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Comment Academia (Score 1) 559

One of the big reasons I've stuck around academia so far is that once you have tenure, you can study whatever you want and get paid for it. And until then, you're studying things that are generally harmless but might end up being genuinely useful. It's never too late to head back to school and grab a PhD.

Comment Publishers (Score 4, Insightful) 112

Game publishers the world over probably just thought to themselves, "Oh crap." Publishers of any medium are less needed every day, and I think a lot more people just realized it. Why even bother, if you're a big enough name, to try to get funding from a publisher when you can cut out the middle man?

Comment Translation (Score 2) 163

When we contacted Silverman, he confirmed that the original statement has been taken somewhat out of context and provided additional clarification. 'AMD is a leader in x86 microprocessor design, and we remain committed to the x86 market. Our strategy is to buzzwords buzzwords buzzwords buzzwords buzzwords buzzwords.'

Comment Should have done this first (Score 1) 159

I think it's fairly obvious that Facebook's enormous success is at least in part because so many businesses have gotten on board. Even little mom and pop stores have "like us on Facebook" stickers everywhere. Which in turn makes people, even old people and such that aren't usually so tech-savvy, want to check out this Facebook thing. Which makes more businesses want to sign up, and we have a nice feedback loop going.

Yes, people need to be on + for its success, but Google has just taken too long to get the ball rolling. There was a brief surge of interest when all sorts of people were trying it out, but then everyone but tech people simply went back to Facebook where they can play games and get malware and be marketed at.

Comment Re:18-29 year olds are disrespectful (Score 1) 160

Fun fact! "Respect" is arbitrary.

Yeah, people not showing up for things is a dick move. But if anything, faking a phone call is actually a more respectful way to duck out of a conversation. Let's review the alternatives. 1) Wait around for the other person to wrap it up when you have better things to do. 2) Tell them to their face that you have better things to do. (Disclaimer: I have never faked a phone call, because I can't lie worth a crap. But I can understand why people would do it.)

When you start generalizing and blaming "young people" for things, you have finally lost all perspective but your own. Also, you can have your lawn back; I'm going to go do fun things somewhere else.

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