Father Challenges Daughter’s Boyfriend to a Strange Battle. Wins Kicks her BF out of house.

“He’s not fit to be my daughter’s boyfriend,” Dad declares after witnessing junior high school boy’s lack of fighting game skills.
Oh the crazy random shit you come across on Twitter,,,,
The first time a father meets his daughter’s boyfriend is a complicated moment. After years of enjoying a position as her archetype of dependable masculinity and gentlemanly gallantry, he has to come to terms with the fact that she’s found someone else to fill those roles.
Some fathers respond to this with the emotional balance and security befitting a man who’s old enough to have children. Others, though, like Japanese Twitter user@buppa_stone, have a somewhat less mature way of sorting through their feelings.
@buppa_stone has a daughter who’s in junior high, and said daughter has a special guy in her life. She recently brought him over to the house to meet her family, prompting @buppa_stone to send out a string of tweets, starting with one sent just before 6 p.m. last Monday.
▼ “My daughter just introduced her boyfriend to us.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

No problems so far, but it turns out that @buppa_stone and his daughter’s boyfriend have a common interest: video games. Specifically, they both enjoy fighting games, including the long-running Guilty Gear series. By their very nature, though, fighting games are all about competition, and @buppa_stone’s competitive juices were soon flowing like a raging river.
▼ “This punk kid says he wants to take me on in Guilty Gear, so I’m gonna teach him a lesson. I’m hiding out in the bathroom right now, but I’m totally going to show him what’s what. Oh, and gamers like him who use the character Slayer are shits, so I’m not going to let him get away with that.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

▼ Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, the title the two would battle on.
So less than a half hour after @buppa_stone’s first tweet, he and the boyfriend grabbed controllers and crossed digital swords.
▼ “Let the holy war begin.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

The two decided to see who could rack up ten wins first, and while @buppa_stone’s tweets show he can talk the talk, as he defeated his young adversary and sent out a string of victory tweets, starting at 8:11.
▼ ”10-6!!!!!!!!!! It’s over!!!!!!!!!!!! We’re done here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

▼ “I’ve been playing Guilty Gear since the first game in the series [released in 1998]. No way I was going to get beat by a junior high school kid.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

▼ “I’ve defeated him. He’s not fit to be my daughter’s boyfriend.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

But apparently Dad’s gloating was a little too much for the rest of the family to handle, and when dinner time rolled around…
▼ “By the way, no one made anything for me to eat.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

▼ “I got kicked out of the house, so I’ll go buy some cigarettes and rice balls.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

▼ “I’m the worst in my family at Guilty Gear Xrd R2, and this wet-behind-the-ears kid can’t even beat me? He shouldn’t be allowed in our house.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

▼ “They finally let me back in, but, still there’s no dinner for me.”


鍛冶職人(45) (@buppa_stone) December 11, 2017

Winning always feels good, as does finding out that you’re not so old that you’ve lost your edge at youthful pastimes. Still, it’s a pretty poor display of sportsmanship, and one can’t help but wonder how @buppa_stone would have reacted if he’d lost.
Source: Hachima Kiko

Disney Acquires 21st Century Fox for $52.4 Billion

Many Cresponian Blessings Upon this Union: Disney has bought a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that promises to reshape the media industry and help the entertainment giant fend off digital rivals such as Netflix. The company was quick to tout that the pact “provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof.

Combining with Disney are 21st Century Fox’s critically acclaimed film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together offer diverse and compelling storytelling businesses and are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool—and its storied television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21.

What’s the Deal with Net-Neutrality?

Bear with me a second.

Few people have complaints about how the internet was run or maintained up until 2015, when Obama enacted some kind of order to “protect a free and open internet” ostensibly (because it hadn’t been until he stepped in?). Ajit Pai and the FCC now are trying to move to a vote to repeal that, and according to what I can find out, the repealing of this thing will simply cause rules to fall back to the ones used by us all prior to 2015. It’s a rollback. Pai also dissented with that previous order along with another Commissioner, and Pai is a lawyer who once worked for Verizon.

