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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse May 9, 2015, 10:48 killer_roach
 
Jaxx wrote on May 9, 2015, 06:46:
The people having to pay the price for this are those of lower incomes. There have been multiple instances of fixed income apartment buildings being sold and remodeled. This forces ALL the tenants out and of course are told they can have their apt back, for three times the rent they were paying.

And lastly, politically we are a cesspool. What the citizens want, doesn't matter. The businesses are what matter for the most part. because they want more room, they tear down historical sections of town and reduce the amount of parking. They push for more public transportation, but push the bill on the tax payers.

It honestly sucks to see this city beautiful going the way it is.

Hate to say it, but the other options are either a) make the city so unappealing that nobody wants to live there (Detroit) or b) accede to what you're saying and basically turn the city into a giant gated community - anybody living in there currently can probably continue doing so at their level of income, but anybody moving to the area will face stratospheric property prices (San Francisco).

Ultimately, both the people AND the businesses matter. Without the former, the city withers - without the latter it either hollows out or becomes an irrational plaything for those too wealthy to have concerns with money.
 
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News Comments > Project CARS Livery Pack Released; AMD Optimizations Coming
10. Re: Project CARS Livery Pack Released; AMD Optimizations Coming May 8, 2015, 11:10 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 8, 2015, 11:03:
Right, but if you are developing your game, one has to assume they have ATI and NVidia test systems. You install the latest released drivers while developing. You get your application to run optimally on that, there is no reason for a new driver for your game, you can look at any released game to see "the drivers do work" so if you are having issue, research and learn as you develop, that seems to be part of the Dev's duties to me.

Sounds easy enough, but trying to develop for a particular set of video drivers is like hitting a moving target - it's not unusual for AMD updates to break compatibility with existing software until it's fixed later.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute
14. Re: The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute May 6, 2015, 23:10 killer_roach
 
Overon wrote on May 6, 2015, 22:54:
According to GMG statement, CD Projekt Red did not make an agreement with GMG about reselling Witcher 3. And they were not happy about that, they said that CD Projekt Red focused on GOG selling instead and didn't make GMG an approved reseller. GMG in their statement also said that they got the keys from CD Projekt approved resellers.

Here is my speculation: GMG got mad that they weren't allowed to be an approved reseller, so they bought keys from official approved resellers and are selling them at no profit or little profit (basically wholesale prices) to purposefully undercut the approved CD Projekt resellers.

They are sending a message that says "This is what happens when you don't allow us to be approved resellers, we undercut your price (even though we get little to no profit) and make you look bad, so next time you come to an agreement and let us officially be your selling partner instead of shutting us out." It's a hell of a way to do it. Companies don't like it when there is variability in the price of their item. It pisses off their approved resellers who do not want to be involved in a price war.

What do you guys think about the likelihood of my speculation?

Very likely, but rights holders usually respond badly to that. Case in point, Nintendo getting mad at Amazon selling their hardware below MSRP. Long story short, Nintendo still refuses to distribute hardware to Amazon to sell - it's all third parties doing so, and often at non-trivial markups over MSRP.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 2, 2015, 15:45 killer_roach
 
Keilun wrote on May 2, 2015, 13:04:
Axis wrote on May 2, 2015, 11:59:
Prices haven't changed for me for the last 15 years. I build a high end system for $800-$1000 every 4-5 years, biding my time on deals and pcpartpicker till I get what I want for the price I want.

Everyone else probably if they aren't thoughtful about expensive purchases.

The article's reasoning for predicting a price increase is due to currency fluctuations (those economies that are weak to the US dollar). I don't see how that's exactly specific to PC prices though. In Canada, I've already felt the effect of the weakening CAD against the USD for other goods.

Really all depends on Fed policy - if they decide to raise interest rates, that should strengthen the dollar and make a lot of import purchases considerably cheaper. Right now, with most monetary policy observers thinking the Fed will keep a zero rate policy through 2015, the dollar should slide against international currencies barring any nasty surprises overseas (China's economy bottoming out, a Grexit, major natural disaster in SE Asia, etc.).
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Microsoft Health and Band Updates Bring New Cycling App Integrations, Insights and Features. Apr 24, 2015, 17:56 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 16:48:
Fion wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 12:38:
I may have the 2nd worse cable company in the US as my broadband provider, but at least it isn't going to combine with the 1st.

I'm so glad the FCC is standing up to this shit these days. Now if only we could get the government to break these non-competing companies up or force competition onto them in some way. The new 25 down/5 up min for 'cable' is nice to see but frankly that's still WAY behind what the rest of the world offers, for 1/3rd the price-tag.
The Justice Dept too. I think that was the straw that broke the Comcast's back.

Both of you are wrong. It's really the Federal Trade Commission on this one - Justice would come in largely to mop up any antitrust issues, and the FCC was looking more like they had come to an understanding with Comcast, but the FTC had a lot of conditions that they were putting on the whole thing.

