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News Comments > etc., etc.
14. Re: etc., etc. Jan 3, 2017, 10:45 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 10:33:
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 10:29:
Did anyone click the link? They used it solely as stock footage on the header. They did not "show how Russians hack."

"Hey guys, I hate the media, so I'll blindly believe any headline that confirms this."

It's a non-story people here are worked up over because of a headline.

Can you please point out who got worked up over it? (Except for Cutter, who can't be bothered to ever click any headline)

Yeah, as soon as I reread it after hitting enter I realized two things: my line spacing was annoying, and I wasn't clear enough in who I meant.

Ozmodian, as well, is a Cutter.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
12. Re: etc., etc. Jan 3, 2017, 10:29 Beamer
 
Did anyone click the link? They used it solely as stock footage on the header. They did not "show how Russians hack."

"Hey guys, I hate the media, so I'll blindly believe any headline that confirms this."

It's a non-story people here are worked up over because of a headline.
 
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9. Re: etc., etc. Jan 3, 2017, 08:12 Beamer
 
I don't get the complaint. They're not saying anything about hacking related to Fallout, just using it as the stock photo. It's really that or The Matrix.

What other stock photo can quickly convey "hacking" to pretty much anyone that sees it?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
38. Re: Into the Black Jan 2, 2017, 12:41 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 14:20:
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 19:04:
Finding a Mario game offensive is when you know you've hit rock bottom on your crusade. Also, did they just assume Mario's gender? Shameful.

Next the writer will find Tetris shapes to be too phallic.

Ben Kuchera from Polygon already wrote something a while back about how because Tetris was made in communist Russia, playing it is tantamount to endorsing those ideals or something like that.

I think this writer is ridiculous and like most moral crusaders of years past, is trying to make a name for themselves by assuming the world needs to pander to their ridiculous personal hangups. Demanding games change to suit your personal sensibilities (or those of a group you have appointed yourself to represent) is no different than what Jack Thompson did, it's just got a different hat this time.

If a piece of art offends you, you have two options: Don't consume it or make your own that tells what you want it to and make it successful. Whining in an op-ed is the worst kind of slacktivism. But doing real work to invoke change is hard.

You're really, really reaching to spin his tetras comments in a way that can gleefully confirm your opinion of him.

Someone on Twitter challenged the idea that all art, and therefore games, are political, by pointing out tetris. He then rose to it by reading into the politics of tetras, accurately pointing out that releasing a game in the US with soviet music in the 1980s was politically loaded. Back when anything Russian was heavily demonized.

That's a very neutral thing, and hard to dispute. I'm no kuchera fan, but you're working overdrive to find ways to not challenge your own opinion. The sites that claimed he was saying it would brainwash you or were deliberately made as propaganda are aggressively anti intellectual.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Deathwatch?
39. Re: Gearbox Deathwatch? Dec 31, 2016, 02:27 Beamer
 
mellis wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 19:43:
Beamer wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 18:23:
descender wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 14:36:
This list is so very "ARS"... YikYak? Who cares about a failed social media site that was never actually successful?

Then they blast twitter for the fact that it's users are uncontrollable and leaving the service for SnapChat. Doesn't this (hopefully) mean that Snapchat (running on the same failing business model) is now going to be flooded with the same uncontrollable user base that scares away investors and run themselves out of business as well? Shouldn't they make the list?

How does this list not start with Sprint?!

I'm bored.

No. Snapchat has a path to profitability, my company will soon be paying them tons, as will our competitors, but it also makes random interaction with those jerk consumers near impossible. They're eyeballs, not voices.

Your company will be paying Snapchat oodles of cash for what exactly?

Things we have already paid for:

1) Branded filters

2) Geotargeted stickers

3) Discover stories

Things we will be paying for soon:

1) Buyable snaps


Content on Snapchat is far better received than content on Twitter. Same with Instagram. People there seek content out. Facebook and Twitter it's more people see it without wanting it.

Welcome to where all the CPG advertising dollars are going in 2016.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Deathwatch?
30. Re: Gearbox Deathwatch? Dec 30, 2016, 18:24 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 12:53:
Borderlands pre-sequel

That was a different studio, wasn't it?

Outside of BL2, I'd say their track record is abysmal.


Outside of Battle born, the entire list is outside developed.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Deathwatch?
29. Re: Gearbox Deathwatch? Dec 30, 2016, 18:23 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 14:36:
This list is so very "ARS"... YikYak? Who cares about a failed social media site that was never actually successful?

