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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
33. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 12:11 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 10:10:
I've seen people losing their minds over this and I don't get why. When you buy a Ubisoft game on Steam, you're literally just downloading the uPlay copy. When you double-click on the game in Steam, it launches uPlay and the games have no Steamworks integration. It's literally no different than just buying it on uPlay anyway, except you initially launch it from Steam, which you can still do by adding it as a non-Steam game. Don't get me wrong, I detest uPlay (look up the living Hell Splinter Cell: Blacklist owners went through with that) but people who are like "I hate this because I hate uPlay!" don't seem to get you've been buying those versions all along anyway.

This is my view as well. I'll buy it from Amazon, already have UPlay installed due to FC3 and would have to get it for FC4 regardless, and will add it to my Steam list.

It's not as easy, but considering there's zero Steamworks integration, it won't make a large difference.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
16. Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 7, 2014, 11:17 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 10:31:
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 09:29:
No one's claiming that a secret pandemic is going on. They're claiming that an actual and obvious pandemic is going on in some countries, and we'd not like it to spread here. One way to help with that is a quarantine.

This has all been covered though by the CDC, WHO and other health bodies. Quarantines with Ebola are difficult to enforce and make contact tracing more difficult which is actually more crucial to preventing outbreaks. The incubation time is a significant factor as well and makes a quarantine very unlikely to be effective. That's without going into the large economic impact of blanket quarantines and the possibility that people will go overland into neighboring countries without quarantine measures anyway.

So? If that sort of comparison held water, we'd have shut down the gun control debate years ago with 'gun-related deaths don't matter'.

It's just context so that people stop freaking out over unlikely, extreme possibilities. Ebola is nowhere near as easily spread as something like influenza. I'd certainly worry about ebola if I was traveling to Sierra Leone but it's nothing to lose sleep over living in Texas (yes, even with a confirmed case).

People keep believing shit like "ebola can live on a dry surface for days, which means it's guaranteed to be all over subways!" missing the word "can.' And people don't understand what conditions in Western Africa are relative to here, which not only leads to significantly more transfers there (but the R0 is still ridiculously low) to a much higher mortality rate over there.

Who was it on this board that argued with me that R0 wasn't worse than HIV because HIV is spread out over years. That was the single funniest misunderstanding of ebola I've seen here.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
7. Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 6, 2014, 20:40 Beamer
 
How the hell did a disease become a partisan issue?  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 6, 2014, 18:56 Beamer
 
We've had more than one case here. No problems. Not a single person that's contracted it in the states has died.

You know, because our medical system isn't huts in swamps like it is in much of Western Africa.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 17:00 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 16:48:
I think this is a cool idea, its one step closer to "Computer" from Star Trek. Like many cool ideas though the first implementation is bound to suck.

The NSA is probably slapping each other on the back over this one too.

You can very easily see every single conversation it mines from you and see what it sends to Amazon.
It's always listening, but it's ignoring anything until it hears it's wake word.

I get why people do not trust this, but it's actually pretty transparent. There are plenty of reasons to dislike this product, but this isn't one of them.

I'm pretty familiar with it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 16:32 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 15:49:
With the threats of those other people (non related to that gruesome murder), are they talking out of their ass trying to sound tought with threats or are they serious is the question.

There is a huge line an individual has step going from bullying to straight up pre-meditated murder. That murder that is listed is someone that is already crazed and obviously snapped.

It's hard to tell where that line is, particularly when you're the one with people sending you threats that include your home address.

I mean, unless you take Total Biscuit's absolutely moronic and asinine view that the threats aren't credible because no one is dead. I mean, that also means that Hinkely shooting Reagan wasn't a threat because it didn't kill him. Total Biscuit says some dumb things.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 14:39 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 13:10:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:46:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:30:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:00:
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 09:48:
That murderer guy turned himself in to police rather than suicide-by-cop as he originally planned, so he is in custody now. Though the "4chan link" stuff is overstating it a bit. 4chan is where the dude posted his sick pictures after the fact. As far as anyone can tell, there was no other involvement by anyone on 4chan.

The best part was when ol' Brianna Wu decided to go on Twitter and link this to Gamergate or hold it up as an example of how serious online threats are. Except there were no online threats. This guy did his threatening in the real world, had a history of domestic violence and threats against law enforcement, and killed his girlfriend who he lived with, not some random woman on the Internet.

Sick of the people in this world who do that kind of shit. Comparing your trivial online threats to the very serious problem of domestic violence, god damn. Shameless.

Yup.
Had he killed someone over an argument on 4chan, fine, but he killed someone then bragged on the most convenient place on the internet. The steps to how he killed and ended up on 4chan aren't the same as anything else being discussed.

The truth never stopped anyone from twisting a tragedy to meet their own agenda.

No offense, but you're the one doing that.

Briana, Zoe and Anita have had numerous 4chan threads discussing ways they should die. Don't you think this hits a little close to home for then? It doesn't make them right, but I'm certain they're honest in being concerned that a message board obsessed with killing them has a thread bragging about killing a woman.

But I won't let understanding where people come from stop your personal agenda.

What's my agenda? [/quote

Diminishing death threats, apparently.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2014, 14:24 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 14:07:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 13:38:
This seems like a stretch. I didn't see any politician anywhere mention GG.

I didn't say they did. I said that one party ran on the 'War on Women', 'That other party is all misogynists' ticket, and they got absolutely slaughtered - apparently, by women-hating misogynists. Of which women made up a pretty substantial number, might I add.

You say 'all the olds turned out, and none of the youngs did'. Yep. In other words, the very people who supposedly are supposed to be the great SJW future... didn't give much of a shit about the supposed horrible misogyny and women-hating of the other party. Not even enough to show up. And of the ones who cared enough to vote, a pretty substantial number of them, if not a majority, voted for the big evil party.

Let me put it to you this way. One of a few anti-GG refrains has been 'Everyone dislikes you! Everyone dislikes people who are critical of feminism, of the idea of there being a war on women! Sark went on Colbert! You guys are so unpopular!' To have that sort of charge being aired as recently as a week ago, and then to have - during an election where 'war on women' schticks were being deployed louder than ever - the favored party of the anti-GG SJWs get absolutely slaughtered?

It's funny.


You're a weird one. The exact same number of young people showed up as show up for every midterm election.

You're fun, though. You're the guy that loooooves status quo. If you were alive in the 60s, you'd be there going "so I like to smack my secretary's ass every few hours? So what? It lets he know she's attractive, women like that. It isn't harassment. I tell her her sweater makes her tits look nice - I'd love if women told me they wanted to sleep with me more often. I'm just a man, I'm doing what men do, it isn't anything wrong."

Sorry, taking troll bait here, I know, but it's amazing how some view the world.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 13:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 13:24:
@Beamer,

We're good at finding illegal bribes, but the system is rife with ones that are legal, or else this wouldn't be true:
The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a "non-significant, near-zero level." The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process. The mass-based interest groups had minimal influence compared to the business-based interest groups.
Jack's right that in reality there really is only one party, and it's The Business Party, and all those PAC and unlimited campaign donations result in favorable legislation being passed. It's a quid pro quo. It's a bribe, but politicians just don't happen to get arrested for it.

And nobody goes into politics for the salary. Like you say, you go in for the $3M a year job on GM's board you get after you leave congress, or the $30K per speech fees, or the power and the perks, and even, sometimes, because you want to serve and try and make a difference. But the salary is minuscule to what these people can make in the private sector. You work less hours, and feel cleaner too.

Which is why I appreciate movements like Cenk Uygur's Wolf PAC, who are trying to get corporate money out of politics for this very reason. Although now that 10 additional state legislatures went Republican a couple days ago, this seems further away than ever.

I wasn't disagreeing with there being one party.
What I disagreed with is that politicians spend millions of their own money because they line their pockets with bribes.

As mentioned, that's not true because they don't get those bribes and they aren't spending their own money.

You're right, they get enormous campaign contributions. Like I said, they sell their souls to the Koch Brothers and/or Sheldon Alderson. But that money doesn't go into their pockets. You can't retire on campaign contributions. You have to spend them. They're not your money.

