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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2017, 15:21 Beamer
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 14:53:
-Always been allergic to the libertarian "muh freedumb market" cult...
-Always been allergic to open world games too...

Probably just a coincidence tho.

Libertarianism is probably the dumbest political ideology, not the least of which because libertarians tend to be extremely passionate about what impacts them directly but not care about what doesn't, but open world games can be amazing. Saints Row 3 and The Witcher 3 are near perfect games.
 
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20. Re: On Sale Mar 19, 2017, 00:36 Beamer
 
Yup, only cares about racism against whites.

Extremely mild racism, at that. Pretty much all the posts he linked to were amusingly accurate. Fuller House is definitely our fault, right?
 
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News Comments > Turok 2 Remaster Released
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 18, 2017, 12:12 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 08:00:
Simon Says wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 14:44:
Is it just me or the "remaster" looks exactly like the original? Look at those textures... Common...

Compared to the N64 version, this is miles ahead. Was it remade using a modern graphics engine? No. But Turok 2 -- and it's predecessor, but Turok 2 was even worse in this regard -- was the game which started the, then yet-to-be-so-called, PC Gaming Master Race joke about "console fog". You literally couldn't see more than a few feet in front of you because the poor N64 didn't have enough video memory to be able to render more than that.

I think people tend to forget how shitty console shooters looked in the late 90s. Low-res textures and low-poly models aside, these games were being played on CRT televisions at 320x200. What they've done with this "remaster" is brought the game from late 90s console shooter to early 00s PC shooter standards (think Return to Castle Wolfenstein in terms of poly-counts and texture resolution) and then layered on some modern graphical effects, like motion blur, which is actually kind of cool, adding to your panic, when you're getting swarmed by the fast mini-dinos who don't do much damage but are hard to hit and always attack in groups.

This wasn't a remake, but as a "remaster" it's certainly improved upon a game which had some genuinely great level design. By far the best game in the series, and it was all downhill -- fast -- after this.

Turok 2 had much less fog than Turok 1, and ran in twice the resolution with the expansion... was it pack? Expansion pack? The additional RAM for the N64.

If you look on YouTube, Turok 1 has fog like 10 feet out, it's ridiculous. Turok 2 is relatively clear.
 
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14. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 12:06 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 11:07:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 01:24:
Quboid wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 21:34:
Racism against whites certainly exists but I'm not seeing anything particularly awful in his tweets.

Because I didn't post the more severe stuff like this gem. "The real terrorists are already on American soil and they are white" Here's the backup in case he ever decides to delete this Twitter post.

I don't know how anyone can interpret that in any other way than precisely what it means. He's literally saying ALL white people are terrorists on the same level as Al-Qaeda and ISIS individuals who brutally murder people. It's outrageously awful and has no place in the real world, much less business. He needs to go. The sooner EA and BioWare clean house of these societal parasites, the better. Gaming is getting "progressively" bad, and real bad in the last year or so. I just want to play games and have amazing adventures. I don't want the political stuff. I hate politics.

JDreyer already mentioned this but - how did you go from his comment to "ALL white people"? (Also, and I know this is very much besides the point, but there are many terrorists who aren't nearly as bad as Al-Qaeda or ISIS.)

I find that thin-skinned white dudes see the word "all" everywhere they turned. Remember when people were convinced journalists attacked "all" gamers?
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
22. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 12:04 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 11:44:

or is it that its only when people are racist against whites that upsets you? is that it? seems plausible considering your political affiliation

That's true for virtually every one that's angry at Manveer. Most of what he says isn't really offensive at all, especially aimed at a majority for whom the games are clearly designed.

Whatever, remember when Manveer was at VE3D? Good times!
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
27. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 16, 2017, 16:28 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 12:40:
Alamar wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 12:12:
I'm having a hard time getting upset about this...

I fully support peoples choice to stick with an older version of Windows, and this note doesn't imply that that choice can't continue... It's merely MS stating they don't want to keep paying to support combinations that they don't want to.

This does cause a problem with OEMs or Parts sellers that will still happily sell you a new copy of Win7/8 (assuming you can still get those) with a new system.

