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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation May 15, 2014, 20:26 Beamer
 
Microsoft announced 115,000 Xbones sold in April.
Ouch.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization May 15, 2014, 20:14 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 15, 2014, 20:08:
In fact, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if it ever came out that the large cell phone manufacturers are paying people to steal cell phones.

For... for real?
Like, really for real? You genuinely believe there's a VP of Cell Phone Thievery at Apple?

Honestly?
This is a thing, and you believe it unironically?


You're misplacing your anger, regardless. Cellphone thievery isn't a large revenue driver. What percentage of cellphones do you think get stolen? Do you know anyone that's had one stolen? I know, well, everyone I know has a cellphone. I don't know a single person that's had their stolen. Lost, cracked, dropped in a toilet, sure, but not stolen. The percentage of cellphones stolen, relative to the percentage sold, is miniscule.

However, the percentage of people keeping cellphone insurance at $6.99 per month, or whatever, in case things happen, the scariest of which is it being stolen, is pretty high.
Manufacturers don't profit there, but some of their partners do...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2014, 20:08 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on May 15, 2014, 20:03:
You are welcome to wallow in your self entitled misery. I use self entitled in the sense that you come across as a person that believes he should have been that person who had this or that background instead of being grateful for what he has now (food, shelter, and an Internet connection) and going for it. I can only hope my post will help someone who is considering taking the leap.

It's sad that you read this as personal misery rather than empathy for those around me that are graduating with a raw deal.
Not everyone thinks solely about themselves, although honestly, I am at least partially motivated selfishly. If those around me are buried in debt and not earning enough, they are not spending enough, and the economy suffers greatly.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2014, 19:51 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on May 15, 2014, 19:17:
Beamer wrote on May 15, 2014, 18:58:
More whining ...

The next decade or century will be known as the age of the entrepreneur. The lack of company and corporate jobs will force people to do this. I'm not referring to entrepreneur millionaires. A person going door to door washing vehicles is an entrepreneur. The kid selling lemonade is an entrepreneur. The word too often implies getting rich quick. It used to be called 'running a small business' or 'contracting'. Every mom and pop shop, food vendor, painter, plumber, freelance consultant, house cleaner, gardener (who works on contract) is an entrepreneur. Do you recall the merchants and artisans in history class? They were entrepreneurs. Blue's News is entrepreneurial.

Labor intensive skills will slowly be replaced by robotics and AI. If you want to succeed, you will need to learn to service, develop or provide on a level that requires business acumen. Everyone can jump on this ladder. How high you start is simply a matter of motivation. Those from a higher education often have more motivation due to encouragement from mentors and peers. You can still do this on your own. Just be prepared to start at the bottom, forcing yourself to be somewhat obsessive to self motivate.

Start your own business. It doesn't need make millions in the first year. The business can be something as drastic as a new invention or as simple as selling small items or providing a niche service. Search for a need or an idea. Think about your everyday consumables and activities. Ponder what can be improved, serviced, or provided. The business idea is right in front of you. You don't need a higher education to start it nor do you need it to be successful. If you build it or sell it, they will come. Think positive. If you feel the passion, the success is sure to follow. The most important piece of advice I can provide is to surround yourself with people smarter than you. Make sure they are people that you can respect. Make good use of their talents -- be it employees, contractors, friends or simply mentors for advice. Don't pass too much judgement on what they do, just learn why they are happy doing it.

But, again, being an entrepreneur is much easier when you come from a good school. Being an entrepreneur typically takes start up capital, and that capital is much easier to get your hands on when you have, you know, not a community college degree.

And you're changing goalposts. You're now discussing "getting by." I originally said that the return on investment sucks with community colleges and that hard work isn't enough.

Honestly, I don't get why most people on this board would claim otherwise. Is this board not entirely millionaires because everyone here is dumb and lazy?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2014, 18:58 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on May 15, 2014, 18:25:
Beamer wrote on May 15, 2014, 18:17:
Jealous rant of other people's success with further ranting excuses of why not me.

