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Signed On Aug 16, 2005, 21:56
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse

6. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 6, 2015, 09:40 ldonyo
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 21:24:
1badmf wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 18:23:
i think that dish article needs a post of its own. it's the game changer in cable packages - a la carte internet tv, $5 per extra channel of your choice. the chord cutters have won!

It's a start but still not right. No one even wants to pay for a basic package anymore and $5 a channel is too much. Just let people pick and choose the channels they want for buck a month. That's it right there. That's all people want. All I want is PBS, TCM, TVO, and Teletoon Retro. And I'd grab a sports channel during football season. I'd only pay $5 a month if it was commercial free.

They're planning add-on packs of channels for an additional $5 a month per pack, if I'm reading this right:
The $20 Sling TV base package includes ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and the "best of Internet video" with Maker Studios. Add-on packs with additional kids and news programming will be available for $5 each.
No mention of how many channels will be in any given pack, though, so there could potentially be single-channel packs.
 
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News Comments > Roll20 Virtual Tabletop

8. Re: Roll20 Virtual Tabletop Jan 6, 2015, 09:33 ldonyo
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 02:01:
commonperson wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 21:39:
Cutter wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 18:01:
Pretty cool, but the whole tiered free and premium crap leaves me cold. Just sell a complete damn product already. I'd still rather have a proper new NWN however, sigh.

You want some apples for those oranges? NWN is nothing at all like this, that's like saying "Well that's a nice boat but I want an airplane". This is a virtual table top for people to run games, the tiered product is so players can get the product without having to play and the GM can use the product.

Also it's basically in infinite trial period. My GM in Australia was running a game with people in North America and the UK for years didn't pay. I paid for the service because I wanted access to the locked out features like line of sight and lighting but if you are playing a role playing game like D&D none of that is even needed. The product is complete, they are just letting people try it out first.

I know you're the local curmudgeon Cutter but try and at least keep it vaguely related. When you pull NWN in to the equation you look like you are pulling at straws to come up with something to complain about.

Oh pleas, when will you trolls stop? Curmudgeon? How? Better go through my post history, scooter, because the positive far outweighs the negative. And I don't start the shit, I respond to it. People want to start fights, that's fine, I'll oblige them. If a game deserves criticism there's nothing surly about calling it as such. Sometimes, you just have to call a spade a spade, chief.

And obviously one of these things is not like the other. How long did it take for you to figure that out, sport? If you had half a brain, you'd understand what it was I was actually saying. I was PnPing before you were an accident in your mom.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/curmudgeon

That seems to sum it up quite nicely.

I may have you beat on PnP playing, as I started in 1976 with the white box set of D&D rules when I was 12.

Back on topic, this is pretty cool and would definitely be useful if our group dispersed across the globe.
 
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News Comments > Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight

7. Re: Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight Dec 30, 2014, 10:51 ldonyo
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 10:48:
Bunch O Pussies. It's a game about killing... sounds fresh.

Manhunt and Postal were sort of fresh, but that was over a decade ago. This is just another mass murdering game following in their footsteps.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Legal Briefs

1. Re: Christmas Legal Briefs Dec 25, 2014, 19:25 ldonyo
 
I hope Facebook gets hit big time!

Everyone knows the FCC is going to do exactly what telecom tells them too, all spouting of toughness aside.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions

2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 25, 2014, 19:22 ldonyo
 
I don't care what websites and magazines think were the best games. I do find it interesting that, in most cases, there were advertising dollars for said games spent at said websites and magazines.  
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Mobilization

1. Re: Christmas Eve Mobilization Dec 24, 2014, 13:26 ldonyo
 
Priced at $220, yes. Worth $220? Maybe to some.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse

4. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 22, 2014, 10:29 ldonyo
 
Julio wrote on Dec 22, 2014, 09:32:
Thanks North Korea, can't beat free!