Now, you’re being (and have been for weeks now) bombarded by news about how repealing of this 2015 change will suddenly mean big evil corporations will be able to control fast and slow lanes, we won’t have net neutrality anymore, the FCC will be able to police ISPs and other companies for doing things they don’t like, etc. Something about all this sounds very, very wrong. For one thing, there is a massive outpouring of support from tons and tons of leftists and progressives about stopping Pai. You think Google and Apple give a fuck about net neutrality? If Steve Wozniack wants something, or if all of Silicon Valley is clamoring for something, it better be setting off alarm bells in your head. These are the people that cooperate with government on the down low in keeping tabs on where everyone is and what they’re doing, they would not be for a certain cause simply out of some moral imperative or the actual good of the people.

Secondly, I can find sources here and there that do explain that Pai’s motion will be to repeal the 2015 change, but I cannot find precisely how or why if we’re rolling back to an old system that had no problems (nothing that people were screaming about then), this would suddenly make everything horrible. It’s like trying to add a gear to a bike to make it better, then you decide it doesn’t and go to take it off, only for your entire family to shout “how could you” as though undoing that would mean the end of the world.

I am by no means for or against this upcoming vote simply because I don’t have enough information, which I cannot obtain because practically every source I see for it is biased in some way or raises red flags. There’s a fucking agenda here on both sides buried deep and I want to know what it is. People are being led around by the nose and they’re falling for the goddamn bait, a bunch of outlets tell the people “your internet is going to get pricier because it will be taken over by rich cigar smoking suits!” and they all lines up with posters and pitchforks. If anyone knows what is actually going on with this please enlighten me because I doubt google itself will.

Netflix Watches You While You Watch

There are 53 of you out there that Netflix is concerned enough with to Tweet at you. Given that I am pretty sure Netflix knows exactly who you are and what you are watching, this surely does not seem like a positive PR move.

The comments are hilarious. Maybe even up to a Cresponian standard.

**Update 12/12/2017**

The official Netflix US Twitter account on Sunday jokingly noted that 53 people had watched the film “A Christmas Prince” for 18 days straight.

“To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?” the tweet said.

While some Twitter users viewed the attempt at humor lightheartedly, others began questioning what exactly is being done with customers’ data.

“This is amazing,” one Twitter user said. “Except for the ‘watching us like big brother’ part.”

Another Twitter user compared Netlix’s actions to those detailed in the dystopian novel “1984.”

“To the @netflix employee who recently watched 1984: It’s not an instruction manual,” the user said.

Although Netflix is known to collect user data in order to provide content recommendations, some felt the public disclosure, even if not linked to actual identities, suggests that such information may be widely accessible to employees.

Trevor Timm, executive director at the Freedom of the Press Foundation and columnist at The Guardian, responded by tweeting a series of questions for journalists to ask Netflix.

“How many employees have access to people’s viewing habits?” Timm said. “Are there any controls on how they can access this data/what it can be used for?”

Netflix, after being contacted by numerous reporters, released the following statement:

“The privacy of our members’ viewing is important to us,” the company said. “This information represents overall viewing trends, not the personal viewing information of specific, identified individuals.”

Supporters of the company pushed back against criticism of the tweet by accusing those concerned of blowing Netflix’s comment out of proportion.

“Netflix can do whatever they want,” one Twitter user said. “People can also stop using them.”

Matt Tait, a former information security specialist for Britain’s signals intelligence agency GCHQ, asked how Twitter users would feel had the NSA made the same tweet as Netlfix.

“Imagine if the NSA tweeted out stuff like this,” Tait tweeted.

According to Shane Dingman, a reporter with The Globe and Mail, Netflix has previously revealed the viewing habits of users.

“Again, this isn’t the only example: Netflix sent Canadian journos an example of a user who watch[ed] Lord of the Rings Return of the King 361 times in a year,” Dingman tweeted.

