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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
13. Re: Saturday Mobilization Nov 3, 2013, 22:24 Beamer
 
Bradley wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 18:59:
Redmask wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 01:22:
The open source code that has been vetted by several major corporations and millions of phone hackers? There's a reason they are putting this functionality into apps which aren't getting into ASOP.

Do you know for a fact that the OS being distributed by Google, Samsing, Motorola, etc was actually compiled from the source code that Google released? Unless you compiled and installed it yourself, your phone could be running anything.

You guys also realize that only a portion of Android is open source, and that portion is repeatedly being reduced, right?
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans
40. Re: Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans Nov 3, 2013, 18:39 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 15:57:
Beamer wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 15:42:
A headset you strap on and isolate yourself from the outside world doesn't seem like a logical next step to me, just like Google Glass doesn't seem like a logical next step.

If we don't move to some form of implant we're moving to holograms. Something like this is just an off-shoot, something fun for a small group of people but nothing the masses will gravitate towards. Even its usage is limited - games where you have a first person view. It makes no sense for most strategy, sports, board, or third person games, and it makes even less for any other computer use.

IMO it is logical as the next step because those with the smarts, the dollars and the plan can see it as feasible and are moving forward with that.

Your suggestions while grand are still too much pie in the sky at this time, this is a step towards that, will have it's era and then on to the next.

I love how you take a jab at "strap on and isolate yourself from the outside world" as some type of dig. Face it today when we have our faces in electronics we are still engrossed in that world, or in your suggestion of a holo-deck that would just be a larger area inside your own little enclosed world. When you are engrossed in anything, it becomes your own little world. Reading, electronics whatever, doesn't matter if it is VR, words on paper or a 3" screen. When you focus on your subject, the other things around it become secondary until they demand attention. I assume I have the ability to take off a headset to answer a door or call.

It wasn't a jab - it's factual. If you're wearing these and you get a text message, or your girlfriend asks you a question, or your child comes into the room, you need to pause the game and lift these up. With a regular screen, you just divert your eyes.

The whole purpose of it is that isolation - for immersion.

Also, if those with the dollars were doing this, why isn't Apple, Microsoft, Sony, or Samsung doing this? They certainly have infinitely more money than the Occulus Rift guys do.

Although this is where I think the fanboyism that this product has comes in - any criticism, constructive or otherwise, is met with a ton of defensiveness. Ouya had a similar issue.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts Trailer
6. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts Trailer Nov 3, 2013, 15:45 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 14:40:
Tumbler wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 12:11:
That is a great commercial. This is the first time I've seen anything about Vegas though, that seems like something they should have spoken up about.

it's a terrible commercial...

It captures the feel of the MW games really well - blow some shit up with your buddies.

Of course, it would be more accurate if they finally gave us 4 player co-op missions, but whatever.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans
36. Re: Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans Nov 3, 2013, 15:42 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 15:27:
Cutter wrote on Nov 2, 2013, 23:27:
This strikes me as just another toy that will be gathering dust on people's shelves before too long.

I doubt we'll be playing on a flat screen for eternity, so something is going to give, full immersion seems like a logical next step. There is what 2 games a year you like... because really you're bored of the same ole, one would think you'd be the person to embrace new horizons. You ole poop.

As for those mentioning resolution... again another reason why the next gen consoles needed to be able to pull down 1080P with high frames. The PC is going to get this in the next year and then for the next 7 have this emerging technology up/on the next gens. And again what are these expert execs being paid and what are they really even coming up with? Stuff amateurs think of.

A headset you strap on and isolate yourself from the outside world doesn't seem like a logical next step to me, just like Google Glass doesn't seem like a logical next step.

If we don't move to some form of implant we're moving to holograms. Something like this is just an off-shoot, something fun for a small group of people but nothing the masses will gravitate towards. Even its usage is limited - games where you have a first person view. It makes no sense for most strategy, sports, board, or third person games, and it makes even less for any other computer use.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans
31. Re: Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans Nov 3, 2013, 11:59 Beamer
 
Optional Nickname! wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 10:33:
Wildone wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 01:29:
Have tried it, its 100% immersive I wouldn't wanna play a game without it now.


It's the insincere and bizarrely hyperbolic statements like this, over-stating a niche and marginal product, that continue to reinforce my faith in gamers unfailing inability to think and type at the same time.

C'mon, what you quoted isn't that bad. For a game with a first person perspective, be it driving, shooting or flying, it's easy to see how this is much more immersive - having head tracking alone is enough to make that true (the other solutions don't keep the screen in front of you and always seemed, well, stupid.)

Yes, it's niche and marginal. Will this conquer the world? No. Because people don't always want to be immersed this fully (and lose track of the world around them), and because there's a good chunk of the population with stereoscopic vision problems to whom this product is useless.

