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Comment I'm not so sure it did (Score 1) 92

There just aren't a lot of games coming out if you don't count download only indies. Gamestop's built off used games. But if there's only 3-5 new games a month and more than half are shovelware with low resale values you're gonna hurt. Add to that most of the big releases are multi-player focused (Overwatch, Battlefield One, For Honor, Star Wars Battlefront) and that DLC is driving the industry (EA makes more off DLC than the original game sales). Also people play the same games a _lot_. For Honor is designed for about 5000 hours of play before everything unlocks (Ubisoft's getting flak for that).

The game industry is changing and retailers are getting pushed out. I don't think there's really a solution to that.

Comment In most of the business world (Score 1) 135

that's not how it works. You make a guess about how likely you are to get in trouble for those people's deaths and use that to decide how many times to measure. If somebody's irreplaceable (either because they're a genius or just really,really rich) you don't risk them. I'm not being flippant. That really is how it works. And we've got centuries of business rules and relations to fall back on as proof. Hell, looks at Flint MI's water supply. Or the process of approving drugs and the high profile failures there. Or if you want to get really famous that monologue from the beginning of Fight Club.

Comment I would if I could (Score 1) 127

I made a mess of my life and don't have a college degree. OTOH if I'd graduated college I probably wouldn't have noticed how bad things are in America. I'd be making enough money I could have weathered the storms that hit me. OTOH again if I was the sort of person that coulda got through a college degree I probably wouldn't have had those storms (which were mostly caused by bad decisions made by family members I couldn't see myself abandoning. Shit happens).

That's the trouble with there being no safety net...

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 3, Insightful) 266

It's an education thing. People who know how English evolved know that 'he' can be both masculine or neuter, depending on context. It's been that way since before 'ye', 'thou', 'thy' and similar words went away.

People who are uneducated may assume that 'he' is only masculine and will choose to feel oppressed about it. I can't imagine how bad those people feel using romance languages where half of the nouns are masculine gendered.

It's somewhat awkward, but less so than losing the singular/plural distinction. Style guides are a useful reference, but feel free to ignore their inconsistencies and poor suggestions.

Comment I usually get my Steam games (Score 1) 113

for a fraction of the cost of a boxed retail release. Usually around 87% off (no kidding, $5-$7.50 vs $60). Either that or I'm buying a niche title (like GG Xrd) where I can't really complain about the premium I'm paying since the base sales will be low. On a console if I buy a used disk I might get $20-$30 off that $60 price point (I paid $27 for a copy of Marvel vs Capcom 3 for PS3 used years after release).

So yeah, I'm giving up the ability to sell/share it but I'm paying a fraction of the cost.

Comment Escalating tension? (Score 2) 286

They've been trying to murder Netflix for years and replace them with their own (pay-per-play) systems. That's not escalating tensions, that's a life or death battle. You saw the same thing when the ACA threatened to bring single payer to the insurance companies here in the states. They're fighting for their life.

Comment Visa Success? (Score 3, Informative) 158

not sure what that means. Anyway, of course the quality is low. They're suffering brain drain to other countries. You're not gonna work as a rank & file programmer for $8600 when you can get an H1-B an earn 13 times that in San Francisco, do that for a few years and either get a green card or come back to your home country loaded. It doesn't help that India is a sub-optimal place to live (dirty air, rampant corruption at the local level, etc, etc).

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