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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 19, 2013, 16:06 killer_roach
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Jul 19, 2013, 15:36:
At least you'll have a use for your vita finally (remote play)


I'm not sure why people pre-order big tickets items like this other than to flip. Seems like first gen always has a lot of problems.

I preordered mine, but that was mostly because that way I got the 3G version for the price of the WiFi version (as it turned out, I never used the 3G) and got a free memory card (which I replaced as soon as I got a 32GB one cheap) and a free downloadable game (which, admittedly, is pretty fun). The hardware, oddly enough, is rock solid, which is something I'm still shocked by - launch Sony hardware tends to be dicey.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 19, 2013, 15:32 killer_roach
 
deqer wrote on Jul 19, 2013, 14:19:
I feel sorry for the people buying the xbone. They will be part of the minority group; a group that everyone will poke fun at.

Glad I didn't preorder one, then - I still get grief over having bought a Vita.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 19, 2013, 15:29 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 18, 2013, 21:13:
And as you mentioned how well MS does even though it fumbles all over it self. Hard to believe the stock hasn't done nothing in years.

Basically because it's maintained about that level of profit for a while now. Profits alone don't tend to drive increases in share prices - but growth in profits does. Also, additionally Microsoft has instituted dividend payouts more recently that are halfway decent, meaning that the stock has only "done nothing" if you aren't reinvesting the dividends.

That tends to be the path of a lot of more "mature" companies - the stock tends not to do a whole lot, but the dividend payments give people returns not unlike what a good savings or money market account would get you back in the day.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 18, 2013, 20:34 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 18, 2013, 20:26:
killer_roach wrote on Jul 18, 2013, 16:07:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 18, 2013, 10:53:
I for one think Verizon needs to increase their rates, only 6.6b's in a quarter.

$5.4 billion profit in the quarter, on $29.8 billion in revenue.

That's a profit margin of 18.1%, compared to, among other huge companies, 21.7% in the most recent quarter for Apple (9.5 on 43.6) and 37.1% for Microsoft (7.61 on 20.49).

18.1% is amazing. Tons of very large companies are way under 10%.

The bigger they are in terms of revenue, the lower they typically are in terms of profit margins.

I should probably have tried to look for more apt comparisons in the telecom sector, but there aren't many apart from AT&T (which, from looking at their most recent earnings, they're around 12%).
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 18, 2013, 16:07 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 18, 2013, 10:53:
I for one think Verizon needs to increase their rates, only 6.6b's in a quarter.

$5.4 billion profit in the quarter, on $29.8 billion in revenue.

That's a profit margin of 18.1%, compared to, among other huge companies, 21.7% in the most recent quarter for Apple (9.5 on 43.6) and 37.1% for Microsoft (7.61 on 20.49).

(EDIT: Microsoft just issued a new quarterly report today, where they earned 4.97 billion on 19.9 billion in revenue, or a 25% profit margin. Doesn't affect the comparison, but I prefer to deal with current data.)

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, you have Walmart's 5.7% (6.5 on 113.4) and ExxonMobil's 9.8% (9.5 on 96.9).

If anything, Verizon's profit margin, from looking back previous quarters, was significantly higher this quarter than it's been in the past few years (where it's been typically ~10% or so). As to why that might be, I can't exactly fathom a good guess without really diving into their quarterly SEC report, but I'm going to guess that earnings growth of that type likely indicates a slowing down of capital expenditures (less upgrades to their network).

This comment was edited on Jul 18, 2013, 17:06.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: Steam Psychology... Jul 17, 2013, 00:03 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Jul 16, 2013, 23:56:
Asmo wrote on Jul 16, 2013, 23:46:
Are there any parts of that article that actually surprised anyone? I don't think you need to actually study psychology to see a page full of hooks every time you check what's new... =)
But I wonder if valve actually have any psychologists telling them those things, or they just stumbled onto ways to increase their sales after doing it this many years. I remember valve telling us that they experimented with the steam economy without knowing anything they were doing.

Odds are somebody remembered something from a psych class they took to complete their electives in college and tried it out.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2013, 20:51 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 14, 2013, 13:15:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 14, 2013, 11:24:
Beamer wrote on Jul 14, 2013, 00:36:
Amazon, in almost all cases, will give you the game and eat the ;59.99 as the cost of their mistake.

in interviews they ask you questions along those lines. The answer is almost always eat the loss to make the customer happy, even if you lose millions.

... Because we are making billions.

In revenue, certainly not in profit yet.

