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      D1P 2017 Charity Campaign for The Life You Can Save: $1,515 (as of April 7, 2017)   12/12/2016

      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 regularly run into the situation where our business locations have all of 1 broadband provider, but very nearby there's a different one. In our main location our service got significantly better as soon as there was competition. The cable company started offering service in the area, and suddenly AT&T installed fiber. At home, as soon as Google announced my area was a potential expansion location, our speeds suddenly got much faster for the same price. Competition does work in broadband, but there really needs to be competition. One provider is not competition.
  2. It's fluff, but it's fun. Lithgow is great.
  3. Isn't Thanos the baddie in Infinity War? I've gotten the impression that he won't be in Avengers 4.
  4. It'll be really interesting to see what they end up doing. It wouldn't shock me to see some of the existing Avengers stick around in a limited capacity. I don't know the comics at all, so they've been making movies of characters I know nothing of for quite a while now, and they've largely been worthwhile. Dr Strange and Ant Man aren't great, but I've enjoyed them well enough to keep watching. Kevin Feige recently said I didn't realize that there would be 8 more movies by Avengers 4, which seems like more than enough of this iteration of the MCU. If they continue in continuity, reboot it, or whatever, I'll be watching as long as they make good movies.
  5. Season 2 has come to an end, and I'm still loving the show. It's certainly one of the best sci-fi shows in a long time. It's not quite BSG, but it's darn good. The finale might have been the weakest episode of the season, thanks to a lack of larger revelations and some rather predictable and cliche plots. Still, it was good TV and I'm very glad we're getting a season 3, but I'm pretty worried that we're not going to get another. My understanding is that next season they'll be finishing up the second book and moving on to the third of a planned 9 novels (6 of which have been released). The ratings haven't been great, and I don't know if they can justify much more after the third season since I doubt the show is cheap. Still, networks have been bankrolling their top tier shows in spite of ratings more and more lately, and The Expanse is the closest they've got to prestige television on SyFy.
  6. I've been seeing rumors swirling around that the White House really wants to rush through health care reform before the 100 day deadline next week. Now it seems speaker Ron Ryan is putting the finishing touches on his effort to revive his failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. The proposed Amendment would:
  7. I don't really even see what Coulter said as hate speech. (Not that hate speech has a legal definition in the US, because it's not a legal concept) What she said was despicable, but it doesn't really even fall under incitement to violence. She just wishes that a terrorist would kill some journalists. It's terrible, but it's free speech.
  8. Smartlock has been an android thing for a while. I used it with my Moto 360 and Nexus 6, but I haven't found a use for it since the Pixel's finger print reader is so much better. It also makes using nfc payment a bit awkward, because the phone is unlocked, but it still needs to authenticate the payment, whereas without smart lock, being unlocked means it is authenticated. It's good to hear that some people are ok with the fingerprint scanner placement. I haven't held one, but it just seems like the worst possible place. I completely agree with you on Android messaging. I'm resisting using Facebook Messenger, but whenever I look into the whole mess, it does seem like it might be the best way to condense at least my group family messages.
  9. Well obviously the lesson from the AHCA is that arbitrary deadlines and the will of the White House are the cornerstones of successful legislation.
  10. That seems like it's probably a good idea. Perhaps I'm underestimating the potential for the kind of abuse that SB mentioned, but I would guess that in high school that's probably uncommon. It's probably much more common that a home school kid would just want to participate in school leagues, and it would almost certainly be a very good thing for them. A few of my family members were home schooled and some regular social interaction would have done them a world of good. Having to meet the school's standard policy requirements and pass academic standards seems like a reasonable requirement.
  11. According to the WSJ Google is considering adding ad blocking to the Chrome browser on both desktop and mobile. While this doesn't really matter for most desktop users (extensions effectively act as an opt-in ad blocker), doing it on mobile would be a big deal. I guess that Google's game here is that they recognize that many users will block ads, and they'd rather only "bad" ads get blocked. Still, it seems like it would be a legally iffy move for the world's biggest ad provider to start blocking their competitors ads in the world's most popular browser, opt-in or not. I would certainly applaud Google if they actually go through with this. If they want to try and bully the industry into playing nice, I'm all for it.
