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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
14. Re: Sunday Mobilization Mar 10, 2014, 02:16 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 10, 2014, 01:53:
What kind of performance breakthrough is coming to a tablet and what software is needing it?

You mean aside from running Crysis 4?

How about having a full OS? Easily accepting mouse and keyboard as inputs when necessary, as well as multiple monitors, yet undocking and being perfect for sitting on the couch and screwing around on Wikipedia while you watch the latest episode of Archer on TV?

So many on this board are so defensive about their favorite platform (see the guy below that thinks that analysts aren't including laptops even though desktops are already being outsold by tablets) that they fail to see tablets as a replacement form factor. Instead they just view it as an entirely different device. I've never seen a bunch of people so willing to let their emotions totally turn off any kind of rational thought. Not to go all RollinThundr, but there's some kind of victim mentality amongst a small handful of posters here always convinced some corporate trend is out to get them and destroy their hobby that must be resisted at all costs, even if it means saying endless short-sighted and/or stupid things.

Meanwhile I'm sure we can find quotes about how the desktop PC was no big deal because nothing could ever replace room-sized mainframes.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
11. Re: Sunday Mobilization Mar 9, 2014, 23:12 Beamer
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Mar 9, 2014, 21:47:
We all know that tablets have uses but PC's are better for work and serious stuff like games.

I wish articles proclaiming the death of the PC would take a hike. And they ignore laptops which are basically PCs as well.

Read the article. it does NOT ignore laptops. Tablet sales passed desktop sales in 2013.

I've yet to hear one thing you can do with a giant box that you can't do with a slim tablet other than build it yourself.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Sunday Mobilization Mar 9, 2014, 16:57 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Mar 9, 2014, 16:53:
I wonder if these forecasts take self-built PC's into account or they're just looking at off the shelf boxes.

What percentage do you think those actually are?
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
8. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 8, 2014, 14:20 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 20:45:
Yeah, she only caused a $200 million dollar fuck up. She must have been eminently qualified, lol! Dude, lay off the coke.


because Target is the only company this has ever happened to.

its amazing how many ignorant, negative judgments you make. Every fucking thing you post is calling someone you've never met and only read two sentences about stupid.

I still think that clip of what cartman sees with his eyes closed is you. I'm pretty sure the neighborhood you grew up on lacked any pets left outside...
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 7, 2014, 18:57 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 18:41:
She has a degree in "retail merchandising". She started as an assistant buyer with Target and worked her way up. In short, no, she wasn't even remotely qualified for the job. Jesus, this sort of shit never ceases to boggle my mind. Absolutely boggles it!

And you know she wasn't qualified... how?
Because of her initial job title, back in 1984? Or because of her degree?
Is it impossible to believe that, in 20 years of experience, she didn't end up gaining the skills necessary?

Because no one out there is really good in an area other than what they did as a 22 year old.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
31. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 7, 2014, 18:48 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 18:47:
Panickd wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 16:05:

I kind of have the feeling that if enough people were to invest in 4K TVs over the next 3 years or so this would be a 5 year console generation at best. Remember the only real reason the last generation lasted so long is because Microsoft and Sony spent buttloads (I believe that's the technical term) of money on developing them and really wanted the generation to be as long as possible to maximize their returns. This time around they both went the route of basically building a midrange PC with a few specialized parts. It hasn't cost them anywhere near as much and both are breaking even on the hardware right out of the gate.

So I wouldn't be at all shocked to see these consoles both get deep price cuts over the next 3 years or so (it is commodity hardware, after all) and then start hearing inklings of a new generation by four years out that would basically be just an upgraded PC, thereby giving backwards compatibility with this gen and providing newer games for all the 4K TVs. It's just going to depend on consumer demand.

2 things about 4K

1. From what I've read recently, TV sales are tapering off. People have gotten rid of their old CRT boxes and replaced them with nice LCDs or plasmas. Jumping from a crappy CRT to a much larger & flatter LCD is a huge jump and people can justify it. Going from one flat panel to another is much less so.

2. You need to be sitting really close to a 4K TV to get the benefit. I think in the store, people won't be able to differentiate the benefit enough to justify the price.

3. 4K prices will remain high for the next 5 years.

Okay, 3 things.

