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Comment Re:Dumping the Headphone Jack: My Theory (Score 1) 551

And, FWIW, I've used 30 and 40 (Gawd, the 70's were a long time ago...) year old headphones with a straight phone jack and a mini adapter in stuff that's less than a year old. Any compatability issues likely come from arbitrary specs for added features like media/phone controls, and I don't think I've ever failed to hear audio from a jack I could plug into - unless it was one of the really weird cases where people were using jacks for power or pedals or stuff like that.

Comment Re:Standard of living (Score 1) 614

You lose ALL credibility in your first paragraph. Trying to say that post-boomer people - '70's kid', whatever the hell that means - 'generally didn't care where he lived' is a statistical crock. My Grandparents and parents (good, old-fashioned Blue-Collar Boomers and early X-Ers) LOVE to talk about what Zip code/side of town their houses were on back in the 'day.' Ask them about parts of town that were more ethnically diverse (even if they were in the same economic levels) and they will stare at you like you've grown another head. I have extended relations that worked their ASSES off to not have to buy a house in the shithole town they grew up in, because they knew the place was going nowhere, and those towns are still shitholes 40 years later. The biggest difference today is that it's much easier to realize how much of a shithole you live in.

Honestly, one of the biggest issues Milennials are facing socially and economically are assumptions about what we want/how we participate in society and out neighborhoods/cities. You can throw as many idiotic Portlandia-hipster stereotypes as you want at us, but the reality is that if we didn't frequent that awesome taco place they built in the refurbished warehouse-cum-food court, your stupid city would cease to exist because old real estate would die and be replaced by suburbia-tract housing. You know, that shit you all pulled in the 80's and 90's to try to support your stupid unsustainable fake-growth economy. How'd that Mall-Sprawl work out for you?

But here's the worst part. Do you know who has mostly fucked up things for the last 30 years? I'll give you a hint - Millennials aren't even old enough to have held the positions that made the stupid, greedy short-sighted fuckups between the SnL debacle, the OG Internet bubble, and '08. Boomers largely had enough cash to ride it out, and stable employment with benefits that made it livable. GenX had some savings, and thank god for their parents, who could help out their kids in their late 20's and 30's. Now you have a new generation who are in debt for degrees our parents and grandparents said we needed to be successful, whose parents don't have cash to support them through the fuckups they caused, and an entire economic system that is designed to pay as little as possible for the labor pool as a whole, and you wonder why we're a little upset?

Comment Re:Couldn't have happened to a nicer company (Score 1) 47

I hear what you are saying, but it's important to remember that in business, the 'best' platform isn't always the one with the most technical merit - it's the one that the most people use. Sure, if everyone was willing to work a little bit and totally refactor/redesign stuff, the handicaps they are building around could be avoided entirely. But the cost/benefit (especially over the short term) just isn't there.

Intel seems to have seen the writing on the wall finally; you aren't going to be able to charge a premium for marginal performance gains in any kind of volume for very much longer, and it's going to be very difficult to justify building a new mask for a few thousand gamers and HPC users. And of course, that 'entirely new market' you are talking about for ARM includes Mobile, which is probably the biggest thing for chip dev since people started buying desktops.

Comment Not really that surprising (Score 1) 180

Look, the 54g series was great in it's day, and the community that grew around it has resulted in some pretty amazing software. But at this point, unless you have a very specific use case, it's hard to see why nerds are still using the old hardware for anything other than nostalgia/ludditism. There have been half a dozen major upgrades in terms of reliability and core hardware, with reliable firmware to boot.I had to update a warehouse last year that had a closet full of a dozen of these NiB, and while I can't argue with the OP, we couldn't give them away.

I maintained a 54g/Cisco677 combo for myself and any of my family members who wanted support for a LONG time, and knew how to make very low level core config changes to both, and I eventually gave up when I realized that I could get better radios, more ram, and better CPU in newer (non-linksys) gear. It's like keeping core 10/100 switching infrastructure around - it may have been top of the line when you bought it a decade ago, but even the cheap stuff running gig-e is going to blow it away in practical use now.

Comment Just like Peter Jackson with the Hobbit (Score 1) 123

The Nazgul felt left out of the latest series of events, so they had to figure out a way to shove them in there!
I 'like' IBM for the most part, but it's important to remember that a good chunk of it's existence is owed to keeping hundreds of lawyers billing hours for decades. At least until recently, there were guys there who have literally never practiced law outside of their IP department getting ready to retire.

Comment Just because the volume has increased... (Score 1) 57

Certainly doesn't mean that the quality is there. Most purely crowdfunded games I've played have fallen into the category that Steve Jackson's games filled 2 decades ago - at best, they are fun once or twice, but beyond that, they are defective (and downright unfun.) The only difference is that it's so easy to get high-quality stuff manufactured now, the game doesn't literally fall apart after you play it.

It certainly doesn't help that the established industry has basically turned into a card game business in the last 5 years. The deck-building game concept was fun and novel back when Dominion landed, but it seems to be 90% of the 'new' product now. Even worse, card games lend themselves much more naturally to expansions, and people are repeating the same mistakes that were made decades ago with Netrunner and Magic.

Comment Re:There is a reason... (Score 2) 57

Hasbro owns WotC. So, Hasbro makes Axis and Allies, Lords of Waterdeep, Risk, Acquire, and Vegas Showdown (among others.) If it ever actually happened, Hasbro told the CAH guys they weren't interested for much the same reason that LGS's don't stock the product - while the game is amusing if you are 18+, it's not the kind of thing you want on the shelf when you have pre-teens wandering around.

Comment Re:How do they fare in colder climates? (Score 1) 904

You should come to Denver. We have (arguably) one of the worst environments for electric cars (Snow, many cold days, rapid temp fluctuation, and driving patterns that often include hills if you like the mountains,) and we are something like Tesla's 2nd or 3rd most popular region per capita.

Sure, many people also have a 2nd or 3rd car (typically an SUV) to drive, but I know quite a few people who just own a Tesla, or a Volt, or an i3, or a Leaf, and they are all pretty happy with their choices.

Comment Re:let's be real for a second (Score 1) 429

Not sure why this isn't modded +5 Funny yet - this guy is hilarious. 'Modern College Training' for industry-standard coding practices - he's a laugh riot! Next thing, he's going to tell you why the kiddie who was taught scripting at the local Community College thinks he can re-write your entire, decade old proprietary software built for hardware that you pay 6 figures a year to support in 2 weeks with a couple of cloud-hosted servers!

I (and most experienced software PM's) would rather have a 40-year-old with 15 years experience in 'dead' languages than some FOB 'Graduate' who's spent the last year writing code in an environment that's not going to be fit for production for another 18 mos. Give me someone who accepts that you have to get from point A to point B first, instead of just assuming that you can start from point C, with a clean environment, and no legacy.

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