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News Comments > Chet Faliszek Leaves Valve
10. Re: Chet Faliszek Leaves Valve May 2, 2017, 15:43 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 2, 2017, 13:25:
He's a writer. Valve hasn't shipped anything with writing in 5 years. Wonder what he's been doing all this time.

The link explains his role a bit. He was largely doing bizdev with other developers, particularly in the VR space.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 2, 2017, 15:41 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 2, 2017, 11:22:
Beamer wrote on May 2, 2017, 09:51:

And I don't think you get why they may close their OS. I mean, they've shown absolutely 0 inclination to do so, but it isn't about the "sexy Apple sheen," it's about the billions upon billions of dollars Apple makes from the App Store. That may be sexy to them, but it doesn't make it look, play, or feel like Apple, it just earns them money like Apple.

Well, duh! Isn't that the point for these corporations?

Oh! I misread your post.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 2, 2017, 09:51 Beamer
 
OSX has a 3.21% market share. It's not doing much of the chipping.

And I don't think you get why they may close their OS. I mean, they've shown absolutely 0 inclination to do so, but it isn't about the "sexy Apple sheen," it's about the billions upon billions of dollars Apple makes from the App Store. That may be sexy to them, but it doesn't make it look, play, or feel like Apple, it just earns them money like Apple.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 2, 2017, 09:46 Beamer
 
Simon Says wrote on May 2, 2017, 01:23:
jdreyer wrote on May 1, 2017, 20:00:
Killing net neutrality will make the internet more neutral!

As with every deregulating move since voodoo economics kicked in in the 80's. Each time it just exacerbates the inequalities and shrinks the middle class, squeezing most into the working poor as some escape into the ruling class as the freer market stretches its tentacles to take back a more and more "natural" form.

Thomas Piketty, economist and nobel prize winner, nailed it when he claimed that the middle class was born out of historical factors from WW2 onward and a high tax rate on the rich in his latest work. Without those, the unregulated market would've done this long ago, well before Reagan.

And now we see the same obsessive compulsive hoarding disorder logic being exported to the cyber space.

I've been saying that here for a decade. The entire reason we have a middle class is we taxed the shit out of the rich, and it forced them to actually let money flow through to employees. Reagan relaxed that tax, and we've seen the money stop flowing through and instead sit at the upper echelon again.

Of course, when you explain this to so many middle class people, they get irate at the thought of raising taxes, never fully getting that it wouldn't raise their rate due to the marginal tax rate.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
20. Re: Morning Mobilization May 2, 2017, 00:46 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 1, 2017, 05:41:
Beamer wrote on May 1, 2017, 00:12:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 22:45:
Probably comes from being a heavy reader as a youngster...

Yup, Mr. Tact, you're special. The people spending literally hundreds of dollars on e-readers, so that they can get books quicker? They weren't heavy readers as a child. Only you were! The ones at least as dedicated to reading as you are weren't readers at all!

You get how your conclusion that "I must like physical books because I was a heavy reader as a child!" is ridiculous, right? It's kind of Cutter-logic. "I was more special than anyone else, so my opinion is better!" You really never do that, but I had to call it out here. Your post was fine until that part.

Okay, now you're just being a dick. Which is very unlike you. Is this a drunk post?

There's a physical and tactile difference between a book on paper and one on e-ink. And scientific studies show greater retention from paper than from screens. Certainly e-readers have their advantages, but so does paper. The preference isn't just in one's mind. Physical objects have more presence and reality than virtual ones. And our brains understand and respond to that, apparently.

Toned it down with the last line, but yeah, I feel like some people here, never Mr. Tact but some people, love to dismiss others by claiming they did it a lot.

How frequently do you see someone say something like "I've been playing PC games since I was 7! So when I say that HL was an inferior FPS, I know what I'm talking about!" on this place, as if that's at all unusual.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
19. Re: Morning Mobilization May 2, 2017, 00:45 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 1, 2017, 07:20:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 21:33:
Yeah, if I had to live in a small efficiency apartment I might have a different opinion. Fortunately, that isn't a problem for me.

It's a full 1-bedroom, but the square footage is quite small at a bit over 300sqft. I've got room to store books, but when your apartment is that small, everything is a tradeoff and you have to be smart about how you use the space you have.

@Beamer: From what I've seen of e-Ink readers, they do look extremely close to the printed page. I think for reading fiction they would be absolutely fine. However, I read a lot of technical books for work/general professional development, and the lack of easy annotation, awkward jumping back and forth to refer to previous topics, the epub format messing with page layout, and sometimes broken diagrams and code samples are all deal breakers for me.

Absolutely. For anything color, too, e-ink will never be there. For a bog-standard paperback fiction? It's wonderful.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 1, 2017, 17:50 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on May 1, 2017, 17:23:
If Apple built a tower it would be inferior (as the Hackintoches all prove) and almost immediately dated. The real solution is for Apple open Up OS X and start competing in the real world with Windows and even Linux. Building walled-garden hardware Macs is a dead-end--always a dead end for OS X.

