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Comment Re:F/OSS! (Score 1) 565

Good deeds are good, but having bread on one's table is important, too. So, what's the pay?

I absolutely agree with you. I'm not suggesting that the guy become a full time free software dev. However, I'd argue that working on a FOSS project will look good on a resume AND improve his skills. I'm not so sure that there are many employers out there who are willing to let an older, semi-entry-level developer onto their team.

Comment F/OSS! (Score 5, Informative) 565

I wouldn't discount languages like C just yet. They're still hugely important in the kernel world, for example.

As far as newer languages go, there are a lot of F/OSS projects that could use another hand. Have a look at the Bugzilla for various projects and grab the latest source from svn/git/mercurial/whatever. Your skills as a programmer should transfer over to a new language relatively easily, and you'll have done a good deed.

Comment Re:Ideal FBR Location (Score 1) 581

Hey. I've got a brilliant Idea. Let's construct a thermonuclear fusion reactor at the center of the solar system. We will collect the radiation energy with photovoltaic cells pointed to the sky. As there are no moving parts, it wouldn't require much maintainence either. Why hasn't anybody implemented such a brilliant idea?

Where are you going to put said photovoltaic cells?
Photvoltaics have poor efficiency. I think I saw, maybe here on Slashdot, that the very best cells are 19.3% efficiency. Since you claim there are no moving parts, I suppose you're not going to try to mount them on some sort of Sun-tracking axis either.
The pollution argument is probably a moot point too. IIRC, the manufacturing process for photovoltaics is rather toxic.

Comment Re:What goes around, comes around... (Score 1) 619

But really the ideal job is the one that's so much fun you don't even care about where the job ends and the personal life starts. And the other way around as well. Unfortunately there aren't enough jobs like that, leaving many people stuck on the 'the ideal job is the one I can forget about when I get home'-situation. But that's just because you haven't found the right job yet. Or because you've simply given up.

Or because you have a child or a spouse, and you damn well do care that you spend some time interacting with them regardless of how much fun you might have doing other things. "Work/life balance" isn't about "work/fun balance", it's about having responsibilities to other people than just yourself and your boss.

Comment Marathon (Score 1) 460

If you like the Halo-like FPS games, there's always Marathon through the AlephOne project at

It is still nice to play after all these years and the AlephOne team has done a fantastic job of expanding on the multiplayer capabilities as well as changes to the UI.

Comment Re:Sure.. that will build 1 thousandth of the towe (Score 1) 501

Welcome to unregulated "capitalism", where a bunch of slick lunatics in $2,000 suits eat all of their seed corn in the spring, then piss and moan in the fall that they're starving, before demanding that the peasants come feed them.

One of these days, the peasants are gonna wise up, and our fatted executive class is gonna find itself on the dinner plate.

Ironic turn of phrase considering Stalin's Agricultural policies. Maybe it isn't "capitalism" but "humans."

Comment Re:Fonts are already barely readable! (Score 1) 221

What worries me most is that since a lot of xbox 360 games assume they are played on HDTVs, they have fonts far to small to be read easily on standard definition hardware. This move seems to be somewhat encouraging people to play on SDTV (most won't bother to check which cables are bundled with their console), despite it being really uncomfortable in any game with a significant amount of on-screen text...

QFT. I've got a couple of games in my library which are particularly bad offenders (Mass Effect, Army of Two, I'm looking at both of you). The situation is alleviated a bit by switching to component (I'm lucky enough to have an SDTV with component inputs), but small screen fonts + composite looks absolutely horrendous.

Playing those games with a composite connection was enough for me to turn off the 360 and turn on the Wii after about 15 minutes.

Comment Standard def on HD screens (Score 1) 221

I'd like to know how many of these HD users are even configured correctly.

It seems like the vast majority of casual gamers that I know have never even managed to configure their consoles correctly for high definition anyway. For example, my cousin who had a 46" plasma TV with an Xbox 360 connected via composite and running non-widescreen.

Maybe console makers should provide an idiot-proof method of configuring the screen before they push HD so hard.

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