HobbitFoot

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HobbitFoot ,

So this is how Microsoft gets into Android.

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JCPenney got rid of sales years ago and went with a year round price based on the discounted price. The CEO who had the idea was later fired because the company was losing a lot of money and sales were down compared to other retailers.

The constant sales are done because the retail strategy works.

HobbitFoot ,

That’s just going to make every CEO a fall guy only.

OpenAI cofounder and chief scientist says he deeply regrets participating in ousting Sam Altman (www.businessinsider.com)

OpenAI cofounder and chief scientist says he deeply regrets participating in ousting Sam Altman::Ilya Sutskever, a cofounder and the chief scientist of OpenAI, expressed regret and said he’d do everything he could to reunite the company.

HobbitFoot ,

But how many researchers signed that letter asking the board not to fire Sam?

I don’t think Sam needs to solicit for his staff.

HobbitFoot ,

Kind of.

SimTower really leaned into building traffic control. You would need to do things like build commercial spaces to get escalators, then demolish them to artificialy increase the number of floors you didn’t need elevators for.

Project Highrise is mainly an economic sim. You need to plan out expansion to meet contracts or get to sustainability before running out of money. The argument regarding elevators in that game is more when you can afford them or you are forced to buy them because the building needs them.

HobbitFoot ,

Orange you sure that construction signs shouldn’t be a different color?

HobbitFoot ,

I’m sure they have their use, but it doesn’t seem to be a user most people need.

Robot mistakes man for box of peppers, kills him — Malfunctioning sensor system blamed for technician’s death at Korean food plant (www.theregister.com)

Robot mistakes man for box of peppers, kills him — Malfunctioning sensor system blamed for technician’s death at Korean food plant::Malfunctioning sensor system blamed for technician’s death at Korean food plant

HobbitFoot ,

A sensor issue on any machine, intelligent it not, is not justification to forgo a lock out, tag out of that machine.

It is like a shredder that only activates if something is in the hopper. If the sensor can only be accessed in the hopper, the shredder should not be operational when fixing the sensor.

HobbitFoot ,

The server time alone is probably in the millions a year. Server time is cheap on a small scale, but it adds up.

HobbitFoot ,

That’s sad. I wish Tumblr had done better than Twitter.

HobbitFoot ,

The only thing a third party app can do is keep phone based activity private. If you have to ping a server to do something, that point becomes their data.

HobbitFoot ,

It will probably be an incorporation of Fitbit into the Google ecosystem. Hell, the new Pixel watch is basically a Fitbit with some additional Google elements in it.

HobbitFoot ,

I think the people who are most angry about this are those without YouTube Premium.

HobbitFoot ,

Or don’t use it?

HobbitFoot ,

Reading the responses here, yes.

It seems to be the principle of the matter, not a reaction from the userbase.

HobbitFoot ,

That is what happens when the Internet became serious business.

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On the creator end, probably because it is easier to monetize than text.

HobbitFoot ,

Everything has to be monetized now because the Internet killed a lot of business models and content was heavily subsidized through other means.

We want to go back to the “free as in beer” Internet model, but the underlying economics of what allowed that to happen is gone.

HobbitFoot ,

How many of your generation are on sites like Lemmy.

I think we are a naturally self selecting crowd here.

HobbitFoot ,

I wouldn’t be surprised if some form of automated education becomes a big thing in the future, but this is just a shit idea right now meant to keep costs low and profits up.

HobbitFoot ,

Yeah. I feel like there has been this loss where teenagers can self form communities in the name of safety.

You have to ease in kids to being in control of themselves rather than dumping it all at once.

HobbitFoot ,

It is amazing how one becomes the other really quick.

HobbitFoot ,

But it looks like they did incorporate DLC into the sequel; it just isn’t obvious. The current implementation of extractive versus value added industry looks better than what they did with Industries. The quantity of different transit types also feels like an equivalent to a couple of DLC for the original game. I also feel like the sequel’s approach to power would also be most of a DLC for the original.

It isn’t perfect, but it looks like Collosal Order at least implemented a lot of lessons learned from the original game. It doesn’t seem as empty as C:S at launch.

HobbitFoot ,

Or it would be made by an indie studio.

HobbitFoot ,

No, you should say it in Bowser’s voice. After all, Bowser led a revolution to throw off the yoke of a monarchy only to be thwarted by an army of foreign nationals.

HobbitFoot ,

It likely keeps Microsoft in the gaming business, which isn’t a bad thing.

There will be a console to compete against Sony, and Microsoft will leverage cross-platfotm gaming with PC’s as a way to sustain this. That Steam effectively released a Linux-based console probably means Microsoft is going to have to fight more in the PC Gaming space. This is probably why a lot of the ads in consumer grade Windows has been to promote its gaming division.