Yup, 4K is an easier sell than 3D in stores, because you're up close in stores, but in person it's meaningless for TVs. No one sits that close.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2014, 18:28 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 17:51:
Beamer wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 17:16:
Prez wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 16:11:
Spotify, Rhapsody, and Pandora suck in my opinion. I certainly can't DJ off of them when I do gigs, but even without that they don't let you hear exactly what you want to hear when you want to hear it. I suppose they are fine for discovering new music I guess (definitley better than the radio which either plays the same 15 fucking songs over and over and over and... or somehow hasn't figured out that people have heard 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Comfortably Numb', and 'Highway to Hell' so many times that they are on constant repeat in their fucking heads at all times but I digress...). But when I do discover that new band or that new album I immediately head to Amazon MP3 to buy it, not wait until Pandora allows me to skip past the shit to let me hear it again.

Spotify lets you hear what you want to hear when you want to hear it. That's why I use it instead of shit like Rhapsody and Pandora. Spotify has ads every so often, but you hear what you want when you want. I go through whole albums, or I put playlists on shuffle, or I listen to that one song I wanted to hear 3 times in a row. No issues. No limitations. No money exchanged.

Hmm. I thought I tried Spotify but maybe I didn't. Has it always worked that way? Maybe I'm thinking of another one. Anyway, that is admittedly pretty cool, but I prefer MP3's I can download to my tablet or laptop since I DJ places that have spotty wifi or none at all. I have bought a MASSIVE amount of MP3's (over 35000 now in my Amazon account) in part due to discovering new music (or old music that I missed the first time around) on services like Pandora, so I wouldn't say those services don't help push sales at all. Maybe not a whole lot but they do in my case.

On a side note I keep hearing that Pandora's business model is losing them money due to the one-two punch of low revenues paid to them by the Recording Industry for pushing customers to places like iTunes and Amazon and the high royalties they must pay the RIAA to play the music they play. It seems pretty dire (I would imagine Rhapsody and Spotify are in the same boat) so these services might disappear before too long.

Yeah, for DJing it will fall short.
I had about 30% many mp3s as you do. I remember getting my first in 1997 or 1998, when it was a hassle to share because you did your sharing on floppies. Built a huge library, but since Spotify I rarely touch it.

But Spotify has always been that way, for me at least, and I was an early adopter there, too. I use it just like Winamp, only with a much larger library. When it started I estimated that 70% of what I wanted to listen to was there. At this point it's more like 90%. But it's so nice to just pop it up and get to nearly anything ever made.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 7, 2014, 17:55 Beamer
 
Well, there goes Ouya as a hardware company, which means they now really do nothing that Google Play doesn't.

This is a good time to remember all the people that were angrily calling it a success. It's not a happy "'told ya so" moment, so much as enjoying the people that were so certain it would do well that they declared the rest of the industry dead before it even launched.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2014, 17:16 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 16:11:
Spotify, Rhapsody, and Pandora suck in my opinion. I certainly can't DJ off of them when I do gigs, but even without that they don't let you hear exactly what you want to hear when you want to hear it. I suppose they are fine for discovering new music I guess (definitley better than the radio which either plays the same 15 fucking songs over and over and over and... or somehow hasn't figured out that people have heard 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Comfortably Numb', and 'Highway to Hell' so many times that they are on constant repeat in their fucking heads at all times but I digress...). But when I do discover that new band or that new album I immediately head to Amazon MP3 to buy it, not wait until Pandora allows me to skip past the shit to let me hear it again.

Spotify lets you hear what you want to hear when you want to hear it. That's why I use it instead of shit like Rhapsody and Pandora. Spotify has ads every so often, but you hear what you want when you want. I go through whole albums, or I put playlists on shuffle, or I listen to that one song I wanted to hear 3 times in a row. No issues. No limitations. No money exchanged.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 7, 2014, 13:28 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 13:13:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 02:31:
Readers pillory Newsweek for ‘outing’ Bitcoin creator.

I'm glad we have a free press, but publishing the guys house and car with license plate number was a dick move given that bitcoin is used by a lot of criminals. The guy lives with his 93 year old mother.

As someone who greatly values his privacy that really pisses me off. I wouldn't be surprised if this had some sort of revenge motivation, clueless as I am to what the reason would be.

It's hysterical that Reddit, the kings of finding someone, making claims, digging into their past and making sweeping accusations is getting up in arms about this.

Which doesn't mean Reddit is wrong, hypocritical, or even that it's the same part of Reddit. It's just funny. Everyone can kind of learn from it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: RE: Follow up Mar 7, 2014, 11:23 Beamer
 
UConnBBall wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 11:17:
I no one is making money means, BUT do people that make music need millions for the top 1% and the rest just chase the masses?

