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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 17, 2017, 11:51 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 10:08:
I'm fairly sure that's not just an American thing. I doubt people in Europe go "Yeah, a robot took my job, it's fucking AWESOME!"

In any case, automation is going to WRECK the amount of jobs available, especially low-mid level blue collar jobs. Anyone who sits there tut-tutting it is a moron.

Low level jobs, yeah. McDonald's already has touch screens you can order from in some Manhattan locations. Shake Shack let's you order via app. Someone actually taking your order at a fast food location is pointless, as it's less efficient and those people being people adds no real value - when have you ever asked a question about something at McDonald's. But how long until a robot can also cook the order? There's no art to making a fast food burger, meaning it's easy to program. It would even lead to improved consistency, which is valued at these places.

I strongly believe that AI will take away office jobs, too. Already you're seeing traders disappearing to AI. Brokers started disappearing years ago to websites that used rudimentary AI to offer insights to people then allowed them to make the trades themselves. If you're someone in marketing doing programmatic then an algorithm will likely be able to replace you. Finance is full of places to replace with AI. Basically, any area dedicated to making decisions based on numbers can be replaced.

The NYT had a great article about a bearing factory being sent to Mexico over the weekend, and I highly recommend it. Great insights all around, from when the woman being laid off realized she could buy a $19 dress because some other American lost their job, to the Mexican replacement worker realizing the woman he'd been befriending and trained by for the past few weeks wasn't voluntarily leaving her job but he was actually "stealing it."
One of the strong insights was about how traditionally female jobs are harder to replace. A blue-collarish job like a hospital tech, or even nurse, is very hard to automate out and probably impossible to offshore (though lowered paid techs have absolutely started taking roles and responsibilities from higher paid nurses.) But the equivalent male jobs have been mostly ones easy to either automate or offshore.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Oct 17, 2017, 11:43 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 11:34:
Maybe I'm missing something but what's so terrible about these fidget spinner things? Just looks like any other toy to me. Do they make horrific sounds?

No, they're basically the slap bracelets of today, only quieter and less disruptive. But still basically exactly what slap bracelets were.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: WWII Live-Action Trailer
13. Re: removed Oct 17, 2017, 11:16 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 19:58:
DangerDog wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:52:
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awwww shucks

Everyone knows the COD community is full of rainbow sprinkles and gum drops. You won't find a more polite and well mannered group of gamers anywhere, and they're extremely welcoming to people from all walks of life.

I don't think Blue took that out because you said the CoD community uses homophobic slurs.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
32. Re: Op Ed Oct 17, 2017, 10:36 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 10:34:
Jonjonz wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 07:52:
If lootboxes gains enough tracktion with Korparate Amerka, expect to see this applied to all consumer goods, from groceries to gasoline.


Soon the first corporation will announce that its staff is getting paid in loot boxes. It may have part of your salary in it! Or a roast beef sandwich! Or an old shoebox filled with sand! You never know, but you ALWAYS WIN SOMETHING!

Fuck publishers and their loot boxes.


It could be anything in that box, even a boat!
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 17, 2017, 09:44 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 07:49:
Beamer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 07:23:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 06:45:
This politicization of even the gaming sector now... wow...
Ive called people "fags" and whatnot if I was angry getting killed all the time in a game. So what? That doesnt mean I hate gay people or actually would want to smash that guys head in.

It says a lot about you that it's the word you go to, and whether you mean it or not doesn't matter, because how does anyone on the receiving end know how you intend it?
Because its just a word and you try to press a meaning into it. There was a nice South Park episode about that very word too, which you obviously havent watched.
When someone is mad about something, many things exit their mouths which they actually dont mean.
You as an experienced human with more than 30 years of life should know that. But you dont. That actually means that something is wrong with you.

I mean thoughts like yours are becoming a real epidemic.
Yesterday I played a game and "insulted" someone as a "fucking hippie", actually followed by a laugh, because he just escaped me and had an in game character that is modeled as a hippie from the 70s. He completely ticked out, insulted me and threatened me, tried to push me into a political corner, because he thought I meant it personally. But I was just playing my character.
So you think thats normal behavior?

