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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 13:51 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 13:39:

The Vikings, Goths and Mongol Horde all wear three piece suits now; pillaging and raping without their victims even realizing they’ve been raided.

Barbarians at the Gate. Which, incidentally, is read as an example of how one man made tens of millions, and almost bilions, not how LBOs transferred that cash from the many to... one man.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 13:34 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 12:32:
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:31:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:51:
I thought this was kind of surprising:

Remington files for bankruptcy

figured all the gun makers were doing fine.

Blame capitalism. It was bought out by Cerberus Capital, who took control using a leveraged buy out that gave Remington a debt of $1B for the privilege of being purchased. Cerberus then paid itself millions in management fees per year.


How the fuck is this not illegal?

Read about Simmons Mattress whose employees were royally fucked. As the PE firm profited, the employees lost their pension plan.

It happened to Sealy Mattresses, too.

There are PE firms that do well. That do good for the economy. They buy poorly run companies, install new leadership, bring in learnings from elsewhere, find synergies with existing products in the portfolio, then sell them much healthier than they started (layoffs are inevitably part of this, but usually dead weight and overstaffing - the employees that need to go to turn a place around.) If you've ever watched The Profit on CNBS, that guy is a one man PE firm. In some episodes he really demonstrates the value he can add (ones where he doesn't gloss over that.)

But for every transaction like that, there are dozens of hundreds where the PE firm takes on no risk, pushing it all on the company itself and the lenders. The worst is when these companies get passed around, levered more and more, taking on more debt each time, making some jackass richer, until the company is ruined, goes through bankruptcy, and ultimately has the brand and any machinery sold to China, making an American company a Chinese one.

Again, Toys R Us is the current case. All of the articles talk about Amazon killing it, and Amazon did hurt it badly in Q4, but some of that was due to the negative press around the company. Toys R Us was actually plenty healthy and profitable if you discount the debt it was forced to take when it was acquired in a LBO. If not for that debt, debt it was forced to take in order to be bought by someone it didn't even want to be owned by, it'd have capital to fight Amazon. Instead, its hands are tied and it operates bare bones as it sees a company investing in innovation and marketing destroying its share.
 
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News Comments > Kingdom Come: Deliverance Launch Trailer
6. Re: Kingdom Come: Deliverance Launch Trailer Feb 13, 2018, 13:21 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 12:44:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:59:
The reviews are all middle based, I'll link some hilarious tidbits:

I can fly
Morrowwind Stealth lol
Spinny Stab moves
HUNTING REIMAGINED LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT
Moonwalk

All that aside, a bunch of people are saying it's better than skyrims release for bugs.

Oh dear. One to consider when it's out of figurative Early Access by the looks of it. I like the sound of what they're going for but it's pretty niche and £40 is a lot for something I might not like, never mind something that doesn't even work.

That's not moon walking - or is that the bug, that they're supposed to be?

The 10-rating user reviews on Metacritic (half of which mention "SJWs") point out this isn't a AAA game. Which is a really dumb thing to say, as it charges the same as a AAA game. Expectations are around pricing.

Still, this currently looks more like funny glitches, like Skyrim or RDR, not game-breaking ones. From the tiny bit I've looked into.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
11. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 13, 2018, 11:35 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:47:
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 09:14:
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 09:11:
Funny how there's not a peep out of all the "NOLAN BUSHNELL CAN NEVER GET AN AWARD HE WAS A MONSTER OMG" crowd now.

Was there a single person here who felt that way?

Oh my bad, I didn't specifically mean here, I meant in the wide ranges of the internet where all this fucking whining initially came from.

They may be making peeps. At least one is in that article.
But they never had wide support, because most people saw through the fact that no one complaining was involved, and no one involved was complaining.

Again, when the only face any media can find is Brianna Wu, things fall apart.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 13, 2018, 11:33 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
Sure he does. Youtube just obviously values money over morality. The fact that he has to lie about it only further proves that point.

She, and her point is mostly that it's hard to kick someone off a platform for violating rules that weren't published.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 11:31 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:51:
I thought this was kind of surprising:

Remington files for bankruptcy

figured all the gun makers were doing fine.

Blame capitalism. It was bought out by Cerberus Capital, who took control using a leveraged buy out that gave Remington a debt of $1B for the privilege of being purchased. Cerberus then paid itself millions in management fees per year.

