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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 13:59 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 13:46:
Beamer wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 13:24:
As I was saying in another thread a week or two ago, though, we'll all be replaced by robots. I doubt many people here couldn't be replaced by robots or AI at some point. Doubt many people at all. Actors? Replaceable. CEOs? Replaceable. Police? Replaceable (ED-209!)

The required several dozen AI breakthroughs are not something you gonna see in your lifetime though... AI may beat us at GO, but it sure as hell isn't capable of intelligent behavior, and we are still decades away from an AI that has a mental capacity on par with a dog.


As a start, if we have even 10% of the customer service reps in 10 years that we do now I'd be shocked.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 13:24 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 12:30:
Beamer wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 12:18:
Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 11:43:
Brain drain? More like put Americans back to work. This was a big part of why Trump won. We see no shortage of articles in the news where US workers are being canned and have to train their replacements in the process. As always there's never been any shortage of skilled workers, just greedy employers who don't want to pay people decently for their work.

For manufacturing, this simply isn't true. The US has a huge lack of manufacturing ability. It's been 30 years since these jobs started disappearing - that's an entire generation.

Not to say we couldn't get it back, but it would fumble. Fumble a lot. Numerous companies have tried doing manufacturing here and stopped because it was costlier than expected due to being far less efficient than overseas.

If anyone wants to be really angry at the state of US manufacturing, go read the Wikipedia article on Huffy bikes. Or find the articles on how Walmart bullied Rubbermaid into closing its US manufacturing, selling its machines overseas, then contracting with those buyers to make their product.

Actually, US manufacturing has shown a steady increase over the decades. It's at an all time high, but manufacturing isn't the issue. It's that all the jobs previously done manually have been replaced by automation. So, no jobs. And adding more factories won't help. A factory just doesn't need 1000s of workers today like it did in the 50s or even the 80s.

I mean, that's what I meant, right? A brain drain wouldn't involve automation, it involves people and jobs.

There was a great article in BusinessWeek back, maybe a decade ago, about why companies went to China. There was a great anecdote from a company mentioning that there was an issue with their production line and they needed a new screw. In the US, this would halt production while they sourced it, had the new factory make the mold, produce the screws, ship them, etc. Weeks, if not months.
In China, they just walked down the street, found another factory, gave them the screw, and had the screws to resume production the next day. So many factories, so many employees. And, let's be honest, corners were cut to get that screw made that wouldn't be cut here, but for the screw, it was ok.

At one of my former jobs, though, we were taking jobs out of China and sending them to Thailand. Why? Thailand was open more. The factories there had 4 8 hour shifts. Each week, one shift works morning, one evening, one graveyard, and one has off. 3 weeks on straight, one week off. No downtime. And no downtime for Chinese New Year.

At some point, robots will replace that. For this work, employees were cheaper than developing precision robots and then building them.

As I was saying in another thread a week or two ago, though, we'll all be replaced by robots. I doubt many people here couldn't be replaced by robots or AI at some point. Doubt many people at all. Actors? Replaceable. CEOs? Replaceable. Police? Replaceable (ED-209!)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 12:18 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 11:43:
Brain drain? More like put Americans back to work. This was a big part of why Trump won. We see no shortage of articles in the news where US workers are being canned and have to train their replacements in the process. As always there's never been any shortage of skilled workers, just greedy employers who don't want to pay people decently for their work.

For manufacturing, this simply isn't true. The US has a huge lack of manufacturing ability. It's been 30 years since these jobs started disappearing - that's an entire generation.

Not to say we couldn't get it back, but it would fumble. Fumble a lot. Numerous companies have tried doing manufacturing here and stopped because it was costlier than expected due to being far less efficient than overseas.

If anyone wants to be really angry at the state of US manufacturing, go read the Wikipedia article on Huffy bikes. Or find the articles on how Walmart bullied Rubbermaid into closing its US manufacturing, selling its machines overseas, then contracting with those buyers to make their product.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
91. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 23, 2016, 09:36 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 09:07:
BobBob wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 22:57:
Sanders hammered on Hillary non-stop until the end. Constantly accusing her of elitism and being a sell out to the corporations and banks - pretty much calling her crooked with a softened choice of words. He only turned 180 (in support of her) when he needed to be anti-Trump. Sander's anti-Hillary drum beating still resonates today. He basically handed over political ammunition to the Republican side and helped Trump win. He's as much to blame for Trump's massive support by the working class as is Hillary's complete alienation of them. But for some odd reason he's given a pass.

