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What grudges do you hold against tech/software companies and why?

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2 hours ago, RonnieOP said:

Are you worried that epic is going to fizzle out and all the games you own on their library are going to go away forever? What in the world gives you that idea? Theres no reason to believe that as a fact. Epic is huge. As a company as a whole its just as big as blizzard and steam. Tenscent is huge and isnt going away anytime soon either. You have the same risks with steam as you do with epic in those regards.

 

 

There isn't a company on this planet that isn't a few steps away from going out of business... all it takes are some shitty decisions, some shitty products... kill of your userbase, fail to adapt to a changing market... and you'll just be another statistic with your IP bought out and stripped for the profit making parts whilst the consumers are thrown away and screwed over again and again. There isn't a company that has ever existed that is too big to fail... so your misguided belief that it wouldn't happen is... well... misguided at best.

 

It's interesting that you bring up 20 different beers from 20 different breweries... do you actually know 'who owns' all of those breweries?  The probability of it being one or two companies is high... very, very high. Stores have deals and agreements in place to stock from certain suppliers, the bigger the franchise the bigger the deal and the more likely it is to consolidate it's buying into fewer places.

 

This is an example... it's know as 'the illusion of choice'  this is just a basic example regarding food... you could easily create one for games publishers that own 90% of all game studios... the same applies to movie studios... Disney owns Marvel, Pixar, Fox, Lucasfilm, ESPN. ABC.. and subsidiaries of some of those companies are Sky, Hulu, Star, Touchstone, Hyperion... the list goes on and on.

 

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I'll tell you what... go back to that store take pics of those 20 beers from 20 different companies and we'll see how valid that argument is.  :)


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Well, I just bought a wifi card for my laptop. But before the thing arrived I learned that my laptop manufaturer (lenovo) puts white lists on their bios. Meaning I'm gonna have to either return the chip (its from china so not really a option), let it collect dust, or mod the firmware on the wireless card to make the laptop thing its a whitelisted in bios. Something i'm not really looking forward to and i'm pissed. 

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5 hours ago, RonnieOP said:

 

In the US (which is a huge market force) you have a crap load of options for banks. Theres about 6 big ones i can name off the top of my head in my area alone. Beer? In the gas station closr to my home theres literally 20 different options from 20 different breweries. The options get even larger if you go to costco, walmart, target etc.

 

There's only three beer companies in the US. Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and Pabst. Anything else you see on the shelf is either produced by them or is a craft brew that likely only exists in your city or state. I don't drink beer so I have no idea, and don't really care what's popular or not. 

 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-11-brewers-make-over-90-of-all-us-beer-2015-07-27?page=2

 

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Anheuser-Busch InBev

Brands: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Ice, Bud Light Lime, Busch, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Bass, Boddington’s Stella Artois, Beck’s, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Kirin, Landshark Lager, Goose Island, 10 Barrel, Blue Point, Elysian, Redbridge, Natural Light, Shock Top, Wild Blue, Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider, Oculto, various malt liquors and flavored malt beverages.

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MillerCoors

Brands: Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Coors Light Citrus Radler, Extra Gold Lager, Hamm’s, Herny Weinhard’s, Icehouse, Keystone, Killian’s Irish Red, Magnum, Mickey’s, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life, Miller Lite, Miller 64, Milwaukee’s Best, Olde English, Red Dog, Steel Reserve, Aguila, Cristal, Cusqueña, Grolsch, Lech, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s, Foster’s, Molson, Redd’s Apple Ale, Crispin, Smith & Forge, Sparks, Third Shift.

 

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Pabst

Brands: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Ballantine IPA, Old Milwaukee, Lone Star, Rainier, Olympia, National Bohemian, Old Style, Primo, Stroh’s, Stag, Schaefer, Schmidt’s, Pearl, Blatz, McSorley’s, St. Ides, Champale, Colt 45.

Its beers are brewed in either MillerCoors facilities or by contract brewers in places like Cold Spring, Minn. 

