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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 03:09:37 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 10, 2014, 02:23:40 PM

Here's the difference, I think, between this and the iPhone/iPad.

Instead of a product that is greatly improving on an existing product that a lot of people already own or have some familiarity with, you have a product that is only slightly improving on an existing product that almost nobody owns or has any familiarity with.

I could be wrong. The details are so vague on how this thing actually works that it's hard to really assess what improvements it brings over existing smart watches. However, without it being able to have some major functionality without being tied to another device, I still see it as having limited appeal. The iPhone and iPad allowed you to replace multiple other devices. This one doesn't.

I was a massive iPhone skeptic when it first come out until I actually played with one in person. I'm wondering if Apple has that magic again.

I do agree though - nothing they've shown me so far makes me say YEP GOTTA HAVE THAT.

On the other hand, the lower end (sub $500 watch) business is a fairly large one and its possible that Apple disrupts the fuck out of that. Will be interesting.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 03:25:53 AM
The thing is... I run with my phone strapped to my arm. How the fuck would I run with this? Are they going to make a backpack for it with an integrated camelback or something? It's insanely huge.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 09, 2014, 10:58:14 PM
Yeah I'll get the iPhone 6 when its upgrade time. I'd really like battery life of the 6+, but thats just too fucking big of a phone.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 09, 2014, 08:14:22 PM
Not interested yet. I don't see enough benefit in wearing one over one of my other, much more fashionable watches.

45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 08, 2014, 03:44:36 PM
NHL 15 and Destiny, both for PS4.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 24, 2014, 07:02:17 PM
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: August 24, 2014, 06:56:47 PM
FIFA + Call of Duty ruined my first controller. I had both issues, the right trigger and the thumbstick.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 08:51:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 14, 2014, 07:43:20 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 14, 2014, 07:35:45 PM

Now, there are people at Microsoft who I think really care passionately about their gaming division and want it to be great. But they're small cogs in a big corporate machine.

Yeah, this has generally been Microsoft's problem as a whole for a long time. It's not just the Xbox division that struggles with these symptoms. Luckily, with the recent changes to the company, things might (or might not) change. This was one of the things that had given Microsoft quite a bit of positivity recently, the fact that they reorganized both Microsoft and the Xbox division and at least made an effort to look like they cared (an effort that I think is at least somewhat honest).

To be fair that's not a MSFT specific problem. Many large companies have that issue. Incumbent's Dilemma. It's why we have start ups.

The issue with gaming is that you aren't going to see a startup game console because the barriers to entry are too high. So we have two incumbents who are trying to out iterate each other rather than take big steps.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 05:29:16 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 14, 2014, 05:07:49 PM

(This does, however, bring up another point which is - how much did MS really expect Tomb Raider to boost sales when they're going to have plenty of opportunity to do so with other exclusives such as Halo 5 around that time frame? Are they just trying to stack the bench?)

Fair question. I suspect they've been trying to buy exclusives for the next few years and Tomb Raider was one of the few that were receptive. If your options are low, you take what you can get even if the timing isn't ideal. It's still a talking point.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 07:36:56 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2014, 07:16:58 PM

I guess "blackmail" would be a more accurate inaccurate term?  icon_razz

Hmmm... arguments could be made either way.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 07:11:20 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 13, 2014, 06:04:48 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2014, 05:29:21 PM

It amounts to bribery or extortion, depending on who's doing the offering.  "give me money and I'll change who gets the product and when."

It would only be extortion if you had no other choices as a consumer. You have plenty of choices. The first and foremost being, go purchase and play a competitor's game. Nobody has the right to play Tomb Raider.

[Edit] - I'm not going to get into the entitlement argument anymore - gamers are spoiled brats, you know it and I know it.
by extortion, I mean the publisher to Sony or MS.  "If you don't give me money (or more than the other guy), I'll withhold this from your platform"

No, that's just business.

