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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
14. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 7, 2015, 11:19 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 7, 2015, 01:13:
Cutter wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 22:03:
And what do all these corps think is going to happen when they eliminate the middle-class? Who's going to buy their shit? The fucking greed and shortsightedness is mind-boggling. I supposed the mentality is so long as you get yours now fuck everyone else, right? And then they wonder how bloody revolutions occur.

1000x this. Economies and societies both do better with flatter income equality. Empirically. And revolutions chance increases proportionally with increased income inequality. Empirically. And yet we have been heading in the wrong direction for decades.

And, no Communism is not the answer. Free markets work well for most things, but exploitative capitalism is just as extreme as Communism.

All you need to do is look at the US from the end of WWII through the election of Reagan to see how good flatter income inequality is for a country. We thrived and built a flourishing middle class.

The New Deal was socialism, and it was good for is. We became capitalism augmented with some socialism and with a top tax bracket that served somewhat as a salary cap. You could become fantastically wealthy due to building something and having equity in it, but you couldn't really pay yourself significantly more. You had to cash out equity.

The result was that you still had the super wealthy, so yes, weirdo conservative people that are poor but want to protect the super rich, you still had very wealthy people. But due to them having comparable income to everyone else, they had to pay their employees. This meant employees could buy things. This meant more money went into the economy.

Right now you have some super rich with way too much in the bank to ever spend it and the rest without enough in the bank to splurge enough on things we need people splurging on. You also have incentives for people up high to chop jobs because it results in higher bonuses, and bonuses are income.

It's all about taxation. But people fight taxation too much as being about spending and totally ignore the impact it has on income inequality.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
30. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2015, 09:20 Beamer
 
JD, you left out income inequality, which is the worst since the 1920s, meaning before the New Deal brought socialism to the US and the wealth inequality is worse than that.

But I guess Republicans not making half a million a year are ok with this because they're simply lazier and less intelligent than the Donald Trumps and Kim Kardashians of the world.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
36. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2015, 08:50 Beamer
 
He's right about the Greek phone company, though. At least 20 years ago it was mind-bogglingly slow and required, no pun, greasing.

Greece's issues with these things are well documented by now.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Mar 4, 2015, 21:51 Beamer
 
Wallshadows wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 21:41:
They might be able to buy the reviews but they can't buy the players to fill their game. It really is more like Brink than Titanfall.

The article calls it brilliant. Do you think he was paid?

Seems like most here that bought it love it. Where they paid?



Why are some so convinced every review is paid?
 
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News Comments > EA Closing Maxis?
21. Re: EA Closing Maxis? Mar 4, 2015, 21:24 Beamer
 
Maxis lost its creative drive and soul years ago. Will Wright was Maxis.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2015, 12:54 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 12:52:
They may have meant your mind was lost somewhere The Beams ;). I remember you mentioning being overseas on duty or something spreading freedom (unwittingly being used to spread Oligarchy fascism and "freedumbs"). Unless that was someone else. The U.S. security state, illegal tortures, and all harm you or your soldier friends on duty MORE than any revealing of said practices. Anyways, that's where we are coming from. Snowden's reveals harmed no one but the establishment/Oligarchs. The U.S. and those in power already did the damage to itself.


Uh, that wasn't me. That was Walt about 3 minutes before you made this post. In one eye out the other, eh?

But nice to go back to being called too conservative. It's been a solid year or two since that's happened, with people just calling me too liberal in that time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2015, 12:25 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 12:17:
Beamer wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 12:10:
Wow. Two posts and already this thread is absolutely mind-blowing.

now youre here and the "mind" part goes away

And this post does what now?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2015, 12:10 Beamer
 
Wow. Two posts and already this thread is absolutely mind-blowing.  
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News Comments > Bombshell Details & Trailer
5. Re: Bombshell Details & Trailer Mar 2, 2015, 20:42 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 20:28:
Meh, doesn't look that bad. There's a lot of creativity there. Definitely not UE4, though (or if it is, they're not using it to full potential). Still the gameplay looks twitchy to me, so I will probably take a pass on this.

Yup, UE3.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Engine 4 Free
23. Re: Unreal Engine 4 Free Mar 2, 2015, 14:53 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 14:42:
Ahh the sweet sound of capitalism and competition - thanks Unity!

