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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
33. Re: Morning Metaverse May 23, 2018, 22:48 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on May 23, 2018, 20:12:
Scheherazade wrote on May 23, 2018, 13:14:

Also, I didn't vote for Trump. Or Hillary. Because I think they are both shit candidates.
Trump is a man child and I can't trust him to think things through, and Hillary is so hawkish that I can't trust her not to take stupid risks.

I would have voted Bernie. Because why not. Try something new for a change.
The guy seemed very mild on a per-issue basis. Pro public healthcare, not an anti-gunner, etc. A decent straddler.


-scheherazade

Here's the funny thing... even though I completely disagree with funding social programs, I probably would have strongly considered voting for Bernie too. (Even though I'm saying he is far left, IMO)

Beamer wrote on May 23, 2018, 12:58:
If we were taxed "most of our income," there'd be fairly large economic impacts. What matters isn't so much what you take home, but what you take home relative to your neighbor. If you took home $10,000 after taxes, but your neighbors took home $100,000, you're poor. If you took home $10,000, and so did everyone else, then $10,000 isn't poor and you'd see prices adjust to accommodate that.

Uh no.

What matters is what one takes home for their reflective occupation. A doctor shouldn't have the same take home pay as a burger flipper. Nor should a doctor be punished for being an achiever. Why should a Doctor that pays out the rear for malpractice insurance, went to school for 12 years, and saves lives be severely punished making over 250k? Any professional occupation for that matter. One educates themselves and strives to get the experience necessary for a good income then get it taken away? Why?

Income tax needs to just go away. Period. Replace it with something(s) that isn't (aren't) income related. People shouldn't be punished for working. Spread it out with property, consumption, and possibly a type of VAT. No loopholes. No deductions. Take away the feeling that ones earnings are being taken away and put towards things they disagree with funding.

You know how marginal rates work, no? It doesn't punish you for making more by any stretch. Don't want to condescend, but to use punish makes me think you don't get marginal rates. It's ok, I find most don't.

Also, income tax is all that fights wealth inequality. Those with wealth decide how much those without earn. As income tax fell, they passed on less. Consumption sounds great, but Seattle had that. I was a guy in my early 30s, single, making over $200k. A family of 4 making $40k spent far more than me. Therefore they paid well more in taxes. Hardly seems fair.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Anniversary Event Begins
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2018, 18:51 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on May 23, 2018, 18:43:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2018, 17:46:
Sepharo wrote on May 23, 2018, 16:40:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2018, 10:12:
I'm guessing Fortnite is stealing its users fairly heavily?

I fired up Fortnite last night. Per the stats page, for the first time in 220 days. I did one round back then, two last night. One normal round, in which I did 0 damage but finished 16th, and one 50v50, in which I did 40 damage and my team won with over 20 people left alive.

I will never, ever have the time to learn that game, so doubt I'll play again. Way too much going on that's different than anything I've played before for me to bother. Partially because I'm too old, and partially because the 10 rounds I have time for a week wouldn't let me catch up to the 14 year olds playing more than that during lunch break at school.

I'll stick to single player games.

Save the old man shtick. Your personal preferences are the driving factor not your age.

I mean, personal preferences are somewhat driven by age, no? As a kid, I thought people who wore belts were insane. Now, c'mon, no belt, are you a lunatic?

Also just driven by time. When I was a student, or even earlier in my career, and when I was single, I had all the free time in the world. Now, I probably average 2-4 hours of gaming a week. That's nowhere near enough time to be competitive. I guess you could call that personal preferences, in that I choose to spend more time at work and with my girlfriend, but...

Eh, your personal preferences can change with age but, for the most part, they are not determined by age.*
I know lots of older gamers who still play fast paced shooters.
I get the time thing, you have more responsibilities, less chances to game all day... but when I do get a chance to game I'm still picking FPS most of the time and so are my friends. I just tire of this idea that old people can't play fast paced games as some sort of rule, it's nonsense.

Also most young kids suck at games, they can play all day every day and not make any progress in their skill level. It's not until the late teen years and twenties that you start to see pro players who are very good at what they do. Fortnite is actually much easier now than it was at launch because of the huge influx of new gamers and kids that are the majority in any given server.

*save some scientific evidence around physiological things like amount of sleep and maybe changes in how your taste buds work etc.
of course, outside of personal preference, there is evidence that age increases reaction time but all of the studies stressed how minor the changes were until you were truly elderly,
but usually people discuss their inability to play fast paced games as a teenager vs adult thing, when ideally you should have another 40 years past teenager before your mental acuity makes it difficult to play even fast-paced games.

