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Comment Re:St. Louis (Score 1) 464

there's also some pretty decent night life around Clarkson and 40. South Lindbergh is also good for night life just as it always has been... Helen Fitzgerald's is always good for a laugh.

Must be an age-difference thing. Olive/Clarkson and 40 to me means some meh restaurants, but I don't think of restaurants that close by 9:00 or Harpo's Chesterfield to be night life. Helen Fitzgerald's is just crap. Night life outside the City is limited to Maplewood and the Loop as far as I'm concerned.

Comment Seasonal (Score 1) 304

When it's neither too hot nor too cold and isn't raining or snowing, I do enjoy riding my bike recreationally; if the infrastructure supported it, I'd ride my bike to work, but unfortunately riding my bike to work would be risking death on either a busy highway or windy, wooded, shoulderless roads. Right now it's cold and snowing, so this time of year is a definite no.

Comment It's About the Business (Score 1) 208

So you're wondering what hot young thing you want to get to know this summer? Is she going to be JSON, MongoDB, WebGL, or maybe Node.js? The reality is The Business doesn't care. The Business only cares about one thing and one thing only: that you're driving value-add moving forward. Getting to know Clojure is only so much developer indulgence; The Business doesn't care, and they only see that it will make you more valuable to some other employer instead of them. You are better served learning all the intricacies of the ancient information system that's mission critical. Learn all the contradictory layers and business rules that have accumulated over the years. Learn what keeps it happy. You should be a SME, a go-to guy The Business can call on when it has questions. Then learn about Gantt charts and a bit of project management. The all-coveted tower of Lead is found on a path through these. You will code less and sit in meetings and on bridges more. You may even add a process of your own to the bureaucratic machine.

Look to your elders. How did they become Leads and architects? It wasn't by learning new technologies, APIs, and languages; it was by understanding The Business, respecting the chain of command, following process, and paying their dues. Just play your role as a well-greased cog in the corporate machine and grind on and on.

Comment Who Holds the Copyright? (Score 1) 297

IANAL: Nintendo holds the copyright on its video games, obviously. A walkthrough may fall under the category of "derivative work." When a user uploads a video to YouTube, presumably they agree to YouTube's terms and conditions: a license to use the uploaded work. YouTube in turn has agreements of its own with other copyright holders like Nintendo. Presumably Nintendo could try to make the case that the walkthrough violates their copyright and/or trade dress protections. Instead, they "settle" with the walkthrough creator by taking their ad money. :) Maybe the content uploaders can be given the option to have the video taken down instead of the ad revenue going elsewhere.

Comment Bah, Shiny Toys (Score 1) 614

So let me get this straight: You want the business to spend millions of dollars so the secretary can jerk around on Tweeter and Face-In-a-Book? Sure, for a "hip" startup of a few twentysomethings who sit around and play with Nerf darts all day and grow out their beards, upgrading to The New Shiny isn't a big deal, but real businesses get work done. We don't care if you're some alpha geek badass who knows all the latest functional programming fooey and open-source Lunix whatever; we want you to obey: do what we say, do it efficiently, and do it cheaply. We just want what worked yesterday to work tomorrow and keep raking in the dough.

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