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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 17, 2014, 18:26 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 18:23:
Let's spend millions creating original TV content for the xbox platform that'll be up on a torrent as soon as it's released.

I don't see how that's relevant. It doesn't stop HBO, Netflix, FX, etc.

There are plenty of flaws with the idea, but if "it'll be pirated" was considered a flaw, we wouldn't have any TV shows or video games.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 17, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
XES never made much sense. I mean, don't get me wrong, it would be the most fun project at Microsoft to work on, but TV shows tied to one platform just seems like a losing prospect.

Unless I'm misremembering, and you didn't need Gold, or an XBox, to watch them. But if it was tied specifically to both Xbox and to Gold it would never have a large enough audience. Even if just Xbox, or Gold and watchable on any Windows machine, sounds too limited.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
44. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 14:24 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 14:19:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 00:35:

I think about halfway through my rant I really realized I just take offense to his phrasing, because it vilifies socialism. Listen, I'm probably one of the biggest fans of capitalism on this site, but it needs to be heavily regulated.

It's funny that the period of time when the USA was the most economically strong was 50 years ago, a period of time where union membership was in the 60% range, where the top tax rate was 90%, the wealth gap was small, CEO salaries were only 10x worker salaries, not 300x, there was social security, and the debt was high. And yet today, it's claimed that in order to "save" the economy we have to cut the tax rate, get rid of SS, get rid of unions, get rid of the debt, etc. etc. all things that basically have the opposite effect.

Yup. Again, I'll point to the New Deal introducing socialism and suddenly we had a growing middle class. Sure, things like suburbs led to that, but I think points you mentioned were the main reason.

Then came the Reagan tax cut and we've had a runaway top class (top 0.5%), a shrinking middle class, a lack of class change, and a lot of people arguing that this is better.

I watched that John Oliver someone mentioned earlier last night. I think his point of optimism fueling people defending laws that hurt them in favor of the super rich being that everyone holds out on the chance they'll be super rich, even though the laws they support make that less likely, rings decently true.

The WSJ reported that our wealth inequality is back to the level it was in the 1920s. Insanity. We all know what happened then, when only a few people had money to feed the economy. Boom! Crash. Followed by Boom! Great Depression. Followed by Boom! New Deal and Socialism to take some of the edge off of our pure capitalism. Followed by immense innovation, blossoming middle class, and enormous economic group.

Keyenes said the Great Depression was caused by a decrease in consumption. Do you know what a large wealth inequality does? It decreases consumption. As I've said a billion times here, when some people are super rich and everyone else is close to the poverty line consumption drops. One individual can only consume so much, so those with the wealth aren't covering for their proportion. Everyone else lacks the wealth to consume. The economy starves.

But hey, Axis, keep arguing that this is because the guys at Candy Crush work harder than you, are smarter than you, and deserve billions while you make $50k.

This comment was edited on Jul 17, 2014, 14:30.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
42. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 14:08 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 13:58:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 23:39:

jdreyer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 21:54:

Goddammit Beam, what did I tell you about that making sense thing? Corrupt lazy teachers just feels right in my gut, so it must be true!
So you're saying that when teachers blow off teaching and simply drop a textbook in front of a kid and say "there ya go, learn it." They're not being lazy? When they don't show up for a class and let no one know, they're also not being lazy. And when boards blow money that's supposed to go to say...new library systems on $250k trips for "education training" in a nice far away tropical location they're not corrupt?
You're postulating a hypothetical situation that doesn't really exist. No one goes into teaching for the money. They do it because they love teaching and they care. The vast majority of teachers are responsible, hardworking people. This whole "corrupt lazy teachers" canard is a red herring sown by the corporate education companies with the goal of setting up government funded schools for their companies from which they suck max profits with no competition. The track record of these kinds of schools is very poor, which is what you'd expect when 15-20% of the funds is going to profit instead of to the students. Also, money spent on trips to Hawaii is also a very unusual problem.

Are there bad teachers and corrupt officials and waste? Sure, but no more so than any other industry. And unlike private corporations, there's much transparency on DOE budgets, so these abuses can be ferreted out.

I think there's a great deal of waste at the administrator level, though I think that's due to government entities following corporate pay trends to woo top talent.

As for terrible teachers, I had some growing up. Many of them were old and shouldn't have still been in the classroom (not sure why they didn't retire at 25 years as the unions would prefer.)

I think I've mentioned before that I did some work with juvenile criminals in Newark, NJ. Meaning I saw their schools and met their teachers. The teachers worked their asses off. They tried their best to find the jewels they could connect with and get to college. The problems came from the parents, who saw little use for school because school got them nothing. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even if the kid works the parents can't afford college. If the kid manages to get a scholarship, which is less common than many think, the parents still can't afford it. Sending a kid to college is expensive. And even if the kid gets into a somewhat local school, and many inner cities don't have them, and even if the kid has a full ride with a stipend to include books and clothing, transportation becomes an issue. And when the kid gets to class he feels like an outsider and has trouble connecting.

Basically, there's a belief in this neighborhoods that you can't get out, because so very few people get out. And when a parent has that belief, nothing a teacher does will overcome it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
39. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 13:58 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 13:55:
You're a fool and a tool. That's all that's worth adding.

This is all you're capable of.
And I see you edited this to basically do "I'm rubber and you're glue." Must I link to ALL the topics in which we begged you for data and provided our own and you were only capable of linking to articles written by morons with no qualifications?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2014, 13:09 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 13:04:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 11:28:
when I read things like this, I get the impression that most people don't have a clue what the hell the "cloud" is and how it is basically the entire internet at this point.

Right they renamed the same thing we had.

Internet
Online Servers
Information Super Highway - Remember that one?
Cloud

Just a way of sounding like you have something new. Now are there new apps and strategies? Yes. But it is still online servers.

What I read is MS is focusing on Online Apps, put cloud in there so hopefully some idiot investor gets excited. Online apps... amazing new stuff.

Well, it is new, though. With servers, you rented a server. If that server went down, your site went down.

With clouds, you rent time on a cluster of servers with massive redundancies. You have very little worry about downtime, because if one server dies there are hundreds of others to pick up its load immediately. If your data needs change because you get a sudden surge of users more servers will start working your data and you don't need to worry about being DDOSd by valid users.

I mean, it's not really a rebranding of something we had. It's saying the word "forest" is a fancy way of saying "tree."
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2014, 12:18 Beamer
 
In other news, Nokia employees didn't get a bonus for 2013. Their CEO got a $25 million dollar bonus.


I'm sure he worked much harder than them and that's why, right? I mean, that's the libertarian line, that your wealth is determined by how hard you work, not how much your employer decides to keep for himself rather than pass down to you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
36. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 11:33 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 08:44:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 00:35:

I think about halfway through my rant I really realized I just take offense to his phrasing, because it vilifies socialism. Listen, I'm probably one of the biggest fans of capitalism on this site, but it needs to be heavily regulated.

A big fan of Capitalism Beamer? No, you're not. You are, however, a giant ball of contradiction because you have no idea what you are talking about.

Me: corporate job, making a very nice amount of money at a company growing very rapidly in a state that has no income tax. I enjoy capitalism.
You: government IT job, overseeing some shitty small town government's tiny network, clueless about the economy because you're barely a part of it.

Pure capitalism, which is probably what you would support, is moronic. But you've always been proven wrong whenever we get into economic discussions, you never once support your claims, and you basically know nothing. At all. No formal education, no textbooks read, only articles on shitty websites written by people as clueless as you are.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Jul 17, 2014, 11:30 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 21:48:
Why would they fire him? The very things we hate about the guy's decisions have made the company money: No EA products are moddable, DLC is built in from the start, DLC is designed to extract maximum cash for minimum effort (looking at you map packs), etc. etc.

Did you read the article? It has nothing to do with his performance, it's that he was unwilling to do a sale of Activision unless he had partial ownership. He was repeatedly blocking deals that he wasn't included on, and Vivendi was desperately looking to unload part of their company with value to focus on their core business which was losing enormous amounts of money. Vivendi needed a quick cash infusion, divesting Activision was the best opportunity for that, and Kotick was being a selfish dick in holding that process up for his own personal gain.

Nothing to do with how he ran Activision, everything to do with how he was trying to personally profit from Vivendi's financial woes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2014, 11:28 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 10:29:
Cloud era? Nobody I know would ever put anything worth a damn in a US company cloud...

Then you don't know someone at pretty much every single tech company in the world, eh? Particularly startups, which wouldn't exist if not for the current US cloud infrastructure.

I get that you mean due to the NSA, but when I read things like this, I get the impression that most people don't have a clue what the hell the "cloud" is and how it is basically the entire internet at this point.

As for that headline, again, clickbait. Microsoft has repeatedly said the vast majority of those jobs will be redundancies due to the Nokia acquisition, which increased their workforce by about 30%. Again, they picked up a large Windows Phone marketing team, yet already had a large Windows Phone marketing team. There's no reason for two.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
31. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 00:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 22:16:
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 20:28:
LittleMe wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 19:42:
The wealthy are going to exploit the wealth gap to introduce new regulations that further cement the income gap, not reduce it. The issue will be hyped up for years to come and Congress won't even read the legislation that will be written by the corporate oligarchs.

The wealth gap is the product of our monetary system, not capitalism.

We are already a socialist society and the income gap is a direct product of socialism. Corporate socialism not leftist socialism. But even the so-called left in power are pawns of the system too.

