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Comment: Re:By choice, not by necessity... (Score 1) 142

by CheshireDragon (#46778687) Attached to: I expect to retire ...
Similar, but I haven't saved enough...pfft, I haven't saved any. I make a ton of money by today's standards, but still live check to check. In a few years when I have my cars and IRS debt paid off I will start saving, but that won't be for 2 and 3yrs on the cars and 6yrs for the IRS debt. However, it doesn't bother me. I work between 50-60hrs/wk some time at the office, some time at home. I am sure I am working myself ragged and will die just inside my 40s or 50s, but at least I'll die while working til the day I die...OR until it kills me. I can see it now as they pick my head up off the keyboard.

Comment: Re:All well and good, but... (Score 1) 473

by CheshireDragon (#44944119) Attached to: Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments
I really don't think it matters if it pops up somewhere else. At least it's not popping up on their site causing it to look like a bunch of dim bulbs and spam trash everywhere.

I also think you hold scientists up on a false pedestal. They don't think they are all that and what you may have thought of, they already thought of a decade ago. There is nothing the masses can offer that they haven't already thought of or tried because it 'might just work'. There are probably a few who can add to the table, but they are in school right now working on their PhD for their field of study ready to put their ideas to the test when they start their science career.

Comment: Re:I'm not buying it... (Score 1) 189

by CheshireDragon (#44595681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

I have a friend who, when he gets out of college, has been promised a job at well known electronics company with a salary around $70k.

[citation needed] Sorry, I don't buy the "my friend is being offered $70k/year straight out of college, but wants to work for Blizzard instead" line. I'm gonna call bullshit on this one.

Imma have to agree with you on this too. I have never heard of anyone making that 'right out of college'. Maybe within a few years if you're good at that thing you do, hit a great idea or are one of the rare prodigies.
However, if this is true, I'd say, 'take the 70k job, work a few yrs to get some experience and then move on to follow your dreams.' That's what I did. Not with programming though.

Comment: Re:The Security of Many Eyes (Score 3, Interesting) 35

by CheshireDragon (#44356107) Attached to: True Tales of (Mostly) White Hat Hacking
Yes, I did RTFA. I've done things like this before when I was doing industrial hacking back in the late 90s. I understand the joy they were getting from doing this job and succeeding. What is creepy is how he worded it.

"Three guys sitting in a room, hacking away, watching porn, and getting paid to do it — life was good," Then he added "The only thing missing was the beer."

I just see it different. Could also be the fact that when I worked with a team in those days, it was always remote with the others scattered across the country and it wasn't hacking cable companies, but routers. So, there was no TV.

Comment: Re:Upgrading? (Score 2) 164

by CheshireDragon (#44254447) Attached to: PCWorld Magazine Is No More
I have built 2 brand new systems in the last year. About to build a Haswell when Summer is over. I always add a video card because I can't stand on-board video. I even had to put a wireless card in one of my systems where an ethernet cable was not an option. I think it has slowed down, but there is still a large crowd out there. I even see it gathering people where it never has before. Console gamers are moving to build there own computers for expandability, options, and control over their own system. The n00b builders such as, my son, who wanted a computer. He asked me before 3rd grade and I told him to bring home good grades. He did and I bought parts and showed him how to put it together and he did it all by himself. So, I guess that brings the tally to 3 systems in the last year. :)

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun