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Re: Steam Top 10
Nov 30, 2020, 10:11
40.
Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 30, 2020, 10:11
Nov 30, 2020, 10:11
 
I'd buy it on Steam, probably. First off, it's just easier. It's much easier. And convenient. And, if it has Steam achievements, I probably won't really look at them but I'm more likely to on Steam than any other platform, and it has all my achievements in one place.

It's inertia, but inertia is powerful. It's why I get the exclusives on Epic - only way to overcome the inertia. Even still, many people that aren't angry at Epic wait for something to be on Steam, because they're so into the Steam ecosystem that leaving it is more inconvenient than waiting 12 months for a game.

CDPR gets more money if I buy from them. But then I need to bother with a new ecosystem. Even if I put the game on my Steam shelf, it's extra work I didn't need to do otherwise. Just to purchase the game I likely need to do a username recovery, then a password reset, which is all kind of a chore. So it's just easier to click once or twice on Steam and be done with it.

Inertia and laziness are hard for brands to overcome.
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Re: Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.
Nov 29, 2020, 00:41
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Re: Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead. Nov 29, 2020, 00:41
Nov 29, 2020, 00:41
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Nov 28, 2020, 14:25:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 27, 2020, 20:10:
If that were only true .. on my local regional TV station in Germany (RBB) they brought a documentary just yesterday about the eastern German freedom fighters from my HOME REGION that brought the wall down with their actions and activities against the STASI, ALL OF THEM (not a joke, ALL) are Covidiots now. I even knew some of them, I had talked to them years ago in school, as examples on how to fight oppression by the STASI. And they ALL think that wearing a mask is fascist akin to STASI regime.. I mean.. WTF?. If I were to meet them now, I'd punch them.

As if wearing a mask is any different than wearing pants.
So, men and women who have done more for western society and liberty than anyone on this board, at greater risk to themselves, disagree with you about what freedom means... and it never crosses your mind that they might understand something more clearly than you do? That perhaps they might have a different set of priorities? That death is less important to them (since they've already risked that for freedom) than the ability to choose for themselves? Talk about unintentionally proving a point about internet idiots...

Sorry, thinking covid is just the flu isn't understanding anything. It's trying to get our parents killed.

This isn't a difference of opinion, it's not believing basic facts
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Nov 24, 2020, 16:33
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Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 24, 2020, 16:33
Nov 24, 2020, 16:33
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 15:49:
IVIX1 wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 14:00:
The "Next Generation" moniker is a source of endless amusement to me. But then i talk to my console friends, and they literally think their hardware is state of the art relative to PC tech because its "next generation" as they've been told, and I have to inside a little bit.

It's so next-gen people can't tell apart whether they play a PS4 or PS5 version of a game....

That happens with launch titles every time around.

But the quick loading these consoles can do is nothing to sneeze at, and far beyond what PCs can take advantage of.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Nov 24, 2020, 11:37
44.
Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2020, 11:37
Nov 24, 2020, 11:37
 
NKD wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 11:30:
John Oliver is amazing. The perfect combination of informative and funny. Shout out to his research guys too, they do an awesome job at digging into an issue and finding out what's true and what is a pile of horse shit.

Yeah, we used to watch him weekly, but during Quarantine and the election, life has been exhausting, haha.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Nov 24, 2020, 09:41
41.
Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2020, 09:41
Nov 24, 2020, 09:41
 
Funny, Meyers and Oliver are the only ones I enjoy.
Maher I generally find an abomination, and the others I find a mix of ok to dull, often in the same guy from the same episode.

But Oliver is thoughtful, though Trump has given us 4 years of distraction that didn't require thought (his non-or-less political episodes are much better), and Meyers is, to me, hysterical.
37.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Nov 24, 2020, 06:38
37.
Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2020, 06:38
Nov 24, 2020, 06:38
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 01:27:
It's Monday, and I'm going through serious withdrawal from Last Week Tonight, which ended its season last week.

I find Seth Meyers way more entertaining. He's not trying to educate, just mock. And while Oliver does both, and his education is often quite good when diving into things like payday loans, the Trump administration has made him a bit of a slog, especially as it falls apart. Plus, some of Oliver's repeating gags, like "business daddy," felt like they weren't as funny as I'd hope.

Meyers is less about telling you why Trump is wrong, which is usually obvious, but taking joy in just how stupid the entire administration is.

Speaking of being wrong about COVID:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEz7VgtiK48
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Re: Sunday Interviews
Nov 23, 2020, 11:46
10.
Re: Sunday Interviews Nov 23, 2020, 11:46
Nov 23, 2020, 11:46
 
Krodge wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 09:18:
Beamer wrote:
You can't organize people by "merit." Hell, it's true in video games. In Jagged Alliance you often take the shittier merc because he has the one skill you think you need and don't have.

Yea because you're looking for that skill and he has merit in it.

Beamer wrote:
Or maybe that high merit merc doesn't get along with a merc you already have.

I've also been involved in a lot of hiring and I think its reasonable not to hire people because of toxic personalities, I've rejected plenty.
But I'd say people skills (depending on the job) are a form of merit too.

