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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
15. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 23:04 Beamer
 
A hedge isn't a bet, it's a mitigation of risk. It isn't "we think this will happen" but "we're screwed if this happens, so we'll cover our asses."

I have renters' insurance. I do not think anything bad will happen, but I'm mitigating my risk. This is all a hedge is. They're exceptionally common, and institutions do them to be responsible, not to place a bet.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
7. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 17:25 Beamer
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 13:05:
You have to wonder who made how much money on this deal. Because it sure looks like Vivendi was betting that Activision/Blizzard stock was going to crumble.

Life is good if you're a bankster.

Uh... no it doesn't?

They made no such bet, and they've been trying to get out of Activision for a while. Trying to get out of all entertainment.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 15, 2016, 15:10 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 13:30:
Timmeh wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 10:26:
i dont know.. it takes 55 billion to make 11 billion.

that is a LOT of costs to cover to make a profit.

Nothing wrong with their profit ratio, its an industry with huge R&D costs and one that requires a lot of capital reinvestment. Its better to assess it with ratios related to their liability load compared to their assets and the benchmarks like earnings per share if you're looking at it as an investor.

20%. Google's is 21%.

Really not bad. 20 cents of every dollar coming in is profit, after costs, r&d, salaries, rent, utilities, debt, etc.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
22. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 19:29 Beamer
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 18:19:
descender wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 16:44:
These ranchers and others have owned these land for hundreds of years in some cases.

Why do people keep saying this? It isn't true at all.

Ranchers/farmers were bailed out by the government in the 30's and since then have been allowed to use the land anyway at a 90% discount. You could research it, but you chose to watch an unsourced youtube video instead.

So 100% of the ranchers / farmers here in the entire United States of America were all bailed out by the government back in the 1930's? OMG, why didn't you tell me sooner! So my great grandfather didn't lose all of his lands back during the Depression? I better call the rest of my relatives. So every farmer / rancher has been just renting these lands back from the United States government for 10%... since the 1930's, eh?

Oh, that video has sources listed if you could be so bothered to check.

He did not say "100%," "all," or "every."

I feel like every time someone makes a generalization on a video game forum people freak out and say "stop saying all!"


Ranchers are over.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 18:00 Beamer
 
gravity wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 17:04:
descender wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 16:09:
annnd look more complete libtard bullshit.

You are free to explain the situation as you think you understand it, rather than just rambling like a lunatic.

One can only wonder why I hadn't ignored you already. Fixed!

Anytime I see someone use the word "libtard," (particularly in such intentional provocation) I immediately associate them with a level of ignorance that is difficult to achieve.

Solely because it's an embarrassing aggregation of the words "liberal" and "retard," and if you're still calling people "retards," today, you probably need to check yourself and maybe mature a little bit... go look in the mirror, and try reading about things on your own.

Not only that, but he complained about metrosexuals.

Metrosexuals.

Is it 2002?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 13:53 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 13:32:
PunkiBastardo wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 10:27:
Hadn't read about these wackos before, but I had a good laugh with the videos and all those homoerotic stories. Go internet!

Unfortunately the whole 'wackos' portrayal is meant to distract from a very real issue.

The US Government has been breaking its own laws trying to railroad people off land where rich resources have been discovered.

This is really about resistance to Tyranny, not wackos.

Typical COINTELPRO tactic, and one even Ghandi spoke about.

No, this is about wackos arming themselves and holing up in public property.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2016, 13:09 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 12:54:
I got these insulated Columbia Bugbear boots that I fell in love with because they were super warm and comfortable.

Well that, and they have the super-awesome name Bugbear! C'mon Blue, 'fess up. You really only got them because of the cool name.

Also, Bobbob would remind you that had you taken his advice several years ago and moved to Cali, you wouldn't need winter boots.

He got it wrong, though, it's Bugaboo (and Bugaboot.) Not quite as cool. I only know because I had a Bugaboo hat in, like, 3rd grade. I think it was a separate brand back then.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 12, 2016, 15:48 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 13:33:
Father and I stayed warm in the stands at the Vikings game. Was a tough loss, no fault of the kicker - Offense didn't do their job, and honestly, I don't think we could beat Carolina......

Was great to be at the game. We will be in our seats opening day in the new stadium.

Wish you had won. I have a flight down to NC next weekend. Will be very disappointed if I have to cancel them, but with Seattle...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
31. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2016, 12:06 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 08:44:
Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 07:10:
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:48:
I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.

Im gonna go back to this statement from Beamer. As long as this is true, having a laptop for gaming is a bad idea. Not, having a laptop, not gaming, but a combination of those two things. You game on a laptop, fine, great! Good for you. How often do you take it out of the house? (And when it's out of the house, how often do you game on it?) How often does it sit in one spot in your house? Think about these questions and answer them to yourself honestly. For the price of that "gaming" laptop, you can get a destop with twice the power, twice the screen real-estate and a nice comfy chair.
Again, this requires dedicating, at a minimum, a 3'x5' space in your home to your computer.

Having a laptop means dedicating a 1'x1.5" space to it.