But, if you fall into the niche, I can see why you are gungho and wouldn't want to play the right type of game without this.
 
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Nov 3, 2013, 01:15 Beamer
 
Most of the time you have kids in something like this it seems like an attempt to shock. Definitely not all the time, but much if not most.

Heh, remember all the outcry over no kids in Oblivion? Man, I hated the kids in Skyrim.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
23. Re: Thief Trailer Nov 3, 2013, 00:53 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Nov 2, 2013, 19:20:
Denthor wrote on Nov 2, 2013, 01:55:
How could they have done so well in dx:hr and so wrong, so very wrong, with this - it doesn't really make much sense. Unless its suits. Wait. Who am i kidding, definitely suits designing the game. It's the only way it makes sense.

How can people condemn a game they know so little about and have never even played? Before DX:HR came out, it received the same criticisms that people are giving Thief. Lo and behold, once the game came out and these same people actually played it, they realized that the game was actually pretty damn good.

Wait until the game comes out and then judge it.

Yo, devs! Thief was never about just stealing shit! You got it ALL. FUCKING. WRONG! from the get-go.

What? Stealing shit has always been the foundation of the franchise. Thief 2 was the best in the series because it recognized and embraced this, whereas Thief 1 had a bunch of supernatural nonsense.

And for everyone complaining about the lack of gameplay footage, Youtube is your friend. There's plenty of gameplay footage available if you take 5 seconds to look for it.

Don't forget Fallout 3, and to a lesser extent X-COM (Firaxis soothed a lot, there, but still plenty of people were irate.)

The torch-and-pitchfork brigade is often right, but when it comes to old properties they're wrong as often as right, at least.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
31. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 2, 2013, 22:43 Beamer
 
Snowden pretty clearly shows the issue with any kind of whistleblower protection system. Its so subjective. How can you blow the whistle on something top secret and not be labeled treasonous? And how different would it be if it was a corporation and not the government?

his best hope is that a Republican is elected president and pardons him. A Dem won't, not for at least a decade, makes the party look bad. I don't see a Republican doing it, either, but better chance of it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
860. Re: removed Nov 2, 2013, 13:30 Beamer
 
I don't think Blue is even a very active moderator - I think he tends to go after what people report more than seek out things to remove. And I think he tends to err on the side of removal. I could be wrong, but it's how things have seemed (and there's nothing wrong with that policy - it expects us to be somewhat active in both controlling and policing ourselves.)

In any case, we've all been playing with fire in this thread and we've all known it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
59. Re: Call of Duty and Battlefield are higher-res on PS4 than Xbox One Nov 2, 2013, 01:41 Beamer
 
IGN has a somewhat decent comparison video of B4 up. Only in a few scenes are the next-gen significantly better, for the most part it just looks like a game with vs without PhysX. Not a huge surprise, look at the CoD games that launched this generation and how much they look like PS2/Xbox games.

The Xbone very clearly looks better than the PS4, too. It gets an early victory. Probably will be somewhat tied to start, with the Xbone just falling behind as time goes on, but only being really noticeable in exclusive games. In this generation I'd say the 360 looks better in almost all multi-platform games (or, at worst, they look the same) but PS3 exclusives look better than Xbox exclusives (haven't played Last of Us yet, but I hear it looks amazing.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
26. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 1, 2013, 20:01 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 19:49:
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 19:07:
Cutter wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 18:50:
Reagan was a clown that deeply divided the country. And he prolonged the cold war, he didn't end it. And you're saying anyone was worse than Dubya? Jesus, you really do live in your own little fantasy world. Seek professional psychiatric help and get on some meds. Seriously.

Carter, prior to Obama is the worse president in this country's history, yeah there's been plenty of president's worse than Junior, plenty. Nixon? LBJ? Plenty Cutter plenty.

Conservatives pretty much consider the current sitting Democrat president the worst president in history, and vice versa. In truth the presidents in our lifetime have largely been middle of the pack as far as historical ranking.


I predict Obama to always be controversial, like Reagan, but further behind. He'll sit in the mid 20s, probably, or high 20s. You really need 20 years to know the effects of a president, but this would be my guess. He hasn't accomplished much, other than some obvious things (some of the gay rights), and one big thing off to a miserable start.

It's hard to do something to break into the top 20 without having been a hero or a legend, and he won't be either. Well, breaking a race barrier will give him some legend, but nothing that overcomes a wishy washy presidency.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
851. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 1, 2013, 19:52 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 18:02:
Liberal policies always shrink the middle class, read a history book instead of trying to redefine it like your ilk always does.

If you really wanted to strengthen the middle class you'd not be voting for democrats in the first place.

