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Comment: supply and demand (Score 1) 1018 1018

by castironpigeon (#33082274) Attached to: High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay
Programmers who can write a halfway decent market prediction algorithm are being churned out by universities all over the world in astounding numbers. Investors with the available funds to make use of those algorithms, not so much. I'd say a six figure salary for a programmer is pretty good considering how many out there are unemployed right now.

Comment: can't blame them (Score 3, Insightful) 110 110

by castironpigeon (#32180954) Attached to: Genetic Testing Coming To a Drugstore Near You
If they were going to wait for FDA approval before selling these things they'd have to wait... a year? 5 years? 10 years? And how much money would they have to sink into validation testing? I can't blame them for slapping a disclaimer on the thing and selling it as is.

Comment: Re:Know what this means? (Score 5, Insightful) 225 225

by castironpigeon (#32034804) Attached to: Students Flock To GMU For a Degree In Video Game Design
Between applications from recent grads that can't find jobs, ex-grads currently working at Starbucks, and those folks laid off to increase CEO paychecks, EVERY job market is already flooded. Might as well do something you enjoy for 4 years. You're going to be fucked after that no matter what field you go into.

Comment: Re:I can already see them working at it (Score 1) 515 515

by castironpigeon (#31937708) Attached to: Treasury Goes High-Tech With Redesigned $100 Bills

Really, I don't understand how paper money still exists.

Next time you're at the grocery store waiting in a line that takes longer to get through than the drive home, look at the front of the line and you'll either see somebody writing a check or counting out bills and coins.

Comment: Re:Explaination (Score 1) 351 351

by castironpigeon (#31819900) Attached to: US Rejects Demands For ACTA Transparency

If people found out what the companies were trying to force down our throats, there'd be an uprising.

You couldn't find enough people with an attention span long enough to rise against anything. If they found out about this they'd be upset until the next thing flashed on their TV screens.

Comment: not worth it (Score 1) 244 244

by castironpigeon (#31817236) Attached to: In the past year, I've filed Z bug reports, where Z=
I've beta tested some commercial games and actually took the testing part seriously. Result? Nothing changed. Now I just do it for the free preview. And as for sending in bug reports for open source projects? One of three results: 1. It's fine, go away. 2. Nothing changes, no response. 3. "Didn't you see bug report #463-394Z filed four years ago describes a similar problem in another screen? Wow, you're dumb! You should read over our bug report archive before filing a report."

Comment: Re:Steves coolaid (Score 1) 367 367

by castironpigeon (#31735280) Attached to: Microsoft and Apple Rumble Into Middle Age

If you want to fight their closedness, you first have to make your open systems appealing and easy to use. Get a clue, people.

When people defend FOSS defects with statements like, "if you don't like it, don't use it" or, "if you don't like it, make it better" I wish they'd consider the quoted statement first. Every alienated user that makes his way to Apple is one less user buying the hardware you want to buy. And once it's no longer worthwhile for manufacturers to make that hardware you're shit out of luck unless you plan on porting your favorite open OS to the TI calculator.

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