He's referring to my old "Boss Velotix" username, which often got shortened to BV.
No, you may not. Get off your high horse.
Hunter got offended by what was meant to be a casual and off-the-cuff comment rather than an impetus for debate and in the process struck a raw nerve himself that he couldn't possibly have realised that he was striking - and indeed vice versa. It's as simple as that and I already dragged it out farther than I needed to. Not everything needs to be debated in detail.
Indeed that would have been the end of it until you brought it up again. Take the hint and let this be. I do not have to explain myself to anyone and neither does anyone else.
The fact that it crashes at the same time every day either means you have such a rigid routine that the system reaches its breaking point at the same time every day or it could also mean that there's something on your computer trying to do something at a set time each day. Not necessarily a virus, could also be an overzealous piece of legit software.
...Alright fine, you know what? No, I won't be polite about it then.
I can't prove it but that would be my assumption, yes.
That you would admit to liking such material utterly revolts me. I hate paedophiles, I hate anything that even reminds me of them and I especially resent being directly related to one by blood who managed to get away with what he did, which is even worse than you might imagine. Any way I can nail them to the wall and make them suffer I will and do so proudly.
I am not interested in discussing this as it involves directly discussing very personal details of my own psyche and my family's history with strangers. I am not interested in how people see my views on the matter or what you think of me for having them. This is an incredibly sensitive subject for me and I freely admit I cannot be objective about it. I will not be objective about it. I cannot have an open mind on the matter anymore and haven't been able to for a very long time.
I'm sorry for that, but I'm not sorry for how I feel. This touches on probably the deepest nerve I have and I have very little patience for it being pressed. Whilst my stance might and can deeply offend some people, that's certainly no concern of mine.
Now then, that really is the last I'll say on this topic. Be offended as much as you like, tell me to go fuck myself as much as you like, I'm done talking and done listening. I never want to deal with paedophilia or anything that reminds me of it ever again. The next time I actually would go insane.
(And if you find this especially harsh and judgemental, I've mellowed considerably on this subject over time. I used to be much worse.)
I sense an argument, recognise the logic behind the counterpoint and that I'm about to get a "what an abhorrent attitude to have" rant thrown at my head blah blah blah etc. etc. so I'll just deal with this quick.
Yup, that's what I'm saying and I'm such a bastard for it! Except...
Experience has taught me, however, that in cases where people have an active interest in such explicit works, real CP is always found on their computer and/or personal technological devices after an investigation.
With that in mind, these days I treat the drawings as gateway material: it shouldn't carry a full CP sentence, no, but it's absolutely a red flag for something more sinister going on, it absolutely should be illegal and it absolutely should get someone investigated thoroughly for possession of actual CP.
Without naming names, too many times I've given people the benefit of the doubt in the past and every single time I've been bitterly disappointed.
EDIT: I should clarify that in the UK law, there is a clear distinction between ephebophilia, an attraction to teenagers, and paedophilia, an attraction to pre-pubescent children. For this law to be violated, the images must explicitly depict a pedomorphic figure; there must be absolutely no doubt you're looking at a kid.
Make of that what you will, I'm not budging on this one.
There can be enormous benefit to playing on private servers, and it's already common for a lot of PC games to be run on private servers (especially Minecraft which has no official servers at all, as well as many other games), but it's dependent on people being responsible server owners.
It's a smart move for EA if the public servers aren't profitable, so I don't really know why people are knee-jerk denouncing this. The prices are about standard for hosting a dedicated server as well. You realise they're talking about the cost to host the server, not to play on it, right?
The biggest reason for a lack of political parties is psychological: people intrinsically believe that only the two major parties have any real chance of willing and influencing policy, so they psychologically block themselves from supporting other parties. Mob mentality takes over.
Interestingly in the UK election of 2010 there was actually a sign of genuine three-party politics showing up for the first time. It worked well enough to deny a strict majority for any one party and so we have the coalition now.
Unfortunately as many considered the Liberal Democrats to be the anti-Conversative party (it's not) and felt betrayed by the LibDems "jumping in bed with the enemy", the next election will probably be very two-party again.
To have three party politics, first the existing two parties have to be so undesirable that anything else is preferable.
Assuming you're not trolling for a minute (and for the record my suspicions are not caused by your views but the timing of expressing them and your general tone) but ANYWAY:
American politics has long been skewed to the right. We've had this conversation before ages ago but it was a while back so here's a refresher: the fact that liberalism is considered left-wing in America indicates this skew. Internationally liberalism occupies the dead centre of the political axis. American politics disavows socialism and communism as legitimate political positions and its history reflects this, but the fact is people can quite easily take those positions. For example, myself: I occupy a point on the political spectrum that puts me in the socialist libertarian camp, apparently. The irony of that contradiction is not lost on me, I assure you, but it does reflect my views in brief. It's also why I don't label myself politically because I'm pretty sure that contradictory label is inaccurate by default, but I'm definitely far too left to be a liberal. I absolutely believe in governments being able to meddle directly in business' affairs and forcibly shut them down if necessary and that's no liberal position.
Back to political skew: from what I hear of the Tea Party they lean right in an already right-leaning climate. It's mentioned in another thread that the Democrats are right-wing Conservatives by international standards which you may find surprising, but I suppose that's why many Americans call Europe socialist when most of it isn't. (France apparently is actually if the recent election is anything to go by.) Indeed a lot of Democrat policy reminds me of the UK Conservative party, except the UK Conservative party has openly gay members in Parliament which you may find even more surprising.
The point is: if we're talking left-right political position, it's important to distinguish between the skewed national spectrums and the international one. On this same international spectrum, the Tea Party are absolutely far-right and extremists. In fact so is the current Republican party!
What this says about American politics in general is open for interpretation but I think you know how most people, American or otherwise, interpret it. In mainstream US politics there's a very real sense of a lack of genuine choice, at least viewing it from the outside. The UK's not much better at the moment either although there are indications that the Labour party is due to return to its traditional socialist platform in the near future, which should make things interesting to say the least.
If I were able to vote for this, frankly, whilst I would vote for Obama, I would do so begrudgingly. None of the candidates are particularly appealing, it's just that Obama is the least terrible of them all.
I imagine many others who actually can vote will have the same idea.
If you're whining about a measly $6 per gallon being ridiculous, you may be interested to learn that US fuel prices are disproportionately low because of its privileged status as a world reserve currency and that most developed nations are paying way, way more for it, and we're still doing fine.