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Homepage http://www.tacticalgamerz.com
Signed On Jul 9, 2009, 18:02
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News Comments > Square "Respects the Right of GameStop" to Remove OnLive Coupons
30. Re: Square Aug 25, 2011, 14:38 ^Drag0n^
 
headkase wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 12:53:
Slashdot is running this story too:

Linky

Favorite comment? (what are they): "They're an upscale specialized pawnshop that happens to sell new games on the side."

Yup, that's Gamestop, EB Games.

That, my friend, is Quote of the Year material.



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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
60. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 25, 2011, 10:58 ^Drag0n^
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 09:09:
Apple did copy/steal a lot of stuff in the early days but I agree with you that it's silly to say everything they're releasing now is just a copy of someone else's work.

Design by iteration lends itself to that-people claim that things are stolen, that aren't. Case in point: People claimed Apple "stole" the mouse. It didn't. Xerox PARC didn't patent the idea, (in fact, their management didn't even think it was patentable), so Apple got an idea and ran with it on the Lisa/Mac. I'd argue that the closest to stealing that we have seen was the abysmally low amount of money Gates paid the guy that actually wrote DOS back in the early 80's.

The only comment I wanted to address is your shoddy sweatshop one because that's definitely not something Apple is above. Their #1 manufacturing partner is Foxconn, a company with a long-reaching horrendous reputation for abusing and exploiting workers. They recently had a rash of suicides at the factory that makes the iPad because people were being forced to work 20 hour days with no overtime, being verbally and physically abused and like many Chinese factories, the majority of the little money they did make went into paying for the factory provided quarters which make slums here look like the Ritz Carlton. Their solution? Install nets so that people who attempted suicide wouldn't succeed. A lot of companies use Foxconn so Apple isn't alone on that front but Apple has the power to improve conditions for the people who build their stuff and frankly, doesn't care.

I agree. The suicides are appalling. But the other thing you have to keep in mind are social differences between our countries (Asian countries take shame very seriously), as well as asking yourself "Is China the only place someone ever killed themselves over a problem at work or at home?"

Having been to a Foxconn factory in Shenzen (and a few other factories that aren't Foxconn's) for a previous company, I can tell you that the people at Foxconn are far better off than they would be in a factory without any American influence. Change in China happens slowly and over time. A part of affecting that change is that the American companies insist on fair working conditions, safety standards, and processes and procedures that protect the workers. There are two sides to this coin, and it's never a simple issue. And the press always takes the sensational route that sells airtime or papers.

Additionally, keep in mind the fact that on a corporate scale, no one can tell the Chinese government to do anything. HP, Dell, Tyco, Sony, Microsoft....all of them face the same issue of cost vs competitiveness, and while a stand may be a noble thing, it's business suicide in China. And a mistake that can kill a company.

Are the wages there low by American standards? You bet. But that's also the primary reason the jobs are there in the first place. Are the wages there high by Chinese standards? Again, yes. People here in North America tend to look at things in an absolute fashion, with demands for instant change. That almost never happens in reality.

Look, I'm not saying Apple (or any corporation) is an angel, but you can't blame (or believe) every bad thing you see about working conditions in some Chinese plants on them. The truth is, they are trying to pull it up, because as anyone that's worked in manufacturing knows that a motivated, healthy workforce makes the best quality product. On the whole, based on what I hear from friends that work there, Apple does work your ass off, but they also treat them extremely well.

To me it's kind of like another issue: I always shake my head at the guy complaining about illegals taking jobs away,while they sit on their ass all day, collecting unemployment and buying groceries with Food Stamps rather than taking a job at Wal*Mart or working on a farm. I abhor hypocracy.

But that really wasn't my point: My point was I'm glad to see an American company succeed in this economy, rather than a company taking all our money offshore.

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News Comments > Eidos Montreal on Deus Ex: Human Revolution AI
29. Re: Eidos Montreal on Deus Ex: Human Revolution AI Aug 25, 2011, 03:15 ^Drag0n^
 
Creston wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 13:03:
There is an awesome article on rock paper shotgun about Deus Ex. Called "I'm not Adam Jensen."

I'd link it, but for whatever reason the board keeps whining that the "word" is too long, even while I'm trying to put it in the damned url code...

Creston

That editorial was awesome! It embodied not only the way I play, buyt also the polar opposite nature to the character of my avatar, and how it makes the game so damn awesome...
 
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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
48. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 25, 2011, 01:58 ^Drag0n^
 
Kitkoan wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 21:40:
Jensen wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 21:36:
Kitkoan wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 21:33:
iPad was a copy of Android tablets from China made in 2009, ect...
That's just silly.
By your standards, there is nothing that isn't a copy of something else.

The claim I keep hearing that the iPad must be new and innovative because it runs off an OS that was made for touchscreens and the iOS powered iPad was the first one to do it, then Android. But Android tablets were out for almost a full year before the iPad.
Nice attempt of trying to derail the question though.

The iPad is simply a large iPhone ...without the phone. I guess that would make it a large iPod touch.

So how again is that a copy of a tablet running an OS that came out two years after the iPhone/iPod Touch? I am really missing something here.

