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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 28, 2017, 19:08 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Dec 28, 2017, 16:20:
Creston wrote on Dec 28, 2017, 15:49:
Sue the shit out of them. I want Ajit Pai to spend the rest of his miserable existence in a court room. I want him to die in that court room.

At the very least it will tie up the FCC so they can't focus on making any other bonehead decisions.

Odds are it gets thrown out by an appeals court judge on the basis that the state of Minnesota lacks standing to file the case. Should take all of a few minutes.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2017, 21:07 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2017, 15:34:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 25, 2017, 07:35:
They are always closed Christmas day.

That's... That's unAmerican!

Nothing's coming in, nothing's going out - kinda pointless to stay open in those situations. (Wouldn't be surprised if Prime Now delivery stations start experimenting with Christmas/New Years service if they can line up the drivers, but fulfillment centers are a bit on the large side to keep open with almost no logistics support.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 16:52 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 16:09:
Yeah, so the first one on the list is Westmalle, which I picked up a 750ml for Christmas dinner.

Chimay is good, it's probably the most commercial.
Rochefort is my fav, sooooo smooth and rich. High alcohol though: I had three bottles at a Christmas party a couple weeks ago, and was wasted.
La Trappe is also very, very good.
St. Joseph's is also excellent, but a bit more expensive than the others so I usually don't get it.
The rest I haven't tried.

There are lots of "unofficial" Trappist style beers out there. La Fin du Monde is probably my favorite of these, and it's relatively inexpensive at $10 or so a bottle.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 is my favorite in the style - it's the same brewery that used to brew Westvleteren XII for the St. Sixtus abbey before the monks took their operations in-house. Needless to say, far cheaper than trying to get Westy on the gray market (and certainly cheaper than getting it honestly, which involves a trip to Belgium to visit the abbey) - at about $12-15 for a 750ml bottle, it's well worth it.

Of the others on that list that I have tried -

Achel is pretty solid, and reminiscent of Westmalle (not a huge surprise). Hard to find consistently in the US, though - you'll have better luck around huge cities, but I've yet to find it around since moving to Kansas.

Orval is rather commercial like Chimay, but a solid beer in its own right. Closest comparison would be to Rochefort 8. Usually not too difficult to find at a good bottle shop with a solid selection of imports.

Koenigshoeven I've only had their Tripel, which was decent but hard to justify on the basis of price. Only ever found it once, at a grocery store in Ohio.

Stift Engelzell is a bit of a step down if you look at the flagship heavy hitter ale (Gregorius), but their lighter beer (Benno) is worth checking out. Also reasonably affordable if you can find it (priced comparably with Chimay). Not super hard to find, but not as easy as others on the list.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 23, 2017, 21:01 killer_roach
Slashman wrote on Dec 23, 2017, 18:10:
You know I'd love to see some actual factual statistics about all these people who are living comfortably on social care programs versus the poor bastards who have no fucking choice.

Because the first thing I hear from protesters (who have pretty much zero connection to the poor people in these programs) whenever these discussions come up is I know a guy who cheats the system and gets free X or Y from the government. I have yet to see any convincing statistics that this is the huge issue it inevitably gets presented as.

Most studies I've seen on fraud and abuse of welfare programs put the problem at around 0.25% of spending (on the low end) and 2% (on the high end).

In reality, the few instances of abuse get people angry, but the real issue is the massive amount of bureaucratic waste in the systems. It shouldn't cost that much or require that many people to basically cut checks, and yet it does.

Needless to say, most political debates about government spending seem to involve both sides cherry-picking corner cases that resonate with their supporters (minions?) and completely missing the major issues in play.
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News Comments > Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium
10. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 13, 2017, 21:19 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 19:52:
Yeah but what about all the initial assets created with CryEngine? Were they all remade from scratch in Lumberyard? If not they owe Crytek. I'm guessing they probably weren't but CR will say they will - and this added a huge cost to development so everyone will have to give them yet more millions to cover this. This is definitely going to make history as the first new Ponzi style scheme done with a game - except the returns are virtual which makes it an even better scam!

