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Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 69

by HappyDrgn (#49089191) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

Making games is hard, really hard. Selling on an app-store is hard, really, really hard (ask yourself: how many apps have you bought?).

At least a hundred, maybe more.

As someone who's made games... Making games is not hard, making a good game is time consuming, a little frustrating, occasionally hard and sometimes rewarding. Selling a good game on an app store is easy though.

Comment: Avoid Q&A style interviews (Score 3, Informative) 809

by HappyDrgn (#49048657) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I've had a lot more success hiring great people when I stopped interviewing in a Q&A format and instead spend the time learning how the candidate solves problems. I typically spend 5-10 minutes asking some specific questions about technologies on their resume. Then I define a fictitious project and spend the remaining time ( typically an hour ) learning about how they might solve it, dive deep into a few areas, do some white boarding, a little bit of impromptu code examples and discuss the potential long term problems and solutions. You get a better feel for the breadth of someone's knowledge and their ability to think soundly on their feet. It lets you know that they have the knowledge and ability to apply it to a problem.

Comment: Re: Bad comparaison (Score 1) 135

by HappyDrgn (#48928369) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

If you want their content you play by their rules for distribution.

This isent a problem for the software industry to solve, it's a legal one over personal use of paid content. Collectively us consumers can potentially solve it via litigation, voting for increased personal rights for digital content or with our dollars; if you don't like it, don't buy it. The majority of consumers are lazy and / or don't care however, so it'll never change. Outside slashdot you don't actually hear most average joes complaining about region locking or DRM, it dosent affect their ability to play a bluray disc on a bluray player they bought at Walmart so why should they?

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 534

by HappyDrgn (#48925253) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Actually you can, and I do, every year.

You claim head of household and itemize all your annual expenses. It's tedious, requires excellent record keeping, and takes quite a bit more time... so most people don't bother. As an aside... you can just pay someone, a CPA for instance, to do all this for you. The fees they charge are also tax deductible. I also file business taxes which are not much different than personal taxes that are itemized.

Alternatively you can just take the standard deduction, which is what it sounds like you do every year.

Comment: Re: America, land of the free... (Score 2) 720

by HappyDrgn (#48545653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

You've never seen a background check report have you? It lists state and county, date of conviction, the severity of the crime, what crime was committed and penal code section. It's a bit more detailed than just showing a yes/no for convictions, no one has to investigate what happened as it's pretty plainly detailed in the background check.

Comment: Re: *Sigh* (Score 1) 171

by HappyDrgn (#48539323) Attached to: Preferred Type of Game?

Lookup Friday Night Magic locations, they typically play all kinds of various games. When a friend and I got back into fantasy type games, and none of our other friends would play, so that's where we went. Met new friends, had fun, learned new games.

Part of course correcting social discomforts is to actively seek social interaction... Meeting new people with an already established shared interest ( like at a comic book store playing d&d ) is a lot easier to handle than say some stranger at a night club...

Comment: Re:Disturbing (Score 2) 331

by HappyDrgn (#48282091) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

Sure, they should have known better than to voluntarily sign up for something they could not pay back. Thats easy for me to say being someone who's always had an aptitude for these things, but to a certain extent we've all failed to provide most high school graduates with the tools to be normal well adjusted and functional adults. The first time I learned to balance a checkbook was when I got a checking account, the first time I saw a car loan was when I bought my first car, the first time I learned how taxes worked was when I did my taxes for the first time. These are all things that should augment basic freshmen high school math classes as mandatory subjects you learn in public school before getting put into the wild, but they are not. I'm positive that I am not part of some minority that learned this on my own as an adult, and I am equally positive that there's a fair percentage of us who are just not as well equipped to learn this on their own, those are the ones that these types of organizations will pray on. The problem with just brushing these off is that there was predatory intent to financially exploit a subset of the population who are already in need and looking to make something better for themselves.

All that being said, I'm not necessarily in favor of this regulation. IMO it ignores the greater pre adulthood education issue.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.