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Comment: Re:Pre-ordering (Score 1) 223 223

That's a good plan for most games. Just like binging on entire seasons of TV shows on Netflix where you get to skip commercials and don't have to wait a week to see how a cliffhanger resolves.

The downside is you aren't part of the conversation at the time of release. Like following sports, there is social currency value in playing at release time. For popular multi-player titles, waiting means you might miss out on the peak crowds, and the fun of discovering things on your own before all the walk-throughs, builds, maps, and cheats are posted online. Your friends may have moved on just as you're getting into a game and looking for a group.

Just playing devil's advocate here. For the most part I do as you describe and wait for a 75% off Steam sale on an already discounted price. It's great to pay $5 to play a game that released at $60 the previous year.

Comment: Re:How to handle crazy (Score 1) 556 556

I share the sentiment. I work and am friends with people representing Abrahamic religions in many forms and variations, as well as atheists and agnostics, with varying levels of devoutness. I respect them all and treat them everyone professionally. Since God can neither be proved nor disproved, what's the point in getting upset or upsetting others?

Comment: Re:It is simple (Score 1) 755 755

I contend that anyone who achieves true objectivity on this issue will opt for agnosticism and just leave the debate behind.

I agree. With the tools and evidence available to us we simply can't know either way. People really struggle accepting this uncertainty. But it gets easier as you age.

Comment: Re:Why not train? (Score 1) 308 308

Good post. Wish I had mod points.

Bottom line: If they don't maintain the same standards as regular soldiers they will not be seen as soldiers by the larger force.

Some occupations get no respect (on the hooah scale) regardless of their adherence to military standards. Musicians and cooks come to mind. Yet they are still seen as soldiers because they take the same APFT, fire at the same ranges, and compete for promotion the same way as everyone else.

Credibility is important in the military. If cyber warriors are really needed in uniform then they need to qualify to wear that uniform. Otherwise just make them DoD civilians or NSA techs.

Comment: Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (Score 1) 299 299

You're right, it likely wouldn't have come up. Like I said, I'll take your word for it on your reasons for leaving.

Yes, I knew very resourceful and crafty individuals at DLI, especially in the difficult category 4 languages like Mandarin. Some of the best people I've met in my life. The best of the best were also great soldiers who fulfilled their oaths before moving on to other careers.

Comment: Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (Score 1) 299 299

I've known many service members who separated before completing their contracts. I'll take your word for it that you were sincere. However, as a hiring manager in IT at a large corporation, who values honorable military service, I would have some hard questions for you were you to apply here.

Comment: Re:Generalizations.. (Score 1) 299 299

They're not mutually exclusive. I didn't serve a killing machine. I also don't believe all military personnel make the best IT professionals.

I believe honorable military service demonstrates a work ethic and set of values that is valuable nearly anywhere, as well as technical skills if the service member held an appropriate occupational specialty. Beyond that, college education, critical thinking and creative approaches to problem solving are variables unique to each individual. You can't equate an infantry corporal to a signal officer captain. They both might be leaving the service after their first contract is up and applying for the same IT job, but they are vastly different in experience and education.

Comment: Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (Score 1) 299 299

How did you simply decide to leave the military after they paid for boot camp and a year+ of intense language training? I had a friend who declared himself a conscientious objector after DLI and got out. He was viewed as an oath breaker by his peers and not remembered fondly.

The rest of your post is consistent with my experience. The military is a good start, but linguists need further education after their hitch is up to make money with their language training, either at a government agency or in the private sector.

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