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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: Morning Interviews Feb 23, 2018, 03:06 Orogogus
saluk wrote on Feb 23, 2018, 00:59:
Move the interface to the sides and keep the 4:3 ratio. Done.

Looking at screenshots, it doesn't look like the interface is taking up enough space to really matter.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
30. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 21, 2018, 22:09 Orogogus
Creston wrote on Feb 21, 2018, 13:51:
Per month, dude. Not $2000 a year. So $24000 a year.
Admittedly it's only twice the US budget, not four times. I'm not sure what the four times number I'd read about was referring to, but even so, it's still a monster amount of money.

Ah, you guys are right of course -- my bad. Still, after cutting out people who make more than $50K (about half) and counting only households, it seems like it would be at least a remotely feasible number if the US really got to a place where everyone's basically a contractor. I even think $24K/yr seems like it could be a little high for this kind of concept, if it were the net after taxes. It would be comparable to the large amount of money already going into Social Security.

I might be too optimistic, but I don't think we're doomed to anarchy and apocalypse. Pretty much every other developed nation on Earth is more socialist than the US, so extending benefits to the poor and the sick isn't a pie-in-the-sky utopia that only works on paper. As the jobs situation approaches crisis levels it's hard to imagine that taxing the rich wouldn't become more and more accepted. We'll have another depression, and it will suck, but at some point people are going to stop believing that their situation is due to immigrants or over-regulation. Eventually the electorate will swing towards getting the haves to pay for an improved social net for the have nots. We just haven't gotten there yet, but you can't convince people to vote against their own interests forever.

I think trying to stop technology or automation is futile, though. Eventually someone else will pull it off out of your control, and it's not just about manufacturing more cheaply, it's also about making better products. The guy who has the better technology multiplier has more points to spend on features, quality and price, and eventually he's a generation ahead. Until you've really stamped out all the other players, you have to play to win or else you lose.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 21, 2018, 13:31 Orogogus
Creston wrote on Feb 21, 2018, 13:12:
If UBI is to work, the amount would need to probably something along the lines of 2000-3000 dollars a month for the average family. The cost of that would bankrupt anything and anyone trying to bear it. A $2000 UBI would cost four times the current US budget.

What's the math on that? The US population is about 330 million, x $2000 = $660 billion, and Wikipedia says the 2015 US budget was $3.8 trillion. And that's counting men, women and children for the population side, not households or families.
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Next Week
10. Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One Next Week Feb 20, 2018, 12:51 Orogogus
Was House of the Dying Sun procedurally generated? I thought that was a straightforward go-out-and-shoot-things space action game, although I think you can give orders to your fleet.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2018, 12:43 Orogogus
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 12:15:
Nucas wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 12:00:
herbert's kid claims he found a text file with an outline of the last book on his dad's computer after he died. his output is also genuinely wretched.
Hmm, I guess it is only natural to doubt him. The story I read indicated he found a 30 page outline in a safety deposit box. Either way, whether it was based on an outline from Frank H. or not, I have to disagree with your assessment. I thought Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune fit very nicely with Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune. I also thought the prequel trilogy was well done. The House series less so, the character series I haven't read.

Another vote for genuinely wretched from me. Just total garbage, and extremely tonally dissonant from Frank Herbert's writing. It was like Foucault's Pendulum II, by RL Stine, world-famous author of Goosebumps (as seen on Nickelodeon!).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2018, 17:15 Orogogus
Nucas wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 17:03:
blue has always run this place with such a light touch that i have always wondered just how much of an asshole someone must have been whenever i see that big read "removed".

I'm pretty sure it's usually just spam bots. Occasionally one of the regulars blows their top during an argument and just launches into personal attacks, and if Blue sees it then that gets removed, too.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2018, 21:48 Orogogus
Pigs can do sniffing jobs, not assault jobs. They've hunted for truffles for hundreds of years. And you're the one who said "intelligence," which is where they shine.

I don't even understand your argument about cows. Oxen are male cattle. They're the same animal. You say a horse has more uses so it's okay to eat the cows, but the logical rejoinder is that people have more uses than any animal, which is why it's okay to eat everything but other people.

And there are plenty of non-working dog breeds. For that matter you can just eat the ones that aren't working, the way you eat the chickens that aren't laying eggs, the sheep that you aren't raising for wool, the cattle that aren't pulling plows.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2018, 18:16 Orogogus
I think that's somewhat dubious reasoning. If you count a horse as a working animal then cows and goats can pull things, too. Guard geese have been a thing going back to antiquity. Outside of the primates and cetaceans it doesn't seem like there's that much difference in intelligence between the food and non-food mammals. Pigs are about as smart as dogs and can do many of the same jobs.

