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  1. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    I don't agree that bioware are in decline either. But that's probably because I never put them on a pedestal like some do. They've always been massively inconsistent. There was Neverwinter Nights, though Bioware would say they released a toolset rather than a game, but the base campaign was awful. Jade Empire was lackluster and never grabbed me at all. DA2 was oddly paced with horrible combat. DA:I (some may disagree with me here) had cheesy as hell writing and seemed like one overlong fetch quest, and again had horribly oversimplified combat (at least the mobs weren't spawning everywhere though I guess). And ME3 was a big step down from ME2 and had that ending. Now we've got ME:A, which is a massive tonal shift and has some terrible writing, but at least has the best gameplay / action of the series once in combat. I'm still on the fence whether if I care enough about the plot to be bothered finishing the game though.
  2. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    Yeah I was going to write something similar. I mean even if you do conflate the One Nation (populist extreme right wing) party with authoritarianism, they're unlikely to break too much more than 10% nationally, which is about where they were at in the mid-90s. The recent state election in Western Australia had them at 4% there, and that's far from the least conservative of states. This is probably as much due to them being run by an utter moron as much as anything else though. The mainstream parties aren't going anywhere soon due to mandatory voting, and I would be extremely surprised if our current center right government lasts more than its current term. That's about par for Australian polictics (2 terms in government). So we'll end up with a center left government in 2019, and they'll in all likelyhood need support of the hard left greens party (who consistently get 10% of the national vote) to get legislation through the senate.
  3. The agony of pedestrian walking patterns

    Ah, the cyclists dilemma. Ride on the footpath and get abused by pedestrians taking up the entire path, unwilling to move a foot to let you pass. Or ride on the roads and get repeated near misses, or just run off or hit by crazy / inattentive drivers.
  4. Overbooking most certainly does happen here (Australia) I was bumped from a connecting flight in Melbourne just last week. Luckily there was another flight only an hour later. I believe Europe has tighter laws on it though. News source to back up assertion:
  5. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    Maxwell 82 not out at stumps, looking solid and comfortable getting there. What the hell just happened? Nice job from both Smith and Maxwell in rescuing the first innings, intelligent batting. Was all looking a bit pear shaped for Australia at lunch. But this sets up an interesting test.
  6. The group of 30-50 year old women swooning over that photo at my work today would probably disagree.
  7. Star Trek: Discovery

    Trouble with Tribbles (great episode) completely side-stepped the issue. Worf just said "We do not discuss it with outsiders."

    I work in respiratory disease. It's impossible for us to 100% tell whether or not smoking has lead to someones emphysema, or lung cancer. The body is incredibly complex and people do develop those diseases in the absence of cigarette smoke. That doesn't mean they should just say 'oh well you can't tell I'll just keep smoking then'. Which is pretty much what the above is excuse is geared towards.

    The difference is Dems aren't just agreeing with their party. They're also agreeing with over 90% of people who have studied this is enough depth (the scientists) to form an opinion. And frankly looking at the fucking crazy weather patterns that are happening world wide as it was predicted they would.
  10. US Politics - Trump - Making America Grate!

    Mosf likely scenario in my mind is a few million voting for Clinton split tickets as a check against a Clinton admin. And a few million only showed up to vote for Trump.
  11. I worked in research microbiology for several years. There is very little funding in antibiotic development. That's from either public or private money. Big pharma isn't really interested, as any new drug developed will immediately be put as a drug of last resort and be extremely sparingly used. Plus resistance tends to arise very quickly. Public money is up and down. But infectious diseases in general aren't particularly sexy. And the healthcare burden isn't high enough (yet) in the western world when compared to the more common cancers, or say, smoking related illness (which I'm currently working on). A large sustained injection of cash into antimicrobial drug development could absolutely make a big difference.
  12. Table Top RPG Stuff

    Personally i find the skill system, classes and combat to be way over simplified in 5E. Especially the combat; the monsters have too many hps, and it can too easily devolve into a repetitive roll fest. We've had to convert a bunch of the 3E rules to our current campaign to spice it up. And sure you can do that, but I often find myself wishing we were still just playing 3.5E.
  13. US Politics 2016: Delay the Electoral College Vote?

    This whole argument started because polling data was disputed. Not echo chambers. Not what people who they interviewed predicted. You said: So give us some solid examples of NBCs polling being systemically biased. Not some massive goalpost shift. Because their recent and easily verifiable election polling looks solid.
  14. US Politics 2016: Delay the Electoral College Vote?

    Fox fucking news had Clinton +4 in their last poll at the election. Identical to NBCs polling. I guess they're biased towards Clinton too.
  15. US Politics 2016: Delay the Electoral College Vote?

    The crux of this argument was about NBCs polling. NBC doesn't do predictions. They interviewed several people who do (including Sam Wang), giving Trump varying chances. However NBCs national polling right before the election had Clinton +4. That's pretty similar to most of the other polling conducted at the same time, and is easily within the margin of error of the actual result (Clinton +2ish). ETA: They also interviewed Michael Moore btw.