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    [–] Blue states unleash inner federalist, defy FCC with laws restoring net neutrality ShadowLiberal 3 points ago in technology

    GOP politicians aren't voting the way their supporters overwhelmingly feel about this issue in countless polls that have been conducted overtime.

    In recent polls the only group for who NN support has grown over the last year is actually among the GOP, bringing them only 10 points behind the overwhelming support of Democrats and Independents on this issue.

    [–] What are the Political, Legal, and Constitutional considerations of "Red Flag" gun laws? ShadowLiberal 1 points ago in PoliticalDiscussion

    If two people commit a robbery on a home, and one of the thieves gets shot and dies (from a shot from the home owner) then the accomplice can be charged with murder.

    That doesn't mean that that's a good standard.

    Charging someone with murder who wasn't even armed with a weapon, doesn't even own a gun, and is permanently traumatized by seeing a friend gunned down seems very messed up to me.

    I'm not saying let them off with no punishment for breaking into a house intending to rob it. I'm saying charging Person A for Person B's murder is just wrong.

    [–] What are the Political, Legal, and Constitutional considerations of "Red Flag" gun laws? ShadowLiberal 1 points ago in PoliticalDiscussion

    There's already a thing called restraining orders for handling that.

    Police can also check the history to see through such an obvious attempt.

    Also, you aren't necessarily safer from an abusive spouse if you arm yourself with a gun. A physically stronger spouse could overpower their victim and rip the gun from their hand. They could also find/break into wherever the spousal abuse victim stores the gun, and potentially use it against them.

    [–] Infinite armor using Nozdormu to reset the rope ShadowLiberal 62 points ago in hearthstone

    Nordormu is the one who should change.

    I've said it 100 times before and I'll say it again, Nozdormu is the most bugged Hearthstone card ever. If he were cheaper in mana cost then Blizzard would have fixed all the exploits in him years ago.

    Being able to have an infinite amount of time for your turn is effectively an exploit.

    The fact that it's been well known for ages that he's so broken and exploitable is especially ironic, given how exploiting bugs is against Blizzard's TOS, and how they've given out penalties to some people before for bug abuse.

    [–] RANT: Been playing since beta, and I can't remember a card/meta I hated more than the Voidlord. ShadowLiberal 35 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in hearthstone

    Agreed, the problem is the Cube is WAY under priced for it's value, which makes cards like Voidlord really broken in combination.

    • It has a base 4/6 stats for 5 mana, which already isn't too bad regardless of what else the card does.

    • It's effect instantly procs the deathrattle of a minion you choose to target (like voidlord).

    • It gives not 1 but 2 fully healed copies of the minion you cube when it dies.

    • Thanks to it's cheap mana cost, you can even combo it on the same turn with cards to proc it's deathrattle, including with cards that still keep the Cube on the board to spawn 2 more copies of the minion you cubed.

    Together, the 5 mana cost is INSANELY cheap, and only farther enables the broken combos people use with it in Warlock.

    At a minimum the Cube should cost 8 mana for all the combos it enables, as well as the fact that it spawns 2 copies of a minion.

    Hell, even if you increased it's mana costs to 9 or even 10 mana it would STILL probably see play in Cubelocks and other high roll combo decks, simply because 2 Voidlords or 2 Doomguards is REALLY powerful.

    [–] RANT: Been playing since beta, and I can't remember a card/meta I hated more than the Voidlord. ShadowLiberal 109 points ago in hearthstone

    I disagree, the problem is the Cube is WAY under priced for it's value.

    • It has a base 4/6 stats for 5 mana, which already isn't too bad.

    • It's effect instantly procs the death rattle of a minion you choose to target.

    • It gives not 1 but 2 fully healed copies of the minion you cube.

    Together, the 5 mana cost is INSANELY cheap.

    At a minimum the Cube should cost 8 mana for all the combos it enables.

    Hell, even if you increased it's mana costs to 9 or even 10 mana it would STILL probably see play in Cubelocks and other high roll combo decks.

