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  1. Ben liked a post in a topic by Hystery in Strikes in Syria   
    A couple hours ago, the United States, along with France and the United Kingdom, have launched airstrikes over different locations near the Syrian capital, Damas, allegedly targeting facilities and storages for chemical weapons after the discovery of a chemical attack in a Syrian town. Russia, faithful ally of the Al Assad, current Syrian president, has already declared that this attack won't be without consequences.
     
    To be noted that these airstrikes have been performed without the congress/parliament authorization of any of the three involved countries, without UN approval or mandate, a day before investigators of the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) arrived to Syria to investigate the situation, disregarding people's disapproval concerning this decision and without any concrete proof chemical agents were used (and now most likely destroyed by the airstrikes if they were actually real).
     
    http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-middle-east-43710303
  2. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in London Murder Rate Surpasses US's New York City   
     
    A lack of knowledge... you understand that this post is about the United Kingdom and was replying to T J who was referring to the UK citizens losing their rights to own firearms... this has nothing to do with police response times in the US, but hey lets say people have a lack of knowledge whilst completely missing the point.
     
     
    That is just pathetic, childish and I am sure some would find it offensive, it'd be as if I posted cartoons of dead children in a school or the Las Vegas concert shooting to prove my point, it is sad and wrong and all but shows you don't have a point.
  3. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in London Murder Rate Surpasses US's New York City   

    No, your point was invalid because your point came across as 'people died, so none of the laws work' - like, what is your point. People die in every country, doesn't mean none of the laws here don't work, quite the opposite, the police are extremely effective here and now they have been given their powers back to pro-actively police, the crime rate will most likely drop again.
  4. Ben liked a post in a topic by Sam in Signing out.   
     
    I'll just say that this simply isn't true.  LSPDFR 0.4 is actually a pretty fundamental shift.  RDE and EUP haven't been watered down, nor have they been added.  EUP is, at its core, a mod which adds various models and textures which replace some of the GTA Online player clothing.  We're not adding that, we're instead adding native, seamless compatibility for it which is something that you can't really achieve just now.  I don't really know how RDE figures into anything - the core of that mod is partially content that it adds, like police cars, and partially the custom wanted level responses.
     
    And, a lot of people do want this.  It's one of the things that we've heard time and time again from so many people.  There's a huge demand for GTA Online characters with EUP outfits to be available as NPCs, and there's a huge demand for native custom character support in LSPDFR.
     
    And, what's being dimmed down?  The current mods available for stopping and frisking use animations that bend your player character over halfway into the suspect and then make them feel around the air.  We included this in the first announcement for 0.4 as it was something pretty different, and visual, that people would instantly notice - and they did.  Nobody wants to see us talk instead about how we've restructured our pursuit code to use behavior trees.
  5. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in London Murder Rate Surpasses US's New York City   
     
    A lack of knowledge... you understand that this post is about the United Kingdom and was replying to T J who was referring to the UK citizens losing their rights to own firearms... this has nothing to do with police response times in the US, but hey lets say people have a lack of knowledge whilst completely missing the point.
     
     
    That is just pathetic, childish and I am sure some would find it offensive, it'd be as if I posted cartoons of dead children in a school or the Las Vegas concert shooting to prove my point, it is sad and wrong and all but shows you don't have a point.
  6. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in London Murder Rate Surpasses US's New York City   
     
    I'm sorry, but Nevada has open-carry laws, how did that work out for the Americans at the Las Vegas concert shooting, are you just discounting all the events where civilians with the rights to bear arms and where shot up, or are you just being arrogant?

     

    Are you trolling? The murder rate went up over New York for the month, so let's go back to the war of independence... because that was totally won by Americans and not by large assistance from the French against an army which consisted primarily of Americans who where armed by the British... yup, sure.

     
     

    Yes, of course the minorities within the countries could of totally stood up to the two of the largest and in the German's case the most technically advanced armies in the world, the United Kingdom had one of the largest empires in the HISTORY of the world at the time, the largest navy and incredible technological advancements and even we needed help, so what you just said is childish opinion on the whole event.

    The way I see it, we are never going to agree on it. I along with most others feel free in this country, the government implemented the laws you call unfree because we wanted them implementing. You'll probably always think that the UK is a country which infringes on rights, and I'll always hold the opinion that Americans incorrectly value the ability to own guns over safety, but that's just the way our different cultures are.
  7. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in London Murder Rate Surpasses US's New York City   
    I feel free, funny how Americans constantly complain about other countries freedoms, aren't school students currently protesting that they don't feel free or safe because people have such easy access to guns and can ambush them in schools. Also, the right to self-defense, are you serious? I would rather wait the time for the Armed Police here to respond and deal with a situation than having a bunch of jumped up people who have limited firearms training trying to deal with a shooter.

