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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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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
28. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 26, 2013, 17:40 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 17:38:
The Xbox 360 had a shit disc drive. Always has, and still does even in the newest model. And drive that scratches a ring into a DVD if it is bumped during operation is shit. 360s do this CONSTANTLY.

Not shocking that MS cheaped out on the drive again and is again experiencing issues. But hey, for the extra $100 over PS4 what did you expect? Xbox fanboys can always justify the fucked up flaws in the system. At this point, as a ration human being, I am dumbfounded that anybody would still be playing on the Xbox anything. I have customers that have burned through 6 to 8 of them. That's like ONE A YEAR. And yet we sell at least 2x more 360 games than PS3. I'd say about 1/4 of the new 360 games we sell come back within a month for disc repair because someone jumped too hard or bumped the system and BZZZZZZZZZZZ disc burn!

And I hear "Well, the Playstation online sucks!" Uh huh. "Yellow light of death!" Riiiiiight, what was the percentage of YLOD PS3 compared to the percentage of RROD Xboxs?

The worst thing about the PS3 was that it launched at a price too high for the economy. Which only happened because they listened to all the whiners who "needed" backwards compatibility but then refused to pony up for it.

Yup, the 360 had some serious drive issues at launch.

But, again, I say anyone throwing "fanboy" around probably needs to consider his own bias. It's getting really tiring to see men in their 30s and 40s on this site going "All the fanboys are wrong, here is why the platform I like better rules and their sucks!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 26, 2013, 17:28 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 16:58:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 14:25:
Creston wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 11:36:
Well, that's a jury that's gotten its palms greased.

Mind you, it's not explicit. The jurors know that to keep all those rich corporations and lawyers coming back to their town and spending all that money, they need to keep returning verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs.

That doesn't make any sense. These corps have a lot more money than patent trolls. If that were the case the corps would be winning the cases, not the trolls. The reason the trolls are winning is because the lawyers they use from there are connected to judges by blood - there's at least one judge and lawyer who are father and son. And oddly enough there's never any mention of conflict of interest.

Because you're a bit wrong.

The district has two judges that can hear these types of cases. One judge is the father of a patent troll attorney. Therefore, that company never appears before that judge. Is the other judge biased due to this? It's possible, but nowhere near as likely as people seem to make it out to be. I don't know how it works in backwater Texas, but judges tend to be very concerned with appearing impartial, and judges very often don't much care for the other judges they work with.

Regardless, there is absolutely nothing in this case that points to the judge doing anything incorrect. If the judge showed any favoritism that would influence a jury, you can be certain that the opposing attorney would be aware and object. No one is making that claim.

But hey, conspiracy theories are fun! Judges intentionally use a vulan mind meld to convince juries to side with other judges' kids' stupid cases!
The average juror is smart enough to know what companies are local and purposefully swing cases in their favor!

Bullshit all around.

Do you know what's more likely?
1) These cases are decided on law, not morals. The patent system sucks, but is supported by the law. Until the law is changed, these patents will continue to win, because they have legal grounds to win
2) A trial court is a place to apply law, not change or even interpret law, so winning something like this, when the law is on the other side, is extremely unlikely at a trial level
3) The average jury is stupid. Not all-knowing and plotting against non-local companies, but stupid. And the average patent troll lawsuit is immensely complex. Your jury has some people on it with a high school degree, maybe a drop out or two, even. Do you think they can sit there and hear endless intricate discussions of 1960s cryptography innovations and actually pay attention, understand, and care? Do you think they understand or care about the patent system? No. No they do not. And it's easy for an attorney to overcomplicate this to make it impossible for them to understand. Do you know what juries do when they don't understand something? They split the difference. Notice that the trolls got exactly 50% of what they were asking? That's a basic way for a jury to admit it had no clue what the hell was going on so it just cut down the middle
4) The trolls also did a great job discrediting the key witnesses, and Newegg's attorneys totally bungled only bringing in experts on cryptography and resting long before anyone thought was intelligent