    [–] Belgium defines video game loot boxes as illegal gambling ShadowLiberal 5 points ago in technology

    The problem with that strategy is that banning loot boxes is a new thing.

    Companies have no way of knowing who else will ban it in the next few months, or the next few years, which would make that strategy much more expensive and less viable.

    And there's a risk that simply removing your game from some countries could backfire, and result in politicians in bigger countries pushing harder to ban loot boxes in their country just to make it removing your games from the effected countries not economically viable. Not to mention you could get a lot of bad PR for the move, and possible boycotts/etc..

    [–] Poll: Fewer voters say they're noticing paycheck increases from tax law ShadowLiberal 1 points ago in politics

    Same for me.

    I have a bunch of Republican relatives who keep driving me crazy asking me constantly if I'm getting more money back now. As if that'll make me suddenly support the tax cut. Plus I'm not an idiot, I know that taxes pay for other government benefits that I may have to more for out of pocket now.

    Look at the huge federal deficit. Compared to the large surplus my budget was already running due to my low living expenses, the government needs that money more then I do.

    [–] Poll: Dem leads by 3 points in Tennessee Senate race ShadowLiberal 2 points ago in politics

    The thing is Collins was in a similar state a decade or so ago. She had a strong challenger polling close to her.

    But then her challenger just fell off the map by election day and it wasn't even close.

    It's hard to predict some races this far out.

    [–] Poll: Dem leads by 3 points in Tennessee Senate race ShadowLiberal 0 points ago in politics

    Polls can change a lot in the next 6 months.

    There's often a senator who looks very vulnerable now who becomes quite safe near the election. There's also often senators who looked safe now who have challengers who start surging strong near the end of the campaign (like 2006 Virginia, when Webb's late surge and Allen's constant screw ups cost the GOP a seemingly safe senate seat, and control of the senate).

    [–] Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers 'cannot tell the time' ShadowLiberal -2 points ago in worldnews

    Honestly, I don't see why they don't fix that.

    It's pretty stupid how when it's 9:50 PM the hour hand will be much closer to the 10 then the 9.

    [–] US falls to 45th on press freedom index, Trump labeled 'media-bashing enthusiast' ShadowLiberal 17 points ago in politics

    Not really.

    • Snowden worked in Hawaii, so no, there's nothing suspicious about him being there in the first place. Hawaii is a part of the US.

    • Of course Snowden had to go to a country that he thought wouldn't send him back. Maybe some of our allies who see him as a whistle blower wouldn't, but Snowden had no way of knowing that in advance, hence why he went to countries not as friendly with the US.

    • It's the US's own fault that Snowden got stuck in Russia instead of China (who seemed willing to go through the deportation process with him). They revoked his passport too late after his plane had already taken off. And then with no passport he was stranded in Russia. He was literally stuck in the Russian airport for weeks because of this until he got a 1 year visa from Russia.

    • Snowden didn't need to hand over anything to Russia or anyone else. They could read it all where the media was publishing it.

    [–] Google has more information on you than Facebook, but users and investors don't seem to mind ShadowLiberal 2 points ago in technology

    And no one is accusing Google of creating problems like Facebook is, including:

    • Data breaches.

    • Promoting Fake News or living inside of a bubble where the algorithm feeds you more of the propaganda you want the more you like it.

    • Being used/hijacked to influence the results of elections.

    • Purposely suggesting negative information about others or public figures (a few conservatives complained that google doesn't suggest negative stories about Hillary Clinton, but google stated auto-suggest search results never suggest anything negative unless you've previously googled it).

    • Bragging about making their services as addicting as possible.

    [–] Ajit Pai hasn’t finalized net neutrality repeal—here’s a theory on why: Pai's delayed repeal could let Congress pass weaker law while ISPs behave. ShadowLiberal 1 points ago in technology

    While not really touched in the article other then a 1 liner, it's likely Pai is delaying it because he fears that his rule changes will lose in court.

