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News Comments > Out of the Blue
65. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 22:11 Beamer
 
"A slight dozen digits more" is confusing.

A dozen digits more than two ($15) would be 14 digits. I don't think you're earning 10 trillion dollars an hour, right? If so, we have more serious issues, haha.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 29, 2016, 19:21 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 19:17:
It knows which company I work at

Of course it does, how could it NOT know? Every company in that building is probably running it's own wifi network with an IP tied directly to their corporate address. Even if you aren't connected to it the phone knows it's available to connect to and stronger than the others. Go there 5 or 6 times and it's a pretty reasonable guess that the 7th time you go there you weren't visiting a different floor. Metadata collection is getting crazy and it doesn't even have to include anything that would be considered "dangerous personal information" to identify you anymore.

I'm not arguing with you, try not to read every post that way.

The reason I posted is that you seem to think that just because MS doesn't already have this app that they aren't building it. MS simply hasn't finished theirs yet. Cortana is basically MS's Google Now/Siri competitor and it already does quite a bit of the metadata collection the way GNow does (if you ever turn it on in W10, don't).

I wouldn't underestimate the data-collection capabilities of the company that hosts 50million+ paid corporate O365 subs and uncountable free school/trials/etc subs, Plus Hotmail/Outlook.com/Azure/etc.

MS is and never has been lacking for data collection abilities, they simply never had to to monetize it until now (and we are really only assuming they are actually doing that with W10).


I know you're not arguing with me, but you're telling me what I already know and already said.

And while MS has never lacked for data collection, they're behind Google. And, as you mentioned, they've never monetized it, or monetized it well, unlike Google.

So, given that the original statement starting this was that Google and Apple were evil before Microsoft was, this is the evidence I'm using to confirm what that person said. Google collects more data, and uses more with it, including an enormous amount of selling it. Microsoft has access to the same data points, but is behind Google and not doing anything with it, including selling it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
54. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 18:22 Beamer
 
In fairness to Walmart, JD, that was gross profit. Operating Income was much lower... still $24 billion.

And yes, they're very responsible for the low wages and for how much upward mobility has diminished in much of the country.
 
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45. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 16:59 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 14:00:
I can see there is passion for and against this. I'm glad we had this discussion. It's been bothering me and I needed to vent a little. Even though I may not agree your reasoning I do respect your point of view.

I get where you're coming from, with "I worked hard to get where I am, why should they just be lifted there? It diminishes both my sacrifices then and my experience and abilities now." It's like the guy in Seattle who increased every employee to $70k. He lost some good employees because now they were making comparable to the janitor. In some ways, he could have avoided this by raising everyone something. In other ways, he'll replace some of those good employees with other good employees, while having something he's more proud of.

The thing is, I still feel you're looking at it wrong. You are looking at the people behind you and annoyed that, despite all your hard work, they're not as far behind as you feel they should be. They're having a better chance at living a better life. Instead, be annoyed at the people above you. It's their decisions, as they're the ones setting the market, that decide how much you get paid. Be annoyed at them that, despite your sacrifice and hard work, you're not earning more, putting more distance between yourself and a living wage.
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Mar 29, 2016, 16:55 Beamer
 
DarkCntry wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 16:36:
Beamer wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 15:46:
Per Blizzard, they didn't like it.

And, since they didn't, they're now up against an entirely different, but much louder and more focused, online hate mob, eh?

You know, I would've given Blizzard the benefit of the doubt with the change, but considering their history of releasing only when they want the quality to be just right, the idea that they'd push something that they deemed low-quality out, even in a beta state, is suspect.

It just seems coincidental that something suddenly gets reversed right after there is a huge outcry from a handful of people and somehow we're supposed to believe that it was Blizzard's idea to remove it all along? Hell, it is not like these things are done and immediately implemented right after completion or else I could see the point of view.

I guarantee plenty of art changes from beta to full release.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 29, 2016, 15:50 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 15:13:
You are carrying around a fucking GPS tracking device... why on Earth would you have to tell it where you've been? All of those features are from Google Now and work off of your location history. You can disable it if you choose to.

