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Part of me hopes that this drives the entire industry into the ground, or at least serves as a wakeup call for developers to strike out on their own and innovate.


but we know that won't happen.

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 17, 2012, 07:37:09 am »
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/09/30/recently-fired-hp-ceo-departs-with-more-than-13m/

the guy that came before him:

http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/27/news/companies/lashinsky_hurd.fortune/index.htm
Keep in mind, this guy was ousted because a sexual harassment claim eventually turned up some pretty shady irregularities with this guys company accounts. Unsurprising.

And following his short time as CEO we get this class act:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-21/hp-s-board-is-said-to-weigh-ousting-apotheker-after-less-than-year-as-ceo.html


What, less tehan a year?


HP considering bringing in the same CEO that oversaw the transformation of ebay into a useless sack of crap:

http://venturebeat.com/2011/09/21/hp-considering-meg-whitman-to-replace-current-ceo/


"Talent"
"Skill"
"Hard work!"



Yes. I think I'd pay these fuckups -less- than I would pay a good, hardworking janitor.

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No, I'm pretty sure it has.  We didn't have genocide before capitalism.  We had wars, sure, but people eventually got tired and stopped fighting because there was no real benefit.  Now?  We fight even if there's no benefit, and we assure that there's always war somewhere, just so we can profit off of murder.  You want to tell me humanity's always been this way?  Give me a break.  It wasn't even possible a few centuries ago!

Actually, the main difference is that the tools are more efficient. I feel pretty confident that, during it's inception, had the church of england and the pope been given access to assault rifles and guided missile systems the end results would have been pretty similar to the conflicts we have now. Blaming a single -ism is an oversimplification.

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:33:59 pm »
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I take it this was aimed at me?  My previous comments were generalized and I did say "after you've been working for a couple of years."  Tell me about your situation prior to college and why you don't have any money saved up then I'll make an assessment about your money management skills if you'd like.

I'd rather tear my toenails out than subject myself to such meaningless condescension. Though you're cherrypicking posts, rather than answering criticisms.
Not knowing a solution to a given problem is not the same as there being no problem.

You want proof that the "american dream" is a diminishing reality?
You sure you want to read things that might depress you? I have fuckloads of links, if you're willing to read them, and entertain the possibility that they might be true.

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 14, 2012, 05:03:37 pm »
Acknowledging a problem isn't the same as feeling that it's hopeless. I'm not convinced that there is a problem that there isn't a solution for, but I tend to think that unconventional and new ideas are more likely to solve problems, rather than returning to the previous state that arguably led to the current conditions. If you turn back the clock it eventually turns forward again and history repeats itself as it's done so many times before.

Furthermore, acknowledging that a solution can create more, or different problems is being realistic and proactive. For solving the problem of an unskilled and uneducated population, better education seems to be a decent solution, but the current solutions of making the US education system "better" have demonstrably negative results. So, rather than -keep doing it- like we are, we should look for a better way. FFS, the US education system was designed from the get-go to produce effective laborers, and now that our labor force is moving away from physical labor, our education systems should follow suit.

But they haven't done so very well, have they? I think part of the problem is that e (in general) have a tendency to think of systems that work in our personal favor as being better than they actually are, and when we don't fit well into them, look at them as worse than reality. But outright denying criticisms directed towards a system is essentially being blinded by our own successes. Saying "hey, okay, this might be a problem on a large scale" won't make you depressed unless you really do think it's a hopeless situation. The problme I see not jsut in this discussion, but in general, is that the people who benefit from the way the current system is set up are often unwilling to admit that it doesn't actually work for everyone the same way it worked for them, because doing so would be admitting an actual flaw in the system.

As it stands, I benefit from Pell grants and the Hope scholarship. Many are very much against these systems, however they have provided opportunities for me that I would be otherwise quite impossible without student loans that will put me nose deep in debt - I feel pell and hope programs are better solutions than student loans. Why? Sure, there's the "unfair" taxation of the wealthy in order to finance the poor and our universally shoddy work ethics, but HOPE, is for the most part paid for by lotteries and special option taxes - sales taxes, but the amount of long-term economic damage that causes is much easier to deal with then the long term effects of the increasing student loan debt bubble that could very well pop. When you consider where the student loan debts usually end up (Hint: Frannie and Freddie aren't just names that half rhyme.) suddenly taxpayer funded education doesn't seem so bad. I can think of a million ways to improve the way these programs are handled, but right now that is beside the point.

And now it gets personal:

I'm using that aid for medical schoolin'. So be grateful when your taxpayer dollars went directly to making sure you're taken care of when your health fails. And with the amount of money i'll be making when I'm done, i'll be paying more in taxes than I do currently, I will spend more money and get this - contribute to the overall economy. And the amount I pay out after that will have been far greater than the relatively meager financial aid that I'm getting.

