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News Comments > Borderlands Creative Director Joins Robot
7. Re: Borderlands Creative Director Joins Robot Jan 7, 2015, 15:00 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 22:14:
Why the hell would they turn a decent series like OMD into F2P garbage?

Will nothing be free of this F2P/P2W taint?

Robot Entertainment was one of my favourite devs too.

This post is pretty much hysteria.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
45. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 7, 2015, 14:25 Beamer
 
We're floundering like lost children?

And is this the same guy a few posts ago complaining about insults?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 7, 2015, 12:38 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 12:24:
Beamer wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 11:16:
Julio wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 05:14:
Diversity is just racism and sexism against the white male in a politically correct sounding term.

But the entire system is set up for the white male to achieve above anyone else.
Yes, not every white male benefits from this fully or equally, but Julio, why is nearly every single position of power in this country occupied by white males?

Are white males smarter and better leaders, or is the system designed to push them farther than others?

The Atlantic had an article about race in the educational system. To probably no one's surprise, on a level playing field, Asian-Americans clean up academically. A study found that when shown that Asian-Americans were admitted at double their proportion, white study participants abandoned support for objective admissions standards and switched their support to subjective criteria like leadership or community involvement.

To put it succinctly, diversity in academic admissions usually ends up discriminating against Asian-Americans, not white guys.

Academically Asian Americans do tend to outperform. Why?
In large part due to their family support structures. I grew up in an area with more than a handful of Asian students, and their families pushed them like none other. The stereotype is often true there - the family puts a higher emphasis on academic performance than the average family of another race, and that results in higher performance overall.

Then comes the real world.
We all know Asians are succeeding. Business schools are full of them. 20% of Harvard is Asian (arguably an upper-limit, as it's reportedly harder to get into Harvard as an Asian than anything else.)
So where are the Asian senators or CEOs? Why is it that Asians succeed supremely throughout school but then get surpassed by white people in the real world?

Is there something about them culturally that doesn't let them achieve, or are they often overlooked for white people?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
41. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 7, 2015, 12:34 Beamer
 
Just one case she clearly botched so horribly she could be considered one of the worst of all time.

Just one. Not even a preponderance of the evidence that she's the absolute worst of all time, just one case that demonstrates that, if all cases were exactly like that, she'd be in even the bottom 10%.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jan 7, 2015, 11:58 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 11:53:
"A Warcraft film should not be about a good race of humans battling an evil race of orcs! Warcraft should be about heroes on both sides trying to avoid a conflict, when villains leave them no choice… I hope that with our film, the audience will get a chance to see past the Horde/Alliance divide and recognize the heroes on BOTH sides!"

Well that's at least an encouraging sign, of course actually delivering is another story.

Sounds like Dawn of the Prequel to the Rise of the Sequel of the Planet of the Apes.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 7, 2015, 11:16 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 05:14:
Diversity is just racism and sexism against the white male in a politically correct sounding term.

But the entire system is set up for the white male to achieve above anyone else.
Yes, not every white male benefits from this fully or equally, but Julio, why is nearly every single position of power in this country occupied by white males?

Are white males smarter and better leaders, or is the system designed to push them farther than others?
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Creative Director Joins Robot
5. Re: Borderlands Creative Director Joins Robot Jan 7, 2015, 11:10 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 08:39:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 06:16:
Jerykk wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 02:55:
F2P and P2W are not synonymous. DotA2 is F2P and the only things you can buy are cosmetic items. As with all things, it's a matter of implementation.
Exactly. It comes down to the implementation, though admittedly Valve is about the only company to get it right.

So it's about implementation but most developers are crap at implementing it. That pretty much equates to the same thing.

I have no confidence that OMD 3 will ever get made. An F2P game from a small company doesn't leave a whole lot of room for separate development projects.

If we see an OMD 3, it will probably mean that Unchained failed. Selling trinkets, XP boosts and OP weapons for a game you already made is way easier than producing a new game. Once they get a taste of that easy money, I don't see them clamoring to make a better single player version of the multiplayer game they are milking for micro-transactions.

