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Comment Re:Not flame bait (Score 1) 61

I may be wrong, but I don't think it really is anymore. It came out of the gate with a lower price point due to XB One originally bundling Kinect. After they've ditched that though and MS has gotten XB One's price down below PS4's it seems to be picking up. I remember seeing several articles stating that XB One's outsold PS4 over Black Friday, and it may continue to do so over the rest of the holiday season.

At this point PS4 just has a fairly significant lead overall and any ground Microsoft has gained has been minimal - probably not enough get back into the lead in installed base for the remainder of the lifecycle.

Comment Re:XBox One (Score 1) 61

Xbox One does have better price. Other than that there are a precious few exclusive titles but for the most part they're basically the same with most titles being available for both platforms - you can play a game on either and have mostly the same experience.

Honestly any serious gamer can just buy whichever one they feel like at first - for many that's already been PS4 because it INITIALLY had the price advantage, and then play all the cross platform games on that. After a few years when they've both gotten cheaper buy the other system to catch up on the back catalog of exclusives.

Loyalty to any single console is stupid.

Comment Re:I just bought one last week (Score 1) 61

So what you're saying is that the PS4 is a powerful console without games?

I think it may just be poorly phrased shock that you'd make such a comment, as for most people the PS4 lineup seems patently superior to Wii-U.

I've got both systems (and XBOne), and though the kids enjoy a few more games on the Wii-U, I'm basically stuck waiting on Zelda Breath of the Wild.

On PS4 I've got Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3, Witcher 3, Dragon Age 3, Uncharted 4, Until Dawn, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and quite a few more - with more on the way too (Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last of Us 2, etc).

Granted, I'm sure it's subjective and based on what types of games you enjoy, but it's just hard to imagine anyone looking at the current console gen's library and thinking WiiU is the one with the good games.

Comment Yeah? (Score 3, Informative) 589

I've decided to build a giant dome with battery powered artificial "sunlight" as I heard Trump is going to outlaw the sun. I've also added some support braces into my home's roof in case the sky does actually fall, and I've heard a credible rumor that he may in fact be a transgendered succubus.

Geez people get a grip. It's like half the population of the country is throwing a temper tantrum like a toddler who acts like the world is ending because they can't get the toy they want. Under a Trump presidency - some things will not go the way you want. That $15 minimum wage ain't happening and student loans for useless degrees aren't going to be forgiven. Overall though - things aren't going to change much.

Sit back, and relax. Maybe you'll like the way he handles the country, but probably not. Regardless, the country isn't going to fall apart.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 400

He thinks finding ways around the law (like not paying taxes) is "smart".

Um, it is. I'd bet virtually every person here takes every deduction they can to reduce their tax burden. I don't know of anyone that voluntarily pays more taxes than they're legally obligated to. Trump simply - like most rich people - can afford to hire accountants good enough to reduce that tax rate more than most of us can. Sometimes down to zero.

I don't fault him or any rich person for that. It's what I'd do myself. The solution to this is to adjust the tax code to try and ELIMINATE the loopholes - not chastise people who legally take advantage of them. I wouldn't elect to office anyone who wasn't taking full advantage of the existing tax code. It means they're bad with money, and I don't see them managing public funds any more wisely than they managed their own.

Comment Re:Elon Musk (Score 1) 283

My point is that so many people looking for a handout have developed these built up visions of how much wealth these people have that they literally say things like just one of them could support a "basic living income" for the entire country.

Yes, rich people have a lot of money. No - even if you took at all it isn't going to be economically feasible to just sit home and not work.

Comment Re:Yeah and who the fuck will pay for it? (Score 1) 426

There is more potential for unrest and civil war in the US than for basic income.

Honestly I see that as inevitable at this point, barring a voluntary and non-violent separation of the country.

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you may fall on, there's no denying that the USA is a DEEPLY divided country ideologically. It may teeter on who's dominant for voting from one election to the next, but it's close enough to a 50/50 split that when it comes to national elections regardless of who wins you basically have the other half of the country that feels as if their world is going to unravel.

Like I said - it doesn't really even matter anymore WHO wins the elections - the schism is so great that I don't think we'll be able to stand as a single country for much longer. IMHO I would love if we could just peacefully draw a border to split the country and part ways amicably. Anyone who ends up in a region that they don't agree with after the borders are drawn can immediately transfer citizen ship to the other side. Somehow though, I kinda doubt it will end up that well. It won't likely be in the next year, two, or even five, but in the next 15-25 years things are going to come to a head.

Comment Re:Well duh.... (Score 1) 609

Democracy isn't about determining the "best" course of action. It's about people deciding on their own governmental decisions. The "best" course of action might well be achieved through fascism, but that doesn't mean that it's preferable or right.

Put bluntly - people have the right to make their own choices - even bad ones (particularly when "bad" is subjective), and if you respect the concept of Democracy at all then that concept of allowing them to make their own choices - good or bad - must apply not only on a personal level but also on a governmental level as well.

Comment Re:They really should approve though (Score 1) 609

How many times should they run it? I mean really what is the point of Democracy if you're going to do a literal vote on "Do you want to do XYX?", and when the result is "Yes" by a small margin you just keep running it again until you get the "No" that YOU wanted and finally say "Ok - thanks - we just wanted to be sure.".

A vote is not a vote if there's a desired result and you call a mulligan if it doesn't turn out how you want.

Regardless of the outcome - a majority of people voted to leave the EU. Any shenanigans pulled to try and overturn their will "for their best interests" is basically just tossing out the idea of Democracy.

Comment Re:Que surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 90

It's not surprising - Twitter is a dot-com bubble company a decade after it happened.

That was the ORIGINAL problem with many internet companies. They could find out how to draw in lots of users and get popular - they just couldn't find a way to actually make any money from it.

Depending on the site, SOME companies can make enough off ad revenue to be successful, but Twitter has never managed to do so. And I'm not sure it will work there. With their format of limited post length and being largely a spew of conciousness they've to some degree attracted a userbase that has a short attention span. It's hard to effectively put ads in front of them.

There are plenty of internet based companies that have figured out how to thrive - Amazon, Ebay, Netflix, Google, etc - but I'm not sure Twitter will last. If it goes away I don't think there will be too much of a problem though. Social media as a phenomenon will likely continue just fine. Facebook (who also runs Instagram) is operating in the black.

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