MS is just as capable of finding this out from a MS phone's GPS history too... but they don't really have an equivalent to "Google Now" yet that combines your metadata in useful ways.

Google Now goes beyond just GPS. It knows which company I work at. There are numerous companies in this building. Using the other information it has about me, it can piece together which one, specifically, it is. Without asking questions.

When I go to a mall, or two stores close to each other, it knows where I am, to a degree beyond the ability of Verizon's GPS to narrow down where I am. It's that specific.

And yes, MS can do this. As I mentioned. But they don't. Google is the one tracking this. You can turn it off, but I'd wager Google is still paying attention to where you go, just like your provider 100% is.

But the point is Google is more capable of evil than MSFT right now because it has the data. And is using the data. And it exists as a data company to monetize that data. Microsoft would love to do this, but data isn't their main product so they're far behind.

All of which I'd said... right?
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Mar 29, 2016, 15:46 Beamer
 
Tumbler wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 14:51:
That blizzard thing is surreal to watch. It felt like they ran from that criticism screaming and I can only assume that on the inside of game development they are terrified of being the target of an online hate mob. (SJW's)

To the consumer that mob looks like a bunch of crybabies complaining about everything but I guess companies that put millions of dollars into ideas like this they feel like these twitter campaigns can shape the future of their game?

That's pathetic. Am I too believe that if this criticism had gone viral and the SJW's descended on twitter screaming misogyny, rape, death threats, all the good stuff, then the public at large would have bought it and turned their nose up at Overwatch?!

Blizzard is practically immune from that kind of criticism. If anyone should be able to just ignore it and move on I'd expect it to be them.

The fuck is going on over there?

Per Blizzard, they didn't like it.

And, since they didn't, they're now up against an entirely different, but much louder and more focused, online hate mob, eh?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 13:20 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:17:
Beamer wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:10:
You're looking at this wrong. Don't blame them. Blame the people not paying you enough.

Pretty sure you missed the part where I wrote "I feel this is very unfair to those of us who worked at minimum wage jobs but decided to better ourselves by learning a skill and now we have good paying jobs". I have a good paying job. It's a job that requires a certain type of skill not everyone can do. I don't want to be on the same financial level as a burger flipper and lettuce stuffer. It's incredibly insulting. Minimum wage needs to remain minimum wage so people can take a hint and go learn some marketable skills.

1) How do you know they're not also working to get better?

2) Yes, we get it, you don't want to be on the same financial level as people you feel are inferior to you. Why is this their problem and not the problem of the guy deciding what you make? Why are you trying to give them a ceiling and not annoyed about your own floor?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Way to go California. Mar 29, 2016, 13:19 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:15:
Beamer wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:13:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:09:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 11:49:
California raises minimum wage to $15 an hour.

That's awesome, more states need to raise the minimum wage. It can only benefit everyone!

Indeed. The economy runs on money being spent. When more people have money to spend, the economy is healthier and we all make more money.

The problem with a superrich class leaving everyone behind is that they earn more money than they can ever spend. Someone earned $850MM last year. 1 guy, in 1 year, earned more than he can ever spend. If you give 1 guy $850MM he'll spend, what, maybe 20 million of it?

If you give, say, 400 guys $2MM they'll probably spend at least $200MM of it. Probably more. That's a lot more money in the economy, fueling growth, fueling businesses.

That $850MM is the equivalent of 27,500 minimum wage jobs at $15/hr. If you split it that way, you'd probably have $700MM in the economy. Businesses would thrive.
It's just simple economics and it's about time.

Yup, but so few can think that way. They think about the salary on their contract as money they have a right to, and get angry at anything being taken. They rail against tax increases even when those increases are usually aimed at people making more than them.

And, in reality, a good tax plan would increase taxes on all of us, but increase it so much on the top that incomes spread around, so the average American may end up paying 10% more in taxes, but if they're earning 30% more (picking numbers out of a hat) they're actually keeping more at the end of the year.

