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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
23. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2014, 15:26 Beamer
 
Also, I clearly did what I accused someone else of not doing just last week and didn't read the damn article.

He was already sentenced. I'm sorry, everyone.
The headline, though, is dumb. He isn't facing 14 years, he received 14 years. He'll still likely be out before, but there's a huge difference between what most reporters mean when they say "facing" and what a judge actually sentences you to. This guy is no longer facing 14 years and has been sentenced to 14 years.

Still, I screwed up by not clicking into the article.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
21. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2014, 15:24 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 15:15:
Beamer wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 14:22:
Pigeon wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 14:09:
Creston wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 13:25:
Eh, I thought he was asking if it could hurt someone if it just refracted without direct contact. Not sure why I thought that.

The laser just going into the cockpit is very distracting, and like you said, that's not what a pilot needs on takeoff/landing, especially not in a helicopter...

Right, and both Helicopters were emergency services vehicles. One a police copter and the other an emergency transport for a children's hospital (which had a patient in it at the time). The sentence seems harsh, but the perpetrator was already on probation so that may have factored into it as well. Basically he was having his fun at other people's expense and safety and then got caught. I don't feel bad for him.

That's not a sentence, that's what he's facing.

People very, very, very rarely get 100% of what they're facing. It's much more common for them to get 0% of what they're facing.

What's the difference between what someone is facing and what they're sentenced to? Is what they're facing the maximum sentence? What the prosecution is asking for? What they'll actually serve?

Exactly, what they're facing is the maximum of all the crimes they're charged with.

Say Bob gets into an accident at 3 am one night, hitting a minivan with 4 people in it, killing 1. His car smells of alcohol, so he's arrested. The prosecution most likely hits him with driving under the influence, murder, intent to murder, battery, reckless driving, and a few other charges. What he's "facing" is the sum of all those maximum sentences. Reckless driving may have 5 years, battery may have 10 years, intent to murder may have 15 years, murder may have life or the death penalty, etc.

But when it comes down to the trial, the prosecution may have already realized that his car smelled because he was the DD for the night and Bob didn't drink anything, so already the DUI and murder charges he was facing when he was arrested are no longer on the table. At this point he'd likely be facing 25 years, for the reckless driving and for the injury it caused. But the jury may find that the minivan was also recklessly driving and more at fault, though Bob was still reckless driving. This would undoubtedly reduce the sentence to maybe 2 years, depending on the injury. Bob may have already been in jail 6 months before the trial, so we're looking at 1.5 more years. And, after another 6 months, he'd likely get out on parole. So, while he was facing life in prison, he actually served 1 year.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 1, 2014, 14:26 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 14:15:
Beamer wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 13:21:
1) What DRM can you possibly put into these monitors you strap to your eyes? Please elaborate, giving some precise details into how you'd set such a system up
Um, people are putting DRM in coffee pods and ink jet toner cartridges nowdays. So, yeah, use your imagination.

Coffee Pod DRM: A physical item is put inside another physical item
Ink Jet Cartridge DRM: A physical item is put inside another physical item

VR Set: A dumb item, much like a monitor, receives a signal from an open, uncontrolled item, namely a PC.


Ink Cartridge DRM: Used to keep ink jet printer prices down
Coffee Pod DRM: Already seems likely to significantly damage sales of new coffee machines
VR Set DRM: Is nearly impossible to implement, would clearly tank the entire project, and would never, ever catch on.


What are you guys really afraid of?
That VR never hits? Are you that convinced that it would even be a good thing?
Or are you so massively infatuated with Oculus Rift that you think that not only could no one ever do what they've done in 21 months (which is, really, not much of anything other than building buzz) and that nothing could be good unless it has "Oculus Rift" printed on the side of it?

I just don't get why people are so fucking emotional about this. Let's say Facebook manages to kill Oculus Rift. So what? So fucking what? We lose Palmer Luckey, big fucking deal.
Oculus Rift was nothing 24 months ago and was purchased for 2 billion fucking dollars last week.
Don't you fucking think that, if Facebook fucks this up, someone else will do it right after seeing how much goddamn money there is out there for this thing? Who gives a shit if it's Oculus Rift bringing it to us?
People love corporations this much?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
15. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2014, 14:22 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 14:09:
Creston wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 13:25:
Eh, I thought he was asking if it could hurt someone if it just refracted without direct contact. Not sure why I thought that.

