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News Comments > Morning Interviews
34. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 09:14 Verno
 
They did so, Cognitive Dissonance kicked in, and Steam became something that "Revolutionised PC Gaming" rather than being annoying DRM and spyware.

This is a really weird, revisionist history sort of comment. People bitched endlessly about Steam when it sucked. In fact most people hated the WON/Steam transition for CS and the HL2 launch, you can find internet archives filled with complaints on various PC sites including this one. People only really liked Steam after it actually started becoming more stable, feature complete and Valve put some effort into the store front side of things.

Valve was not lucky and they didn't really gamble on anything, they built the DD market one piece at a time pretty deliberately. There were many missteps along the way but they're still the best in the market as far as I'm concerned. While EA, Ubisoft and etc have been farting around trying to extract as much money as possible from console owners Valve created a new market on the PC and set some standards that the PC market desperately needed at the time.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2015, 23:13 Verno
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 18:34:
Nonsense, I remember a small farm riddled village in the UK whose residents passed gigabit FTTH without any subsidies, only resident financing who had enough of the dialup crap. And they pay, if I remember right, a ridiculously low price and still the cooperative they started STILL MAKES PROFIT off of it.

Geez I guess one vague anecdote just totally means everyone can have gigabit FTTH. Your own example is pretty flawed because that community had a few very wealthy landowners who essentially financed the whole thing, they have a shared 100mbps interconnect for 60 farms and the group itself literally said the point of the exercise was to get government to subsidize future efforts.

THERE IS NO REASON WHATSOEVER in this day and age not to have fiber to the home for everyone. NONE AT ALL.

Yeah except for all of that trenching, pole drops, labor, maintenance, sales, support, permits, peering, capital asset acquisition, infrastructure and stuff like that. No reason at all...except all of those silly reasons that prevent most people from ever even contemplating starting an ISP. It's not like in the news, its really expensive and difficult, that's without going into political opposition from other companies.

Who wouldn't want fiber to the house? No one except Comcast. Doesn't mean it's realistic for everyone right now unfortunately. Companies with billions of dollars can't afford expansions outside of concentrated areas, it's not a conspiracy, its just super expensive and takes forever to make back your money so investors hate it.

But hey its so easy and what do I know after working NOC for a decade? You guys go ahead and just fart out a FTTH ISP in your spare time, good luck with attracting investors.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2015, 15:57 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 15:35:
Couldn't he check with the previous owners to see if they had cable? I can't blame the guy too much for taking Comcast, et. al. at their spoken word, but he should have gotten in in writing, or recorded the Comcast sales rep, or something.

As far as Muni Broadband goes, maybe he can start his own ISP, then the muni people will give him access at wholesale prices?

Pretty sure it was a new house build and he's on the outskirts so starting his own ISP probably isn't an option due to low pop density, amongst the many other obstacles.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 15:56 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 15:55:
Verno wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 13:44:
Yeah now that you mention this I recall a real estate agent telling me that when I was looking at houses in San Diego. No frost line so no one digs out a foundation because money.

And yet SoCal houses are among the most expensive in the nation. Go figure.

Dat climate
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 13:44 Verno
 
descender wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 13:23:
There are no basements in Cali and other warm places mainly because it never freezes there.

If the ground freezes, it would upheave and crack the entire foundation of a house built on just a slab. To avoid this they HAVE to dig down below the 4ft "freeze line" to anchor the foundation, and that's where the basements come from.

They don't want to dig any holes they don't have to, so unless you specifically pay to have a basement built into your house in these areas, you won't have one.

Yeah now that you mention this I recall a real estate agent telling me that when I was looking at houses in San Diego. No frost line so no one digs out a foundation because money.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
9. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 13:43 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 13:22:
Installing it right now! Going Cipher, dunno which race!

Wood Elf Cipher represent.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
2. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 13:18 Verno
 
Reviews have been stellar, can't wait to dig into it. Gonna be impossible playing this and Bloodborne at the same time but I'll manage!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 13:16 Verno
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 12:54:
Verno wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 12:47:
I usually watch TV while working out, I have weights and cardio stuff in the basement. Combine laziness with fitness for the ultimate combo Bob

Ah, ha. You have me there. I don't have basement. They aren't too common here -- though I'm not exactly sure why that is.

I've been to LA several times and wondered the same thing. The people on the hills I understand, its a pain in the ass. The rest of it though I don't get, you see people with so much junk too. They clearly need a basement but instead their garages are overflowing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 12:47 Verno
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 11:57:
How do you guys find the time to watch TV shows? I seem to barely have enough time to eat and sleep.

