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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

captjc My advice...RUN! (116 comments)

Stay away! Long hours, crappy pay working for a company that will use you for everything you are worth, chew you up, and when you turn 35-40, will spit you out. Only those few who specialized in now ancient technologies will have any prospects beyond age 40. The worst part is, there is no such thing as job security. No matter how much of a rockstar you are, at any time you are at risk of being replace by a kid from India or China, if for no other reason than the CTO needs a few extra dollars to get a new company Lexus.

Sure, the idea of joining a startup and becoming an overnight billionaire sounds appealing, but except for a very small handful, IT WONT HAPPEN. If you want to join the Video Game Industry, all this same stuff applies, only cranked up to 11!

For your own sake, stay away. Don't make the same mistake that I made. Get a real job, spend time with your family, go outside and enjoy life.

2 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

captjc Re:Amazing (273 comments)

Really? Here is my anecdotal datem point on the subject. I have been a gamer since the Atari 2600 and NES era. I have been involved in the gaming culture since there was gaming culture (same with the computer and internet cultures as well). Thus far, I have owned and played every major Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft platform made (except the PS4 and XBone due to the still lack of games) as well as many others. My current library spans well over 500 games between consoles and PC (especially Steam). When I go on business trips, my laptop with my Steam library and 3DS goes with me.

For all intents and purposes, I consider myself a gamer. Being on the backside of the 18-34 demographic, I have a full time engineering job with its own hours and obligations. So while I don't put myself in the league of those who play games as their main and only hobby, I am still part of the core gaming audience.

With that out of the way, between professional and personal obligations, I am lucky if I can actually play games for 2 hours a week. This is usually when I can block out one night just to sit down with a game until I have to get to bed. Sometimes, I might get lucky and have a lazy Friday night or Saturday to just sit down and play. Meanwhile, my Mom, Dad, Girlfriend, Grandma, and Step-Mom have kindle tablets, and iPhones and can play one of their dozens of free-to-play casual games for 5-15 minutes a piece whenever they have a few minutes downtime. My girlfriend also occasionally plays a few rounds of Mario World or Mario Kart with me on the Wii U.

Now the question, who is the real gamer My family or myself. Certainly, I buy more games, am a part of the gaming scene, and play hardcore games. Meanwhile they just play games in short bits and pieces many times a day. They don't care about the latest shooter, the next Civ game, what EA is doing to piss-off gamers this week. They don't know who Tim Schafer, Reggie Fils-Aime, Jim Sterling, or Master Chief is, they just play their games.

3 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

captjc Re:Really? (441 comments)

Generally nice, but they damn they like their work spaces cold. They also stink up the break rooms with their fish lunches.

4 days ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

captjc Re:I'm not saying it's aliens... (80 comments)

Since when is Slashdot a text mode version of Fark?

[Welcome To Slashdot]

\ I'm surfing on UltraSlashd+++CARRIER LOST+++

4 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

captjc Re:Even more disturbing (416 comments)

The most disturbing news in all of this is that his neighbor is breeding raptors. The kid was justified in his heroic actions, the deranged neighbor needs to be indicted for crimes against humanity.

God creates the world. God creates dinosaurs. God destroys the world to get rid of the raptors. God creates man; Man kills god. Man brings back raptors. My god, what have we done!?

4 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

captjc Re:Really? (441 comments)

As an American engineer working for a large multinational electronics company, I have worked with people from every continent. Many are polite, have good communication skills, know their stuff and are very pleasant to work with. I have also worked with incompetent PhDs with huge language barriers who act as if anyone who doesn't have a PhD is a complete moron who doesn't deserve to be on the same planet as them. This pretty much applies to everyone, everywhere.

The point is, people who are smart and easy to work with are a great asset and I don't care where they come from. I hold nothing against foreigners or Americans. I hate incompetent assholes, both foreign and domestic.

5 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

captjc Re:Mario (418 comments)

"Kids get in the car. We're goin' to the sewers!"

GTA: "Kids get in the car. We're goin' to prison!"

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

captjc Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (418 comments)

I also grew up with Mario and Zelda. I never once had the urge to jump on a turtle, eat a random mushroom, or go into someones house, smash their pots and vases, and take any and all money that was hidden within after mowing their lawn with my sword.

I doubt I'm atypical.

about two weeks ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

captjc Re:It's all Dante's fault (107 comments)

...and his friends, after hacking Dante's foot off.

Some people just can't throw their hat over the wall for the good of mankind.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

captjc Reservoir Dogs (146 comments)

There is an easy test. Just play "Stuck In The Middle With You." If they pull out a razor and start dancing, they are obviously a Psychopath and you shoot the bastard before he takes off someone's ear.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

captjc Re:Picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue. (146 comments)

If stress is probable cause for warrantless attention, Americans have no rights at all, because stress--not liberty--is the cornerstone of our lives.

Whoa, back the FBI surveillance van up there cowboy. The article has nothing to do with the US. This is about China. Sure, if this technology takes off, there is a good chance that the TSA and NSA would be next in line. However, it is way too early to start decrying the loss of American civil liberties over this story.

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

captjc Re:This will be GREAT! (116 comments)

Knowing some of the managers I have met, they would call you up on the phone, multiple times a day and if you'd answer, "HOW DARE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE!? DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THAT CAUSES BUGS!?" However, if you ignore the calls, you will get a face to face meeting demanding why you are avoiding them.

Managers, can't work with them, can't get paid without them!

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

captjc Re:It was complete... (252 comments)

I wouldn't call it complete. It had plenty of loose ends that could have been picked up. I would have loved to see the Telepath Wars, Garibaldi's revenge on Bester (yes, I know, books). Hell, Call To Arms and the canceled-before-it-aired Crusade left the question about what happens to Earth with the Drakh Plague. Hell, a series could be done on the Galen and the Techno-magi, alone.

While I would say the main plot was tied up very nicely, It was far from complete.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

captjc Re:Why? (252 comments)

It is the word "reboot" that gets me. It seems to thrown around willy-nilly these days, everything from dumping the entire source material sans a few loose names and concepts and creating something new (BSG 2003), to remaking the same tired origin story again (Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk), to even creating sequels that follow already established continuity (What is basically being done to the Terminator franchise). Star Wars Prequels and the coming sequel trilogy have been called and are reboots in many ways. Hell, Star Trek TNG is even considered a reboot.

This is way to early to either get up in arms or celebrate. Personally, I would rather have a Blu-ray remastering of the original series. If this is a proper reboot, I am sure to probably dislike it. I loved the original especially the characters. Peter Jurasic will always be Londo and Bruce Boxleitner will always be Sheridan, just as Leonard Nimoy will always be Spock and Dirk Benedict will always be Starbuck / The Face Man. However, I want to remain optimistic that maybe this will be a side story dissociated enough that it re-invigorate the franchise without tearing it down. Maybe, I might even get that Blu-Ray remastering.

Only time will tell, of course.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

captjc Re:Don't want it (252 comments)

I always hoped someone would make a movie of the battle at Wolf 359 - seems to me that there would be so much to work with within that heroic battle complex (I know, Wolf 359 is ST - But I digress)

Up until Nemesis killed Star Trek, I was always hoping for either A Romulan War or Eugenics Wars movie. Either could be done in a way that could be franchised, wouldn't piss off the fans and could be dissociated enough to get general movie audience.

A B5 reboot, sounds like a horrible idea. The original was one of the best science fiction shows on TV and (despite the early CGI) still holds up today. However, a movie that takes place in the same universe but in a side story would be great. The Telepath Wars or an Earth-Minbari War would be a great place to flesh out a new story and characters and be dissociated enough to do something new without alienating fans and newcomers, alike.

about two weeks ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

captjc Re:App stores compete with the 3DS (203 comments)

A single title like MarioKart is a shot in the arm but it can't turn the ship around by itself. Nintendo will have to hope they can keep throwing out good titles for long enough that sales pick up and some 3rd parties come back.

Worked for Sony. Remember for the first 4 years of the PS3's life, it was a joke. Horribly expensive, almost no games worth playing, and it took developers years to finally figure out how to make game on par with the 360, much less better. Then there were the cries that Blu-Ray was just a gimmick and that they should have gotten rid of it. After a few price cuts and once Sony stepped up their game with first party and indie titles did the PS3 finally gain steam. And this was against a console with paid subscription multiplayer, a start screen full of ads and the worst quality control blunder in the history of consoles!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

captjc Re:Some advice (170 comments)

He is trying to learn a language. It is just a dead language!

about a month ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

captjc Re:Maybe they need a union (511 comments)

Are you kidding, a significant portion of those people are under the delusion that if they work their ass off now, they will be start-up billionaires by the time they're 30. And guess what, there are plenty of companies that are more than happy to indulge their fantasy. Only, after five-to-ten years of that crap do they start to realize that except for a very small few, it is a pipe dream. Of course, by that time they are considered too old for the industry and are replaced by another delusional young go-getter and the cycle repeats. They don't want a unions or regulations, or anything that might jeopardize their chance at being the next software / web billionaire. The ironic thing is that while this is one of the most liberal areas in the country, the entire place is like an Ayn Rand dystopia.

about a month ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

captjc Re: Not news (342 comments)

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

captjc Re:Why are they getting into the phone business? (168 comments)

I wouldn't call Amazon a "New Player" in the phone market. The Kindle Fire is still an Android tablet and has been selling like hot cakes. They also have had 4G connectivity for a few years. The Kindle phone is just a smaller version of their tablet that can make phone calls. Other than the smaller form factor and phone app, nearly everything else is the same.

about a month ago

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