No surprise, a company earning just under a billion per year is struggling to pay back the billion in debt it has, on top of those millions in management fees. Same issue TRU is having - it's a viable company, but the debt payoff is destroying it while gaining no benefits from the relationship that required the debt.

Incidentally, the billionaire that owns Remington also owns major defense contractors and was tapped by Trump to review all of our intelligence agencies. He donated millions to Trump. He's no friend of the companies he buys, and certainly not of the employees, of whom he famously transfers wealth from them to himself.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 13, 2018, 10:08 Beamer
 
Asmodai wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 02:24:
Ah Germany, fighting against a past as an authoritarian dictatorship by being an authoritarian dictatorship...

Remind me again why the 99 odd % who don't have a problem have to constantly be hemmed in for the smallest of minorities? Not that I'm a fan of loot boxes, but the freedom to piss your money away on bullshit should be yours. And then you have games that are only monetised through things like costume items or pay to go faster (eg. Path of Exile, 100% free for the total game, or Warframe where you can pick up blueprints for rare frames for cents worth of the prem currency). Nah, fuck em, right?

I'm sure you'd have no problem with society helping support those <1% when the mechanisms designed to take all of their money successfully take all of their money. Social programs, like welfare, food stamps, training programs, housing programs, etc.,
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
8. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 13, 2018, 09:14 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 09:11:
Funny how there's not a peep out of all the "NOLAN BUSHNELL CAN NEVER GET AN AWARD HE WAS A MONSTER OMG" crowd now.

Was there a single person here who felt that way? There were some who felt that attributing the wrongness of complaints about him to all of #metoo was wrong, but at least in that one large topic, no one seemed to say anything other than "this is dumb" about the Bushnell allegations.

I mean, they came from Brianna Wu. No one supports Brianna Wu's ideas.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Feb 10, 2018, 18:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2018, 17:12:
Fuck Youtube/Google. What else can you expect from such an evil scumbag corporation? You know how you punish them? Ban them. Outright. First time. There's no shortage of Youtube clowns that will replace them. It's a fucking assembly line and they're all so very easily replaceable. The fact that Youtube doesn't seem to grasp that simple fact shows how fucking stupid their management is as well as evil. That will actually make those little morons use what little grey matter that have and consider what they do before they post.




Your lack of irony is always impressive.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 10, 2018, 00:08 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 9, 2018, 20:52:
Are you fucking kidding me? Yeah, I forgot the police and military use pigs because they're so much better than dogs. It's really amazing to see a pig scale a 10 foot wall. Oh wait! And shepherds use pigs as well. Oh wait! And cows aren't plow animals. Some oxen are but so are horses and they have other uses that oxen don't. You can't even compare these animals in how some are far more indispensable to man as working companions vs what others provide in terms of food or resources to be used. So no, it's not just fucking picking on some and giving others a pass. Jesus, the outright stupidity of some of you is fucking mind boggling sometimes. Try actually THINKING for once.

You have little knowledge, less experience, and hate having your preconceived notions challenged more than anyone else. Explains so that, really.

What are you afraid of?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2018, 18:42 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 9, 2018, 17:42:
Relative intelligence and worth? A cow doesn't do anything except stand around and eat. Same with sheep, goats, etc. Dogs aren't just loyal companions, they work as well. Same with horses. So yeah, there are plenty of valid reasons why some animals are considered little more than food or for other uses and others are not. But it's like Jules said, "Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker."

Except for all the examples of cows solving problems and working together.

Pigs are even worse. They're a lot like dogs. They're also plenty affectionate.

I'm going to have a huge, super expensive steak from L'Atelier tonight. But I'm not going to deceive myself and say there's something lesser about cows than animals we won't eat.

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 8, 2018, 18:07 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Feb 8, 2018, 18:03:
many of whom are almost indistinguishable from each other,

What?
 
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News Comments > Scrolls Ending Next Week
8. Re: Scrolls Ending Next Week Feb 8, 2018, 09:49 Beamer
 
EricFate wrote on Feb 8, 2018, 08:26:
saluk wrote on Feb 8, 2018, 04:25:
I didn't even realize this game had come out, let alone that it might be good.

