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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Aug 28, 2017, 22:16 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 21:43:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 21:23:
Vs stringing your consumer base along for over a decade, suggesting that HL3 was still in the works but never once saying 'yay or nay'?

Least players are making a statement, but they would settle for an official statement.

Haha, sure, because gamers are such a pleasant and reasonable crowd.

To paraphrase someone in one of the HL3 threads last week, if you've somehow been strung along for over a decade without any official statement, grow up.

I don't even think they've strung anyone along.

Valve learned, more than any other company, communicating anything not 100% set in stone to your fans is a bad idea, because in this industry above all, people take everything very personally and feel a weird ownership over the games they've enjoyed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 28, 2017, 18:28 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 18:22:
There was a exec who had an op ed in the NY Times a few years ago who said the rich need to be taxed more and the wealth redistributed because broader wealth distribution makes for a stronger more robust economy than concentrating it in the rich. "Tax me more!" isn't something you hear from a C level exec very often. Of course he pointed out that you can't rely on people to voluntarily pay more because almost nobody would and nothing would change.

Buffet and Gates are huge proponents of this, too, and I wholly agree.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 28, 2017, 18:04 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 14:30:
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 13:00:
Another phony liberal CEO who claims he loathes the GOP but has zero problem with exploiting workers and not paying taxes. When will thee clowns learn that public posturing doesn't make a lick of difference when what you actually practice is diametrically opposed to what you preach.


So you suggest they pay more taxes than they're supposed to?

I never, ever understand this argument. Is it even possible to do this? Someone can oppose the tax system and still pay exactly how much they're supposed to. Not to mention, if you pay more than you're supposed to, the board will send you out on your ass.

This is a child's argument. It's like expecting someone who thinks the designated hitter rule is idiotic to refuse to use a designated hitter when playing AL games, giving a huge advantage to competitors...

Did you even read the article?

Sure, did you? It mentions nothing about taxation. At all. Cutter, who is more a selfinterestedatarian than anyone I've ever met, just loves to bleat this old crap about people who think taxes should be increased need to pay more. Someone here, almost definitely him, once said I should pay more if I think taxes should be raised.

It's a childish, moronic thing to say. Which, I mean, Cutter... Not to mention, if he means corporate taxes, Uber has a board. The Board would need to decide that. If the CEO tried on his own, he'd be fired immediately.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
14. Re: Sunday Metaverse Aug 28, 2017, 14:33 Beamer
 
Not surprised - the recruiters hitting me most in the past 4 months have been alcohol companies - nearly every major alcohol manufacturer has spoken to me. They're expecting eCommerce to really pick up for them.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 28, 2017, 14:30 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 13:00:
Another phony liberal CEO who claims he loathes the GOP but has zero problem with exploiting workers and not paying taxes. When will thee clowns learn that public posturing doesn't make a lick of difference when what you actually practice is diametrically opposed to what you preach.


So you suggest they pay more taxes than they're supposed to?

I never, ever understand this argument. Is it even possible to do this? Someone can oppose the tax system and still pay exactly how much they're supposed to. Not to mention, if you pay more than you're supposed to, the board will send you out on your ass.

This is a child's argument. It's like expecting someone who thinks the designated hitter rule is idiotic to refuse to use a designated hitter when playing AL games, giving a huge advantage to competitors...
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
52. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 28, 2017, 10:48 Beamer
 
I do have to agree with whomever said it - the story is underwhelming.

I get that video game stories often are, it's how they're told not what they're telling, and boiling them down to a few paragraphs of text on a single page would make most seem basic and inconsequential, but... initially I read it and was excited to see the familiar names, and while I disliked the ending, I put that on it just being that he was working in commentary on Valve (does this mean there is active work on an Alyx spinoff? Haha!) But, thinking back, yeah, it does kind of go nowhere with little happening in between. It feels like something thin connecting setpieces, which most games plots are, but you hope for more in HL. I think, also, HL was always this way, it just had really strong fiber as the little details added in.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
19. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 25, 2017, 13:27 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 12:00:
Valve has no respect for the HL franchise so why should I? Fuck that game.

I was going to comment that duh, you have no respect for anything, but realized that's wrong. You have enormous respect for intangible, pointless things (i.e., your own opinion of what something should be), and absolutely zero respect for actual products and, more importantly, the people that made them.

Were HL3 to come out, you'd inevitably make a thousand posts about how terrible it was from the moment it was announced, and how stupid the people making it are and the people anticipating it or enjoying it are.

You're likely a big reason why there is no HL3. The original team got paid enough that they didn't need the trouble of angry fans telling them how awful their game is. The new people at Valve don't need anyone telling them they ruined the legacy. So it's better to let HL2 stay as it is, fondly remembered (though there are some that still say it was far inferior to HL), especially when it isn't needed for the good of the company.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
8. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 25, 2017, 11:23 Beamer
 
Nailbender wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 10:14:
OK people, this is all the HL3 we're going to get.

Yup, the final paragraph is clearly about valve.

Given how well Dota and cs do, along with Steam, and how the response to nearly any game with higher than modest expectations is immediate and vulgar backlash, I get why they wouldn't want to return. They don't need the money, they can't live up to expectations, and there'd likely only be misery. Nothing could live up to the expectations. Maybe a decade ago, not now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 24, 2017, 12:16 Beamer
 
Most won't be robots. AI will be able to do most white collar jobs, too.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 24, 2017, 12:15 Beamer
 
I received those calls twice weekly for two months. Not part of this action. Maybe that was a different company. The call began with a loud ship horn, and after two months I remained on the line and botched someone out. I never do that.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 23, 2017, 20:12 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 23, 2017, 19:25:
And how fucking hard is it to just ignore Shitter? Stupid bitch.

Really? This is what makes you say "stupid bitch?" And you think that's appropriate? You rush right out to "stupid bitch?"

Regardless of how ripe you are for a permaban, it isn't about ignoring. It isn't that Trump is bothering her personally. It's about the way he spreads misinformation and gets his fanbase lathered up.

You're hopeless. Just an angry, frustrated person that refuses to give thought to anything and lashes out as harshly as you can at the most minute things.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 23, 2017, 19:42 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 23, 2017, 19:20:
That hermit story is crazy, but I remember reading about a similar case a few years ago also in Maine. Must be something in the water. I wonder how that guy survived all the black flies living outdoor like that.

The article is 4 years old, hence your Deja vu, haha
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Aug 23, 2017, 14:50 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 23, 2017, 14:47:
Beamer wrote on Aug 23, 2017, 14:42:
If you guys read the article, they don't address the "controversy," nor do they apologize for it. It's as tongue-in-cheek as it gets.

Not that I'd expect the usual suspects here to read the article. Nor do I think the complaints were particularly widespread or more than a handful of people.

To be fair, it IS a link to Kotaku

Yeah, but it's also Cutter and MA, who seem incapable of reading articles.

And yeah, it's Kotaku, who downplay this "controversy" as saying it's "a little insensitive" and "in context it's a little less harmful." They also put "cultural insensitivity" in quotes, meaning it's not their argument. And the discussion they link to is someone calling out the people complaining.

So it seems even Kotaku isn't taking this seriously. But hey, if Cutter can complain about kids on his lawn, he will.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Aug 23, 2017, 14:42 Beamer
 
If you guys read the article, they don't address the "controversy," nor do they apologize for it. It's as tongue-in-cheek as it gets.

Not that I'd expect the usual suspects here to read the article. Nor do I think the complaints were particularly widespread or more than a handful of people.
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Aug 22, 2017, 23:42 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 22, 2017, 19:41:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Aug 22, 2017, 14:50:
I've been actively scanning the internet for gaming/news/etc since 1996 and I don't ever remember seeing Shacknews.

No one i talked to in Counter-Strike/Quake years/Unreal years/Everquest/Ultima Online/Shadowbane era ever talked about that site either.

I actually find it pretty strange if it's some sort of old relic of internet gaming news that I've never seen it.

They have been around since 1996 in one form or another. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shacknews
You'd be surprised how many people have never heard of bluesnews.com, there's no accounting for taste. But seriously, If not for one of two friends back in the day I would never have heard of hardocp or bluesnews.

Remember firingsquad.com? https://web.archive.org/web/20000510171432/http://www.firingsquad.com:80/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Fong

Shacknews is actually a much higher trafficked site than Blues. As you mention, no accounting for taste.

And yup, I was on Firing Squad quite a bit. And Sharky, and Telefragged, and the one whose founder died of brain cancer, but none more than here and VE3D. Before most of those died, I consolidated here - when I was a teen it lacked the edge and bite I wanted but was more reliable for news, as I was no longer a teen I no longer needed my games news to be XTREEEEEME!

I'm really thankful on a daily basis this place has been around so long, and that of all of them this one is the one with the longevity.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 22, 2017, 09:50 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 22, 2017, 08:23:
He glanced up a couple of times, I don't think he looked long enough to cause permanent damage. Though I'm sure he was seeing the image of the sun on his retina for a while afterwards...

Yeah, I'm pretty certain 99% of people out at the time glanced up. Doesn't mean you looked directly at it, just in the general area.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
7. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Aug 22, 2017, 09:06 Beamer
 
He used bunk science and hardly cited anything worthwhile. Which makes your post both ironic and hypocritical.

I mean, in general, white guys whine about "racism" because they refuse to believe their lives could be worse. They somehow think being born a minority is an advantage, because of your first post.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
33. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2017, 11:56 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 21, 2017, 11:29:
I think I explained this before. The slippery slope isn't people getting fired for complaining about Nazis. The Nazis are an insignificant issue. A few dozen people, who had no political power, will get fired. A few CEOs. It's inconsequential compared to the number of women, minorities and labor activists getting fired for non-work related reasons -- way the hell more than zero. If you fire Nazis because they're making people uncomfortable, how much room is there for the Civil Rights Act to actually protect people?

If you think we still need the Civil Rights Act and workplace discrimination protections, they can only work in an environment where firing is based on consistent rules. Otherwise you have to consider whether your loophole -- of which "uncomfortableness" based on people's personal lives is the vaguest, shittiest one possible -- can be used to fire the wrong people. I'm not firing you because you're black or old or atheist, you're just making people uncomfortable -- to say nothing of the people who have no legal protections. Or you're too "controversial," in an age where controversy is an on-demand service. If you want to fire someone, anti-discrimination or not, all you have to do is get someone to pry into their personal lives and if that fails, wait for the fake news factory to manufacture controversy out of thin air. True at-will workplaces without pesky equal opportunity laws.

When companies have to manufacture bullshit work-related reasons then at least there's something admissible if management conspires with HR and supervisors. Now there's nothing -- "This employee is making people uncomfortable, rocking the boat and generating unwanted controversy, please show them the door." And most of those people aren't going to be Nazis and skinheads, they're going to be the same people who have always been discriminated against by unjust employers.

Then I honestly don't understand your point and why you're bringing it up now. Also, don't know if you get that no one has been fired for "complaining about Nazis," they've been fired for being Nazis.

Being Nazis.

And what you're complaining about is mostly people who do have protections.

Regardless, given that you used the term "fake news," and how generally all over the place your latest post is, I don't see a point in continuing. If you're ok working with people that go to white power marches on the weekend, you're mostly alone on that. If you'd be ok employing them, and sending them to meetings with outside partners who are minorities that may take offense to knowing that he goes to white power marches and would almost definitely take their business elsewhere due to it, you're mostly alone in that.

I really, really don't think that your coworker being a Nazi is "manufacture[d] bullshit."

Lastly:
And most of those people aren't going to be Nazis and skinheads, they're going to be the same people who have always been discriminated against by unjust employers.

You understand that this is slippery slope, right? You keep saying you aren't making a slippery slope argument, but this is the definition of a slippery slope.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
30. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2017, 02:09 Beamer
 
We have zero evidence of slippery slopes, though. Thus far, people have been fired for marching under a Nazi flag. Anywhere other than Nazi Germany, that's more or less going to get you fired.

In the past we've had executives, particularly CEOs, fired for things nowhere near that, but I wouldn't call that a slippery slope, either. Remember when the CEO of Mozilla resigned because he donated money to deprive homosexuals the right to marry? Certainly not an opinion that makes one a Nazi, but absolutely an action that makes it hard, if not impossible, to lead a company.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
27. Re: Into the Black Aug 20, 2017, 19:40 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 11:55:
Beamer wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 10:17:
The Constitution rightfully protects women and minorities from being fired for bullshit personal reasons. It's not perfect, but it's something.

I fail to see how you compare firing people for being hateful assholes to that, though. Of course companies should. Again, if the guy in the office next to you marched on weekends to advocate for your extermination, would you want to work with him? Would you be as effective collaborating with him? Would you be as happy going in to the office and seeing him? Would you be proud of your company? Would those you do business with be happy doing business with a guy who advocates for such things?

Of course not, and that's why these people get fired.

The Constitution protects women and minorities from being fired for being women and minorities, not because of bullshit personal reasons. Companies that open the door to bullshit personal reasons typically apply them unfairly. Bad people are very quick to seize upon or manufacture controversy to get rid of people they don't like. Firing people for non-work related reasons just shouldn't be a tool in HR's arsenal. There's just no reason to believe that it will only, mostly or even ever be used for good.

Basic professionalism requires most employees to give 100% even when working with people they don't like. If I tell HR I can't work with this guy because he makes a lot of stupid pro-Trump posts on Facebook, then I'm the problem, not him. Likewise someone who's gay should be able to put on their game face and collaborate with an anti-gay marriage bigot, and so on, because that's what the company pays them for. Bringing in outside reasons is workplace drama, which quickly dominates office politics to the detriment of anyone not playing.

If you really want to play the touchy-feely uncomfortableness game, how many business owners and board members do you think skew left vs. right? Which side do you think wins when a nuclear option is on the table? On the West Coast the progressives might just eke out a win with the giant corporations, but how many people get thrown to the wolves in the rest of the country?

I mean, you get that those fired weren't "pro Trump" but marching under Nazi flags, right?
 
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