 

Not convincing me the market supports more than two beer manufacturers. There may be 11 according to that news article, but Anheuser-Busch InBev is 45% of the beer market.

 

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5 hours ago, RonnieOP said:

Oh and multiple stores i can buy the same product? Walmart, target, costco, best buy. Off the top of my head theres 4 options that the market allows.

 

Cell providers. You have verizon, att, sprint, tmobile, us cell. And thats not even counting the 20+ different prepaid providers that i can walk into any of the four stores i just mentioned and buy a sim for.

 

 

Sorry, you have no idea what you're even talking about. VMNO's are not separate carriers. There is Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. That's it. Chances are only two of those even serve the same market. For example US Cellular owns practically nothing but the empty-middle of the US. That's why you can't get US Cellular service everywhere. Alaska is GCI and AT&T. Verizon acts as VMNO in Alaska. VMNO's allow carriers to operate in each other's market's which would previously be "roaming" back in 2003 when there were more than 5 carriers. Nextel and the former AT&T Wireless no longer exist, and Sprint will no longer exist once that merger with T-mobile goes through. All those prepaid VMNO's buy minutes/data wholesale from T-Mobile or Sprint. That means if Sprint has crappy coverage in your area, then all VMNO's that use Sprint will.

 

As I've said the market supports only two options. The logistics of existing as the third option is expensive.  

 

These are local, but just to prove the point again:

If you go down the beverage Aisle in Walmart, everything is owned by Coke, Pepsi or Nestle, and Nestle does not sell carbonated beverages, it sells only water, but so does Coke and Pepsi. That's the only thing in the beverage Aisle that has a third option. Coke or Pepsi own the bottling companies. The occasional regional brand like Jones Cola (Seattle) or New York Seltzer (California) only exist on the shelf for a short period of time and then they disappear for months. That's because the store doesn't see any reason to purchase these products because they don't move huge volumes, and they get no marketing incentives to even carry them. Even talking to the stores that carry them, they often say that they carry them all at the same time because of the distributor made it available. Coke for example right now has a bunch of "craft soda"'s which consist of Barq's Rootbeer, BC Raspberry, Mexicoke, and Georgia Peach. These have been available for the last 6 months, but the stores that carry them have not restocked them once. I'm pretty sure 7-11 and London Drugs goes through the same distributor because they carry these other soda's (like Jones and NY Seltzer) at the same time, and they also disappear at the same time, which tells me that they're probably going through Coca-Cola's logistics channel.

 

The problem with comparing food with software is that food has an expiry. So stores are not going to carry 6000 different beverages and packaged foods from around the world if people locally aren't buying them, because they will incur a loss.

 

With digital software, there is no marketing, there is no duplication costs, all it costs to digitally distribute a DVD sized game is 5GB of data and an insignificant amount of energy. The cost per GB of data realistically is only about 1 cent. Especially in high volumes. So It costs Valve or Epic about 5 cents to sell a game in data, and costs them about 3% of the retail price to the card processor. So games that cost less than $1, are likely a loss, but not a significant loss.

 

If you're a game developer and you want to sell your game, you're not going to setup your own logistics. For you, it makes the most sense to put your game on every market (eg GOG, Itch.io, Steam, Epic) but if you have to make it exclusive, you're leaving that money from those other markets on the table, and everyone who can not be arsed to download Epic's launcher will just pirate the game anyway. They're not going to wait for the exclusivity to end.

 

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Vodafone UK. 

 

Great service on my mobile, but customer service is full of either liars or people who don't know what they're doing. Could be a mixture of both. 

 

Every time I called I got different answers. Lots of different ways to be fobbed off. Including offers made that weren't followed through. Next agent would then tell me they were not authorised to make those offers. 

 

Soon as my contract is up I'm gone. 

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adding unnecessary features and making OS ridiculously bloated like what Microsoft did to Windows 10.

