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Sigurd Stormhand

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  1. TAL Shutting Down - Sort Of

    Well that's a shame, but I can understand why you took this decision. What's hosted here that isn't also hosted elsewhere, aside from the big projects?
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  3. My PC Woes

    When we had the dog I never let the dog in the room with the computer.
  4. My PC Woes

    Nah, AMD is a performance vendor now - they just don't charge you Intel Tax - which is mostly a tax for buying a CPU with multiple security flaws. On the subject of the PC - sounds to me like the cats have caused an overheating issue, I'd suspect motherboard damage, not fatal but I bet the main CPU Fan header or the sensor is gaga. Have you pulled the whole thing apart and cleaned it? Aside from that I'd just keep the cats out of the computer room.
  5. Last night, in an effort to clear the air and generate some good will Arthmoor and halgari sat down and had a conversation about some of the issues around Mod-Packs/Mod-Lists. The conversation took place in a private channel on my Discord and I moderated. All parties agreed screen-caps of the conversation would be made publicly available - so here you go: https://www.afkmods.com/index.php?/topic/5528-arthmoor-and-halgari-in-conversation-moderated-by-sigurd/
  6. Apple's iPhones are not safe

    I was referring to more recent news.
  7. Apple's iPhones are not safe

    True, although a few years ago said AV was tricked into eating its own updater - effectively crippling the program and preventing it from being uninstalled. Anyway - heard about this at work last week. In other news, Intel CPU's are overheated security trainwrecks.
  8. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    You think that's bad? There's no statute of limitation on any crime here - there's some of contract law - but nothing that comes before a criminal caught. Stole a twinky 90 years ago? Tough break if you get caught, granddad.
  9. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

