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Comment Just because the volume has increased... (Score 1) 57

Certainly doesn't mean that the quality is there. Most purely crowdfunded games I've played have fallen into the category that Steve Jackson's games filled 2 decades ago - at best, they are fun once or twice, but beyond that, they are defective (and downright unfun.) The only difference is that it's so easy to get high-quality stuff manufactured now, the game doesn't literally fall apart after you play it.

It certainly doesn't help that the established industry has basically turned into a card game business in the last 5 years. The deck-building game concept was fun and novel back when Dominion landed, but it seems to be 90% of the 'new' product now. Even worse, card games lend themselves much more naturally to expansions, and people are repeating the same mistakes that were made decades ago with Netrunner and Magic.

Comment Re:There is a reason... (Score 2) 57

Hasbro owns WotC. So, Hasbro makes Axis and Allies, Lords of Waterdeep, Risk, Acquire, and Vegas Showdown (among others.) If it ever actually happened, Hasbro told the CAH guys they weren't interested for much the same reason that LGS's don't stock the product - while the game is amusing if you are 18+, it's not the kind of thing you want on the shelf when you have pre-teens wandering around.

Comment Re:How do they fare in colder climates? (Score 1) 904

You should come to Denver. We have (arguably) one of the worst environments for electric cars (Snow, many cold days, rapid temp fluctuation, and driving patterns that often include hills if you like the mountains,) and we are something like Tesla's 2nd or 3rd most popular region per capita.

Sure, many people also have a 2nd or 3rd car (typically an SUV) to drive, but I know quite a few people who just own a Tesla, or a Volt, or an i3, or a Leaf, and they are all pretty happy with their choices.

Comment Re:let's be real for a second (Score 1) 429

Not sure why this isn't modded +5 Funny yet - this guy is hilarious. 'Modern College Training' for industry-standard coding practices - he's a laugh riot! Next thing, he's going to tell you why the kiddie who was taught scripting at the local Community College thinks he can re-write your entire, decade old proprietary software built for hardware that you pay 6 figures a year to support in 2 weeks with a couple of cloud-hosted servers!

I (and most experienced software PM's) would rather have a 40-year-old with 15 years experience in 'dead' languages than some FOB 'Graduate' who's spent the last year writing code in an environment that's not going to be fit for production for another 18 mos. Give me someone who accepts that you have to get from point A to point B first, instead of just assuming that you can start from point C, with a clean environment, and no legacy.

Comment Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 629

I got a 3 day suspension ~15 years ago because a group of us 'nerds' figured out admin access to the schools network, not because I used it, but because I gave the access to most of my entire class without them knowing about it to cover my tracks.

I shudder to think what would have happened today...

Comment Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 407

There's a very good reason that many sociologists have a sub-generation (Gen-Y) that refers to the first few years of the 'Milennial' generation. Traditional generational divides for culture, morality, and other social behavior work pretty well for Gen-X/Milennial/Gen-Z, but there is a sub-set of Milennials (those of us born in the early 80's) that are pretty much defined for having pre-computer developmental years, but having been introduced to the internet during maturity. This gave us more 'traditional' communication skills, but then gave us a very large environment (The Web) to develop and grow. Younger Milennials typically had their development influenced by 'The Internet,' and they have certainly had more direct access to technology as juveniles (I was born in '84, and I didn't get my own cellphone until ~98 when I was 14. I know people who were born in '96 who got them at the same time. Hell, I know people with kids born right at the end - 00-01 - who had iPhones before they got to Middle School.)

The result is that you have a small, niche-generation of people who were able to get very involved in 'Tech' because of their familiarity through a learning process that required reasonable effort, and much of the rest of the generation has just always had the presence of 'Tech' around them with very little effort. The former will likely be advantaged when it comes to careers involving more fundamental implementations of technology (think SysAdmin and Coder), the latter will likely find more success where tech is used as an enabler, or where they are able to leverage more sophisticated higher-level platforms (think Modern-Day Web Designer and most App development.)

Comment No more ports! (Score 4, Insightful) 450

Imagine, a technology that would allow you to connect peripherals wirelessly. You know, like Bluetooth, which has been around since 1994. Look at how it dominates the peripheral industry! /sarcasm

Look, my inherent dislike of AAPL (and the people who love it) died some time ago. The problem I have with them now is not the fault of the Company - it's the idiots who keep buying this stuff. Seriously, gold colored iPhones, solid gold tchotckes that are designed to be obsolete within 2 years - madness.

Comment The problem is the form of the meeting (Score 1) 95

You will never fix this problem with a technical solution. Either completely virtualize the meeting using formal telepresence, or acknowledge that people won't be able to attend and have a meeting without them.

If you absolutely must do it the way you are doing, just buy a used Polycom and be done with it.

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