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Nytegard

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#4885513 Suggestions on career choice, a software engineer

Posted by Nytegard on 18 November 2011 - 09:44 PM



Here's what I suggest. Don't try to get a job doing something you enjoy. If you want to do something that you enjoy as your career, start a business. But if you're going to work for someone else, do something that will pay you the most money. Because all doing the thing you love for someone else is going to do is teach you to hate the thing you love. Then, spend your sizable paycheck and free time on doing the thing you love.


I don't agree with this philosophy because it assumes that you will eventually have free time to do the thing you enjoy. If anything, time is far more valuable than extra money. Life has taught me that it is very short so you should waste no time pursuing things you don't care about otherwise you will regret it later. On their deathbed, I've never seen anyone who cared about how little or how much money they made. The only thing I've seen is regret for not pursuing their dreams when they had a chance. It is far better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.


Time is more valuable than money, which is exactly why I incredibly mercenary about getting paid and paid well. Getting paid well allows me to do the things I enjoy and more importantly means I can afford to work less hours.

The reality is that while money might not equal happiness, it certainly helps.



My last job paid me a ton of money. You know what? It was the 5 most miserable years of my life, and all that money is gone now. Who cares if you're making 6 figures or more if you hate your job. I'm not talking about severly disliking your job. I'm talking hating it. (Most people say they hate their job, but it's really not hate, more of a dislike). You end up compensating for your life by spending just to keep some sanity. And it doesn't matter how much money you make, almost any amount can easily be lost through frivolous use (and not just bad investments).

My current job, I'm working hourly, and keeping it to 40-50 hours per week. And I'm significantly happier, despite earning less (albeit, still a comfortable amount). There's a balance that you need to find between time and money. Not everyone has the same motivations, so it really does come down to the person on whether or not they're making the right choice.


#4814868 You're coding something and it doesn't work. You start touching until...

Posted by Nytegard on 23 May 2011 - 09:49 PM

Honestly, I'm too much of a perfectionist to do this except on very rare occasions. But it comes at a cost that I tend to be slower than most people getting code done. This is not to say that bugs don't slip into my code though. There's just a balance that needs to be reached, and some people fall on one side of speed and spaghetti hacks, and others on the opposite side.


#4814385 So much for the end of days...

Posted by Nytegard on 22 May 2011 - 06:18 PM

The whole idea of a 'rolling' Rapture seems fairly dumb too.


I see nothing dumb about it. In fact, it seems the most logical. It's a rolling rapture that will take place over the course of thousands or millions of years. Each day, some people will die! Yet at the same time, you never know who, or exactly when your time is, so therefore, it's unpredictable, yet very predictable!

he must have gotten it wrong, SkyNet will become self aware, that was untill a scientist turned it off just before the time it was sopposed to become self aware and will now have to wait many years to get to that same state again


Sadly, SkyNet becoming self aware is something I do worry about. Well, not skynet per se, but something similar. The only thing that could put it off would be for a programmer of the AI to make the AI extremely corrupt so it wouldn't do something which might seem logical. The other thing I worry about is the ultra religious being in power. Not necessarily the religion itself, but the fact that so many of them do heinous acts feeling like they're helping bringing about the apocolypse is a good thing. Unfortunately, there's nothing in any of these holy books that states that purposely bringing about the end might in fact be a bad thing, and that people in general should be focusing on how to avoid the destruction of the Earth instead of promiting it's destruction.

'Rapture': Believers perplexed after prediction fails


Robert Fitzpatrick, a retired transportation agency worker in New York, said he had spent more than $140,000 (£86,000) of his savings on advertisements in the run-up to 21 May to publicise the prediction.

After 1800 passed and nothing had happened, he said: "I do not understand why... I do not understand why nothing has happened."

"I can't tell you what I feel right now. Obviously, I haven't understood it correctly because we're still here."


This guy has to be feeling pretty sick. £86,000 down the drain. Holy crap.


It's not just him though. There was a link on reddit (sorry, too lazy to look it up atm), which described several people besides him who pretty much destroyed their future on this quackery. One family sacrificed their children's college education money on this promotion...


#4803766 The Donald has verified that Obama is an actual American

Posted by Nytegard on 27 April 2011 - 06:01 PM

I don't understand why he did this, or even had to do this. It's not like releasing proof will change anything. As Stewert mentioned in The Daily Show, the viewers who believe this stuff anyway are only watching things in a bubble where the only talk points are those within that bubble. So the people who didn't believe yesterday will still not believe today.

After all, the birth certificate could be forged! /sarcasm


#4757348 What Does Everyone Think About The New Site Layout?