I think what the others are saying when they criticise "diversity" is that you shouldn't be hiring people based on things like race, religion or sexual preference, unless it's relevant to the work.

Yes, you're almost getting there.
Do you not think that coming from a different background can be relevant to almost any job? Companies that have fewer diverse people in leadership roles have more difficulty attracting and retaining diverse candidates, which means that you may have someone that's an excellent employee that leaves because leadership doesn't reflect them. This is a real problem.

Getting back to the Jagged Alliance metaphor, you have two mercs, both about equal, but one is diverse. The other may be slightly better overall, but is missing that diversity. You end up picking the one that has the diversity, and then people whine about it. In the real world, if you have a team of 10 white guys, bringing in someone that has a different perspective is valuable in nearly all roles.

As for just pure "merit," the points I'd been trying to make are:
1) There's no agreed-upon merit. For any role you are hiring, you probably talk to a dozen people that would be great for the job. You look at even more on paper. What makes one get the role over the other? People that whine about "meritocracy" don't realize how subjective this is. Someone one person thinks is perfect for a role another thinks is terrible. You can't just look on paper and clearly know who is best
2) There's significant value to diversity, in ways that people often don't appreciate, because people discount how different the country is due to how you look and what's between your legs
3) No one is getting a role in a Fortune 500 company that they're not qualified for due to their skin color. It simply does not happen. Companies may make a point of ensuring they interview diverse candidates, but no one is getting a role they're not qualified for for that reason. People crash and burn in Fortune 500s quickly. Stock prices can shift based upon it at higher levels. People that are getting these roles pass the bar for them, fit it from a merit perspective.
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Re: Sunday Interviews
Nov 23, 2020, 08:16
7.
Re: Sunday Interviews Nov 23, 2020, 08:16
Nov 23, 2020, 08:16
 
VaranDragon wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 06:02:
Beamer wrote on Nov 22, 2020, 20:24:
Ozmodan wrote on Nov 22, 2020, 17:52:
I subscribe to the best candidate theory. This diversity stuff is just another way of asking for mediocrity.

Life doesn't really work that way.
Or do we think Don Jr. is better than the rest of us, as he's wealthier. Kim Kardashian? Your last few bosses?

Not sure what point you are trying to make Beamer, that wealth dictates the best candidate?

That wealth is one of the few universal indicators of success.

I am on mobile, so I didn't bother getting into the whole "merit looks different to each person because it's subjective in the real world" or "every position has different needs even if they're the same on paper" arguments.

Anyone that thinks meritocracy can exist hasn't ever hired a team. I've hired 20 people during quarantine alone. You can't organize people by "merit." Hell, it's true in video games. In Jagged Alliance you often take the shittier merc because he has the one skill you think you need and don't have. Another merc is better at everything, on paper has more merit, but you think you need bomb diffusal. Or maybe that high merit merc doesn't get along with a merc you already have.
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Re: Sunday Interviews
Nov 22, 2020, 20:24
5.
Re: Sunday Interviews Nov 22, 2020, 20:24
Nov 22, 2020, 20:24
 
Ozmodan wrote on Nov 22, 2020, 17:52:
I subscribe to the best candidate theory. This diversity stuff is just another way of asking for mediocrity.

Life doesn't really work that way.
Or do we think Don Jr. is better than the rest of us, as he's wealthier. Kim Kardashian? Your last few bosses?
5.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Nov 20, 2020, 13:42
5.
Re: Out of the Blue Nov 20, 2020, 13:42
Nov 20, 2020, 13:42
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 20, 2020, 13:36:
Can anybody explain how the cliff jump was filmed?

360 degree camera
9.
 
Re: Evening Metaverse
Nov 20, 2020, 11:31
9.
Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 20, 2020, 11:31
Nov 20, 2020, 11:31
 
During the final season of GOT, I watched through the HBONow app, but had to watch one in real time on cable. It was amazing how compressed cable was relatively. Everything was lost in shadows, whereas on the app you could see detail in the blacks.

Wonder if HBOMax is a step backwards, or if it's just that cable really is that terrible relatively (which, obviously, it is, regardless.)
6.
 
Re: Evening Metaverse
Nov 20, 2020, 10:20
6.
Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 20, 2020, 10:20
Nov 20, 2020, 10:20
 
ldonyo wrote on Nov 20, 2020, 10:12:
Jonjonz wrote on Nov 20, 2020, 06:23:
Unfortunately hate speech, like poison, only takes a small amount.

Still plenty of total mis-information, lies, deep fakes and total misrepresentations as well as kook nuts wailing about vacines, or common sense, or not wearing masks in a pandemic.

Speech without liability is chaos and poison to democracy.
230 needs to go.
Irresponsible social media needs to be held liable.
So you'd rather shoot the messenger, rather than blame the source? That's like wanting to blame the company whose name is on the soap box the deluded ranter is standing on while speaking, rather than the deluded ranter.

