In Defense Of Progressive America (The Wars & Washington’s Disingenuous ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Solution).

Originally posted on Scouting Knowledge:

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I personally do believe that the U.S. Government was never allowed by the Constitution to reach as deeply into personal lives as it has. I also believe that even its most well-intentioned policies ultimately have a domino effect that leads to more recession, more loss of freedom, more fiscal instability, etc.

BUT

I do not for one second think that defunding Planned Parenthood, cutting Social Security outright, forcing people out of Medicare and Medicaid, keeping average-to-low income kids from being able to afford college, and the vast number of other ridiculous attacks the Republicans constantly wage against the noble-if-not-perfect policies of the left, are even close to the the things we should tackle first. We spend boatloads of money on keeping soldiers stationed in countries that are no longer any threat to us, building weapons and vehicles that never see action…

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2013 Mac Pro Review: Apple’s New Desktop Boasts Dramatic Redesign, Dramatic Performance

eaker:

OMG! I always wanted a trashcan PC

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

[tc_dropcap]Apple’s new Mac Pro is a sight to behold: In black aluminum with an eye-catching cylindrical design, there’s little chance you’ll ever mistake it for any other computer. The previous Mac Pro was iconic too, of course, but this one is also just slightly larger than a football and dimpled on the top with a recess like a jet engine. But the true power lies under the hood, and what’s contained therein will satisfy even the most pressing need for speed.[/tc_dropcap]

Video Review

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Basics (as reviewed)

  • 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor
  • 16GB 1897 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards with 2GB of RAM each
  • 256GB SSD
  • 6 Thunderbolt 2.0 Ports, 4 USB 3.0
  • 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0
  • MSRP: $2,999
  • Product info page

Pros

  • No faster Mac exists under the sun.
  • It’s like having an exhibit from an industrial design museum in your house.

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Microsoft Really Doesn’t Want You To Buy A Chromebook

eaker:

I dont know i’m still partial to Mtech laptops

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

About a week after posting its first anti-Chromebook “Scroogled” video, which features the cast of “Pawn Stars,” Microsoft is now back with a second video. But instead of revisiting the humorous approach of the first one, the company has brought back its regular man-on-the-street routine for the second.

In this video, Microsoft Evangelist Ben Rudolph is tasked with walking the streets of Venice, Calif., to ask people if they would rather have a Chromebook or a Windows laptop. No surprise — nobody wants the Chromebook. Obviously, everybody he asks either needs Photoshop, Illustrator or a Microsoft Office app. None of these run on a Chromebook (assuming you leave out Microsoft’s Office Web Apps. “If that doesn’t have the capability to run Microsoft Office, it’s kind of useless to me,” one lady tells Rudolph.

As in the first ad, Microsoft also plays up the fact that ChromeOS is meant to…

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NEW WARRIOR SOUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Warrior reveal Sept. 14

TORRENT & BLADE

Rumors swirl of a vanishing Warrior, of a name and title glimpsed in a faraway land. But what’s to trust? The ravings of wild-eyed Rangers clutching tightly to their blackened bows?

STORM LEGION™ WARRIOR REVEAL

  • Friday, Sept. 14 at 2:30pm Pacific
  • Hosted by Twitch.tv

Join us for the unveiling, preview changes across the Calling, and more!

The RIFT Team

My MMO Predictions

So after being right about FFXIV crashing and burning and Star Wars: The Old Republic not being so great I thought I’d use my keen gaming skills to predict the future. So I’m going to highlight a few games and tell you what I think.

1. Rift
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With a possible expansion on the horizon and having had just released yet another major content update Rift shows no signs of slowing. Trion has been hiring while other studios are firing. Trion has said[which might be PR bs] that there initial launch numbers were way over what they were predicting and the numbers now are where they wanted them. Whether you think it’s a clone or the same kind of game as that other big mmo I think everyone can agree that the customer service is great and the rapid release of content will keep you busy. I predict this game will still be going strong on it’s 2 year anniversary on March 2013. I also predict that it will have more content at that time then that other big mmo that’s been out for a decade.

2. Star Wars: The Old Republic
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With Bioware just firing some of it’s swtor employees it doesn’t look good for this one. The recently released “Jesus Patch” broke more then fixed. There were so many problems with a certain area of the game[Illum] that they closed it down. Having to to grind through pvp just to be able to do a pve 5 man is not good design. Also building a MMO on the Hero engine that wasn’t even capable of that is just terrible. I again ask how can a no name company like Trion come out of the blue and make a decent game and a established developer like Bioware comes out with this grossly under par one? I predict by the end of this year that this game is F2P or dead if they don’t get there expansion out by then. Also not good that it is talking about a expansion after only 5 months.

3. Tera
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First it’s a Korean MMO so it’s losing points already. After XIV and Aion flops asian MMO’s have left a sour taste for me. Over sexualized child toons doesn’t sit right with me. And that the biggest reason guys will really play this is cause of boobs. It feels like you are playing Aion but with a new face. Combat is cake and there’s not really a challenge that I can see in this game. I predict that no one will care about Tera by the end of the year. No one will be talking about it and no one will be playing it[in America at least].

4. Guild Wars 2