I have watched it. I actually reference it frequently around my girlfriend, who doesn't think Harleys are the worst thing ever.

Hardly matters what it means to you, or the straight guys on South Park. Matters why you use it when there are so many other words, and the damage you're clearly trying to do with it. Sorry, I don't think people say things they don't mean when they're angry. If that's the case, maybe Mel Gibson isn't antisemitic, despite having numerous, repeated angry outburst of such. It's the first word that comes to your mind, and that does mean something.

No, I don't your anecdote is normal, in that I also don't think it happens often. Nor do I think you can compare "fucking hippie," which someone choses to be, with "fag," which someone doesn't and people are still constantly persecuted, in this country, for, which the President jokes the Vice President wants to lynch, which the Vice President openly considers a medical disease that should be cured, which a still significant chunk of America feels should have fewer freedoms.

Part of the problem with the gaming community is how often people want to throw these terms out to deliberately do damage to someone else, then claim it doesn't make them bad because they didn't truly mean it. You truly meant to hurt that person verbally. You chose that word. You are not a bad person overall, but you absolutely did something really shitty, and you're laughing about it as if it's not a big deal, but you chose something intentionally to hurt someone that actually hurts many people beyond that one person.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 17, 2017, 07:23 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 06:45:
This politicization of even the gaming sector now... wow...
Ive called people "fags" and whatnot if I was angry getting killed all the time in a game. So what? That doesnt mean I hate gay people or actually would want to smash that guys head in.

It says a lot about you that it's the word you go to, and whether you mean it or not doesn't matter, because how does anyone on the receiving end know how you intend it?
 
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
46. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 16, 2017, 18:13 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 17:49:
I love reading the Blues comments on this game, then going over to youtube and reading the most upvoted comment there:

"Love it. Great transparency with the team and work. Thank you for taking the time to build an excellent game rather than rushing and releasing it unfinished.&#65279; 86 upvotes"

Traditionally, this site had been more pessimistic than others. However, I think that's far less true of late. I think it's a combination of this game sucking up all the pessimism so people are more optimistic elsewhere, and CJ being so pessimistic everyone else feels the need to overcompensate by looking on the bright side of things.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: WWII Live-Action Trailer
7. Re: Call of Duty: WWII Live-Action Trailer Oct 16, 2017, 15:44 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:52:
This time the homophobic slurs over in game chat are all true.

Wait, what?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 16, 2017, 15:19 Beamer
 
Just imagine that in the voice of Alex Jones.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Oct 16, 2017, 14:32 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:28:
Getting back to loot boxes, for anyone thinking its innocuous I would just point them to their mobile store or hell, past publisher behavior. As a concept this has nowhere to go but sleaze. Maybe that's good though, let them push it to an extreme until the market won't bear it anymore. My biggest fear is how these things will influence design in the future because with profit as your motivator, you can justify anything.

It's mobile design creeping in to AAA games. I still blame Valve above all, and still blame loot boxes for why I stopped CS:Go.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Oct 16, 2017, 14:23 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:18:
Verno wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:16:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:14:
Verno wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 11:55:
Oh you would be surprised. People will defend anything.
So true, people will even defend orange jesus and the republican party.

Some people will defend the election campaign of HRC so yeah, right there with ya
What's to defend, she won the popular vote.

It's hard to say she ran a smart campaign, or a good one against Trump. She may have been the better candidate all around, but she ran a pretty poor campaign and let Trump lead the conversation, and her, every step of the way.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Oct 16, 2017, 14:17 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:04:
This nonsense that they are not making money leads them to include loot boxes is ridiculous. Far more people are buying their games. Secondly many of these titles are just upgrades from prior versions hence much of their prior work makes it much easier to code the game, they are certainly not starting out from scratch on most of these titles.

I have plenty of games to play so if you put in RNG loot boxes you won't see a dime from me.

For those that don't think this is gambling, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale...

1) The price of games has not kept up with inflation. We were paying $50 per game then, we're paying $50 per game now. At most. Console games are actually cheaper now than then, even ignoring inflation

2) Dev team sizes have gone up exponentially. Revenues have not. Doom had 23 names in the credits (including repeats, more like 16 without.) Doom 3 had about 120. Doom 2016 was over 600

3) These are no longer small devs working in small teams. They're multinational corporations that are, or are part of, publicly traded companies. There are now institutional shareholders demanding profit growth

We're getting more for less, but there's pressure on the devs to keep up these massive sizes, and to show growth because Wall St. investors can sometimes be incredibly irrational.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2017, 13:28 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:24:
Pigeon wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:13:
Sucks for Rodgers coming from what is apparently a 'legal' late hit. I understand they don't want to discourage defenders from pursuing the QB, but I see that kind of hit a lot, and I know it's meant to intimidate QB's and physically shake them.

I dunno, I didn't like that at all. It seemed there was a clear beat after the ball left his hand, and the defender definitely made an effort to fall on Rodgers with his full weight. I've seen flags dropped on far cleaner hits than that. I'd be beside myself if I was a Packers fan.

Agreed. He hadn't committed to the tackle when the ball left his hand. Yeah, it's easier for me to discuss this and criticize it from the couch, but it seemed clear he'd never hit Rodgers when the ball was in his hand. I'm all for knocking the QB down, it's how the Giants beat the Patriots, but this seemed a split second too late to be defensible.

I'm probably wrong and cherry picking.
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
7. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 12:33 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 12:27:
Yeah, it's a massively different sort of game, will need a different style of gameplay, and of course they haven't done themselves any favors by claiming that Cyberpunk will be "massively bigger" than the Witcher 3.

Witcher 3 is already kind of TOO big. Every time I play through it, I make up my mind that THIS TIME I'm going to do everything, and I never do. It's just too much. I'm kind of dreading a game that's even bigger. Their writing staff nearly killed themselves trying to come up with good quests for a game that large, so they probably aren't over-enthused by the prospect of having to create even MORE.

But all that said, these guys know what they're doing. They've made three games in ten years, and every single time, the quality made a humongous leap. Witcher 1 is a good, but flawed game. Witcher 2 is a great game. Witcher 3 is an all-time classic.

If they keep going like that, Cyberpunk 2077 will be the game that ends the game industry, since everyone will just play that forever and ever, amen.

I can't believe you've played through multiple times. Sounds daunting. I extremely rarely revisit a game that takes longer than, say, the original Deus Ex.

But yeah, Cyberpunk sounds like they want to vary it enough to be endlessly replayable. I don't know if that's great - I like more tailored experiences, but at the same time The Witcher 3 somehow did the near-impossible and made it so you could play as an asshole or a saint and only rarely did dialogue around you seem slightly broken, and it still built a great character. Compare to Skyrim, where you don't really play a character, and where you're always annoyed that you're known by sight as the best warrior ever but morons keep talking down to you and challenging you to fights. Somehow I never felt like The Witcher 3 had this issue, even if I was still world renowned...
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
5. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 11:48 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 11:03:
I've watched that entire (absolutely excellent) documentary about them, and it's become very clear that they absolutely know what they are doing. Yes, they take risks, but so far all those risks have born out, and have led to what a lot of people call the best game of all time.

Whatever they're doing or trying for Cyberpunk 2077, they have more than earned the benefit of whatever doubt someone might have.

I'm just hoping it'll come out before 2077

"The Witcher with Guns" sounds like an idea that's amazing in your head but much, much harder to figure out how to work when you start thinking about the actual details. I'd guess that that, combined with having to outdo TW3, is leading to a lot of internal development issues.

I still trust it'll be a great game, but I think they're tackling something very difficult at a very difficult point. I'm not envious, but I'm very excited to see what they do next.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
34. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 16, 2017, 10:23 Beamer
 
I still don't see how having 1 guy in a group of 8 being a minority is racist.