Netflix’s comment has received more than 400,000 likes and has been retweeted more than 100,000 times at the time of publication.

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Protests Causing NFL to Siphon Money from Breast Cancer and Veteran Support Groups

San Francisco 49er Eric Reid shocked even the left-leaning Slate when he told the magazine in an interview Saturday that the NFL intends to use money slated for breast cancer charities and the “Salute to Service” veterans fund to pay for a seven-year, $89 million “social justice” program designed to placate protesting players.

The NFL announced the nearly-$100 million initiative last week as a way of “settling” with a coalition of players who have been kneeling during the national anthem since the start of the season — a group led by now-former 49er, out-of-work second string quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and retired NFLer Anquan Boldin.

At the time of the announcement, however, details about where the money would come from were unclear. The NFL said only that owners would be allowed to allocate funds into “projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.” But, Reid says, the money spent on these projects isn’t new — it’s simply being reallocated from existing charitable giving projects.

“In the discussion that we had, Malcolm [Jenkins] conveyed to us — based on discussions that he had with the NFL — that the money would come from funds that are already allocated to breast cancer awareness and Salute to Service,” Reid told Slate. “So it would really be no skin off the owners’ backs: They would just move the money from those programs to this one.”

That didn’t sit well with Reid, who was part of the coalition of players who had been protesting the national anthem. He and several others say they elected to leave the bargaining group because they didn’t believe it was fair to pull money from other worthwhile causes to fund “social justice” projects, particularly when players have insisted all year that their protests aren’t anti-military, only to have their cause pull millions from a fund to help veterans.

They, of course, blamed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the idea, claiming that Goodell wanted to bring the protests to an end as quickly as possible, but in such a way as to not hurt the owners too much in the process. In essence, Reid claims, Goodell wanted to pay off the kneelers in order to get the league’s viewership back on track ahead of the end of the season.

The NFL didn’t provide a comment to Slate on the matter.


**Note** I am unable to archive the slate article. I was able to copy the text to a word file and will provide it if Slate pulls the article.

America: Killer Gets Three Years for Murder – While Vandal Gets 15 Years

Sounds fair?

A University of Akron student who killed his roommate after a drunken argument over fast food was sentenced to three years in prison this week.

 23-year-old killer Kendal Scheid of Norwalk, Ohio, will be eligible for release in six months, according to WJW.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Michael Wolfe was sentenced to 15 years in prison after breaking into a Florida mosque and left 3 pounds of bacon at the front door.

Wii and Gamecube games coming to Android?!?!?!

As revealed by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, Nintendo is teaming up with NVIDIA to release some of its Wii and Gamecube games in China for the first time. While NVIDIA’s Tegra chip is at the heart of the Nintendo Switch, in this case, the games will run on the Android powered NVIDIA Shield, which hit the market today in China. NVIDIA confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. WiiThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and PUNCH-OUT!! are all available now for the Shield in 1080p, while others including Super Mario Galaxy are “coming soon.”

Ahmad posted videos of Nintendo games running on the Android powered Shield (sourced from Weibo) and provided some pricing info, saying that the Shield in China costs 1499 RMB (about $226), while each remastered game costs 68 RMB (about $10). I don’t expect anything about this arrangement to expand beyond China in the foreseeable future, but the licensing arrangement is a way for Nintendo to crack the market officially. I don’t have much information on the Shield that’s available in China, but it is different from the US version, with local “content, store, search and more” plus a voice control AI powered by Baidu.


Extending the business relationship that brought NVIDIA technology to Nintendo Switch, some of Nintendo’s most beloved Wii and Nintendo GameCube titles are officially headed to China for the first time. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and PUNCH-OUT!! are remastered in 1080p and available on the China version of NVIDIA SHIELD, released today.

