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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
7. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 23, 2014, 01:41 Beamer
 
So that app does none of what they claim. It shows you some pics you took, tells you who you talk to most, least, and who tags you most.

Shocking, deep hitting stuff there.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 22, 2014, 13:35 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 13:27:
I've never said other companies weren't evil. Simply that Apple is the evilest of them all. And yes, if you support Apple you do hate America and babies, and likely love the terrorists too.

I don't think you've really ever given a reason why Apple is more evil than Google or Walmart or Koch Industries or MLM pyramid schemes.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 22, 2014, 10:20 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 08:41:
NamecaF wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 03:03:
Luke wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 02:49:
Get peps hooked and you can do what ever you want with them Baby 's

Yep, its basically crack cocaine economics 101 isn't it? That's why you're better off just downloading that shit for free

Deep thoughts by luke.

And some random pirate.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 21, 2014, 16:54 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 16:46:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 16:00:
Beamer wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 12:43:
Can you think of a single successful modular product?
Legos?

Housing. There is tons of modular housing out there.

Yeah, but that's less a consumer product and more an OEM. You don't have someone moving into a home and deciding they want a new bathroom and going back to the company that made the modules and swapping it out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 21, 2014, 14:12 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 13:48:
How do these TV stations think that something they freely send over the airwaves, should garner major income from cable companies. Every time I turn around I see my cable bill going up because of them and I still HAVE to watch their idiotic commercials.

I don't see that Aero is doing anything wrong at all.

How do they think they should be able to be paid for something they give away for free? Because cable companies charge for them.

If you gave something away for free, only to find out someone was earning a living taking what you gave them for free and selling it to others, you'd probably be pretty furious at that person.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 21, 2014, 12:43 Beamer
 
Stanly Manly wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 12:20:
For the most part it was a whimsical article, but he hit upon one good idea, I think, that perhaps PC's would be more popular if they had "idiot proof" upgrade capabilities. Slide in a new processor or graphics update, etc.

For most people, a PC is a magic black box, and opening it up is the last thing they would ever try. Cripes, I don't even try to explain hardware to either of my parents. It's a challenge just to tell them the ad that says "Your PC may be at risk!" is really not something they want to click on. Can't even imagine trying to get one of them to swap out some RAM sticks, let alone a CPU, ugh.

Can you think of a single successful modular product?
It isn't simply that upgrading needs to be easier, it's that people don't want to bother. At all. It isn't a fun process, ignoring the work. A new processor costs $300, will I actually get a true improvement out of it? RAM is $X for 6GB and $1.8X for 12GB, will I actually get the value of doubling it or should I simply put that cash towards a new GPU? If I buy the more expensive graphics card, can I run different games? Will they look substantially better? Will it run games further into the future?

Some people enjoy these kinds of questions. Most people absolutely hate it because it's all so grey area and takes a good amount of time to understand and, instead, just want something they buy once, put somewhere and never have to worry about again. It will run things, it will run things how it's supposed to, and they never need to figure out if it needs to be upgraded or replaced because there are extremely clear signals for when it's time. Going modular doesn't solve this problem, and this is the biggest problem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 21, 2014, 12:17 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 11:48:
Does Aereo cut out the commercials or allow them to be skipped? If not I don't see how this hurts broadcasters' advertising income, if anything it should help as it allows for a wider availability of the broadcast, and thus more people watching the commercials. I guess because they make cable companies pay to rebroadcast content they don't want to have a precedent set for not paying.

The real way it hurts broadcasters/content creators is that they charge cable companies huge fees to redistribute their content online and on-demand. This pretty clearly cuts that off at the knees, and would arguably allow cable companies to just mimic the Aereo model (which they're already claiming they'll do if Aereo wins, which could make this lose/lose for Aereo, who would suddenly be competing with much larger players.)

Are those fees broadcasters charge fair?
Are they necessary?
Do they actually benefit the consumer?

