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Comment: Catholic Health (Score 5, Interesting) 398

by Pontiac (#48547093) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

I left before it happened but my former company outsourced all of IT to Wipro.
This was on a system with 60,000 users.
Everyone but management was replaced with H1B- workers from India.
Outgoing staff was asked to stay and train their replacements with no severance packages.
Very few stayed and turnover documents were not made (hmm I wonder why) so the incoming Wipro workers had to discover and document the systems themselves.
I hear it was a real nightmare with lots of $$ spent on contractors to help figure things out.

Comment: Re:Single Player Creative Mode (Score 2) 174

by Pontiac (#47950599) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

5. Daddy builds a Minecraft server PC and throws it on the LAN. 4 kids play together or alone in a server you control.
6. Daddy bought a relm subscription.. performance was way better then the 7 year old desktop plus they can now access it from grandpas house or on vacation and let their cousin & school friends join in. I still have control as it's a whitelisted server done by invite form me.

The kids now play on some of the public servers but I always play on them first to get a feel for the user base before handing over the url to the kid.

Comment: Re:I look forward to Minecraft with my son (Score 1) 174

by Pontiac (#47946593) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

My son is 8 and has been playing Minecraft for 2 years. I've seen him go from just throwing stuff together to really putting thought into design and ascetics.

We started him out on Minecraft Pocket edition.. He can play with friends on the same lan but internet play is not all there yet so you don't have to worry about online strangers. We bought the PC version for him last year and started playing on the Reddit servers. Overall it's a good community.

Comment: Digital Lego (Score 3, Insightful) 174

by Pontiac (#47946529) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

The best description of Micecraft I've heard is Digital Lego.

In creative you can build anything.. My son and I built the Great Pyramid of Geza to scale on the Reddit creative server.

Play with redstone.. lean the basic electronic circuits with switches and logic gates.

Then switch to survival, join a community.. work with others as a team.. So many things you can do in one little game..

Well not to call it little.. the map can have more land than 9 million earths.

Comment: Great for work. Not so much at home. (Score 0) 379

by Pontiac (#47068317) Attached to: With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

I have a Dell Venue 8 pro.

Great little tablet powered by an Atom processor and Windows 8.1
Call it a baby surface pro if you like that costs $250

Now for work surface is a great tool. very portable with full windows desktop available when needed. You can't ask for better integration and portability when working in a windows dominated office setting.

At home not so much and it's not the tablets fault.. It's the applications. Overall Android and iOS apps just work better. That is jut my opinion anyway.

If MS could get some better entertainment/social apps out there that match the functionality of its competition it could gain some ground.

Sadly since I can't attach my personal computer to the company network I can't use it there so it just sits at home collecting dust.

What would make me use it more? hmm maybe touch screen controls and on screen keyboards that freaking work in minecraft on windows 8.1 .. You hear me Mojang? I want this!

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