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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
50. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2016, 23:26 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 23:09:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 22:49:
Nothing you said has anything to do with white privilege.

If you rolled a 0 in wealth it doesn't mean you didn't roll high elsewhere.

And moving is expensive. Very expensive. That's why people don't do it. If you live in sw Kentucky and have no skills, you have no money for a deposit. You're lucky if you have money to physically move yourself.

Times aren't the same as they were for our parents. My dad went from nothing to owning his own business. These days, the type of business he owned doesn't really exist.

I rolled high in having a parent that gave a shit. That isn't a race thing.

So you think that there's the same proportion of parents giving a shit across race?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
47. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2016, 22:49 Beamer
 
Nothing you said has anything to do with white privilege.

If you rolled a 0 in wealth it doesn't mean you didn't roll high elsewhere.

And moving is expensive. Very expensive. That's why people don't do it. If you live in sw Kentucky and have no skills, you have no money for a deposit. You're lucky if you have money to physically move yourself.

Times aren't the same as they were for our parents. My dad went from nothing to owning his own business. These days, the type of business he owned doesn't really exist.
 
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3. Re: etc. Nov 25, 2016, 16:43 Beamer
 
It isn't AAA+, it's games as a service.  
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Metaverse
20. Re: Thanksgiving Metaverse Nov 25, 2016, 12:05 Beamer
 
Wow. That's melodramatic. Did you know every website can alter what you post? And there are still records of this.

And this all stemmed from him shutting down a pizzagate sub. Pizzagate, for those of you blissfully unaware, was the_Donald and KotakuInAction regulars posting LinkedIn profiles of people they thought ran a pedophile ring with Hillary Clinton.

Nuke them all. Bottom of the Internet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
37. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 24, 2016, 10:45 Beamer
 
Also, plenty of jobs in cities, though whether they offer a liveable wage...

Go to SE Kentucky, though. No work at all.
 
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36. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 24, 2016, 10:44 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 24, 2016, 10:21:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 24, 2016, 06:47:
Mind you for taxi it is a fact AI can replace the function, but no AI can replace the human factor that makes an OK experience great or entertaining. And customer satisfaction and service will be a huge thing that will NOT wipe out taxi drivers entirely ever. ^^

A driver who robotically drives me where I want to go *is* a great taxi experience. Maybe that says more about me...

No, you're right. Does this guy live in Narnia with Cutter?

I take a taxi to work every day. Shut up and drive. Which is what 99.99% of them do.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
97. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 23, 2016, 14:06 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 13:39:
Mad Max RW wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 13:15:
BobBob wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 12:57:

I'm not referring to blatant bigots or xenophobes, but I noticed commonly there are groups of people who are close-minded and dogmatically attached to restrictive
viewpoints, traditions, and attitudes with only a home education based on stereotypes and misconceptions vs first hand experience with other cultures and having a higher education - empathy, knowledge, and understanding.

I realize I'm speaking in vague generalizations, but if were sitting down and having s conversation, I could provide detailed accounts of experiences and interactions to back up my claims, ex: personal encounters to over hearing conversations to observing behaviors in public and private.

You find that everywhere, though. You're pushing the false narrative that a large section of the country has a monopoly on being closed minded, which simply isn't true. You will find people like that in each and every state. You'll even find it in the supposed utopia that is Canada. People are just as racist there as they are in the US. An invisible line doesn't suddenly make the majority on one side of it full of hate for people they don't know. And that's precisely what you did by mentioning the Midwest/South. Welcome to the human race. Those with different views aren't automatically closed-minded. It's so much easier to do that than doing the hard thing like getting to know people. But hey, that's why people hang out here and on Twitter and facebook and bitch.


There is always a variety but there is mostly a predominance of belief - homogeneous vs heterogeneous thinking. I encourage anyone who voted for Hillary or Bernie to travel and spend time interacting with people in the "rust belt". It'll help chip away the elitism and hopefully build a sense of empathy, and to see the necessity in bringing higher educational to everyone.

