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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Feb 28, 2021, 17:48
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Feb 28, 2021, 17:48
Feb 28, 2021, 17:48
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 28, 2021, 15:21:
Now we get to the heart of the matter. Your entire worldview is based on "Fuck you, I got mine." Cool. You and I no longer have a reason to continue to discuss this topic.

Close. You are correct in assuming I have no bleeding heart.

It's not simply that "I got mine". It's that "I worked hard for many years slowly climbing the ladder for mine. You do the same, or Fuck You."
It's called earning it.
Zero sympathy for people that think the are entitled to a have a free ride.

And with that correction... you are right... We have no reason to continue this discussion.

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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Feb 28, 2021, 13:25
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Feb 28, 2021, 13:25
Feb 28, 2021, 13:25
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 28, 2021, 12:11:
wtf_man wrote on Feb 28, 2021, 10:57:
1. Minimum wage was NEVER meant to be a "living wage"... people need to get that through their thick skulls. It's an "entry to the work force" wage.

Incorrect. FDR, the President who created the minimum wage as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, had this to say about it:

"In my Inaugural I laid down the simple proposition that nobody is going to starve in this country. It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." (Emphasis mine)

Perhaps it would be wiser for people claiming the opposite to get it through "their thick skulls" that "entry to the work force wage" is the exact opposite of what the minimum wage was created for. An understanding of history helps.

Let's see... FDR's 25 cents per hour Minimum wage.... Adjusted for inflation, $0.25 in 1938 is equal to $4.52 in 2021.
You may want to play with the semantics of "living wage" of FDR's quotes, but the intention was to prevent people from starving (Earlier in your quote). Not provide a House, Car, etc. etc. etc.

The Auto industry DOUBLED their prices in the 70's or 80's. Minimum wage is supposed to cover that? That's not realistic. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for new cars were 617.86% higher in 2021 versus 1935 (a $92,678.57 difference in value).
A car is a luxury.
Owning a house is pretty much a luxury, at least from the point of view of trying to buy one on Minimum wage.

You go to work, prove your worth and climb the ladder the best you can, like everyone else. Then you can afford a car and a house. These things are not an entitlement.

#2 It's already above FDR's starving standards ($4.52 vs $7.25)... but I defer it needing to be closer to the buying power numbers. Which BTW varies depending on the area, and federally is usually the lowest common denominator.
#3 My Kid is actually doing better than me (Asset Wise) and half my age. She started out with a part time Mc Donalds job living in some condemned rat trap... dropped out of college and figured out she didn't want that life. Joined the Military and between her and her recently retired NCO husband... they own 2 houses. Wow... she figured it out! Imagine that! No welfare... no stayaing at a dead end minimum wage job. She did good for herself. As for Grand Kids... don't have any yet.
#4 I wasn't trying to say it shouldn't be raised on that comment... I was actually trying to show the opposite. I do not think it is fair that it hasn't been raised in 12 years.
#5 Oh Hell no. I work hard for my paychecks. I do not want to pay for other people's medical, college, slavery reparations (My family wasn't even in this country then), living wage stipends (welfare on steroids). I don't get why you want to steal from people that work hard and give it to people that don't. I never understood that logic. And before you say "tax the rich"... that never works. They hire armies of accountants for the loopholes, or pass on the cost somehow, or move their money out of the country. And when there is a shortage to fund these "programs"... the middle / working class gets stuck with the bill and screwed. At least Bernie was honest regarding everyone's taxes go up.
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits
Feb 28, 2021, 10:57
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Re: Saturday Tech Bits Feb 28, 2021, 10:57
Feb 28, 2021, 10:57
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 27, 2021, 18:18:
Why read the article when you can spout right wing stupidity that has been debunked for years now?

As apposed to Left Wing stupidity? Because there's a lot of that too. Especially when it comes to finances.

Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 27, 2021, 18:18:
As for the minimum wage, it has not kept pace with inflation for, oh, literally 50 years now. If your business can't succeed without paying people a living wage, your business deserves to fail because your business is based on exploitation. Costco, for example, can manage to run a successful business and pay people more than double the minimum wage.

I'm in the middle on this issue.
1. Minimum wage was NEVER meant to be a "living wage"... people need to get that through their thick skulls. It's an "entry to the work force" wage.
2. I do agree that it needs to go up somewhat with inflation. That said... it's not $15. It's more like $9 if you compare 1980's (when I made $3.35 an hour minimum wage as a teenager flipping burgers) dollars buying power to today's. (1982 Dollar to 2021 = 2.71 - 2.71 x 3.35 = 9.0785)
3. I don't expect my grand kids to have less buying power than I did when I entered the work force. I also don't expect them to make more.
4. Minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.
5. Many small businesses have been forced to include a benefits package, which takes away from what can be paid for entry level positions.

So, yes it needs to go up... but nowhere near what is trying to be pushed through.

