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    Derangel got a reaction from Nena Trinity in Audible controversy (Amazon how could you?!!)   
    I appreciate the summary and that it super shitty of Amazon. From a customer perspective, a good refund policy is great but, really, what's the purpose of having a refund policy THAT "generous". It almost feels as if Amazon designed it intentionally to screw over publishers and allow them to keep money with no risk. At max, the refund policy should be 90 days or after you've finished a book whichever comes first. And the publisher should only shoulder their portion of the refund.
     
    Amazon's policy here is so bad that I even feel bad for the shitty major book publishers, not to mention how much it royally fucks over the smaller folks. It's a pity that Audible has become the de-facto place for audiobooks these days, Amazon buying them has been nothing but bad for the industry as a whole.
     
    All that said, this has drawn my attention to a new audio drama and I might just have to subscribe to Spacedock's Patreon and check it out. While Patreon is it's own pile of garbage, at least they're miles better than Audible/Amazon in this situation.
  2. Informative
    Derangel reacted to JLO64 in Audible controversy (Amazon how could you?!!)   
    Something that I’d like to clarify is the source of this information and the project they undertook that led them to Audible.
     
    Spacedock is a YouTube channel that specializes in making videos going into the (fictional) technical details behind spaceships from various sci-fi franchises(Star Trek/Wars, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galatica, etc).  What makes their channel as a whole enjoyable to watch is the seriousness with which they approach the ships, treating each one as a real object.
     
    Last year they decided to try something new and to create something using their “expertise” about spaceships. They decided to make an audio drama (think radio shows from the 1930s) called The Sojourn set in space with spaceships that they designed using their “technical” knowledge. They released a prologue episode (I’d link it but I can’t find it) that I like to point out they animated for what was meant to be an audio only series.  This extra effort, in addition to the depth behind the fictional universe they were creating, pleased the fans who funded the entire project within a matter of days.
     
    If I’m going to be honest I haven’t listened to the series yet (I’m a broke college student) but for $5 I have no excuse not to at this point and given what I’d previously seen/heard about this project I’d highly recommend others to do so. It’s a unique project which you can tell has a group of passionate creators behind it.

    In comes Audible, an Amazon company (which makes me automatically despise them, but I’ll try to stay unbiased) who decides to screw them over.  Others above have gone into detail about the rates but I’ll summarize.  Audible offers a 40% cut of all sales to the creators if they sign an exclusively contract, otherwise creators get a 25% cut.  As Spacedock found out, through some legal finagling, the actual cut creators get is closer to 13%! In addition to this, the cost of refunds (which Amazon is very generous about on most of their platforms) is shouldered entirely by the creators with Audible still making a slight profit at the end of the transaction.
     
    The worst part in all of this is the alternative platforms (or lack of) they have.  Google Books (which I hadn’t heard of until I watched their video) takes a 50% cut of all sales which is better than Audible, but is still a significant cut.  Patreon (which isn’t a real e-commerce platform) is the only other place you can “buy” (it’s on Apple Books as well) The Sojourn from(they take a 5-8% cut). As far as I know there aren’t any real competitors to the monopoly Audible holds which probably hasn’t raised attention in the past because it’s a niche market. As a result the series is staying up on Audible, but Spacedock is telling their fans to not get it from there.
     
    The good news for them in all of this is that they’re about to reach a funding goal on Patreon where they will be able to continue production of season 2 based solely off of funds from Patreon (although I do wonder how many people are going to cancel their subscriptions).  The issue with this is that it’s not a real solution and there are plenty of other creators out there who don’t have the fanbase to make this a viable option.
     
