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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 10, 2016, 15:27 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 15:03:
Do we know it's a one-off though? I mean, why wouldn't they make, for example, an NES Classic Action Edition, SNES Classic Edition, SNES Classic RPG Edition, etc.? Granted there's redundancy in having multiple physical devices, but when those devices are only $60 and literally fit in the palm of your hand, the idea of having several of the things, while not my first choice, isn't unappealing either. I guess I'm enthused enough about getting one of these things, that I'm willing to overlook the shortcomings, and am looking forward to more.

With the success, I guarantee a V2 that fixes most of these flaws. And, of course, angers early adopters.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
136. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 10:53 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 10:11:
That they are willing to overlook that he's an utterly vile human being, as I explained in my previous post, just because he's making crazy promises, and for many because he hates the same people they hate, makes Trump voters look like a combination of fools and vile human beings themselves.

Maybe but that's what people wanted, the chance of it happening. Certainly wasn't going to be possible under Clinton from their perspective. Trump will get a chance to make good on his promises and if he doesn't then he will be held accountable in the next election. In the meantime rather than blaming Trump voters I think there's a fair amount of blame to go around in the Democratic party.

You guys had a real shot with Sanders, not sure why the signs were continually ignored. Hell I would've voted for Sanders and I'm fairly right of center.

Bernie would have burned some of it down, and a lot of people weren't ready for that (particularly the Democratic Party, who he joined months before his candidacy and did not have a good relationship with.)

Plus, he had the stigma of "socialist," which would have resonated strongly in the midwest, particularly as much of Obama's policies they rallied against were ones framed as just that.

That said, I loved Bernie. Only politician I loved in this whole thing. Would have been super excited for him. I'm not as convinced as anyone else he would have won, because I think he would have drawn in the anti-establishment Trump fans while pushing some of the others, and some Hillary fans, away with his "socialist" rhetoric.

Also, in retrospect, he seems far more willing to play nicely with the Democratic Party than anyone expected.

None of this is excusing the choice to put someone so hated up, but I kind of get it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 10, 2016, 10:43 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 10:26:
The 3 foot controller cord and bullshit with needing to get up to hit the reset button to do anything kills the classic NES for me. I would literally need to camp out in front of a 60" TV. 3 feet in this day and age of wireless controllers is crazyland. Want a wireless one? Spend $20 more and still need to get up and hit the reset button to do ANYTHING. Even the old school NES had an 8 foot cord, Nintendo with their weird fucking hardware decisions as usual.

It also has no online capability so those 30 games are it for life. I predict this thing will be in closets within 3 months.

100%. That, and not being able to add new games.

Growing up, I was fortunate. When it was all said and done, I had 150 games (more than half acquired cheaply at a garage sale in like 1998.) I still have those cartridges, and the original NES, at my parents house. It's been in their garage for about 20 years.

I've done emulation, and learned most of those games simply aren't fun anymore. I get about 5 minutes of joy from them. There are some I'd like to go back to, and many aren't in this collection (seriously missing on the Castlevanias, though those have all been done better on the GBA.)

I feel like I'd be better off, and not feel awful, downloading an emulator and streaming to my TV from my desktop, and playing with the more comfortable Xbox 360 controller (which, I suppose, may be awful for some of these, with its terrible dpad.)

I could save anywhere, I could change games more easily, and I could play every game I own. This thing is kind of inspiring me to do just that. But, had it had wireless controllers, more ergonomic controllers, quicksave and reload, the ability to change games from the controller, and the ability to add more games... maybe a really long list of requested features, but I'd have bought the device and additional games (or game packs) for a good chunk more.

I expect a V2.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 9, 2016, 22:42 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 21:53:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 21:37:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 20:53:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 19:40:
Russian Hackers Will Try to Impact More Elections After Trump's Win.

