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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 1, 2017, 12:12 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 1, 2017, 10:21:
NKD wrote on Nov 1, 2017, 09:49:
Darks wrote on Nov 1, 2017, 09:04:
I dont condom any of this type of crap. but the real question is, why is this now just coming out? Thats what urks me to no end.

The Weinstein thing has taken the cork out of the bottle. A lot of people have been coming forward with their experiences.

Because coming out previously meant that not only would people not believe you, but also that your acting career would be over. Now there are enough people coming out about this that it's adding legitimacy to their claims and any black-balling of an actor or actress is going to be under a lot of scrutiny.

I don't get why this is a hard concept for many people. If someone powerful does something to you, especially in an industry that's governed by power such as Hollywood, if people choose not to believe you it ends you. Not many people feel it's worth risking your career over such things.

Even outside Hollywood, why do so few rape or sexual assault victims come forward? Why do so few go to HR? Because they often feel it isn't worth the huge can of worms, everything from potentially being considered a risky hire to having your name dragged through the mud as all your exes end up as character witnesses in a courtroom saying that you got a thrill out of going out without panties on and therefore you must have deserved whatever Harvey Weinstein or whomever did to you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2017, 17:25 Beamer
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 17:15:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 15:26:
Cutter wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 12:06:
The numbers continue to highlight a huge swath of people who don't watch sports, and are tired of paying for it. ESPN's been losing 2-4% of its subscriber base annually, with one recent survey suggesting that 56% of consumers would drop ESPN in a heartbeat if it meant saving the estimated $8 more the channel costs cable subscribers each and every month.

Exactly, why should people pay to subsidize shit they don't watch? This is just another clear illustration of out of whack major league sports and its associated costs are with most of society. Everything from salaries to public funding and subsidies of stadiums and sports channels to the absurd cost of sports merchandise which is virtually all licensing fees. Time for all those multi-billionaires and millionaires to take a reality check and a huge pay cut if they want to survive.

Because old white guys own and run everything, that's why.

Interesting charts at the attached. I say if ownership should mirror % of race in the US (which might be a good thing as it will provide help to those who can't do for themselves), the flipside should also be instituted...the player base of all professional sports should also reflect % makeup by race in the US. Whites and Latinos definitely need help to increase their numbers in Football and Basketball. Blacks could get a ton more roster spots in Hockey.

It's only fair.

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No one likes a troll.
People really don't like those that don't even realize they're a troll.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 14:17 Beamer
 
The speaker conversation is kind of crazy to me. I still have my old 4.1 Logitech speakers that everyone adored back in 2000 or so. The Z-560s. Hell, two of the speakers were never even connected. 188 watt subwoofer.

They haven't been used in years, and I can't say they ever will be again, but I hold on to them for some reason. At this point, I live in a Manhattan apartment and feel like using the subwoofer would be grounds for murder, so I do most of my gaming with headphones on. Occasionally I'll connect to the bluetooth speaker behind my computer, when I don't need any kind of situational awareness from proper stereo. I also use that for music. If I'm playing a game where sound doesn't really matter, like XCOM 2, I may not be using sound at all.

Man, I've gotten old.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
93. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 31, 2017, 10:52 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 10:48:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 09:46:
Verno wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 09:22:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 22:30:
Nothing has come out yet to make me think the GOP will impeach Trump, not even close.
There's nothing to impeach him for yet.
Nope. Enormous amounts of smoke, and maybe a dozen things that are 20% good enough, but nothing has surfaced (or clearly looks to surface imminently) that is good enough.
Okay, first I thought I said nothing had come out which would get him impeached. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's what I said.

Second, impeachment is a political process not a legal one. Hence it suffers all the problems any political process does.

Third, unless I misread your "tone" (certainly possible) you'll disagree when I say IMHO, Trump has already committed impeachable offenses. I believe he attempted to obstruct justice when he fired Comey. That said, even if every single GOP member of Congress agreed with me on that, they still would not impeach him.

I think we were all agreeing with you, apologies if it came across like Verno was disagreeing and I was then doubling down with him.

And I'd wager, with Trump, it's not about what he'll do but if and when we find out, so yeah, I do agree with you. There was just a mismatch of us agreeing and realizing it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2017, 10:38 Beamer
 
Back to the discussion on games as a service we had, Nintendo has opened up that the 200MM downloads of Super Mario Run didn't give the profitability it wanted, but the Fire Emblem with microtransactions did.

The big difference in pricing is that SMR was a free download but $9.99 to unlock the entire game, Fire Emblem was free with microtransactions. I haven't played either, so can't comment on how onerous the microtransactions were. People seem to dig the game, though, I hadn't even known it was out! And I've never played a Fire Emblem. I'm really more interested in the business model.

