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Comment: Speaking for a friend of mine in the industry (Score 1) 189

by TheLongshot (#44597943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

First off, if he has a job offer in hand from the first company, then he should take it no matter what his ultimate desire. Once you have a job, it is easier to start looking for the perfect job.

I have a friend of mine who desire has been to work in the game industry. First he worked at a board game company and now he works for a high profile video game company. From what I know about what he's doing, he's not making as much money as he'd like and he's not doing ideally what he'd like to be doing. Also the commute is long and the hours are long. At the same time, he really enjoys what he does, which is ultimately what is important.

I think, tho, the key to him is that a lot of what he does is built on what has come before in his previous work experience. I have a feeling those who come straight out of school wouldn't have as good of a time with someone who has gotten some experience in the field in general. It is good to get a feel of how projects are run in the real world and figure out for yourself what works and what doesn't. That kind of experience will help you anywhere. Build up some experience heading in that direction, then peruse your dream.

Comment: Re:Remember when... (Score 1) 330

I subscribe to their newsletter, and they regularly send out 15% coupons, so they do do discounts.

As for buying a book cheaper online: what if you need the book now? What if you want to browse the content to see if the book has the information you need, rather than depending on an online description? I find technical books hard to judge based solely on reviews. I generally want to get my hands on them.

Comment: Re:Problem? (Score 5, Interesting) 737

by TheLongshot (#44016557) Attached to: Sexism Still a Problem At E3
Scantily clad women itself isn't a problem. It is when it is seen as a predominant role for women at these functions that it is a problem. We are talking some gender equity. Not just with "booth hunks", but in other roles as well. Have some acknowledgement that your audience is larger than the male 20-something demographic.

Comment: Re:Developer? (Score 2) 220

by TheLongshot (#43644301) Attached to: A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major
Because there is a certain personality type that is wired for testing. They are the guys who can put themselves in the seat of the user and think of the nastiest ways to tear apart your program from the user's point of view. Some of the best testers I've run across have come up with the most outrageous ways of breaking my program, I wonder how the hell they thought about what they were doing.

Comment: Re:The revolving door continues to spin (Score 1) 304

You know that Public Knowledge are the good guys, right? They are the guys fighting for consumer rights. How do they know about this? They work in Washington. Such news gets around quickly, particularly when news organizations are going to ask around for quotes.

I have a friend of mine who works for them. If they say that they can work with this guy to fight for our rights, I tend to believe them.

Comment: Re:Should have dumped meego sooner and gone androi (Score 2) 317

by TheLongshot (#41744135) Attached to: Can Nokia Save Itself?

Sorry, but every single phone OS currently out there don't serve my vision for what I want from a portable OS. All them seem to be weak OS just built to serve the AppStore mentality, locked down so to do anything like backing up your phone is a PITA.

Maemo was the first phone OS that I actually felt was a full-fledged computer OS, that had the flexibility to do what I wanted to do. It fed the dream of having a mobile computer in your pocket. Android feels like an appliance in comparison.

I'm not saying that Maemo/Meego would have solved Nokia's problems, but abandoning all home-grown solutions basically put them in the large pool of manufacturers making generic phones, with little to differentiate them. While going with Windows Phone does do that, it does it for the wrong reasons basically telling everyone that you are an also-ran. Personally, I think there is a place in the market for a Meego-like phone. Those of us who want a computer in our phone and don't want to buy into the appstore mentality.

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 409

by TheLongshot (#41650463) Attached to: The Three Pillars of Nokia Strategy Have All Failed
Considering what happened, yeah, he was foolish to basically abandon Symbian. It should have been a more gradual rolloff. He basically bet everything on Windows Mobile, which everyone knew was a sucker bet based on the history of Windows Mobile. What happened from Microsoft shouldn't have been a shock, because they have done it before.

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