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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
13. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 21, 2017, 21:03 killer_roach
 
NetHead wrote on Jan 21, 2017, 17:16:
Hyatus wrote on Jan 21, 2017, 17:06:
Three of the biggest problems with the tech, imo, were:
3. Walmart. One of the largest retailers for televisions in the industry, and I stopped seeing 3d TVs after the first year of the technology, with 3d blurays being a scarce find thereafter.

You think Walmart is to blame, for the tech, failing.

Even ignoring your wording it's one hell of a stretch to think Walmart had anything to do with 3D failing, again.

It's far more likely they saw sales numbers, lots of sales numbers and stocked accordingly.

Hence we are in the inevitable "3D is dead" again stage, by the sounds of it Walmart also saw the flashing writing on the wall.


There's a secondary factor at play there as well - Walmart typically does not stock a manufacturer's full line of TVs, generally just units priced in a more mass-market range (go into a Walmart electronics department; you might see one or two televisions priced over $1,000, but that's it). The failing as it pertains to Walmart was that manufacturers were unwilling to price their 3D-capable sets to a level that Walmart could sell them in quantity.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 15, 2017, 21:15 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 14, 2017, 14:22:
Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life.

So many reasons for this, many of which are fairly easily fixable:

1. Hate on unions, but this is what they did: kept salaries decent for both union and nonunion alike.

2. Wages driven down by outsourcing and H1-Bs.

3. Shifting the tax burden from the rich to the middle and lower classes. Remember the 90% tax bracket?

4. ALL increase in wages created by increased American worker productivity have gone to the top 1%. That's not hyperbole, the average US wage has increased less than 1% relative to inflation for the last 35 years. 35 YEARS.

5. Minimum wage not being adjusted for inflation (and probably being too low at its peak). It's currently 25% lower than peak.

6. Expanded use of "contractors" and temp workers and the decline of full time employees.


Most of those are relatively niche factors. (Also, in terms of overall wages, keep in mind that productivity relative to inflation is actually negative over the last 30 years for all but highly skilled labor - for unskilled labor it's close to -15%.) Additionally, considering that roughly two-thirds of the millennial generation is of college graduate age or older, minimum wage is an even smaller factor except for the least skilled and least educated (and in many labor markets the minimum wage is a non-binding floor - to wit, the prevailing minimum is higher than the statutory minimum).

One of the biggest factors, especially as the oldest of the millennial cohort is entering their mid-thirties, is the relative stagnation of career development as older Americans opt to continue working (mostly through advancements in medicine and changes to work environment that allow people to remain productive in the work force well into their seventies and eighties). As a result, the usual churn in mid-upper-level positions has ground to a screeching halt, and most of the rest from there on down have followed suit. Now with order slowly starting to restore itself, people caught in those middle years watch on as people fresh out of college take jobs that are higher up the ladder than them.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
18. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 2, 2017, 11:46 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jan 2, 2017, 10:37:
I think both sides are pretty well entrenched in their favorite system, but I don't think Apple really makes an equivalent for the Note, so it's not as if people had anywhere really to go to?

For a large-format phone, there is the iPhone 7 Plus (which, admittedly, I did switch to after my Note 7 was recalled, although that was partially due to leasing fees from my carrier and partly due to corporate data policies from my employer that make it almost impossible to check work email from an Android device short of paying up-front for a Pixel)... but it doesn't have a pen. In fact, it seems like a lot of people who turned in their Note 7 devices ended up going back to the Note 5.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 1, 2017, 01:47 killer_roach
 
z3razerviper wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 01:10:
Wow people complain about everything........

There are some that argue that it's an instinctual reaction for some to denigrate the past and the products of past eras in order to signal one's cultural evolution beyond such outdated concepts... but at the same time, signaling one's sophistication is a fool's errand, an attempt to gain points for intelligence that one doesn't possess by appealing to the like-minded.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 28, 2016, 18:33 killer_roach
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 17:51:
The funny thing is, if you are a gamer, the cpu is not nearly as important as the graphics card. Used to have my system over clocked until I realized that there was no difference when running games. Anyways the overclocked cpu only lasted a year and a half. My current cpu is 4 years+ and going strong.

The newer Intel cpus really don't offer enough performance difference to buy a new one, especially since it will include a new motherboard and memory. While I have upgraded the graphics card 3 times during that period.