SHIELD owners in China will be able to download and play select Wii and Nintendo GameCube titles, with others coming soon – among them,Super Mario Galaxy. These amazing games have been provided to NVIDIA under license.

Customized for the China market, SHIELD is a completely localized device, with local content, store, search and more. SHIELD will bring Chinese customers a brand-new experience in gaming, AI and home entertainment with Baidu’s DuerOS conversational AI system and abundant entertainment options from iQIYI.

Predictions for AMD 2018

– Ryzen 3 2420x – 3.4Ghz/3.8Ghz Boost, 4 Cores No SMT – Price: $99 – Sept.
– Ryzen 3 2430x – 3.9Ghz/4.1Ghz Boost, 4 Cores No SMT – Price $129 – Sept.
– Ryzen 3 2550x – 3.6Ghz/3.9Ghz Boost, 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Price $149 – Aug.
– Ryzen 3 2570x – 4.0Ghz/4.2Ghz Boost, 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Price $179 – Aug            – Ryzen 3 2590x – 4.3Ghz/4.6Ghz Boost, 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Price $199 – Aug

– Ryzen 5 2630x – 3.5Ghz/3.9Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ No SMT – Price $209 – May
– Ryzen 5 2650x – 3.8Ghz/4.0Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ 12 Threads – Price $239 – April
– Ryzen 5 2670x – 4.2Ghz/4.4Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ 12 Threads – Price $279 – April
– Ryzen 5 2690x – 4.4Ghz/4.7Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ 12 Threads – Price $329 – April

– Ryzen 7 2730x – 3.5Ghz/4.0Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ No SMT – Price $379 – March
– Ryzen 7 2750x – 3.6Ghz/4.1Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ 16 Threads – Price $459 – Feb
– Ryzen 7 2770x – 4.0Ghz/4.3Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ 16 Threads – Price $529 – Feb
– Ryzen 7 2790x – 4.4Ghz/4.8Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ 16 Threads – Price $599 – Jan

– Ryzen TR 2930x – 4.0Ghz/4.5Ghz Boost, 10 Cores/ 20 Threads – Price $699 – July
– Ryzen TR 2950x – 3.8Ghz/4.2Ghz Boost, 12 Cores/ 24 Threads – Price $849 – July
– Ryzen TR 2970x – 3.7Ghz/4.1Ghz Boost, 16 Cores/ 32 Threads – Price $999 – July
– Ryzen TR 2990x – 3.6Ghz/4.0Ghz Boost, 24 Cores/ 48 Threads – Price $1499 – June


– Radeon RX-Vega 192 – 1024 Stream Processors, 1620Mhz Base/1722 Boost, 32 Texture Units, 2GB GDDR6, 64-Bit – $79- Oct

– Radeon RX-Vega 208 – 1280 Stream Processors, 1560Mhz Base/1705 Boost, 64 Texture Units, 4GB GDDR6, 128-Bit – $99- Oct

– Radeon RX-Vega 216 – 1536 Stream Processors, 1780Mhz Base/1803 Boost, 64 Texture Units, 4GB GDDR6, 128-Bit – $129- Oct

– Radeon RX-Vega 224 – 1792 Stream Processors, 1720Mhz Base/1850 Boost, 128 Texture Units, 6GB GDDR6, 192-Bit – $179 – Oct

 – Radeon RX-Vega 232 – 2048 Stream Processors, 1602Mhz Base/1780 Boost, 128 Texture Units, 6GB GDDR6, 192-Bit – $249 – Aug

 – Radeon RX-Vega 240 – 2560 Stream Processors, 1633Mhz Base/1760 Boost, 160 Texture Units, 8GB GDDR6, 256-Bit – $329 – Feb

 – Radeon RX-Vega 248 – 3072 Stream Processors, 1790Mhz Base/1870 Boost, 192 Texture Units, 8GB GDDR6, 384-Bit – $449 – March

– Radeon RX-Vega 256 – 3584 Stream Processors, 1800Mhz Base/1902 Boost, 224 Texture Units, 8GB HBM2, 2048-Bit – $599 – June

– Radeon RX-Vega 264 – 4096 Stream Processors, 1850Mhz Base/2010 Boost, 256 Texture Units, 16GB HBM2, 2048-Bit – $799 – June

Notes on Differences from Ryzen 1xxx series

XFR(eXtended Frequency Range) is supposed to be more gradual and consistent with the new processors. If temperatures allow XFR will add up to 300mhz on top of boost with gradations of 25mhz.

