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News Comments > Steam Top 10
17. Re: Steam Top 10 May 20, 2018, 22:20 Orogogus
 
Caslon wrote on May 20, 2018, 21:11:
Something's amiss. The Sims doesn't take up three spots on the list.

That's the UK list, which I think doesn't include Steam's numbers. I don't think the current Sims is even available on Steam.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
2. Re: Steam Top 10 May 20, 2018, 14:38 Orogogus
 
Wizard of Legend and House Flipper don't look like the usual Top 10 material.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse May 20, 2018, 13:26 Orogogus
 
Jaxx wrote on May 20, 2018, 03:45:
3. USPS authorities said they ACTUALLY DO make money off Amazon, unlike other companies they deliver for (junk mail senders for example). So to raise money on a company they make money from already when there are others they don’t, makes you sound like you live in Seattle and are one of the Socialist Sawant followers.

My understanding is that they make money on every type of delivery, including junk mail. A few years ago there were a lot of articles about how junk mail was the one of the only things propping the USPS up.

NKD wrote on May 20, 2018, 06:18:
They also cannot make special deals with certain companies, again, by law... There is no special Amazon deal to renegotiate.

This article and others suggest that there is a contract specific to Amazon, whose terms are confidential. They mention that the contract is reviewed by a regulatory commission to make sure it's fair and meets the USPS' legal requirements. It doesn't seem like they're paying a flat rate, at least.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse May 19, 2018, 11:15 Orogogus
 
maddog wrote on May 19, 2018, 00:57:
I don't see what's wrong with looking at changing the deal, as long as it's done in a legal manner.

USPS has been running at a loss for more than a decade. Amazon pays no federal income tax due to the same tax benefits that Trump put in place.

I see nothing wrong with him asking for more from Amazon. And this is coming from a lifelong conservative.

Those don't seem remotely contradictory. It would be the lifelong conservatives who go along with Trump, especially the religious conservatives.

On the face of it, what seems not okay to most people is that despite the USPS saying that Amazon's rates are fair and that Amazon is helping and not hurting the USPS, they might have to pay more because Trump doesn't like their owner and the Washington Post. ZTE makes money for Trump, so it gets special treatment after being labeled a security risk. Nothing that's been reported suggests that Amazon didn't jump through the right hoops to get their current contract, or that they got it through underhanded means.

The concern is whether we're modeling ourselves after corrupt countries like Brazil and Communist China, where bribery is the way to get things done with the government, and you don't get to do business if you say anything bad about the people in charge. This is at the same time that the Supreme Court has made anti-corruption laws toothless, since the new criteria for conviction is more or less being caught being given sacks with dollar signs on them while announcing in clear language that you're taking bribe money in return for political favors documented with a notarized transcript.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2018, 19:32 Orogogus
 
Cutter wrote on May 15, 2018, 17:27:
That's an insane payday for being fired - accused - of petty theft. Only in America. Still, nice to see the little guy win one for once.

I don't really know how Chipotle thought that was going to go down without the alleged surveillance video. Sure you had video proof, Chipotle. And probably the location of Saddam Hussein's WMDs, and the flight recorder from MH370, too. Plus the only other person who saw the money contradicts your claim on the stand? Is it that they wanted to lose?

The cops can get away with destroying, planting and lying about evidence. A restaurant chain, not so much.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Ex-Chipotle manager, accused of swiping $626, awarded $8 million May 15, 2018, 15:49 Orogogus
 
A follow-up article at the source link says that Chipotle moved for a confidential settlement instead of going to appeal or paying the awards or punitive damages:

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article211101999.html
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue May 14, 2018, 19:54 Orogogus
 
bigspender wrote on May 14, 2018, 19:44:
Trans fats: WHO calls for elimination in foods by 2023.

This is going to be a challenge, since most people's trans fat intake is from chicken/beef/dairy/eggs etc

Is that accurate? I can't find a more authoritative source than Wikipedia on short notice, but it says:

"Animal-based fats were once the only trans fats consumed, but by far the largest amount of trans fat consumed today is created by the processed food industry as a side effect of partially hydrogenating unsaturated plant fats (generally vegetable oils). These partially hydrogenated fats have displaced natural solid fats and liquid oils in many areas, the most notable ones being in the fast food, snack food, fried food, and baked goods industries."

Are you thinking of saturated fats?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 13, 2018, 12:58 Orogogus
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 13, 2018, 04:27:
Mr. Tact wrote on May 12, 2018, 15:18:
Giving blood every six weeks is about all I can take (I give since I am O-, universal donor), giving plasma once a week? Clearly he deserves a sainthood...

