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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 31, 2016, 08:18 Saboth
 
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2016, 19:33:
Meanwhile my wife's school has to fire 8 teachers next year because they have no money to pay them.

Education in this country is SUPREMELY fucked up.

There's a lot of f'd up things in our country right now, and 90% of it is related to the "trickle down" economics we've been championing for around 30 years now. Counties, towns and cities are strapped for tax revenue because wages have been flat for decades. People working full time jobs don't make enough to qualify to pay taxes and some of them are on public assistance to supplement their wages. However, due to corporate lobbying efforts, we've kept minimum wage artificially low for years, we are implementing trade agreements that will further depress wages, and our government is actively working with corporations to abolish unions, get more work visas for people willing to work for half wages, and get more and more jobs made exempt from overtime pay. The country now has a wealth gap equal to 3rd world countries like Africa, and it shows, in that our infrastructure is crumbling because 80% of America has only 20% of the wealth (so there is no tax revenue to maintain anything), and 65 people on the planet now have greater wealth than 50% of the planet combined.

However, if you took the trillons wasted on multiple useless wars, plus the ongoing wars on terror, drugs, etc., TSA, NSA, Homeland Security, privatized prisons, etc., I'm sure we'd probably have trillions of dollars available for education and maybe have a good healthcare system.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 28, 2016, 22:38 Saboth
 
Sure 5 Mbps is the minimum for HD movie streaming. You should be fine as long as your ISP has zero load, there is no one else in your house, your phone/tablets/smart devices are all not on the internet. Good luck if you want to stream 4k. Seems like some ISPs don't want to upgrade their hardware to keep up with the times and are writing some checks. Our Congressmen...best politicians money can buy.

This country will get back on track the day our government starts working for citizens again, and not corporate interests.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 27, 2016, 20:21 Saboth
 
"relies on the existence of child abuse images to", yawwwwwwn, try harder. Yes, we all know child porn is the go-to excuse for giving up privacy and rights online, but people are wising up. Terrorism and pedophilia are so minute, it's ridiculous for the other 99.99% of the population to give up their rights to make law enforcement's job a piece of cake. Not to mention it would make the vast majority of people less secure as they can be tracked by governments around the world, and imprisoned, monitored or even assassinated for dissenting views. Or even someone that supports pro-choice might be tracked down and murdered by a religious zealot. No thanks, Big Brother.

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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 27, 2016, 20:17 Saboth
 
"Give me five", "I'd buy that for a dollar", "That's what she said", "How's it goin'", "Hello" and "Goodbye" were also rejected. Sorry, Sony.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 27, 2016, 20:09 Saboth
 
"The hard drives do not include any financial or payment information, Centene stated." Always a red herring by the people that were lax with data security and gave up customer information to hackers. Who cares if my payment information was compromised? I just call up Citibank and get them to issue me a new credit card in a few days. The only thing that matters is if my personal identifying information like Social, birth date, address, etc. was lost. If so, that means that person is now a potential victim for ID theft. Not just for the next year or two (probably the length of time the company is willing to pay for credit monitoring), but they will be a target and looking over their shoulders the rest of their life. It's pretty telling our government has done absolutely nothing to strengthen consumer and citizen rights and protections for data. At this point, every citizen should have immediate access to all credit information at all times, for free. I shouldn't have to pay Experian $20 a month the rest of my life because Target or Anthem or someone had terrible security policies. And that's just the bare minimum of what we should have going on.  
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News Comments > Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Released
10. Re: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Released Jan 17, 2016, 08:27 Saboth
 
I played a few hours yesterday. It's not grabbing me as much as I thought it would. The UI designed for consoles is pretty cumbersome, and I probably spent half of my time running between the starting town and the outpost like 20 times, which took forever. Plus there was a lot of stuff I didn't understand like what red/yellow swirls meant on the map, and I blew a ton of my (whatever currency) on pawns because I didn't understand you could get free pawns if they were your level, but had to pay a fortune if they were above you.
 
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News Comments > EA Launches Origin Access Subscriptions
37. Re: EA Launches Origin Access Subscriptions Jan 13, 2016, 07:36 Saboth
 
ochentay4 wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 06:55:
Saboth wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 22:43:
$60 a year to rent 15 games (since you lose rights to those games once you stop paying), most of which are worth maybe $2-$5 at this point. The ones that aren't that old have been around $15 on sales recently (like DA:I). A 10% discount on new games is $6. You can usually do better on GMG, Amazon (20%), etc. If their vault had say, 100 or 200 games, I could maybe see it. 15 games is a joke.
You fail to see the deal here. I plan to suscribe for 1 or 2 months and play Hardline and Dragon Age. Thats excellent value for me.