    TLDR: Audible(Amazon) bad, creators hurt
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    Derangel got a reaction from realpetertdm in H1 susceptible to catch fire - contact NZXT   
    Replacing screws is a band-aid, not a fix. Especially as they don't issue warnings with new versions of the case not to use metal screws. Nylon screws are incredibly prone to breaking or stripping. Given how long cases are in service for, there is every chance a nylon screw could break or get replaced down the line. NZXT is doing the absolute bare minimum possible to "address" the issue, without actually fixing a damn thing. I mean, fuck, the only way anyone would even know about this issue was if they saw it reported on social media or were following tech news. It is NOT the user's responsibility to make sure every single PCB is a system is built the correct way without incredibly stupid shortcuts being taken. There is zero room give NZXT ANY kind of break for either the original problem or their "solution".
  4. Agree
    Derangel got a reaction from linuxChips2600 in H1 susceptible to catch fire - contact NZXT   
    Replacing screws is a band-aid, not a fix. Especially as they don't issue warnings with new versions of the case not to use metal screws. Nylon screws are incredibly prone to breaking or stripping. Given how long cases are in service for, there is every chance a nylon screw could break or get replaced down the line. NZXT is doing the absolute bare minimum possible to "address" the issue, without actually fixing a damn thing. I mean, fuck, the only way anyone would even know about this issue was if they saw it reported on social media or were following tech news. It is NOT the user's responsibility to make sure every single PCB is a system is built the correct way without incredibly stupid shortcuts being taken. There is zero room give NZXT ANY kind of break for either the original problem or their "solution".
  5. Agree
    Derangel got a reaction from Moonzy in H1 susceptible to catch fire - contact NZXT   
    Replacing screws is a band-aid, not a fix. Especially as they don't issue warnings with new versions of the case not to use metal screws. Nylon screws are incredibly prone to breaking or stripping. Given how long cases are in service for, there is every chance a nylon screw could break or get replaced down the line. NZXT is doing the absolute bare minimum possible to "address" the issue, without actually fixing a damn thing. I mean, fuck, the only way anyone would even know about this issue was if they saw it reported on social media or were following tech news. It is NOT the user's responsibility to make sure every single PCB is a system is built the correct way without incredibly stupid shortcuts being taken. There is zero room give NZXT ANY kind of break for either the original problem or their "solution".
  6. Agree
    Derangel got a reaction from FAZIN in Los Angeles Vaccine Recipients Can Put the Proof in Apple Wallet   
    Facebook doesn't count as research.
     
    There are definitely concerns, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with mandatory vaccinations (with exceptions for the incredibly small group of people that can't get certain ones). For COVID they really do need something that can't easily be faked. I don't think an app on a phone is a great solution though. 
  7. Agree
    Derangel got a reaction from dalekphalm in Sam & Max Save The World Remastered Changes Several Jokes That Developers “Were Uncomfortable Including in 2020”   
    You can always leave if you don't like it. The forum has rules. They're plainly stated. Deal with it.
     
    On topic: Eh. Outside of them screwing up the FAQ and not saying they were changing lines this is a whole lot of nothing. The devs weren't happy with the lines, they changed them to something they liked better. Meh. Don't see any reason to get all pissy and worked up over a few line changes when it was the original developers themselves choosing to make the change.
  8. Funny
    Derangel reacted to bit in Asus Maximus XII Extreme Gundam Edition   
    im sorry your soul is being weighed down by gravity
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    Derangel got a reaction from tim0901 in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from F.E.A.R. in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from Haro in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from Teddy07 in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from GDRRiley in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from DededeKirby in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from Bensemus in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from thechinchinsong in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from PlayStation 2 in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from Ekin in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from IAmAndre in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
  20. Agree
    Derangel got a reaction from illegalwater in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
  21. Agree
    Derangel got a reaction from Shreyas1 in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from Kilrah in $900 for an Xbox Series X?   
    And what's thew price of other consoles in South Africa? Why do people always assume that a supposed (it might not even be the final price) in one country means something will be the same price in all countries?
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    Derangel got a reaction from GoodBytes in Nvidia shares details about Ampere Founders Edition cooling & power design   
    I've always assumed that everyone rates power according to ultra cheap PSUs.
  24. Like
    Derangel got a reaction from GoodBytes in Nvidia shares details about Ampere Founders Edition cooling & power design   
    They CAN pull more, but manufacturers won't force them to pull over the rated wattage. The extra ground pins on the 8pin connector are there for stability and reliability over the long term.
     
    I did forget the PCI-E connector, but you are forgetting overclocking. The card supposedly pulls almost 400w when OC'd. Even at stock settings that 8+8 only gives 25w of headroom. With the way Nvidia card's boost, they'd blast past that 25w the moment they stopped being idle. So you're still looking at 8+8+6, at least.
  25. Informative
    Derangel got a reaction from Gunner Doom in Nvidia shares details about Ampere Founders Edition cooling & power design   
    You do realize that you can't pull the rumored 350w with an 8+6 configuration, right? A 6 pin is only rated for 75w while an 8pin is rated for 150w. You would be looking at 8+8+6, at minimum, but ideally you'd want three 8pins. Three fairly large 8pin connectors vs a compact 12pin. It's a pretty significant space saving measure.
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