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Comment: Re:Recognition (Score 1) 112

by Jesus_666 (#48198175) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand
To be honest, Windows is no longer the big name in gaming platforms, Steam is. And Valve is pushing for game devs to move away from Windows-exclusive games so they can sell their Linux-based Steam Machines. While Linux support isn’t quite common yet it does pop up every now and then and OS X is actually seeing a fair number of high-profile releases.

Right now Windows might hold its dominance in the video game market but whether it’ll still be the obvious choice in a few years is not settled. (For instance, I have no idea what effect Microsoft’s rumored plans for a free baseline Windows with subscription addons would have - depending on how they'd play it it might make Windows more attractive to gamers or it might scare them off. We’ll see.)

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 181

by asliarun (#48187959) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

I was more interested in the wide and volatile range chosen. $100k is considered a big line to cross; to cross it twice is an immense step. It is as if we compared people making $20,000-$60,000 and found that more McDonalds workers are in that range than small business accountants--with McDonalds workers making $22k on average, and accountants making $58k.

Got it. Sorry, I misunderstood the point you were trying to make. And you are correct, of course.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 3, Insightful) 181

by asliarun (#48187261) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

I find more amusing that some software developers are making $104,000, and there are more of them than managers making $200,000, therefor there are more software developers in the $103,000-$203,000 range than there are managers in said range.

Software development, like (i guess) medicine, law, finance, etc., values expertise, skills, experience, and deep analytical ability. More so than many others where analytical ability is less valued. Besides, this leadership skills, client management skills, and project management skills are also valued, but they are equally valued in other industries as well.

That is, IMHO, we see the pattern we see. Highly skilled software developers, like highly skilled financial analysts/traders - transcend traditional salary and "perceived value" bands, and can often make far more money than even very senior counterparts in their company. However, conversely, other counterparts - i.e. software development managers with well rounded analytical and managerial skills are also very well regarded and paid accordingly.

There really is no reason why one has to feel snarky about either of these options. One can feel snobbish about individual skills (and being a non-manager), just as one can feel snooty about being high up in the corporate chain. And both positions are boorish, IMHO. Pride about individual skills is fine, and good, but do remember, there are very highly skilled craftsmen and blue collared workers and armed forces personnel by the thousands who get paid diddly squat compared to what software and financial guys get paid. We just got lucky and are enjoying the ride in the gravy train - and all because of the completely messed up way in which the market works (and assigns relative value to skills).

Comment: Re:Intriguing (Score 1) 376

by Mashiki (#48156327) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Yeah, that Eric Holder so canny he made the previous administration bury a story.

And we all know the poor suffering Mexican drug cartels were unarmed before Obama took office.

Here's the difference: The previous administration tracked the guns, the current administration let them walk. "Letting them walk" means that once they handed them over, they dusted off their hands and said "well that's done." This isn't rocket surgery.

Comment: Re:Intriguing (Score 1) 376

by Mashiki (#48153643) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Short answer: Someone with an agenda decided to do it. The same reason why Holder is now looking at a contempt charge. And why he spent two years stonewalling on the current administrations gun-walking, where weapons were deliberately by choice not tracked and put in the hands of cartel members which led to the deaths of not only children, but americans.

Comment: Re:Not only in Finland. (Score 1) 314

Where was this at? I've bought two cars in cash one in '96 for ~$21k and one 3 years ago for $56k. Every dealership that I know of here in Canada has a cash sale policy on vehicles(which usually includes a sale discount as well). My grandparents only bought vehicles in cash and did so right until he died, they lived in Canada and the US and had no problems with this. When they retired, and went from a house to a mobile home(they were snowbirds), they bought their place in Canada with $35k cash, and $48k cash in the US(florida) without any problems either.

Comment: Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (Score 1) 236

by Mashiki (#48144451) Attached to: Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

There's an array near where I live here in Ontario, the arrays are packed so closely together that cows and other livestock would have a serious problem navigating them to graze. In many cases, high quality farmland is being turned into the "next big scam." Much like "windmills will solve your needs" from the 1920's.

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