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Old 9th October 2019, 22:37     #36161
DrTiTus
HENCE WHY FOREVER ALONE
 
I take it you're donating to the "pay the prize money that he deserves" fund?

Because obviously you feel strongly that he deserves prize money AND free speech, even though only one of those is a human right.
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Old 10th October 2019, 12:01     #36162
Ab
A mariachi ogre snorkel
 
I have no idea what you’re trying to say.

In the meantime, I for one am now looking forward to Blizzcon 2019 with great interest. Because I had thought that Blizzcon 2018 could not be topped for trainwreck value.
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Old 10th October 2019, 13:14     #36163
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Laugh

Those poor Blizzard staff... I suspect Blizzard might have a bit of turnover to deal with.
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Old 10th October 2019, 16:12     #36164
crocos
 
People eating with their mouths open. Blech.

squidge-squidge-squidge-squidge-squidge, squidge-squidge-squidge-squidge-squidge <repeat x10,000>
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Old 10th October 2019, 19:33     #36165
Ab
A mariachi ogre snorkel
 
Blizzard has disabled the authentication methods required to close a Blizzard account.

https://reclaimthenet.org/blizzard-d...user-accounts/
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Old 11th October 2019, 11:16     #36166
Juju
get to da choppa
 
Had a house inspection done to present to potential buyers of our house.

Was deemed moderate to high risk of serious structural failings due to the inspector not being able to access some areas.

Queried him. It was a points system. x points because couldnt get onto the roof, x points cause couldnt get far into roof space etc Fair enough. More points, higher the risk of site-unseen faults.

My wtf moment is some points were awarded because access to the sub-floor was prevented.


It's a concrete slab floor.


*sigh*
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Old 13th October 2019, 20:48     #36167
Ab
A mariachi ogre snorkel
 
In which Blizzard Entertainment issues a corporate press release about the fuckup and makes it worse because the corporate press release was obviously not written by a native English speaker which doesn't sound dodgy at all

https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/bliz...ers-tournament
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Old 13th October 2019, 21:29     #36168
DrTiTus
HENCE WHY FOREVER ALONE
 
The only weirdness of phrasing I picked up was the use of the word "prizing" which sounds like corporate speak (eg. learnings) than non-native English. What stood out to you?
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Old 14th October 2019, 12:41     #36169
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And for more lol: Bliz has tried to back-pedal by reducing the suspension and returning the prize money and saying it's nothing to do with what he said other than it was off-topic. Also claiming China had no influence.

Yeah fucking right.
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Old 14th October 2019, 12:51     #36170
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Not-edit edit:
Of course this is more the Kotaku interpretation of the press release Ab posted, plus some of the ranting in the comments.
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Old 14th October 2019, 13:39     #36171
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Quote:
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The only weirdness of phrasing I picked up was the use of the word "prizing" which sounds like corporate speak (eg. learnings) than non-native English. What stood out to you?
The obvious Engrish of "prizing" aside, look at what surrounds it:

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In the tournament itself blitzchung *played* fair. We now believe he should receive his prizing. We understand that for some this is not about the prize, and perhaps for others it is disrespectful to even discuss it. That is not our intention.
English writers don't structure sentences that way.

Check out the way the release veers between first person singular ("I"), first person plural ("we"), and third person singular ("Blizzard").

And check out this grammatical clusterfuck:

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When we think about the suspension, six months for blitzchung is more appropriate, after which time he can compete in the Hearthstone pro circuit again if he so chooses. There is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.
No way a native English speaker wrote that. Especially not a professional public relations communicator (who also wouldn't use *asterisks* for emphasis).
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Old 14th October 2019, 13:49     #36172
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No way a native English speaker wrote that. Especially not a professional public relations communicator.
Going to disagree with you there - not that it's not a grammatical clusterfuck, but more that there are native English speakers that often do write in that stilted, awkward style - especially if stressed or pissed, that they don't write for others that often, or because EG a secretary or PR person usually polishes it.

