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Real Name Mike Fisk   
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 11, 2014, 14:48 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 10:57:
Julio wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 09:55:
I'm not sure why Shaq can't fund it himself?

No kidding. The guy made 150+ million dollars over his career.

As for the Xbone, it's hilarious that retailers are saying to Microsoft "Your price point is retarded. If you can't figure this out yourself, we'll figure it out for you."

Amazon tried doing that with the WiiU and 3DS, and got "rewarded" for it by being withheld shipments of new hardware.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 11, 2014, 14:09 killer_roach
Pigeon wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 13:23:
The company is apparently worried that they could annoy Comcast executives too much with an ongoing fight, resulting in them failing to even get the 3 million Time Warner Cable customers Comcast plans to divest as part of a merger condition.

Definitely nothing wrong with a system where customers have so little choice, they're used as bargaining chips between "competing" companies.'I'm going to buy the Ranch, but if you don't make a bid driving up the cost of the ranch I'll give you 300 head of cattle'

Well, Comcast had proposed the spinning off of 3 million customers as a way of appeasing antitrust regulators, and it was commonly accepted that Charter would pick them up. Nobody knows for sure - for all we know, Comcast might spin off some customers in the Northeast and give them to Cablevision. This was before Charter ever thought about making a counter offer, but they now have to consider Comcast's merger proposals and go "would that mean we lose out on those customers Comcast is spinning off?".

That being said, to move a bit more in your direction on it, is it possible Comcast made that offer in the first place knowing that it might tie Charter's hands on a counter offer?
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Apr 11, 2014, 02:11 killer_roach
Yosemite Sam wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 00:39:
I really don't understand this move. Colbert is an icon of his own brand and he's walking away from that to try and make a place in someone elses brand, and not just anyone but a gaint. Makes no sense, people watch late show because of Letterman, this could very easily turn into another Conan/TonightShow fiasco, then he'll have nothing.

Reminds me a lot of when CBS hired another Daily Show alum, Craig Kilborn, to replace Tom Snyder as the host of the Late Late Show... needless to say, that didn't go particularly well, and they replaced him with Craig Ferguson, whom they now seem to be shoving out the door as well when his contract expires. Not sure what makes Colbert a better chat show host than Kilborn (other than not being particularly tall so he won't intimidate guests like the former college basketball player Kilborn did), but we'll see.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 10, 2014, 22:27 killer_roach
Beamer wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 18:46:
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 18:35:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 15:36:
Xbox One And The PlayStation 4: Weirdest. Console. Transition. Ever.

It IS somewhat odd that that new Borderlands PreSequel WON'T be on the new consoles. Given that they're making a PC version, shouldn't it be tit easy to convert it to XB1 and PS4? It seems like money on the table NOT to make it for the new ones?

Seems like devs are still hedging their bets against the new generation for another year or so. Probably want to save a little momentum for the big leap off PS3/360 also. Borderlands 3, finally in 1080p! etc...

The PreSequel is basically an expansion. They're using the same exact engine. Reworking it to make it for new consoles would require significantly more time and effort, and end any chance of it being a budget release.

I wouldn't be surprised if, in a year or two, they repackage all the Borderlands games with addon content in a megapack for PS4/XB1. Their argument seems to be "we'll release the Pre-Sequel on the systems people played 1 and 2 on", which, reading between the lines, sounds a lot like "we're not releasing on next-gen because they don't have 1 and 2 playable on them... yet."
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
28. Re: Anti-Gay Firefox Chief Brendan Eich Quits Days After OkCupid Backlash Apr 3, 2014, 23:42 killer_roach
NKD wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 22:43:
Give money to a political candidate who supports a religious whacko cause? No one cares. Give money to the religious whacko cause directly? String him up from the rafters. Appearances.

Other than that there was a boycott of Target a couple of years ago by gay rights advocates after they gave money to a charitable foundation that in turn gave some money to a pro-traditional-marriage organization...

