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Comment Heaping Piles of Bullshit (Score 2) 216

So the Chicago school districts which are grossly underfunded piles of crap are going to magically extract the funding for a comp sci program from a laughing pony's asshole? All so they can fall into debt trap anyway because they can't afford college, and a company isn't going to hire a high school graduate whose only coding experience is babies first intro to Python? 100% bullshit.

Comment Re:Another stupid idea (Score 3, Informative) 327

The most famous example is Valve corporation. They released their employee handbook a couple years back detailing what they had done to achieve their organization state. The one that stuck out the most to me was that Gabe Newell stated that bossless had to be bossless which had to include the CEO. Its seems like the CEO didn't quite get that memo as he made sure to keep himself presiding over bonuses and raises in the company as others in the comments have pointed out.

Even this implementation was not immune to criticism as reports have been made by former employees that its very hard to get anything done because there is no one to set hard goals and priorities. If you want to get a project going then you have to convince your coworkers to join in. This apparently lead to an interoffice popularity contest with cliques forming around certain individuals, and the rest of the people being left out to dry because they didn't have the same social clout.

Here is an interview with a former Valve employee at the escapist:


It seems like the general culture is positive, but only due to a lot of conscious effort on the part of the people.

Comment Re:The NCAA will never get involved (Score 1) 110

It's good to know that NCAA is currently uninterested, but the only real reason that one sport or event receives more money at an undergraduate level is popularity, and by extension profitability. Football gets the largest amount of money in the budget because they can make the most money for the school. If video games takes off in popularity at the college level the way it has taken off at the pro level then I think it would be a matter of time before the school started to capitalize on that. As for the diversity issues they might as well not exist. As you said gaming is male dominated, but so is football, and at least in the case of football no one will do anything because there is too much money in it. Assuming (and I realize that my arguments rest on this assumption) that gaming can be as successful at the college scene as in the professional scene, the money will quash any significant action.

In addition its not like it would take much money to start the club. Five moderate gaming rigs and 5 people plus a team manager/club director will probably run the school less than most other small club teams when all is said and done. That's assuming that the club members aren't providing their own machines which is highly likely at the outset.

Comment A good step but watch the NCAA (Score 2) 110

More like the colleges are realizing that there is another bumper crop of highly marketable kids that they can exploit for multi-million dollar TV and streaming deals where they don't have to pay the players anything at all. I am waiting for the NCAA's drool to start accumulating over another pool of exploitable labor.

Otherwise this is pretty good for eSports. This can serve as a recruitment ground for skilled players as skills rarely port well from the general ladder to competitive team play. Also, as League of Legends is legally recognized as a sport in the US this might allow people to apply for visas and scholarships.

And for the people who will inevitably flood this comments section with nonsense about how eSports isn't a real sport please just stop. No one cares if they are real sports by a definition that is arbitrary to begin with, and they certainly don't want to hear your opinion about it in your relentless pursuit of overdefinition.

Comment Re:It's all fun and games... (Score 1) 61

This seems like the best solution for online multiplayer. As a long time player of Dark Souls the limiting of communications to a series of gestures and emotes is probably what created the startlingly elaborate social norms and etiquette around pvp combat. (don't use healing items, if you bow it's 1v1, and the one who interferes in a honor duel gets ganked). For such an inherently frustrating game to have any semblance of etiquette at all is probably an achievement of the communication methods.

Comment Re:Its all in the taxes and incentives. (Score 4, Informative) 211

Speaking as someone who lived in Texas for 5 years. I saw more Teslas there than anywhere else I have traveled. Not being able to sell them in the state has done nothing to stop people from getting them. Every single grocery store has electric chargers out in front, as well as every apartment complex. Just on one street I could have had access to over 15 chargers. Electric cars were very popular in Dallas.

Comment Re:welcome to being "part of the problem" (Score 4, Insightful) 286

Yes actively filtering information to determine what is true and what is not is a valuable skill on the internet and one that I use regularly, but that is only useful when you are trying to evaluate opinions on complex issues.

I will gladly sift through competing opinions to formulate my own opinion, but what I will not do is sift through bald faced lies to determine what is true and what is not just to get to the point of being able to form my own opinion. That is a waste of my time.

Comment Well (Score 5, Interesting) 286

"In a move that has inspired "dread" among the publication's journalists, as well as long time readers, Rupert Murdoch has just bought a controlling interest in all of National Geographic's media properties."

Read this portion and knew that I had read all I needed to. A shame as I have subscribed to the magazine for quite some time.

Comment Re:Option #3 (Score 4, Informative) 508

Came here to say this. Add to that local universities and large companies. Both will probably give you relative discounts if you direct business towards them and in many cases they are going to throw away the old machines anyway. My old university had a lot of money, but also had closets full of old Pentium and core 2 duo machines that they had no idea how to get rid of. Craigslist is also your friend.

Used computers are probably the best way to go if you are looking for a machine for sub $50, and I doubt you will be able to go down to 20 unless you or the kids are willing to go dumpster diving for parts or are really lucky.

The other alternative is to do what I did growing up without a computer with typed document requirements. Get to school before class and stay after to type up the documents at the library computers. Just a simple thumb drive allowed me to save all of my documents. I never even owned my own computer until High School (in the late 2000's). If I didn't have time in school I would draft the documents by hand and just transcribe them in the mornings.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 115

Hence, why the big three play such an important roll in protecting privacy. Yes, the NSA can circumvent just about any safeguard, beyond encrypting the entire hard drive before unplugging the machine and destroying the keys, but that is only the case for one person.

Why are they in such a tizzy about google and apple's default encryption? Because when everyone is encrypted it means no more free lunch. They will have to dedicate resources at the individual level, and that will obscure the normal persons data. In order for them to justify the time an expense of cracking encryption they will need prior evidence that indicates the time and expense will be worth the effort which brings us closer to where we should be in law enforcement. It will mean greater attention to physical evidence.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan