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Signed On Nov 26, 2003, 02:14
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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
15. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 11, 2014, 14:58 wtf_man
 
He still should have spent WITHIN his means, even if he expanded the game some, due to getting extra funds.

WTF is wrong with you people??? Spending beyond your means is NOT OK. It is why the world's economy is so fucked up. There is a huge difference between getting a little credit and spending way over your head. It is called being responsible and accountable.

He asked for 400k... got 3.3 Million, and ran out of money with a game not even half finished.

That's being responsible???

No, it's scope bloat (way beyond what we graciously overfunded) and reckless spending. I lost a ton of respect for Tim because of this.

/shrug

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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
13. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 11, 2014, 12:13 wtf_man
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 01:01:
You simply don't know what you're talking about if you think they blew "the whole wad on bullshit" and that there is "zero justification for running out of cash".

"but I'll never back one of his mis-managed projects ever again"
You backed this one? Then why are you so misinformed?

He got over 8x what he asked for, and still ran out of money.

That is total mis-management... cut and dry.

I signed up for a little 400k adventure game that his existing team could develop in 6 months. I did NOT sign up for some epic AAA adventure game where he goes off and hires people from all over the country, like bagel, and overspends to the point of the game not even being half done, and runs out of money. There is no misinformation nor justification for it.

The fiscal trust is broken. Period.

He should have made what he could out of the money he was given and the team he had... and then tried for a bigger kickstarter campaign to make a bigger game... and I would have backed that.
 
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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
7. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 10, 2014, 22:37 wtf_man
 
nin wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 16:12:
wtf_man wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 15:31:
... and only a year and 3 months late for half the game!


Let us know when you game is done! Clocks tickin...


If I were making a game... I sure as fuck would follow through with my promises, instead of blowing the whole wad on bullshit and not even having half a game done. Especially if I got over 8x the amount of money that I asked for. There is zero justification for running out of cash and not even getting half the game done.

/shrug

Don't get me wrong... I respect Tim's earlier work, but I'll never back one of his mis-managed projects ever again.

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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
1. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 10, 2014, 15:31 wtf_man
 
... and only a year and 3 months late for half the game!

 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
14. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 9, 2014, 09:41 wtf_man
 
For early adopters the PS4 has better hardware, is more consumer friendly (no paywall to use non gaming apps like netflix), is $100 less expensive, and has no forced spy-cam. You also have things like PS3 games getting streamed in the near future, etc.

It SHOULD be a no-brainer for most folks.

Then you have the early adopter folks that actually like the spy-cam / voice remote control and are willing to put up with the paywall, the extra price for the camera, and the less capable hardware... Freak ... ok, whatever. LOL

Bottom line is that it will really boil down to the exclusives in the longrun, that is if there are any real "killer ones". The fact that most AAA games will be on both consoles, makes that a difficult carrot to dangle in front of gamers.

So, we'll see what happens after 3 years or so.
 
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News Comments > Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Revealed
11. Re: Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Revealed Jan 5, 2014, 10:46 wtf_man
 
It will be interesting to see if he can redeem himself from his previous disaster of running Sigil / Doping it up / Producing the utter shit release of Vanguard.

I'm skeptical. Forced grouping is pretty much dead, and he won't let that go. At the same time... he does have a great talent for making immersive worlds.

His chances at producing a success are slim... but we'll just have to see.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 2, 2014, 20:37 wtf_man
 
Task wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 16:24:
I assume if you handle security and enterprise patching, are you a System Admin? I've been trying to get my foot in the door for Analyst/Sys Admin in IT. I assume gaining certifications is handy?

We're big enough to have our own security section, so that is my primary focus, even though I'm still in the "systems section"... most of my other colleagues in our group are server and sans guys. then we have complete different sections for networking, desktop support, and application development. I manage all of our security products, and handle group policy, software deployments, handle tier 3 support, and develop powershell scripts for many of my duties.

I have certs, but most are expired. Basic certs do help your application / resume to be picked for an interview, however, as Creston said... experience is sought after more. There is a huge difference between classroom study and real life.