 

I also hate how Nvidia is promoting gimmicky stuff like Real Time Ray Tracing which makes no sense for little unnoticeable difference in graphics at the cost of huge performance impact.

 

AMD even with 7nm couldn't get their GPUs to be reasonably power efficient as that can be seen with Radeon 7, RX 5700 / XT etc.

 

Intel has had enough of 14nm+++ BS, they should get real and should soon come out of their shell and do some real work with 10nm which keeps getting more and more delayed. Been stuck on basically same architecture for more than 4 years is not acceptable at all for a major tech company like them.


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1 hour ago, WikiForce said:

I also hate how Nvidia is promoting gimmicky stuff like Real Time Ray Tracing which makes no sense for little unnoticeable difference in graphics at the cost of huge performance impact.

Oh, it'll be noticeable in games -- it's just that the current hardware isn't powerful enough to fulfill the potential of ray tracing.  Think of it like the old GeForce 256 (the first mainstream GPU with hardware transformation and lighting acceleration)... the technology is absolutely important, but you'll only really appreciate it a generation or two later, when the hardware is fast enough and the games can take full advantage of it.

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Apple; shit

Beats; shit

Sony; shit

AMD; shit

Intel; shit

Nvidia; shit

3DFX; shit

Microsoft; shit

Nintendo; shit

 


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22 hours ago, dizmo said:

Yeah, that's why I ditched Ryzen entirely and moved back to Intel; RAM compability. I can throw whatever RAM I want into an Intel system, and it just works. Ryzen is (was?) picky. It shouldn't be. The fact that it was recommended you search for specific sticks, and of those specific sticks you had to get ones with specific brands of memory chips? Simply unacceptable. The warranty process with MSI was also annoying, so they lost marks there as well.

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3 hours ago, F77 said:

Apple; shit

Beats; shit

Sony; shit

AMD; shit

Intel; shit

Nvidia; shit

3DFX; shit

Microsoft; shit

Nintendo; shit

 

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Deutsche Telekom AG.

They once tried to introduce a limit on data for regular contacts in homes and nearly managed to get through with it, because 100 GBs are enough. This was a few years back and now with Netflix and co and 4K streaming I don’t want to know how the situation would be here if they got it through.
They are pretty much the reason for Germany lacking behind when it comes to internet speeds because they pushed for Vectoring via copper cables while the rest of the world was upgrading to fiber. 
 

Even today when they lay down fiber they have the right to be the only provider on their owned runs and only offer 16 Mbit/s Download rates for like 50€ because no other isp can use the fiber cables for at least 3 years.


I’ve held a grudge against them since the days they tried to introduce limits on data and called them “Drosselkom” (Throttelkom in English) ever since.

 

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microsoft and privacy. enough said lol. 


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On 1/8/2020 at 11:27 PM, Anomnomnomaly said:

I kinda heavily lean towards AMD  GPU's...

Well,I have a grudge against AMD,

In April 2016 around the launch of Polaris and the Crimson Relive AMD released the most broken drivers in history:

Constant driver crashes and green screen of death,a problem that AMD have NEVER FIXED and 4 YEARS have passed since.

Then:

https://www.pcinvasion.com/r9-380-black-screen-issues-amds-persistent-unsolved-bug/

 

Now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pboDbxogSw4

 

Same old driver issues and problems with new ones as an added bonus.


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2 hours ago, JM21 said:

Yeah I was fortunate and still owned my i7-6700k system, so for a while I only used that system and my Ryzen system sat unused. In my waiting process I got an i7-8700k as well.

 

Memory compatibility was a major issue, I had to run at stock speeds, for X370 motherboards you had to legit buy RAM that was on your motherboards on the QVL list if you wanted to even attempt to run past 2133MHz. With bios updates on my X470 motherboard this became a problem of the past. I had "old" (from skylake) Corsair Vengeance LED RAM that if I even attempted to run at 2400MHz on my X370 it would crash the system. On my X470 the RAM easily ran at its rated speed of 3000MHz and I was able to OC my R7 1700 to 3.9GHz stable. 

