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Comment: Re: Not pointless... (Score 1) 344

by creimer (#49772213) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker
Not really. Much of the water goes to agriculture. Of that, much of it goes to almond trees that can't lie fallow during a drought like produce fields. Each almond nut requires one gallon of water. Get rid of the almond trees, there's enough water for people in California. Unfortunately, agriculture is a multi-billion-dollar industry and 2/3 of U.S. almonds comes from California. Now that nuts!

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 2) 344

by creimer (#49770325) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker
Republicans don't like the fact that Democratic Governor Brown put a tax increase on the ballot in 2012, a majority of voters voted yes (55.4%), and the state budget has a budget surplus this year and next year. That doesn't fit the doom-and-gloom narrative that California is on the verge of an economic collapse.

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 344

by creimer (#49769613) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Whoops, wrong article.

Are you sure about that? Politico had an article on how GOP Catholics (oxymoron?) felt uncomfortable with the current pope's policies on global warming and Israel. Someone posted a long comment about how California was a failed welfare state with cherry-picked links to conservative "news" articles from several years ago. As a moderate conservative in California, I found the post very offensive. Seems like some posters don't have anything to add to the discussion, just toss in California as a monkey wrench.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 3, Interesting) 169

by creimer (#49754469) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
Most people leave the video game industry for good after they realize that they want a personal life that includes a significant other and having a family. Very few testers work their way up to become producers or programmers. I went into help desk support for ten years and I'm now doing computer security, making twice as much money for half the hours that I did as a video game tester.

Comment: Re:It's like dumb and dumber: zuckerberg edition (Score 1) 169

by creimer (#49754283) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
A lot of cars today are not user servicable beyond routine maintanence. My father once spent $800 on replacement parts trying to fix his car, gave up and took it to a shop. The mechanic scanned the computer, checked the error code, and replaced a electronic module for $30 in 15 minutes. The problem was digitial, not mechanical.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 169

by creimer (#49754205) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

The organisation sounds like its run by douche bags incapable of proper project management.

The company I worked for insisted on making each and every game be available for each and every video game consoles in existence. That looks good on paper, if properly executed. The developers took shortcuts to meet the aggressive schedules imposed on them. The pipeline blew up when Nintendo started rejecting the PS2 ports for the GameCube and demanded that the deveopers start over with an original game. On my last project, I had to work 28 days straight to keep management happy.

Comment: Re:Is it safe to smoke that much of whatever that (Score 1) 169

by creimer (#49754061) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
When I worked in the video game industry in Silicon Valley, management always told us that we could get a job clearning toilets at Taco Bell if we didn't like our pay and work condiitions. One of the testers did that after discovering he could make more money, get better benefits and work a saner schedule at Taco Bell. Management stopped mentioning Taco Bell after that.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 3, Interesting) 169

by creimer (#49753957) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
As a lead video game tester for three years, I had to teach the next generation of video game testers fresh out of high school. They like the idea of being paid to play video games, and then they learn that testing video games is not the same as playing games. Writing bug reports, going to meetings, and testing the same broken piece of shee-it game for weeks at a time is just the beginning. Most don't survive the mind-numbing crunch times of working 80 hours a week for months.

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