Extortion means a threat of violence.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 05:41:19 PM
Yeah it's not extortion. That's insane.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 05:20:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 13, 2014, 04:16:38 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 13, 2014, 03:50:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 13, 2014, 02:29:23 PM

You'd think after their XBox One launch with all the bad publicity they caused themselves, they would stay far far away from creating more.  I mean they just earned a lot of goodwill back lately, and now, in my eyes, they are back where they started

I think they underestimated how transparent their move would be to the public in today's age of information.  Their hope was probably that we'd all say "Oh wow!  The XB1 gets all the best games first!  I love XB1!" instead of "Oh wow!  MS paid a lot of money to screw over everyone else!  I hate MS!"

That may be how the vocal internet folks see it, but I'm not sure Joe Public sees it that way. I think they may be more on the former side. Though I could be underestimating the unwashed masses.

Quote from: TiLT on August 13, 2014, 05:14:49 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2014, 05:11:19 PM

You do realize you're a consumer, right? You don't benefit in the slightest from taking the side of the corporations. Microsoft doesn't need your protection. They would laugh at the attempt.

I'm also a capitalist.

Of course, most of us are. But being a capitalist doesn't mean you have to accept letting corporations take things away from you for nothing but their own benefit. You have a PC, an Xbox One, and a PS4. Microsoft paid lots of money to take away 2 out of 3 choices for you. Why is this worth defending? Defending corporations isn't what capitalism is about. Being a true capitalist means you'd "vote with your wallet" (however much I hate that term) when the corporations act against your interests, as they have done here.

I'm not particularly happy about it but I do understand it. They (MSFT) are paying a fee that someone (TR publisher) is willing to take in order to gain more marketshare (in theory). I can understand not liking it from a personal perspective but I don't begrudge any business the ability to use their assets to acquire a better position.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 10:03:47 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 12, 2014, 09:46:40 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken
The bolded are note due out this year or this holiday.

The fact still remains that the XB1 has more AAA exclusives coming out this holiday than the PS4. I don't know why that's so hard to admit. It's not a fanboy opinion, it's a fact. The tables could certainly turn, and probably will, in 2015.

300% more!
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 08:05:45 PM
I'm strangely happy about TR being a timed X1 exclusive as it finally gives me a reason to turn on that fucking thing. Yes, I am aware of how selfish that is.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Better Life Index Tool Tells You Which Country Is Best For You on: August 12, 2014, 08:02:54 PM
Switzerland. Not surprising.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hard West - tactical shooter in the old west on: August 12, 2014, 03:45:36 PM
Looks awesome. I don't back Kickstarter games, but it looks awesome. Good luck to them.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 12, 2014, 03:43:03 PM
I'm really just interested in the data. 95% of my daily intake is coffee (different kinds) and water (mostly still, but sometimes sparkling), but I'm curious on what the percentages are, if some days are different than others, and whether that tracks to how my body feels.

Again I expect to be disappointed, but its worth a $100 flyer to see how data nerdy I can be about this. In 2015. Maybe.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: August 11, 2014, 08:23:59 PM
Man they ripped off so much shit... but I'm buying that.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 11, 2014, 03:18:43 PM

Quote from: drifter on August 11, 2014, 02:57:02 PM

If you really like the first and are MEH on the second.  You may want to look some more, you are going to be there for a while and may not want to be in a home you regret.

Great advice.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How rough is your family on their phones? on: August 09, 2014, 09:46:25 PM
I've done some fairly terrible things to my phones and they've never had the damage you are describing. I once accidentally chucked my phone off my deck onto tile down below. It survived with no visible damage (I have a small case on it). I cannot imagine the amount of amuse required to do what you are saying has been done.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 07:52:50 PM
For a financial investment, House #1 is not a good one. A lack of comps means the price they have right now is just a guess and subject to all kinds of swings. Of course it could go in your favor, but it's not a good investment relative to House #2. $80K over comps is insane, especially given that the house itself is $200K. It's comically risky.

