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Comment: Re:NES vs. DOS (Score 1) 52 52

You're probably right if you're considering the 80's. PC hardware was pretty awful... but in the 90's things really changed. Sure, your SMB, Zelda, Contra, etc type games were better on the SNES... but what about Sim City (and 2000), Civilization, Command and Conquer, Warcraft 1&2, Star Control 2, Ultima 6-8, Wing Commander, X-wing and Tie Fighter? All of these were amazing DOS games, and either didn't have console versions, or if there were, they weren't quite the same (the SimCity,Civilization and Wing Commander for SNES come to mind) Anyway, my point is there were many more games for DOS than just DOOM and Descent in the 90's. Maybe you didn't experience them, but there was a lot of good stuff.

I actually felt the opposite from you those days. I felt a lot of the SNES games were pretty much just rehashes of old stuff, maybe with a slightly better gameplay, but there really wasn't much original going on there, and I was generally bored pretty quick. Then again, I was a teenager, so take this with a grain of salt :)

Comment: Re:Couldn't summarize it in 140 characters? (Score 1) 31 31

I seem to remember in the late 90's or very early 2000's you could use SMS for free (I forget the carrier I used... one of those that eventually became part of Verizon). Nobody seemed to care about it...then the teenagers found it and suddenly it was $0.20 a message.

Comment: Re:Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 1) 272 272

I thought you send a team of oil rig workers (the only people on earth who know how to use a drill) instead of astronauts up to the object, drill inside, sacrifice themselves to detonate the thing "manually", split the object in two so that each piece falls into the ocean, and then outrun the resulting tsunami by running up a hill.

Man... just when you start trusting Hollywood.

Comment: Re:Easy (Score 2, Insightful) 137 137

I was going to say spend a million or two on a "enterprise solution tailored to fit your needs" that never actually works like you wanted, but middle management loves because the salesman took them out for drinks, then spend another half-million on training so that everybody gets up to speed. Then after wasting time for 6 months, use some wacky combination of access and excel that lives on some shared drive *somewhere*, Finally give up and scrap the whole idea when a new operations director comes in and has a NEW enterprise solution lined up from his good buddy at yet another company.

Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 4, Insightful) 174 174

I used to be a programmer with no degree. I'd like to think I was pretty darn good at it... I knew several languages (C, C++, Python, Perl, Java, and several more) that I had taught myself. I did this for about 9 years, before I finally got a degree in CS, and then got a Master's in CS shortly afterward.

One thing this did for me is open up my mind quite a bit. I'm still a good programmer, but I now know programming isn't it. There's a lot more that goes on when it comes to developing good software, and though I could code up some pretty good stuff really quickly, now my code is better, more thought out, and most importantly, I am much more likely to ask the question "Is this really the problem we're trying to solve?" leading to actually useful code instead of neat stuff it turned out really wasn't what was needed.

In addition, I'm better at interacting with people. I used to have the attitude "This makes no sense to me, therefore it's stupid" and now I realize that maybe I don't have all of the information, there's something I don't know (this is key!) which would help me understand and realize my position isn't exactly right, and so I don't just get mad and storm off anymore when things don't make sense.

Getting a degree made me a more well rounded person... I found a love for history, music and literature that I didn't quite have before. I can have conversations that don't just involve the latest tech and video games. (though I still love talking about that stuff)

I guess my point is... a degree doesn't make a great programmer, but a degree can help make a better person (which is the whole point really... it's not to "learn a trade", it's to expand your horizons and explore the world and become a critical thinker) and so given the situation, I would likely lean toward hiring a great programmer with a degree over a great programmer without one.

Comment: SC2 (Score 1) 121 121

Someone already rebooted Star Control II. It was called Mass Effect. :)

I'm kidding, but seriously, go play Mass Effect 1 and compare it to SC2. There are a LOT of similarities there.

For starters, check this out:


Heck, the thorian's mind controlled minions are even referred to as "thralls"

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.