Lovely.
Haha, yeah, since its the bad Russians who are to blame, instead of the people exposed in those hacks.
If we, as so called democratic and free countries, need god damn Russians (!!!) to get the truth to the public, the problem is our system.

Killing the messenger has become trend again lately. Also shows where were really headed.

I would response but it would be a waste of my time. Suffice to say I think you are absurd. On multiple levels. Feel free to call me a sheeple, or whatever the preferred tagline is for people who aren't moronic enough to take RT at face value.
What does that have to do with RT? Are you blaming them now for the leaks? Are you denying facts, just because they involve Russians in one way or the other? "Its all Russian, so they must be all in it"? Are you seriously dodging a discussion because you, for whatever reason, think I watch RT all day long, believe everything they say and call everyone sheeple and whatever else your messed up stereotyping holds? I think you should look in a mirror before you attack other people. But thanks for exposing your massive hypocrisy. That indeed makes a discussion completely pointless.

I think his point is that, if it's on RT, it's almost definitely not facts, maybe "facts," and some here seem to cite RT as a source.
 
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News Comments > Dishonored 2 Launch Trailer
12. Re: Dishonored 2 Launch Trailer Nov 9, 2016, 17:57 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 15:32:
Tried to replay Dishonored 1 because I wanna get excited about Dishonored 2. I used that beating heart to analyze every opponent's true heart. Evil guys (like "He will end 2 more lives before going to bed tonight") I killed. Others (like "He works two shifts only so he can feed his family") I knocked out or ignored. Playing 100% non-lethal was boring as hell!!!

I hope D2 will have more cool non-lethal abilities.

Either way, I really had to put effort into liking D1. Not sure if my interests are changing or that the game simply was unimpressive. Reading many people say they got bored halfway through kinda answers that question.

My first time through I used the heart a lot. I've become a much less patient gamer, though, and it adds nothing but some color, so I grew quickly tired of it in the second playthrough.

I did try to go mostly nonlethal and ghost in my second playthrough. I killed at most 3 or 4 people in each of the levels other than the first - killing none in most. Unfortunately, in the first (maybe it was the second but I think the first) I killed like 40 people covering for a mistake I didn't want to quickload over. So I still got the bad ending. I'm not kidding, it was about 40 people due to one mistake.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2016, 14:27 Beamer
 
Did someone just say they expect less war under Trump, a guy who has basically been fighting never-ending Twitter wars on all fronts since the day Twitter launched? A guy whose feathers get ruffled and can't take criticism? A guy who, when asked, talks about how weak the leaders of our closest allies are and cites dictators as good, strong leaders?  
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News Comments > Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for Free
7. Re: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for Free Nov 9, 2016, 14:23 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 12:21:
IMO way better than the base game it spawned from. Always found modern Far Cry games to have way too much padding. Blood Dragon shrinks it down to a more enjoyable ratio. And adds a bunch of neon and giant lizards with frikkin laser beams attached to their heads.

Mark IV style motherfucker!

Couldn't disagree more. I felt like they took out the good from the game and left bare bones that were really, really bare. On top of it, the plot felt less throwback and more generic, and the decision to go with an eye-searing red sky with pink and purple details wasn't fun. That was usually 5 minutes in an 80s movie, not a full 5 hours.

I adore FC3/FC4. Found this to be mostly just boring.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
102. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2016, 09:52 Beamer
 
I get the anger at the "Establishment," but this is just a bad idea all around.

In 1980 we elected Reagan. Reagan was a former celebrity whose biggest bit of policy was a drastic tax cut on the super wealthy. This freed up the unofficial salary cap on the super wealthy, who exploited this by stagnating wages for everyone else, offshoring jobs to give themselves higher bonuses and stock prices, etc. This resulted in a huge wealth inequality and left the middle class, in particular the blue collar worker, decimated.

So, to teach the establishment a lesson, we elected another celebrity who became a Republican whose biggest policy is to cut the taxes on the super wealthy.