And sure, some come out and get those huge jobs. But not the really bad ones. Mitch McConnell is an old jackass who just fought the biggest fight of his life to keep his seat. If this was about money, he happily would have walked away into those cushy, high paying jobs. But he didn't. And he won't. Nor will John Bohener. These people will be in office until they retire. They're career politicians. And they're the bigger problem. But it isn't due to them making themselves rich. If that was what it was about both would have been in industry one or two elections ago.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 11:46 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:30:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 11:00:
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 09:48:
That murderer guy turned himself in to police rather than suicide-by-cop as he originally planned, so he is in custody now. Though the "4chan link" stuff is overstating it a bit. 4chan is where the dude posted his sick pictures after the fact. As far as anyone can tell, there was no other involvement by anyone on 4chan.

The best part was when ol' Brianna Wu decided to go on Twitter and link this to Gamergate or hold it up as an example of how serious online threats are. Except there were no online threats. This guy did his threatening in the real world, had a history of domestic violence and threats against law enforcement, and killed his girlfriend who he lived with, not some random woman on the Internet.

Sick of the people in this world who do that kind of shit. Comparing your trivial online threats to the very serious problem of domestic violence, god damn. Shameless.

Yup.
Had he killed someone over an argument on 4chan, fine, but he killed someone then bragged on the most convenient place on the internet. The steps to how he killed and ended up on 4chan aren't the same as anything else being discussed.

The truth never stopped anyone from twisting a tragedy to meet their own agenda.

No offense, but you're the one doing that.

Briana, Zoe and Anita have had numerous 4chan threads discussing ways they should die. Don't you think this hits a little close to home for then? It doesn't make them right, but I'm certain they're honest in being concerned that a message board obsessed with killing them has a thread bragging about killing a woman.

But I won't let understanding where people come from stop your personal agenda.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2014, 11:00 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 09:48:
That murderer guy turned himself in to police rather than suicide-by-cop as he originally planned, so he is in custody now. Though the "4chan link" stuff is overstating it a bit. 4chan is where the dude posted his sick pictures after the fact. As far as anyone can tell, there was no other involvement by anyone on 4chan.

The best part was when ol' Brianna Wu decided to go on Twitter and link this to Gamergate or hold it up as an example of how serious online threats are. Except there were no online threats. This guy did his threatening in the real world, had a history of domestic violence and threats against law enforcement, and killed his girlfriend who he lived with, not some random woman on the Internet.

Sick of the people in this world who do that kind of shit. Comparing your trivial online threats to the very serious problem of domestic violence, god damn. Shameless.

Yup.
Had he killed someone over an argument on 4chan, fine, but he killed someone then bragged on the most convenient place on the internet. The steps to how he killed and ended up on 4chan aren't the same as anything else being discussed.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 6, 2014, 10:59 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 10:27:
Verno wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 10:23:
Fair point.

They are horrendously underpaid though. According to the Googles, $8000 for the three month season. Given the danger involved, fuck. that.

The average doctor in Nepal makes $2,100 per year. Average income as a whole is $200 per year. It's the 48th poorest country in the world.
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
13. Re: Evening Previews Nov 6, 2014, 10:54 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 08:06:
Pirating is NOT stealing. It is illegal copying. If I went to your house and 'copied' your car with a magical machine from the future and drove away in my copy would that be stealing?? CJ might be a loudmouth troll or whatever but you sound like a braindead worker drone right from 1984 with that comment PH.
No, but had you written a video game and someone downloaded it and enjoyed it without ever paying you, I'm guessing your view would change.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 01:12 Beamer
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 21:30:
I laugh at the divide. While people fight over political parties they fail to see that their is just one party, the ruling party. What I call American Royalty. I know we all want to have faith in the system... in humanity but it doesn't matter who is in power they are all corrupt. Why else would anyone spend millions of their own money to land a job that pays $450,000 a year? Makes no sense. Unless they are making a hundred times more money in bribes, insider trading, and fleecing the tax payers. Being above the law sure has its benefits.

This isn't entirely true.
I mean you're right in principle, politicians are greedy, selfish jerks and all the same.
But you're wrong about them collecting bribes. Our system is actually good at sniffing that out.

