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When i'm working on big projects it's not uncommon for me to binge on a genre of movies while i'm working.  Lately it's been Russ Meyer.  Master of the sexplotation genre and created such classics as "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!"  where Rob Zombie had looted a album worth of samples from.
I'd like to share a quote from one of his movies that really struck a nerve.
"In the face of recent events, some of which threaten our very existence, there are still those who concentrate their puny efforts in areas where no concern is needed.  They call love evil ... the human body obscene ... where they can never be anything other than beautiful.  Our rivers and lakes fill slowly, with death.  The air we breathe strangles the mighty oak.  Little by little we can see human compassion and love growing less.   And still there are those who wave their toy banners of protest.   They attempt to think for the rest of us.  Dictate our freedom of choice.  Decide what is 'safe' for us to read and see.  They, the strong and pure of heart, must protect those of us who 'they' have decided are weak.  We do not question their right to protest.  But let their decisions be for themselves, for no man has the right to decide for another." - Russ Meyers 1970

Ahmen and may you rest in peace Russ!
Politics and government in general is really simple as long as we follow the general rule.  As long as your neighbor isn't robbing, hurting, maiming, raping, vandalizing, and killing others; IT IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM!
As soon as we start trying to legislate ANY set of morals the whole system goes straight into a mess.  Laws are for ethics, which are things we can universally agree on.  Morals is everything else.  Legislating based on popular census and statistics is discrimination against the minorities.  I'd like to point out the Prohibition ended abruptly because they could have a person caught cold with a confession and the jury would still not find the individual guilty.
I'm not going to point fingers at political parties.  If you haven't figured out yet that all the parties are guilty of trying to oppress minority factions, races and minority beliefs,  than your too stupid to be able to read and comprehend any of this.
In fact the key problem with discrimination against minorities isn't right now a racial thing.  The problem is with those who don't share a mainstream ideology are getting lynched.
We don't have to agree on anything and still be able to co-exist and act decent to each other.  Nor should we feel we need to make laws so we can cram each others belief's down each others throat's.
This current behavior of acting like a spoiled baby and throwing absolute fits and calling each other names has got to stop.  We have to grow up and become adults MENTALLY and realize more likely than not your not going to agree on how your neighbor does anything. Just shut up with your thoughts that no one asked for and be nice.
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In the future, I will expect to see you on http://twisted.community/ more than Google+ sir.
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Yet another MMO is going to launch in a month.  Elder Scrolls Online.  I played the weekend beta.  It had some really good things... but unfortunately it seems to be pulling from the same mediocre playbook of all the other MMO's for a guaranteed position of mediocrity.    It's more than clear the goal is to start off the gate with a AAA single player price tag game $60 with optional DLC of just $10 more and a monthly fee of $15.  The game is hyped up.   It releases with a big ad campaign.  There is a huge surge in sales.  They try to quickly make up for the lack of content and the excess of bugs.  Sales decline rapidly.  Once they get to a low point, they make the initial start of the game free and $15 a month.   Than they hideously break the game on about the 5th major patch.   Sales almost stop completely and subscribers leave in droves.  They quickly enable the free to play system which was probably already made since day one and fix the bugs so it becomes yet another mediocre free to play game.

If a MMO game TRULY wants to be subscriber based they have to follow my 7 golden rules to MMO gaming.

1) Grind or epic quest to get to higher levels. I personally hate grinding. But i'm not a big fan on being dragged around all the time doing grocery list fetch missions. Strike a balance. If a person grinds a bit and gains some loot and levels makes doing the quest easier. Quests should be rewarded with things not in regular loot drops.

2) Treat VIP payers like VIPs. This is one of the biggest colossal screw ups that even myself have done in my own business has done. Don't try to be fair. Those who pay big should get big and everyone should know it. Those who give you the most money deserves the most from you... PERIOD. Make it "fair" and your making it unfair for those who put in more making them not really care.  Why should they?  Everyone is treated the same.

