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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue May 21, 2017, 23:39 jdreyer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 21, 2017, 22:50:
Mr. Tact wrote on May 21, 2017, 21:51:
Am I the only one who gets annoyed that Science Fiction and Fantasy get lumped together so often? Granted, sometimes there isn't much difference.. Despite having read and enjoyed plenty of Fantasy novels, I just prefer Science Fiction and I find it disappointing they have to compete for the awards.

You are not the only one. I wonder this too ;( I read tons of sci-fi and fantasy, the genres are different enough. And especially because to me, sci-fi and fantasy are both umbrella genres (contained within -> many sub-genres)

But I can see how there can be conceptual confusion. When does something intended a fantasy writing become science-fiction. Does discovery of a space-tech bunker make something science-fiction when it's grounded in elves and dwarfs (or whatever other "magical" stuff)?

Or is it based on the source of the inspiration? I don't really understand that.

For example I have a hard time classifying WH40k as sci-fi.

Right, when we were younger I feel they were treated more separately. However, today there are so many crossover properties like Shadowrun and Warhammer, that I think there's more lumping them together.
 
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2. Re: etc. May 21, 2017, 23:34 jdreyer
 
World of Warships is pretty fun. Not only does it have fun action, but it also has a deep strategic layer. That being said, it does grind after a while, so I moved on after about 50 or so hours.  
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
13. Re: Sunday Safety Dance May 21, 2017, 23:29 jdreyer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 21, 2017, 22:28:
There are two kinds of companies: those who understand IT is just as important as the legal department and treat it as such, and those who treat it like a cost center and are one good data breach away from bankruptcy or buyout.

Words to live by.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 21, 2017, 18:31 jdreyer
 
I'm wondering what the point of 8K is exactly. Are there any jaggies visible on 4k? I guess 8K is appropriate for a 10' screen.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 21, 2017, 18:18 jdreyer
 
Congrats to Charlie Jane Anders for her Nebula award. I always enjoyed her stuff at IO9, but when I saw that she had a couple of stories in last year's Best Sci Fi Shorts Anthology I was skeptical. I assumed she got in because of her connections. But her stories were not only really good but completely different in both content and style. Good stuff.

Also congrats to Denis for his Arrival award. Well deserved. He's the only reason I am looking forward to the new Blade Runner.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 21, 2017, 18:10 jdreyer
 
My fear of James returning to Terminator is that he tries to use a CG Arnie for the entire flick.  
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News Comments > 11 Million Paladins and Counting
7. Re: .. May 21, 2017, 18:01 jdreyer
 
JeffD wrote on May 21, 2017, 12:33:
I had never actually heard of paladin until now, and I have overwatch.

The similarities are undeniable and quite funny, it seems like they decided to use overwatch characters as a balanced base, and then originate off that. I feel like there could have been ALOT they could have done to pull the character designs away from overwatch (why is the tank paladin a guy in armor with a rectangle blue shield? You couldn't think of any other character design proficient with large shields? ) I do like the card (talents) system they use to great effect. The side effect unfortunately is if the development team was unable to separate their game from overwatch from the start, how good are they going to be at creating their own talent system that will also remain balanced? This makes me think the game will never be in the tournament circuit.

However it is free to play, and many people out there can't afford much, and it looks like a very solid play, let them enjoy their game.

I do agree though player statistics like "downloaded" and "Signed up" for free to play is just stupid and worthless.
Those stats aren't completely worthless. You or I couldn't make a game that got 11M downloads. That being said what do you you think would be a better measure of their success?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 21, 2017, 13:43 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 20, 2017, 18:50:
Your anecdote reminds me of something similar I could relay.. my freshman year of college, there was a food truck which showed up outside the university residence in the early evening. Generally the only thing I purchased from them was prepackaged goods, chips and such. However, one evening I had gotten distracted and missed dinner at the dining hall. So, I bought a sub sandwich from them.. don't really recall what type it was but I remember I thought it was very good. So after that about once a week or so I would get a sub from them. I suspect their health standards surpassed a garden variety gas station, but I could be mistaken...
Must have been okay because you lived to tell the tale.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 21, 2017, 13:21 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 21, 2017, 11:48:
Audeze makes $2,495 earbuds only a audiophile fool could love.

Super cheezy name for a super expensive product.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
24. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 21:12 jdreyer
 
GothicWizard wrote on May 20, 2017, 20:02:
About a century ago I am quite sure there were a bunch of blacksmiths pinning for the good old days as they watched the industrial revolution swallow up their job. The old economy changed with the new. Now we are undergoing a massive change again and the industrial revolution, blue collar jobs are now the old economy and tech, services are the new.

Same difference here those die makers and retails jobs (blacksmiths) are giving way to the tech revolution to IT jobs, robotic engineering, solar tech, etc. Hot tip all these automated robots they need someone to design, test and build them and then service them. yes you lost a $8 hr job flipping burgers but gained a $18+ service repair job or a $30 robotic engineer job.

The economy is changing and nothing is going to stop it. People need to accept it, stop living in the past and realize those 'blacksmith' jobs are not coming back. BUT new job markets are being created or expanded in this new economy. All change like this is difficult and there will be growing pains. So let's work on re-training programs and related education programs rather then trying to stop progress, because history shows that's a futile waste of time.

I agree we shouldn't stop progress, but eventually automation gets to the point where there's simply not enough work to go around for everyone. What do you do when the vast majority of work is done by machines? You can't overcome that with retraining.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
13. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 16:32 jdreyer
 
KS wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:15:

"I hate capitalism!!!" he typed out onto his iPhone, and pressed SEND, where it went out on the Internet, which was turned from a university toy into a massive, high-speed, worldwide phenomenon by trillions of dollars of private investment, and his message was read by dozens around the world, on other phones, and computers, and tablets like Star Trek had, these driven by still more trillions of dollars of private investment, where, had it been up to a government official rubbing his chin and pondering the next step, we'd still have vacuum tube TVs, and only that because of previous, un-stepped-upon capitalism.