I'm sure, this time around, it will be different. Hey, at least we did it out of anger this time.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts?
18. Re: Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts? Nov 8, 2016, 15:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 14:38:
Beamer wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 14:18:
So... I think it's safe to say at least 5 people bought it and have since been refunded! Maybe even 6!

I stand humbly corrected!

Rereading what I typed, I think it's probably easy to misconstrue my post as a total defense of this debacle, saying only 5 or 6 people have been refunded.

I'm happy you picked up on what I actually meant, haha.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts?
16. Re: Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts? Nov 8, 2016, 14:18 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 13:59:
NetHead wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 11:04:
I could gladly and righteously tear Microsoft a new one for countless things they've done.

Though still, I think it's only fair to point out in this case it apparently isn't their fault, or their awful store that I hope dies, but rather Activision who decided to prevent the players joining eachother's games.

Correct. Even so, it's quite hilarious that two people (apparently) bought it from the MS store.

Oh, come off it. It was 2 people looking for a game at that moment.

Even if you don't assume that it meant just that gametype, not everyone that bought the game were looking for a game at that moment. And even if that was the most common time to play, some of the buyers would be doing other things, at least a third (but up to two thirds) would still be playing SP before moving to MP.

So... I think it's safe to say at least 5 people bought it and have since been refunded! Maybe even 6!
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 8, 2016, 10:40 Beamer
 
NetHead wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 07:15:
Beamer wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 21:46:
...Hell, I do high level corporate strategy and I think I can be replaced at some point. White collar jobs will disappear, too..

It's strange how many people don't realise that the less physical your job the easier it is for a computer you replace you. It's like they're stuck in an industrial age mentality.

Also the more one's job is about "thinking" rather than "lifting" it's not only easier to replace you but the performance benefit gained via computers is vastly greater.

This isn't a snipe at anyone, it's just strange how those with "thinking" or higher paying jobs think they're harder to replace.

It's so simple to break this down, a burger flipping/cooking machine can only flip and cook so many burgers in any amount of time (while requiring costly space consuming mechanical presence that needs to be scaled and must also be maintained). A "thinking" replacement doesn't have any such physical limitations or impediment so the performance improvement is comparably astronomical, while requiring zero space to replace the worker (hell your job/your entire profession/field could be replaced globally by cloud computing in a single server farm).

At the risk of sounding rude, anyone who thinks their "thinking" job is to difficult for computers to replace, either now or in the future, has their head in the sand. "Thinking" jobs you can't do are already being done by computers, incomprehensibly faster and better than you can imagine nevermind execute. The only one that isn't yet in danger of being replaced is the programmers themselves (certain kinds anyway, as there have been some advancements even in that area).

When last have you beaten a simple unbridled computer at a game of chess, what makes you think you'd do better when things that are more complicated with more to consider and remember, in situations that increasingly require interacting with other computers.

The problem isn't replacing "you", it's about the impact of replacing "you".


I disagree on the ease. We can replace most manual labor jobs today, it's just a matter of cost. Building a robot that can make McDonald's is easy. Warehouse jobs are already gone, as are many manufacturing.

A job like mine? Requires advanced AI we're nowhere near. Then it requires people trusting the AI to make complex decisions (note: I didn't say requires the AI to make it correctly, I said requires people to trust it.) And it requires someone to want to create an implement this, knowing it will render them redundant. It's a whole lot easier to make a choice to save on G&A for a bunch of employees at a factory you've never visited in the midwest, but not very easy to decide to make redundant yourself.

So of course it will happen, and yes, a lot of people feel that it will be blue collar only, but it will hit everything. It will start in the areas of least complexity, though. Repetitive manual tasks have already had it happen. Call centers have already been reduced with automation. AI will obliterate call centers beyond that soon.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 8, 2016, 09:26 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 08:50:
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 20:53:
This is a major issue, right? After all, our economies are based entirely on conspicuous consumption. So if estimates are correct that AI and robots can replace the vast majority of the workforce than what drives the economy? A universal guaranteed income is the bare minimum. Certainly not what would keep our lifestyle - as we're accustomed to it - happily chugging along. Short of having matter replicators a la Star Trek that eliminates the need for a consumption based economy this will likely end very badly, i.e. WWIII. Well, as the Chinese curse goes, may you live in interesting times.

