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Comment: Involve your staff in technology decisions (Score 2) 261

The absolute worst thing that can happen is when some clueless manager gets a powerpoint sales pitch, then comes in and says "we're doing everything in now!"

Inevitably, the sales pitch is either grossly exaggerated or outright lies, the "solution" costs a fortune, it's not flexible, anytime you have to customize something (and you will if your business does anything worth doing) it costs a fortune and requires an army of consultants, and you're just going to annoy staff into submission with both inferior and more expensive tools.

I've dealt with this. They come in and promise it can do the moon. Then you ask said manager if it can do any specific thing that we're actually doing right now. They stammer and have no idea, but they're sure it must be able to, because the salesman said it could do anything. In a couple of years when they realize it actually can't without five times more effort than what you had before, said manager will of course never admit their mistake.

If you're going to be making those decisions, involve your staff. They know what you actually need, since they spend every day dealing with it.

Also - walls. Walls are good. Open plan offices are productivity destroying monstrosities. The biggest problem developers have is distractions, and open concept offices are designed entirely to create more distractions. If two people need to talk about something, the entire office doesn't want to know about it.

Comment: Re:#McDStories (Score 1) 124

by Tridus (#49366871) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

McDonalds didn't learn from #McDStories either, they did the exact same thing with #CheersToSochi, which led to the exact same result (only being taken over by people asking why McDonalds was supporting Putin's government).

The moral of the story - "social media experts" are often total morons.

Comment: Looks like they took lessons from Microsoft. (Score 1) 755

by Tridus (#49061951) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

Back in those days, you could remove IE (the browser) without breaking things just fine.

You couldn't remove mshtml.dll, aka IE (the rendering engine) without breaking a lot of applications that used it to display HTML, including other Windows components.

So in that case, what both Microsoft and opponents were saying was true, depending on what you mean by "IE".

Comment: How to lose money (Score 3, Informative) 54

by Tridus (#49034225) Attached to: Layoffs Begin At Daybreak Games

The public face of your most prominent franchise is under performing staff?

Yeah, good luck with that. The fans see the writing on the wall and will bail. The top talent sees half the staff suddenly gone, and will bail. Unless the plan is to cancel a bunch of games, they've just obliterated any value in this acquisition.

Comment: Needed to be two movies (Score 1) 351

by Tridus (#48664029) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

The original idea for The Hobbit was to make two movies. Then Hollywood executives got involved and the third movie was invented. With it came the need to invent new stuff to fill all the extra time, and most of it is garbage.

If you trim it back down to two movies, there is enough content to make a good pair of movies. Instead, what we got was Peter Jackson's attempt to make The Lord Of The Rings II, occasionally featuring a hobbit.

Comment: Re:Reviewers hate it? Good. (Score 1) 351

by Tridus (#48664011) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Enjoy what? The never ending CG fight that doesn't seem to go anywhere? Tauriel being a good little damsel straight from Peter Jackson's imagination?

Forget there's a book at all, the movie is just plain bad. It's probably alright for the Transformers crowd, they love endless CG with no particular point.

Comment: Re:"gamergate drowned out" (Score 1, Insightful) 162

by Tridus (#48566411) Attached to: An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

Gamergate wasn't hijacked at all. The thing that Baldwin started with was literally bullshit made up by that developer's ex-boyfriend.

It started off as sexist BS, and it remained sexist BS. Basing an "ethics" campaign on flagrant lies isn't exactly a good place to get started.

Comment: Re:Fix it? (Score 1) 171

by Tridus (#48478987) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Depending on the game, it can be reversed, but it's not easy. Diablo 3 is a recent example. Bad launch with major server problems and gameplay issues. The 2.0 patch and expansion basically undid all of that, got rave reviews, and AFAIK did result in a sales bump. That's Blizzard, though.

Assassins Creed usually sells a lot up front, sells some DLC, then moves on. DLC doesn't provide a "reset" to try and win people back over the same way a major expansion launch does. For AC Unity, the damage is done. Fixing it makes sense to try and limit the damage to the brand and because some of those fixes can probably be used in the next game, not because they hope it'll generate more sales.

Comment: Re:marketing and reputation (Score 4, Interesting) 171

by Tridus (#48478963) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

When you have the hype machine going a year in advance aimed at a certain date, promotion contracts with Gamestop and such for a certain date, and even something simple like shelf space at Walmart for a certain date, changing that date is not without consequences.

Digital distribution tends to make this easier, but this is predominantly a console game and so retail matters.

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