Did it twice a week for 3 1/2 years. But he donated blood, not plasma. You'd be surprised what a person is willing to do to help keep other people alive.

Nah, he was doing plasma donations (link to Sydney Morning Herald article, which describes the apheresis procedure).

Every fortnight, his blood (like that of all anti-D donors) is extracted at the blood bank, then his plasma is separated from his red blood cells; then his red blood cells are reinjected to prevent anaemia. The whole process is "a major impost", points out the Red Cross's Robert Flower. "It's not just five minutes every 10 years; it's half a day once a fortnight. It's an extraordinary level of dedication."

The plasma donation is a bigger production, as it takes hours instead of minutes. But I don't think he could have donated whole blood instead of plasma twice a week even if he wanted to, especially not for 60 years straight, not unless they took 1/4 size donations for his special case.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2018, 19:43 Orogogus
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 12, 2018, 15:18:
Giving blood every six weeks is about all I can take (I give since I am O-, universal donor), giving plasma once a week? Clearly he deserves a sainthood...

In the US, at least, I think the Red Cross and most local blood banks (mine, at least) make you wait eight weeks between whole blood donations. Platelets are once a week, plasma is twice a week.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 3, 2018, 21:31 Orogogus
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 3, 2018, 21:16:
Orogogus wrote on May 3, 2018, 20:59:
Beamer wrote on May 3, 2018, 18:18:
What are the corporate tax rates in Seattle? Can you tell me?
And are you aware there's no state income tax in Washington?

I'm given to understand Washington has a gross receipts tax, which fills the same function.
Not even close https://dor.wa.gov/find-taxes-rates/business-occupation-tax
Washington does not have an income tax.

In what way is that "not even close"? From your link:

What is the business and occupation (B&O) tax?
The state B&O tax is a gross receipts tax. It is measured on the value of products, gross proceeds of sale, or gross income of the business.

Washington, unlike many other states, does not have an income tax. Washington’s B&O tax is calculated on the gross income from activities. This means there are no deductions from the B&O tax for labor, materials, taxes, or other costs of doing business.

Does a tax "calculated on the gross income from activities" not fill the same function as a corporate income tax?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 3, 2018, 20:59 Orogogus
 
Beamer wrote on May 3, 2018, 18:18:
Ozmodan wrote on May 3, 2018, 18:01:
jdreyer wrote on May 3, 2018, 12:47:
So much for being a good corporate citizen.

The city of Seattle tax collections is a never-ending black hole and the city council a bunch of lunatics. The corporations in the city are already overtaxed and they want more?

I am all for helping the homeless, but they need a plan first how this money is going to be spent. If they are not careful, they will lose all the big corporations in the city.

What are the corporate tax rates in Seattle? Can you tell me?
And are you aware there's no state income tax in Washington?

I'm given to understand Washington has a gross receipts tax, which fills the same function.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
28. Re: etc., etc. May 3, 2018, 03:00 Orogogus
 
In a less extreme light, I'm inclined to sort of agree with LurkerLito. While I don't believe that a pharmaceutical company would go out of its way to hide a cure, it's broadly true that pharmas aren't investing the money needed for new antibiotic development -- some of the closest things we have to actual cures -- because they wouldn't make their money back. Most people only take antibiotics for a few weeks, and the old antibiotics are still widely used until a patient is found to be harboring resistant bacteria. There really is a lot more money to be made chasing lifestyle conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol annd erectile disfunction. It's more a matter of where they're investing their R&D money than of some Snidely Whiplash CEO raising a toast to human misery.

And I don't know about the LASIK argument. My vision insurance has a $100/year allowance, which just about covers a pair of glasses or contacts (which I don't even bother to replace every year). Google says LASIK costs about $2,100 per eye, on average. So that's 42+ years of glasses and/or contacts all up front, which seems like a good deal for the provider.

That said, lots of things don't have cures because it's straight up hard and the technology just isn't there yet. If we had the genetic manipulation techniques to cure cancer instead of subjecting people to debilitating chemotherapy and radiation treatment, then we'd probably have a real-life Jurassic Park already, too, or at least eliminated a gamut of inherited conditions. We don't have nanomachines to zap cancer cells, either. Without that kind of technological breakthrough, the advanced stages of cancer probably just aren't something that can be defeated by drugs or anything else we have available.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 1, 2018, 15:05 Orogogus
 
opie wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:14:
RedEye9 wrote on May 1, 2018, 14:02:
Thanks GOP for denying Americans access to assisted suicide and affordable health care. Vote Democrat, it's easier than you think.


