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Comment: explanation (Score 1) 336 336

"Passion for the craft" is why they get paid less and have crappy working conditions. Because they're committed to being a video game developer. There's a certain cool factor that motivates some devs to continue to work in that industry despite sub-standard pay and/or working conditions. In other words, part of the compensation package is "the fact that you get to develop video games". And, apparently, for some folks that's worth a non-insignificant amount of cash.

Comment: various things (Score 1) 583 583

Things I wish I'd known, in no particular order:

1. Source control concepts (branch, merge, tag, revision, conflict, etc.). Ideally some hands-on experience w/ the most popular options. This wasn't even touched on in my undergraduate program.

2. How to accurately scope projects and manage my time.

3. The importance of making sure you're always working on something that will help you land your next job. If that isn't the case then it's time to start looking for your next job right now.

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 1) 220 220

"Cheating" isn't what I meant by "gaming". I meant devoting significant time to improving one's "test-taking skills" and/or specifically studying the SAT. I suspect the incidence of outright cheating on the SAT is actually pretty low. Not "zero", but fairly insignificant relative to the total number of test-takers.

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 5, Insightful) 220 220


SAT scores correlate closely with measured IQ, and, when taken together with high school grades, are a decent predictor of success at university. I do think that article discounts the extent to which the SAT can be "gamed", though. Of course, if you get a high score because you spent hours studying the SAT in order to get a high score then that also measures something. Maybe not intelligence, but "ambition" and "self-discipline". Which, of course, also contribute to success at university (and in the job market).

Comment: equilibrium (Score 1) 1094 1094

An editorial from the LA Times says it's vital for other cities nearby to increase their minimum wage, too, else businesses will gradually migrate to cheaper locations.

Even if the surrounding cities don't raise their minimum wage levels, businesses in those cities will have to start paying their hourly employees more because of increased hourly wages in nearby Los Angeles. Why would I work at McDonald's for $8/hr in a suburb when I could drive an extra 10 minutes and make $15/hr at a McDonald's in L.A.? Answer: I wouldn't. Ergo the McDonald's in the burbs will have to offer a wage that at least approaches the current L.A. wage or it will struggle to hire staff.

Comment: Re: You can't make this shit up. (Score 1) 776 776

Seriously? You're going to claim that RoK explicitly confirming the diametric opposition of the MRM and PUA ideologies is somehow proof that RoK is part of the MRM instead of opposed to it?

First off, RoK doesn't explicitly reject PUA. It rejects MRM, but in rejecting the MRM it seems to define the movement differently than how those in that movement would define it. So RoK is distancing itself from something, perhaps certain segments of the MRM, but not the MRM as a whole.

What about the reverse? Would most guys in the MRM be shocked and horrified if they read a random sampling of articles from RoK?

Comment: Re: You can't make this shit up. (Score 1) 776 776

Is RoK solely a PUA blog? Doesn't seem to be. The wikipedia page on the "Men's Rights Movement" lists RoK as a "site dedicated to men's rights issues". And no I didn't just edit it. So we've got:

1. RoK founded by a guy (RooshV) who is closely tied to the PUA community.
2. Wikipedia calling RoK a "site dedicated to men's rights issues".
3. RoK making no mention of PUA in its rather lengthy "About" section.
4. RoK explicitly disassociating itself from the MRM, but only by redefining the MRM in a way that's not entirely accurate.

To the extent it makes sense to draw a line between the MRM and RoK, though, I'll modify my claim: "There is significant overlap between those who share the stated goals of RoK, which have nothing to do with PUA, and the PUA community."

Comment: Re:Metorite cult (Score 1) 190 190

Doesn't seem to explain the full biblical account. The voices he heard, for one, but also the claim that the "scales fell off his eyes" immediately after he was prayed for by Annanias. Of course you could argue those bits are fictional. The fact remains, though, that Saul was already "religious" prior to his experience on the road to Damascus.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers