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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 4, 2018, 17:12 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jun 4, 2018, 16:56:
Traditionally Microsoft has been anti-open source from the beginning.


Which is why people shouldn't pay attention to tradition, as its based on what was known, not what is fact.

Microsoft is the largest open-source contributor in the world. By several different studies using several different metrics. Google seems to have retaken the lead, but it's pretty much back and forth.
 
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News Comments > Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale
11. Re: Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale Jun 4, 2018, 16:25 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 4, 2018, 16:19:
Beamer wrote on Jun 4, 2018, 16:06:
ItBurn wrote on Jun 4, 2018, 15:41:
The first XCom was more about using the technologies you liked and to customize everything.

Do you mean the 1994 X-COM or the 2012ish XCom?

I feel like both were about abandoning old tech asap. In the original, rifles and HE went out the window to plasma then heavy plasma, maybe with a detour to laser if you had time (and I sometimes had a few units with laser just to blast holes everywhere.) In the newer one, more or less the same, though I remember it less well despite playing through 2.5 times.

I don't remember ever really using old tech in any game if I could help it, and in the original, I'd bypass tech like lasers more often than not.

Could be faulty memory of mine on the 2012 Xcom. Which I loved.

I meant the first ever XCom game. It's been a while, but it definitely felt like original XCom had a real sense of customization while the new one felt more like linear unlocks.

Funny, I always felt a bit the opposite, at least in how I played. I felt as if the RPGesque progression of your squad, and the way you had to mix and match, made the new one a bit more customized in how you built your team and what the strengths were. For the original, I hardly used some weapons (like the miniguns), and quickly replaced everything, making a tech beeline to heavy plasma. In most playthroughs, you could probably count on one hand how many times I used plasma or laser. Once heavy plasma was available, why? In the original, the only question was how many blaster bombs to take out, as so much weaponry was clearly superior. In the new, you had to make decisions around how many snipers or MECs to take out.

Of course, with the stupid way you managed inventory (fixed by mods some 15 years later), inevitably there'd be a base raid where 60% of my squad had rifles instead of heavy plasma, and no clips, haha.
 
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News Comments > Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale
9. Re: Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale Jun 4, 2018, 16:06 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 4, 2018, 15:41:
The first XCom was more about using the technologies you liked and to customize everything.

Do you mean the 1994 X-COM or the 2012ish XCom?

I feel like both were about abandoning old tech asap. In the original, rifles and HE went out the window to plasma then heavy plasma, maybe with a detour to laser if you had time (and I sometimes had a few units with laser just to blast holes everywhere.) In the newer one, more or less the same, though I remember it less well despite playing through 2.5 times.

I don't remember ever really using old tech in any game if I could help it, and in the original, I'd bypass tech like lasers more often than not.

Could be faulty memory of mine on the 2012 Xcom. Which I loved.
 
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News Comments > Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale
7. Re: Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale Jun 4, 2018, 15:26 Beamer
 
This has been on my list, so I'm mildly excited.
Sunless Sea was also on my list, but I found it tedious during the free Steam week (I think the only game I've done a free week for.) If free, I'd try it again, to see if I just didn't put enough time into learning it.

But not sure what I'd buy to unlock it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 4, 2018, 15:25 Beamer
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Jun 4, 2018, 14:50:
Hey hey hey hey hey I love Goldeneye, and Tomorrow Never Dies is good fun. The Craig movies have been mostly bland since Casino Royale in my opinion, despite looking amazing visually. So let's be careful with this "bland Brosnan era" stuff!!!

I just really want a new Bond with a different vibe at this point, more than anything.

I love the Daniel Craig Bond, but hate his movies. Casino Royale was a breath of fresh air, but at least 30 minutes too long. QoS was awful, Skyfall was Home Alone but worse, and Spectre was actually better than advertised, but my expectations were below the ground, so it wasn't very good. I don't need to know about Bond's early years (same reason I have no interest in Solo), and I definitely don't need to learn his brother is evil (same reason I stopped with 24.)

At the same time, my expectations for Mission Impossible 5 were equally low, and man, that was actually a fun movie. Right now, it's doing spy stuff far better.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
5. Re: Uncle Sam wants you to join the United States Digital Service Jun 3, 2018, 18:26 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jun 3, 2018, 18:14:
NKD wrote on Jun 3, 2018, 17:59:
Not all women can be chained up in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant (with the mailmans kid), dude.

You're right I don't know their qualifications but it just sounded like "diversity hiring quota" stat to me.

Iím An Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader And Iím Sick Of Our Approach To Diversity!


Yes, yes, you think women are inferior to you, we know, we've seen your posts here for years.
 
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News Comments > Anthem Gameplay Trailer Next Week
21. Re: Anthem Gameplay Trailer Next Week Jun 3, 2018, 10:10 Beamer
 
I don't get the bl2 loot complaints. Legendary named stuff fell very rarely, but everything else was great, I thought. it only felt grindy if you tried to farm legendaries.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
8. Re: Evening Interviews Jun 2, 2018, 14:00 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 2, 2018, 00:25:
Beamer wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 08:32:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 00:01:
Interesting read that, but it's not 300$ DLC for CK2, it's 710$. The article writer might have simply opened up the steam store page and looked, but I digress.

I just opened the store page, and it's $268 after a 15% discount if you want CK2 as well, or $277.74 for all the DLC.

So... maybe you're the one that needed to open up the Steam store page? Because the writer seemed accurate, rounding up, and you more than doubled it. Maybe you're operating under old information and they cut the price of much of the DLC, but it's kind of funny that you're accusing them of not doing their research when they're the ones that are correct. I always dig that irony.

No you are quite right, and I blame this god awful 100% humidity heat wave. Conversion from Ä is always fun ;p

Ä price is 17% higher than what you see, but still nowhere near 700$ Dunno what I saw there, probably the complete paradox package. ^^

Heatwaves destroy the minds of even the best of us, haha.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
34. Re: Op Ed Jun 2, 2018, 13:46 Beamer
 
And, for the record, I'm about to head out for the evening, so if I don't respond to any responses until late tomorrow, it's not because I'm off to a safe space, but because I'm not around.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
33. Re: Op Ed Jun 2, 2018, 13:43 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 21:47:
Beamer wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 21:08:
outraged

Poor word choice based upon pure speculation for the purpose of trying to paint yourself in a better light.
I am not "outraged". I am amused/bemused at your double standard.

Freedom of thought but, only when that thought conforms to what you decide is acceptable.

Diversity of everything except diversity of ideas or opinions.

All else must be squashed eh? Comrade ;-)

What double standard?


I am so confused at what you're angry at. And yes, you guys seem angry to use loaded terms.

YouNick asked what would happen if someone remade the game without the copyrighted materials. RedEye called that a strawman. YouNick was confused. I explained that Valve did not remove this for copyrighted materials, they removed it because they had previously banned the publisher from Steam for numerous infringements, including copyrighted materials. There was no copyrighted materials issue with this game, though.

I went on to say that Valve was using that as a way to get around actually addressing this content on their platform, and were another dev/publisher to do a similar game, they'd have to address that. I further explained that Valve would clearly refuse to sell such a game, because it isn't worth the headaches it would bring. While I won't fault the 21 year old Russian kid much, god knows American media has exploited things that would be considered taboo elsewhere, that has little to do with Valve being a US company. Much like literally any company, Valve doesn't want to be involved in certain types of products. You can't walk into Walmart and buy sex toys, you can't go to Amazon and buy KKK robes, and you can't go to Valve and buy something that will drag the corporation into controversy it has little interest in being a part of.


I have no clue what double standard there is in any of that.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Jun 1, 2018, 21:08 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 20:09:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 17:21:
Good luck getting an answer. The reason that you won't get one is that the same people attacking your question can see the penumbra of cognitive dissonance around the possible answers, so they don't want to go down that road. They don't want to say, "Some ideas should not be expressed or should be forcibly suppressed" because we all know where that argument leads.

BRAVO!! Sir/Madame BRAVO!!
Oh look...
Redeye9 and Beamer have run off to their "Safe-Space".

