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Comment Re:Marketing stunt? (Score 4, Interesting) 99

Maybe they're trying some weird new reverse psychology. "Leak" it to the internet, get a load of press coverage, then a week or so later release it in a "pay what you want" model after telling the press they're no longer developing it because of those dirty pirates. Internet feels sorry for them, it ends up being a roaring profit filled success that they can then use to ram DLC up our rears for the next 12 months.

Not only that if they're not found out then they can use the entire affair to continue to justify massive DRM on all their main titles.

Comment Re:Isn't that the point of crowdfunding? (Score 1) 156

Again, surely that's the point of crowdfunding? The platform itself shouldn't be doing any vetting or filtering, the platform should just be facilitating the crowd and projects coming together. It is the crowd that decides whether a project is crap or not.

If 10,000 people want to give money to fund somebody's life then why should kickstarter prevent that? Likewise if a few thousand people want to pledge money to a joke project where the end result would be the project owner purchasing a load of chicken wire then why not? As long as all parties follow through on their promises then no harm has been done, all participants are happy.

What the platform should be doing is providing better search capabilities, making it easier for people to find the sort of projects they're interested in, making it easier for people to be able to filter out their own definition of "crap". Kickstarter are the platform, not the crowd.

Comment Isn't that the point of crowdfunding? (Score 5, Insightful) 156

Not every project can be successfully funded.

If "the crowd" don't like your project then it's not going to be successfully funded. The site isn't an automatic "setup project receive money". The harsh reality is that most ideas don't receive funding, this is true whether the source of funds is a crowd of people or one very rich person.

a) your idea isn't very good
b) your idea isn't very well presented
c) nobody sees your idea

Blaming any of the above on the platform you use to get funded is silly.

Comment Re:Read a book a day? (Score 1) 716

My country (Canada) is badly enough run now by people who think they know everything they need to, but don't.

I bet all of those people have a degree right? That's the problem with college/university, it produces people that come out of it thinking they know everything they need to but don't.

Experience and learning on the job beats a paid for piece of paper. How do you get the experience people ask; you've just gotta work at it, start young, enjoy what you're doing, and start at the absolute bottom rung of the ladder. i.e. A developer might not be able to land a junior developer role straight away without a degree, but you sure can do any old monkey work... telephone support, QA etc. Then just get some industry certifications in your spare time (book + exam for Oracle Java cert is what $150?), keep hinting to people about your development skills, speak to people you know etc. etc. and you'll easily be where you want to be (and with years of valuable real world experience) before your friends even get out of college.

Comment Re:HR (Score 1) 716

Those kids who "made it" were very bright to begin with

And that's exactly how it should work. Why should someone who is not bright be more successful than somebody that is? A piece of paper from a college doesn't make someone bright.

Comment Re:This is like skipping vaccines (Score 1) 716

I disagree, most of the people I know coming out of computer science degrees in the UK have little to no knowledge useful in the real world. Whereas those that taught themselves and are genuinely interested in computing are far more valuable in my experience. Sure they may not know the cookie cutter coding standards of all the college graduates, but all that can be picked up in a matter of weeks(/days).

I guess maybe computing is a little different from other subjects, you can't really do chemistry at home.

Comment Does the subject matter? (Score 2) 234

In IT in the UK degrees are pretty much worthless bits of paper. Companies that want degrees only care that you have a degree, they don't care what the subject is, and frankly if you've had that much working experience in your field then the content of a degree isn't likely to teach you anything you don't already know.

Therefore do something for yourself, a subject you want to learn about that may not even be related at all to your working life, archaeology, history, politics, philosophy, physics, music, literature... the list is endless, have fun, life isn't all about work.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead