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Signed On Oct 9, 2004, 08:44
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
41. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 14:06 jdreyer
 
Axis wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 08:44:
Beamer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 00:35:

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

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

Care to extrapolate? Without specific examples it's hard to know why you think this, and easy to dismiss it as simple ad hominem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
38. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 13:58 jdreyer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 23:39:

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

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

Are there bad teachers and corrupt officials and waste? Sure, but no more so than any other industry. And unlike private corporations, there's much transparency on DOE budgets, so these abuses can be ferreted out.
 
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because "It Sells"
23. Re: GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because Jul 17, 2014, 13:40 jdreyer
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 09:24:
All of the cars and tracks are unlocked from minute one. The only thing XP does is allow for very minor upgrades to existing vehicles. I have no problem with this.

That might be the case for Grid Autosport, but not Grid 2. In the latter game, there are cars on screen to select for a race that when you click on them, you're directed to a purchase page. It's the worst. That's a full priced game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 17, 2014, 01:13 jdreyer
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 20:29:
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 20:10:
Fion wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 19:27:
Am I the only one that finds it odd that console players are clamoring to pay $60 - $90 to buy games they've already played because someone slapped a 'next gen' sticker on them?

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

Or all the people that are excited to play a 15 year old LucasArts game remade for the PC?

Well, I would probably pay $150 for remake of xwing/tie fighter. Easily.

With Oculus Rift support. Blush
 
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because "It Sells"
12. Re: GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because Jul 16, 2014, 23:33 jdreyer
 
NKD wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 22:02:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 21:29:
Shorter Codemasters: "We cut our smack with Borax because people still buy it."

Assholes.

Stop. Buying. This. Shit. Game developers have no leverage on you. You aren't going to die from withdrawals if you go without DLC or preorder bonuses. Grow a fucking spine and stop blaming other people for your compulsive and/or impulsive purchasing decisions.

I didn't buy it, for basically this reason. I bought GRID 2 only to discover that 90% of the cars selectable IN THE GAME are DLC and when you click on them to drive them, you're directed to a purchase page. For a game I paid for, I have to pay more to use the cars already in it. I will never buy another Codemasters game again for this reason. It's a shame too, as I own a bunch of their games and have enjoyed them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 22:26 jdreyer
 
Scheherazade wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 21:26:
I daily drive a gas guzzler, short distance.

Replacing fuel tax with mileage tax would be great for me.

-scheherazade

True, but it does nothing to promote fuel efficiency. I guess it depends on what your goals are. Also, electrics are only anticipated to be like 30% of vehicles by 2050, so in the short term very little money would be "lost" over transition to electrics.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
29. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 22:16 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 20:28:
LittleMe wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 19:42:
The wealthy are going to exploit the wealth gap to introduce new regulations that further cement the income gap, not reduce it. The issue will be hyped up for years to come and Congress won't even read the legislation that will be written by the corporate oligarchs.

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

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

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

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

I agree with LitteMe, it was just worded a bit awkwardly. He wasn't talking about traditional socialism, but "corporate socialism." It's what you and I would call Corporate Welfare, where companies entrench themselves into government contracts and defacto monopolies (and monoposonies) such that there's no competition and no way to get rid of them. Boeing, Halliburton, GE, Lockheed, and hundreds of other companies in get hundreds of billions in government contracts and subsidies, always go over budget, rarely get audited, never get punished, etc. etc. It's not the only issue, but it is a huge one, and a big one that allows these companies to manipulate the laws and "buy" politicians by offering them cushy jobs after they retire. It's probably the centerpiece of the national movement toward corporate oligarchy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
28. Re: Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 21:54 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 18:56:
It's fashionable amongst some people to blame teachers exclusively, because, you know, they should be able to teach kids whose families don't emphasize education.

We have more poverty, and a different kind of poverty, than most other nations, including Canada. We have more poverty amongst people that don't think there's a way out of poverty and don't emphasize education. When a parent doesn't, a kid will never pay attention to a teacher. If a kid doesn't pay attention to a teacher, he'll never get out of poverty (not that it's easy, even if he does.)

Goddammit Beam, what did I tell you about that making sense thing? Corrupt lazy teachers just feels right in my gut, so it must be true!
 
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3. Re: etc., etc. Jul 16, 2014, 21:48 jdreyer
 
Why would they fire him? The very things we hate about the guy's decisions have made the company money: No EA products are moddable, DLC is built in from the start, DLC is designed to extract maximum cash for minimum effort (looking at you map packs), etc. etc.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 21:40 jdreyer
 
Here's the thing. I switched from Sprint to T Mob at the end of last year and called Sprint to switch over. They spent about 30s trying retain me, and the girl was super polite about it. Then she proceeded to switch my phone over. Thing is, I'd consider going back to Sprint because I had a positive experience leaving them. There's something to be said for that.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 21:38 jdreyer
 
Darwin’s complete Galapagos library posted online.

Posted online legally? Given how much the media industries have twisted congress into extending copyrights back a hundred years or so it's hard to be sure if they're actually in the public domain or not.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 16, 2014, 21:35 jdreyer
 
I agree, the fine should have been more, and some prison time (although pound me in the ass is cruel and unusual punishment). They were threatening Aaron Swartz with 35 years, certainly they can get a couple of years for these jerks.

Or, I guess white collar crime actually does pay.
 
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because "It Sells"
5. Re: GRID Autosport Boost Pack Released, Because Jul 16, 2014, 21:29 jdreyer
 
Shorter Codemasters: "We cut our smack with Borax because people still buy it."

Assholes.
 
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News Comments > Sims 2 Support Ending
8. Re: Sims 2 Support Ending Jul 16, 2014, 17:36 jdreyer
 
Verno wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 10:57:
Yeah that's surprisingly generous for EA.

They've been doing some free game giveaways lately. I'll admit it's mostly to drive people to Origin, but still.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
22. Re: Outlook CTRL F Jul 16, 2014, 17:33 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 16:53:
Creston wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 16:37:
Because it's Microsoft, and they're all a bunch of arrogant cockwaffles who think they know everything better.

Outlook is just moronic. Try finding the "insert URL" button. Then use it. It hasn't been changed since the days of AOL.

Seriously. Why can't I change the default font size on the reading pane? That's basic functionality! You have to buy a stupid third party add on to do that! That the stupid MS website even directs you to it!
 
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2. Re: etc. Jul 16, 2014, 17:22 jdreyer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 11:48:
Alien Isolation can be completed without killing anyone? Boycott the game immediately!

I didn't know there was anyone TO kill in the game. I thought it was just you and the alien.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 16:22 jdreyer
 
Verno wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 13:08:
Cutter wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 12:13:
Wonder what the cost will be on that new Tesla, still 50k at least I'd imagine.

Supposedly they're shooting for $35,000.00 USD which is almost reaching the realm of reasonable. I have no idea how Tesla holds its value or how much the maintenance is but cars in general are pretty terrible assets so I am loathe to spend more than 30k for anything brand new. The savings on fuel sounds very worthwhile but I'm weary of the electricity rates being jacked up as a result of any widespread adoption.

It will be decades before there are enough electric cars on the roads to affect electric rates. You'll have bought and sold your Tesla by then.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 16, 2014, 16:14 jdreyer
 
Noriega needs to be thankful he's even alive. Losing power usually doesn't end well for dictators. Just ask Saddam and Gadaffi.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 16, 2014, 16:10 jdreyer
 
Cheating on tests, snooping on roommates plusses.

Heh, that made me chuckle.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 15:53 jdreyer
 
@ Beam,

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

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

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