This was less about appearances and more about a group of people wanting to claim a scalp to avenge past wrongs, and a larger group of people cheering the bumrush on.
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News Comments > Limit Theory Economics Lesson
7. Re: Limit Theory Economics Lesson Apr 3, 2014, 23:29 killer_roach
Here we go - a game I should actually excel at.  
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News Comments > Foolish Games, Volume 1
12. Re: Foolish Games, Volume 1 Apr 1, 2014, 19:24 killer_roach
Kudos to Blizzard and Bohemia - both of them doing April Fools jokes that I honestly kinda wish were real.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 31, 2014, 19:11 killer_roach
ViRGE wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 17:47:
1000 developers, and none of them are the AAA western developers that western Vita owners want.

The Vita needs more than the same indies most other consoles get, and imports of Japanese RPGs.

The problem is that a lot of Japanese developers are heavily targeting the 3DS, mostly because the cost of developing for it is so low (other than adding shaders, it's basically the same level of textures and geometry as a PSP game).
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 27, 2014, 22:56 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 18:25:
It's interesting that project Morpheus and OR are following the same dev timeline. I guess technology had improved to the point where suddenly people realized it was worth doing.

I'm guessing Sony saw the success of the Oculus Rift Kickstarter, thought back to their prior attempts at head-mounted displays, and went "hmm, couldn't hurt to dust this stuff off again..."
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 23:14 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 22:31:
You can understand why they're pissed. However so long as OR abides by the original deal that, as they say, is that. Regardless this is the sort of shit that's only going to help contribute to the demise of crowdfunding. Either that or the model has to change and these guys will have to sell shares instead.

The problem is that selling equity in a Kickstarter-like manner is basically impossible due to American and European securities law - the only people allowed in at such a low level are "qualified investors" - usually very high net worth individuals who can demonstrate the ability to absorb the risks they are taking. I still think direct sales of equity are ultimately the way to go, however.

For those that backed the Rift - maybe, if you ask real nicely, you can get yours to come in a nice shade of Facebook blue... but much beyond that I wouldn't hold my breath on.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 26, 2014, 21:23 killer_roach
nin wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 20:53:
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 18:04:
CrimsonPaw wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 11:24:
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 09:45:
Well since the playstation 1 & 2 processors were completely different, that means they are relying on emulation code which never works very well.
If they can get PS2 emulation to work on the PS3, they can surely get it to work on the PS4. I'm sure it'll be buggy initially but after they get the kinks worked out I can see it being a huge success.

Wrong, they never had any PS2, emulation on the PS3. They put a PS2 chip on the PS3 motherboard for a short period.

Actually, it's you that's wrong. 4 pages worth.

If I'm recalling correctly, the digitally-released PS2 Classics for the PS3 utilized static recompilation, not unlike how original Xbox games were made to run on the 360.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 25, 2014, 23:16 killer_roach
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 23:01:
Beamer wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 21:57:
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 21:53:
Brilliant. There has to be gamers out there where money is no object. Sucks I'm not one.

its not for gaming, much like the titan wasn't positioned to be. Bitcoin farmers may grab it.
the little that I know about bitcoin farming, Nvidia cards are not good for that stuff at all. Better bang for the buck to go with ATI.

It's even terrible bang for the buck compared to a single Titan Black, which is a third the price and likely a bit more than half the performance. It's not a workstation card, it's a consumer card that's meant as a "halo card" of sorts - basically just them showing off what they can do pushing a generation of tech to its limit and then trying to charge people for the privilege.
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
3. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Mar 22, 2014, 21:32 killer_roach
Pankin wrote on Mar 22, 2014, 19:05:
Hey, new revenue stream, Microsoft! Amirite?

At the risk of sounding like a Microsoft apologist...

