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Comment Re:Who wants what now? (Score 1) 119 119

It would appear to me that Microsoft is the only one that wants Universal apps and it's because they can't get enough app development on their mobile platform. With iOS and Android dominating the mobile space, what developer really wants to invest in building an app for 3% of the market, which probably will never provide any return on that investment. The Apple Mac had this issue with Windows dominating the PC space making Mac app software lacking in comparison. But the Mac was the only other competition to Windows and had certain niche areas that kept it alive. WinPhone has 2 massive competitors that will always be considered for app development before WinPhone. And WinPhone doesn't have any sort of unique niche to keep it going. So universal apps is Microsoft's way of trying to keep some sort of competitive application parity with iOS and Android. And making the Surface "tablet" just a Windows laptop with a touchscreen and a bad keyboard is how they give it application numbers since, as the RT showed, a dedicated tablet OS didn't work out.

Comment Could have been me in the 70s (Score 1) 431 431

In the 70s, I had an entire chemistry lab in the shed behind our house because I liked science and was curious and wanted to experiment. I had things like calcium carbide rocks (makes Acetylene gas), nitric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid (really all the components to make nitroglycerin and diatomaceous earth to turn that into dynamite), and lots of other chemicals and equipment. I was smart enough not make anything dangerous. Then I got turned on to electronics and started disassembling TV sets (mostly tubes in those days) for parts and to learn. If there would have been any abandoned factories or warehouses near me, I probably would have gone rummaging for junk parts. I could have easily been this guy; just following my curiosity with no ill intentions but my lab sure would look like I was some sort of terrorist. Now days with all the fear and the bombings, you can't explore your interest in science as easily as you once could.

Comment Re:For me it's the reverse (Score 1) 172 172

And there is always Macs - although running a Unix-like OS on a machine that is also Unix-like might be something for the department of redundancy department.

Correction. OS X is certified as UNIX, it's not UNIX-like. http://unix.stackexchange.com/...

Comment Re:new games play differently (Score 1) 102 102

These games would make me say "Shut up and take my money", but only if they made a version for OSX and/or the iPad:

  • Master of Magic
  • Master of Orion 2:Battle at Antares
  • Myth:The Fallen Lords and/or Myth 2:Soulbligher
  • Avalon Hill tactical combat games such as Under Fire!, Squad Leader, etc.
  • SSI Gold Box RPG games

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For MOO, Endless Space is close (I don't mind the 3D), but is missing the tactical combat and instead has a "pretty to watch" combat system that I end up skipping most of the time.

If anyone can point me to current OSX games that are close to these and are good, I would appreciate it.

Submission + - Notorious "Patent Troll" to be the Commencement Speaker at UCLA

onproton writes: This week Nathan Myhrvold, widely criticized for his industry role as a “patent troll,” was announced as the commencement speaker at UCLA’s graduation ceremony. The UCLA student newspaper quickly responded with a piece protesting the selection, describing Myhrvold’s company, Intellectual Ventures, as “the most hated company in tech.” Intellectual Ventures has purchased more than 70,000 patents, many of which are either sold to other identified patent trolls, or used by its shell corporations in litigation to extort companies actually involved in product development. These kinds of predatory organizations have resulted in a major decline in venture capital investment in startups, and as the “Daily Bruin” points out, make a mockery out of the legal processes involving intellectual property.

Comment Re:I have an H1-B employee (Score 5, Interesting) 176 176

Not sure about getting abused, but it certainly drives down the earning potential in the field. I have full time position, but was applying for a new opportunity. The position was listed with high requirements and experience. I fit the job description almost perfectly. When it came to discussing salary, they were offering $40k less than I currently make and without the high level of benefits I currently have. After I expressed disappointment in the salary for what was advertised as a highly experienced position, the recruiter said that their client was hoping to get an H1B visa person and the rate they quoted me was the going rate.

Comment Re:Just cheating themselves (Score 2) 438 438

And they will cheat to get the jobs. How you say? I poured over many resumes and weed out what I can see a obvious bullshit and such. Then I get them on a phone interview and ask basic questions and get really bad answers. But the outsourcing/contracting firm likes to have someone on the call, which I thought was strange but whatever. What we discovered is that the contracting firm was collecting all of our questions, getting valid answers, and then grooming the next candidate to have all the answers to our questions on the phone screen. As soon as we go "off script" from our normal questions, the phone candidate is lost.

Comment Re:It is to laugh. (Score 2) 98 98

Where I work, all of the Indian contractors have this ingrained need to dump everything into an Excel sheet and then send that out as an email attachment. You need to send a screen shot? Put it into an Excel file and send it. You need to write up some instructions (and include a few screen shots)? Put it in an Excel file and send it. The list goes on and on. I don't know if it is a culture thing or an outsourced training thing or what, but it is common practice and everyone does it. It is annoying as hell.
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Submission + - Nokia N9 To Ship With MeeGo->

cfriedt writes: "After seemingly abandoning MeeGo, Nokia has now officially announced that Meego (Maemo Harmattan to developers) to will be powering the new Nokia N9. And it is not shy on design features according to the tech specs.

Could this be the final Linux-based offering from the Finnish giant as they transition to Windows Phone 7 products? Will the N9 retain the hacker-friendly policy of its Maemo predecessors?"

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