Bad metaphor.
It's more like a deluded ranter walking into a restaurant and shouting at diners and the restaurant shrugging and going "whatever, he has a right to his opinion, sunshine is the best disinfectant" rather than escorting him out so people can eat in peace.
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Re: Morning Multiplex
Nov 19, 2020, 13:14
2.
Re: Morning Multiplex Nov 19, 2020, 13:14
Nov 19, 2020, 13:14
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2020, 12:10:
Dunno why they're calling that game Dyson Sphere when that's not what you're building.

Because it is what you're building. It's the endgame.
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Re: Evening Safety Dance
Nov 18, 2020, 16:46
19.
Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 18, 2020, 16:46
Nov 18, 2020, 16:46
 
Linthat22 wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 16:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 14:25:
Linthat22 wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 14:10:
Nullity wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 11:33:
Linthat22 wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 11:14:
The salt mine here never fails. I hope you guys are ready for four more years.
HAHAHA, what reality do you think you're in?

You just wait and see. I'm not the only one saying this, but if this is a shock to the system, go ahead and screencap this.

You're in good company with Trump, his family, Rudy Giuliani, OAN, Jacob Wohl, and literally no one else.
Don't screencap this, just make a gentleman's bet. If Trump gets 4 more years, I'll never post here again. If he isn't President next year, you agree to the same.

Deal and bookmarked. I'll even ask Blue to cancel my account.

*edit* I don't want you to stop posting, this is all in fun.

The funnier way to do it would be to create Linthat23, haha.
16.
 
Re: Evening Safety Dance
Nov 18, 2020, 14:25
16.
Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 18, 2020, 14:25
Nov 18, 2020, 14:25
 
Linthat22 wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 14:10:
Nullity wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 11:33:
Linthat22 wrote on Nov 18, 2020, 11:14:
The salt mine here never fails. I hope you guys are ready for four more years.
HAHAHA, what reality do you think you're in?

You just wait and see. I'm not the only one saying this, but if this is a shock to the system, go ahead and screencap this.

You're in good company with Trump, his family, Rudy Giuliani, OAN, Jacob Wohl, and literally no one else.
Don't screencap this, just make a gentleman's bet. If Trump gets 4 more years, I'll never post here again. If he isn't President next year, you agree to the same.
6.
 
Re: Evening Multiplex
Nov 18, 2020, 10:11
6.
Re: Evening Multiplex Nov 18, 2020, 10:11
Nov 18, 2020, 10:11
 
The bloody baron was where I fell in love with the game.

At first it felt over the top over something bland.
Then it felt like it was trying to be edgy.
Then it felt like it was bringing true depth and pathos to a game where I hadn't expected it (the game exceled at this part.)
The it became exceptionally over the top goofy, but also warped, and also with the pathos.

29.
 
Re: Out of the Blue
Nov 14, 2020, 20:53
29.
Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2020, 20:53
Nov 14, 2020, 20:53
 
The obesity or overweight rate in both the US and Canada is 64%

I'm perfectly ok accepting we're likely more obese than overweight, but it isn't like one is significantly different
14.
 
Re: Morning Metaverse
Nov 13, 2020, 19:04
14.
Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 13, 2020, 19:04
Nov 13, 2020, 19:04
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 13, 2020, 17:45:
ITT: WaltC takes a heaping shit and runs away, people waste time pointing out how he is wrong as usual. WaltC never comes back to defend his assertions.

Rinse and repeat for the next thread.

I just made a similar post in another thread!
12.
 
Re: Morning Legal Briefs
Nov 13, 2020, 19:03
12.
Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 13, 2020, 19:03
Nov 13, 2020, 19:03
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 13, 2020, 19:01:
Beamer wrote on Nov 12, 2020, 10:30:
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Nov 11, 2020, 20:47:
Watching liberals heads asplode makes me giggle.The evidence of voter fraud is ridiculous. we could do without tik tok and liberals

Ok. Provide some evidence that it's widespread or larger than typical.
You made the claim. Back it up.

Right now, it doesn't appear to be liberal heads "asploding."
AutoTune of drumpf supporters losing their shit aka "asploding."
https://youtu.be/SJGXLoYtzok

It always seems that the conservatives here disappear when you ask them to support their claims
10.
 
Re: Morning Metaverse
Nov 13, 2020, 14:31
10.
Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 13, 2020, 14:31
Nov 13, 2020, 14:31
 
VaranDragon wrote on Nov 13, 2020, 14:29:
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2020, 14:27:

Yes, but at the same time, literally every single Democrat is a socialist. Passing laws that help corporations slightly less than the GOP, and helping the rich get richer at a slightly lesser rate. Socialism!

Yeah, the biggest scam right there exposed for all to see. Make the people believe all kinds of shit so that they spread your propaganda for you while you get on doing business as usual.

I think the motivation is slightly wrong, though. In your explanation, the Democrats would be leaning into it. But it's the Republicans pushing the socialism fearmongering, so they can have the power while we do the same thing. Democrats, to their credit, are definitely trying to do slightly different things, but, well, the DNC is run by idiots. And the old guard is largely idiots.
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