...good on them for charging, although I'd rather they ask for more. If the FBI wants stuff, make sure it's for a limited number of users, not just having them do fishing expeditions with online data.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 22, 2014, 13:38 killer_roach
The real "problem" is that job availability in science and engineering fields is very volatile, varying wildly from field to field, and we take a sledgehammer approach by trying to shoehorn in as many people as possible across the board in the STEM fields. While there might be legitimate need for industrial and mechanical engineers, electrical engineers are pretty well meeting demand, and chemical engineers (and, even more worse off, chemists in general) are experiencing a major glut in their field, to the point where they're bidding starting salaries significantly lower (you might be about as well off with a humanities degree anymore).

And beyond that, a lot of these new STEM-related jobs that are opening up aren't necessarily the ones that we need college-educated people to do - just reasonably sharp people with a high school diploma who are willing to learn on the job. Burdening them with college loans seems borderline irresponsible considering what their career path entails.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
2. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 21, 2014, 17:14 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Mar 21, 2014, 16:43:
Although I know it's not everyone's favorite, there have been some fantastic games made with UE3. I'm really excited to see what will be made with UE4.

Not just some fantastic games, but some made by very small studios in surprisingly short amounts of time. This last generation of game engines have really flattened the capabilities of developers, and that's a good thing - makes it that much easier for a small group of people with good ideas to make a surprisingly decent game, and make it look and behave like something that came from a studio with considerably greater resources. (Quite possibly the biggest revolution amongst indie studios lately has been the improvement in polish in games from studios that actually care about such things, and these newer engines do go a long way to contributing to that.)
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News Comments > 75 More Steam Greenlights
8. Re: 75 More Steam Greenlights Mar 19, 2014, 22:52 killer_roach
Rigs wrote on Mar 19, 2014, 22:06:
The 'Desert Thunder' game seems to be a PC 're-make' or 'clone' of the SEGA Model 2 arcade game 'Desert Tank' seen here:

As for 'Desert Gunner'...that one (1) review seems to think it's the best damn thing to happen to STEAM, so apparently someone's happy...


So apparently at least one person developed it...
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Mar 16, 2014, 23:28 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Mar 16, 2014, 19:22:
"Veronica Mars" Film Backers Get Refunds.

...Aaaaaand that's the last time a movie property owned by a major studio gets kickstarted.

At the very least, not without asking more questions on how fulfillment will occur, and even then it might be difficult for the majors that don't have experience with smaller sorts of productions (i.e. I could see more trust for a project handled by Sony Pictures Classics or Fox Searchlight than, say, Warner Brothers or Disney).
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News Comments > Unreal Engine 4 in a Browser
10. Re: Unreal Engine 4 in a Browser Mar 13, 2014, 23:32 killer_roach
publicENEMY wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 00:50:
As a pc user; Why would i want to download source code, compile it on my pc, store it on my ram before i can run it every single time i want to play? could you not just give platform optimized binary and all i have to do i run it?

For those that dont understand what im blabbering about, try running a decent webgl game and watch your resource utilization. and dont forget to capture the time you started to play webgl game and time when you actually play the game.

as a pc user, i hate webgl, html5 and javascript(declarative language anyone?). its flawed by design.

Agree. Why use asm.js when they could just as easily use something like Google Native Web Client, something that gets closer to native performance while actually supporting proper multithreading (which JS doesn't)?
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 11, 2014, 00:19 killer_roach
Ant wrote on Mar 10, 2014, 21:30:
I still prefer physical medias especially with videos since Internet can be slow, unstable, DRM, etc.

Not to mention that, at present, even "Super HD" from Netflix is pretty rubbish quality compared to a Blu-Ray disc. Hell, there are some films on Blu-Ray where the AUDIO bitrate is higher than the total bitrate on a Netflix stream...
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 10, 2014, 18:54 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on Mar 10, 2014, 16:18:
Having 300GB archive disks sounds cool. I'm sure they'll be bloody expensive to start with, but if prices come down, it could be a cheap and effective way to archive all the data I've collected, which I back up on a 2TB hard drive.

Nothing new, either - I know Pioneer has demoed huge multi-layer Blu-Ray discs in the past.
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