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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2019, 11:28 Beamer
 
The show is centered on the suicide of fictional teen Hannah Baker, and the first season's finale shows her taking her own life. Several organizations, including the National Association of School Psychologists, raised concerns that it could romanticize suicide for vulnerable teens.

"Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in Season 1 was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it," show creator Brian Yorkey said in a statement. "But as we ready to launch Season 3, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it."

"No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other," he added. "We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers."


After some initial criticism, Netflix added a warning card to the beginning of the episode, alerting viewers that the episode contained "graphic depictions of suicide and violence."

The show also has a website, 13reasonswhy.info, containing resources about suicide prevention. It contains videos of cast members discussing topics such as bullying, consent, depression and how to talk with a teen about the series. The site also warns: "If you are struggling, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult."

The edited version, now on Netflix, shows Hannah looking at herself in the mirror, full of emotion. It then cuts to her parents finding her body in the bathroom and reacting to her death. The previous version was nearly three minutes long, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and showed her cutting her wrists with a razor blade.

Netflix's decision has drawn praise from a number of suicide prevention advocates, such as American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American School Counselor Association, Dr. Helen Hsu from Stanford, advocacy group Mental Health America, the Trevor Project and Dr. Rebecca Hedrick from Cedars-Sinai, according to THR.


"We support the decision to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from 13 Reasons Why. There has been much debate about the series in the medical community," they said in a joint statement, as THR reported. "But this positive change will ensure that 13 Reasons Why continues to encourage open conversation about mental health and suicide prevention — while also mitigating the risk for the most vulnerable teenage viewers."

Ron Avi Astor at the University of Southern California, who studies adolescent bullying and mental health, discussed with NPR's Anya Kamenetz how the images of self-harm on the show could affect teens.

Avi Astor told Kamenetz that the depiction could be contagious — but just for certain teens. "It's not just that any random kid would see it and do it," he said, but for a kid who was already thinking about suicide, it had the potential to influence their behavior.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Draw Fire for Game Music Solicitation
8. Re: Ubisoft and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Draw Fire for Game Music Solicitation Jul 16, 2019, 10:23 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jul 15, 2019, 19:01:
There are two sides to every story and somewhere in the middle lies the truth.

Simplifies almost every situation and assumes either everyone is equally honest/dishonest, or that everyone has an equal amount of self interest, or that everyone is equally lacking in self awareness.

Just to use a recentish controversy, Trump said his inauguration was the largest of all-time and larger than any prior. Everyone else said it was smaller than many recent. The middle ground would be that it was equal in size to many recent. That's false. Erring on the side of "somewhere between" means shutting down your own cognitive abilities and ignoring all evidence, to the point that the quote is pointless.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
11. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 16, 2019, 09:01 Beamer
 
Red886 wrote on Jul 16, 2019, 01:29:
Twitter depends on Trump for survival.

i really hope he leaves Twitter for something else

He'll go to the new Gab fork of Mastodon, where all the Nazis ended up. Because, when you make something with "free speech under all circumstances" as your guiding principle, you end up attracting all the people that need that free speech to not be banned. Overwhelmingly, those people are Nazis. Best case scenario they're merely racists. Anyone else that remains cares about "free speech" above not being surrounded by racists.

So Gab, Voat, etc., are all just Nazis. That's your alternative - an unmoderated cesspool that's so overwhelmingly Nazi that, when the_donald tried to flee from reddit to Voat, they basically all got shooed back by anti-semites telling them they couldn't use Voat because they didn't hate Jews enough.

Things more open than Twitter aren't good ideas, but you guys keep building them if you'd like. Then wonder why you're surrounded by Nazis. Then wonder why, after hearing so many people telling you their message, if maybe they're not on to something? Same way QAnon, Pizzagate, etc., all spread, and we see how many of the "free speech" warriors here fell for those ideas.
 
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News Comments > Epic Games Store Roadmap
46. Re: Epic Games Store Roadmap Jul 16, 2019, 08:57 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jul 16, 2019, 07:15:
The shopping cart is just an example of their ineptitude and bungling of the launch. Also I'm pretty sure everyone here has purchased more than one game at a time on a sale, not exactly an unheard of scenario on a PC games store. It's basic expected functionality, along with stuff like cloud saves. People rightly expect more from a storefront/client in 2019 than one that launched in 2003 when effectively nothing existed.

Also I feel like the store page itself is an endless scrolling nightmare that desperately needs a redesign but I see thats on their road map too.

It is a scrolling nightmare.
But I still don't get the "I won't use it without a shopping cart" argument. Has anyone here actually had a time when they wanted to buy multiple products from Epic at one time? Even if you did, how much longer does it take to check out with two products, when everything is two clicks?

