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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue May 8, 2017, 13:37 Beamer
 
I somewhat agree with the anti-theater sentiment. Last movie I saw in theaters was Interstellar. I'm not against movies, I just rarely feel any desire to go. Not even certain where a good one in NYC is, though in Seattle I went to the big one somewhat frequently, and the tiny alcoholic one quite frequently. Just not part of my social life here.

Not that I watch movies often. I check On Demand once a month or so and rarely see a movie listed that I'd give two hours to. This summer may just be Guardians 2, John Wick 2, and Kingsman 2... I see a theme...
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
14. Re: Steam Top 10 May 8, 2017, 12:23 Beamer
 
Oh... look... CJ has a negative opinion on something he hasn't personally experienced. That's a surprise. I literally cannot believe it. I'm so shocked the guy that does nothing but come here to complain about every single thing, the guy who apparently gets joy from nothing other than making us hear his endless diatribes about how he hates everything, hates this game.

Such wonderful contributions.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2017, 16:45 Beamer
 
It's hard to imagine someone thinking and doubting yet ending up believing the Earth is 6,000 years old...  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 6, 2017, 11:59 Beamer
 
Pfffffffffft. You're all so bad at this! You think the K means it's for overclocking. It just means it's unlocked. In some cases, that means you can overclock it and have it run stably. In this case, it means you can underclock it to have it run stably.


 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 6, 2017, 11:57 Beamer
 
I find it so weird when people here defend Russia as being innocent and friendly, as opposed to, y'know, having a leader that kills reporters and homosexuals constantly.

But whatever, the two that do it also seem to think Russia Today is a perfectly valid source of information.
 
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News Comments > Happy Birthday Wolfenstein 3D
20. Re: Happy Birthday Wolfenstein 3D May 5, 2017, 19:57 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on May 5, 2017, 13:29:
Bumpy wrote on May 5, 2017, 13:21:
Ahh..the joy of running along side the walls pressing the space bar.

I often expected that moving block of wall to reverse then trap and kill me. That gameplay trap they didn't do, least not any Wolf3D that I played.

OMG this. Proper secrets. Even tallied at the end of the level right? Or did they only introduce that in Doom?

Is running down every single straight line in the map, hitting space on every single wall, really a "proper" secret?
 
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News Comments > Prey Released
25. Re: Prey Released May 5, 2017, 19:56 Beamer
 
I'm still shocked people think "Prey" has any real positive brand recognition.  
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News Comments > Prey Released
10. Re: Prey Released May 5, 2017, 12:40 Beamer
 
maddog wrote on May 5, 2017, 12:15:
I'm 42, still trying to finish the new Doom. Dozey

VaranDragon wrote on May 5, 2017, 11:40:
I wish I had the money, and the time to check out these releases. I skipped Dishonored 2. It just seemed more of the same. This looks much more interesting TBH, however Real Life gets in the way.

I don't know how you people manage to do it. The older I get, the less time I have to devote to gaming. I still do game, but I find that I'm concentrating my gaming time on just one "game" at a time.

I installed Portal 2 for the first time on Monday!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 4, 2017, 16:13 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on May 4, 2017, 16:10:
Dacote wrote on May 4, 2017, 13:59:
jdreyer wrote on May 4, 2017, 13:04:
AMD and Nvidia silicon manufacturing secrets allegedly stolen and sold to China.

Fckin China man.
It ain't China's fault.
Where there's a demand a supply will follow.
Maybe we'll get cheaper gpu's out of it.

What the fuck. It is most certainly China's fault and no one else is entitled to your IP just because they want it for free. I hope I am just misreading sarcasm here or something jesus fucking christ.

It isn't stealing because technically AMD and Nvidia didn't lose anything. Plus, those Chinese companies were probably planning to buy them, but wanted to test them out, first. They'll probably still buy it when AMD and Nvidia drop the price low enough, I mean, if Steam does a sale on those manufacturing secrets for, say, $5, the Chinese companies would be all over it, and therefore it's 100% ok.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 4, 2017, 12:06 Beamer
 
That's a good article, and I like the "good prank" it links to. Though, if I was at something and Mark Hamill surprised me, even were it a Star Wars event I wouldn't yell "Oh my god, it's Luke Skywalker!" but "Holy Shit, the Joker!"

He'll always be The Joker first to me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: THE DARK TOWER - Official Trailer. May 4, 2017, 10:06 Beamer
 
SlimRam wrote on May 4, 2017, 01:54:
Normally I don't care what race plays what part in movies/tv and Idris is a GREAT actor but he's black. Roland isn't and the tension between him and Detta Walker (in 'The Drawing of the Three') is BECAUSE he's a "white muthafucka". Hell, Detta wants to kill him through most that book and HAAAAAAAATES white people... like ALOT. It's a big part of her persona and story.

I have no doubt that Idris will play Roland well, I just wonder about the reason for picking him?

Either way, looking forward to this very much!

Unless they're not even going with Detta, because this is a sequel to the books, not a direct adaptation.

 
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News Comments > Arkane: Steam Refunds = PC Prey Demo
55. Re: e: Arkane: Steam Refunds = PC Prey Demo May 4, 2017, 10:05 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on May 4, 2017, 03:08:
Quinn wrote on May 4, 2017, 02:28:
Also, name a demo that lasted longer than 5 hours in the last 20 years.

Ummm... the Mass Effect Andromeda 10 hour free trial last month? OK. It required signing up for a free trial membership of Access but free is free and it was a very generous demo.

More free trials on Origin (that do NOT require also signing up for a free Access trial): Unravel (10 hours), Plants vs. Zombies (10 hours), The Sims 4 (two days, i.e. up to the theoretical maximum of 48h if you ovahdoze on caffeine), BF4 (sevens days = up to 168h including the SP campaign), SWBF (4 hours... OK, not quite 5h), Titanfall (two days = up to 48h), Dragon Age Inquisition (6 hours).

And if this shit ain't enough, you could exploit their Great Game Guarantee refund policy by playing a game for up to 23:59:59 hours. They have a much more generous policy than Steam with their measly 2 hours.

Well, finally Kxmode already mentioned free weekends on Steam. Those usually launch on Thursday at 10:00AM Pacific and last until Sunday.

Saying there haven't been 5h+ demos in the last 20 years is complete uneducated drivel.

10 hours of a Mass Effect game is like 10%.

This isn't an open world game. 10% would be much, much less. But hey, 2 hours is still better than the 3 minutes we used to get from GTA and Carmageddon.
 
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News Comments > Time Warner Financials
4. Re: Time Warner Financials May 4, 2017, 10:03 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 4, 2017, 02:59:
ledhead1969 wrote on May 3, 2017, 19:37:
jdreyer wrote on May 3, 2017, 13:25:
Welcome to the corporatocracy.

As opposed to what? Venezuela? FFS go get a wedgie at your next rally.

You're kidding right? There's definitely a middle ground between a fucking socialist dictatorship like Venezuela and the corporate monopolies/duopolies that currently dominate most industries in the USA. You HAVE read the studies that show over the past 30 years that of legislation passed there's a 98% correlation to what corporations want and only a 50% correlation to what people want (basically random chance).

A lot of people think there is no middle ground. I see it more from the Conservative side, who think that people want the US to be the USSR or Cuba rather than any number of European countries which remain capitalist but continued with the strong socialized elements the US started with the New Deal and ended with Reagan.

Somehow, not being 100% into where capitalism has taken us (into a country where individuals with economic power can hog wealth an the remaining 99.99% of us keep up with inflation at best), means that you want a dictatorship.
 
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News Comments > Chet Faliszek Leaves Valve
10. Re: Chet Faliszek Leaves Valve May 2, 2017, 15:43 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 2, 2017, 13:25:
He's a writer. Valve hasn't shipped anything with writing in 5 years. Wonder what he's been doing all this time.

The link explains his role a bit. He was largely doing bizdev with other developers, particularly in the VR space.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 2, 2017, 15:41 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 2, 2017, 11:22:
Beamer wrote on May 2, 2017, 09:51:

And I don't think you get why they may close their OS. I mean, they've shown absolutely 0 inclination to do so, but it isn't about the "sexy Apple sheen," it's about the billions upon billions of dollars Apple makes from the App Store. That may be sexy to them, but it doesn't make it look, play, or feel like Apple, it just earns them money like Apple.