Advanced certs don't help much getting in the door unless someone is looking for a specialist. They do help for promotion, though.

The best way to get your foot in the door is to get on a help desk or PC tech in a medium sized enterprise. If you show that you know your stuff (Especially as a good troubleshooter / problem solver)... you should climb the ladder rather quickly (depending on positions available). Believe it or not... those two positions are the best to learn the infrastructure of the company, before moving up to something more prestigious and challenging.

Creston wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 18:16:
2 things about that

1) People who let their kids on their work PC should summarily be fired.
2) The reason that kind of shit gets past "enterprise AV" products is because 99% of the enterprises go for Symantec or McAfee, and both of them are beyond terrible. But the dipshit in every IT department who is in charge of such purchasing decisions (note, this is never someone who actually knows a single thing about security), knows the names McAfee and Symantec, ergo, Latin, they must be good.

I didn't exactly mean people let their kids on work PCs... I was trying to illustrate how easy it is for a fully patched modern os WITH AV can still get infected.

Enterprise AV endpoint products aren't any better than home ones, other than the benefit of central management. That said we don't run either Symantec nor McAfee.

Enterprise endpoint software is just another layer, like patching and 3rd party patching (Flash, Adobe Reader, Java, etc.).

I was referring more to a lot more layers that you find in a large enough enterprise... Next Generation Firewalls (Sonicwall, Palo Alto Networks, Juniper, etc.), Virtual Machine scanning honey pots to detect and block zero day malware on the fly (Fireeye), Internet Content Filtering (Barracuda, M86, iPrism, etc.), Geo-IP Blocking, Spam filter with av support (Barracuda), Elevated rights restricted by process, not user (Powerbroker for Windows), Instant machine state change remediation (Triumfant Resolution Manager), separating admin workstations off on their own administrative vlan vs. what regular workstations can access, 3 tier zones for servers facing the internet where the mid tier communicates through proxy on one port between the internal network and the DMZ, Monitoring all logs and alerting on anomalies with data analytics (SPLUNK), etc. etc. etc.

I could keep going. My point was... Home and Soho Windows 7 that is up to date and has an endpoint AV product... ain't all that secure.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 2, 2014, 15:55 wtf_man
 
Creston wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 12:29:
Nah, it's enterprises finally migrating from XP to 7 because XP's support ends in 3 months.

We have around 30 XP machines left out of 1600+, so we'll be fully on 7 long before the April deadline.

8 and 8.1 aren't an option. At least not until we upgrade all of our domain controllers to get the group policies. And even then... A full menu'd 8.2 or 9 would be the next potential upgrade candidate... since we aren't 100% on 7 yet.

Since I deal with security and enterprise patching... patching is only 1 layer of security. If you don't have several other enterprise grade products and appliances... your still screwed. Especially when the kids still infect your home windows 7 machine with the latest fake AV from just surfing, and it got past whatever current AV product you have on the machine, and up to date patching.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com on DRM and Money-Back Guarantees
9. Re: GOG.com on DRM and Money-Back Guarantees Jan 1, 2014, 17:04 wtf_man
 
Another great example comes from our recent launch of our 30-day, money-back guarantee where, if a game bought on GOG.com ends up not working despite what we can do to help you, we'll refund you your money.

That's a great step in the right direction.

I'd like to see like a 1 hour demo of games... like Gaikai or similar service before you buy the game. Doing that on Gaikai actually got me to buy Saints Row the 3rd (I wasn't familiar with the franchise at the time... and swinging purple dildos, from screenshots in reviews, didn't exactly grab me).

That said, I have bought several games and found out I didn't like them... usually it had to do with controls or perspectives I just can't get used to. I try to do my homework before a game purchase, but sometimes I fuck up and impulse buy on a sale. Granted I didn't lose much money... but if I figure out within the first bit of the game that I don't like it... I'd rather not have wasted any cash on it at all.

This goes for all digital outlets... not just GOG.
 
