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Comment: Must be a slow news day... (Score 1) 127

by creimer (#49607867) Attached to: 4.0 Earthquake Near Concord, California
CNN ran a spot on a minor earthquake in Los Angeles several years ago with black-and-white video surveillance of a grocery to demonstrate the severe shaking that took place. Nothing moved. Nothing fell off the shelves. The camera didn't even shake. I guess California moved a hair closer to falling into the Pacific Ocean. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

Comment: The Video Game Industry Version (Score 4, Interesting) 210

by creimer (#49589087) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle
I worked as a video game tester for six years. A fellow tester would get promoted to assistant lead tester, lead tester, and supervisor. Those who become supervisors think they're the best testers out of the whole bunch. Not exactly. One supervisor became the QA manager and discovered to his PHB chargin that the best testers got 50% raises. None of the supervisors have ever gotten a 50% raise. I've gotten two 50% raises as a tester and made more money than the guy who became the QA manager years earlier even though we got hired at the same time.

Comment: Re:The real question here (Score 1) 183

by creimer (#49580631) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value
My roomate and I lived in a rented duplex during the real estate run up prior to the Dot Com Bust in Silicon Valley, where we had a bed of dead petunias in the front yard. An elderly woman walking her dog told us that our dead petunias cost her $25,000 on the value of her house. I asked her if she was selling her house. She said she wasn't. I asked her how did she know that she lost $25,000 without an appraisal. She walked off in a huff.

Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 193

Building the San Francisco-Oakland bridge was nothing in comparison to building the world's longest suspension bridge in 1937 over the treacherous Golden Gate strait. Until it built, no new if it could be done. The new Bay Bridge span took 11 years to build, has numerous structural defects and may cost more to fix.

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