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Comment: They lost their market (Score 1) 83

by sandytaru (#47579321) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8
As the summary says, their market, the casual gamer, can get their fix on their cell phones. Candy Crush did more damage to Wii U sales than the PS4 or Xbone could do.

Most people I know are still holding out until the next Zelda game, which might finally be the killer app Nintendo so desperately needs.

Comment: Re:Is Jackson arguing against diversity? (Score 1) 491

by sandytaru (#47573983) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
Chances are if someone is from an impoverished country and is trying to get a job in the American tech sector, they were either educated in America or another first world country at some point. India and China's tech education sectors are no joke, but part of the core of the HB1 visa problem is that they complete their education at home, head to the US to get some experience, then head back and take all that experience with them. Hiring American workers first would ensure all that industry experience stays here.

Comment: Re:perspective from one of the victims (Score 1) 97

by sandytaru (#47573887) Attached to: "ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads
So if they gave you the software that can be used on any computer, why force people to travel? And if you are going to be forced to travel, why not use one of the hundreds of existing test centers around the country? I took every major test since I started college at the same Prometric test center on campus, because they were licensed to handle almost anything.

Comment: Re:Lockdown (Score 3, Informative) 97

by sandytaru (#47573841) Attached to: "ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads
Last time I took a test (CAPM), the testing place gave me a temporary locker to put my stuff, and also requested that I turn my pockets inside out to show I didn't have a tiny cell phone or something hidden in them. They take it pretty seriously.

I noticed that the exam software we used was running on XP and appeared to have been originally programmed for Windows 98. I wonder if they ever upgraded those boxes to Win7...?

Comment: Re:Staged deployments and Agile (Score 1) 142

We are about to go live with a system where we're doing just that. 10 year old internal website, originally built for IE6 or somesuch, throws a hissy fit when presented with anything passed IE8. We're rebuilding one page of it that happens to be the most broadly used page, so that 90% of the user base can finally get rid of IE8. The other 10% can wait another few years while we gut and rebuild the rest of it.

Comment: Re:Yeah right, "diability claims" (Score 2) 142

I've heard about it, but I know precisely one person who is on SSI for disability - my sister who has schizophrenia - and she has the mental capabilities of a ten year old.

I have an acquaintance (not a friend, I don't like him) who threw out his back at work and tried for years to get SSI disability, to no avail. He was capable of working, he just didn't want to any more. (We have a lot of call centers here in town. Indoor work with no heavy lifting.) I think all the judges in his case knew that was his goal, which is why he kept getting turned down.

TL;DR - Despite what the commercials and stories say, I think the system is working as intended.

Comment: Re:NPC (Score 1) 52

by sandytaru (#47522639) Attached to: Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging
My question was more along the lines of "do these people in the simulation regularly play video games?" I'm a long time gamer and I would assume that saving the bystander AND getting to the fire exit would be the required goals for a maximum score, even if I knew that there was no "score."

Comment: So what is the solution? (Score 1) 368

by sandytaru (#47518023) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'
Some sort of mega-all-in-one SCM, IDE, build tool, project management software nightmare?

Honestly, I think developers on big teams have it easier. Part of my job is to do some of the less exciting operational stuff so that they can spend more time coding. (We unfortunately lump in the build process with coding, even though it's not that sexy.)

Comment: Re:9 States automatically increased (Score 1) 778

by sandytaru (#47494327) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
I have to say, I frequently travel from Georgia to Montana for business, and I was quite surprised that food and basic commodities there are CHEAPER than they are in my home state, despite the higher minimum wage. I'm guessing that housing and utilities must be more expensive or something to equalize it.

Comment: Re:Crazy (Score 1) 778

by sandytaru (#47494293) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
I can still get full service gas at a pump here in town. It's attached to a garage and they charge me 50 cents more a gallon for the privilege. Those jobs didn't disappear, but consumers realized it was dumb to pay a premium for something they were perfectly capable of handling themselves. The primary consumers of the full service gas pump here are the elderly, for whom checking tires and pumping gas IS more difficult.

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