Cmdr Shepard's Pie wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 11:35:
I realize 7 is old, but it's still the most popular OS

I'm really curious to see a source on this... I couldn't find an up to date chart (wikipedia is a few years old, but the trend looked like 10 would be higher by now, and Steam has 10 at ~49%, 7 at ~37%).

That's Steam, gamers generally keep on top of the "new thing" moreso than your average consumer. I think that 7 is possibly still the most popular, but then again, XP was more popular than Windows 7 was during the entire window that Win7 was the latest and greatest OS.

There's no safety in numbers, as most people still haven't upgraded beyond a dual-core, and there's still hundreds of millions of people still running a 32-bit OS.

Win 10 needs to squash the ads, and then it will be a solid OS, and just keep it the same for 10 years, So in 2025 we might FINALLY have a large majority of people on the same OS. I'd like to have performance closer to what consoles get thankyouverymuch, I don't need my game to be coded so that it can work on a 20 year old CPU on a 15 year old OS. Enough is enough.

I think it's the opposite. Nearly all computers sold since W10 came out were W10, unless you were the type of person that vehemently hates W10, in which case you're probably a PC gamer.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2017, 13:58 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 12:56:
I recently threw out my Razer (Epic Naga Chroma) mouse... overall I liked it, but all Razer mice have a glaring flaw... the scroll wheel has a very short life span. Mine lasted 2 years before it was unfixable. I literally took apart the little cartridge that houses the wheel half a dozen times to "fix" the copper contact issue- the issue results in very erratic scrolling and loss of tension. It's a design flaw that I'm amazed Razer has not addressed.

I have a Corsair mouse now, it was much cheaper and has similar features, but man their software is bad. Time will tell if that mouse holds up.

Crazy. I have a Razr Copperhead that's over a decade old. I used an MX1000 for a while in that time, but that's been in a closet forever. This thing has no issues. I don't love it, but it works.

I also have a new Razr Mamba, the top of the line one that can be wired or wireless. Since my PC is actually near my computer I bought it and a long cable to connect the two and play on the TV, but honestly I've done it like thrice.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Mar 16, 2017, 10:11 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 10:04:
El Pit wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 09:28:
This is the Youtube generation. Every guy with at least a single working brain cell would have guessed that the train will turn that train station into a blizzard hotspot, but nooooo - for the video this guy and that stupid girl before him just stood there waiting for shit to happen. I am still waiting for the selfie of some idiot whose parachute did not open the moment he hits ground, smiling happyily because he knows this foto will get a billion likes.

Message to those guys: Darwin called - YOU ARE OUT!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pregnant-texas-woman-killed-train-photos-article-1.2998908

I mean, this happens all the time, though, right? Someone hears a train coming and steps aside, not realizing it's actually two trains coming from different directions.

I feel like this happens on a fairly frequent basis.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 15, 2017, 17:25 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 16:29:
Beamer wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 15:17:
Tumblr hates unions, film at 11.

I thought they only hated cisgendered straight white males?

Took me a second, but bravo.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 15, 2017, 15:18 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 14:26:
Games and other online communities are societies, owed a duty of care by their owners.

And Blue is our president. Four more years! Four more years!

If it's anything like real life, Cutter is about to Make Blue's Great Again.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 15, 2017, 15:17 Beamer
 
Tumblr hates unions, film at 11.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 15, 2017, 15:16 Beamer
 
Suckage wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 12:17:
I'm just about ready to switch back to dumbphones for when I travel.

Why?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending this at all. But some jackass looking at your emails isn't worth using a flip phone. Depending on your you look, there's like a 10% chance of it happening. If they look, you're inconvenienced, but nothing is taken from you permanently and nothing is recorded anywhere. It's just some jackass looking at your emails. There's a tiny, tiny chance it gets copied somewhere.

I'm not of the "I have nothing to hide, therefore I'll let them do what they want" mindset. I think they need to stop this. However, carrying a flip phone won't stop this from happening, only stop it from happening to me, at the expense of having to use a flip phone when I travel abroad. That massive inconvenience isn't worth the minimal risk to myself of this happening. I'd have to buy a flip phone, and I'd lose access to the internet and WhatsApp, two of the most useful tools for traveling outside the US.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 15, 2017, 13:13 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 09:52:
Beamer wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 00:19:
Wallse? Still haven't tried it, somehow. I always forget it's there. It's always emptyish. You have another within a 6 min walk, and one that just lost a star even closer.