Yeah I've heard that the newer stuff is pretty good, but I don't think I'd bother with Ryzen again until the 4000 series. And, with them being behind Intel this generation, it'll likely be a few years before I bother with them at all.


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3 hours ago, dizmo said:

Yeah I've heard that the newer stuff is pretty good, but I don't think I'd bother with Ryzen again until the 4000 series. And, with them being behind Intel this generation, it'll likely be a few years before I bother with them at all.

That's fair. I'm on the upgrade curve now, I don't know that I'd replace the R7 3800x I just got though, don't really need anything better.


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43 minutes ago, JM21 said:

That's fair. I'm on the upgrade curve now, I don't know that I'd replace the R7 3800x I just got though, don't really need anything better.

Yeah, not much reason to swap that out for sure! I'm going to be going with a 9700k for my Cyberpunk 2077 build.


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E-Waste and seeing a lot of people I know having to by New TV every two years because of the Back LEDs going out. Environmentalist are always saying we are destroying the Earth and using up all it's resources. Yet I heard we are really not using up the resources but they are getting spread out more. By now we know the TV manufactures know their LEDs in the back going out 1-2-3-4-5 years So why not make them easier to replace. But we all know they want us to buy the latest Models every other year. 

A television (19" color): 1975 price was $294.95 Would you buy a tv for $1,410.10 if you know it would last 20 + years ?? I would. They should have at least a trade in offer for older models. Like Amazon does for it Tablets.

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On 1/11/2020 at 3:33 PM, Kisai said:

Read more than one sentence please. Pick 4 stores anywhere in the US or Canada, and try to find the same product in them.

Just for lols, sure.

I live in the middle of nowhere North Dakota, about an hour outside of Minot, I'll use them as an example.

Let's say I want to buy Splatoon 2 on Switch.  That's a product.

I have these options here, and it's better, cause I have more than four options:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Kmart 
  • GameStop
  • Rock 30 Games
  • Best Buy

Nationwide in the US, there's Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.  Sure, T-Mobile and Sprint aren't as big as the other two, but T-Mobile is making decent moves to grow.

Plus with pre-paid cell service, sure they run off of the big four's towers.  But we have Tracfone, Net 10, Straight Talk, Cricket, and Metro PCS as the big ones.

 

Using my example from games earlier, we have Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.  They're the big three with consoles.  Even if Nintendo likes to pretend they don't compete with the other two, they do.  The Switch has passed up lifetime sales for the Xbox One.  It shows that there's competition and enough room for more than two options (especially considering where the Wii U was).

 

It's okay that there's more than two options.  It's rarer, sure.  But it does happen.  

 

 


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Currently Playing:  

  • God of War - PS4
  • Splatoon 2 - Switch
  • Super Mario Maker 2 - Switch
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions # FE - Wii U

Just beat:

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  • Wii: 40
  • 360/PS3: 84
  • 3DS: 60
  • Wii U: 11
  • PS Vita: 34
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  • Switch: 17

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, kaiju_wars said:

Just for lols, sure.

I live in the middle of nowhere North Dakota, about an hour outside of Minot, I'll use them as an example.

Let's say I want to buy Splatoon 2 on Switch.  That's a product.

 

 

Splatoon is not in competition with another game type unless you count other FPS games on Switch only. Since Splatoon is only available on Switch, it's only available on ONE device, and since it's available as a digital download only on Nintendo's service, availability is not restricted by retail shelf space. Either it's legal to sell in the country, or it's not available at all. All you've done is proven the point. Nearly all Nintendo first-party games are only available on the Switch, and there is no third party store from which to buy them.

 

The point I was making that you also missed was that the market only supports two options. A third option can very well exist, but it will never be competitive, and typically doesn't survive a market cycle. 

