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Comment: Re:paste this to cut the BETA (Score 1) 77

by Xacid (#46195021) Attached to: Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht's Next Court Date Set For November

"Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention." ...we already got their attention. Why is everyone still beating the dead horse after our concerned have been acknowledged. I'm fairly certain the point has been made - and clearly. Now it's the people doing all the "fuckbeta" nonsense continuously that's pushing me away from this site - not beta itself.

Comment: Am I the only one who disagrees? (Score 1) 533

by Xacid (#46124007) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

"Grimm says, 'I love code. I dream of code. I enjoy code. I find writing high quality code deeply satisfying. I feel the same way about helping others write code they can feel proud of."

How is that not passionate?

Anywho, I feel like everyone who is bashing on the desire for passion has just become so jaded in a Dilbert-world that it's just ripped that passion out of them.

Here's my stance though - I'm a huge fan of the passion criteria. It's not the only thing we're looking for but it's a major component. Why? Because we can always train technical skills. Personalities we can't really tweak too much. We need tinkerers, people who like solving problems, who can be geeks like the rest of us. This focus has created a really awesome culture here where innovation is more than some corporate buzzword for more money. We actually just want to make cool shit because we think it's cool. We're all compensated just fine for our efforts. What's awesome is being able to say "what if we..." and being able to find someone who can get as excited to work on this as you are. Now, this is a quality we all look for within our teams so it's not JUST some management demand - and maybe this is what the difference is?

Comment: Marketing (Score 3, Insightful) 559

by Xacid (#46020983) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

Marketing is where they failed horribly with the Wii U. I wasn't even entirely clear on if the Wii U was a brand new system or some new add-on up until recently. The idea of *why* anyone needs this in their home is being entirely ignored it seems. I love the Nintendo brand and I'd hate to see them go the way of Sega. However....that time seems to be quickly approaching.

Comment: "They were bound to fail" (Score 4, Insightful) 375

by Xacid (#44990745) Attached to: Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

Kids bypassing security is a total failure for this program? Come onnnn. If anything it's giving them a reason to want to use them more and learn a little something about technology and security. But I guess they're not satisfied unless they have properly trained obedient creatures, not humans with the ability to think for themselves.

+ - University of Queensland Custodian of Pitch Drop Experiment dies

Submitted by donak
donak (609594) writes "Professor John Mainstone the custodian of the Pitch Drop Experiment at University of Queensland, in Brisbane Australia has passed away at the age of 78 without ever having seen a drop of pitch fall into the beaker under the funnel.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-26/pitch-drop-professor-dies-before-longest-running-experiment-ends/4912104"

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