Is this some grand plot by jurors? Of course not, that's one of the dumbest things I've read here.
Is this some grand plot by a judge to help the son of another judge? Far less ludicrous an idea, but still way too complicated and unlikely.
Is this just a case of shitbags being completely "correct" under shitty law and, even if there's room for error, a case being too technical and complicated for a jury to properly follow, so the jury just throws out something that they feel has no true winner or loser so that they can get back to their real life, stop having to be bored out of their brains for days at a time, and sleep at night knowing they probably didn't make the best choice but also didn't make the worst choice and probably just punted the question and kept the status quo? Probably.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
25. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 26, 2013, 16:50 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 16:34:
Apparently my belief that folks here would actually want to talk about this stuff was wrong. My bad. Forget I said anything. To me, this is the kind of thing that changes my position regarding when to buy...and both consoles seem to be suffering from bumps in the launch road. I'll keep it to myself next time.

OR if you prefer...

Dratz! My super secret plan to unnecessarily smear the prestine reputation of the glorious XBONE has been discovered! I have been planning this for years...and the dastardly Half Elf has discovered me! I will get my revenge! *escapes in a cloud of smoke*

Yup, that's the reasonable response to people finding some holes in your "so, I was hanging around an unreliable retail company for a while, talking with their minimum wage staff, and they had this to say!" anecdote.

Of course there are some flaws in the manufacturing of each of these. Of course being an early adopter isn't the wisest decision. I don't get why people think it will be flawless. Growing up, my Dad always had the policy to never buy a car the first year because none of the flaws had been worked out. It's somewhat true for basically anything that runs off of an assembly line. Both these consoles seem to be having far greater than expected issues, but issues are still to be expected.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 26, 2013, 15:04 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 14:25:
Creston wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 11:36:
Well, that's a jury that's gotten its palms greased.

Mind you, it's not explicit. The jurors know that to keep all those rich corporations and lawyers coming back to their town and spending all that money, they need to keep returning verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs.

There are so many logical errors in this statement that I don't even know where to start.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 25, 2013, 18:48 Beamer
 
Ray Marden wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 18:39:
We had a pathetic and surreal moment yesterday - my wife was playing AC:BF on the PS4 and I was playing Super Mario 3D World on the (shut up ) Wii U gamepad.
I got the Zelda bundle. My first two and last two games???
I actually like the Vita hardware, but never found myself playing games outside of our apartment. However, a remote play PS4 screen seems far more interesting, especially considering the upcoming Black Friday sales...

Thinking there is no greater joy than a cat suit and tanooki suit backup ,
Ray

For a multi-user house, both of these options sound great. SM3DW looks incredible (at least with 2-4 people), and the Vita looks much, much better these days, with that awesome PS4 link ability.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
20. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 25, 2013, 18:16 Beamer
 
Panickd wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 16:32:
MDB wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 12:30:
I'm always happy to see Twitch being vigilant towards keeping their content appropriate. It's frustrating when the ex/wannabe porn stars show up looking for a free alternative to Streamate.

No problem with boobs at all, but this isn't the place for it.

In an age when free porn of any type imaginable is available at the click of a mouse I have a hard time fathoming why someone would watch this stuff on Twitch let alone why anyone would stream it. But then the XBox 360 version of UNO is known to be rife with amateur nudity these days too so what the hell do I know.

Why stream it? Cheap thrills.
Why watch it? I dunno, I guess some people are really into super-amateur. I get that far less than why people stream.

And Uno is the new chat roulette, eh? Gross.
 
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News Comments > Amazon Sales All Week
13. Re: Amazon Sales All Week Nov 25, 2013, 13:52 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 13:48:
and it may be finally time to get The Last of Us, if it's below the 9.99 mark.

I'd be shocked if it got that low. I'm guessing $29.99-$39.99, and even then I wouldn't hold my breath.


I'd guess $29.99, but yeah, absolutely no chance at being less than that.
Still, this will make me purchase it and find time. It's been at the top of my list for a while, but a friend convinced me to pick up Ghosts with him. As a guy that defended MW3 online, and put 10 days into it, I can say Ghosts is a huge step backwards in quality.


edit - looks like it's never been lower than $44.99, so maybe $39.99 is 100% accurate.
 
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News Comments > FIFA Manager Series Cancelled
4. Re: FIFA Manager Series Cancelled Nov 25, 2013, 12:16 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 11:50:
Verno wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 11:02:
NBA Live 14 is comically bad compared to NBA2k14. I don't even particularly like NBA2k14, its frustratingly difficult and heavy on the simulation side but I can at least appreciate it's a great game for the franchise player or hardcore fan. NBA Live 14 is good for no one which is inexcusable after its multi-year absence where they were supposedly improving on it.

I know right? NBA Live 10 is better than 14 in just about every way. It's like they tried to make a terrible game. I am accustomed to EA underwhelming me with a sports franchise entry, like Madden or FIFA. I mean the only series they make that is consistently better than the previous year's entry is NHL...which also happens to be the best sports game series in the industry IMO. This (NBA Live 14) however is a whole different thing. This isn't just underwhelming, this is laughably bad in just about every category.

EA clearly didn't put resources into NBA Live. How many have we had since 2008 (meaning 2009 version)? 3 now?

They haven't been constantly updating it, but seems like they put as much time into updating as they would a yearly release, so it's halfassed crap.
 
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News Comments > Bully Sequel TMed
7. Re: Bully Sequel TMed Nov 25, 2013, 12:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 11:48:
Yeah, I don't think many people are clamoring for a game about Jack Marston...

Did anyone ever keep playing with him after spoiler john dies?

I would only ever go after that FBI fucknozzle with him, and then stop.


Yeah, everyone hated Jack. John was awesome.
So, we'd possibly get John when he was a villain, but probably get another character as awesome as John. Considering the voice actor of John is retired, and it'd be hard to get people into him when he's a villain, I'd guess the latter.
 
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News Comments > John Carmack Leaves id Software
89. Re: John Carmack Leaves id Software Nov 25, 2013, 02:26 Beamer
 
Jensen wrote on Nov 24, 2013, 04:15:
The last 3 id tech engines seem more like tech demos than well-rounded general purpose engines.
id Tech 3 : curved surfaces
id Tech 4 : unified lighting
id Tech 5 : Virtual Texturing (MegaTexture)

Rage has virtually no physics in it. I punch a skull attached to a rope and it makes a "thwump" sound and produces a small cloud of dust, but stays stationary. Even traffic cones won't budge. There's no HDR, which can be quite important for games with mixed indoors and outdoors.

John definitely got interested in different challenges. And they never hired a proper tools guy to support him, so UE3 took over. UE3 is a much better general purpose engine, with much better tools. For id tech 4, they definitely prioritized lighting over anything else, and while the lighting was cool, it was too soon for PCs to really handle, and the game they decided to build around it was no fun at all.

But a proper game designer and producer would have worked with John to create the right engine for the right game. Instead they never had the right design teams.
Anyone blaming Carmack for that forgets how, when Carmack tried to involve himself in game design, Paul Steed got fired. Carmack was the tech brains behind id, but he wasn't the one in charge (again, as the Steed firing proves.)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
92. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2013, 19:44 Beamer
 
Sorry to hear it, Blue. The adventures of Hudson are something we've all enjoyed hearing about here, for much of the site.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Nov 24, 2013, 15:40 Beamer
 
Dirwulf wrote on Nov 24, 2013, 14:50:
JohnBirshire wrote on Nov 24, 2013, 14:39:
People who thinks PC games are "Free to Play" are casuals at best. You might be able to demo or sample a lot of the game, but if you want to do anything endgame related, you better start paying up.

Put down the crack pipe. Zero of my PC games require purchases to finish. Either you suck at gaming or you are buying the wrong games. What the heck are you playing anyway that you need to pay to finish?

Maybe you are referring specifically to free to play MMO's?

