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News Comments > No Man's Sky Next This Summer
36. Re: No Man's Sky Next This Summer Apr 3, 2018, 08:13 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Apr 3, 2018, 02:46:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 3, 2018, 01:33:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 15:23:
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 15:13:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 03:26:
Except, the game I purchased wasn't what he promised. I can't stress how important that is.
If you go by the rules most use here, do not pre-order or buy day one. In the first few days there was plenty of release red flags. As for you didn't get what was promised? Sucker born every minute right?
I'll go farther than that, I think it was pretty clear prior to the original release it wouldn't be everything Murray said it would be. A pre-order or first day purchase of this game should have been a "I'm going to risk it." or a "I don't care if it isn't all there." for anyone who was paying attention.

That's the thing. It wasn't clear to anyone.

Wat.

There were months of posts on this very forum before this game came out cautioning that it wouldn't be the next coming.
It took me a minute to find a post where someone specifically addresses you and tells you to cool your jets because it's going to be Star Citizen all over again and you dismissed them with some "I do my homework" routine.

He actually put people telling him not to pre-order it on ignore.

Meanwhile, in that thread, I say it'll be the type of game where you see all there is to see in 2-3 hours. At launch, score one for me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 2, 2018, 22:11 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 20:43:
Beamer wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 16:03:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 16:00:
Bard wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 14:14:
Facebook.

It is silencing activism against the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

An example of the things Companies should not have the ability to do.
I'm just waiting for the EU's GDPR to go into effect so I can request all data be permanently deleted and have that be legally binding. It will also guarantee that Facebook provides all data it holds you, as currently it can claim it does without any legislation to compe it to do so.

Facebook went from being a useful method to keep in touch with friends and family to be a parasitic marketing tool used to manipulate people and silence political discussion by placing users in echo chambers. I've already uninstalled the client and moved to Messenger Lite to avoid the egregious advertising introduced to the main client. I honestly don't miss it at all.

I never used the client. First thing I do when getting a new phone is uninstall it.

New phones come with fucking Facebook as part of the phone o/s though. You cannot simply uninstall without rooting, but you can uninstall any updates to the Facebook app, which is also a bad idea because you now have an outdated and vulnerable app on your phone that could be exploited potentially if not updated. Rooting is the only way you can be sure to kill this weed.

Sure you can disable it. Package disable pro
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
18. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 2, 2018, 18:32 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 18:21:
Wait... is he calling me a millennial? If so, that would be funniest damn thing I've heard in a long time.

It took me a while, but he means the condom snorters.

Remember, he idolizes the generation that swallowed goldfish, stuffed people in telephone booths, and made a competition of who could stay the longest atop a telephone pole.
 
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News Comments > Five Free Games with Twitch Prime
14. Re: Five Free Games with Twitch Prime Apr 2, 2018, 18:31 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 18:25:
Just another scam to get people to sign up for Twitch prime. Just about as worthless a fee as you can find on the internet.

Did you read my post? It's free if you're an Amazon Prime member with a Twitch account. You don't need to pay for Twitch.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
16. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 2, 2018, 18:08 Beamer
 
Timmeh wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 18:01:
Another prime example of why these leftist millennial morons should not be making decisions about the future of anything.

These guys are the Heart and Soul of what makes up today's CNN / MSNBC and the like crowd.

"KIDS TODAY! GET OFF MY LAWN!"

Because whatever year you are wasn't full stupid shit a handful of kids did that adults then blew out of proportion. Timmeh, your generation is the reason every single ad says "don't try this at home," yet we still let you vote...
 
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News Comments > Five Free Games with Twitch Prime
12. Re: Five Free Games with Twitch Prime Apr 2, 2018, 17:50 Beamer
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 17:46:
Last month had good picks too, hope this keeps up.

The only one here I'd grab is Tales from Borderlands (is it the full game or just one episode?) Unfamiliar with the rest, so if anyone can vouch, feel free.

Last month I grabbed Superhot, which had been on my wishlist for a while but never seemed priced low enough.
Frankly, I am very uncertain I'll ever play any of these, especially since they aren't via Steam.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 2, 2018, 16:03 Beamer
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 16:00:
Bard wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 14:14:
Facebook.

It is silencing activism against the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

An example of the things Companies should not have the ability to do.
I'm just waiting for the EU's GDPR to go into effect so I can request all data be permanently deleted and have that be legally binding. It will also guarantee that Facebook provides all data it holds you, as currently it can claim it does without any legislation to compe it to do so.

Facebook went from being a useful method to keep in touch with friends and family to be a parasitic marketing tool used to manipulate people and silence political discussion by placing users in echo chambers. I've already uninstalled the client and moved to Messenger Lite to avoid the egregious advertising introduced to the main client. I honestly don't miss it at all.

I never used the client. First thing I do when getting a new phone is uninstall it. I don't use Messenger, either (it never caught on with anyone I know, though I know it's huge.) I just use a Wrapper, like Folio Pro, which pulls data from the mobile site and puts it in a more app-like experience.

Which is why, when I download my data from Facebook, it has nothing unexpected about me. No "apps" I've enabled to use my data, as anytime I click a link that asks to connect I reject. No insights. Just a very basic profile about me, the type of information I'm ok with literally anyone knowing about me, and which helps them give me ads that suck slightly less. If Facebook wants to know my age, education, where I live, gender, and that I enjoy luxury watches, I don't care. There was nothing in the data beyond that.
 
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News Comments > Five Free Games with Twitch Prime
10. Re: Five Free Games with Twitch Prime Apr 2, 2018, 15:44 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 15:38:
Flatline wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 11:58:
Cutter wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 11:23:
If you have to pay for something to get something else, it ain't free.

I pay for prime for the video streaming and the shipping.

Everything else, while I technically paid for it, is added value beyond what I originally wanted. So close enough to free.

Twitch ships shit now? Dafuq?

No, this is stuff free for Amazon Prime members who also have a free Twitch account.
 
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News Comments > April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup
29. Re: April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup Apr 2, 2018, 14:58 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 14:15:
Beamer wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 07:08:
Whoever that "lot of people" are don't understand how the stock market works, nor how debt works. Tesla is an incredibly long ways away from bankrupt status. Doesn't mean they won't get there, but it has an enormous amount of equity it can cash in on.

Are you sure? Moody's lowered Tesla's cred to pretty low levels the other day.

Which hinders, but doesn't destroy, the debt option.
But the company is still worth $45B, and it owns 25% of itself. That's a decent amount of runway. Not runway they want, but they're at least months, not weeks, from bankruptcy.

Ford was a Negative rating for years. It's still around. It's not a growing company, so it had more income to lean on, but Tesla can still get outside financing. It isn't facing immanent bankruptcy. I'm not saying it's healthy, but for a company to go from the $250+ the stock is today to bankrupt within "weeks" takes something utterly catastrophic. AIG. Bear Stearns. Even Enron's fall from $80 to $20 took 9 months.
 
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News Comments > R.I.P. Steam Machines?
10. Re: R.I.P. Steam Machines? Apr 2, 2018, 11:37 Beamer
 
I believe this is the third time we've had a topic about Steam Machines being dead in as many years. Each time, the evidence gets more and more convincing.

I mean, all that could come next is Gabe actually saying it.
 
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News Comments > April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup
27. Re: April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup Apr 2, 2018, 07:08 Beamer
 
opie wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 02:29:
In case you didn't love him before...

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/980566101124722688
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/980566103356194816
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/980566116614291456



extra funny because a lot of people are saying Tesla is about a week of funds away from bankrupt status.


also, there were hints that "Teslaquilla" will be a real thing.

Whoever that "lot of people" are don't understand how the stock market works, nor how debt works. Tesla is an incredibly long ways away from bankrupt status. Doesn't mean they won't get there, but it has an enormous amount of equity it can cash in on.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
13. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 1, 2018, 21:39 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 15:57:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 15:32:
Okay, you do understand Forbes is a financial magazine, right? I'm not saying they shouldn't or can't over it, just wondering why they bother. It isn't what I would want or expect to see when I picked up one of their magazines or visited their website...

Forbes has game articles pretty often. I think they've been covering a much wider variety of news since they went online years ago.

'Far Cry 5' Xbox And PlayStation Console Comparisons: Ubisoft Shows How It Should Be Done

'Far Cry 5' Is Apolitical To The Point Of Absurdity

Kotaku, of all places, had two really good articles on how the UI and control were really well done for the PC.

As for the apoliticalness, I agree. It's saying nothing to the point of being pointless. You know the uncanny valley, of course, how when something is close to being real it starts being distracting. That's the political point of FC5. It feels so much like it should have a point of view or something to say, but it doesn't, so it ends up being distracting.

Compounding it is that FC3 had crazy drug runners or a cartel or whatever you fought. That made sense and was fun to kill. FC4 had a lunatic dictator and his army. That made sense and was fun to kill. Here? The majority of people you kill are victims. People brainwashed or, worse, drugged. They're far less fun to kill.

I mean, still fun, but this could have been better done. Making them separationists united under some core belief would have been better. Maybe sovereign citizens.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 5 Released
58. Re: Far Cry 5 Released Mar 30, 2018, 16:16 Beamer
 
So there's a stupid side mission where you have to corral some cows, with the game telling you to spook them by punching them. I've largely avoided side missions, and was pressed for time so planned to avoid this one. I just wanted to explore

But there was a silo I wanted to blow up out in the field. I rush towards it, then see two enemies by it. Pull out the old sniper rifle and BAM! one down. That noise spooks a cow to run home, so it's a twofer! I off the other enemy, then toss a stick of dynamite at the silo. BOOM! no more silo. And it spooks the other two cows, so now mission accomplished.

Except the cows are in a huge panic. They run like crazy, smashing into cars, breaking everything that can break, then repeatedly bashing a helicopter. It smokes, it moves, then it explodes, killing the cow. The fire spreads, killing another cow.

Sorry, ma'am, but they were alive when I brought them to you, thanks for the money, no refunds.
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Next This Summer
30. Re: No Man's Sky Next This Summer Mar 30, 2018, 15:35 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 15:23:
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 15:13:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 03:26:
Except, the game I purchased wasn't what he promised. I can't stress how important that is.
If you go by the rules most use here, do not pre-order or buy day one. In the first few days there was plenty of release red flags. As for you didn't get what was promised? Sucker born every minute right?
I'll go farther than that, I think it was pretty clear prior to the original release it wouldn't be everything Murray said it would be. A pre-order or first day purchase of this game should have been a "I'm going to risk it." or a "I don't care if it isn't all there." for anyone who was paying attention.

If you look at the In-Progress reviews from the day before release, there are red flags. Reading the topics from the release day here, many people knew.

The only games I'll buy ahead of time, or Day 1, are ones I know for a fact I'll like. Like Far Cry 5. It's the third of a game I really liked, with only a few changes. Given that I wanted more of the same, it was a very, very safe purchase. Even if it sucked, I'd want to play it right now.

But that's a sequel to a sequel of a game I loved, from a studio who has been reliably making that game over and over. I didn't get Primal because it wasn't enough the same.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 30, 2018, 15:21 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 15:19:
It wouldn't surprise me if Trump doesn't like Amazon simply because he doesn't know how to order from them. But his knowing Bezos owns the Washington Post is probably a better guess.

If any of Trump's bankruptcies did not contain "irregularities", I would be shocked. But it is unlikely we will ever find out.

Also, Amazon has hurt malls, and malls are real estate, and what job function do most of Trump's friends hold? What investments?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 30, 2018, 15:21 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 14:44:
DangerDog wrote on Mar 29, 2018, 16:27:

Bezos is really good at working the system. Amazon doesn't pay taxes, has his employees take food stamps and other benefits, gets sweetheart deals wherever he puts his distribution warehouses or headquarters.

He's more Dr. Evil than Santa Claus

Links? I've heard Amazon is a terrible place to work, but I haven't heard anything about their employees being on public assistance unlike say Walmart. And sweetheart deals and tax avoidance is a problem across the tech industry, not just Amazon.

It's based on Ohio. Per PolicyMatters Ohio, "1,1430 people who qualify for food stamps were either Amazon employees or had a family member who was an Amazon employee."

This leaves out a lot, right? For one thing, Amazon FCs are greatly impacted by seasonality, meaning that a huge chunk of Amazon employees in Ohio only work for Amazon 1-3 months a year. It also leaves out that some people qualify for food stamps despite making a good living.

Amazon's starting salary in the FCs is $14.50, plus bonus, plus stock in many or most cases. But a lot of people are part time.

The bigger issue is the policy of forcing employees to go through mandatory security screenings on their own time. That may have changed, but employees were doing it after clocking out. That's company mandated, so it should be paid for.

White collar Amazon employees get fewer perks, but more stock activity, than Facebook, Amazon or Google, but are treated pretty well.
 
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News Comments > etc.
14. Re: etc. Mar 30, 2018, 11:05 Beamer
 
Scheherazade wrote on Mar 30, 2018, 10:18:
Beamer wrote on Mar 28, 2018, 11:22:
Scheherazade wrote on Mar 28, 2018, 10:09:
snip

Buddy, the authorities have armored personnel carriers in damn near every county in the continental US, they have automatic weapons, they have body armor. They have bombers and tanks. When you get down to it, they have predator drones. Lots of them.

Unless you own a javelin missile launcher, nothing you can buy can save you from your fever-dream nightmare.

You don't have to take on anything, you don't have to go out to fight anyone, you just have to repel or escape from the group of goons that come for you or your resources - which will not be the entire complement of the entire police force at the same place and time.

In any case, I fail to see how being completely helpless is preferable.

In the same way that on a boat I would rather have a life jacket than not have one. Odds are I'll never need it, and having one doesn't mean I'll be ok. But I know sure as anything that _if_ I needed it, I'd be super stoked to have it.

-scheherazade

A lifevest? More like a small piece of foam.

I like that you talk about this being reality in a prior post, but here talk about the police coming to take a piece of your resources, something that does not happen, and that you'd repel them with a gun.

If the cops come for something of yours unjustly, and you fight them off with a gun, do you know what will happen? Far, far worse things.

You sound like Cliven Bundy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2018, 16:15 Beamer
 
Still find it odd that so many can't understand that bitcoin : blockchain :: motorcycle : wheels

It's just one use of a technology that can be used in many different ways.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 29, 2018, 14:27 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Mar 29, 2018, 14:17:
I'm surprised at Trump's attitude is what it is, and it's one of the few issues where I disagree. I think he's working with older information that predates the current sales-tax situation--I pay sales tax on everything I order from Amazon now. Besides, sales tax is the *least* of the reasons Amazon is a success--its success comes from an excellent Internet presentation coupled with a first-rate order-delivery system (lots of major companies besides Amazon use UPS and Fed-Ex and the Post Office for their businesses); and the fact it doesn't have to pay for brick and mortar retail stores, either. But then, anybody in business who wants to avail himself of the Internet as Amazon has done is free to do so.

I'm a Prime member for the $100-a-year 2-day delivery (and often one day, these days, for no extra cost) option--and every year I save more than that on shipping charges. There is no minimum charge as a Prime member--if it costs fifty cents you can get it in two days or less, no charge for the shipping...;) Prime isn't perfect--sometimes the thing you really want isn't on Prime, and sometimes even the Prime marked merchandise takes > 2 days to get to you (by no more than a day, usually, when that happens.) But overall it works very well. I don't understand Trump's objection to Amazon using the Post Office (Prime stuff usually comes 2-day UPS and occasionally Fed Ex--never post office, though--that is for people who are not Prime members and still want free shipping on minimum $35 orders, etc. No time guarantee on that deal, either. Why would Trump think that UPS and Fed-Ex would not want Amazon's business?) So Amazon pays what the U.S. Post Office asks and Trump finds a problem with that? He'd rather the US Postal service not get that additional income from Amazon? Trump is obviously working with older information about this.

The only thing I find weird is that Bezos is obviously a very conservative businessman, so why the political-liberal pretension? Is it faux guilt ((D)s like the fantasy that if you're successful then you had nothing to do with it...;))? But the WaPo has been only marginally better suited for my toilet paper roll than the NYT in the last couple of years...;) I can definitely agree with Trump about that...;)

Bezos is a conservative businessman?
To the surprise of no one, I don't think you know what the word means.
 
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News Comments > Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition Announced
13. Re: Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition Announced Mar 29, 2018, 13:46 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Mar 29, 2018, 13:39:
ItBurn wrote on Mar 29, 2018, 12:37:
I loved the original Red Faction. It had great world destruction and had other pretty original mechanics. Multiplayer was also ahead of its time. Guerilla only has building destruction, which to me makes for a much less dynamic game and reduces the feeling of really having an impact on the world. Also, Guerilla's setting is bland looking, repetitive and mostly empty. The gameplay is in the same boat. You do the exact same cookie cutter objectives for what seems like way too many times. I also don't like the switch to third person and the overall "consolisation" of the title. I really can't understand why people can stand this game, but I'm definitely in the minority. I guess it had nice graphics at the time, but the constant generic-boring-empty-desert look isn't going to win any awards regardless of what this graphical upgrade can do.

Did we play the same Red Faction? Sure it had the "geomod" ability to blow holes in terrain, but single player at least it almost never did that, and multiplayer was okay but nothing special.

Guerilla was tons of fun. I just wish the AI and the hit & run mechanics were a little more developed and a little less Grand Theft Auto.

Zero Punctuation's review of it is actually spot on.

I agree. It was a cool idea, but it would have broken any level design, so it was used sparingly.

Guerilla was mostly just breaking stuff designed to be broken. Great, I can hammer apart an entire building, but why? It's fun at first, but the rest of the game left me seriously wanting. I probably only put 2 hours into it, because what I was doing other than hammering wasn't striking me as much fun (no pun intended.)

In FC5, I'm driving trucks into small trees and breaking them apart, somewhat surprised I can do that. Kind of sad, when you think about it - of course I should be able to, and in reality, they should be falling, not breaking apart. So I applaud RF for having done this. But it just never felt like it added up to much.
 
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