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Frustration and Unhappiness In the Games Industry

oncehour Re:Welcome to a highly competitive industry (422 comments)

Well, my argument would be that a boss that would make such a decision probably wouldn't be worth working for long term. It's my job as a boss to see that work gets done efficiently and that quality standards are met. It's my job to organize people, make sure appropriate information is routed to the right people, and that internal politics are removed from the work environment for my core producers so they can do what they do best.

It's not my job to exert my authority and make snap firing decisions of key (or even minor) resources over a debate. Doing so is harmful to the company and does no good other than to bolster my own ego. It's exactly the problem with employers in the US today. They think because they write a check they own you. Short term this probably works, especially in a financial crisis, but long term I'm not convinced it makes for a strong company or an empowered employee.

more than 4 years ago
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Frustration and Unhappiness In the Games Industry

oncehour Re:Welcome to a highly competitive industry (422 comments)

So let me get this straight:

You were fired for having a dissenting opinion, and then you gladly accepted to be rehired once your boss came to his senses? Do you really want to work with someone who would fire you over a technical debate?

Most of the people on my team debate with me about the odds and ends of all sorts of technologies. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong. I'd never fire someone for disagreeing over terminology. That just seems like it'd lead to me never getting the advice I really need when I really need it due to employee fear.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Users' Click-Through Rate 55% Higher Than Google Users'

oncehour Re:TFA has a blatantly skewed perspective (268 comments)

Do you really believe that Bing will be any different once it can drive targeted traffic? Shady internet sites are here to stay, sadly. They're the late night infomercial of the Internet. You can thank Clickbank.com for that.

more than 5 years ago
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Schneier Says We Don't Need a Cybersecurity Czar

oncehour Re:The "tyranny of the hierarchy" (173 comments)

I think you may misunderstand the Peter Principle, to some degree. At least to the degree that I've seen it implemented. The Peter Principle says that people are promoted to the level of their incompetence. This means as long as you're competent, you are continually promoted until suddenly you are no longer competent or can maintain a "baseline". Most organizations aren't run by complete idiots, if they were they wouldn't be multi-billion dollar enterprises.

That said, once someone gets promoted into a job that's over their head it's still pretty rare that they get demoted. They may be laid off, and then they leave to look for another job at another company having the credentials of being in that position. This is the Peter Principle at work. It has nothing to do with scum rising to the top, just with incapable people being allowed to stand in place once they're no longer running.

more than 5 years ago
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Al-Qaeda Used Basic Codes, Calling Cards, Hotmail

oncehour Did you ever stop to consider (285 comments)

that the salary offered was intentionally low? Maybe, just maybe, they're looking for people willing to serve their country regardless of wages. $33,000/year to start is horribly low for a degreed job, I'll agree. That said, it is a livable wage especially if you love what you're doing and you make liberal use of the office cafeteria for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Long hours worked, sure, but I think that's par for the course at that place.

more than 5 years ago
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Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM

oncehour Re:Perfectly normal (623 comments)

You should consider contracting for a while. Drop me a line if you need any help getting started.

more than 5 years ago
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Developing "Eyes-Free" Gadgets and Applications

oncehour Merriam Webster Begs to Differ (85 comments)

Innovation
1 : the introduction of something new
2 : a new idea, method, or device

The fact that you don't find it interesting, or you can think of vaguely similar concepts in unrelated mediums does not discount this idea and implementation from being innovative. Shaking the phone is relatively innovative and the whole package is somewhat interesting.

That said, the device itself seems unlikely to really solve his problem of making cell phones easier to use without looking at them. I get the feeling that the system he's got outlined will take a lot of time to get used to and still require the occasional glance at the phone. In any case it's liable to require more thought processing than just looking at the phone and the disrupted concentration is one of the main points against cellphone use whilst driving.

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia Almost Reaches $6 Million Target

oncehour Re:Monetary Reward : Bad Idea (412 comments)

What you're referring to is known as the "Overjustification Effect". Essentially, when you offer a reward or payment for something that a person was originally willing to do for free, you shift their motivations completely.

Rather than sticking with the intrinsic reasons such as providing knowledge for the good of mankind, making sure everything is up to date and correct, or imparting wisdom upon their "lessers", you've now forced them to focus their motivations on the extrinsic reason which is the reward. This has two very fatal flaws:

1) Quality - Laugh if you will, but there are reputable people still contributing to Wikipedia. Doctors, Lawyers, Mathematicians, Scientists, etc. These people are highly paid within their field and donating time because they find it interesting or noble. Start offering them money and it'll just be a pathetically miniscule sum compared to their salaries and likely turn them off from the whole deal.

2) Quantity - If you think NPOV is bad enough as it is, just wait until Wikipedia actually has to PAY for each article addition. Suddenly every single article choice will be scrutinized. "What's this 'Naruto', why would anyone care about it?" This sort of scrutinization and heavy handed interference is likely to kill off plenty of good articles before they even get started and the obscure wealth of articles on Wikipedia are what make it valuable.


tl;dr: OP is right.

more than 5 years ago
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Karl Rove's IT Guru Dies In Small Plane Crash

oncehour Re:Occam was a goon (377 comments)

Honestly, I think you're spot on. Occam's Razor is often used in current debate to negate ignorance and allow people to apply situational considerations with their current datasets rather than researching other possibilities. It is at best a tool for forming a disprovable hypothesis.

Unfortunately, it's often used as a tool for forming a finished assumption about a situation. I think the world of debate would be far more enlightening without muddying the waters with Occam's Razor. The real problem I see with Occam's Razor is how a relatively large majority (as per my own internally biased dataset) of people use it to prove or disprove a particular situation or idea.

I just want to take the time to thank Fantastic Lad for the enlightening post as I hadn't considered my own distaste with Occam's Razor until he brought it up. Thank you Fantastic Lad, please keep posting ;).

-Josh

more than 5 years ago
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Court Allows Arkansas To Hide Wikipedia Edits

oncehour Re:Secrecy or Transparency? (145 comments)

Always been curious, why do you think Booth was a patriot?

about 6 years ago
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Strategy Games Improve Cognitive Functions In Older Adults

oncehour Re:Brain Workshop: better intelligence for all age (64 comments)

Well then it's a good thing Brain Workshop lets you extend it as far back as you want. One of the major challenges on the forums seems to be reaching dual9back matching both positions and letters/sounds. You can also choose morse code or specific piano keys for your sounds if you want an even more cerebral experience.

about 6 years ago
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Nuke Site Converted Into Green Data Center

oncehour One Word: (125 comments)

Taxes. Canadian Business Taxes are really pretty bad. Don't think that Microsoft and Google haven't already crunched the numbers. In all likelihood the cooling and electricity savings are outweighed by increased regulation and taxation.

more than 6 years ago

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What's in your RSS Feeds?

oncehour oncehour writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oncehour (744756) writes "I'm looking to broaden my horizons in terms of news, industry information, and just generally good to know stuff. I've found a lot of great blogs and websites over the years but I'm wondering what Slashdotters read regularly? What's in your RSS feeds?"

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