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Comment: Job Security and On the Side App Development (Score 1) 152

by DaRat (#36578878) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stepping Sideways Into Programming?

One advantage of being on the product / project management side is that you'll have more job security if you've got good people skills. It's very easy to offshore dev jobs, but much harder to offshore the product or project management roles.

If you really want to code, why not work on an app or open source dev project on the side? Keep your day job, but do something else on the weekends and evenings until you're sure that you want to make the switch and have the skills to carry it through.

Comment: Seen at GenCon (Score 1) 260

by DaRat (#31597384) Attached to: The $8,500 Gaming Table You Want

I saw these at GenCon last year. They are really well made and designed in general though more geared towards RPG play than boardgame or mini play. Pricey, but they are meant to be furniture equal to your nice dining room furniture, not a 2x4 gaming table. The lower surface may require people to reach a bit much though, and I would have liked to have tried one in action.

The slat covers could cause a problem with spilled drinks leaking onto the surface below.

Comment: iPod and iTunes (Score 5, Insightful) 315

by DaRat (#28589431) Attached to: Why Amazon's Kindle Should Use Open Standards
The Kindle does support the Mobipocket format. Docs in that format can be distributed freely and without copy protection. The tools are available for free.

A better analogue is the iPod and the iTunes Store. The iPod became the dominant mp3 player not because it supported proprietary and non proprietary formats. It became successful because it made the process of acquiring and transferring content (ripped and purchased) seamless and easy. The Kindle has something very similar in its ease with which you can purchase books and put them onto your Kindle.

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