I disagree with everything you're saying, for a few reasons:

1) Yes, F2P often sucks. I honestly haven't even played any P2W games, but I have played some P2P ones, meaning that they hit the point that you literally can't do something, even fail, without either waiting upwards of a week or paying. But some companies do it right. If it's a company with a history of doing things well, why start panicking on forums and declaring them dead before you see anything at all? Why do games forums have so much endless hysteria?

2) Paul Hellquist is a huge name. Huge. But OMD:U is about to be released. Simple math means that he can't contribute much to it, but he's almost certainly getting a huuuuuuuge paycheck. They hired him for a project, and it isn't OMD:U. So, then, they have something very big planned, very very big, regardless of how OMD:U performs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 7, 2015, 11:03 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 09:48:
Considering that the movie was released for free on the internet Id say that's raking it in.

Considering that most online distributors are taking a higher percentage than theaters would, the movie made less online than it was expected to in theaters, and the movie still had a full marketing budget, no, it's still deep in the red.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
34. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 7, 2015, 11:01 Beamer
 
I like that he calls others "forum warriors," yet at least three people have asked several times for even just one case where she did something worthy of being the "least qualified justice ever."

Frankly, in the 1800s we had some extremely unqualified justices, so that's also a fairly tall order. I haven't paid much attention to individual justice' opinions in the past five years or so, except for when they've been particularly newsworthy, but it'd be nice to hear him mention just one case he feels she particularly flubbed.

He's already told us, though, that the law is interpreted via the law, which again is utter nonsense because you can't interpret something based only on itself.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
18. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 7, 2015, 10:57 Beamer
 
That modem was $50 on Woot over the weekend. Sadly, sold out by the time I noticed.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 7, 2015, 01:36 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 01:26:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 18:58:
Is Cutter an SJW when he endlessly pisses and moans about Apple and its treatment of employees?

He kind of has a point about this, though. At every tech job I've worked at it's been around 80% white men because white men make up 80%+ of the people who apply for those jobs. The last place I worked was hiring people who weren't white guys just to hit the right diversity stats, and we wound up with people who had no experience and no background for the work sitting next to us as result.

Obviously that's only anecdotal evidence, but it seems to me that there's a bigger problem with educational diversity creating barriers to technical fields than problems with technical companies not hiring more diverse workers.

It's true that males are the majority of applicants. But there are plenty of studies that show that, when two applicants are equal, the male almost always gets the job.

Men sit around being terrified about not getting a job they're qualified for because they don't have the right genitals, but that's exactly what is happening to women. And, as a result, fewer women go into these roles because fewer women achieve in them.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 6, 2015, 21:20 Beamer
 
Saboth wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 20:50:
Dirty Butler wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 20:25:
Mine's be a solid 125 Mb down since the speed doubling. Are you testing your speed from speedtest.comcast.net?

I usually check from the Comcast tester and http://testmy.net/, and usually get similar results. About half speed at night, full speed during the day (like if I take a day off). Think my neighborhood just has a lot of congestion since Comcast is the only game in town for internet.

I'm getting 31mb from Dallas via Testmy and 130mb from Seattle via Speakeasy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
22. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 19:38 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 19:13:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 15:56:
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 14:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:48:
PropheT wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:45:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.

No. No no no no no no no no no.

The USSC is there to decide of laws overstep themselves. And they often do. Not to mention they often rely upon the Constitution, which is deliberately vague and our interpretation of it has swung wildly over its history.

PropheT got it right. I don't see how you can say "No no no" then make a point that does not dispute his point in the least. In fact, you instead made the same valid point that builds upon what he stated.

ProheT stated political lines need thrown out once you are in the USSC voting on the laws -- absolutely spot on. Then you said NONO, they vote on the laws that overstep themselves. Absolutely true, but PropheT already stated that, you just added a few words.

I think you just like to argue Beams...


