Taira

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About

Hi I’m Tyler.
I’ve been studying electronics and more recently computer systems for as long as I can remember.
The internet just comes with the territory.

FUN FACT: (because I like fun facts)
On an instruction-based level, there’s nothing a computer can do that a human can’t. It’s just that they’re billions of times faster, and they don’t give you lip about having to add 1+1, 400,000,000 times.


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Commented on Net Neutrality

>implying that I mean wireless signals
I’m suggesting we use fiber optic connections. Not only are fiber optic connections not susceptible to radio interference and the like, they’re also arguably harder to hack than their copper counterparts because the equipment required to read fiber optic signals is harder to get than normal old copper versions.

Nov 18, 2014 at 04:48PM EST

Commented on Elephant toothpaste to the next level...

Hydrogen Peroxide is an unstable chemical. It wants to liberate the extra oxygen it has and become water. And this does happen to hydrogen peroxide over time, but it’s slow. However, you can introduce a catalyst, such as potassium iodide or dry yeast which speeds up that process several thousand times. If you add soap to the solution before introducing a catalyst, this is the result.

The color change on the other hand is likely a separate chemical reaction, likely one between iodide and starch of some sort.

Nov 14, 2014 at 12:43PM EST

Commented on Press X to Jason

Yeah my opinion of the game has kinda changed now that my definition of “game” has matured.
It’s a decent story. But to be blunt, it’s a visual novel. I don’t want to go as far as some do and call it a non-game partly because in my eyes, visual novels are the most extreme example of story driven games (emphasis on the “game” part) However, it’s not that good and it’s certainly not “one of the greatest games of all time.”

Nov 13, 2014 at 03:59AM EST

Commented on Net Neutrality

When I say cable and phone, I do not mean the services themselves, but the lines which carry them. (Probably should have clarified)
Cable and phone are both services which provide you with a connection. Connections to different things, but a connection nonetheless. We do not need to carry cable over coaxial, we can carry it over the internet. We do not need to carry phone signals over phone lines, we can carry it through the internet.
I’m also not suggesting that we get rid of the appliances which allow us to use those connections. You can keep your TV and still use it to watch stuff, just have the signal which provides you with cable be transmitted over the internet. Same goes for phone.

Nov 11, 2014 at 04:42PM EST

Commented on Net Neutrality

Honestly, they should just focus everything on upgrading the internet. Why do we need cable? Why do we need phone lines? We don’t. Take all the money you’re using to upkeep the phone and cable, shove it all into upgrading the networking lines, and the provide the latter two through the internet.

Nov 11, 2014 at 03:15PM EST

Commented on Undercover Colors

Only just saw this now, but I have to break it down:

Continuing with the analogy, I in no way condone people “breaking in,” and I in no way think that we should not educate people on why it’s bad and invest in education for preventing it.
However, even if we are to do that (which we should be) the fact of the matter is it still presently happens. And the fact of the matter is that “locks” are a fairly effective and easy measure to prevent “breaking in.” I’m in no way saying that if you are the victim of “breaking in” and you did not use a “lock” that you should be labeled as “asking for it,” and I don’t think that the crime committed unto you should be belittled in any way. But my argument comes down to one simple question: "Could “locks” have prevented the crime from happening?" The answer to that question is “yes.” It is your choice to use “locks” or not. But given the choice, and their fairly low “cost,” I would personally choose to use them because they could prevent the crime from happening to begin with.

Nov 09, 2014 at 03:50AM EST

Commented on 7f2.png

This, from a group of people, some of whom take offense to the use of the word “crazy” …..
The hypocrisy is just too much.

Nov 09, 2014 at 03:15AM EST

Commented on McIntosh spotted not grasping the difference between a book and a video game

I don’t understand where this idea came from that we’re only interested in the gameplay.
My three favorite games are my favorite games because of the stories they weave. (except for the third which is kinda driven by meta-jokes)
The point is, the story of a game which is driven by it’s story is important. But that doesn’t mean that it’s gameplay and mechanics aren’t just as important. Portal for instance would not be as great of a game if it had bugs or did not have as fluid of an engine as it did. And in more extreme cases such as Ride to Hell, (LITERAL RIDE TO HELL AMIRITE?) faulty gameplay and mechanics can entirely destroy a game.

It is true to say that the story is important, and I would even go as far as to say that it’s the most important thing in story driven games. But that absolutely does not mean you can disregard the gameplay or mechanics. And if you do, you should not expect the game to be looked upon with fondness.

