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  1. that is the market they are competing in, as opposed to say dual use commercial/military customers. a free to play model is bound to overlap audiences since the bar for entry is so low. you see you keep on posting box art or explaining david laggettie to me, and honestly i never heard of him, and I don't doubt that he is a programmer. but you keep skating around what I am saying. they may have a game engine, but it doesn't look like they have a game yet in a form they are willing to advertise on the website. there is ta difference between those two. telling me that david laggiette was responsible for doing xyz on over on abc is not really getting to the point that I and others have raised, but you keep returning to that. in sum: the microprose website is so barebones that looking at it I wouldn't know it if they were developing a game to resurrect itself from the dead. and based on information I've seen from elsewhere, I don't have feelings that they are about to blow down the doors come fall 2019 (which was a projected time frame for release). posting more shots of box art or telling me about unrelated accomplishments is once again begging the question, which you keep doing
  2. my guess is that teams of artists and programmers would still be needed to create man made facilities, bases, towns, ships, ground threats and targets- outerra doesn't fractally generate those. if on the other hand, warbirds is intended to be exclusively air to air, that may not sustain a player base for too long, a giant empty planet with no opponents anywhere sounds boring even if it looks good. and on that score it sounds as if they are attempting to compete in a free to play with paid addons market a la world of tanks/ warships / what have you. can they make an impression on those players with such sketchy ideas and development goals
  3. the rationalization is strong with you- because wild bill is an 80's guy and cannot internet? that's your reply? i just fell off the onion wagon. there is so much to critique in that, but one obvious response is: if wild bill is still in the 80s and finds it difficult to relate to today's internet technology, that is a problem if that is true for company that needs to operate in the modern age, and one that is going to release a product that looks like it will be an online experience (and one that apparently solicits the public to augment its flight models). if what you say were true and not just kind of tongue in cheek, that's more or less admitting to being out of his element (i agree with that conclusion, but not the reason for it- if anything, wild bill knows how to have a youtube channel and order shirts advertising his company, the proof of that, once again, is right in plain sight in what he does) concept box art don't mean a thing to me. i'm surprised someone would think that actually makes a statement about much. it's as if you've never heard of vaporware, or half promises delivered in a field where companies can go bankrupt rather quickly; the computer and video games industry has known to be volatile- it's not easy to survive, even multi-million dollar companies flunk. look, i'm all for microprose making a comeback, at the same time, i have a predilection for seeing things which are right in plain sight. i say again, the way that these people are behaving is right in plain sight, something looks off. the way you can tell is just compare companies like esim or electronic arts or what have you and how they believe to see what i mean. this you cannot dodge just be posting concept art or repeating the statement back to me.
  4. you are rationalizing, sure. when i say that even the microprose website lacks information on what looks like its one and only new product- i daresay its flagship title for a company that is trying to make a comeback, you just repeat the statement back to me as its justification, that is, "microprose hasn't updated their website since 2018... (paraphrasing you) " - begging the question, that's what that is. i know that it isn't updated, the issue is why does it look like you have to do some digging to find information on a product that should be resurrecting microprose on obscure channels rather than on microprose's website? at some point this should look odd, it doesn't look right. you can always of course manufacture some hypothetical reasons and this or that. you see i'm not making predictions about anything, nor am i saying i know what's going on; what i am saying is the behavior is right in plain sight- and that behavior looks at odds with any company who is about to release a product, particularly one that is supposed to bring microprose back into the spotlight/ wild bill as far as i know is not a programmer or a game designer in that sense, he is first a salesman, which he himself has claimed himself to be. his vision and his knowledge about certain topics may show up in the games. but insofar as him churning out code is not what he is about. at some point you have to look at someone's behavior as representative of what they are about. not much from microprose, not much from wild bill either about microprose, warbirds or anything at all really. you have to go exploring to find this information on warbirds 2020- so im saying that in itself is showing you something. there is a tendency to say, "yeah but..." wild bill isn't an immortal, you judge him by his actions. yes, he started microprose, not as programmer though. it is possible that with the teams that he was previously involved with would have succeeded anyway without him (meier in particular), you can't really determine that. if you were microprose attempting to make a comeback, is this how you would do it? in such an obscure way? if it were me, and i had a product ready or near completion i would want to stand behind, my attitude would be different: it would be along the lines of fuck yeah, it's microprose and we're back, get ready! the behavior is a bit different, and this is at odds with wild bill's own statements that if someone could design the game, he can sell it (just look at past statements from him)- he's not shy about that, why does it all look so obscure now? i think that question in itself is telling.
