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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 11:54 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 10:24:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:46:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 08:20:
I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.

Nope, all of those devices are inferior in one way or another. Comparing MP3 players from 10 years ago to a top tier smartphone isn't even in the ballpark of what we were talking about, it's obviously not just the port alone. Suggesting that *ANY* flagship smartphone out right now is "far inferior" in any way, shape or form to the iPhone7 is laughable, btw. They are all in the same ballpark, give or take a feature here or there, but the main difference is that while still being in the same ballpark, they include the convenience of a headphone jack as well. Easy choice, IMO. I couldn't give two shits about brand/corporate loyalty. If Android makers all decided they wanted to get rid of the headphone port and Apple still had one, I would consider the iPhone7 the superior product, even *if* it had slightly less performance than the Androids. But, given that isn't the case.. it simply is not.

EDIT: I should have stated "flagship device" in my previous post, that is what I had intended by saying "device", not MP3 players and such. I'm guessing that's where the confusion here comes from. I worked for a large mobile carrier for a half a decade, and in that time we simply referred to all cell phones as "devices". Really need to get out of that habit.

You were responding to my original post, which said "objectively better at half the price." Given that no flagship is half the price, I have no clue why you decided to argue the point.

Regardless, saying the S7 Edge is objectively better than the iPhone 7 due to the headphone jack is ridiculous. Or, it's an utter failing to understand what "objective" means.

I've said the decision to drop the headphone jack is utterly ludicrous if not wholly anti-consumer. But to say it makes a device objectively worse? Hardly. I can't even say it makes the device objectively worse from a listening to music with headphones perspective, as some of the advantages of 100% digital music may offset the need for either a dongle or new headphones to some users.

I never mentioned price, nor replied about that specifically. Sounds like a conversation you had with someone else. And yes, I guess this does straddle the line between objective and subjective depending on what you consider makes an all-around better phone. I also would consider a laptop of similar speed with essential connectivity to a modern macbook with a single usb port to be better as well, even if it benched slower in different areas. It's a better all-around device when all things are considered. Speed isnt everything, especially now that smartphones generally are pushing 4-8 cores with GPU's that rival consoles. To think that any of this can be completely objective is probably where this whole thought process goes off-the-rails, because it can always be argued that a device that has less in one way or another simply is not objectively better. The iPhone has less convenient connectivity, the androids less power. There is no clear 100% better for everyone pick.

So you're saying you just followed up with the term "objectively better" on your own, independent of my use?

Curious.

And yes, I guess this does straddle the line between objective and subjective depending on what you consider makes an all-around better phone

You get how "depending on what you consider" makes something subjective, right? Not straddling the line. Subjective. 100% subjective. I mean, the whole difference between objective and subjective is whether it's absolute or "depending." If you use the term "depending," it isn't objective.

There is no clear 100% better for everyone pick.

Indeed, which is why anyone saying "the iPhone is objectively worse" is a fanboy. I think it's an awful phone to use. But that's just my subjective opinion.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 09:46 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 08:20:
I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.

Nope, all of those devices are inferior in one way or another. Comparing MP3 players from 10 years ago to a top tier smartphone isn't even in the ballpark of what we were talking about, it's obviously not just the port alone. Suggesting that *ANY* flagship smartphone out right now is "far inferior" in any way, shape or form to the iPhone7 is laughable, btw. They are all in the same ballpark, give or take a feature here or there, but the main difference is that while still being in the same ballpark, they include the convenience of a headphone jack as well. Easy choice, IMO. I couldn't give two shits about brand/corporate loyalty. If Android makers all decided they wanted to get rid of the headphone port and Apple still had one, I would consider the iPhone7 the superior product, even *if* it had slightly less performance than the Androids. But, given that isn't the case.. it simply is not.

EDIT: I should have stated "flagship device" in my previous post, that is what I had intended by saying "device", not MP3 players and such. I'm guessing that's where the confusion here comes from. I worked for a large mobile carrier for a half a decade, and in that time we simply referred to all cell phones as "devices". Really need to get out of that habit.

You were responding to my original post, which said "objectively better at half the price." Given that no flagship is half the price, I have no clue why you decided to argue the point.

Regardless, saying the S7 Edge is objectively better than the iPhone 7 due to the headphone jack is ridiculous. Or, it's an utter failing to understand what "objective" means.