It wasn't. Even the most hardcore of Notch fans didn't do much more than mess around with it for an hour, set it aside, and never touch it again. They all went to Hearthstone instead.

Yet, according to some here, this is the biggest affront to gamers in the history of everything.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 7, 2018, 18:40 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 7, 2018, 18:24:
If I won the lottery, I'd give some to Blue so he could implement a comment like/dislike system.

Ha! I honestly don't know what dislikes would do to make things better, but it would be nice to be able to upvote someone that said something clever. Sometimes I'll post a "ha!" but sometimes something is clever but not clever to waste others' time with a pointless response telling them that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 6, 2018, 17:53 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 17:43:
Beamer wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 17:05:
What can boutique builders do about it? Why wouldn't they raise the price of the system - I've never seen such a policy. And there are no alternatives, so they can't go elsewhere. They have no power in this relationship right now - if they choose to buy less then they only hurt themselves.

There are few moving pieces. NVidia and AMD build cards. Those cards are selling like crazy. There are no competitors other than them. Anyone who is not happy has no repercussions to take on them to solve this. Demand is far outstripping supply, and there's little that can be done about it. The time and effort to build neutered cards would be pointless, because there's an excellent chance the bubble pops prior to that, they're already selling out their production capacity at higher prices, there's no threat of a lower priced product stealing their share, and would a neutered product that fails at mining be decent at gaming, anyway?

From this article on Gamespot:

While it's possible to find some high-end gaming GPUs near MSRP if you're vigilant, the windows of opportunity are small. One way to skirt around this issue if you are thinking about building a gaming PC with a new GPU is to buy a prebuilt system.

When we met with system vendor CyberPower PC at CES, the company revealed to us that it, along with many other system vendors, have strict GPU pricing guidelines. This effectively means they can't over-inflate the price of its systems based on the street prices of graphics cards.

I'm not going to comment further on this, I said my opinion, that's how I feel. What AMD and nVidia actually end up doing is up to them. From my point of view, it hurts the industry by putting profits over availability. Sure, they'd be stupid not to but it doesn't mean they should. *shrugs*

=-Rigs-=

They can't OVER-inflate. Those four letters that I emphasized kill your point. If anything, they LOVE what's going on right now. They can't OVER-inflate the price, but they can raise them. So what you're seeing is that GPUs are over-inflated in every marketplace, but priced at a reasonable markup at boutique builders. For one of the first times in a very long time, it's cheaper to have your PC built than to build it yourself.

This is very, very good for boutique builders, and has not hindered their margins at all. Not sure why you think they would. They're still selling those cards for a profit.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 6, 2018, 17:05 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 16:44:
Creston wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 10:12:
Why? What possible benefit would this have for them?

1) Creating dedicated mining cards means they need to design and create an extra product line / fabrication line for them. And these cards would need to be a better power draw vs mining output ratio, or come at a cheaper price than normal graphics cards, or miners wouldn't buy them.

2) Flooding the market with cards is literally saying to them "You need to flood the supply channel so the price goes down, so you will have to increase your costs solely to depress profits for your retail partners."

All of this means less profit for AMD/Nvidia.

Seriously, why on earth would they ever do this?

I couldn't care less if it benefits them, I was speaking from my point of view, a gamers point of view. I know they won't. They have no incentive to do something that drops the price of cards but I would imagine that they are getting a lot of pressure from 'boutique' builders because they have policies against raising the price of the whole system because one part is exorbitantly high. They're losing money and I don't think they'll let that slide very long. I'd have to see how much they make with miners vs. how much they might make should they drop the price/flood the market and let the price drop naturally so that cards are in the reach of more casual players and builders.

There's a lot of moving pieces to keep track of, the mining part of it, the gaming part of it, the second-hand part, the boutique builders...I do understand your train of thought, though, Creston...

=-Rigs-=

What can boutique builders do about it? Why wouldn't they raise the price of the system - I've never seen such a policy. And there are no alternatives, so they can't go elsewhere. They have no power in this relationship right now - if they choose to buy less then they only hurt themselves.

