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Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?

enigmatichmachine I turned down ~20%...ymmv (397 comments)

I had two competing offers during my last job hunt.
one was about 20% less than the other, but had an hour less commute a day, and an opportunity to work in gaming vs. finance.

I spoke with a lot of friends/family on this issue and they all said the same thing:
"How much do you need?"
if they're both offering that, then go with the most fun.

more than 2 years ago

Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

enigmatichmachine Re:MIght as well be (692 comments)

are you kidding?!?

Mac computers are the closest thing to Linux you're going to get off the shelf.

If you're really smart, you want as little friction between you and doing what you want as possible. get a Imac with a 27" screen, shipped to your door and working out of the box.

That said, I hate the OSX UI, but if you're really looking for a powerful command line out of the box, OSx is the way to go.

more than 3 years ago

Sprint Bets Big On the iPhone

enigmatichmachine Re:What are they thinking? (366 comments)

Agreed completely.
My iphone data usage is ~300 MB/mo. I use netflix app daily.
My wifes is closer to 3 GB/mo. she just browses the web.

the reason? I have wifi on at home and at work.
she doesn't know what wifi is. the phone either works or it doesn't for her. I tried explaining that LOLCATS will load faster if she goes on the wifi, but if it involves doing ANYTHING, pressing a single button, she won't do it.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Responds To DoJ Lawsuit

enigmatichmachine Re:Republican Response (140 comments)

it would increase jobs, republican jobs. they'll lay off the redundant "little people" and hire more executives to manage the larger company.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T To Start Data Throttling Heaviest Users

enigmatichmachine am I the only person who thinks this a good thing? (207 comments)

I mean, I want my service to work, because it's not overloaded all the time, and this fixes that problem without
a. Hard caps
b. overages.

seems to me, saying you'll get 3g speeds for the first 2gb/mo, and edge speeds after that is the best way to solve the problem. SO long as it's publicized. if you don't like it, too bad, I'm tired of shitty service because some folks use their hacked Iphones to download torrents all day.

that said, if the service still sucks, or the cap it too low, leave.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

enigmatichmachine same issue, delete or.. (619 comments)

I've got the same problem with my gmail account. most I just delete silently. I seem to get a lot of grandparents email kids, to them I reply kindly that they have the wrong person, and to call their grandkids and request the address again.

some groups don't get it. I was in a group email for a dorm, and setup a filter to reply all when sent email from their college with " I don't go to your school, never have, I've asked repeatedly to be removed from this mailing list, you're all idiots" AFIAK, they got several dozen of these reply spams before they figured out how to remove me from their mailing list. sucks for them, easy enough for me. ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Cisco Ditches Flip and $590 Million

enigmatichmachine used to work there (121 comments)

and this makes sense. When they were getting acquired they were dumping tons of cash into looking like the hot shit for cisco, but I think they all knew the concept would get eaten alive by convergence. The mood I felt was, lets sell this to Cisco before they catch on that this market is doomed.

more than 3 years ago

Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

enigmatichmachine Pays back "Within 60,000 Miles" (762 comments)

Total Bullshit. they estimate 5 years to pay back, based on 20,000 KM year. Total for 5 years is 63,000 miles. The warranty on hybrid components here in California is 150,000 Miles. Assuming you drive the car until they stop repairing it for free, you'll get a payback that is 2.3 times great than their reporting.

Matrix Vs. Prius is 16,800 and 12,800 to maintain over 63,000 miles, to hit 150,00 miles, multiply by 2.3, you get 38,640 for the matrix, 29,440 for the Prius, which is still at this point under warranty

You've saved $9,200 in fuel over the warranty period
MSRP for Matrix is 16,700 base
MSRP for Prius is 21,400 base
total savings is Matrix Base cost+Extra fuel cost-Prius base cost= $4500 Not a lot, but Nothing to scoff at either, plus, the Prius has better resale value, more standard options than the Matrix, is bigger, safer, and better rated.

Prius fun factor is 0 though. :-(

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

enigmatichmachine Re:You don't (704 comments)

conversely though, all game programmers Love to game. I work at a game studio and there is only 1 person at the company who isn't an avid gamer.

more than 4 years ago

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision

enigmatichmachine Bad press for Activision (265 comments)

This is going to generate a lot of bad press for Activision. More than just gamers deciding not to buy their games, Game developers aren't going to want to do business with a company that pulls the rug out from under people. It's a small world out there.

more than 4 years ago

Silicon Valley's Island of Misfit Tech

enigmatichmachine Re:OP missed the golden age... (134 comments)

I bought my first monitor from Weird stuff. it was vga, but had a 2 row EGA connector and it took forever to make an adapter cable, as apparently the monitor was for some Japanese standard. the screen would turn brown ever so often and I had to hit it as hard as I could on the left side to set it straight again.

but the truly weird stuff i've found there? a CO2 cutting laser, Used glass wafer masks left over from some fab(wouldn't these be secret?) and a Degauss machine so strong it ripped the IC's off hard drives.

more than 4 years ago

Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity

enigmatichmachine Re:I ride an e-bike in China (533 comments)

They work in the US too.
I live in the suburbs, I ride my bike up to my house, then into the yard, then in the back door, then stop in the bedroom and plug it in. I have a higher end model(1500w motor) and I commute 5 miles each way to San Francisco daily. the bike is faster than driving, and I've never ran out of juice, and I can tell down to the mile when I'll run out due to the very accurate power meter. I"m sure the bike would be stolen in 5 minutes were I ever to leave it outside, but it spends the day in my office and night in my bedroom.

I believe the trick with E-bikes is that everyone may or may not be able to use one, depending on their individual circumstances. You need:
1. A place to park it safely indoors at night
2. a place to park at your destination
3. no stairs
4. less than 10 miles each way of commute
5. willingness to deal with weather and assholes and danger.
That all said, I'll be donning helmet, rain gear, and gloves tomorrow morning.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More

enigmatichmachine Go with the underdog-Tmobile (520 comments)

I did a bad thing and got an Iphone and left T-Moble and the smartphone I got free a year prior, since T-Mobile didn't get service in my new home. I called them to cancel, expecting to get a 200$ termination fee, but when I told them why I was canceling, they waived the fee due to my address not being in their coverage area. all they asked was I send them a copy of a bill that shows my name at that address.

Thanks to this treatment, I'll be moving back to T-mobile when/if they ever get 3g coverage in my area. It seems to me that burning your customers on the way out is a sure way to ensure they NEVER come back.

more than 5 years ago

Hacking Asus EEE

enigmatichmachine Re:damn. That was quick. (150 comments)

if your thinking about getting one let me say... do it! I got 2 when they first came out, they work great. 1 is now a linux router (w/usb 10/100 ethernet) and the other is currently running windows XP. works great. I'd go back to the Linux that came with it, as its a great web browser, but oddly enough it boots really fast with winxp, and my t-mobile shadow is a modem in XP. so I've got a laptop with internet that I can fit in my pocket. why bother with 802.11n, bluetooth, gps... phone does gps, usb cable to phone, and 11g is plenty for that little thing to do web browsing.

about 7 years ago


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