Being an Amazon employee and shareholder, I'll own up to working for the most powerful non-profit organization in the world. Pretty much any cost savings go back into the business or to lowering prices.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
8. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jul 13, 2013, 15:16 killer_roach
 
That's simply repeating the same thing political operatives always say in defeat - hey, it wasn't our ideas that were bad, it was the communication!

Never mind the fact that yes, sometimes it is the ideas... usually the people who trot out this excuse had at least some hand in the communication.

Considering the precedent previously cited, I wonder when Microsoft is going to start blaming the consumers for not knowing what they really want...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 13, 2013, 14:58 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 13, 2013, 13:09:
Guy was a master at marketing. Selling nothing better for a LOT more.

In all fairness, Bose's enclosures have always been pretty good. The problem was that it's pairing legitimately good enclosures with rather middling drivers.

If only Bose had collaborated with another relatively recently deceased audio mogul, Sidney Harman...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
3. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jul 13, 2013, 14:53 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 13, 2013, 13:51:
Maybe because it's of working in hospitality but I'm a cash guy. I don't want thieves or the gubment - same thing really - being able to track my spending, find a way to hack my digital account, etc. I never use debit cards and any CC purchases get paid off every month, but I pay for almost everything in cash.

Basically the same reason why mobile payments caught on in Kenya. Rule of law there isn't particularly strong, and people seemed to trust the mobile networks with their money more than they did the banks, the government, or having it themselves (property crime is stunningly high in Kenya, especially in the capital city of Nairobi).
 
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News Comments > Valve Considering U.K. Office?
6. Re: Valve Considering U.K. Office? Jul 11, 2013, 15:00 killer_roach
 
NeOCidE wrote on Jul 11, 2013, 14:41:
Fed up of ClittyB opening his damn trap. He has something to say and we all must listen.

He's an amoeba floating in a pool of sputum.

I think in this case he's right for the wrong reasons. At this point, Valve is a retailer that happens to pretend to release games every once in a while (although more recently they seem to just buy a studio that's working on a game they like and release it... hello L4D and DOTA2). I don't see how a lengthy development cycle for a top-tier game really helps out their business model, unless it's basically to serve as a marketing vehicle for a next-generation Source engine to license to independent devs...
 
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News Comments > Microsoft Reorganizes
25. Re: Microsoft Reorganizes Jul 11, 2013, 14:02 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 11, 2013, 11:42:
My friends at MS say Ballmer has actually helped fix that culture in recent years, but they may just be buying in to those who pay them.

I've heard that as well, mostly by firing a bunch of project team heads that were trying to use their position as a shot to either a) angle themselves for an executive job (possibly even replace Ballmer) or b) gain enough of a following so that they could jump to another company for more money. Ballmer flushed out a lot of those people basically on grounds of disloyalty.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: On Sale Jul 11, 2013, 01:15 killer_roach
 
sliv wrote on Jul 11, 2013, 00:18:
Alice: Madness Returns on Steam. Save 75%

And yet no plans for a Mac version. Used on PS3 is my only hope, though I doubt I'll find it for $4.99.

If you're a PSN+ subscriber, it's on sale this week for $4, otherwise it's $7.99 on PSN.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Jul 10, 2013, 13:43 killer_roach
 
As far as another "up and coming indie" bundle, there's also the Groupees Build A Greenlight Bundle 3, which has a handful of games you can pick and choose from as well as some extras ($5.25 or more gets you everything). I think the Indie Royale bundle is slightly better, but for those who prefer quantity over quality, like some more variety, or simply find a title in there that catches your eye (for me, it was the so-bad-it-might-be-vaguely-good racing game Ocean City Racing)... there you go.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
22. Re: Ships Ahoy - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition Jul 5, 2013, 02:35 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 23:54:
Sony's been pretty good about letting PlayStation-exclusive indie games come to PC, even ones that were partially funded by them (Joe Danger, Critter Crunch, Tales From Space, etc.), but I agree - it seems doubtful we'll see much in terms of Sony first-party titles making their way to PC. (Then again, I can't completely rule it out, seeing as they're trying to take a tactic of "let's do whatever Microsoft isn't doing"...)

MS actually has some history of porting their big AAA exclusives to PC. Halo 1 & 2, Gears of War and Alan Wake come to mind. I can't think of a single AAA Sony exclusive that ever made it to PC.

Considering that Microsoft owns the Windows platform, it should be absolutely appalling how few of their exclusives have made it to Windows (additionally, all of your examples came out on PC years after, some of them had enough of a delay that Sony could still port the original inFamous to PC and still be considered "timely").
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
32. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 4, 2013, 20:06 killer_roach
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 14:28:
J wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 12:27:
Quboid wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 10:34:
NeOCidE wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 05:29:
I've encountered countless plebs on the Xbox Live network.

Can't we have a system whereby all tards are shipped off to a remote island and leave the grunts to it? You know...disconnected from the rest of civilisation?

Lord of the flies stylee.

'Plebs'? I don't think that word means what you think it means.
I don't know why you don't think that word means what you think he thinks it means, because I think you thought that he's thinking it means something that's not what you think he thinks it means. I think if you said what you thought he thought when he was thinking of the meaning, then we could all think that word means what we think it means. Or perhaps you just wanted to throw out a meme.

Pleb is a derogatory term for someone who is working class.

It's the sort of word that might get a Member of Parliament for a typically anti-working class political party into a lot of trouble if they said it to a police officer. Or even if they didn't actually say it, and the police officers were trying to get him kicked out of office because they don't like how he's trying to reform the police. Hypothetically.

I'm sure there are a great many plebs on Xbox Live, but I've never before heard of someone who will only game with people of the right social status. It does not mean tard (someone who acts retarded, going by the modern definition of that word) and is not interchangeable with tard.

It has been used more generally to refer to any sort of underclass (some military academies have historically used the term to apply to the newly admitted)... it doesn't always have socioeconomic connotations, just that they're somehow of lower status.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
19. Re: Ships Ahoy - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition Jul 4, 2013, 20:00 killer_roach
 
Towyn wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 04:12:
LittleMe wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 00:43:
Lately I've been playing the original 360 version on a friend's console. It's really good. I had no idea it was coming to PC! Awesomeness. I'm guessing this bodes well for Infamous on PC, too?


I don't quite see how you make that connection. Infamous is done and paid for my Sony, Mortal Kombat is Warner Brothers... that's like saying "Ubisoft brought Rayman to PC, that means Animal Crossing is coming too!".

Infamous, like many of the exclusives (most recent example is "The Last Of Us" has been paid for by Sony / Microsoft / Nintendo, and they will not port it to PC, these games are investments into making consoles interesting and draw customers in, often the money they earn is only secondary over getting people to buy consoles... Look at Halo and how many bought an Xbox just for that. So no... Infamous is very very very likely never gonna come to PC.

Sony's been pretty good about letting PlayStation-exclusive indie games come to PC, even ones that were partially funded by them (Joe Danger, Critter Crunch, Tales From Space, etc.), but I agree - it seems doubtful we'll see much in terms of Sony first-party titles making their way to PC. (Then again, I can't completely rule it out, seeing as they're trying to take a tactic of "let's do whatever Microsoft isn't doing"...)
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Jul 4, 2013, 18:40 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 18:25:
Gamefly has a few sales too. No great shakes, but maybe something someone wants. Man, is that GMG sale ever lame. I expected far better from them.


They've had some okay things every once in a while, but they're gone as fast as they arrive. Nearly got GRID 2 at 33% off, but nothing else has piqued my interest yet (mostly cases of "already have it"... damn, I'm sounding like Prez...).
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII
23. Re: Steamships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VII Jul 4, 2013, 18:33 killer_roach
 
Panickd wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 16:03:
$12? For a haphazard port of a game that came out 16 years ago? WTF? If it was $5 or less maybe I'd bite. I don't even think the PS1 classics version on the PSN cost me that much.

I got it from Square Enix's website last year when they had it on sale for $7. I think I slightly overpaid, but not terribly so. $5, however, would probably be a good price for it (even if it means waiting for the inevitable sale, which, seeing as it is Squeenix, will happen).

Kythlyn wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 14:55:
...Cloud saves... CLOUD SAVES! Ahahahahah.

Not really... Aeris still dies, after all...
 
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News Comments > Independence Day Consolidation
27. Re: Independence Day Consolidation Jul 4, 2013, 16:58 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 13:23:
Creston wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 13:10:
nin wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 13:05:
Now go preorder a PS4!


I'm getting fairly tempted. Anyone know if Amazon is still delivering PS4s on release day? Or are they the "December 31st" options now?

Creston


If you grab one with a game, yes.

Time it is, Creston. Begun, this console war has.


All PS4 preorders list a December 31st release, although this is a placeholder because Sony has yet to reveal the official release date for North America.
 
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