Edit: Since you mentions 50 years... 1971 minimum wage was $1.60 per hour... and equates to $10.47 in today's dollars
So a bit more than $9 but still way less than $15. And don't forget the forced benefit packages.
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Re: System Shock Remake Demo
Feb 26, 2021, 10:38
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Re: System Shock Remake Demo Feb 26, 2021, 10:38
Feb 26, 2021, 10:38
 
Jivaro wrote on Feb 26, 2021, 03:09:
Simon Says wrote on Feb 25, 2021, 18:38:
Just tried the demo for 20 minutes... definitely feels System Shock'y.

Looking forward to the whole game.

So pumped to read that. Was nervous TBH.

Well... it's been a real bumpy ride, especially as a backer.

They pitched a remake... then headed down a re-imagination route and figured out that pissed everyone off... reset and went back down the remake route. Then all the delays and the missed "early 2020" launch, pretty much nothing but fricken concept art in their kickstarter updates (no real progress news), and a steam only backer demo launch that pissed a lot of us off...etc. etc. etc.

That said, I can say from playing the Demo a couple of months ago that I'm real happy with how it is turning out.

And now that they have a new launch target of late summer 2021... I'm stoked.
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Re: GeForce RTX 3060 Reviews
Feb 25, 2021, 12:54
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Re: GeForce RTX 3060 Reviews Feb 25, 2021, 12:54
Feb 25, 2021, 12:54
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 25, 2021, 12:47:
Problem I'm seeing is that all of the partner cards (for the 3080) are now north of an $800 MSRP. I'd rather buy a console for AAA games (and maybe VR) at this point and just stick with my 1080ti on my pc.

Part of that is the Tarriffs that kicked in earlier this year, at least for the US.
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Re: System Shock Remake Demo
Feb 25, 2021, 11:45
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Re: System Shock Remake Demo Feb 25, 2021, 11:45
Feb 25, 2021, 11:45
 
Bill Borre wrote on Feb 25, 2021, 11:37:
Is this the same demo that was available previously?

They've updated the demo a couple of times, so I would guess this is the latest version.

That said... I'm looking forward to release (Finally).
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Re: BioWare Ends Anthem NEXT Project
Feb 25, 2021, 09:50
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Re: BioWare Ends Anthem NEXT Project Feb 25, 2021, 09:50
Feb 25, 2021, 09:50
 
NKD wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 20:27:
Avus wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 20:14:
EA graveyard is preparing the space now....

Pretty sure I read this exact thing back in 2007 when EA bought them.

Pretty sure Bioware has been dead for a while thanks to EA. EA just hasn't buried them yet (aka scrapped the studio)... they will let it rot unil the name is damaged enough, and then bury it... probably by making the name a different function, like Origin.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Feb 24, 2021, 16:28
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 24, 2021, 16:28
Feb 24, 2021, 16:28
 
1080p gaming here... My GTX1070 is fine still. It performed well in Cyberpunk @ high settings and a couple of minor things turned off that I hate (Bloom, Lens Flares, etc.) ... so, that being the newest game I have... no complaints and I'm not feeling the pressure to upgrade.

That said... if my friend gets a RTX 3080 in his EVGA queue... I will jump on it.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Feb 24, 2021, 13:29
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 24, 2021, 13:29
Feb 24, 2021, 13:29
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 13:20:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 12:19:
Intel is making a lot of bullshit claims lately. This is another.
Came here to exclaim Horse Hockey on intels blather. BoP beat me to it.

A really good video that exposes Intel's BS Intel - From Inventors of the CPU to Laughing Stock - Part 2 just released yesterday, if you got 20 minutes to spare. The dirt is in the 2nd half of the video (12:40+)... but you should watch the whole thing.

This comment was edited on Feb 24, 2021, 13:40.
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Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed
Feb 23, 2021, 17:06
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Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed Feb 23, 2021, 17:06
Feb 23, 2021, 17:06
 
Saboth wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 14:55:
Well, I preordered Duke Nukem 2 way back in the 90s, and it went a while before my order was cancelled, and then the game came out like 20 years later.

That was actually Duke Nukem 4 Ever.

Duke Nuke'Em 1 and 2 were actually side scroller games that came out before Duke Nuke Em 3D in the 90's.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Feb 23, 2021, 13:14
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 23, 2021, 13:14
Feb 23, 2021, 13:14
 
I don't run Mint, but I update almost daily, since most linux distro's "updater" updates something several times a week... whether it be a full application like a browser or as little as a system file.

Also, Manjaro is a "rolling release distro"... you are always on the latest version (unlike Ubuntu, Mint, etc.).

Windows 10 sort of copied this (the rolling release process... not Manjaro itself)... except for in linux... there is no scheduled "big build" releases, and there is no linux.old folder to get rid of.

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Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed
Feb 23, 2021, 13:00
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Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed Feb 23, 2021, 13:00
Feb 23, 2021, 13:00
 
ldonyo wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 12:23:
I'm tempted to ask GOG for a refund on my preorder. I'm reasonably patient, but I'm not sure I can wait another two years, or longer, for this to see the light of day.