They don't need to - what makes this switch so ridiculous is that Lumberyard is a licensed fork of CryEngine, compatible with nearly all CryEngine assets. Porting costs would be negligible, although I'm sure Crytek still wants their royalty claims to Star Citizen to be upheld, hence the aggressive legal push to prevent what is likely a sizable payout from being taken out from under them.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
23. Re: Saturday Metaverse Nov 5, 2017, 20:37 killer_roach
Beamer wrote on Nov 4, 2017, 16:31:
Do you think Amazon is hiring people that don't want to be in Canada?

Do you think they're hiring people that can't speak "functional English?"

Do you think they're hiring refugees?

People have told you, repeatedly, that isn't the case, but it's like you read nothing. Amazon doesn't hire HB1s that are underqualified or unhappy to be there. They don't hire them at reduced salaries, either. Amazon is hiring the people coming out of the schools. Do you know who is filling the top MBA and CS programs in both our nations? Foreigners. Do you know who Amazon wants to hire? The top MBA and CS graduates.

It isn't hiring them because they're foreigners, and it isn't paying them less, it's hiring them because they're the most qualified. And most of those very qualified candidates want to stay in the West and build their lives here.

I work for Amazon as an entry-level manager - over the years I've worked with a couple dozen people hired through their recruitment of elite business schools. I've helped train people who have received MBAs from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Michigan... and who come from literally all over the world. Ghana, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Taiwan, India, Brazil, Egypt, Australia... about the only thing they have in common is that they came here to learn and develop their careers, they're somewhere between very and incredibly good at what they do, and they're paid extremely well based on what they bring to the table.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 17, 2017, 20:15 killer_roach
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 13:22:
There is now no nominee for Drug Czar, DEA Administrator or Health and Human Services Secretary.
Its unfair to judge a president on his first 300 days.

As a libertarian, his inaction there might be among his best actions as President...
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News Comments > Forza Motorsport 7 Rolls Out
9. Re: Forza Motorsport 7 Rolls Out Oct 3, 2017, 19:07 killer_roach
Dman20 wrote on Oct 3, 2017, 15:10:
DangerDog wrote on Oct 3, 2017, 14:59:
95 gb download?

for a racing game...


Is that the PC or Xbox version? If Xbox version just wait for Xbox One X. Got GoW4 on the PC and its already 120Gig+, and I know its large on the Xbox One already.

That's the PC version. The Xbox One version, between disc install and download, is just under 70GB.
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News Comments > Emulation and the Law
4. Re: etc. Sep 30, 2017, 18:22 killer_roach
MacLeod wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 17:34:
Rilcon wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 17:00:
Atlus kinda extremely sound like high-level assholes... I mean, they're not selling any more copies of PS3 games, so this reeks of lawyers doing something assholish and ultimately detrimental to everyone affected and involved just to justify their absurd paychecks.

Well, Persona 5 was just released this April (for PS3 and PS4) so it is a new game... but it seems odd that they could DMCA an emulator that doesn't emulate their hardware.

Mind you, they were the company that threatened people if they were streaming their game earlier this year (Persona 5 as well).

From what it sounds like, Atlus sent the C&D because the emulator was showing images of their emulator running Persona 5, which means they were using Atlus' IP to solicit donations.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 20, 2017, 02:47 killer_roach
Simon Says wrote on Sep 19, 2017, 21:45:
Those Coffee Lake prices... Dayum... 7800X is a 6 core HT enabled part on HEDT and is 375$ + Ryzen 1700 8c/16t is 350$. So 400 bucks for the i7-8700k 6c/12t with that much competition?

Just price the damn thing at the same pricepoint as the 7700k. For once in your miserable lives in front of competition Intel, would you kindly offer some value?

Trying to extrapolate from UK prices from one retailer is a tricky game - oftentimes tech prices there are the same in GBP as they are in USD (despite the difference in exchange rate). If the 8700K looks to be 350 there, it'll probably be about $350 here.
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Sep 3, 2017, 01:54 killer_roach
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 23:18:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 15:14:
Sometimes it's what they say.
"We hope to use AI in our phones to have more learning capabilities ... together with big data, we will be able to understand consumer habits...," Lee told ZDNet.
It's no longer spying on you, your habits and what you do if it's in your hand.

