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NVIDIA announce the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, RTX 3070 with 2nd generation RTX
1 September 2020 at 8:52 pm UTC Likes: 8

Quoting: Patola
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: Swiftpaw
Quoting: kokoko3kI just hope old gpu prices goes down, but it never happens.

They'd really prefer to price gouge you at all points in time, not just at release.

All that needs to be done is:

a) passing laws that force companies (...).

How about the complete opposite? Throw away all laws that currently pose an obstacle to competitors, don't force companies to anything. New players on the market will appear trying hard to get their niche, boom, prices drop. This is actually happening with VR sets right now.

Creating more laws against businesses does not make things better for the consumers. It onerates the entire production chain and makes it harder for everyone to get that. And it keeps competitors away for the big players. That's exactly what you don't want to happen.
A big problem is that all the players in a market tend to end up being bought out by the larger players. That's basically just part of capitalism. (...)
And that happens because of the State -- specially laws and regulations --, not in spite of it. Big businesses do constantly skew the perception of the public to make it look like there is lack of regulations, and they win double by more and more obstacles which they are able to work with but not their smaller competitors. A freer market with no rules and thus no barrier against newcomers would be the best deterrent against monopolies. Sure, I understand there is a complex production chain, but these very same suppliers would benefit from more customers too, so it's not this chain that prevents competition. Conversely, it's hopeless to try and use the State against the big guys, they are best buddies and will use this whole perception to their profit.

Removing laws that prevent a business from polluting will suddenly stop pollution?

I guess we should make murder legal too so that all murder stops.

As for prices and wages, capitalism is a failure and laws are made in order to prop up capitalism from failing. Without laws such as anti-monopoly ones, you get monopolies. That is the natural order of things. You can't have infinite competition, especially on a finite planet, and that competition doesn't necessarily magically result in lower prices especially once you get duopolies/monopolies/etc because if the controllers of production seek higher prices then no one cares about trying to give cheap prices because that stops making them more money at a certain point (lowering prices more doesn't result in increased number of sales/money). The only thing that really kept capitalism afloat anytime in history where there weren't yet laws stopping them from doing evil things is because the controllers of production had morals.

It's not efficient to have ten different delivery trucks driving down a neighborhood street. It's the cheapest and most efficient to have ONE, and one that is owned by the people or has laws preventing profiteering so that everyone gets the cheapest service possible. As long as that service is democratically and decently managed like the USPS here in the U.S., it will always be the best system. The only way to have that kind of efficiency with capitalism would be to have a monopoly, but then you'd instantly get price gouging unless you had laws to ensure that they were fair and not abusive like that. Why have a mini economic dictatorship entity like that when you can have it democratized instead and owned by the workers or the public at large?

Capitalism ALWAYS results in monopolies and extreme profiteering without laws to stop the greed from spiralling out of control, but inevitably capitalism also corrupts the government to undermine all that which is why so many monopolies reign supreme right now because of corrupt governments.

Likewise, I can also argue that governments ALWAYS are susceptible to corruption and ineptitude, and that's why having watchdogged democratic governments to prevent such abuse is required.

Crusader Kings III is now out, some thoughts on the medieval mayhem
1 September 2020 at 6:14 pm UTC Likes: 1

Hard pass if you want a game that is fully fleshed out and complete rather than largely empty and waiting for the inevitable billions of price-gouging DLCs to be jammed into the game later as Paradox LOVES to do.

What a horribly abusive and very annoying business model.

NVIDIA announce the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, RTX 3070 with 2nd generation RTX
1 September 2020 at 6:09 pm UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: kokoko3kI just hope old gpu prices goes down, but it never happens.

They'd really prefer to price gouge you at all points in time, not just at release.

All that needs to be done is:

a) passing laws that force companies to put all of their money fairly into worker's wages, products, and expansion, and stop allowing investors and CEOs to horde money. Oh, and make it so investors aren't allowed to enslave companies once they've already "made it" and no longer need help.

Or b) other economic systems such as government-funded research, which is already common in many countries (and often gets monopolized by private corporations).

The Steam client had a new stable release, some great Linux improvements
31 August 2020 at 9:04 pm UTC

Quoteit gives a set and stable area for Linux games to continue working across any Linux distribution, which is good for players and great for developers to QA their builds

For Steam, yes, but for itch.io, GOG, etc, unless it's open source and usable outside of Steam, it's useless for outside of Steam.

Unity Technologies officially files to go public with an IPO
26 August 2020 at 4:34 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: chr
Quoting: Swiftpaw
Quoting: ageres
Quoting: SwiftpawUntil other economic systems or anti-corruption governments become a thing, Linux will continue to be relegated to socialized support from around the Internet from random individuals and groups.
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How is Russia anti-corruption? Russia is an oligarchy/kleptocracy and extremely corrupt, lol.

The image is not directly connected to Russia nor corruption. It says:

In unity - victory
Proletariat of all countries, unite!