Definitely get a refund.

At best it is going to be completely different than what was pitched already, meaning you ain't getting what you thought you paid for. Whether it is good or not remains to be seen, but super doubtful.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Feb 19, 2021, 18:10
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 19, 2021, 18:10
Feb 19, 2021, 18:10
 
The Flying Penguin wrote on Feb 19, 2021, 14:21:
So far, I think the way EVGA is selling their cards is the best system. I'm surprised no one else is doing it. You request a card (ONE CARD), and you get put in a queue.

I agree but that's slightly off... You can get in the queue for all the different models (3090, 3080, 3070, etc. etc.) and all of their sku's (3080 XC3 Ultra Hybrid, 3080 XC3 Ultra Hydro, 3080 FTW3 Ultra Hybrid, 3080 FTW3 Ultra Hydro, 3080 FTW3 Gaming Ultra, 3080 FTW3 Gaming, etc. etc.)

...hence way more than one card.

My friend got two 3070s from them (for his other friends) and declined a 3090 from the queue (Nobody wanted it and he's not a scalper... and he already got his 3090 from somewhere else).
He still on all the queues for all the 3080 skus (except the water cooled ones) which I get first dibs at whatever he pays for the first one that pops up.. So far he's been in the 3080 Queues since late October and still no 3080.
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Feb 19, 2021, 13:39
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Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 19, 2021, 13:39
Feb 19, 2021, 13:39
 
I still think short selling is unethical after reading this article: Short Selling Basics

But judge for yourself.

I think all quick-buck / volatile inducing "strategies" are unethical. The stock market needs to be less "gambling" oriented and more "investment" oriented, IMO.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Feb 18, 2021, 18:58
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 18, 2021, 18:58
Feb 18, 2021, 18:58
 
Totally disagree with WaltC on this one.

So much garbage is still turned on by default and there's a ton you have to do to turn it all off.
Just slap wireshark on a standard Windows 10 installation for proof.... even after turning off all the "easily found" options in settings.

If you can... run server 2019 Standard as a "Workstation OS" to avoid the massive amounts of "consumerization BS"... and there's still some crap you have to turn off even with that OS.
Convert Both Your Windows Server 2016 & 2019 to a Workstation
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Re: Layoffs at 22cans
Feb 17, 2021, 09:42
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Re: Layoffs at 22cans Feb 17, 2021, 09:42
Feb 17, 2021, 09:42
 
Ah Peter... up there with the ranks of George Broussard, Chris Roberts, etc. etc.

I suppose all 22 devs have been canned.
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Re: Sunday Tech Bits
Feb 15, 2021, 11:51
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Re: Sunday Tech Bits Feb 15, 2021, 11:51
Feb 15, 2021, 11:51
 
1 half of 1 percent (the way I'm reading it) is a major issue???

However, from the article:
AMD Ryzen 5950x x50 units 8 doa
AMD Ryzen 5900x x50 units 4 doa
AMD Ryzen 5800x x100 units 4 doa
AMD Ryzen 5600x x120 units 3 doa

That's a lot Higher than WaltC's numbers.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Feb 14, 2021, 12:57
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 14, 2021, 12:57
Feb 14, 2021, 12:57
 
CthulhuFan wrote on Feb 13, 2021, 12:34:
Ugh. It's getting to the point I may just buy a pre-built just to pull the GPU and resell the rest

If you don't care about overclocking... and there's a pre-built PC with the right CPU / Chipset combination that you want... that may be the way to go... and if you don't like the case.. just transfer the guts to your current case or buy one that you like. Also wipe the drive and install the OS fresh so it doesn't have garbage on it.

You're not saving all that much building your own these days (depending on who is making the pre-built, and whether they are sticking close to MSRP on parts or not)... and you are definitely saving a lot more than paying scalper prices for CPUs and GPUs just to get a build going.
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Re: Evening Legal Briefs
Feb 10, 2021, 09:35
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Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 10, 2021, 09:35
Feb 10, 2021, 09:35
 
The engineer loaded up two USB drives with intel from Intel, and then he went and plugged one of them into a Microsoft-issued laptop...

...And if you're wondering how the folks at Intel knew this, it's because Microsoft was the one that found out and told them, so the two companies are working together on this.

That guy is fuxx0red.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Feb 9, 2021, 09:57
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 9, 2021, 09:57
Feb 9, 2021, 09:57
 
If you watch youtube video benchmarks with the overlay up... most games on "ultra or highest settings" are only using about 4-6GB VRAM @1080p with games pushing 6-7GB @4k. A few newer games are in the High 7GB range for 4K.

Example Benchamrk Video (look at the Green MEM number at each resolution for each game)

If you run 1080p... 8GB is plenty.... and I used to think I had to turn down the textures because "Ultra texture sizes" were meant for a tone a VRAM / 4k... not 1080p.(Crysis remastered and Horizon Zero Dawn being mem hog exceptions at 7GB+ @ 1080p)
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