 

I know you want to go "but Sony...", but take a look at the actual sales figures.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/276768/global-unit-sales-of-video-game-consoles/

 

Sony and Nintendo are the two options, and Xbox is carrying third place except when Nintendo switches release cycles.

IF you include all gaming devices, well:

worldwide-distribution-of-games-market-r

https://www.wepc.com/news/video-game-statistics/

Smartphones are now the #1 market. So assuming the breakdown of "Console"(Switch/PS4/XboxOne) and "PC"(Mac/PC), Smartphone(Android/iOS) is broken down by their actual device sales, the Windows PC would in fact be the #1 market, then the Playstation 4. Smartphone's do not have a very long lifecycle (18 months) compared to a PC (7 years) or console (avg 5 years)

 

Can you buy the same new game on all these devices? Absolutely not. In many cases the game developers only develop for two platforms and that's it. That's usually Xbox and Playstation if they're a console developer, or PC and Playstation if they're a PC/Console developer. Sometimes you see "very popular" games on both the PC and all the game consoles, but you never see it on everything, and the number of games that are available on PC and Console and can crossplay can be counted on one hand.

 

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4 minutes ago, Kisai said:

 

Splatoon is not in competition with another game type unless you count other FPS games on Switch only. Since Splatoon is only available on Switch, it's only available on ONE device, and since it's available as a digital download only on Nintendo's service, availability is not restricted by retail shelf space. Either it's legal to sell in the country, or it's not available at all. All you've done is proven the point. Nearly all Nintendo first-party games are only available on the Switch, and there is no third party store from which to buy them.

 

The point I was making that you also missed was that the market only supports two options. A third option can very well exist, but it will never be competitive, and typically doesn't survive a market cycle. 

 

I know you want to go "but Sony...", but take a look at the actual sales figures.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/276768/global-unit-sales-of-video-game-consoles/

 

Sony and Nintendo are the two options, and Xbox is carrying third place except when Nintendo switches release cycles.

IF you include all gaming devices, well:

worldwide-distribution-of-games-market-r

https://www.wepc.com/news/video-game-statistics/

Smartphones are now the #1 market. So assuming the breakdown of "Console"(Switch/PS4/XboxOne) and "PC"(Mac/PC), Smartphone(Android/iOS) is broken down by their actual device sales, the Windows PC would in fact be the #1 market, then the Playstation 4. Smartphone's do not have a very long lifecycle (18 months) compared to a PC (7 years) or console (avg 5 years)

 

Can you buy the same new game on all these devices? Absolutely not. In many cases the game developers only develop for two platforms and that's it. That's usually Xbox and Playstation if they're a console developer, or PC and Playstation if they're a PC/Console developer. Sometimes you see "very popular" games on both the PC and all the game consoles, but you never see it on everything, and the number of games that are available on PC and Console and can crossplay can be counted on one hand.

 

You asked for a product from four different stores.  I supplied a product from (more) than four different stores.  I didn't prove the point, because you didn't have any other qualifications for this hypothetical product.  Just a product that can be bought from four different stores.  But if it's a device that needs competition with another device, since we're adding qualifications after the fact, replace Splatoon 2 with Switch, or PS4, or Xbox One.

 

Now I have supplied this product and it doesn't support your point, so you're shuffling the goal posts and arguing semantics to say, "nuh-uh".


Also, again, it's also rarer, but saying you never see a game released on all platforms is also a false statement.  Witcher 3, Doom 2016, and Wolfenstein 2 are great examples.  Again, rarer, I'll give you that. 

 

As for your Microsoft argument saying how a third competitor doesn't typically survive a cycle.  I'd consider Microsoft a viable third option, at least in NA.  Especially considering they've survived three cycles and going on into their fourth.  Which, for the gaming industry, is pretty rare outside of Microsoft and Sony for the console race.


Currently focusing on my video game collection.  Here's what I got so far.  