It just seems like table stakes for them, sure, but it's so odd to me that it consistently makes the "I won't use EGS without this feature!" list. Of all the features, that feels bottom half to me. Weird to not be there, but 99% of my game transactions are one at a time, and even during the Steam sale, I regularly buy something, then see something 5 minutes later that I want and buy it, then see something 2 minutes later and buy that. It's really not particularly time consuming or frustrating, unlike cloud saves, or a decent layout with proper information.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
25. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 16, 2019, 08:54 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 15, 2019, 21:41:
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 15, 2019, 14:14:

The headline is based on AMD fanboy drivel that Radeons generally gain massive performance over time through the power of FineWine™ drivers while nVidia cards generally lose massive performance because Huang personally instructs his driver developers to ruin the performance on older cards once nVidia have released a new gen.

It's not really clickbait. There are a lot of AMD fanboys who are spreading these kinds of lies all over tech forums and Reddit. This article is doing a good job of illustrating how full of shit they are.

Know where this starts from? Nvidia itself, way back when nvidia had their own forums(prior to the security breach and shutdown) there were multiple posts from people within the company including members of the driver development team that stated when nvidia launches a new card, they shift the current 'performance' team to the new card, and leave driver updates and maintenance to teams B and C, who often downgrade higher performance for more stability. This isn't some grand conspiracy, there was plenty of proof posted on their own boards and the CM's even acknowledged that performance took a hit over the long-term.

Remember when nvidia was paying at their cost, to have people bring their PC's or have them shipped to them at their cost because of the TDR problems? That was back in the GTX500, 600 and 700 days.

But isn't this common sense? Wouldn't you have your best developers on your best products? I'm certain AMD does that, as well, if devs can only focus on one product line at a time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 15, 2019, 23:10 Beamer
 
Cutter: corporations are sociopaths that exist to screw me over, and are just evil

Also Cutter: having to leave work early to pick up your kids means you need to be fired
 
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News Comments > Epic Games Store Roadmap
41. Re: Epic Games Store Roadmap Jul 15, 2019, 12:01 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 15, 2019, 11:29:
This roadmap looks very much the same as the roadmap they published three months ago, with the same timeframes on it, so it doesn't appear as if they're making much headway. Maybe they'll just keep reposting the same roadmap every three months.

Is there any way to back up games on EGS yet?

It's a Trello, so it's a living document and technically is the same. You can click on any item and see the history. A lot of the near-term was created in March, with a July launch date. We'll see if anything hits. Only one thing was released in July, the crash fix. A lot actually did move from mid to near, but we'll see when we actually get a release.
 
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News Comments > Epic Games Store Roadmap
39. Re: Epic Games Store Roadmap Jul 15, 2019, 08:56 Beamer
 
Shopping carts are a weird dealbreaker to me. Multiple checkouts aren't really a big issue.

No cloud saves is an enormous issue. No download size previews is an enormous issue.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Retro Dust II Map Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Counter-Strike Jul 14, 2019, 18:27 Beamer
 
I think you guys are missing that she isn't James Bond, she's 007. Bond is losing his code number to an incumbent. That's part of the plot. He's not being replaced as the star of the movie, but his character is being pushed out within his organization.  
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News Comments > Torchlight Free on Epic Games Store
8. Re: Torchlight Free on Epic Games Store Jul 12, 2019, 14:53 Beamer
 
Maybe I'll try this.

On Steam, probably, since I already own it there.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 11, 2019, 09:52 Beamer
 
Red886 wrote on Jul 11, 2019, 04:55:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 11, 2019, 02:40:

Hate speech on 4chan is up by 40% since 2015, analysis of one million comments finds.


Gee, what started in 2015 to cause that? It's a mystery.

answer: VICE

This doesn't even begin to make sense, though I suppose you can tie it in to the Proud Boys, who have their beginnings in Vice.

But 2015 was when people started deciding that some shitty developer cheating on her boyfriend meant they can make antisemitic jokes and then whine about consequences.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2019, 14:56 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 10, 2019, 10:39:
They will keep doing exclusives until either

1) They are number 1 in sales.
2) Their Fortnite money fountain runs out.

Steam is clearly betting on 2 happening way before 1, but for some reason people just keep on playing fortnite.