Probably a bit, but only a bit.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: Doom & Myst Apr 21, 2014, 11:26 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 09:21:
I played them both but I was much more a Doom guy. Myst was good, but it wasn't too long before I was having trouble solving the puzzles which was more than a little aggravating...

I hated it. It was a slideshow at a time that other games were giving you motion, and the puzzles were arbitrary in a way that I think was later acknowledged, rather than feeling at all organic.

And then there was the plot.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
20. Re: Saturday Mobilization Apr 21, 2014, 10:38 Beamer
 
Yeah, it's a shame blue forces you two to stick around and rarely post about games.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Apr 19, 2014, 17:37 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Apr 19, 2014, 16:46:
Timmeh wrote on Apr 19, 2014, 12:20:
When was the last time AMD actually made some money? How do you stay in business when you have lost money every single quarter for at least the last decade?

Or is it just a ploy to write off taxes.

It's imperative that you get your facts straight in order to answer your question...;)

AMD showed a profit last quarter, btw. (Q4 2013.)

Had it not had to pay GF a $213M payment this quarter (the last payment it has to make to GF, btw), the company would have shown a $193M profit *this quarter*, instead of a $20M loss.

So first of all it isn't true that AMD has never shown a profit--the company has shown plenty of profits over the years, has tons of investor confidence, and a plethora of products unmatched by either nVidia or Intel. The *only* place that AMD is lacking at the moment in relation to Intel is the high-end x86 cpu business--in the middle-to-low end sectors (i5 and below, where most cpu sales are made) AMD is every bit the equal of Intel in the cpu business, and AMD really blows Intel away in the gpu business (Intel offers nothing competitive.)

In fact, when it came to choosing the hardware for both Sony and Microsoft's new-gen consoles, nobody came close to what AMD could bring to the table. AMD provided a bang-for-the-buck that nobody could equal (obviously.)

Hopefully, now you understand why AMD is still alive and kicking. Better be glad, too, else that Intel cpu you obviously are running would cost you 2x-4x more than it presently does--if you could even buy it at all. Where Intel's cpu tech would be today without AMD's influence is anybody's guess. My guess: it would not be nearly so good as it is. Even if you don't buy AMD's cpu products (I have owned nothing but AMD since 1999) AMD is still your very good friend in terms of pushing Intel to offer good deals instead of the really bad ones it offered prior to the advent of Athlon so many years ago.


This is a curious mix of some good info and some serious blinders
for instance, AMD may have more powerful as gpus but vastly more computers operate on Intels admittedly weak offerings.

Why would someone go so long on only Amd purchases? Insanity. They leapfrog in better value monthly. No intelligent person sticks with one. They're interchangeable, buy the best in your budget. So weird to stick with one over the other. Baffling and irrational.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 18, 2014, 21:22 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 21:03:
Know why we haven't got to the point where if you lose the case you started, you have to pay ALL legal fees? I'll tell you why - cause 70% of the US lawyers would be out of a job due to people actually thinking twice before suing...

Or you'd have people that can't afford to lose not bringing cases that they'd more likely than not win.

Oligarchy!
 
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Free Weekend; Sale
7. Re: Frozen Synapse Free Weekend; Sale Apr 18, 2014, 13:35 Beamer
 
I hated it. But that isn't a surprise, I hate real-time games. It isn't perfectly real time, you set your strategy, as do they, then let it run out in a round, but I still hated it.

The concept just sounds fun to me, but I never got into it. Never learned the rhythm. Maybe I should try again, but I didn't much like it. I'm probably better off doing another run-through of Enemy Within.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 18, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 10:11:
While the majority of Americans consider themselves both digitally creative and tech-savvy, a disproportionate number of people are stifling their creativity by locking away their data on old technology and burdening themselves by continuing to use devices that are slow and bulky....
...Whether spring or summer cleaning or searching for the perfect gift for mom, dad or a favorite grad, now is a great time to organize digital clutter and refresh outdated technology.