I guess that works if you play a game only once. Games like DA:O, I've picked again a year or two later to do more play throughs. I don't do that very often though. Frankly, EA's library just really doesn't impress me. I about fell out of my chair at only 15 games in there. I thought it would be 10x more. Signing up then stopping service when you've had your fill is a good plan since you aren't locked into a contract.
 
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News Comments > EA Launches Origin Access Subscriptions
19. Re: EA Launches Origin Access Subscriptions Jan 12, 2016, 22:43 Saboth
 
$60 a year to rent 15 games (since you lose rights to those games once you stop paying), most of which are worth maybe $2-$5 at this point. The ones that aren't that old have been around $15 on sales recently (like DA:I). A 10% discount on new games is $6. You can usually do better on GMG, Amazon (20%), etc. If their vault had say, 100 or 200 games, I could maybe see it. 15 games is a joke.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
28. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Jan 11, 2016, 08:30 Saboth
 
harlock wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 08:12:
Saboth wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 07:33:
I don't usually preorder games, but GMG had this for like $22 the other day, so I went ahead. I thought Dragon's Age Inquisition was a little disappointing, so hopeful this game scratches that RPG itch.

its far more action than RPG... more like Dark Souls - still very good tho

Yeah, I've seen more than a few comparisons to Dark Souls. I'm hoping it is not too much like Dark Souls though. While I found DS to be very addictive, I also found it to be extremely frustrating, and have shied away from DSII. It's kind of a love/hate relationship.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
26. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Jan 11, 2016, 07:33 Saboth
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 10, 2016, 19:30:
Trevellian wrote on Jan 10, 2016, 16:58:
People need to start buying Dragon's Dogma so I can get a damn sequel.

For the love of god, heed the man! Apparently they're considering a sequel and are looking for feedback from the PC re-release... And everyone knows what these companies respond to above all else: $$$$

I don't usually preorder games, but GMG had this for like $22 the other day, so I went ahead. I thought Dragon's Age Inquisition was a little disappointing, so hopeful this game scratches that RPG itch.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift $599
72. Re: Oculus Rift $599 Jan 6, 2016, 18:55 Saboth
 
For the past 1-3 years, $250-$350 has been the price mentioned by every game site, news outlet and even the company themselves. Then Facebook buys them out and the price doubles, while Facebook's profits remain lackluster. $600 for a product that'll have a handful of niche games on release, and require a high-end rig. Not to mention there are umpteen competitors in the works, all promising similar tech. This is going to end up like HD DVD vs Blu Ray and I'm not going to be the one that spends $600 to play 3 games and find out the other product was the winner. I'll pick up whichever product wins out in the end, when it's adopted by most developers and costs are down to around $250-$300. Do I have $600 to blow on it? Sure. That's not the point. I'm not going to be fleeced by Facebook just to say I'm one of the first to own a VR headset.  
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
3. Re: Hardware Reviews Dec 31, 2015, 22:38 Saboth
 
I just ordered the 27" Dell g-sync from Amazon. The Asus and Acer monitors were tempting, but there were way too many negative reviews and one star reviews. I'm not looking to spend $700-$1300 and have buzzing noises or weird stuff going on. This monitor is $200 cheaper, but the negative is its a TN panel instead of IPS, but most reviewers said it was such a good TN, that it wasn't much worse than an IPS. I also thought about the 34" monitors, but wrestling with weird resolutions and black bars or stretching didn't sound enticing either. Maybe once they get to be more of a standard. The Dell seems to have much better reviews on all sites, with very few complaining of anything like stuck pixels or weird hardware issues. The $599 price didn't hurt either.

I've got a 25" IPS now, but I had a 28" monitor before that. I didn't think going down to 25" would make much of a difference, but I really did notice the smaller area. The picture and quality are great on the one I have now, I just wanted that g-sync and 144 refresh to see what the hype was about.
 
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News Comments > Steam Christmas Issues Explained
1. Re: Steam Christmas Issues Explained Dec 30, 2015, 21:07 Saboth
 
Only 6 days late, I guess better sometime than never. I think the blowback and PR for this fiasco was a bit more than they expected, and instead of sweeping it under the rug, they finally decided a fraction of some service and respect for their customers was called for. Sure, technical glitches are to be expected, but leaving your customers completely in the dark isn't. At a minimum, as soon as they choose to take the store down, there should have been a notice of "Steam Store is Currently Down".
 
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
17. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 26, 2015, 17:44 Saboth
 
WaltC wrote on Dec 26, 2015, 16:52:
Armengar wrote on Dec 26, 2015, 15:06:
Ironically here in the uk it is worse to use paypal. We have quite a lot of laws helpping consumers using credit cards. But paypal proxy uses your credit card so the law wouldnt help you with a steam purchase via paypal.

