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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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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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News Comments > Interplay IPs for Sale
26. Re: Interplay IPs for Sale Sep 8, 2016, 07:39 killer_roach
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 05:09:
Is it dead, Jim?

If it's not, it's still probably safe to write the obituary.
 
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News Comments > THOTH Announced
2. Re: THOTH Announced Sep 4, 2016, 05:19 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 3, 2016, 04:20:
Jeez, this looks like ass.

Reminds me a bit of Everyday Shooter - the difference being, mind you, that Everyday Shooter is a decade-old PS3 (and later PC) title that was made by a single person. But that game also used its minimalism to good effect with procedural music and some genuinely unique level design - this just seems to be minimalism for minimalism's sake (then again, it's coming from the makers of 140 - another game that put being "artsy" ahead of being "good").
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 1, 2016, 07:39 killer_roach
 
Retired wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 19:17:
Never had any issues. I wonder if it is because I am in Minneapolis and they have Amazon warehouses here. I think the Amazon trucks just deliver directly from there nearby.......

I'll say this - it's the fact that you're that close to a sort center that makes a lot of the difference. The warehouse itself helps a bit, but you could get stuff shipped from across the country and it'll still get there pretty quick because the sort center in Shakopee handles a lot of the logistics for the carriers (very easy for Amazon to contract their own freight from sort center to sort center and then have USPS or UPS simply cover the last bit of the journey).
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Op Ed Jul 11, 2016, 05:37 killer_roach
 
loomy wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 03:47:
valve could just list professional reviews on steam the same way metacritic does. what's the problem

They already have licensing/publishing agreements with a handful of sites to republish game news - shouldn't be that difficult to get opinion content in under a similar system (technically, you'll see some "Wot I Think" columns from Rock Paper Shotgun that show up in the game news, but you have to look for those at present).
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jul 4, 2016, 14:13 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 4, 2016, 13:59:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 4, 2016, 11:18:
Well looks like it's time to file a complaint with the competition bureau. Jacking up the price on something higher then the original base price prior to a sale is illegal as fuck here in Canada.

The end run I believe is that they delist the product, than relist it as something else so whilst totes scummy it's not illegal.

Yeah, they've discontinued it. Most places are out of the physical copies as well. (Upon seeing this, I ended up running to my nearest Walmart and found they still had one copy that was marked down 25% with a clearance tag - that was cheaper than getting the DLC which I never bothered buying.)
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Jun 26, 2016, 04:48 killer_roach
 
ZeroPike1 wrote on Jun 25, 2016, 09:16:
yeah it was a really dumb move. They go from being a major power in Europe to being kinda of a joke. Even more so if Scotland breaks off. The EU might hit a hard time or two from the event, but its not dumb enough to break-up because of some Trump-like Brits.

Scotland doesn't hardly rate in terms of the economic health of the UK - they're practically the Mississippi of Britain. Take out Edinburgh and Glasgow, and you're talking about a per-capita GDP more along the lines of Hungary. Leave them in, and they're still about half the level of England, which itself is a good 20-30% below the US.

Ultimately, some sort of compromise is going to be reached. Economically, Europe needs Britain just as much as, if not more than, Britain needs Europe. Merkel is already trying to reach out to the British government about some sort of fix, which should likely result in a relationship where Britain is both European and not European at the same time.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: FBI gets an unexpected lesson in interrogation from a former Nazi. Jun 25, 2016, 22:59 killer_roach
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 25, 2016, 18:42:
Simon Says wrote on Jun 25, 2016, 15:29:
Fascinating story that German interrogator.
A seemingly well known lesson which US intelligence services refuse to learn.

Similar to how most property crime works. You can smash and grab and take a couple of things from somebody, or you can gain their confidence and clean them out.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 22, 2016, 05:54 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 16:42:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 11:07:
1badmf wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 01:07:
with flappy paddles you can downshift. i think about the only thing you can't do vs clutch is rev it in neutral and then drop the clutch and goooooooooo.
That might work, however the CVTs seem to be taking over in automatics too -- so how long before that goes away...

There's no debate about that, CVT's are just plain effing awful.

CVTs as currently used are awful. It was originally designed as a racing technology, and was successful to the point where Formula 1 banned their use. But pretty much any CVT on the market today is designed specifically to be as fuel-efficient as possible... which also tends to be stultifyingly boring.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jun 22, 2016, 05:51 killer_roach
 
Acleacius wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 11:29:
killer_roach wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 08:16:
Acleacius wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 08:06:
I know it's just me bitching about 2K again but did you see Mafia 2. I know it's not on sale atm, but a 6 year old game being sold for $30.00, with dlc at $42. They are asking $72 for the game and dlc.