Oh, I still play fast paced shooters. Just not competitively. No time to learn the intricacies.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Anniversary Event Begins
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2018, 17:46 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on May 23, 2018, 16:40:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2018, 10:12:
I'm guessing Fortnite is stealing its users fairly heavily?

I fired up Fortnite last night. Per the stats page, for the first time in 220 days. I did one round back then, two last night. One normal round, in which I did 0 damage but finished 16th, and one 50v50, in which I did 40 damage and my team won with over 20 people left alive.

I will never, ever have the time to learn that game, so doubt I'll play again. Way too much going on that's different than anything I've played before for me to bother. Partially because I'm too old, and partially because the 10 rounds I have time for a week wouldn't let me catch up to the 14 year olds playing more than that during lunch break at school.

I'll stick to single player games.

Save the old man shtick. Your personal preferences are the driving factor not your age.

I mean, personal preferences are somewhat driven by age, no? As a kid, I thought people who wore belts were insane. Now, c'mon, no belt, are you a lunatic?

Also just driven by time. When I was a student, or even earlier in my career, and when I was single, I had all the free time in the world. Now, I probably average 2-4 hours of gaming a week. That's nowhere near enough time to be competitive. I guess you could call that personal preferences, in that I choose to spend more time at work and with my girlfriend, but...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2018, 15:19 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 23, 2018, 13:58:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2018, 12:33:
One of the best known American literary authors of the 20th century. But given his content, not really taught in schools. He was likely a bigger deal to the parents of most here than to us, as he was a bit before our time.
Well, I graduated HS in 1980, so I'd say I'm in the target zone. But there are so many novels printed every year, I'm not surprised I wasn't familiar with him. Especially when since HS my reading choices have been focused on sci-fi and to a lesser degree fantasy. I wander out of those areas occasionally, but not often.

Looking at the wiki page again, I overlooked "The Human Stain" which I did not read, but I did see the movie based on it with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. I enjoyed the film.

Nah, your parents were still the target zone. You graduated HS about 10-15 years too early for Portnoy, I think. That was what made him a celebrity. By the time you were old enough to appreciate him, he was kind of old news.

In other words, he's a huge American literary celebrity, but I don't judge anyone for not knowing him. Subject matter and timing mean most under 70 missed him.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
27. Re: Morning Metaverse May 23, 2018, 12:58 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on May 23, 2018, 12:37:
Rilcon wrote on May 22, 2018, 21:10:
Your scale is very poorly calibrated. By EU standards, Bernie is centre-right, and California is by no means "far left"; even Poland in its current state is further left.

It really pays for people to gain perspective of how other nations operate; the world is not the US.

I'm not comparing the rest of the world. I couldn't care less about the rest of the world. Being taxed most of your income in some countries in the EU is not the pattern to follow. (Which Bernie wants in his "Swedish-US utopia")

By this Country's standards, Mr. Sanders is far left. (Obliviously not by California standards, which is also far left compared to the rest of the country).

As for the 5th largest economy that someone mentioned... that's a laugh... and being the "biggest donor"... If California were to really secede, it would go bankrupt as soon as all federal moneys and agencies are pulled. Especially with an over 420 Billion Dollar Deficit. Then as they tax the tech companies even more to make up for the loss... they'll flee to other states... especially if there's a trade tariff with California being it's own country.

So keep on increasing those welfare checks and recipients, California... you'll go far. Oh, and let's not forget the million dollar houses in the slum areas of Oakland. LOL

If we were taxed "most of our income," there'd be fairly large economic impacts. What matters isn't so much what you take home, but what you take home relative to your neighbor. If you took home $10,000 after taxes, but your neighbors took home $100,000, you're poor. If you took home $10,000, and so did everyone else, then $10,000 isn't poor and you'd see prices adjust to accommodate that. If you took home $1,000,000 but everyone else took home $100,000,000, the hyper-inflation would leave you poor.

Honest question: did you ever read Bernie's tax plan? He wanted to raise taxes ~2% on people making under $250,000. That doesn't sound like "most of your income." That's $20 on every $1000 you earn. Now, he did want to tax income above $250,000 by quite a bit, including taxing any income over $10,000,000 by ~55%.

Then again, under Eisenhower, people earning what's ~$2,000,000 paid 91% above that. So, unless Eisenhower is basically a love-child between Marx and Stalin himself, Bernie really wasn't all that much of a hypersocialist and the fear tactics people used against him worked wonderfully. Because, honestly, how was a Republican that had been a General and had Nixon as his VP a hypersocialist? His tax brackets were nearly double Bernie's proposal.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2018, 12:33 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 23, 2018, 12:26:
Another famous person I've never heard of, Phillip Roth. Not that I particularly feel bad about it. In fact, I would guess I've never heard of most of the people who have won the Pulitzer. Looking at his wiki page, none of his titles caused the faintest hint of recognition.

