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Comment: Re:Digital Driver (Score 1) 151

by coldtone (#32976858) Attached to: Driverless Cars Begin 8,000-Mile Trek

If or when we get a Digital Driver it will change commutes forever, and for the worse. I can see people in camper like vans so they can sleep on the 10 hour commute, or not even go home during the week, just let the car drive all night and drop you off at work in the morning. The concept of home will be totally gone.

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Need a Friend? Rent One Online 134

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-get-what-you-pay-for dept.
crimeandpunishment writes "Housewives, college students, and others are working for a website that charges users an hourly rate for their companionship. No, it's not an escort service — at least it's not one 'with benefits.' It's a site called rentafriend.com, that's trying to carve out a niche in the 'everything's available online' business world. The seven-month-old site, patterned after hugely successful sites in Asia, has nearly 2,000 members who pay either a monthly or yearly fee to check out the pictures and profiles of more than 160,000 potential pals." I thought Craigslist had already cornered the market on renting a friend for an hour or two.

Comment: Re:Not just Google (Score 1) 543

by coldtone (#32652214) Attached to: At Google, You're Old and Gray At 40

but he's grateful to have some sort of technical job at 70

I would say that having any job at 70 is an accomplishment. From my perspective I have not see age discrimination, I have worked side by side with developers that where 50+. In fact I'm still one of the young guys on my team and I'm in my late thirties.

What I have seen is experience discrimination. Guys who started on one platform in the 80's are out of luck these days. Also folks that stayed with a single company for too long. (IE 10+ years is way to long). Protip: Always work in one of the top 3 programming languages. Today that is C, Java, and Dot Net.

Comment: Move on is the only way (Score 1) 495

by coldtone (#32556746) Attached to: Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

Forgive me if I sound biter. I was once like you. Here is my story and I hope it helps.

I have always been a fast learner, and have always been able to take on greater and greater responsibilities at companies. My employers have always loved me. But raises where always very hard to get (if ever) and I was always paid below what I knew I was worth.

The only way I was able to get what I wanted was to move to other companies, and eventually to contract development.

E3

Valve Delays Portal 2, Squashes Duke Nukem Rumors 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the duke-is-not-still-alive-still-alive dept.
SKYMTL writes "In a tongue-in-cheek commentary, Valve has announced the delay of Portal 2 and thrown water on the rumor fires regarding its E3 'surprise.' This surprise was rumored to be either Half-Life 3 or the revival of Duke Nukem, and it looks like neither will happen anytime soon."
Piracy

Study Claims $41.5 Billion In Portable Game Piracy Losses Over Five Years 316

Posted by Soulskill
from the fair-and-balanced dept.
Gamasutra reports that Japan's Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association conducted a study to estimate the total amount of money lost to piracy on portable game consoles. The figure they arrived at? $41.5 billion from 2004 to 2009. Quoting: "CESA checked the download counts for the top 20 Japanese games at what it considers the top 114 piracy sites, recording those figures from 2004 to 2009. After calculating the total for handheld piracy in Japan with that method, the groups multiplied that number by four to reach the worldwide amount, presuming that Japan makes up 25 percent of the world's software market. CESA and Baba Lab did not take into account other popular distribution methods for pirated games like peer-to-peer sharing, so the groups admit that the actual figures for DS and PSP software piracy could be much higher than the ¥3.816 trillion amount the study found."
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Snails On Methamphetamine 93

Posted by samzenpus
from the escargot-on-ice dept.
sciencehabit writes "Science answers the question: What happens when you put a snail on speed? From the article: 'The results suggest that meth improves memory, something that has been previously observed in creatures with large, complex brains like rats and humans. But since the snails store their memories in a simple, three-neuron network, the team hopes that studying the meth effect in these gastropods will help pinpoint how the drug's memory magnification powers work.'"
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Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You 458

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-start-anything-but-always-finish-it dept.
It will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever talked to my grandpa, but a recent study has shown that standing up to a bully is good for you. Although being bullied can be stressful and lead to depression, children who returned hostility were found more likely to develop healthy social and emotional skills. From the article: "In a study of American children aged 11 and 12, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, compared those who stood up to aggressors with those who did not. Children who returned hostility with hostility appeared to be the most mature, the researchers found. Boys who stood up to bullies and schoolyard enemies were judged more socially competent by their teachers. Girls who did the same were more popular and more admired by teachers and peers, the researchers found."

Comment: Babylon 5 (Score 1) 955

by coldtone (#32323252) Attached to: <em>Lost</em> Ends

Ever since I watched Babylon 5 and have seen an entire series setup and resolve expectations over a number of seasons I thought that other shows would follow. I thought that Lost, and Battlestar would follow B5's example as they led me to believe. In the end I'm just left felling mad. I NEVER want to watch an episode of Lost or BSG again. It just feels like a lie.

Note to writers. You don't have to do the big mystery thing, you don't have to setup expectations of how its all going to end. Just do a simple episode by episode series (Like ST:TNG, DS9, and Voyager) it works fine, and I'm not left feeling mad.

Classic Games (Games)

M.U.L.E. Is Back 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-for-the-red-wings dept.
jmp_nyc writes "The developers at Turborilla have remade the 1983 classic game M.U.L.E. The game is free, and has slightly updated graphics, but more or less the same gameplay as the original version. As with the original game, up to four players can play against each other (or fewer than four with AI players taking the other spots). Unlike the original version, the four players can play against each other online. For those of you not familiar with M.U.L.E., it was one of the earliest economic simulation games, revolving around the colonization of the fictitious planet Irata (Atari spelled backwards). I have fond memories of spending what seemed like days at a time playing the game, as it's quite addictive, with the gameplay seeming simpler than it turns out to be. I'm sure I'm not the only Slashdotter who had a nasty M.U.L.E. addiction back in the day and would like a dose of nostalgia every now and then."

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