There can't be a such thing as colorblind in today's society. It's a nice goal, but doing so today isn't feasible.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Oct 15, 2017, 20:06 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 15, 2017, 09:22:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 16:51:
Or be allowed to hire H1-Bs out the ass at half salary.

I strongly doubt either Apple or Google do that. They surely both hire H1-Bs but not at half salary. Unlike Disney, or Bell Edison, or any of the other myriad companies that have famously axed their technical staff in favor of H1-B-based outsourcing firms, both Apple and Google view engineering as major profit centers, not cost centers. Likewise, both companies have an essentially infinite talent pool to draw on -- every software engineer on the planet would like to work there -- and the more they invest in engineering the more money they earn. In other words, their incentive structure is to find the best engineers on the planet, and then pay them lavishly to get them to join and to stay and to make the company money. Anecdotally, two of the engineers on my team have Chinese passports, and while I don't know their immigration status (H1-B vs. greencard) I can say for certain that they both make substantially more money than I do.

The H1-Bs at my old company made as much as I did for their level and experience. This was in MBA positions, not engineering, but still a lot of H1-Bs. As you said, for a wider talent pool, not a cheaper one.
 
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News Comments > BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers Demo
6. Re: BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers Demo Oct 15, 2017, 11:23 Beamer
 
Did you just say "anyone who knows anything about driving cars" in a topic about a game called Brakes Are For Losers?

Are you the guy that complained that anyone who knows anything about hand to hand combat knows that pulling a guy's spine out isn't the best way to win in a Mortal Kombat topic?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 15:12 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 12:47:
Choobeastia wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 21:27:
Why would anyone against online harassment be on Twitter in the first place?

That's a very victim blaming sentiment.

Why would someone afraid of heights ride a roller coaster.

Oops, there I go blaming the victim again.

Roller coasters have one purpose. Twitter ostensibly has one other than harassing people. Or arguing with people. Or debating.

I don't think it's very good at that purpose anymore. I don't think it's good for communication, or ever was, nor for brand building. It's really only good for throwing mud. There remains a few people for whom it serves a professional or personal purpose, but man, let it go. Other social media lets that happen better. Yeah, you can reach a wider audience on Twitter, but it's no longer the audience looking for what you want. Twitter let that boat sale.

So I don't think your comparison is 100% perfect, but each day it gets closer to that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
32. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 09:44 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 20:49:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 19:31:
What's conflicting? His post doesn't spell it out, and his posting history is full of white panic. The fact remains that being black in America leads to drastically different experiences. Is that right? No. Is it true? Yes. And if your company needs the perspective of black people, being all white won't help. Period.

I said we would pretend, don't push your luck. Your comments here were disturbing, you don't even seem to grasp your own internal racism. Hire a black man, they know how to relate to all those other black men! No black person would've allowed this commercial to happen.

It is no wonder you constantly lash out at others for their beliefs when you can't even seem to make peace with your own. Period, end of sentence the fact of the matter at the end day. Yes that's the wave off you deserve. Thanks for the laughs.

What can't I make peace with? I gave one example, trying to simplify it, but you guys seem really creeped out. You really don't think there are reasons why having one black person in a group of 8 white people can be more advantageous than having another white person?

Taking a step back, what makes a good board member? Is there a limited quantity of them? Even for something as prestigious as a board member of Facebook, no, it's not difficult to find someone qualified that will do a good job and wants the job. So what are you looking for out of them? In this case, someone that users and employees relate to.

I don't think it's Stormfrontish at all to say black employees and black people relate more to black people than white people. Nor do I think it is to say that being black in America is a unique thing, as society treats all black people differently than white people, so black people understand other black people better than white people understand black people. Did I use the word "all" there? No.

This isn't internalized racism, this is just what society is. White society treats black people differently. This isn't controversial. And people concerned when a company commits to diversity are usually people stupid enough to think there's one candidate clearly better than any other, as if such a thing exists and as if people are always hiring for the same thing. You're not stupid, which is why you coming so hard on the side of "protect the white people or you're racist" is so weird. You get that the other guy and Cutter are agreeing with you, right? That's a bad sign.
 
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