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News Comments > Out of the Blue
54. Re: Morning Mobilization May 23, 2017, 21:58 Orogogus
 
Krodge wrote on May 23, 2017, 21:17:
People are blindly claiming that its a book of nothing but peace. So these kids are primed to believe it. But when they encounter hate preachers they have no come backs or defense against the very well thought out straight forward arguments the preachers give them.

This sounds pretty ridiculous. Well-reasoned arguments just demolishing people's belief systems and completely rewriting their behavior. Telling people what their religion really means. Who would seriously suggest that kind of scenario now that we have the Internet? It's not even slightly plausible.

You work people up by preaching Us vs. Them. Any people, any time, any ideology. Other people hate us, they're working against our interests and trying to hurt us. And it's usually true to some extent for everyone. If you banned faith schools, would you go on to ban mosques and churches, and religion outright? There are places besides schools to have Us vs. Them drilled into you, and more than a few of these terrorists were radicalized as adults. The news has people saying this bomber was such a nice kid, what happened, and so on.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
44. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 22, 2017, 14:08 Orogogus
 
I can't answer the first question, but in context, I don't think jdreyer is advocating for a change in the behavior of the wealthy so much as a progressive tax system and possibly laws on companies to encourage or force smaller pay disparities.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
40. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 21, 2017, 23:07 Orogogus
 
Creston wrote on May 21, 2017, 15:36:
Beamer wrote on May 21, 2017, 11:00:
People in this very thread ranted against the $15 minimum, despite Cutter being right about how well it worked in Seattle.

I was opposed to it because it seemed like the wage increase would simply lead to corporations passing those costs on to their customers, thus leading to increased prices on pretty much all products, including things like food, etc, which would just hit those minimum wagers again the most.

The fact that that hasn't really seemed to have happened in Seattle is admittedly very surprising. I mean, what happened? Did corporations just eat the cost themselves???

Isn't this basically the same issue as the other discussion about visa labor? In both cases you're talking about increasing worker pay, and the concern is whether companies will pass on the costs to the point where products are unaffordable or noncompetitive (or whether the company will simply fold due to unprofitability).

Logically, it should depend mostly on how much of the company's costs come from labor relative to their net profit.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
39. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 21, 2017, 22:50 Orogogus
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 21, 2017, 01:08:
But we haven't recovered mentally from 2008 and looks like we might not. We are in a save save save mentality, happy days of nicely flowing cash doesn't exist there.

The save save save mentality isn't something tied to a temporary uptick or downturn. Most people don't have pensions any more, and it's been hammered into people that Social Security isn't going to let you retire comfortably -- if you don't save up throughout your career then you'll die in a gutter. And you'll probably have a pre-existing health condition by then, so the way things are looking you'll be lucky to be able to afford insurance.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
19. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 17:29 Orogogus
 
Creston wrote on May 20, 2017, 13:52:
Brazor wrote on May 20, 2017, 12:39:
Part of the problem (especially out here in California) is that there isn't anyone to hire for those jobs.

No, I don't think that that's really the problem. There isn't anyone to hire for those jobs at the absolute fucking rock-bottom salaries employers are 'willing' to pay.

You up the salary on these jobs, and people will apply for it. Nobody wants to be a steel factory worker, to grab Beamer's example, for 9 bucks an hour (duh). You pay 18 bucks an hour, and watch the applicants line up outside. (numbers are just for example, I don't know what they actually are for steel workers.)

That's the side of the story you never hear in all these documentaries where employers lament on "We just can't hire anybody! We've been looking for years! We HAVE to go to India to find workers!"

Bullshit. Pay a good wage and good benefits, and you'll have fucking thousands of applicants.

Industries vary, but in my field, low- to medium tech medical devices, salaries and benefits are a large proportion of operating costs, probably the largest. It's very difficult for companies to set up manufacturing here and pay a large number of assembly workers significantly higher than minimum wage and still compete against companies who have their manufacturing in China. There's only so long you can sell products without making any money.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse May 17, 2017, 23:43 Orogogus
 
Obama and the DNC got flak from left-leaning posters here for appointing Tom Wheeler (when he was seen to be a corporate shill), for their part in warrantless wiretapping and other abuses of the surveillance state, for failing to make government more transparent, for the government's treatment of Chelsea Manning (until he commuted her sentence near the end of his term), and for not closing down Guantanamo. Broken campaign promises, and failure to act in the public interest.