Democrat: We need access to assisted suicide!

Also Democrat: too many people are committing suicide with guns!


Points-scoring partisan soundbites aside, it seems obvious to me that people committing suicide with guns and those looking for assisted suicide methods are two different groups, and there could reasonably be different ethics at play.

For example, even people who love their pets are usually in favor of putting them down humanely when they're in a terminal state, instead of extending their last moments into excruciating pain, their bodies becoming nonfunctional with their minds mostly gone. But when you're talking about people then there's a different set of rules and what's unethical and uncompassionate for the animal becomes the right thing to do for the person.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard's Announced Competitive PvP Shooter
25. Re: Blizzard's Announced Competitive PvP Shooter Apr 28, 2018, 01:54 Orogogus
 
MattyC wrote on Apr 28, 2018, 00:58:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 27, 2018, 18:13:
MattyC wrote on Apr 27, 2018, 15:57:
VaranDragon wrote on Apr 27, 2018, 15:30:
MattyC wrote on Apr 27, 2018, 15:19:
Laugh2
As though Blizzard could make anything in time to cash in on a fad. W

You mean unlike they have ever done before since they basically came into existence?

Dune2 -> Warcraft
C&C -> Warcraft 2
Any MMO that came out before it -> World of Warcraft
Numerous Online card games -> Hearthstone
Numerous MOBAs -> HOTS

Yeah, basically the only original IP gameplay wise Blizzard have to their name is Diablo...

Because Westwood RTS games are identical in mechanics to Blizzard's and they what... used a time machine to make WarCraft 2 come out 2ish months (might even be less than that) after the game your saying it was a clone of?

I guess everyone should have stopped making shooters after Catacomb 3D? Everquest and Ultima Online were just trying to cash in on that sweet sweet Meridian 59 money?

Cash ins aren't where you start the fad, take it in a new direction, or just massively increase its exposure. If that is your point of view than basically every highly regarded game is nothing more than a cash grab and nothing has ever even been evolutionary, never mind revolutionary.

C'mon Matty, Blizzard has a long history of jumping late into a genre, polishing and streamlining it, and achieving massive commercial and critical success. It is known.

If you mean that they don't go out and start new genres I agree 100%. I wasn't objecting to that aspect.

If you mean that they just jump on cash grabs (which to me describes 0 effort, no improvement, just ya know.. get the cash) I have to disagree. I don't see crash grab and makes something better, more popular, or more polished as a lazy money gambit (yes, I know that *better* there is super subjective). I guess we just have to agree to disagree there.

You were the one who brought up "cash grabs." What everyone is objecting to is your apparent original assertion that Blizzard can't move quickly enough to take advantage of a currently popular genre. Are you saying that they can't act swiftly enough to make a cheap knockoff before the fad has died out, but in the same timeframe they can make a polished, well-packaged game? That doesn't seem to make sense.

Also, I don't agree that "cash in" has the same connotation as "cash grab." Cashing in, to me, just means getting in while the getting's good, taking advantage of the current situation whether you're doing it well or half-assed.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard's Announced Competitive PvP Shooter
12. Re: Blizzard's Announced Competitive PvP Shooter Apr 27, 2018, 15:26 Orogogus
 
MattyC wrote on Apr 27, 2018, 15:19:
Laugh2
As though Blizzard could make anything in time to cash in on a fad. Whatever this is, I imagine it will come out just in time for your great great grandchildren to play it in the assisted living facility game room.

I think they jumped in on the digital card game, MOBA and team shooter trends pretty late but managed to come out strong in each one.
 
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News Comments > Comments on Steam User Reviews Disabled by Default
22. Re: Comments on Steam User Reviews Disabled by Default Apr 26, 2018, 19:04 Orogogus
 
yonder wrote on Apr 26, 2018, 18:44:
Buggy as hell upon release. But they have "0.0 hours in the past two weeks" and so I let them know they're full of crap for absolutely LOVING a game and yet leaving a negative review without following-up.

I mean... I feel like I would go out of my way to ignore meta-reviewers like that, people with a mission. It's not the average gamer's job to reinstall games and check back on the status of major bugs. They played the game and checked out like normal people. Steam provides tools for buyers to see the history of reviews, look at recent reviews, sort by date, etc., so it's not like there's no way to find the correct information.