It remained unclear to me whether ageres intended this in support of such ideals or to mock them.
Gotcha. As for Russia, if only Russia abided by those principles, but instead they've become the opposite: a bourgeoisie-controlled authoritarian kleptocratic oligarchy. Perhaps more of a dictatorship at this point.

But I digress. :)

Unity Technologies officially files to go public with an IPO
26 August 2020 at 4:17 pm UTC

Quoting: ageres
Quoting: SwiftpawHow is Russia anti-corruption? Russia is an oligarchy/kleptocracy and extremely corrupt, lol.
I hinted at The Great Linux Revolution, not at Russia.
Oh, okay, well of course I'd love a Linux revolution too, but the point I was making is that everything that is controlled by capitalism has an interest in taking away your freedom and putting more barriers in front of you so that you're forced to pay to get over them, so the opposite of what Linux does. Microsoft's continued attacks against Linux where ever Linux comes into contact with capitalist-controlled structures has slowed down that revolution.

The Linux revolution will happen eventually, but we could really use some corruption-resistant governments and alternative economic systems supporting us besides sometimes Germany and random Kickstarter projects.

Unity Technologies officially files to go public with an IPO
26 August 2020 at 3:37 pm UTC

Quoting: ageres
Quoting: SwiftpawUntil other economic systems or anti-corruption governments become a thing, Linux will continue to be relegated to socialized support from around the Internet from random individuals and groups.
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How is Russia anti-corruption? Russia is an oligarchy/kleptocracy and extremely corrupt, lol.

Unity Technologies officially files to go public with an IPO
26 August 2020 at 3:33 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: CFWhitmanA company becoming a public corporation is pretty much never a good thing for its customers. This is especially the case for non mainstream customers. It's like when Snapple (at the time a regional fruit drink company in the U.S.) was bought up by a large corporation: No more strawberry lemonade. This is beside the fact that private businesses are as moral as their management, while public corporations gradually become as moral as their bank accounts.

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If I am sad, I eat potato chips.
Yes, private businesses are more capable of being moral which is the only way capitalism has survived as long as it has. The problem is capitalism incentivizes greed and thus corruption and the sociopaths rise to the top and are rewarded for being greedy, for lying, and for criminality. They corrupt any governments that attempt to stop them while the "ma and pa shops" are bought out, corrupted, or destroyed in various horrible ways.

When you set up economic systems that reward greed, you get corruption of anyone who tries to stop them from doing horrible things, anarchy in the sense that laws stopping them from doing whatever they want are removed, and fascism as they corrupt governments who try to stop them into giving them power and money instead (in the form of "bail outs", and literally running a country like with the U.S. and other countries).

Unity Technologies officially files to go public with an IPO
26 August 2020 at 3:24 pm UTC

Quoting: PatolaI hope their Linux support is not harmed with this change. But I'm wary of investors. Investors ruin everything.
Linux support will be ruined because this is capitalism.

In capitalism, you make more money when you're a monopoly/duopoly/etc. Microsoft is a monopoly. Their profits (disposable income) are used to destroy, collude with, or buy out competition. Even when you have other "competitors", if all the players involved have an interest in stealing more money, prices will stay as high as possible at the point at which they steal the most money from everyone else.

Just like Valve sold out to Microsoft after being bribed to make Linux more compatible with Windows games instead of fighting for more games to be made for Linux, so too will Unity now more easily fall prey to corruption and bribery and will be controlled by greedy capitalists only seeking more money.

The entire capitalistic economy hates Linux because it's free for everyone, both the users and the developers. Aside from utilizing it themselves internally to here and there to avoid the price gouging from Microsoft, the main play by Microsoft has always been to try to destroy it whenever it enters the capitalistic economic sphere, or try to corrupt government officials whenever it enters into the socialized government sphere. Until other economic systems or anti-corruption governments become a thing, Linux will continue to be relegated to socialized support from around the Internet from random individuals and groups.

GOG have a huge 'Harvest Sale' with Serious Sam: TFE free for 48 hours
24 August 2020 at 11:38 pm UTC Likes: 6

Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardo
Quoting: Swiftpaw
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoThe anouncement of Serious Sam 4 without Serious Sam 3....

Too bad SS4 isn't releasing with day one Linux support.

Croteam used to be big Linux advocates. The Talos Principle was released on day one for Linux, OS X, and Windows. But now we're 2nd class again with Serious Sam 4.

well... It will be available on Stadia. So technically it will have a Linux version...subsidized by Google.

I hate all those publishers.
If you gonna make a Linux port of your AAA game, do a little more job and release it for generic Linux desktops and not only for Stadia...
uff. this is getting off topic, so I will stop.

Back on topic, maybe GOG give us a surprise during this sale.

Will never ever ever ever give a shit about Stadia, or Google, or Microsoft, or Apple. None of their software or hardware will ever be allowed in my house.

Specifically "game streaming" services such as Stadia, one of the biggest wet dreams of capitalism, there is no greater form of DRM and attempts at doing that such as Stadia should die. Talk about the ultimate way to strangle gamer and computer freedom.