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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 17, 2014, 16:34 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 16:28:
Oh come on, man. So you don't cheat on your taxes at all? Anytime you ever bought or sold a used car you made sure the government got every penny due them? You refused doing any cash deals with contractors to make sure you pay all the taxes you can? Anywhere you've ever paid cash you insist on receipts so you can pay the tax you owe on it?

The reality is if there's a demand and people feel it's too costly they're going to cheat, lie, and steal. And the fact these corporations make money hand over fist in corporate welfare schemes means I really don't feel the least bit guilty about it. When they start paying their fair share to society then come talk to me. If they have zero problem about doing anything for buck why should I be a sucker that does?

There's a big difference between this and "it's their fault I have to do this so they deserve it!"

Also, Cutter: in one post whines about companies not paying taxes, in another says he won't be the only sucker that does. As if Apple should be the only sucker corporation that does. This is why the onus is on the government to fix things, not corporations to voluntarily pay more.
Does Cutter ever post anything not hypocritical?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 17, 2014, 16:08 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 15:07:
This is simply pressure from the auto lobby, and NOTHING else. They want to make in-dash GPS NAV systems MANDATORY in cars, just like they recently did with back-up cameras. All to artificially keep the price of cars inflated.

In-dash options being outclassed by every smartphone on the planet is a big problem for that plan :p

Optional equipment becoming mandatory typically results in massive price drops, so no, they auto industry would probably prefer this remain a $2,000 upgrade. And yes, smartphones do it so fewer people pay for the upgrade for the nav system, but they pay for it for the screen and the (usually shitty) touch controls.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
16. Re: Game of Thrones series 4 finale sets new online piracy record Jun 17, 2014, 16:06 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 15:03:
Agreed, everyone trying to justify it are just kidding themselves.

The only reason content piracy has blown up in the last decade is because people can do it at home in their underwear, and they don't think anyone can see them doing it. VHS piracy and DVD piracy was never actually stopped, it was simply inconvenient.

It probably should have driven the price of acquiring content down more by now, but they are fighting it desperately. At this point I don't even think they could sue enough people to make the risk of "getting caught" real enough for the average person.

Along with piracy becoming easy, entitlement came. "I deserve to watch this, now!" I don't think that existed in the 80s and 90s. I remember desperately trying to track down various movies back then. Sometimes I pirated because it was the only way I could find something. I don't remember justifying it as "well, they're stupid for making it so hard for me, so they deserve this."

This isn't an argument against pirating the show, do it if you want (I do not, and have essentially stopped pirating anything, as there's no excuse for me to do it), it's an argument against acting like you're giving HBO what they deserve. No, you're stealing from them. Own up to it. Don't pretend you have some moral high ground. If you're ok with that, fine, no worries, HBO doesn't seem to mind.
 
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News Comments > New Deus Ex Details?
15. Re: New Deus Ex Details? Jun 17, 2014, 14:21 Beamer
 
Wildone wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 14:10:
Guess you never played the original, or played PC games before the year 2003

siapnar wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 13:03:
Deus Ex: HR kicked so much ass. Dunno what the hell people are complaining about.

Pumped for a next iteration

How's it feel to live in the past?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 17, 2014, 13:21 Beamer
 
Yeah, he seems to be convinced that the product matching the vague specs makes it fine, but ignores that most people do SSD research by reading benchmarks, not specs.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Game of Thrones series 4 finale sets new online piracy record Jun 17, 2014, 12:01 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 11:55:
Which basically says you've got content people want but they can't get legally without a lot of hassle and/or without paying significantly more than they are willing. I'm not condoning piracy, but when you see this much of it there's a problem on the supply side.

I'd like a Ferrari, but I can't get one legally without a lot of hassle or paying significantly more than I'm willing. Is that a supply issue?

Or is it that some things are happy being a luxury and enjoy the prestige that comes with it? HBO has said, repeatedly, that they're ok with the pirating, because if people want the true quality they'll pay for it, and they understand the piracy has led to increased subscribers, not the other way around. Between their business model being tied to cable companies and their status as a prestige brand, they're quite content not disrupting things yet.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
28. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 16, 2014, 19:52 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 19:42:

Pretty much every single game developer in existence proves this wrong. By your explanation, the only way a dev can ever create something good is to be working on 12 games at a time.

NBC and CBS aren't comparable to a small dev, they're comparable to the publisher, and at any given time the publishers have many irons in the fire. Even then, I'd argue not quite enough, as publishers are too hesitant to cancel a project not turning out well - instead they cut bait, put it in a box, and sell a game they know is terrible and incomplete.
And, as for the devs, how many have we seen of late that have been destroyed by having one project either not do well or get canceled?
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: Daggerfall map Jun 16, 2014, 14:50 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 14:46:
descender wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 00:49:
Game World Map Comparison

Awesome link.

And thanks Harlock, I knew it was big, but forgotten exactly how big. That's ridiculous.