I think the unspoken rule is "don't eat the cute ones," but the reason it's unspoken is because everyone knows it's dumb.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2018, 16:41 Orogogus
I mean, Hindus think the same thing about people who eat cows, although their equivalent of "America, fuck yeah!" is more about lynching and murdering people who think differently than posting shitty Photoshops.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 9, 2018, 15:32 Orogogus
jdreyer wrote on Feb 9, 2018, 15:19:
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 9, 2018, 13:22:
But if Amazon ships their own stuff, who else can they blame when your shit is late or lost?

I ordered a few things on Amazon worth a couple hundred bucks. After 3 weeks it hadn't arrived, and there was no update on the shipping tracker, so Amazon sent me an email asking me if I wanted a refund. So I said yes. A week later, the stuff came.

The same thing just happened to me a few weeks ago, except Amazon sent a notice telling me that the package had been lost in transit and that I should contact them. I did, the guy refunded my credit card, and then it arrived two days later. It was only about $40 worth of stuff, not a couple hundred, but even then I was wondering how they could afford to deal with those kinds of shipping errors on a regular basis.
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News Comments > PUBG Anti-Cheat Release Delayed
8. Re: PUBG Anti-Cheat Release Delayed Feb 6, 2018, 13:56 Orogogus
I think Reshade added a zoom feature last week, didn't it?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2018, 23:14 Orogogus
1badmf wrote on Feb 3, 2018, 21:45:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 3, 2018, 17:15:
I had forgotten about that incident... although once I started reading the wiki article I remembered hearing about most of it. I recall the initial blaming of Hartwig, then a second investigation which seemed to clear him. I did not recall the homosexual angle. Big snafu all around. I would have been in the USAF then, so I'm sure it was "big news"...

reading the wiki about the incident, it's fucking depressing how the navy tried to blame a dead man for the negligence of a bunch of bureacrats and senior officers. i've read it before, but i couldn't even finish reading it again.

Ugh. That was a very sad read about powerful people going unpunished for covering their asses, interfering with investigations, lying, falsification and engaging in petty dickery at the expense of people unable to defend themselves. What a pile of fucking scumbags.
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News Comments > EA Financial Results
14. Re: EA Financial Results Jan 31, 2018, 12:23 Orogogus
DangerDog wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 00:36:
The Emperors last order is to go full Hitler and execute a scorched earth policy, but instead of doing it to rebel scum they do it to planets loyal to the Empire.

Wasn't this how Babylon V climaxed, too? People liked that, didn't they?
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News Comments > MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG
22. Re: MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG Jan 29, 2018, 22:17 Orogogus
MeanJim wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 22:08:
This is proof that MS doesn't give a shit about gaming. They just want XBONE exclusive titles to sell more XBONES. If they gave a shit about gaming, they would make games for all gamers on all platforms.

It doesn't seem to me that talk thrown around between analysts could possibly be proof of anything.
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
41. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 13:29 Orogogus
headkase wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 13:13:
No one bit on what I posted previously.

In terms of fair use there is a property of "transformative".

If the act of playing the game, and it is to be decided by an eventual trial, is "transformative" of the game then it may be fair use.

That seems like a long shot when people are making money off of the streams. A song parody or Warhol pop art are transformative in a way that the courts let people cash in on the resulting work. A video of someone straight up playing a game as intended, no outrageous gimmicks involved ("Darth Vader plays PUBG"), doesn't seem like it checks a lot of boxes on the fair use score sheet.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2018, 16:17 Orogogus
jdreyer wrote on Jan 28, 2018, 02:04:
Sure the guy was a dick, but not for the reasons you state: NEVER HOLD YOUR FUCKING PHONE IN THE VERTICAL POSITION WHEN SHOOTING A VIDEO. There's only one time you should be holding it vertical: when filming a rocket launch.

I'm always baffled by the way people can't rush to the downvote button and leave a snarky comment fast enough when they see a vertical video on YouTube, but there's never anyone calling out the squashed or stretched videos posted in the wrong aspect ratio. How does that not bother people but black bars send them into a rabid rage?