Posted by Nytegard on 11 January 2011 - 01:20 PM

As for the rating system, it's not hard to look at the new system and determine logically what the outcome of its effects will be. You don't always have to run an experiment to know the outcome of a process. Trying to dump off the role previously filled by the rating system onto the moderators, who already have enough work to do, doesn't sound like a brilliant move to me. It's not really their job to try to run posts through the constantly fluctuating filter of community standards, and even if it were I don't think they could do it with any degree of success.



But you ignore the problem with the old system. That a rating specifically designated to indicate helpfulness and technical knowledge could and was (no need to experiment there) lost for things unrelated at all to helpfulness or technical knowledge. It also had the problem of not being on the same page as the posts themselves, which has it's own bag of side effects.

The system as is now will see the cream rise to the top eventually. I think people are just upset that their ratings got lost, even though they were pretty arbitrary.

I do agree that flagging individual posts as unhelpful is important, but I don't think it should affect the user's profile negatively as they were just trying to help or voicing an opinion. As far as I know this is the same way stack overflow works but slightly less complicated?

If a person is conducting themselves in a way that hurts the community, then yes it should be the moderators job to step in. That's a large portion of their responsibility; to moderate. Entirely self moderated communities are usually trash because the community very rarely holds itself as accountable as a moderator holds themselves

Szecs suggestion might help some, but the new system is already implemented and will probably have the same effect.


I've stated before that I personally feel the ratings in the Lounge wasn't a great idea. But at the time, one of the moderators came back and stated that even if you removed the ratings from the Lounge, what's to stop them from searching every non Lounge post (which I can agree with to an extent)?

I've never made it any secret that I've never cared for the ratings system. I prefer the only rate up approach, with reasons that way2lazy2care stated. If a person posts incorrect technical information in a post, they'll be corrected, and at the same time, probably won't have a good rating to begin with. If a person is being a jerk and obstructing the community, then yes, it's a moderators job.

Excluding areas where a moderator should get involved, the rate down feature seemed in my opinion to be most used in Lounge topics dealing with opinion. I personally don't see how opinion is unhelpful towards the overall community. But if we're talking something like politics, why should someone's personal belief harm their overall perception with their technical knowledge? Right now, you can rate the post, which is how it should be. Politics? Unhelpful and avoid. But at least this way, it won't be "You believe in XYZ? Then obviously I'm not going to trust you, nor should anyone trust you, when it comes to the following C++ question." The typical response in the previous forums was "Well, if you care about your rating that much, avoid answering questions in threads that people feel passionate about". What about people who are passionate about such threads and also care about their rating though?


#4756717 World'S Favorite Videogames Chosen By The People

Posted by Nytegard on 10 January 2011 - 11:19 AM

You know, a better use for this information would be similar to other game sites which give recommendations based upon games you like. I'm not talking about "You liked Final Fantasy 7, so you'll like Final Fantasy 8...", but rather "People who shared you taste in 95% of the games also enjoyed the following". This will help you find gems you might have overlooked in the past. Too often sites are focused on just sequels, or other games people are playing, but not necessarily games that they really enjoyed.


#4756307 What Does Everyone Think About The New Site Layout?

Posted by Nytegard on 09 January 2011 - 05:23 PM

what's wrong with them? If anything it's just an added feature that may be useful.


As for spacing and color schemes, neither bothers me, because it's very similar to the previous .NET and I'm fortunate enough to have a big enough monitor that the spacing is little issue, but I can understand where others are coming from, especially when I switch to my laptop.

As for poll and what's wrong with them:

A site should be tailored to it's definition, and it's content should reflect this. GameDev.net I would assume would be a site about game development. If we're talking forums here, it should be questions and answers on how to approach certain aspects, be it programming, art, etc. I guess it comes down to my opinion, that outside of very specialized instances, polls are really nothing more than a Lounge addition. And while the Lounge is a nice place to post off topic threads, I guess I don't really see it as being the main reason for visiting this site. (Yes, I haven't posted outside the Lounge in awhile, but mainly what I want to ask has been asked, and I've found it while searching the forums, or the questions I feel I'm qualified to answer have already been answered by another person. Just because my posting stays in the Lounge does not necessarily equate to the Lounge being my main area of focus on this site.)

The polls are similar to a lot of other additions. They look great and give the site a more recent look and appeal, but at the same time, they detract from the actual game development aspects of the site imho. While I have my opinions on such, it wouldn't feel right to rate the site's effectiveness. Maybe it's just because I was too comfortable with the previous GameDev, or am just getting old an afraid of new things.


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