So thanks for the free college! I'll have you know that I'm doing extremely well, and am on the dean's list. I still make minimum wage though and as such, have more debt than I do in my bank account.
I didn't before my old car finally gave up the ghost. I did everything I could to keep that beast running, but after a while there is only so much you can do before the repairs (which had up to then been a pretty huge drain.) become more expensive than a replacement. And replacements aren't cheap. Hence the debt. No real social safety net to fall back on, and I'm a little to proud to get on welfare/food stamps even though I technically qualify.

But yeah. it's because i'm bad at managing money and I'm lazy. Got nothing to do with external conditions at all. Sure, I could teoretically take on a second job, but I also like to sleep every now and again.

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:46:17 pm »
Your point? just because a solution isn't easy or forthcoming doesn't mean that a problem doesn't exist. If one simply denies that the availability of realistic opportunities has been, and continues to decline, it will continue to do so...

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But we can't even get to the why of the problem or how to fix it until people accept that there is a problem. 


And that is what -i- am trying to get across, without excessive conjecture regarding "why". Denying that it's harder to get a decent paying job now than it's been in the past 20 years, why it's harder to keep a small business afloat, why your work produces more and you harvest less fruit... Or suggesting that there is functionally no alternative, real or theoretical...

Seems both shortsighted and uncreative.

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 12, 2012, 11:23:05 am »
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I never meant to imply that everyone is dealt an equal hand in the game of life.  Some are born into more fortunate situations than others.  However, sitting around whining about how unfair it is won't get you anywhere.

I'm not sure where you picked up that I was whining? I'm merely stating the fact that -hard work alone- is often not enough, and that often living expenses not related to personal choices get in the way of being able to save money. More often than people just being lazy and stupid. As I stated, hard work is a -good tool- but it is often not the -only tool-. And regardless of which too lis used, conditions outside of the tool itself must be met in order for that tool to be of use. Like, for instance, a healthy economy.

And people -are- lazy and stupid, don't get me wrong, but not everyone who works below the poverty line is so because of a poor work ethic or of being plainly unintelligent. Often, being poorly connected can be as much of a detriment as being lazy. This isn't whining, it's just a statement. It does not imply that these traits are good or bad.

However, I perceive this to be a problem, as a subjective assessment of a somewhat objective observation. As I am not well versed in matters of economics, social engineering, or political science and I will not pretend that I know what the solution to that problem would be. But doing nothing does not at all seem sensible. I suspect that few, if any in this thread are truly well versed in any more than one of these subjects, if that.

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 10, 2012, 11:44:35 pm »
I reviewed the Forbes list some more and after looking through just the US I saw the heirs of the Walmart founder are all on the list, but other than that, two other fellows inherited a small mining company and went on the make it the biggest mining company in the U.S..

The rest?  They were all self made.  Names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, the google founders, George Soros (hedgefunds), etc. etc.

So what is your solution to the college issue you presented then?  Would it be best if people weren't granted student loans anymore?


I'm suggesting that your solutions create more problems, and don't solve many of them. I don't pretend to know the solutions to these problems but It is important to acknowledge that tehy -are-p roblems and that the current status quo is insufficient to address them.

Bill gates' father wasn't exactly working class, either. The man was an attourney, as AFIAK, is still alive. Inheritance isn't what I'm talking about at all.
 Zuckerberg went to Harvard. The point I made is still valid - That the *people you know* can provide greater opportunities: Even if mom and dad aren't -spectacularly- wealthy, being in a situation where you know the right people affords you far more opportunities than brute-forcing the notion of hard-work could possibly provide.
Hard work is not the only factor present here. Feel free to deny it, but external, uncontrollable factors do play a part. I am not suggesting that this is inherently good or bad, but I do not believe that hard work alone can explain mass property acquisition, nor does it justify the means of acquisition, should they prove to be unethical. Which they very well can be. They aren't always, but I believe it is a strong enough pattern to warrant *some* type of intervention, or at the very least, an honest, critical look. I don't think it is entirely correct to assume that wealth is an actual reflection of ethics of any sort. Or lack thereof.

Not that I trust our current government to handle such responsibilities adequately or without corrupting influences. The relationship between the government and corporations is interesting, to say in the least. To put it succinctly, I trust neither a free market, nor powers that would mitigate the injustices committed in it's name. I am extremely cynical towards the notion that people get -that- much power and influence through "honest" hard work - not at least without some *external8 advantage over us proles, and not at leat without crushing someone underfoot on the way up.

The current Apple market is built on the backs of Foxconn employees. DO we need to get into the routine abuses of human rights that go on within that company? Is mere hard work an adequate justification for exploitation?

The opportunities you had to work and save growing up aren't availible for many. I am not suggesting it is good or bad, but I think at the very least, it should be acknowledged. Your privilege is showing baldly. If you can't accept that a person who works two jobs at the age of 18 and can't save because they're having to support a sick parent or have actual financial obligations that mom and pop can't (or won't) take care of, you're being silly. These types of situations are a lot more common than may be convenient for you to accept.

