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Nickname Quboid
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Description I can't make any car pop a wheelie.
Homepage http://bcmedia.biz/
Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. May 6, 2014, 16:12 Quboid
 
DaHauns wrote on May 6, 2014, 12:09:
Regarding the Oculus Rift Tank: They should partner with Lockheed Martin...you know, for an actually working F-35 HMD.

I hope they have good IFF software if they're using the Oculus Rift DK1 with live ammo.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
30. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 6, 2014, 16:03 Quboid
 
I don't like Early Access; while it has good aspects at present I think it's bad for PC gaming. I'm glad Valve are at least willing to give refunds when it looks like a product was intentionally made just to take the money and run. I can understand why Valve don't want to police their store and I'm happy enough with community policing if Valve act quickly and are quick to refund.

Giving refunds on Early Access games is difficult; after all the point is that this money will probably have been spent before the final product is released and few developers will be able to operate with the threat of refund demands hanging over them. Early Access purchases are at least nominally preorders so there is a case against judging them before release, to further complicate things.

One thing Valve could do with Early Access titles on Steam is to hold the money in escrow for a bit. When you buy an early access title, Valve holds on to the money and for the next 48 hours you can try out the EA release and if you're not happy, you can cancel your preorder. This would be a one time thing per title, to encourage developers to release a good initial EA copy, so if you cancel your preorder and then re-preorder you've bought it.

If your project isn't advanced enough to have a sufficiently developed beta, you're not ready to promise a final product and so shouldn't be selling preorders. There are other crowd funding options for games that aren't yet playable.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
15. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 6, 2014, 11:18 Quboid
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 6, 2014, 10:45:
Quboid wrote on May 6, 2014, 10:17:
...by it's nature...

"It's" is ALWAYS a contraction for "it is" (or, less common, "it has").

The More You Know...

XD

For shame. For shame.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
11. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 6, 2014, 10:17 Quboid
 
nin wrote on May 6, 2014, 08:56:
About time. Actually, past time.


He starts off by saying that deleting negative feedback or quash criticism never works. That's a logical fallacy; by its nature we only hear about it when it fails.

How many negative reviews have never seen the light of day because reviewers or their editors have been leaned on behind the scenes? "I see you've given us 72% for Modern Battlefield Of Honor? That's a shame ... oh by the way we've decided to go with your competitor for that Call Of Warfare exclusive video release, but that's completely unrelated."

Edit: im bad at grammering

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Go Sports May 4, 2014, 20:11 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on May 4, 2014, 17:40:
Quboid wrote on May 4, 2014, 16:52:
Are football/soccer teams owned by Americans given any attention in U.S. sports coverage? Clubs like Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Arsenal (in part), Sunderland and AS Roma?

Dunno about the US but British and European games are shown on TV here all the time. There's a massive contingent of Brits and Europeans that watch them regularly. Even the NA league is doing ok these days which it never has before.

Most of my pals are British and watch the games all the time. In fact my pal is from Glasgow and we were watching the Tottenham and Celtic games at his place yesterday.

Where do you live?

I've heard the Major League Soccer is doing well but there's always been attempts to put a positive spin on how football is doing in the US. It appears to be quite well run and might be financially sustainable, which would be progress. In terms of average attendance at the stadiums MLS is 8th in the world, not bad considering it's only the 3rd highest attended sport in the country (largely thanks to hockey and basketball's smaller venues, presumably).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Go Sports May 4, 2014, 16:52 Quboid
 
Are football/soccer teams owned by Americans given any attention in U.S. sports coverage? Clubs like Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Arsenal (in part), Sunderland and AS Roma?  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse May 4, 2014, 16:47 Quboid
 
nin wrote on May 4, 2014, 13:19:
PayPal Exec Goes on Twitter Spree Insulting Coworkers.

Ha, updated with his firing. Not surprised...


And rightly so, it's unacceptable for anyone representing a company to use grammar like that.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
9. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 3, 2014, 22:05 Quboid
 
Jivaro wrote on May 3, 2014, 21:35:
You guys aren't acknowledging that they get to keep the tech, keep selling the phones, etc etc. They are essentially paying 120million dollars to license Apple's tech. I guarantee you that if in some weird alternate reality Samsung had licensed Apple's tech, it would have cost them a bunch more than 120million over the lifetime of said tech.