Yeah, but it was randomly generated.

I'll take a small, curated landscape to a huge, randomly generated one in almost all cases. Almost.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
26. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 16, 2014, 14:48 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 14:38:
Beamer wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 11:14:
Imagine if Netflix launched 20 new shows. And Amazon launched 20 new shows. And NBC and CBS and Fox and ABC and FX and AMC all launched their new shows this way. How many would actually get noticed?

Not very many. So maybe, here's a thought, the TV industry needs to stop cranking out 20 new shows per provider every season, each of which runs for an average of 8 episodes before it gets canceled, and just focus on a few new shows each season, but give it a year to run to see how it's doing, and put more effort and funds into them to make sure they're actually worth watching as opposed to the 1 good show and 19 pieces of shovelware we get now.

Hopefully this idea just gave the CEOs of NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX a heart attack.

And, I'd wager, most people consume television this way.

Yeah, I'm gonna wager you're actually just wrong. Most people have DVRs now, and watch what they want to watch when they want to watch it.


I disagree on the first part. Creative things don't work well with "just stick to a few." You never know what looks great on paper but will totally fail when it's put together. If you concentrate on a few, you lose the law of averages.
What they need to do is not cancel after 8 episodes. Give shows with potential time to breath and grow. It's what they used to do, and it's what they need to do again. Some of the biggest shows of the past, such as Seinfeld, were utter flops their first season.


As for the second part, DVR still isn't the way most shows are viewed. When they add DVR into viewings, it's at most a 30% bump, and that's for heavily DVRd shows. Most people still watch TV live.

I tend to watch most of mine time-shifted, because I prefer watching on my own schedule, but I'm also an atypical viewer - aside from the 10 minutes here and there I'll just put something on, I watch maybe 7 hours a week during a busy part of the season. Right now, I'm watching Fargo, Orphan Black and Game of Thrones. Or, I guess, now just Orphan Black.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Jun 16, 2014, 14:34 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 14:25:
God you are so fucking dense.

It's an accurate reflection of the target market that actually buys the games.

The "market" is simply a reflection of the gaming industry itself. Games designed by white males for white males are purchased by white males. What people actually want is choice. When games are designed for a broader audience, a broader audience BUYS THEM... which is why the white male domination COMPLETELY DISAPPEARS in sales figures outside of "AAA games". The figures show that they could be reaching and selling to a much broader audience if they weren't as misogynistic and close-minded as you are.

"We" are not talking about anything. "We" is just you spewing your uninformed bullshit again. Please ignore me, I'd hate to have to read any more of your completely ignorant responses. All you post is hate and negativity in every thread and then spend another 10 posts defending how completely stupid you are. It's time to step out of the bubble you seem to live in, if only for a few minutes.

It's the standard defense of a moron, though. "What, you want Batman to be a black midget?"

No. No one has even come close to asking for that, but Cutter keeps pretending they do.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 16, 2014, 12:56 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 12:53:
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 12:34:
MS failure is now complete. They admit cloud = dedicated server. No magic, marketing spin. I do give them credit, that last time my CTO spoke he's still living by the "magic of the cloud" when speaking publicly. The all powerful Oz! Ohh!

It was a big marketing fail for sure, they're just shifting to a different term now in hopes of gaining traction with it. They likely won't have any more success with it though, people care about having the more powerful system, that's a simple concept they can understand. They don't care about cloud server magic that they don't grasp and doesn't have much impact anyway.

Agreed. All they did was change the name, because they know "The Cloud!" has become a joke, so the gave it something more tangible that the target audience understands.

But no one yet understands how it helps us. Storing AI driver information, great. Making destructible environments better in limited circumstances, fantastic. What else?

The bad thing isn't the consumers not understanding it, consumers often don't understand things very well prior to gaining the benefits, the bad thing is the devs not understanding it, and possibly Microsoft itself. If you don't understand how something will improve your product, you won't utilize it. And, if no one understands something, it probably doesn't really exist.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Jun 16, 2014, 12:53 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 11:34:
There is no problem with gaming and diversity. It's an accurate reflection of the target market that actually buys the games. I apologize if it offends all the bi-racial blasian transgendered dwarfs out there, but I really have no desire to play one.

Only Cutter compares "women" to "biracial blasian transgendered dwarves."

Again, Cutter, who only believes in things that benefit him directly. And, of course, he fails to understand why it's mostly straight white men buying video games.

I just need to ignore him, finally. He never, ever says anything correct or constructive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 16, 2014, 12:38 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 12:34:
MS failure is now complete. They admit cloud = dedicated server. No magic, marketing spin. I do give them credit, that last time my CTO spoke he's still living by the "magic of the cloud" when speaking publicly. The all powerful Oz! Ohh!