I get it, you want to pick and choose certain aspects of the economy to paint a pretty picture, reality doesn't work like that.

Again you know nothing about me, stop claiming you do mr I make so much money but give nothing back. Want to pay more taxes? Go head, I doubt the government would tell you no. There you go, there's your solution! All you liberals that claim all we need to do is tax more can just give up more. Win win!

Can you name a frickin' history book you want me to read?

You get nothing. If you really got something, you'd point to some empirical evidence. You'd mention a book.

You never, ever do. Ever. You just throw out your own conjecture. You never attempt to back it with research, whether yours (showing the figures your using), or someone reputable's (by linking to their book or study.)

Your whole "pay more taxes if you'd like" shows that you know nothing. Again, I have not once complained about the people in this thread, despite your insistence of the "evil CEOs" strawman. I've complained about the system/rules.


I know plenty about you:
1) Not overly well educated. One degree, from a mid-tier school or below. UMass Boston perhaps
2) IQ likely around the 110 area, give or take 10%
3) Degree was a technical one. Some liberal arts classes may have been thrown in, but nothing above the 101 or 102 level
4) Likely from a lower-middle-class upbringing. Comfortable, but not incredible
5) Parents born with little to nothing
6) Watches a good amount of cable news
7) Watches a lot of YouTube videos of a political/conspiracy nature
8) Reads a lot of "fringe" news sites. By "fringe" I mean not mainstream, or close to it. This is where you feel the "real" stories are
9) Never reads sites that aren't preaching to your choir, so to speak
10) International travel has been limited mostly to tourist areas. You've probably been to Montreal and Cancun. Maybe a few bigger European cities
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
22. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 1, 2013, 19:32 Beamer
 
Carter sucked, but in no way is he worse than Jackson, Pierce, Filmore, Johnson, Tyler (who defended slavery), and Harding (who famously let his rich friends trash the country!)

Harrison, in office for 30 days, beats them all.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
847. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 1, 2013, 17:42 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 16:42:

This is why I keep telling you you're illogical when talking about the economy, you cannot just pick and choose what factors affect an economy to suit your bias, you either talk about EVERYTHING that encompasses an economy, or you shut the fuck up.

Who do you think buys the products or services that corporations make & provide that contribute to an economy? The poor? Only other 1%'ers? Just the middle class? No EVERYONE but especially the middle class.

How do you think government spending affects investments, that then affects job growth and growth in general? Oh whats that? Government spending doesn't matter? Just taxes matter?

This is why I hate even bringing up economy with you, because you clearly have no fucking idea how the economy actually works, or just how many factors tie into it. You just repeat over and over the same flawed liberal class warfare bullshit talking points that no matter how many times you say it, it won't ever be reality.


This isn't what we're talking about. It's like having a discussion on how the water is a factor in why pizza outside the NYC area are terrible and how that can be fixed, and you keep jumping in and going "why aren't we talking about the toppings!"

I'm trying to discuss a very specific issue with the economy. You keep trying to bring it around to an entirely unrelated issue with the economy. Yes, it's all issues, but you can't keep steering the conversation back to where you're comfortable. The government is spending too much. Not a single person here is denying that.

Sorry, you're just wrong in saying you should discuss "EVERYTHING." That's just not a possibility. If you discuss "EVERYTHING," you get into depth on "NOTHING." In reality, there are hundreds of factors that impact the economy. I'm not interested in discussing all of them right now, I'm interested in discussing one of the most basic root causes that we disagree on.

I don't really know what your second sentence has to do with anything. My arguments have all been about strengthening the middle class, so you acting as if I'm discounting them is strange. Also, no, the top 1%s spending isn't significant in the economy. Why not? Because they're only 1%. There's only so much spending they can do.

Also, go get a goddamn degree in anything fucking business related, take a class, read a book and mention which goddamn book, cite a fucking study or set of numbers and post the link to it, and then tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. I've done all of that in this thread.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 1, 2013, 17:25 Beamer
 
The nicest thing about 2016 will be that RollinThundr will be unable to mention Obamas name ever again.

Well, he probably will, because he's a hypocrite. Someone mention Bush (which I rarely do but he apparently thinks I do every post) and he gets all bent out of shape. So I can only assume that, when a new president is in office, the word "Obama" will be out of his vocabulary.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
843. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 1, 2013, 16:11 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 15:59:
Would you mind reading my "where is the money going" post and telling me if you understand what I'm saying?

Is it me, or is it RollinThundr? Because "if US citizens, as a whole, are earning more money, but middle class income isn't seeing their wages grow proportionately, then where is the money going?" seems simple enough to me...

I haven't vetted the numbers myself but assuming they are correct it would have to mean the money is going to the wealthy. Which is certainly what I am seeing at my company.

