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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2017, 11:53 Loose Cannon
Cutter wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 11:11:
Well of course they couldn't beat lefist feminist agenda show, The Handmaid's Tale. God forbid a show ever win on its own merits instead of current politics. This is why all these awards shows are utterly useless.

Perhaps you didn't know that the Handmaid's Tale is based on a book by the same name, published in 1985. Would you consider 1985 "current politics" for the "leftist feminist agenda"? Have you watched the show in order to judge it by its own merits?

I've watched a few episodes of Handmaid's Tale, all of Stranger Things, and all of Westworld. For me, hand's down, Stranger Things was the best of those.
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News Comments > Starflight Remake Plans?
1. Re: Starflight Remake Plans Aug 9, 2017, 09:51 Loose Cannon
I'm almost positive I saw that Stardock was remaking Starflight, but a search didn't show that.

Edit: turns out I was thinking of Star Control, not Starflight.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Bank Loan Follow-up
42. Re: Valve Outlines Steam Inner Workings and Future Plans Jun 26, 2017, 17:08 Loose Cannon
Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 26, 2017, 15:28:
Agree with you partially, but here's my problem with this. CRI makes it sound like they are doing a "J.G. Wentworth" (an infamous US structured settlement firm) and simply getting an advance payment (lump-sum) that they are guaranteed later. OK. But why would they need IP as collateral? If they have cash on hand, that can serve as a guarantee. Normally, the imputed payment that they are getting an advance on is considered the only collateral necessary.

One of two things is the case here. Either CRI doesn't have enough cash that the bank is comfortable in giving them a signature loan, or the bank is unsure the government will follow through on its promise. This is a logical concern. Until the government actually allocates the money, they can decide at any time not to fund any program. So the bank must have a little concern that the UK may not fund the development tax credits...

The third option is that Derek Smart doesn't understand CIG finances, and that the IP isn't actually up for collateral. You may believe Derek Smart or you may believe Chris Roberts, I don't find either to be a trust worthy source... but the OP states that there is no IP collateral: "the collateral specifically excludes “Star Citizen.” The UK Government rebate entitlement, which is audited and certified by our outside auditors on a quarterly basis, is the prime collateral"

Take it for what it's worth, however in this instance the GBP loan makes sense, so I'll take CR over DS.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Bank Loan Follow-up
15. Re: Valve Outlines Steam Inner Workings and Future Plans Jun 26, 2017, 12:11 Loose Cannon
Disclaimer, I backed this game during the Kickstarter. I regret backing it.

I don't think this is as complicated as you're all making it. Their primary funds are in USD and EUR (as stated, I assume that's true). To pay their GBP debt, they would have to do a currency conversion. They _could_ wait until the tax payment comes in to pay their GBP debt and push off their creditors until tax year end (ie employees, who probably wouldn't like that) or incur a currency conversion fee.

Or they can secure a monthly loan in GBP against the tax rebate they will receive. This loan would not be risky since it's versus guaranteed money. If the loan interest rate is less than the currency conversion fee (and I suspect it would be), this _is_ smart money management.

I doubt the tax rebate pays the entire UK office, so they likely have to do currency conversion anyway. This is just a way to minimize that fee.

The sky might be falling at Cloud Imperium -- but this isn't an indication of it.
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News Comments > Valve Outlines Steam Inner Workings and Future Plans
11. Re: Valve Outlines Steam Inner Workings and Future Plans May 9, 2017, 14:55 Loose Cannon
I just started reading King's The Dark Tower series. In it, King has a foreword (and an introduction, seemed a bit excessive), with this paragraph:
My approach to revision hasn’t changed much over the years. I know there are writers who do it as they go along, but my method of attack has always been to plunge in and go as fast as I can, keeping the edge of my narrative blade as sharp as possible by constant use, and trying to outrun the novelist’s most insidious enemy, which is doubt. Looking back prompts too many questions: How believable are my characters? How interesting is my story? How good is this, really? Will anyone care? Do I care myself?

I think this sums up Valve's current problems, they can't outrun their doubt. I think it also applies to GRRM.
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Sep 19, 2016, 16:09 Loose Cannon
Interesting video about this posted today concerning Amazon incentivized reviews. As you would expect, users who received the product cheaper or free were much more likely to give the product a higher rating. I know people like to shit on Valve, but lowering the visibility of incentivized reviews is a good thing. I realize that some reviews are now hidden that were not incentivized (bought through a different storefront), but I'd rather see honest non-incentivized reviews.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 16, 2016, 17:04 Loose Cannon
Cutter wrote on Jun 16, 2016, 16:43:
What competition? Obviously any ISP has to make a profit so it doesn't matter how low they go when the muni should be running it as a not for profit to begin with. It's like car insurance. If it's required than the government should be providing it as a not for profit as well.

