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      I've decided to extend our charity campaign for The Life You Can Save organizations for the entirety of 2017 so feel free to contribute at any time!  Periodically through the year, I'll have game giveaways for those who have donated to the campaign as a "thank you" for supporting this worthy endeavor!
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      Update on the single-device/browser login restriction issue some people are having.   04/04/2017

      4/7/2017 update: Now people who've been affected by this are saying that it went away on its own after about a week. So I dunno, if this would really hugely inconvenience you try to not log in on additional devices/browsers until the 4.2 update that's supposed to hopefully resolve this for good.   original announcement: For a long time now, D1P has been limited to three logins at a time; logging in on a fourth device or browser would log you out everywhere else. Unfortunately, multiple people have been reporting that they've started experiencing being limited to ONE login at a time.   The good news is, Invision Power Services (the company that makes our forum software) is aware of the issue and will be addressing it in version 4.2 of the software, which is the next big update. The bad news is, they announced about a month ago (the beginning of March 2017) that the update will be coming out in "mid 2017", so we probably have at least another couple of months to go before this is resolved.   In the meantime, I apologize to those affected for the inconvenience, and would suggest to everyone else to not log in to additional devices until this is resolved if this is something you don't want to have to have to deal with. I'm still not 100% sure on why it's not affecting everyone and why it didn't hit everyone affected at the same time, but the timing of when the reports of this started here mostly lines up with when I've seen reports of other sites having this issue starting, and I suspect that the problem is trickling in because of people happening to hit a fourth login that logs them out everywhere else, and then proceeding to be limited to one login at a time after that.

      D1Pcast Episode 26: The Retro Show   04/19/2017

      It's time to have that talk with your kids. No not THAT talk, the talk about retro games and how much better things were back in our days! We have @Reputator join us and talk a bit about the Scorpio and some retro PC cards. [email protected] us about console retro gaming and how he just got his Super Mario USA. While @Jason tells us about the day his parents threw out all his retro consoles. A sad day for any gamer. So listen and give us your feed back about your retro gaming experience!    


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  1. I expected Beauty and the Beast to make money, but I had no expectation that it could possibly open to the $170M that it made over the weekend. That breaks the March record previously held by Batman v Superman and Deathly Hallows Part 2, is the largest PG rated opening ever (beating out Finding Dory by $35M), and makes it the 6th largest opening weekend of all time. I would have put it on the higher side of the recent live action reboots Disney's been doing, but that would still only get it just over ~$100M. I guess I'm not in the target demographic, but it seems just about everyone else is. The film critics in my twitter feed have been ripping this one to shreds, but it's got a very respectable 70% on RT. Meanwhile, Logan crossed $500M WW, and will probably settle with somewhere between $600-700M, making it the third highest grossing X-Men film (behind Deadpool and Days of Future Past). A well deserved gross. Kong had a respectable hold, but it's still only made $260M WW on a budget of $185M, so it's not the box office giant that WB needs. Get Out made Jordan Peele the first black director to make $100M on his first film. I haven't seen it yet, but from all accounts, it's a well deserved success. So, what mega franchise is going to (or already has) offered him a gig? I hope he keeps doing his own thing, but you know that he's suddenly on some lists for the next Star Wars/Marvel/DC/whatever film.
  2. From the very first paragraph of the decision: Courts so far have held that the EO constitutes "irreparable harm" to many people. If there was no harm, there probably wouldn't have been standing to begin with, and then you would have been correct in that intent wouldn't have mattered. Now, you may not agree that the EO would cause that harm, but so far a number of states, individuals, and institutions have made that claim, and thus far courts have agreed. To be fair, it's mostly on this issue that the dissenting judges differ from the majority; arguing that the harm isn't specific enough or sufficient to warrant standing. Once you grant that there is a very real harm being inflicted by this EO, the courts then have to decide how absolute the President's authority is in this matter. It's only at this point that intent matters, and I would argue the intent is rather clear.
  3. If this is true, it doesn't seem like it should be that hard to corroborate. If he broadcast this to every NSA employee, you have to imagine that other reporters will get wind of it. I have to admit that it seems pretty weird that the head of the NSA would say some of that to the entire agency. Not that I have any operational knowledge of the NSA, but it just seems odd. It would also be a pretty giant middle finger to Trump.
  4. I never used Beam, but the co-streaming thing seems cool. Competition is always good. I saw the new Twitch features, and although I haven't really seen them in action, more game specific interactivity seems like a cool idea.
  5. Well, if that case is legit, it should at least confirm that they're finally getting rid of the giant top and bottom bezels, as has been thoroughly rumored. I really hope that Apple brings their A-game and puts out a really beautiful phone. I'm not interested in buying a Galaxy, but man, the S8 has made every phone released since look dated. Apple can't afford that (well, they can, but you know what I mean). I don't have any great ideas, but I hope Apple can build a phone that looks and feels as futuristic as the S8 without having the rounded edges. The S8 is a fantastic looking device, but I don't like the distortion on the edges. It's not a huge deal, but it's a mild annoyance to me.
  6. A large swing in favor of the Democrats is good, but when you can have that large of a swing and still lose, it shows how much of a lead the GOP has in many of these races. The GOP has been focusing on these kinds of races, and as those PAC dollars show, they're simply more invested and more organized. There's a significant barrier that even a strong anti-Trump environment won't be enough to overcome.
  7. It's not like those are just issues that you can ignore. The Democrats aren't the ones passing bathroom bills, should they just let those laws go unopposed? When another black guy gets shot with his hands up, should they just shake their heads and say, "well them's the breaks." As far as I can tell, the Democrats rarely run on a platform of identity politics. Certainly issues of equal rights and racial discrimination are listed on candidates issue pages and the DNC party platform, but they don't define the party. I think people dramatically over emphasize the Democratic emphasis on identity politics, and I don't think it's an overriding factor in hurting the Dems.
  8. I guess I'll give it a go.
  9. It's a visible difference, but I don't think it's a greatly significant one. For 27", I think 4K is overkill. I personally wouldn't bother with 4K until screen sizes over at least 32".
  10. I could have sworn that Netflix once talked about native streaming shows that were of varying length, including very short shows to target mobile users. It seems that idea mostly fell by the wayside, and they decided instead to follow HBO and just try to make good content and let people decide how they wanted to watch them. Considering their growth, that seems like a good decision. The big merger affecting this chart is that Time Warner CAble and Charter are merging (both under the Spectrum brand).
  11. All these discussions about what games might or might not run at on the Scorpio seems pointless to me until the actual hardware is out and we can see what the games run at. There are just so many factors that could possibly determine whether a game runs at 4k60 or 1080p30 or whatever else, that it's basically impossible to derive some kind of general consensus. Maybe Destiny's engine is more heavily CPU dependent and that's the bottleneck, maybe it's their server architecture, maybe it's a result of shared code with other console versions, or maybe it's just not worth their time to make the optimizations for a brand new console. It almost doesn't matter, because their issues on their custom engine will be different than what other devs face, and the choices they make in terms of target FPS, fidelity, scorpio specific optimization, etc. will almost certainly differ from what other devs decide. So even if you know why one game will run at a certain rate, it's not necessarily informative as to what to expect in general. Until manufacturing begins, it's still entirely possible that the scorpio architecture hasn't been finalized. They've given enough details that seems unlikely, but it wouldn't be that surprising for specs to change slightly while they're figuring out how to price it. In the end, we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out.
  12. Well, the CBO score is in, and it's pretty much what we expected. Over 10 years, the new plan would mean 23 million more people in the US would be uninsured (for a total of 51 million). Premiums overall should still drop, unless of course, you're old or sick. If you're over 60, you could see increases of 850%. Mostly though, it's still just a giant tax cut. This is $874 Billion in tax cuts, with most of that reducing healthcare services, and $119 Billion reduction to the deficit.
  13. The reveal starts at ~14m, and I think it's worth watching the demo that starts shortly after that. It's pretty darn cool. It's mostly a selfie drone, and to do that quickly it can be flown entirely with motion controls. You can launch the drone from you hand, move it around with gestures, gesture it to take the photo, and then have it land again in your palm. The entire time it keeps you center frame. It can also be controlled with a phone as you'd expect for a range of over 100 yards, or you can fly it a mile away with a controller. It launches in June for $500 and I don't know if I'll buy one, but I think it's a pretty fun looking toy. I've played around with a Phantom 3 a few times, and it's fun, but it's also a bit of a chore. It's a big thing that you're really planning your activities around. This looks like the kind of thing you can carry around and use spur of the moment and mess around for a few minutes.
