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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Apr 10, 2014, 18:33 Beamer
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 18:31:
Free to play almost always means shallow or unrefined in my opinion. Even if you pay, you're still basically getting horse armor, one more chance, or +15% to something. How can anyone feel comfortable doing a run through of a skinner box designed to juice a few whales? I feel the developer's eyes running over my wallet and I don't like it.


When free to play solely offers horse armor, it's no big deal. If people want to pay $1.99 to look different, I don't care.

It's when you need to pay to play (e.g., "you're out of power, please wait 15 minutes or pay $3.99 for more power!") or when it's needed to advance (e.g., "this boss is extremely difficult unless you have the ice gun, buy it now for $4.99") that it's an issue.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 10, 2014, 16:45 Beamer
 
And in general, law enforcement tends to go after hackers because of how bewildering they are.

Robbing a bank is hard. Murdering someone is hard. You have to go out there, get the courage, and do it. You have to look someone in the eye and threaten and/or hurt them. You then need to cover your tracks, either escaping or disposing of the body. Both leave a good amount of physical evidence, both tend to be somewhat traceable by a regular person and both tend to have a limited number of victims.

Hacking is different. It's often some kid in his apartment, or his parent's basement, logging in out of boredom. It's hard to stop. It's hard to trace. A regular person can't even tell a crime was committed, let alone figure out how. This makes it feel more like a violation to people, especially when so many of the higher profile "hackings" have been people breaking into other people's cellphones, looking for naked pictures and posting them online.
And the actual damages can be huge. That lolsec guy a few years back that got 10 years for breaking into TI claimed he did it to "free information, the people have a right to know!" Of course, he also stole 60,000 credit card numbers and used them to make $700,000 in donations.

There's just a more visceral reaction to hacking because people don't understand it, don't know it's happening when it's happening, feel like their privacy can absolutely be violated, feel like it's done less often for any reason other than boredom, and while some have been politically motivated, the vast majority haven't been, they've instead involved stealing credit card numbers.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 10, 2014, 16:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 10:21:
InBlack wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 07:55:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 19:07:
Hacking sentences are almost as bad as murder.

There is a reason for that. Hackers and tech savy types are potentially the most dangerous 'dissidents' and possibly the only ones who can make a difference in the collective consciousness of the connected masses in our world today. They are the last threat to an emerging order of inverted totalitarianism. This will be doubly true in the future.

e.g. See E. Snowden.

you don't actually believe this do you? You gave one example. One very recent example. Or do you think that politicians were smart and savvy enough to predict this decades ago when the laws were written and that all prosecutors are in on it now?

there are more obvious answers here, but of course tech guys see themselves as superheroes that the government is desperate to contain. You're magneto, inblack. Right

They were threatening Aaron Swartz with 35 years to force him into a settlement. While average murder sentences are of course greater than average hacking sentences, the punishments for such crimes are WAY incongruent with the crimes committed.

Here's part of your issue:
They were threatening Aaron Swartz with 35 years to force him into a settlement.

Yes they were. In murder cases, they threaten life or the death penalty to force into a plea. That's what happens. In plea negotiations, and any negotiation really, one side starts very high. The prosecution will start with everything they can charge, and discuss the maximum sentence. Over time, as more evidence comes out, that will reduce, as some charges no longer make sense and because no one wants to go to trial if that kind of timesuck can be avoided.

Regardless, Aaron Schwartz was not being considered "a threat to an emerging order of inverted totalitarianism." And some moron prosecutor making $55k could not be seen as having an agenda to uphold that.
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Linux Beta Next Week; Playthrough ~50 Hours
13. Re: Wasteland 2 Linux Beta Next Week; Playthrough ~50 Hours Apr 10, 2014, 14:38 Beamer
 
And video game teams aren't often something you can just throw money at to increase. Some roles, yes, you can easily bring new people on to. Other roles you can't do so without losing as much time as you gain in getting them up to speed. And, with a game like this, so much is probably done by a tiny core that it's impossible to scale it up.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 10, 2014, 10:21 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 07:55:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 19:07:
Hacking sentences are almost as bad as murder.

There is a reason for that. Hackers and tech savy types are potentially the most dangerous 'dissidents' and possibly the only ones who can make a difference in the collective consciousness of the connected masses in our world today. They are the last threat to an emerging order of inverted totalitarianism. This will be doubly true in the future.

e.g. See E. Snowden.

you don't actually believe this do you? You gave one example. One very recent example. Or do you think that politicians were smart and savvy enough to predict this decades ago when the laws were written and that all prosecutors are in on it now?

there are more obvious answers here, but of course tech guys see themselves as superheroes that the government is desperate to contain. You're magneto, inblack. Right
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 10, 2014, 10:16 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 23:08:
Been time to upgrade for a long while now. It's the point on how they sell fear about, without patches you are being threatened as if you were ever all that safe if someone wanted to attack you.