  5. that would not explain that horrid m4 game. wild bill may be entitled to a fubar, but that game shows that it is possible wild bill would sell you on a stinker. it may be that wild bill was fortunate to have the right circumstances in the past, but now it is a new situation with different circumstances: the synergy that was there in the past isn't coalescing now and he's in over his head. that is my sense of it.
  6. i don't think wild bill is a fraud, but he may be delusional. it may have been he had a talent for selling products with solid talent behind them, but now you may see the results when he pairs up with product teams that don't have the resources to quite pull it off. m4 tank battalion was a sort of signpost, maybe
  7. why is it necessary to hunt around for this game anywhere else except on microprose's website, why so obscure? my sense is that the developers aren't enthusiastic about something enough to make it clear it was in a state getting ready for prime time. you have a few screenshots turning up, which already look dated, and some vague idea it should be ready soon- and none of that is underscored at microprose.com. possible all this will be a pleasant surprise and I am wrong, but something ain't right
  8. denial ain't a river in egypt. so everything that occurs is probability = 1 when it happens, but the point remains that things aren't random as much as i often hear people invoke life's mysteries when they say that everyone single person is different and you cannot make generalizations and this sort of thing. the reality is otherwise. even a random number generated by a computer isn't random- it may look random to the user, which serves the purpose, but the computer obtains the value from somewhere, a seed from a clock or a formula or something. the human brain is roughly analogous to that. again, there are industries which make money off the predictability of human behaviors or assess risk or what have you, if that were not so, then they wouldn't be doing that and they wouldn't be in business doing that. the rigorous field of actuarial science wouldn't be a thing, because that is what it is based on, it would have gone the way of alchemy if that weren't so. instead, it is considered to be one of the best career paths that a person with the aptitude could take, all things considered about job stability, satisfaction and pay. if we assume that there are such things as neurons, the 'you' is not really an independent thing making random decisions. specific circuits in the brain under mri scans shows activity that the person isn't even aware of in response to stimuli. largely i think a lot of people are dismissive of what has been learned about the brain and human behavior, as if it's not believable or is still subordinate to what they believe about life generally which works contrary to that.
  9. i am not sure that anything is eventually possible even given an infinite amount of time and space to occur. this may be a deficiency in our language when we say something is possible, but there seem to be some hard coded possibilities, if you like. for instance it sounds like a non starter to have a universe where there exists more apples than oranges, and at the same time, more oranges than apples. maybe it is a conceptual problem, maybe there is some infinitesimal chance that situation could occur once every trillion years, or maybe it is something with the chance of it happening is zero. the universe we live in by contrast may also have less than one in 999 trillion years chances of occuring, but that is enough given enough time. all the ingredients present while unlikely to do it often still have the chance of occurring without contradicting itself. likewise I don't think it is possible even in an infinite universe to add a proton to helium to create uranium, unless again it is an incredibly low chance greater than zero- but just barely, low enough that maybe it happens every so often without being noticed. that's why chaos vs determinism is somewhat of a language game. what you call chaos I call determinist, just with probabilities assigned to it. the US sport of baseball under the hood is very statistics driven. despite fans tuning in to watch the action of teams and players, there are mathematicians employed to do the number crunching and team managers playing the percentages, and you actually see the results when they position players and create matchup between batters and hitters based on their stats. and to that extent human behaviors are much more deterministic than we may feel comfortable with. from experimental psychology to advertisers to actuarials, it is remarkable how much human behavior can be observed and broad conclusions can be drawn. each of us individually may look 'random', but a large sample of individuals will start to show you something different with more predictable results across a population.
