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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 3, 2013, 12:47 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 12:44:
Beamer wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 12:40:
This adds value to... who?

Other than themselves?

Like you said, it's just what they hope will be a cash cow for themselves. "HAI GUYZ GIVE US 500 BUCKS AND YOU CAN PUT THIS USELESS STICKER ON YOUR GAME!"

I hope every single dev and publisher tells them to go fuck themselves.

I mean, for that money, I can't see them doing any testing or validation. Just a sticker. And is there really much fear from consumers on PC products? If it's on Steam, I think people trust it. Yeah, I get that Walmart and the like sell weird, shady boxed stuff, but people trust things from actual computer stores and from actual computer companies.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 3, 2013, 12:42 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 11:27:
Verno wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 11:12:
nin wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 10:59:
Is this shit for real? (warning: loud profanity)



This is old news, people were posting videos of it the day of the PS4 launch. It's an NBA2k14 thing, I've had it call fouls when I do the same thing because I left the headset plugged in.

That's literally the dumbest fucking thing ever witnessed in video games. I can see it happening if you're playing online, but in single player? What.The.Fuck?

Next year Microsoft will roll out the functionality where the NSA penalizes you if you're doing something they don't like.

Microsoft didn't do this - as mentioned, it does it on the PS3 and PS4, too.

Do you watch basketball? Coaches are called for fouls if they scream obscenities at the refs. This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to that. It isn't censoring you for swearing, it's censoring you for screaming at the game, just like real life.

Again, I find it hysterical.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 3, 2013, 12:40 Beamer
 
This adds value to... who?

Other than themselves?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 3, 2013, 11:08 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 10:59:
Is this shit for real? (warning: loud profanity)



It's done that on the 360 for years. I think it's kind of brilliant - the one use of Kinect I'd say is well done.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 3, 2013, 00:28 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 22:18:
Your argument is specious. Product or service, if people choose to use it illegally you can't hold the creator liable. As a bartender I've always been deeply offended that I'm somehow legally responsible from preventing people from getting drunk. Why? Why am I responsible for their choices? And when you have a site with - potentially - millions of people using it, asking someone to police it is absurd. How do you know those torrents are actually illegal? Are you checking each and every one of them? Where the hell would you find the time for it or be able to afford the staff to do it. If you're saying they're responsible than so is everyone else. It's not just some arbitrary 'Well it applies to some people, but not others.' That, my friend, is the basest form of discrimination. And all it does is allow the big guys to pick on the little guys without proving anything. If the MPAA is so set on this then let them pay to police the sites and provide takedowns of things they can prove. Not just carte blanche sweeping indictments without proof. We still have a legal system that's predicated on innocent until proven guilty. At least for a little while longer before your corporate masters decide to do away with that as well.

Bartenders have gone to jail, rightfully, for overserving. There have been cases where people literally drank themselves to death in a bar. The bartender, aware they were impaired and doing damage, just kept serving them. Hey, it isn't their fault the guy overdosed on alcohol, right?
Nope, sorry, there's a legal obligation to use some judgment.

How can it be policed? Again, I'm not arguing specifically to this - you're stating someone should never be liable, then you argue in what's a fairly clear grey area. But fine, look at Megaupload and ignore how it was illegally seized. Kim Dot Com made no attempt to take down illegal files that were actively identified as illegal. He bragged about running the world's largest pirate site. His license plate was "PIRATE." And you're saying he's not at all responsible?

Sorry, you're giving some kind of weird libertarian dream here. "I can do whatever I want, and I'm not responsible for any of it unless I'm actively doing it." Sorry, you have responsibilities in this world. Sometimes you need to think about how what you've created will be used. If you're actively fostering illegal activity, you can't always look the other way. At some point, since you're the one enabling it, since you're aware of it, and since you may be promoting it, you have some responsibility for it.

Lastly, jesus, "corporate masters?" For fuckssake, Hotfile.com was a corporation, and I'm not even fucking arguing they did anything wrong. I'm arguing that people are sometimes responsible for what other people do. You're arguing they never are. You're making the blanket statement. And stop pretending they were some little guy in a basement - they were a multimillion dollar corporation based out of Panama.

Aren't you one of those guys that has mocked the McDonald's coffee lawsuit before, claiming McDonald's had no responsibility to serve people a cup of coffee that can't cause first degree burns that require skin grafts?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
11. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 3, 2013, 00:22 Beamer
 
Scud wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 23:20:
Beamer wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 20:58:
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 18:59:
Well if we can't call the MPAA leeches and scumbags I suppose that's only fair. Yeah, gotta be careful who you call a pirate or thief or you'll be dragging the US Gov't into court next.

