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Comment Re:Because it was done on a computer, (Score 1) 359

But saying "laptops are useless in high school" sounds a lot like someone 50 years older saying "ball-point pens are useless in high school".

You really think so? Every tool has its place, but schools in general have failed to use this kind of technology in any useful way.

Comment Re:Different Audiences? (Score 1) 399

I have yet to see this tested/demonstrated.

I know that before anyone discovered keyboard-and-mouse a lot of people were playing Doom with the gravis gamepad. IIRC it was Thresh who popularized pwning n00bs with WASD and since then nobody even thinks of playing a PC shooter with a joystick.

Keep in mind this was 1994.

Comment Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (Score 1) 1251

Caveat: I am not an expert.

In my opinion there is very little to "doing IT" beyond a series of low-level to mid-level jobs: helpdesking, laying cable, basic administration, etc. It's not clear to me that there is a way for you to gain experience by doing new tasks or to move up into management, even project management.

In your position, it sounds like you need to do more education outside of work--get into architecture and engineering and work your way up into consulting gigs. Or drop $3k of your own money to get a cert (you can consider this an investment). Very few companies seem to bother with education benefits (minimal investment in employees usually equates to high turnover and is a sign of a crap working environment IMO).

As for dream jobs, I work in network security. I started on the lowest of low rungs and made sure that everyone knew I was the reason why our investigations succeeded...I wrote whitepapers and I got as much customer facetime as possible. Along the way I was lucky enough to get some certs which are good for getting your foot in the door with HR but no replacement for hands-on. Now I'm doing consulting and the pay and benefits are really good, but I'm not sure I would call this a "dream job."

Comment Re:Wouldn't it have been better.... (Score 1) 100

That's silly. It's created and marketed for a specific audience. It has things that audience likes. If you don't like the Hannah Montana movie, and you're not a preteen American girl, then what does your opinion matter? If you go on and on about how much you dislike it and why, then you sound like an idiot because the simple answer is: Don't watch it.

The OP I was responding to didn't play the mod, but felt like he could pass judgement on it. Maybe he feels he deserves something in this mod he's not getting--ok, fine. Don't play it, then, Scooter!

Comment Re:Wouldn't it have been better.... (Score 1) 100

Yes.

It reiterates the principle that every time anyone produces something like this, for every 1 person who enjoys it--you know, the target audience--there are 100 people who don't like it and just sit around bashing the project, despite never having gotten one off before.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein

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