There will always be someone who has to work on the machines that do the work though. Luckily I'm in that line of work now so I should be safe.

As the other guy said, can't say "always."

It wouldn't be too hard to build a machine that can service other machines.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2016, 21:49 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 19:35:
Beamer wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 15:12:
Regardless, I doubt many are buying cars 10 years from now. Some Uberesque entities will own fleets. Want to go somewhere? Call a car, and an automated one will be there within minutes unless you live in the most remote, rural areas.
While I would certainly agree driver-less cars are making good strides, I'm pretty sure we won't live to see this level of driving automation. This is subject is actually an on and off again discussion with a buddy of mine. And I'm the pro automation guy. He talks about how every day when driving that he sees situations he doubts a driver-less car could deal with.

It will come... I think 10 years is overly optimistic.

If nearly every car on the road is AI, all communicating on a grid, 99% of those situations disappear.

For the rest? It won't be long before the computers react for better than the humans.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 7, 2016, 21:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 20:53:
This is a major issue, right? After all, our economies are based entirely on conspicuous consumption. So if estimates are correct that AI and robots can replace the vast majority of the workforce than what drives the economy? A universal guaranteed income is the bare minimum. Certainly not what would keep our lifestyle - as we're accustomed to it - happily chugging along. Short of having matter replicators a la Star Trek that eliminates the need for a consumption based economy this will likely end very badly, i.e. WWIII. Well, as the Chinese curse goes, may you live in interesting times.

I had this conversation with my parents the other day. They watched Dateline or 20/20 or whatever about robots and AI. I pointed out it's true. Even though the $15-minimum-wage-haters will tell you it will just mean that McDonald's is now robots, that's going to happen over the next decade, anyway. You'll be ordering from your smart phone.

Call centers? AI. Hell, I do high level corporate strategy and I think I can be replaced at some point. White collar jobs will disappear, too.

My mom finds this horrifying and wonders what we'll do. I hadn't heard Musk say this before, but it's the only option. Socialism. Pure socialism. Everyone gets $XXX dollars per year. No one works. Everyone is an artist or, in more honesty, everyone sits at home jerking off all day until humanity goes extinct from laziness.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2016, 21:42 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 21:08:
Firstly, you can take that Project Veritas stuff and shove it. They have been repeatedly debunked and exposed as having faked their releases. That you would even mention it really shows questionable judgment in your sources of information.

Do you not understand that saying things like "take political bribes for the Clinton Foundation" is just "repeating the lie"? There is no proof of this. This is pure speculation. If there was ANY proof of this they would both be in jail.

My head is not buried in any sand. I'm just not naively offended something someone might have said once in a private conversation. If we released all of your email to the public, would you not be embarrassed by a single statement in it? To hold anyone to that standard is absurd and wrong.

You've seen hundreds of thousands of private conversations of hers and this gossipy nonsense is the best anyone can come up with. It's weak and desperate. She is going to be elected tomorrow. There is no smoking gun coming. Everything about her that could possibly be dug up has been, and it has been found lacking.

Being willing to believe all of the stories about Hillary with no convictions, but turning a blind eye to the biggest enemy this country has ever faced is ridiculous. There is a reason to blame Russia for things, they do them.

Dude, that guy listens to Alex Jones unironically, thinking he's the only one aware of what's "really" going on.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 7, 2016, 18:18 Beamer
 
Phasenoise wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 18:14:
Edge has a nice engine. But a browser isn't just an engine and Edge is sub Firefox 3.x levels of usability.

It's getting better. Some things still drive me nuts, and in some places the forms won't work.