Cutter is right.

Nope. And never once did I say "why not me?" I've been fortunate enough to attend the schools with the right names. They opened doors that would not have opened had I not. I look at the schools those I work with went to. I look at the schools the new hires came from. In general, the younger generation went to much, much better schools than the older ones, as "college" is no longer enough, as it may have been 20 years ago. Names matter more now, because competition is stronger now, and for a kid coming right out of college, the name is literally the only defining thing on that kid's resume. The kid getting the good job out of college will have a much, much better success rate than the kid who spends a few years as a barista.

Can you succeed going to a shit school? Yes, but the odds are stacked very much against you, and mere "hard work" isn't enough. Hard work never is. Only people that are going to lose think that "hard work" is enough. Right now there are millions of Americans doing manual labor for minimum wage, or close to it, working significantly harder than nearly anyone posting in this thread.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2014, 18:17 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on May 15, 2014, 18:05:
Beamer wrote on May 15, 2014, 16:34:
And a terrible return on investment, unless you transfer to a "real" university. Kids graduating from top 100 schools are finding themselves working in Starbucks, kids graduating from Community College are almost guaranteed to end up there, regardless of GPA.

If you have the natural intelligence, skill, and drive it doesn't matter where you graduate from. Yes, it'll be easier initially for some rich kid walking in from an Ivy League school, but sooner or later the cream rises to the top.

That's the most libertarian thing I've ever heard you say.
It's also entirely untrue.

The kid going to the Ivy League school will have all the investment banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies wooing him. And, if he decides to start his own business, that degree will be enough reason for VCs to let him schedule a meeting to do a pitch. He's probably also been groomed for exactly how to handle these kinds of meetings.

The kid going to the Community College will have his resume immediately thrown in the trash by any Fortune 500 company, and won't even have a chance to get that far with a bank or consulting firm. If he starts his own company, he's going to have to beg family members for money and max out his credit cards because no VC will listen to him until he has something to show them, making him less likely to even bother taking that enormous personal risk. He's had little to no job hunting/interviewing/networking training.

Yes, Cutter, people can succeed in spite of where they graduated from, but it's very often luck more than intelligence, skill and drive, because it probably depends on starting your own business and I'd say luck is a giant part of whether that succeeds. That degree you get is often used as a screening device - if it's from the right place it's assumed you're qualified for at least some things. If it's from the wrong place you're assumed to be some kind of lesser being.

A kid coming out of an Ivy, regardless of how dumb he may be, is probably going to be able to snag some kind of Wall Street offer for $90K plus bonus if he desires. A kid coming out of a Community College is going to be a barista or a bartender, regardless of GPA.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2014, 16:34 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 15, 2014, 16:31:
$131.50 per credit hour at the local two year Community College, assuming a 15 hour semester, 1 year = $3,945 for tuition alone. A lot cheaper than the 4 year state university, but not "no tuition at all".

And a terrible return on investment, unless you transfer to a "real" university. Kids graduating from top 100 schools are finding themselves working in Starbucks, kids graduating from Community College are almost guaranteed to end up there, regardless of GPA.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse May 15, 2014, 13:39 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on May 15, 2014, 13:14:
Beamer wrote on May 15, 2014, 11:06:
Anyway, Amazon's biggest issue, in the offices at least, is that they have their "bar," and only hire people that "raise it." This means they end up with positions open for months, interviewing dozens of candidates without any meeting "the bar," and meanwhile the ones in the job are dying because there's too few of them for the amount of work.

They do that where I work, too...and then they publicly pat themselves on the back and brag about how they're doing more with less because of their great employees. I've never worked anywhere with morale as low as it is right now despite working for two tech companies that were laying people off left and right when I was there.

