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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
5. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 29, 2014, 09:20 Burrito of Peace
Silicon Avatar wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 14:40:
As an aside, I wish people would recognize that having a HS diploma is the same has having no diploma...

This isn't necessarily true. I do not have a college or university degree. I tried to attend college and discovered that, in the two different major universities I attended, the CS and IS programs were sometimes as much as 5 years behind state of the art. Why waste my money to come out knowing less than when I went in? A university "education" isn't necessarily a hallmark of someone who is well educated.

What I did, instead, was obtain the highest certifications in my chosen field which made me far more employable than the kids coming out of colleges with degrees but no certifications and no experience. This allowed me to get my foot in the door as suddenly I became highly sought after and gain crucial experience I needed. Experience that would later help me start my own company.

I agree with Beamer that companies now have zero interest in OJT, which he rightly pointed out was short sighted. I would go so far as to say it is suicidal. It's literally starving companies of their best talent because it's killing both positive corporate culture and the esprit de corps needed for teams to come up with truly innovative ideas and products. Someone who has no hand in the creation of an item or idea has no interest in devoting time, energy and effort in to seeing it grow and/or improving it.

It's been my experience that H1-B visa aliens are, in the middle and long term, more trouble than they are worth. In my field, they're usually Indians or Chinese who are very good at copying pre-established routines but little else. They are brutally horrible at creating anything new and, should something break unexpectedly, they've never been taught critical thinking skills or even troubleshooting by elimination. They are useless and become a hindrance instead of a help.

One of the downsides in US corporate culture is agism. I hear constantly from people outside my company that "Those old guys you like are expensive!" Yet those old guys are astoundingly good at what they do and, for their price, are more than the equal of the three 20something college grads we might hire at bottom of the barrel pricing (since they're just happy to get a job) for the same TCP outlay. The old guys are also generally more up to date with what's current, too, than their younger counterparts. They know what works in reality instead of falling back on what should happen, as defined by the book. They, my old dogs, were a good investment to start germinating the core of my company around.

One of the best things we can do is bring back the concept of apprenticeship. One of the tings we do in my company is take someone in their late teens or early twenties who has an interest and passion for the field we're in. I sit them down and have my old dogs mentor these young pups and then listen to these young pups when they say "Hey, Burrito, I have this idea..." Sometimes, it's an idealistic approach to something that isn't particularly applicable but other times they've come up with some really innovative ideas that have helped improve efficiency, reduce costs and made our team as a whole more knowledgeable and flexible.

Another thing we need to bring back is invested education. It makes perfect sense to me to sponsor someone who wants to get their CCNA, RHCE or RHCA. Not only do I get an employee who shows me that they have the drive and dedication to get some of the hardest certifications on the planet to achieve, but they get the ability to earn more and we get the ability to charge more for their services. It's a win-win all the way around.

Unfortunately, corporate America has taken on the pirate raider mentality when it comes to how they choose to operate. It's always about today, maybe tomorrow and no thought is ever given to next week or next year.
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Sep 27, 2014, 19:38 Burrito of Peace
My Sidewinder Force Feedback 2, meanwhile, just smiles and keeps on working. Tie that in with my G-13 from Logitech and there is no HOTAS system on the planet that allows me the same flexibility and functionality in any flight based game.  
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News Comments > Starpoint Gemini 2 Launches
4. Re: Starpoint Gemini 2 Launches Sep 26, 2014, 21:41 Burrito of Peace
Cutter wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 21:16:
Looks pretty good. Anyone playing it?

Yes and enjoying it immensely. Very easy to mod, too.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 16:05 Burrito of Peace
descender wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 12:09:
I've been hemming over buying the new hard drives I need as these are all full... been waiting for the next "leap" in storage space. 3-4TB drives don't really interest me, but a 10 or 20tb drive certainly would. Anyone have any inkling of when that may be a reality? I've been waiting for what seems like years at this point.

That reality is today.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 16:04 Burrito of Peace
nin wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 15:45:
It's all relative. Everyone has a HD horror story, each from a different brand...

I would agree with that with one exception, HGST drives. Everyone I've owned from way back in the 160 days are still working in one system or another. I know that mechanical drives will fail, eventually, but I've had many Seagate and WD drives fail in that same time span that the HGST drives haven't failed at all.
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News Comments > Ancient Space Released
5. Re: Ancient Space Released Sep 24, 2014, 12:10 Burrito of Peace
On the flip side, I don't think it looks anything like Homeworld except for the 3D movement.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Sep 24, 2014, 07:56 Burrito of Peace
Squirmer wrote on Sep 23, 2014, 22:41:
They're not "scraping" though, these are genuinely high-up and powerful positions. And the fact that "nobody" has heard of them is telling.

Why is it "telling"? Conspiratorial much?

Without using a search engine, can you tell me 10 powerful people in the telecommunications industry? The auto industry? How about the agribusiness industry?

It is unrealistic to expect the general public to know much about the rank and file in any industry that they are not directly part of or contributing to.


More to the point, this list is REALLY reaching here to find their examples. Go in to Gamestop and, without revealing game titles, ask 10 random customers if they've ever heard of the following companies:

USC Games Innovation Lab
Media Molecule
Unity Technologies

I only know Unity because of the engine but I can't tell you whom or what the other 4 companies are and I've been gaming for more than 30 years.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 23, 2014, 09:58 Burrito of Peace
It was a very comfortable summer in these parts... the downstairs air conditioner was never put in a window, and I doubt I ran the AC in my normally hot office more than a half-dozen times.