Where as the original Ryzen would typically clock between base and boost, the next Ryzen chips will run at max boost if temperatures would allow. Reportedly, a high end air cooler or AIO would be enough to allow it to run at max boost, while a liquid-nitrogen set up would allow it to maintain max XFR.

IPC improvements in general are going to be 7%-10% depending on the application.

Overclocking will be much improved. The 2790x can hit about 5.2Ghz under a custom loop and 7Ghz under liquid nitrogen.

New x470 and B460 boards will be able to run the memory speed independent from the Infinity Fabric. It will be an option on the new motherboards but not available on current x370 or B350. Officially supported memory will be 3200mhz, with capability to OC to 4600mhz.

The new processors will be able to be installed on B350 and x370 boards with the proper BIOS update. Memory will still be tied to the Infiinity Fabric and memory limitations will be similar as with Ryzen 1xxx series. Performance of the new chips on the older boards are roughly 3%-7% behind the x470 and B460.

The Non-SMT R5 and R7 chips will be aimed as “Gamer Centered” and “Highly Overclockable” chips. 

Why the Micheal Flynn “Scandal” is a Mountain out of a Mole-Hill

As news broke that Michael Flynn would testify that Donald Trump ordered him to talk to the Russians during the transition phase between administrations, the left exploded with glee that actual evidence of “Russian collusion” was in sight and it could bring down Trump.

The reality turned out to be somewhat disappointing for them.

ABC News reported that Trump directed Flynn to speak with the Russians “initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.”

In other words, Trump committed the grievous sin of attempting to work diplomatically with another super power to defeat Islamic terrorism.

This is hardly the damaging revelation Trump’s enemies had been hoping for.

“Sorry to be a party-pooper but if this is the extent of the “directive” Flynn received, it’s incredibly mundane,” commented journalist Michael Tracey.

As the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy points out, “There’s less to the news than meets the eye.”

“It remains unclear why the Obama Justice Department chose to investigate Flynn. There was nothing wrong with the incoming national-security adviser’s having meetings with foreign counterparts or discussing such matters as the sanctions in those meetings. Plus, if the FBI had FISA recordings of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak, there was no need to ask Flynn what the conversations entailed,” he writes.

“Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians — initially to lay the groundwork for mutual efforts against ISIS in Syria. That, however, is exactly the sort of thing the incoming national-security adviser is supposed to do in a transition phase between administrations. If it were part of the basis for a “collusion” case arising out of Russia’s election meddling, then Flynn would not be pleading guilty to a process crime — he’d be pleading guilty to an espionage conspiracy.”

In other words, for Flynn’s behavior to be proof of “Russian collusion” that embroils Trump, he would have had to had access to a time machine given that he spoke with Kislyak after the election.

The notion that Trump colluded with Russia by asking Flynn to speak to Ambassador Kislyak is also ludicrous.

As the passage below highlights, hundreds of Congressman, Senators and members of the State Department have met with Kislyak since he became ambassador in 2008.

Talking to ambassadors is not a criminal offense, it’s a routine procedure for incoming administrations. Obama campaign officials responsible for the “reset policy” with Russia met with Russian officials back in 2008 before the election had even taken place.

The real reason Flynn was brought down on a technicality is because he made an enemy out of the deep state by directing exposing them for failing to fight ISIS and to some extent actually helping the spread of radical Islam.