That you describe an income inequality as due to socialism is why I never really take any of your political thoughts seriously. It's an ideological impossibility. I get that you're saying "corporate socialism," but outside of TARP, and arguably public interest subsidiaries, we don't really have corporate socialism. The Cato Institute, a bunch of libertarian nutjobs, estimate that it was 100 billion in federal money in 2012. Which, given the 2012 budget, is nothing at all.

I agree that we coddle too much. But I am so against using the term "socialism" here. The problem in our economy is not enough socialism. We're too far to unchecked capitalism, with a few exceptions, and you're focusing on those exceptions. Yeah, Comcast can be said to be the product of socialism, but Comcast isn't what's ruining our country.

I agree with LitteMe, it was just worded a bit awkwardly. He wasn't talking about traditional socialism, but "corporate socialism." It's what you and I would call Corporate Welfare, where companies entrench themselves into government contracts and defacto monopolies (and monoposonies) such that there's no competition and no way to get rid of them. Boeing, Halliburton, GE, Lockheed, and hundreds of other companies in get hundreds of billions in government contracts and subsidies, always go over budget, rarely get audited, never get punished, etc. etc. It's not the only issue, but it is a huge one, and a big one that allows these companies to manipulate the laws and "buy" politicians by offering them cushy jobs after they retire. It's probably the centerpiece of the national movement toward corporate oligarchy.

I think about halfway through my rant I really realized I just take offense to his phrasing, because it vilifies socialism. Listen, I'm probably one of the biggest fans of capitalism on this site, but it needs to be heavily regulated.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
39. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2014, 00:34 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 00:06:
HOLY BALLS!

Grabbed some Kentucky Corn Rye Whiskey at the beer store - whoooooooo!!!!! 62.5% Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1. wow. Took the hair off of my tongue....

I've never enjoyed the white corn mashes. They always just taste kind of like corn to me. Let it age!
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
27. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 20:28 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 19:42:
The wealthy are going to exploit the wealth gap to introduce new regulations that further cement the income gap, not reduce it. The issue will be hyped up for years to come and Congress won't even read the legislation that will be written by the corporate oligarchs.

The wealth gap is the product of our monetary system, not capitalism.

We are already a socialist society and the income gap is a direct product of socialism. Corporate socialism not leftist socialism. But even the so-called left in power are pawns of the system too.

That you describe an income inequality as due to socialism is why I never really take any of your political thoughts seriously. It's an ideological impossibility. I get that you're saying "corporate socialism," but outside of TARP, and arguably public interest subsidiaries, we don't really have corporate socialism. The Cato Institute, a bunch of libertarian nutjobs, estimate that it was 100 billion in federal money in 2012. Which, given the 2012 budget, is nothing at all.

I agree that we coddle too much. But I am so against using the term "socialism" here. The problem in our economy is not enough socialism. We're too far to unchecked capitalism, with a few exceptions, and you're focusing on those exceptions. Yeah, Comcast can be said to be the product of socialism, but Comcast isn't what's ruining our country.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 16, 2014, 20:10 Beamer
 
Fion wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 19:27:
Am I the only one that finds it odd that console players are clamoring to pay $60 - $90 to buy games they've already played because someone slapped a 'next gen' sticker on them?

Well, have you seen a GTAV thread here, with numerous PC fans clamoring to buy GTAV a second, or I think in some cases, a third time?

Or all the people that are excited to play a 15 year old LucasArts game remade for the PC?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 16, 2014, 20:09 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 12:51:
Bard wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 11:58:
History of lying to Congress and the American people a definite plus.

Only an asshole would start a job with the NSA after the Snowden revelations.


Then they should have no shortage of potential candidates.

In this economy, I think nearly everyone chooses the job that is available rather than the job that they want and fits their moral standards.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
24. Re: Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 18:56 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 18:47:
Task wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 14:47:
This study does not take into account other places. U.S. falling behind 17th and 20th percentiles for reading/writing. Its time to up the defense budget to 80% to make those numbers really shine.
Considering the amount of money thrown into education in the US, I'm pretty sure there's something else going on. Like pure laziness of teachers and massive corruption. Statistically, in Canada much like the US the amount of money per-student has done nothing but increase. And the amount per-student is above sometimes 10x as much per year, as compared to 50 years ago.

It's fashionable amongst some people to blame teachers exclusively, because, you know, they should be able to teach kids whose families don't emphasize education.

We have more poverty, and a different kind of poverty, than most other nations, including Canada. We have more poverty amongst people that don't think there's a way out of poverty and don't emphasize education. When a parent doesn't, a kid will never pay attention to a teacher. If a kid doesn't pay attention to a teacher, he'll never get out of poverty (not that it's easy, even if he does.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 16, 2014, 17:05 Beamer
 
nutshell42 wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 16:22:
Seems to be Xbox Marketing. Given that the Xbone was the biggest marketing clusterfuck in a long time they probably deserve it. Well, who am I kidding they'll fire anyone but those responsible.

