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Comment: That cost is in what it takes (Score 1) 64

by rsilvergun (#49178127) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain
to bring the cheese. Most competitive tournaments are chock fully of expensive as hell lists. It's not like League of Legends where cheap unites are competitive. You'll get blown off the table by $150 Knight Titans and $90 Riptides if you bring an elcheapo army built from the starter sets.

Comment: Um... that's not the problem I predicted (Score 1) 187

by rsilvergun (#49161613) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots
I didn't say humanity was going away. I said that a substantial amount of the population was going to be stuck living in abject poverty for 50/60 years until our economy somehow catches up and finds new jobs for them. This is what happened when the Industrial revolution hit. A whole lot of completely unnecessary Human suffering...

Comment: Check your history (Score 1) 187

by rsilvergun (#49158323) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots
it pretty much _did_ happen. There was a 60 year period during the industrial revolution when millions were put out of work and tossed to the wayside. There's a reason why Luddites existed. They weren't forward think people. They were Luddites for Pete's sake. They were living in the misery caused by a lack of jobs in their day.

The industrial revolution caused massive unemployment, and it took the economy 60 years to catch up and start creating new jobs. If you lived after that period things got better as new tech created new jobs. If you lived during that period and weren't born wealthy life was Nasty, Brutish and Short. I'd like to skip that cycle this time.

Oh and there's one other thing: we're better at automation this time. So there's a good time the cycle will last a _lot_ longer. e.g. instead of 60 years of poverty we might be looking at 100, 200 or more while we wait for Star Trek style replicators and massive population declines to fix things.

Comment: Re:Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More R (Score 5, Interesting) 187

by rsilvergun (#49157169) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots
Right, but the conversation that's being had around this is what are we going to do with all these people that we don't need anymore. Sure, we can say that the economy will catch up, but that might take 50, 60 years. In the meantime we'll have 2 or 3 lost generations who live in terrifying abject poverty. It'd be nice if this time around we did something about that...

Comment: Re:Burned? (Score 1) 153

by rsilvergun (#49127749) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?
Um... All the "Virtua" games are developed in house. Freakin' Reiko Kodama (google her) made Seventh Dragon. They might not have made their last few racers but it's pretty clear from the graphics/style they had heavy input on all of them. Forza, made by the same studio as Outrun 2/2006 is a wildly different game. Yakuza's pure Sega too.

OTOH you can see what happened when they tried the "hands off" approach with Aliens: Colonial Marines. The got taken for a ride. Too bad. After Gearbox patched it the game was a solid 5. Ok, playable, and kinda fun if you're an Alien's fanboy. Of course, the patch was larger than the base game, so there is that.

Comment: Name some (Score 1) 599

by rsilvergun (#49126497) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
that have actually been perverted. Say what you will about Obamacare but there's no part about that law that isn't functioning as intended. Maybe you disagree with the intent of the law, but it's doing exactly what it was written to.

You're problem isn't with the laws, it's with the yahoos writing them.

Comment: Meh, it was mostly Sony (Score 2) 153

by rsilvergun (#49116637) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?
and all those videos of the cut scenes from Armored Core getting passed off as gameplay. Hell, there were videos of George Lucas saying the PS2 could render Episode I. I knew tonnes and tonnes of people who bought Sony's hype and didn't get a Dreamcast.

And as someone who's burned discs in 2001 I wouldn't call piracy on the Dreamcast easy. You needed specific burning software, good quality discs and the know how to find isos. You've just taken out 95% of the market for piracy.

On the other hand Sega's Dreamcast marketing was terrible. They had the best looking games of all time and what did they do? Sonic rappin' with NBA Stars... Dear lord, what a mess.

Comment: Burned? (Score 1) 153

by rsilvergun (#49116615) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?
where the heck have you been. Here's a list of just some of the excellent games Sega made since the Dreamcast:

Virtua Fighter 4
Outrun 2/2006
Virtua On Marz
Yakuza (multiple games)
Aliens vs Predator
Aliens: Isolation
The entire Total War Series
Sonic Colors
Sonic Generations
Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Undead Rabbit
Project Diva
Seventh Dragon.