Then they blast twitter for the fact that it's users are uncontrollable and leaving the service for SnapChat. Doesn't this (hopefully) mean that Snapchat (running on the same failing business model) is now going to be flooded with the same uncontrollable user base that scares away investors and run themselves out of business as well? Shouldn't they make the list?

How does this list not start with Sprint?!

I'm bored.

No. Snapchat has a path to profitability, my company will soon be paying them tons, as will our competitors, but it also makes random interaction with those jerk consumers near impossible. They're eyeballs, not voices.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2016, 16:40 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 15:42:
It fixes the parking problem by lowering the consumer purchase of vehicles over time. Currently, you and your wife own 2 cars to do your 4 trips. Now you will only need 1 car to do those 8 trips you described. You've at the very least already halved the number of cars needed on the road per household. In reality, that one car will handle multiple households, further reducing the size of the fleet of cars.

People will start carpooling more because the carpool cars will be cheaper than individual rides and there will likely be a lower wait time for them as well.

He'll need 0 cars. There will be 0 personal car ownership. Or, more accurately, near-zero.

Why should anyone own a car? If there's a constant fleet of cars constantly driving by, waiting to pick you up, smartly route you, and drop you off, why bother with a car at all?

That's what he missed in my scenario. No cars to be parked, because cars are constantly moving from pick up to pick up. And Uber is currently demonstrating that people will carpool if it's cheaper without adding much time. Right now, I find Uber's routing to not be smart enough, in most cases, but that's due to usage and human error. If everyone were using it, and if it were a computer routing rather than human drivers choosing, it could be smarter and more efficient.

The entire concept of car ownership, in populated areas, will disappear. The thought of spending $40k+ on a car will seem laughable.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2016, 14:47 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 11:42:
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 03:34:
Why are self driving cars being developed.

Because human driven cars are A) dangerous, and B) inefficient. Tens of thousands of people are killed in auto accidents each year in the US alone, and in the overwhelming majority of those cases, human error was at fault. Likewise, a car is a fairly expensive capital investment, yet for most of the hours of its useful life, a car will be sitting in a parking spot doing nothing useful. Self-driving cars offer the very real promise of reducing auto fatalities dramatically, radically increasing the efficiency of our transportation and logistics systems, and of freeing up our commute time for work, recreation, or silent contemplation without the stress of driving during rush hour.

I've mentioned the efficiency here before, and it's what has finally sold my parents.

Cars, as you mention, spend the vast majority of their lifespan sitting unused. With a network of self-driving cars, this changes. You don't own a car, you just hire one to take you from point A to point B. Each trip will cost you more than if you owned the car, but now you don't need to buy or lease one, and don't need to park it (think about how much of America is taken up by sprawling parking lots.)

How will long road trips work? No clue. But all transportation will likely be public-ish. Smart routing will even make shared pooling simple and unobtrusive, though people will certainly pay to avoid it at times.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 28, 2016, 14:44 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 13:27:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 13:08:
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 03:34:
Why are self driving cars being developed.

In addition to what SMA said, self driving cars never fall asleep, have 360 degree vision, have faster reflexes, have a better ability to calculate accident avoidance, and can't get drunk.

They also provide a vision of cheap driverless taxis, since there is no driver to pay salary to.

Also traffic flow would be considerably better so people would get where they are going faster, even with the same number of cars on the road. Many traffic jams are caused by some idiot hitting his brakes for no reason and starting a chain reaction that causes the flow of traffic to get slowed down even long after he's started moving again. Well-programmed self-driving cars wouldn't make stupid errors like that.

The other cool thing to think about is not just a self-driving car, but a network of self-driving cars. It's possible that a single self-driving car acting on its own could encounter a situation where it can't prevent an accident. For example, in poor weather or road conditions, even a very advanced driving system could simply be betrayed by the laws of the physics. Granted, it would still be a better driver in poor conditions than a human. But anyway, if one car could communicate with another car, or even all cars in proximity, then they could virtually instantly coordinate a response that prevents or mitigates an accident.

Also interesting is the idea that traffic signals could eventually become obsolete. Your vehicles would coordinate with each other, either directly or through some kind of city-wide traffic management AI, to pass through intersections more efficiently than the current system of long red and green lights allows for.