    Also, the Government removed the right to own weapons because the people wanted it, because the United Kingdom is a democratic country and it does what the people want, I'm not sure how it works in the United States but I can assure you that the UK is a free and democratic country.
  8. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in London Murder Rate Surpasses US's New York City   
    I feel free, funny how Americans constantly complain about other countries freedoms, aren't school students currently protesting that they don't feel free or safe because people have such easy access to guns and can ambush them in schools. Also, the right to self-defense, are you serious? I would rather wait the time for the Armed Police here to respond and deal with a situation than having a bunch of jumped up people who have limited firearms training trying to deal with a shooter.

    Also, the Government removed the right to own weapons because the people wanted it, because the United Kingdom is a democratic country and it does what the people want, I'm not sure how it works in the United States but I can assure you that the UK is a free and democratic country.
  9. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in London Murder Rate Surpasses US's New York City   
    The problem is that the government reduced the stop and search powers of police, which basically allowed them to stop people to see if they are carrying a 'dangerous weapon' - in the United Kingdom you can't just carry around a knife without reason and owning certain kinds is illegal (switch blades), however the Government classed 'stop and search' as a policy which uses racial profiling and as such they cut it, now it's being reinforced so I'm guessing that in the next few months the crime rate will decrease again now that police have the powers they need.

    As for the part and parcel thing... I don't know what you are getting at, he had a point... large cities, especially capitals of countries are the most likely to be attacked by terrorists, and he has been supportive of counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies.

    UK Laws relating to possession of weapons: https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/possession-of-weapons/
  10. Giordano liked a post in a topic by Ben in Houston officer kills unarmed man walking w/ trousers down   
     
    Oh. So as long as the cop isn't put in a dangerous position, it's all good to shoot him or something?  He had is pants around his ankle, was visibly unarmed and the cop decided the best course of action was to shoot him, that seems like some pretty poor police work to me. 
  11. Ben liked a post in a topic by Illusionyary in Houston officer kills unarmed man walking w/ trousers down   
    Seems cops in the States are too eager to go to deadly force right away these days. There was absolutely no need for it, this guy was unarmed and non-combative towards the officer, he could have been subdued with a nightstick, pepper spray or a taser, but no, now he's dead.

    It's incidents like these that only lead to more mistrust of law enforcement.
  12. Giordano liked a post in a topic by Ben in Houston officer kills unarmed man walking w/ trousers down   
     
    Oh. So as long as the cop isn't put in a dangerous position, it's all good to shoot him or something?  He had is pants around his ankle, was visibly unarmed and the cop decided the best course of action was to shoot him, that seems like some pretty poor police work to me. 
  13. Ben liked a post in a topic by Hystery in Houston officer kills unarmed man walking w/ trousers down   
    I'm baffled anyone could think this shooting was justified.
     
    The dude had his pants down. Please explain to me how he was any kind of threat to the officer. He couldn't even run towards him without tripping over his own pants for eff sake. In no way he could have been fast enough to stab the officer like that. He was showing no sign of aggressivity. He wasn't attenting to the officer's life whatsoever. Taser, paper spray, tonfa were the way to go. Yes, taser has a small chance of not working. Same for paper spray. But then again, so what? Plenty of officers use them on a daily basis against much more dangerous targets, and you're going to tell me pulling a gun at this guy was legit? The dude was showing no sign of aggressivity, it wasn't a moment of rush. The officer just decided to go for the lethal way out right away rather than trying a non-lethal solution beforehand, or even to just talk the dude out of it. You know, de-escalating rather than drawing the gun on the first opportunity.
     
    The lack of empathy is sickening. "Society will move on without him". "Another POS taken care of". The only thing that comes to me when I read that is "wtf", especially since you know nothing about the guy. But I'll use an argument I've seen in another thread (wink wink nudge nudge): wait until it happens to someone close to you, and we'll see how you feel about it then.
  14. Giordano liked a post in a topic by Ben in Houston officer kills unarmed man walking w/ trousers down   

    He was the General Public, I wouldn't say it was a win for him, y'know... cos he's dead.
     