  10. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    The alleged rape took place 11 years ago.
  11. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    This is true. If you compare this to the case of Tristine Banon, in that case she did eventually go to the Police, and they investigated and deemed her story credible despite the expiration of the statue of limitations. In that case she didn't initially go to the Police because this was in France and her mother was/had been in a relationship at the time and basically slut-shamed her. I do understand why abuse victims don't go to the Police, especially straight away, but they don't usually post huge screeds about how their abuser made an effort to tank their professional career, either. Off the back of this Zoe Quinn also accused someone of abuse - he killed himself after being exposed to the court of public opinion.
  12. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    Your argument boils down to guilty until proven innocent. There are actual real-world examples of why this doesn't work, especially in cases like this. Presumption of innocence is fundamental to all modern English Common Law legal systems, which (the US and Canada are in the broadest sense these are still English Common Law systems) are founded on this principle. A principle largely established in the then-colony of New York. Clearly you don't understand what the ad hominem attack is. It means attacking the person's argument by attacking the person's character. It doesn't matter is Arthmoor is, shall we say, not the most diplomatic of people - all that matters is if he's right or not. If you are an intelligent person then it shouldn't matter how he expresses his argument so long as it's coherent. In this case pretty much his only contribution has been to protest against your damning Jeremy Soule as guilty based on one woman's testimony - because only one woman has actually accused him of an actual crime.
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    Looks like Sheogorath - though - crazy.
  14. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    You started out by insulting Arthmoor just for holding views which are, frankly, not controversial - regardless of any other opinions he may hold. Is he the most diplomatic debater around? No - but he is not the one who resorted to ad hominem first. I have no tolerance for ad hominem attacks at all - which is why I took extra care to demolish all the points of your argument without resorting to them.
  15. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    I think you're confusing taking someone seriously with automatically believing them. Accusations should be taken seriously and in cases of something like rape taking it seriously involves advising that person to go to the Police. However, if a person spontaneously throws out an accusation 11 years later, having never gone to the Police, and still not going to the Police then taking it seriously also means looking at that person and asking if they're a reliable witness. Automatically believing accusations it what lands you with situations like the scandal over the alleged abuse ring in Westminster and Karl Beach. Essentially Beach made a variety of accusations against elderly public figures which ultimately proved groundless, by which time some of the accused had died. Further, it turned out Beach was actually guilty of some of the crimes he had accused others of. The scandal had significant political fallout because one of the accused was former Prime Minister Ted Heath, who was responsible for bringing the UK into the EU, and the allegations surfaced during the Brexit referendum. Now, it's certainly true that not everyone who suffers sexual abuse or assault goes to the Police, for a variety of reasons. In most cases it's because the victim "puts up with it" and this may or may not be a valid strategy depending on how serious the abuse is. To clarify this point - most people will suffer some form of sexual assault at some point - someone will make unwanted sexual comments about you, or they'll grope you (like common law assault sexual assault doesn't necessarily mean physical contact). The other side of this is that many people, and probably most men, will have committed sexual assault at some point - along with actual assault. Frankly - I'm more than a little suspicious of any man who claims he's completely innocent of this, at the very least most of us have paid a girl unwanted attention at a party when drunk - and that falls under the strict definition of sexual assault if you made them uncomfortable. Coming back around to Jeremy Soule - I think it's inappropriate to refer to him as "Jeremy" or her as "Nathalie", we don't know either of them and we shouldn't be acting or talking like we do. If the accusations ARE true then the last thing Mr Soule's victims will want is you being overly familiar and putting yourself up as their "white knight." As I said before, I find the other accusations of misconduct plausible - but unproven. I don't find the rape accusation particularly credible. A number of things don't ring true - the narrative is far too sanitised, there's none of the guilty self-reflection that's common to victims of serious assault, who tend to internalise blame and reflect it back on themselves. There's an auful lot about her job, how she's so good at it, how nobody appreciates this and how she works much harder than anyone else. It's apparent this person has a poor work ethic, as I said, they work too hard, obsess over details and burn out months before the project needs to be finished - leaving them unable to complete their work. I'm reading between the lines here, but this seems to be a far more likely assessment of the situation than the one the author gives in their blog, which, frankly, reads as a narcissistic self-justification. I don't believe Jeremy Soule has enough swing to tank a developer's career - he's the composer, he's not a producer or developer himself - he's not going to get intimately involved in that side of things. The secondly company this person worked for has roundly and emphatically denied Soule had any involvement in their being let go - they made it clear in their correspondence it was because of the person's poor attitude. This person clearly has a poor attitude - that's apparent from some of their previous writing - and in particular the way they view men and their position in the gaming industry. I'm a man, Arthmoor's a man, we don't necessarily get along with Andalay all the time but I don't think she'd accuse either of us for ever denigrating her work because she was a woman or expressing shock that she's competent despite her gender. Even ten years ago most men were more evolved than that. So, in conclusion - I do not consider that Nathalie Lawhead is a reliable witness and based on that I do not deem her accusations to be very credible. Thus far she is the only person to accuse Jeremy Soule of any physical assault - all the other accusations have amounted to him being a sexist prig - which may well be partially true, at least. Jeremy Soule is not Harvey Weinstein, not least in that women had been going to the Police about that guy for years before the story broke - and that's the crucial difference.
  16. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    Nah, there's a bunch of us here. If he were to get a "no fault" eviction he would still have two months to clear out, so that's no ideal. Issuing him with an eviction for being an antisocial thug would theoretically get him out in 24 hours, but he can refuse and we could then be stuck him with him for months. So, yeah.
  17. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    @AndalayBayI'm not leaving my home because some arsehole threatened me. Especially not one who should be gone in a month or so. Much as we'd all just like him to leave it is rather difficult to force someone out of rented accommodation. It's worth pointing out that we DO know exactly who all these women are - one is a well known Indie games dev whilst the other is a singer. Whilst the dev made a big show of not "naming names" Kotaku helpfully provided all the context.
  18. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    Abuse is tricky. I've been suffering low-level domestic abuse (from a roommate) for months and I haven't gone to the cops because short of him battering me it's just my word against his with a few anecdotes from other people. Of course, it doesn't help that I'm a man and there's no sexual element - it's just threats of violence - so it's difficult to get anyone to take it seriously.
  19. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    I think it's important to say that there are a lot of ways this could go, all the way from "Jeremy likes the girls too much" to "He's a serial rapist." Personally, I find the second person's accusations much more credible than the first person's.
  20. Jeremy Soule Rape Accusations