Then we find out in China, Win XP patches and support continues.


kind of. Due to pressure from the government, Microsoft outsourced Chinese support. They still aren't doing it themselves. Don't be like mad max and spin things to fit your agenda.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Apr 10, 2014, 10:14 Beamer
 
This guy can get fucked. Their sister site theverge had a great article on why f2p blows. Yes, it can be done well, but this dude defends candy crush, a game that makes you wait for energy.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: 4ktv Apr 9, 2014, 19:11 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 19:06:
Rapper as in no talent, no skills, no job, and most likely lives on someone else's hard work claiming to be an 'artist'.

Well, he seems to be a scumbag, but:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dappy_discography

He's British, and his album hit #1 in the UK. His single hit #1 in the UK. He's had some success.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 9, 2014, 14:45 Beamer
 
Necrophob wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 14:37:
There are few companies that I would consider "evil". Monsanto is one of them. Or at the very least Satan sits on the board of directors.

I totally get why they need to try to protect their advances, and why GMOs are important in some areas.
But maybe this is best left to colleges and non-profits, as it's totally contrary to how agriculture needs to work. It needs DRM to be worthwhile to large corporations, but DRMing a process as old as people is asinine and, yes, evil.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 9, 2014, 13:44 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 13:20:
And what's even more criminal is that it's small business that does the real employing, yet we get none of the help or breaks.

Not entirely true. Small businesses, businesses with fewer than 500 employees, make up 99.7% of businesses. They also make up 49% of private employees. So it's just under half of the "real employing." If you factor out businesses with just one employee, it drops even more, as over 50% of "small businesses" are home based and 78.5% of small businesses have no employees.

They lead in net new jobs, but not in total jobs.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Confirmed
21. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Confirmed Apr 9, 2014, 13:16 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 12:48:
Creston wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 11:39:
Beamer wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 10:42:
Tim Collins wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 10:03:
Borderlands is played out, they should really think of some new games.


given how many times people here demanded to go to the moon base, I'd say there's a lot of demand for this particular product. Especially if Randy is right and its value priced.

True, but we wanted to go to the moonbase to blow it the hell up. Not to go there and be Jack's stoolie.

Zactly.

edit: Watched the video - looks more like what we used to call an expansion.


Yeah, but they couldn't take the heroes to the moon base - Hyperion is done. There's no one left to fight.

And Randy implies that this will likely be priced like an expansion, but claims it's out of his hands. I'd guess it'd be $40 on consoles and $30 on PCs. It's coming out using the same engine and on last-gen systems.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Confirmed
8. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Confirmed Apr 9, 2014, 10:42 Beamer
 
Tim Collins wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 10:03:
Borderlands is played out, they should really think of some new games.


given how many times people here demanded to go to the moon base, I'd say there's a lot of demand for this particular product. Especially if Randy is right and its value priced.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
5. Re: Hardware Reviews Apr 8, 2014, 17:00 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Apr 8, 2014, 16:57:
LittleMe wrote on Apr 8, 2014, 13:53:
Oh wow the 295X2! time to read reviews!! ty

Conclusion: Its probably loud as hell like most 200 Radeon Cards.

The benchmarks have been misleading as well since they pit the "295" against regular stock 780's rather than 780 Ti's, which are superior.

Liquid cooled, so at 50dbl, it's actually somewhat quiet.

But, $1400 for a card that, unless you're running 3 monitors at insanely high resolutions, really doesn't do much better than a PC that costs the same amount. Sure, you get 500fps instead of 200fps, but at that point...
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Requires Uplay
30. Re: Watch Dogs Requires Uplay Apr 8, 2014, 16:36 Beamer
 
UPlay was easy to ignore with FC3 for me. I'd launch via Steam and it would launch. When I closed out, it would tell me I had some rewards or something, and I'd close it. I never looked into what those rewards meant or were. I once forgot to close it and clocked 50 hours in FC3 on Steam without actually playing. But it was just another layer, something that opened on its own and I had to close.

It was redundant, it was stupid, it offered me nothing, but it wasn't horribly detrimental.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
83. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 8, 2014, 11:09 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Apr 8, 2014, 10:55:
I guess John Carmack is homophobic, too.

ID_AA_Carmack

I respect @BrendanEich for not doing the craven belly crawl of apology when he was set upon by the mob.

So does he have to resign?

You really just don't understand any of this, do you?
No matter how many times it has been explained to you as if you had the mental horsepower of a small child?
You really fail to understand how "CEO" made this different, and how "Mozilla" made this different?

It would be nice if you were a troll, but you aren't. You're just unintelligent. And you're unintelligent in a way that the internet makes you feel superior, despite you intentionally avoiding looking at facts and instead finding the best possible way to keep your viewpoint.

