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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2011, 14:04 DG
 
Well, now I feel old, but congratulations and salutations.

Broke 599m not so long ago on the semi-hidden counter also.
 
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News Comments > Staff Are Team Bondi's Largest Creditors
23. Re: Staff Are Team Bondi's Largest Creditors Oct 8, 2011, 10:39 DG
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 7, 2011, 17:55:
Heh. Usually when there's issues the employees are the first to lose their paychecks.
Is this some US thing? In UK creditors are being told "cheque's in the post" and all that well before employees stop being paid.

Even if the company gets liquidated, if someone else has a fixed security they can take away that specific asset but otherwise employees are first in line to get money owed (including for any holidays not taken).

Bosses have equal standing with other staff - but only debts that related to them being an employee. If they have an investment and also are owed salary then only the salary gets preferential treatment.

Very surprised it's done differently elsewhere, since the basic rationale is that employees are not taking on risks & rewards of business and anyway the employee needs better protection since they do 100% of their trade, as it were, with the employer. That's some messed-up priorities if employees aren't at the front of the queue.
 
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News Comments > Staff Are Team Bondi's Largest Creditors
18. Re: Staff Are Team Bondi's Largest Creditors Oct 7, 2011, 17:32 DG
 
Fairly safe bet that employees not being paid knew chances are they'd never see any money. For any business the first people to get paid are staff.

It's not always stupid to keep on working for nothing; on the one hand you have the strong probability of nothing but on the other you have the certainty of nothing. Turn up at work and maybe get paid, maybe build CV, or have a lie-in and grow a beard.

When the employer is genuinely in trouble and not just taking the piss the sage advice isn't quite in the 20/20 focus you get with hindsight.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2011, 14:03 DG
 
I used to ghost my drive but these days I just dump a rar of My Docs and the firefox profile onto a USB stick.

Next upgrade probably winter, will include an SSD which I'll use for Win7 and Programs. My Docs goes to a HDD. Not sure whether to stick with this Western Digital (which was very fast in it's day and been super reliable) and use a new drive for image backup, or vice-versa. Guess I'll check some performance benchmarks or whatever.
 
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News Comments > Steam Translations Value Estimate
5. Re: Steam Translations Value Estimate Sep 25, 2011, 13:48 DG
 
Yeah the guy assumes Valve were otherwise going to pay for the translations. Given the games appear to be back catalogue and haven't been translated to date, that seems rather unlikely.

Sure, if HL3 is being translated into Spanish I daresay I'd think they're taking the piss. But this appears to merely be their stamping approval on mods, basically.
 
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News Comments > Why No Commander in Battlefield 3
32. Re: Why No Commander in Battlefield 3 Sep 23, 2011, 14:04 DG
 
zirik wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 04:26:
i agree that 2142 had better game play but a lot of people were put off by the bad futuristic design of the vehicles.
2142 was a game almost to be really loved but instead utterly hated due to how shittily implemented it was.

Moving the Titan lagged the server extremely badly. The layout of the Titan meant attacking it was either utterly impossible or ridiculously easy, depending on whether the attacker or the defender got set up first. This assumes nobody is exploiting, which became very rare really quickly. Not to mention the huge array of other bugs which were unavoidable. First game I ever actually wanted a refund for.

The gameplay wasn't even well thought out. Nearly, but with a fundamental flaw: wins were almost always decided in the first 5 seconds, by who was the first pilots in the attack and transport vehicles.

Wow that that game attracted the most incredibly stupid people I have ever witnessed. They all beelined for the attack then transport planes, and proceeded to race to cap the first point with it. Especially the attack plane. First time I've actually seen something so stupid that I've been unable to comprehend it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Sep 22, 2011, 13:13 DG
 
qisometric camera system in Diablo III felt very unfamiliar,

How do you get to be a gaming "journalist" yet have not used iso before?

This explains confirms a lot.
 
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News Comments > Syndicate-Inspired Cartel Revealed
8. Re: Syndicate-Inspired Cartel Revealed Sep 21, 2011, 15:29 DG
 
Hmm, hope to hear some news on this one when release nears  
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News Comments > Civilization V Game of the Year Edition This Month
12. Re: Civilization V Game of the Year Edition This Month Sep 14, 2011, 17:06 DG
 
Kastagir wrote on Sep 14, 2011, 16:48:
I'll admit, I heard some good things about Civ V, but I haven't played an offering from the series since Civ 1 or 2 because I didn't care for the cheating AI. Has anything changed?
IIRC, The AI still cheats above normal (prince?) difficulty, basically it gives them health/happiness bonuses like you get on the easier difficulties. On the hard settings it gets a bonus tech and unit at the start too.

Must admit it's one of my nuisances with it, especially since the hard part is anyway the start.
 