Seriously though, they're just providing a service. It people choose to use it for illegal purposes that's hardly their fault. If the Mafia uses Microsoft products does that mean MS is in collusion with the mob?


It really depends on the purpose of the service, doesn't it?
If I create HireaHitman.com, a service designed for people to hire hitmen, and charge a listing fee, can I use the "it's just a service, it isn't my fault people choose to use it for illegal means!" argument? What about if someone starts a child pornography subreddit and reddit does nothing to stop it?

At some point you are responsible for how people use the tools you create. Whether this is at that point or not can be debated, but "just providing a service" isn't a blanket defense.

Your argument turns into a straw man when we realize that the site in question is named Hotfile, not something like PirateCopyrightedStuff.com. Your two examples blatantly advertise that the site in question is dedicated to illegal activities (ie contract killers and child pornography)while Hotfile could be anything.

So, you're focusing solely on the name aspect? Why not the rest?

And, frankly, don't say my argument is a straw man if you don't know the meaning of the term. Cutter is saying that someone is never liable for how something they created is used. That is what I'm arguing against - no straw man there. You are arguing that I'm saying hotfile is liable. That's a straw man. I've repeatedly said I'm arguing independent of Hotfile. You're getting into straw man specifics I am not making. I'm simply saying that there are plenty of cases where someone should be, and is, held liable for something they created being used in an illegal manner.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC "Far Superior" to Next-Gen
75. Re: Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC Dec 3, 2013, 00:19 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 23:27:
Beamer wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 11:30:
Seriously, think about how pathetic it is that some of you think the technology from the 1990s will always be here, never adapting, never improving, and you're too damn afraid to even realize that new technology will supplant it and, as it grows, become even better for your uses. You're like the damn Unabomber with your fear of new technology. "WHAT I'M USED TO IS BEST AND EVERYONE SHOULD USE IT AND NOTHING SHOULD EVER CHANGE THE END!"

Yeah you don't over read into things at all. I'm saying there is still plenty of market for the PC, see Steam Concurrent users. The only thing all my friends have in common is a cell phone. From there it is all over the place, with again the Laptop coming in second.
It's trends, and honestly, it's just form factors.
The tablet will be a PC. It isn't now, with a few poor selling exceptions. Give it 5 years and it'll be the norm.

Current form factors are trending down. And yeah, Steam has 7 million concurrent users during a Steam sale. Only 1.5 million are actively in games, the rest just "logged in." Modern Warfare 3 on the Xbox had over 3 million logged in and playing for a few months.

Blurps aren't exactly a way to disprove a trend, and the simple trend is that the desktop form factor is on life support because it offers advantages to too small a group to sustain much life, and laptops are actively dropping away as well.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 2, 2013, 21:22 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 21:02:
So why aren't car and gun makers liable in that case?

If Ford makes a car with sawblades coming out the sides, forward-firing machine guns and the ability to drop bombs and oil slicks, I'm pretty certain we would.

It's a balance of several things:
1) Are there legitimate uses?
2) Are those legitimate uses actually being used, or just token uses?
3) Are the majority of uses illegal?
4) Is the owner of the service doing anything to stop the illegal use?

I'd rather not get into the guns argument here, because that becomes a 2nd amendment argument and recently reregistered trolls will find their way in. Let's just say the 2nd amendment makes it a very different argument.

But, if I get you right, you're arguing that someone can create a service expressly for connecting men with young children with older men interested in paying for sex with young children, advertise it as such, create an easy way for its users to do just that, and if the cops try to shut him down, he can say "hey, I just created a service, it isn't my fault if they use it like that?"

It's an extreme, sure, but I'm not trying to prove Hotfile did anything wrong, I'm trying to prove that people are responsible for how people use what they create in some circumstances.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 2, 2013, 20:58 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 18:59:
Well if we can't call the MPAA leeches and scumbags I suppose that's only fair. Yeah, gotta be careful who you call a pirate or thief or you'll be dragging the US Gov't into court next.

Seriously though, they're just providing a service. It people choose to use it for illegal purposes that's hardly their fault. If the Mafia uses Microsoft products does that mean MS is in collusion with the mob?


It really depends on the purpose of the service, doesn't it?
If I create HireaHitman.com, a service designed for people to hire hitmen, and charge a listing fee, can I use the "it's just a service, it isn't my fault people choose to use it for illegal means!" argument? What about if someone starts a child pornography subreddit and reddit does nothing to stop it?

At some point you are responsible for how people use the tools you create. Whether this is at that point or not can be debated, but "just providing a service" isn't a blanket defense.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Dec 2, 2013, 20:26 Beamer
 
pupsikaso wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 19:23:
Poor guy, he doesn't know what's coming for him. He's going to be rudely awoken from a dream-world that he envisioned AAA game development to be.

He could have been living his dream life if he instead had focused on creating and producing his own games and selling them.

Steady paycheck, millions of people anticipating, large bonuses when those millions preorder, etc., vs no paycheck, knowing that you're one flubbed release away from bankruptcy, having to personally finance your games, etc.

It isn't like creating and producing your own games is lucrative for many, or as rewarding as many make it out to be. It's ridiculously stressful and, like with restaurants, most people fail at it and end up in huge debt.

There are advantages to both sides.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 2, 2013, 18:27 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 18:06:
Beamer wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 16:31:
But you don't have to have someone flying it. Loading cargo is simple to automate (just watch a video of how automated Amazon's FCs are already),

If Amazon is that automated, why do they hire 70000 seasonal workers to deal with Black Friday/Xmas? Also, automating loading onto an RC helicopter? I'm not saying it can't be done, but that'd require some awfully precise locational stuff which would make it prohibitively expensive.

What's automated is the picking from shelves. It's ridiculously automated. There are still other roles that need to be filled. But there wouldn't necessarily be incremental ones for the drones. You put every shipment into a single box type, and the box just slides down a belt and gets lined up with a drone. Pretty easy.

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maintenance is fairly low on an electric RC helicopter, and fueling is just plugging it in or, more likely, having it land on a charging pad.

Plugging it in requires someone to do so. A charging pad would work, but would require pads (obviously) and the rechargeable pad batteries, which are again terribly expensive.

Yup, I think a pad would work, though I guess you could use lasers, preferably on sharks. And yup, it would be costly, but there's already (stupid) talk about how the potential scale of this could jumpstart alternative energies.


These are RC helicopters like that nerdy 13 year old a few houses over flies on weekends.

I work with a guy who flies RC stuff. Jets, helicopters, everything really. I asked him how likely this idea is, and he said that the RC helicopters can't carry shit. He has one in our office that he flies around every now and then when it's quiet (since we're in a closed-off room) and to demonstrate, he took an elastic band, hooked it on the chopper's landing strut, then hung a ballpoint pen from it.

It still flew, but it was struggling.

Admittedly this is a small helicopter, but even the bigger ones have just enough lift capacity to lift their own weight. For Amazon to use RC helicopters, they'd have to have them specifically made to be powerful enough to carry weight, and that would absolutely MURDER battery life/range. With a 10 lb weight these things would fly maybe a few miles and that's it. Unless they add far more batteries, which is expensive, and adds a ton of weight etc etc etc.

Those are toys. Regardless, according to the Bezos interview, what they have now can carry 5lbs (he says 86% of their orders) 10 miles. It's an obvious limitation, but I don't think the biggest (again, we're arguing a huge hypothetical here, I don't think this is a feasible idea, we're just debating where it loses feasibility.)


The issues are more in how you land it (my guess is that it can only do attended deliveries, and the person receiving the shipment has to lay out a target mat for it to land on), how you handle liability (you've got 10lbs or so flying in the air, including the box, what happens when it malfunctions and either falls or drops the box on someone), and how you handle people using these for target practice and getting a mystery shipment out of it.

All of these are issues for which I doubt they have answers.

No doubt. Like I said earlier, I don't see this being something in our lifetimes. But I think a landing pad, maybe with a QR code, is something possible. Would I base a business on it? God no. But it's a concept I think you can work with.


But flying? Automated. Fueling? Automated. Loading? Automated. All that stuff is incredibly easy to solve at this very moment.

I absolutely disagree, especially on the flying part. There's no way they automate the flying part of these things. They will need an RC pilot to fly them.

But in any case, the aforementioned issues will kill this more than the automation part will. And seeing as how the link has been dead for awhile, I'm guessing it was just a joke.

It wasn't a joke, sadly. PR scheme, maybe, but it wasn't an April Fool's joke. The link is still live, Blue just linked to an incorrect one (or one that changed.)
Bezos claims that flying them is easy - just give GPS coords. I don't see why that's not feasible. Just have them take off vertically to a certain altitude and maintain that altitude. The only things they'd need to worry about are birds and each other. They're moving too slowly for birds to hit, and can coordinate amongst each other. Getting them to take off and go from A to B is pretty easy. It's what the hell it does there that you're screwed on.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 2, 2013, 16:31 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 16:22:
Beamer wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 15:40:
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 15:28:
avianflu wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 14:09:
total PR spin but I am impressed that Amazon has the balls to spin something so ridiculous.

Yeah, the cost to do this would be ridiculous, even for deliveries within a 30 mile radius of the shipping hubs. Do they have any idea how many people crew one drone in the military? Pilot, Flight Chief, 3 man ground crew (although I guess they won't need the armament spec, so that's one less.) They'd need to top off fuel after every flight, maintenance, drone replacement when farmer Brown blows one away, etc.

I have to agree, as cool as this would be, it's a total PR stunt.

Military drones are miniature fighter jets.
These are automated RC helicopters.

While I agree it has zero chance of being real, your analogy doesn't exactly work because it's a very, very different product with a very, very different use.

The use doesn't matter so much as the concept is the same. You need to have someone flying it, you need to have a ground crew loading the cargo and refueling it/maintaining it. You need to have a guy in charge of the people flying them. Having them be automated is a nice dream right now, but the tech isn't there.

But you don't have to have someone flying it. Loading cargo is simple to automate (just watch a video of how automated Amazon's FCs are already), maintenance is fairly low on an electric RC helicopter, and fueling is just plugging it in or, more likely, having it land on a charging pad.

These aren't the issues. Again, a military drone is 6 to 18 feet long and requires a runway. These are RC helicopters like that nerdy 13 year old a few houses over flies on weekends.

The issues are more in how you land it (my guess is that it can only do attended deliveries, and the person receiving the shipment has to lay out a target mat for it to land on), how you handle liability (you've got 10lbs or so flying in the air, including the box, what happens when it malfunctions and either falls or drops the box on someone), and how you handle people using these for target practice and getting a mystery shipment out of it.

But flying? Automated. Fueling? Automated. Loading? Automated. All that stuff is incredibly easy to solve at this very moment. And maintenance is nowhere near as complex on this as on a Predator drone. These are simple machines with easily replaceable parts, and not many of them.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 2, 2013, 15:40 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 15:28:
avianflu wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 14:09:
total PR spin but I am impressed that Amazon has the balls to spin something so ridiculous.

Yeah, the cost to do this would be ridiculous, even for deliveries within a 30 mile radius of the shipping hubs. Do they have any idea how many people crew one drone in the military? Pilot, Flight Chief, 3 man ground crew (although I guess they won't need the armament spec, so that's one less.) They'd need to top off fuel after every flight, maintenance, drone replacement when farmer Brown blows one away, etc.

I have to agree, as cool as this would be, it's a total PR stunt.

Military drones are miniature fighter jets.
These are automated RC helicopters.

While I agree it has zero chance of being real, your analogy doesn't exactly work because it's a very, very different product with a very, very different use.
 
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News Comments > Steam Breaks 7M Concurrent Users
16. Re: Steam Breaks 7M Concurrent Users Dec 2, 2013, 14:47 Beamer
 
Raven wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 13:26:
Wow, Steam sale seems to be doing awesome too, despite most of the deals being pretty conservative. Far Cry 3 actually sold out. Never seen that happen before.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/220240/

Thank you. Purchased.

Blood Dragon is apparently $3.74 on Xbox Live right now. I may grab it on that. But I can't wait to play FC3.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 2, 2013, 14:28 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 14:16:
Top searches by category. I'm sure they have no want to show what the actual top searches were.

"Boobs."
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC "Far Superior" to Next-Gen
72. Re: Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 11:36:
Beamer wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 23:16:
Desktop PCs fell off a cliff years ago. They're about dead and not coming back. How many Black Friday deals were for desktop PCs? Not many. Why? No one wants them. No one wants to dedicate a corner of their apartment or home for a big machine that can't go anywhere.

There is no doubt some truths to what you say but there is a huge part missing here. It doesn't have to be the hottest device to have a real market. Did you see a lot of different consoles out there? I saw 6, I saw more desktop models at BB than I did consoles, I guess that means they are more popular? No. But even the desktops they are selling at BB aren't gaming units, some could be converted decently with an additional video card, but most shouldn't be.

How well does new egg, tiger, amazon and the rest do in selling cases and mother boards? How do these get counted in?