Honestly, if I had to do it, I'd consider cutting income tax to next to nothing (capital gains would be there) and instead tax the corporations. Someone signs a $40,000 contract, they get to keep all $40,000, but the corporation is paying $20,000 to the government for that employee. Again, picking numbers out of a hat.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Way to go California. Mar 29, 2016, 13:16 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:13:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:09:
That's awesome, more states need to raise the minimum wage. It can only benefit everyone!

No it can't. When you walk into a pizza place expect to pay $40 for large pizza, or $12 for a Happy Meal. Companies are going to make the public (you and me) pay for their employee's $15 per hour increase. It's not coming out of their bottom line.

Yeah, and if your salary also goes up, you can afford this.

You're just being bitter that people you feel are inferior to you are making close to what you have. Again, be angry that people that feel you're inferior to them aren't paying you what you should be worth, given how inflation has gone.

Your line of work is probably paid comparably to what it was 15 years ago, even though $1 15 years ago is worth $1.40 now. Has your pay kept up with inflation?

Why not?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Way to go California. Mar 29, 2016, 13:13 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:09:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 11:49:
California raises minimum wage to $15 an hour.

That's awesome, more states need to raise the minimum wage. It can only benefit everyone!

Indeed. The economy runs on money being spent. When more people have money to spend, the economy is healthier and we all make more money.

The problem with a superrich class leaving everyone behind is that they earn more money than they can ever spend. Someone earned $850MM last year. 1 guy, in 1 year, earned more than he can ever spend. If you give 1 guy $850MM he'll spend, what, maybe 20 million of it?

If you give, say, 400 guys $2MM they'll probably spend at least $200MM of it. Probably more. That's a lot more money in the economy, fueling growth, fueling businesses.

That $850MM is the equivalent of 27,500 minimum wage jobs at $15/hr. If you split it that way, you'd probably have $700MM in the economy. Businesses would thrive.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 13:10 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:03:
BobBob wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 12:29:
PHJF wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 12:16:
Besides that, once AI has been well established and progress beyond humans (able to program itself) ... Your job may be seen as the new burger flipping

It already is the new burger flipping, or have you seriously not noticed the ongoing and extensive offshoring of computer science work to The East? The West had a good run at computer-related economies, but like manufacturing before it, businesses can and will shift to the cheapest labor. And it doesn't help the US having one of the worst and most expensive networking infrastructures.

It's unfortunate a person is judged by salary and position. For example, I'm reading a science fiction anthology and one of the best authors was a bus driver that wrote stories during long stops and his time off. He didn't make much doing either, but the stories are amazing and inspiring. Another famous author died in poverty, however some of the best science fiction movies are based on his stories. Can you guess who it was? So I wouldn't assume the 'burger flipper' is only flipping burgers. The person could be a struggling artist, musician, writer, or who knows what. It's not our place to judge. What if the burger flipper uses his/her time off to volunteer and help orphans or the elderly whereas as the programmer making 100k+ spends most his/her free time gaming, watching movies, and surfing the web. Who is the better person?

What's my point? If we push people to only strive for the high income positions we may lose someone who had the potential for artistic brilliance. There are a lot of struggling game developers too, running their own independent studios, and trying to make a groundbreaking game that may or may not succeed. In the meantime, I'm sure those people will have to work a low-wage, part-time, job to supplement in hopes of success; otherwise, all energy and time is spent working for someone else. If we don't support a people like that, no one will take risks or follow a dream.

On the other hand, will there be people who are content with low wage and doing nothing? Yes, of course, but it's better to allow them to live sustainably than to enter a life of crime or homelessness.

I've been told I sound more like a European than an American when talking socioeconomics.

"People who "settle" at minimum wage jobs basically gave up on life." That's the point. The people screaming for a $15 p/hour raise basically didn't think to better their circumstances. They didn't learn a trade and/or technical skills. So now the only jobs they're qualified to do is low income minimum wage. Poverty does amazing things to people. It forces them to evaluate their lot in life, especially if they have kids. It forces them to WORK hard to learn a skill so that they can get themselves out of a minimum wage job. But if you make the minimum wage $31k per year there's no incentive to upgrade. Worse, they feel now that they got $15 they are entitled to $20.