But I use multiple browsers. One is kind of general and business stuff. The other is messageboards and shopping. Both have many, many tabs.

Brave may be something I try. Not Chrome. Google pisses me off enough with ad tracking. The other night a friend texted me and asked me if I wanted to go to a store. 5 minutes later I watched a YouTube video on my desktop, on a browser I've never logged into Gmail with, and boom. Ad for that store. I'm now seeing the ads everywhere. Never went to the site, just had a friend text me the name of the store.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2016, 15:12 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 14:55:
Hmm yes, the pleasure of car ownership where you pay a huge upfront cost, ongoing maintenance costs, fuel costs and insurance costs. Enjoy your day at the stealership. I am really hoping Tesla can upend that whole fucking industry because buying a car is the worst experience. An entire industry built around obscuring and obfuscating the true price of its product. I hate our cars and if we ever move back to the city I'm going to try to get rid of them. Unfortunately out in rural land its a no go.

I generally just say no to everything and stick to the price I wanted when I walked in. I'm sure you're a veteran by now but watch their bullshit etching/etc fees they always try to sneak in. I've never had a time where they didn't try to fuck me at the last minute on the paperwork, I think most people don't even read to the bill of sale in detail.

Totally.

Regardless, I doubt many are buying cars 10 years from now. Some Uberesque entities will own fleets. Want to go somewhere? Call a car, and an automated one will be there within minutes unless you live in the most remote, rural areas. Prices will go down significantly, pooling algorithms will offer options to make it very cheap without much additional waiting, and $5 to go somewhere and back is way better than $30k-$50k for something that spends the bulk of its life sitting in your garage.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 7, 2016, 15:10 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 13:57:
It Took 60 Hours and Over 32,000 Deaths For a Mario Maker Creator To Beat His Own Level.

Since Val JP uploaded the level, it's been attempted over 724,000 times, and cleared a grand total of 36 times. That's a completion rate of approximately 0.00497%.

I guess there are masochists out there that enjoy this sort of thing, but I sure ain't one of them.

I'm with you. I've spoken here about how, as I've gotten older, I've slid towards easier difficulty levels. Some games get this right, too, but making the only real change being that you take more damage (as opposed to giving enemies less health or making you more powerful, something that utterly destroys any AI enemies may have.)

But I was never really down for this kind of thing. Did you play Mario Sunshine? It had these parts where it put old style Mario levels into 3D, so you were doing 3D platforming. Couldn't get behind it - it was just so frustrating.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Nov 6, 2016, 12:17 Beamer
 
Zarkonis wrote on Nov 6, 2016, 10:46:
Good. Because Fuckerberg would be short a few million if he did that to me.

I mean, given that you call him "Fuckerberg," I'm sure nothing will stop your irrational hatred, but if you read the article, you'll see a 3rd party wanted to do this and Facebook didn't allow them. This wasn't Facebook's plan. Facebook halted an insurance company's plan. And, like the plans in the US that ask you to plug in a device that monitors how safely you're driving, this was opt-in, offering higher discounts for allowing it.

Honestly, I think there's a direct correlation between people who think idiotic references like "M$" or "Fuckerberg" and making irate comments without reading the article.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2016, 15:53 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 4, 2016, 15:13:
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2016, 13:44:
I don't know why people always go on about Lucas electrics.

Because they made an objectively terrible product. Your experience is the exception, not the rule. When I had my S2 E-Type, I was constantly chasing down shorts in it. Once I ripped all the Lucas crap out and replaced it, I never had another problem. My dad had a very similar experience with his Spitfire. Lucas is universally known for making shitty electrical components.

A friend of the family had an E-Type about a decade ago. We all made fun of the purchase, joking about how frequently they light on fire. He didn't find it overly funny, but c'mon, they did do it frequently but the odds were still low, right?

Right?

In under a year, with it being mostly a weekend car, it burnt to the ground.
 
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