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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 15, 2014, 16:22 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 15:55:
The whole whistleblower program is a joke, and basically non-existent in the government. Been this way for decades. Blowing the whistle means risk of demotion, investigation and possible persecution of the whistleblower, no action taken on the issue revealed, etc. etc. Things only happen when you go to the media. William Binney and Thomas Drake are prime examples of this. Both men, staunch patriots, tried to work from within the CIA and NSA to raise flags about programs the blatantly violated the constitution. Nothing changed, and both were retaliated against. So they went to the media. And of course both were investigated, threatened, and arrested.

It's impossible to blame Snowden for his actions. There was no way for him to do this internally. Nothing would have happened except he would have been fired and lost his security clearance. He basically sacrificed his life as he knew it (did you SEE the girl he left behind?) to bring these issues forward. His actions in this regard are as effective as Daniel Ellesberg or Mark Felt (Deep Throat) and greater than that of Bradley Manning. His actions are a watershed in American history.

It's impossible for it to be anything but a joke.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Apr 15, 2014, 15:51 Beamer
 
Cpmartins wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 14:59:
I'm sorry, but I'm from an "old" school of thought that, if your game does not endear me within 10 minutes, you are doing something wrong.

Some of my favorite games I didn't much like for the first hour or so. I know, you're saying "endear," but some games didn't even do that. Some I've hated, and turned off, others I just didn't much like yet stuck with and ended up loving.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers
181. Re: Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers Apr 15, 2014, 15:14 Beamer
 
Drillo wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 15:12:
Beamer wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 14:54:
And this is why smart companies don't show anything until a game is ready. SC doesn't have that luxury, being not only crowd-funded but crowd-funded and behind on promises, but...

Seriously, people. Lots of games suck until the final few months. It isn't uncommon. Things can take a lot of time to actually gel, and showing something before is showing a framework without much built on to it.

What we're seeing here, frankly, looks dull as anything. But that's because it's basically a proof-of-concept. It's got limited framework, which will undoubtedly be iterated upon immensely.

Will the game be fun? Who knows? Will it be worth the money? Who knows? I hardly care.
But it's hysterical to see people calling this game a failure based on something that's maybe 20% done.
Again, this is why smart companies tell us nothing. This is why we have no clue why HL3 is in the works. This is why we only found out about a new Civ a handful of months before launch. Because, otherwise, people pick things apart that isn't nearly ready for prime time. And yeah, I get that this piece should already be released, but that doesn't mean it's near completion, nor does it mean that the piece that will be released is near completion relative to the final, bloated product.

The point of all this IS to show what they are doing. An not to keep people in the dark until the last minute. Its going to be rough. But that's what happens, when you are trending on new ground and all the while being transparent. Plus the only people that really care about that aspect and appreciate it are those that are tried of being lied to. When the final game is not what was promised 1 year go. Its to keep people in the know. So they can make the choice of either jumping out or staying.

NO SCAMS
NO Switches
NO CGI that shows nothing of whats to come (Dead Island and many others) or shows what actually is.
...etc

So it has nothing do to with being smart or dumb. This is a gamble a double edged sword and people are watching and so far they have at least shown progress and not shitty crappy work. An once they release this piece of the game. That's the time to judge a little. Though judging know that it not a finished game AT all and that it is still in pre-alpha (CIG has warned and noted this themselves. Not me).

An official Alpha and Beta will start next year.

You're arguing what now, exactly? I said that a smart company doesn't do this, but SC doesn't have that luxury. You than parrot that in different words, but use negatives as if you're disagreeing.

You aren't. You said exactly what I said. And yes, it does have to do with being smart or dumb for most companies, but, like I said, SC doesn't have the luxury of being smart. They are forced to show us stuff, and they're being judged very harshly on things that, without crowdfunding, no one has any reason to see.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers
179. Re: Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers Apr 15, 2014, 14:54 Beamer
 
And this is why smart companies don't show anything until a game is ready. SC doesn't have that luxury, being not only crowd-funded but crowd-funded and behind on promises, but...

Seriously, people. Lots of games suck until the final few months. It isn't uncommon. Things can take a lot of time to actually gel, and showing something before is showing a framework without much built on to it.

What we're seeing here, frankly, looks dull as anything. But that's because it's basically a proof-of-concept. It's got limited framework, which will undoubtedly be iterated upon immensely.

Will the game be fun? Who knows? Will it be worth the money? Who knows? I hardly care.
But it's hysterical to see people calling this game a failure based on something that's maybe 20% done.
Again, this is why smart companies tell us nothing. This is why we have no clue why HL3 is in the works. This is why we only found out about a new Civ a handful of months before launch. Because, otherwise, people pick things apart that isn't nearly ready for prime time. And yeah, I get that this piece should already be released, but that doesn't mean it's near completion, nor does it mean that the piece that will be released is near completion relative to the final, bloated product.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
40. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 15, 2014, 12:17 Beamer
 
Also, a lot of people really, really aren't understanding the towel. Which is fine, but I find it odd that they're giving something pointless that will take one guy a day to do and yet many complaining about how useless it is are also demanding there be an end to feature creep.