I could go on. Yeah, Sega let some stinkers. But so did EA. See my post elsewhere in the thread for what really killed them.

Comment: What bad decisions? (Score 1) 153

by rsilvergun (#49116593) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?
for all the complaining about how bad Sonic Boom is people forget that Sonic 2006 was wildly profitable. From a business standpoint it's hard to argue with that. Sonic Boom is awful, but not much worse/glitchy than 2006 was. Then there's Aliens:Colonial Marines. Gear Box ripped them off. Period. It's painfully obvious that they took Sega's money and spent it on Borderlands 2. It would cost more to litigate that than Sega would ever get back though, so they're screwed. You could argue Sega should have kept a closer eye on Gearbox, but games like Aliens:CM were Gearbox's bread and butter. It's ridiculous that they'd pull that on Sega, since it pretty much burns every bridge they'll ever have in the industry. But then again who would have thought something as mediocre as Borderlands (which I like, but let's face it, it's just really, really OK) would be one of the biggest games of last gen.

So what else has Sega done wrong since the Saturn? Yes, the Saturn/32x were epic, epic failures. I guess there was Shenmue, but honestly that could have been it's generation's Grand Theft Auto.

Now, what's _really_ killing Sega is the same thing that's killing _all_ Japanese game makers: US and European companies are eating them alive. Heck, bloody Farcry 4 is selling well in Japan. Meanwhile Final Fantasy games are doing so-so.

There's a video blog that did a good video on it, I think it's here but I might have the wrong video. Either way the kinds of games the Japanese did best have been taken over by the likes of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.

Comment: Re:IP law (Score 3, Informative) 207

by rsilvergun (#49101531) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers
Actually it's suppose to be about not losing knowledge. It's not a reward. It's a social contract. You agree to make your knowledge available for all to use with only limited restrictions and in return we grant you a limited time monopoly. This way knowledge doesn't get locked up behind a guild system. When all this stuff was created guilds were still active and fresh in people's minds...

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 4, Interesting) 252

by rsilvergun (#49099037) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."
The drivers are happy because they're healthy. They're making about $12 bucks an hour after the cost of driving is factored in. That's not enough to buy health care but it is enough to disqualify most from the subsidies. At those wages their paycheck to paycheck, and a car wreck with an uninsured driver away from disaster. Speaking of insurance those drivers aren't anywhere near as well insured as a traditional taxicab driver, which is another reason they can out compete taxis.

But there's another nasty side of Uber we haven't seen yet, which is that as work becomes more and more scarce you're going to see more and more people turning to it to pay rent. It's not so much the sharing economy as the desperation economy. That's the rub. Right now there are some drivers doing OK because $12/hour seems like a lot as long as nothing goes wrong, and there's plenty to replace them when it does. But it's a larger part of the race to the bottom that the modern world's caught up in...

Comment: Nope (Score 3, Interesting) 252

by rsilvergun (#49098917) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."
The difference here is that Uber has a product. A vile, rent-seeking product built on the corpse of the American Middle Class, but a product nontheless. What companies like Uber and Amazon are doing is bringing the Wal-Mart model to the rest of the workforce. Driving down wages and benefits and skimming off the top of just about every transaction. The money there is huge, especially once you're entrenched. That's why they're valued so high. Real money is in ownership, not petty things like making products and providing services. That stuff's for the plebs.

Comment: Re:indirect jobs (Score 4, Insightful) 158

Food delivery/shops -> with only 25 jobs and thousands of unemployed I can pay those 25 people subsistence wage. They won't be buying food from restaurants. They can barely feed themselves. Same goes for clothing and entertainment. As for cars, hah! They can walk. Meanwhile we're cutting funding to schools. And besides, once they have kids they're dead weight. I'll just fire 'em and hire more young single people from the local tent city.

See, once you start racing to the bottom there's no end in sight. And all the trickle down (voodoo) economics in the world won't save you.

The beer-cooled computer does not harm the ozone layer. -- John M. Ford, a.k.a. Dr. Mike