Jesus it's Friday night. I didn't run off I'm out.

If any of you could read you'd see my answer is clearly in my final paragraph, but reading would interfere with your being outraged so you refuse.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Jun 1, 2018, 15:11 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 13:35:
Not to take anything way from the nice choreography, but why is anyone assuming the spear is real? Rubber tipped weapons are extremely common.

Even if rubber tipped, that's coming at your face very quickly.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2018, 14:56 Beamer
 
Yeah, you can change the word Bee used and her point remains: "you're an awful person." It's hard to take "you remind me of a monkey" and make that not racist.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Jun 1, 2018, 12:41 Beamer
 
YourNick wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 10:41:
Valve mentioned copyrighted material as one of the reasons, but never mentioned the sensitive subject of school shootings.
https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&boardid=1&threadid=190605&id=1181645

AFAIK a what if statement doesn't even constitute an argument, 'strawman' or otherwise.

No, Valve said that it came from a publisher that had previously been banned from the platform for, amongst other things, publishing copyrighted materials. Also review manipulation and customer abuse.

They did NOT say this game had copyrighted material. Hence why it's a strawman. No one ever once accused this game of using materials it wasn't allowed to.

The better question is what happens if a publisher not banned from the platform puts up the same game, or a similar one. Then Valve would have to piss off the "all censorship is bad" crowd and actually curate their platform. For some reason, people freak out when Valve chooses not to sell a game, but don't seem to mind when Walmart chooses to pull a t-shirt off of its webstore (which operates comparably to Valve.) Basically, video game nerds are often the worst...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2018, 12:38 Beamer
 
I find the difference in apologies entertaining.

Samantha Bee says she was wrong.
Roseanne keeps posting the same type of joke, and retweeting people saying she wasn't wrong.
Trump claims he never said what we have him on tape saying, or that it's what everyone says.

What Samantha Bee said was classless, but the apology hasn't been.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Jun 1, 2018, 10:33 Beamer
 
YourNick wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 09:01:
So what if someone put up a similar game with original assets?

The assets weren't the reason anyone complained, nor the reason Valve removed. Which is why he said you were using a strawman argument - you're arguing against something no one has said.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Jun 1, 2018, 08:32 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 00:01:
Interesting read that, but it's not 300$ DLC for CK2, it's 710$. The article writer might have simply opened up the steam store page and looked, but I digress.

I just opened the store page, and it's $268 after a 15% discount if you want CK2 as well, or $277.74 for all the DLC.

So... maybe you're the one that needed to open up the Steam store page? Because the writer seemed accurate, rounding up, and you more than doubled it. Maybe you're operating under old information and they cut the price of much of the DLC, but it's kind of funny that you're accusing them of not doing their research when they're the ones that are correct. I always dig that irony.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 1, 2018, 07:19 Beamer
 
Steele Johnson wrote on May 31, 2018, 22:12:
Facebook finally starting to crumble.

Except that teens have preferred networks other than Facebook since at least 2012. That's the oldest article with the same headline on the first page of Google results. It may have been true earlier.

So this isnt anything starting, this is status quo.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 31, 2018, 16:50 Beamer
 
There's 0 chance it's worse. It's extremely likely to be as bad.

But given how insanely bad texting is, what car makers are doing (and Tesla is doing in the extreme) seems insanely bad. Form over function, form over safety. Many consumers seem to want to buy screens, too, even though they're infinitely less convenient.

edit - to clarify, I mean less bad on an individual basis. You're much more likely to get in an accident texting than you are turning down the A/C on one of these. At the same time, only a fraction of people text, but everyone needs to turn down the A/C, so if all cars have this, I can see it leading to more accidents overall, but a lower chance of an accident for each individual.

This comment was edited on May 31, 2018, 17:06.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 31, 2018, 15:37 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on May 31, 2018, 15:33:
The algorithm deleted 98% of the rap music from the system?

I can't tell which racism this is: the kind that believes 98% of rap music is bad, or the kind that whines about words that mean different things depending upon who says it.
 
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