Right now, as a TWC customer and moving to another area served by TWC, I can't imagine anyone being that much worse, even considering Comcast's reputation.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Apr 18, 2015, 12:46 killer_roach
 
rocketpcguy wrote on Apr 18, 2015, 12:02:
but many people i know just install steam and play free to play games. does that mean they would not be able to play anymore unless they buy a game? then the move looks more like for financial reasons than fighting spammers.

They can still play, they just can't use community features such as adding friends, trading games/items, or putting their creations up on Steam Workshop.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 14, 2015, 21:18 killer_roach
 
ShakaUVM wrote on Apr 14, 2015, 20:47:
Wow: "Right-Wing Trolls Hijack SciFi Oscars."

Linking to Arthur Chu, who called a black woman "a shield" is really not the right person to quote to summarize the drama going on here. He's one of the very worst people in the whole debate.

The people nominated are across the political spectrum.

Science fiction has had an ideology issue ever since Asimov's spiteful attitude toward Heinlein. Ever since most of the genre's standard-bearers have been pretty staunchly to the political left - even, until very recently, Orson Scott Card, who is now regarded somewhere between persona non grata and an apostate of the highest order.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 12, 2015, 22:11 killer_roach
 
IAMLIT_REFLEX wrote on Apr 12, 2015, 21:58:
Time Warner Cable gives me amazing Internet service. I pay for 100 megabits and they give me 108 consistently.

I used to only get 20 megabits (22.7 actual) but they upgraded their network and now I pay the same price for 100.

I am a little concerned that my service will decline in quality if they sell out to Comcast.

Also what the fuck crack are people smoking that bitch about TWC Internet? I have been on the service for a year now and they ALWAYS give me higher speeds than the line is rated for and there has not been ONE SECOND of downtime the entire damned year.

Compare that to Verizon DSL in which I always had to have the number to tech support handy for its bi-monthly network downtime. Also they wanted $30 a month for 1 megabit and I'm much happier paying about $50 a month for the Internet component of a TV/Internet bundle that gives me 108 times that bandwidth (I've never had issues with throughput from either provider by the way!!!!! Ever!!!).

Might depend on market. I get 20Mbit from TWC and usually end up receiving closer to 17.5. Some days it's as low as 15.5...
 
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News Comments > Amazon Crytek Deal?
10. Re: Amazon Crytek Deal? Apr 6, 2015, 23:15 killer_roach
 
Sepharo wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 21:35:
Weird...

My only guess is that Amazon wants it for a VR project in its skunkworks. Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple want to compete with each other in every facet of tech so when one jumps the rest follow. Drones? Sky WiFi? Car AI? Tablets? etc etc.

Amazon does own game development studios...
 
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News Comments > Sony Buys OnLive - Shutdown Planned
14. Re: Sony Buys OnLive - Shutdown Planned Apr 3, 2015, 14:11 killer_roach
 
Blue wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 09:38:
That doesn't strike you as spin? Funny timing that they were bought just 30 days before planning an unrelated shutdown.

It was believed that OnLive was bleeding money, and all it would take would be a new round of VC funding to fall through for their situation to go from manageable to catastrophic. That can happen pretty fast, especially for a company who didn't appear that fundamentally sound.

When Sony bought Gaikai, I had questioned why they hadn't gone after OnLive instead - as it turns out, they turn around and snap them up later for a fraction of what they were likely worth at the time they bought Gaikai. Almost a buy one get one free sort of deal, at that point.
 
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News Comments > More LucasArts Games on GOG.com
17. Re: More LucasArts Games on GOG.com Mar 20, 2015, 03:51 killer_roach
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 20, 2015, 03:43:
Lets hope a rejuvinated Lucasarts starts pumping out proper games now that they have a new owner. Meh, I know it wont happen but a man can hope...

Considering their parent company's track record with gaming, I think they won't bother with doing so themselves. If you see a revitalized LucasArts, it would be either another studio licensing their IP or possibly a joint venture between Disney and another publisher to create a studio that would be a spiritual descendant of the old studio. Disney really has a pretty long history of not knowing how to break into the gaming space themselves, but a good pattern of working well with others to develop gaming properties.
 
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News Comments > Kojima to Leave Konami After The Phantom Pain?
4. Re: Kojima to Leave Konami After The Phantom Pain? Mar 20, 2015, 02:03 killer_roach
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Mar 19, 2015, 19:19:
Konami has been limping along on their old glory for so long now it might be time to stumble into the snow and die.

So, is Konami the Japanese word for "Interplay"?
 