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News Comments > Civilization V Game of the Year Edition This Month
7. Re: Civilization V Game of the Year Edition This Month Sep 14, 2011, 14:32 DG
 
Tumbler wrote on Sep 14, 2011, 12:11:
Hmmmm, wonder how much this will cost...
Generally they have used their GOTY editions to lift prices back towards the original retail price, but no higher (usually a bit less in practice).

If your favoured store was selling it at $50 on release and $25 now, I'd hazard a guess at $40. Not sure about Steam though, due to the still-irritating distributor deals they might be required to list it there at the $50.

I'm hoping for a pack for us buying the game at launch. I'm not paying more than $10 for it though, and I'm not sure it's worth even that but for getting fully up to date.
 
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News Comments > Rumored Syndicate Details Promise a "Visceral FPS Experience"
15. Re: Rumored Syndicate Details Promise a Sep 11, 2011, 14:46 DG
 
oh FFS.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Samsung Rant Sep 9, 2011, 14:20 DG
 
I suspect today's much-reduced quality standards are primarily due to demand. Most people buy things as cheap as possible and replace things every few years even if they are in perfect working order. Anecdotal observation suggests to me those most likely to be doing this are also those who waste the most money on things, i.e. the most attractive customers.

In the balance of things influencing what people buy - at the point of purchase i.e. what they do, not what they subsequently think - the importance of price has increased over durability. In a sense there's some fair-do there, why add $1 to the price of a product in order to make it last longer than the buyer will use it?

That and a lot of products are more complicated yet produced at less capable factories, selected overwhelmingly by cost. Often the factory is some contractor rather than the brand-owner themselves.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2011, 11:45 DG
 
another test (sorry)

edit: is it right, er, intentional I mean, that I can't delete my own comments?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2011, 11:41 DG
 
test  
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News Comments > Team Bondi in Administration
10. Re: Team Bondi in Administration Sep 1, 2011, 12:55 DG
 
(Disclaimer: in UK...)

To be fair liquidation is used sometimes to wind down a business, laying off employees and enabling the owners to realise the money they have invested in the company as a capital gain (usually taxed lower than if by dividend or salary).

Creditors do get paid first. In UK employees are preferred creditors and any owed pay, including redundancy and holiday pay, are first in line unless e.g. a bank loan has a fixed security over assets. Whether the investors get any money depends if anything is left over afterwards.

Beamer or Ludomancer may be correct.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched
44. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched Aug 24, 2011, 14:46 DG
 
Oh yeah, and I still find forward+strafe a hard habit to break. Sometimes I still catch myself doing it and sometimes I catch myself not doing it then remember I shouldn't be  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched
43. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched Aug 24, 2011, 14:44 DG
 
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 23, 2011, 22:28:
SWEET!! Zero-day patches! Good job publishers! Way to push your devs so hard they can't even fucking QA their unfinished products!
I know there's a bit of in there but based on the speed of this I'm comfortable saying this is something they found in the final QA before going gold.

Once you have a release candidate, if you make any changes you need a new release candidate and QA begins again. Even if you make the fix in a couple of days this can put release back significantly as you have to find an available slot to book in the QA team, distribution and everything.

There's always going to be a line where a certain levels of bugginess is going to be accepted for shipping. There's time between going gold and launch day for the dev to make and QA a patch.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 22, 2011, 13:44 DG
 
benchmark *proceeds to show charts using ONE hardware configuration and instead focus on near-identical operating systems*
Sign of a skilled benchmarker that.
mostly because of itís choppy graphics [...] This engine doesnít need a lot of power to perform well
wat?
In my eyes Crystal Engine looks similar to the Source Engine used in Half Life 1 but not as sharp.
Should have gone to Specsavers?
Iím not very impressed by the game, mostly because of itís choppy graphics and Iím afraid Human Revolution will not bring any new fans to the Deus Ex series. I think Human Revolution is designed for fans and not for new players.
Opinion instantly irrelevant.
Iíll show you some DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 screenshots later on [...] * cue DX11 to DX9 comparison shots that do not appear to have any attempt made to identify potential DX10/11 features and don't actually compare the same parts of the images so can't really be compared*
Further signs of a skilled benchmarker.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Steam Preloads
76. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Steam Preloads Aug 21, 2011, 14:28 DG
 
Dirwulf wrote on Aug 21, 2011, 13:16:
All keys from other places are working for pre-load. The TF2 items are if you pre orderd on STEAM only, as far as I can tell.
Yeah and yeah people are using the TF2 items. Mainly seeing the sniper rifle, which appears quite useful in some situations as it penetrates players (but the tracer round gives your position away). Everyone gets to hear a special sound when you get a double kill with it. Other items don't seem interesting.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
3. Re: Catalyst 11.8 Windows 7 Driver Analysis. Aug 21, 2011, 06:56 DG
 
Good way to read reports is to read the intro and executive summary/conclusions. No point reading the supporting info unless something interests you in the conclusions.  
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