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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
30. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 4, 2017, 10:14 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 16:08:
Beamer wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 11:47:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 11:32:
Beamer wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 09:54:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 21:12:
Creston wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 20:18:
30 Billion... Has Snapchat ever actually earned a profit?

Would it surprise you to hear that, to date, this company has not made a single $ profit? Has no monetization idea, and has no idea how to ever actually turn a profit?



As I've mentioned here before, they have lots of monetization ideas. My company works with them regularly. Regularly. We paid them millions of dollars in 2016, and our 3 year budget with them ramps up quickly. Can they get to break-even? Who knows?

Cutter is the most out of touch with reality I think we'll ever have here, but almost everyone here is out of touch with what people under 30 do with their time. They do not watch broadcast TV. Pretty much ever. But they spend enormous amounts of time on Snapchat, and they spend far more time watching Stories than watching TV. So where do you think companies that want to reach 18-34 year olds are putting their budget? Normal TV commercials, or the places Snapchat has embedded advertising?

In that case, good for you, but not good for shareholders

$514m loss 2016
"warns it may never be profitable"

The only value this company has, literally, is as an advertising platform for companies like yours..... which is, in case you are not aware, not a business concept that leads to profits for shareholders. So this IPO is completely overblown, good for whoever got in and sold instantly. Bad for anyone sticking with it.

Ok, so first, Facebook seems to be doing quite well as an advertising platform.

Secondly, do you know what's great about the internet? The place that advertises can also be the place that sells. And, once you enter retail, you can start seeing profit. Having a "click to buy now" button is the next wave for companies like this.

Keep in mind, they said they may never be profitable due to heavy investing. What company could that possibly remind me of. An industry darling that's virtually obliterated brick and mortar retail in the US, that went almost 20 years without a profitable quarter, and whose stock has been skyrocketing... I wonder what company that could be, that doesn't see profitability because it keeps investing in itself...

You telling me that a diary/image group messenger is to you same as Facebook and Amazon, when I tell you that to me, this is comparable to MySpace and Geocities. Once the generation that uses it right now stops using it it's gonna be dead and replaced by something with less "corporate bullshit" aka "advertisement" in it. Maybe you are right and it will be a good investment, but it just seems like a super risky and extremely overvalued stock price. More a sign that too much cheap money is in the market than a sign of real economic prospect.

No, I'm not saying it's "the same," I'm telling you it's comparable. And it could be replaced, but we've been saying Facebook will be replaced for 10 years now, and it just keeps growing bigger.

You think profits are what Wall Street cares about, which means you're not overly savvy about investing. Growth is also very important. Again, this is why Amazon surged despite not being profitable - it was growing. It could have been profitable, but it chose to keep investing in growth. This is what Snap does. VCs, and now shareholders, are willing to "lend" it half a million dollars if it can turn that into 2 billion of additional value.

It's hard to have this discussion when you keep changing your argument. First it was you misunderstanding what "never be profitable" means, insinuating it means it doesn't have the revenue, not that it's heavily investing, then it comes back to you thinking the userbase will leave. Which may happen. But Instagram, Snap, WhatsApp, etc., have kept rising for years now. The days of rapid exoduses have mostly left us. Doesn't mean it can't happen, but Myspace was very early in the social network game, and things shift rapidly very early. We're no longer very early, and things change much more slowly. Dozens of networks have tried to knock Facebook down, and they've all died trying. Google has done, what, 3? Ello launched claiming to be all about privacy and not corporations. Where are all those networks now? Yet, when FB had its IPO, everyone said it was the end of FB and something new would quickly supplant it, something less corporate.

Doesn't seem to have happened or be happening, eh?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 3, 2017, 13:02 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 11:46:
They should completely remove technology from schools up till at least grade 5.

you see these zombie kids glued to tablets and cellphone screens being pushed around in grocery carts everywhere, many of which could use the exercise of actually walking in the grocery store.

You think computers should be banned from schools until grade 5? Kids grew up far better with computers than us because they're in front of them from day 1.

And yes, kids are glued to their tablets and phones while pushed around in grocery carts. When we were kids, we were glued to our comics or action figures. Times haven't changed, you've just become the person yelling at kids to get off your lawn (second reference I've made to that in 2 minutes!)
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
25. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 3, 2017, 13:01 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 12:42:
Cutter wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 12:35:
Sepharo wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 01:51:
Cutter wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 01:19:
Sepharo wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 22:57:
Cutter wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 22:48:
You know you're getting old when you keep hearing about these companies worth billions that you've never heard of or only ever vaguely heard of and have absolutely no idea what they do - much less how they make money,

It's nice to finally hear you admit that you're out of touch instead of insisting that a scam is afoot

Out of touch with what shallow, vacuous people are into, yes. I actually consider that a point of pride. Gosh, is it really true that over half the people you meet are of below average intelligence? Wry

So I suppose you learned more about that company today?
Since you're ready to make your proclamation on something you didn't know about a few hours ago.

