Quote from: Asharak on March 13, 2012, 02:36:12 AM
I'm not sure why we need spoiler tags in here, but I'll use them anyway. This is just cross-posting my initial comments about the ending from the general impression thread, since I figure most people over there won't dare click on them. Thoughts about other aspects of the ending(s) tomorrow, probably:
Spoiler for Hiden:
So the ultimate explanation for the cycle of extinction is that this being, whatever it represents, believes that all organic life ultimately creates synthetic life, that synthetic life inevitably rebels against its creators and the resulting conflict would be so horrific that using the Reapers to "clear the deck" of advanced organic life just before this armageddon occurs in each cycle is justified.
Now, to be fair, this theme doesn't come out of nowhere. ME1 and ME2 both dealt significantly with dangers of artificial intelligence: the VI on Luna, the AI behind the Presidium Emporium, the question of using even a shackled EDI (then even more so the unshackled one) and, of course, the Quarian-Geth conflict (which would seem to be the ultimate proof positive of this concept).
Except: the first 98% of ME3 turns this on its head. EDI, now completely unshackled and supposedly incredibly dangerous, demonstrates herself to be completely loyal and devoted to Shepard (and possibly more importantly Joker's) cause. She doesn't betray you to Cerberus, her creator, or to the Geth, her kin. Shepard's conversations can even guide her to, in Shepard's words, discovering a little humanity. Likewise, the Quarian-Geth conflict has backstory added that shows the Geth capable of compassion / mercy (they allowed the original Quarians to flee Rannoch, rather than annihilating them) and it is possible to resolve that plot with both races returning to Rannoch and beginning to live in harmony again.
Up to this point, we have a pretty great story: the first two games establish a galaxy full of fear and suspicion for AIs -- but then two powerful examples in ME3 demonstrate how myopic this belief is and introduce the possibility of a conclusion where artificial life (possibly even including the Reapers?) can be redeemed. And then the ending completely ignores BOTH of these plots from ME3, forces you to make a decision based on the now-demonstrably-false assumption that organic and synthetic life are incompatible and doesn't even give you the chance to argue your experiences to the being that was behind it all. Where were the "You're wrong! I just fought my way to you with an AI at my side!" or "Look at Rannoch, where centuries of bitter hatred have been replaced by co-existence and co-operation!" dialogues? Where was the ending that allowed you to pacify / talk down / reprogram the Reapers and lead the two forms of life, while still separate, to exist symbiotically?
I'm not saying you should have to take that ending. A "you annihilated half the galaxy, you must BURN" ending still makes a lot of sense as well. But to not even present the option, to not even acknowledge the possibility, to in fact force you to choose from three outcomes that are all based on the diametrically opposite premise is an incomprehensible travesty. Whoever wrote that final scene simply didn't. Play. The. Game.
Or am I totally off base here?
This right here pretty much sums up how pissed I am at the ending. Besides the fact that for some weird reason I got neither the Paragon or Renegade options with TIM. When my reputation bar thing was 99 percent paragon. That I am left with 3 horrible choices that go against the whole rest of the game that I just played. The only other thing is that really, those 3 choices had nothing to do with my past decisions, nothing I did would effect the 3 outcomes. Whether I was renegade or paragon, I don't see anything I've done to effect the outcome.
Combine the realities of multimedia file size and a blazing fast connection that allows transfer of said files at unprecedented speeds, and you have a recipe for potentially expensive disaster. One careless download of a 1080p high-definition movie from the iTunes Store over 4G could eat up your entire monthly plan and then some. In fact, if you could achieve download speeds at the theoretical maximum 72Mbps of LTE, you could blow through a 5GB plan in just under 10 minutes, and Verizon's largest 10GB tier in about 20. Real-world speeds of course are actually going to be somewhat lower, but we're still talking about the potential to obliterate your entire expensive monthly data plan in much less than a single day.
Just because you can download a file faster doesn't mean much. In the end, if you are downloading a file 2 GB in size, if you get it in 2 seconds or 2 hours, it still only eats up 2 GB of your monthly plan.
Edit - About the only place I can think it will matter is something like a NetFlix where the better your connection, the bigger the file size it will pull down. I know NetFlix, on some platforms, has been allowing you to fix the quality, though, so you can manage it against the cap.
Why do I have to be forced to download an app on Wifi, when the 4G connection is just as fast? Inifinity Blade is what, 2-3 gigs? I hate everything that has to do with caps. They are only implemented to make more money, they do nothing to throttle.
My main confusion is that all of these lawsuits directly pertain to Android, so why hasn't one of the judges or Apple just go after Google on them? Is really that much easier to sue all the handset manufacturers directly then go after Google?