OSX is not a priority to Apple, and anyone giving business advice as if it is needs to look at what the market is, not where it was. No one wants to compete with Windows because it's a dwindling market. It's not even that it's slow growing, it's contracting.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
15. Re: Morning Mobilization May 1, 2017, 00:12 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 22:45:
Probably comes from being a heavy reader as a youngster...

Yup, Mr. Tact, you're special. The people spending literally hundreds of dollars on e-readers, so that they can get books quicker? They weren't heavy readers as a child. Only you were! The ones at least as dedicated to reading as you are weren't readers at all!

You get how your conclusion that "I must like physical books because I was a heavy reader as a child!" is ridiculous, right? It's kind of Cutter-logic. "I was more special than anyone else, so my opinion is better!" You really never do that, but I had to call it out here. Your post was fine until that part.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
10. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2017, 21:57 Beamer
 
DrSquick wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 21:51:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 20:04:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 18:29:
Personally, I don't get ebooks. Half the reason I pick up a book these days is to get my eyes off an electronic screen. Plus, I just like physical books, own a few hundred of them... Whatever. If you like them, good for you. I'll take a pass...

/curmudgeon mode off

I'm generally of the same opinion although the one thing ebooks really have going for them is portability and no need for bookshelves. You can have an entire library on one device that's as light as a paperback. I still vastly prefer the reading experience of a traditional printed book, but living in a tiny apartment in NYC, I'm starting to appreciate the upside of not having to store physical artifacts on shelves.

Portability is exactly why I prefer ebooks. When I have a paper book, I typically will only pick it up for hour or more focused sessions of reading, such as this time of the year when it might be 70 degrees with a gentle wind. I could sit outside and listen to the sound of the wind through the trees while reading a book forever. However, I prefer larger phones, and with an ebook on my phone I can read a few pages while I am standing in line somewhere, or for ten minutes while eating my lunch.

I have never got into the e-ink readers though for some reason. I bought a first generation Kindle, and for some reason paid the extra $50 to have fee-free 3G downloading of books. I guess I got sucked into the image of sitting on the beach and downloading a book. They do perform perfectly in the sun, but I would be so afraid of taking one to a beach for fear of getting sand or water on it. I am curious now if the 3G is still active, it's been almost ten years I bet...

That's another good point. When I'm reading on my Kindle, I never need to worry about not having something to read. Am I sitting on the subway and suddenly it gets delayed? Or did I end up somewhere else where there's a line, or decide to grab dinner alone somewhere? There's a Kindle reader on my phone, and while I prefer the e-ink, for a 20 minute session I can just read on my phone, synced to where I left off. Beats not being able to read.

I've downloaded books on the beach using 3G. Finish the first in a series and like it? Download the second immediately! And while you're afraid of bringing it to the beach, that's exactly why I still have my old Kindle. My Voyage is amazing for reading in my apartment, but I wouldn't want to risk it on the beach. So my old Kindle is my backup. If it gets destroyed, I don't really care.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 30, 2017, 21:48 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 20:04:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 18:29:
Personally, I don't get ebooks. Half the reason I pick up a book these days is to get my eyes off an electronic screen. Plus, I just like physical books, own a few hundred of them... Whatever. If you like them, good for you. I'll take a pass...

/curmudgeon mode off

I'm generally of the same opinion although the one thing ebooks really have going for them is portability and no need for bookshelves. You can have an entire library on one device that's as light as a paperback. I still vastly prefer the reading experience of a traditional printed book, but living in a tiny apartment in NYC, I'm starting to appreciate the upside of not having to store physical artifacts on shelves.

I never understand people who say "get my eyes off an electronic screen." It's like they don't understand what e-paper is and have never seen a Kindle other than the Fires.

But yeah, not only do books take up room, for books you'll never read again (I reread maybe 5%), but travel is a nightmare with books. For a week vacation I need at least 3 books. Or one super slim Kindle.
 
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News Comments > Uncut Half-Life in Germany
27. Re: Uncut Half-Life in Germany Apr 29, 2017, 18:48 Beamer
 
This place has gotten weird, haha. In one thread, people decry a company "messing with the legacy of Prey," as if it was a game worth remembering after 10 minutes, and here, some people claim HL was overrated.

Weird.
 
