MadCast: Lurama

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  1. First off, morality and legality... while not completely different, they are far from the same. Their venn-diagrams would overlap slightly and namely because many times legality is derived from an authority figure using their morality to provide the basis for what becomes a law. That is an entirely different conversation though... There's quite a bit going on in US politics at the moment that really exhibits this right now, but as that's a recognized touchy space we shall leave it be at the moment. On to your bulleted questions - my responses: 1) Yes - if content is region locked it should be illegal to watch it without appropriately acquiring it. There are two aspects to this. First, is it simply not provided by the source in your area? Second, is it provided to your area but banned, outlawed, or some other form of restricted there? My answer is primarily a firm yes it's illegal in the case of the second instance here as your local, regional/state, or federal governing entity has deemed it so. In the first instance, the act of ingesting the content is generally legal but the method of acquiring it would be illegal. It's a form of piracy at the end of the day. 2) Simply, yes. My rationale is above. 3) This depends. If the company has a super small font post in the ad or in the terms you agree to upon installing the software that removes that liability, they're going to be in the clear. 4) Short answer, yes. 5) Short answer, yes... but unlikely. Remember that you're using a service you don't control to create a virtual tunnel from point A to point B while making it look like you're connecting from point C. Ultimately you're placing your trust in that software to make said connection and there's nothing that stops them from routing that through a tertiary location along the way. I say this is unlikely because it takes work to establish those connections and unless they're benefiting from doing so, why waste the effort? Edit: For what it's worth, it's worth noting that countries like China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and some others have banned or made it illegal for their residents to use VPNs. On a side note, I use a VPN on a regular basis for work.
  2. Let me know (DM on discord ideally) as I might have a key I can pass along. Can't 100% promise it'll work but I have it since I was in the previous alphas and recently pre-ordered so I got access on steam too. I haven't activated it but have no idea if they potentially tied it to my account already due to the alpha. They issued new keys for this event so I'm thinking it's available to use. Also, I so miss the days of SWG. I've even played on the SWGemu server a bit but there's just not enough folks to make it enjoyable. The massive PvP raids that would occur on Scylla were phenomenal. This was all pre-CU though.
  3. Is there a good idea on how many folks we might have? I plan to be there but I likely won't be around until about 830-9pm since I have to get the kid situated in bed and such that night before I can settle in and play some. Looking forward to it! Sidenote: are we planning to start in a certain area or try to "govern" a region or anything like that?
  4. Funny thing is that I can see people who have the "New World Confidential Test" in my steam feed. I can say things like it's fun and has some interesting mechanics. Beyond that the NDA doesn't allow release of much, yet. With that being said, that NDA will likely be lifted on 23 June when the Beta launches. It's a closed beta but I believe that pre-ordering gets you a spot in it.
  5. Good afternoon fellow MadCasters. Recently, as in Thursday night/Friday I was finally diagnosed with Diabetes. Not sure on type 1 vs type 2 yet because of the interesting nature of the symptoms that brought me into the ER to get checked out. The long and short of it was that I presented enough overlapping symptomology that it could go either way without doing a test for the antibody markers that would illuminate if I'm not really producing insulin or if I'm just extremely resistant at the moment. There's honestly a bit more to it than that (don't stress out medical folks, I'm just keeping it simple here.) With this diagnosis comes a mandate that I make some very significant lifestyle modifications and that's what I am hoping to garner some insight with any folks out there that may have experience with this, first hand or otherwise. I'll break it down into a few sections below. 1) Exercise This really leads to getting your body to become less insulin resistant. It triggers your cells to release gulcose to help fuel cells and the cells experiencing this increase in demand will, overtime, become less resistant as they will be either adding more receptors or will become more receptive to the insulin signal and uptake the glucose better. I'm curious about ideas and thoughts towards how to essentially for from a largely sedentary life to one that's a bit more active. I've already laid out a plan for about 2.5 hrs a week of light exercise and to work myself back into biking. I'm namely interested in ideas to spice it up a bit and make it less mundane. IE: really not interested in walking for 30 minutes 5 days a week on a treadmill in the basement. Even when biking I'd like to change up the routes because the same one over and over got boring to me. Also, if there are anything folks liked to do to help kick things off to make it easier to feel like you've got the energy. Honestly at this point I just feel ran dry because I'm not uptaking enough to run at full capacity. 