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@  SG Roadbuster : (08 August 2020 - 01:53 PM)

@Nevermore yes.

@  Nevermore : (08 August 2020 - 09:11 AM)

Is $30 a good deal for Subscription Service Breakdown?

@  Trpodeca : (08 August 2020 - 06:24 AM)

Oh dear God no. Twitter has changed it's default layout to the terrible new one. Why waste so much space on the left?

@  Steevy Maximus : (07 August 2020 - 08:28 PM)

@Bass X0, yeah, the Joe comic got REALLY solid in the upper 20s to the Cobra Civil War. It's interesting to see how well the Joe comic has aged relative to the cartoon. Where as I feel the opposite is true of Transformers

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 August 2020 - 03:58 PM)

Its so fun watching past TF Conventions.

@  Bass X0 : (07 August 2020 - 02:20 PM)

I've been reading classic 80s G.I. Joe lately. Its still decent even though I don't have any nostalgia towards it.

@  Sabrblade : (07 August 2020 - 08:50 AM)

Think of it as Adam West Batman instead. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 August 2020 - 07:49 AM)

That sounds more like the flash, or maybe booster gold than batman.

@  Sabrblade : (07 August 2020 - 12:27 AM)

They would get bored fighting each other and instead decide to take an epic cross-country road trip together.

@  RichardT1977 : (06 August 2020 - 08:57 PM)

What would happen if Batman were to fight Squirrel Girl?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (04 August 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Unless you count the Mask vs Lobo special, but that's less a duel and more a duet.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (04 August 2020 - 08:52 PM)

My favorite crossover fight was Thor vs Shazam/Captain Marvel. Early in the fight, Thor discovers that Billy Batson needs lightning to transform, and being a god of lightning he simply denies him that.

@  Sabrblade : (04 August 2020 - 08:46 PM)

Let's see a fight between Death Battle and Super Power Beat Down

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 August 2020 - 06:15 PM)

Which Lobo later claimed was because he was paid to take a dive. Yes, really.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 August 2020 - 06:15 PM)

And then there's the times it's been decided by a fan vote, which is how we get things like Lobo (who can go toe-to-toe with Superman at full strength) losing to Wolverine.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:49 PM)

And then there are the "but my favorite characater will totes win because I say so" people.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:49 PM)

I mean, there are some people who really approach this from a somewhat reasonable standpoint, coming up with a plausible scenario and a setting that creates a fair environment that doesn't favor one character.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:46 PM)

My favorite stupid "why would they even fight each other" question recently was about three versions of Optimus Prime (G1, Bayverse and Aligned).

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:45 PM)

Batman obviously can beat everyone. Even Galactus. He's Batman. He's so smart, he'll just throw a Batarang and hit the weak spot at Galactus's forehead, knocking him out instantaneously.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 August 2020 - 11:37 AM)

It's almost like all drama is just manufactured pissing contests to keep us all entertained and distracted. :p

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (04 August 2020 - 10:16 AM)

Or they could go White Ranger vs Scorpion route and have both win. ;P

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:35 AM)

Besides, we all know the answer is nearly always "they fight to a standstill and then team up against a common enemy."

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:29 AM)

The best way to prove this is to give an example where the match is really lopsided in favor of one character but in popularity they're either evenly matched or the weaker one is more popular.

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:27 AM)

The "who would win in a fight" discussions are really just people trying to make "which one's better" into something you can theoretically measure objectively, usually in a very specific way they think they've predetermined their favorite will win.

@  Otaku : (04 August 2020 - 02:01 AM)

@Nevermore So... you're saying you didn't like DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC?

@  Steevy Maximus : (03 August 2020 - 06:59 PM)

So, what happened to Hasbro's Zoids relaunch? An English dub, some stuff in southeast Asia, and now a game coming in October? That it?

@  wonko the sane? : (03 August 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Tidal wave, cause shooting water gets you nowhere.

@  Darth Gonzo : (03 August 2020 - 09:57 AM)

Who would win Tidal Wave or Broadside?

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 August 2020 - 08:17 AM)

Btw Happy birthday to those people in the box to the right \o/

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 August 2020 - 08:16 AM)

The bottom line is obvious. It makes no literal sense to fight someone on your faction. :/

@  wonko the sane? : (03 August 2020 - 06:14 AM)

That's because you're doing it wrong. You're supposed to just stack skills and ability against each other. It's not the palace of doom, it's an episode of american gladiators.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:32 AM)

The only obvious winners of such a fight would be the bad guys.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:29 AM)

And what does it even matter? They should work together, not stupidly fight each other for the mindless entertainment of idiot onlookers.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:29 AM)

Why would two good guys fight each other? What are they fighting over?

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:28 AM)

I never understood these "who would win in a fight between two good guys" discussions. They make no sense to me.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 August 2020 - 04:17 PM)

If G1 had continued we'd have had Starscream back in spirit - through Krunk, Snapdragons partner and possibly Skullcruncher unless he was mute.

@  Bass X0 : (02 August 2020 - 12:28 PM)

There are some decent impersonators in fandubs though.

@  -LittleAutob... : (02 August 2020 - 10:45 AM)

The only true Starscream voices are Steve Blum and Chris Latta, hands down.

@  Sabrblade : (02 August 2020 - 10:14 AM)

Why they didn't have Scott McNeil voicing that Starscream, when he was the one who had imitated Chris Latta when he voiced Cobra Commander in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon, is beyond me.

@  wonko the sane? : (02 August 2020 - 09:57 AM)

Say what you will, that was an awesome scene.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 August 2020 - 08:36 AM)

Beast Wars Starsream "I am AIR COMMANDER Starscream of the DECEPTICON BATTLEFLEET!"

@  Nevermore : (02 August 2020 - 07:02 AM)

I liked TF: Prime Starscream.

@  -LittleAutob... : (01 August 2020 - 08:36 PM)

Hearing Starscream's screechy voice in Cyberverse has to be the most annoying thing ever in Transformers. Even his G1 voice wasn't as bad. :doh

@  -LittleAutob... : (01 August 2020 - 08:35 PM)

KUP!

@  Sabrblade : (01 August 2020 - 04:58 PM)

Urkel!

@  TheMightyMol... : (01 August 2020 - 03:16 PM)

Steeeeeeeeve.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (01 August 2020 - 02:57 AM)

LEEEROOOOOOOOY! jhenkenz...

@  Hg Dragon : (01 August 2020 - 01:21 AM)

Candleja-

@  Sabrblade : (31 July 2020 - 11:02 PM)

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

@  Echowarrior : (31 July 2020 - 10:18 PM)

Spongebob!


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Posted 03 December 2015 - 05:35 PM

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 06:15 PM

Patchy, I'll have to come back to that, but I'm loving it already. 

 

OMG, I'd try looking at the SMART report* first. A drive can be noisy, have slow reads, fail to write a file, or suddenly believe itself to be read-only and not be dying, and yet they all really are really terrible signs. 

 

There's always chkdsk after that to further vaguely quantify how dead or not the drive is, but it's quite time consuming. Don't check the box to automatically repair errors. It turns out that's a bad thing. = .

 

* Yes, the R stands for "reporting", so, ATM machines take PIN numbers and so on. 


Edited by Copper Bezel, 03 December 2015 - 06:15 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 03 December 2015 - 06:17 PM

Figured I'd ask this here, but what are the usual signs that an external harddrive is starting to fail?

 

The screaming is usually a dead give away.



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Posted 03 December 2015 - 06:29 PM

Patchy, I'll have to come back to that, but I'm loving it already. 

 

OMG, I'd try looking at the SMART report* first. A drive can be noisy, have slow reads, fail to write a file, or suddenly believe itself to be read-only and not be dying, and yet they all really are really terrible signs. 

 

There's always chkdsk after that to further vaguely quantify how dead or not the drive is, but it's quite time consuming. Don't check the box to automatically repair errors. It turns out that's a bad thing. = .

 

* Yes, the R stands for "reporting", so, ATM machines take PIN numbers and so on. 

Alright cool, thanks!

Mostly was concerned about one of my older ones that's 5 years old at this point, hadn't had any of the issues you mentioned but figured it was getting up there. Maybe I'm just a bit paranoid or something.The Smart Report seems to say it's fine, but gonna run the chkdsk overnight to make double sure.


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Posted 03 December 2015 - 07:27 PM

oh so it was just me then.

 

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 08:02 PM

OMG - Awesome. = ] Yeah, if it's not doing any of those things and gets a passing grade from SMART, it's probably doing just fine. 

 

Destron - There is nothing I can do for your hard drive, please stop calling me

 

Today's food for thought: what do you think about this?

Obviously, it makes me think of both Dan Dennett's deepities (the RationalWiki page there actually gives Chopra a shout-out) and Inspirobot.

 

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When it isn't, you know, Logicron.

 

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This study is ... really pushing the line between "behavioral psychology" and Candid Camera. Which is not necessarily bad, because both kinds of stunts can do good and really, well, profound things. Really

 

But it is more stunt than study, and I do think asking the participants "how profound" the statements seemed sort of tells us very little about what they thought of them. I don't think it's really any more or less enlightening than asking them which objectively meaningless statements were actual Deepak Chopra tweets, like a sort of proverb-based Turing test. 

 

We have a particular register for these kinds of little proverbs-koans-deepities-whatever, and it's something we probably respond to mostly unconsciously. I don't think that's inherently a bad thing or even suspect. We tend to openly recognize that making their meaning as broad as possible and as emotionally useful to as many people or situations as possible is ... well, actually a good thing. I mean, that's what they're made for. And they're meant to make you linger and have to figure out what they're referring to, in a way that already sort of resembles the random sentence generator. There's a moment of discovery once you discover it. That's intended.