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 10, 2012, 06:22:46 pm »
Prove it.  I stand by that most people earn it through working hard and providing value.  What about all of the Doctors in the town you live in?  You don't have to have a relative in the industry to get a job.

Prove it. :P

It's not strictly a matter of who you're related to but where you grew up, and who grew up there. Having the advantage of a well-to-do social network vis a vis going to a high-prestige school, and not being socially incompetent goes a lot farther in your barriers-to-entry than does merely having a good work ethic. You have to at least acknowledge that external conditions do rather affect a person's ability to learn the skills necessary to become productive. Certainly, there are exceptions, but there are always exceptions, and rarely do they serve to support any notion other than "there are exceptions".

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General Discussion / Re: U.S. Stock Market is Rigged
« on: March 10, 2012, 05:54:43 pm »
And that willingness to hand out student loans like candy is creating yet another looming bubble. With the glut of degrees floating around and fewer and fewer people being actually able to -use- their degrees, what with many skilled jobs moving overseas by the dictates of the "Free" market, fewer of those students able to pay back those loans. This problem is further exacerbated by tuition increases that are disproportionate to the current rate of inflation and the school's operating costs: The MBA, for example is increasingly expensive, and decreasingly valuable.

And yet ironically, more desirable than experience or demonstrable know-how. You need a degree to be a bank teller nowadays.

Also keep in mind that anecdotal data is based solely on your personal experience which is necessarily limited. As such it may conflict with someone else's personal experience. You cannot claim that your personal experience is more correct than someone else's without a significant bit of real data to back your position, which few have in this thread done so far.

That big-business does often commit severely unethical actions, and that those actions are fairly common among global companies suggests than a willingness to exploit a cheaper alternative *regardless* of it's consequences shows that a lack of remorse can actually be a boon in the world of global business. Moreso than merely working hard. Your "Join them or deal with it" suggestion, is essentially a defense of the status quo, and rather suggests that no intervening party be allowed to step in, in such situations where a corporate organization has rendered null the rights of the people who work within, and without it.

Labor and passion and knowhow aren't miracle cures.  They're tools you can use to good measure -if- the conditions that properly reward them are externally present. Success isn't a strictly internal condition.

We all live in the "real" world, but your world may be worlds part form someone else's;  I don't think there are many people of poor socioeconomic status going to Harvard and utilizing the social network available there.

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General Discussion / Re: I bet I'm a bigger nerd than you.
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:22:24 pm »
I'm writing up a Pen n' Paper RPG system from the ground up. And I functionally lived in my parent's basement until I was 24.


And sometimes, nerds get sexy:
Spoiler:
True story. I once received a footjob while playing Nethack. My fiancee, the giver, was at the time installing a 4th operating system on her laptop. And truthfully, I'm not even into feet or anything, it just kinda...happened.

We were listening to Iron Maiden at the time. It was like Bruce Dickinson was personally cheering us on. Made all the more appropriate considering the track that was palying was "flash of the blade" off of Powerslave. "you live for the touch, for the feel of the steel..."

Though, the fact that it happened at all likely means that I actually -lose- nerd points? What with the whole virginity thing being the quintessential characteristic of the ultimate nerd. In my own "defense, it took me 22 years to get to that point, and I can count my number of partners on one finger.

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General Discussion / Re: Artwork thread
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:10:31 pm »
I know it isn't strictly the theme of the thread to post one's own artwork, but i'm pretty pleased with the way my last couple of sprites are coming along.



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General Discussion / Re: 1 Percent Tax On "Violent" Games
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:41:10 pm »
"Creeping bureaucracy"

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Where before they'd just buy both.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: The Last Story coming to USA
« on: February 27, 2012, 04:54:03 pm »
Turns out the co-op elements are online only from what I recently read.

CURSES....

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General Discussion / Re: Look at this bullshit.
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:57:07 am »
bull ≠ cow

But their fecal matter is roughly equivalent.

Certainly, your foot doesn't notice any difference.

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General Discussion / Re: PS3 Backwards Compitibility Question
« on: February 25, 2012, 05:32:30 am »
Hasd to replace the connector on my NES because the contacts had corroded pretty badly, but it works like new.

My DC is much more finnicky - I don't have the screws in the bottomside of the system anymore because i've had to open it up to adjust things so often.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: The Last Story coming to USA
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:01:31 am »
A Wii JRPG with co-op is an instant sell for me.

I might actually try to hunt down a wii for this purpose.

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General Discussion / Re: Artwork thread
« on: February 22, 2012, 11:04:15 am »
Huh. Links I post seem to be not working sometimes. Weird.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: What does it take for you to buy a game these days?
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:38:41 pm »
Man. Since when did Big Lots start carrying video games? That's -weird-.

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