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3) Limited accessible items. Having items that were only available if you were playing back in <fill in date range> People LOVE these things. YES absolutely all the newbies whine and cry. But ignore them... as soon as they get a limited item X they will stop whining. To make it more epic and memorable you can have a quest to accomplish and a big boss to over come. You don't really have to announce stuff is a limited time frame. In fact it adds to the mystic if you don't. Yes people again will go... waaaah I didn't know it was a limited time frame. Again ignore them. Giving them what they want, isn't really what they want. I highly recommend silently enabling and disabling being able to get epic items over long periods of time.   Maybe use a cap system that there is only X amount of the item in play on the server.

4) Epic items. It's okay to have a grind to get them if it's like your gathering pieces and there is a clear believable progression. It's total fail if you just have this as a progress bar grinding. Star Wars Galaxies tried this both ways and the "epic loot" was far from epic gathering it. Where like gathering all the elusive pieces to a jet pack was insanely fun. So if its like a sword, have it like you have to get the blade, the hilt and the handle and than do some epic quest to reforge it back into one type deal.

5) Reward players with useful and/or fun things for being a steady player of your game. SWTOR's rewarding with credits to buy things in their store is just meh. It's sterile. Anybody can buy the same stuff on the store. Dedication to the game means nothing.   You can use the limited epic loot rule in a for cash system but don't make them as great or the same as a game played earned one.

6) Players should be able to alter the game universe and leave their mark on it. Personal houses was the winning one for SWG. But this could be accomplished in other ways. Wanted posters with the characters face for example if they are ruthless. Something others can see as well which helps to immerse and is inspiring. The reason why so many MMO's don't hit the mark they think they should is that the players are really not making a difference or changing the game world like they do in a single player game like Skyrim. Many of the sterile quests systems in MMO's become like the monotony of waiting in line at the DMV.  The world being altered by the main character is just proper game and story designing. I know its hard when your trying to funnel millions of people through a story. BUT MMO's need to put some serious thought and innovation to go into this rule but if you don't your game is doomed to boredom.   Make top spots for players and the city hall has a picture and name plaque of them hanging up in a hall or something.

7) WoW is already made. WoW is sterile, boring and everything is PC and fair in WoW world. The day you start to the day you leave, you leave absolutely no impact of the sterile world of World of Warcraft. It's not that its the ultimate of what a MMO can be... it's the ultimate of what a sterile MMORPG can be. Everything is perfectly safe and fair. Economy has little to nothing to do with players and their crafting.   No one really gets ahead of  anyone else.  Why this is rule 7 ... every MMO tries to copy the sterile fair factor of WoW and than are amazed that everyone didn't just leave WoW and run over to their new sterile game. Why would they? They already been playing what your offering. Be bold. Don't play too safe. Let players interact and direct the story of the world. Don't try to pull them around by a nose ring or they will just all rollback to WoW where they get treated like livestock but they are already well established livestock there.

IN CONCLUSION:
These rules, IMHO, is what it takes for a MMO game maker to make a game worth $15 a month.  Bench your MMO game to the price of DLC in a single player game.  As a MMO you have a little bit of window of flexibility in time frame and size of releases but I highly recommend throwing something out there that changes something even if it's in name only every month.  Keep people in suspense of what might be next. 
If your game is going to focus on PVP for max level characters than you should seriously consider going to a free to play game model.   A game with a $15 a month fee needs to earn that money in fairly steady new content. 
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I agree 100%with this. If you're looking for a game that (eventually)  got it right give ffxiv a shot. It deff has grinding expecially the crafting, but it does feel like I've earned what I've earned. Square has done a good job with Xi making people feel like they earned it. And I think xiv is a step in the right direction. It unfortunately picked up the bug of padded out fetch quests, but could be worse. 
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Awesome video.  Here is my thoughts.  The people who make it in life are not the dependents that need others to do for them... it's the people who hustle and on occasion need a hand up.  Education is absolutely no different.  Those fancy schools are for the rich kids.  The ones guaranteed a job working in one of daddies companies if/when they get out of college.  With enough cash and enough time sober in a classroom, they will just hand out a degree.  TYPICALLY the kids who go to these schools really ultimately don't have any plans for their education.
Education is worthless if your not planning on doing anything with it.  Only those who are willing to prove themselves time and time again are those who rise to the top.  And that caliber of person won't have a problem with a education at a school with lesser conditionals as long as what they learn is something they can use to leverage opportunities.   That caliber of person won't have a issue with paying as much of their education on their own and only use help when they absolutely need it.  What parents with college bound kids need to really be honest about is... what kind of person is my kid?  And can I really make a difference by doing this?
If your kid is lazy and/or stupid... do you really think a miracle is going to happen when they enroll into college?  Be honest with yourself.  Nothing wrong with having a child bellow average intelligence.  They could be great people, hard workers but just not academia material.  Don't waste your money and their time by sending them to college.
As far as getting a education into fields with low demands for that knowledge... whats the point?  To metaphor.  If it was a toy manufacture business... it would be like them going out and polling children and finding out that no kids have a interest in rhino's but as a company you decide your going to make plastic toy rhinos and try to change the kids into liking them.  Absolutely CAN be done if your a marketing genius and can sell peanuts in a graveyard. BUT if your that good at selling your ideas and pitching yourself... you can go even further with a product everyone already wants.  Also... if your that great of a pitchman that you can get a job with a degree in art history or similar, why even waste a second in college anyways?  You could spend that time making money instead of making debt.
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ROFL!!!  Aaron is 100% on this one.  I have seen this very thing.  Horses are total money pits.  The ranchers that use horses do 90% of their vet work and shoeing themselves.  The psycho females will find guy(s) and totally sink them in debt to maintain their horse addictions.  Horses are high maintenance like a hotrod muscle car.  If you can't do 90% of the work yourself, you are going to need to be freak'n rich as hell or plan to go DEEP into debt.
If your dating a gal that says she likes horses but can't afford one right now and things aren't right situation-ly, and you go over to her house and she has a horse book, magazine or mentions the horse topic in a not a very good fitting time in conversation. RUN, DON'T WALK, away from that crazy.
Your are that financial and situation provider if you bite the hook of this crazy.
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can't we just have a little bit of genocide... just a tiny bit... say oooooh about 80 people that call themselves Church of Westboro.   Would that be THAT wrong?  I mean do we REALLY have to protect THEIR freedom of speech and THEIR way of life.  Can't just for a second we be hypocrites and just wipe them out and pretend nothing happened.   I won't say nothing... PROMISE!
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True Christians!
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Who doesn't love the fresh scent of car exhaust in a nice closed garage?
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Don't do it Shawn! Unless of course it inspires more hard work on UQD.
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I think we need more immigrants.  More immigrants like this guy who understands our country better than those who were born here.  Ones who understand big over-stretching government is how their native country they left got turned into a disaster.
I see people who had to leave their state because it was a complete disaster and than they are trying to turn the state they moved to in the same disaster they just left.  When will they ever look in the mirror and ask "is it my actions that are causing all this mayhem?"
