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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 > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 11, 2013, 14:26 Quboid
 
mellis wrote on Sep 11, 2013, 11:37:
I don't get all this corporate double speak implying the 'next gen' consoles are better than the PC since they are both PC's. It was different when they were significantly architecturally different (Cell, PowerPC etc), but now the playing field is leveled under the all embracing x86, it's kind of like a console maker touting the fanboi line "My PC is better than yours"...

Going by your last phrase, I think you get the corporate double speak exactly right.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Beta Access and System Requirements
38. Re: Battlefield 4 Beta Access and System Requirements Sep 10, 2013, 08:07 Quboid
 
LaxerFL wrote on Sep 10, 2013, 00:35:
nin wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 20:43:
Win8 64 and a 3 gig graphics card??? I understand it's "recommended" but still...

Damn...


Are you saying "damn" because you think the requirements are high? Any gaming rig built in the last 8 months should exceed those reqs. Aside from Windows 8 which is just a shit OS and they will have to pry Win7 from my cold dead hands, my 1 year old rig beats all those recommended specs.

My 4 month old build with 2GB VRAM is most offended.

This build does have Windows 8, because Windows 8 + Start8 + ModernMix is cheaper than Windows 7 and better than Windows 7 in pretty much every way.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
6. Re: Into the Black Sep 10, 2013, 07:56 Quboid
 
NegaDeath wrote on Sep 10, 2013, 02:06:
"He and his friend Jon Murphy are pretty sure that once Apple announces its new phones on Tuesday at 1 pm, that a likely release date would be the 17th or the 20th."

*checks calendar*

Hahaha_no

Seriously though, taking at least a week off work (assuming they work) to line up outside so you can buy a mass produced incremental update. To a fucking phone.

That hasn't even been announced. I hope the announcement today (if there is to be one) is to announce some shit accessories and that the iPhone 5S will be available in November.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Beta Access and System Requirements
13. Re: Battlefield 4 Beta Access and System Requirements Sep 9, 2013, 22:13 Quboid
 
I feel like Blue is half testing how we feel about these tweets, and half trolling us. If that's the case, we seem to unanimously dislike them, and well played.  
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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
62. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 20:03 Quboid
 
I think we all knew they would to blame anyway

I came back to my computer with the comments page loaded - I thought the tweet was a Google Talk window that had popped up and someone had messaged me.
 
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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
58. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 19:18 Quboid
 
Jivaro wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 18:35:
I never knew you all were so color and style conscious. When I move into my new house I will make sure to hit you all up for interior decorating tips.


Don't bother asking me, I only know this stuff because I live here. In the physical world, I barely know what colour my curtains are. Sort of green with flower patterns, IIRC.
 
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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
49. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 17:13 Quboid
 
JeffD wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 17:02:
I love blues news simply and older layout. It is a refreshing change from all the other sites that load slow because they have 10 million embedded elements and flash applets. I get sick of visiting MMO champion now cause there site is soooo slow loading all those youtube applets.

That said, blue if you read this, your page has NEVER worked right on android phones! No matter what browser I use, the blue backdrop never comes through, makes it impossible to read yellow text.

I have no problems there. I just tried it with the latest Chrome stable release and it's worked with older Chromes and the previous default browser fine. Some font sizes are a bit funky (e.g. headlines are small) but that's very minor.
 
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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
42. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 16:18 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 10:32:
Blue wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 10:24:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 10:21:
WTF is up with the tweet spooge? This image was impossible to convey in encapsulating text or just a straight up link?

It seemed like using the Twitter embed was the easiest way to provide the context for this. I take it this has turned out to be a giant problem?

It's a bit jarring given the color scheme for the rest of the site.

That's my problem with it, it jumps out at me. It jumps out much more than anything else, including ads, and forces my eye its way every time it comes on screen.

I'm not against Twitter (it's just a communication tool, as with all social media idiots on Twitter are the problem) and I'm not against new-fangled things like embeds when appropriate but a medium sized dark-on-light embed sticks out like a sore thumb. If it was light-on-dark, like the rest of the site, I don't think I'd have a problem with it.

Edit: FWIW, like embedded videos I don't particularly mind this on the item's share page (click on news story's headline, does anyone even use that?) or the comments page, as Morgan19 suggests.