  10. so if the big bang is true, and that point contained the whole universe, everything that ever will be, then logically it's deterministic. all the planets, the galaxies, you, what i had for dinner, and steel beasts. all the information on how to make all that is encoded in that event. on that topic, then it all proceeds like a steel beasts script : if x happens at mission time T, then y happens and so on. if ssnake were to relay the history of steel beasts and how it came to be, from his point of view it all looked like it was happening by an uncharted, uncertain course at the time. but if follow the story backwards to the origin, then you can start seeing how the whole the thing was set up and it is deterministic
  11. well, i watched several lectures of preeiminent astrophysicist sean carrol at caltech, and he explain einstein's relativity and the universe that way. i'm not going to presume to contradict that guy. like you said, everyone cherry picks, so i gleaned it from as many sources i could, and between him and others, the most brightest minds agree that is what it is. past present and future are illusions, they all exist at the same time. so here is one example of an interesting overview and carroll appears in there at some point as far as i remember
  12. I often debate people elsewhere about 'free will' and why that is not a thing. of course i usually get some incredulous response as if it is self evident and how can that be. 'free will' is always presumed, it's never shown to be a thing. this is basically a matter of language and the lack of precision in our vocabulary. if by free will we mean both the cognitive and non voluntary processes of our brains, then that is what we we really mean- you're talking about the brain, 'free will' is an empty concept added on top of that, although i know why it seems as if you had it. but your sense of 'you' is not separate from your brain, you are your brain. the concept of 'will' is just a word that we use to describe biological processes. there is the verb form of will, such as if i left an ice cream sandwich out in the sun, it will melt, but then there is another form of it as a noun, such as 'the will' : a ghost in the machine, which is separate from the body, but which there is no evidence of existing. this seems to presume there is an elan vitale that is separate from the body. but this doesn't make sense. it's not the 'force' or the 'will' that is getting drunk if someone is under the influence or something, there is definite deterministic effects that alcohol has on the brain. likewise, if the brain were mechanically damaged or affected by medical procedures or something like this, then you may seem temporary or permanent but but profound changes in the affected person's personality, senses, perceptions, abilities and so on. 'you' are the brain, the brain is not a container for the separate will. when we take a look at the brain, it's rather apparent that it evolved. you can literally see the the layers that added on over time from the more primitive parts of the brain, called the reptilian complex because it resembles the brains of more primitive vertebrates, reptiles and amphibians (which regulates much of the unconscious behaviors). furthermore, i will argue that you do not exist freely as if in a vacuum; you are affected by the environment, you come out of it like a wave out of the sea and are part of it. genetics are an obvious implication. another is the way you are perceived by others, still another is the the effects of forces on you and all sorts of things. your brain literally rewires itself and is malleable, particularly when you learn to do new tasks without your conscious effort- you have no choice in it. so i take occam's razor and apply it this way: free will is not necessary to explain anything at all, it is superfluous. just shave it off and everything still works without that assumption. you could create a duplicate of this universe and have it behave the exact same way it is behaving now backwards and forwards, and free will never has to enter into it to explain anything. the universe could run in deterministic way based on known or somewhat intuitive forces of nature, laws of science and so on and you would never know the difference if there were no free will. free will is like saying due to free will the ice cream melts in the sun, because by its own free will it does (in addition to melting points of solids and so forth- it can't really be dis-proven i suppose, but it also changes nothing if you remove that supposition). it's the same thing; since the activities of neurons are deterministic causes, since regions of the brain are mapped to specific, deterministic behaviors (memory, speech, spatial reasoning, non voluntary functions such as breathing, fight or flight responses, sense of balance and so on), it means that there are deterministic reasons that something is associated with them- damage to the frontal lobes is why lobotomies were performed. if that didn't achieve the effect they were after, then it wouldn't make sense to do those. but it did- it's deterministic. the universe in my view does not have that kind of meaning to infer into it free will. or else where is it in the body? where does the will reside. furthermore, am i free not to have it? can i get rid of it? removing free will removes that implied problem of self contradiction to begin with. and why should anything be different than that in this universe. i think that the modern society and the way we transact our business is a result of evolution- what else would it have been? evolution means that it changed from one thing to the next rather than something that fits in no known category. i can come up with reasons why transactions exist now the way they do, and you may come up with different reasons, but what we are arguing are different reasons for the same thing- it evolved. you might point to a conspiracy theory by menacing people. i point to something else, say, someone won a war once and inflicted it on all of use, but we are both arguing the way it evolved from something that used to be. civilizations grew, so that means their interactions grew to become more complex, including the way business was transacted. why is apple inc. getting into the credit card business? is it doing randomly, or are there calculated reasons for it that would probably be talked about in a board meeting as a business strategy? in other words, that is deterministic too
  13. you mean why is this topic is here? it seems rather the answer is in plain sight, the same as all the other ones. what is the issue, exactly? that you don't like it? the simple solution is to pass, how are you being put out or affected, by it being here, that was my response about a refund, as if it was somehow a tax on you.
