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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
12. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 2, 2014, 23:25 Burrito of Peace
Beamer wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:27:
How many people do you know that are "electronics hobbyists?"

Every electrical and mechanical engineer I've ever met, for starters. Everyone I've spoken to has either a Pi, Arduino or Beagle board that they have either one or more projects cooking on. Since there's only a few million of us in North America alone, yeah...that marketplace sure shrunk down to nothing God damned near overnight.

Yet, despite your fallacious assertions to the contrary, companies like Allied and Delta are still heavily investing in their core business and making money hand over fist.

Judging by the success of their competitors in their original market and RadioShack's very obvious demise, I'd say it's very defensible to say that RS' execs ARE fuckwits who did nothing but just chase trends for the sake of the short term bottom line.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 2, 2014, 19:00 Burrito of Peace
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 18:46:
Bullshit like Secret or Fourspring should just be banned outright. Problem solved.

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 2, 2014, 18:39 Burrito of Peace
Shok wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 17:42:
You would think an electronics store would have all kinds of hobbyist stuff like that.

The sad thing is that, at one time, they were THE place to go for electronics hobbyist stuff. I built my very first amplifier from parts that I picked up at Radio Shack, for example. More than that, the people who worked there were also hobbyists themselves and often had really great advice and suggestions to help you fix something or to improve whatever project you were building. My very first soldering station and breadboard came from RadioShack as well.

Then they decided to be a computer store, as they were Tandy, to compete with Gateway, eMachines, Computer City and the like. That failed miserably. Near the end of that foray, they then decided to try and be a high end A/V store to compete with companies and then that failed miserably as well. The one small thing they did right at the time was to convert their house brand from "Realistic" to "Optimus" and have Pioneer rebadge their amps and contracted JBL to make their speakers. You could get a really great sounding system for less than half the cost.

Since no one thought of RadioShack as the place to go for that kind of gear, they decided to enter the cell phone market. Which is kinda where we stand today.

It's kind of sad because unless you order from sites like Allied and Monoprice, there's no longer a place that specializes in electronics components.

Like every large corporation that failed, RadioShack forgot what made them the giant they became and decided to fall down the rabbit hole chasing trends that they just weren't positioned to compete for competitively.
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News Comments > PC No Man's Sky Confirmed?
5. Re: PC No Man's Sky Confirmed? Aug 1, 2014, 11:49 Burrito of Peace
Cutter wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:12:
Yeah, exiting as it first was, the more I see and hear, the less excited I become. I have a feeling this might end up as kind of a bust.

I think it is going to be a complete disappointment. First we were told "it's all procedurally generated!" Then, we heard "Well, ok, maybe not all of it. Animals are pre-existing assets." The last I heard was "So the systems are procedurally generated. Really, we mean it."

Seeing the screenshots in high res makes the game look fuzzy, washed out and extremely angular with mediocre graphics and I haven't seen any new shots released that change that.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 31, 2014, 16:29 Burrito of Peace
Creston wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 16:07:
I'm actually more surprised why they allowed apparently pornographic pictures on their site, but then again, it IS FB. They'd happily show live beheadings of children if they thought it'd make them a buck.

I'd buy that for a dollar!
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
3. Which Mac should I buy? Jul 27, 2014, 09:58 Burrito of Peace
The one that you can flash as much as possible to let everyone around you know exactly the kind of pretentious douchebag you are.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 24, 2014, 10:11 Burrito of Peace
I will never understand why people who are concerned about privacy don't user services like Spideroak instead of Dropbox.  
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News Comments > 2K's BioShock Tease?
5. Re: 2K's BioShock Tease? Jul 24, 2014, 10:09 Burrito of Peace
I would wager that it's a mobile/tablet game.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 09:08 Burrito of Peace
The back and forth between PC gamers and console gamers is almost pleasant compared to the things I've seen in the Linux community. Debian vs RedHat, Arch users vs Ubuntu users, KDE vs Gnome vs Cinnamon vs LXDE, FOSS versus non-free...those conversations get extremely ugly.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
79. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 08:17 Burrito of Peace
jdreyer wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 02:15:
Here's what I'm hearing:

"I worked in the game industry, and I never saw this."

Good for you. You got lucky. That hardly means this isn't an issue. I don't even go looking for stories like this, yet come across them on a monthly basis. It's an issue, it exists, and the gaming industry is poorer for it. Tired of CoD clones? More women in the industry can help fix that.

As I am the only one who posted with my relevant experience within the industry, I can only surmise that this was personally directed at me. However, at no point did I say "I never saw this". In point of fact, I stated that I had seen it but in very small percentage of the population. You aren't "lucky" when the claimed rate of incidents doesn't match more than two decades worth of actual, direct experience. What I questioned was the veracity of the rate of incidents claimed. It stinks of hyperbole with the most vile of intent.

Let me reiterate this again, so it sticks out to you; I did not say that such behavior does not exist. In fact, I said quite the opposite. Got that clear in your head?