I've said the decision to drop the headphone jack is utterly ludicrous if not wholly anti-consumer. But to say it makes a device objectively worse? Hardly. I can't even say it makes the device objectively worse from a listening to music with headphones perspective, as some of the advantages of 100% digital music may offset the need for either a dongle or new headphones to some users.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 08:20 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 21:11:
I think many people would agree that a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones is objectively better than one that requires inconvenient, unnecessary dongles, or being locked into Apple's "vision of the future". Sure the processor isn't as fast as Apple's in any Android phones out there, but speed alone does not make for a better device.

Also, the excuse that they need to make it thinner via removing this port is laughable, phones do not need to have the form factor of a piece of cardboard or paper.

I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
22. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 14, 2016, 08:16 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 18:37:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 18:15:

Yup, I'd say hate. I found the monsters and the weapons to be outright terrible. It's all opinion, but I'd put them in the bottom 10% of shooters I've played.

Congrats! You've become part of a minority!

I mean, ok? I never said it was a bad game, and I used "my opinion" and "I'd" repeatedly.

Should my opinion bow to the majority? Is that how this works? Is this some kind of popularity contest I'm failing because I disliked a game most reviews tended to find average?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 13, 2016, 15:20 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 14:05:
Verge is one of the worst for being a gaggle of apple fanboys. I wouldn't trust them to be very objective on anything they had to say on the iPhone.

And yet, there are some serious anti-Apple fanboys here. Yesterday or the day before someone said you can buy an "objectively better phone for half the price."

Which is seriously fanboyish. Not even equally priced flagships are "objectively better." A phone half the price will have a much weaker processor, much worse battery life, a worse display, and a significantly worse battery.

I have an S7 Edge. I like it. I despise iOS and therefore hate the entire experience of using an iPhone. But I'd be a fanboy to call my phone "objectively better," and to call one half the price? Absurd.
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
18. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 12, 2016, 18:15 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 17:10:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 16:16:
ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:46:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:45:
Hated the last one, hated Hard Reset, thinking I need to finally learn my lesson.

I hated Hard Reset too, but really like Shadow Warrior. I'm curious, why didn't you like it?

Honestly, even though I played it in February, and it took me a month to finish, I barely remember it, but:

* Hate...

I think that calling anything in this game terrible is not right... Could they be better? Sure, but everything was good or at least passable. I think that weapons and monsters were better than in most shooters. Do you really think hate is the right word for how you felt about the game? If so, I don't get it. I can definitely say that upgrades mattered though. It was a reason to explore the levels. The game has tons of cool secrets. Also, weapon upgrades made a major difference... I mean you can quadruple the shotgun barrels...

Yup, I'd say hate. I found the monsters and the weapons to be outright terrible. It's all opinion, but I'd put them in the bottom 10% of shooters I've played.
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
16. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 12, 2016, 16:16 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:46:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:45:
Hated the last one, hated Hard Reset, thinking I need to finally learn my lesson.

I hated Hard Reset too, but really like Shadow Warrior. I'm curious, why didn't you like it?

Honestly, even though I played it in February, and it took me a month to finish, I barely remember it, but:

* Weapons felt terrible to me. Terrible. The Uzi was the only gun I liked, but having to hold down a separate button to do akimbo was frustrating. I'm pretty certain you ran faster than the rockets

* Enemies just weren't fun. The most fun were the human cops, who you fought about twice

* The boss pattern was annoying. Typical, but annoying. Here's a boss. Now he's two of that boss. Now here's two of that boss with other enemies around. Now here's two of them with other bosses around. Now here's everything at once. The bosses just weren't fun and doing that compounded the not-fun

* If I had to fight the guys who were only vulnerable from behind one more time...

* I played through primarily to finish upgrading the kitana. The final form was underwhelming

* Basically, all upgrades struck me as dull. Upgrades to your character were kind of pointless, other than probably the stab. Upgrades to the weapons felt equally pointless

 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
12. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 12, 2016, 13:45 Beamer
 
Hated the last one, hated Hard Reset, thinking I need to finally learn my lesson.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 10, 2016, 09:26 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 21:15:
Beamer wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 10:03:
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 09:35:
Funny. It used to be that if you committed identity theft, you'd just go to jail, but for a banker that's just par for the course, and you just get fired for it?


Oh come on. "Banker?" You're intentionally using a word with one implication - a highly paid white collar wall street worker involved in large transactions that can have a big impact on the economy, to describe bank tellers.

Bank tellers are not bankers. They're retail employees. It requires a high school diploma and pays, on average, $25,000 per year. Acting like they're part of some high powered scheme is insulting, both to them and to those involved in the high powered scheme.


Stop whining, Beamer. 5300 people who worked for a bank were involved in this shit, so I called them "banker" as in "a person who works for the bank." The fact that they were low level asshats makes it even more ridiculous that they didn't go to fucking jail. You try stealing someone's identity and see if you just get fired.