Most politicians do not spend millions of their own dollars to get elected. They spend millions of Sheldon Adelson's dollars, or the Koch brothers dollars. All three of those people are horrific and have done a fantastic job crafting the country to their own benefit. The few politicians that do spend millions of their own dollars, like Romney, don't have any dreams of making that money back. They do it because they're already rich and don't need the money. Instead, they want the power. They want their name on a library and on middle schools. And, honestly, I don't even think Romney was motivated by that - I think Romney wanted power but I don't think Romney was motivated selfishly - I genuinely believe Romney wanted power because he thought he could do good. Sadly, I think he wrongly believed the way the country improves is by helping its richest. Still, I think he was much more honest than basically everyone in Congress. Obama, too, I think is honest in his beliefs. I just think he has zero ability to get things done (the cards are stacked so I feel few actually could), and, in order to get as far as he did, you basically have to sell your soul to people like Sheldon Adelson, anyway.

Yes, some people get into politics for money. If you're middle class, that $450,000 per year is huge, and it lasts a long time, and there's a lot of money to be made when you retire. But people instead get into it for power. For the name. To feel important.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 6, 2014, 01:07 Beamer
 
Plasma definitely lacks in sunlight. If it's a sunny room, it's a problem. My VT25 suffers even in a room that's bright. On a Sunday morning it can be hard to make out details in dim scenes, even though the blinds are closed and the TV isn't facing a window.

Any other time, though, it kills.
I am very upset I didn't buy a ZT60, or whatever the final one was. They were much better in the sun, and will probably hold their value like the Kuros did. Without any doubt the best TV ever made, and sadly the end of the line for Panasonic plasma.

Most LCD/LEDs I've seen look like soap operas, even with all the motion smoothing turned off.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 5, 2014, 20:22 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:56:
If the driver delivers the box with an "Allahu Akbar" run the other way.

Lulz comment of the day in there!

And now he's cheering comment trolls.
Wonderful individual.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 18:00 Beamer
 
walrus1 wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 17:52:
EW because our readers found Entertainment Weekly too confusing.

EW because unnecessarily lengthy URLs are frustrating and annoying.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 15:03 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 14:05:
Beamer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 2014:

Or just acknowledging that you never built up a relationship and not having a stupid funeral with a stupid action button that no one will care about?


That would work but is that "troubling" as the editorial's author claims or is just a silly design decision?

Like Quiboid points out, it isn't saying "troubling" meaning disrespectful or anything, it just means that it's a bit concerning that video game developers are this lazy with their storytelling and think it's ok to try to force emotion with a stupid button press.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 13:59 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:50:
Generally bad writing is endemic to videogames and has been for a while. But ask for a minute how was the developer supposed to build that emotional bond with the deceased character that you say is missing. How about a flashback scene where you guys go fishing and talk about your childhood issues and how you are so lucky that you guys were there for each other? Or maybe a scene detailing how you were there for the birth of his baby when everyone else couldn't make it? Or how about a scene when he busts into the bar, drags your drunk ass out and helps you sober up and get your life back together? That's how movies do it, but is that what someone buying a game about shooting bad guys with awesome weapons wants to sit through?

Or just acknowledging that you never built up a relationship and not having a stupid funeral with a stupid action button that no one will care about?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2014, 13:53 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:38:
Beamer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:59:
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:57:
Wow watching those voting results was like watching a national suicide attempt. The US really doesn't want to live on this planet anymore. Here we go boys, prepare your anus for legislation based on climate denial and religious doctrine.

Nearly 40% of the voters were over 60.
Boomers.

Boomers are selfish, greedy, and all around the worst.

That's painting with just a bit of a broad brush, don't you think?

Aren't all generalizations painting with a broad brush? I mean, that's the definition of "generalization," no? Even saying all generalizations are painting with a broad brush is a generalization painting with a broad brush. And people need to realize, sadly, that "a characterization of a group doesn't mean all people from that group fit it." Candy fans love chocolate. Not all candy fans love chocolate.

But our economy is the result of the Boomers. They slashed, burned, scorched earth, and took for themselves.
 
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