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Comment George Lucas did not create Star Wars (Score 5, Interesting) 420

Contentious thing to say, but it's technically true. The only thing he deserves credit for are the initial story ideas. In the end, the original trilogy was the result of a lot of creative input from a lot of people; to his great displeasure. Some of its most iconic moments happened in spite of him rather then because of him. (Actual quote to him from Harrison Ford during filming: "You can type this shit but you can't say it.") He has made it excruciatingly clear that he hates the original trilogy and has always hated it because he didn't have total control over it; and thinks that the only thing that made everyone love it was HIS creative input. All of the praise and fame he earned as a result of it's success, which he literally bet against with Spielberg, led him to think "Wow, if everyone loved movies that only slightly showcased my vision, imagine how much they will love them when I DO have control over every aspect!" At this point he was rich, powerful, and surrounded by yes men who dared not question him. We all know what the results looked like. The only thing he as proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that if Star Wars had turned out how he wanted, it would have been terrible. There would have been no sequels, no merchandising empire, no worldwide generation-defining cultural impact. Just another sub-par sci-fi flick from the 70s. The "creator" of Star Wars was also its biggest liability.

Comment Re:Inefficient (Score 2) 393

Not a bad guess, but wrong. I got most of my certifications in 2012 or later. I got my first sysadmin job in 2013. My current job I started just over a year ago, and fortunately is a new enough company that they leave aside most of the bullshit and grill candidates with brain teasers and actual technical questions. There was once a time when I pursued MS certifications, but decided I didn't enjoy working on Windows systems; and Linux is now a much more valuable skill to have anyway.

Comment Inefficient (Score 3, Informative) 393

I'm sure this varies with different fields, but it seems like many degrees involve spending a lot of money to learn copious amounts of extraneous material with no real world application to the career you are aiming for. I went to a technical college and had a couple of classmates who had previously been working on computer science degrees. They quit because they just plain weren't learning the skills that they needed for the IT careers they were pursuing. On top of that I have met people on several occasions who were flabbergasted to find out that I had obtained my current position with only an associates degree. I didn't have the heart to tell them about my co-workers who have nothing but their high school diplomas. Of course many of us have certifications as well. I dare someone to try and tell me those are a waste of money with this elephant in the room.

Comment Burning the candle at both ends. (Score 5, Insightful) 88

On one hand telecoms are saying "We have to impose data caps because of the strain on our networks!" and then they turn around and make the most popular data heavy applications not count against your cap. Why are they not being called out more frequently and audibly about this blatant self-contradiction?

Comment Nothing earth shattering or new here (Score 4, Insightful) 184

As soon as I saw the headline I was curious which games they had tested with. As soon as I saw Shadow of Mordor I cringed. It is well known that its Linux performance is extremely subpar. The fact of the matter is that Linux ports and drivers have seen nowhere near the time and effort put into performance tuning as their Windows counterparts. Until Vulkan gears up and SteamOS gains more inertia, I don't expect any different.

For the record, though, Shadow of Mordor is the only Linux game I have not been able to play on max settings with my GTX 970; and despite having to crank it down a bit, it still works flawlessly. As a Linux gamer I am more than content with how fast things are progressing. Why rate and comment on the runners' performance when they haven't even finished warming up?

Comment Intertia (Score 1) 889

MS Office(preferably not like the awful OSX version) and Adobe CS are the ones I would most like to see; not so much because I use them extensively myself, but because they are the biggest killer apps and would give a significant boost to Linux. Then there is the plethora of Windows-only enterprise applications that make it impossible to switch to Linux on the business side, even when you are dependent on Linux VMs to do your work. That pendulum swings both ways, after all.

Comment End of an era.... (Score 1, Insightful) 492

We all knew that Microsoft has been wanting to switch Windows to a subscription model for a while now. The only question was how to do it without inciting a mass exodus. It looks like they have found the first step. Windows 10 users are now the product instead of the customer. I guess it should have been obvious where this was going...

Comment Baffling.... (Score 4, Insightful) 140

Lets pretend for a moment that government-mandated backdoors don't violate our 4 amendment rights eight ways till Friday and really will be only accessible to government agencies. (Background sniggering) Stay with me guys. Let's say their birthday wish is granted and all of the big tech companies implement backdoor decryption that only they can access.

Do they really think a single @#$%ing terrorist or criminal with half a brain is actually going to use those services instead of other alternatives? Maybe the next part of their amazingly forward-thinking plan is to convince Richard Stallman to bend a knee and put a backdoor in GnuPG.

Comment India?? (Score 5, Insightful) 77

Well when the hell are you going to sell Linux Thinkpads in the U.S., Lenovo? I had to settle for buying an x131e Chromebook and flashing the firmware.

And what is with this 'Cheaper alternative' nonsense? Last I checked, Linux users don't choose it because they are cheapskates; if anything they are more likely to buy higher end hardware

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that there is probably a higher demand in India, but I still had to rant.

Comment It's that time again..... (Score 2) 296

Looks like someone decided we were overdue for the annual certifications debate. This question will still be popping up ten years from now and they will not be going away any time soon, simply because there is no cut and dry yes or no answer. It all depends on the person, the cert, the situation, and your perspective.

Personally? I still have them and I'm currently studying for others. I'm not even job searching right now; I'm perfectly happy where I'm at. Certifications simply give me a template of what I need to study for the skills I want to learn, and give me goals/benchmarks to aim for. They're like achievements in a game, only more tangible. The vanity of having another cert to post on my Linkedin profile adds more incentive to push myself further. I'm not worried about the material becoming outdated because most of them expire; and if I haven't pushed myself to the next level up by the time they do, it means I'm dragging my ass. I plan on getting CCNP before my CCNA expires, for instance.

The "certs just prove you can pass tests" argument doesn't really apply in my case, because I suck at tests. I suck at academics in general. I barely made it through high school because I am all but incapable of learning things 'theoretically'. So why bother with the certs, you ask? Because I cannot pass an exam unless I actually know the material. Plenty of guys with less than half of my experience could probably finish the exams I am working on in a fraction of the time, but it wouldn't mean as much in their case.

Lastly, certifications do help open doors, especially for those who get stuck in the catch-22 hell that is trying to get experience when everyone expects you to pop out of a cabbage patch with at least 5 years of it under your belt. I'm sure certifications are very easy to disparage from the perspective of someone who is FAR removed from such a scenario with decades of experience and countless connections. I suppose the better discussion would be: How valuable are certifications compared to degrees?

Comment Like putting Marketing in charge... (Score 1) 217

Here's an age old adage for the outdated generation: "If you want something done right, you do it yourself." I don't think I truly understood its meaning until fairly recently. If you really do have a clear vision for something, that automatically makes you the best candidate to bring it about.

All of this talk about the "Idea person" reminds me of when I was working in the electronics department at Sears, and the pompous district manager who had never worked the front line insisted we implement his 'brilliant' idea to crank up the volume on all of the display TVs so that they could be clearly heard from anywhere in the store. Everything that's wrong with that scenario should be obvious, but that was his level of disconnect between his 'idea' and reality.

Unfortunately, far too many people are worshipping at the church of Steve Jobs for the concept of the unskilled idea person to die out any time soon.

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