I agree, but they weren't bankers and claiming that's why they got off, the same way idiot traders do, is not why.

These were jackasses who were being incentivized for signing people up at a cash register, no different than the people that do it to you when you go to... damn, I can't even think of a place I still go that does this. I'm sure Best Buy or Macy's does it.

Sign X people up for a card, get a bonus. So they faked it. They absolutely should be turned over to the authorities.

But they didn't get away with it because they're high powered bankers. This was a retail thing, not a bank think. These were the same people that you find when you go to a Verizon store, not highly educated shitheads making millions a year for fucking people over. The identity theft probably brought some of them up to $40,000 for the year.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year?
158. Re: Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year? Sep 9, 2016, 17:28 Beamer
 
Somehow, this went from the tiring "debate with factual authority about whether the game that's years out will be the best thing ever or a monstrous failure" to the even more tedious "let's join together and shit on the last green label name that still hangs out here."  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 9, 2016, 10:03 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 09:35:
Funny. It used to be that if you committed identity theft, you'd just go to jail, but for a banker that's just par for the course, and you just get fired for it?


Oh come on. "Banker?" You're intentionally using a word with one implication - a highly paid white collar wall street worker involved in large transactions that can have a big impact on the economy, to describe bank tellers.

Bank tellers are not bankers. They're retail employees. It requires a high school diploma and pays, on average, $25,000 per year. Acting like they're part of some high powered scheme is insulting, both to them and to those involved in the high powered scheme.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 9, 2016, 07:16 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 02:02:
So the ideal TV specs:
- OLED
- 4K resolution
- 120Hz refresh
- 12-bit color
- HDR

?


Personally, I think 4K is somewhat worthless. TVs are typically too small and too far away, and the content is a long ways away. You need new devices for that content, and no one seems particularly interested in giving it to you - even that new 4K PS4 from Sony, a company that makes movies, doesn't do 4K TV. I wouldn't worry about it too much this time around, unless you can get it for next to nothing.

Rather than 4K, I wish content providers focused on getting streaming up to the same clarity as BluRay. A compressed 4K stream and much less compressed 1080p stream must be comparably sized, I'd guess, though I have no clue. Sadly, clarity is much less of a buzzword, but if you put a BluRay side by side with a stream on a good TV the difference is enormous, particularly in dark screens. On BluRay, you see actual details in Game of Thrones.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 8, 2016, 12:42 Beamer
 
HDR is higher contrast and more/brighter colors.

In general, if you put two TVs side by side, people will gravitate towards contrast more than even resolution (e.g., a high contrast 720p image is regularly chosen over a lower contrast 1080p image.)

Deeper blacks, brighter reds, all together on the same screen.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
22. Re: Street Fighter V New Character & Patch Plans Sep 8, 2016, 12:35 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 11:20:
I honestly think their move to remove the headphone jack had to do with a push towards wireless headphones than anything else.
I personally wouldn't buy the Apple wireless headphones, since there are many other far superior choices on the market for less $ like Jaybird X2 for example. Also wireless headphones aren't locked to Apple or Android phones, they are universal between platforms, regardless of the type of phone you're using.

I agree with you Beamer on not much benefit to the consumer with the 3.5mm audio jack removal, however since they include the adapter in the box I don't think it is such a huge deal either for people that wants to use their 3.5mm jack peripherals.

Steve Jobs once famously mocked wireless earphones as "yet another thing to charge."

Steve Jobs was hardly always right, but I'm with him on this. Another thing to charge, another thing to lose. Earphones now are great because I have one on my desk at work, one in my back pocket, one in my drawer, and another 3 at home. I'm rarely not near headphones. I live in a city and walk everywhere, so they come more in handy for me than someone not walking as much, but the disposable quality makes them desirable.

Not to mention, and while it will get better, Apple's headphones won't even last you a full coast-to-coast flight, though I wouldn't want earphones for that unless they're noise canceling (and those I want running on batteries, so I can hot swap [I seem to always hot swap on flights.])
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Mankind Divided Patch Adds DX12
12. Re: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Patch Adds DX12 Sep 8, 2016, 12:31 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 12:26:
VaranDragon wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 11:39:
21 hours from start to finish, including the side missions. Not too shabby, but because of the ending the game feels incomplete. If the promised free DLC that is supposed to come at the end of the year doesn't complete the game, or they dare to charge for it, Im gonna be pretty pissed off.

I just wish there were more places (other cities with more than one mission) to really visit, like the 2011 Game.