Seems that the Indie scene has tripled over the last 3 or 4 years. I am glad were music is now. SOOO much better then 20 years ago. EXCEPT for the Executives and "Super Stars."

The last 3 or 4 years?
How old are you?

That was really due to macbooks, anyway. It used to be that, in order to make music, you needed at least a day in a very expensive studio. Now you need a MacBook. That's one of the biggest pushes of indie music, which has been on an upswing for over 15 years.

Do people need to make millions? No, but they need to make money. Touring is very expensive. I don't know how you define "indie," but most bands I listen to tour in a van they bought for a few hundred bucks. They give up their day jobs to go play in front of 15 kids in Iowa. It's not glamorous, and they make their money by merch sales, which for a long while included CDs above all. Back in 2002 they were basically saying that mp3s were great because it got more kids to shows and those kids had more money for merch. Then, by the time Spotify hit, those bands were slower to adapt, having gone through this and realized it didn't really work the way it initially seemed it would.

Speaking of changing minds, look at Trent Reznor. Gave some albums away for free. Recently told NPR "My album costs $15 dollars. You want my music, you pay $15." Of course, he also started one of these services, but he is no longer in the business of making only a little bit of money for album sales.

So do people need to make millions? Probably not. Do athletes need to? How about people on TV? But they need to earn a living. Spotify, right now, isn't really doing a good job of allowing that.

This is coming from someone that hasn't purchased an album in years and listens to almost everything on Spotify. If it isn't on Spotify, it doesn't exist to me anymore (which is why many labels begrudgingly came to it.) But, while Spotify is great for me, it isn't great for artists. I don't think that's a hard thing for anyone to see, except for people that only see from their point of view, which is sadly common (and also why so many morons don't understand when I explain a point of view other than their own, why I need this paragraph, and why some idiot with a low IQ is still going to call me a shill for major labels.) There is almost definitely a better model that can be worked out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2014, 10:58 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 10:30:
Well shit look at that, piracy is down. And not because of their legal goons suing grandmothers. It's almost like customers wanted distribution schemes that match the modern age rather than just having to pirate stuff or buy discs. Weird.

Yeah, but that's a hollow victory. That means that, in order to stop piracy, they had to give it away for free. Which is basically what Spotify is. No one makes money via Spotify, not even Spotify, though they make more than the labels or artists do.

It isn't a very good solution if you want to make money off of music. Having a high percentage pirate and a small percentage buy was probably more profitable.

That said, I love Spotify.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2014, 00:06 Beamer
 
saluk wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 21:25:
As if our traditional banking institutions have a perfectly clean history.

Heck, as if our credit cards don't also get hacked

But yeah, don't use bitcoin. Seriously.

When my credit card was stolen my credit card company didn't hold me liable for the charges made fraudulently.

Who is refunding the people who had their bitcoins stolen?
No one?

Then people need to stop making moronic comparisons to banks and credit cards.
 
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News Comments > PC Dark Souls II Next Month
15. Re: PC Dark Souls II Next Month Mar 7, 2014, 00:05 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 22:27:
Tom wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 21:14:
{PH}88fingers wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 20:09:
The savings and enjoyment I get out of a $39/year vpn service has paid itself over so many times it's baffling others complain and don't join in.

Yes, why people would ever want to avoid committing fraud is baffling indeed.

How is it fraud? The net is global. What it is is immoral...regional pricing that is.
Regional pricing is immoral?

I was going to ask further about medicine, but then I remembered that you think most sick people should die because that's how it works in the wild.
 
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News Comments > MS Planning DirectX 12
94. Re: MS Planning DirectX 12 Mar 7, 2014, 00:00 Beamer
 
Difference between WP and Linux: the backing of a massive corporation with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign and an incentive to wall it off (right or wrong.)  
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News Comments > Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn Plans
2. Re: Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn Plans Mar 6, 2014, 17:54 Beamer
 
It's a hysterical idea, but it came out at a time that few games seemed to know they were hysterical and get that tone right, so they were just lame.

But now? An arcade game where you're a super jacked Shaq, who's now near 50, beating the crap out of people in a very over the top way could actually be pretty funny since it now clearly knows it's funny.
 