Traffic signals likely become pedestrian signals. Also, likely hit all 4 ways at once, so pedestrians can go diagonal. And occur more frequently.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 28, 2016, 07:11 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 05:22:
How does Big Pharma work? Hint: every customer who is actually HEALED from his sickness by medical treatment is a LOST customer. So... Keep 'em paying. Keep 'em addicted. Keep 'em sick, but make them feel better.

So is every customer that's dead, as they'll never get any form of sickness again. But one that has been healed can get other illnesses down the road.

It's like you guys don't think too hard about this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 27, 2016, 17:46 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 27, 2016, 16:48:
problem fixed.

Those would actually make the problem worse. They isolate droning noises, like the engines, and make it easier to hear conversations.
 
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News Comments > Vaporware Awards
33. Re: Vaporware Awards Dec 27, 2016, 17:45 Beamer
 
I order for this to be a Ponzi, the kickstarter backers would need to have the game in their hands while others buying in now are given a long wait for it.

But that isn't how game development works. At all. It's actually very far from it. There's no FIFO - everyone will get access at the same time because once the game is ready, it costs nothing additional to make it ready for everyone.

Basically, this has zero in common with a Ponzi scheme.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: swallow your medicine Dec 27, 2016, 17:42 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Dec 27, 2016, 17:19:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 27, 2016, 15:27:
Agent-Zero wrote on Dec 27, 2016, 15:00:
big pharma is sitting on so many unused formulas it would make your head spin

I'm sure if they made those formulas available for general use without FDA approval it would literally make people's heads spin.

nothing to do with the FDA - its the same reason theres no such thing as a free energy grid

gotta keep the cattle in the pen

And yet the most powerful people in the world, and in the drug industry, routinely die of things like cancer and heart disease.

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 27, 2016, 11:49 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 27, 2016, 11:43:
The in-flight magazine was good enough when I was young it should be good enough now.

Did you walk uphill both ways, in the snow, to get to the airport, to?
 
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News Comments > Steam Winter Sale and Awards Voting Begin
38. Re: Steam Winter Sale and Awards Voting Begin Dec 23, 2016, 00:13 Beamer
 
Everyone please keep giving good deal recommendations.

Also, rambly, loving trips down nostalgia alley are fine by me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 22, 2016, 19:02 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Dec 22, 2016, 18:45:
Beamer wrote on Dec 22, 2016, 15:37:
CUT has been destroyed in the reviews. Eater, who I kind of hate, said everything sucked (basically their phrasing, too, part of why I hate them.) Pete Wells said the ambiance was awful and the food was mostly just pretty good and way overpriced, but the steak was excellent.

Look at that. I guess I could be a restaurant critic.

You literally summed up both reviews, but particularly the Pete Wells NYT review, in two sentences. Without reading them!

I'll let you know if I check it out, but sort of fear I'd end up being one of the "numerous solo men hanging out at the bar," haha.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 22, 2016, 15:37 Beamer
 
CUT has been destroyed in the reviews. Eater, who I kind of hate, said everything sucked (basically their phrasing, too, part of why I hate them.) Pete Wells said the ambiance was awful and the food was mostly just pretty good and way overpriced, but the steak was excellent.

I recommend Quality Eats for a good steak. Not a fantastic steak, but a good steak. Cuts like bavette and hanger, all $20-$28.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
32. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 22, 2016, 15:35 Beamer
 
loomy wrote on Dec 22, 2016, 14:39:
brianna wu's a crazy narcissistic asshole. crazy narcissistic assholes run for office. news at 111111111111111

but still, if I had to choose between the nazi fascist russians in control now or crazy brianna wu, I'll pick crazy brianna wu

You'll never have to make that choice, as she'll never get that far.

However, in either 2020 or 2024, your choices will almost definitely be GOP Candidate Kanye West and DNC Candidate Kim Kardashian.
 
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News Comments > Steam Winter Sale and Awards Voting Begin
9. Re: Steam Winter Sale and Awards Voting Begin Dec 22, 2016, 15:31 Beamer
 
Is Deus Ex cheaper than it was yesterday? I waited, hoping it would be.

This time around, I think I want Deus Ex whatever the new one is, X-COM 2, and Dishonored 2. Probably nothing else. And only X-COM 2 is likely to be cheap enough.

I also kind of want Far Cry Primal, but I checked that out on Amazon yesterday and it wasn't worth the price. That needs to be $9.99 for me to even think about it.
 
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