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Star Citizen studio accused by staff for making them work during Texas winter storm.

4 minutes ago, Sauron said:

And also they would not have frozen if the private power company hadn't cheaped out on them because "it's not gonna snow in Texas lmao"

It wasn't malicious. It was a calculated risk in concert with remaining competitive because others in the the industry are doing the same. So while winterizing was recommended, it wasn't officially a requirement. I'm fairly confident that will now change given the aftermath of this event.

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Just now, StDragon said:

It wasn't malicious. It was a calculated risk in concert with remaining competitive

Damn, it's almost like privatizing infrastructure is a stupid idea because it leads to companies compromising safety to keep turning a profit.

 

Also who exactly are these "competitors"? Afaik you don't exactly get to choose who provides your power in Texas, just like you don't choose which ISP you can get in certain areas.

2 minutes ago, StDragon said:

So while winterizing was recommended, it wasn't officially a requirement. I'm fairly confident that will now change given the aftermath of this event.

Yeah, and maybe it wouldn't have been a problem if the people in charge of Texas legislation had heeded the warnings they got from researchers over decades at this point... or if they hadn't insisted on cutting off their grid from the rest of the US because they wanted to privatize it, meaning they had no backup power sources...

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1 minute ago, Sauron said:

Damn, it's almost like privatizing infrastructure is a stupid idea because it leads to companies compromising safety to keep turning a profit.

 

Also who exactly are these "competitors"? Afaik you don't exactly get to choose who provides your power in Texas, just like you don't choose which ISP you can get in certain areas.

Yeah, and maybe it wouldn't have been a problem if the people in charge of Texas legislation had heeded the warnings they got from researchers over decades at this point... or if they hadn't insisted on cutting off their grid from the rest of the US because they wanted to privatize it, meaning they had no backup power sources...

It's a sliding scale with regulation. Too much regulation and growth / expansion is slowed down with increases in costs; costs passed down to the consumer. To little regulation, and the risk goes way up, but you also grow and expand products and services. Proper governance and public policy aim is to strike a balance between.

 

The way I see it, the pendulum will swing the other way.

 

What most Texans wont be prepared for is a shock in 15 cents kWh and an increase home insurance rates. It's more than when Harvey hit with an estimate of $200 BILLION in damages.

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8 minutes ago, StDragon said:

It's a sliding scale with regulation. Too much regulation and growth / expansion is slowed down with increases in costs; costs passed down to the consumer.

Too bad that's typically not the case with vital infrastructure. Privatized systems like US healthcare are significantly more expensive overall than comparable state sponsored systems in other countries, often with worse average outcomes as well. Even if you believe the free market is beneficial it simply doesn't work when "consumers" don't have an alternative, as is the case with infrastructure. If the choice is between bad service and no service you're just going to take the bad service, no matter how bad it is.

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-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

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From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

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A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

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8 minutes ago, StDragon said:

Proper governance and public policy aim is to strike a balance between

Maybe Texans should look abroad. Yes, I know, most* Texans believe the world ends at the TX border and everywhere else is "communist", "socialist" or worse, "democrat" :old-eyeroll:  But they could pick up a lesson or 2 (probably more too!) by looking how their ancestors (for most of them anyway), the Europeans, actually do it.

 

*yes, I exaggerate. Sue me, I'm not American 😛

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18 minutes ago, Dutch_Master said:

Maybe Texans should look abroad. Yes, I know, most* Texans believe the world ends at the TX border and everywhere else is "communist", "socialist" or worse, "democrat" :old-eyeroll:  But they could pick up a lesson or 2 (probably more too!) by looking how their ancestors (for most of them anyway), the Europeans, actually do it.

 

*yes, I exaggerate. Sue me, I'm not American 😛

Yeah, because states like California and NYC have no problems at all with their electrical infrastructure. /sarcasm

 

I can't believe all the shit we Texan's have to take from everyone else. The Texan economy is larger in GDP to all of Russia! I think a little respect is in order 😉

 

 

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20 minutes ago, StDragon said:

I can't believe all the shit we Texan's have to take from everyone else. The Texan economy is larger in GDP to all of Russia! I think a little respect is in order 😉

 

[Boy has this thread gone WAY off the rails]

 

A single occurrence of a freak, massive snow and ice storm knocks out the infrastructure in Texas for nearly a week, and the entire world opines on how the state should have "done it better."  I love it.  Look kiddies, if this were a repeated thing in Texas' long and storied history, then perhaps you can point your finger at them and suggest they pivot.  But this was a one time thing; I'm specifically talking about the intensity of it.

 

Seriously.  Get a clue, folks.