Keep in mind I'm still grabbing multiplatform games on PC, unless they happen to be cheaper on PS4 or Switch (such as RDR2 as of right now)

 

Currently Playing:  

  • God of War - PS4
  • Splatoon 2 - Switch
  • Super Mario Maker 2 - Switch
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions # FE - Wii U

Just beat:

(will be reset at the beginning of each month)

  • New Super Mario Bros - DS

Put on hold:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 3DS - Animal Crossing: New Horizons is right around the corner
  • Persona 5 - PS4

How many games I'm needing:

  • DS: 53
  • Wii: 40
  • 360/PS3: 84
  • 3DS: 60
  • Wii U: 11
  • PS Vita: 34
  • PS4: 20
  • Switch: 17

 

 

 

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On 1/11/2020 at 8:59 PM, Anomnomnomaly said:

 

There isn't a company on this planet that isn't a few steps away from going out of business... all it takes are some shitty decisions, some shitty products... kill of your userbase, fail to adapt to a changing market... and you'll just be another statistic with your IP bought out and stripped for the profit making parts whilst the consumers are thrown away and screwed over again and again. There isn't a company that has ever existed that is too big to fail... so your misguided belief that it wouldn't happen is... well... misguided at best.

 

It's interesting that you bring up 20 different beers from 20 different breweries... do you actually know 'who owns' all of those breweries?  The probability of it being one or two companies is high... very, very high. Stores have deals and agreements in place to stock from certain suppliers, the bigger the franchise the bigger the deal and the more likely it is to consolidate it's buying into fewer places.

 

This is an example... it's know as 'the illusion of choice'  this is just a basic example regarding food... you could easily create one for games publishers that own 90% of all game studios... the same applies to movie studios... Disney owns Marvel, Pixar, Fox, Lucasfilm, ESPN. ABC.. and subsidiaries of some of those companies are Sky, Hulu, Star, Touchstone, Hyperion... the list goes on and on.

 

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I'll tell you what... go back to that store take pics of those 20 beers from 20 different companies and we'll see how valid that argument is.  :)

Dont get me wrong im not claiming a company is immune to last forever.

 

But that doesnt mean you should be worried about such huge companies going away and you losing your assets. Google is huge. They could go away. But what are the chances anytime soon? Not likely. You wouldnt tell people to not have a gmail because the risk of it being erased is high.

 

And i do have a shit load of breweries in my city. That bottle their own beer and distribute it. Some only in the city, some only in the state, some across the country. They are not owned by the big three. 

 

Point is the market will allow more then just 2 options. You dont have to be available around the entire world to be in the market. 

 

Replace beer with banks. Theres a shit load of banks that the market allows. Much more then two. Credit csrd companies. Theres quite a few of them as well.

 

 

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On 1/11/2020 at 11:45 PM, Kisai said:

 

There's only three beer companies in the US. Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and Pabst. Anything else you see on the shelf is either produced by them or is a craft brew that likely only exists in your city or state. I don't drink beer so I have no idea, and don't really care what's popular or not. 

 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-11-brewers-make-over-90-of-all-us-beer-2015-07-27?page=2

 

 

 

Not convincing me the market supports more than two beer manufacturers. There may be 11 according to that news article, but Anheuser-Busch InBev is 45% of the beer market.

 

Sorry, you have no idea what you're even talking about. VMNO's are not separate carriers. There is Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. That's it. Chances are only two of those even serve the same market. For example US Cellular owns practically nothing but the empty-middle of the US. That's why you can't get US Cellular service everywhere. Alaska is GCI and AT&T. Verizon acts as VMNO in Alaska. VMNO's allow carriers to operate in each other's market's which would previously be "roaming" back in 2003 when there were more than 5 carriers. Nextel and the former AT&T Wireless no longer exist, and Sprint will no longer exist once that merger with T-mobile goes through. All those prepaid VMNO's buy minutes/data wholesale from T-Mobile or Sprint. That means if Sprint has crappy coverage in your area, then all VMNO's that use Sprint will.

 

As I've said the market supports only two options. The logistics of existing as the third option is expensive.  