At least they are honest about it... and let's face it, a proper AI needs to know and understand your habits to be.. well.. intelligent. Although I guess this limits what you can or should do with your phone, especially when it starts to call the cops on you for a suspected "criminal habit" o.O Or refuses to call the ambulance when you injure yourself in an illegal act...

Odds are they would probably glean insights from this data based on your internet activity generated from this AI - not only that way does it show them what sort of information was actually relevant to you, but it likely makes it easier for them to modify their own privacy statements.
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News Comments > Crackdown 3 Delayed
12. Re: Crackdown 3 Delayed Aug 17, 2017, 17:37 killer_roach
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 17, 2017, 16:20:
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2017, 14:21:
There's zero technical reason to not make DX12 for earlier Windoze versions. It's simply the carrot MS dangles to try and get people to suscribe to their Windows as a service/we own all your data model they're trying to establish. No fucking thank you. I'll quit gaming before I embrace that shit.

You - XYZ corporation - don't need to know anything about me. I know you want to, but you don't need to. As far as I'm concerned the our entire relationship is nothing more than you providing me with a product that I pay for once and own and that's it. I'm not interested in monthly services/renting. And there is no free upgrade because there are no free lunches. If a company expects something in return it ain't free.

I've been waiting for someone to come up with a reverse-engineered/"cracked" DX12 for Win7. It would probably take a lot of work, but I'm not upset if it never happens. Really nothing that's DX12-only has come close to enticing me thus far. Pretty sure I could live without one that did entice me though to avoid having to infect my machine with Win10.

Why wait for a successful back-porting of DX12 just so you can stick with Win7? Hell, if somebody were able to port the whole driver model over I'd go back to Win2000.
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News Comments > BULLET SOUL INFINITE BURST Bursts onto Steam
3. Re: BULLET SOUL INFINITE BURST Bursts onto Steam Aug 1, 2017, 22:25 killer_roach
and, of course, more kanji that we can't read.

First, it's katakana, not kanji.

Secondly, it's just restating "Bullet Soul Infinite Burst".
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
23. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 27, 2017, 01:21 killer_roach
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 16:38:
Pfft, there are only 4 states that have yet to make Amazon and other e-tailers collect sales tax. A handful of others don't have sales tax to begin with. So yeah, the holiday is finally over... for 2% of Americans. Lazy bums!

Actually, after April 1 Amazon still will not collect sales taxes in five states... because those states don't have sales taxes. (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon - interestingly, Amazon has physical presence in only two of those states... the latter two.)
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 13, 2017, 11:42 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 10:46:
Wtf would an average vehicle on an average day be generating 4TB of data? Nevermind 4TB that needs to be shared.

Generated is pretty easy - just requires very high levels of granularity and a fast polling interval. As far as sending it back... the goal would be to figure out a way of communicating as much detail with as little data as possible, which is where Intel assumes their expertise will come into play (although, to be honest, companies like Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon could all claim to have a significant leg up on Intel in terms of organizing and processing large quantities of data).
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs
17. Re: On Sale Feb 11, 2017, 05:53 killer_roach
Kxmode wrote on Feb 11, 2017, 00:44:
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2017, 23:03:
Yeah but GabeN is just indifferent whereas Nodick is outright evil.

It sounds like your assessment comes from personal experience and less from how they manage their products in the market. As far as I'm concerned as long as companies I've invested in as a shareholder are making profits legally and have some corporate governance and (or) responsibility then they're fine by me. Still, I think laying off staff after having a record quarter is uncool.

I'd at least like to know some of the details regarding it. Sounds like they're winding down a couple of small departments, leaving staffers with nothing to work on. I'd hope given the circumstances that they've been given some time to prepare (including possibly transferring into a position within the company where their skills are still needed) and, better yet, some sort of severance or support in transition. Common practice for mid-level people being laid off in restructuring, but I have no idea the specifics as to who is being let go to even fathom a guess as to how they'd arrange things.
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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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