Well, duh! Isn't that the point for these corporations?

Oh! I misread your post.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 2, 2017, 09:51 Beamer
 
OSX has a 3.21% market share. It's not doing much of the chipping.

And I don't think you get why they may close their OS. I mean, they've shown absolutely 0 inclination to do so, but it isn't about the "sexy Apple sheen," it's about the billions upon billions of dollars Apple makes from the App Store. That may be sexy to them, but it doesn't make it look, play, or feel like Apple, it just earns them money like Apple.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 2, 2017, 09:46 Beamer
 
Simon Says wrote on May 2, 2017, 01:23:
jdreyer wrote on May 1, 2017, 20:00:
Killing net neutrality will make the internet more neutral!

As with every deregulating move since voodoo economics kicked in in the 80's. Each time it just exacerbates the inequalities and shrinks the middle class, squeezing most into the working poor as some escape into the ruling class as the freer market stretches its tentacles to take back a more and more "natural" form.

Thomas Piketty, economist and nobel prize winner, nailed it when he claimed that the middle class was born out of historical factors from WW2 onward and a high tax rate on the rich in his latest work. Without those, the unregulated market would've done this long ago, well before Reagan.

And now we see the same obsessive compulsive hoarding disorder logic being exported to the cyber space.

I've been saying that here for a decade. The entire reason we have a middle class is we taxed the shit out of the rich, and it forced them to actually let money flow through to employees. Reagan relaxed that tax, and we've seen the money stop flowing through and instead sit at the upper echelon again.

Of course, when you explain this to so many middle class people, they get irate at the thought of raising taxes, never fully getting that it wouldn't raise their rate due to the marginal tax rate.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
20. Re: Morning Mobilization May 2, 2017, 00:46 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 1, 2017, 05:41:
Beamer wrote on May 1, 2017, 00:12:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 22:45:
Probably comes from being a heavy reader as a youngster...

Yup, Mr. Tact, you're special. The people spending literally hundreds of dollars on e-readers, so that they can get books quicker? They weren't heavy readers as a child. Only you were! The ones at least as dedicated to reading as you are weren't readers at all!

You get how your conclusion that "I must like physical books because I was a heavy reader as a child!" is ridiculous, right? It's kind of Cutter-logic. "I was more special than anyone else, so my opinion is better!" You really never do that, but I had to call it out here. Your post was fine until that part.

Okay, now you're just being a dick. Which is very unlike you. Is this a drunk post?

There's a physical and tactile difference between a book on paper and one on e-ink. And scientific studies show greater retention from paper than from screens. Certainly e-readers have their advantages, but so does paper. The preference isn't just in one's mind. Physical objects have more presence and reality than virtual ones. And our brains understand and respond to that, apparently.

Toned it down with the last line, but yeah, I feel like some people here, never Mr. Tact but some people, love to dismiss others by claiming they did it a lot.

How frequently do you see someone say something like "I've been playing PC games since I was 7! So when I say that HL was an inferior FPS, I know what I'm talking about!" on this place, as if that's at all unusual.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
19. Re: Morning Mobilization May 2, 2017, 00:45 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 1, 2017, 07:20:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 21:33:
Yeah, if I had to live in a small efficiency apartment I might have a different opinion. Fortunately, that isn't a problem for me.

It's a full 1-bedroom, but the square footage is quite small at a bit over 300sqft. I've got room to store books, but when your apartment is that small, everything is a tradeoff and you have to be smart about how you use the space you have.

@Beamer: From what I've seen of e-Ink readers, they do look extremely close to the printed page. I think for reading fiction they would be absolutely fine. However, I read a lot of technical books for work/general professional development, and the lack of easy annotation, awkward jumping back and forth to refer to previous topics, the epub format messing with page layout, and sometimes broken diagrams and code samples are all deal breakers for me.

Absolutely. For anything color, too, e-ink will never be there. For a bog-standard paperback fiction? It's wonderful.
 
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