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News Comments > Prey System Specs
19. Re: Prey System Specs Apr 28, 2017, 14:47 Beamer
 
4D-Boxing wrote on Apr 28, 2017, 14:18:
Slick wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 23:49:
djrxmx wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 23:39:
@ Fishingtime

I see your point. And, I've been playing PC games for over twenty years now. In the midst of watching one of the game play pieces of footage (it was a capture of the first 35 minutes of the game), I must confess I was bored with what I saw. I wanna be wowed during an introduction. I want to be inspired during an introduction. Neither of these emotions struck me while watching the footage. Also, there wasn't one game play feature that sparked my interest---it was total "been there before, nothing new" content. 35 minutes into a game provides plenty of time to show something innovative and creative, neither of which took place during the play and scenery. Really sad there are some developers out their lacking in innovative vision.

hmm, I don't know about that. Not all good games need to start with a flashy intro, especially if the point is to create atmosphere...

Agreed, 43 and gaming since the vic20. In this day & age i can't see myself being wowed or inspired by a game and i don't need that to form an objective view/impression/opinion.

Entirely. The sense of "wow" mostly died in my early 20s. I still love most games I play, though.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
19. Re: etc., etc. Apr 28, 2017, 12:14 Beamer
 
D_K_night wrote on Apr 28, 2017, 10:30:
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 20:22:
I just want her to go away.

She did, kinda - for a while. She went to target the movie industry and what they did was far more powerful than the gaming community. They ignored her.

She couldn't get the attention she craved so she came back to us.

Untrue. She'd always promised to finish this.

The movie industry didn't ignore her, but it didn't get itself worked up into a hissy fit (and, let's be honest, that's what most gamers who discuss her do - work themselves into a hissy fit) because nothing she said was controversial to the movie industry. These are things they all know and all work through. Maybe they don't agree with her, but they understand the general criticism.

It was gamers, "gamers," not the type this place is mostly full of but the 22 year old kid, that went out of their mind over routine criticism, completely incapable of separating criticism from censorship, or separating their hobby from their identity.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
11. Re: etc., etc. Apr 28, 2017, 10:03 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Apr 28, 2017, 06:07:
Beamer wrote on Apr 28, 2017, 00:41:
Gamers are just really thin skinned and incapable of seeing criticism as not a direct attack on them, personally, and somehow get that they can criticize without trying to ban but don't afford that to others.

Gamers? How about anyone who has ever used a message board on the internet?

BTW Welcome to the internet. Where assholes are displayed prominently on one's forehead.

SCREW YOU, JERKFACE McJERKALOT! I'M THE WORLD'S GREATEST BARTENDER SLASH SMART GUY EVER SO UR WRONG!!!!!!

Wait, I mean, yeah, 100%.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 28, 2017, 10:02 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 21:39:
It was shipped not sold, the number is misleading, they're available on ebay and craigslist.

Units on Craigslist and eBay are sold, not shipped.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Apr 28, 2017, 10:01 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 22:53:
I'll never understand jewellery.

Jewelry is among the things that are considered "behavioral modernism," as in, something that characterizes the inflection point between humans being animals and humans being the sentient beings we are today.

So your comment surprises me not at all.
 
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News Comments > Uncut Half-Life in Germany
3. Re: Uncut Half-Life in Germany Apr 28, 2017, 09:59 Beamer
 
There's a really unsavory joke to be made here...  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Apr 28, 2017, 00:41 Beamer
 
Anyone that finds her "extreme" is pretty sheltered. What she says is fairly pedestrian for every other major entertainment medium.

Gamers are just really thin skinned and incapable of seeing criticism as not a direct attack on them, personally, and somehow get that they can criticize without trying to ban but don't afford that to others.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Quake Champions Trailer and Interview Apr 27, 2017, 13:05 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 20:24:
Yeah, I realize South Park and other shows like it aren't "just" stupid, but their smart satire is too often buried underneath crude, rancid humor which I find unpalatable. *shrug* To each their own, I'm not criticizing anyone for liking these shows, it just isn't my cup of tea.

I gotcha. I called them smart stupid for a reason.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 26, 2017, 18:22 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 17:11:
No Man's Sky too, and I think he said afterwards that nobody could have seen that coming. He seems patient and well-meaning but much too trusting. Maybe too patient as well, given that "the Bible says the Bible's true" posts aren't going to convert anyone here.

What's fascinating is that all this Bible stuff is fairly recent. Granted, proselytism is a huge component of Jehovah's Witness, so it's not a huge surprise he keeps attempting it, but he's been here forever, and it's new.

I mean, look in his history:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 18, 2008, 14:29:
Hope to God one of the classes is a Priest, just so that I can go medieval on their ass; no offense to our visiting Bible-thumping zealot.


Then, around the time of Star Citizen (no lie, his first real Bible mention is in an SC thread), he mentions his Bible study, and suddenly it's 90% of his posts. I know some may see this as stalking or whathaveyou, even though the ability to search a profile for "Bible" is a core component here, but I'm genuinely interested in knowing why someone here for 14 years has spent the past 2 nonstop talking about Jesus despite never mentioning it prior. How he went from criticizing a "Bible-thumping zealot" to being the biggest this board has ever seen.

Must go back to that whole proselytism.
 
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