For instance, bring manufacturing back to the USA. Non college person reaction - great we can work again! We can work at the factories. College educated reaction -- Wait, what about automation? The tech trend toward manufacturing is counter to the early industrial notion, the "division of labor" -- if anything single machines are able to replace multiple roles and this hasn't slowed down, it's sped up. Companies may bring back manufacturing to save export / import costs (and tariffs etc.), but cheap human labor is already being replaced by robots abroad - with plans to automate entire factories. How will that give you a job? How will you learn new skills?

You're right that manufacturing (and mining) isn't coming back.

Which is why, to me, the bigger issue is the lack of heterogeneity, or diversity if you will, of corporations.

I spent time in the Midwest. You went 20 miles in most directions of where I lived and you hit white poverty. People had homes, but those homes had no value. Worse was the employment situation. Service jobs only. Every guy wanted to be a mechanic, but only so many mechanic jobs were to be had. The largest employer was welfare, not because these people didn't want to work, but because there simply was nowhere to work.

It makes some sad sense. I already ragged on Walmart once today, let's do it again. From an easy to see perspective, they destroyed manufacturing. Again, the Huffy Wikipedia article is great - Walmart first forced Huffy to move its manufacturing to China, then forced it to sell itself to China.

But it's more than that. Impoverished neighborhoods used to have some wealth in them. Someone still owned the neighborhood bar, or restaurant, or corner store, or butcher. Some of those jobs disappeared (find me a cobbler these days) as products became disposable. Others? The neighborhood bar and restaurant is a Fridays or Olive Garden. The neighborhood stores, all of them, are a Walmart. Which means that the only jobs are service jobs at those places, and the profits they make get vacuumed out of that region and centralized elsewhere.

It used to be that if a person bought something in an impoverished area, someone made profit off that. Now? The Walton family makes the profit, a factory in China makes the profit, and someone gets paid minimum wage to make the sale.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 13:59 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 13:46:
Beamer wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 13:24:
As I was saying in another thread a week or two ago, though, we'll all be replaced by robots. I doubt many people here couldn't be replaced by robots or AI at some point. Doubt many people at all. Actors? Replaceable. CEOs? Replaceable. Police? Replaceable (ED-209!)

The required several dozen AI breakthroughs are not something you gonna see in your lifetime though... AI may beat us at GO, but it sure as hell isn't capable of intelligent behavior, and we are still decades away from an AI that has a mental capacity on par with a dog.


As a start, if we have even 10% of the customer service reps in 10 years that we do now I'd be shocked.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 13:24 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 12:30:
Beamer wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 12:18:
Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 11:43:
Brain drain? More like put Americans back to work. This was a big part of why Trump won. We see no shortage of articles in the news where US workers are being canned and have to train their replacements in the process. As always there's never been any shortage of skilled workers, just greedy employers who don't want to pay people decently for their work.

For manufacturing, this simply isn't true. The US has a huge lack of manufacturing ability. It's been 30 years since these jobs started disappearing - that's an entire generation.

Not to say we couldn't get it back, but it would fumble. Fumble a lot. Numerous companies have tried doing manufacturing here and stopped because it was costlier than expected due to being far less efficient than overseas.

If anyone wants to be really angry at the state of US manufacturing, go read the Wikipedia article on Huffy bikes. Or find the articles on how Walmart bullied Rubbermaid into closing its US manufacturing, selling its machines overseas, then contracting with those buyers to make their product.

Actually, US manufacturing has shown a steady increase over the decades. It's at an all time high, but manufacturing isn't the issue. It's that all the jobs previously done manually have been replaced by automation. So, no jobs. And adding more factories won't help. A factory just doesn't need 1000s of workers today like it did in the 50s or even the 80s.

I mean, that's what I meant, right? A brain drain wouldn't involve automation, it involves people and jobs.

There was a great article in BusinessWeek back, maybe a decade ago, about why companies went to China. There was a great anecdote from a company mentioning that there was an issue with their production line and they needed a new screw. In the US, this would halt production while they sourced it, had the new factory make the mold, produce the screws, ship them, etc. Weeks, if not months.
In China, they just walked down the street, found another factory, gave them the screw, and had the screws to resume production the next day. So many factories, so many employees. And, let's be honest, corners were cut to get that screw made that wouldn't be cut here, but for the screw, it was ok.