    Ah, so... if you don't follow commands, you are all good to be shot dead. As for the these guys statement, what exactly do you mean - I really don't see how someone can be that sickening to condone the murder of a man for not following the orders he provides, seems pretty unjustified to me. 
  15. Giordano liked a post in a topic by Ben in Houston officer kills unarmed man walking w/ trousers down   

    He was the General Public, I wouldn't say it was a win for him, y'know... cos he's dead.
     

    Ah, so... if you don't follow commands, you are all good to be shot dead. As for the these guys statement, what exactly do you mean - I really don't see how someone can be that sickening to condone the murder of a man for not following the orders he provides, seems pretty unjustified to me. 
  16. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
    With respect the only point you have tried to make so far is that the United Kingdom is Afghanistan backed up by a few videos and the opinion of the leader of Englands anti-muslim group. I don't like when people like you blatantly make up stuff and try and back them up with opinions which are masquareded as a fact to simply try and prove a point.
     
    I will listen to facts but none have yet to be presented stating that all 1.8 billion muslims are terrorists and until some evidence comes out saying they are, I will continue to believe that Muslims shouldn't be banned from any country for other peoples actions.
  17. Ben liked a post in a topic by Sam in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
     
    Didn't know we developed LSPDFR in Afghanistan... that's news to me!
  18. Ben liked a post in a topic by willpv23 in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
     
    "Bringing its problems over here"? What does that even mean? Do you think America will suddenly become the Middle East if we don't ban Islam? America isn't meant to have a primary religion, that's kind of the whole idea.
     
     
    I'm not really sure how a religion is going to attack us, and isn't what I meant. Extremists will want to attack us even more than they do now, both those living here in America and those abroad. Pretty sure terrorism is illegal regardless of religion, although I haven't checked the laws recently. I'm not really sure why we need to specifically ban Islam when we can just say it's illegal to do the violent, human right violating aspects of it.
     
    If we banned Christianity, what do you think the general response would be?
     
     
    I wouldn't call it "my side," unless pointing out hypocrisy is a "side." For "blatant human rights violations" and which country I would live in....I am talking about America here. Islam is not our government, and never will be. The fact that it is the governing system in other countries is completely irrelevant to America. I don't think I've ever said it was good that Islam governs those countries, and have completely moved on from the "Islam is violent" aspect of the debate to the "banning Islam is not only unconstitutional, but also doesn't make sense" aspect of it.
  19. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
    I like how you don't want Muslims shouldn't share their Qu'ran with you, as if you are somewhat regularly approached by Muslims asking if you want to hear the word of Allah? You are free to not care about their religion, but their religion is free to practice it and this whole discussion came about after a user mentioned banning all 1.8 Billion Muslims.
     
    As for your whole comment of, don't share your Quran with me... I guess you also support the removal of 'In God We Trust' from the Dollar, because as you say - people shouldn't be pushing religion in other peoples faces, especially if they don't agree with the religion.
  20. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
    This is one of those situations where I guess that we'll just have to agree to disagree. I take issue with parts of the Qu'ran, that being said I do not think that all 1.8 billion Muslims are violent people or people who want to force strict Islamic rule over us. I have no problem with Muslims as a whole, and I find it pretty disgraceful that people have no problem in supporting acts such as banning Muslims for the acts of a few, which are largely unsupported by all other Muslims. 
  21. Ben liked a post in a topic by willpv23 in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
    I don't see how "Islamic" countries matter in this argument. The countries are not run by the religion, they are run by leaders who interpret the religion in a certain way, and decide to run the country that way. Is it right? No. Is it the religion's fault? Maybe. But I fail to see any relevance to Muslims practicing their religion in America, or other countries with basic freedoms.
     
    That's the same as saying the internment camps where we sent the Japanese in WWII were perfectly okay, because Japan was the enemy, therefore all Japanese people were the enemy.
     
    I have also never, not once in my life, saw a Muslim who was not an extremist trying to force their religion on anyone. I have, however, experienced Christians (and its denominations) trying to force Christianity on me. Granted, it wasn't by force, but if it was then they would be extremists just like Muslim terrorists.
     
     
    I can turn this right around and say you are free to be Christian, but don't share your bible with me, and don't talk about God. But, "In God we trust" is on our currency, "One nation under God" is in our Pledge, we swear to tell the truth on a Bible, etc. 
  22. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
     
    I never said that Islam in my opinion wasn't a particularly nice religion, not something I believe in. The quotes above though do not prove anything, the matter of the fact is that the large amounts of Muslims do not agree nor support violence against 'non-believers' it's also worth nothing that 2:191-193 relates to killing those who have oppressed you and taken your land and that 8:65 relates to soldiers being strong in combat. 

