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News Comments > Watch Dogs PC Performance Patch Plans
41. Re: Watch Dog PC Performance Patch Plans May 30, 2014, 17:08 Beamer
 
Beamer wrote on May 30, 2014, 17:03:
harlock wrote on May 30, 2014, 16:44:
SpectralMeat wrote on May 30, 2014, 15:12:
PC version on Ultra settings true next gen gaming experience
http://youtu.be/idA9BEA4Hxs


hahahahaha

Holy crap, that's the first time I've ever seen YouTube annotations be useful. 99.999999% of the time I just curse that I can't default them off.

Some of the stuff is definitely shocking, because games like GTA4 and SR3 did it better years ago.
Other things, like the broken hydrant shooting through the bed of the truck? I'm not entirely convinced we'll see something like that change anytime soon. Setting the physics for the water to realistically interact with the truck would probably be a several day task for one person. Is it really worthwhile? Once it's used in one game, I'm sure that the company will use it for every game they make, but still, who is going to say "well, this is a good use of my next 15 hours?"
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs PC Performance Patch Plans
40. Re: Watch Dog PC Performance Patch Plans May 30, 2014, 17:03 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on May 30, 2014, 16:44:
SpectralMeat wrote on May 30, 2014, 15:12:
PC version on Ultra settings true next gen gaming experience
http://youtu.be/idA9BEA4Hxs


hahahahaha

Holy crap, that's the first time I've ever seen YouTube annotations be useful. 99.999999% of the time I just curse that I can't default them off.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. May 30, 2014, 16:49 Beamer
 
Using his numbers, 32% bought at 19.99, 13% at 14.99, 21% at 9.99, and 35% at 4.99.

68% of total units sold were discounted.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2014, 13:51 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2014, 13:45:
Earlyworm wrote on May 30, 2014, 11:27:
Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia.

You better watch out, Cutter

Okay, I admit that cracked me up.

I feel like we missed a great retort. I was in here seconds after it was posted and it was already gone.

Though, honestly, posting a fake "Removed" as a response would be kind of genius.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse May 29, 2014, 12:47 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 29, 2014, 12:32:
Out of the 8 people in my department, three of them are actually black, and two of them are female. (However, in the rest of the entire 100 man IT dept, there are only a few other black people.)

Still, that means that my department is like 900% better than Google, so hah!

I think we have 40 direct engineers in my division. 1 is black, 1 is an Indian Female, and the rest are white dudes. The two non-white people may both be interns.

Within the rest of the company, though, there are an enormous amount of Indian and Asian workers. In non-tech, there are plenty of females. But we have a distinct lack of African American.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 29, 2014, 12:37 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on May 29, 2014, 12:35:
There's no doubt that the best thing people could do is start voting for politicians who preach lower taxes

I will never, ever vote for a politician promising lower taxes on the super wealthy. That's what gets us into the problems.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY
44. Re: blinded in a dog-town May 29, 2014, 11:25 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on May 29, 2014, 05:38:
Aside from the absurdity of the premise of this game, steampunk is the worst fucking setting ever. Its like a mixture of fantasy and regency romance novels. Its a goddamn shame that steampunk is even a thing. Even worse is Sci-fi steampunk. Worldbuilding just for appearance is lazy and stupid.

The whole "gunpowder being banned" seems like a very deliberate attempt to be steampunkish without being steampunk.

I can get behind it if it isn't the utter cliché you see at things like steampunk conventions (which, for the record, are only behind brony conventions and furry conventions for absolute hilarity to see around your city.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 29, 2014, 11:22 Beamer
 
I think you could make a case that Bradley Manning put people in danger. I think you could make a case that his "truth" was meaningless.

I find it impossible to make either of those cases about Snowden.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 29, 2014, 11:19 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 29, 2014, 01:30:
Beamer wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:38:
But "politician" is a very risky career. In order to win, you need to dedicate your life to it.

Risky, give me a break. And if you want to 'win' in any given career (as in, reach the highest echelons), you need to dedicate your life to it. Nobody who half-asses shit gets anywhere, unless they're already rich.

And if you then lose, what next?

Lose? How the fuck does a politician LOSE? They fuck up ENDLESSLY, and never lose their jobs because of it. Nixon may have been the only politician to actually ever get kicked out. They may eventually get voted out, if their position is open to being voted on, but even then they'll just move on to a different area of government, and they never, ever, EVER lose their fat pensions and benefits. Yeah, tough life.

Look at the politicians that made up the EU government at the start. It was nothing but all these useless assholes that were done in their own countries, usually for being utterly incompetent, and then got promoted to EU government. Holland alone placed half a dozen of those useless shitheels in the EU, several of whom are still there. (Jorritsma and Smit-Kroes, two of the most worthless excuses for leaders ever to disgrace this planet.) And as for dedicating their lives to it, Jorritsma was a home-ec teacher who became Minister of Traffic and Water in the space of like six years.


You just gave up your career to it. Most politicians lose, only those that make it to Congress can really turn it into a massive, endless career. And what percent get that far?

Yes, because it's not as if there are such things as State governments, or governors, or mayors, or city councils etc etc etc. You're right. The ONLY possible place to be able to make a permanent living at being a politician is in Congress. Rolleyes

(And if we take Europe into account as well, once you "lose" at your job in your own country, don't worry, the EU will GLADLY take you, and pay you half a million euros in salary, for which you never even have to bother showing up to Brussels. Just have your chauffeur go there, sign you in, and your paychecks will keep coming! WOOT!)

The already rich make up most political candidates.

Funny how I had already said that exact same thing.

Seriously, why are there no good politicians? Because the smart people who are capable of actually DOING something will go into the private sector, where they can have far more fulfilling jobs than to have lunch in Washington DC on the taxpayers' dime.

You didn't say the same thing as much. You said they are two types, other than the one type I said is the main type. Minor nuance.

But you're making being a politician sound too easy. Creston, if you wanted to become one, you'd have to quit your job tomorrow. You'd have go to out and get, what, 10,000 signatures on a petition? You'd then have to start your campaign. You'd have to go out asking for donations. You'd have to probably start on something like City Council and rapidly prove yourself. If the city turned on you, which could happen as easily as them turning on someone higher up in your party and voting you out simply for being in the same party, your career is over.

Getting to the point where you continue to be elected for fuck-up after fuck-up, where people just vote for you because they know your name, takes time, effort, and money.

This is why you don't have most smart people doing it. It takes significant sacrifice to get there. It's a huge risk. Going to college, coming out with a degree in whatever, getting a job in whatever, and coasting along? Not a risk. The risk is getting to the upper echelon of politics. And this is why it's so much people with money. Creston, if you, or really anyone here, wanted to do it, you'd have to put your family (assuming you had one) at risk, because you'd lost your source of income.

So only those that can afford to do so end up doing so. People who need their career, their steady income, to survive don't typically give it up to try to make a run at politics. Yes, we have a few hundred morons working in Washington. But, like professional sports, for every one of those morons we had hundreds more try to get there and fail long before they made a dime from it.

I'm not trying to say this to make you feel sympathy for politicians, or make it seem like an accomplishment, or make it seem like they deserve us looking at them differently for having made it that far. I'm trying to say that, due to these issues, only people with money can make it that far. That's dangerous. That's bad.
I'm not saying this to say the people are good. Far from it. I'm saying it to say the system is fucked.
 
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News Comments > Armored Warfare Trailer; Beta Signups
2. Re: Armored Warfare Trailer; Beta Signups May 28, 2014, 20:15 Beamer
 
It's basically Combat or World of Tanks or something similar I recall playing in, like, 2003 (which may have been WoT, or a predecessor, some Russian game I believe.)

Yet, it's Obsidian, so I'm curious. Not curious enough to sign up and install, but curious enough to hear how it is. Even if it's the best thing ever, though, I can't imagine I'd play.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 28, 2014, 17:48 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 28, 2014, 17:37:
Beamer wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:06:
The problem with automated cars is drivers. Automated cars can communicate with each other perfectly and probably make traffic infinitely more efficient - no more driving down highways and hitting a wave that makes you slow to a crawl because some jackass miles up slammed on his brakes.

But throw one human driver in there and suddenly the entire system breaks.

Yes, the whole scope of how this can work is a pretty good think.

You are right, someone wants to drive manually and they fuck up Rush Hour traffic. Where if everything was automated you could do 40 mph, but the one jackass took it to manual and now were are stop and go again.

I'm willing to roll along and see how this one goes, I'm sort of amazed this thing is heating up and getting a bit serious.

Most of those massive slowdowns happen because one guy decides to change lanes too late and just forces his way over.

With a road full of automated cars, this can be planned out. When a car knows a lane change is coming in the next few miles, it will communicate to all the other cars on the road and they'll slow just enough to let him over, and let him over at exactly the right time to least impact other cars.

But put humans on there, and they're unpredictable. The automated cars can't communicate with the human. At best they're monitoring everything he does, looking for brake lights or blinkers. If he drives irrationally, trying to change two lanes a few yards before his exit, or slamming on his brakes too suddenly, etc., the automated cars will have no advantage. They simply won't be as good at knowing how to handle irrational human behavior as another human would, and even we're not very good at it.

Automated cars will probably come, but they'll be pretty poor experiences, and possibly pretty terrifying, until they're 100% of the cars on the road. Prior to that, they make work best for commercial vehicles, such as big rigs, which basically just go straight non-stop until fuel is needed (either for the human or for the rig.) Plotting cross-country trips with an automated big-rig may be easy. Stops will be known and programmed in long in advance, and things like changing lanes are less of a concern because the rig just parks itself into one lane - no reason for it to move and less reason for humans to do dumb things around it. Highway only, though, because I also don't think a computer will easily learn how to take a truck around serious mountain roads. Nor do I think it will easily learn what to do in foul conditions (but once it does know, it'll probably be significantly better than humans.)
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY
34. Re: Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY May 28, 2014, 17:12 Beamer
 
Kosumo wrote on May 28, 2014, 17:00:
Agent.X7 wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:34:
Beamer wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:18:
I demand my games be 100% grounded in reality. If I'm not controlling a guy that gets winded after a few seconds of running, needs to sleep at least 4 out of ever 24 hours, and is out of action with anything more than a minor flesh wound then I'm instantly angry and uininstalling!

I demand that you always put words into peoples' mouths and twist their meanings! Your opinion must match my own or I will attempt to belittle you through sarcasm and (bad) satire!

You can alway count on Beamer to introduce a ‘reductio ad absurdum’ argument.

Thank you for not calling it a straw man, haha. Reductio ad absurdum isn't considered a fallacy. Though, arguably, I do more appeal to ridicule, but I'm not trying to win any arguments.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY
33. Re: Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY May 28, 2014, 17:09 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:34:
Beamer wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:18:
I demand my games be 100% grounded in reality. If I'm not controlling a guy that gets winded after a few seconds of running, needs to sleep at least 4 out of ever 24 hours, and is out of action with anything more than a minor flesh wound then I'm instantly angry and uininstalling!

I demand that you always put words into peoples' mouths and twist their meanings! Your opinion must match my own or I will attempt to belittle you through sarcasm and (bad) satire!

Ha! It's funny that you complain about people putting words in other's mouths, then you put words in mine!

Never did I say that people's opinions needed to match mine, I just exaggerated to point out how ridiculous it often is that people demand extreme realism in their games, especially given that they often complain in Thread A about unreleased Game A not being realistic enough, yet praise unreleased Game B in Thread B for being imaginative.

Hyperbole isn't a logical fallacy. I'm not claiming anyone is doing what I said. I'm not claiming it's a slippery slope. I'm exaggerating to show how blanket realism complaints are just strange.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 28, 2014, 16:38 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:21:
Cutter wrote on May 28, 2014, 14:06:
Because they're all lawyers? Like Neil DGT said, where are the scientists and engineers and doctors and all the other people that represent the rest of life?

They are successful in real life, and don't have to fall back on being a fucking politician.

Politicians are only made up of two types of people (besides the 'born with a silver spoon in their ass' crowd) : lawyers who can't win cases, and businessmen who can't make any money.

Disagreed with every single part of that. Life would probably be better if that were true.

But "politician" is a very risky career. In order to win, you need to dedicate your life to it. And if you then lose, what next? You just gave up your career to it. Most politicians lose, only those that make it to Congress can really turn it into a massive, endless career. And what percent get that far?

Which is why politicians tend to be people that either were successful already or whose families were. Being a politician is something they can do on a lark without needing to worry about employment in case they lose, and who can put enormous amounts of money into starting their campaign. Romney was massively successful on his own. Edwards was massively successful on his own. The Kennedy's grew up in massively successful families. Had they lost, or for two of them when they lost (though they were so far along that they likely would have had lucrative consulting careers following their loses), there was no need to worry about returning to a career that had moved on without them.

The already rich make up most political candidates.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY
27. Re: Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY May 28, 2014, 16:18 Beamer
 
I demand my games be 100% grounded in reality. If I'm not controlling a guy that gets winded after a few seconds of running, needs to sleep at least 4 out of ever 24 hours, and is out of action with anything more than a minor flesh wound then I'm instantly angry and uininstalling!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 28, 2014, 16:06 Beamer
 
The problem with automated cars is drivers. Automated cars can communicate with each other perfectly and probably make traffic infinitely more efficient - no more driving down highways and hitting a wave that makes you slow to a crawl because some jackass miles up slammed on his brakes.

But throw one human driver in there and suddenly the entire system breaks.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 12:52 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 28, 2014, 11:46:
March 35th. Okay.

Great editorial work there, CNN. And if that didn't give it away, the asteroid was nudged off course by Mars, and will take 27 years to hit the earth.

Average Mars-Earth distance is roughly 225 million kms, so the asteroid seems to be going at ~270ish meters per second. Not real sure that's going to kill the planet.

CNN: POST SHIT FIRST, WORRY ABOUT WHETHER IT'S TRUE LATER.

It was on their "citizen reported" page, which I think doesn't have much editorial oversight.

And is almost definitely a bad idea.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Walkthrough Trailer
7. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Walkthrough Trailer May 28, 2014, 11:08 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 28, 2014, 05:48:
Rattlehead wrote on May 27, 2014, 21:22:
I wish this was built around next-gen hardware. I love Borderlands very much but man does this look played out already.

Same here... looks and plays like Borderlands.. not exactly what I hoped for ,/

They were pretty up-front about this being just a different team taking the same engine and making new content.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Delayed
7. Re: Steam Machines Delayed May 28, 2014, 11:04 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on May 28, 2014, 11:01:
I don't understand why people would not want a free OSS operating system to succeed if just for the added competition. Windows is a fucking abomination and it's a shame I had to buy a license just to play games.

I don't see myself moving to steam OS anytime soon, but I really hope it does well and gains some serious marketshare in the next few years to encourage devs to make their titles multi-platform.

I have a lot of faith in Valve after playing with the new streaming features which let me play my whole library on a macbook air using my insanely fast PC hardware. Valve is the only company with any influence that really cares about PC gaming and they are taking some exciting risks.

And if they don't make their games multiplatform, will you dual boot?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 27, 2014, 17:49 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 27, 2014, 17:47:
Beamer wrote on May 27, 2014, 16:58:
Bill Borre wrote on May 27, 2014, 16:35:
I'm surprised FOX news hasn't brought up Elliot Rodger's World of Warcraft video gaming yet. I guess the "I hate women" angle is juicer, but maybe they'll get to it in the next few days?

Or, maybe it's just that one is valid and one isn't?

When did that ever stop Fox News?

Very true, but I'm shocked at how many people say this shooting wasn't about women, when his manifesto very clearly stated "these women aren't giving me the pleasure I deserve... therefore I will kill them."
 
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