Laugh Whatever you say Intel, I'll go throw out my desktop and laptop and buy a tablet so I can unleash that creative potential that's been chained up in the basement that is my PC's hard drive.

Nowhere do they tell you to only buy a tablet. They say there's a problem, that many people have outdated devices, and there's a solution, that faster devices are available.

They clearly mention their new desktops.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 18, 2014, 11:05 Beamer
 
Desalus wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 09:36:
It seems as if corporate executives live in a world with different rules/standards than the rest of us. Being fired and getting a severance of $58 million...absolutely ridiculous. Angry

$58MM is nuts, but I get why these parachutes exist.

And yes, they do have different rules, much like professional athletes do. When you're someone in demand, there usually needs to be some kind of incentive to get you to take a job. When you're a C-suite kind of person, leaving where you are is an enormous risk. In order to get someone good for the role, you need to mitigate that risk somewhat.

$58MM is beyond "somewhat."
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Apr 17, 2014, 18:03 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 17:39:
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 17:32:
Beamer wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 10:57:
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 10:55:
Good. The faster you get all of Wall Street out of all the games... the better.

The article isn't saying that at all. It's saying that the stocks will fall, not that the companies will go private.

Right. But I'm still good with what I wrote, the more the stock market isn't involved with the games the better. Them not making bank on wall street all the while pandering to them... since that isn't paying off, just listen to the buyers. Games and Wall Street barely mix. Jim Cramer knows this to and regularly tells us on his show.

Jim Cramer also said things were looking great months before the 2008 crash. But he is humble about it now.

Jim Cramer also said things were looking great in 2000, before the big dot com crash, telling everyone to buy as much JDSU as humanly possible.l

He was never humble about that.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Apr 17, 2014, 10:57 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 10:55:
Good. The faster you get all of Wall Street out of all the games... the better.

The article isn't saying that at all. It's saying that the stocks will fall, not that the companies will go private.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
14. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 17, 2014, 10:24 Beamer
 
Drazula wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 09:25:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 20:13:
ChildChildren can swipe a screen but can't use toy building blocks, teachers warn.

Yeah, the rule is no screens before 3, then 30m per day after that. Not good for the kids.
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I'm more concerned about their lack of faith... but that failure is on their parents.

Darth Vader?
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
5. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 16, 2014, 18:39 Beamer
 
Loopy wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 18:23:
I get kicked in the hed all teh tyme. i doughnt cair

I think we get that, haha.
 
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News Comments > 37% of Steam Games Never Loaded by Owners
59. Re: 37% of Steam Games Never Loaded by Owners Apr 16, 2014, 16:55 Beamer
 
Aero wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 16:35:
I don't entirely trust Steam's statistics. I looked at my account once with one of those sites and there were close to a dozen games it said I had never played at all, but I had definitely not only played, but completed. They tended to be older games (I created my account whatever day it was HL2 was released).


Yeah, as mentioned, there was something like 4-6 years without tracking. I have at least 300 hours in CivIV, but only show somewhere around 70 due to this.

I also questioned its FTL number, then remembered about half my play time was done in the DRM-free copy on a PC I couldn't install Steam to.
 
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News Comments > 37% of Steam Games Never Loaded by Owners
41. Re: 37% of Steam Games Never Loaded by Owners Apr 16, 2014, 12:34 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 11:18:
Beamer wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 11:03:
I always find it kind of interesting when people "play games for the story."
Outside of a small handful, almost every game story is pretty weak and poorly presented.

When I'm out just for story, I read, which I probably do as much as game these days. Books, those have stories. Video games? They have ideas that sort of form into a bit of a story.

Generalization is never a good idea in such a topic ;p "Video games" is very far reaching, and includes visual novels too....

Now granted, there are not a lot of games with any semblance of good story.... but there are still enough to maybe play one every month (except SOME months, urgh)

Yeah, haha, but you agreed with me. I said "outside a small handful" and you said "not a lot of games."
 
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