I feel this is very unfair to those of us who worked at minimum wage jobs but decided to better ourselves by learning a skill and now we have good paying jobs.

The bottom line is it's not my job to take care of other people. It's THEIR job to take care of themselves.

You're looking at this wrong. Don't blame them. Blame the people not paying you enough.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 13:10 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 12:55:
You missed the point, man; the point is that flipping burgers is unskilled labor anyone can do, and the minimal compensation is a reflection of that. IT work historically takes post-secondary education. The people that have put the time and money into (read: an investment) that education expect to it to pay off. Literally.

This generation has been fed the lie that if you educate yourself (and accrue the nice healthy slab of debt that comes with that) you'll get a steady career. We all used to mock the arts majors because what the fuck were they going to do with their degrees except wipe their asses, but now we're in a position where previously stable degrees frequently don't amount to shit. Globalization is great... right up until it comes back to bite you in the ass.

I'm going to piggyback off your post:

I really dislike when people are against raising the minimum wage. $15 is already below what it should be had it kept up with inflation. Just inflation. And its growth is exponentially below that of CEO pay.

Which makes sense. We lower taxes on extremely high pay, and suddenly the people responsible for deciding who gets what decide to keep more for themselves. This should be obvious. It isn't.

I try explaining it to my dad all the time. The US earns X each year. It's a set number. In order for one person to earn more, someone else needs to earn less.

So, what ended up happening is that one tiny group decided to earn much, much more. To make that happen, everyone else had to earn much, much less. Maybe their jobs were sent overseas. Or maybe their wages just stagnated. Minimum wage stagnated, and so did everyone else above it. If you're making a bit over minimum wage, be angry that minimum wage hasn't risen, with you making the same proportion more.

Can anyone here not say they're working longer than their parents did (assuming similar career?) That they're not working more while on vacation, or at night, or on weekends? That they're not in an office where everyone is doing more and therefore constantly super busy because not enough people are employed?

Is anyone not working for a company where the CEO is earning 50x-500x what the average employee does?
 
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News Comments > Call of Space Duty Rumors
16. Re: Call of Space Duty Rumors Mar 29, 2016, 13:02 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 11:49:
Timmeh wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 10:18:
I want the gaming industry of 15 years ago back. When game development was a lot slower and the games lasted a lot longer.


I don't, it is never as good as we remember, we waited months/years for the next game to play, to make it to us. I will say with so many to choose from today that it is difficult to figure out what next, nor is there the same anticipation because there aren't these huge gaps of nothing to do but wait. So what can we do? Tell people they can't make a game because there are too many.

The rose-colored glasses always feel stronger here than anywhere else.
 
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News Comments > Call of Space Duty Rumors
8. Re: Call of Space Duty Rumors Mar 29, 2016, 11:06 Beamer
 
Tachikoma wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 11:01:
Extreme CoD hate always struck me as a form of a straw man. There are some severe problems with AAA gaming nowadays, however all that people wanna bellyache about is how badly COD sucks and blame everything, including global warming and the price of tea in India on it.

And do they really suck, anyway? I haven`t played one for ages (WoW?), but mostly these releases seem - at worst - solid. Sure, their MP could be less monetized, but that`s an overarching problem where about just everybody is guilty these days.

Their multiplayer isn't monetized. Only map packs, which I've never paid for.

Do they suck? No. Modern Warfare was something very fresh and new, even if it was still just a string of setpieces in single player with an incoherent plot. The plots got more and more incoherent, and the single player shorter and shorter, but MW, MW2 and MW3 added lots of new ideas and concepts to multiplayer. It actually takes skill to play, at least on consoles, and while PC players tend to call killstreaks lame and for the weak, they're actually hard to get in a game where players are vulnerable, and getting a new killstreak for the first time is a nice Skinner's Box reward, for me much more rewarding than finding new armor in Diablo.

The last one I played was Ghosts, and that was a large step forward in single player (slightly more coherent, but much more fun), and a huge step backwards in multiplayer (it added bots and dogs, both of which were huge improvements, but the maps were beyond terrible.) I own BlOPS, or two of them, but they're still in the shrinkwrap and the consoles are in the closet so I'll never play them.

I have something like 300 hours, at least, in MW/MW2/MW3 multiplayer, though. Pretty entertaining.
 
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News Comments > Call of Space Duty Rumors
7. Re: Call of Space Duty Rumors Mar 29, 2016, 11:02 Beamer
 
Timmeh wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 10:18:
This is what happens when you have dev staffs of thousands and need to release the same game every year to keep your mega corp alive. Next it will be Call of Duty is Wonderland or OZ.

I want the gaming industry of 15 years ago back. When game development was a lot slower and the games lasted a lot longer.


I would 100% play a game where you're a group of heavily armed space marines invading Wonderland, Oz, Narnia, Filleroy, etc.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 29, 2016, 09:10 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 05:15:
Tachikoma wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 04:52:
So many freedom fighters here, all most likely using Google products.

*snigger.gif*

Google is almost as bad as Microsoft when it comes to privacy. Us freedom lovers don't like Google either.

Almost as bad?

Almost?

Google knows 1000000x more about you than Microsoft does. And, unlike Microsoft, it's a data company. Microsoft is phoning home to improve their software. Google is doing it to sell you. Microsoft is doing some of that, too, but their abilities to collect data and sell you are years behind Google's.

Hell, the second day I had an Android phone it popped up to tell me there was a delay on the subway I take to and from work, and therefore getting home from work would take an extra 5 minutes. I never told it where I lived, where I worked, how I commuted, or what line I took. Google was smart enough to figure that out. And store it somewhere. Microsoft doesn't have that ability.

And I installed the Google Surveys app on a suggestion. About 24 hours after I go to a store, I get a survey about it. Never told it I went to that store. Again, Microsoft wasn't capable of figuring this out via my phone.

Google knows everything about you.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Mar 29, 2016, 09:09 Beamer
 
Personally, I found it terrible for video game nerds. It explained every joke and reference, and got extremely tedious. "He attacked his enemy the same way Donkey Kong, a giant gorilla from arcade fame, attacked Mario, the plumber he threw barrels at in this early platformer."

It got frustrating to me. Stop explaining everything. You are writing to an audience, trust that audience to understand it, trust others to either just go with it or look it up.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Trailer
16. Re: DOOM Trailer Mar 25, 2016, 09:59 Beamer
 
The Pyro wrote on Mar 25, 2016, 09:28:
Honestly, the last thing Carmack did that was great was the Quake 3 engine.

I think he deserves some credit for what he tried with the Doom 3 engine. It was one of the first games to really take a stab at universal per-pixel lighting. The game definitely had some great moments - I still love all the shadows and lighting effects from imps hurling fireballs in dark rooms. Unfortunately the hardware of the time couldn't quite handle Doom 3's demands, and id was forced to sacrifice quite a lot of other things (e.g. texture resolution) for performance reasons.


This is why I wouldn't give him credit for the Doom 3 engine. It was ahead of its time, and that was a bad thing. He focused on lighting and shadows, as you mentioned, but hardware wasn't ready for it. As a result, quite a bit had to be sacrificed. Doom 3 gameplay was designed very specifically around the lighting and shadows - whether this was because it was what the engine did best or simply how things developed I do not know, but that was a bad thing, as well.

Ultimately, it was an engine really good at one thing, but nothing could handle that one thing, and not particularly good at other things. As a result of this (and the tools not being as good as the competition), Prey is the only game made with the engine not directly connected to id itself.

It was a bad game engine for the time. It was a bad business decision. It resulted in a bad Doom game. From a technical perspective it was impressive, but it didn't really work. This, to me, makes it a failure. John's job was to create powerful engines that make impressive games. id tech 4 was a tech demo.
 
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7. Re: DOOM Trailer Mar 24, 2016, 22:31 Beamer
 
bigspender wrote on Mar 24, 2016, 22:11:
Trailer runs at 60 FPS, too bad the game can't hold 60fps during the recording lol. It dropped down to what looked like 15 FPS several times. yuck.
When? Ran fine for me.
 
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