And exactly how long do you need to study a puddle in order to know it's shallow? Just because it takes you longer to get there than the rest of us it's not our fault.

Who said I wasn't familiar with the app?
I was just surprised you acknowledged that you didn't know something before bloviating about it.
It didn't last long though.

You, kid! Get off his lawn!
 
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News Comments > AMD Ryzen Reviews
76. Re: AMD Ryzen Reviews Mar 3, 2017, 12:42 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 12:20:
Verno wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 08:44:
The gaming performance issues I'm seeing across all reviews are frankly disappointing. It seems like they're still not close enough on IPC. I have an Intel platform already and this isn't enough to make me upgrade, I guess I'll see how optimization comes along over the next few years.

That is how I understood most reviews, too. Ryzen is alright for gaming, but not in the same class with intel cpus. When it comes to content streaming and production, Ryzen is the cpu to buy.

This means that my i5 3570k will have to do for another year. Let us see what 2018 (Zen2 and REALLY new intel cpus) will bring. I am in no hurry.

Yeah, I'm shocked this is controversial here. If you care about gaming and general internet/productivity, then Intel is the way to go. If you spend any time doing content creation or more intense productivity than Office, Ryzen is a good choice.

Ryzen is arguably more future-proof, as multithreaded programs are becoming more and more common, but it will still be years before that really matters in the majority of games, long enough that I don't see being an early adopter worthwhile. But Ryzen isn't a bad choice by any means, and this is the first iteration - it's clearly a good foundation to build a future on.

I built my PC a year ago, and actually really skimped on the processor, but I also run at 1080p so it's been able to take all I can throw at it. I'll probably build a new one in 3 years, 4 max. Wouldn't be surprised if I go back to AMD for the first time since 2001ish (also wouldn't be surprised if I don't.)
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 3, 2017, 11:52 Beamer
 
Renegade was one of those games that the demo was so complete that I never felt the need to buy the game. I probably had 50 hours in the demo. It was a good map - I could basically singlehandedly dominate it and win for my team, even with the team objectives. Looking back, maybe this was because the skilled players bought the game and I was solely playing newbs, but... still really dug the demo.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
22. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 3, 2017, 11:47 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 11:32:
Beamer wrote on Mar 3, 2017, 09:54:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 21:12:
Creston wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 20:18:
30 Billion... Has Snapchat ever actually earned a profit?

Would it surprise you to hear that, to date, this company has not made a single $ profit? Has no monetization idea, and has no idea how to ever actually turn a profit?



As I've mentioned here before, they have lots of monetization ideas. My company works with them regularly. Regularly. We paid them millions of dollars in 2016, and our 3 year budget with them ramps up quickly. Can they get to break-even? Who knows?

Cutter is the most out of touch with reality I think we'll ever have here, but almost everyone here is out of touch with what people under 30 do with their time. They do not watch broadcast TV. Pretty much ever. But they spend enormous amounts of time on Snapchat, and they spend far more time watching Stories than watching TV. So where do you think companies that want to reach 18-34 year olds are putting their budget? Normal TV commercials, or the places Snapchat has embedded advertising?

In that case, good for you, but not good for shareholders

$514m loss 2016
"warns it may never be profitable"

The only value this company has, literally, is as an advertising platform for companies like yours..... which is, in case you are not aware, not a business concept that leads to profits for shareholders. So this IPO is completely overblown, good for whoever got in and sold instantly. Bad for anyone sticking with it.

Ok, so first, Facebook seems to be doing quite well as an advertising platform.

Secondly, do you know what's great about the internet? The place that advertises can also be the place that sells. And, once you enter retail, you can start seeing profit. Having a "click to buy now" button is the next wave for companies like this.

Keep in mind, they said they may never be profitable due to heavy investing. What company could that possibly remind me of. An industry darling that's virtually obliterated brick and mortar retail in the US, that went almost 20 years without a profitable quarter, and whose stock has been skyrocketing... I wonder what company that could be, that doesn't see profitability because it keeps investing in itself...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 3, 2017, 10:00 Beamer
 
SlimRam wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 12:49:
BobBob wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 11:50:
... Will he resign or get immunity?
He actually said that he would resign. The ugly part is that even the Republicans are starting to distance themselves from him which means...Yeah, he is about to be fuuuuuuuucked.