It's also supposedly one of the best places to work in America, if you believe the reports, so I'm solidly convinced that you'll find miserable employees practically anywhere if that's what you go looking for.

Amazon doesn't even brag about more with less. They brag that they have such high hiring standards no one gets hired. But they spend so much money interviewing people that don't get offers.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Watch Dogs
35. Re: Gone Gold - Watch Dogs May 15, 2014, 12:41 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on May 15, 2014, 10:08:
I hope you're right Beamer. I'm sure these things will improve but I'm not convinced they will improve much. The hardware is reasonably familiar to developers already as it has much in common with PCs. Performance on the Xbox One might get an upgrade when DirectX 12 is out if they can replicate the performance gains (I'm assuming DX12 will have roughly Mantle-esque performance boosts). Ultimately the hardware isn't very good by today's standards and is slipping ever further back.

Stupid Microsoft and Sony, developing hardware based on exhaustive price/performance analysis and not my whim.

Truthfully, I think we're about out of ways for "next-gen" to be next-gen.

Here's how it worked in the past:
1) SNES improved over NES by first giving more buttons, allowing more complex games, then by adding a pseudo-3D
2) N64 added true 3D and a way to interact with it
3) PS2/Xbox/Gamecube improved 3D and gave us true open worlds
4) PS3/360 gave us genuine online connectivity and HD
5) Next-gen gives us...?

Graphics are extremely expensive to create and I don't see this huge breakthroughs occurring here because it's too expensive and the definition of diminishing returns. Worlds were already about big and open enough in the last gen. Load times were never a huge problem. AI is kind of meaningless in most cases since enemies that live more than a few seconds aren't very satisfying (and enemies that live a few seconds don't have time to be smart.) Destructive environments are awesome, but truly destructive ones are cost prohibitive (to destroy a building you need to model the entire inside of a building.)

I just don't know what more power can feasibly give us. And, from the looks of things, neither do devs. I mean, it can improve things, but I don't know what it can do that last-gen couldn't. Better graphics, but not in extremely noticeable ways (especially from 8 feet away.) Larger, more seamless worlds, but did Skyrim really suffer from the limitations? I don't see any groundbreaking revolutions, just slow evolutions. More polish. I don't feel like paying $400 for more polish.
 
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News Comments > Interceptor Drops a Bombshell
19. Re: Interceptor Drops a Bombshell May 15, 2014, 12:36 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 15, 2014, 11:09:
The chick from Unreal 2 looks better.

I long for the day when people take off those rose-colored glasses and stop saying things like this, or like "THIS LOOKS LIKE A GAME FROM 20 YEARS AGO!"

The chick from Unreal 2 did not look better:
http://media.moddb.com/images/downloads/1/19/18183/Shot000741.jpg
That doesn't mean this looks good, but the chick from Unreal 2 was worse in every possible way.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse May 15, 2014, 11:06 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on May 15, 2014, 10:49:
Cutter wrote on May 15, 2014, 10:18:
It always amazes me that Bezos is such a scumbag robber-baron type.

Yeah, read some shit about him recently that he is the typical megayacht owning serial womanazing rich yuppi party guy going on his fourth marriage with delusions of grandeour, who recently bought his own tropical island. I. Shit. You. Not. Scumbag indeed.

Well, we don't think you're shitting us that you read it. I read somewhere that Magic Johnson should be ashamed that he has The AIDS. I guess that makes it true.

Anyway, Amazon's biggest issue, in the offices at least, is that they have their "bar," and only hire people that "raise it." This means they end up with positions open for months, interviewing dozens of candidates without any meeting "the bar," and meanwhile the ones in the job are dying because there's too few of them for the amount of work.
 
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News Comments > Interceptor Drops a Bombshell
13. Re: Interceptor Drops a Bombshell May 15, 2014, 11:04 Beamer
 
Good to see games still struggle with glass - that ashtray looks awful.