$9.99 is a steep one-time purchase for a mobile game. I know most of us here keep saying we'd rather pay a higher one-time fee than many small fees, but I'd wager most of us consider $9.99 too high of one. I wonder how the conversion rate would have been at $4.99, and whether that would have increased profitability or not. I wonder how Nintendo would feel about its own premiumness at that price, and how it feels about it now that they've gone free to play.

tl;dr, though, this doesn't bode well.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 31, 2017, 10:24 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 10:20:
Verno wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 10:08:
off the rails
Point at the doll where the bad man touched you.

Dude, in the context of the discussion, this is a poor response.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 31, 2017, 10:13 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 18:43:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 17:48:
I think Keyser Söze's apology and the fact that he got outed are no reason to cancel the show. But netflix has more shows waiting in the wings.


According to an editor of The Hollywood Reporter, the decision was apparently made months ago to cancel after this next season. So while I'm sure Spacey's misconduct coming to light prompted the announcement coming when it did, it probably didn't have anything to do with the underlying decision.

The series has kind of run its course anyway. They've done just about everything.

No doubt. This isn't a Weinstein situation where a dozen people come out overnight. This was one person, over a weekend. It takes a whole lot to get Hollywood to move that quickly over a weekend, and this wasn't enough to mobilize them to decide to cancel a hit show and lay off hundreds of people.

Which isn't to say this wasn't enough to cancel the show, just not that quickly. First there'd be discussions about whether they can just kill the character off, about whether they can spin it off (they apparently are), about what can be salvaged, probably at least a day of waiting it out to see the reaction, etc.

Even with Weinstein, nothing moved quite this quickly. And yeah, it's easier to move quickly in the immediate aftermath, but Weinstein was many accusations at once. This is one. One wouldn't be enough to move the mountain of cancelation that rapidly.

But probably would still be enough to get it canceled after a 6 season run. Viewership relative to expenses would be declining, anyway, and something like this makes that happen more quickly. I certainly am far less inclined to watch it now than I was on Thursday.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
91. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 31, 2017, 09:46 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 31, 2017, 09:22:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 22:30:
Nothing has come out yet to make me think the GOP will impeach Trump, not even close.

There's nothing to impeach him for yet.

Nope. Enormous amounts of smoke, and maybe a dozen things that are 20% good enough, but nothing has surfaced (or clearly looks to surface imminently) that is good enough.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 30, 2017, 20:28 Beamer
 
I don't particularly trust Seth Abramson. His enthusiasm can blind him  
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News Comments > Far Cry 5 Co-op Trailer
6. Re: Far Cry 5 Co-op trailer Oct 30, 2017, 19:33 Beamer
 
Rhett wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 19:07:
Looks like this one yet again does not share quest progress for the joining player.. That was one of the more irritating things about co-op in the last two.

That sounds familiar. I've never done these games in co-op, but that's an issue that's hurt co-op for me in other games. Nothing sucks more than doing something challenging and feeling accomplished, then realizing you need to do it again on your own game.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
17. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Oct 30, 2017, 16:57 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 16:53:
El Pit wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 09:08:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 29, 2017, 14:13:
Ash wrote on Oct 29, 2017, 14:11:
Because Bill Gates donates insane amounts of money to charities, or invests them in technologies or foundations that can help people.

I used to hate Bill, but after he donated his fortune, I changed my mind. He's one of the great true philanthropists of our day.

I am not sure about Bill and Melinda Gates, but a lot of billionaires and millionaires use their foundations for tax evasion and to overturn politics they don't like. Like e.g. George Soros is giving money to organizations that follow his intentions no matter what the US or the country he is trying to influence is thinking about it. So there is always two sides to the story about foundations and charity.
That's true for many like Soros, Kochs, Adelson, etc. I've never heard of Gates or Buffett using their money that way.

Yeah, unlike the names you mentioned, he isn't trying to use his money to influence politics in a way no non-billionaire ever could.

Soros and the Kochs are bad, but for some reason Adelson makes my skin crawl above all others.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 30, 2017, 15:29 Beamer
 
Timmeh wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 15:21:
ive seen that kind of crap all over the interwebs.

No, you haven't.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 30, 2017, 13:02 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 12:57:
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 11:53:
Prez wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 11:09:
Carbon dioxide in atmosphere hits highest level in 800,000 years, study says.

So in other words the CO2 levels were just as high 800,000 years ago? Why?

CO2 levels have, in general, been dropping for hundreds of millions of years. It's only recently that they've shot up drastically due to human activity, undoing millennia of CO2 drops in just a few decades.

