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Signed On May 21, 2000, 15:34
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News Comments > "38 Studios Spouse" Speaks
41. Re: Jun 13, 2012, 20:15 Tom
Prez wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 19:44:
This happens all the time. A company is not breaking the law by simply not being able to stay afloat. Of course the company intended to pay their people; they intended to stay in business too. It just didn't happen that way. You may not take failing as an excuse, but as the old saying goes you can't take blood from a stone. They have no money. No money means no pay.

Yeah, I didn't say they were breaking the law. I don't know enough about the law or this particular situation to know if any law was broken here. However, I feel people should be held accountable to their word. If someone says they're going to pay you, they should pay you. If they don't, there should be consequences. To just say "oh, well that's business" is not quite adequate for my tastes.

Even if they have no money and can't pay, that doesn't mean what they did was ok. They tried to run a business and failed - that's fine, it happens all the time, it's an expected outcome. But they could've run their business into the ground WITHOUT making promises they couldn't keep when it comes to taking care of their employees. For example, by being up front and honest with them.

Accountability. Where is it?
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News Comments > "38 Studios Spouse" Speaks
38. Re: Jun 13, 2012, 19:06 Tom
NKD wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 18:34:
Employees who are not being paid, in most states, are free to quit for good cause and can still collect unemployment while seeking another job. Companies go belly up. If it was illegal for your company to fail, that would just be silly.

Well, failing is one thing. Telling your employees you're going to pay them and then not doing so is another. "The company failed" is not an excuse for not honoring that most important commitment.
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News Comments > "38 Studios Spouse" Speaks
33. Re: Jun 13, 2012, 18:06 Tom
It sucks, a lot, but this is the chance you take when you decide to work in a career like game development. Even more so when you join a company that is clearly high risk. Everyone knows and has known that 38 Studios was at the top of the scale in that department. I don't see anyone being surprised by this collapse. Taking a job there was a high risk, high reward decision and guess what? Like most such decisions, it didn't pan out.

As for loss of income and unexpected bills, these are risks that every responsible adult should be prepared to deal with. It's called savings. Insurance. Watching your back. Keeping your options open. Having a Plan B. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

And how about the contract they signed? It was too long? They were too busy or tired to read it? The fine print was too small? Get yourself a decent lawyer if you're unwilling or unable to deal with it yourself, but signing a contract - any contract - is a BIG DEAL and should never be rushed or taken lightly. I hate to see people learn this lesson the hard way.

Obviously I don't know the whole picture but I hear a lot of blame in this story and no taking responsibility for the consequences of their own decisions. I'm saddened to see that this seems to happen far too often in modern society. But also heartened to realize that there are also people out there who got it right that you don't hear about.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 4, 2012, 22:06 Tom
It's diagrammed here:
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P Next Month
33. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P Next Month Jun 4, 2012, 22:04 Tom
This headline is fatally flawed. Up to level 15 is not F2P!! It's a free trial.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
24. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jun 3, 2012, 10:18 Tom
Left, right, what difference does it make. They're all a bunch of crooks.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation May 31, 2012, 17:49 Tom
There are HUGE issues with cloud gaming that have nothing to do with the speed of your connection. It might take awhile before enough people catch on, but eventually people will realize that it's pretty stupid to have that degree of reliance on a remote server and all the infrastructure between you and it.

Is a poor substitute better than nothing? In some cases, yes, which is why I could see this surviving and serving a useful purpose. But if anyone is thinking this is the ultimate direction for gaming, they're seriously deluded, not thinking things through, or it's going to be a dismal future indeed for gamers.

If you thought DLC was bad ....
if you thought DRM was bad ....
if you thought Error 37 was bad ....
if you thought having your account hacked was bad .... ain't seen NOTHIN' yet!
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: Turn off your PC May 29, 2012, 23:41 Tom
Never go cheap with the power supply.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Monitor Troubles May 21, 2012, 20:02 Tom
PropheT wrote on May 21, 2012, 17:30:

After my friend bought one of those they're talking about in that thread, I picked up a Catleap myself; 2560x1440 27" IPS monitor for less than half of what a similar one costs here. It's a risk to buy it, since they're coming directly from Korea and warranty work would probably be too expensive to be worth it, but the monitors are beautiful and the price is great. IPS color quality on a decent gaming monitor at extremely high res.