File this money under R&D, not legal fees.

They can still sell the phones that use these, but can they use these in future phones? The models mentioned aren't likely to be big sellers any more.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
7. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 3, 2014, 17:42 Quboid
 
Kosumo wrote on May 3, 2014, 17:11:
Creston wrote on May 3, 2014, 12:01:
Yeah I doubt Samsung is that worried about $120M.

Yeah, I bet they are.

Are you saying that at, lets say, $100 profit per phone, they are prepared to just lose 1.2 million phones? As if.

The article implies that Apple will have legal costs of about $100M so presumably Samsung will have the same: if this judgement stands then they'll be down about $220M. I doubt they make $100 a phone, this could correspond to around 4 million phones sold at around $50 profit per handset.

I wish I could consider this small change.

That's quite something; Apple gain $20M while Samsung lose $220M. Two hundred million dollars disappearing. Lawyers, eh?
 
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: etc. May 2, 2014, 21:21 Quboid
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:20:
Quboid wrote on May 2, 2014, 15:57:
Why is he in so much trouble with the NBA for this and not for denying housing on racial grounds? That's much, much worse.

Why. Two parts all sponsorship was leaving, has left. But even bigger than that and that is plenty big is the players were organizing a walk out. That forced immediate action.

Why didn't the sponsors walk after the earlier case? Why didn't player protest earlier? I understand the NBA's position, they had to act now because the fact of the matter is that their brand was being hurt by the negative publicity - but why wasn't there as big an outcry earlier? Was it just that the reference to going to games brought the NBA into it?
 
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News Comments > etc.
20. Re: etc. May 2, 2014, 15:57 Quboid
 
It seems ironic that Josh Olin's comments about how Sterling has the right to be an asshole in private wouldn't have got him in trouble if he'd made those comments in private.

Sterling's a prick, obviously, but this seems like a drop in the ocean compared to his past crimes. Why is he in so much trouble with the NBA for this and not for denying housing on racial grounds? That's much, much worse.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech
18. Re: ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech May 1, 2014, 16:35 Quboid
 
I don't think the patent thing is necessarily BS. Carmack does acknowledge that ZeniMax owns the code that he wrote, he's not trying to deflect from that. This suggests that he has written new code that has similarities to ZeniMax's old code, similarities that would be in breach of a patent had there been one.

Are Carmack and Oculus VR using code that he wrote while at ZeniMax, or are they using code that's very similar to code that he wrote at ZeniMax? I don't know what the legal position is if it's the later.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $43 Million
81. Re: Star Citizen Hits $43 Million May 1, 2014, 10:23 Quboid
 
True. The SP portion is what I'm most interested in, which can be said for most games. Perhaps the multiplayer will be OK, it remains to be seen.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Apr 30, 2014, 22:01 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 21:46:
I don't know or care about these faux Z-list celebs. Peaches Geldof died? That means nothing to me. Shitty for her parents sure but I'd never even have heard of her if not for her old man. Someone like Bob Hoskins however is someone I've been watching for 30 years and always really liked. Doesn't break me up, but it's definitely an 'Awww that sucks.'

That's why I used her as an example, she's someone who I didn't care about, who I knew very little about, who presented TV shows on a channel I never watched, who featured in gossip magazines that I don't read and who was related to someone I know little about. She meant as little to me as I did to her but when I saw on the news that she'd died, there was a stronger gut feeling of "Damn, that's horrible. Her family must be devastated" then I used to have. It used to be a thought, now it's a feeling.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2014, 21:43 Quboid
 
I only experience late night presenters from clips on YouTube but Craig Ferguson is the best general late night presenter, just ahead of Conan. I don't know how well these guys hold up on regular viewing.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Apr 30, 2014, 20:29 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 20:02:
Damn, 71 seems young to me.


My reaction to these deaths has changed so much recently. I'm sure 10, maybe just 5 years ago, news like the death of Peaches Geldof wouldn't have bothered me particularly much - sad, but ultimately just another ridiculously named talentless celebrity, famous for being famous, and who would be no one if it wasn't for her father also being famous. Sad news of course, but not something that stuck with me for long after reading the article.

