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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 11:37:
Why are the TV stations permitted to air this garbage? Just because they toss out a disclaimer before it, that somehow absolves them of any responsibility of it? If they're profiting from it - and they are - then they should share the responsibility and be liable. As bad as lawyers and politicians are there's no lower scum than people in marketing and advertising.



Again, watch the John Oliver. Part of it is because proving these claims are false is extremely costly, so no one can go after them easily right now. So they should prove their claims are true first, right?

It's easier to pay a ton of politicians to avoid this.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2014, 10:27 Beamer
 
John Oliver did a big rant weeks ago on the supplement industry. Those gloves would fall into that rant. It was magnificent.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 3, 2014, 13:52 Beamer
 
A friend, one of the only 2 or 3 I have on Steam, sent me a game yesterday because he was sick of always seeing me play FTL, XCOM or Civ4.

I went to reciprocate, which was problematic. He has 3,317 games on Steam. Do you know how hard it is to find one he doesn't own? You can't even really go to his games list and sort, because sorting that large a group freezes Steam.

How many does Prez have again?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
29. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 3, 2014, 13:50 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 05:15:
Beamer wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 23:19:
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I'd wager that site is the key to social life for these kids. Opting out is admitting you're a lost cause. But I know no one this age, so just a guess.

Because before that site kids had no social life?

Before that kids hung out at malls or strip malls. Have you been to one lately? The kids aren't there nearly as much. Mall revenues are plummeting in part because kids don't go there and hang out. Hell, even the percentage of kids with driver's license is falling, because having a car is no longer as important to kids.

But this doesn't really matter much to the point. It doesn't matter what kids were doing before an app like this, it matters what kids are doing with it. If almost every HS kid is using this as their primary means of socializing, then opting out is opting out of a social life. Again, it's like if you were a kid in the 80s or 90s and you got bullied at the mall, so you decided to stop going to the mall. Great, but if all your friends are at the mall, then what?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
13. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 3, 2014, 01:23 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 23:25:
Beamer wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:27:
How many people do you know that are "electronics hobbyists?"

Every electrical and mechanical engineer I've ever met, for starters. Everyone I've spoken to has either a Pi, Arduino or Beagle board that they have either one or more projects cooking on. Since there's only a few million of us in North America alone, yeah...that marketplace sure shrunk down to nothing God damned near overnight.

Yet, despite your fallacious assertions to the contrary, companies like Allied and Delta are still heavily investing in their core business and making money hand over fist.

Judging by the success of their competitors in their original market and RadioShack's very obvious demise, I'd say it's very defensible to say that RS' execs ARE fuckwits who did nothing but just chase trends for the sake of the short term bottom line.

Hmm.

1) Well, RS changed markets long before Pi, Arduino and Beagle. We're talking in the mid-late 90s. Unless they could see what would happen in 2012 and weather the 2000s with what they had, what good is telling us about Pi?

2) Pi and Arduino parts are almost exclusively sold online

3) Allied is a distributor that opened a webstore. Delta is basically Foxconn, also with a webstore. Neither of them have 4,000 locations to support

You got defensive over "nobody is doing this anymore." Fine. Nobody was doing this back when RS changed their structure and today the only people doing it are online only, in many cases also OEM manufacturers (Delta) and it is still meaningless because RS would still have had to closed thousands of stores to have made it this far. And, you know, changed their entire business model.

You guys seriously think enough people were buying circuit boards and speaker cable in the 2000s to support 4,000 stores? Are you insane?

"Judging by the success of their competitors." WHAT COMPETITORS?! Allied is basically Amazon - you can't walk down the street and wander into one. Delta manufacturers parts for Antec, they're absolutely not in the same business as RS. Both were previously suppliers of RS - B2C retail is not and was not their core business. Most other RS suppliers are long since dead.

"I like this hobby, therefore others do" is not enough to support 4,000 physical retail locations.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
13. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 2, 2014, 23:19 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 23:11:
Well to me there's a difference between being bullied at school, where the law says you have to be if your a teen, and being bullied on a site that you can voluntarily sign up for and leave as you please. I have a hard time understanding why anyone, young or old, would opt to allow themselves to be harassed and badgered instead of just leaving a place like Secret. School is another matter - the children don't have a choice whether or not to go.

I'd wager that site is the key to social life for these kids. Opting out is admitting you're a lost cause. But I know no one this age, so just a guess.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
9. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 2, 2014, 21:41 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:54:
Sociopathic Republican doesn't care about anyone or anything except money - par for the course. Liberal tree hugger whines about it when the common sense solution is easily available as Creston said - par for the course again.

And people wonder why this my favourite emote around here?
Rolleyes

Wait, who's a Republican? Who's a liberal?

I didn't realize anyone expressed their political views in these articles.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
11. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 2, 2014, 21:21 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 21:18:
Beamer wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:27:
RadioShack didn't change because they forgot what they were, they changed because that electronic hobbyist market wasn't growing, was actually shrinking, and wasn't enough to sustain them. How many people do you know that are "electronics hobbyists?" ...

Really? I guess that explains why there are hobbyists stores popping up all over Canada, and have been doing so for the last decade. There's two in my town of ~30k people, both make money hand over fist. The next major city near me has 8 stores dedicated to electronic hobbyists.

People left radioshack behind, because radioshack became overpriced and had no material to buy that was relevant for them. Hell here in Canada, they're called "the source" now and act more like a retail outlet for cellphones, TV's and dvd players. Selling exactly the same stuff that walmart does at 30% extra cost.


Your anecdotal evidence is just that, but you can keep thinking RadioShack executives are morons and gave up a lucrative revenue stream for no reason. You'd be wrong.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
6. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 2, 2014, 19:27 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 18:39:
Shok wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 17:42:
You would think an electronics store would have all kinds of hobbyist stuff like that.

The sad thing is that, at one time, they were THE place to go for electronics hobbyist stuff. I built my very first amplifier from parts that I picked up at Radio Shack, for example. More than that, the people who worked there were also hobbyists themselves and often had really great advice and suggestions to help you fix something or to improve whatever project you were building. My very first soldering station and breadboard came from RadioShack as well.

Then they decided to be a computer store, as they were Tandy, to compete with Gateway, eMachines, Computer City and the like. That failed miserably. Near the end of that foray, they then decided to try and be a high end A/V store to compete with companies and then that failed miserably as well. The one small thing they did right at the time was to convert their house brand from "Realistic" to "Optimus" and have Pioneer rebadge their amps and contracted JBL to make their speakers. You could get a really great sounding system for less than half the cost.

Since no one thought of RadioShack as the place to go for that kind of gear, they decided to enter the cell phone market. Which is kinda where we stand today.

It's kind of sad because unless you order from sites like Allied and Monoprice, there's no longer a place that specializes in electronics components.

Like every large corporation that failed, RadioShack forgot what made them the giant they became and decided to fall down the rabbit hole chasing trends that they just weren't positioned to compete for competitively.

RadioShack didn't change because they forgot what they were, they changed because that electronic hobbyist market wasn't growing, was actually shrinking, and wasn't enough to sustain them. How many people do you know that are "electronics hobbyists?" How many kids do you know that come home from school and play with circuit boards or sodder? By the mid 90s, the stuff you could home brew was so far behind the stuff you could buy that any charm of building your own alarm clock lost all meaning when you could buy a much better looking one with significantly more features and better sound for a fraction of the price.

People always love to say "they forgot who they were and stupidly changed," but they changed because too few people cared about who they were. Hell, they used to do good business on speaker wire and hifi components. Who the hell has a hifi anymore? When was the last time anyone here bought speaker wire?
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Delayed?
26. Re: Wasteland 2 Delayed? Aug 2, 2014, 10:42 Beamer
 
So, for those that have played, given it's nearly done, thoughts?  
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Delayed?
18. Re: Wasteland 2 Delayed? Aug 2, 2014, 00:33 Beamer
 
Techie714 wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 23:51:

You must be new here, well you've met Cutter.....
PS He bitches.....a lot

Cutter wrote on May 25, 2014, 03:08:

Oh shut up you fucking troll. Most everything I post is positive. I just don't put up with bullshit from trolls like you. And another jackass goes on the ignore list.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
22. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 1, 2014, 13:26 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 13:11:
My wife is 12 years older than me. We don't seem to have trouble finding conversation topics. We particularly enjoy the "why do people give a fuck about our age difference?" one. It can be quite hilarious.