Microsoft hasn’t been bad to Minecraft, so I don’t think the games will get worse. If anything, I might have expected Microsoft to go for a DLC route with Overwatch to add characters instead of doing what Overwatch 2 did.

I expect more stabs at RTS, with Microsoft going to get more people to game on a computer. They did buy the company that made WarCraft and StarCraft.

Xbox Game Pass advertising is going to get annoying.

HobbitFoot ,

I think Microsoft could test the waters with a WarCraft remaster, especially if they can test to see if Xbox Game Pass can tap into a new market.

HobbitFoot ,

Yeah, they ditched the tech. No idea why, though.

HobbitFoot ,

You mean like Terraria’s achievement to chop down a tree, that over 13% of Steam players haven’t done?

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The only hard one would be Google Maps. Wallet is just NFC and the screen. YouTube Music is just storage and Bluetooth.

Even then, I would expect Maps to operate with a cached map.

HobbitFoot ,

Yeah, NFC. Stupid autocorrect.

HobbitFoot ,

Part of the problem with telling people “learn to code” is that a lot of them are bad at it. There may be some diamonds in the rough, but there is a lot of rough out there.

YouTube is axing its ad-free Premium Lite subscription plan - The Verge (www.theverge.com)

I was happily using this for a year or so now. Feels fairer than using an ad blocker. But now they apparently want more money out of people. Feels like some sort of internet video apocalypse is happening, where the services become extremely fragmented and expensive, like YouTube, netflix, hbo, Hulu, Disney+ and whatnot. Each...

HobbitFoot ,

What requires YouTube’s end is a competitor, and there is no competition. People might complain about YouTube, but it still remains the free video streaming platform. Everything else is paid, including small streamers like Nebula. You also have small content creators relying on YouTube to advertise and draw traffic.

You might jump ship, but the market doesn’t seem to be doing so. If anything, people are reevaluating their paid streaming services to go less instead of more. People will complain about YouTube, but it is still the cheapest option.

HobbitFoot ,

The CEO is never going to add comments.

HobbitFoot ,

Nebula seems geared as a curated collection of small content makers that make more money per watch of Nebula content than YouTube. You also have some content creators who get additional funds to do larger productions on Nebula that are either Nebula exclusive or Nebula first.

I would probably see it as a middle ground between YouTube and a Patreon gift.

HobbitFoot ,

Or maybe don’t make expensive games.

The AAA market seems to be chasing a business model that isn’t there any more. I don’t know why game developers still chase photo realism, it isn’t what makes money.

HobbitFoot ,

If 95% of the games aren’t worth the price, then there is something wrong with that business model.

Yeah, a full priced game might not have had DLC or MTX, but it was more expensive adjusting for inflation and didn’t have nearly the quantity or quality of in game assets as current games do.

And old games definitely chased fads, they were just different fads at the time fed in part by the differences in game economics.

HobbitFoot ,

Mastodon seems to be more confusing than Threads or Bluesky for most users

HobbitFoot ,

It is less that people use SMS and more that people just don’t use WhatsApp. I have a mix of group chats, including some with SMS and Facebook Chat. However, no one uses Whatsapp.

HobbitFoot ,

There has been power in creating a new tech stack to blow up an existing business model, which is something that brogrammers want to push as a way to get funding and make money.

The problem now is that the technical aspects of online businesses are showing themselves to become more trivial as the talent to create websites and databases becomes more common.

NASA aims to destroy an Empire State Building-sized asteroid (interestingengineering.com)

Astronomers have been closely monitoring Bennu, which swings close to Earth every six years. However, the real cause for concern arises from the possibility that on September 24, 2182, Bennu could collide with our planet with a force equivalent to 22 atomic bombs. While the odds of such a catastrophic strike are estimated at 1...

HobbitFoot ,

I thought the Davy Crockett nuclear bazooka was stronger than that.

HobbitFoot ,

You’re dealing with a generation retiring where a significant minority dedicated themselves to their jobs 100% to fulfill their family duty of being a provider. So they became boring ass people chasing overtime and money to the detriment of developing themselves as people.

Once these people retire, they don’t know what to do with themselves.

HobbitFoot ,

It is the reason why playwrights would never distribute full scripts. You would only get your lines and the line before your line. You also wouldn’t get a lot of time to study your lines. It was common for someone off stage with the only full script to help actors remember their lines.

HobbitFoot ,

Or it just means Nintendo isn’t going to rely on video games for growth.

The idea of paying anything for video games is already going away, with free to play games doing well in the youth market. And while the Switch is their best selling console, it is effectively a tablet with Bluetooth controllers and standard hardware. I don’t see Nintendo being able to maintain selling hardware after this next generation.

But Nintendo has a lot of IP that it hasn’t really tapped outside of video games. I expect that to change.

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