Likewise - I'm on a 2600K that's been overclocked to about 4 GHz, and probably won't upgrade CPU for another year at the earliest. Eventually its multithreaded performance is going to be the bottleneck (it doesn't scale up quite as nicely as newer chips and a process that pegs the cores tends to stress my relatively modest overclock), but it isn't yet.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Payroll Issues?
22. Re: Crytek Payroll Issues? Dec 13, 2016, 08:06 killer_roach
 
Kajetan wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 08:42:
To my knowledge, there was no mysterious benefactor. Crytek was saved last time by Amazon, who licensed the engine big time for their Lumberyard project.

Similarly, Amazon already bought in, and has no need to buy again. They're doing a pretty sizable wave of hiring for Lumberyard development, indicating that they might now be the ones taking the engine forward.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Payroll Issues?
11. Re: Crytek Payroll Issues? Dec 12, 2016, 00:20 killer_roach
 
PacoTaco wrote on Dec 11, 2016, 18:13:
I was hoping Amazon would buy them but I think the dirty strings of EU mob ties are so deep that it is not worth it.

Seeing that Amazon flat-out purchased a license to all of Crytek's engine tech with the ability to make a commercial fork of it (which they have gone and done with Lumberyard), there's no need to buy the company. The IP isn't worth that much, nor is the development talent. If Crytek was liquidated Amazon might acquire their office space, maybe take up the IP if it was cheap enough, and hire some developers that were made redundant in the shuttering. But Amazon isn't likely to step in just to be their financial savior - that goes against one of the company's leadership principles (frugality), and Crytek's operations themselves violate, well, most of the rest.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 14, 2016, 21:36 killer_roach
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 18:45:
What better way to cap off a year of record breaking losses than to blow $8B on a mostly irrelevant audio company. Samsung is starting to feel like the Floyd Mayweather of the tech industry.

You aren't familiar with what all Harman is doing anymore, or their financials. At $8 billion they practically stole that company (11 times trailing earnings!), plus Samsung still have another $70B in the bank.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Picketing EA Today
11. Re: SAG-AFTRA Picketing EA Today Oct 24, 2016, 13:49 killer_roach
 
HoSpanky wrote on Oct 24, 2016, 12:01:
One, they want to know the name of the game they're being contracted to work on. A respectable voice actor doesn't want to accidentally add "Floppy Cock Massacre Brony Parade" to their resume. It's a two-fold move from the publishers, to keep unannounced games off of voice actor resumes, and to keep them from negotiating higher pay for higher profile games.

From that perspective, it seems like the publishers budging on either anonymity or royalties would take care of the other. Promise VAs a cut on a title, and they'll be more willing to take on an undisclosed project (especially if it turns out to be a big franchise game). Let them know the game up front, and the market mechanisms will sort out the pricing for VA on its own.

The other would be to employ the studio system model for employing voice talent (i.e. sign voice actors on as salaried employees of a publisher), but that opens up its own set of issues.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2016, 00:50 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 23, 2016, 01:31:
Doesn't matter, man... There are plenty of people who love Mei more than the others, and I'm sure muscles has her fans, too. And I don't mean platonically.

Zarya seems especially popular among people making lesbian fan art, usually with her more or less imposing her will on the other female characters.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 22, 2016, 03:35 killer_roach
 
Simon Says wrote on Oct 22, 2016, 01:39:
Flo wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 11:59:
PS4 Pro Has Extra 1GB of RAM.
Welcome, console players, welcome to the hardware upgrade race
I thought developers were not allowed to release games exclusive to the pro version but let's not kid ourselves,
original PS4 owners will be second-class citizens.

Find the answer to that question: What's the average difference in VRAM usage between a game running @ 1080p and the same game running circa 4k ( 1800p it seems for PS4 Pro most titles )?

Could it be 1 gig? WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT?! Rolleyes

Sounds like it's primarily for the sake of improving multitasking, but also so that it keeps as much of the primary memory devoted to the game as possible.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Adding Two-Step Logins
16. Re: GOG.com Adding Two-Step Logins Oct 17, 2016, 01:33 killer_roach
 
JSP wrote on Oct 17, 2016, 01:21:
I got hundreds of hacking attempts into my GOG account by multiple, and by multiple I mean from 10 different locations in Russia that spammed my email address with 2 step verification requests. Thankfully I did have the verification so I contacted support and reported them. I guess my experience with our Eastern comrades was not an isolated incident.

I've only ever had two attempts made on my account, and oddly enough neither was from Eastern Europe... yeah, I'm surprised as you are. (One was from China, the other from Argentina.) This seems a pretty straightforward way of adding some extra security.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 14, 2016, 07:18 killer_roach
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 13, 2016, 21:00:
$100, now that's a sweet deal and a way to keep customer's using Samsung phones.
In Korea you get $100 and get to keep a Fitbit 2 that you got with the Note 7. Glad to see that they're treating customers and the environment in a good way.