Unless you are living in Japan, I'm not sure that space enters that much into the equation. Remember we are talking about "gamers" here, not casual users. So in addition to the laptop, you will most definitely at least have a mouse. So you need a desk to use it on. Or at least a flat surface of some kind. Sure you can juggle your laptop in your lap, on the sofa, but who the fuck games like that? Not people who are willing to spend thousands of bucks on top of the line gaming laptops. And once you throw the external "GPU" from the article in the mix, what you get is basically an overpriced desktop, that can serve as laptop if you want. The space you say you will end up saving comes up to diddley squat. You don't end up saving any space at all, since that external GPU is sitting somewhere where you need to plug your laptop in.

It isn't so much about living space, though that's part of it, as it is just aesthetics.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
29. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2016, 07:10 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:48:
I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.

Im gonna go back to this statement from Beamer. As long as this is true, having a laptop for gaming is a bad idea. Not, having a laptop, not gaming, but a combination of those two things. You game on a laptop, fine, great! Good for you. How often do you take it out of the house? (And when it's out of the house, how often do you game on it?) How often does it sit in one spot in your house? Think about these questions and answer them to yourself honestly. For the price of that "gaming" laptop, you can get a destop with twice the power, twice the screen real-estate and a nice comfy chair.
Again, this requires dedicating, at a minimum, a 3'x5' space in your home to your computer.

Having a laptop means dedicating a 1'x1.5" space to it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 11, 2016, 17:48 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 12:52:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 12:45:

Again, you're missing the primary reason why desktop PCs have been experiencing such a massive sales slowdown relative to laptops - people don't want a part of their home dedicated to the computer. It's an inelegant solution that feels dated.


I didn't miss that at all. I'm not talking about those people.

Those people are, for the most part, not gaming on their laptops. They certainly aren't playing high spec triple A games, and for the most part, aren't even plugging in a mouse. Laptops are selling well still, yes, but which laptops? The $400-600 variety.

When you're looking at a low end PC, a laptop is attractive because it's just as powerful for the things you're doing, while being small, but still being more usable than a smartphone. Useful for dragging between your bed and the living room and whatnot. Like you said, doesn't require much space set aside for it.

But when you're marketing to the core gamer, you're marketing to a different set of people who value performance and usability over something as nebulous as "feeling dated."

chickenboo echoed what I said, but I'd trade my desktop for a laptop with gaming potential in a heartbeat. A heartbeat. To date, everything has been too much of a compromise. Too heavy, too hot, too weak.

Suddenly, here's an option I could go with. It's not an elegant option by any means, but it allows me to finally ditch the desktop.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 11, 2016, 17:44 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 14:56:
R.I.P.

Another "chemotherapy" victim no doubt.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 11, 2016, 12:45 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 12:21:
I never understood the point of a gaming laptop.

For the same price you can get a dirt cheap laptop good for everything you're likely to be doing on the go, and also get a regular gaming PC. A Mini-ITX build is you're concerned about space.

I don't really see any compelling reason why my laptop and my gaming PC have to be the same machine. I guess a niche scenario where someone has to move between two homes very very frequently might lend itself to wanting a very compact hassle-free gaming setup that doesn't involve hauling a 27" screen.

I just don't see the point in some shit that's only just mobile enough so that you can change what room its in slightly easier.

"Well today I feel like gaming in the fucking kitchen, good thing I got this PC that is slightly easier to move around the house."

Again, you're missing the primary reason why desktop PCs have been experiencing such a massive sales slowdown relative to laptops - people don't want a part of their home dedicated to the computer. It's an inelegant solution that feels dated.

Hell, the number of people under 30 owning TVs is rapidly falling, as an increasing number of them don't see large screens as worth the amount of real estate it takes up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 11, 2016, 09:48 Beamer
 
siapnar wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:31:
Just carry this power core around with you everywhere you go if you want decent performance!

Um...

Or, more likely, "dump that entire, giant, unwieldy, immobile desktop you have and replace it with this tiny laptop to use for 90% of your computing. For that extra 10%, you can still game by hooking it up to this Core, which will sit in easy storage when you aren't gaming and take up little room in your home."

It isn't about gaming on the go, it's about having a superlight laptop you can easily take out of your house when you need to yet still use for gaming in your house. It's about replacing your desktop and no longer needing to dedicate a chunk of your home to your computer. I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve [Updated]
34. Re: Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve? Jan 8, 2016, 16:40 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 16:05:
Marc Laidlaw is 55 and filthy rich, I'm sure retirement would look pretty attractive to me too at that point.

But uh sorry, back to your regularly scheduled "Valve sux...but still make Half-Life 3 please" bitchfest

No, it's called be a fat lazy fucking asshole who has no drive other than making profit from other people's hard work.

What a silly comment, as if he hasn't earned anything through hard work and some very astute incubation over the years. Running any business with employees is profiting from other peoples hard work by the way, assuming the business makes money.

He even says that's why he quit. But this is a video game forum, may as well just blame greed and conspiracy theories.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve [Updated]
23. Re: Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve? Jan 8, 2016, 14:43 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:57:
thecakeisalie wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:30:
I was watching a video on Youtube that talked about HL3 and Valve and because Gabe Newell is rolling in dough from skimming off the top selling other people's content, why take the risk on trying to make HL3 and risking it flopping? They will just string us along counting their money from Steam until everyone that actually wanted HL3 dies off.

No, it's called be a fat lazy fucking asshole who has no drive other than making profit from other people's hard work. The guy has become the next George Lucas, someone who has lost his desire and will to continue on. If he can't find the time or will or desire to complete the Half Life story, then sell it off or have someone else finish it.

But please do not defend this asshole as someone who never intended to finish the HL3 story. That is utter bulshit to say they never intended to make HL3.

Valve as a whole has forgotten where they came from and what made Valve what it is today.

Do you not think Steam requires work?
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Jan 8, 2016, 12:10 Beamer
 
Banned... from the forums.

I don't see how banning bad behavior on a forum is bad, just because they paid. They still have access to the game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2016, 09:52 Beamer
 
Out of curiosity, are the auto-play YouTube ads messing with anyone else's system? I'll be typing, then discover that entire chunks of words, or even sentences, never made it to the browser. At first I thought it was only when I had multiple Blues tabs open (and I often will), but it seems to happen when I even have just one.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Film vs. digital- the most contentious debate in the film world, explained Jan 7, 2016, 08:46 Beamer
 
Simon Says wrote on Jan 7, 2016, 04:03:
I really don't get all the "motion smoothing" hate. It looks and feels so much better than the stuttering and motion blur fest on "normal movies".

What is all the fuss about?

It makes everything look like a 1980s soap opera.
 
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News Comments > Counter-Strike Bans Made Permanent
12. Re: Counter-Strike Bans Made Permanent Jan 7, 2016, 08:45 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Jan 7, 2016, 03:35:
Sepharo wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 18:01:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 06:49:
Sepharo wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 00:41:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Jan 5, 2016, 23:00:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 5, 2016, 21:29:
Counterstrike is like professional cycling... I just asume everyone is cheating.
A lot are cheating. I was in Overwatch once and saw whats really happening, but I also noticed that cheaters, who try to hide it, and which are the vast majority, are not getting banned. You see that on how Overwatch works. Only if there is a more or less consensus on that the player cheated, he will be punished and you will get a message that he was. But most people only report the real obvious ones, the ragehackers and very often you dont get a message for cases where the hacker hid it well, because people just dont have the experience to see it. Thus the ones trying to hide it (but obvious to people with experience) are not getting banned!

Also CSGO being that long one of the top selling games, makes it obvious that still a lot of people are getting banned and buying a new one. And I can confirm that too. There still are a lot of ragehackers, or people who dont hide it very well.

And this here is one of those people in denial about how good people can get at CS. All those years yelling "hacker" at anyone doing decent has left you unable to distinguish reality. Hiding behind "experience" as if you're the only one able to distinguish a real hacker, your vote counts more than the others huh?

Though it must be shitty believing that everyone is subtly hacking all the time.
Oh they're just so good at hiding it!

Youre an idiot. I never said there cant be good players. Actually there are a lot of submissions where someone just is good. As I said, people just lack experience to judge whats cheating and whats not. And youre obviously one of them, and thus part of the problem since you think its not a huge problem. And no, I dont think I know it best of all. There are actually a lot of guides out there to teach people how to spot cheating. Just take a look at one and be surprised. You might turn into the person you think I am.

You said this:
I was in Overwatch once and saw whats really happening, but I also noticed that cheaters, who try to hide it, and which are the vast majority, are not getting banned.

There is no training or experience that makes you able to see subtle cheaters better than someone else to the degree to which you're describing. It's not something that can be quantified or stated authoritatively like you're trying to do. You are most likely accusing people of cheating who don't. I've seen it for 15 years now, admins and others who claim to have all this experience in detecting cheats, banning innocent people. Great aim, map awareness, perfect timing... these can all fool people into thinking that someone is wallhacking or aimbotting... they'll say it's subtle, they're toggling it, they wrote their own hack that's so good it's nearly undetectable... but the simple truth is that they're most likely not hacking, they're just good. Are there hackers like the ones you describe? Of course, but they're not common and far from "the vast majority". Basically I take issue with your certainty and the idea that out of everyone who watched and said "no hacks" somehow you're the right one by going against that. Could not those people also have the experience and finely honed hacker sniffing skills as yourself?

You assume too much. You have no clue whats going on and just because of one sentence that didnt AT ALL say what you claim youre attacking me. WTF is your problem?
I have been playing shooters for 20 years competitively. I know my way around and since I took a look at multihacks before I know EXACTLY how they work and how to spot them. Again: Read those guides, they will open your mind, but more importantly stop being so god damn presumptuous. I didnt say anything you claim, that "vast majority" was the vast majority of the cheaters! THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHEATERS ARE TRYING TO HIDE IT!!!!!!!!! GOT IT????
There are different cheaters! Do you fail at differentiation too and then blame other for seeing only black and white because you are actually only seeing black and white???
My god... seriously, get your act together, you sound like an angry 14 year old, which you surely arent.

If that's what you were trying to say, then your first comma, after "cheaters," was grammatically incorrect and Sepharo's reading is correct.
 
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