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  1. In Topic: Brexit or bremain

    Yesterday, 12:39 PM

     Cause, on 18 January 2019 - 12:26 PM, said:

     Silencer, on 17 January 2019 - 10:22 PM, said:

    There is this great skit about gun control John Oliver did, and it has a segment addressing arguments based on political suicide.
    A politicians job is to do the best thing for the nation. If that means committing political suicide, so be it. Their career is secondary to the lives and wellbeing of their constituents.

    Please seek the guidance of a mental health profesiona immediately, you are suffering from severe delusions

    Oh, I know most politicians are assholes.

    But the point happened. Australian politicians put the need for gun control before their careers.

    I'm not saying that it is likely, easy, etc, but it has happened before and it can happen again. More importantly, it should happen again.
    There is no reason it can't. And if you keep accepting that malign self-interest is normal then it will never change.

    There's a lot of people talking in this thread like there is no hope. And I get that. But maybe don't count yourselves out before the end based on assumptions we all share about our politicians around the world and you might end up with a better outcome? Otherwise you all might as well stop caring about Brexit because Trump is going to nuke the world and there is no way he can be stopped, right? /sarcasm
  2. In Topic: Brexit or bremain

    17 January 2019 - 10:22 PM

     TheRetiredBridgeburner, on 17 January 2019 - 02:34 PM, said:

     Gorefest, on 17 January 2019 - 01:01 PM, said:

    What baffles me still is that so many Labour MPs, including their bloody leader, are still in favour of Brexit. Surely, if you see the likes of Boris Johnson and Jacob Reese-Mogg supporting it, you *know* it has to be a terrible idea for 95% of the country bar a few rich folk? It is painfully stupid.

    It'd be dicing with political suicide to oppose the referendum now though, I think. I mean I agree with everything you just said because I'm a reasonable human being with a jot of sense. The fact we've ended up where we are is proof not everyone in the UK shares those qualities, and I suspect Corbyn et al know that. Besides the very point that Corbyn's always been a Eurosceptic himself.

    Whichever way you wrap it up, I refer us all to Captain E Blackadder's "This is a large crisis" speech.

    There is this great skit about gun control John Oliver did, and it has a segment addressing arguments based on political suicide.
    A politicians job is to do the best thing for the nation. If that means committing political suicide, so be it. Their career is secondary to the lives and wellbeing of their constituents.
  3. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    15 January 2019 - 01:59 PM

    View PostCause, on 15 January 2019 - 01:46 PM, said:

    In my country if you told 800 000 government employees they were not getting paid this week.....

    they would set fire to the airport, they would scuttle the ships, the would have set forest fires, they would take management hostage and start necklacing them in the streets. The shutdown is simply unbelievable.

    Also its disgusting when I read articles that says the coast guard advised its employees to have garage sales, and the federal agencies sent out an email for federal employees to ask landlords if they would accept things like painting the apartment in lieu of rent. I don't know what percentage of the 800 000 live essentially paycheck to paycheck but once you miss a mortgage payment, a credit card payment or rent payment their credit scores will be fucked for months/years regardless of them getting back pay at a later date. This whole thing is disgusting.

    To be fair, while I agree with the sentiment, I'm gonna point out the credit score thing is not true.

    One missed payment won't do major, let alone irreparable damage to your credit score unless it's already marginal - and it normally takes several notices and something like 90 days in arrears before a default would occur, depending on the institution and details, but you would definitely need to be at least a month past due before it becomes a default.
    Helping this, is that most financial institutions don't want to have accounts in default - collections activity costs money. Provided these employees are speaking to their banks, there will be procedures in place to mitigate the damage due to financial hardship (and let's be honest, this is one of the easiest to prove cases of financial hardship you could make). This could involve deferred or reduced repayments for an agreed period, or it could involve letting the account fall into arrears with no further action taken for a specific time period. Their bank will want to avoid the legal and labour costs of engaging in collections or administrating an account, as long as the people are upfront and open about it.
    Further down the track, even given their account does default (let's just assume their bank is both evil and likes to spend unnecessary money, somehow) most major applications for credit, like a home loan, will provide people with an opportunity to explain a default. "I was a federal employee furloughed during Trump's shutdown" would probably be sufficient for any future lending provided there aren't other issues unrelated to this particular incident (though other issues in combination with this might be a very different story as the presence of the default would give the lender an easy 'out'). More likely to have an impact on consumer lending such as overdrafts and credit cards where the opportunity to explain defaults is less likely to be provided.