Free as in, "There will be an ad streamed to you every five-to-ten minutes". I hate Crackle.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization

1. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 22, 2014, 10:28 ldonyo
 
Sprint's network "accomplishments" are crap in southern Arizona. I was hoping the acquisition by SoftBank would have led to improvements in service, but they have led to nothing at all in my area. From my experience, Sprint has all of one 4G tower in Tucson and fewer than 10 3G towers. While their "coverage" may reach "up to 260 million", most of that is due to roaming agreements Sprint has with other carriers.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization

1. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 15, 2014, 09:57 ldonyo
 
If Sprint really means that, then either they aren't terribly concerned with having actual coverage in very many areas or they are very nearsighted in terms of network vision.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation

1. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 12, 2014, 09:33 ldonyo
 
That's true, Driveclub can't make Sony's reputation any worse than it already is. In fact, now would be the perfect time for Sony to release a metric shit-ton of shovelware for cheap, just to see if they can't pull in a few more bucks and somewhat slow the financial hemorrhaging they've been experiencing for last several quarters.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs

5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 8, 2014, 11:07 ldonyo
 
Richard Posner should be removed from the bench and never allowed near anything to do with law for the rest of his life.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse

1. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 8, 2014, 10:37 ldonyo
 
The GAO states what customers have know for years. Next up, the GAO states that water is wet.  
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News Comments > Free Age of Wonders with GOG.com Winter Sale

20. Re: Free Age of Wonders with GOG.com Winter Sale Dec 4, 2014, 14:14 ldonyo
 
Orogogus wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 12:39:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 12:37:
Orogogus wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 12:29:
On the flip side, an hour is too fast for me. I just don't bother looking. It's too much like playing a freemium game that treats you like your time is worthless. 4-5 times a day might be about right; if they run 6 of them at once for 6 hours at a time then I'll probably check in. 24 times a day is well into piss-off territory.

Actually, GOG adds games every hour, but they stay on sale for 5 or 6 hours, so you don't need to check every hour.

Was it always that way? I'm pretty sure I tried keeping track in a previous sale and was unhappy with how they ran it. If they've changed it around that's good.

Their front page is kind of a mess, though.

The flash sales are usually like this and there is typically a "one last blast" of everything that was on sale near the end. Their insomnia sales are the ones that change games every hour with nothing carrying over. These, too, usually have an "everything that was on sale" finale at the end.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits

2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 10:50 ldonyo
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 10:44:
There are no other worker shortages in any other industry either. There's just bad/greedy ownership and management.

The real issue, say Salzman and others, is the industry’s desire for lower-wage, more-exploitable guest workers, not a lack of available American staff. “It seems pretty clear that the industry just wants lower-cost labor,” Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, wrote in an e-mail. A 2011 review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the H-1B visa program, which is what industry groups are lobbying to expand, had “fragmented and restricted” oversight that weakened its ostensible labor standards. “Many in the tech industry are using it for cheaper, indentured labor,” says Rochester Institute of Technology public policy associate professor Ron Hira, an EPI research associate and co-author of the book Outsourcing America.

And yet people do nothing. In fact, they keep voting against their own future. Insanity. Utter insanity.


The sad part is that we won't see the results of the last election's sheer idiocy until next January, when the most ludicrous legislation ever passed by Congress starts piling up on the President's desk.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits

1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 24, 2014, 11:29 ldonyo
 
The range of cards benchmarked for DA:I was very good and I was happy to see a very diverse field of CPUs, as well.

Also, contacting Dragon Age servers was an issue throughout this past weekend, at least for me. Hopefully, for EA's sake, this is not the beginning of another SimCity-esque server meltdown.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse

2. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 24, 2014, 11:24 ldonyo
 
CenturyLink doesn't believe broadband speeds need to be over 1.5mbps for DSL in non-urban areas in southern Arizona, either.  
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News Comments > etc.

7. Re: etc. Nov 24, 2014, 09:46 ldonyo
 
It wasn't releasing on the same day as Half-Life 2 that hurt sales, since it actually came out a couple of days after HL2 as a stipulation from Valve for using the then-new Source engine. This meant that Troika had to wait until Valve fixed bugs in Source before they could fix bugs in Bloodlines. This and the near-total lack of support from Atari pretty much killed this game at retail.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse

8. Re: Saturday Metaverse Nov 24, 2014, 09:35 ldonyo
 
I cut the cord a few years ago and use Netflix and Amazon Prime for a lot of my viewing. I supplement this with checking out seasons of shows and movies from my local library. This requires patience, but gives me a chance to view potential blu-ray purchases before actually making the purchase and enables me to wait until those titles go on sale.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews

1. Re: Game Reviews Nov 19, 2014, 10:20 ldonyo
 
So far Dragon Age looks to be a solid game. I'm still going to wait for the everything edition, because I fully expect EA to release a minimum of five DLC packs for this, if not 10.  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Optimization Plans

1. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Optimization Plans Nov 19, 2014, 10:14 ldonyo
 
Shouldn't they have done some optimization before they released it?  
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