The last laptop I bought for myself was a Mac. At the time there wasn't much else out there that was as portable yet powerful enough, and it was stupidly easy to get windows on it so I can bounce around multiple systems easier than using GRUB or something else. My few issues with it which I'm sure at least one thing has probably been fixed is that:
It's a block of aluminum, so certain parts got uncomfortably hot for me. Never enough to burn but if I was doing a heavy compile or I wanted to game a bit the thing just got hot. The edges are sharp which would cut into my wrists after typing for a long time. Without having a proper delete key it made programming a bit more of a pain. Older versions of VI don't like backspace....
Those were my main beefs with it. But in general it took my beating the shit out of it through college and kept running.
Now some of my issues with MacOS, I hate the trend they are going towards if you have to actually use it to work on things going to a "task centric" model over a "windows centric" model is the wrong fucking move. I program so I need multiple things open at the same time, it takes longer for me to swipe or move to another app then if I just move the mouse over and write out something in a terminal window. Doing these full screen apps and so forth is the wrong direction. And it's not just Mac I know, Windows 8, Gnome 3, Ubuntu's Unity they are all going this direction.
Anyway, I would do what I did with my wife and get a good Sager or Asus or something laptop. They are just as powerful and are now just as sleek and portable as Macs are for a lot cheaper. I bought hers from XoticPC. The only thing that nobody has really caught up to mac is with the trackpad. I have yet to find another laptop that has as nice a trackpad as macs new glass one. And there are no bios changes/hardware changes with Windows laptops, they've been using UEFI just as Mac has for the past few years. And a good chunk them you can still change out the friggin battery if you need to. Unlike the new macs.
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Whoa...the thread made it to page 2 on the boards? NOT ON MY WATCH!
The cat delays a second or two and then says fuck it, the kids got to pay!
Hopefully the cat was declawed and the kid learned a lesson or two.
You fucking serious?
Uh yeah, I hope the cat was declawed so the kid wasnt seriously hurt and I hope the kid learned that hitting an animal, even a domesticated one, is risky. Not quite sure why you find that retarded but then who knows.
Because declawing cats is retarded. You don't detooth a dog because they nipped at someone for fucking with them.
3D isn't taking off at all so I would not use that as a deciding factor in anything. 240 Hz TVs are also pretty much a sham. A good LED TV or a good Plasma with 120 Hz would be perfect for just about everything I think.
Quote from: Devil on October 19, 2011, 03:53:43 PM
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This whole debacle with my phone has me considering Sprint - Any comments?
I've just switched to Sprint from ATT. In my area anyway my signal is the same if not better. Only downside is that there is no WiMax here and in general my 3G speeds are pretty slow compared to what I had on ATT. In general though I'm happy with switching and it's nice knowing that at least for now I have true unlimited data and no throttling shit.
"We've already announced Iron Man 3 and Thor 2; both of those will be spread out within 2013," explained Feige. "We haven't announced yet the 2014 movies, but we are working on a draft of Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and some of these other ones we've been talking about for a while. Ant-Man I'm hoping we can get off the ground sometime soon. If these first group of films – "phase one" of this Avengers saga starting with Iron Man and ending with Avengers – has an overarching theme, which it does. As people sort of watch all the movies together and then watch The Avengers movie, they'll see this big picture we've been building towards... we have started working on the bones and structure and threading for a phase two. It does start with Iron Man 3 and if it all works – which we hope it does – culminates in another Avengers film."
So, it's like a TV show....but in blockbuster movie form.
Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 17, 2011, 01:19:38 PM
I would love to change my XBL or PSN name to just Bullwinkle instead of BullwinkleJ, but it's not killing me. Where it gets me down is on some websites where even the J doesn't work. Like Caine, I don't like having a random number on the end, so I start twisting it around into crazy configurations. Good luck remembering those, brain!
I've had to do that a few times, but I've also picked up a few other names for sites that don't even let me choose my funky version. I wonder if Isgrimnur3 is taken.
So I've used SkyLander for the better part of 10 years now. And now there is the new game Skylanders: Spryo's Adventur which I'm sure I'm going to get some "hurrrrs why did you choose that from a kids game". So given a situation like this would you find a new online nick? Only thing is that I've used this name everywhere....
Quote from: Canuck on October 08, 2011, 06:08:35 AM
Slightly off topic but I'm thinking of resetting my iPhone 3Gs as it seems to be a little bit slow these days. What would be the best way to go about doing that? Install the iOS5 update (when it comes out) and then do a factory reset or do a factory reset first and then install iOS5? Or does it make any difference at all?
It probably doesn't make a difference but I would say factory reset then install 5
I good pair of merrells light hiking shoes are awesome. I've worn them for a long time. They all have vibram soles now I believe. I have a pair of Brooks running shoes and they are really good. I do recommend going to a true specialty store that actually knows something about feet. Foot Locker or whatever they usually don't know anything about what your needs are.