I think it's a stretch to say only humans are responsible for the trending rise in temperature. The sun is the most significant driver for heat, and it remains more active today. Scientists have recently begun to look at tree rings in Europe to determine moisture drought. What they found is that the continent has seen worse times in the last 2,000 years from periods of desiccation to famine-inducing downpours. There's also the account in the Bible of Joseph being sold into Egyptian slavery and being able to interpret the Pharaoh's nightmares as seven years of intense rainfall followed by seven years of extreme drought. Scientists are finding the periods as well as the Biblical account occurred during a time when the world had a much smaller agrarian population. So humans, no doubt, contribute to the conditions today, but they are not the only cause. There are other variables in play.

I mean, we can believe The Bible, but then again, The Lorax says it's mostly humans, and they're equally reliable sources, so...
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
74. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 30, 2017, 10:08 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 10:04:
Verno wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 09:15:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 09:02:
the D's like that the GOP is fracturing...

I keep hearing this sentiment from people but I don't think it will do the left any favors. Steven Bannon has been targeting old party Republicans for elimination and looks to be laying the groundwork for some sort of bizarre new party under Trump. I'm not so sure a split Republican vote actually happens, they look to be totally subsuming the old party if anything. There are a lot of big egos in politics though so perhaps many won't go quietly.

I don't think populist sentiment has actually died down yet or will by that time, you guys should run Elizabeth Warren. She's not a very good orator but that can be addressed and I love her credentials and authenticity.
I'll agree the "fracturing" is not near catastrophic as of yet, and the GOP does a pretty good job of sticking together for the most part. But Bannon and Trump are doing a fair job of splitting off their portion, and the Tea Party already split off the "Freedom Caucus", so it's getting more complicated. But yeah, there isn't any reason for the Ds to dance in the streets yet...

The GOP is sticking together. Those not towing the Trump line are bowing out, and Trump isn't incorrect in saying that they were going to lose their elections, anyway. Meanwhile, Roy Moore is getting huge names campaigning for him, despite being one of the most horrific candidates in US history.

The GOP isn't fracturing, it's gelling. If Trump falls apart it may, too, but for the time being it's all circling around him happily.

Honestly, the DNC looks more concerning. Bernie announced he's running as an independent again, right? Name 4 other DNC members. I'd bet every American here can name 6 or 7 GOP members, but less than half that for the DNC.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
70. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 30, 2017, 09:10 Beamer
 
Also, how many weeks until MA is back, being all offended by a WSJ article on PDP he's too intellectually weak to discern the meaning of?

He still can't admit they didn't call PDP a Nazi, and that their stories were 100% accurate.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
69. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 30, 2017, 09:09 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 00:52:
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 00:45:
Creston wrote on Oct 30, 2017, 00:43:
Trump himself, however, is still clear to threaten/browbeat/bully whomever he pleases on Twitter.

The only reason they haven't banned him is because his tweeting gets him into so much hot water. Never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake.

Nah, he's good for business. Twitter gets shout-outs all over the place every time Trump takes his morning dump on it.

This, and banning him would set off a shitstorm Twitter has no interest in, or capability to, deal with. Which is also a business decision.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
48. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 29, 2017, 21:36 Beamer
 
He still can't figure out what the complaints about pdp are.

There is no intellect in that guy.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
38. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 29, 2017, 19:20 Beamer
 
Guys, stop. He can't even understand why the WSJ would mention that the highest paid influencer, a guy whose audience is largely children, made nazi jokes.

He doesn't even have the brainpower to distinguish between "this guy made nazi jokes" and "this guy is a nazi."

There's no point in giving him attention. Also, a low blow, but remember he hates welfare and government handouts but lives largely on disability, which is a handout. But he gets it, so it's OK. It's the handouts other people get that are the problem.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
32. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 29, 2017, 19:03 Beamer
 
The WSJ never once called PDP a Nazi. They said he did videos with Nazi references. That is factually accurate.

Why is that so hard for you to understand? Why must you distort what they said? Oh, right, because you live to be offended.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 27, 2017, 14:11 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Oct 27, 2017, 13:31:
Cutter wrote on Oct 27, 2017, 13:15:
That's just PR for an interview everything we've seem from their actions demonstrate he's just another self-entitled douchebag that feels this is owed to him and that he somehow invented this genre even though it's been around literally for several thousand years as a game for children and wargames for armies. That alone would ever preclude me from giving these jackasses dime one.


Do you ever have nice things to say?

That's just for his own ego everything [sic] we've seem [sic] from his actions demonstrate he's just another self-entitled douchebag that feels this is owed to him and that he somehow needs to chime in with his negativity on every subject even though it's a site where people seem to be trying to focus more on the positive as we get older. That alone would preclude me from ever reading this jackass's posts
 
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