Although Blue's blurb makes me wonder if I missed out on something, after all lust is one of my favorite subjects.

One of the best known American literary authors of the 20th century. But given his content, not really taught in schools. He was likely a bigger deal to the parents of most here than to us, as he was a bit before our time.

Personally, Portnoy's Complaint read like a bit like nice guy manifesto to me. A lot of whining about how life sucks, and treating women like garbage, then whining about them sleeping with the happy and successful guy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation May 23, 2018, 11:08 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 23, 2018, 10:28:
Badass trailer for Detroit: Become Human.

Decided to pre-order. Amazon doesn't offer it, because idiot publishers have decided to not offer their games to Amazon anymore for pre-order because they're mad about Amazon offering a 20% discount. (that Amazon eats, so they still get the same money.)

Guess what I do now, Sony? I don't buy it. Enjoy the non-sale this decision gave you.

Did you like Quantic Dreams' other games? I only played Heavy Rain, one of the numerous games I bought when I bought my PS3, and one of the few I actually played.

Honestly, I finished it, but think I hated it.
 
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News Comments > Sunset Overdrive PC Listing
3. Re: Sunset Overdrive PC Listing May 23, 2018, 11:06 Beamer
 
This got stellar reviews but was utterly ignored. I didn't bother buying a console this generation (may on BF if there are RDR2 bundles, then sell it when I finish that game), so I never played.

Would be interested in a PC version.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Turns 20 - Get Unreal Gold for Free
47. Re: Unreal Turns 20 - Get Unreal Gold for Free May 23, 2018, 11:04 Beamer
 
Steele Johnson wrote on May 23, 2018, 10:23:
When games were good

I will take nearly any game today over Unreal and even Half Life.
And don't forget we're picking two legendary games from then, not even the awful rifraff like Chasm: The Rift. If we're doing that today, The Witcher 3 is better than any game from 1998. RDR is better than any game from 1998.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Anniversary Event Begins
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2018, 10:12 Beamer
 
I'm guessing Fortnite is stealing its users fairly heavily?

I fired up Fortnite last night. Per the stats page, for the first time in 220 days. I did one round back then, two last night. One normal round, in which I did 0 damage but finished 16th, and one 50v50, in which I did 40 damage and my team won with over 20 people left alive.

I will never, ever have the time to learn that game, so doubt I'll play again. Way too much going on that's different than anything I've played before for me to bother. Partially because I'm too old, and partially because the 10 rounds I have time for a week wouldn't let me catch up to the 14 year olds playing more than that during lunch break at school.

I'll stick to single player games.
 
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News Comments > We Happy Few Refused Classification in AU
16. Re: We Happy Few Refused Classification in AU May 23, 2018, 09:51 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on May 23, 2018, 09:46:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2018, 07:36:
ventry wrote on May 22, 2018, 19:37:
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2018, 14:17:
The Australian government is planning to implement nationwide the plot from We Happy Few and wants no one to be the wiser.

@Ventry, nice country you got there mate.

It's bloody great mate!!!
However, we, as it is with most "western" countries, are being invaded by limp wristed, snowflake, lefty fun police.

The battle continues.

Aren't you US citizens lucky to have Donald Trump as POTUS.
He slaps the taste right out of those snowflakes mouths.

Trump 2020
Shapiro 2024.

The left is ok with sex in context, as in not having the females merely be sex toys all the time.

The right is against people seeing breasts.

Choose your side.

I like seeing the boobies in any context whatsoever. What side am I on?

As usual, you're not a strawman that makes a single comment on Twitter that people freak out about for days.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: KCD May 23, 2018, 09:36 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on May 23, 2018, 09:33:
It's the best game I've played in at least the last 5 years.

Seems like a love it or hate it game. It sounds like there's a huge amount of realism to just discover, which many people love. To me, it just sounds tedious, and I prefer the more Witcher-esque games where you're just a god of killing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation May 23, 2018, 09:23 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on May 22, 2018, 19:14:
New consoles will be out at the later half of 2019. Should be right in time for cyberpunk 2077, if it's not delayed. I'll be playing it on PC, but console players should get a pretty awesome version given the timing of release around console launch. Oblivion on xbox360 is a good example. Came out at console launch and blew people away.