Only place it can be going, right?
The people as a whole are making more, and we've ruled out it going to the government, so either we'd all be making more money, or a certain segment of us is making more money.
Numbers by year, back to the 90s, are here

I also very much like this chart:
Which shows how taxation has impacted our income equality.
Want to guess what a chart of the rise and decline of the middle class would look like?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
841. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 1, 2013, 15:57 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 15:52:
Thought I had included your previous post before hitting send, it still stands though, I hate the double standard that it's ok and even excused to be an unproductive member of society just because, COLOR!

No one is "excusing" anyone for being unproductive. But many people who are unproductive need a little help to become productive - it seems to me that it would be more helpful enacting programs to do just that rather than getting mad at them (or one particular group of them as you seem to be), browbeating them, abandoning them, or disregarding them. And again, poverty isn't a 'color' issue.
Would you mind reading my "where is the money going" post and telling me if you understand what I'm saying?

Is it me, or is it RollinThundr? Because "if US citizens, as a whole, are earning more money, but middle class income isn't seeing their wages grow proportionately, then where is the money going?" seems simple enough to me...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
840. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 1, 2013, 15:55 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 15:47:
Nobody in the world buys more crap than America's middle class. Corporations and businesses generate the crap we buy. It's in their own best interest to not shrink the middle class. It's flawed logic to claim corporations are the reason they're shrinking in the first place. Now, maybe in 20 or 30 years it will be a different story with China and India overtaking us. And that's only if their own massive bubbles don't burst.

Meanwhile, Obamacare continues to unravel...

Obama donorís firm hired to fix Web mess it created


KGW-OR: As Many As 150,000 Oregonians Will Lose Health Plan Because Of ObamaCare


My point is that no one is evil, sitting in a room going "shrink the middle class!" Executives negotiate their pay. They don't think about how it will damage the economy, they think about how it will help their retirement, or how it will help them pay for their kids' college, or how it will help them go on a better vacation then the husband of the women your wife is in a book club with, or whatever, basically the same thing anyone else things about.

Like I said anecdotally about the project I led to move US jobs overseas - no one was thinking about how it impacts the US economy. Moving those 100 jobs wouldn't make a dent. But when everyone is doing it...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
837. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 1, 2013, 15:42 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 13:54:

As to where it's going? Out in the street more than likely, we certainly haven't cut any sort of serious spending at any level of government now have we? But no, I'm sure you'll come back and explain to us all that it's the CEO's, and big evil business.

It in the street?
Ok, so you don't know what total personal income is. That's fine, though I wish you'd Google it before you'd respond. I'll do it for you. Per the United States' Bureau of Economic Analysis, total personal income is is the sum of compensation of employees (received), supplements to wages and salaries, proprietors' income with inventory valuation adjustment (IVA) and capital consumption adjustment (CCAdj), rental income of persons with CCAdj, personal income receipts on assets, and personal current transfer receipts, less contributions for government social insurance.
In other words, total personal income is the total amount of money that US citizens earn in some capacity. I'd prefer the total private income, as it strips out all that government stuff, but I can't find that anywhere.


So, to recap:
- the amount of money US citizens earn, as a whole, has risen drastically. It's gone up 57% since 2000, which I think we'd all agree far outstrips inflation
- the taxation level has actually decreased, from about 21% to 20%
- the US labor force has fallen percentagewise from ~66% to 63%, but since the country is larger it's actually gone up about 10 million people
- by your own admission, wages have not increased


Given all this, your answer to where that massive jump in personal income went is... to the street? That doesn't make any money. Significantly more US money has been earned, taxation has decreased marginally, and the amount of people working has increased marginally.
So if that money isn't going to the middle class wages, and isn't going to the poor wages, where is it going?

"The street" is as logical an answer to that question as "blue."
Also, SHUT UP about government spending when asked about this. We're talking solely money citizens earn. Government spending is not part of this conversation. You keep trying to bring it back there because you do not understand what we are talking about.

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Love Gigabit Seattle? Nov 1, 2013, 15:27 Beamer
 
merc248 wrote on Nov 1, 2013, 15:11:
I'm in the Seattle area - both McGinn and Murray are Democratic. The general consensus is that McGinn is all for gigabit internet, reforming the police force, more bike lanes, better public transit (and expansion of the light rail service), etc. Murray is generally anti-McGinn, and his only platform so far seems to be, 'yeah, well, we're going to stop the bike lanes from expanding, and McGinn is divisive.'

Lots of folks have been huge fans of McGinn around here, so I've huge confidence that he'll win the mayoral race again.

Right now most of the newer apartments are actually doing a good job with high speed - gigabyte internet is around $40-$60 in new developments.

When $10 less gives you 5x-10x faster speeds than Comcast...
Wonder what will happen to those startups when the city's plan moves in.
 
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