Do you know why you come across articles like this on a "monthly basis"? Because it generates clicks, targets a demographic for advertising and makes for eye grabbing headlines within that demographic. Call me cynical if you wish, but the first priority of any business is to generate profit and websites like Polygon aren't run on good wishes and happy thoughts.

As for your comment about "CoD clones", I know how to fix it for myself and it has nothing to do with gender. I simply do not purchase the games that do not interest me. However, there is very clearly an incredibly significant portion of the gaming population who disagrees with me and purchases those games to the tune of billions of dollars annually. White knighting this issue isn't going to change their tastes.

Further, we are seeing a more varied gaming ecosystem right now. With Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight and other platforms, plus easily available engines and assets like Unity and UDK, literally anyone can make any game they wish. Whether it is successful or not is another matter entirely but the option and availability are there. For good or ill, games like Elite, Star Citizen, Kerbal Space Program, Braid, and many others have proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. I bet EA and ActiBlizzard would have loved to have their development costs offset so spectacularly as Star Citizen has.
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News Comments > Op Ed
58. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 21:16 Burrito of Peace
I guess I'm just too old and have been around the block too many times to give a damn about this "issue".

Someone once said to me that "Humans never solve any problem until it becomes an absolute crisis from which they cannot escape." That's proved true on every major social, financial, industrial, national and global problem I've seen in my life and those I've read of historically. Unless and until it directly impacts a significant amount of a total population, no effort will be made to rectify it. Specifically on this issue, I'd be generally surprised if it effected any more than 3% of the population globally and 15% of the population nationally within the US. I'm sure the national percentage will skew up or down dependent on the total volume of population within any other country.

I worked in the MMO industry for a very long time, since its birth really. I used to have a joke within the office that was adopted broadly because it was universally true about online service users. That joke was "It's not a good day on the internet until my race, sexuality, gender, and alleged promiscuity have been called in to question." Quite frankly, it was laughable to see complete strangers get worked up in to a frothing rage over things that were undeniably trivial and it was hilarious to read the creativity they'd use to try and insult me based upon the criteria mentioned above.

Looking at the article, the amount of bias is extremely evident and that bias is intentionally preserved by the disabling of comments. Partly, I am sure, to prevent those whom would call bullshit on it and refute it. I grant, however, that it is also partially to prevent the trolls from flaming for kicks.

In my time within the game industry, I worked with a lot of women. Just like their male counterparts; some were brilliant, some did their job and went home and some were horrible and didn't last long. There was zero harassment from within as it flatout wasn't tolerated. Before going in to content creation, I started on the support side as most hopefuls tend to do. In total, I would estimate that we had roughly fifty women between account, technical, and game support. Yes, undeniably, there were cretins who would harass our female employees because of their gender. Those cretins, however, made up about 1% of the total customer base. One percent. 99% of the customer base did not attack them based on their gender. The alleged "widespread harassment" as claimed by the article did not materialize within the five companies or from its customers I worked for over more than twenty years. I also understand this is anecdotal and the plural of "anecdote" is not "data".

I firmly believe that this is a case of "the lady doth protest too much".
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News Comments > The Evil Within a Week Early
4. Re: The Evil Within One-Week Early Jul 18, 2014, 13:01 Burrito of Peace
"The Evil Within"? That perfectly describes my ex.  
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News Comments > Transcendence Patch and Soundtrack
1. Re: Transcendence Patch and Soundtrack Jul 17, 2014, 09:12 Burrito of Peace
Has anyone played this game? If so, how good is it?  
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News Comments > Gearbox Announces "Hero Shooter" Battleborn
6. Re: Gearbox Announces Jul 8, 2014, 13:21 Burrito of Peace
Thank you, Blue.  
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News Comments > Gearbox Announces "Hero Shooter" Battleborn
4. Re: Gearbox Announces Jul 8, 2014, 13:15 Burrito of Peace
Please, for the love of all that is holy (and for those of us on mobile devices), can we NOT make the videos embedded in the main page?  
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jul 8, 2014, 12:56 Burrito of Peace
nin wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 08:55:
To be fair, though, the comment was "no one seems to have heard of Bundle in a Box".

To be fair, though, not everyone is literal and hyperbole is an oft used device in summation and collective statements.
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Jul 8, 2014, 08:51 Burrito of Peace
nin wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 08:23:
A search for "Bundle in a box" shows this as their 6th mention here, but don't let that get in the way of someones near constant negativity...

To be fair, though, what have you heard more about; the Humble Bundle or Bundle in a Box?
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News Comments > InSomnia Tech Demo
6. Re: InSomnia Tech Demo Jul 5, 2014, 22:15 Burrito of Peace
How about E85punk? Ethanolpunk? Biodieselpunk? Electricpunk? Hydropunk? Punkpunk? Bronypunk?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 2, 2014, 22:09 Burrito of Peace
Orogogus wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 15:45:
Olympics = summer games only, eh?

What's that all aboot?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 2, 2014, 12:54 Burrito of Peace
Brataccas wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 12:20:
Soccer bullshit I don't care about here...

Just a sidebar:

Props on the name and avatar. I don't think a whole lot of people played that game.
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