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Dave Astle

Member Since 14 Jun 1999
Offline Last Active Sep 05 2014 12:53 PM

#4876582 GDnet vs The Spammers

Posted by Dave Astle on 24 October 2011 - 09:04 PM

Coerce Dave into posting the phone conversation; I'd bet that'd be quite an entertaining read! :D

I wish I had recorded it, but it went something like this:

Me: Hello?
Vera: Hi, is this GameDev.net?
Me: Uhm... yep!
Vera: I just signed up with you so I can watch the Pittsburgh Steelers game live, and I can't find where to do that.
Me: Uh... we're a site for people who make video games. We don't do anything like that. At all.
Vera: You don't provide live streaming of NFL games?
Me: No.
Vera: Then why do you advertise that you do?
Me: As far as I know, we don't, since football has absolutely nothing to do with our site.
Vera: Well, then I want my $12.95 back.
Me: Sure. Just file a dispute with Paypal, and we'll refund it.
Vera: Okay [click]

What this doesn't capture is how annoyed she sounded, and how confused I sounded.


#4823861 The GDNet Birthday thread

Posted by Dave Astle on 15 June 2011 - 06:17 PM


So, so proud.

In related news, being behind the scenes, I get to see things before they're visible to the community, and, well... puberty has started. This may get bumpy.

Whoa, it's Dave! Long time no see!

Yeah! I am still here. Just busy :)


#4823817 The GDNet Birthday thread

Posted by Dave Astle on 15 June 2011 - 03:52 PM

So, so proud.

In related news, being behind the scenes, I get to see things before they're visible to the community, and, well... puberty has started. This may get bumpy.


#4821989 Wikileaks: no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square

Posted by Dave Astle on 10 June 2011 - 11:10 PM

Makes you wonder what other historic events didn't happen exactly as they were reported.

I would assume quite a lot, actually.


#4817182 Debate me about the bible

Posted by Dave Astle on 29 May 2011 - 12:04 PM

Can't really say much on the topic, not being Christian nor knowing the Bible and all that, but I think that when a religion promises paradise by requiring the mindless following of some rigid dogma, then something is fundamentally wrong.

If you lead your life according to some basic and fundamental ethical guidelines, like not voluntarily harming others and trying to make this place a better place for all (within your possibilities), then a loving god is gladly going to accept you regardless of your beliefs, whether or not you read some old book or visited temples or churches. It's just basic logical reasoning. If you believe that our world was created by that god, then he must be a quite rational and logical thinking fellow.

This pretty much exactly reflects my thoughts on the subject. After spending the first 36 years of my life as a practicing Mormon, and doing mental gymnastics to justify some of the inconsistencies in what I was being taught, I finally came to the conclusion that God would not have given me the capacity to reason, and then require that I suspend that in order to accept those teachings. I also came to the conclusion that if God does have some elaborate set of rules he wants us to follow, he's done a pretty piss poor job of communicating them to us, given the number and diversity of religions in the world.


#4758130 What Does Everyone Think About The New Site Layout?

Posted by Dave Astle on 12 January 2011 - 10:10 PM

Good to see. What was it set at before? Also, is this supposed to reset every day? It didn't seem like it was doing that for me.


It was set at 5 per day, which was just ridiculous, and it was kind of buried in the settings. It's set high enough now that hitting the limit should be unlikely, so if you encounter it, let me know.


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