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Do Video Games Cost Too Much?

supabeast! Re:Hollywood learned the same lesson long ago (763 comments)

Keep in mind that most movies make back some or all of their production cost before going to DVD. Video is icing, not the cake.

more than 5 years ago
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Do Video Games Cost Too Much?

supabeast! Definitely (763 comments)

The $60 price point has really turned me off from gaming. Alone the $60 game might not be a killer. But combined with the game industry's obsession with pleasing hard-core gamers you have a recipe for me walking away from gaming. Why would I pay $60 for a game that requires me to unlock most of the content? Or for a game that requires lots of trial-and-error? Or for a game that was released unfinished with showstopping bugs? I'd rather stick with $10 downloads.

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

supabeast! How it really works (1055 comments)

The 9/80 work schedule is a scam. Youâ(TM)ll have worked the 80 hours, but on Friday there will be a big meeting and youâ(TM)ll need to work. The next off Friday some important maintenance task will come up and youâ(TM)ll need to work. After that there will be a client interaction and youâ(TM)ll need to work. Your company will not pay you overtime for any of these extra Fridays because youâ(TM)re a salaried professional.

Itâ(TM)s a trap!

more than 5 years ago
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How Will Recent Financial Downturns Affect IT Jobs?

supabeast! Take what you can get! (372 comments)

Right now is a terrible time to be looking for an entry-level niche position. Those jobs are being filled by mid and senior level workers who just got laid off and will work for an entry level salary to keep their family fed. And if you do get a niche job, youâ(TM)re likely to become the new senior technician when the more expensive hackers get laid off and their jobs are dumped on youâ"which is not a fun situation to be in.

What you need to do is get into a whatever IT job you can, keep working on security stuff at home or in test labs at work, and ride the recession out. Make connections. If you have security people on staff get to know them and show interest so that you might get promoted when something opens up. But whatever you do, donâ(TM)t sit around unemployed and hoping that the perfect niche job pops up, because in this economy thatâ(TM)s not likely to happen.

more than 5 years ago
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iTunes On OS X Finally Has Competition

supabeast! No thanks. (668 comments)

I tried Songbird, and noticed it was using up about 3 times the RAM iTunes uses. And for what? A bunch of extra crap I wonâ(TM)t use. Itâ(TM)s like these guys took notes from the OpenOffice team on how to make a crappy interface that loads slowly and then goes on a RAM eating rampage.

more than 5 years ago

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CIA claims power grid hacked

supabeast! supabeast! writes  |  more than 6 years ago

supabeast! (84658) writes "PC world reports that the CIA claims hackers have successfully intruded, via the internet, into computers controlling the American power grid. The hackers then attempted to extort money from their victims, and have even caused power blackouts, on at least on occasion affecting multiple American cities."
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supabeast! supabeast! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

supabeast! (84658) writes "Tickets for Ozzfest, the summer music festival that has remained profitable for a decade, are going to be free this year. Sharon Osbourne explained "We're reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs, as a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That's what's happening with summer touring in this country, it's out-pricing itself." This is an interesting twist — it's old news that musicians who make their money touring don't mind giving music away, but what will happen when tickets go free?"
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supabeast! supabeast! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

supabeast! (84658) writes "The Miami Herald is reporting that some nasty problems with early electronic voting are already popping up in Florida. Machines are repeatedly casting votes for the wrong candidate; officials blame machines that "slip out of sync" under heavy use and needing to be calibrated. Funny, I've used plenty of touchscreen ATMs and never seen one that needed calibrating. I can't wait to see how many voting machines end up out of sync on election day."
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supabeast! supabeast! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

supabeast! (84658) writes "Fed up with all the problems in the state's electronic voting system, Maryland Governor Robert Erlich wants the state to scrap the entire system and return to paper ballots. What makes this particularly interesting is that Erlich is a Republican — the party often maligned for exploiting flaws in electronic systems-and his attempts to clean up Maryland's voting problems are being opposed by Democrats, the party that is usually complaining about electronic voting!"
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supabeast! supabeast! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

supabeast! (84658) writes "The Washington Post is running the story of former Lockheed Martin engineer Michael De Kort, who tried in vain to get Lockheed, the Coast Guard, and even his Congressional representatives to pay attention to serious flaws he discovered in important Coast Guard surveillance boats. So he created a short documentary about the problems and posted it to YouTube three weeks ago. Since then the security flaws have received press coverage and the attention of Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi."

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