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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
10. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 3, 2017, 21:27 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 20:46:
Beamer wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 10:56:
fishingtime wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 10:49:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 21:09:
Dacote wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 11:10:
How much did the tRump foundation donate? Oh snap, nevermind.

He actually pledged $1M, but whether he follows through remains to be seen. He nearly always pledges a lot to charity for the headlines, then never delivers, or delivers a fraction. Been documented many times.

That is not true at all

would you believe it more if Alex Jones screamed it?

Heh. The Washington Post: that's fake news, donchaknow.

And, confronted with documentation that threatens his beliefs that are based in nonsense, fishingtime was never seen again.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
6. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 3, 2017, 10:56 Beamer
 
fishingtime wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 10:49:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 21:09:
Dacote wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 11:10:
How much did the tRump foundation donate? Oh snap, nevermind.

He actually pledged $1M, but whether he follows through remains to be seen. He nearly always pledges a lot to charity for the headlines, then never delivers, or delivers a fraction. Been documented many times.

That is not true at all

would you believe it more if Alex Jones screamed it?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
10. Re: Saturday Mobilization Sep 3, 2017, 10:12 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 02:08:
killer_roach wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 01:54:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 23:18:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 15:14:
Sometimes it's what they say.
"We hope to use AI in our phones to have more learning capabilities ... together with big data, we will be able to understand consumer habits...," Lee told ZDNet.
It's no longer spying on you, your habits and what you do if it's in your hand.

At least they are honest about it... and let's face it, a proper AI needs to know and understand your habits to be.. well.. intelligent. Although I guess this limits what you can or should do with your phone, especially when it starts to call the cops on you for a suspected "criminal habit" o.O Or refuses to call the ambulance when you injure yourself in an illegal act...

Odds are they would probably glean insights from this data based on your internet activity generated from this AI - not only that way does it show them what sort of information was actually relevant to you, but it likely makes it easier for them to modify their own privacy statements.

I still wonder where in this elaborate setup the AI makes them (the few corporations can can afford to develop one) money though... Selling your data sounds like a really bad idea, since it would give competitors AI the tools to compete with the original fancy AI. So how would they make an AI a part of their monetization?

I mean, Google isn't doing much selling your data, just selling access to people with certain data profiles.

No one can go to Google and say "I want to know what eRe4s3r is doing between 4pm and 6pm every day" or "I want to know what brand toasters eRe4s3r is buying," but they can say "I own a restaurant and want to show happy hour ads to people who walk by every day between 4pm and 6pm."

I never fully understand some of the huge anger towards this. I've seen people complain along the lines of "oh great, so they can take more data and show me more ads!" You're getting the ads, anyway, may as well be better ads for you individually. You're still going to ignore 99.9% of them.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
5. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Sep 3, 2017, 10:07 Beamer
 
MeanJim wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 19:19:
Creston wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 10:48:
Why on earth would you ever put your PHONE NUMBER on a social media website???

I don't use Instagram, so I may be wrong, but don't you have to use an app on your phone for this? If so, they didn't put their phone number on the site, it was harvested by the app.

No, most people put their phone number, for "security."
Apps can only harvest what you give them permission to, anyway.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 2, 2017, 14:49 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 14:25:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2017, 09:58:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 21:36:
Beamer wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 16:36:
MrBone wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 10:43:
So, if someone doesn't follow the group-think, it becomes hate-speech. Brilliant idea, comrades.

I mean, this is directly calling Nazism hate speech. You're arguing slippery slope for calling Nazi propaganda hate speech?


And you think it's not a slippery slope to give IT companies the definition power over what is racism and what isn't?

I mean, if a court has to decide what is or isn't and THEN it gets censored, fair enough. But as I understand this goes a lot further than that, and has absolutely ZERO legal checks.

A court can hit you with sanctions, potentially criminal.

A corporation can choose not to do business with you. We've had this discussion, and you were the one who kept spitting out slippery slope arguments while claiming they weren't slippery slope, right? Who kept saying "but what if?!" then saying it wasn't a slippery slope argument?

The full force of your intellectual ability... amounts to trying to ad-hominem me because I look at possibility consequences in the future because I see a threat of these incentives to free-speech. Very impressive Of course, you also basically defended racial segregation just now. Only now it ain't race, now it is opinions that don't match your ideology.

I guess Mr Bone was right, all hail the group-think.

Which ad-hom did I use, specifically? I see no ad-homs. However, you did go with "the full force of your intellectual ability," which is an attempt at a subtle one, so...

Also amusing that you give credence to the ad-hom fallacy but not the slippery slope one. Again, this is corporations not wanting to do business with white supremacists. That seems perfectly reasonable. Your attempts to make it a slippery slope and "racial segregation" are just odd. I'm not accusing you of being a white supremacist by defending these, so stop with it.