Nearly all of your PC games require purchases to finish. You make that purchase once, up front, but you still made a purchase.
 
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News Comments > John Carmack Leaves id Software
85. Re: John Carmack Leaves id Software Nov 23, 2013, 22:26 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 17:42:
Beamer wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 16:45:
You may as well be arguing, with absolute certainty, about what Julius Caesar dreamed about on the 50th night after his 20th birthday.

Pussy. And wine.

Guaranteed.

Dammit, you're probably right and you just ruined everything!
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
54. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 23, 2013, 22:26 Beamer
 
It would be nice if people here responded to what people here said rather than what some vague group of "fanboys" said.

It's amazing how often someone spews stupid rhetoric (not saying anyone in this thread did) only to respond with "well, I'm just countering the fanboys!"

Too often it's someone not acknowledging that the entire conversation makes them as ridiculous as what they are railing against.
 
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News Comments > John Carmack Leaves id Software
80. Re: John Carmack Leaves id Software Nov 23, 2013, 16:45 Beamer
 
Suppa7 wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 16:25:
Beamer wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 15:00:
carmack made great engines. Id didn't always have people to turn them into great games

And who's fault is it they didn't have the people to make them into great games? Carmack and other co-founders of iD software were there to vet hiring decisions. Id softwares decline had a lot to do with the top dogs there, lets not say that it didn't. Carmack and id as a whole became out of touch with gaming. They had multiple games to get their act together. If you played rage it feels like the people behind it hadn't played games in the last 10 years.

Carmack wasn't the one hiring people.
His job was creating engines. Jesus. Stop shoving tons of blame on him for things he wasn't a decision-maker in.

"In level 15 a cacodemon jumped out of a closet that an imp should have jumped out of. Clearly Carmack had no clue what he was doing."

It saddens me to see people with such firm opinions about things they clearly do not understand and have zero insight into. You may as well be arguing, with absolute certainty, about what Julius Caesar dreamed about on the 50th night after his 20th birthday.
 
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News Comments > John Carmack Leaves id Software
76. Re: John Carmack Leaves id Software Nov 23, 2013, 15:00 Beamer
 
Its always weird to see a handful of people here claiming to be big gamers but absolutely ignorant to how they get made.

carmack made great engines. Id didn't always have people to turn them into great games but people here blaming him or saying he is "personally" responsible are just idiots.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
36. Re: Op Ed Nov 22, 2013, 18:05 Beamer
 
Simon Says wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 18:00:
Fantaz wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 17:22:
It does seem like Xbox One has the better exclusive launch titles. Forza is one that stands out.

You call that a good launch title? How low has expectations got nowadays?

I remember the N64 being said to have a weak launch lineup, with Mario 64, Starfox and the likes. All things we had never seen before and were not only evolutionary but revolutionary.

And now, all you need is step up a number on a 10 year old serie and it's just OMFG AMAZING!

Damn... :/

PC gaming isn't dying... Console gaming is, simply through a lack taking risks and actually getting something out that could revolutionize, or even evolutionize, rather than just playing it totally safe with an incremental serie +1 title.

1) Launch games almost always suck
2) You're wrong, anyway. The N64 launched with Mario 64 and Pilotwings. That's it. Nothing else. Starfox was years later, and no "and the likes." 2 games. One great game, one ok game, but just two to choose from

None of these games are worth buying a system for.
 
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News Comments > RAGE Free Weekend
45. Re: RAGE Free Weekend Nov 22, 2013, 17:55 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 17:43:
Mad Max RW wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 17:08:
In related news John Carmack finally left id software.

Maybe that's for the best. Although I admire his 3D engine programing, at least up to the megatextures of RAGE, I think he always held id back gameplay wise, because he didn't really care much about the games other than from a technical view point...

Well, I mean, he was the technical director, not a game designer. He had nothing to do with game development. He made the tools, other people used them to make games.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2013, 16:22 Beamer
 
I'm sure we'll get the news item to comment on soon, but whoa - id is basically finished.  
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