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News Comments > Sea of Thieves System Requirements
20. Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 14, 2018, 09:26 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 16:22:
TheEmissary wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 13:38:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.


Laptops especially on the low to med end of the spectrum still use resolutions like 1366 vs 768. That resolution might be closer to 720p than 540p but we are forgetting about the sad state the integrated graphics are in. Factor in Interlacing also who knows.

Take a look at the benchmarks for the iGPU they recommend for 540p.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Graphics-540.149939.0.html

Right 768 and 720, we get those. That said, there was some good posts thereafter explaining why this could be. Still odd, can't say I've seen a 540P performance option/baseline before.

Yeah, it's not that anyone wants that, it's just demonstrating you CAN play this on an laptop with integrated video. No one should want that, but if you have one of those, it can be nice to know you can play this game. Albeit super low detail, 30fps, with a very undesirable resolution, but it's possible.

For people who have a primary pc and occasionally travel with a shitty laptop, that can be good. For people in college who game and have a roommate who is interested but owns a shitty laptop, that can be good. Kind of reminds me of how I used to play Delta Force against friends with shitty laptops in college. Man, the ridiculous advantage resolution gave me - they had to use binoculars to find people to snipe, I just had to look for wiggling pixels.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 14, 2018, 08:44 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 21:06:
I'll take door number 3, Bob, and just ignore Salon entirely. Seriously, how fucking dumb are these companies. If they want people to whitelist than do the right things. Static ads. No takeovers, popups, autoloading video, yada yada yada. It's not rocket science. Had they done all this shit to begin with adblockers wouldn't even exist.

Takeovers are the main thing advertisers want, popups have been dead for over a decade (seriously, when did you last see a popup on a major site), autoloading videos are annoying as shit but are rarely ads and usually content so they don't get adblocked, yada yada yada. These days, people don't pay to serve static ads with no script behind it, because they want to target ads, and they want to track the performance of ads. Do you know how you sell ads today? Promise someone they'll be delivered to 5,000,000 18-34 year olds who are in-market, have a HHI of >$50,000, prefer XYZ brand, are interested in interstellar rollerskating, and be able to back all of this up by showing how many saw the ad, how many clicked the ad, if they converted to a lead/sale/whatever, where in the funnel they saw the ad, where in the funnel they left, and what other ads they saw.

It doesn't matter how popular your site is, if you can't offer that people will not give you money because they can't say what value they're getting for the money. They'll go somewhere they can.

What you say makes sense for someone in 2006, but less so today (no surprise, Cutter is loudly discussing things he isn't knowledgeable about.) For the most part, I have ad blockers on each browser at home, and use each. I do not have ad blockers at work. I see extremely little difference. The sites you need adblockers on these days are the ones that you wouldn't go to at work, maybe shouldn't, anyway.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2018, 08:39 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 21:23:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:58:
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:31:
Blame capitalism. It was bought out by Cerberus Capital, who took control using a leveraged buy out that gave Remington a debt of $1B for the privilege of being purchased. Cerberus then paid itself millions in management fees per year.
Ah, thanks for the information. It is simultaneously unsurprising and disappointing those kind of transactions still happen on a regular basis.

It's how Mitt Romney made his millions, although I've heard stories worse than what he did.

Bain was involved in TRU, but is generally one of the better PE firms. Its founders came from consulting, not banking, so they know more about fixing companies than about financially draining them. I mean, they still financially drain some companies, but being part of a company purchased by Bain isn't necessarily, or regularly, a bad thing.

There are good PE firms out there. There are just awful ones, too.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 18:05 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 16:01:
Watch McMafia. It's about how the capitalist-globalists interesect with crime in the 21st century and it's treated solely as business. Really excellent first season. Illustrates quite well the psychopathy involved in the business world.
I get all my education and interesect's about current events from a crime, drama, thriller, tv show, because you know FICTION.

Probably thinks most meth dealers are high school chemistry teachers with terminal cancer.

Nation Cruelly Reminded That It Once Had a President

His understanding of things like business really does read like he pays attention to fiction more than fact. He often attributes absolutely heinous intent on people who are more either misguided or incompetent. Heinous intent usually exists solely in fiction.

But, with these LBOs... the people responsible usually think they're doing something fine because it could work out, when in reality they're mostly guaranteeing it doesn't. They're operating under a delusion. Few people ever think they're bad, or detrimental. I mean, look who most often thinks everyone else here is a troll with no point.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 13:51 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 13:39:

The Vikings, Goths and Mongol Horde all wear three piece suits now; pillaging and raping without their victims even realizing they’ve been raided.

Barbarians at the Gate. Which, incidentally, is read as an example of how one man made tens of millions, and almost bilions, not how LBOs transferred that cash from the many to... one man.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 13:34 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 12:32:
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:31:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:51:
I thought this was kind of surprising:

Remington files for bankruptcy

figured all the gun makers were doing fine.

Blame capitalism. It was bought out by Cerberus Capital, who took control using a leveraged buy out that gave Remington a debt of $1B for the privilege of being purchased. Cerberus then paid itself millions in management fees per year.


How the fuck is this not illegal?

Read about Simmons Mattress whose employees were royally fucked. As the PE firm profited, the employees lost their pension plan.

It happened to Sealy Mattresses, too.

There are PE firms that do well. That do good for the economy. They buy poorly run companies, install new leadership, bring in learnings from elsewhere, find synergies with existing products in the portfolio, then sell them much healthier than they started (layoffs are inevitably part of this, but usually dead weight and overstaffing - the employees that need to go to turn a place around.) If you've ever watched The Profit on CNBS, that guy is a one man PE firm. In some episodes he really demonstrates the value he can add (ones where he doesn't gloss over that.)

But for every transaction like that, there are dozens of hundreds where the PE firm takes on no risk, pushing it all on the company itself and the lenders. The worst is when these companies get passed around, levered more and more, taking on more debt each time, making some jackass richer, until the company is ruined, goes through bankruptcy, and ultimately has the brand and any machinery sold to China, making an American company a Chinese one.

Again, Toys R Us is the current case. All of the articles talk about Amazon killing it, and Amazon did hurt it badly in Q4, but some of that was due to the negative press around the company. Toys R Us was actually plenty healthy and profitable if you discount the debt it was forced to take when it was acquired in a LBO. If not for that debt, debt it was forced to take in order to be bought by someone it didn't even want to be owned by, it'd have capital to fight Amazon. Instead, its hands are tied and it operates bare bones as it sees a company investing in innovation and marketing destroying its share.
 
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News Comments > Kingdom Come: Deliverance Launch Trailer
6. Re: Kingdom Come: Deliverance Launch Trailer Feb 13, 2018, 13:21 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 12:44:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:59:
The reviews are all middle based, I'll link some hilarious tidbits:

I can fly
Morrowwind Stealth lol
Spinny Stab moves
HUNTING REIMAGINED LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT
Moonwalk

All that aside, a bunch of people are saying it's better than skyrims release for bugs.

Oh dear. One to consider when it's out of figurative Early Access by the looks of it. I like the sound of what they're going for but it's pretty niche and £40 is a lot for something I might not like, never mind something that doesn't even work.

That's not moon walking - or is that the bug, that they're supposed to be?

The 10-rating user reviews on Metacritic (half of which mention "SJWs") point out this isn't a AAA game. Which is a really dumb thing to say, as it charges the same as a AAA game. Expectations are around pricing.

Still, this currently looks more like funny glitches, like Skyrim or RDR, not game-breaking ones. From the tiny bit I've looked into.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
11. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 13, 2018, 11:35 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:47:
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 09:14:
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 09:11:
Funny how there's not a peep out of all the "NOLAN BUSHNELL CAN NEVER GET AN AWARD HE WAS A MONSTER OMG" crowd now.

Was there a single person here who felt that way?

Oh my bad, I didn't specifically mean here, I meant in the wide ranges of the internet where all this fucking whining initially came from.

They may be making peeps. At least one is in that article.
But they never had wide support, because most people saw through the fact that no one complaining was involved, and no one involved was complaining.

Again, when the only face any media can find is Brianna Wu, things fall apart.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 13, 2018, 11:33 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
Sure he does. Youtube just obviously values money over morality. The fact that he has to lie about it only further proves that point.

She, and her point is mostly that it's hard to kick someone off a platform for violating rules that weren't published.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 11:31 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:51:
I thought this was kind of surprising:

Remington files for bankruptcy

figured all the gun makers were doing fine.

Blame capitalism. It was bought out by Cerberus Capital, who took control using a leveraged buy out that gave Remington a debt of $1B for the privilege of being purchased. Cerberus then paid itself millions in management fees per year.

No surprise, a company earning just under a billion per year is struggling to pay back the billion in debt it has, on top of those millions in management fees. Same issue TRU is having - it's a viable company, but the debt payoff is destroying it while gaining no benefits from the relationship that required the debt.

Incidentally, the billionaire that owns Remington also owns major defense contractors and was tapped by Trump to review all of our intelligence agencies. He donated millions to Trump. He's no friend of the companies he buys, and certainly not of the employees, of whom he famously transfers wealth from them to himself.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 13, 2018, 10:08 Beamer
 
Asmodai wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 02:24:
Ah Germany, fighting against a past as an authoritarian dictatorship by being an authoritarian dictatorship...

Remind me again why the 99 odd % who don't have a problem have to constantly be hemmed in for the smallest of minorities? Not that I'm a fan of loot boxes, but the freedom to piss your money away on bullshit should be yours. And then you have games that are only monetised through things like costume items or pay to go faster (eg. Path of Exile, 100% free for the total game, or Warframe where you can pick up blueprints for rare frames for cents worth of the prem currency). Nah, fuck em, right?

I'm sure you'd have no problem with society helping support those <1% when the mechanisms designed to take all of their money successfully take all of their money. Social programs, like welfare, food stamps, training programs, housing programs, etc.,
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
8. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 13, 2018, 09:14 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 09:11:
Funny how there's not a peep out of all the "NOLAN BUSHNELL CAN NEVER GET AN AWARD HE WAS A MONSTER OMG" crowd now.

Was there a single person here who felt that way? There were some who felt that attributing the wrongness of complaints about him to all of #metoo was wrong, but at least in that one large topic, no one seemed to say anything other than "this is dumb" about the Bushnell allegations.

I mean, they came from Brianna Wu. No one supports Brianna Wu's ideas.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Feb 10, 2018, 18:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2018, 17:12:
Fuck Youtube/Google. What else can you expect from such an evil scumbag corporation? You know how you punish them? Ban them. Outright. First time. There's no shortage of Youtube clowns that will replace them. It's a fucking assembly line and they're all so very easily replaceable. The fact that Youtube doesn't seem to grasp that simple fact shows how fucking stupid their management is as well as evil. That will actually make those little morons use what little grey matter that have and consider what they do before they post.




Your lack of irony is always impressive.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 10, 2018, 00:08 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 9, 2018, 20:52:
Are you fucking kidding me? Yeah, I forgot the police and military use pigs because they're so much better than dogs. It's really amazing to see a pig scale a 10 foot wall. Oh wait! And shepherds use pigs as well. Oh wait! And cows aren't plow animals. Some oxen are but so are horses and they have other uses that oxen don't. You can't even compare these animals in how some are far more indispensable to man as working companions vs what others provide in terms of food or resources to be used. So no, it's not just fucking picking on some and giving others a pass. Jesus, the outright stupidity of some of you is fucking mind boggling sometimes. Try actually THINKING for once.