Trump, on the other hand, goes up there and just lies. Just outright lies about election fraud, his tax records, inauguration attendance, but people here parrot it. Millions of fraudulent votes just sailing through and a Trump popular vote victory. Sure. He and his staff provide mutually contradictory accounts, and it's the left-leaning media's fault. He's a hypocrite about golfing habits, insecure communications, leaks, Syria, fundraising, and more, but fuck it, go Team Red!

Copy and paste Obama or Hillary instead of Trump in any article and the right would be going nuts. Trying to pretend that Obama could have just gone up and lied or tweeted in a similarly hypocritical manner with the left eating it up is just facile crap.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 02:56 Orogogus
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 17, 2017, 02:19:
So there is no real benefit to even enable family sharing....

It lets you share games in your library without giving the other person full access to your account, especially if you saved your payment information.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse May 16, 2017, 15:31 Orogogus
 
Pigeon wrote on May 16, 2017, 14:02:
Does anyone actually believe the ISP's reasons for needing to get rid of Net Neutrality?

Just on these boards, far rightists like WaltC, ledhead and shihonage believe everything Trump and the Republican right say.
 
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News Comments > Battlezone VR Rolls Out for PCs
14. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2017, 16:54 Orogogus
 
Watching movie files and YouTube is generally fine. It's a high point, actually, insofar as you can create a virtual screen as large as you want -- there are backdrops for giant TVs and movie screens, and people seem to enjoy watching porn on enormous virtual displays. One thing to note, though: generally I forget about the limited field of view as soon as I'm in VR, but watching a giant video is one of things that tends to highlight it -- you can really tell that the display doesn't fill your entire vision. Still pretty neat, but it's something that will obviously be even better in a future gen.

Reading is very doable if you enlarge your fonts or even just squint a bit. I wouldn't choose to do a lot of reading in VR, but by no means are you prevented from reading PDFs or web browsing in the headset.

I don't usually notice the screen door effect unless I'm looking at something very bright -- a white Explorer window would probably make it pretty noticeable.
 
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News Comments > Battlezone VR Rolls Out for PCs
12. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2017, 14:28 Orogogus
 
There are programs, some of them free, that let give you desktop access on your headset. I haven't tried all of them, but Virtual Desktop, Bigscreen and VR Toolbox all do this.

Some points against:

1. The resolution on the headsets isn't great, and they're right up against your face. With current gen tech it's not the most comfortable way to read a book.

2. I also don't think the headsets are physically comfortable enough that you would want to fall asleep while wearing one.
 
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News Comments > Battlezone VR Rolls Out for PCs
8. Re: Battlezone VR Rolls Out for PCs May 11, 2017, 20:42 Orogogus
 
Wouldn't that make it a better time to get a Vive? I don't think I'd get either headset if I thought their parent company was in danger of going kaput.  
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News Comments > Battlezone VR Rolls Out for PCs
5. Re: Battlezone VR Rolls Out for PCs May 11, 2017, 17:29 Orogogus
 
theglaze wrote on May 11, 2017, 17:21:
SpectralMeat wrote on May 11, 2017, 16:08:
This makes me want to buy a Vive if only it wasn't so dang expensive. Not to mention I have to upgrade my PC for this as well.

For simulators (driving, space, flight)... it's a must have. I can't go back to any racing simulator that does not support VR.

I feel like there's give and take going on due to the limited resolution of the headsets. My Rift is way more immersive than a monitor, but at the same time I think Eve Valkyrie and Project CARS suffer more from the resolution than other games in my library -- in Eve I'd be aiming at indistinct blobs, and in PC I want to be keeping my eyes on the distant road, right where it becomes badly pixelated. My eyes get tired playing it after a while.

Elite is better than Eve in this regard, which is weird since Eve is the one made for VR. I think the simpler ships in Elite work better than the gribbly ones in Eve.

Good to hear you got on board, though!
 
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News Comments > NY Times on Star Citizen
23. Re: NY Times on Star Citizen May 11, 2017, 17:07 Orogogus
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 11, 2017, 16:37:
So you're saying what exactly? Because it's hard no one should even try? Because it's a small industry (but a billion dollar one nonetheless) it's OKAY to let things slide? Because no one is going to get hurt, at worst a few whales will just lose a few thousand dollars, let Cloud Imperium get on with it and hope for the best?

If a well respected, non gaming news outlet, did some real investigative journalism and came up with a story, that things are going in the right direction I would be the first one to eat my words. This one does nothing of the sort.

When you put it that way... it kind of does sound like you're in la la land. You seem to want them to do some kind of Flint, Michigan expose, with the possibility that at the end of the investigation their riveting conclusion is that this project is behind schedule and may not fulfill all the promises in the original pitch. Oh noes.