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News Comments > MS Planning DirectX 12
65. Re: MS Planning DirectX 12 Mar 6, 2014, 15:44 Beamer
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 15:18:
Actually, Windows Phone has been rapidly gaining market share over the past year. This is due to the decline of iPhone and Blackberry sales and all the problems associated with Android security and OS fragmentation. Also, Surface RT hasn't been that big of a hit, but Surface Pro 2 is becoming the laptop replacement of choice for businesses. A couple more iterations of the Surface and it will be a game changer. The video out is pretty high res for an extension monitor and you can pretty much run any MS app on it, even developer tools.

So don't let all the hipster hate skew the facts.

Personally, I have mostly Apple devices as a consumer, but they haven't really added many productivity features for business, and 99% of the apps on the app store are useless. For consumer, sure a simple to use dumbed-down device like Apple is where it's at, but for productivity, I wouldn't even think of using Apple unless you want to pay your employees to reinvent the wheel.

Windows Phone is gaining in share, from tiny to slightly less tiny.
The bulk of the BB and iPhone attrition is going to Android.

I have an Icon. I love my Icon. But it's very, very far from a 3 horse race right now.
 
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News Comments > MS Planning DirectX 12
41. Re: MS Planning DirectX 12 Mar 6, 2014, 12:04 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 11:05:
Didn't think this had to be said...

MS makes a lot of money with back-end and business products through contracts. We are talking from a consumer gamers perspective, which is just a very small piece. As a company they are doing great overall, for what we care about, they are not. That is why there has been talks for a long time to split up parts of the company. So in one way we look silly talking about how badly they are doing, but when it comes to what we care about... they are doing quite bad.

Though true, there are a lot of people here completely unable to separate something that happens where they really care about from something as a whole. The amount of people with perceived wounds because Microsoft didn't pay enough attention to PC gaming, with endless backseat CEOing about how the company should devote itself solely to a PC gaming company, with the one guy that is convinced everything not based in the USA is bad but repeatedly discussing how he wants Microsoft to die in a fire and Sony to take over the world, is shocking.

Otherwise rational people on this board completely set aside their rational thinking when it comes to some topics, MSFT being chief among them.

That said, there are absolute shifts out there that I think Microsoft is struggling to stay ahead of and I can't say I see them as a smart long-term stock hold. Long term meaning 15 years.
 
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News Comments > OnLive Undead: Announces New Services
10. Re: Into the Black Mar 6, 2014, 12:00 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 03:31:
NKD wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 21:12:
Haha I remember all the viral shill dickweeds all over the internet claiming this was going to be the best thing evarrrr.

Yeah, I got flamed repeatedly by certain 'people' on this board for claiming that this smelled like a fucking scam. Where are they now?

Tumbler is still here. I think he was the only one here using it. He defended it, to an extent.

But it wasn't a scam. A scam is something designed to rip people off. Nigerian princes are a scam. Half of what you see on infomercials are scams. Gizmondo was probably a scam.

This was just a poorly timed idea backed by bad technology. It may still end up being where we go in the future, with Sony testing the waters now with a fairly cool idea. This came too soon, and no one was really clamoring for it, anyway. But I don't think the people working on this were trying to rip anyone off. They were trying to make a legitimate, good product. It's as much a scam as the Arch Deluxe was.
Bad ideas aren't scams, they're just bad ideas.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 6, 2014, 10:12 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 23:17:
hilarious indeed, but not for the reason you state.

Mtgox get robbed, and people think bitcoin is done for, HA! gee I've never heard of anyone robbing a bank before... remember that one time some crooks made off with some USD? boy, nobody ever tried using US dollars again after that you betcha. I wonder how many years ago it was when anyone tried robbing a crate of gold for the first time? that sure was the last nail in the coffin for that archaic "gold" stuff. i mean people only said that gold had value because it was rare, impossible to duplicate, and there was a finite supply of it... sound familiar?

people aren't seeing the face-slapping truth that if someone's willing to try and steal 750,000 bitcoins, then they're obviously worth taking. if anything it raises the entire profile of bitcoins.

and for the record, bitcoins are so two-thousand and late, there's a myriad of alternalt cryptocurrencies that are traded in the hundreds of billions every day on exchanges around the world.

it's never going to replace fiat currency, that's what penniless hippies and anarchists say when talking about bitcoin, people who have obviously never traded or mined a single satoshi worth (the smallest denomination of a bitcoin 0.00000001 BTC).

either get with it, or get left behind. not like ya didn't have fair warning.


your analogy is stupid. If a bank gets robbed, I still have my money. It doesn't just disappear. And robbing a bank is risky and difficult. And someone has some control over the ebb and flow of the dollar, which is actually a good thing.
 
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