If the PS5 were coming out next year, dev kits would already be out. There are rumors of them, but no confirmation.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Turns 20 - Get Unreal Gold for Free
44. Re: Unreal Turns 20 - Get Unreal Gold for Free May 23, 2018, 09:18 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 23, 2018, 09:14:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2018, 08:49:
Drazula wrote on May 23, 2018, 08:34:
A lot of revisionist history here... Unreal wasn't very good. I do agree the opening was pretty good. But Half-Life came out a few months later and buried it.

And UT didn't get good until UT3, which was great.

Wouldn't comparing it to something that came out 6 months later be revisionist history, because it's comparing the product not to its direct peers but something that came out a good amount later?

It was closer to Quake 2 than to Half Life.
Unreal sucked hard after Witcher 3 came out.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I think that Half Life blew it away, too, but that was six months later. Or, for me at the time, an entirely different school year. They didn't feel like peers to me, but like one closed a generation and one opened a generation. Innovation was happening so quickly back then.

People who gushed about Unreal had six months to live in that world before HL blew it apart. Back then, that was an extremely long time. It was only 24 months prior that DN3D came out.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Turns 20 - Get Unreal Gold for Free
41. Re: Unreal Turns 20 - Get Unreal Gold for Free May 23, 2018, 08:49 Beamer
 
Drazula wrote on May 23, 2018, 08:34:
A lot of revisionist history here... Unreal wasn't very good. I do agree the opening was pretty good. But Half-Life came out a few months later and buried it.

And UT didn't get good until UT3, which was great.

Wouldn't comparing it to something that came out 6 months later be revisionist history, because it's comparing the product not to its direct peers but something that came out a good amount later?

It was closer to Quake 2 than to Half Life.
 
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News Comments > We Happy Few Refused Classification in AU
14. Re: We Happy Few Refused Classification in AU May 23, 2018, 07:36 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on May 22, 2018, 19:37:
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2018, 14:17:
The Australian government is planning to implement nationwide the plot from We Happy Few and wants no one to be the wiser.

@Ventry, nice country you got there mate.

It's bloody great mate!!!
However, we, as it is with most "western" countries, are being invaded by limp wristed, snowflake, lefty fun police.

The battle continues.

Aren't you US citizens lucky to have Donald Trump as POTUS.
He slaps the taste right out of those snowflakes mouths.

Trump 2020
Shapiro 2024.

The left is ok with sex in context, as in not having the females merely be sex toys all the time.

The right is against people seeing breasts.

Choose your side.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse May 22, 2018, 17:01 Beamer
 
I often wonder if the people who complain about SF have been to other big cities.

Though I will say, living in the biggest city in the country, which happens to be in the northeast, it's shocking to go to cities outside of the northeast. The homeless population here is almost exclusively older, suffering from mental illness, and tends to be shy and polite. In other cities, they're generally younger, a much more mixed gender population, and looking less meek and more angry. Meth and opioids aren't nearly the issue here as elsewhere, and it shows. When I end up in St. Louis, or Denver, or Columbus, it's a stark difference, seeing so many big, healthy-looking (relatively) men and women sleeping on streets.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation May 22, 2018, 14:40 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 22, 2018, 14:10:
“The PlayStation 4 Is Entering The Final Phase Of Its Life Cycle.”

Interesting statement given the PS4 came out less than 5 years ago.
I thought they were aiming for a 10yrs lifecycle for these consoles
The standard product lifecycle stages are introduction, growth, maturity, decline. Sales actually declined YoY, hence why he says it's in the final lifecycle stage.

Given long tail, it could happily remain here for a decade. Depends on how rapid a decline it is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Fascism is back. Blame the Internet May 22, 2018, 14:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 22, 2018, 14:21:
Simon Says wrote on May 22, 2018, 11:01:
"Fascism is back. Blame the Internet"

Which is pretty much like saying, nuclear bombs are back, blame uranium. Or spliting people in half is back, blame chainsaws.

It's not the internet, it's HOW WE USE IT. As for the why we use it that way. Well, look no further than the need for control.

I read something about a study that showed as the internet encourages cultural diffusion, that causes people to actually become less accepting of alternative ideas and actually forces people toward extremism. I'll have to go do some research, but I thought that was an interesting and counterintuitive argument.

Remember when I mentioned gangstalking/crowdstalking about a week ago?
There are lots of articles about how it's a concept that has exploded, largely because of the internet. People who have certain phobias/delusions band together, and use each other as evidence that what they're experiencing is real.

Same reason Flat Earth is making a comeback.

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 22, 2018, 13:48 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on May 22, 2018, 12:15:
Don't have to be Nostradamus to see where this is all heading, Microsoft locking down access to the programs you can install on your computer exclusively to their MS Store, for your safety.


Sure...
 
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