Not what I said at all. Capitalism is necessary to provide innovation and motivation through competition for rewards. Even socialists and communists these days admit as much. The problem is that the end game for unregulated capitalism is monopolies and corporatism, which is what we're experiencing currently. Capitalism absolutely needs regulation to provide what's best for a country's citizens. And corporations, with their vast sums of money, need to be banned from influencing government, or else government will serve corporations, which is what we're currently experiencing. I'm suggesting remedies to undo these problems, while retaining the benefits of capitalism.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 20, 2017, 15:56 jdreyer
 
qsto wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:22:
KS wrote on May 20, 2017, 14:07:
Why would Netflix care? They want their app spread around freely. It requires a paid account to use.

More importantly, why would any developer want to impair a potential customer from using their app? It makes no sense whatsoever
Not sure but maybe it's driven by the studios? Maybe it's easier to download Netflix vids on rooted phones?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 15:01 jdreyer
 
Kxmode wrote on May 19, 2017, 20:20:
NKD wrote on May 19, 2017, 12:53:
Kxmode wrote on May 19, 2017, 10:50:
Dacote wrote on May 19, 2017, 07:39:
You sir are a gentleman and a scholar, well put.

A gentleman and a scholar wouldn't wish for the death of anyone.

We don't have the advantage of magic underwear and door-to-door religious sales experience.

Never begin your point with ignorant and baseless rhetoric.

While in general, I agree that wishing death upon or killing anyone should be avoided, are there never any circumstances where killing is morally permissible? Time travel paradoxes, slippery slopes, and butterfly effects aside, would you not go back in time and kill Hitler or Stalin if you could? Or I'm curious how you would handle the trolley scenario.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2017, 14:30 jdreyer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 20, 2017, 11:37:
Im going to make an educated guess and say that it's not an alien megalithic structure that's causing the dip in the star's brightness.

Occam's razor says it's aliens. Obviously.
 
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7. Re: knowing is half the battle! May 20, 2017, 14:22 jdreyer
 
Fantaz wrote on May 20, 2017, 13:36:
that Alien: Trilogy mod looks glorious!

Bonus points for it running smooth as butter on my ancient laptop.
 
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6. Re: etc. May 20, 2017, 14:21 jdreyer
 
Task wrote on May 20, 2017, 11:08:
I don't get why they added Predators that are fighting with Aliens in that mod.

1. Because Imps fought Demons in the original Doom game?

2. Because Predators fought Aliens in the franchise crossover Aliens vs. Predators?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 14:04 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on May 20, 2017, 13:12:
Otherwise, though, for skilled manufacturing, the talent pool is also slim, even disregarding substance abuse. Those jobs moved to China 30-40 years ago. The people that knew how to do it in the US are now past the age of retirement. The next two generations don't have that skillset. All that institutional knowledge dried up. In China, there's a huge workforce that understands manufacturing. In the US, we are extremely skilled from a white collar perspective, but not even slightly from a blue collar.

I hear you on the nasty cycle. Some of the jobs have moved to China, I've heard it's about 17% of total job losses. The vast majority of job losses in the USA have been to automation though: 80%. So, while Trump ran on bringing jobs back, it's just not possible, and the press corpse did a shitty job of making that clear.

EDIT: Also what Creston said: corporations undercut salaries to excuse offshoring. Esp in the software industry, where offshoring is completely unregulated. Funny how we inspect, tax, etc. goods from another country, but import software development without oversight or tariff.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 20, 2017, 14:01 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on May 20, 2017, 12:36:
Cutter wrote on May 20, 2017, 12:02:
And as always when robots replace all these people who's going to have any money to buy anything? It's self-defeating. That was one of the major reasons for the downfall of Rome. There were so many slaves in the empire that citizens couldn't find work. And that started the whole downward spiral of bread and circuses.

So we're all going to be gladiators for the robots? :o

No, we're going to be batteries. Duh.

In any case, I do agree that it's so short-sighted the way every single corporation RUSHES to automation. Have fun not selling anything and watching all your robots just sitting there doing nothing.
Well, this is the result of largely unregulated capitalism. We have a concentration of wealth that we've not seen since the robber barons 120 years ago. Basically, only government can overcome this trend, as it's in each individual corporate interest to be as efficient as possible, and robots are cheaper and more efficient that people for most jobs. Right now, laws are 98% correlated to what companies want, and only 50% (random chance) to what people want.

At minimum we need:
- Complete ban on corporate lobbying
- Total public funding of all elections
- Double the capital gains tax to help fund Medicaid/Medicare for the increase in the roles that job loss will create
- Remove the $100K cap on the payroll tax funding Medicare.
- A 30 hour workweek, to spread remaining work among more people.
- Increase the minimum wage to $16 per hour
- Subsidize retraining programs

That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there's a bunch more stuff that can help ameliorate this situation.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 20, 2017, 13:44 jdreyer
 
This sucks. I wonder if some enterprising developer will write a workaround for this.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 19:52 jdreyer
 
WarPig wrote on May 19, 2017, 19:43:
As some of you may remember I used to visit and post fairly regularly here at Blue's but have pretty much turned into a lurker for the last few years. That being said, I don't know if I missed something that everyone already knows or if nobody knows the following...

what the hell happened to nin?

Who's nin?





He's on haitus. Blue checked to make sure he hadn't died. Nobody knows why. Miss the guy. He'd perfected the one liner on this forum.
 
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