  12. This thing is going to be mocked forever. From that deadspin take: I do kind of wonder why that is. You have to imagine that the money here is in the subscription, in the selling of the juice itself. The appliance seems like it's beside the point. They could put out a hand powered one for almost nothing, a baseline plastic electric one for $100, and also sold the top of the line, aircraft grade aluminium, completely over engineered, $700 $400 one for Hotels or people with too much money. The most successful subscription services I can think of don't even require their own hardware; things like Netflix or Blue Apron. Even their most direct competitors like Sodastream and Keurig have low end models and high end ones, but presumably make all their money selling you the stuff they put in it. Did they feel like they needed to lock people in, that if they spent $400 for a juicer they'd be more prone to keep up their subscription and not give it up or buy a blender? Did they think the juice market was so unprofitable that they needed to make a bunch of money up front? Or did they just so buy into the BS that @Kal-El814 linked that the overly expensive machinery seemed essential? Also, $120M from investors? Holy god.
  13. If he signed a new contract right before he was ousted, Fox had better given themselves an out. It's not like these issues would have been unknown to Fox. Still, it shouldn't be a shock that he'll be well taken care of.
  14. I'm not quite ready to believe that Trump's memory is completely failing, but it wouldn't shock me if it's starting to.
  15. I've never heard of this and I'm not sure what to make of the trailer.
  16. I should add that I'm annoyed that freeze mage is still around. They really should have gotten rid of Ice Block instead of Ice Lance. The entire idea behind the rotations is to make a fresh meta. For the most part this expansion and rotation have done an excellent job of that, but still running into freeze mages (perhaps my least favorite deck to play against ever) is pretty annoying.
  17. I haven't really had a lot of problems with quest Rogue, and I think the idea behind the quest is kinda fun. Right now VS says that Rogues are about as common in the upper ranks as Hunter, Mage, Paladin, and Warrior. So they're not oppressive, but pretty common. What I don't like about it is that there's so little counterplay. It's kind of like Freeze mage. If you're running dirty rat you can maybe get lucky and interrupt their quest a little. The only other option is to rush them down and hope they draw poorly. I wish that the reward from the quest was an automatic buff rather than the aura thing that they've got now. It seems like silence/hex/etc. should still work and remove the effect. I'm sure they considered that, but it would help a little bit. Silence effects aren't that common right now anyways, so it doesn't seem like it would be a huge nerf (at least until the mass dispel meta takes hold).
  18. That is extremely bizzare, and reminds me that I couldn't have been a physicist. Stuff just gets too weird.
  19. Thanks for that, didn't realize they were doing that for the collegiate games. I chose Cal but I have no reason for doing so.
  20. I do think that thematically, it makes a ton of sense for a Mass Effect game in particular to be open world. The entire premise is based on exploration and choice, two of the core ideals of open world design. Unfortunately, the realities of Mass Effect fail to live up to those ideals. I haven't yet felt like much of an explorer in Andromeda, and while I appreciate the more subtle moral choices, the gameplay choices you make never feel very interesting. I don't think that it's so much that Mass Effect is poorly suited to open world, it's that Bioware isn't very good at it yet. Still, I'd be rather disappointed if the next Mass Effect was suddenly a series of hallways again.
  21. Not to pick on you here, because even (or especially) in retrospect, there would be reason to expect a Tom McCarthy movie to be at least pretty good. Thing's didn't really turn out that way. I just saw a clip of Sandler's newest movie and it looks horrible. I guess there's still an audience for him, but I couldn't possibly be less interested in sitting through his new movies.
  22. I'm not a fan of post credit scenes, but I guess if they're going to make me wait until after all the credits are done, I'm glad that there will be some jokes in there while I wait.
  23. I didn't watch the video, but I did find that one of the channels being complained about in this video has ~700k subs. Who knows if this site is legit, but this list says the 1000th most popular channel on YouTube has 2.5M subs. I'd be happy to see YouTube remove monetization from those channels, but at the same time I understand how a channel like this might fly under the radar. Maybe this much more popular YouTuber putting out this video will bring enough attention that Google will take action. I wouldn't be surprised if something about those videos violates some broad section of the terms of service. Maybe Google needs to have a human automatically review a channel once it gets to a certain dollar level?