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Real Name Mike Fisk   
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Signed On October 31, 2002
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News Comments > etc.

3. Re: etc. Feb 26, 2020, 22:35 killer_roach
PHJF wrote on Feb 26, 2020, 13:04:
Here is the problem... HM chairs are notoriously expensive, and Logitech’s G stuff is usually pretty cheap.

I mean, if it's $500 or so, they could talk me into a purchase...
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News Comments > Op Ed

50. Re: Op Ed Feb 23, 2020, 21:56 killer_roach
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 23, 2020, 21:28:
killer_roach wrote on Feb 23, 2020, 14:37:
The real question is why Valve is entitled to 30% of my gaming money

That's not an entitlement, it is a contract and this is business.

"You can buy whatever you want - so long as it's from this one place and at the terms they dictate!"

That's not business; that's a market failure.
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News Comments > Op Ed

33. Re: Op Ed Feb 23, 2020, 14:37 killer_roach
Prez wrote on Feb 23, 2020, 13:57:
The real question is "Why would I choose Epic over Steam?"

The real question is why Valve is entitled to 30% of my gaming money just because they were ahead on the market. Nothing they did was particularly novel; and it could be argued that they're still struggling to implement things their customers have been asking for over fifteen years.

I get it; Valve has a pretty sizable amount of goodwill in the gamer community. But that doesn't require them to have the market to themselves. It's possible they will continue to have an outsized role in that space even with competition; but it seems like people seem to get outraged over the idea that Valve, God forbid, actually has to work to make their product and service better.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization

1. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 13, 2020, 21:19 killer_roach
Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra might have more RAM than your PC.

Not too many people's PCs around here, I'm guessing.
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News Comments > Codemasters Buys Slightly Mad Studios

6. Re: Code yourself into hell Nov 30, 2019, 18:28 killer_roach
Slick wrote on Nov 30, 2019, 11:41:
All that for $25 million? That seems like a bargain.

My guess is $25 million plus assumed debt, which likely is more than the asking price... but even still, that's a relative bargain for being able to apply SMS' tech to their core competency (racing games).
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News Comments > etc.

2. Re: etc. Oct 23, 2019, 23:40 killer_roach
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 23, 2019, 12:12:
10cent's low is $40, not quite sure what they mean by support?

A lot of equity holdings are managed off of mathematical formulas, effectively an autopilot of sorts - but if share prices drop below certain technical levels, it could potentially trigger significant additional selling activity, driving the share price lower still.

That said, dropping below key support levels isn't necessarily the end of the world - there's multiple support levels below the initial one, and some stakeholders might start buying if they see a potentially undervalued stock, bringing it back up a bit.
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News Comments > etc.

4. Re: etc. Sep 30, 2019, 23:10 killer_roach
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 12:25:
Other voice actors for the game are in the same Union he is, so...what’s the real reason? How did he think that wouldn’t be spotted immediately?

Odds are the other voice actors aren't SAG/AFTRA members - it's not difficult to get non-union talent for video game voice work.

However, it's an all-or-nothing scenario if you want notable voice talent - the advantage a trade guild like SAG/AFTRA has is that they hold a monopoly over their people. You want them, you play by their rules. You don't want to play by their rules... you get other people (generally with less experience and are less recognizable to the audience). Plain and simple.

It is a bit of a surprise that Gearbox wouldn't open up the purse strings for voice acting on a title of that scale - that or they figured the visibility of their project was such that they could get people willing to forgo a bigger payday in exchange for visibility on a AAA project. That said, seems like a terrible place to cut corners when you have a notable name willing to work with you.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse

1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jul 27, 2019, 22:48 killer_roach
Disney has previously mentioned that they'll offer bundled pricing for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ together, just no details on that have been given as of yet.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse

4. Re: Saturday Metaverse May 18, 2019, 23:02 killer_roach
Bill Borre wrote on May 18, 2019, 15:07:
Don't think so. He's just one cat among the multitude of cat videos.


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News Comments > Evening Interviews

1. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 29, 2019, 22:34 killer_roach
And more than a few of us of a certain age just want Epic Games to make another Jazz Jackrabbit game.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits

2. Re: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards Get Major Price Drop Mar 28, 2019, 21:02 killer_roach
Simon Says wrote on Mar 28, 2019, 20:02:
Typical WCCFTECH...

It's a temporary rebate by 1 UK website...

And even then, it's largely due to the fact that the pound sterling has strengthened against the USD by about 5% since the first of the year. (For those Americans thinking they might get some bargain hunting in, that £600 RTX 2080 is the equivalent of $786 US.)
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse

1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Feb 24, 2019, 22:20 killer_roach
There's a part of me that wonders if Amazon was doing a lot of the scale testing of Amazon Go to force large retail rivals to commit resources to a similar platform - the testing alone has been a marketing boon to AWS, and about the only rival in the cloud computing space that seems to be poised to benefit from following in the same path is Microsoft (meaning that it could be injurious to the likes of Google or Oracle). I've heard it said that Amazon is less a retailer or a tech company and more a "disruption platform"... seems like they can shape markets largely due to other companies' fear of what they might do next.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization

11. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 12, 2018, 19:24 killer_roach
MindStalker3 wrote on Nov 12, 2018, 10:33:
Yeah, I'm not believing this. Even if its based on cost plus normal markup, they aren't going to release it until they can get it down to $1200 a most. at $1700 it would flop hard, even $1200 would be a tough sell.