    But all in all, while it is no doubt a concern, the perceived potential impact is probably much higher, as opposed to the actual impact when it comes to credit scores, especially if people are talking to their bank. I think a lot of the scare-factor around this aspect is due to the general obfuscation around credit reporting, especially in America. The effect of being kicked out of your rental property 'cause your landlord is an asshole and you don't have great tenancy laws though? THAT I would be worried about.
  4. In Topic: The Red Dead (Redemption) Series

    13 January 2019 - 08:23 AM

     Malankazooie, on 12 January 2019 - 04:18 PM, said:

    Whoa! Slow Ben, you playing RDR2?! Well join the discussion my dude. I thought I was the only one still actively playing.

    Jumped into RDR2 Online some last night. This dude I was battling in free roam had to have some cheat hacks installed. He killed me like ten times before I could escape and he was head shotting me almost every time. One time I was hiding in a cabin and I was watching his blip on the mini-map. Dude was moving around preternaturally fast. He threw some fire bottles to try and burn me out, but they didn't do the job. So I'm posted right by the door with my gun drawn. He breaks in and gets behind me and ties me up before I even get a shot off. Yeeeeeah right! I'm way low level and and have shit for guns and gear, but there's no way he should have been able to do that. Another time I was crouching around a big tree. I have excellent headphones so was able to move around to get cover from him by listening to him ride around me. As he was riding around I could swear he was invisible at times (or maybe just a shitty connection?). Anyway, if cheating is rampant on RDR2 Online (haven't played it much myself), I doubt I'll play it much.

    Have had similar issues myself- just on Friday we had a guy who took about 12 shots in the space of a few seconds (three of us were shooting him) and didn't die, and proceeded to one shot all of us.
    Now, he was level 150, and was definitely using some tonics, but there is no way anyone should be able to take 12 shots and then wipe the floor with three people, that's just ridiculous.
    That being said it's not super common or anything.
  5. In Topic: Ye Big Videogames Thread

    10 January 2019 - 10:19 AM

    View PostAlternative Goose, on 10 January 2019 - 04:28 AM, said:

    I loved the division. It was the first game that got me to grind out daily and weekly challenges got months after I finished it. I thought it was a very solid third person shooter and Manhattan was really pretty.

    See, I wanted to like it. I really did. Its literally right up my alley, though I would have preferred first person.
    But not only was the grind transparently pointless (at least most try to mask the waste of time), the missions and story were boring. There was no suspense as to whether people on the street were enemies or not. There was no sense of progress in the world relative to your story successes. No consequences of any kind, really. The guns all felt like crap because enemies were basically human shaped tanks. And the environment? Apparently they thought because it was third person, they could get away with last gen textures. And it almost worked. But once you notice one shitty flat texture that should be properly detailed, you quickly see the entire thing is an illusion (this is on console, mind you, PC might have got proper high res texture options).
    The controls were clunky and the dialogue was mostly contrived and forced.

    It had almost no redeeming value for me after the first month except for the initial concept and the fading remnant of hope that patches would fix it.
    Even once they actually deployed a proper end game I never went back. It was broken at its core and I was too disappointed with what it should have been to try and drown that in a slightly improved grind fest. :(
    Division 2 looks like it had learned no lessons from the first and might even have doubled down on the negatives.


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    19 Nov 2018 - 11:18
    Can we have a Rejoice! A Knife to the Heart subforum?
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    18 Nov 2018 - 08:43
    Oi! Clear out your messages! Or have you blocked them? :P
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    08 Oct 2012 - 16:06
    Also of note, it seems to only kick me when im in my st.catharines residence, not my toronto residence. Not sure if that helps you any.
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    08 Oct 2012 - 16:05
    ok so i clearly didn't realise how this conversation business thing works.
    i click the chat button at the top, when joining it says "you have been kicked from the chat room"
    On october 02 I tried joining around 10:24am gmt-5, so you can check the logs for that time. that is if you still have logs for that far back.
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    14 Jul 2012 - 14:13
    I love looking at your many Garruses in one place XD
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    11 Jul 2012 - 13:00
    I lied. I'm still going to use my new avatar XD
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    10 Jul 2012 - 13:37
    Do you like my new avatar? I figure I'll use this for least for the remainder of my Sombra days ;)
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    23 Jun 2012 - 14:52
    If you had ME3 you could play too!
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    13 Jun 2012 - 12:34
    You're a strange one ;)
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    21 May 2012 - 03:46
    Sometimes the CoC gets in the way of righteousness. Just saying ;)
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    19 Mar 2012 - 10:49
    To be fair - I *had* already saved it once XD
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    26 Feb 2012 - 06:35
    Awesome Supreme - you really do deserve that title XD
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    12 Feb 2012 - 11:01
    Okay, did the download thing. Now, if the thread were to get deleted would I still be able to view it from the save file? (Probably a silly question but I want to make sure the save is dependant on the original URL)
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    Gust Hubb 

    12 Feb 2012 - 02:47
    you should drop by chat ;)
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