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Comment Re:I hope this fucking fails (Score 1) 118

There's no reason the subscription has to be tied into DLCs. They're already separate and very merchant-dependent.

Depending on who makes and/or publishes the game, there is already (in the current market) some combination of:
1) Purchase price
2) DLCs that add more playable content
3) DLCs that basically add cheats (better weapons, more skills, powerups, etc.)
4) In-game microtransactions to speed up some part of the gameplay
5) Cosmetic add-ons
6) Full-fledged expansions
7) Deluxe editions, gold editions, yearly passes, Game of the Year editions, etc. that combine some or all of the above

Really a subscription system would just replace #1, which is for many people the largest barrier to entry anyway. It basically continues down the path towards F2P games, which personally I would love to see because now we don't really have demos anymore, and it's not easy to see how much you'd like a game before purchasing anymore. There's gameplay videos and the Steam refund system, but neither is a full substitute for a free playable demo.

In my teens and 20s I was a hardcore gamer, but now I don't have the time to try out every new AAA title and certainly don't want to pay full price for them just to maybe like it enough to play for an hour or two of Sequel Syndrome (Call of Duty/Titanfalls/Civilizations, looking at you...). If I could try all the games (or at least very many of them) for free and then only pay to enhance the ones I truly love, I would save both time and money.

And this isn't some weird experimental model either. Pioneered by OnLive and then expanded by nVidia and eventually Xbox and PSN both started doing this. In those cases, they're streamed over the Internet to you, but I'd be fine with them downloading to my machine (in chunks, encrypted and DRMed) too.

I also hope you can still buy games the "traditional" route, just for people like you, but they can coexist. Maybe $20/mo gets you 50 hours of play, split up among the games you play, and then you can also purchase any title for a full subscription + DLCs?

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 2, Insightful) 157

llegal immigrants are just regular people, so you may know some of them without realizing.

NO, illegal immigrants are people who have NO LEGAL RIGHT to be in the country.

Yes, but I believe most people think "bad hombres", not "my neighbors".
Case in point woman who voted for Trump thinking only illegal immigrants with criminal records will be deported.

Maybe you think everyone should go, but many people assume a more nuanced definition will apply.

If they came here illegally then they by definition have a criminal record. This isn't fucking rocket surgery

Comment Re:There's a fine line between helping and enablin (Score -1, Flamebait) 157

Try comparing your average "socialist" European country with the US and take a look at various social aspects. I'm not even talking about soft mushy things like "quality of life", just look at the expense for things like social security, internal security (i.e. police), along with factors like crime statistics, suicide rates and educational standard.

Give those Euro countries our criminal black and mexican population and see how they fair. If we did that crime in this country would be reduced by 80%, welfare would be virtually non-existent and we wouldn't have to spend trillions in unfunded liabilities. I'm sorry if that isn't PC enough for people but its the truth.

Comment Re:EE Degree (Score 1) 179

For some reason, having an EE degree is considered the same (or for some people better, if you have software experience) than a CS degree, because supposedly I know how computers work at a gate level.

I have a physics degree, so supposedly I know how everything works ;) Most of my research/development work has been some kind of programming, but presumably that's how everything is done today. For example physics and chemistry simulations rather than lab work.

In my experience, one thing you get from advanced studies better than practical work is an abstract, systemic understanding of things. A way to look at the big picture and realize it's still only a special case of a humongous picture. For example, after studying functional analysis at the math department, I've been much more comfortable using functions to manipulate functions.

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 0) 157

It's actually cheaper in the long run to house homeless people than to leave them on the streets. And seriously, the rich are always going to find tax loopholes or tax breaks. Why shouldn't they do something that helps other people instead of just using some loophole that other benefits them?

Comment This is new?? (Score 1) 179

I don't have a CS degree, and few than 50% of people my age (mid 40s) in the industry do (in the UK). Few of the most technically impressive senior people I've met had CS degrees, and only about half of them had technical degrees.

When I hire developers, I don't require ANY degree, much less a CS degree. What I require is the ability to write software.

Comment Re:Why would anybody live in a city? (Score 3, Insightful) 105

Because cities have a lot of different kind of people, different kinds of shops, art spaces, restaurants, performances and so on. Suburbs are far more homogenous. They're like that bar in Blues Brothers that have "both Country and Western".

And cities are a lot more accessible; when you get older you may no longer be able to drive or get around easily, and you will certainly start to appreciate the closeness to various medical specialists, nursing facilities and emergency services.

One major trend here in Japan is that as the population grows older, so does the move into urban centers accelerate, and that's exactly for this reason. Baby boomers are selling their suburban homes and rural houses to get convenient, accessibility-adapted apartments in the city.

Comment Re:Money to burn I guess (Score 1) 119

Except in scale, how does this differ from some average Joe Sixpack building a boat in his basement?

Well, what TFA doesn't mention is the free environmental benefit. NASA was planning to tear the hangar down, but discovered just how monumentally expensive it would have been to remove several decades worth of lead paint from the structural members. This plan is awesome in its win/win mentality. In putting the facility to real use, Brin first had to mitigate that environmental hazard. Bonus for us (US).

Comment Re:It's true (Score 2) 265

Pixar was unique in Silicon Valley companies in that we had deadlines that could not move. The film had to be in theaters before Christmas, etc. I'd see employees families come to Pixar to have dinner with them. I took the technical director training but decided to stay in studio tools, first because Pixar needed better software more than they needed another TD, and second because of the crazy hours.

Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 703

Yeah, I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering. But I am not an engineer. I have never utilized the degree in a professional setting, or been paid for any engineering work. While I have passed the EIT (Engineer In Training) exam in college, I do not have the requisite years of experience to take the PE (Professional Engineer) exam.

That being said, you can be an engineer without taking/passing the PE. It just usually gets you a raise, and you can be considered a professional in terms of legal cases.

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