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Comment: Re:If at first you don't succeed... (Score 1) 262

by dave562 (#48386613) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

This right here is what I miss the most about swapping warez.

I haven't pirated software with any regularity since a 56k modem was fast, but even back then, any game that I enjoyed I bought to support the publisher so that they had a chance to stay in business and continue to pump out good products.

A try before you buy model would crush the software industry, but would be a godsend for gamers. Even a model where you get to play the first level, or play for 10 hours would strike the balance between piracy and profits.

Comment: Re:Ok, even giving them the benefit of the doubt (Score 1) 262

by dave562 (#48386579) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

I cannot believe that you wasted money buying that garbage either.

Get with the rest of the smart people and wait next time. I did. Oddly enough, I am not kicking myself in the ass for not pre-ordering AC:Unity. Go figure....

That is not say that I do not want to play the game, or that I will not enjoy playing it in two months from now when the public beta period is over, the bugs are worked out, and I purchase the game for a discount.

Comment: Re:Ok, even giving them the benefit of the doubt (Score 1) 262

by dave562 (#48386555) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Given the likelihood of that happening (hint: not at all), the only sane option is to stop buying on the release date.

I saw the trailers for AC:Unity and thought that it looks like a fun game. Then I remembered what a cluster fuck Watch Dogs was and decided to wait.

Surprise, I made the wise choice there.

I might pick up the game in another month or two once the public beta period is over, and Ubisoft has knocked 20%+ off of the price.

Comment: Re:Quit buying games on day one (Score 2) 473

I adopted a similar tactic. I have been burned one time too many. After the cluster fuck that was Watch Dogs, I will never buy a pre-release version of another Ubisoft game.

The same goes for EA, after the cluster fuck that was BF4.

It is better to wait a month or two, let everyone else deal with the public beta test period, and then get it at a discount.

Comment: Not just the DoD (Score 1) 60

The DoD has put the most thought into the subject of co-locating equipment, but the entire Federal government is embracing this model as well. The company I work for provides legal technology solutions to the DoJ and the SEC. Over the last year, every single RFP has had at least some question about our willingness to co-locate hardware in their facilities.

The same thing is happening in the private sector, especially the financial industry. People are so paranoid about data breaches that they are unwilling to trust server providers, no matter how secure the application stack might be.

Comment: Stay on it (Score 2) 209

I was on the grand fathered plan until corporate made me switch. I rarely use more than the data cap, but when I travel I prefer to use my cell phone instead of hotel wifi. I have already run into problems with forced disconnects and throttling. They say that they do not do it but my experience tells me otherwise.

I am still waiting for the call from the accounting drone about overage charges. Of course I saved the email where I told them that when I go over, I tend to go WAY over and that by forcing me off of the plan they are going to end up paying more.

Comment: Re:Change Jobs (Score 1) 275

by dave562 (#47950469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I agree with changing jobs.

At a certain point, you have to realize that you are in a no win situation and move on. The only way to affect change in your current organization is to leave. If enough people follow your lead, senior management will realize that your manager is a problem and deal with them. That will be too little, too late in your specific case, but the company will be better in the long run.

If you really are a good programmer, you can go to work anywhere. There is a serious shortage of good programmers in the world. By good programmers I mean people who inherently get programming. I do not mean people who happen to be able to develop apps in a single language.

Once you get burnt out with programming, aspire to be the manager or executive that you always wished that you could work for. Cultivate an environment in which other programmers can thrive and succeed. Find a company that needs good programmers and reap the rewards of being the person, or the team leader who builds the product that generates the revenue.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 419

by dave562 (#47793489) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

This is already being done. I mentioned it in a previous post on this topic. I work for a company that does legal technology in both America and Europe. We had to stand up separate infrastructure in Europe to host data for our Europeans clients. They do not want their data coming anywhere near American servers.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 419

by dave562 (#47793467) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Are the emails that the government wants the emails of Americans or Europeans? If they belong to the latter, and they are stored on European servers, it is calls into question on what legal basis the United States government has to view those emails.

For what it is worth, I work for a United States based company that works in the legal technology field. We have operations in Europe. We had to stand up separate infrastructure in Europe in order to comply with European data privacy laws for our European clients. The assumption is that European data in European data centers is not subject to American legal jurisdiction.

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