    If he loses in court the ISP's lose everything they worked for with this long drawn out repeal. The fact that Pai is delaying it for so long as a negotiating tactic to get congress to pass something that the ISP's want shows that Pai at least seems to take the threat of a loss in court as a serious threat to his new rules.

    [–] No, net neutrality is not “officially dead,” today. The FCC repeal has not yet gone into effect. The senate will vote soon on whether to block the repeal. Now’s the time to pay attention! ShadowLiberal 1 points ago in technology

    Which is also destroying the Internet pretty well there.

    In an attempt to block some VPN services Russia recently took out over 100,000 innocent sites.

    Why did this happen? Well, turns out the VPN's are using Amazon AWS services in part to get around the VPN blocking. But a ton of legitimate not illegal in Russia businesses also use Amazon AWS hosting services. But Russia's genius's decided to block EVERY Amazon owned IP address in order to block the VPN's.

    [–] No, net neutrality is not “officially dead,” today. The FCC repeal has not yet gone into effect. The senate will vote soon on whether to block the repeal. Now’s the time to pay attention! ShadowLiberal 3 points ago in technology

    Because the repeal process is confusing for a lot of people.

    It's possible that a Federal judge could even halt the repeal until after all the NN lawsuits are settled, which would likely take a few years.

    We really don't know when it'll take effect, if ever. The rule changes could lose in court and end up never going into effect if we're lucky.

    [–] If Jesus were alive and walking the earth today, what do you think would disappoint him most? ShadowLiberal 1 points ago in AskReddit

    How no one would believe he was really Jesus, and most people would call him a fake.

    Seriously, we would NEVER believe Jesus was the real Jesus if he came back today.

    • Perform miracles? Everyone would say you're lying, or you used some technology or something to trick the audience.

    • Record said miracles and upload the videos? People would accuse it of being staged. People would also paint him as another Televangelist trying to scam people out of their money by performing pretend miracles.

    • Say something controversial or against the grain, especially in religious circles? Congratulations, you just politicized yourself, now a large number of people will ignore you for siding with the wrong political party, no matter how vague or unrelated to politics the controversial thing is you said.

    • Become famous for 'pretending' to be Jesus? People are going to demonize everything you do, and upload a ton of hate videos attacking everything you do no matter what it is.

    I think the fate of Joseph Smith really shows the effect of a mass media on anyone claiming to represent God these days. Joseph Smith was so demonized that an angry mob broke into prison just to murder him, the founder of the Mormon church.

    So yeah, Jesus would be fucked if he came back today. He'd have to seriously upgrade the miracles from back then into something world wide reaching instead of just healing the sick or making a few loaves of bread last a while longer.

    [–] Tassadar is sitting at a win rate of 39% ShadowLiberal 14 points ago in heroesofthestorm

    Been saying that for years about Tyrael's explode on death trait (angels don't explode upon death, and Tyrael never died in the first place), yet it's still in the game.

    Don't count on Blizzard to follow the lore for abilities.

    [–] TIL because of JFK's assassination, US Presidents are no longer allowed to drive on public roads after they've taken office. Even after out of office. ShadowLiberal 11 points ago in todayilearned

    Ex-Presidents are entitled to monthly intelligence briefings. Hence yes they DO have access to classified information.

    Incumbent presidents also tend to call ex-presidents for advice from time to time.

    [–] Arizona GOP blocked from changing rules on filling McCain's seat ShadowLiberal 3 points ago in politics

    The reason for this rush to change the rules is that Republicans are worrying McCain won't live that long.

    They might have access to information we don't regarding his health (implying he might be in worse shape then we realize). Or they might simply be reading news stories about him not showing up for work for months, and the deteriorating landscape for the GOP and panicking over it.

    [–] Arizona GOP blocked from changing rules on filling McCain's seat ShadowLiberal 7 points ago in politics

    Part of it may also be to get the gold plated congressional health insurance.

    It's way cheaper then the normal health insurance, and way better. It opens up possibilities that just aren't possible to others.

    Read up on Ted Kennedy and his use of it to save his son's life, and to extend his own life several months longer then the doctors had predicted was possible with his condition.