I know, different stages of life...blah blah blah....but the idea that you can categorize interests and perspectives by some sort of arbitrary age grouping and than judge all people by it is ridiculous.

No, once you're over a certain age I don't think age matters. I'm more talking about the maturity of a 17 year old living at home with his/her parents and basically anyone over 25.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Fights Aliens Lawsuit
29. Re: Gearbox Fights Aliens Lawsuit Aug 1, 2014, 12:16 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 08:07:
Creston wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 22:47:
There is a marked difference between what someone expects and what someone is promised.

I agree. I find it quite interesting that so many people complain about minor differences in the ACM trailer compared to the game, but nobody much did the same when Bioshock: Infinite showed a whole sequence that never made it into the game and looked much better than the final game itself too. I guess because ACM itself was a bad game, people just stick to it!

How long before launch was the BioShock Infinite sequence shown?

That's the big problem with these things - games change, sometimes on rapid swings several times in one day, even in the final two or four months. Entire sequences get cut. Entire features get cut. New shaders are added or removed. If something is shown at E3, it may disappear by a November launch.

This is a big part of the reason why Valve says nothing and shows nothing until it's all basically set in stone. We get zero communication from them, but then we also don't get something that eventually disappears. That happened with HL (Mr. Friendly and Nemotoads), happened with HL2 (whatever that tentacle was), and happened with TF2 (which is an entirely different game.) Everything else has been hush-hush.

What Randy ultimately did was scummy. It changed, due to his mismanagement of the outsourced team. It was not what they showed (but friends at Gearbox tell me that what they showed was what they had at the time.) Was the launch trailer using the old footage or the new footage? I think that's the big question. Something changing from E3 to launch shouldn't be a suable offense. We really don't want that precedent if we want to see things at E3. But if the launch trailer wasn't the launch title, then I can see an argument.

As for a class action, if the launch trailer and the E3 trailer were different, how? No one should buy based on an E3 trailer. Ever. And the amount of people buying the game that saw the E3 trailer are probably minimal compared to the amount that bought the game without seeing the E3 trailer. The lawsuit makes complaints about E3 and PAX. Sorry, those aren't launch trailers.

As for scenes being in trailers and not in the game, are we going to sue Twister for not having a flying cow?
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
19. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 1, 2014, 11:24 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 05:34:
ViRGE wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 02:12:
29 on 17. That just looks all kinds of bad for him.

A. It's legal in most other states. Surprised the "liberal" California is so strict. Given that, it's likely to be a misdemeanor, and he won't even end up on the predator list. I feel bad for him; it looks like they are good friends, and if there is more to it, I'm sure she would be very upset and uncooperative if they prosecute him.

B. It's not even proven that she WAS his GF. I doubt the girl will press charges. That leaves the parents, and how much info would they have?

Given the bad press, they may go after it, feeling they have to since it got many eyeballs, or they may not, figuring the guy has been through enough hell already.

29 and 17, though. I went on dates with a few 21 year olds around 29. There's nothing to talk to them about. Until someone has been out on their own for a while, they have absolutely nothing to say. 24 or 25 seem to be the safe ages. I can't even guess what a 29 year old and 17 year old would discuss unless he was some kind of socially stunted weirdo. She still lives at home with her parents. The biggest influence in her life is her parents. Not her job, not her need to pay rent, not what she wants to buy, not where her next meal will come from, but if her mom will let her go out that night.

I don't think I think 17 and 29 should be legally wrong. But, if you're about 30, and your friend tells you he's dating a HS girl that lives with her mom, you should probably start backing away from him very slowly, then just turn and run.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts: Nemesis Trailer
5. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts: Nemesis Trailer Aug 1, 2014, 11:21 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 05:27:
So funny that a Call of Duty post on this site gets no comments.

Everyone has (finally) exhausted the terrible things they need to say about it.

Except for me. I hit "play" thinking this was the new one, and was shocked at how ancient it looked. Then I saw it was Ghosts and it made more sense. The guys running across the bridge look like the clip is playing at double speed, especially when they go from standing to down without any kind of pain animation prior.

I played Ghosts. Single Player was surprisingly not terrible (I'd say worth playing for the 6 hours it took.) Multi Player was terrible, but not because the gun mechanics were bad (they were good), but because the levels were awful and the perks/streaks felt so neutered. The levels didn't really flow well for a slower paced strategic game, and losing some of the gleefully chaotic MW3 perks took away the ability to loudly cackle at the screen as your RC drone kills some poor sap three times in a row.

But in this video it looks like MW warmed over, which I guess it is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 1, 2014, 11:15 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:00:
Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards.

Not in my networks they don't. Better get firing the newbie admins...

And how, then, do you prevent this?

Where I am now we have extremely large shared drives. In nearly every other job we didn't, so USB became the only way to transfer large files to each other. It wasn't at all uncommon for us to be working with massive Excel spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations that were poorly optimized and therefore well over 20-40MB. Can't email those.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 31, 2014, 21:00 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 20:52:
Was just linked this image purporting to be a press release from San Diego police.

If true: In short, no attack happened. She slipped and fell near the pool, and injuries are not consistent with any kind of assault. She fell 6 feet.

EDIT: This article has been updated with the same info. Looks like the investigation is closed and they won't be releasing any more info.

Not surprised. The information coming out didn't seem right.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 31, 2014, 20:49 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 20:27:
NKD wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 20:04:
Doesn't look like any new info...

Yeah. Turns out she was found by the pool, and the mother had incorrect info when they said she was found by the road. It seems unlikely to me that it was the BF. He'd have to be a stone cold psychopath to have beaten the shit out of her, cleaned up, then gone to security asking if they'd seen her. Doesn't fit the profile of the fun-loving cosplay photographer in his FB page. It's possible he did it, of course, but my feeling is that she was attacked by someone else. It's disheartening that someone would try and destroy such a beautiful, fragile person.

Honestly, this one is starting to seem less reliable.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jul 31, 2014, 18:48 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 01:36:
Task wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 23:23:
I have never beaten the boss in FTL. Not. Once. 10/10

Here's a guide. I can vouch for most of the stuff in this article as solid advice.

My own advice
- Always play on Easy mode.
- Space bar is your friend.
- Most of the starting weaps have great power to damage ratios. Don't be quick to sell them.
- I tend to stick with lasers and ion weaps over missiles, although missiles are great for taking out shields
- Always buy the Burst Laser Mk 2 if you come across one.
- Buy Zoltan (to power your weaps and shields) and Mantis (for ship defense) if you come across them.
- Always upgrade your engines to at least 35% dodge.

My points:
1) Yes, always easy. I've beaten it maybe 5% of the time on Normal. At best. I'm probably over 10% on Easy. Or, I should say, over 10% of times I make it to Sector 5.
2) Yes, pause all the time
3) Eh. Depends. Once you get to double shield enemies they are usually worthless
4) Funny, I never, ever use ion, unless the ship starts with it.
5) Always buy a Vulcan cannon. It's a press-to-win weapon
6) Yup. I prioritize buying the races I want early on. I probably put too much money there. If you can get two Mantis and a teleportation, you can do significant damage. Especially on the capital ship. Most of its weapons have one guy and no door for someone to come in once he's dead. Best way to take out the weapons
7) LASERS! LASERSLASERSLASERS! You need to get through shields. If you have 4 lasers that fire 2 beams each, you'll hit the capital ship with 4 beams per time. 4 lasers with 3 beams and you'll cut through it. A vulcan cannon and its shields will never be able to regenerate. A glaive beam and the vulcan cannon and you can win without taking much damage.

Seriously, though, lasers. The second round of the capital ship makes missiles worthless. Lasers. You want to make it to the capital ship with at least 6 laser beams per attack, at least.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jul 31, 2014, 18:38 Beamer
 
Red Faction Armageddon is $1.99 on Steam.  
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