And crispo right there!

The Spotted Pig, with only a single Michelin star. I don't think I've ever eaten in a Michelin rated restaurant: the menu looks good so I think I'll start here (after I get my first paycheck, move-in costs for NYC have drained my non-"break glass in case of fire" bank accounts).

Bad news: they lost their star in 2017, haha. Deservedly, I think. The wait to get in is insane, the food is just ok (the burger is wildly overrated, and some items just aren't very good, but some items are absolutely outstanding), and the service is kind of crappy by design. I have friends that love the burger, but to me, there are better burgers in NYC. You're also right new Corner Bistro, which is a delicious $8 burger, and Café Cluny, which is a $20 burger I find better than Spotted Pig's (heresy to almost anyone, but true.) Beatrice Inn just reopened near you, with what's supposed to be a fantastic burger (but they say to get a meat pie instead), and Brown Derby (or was it Black Derby) is across the street with a solid burger and never, ever a wait to get in.

Wallse is also very close, which is Austrian, and Piora is just down Hudson, and I can't recommend going there for a cocktail enough.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 15, 2017, 00:19 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 11:40:
. Oh, and a Michelin-rated restaurant is also two blocks away.

Wallse? Still haven't tried it, somehow. I always forget it's there. It's always emptyish. You have another within a 6 min walk, and one that just lost a star even closer.

And crispo right there!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 13, 2017, 21:41 Beamer
 
Yeah, how can anyone have an issue with Chris Pine? Maybe you hate the new Star Treks, but he isn't at fault there. He was an unknown who needed work.

But in other roles? He was great in Hell or High Water, and he utterly destroyed in Wet Hot American Summer the prequel series. Hard not to love him after that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
61. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 13, 2017, 21:39 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 20:53:
descender wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 20:38:
I'm letting you know that you are 100% wrong. They are literally not saying that in those movies. They are using a real word that has a real definition. It doesn't matter how they (incorrectly) pronounce it or how you are (incorrectly) hearing it. There are still R's in words in Boston, they just don't say them. They don't change the spelling and make up new words.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/voila

You need to give this one up...

Fair enough, I didn't know how to spell what I was hearing from a different language. It totally comes off as walla to my ears, now I know more of the origin, but it has been said throughout my life. I still used it correctly from the start, just mistyped it from not knowing the spelling of it, yeah no Spelling Bee trophies over here.

I'm happy you came around. It was kind of funny seeing you double, triple, and quadruple down on it.

Whatever, this is a particularly funny one, but we all have something we say wrong without knowing. My parents will forever call it expresso, to use an example others already have.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
34. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 13, 2017, 17:05 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 16:22:
Erm, yes. In fact, most of them never even bother to look at a resume anymore. I argued about this with Beamer quite fiercely a few years ago, and at the time it might not have been as pervasive yet, but now it's basically 100% FB/LinkedIn. I specifically had to get accounts on both shit platforms just so I could find a job. (You were right, Beamer!)

Most HR depts just do nothing but scour FB all day long for "candidates."

Whoohoo!

I, on average, talk to two recruiters a month. I do not apply to jobs. In fact, I'm dying to leave my job but the "next step" roles simply aren't posted. Recruiters find me on LinkedIn and reach out. In 2017 I've actually had phone discussions with 8 different companies. Of those 8, 2 were posted.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 13, 2017, 17:01 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 15:14:
Beamer wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 13:58:
Did you read the article and see what Mobileye is? Because that'll tell you why 90% of what you said, particularly "how you drive," is irrelevant.

I did. Did you?

While the technology is intended for autonomous cars, there's not a chance in Hell that we will see 100% autonomous cars that are 100% of the traffic on streets and highways within the next decade. We may not even see that in our lifetime. So what do you do to recoup that investment? You spread it out over as wide a product portfolio as possible.

Data collection and aggregation exists and it is used/manipulated by corporations and governmental agencies to be used against you now. For example, do you have Progressive as an insurance company? Do you plug their little snitch "Snapshot" in to your ODBII port and then collect it monthly to send the data back to them for "lower rates"?