Heh, it's kinda like the scene in 'The Godfather' at the end when Michael slowly closes the door to his office as his wife looks longingly towards the closing door. It REALLY just means one thing: impending doom...

He didn't say he'd resign, he said he'd recuse himself from any Russia investigations that may or may not come up.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
20. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 3, 2017, 09:54 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 21:12:
Creston wrote on Mar 2, 2017, 20:18:
30 Billion... Has Snapchat ever actually earned a profit?

Would it surprise you to hear that, to date, this company has not made a single $ profit? Has no monetization idea, and has no idea how to ever actually turn a profit?



As I've mentioned here before, they have lots of monetization ideas. My company works with them regularly. Regularly. We paid them millions of dollars in 2016, and our 3 year budget with them ramps up quickly. Can they get to break-even? Who knows?

Cutter is the most out of touch with reality I think we'll ever have here, but almost everyone here is out of touch with what people under 30 do with their time. They do not watch broadcast TV. Pretty much ever. But they spend enormous amounts of time on Snapchat, and they spend far more time watching Stories than watching TV. So where do you think companies that want to reach 18-34 year olds are putting their budget? Normal TV commercials, or the places Snapchat has embedded advertising?
 
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News Comments > River City Underground Release
2. Re: River City Underground Release Mar 2, 2017, 11:43 Beamer
 
I'm still waiting on the Super Dodge Ball update, haha.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
29. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 1, 2017, 22:33 Beamer
 
On this note, a company reached out to me today to interview for a job in downtown Chicago. They'd increase my salary, and offer a 60% bonus over a 30% bonus. It'd ultimately be a $86,000 raise, though much of that $86,000 would be bonus and taxed somewhere in the vicinity of 50%.

It's downtown Chicago, not even an hour commute, but... Chicago is one of the few cities I know no one. Is $86,000 pre-tax really worth it? I get that, to some, that's a horrifically obnoxious question, but still one I need to ask. Not even like I have the offer, just a first round with HR.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 1, 2017, 14:35 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 14:31:
dubfanatic wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 13:48:
Cutter wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 12:01:
It never ceases to amaze me. All these people want to live in the big, cool city...just like several million other people...and then bitch about everything being so expensive. It's a big country. Plenty of places with a low cost of living where you can still make good money. All their woes are entirely self-made.


Yeah, but those places aren't cool. Plus, you might have to live around *gasp* Trump supporters...

That's another thing. So many corporations are in big cities that have absolutely no need to be there. They could be doing themselves and their employees a massive favor by relocating to cheaper places.

This is beyond wrong-headed.

1) They're near cities because people are near cities. It's easier to find employees when many people are around. You won't find many qualified engineers in Peoria, but you'll find an abundance of them in Seattle and San Francisco

2) The work force doesn't *want* to be there. Assuming most highly skilled employees are already employed, it would be nearly impossible to convince many to move outside of a big city. Look at how many companies have been moving back to big cities, or opening satellite offices. Read any article about how the companies that moved outside of Chicago 30 years ago now struggle to get new hires to commute 1 hour to those places, because those new hires are unwilling to move outside of the big city
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Mar 1, 2017, 12:48 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 12:19:
. Shtar Shitizen

OMG stooooooooooop. No one wants to talk to a guy that keeps doing for this. In every. Single. Topic.
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Trailer
3. Re: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Trailer Feb 27, 2017, 22:52 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 22:35:
So you are telling me I only rec'd a partial clip when I bought this gem for $5? REFUND!!!

I'd very much like to play this again, so if it hits $5...
 
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News Comments > Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War?
28. Re: Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War? Feb 27, 2017, 22:50 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 19:55:
HoSpanky wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 18:57:
Oh thank god, all the gushing over the game on here and I really didn't like it. Maybe it was the incessant muted color palette, maybe it was the near-identical gameplay to AC, maybe I just don't like LOTR enough. But I didn't like it and I'm not even sorta interested in the sequel. The only open world game I'm interested in arrives tomorrow anyway.

Hey I'm not saying you need to like it, but it was universally praised, 91% on elSteamo.

On steam for pre-order now. LOL at trailer, as if the leaked forced their hand.

Yup. Not the only universally praised game I dislike. Not saying it's bad, I just found it to do nothing well. The world really stopped me from any chance of getting into it. Was hoping I was missing something, but...
 