I can go over to a lot of friends houses and not find a console either. In fact I'll say I could go over to my friends house and sometimes see and sometimes not see the following: Desktop, Laptop, Tablet or Console. The only thing they all have is a cell phone. I would say #2 is a laptop. But anyone that doesn't have a gaming pc or a console isn't a gamer to anywhere near our level, they are fashionable gamers. So one could say any dedicated gaming device is dying, because it's not the norm vs something else more popular I suppose.

The point is hot rods aren't the norm, there are still millions of enthusiasts and there are markets to make money in. And then that is your country, there are other countries, some stronger in using pc's and some still growing.

None of this matters to the fact that PC's are stronger in moving pixels around your screen better than a console. If people choose to use it or not is their choice, doesn't change that fact. And with Steam box, perhaps there is a bit of a change coming. But no matter... it won't be as strong as cell phone sales, so it must be a failure.

1.5 million Android phones are activated each day. WHY DO WE EVEN TALK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE?

I'm not understanding you.
No one is saying anything about models. I'm talking deals. Black Friday is when merchants put things on sale that people want. No one put desktops on sale. Do you know why? Putting a desktop on sale won't get anyone to come to the store because not enough people want desktops.

Yes, Amazon, Tiger, Newegg, etc., sell motherboards. And a lot more. Notice that Newegg and Tiger do daily deals now, Newegg often even selling apparel. Why? Because sales of things like motherboards are dwindling. You're openly calling it niche. Niche does not sustain a business like Newegg. Niche is declining sales. Niche is why, when NVIDIA goes to CES, they only discuss their mobile developments. No lie, in 2012 they did not mention the PC. In 2009, it was all the mentioned. Why?

Because PC sales are dwindling. Axis can block me if he'd like, but that Forbes article I linked to gives hard numbers - year over year it's falling like a rock.

Yes, there are things PCs do better than tablets, but so what? People already HAVE their laptops (and not desktops, which were destroyed by laptops 5 years ago.) They sit in the corner, gathering dust until something comes up that they are needed for. Most people use computers at home primarily for consumption, though, and use devices designed solely for consumption.

You final point about cellphones makes you hard to argue with. You're confusing so many different points and arguments together that you're incoherent. Here, I'll break it down for you in numbers:

1) Desktop PC sales have been falling rapidly since 2005. They were supplanted by laptops
2) Laptop PC sales have been falling rapidly since 2011. They were supplanted by tablets
3) Most users don't do any kind of power use, at least not often, so tablets fit their needs for the vast majority of their usage time, and since they can use them while relaxing on the couch, they prefer them
4) The amount of "power" needed for power usage is also falling, so whereas people used to replace their PCs every 3 years or less, people are now keeping them around much longer, which also leads to far fewer sales
5) The amount of people with enough power in their systems to do any kind of PC gaming is falling rapidly
6) Consoles, while weak, are still more powerful than most systems you can spec out at Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc., which is where most people still buy their systems
7) Tablets are rapidly gaining in power, with Apple rumored to be working on their own version of the Surface Pro - a full fledged laptop in a tablet form factor. Just connect it to a docking station with a monitor, keyboard and mouse and it's a desktop. Connect it to a keyboard and it's a laptop
8) NVIDIA and AMD repeatedly show that PC components are less and less a key part of their business as they shift R&D and revenue to other areas


I'm sure if we go back 40 years people will have said "man, you're dumb. My terminal can do infinitely more than these 'PCs' IBM is building. Why the heck are they even bothering when their server business is so robust?" Those people were unable to look at trends and only looked at the current state. Yes, today, PCs can be more powerful. In actuality, most PCs sold can't do nearly the graphics consoles can do. In actuality, tablets can do most of what PCs are used for just fine. And they're rapidly growing in power and ability.

The desktop sitting in the corner of the room, with a room dedicated to computing, is going to be as obsolete a concept as having a computer the size of a refrigerator. It's sad that so many people here claim to be huge tech people but can't see this. It's sad that so many people here are terrified of a form factor. It's sad that, rather than getting excited about what the future may hold, and rather than come up with ideas about how tablets can adapt to fit your needs and desires, you sit around claiming that nothing will ever change and the model that took hold in the damn 1990s will hold true for the remainder of your lives.

Seriously, think about how pathetic it is that some of you think the technology from the 1990s will always be here, never adapting, never improving, and you're too damn afraid to even realize that new technology will supplant it and, as it grows, become even better for your uses. You're like the damn Unabomber with your fear of new technology. "WHAT I'M USED TO IS BEST AND EVERYONE SHOULD USE IT AND NOTHING SHOULD EVER CHANGE THE END!"
 