The bottom line is a company doesn't want to do business with white supremacists, and it shouldn't, and somehow you turn this into wrong-think slippery slopes. White supremacy is far beyond "wrong think."

And if you want to be taken seriously, stop whining about fallacies while using them, not only other ones but the specific one you're whining about.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 2, 2017, 09:59 Beamer
 
fishingtime wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 23:42:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 21:41:
fishingtime wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 19:45:
Joe Rogan sells Onnit and Alpha Brain, John Oliver sells his dignity
I'd sell magazine subscriptions to pay for your meds if I thought it would help. Seriously dude, seek help

Can you be more specific? What should I tell first responders?

"I lost my meds and blindly follow conspiracy theories, incorrectly thinking that the fewer people know about something the more likely to be accurate it is."
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 2, 2017, 09:58 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 21:36:
Beamer wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 16:36:
MrBone wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 10:43:
So, if someone doesn't follow the group-think, it becomes hate-speech. Brilliant idea, comrades.

I mean, this is directly calling Nazism hate speech. You're arguing slippery slope for calling Nazi propaganda hate speech?


And you think it's not a slippery slope to give IT companies the definition power over what is racism and what isn't?

I mean, if a court has to decide what is or isn't and THEN it gets censored, fair enough. But as I understand this goes a lot further than that, and has absolutely ZERO legal checks.

A court can hit you with sanctions, potentially criminal.

A corporation can choose not to do business with you. We've had this discussion, and you were the one who kept spitting out slippery slope arguments while claiming they weren't slippery slope, right? Who kept saying "but what if?!" then saying it wasn't a slippery slope argument?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 1, 2017, 16:36 Beamer
 
MrBone wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 10:43:
So, if someone doesn't follow the group-think, it becomes hate-speech. Brilliant idea, comrades.

I mean, this is directly calling Nazism hate speech. You're arguing slippery slope for calling Nazi propaganda hate speech?

Let's save the "but what if!" for when something happens, because we can argue "but what if!" about literally every decision anyone ever made. "He ate a bag of doritos, but what if he'd eaten his dog!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 1, 2017, 12:23 Beamer
 
fishingtime wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 12:12:
Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region.

So Alex Jones was right again?

Nope, because he calls it a conspiracy, yet, weirdly, no one denies that this happens.

Lots of estrogen in our water, too. Stuff gets peed out... but not a conspiracy. Alex Jones has literally never been right. He occasionally gets the what, which is easy because it's in the news all the time, but he's literally never once gotten the why.
 
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News Comments > QUAKE Development History Dispute
41. Re: QUAKE Development History Dispute Sep 1, 2017, 09:02 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 1, 2017, 02:01:
SirKnight wrote on Aug 31, 2017, 17:17:




So much of this made me go WTF it's not even funny.

Edit: And by 'so much of this' I mean 100% of this...wow

Uh, UT 2004 is the highwater mark of 90s FPS design. There's nothing better.

Disagreed. It was better than 2k3, which I thought was actually pretty bad (albeit only playing the demo, which I remember made me laugh a lot how when you scored a goal in the one mode you immediately ragdolled, something new in games), but the vehicles felt terrible to me.

Now here's the really unpopular decision - at the time, I disliked it because I was playing Halo on the PC, and the vehicles in that were just infinitely better.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
61. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 30, 2017, 09:20 Beamer
 
Why in the world would a company making billions a year, for basically no work, take an enormous risk? And it isn't a financial risk, at this point next to nothing is a financial risk to Valve, but a goodwill risk.

EA and Activision, sure, they can take financial risks. Valve is at such a point that developing games is such a secondary income stream that no dev investment would be even remotely risky. Beyond that, they're private, and I believe wholly owned without an outside board, so they can do whatever the hell they want without answering to anyone.

And taking this another step, virtually anything with "HL3" on it will recoup dev investment and then some. It's probably the single safest development bet outside of a new Mario, new Zelda, and new GTA. Possibly higher than some of those.

No, it's a goodwill risk, in that it is essentially guaranteed to make the tiny little peabrained children that think they are entitled to the exact HL3 vision they have in their head freak out. CJ will be here whining about the same stuff he always whines about, every Valve game will get negative reviews on every platform, and any dev at Valve will have to delete their social media due to death threats coming in because they dared change something some immature asshole thinks was sacred.

Why would anyone mess with that? It isn't cowardice, as mentioned, it's guaranteed money.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Aug 28, 2017, 22:16 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 21:43:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 21:23:
Vs stringing your consumer base along for over a decade, suggesting that HL3 was still in the works but never once saying 'yay or nay'?

Least players are making a statement, but they would settle for an official statement.

Haha, sure, because gamers are such a pleasant and reasonable crowd.

To paraphrase someone in one of the HL3 threads last week, if you've somehow been strung along for over a decade without any official statement, grow up.

I don't even think they've strung anyone along.