  14. in einstein's theory of relativity, past present and future all exist at the same time. there is the eternal now moment which contains all things, 'past', 'present', and 'future'. and there is a zen component to that if you can internalize on some level and live as if that were true- not just cognitively understand that, but actually have effortlessly and thoughtlessly and without pretense lived that way. in einstein's conception of time, it is as if reality is already like a film strip. it's already filmed and it all exists at the same time. the perception of moving through space is like moving from one frame of the film strip to the next. so if you were to accelerate, you are jumping frames from one part of the film strip, or one frame of reality to the next. evolution from our perspective looks as if it is moving from point a to point b, that is how our brains are apparently wired to get a handle on it, that is to say, to perceive time moving linear. the past is ever disappearing, there is the present and a future coming online. but if it were film strip where it is already pre-filmed, it's all laid out already. the evolutionary changes are all filmed like characters and scenes in a movie already encoded in reality from the opening credits to the curtain falling, you are moving from one frame to the next, and we describe things as if it is a linear progression rather than existing all at once. even as kids as inquisitive as they can be they may ask the adults what it was like before they were born. i remember thinking about that, because something seemed off. something did not seem to make sense. i could describe in certain terms what was happening now, and i would ask others what it was they thought was happening. and usually i didn't really get much of an answer. so try and imagine what it was before you were born- it isn't trapped in darkness or a fog or hanging out in limbo, it seems to be nothing- those other things would still be something. trapped in a void waiting to be born would still be an experience. it seems doesn't it as if the universe comes into focus with your earliest memories, and beyond that there is nothing there. and i think that's the key- that is what is happening. in other words, you are doing all this. your act of perceiving it creates the universe at the present moment. there are no sensations 'out there' without your senses somehow giving the impression of them. by definition that is like trying to separate wet from water. your brain, nervous system create the impressions that objects out there are hard or soft or orange or behind or above, there is otherwise nothing out there without you perceiving them that way. we assumed that the universe was like a container, you remove the individual from it, but the universe still exists. i do not not think that is correct- you are the universe experiencing itself, much the same way the quantum double slit experiment or the uncertainty principle seem to suggest that you don't simply remove the observer from the experiment, because then by definition there is no one present to observe the experiment- you affect it by simply being present and observing because you are part of the experiment. without the observer, by definition there is no experiment and nothing to observe. in this universe there is no front without a back, no small without something tall, no left without right, and so on- if everyone were 9 foot tall, then no one is, everyone would be eye level and there would be no concept of anyone being that height. similarly if everything were exactly the exact same shade of color, that color would not be perceived at all except in relation to anything which isn't that color. there is a kind of nothingness that must 'exist' (again a mind vexing self contradiction), for something to exist. there has to be something which is not a thing for that thing to be differentiated and perceived, except that nothing by definition exists. so if you wrap your head around that effortlessly and it doesn't cause further confusion, that is the zen kind of thing. so i imagined there seems to be nothing there before i was born that i can recall, there are no sense impressions, nor thoughts nor memories, nor feelings, whatever i read in history books or whatever i heard from adults about happened before i was born were interesting, but what they were telling me did not seem real, i have no basis to understand it first hand other than what i was being told. the time before i was born was nothing- but nothing can't be described by definition. if you had a description of it, that would be something. then when you look at the development of any organism, and the whole life and death cycle: there is no specific point where it comes into being. we believe conventionally that we are born and you go from the maternity ward to the grave and that is way things are. but even scientifically there is something incomplete with that experience. people who have children may have seen them develop on sonogram and watch this constant changing rather than some magical moment where it suddenly existed. so it may start to occur to us that you were never really born; we mark the occasion when you were delivered from your mother as your birthday, but you were developing in the womb before then, and then before then you were the potential to be what you are before the egg and sperm cells united, then it goes back further in your genetic line until eventually you get to very primitive conditions and we may call it proto-life, with the potential of you eventually coming online seeded in those initial conditions. it should start to give you the impression in some sense you were always here, and that is not some new agey nonsense, if we are to believe from science books we are made from stardust, and