If you read the article, that's not correct. They changed the name. They're still claiming it can do quite a bit. In fact, it's being used to do the destructible buildings in Crackdown.
And this is a good use of it. You offload something very intensive but not much influenced by lag. In a multiplayer game, as well, this means that one server will do those calculations and every client will have the building fall the exact same way.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Jun 16, 2014, 12:37 Beamer
 
Ernest Renan said a similar form in the late 1800s. His variation was often changed to "it is not the starry sky that can give the most complete idea of the infinite, but human stupidity!"

It's not quite what he said, but still attributed to him long before anyone knew who Einstein was. Odds are it's just a nice phrase that's been around in some form or another for centuries.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jun 16, 2014, 12:13 Beamer
 
Nathos wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 12:01:
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein

I enjoy when someone uses an incorrectly attributed quote to prove stupidity.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
23. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 16, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
The problem with push-button-to-watch is that discovery is almost impossible. You can't compare TV shows to music - with music you listen to a song. It's probably 4 minutes. You probably know if you like it in 30 seconds. And, if you like that, you can find the rest of the songs by that artist.

With TV, it's 30 minutes, or maybe an hour. You need to watch the entirety. You may need to watch 3 or 5 episodes to know if you like it.

If we move push-to-watch, the only way to find out about new shows is a major marketing push, just to assure it has that word of mouth. And, if we're like Netflix, commercials are gone, so that marketing is instead everywhere else. Right now shows mostly rely on being around other, similar shows to pick up the eyeballs it takes to get word of mouth. You can't use the Netflix shows of an example of how it works because Netflix launched, what, 1% of the new shows last year? Less than that? And had enormous marketing coverage just because it was Netflix doing it. Imagine if Netflix launched 20 new shows. And Amazon launched 20 new shows. And NBC and CBS and Fox and ABC and FX and AMC all launched their new shows this way. How many would actually get noticed?

This is basically where we end up being old shows endlessly running because new shows struggle so significantly.
And, frankly, I don't think most people want them. I sure don't. Most of the time my TV is on it's on TV, not Amazon or Netflix or some other on-demand. I use those when I want to watch something. I often don't want to watch something. I often want to watch 10 minutes of something while I eat, or I want some background noise while I play a game. On-demand is useless for this, because it will take the 10 minutes I want just to put something on. It's much more complicated then turning on the TV and leaving it on the Seinfeld episode almost definitely on, watching 10-20 minutes, then going and doing something better.

And, I'd wager, most people consume television this way. Netflix is great when there's something specific you want to watch, but kind of awful when there's nothing at all you want to watch.
 
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News Comments > OpenXcom Version 1.0
8. Re: OpenXcom Version 1.0 Jun 16, 2014, 01:32 Beamer
 
This adds so many wonderful, obvious things, plus the memorial I always wanted most, and for some dumb reason dual wielding.

I'd have killed for this two years ago, but I think the new one successfully supplanted the original for me.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
14. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 15, 2014, 21:30 Beamer
 
Anyway, let's get back into this "the little channels will die!" argument.

Right now, as mentioned, ESPN forces you to buy a whole bunch of little channels. Right now, it's $65 for internet and 20 channels on Time Warner, $90 for internet, 200 channels and HBO and Cinemax.

Therefore, the value of HBO and those 180 additional channels is $25.
Let's take $10 off, which sounds reasonable for HBO and Cinemax.
You're left with $15 for 180 channels.
Big ones, like ESPN, are probably getting $5. YES, in NYC, gets $3. Let's just say the next 10 channels get $8 total.

That leaves $7 for 170 channels. Per account. Per month. There's about 90 million cable accounts in the US. Assuming they all pay the same, that's about $3.5 million per channel per month.

Let's say we go a la carte. ESPN decides it's $10 per month if you take it out of a package. Now people aren't forced to have ESPN. What may happen? Maybe someone starts a competitor for $5 per month, and it steals ESPNs market share by being cheaper. Unlikely due to ESPNs agreements, but now at least possible.

And how about those niche channels? Assuming they got that $3.5 million, let's say they now go out at $3.50 apiece. They only need 1.1% of cable subscribers to stick with them to end up even.

And how about us, as subscribers? If we want HBO (~$15), ESPN (~$10), 5 smaller channels (~$20), and internet ($35), you actually only save $10 vs the package TW has. Stack on their fees and it's probably a draw. The difference being that "package" probably expires after a year.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
10. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 15, 2014, 20:51 Beamer
 
Most channels dying used to be a bad thing, when channels filled niches. They don't anymore. They've all merged together into shitty reality TV.

Sorry, I have no issue if most channels die. The average person watches probably 5, with significant overlap.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 14, 2014, 21:30 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 14, 2014, 19:11:
(though the penalty that lead to the tying goal last night was pretty vexing).

Fixed games were very evident this year. Need only to look at any of the Wild games to see how atrocious and obvious the calls were....

There's zero chance the Stanley Cup Finals were fixed to end in five games.

Zero chance.
 
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