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Comment: Re:eSports really ? when darts is a sport, then, s (Score 1) 113

by gunner_von_diamond (#47533423) Attached to: eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

sorry, old school here. But a sport involves the combo of physical exertion, and skill.

Exactly. Professional Sports athletes put in countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears to become the best at what they do. They need to practice and better themselves physically in order to become the best at what they do. They risk their bodies (from injuries) when playing sports. Sitting in a chair with a controller behind a TV/Computer screen is nothing compared to what "old school" sports athletes go through. 2 a day practices, 6am practices, etc. You just won't find that kind of sacrifice in esports -- at least not right now.

Comment: Re:o rly (Score 0) 532

by gunner_von_diamond (#47524953) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

> the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ]

Oh you programmers have it so hard.

With your three thousand dollar a month apartments.

Actually, I bought a house when I was 22.

And that Honda Fit you drive just to show the world that you don't need the finer things in life.

I drive a Honda Accord, not a Fit, but close.

You should be required to work a year in retail in the same way some countries require a minimum of military service.

I worked at Best Buy (Doing Retail) for 3 years while I was in high school and college. It was a huge motivator for me to get my comp sci degree.

And your three hundred dollar bottle of scotch that you sample alone in your newly remodeled kitchen so you can tell the Internet about what a beverage snob you are.

And I've never drank scotch.

If you're so envious of programmers, there's still time to learn the skills to become a programmer. Heck, you can even teach yourself online.

+ - Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 years Later->

Submitted by gunner_von_diamond
gunner_von_diamond (3461783) writes "I was just reading a story on ./ from 10 years ago today, about Lasik Eye Surgery. Personally, I've had Lasik done and loved every single part of the surgery. I went from wearing contacts/glasses every day to having 20/15 vision! In the older post, everyone seemed to be cautious about it, waiting for technical advances to get the surgery done. In present day, the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ], takes about 10-15 minutes for the actual surgery, and I recovered from the surgery that same day. So my question is, what is holding everyone else back from being reliant on contacts and/or glasses?"
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Comment: Re:Legacy Systems. (Score 3, Informative) 140

racked by delays and mismanagement

40 years of code could mean 2-3 years of development, and then fixing a bug here and there and updating this or that every now and then. Just because some of the code is 40 years old does not equate to 40 years of development time.

5 years is a pretty long time to focus on straight dev time. Sounds like the mismanagement part had more of an impact than just using the excuse of it being a "legacy system". I realize that management always portays the timeline as 1/3 of what it will actually take to develop something, but wasting 5 years and $300 million... It's hard for me to think of a justification for that!

+ - Social Security spent $300M on "IT boondoggle"->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "ix years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five years later, it was still two to three years from being done, according to the report by McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm. Today, with the project still in the testing phase, the agency can't say when it will be completed or how much it will cost."
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Comment: Re:Incomplete data (Score 1) 172

Why do many people with STEM degrees not work in STEM jobs? They apparently count management and education as non-STEM, even if these people are managing STEM projects or teaching STEM courses. That already accounts for the two biggest groups.

Precisely, agree 100%. At my college, they had a Mathematics degree inside of an education program. Obviously everyone with that type of a degree are going into the education field. And a degree in IT Management... Although it has IT in the name, is not a STEM degree! A "STEM degree" does not always equate to a "STEM job".

I guess the person who did this study's statistics did not have a STEM degree.

+ - For half, STEM degrees in computers, math or stats lead to other jobs->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "The Census Bureau reports that only 26% of people with any type of four-year STEM degree are working in a STEM field. For those with a degree specifically in computer, math or statistics, the figure is 49%, nearly the same for engineering degrees. What happens to the other STEM trained workers? The largest numbers are managers at non-STEM businesses (22.5%), or having careers in education (17.7%), business/finance (13.2%) and office support (11.5%). Some other data points: Among those with college degrees in computer-related occupations, men are paid more than women ($90,354 vs. $78,859 on average), and African American workers are more likely to be unemployed than white or Asian workers."
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+ - Robber Jailed after Attack is Heard over Call of Duty Online Game->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A man who tied up and threatened to kill three men during a burglary has been jailed after the whole incident was heard over an online Xbox game.
During the robbery, two men tied up and threatened to shoot or stab the occupiers of an apartment if they didn't hand over drugs and money.

What the men did not realize was that during the entire incident, the residents of the flat had been playing the popular Xbox game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 online with a friend who heard the entire robbery relayed through his headset."

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+ - Verizon's offer: Let us track you, get free stuff->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for you.

The wireless giant announced a new program this week called "Smart Rewards" that offers customers credit card-style perks like discounts for shopping, travel and dining. You accrue points through the program by doing things like signing onto the Verizon website, paying your bill online and participating in the company's trade-in program.

Verizon emphasizes that the data it collects is anonymized before it's shared with third parties.
The program is novel in that offers Verizon users some compensation for the collection of their data, which has become big business for telecom and tech companies. Some privacy advocates have pushed data-collecting companies to reward customers for their personal information in the interest of transparency."

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+ - 'Optical fibre' Made Out Of Thin Air 1

Submitted by Dave Knott
Dave Knott (2917251) writes "Scientists from the University of Maryland say they have turned thin air into an "optical fibre" that can transmit and amplify light signals without the need for any cables. As described in the research, this was accomplished by generating a laser with its light split into a ring of multiple beams forming a pipe. Very short and powerful pulses from the laser are used to heat the air molecules along the beam extremely quickly. Such rapid heating produces sound waves that take about a microsecond to converge to the centre of the pipe, creating a high-density area surrounded by a low-density area left behind in the wake of the laser beams. The lower density region of air surrounding the centre of the air waveguide has a lower refractive index, keeping the light focused, and allowing the higher-density region (with its correspondingly higher index of refraction) to act like an optical fibre. The findings, reported in the journal Optica, have applications in long range laser communications, high-resolution topographic mapping, air pollution and climate change research, and could also be used by the military to make laser weapons."

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