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Comment: Review of Reviews (Score 1) 135

by lymond01 (#49031199) Attached to: Are Review Scores Pointless?

One person's Schindler's List is another person's Bad Taste. Like reading wine scores, you'll find there are particular reviewers that you agree with and those you don't. When looking at reviews of games you've enjoyed, find the reviewers that agree with you in terms of both score and analysis. Fall back on those gamers for reviews. It's not always possible -- many gaming sites have different people review games, there is staff turnover, etc.

The score will give you a general idea of whether the game is rubbish or not. Scores of 5 or below generally mean it has bugs or serious gameplay issues, regardless of whether it's fun. Scores of 9 and above mean that the reviewer truly believes it's a great game for its genre. Scores between 5 and 9 are subjective and worth reading the analysis.

But you know, it's all subjective. I loved the Dragon Age games -- but Inquisition...it's just too much right now despite the rave reviews. Meh. Shadow of Mordor was the right game for me at the time.

Comment: Education and New vs Old (Score 2) 191

by lymond01 (#49018917) Attached to: Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"

Two things:

1) Many educational institutions already pay yearly for Microsoft products through their Microsoft Consolidated Campus Agreement. While the OSes are generally purchased along with new computers, the upgrades are rolled into the "Desktop Core" package -- so we go and buy a hundred computers with Windows 7 Home (or whatever the cheapest one is outside of Win7 Basic), then we can upgrade them to Windows 8.1 Enterprise for "free" (or Win 7 Enterprise)...and eventually Windows 10 assuming hardware specs out well enough. It isn't cheap -- somewhere around $35/person (there's a nice equation) and that gets upgrades to Windows, new Office, and a few other things. And installs can go anywhere once you've completed the equation -- you might have 200 people in your department, but 500 computers -- and you can install on all 500 computers.

2) Windows comes wrapped up with the new PC usually, so where pricing hits you is with upgrades, or if you're building your own from components. A subscription model makes good business sense -- steadier revenue. But revenue hasn't really been a Microsoft problem since such a high percentage of computers are licensed with Windows.

Comment: Yes (Score 1) 720

by lymond01 (#48543097) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

You would need to get a little lucky and also have the chance to explain what's changed since your crimes. Find a smaller company where you can talk with someone who won't dismiss you because they have 200 other job candidates without your issue.

But remember that IT work generally revolves around security. And this makes it a job where trust is paramount. Convince an employer that your past was due to youthful exuberance and not a character flaw (you'll want to provide examples of other's trust in you), you will likely do fine.

Comment: Re: Who cares... (Score 1) 346

I don't mean to undermine your arguments, but what in God's name or otherwise are you talking about? It's like everything you said had this demeanor of factuality when none of it is true. Very Colbert of you. Not sure whether to applaud an epic troll or kick myself for responding at all.

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 319

by lymond01 (#48434873) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Advertisers take this into account. There are researchers finding what percentage of people use adblock, record TV and skip commercials, etc. They use surveys as well as technical resources. A site showing ads hoping to recoup their costs may not have that research information handy (or bothered to look for it) and might blow their expectations of having their "Harp Lessons in G Minor" blog making them a small fortune. But I agree with the Anonymous Brave Guy. There's no law saying we need to watch ads; there's no crime against circumventing them. Are you not giving the site own money that they are expecting? Sure -- but there's no contract there the way a true sale has.

As for songs...musicians tour. Recording studios record. Depending on overhead (venue costs, stage effects, roadies) and fame (sometimes you pay to play, sometimes they pay you), touring can make musicians a good amount of money. Recording makes the studios a lot of money since they're doing most of the work (recording, advertising, contracts with radio stations, distribution, etc) and the artist just needs a couple days or weeks in the studio to make a decent record. Sure the label would have nothing without the talent of the artist, but the artist might have considerably less without the efforts of the label.

Comment: Re:universe-altering information? (Score 2) 99

by lymond01 (#48317867) Attached to: LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

I sat through a lecture on the Higgs Boson. It explained why they were expecting it -- basically the final jigsaw puzzle piece to a long-time theory. If the theory was correct, they would be able to find the Higgs Boson at certain energy levels. If they didn't find it, then it's back to the drawing board to figure out what they missed. So no, they weren't necessarily doing basic "Let's ram particles together and see what we get" science -- we've been doing that for decades. This was more of a "If we ram these particles together at this velocity, this is what we should get". And we got it.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 198

by lymond01 (#48187865) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

1) Why do teachers always rank as an all important metric? There are good teachers and bad teachers.. even lousy teachers, there's nothing that special about their profession compared to many others. They are not beneficent deities, shaping our future via our children

Yes. Yes, they are. I would argue that there are three groups of people who make the most difference in a child's future: their parents, their friends, and their teachers. If we spent more money on assuring only good teachers are in our schools, we'd be in better shape. $80K is a good salary, but it's not like that across the board.

Comment: Re:No, that's not what it says (Score 1) 260

by lymond01 (#47857779) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

I'd searched on what kind of income it takes to afford a $40K+ car. There was a BMW forum asking the same question. Many of the replies were what you'd expect. Doctors, lawyers, investment bankers -- people who simply make not $100,000 per year, but hundreds of thousands if not millions per year. And then there were those who simply prioritize differently -- they rent their home for cheap (under $1000/month), have a moderate income ($50-$60K), and want a nice car and feel like they can pay the $800/month for the lease or loan. I'm with you though -- the Tesla Model S is sweet, but way beyond what I'd pay for a car unless I was making $20K/month or more. That's a lot more than you need, of course, but I'm not so excited about any automobile to blow $70-$100K on it.

The Model 3, should it ever arrive, at a predicted pricepoint of $35K-$50K...that's a possibility. Given that it's electric, I'd consider saving up. Otherwise I might look at the Audi S3.

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