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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat
79. Re: Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat Sep 9, 2013, 11:31 Quboid
 
You're risking getting nothing with the return of getting the game cheaper, so I suppose that's your RoI there but I'd still say that it's a glorified pre-order.

You can look at them in investment terms. Big Publisher's pre-orders have low risk (release virtually inevitable, but may suck) and low RoI (a few bucks worth of DLC). I bought Prison Architect for something like 20, that's a moderately high risk (game may suck, might not even get released) but higher reward (decent chunk off the price, emotional warm feeling). I think you could look at pretty much anything this way.

Paying $5,000 for a ship isn't a pre-order or an investment. It's a gift. It's charity, with the ship being little more than a Thank You present. There's certainly nothing wrong with that, but I wouldn't do it.

In terms of needing lawyers if it goes wrong. Individually they'd be in the right (I'm assuming <1% is going to coke and hookers, I mean, they've got to build team spirit somehow) but if dozens, maybe hundreds of foolish people get the wrong end of the stick then they could be buried. Thinking this is any investment other than emotional investment is the stick's wrong end.


Edit: Mr. Tact, it occurred to me when I said Egosoft's back catalogue (X games) was failure after failure that I was being unfair on them. The previous X games had their merits and plenty of people enjoyed them very much, they're one of those games like Stalker which I just love the concept of, but don't actually want to play.

I wouldn't be surprised if Star Citizen satisfied quite a few people even if the general reception is one of disappointment. I expect it to be delayed but it's unlikely that the shit will hit the fan and they'll need to lawyer up and the release will probably be a mostly good game. In referring to it failing, and to X failing, I mean that it fails to live up to the very high standards it sets in the eyes of as many people as it potentially could. You're right to point out that there's a whole range of eventualities other than Success and Fail.

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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat
74. Re: Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat Sep 8, 2013, 18:55 Quboid
 
Tom wrote on Sep 8, 2013, 11:50:
You've completely missed the point of crowdfunding. You are part of a crowd that is funding the project. That's how your money is being used. You're not buying virtual spaceships, the game, or anything else. You're making an investment in their project. Like any investment, there is risk. By giving them money you accept that risk. If you don't do your due diligence, that's on you. You aren't entitled to anything should the developer go bust without releasing the game. It is not necessary for them to lawyer up. Those are the terms you agreed to by investing.

Now, if the whole thing turns out to be a sham, you might be successful in a lawsuit that accuses them of fraud. But if they make any kind of decent effort and it just doesn't pan out for whatever reasons, good luck with that.

Crowd-funding is not an investment. You're not buying a percentage of the company or a share of future profits - where's the return on the supposed investment? You are buying the game or a virtual spaceship. That's it. There's a hell of a lot of risk (the finished game being crap being the main one) but no reward beyond the virtual item you got. It's a pre-order.

The only investment you're making is an emotional investment and even if you are rolling in cash, a $5K purchase is a big emotional investment. One that will make you (the $5K buyer) upset and angry if it doesn't pan out. One that suggests you're not big on rational decisions either.

If the shit hits the fan with this, it will absolutely be necessary for them to lawyer up. It doesn't matter if they're right (and I'd give them a 99% chance that they are), if they get sued they still need lawyers to show the court this.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat
70. Re: Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat Sep 8, 2013, 07:54 Quboid
 
That's a good way of looking at it. I could well spend my regional equivalent, 3200, on all my games, personal software and hardware upgrades between now and a realistic release date for this game; which I'd put at 2+ years from now, given how the scope has changed since they set their target dates.

I'm sure there aren't many people spending this much, and of course it's none of my business really. Maybe their father is a Saudi prince. I'll consider spending $40 on the game pre-launch although I'll probably wait for launch. Anything more than that, no. I'm certainly not going to double my expenditure for the next few years to buy a virtual space ship that may or may not be any good in a game which may or may not be any good.

Whether or not the game is a success (in terms of being a good game, regardless of finances), I hope they're lawyered up. Delays and disappointments are inevitable and one of these days, a crowd-funded game is going to go wrong and many people will be braying for blood. Imagine spending $5k on a virtual space ship only for the developers to somehow go bust and the game never getting released.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 7, 2013, 21:13 Quboid
 
Kristian Joensen wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 16:09:
I guess people could take the "for copying games" bit as a statement of fact. "They copied games, now they are being sued for it" as opposed to "lawsuit alleges 6waves copied games".