When they recently brought it back on Steam it was offered for an 85% discount for the first week or two... as to it's present price, I'm guessing the music licensing rights for it aren't cheap (which is why it was originally pulled from Steam).
Yeah, I was the one who sent in the info. It was just the base game iirc, which still leaves another $42 for the dlc. Not to mention after 6 years no complete edition, either. I'm not really sure it's the music. Why use music so expensive they can't afford to offer the game for sale, for 2 years? Why not change the music? There are tons of solutions. And again, why is a 6 year old game total price $72, on sale or not?

It was the DLC as well, as I picked up the last couple of DLC things I didn't already have for a buck or two.

The add-on DLC content really seems to be the killer price-wise for older games, though - especially since it so rarely tends to go on sale.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Jun 21, 2016, 08:16 killer_roach
 
Acleacius wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 08:06:
I know it's just me bitching about 2K again but did you see Mafia 2. I know it's not on sale atm, but a 6 year old game being sold for $30.00, with dlc at $42. They are asking $72 for the game and dlc.

When they recently brought it back on Steam it was offered for an 85% discount for the first week or two... as to it's present price, I'm guessing the music licensing rights for it aren't cheap (which is why it was originally pulled from Steam).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2016, 06:38 killer_roach
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 15:14:
I've noticed that in the last 5 years, the number of driving instructors who advertise automatic gearboxes on their cars has gone from almost none to about half. It looks like the British Isles is finally embracing automatic gearboxes. The shifter in that Jeep looks a bit awkward, I could see myself making this sort of mistake.

I've only ever driven manual, but then 99% of my driving has been in cars older than I am.

It's a pretty common shifter in some other cars that use the same ZF gearbox that newer FCA cars have, like BMWs and (I think) Jaguars, but in most of them it has an override where, if you open the driver's door with the selector in neutral, it automatically puts it in park.

Fiat Chrysler is the only carmaker who uses that gearbox that doesn't use such a setup.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam
36. Re: Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam Jun 20, 2016, 00:39 killer_roach
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 00:36:
I don't think he was making an actual appraisal. Just a number big and absurd enough that nobody could possibly pass it up.*


*other than dave chappelle

I know - I was just saying the reality was even a bit more depressing than the scenario he outlined.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam
34. Re: Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam Jun 19, 2016, 23:36 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jun 19, 2016, 18:04:
If MS came to Gabe tomorrow and said "Here's a fifty billion dollar check." you think Gabe & Crew say no? Microsoft would instantly dominate PC gaming, and likely return it to the absolute miserable shithole it was before digital distribution. :|

The reality is it wouldn't take close to $50 billion to buy Valve if Gabe was looking to sell. Activision probably has enough money to buy Valve, but it would end up being in a stock and cash transaction. EA... simply couldn't. Microsoft could easily digest Valve in an all-cash transaction, and, if my best estimations of Valve's financials are correct based on what little they have said publicly, would be less than they paid for LinkedIn (my back-of-the-envelope figures for Valve would give them an informal valuation of about $8-10 billion, and add another 40-50% for a likely acquisition premium to get to a number about half of the $26.2 billion MS paid for LinkedIn).

Also, never forget that Microsoft was GabeN's former employer. If anyone would likely know how to get him to sell... it'd be them.
 
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News Comments > Forza Horizon 3 Windows 10 Confirmed
20. Re: Forza Horizon 3 Windows 10 Confirmed Jun 15, 2016, 17:41 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 21:08:
In Forza Horizons 2 you can buy a Volkswagen Transporter (aka the Bus), and modify it so that it goes 0-100mph in 4.4 seconds. And then drag race it against people in Hennesey Venom GTs, and beat the living shit out of them.

Winner: Horizons. :)

For that matter, you could do similar in the main Forza series - in FM6 I modified a classic VW Beetle so that it was able to be run in Prototype-class events...

In all reality, though, the Horizon series should be thought of, first and foremost, as an extension of the Project Gotham games (in fact, the developer on Horizon, Playground Games, consists of a lot of ex-Bizarre Creations staff).
 
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News Comments > PC TEKKEN 7 Confirmed
3. Re: PC TEKKEN 7 Confirmed Jun 13, 2016, 18:19 killer_roach
 
Kobalt wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 18:08:
Namco already announced that Tekken X Street Fighter is no longer in development sadly.

If it's any consolation, Akuma is in Tekken 7...
 
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