I'm reminded of a quote attributed to Ray Kurzweil - "technology is only expensive when it doesn't work."

With that sort of a price relative to other smartphones, I expect the early adopters to be glorified beta testers.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse

8. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2018, 20:07 killer_roach
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 31, 2018, 17:22:
Set top boxes are such a fucking racket. They're just decoder boxes with an HDMI out that could be handled by something about the size of a pack of playing cards. Most often, even the "premium" movie channels don't broadcast in actual 5.1 let along 7.1 surround sound so it's not like they have some high quality DAC in there that is spitting out true surround sound.

Considering Charter/Spectrum lets you use a Roku as a TV receiver, that should tell you all you need to know.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse

7. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Oct 28, 2018, 11:25 killer_roach
Scheherazade wrote on Oct 28, 2018, 01:50:
Fraud/etc are illegal in and of themselves. The speech is incidental.

Legal business plans are ... legal. It's just illegal to let people know the plans.

The government's claim in this case are in themselves spin. Elon had an agreement with Saudis for Saudis to buy into Tesla, which the Saudis and others verified. But because the Saudis had not yet made a move to commit the purchase at the time of the tweet, the govt asserts that the agreement didn't count (which then makes the tweet a lie). (and after US govt heat came on, the Saudis backed off anyways, coming to 'self fulfilling prophecy' territory).

Basically, short sellers with govt connections had a shit fit because they bet on a stock value crash, and it didn't happen.


The issue was with saying that funding was secured for taking the company private (it hadn't, they had only secured an investment from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, specifics were still being worked on as to its value) at a set value, leading investors to price the stock differently than they would have absent this information. Whether or not this was an attempt at manipulating stock price is, in the eyes of the SEC, immaterial - the evidence did not back up the Tweet, and a significant number of people traded on the basis of the information. His subsequent Tweets following the sanction from the SEC don't exactly do much to dissuade regulators of the opinion that this was done wittingly.

The part that is ridiculous, though, is that had Elon not written in past Tesla quarterly statements to watch his Twitter feed for business updates, he probably would have been in the clear - without a concrete track record of telling people that his Tweets may be business news, they would have been taken about as seriously as when POTUS tweets (i.e. not at all).
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs

6. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Oct 21, 2018, 20:07 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Oct 21, 2018, 14:38:
Stormsinger wrote on Oct 21, 2018, 12:39:
Shit like this is one reason I hope to win the $1B+ lottery. Then watch me spend lavishly to kill companies who place profit before simple decency.

SF and California already spend a ton of money on them. If the issue here is that these corps aren't paying there fair share that's one thing but it's not their responsibility to house the homeless. There is exactly zero shortage of cheap housing in the US. Those people can and should be leaving SF for places they can actually get a job and afford a place to live. If you want to waste your money, that's entirely up to you. I can think of literally a million better ways to spend it/use it.

Bare minimum, they should be encouraging innovative ways of expanding the supply of housing in the Bay Area - Seattle has been rapidly building new housing units, and the mean monthly rent has actually been flat to falling recently (although they responded to the issue likely a decade later than they should have, resulting in a pretty rapid run-up until they took action). Until they start actually allowing more places for people to live, the Bay Area will remain America's largest gated community.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse

2. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 10, 2018, 23:51 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Oct 10, 2018, 21:59:
Bezos is such a fucking scumbag.

How many other companies will take people pretty much literally off the street and start them at $15 an hour with benefits for a job that has an injury rate markedly lower than working at Walmart?

I just wish I got that when I started with Amazon six years ago (even if I make well above that now)...
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits

4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 3, 2018, 21:46 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2018, 20:30:
At first glance it seems like these options are being taken away from people who make more than $15, not necessarily the people who just got a raise. It's doubtful the lowest-paid workers ever got stock options or anything.

They did - it wasn't a lot of stock, but it was a couple grand a year extra. The options didn't vest for two years, though, so a lot of people are looking at the changes as ones that mean they give up possible gains in the long run for a larger and more predictable paycheck right now. Also, it makes it easier to attract new hourly workers by being able to trumpet a nicer-looking base wage than have to do all the explanation of the total compensation package (much easier to say "minimum $15 an hour plus benefits")...
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News Comments > GOG.Com 10th Anniversary Giveaway Selection

5. Re: GOG.Com 10th Anniversary Giveaway Selection Oct 1, 2018, 22:39 killer_roach
Ant wrote on Oct 1, 2018, 22:35:
I couldn't decide between Shadow Warrior 2 (SW2) and Superhot games. I enjoyed the original SW1 for DOS back in those days. Superhot looks cool, but it is more of a puzzle game? I also noticed you can change your vote in the poll.

I voted for Superhot, but only because it's the only one of the three I don't already own.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2018, 00:42 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Sep 23, 2018, 20:10:
Ugh, bad day in the pool for me. Can't believe that call on Mathews. This shit has to change or the NFL is done. Everyone except the league seems to grasp that.

As I mentioned to friends, you know the NFL is messed up when they're issuing personal foul penalties on hits that would be legal in soccer... and the only protective equipment they have is shin pads and a cup.
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