This is absurd. Sanders gave in at the appropriate time and spent the rest of the year stumping hard for her despite her not even putting him on the ticket. Clinton had billions of dollars behind her, every celebrity under the sun and practically every media outlet save Foxnews in her corner. Clinton's loss is entirely on her inability to connect with voters and total failure to provide a meaningful message (I'm With Her? Ok???) or provide any assurance that the working class could expect results with her. People keep championing the "popular vote" which makes me laugh, she should have done considerably better with all of that behind her.

We'll never know if Sanders could've beaten Trump or not but he is not to blame for Clinton. For the record I think Sanders could've knee capped Trump and given a viable alternative to working class voters disaffected with Clinton. Speaking for myself I would've voted for him.

Someone got angry at me elsewhere for saying this, but yes. "I'm with Her" said something about the voter, and, to Sanders' point, all it said about Hillary was "her."

"Hope and Change" told you what Obama would do for you. "Make America Great Again" told you what Trump would do for you. Beyond this, people knew, or had ideas, of what their platforms were. Trump made his awful platform very well known. Obama did a good job with his.

Outside of "Her," Hillary did a terrible job. She couldn't keep up with Trump in that regard, and couldn't get far enough past "emails" to really have a message. This could absolutely be because the American voter was too stupid to understand what she planned to do when it wasn't in a 5 word sound bite, but... she lacked a strong message of any form.

Still beats "Jeb!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2016, 13:21 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 11:35:
Where DID Lee Harvey Oswald learn to shoot?

Jesus, the stuff people on the internet will believe.

Listen, I'm here to tell you the real facts. Indisputable. None of this bullshit the lamestream media or those "people" in Hollywood want you to believe, with their agendas.

The simple facts are that the NSA will build a time machine in 2042. They'll use this time machine to go back to find Oswald, take him to 1993, train him how to shoot via hours of playing DOOM on a LAN, then drop him back off in his own time to kill JFK.

Pure, simple, flawless logic based on facts.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Nov 22, 2016, 13:18 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 12:46:
nin wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 11:22:
They must have taken a beating trying to go up against COD and BF1.

The utter, utter imbecile at EA who decided "Hey, let's release it a week after BF1 and right before CoD" should get fired. Sadly, because it's EA, he probably got a big fat bonus.

I was thinking about biting for 30 bucks on Origin, but eh, I got plenty to play, and it seems to be a ~ 5 hour campaign and already dying mp numbers, so nah.

The concept of Holiday being a huge needed push for video games is eroding, much like the concept of Summer for movies. We've repeatedly seen "Summer" movies have huge openings earlier and earlier, in March these days. And, with games, we see huge games come in April.

Which isn't to say Holiday isn't important, but as we consolidate down (and we are consolidating down in both movies and video games, as it costs too damn much for the AAA titles to not try to reach huge audiences), there can only be one or three winners. Trying to compete is suicide.

Had Titanfall come out in say, March, when people who went BF1 or CoD had had two or three months of killing and were feeling it was repetitive, it would probably have done better. So yeah, I agree with you, it went for old thinking and is being killed for it.

Not to mention, Titanfall seems more like a "gift for me" purchase than a "gift for someone else" purchase. But maybe I'm so far away from being 15 that I don't understand that anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2016, 21:22 Beamer
 
peteham wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 19:27:
The problem with most non-Nexus Android devices is that you can't remove pre-installed apps like Facebook unless you root the thing. The best you can do is disable it.

Disabling it will prevent it from running, and then save your battery life.

So it's annoying, but not going to damage your battery.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
46. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2016, 18:38 Beamer
 
AngelicPenguin wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 14:22:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 13:24:
Nice try to shift

Says the guy talking about a Clinton scandal in an article about Trump.

Seriously. And, as someone else pointed out, Clinton lost. Her career is done. Over.