What are the hard questions you want answered? What kind of results do you want out of a hard-hitting investigation? Are you really expecting a well-respected, non-gaming news outlet to print an article featuring a history of the Star Marine module, or are you expecting them to go undercover and discover a project timeline that lays out how they're going to run out of money and never release anything?
 
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News Comments > Star Trek: Bridge Crew Gets Watson AI
12. Re: Star Trek: Bridge Crew Gets Watson AI May 11, 2017, 14:23 Orogogus
 
El Pit wrote on May 11, 2017, 14:18:
Orogogus wrote on May 11, 2017, 13:54:
Well, he said, "The price is significantly higher if your PC isn't up to the (very high) required specs," so he wasn't counting the GPU or anything else from the PC.

He also did not write "VR hardware alone costs $1,000", so... Ah, whatever! Pointing out the flaws of this generation of VR is like throwing stones at an already dying man.

What are you talking about?

"Unless you already own a PS4, it's a $1000 investment - and that's for the lowest quality VR on the market. The price is significantly higher if your PC isn't up to the (very high) required specs."

Step by step:

1. If you already own a PS4: <$1000 investment
2. Don't own a PS4: $1000 investment for lowest quality VR
3. If your PC isn't up to required specs: Significantly higher
4. If your PC is up to required specs: ???

Why wouldn't ??? be "VR hardware alone"? What are you counting that isn't already covered in "PC up to required specs"?
 
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News Comments > Star Trek: Bridge Crew Gets Watson AI
10. Re: Star Trek: Bridge Crew Gets Watson AI May 11, 2017, 13:54 Orogogus
 
Well, he said, "The price is significantly higher if your PC isn't up to the (very high) required specs," so he wasn't counting the GPU or anything else from the PC.  
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News Comments > Star Trek: Bridge Crew Gets Watson AI
8. Re: Star Trek: Bridge Crew Gets Watson AI May 11, 2017, 13:26 Orogogus
 
Fion wrote on May 11, 2017, 12:55:
The price point on VR still needs to come down. Unless you already own a PS4, it's a $1000 investment - and that's for the lowest quality VR on the market.

Is that in Canadian or Oz dollars or something? The Vive is $800 and the Rift + Touch is $600 ($500 for just the Rift if you're only going to be flying and driving with it).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2017, 13:20 Orogogus
 
jdreyer wrote on May 11, 2017, 01:49:
Hump wrote on May 10, 2017, 17:21:
Stephen, I do tub and tile reglazing. Give me a call if I can be of any help. Reglazing is a lot less invasive than putting in new tile.

Oh, and a whole lot less expensive.

Tom AC 401 then 617-1132

You might want to obfuscate that a bit, so your number doesn't get picked up by a bot and end up on a robocall list.

If it's his business number it's probably out there anyway.
 
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News Comments > Steam Gifting Changes
17. Re: Steam Gifting Changes May 4, 2017, 15:14 Orogogus
 
SimplyMonk wrote on May 4, 2017, 14:36:
Suffice it to say, without regional pricing all regions would have the most expensive price which would probably be $70 AUD for games.

Well, that's not necessarily true. Every region would have its own price/profit curve which has presumably already been optimized, and I'm inclined to doubt that shifting everyone's price to Australia's level would make up for lost sales in the larger markets. It might be more profitable to cut off Australia, if there's any tax/tariff related reason why their prices are so high. But if they really do jack up Oz prices just because they can, then it's not inconceivable that they'd give them the US price to at least get something out of Oz while not damaging US sales.

Although... I don't think El Pit is the guy to debate this with. No offense, but aren't you the guy who thinks Valve should ignore German censorship laws because Germany isn't going to launch a war against the USA?
 
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News Comments > Dawn of War III Released
16. Re: Dawn of War III Released Apr 27, 2017, 16:59 Orogogus
 
NetHead wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 16:39:
Looking at the reception of Dawn of War, Dark Crusade, Soulstorm on Steam they get from 80% to 95%, the 80% actually being a standout in only recent Soulstorm ratings while all others are 90+. It then declines severely from there with sequels.

Eh? I see 87% for both DoW II and Chaos Rising, then 90% for Retribution.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
57. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 26, 2017, 18:55 Orogogus
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 18:22:
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.

That would be the way it works, wouldn't it? If it relied on followers who were in from birth, it wouldn't be a proselytizing religion. And it's a cliche that the recently born again are the ones who talk about it the most.
 
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