I imagine Brack is both pissed and stressed.
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Old 14th October 2019, 13:58     #36173
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No way a native English speaker wrote that. Especially not a professional public relations communicator (who also wouldn't use *asterisks* for emphasis).
This is something that a lot of Reddit and Twitter has been theorycrafting about. It reads like someone putting it into English, and that was coming from people that were verified professional translators* specializing in Chinese to English.

*about as verified as Reddit gets, anyway.
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Old 14th October 2019, 14:08     #36174
Ab
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Quote:
Originally Posted by crocos
Going to disagree with you there - not that it's not a grammatical clusterfuck, but more that there are native English speakers that often do write in that stilted, awkward style - especially if stressed or pissed, that they don't write for others that often, or because EG a secretary or PR person usually polishes it.

I imagine Brack is both pissed and stressed.


Leaders of multibillion-dollar international companies at the centre of political shitstorms don't write and send their own press releases. There are PR people who write for a living who do that. The PR people who wrote this response are not native English speakers.
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Old 14th October 2019, 23:23     #36175
Ab
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Commentary on the press release from former Blizzard bigwig Mark Kern:

https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/1183215204525412352

conclusion:

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Blizzard knew this would piss you off. They don't care, it's not FOR YOU. This was written to keep US senators off their backs and to keep China happy. It's a mewling justification to governments of both countries.
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Old 15th October 2019, 09:19     #36176
Cyberbob
 
Kern's got a few monolithic chips on his shoulder, so he's not exactly impartial.

He's Taiwanese-American. He was team lead on WoW before leaving there to found Red 5 Studio, where he was kicked out of the CEO position by his own board.

That's bound to leave you a little bitter, especially bitter towards ex employers, and especially towards China.
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Old 15th October 2019, 10:10     #36177
Ab
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Doesn't mean it's not on the money.
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Old 17th October 2019, 18:47     #36178
Ab
A mariachi ogre snorkel
 
It's taken 4 years, but at least we now know that yes... Lebron James really is a pussy-ass bitch.
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Old Yesterday, 11:54     #36179
StN
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Fiona was fine, no argument here.

I’ll never forget an interview she did on tv back in the day, got asked some “how did you get where you are, how did you achieve this thing, reach this point in your career” sort of question, and she replied “I sucked a lot of dick”.

On TVNZ. In the nineties. It was glorious.
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It was the role of Pakita in the musical stage play of BrainDead. Although I remember it as an interview on TV3 nightline. But I could be wrong.

Makes her appearances in Tv One infomercials for Gladwrap (or something as banal) weird.
Grrr - it was April in 1990 when I found myself in Welly with a pile of cash from my 21st and the announcement that United Building Society were now providing a share brokerage service for Joe Public to rock up and start a portfolio.

TV3 shares were at $0.04 each - I thought I should spend all my monies on buying heaps. The man at the bank told me I was mad and to steer clear because CanWest had just pulled out and it would be gone in a few days.

So I didn't invest, and blew it all on beers at MidCity and Tiffanys during my six month stint in the capital. Oh, and the shares went up to $0.24 the next week.

I liked TV3.
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Old Yesterday, 13:10     #36180
Ab
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Damn, thought this was going to be a Fiona update.

Yeah saw the 3 news this morning. Can't say I'm really surprised, broadcast TV is fucking dead and anyone owning a TV network is frantically trying to get out as fast as they can.*

3 has had some great moments over the years. Really gave TVNZ a kick up the bum when it arrived.




* HAHAHA EXCEPT FOR THE NZ GOVERNMENT
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Old Today, 00:17     #36181
Lightspeed
 
Capitalism, FML. Seriously, with all this wealth and fucking grandeur you think they'd let us proles have a decent corn chip.

But no! Because of fucking capitalism, local producers get bought out and shut down by intentional supplies shilling their trash, or they get bought out and the new owners degrade their product so they can maximise those returns. "OoOooh, just go fucking buy off a competitor! The market with sort things out"

NO IT FUCKING DOESNT THE CORN CHIPS JUST GET WORSE AND WORSE.

Debt or some other bullshit must be worth the shit food people put up with.
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Old Today, 00:19     #36182
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Oh yeah, Mexicano corn chips are now shit, FYI. All thin and weak, with generic flavourings. The "ideal for nachos" is now just a marketing brand or some shit, not a description.
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