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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 21, 2016, 14:03 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 21, 2016, 13:56:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2016, 13:45:
Yeah, I was on board at $300, even $400 including the controllers, but not twice that.

*sigh*

Once the second gen versions of the headsets launch, there will be a bunch of the originals for sale on eBay. At that point, you'll likely hit the price point you're looking for.

I doubt there'll be a massive change with the second generation. Probably wider peripheral vision and maybe a wee higher res. The controllers and somewhat convoluted setup likely won't change a lot.

My guess would be that 2nd gen comes out much lower in price, but 1st gen people are unable to sell for that much of a loss, so the deals on 1st gen aren't great relative to the price of 2nd gen.

If you're right, and there isn't a huge tech change, the real difference will be manufacturing changes reducing costs.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10
35. Re: Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10 Sep 21, 2016, 09:20 Beamer
 
DanteUK wrote on Sep 21, 2016, 05:58:
All this talk of win32 vs 32bit - the real problem is fucking microsoft!!!
How can you call an API win32 when it's using 64bit code ( in the 64bit version!! )
And what complete idiot decided the best folder to put 32bit versions of programs on the 64bit edition of windows is a folder called WOW64 !!!!
It's like they intentionally want to confuse the hell out of people.
Don't even get me started on the ODBC drivers!!!
A 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system includes the following versions of the Microsoft Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Data Source Administrator tool (Odbcad32.exe):
The 32-bit version of the Odbcad32.exe file is located in the %systemdrive%\Windows\SysWoW64 folder.
The 64-bit version of the Odbcad32.exe file is located in the %systemdrive%\Windows\System32 folder.

Seriously! they called both version odbcad32 and put the 64bit version in the system32 folder and 32bit versions in SysWow64 folder - this is how half-baked and backwards Microsoft are when comes to 32-bit / 64-bit OS's.

Win32 is the Windows API. They could change the name, but it would break legacy programs.

WOW64 is technically Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit. I agree a messy naming convention, but again, legacy. WOW64 made some sense back in the Windows XP 64 days. It does not now. But it's difficult to change that when companies are often using programs 20-30 years old.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 20, 2016, 23:09 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 20:16:
What a fucking idiotic argument. It isn't just a phone anymore. People are buying a hand held computer. It performs a ton of different functionality and effectively replaces much more expensive devices across a wide spectrum of activities for many people. Just the communication features (phone, email, apps, etc) alone are worth the asking price unless you no have friends or colleagues which wouldn't surprise me at all. It's also a camera, a collection of maps, an awesome GPS, it can play games, it can cast media to other devices or even play it natively and so much fucking more.

All of this you would know if you weren't so dumb as to actually believe that simply having a legacy device makes you thrifty or smart. You paid $200 for a piece of shit that does nothing well, newsflash brainiac you're the one who overpaid in this situation.

Don't want a smart phone? Fine don't get one, no one gives a fuck. But don't you dare sit there and lecture other people about their choices when you have no fucking clue about the subject.

Check the sample image. It's like someone smeared Vasoline on the lens.

It's also 3G, I believe. The most important things for my phone right now are having fast internet everywhere I go (amazing how useful that is), and being able to take great photos constantly.

That phone suits his needs. Great. Others have different needs. I can easily fathom why he keeps that one yet others don't. It isn't hard. But, for some, imagining others having different needs is difficult.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2016, 18:26 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 14:39:
Kxmode wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 14:25:
If anyone is interested here's the video of the Senate's hearing of Wells Fargo's CEO John Stumpf regarding unauthorized opening of checking and credit card accounts.


All those people should be arrested for identity theft. And I bet this didn't just involve the bottom rank people. This requires a serious investigation.

But it won't, because white collar criminals rarely do time, even less so if they fund the campaigns of senators and congressmen.

You saw that the exec overseeing this earned $125 million, right? It's damn near unfathomable to me that people earn this money without an ownership stake.

I'm not certain to what degree "overseeing" goes. Given her level in the company, it's possible that all she ever saw was a report with KPIs. I honestly have no idea and haven't looked into it. Maybe she was the exec in charge of this program, maybe she was the exec in charge of all of retail. While it'd still be her domain, she wouldn't have had any kind of day to day decision making on this topic in the latter case.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 20, 2016, 16:31 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 14:51:
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 10:51:
Cutter wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 10:32:
$650US for a Google spyphone? Lulz!
I don't know what you were expecting after last years Nexus prices.

This is my phone. I bought it 4 1/2 years ago. Got it unlocked from Hong Kong for $200US and our money was on par at the time so yay for me. These phones you're talking about would cost me close to $900CDN, yeah, that's not happening...ever. In fact, I don't know why anyone would need a phone that costs more than $200'ish. Then again, I use my phone for phone calls only and exceedingly rarely at that.


Because the camera on that is garbage, and the average smartphone user is taking over 200 photos per month.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 20, 2016, 10:24 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 20, 2016, 09:32:
Cutter wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 22:16:
Rip off the tax payers for 75 mil, pay back 2.5. Nice work if you can get it.

You forgot all the money spent on investigation and litigation, too. So, that's probably a few million on top.

That said, you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip. Schilling is basically broke (not sure about whom "the others" are, that also have to pay), so pursuing it any further would be an even bigger waste of the taxpayer's money.

He also didn't "rip off." That term implies some kind of malicious intent. Schilling wasn't malicious, just a terrible businessman.

I get that some here think everyone is out to screw them and everyone is a bad actor and everything is fraud and no article ever needs to be read, but Schilling didn't rip anyone off. He failed. His failure seemed fairly obvious and those that gave him these huge bundles of money are absolute idiots, but they're the ones that erred here. Schilling did nothing wrong. He ran a business as best he could and ran it into the ground. It isn't his fault some morons bet big on him.

And this is coming from someone that loathes Schilling. Loathes. Guy is a walking piece of garbage. But he didn't rip anyone off, he was just inept in a way that should have surprised no one.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10
28. Re: Elite Dangerous May Drop Win32 and DX10 Sep 20, 2016, 09:28 Beamer
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the game is two years old, right?

What kind of refunds do you think people should get for a game that many, if not most, of them have been playing for 2 years? I'd wager a good chunk of that upwards of 2.5% of players (most likely 1.5%) haven't played it in a while, as well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 17:54 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 17:28:
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 16:05:
Ah, the border of the Village. I live in the West Village, and can give you a billion restaurant recommendations. The gentrification of the Village is real, but the place is still great with so many wonderful places around. You'll love it.

Nice! I may take you up on the restaurant recommendations at some point. I'm hoping to live within walking distance of work, so my apartment hunting will be concentrated in the West Village and Chelsea. The job doesn't start until March though, so I haven't gotten too serious about finding a place yet.

Let me know, I'm always happy to help. And to endlessly ramble about the restaurants I love.

Counter-intuitively, if you PM me, also post to let me know. I check the email listed here so infrequently it's likely bouncing back by now.
 
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News Comments > Gears of War 4 Launch Trailer
11. Re: Gears of War 4 Launch Trailer Sep 19, 2016, 16:32 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 16:26:
VaranDragon wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 16:12:
No Win7 support?

I honestly can't believe people are still asking this question.



The game looks to be more Gears-y fun. These guys made the weird Baird-focused game, tho, so imma wait for reviews before pulling the trigger.

No, they didn't. People Can Fly made that, the guys that did Bulletstorm. Many of whom are now doing Shadow Warrior 2. Although the lead on that GoW became the lead on The Witcher 3 (arguably all depending on how you define "lead.")

This is done by an entirely new team led by Rod Fergusson, who was the lead (again, depending on how you define that) on the main series.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 16:30 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 16:09:
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 13:44:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 13:29:
Uber accused of cashing in on bomb explosion by charging almost double to take terrified New Yorkers home.

It's a terrible situation, but that's how the software works right? It's not like some nefarious exec went in there after the explosion and jacked the price because he thought there'd be some kind of opportunity.

Seriously.

First off, I don't think many NYCers were "terrified." Granted, I was 10 blocks south, but no one seemed too concerned.

Second, if it was a 1.8x surge... that's kind of standard for 10pm on a Saturday. Hell, I was 2.9x trying to get an Uber to work this morning due to the rain. The highest I've seen was 5.0x in Santa Clara the night before the Super Bowl. A different time I was hit with $71 to go 6 miles, but that was on a 3.8x surge.

Well, it was the NY Sun, so...

UK Sun. (Which I think you'd meant.) =)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Tiny Dog... Sep 19, 2016, 16:12 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:57:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 09:31:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 18, 2016, 14:38:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 18, 2016, 12:58:
Ugh, damn little dogs, always barking and snapping at people and other much larger animals. It seems like nearly 100% of the time the owners just laugh that shit off too, bugs the hell out of me.

People will train big dogs, but just ignore training the little toy dogs altogether.

Big dogs are arguably more trainable, being closer to their working dog roots as cattle dogs, bird dogs, sheepdogs, etc.

All dogs are trainable, regardless of size. What takes work is knowing and seeing the dominant breed traits and adjusting your training accordingly. Most owners of small or toy dogs think of them as accessories or living dolls and do none of that, in my experience.

For example, I have a Chow Chow. For my father and I, she's the sweetest, most lovable, goofy dog on the planet. Loves to be played with, have her belly and chest rubbed, and curling up at our feet. She makes little happy sounds when she gets attention from either one of us. However, as is befitting her breed traits when socialized, she's tolerant of the rest of the family but not overly enthralled with spending time with them. She'll accept some petting and follow limited commands (sit, down, stay, and come) but that's it. She patrols the large yard about twice an hour and sits at a vantage point that allows her to observe the entirety of the yard when she's not patrolling. She's not aggressive but she is assertive. Again, these are traits of her breed. I have to warn small children, and the parents thereof, when they come running up to try to pet the "teddy bear" dog to back off because that's not good for her. Like all Chow Chows, she doesn't like the exuberance of kids and will immediately sit at my feet and sub-vocalize a growl. That's her back off warning. When talking to these people, I reach down and rub her ears which is a reassuring gesture that what's going on is ok. She calms and there's no further issue.

My father has a small dog, a Sheltie. In contrast to my dog, she's the exact opposite. She's a playful little flirt whom loves everyone and loves to bound around with children. She went through obedience and advanced obedience training with ease and runs with my dog during the "patrols". But as jdreyer pointed out, she's also from a stock of sheepdogs. Working with humans, being around them, and interacting with them is part of her breed trait. However, she must be kept stimulated both physically and mentally. Otherwise, she will become destructive and annoying by barking constantly. She has a bark that would wake those in a coma.

It all comes down to training and understanding your dog. Dogs have to be trained and they must understand their place in the hierarchy of the pack. All dogs know they belong to a pack but most humans have zero understanding that dogs think this way. Even just a human and their dog is a pack in a dog's thinking, regardless of size. It seems to me that most owners of "bad" dogs (of which there is no such thing), fail to grasp that and do not act or train accordingly. Dogs aren't like appliances that come with a pre-programmed set of instructions telling them how to behave. Especially in a world as complex and confusing as that of a human's.

So, in short, bad owners make for "bad" dogs.

All dogs are trainable, in the same way that all people can learn to speak. I was discussing degrees of trainability. Working dogs are still bred for intelligence vs. many other breeds, which are either randomly bred or bred for looks. The children of a couple who graduated from MIT are probably going to be more successful in school than the children from the cast of the Jersey Shore. Genetics matter.

This is true, but people matter more, I think. A big dog is more likely to be taught complex things, but any breed can be taught basic socialization.

The problem is the owners. A big dog getting aggressive and angry is terrifying and usually immediately handled. A tiny dog getting aggressive and angry is adorable and often rewarded. These are generalizations, of course, but small dog syndrome is definitely a thing, and definitely due to how we handle their aggression.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 16:05 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 15:53:
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:28:
Actually, someone just shared a tweet on my FB feed:

New York Fears Ranked:

1) pushed into subway tracks

2) Seamless outage

3) Have to go to Times Square

4) Favorite dive bar gentrified

1,563) ISIS


I'd also add in "no Ubers available" and "Uber Surge above 1.9x" to the top 10.

Heh, that's awesome.

And it sounds like we'll be living in the same neighborhood: I recently accepted a job located about 10 blocks south of where the bombing occurred.

Ah, the border of the Village. I live in the West Village, and can give you a billion restaurant recommendations. The gentrification of the Village is real, but the place is still great with so many wonderful places around. You'll love it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 14:28 Beamer
 
Actually, someone just shared a tweet on my FB feed:

New York Fears Ranked:

1) pushed into subway tracks

2) Seamless outage

3) Have to go to Times Square

4) Favorite dive bar gentrified

1,563) ISIS


I'd also add in "no Ubers available" and "Uber Surge above 1.9x" to the top 10.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 19, 2016, 14:25 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 14:21:
Black holes belch fire after eating cosmic spaghetti, studies show.

I dunno about all spaghetti, but I belch fire after eating penne arrabiata.


Belch?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 13:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 13:29:
Uber accused of cashing in on bomb explosion by charging almost double to take terrified New Yorkers home.

It's a terrible situation, but that's how the software works right? It's not like some nefarious exec went in there after the explosion and jacked the price because he thought there'd be some kind of opportunity.

Seriously.

First off, I don't think many NYCers were "terrified." Granted, I was 10 blocks south, but no one seemed too concerned.

Second, if it was a 1.8x surge... that's kind of standard for 10pm on a Saturday. Hell, I was 2.9x trying to get an Uber to work this morning due to the rain. The highest I've seen was 5.0x in Santa Clara the night before the Super Bowl. A different time I was hit with $71 to go 6 miles, but that was on a 3.8x surge.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2016, 11:30 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 11:10:
Wow, that's pretty fucked up
Than again walking around midnight all by yourself with your phone all shiny in your hands is just asking for being mugged.

Depends where. In my neighborhood, the streets are packed through about 4:30am.
 
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News Comments > Free Play Coming to EVE Online
25. Re: Free Play Coming to EVE Online Sep 19, 2016, 09:49 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 16:07:
Today on Blue's: People bitch about a game being too niche and ask for it to be dumbed down and mainstreamed to appeal to them.

Way to flip the script.

The script is really more "Today on Blue's: People bitch when a game isn't tailored 100% to their likings and is instead intended for a different audience. 'I only have $800 to spend on games this year, so every single game released in this multibillion dollar industry better be exactly what I want, otherwise I'm bashing it and all its fans online!'"
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
13. Re: Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says. Sep 19, 2016, 07:38 Beamer
 
SlimRam wrote on Sep 19, 2016, 04:20:
Vibrators have been doing this for years.

Ooooh, now I get your name.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 15, 2016, 14:51 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 13:49:
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 13:31:
I'm still using my Note 7 simply because I think the odds are too great to worry about it. I turn it off at night before going to bed and only charge it to 60%, which still lasts all day. I'll be trading my *potentially* defective Note 7 in for a new Note 7 as soon as my carrier has them available because it is still a fantastic device. Fuck iPhone and Apple's continuous stream of pissing-in-your-face mediocrity. An iPhone is an iPhone is an iPhone. Personally, I think the whole Note 7 thing is being blown WAY too far out of proportion, but the ball is already rolling, so all I can do is stand by and watch.

This exactly. What did they sell, 4 million of them already? How many had issues, 35? That's about a 1 in 114285 chance you will have an issue. When Verizon gets replacements I will swap mine. Until then I have no other phone, and the Note 7 is awesome.

2.5 million sold worldwide, estimated 1 million in the US. And that's sell in, not sell out, so maybe 750,000.

And, in the US, we're at 70 overheating, catching fire, or exploding incidents. So you're more like 1 in 10,000. But that's also in the first 4 weeks.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 15, 2016, 12:10 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Sep 15, 2016, 11:55:
regarding the gn7, is it ind sabotage? Follow the put options, ie the money.

Never blame on incompetence what can instead be blamed on industrial sabotage, widespread conspiracies, and wall street.
 
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