I don't think this particular change helps privacy or has any real upside for users, but on the other hand it also seems pretty insignificant on the whole. If there really are a lot of people who go around telling people leaving reviews that they're full of crap then I see ending this as a tiny benefit. Just check "not helpful" and move on.
 
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News Comments > Comments on Steam User Reviews Disabled by Default
17. Re: Comments on Steam User Reviews Disabled by Default Apr 26, 2018, 13:48 Orogogus
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 26, 2018, 13:39:
chickenboo wrote on Apr 26, 2018, 13:28:
I love/hate how the littlest change gets picked apart these days at the second the news drops. Valve could change the color of a tiny border around some insignificant Steam client feature, and there would be an uproar and a 500-thread reddit post where everything from the end-times being predicted, to the divine genius of Valve, is present.

I dunno, this seems like a pretty big change.

Really? It doesn't seem significant to me. I think it mainly affects small developers who reply to Steam reviews. As someone else said, I don't really need to read people disagreeing with someone's reviews; I would want to get that information from other people leaving their own reviews.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
9. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 26, 2018, 13:29 Orogogus
 
Saboth wrote on Apr 26, 2018, 06:33:
If you don't see the nightmare, then open your eyes. Scott Pruitt in the EPA, opening up offshore drilling, selling off federal (that's our land, btw) land to the highest bidder, destroying foreign alliances, destabilizing the healthcare markets, destabilizing the stock markets, exploding the deficit for no reason at all with irresponsible tax cuts, wasting billions on useless walls, deploying troops to attack refugees at the border, and basically just eroding our very democracy with his reality show bullshit and shifty antics like obstruction of justice, pardoning criminals and racists. It's going to take decades to fix this mess this incompetent buffoon is creating.

I think all those are more or less in line with conservative viewpoints. I don't agree with them, but I understand what the arguments are and see where they're coming from.

What I think shouldn't be acceptable even to conservatives is the way that appointees like Carson, Pruitt, Mnuchin, Shulkin, Zinke -- basically everyone, if you assume these are only the ones that were dumb enough to get caught -- are openly looting taxpayer money and taking bribes. This is the kind of misspending you see in developing countries, and apparently it's okay as long as it's your team that's doing it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 26, 2018, 13:13 Orogogus
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 26, 2018, 12:10:
Cutter wrote on Apr 25, 2018, 21:29:
KS wrote on Apr 25, 2018, 14:16:
I remember 20 years ago when they banned the export of horse meat.

Of course there is little difference between cats, dogs, horses, and cattle and sheep and goats. They're all larger mammals. As long as it's humane, who cares? If it's ok to eat one, it's ok to eat all, and the rest is just preferences mostly of how you were raised.

If you think all animals are the same than you clearly know nothing about animals. There's are myriad reasons why some animals are more expendable than others. However it would make more sense for us to eat fast breeding animals like rabbit, deer, and boar, the most.

Why are pigs more expendable?

They're smart. They're affectionate. Without the tens of thousands of years of being trained to be so.

I mean, they taste good, and I'm neither arguing we shouldn't eat them, nor we should eat dog, but Cutter seems to get irate when you imply pigs aren't just dumb food.

Well, he said boar, which is basically the same animal. He has a better argument this time than the last one about historical affinity between humans and animals that have been bred to work for us. By both arguments, we shouldn't be eating cows. They've been beasts of burden for tens of thousands of years, and they don't grow up fast, taking a lot of resources to put meat on the plate. Plus I guess the Hindus don't like it.

At any rate, I think dogs and cats grow up pretty fast, too, comparable to deer. But pigs really are amazing food animals; they eat almost anything and are huge in like 3 months.
 
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News Comments > Hearthstone Game Director Leaves Blizzard
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 23, 2018, 15:48 Orogogus
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 23, 2018, 15:31:
I don't like that. It's happening at my job. They're pushing to reaching for the skies. I don't want any of that. What I want to do is pure web development. I enjoy that way more than managing people.

That depends on the company. Some companies have a separate management track for people who have an interest in and aptitude for that kind of thing. Other companies have an attitude that everyone should grow into a management role. In my experience, though, some companies only pay lip service to that second philosophy, and promotions are generally determined by management whim.

There's also a theory about rising to your level of incompetence -- the Peter principle, according to Google -- if you're good at your job then your company will keep promoting you until you're land at one that you're bad at. I think a lot of companies just don't take management and employee skills seriously, maybe because HR in general seems to attract spectacularly useless blobs of carbon.
 
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