As Mike Cernovich points out, “Flynn’s estimated prison sentence is 0 to 6 months and a $500 to $9,500 fine. Ignore the headlines and read the legal documents. This was a bullshit technicality they got General Flynn on.”

“The resistance” actually thinks this is going to bring down Trump, like they claimed literally every other hysterical non-reason would bring down Trump.

Watching their hopes dashed over and over again never stops being funny.

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Carlos Slim Becomes Largest Individual New York Times Shareholder

By Lukas I. Alpert and Josh Beckerman
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim became the largest individual shareholder in New York Times Co. on Wednesday after exercising warrants that more than doubled his stake in the media company to 16.8%.
Mr. Slim, 74 years old, received the warrants in 2009 when he lent the Times $250 million to help it deal with sharp declines in advertising revenue and mounting debt at the height of the economic crisis.
That deal has been paying…
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim became the largest individual shareholder in New York Times Co. on Wednesday after exercising warrants that more than doubled his stake in the media company to 16.8%.
Mr. Slim, 74 years old, received the warrants in 2009 when he lent the Times $250 million to help it deal with sharp declines in advertising revenue and mounting debt at the height of the economic crisis.
That deal has been paying off handsomely for Mr. Slim. The Times paid him back in 2011, three and half years before his loan was due, as its financial health improved. Mr. Slim received $122 million in interest payments plus a premium for early repayment of the loan.
In exercising the options, Mr. Slim spent $101.1 million to acquire 15.9 million Class A shares at $6.36 per share, a significant discount to the market price. New York Times shares closed Wednesday at $12.28. He now holds a total of 27.8 million shares valued at $341.4 million at Wednesday’s closing price. Before Wednesday’s move, Mr. Slim controlled just under 8% of the Times.
Mr. Slim has also received approximately $2.86 million in dividend payments since the Times reinstated them in October 2013 after suspending them at the end of 2008.
The Times says it will use the proceeds for share buybacks. “We believe it is in the best interests of the company to continue to maintain a conservative balance sheet and a prudent view on the allocation of free cash flow, and this one-off repurchase program should not be viewed as a change of position about our capital allocation plans,” Mark Thompson, chief executive of New York Times Co. said.
Arturo Elias Ayub, a spokesman for Mr. Slim, said that with the price of the warrants, and the current New York Times share price, “it would have been ridiculous not to exercise them.” He said the investment continues to be merely financial, and that Mr. Slim has no intention of selling the shares or of playing any role in New York Times management.
“We continue to have confidence in the [NYT] management, we think they’re doing things well,” he said. The Times is “a valuable brand, and not just a newspaper, but a creator of content,” he added.
Mr. Slim, who controls Latin America’s biggest telecommunications company América Móvil, built much of his business empire buying companies that had fallen on hard times and turning them around. His other business interests include mining, construction, auto parts, real estate, retail and banking.
While Mr. Slim now becomes the company’s largest individual shareholder, control remains with the Sulzberger family, whose trust holds 83.7% of the Class B voting shares. The Class B shareholders select 9 of the 13 board members, while Class A pick the other 4.
The Times, like much of the newspaper industry, is struggling with falling ad revenue as readership increasingly migrates online, where advertising brings in less. The paper fired its editor in chief last summer and cut more than 100 staff members at the end of 2014 to control costs.
The Times reported a loss for the third quarter as print advertising revenue continued to decline. A 16.5% gain in digital advertising revenue brought overall revenue up by 0.8% on the year. The company has continued to add digital subscribers with its two-tiered subscription program that offers low-price and premium models. It had 875,000 paid digital subscriptions at the end of the quarter, up roughly 40,000 subscribers from the prior quarter.
Mr. Thompson has said The Times remains committed to its print roots. In December the company said it would expand the number of sections it offers to maximize cash flow from its print business, which makes up 72% of advertising revenue. Earlier this week, the Times announced it will launch a monthly print section devoted to men’s fashion and lifestyle coverage.
—Anthony Harrup contributed to this article.