  14. It's the same guy that was able to beat touch ID in 48 hours using fingerprints left on glasses. The point of biometrics in general is not to be more secure than anything else, but to be convenient enough that people will use it instead of not protecting their device at all. The reports I've heard that concern me about the Iris scanner are it's inconsistency. I guess for some people it seems to work fine, but others have said that you need to really open your eyes and force it to work, and in some conditions even that won't be enough. Personally, I think fingerprint scanners have gotten so good that it's hard to beat them. I use it on my iPad, and I think it's particularly good on my Pixel XL where it's just part of my natural motion picking up the phone. If it's at any point less convenient than that, I wouldn't use it.
  15. Like so many conspiracy theories, this one requires you to believe that the DNC is at once so powerful that they can dictate terms to every US intelligence agency and have people secretly killed, but also that they're not competent enough to prevent these hacks or win an election. Seriously, if there was an election that no one would have suspected was rigged, it would have been this one, and if someone should have been secretly killed in all this, it was probably Anthony Weiner. He tweeted this out: That's the only way he's a source. He suggested that the NSA look up Hilary's emails in their mass surveillance system. They actually very well could have a lot of her emails stored in some database somewhere, that wouldn't surprise me, but suggesting that the NSA would provide that information is as close as Kim Dotcom has come to being a source on this.
  16. Color me jealous. I really wanted to switch to OLED, but I just couldn't justify the price tag. Hopefully next time.
  17. Far from my favorite Bond, but he still left an indelible mark on me. He'll be missed.
  18. Season 2 of Master of None is out and I've only got two episodes left. If you enjoyed the first season, it's more of the same. I still think it's one of the best things on TV. It's well shot, and consistently tells worthwhile stories that feel unique. It continues to be almost an anthology series, or it at least has some anthology elements to it. The show doesn't eschew continuity, but it feels free to just focus on a character or family dynamic, like Thanksgiving meals when your family isn't very accepting of your sexuality. The "New York, I Love You" episode, where it just tells some short stories about random people in New York is wonderful. It's really great TV, and at only ten 30min episodes, it's a quick and worthwhile watch.
  19. The LA times article on this also said: If I'm reading this correctly, that means they expect total healthcare spending in CA to rise by $50b-$100b. Unfortunately, I couldn't easily find the analysis that these articles are referencing. I found the text of the bill, but not the fiscal analysis that came up with these numbers. I think the question that needs to be asked about this comes down to what are we getting for that $50-$100b. How would this change healthcare in CA, and what is the result of that? For example, how many more people get covered, how many people see their coverage get better, how many people would likely still be paying for supplemental coverage, etc. I'd also be curious about the savings for a single state to go Single Payer. One of the big benefits that most countries get is a significantly reduced bureaucracy, but in CA I imagine much of that would need to remain to deal with out of state patients. So we can't reduce the billing staff to almost nothing. We aren't suddenly getting rid of the existing system so much as adding on to it. We already have the most expensive healthcare system in the world. If we're going to do something so big, I really hope this bill helps to change that to a significant degree, otherwise it could easily be a boondoggle.
  20. This sunday we get the first new Twin Peaks content since Fire Walk With Me in 1992. Showtime will be airing the first two episodes, and will immediately put episodes 3 and 4 online, so we have enough crazy to drown in. I watched through Twin Peaks during college, more than a decade after it aired, so I didn't really have anyone to discuss it with. It's an intriguing show that I was completely into, but I have to admit that I couldn't hold on through the insanity of the Black Lodge. I watched Fire Walk With Me, but I don't think I'd have watched another episode if there was one. It seems there's some bubbling support for the film, but I'm not sure I'm that interested in re-watching it. Still, it's hard to resist something so curious as a Twin Peaks revival. So long after the show ended, with no clear path for a sequel to take, and all 18 hours directed by David Lynch. I think it's easy to predict bizarre visuals and the pleasure of watching Kyle MacLachlan return, but other than that I have no clue what to expect. How about you all? Do you have any experience with Twin Peaks? Are you excited for the new season?
  21. Now we have some figures for how much it will cost: $400 Billion. Between the State and the Feds, CA is already putting $200 Billion in that could be repurposed, so we'd need to raise $200B more. I'm all for either Single Payer or a public option, but I'm not sold on the idea that it needs to cover basically everything. My understanding is that the proposed bill would be more generous than most European plans. Without more information I can't say for sure if I think this is a good or bad idea, but my instinct is maybe we shouldn't do too much. It's very easy to imagine that they completely screw this up because they aim too high. There's no settled plan yet, but a 15% payroll tax has been suggested.
  22. He's just setting a good example as to why they should be taken down. I know the contractors that are doing it are wearing masks and body armor, but I'd be pretty nervous about taking down the next statue.