Paypal is bank, legally, in that situation, and the same CC laws that apply to banks apply to Paypal, of course. Remember that for each PP Steam purchase you get a receipt from PP telling you what was paid for with your money, and you get a receipt from Valve which proves you paid for your merchandise. So, instead of just one receipt from a CC bank--use PP and you have 2 receipts per online transaction.

It's hard for people to accept that in this world and on this planet perfection does not exist--except as a pie-in-the-sky ideal that nobody ever reaches. 100% security & safety is an illusion. We're all mortal! The sooner people realize this the sooner they'll grow up...;) I'm often amazed that there aren't massive online outages every day--and that's because of redundant systems. But even they can fail--as when an error is copied to all of the redundant systems then the backups fail, too. Crap happens...it is inevitable in the human condition.

It wasn't so much that they had a problem, but as usual, how they handled it. No notifications, no information, nothing at all. How hard would it be to simply have "Steam Store is Down" on the store page? Or to notify people what was going on? They obviously have access to our email, so send everyone an email explaining the issue. One post in 2-3 forums would have gone a long way. Technical issues are expected, incompetence in dealing with customer service and information isn't.
 
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
1. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 26, 2015, 11:44 Saboth
 
Major fail by Steam. It's one thing to have a problem like that, but it's another to leave all of your users in the dark, as fears of hacking and ID theft ran rampant yesterday.

At the very least, they could have acknowledged they had a problem, by posting it on the store page. All I got was a black page, making me think something was wrong with my Steam installation, like a corrupt file. Then after browsing the web for an hour, I find out through every outlet *except* Steam that the store page is down, and that people are accessing other people's information like email, portions of credit card info, etc.

Apparently it may or may not have been risky to attempt to delink payment methods or add funds, depending on who you got your information from, but not only did Steam never admit there was a problem, but they never even made the effort to address people's fears, on their own site. Still, in the forums, people are running around spreading misinformation or hearsay, because there are no mods addressing anything. Just sad, sad customer service. It hurts to support the company for years, then they treat their customers as poorly as they do.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Dec 25, 2015, 21:00 Saboth
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 25, 2015, 20:35:
Saboth wrote on Dec 25, 2015, 17:06:
Yeah, I noticed the Steam Store was down, but was out for Christmas most of the day. Checked my balance and credit card linked to the account and didn't see anything suspicious. Love that Steam customer service though. No mention that there is a problem, no update on when to expect things to be fixed, no explanation of any type for their loyal customers who are all literally in the dark (due to the store being nothing but a black screen right now). If we are lucky, they might even mention there was a problem that was now repaired, but they most likely won't mention anything about the security issue and if there are additional steps we should take or things we should do like change PW, check funding accounts, etc.

Was it possible to actually do anything with someone's account? From what I understand, you could see their account info (though important info was censored) but you couldn't actually change any of it or buy anything.

Sounds like all you could see is a cached page for the person, so you could see their email, other info, maybe some parts of their credit card number, etc. Probably not much to worry about, although I've heard stories of experienced ID thieves being able to dupe customer service reps with just personal info like your address, email, name, last 4 of the credit card, etc., and it sounds like some of that info may have been available. Plus, you were supposedly only affected if you were browsing through your account today.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Dec 25, 2015, 17:06 Saboth
 
Yeah, I noticed the Steam Store was down, but was out for Christmas most of the day. Checked my balance and credit card linked to the account and didn't see anything suspicious. Love that Steam customer service though. No mention that there is a problem, no update on when to expect things to be fixed, no explanation of any type for their loyal customers who are all literally in the dark (due to the store being nothing but a black screen right now). If we are lucky, they might even mention there was a problem that was now repaired, but they most likely won't mention anything about the security issue and if there are additional steps we should take or things we should do like change PW, check funding accounts, etc.  
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News Comments > Steam Winter Sale
54. Re: Steam Winter Sale Dec 23, 2015, 16:32 Saboth
 
So is it just me, or is this sale like the Fall sale, where everything is a set discount and there are no flash or daily sales? In the past, the "regular" sales were ho-hum (as are most of the deals on this sale), but you really waited for the daily or flash deals because that's where the real deal was.  
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News Comments > Steam Winter Sale
50. Re: Steam Winter Sale Dec 23, 2015, 07:27 Saboth
 
Heltorne wrote on Dec 23, 2015, 00:21:
Oddly enough, I thank you for telling me this! Even with it's reputation Dungeon Lords is a blast in some form or another. Glad it's on steam finally, going to buy it right now.

It looks pretty cool, but 50% of the reviews and comments say it is trash, and 50% say it's the best game they've ever played. If it's actually good, how is the single player? I see it's touted as a multiplayer game, but I have no interest in that.
 
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News Comments > Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Date, Specs
11. Re: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Date, Specs Dec 17, 2015, 22:14 Saboth
 
Heh, just saw a 23% off code on GMG so picked it up for $23. Don't usually preorder, but this one looks pretty safe.  
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