You have little knowledge, less experience, and hate having your preconceived notions challenged more than anyone else. Explains so that, really.

What are you afraid of?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2018, 18:42 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 9, 2018, 17:42:
Relative intelligence and worth? A cow doesn't do anything except stand around and eat. Same with sheep, goats, etc. Dogs aren't just loyal companions, they work as well. Same with horses. So yeah, there are plenty of valid reasons why some animals are considered little more than food or for other uses and others are not. But it's like Jules said, "Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker."

Except for all the examples of cows solving problems and working together.

Pigs are even worse. They're a lot like dogs. They're also plenty affectionate.

I'm going to have a huge, super expensive steak from L'Atelier tonight. But I'm not going to deceive myself and say there's something lesser about cows than animals we won't eat.

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 8, 2018, 18:07 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Feb 8, 2018, 18:03:
many of whom are almost indistinguishable from each other,

What?
 
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News Comments > Scrolls Ending Next Week
8. Re: Scrolls Ending Next Week Feb 8, 2018, 09:49 Beamer
 
EricFate wrote on Feb 8, 2018, 08:26:
saluk wrote on Feb 8, 2018, 04:25:
I didn't even realize this game had come out, let alone that it might be good.

It wasn't. Even the most hardcore of Notch fans didn't do much more than mess around with it for an hour, set it aside, and never touch it again. They all went to Hearthstone instead.

Yet, according to some here, this is the biggest affront to gamers in the history of everything.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 7, 2018, 18:40 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 7, 2018, 18:24:
If I won the lottery, I'd give some to Blue so he could implement a comment like/dislike system.

Ha! I honestly don't know what dislikes would do to make things better, but it would be nice to be able to upvote someone that said something clever. Sometimes I'll post a "ha!" but sometimes something is clever but not clever to waste others' time with a pointless response telling them that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 6, 2018, 17:53 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 17:43:
Beamer wrote on Feb 6, 2018, 17:05:
What can boutique builders do about it? Why wouldn't they raise the price of the system - I've never seen such a policy. And there are no alternatives, so they can't go elsewhere. They have no power in this relationship right now - if they choose to buy less then they only hurt themselves.

There are few moving pieces. NVidia and AMD build cards. Those cards are selling like crazy. There are no competitors other than them. Anyone who is not happy has no repercussions to take on them to solve this. Demand is far outstripping supply, and there's little that can be done about it. The time and effort to build neutered cards would be pointless, because there's an excellent chance the bubble pops prior to that, they're already selling out their production capacity at higher prices, there's no threat of a lower priced product stealing their share, and would a neutered product that fails at mining be decent at gaming, anyway?

From this article on Gamespot:

While it's possible to find some high-end gaming GPUs near MSRP if you're vigilant, the windows of opportunity are small. One way to skirt around this issue if you are thinking about building a gaming PC with a new GPU is to buy a prebuilt system.

When we met with system vendor CyberPower PC at CES, the company revealed to us that it, along with many other system vendors, have strict GPU pricing guidelines. This effectively means they can't over-inflate the price of its systems based on the street prices of graphics cards.

I'm not going to comment further on this, I said my opinion, that's how I feel. What AMD and nVidia actually end up doing is up to them. From my point of view, it hurts the industry by putting profits over availability. Sure, they'd be stupid not to but it doesn't mean they should. *shrugs*

=-Rigs-=

They can't OVER-inflate. Those four letters that I emphasized kill your point. If anything, they LOVE what's going on right now. They can't OVER-inflate the price, but they can raise them. So what you're seeing is that GPUs are over-inflated in every marketplace, but priced at a reasonable markup at boutique builders. For one of the first times in a very long time, it's cheaper to have your PC built than to build it yourself.

This is very, very good for boutique builders, and has not hindered their margins at all. Not sure why you think they would. They're still selling those cards for a profit.
 
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