It's complete ideological to think we could ever have enough police to make it unnecessary for the people to police themselves.  Even more dangerous is the concept of law enforcement being super-citizens.  Citizens with extra rights and abilities.  A sheriff's office is completely optional expense.  The people elect a sheriff who is just a normal citizen, to do the law enforcement job so we can focus on our own businesses and jobs.  If the town/city/state can't pay for a police force, they don't have one.  It's not some constitutional thing written into our by-laws that is a mandatory thing a place has to have.
It is absolutely unconstitutional for the police to have rights that all the other citizens don't have.   I really struggle to understand how any of these places get away with their super-citizen law-enforcement system.  LA, New York, Chicago, Washington DC all want to have gun bans...  I say go for it!  But that should go for all law enforcement as well.    Technically, if they want this at a state level.  That's fine too.  Disband your national guard.  There should be no problems.  I mean after all since criminals are going to follow gun laws, i'm sure invading armies are going to follow the gun laws as well.
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wtf is he doing in MN?  I am guessing cost of living.  It was pretty cheap for me.
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The government owes everyone reparations.  I'll take my reparations in the form of they leave me alone.  I don't want any of their "programs" or their no-objective-can-be-found-wars.  
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Surprise surprise!  Senate voted the government another raise and passed their Internet Tax.  "It's to make things fair."  I'm getting so tired of hearing this from retards in the US and Europe, I vomit a little when its said.
Picture if you will, going back into time and everyone having the solution for black slavery was to oppress everyone.  This is just a money grab by the most greediest and stupidest legislation we have ever had in history.  Had they been really concerned about "small businesses" they would just removed taxes or added more tax breaks to small business.
I can honestly say this is the worst bunch of government since the pre-French Revolution.  Today senate announced to us all "Let them eat cake."
It's my humble opinion that the world has completely outgrown tyrannical law systems.  Their laws which are supposed to protect us from ourselves does nothing.  War on terror and all the invasion of our privacy didn't even scratch the surface of solving any problems.   War on drugs, hasn't decreased drug usage or availability in the slightest.  Gun laws ... well weapon laws in general have never worked.  Those go back for thousands of years with the same results.  Prostitution laws, hasn't removed prostitutes.  Laws and tyranny isn't the solution.  Education and understanding IS the solution.  I think humanity has progressed with technology which has allowed for a wider communication and cheaper education.  The solution around the world is to start shrinking government not increasing it.  But I think old money bag families see this and are desperate to hold on to their old ways and this is like a desperate last attempt to hold on to their old ways of life.
True democracy (not a candied up flavor of fascism "democracy") is inevitable.
Just my thoughts in a nutshell.
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Rads are pretty strong down here.. you were wise to keep going.
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This is about the most simplistic explanation of Linux security over Windows... and it's goofy and wrong.
There is a slight truth but not anywhere near the extent of what the author makes it out to be.
You DO NOT need execute bit on scripts unless you are banging the script header.  So ... say you have a existing bourne shell script.  At the top of the script is the bang which states "#!/bin/sh"  With the execute flag high and the bang in place the script will execute the bourne shell and run the script.
If we wanted to be a virus all we need to do is find a script shell that is already banged and than add our script to the call somewhere after the bang.  The call to another script will assume to execute using the existing shell.  Or even easier just tag it to the users .profile in their home directory and as soon as the user logs in the virii script runs in default shell.
You could also use Python and Perl as your virus script language... just in the .profile add /usr/bin/python virus.py or /usr/bin/perl virus.pl respectively to run a more complicated virus script.
The #1 reason why Linux has less viruses is because its usually not a target OS.  While security policies may discourage would-be virus makers..  it's far from impervious.  Just like Titanic wasn't unsinkable as it was claimed to be.
Perhaps one of the most discouraging things for virus makers out there for Linux is the fact that they quickly find and fix exploits and bugs, making the virus shelf-life incredibly short.   Maybe a week or two.  Thats enough to discourage most bot net makers from trying to make Linux nodes.
 
People usually ask why it is difficult to infect Linux?
For all those who still have this question mostly from windows background -
In linux everything is a file(filename + inode)
When you create or copy any file by default it's execution bits is set to '0'
If you wish to execute it you have to manually turn this bit on by using command like "chmod".
So even if you somehow get you hands on malicious script you will have to manually turn on it execution bit.

This is one of the reason which gives linux users complete control over their OS unlike windows.

So No more stupid antiviruses eating your RAM!
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