I turned my AC on in March...and it hasn't turned off since.
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News Comments > Tim Schafer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions
33. Re: Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions Sep 22, 2014, 16:25 Burrito of Peace
The reviews from Steam on this have now become brutal. I briefly scanned through them and I would guess that ~95% of them are "Would not recommend".

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 22, 2014, 12:27 Burrito of Peace
People need to wise up and realize that no company really gives a shit about your privacy. They only care inasmuch as it takes for you to fork over gobs of cash for a very ephemeral product and to meet the standards of the government of the country they're operating in, but only to the barest of minimum levels.

Nothing you put online is safe. Nothing. Especially cloud storage services. If you don't own the hardware, the connection and haven't configured and reviewed the software that's running your cloud storage service, then you can not assume that your data is even moderately safe.
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News Comments > Tim Schafer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions
13. Re: Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions Sep 22, 2014, 10:19 Burrito of Peace
nin wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 10:01:
Did they charge $25 and plan to make a $25 game, and have scaled back what it does to a $8 game?

They scaled it back to a $4.99 game. It's like Sims in Space, with a lot less functioning features.
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News Comments > Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans
24. Re: Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans Sep 20, 2014, 21:05 Burrito of Peace
This is straight up bullshit. DF clearly fucked over the people who bought in to DF-9, myself included, by releasing a string of largely marginal and useless "updates" that did little, if anything at all, to address some of the more crippling bugs in the game. For example, we STILL have NPCs that stand around inside the base in the early stages of the game and do nothing. It's not that their needs are being met, their behavior is flatout broken. DF's "response"? Start a new base.

I understand that there is some element of risk in backing a prototype. However, the creator of that prototype has an obligation to do their utmost to see that the prototype is completed to a Rev. 1 spec and released to compete in the market. If it fails, so be it. That's how markets work. However, simply abandoning the product while still in development because you can't do it while leaving the investors/backers holding the bag, without at least attempting to return some of the investment seed, is called bad faith in almost every situation where it happens.

The features that were promised to entice investment in to the prototype were, in my belief, never intended to be delivered. They were laid out as carrots to bring in as much cash as possible while hoping they could achieve a certain grade of product that was below what was expected without arousing too much ire or public attention.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 19, 2014, 08:32 Burrito of Peace
Why not just make the concept of Coventry a real thing? It would remove the criminal element from society and the money spent containing the condemned within Coventry would be far less than what we spend on prisons, guards, prison medical, et al ad nausuem.

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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIII for PC Announced
27. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII for PC Announced Sep 19, 2014, 08:26 Burrito of Peace
Does this game feature a 104 pound character with 10 foot tall hair, a completely and ridiculously unbalanced 20 foot long sword and unresolved daddy issues?

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. OS X 10.9.5 released Sep 18, 2014, 10:06 Burrito of Peace
So, when they hit 10.9.9, are they then going to still call it OS XI or just add another decimal point?  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $53M
3. Re: Star Citizen Passes $53M Sep 17, 2014, 21:57 Burrito of Peace
jdreyer wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 21:54:
I still don't understand why, two years on, people are still throwing hundreds and thousands of dollars each at Chris Roberts. Not complaining, just not comprehending.


Because I think they really want a new Wing Commander, or something very near it, and that's what he's promising.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 17, 2014, 20:30 Burrito of Peace
Rigs wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 15:40:
If anyone is interested in learning more about CPU history from a system builders prospective (or just like reading about it as much as possible, like I do), there's a very detailed retrospective over at RED HILL. I guess they were a system builder in Australia for the longest time, don't know if they're still around. Some really good bits of history there, though. It's been an exciting read...

EDIT: There's a companion article about the history of the GPU at TECHSPOT...more geared to us gamers than the CPU one...


Those were great, Rigs, thanks! They brought back some seriously fond memories for me. They also made me realize just how much "tuning" has changed. Now, systems are little more than Lego sets and we're I/O bound instead of FSB or clock cycle bound like we used to be. I admit that I miss those old days because it felt like more of an achievement to overclock by 16 or 33Mhz. Now, you click on a button in "visual BIOS" and the board does all the work for you.
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 17, 2014, 15:48 Burrito of Peace
jdreyer wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 14:44:
Hey, I'm just glad it's not 8-bit. Also, you can't do photo realism for $60K.

Also, is it me, or does Emily bear a striking resemblance to Samus?

True. I was just taking the piss, as it were.

I don't know. I know that Samus is...Metroid, I think? I didn't grow up on consoles outside of an Atari 2600. By the time The NES came out, I had an Atari ST in my room that I was playing on.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 17, 2014, 13:41 Burrito of Peace
Another Logitech G13 user here.

I'll never, ever, ever use a traditional M+B setup again. Micromovements FTW!
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 17, 2014, 13:33 Burrito of Peace
Creston wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 11:48:
Technically not the Executive Branch. Whether that holds up in reality is to be debated, but there ARE judges who don't let the government just rampantly run roughshod over the law and the Constitution.

And they're all stuck in night court.
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