As for my earlier statement:

Kagan has been the wrong person for the job -- she is hardcore in her liberal ideology which takes precedence to her interpretation of the law. She is by far the least qualified ever to be appointed, and appears to me to be outright dumb in many areas. (I won't bore you with the many links, you'd dismiss them anyway).

The supreme court is the one place that demands to be as neutral as possible, with the most amount of courtroom experience possible -- regardless of party lines, this is what we all should shoot for.

Huh?
Prophet said they need to vote based on law.
I said no, because sometimes the law is wrong and they need to overturn it. There isn't always law to point to that says the law they are overturning is wrong. Even when it is, it's usually the Constitution, and they rely upon their individual interpretation, not the actual letter of the Constitution nor prior rulings.

In other words, they use their feelings on the Constitution.



Do you understand how the USSC works?

Hear cases, interpret the law based on the law of the land.

Now that *you* understand how it works thanks to my simplified (yes I put it on "Laymen" Difficulty) way to define their primary duty, re-read everything prior to saying "Huh?" and realize that were wrong in "No No"ing Prophet...

I'm so confused about your argument.

Simply put, they do not just interpret the law based on the law. That's redundant, isn't it? I mean, how do you interpret something based upon itself? Is that like saying I don't know what art is, but I know it when I see it?

You can't interpret something based upon itself. You can only interpret it based upon something else.
In this case, it's opinions and feelings.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. removed Jan 6, 2015, 18:58 Beamer
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
20. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 18:55 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 18:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 15:56:
Do you understand how the USSC works?

You keep using that acronym, but SCOTUS is the one I've always seen bandied about. USSC has a lot of other translations, especially the Utica Shelby Swimming Club.

Good point, but maybe I just really like Utica.
 
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
31. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 15:59 Beamer
 
Incidentally, every review I can find on this thing says it's great, and easily best-in-class (that class being high end consumer), but overkill.

So it seems Creative may have actually made a quality product, just one few people need.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 15:56 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 14:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:48:
PropheT wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:45:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.

No. No no no no no no no no no.

The USSC is there to decide of laws overstep themselves. And they often do. Not to mention they often rely upon the Constitution, which is deliberately vague and our interpretation of it has swung wildly over its history.

PropheT got it right. I don't see how you can say "No no no" then make a point that does not dispute his point in the least. In fact, you instead made the same valid point that builds upon what he stated.

ProheT stated political lines need thrown out once you are in the USSC voting on the laws -- absolutely spot on. Then you said NONO, they vote on the laws that overstep themselves. Absolutely true, but PropheT already stated that, you just added a few words.

I think you just like to argue Beams...


As for my earlier statement:

Kagan has been the wrong person for the job -- she is hardcore in her liberal ideology which takes precedence to her interpretation of the law. She is by far the least qualified ever to be appointed, and appears to me to be outright dumb in many areas. (I won't bore you with the many links, you'd dismiss them anyway).

The supreme court is the one place that demands to be as neutral as possible, with the most amount of courtroom experience possible -- regardless of party lines, this is what we all should shoot for.

Huh?
Prophet said they need to vote based on law.
I said no, because sometimes the law is wrong and they need to overturn it. There isn't always law to point to that says the law they are overturning is wrong. Even when it is, it's usually the Constitution, and they rely upon their individual interpretation, not the actual letter of the Constitution nor prior rulings.

In other words, they use their feelings on the Constitution.



Do you understand how the USSC works?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 12:48 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:45:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.

No. No no no no no no no no no.

The USSC is there to decide of laws overstep themselves. And they often do. Not to mention they often rely upon the Constitution, which is deliberately vague and our interpretation of it has swung wildly over its history.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 10:55 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 10:10:
Kagan has never had any business being in the supreme court -- what an embarrassment.

So she votes not only in favor of free speech but blocks future laws limiting it, and you leave a complaint about her with nothing other than "she sucks." Well thought out. Given that it only mentions this ruling, I have to assume you disagree with it.
 
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