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Comment: Re:not true because... (Score 1) 113

by Opportunist (#47572243) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

I don't have my people tested for drugs. For more than one reason. First and foremost, I fear they could find something. Actually, I'm pretty sure they'd find something with one or two of the guys.

Then, why the fuck should I care what they do in their spare time? I'm neither their mommy nor their nanny. I care about them coming to work sober and being able to do their job. That they do. So where's my interest in anything beyond that?

Comment: Re:People expecting their marketing for free (Score 1) 144

by Opportunist (#47572205) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

By typing "how the fuck can I get rid of the damn ads" into google.

In other words, I went looking for it. Nobody ever bothered to shove their crap in my face to convince me it's a good idea. They had plenty of others who did that convinced me without even trying.

If there's a market for a product, there's no need to slap someone in his face with it.

Comment: Re:The Entire Web Dev "Ecosystem" is Broken (Score 1) 144

by Opportunist (#47570379) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

I don't really fear that you'll be going extinct anytime soon. Web designers were in that bind before. "Nephew art" anyone? Where webdesigners got fired 'cause "my nephew can do it, he's good with computers".

Development doesn't stop, especially not in a technical field so closely tied with marketing and PR as web design. What "anyone" can do will flood the market, to the point where webpages that offer it will be met with "been there, done that" yawns. What people want is something new. New ways of presenting stuff to them is the key. Because that's something those "web kits" can, of course, not offer.

And don't get me started on security...

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 144

by Opportunist (#47570055) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

There has never been much of a market to begin with.

Given that you can today get quite decent indie games for your computer for 5-10 bucks, flashgames-gone-iPad can't sell for more than pennies. There was a bit of money in timewaster games, games you can pick up and put down at the spur of the moment as you have to kill a little time, waiting in line, waiting for the bus or waiting for your girlfriend to stop talking.

The problem is that these games are rather easy to make and that only the first handful of people who had the idea to do so actually had a market to speak of. After the flood of copycat games drowned everyone, nobody really could make more than a handful of bucks out of the 99 cent game fad.

The next step now are free-2-play, pay-2-stay games. Games that are "free" but require you to spend money (and often quite ridiculous amounts thereof) to keep playing. Considering that I now even start to see TV ads for them, I dare say that they, too, are no longer something an indie game maker can try his hand at, considering that very obviously the game mafia has cornered that market already.

So, essentially, I'd say indie games on phones are over. Get over to Steam, there seems to be a market for indie games left.

Comment: Re: The American Dream (Score 1) 501

by Cyberax (#47569921) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
ANYONE could get a place to live, even anti-Soviet dissidents. Of course, if you had connections to the right people then you could get a much nicer place. There were no rent payment you're probably confusing them with payments for utilities.

As for the availability, the USSR grew quickly from a very poor country with most of population living in squalor to a moderately wealthy one. Whole cities were built from scratch to provide better living conditions, and such advances were not uniformly distributed geographically.

I'm NOT saying that the USSR was a paradise or even a nice place to live. But it was not a totally bad commie hell with doom and gloom everywhere.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.