I got a Samsung Gear Fit 2 when I purchased my Note 7 - when I exchanged it I got a total of $95 back (my $70 deposit plus a $25 credit), got to keep the Gear Fit 2, and then went and got an iPhone (6S+ right now as a temp until the 7+ gets in stock).

The Gear Fit 2 is really pretty nice (I mothballed my Fitbit Charge HR ever since I got it), just wish Samsung would hurry up with iOS support (all they're committing to is "before the end of the year").

...then again, I saw what Samsung does when they hurry up. Take your time, guys.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 4, 2016, 15:15 killer_roach
 
MajorD wrote on Oct 4, 2016, 11:22:
...Microsoft pouring a bunch of money/resources into another project, go to market too late (again), have 'some' potential, and then abandon it? No, it can't be.

People were making comparisons between the Band and the Zune, which seems pretty accurate - both were pretty much "me too" efforts that came way too late, but were actually pretty decent. Just nobody cared.
 
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News Comments > TwitchPrime for Amazon Prime Members
9. Re: TwitchPrime for Amazon Prime Members Oct 2, 2016, 17:31 killer_roach
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 2, 2016, 10:08:
TickleMyElmo wrote on Oct 1, 2016, 18:06:
For US only I'm sure. Amazon's stance on Canadian Prime customers has consistently been "Go fuck yourselves".
Nope, I can confirm, it works perfectly fine for Canadian customers as well. Amazon prime also gives 20% off game preorders at the moment.

The 20% discount also applies to new games within two weeks of their release. You can wait for reviews and still get the discount
 
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News Comments > More GOG.com Connect
6. Re: More GOG.com Connect Sep 26, 2016, 14:57 killer_roach
 
Peter M. Smith wrote on Sep 26, 2016, 10:40:
It's a great idea, but it looks like GoG Connect doesn't cover DLC. I bought into the Founder's Edition for Galactic Civilization III. At Steam I have the game and all DLC. At GoG I have the base game.

Same with my Steam copy of AI War.

This batch added seven games for me - X Gold, Shadow Warrior, OlliOlli, The Masterplan, Ziggurat, AI War, and Teslagrad.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 25, 2016, 04:35 killer_roach
 
Nimh wrote on Sep 24, 2016, 12:03:
Oppo makes some of the best featured prosumer Blu-ray players on the market, and for very reasonable prices considering the hardware and inclusion of rs-232. Xbox/PS, or people who buy the cheapest of whatever, are not who these are market toward.

Still rocking a BDP-83 SE here!

I know, but still, launching at nearly double the price of devices that are already on the market from names mostly on the middle-high end of the spectrum seems a bit daunting.

Then again, as you point out, the people they're marketing to aren't going to sweat the cost either way, short of it being truly exorbitant.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 24, 2016, 05:30 killer_roach
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 21:53:
A mere $499, for a device that will no doubt be obsolete in a few years. Jump in, early adopters!

Only $200 more than devices from Sony, Samsung, and Philips that are already on the market. Such a deal!

(And $200 more than the Xbox One S, which can also play 4K Blu-Ray discs - doesn't handle some advanced audio options that home theater AV geeks would care about, but still - $299 for a 4K player that can play games or $499 for one that can't... hmm...)
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
18. Re: Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says. Sep 20, 2016, 06:53 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 08:09:
My university calculus teachers were woefully inadequate for the job. Calculus is already pretty heavy stuff, but having somebody with less than stellar English teach it to a room full of Americans is asking for trouble.

After having a Nigerian TA for my engineering physics class as an undergrad, I can say that's basically the reason why I ended up with a degree in economics and not computer engineering. Dude was unquestionably brilliant, but since I knew about as much French and Arabic as he knew English, the end results were dire.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
9. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 19, 2016, 01:17 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 18, 2016, 20:55:
And yeah, 6% that seems outrageously low. I suspect it'll be a lot higher, and even larger another 5 years after that. Question is who the hell will by anything produced by the robots and AI if they don't have jobs. And what will you do with the multitudes or unemployed people? It'll either have to be a guaranteed income via government or it'll be massive crime and eventually a Revolution.

6% of 145 million (the approximate level of total employment in the US - last number from the BLS is 144.59 million) is 8.7 million jobs. In just over four years' time. If anything, costing about 175,000 jobs a month for four years is a pretty aggressive number (and would reduce total employment to 2013 levels, or, pre-financial crisis, 2006 levels). The trend is there, although I doubt it will be quite that fast.

You are correct, though, in that significant automation of the workforce would increase calls for a guaranteed income program, and would likely become much less controversial as time passes.
 
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