 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
39. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 15, 2014, 12:14 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 10:18:
I feel like the guy from Memento in these Star Citizen threads.

They're mind numbing. I keep checking in to see if there's anything new, but it's all just the same discussions, based almost exclusively on nothing. We have nothing on this right now. What little we have looks sketchy, but it's so early that I can't see the cause for passion on either side.

$42MM crowdsourced is a lot, but $42MM for a game isn't. A lot of people are taking a lot of risks here, but I have a hard time caring about them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 15, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
 
I'm confused as to why this is a big deal, perhaps because I still use 7. So, if you haven't downloaded the latest updates, you can't get further updates... So what? People not downloading Update 1, which comes through like a standard update, probably aren't downloading other updates, correct?

Isn't this like saying people who don't eat chicken won't be served chicken?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 14, 2014, 20:07 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 19:39:
Cutter wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 15:13:
And they mainly want the staff to be invisible.
I saw a PBS documentary on Jiro Ono, the "greatest sushi chef in the world." Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
If you get a chance you should watch it. Anyway, he has maybe 8 people sit at the sushi bar he owns in a Tokyo subway and serves them several different types of sushi. You don't choose, he does. But the creepy thing is after he serves it he stands there and stares at you until you finish it. Then he serves another and stares at you. I can't imagine a more uncomfortable dining experience but I guess people love it cause it's so traditional.

Cutter wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 15:13:
And whilst I've been to Napa several times, no I haven't been to French Laundry nor would I. I don't like restos that are precious darlings.
Precious darlings, that's so well said. I'm reading Soul of a chef - a great book if you like food - and the last third is on the French Laundry which I'd never heard of. It sounds like another experience I wouldn't care for. They serve, like, 10 courses of teensy tiny servings. I guess the flavors and everything are metaphysical perfection or something. Give me some man-sized servings I can shovel into my gullet, that's dining. And they're the kind of dishes where you have stuff stacked on other stuff. I do not like food that is stacked on other food. A bed of micro greens, a scallop, sauce, a fried beet chip, another scallop, pickled elephant garlic, more micro greens - I just made all that up, but it's stacked like a foot high. I hate that shit. Too hard to shovel.

Best meals I ever had were at Chez Panisse - I was taken as a guest several times. That was a good experience and at least now I know what truly fine food is like. And nothing was stacked up on anything else.

Food comes in different ways. I'm not picky that my food can't be some way. Nearly anything or everything can work in the right hands.

And event food, like The French Laundry, can be fantastic, especially when the chef is fantastic.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 14, 2014, 19:29 Beamer
 
I refuse to order Kobe in the US because it's almost never Kobe.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 14, 2014, 14:22 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 13:20:
Holy shit is that restaurant googling you back ever creepy. I just want professional staff who are knowledgeable about their job and their products. I could care less if the sommelier and I have an affinity for jazz. I'm not there to talk about jazz with him, I'm there to have dinner.

How many restaurants like the one mentioned have you been to?
I could certainly imagine one like The French Laundry, which will custom print menus for customers (e.g., if you're coming in for a birthday, there's a birthday greeting atop your menu) getting a lot of mileage out of this. Those restaurants earn their money, in part, by making you feel like you're the only customer they have, need or want. Eleven Madison Park isn't The French Laundry, but you're still not walking out of there for under $300 per person, on the low end.

Also, if you haven't been to The French Laundry, find a way to go to The French Laundry.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
23. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 14, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 04:15:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 00:02:
Axis wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 20:24:
Nin you are a coward, you troll every post that insults people, most of which you have on ignore.

JD, underhanded insults are ineffectual and just portrays the poster as insecure and ineffective. You think by making long-stretch analogies you are obscuring and being smart.

I stand by what I said, nothing else to add. You can stand by your statement about the internet:
"either nationalize the internet, or heavily regulate it."
while you compare its "essentially" to water and electricity...

The "people" can continue to think whatever they like about whoever they choose.

Okay, fine. You oppose nationalization, and you oppose regulation. What's your solution to the current problem of monopolistic or duopolistic internet connectivity? Because the current system will leave us stuck at 10mbps for $100/month for decades.

There is no way you can clarify it for Axis. No way at all, trust me on this. People like him vehemently oppose the 'liberal' government, yet they dont realise that this very same so called liberal government has been responsible for most of the deregulation of the marketplace. Something that Axis is supposed to be in favour of. (See Bill Clinton and his reforms)

go further back and look at the new deal. People like Axis would be happy if life were still The Jungle, even if they'd be the ones missing fingers. Free market! They deny it now, because it is status quo to them, but the ridiculous things they fight use the same arguments.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld Remastered CE Includes Light-up Ship
21. Re: Homeworld Remastered Includes Light-up Ship Apr 14, 2014, 10:29 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 10:03:
TangledThorns wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 17:49:
Looks like my wife's vibrator.

