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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

yorgo Smells like Sega Channel (63 comments)

This sounds a bit like Sega Channel ( I was one of the morons subscribers back in the day. Unfortunately, actual did not equal expected. I thought I'd have access to a lot of fun and popular games. In fact, they provided neither.

This tastes the same.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

yorgo Donkey Kong Clones? (122 comments)

What is your experience and opinion on the many Donkey Kong clones, like Congo Bongo, Crazy Kong, Konkey Kong, Monkey Kong, Donkey King, or even Popeye?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

yorgo Re:2 pay cuts in 2 years (263 comments)

FWIW, aside from "satisfaction", the other pieces of my "compensation pie" are "salary" (+raise/bonus), "benefits", "time-off", and "investment options".

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

yorgo 2 pay cuts in 2 years (263 comments)

In the past 2 years, I've been at 5 companies and taken 2 pay cuts. All voluntary.

My “compensation pie” is made up of many pieces. Only one of them is salary. The piece of the pie that was sorely missing was "satisfaction" ("happiness", "contentment").

After 2 years, I finally found a company that *wants* me (my skills and what I have to offer), and actually allows me to contribute. This helps fill my "satisfaction" piece of my "compensation pie”.

You need to figure out your own pie pieces, and the size/importance of each.

Meanwhile, I'm confident enough in my abilities that I'm not too worried about future salaries.

about 6 months ago

Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

yorgo Blow on him? (201 comments)

Did anyone try blowing on him?

about a year ago

How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

yorgo Write it for someone else (205 comments)

I just held a meeting yesterday with my entire team to discuss this very topic. Generally, I explained that the onus of successful communication lies with the giver (not the receiver). That is, if I want you to understand me, I must communicate in such a way that is understandable by you. (If I speak gibberish, I can't get upset if/when you don't understand me) I explained that submitting a bug report is simply a form of communication, and the the bug report submitter is the "giver" of the communication. Thus, if they want to be understood, they must ensure that their communication is understandable by the receiver. And, since they don't know who the receiver might be, they must make is understandable to the "lowest common denominator" receiver. I said, "If you write a bug report that your grandmother can understand, there is less possibility that it will be misunderstood". I explained that, "if you write a bug report...with the intent that is will be read and used by SOMEONE ELSE...there is a good chance you will write a good bug report." That said, I also implemented a very simple, auto-populate "bug report template" that helps guide and remind users what to enter (ex: "Description of bug, What I did to cause the bug, What I thought was supposed to happen, What actually happened, etc.).

about a year ago

Speed of Sound Is Too Slow For the Olympics

yorgo First! (255 comments)

Appropriate, for once...

about 2 years ago

Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

yorgo Re:stopped using it? (857 comments)

Sounds like the old, "our goal was to integrate conversations across multiple channels of communication ...We want people to use whatever's easier for them" defense!

about 2 years ago

Does Telecommuting Make You Invisible?

yorgo Clearly... (275 comments)

...or not so, the "Businesses" icon attached to this story is a telecommuter.

more than 2 years ago

Singer In Grocery Store Ordered To Pay Royalties

yorgo Re:How did the PRS find out? (645 comments)

I did not. Interesting. Not sure what I think of that.

more than 4 years ago

Singer In Grocery Store Ordered To Pay Royalties

yorgo How did the PRS find out? (645 comments)

There had to be some human involvement. Which means a *person* (from the PRS?) must have shopped in her store, and heard the radio (or her singing), and thought, "Hmmm...This is outrageous! I'll have to do something about this! I'll report her!" So, initially, this began with a single idiot. I can only assume that this idiot brought back his report, and more *people* at the PRS thought, "This is outrageous! We'll have to do something about this!". It was then escalated, which resulted in the initial order. So, subsequently, this was perpetuated by more idiots. Somehow, the phrase, "A person is smart. People are stupid.", doesn't seem to apply here.

more than 4 years ago

Where's Your Coding Happy Place?

yorgo Oddly enough... (508 comments) was while waiting (and waiting, and waiting) to be called to sit on Jury Duty. I sat outside on the smoking patio (middle of summer) near an outlet with my laptop and generated some of the best code of my life. Perhaps I should start volunteering for Jury Duty...

more than 5 years ago

Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

yorgo And next up... (841 comments)

If he ever gives a speech about rabies, I'm not going...

more than 5 years ago

Sarcasm Useful For Detecting Dementia

yorgo In related news... (389 comments)

...parody is being used to detect Alzheimer's disease, and satire to detect lupus.

more than 5 years ago

Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

yorgo Oblig quote from Satchmo (857 comments)

From TFA: Everyone she knew, including law enforcement officials, her family and bank officials, told her to stop, that it was all a scam. She persisted.

"There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em." - Louis Armstrong

more than 5 years ago



Ask Slashdot: Nobody Puts Baby Monitor in a Corner

yorgo yorgo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

yorgo (595005) writes "Baby 1 is nearly 2, and baby 2 is nearly due. Unfortunately, our baby monitor has monitored its last baby. We had a Best View by Summer Infant that we received as a baby-shower gift. Now we’d like to upgrade. The primary feature we’d like to get is WiFi remote viewing. Therefore, we’ve also expanded our search to include webcams not specifically designed/sold as “baby monitors”. Hopefully, we can use the solution as a nanny and home-security cam in the future. I’ve seen a lot of cool features, but not all together in one product that meets my requirements. The new monitor must have WiFi remote viewing that is accessible (for free!) via smartphones and tablet devices, at least 1-way audio, night-vision, and pan/tilt/zoom. It would also be nice to have alternate connectivity options (such as Bluetooth — for local viewing in case our WiFi connection goes down), 2-way audio, temperature/humidity monitoring, and the ability to view multiple cameras/feeds. I’m not too concerned with lag, video recording, or the ability to play lullabies. Thus far, I’ve researched about 15 different options, but wanted to ask the Slashdotters for their opinion, as well. Any thoughts on baby monitors?"


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