Unity has nothing to do with this. Unity has made absolutely no dent in AAA games, which Unreal owns. It's made a big dent in mobile games, which UE4 isn't yet optimized for.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Engine 4 Free
20. Re: Unreal Engine 4 Free Mar 2, 2015, 14:42 Beamer
 
Store fees are the main impetus for this. It's 30% basically across the board, making it impossible to avoid it. So engine and middle ware devs get squeezed. You can't avoid distribution fees when everyone charges the same, but you have many options of different costs for engines and middleware.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
105. Re: Op Ed Mar 1, 2015, 10:13 Beamer
 
I still don't get why advocating for improvement makes you an "SJW."

Julio, does anyone that wants better female representation get this label, or only ones with nerve to voice the opinion?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: speechless Mar 1, 2015, 00:19 Beamer
 
I wasn't a Star Trek fan. Hated it, actually.

But Leonard Nimoy seemed like a genuinely great guy. He elevated the few things he did, be it a Simpsons episode, a Fringe episode, or Civ 4. The only things I know him from, really, but he killed all 3.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
89. Re: Op Ed Feb 28, 2015, 17:01 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 15:19:
Slavery

Racism

Oppression

Nuclear weapons

Government Surveillance

Video game character hip sway


Truly she has tapped into an important social issue here my friends, one day we will all remark on this moment from the

TIDES OF HISTORY

Hahahah

Dude. People here complain about costumes available as DLC.

I don't think anyone has a leg to stand on about what people complain about.


However, the whole "women don't like games due to genetic differences" argument is a Cutter argument and I'm shocked you're backing him on it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
82. Re: Op Ed Feb 28, 2015, 12:28 Beamer
 
jimnms wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 10:19:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 22:21:
- Animate female characters to move the way normal women, soldiers or athletes would move.

The reason most games have the same animations for women and men comes down to the cost and time it takes to create separate animations. But how exactly do women move any different to men? No two people move the same no matter what gender.

jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 22:21:
- Have female characters of various body types
- Include more female characters of color.

What about various male body types and male characters of color? Why just females? Most games that I've played recently have two body types, male and female. Once again, this is a time, cost and performance issue of having several different body models. Now that consoles aren't as antique hardware wise, these things can be possible.

jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 22:21:
- Include female enemies, but don't sexualize those enemies

Who gets to decide what is considered sexualized? Different people find different things sexual. Some guys women in uniform sexy, so should we not have female cops or soldiers as enemies in games because they can be sexualized?

On the first one, the complaint isn't that women move like men, but that they move like strippers.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
64. Re: Op Ed Feb 28, 2015, 01:29 Beamer
 
Worth pointing out her language is "ways games can change," not "need to" or "have to" or "must."  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2015, 13:17 Beamer
 
I don't see a hint of white.

Apparently people seeing white can see both, an optical illusion, but those of us not understanding how people see white will only ever see blue.
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
134. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 27, 2015, 12:29 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 03:12:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 02:25:
Wildone wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 02:01:
The free market would sort it out, now we can have full gov censorship and biasing. Its not like they used the IRS to target political enemys or anything was it...oh no...

Except that American broadband isn't a free market. When was the last time you had a real choice between competitive broadband providers? Never? Then that's not a free market: that's a market held captive by incumbent monopolists/duopolists.

Hey, stop by more often. Love your posts.


Seconded.
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
133. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 27, 2015, 12:29 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 01:12:
Why do we have so many dumb hicks on this site?

There's a very strong super-conservative group here, maybe small but strong. And it gets larger for any kind of social discussion as well.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2015, 18:55 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 17:27:
The US government can't even run the postal service and people are comfortable with them controlling the internet.

The US government can't even run trains without the cost skyrocketing and you're ok with government regulated internet.

The US government totally failed at running the public school system despite spending more per student than every country in the world. But hey, they surely won't overspend and under-deliver while controlling the internet.

The US government's "war on poverty" has cost over $22 trillion in 50 years and the poverty rate is worse, so let's see what they can do with the internet.

The US government's "war on terror" has cost over $4.4 trillion since 2001. I'm sure they will be equally as successful at regulating the internet.

The US government can't even run a single barely functioning website without it costing over a billion dollars and people are ok with them controlling the internet.

Sounds about right.

Well, it's a good thing they aren't running the internet, then, are they?
 
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