There are few moving pieces. NVidia and AMD build cards. Those cards are selling like crazy. There are no competitors other than them. Anyone who is not happy has no repercussions to take on them to solve this. Demand is far outstripping supply, and there's little that can be done about it. The time and effort to build neutered cards would be pointless, because there's an excellent chance the bubble pops prior to that, they're already selling out their production capacity at higher prices, there's no threat of a lower priced product stealing their share, and would a neutered product that fails at mining be decent at gaming, anyway?
 
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News Comments > Jess Cliffe Arrest Details
62. Re: Jess Cliffe Arrest Details Feb 6, 2018, 14:37 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 12:00:
Beamer wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 09:09:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 02:11:
Beamer wrote on Feb 5, 2018, 17:46:
Where it gets really weird is if a 15 year old breaks into a 30 year old's house and forces her to have sex at gunpoint, say, he says he'll shoot her daughter if she doesn't. He's raping her, but she's guilty of statutory rape.

Right, the 15 year old boy will break in and rape the 30 year old woman. She'll go to jail and be on the registry the rest of her life for stat raping a 15 year old, because the 15 year old is a child incapable of making an adult decision, and it's strict liability. She'll be banned from working most jobs, have to live under a bridge, and attend sexual counseling for the rest of her life. She'll probably lose custody of her kids.
However, the 15 year old, having committed a heinous crime, will be tried as an adult, being deemed capable of having made an "adult" decision in performing such acts.

While this is a rather extreme edge case, you see how the lack of nuance in strict liability affords outcomes that are both unfair and undesirable.

If the 15 year old forcefully rapes her, as in holds her down, it's not her fault and strict liability doesn't apply. He'd have to give her some form of choice. A terrible one, maybe, but a choice. Like I said, pointing a gun at a daughter and saying he'll shoot her unless the mother has sex with him.

Not certain it's ever come up, but it's a situation that could.

Thanks for posting a bunch of informed opinions, Beam.

I know you're just explaining how the law works, and the reasons for it. It's all good to know. I just get frustrated when laws or how they're applied are patently unfair. Let the punishment fit the crime with an emphasis rehabilitation. I just feel that won't be the case in this instance, but we'll see.

And yeah, I'm still pissed about Aaron Swartz.

At this point I'm also not entirely right. More than just Alaska has a Mistake of Fact defense, Alaska was just the first. It's still not very common, and has limitations. It's been a really, really long time since I've thought about this kind of stuff.
 
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News Comments > Jess Cliffe Arrest Details
59. Re: Jess Cliffe Arrest Details Feb 6, 2018, 09:09 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 02:11:
Beamer wrote on Feb 5, 2018, 17:46:
Where it gets really weird is if a 15 year old breaks into a 30 year old's house and forces her to have sex at gunpoint, say, he says he'll shoot her daughter if she doesn't. He's raping her, but she's guilty of statutory rape.

Right, the 15 year old boy will break in and rape the 30 year old woman. She'll go to jail and be on the registry the rest of her life for stat raping a 15 year old, because the 15 year old is a child incapable of making an adult decision, and it's strict liability. She'll be banned from working most jobs, have to live under a bridge, and attend sexual counseling for the rest of her life. She'll probably lose custody of her kids.
However, the 15 year old, having committed a heinous crime, will be tried as an adult, being deemed capable of having made an "adult" decision in performing such acts.

While this is a rather extreme edge case, you see how the lack of nuance in strict liability affords outcomes that are both unfair and undesirable.

If the 15 year old forcefully rapes her, as in holds her down, it's not her fault and strict liability doesn't apply. He'd have to give her some form of choice. A terrible one, maybe, but a choice. Like I said, pointing a gun at a daughter and saying he'll shoot her unless the mother has sex with him.

Not certain it's ever come up, but it's a situation that could.
 
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News Comments > Dying Light to Celebrate Anniversary with Free Content
8. Re: Dying of Boredom Feb 6, 2018, 09:07 Beamer
 
WitcherOntheProwl wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 04:29:
This was one of the worst games I've ever played or bought. It was okay for about an hour and then the missions just get worse and worse. Boring soundtrack, boring story, boring game play, boring graphics, boring weapons, boring characters, boring plot, boring side quests. Buying this game even on sale was a bad mistake. Never buying anything from these devs ever again. Thumbsdown

That was me with Dead Island. I never bothered with this for that reason. Even though they're different games, it's just clear this part of the genre isn't really for me.
 
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