I guess you failed your wife if she needs one of those.

really?
is this an opinion people that have actually dated women and have a healthy opinion on sexuality have?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
15. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 13, 2014, 22:32 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 22:06:
Beamer wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 21:54:
PHJF wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 20:58:
Like water and electricity, it has become difficult to function in society without it

And it's things like that which make you sound stupid. The internet is used 97% for vapid nonsense. The other 3% could be done without it.

How do you get a job without the internet?
How do you keep a job without the internet?

What a pampered and sheltered life you must live.

But it's true. The internet has become the sole way a good amount of important information is transmitted.

Yes, obviously I'm talking more white-collar jobs. But I also am fairly certain you're someone that's used the term "Obamaphone" before, so I don't think anything would satisfy you as being important, other than water.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
13. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 13, 2014, 21:54 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 20:58:
Like water and electricity, it has become difficult to function in society without it

And it's things like that which make you sound stupid. The internet is used 97% for vapid nonsense. The other 3% could be done without it.

How do you get a job without the internet?
How do you keep a job without the internet?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers
120. Re: Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers Apr 12, 2014, 14:27 Beamer
 
Kosumo wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 08:13:
SlimRam wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 01:48:
There better be a animation of the pilot eating a Space Burrito Surprise or this entire effort is for naught *arms folded and huffing*

This is why I hope the game will be good, I want a see what the inside of the cockpit looks like AFTER a 'SlimRam Space Burrito Surprise' and some G force.

The 1999 claim was probably serious. Every time a game someone doesn't like on principle gets video here, some nitwit says it has 1999 graphics, or looks "15 years old." Some people are just numbskulls and don't remember 1999.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 12, 2014, 05:03 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 03:34:
Beamer wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 02:46:
Redmask wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 00:35:
Cutter wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 19:16:
Oh come on, no rationale person would take that for anything but sarcasm. I'd appeal it all the way to the SCOTUS if it were me.

Honoring your word is such a pesky concept after all. Sarcasm is a great legal defense, I'm sure the Supreme Court would be all over that idea haha.

its definitely sarcasm, but not in the way Cutter thinks. The guy clearly implied it was a consolation prize. If you promise a gift, you can be held to it.

No, you very clearly don't grasp the concept of sarcasm then. He was being fatuous. If you don't grasp that I'd suggest some remedial English comprehension classes.

His sarcasm comes across less as "haha, you can keep this, not,
" and more as "well, I humiliated you in front of every single person you've ever met, but hey, who cares when you get to keep a $50,000 rock!"

I don't see what part of "I'm breaking up with you, but you get to keep the ring at least" makes it sound like the last part is sarcastic and he expects it back. But, I don't have the cold, shriveled heart, so maybe it's just me.

In any case, men planning to get engaged, never do it on a holiday or birthday, because in either of those cases it's a gift, not a gift contingent upon an action, and you won't get it back if things go awry.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 12, 2014, 02:46 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 00:35:
Cutter wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 19:16:
Oh come on, no rationale person would take that for anything but sarcasm. I'd appeal it all the way to the SCOTUS if it were me.

Honoring your word is such a pesky concept after all. Sarcasm is a great legal defense, I'm sure the Supreme Court would be all over that idea haha.

its definitely sarcasm, but not in the way Cutter thinks. The guy clearly implied it was a consolation prize. If you promise a gift, you can be held to it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 11, 2014, 18:01 Beamer
 
When I go to the PS4 page on Amazon I get a PS4.
When I go to the Xbone page I get, right above it, an image of the PS4 with "you might also consider."

Microsoft can't be happy.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2014, 11:53 Beamer
 
Yesterday's news, but possible rival for those that missed it:
Game of Goats
 
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News Comments > Orcs Must Die! Unchained Revealed
21. Re: Orcs Must Die! Unchained Revealed Apr 11, 2014, 11:15 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 09:39:
I don't know, I've heard that complaint a few times but I didn't find the second game much harder than the first. People said it required too much but I found that most of the time people were trying to rigidly stick to things that worked on previous levels instead of trying new strategies.

This turning into a MOBA is just greed, bloody hell

Yeah, I found the difficulty ramp inconsistent in the second, but I don't remember finding it harder. I think I still 5 starred every level, including the classic ones. Solo, as I never played with anyone else. Did it with the two characters, too.

The endless levels were harder and needed a co-op person, I felt, but I just didn't really play those because I found them neither very rewarding nor very fun, for the same reason I often don't like Hoarde Mode or CoD Zombie type things or whatever - it's 25 minutes of too slow and easy followed by 5 minutes of holy-crap-we're-overwhelmed.
 
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