I usually watch TV while working out, I have weights and cardio stuff in the basement. Combine laziness with fitness for the ultimate combo Bob
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2015, 12:40 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 12:27:
So how you figure government and muni broadband are worse than that simply boggles the mind.

You don't even understand what is involved from a technical or business stand point but putting that aside, I never actually said I am opposed to these things. Just that they aren't always feasible or applicable due to the challenges involved, many of which are insurmountable for small communities without significant subsidization. Comcast fucking sucks and I've never defended them either. I feel bad for the guy taking a loss on his home especially considering so many ISPs gave him the thumbs up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 26, 2015, 11:43 Verno
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 09:57:
I'm doing the PS4 complete backup and it's going to take over 5 hours to backup around 370GB over to a USB 3.0 drive. uuuugh.

The speed estimate thing is all weird, it should go faster than that.
 
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News Comments > GOG.Com on Customer Service
28. Re: GOG.Com on Customer Service Mar 26, 2015, 11:36 Verno
 
MoonSpook wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 05:37:
I have to say, I get a little sick of GoG constantly tugging their own todger anytime Steam news bubbles up. Both in their news/blog and on their Twitter, anytime there's even the slightest bit of commentary on Steam and/or their DRM, they pop up and announce how amazing they think they are in comparison.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not even saying they're wrong, but it sets the bar pretty low for professionalism when they try to dance on top of every bit of criticism Steam takes.

They're a small company with strong principles that is trying to play with the big fish. They need every little bit of PR they can get. This sort of competition is ultimately better for you the consumer. Not trying to be a dick here but no one makes you read their press releases, keep it in perspective

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News Comments > Morning Interviews
19. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 26, 2015, 11:33 Verno
 
PHJF wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 11:32:
Unfortunately this weekend is already reserved by Bloodborne.

Praise the Sunny !

Pistol/Whipcane all the way man. Game is awesome. Already got my ass kicked several times but I'm getting a good feel for the new pacing now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2015, 11:30 Verno
 
I have to laugh at the municipal fiber being useless because its wholesale only.

Also shades of the comment thread from yesterday:

PUD officials had no comment on whether they intend to file such a petition or if they’d publicly support one. After all, running a retail-level broadband service may be too expensive an undertaking for a county with only around 250,000 residents.

This is why muni broadband direct to consumer usually only ends up in heavily subsidized environments.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline DRM Follow-up
7. Re: Battlefield Hardline DRM Follow-up Mar 26, 2015, 11:09 Verno
 
Creston wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 10:08:
Normal usage would never see 5 hardware changes in 24 hours so this would never impact anyone except someone trying to benchmark, but at the same time it's still bullshit that it's in there. You already have Origin. Why do you need extra DRM shit?

Exactly, Origin can just lock accounts that have too many unique IP logins in a 24 hour period. It is really silly they even go this far and I suspect its because they use the hardware info gathered for other purposes despite their claims about it being an anonymized hash.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 11:08 Verno
 
Black Sails is pretty fun in the same way that Banshee is for me, very visceral and over the top.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 26, 2015, 11:02 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 10:15:
Valve's 'perfect hiring' hierarchy has 'hidden management' clique like high school

Not exactly a reliable source considering they shuttered her project and she went on noisily about things in a very unprofessional way.

The only reason Valve succeeds is GabeN had the foresight to introduce a digital distribution platform first.

This ignores the fact that they have several other successful games and revenue streams. Valve doesn't just keep lucking into success, there is definitely something to their approach. Of course it has very obvious downsides as well like a lack of identity and constantly dropping projects half finished almost like Google.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 09:58 Verno
 
Yeah I tend to agree on Better Call Saul, its surpassed all of my expectations. I wasn't sure Bob Odenkirk would be as compelling to watch as Cranston but hes really bringing it.

I am watching The Jinx on your recommendation, I didn't really know anything about the story going into it and I'm purposely avoiding google as well. I'm on the third episode and its long since departed real life is stranger than fiction territory to the point where I'm wondering if Durst is a martian.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
2. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 26, 2015, 08:52 Verno
 
The email with Gabe is pretty interesting, hes very self aware as a manager in a way that many are not. His comment about not being a single point of failure for the company is important too, hes not getting any younger.  
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline DRM Complaints
45. Re: Battlefield Hardline DRM Complaints Mar 25, 2015, 15:52 Verno
 
I'm not sure why you're quoting me there but ok. I still don't see the purpose of a hardware hash when it is trivial to detect unique IP logins in X time period and restrict potential "account sharing" that way. That is what most online services related to gaming have transitioned to, having seen hardware hashes fail due to PR problems and the enthusiast market niche being loud.  
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