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News Comments > Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War?
23. Re: Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War? Feb 27, 2017, 18:46 Beamer
 
I put maybe 3 hours into the original? Wasn't entertained. Combat was ok, not great, but the world was just bleh. Maybe I didn't play enough, but everything felt identical, everything looked identical, and there were no points you could just wander around without having to fight some idiot.  
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Mass Effect: Andromeda
58. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect: Andromeda Feb 27, 2017, 18:45 Beamer
 
Realmk wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 17:16:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 15:46:
DarkCntry wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 15:38:
Realmk wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 15:23:
Bioware clearly has quite a few cultural Marxists in their employ these days. http://tinyurl.com/gszx65e, http://tinyurl.com/gswwcvx. Far from a single one.

Your two links are not supporting your original argument, but hey, whatever floats your hateboat.
The simpletons elected a white supremacist and are now free to hate, you should be more understanding.

I'm just happy another crazy has found bluesnew.

Actually your line of thinking is why Clinton and the Democrats are losing so badly. The majority of Americans are tired of being called racists for simply not sharing your whackjob ideology. So what has the left done? Doubled down on using the race card and being openly racist themselves. http://tinyurl.com/ze4mw5o http://tinyurl.com/jd8kup4

Really I'm ok with this, the DNC/progressives out themselves for what anyone with common sense has known for decades, and they also ensure their powerbase in DC continues to shrink. Win/win

"I'm not the racist, I'm so sick of everyone calling everyone racist, you're the real racist!"

You're a gem.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
96. Re: On Sale Feb 25, 2017, 09:38 Beamer
 
I do have to say, when I find out someone believes in Satan, like there's this big, evil end-boss out there "somewhere" who spends his time trying to corrupt us with the moral equivalent of spraypainting "FREE CANDY" on a panel van... yeah, I start to really wonder about that person.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 24, 2017, 20:53 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 24, 2017, 17:43:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 24, 2017, 15:21:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 24, 2017, 14:58:
Yeah it would be if I were going to be driving. The West Village is so pedestrian friendly though that I'm not bringing my car (it'll sit on my parents drive way for the time being, but I'll probably just end up selling it in a few months). Work is a less than 10 minute walk away in Chelsea, there's a grocery store a block and a half from me, cleaners are right next door, etc., etc.

This concept has always intrigued me. So different from the type of living I've done my entire life. I don't know if I would like it, but I certainly wouldn't mind at least trying it.


I think it depends upon where you find your zen, so to speak. I've lived an extremely urban lifestyle after living a very rural lifestyle and hated it. Living on-top of each other like rats, no personal green space, and constant noise made me ditch a well-paying job and a downtown Seattle apartment to go back to rural living.

Today, I hopped on my mower, mowed my acre and a half lawn, got all my vegetables planted as we have an early spring, played with my dog, and chatted with my neighbor as he had come down the road when I was out getting the mail. He lives just a hair over a mile down the road from me. Outside of him, I didn't see another living human being today. It was quiet outside of the normal noises of nature and the breeze.

I lived in Belltown and felt it was pretty green, haha. I had a dog walk on my roof. I had a roof!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 24, 2017, 14:51 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 24, 2017, 14:17:
Speaking of moving, I heard back from my realtor this morning and it looks like I got my dream West Village apartment. The landlord has approved my application and the listing agent is just running a credit check to confirm that what I described of my credit history is accurate, which it is. Once that comes back positive, it'll be time to sign the lease and wire the move-in payment (which with brokerage fees made my jaw drop a little, but hey, this is Manhattan). My new place is near the intersection of Hudson St and Bleecker St, which puts me just a few blocks north of Beamer. Grab a beer in a few weeks?

Congrats! Halfway between me and Chelsea. You're about a 3 minute walk from Crispo on 14th, which is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the area - right after I Sodi on Christopher (which has the best pasta in the city, but has recently become so popular and is so tiny it's pretty much impossible to eat there anytime after 6 - Crispo is at least four times the size and always has a seat or two at the bar.)

I can give you a full rundown of all my favorite places in the area, though it's more where you used to be looking than where you are. Not that it matters much, nowhere would be further than a 10 minute walk.

Today is a good day for Barbuto, also right near you. I'm sure they've got all the doors up, given that it's like 70 out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 22, 2017, 12:34 Beamer
 
1) Edge allows for a much larger screen on a much smaller device. Compare the screen sizes and phone sizes to the iPhones.

2) Touchwiz... meh. Install your own launcher and you lose 99% of Touchwiz. You only have the settings, which have moved much closer to stock android, and the dialer. Not being able to fully remove the hideous dialer is my only real complaint.
 
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