It'll stop long before they're #1. They'll do it until a rational person willingly uses them. That won't happen until they have feature parity, or close to it. But once people are ok with EGS, this will all end. They're well aware that no one would pick EGS over Steam now, but once there's near parity, there'd be no true reason not to (which doesn't mean everyone would, but it's closer.)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2019, 10:00 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 10, 2019, 08:52:

Except... keeping all the exclusives it's buying on every store EXCEPT Steam? What if Steam stubbornly sticks to 30%, do you think after a year Epic is just going to be "oh, oh well, I guess our strongarm tactics didn't work. Let's all embrace Steam again!"



By "every store," you mostly mean the publishers' own stores, right?
Steam really is over 90% of the market, so of course it's what they're focusing on. If they steal 100% of the market share from GOG and Humble Bundle they still have, what, 3% of the total market? Maybe less? Add in UPlay, Origin, etc., and it's 5%?

Taking from them is utterly meaningless. It's like trying to build a competitor to Windows by focusing on OS/2 users.

I don't think anyone here has said they want a near monopoly,

Except for the headline of the article we're discussing. And the concluding paragraph. Both imply Epic's goal is to put Steam out of business, which is ludicrous. However, Jerykk seems to agree in the post I quoted, and further down, you seem to agree that its goal is to "replace Steam," or at least your concern is it replacing Steam, which seems to be a weird thing to be concerned about.

which Steam most certainly DOESN'T have.

Legally, no, but I'm not making the legal argument. Functionally, yes. This site is power users, and what percentage of games do you think people here play that don't involve Steam? I'd be shocked if it's 10%. Some of the online-only games don't touch Steam, but virtually every other major PC game does. A huge chunk use Steam as their backend, and even ones using something like uPlay as it are still bought far more frequently on Steam than on, well, uPlay.


And I don't think anybody has said they're going to keep doing exclusives forever, so it's a beautiful little straw man you're kicking there.

Is it a strawman? Reread the quote I put up from Jerykk - how else do you construe it? He's saying they want to "replace Steam," which I construe as meaning "have more than 90% of the market" and goes on to say "considering its complete lack of features, paltry selection and complete disregard towards consumer interests," which I construe to mean that he sees this state going forward and them not building features or selection. Otherwise, it's a ridiculous thing to say, as EGS would never "replace" Steam without exclusives, features, or selection. Jerykk isn't an idiot, so he's implying EGS keeps one of those.
So no, not really a strawman, it's what I was responding to.

We'll have replaced Steam, which isn't perfect but it's pretty good, with a far, far, far shittier client, owned by a company that has long given the PC gaming market a big fucking middle finger.

And now you're saying "replaced Steam" with something shittier. You just said I made a strawman, but now you're talking about Steam essentially going away despite EGS not building feature parity. How would that even happen? The only possible way that happens, the only single way, is to keep doing exclusives, which you just said no one is claiming they'll do. So how do you see them "replacing" Steam without building feature parity or exclusives? Because I see no path to that, and therefore complaining about it is like complaining that the sky is blue instead of yellow.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2019, 08:44 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Jul 9, 2019, 23:35:
Beamer wrote on Jul 9, 2019, 17:00:
But does anyone actually believe it wants to replace Steam?
And, again, this is the same thing people were saying about Steam when it popped up. "Once Steam replaces brick and mortar, everything will be so great, guys. Just wait and see!"

I can't tell if you're being serious. Epic clearly wants to be the market leader in PC digital distribution. That's why they're spending millions just to deprive Steam of games for a year. The entire point of timed exclusivity is to hurt competitors. Epic is specifically targeting Steam which is why so many EGS "exclusives" are also available on Uplay, the Windows Store, Xbox Game Pass, etc. It's also why Sweeney always refers to the industry-standard 30% cut as a "Steam tax," as if Sony/MS/Nintendo/Apple/Google don't take the same cut.

Steam replacing brick and mortar did turn out great. It basically saved PC gaming when its retail presence was rapidly dwindling in the mid 2000s. EGS replacing Steam seems pretty awful considering its complete lack of features, paltry selection and complete disregard towards consumer interests.

Of course I'm serious. The article is saying it wants the PC games market "to itself," which would imply putting Steam out of business. There's literally nothing Epic is doing that implies it wants Steam out of business. Not a thing. Anyone claiming so is giving in to histrionics.

It's spending millions on exclusives because the primary resource it has is money, and throwing more money at development won't help it reach feature parity any sooner.

I just don't get how so many people think their endgame here is to have a near-monopoly (like Steam has), with no large competitors, and no features, with them continuing to spend millions on exclusives. Anyone that thinks that's their plan is not really thinking too hard about this.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Jul 9, 2019, 17:00 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 9, 2019, 16:39:
Yeah but once EGS replaces Steam, everything will be so great, guys! Just wait and see! Tim Sweeney loves us, he really does!