where do the stars come from well the source of it all, then by inference you are that source of it all just as you are here now. you are bringing this all into being by perceiving it. if you could not perceive it, it doesn't exist by the same measure. it would be as if the universe did not exist if you did not exist to perceive it. the environment grows the organism, and in turn, the organism perceives the environment, they go together like two hands clapping, not one hand clapping. to remove one would be as if nothing existing at all. through you, experiencing the world as you do, you are in that sense creating all this. if you did not exist, then nothing does, it would be a void. and if we take it further and understand that the time after you die is the same situation as the time before you were born, because there aren't two different kinds of nothing, then it starts to make sense that being 'dead' is not a real experience at all. there is this eternal now moment that we watch things change and give the appearance of time doing that. if what we understand about cosmology appears to be what is happening from hubble's observations that galaxies are moving apart from one another, and if we infer backwards there must have been a time they were much closer to one another and that there was a singularity where they were compressed into an infinitely hot, dense point, which starts it all, it really isn't a stretch to say that thing that happened was you- and it still is you. you are creating all this and calling it all into being by perceiving it, and it in turn it is growing you and you are affected by it. and i agree with what you say at the end: eventually what happens is that all this becomes self aware. now this could be a feature or a bug, depending on how you look at it. on the one hand it can look disturbing when that happens, we see the situation we are in especially if you take the gene centered view of evolution to be true and see ourselves as vehicles our genes are using to move from one thing to the next evolving, when we serve the function the body is discarded. become aware of that should be ego destroying. it's like when children are young and they go about the things they do, they generally are unaffected by these things. they tend to think themselves invincible in what they do, or at least don't think things too much ahead about consequences. that is about the most zen state of being possible, other than other animals who seem unbothered by the past or present or future, their minds aren't really introspective enough to worry about such things. but as children, gradually as we accumulate life experience, and especially as we are programmed by the adults to grow up and be part of the world and adapt to social conventions, then we leave all that behind, that innocence is lost. to try and go back to that and drop all the pretenses that we accumulate is what zen is- a kind of life practice to live again in that present moment state that you once had.
  15. there are papers in theoretical cosmology which have been touching on this- that existence is fundamentally 'mind', or to put it another way, reality is fundamentally information. in other words, our descriptions of the universe are what is more 'real' rather than the things they purport to denote. it's the matter which is 'less real', matter is the baggage that comes with it. if you realize that color is not a physical property 'out there' in the world, it is something that occurs in your mind, translated from signals received from the optic nerve, then you see why we could say that there has to be some kind of transaction between a thing and another for anything to happen at all. to perceive the world, you need information from your surroundings, by the same token, if you didn't exist to perceive it, those things would not exist. something needs to be perceived, and there needs to be something which perceives to do that (or else you have vacuum- which is impossible by definition, you cannot perceive a total vacuum) the whole system goes together by this transaction, or by this exchange. your mind is interpreting color from certain light wavelengths: there is the visible light part of the spectrum beyond that there is radar, the fm bandwith, ultraviolet and so on. the sun has to exist to produce visible light, but you have to exist to perceive the light it produces or else that light doesn't exist. it's same thing with sound- that old eastern riddle what happens if a tree falls in the woods, is a sound produced- the answer is that doesn't make sense for the reason that sound is not a thing "out there;" it requires an observer present to translate the vibration of air molecules into sound. so it is not entirely random that things occur the way they do. if it looks like all of this is moving in a particular direction with result to modern finances, that is probably because it is. you are seeing what is right in plain sight. because existence for lifeforms is fundamentally a transaction, it was just a matter of time before life started taking advantage of the basis of transaction. they can tax payments or apply fees to electronic transactions easier than they can to cash payments, and far and away easier than bartering systems. cash and its precursors were a way of storing value that bartering systems didn't have (100 10 oz grain sacks eventually turns into 100 pieces of copper, and so on), but electronic payment transactions can be carried across continents in real time or near real time, can store obscenely abstract values in the denominations of millions, billions, trillions and so on; so that is why we are here and now and essentially not in the middle ages or some kind of related primitive raccoon looking mammal in the paleolithic age of the earth. the ingredients were already there on how to 'make' this now moment in the universe- the information on how to cook up all of this was already there, it just took time to get here. that includes the global connected hive mind from which there is no escape, barring some calamity to hit the earth and set us back a few millennia
