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Comment With you on this (Score 2) 77

I've got a 1440 and can quite easily have a shitty experience if I select the wrong settings (2x770GTX 4Gb).
Still, I'm happy as larry that the PC world has finally decided to leave 1080 panels behind. I was running higher res than 1080 for years, and then those pesky TV panels turned up everywhere and put us back years.

Comment It's all relative. (Score 0) 264

So let's ignore prices - why is a US graduate in IT worth 100k? Could their job be done by 3 people elsewhere for 30k each?
I'm in the UK, working with great people offshore, who are as good as me.
Only thing I can think of that justifies my salary versus my production, is racism (white guy in a decent suit) or my accompanying "Sense of privilege" in that I'll blurt out any idea that comes into my head (based upon turning up without having to have fought my way through all manner of useless numpties and have been politically-scarred) or...
I don't know. Just seems horrifically f'ed up and liable to be rightfully corrected in the near future.

Comment I've not got a particularly common name (Score 1) 213

in standard <first>.<last> format
All been fine for years - and then recently I've had:
1) Info from a Ford dealer in the US, discussing servicing, receipts for servicing etc. (In US, I'm in UK)
2) Gym membership that hasn't been paid in the UK - right up until collection agency was mailing me
3) Mobile phone bill in UK (but few hundred miles away), that's been purchased, and seems to pay each month.
4) Random US woman, who thinks I'm her newly married husband and told me "she loves me" (Googled, they did get married, but her husband hasn't my name).

Also been a few legitimate newsletters coming in, I've simply never subscribed to. Either google has some massive internal screw-up, or the world has become a shit-load more fat-fingered recently.

Comment Precisely. (Score 5, Interesting) 138

This decision underlines that AMD wanted to make something great, that people would want and would buy - rather than being a vanity project for the company.
Been with nVidia for the last batch of GPUs and for last few CPUs - but I'm still rooting for them. The plucky, power-guzzling underdog :)
Maybe my next upgrade will switch me back to them, maybe it won't - but this decision at least shows me they've not lost their minds, and should still be considered.

Comment Yes (Score 4, Interesting) 138

What's refreshing is that they've recognized this. I'm reasonably sure this choice was the output of some rather heated meetings - but so.. 'refreshing' to see that the correct decision was made, for those people wanting to purchase the product.
Also gives a pretty good internal target for AMD - v2 of this box WILL have an AMD CPU in it (or else we're getting out of the CPU market).

Comment Can I have case insensitivity (Score 1) 1067

and typing of variables then?

I mean I quite like them in their place, like commenting and indenting - they seem nice to have and something you *should* do.
But... well we seem to have taken it a bit far. We let compiler/OS handle so much for us and yet we seem hell-bent on preserving this 'nickety' little annoyances.

Comment Personally I'd put this on the head of HR. (Score 1) 306

Reverse the situation. You have great skills, but don't get hired as the useless guy/lady next to you bullshits, and gets the job.
Whilst not moral - I'd be tempted to equal their bullshit to get my foot in the door, and hope my ability covered me, whilst removing them. What else am I supposed to do. Hope this lot get found out and fired, then the next lot - and then eventually somebody decides to do their job and recognize *me* for my real abilities?
Poster above mentions "a whole team got fired" - was anybody onshore fired for managing to miss the fact an *entire team* was lying about their qualifications and abilities?

The offshore people I tend to respect and defer to are those who are a little bit older - with a spouse and maybe children. They've survived on their technical and social ability, have a track record, and aren't either fishing for their first job, nor hellbent on getting onshore somewhere.
What rankles is that they often get overlooked.
Linkedin and the like maybe help - but what I'd love to be able to do is give praise to great people and have onshore HR from another company pay attention.

Comment Not quite a counterpoint (Score 1) 306

I work for an international company with majority off-shore by headcount - and reasonable number brought on-shore
I get *very* pissy when people start disparaging my colleagues, solely because of where they came from and their visa status.
However - there is some truth in the complaints - the level of bullshit on CVs (not internally, but on prospective hires) is quite incredible - but I can see why. Entry level pays like shit, and more importantly you seem to get treated like shit - the goal set is to get on-shore or promoted off-shore. To get noticed.
Usually good people get promoted - but what *really* hurts me is where somebody I consider to be awesome isn't recognized by the larger company - mainly as they're expected to compete in the escalating CV-bullshit, and they refuse.
Personally I'm convinced the next step in corporate evolution is for us all to express our love for the genuinely great off-shore people we've worked with, some smart company to pick up on this (and then hopefully my ex-colleagues will hand me a token job in this timezone out of gratitude).