You do need a pretty hefty video card to make it worthwhile, though.

I bought one of these recently and then a friend of mine did after I told him about my experience. It's definitely a risk, but 2560x1440 is really great. There are some downsides. I got one stuck pixel (green, only visible against dark backgrounds), though my friend got a perfect panel. The stand sucks and you have to disassemble the monitor a bit to remove it, but it's plenty doable. There is some backlight bleed, but only noticeable when viewing dark content.

Anyway, I'd buy one of these over again in a heartbeat. 2560x1440 is just that good. And the price is amazing. $345 shipped. You're looking at $850+ for a non-Korean monitor that does 2560x1440 and $1200+ for 2560x1600. And those expensive monitors aren't perfect by any means, judging by the reviews anyway.

Btw the thing that makes IPS worthwhile is the vertical viewing angle. Lesser panels like TN have relatively poor vertical viewing angle which makes the brightness look different from very slightly different angles. It's annoying to have to always sit up straight in order to see things properly. Maybe good if you're trying to improve your posture though.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 13, 2012, 21:49 Tom
eunichron wrote on May 13, 2012, 14:34:
In that regard we don't use "Cellular" to refer to tablets here in the US either. It's either 3G/4G or just "wireless". Cellular is usually something we only see in reference to mobile phones. Apple is pretty culturally disconnected everywhere.

I disagree. Cellular is an important term used in the US to distinguish that type of wireless connectivity from wifi without referring to a specific type of cellular such as 3G, 4G, EDGE, EVDO, LTE, etc. And "wireless" is not specific enough - it encompasses cellular, wifi, bluetooth, IR, RF, etc.
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News Comments > Two Guys SpaceVenture Prototype
5. Re: Two Guys SpaceVenture Prototype May 10, 2012, 21:22 Tom
Wow, browser-based is bad enough, but it only works with Chrome? Geez.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 3, 2012, 18:06 Tom
Seems you're in need of some sanity alright.  
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale May 2, 2012, 23:24 Tom
DCS A-10C for $13? An absolute steal. I also bought it at $20 and have enjoyed it quite a bit. Hadn't done a flight sim in years. Going through the ramp start routine is just magical. I've enjoyed learning the details of the various systems. The multiplayer works well and it's been fun flying with a few friends who are into this sort of thing more than I am.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
7. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 14, 2012, 18:39 Tom
Maybe the cops decided they weren't happy about being compelled to do the bidding of private industry and this was their way of showing it.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Apr 9, 2012, 22:07 Tom
RIP Tramiel indeed. I got my start on a VIC-20. Also read that author's prior book, "On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore". Great book - I couldn't put it down - but it sure felt like it must've been pushing things a bit. Peddle was painted as a god. I wonder if that got revised any for the second book.

The engineering stories were amazing. Designing complex chips by hand without using computers and having them work (or nearly work) on the first try... Many good stories, and it left me sad to realize that so many important parts of history are simply lost because nobody was able or willing to preserve and distribute the information.
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Interview
8. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Interview Apr 8, 2012, 02:06 Tom
Creston wrote on Apr 7, 2012, 14:31:
Yep, it's just sad. Of course, it wasn't easy to store that much data back then, at least not reliably. Now you'd just put it in the Cloud and it'll pretty much be there forever.

Ooh, you're in for a surprise one day if you believe that.
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News Comments > Fallout Free on
30. Re: Fallout Free on Apr 6, 2012, 18:17 Tom
Never played Fallout til today and the GOG version seems to have perfectly fine mouse/keyboard control to me. Keep in mind the game was released 15 years ago...  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 6, 2012, 11:13 Tom
What is the point of announcing iPhone games here anyway? Aren't there like millions of new ones every second? I appreciate the wide scope of Blue's News but I don't understand this section.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 2, 2012, 23:49 Tom
Just more reinforcement that browsing any site without ad blocking software is foolish. Forget whitelisting. If site owners want to make money, they should find a business model that does not involve exposing their visitors to malware.  
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