Internet access isn't required. There is no cost for the residents if they choose not to use this service. That being said, I am for local municipal broadband.

I am strongly against local broadband monopolies, which most US markets are. The article lists two ISPs that residents can connect to through the municipal fiber network, thus competition (as well as an "emergency" free local connection).

Municipal broadband > Ammon's fiber network > Local broadband monopoly.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 16, 2016, 15:43 Loose Cannon
PHJF wrote on Jun 16, 2016, 11:28:
Ammon has built an open access network that lets multiple private ISPs offer service to customers over city-owned fiber.

Sorry, what's the fucking point in having citizens set up the infrastructure and then having a bunch of bloodsucking ISPs come in and set up shop on top of it?

Competition, obviously.

I'm not sure if you read the article, but the project has paid for itself already:
What about Ammon's costs? The city government broke even within three years and is now operating in the black, Kirkham said. The city has no debt related to the fiber construction.

Also Fybercom and Syringa don't sound like the usual bloodsucking ISPs.

I'm all for this.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 21, 2014, 12:06 Loose Cannon
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 11:26:
Indeed. Just donate a few bucks to the guys at Adblock instead. I think Google has more than enough money.

It's not about donating money to the Adblock guys or Google, it's about donating money to Blue's News.

I run Adblock here because the page loads much quicker without ads, and I like the cleaner look of the ad-free page. $1/month is worth it, to me, for a clear conscience and to support the sites I enjoy.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 21, 2014, 09:59 Loose Cannon
garrywong wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 09:52:
HA! HAHAHAHAH! They want me to pay THEM to not see their ads?! What kind of nonsense is this? They have to pay ME a LOT of money to view any stupid ads!

See today's Out of the Blue. I would gladly pay $1/month to support Blue's News and not see any ads. It appears at least part of that money goes to content creators, not Google (it's not clear what Google's take is, if any).
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Preorders
5. Re: Pillars of Eternity Preorders Nov 12, 2014, 11:34 Loose Cannon
Frijoles wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 11:05:
Why would an early purchaser need to pre-order? What did I purchase if not the game?

A person who pre-orders is an early purchaser. They're offering a fairly normal pre-order discount. This is not the same as a backer (which is what I think you're referring to when you said "What did I purchase if not the game"). Backers, with a sufficient pledge, get the game.
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News Comments > Transverse Funding Reworked
14. Re: Transverse Funding Reworked Sep 12, 2014, 14:38 Loose Cannon
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 14:25:
Wait. So what were they building with a million.
And what would you do with weapons and not battles.
Did they mean like, PvP but the game would have PvE?

I know you probably can't answer this because I get it. They didn't answer this. It's so weird. It's like someone building a space sim that was just a hanger to walk around in and put towels in your cockpit, without there being an actual game around it unless people donated more.

For the 2,000,000 goal, Combat: "Let the battle begin! Backers will now be able to fight each other online in local space instances." So they make it sound like if they don't hit 2,000,000 you can only battle NPCs in the MMORPG.

The better question is what would the game be like if they fund over 500,000 but less than a million? You don't get your money back (that's what they just announced, if the game funds for less than 500,000 everyone gets their money back), and you have a space-sim with no space flight.

It sounds like they didn't fulfill their promises for MWO. I don't know about that, I didn't play it... but I think anyone would be a fool for backing this project based on these stretch goals.
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News Comments > Transverse Funding Reworked
11. Re: Transverse Funding Reworked Sep 12, 2014, 14:16 Loose Cannon
Beamer wrote:
I honestly don't understand all the hate this project is getting.

When their funding initiative began their stretch goals were:
  • 1,000,000 space flight added to the game

  • 1,500,000 customize ship with weapons

  • 2,000,000 space battles

  • It would be great to fund a space-flight game without having the ability to fly in space... or customize your ship... or have space battles.

    *Edit, I thought they had removed those as stretch goals, but they haven't. See for yourself:

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    News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
    22. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 14:31 Loose Cannon
    Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:04:
    But since this will stream to anything with SteamOS installed, my main concern is alleviated anyway.

    I'm pretty sure you made a typo, but just to clarify, In-Home streaming will stream to anything that can install Steam. SteamOS is unnecessary.
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    News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
    20. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 13:45 Loose Cannon
    KS wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 13:25:
    That's fascinating. I know there was a failed cloud-based gaming service that rendered your 3D and piped video to you. This seems like a local version where you run the video card server.

    I can see consumer-level configurations of a tower with multiple 3D cards in it serving a whole family, even if one card could handle more than one game at once.