At one of my former jobs, though, we were taking jobs out of China and sending them to Thailand. Why? Thailand was open more. The factories there had 4 8 hour shifts. Each week, one shift works morning, one evening, one graveyard, and one has off. 3 weeks on straight, one week off. No downtime. And no downtime for Chinese New Year.

At some point, robots will replace that. For this work, employees were cheaper than developing precision robots and then building them.

As I was saying in another thread a week or two ago, though, we'll all be replaced by robots. I doubt many people here couldn't be replaced by robots or AI at some point. Doubt many people at all. Actors? Replaceable. CEOs? Replaceable. Police? Replaceable (ED-209!)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 12:18 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 11:43:
Brain drain? More like put Americans back to work. This was a big part of why Trump won. We see no shortage of articles in the news where US workers are being canned and have to train their replacements in the process. As always there's never been any shortage of skilled workers, just greedy employers who don't want to pay people decently for their work.

For manufacturing, this simply isn't true. The US has a huge lack of manufacturing ability. It's been 30 years since these jobs started disappearing - that's an entire generation.

Not to say we couldn't get it back, but it would fumble. Fumble a lot. Numerous companies have tried doing manufacturing here and stopped because it was costlier than expected due to being far less efficient than overseas.

If anyone wants to be really angry at the state of US manufacturing, go read the Wikipedia article on Huffy bikes. Or find the articles on how Walmart bullied Rubbermaid into closing its US manufacturing, selling its machines overseas, then contracting with those buyers to make their product.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
91. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 23, 2016, 09:36 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 09:07:
BobBob wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 22:57:
Sanders hammered on Hillary non-stop until the end. Constantly accusing her of elitism and being a sell out to the corporations and banks - pretty much calling her crooked with a softened choice of words. He only turned 180 (in support of her) when he needed to be anti-Trump. Sander's anti-Hillary drum beating still resonates today. He basically handed over political ammunition to the Republican side and helped Trump win. He's as much to blame for Trump's massive support by the working class as is Hillary's complete alienation of them. But for some odd reason he's given a pass.

This is absurd. Sanders gave in at the appropriate time and spent the rest of the year stumping hard for her despite her not even putting him on the ticket. Clinton had billions of dollars behind her, every celebrity under the sun and practically every media outlet save Foxnews in her corner. Clinton's loss is entirely on her inability to connect with voters and total failure to provide a meaningful message (I'm With Her? Ok???) or provide any assurance that the working class could expect results with her. People keep championing the "popular vote" which makes me laugh, she should have done considerably better with all of that behind her.

We'll never know if Sanders could've beaten Trump or not but he is not to blame for Clinton. For the record I think Sanders could've knee capped Trump and given a viable alternative to working class voters disaffected with Clinton. Speaking for myself I would've voted for him.

Someone got angry at me elsewhere for saying this, but yes. "I'm with Her" said something about the voter, and, to Sanders' point, all it said about Hillary was "her."

"Hope and Change" told you what Obama would do for you. "Make America Great Again" told you what Trump would do for you. Beyond this, people knew, or had ideas, of what their platforms were. Trump made his awful platform very well known. Obama did a good job with his.

Outside of "Her," Hillary did a terrible job. She couldn't keep up with Trump in that regard, and couldn't get far enough past "emails" to really have a message. This could absolutely be because the American voter was too stupid to understand what she planned to do when it wasn't in a 5 word sound bite, but... she lacked a strong message of any form.

Still beats "Jeb!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2016, 13:21 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 11:35:
Where DID Lee Harvey Oswald learn to shoot?

Jesus, the stuff people on the internet will believe.

Listen, I'm here to tell you the real facts. Indisputable. None of this bullshit the lamestream media or those "people" in Hollywood want you to believe, with their agendas.

The simple facts are that the NSA will build a time machine in 2042. They'll use this time machine to go back to find Oswald, take him to 1993, train him how to shoot via hours of playing DOOM on a LAN, then drop him back off in his own time to kill JFK.

