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Comment: Re:privacy? (Score 1) 275

by bloodhawk (#49502517) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

There are other ways to monetize your product. If the engine is actually good and popular then they can monetize licensing for mobile devices, selling into the corporate space with indexing and appliances for the enterprise, definitely not as profitable as advertising and given greed is number one priority for companies like google, and just about every company for that matter, it isn't likely to happen.

Comment: Re:Very distorted environment (Score 1) 169

by bloodhawk (#49499699) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

If you don't know what your talking about then you probably shouldn't say anything. Canberra has one of the highest homeless rates in the country, only the northern Territory has a higher rate. unemployment here is also still around 5%, while that is slightly better than the rest of the country, it certainly isn't good. Canberra contracts here are pretty well identical to other major cities in Australia (I work regularly between Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, our rates are the same for all three).

Comment: Re:Tax breaks? (Score 1) 169

by bloodhawk (#49491097) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

It's far cheaper to live in the rural areas on Canberra's doorstep, or the large town next door, than in that geographically tiny city.
I've got relatives that live half an hour out of Canberra in a medium sized "hobby" farm with about 20 head of stock and a few horses, and that cost less than they made from selling a modest three bedroom place in outer suburbia. House/land prices and rent drop off very rapidly with distance and the roads are not congested.

What has that got to do with the topic? simple fact is the average salary in Canberra is approximately 85-90k. even public servant devs make more than that unless they are just a graduate or in the lowly APS ranks.

Comment: Re:Tax breaks? (Score 1, Interesting) 169

by bloodhawk (#49489897) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

What a load of shit. I get 210k (been working in Canberra for last 20 years), contractors all around me are on between 120-200k. $70k is below the average salary for a resident of Canberra let alone a professional and devs are most definitely not the lowest paid professions in Canberra.

Comment: Re:Sometimes you can't (Score 1) 131

by bloodhawk (#49476931) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

the studio didn't plan any contingency or mitigation for a cancellation

I've seen that in a different industry - a huge client that demands all the resources you have "just in case" and then fucks you over. About the only thing that can help is money in the bank.
There's a certain type of person that decides they need to "own" you, and they can apply a lot of pressure if they are their only client at the time so they make sure that happens.

That really just means the company is take on a contract that is simply too big for them in the first place. From what I read no one fucked anyone over. MS wanted changes in scope in order for the game to continue being funded, company said sure but budget will be blown by 40-60%, MS said, no thanks and simply walked away. This is normal business contract negitations, if it killed the company then the company was taking on a job that was far to big for it as it left them with no contingency

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.