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Comment: Re:The PC (Score 1) 245

by captjc (#46742565) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

The average PC has far better graphics capabilities and the keyboard combined with a good mouse are far superior than any console controller.

A Keyboard and Mouse isn't superior to a Console Controller. They are merely different. Sure, I would never want to play and RTS or a FPS on a controller. However, I would hate to play a 2D Platformer or 3rd person game like Arkham Asylum with a keyboard. Just as the best way to play Wing Commander and the like is a joystick. Different tools for different jobs.

What makes a PC great is the support for any type of controller you have and a huge back catalog of games going back 20 years (or more with DOSBox or other emulators).

Comment: Afinia / UP Printer (Score 2) 251

by captjc (#46572499) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

This is my favorite printer. It has a pretty decent resolution, the software is easy to use, it is practically print-ready from the box and has a decent print area of 5"*5"*5". Once calibrated, I have had very little trouble with it and the parts I print are fairly nice (for ABS plastic). I have made custom models and toys, keychains for cousins business, device mounting fixtures for work, household objects, and stuff for my Mom's crafts. For the ~$1500 price tag, I have nothing but praise.

However this is a hobby printer. Do not go into this thinking you can start a business of making and selling parts. It only prints in one color. Except for the smallest parts, builds take hours. For large objects, layers can warp and crack. Parts can be a pain to remove the support material from. This advice applies to pretty much any hobbyist printer on the market. They are pretty much more trouble than it's worth.

If you want to do printing as a hobby or have a hobby / job where designing and / or making custom plastic parts is important, by all means buy one. They are a great deal of fun and making your own custom parts can be a huge time and money saver. However, If you think you are going to spin this off into some sort of business, don't bother, we are not there yet.

Comment: Re:Jackasses (Score 3, Insightful) 323

by captjc (#46548173) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker

Bull, there used to be a thing called company loyalty. There was a time when many companies had the loyalty of their employees because they treated them with respect. You knew these companies because a good portion of the employees were there for decades. These were the companies where a person would get hired fresh from school, trained, and work their way up the ladder and eventually retire with a nice fat pension.

Everything started to change around the 80's, now everything is about buzzwords and short-term profit. You start treating employees as replaceable at a seconds notice and people will stop seeing their company as nothing but an income and a line on a resume. There was a time that if you had a long list of jobs on your resume people wondered why you couldn't hold a job. Now, it is seen as a sign of success.

Operating Systems

Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2 223

Posted by Soulskill
from the still-kicking dept.
TopSpin writes "Alcatel-Lucent has authorized The University of California, Berkeley to 'release all Plan 9 software previously governed by the Lucent Public License, Version 1.02 under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.' Plan 9 was developed primarily for research purposes as the successor to Unix by the Computing Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs between the mid-1980s and 2002. Plan 9 has subsequently emerged as Inferno, a commercially supported derivative, and ports to various platforms, including a recent port to the Raspberry Pi. In Plan 9, all system interfaces, including those required for networking and the user interface, are represented through the file system rather than specialized interfaces. The system provides a generic protocol, 9P, to perform all communication with the system, among processes and with network resources. Applications compose resources using union file systems to form isolated namespaces."

Comment: Re:Another type that is interesting... (Score 1) 717

by captjc (#46257593) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

This isn't about emergencies. Shit happens and hard deadlines have to be met. Most people will not argue that there are times when overtime is necessary.

The problem is when this mentality becomes standard operating procedure. Bosses start treating salaried workers as a way to exploit overtime laws. There are plenty of examples of companies that consider 60 hours to be the new 40.

Comment: Re:My Boss (Score 1) 717

by captjc (#46257463) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Where I work, the corporate policy for salaried workers is 45 hours. We recently got some new hires and they told us that they got a pep-talk from the boss when they were hired that they are "expected a minimum of 60 hours and that 80 is normal". Of course, this is the same boss who drones on and on about how much he loves the Chinese work ethic. That they will work from 5 in the morning until 11 at night, they eat while working and take all their business calls after hours to ensure productivity. All this for a fraction of the pay of an American worker.

Needless to say the office has become hell since this guy took a more direct role in our affairs. Lots of good people were fired, even more have left for greener pasture$. Apparently engineers with family lives are make for worthless engineers.

Comment: Re:Mean While, In the US... (Score 1) 664

by captjc (#46151123) Attached to: Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Wow, I'm an engineering contractor and I specifically want wages. Around here salary means, "If you don't put in at least 60 hours a week and are on call 24/7, you should consider yourself fired!" 9-5 doesn't exist, more like 8-8 and weekends. If you have a conference call with China, forget about sleep that night!

Salary has become a way for companies to abuse unpaid overtime.

Comment: Re:Mean While, In the US... (Score 2) 664

by captjc (#46141757) Attached to: Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

It will be hailed as the greatest invention since the Blackberry. All those useless drones who aren't working every second of their 40 hours and take more than their "fair" share of the free coffee will finally pay! I can even be used to make sure people get truly "fair" pay, "You were here for 50 hours this week but you only really 'worked' for 39 of overtime for you!"

I can see this not only becoming standard in most workplaces and probably even made mandatory in a few states (with appropriate exceptions for executive level management).

Comment: Re:"Desktops" are crap period (Score 2) 503

by captjc (#46131503) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

I love WindowMaker but I just wish it would get with the times. It seriously need to add some (optional) eye candy. Would it be too hard to either add a compositor or at the very least add support for one of the many XWindow compositors out there (e.g. xcompmgr and compton). Real transparency, that is really all I want.

Seriously, I love WindowMaker but 1997 was 17 years ago. It would be nice if it didn't look like it was still stuck in 1997.

Comment: Re:Erm, the 3DS (Score 2) 559

by captjc (#46023463) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

The Gamecube failed because it was big, ugly and underpowered compared to its competitors and never really had any games other than the first party titles.

Um, the Gamecube was the smallest console on the market, cheaper, and was more powerful then the PS2. It also had a great controller (A matter of opinion, I guess) It's problem was the lack of a DVD drive (both for space and DVD playing was a killer feature for the time).

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