On a related note, they should ax whoever did the industrial design, too. The PS4 looks so much better it's not even funny.

Microsoft has actually been pretty good at booting those responsible of late. See ya, Mattrick!
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Outlook CTRL F Jul 16, 2014, 16:53 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 16:37:
Because it's Microsoft, and they're all a bunch of arrogant cockwaffles who think they know everything better.

Outlook is just moronic. Try finding the "insert URL" button. Then use it. It hasn't been changed since the days of AOL.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 16:13 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 15:53:
@ Beam,

Yeah, that economy Steve stuff is spot on. This is the first generation predicted to have it worse than their parents since the founding of the country. And education is not the issue: kids today are a full grade earlier on English curriculum, and two grades earlier on math compared to kids in the 1970s. Hell, my sixth grade daughter is doing algebraic equations I didn't learn until 8th grade.

The reasons for the economic decline are many, but here are a few:
- The decline of unions, the result mostly of a long campaign by business to expunge them
- The move of jobs overseas without consequence to businesses that do so.
- Despite massive productivity increases over the past 30 years, average wages have not increased at all over that period once accounting for inflation.
- The greatest income inequality since the roaring twenties, and we know how that turned out. John Oliver even addressed it this week.
- Nearing peak resource for many critical raw materials, which drives up prices. These include fossil fuels, water, phosphorus, uranium, precious metals, seafood, and many others.

It's not hyperbole to say we're transitioning from a democracy to a corporate oligarchy. And it's hard to have hope when even the mildest of laws designed to prevent this are overturned by an aggressive, agenda setting conservative SCOTUS, and the conservative pro-business party has entrenched itself in government via gerrymandering despite having minority popularity nationwide.

I can't deny any of it.
And as I've said here multiple times, I think our extremely low highest tax bracket is the cause of many of the issues. I think it drives jobs overseas and I think it's led to the income inequality.

What drives me insane is the people that swear up and down that the income inequality and wealth inequality is a necessity because it rewards people for their hard work. But, to the degree we have it, it's strangling the economy. Our people being rewarded are earning more than they can spend, and the rest of the country isn't making enough to spend enough. An economy runs on money being spent, and large income inequalities stifle that. Plus, we had no lack of innovation under stronger top marginal tax rates (invariably, those defending our tax brackets don't understand what a marginal tax rate is), we don't have more innovation now, the wealth inequality just cements itself as it makes everything harder to change class (it takes money to make money), and people seem to always fail to realize that wealth is a pie - in order for one person to have more someone else has to have less. In this case, in order for the founders of the Yo app to have more every single member of this board has to have less.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 14:57 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 14:26:
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 13:17:
ldonyo wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 10:42:
No, texting doesn't affect their grammar and spelling skills. Their grammar and spelling skills are atrocious, regardless of whether or not they text. Too many of them depend on spell-checking and grammar-checking to bother learning how to do either one by themselves.

I'm guessing they spend too much time on your lawn, too!


I love all the "millennials are awful" rants and articles, mostly because the people writing them, so convinced their generation was better, are forgetting all the articles written about how awful they were when they were in their 20s. You can go back as far as both newspapers and the concept of "generations" exist and find articles about how the people in their 20s are uneducated, uncaring morons that will never, ever be productive members of society.
And that they spend too much time on other people's lawns!



We can all agree the boomers are the worst, right?!

Uncertainty is always scary. When we look back to when we were kids it's easy to forgive the stupid stuff we did because it turned out okay, society didn't crumble and we were wiser for our mistakes. When you look at the current generation logic would suggest their experience will be the same but different because the environment has changed slightly, just as it has for every generation. But that uncertainty says, 'What if they're the downfall of humanity because they were coddled too much, or because their smart phone made them dumb?'

Now if you want to go full misanthrope you just say, 'everyone has always been stupid and its amazing we haven't annihilated ourselves off the planet yet.'

They're coddled an enormous amount, but the real world will change that rapidly. They're learning Google skills instead of research skills, but c'mon, was the 8th grade report you wrote on gophers any real genius?

I still say the scorched-earth corporate policy of the boomers is the most damaging thing. In retrospect, they were good kids (even if they're the generation that was first yelled at to get off the lawn, those no goodniks!) but they just ruined everything after.

This is my favorite of those dumb memes:
It reminds me of Cutter.

Old Economy Steve is a good one, too.

Whenever I reference these someone accuses me of being jealous and blaming my inability to provide for myself on another generation, which is hysterical to me. I'm fortunate and privileged and have no issues. But I'm not a cold sociopath and I both see and empathize with how much more difficult it is for nearly everyone else.
 
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