    The matter here is that of the 1.8 billion Muslim's you'll find less then 1% believe in, support or partake in acts of violence against people whom do not believe in Allah or the teachings of the Qu'ran. I think this might be of some interest, a Stack Exchange topic specifically relating to the killing of  non-believers/infidels:
     https://islam.stackexchange.com/questions/7421/does-the-quran-urge-persecution-of-the-infidel
     
    If we are for Human Rights - is this the pick and choose version. Article 25 of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights states

    Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
     
    Yet the CDC has statistics from 2016 stating that 4.4% of Americans failed to obtain needed medical car due to cost. I guess based on your logic I should be 'against' the United States due to it failing to provide an adequate standard of living as required by the Human Rights Declarations, since I believe in Human Rights.
  23. Hystery liked a post in a topic by Ben in Egypt Mosque Attatck   
    I don't think anyone disagree's with that statement that radicals should be eliminated. The problem is that people take that problem and blame it on the entirety of a religion, such as the roughly 1.8 billion Muslims being blamed for acts undertaken in the name of ISIS, an organisation with the strength estimated at 100,000. I'm sure people wouldn't call for the banning and slaughter of all Christians if 100,000 began killing people even though the religion as a whole has an estimated 2.8 billion 'believers' - pretty hypocritical if you ask me.
     
    Islam isn't the issue. You shouldn't have a problem with a religion of 1.8 billion people because of the actions of the estimated 100,000 people who use that as a reason to partake in violence under it's name, and I say partake in violence because barely half of them understand the Qu'ran nor 'religiously' abide by it.
  24. Ben liked a post in a topic by Sam in LSPDFR 0.4 - Epic Customization   
    This is the second part of our LSPDFR 0.4 Preview Series.  Not caught up yet?  Check out the initial announcement here: https://www.lcpdfr.com/forums/topic/81745-lspdfr-04-announcement-first-preview
     
    With LSPDFR 0.3, we got the ball rolling with backup customization, letting players configure their own backup units, giving players the ability to have four separate agencies in their game, each able to cover a different part of the map.
     
    Now, back then, this was a pretty cool system - car mods weren't even a thing when we released LSPDFR 0.1, and even by 0.3, the modding scene was nowhere near as massive as it is now.   Obviously, there's a whole lot more available to players in terms of content now, especially with popular mods like RDE and EUP which add multiple new ped models, vehicle models, and even entire police agencies.  As such, we wanted to find a way to bring these in to LSPDFR.
     
    So, forget just rolling the ball.  With 0.4, we're hoping to hit it clean out of the park...
     

     
    LSPDFR 0.4 gives you the ability to add your own custom law enforcement agencies, each with their own officers, outfits, inventories, vehicles, police stations and patrol areas. 
     
     
    Custom Agencies
     
    One of the coolest new capabilities in 0.4 is our new approach to dealing with the various police agencies in the game.  LSPDFR has always had a collection of pre-defined agencies, and you've been able to choose from them while going on-duty and you've seen them respond as backup units, but you've never really been able to properly configure them to your liking.  Perhaps you've always wanted to set up Rockford Hills as an independent city with its own department, or maybe you've longed for the full, authentic Southern Californian experience of having way, way more cops than you could ever know what to do with?
     
    LSPDFR 0.4 now gives you complete control over every agency in the game that we've already added (so the defaults that you're familiar with since 0.1, like the LSPD), but it also lets you define entirely new ones too.
     
    The possibilities of this system are extensive: you can even have multiple agencies assigned to share one jurisdiction, and there's no pre-set limits for how many different agencies you can add.
     
     
    Patrol Areas
     
    Of course, what good are a bunch of custom agencies if you don't actually see them?  0.4 also expands on our existing backup customization capabilities, now letting you define your own patrol areas.  With this system, you can assign any number of agencies to a particular zone in the game (like Strawberry or Del Perro), and you can combine these areas together into wider groups which can be used in-place of individual zones, making things much easier to manage.
     
    Likewise, in LSPDFR 0.3, it was called Backup Customization for a reason - the only time you'd really see any of your customizations was when calling for backup.  Again, this has been revamped in 0.4, and similarly, we're calling them Patrol Areas for good reason too.  You'll now see your agencies actually patrolling in their designated areas.
     

     
    Kiss goodbye to pesky data file edits - LSPDFR 0.4 actually puts cops on the beat.  And not just any cops... your cops!
     