  16. i have watched as much as i could of the amd clip, that is to say, i skipped to the highlights and skimmed briefly what they were saying. most of it seems to be about overall speed as far as i can tell. when i look at the hardware reviews of the top of the line geforce rtx 2080 cards, the discussion is dramatically different- not just about speed and added cores, but features such as real time ray tracing and apparent attempts at machine learning intelligence. whether games ever wind up supporting these are a different matter though
  17. well it is the same old story. something old replaced with something new. social media itself obliterated the old way people interacted and replaced it with something else, for better or worse. and like everything there came a cost (which is peculiar about life itself- it seems strange how it seems to stay one step ahead of any attempt to pin it down, it always throws a wrench into the works). the curse of it is that you almost can't live in the world these days without it; there is a certain thought process, in my opinion a bit totalitarian, i agree, that to not have a social media presence is like hiding- and what are you hiding for. if you still wish to maintain a private life, the implication is that there is something sketchy going on, because nothing is more sketchy than the appearance of trying to hide. or, not to have one basically takes you out of the competition against others who have popular social media presence. and this is all a competition without regard for any individual, but the larger picture. employers increasingly scrutinize their candidates for their internet footprints- nothing turns up, that is suspect. if on the other hand too many details show up, that is also grounds for passing on a candidate. and quite frankly familiarity breeds contempt. and everything behaves like that. but even if you wrestle with these things personally, on a larger scale, you pretty much have little choice but to go where the ocean takes you- some individuals opt of society and go off the grid, but this sort of thing will never steer the tide away from where it is headed. which is why i segue a bit off topic about free will (but it is relevant to my attitude that i stopped caring about that): they have all but proven that free will is not a thing. you can argue against it logically, you can get there by inference but there are still holdouts who are not convinced. the last couple of decades has produced staggering progress in neuroscience, which still seems relatively out of the public eye, or people still do not fully internalize yet, even if they understand this cognitively on some level. if you accept the idea of neurons, genetics, celluar reproduction and high school through university level science, you understand that everything is a connected system, which begins to eliminate the importance of the 'i' except as part of a greater machine. each one of us is like a cell in the body all working to maintain the structure; we all do our part to sustain the body, just by existing and doing what you do to survive, which is the greater scheme of live and what life intends to do. life uses your efforts, your energy, your interactions, your productivity and so on. they have shown that your brain is making decisions before you are aware of them- and that being the case, it calls into question what actually exists when you refer to yourself as the 'i'- the ego in other words is an illusion, it is a byproduct of the evolutionary process of brain development. https://www.wired.com/2008/04/mind-decision/ why does this matter? my position is this: it's all deterministic. everything from subatomic particles to the largest known structures in the universe, galaxy clusters and this sort of thing, it is all implied from the very beginning. in other words, when the whole thing went bang, if that is the way the universe started, everything that will ever happen was already implied. like a chain reaction, like dominoes knocking one another to get from that past to the present- it just needs time to get here. if you were to rewind this universe like a video cassette tape back to the beginning and press play, it would start again and behave the exact same way all over again based on the same reasons which got us here now. you are not choosing any of this at all, hell you did not even choose to be born (if there ever was a thing that someone should consent to, it should be coming into being in the first place- since you don't choose even that, the most important choice you could ever make, there is no choice at all), nor did your parents and so on back to the beginning. backwards and forwards all of this evolves and that is what it does. what can i tell you but it is all in a sense pre-ordained much in the same way astronomers can predict that the andromeda galaxy will collide with ours and our local star will one day burn out but likely blow up all the inner planets clear out to jupiter first, everything is behaving as it ought to in this universe according to the way the script behaves. and that means that it was just a matter of time before electronic transactions came about the same way for the same underlying reasons from the first organic molecules combining to form the most primitive lifeforms to the present and modern homo sapiens, and on to the future whatever may come. there is no choice in the matter, selection pressures made this so. cash was also an evolutionary process over