 

These are local, but just to prove the point again:

If you go down the beverage Aisle in Walmart, everything is owned by Coke, Pepsi or Nestle, and Nestle does not sell carbonated beverages, it sells only water, but so does Coke and Pepsi. That's the only thing in the beverage Aisle that has a third option. Coke or Pepsi own the bottling companies. The occasional regional brand like Jones Cola (Seattle) or New York Seltzer (California) only exist on the shelf for a short period of time and then they disappear for months. That's because the store doesn't see any reason to purchase these products because they don't move huge volumes, and they get no marketing incentives to even carry them. Even talking to the stores that carry them, they often say that they carry them all at the same time because of the distributor made it available. Coke for example right now has a bunch of "craft soda"'s which consist of Barq's Rootbeer, BC Raspberry, Mexicoke, and Georgia Peach. These have been available for the last 6 months, but the stores that carry them have not restocked them once. I'm pretty sure 7-11 and London Drugs goes through the same distributor because they carry these other soda's (like Jones and NY Seltzer) at the same time, and they also disappear at the same time, which tells me that they're probably going through Coca-Cola's logistics channel.

 

The problem with comparing food with software is that food has an expiry. So stores are not going to carry 6000 different beverages and packaged foods from around the world if people locally aren't buying them, because they will incur a loss.

 

With digital software, there is no marketing, there is no duplication costs, all it costs to digitally distribute a DVD sized game is 5GB of data and an insignificant amount of energy. The cost per GB of data realistically is only about 1 cent. Especially in high volumes. So It costs Valve or Epic about 5 cents to sell a game in data, and costs them about 3% of the retail price to the card processor. So games that cost less than $1, are likely a loss, but not a significant loss.

 

If you're a game developer and you want to sell your game, you're not going to setup your own logistics. For you, it makes the most sense to put your game on every market (eg GOG, Itch.io, Steam, Epic) but if you have to make it exclusive, you're leaving that money from those other markets on the table, and everyone who can not be arsed to download Epic's launcher will just pirate the game anyway. They're not going to wait for the exclusivity to end.

 

You still have not provided any factual evidence that the market only allows two options.

 

In fact you provided links to prove other wise.

 

Also your factually wrong about att and verizon being the only two options. Idk why you neglect tmobile and sprint. They might not be great in every area. But neither is att and verizon. Sprint has 55 million customers. Tmobile has 73 million. And then if you want to count their prepaid partners like boost then the numbers go higher. 

 

But just because something isnt viable in your area doesnt mean it isnt in other areas. 

 

Theres a shit load more then 2 banks the market allows. Wells fargo, bank of america, jp morgan, citigroup, td bank, suntrust, bb&t. Etc. Are they in every single area of the world? No. But that doesnt not mean they arent an option in the open market.

 

You bring up coke and pepsi. Those are not the only two options depending on your area they might now even bottle the same drinks.

 

In the south and parts of the north east. Cheerwine (who bought rc cola) bottles alot of popular sodas like a&w root beer, country time lemonade, nehi sodas, etc. They are a viable option in alot of markets.

 

 

I cant understand how you could possible truly believe the market only allows two options when its easily provable thats not the case.

 

Gas companies. Exxon, BP, Valvoline, Shell, Marathon, etc.

 

Insurance companies. Allstate, progressive, liberty mutual, esurance, etc.