Comment Hmm (Score 4, Interesting) 306

Can only speak for myself - but I did biochem, then a masters in bioinformatics (mainly as my degree had taught me I didn't enjoy it, and seemed sensible to not throw away what I'd learnt and add some IT to it, which I'd always enjoyed).
I then got an entry level IT job on the basis of (I believe) 20 hours of formal java and maybe 10 of formal Oracle (plus maybe double that in labs) - and threw away all my biochemistry.
Company that employed me had just left their startup phase - but mainly seemed to employ anybody they liked and had an interesting chat with in the interview. I never quite worked out if this was deliberate, or just a consequence of HR being pretty non-existent
Initially I thought I'd "chanced it" - but then eventually the scales were lifted from my eyes as I found out what everybody else had done prior. Plenty of arts doctorates. Maybe it was a mass experiment, but I wasn't an exception.
Bit I look back fondly on was that we all mucked in and I learnt so much from those around me and the liberal pile of O'Reilly books scattered around. I thought I was catching up on my formal IT education - but again, looking back, I wasn't - was just a continuation of what I'd done before. Stumbling my way through with plenty of swearing, beer, with the odd moment of breakthrough and inspiration.
Without the rose-tinted glasses, there was an awful lot of knowing what I wanted to do, needed to do, and blindly running around screaming for help from my colleagues (which was given - and I loved giving to anybody who needed it in turn).
Then we got bought by big-scarey-international-market-behemoth, and I had a few years of misery. Again, looking back, I can see why I hated it. Everybody was told to sit in their little silo and stay there. I loathed that. But again, looking back, it's really really useful to learn what you hate.
I'm still with them, as I got dropped into a pilot project with a bunch of smart and lovely people (including the customer).
Notionally I'm a "solution architect" now - which I'd always used to think meant I should be leading from the front with my unequalled vision and expertise (maybe it does, and I'm just a shit SA). My view is that it's simply to sketch out what we collectively need to do, and let those with real ability drift in to have a go, whilst covering them from above. I'll probably look back in another few year though, and realize I'm massively deluded, again.

Back to the points of the story and what I've learnt in 15 years of chancing it in an environment I don't officially belong
1) You're not the best at anything. You might, if you're lucky, be the best at most of what you need to do - but mainly you're going to be relying on others. Both to do the work, and to learn from. Accept this, be open - *never* tell anybody their thought is unimportant. Worst you can do is teach why it won't work - Best is that you realize you're wrong and you get better.
2) Follow-on: Don't micro-manage. You don't like it happening to you, you don't do it to others. More importantly, people try different approaches - if they feel they're on the right path, they'll stick to it. But, if they decide they want to try another tack, for god's sake let them - rather than making them justify themselves (they've already have to convince themselves).
3) "Science" is a method. It gives you a great big pile of tools/understanding to build on - but no reason it can't be improved. No. That's not right. Everything you have is an improvement on what went before - and it's your job to improve it more. You're not going to win a Nobel, but you should make things better - and nothing, nothing feels better than solving a problem with that feeling of 'elegance'.

Actually, I'll finish on 'elegance' - I've been subjected to all manner of methodologies and management techniques - but 'elegance' is what makes me happy and usually gets completely ignored (with exception of bland terms like 're-use')
I'd always taken science to be true, over the arts. The answer lay with science, but now I've come to appreciate the aesthetic as well. Some solutions 'feel' better - and it's not just subjective - everybody feelings it irrespective of their background. If it feels good to you, and you share it with others and talk about it, people usually concur. Talk things through - blurt out your feelings that you can't quite quantify, and better things emerge.

Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 46

Ubisoft, who are right up there with EA released Valiant Hearts, which from editorial seems to have been borne from a desire of their internal "drones"
MS and Sony have both released a plethora of great Indie stuff on their platforms
The PC's renaissance is leading the pack mind - but I've never in my life had so many great and different games exposed to me as a have today.

Maybe "big business" can't create art - but it can certainly provide an environment in which it can flourish, and hand over a percentage of sales.

I'm sure we can argue over the details - but gaming is getting more commercial by the year, and I've never had games so good.

Comment True (Score 4, Insightful) 52

But my memory of what's special about Pancreatic Cancer - is that you are f*cked to a high degree of certainty if you get it.

Not the most common type of cancer, and there are many types of it - but for those with this cancer, in this place, it's pretty damn important as there weren't a surfeit of alternatives.

Comment It's a joke. (Score 5, Insightful) 107

If somebody could point to some line that Asad's Syria (or whoever you perceive to be an enemy), refused to cross, but the CIA/NSA/GCHQ did...
Well I'd be very surprised.
I'm British. I like my "western, secular, demcocracy"
But then our governments have shown no sign of respecting any limits either.
I think we find ourselves today existing in a world where every power, will do whatever it can, and answers to nobody. I don't like it, I've seen the 'revelations' but none of us seem to have stepped up and prosecuted any hypocrisy.
Defending something should come with a cost.
Defending is supposed to be about making a stand.
If your justify your defending by ripping up your own rules, then you've tainted yourself forevermore.

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