But she's still a great distraction for people who can't discuss how awful Trump is without discussing how awful Clinton also is. As if her awfulness matters anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2016, 11:11 Beamer
 
Angrius Maximis wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 11:08:
Meh I'd rather focus on all the money bilked by the Clinton Foundation

http://observer.com/2016/08/the-six-clinton-foundation-scandals-everyone-needs-to-know/

I mean, those don't involve someone currently in government, let alone President, do they?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2016, 10:54 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 10:47:
I never use apps like the Facebook app or the Youtube app for example. Their websites work great on phones and are full featured. Why would I waste space, cpu, battery and start time with these apps?

Nor do I. On Android, there are perfectly good wrappers for the mobile sites that add functionality without eating battery.

Also, for those Spectacles, I'm totally getting a pair. Not sure when, as I no longer work near the, the lines are insane, and they've been selling out. Also, I hate Snapchat. But my parents constantly complain that we never take photos (and they're getting old), so these could be fun to have around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 21, 2016, 10:38 Beamer
 
Someone not seeing "wearables" becoming a thing is really limited in their view of the future.

Then again, I've argued here with people about self driving cars becoming a thing. We're old to the point that we no longer see obvious changes coming. At some point, tech and sensors will be so small and cheap they'll be on everything. And, while you may have a central processing unit on you (possibly, but probably not) as a main device, the thought of removing a device from a pocket to interact with things will seem as quaint as rewinding a VHS before getting in your car and returning it to a Blockbuster.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 21, 2016, 10:30 Beamer
 
Hmm.

I hate scenarios, but also hate empty sandboxes. Any time I've played a game like this, I've most enjoyed a sandbox with economics.

Then again, most of my time in a game like this was in SC2000, in which I possibly never did a single scenario, but had enough fun making a successful city in sandbox mode. I did RCT 1 and/or 3, and enjoyed it, but still think I preferred making a successful park over a successful park per someone else's conditions.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Patch Complaints
13. Re: Battlefield 1 Patch Complaints Nov 21, 2016, 10:28 Beamer
 
Jackplug wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 08:02:
Star Shitizen

Did Luke register a new username?
 
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News Comments > Remedy Teases Something
5. Re: Remedy Teases Something Nov 18, 2016, 10:19 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 08:09:
Maybe a new Max Payne that isn't set in Brazil with an old, fat, bald guy as a protagonist?

Remedy no longer owns Max Payne and had nothing to do with 3.
 
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News Comments > RollerCoaster Tycoon World Rolls Out
31. Re: RollerCoaster Tycoon World Rolls Out Nov 17, 2016, 23:04 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 20:15:
Right, I really wasn't arguing which is better, but wherever either gets mentioned there is immediate consistent message as if it is being targeted. Just seemed like something that was standing out from the norm.

By people that have been posting here as long as you.

Do you think there was some Frontier Software signup that you missed, and now you're missing a paycheck? Do you think they're paying a half dozen people to post on Blues? How much do you think we're getting per post?

Or is it just that three nearly identical games are coming out at the same time, one of which is much inferior to the other two, so comparisons are frequently made.

Hey, how come when Batman v Superman came out, people kept comparing it to The Avengers? Must be paid shills!
 
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News Comments > RollerCoaster Tycoon World Rolls Out
27. Re: RollerCoaster Tycoon World Rolls Out Nov 17, 2016, 19:45 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 17:49:
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 11:29:
One thing that has become apparent, there seems to be a group of people going out of their way to dump hard on RollerCoaster Tycoon World and singing praise of perfection for Planet Coaster. I have no doubt that one can be bad and one can be good, but it seems a bit uncanny, a bit fabricated in feel.

But it is ireally not fabricated, Atari fucked up development of RTCW so hard that what we are left with is a broken mess, they released it prematurely just to compete with Planet Coaster, which is imo a HUGE dick-move by Atari, because, I might have to repeat that, the early access period for RTCW was a scam no active development or listening to feedback. What was released today is nearly the same as what was shown first thing on EA as beta.

And does it really surprise you that the cynical posters here would jump on something like that? And ATARI being a total dick to top it off....

I'm not even cynical. I just watched that video (rare for me, I hate videos, but comparing 3 products is interesting), and, lo and behold, it was pretty obvious how much more limited RCTW was than the other two. The video was very focused on making things pretty, as I think I said, detail and depth that may be annoying, and focused very little on actual gameplay, but what it showed was a huge, huge discrepancy.

Of course, it did not show gameplay, just window dressing. I'd never spend more than 30 seconds lighting something if it has zero function other than aesthetics.
 
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News Comments > RollerCoaster Tycoon World Rolls Out
6. Re: GeForce Drivers for Fallout 4, Legacy of the Void, & Battlefront Nov 16, 2016, 22:11 Beamer
 
Someone posted a video comparison of this, Parkitect, and Planet Coaster the other day.

Basically, Parkitect is like old school RCT exactly, Planet Coaster is it brought into a modern generation with a ton of really interesting features that may just be timesucks, and this was a giant, heaping pile of trash that bounced between numerous devs.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
63. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 15, 2016, 14:11 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 13:46:
Yeah, BobBob, that's the spin. But in reality, the vast majority of programs don't teach people to think. And what I was actually directing my ire towards is the requirements which are supposed to provide the "well-rounded" education you are referring to, but most of the time are nothing but a total waste of time and effort.

Yes, there is some value in taking courses outside your main field of study. But the emphasis on this is too great. And sometimes is down right stupid.

An example: I investigated a degree completion program at the local community college. The program allowed you to take courses which were consider to be the same as taking courses at an area four year university. So, this is a program specifically designed at evening, adult learners, finishing a 4 year degree, in the center of the US (Illinois). Yet the Computer Science curriculum has a requirement for 4 years of a foreign language. Dumbfounding.

If it required a foreign language, it was a BA, not a BS - many schools offer both options for CS. And this isn't a bad thing. Being able to demonstrate language proficiency is becoming increasingly important in nearly all fields.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
58. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 15, 2016, 09:36 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 09:30:
Oh and for the record, my personal belief is a four year degree is over valued for most career paths. For specific careers, yes it is really needed -- for say, civil engineers or medical careers. But for decades I have considered 4 year degrees as simply "proof" you can push your way through bullshit to achieve a goal. For a large majority of careers nothing you learn in school is really applicable.

As true as this may be, if you're hiring for a role and you receive a few hundred resumes, it's an easy way to weed some of them out. Sure, they may be as qualified, but when others have, as you say, proof, then it's easy. Someone else has already vetted them and found them acceptable. If you trust that someone else, you can save yourself hours.
 
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News Comments > Does Watch Dogs 2 Include a Sneaky Game Reveal?
10. Re: Does Watch Dogs 2 Include a Sneaky Game Reveal? Nov 14, 2016, 15:55 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 15:26:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 13:32:
NKD wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 12:19:

Unsurprisingly Polygon found the presence of guns and the ability to do bad things incredibly 'problematic' and 'gross'.


Which for any other game would be laughable, but read up on the basic story premise and you'll understand why it's not just problematic, but completely insane in the context of the story.

Crime AI flags someone with 86% probability to be the next jerkface 2.0
jerkface 2.0 fights this because he feels it's not right
jerkface 2.0 becomes a murdering terrorist to prove he is not a murdering terrorist???
Crime AI correctly flagged jerkface 2.0

Which makes for an extremely questionable "moral of the story" if you were being flippant, you could even construct that Ubisoft promotes terrorism, well, depending on how the story ends.

This was a big problem with WD1, the protagonist was supposed to be a good guy but the writing was so bad and the gameplay so unimaginative, there was a massive disconnect between what we saw/did and what we were told to think. Polygon can get rather hand-wringy but this just looks like they have standards for story telling.

I can't read the review, but most of the comments I saw on reddit tended to either go "Polygon is the worst, I don't even need to read this to know that" or "Polygon has a point, there are some issues with this story, and they still gave it an 8/10 so it isn't like they did some huge injustice to it."

Open world games will often have this issue - it's really hard to give us someone taking a moral high ground when we spend so much of our free time in the game mercilessly and pointlessly killing civilians and police officers. Some games will try to draw the line that all the police officers are bad, and Saints Row goes hypercartoonish and creates a world where these kinds of people are celebrated and the size of the bodycount is directly proportionate to the celebrity status and the endorsement offers.

But otherwise? It's hard to be serious, and take moral high ground, and encourage us to go on senseless killing sprees by making it fun as hell. This doesn't make a good game bad, but it make any game feel a bit weird at times.
 
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