However, now, the "talentless celebrity" thing doesn't matter. She wasn't her job. I just see a 25 year old woman leaving a distraught mother, father, husband and children. 25 years old. 25. The life I've lead since I was 25, she'll never know. That has stuck with me.

It's presumably my age and maturity. I used to have a dislike of the "talentless celebrity" which has been largely superseded by something between admiration for at least attempting their dream and pity for the position that I doubt they particularly wanted to end up in. In much the same way as I've come to understand how money doesn't guarantee happiness, I've come to realise that "talentless celebrity" is a job, not a personality, and she was just a girl mother of 3 trying to get by.

5 or 10 years ago I would have considered 71 to be a ripe old age but not any more. My father isn't much younger and I'm sure as hell not ready to say goodbye to him.

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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Apr 30, 2014, 20:14 Quboid
 
Speaking of videos about serious medical conditions, has anyone seen TotalBiscuit's new VLOG? He has the early signs of bowel cancer, it's heavy stuff and it has sure as hell made me think. Getting hysterical about these things doesn't help anyone but some of the symptoms he discusses - thankfully the minor ones - sound worryingly familiar.

Edit: linked VLOG.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 30, 2014, 17:58 Quboid
 
I find it really hard to believe that I'm the only person who reads that as SCROTUM. There's no way that I'm the sole person here with a mental age of 11.

I can see that there's a case for not needing a warrant at times, when there is probable cause to believe that the phone contains relevant, time sensitive information. That said, probable cause is already abused in the case of car searches and would inevitably be abused here. I'd like it to require a warrant but I doubt that will be their decision.

It's not encouraging to read Chief Justice John Roberts' comments about Facebook: "Any privacy interest in a Facebook account is at least diminished because the point is you want these things to be public and seen widely" - no no no. That's not how social media works. Some want their posts to be public and widely seen, sure, but no all of us. I lock my Facebook account down so only my friends can see anything; it's private. I wouldn't be dumb enough to put anything incriminating on Facebook but it's the principle of the matter.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $43 Million
78. Re: Star Citizen Hits $43 Million Apr 30, 2014, 13:59 Quboid
 
Tumbler, thank you but I was aware of that. Better hardware and better internet connections can unbalance things but that's long been a fact of PC gaming and is unavoidable. This is a world away from a game being created that is apparently designed specifically to penalise those who don't spend as much. This isn't just avoidable, that's RSI going out of their way to force this by implementing the shop.

The Rock-Scissors-Paper nature of the ships could only make things worse. Not only does my rival have better ships, he has a selection of ships that he can pick from so my Rock always faces his Paper, not his Scissors.

I don't follow the WW2 example. I wouldn't have 5 Hurricanes, I'd have 1. I'd be the guy getting his ass kicked. Perhaps the matchmaking system will ensure a fair fight but I'd rather they didn't go out of their way to have unfair fights in the first place.

SpectralMeat, I've played P2W games and it makes all the difference. I'm not a spoilt child, I accept defeat in a fair fight but I don't fancy spending time or any real money to partake in an unfair one. Beating someone in their $2,000 ship would be nice but it's not going to happen - the only thing that will happen is that I'll have spent $40 to get my ass handed to me and I don't like the sound of that.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $43 Million
75. Re: Star Citizen Hits $43 Million Apr 30, 2014, 07:32 Quboid
 
Tumbler wrote on Apr 29, 2014, 22:43:
If there is a cash shop the only thing they sell is UEC which is the currency of the game. I don't think most people consider that a cash shop.

You will be able to buy whatever you want with UEC inside the game.

Then it's a cash shop with a currency exchange. I convert my currency when I buy fuel for my car too, that's still ultimately using my native currency to buy stuff.

That you can buy everything in-game without spending a penny doesn't stop it from being pay to win. If I am in combat with someone else and I have even a suspicion that they've benefited from spending more real money than I have, then pay to win is seriously damaging the game.

If I'm beaten by someone who is better than me, fine. If I am beaten by someone who has spent more time building up their empire, fine. If I am beaten by someone who has broken out their credit card then the game's integrity is shot.
 
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