    I've also used OnLive in the past, briefly. In-home streaming is no comparison. Even with a 15mbps connection (5mbps was required, if I remember correctly), it was noticeably laggy. I remember trying to play UT3 on it, and it was terrible.

    1gps in-home streaming is like playing on the host rig itself... and Valve still has a ways to go yet (ie currently there is only software encoding).

    As it stands now, a tower of 3D cards couldn't serve the whole family, just 1 person.
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    News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
    18. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 13:29 Loose Cannon
    jdreyer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 12:45:
    Right, this is the weak link in the chain. This makes the most sense for laptops, yet most laptops run low bandwidth wireless connectivity. So people would have to run an ethernet cable, and that kind of ruins the point of it. If you're streaming to your TV, you'll have to run ethernet to it, so you may as well run an HDMI cable.

    I get where you're going with the HDMI cable, but that doesn't make sense. My main switch is in the office/dungeon and I ran Cat5 upstairs, to another switch/hotspot. Definitely longer than 50', and I wouldn't want to run HDMI that far. But even if I did, that's just the display/audio... what about input?

    If I wanted to game outside the dungeon, it would make the most sense for me to use Valve's streaming. If it works well on more intense games, it might even make sense for a dedicated steam box for TV gaming.
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    News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
    15. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 13:19 Loose Cannon
    Jivaro wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 12:32:
    Can a single gaming rig stream more than one game to multiple devices at a time?

    No, I doubt it. The game is physically playing on the host machine (ie, I could sit in my dungeon as my wife streamed Broken Age, seeing the video/audio/input).
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    News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
    6. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 11:27 Loose Cannon
    I'm in the streaming beta. My gaming rig is in the basement (or the dungeon as my wife likes to call it). She doesn't like the dungeon, but she recently played Broken Age on her laptop, streaming from my gaming rig (I realize that Broken Age isn't the most demanding game ever made).

    Connected 1gps wired, it was flawless, as if running locally. Connected wireless it was a bit laggy.

    I might actually do some gaming on the laptop, maybe.
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    News Comments > Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M
    12. Re: Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M Dec 13, 2013, 10:53 Loose Cannon
    Shataan wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 10:45:

    what they should do, is deliver it with a decent high rez display.... and take a bit of a loss much like Sony did with the PS 3. Better this, than shipping a less than decent display. Sony took the loss, but not they are everywhere.

    Are you kidding? Oculus can't sell this for a loss, it's their only way to make money. Sony could sell consoles for a loss because they take a cut of every game sold. Oculus will not get a cut of every game sold that is Rift enabled.

    If you want expensive high resolution displays, Oculus will have to charge for it.
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    News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
    12. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 14, 2013, 16:03 Loose Cannon
    From the video: "But providing vaccines throughout the developing world is no simple task, so Gates has set up his foundation to run like Microsoft. He insists on strict accounting, and, when a problem arises, he pulls in the best people to find solutions."

    That doesn't sound naive. Yes, there is waste, but it's worthwhile when trying to eradicate 3 deadly diseases from the world.

    InBlack wrote on May 14, 2013, 10:18:
    Invest in technology that will have a huge long term beneficial effect for humanity, renewable energy for one or something or other that is not really that profitable or is pushed under the rug by the oil/gas lobby.

    Also from the video "And Gates showed us one of his boldest and, he says, most important ventures, a new kind of nuclear reactor. It would burn depleted uranium, making it cleaner, safer, and cheaper than today's reactors. Your fuel will last for 60 years. So, during that entire time, you don't need to open it up, refuel it. You don't need to buy more fuel. So there's a certain simplicity that comes with this design."

    InBlack wrote on May 14, 2013, 10:18:
    Or if he wants to give to charity, he should concentrate on the charities that help people in the US (and I say this as a non US citizen). The US has a shitload of poverty related social problems, and the biggest of them has to be education.

    From Bill Gates 2009 TED Talk: "Now, our foundation, for the last nine years, has invested in this. There's many people working on it. We've worked on small schools, we've funded scholarships, we've done things in libraries. A lot of these things had a good effect. But the more we looked at it, the more we realized that having great teachers was the very key thing. And we hooked up with some people studying how much variation is there between teachers, between, say, the top quartile -- the very best -- and the bottom quartile. How much variation is there within a school or between schools? And the answer is that these variations are absolutely unbelievable. A top quartile teacher will increase the performance of their class -- based on test scores -- by over 10 percent in a single year. What does that mean? That means that if the entire U.S., for two years, had top quartile teachers, the entire difference between us and Asia would go away. Within four years we would be blowing everyone in the world away."

    Maybe before complaining about how Bill Gates is spending his money you should at least listen to the video. Or better yet, you should try spending some of your pittance (and I have no idea how much you make, but it's a pittance compared to him) and try to solve these problems.
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