Look, I get it. Some of you hate Apple like Activision. Some don't. But don't feed me some bullshit story that the company Jobs and Wozniak built didn't contribute wildly to the advancement of the ecosystem of personal computing. That's like calling Sir Isaac Newton a hack because the you don't like the British for their treatment of Ireland.

The iPad is the device that made tablets VIABLE in the US. Sure, others tried to make them before, and they failed. Apple figured out the economics and features that the majority wanted, and catered to them. And they succeeded.

The (conservative) figures are they sell anywhere from 800-1500 iPads per hour. Hardly a failure by any stretch of the imagination.

Look, the iPad, iPhone, Hell, any smartphone, aren't made for people like the majority here that tinker. It's not made for us. We're PC gamers. we like being able to mess with things. But the i-line? They are consumer items, not hacker/hobbyist tools, and as such, are developed with the appropriate UI complexity in mind. Like Toasters. Blu-ray players, xboxes, whatever. Made to be as intuitive as possible. That's not a bad thing, it's a good thing. They specialize in accessible technology, not the latest and most powerful. And it works. Both for their shareholders and their customers...there's no denying Apple is succeeding in the face of an abundantly shitty economy, and I'm totally ok with it being an American company with a huge campus in California succeeding, rather than some shoddy sweatshop making beige boxes in Malaysia.

Now, before you make the mistake of labeling me an Apple fanatic, I'm not. I'm actually waiting for Windows 8 in the hopes that they actually pull off that "scalable interface" that can tell if you have a keyboard + mouse attached, and give you the appropriate interface complexity. That would just kick ass.

But I'm not going to sit here and let people throw drivel around about how Apple is a company that never innovated. They've done plenty of that. It just may not be your particular cup of tea.

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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
14. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 24, 2011, 20:27 ^Drag0n^
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 20:18:
But they have applied for and gotten incredibly wide ranging patents on very low level concepts that nobody should have had issued.

In your opinion. The USPTO apparently disagreed.

To clear this up for the layman, in order to be issued a patent, you have to show a design that has not been documented or disclosed to anyone (aside from your attorneys and the USPTO) for it even to be considered. If it is unique (i.e. no "prior art" on the idea exists), and if it is not already an idea in the public domain, they look at the patent to see if it indeed adds value and is not "intutive to someone skilled in the art."

People think the patents Apple gets are BS, but they aren't. Now, if you want to argue if the USPTO should be granting patents for business processes, UI, Software, mathematical equations, or economic models, that is completely different.

but within the confines of existing patent law what they are doing is legal, and required to defend their IP from knockoff shops, be they here in the US or in China.

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Sidenote: The USPTO gets at least 1 guy a year trying to patent shoelaces. Never works.
 
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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
8. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 24, 2011, 20:13 ^Drag0n^
 
I refuse to feel sorry for Google. They make more money than God, and own most of the real estate here in Mountain View. They are pretty much the only game in town in the search engine market, and have forced every viable competitor out of same market, so excuse me for not feeling sorry for them at all. Furthermore, I refuse to feel sorry for a lawyer talking about how the other team's lawyers are making him actually work for the atrocious fees they make as patent attorneys.

From the point of an inventor with several assigned patents, I can say this: if you don't defend your patent, you will lose it. That covers probably 90+ percent of the litigation in the system right now.

But that's not what this thread is about. It's about the end of the career of the man that saved the company he co-founded from the brink of extinction. Twice.

For the record, my remark was aimed at Steve Jobs resigning with class.

That gets a kudos in my book.

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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
3. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 24, 2011, 20:03 ^Drag0n^
 
Godspeed, Steve. You're a better man than your critics give you credit for.

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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
54. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 19:48 ^Drag0n^
 
Razorclaw wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 19:27:
haha gamestop. why not discard the serial key as well since the game is steam only

Why stop there? Just give them a post-it with the Steam Key written on it in a sealed envelope for $60.

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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
53. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 19:46 ^Drag0n^
 
People that think the publishers are bad really don't get just what a bunch of shady currs these Gamestop XOs are.

"Now that you caught us red-handed, um, well, we're not selling it!"



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News Comments > Steam From Dust Refunds
45. Re: Steam From Dust Refunds Aug 24, 2011, 19:03 ^Drag0n^
 
Creston wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 16:43:
Now, are the piracy numbers that are being reduced through DRM (and that actually lead to would-be pirates going out and buying the game) enough to offset the lost sales? We don't really know. But seeing as how DRM rarely works (it's usually cracked before the game is even out), I'm going to say that, no, it doesn't.

I've got to back you up there. As long as a hacker can get the binaries and is not averse to going at the code at the assembly-level, you will *Always* see cracked versions of the software, regardless of the DRM. Period.

Steam games have been cracked to not require Steam
SecuROM games have been hacked to eliminate disc checks
Ubi games have been hacked to eliminate the pings to home.

DRM doesn't stop the hardcore pirate hacker; it just does what any other lock does: it keeps honest people honest.

The real question becomes when does DRM go too far?

Would you want 5 locks, a deadbolt, a retinal scanner, glucose tester, and a thumbprint reader just to open the door to your home?

Probably not.

Well, maybe nin would think that hardware would be cool, but besides him

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News Comments > Steam From Dust Refunds
44. Re: Steam From Dust Refunds Aug 24, 2011, 18:53 ^Drag0n^
 
One positive thing out of this?

It shows that Steam can, should Valve want to, implement rental or playtime-limited trial releases of product(s) with few changes to their base software.

I actually think that is pretty damn cool.

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News Comments > No Home Dedicated Servers for Battlefield 3
11. Re: No Home Dedicated Servers for Battlefield 3 Aug 24, 2011, 18:46 ^Drag0n^
 
I never thought I'd say this, but Activision's offering seems more compelling right now (if you like this style game):

BF3:
--Always on DRM
--no dedicated servers
--locked at 30fps
--Can be taken away from you if you stop using origin for 2 years

CODMW3:
--Steam DRM
--Dedicated user run server option
--60 fps target
--you lose it only if Gabe chokes on a meal, and has no will.

o.O

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News Comments > No Home Dedicated Servers for Battlefield 3
6. Re: No Home Dedicated Servers for Battlefield 3 Aug 24, 2011, 18:28 ^Drag0n^
 
Nacelle wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 18:21:
Yet another battlefield game that won't be getting any attention at the LAN parties. Why can't they push us an unranked version to use or something.

HEATHEN!

How dare ye spake words that might ad value for the consumer!

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News Comments > No Home Dedicated Servers for Battlefield 3
5. Re: No Home Dedicated Servers for Battlefield 3 Aug 24, 2011, 18:26 ^Drag0n^
 
Well this was a total surprise...

Not.


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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
40. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 18:14 ^Drag0n^
 
Serule wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 18:04:
Not that I'm defending gamestop (I unfortunately work there..) but can I ask how many of you who posted actually use onlive? Not that I agree that taking it out of the box was right.. but really.. how much damage would it do?

Whether or not you use it isn't the point; the point is they are breaking a manufacturer's seal on a product, removing content, and selling it at the full price, minus one of the items.

Whether I chose to use the service, or give the code to someone that does, is irrellevant: They stole material from a package, and sold it under false pretense.

That's actually breaking the law.

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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
37. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 17:51 ^Drag0n^
 
How the hell can they view a license for a single game sold at their P.O.S. store as promoting a competitor?

I'd just call SE/Eidos and say "WTF? Gamestop stole my OnLive code. May I have another?"

Wow. that's just obnoxious. would they tear open a game that had a coupon for 3 free months of XBOX mag or PC Gamer too?

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Retail Includes OnLive
68. Re: SSAO and Mouse Lag issue (potential fix) Aug 24, 2011, 06:18 ^Drag0n^
 
AdamK47 wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 06:10:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Aug 23, 2011, 20:03:
Yeah, it definitely looks like PC SSAO is busted (Eidos Forums with Screenshots)

And, apparently, whatever is broken, is causing a mouse response issue for several people.

Again, I'm going to try this one out when I get home. Thank god I think SSAO looks pretty bad in most games... ;-)

^D^

As one of the developers posted, the SSAO implemented on the PC is different. It's a true implementation of SSAO. The console version uses shadowing. It's not true SSAO on the console.

Well, either way it broke the mouse when it is on, so something is wrong with SSAO.

The whole idea of SSAO is to generate lifelike shadows and radiosity, so I was a little perplexed that they'd say what they did.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Retail Includes OnLive
62. Re: SSAO and Mouse Lag issue (potential fix) Aug 23, 2011, 23:50 ^Drag0n^
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Aug 23, 2011, 20:03:
Yeah, it definitely looks like PC SSAO is busted (Eidos Forums with Screenshots)

And, apparently, whatever is broken, is causing a mouse response issue for several people.

Again, I'm going to try this one out when I get home. Thank god I think SSAO looks pretty bad in most games... ;-)

^D^

Said it in the other thread, but:

I just verified turning OFF SSAO in the setup app made the mouse lag go away completely.

Good thing it seemed to have little real effect on the visuals.

Someone else mentioned something I hadn't really noticed until I read it: when you walk diagonally, you walk about 1.414 times faster (sqrt of 2).

That is kinda whack.

But the game is still a blast!

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched
10. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched Aug 23, 2011, 23:48 ^Drag0n^
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 23, 2011, 23:02:
Apparently the SSAO implementation is causing some mouse acceleration issues. I hope that gets patched too.

I just verified this: day zero patch fixed the issue a little bit, but turning OFF SSAO in the setup app made the problem go away completely.

Good thing it seemed to have little real effect on the visuals.

Someone else mentioned something I hadn't really noticed until I read it: when you walk diagonally, you walk about 1.414x faster (sqrt of 2).

That is kinda whack.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Retail Includes OnLive
57. SSAO and Mouse Lag issue (potential fix) Aug 23, 2011, 20:03 ^Drag0n^
 
Yeah, it definitely looks like PC SSAO is busted (Eidos Forums with Screenshots)

And, apparently, whatever is broken, is causing a mouse response issue for several people.

Again, I'm going to try this one out when I get home. Thank god I think SSAO looks pretty bad in most games... ;-)

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