Pure, simple, flawless logic based on facts.
 
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3. Re: etc. Nov 22, 2016, 13:18 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 12:46:
nin wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 11:22:
They must have taken a beating trying to go up against COD and BF1.

The utter, utter imbecile at EA who decided "Hey, let's release it a week after BF1 and right before CoD" should get fired. Sadly, because it's EA, he probably got a big fat bonus.

I was thinking about biting for 30 bucks on Origin, but eh, I got plenty to play, and it seems to be a ~ 5 hour campaign and already dying mp numbers, so nah.

The concept of Holiday being a huge needed push for video games is eroding, much like the concept of Summer for movies. We've repeatedly seen "Summer" movies have huge openings earlier and earlier, in March these days. And, with games, we see huge games come in April.

Which isn't to say Holiday isn't important, but as we consolidate down (and we are consolidating down in both movies and video games, as it costs too damn much for the AAA titles to not try to reach huge audiences), there can only be one or three winners. Trying to compete is suicide.

Had Titanfall come out in say, March, when people who went BF1 or CoD had had two or three months of killing and were feeling it was repetitive, it would probably have done better. So yeah, I agree with you, it went for old thinking and is being killed for it.

Not to mention, Titanfall seems more like a "gift for me" purchase than a "gift for someone else" purchase. But maybe I'm so far away from being 15 that I don't understand that anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2016, 21:22 Beamer
 
peteham wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 19:27:
The problem with most non-Nexus Android devices is that you can't remove pre-installed apps like Facebook unless you root the thing. The best you can do is disable it.

Disabling it will prevent it from running, and then save your battery life.

So it's annoying, but not going to damage your battery.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
46. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2016, 18:38 Beamer
 
AngelicPenguin wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 14:22:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 13:24:
Nice try to shift

Says the guy talking about a Clinton scandal in an article about Trump.

Seriously. And, as someone else pointed out, Clinton lost. Her career is done. Over.

But she's still a great distraction for people who can't discuss how awful Trump is without discussing how awful Clinton also is. As if her awfulness matters anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2016, 11:11 Beamer
 
Angrius Maximis wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 11:08:
Meh I'd rather focus on all the money bilked by the Clinton Foundation

http://observer.com/2016/08/the-six-clinton-foundation-scandals-everyone-needs-to-know/

I mean, those don't involve someone currently in government, let alone President, do they?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2016, 10:54 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 10:47:
I never use apps like the Facebook app or the Youtube app for example. Their websites work great on phones and are full featured. Why would I waste space, cpu, battery and start time with these apps?

Nor do I. On Android, there are perfectly good wrappers for the mobile sites that add functionality without eating battery.

Also, for those Spectacles, I'm totally getting a pair. Not sure when, as I no longer work near the, the lines are insane, and they've been selling out. Also, I hate Snapchat. But my parents constantly complain that we never take photos (and they're getting old), so these could be fun to have around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2016, 10:38 Beamer
 
Someone not seeing "wearables" becoming a thing is really limited in their view of the future.

Then again, I've argued here with people about self driving cars becoming a thing. We're old to the point that we no longer see obvious changes coming. At some point, tech and sensors will be so small and cheap they'll be on everything. And, while you may have a central processing unit on you (possibly, but probably not) as a main device, the thought of removing a device from a pocket to interact with things will seem as quaint as rewinding a VHS before getting in your car and returning it to a Blockbuster.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 21, 2016, 10:30 Beamer
 
Hmm.

I hate scenarios, but also hate empty sandboxes. Any time I've played a game like this, I've most enjoyed a sandbox with economics.

Then again, most of my time in a game like this was in SC2000, in which I possibly never did a single scenario, but had enough fun making a successful city in sandbox mode. I did RCT 1 and/or 3, and enjoyed it, but still think I preferred making a successful park over a successful park per someone else's conditions.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Patch Complaints
13. Re: Battlefield 1 Patch Complaints Nov 21, 2016, 10:28 Beamer
 
Jackplug wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 08:02:
Star Shitizen

Did Luke register a new username?
 
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