And maybe she'd be less scarred if she had more armor?
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Watch Dogs
17. Re: Gone Gold - Watch Dogs May 14, 2014, 21:32 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on May 14, 2014, 21:06:
Beamer wrote on May 14, 2014, 19:45:
Simon Says wrote on May 14, 2014, 19:44:
"A next-gen experience" @ less than 1080p and 30 fps. XD

Yeah... right!

Because resolution and frame rate are the only defining qualities, or even most important defining qualities, of "next generation?"


I think the hardware in the PS4 and Xbox One is really disappointing and it's pathetic that games which are essentially the same experience on a previous generation can't push out 1080p at 60FPS. I'm sure they could if they didn't bump up the graphics but unless there's a vast difference between generation's graphics, which remains to be seen but is unlikely, it's a shame they can't hit what really shouldn't be that ambitious a target.

It's also early. Again, go look at what CoD2 looked like on the 360. Yes, these should be more powerful, but we're not seeing what they can do, and we're not seeing devs yet understanding what they can do with the additional horsepower.

Will the next Elder Scrolls be 1080p? Probably not. Will it allow us to seamlessly travel through the world? Possibly.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Watch Dogs
3. Re: Gone Gold - Watch Dogs May 14, 2014, 19:45 Beamer
 
Simon Says wrote on May 14, 2014, 19:44:
"A next-gen experience" @ less than 1080p and 30 fps. XD

Yeah... right!

Because resolution and frame rate are the only defining qualities, or even most important defining qualities, of "next generation?"

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 14, 2014, 18:45 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on May 14, 2014, 18:22:
You're just wasting money if you're buying Intel/Nvidia.

There's absolutely no way to justify this as a blanket statement. In general, Intel is a better choice on the high end, and in general, Nvidia and AMD tend to flip-fop at each price point several times in a given year.

There's no way you can ever say "AMD is a better value choice than Intel/Nvidia in every case." Intel offers the better value at nearly every price point over $125. Maybe you feel there's never a reason to spend over $125 on a CPU, but I think many here would disagree.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition
30. Re: Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition May 14, 2014, 12:13 Beamer
 
KS wrote on May 14, 2014, 12:11:
Speaking of games I won't be touching with a 39 1/2 foot pole before a free, playable demo is available because gameplay was reimagineered by corporate chimpanzees, is a Thief demo available?

How many games get demos these days?


Not many. It's not the glaring neon-red sign some people living in the 1990s think it is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse May 14, 2014, 12:12 Beamer
 
The comments in that article are miserable.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
59. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 19:07 Beamer
 
The Verge has an article about how Microsoft had a vision, and now the vision is dead.
It's somewhat lamenting that vision.

Sorry, though, but the vision was half-baked upon delivery. Yes, I think their actual dreams are great, and supposedly the TV software was actually significantly nicer than what cable boxes offer (low bar there.) It was the hardware that let it down. It wasn't easier. It didn't eliminate anything, it just offered another layer. I don't know anyone that used it, mostly because it was just a hassle. Controlling your cable box isn't fun, but controlling your cable box with another box wasn't worth the change.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
58. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 19:05 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on May 13, 2014, 18:07:
Too late Microsoft. I'm sticking with PS4 and PS3s for Netflix. Even DVD players have Netflix built in for free...

But do they have the horsepower for it?
I've yet to see a smart TV that can give Netflix data as smoothly as the 360 or the PS3. The picture has always been vastly better on the machines with more CPU power.
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. May 13, 2014, 17:54 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on May 13, 2014, 17:18:
They knowingly monetized the shit out of their game, and they didn't do it for love of their fans.

I'm not saying their decisions were smart, I'm saying they were honest, in that Blizzard honestly thought they were releasing something that would be well received. They may have been driven by greed and stupidity, but they honestly believed it was going to be a hit.

It wasn't. That was a screw-up. You said "who said they screwed anything up?" The fact that they basically needed a do-over is proof that it was a screw-up.
 
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