Even if you don't, what do you think that little device collects? Acceleration, deceleration, miles driven, speed and a whole host of other data. Do you genuinely think its unreasonable to expect that kind of data mining to be expanded even further and then sell the idea of it to the public as "Helping you lower your rates"? I don't because we're already seeing it.

I haven't even mentioned OnStar's tracking capabilities. You don't find that just a little bit creepy?

I think it's naive to assume that there won't be expanded monitoring and that the data that is collected and aggregated won't be shared among the companies you do business with in multiple facets of your life.

We will see 100% autonomous cars by the end of the decade. In fact, we already see them now. They're not for sale, but they're out there. This will be a rapid snowball effect.

MobilEye does vision for autonomous cars. We're nearly there. Will it be 100%? Not for a long time, but absolutely in the lifetime of people posting here (at least 99.9%.) That's the investment. It's coming very, very rapidly.

Data collection and aggregation exists and it is used/manipulated by corporations and governmental agencies to be used against you now. For example, do you have Progressive as an insurance company? Do you plug their little snitch "Snapshot" in to your ODBII port and then collect it monthly to send the data back to them for "lower rates"?

I mean, I never said it wasn't, but that isn't what Intel is discussing. I do enjoy that you mention something that's entirely optional by Progressive and comes with a reduction of rates. No one is mandating that.

I haven't even mentioned OnStar's tracking capabilities. You don't find that just a little bit creepy?

Optional.

I think it's naive to assume that there won't be expanded monitoring and that the data that is collected and aggregated won't be shared among the companies you do business with in multiple facets of your life.

And I never said this didn't exist. I said that isn't what Intel is talking about. Regardless, long before any of this stuff became mandatory, none of us will be driving.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 13, 2017, 13:58 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 11:22:
Cutter wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 10:46:
Wtf would an average vehicle on an average day be generating 4TB of data? Nevermind 4TB that needs to be shared.

All the data about how you drive, where you stop, how long you stop there, which areas you travel to, and, of course, whom are you traveling with needs to be generated, aggregated, and then shared with your insurance companies such as health and auto, the police, your employer, and whomever else wants to pay for such data.

Did you read the article and see what Mobileye is? Because that'll tell you why 90% of what you said, particularly "how you drive," is irrelevant.

Cutter did read it, yet still somehow misses that, in order to have autonomous driving work flawlessly, cars need to be constantly in contact with each other and the roads, so that each turn, lane change, exit, etc., is planned far in advance for maximum efficiency and safety.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 13, 2017, 13:54 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 11:14:
American job losses, particularly in manufacturing, are a hot-button topic now. President Donald Trump has focused on employment exoduses to low-cost countries like Mexico, and he vows to reverse that trend. But automation is easily as big a culprit here.

I keep hearing media say this but it flies in the face of the facts that over a million jobs have gone from the US to Mexico. Here's the reality of it....

NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality

I'm also sick of these bullshit millenial articles when they only really apply to a tiny group of people who live in a major city where everything is fiercely competitive and expensive. There's plenty of other work to be had in all kinds of places, but no, they don't want to move to those places. There's plenty of good paying work in the trades but no that's hard work. This is entirely an issue of their own making. I come from a family of tradesmen. My nephews and their buddies never lack for work, make great money, own their own house, truck, tools, yada yada yada. Listen up kids, the world owes you nothing. Work sucks. That's why it's called work and not 'super happy fun time'.



People move to the city because that's where the jobs are. Jobs move to the city because that's where people are.

There aren't jobs in other places. Have you been to the middle of Kentucky? Of course not, you're someone that rants about things you've never seen. I have been there. Do you know what jobs there are? You can be a Walmart employee or an Applebee's employee, both of which pay nothing and send all the profits to a corporation thousands of miles away. You can be a mechanic, which is what every male wants to be but there can only be so many mechanics. Or you can be unemployed. Those are the only options.

You keep wanting to make up this "all kinds of jobs," but for white collar jobs they simply do not exist. For blue collar jobs, they're in incredibly high demand.

I don't know why I respond to you on this, you never seem to know what you're talking about. Then again, you were the bartender that didn't know what ordering a drink up was.
 
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