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Comment: Re:Attempting with existing title was a mistake (Score 1) 89

by bhcompy (#49566407) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

We understand our own game's communities pretty well, but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the right place to start iterating. We think this made us miss the mark pretty badly, even though we believe there's a useful feature somewhere here.

Most important quote. They want to monetize the mods, like they did when they bought DoD, CS, etc. They just made the mistake of trying to monetize the mods of an established game of a different publisher/developer.

Comment: Re:Good for her! (Score 1) 143

by bhcompy (#49514069) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space
The hive mind always needs a leader. My space scifi reading history isn't up to snuff, but at least since Ender's Game 30 years ago, it's been common for hive minds to have a centralized authority figure, either as the host/transmitter of the mind, or something else. A hive mind without a leader ends up like the Force. Interconnected but with no purpose and no direction. We can't say the Borg were without direction. They've had direction since their first appearance.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 325

by bhcompy (#49488755) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan
Teachers wanted good test scores, so they did the only thing that worked with the hand they were dealt, they cheated. Standardized testing as a grading mechanism for teachers doesn't fix anything.

The responsibility of school is not to provide a supplement or replacement for bad parenting. Bad parenting, love it or hate it, is a right we've given as a society to people along with the rest of our freedoms. Making the school responsible for this in the way you are saying is overreach and a violation of civil liberties.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 325

by bhcompy (#49488001) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan
I work with public contracts all the time. Company sales submits an RFP response that meets the RFP goals with very vague language, the public customer does no homework and signs the contract, then the first thing the company project manager does is review the RFP and come up with a fit/gap analysis where they tell the customer that 30% of what company sales agreed to can't be done, then they proceed anyways and the public customer asks for everything out of scope they can think of to make up for the 30% loss on functionality, then they deliver a pilot that barely works and the customer either does what happened here or decide to say fuck it and roll the project out to everyone or even spend a few million more to expand it to people not originally in scope.

Don't panic.