 

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9 minutes ago, jasonvp said:

 

[Boy has this thread gone WAY off the rails]

 

A single occurrence of a freak, massive snow and ice storm knocks out the infrastructure in Texas for nearly a week, and the entire world opines on how the state should have "done it better."  I love it.  Look kiddies, if this were a repeated thing in Texas' long and storied history, then perhaps you can point your finger at them and suggest they pivot.  But this was a one time thing; I'm specifically talking about the intensity of it.

 

Seriously.  Get a clue, folks.

 

It happened 10 years ago and many of the same plants that went out then went out this time too.

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On 3/12/2021 at 10:04 AM, Tristerin said:

I disagree.  I can only speak (type) for me.  Lets assume I had to go through what they did in Texas, and specifically with this Company.  I literally understand the policy and would just toss in some vacation.  I intentionally dont schedule 1 week of vacation a year for Emergencies.  So the disconnect is not me - its the difference between how individuals are prepared.

 

You confuse your needs, with a contract you have in place with your employer.  Harsh truths.  They are uncomfortable to digest because (and I agree with you) we wish people (Corporations) would have some humanity.  

 

Its easy to say I am disconnected to the needs of others, its far harder for you to look at your own life, and the lives of others and ask - is the onus on me/them?  Because its not on the Company to have good will - thats up to the Owner of the Company and peoples feelings are fickle especially where Money is involved.

 

BTW you added caveats at the end of your statement that I find odd - why is it fair to mandatory one group of employed people to have to go to work, but not another?  We cant have Fair AND Equal, just one or the other.

 

 

In other words: You had a Plan B

 

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Boy has this thread gone WAY off the rails]

Im going off the rails in the crazy train...Thanks Ozzie

 

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21 minutes ago, jasonvp said:

A single occurrence of a freak, massive snow and ice storm knocks out the infrastructure in Texas for nearly a week, and the entire world opines on how the state should have "done it better."  I love it.

Yes, it could've gone better if it wasn't for the shitty infrastructure. 

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43 minutes ago, StDragon said:

Yeah, because states like California and NYC have no problems at all with their electrical infrastructure. /sarcasm

 

I can't believe all the shit we Texan's have to take from everyone else. The Texan economy is larger in GDP to all of Russia! I think a little respect is in order 😉

 

 

The Idea of a PLAN B, tells me that a backup generator is needed.

That is how you fix an issue that the Govenment wont push to fix or the utilities are looking to keep making money.

Similar issue here last summer, where the utility was very slow in making repairs that they didnt plan for.

Solution: Fix it asap and raise rates...good one

 

 

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On 3/12/2021 at 10:33 AM, Rocky Arbigaus said:

I find it funny on how many people's reply is something like "Ohhh, if you don't want to get out on the snow, work from home".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56076686

 

 

 

 

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http://President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Texas Disaster Declaration

 

That is what it should of said

 

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On 3/12/2021 at 3:01 PM, StDragon said:

That wouldn't have helped much in this situation. The polar vortex (or whatever you call it) hit the entire North American continent. If it was just the state of Texas, yeah, it would have helped. But Texas was relatively warmer compared to the other states.

 

The inverse have occurred in the North East as well, heatwave blackouts. Being part of the grid didn't help either. Power generation is local for the most part.

Haven't seen a blackout because of a heat wave in a long time.

 

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I mean it shows they are really trying which restores my hope a little bit.

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19 hours ago, StDragon said:

Yeah, because states like California and NYC have no problems at all with their electrical infrastructure. /sarcasm

 

I can't believe all the shit we Texan's have to take from everyone else. The Texan economy is larger in GDP to all of Russia! I think a little respect is in order 😉

 

 

It certainly is larger in food consumption;) Seeing a deep fried turkey was quite an eye opener to me. 
 

I don’t think there is a country that don’t have power problems at times. We had a large power outage here in the UK a year ago. We lost power in some areas for an hour or so. Turned out to be a problem at a gas power station. Lots of lessons were learnt from the following enquiry. Will it change anything? Not sure. We do have quite a stable power grid here. 47% of our supply is from renewables, that rises to 62% if you include biomass and nuclear. We are smaller than Texas in size but more than double the population so have very different problems to overcome.

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51 minutes ago, Distinctly Average said:

It certainly is larger in food consumption;) Seeing a deep fried turkey was quite an eye opener to me. 
 

I don’t think there is a country that don’t have power problems at times. We had a large power outage here in the UK a year ago. We lost power in some areas for an hour or so. Turned out to be a problem at a gas power station. Lots of lessons were learnt from the following enquiry. Will it change anything? Not sure. We do have quite a stable power grid here. 47% of our supply is from renewables, that rises to 62% if you include biomass and nuclear. We are smaller than Texas in size but more than double the population so have very different problems to overcome.

 

Also tv pickups. We like our tea, creates interesting problems.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, CarlBar said:

 

Also tv pickups. We like our tea, creates interesting problems.