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71. Re: Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC Dec 2, 2013, 11:16 Beamer
 
BitWraith wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 10:18:
Tablets are mobile internet machines and nothing more. They're not as useful as phones (which, oddly enough, function as phones AND tablets), and they're not as versatile as laptops.

I have 2 tablets (one I inherited), and neither is particularly useful for anything except playing crappy games, and surfing the internet. Contrary to marketing, I challenge anyone to do actual work on a tablet.

Yeah, which is why enterprise isn't replacing laptops, but how much work does the average computer user do at home? Hell, even banking is easier on mobile/tablets. I can deposit checks via my smartphone. I can't do that via my PC.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC "Far Superior" to Next-Gen
40. Re: Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC Nov 30, 2013, 23:16 Beamer
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 20:48:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 14:15:
Steele Johnson wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 13:53:
Most homes don't even have a pc anymore.

Way to talk out of your ass there, Johnson. The US Census reported in 2011 (latest year data is available) that 75.6% of households have at least one personal computer. If you're purporting that more than 1/3 of those households have gotten rid of it in favor of a tablet or some junk within the past two years, I might have to ask what exactly it is that you're smoking...

That's bullsh!t. I don't need some crap census. I can easily look around for myself. Every family member, every friend I have, every co-worker has ditched pc in favor of some sort of phone/tablet as their main computer within the past few years. Are you really saying that people rather go sit at some desk somwhere to read their email/peruse the web when they can easily carry it in their pocket or have on their endtable and use it while lying down in bed or on the sofa? I appreciate your support for the pc , but you are way wrong. If that census is true then the people interviewed are talking about their old laptop/desktop that's collecting dust while they're carring around their main computer in their pocket.

People are telling you that your anecdotal evidence is bullshit, but that doesn't mean you're not properly calling a trend.

Desktop PCs fell off a cliff years ago. They're about dead and not coming back. How many Black Friday deals were for desktop PCs? Not many. Why? No one wants them. No one wants to dedicate a corner of their apartment or home for a big machine that can't go anywhere.

They were largely replaced by laptops, because people want the ability to go anywhere, and while laptops lag behind as far as gaming goes, that's the only area they suffer.

And yes, tablet sales have outpaced laptops, too. But that doesn't mean people are throwing their laptops out, it means people do more and more of their stuff on tablets. More than a handful of websites brag that their sales are over 50% mobile. But there are still things people won't use their tablets for.

Frankly, until a true tablet/pc combo hits big, something like the Surface Pro but with strong sales, people will rock both. It's startling to me how much browsing I do on my phone - when I wake up in the morning I'll spend 20 minutes in bed surfing on my phone, even though my laptop is 25 feet away and my desktop 50 feet away.
But we're not at the point where tablets are definitive substitutes - they're more complimentary products. And while desktop and laptop sales are falling rapidly, while tablet sales skyrocket, it's also because nothing is going obsolete. Your 5 year old PC now runs nearly anything, even many games if you care (and, again, the average consumer doesn't.) People aren't replacing them. But they're still using them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 27, 2013, 14:03 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Nov 27, 2013, 09:15:
7 items most prized by computer collectors.

#8, a voodoo card.


Only if it's a Canopus.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 26, 2013, 20:12 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 18:03:
I don't think it's a grand plot, Beam. But it's obvious that the town has profited from it's reputation, and with little else going for it, they're being friendly toward plaintiffs. People aren't stupid. They're enjoying the money and the attention. It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out how to keep that going, and they're their 2nd decade of doing so.

Your own article mentions that the vast majority of Marshall citizens have no clue this goes on and that there's no real proof that the money trickles into the economy.

What is true is that there are only 2 judges, and 1 of them can't sit on many cases. Neither of them like summary judgments, so they tend to let almost everything go to juries. And the town has only about 20% of citizens with a college degree, so they're uneducated - sitting in one place for hours paying attention to one thing, without moving, isn't really the strong point for most of their citizens. Lastly, Marshall is pretty much a 7.5 hour trip from anywhere most attorneys reside, greatly increasing the cost of defense - an estimated $10k per trip per attorney.

It isn't average citizens sitting around thinking about screwing everyone else over, it's sketchy attorneys finding a place where most things work in their favor. Combine predictable judge draws with a lack of summary judgments with an uneducated and easily confused population with a huge cost of running a trial for outsiders and you have a really nice incentive to settle.
 
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