The laser just going into the cockpit is very distracting, and like you said, that's not what a pilot needs on takeoff/landing, especially not in a helicopter...

Right, and both Helicopters were emergency services vehicles. One a police copter and the other an emergency transport for a children's hospital (which had a patient in it at the time). The sentence seems harsh, but the perpetrator was already on probation so that may have factored into it as well. Basically he was having his fun at other people's expense and safety and then got caught. I don't feel bad for him.

That's not a sentence, that's what he's facing.

People very, very, very rarely get 100% of what they're facing. It's much more common for them to get 0% of what they're facing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 1, 2014, 13:41 Beamer
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 13:32:
Beamer wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 13:21:
1) What DRM can you possibly put into these monitors you strap to your eyes? Please elaborate, giving some precise details into how you'd set such a system up

Not supporting the doom and gloom coming from people, but to this point in particular... HDCP, almost all of our media related electronic devices have DRM built into them.

And if Facebook attempts that they'll probably see all the Valve people that have gone over leave, causing a massive brain-drain, and the product would be a guaranteed failure. The thing about HDCP, though it may be crappy, is that licenses are readily available, anyone can license it, it isn't limited to one company, and it involves the software, not the devices. You will struggle to play a DVD with HDCP in a non-HDCP device, but you can run a non-HDCP DVD in an HDCP device all you want.

But if this is where you think it's going, can you tell me how many devices that use DRM to only run software by their company have been successful? I can't think of one.

And, if you mean that Facebook will just force it to only run software they approve, like Apple does, well, then the device fails. It's that simple. People already have a very large collection of software. If they're told they can't use that backlog, they will not buy it. But if sales are still robust enough despite this, someone else will see it and will make a non-DRMed device.

There's really no scenario in which we're using Facebook-exclusive VR sets. The early adopters for this device are exclusively people like the people here. If they do not early adopt, the device dies. They will not early adopt a device tied solely to Facebook.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
7. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 1, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
People here are greatly, greatly overestimating how much money providers make from stolen phones. It isn't really that much.

From insurance, though? Between them and their partners, the companies that are solely mobile device insurance companies... that's where the money is. Not in people buying stolen phones, but in people paying to cheaply replace them in the miniscule chance it happens.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 1, 2014, 13:21 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 13:17:
InBlack wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 10:36:
I dunno, I for one welcome our Dark Lord Zuckermountain and will buy the consumer version of Eyeface or whatever it will be called eventually. I dont give a shit about the faceshaft, enterprising modders will make sure it works with my favorite simulation of choice. (The developer kit support is coming in the next patch in any case)

...and facebook will not create any DRM whatsoever to ensure that they don't retain control of their product.

I'm sure 0.0000000000001% of people who have the technical expertise and patience to get it running in a handful of non drm'd apps still won't be able to play online with the other 99.9999999999999% of users who don't.

Usual story - some people see trees and are oblivious to the forest.

Facebook is not trustworthy.

1) What DRM can you possibly put into these monitors you strap to your eyes? Please elaborate, giving some precise details into how you'd set such a system up

2) Even assuming this is possible (it really kind of isn't) and happens (it really won't), so fucking what? Let OR rot. Some other company will see the potential, see how FB ruined the potential, and if VR sets are a good idea (and they may not be), we'll still get them


Usual story - some people are asinine conspiracy theories that jump to conclusions without any rationale behind them nor any real thought into how what they're speculating could come true, yet they think they're the only enlightened ones.
Seriously, detail to me a system, you can be non-technical about it if you aren't a technical person, that would allow a VR headset to only work with certain programs. Extra points if you can detail a way that isn't easy to circumvent.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2014, 13:01 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 12:54:
Bill Borre wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 12:51:
I'm just kind of curious what does a laser look like in the cockpit of a helicopter? Does it create a bright flash as it goes through the windshield? Or does the operator have to be specifically aiming for the pilot's eyes?

It has to hit the pilot in the eye, but if it does, odds are pretty darn good that said pilot will be blinded by it, possibly permanently.

It doesn't need to hit the pilot's eye. It refracts when it hits the window, causing a bright spot. Given that it's typically green, and bright to begin with, it'll ruin a pilot's night vision for a bit. On takeoff and particularly landing this is not a happy thing.

Also, at these ranges, with consumer lasers, there's very little risk of permanent eye damage. They'd need an illegal laser to do that. Not that it's particularly hard to get an illegal laser, but it would have to be a ridiculously powerful one.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 1, 2014, 11:59 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 11:40:
Beamer wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 10:20:
What was shady about bl2?

both their games on the list weren't internal. Doesn't excuse them for being $60 crap Randy wouldn't shut up about, but it's very worth distinguishing between what they develop and what they buy/farm.

Read

Gearbox deliberately ripped off CODEHUNTERS. This is the kind of stuff Randy Pitchford has been doing for 10+ years. Without Codehunters there likely would never have been a Borderlands 2.

A video game ripped off a movie?
Never did I think I'd see the day where... wait, no, that's basically a daily occurrence.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2014, 11:01 Beamer
 
Ludomancer wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 10:38:
It used to be, in this country, that people weren't convicted on what they "could" do. I don't want to see law go any further than that though.
Regardless I hope he doesn't serve 14 years in prison, only because that is absurd, but the guy is an idiot.

Shut up. It's ALWAYS been that you've been arrested on what you "could" do.
Go build a time machine, go back to 1960 and drive drunk. You could kill someone. Even if you don't, you're probably going to jail.

Plus, for fuckssake, he's not being arrested for something he "could" do. In that case, he'd be getting murder charges, right? No, he's being arrested for something he ACTUALLY did, meaning he ACTUALLY shined a laser at a moving airplane.

I'm sorry, I know I've been a bit extra annoyed around here lately, but this post is unbelievable. "Used to be in this country" my ass. That's so insanely stupid of a post that I'm having trouble comprehending how it was even made.

And no, he won't get 14 years. How have people not figured this shit out? Headlines show you the MAXIMUM penalty, if the jury finds for all charges and the judge/jury, depending on trial/jurisdiction, goes with the maximum penalties. But that happens maybe 1% of the time. Typically someone gets, at most, half the penalties. Then they go to jail and get out early.
Have you never, ever seen a headline before?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 Beamer
 
What was shady about bl2?

both their games on the list weren't internal. Doesn't excuse them for being $60 crap Randy wouldn't shut up about, but it's very worth distinguishing between what they develop and what they buy/farm.
 
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News Comments > No Watch Dogs Demo
13. Re: No Watch Dogs Demo Mar 31, 2014, 23:41 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 21:44:
no demo = bad game

how many open world games can you name with demos?
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation Trailer Confirms Predator
14. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation Trailer Confirms Predator Mar 31, 2014, 18:56 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 18:38:
I played Ghosts (once) on that free weekend deal they had a while back and the game was really shite. With the settings cranked up the textures looked worse than BlOps2 and MW3. As a matter of fact, BF4 with everything turned down as low as it can go STILL looked better. The gameplay was the usual crap and didn't hold my interest for very long. I think Steam said I played the game for like 15 minutes. That was all I could take. TBH I wanted to quit the match sooner but I tried to give it a chance.

The game honestly looks 10-15 years old - not even joking. I actually am one of the few that likes the games, and I played 1-2 matches and thought something was wrong with my computer. I messaged a few friends that play it a lot and they confirmed, game looks like shit, but no one plays the old ones....so they play Ghosts. wtf.

Dude.
It looks 4-7 years old, sure, but 15? 15 was 1999. Quake 3 is only 14 years old.

I'll give you that it doesn't look as good as it should, absolutely. And multiplayer sucked. SP was actually kind of decent, way better than most CoDs for what it's worth.

But 15 years ago we were looking at Unreal Tournament screenshots in PCGamer. It wasn't even out yet. We thought that CTF was the height of sophistication. All the crap going on in Ghosts was unimaginable. Level detail like that was unimaginable.

I don't mean to defend the game, as I didn't think much of it, but people keep claiming it looks 10-15 year old. I think people really, really forget what was going on 10-15 years ago.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation Trailer Confirms Predator
11. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation Trailer Confirms Predator Mar 31, 2014, 17:12 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 16:54:
what does Eminem have anything in common with Call of Duty: Ghosts?

Is this a riddle, or is it rhetorical?
Because I can make a million jokes about appealing to the masses and being long past prime.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Mar 31, 2014, 16:21 Beamer
 
Has anyone played Dead... Dead... what the heck was that Dead game again? Dead State?
I try to avoid playing games before they're done. Too many other things to play, and the odds of me going back to something are slim, so may as well wait.

And wasn't there an X-COM spiritual successor? I think I backed that, too.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
23. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 31, 2014, 15:01 Beamer
 
4K does make a huge, huge difference, but you really need your nose against it.

It'll see success for monitors, but it takes a lot of GPU horsepower.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 31, 2014, 13:42 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 13:28:
Beamer wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 12:56:
No good non-3D TVs available. The flagships

but I've yet to see a low-end TV over 37" that doesn't look like a pile of crud with vaseline smeared all over it

You think the masses buy flagships? I have never and will never buy the high end, especially when the differences become even more obscure or over-analyzed.

I have 1 37, 1 42, 1 45... no smears. What are you even talking about? Do you know how to calibrate, use native rez? You must. All my flats no matter the size are sharp, even the 90" DLP 720P projector I paid $800 for 3 years ago. The only smeared TV's I've seen were run off native rez with bad scalers. I simply avoid that.

Many, if not all, lower-end TVs don't even have professional calibration options in the menus.

And the differences are pretty obvious. A Panasonic ZT60 is lightyears better than a mid-range. You have actual blacks. You can see what's going on in shadows. Colors pop, etc. And a $1500 60" Sony will be infinitely better than an $800 60" Westinghouse.

Do the masses buy flagships? No. But note that I said "flagships in 2009," and said it's down to mid-range today. If you aren't buying at least a mid-range TV you're wasting money.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 31, 2014, 12:56 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 12:38:
Creston wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 11:50:
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 11:25:
If they only start selling 4K's, it will happen in time and I'm for that. Same price as they are today, just 4K.

4K doesn't have to stand a chance, it just has to be the only option and it will by default.

Didn't 3D do the same thing? Pretty much all new TV sets basically came with mandatory 3D shit on them

Still plenty of non-3D's were always available, but it's different since you need specific content.

No good non-3D TVs available. The flagships were all 3DTV in 2009. It's since come down to all mid-range and above. I mean, it's ending slowly now, with Vizio leading the charge, but only lower-end TVs don't have 3D. I know money is a limiting factor, but I've yet to see a low-end TV over 37" that doesn't look like a pile of crud with vaseline smeared all over it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Mar 31, 2014, 12:54 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 12:50:
Nintendo is innovative. The problem is they do it inside of existing IP's. Someone will come up with a gameplay idea and a higher up will want to plug it into the next Mario, or Zelda, etc instead of making something new with it. They're so cautious they won't let their people do anything completely new out of fear it won't sell. In the meantime most of the existing IP's are dead tired and drown out any changes. In my personal (non)expert opinion they should take the reins off of some of their younger staff and just see what they can create. Make it digital only so there's no physical distribution costs.

Nintendo hasn't been innovative inside their IPs in a while.
Zelda went through three console generations of using the same engine, same animations, and same gameplay. Smash Brothers hasn't changed, and I'd say Mario Kart innovation arguably peaked with Double Dash.

Though I really don't understand why this article starts with the Virtual Boy, a product that everyone thought was cool but ended up having no worthwhile games and caused very significant eye fatigue in very short periods of time.
 
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News Comments > Origins Ditches Discs
23. Re: Origins Ditches Discs Mar 31, 2014, 12:20 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 11:14:
It's so like EA not to understand that the files on disks are 100% digital, too. In fact, they are the same files, exactly.

It's so like some anonymous person on the internet that thinks he's smarter than EA to not understand that the files on discs may be digital, but the discs themselves are not.
 
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