF2 maps. If anyone needs help getting the Red Brick on Lakeside, you gotta have Boba Fett to get it, after you fight Count Dooku but before you build the giant Lego Sandvich near the Wookies. Hope this helps someone
  44. 1 point
    blocked in the USA
  45. 1 point
    Expresate

    Net Neutrality guff

    You can say that again
  46. 1 point
    John Caveson

    Net Neutrality guff

    Agreed on the anarchy statement. It is fundamentally Utopian, however, they do raise a fair point that time and time again, the state, more often than not, tramples on liberty whenever it gets involved with the free market, whether here or around the world. On the other hand, law and order is needed for protection for consumers, such as anti-trust, no false advertising, scams, etc., in which case, government is a necessary evil. Call it my biases getting in the way of rational thought, but when I see something that is universally supported by everyone, seemingly immediately, for the federal government getting involved, or in this case staying involved, in an economic industry that is a crucial part of the modern economy, I think you can forgive me for being a wee bit suspicious and try to find the merits of the other side. The concept? No. Title II? Cautiously yes, if only to uphold free speech. If net neutrality was handled at the state/local levels and not the federal level, then I'd have even less of a problem with it.
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    _Jaybee_

    TF2 general

    It is one of the most Hightower of all Hightower screen grabs (and slight humble brag with a double MG crit killfeed complete with a domination). I only took the grab because of the killfeed, but it wasn't until I looked it over that I was able to realize how glorious it is over all.
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    Lest we forget the best TF2 video:
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    your worst game ever made?

    Pumpkin World
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