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Comment: Re:Cost of Programmers Cost of Engines (Score 1) 116

by exomondo (#49608493) Attached to: Should Developers Still Pay For Game Engines?

Furthermore, engines come at a huge efficiency cost. Instead of knowing your own products, you've got to master someone elses.

Seriously that is the same stupid argument industry newbies and old fogies make for not using the C++ STL, the boost libraries, etc... and is the primary driver of NIH syndrome. Can you actually provide some statistics or real examples of cases where it is more cost-efficient to write your own comparable engine rather than licensing an existing one? I'm sure there are some for niche cases that mainstream engines don't serve (say you want to do primarily sparse voxel octree rendering) but for the most part you can extend an existing engine if there are bits and pieces you need that it doesn't provide.

Comment: Re:A story for those who (Score 5, Informative) 107

by choprboy (#49608247) Attached to: 4.0 Earthquake Near Concord, California

A story for those who don't understand orders of magnitude?

As a former Californian, the magnitude scale goes something like this:
3.5 - Huh, what? When did that happen?
4.0 - Ehh, something moved slightly...
4.5 - Oh, I actually felt that one there.
5.0 - Heh, that actually qualifies as an earthquake.
5.5 - Oh boy, we are starting to shake pretty good. Stay away from the glass, this one might be a little rough.
6.0 - Find a doorway quick and hang on! This one will be rough.
6.5 - Oh crap, duck and cover! 20sec of destruction, 2 weeks of "The Big One is coming! Are you prepared? Will you die?!" news stories.
7.0 - Oh $h17!!! This one is going to hurt.
8.0 - Wait, what? You mean the Big One is real?

Scale +/-0.5 depending on where you are located in California (i.e. Bay area vs. Inland empire). A 4.0 ranks as barely noticable ...

Comment: Re:Personally, I'd bet on Detroit (no joke) (Score 1) 101

Detroit is HOT! So is North Dakota, and Austin Texas is trying to do some startups too. Boulder Colorado is another one.

There are very cheap rents, friendly local tax incentives, and with a low cost of living and a revitilized downtown it is a win for the employees and the employer. You can get a trendy bachelor apartment for half the price of a studio in SV and factories too are turning into office spaces that look funky too with bricks on the outside.

The rules of supply and demand will have to come down soon as only the top 4 or 5 .com's can afford to stay with money to burn. Not everyone is a facebook or Apple with hundreds of billions in cash lying around.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 2) 101

This is precisely why I won't leave California. I will never sign a non-compete contract. Noncompetes are what made silicon valley exceptional. People moving from company to company is what makes companies great, and it distributes the top talent across all companies so they get what they need done at their most
critical stages of development.

Some states are coming around to this way of thinking. Massachuttes, Oregon, and Illinois are considering severely restricting the use of non-competes.

There are 3 areas of reform in United States labor law which need to happen to fully engage employees and to ensure an level playing field:

1. Ban Non-compete contracts at the federal level. Use non-disclosure contracts instead.
2. Ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses.
3. Reform employment-at-will. Move to "just cause" like the rest of the developed world.

While I sound like a jerk here let's turn the tables? You use that silly web 3.0 startup generator on here last week and want to start that insect management cloud software startup? You invest 1 million to some employees to do R&D, research, and develop ex[pertise with the algorithms.

One of them leaves to compete with you and takes half your employees with him. He doesn't have to pay back that expensive line of credit from the bank that you took to develop the product. He undercuts you and goes directly to your customers! How would you feel?

The Non-Disclosure sounds evil, but it is not intended to mess with employees at all. They can leave if they are unhappy and work elsewhere. The point is to protect your IP and investment.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 1) 101

Well Silicon valley was so much cheaper than New Jersey in the 1960s so economics did the reverse.

All the good engineers lived in the northeast. 1960s titans in high tech are GE, Bell Labs, IBM, and some startups in Massachusetts. It was hard to find an engineer in Northern California before Mayfield changed this.

Now you are correct it is time for another correction but for some dumb reason people think the hills and the dirt are somehow magical and that some SV's demand relocation which is odd.

Detroit is a hot spot too. Cheap and a government who are desperate to give you tax breaks too and very affordable office and living space for yourself and employees.

Comment: Why would anyone start there? (Score 3, Insightful) 101

Ultra expensive, employees can leave for another startup, employees demand 2x their national average wage, employees demand partial ownership, highest taxes in nation, lawsuit friendly, non compete clauses not enforceable.

I can do a startup in Texas without these problems for half the cost and low taxes. I can find qualified workers too and not just self-righteous college graduates with no experience demanding 100k a year too! Before I am labeled anti employee assholes I would like to say a 70k job in Austin gets you a nice home. I pay less in taxes on you too and we both win. Try that with 120k in San Francisco?

What made silicon valley was what Texas or North Dakota is today. Cheap land, cheap employees, friendly government, no one leaving for another startup.

In the 1960s Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey was where it was out. Now the reverse is true.

Economics should be encouraging companies to leave. This whole synergy argument is bullshit

Comment: Re: Serves them right! (Score 1) 45


You don't actually think they read the resumes do you? That is waaay too much to ask HR. According to that slick salesman from Taleo HR is liberated and can focus on more important things like uh firing people and getting coffee.

You see you need the file in an ancient .doc format which will use an algorithm to check employment dates and delete. After that it looks for grammatical errors which is flawed and will delete perfectly good candidates due to Taleos own bugs! Last use a score like excite and Google uses.

The top 4 scores get interviews.

If the software doesn't work then cry about raising H1Be crises!!

  It must be that as Taleo is perfect I tell you?!

Oh it won't with a txt file. The software without formatting will parse wrong section.

I rallied around many unemployed and refused to apply with anyone who uses Taleo. It is insulting to spend hours applying just so the software can reject me. A 15 minute process always gets stretched to over an hour. However, everyone uses it now so my resume is SEO to get the highest score so I can get the job over more qualified applicants

Comment: Re:scripting in a document is bad (Score 4, Funny) 45

by gstoddart (#49603165) Attached to: CareerBuilder Cyberattack Delivers Malware Straight To Employers

Honestly, though, giving web designers access to scripting on the client side has produced a LOT of shit code and security holes.

So, if you're in the business of letting all the guys know, can you tell them to stop being so incompetent at security?

Because the average web developer seems to be pretty stupid and useless when it comes to writing code which doesn't want to become a gaping security hole.


Comment: Re:39/100 is the new passing grade. (Score 1) 172

It's not just about trying to prove someone wrong. But few people want to spend their energy on proving someone else to be correct, although that is arguably the best kind of science we can do.

And suppose you do try to prove them wrong, and fail to do so. What's in it for you? Too few papers are submitted or published where the author's hypothesis is shown to be flawed.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.