Other than that, it was pretty good.

I'm re-playing Human Revolution, now.

As for DX12, completely irrelevant to my Windows 7 gaming rig.

/shrug

I just refinished HR. It was really just Detroit and Hong Kong, no? Other places were 1 level.

I did not like it nearly as much as the first time. Maybe because I ghosted the whole time and just kept walking behind guards, or maybe because there's nothing this game did that Dishonored didn't come along and do better.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
19. Re: Street Fighter V New Character & Patch Plans Sep 8, 2016, 10:27 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 09:28:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 09:01:
Or what happens if someone wants to switch to Android? All their headphones are now worthless to them.
The few lightning port headphones I've seen comes with an adapter to 3.5mm jack
I really don't see why this is such a huge deal about the connectors.
Android phones change from USB to USB type C
Is that such a big deal to people also?

USB to Type C had advantages to the consumer and manufacturing, but not revenue, advantages to the manufacturer. Plus, the U in USB is Universal.

What advantages does going to the lightning port offer the consumer? To Apple, there are manufacturing advantages, and huge revenue advantages (most notably, it further traps consumers in its ecosystem, and it requires manufacturers to pay a royalty to sell a common product to Apple users), but there are no real advantages to the consumer. Even talk about increased audio falls short when the Apple earbuds were already among the worst sounding buds on the market, and the actual speakers have not been improved in either the EarBuds or the AirBuds. AirPods. Whatever they're calling it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
20. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 8, 2016, 09:03 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 07:52:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 06:58:
Ding ding ding. Though interesting that, within minutes, two old accounts that never post show up to post about GG.

Ever get around to actually finding that proof that people in GG are actually harassers there Beamer? Or are you still upset that major anti-GG names are actual harassers, doxers, and have threatened people. While claiming to be members of an "anti-harassment" organization, same said organization had a person who sexually harassed 20+ women. Oh and if you're talking about me? I only post when I feel like it, being old let's you do stuff like that.

I mean, Ethan Ralph, no? Or how about the Not Your Shield guy, who had been on lists of YouTube harassers prior to GG being a thing (and who got fired for running an underage jailbait creepshot subreddit.)

Or all the Burgers and Fries people? Or do you care to link to your own Twitter, where I guarantee you've sent tweets to people you dislike to tell them how awful they are.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
16. Re: Street Fighter V New Character & Patch Plans Sep 8, 2016, 09:01 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 07:04:
Motorola has dropped the headphone jack a month or two ago on their latest phones, but I don't remeber seeing anyone flipping out about it.
Apple does it and people screaming bloody murder
Keep on hating

I mean, this is a bad analogy, right? Aside from the aforementioned USB Type C rather than Apple Proprietary plug, Motorola will sell 1/100th what Apple will. Motorola can do whatever the hell they want and it won't impact anyone but a Motorola buyer. Apple will impact us all.

I mean, what happens when Apple changes the connector again? You know they will. I was at a hotel over the weekend that had alarm clocks with the old 20 pin Apple connector. Honestly, I feel like I've often been in hotel rooms with those. Every hotel jumped on the Apple train and now they've got outdated clocks that no one can connect to anymore. Thankfully, we now have Bluetooth, but so many hotels are still stuck with dated sound systems. Not to mention anyone that purchased anything for their home.

So what about people buying headphones? Again, what happens when Apple changes? Or what happens if someone wants to switch to Android? All their headphones are now worthless to them.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year?
105. Re: Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year? Sep 8, 2016, 08:57 Beamer
 
I just don't get why anyone cares.

I mean, I get why people that invested a ton of money care. And I get why Derek cares, as Roberts basically came out of retirement and immediately got truckloads of money to do what Derek had more or less dedicated his entire life to trying to do, at a time that the technology finally looks close enough to somewhat deliver.

But, the rest of us? These are always the longest topics we have, and some of the most passionate, and I just struggle to see why anyone cares about a game so far out? I'm all for just sitting back and dispassionately seeing what comes about. If it's what they promise, great, we get a once in a generational game. If it it's short of what they promise, great, we get a fun but flawed game, as most space combat games seem to be. If it's a total failure, great, we either move on with our lives or we get a Daikatan/DNF-esque punchline to enjoy for a decade or so.

For 99.9999% of us, there's nothing but upside here. We've put in no money and we have absolutely nothing to lose.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 8, 2016, 06:58 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 04:39:
Maybe GG is both old news and too toxic?

Ding ding ding. Though interesting that, within minutes, two old accounts that never post show up to post about GG.
 
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