For most vertical videos, you're not watching the video to get some kind of immersive experience. If you're at the theater and the movie is in a vertical aspect ratio, that's a problem. But on YouTube, as long as the cat or whatever isn't cut off I don't get the big deal. Phones are easier to hold and the record button is easier to push in the vertical position, so people do it that way.
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News Comments > New Dragon Age Game in the Works
29. Re: New Dragon Age Game in the Works Jan 26, 2018, 02:27 Orogogus
Jerykk wrote on Jan 25, 2018, 23:07:
Orogogus wrote on Jan 25, 2018, 18:04:
The PC gets a lot of indie games, but all the big budget games still end up on one or both of the consoles.

All the big-budget games come to PC as well (except for the first-party exclusives). Given the rising costs of AAA development, not releasing on PC is just throwing away money.

Ya, but the PC doesn't get first party exclusives. So games like Horizon Zero Dawn or Uncharted never come over, but everything on the PC goes over there. Except the MOBAs, I guess? It seems like a net win for consoles to me.

Also, the rising profits of PC gaming are due primarily to incredibly popular F2P games like Lol and DotA2 more than anything else. PUBG is popular, but it's a one-time purchase whereas F2P can monetize for years.

That was true last year, but I feel like PUBG is really something else due to its monetization attracting the Chinese farmers. Simplified Chinese is the leading user language on Steam by about a 4:1 ratio, when it was more like 1:1 slightly in favor of English as recently as September. I think it's probably a major factor on its own, the way Pokemon Go was for mobile. Not a long term thing, but it's certainly true this past year.
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News Comments > New Dragon Age Game in the Works
26. Re: New Dragon Age Game in the Works Jan 25, 2018, 18:04 Orogogus
Quinn wrote on Jan 25, 2018, 17:22:
I may want to see something that isn't there, but I really think the PC is a platform growing in popularity greatly in the last few years.

I think you're seeing what you want to see. link

Console and non-browser PC games holding steady, with far more growth in mobile games. Insofar as the PC segment is holding its own, it's due almost entirely to Chinese farmers jumping on PUBG in a big way while the Xbox and PS never really gained a foothold in China even after being unbanned. If you take China out of the equation then the consoles would have a substantial lead over PC (but still trailing mobile, I think).

While I don't have a PS4, people speak very highly of its exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted. On the VR side Sony was able to lock down high profile games like Resident Evil 7 and Skyrim, keeping them out of the hands of PC VR users. I just don't see the console side being defeated at all. The PC gets a lot of indie games, but all the big budget games still end up on one or both of the consoles.
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News Comments > Subnautica Surfaces
20. Re: Subnautica Surfaces Jan 25, 2018, 17:04 Orogogus
Lord Tea wrote on Jan 25, 2018, 16:17:
Save it for later then. I've heard the VR experience is even cooler than the standard game.

I kind of disagree. I haven't played much of this, but my experience with it in VR was 1) it doesn't support motion controllers (Oculus Touch or Vive wands), it's gamepad only (or KBAM, I guess); 2) the level of "not optimized for VR" is such that the tutorial or objective text is floating just out of sight off the top of the screen -- you can just see the bottom edge of the text and if you turn your head to look up it just follows your head out of view. And I think it's been like that for more than a year; 3) there are no comfort options for movement. It's just the regular 2D controls, which gives a lot of people motion sickness. Other games fiddle with teleportation, blurring the edges during rotation, dash movement, and so on, but there's none of that here.

On the bright side, it looks nice and it's an actual game and not another a wave shooter. But by no means would I consider this a showcase VR experience or even notably superior to the standard game. I've read that the developer plans to go back and improve the VR support, so that's good.
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Multiplayer Changes; Linux Edition Delayed
9. Re: BATTLETECH Multiplayer Changes; Linux Edition Delayed Jan 17, 2018, 14:23 Orogogus
Flatline wrote on Jan 17, 2018, 13:55:
Don't expect a 1-1 copy of tabletop. Because it's not that. It's pretty close, probably about 70% identical to tabletop, but the numbers are changed, initiative is changed, and a few things feel different due to that.

I was under the impression there were more fundamental gameplay changes than just initiative, like stability damage resulting in a lot more knockdowns, damage reduction stances, special abilities, rage meters, etc., giving it a feel more like a modern TBS like X-COM than, say, Megamek. Kind of like how Space Hulk Ascension applied more video-gamey elements over the original straight-from-board-game translation, resulting in generally positive reviews.
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