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News Comments > Boxing Day Consolidation
4. Re: Boxing Day Consolidation Dec 26, 2013, 13:41 wtf_man
 
OT: Hey nin... that link in your sig is pretty cool. I had never seen one of their shows before.  
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Consolidation
8. Re: Christmas Eve Consolidation Dec 24, 2013, 17:28 wtf_man
 
Yeah... I'll get one of these XIM4's when they come out.

I still struggle with the fricken controller. I never liked them before, and I just don't think there is any "getting used to it" for an old fart like me, now that I have a PS4.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $35 Million
16. Re: Star Citizen Passes $35 Million Dec 23, 2013, 12:36 wtf_man
 
Well... It looks I should get my $20 worth for backing this.

I consider "backing" and "dumping cash" to be two different things...

My $20 was a vote... "Yeah, I'd like to see a new Wing Commander Game"
Folks spending hundreds or thousands on ships in a game that doesn't even exist yet... well... I hope you get your money's worth. Heh.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
1. Re: Sunday Mobilization Dec 22, 2013, 12:16 wtf_man
 
Well... I guess I can finally update my IOS devices.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 12, 2013, 15:30 wtf_man
 
garrywong wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 12:13:
Why does it matter which one is 'ahead' ?

Well it doesn't for the most part... folks are gonna buy what they want... However, a few reasons I can think of...

~ Developers will likely not be ignoring the console that has a larger install base.

~ It might get MS to reverse their stance on having shit like Netfix behind a paywall.

~ It might get MS to come out with an XBone version without the spycam.

/shrug
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 12, 2013, 09:30 wtf_man
 
I agree with the folks that say the Xbone will be about equal sales here in the US... but will be outsold by quite a big margin in the rest of the world.

Unfortunatly, we have a lot of dumb-asses in this country.
(Ok that was a bit o PS4 fanbloism... so sue me! )
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 12, 2013, 09:27 wtf_man
 
The article on Ballmer is probably spot on. Especially the quote from one of Steve Jobs last interviews, at the end.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 11, 2013, 09:57 wtf_man
 
Windows 7 given a reprieve of sorts to extend OEM sales

Microsoft may finally bring back full Start menu with Windows 8.2

Thurrott also says that the new version of Windows will allow for Metro apps to run as floating windows on the desktop screen, something that users can only do right now if they’ve installed third-party applications such as ModernMix.

Oh FFS... just put the Windows 7 UI on the "under the hood" improvements of 8.x and make Metro fucking COMPLETELY optional for Desktop users, already.

This piecemeal back-tracking isn't doing them any good.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Dec 11, 2013, 09:52 wtf_man
 
Looked at their video on their site... it's a side-scroller with a cloud of damage numbers and words that say "critical" as you fight.

/ROFL

Uh... no thanks.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 5, 2013, 09:35 wtf_man
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 09:25:
I will miss the blockbuster shows that simply wont get made anymore. Things like "Rome", "Game of Thrones" etc. etc. etc...

Sure they will. It's just going to evolve to a website with embedded commercials.

For example... I still watch Muscle Car and Horse Power. Usually you'd have to have cable or satellite with the Spike TV channel. But I can go to PowerblockTV.com (the producers of the shows) and watch the episodes there, since they aren't on Netflix. They are not as new as what was broadcast... about a month behind... and the commercials are embedded in the video... can't avoid them with a blocker (mostly)... and there are far less commercials than what was broadcast. (Each show is 18 minutes instead of 30... which shows how much commercials are on broadcast TV).

Anyway... my point is... that is probably going to be the future model for funding shows.

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Verno wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 09:33:
Sports is the hardest thing to replace when cord cutting and really once that wall is busted cable TV is in deep shit.

Live streams are already available via a web browser. Probably Apps on set top boxes and consoles will coming, obviously embedding the commercials as well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 5, 2013, 09:24 wtf_man
 
I've been cord cut since 2007 when the first roku boxes were available.

$70 a month satellite bill with 60 channels of utter garbage that are mostly commercials, or $9 a month Netfix, no commercials, watch what I want when I want?

It was a no brainer choice for me. My Internet bill had to be paid anyway... so I didn't count that in the cost.

After getting the PS4, we may expand to use Amazon as well... but we want to get our queue whittled down some first.
 
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