 

I'd worry that putting the thing in terms of "profundity" and "bullshit" is pushing any cognitive or behavioral ideas back behind another layer of language. Two statements that are objectively, directly, unambiguously contradictory can both be profound and meaningful to the same person, because they know which one to pick up when. That means that the truth value of the statement can't be very relevant to what makes it "profound". If we're framing this in terms of people being "tricked" ... I think that's a mistake, honestly. I think that's comparable to heckling at people at a movie theater for crying or gasping at the appropriate times. In this case, we have a really ... really badly constructed movie, but I mean hey if it works for you, you know....

 

It polishes my confirmation bias knob to be told that stupid and religious people are more likely to be tolerant of fluffy sentimentality than "we" are, that we lucky intelligent people are more discerning connoisseurs for our own emotional comfort foods, but that doesn't mean that we don't have them. 

 

Sadly, I don't think Pennycook is going to find a semantic algorithm for demonstrating the lack of literal content in, you know, the usual suspects, horoscopes and internet personality tests and the DSM-5 and so on. But I think how we accept these kinds of statements, why, and what we actually cognitively do with them could be really interesting to research. Especially without assuming it's some kind of evil backdoor exploit to our brains - because yeah, it is that, but sometimes we kinda want to be tricked, and for good reasons, and I think assuming that the cynical expectation is cynical is ... maybe missing an important part of the point.

 

But I might just be trying to out-cynic Pennycook, too. So I'll go back to my favorite Inspirobot pick-me-up:

 

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I feel better. You?


Edited by Copper Bezel, 03 December 2015 - 08:06 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 03 December 2015 - 08:19 PM

I feel better. You?

Hmm... I think I'll let Inspirobot speak for me here...

 

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Yeah. :)

 

 



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Posted 03 December 2015 - 08:43 PM

Further prompting made Inspirobot give its true feelings on the matter:

 

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 09:01 PM

Further prompting made Inspirobot give its true feelings on the matter:

You did it, you discovered the true meaning behind Inspirobot.



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Posted 04 December 2015 - 02:02 PM

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 03:28 PM

Copper, What would possess an otherwise sane person to take the positive development in a loved one's rare medical condition ..and use it as a platform to make a facebook post about saying 'Marry Christmas' instead of something else... because apparently war were declared? 

 

also if you have any advise on un-Windows 10'ing an external hard drive... Thank you, I'll just take my answers off air. 



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Posted 04 December 2015 - 08:54 PM

Oh dear. Inspirobot got a more lucrative job.


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 08:57 PM

Oh dear. Inspirobot got a more lucrative job.

I like it.  Word salad news.  Somehow more educational than watching Fox.


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:05 PM

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:11 PM

See 1 great writeup on how it works.


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 12:22 AM

Why does Google make its account settings so bloody nonintuitive? I have to keep figuring out how to delete my profile pic because it's so convoluted that I can't tell if I just have a bad memory or they really are making it harder for me every time.



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 01:13 AM

I'm not honestly sure. Google really suffers from the lack of a single, unified HIG. It's not even just counterintuitive, it's a failure to maintain brand identity across their services. Gmail and YouTube and Plus and Hangouts and every other service evolves along its own track and makes these really arbitrary periodic changes to the interface and organization, and a lot of functionality ends up horribly buried and invisible. And when all of these services are variously tied into one another and what you do over here affects things that happen over there, that's really a problem. 

 

Like, okay, on Android, Google has an e-mail app that can support all of the usual syncing standards, and then they have a branded Gmail app. They write both. Using POP or IMAP, you can use the e-mail app to access a Gmail account. But there are navigation gestures in the Gmail app that aren't present in the e-mail app. So ... why? 

 

Or the fact that the mobile vs. web apps for any of these services contain an arbitrary subset of features and prioritize them differently from one another. Hangouts the web app is not Hangouts the mobile app. Gmail's web app still supports the VOIP features that were subsumed by Hangouts. Google Voice is still a thing, despite its complete overlap with features contained either in Hangouts or in Gmail, save for settings relating to redirecting calls to the other two - meaning that to get the full use out of Hangouts, I have to create a Voice account, link it back, and never open it again. 

 

Comparatively, I think Microsoft is killing on this front, thinking about how to design their products to train users to use their other products, instead of very nearly doing the opposite. 

 

Edit: And hug Photos, dammit. I have Dropbox already, thanks.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 10 December 2015 - 01:18 AM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 01:21 AM

Huh. I think they really did take away the option to delete my profile photo.



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 01:28 AM

Yes and no. Removing it and reassigning your profile picture are two separate things now, because the new interface doesn't take you directly to managing that file within Photos. You can upload something or choose something out of your uploaded photos, but you can't delete those files directly from your profile, and there isn't any helpful "manage photos" link there. If you want to delete photos from your account, you have to go to photos.google.com and deal with that insufferable mess of an interface to do it.


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 






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