HOWEVER, homes are not always strictly financial investments. If you're comfortable with the price and can afford it for the foreseeable future and you don't intend on moving... buy the house that you want to live in, so long as you're happy with the above risks.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 12:49:28 AM
When I get them at a ballpark or something I'll do mustard + onions only. I do brats in the same way. Chicago style dogs are superior to all but quite difficult to get in CA.

I don't think I've made or consumed a hot dog in my house in like 20 years.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone been to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans? Other cool stuff there? on: August 07, 2014, 08:27:06 PM
It's pretty doable in even 2/3s of a day. A second day is probably unnecessary... though not a waste of time. The museum is truly excellent. This info is circa 2008 or so, so its possible they added things since then.

The food in New Orleans is awesome, obviously. I've done a plantation tour (pretty cool, worth doing) and a swamp tour (very f'ing cool - totally worth doing so long as your kids are OK with being on a fan boat). There's a brewery there that's a good tour as well. Also did one of the random horse tours and I enjoyed that, but I think that's variable depending on the tour guide.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 05, 2014, 11:39:59 PM
Holy fuck this is incredible. It's probably all bullshit but I still want to try it.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 04, 2014, 12:35:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 03, 2014, 10:05:44 PM

Am I missing something? When another enemy civ wants to trade a resource, I often wish I could check demographics. Is that my last unit of that resource?  When are my other trade agreements ending? Where are they in relation to me in everything else? Am I missing something or should I stay more familiar with that info on my turns?

I don't think I've had the AI ever ask me for my last resource of something, but I could be wrong. Worst case you can decline, look at the demographics, and then just offer them the trade yourself. Pretty sure that doesn't affect anything.

Quote from: Lee on August 03, 2014, 10:05:44 PM

Line of sight still confuses the hell out of me too. Had to read up on it today to see how it works. For units like cannons is there a way to see where you will be able to hit before hitting the set up button? Also it appears 3 range units are buggy and can be exploited. Odd that they haven't come up with a way to fix that.

Terrain matters. If you are lower than the surrounding ground between you and the target, your range goes down by a hex or two. You also cannot fire over mountains (unless specified as a special ability).
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 01, 2014, 05:33:17 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 01, 2014, 12:49:48 AM

After 68 hours of total play, I have finally finished a game of Civ V. On Chieftain. I always play on large maps at epic speed and I always get bogged down in the end game and quit playing. Heck to win this game I think it took me 20 hours. It was fun though, too easy obviously, looking forward to starting again at a higher difficulty level.

I have 294 hours (I know... I know) and I've probably only played like a dozen or so games to completion, if that. I can pretty consistently beat King, but moving up to Immortal just hands me my ass on a plate.

68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 31, 2014, 02:54:43 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on July 29, 2014, 06:04:11 PM

The terrible thing is that I am considering reopening a credit line so I can move past you on the scoreboard.  saywhat

Oh, the original purpose of this post is to argue the point about it being crap. It indicates that I am a higher credit risk than you are. I find that difficult to believe (for those playing at home, I am not being a jerk - well more of a jerk than normal - this is based on Isg's post history). If I lost my job today, I'd be good for years without income or unemployment. It seems like net worth ought to be a factor in some way.

That credit score ought to serve you well when it comes time to mortgage yourself through retirement.  icon_twisted

Couldn't you just ask for a raise in credit limit on your current card(s)? I don't think quantity of open lines matters significantly, its just where you are relative to your total credit.

I only have three open credit cards, but my combined limit is like $60K. I, like you, put literally everything on one of two cards a month (airline and hotel miles are worth a lot to me) and pay the balance in full every time its due, but no sooner. My credit score is in the 820s.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 28, 2014, 05:04:24 AM
I take a very mercenary like approach to work. My goal is to maximize personal income while minimizing work bullshit. Generally speaking if I see an obvious upgrade in either (or both) of those categories, I'd jump - so long as I've spent enough time at a position to not look like a career short timer. The issue is you do get a lot of grass is greener syndrome, so make sure you are really not jumping out of the frying pan and into the fryer.