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News Comments > Valve on Improving Steam Customer Service
37. Re: Valve on Improving Steam Customer Service Mar 14, 2015, 23:43 killer_roach
 
Orogogus wrote on Mar 14, 2015, 23:38:
It's weird, because you said "Steam's monopoly position" with no qualifier. If they were a total monopoly there wouldn't be any competition.

A business doesn't have to have 100% market share to be considered an illegal monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act - or, for that matter, a firm with 100% market share could also be completely legal.

At least as it pertains to antitrust law, a monopoly is merely a firm with enough market share to be able to influence pricing and/or operations within their market.

tl;dr - de facto monopoly != de jure monopoly.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Improving Steam Customer Service
36. Re: Valve on Improving Steam Customer Service Mar 14, 2015, 23:38 killer_roach
 
Slick wrote on Mar 14, 2015, 23:33:
and all of the customer service horror stories aside, the real nail in the coffin for Valve is that they don't make games. They take billions in the games industry, and do what with them? invest in building other studios? funding the development of promising games? no, they gamble on exactly nothing because what they're sitting on is a sure bet. Invest in nothing, let everyone else take the gamble, and they just profit. oh and don't spend a thing on customer service.

say what you will about the competition, EA and Ubisoft MAKE GAMES, even if they're generally hated for doing so ^_^. They each employ literally 40x as many people as Valve. they each put food on the table for 8000-9000 people in the games industry. what has GabeN the prolific, the magnanimous, the generous given back? hats?

And to think, their last two franchises (L4D, Portal) were from acquiring studios that had a project ready to go, then bankrolling a sequel that was as close to a can't-miss as it gets. (Wasn't Dota 2 similar as well? Can't recall.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 12, 2015, 01:42 killer_roach
 
Tom wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 13:30:
These stories deserve to be told without the sensationalist hyperbole.

It's Ars on an article on digital security. That's like asking Gawker not to be politically correct - it's just their nature.
 
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News Comments > EA Closing Maxis?
18. Re: EA Closing Maxis? Mar 4, 2015, 18:35 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 17:22:
"Why do people hate us so much?"

-clueless EA dipshit execs.


Another once great studio ruined and then murdered by EA. Well done, fellas.

To quote RHPS:

"Now, now, don't be like that... it was a mercy killing!"

It's a loss from the nostalgia perspective, but let's be honest - the studio hadn't done much of value lately and most of the principals from their glory days are long gone.

Turn out the lights, party's over.
 
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News Comments > how do you Do It?
19. Re: how do you Do It? Feb 28, 2015, 23:50 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 23:04:
Or worse, one of our congressmen who think you can swallow a pill to get a vaginal exam. The stupid, it hurts.

Or worse, someone who confuses a state representative with a Congressman.

...the stupid, it hurts indeed.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Feb 28, 2015, 00:59 killer_roach
 
jimnms wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 00:46:
I'd kill for these on GOG, and a NOLF3. My original NOLF disks are still on my dusty game shelf that hasn't been touched since, well, Steam, but I can't find my NOLF2 disks.

I know GOG was trying to untangle the ownership rights to NOLF a couple of years ago, ultimately determining that nobody knows who owns what related to it anymore.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
33. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2015, 13:32 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 12:41:
I was surprised at how civil the comments were at Kotaku.

Most of the people that disagree either have left, get shouted down, or have their comments disappear.

Come on, it's a Gawker blog. Nobody goes there for intellectual diversity, intellectual honesty... or intellect, for that matter.
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
19. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 19:32 killer_roach
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 19:25:
killer_roach wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 19:11:
Simply put, telecommunications, like most other areas of the American economy, was never remotely an open market, despite industry defenders vociferously claiming the contrary. The FCC merely closed the circle with these decisions, resulting in a de jure, rather than merely de facto, controlled market.

True, but at least now the incumbent providers are recognized for what they are and will be held to a higher standard, i.e. they get to keep their market power, but now they abuse that power at their peril, rather than their pleasure.

What I would really like to see would be some sort of last-mile unbundling proposal becoming law: require incumbents to lease line access for broadband services. Back when dial-up modems were all the rage, i.e. the second half of the 90s, there was a competitive ISP market in the US, for the reason that the medium of transmission, phone lines, were a public utility available to all. When cable internet became the only realistic option for broadband, the competitive ISP market disappeared with dial up modems simply because Cable providers had no requirement to lease access to their infrastructure and a new provider building out their own infrastructure isn't economically feasible.

This vote won't make the US service provider market competitive, but at least now the incumbent service providers don't have free reign to abuse their market power, as they have for the past 10 years or so.

I was advocating for some sort of "Minimum QoS" regulation along with a reform of the FCC's spectrum auction rules to allow for a more dynamic market in wireless broadband. (Fiber optic "backbone" infrastructure I'm not so concerned about the effects of Title II on, beyond possible issues with deployment to new geographic locations which will likely be an impending fight between telecom firms and the FCC should these regulations be upheld.)
 
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