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General Discussion / The banana test
« on: January 11, 2010, 03:07:21 AM »
I'm hopeless :{

General Discussion /
« on: September 19, 2009, 01:29:35 AM »
what'd I miss?

Game Warden Art / HTL Hecate now in RL!
« on: September 04, 2009, 04:20:24 AM »
A nice try, but not nice enough.

General Discussion / Ignored by passing vessels
« on: August 23, 2009, 12:42:44 AM »
"Following this logic we should find the worse thing happening, discuss about it and ignore the rest?"

Well, no. Just pointing out how theres a fascination with focussing on one event, making a mountain out of it, and then quickly diverting attention to a new story. Annoying, it is...

General Discussion / Ignored by passing vessels
« on: August 22, 2009, 11:18:50 PM »
I have no feelings either way toward immigration. Its a decision that people make on their own for their own futures.  Sometimes its for better and sometimes its for worse. I do, however, see that 75 people crammed into a dingy, as the article says, is inherently unsafe.  They're lucky they didnt capsize, or sink on their own accord and all drown in the waters.

I do not see any claims of being abandoned at sea. I do see claims of being "ignored by passing vessels except one which gave them some water" which could be interpreted to mean any number of things.  I'm not saying that the boats, had they ignored the crew intentionally, were either right or wrong.  The humanitarian in me thinks that someone should have done more to help them, but the realist in me understands the reality of the world and the situation. Moreover Im having more difficulty understanding why this gets so much outrage, when far worse is happening in so many corners of the globe and is simply accepted.  Maybe Im just more used to the hypocrisy that is humanity than I'd care to be, but I dont follow the emotional and humanitarian argument for assisting those people.

Why were they in need of assistance? Did they plan poorly? Did they get lost? Did they have a genuine accident at sea that caused them to be marooned aboard the dinghy?  Apparently they were in Libyan waters, why was there no Libyan coast guard patrol to help them? Why is the outrage aimed predominantly at Europe?  Why is it such a bad thing to blame people who get themselves killed for their own deaths?  

That article is far too brief and far too lacking in details to get any real sense of the situation.  And in fact American media has not covered any of the stories regarding the emigration of those African peoples from Libya except for one or two many months/years ago.  From what I gather looking up more info is that this sort of thing happens often.  It seems similar to the way Cubans were trying to sail to Miami in recent years, which, too, often led to many accidents at sea, where our coast guard had to either rescue or turn away many people crammed into makeshift vessels.

General Discussion / Ignored by passing vessels
« on: August 22, 2009, 04:02:52 PM »
They're not necessarily abandoned.  Theyre putting themselves in unsafe situations, over packing small vessels and traversing dangerous waters in an attempt to emigrate from Libya to Europe.  
There's a lot of emotion being thrown around on the comments section of that article, but the article itself makes no note of how they tried to signal for help, if they used effective means or not, or what they actually asked for.  The report of being ignored comes from one of the immigrants, who may very well feel as though they were ignored, but for all we know as third party outsiders, may have not been hailing on the proper channels, if at all, or may have just not been seen, if their idea of asking for help is arm waving.   There is just too little of the situation known to make a judgment on who did what.
For us to say "the guys that gave them water should have helped more I guess" (not to pick on you specifically, but you did infact say it) isn't necessarily fair.  We know nothing of their situation, the urgency of their duty at sea, or, for example, the logistics of taking 75 people aboard their vessel, and finding a new closer port (which would cost them extensively in fuel, foodstuffs and stress their housing/waste management systems.) (75 is a lot of people, btw. Many large sea vessels run on crews of ~15.)
Sad as it is that people have died on this stretch, the sorry truth is that people have been doing this for years, and many times have died on this trek through the Mediterranean.  Not to mention that if one ship were to take them aboard, it would be expected that many others would do the same.  Its just an ethical, fiscal, legal nightmare that could potentially end in those Libyans being deported back to Libya anyway.  

So yea... Definately cant make any solid judgment based on that one article, and universal empathy. :|

General Discussion / What are listening to at the moment?
« on: August 21, 2009, 12:02:57 AM »
Garmarna - Gamen

Pathways / Updates? Holy crap!
« on: August 19, 2009, 12:42:25 AM »
Generic information that is always sent when surfing the net.

Also... This campaign is still being made?!!

General Discussion / What are listening to at the moment?
« on: August 18, 2009, 03:20:56 AM »
Gomez - Get Miles

Ebay was around from like 1998 or so. I know because my parents were selling military memorabilia on it back then, before they went off on their "WW@ memorabilia is all antisemetic!!!!1" tangent and stopped allowing a lot of it.

4 years ago I had an athlon 2800+ xp.  Dunno that Id still want to be on it, not that it was bad, but... well...  I have an i7 now. And its like crack with renderring and encoding...

Polls / FreeSpace 1 or FreeSpace 2?
« on: August 16, 2009, 12:36:26 AM »
Weak argument.  I can summarize what you said. "I don't enjoy monologues. I wish they showed me what yet another race would have looked like.  I didnt realize that there was more to the monologues until after I finished the game, went online, and read other people's interpretations."

Polls / FreeSpace 1 or FreeSpace 2?
« on: August 15, 2009, 01:05:35 AM »
You didnt see FS2's end coming? How?

General Discussion / E-Mails from an As*****
« on: August 14, 2009, 07:19:52 PM »
Cocksucking grundle licker!

Polls / FreeSpace 1 or FreeSpace 2?
« on: August 14, 2009, 07:08:23 PM »

The feeling while playing each game was as follows:
FS1 = "oh shit, we're getting slaughtered by the dozen by a clearly superior foe in unknown numbers"

FS2 = "Well, we're more or less on equal footing as the shivans, no big deal."

Yea, they were ovepowering in FS2, but it didnt feel like it.  FS1 was a lot more of a 'fly by the seat of your pants, pray to god sol survives' type game than fs2 could be. And all the fancy eye candy and effecs and nebulas didnt change that at all. (In fact, the blackness of space being so pronounced in FS1 I think led to an even drearier atmosphere.)

The FSPort, admirable as it is, simply cannot and does not match the atmosphere that the original game still has.

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