Frustration and Unhappiness In the Games Industry
I'm not a union expert, but I've been in the game business for over ten years.
Most of the major development houses are really interested in outsourcing to reduce dev costs.
Now, as a skilled programmer, I'm worth at least a dozen overseas developers. But two dozen? Three dozen?
I don't even blame my current bosses. I've seen them lose contracts to oversea dev houses who can do a project for half our lowest price.
Southwest Declares Kevin Smith Too Fat To Fly
Unless he's a lot shorter than I remember, or full of air, he's much heavier than 235.
From his 2007 blog: "Lemme tell ya’ something: if I weight 230, I wouldn’t be blogging about losing weight; I’d be stuffing my fat maw with starches and sugars in a veritable orgy of food, glorious food. I dream of being 230. 230 is a months-away, pie-in-the-sky quasi-pipe-dream."
Google's Nexus One Phone Launches
I think Google's point was that they're giving you a choice by not limiting you to a single provider (ala iPhone). It isn't their fault that AT&T is lame.
Hopefully this will pressure the service providers to actually provide services instead of making money with confusing long-term contracts and random fees (e.g. like the stupid 'activation fee' they charge for the 'Totally Free Phone' I got 3 months ago).
Sega To Close Arcades, Cancel Games, Lay Off Employees
Sega actually *does* outsource some of its work to the US.
Valve Takes Optimistic View of Piracy
When you play tennis for the first time, you'll get your ass handed to you also. [...] Is it the fact that you might get chewed out by some 15 year old you'll never meet?
I don't mind losing at tennis, even to a 15-year old. It's a fun game and good exercise. But if my opponent is a smart ass, smack talker, I'll take my ball and go home.
I'm a better than average FPS player (and much better at Halo than tennis ;)), but 90% of the time when I play a FPS it's full of nothing but smack talking racist (or worse). So I either play without the mic, or against bots.
Universities Patenting More Student Ideas
..If I write a program on a rented laptop the program is OWNED BY ME not by the rental company...
IANAL, but if you signed a contract with the rental company that said they could claim any software developed on their rented equipment, you'd be screwed.
The Fight To End Aging Gains Legitimacy, Funding
But we already have term limits to solve the problem (maybe because people are already living longer? I honestly don't know). Other laws would get passed to help deal with issues as they come up.
I also wonder how much stagnation is caused by the aging process itself (our bodies and brains slowing down). Imagine the crazy ass shit you could come up with if you lived for 300 years with the body of a 20 year old...