barter systems, which were not practical for all types of transactions, certainly not on large scales in modern societies. that is why cash is somewhat phased out. it's not entirely there yet- there are still things that are more practical for cash. paying for drinks in bars, minor transactions between individuals, say. but technology companies like apple are introducing peer to peer payment systems via their smart devices, apple is about to also get into the credit card business by partnering with goldman sachs bank, which primarily is an investment bank rather than a typical consumer bank. so you see a tech company and what is normally the type of bank not involved with issuing credit cards looking at all this and making a play. so yes, you best realize what's coming. and if you were to introspectively look backwards with hindsight, and see the chain of causation that got us from cavemen trading and bartering til the present day, you see it for what it is: a deterministic thing. no choice in the matter. you did not choose to be here, you did not choose all the prehistoric conditions that brought you to the present. it all did what it did. when you look at a diagram that compresses time from the beginning til now, it should strike you as funny: you realize you are that thing in the very beginning, just in different form, you are the universe itself in that super condensed form, then over time, became all the things that exist now. just don't let it go to your head too much that you are in fact the origin of all this with no choice in the matter, ultimate being if you want to call it that; because so is everyone else:
  18. in itself i don't think that electronic transactions come from the motivation to eliminate privacy (that is a consequence of that, it coincides with that, but not the reason for it- because eliminating privacy in itself doesn't earn a profit, you can have a situation where everyone is poor and no one has privacy) it's just the matter that life itself is deterministic, it can be described like a script. if you look at actuarial science, they are figuring out that a human population behaves like any system, it can be described with statistical accuracy using formulas, statistics, demographics, and this sort of thing- you can make reasonable predictions about how the system behaves, and the more information you feed into the calculations, the more it starts to look like everything behaves like a giant machine (principles of evolution, law of supply and demand, economics and so on). we think as individuals we are more special than the components of a figure or a part of a curve or whatever, we think that as a species we have humanity, which alone separates us from the rest of the world we presume to describe with our models- that is actually the most egotistical viewpoint of all, the notion that human beings are somehow apart and aloof from the rest of everything else rather than part of it and evolving with it, shaping and it in turn shapes us (life itself is a transaction between the individual and the world). that is where the cognitive dissonance occurs- principles of evolution and natural selection are as about as accurate as any theory can be, we generally accept it in the modern world, but it is taboo in a sense to really apply that to us, that we don't really want to admit we compete and evolve under the same principles. as individuals we have the illusion of 'free will,' but on macroscopic scales it doesn't look like that- broad observable trends emerge and you can bet on that- and make money off that. electronic transactions are too juicy to be ignored- on an industrial scale there is too much money to be made when fees or taxes can be applied on them because electronic transactions can be tracked by their very nature- multiply that millions and millions of times every day, then you can see why you would have to have some kind of 'artificial' moral reason not to do that- because if you had access to all this data, the only thing stopping you from becoming rich beyond your wildest dreams is some kind of personal or social pressure not to do what would be your natural inclination to do to secure more resources for yourself and your organization, the same way primitive tribes would want to secure more resources for their own tribes to stay a head of other tribes, harsh winters, lean times and so on; if on the other hand you behaved under the assumption that life itself is antagonistic and transactional even if appearing to be cooperative (not necessarily with direct physical force but competition comes by many ways, such as accumulation of resources; in the case of cooperation, there is a transaction with the exchange and sharing of resources), then you see this is all part of that, it's just practiced on a scale that makes it look 'civilized' and 'acceptable', like how money lenders advertise on television with phoney conceits of all, they tend to show couples walking on the beach with the sun setting holding hands finally realizing their life goals, and the kids go off to college making it look disney-like. of course that is not the reason why they would lend money to you, but it's these kinds of movie images that we are programmed with that we make everything look like that, when what is going on under the hood are transactional, antagonistic relationships where buyer and seller aren't natural allies per se but whether they are aware of it or not, each are attempting to maximize their gains and minimize their losses, leverage their advantage against the other guy. this is all disguised to look like something different, part of a normal functional orderly society. the world learns how to nickel and dime you and skim, every small transaction where you lose slightly may not look like much to you, but