Good point. As you say, it would imply that the fact that it's copied isn't disputed, but whether this copying was legal - which isn't the correct interpretation.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat
56. Re: Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat Sep 7, 2013, 21:09 Quboid
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 16:32:
ItBurn wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 11:36:
One question though. Where the hell is all this money coming from?
People spending $5k on spaceships. I spent a tenth of that and my wife is ready to kill me.

Wait, I ... they're ... no. What? Why ... is ... what??!

Haha, I read that as people are spending $5000 actual dollars on virtual space ships in a game at least 14 months away from release (and 24 months would be optimistic IMHO). Heh, imagine if that is actually happening in real.

Ha!
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat
37. Re: Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat Sep 7, 2013, 16:12 Quboid
 
Iurand wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 15:35:
Quboid wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 14:20:
It worries me that this originally had a Kickstarter goal of $500,000, now it's at $18,000,000 and counting. This is a completely different project which they're not ready for.

Kickstarter was only addon to their original campaign, which was for $2M + 10M to 12M from investors.

That's a good deal better. Does this $18M figure include any non-crowd investment or have they been able to cancel that?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat
26. Re: Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat Sep 7, 2013, 14:20 Quboid
 
This and X:Rebirth are both interesting, ambitious space sims. For some reason I have more faith in Egosoft delivering, despite their back catalogue pretty much being them failing over and over.

It worries me that this originally had a Kickstarter goal of $500,000, now it's at $18,000,000 and counting. This is a completely different project which they're not ready for.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 6, 2013, 19:32 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Sep 6, 2013, 13:02:
LittleMe wrote on Sep 6, 2013, 11:51:
Instead, use encryption or host your own e-mail server on your router, or something,

The big problem is that that isn't private either. I don't give a shit about gmail not being private, it specifically says so in the EULA, and it's a free service. Don't like it? Don't use it.

But if I put up my own openBSD box and host my own email and encrypt it, the NSA still fucking reads it.

That sounds like the sort of thing a terrorist would do. Why go to those lengths to hide your emails if you've got nothing to hide?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 3, 2013, 08:23 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Sep 2, 2013, 23:07:
Quboid wrote on Sep 2, 2013, 17:15:
So, how about Gareth Bale, eh? 86M. That's over $133,000,000 USD.

...

If this was in NFL, you guys would be all over it. Do you even know what a transfer fee is?

We only watch interesting sports here.

Oh, has Baseball been scrapped?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 2, 2013, 17:15 Quboid
 
So, how about Gareth Bale, eh? 86M. That's over $133,000,000 USD.

...

If this was in NFL, you guys would be all over it. Do you even know what a transfer fee is?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 2, 2013, 14:48 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 1, 2013, 17:37:
Having a strange problem. In Chrome and FF on my laptop, I'm not getting the red asterisk that indicates I've not read a new post. Works fine for IE, also works fine for Chrome and FF on my other machine. Thoughts? I've cleared the cookies, but that doesn't really have an affect.

I've been having this problem for a while, it even persisted over a complete system wipe. Possibly some cloud based malarkey of Chrome's kept a bad setting in the same way as it kept my bookmarks. If that, it would appear to be at least in part an issue with Blammo or Chatbear or whatever this comment system is called.

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nin wrote on Sep 1, 2013, 18:33:
Click the "Remember Me" next to your post. Even though the browser offers to remember your password w/o it, the web pages needs it...

D'oh! That was it!

This has bugged me for literally years. It's not like that should have been a mystery, I'm a web developer by trade.

Thanks nin!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 31, 2013, 09:23 Quboid
 
Ant wrote on Aug 31, 2013, 01:25:
Cutter wrote on Aug 30, 2013, 12:30:
Hah! Dunno if anyone has seen this meme floating around yet but I haven't....

Starbucks in Starbucks
It's pretty old, but still funny.

Care to explain it? I get that they're in Starbucks (although those cigars better not be lit if they're around here) but who are they? Is their name Starbucks? Is one called Star and the other Bucks? Did anyone get my first post "joke"? What's the insignia, Battlestar Gallactica?
 
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