Nov 08, 2014 at 11:49AM EST

Commented on 816.png

>I don’t mean to offend anyone

Nov 01, 2014 at 01:31AM EDT

Commented on Colbert isn't necessarily lost to us. He isn't even necessarily misinformed.

I agree. I don’t think that this is conclusive evidence at all.
However there is one interesting tidbit in that post, whether it’s truthful or not:

“At one point Colbert asked her if she thought that video games cause violence……and then he asked, “then how do they cause misogyny?”"

I don’t care whether or not that question was asked by Colbert, it’s still incredibly relevant. If Anita says that video games don’t cause violence, then her argument that they cause misogyny must be seriously called in to question. But, if she agrees that they do, then she gets placed in the same boat as Jack Thompson. It’s somewhat of a catch 22.

Nov 01, 2014 at 01:16AM EDT

Commented on "Btw,please donate to me because I'm a victim!"

You know, a few days ago, I’ll be honest, I faltered a bit.

I began to question the motives of this movement. I began to question whether or not I was truly on the right side of history. I began to question the very foundations of my mental process, and my ability to think critically and discern right from wrong. A good friend of mine reassured me that whatever the movement is seen to be associated with is irrelevant. That the actions and ideas held by not the movement, but ME are what is important.
And with that I realized: the idea that we’re associated with misogyny, although plausible, must be immediately called in to question. Why does it matter that the money that TFYC got came from the so called “cathedral of misogyny?” As long as the money did not come from illegitimate sources (meaning, it was not stolen) then why does it matter? That money STILL goes to help women get in to gaming. That money still goes to help colon cancer. In this case, actions truly do speak louder than words. Why would we donate to a cause which goes in the opposite direction of our supposed rhetoric?
The answer is we wouldn’t.

Anita, I do not respect you. I do not respect you because you’ve belittled what many, myself included, consider to be a tragedy. And though even to the end of this sentence I still wish you no harm, I am absolutely disgusted by you.

Oct 26, 2014 at 01:37AM EDT

Commented on RedLetterMedia

(EDIT: damn picture link broke)
Two things:
1.

If that is the case, this should be changed to reflect that fact.
2. I’m not necessarily sure I agree with the assignment of “meme” in that case. I’m not by any means saying they shouldn’t be documented. They’re definitely a part of internet culture and should be documented as such. I’m just not necessarily sure they fall under the meme category. Subculture perhaps? idk.

Oct 22, 2014 at 11:39PM EDT

Commented on GamerGate

I can see where the exclusion thing comes from. People calling each other casuals, not true gamers, etc…
Here’s the thing: at least from my point of view, 98% of that is a joke. For many, becoming vitriolic towards your opponent is part of the fun. Me and my friend insult each other online on a regular basis. Insults I won’t even mention here because they’re so bad. But at the end of the day, we’re friends, and we both know that. We don’t do it because we hate each other, we do it because it’s fun, as long as both parties understand that.

Furthermore, I don’t care how easily it’s cast aside in debates, that doesn’t mean the point is not valid. The gaming press has been shown rather blatantly to be in violation of numerous rules for journalistic integrity and objectivity. That is according to me, that is according to reuters, that is according to numerous scholars in journalism. And have they done anything to resolve this issue? No.

Oct 21, 2014 at 08:49PM EDT

Uploaded an image to GamerGate.

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Oct 21, 2014 at 06:21PM EDT

Commented on Jon McIntosh 2/4

Better than I would have wrote it. I would have just said:
LIKEWISE, YOU TWAT

Oct 21, 2014 at 01:56AM EDT

Commented on 006.png_large

Question:

Remember when /b/ egged that guy in to suicide?
I was wondering if you could remind me again how you’re different.

Oct 17, 2014 at 04:19PM EDT

Commented on 743.png

Oh, lordy…

An open letter to Anita:

I’ll be blunt, I don’t think very highly of your opinion. This is not because you’re a woman, and it’s not because you’re a feminist. It’s for the very same reason that if your friend called you a sack of shit, you’d be pissed at him and not really care what he has to say. Because you, as it stands, misrepresent and insult me and millions of other people.

Even with that, I honestly wish you and anyone else caught up in this debacle absolutely no harm. Because in the same way that if your friend called you a sack of shit, you’d hate him and possibly wish ill upon him, if he died the next day, you would probably feel as though his feelings toward you were now valid.

Oct 15, 2014 at 05:57PM EDT

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