Rolleyes

But does anyone actually believe it wants to replace Steam?
And, again, this is the same thing people were saying about Steam when it popped up. "Once Steam replaces brick and mortar, everything will be so great, guys. Just wait and see!"
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jul 9, 2019, 14:19 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 9, 2019, 12:51:
my pops would have put me through a wall.

This explains so much.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: South Korean camp what is life like Jul 8, 2019, 13:04 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 8, 2019, 12:11:
Bill Borre wrote on Jul 8, 2019, 11:22:
Probably as bad as at a border internment camp.

I doubt it as those Koreans aren't criminals and didn't do anything wrong.

Border crossing is a class a misdemeanor, which kind of pushes "criminal." I mean, it's technically true, but hundreds of thousands of people broke laws of the same weight on July 4th by illegally using fireworks.
 
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News Comments > AMD NAVI Graphics Card Reviews
19. Re: AMD NAVI Graphics Card Reviews Jul 8, 2019, 11:12 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jul 8, 2019, 10:07:
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 7, 2019, 21:04:
Osc8r wrote on Jul 7, 2019, 20:36:
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 7, 2019, 20:16:
Osc8r wrote on Jul 7, 2019, 19:58:
45db and performance all over the place? Well that's... disappointing.

Was quietly hoping they'd pull something out of their sleeve to at least bring Nvidia's pricing inline a bit but meh.


LULULULULULUULULULUL!!!!!11 You were hoping the last almost 15 years would be just an aberration or something and suddenly, one day, AMD would stand a chance? HAHA!! No. Bring back ATi, and maybe nVidia would have some competition. But, I mean, if you want cheap garbage that you have to upgrade in 6 months, there's always AMD as an option.

I was only quietly hoping, like really really stealthily. I mean, their CPU department did a commendable job at least! We just need a little more competition in the GPU market - like where the F is intel anyway? Seems like there's plenty of room for them.

To be bluntly honest though, i was just hoping that the 2080ti prices would come down so i could snag one ''''cheap'''' lol.


I gave up years ago waiting for AMD to provide competition. But yeah at least their CPUs are finally catching up. I'm just waiting for 7nm GPUs from nVidia to drop so I can run Cyberpunk 2077 in 8k.

Actually AMD already has the best graphics card in the price range that matters the RX-580 and 590 are by far the best in the $200 range. As to Navi, just have to wait and see what the market brings. The last thing I am going to do is support Nvidia's ridiculous prices.

As to 8k it is just a joke on the public, just like ray tracing. The differences on a computer screen are just not discernable.

The 1060 can be had for the same price as the 580, and from what I'm seeing, seems to be the better performing card for gaming at 1080p, certainly not behind "by far."

Also, ray tracing is a joke on the public? The current implementation is limited, but you don't believe it will never have an impact, do you?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Deadpool 3 Jul 6, 2019, 18:01 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Jul 6, 2019, 13:23:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Jul 6, 2019, 05:01:
Bill Borre wrote on Jul 5, 2019, 11:15:
The comments are claiming that is actually a scene from Deadpool 2.
But 2 was just a totally different movie. As if the whole production crew changed. It was just bad bad bad. Not funny at all.
Ryan Reynolds then attacking his fans sealed the deal for me. No more Deadpool.

Well, yes, it was a different crew, for one Miller didn't direct. I'm surprised he was in the movie at all given what happened. Plus you gotta figure a stunt performer died on the set during filming of the whole truck heist scene. So it seemed to be jinxed from the start. Then you have this whole setup: The first movie was almost entirely about getting back to Vanessa and in the second movie, she's dead inside 10 mins. WTF?! Just totally wasted the whole reason for the first movie! I didn't know about Reynolds shitting on his fans, when did this happen?

And, yes, this isn't a DEADPOOL 3 teaser, this is an extra that was on the DP2 dvd/blu-ray and part of the 'Super Duper (LAME)' edition.

Burrito of Peace wrote on Jul 5, 2019, 16:33:
4. Actual move in. Master bedroom bed setup before anything else.

The first thing I do in any move? Setup the desk and computer with the computer chair, everything else is secondary. If needed I can throw something on the desk and sleep on that or in the chair. When I had my wood executive desk (god, I LOVED that fucking desk!) it was roughly the size between a full and queen size mattress so I could throw my travel mattress on it and be just fine and it was actually pretty good for my back, too!

=-Rigs-=

Ryan Reynolds didn't attack his fans. Muscular is just super-duper sensitive to people saying "Nazis are bad" or "don't be an asshole." He takes those as personal attacks on his very existence. Living must be very, very difficult for him (and those around him!)
 
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