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Electrical Engineer Unemployment Soars; Software Developers' Rate Drops to 2.2%

Schwhat Re:One cause (419 comments)

I am an electrical engineer, and work in Europe. What I see here, is that the quality of engineers coming out of college or universities is declining at an alarming rate. The knowledge-level about basic subjects is embarrassing to say the least. If this trend is comparable in the US, I can fully understand why US companies prefer to look elsewhere for good engineers. The decline in quality here seems due to the lack of students really interested in electrical engineering and "complicated" studies becoming less popular. Colleges and universities here need to lower the level of "difficulty" to make the curriculum more attractive and gain more students. The result is catastrophic.

Well blame could fall to usage of the engineer simulator software that the universities use. I for one never understood the Dead Space series.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Found Calculators?

Schwhat Re:Not always the right thingRe:Doing the right th (302 comments)

How is giving it away to every Joe and Sally going to accomplish anything? I had to get a TI-82 for my classes in high school back in the day, but I was told by my father if I got one; then I need to give up getting any video game for my birthday. I got my TI-82 and gave up a SNES game (cost about the same). So you're telling me I should have expected a teacher and demand them to give me a $70-80 calculator so I can get a video game as a birthday present? World works more twisted than what most people are proposing. Last time I checked, TI calculators make it faster to do the graphing but aren't necessary. And the majority of kids would opt for a video game over the calculator. If the kid was good at math a TI calculator wouldn't make a huge difference. My suggested solution is to sell them at a low reduced price for those who qualify and take the profits into school budget. So what is your solution? Give it away randomly to the poor and only have an extreme minority will benefit (because a TI calculator isn't going to make them pro at mathematics).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Found Calculators?

Schwhat Not always the right thingRe:Doing the right thing (302 comments)

The smart thing is to have the school sell them at a discounted rate (but they need to be qualified like if they are in the reduced/free lunch program) and have the profits go to the school fund. I agree that giving it away to kids by stating they only qualify because they are needy isn't enough. There is no easy criteria to put it into the needy versus the greedy. There are plenty of people out there who have no real sense of money. It could be a family that could be living paycheck to paycheck but have $150,000 a year income; or it could be a poor family on welfare somehow has an ipad, iphone and nintendo ds. We don't need to baby people, we need them to be smarter with their money. If a calculator screws up their future by not having them give them away calculator, then so be it. Babying the kids just shows that it is ok to be spending their money without investing in the future. While my solution isn't perfect, it's better than raising another generation to be unwise with their money.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

Schwhat Re:Absolutely! Down with 'used' products! (276 comments)

Yeah, but those are pretty much universal costs that any place that buys and sells used things will incur. Just as a used car needs space to store, a salesman to sell it, and a possibility where it doesn't get sold. What is apples to orange is that most used cars need additional clean-up/inspection/etc. thus incurring more cost. Video games they just open the case to verify it's not scratched up too much and then shove it onto the shelf. While I don't know who would actually buy a used game where the used price is about 90-95% of the new price; I do know that people do sell games back ASAP if: 1) it was not the game they thought it would be; so they don't like playing it or 2) they don't see any replay value to keep the game after finishing the game once. They need to do it ASAP as video games price can be a bit more volatile; as the game could easily drop down to $40-45 half a month later.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

Schwhat Re:Absolutely! Down with 'used' products! (276 comments)

Apples to oranges. Different products needs different styles of evaluation. I do not know what used sales where you can get about a 33% profit for each sale. You buy the game for $60 (not including taxes), the next week you try to sell it back to them; they are willing to give you 40-50% of the $60 - with no taxes back :( Then they turn around and put it back onto the shelves at $55. Someone else buys it, they charge them the $55 and tax ( I swear they could be probably shady with the tax and put it into their profit pockets since the turnaround is so quick they don't have to put in any paperwork of ever buying the game used from you ). So an estimated 33% plus 8% tax (which if they are being shady) - that's a 40% profit. That's probably where the hate fro Gamestop is coming from. Less shady tactics and less profit per used sale would garner better PR and less flak.

more than 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

Schwhat I think people just got smarter (485 comments)

I think people probably found out that you don't need a super computer to watch porn.

more than 2 years ago
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Oklahoma Politician Wants To Tax Violent Video Games

Schwhat Better idea on what to tax (312 comments)

How about a tax on stupid ideas? I bet that country debt will melt away in a few years.

more than 2 years ago
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Gears of War 3 Released

Schwhat Re:Characters... (69 comments)

Interestingly enough, when I pointed out to my son that Gears 3 was out his comment was "I really can't get into a game where all the characters look like they munch steroids for breakfast, lunch and dinner."

IMHO, part of a good game experience is immersing yourself in the fantasy and identifying with the characters. If the characters are too far removed, it makes it harder.

Yet you can get behind a game with a chubby short man that jumps like Jordan and takes shrooms to gain powers. Or an emo group of people who go adventuring to save the world for umpteenth time (not final) that wield weapons bigger than their bodies and beating final enemies that can shit you out for breakfast in one shot (with the power of love).

more than 3 years ago
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PS Vita Specs Announced

Schwhat Re:Finally, something that doesn't record in 720p. (259 comments)

Don't loop 3DS under the same category of a better portable console. Nintendo in it's arrogance left the 3DS with barely enough titles to support the purchase of a 3DS. Gimmicks like a 3D without glasses wear thin if you have nearly nothing decent to play it on. Nintendo figured if they just pin the word Nintendo it'll be a best seller. 3DS still looks like a DS to me, hardware spec might be improved, but that's not saying much if you don't have a sufficient library of games to fully utilize it. Just like the Sony Phone Xperia. They had how many actual games for that thing before it was only Android apps? If Sony has any sense left, get the developers on the ball for releases for their Vita on the release date for the Vita. Also STOP downgrading the hardware specs.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Updates His Facebook Status During Hostage Stand-Off

Schwhat Re:Nothing new here. (203 comments)

It was probably a Windows 7 phone, you know...Designed to get you in and out - and back to life.

more than 3 years ago
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CDC Warns of Zombie Apocalypse

Schwhat Zombie outbreak would be a trainwreck in slomotion (300 comments)

Zombies have no morality about spreading the disease. They just instinctively do so. What makes a zombie outbreak work so well is because humanity will treat it like a train wreck in slow motion. They see the zombies coming, and they can prevent it from spreading it, but too many people humanize the infected and are unwilling to de-humanize themselves to prevent the outbreak from happening. So the majority will argue with their inner-selves with morality about killing what they consider humans until it's too late for themselves to escape.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's South Korean Offices Raided

Schwhat Re:That time of the year (99 comments)

Maybe because South Koreans don't know how to read (TOS).

more than 3 years ago
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30 Years To Clean Up Fukushima Dai-Ichi

Schwhat Space... not the final frontier? (342 comments)

So freezing it and blasting it into space to let it become some comet isn't an option? That's sad we are depriving another alien civilization of super heroes and zombies.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

Schwhat Plain and simple (917 comments)

This is not really censorship, when you're on their turf you play by "their" rules. You vote with your wallet if you don't like their ideology. I guess the updated apple app store motto should be: Gay cure? Yeah, there's no app for that.

more than 2 years ago
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Prepare For Massive Wave of Earthquake Scams

Schwhat Re:It didn't help last time. (158 comments)

The low number is normal. If it was near the high number of the actual donation something is wrong. They usually don't lie about numbers about how much is donated (because of good publicity of how successful the program is). Then the amount diminishes due to expenses, etc. All official charities, are actual corporations that need to pay their workers, CEOs, VPs, etc. I guarantee if they collect $10 mill, less than $5 mill actually goes to actually helping. Worse are government aid, which could mean they give them aid which costs up to that donation amount they stated (which means food, water, etc. that is probably brought at the over priced amount and aide workers - yes people get paid to work, duh - are subtracted to that amount). It's usually never clear cut money tossed at the victim's gov't. Or the amount could be tied down through some legal issues and the victims never see a dime for many years to come.

more than 3 years ago
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Trumpet Winsock Creator Made Little Money

Schwhat Re:I didn't know it was shareware. (358 comments)

I'll buy THAT for a dollar!! (and I just did)

Can you name the movie that is originally from? Hint: It is NOT The Running Man.

I didn't think there was any actual memorable quotes from Running Man. And that quote was from Omni Consumer Product's finest ;)

more than 3 years ago
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The Uncertain Future of NYC's Last Arcade

Schwhat Re:Barcade (188 comments)

I think they are making too much of it. It could be the last arcade/arcade in NYC. And what I mean by that is the Chinatown arcade is just an arcade and nothing else. There are other places in NYC that restaurants with an arcade (which they don't count as an arcade). Chuck E. Cheese, Dave and Busters, etc. are places that have an arcade in NYC but are considered a restaurant.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye, HD Component Video

Schwhat How does this stop pirating? (469 comments)

Last time I heard most of the stuff being pirated are the movies currently in the theaters. So chances of it being a good version that it's HD quality rather than a CAM version is...? Pirates don't care as long as there is a decent viewable version of the movie. If it's just released on DVD/Blu-ray for rentals, I'm sure a large majority will agree to the statement above.

more than 3 years ago

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