multiply that millions of times for every other person behaving the same way- you see there is all this money on large scales that starts to appear. i despise gift cards much more than credit cards, though i understand why they work the way they do and why companies love to sell those- they make money off them. you get a gift card on your birthday, when you go to redeem it, the odds are that the price of the item you want will not be exactly the amount redeemable on the gift card. the cost of the item will either be more or less than the item, it may come close, but the difference, even if small is the key. if the difference were say one dollar/euro/ it means more money for the company, since you will either have to pay for the difference if the item costs more than the amount on the card (the 'gift' card actually costs the recipient of the gift money to use it), or the item costs less, in which case you have a small balance remaining on the card you may never get around to using because it is so low (the retailer made money off the original purchaser who gave you the card since the full amount wasn't redeemed). Multiply this over and over and over again on societal levels, and you see the money pile up not possible with cash. that is what all this represents, not just per se to eliminate your privacy for the sake of doing that (although they will do that to make money off of tracking spending habits and generate strategies in response, which is not eliminating privacy for its own sake but because it is too profitable not too), but because if you think of everything-everything as functioning like a machine, then you see how all of this is evolution and natural selection, it was eventually bound to happen- in other words to evolve that way, it had no other 'choice' much as life has no choice but to evolve up to the present moment. what else would it be but not the present, and how else would it have got here if not evolving to do it?
  19. when gunship! was released and did not chart as well as the pre release hype, as I recall, hasbro' s statement was that they did not believe the simulation genre was the right move for mp, they pulled the plug on m1tp III (which apparently was near finished), and released a handful of titles at most unrelated to simulations but more what was in line with the philosophy of a toy company. after that the name microprose was acquired by someone else, including infogrames ( re-releasing games of other developers rather than original content creators). after that I lost track. I would not expect much from it now from what I see
  20. are dual or quad graphics cards configurations more hype than practical advantage? do they tend to bottleneck with the cpu?
  21. i haven't bought new hardware in ten years; looking at retail box sellers (dell, corsair, etc.), it looks as though geforce graphics cards are favored as the benchmark; but the issue that surprised me is that i did not see a pre-configured system offered by any of them with a dedicated sound card. all of them use integrated sound on the motherboard. is that the standard these days?
  22. sid meier all but invented the 'just one more turn' addictive formula, the last sid meier/microprose game i played was sid meier's pirates! 10 years ago or so, and once you understand how that game is psychologically designed to be a massive time suck, you can't unsee it
  23. crowdfund what- there is no outline of anything: no game or set of goals that someone is trying to put together. here is EA website, for instance. what if the first thing that loads up? some indication that there is a new jedi game coming in november. https://www.ea.com/ scroll to the bottom of the page and you see more games, go down further you see what looks like links for the public to interact with for specific reasons. go to esim's website, what do you see? you see a product in development soon to be released. now go to http://www.microprose.com/ and start clicking around, and what do you see looks different about it
  24. i think you can intuitively sense that something seems off. if something doesn't seem to quite gel, i think that is your instinct telling you on some level that something seems off- much in the same way you get a funny vibe about another person or a situation or whatever. if you go to that video of wild bill stealey on youtube, it is over a year old and there is almost no traffic- only around 500+ hits on his channel in that time frame, no visitor comments, nor any further posts from him, it is but an open sales pitch to investors just as the video is titled- but offers nothing specific to invest in. micrprose currently appears to be little more than someone squatting on the name and collecting any royalties from a few older microsoft games sold on steam at best (which i doubt is pulling down a lot of money). there is no mention of any development team or new projects, and finally, no way to contact a site administrator. in other words, the medium is the message: if you don't see any indicators of these things, then the lack of those things is in itself is the vibe. likewise, the strange thing about stealey with his credentials and yet is behaving the way he has of late (that m4 sherman game they released a few years back looked like a joke as if the game players couldn't figure that out for themselves by the media they had released that it was obsolete looking AND it looked like a third rate game that neither looked like it was fit to be either an action game nor a simulation), and then reduced to shopping around for investors or whatever bites the hook- but no specific roadmap, he is just name dropping), it looks like there is nothing actually going on and there is only a facade like the microprose website.
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