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Paris Hit In Multiple Attacks: 140 Dead

by Loki Kola

November 13, 2015

Paris has been attacked across at least four locations, including an Eagles of Death Metal concert at Bataclan Concert Hall. Hostages were killed, and assailants wore suicide vests, according to people rescued by police. Gunman and bombers also attacked nearby restaurants and bars. The death toll is 140 or greater at this point, with 200 injured: 80 of these injuries are serious or critical. Three explosions killed five at Stade de France, where France played Germany. President Hollande was present here, and evacuated by his security team. Borders have been closed, flights suspended, and metro lines shut down. At least 1500 French soldiers have descended upon Paris.

Fallout 4

by Loki Kola

November 10, 2015

Is fucking amazing. Never played a Fallout game before. In love with this title. Spent three hours building a guard tower out of scrap metal to protect my survivor group. Found power armour and fought a deathclaw with a minigun while "Mechanical Man" played on YouTube. Starting a farm now.

Best description I can come up with for the feeling of playing this is the survival factor of Walking Dead combined with a Mad Max feel to scenery and combat, with a mass effect/dragon age sort of conversation and personality system, and a really interesting and engaging crafting and leveling system.

Intifada 3.0

by CWS

October 10, 2015

I guess Hamas has had enough time to regroup and re-arm since the last time they got their asses kicked. The UN flying their "flag" last week probably gave their morale a shot in the arm, too.

Image wrote:

Hamas Declares Intifada As Palestinian Terrorism Surges Throughout Israel

by Jordan Schachtel | 9 Oct 2015 | Washington, DC

Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh declared Friday that Palestinians are engaged in an “intifada” against the State of Israel, urging fellow jihadis to continue their bloodthirsty campaign against Israel’s Jews.

A full-scale intifada, or Palestinian “uprising,” has occurred twice during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the time periods when both Intifadas broke out (1987-1993 and 2000-2005), thousands of people lost their lives due to the Palestinian terror uprisings.

“We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada… It is the only path that will lead to liberation,” Haniyeh said during prayers at a mosque in Gaza.

“Gaza will fulfil its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation,” he threatened, according to the Times of Israel.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has not at this time employed the tactics seen in their summer 2014 war against Israel, when the militant group launched thousands of rockets towards Israeli population centers. At the moment, the outfit has instead focused on inciting Palestinians to hunt down Jews in Israel, instead of launching rockets from Gaza.

Haniyeh’s speech was coupled with a major flare-up on the Israel-Gaza border Friday, when hundreds of Palestinians rioters hurled rocks at Israeli troops stationed on their side of the dividing line. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers responded by firing at the rioters.

IDF troops “fired at the main instigators in order to halt their advance and disperse the riot,” an Israeli military spokeswoman told the Jerusalem Post. Six Palestinians were killed and nineteen were injured in the rioting, according to reports.

From Wednesday to Friday alone, there has been more than 150 separate terror attacks throughout Israel and the West Bank. Many have already lost their lives, and hundreds have been wounded in the chaos.

The Obama administration, however, has almost completely ignored the Palestinian terror campaign against Israel. When the administration has released official comment, the president’s State Department plays it down the middle, asserting that both sides are to blame for the violence.

President Barack Obama has remained completely silent on the issue. The only statement from the administration came last week from a State Department spokesperson, who called “on all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation.”

10% off an EVGA power supply (expires 10/31/2015)

by CWS

October 1, 2015

No, this isn't some spambot hijacking my account...but I just got a coupon for 10% off any EVGA power supply, and well, I have no need of, anybody else want to use it?

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to resign

by CWS

September 26, 2015

Faced with the prospect of having to rely on votes from the opposing party in order to keep his position, House Speaker John Boehner, the alleged Republican "leader" in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Friday that he will resign at the end of October.

Boehner is best known for his bizarre and unnatural-looking tan, for his habit of bursting into tears in public, and for bending over for President Obama on virtually every major issue after mustering a brief and purely theatrical show of resistance.

While he will most assuredly find many ways to screw us all on his way out the door, I do not exaggerate when I say this is probably the best news I have heard in at least five years.

I'll let Curly Bill give voice to my final thoughts on the matter:

NZ Flag Change

by snowman1989

September 23, 2015

The US has a good flag. A damn good flag. It's so simple a child could draw it. It's iconic, aesthetically pleasing, could not possibly be mistaken for anyone else.


My heart is swelling with pride... wait, no, that's my cholesterol level

By contrast, New Zealand's flag is, pardon my French, fucking terrible. It was adopted over a hundred years ago at the height of British imperialistic, jingoist fevour, and boy, does it show.



You can tell straight off the bat what my main problem with it is. Far more grating to me than its confusing similarity to Australia's flag, this piece of unimaginative shit not only denies my country its own voice and identity, it outright states that New Zealand is under British occupation. Quite literally, the official national flag of New Zealand is the Blue Ensign for the Royal Navy, with the Southern Cross added to it as a dismissive afterthought to give the rest of the world a vaguest possible idea of where we are in the world. You might as well not have the stars and blue background, the Union Jack is really all there is to the flag. We're a British province!