    That assumes even half of this is true. I didn't go through everything but it strikes me that this person is saying how awesome she is and how after she started working with two groups of people they started to hate on her and undermine her. She blames Jeremy Soule for this, apparently. At least 50% of the story, mostly his imagined influence, I don't buy. It certainly sounds like Jeremy Soule might be a jerk and also that he's made advances to women which were not welcome. It's possible he raped this person but reading even part of the story I think it's also possible that they had a consensual relationship and he was a massive jerk. There's something that doesn't ring true about the description of Jeremy Soule's process, or rather the author's disdain for it. Assuming he said the things alleged then he's hardly alone in seeing composing and performing as a sexual experience, nor is he alone in musing over women. However, the way this is described here makes it sound inherently abhorrent that he might see composing as sexual or muse over women. If what he's musing over is abusing women then that's obviously terrible and potentially taints all his work. however, listening to Call of Magic (the Morrowind theme) I find that difficult to credit, especially the reprise. Certainly, you could hear something sexual in the music if you chose to interpret it this way but it's difficult to detect anything violent, the movement builds to a crescendo, but a very warm one, if it's meant to evoke a sexual act it's not a selfish or self-involved one. On the other hand, it seems that the person writing this blog post has a very poor work ethic (sleeping at your desk and skipping meals is not working hard, it's performative piety). I also detect a difficulty communicating with others. The emails sent are totally inappropriate and wildly off-point - especially the accusation of hacking. This is her other article she references: https://gamejolt.com/@alienmelon/post/so-how-is-it-like-being-a-woman-in-tech-c6uzvwbd She goes on later to describe how someone who just met her (a man) interpreted her as having an attitude problem. This Kotaku Article paint a more complex picture: https://kotaku.com/two-women-accuse-skyrim-composer-jeremy-soule-of-sexual-1837677315 They note that the second person to accuse Soule exchanged text messages with him that appeared "flirty" and that she reciprocated his attraction - at least initially. My read on this is that Jeremy Soule is probably a bit sleazy and has boundary issues. Such faults are hardly uncommon, and can manifest in men who fail to recognise they have aged and no longer look 20 on the outside (what seems bold at 20 seems very sleazy at 40). One of the problems here is that once a story like this becomes public it's very easy for other people to interpret their past interactions with the alleged perpetrator in a new light. On the other hand, it's possible he's the Harvey Weinstein of the Video Game World - in which case this story will start to pick up momentum over the next couple of weeks.
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    sorry, that was me getting confused - I meant Vlad Dracula. He was the saint.
  23. Star Trek - Discussion

    Really, the series hinges on you liking Michael Burnham and a lot of people don't. She's single-handedly responsible for the screw up that led to the Klingon War, she's terribly insubordinate to the extent that she stages a mutiny in the pilot. The show doesn't really do enough to earn the kudos she gets at the end of the first series - enough for her to earn redemption but not enough to make her "the" hero. That sort of lauding of an andividual is very un-Star Fleet, actually. A lot of this becomes really obvious when you put her opposite Pike and watch her argue with his perfectly rationale command decisions and then disobey them. That being said, Season 2 is essentially a soft reboot of Season 1, Stammats (the engineer) in particular is played as a very different character and only part of that is down to them getting rid of Lorca. The way they dealt with Pike's future was... sadistic... didn't like that at all, it added nothing to the character because we already know he's moral and self-sacrificing, so it was just a kind of twisted fan service, really. Then in the last three or four episodes the wheels kinda came off the plot, which made me think there was no single mind or even a cohesive writer's room to decide the direction the season was going to take. One final thing that bothered me - the very female-slanted Bridge crew (the only males are Saru and the guy who runs coms, traditionally a female role in Trek). Now, I know what you're going to say, redressing the balance etc., etc.... Here's the thing though - you ended up having two seasons where basically a group of attractive young women stood around a male authority figure whilst he got to sit in a throne under a halo-like light and told them what to do. There are a few moments when it really does cross into "bridge bunny" territory, which is another consequence of the thin characterisation that means the bridge crew are primarily all just "a look" rather than people. Basically, if they had had about 50% less Michael Burnham and made an effort to tell stories from multiple perspectives - especially more of the crew's private reactions to Lorca conscripting Burnham - it would have been much better. Trek tends to work better as an ensemble show and even TOS had three characters it focused on fairly evenly - Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
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    A major problem with a lot of these films, even the ostensibly serious one staring almost no one you've heard of, is that they insist on mixing the story of Vlad Dracul with Stoker's Dracula. this tends to annoy modern Romanians as Vlad Dracul is a Saint.
  25. Star Trek - Discussion

    Discovery would have been much better without Michael Burnham. The series was far too interested in making the story about her instead of about the crew generally. They managed to go a whole season without naming most of the bridge crew or bothering to characterise them andthe fact that one of them is a human reconstituted as a full-body Cyborg (essentially an android with a human brain) isn't explained until the end of season 2 - I though she was some sort of semi-synthetic Alien. That's not to say Season 2 wasn't better than Season 1, but I still can't really describe it as "good" so much as "ok" really. The finale left me feeling rather cold and deflated and not really interested in Season 3.