     
    Police Stations
     
    In light of the way in which we approach police agencies and backup areas, we've also taken the time to rework the various police stations in LSPDFR.  Now, in 0.4, each police station is also configurable, and in similar fashion to Agencies and Patrol Areas, this system is also fully expandable, meaning you can define your own police stations too.
     
    Aside from the various options like choosing where vehicles will spawn, you can also choose which agency each station belongs to and LSPDFR will configure things accordingly so that you'll actually see vehicles and officers belonging to the specific agency situated around it.
     
    This system is pretty powerful in its own right as well, to the extent that even if you defined a police station at a random office building, you'd still see parked cars outside belonging to the agency.  Plus, there's also extensive customization options for this too, meaning that you could choose a very specific vehicle model (like a special car with a recruitment livery) to be visible outside a specific police station, without it ever being used as part of the core backup system (i.e. you wouldn't have recruitment vehicles arriving at shots fired).
     

     
    The Davis Sheriff's Station, all grown up...  It looks a lot better now with the right people outside! 
     
     
    Outfits & Inventories
     
    For the first time, 0.4 also introduces full support for multiplayer freemode characters (like those that you'll be familiar with from EUP), meaning that not only can you now play as a custom character in LSPDFR (through our new Character systems, which we'll talk about later), but you can also make it so that all the cops around don't look like clones anymore too!
     
    If you add freemode characters to your Agency definitions, LSPDFR will automatically handle all of the nuances that they typically bring, generating everything from unique faces to head overlays and props.
     
    And, to top things off - we've included a comprehensive system for managing outfits for multiplayer characters, meaning that LSPDFR 0.4 is fully compatible with EUP, both for player characters and non-player characters.  With this, adding all of your favorite custom outfits is a breeze and there's also support for templating - meaning that you can define one complete outfit as a template, which can then be used as a base for other similar outfits - like having the same uniform with both short sleeves and long sleeves.
     
    It doesn't stop there, either, because we've also included support for each Agency (and for each different type of officer within that agency) to have their own Inventories too - this handles everything relating to weapons, including attachments, and also supports the MK 2 weapons added in recent GTA Online updates, like pistols with hollow-point ammunition.
     
     
    Putting it all together
     
    We've really gone the extra mile in making sure that all of these systems join together, forming what we think is one amazingly powerful platform which will give everyone the freedom to play LSPDFR exactly as they like, with as much or as little additional content as they desire. 
     
    To give just one example, there's been a lot of thought into the structure behind this, and we've devised a system similar to that of the 'mods' folder in OpenIV, meaning that in most cases all of your customizations will be seamlessly merged together, eliminating the burden that comes with maintaining huge XML files that contain everything and drastically simplifying the process of installing customizations made by others.
     
    There's a lot of great mods out there already like Custom Backup by @PNWParksFan, Emergency Uniforms Pack by @Alex_Ashfold, and Realism Dispatch Enhanced by @dilapidated that have done a fantastic job in demonstrating the potential that GTA V has for adding new content and giving players much greater control of their games, and we're really excited to be taking things to a whole new level in 0.4.
     
    Finally, I'd like to say a special thanks to @SuperStumpje from the RDE team for his efforts behind the scenes in helping to refine many of the features shown above.
     
    We hope that you're all as excited about LSPDFR 0.4 as we are, and we're looking forward to sharing more about 0.4 soon!
     

     
    Customizations to LSPDFR are still made using simple XML files, and can also be split-up and neatly arranged on a per-agency basis.
     

     
    No smart captions here - we just thought this looked cool ;]
     
    Note that many of the pictures shown in this post contain a number of vehicle and character modifications (mainly EUP), simply to demonstrate their compatibility with 0.4.
  25. Ben liked a post in a topic by willpv23 in Bitcoin farming for Captcha?   
     
     
    Just putting this here since you seemed to have missed it:
     
     
     
    Also there was slim to no financial gain involved, which you also seemed to have missed:
     
     
    At least read the topic before you start ranting about something you know nothing about.
     
    Sorry if this comes across harsh but one thing that really bothers me is when people try to claim we are here for the money. We don't ask you pay us anything - LCPDFR and LSPDFR are completely free. We even offer ad-free installation options if you're uncomfortable with the installer that does have ads. We don't ask for donations. We have a store where you can buy merch, but are not shoving it down your throat everywhere. We have no extra benefits for people who do give us money. You don't even have to see the ads on the site, you can still fully access it with adblocker. The captchas are simply there to prevent flooding, not make money. I really do not get how people think we are financially motivated.
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