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Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 181

So you're saying that if EA stopped putting out regular-remakes of their sports franchises, and instead only released a game when it was good, worthwhile, and offered something new... that would be a bad thing? If they just put out 'Madden' and upgraded it for free every year without charging customers a dime? If they made their money with optional DLC that didn't affect the core game?

I'm sorry, but you've failed to convince me that switching away from a 'release drek on schedule' model to a 'only release when it's good' model is a bad thing.

Comment Re:I'm pretty sure.... (Score 4, Informative) 88

Gabe never 'positions' himself. You are confusing him with normal 'people in high positions'. He is not a spokesman, or a mouthpiece, or even a manager. He built the entire company of Valve in a way so he doesn't have to be the decider. He's just a smart dude at a company on the forefront of VR, and like any new and risky technology, it could fail. Like John Carmack, he pulls no punches... if something sucks, he says it sucks. If he fires someone, he publicly calls them an ass (not necessarily his best moment).

He is not in Marketing, and he doesn't really care what consumers think about his verbiage. In fact, his lack of a filter is part of why Valve as a company is so reticent to talk to the consumers directly, as his quotes have been used against him many times in the past.

So I'm not saying your options are false, I'm just saying that you ascribe too much forethought into his choice of wording.

Comment Exaggeration (Score 4, Interesting) 82

Our attention span has not reduced to 8 seconds. Heavy consumers of media and tech do not pay attention to non-interactive content (TV, ads), but are better at paying attention to interactive content (games, software). This is a shift of attention from passive consumers to active participants. When presented with passive content, tech users tune out... no surprise. But that's not the same as a globally reduced attention span.

The full report is available.

Comment Re:What is up with this anti-gluten bullshit? (Score 1) 292

While I agree that 'gluten sensitive' people are mostly full of bullshit, I'm all for making the lives of the small percentage with real allegies to wheat better.

A small portion of the population is crippled, but we have parking and mandatory accessibility for them. It's a significant expense for businesses, but it makes their lives notably better. Having a more widely available (and cheaper) gluten free grain would improve the lives of those suffering from celiac; even if a large chunk of other people unnecessarily take advantage of it too, what's the harm? I've been known to push the 'door open' button and I'm not in a wheelchair.

Comment Re:Immigration, not Indentured Servitude (Score 1) 834

As I said, it can take over a decade to get a green card, and longer to get citizenship. It's not easy. We have an unknown number of H1-B workers, but it's probably over 600,000 (as of 2011), probably more now. So saying that green cards and citizenship are 'available' is ignoring reality. Most workers on H1-B are trapped in that status, and as long as they are they cannot fight back against poor working conditions or unequal pay... and that is depressing wages more than any other single factor.

Comment Immigration, not Indentured Servitude (Score 5, Insightful) 834

I think we should abandon H1-B completely. If someone wants to work in the US, and has a job lined up here, then we should allow them to become a citizen within a year assuming they jump through the necessary hoops (take a night class, pass the citizenship exam, etc). This idiocy of requiring people to wait years, sometimes over a decade, to become a citizen while they work in the US at a well paying job is stupid.

We are a nation of immigrants. It's in most of our blood. Immigrants start businesses far more than native born Americans because they are risk takers... if they are willing to uproot themselves and move to a foreign land, they are likely willing to take other risks as well. That kind of risk taking is what built our nation, and shutting it out only harms us in the long run.

The H1-B program creates trapped workers who have to toe the line and rock no boats, lest they be fired and deported. This allows companies to abuse them in ways citizens would not put up with. An immigrant with citizenship is less of a threat to the livelihood of tech workers than an H1-B visitor, as companies would not be in a position to deport them if they asked for a raise; they could look for other jobs with impunity, and thus would compete on equal footing... and similarly, would not have to put up with artificially depressed wages.

So open up immigration, and fuck the stupid fake 'work' visas.

Comment Bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 98

Predictions are not worth the toilet paper they are printed on.

Apple has suffered from a lack of progress ever since Jobs died. They are treading water... it took them 5 years to update the MacBook, and what we got was lackluster. 'Predicting' that they will succeed and Microsoft will falter is dubious.

The only real winner is Google, with Over 3/4 of the market for device operating systems.

Comment Useful (Score 5, Insightful) 43

This sounds more practical that the typical announcement about 'breakthrough in carbon shaped like a sheet/tube/ball'. It doesn't require ultra-pure, pristine, 1cm by 1cm by 1 atom, made-from-the-ashes-of-the one-pure-angel type graphene. It's boring 'let's have the undergrads play around with carbon so they feel like their doing real science' quality graphene. That's pretty awesome, and makes this far more likely to go from a lab experiment to a practical invention with patents, profits, and benefits to daily life.

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