That's why I have been jumping for joy in recent months over the Flag Referendum that's currently gauging public opinion, and if all goes well, we'll have a new flag by the end of next year. Are the current official choices perfect? No. I have some scepticism about them, which I'll get into later. But I would gladly pick any one of those flags over what we currently have. Even if this whole thing fails miserably - something I am sadly expecting - it will at least have gotten some discussion going, a place to start.

Blu-Ray question

by CWS

September 22, 2015

This might seem like kind of an odd question but I figured it might at least be worth a discussion. As I've really only started recently to build a Blu-Ray library, it's something I'm curious about.

I've been told that some "older" movies -- for example, those that predate the Blu-Ray format -- actually look better on DVD than they do on Blu-Ray, because the high fidelity of Blu-Ray discs can reveal picture flaws that would otherwise be less noticeable, particularly when it comes to CGI and special effects. So I've kind of been proceeding under the assumption that there was a general "cut-off date", before which it wouldn't really be worthwhile to go back and buy the newer format. But since it's purely anecdotal, I'd like to try to either confirm or disprove this assumption, if that's possible.

So I guess my ultimate question is, would it really be worthwhile to (eventually) start replacing some of my older DVDs with Blu-Rays, where available? Or is there, as I've been told, kind of a cut-off date where it's not really worth it once you've gone back a certain number of years before the BD format was introduced?

Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void.

by Loki Kola

September 14, 2015


Power... overwhelming.

Gears of War 4

by Zanth

August 29, 2015

So, what are the thoughts on this one, being made by another company and all. The Gears remake is pretty good tho, so I have hope.

Also, Gears related, a tidbit from Cliffy B: "Boomers were names after the robots from Bubblegum Crisis, which was inspired by Blade Runner."

Massive explosion in China kills at least 50, injures over 500

by CWS

August 13, 2015

By now you've probably heard about this, but damn.
The Telegraph wrote:

Tianjin: Death toll rises after huge explosions rock Chinese city
At least 50 people killed and 520 injured in series of massive explosions that ripped through warehouses in Tianjin, north-eastern China

By Nicola Davison, Shanghai
2:21PM BST 13 Aug 2015

At least 50 people died and more than 700 were injured in a series of massive explosions that ripped through warehouses in Tianjin, north-eastern China, shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Witnesses described seeing a giant fireball up to 100 metres tall tear through the night sky as they rushed from their homes fearing there was an earthquake.

Between 300 and 400 injured people arrived at a single hospital in the aftermath, overwhelming health workers. More than 70 people were “critically injured” according to state media.
Story continues at the original link.

The most unusual thing about it is that the entire thing was actually captured on video.


Man, I can only imagine how scary that must have been to watch in person.

Gamescom Day One: Microsoft Kills It

by Loki Kola

August 4, 2015

Reddit Megathread with relevant links here.

Big Announcements first. Microsoft is bringing DirectX 12 to Xbox One. And, Windows 10 will tie Microsoft games together across both the Xbox One AND PC. So that means all Microsoft titles going forward should have cross-platform compatibility enabled across Xbox One and PC. That means playing on Xbox One with your friend who is playing the same title on PC. This is the goal for all Microsoft's exclusives: whether that is attained or extended to non-exclusives or is added to previous titles remains to be seen.

Halo Wars 2 was also announced, and is the first exclusive that's guaranteed this cross-platform ability. I've watched most of the trailers here, and to be honest, they look outstanding. Especially Quantum Break, if it manages to meet its ambition.


by CWS

July 29, 2015

I should have posted a thread about this when the trailer was first unveiled at Comic-Con, I fully intended to, and am utterly ashamed that I forgot to until this moment.

Bottom line: there is going to be an Evil Dead TV series starring Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless. If that isn't enough for you (and it damn well should be), here's the trailer.


There is really only one word which is truly appropriate in response. And I'm sure I don't have to tell any of you what that word is.

[Reveal] Spoiler: But I will anyway.

Happy Independence Day 2015

by CWS

July 4, 2015

I'm not going to lie: it's getting harder for me to put on a sincerely jubilant mood at this time of year.

I remain as proud of my country, of the United States of America, as I've ever been. But I've never been more disgusted and ashamed of its government. And as I'm sure everyone is aware to one degree or other, the country truly has been fundamentally altered in recent years, and forcibly so. And I don't think the people who've been cheering these things have fully grasped their long-term implications.

Sorry to be such a wet blanket, but I'd rather be honest than try to fake a smile.

TIE Fighter Short Film

by snowman1989

June 27, 2015

I found this exceptional piece of fan animation a year or so back, but forgot about it, then found again after all the hype with the new Star Wars trilogy beginning soon. It's done in the 1980s Japanese anime style, and it looks amazing. :rbg: Shame there's no voice over, though. But actions speak louder in this instance.


Beheading and Blast Reported in French Factory, Islamist Flags Raised

by Loki Kola

June 26, 2015

Info here

Jesus. A severed head with Arabic scrawled across it has been found next to a Jihadi banner AFTER a car rammed gas canisters to trigger an explosion.

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