Generally I agree with the above advice on finding another job before quitting, but the position I had prior to this one was so frustrating for me that I resigned and decided to take some time off and resigned with no specific job lined up. It was a great decision. The time off was great and really made me be sure that my next job was something I wanted to do instead of just another option that seemed better than the incumbent. I even cut my planned time off quite a bit short to take the job.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 10, 2014, 02:25:40 AM
I forgot to report back that I did in fact have that chicken doner plate.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 09, 2014, 06:03:02 PM
Probably a chicken doner plate from the Mediterranean place down the street.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 08, 2014, 05:13:51 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 08, 2014, 05:41:41 AM

And mine is buggy. Just woke it up, trackpad wouldn't work. Rebooted and trackpad works for the most part but pauses at times. The wifi either times out or takes a very long time to load anything. It's supposedly a driver issue that was introduced with an update in late June. Don't know what to do, I really like it, but this is unacceptable. Not sure how long the return policy is, but I don't think I want to wait for them to fix it either. This thing is too expensive to not work perfectly out of the box.

That blows. Return it and wait to see if they sort things out. Buy one then.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 07, 2014, 03:03:45 AM
I just can't get over the price. If it were $1K for the 8GB version I'd be on it. I just can't handle 4GB on something that actually is running Windows AND I have to spend $150 for the keyboard? At the price they are selling at, it's competitive with a 13" Macbook Pro Retina... which is crazy talk.

Then again if this really could replace a full laptop *and* I was a true Windows user, I guess the price isn't that bad. As a second device though... can't do it.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 02, 2014, 04:12:50 PM
Yeah I have no idea wtf is happening at this point. I liked last season a lot. The blonde chick is still super hot though.
75  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 02, 2014, 02:58:27 PM
I honestly have no idea what the fuck is happening in this thread. WHAT IS EVEN BEING DISCUSSED?
76  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 25, 2014, 02:46:51 PM
Now of course there certainly *could* be an argument made that I should be able to Trademark anything, offensive or not, so long as I met the other requirements. I can get on that side of the argument. But that's not how it works.
77  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 25, 2014, 02:44:53 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 24, 2014, 07:19:47 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 24, 2014, 04:41:15 PM

I have trouble understanding why someone who constantly rails against a government he feels shows undue favoritism to the rich and powerful would be up in arms over a minority successfully pleading their case in front of that same government...and winning their case.   icon_confused

Fair question.  They have removed the ability of a company to profit from its trademark and basically opened the floodgates for anyone to do anything with that logo.  Doesn't seem like it's a power they should use...unless, you know, it was to make cancer medicine free. Maybe Snyder's lobbying group isn't big enough or in enough pockets.

Some points of clarification:

1) Snyder can certainly still profit from the name. It's just that no longer protected, which means other can as well.

2) And the US Patent Office has routinely rejected Trademarks that they deem offensive. It's part of the vetting process when you apply.

3) It's not like the Patent Office went and did this on their own. A group (of Native Americans) filed for a review on the grounds that it never should have been granted. I'm really not sure what the the Office could do here... say 'nope sorry, not offensive'? It obviously is and they missed it the first time around.
78  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 24, 2014, 06:31:22 PM

Quote from: Rip on June 24, 2014, 06:05:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 24, 2014, 04:18:21 PM

The problem I have with this is that government stepped in and voided a legally granted trademark because it was 'offensive.'



79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 06:14:56 PM
Freedom of speech is the common rallying cry for the stupid.
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 05:38:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 19, 2014, 05:04:49 PM

The thing is, I don't think Zeke's is joking, unlike Colbert. I know many people who feel the same as Rip and Zeke on this.

I don't think it's even really about the football team, it's just another thing to be angry at the left for.

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