 

 

 

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On 1/8/2020 at 7:19 PM, Anomnomnomaly said:

I've got the Aorus B450 Pro with the dual bios that keeps falling over to the back for no reason what so ever... and it cannot run the Corsair Vengeance 3200mhz ram at 3200mhz at all. I have to run it at 3000mhz and of course everytime the bios falls over it resets everything back to defaults. It will probably be the last gigabyte board I ever buy for a long time.

i used to have the b450-m dsh3 with a ryzen 3 2200g and 16gb ddr4 3000mhz ram my board said it could over clock it doesent at all it wouldent let me use my full ram speed it ran it at 2100mhz if i tried tried to oc my cpu i had to use the shitty gigabyte app that dont save settings or apply them upon a reboot or it would just blue screen even if the oc was done right i used to like gigabyte untill i got that shit board not a fan of amd anymore ethier they can shove there cpus up where the sun dont shine lol so many problems with that config finaly traded it off the other day for intel products (cpu and mobo). intel has allways been so good for me :)

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Samsung, their poor software support pushed me away from their smartphones. I used to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and I loved it until about 2 years in when I realized how painfully slow it got and the fact that it only received like 2 Android version software updates. The amount of bloatware and refusal to provide me with a non carrier-branded ROM didn't help either - and at the time custom ROM support wasn't so great. So now I am sitting with an iPhone 7 Plus that I got at launch and it has been updated constantly and has not slowed down at all.

 

It also didn't help that I went through through at least 5 of their TVs after they all failed for unknown reasons, 2 washing machines that failed, and a Gear smartwatch that had failed after I washed my hands and got like 2 drops of water on it even though it was water resistant and claimed to be able to withstand being submerged.

 

Also, HP. After one of their laptops literally CAUGHT FIRE with sparks flying out of the charging port (original genuine OEM charger and battery). I had to throw the laptop out of the house and waited for it to burn. There was nothing I could do except stand there and laugh.


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On 1/11/2020 at 5:20 AM, Jet_ski said:

Microsoft, Dell, and HP.

 

I hate Microsoft so much that I’d never use their products for anything if I can help it. They are the main reasons why I’m not buying any non-Apple laptop or PC. So so many issues.

  • Until a few years back I had a OneDrive subscription and stored all of my files there. Then one day I noticed files are getting duplicated, missing, not syncing. I tried everything, literally everything anyone could think of, including their customer service and nothing fixed it. It was absolutely their fault with glitchy software.
  • I used OneNote for note taking which I though was great. Again on a separate system, after a while syncing issues began and I lost data because it was uploaded but no other devices could see it.
  • Windows 10 UI is offensive, it is very messy and ugly. You used to have the control panel to manage your computer, but now some options are in the metro interface and not in the control panel vice versa. It’s like running multiple operating systems that are completely not integrated. And I hate that they put bloatware on paid version of the Win 10. The UI is awful. I miss Win 7.
  • The Metro design makes things inaccessible. When they were building it out, I noticed things kept getting more clicks away from me. For somethings I needed to navigate through a bunch of convoluted menus whereas before it was 2 clicks away. Metro has too much square shapes, for the love of anything just make thing look good instead of adhering to a square only shape!! Also why is the Windows logo in the start menu facing left?! The way they designed it, wouldn’t you want the logo to face towards the right of the screen?
  • After they retired IE, they gave us Edge which removes 100s of features that you’d get on IE or any browser. Including the ability to interact with pdf files. I had never seen an upgrade that removed this many features.
  • My paid outlook account was hacked even though I had 2-step verification. All they offered me was to delete the account for 30 days and reinstate it. WTF.
  • I have an Xbox One, it frequently won’t turn on when I try to use it or won’t connect to the controller. Then randomly in the middle of the night it will turn itself on!!!!
  • I’m an early windows Phone adopter. This one I agree was my stupidity and I deserved to suffer.
  • In my opinion there is nothing Microsoft can do right. I see all these cool devices but I’d never buy one because they run Windows. I wish someone would make an OS that was on par with Windows and MacOS so people had an alternative. Linux isn’t consumer friendly.

HP makes the worst laptops and nobody should buy one from them. Batteries always die too fast and won’t hold enough charge. And plenty of other issues. Dell batteries are never as advertised either. I was very unhappy that Dell bought Alienware and HP bought Voodoo PC. They basically absorbed those awesome computer makers and totally ruined them.

Linux is getting better and better as the days go past, even Linus himself has said it's more viable than ever. You should give it a try again


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