2) Food This is obviously a BIG one. I've done a ketogenic diet in the past and am debating that now as research I've done shows that it can help reverse some of the effects and anecdotally some people claim to have been able to get off of their medication as a result. I know we had a recipe exchange going on here for a little while at least so there's no need to really focus on that, unless you really want to make some suggestions in that realm. I'm honestly more inclined to seeing what you guys and gals do to help curb snacking or what you choose to snack on if you are hungry. 3) Social Life I'm not a smoker or a big drinker so that isn't an issue. It's more of balancing the overly strong push on joining in eating party foods at gatherings and things like that. I'd love to get any thoughts or insight in how folks like to manage that themselves. I'm also curious how anyone who might be diabetic who does enjoy a whiskey once in awhile fares or what they experience as a result. I've read that some of the effects of alcohol can actually end up lowering blood sugar while other certain drinks can really spike it. 4) Times when you're sick Fortunately I'm not sick on top of all of this but I do wonder/ponder what I would do if I get sick. I know it's important to keep up the daily regime that you have and that largely revolves around when you eat. For me when I get sick I tend to not eat much of anything as I just don't usually have the desire. I'd love to hear what folks have done in the past to make sure they're not going to hit a low blood sugar event during a time like that. 5) Spike events I talked this over with my Doc a fair bit already, but this is more for completeness here. I'd love to know what your go to items are for when you get a low blood sugar event are or how you handle a high event. 6) Managing supplies Here I'm curious how you prefer to manage your supplies. This could be anything from considering mail order shipments, to normal pharmacy runs, and so on. Also, how do you folks manage to keeps things near when you're out and about living life like normal? Fortunately it isn't like having to keep an epipen on you for an allergy, but it can be fairly concerning if you start to drop into a DKA type event while you're out or hit a drop in blood sugar while exercising. Sincerely, thank you all for taking the time to take a gander and for any responses I get. If you would prefer to PM me, that's perfectly fine. I know not everyone likes to have it out there that they have this, that, or the other thing. I'm one that really doesn't care and am an open book.
  6. Sorry to hear about the hospital time. Hopefully all is getting better. Please do note that the RFMs likely will not take a look at the comments or vote on anything until after their holiday break, which ends on 2 Jan. So ideally shortly after or on the 3rd you'll hear something!
  7. Blizzard has always been good at this:
  8. I'm not sure where I had read this.. but likely a British site based on the terms... In general they are birds... and birds are flocks of "insert bird type"... however the other names are more fun! A group of ducklings is called a brood. A pair of ducks is called a brace. ducks (diving) - a dopping of ducks ducks (flying) - a plump of ducks ducks (on water) - a paddling of ducks or a raft of ducks Other terms: a flush of ducks, a sord of ducks, a twack of ducks
  9. I'm genuinely confused by this... elaborate?
  10. I'll echo the notes about the GPUs here. Unless you're wanting a power house card for VR, you really shouldn't "need" to upgrade that at all. AMD will be having new cards with their 7nm architecture out this year most likely. That'll help drive down some costs on the other competitors out there since most will not have that. That means it might be a good time (at that point) to consider a 20 series card. The only thing I would stay away from are the 2080TIs as they're still having some issues with them. Generally only when you're really taxing them out, but problems are problems in my book. RAM is certainly the biggest place you will get a boost here. Second biggest would likely be a M.2 HDD, ideally NVME if your motherboard supports that. It's important to note that on many motherboards putting a M.2 drive in will disable one of the SATA connections. Just a fair heads up to check on that before going that route.
  11. Only time I really use ketchup is for making the sauce I use on my meatloaf. That's made of ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. If I'm dipping fries, that's normally in in BBQ sauce I personally like mixing ranch into mashed potatoes for the flavoring and thickening. Oh, and you forgot dipping pizza crust in garlic butter...
  12. Eggs - over easy Either a chipotle sauce or hot sauce for flavor, I generally cook them using seasoning so I don't use sauce. Then some nice toasted sourdough to mop up the yolks.
  13. Hopefully that link works!
  14. On your 5000th post @MadCast Maday! Happy Birthday to MadCast and a proper congratulations to @MadCast: RedJustice and @MadCast: Epic!
  15. How has everyone been progressing? I finally got to get going and am sitting around the low 20s at the moment. Rolling a Scion with the aim of going Elementalist/inquisitor.