 

 

Big sporting events aside, the TV/Tea Break profile has changed a lot as streaming services became widespread.

 

This is exactly the type of thing that vehicle to grid systems are predicted to address in the next 10 years. Texas apparently are investing heavily in this. Coupled with solar roofing, heat pumps and increases in renewables, big changes are afoot. So I could understand why your government and electricity companies don’t want to invest in winterisation of gas and coal.

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On 3/12/2021 at 10:52 PM, Rocky Arbigaus said:

Yeah, you are right, Those six employees were probably lying, right? No company would release a statement that is not true, right? 

It's always possible that companies can lie, however there are a lot of developers going online and calling out Kotaku on this. Absolutely as a big company one team through one manager or lack of one could have heard a wrong or distorted message, in a crisis we all now understand how bad communication can get. However we can also see even from the Kotaku article the end result was the same for everyone i.e. nobody lost any PTO and they got supported where they needed it. 

 

In the context of it being a pretty blatant attack piece the CIG comment looks off, however in the context of it being a standard response to an issue they've actually done ok on it does make sense i.e. your anonymous comments sound made up and we just aren't calling you on it. 

 

Thing is there are loads of things to criticize CIG on, but employee relations isn't one of them, I know CIG devs and they've all said how great a place to work it is and that the don't have to crunch anymore like other studios do. I've also known people at Frontier for example which is making a similar game and has a good reputation, but the workplace is from the people I've known there totally toxic at times. 

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On 3/13/2021 at 2:14 PM, Sauron said:

Privatized systems like US healthcare are significantly more expensive

Calling the current system privatized is hilarious. The reason it's so expensive is because it's the most regulated industry in America, and the reason it's gone up so much relative to inflation the past decade is because Obamacare made things even worse.

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On 3/12/2021 at 6:52 AM, Master Disaster said:

As a German, severe Winter weather is normal for you. The reason its not a big deal is because you're equipped to deal with it, your house is insulated, you have central heating, you keep warm winter clothes, your council have ploughs and gritters.

 

Remember that, in Texas, going below 10c in the Winter would be considered abnormal. Their houses are made from wood, they have no insulation, no heating (in fact Air Con is mandatory in Texas), they wear shorts in December etc etc.

 

The two situations are VERY different.

As someone who works in the construction industry i would say it would be absolutely crazy to not have an isolated house especially in areas of hot weather. Believe it or not but insulation keeps the cold in during the summer so I highly doubt they don't have insulation. As for heaters I would be very surprised if they didn't have them but as most of the commercial buildings I have done design work on in California still have some form of heat it is just usually engineered for the worst case scenario within a year but not a worse case scenario within a century like this would be. Granted that is for commercial buildings so for residential they likely have alot less engineering involved and more of a rule of thumb and likely just size it to what a normal home needs so probably not enough for this crisis. 

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Ah, yes. Let me code on my thinking rock that needs electricity when there's no electricity. Want me to write 1s and 0s on napkins tomorrow? 

 

Get your shit together, Texas. 

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8 hours ago, ravenshrike said:

Calling the current system privatized is hilarious.

Damn, it's hilarious when people use words to mean the thing they describe.

8 hours ago, ravenshrike said:

The reason it's so expensive is because it's the most regulated industry in America

I defy you to show any data backing that up considering it's less regulated than anywhere else in the western world and yet more expensive.

8 hours ago, ravenshrike said:

and the reason it's gone up so much relative to inflation the past decade is because Obamacare made things even worse.

Bullshit 🙂 http://files.kff.org/attachment/summary-of-findings-2015-employer-health-benefits-survey

 

If anything Obamacare slowed down the inexorable growth of healthcare costs in the US.

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11 hours ago, ravenshrike said:

Calling the current system privatized is hilarious. The reason it's so expensive is because it's the most regulated industry in America, and the reason it's gone up so much relative to inflation the past decade is because Obamacare made things even worse.

Is the US healthcare controlled and funded by the government?
When we talk about public healthcare, we mean, we have a system that works in a similar way as a Heath Insurance. For instance, Back In Brazil, we have the SUS (Single Health System) and here in the UK, we got the NHS (National Health System). Both systems are funded by public money (AKA: Tax money) and when you need medical treatment, you don't need to spend a single dime, unless you need something that is not covered by the healthcare system. Canada has a similar system, but you need to pay a montly fee (can't remember how much) and if you have low income, you can have it for free. But all 3 systems are universal. It does not matter which Brazilian state, Canadian province or UK city you are, you have access to the same service.

Obamacare, while is still far from perfect, IMHO, it's a step on the right direction.

Right now, US health system is responsible for 62% of bankruptcies.
https://www.thebalance.com/medical-bankruptcy-statistics-4154729

https://evidencenetwork.ca/backgrounder-making-sense-of-the-u-s-health-care-system-a-primer-2/
 

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