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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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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 > Adding Two-Step Logins
16. Re: 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 Connect
6. Re: More 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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