Valve learned, more than any other company, communicating anything not 100% set in stone to your fans is a bad idea, because in this industry above all, people take everything very personally and feel a weird ownership over the games they've enjoyed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 28, 2017, 18:28 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 18:22:
There was a exec who had an op ed in the NY Times a few years ago who said the rich need to be taxed more and the wealth redistributed because broader wealth distribution makes for a stronger more robust economy than concentrating it in the rich. "Tax me more!" isn't something you hear from a C level exec very often. Of course he pointed out that you can't rely on people to voluntarily pay more because almost nobody would and nothing would change.

Buffet and Gates are huge proponents of this, too, and I wholly agree.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 28, 2017, 18:04 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 14:30:
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 13:00:
Another phony liberal CEO who claims he loathes the GOP but has zero problem with exploiting workers and not paying taxes. When will thee clowns learn that public posturing doesn't make a lick of difference when what you actually practice is diametrically opposed to what you preach.


So you suggest they pay more taxes than they're supposed to?

I never, ever understand this argument. Is it even possible to do this? Someone can oppose the tax system and still pay exactly how much they're supposed to. Not to mention, if you pay more than you're supposed to, the board will send you out on your ass.

This is a child's argument. It's like expecting someone who thinks the designated hitter rule is idiotic to refuse to use a designated hitter when playing AL games, giving a huge advantage to competitors...

Did you even read the article?

Sure, did you? It mentions nothing about taxation. At all. Cutter, who is more a selfinterestedatarian than anyone I've ever met, just loves to bleat this old crap about people who think taxes should be increased need to pay more. Someone here, almost definitely him, once said I should pay more if I think taxes should be raised.

It's a childish, moronic thing to say. Which, I mean, Cutter... Not to mention, if he means corporate taxes, Uber has a board. The Board would need to decide that. If the CEO tried on his own, he'd be fired immediately.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
14. Re: Sunday Metaverse Aug 28, 2017, 14:33 Beamer
 
Not surprised - the recruiters hitting me most in the past 4 months have been alcohol companies - nearly every major alcohol manufacturer has spoken to me. They're expecting eCommerce to really pick up for them.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 28, 2017, 14:30 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 13:00:
Another phony liberal CEO who claims he loathes the GOP but has zero problem with exploiting workers and not paying taxes. When will thee clowns learn that public posturing doesn't make a lick of difference when what you actually practice is diametrically opposed to what you preach.


So you suggest they pay more taxes than they're supposed to?

I never, ever understand this argument. Is it even possible to do this? Someone can oppose the tax system and still pay exactly how much they're supposed to. Not to mention, if you pay more than you're supposed to, the board will send you out on your ass.

This is a child's argument. It's like expecting someone who thinks the designated hitter rule is idiotic to refuse to use a designated hitter when playing AL games, giving a huge advantage to competitors...
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
52. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 28, 2017, 10:48 Beamer
 
I do have to agree with whomever said it - the story is underwhelming.

I get that video game stories often are, it's how they're told not what they're telling, and boiling them down to a few paragraphs of text on a single page would make most seem basic and inconsequential, but... initially I read it and was excited to see the familiar names, and while I disliked the ending, I put that on it just being that he was working in commentary on Valve (does this mean there is active work on an Alyx spinoff? Haha!) But, thinking back, yeah, it does kind of go nowhere with little happening in between. It feels like something thin connecting setpieces, which most games plots are, but you hope for more in HL. I think, also, HL was always this way, it just had really strong fiber as the little details added in.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
19. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 25, 2017, 13:27 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 12:00:
Valve has no respect for the HL franchise so why should I? Fuck that game.

I was going to comment that duh, you have no respect for anything, but realized that's wrong. You have enormous respect for intangible, pointless things (i.e., your own opinion of what something should be), and absolutely zero respect for actual products and, more importantly, the people that made them.

Were HL3 to come out, you'd inevitably make a thousand posts about how terrible it was from the moment it was announced, and how stupid the people making it are and the people anticipating it or enjoying it are.

You're likely a big reason why there is no HL3. The original team got paid enough that they didn't need the trouble of angry fans telling them how awful their game is. The new people at Valve don't need anyone telling them they ruined the legacy. So it's better to let HL2 stay as it is, fondly remembered (though there are some that still say it was far inferior to HL), especially when it isn't needed for the good of the company.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?
8. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed? Aug 25, 2017, 11:23 Beamer
 
Nailbender wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 10:14:
OK people, this is all the HL3 we're going to get.

Yup, the final paragraph is clearly about valve.

Given how well Dota and cs do, along with Steam, and how the response to nearly any game with higher than modest expectations is immediate and vulgar backlash, I get why they wouldn't want to return. They don't need the money, they can't live up to expectations, and there'd likely only be misery. Nothing could live up to the expectations. Maybe a decade ago, not now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 24, 2017, 12:16 Beamer
 
Most won't be robots. AI will be able to do most white collar jobs, too.  
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