As for Yagan's donation, there's an enormous difference between a 24 year old donating to a candidate that supports many issues including "traditional marriage" and a 50-something year old donating money exclusively to the cause of banning gay marriage.
But he should explain himself. Silence makes him look ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
24. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 7, 2014, 23:54 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 23:25:
Right, as I just posted, the more information you present opposing their view, the harder they cling to said view. It's really a conundrum.

I find that a lot of it extends from an unwillingness to try to understand (understanding does not have to equal agree with btw) the opposing side. That is on both sides. Instead people get defensive whenever someone presents an opposing view and, as jdreyer said, instinctively cling to their ideaology more and more vehemently, often getting beligerent in the process. People complain, and rightly so, that those who oppose them are not thoughtfully considering their viewpoint while paradoxically the same people are outright dismissing the viewpoints that oppose their own.

That goes for understanding why video game companies do dumb things, too.
But, when you try to understand them, SimCity.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 7, 2014, 18:50 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 18:22:
Beamer wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 16:13:
Prez wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 15:44:
InBlack wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 10:45:
{PH}88fingers wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 10:14:
yeah Axis I'm with you on that, hopefully can put in another warmonger chicken-hawk republican in there to funnel a few more trillion to the military industrial complex, after all as any good God loving republican knows, Jesus loves him some wars, and bloodshed. right?

Left? Right? What a joke. The worst part of the whole thing is that the joke is at your expense, while the corporate wheels keep on turning and the politicians keep doing their bidding and taking their 'donations' left and right. (Pun intended)

So true.

Yup.
I used to be convinced half this arguing was just posturing. I think, though, after a generation of this, we're starting to get politicians that truly believe in these pointless wastes of time.

Too hilarious Beamer - your response after parroting cut/paste lib talking points.

Brief History of complete failure:

YES WE CAN YEA WE CAN.

6 years later...

Need to figure out who to blame for this mess. here goes...

"So Obama is terrible, not even I can pretend to hope anymore... can still sorta blame Bush. Really need to blame the republicans somehow, keep the blame game going... Lets see... the race card is kinda old, can use that one still on the tea party for those who have no clue. Hmm we got gays, women, wars, jobs, press, wall street, wow we got quite the list! Could go on... but depressing really, none of it works much these days -- same old shit though they see right through it. I GOT IT! WOOO I GOT IT! The DEMOCRATIC Administration can blame those rascal republicans for anything they opposed. Wait... WAIT - for EVERYTHING they opposed! We don't even need any facts for this one again, just say it over and over like always! Just "Hey we had all the greatest ideas that would have fixed everything even better -- and they were turned down by Republicans!"

Need to figure out how to show what Obama has done has worked. here goes...

"I got nuthin."

Beamer says: I think all politicians are wasting our time, and the worst part is, some of them actually believe that's a good thing

Axis hears: I love Obama. He's been amazing. He is flawless. He is wonderful.



I don't even know how to respond to your post, or why I should read your rant, when it has nothing to do with anything that's been posted here. As always, you hear what you want to hear and somehow take something bashing everyone and turn it into something that makes your particular favorite "team" the victims of a massive slander. This is why no one takes you seriously.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Xbox TV boss says PlayStation's TV commitment is 'unclear' Apr 7, 2014, 18:48 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 18:21:
Xbox TV boss says PlayStation's TV commitment is 'unclear'.

Newsflash: I didn't spend $400 on a device to watch tv, when I already own a tv. Try again.

Those fucks just don't get it.


I'm going to step back and say that, if the Xbox One managed to make watching TV less annoying, I'd have purchased one day one.
But it doesn't. It doesn't replace your shitty cable box, it just adds an extra layer between you and it. While this layer may solve some things (like making it easier to navigate the utterly absurd channel layout Comcast has), it assuredly makes other things worse and makes everything slower, as if it wasn't too slow already.

So yeah, they may see a problem in the market, and they may be committed to solving it, but they failed.
 
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News Comments > Broforce Early Access
2. Re: Broforce Early Access Apr 7, 2014, 18:04 Beamer
 
So it's a more over the top Metal Slugs?
I clicked Tasks links expecting to hate it, but it looked pretty entertaining.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
33. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 7, 2014, 17:51 Beamer
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 13:52:
I hate buggy games. I hate the damn devs release now fix later policy. I've always hated it, I've always riled against it. I hated it when it was just a PC thing. I hated it when consoles took up the practice once they were able to patch. Now I see a game that's buggy as hell and everyone is flocking to it and fucking celebrating it! Ya it pisses me off.

Not all bugs are bad, and sometimes they actually make things better.
Unless, of course, you think id should have fixed rocket jumping.
 
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