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2281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No Apprentice love? - 12/02/04 on: December 03, 2004, 08:11:42 PM
Good episode.

Also glad Ivana is gone.  That was quite a stunt.  A $20 candy bar...

I think Kelly is going to win.
2282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 03, 2004, 03:30:30 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
Can you give an overview of what you do and what might be involved in starting in a job like you have?  Personally I'm getting a little burned out in IT, have no job prospects (even with three degrees) and wouldn't mind being in a job market that is actually growing and paying well.


Sure thing eric.

What I do currently is a lot different than what I would be doing if I get the job.  Currently I do investment research and trades for a Senior Financial Advisor.  I make 100% of the recommendations and trades for her clients (over 450).  I develop unique portfolios based on the clients risk tolerance and comprehensive financial plan (if they have one).  I run hypothetical illustrations for each portfolio I develop and create an illustration/presentation presenting the recommendations to the client.  On large cases, I may sit in with the advisor during the appointment to go over the portfolio myself.   I also take care of all the technical things for our team, a role I kinda got stuck in.  

If I’m offered the new job I’ll be an AIMR & GIPS (Global Investment Performance Standards) Verifier.  Investment Management companies report the Returns of their products and until recently it didn’t really matter if the returns were verified by a 3rd party.  Well after all the investment scandals and issues the entire industry has changed and most Investment Management firms have already started seeking 3rd party verification.  It isn’t a requirement right now, however, by 2010 every Investment Management firm (approximately 1,500 in the nation) will have to be verified.  Once the relationship is developed and the contract is signed (annual), your job as a verifier is to ensure that the firm is compliant.  Investment Management firms must have their portfolios put into a composite.  For example, all of their Large Cap Value Portfolios lumped into one composite to generate a Large Cap Value performance number.  Initially you would interview the company and show them a sample of a compliant performance report for one composite.  They would review the sample and tell explain to you how close they are to being compliant.  Then you would tell them how to use their current system to develop a compliant performance report.  After they have implemented the new system, you would travel to their business and review what they have done and make sure their composites were developed correct (ensuring they didn’t cherry pick their best LC Value stocks for example).  You would review the trade tickets and stocks that they bought and interview the managers.  Then give your stamp of approval verifying that the performance numbers are 100% compliant.  The industry for verifiers is booming because their aren’t many companies that do it and the need is being realized more and more by the I Mgt companies and that will only increase between now and 2010.  The fees charged to verify are enormous.  I was blown away.  

To get into the Financial Services industry, like I’m doing right now, you’ll just need to obtain a Series 7, Series 66 (or 63 depending on the firm) and a Life/Health Insurance license.  To obtain those you will have to be sponsored by a firm.  Anyone can become a financial advisor regardless of what their degree is in.  Finding a non-selling job like I’m doing now is a little different.  I would just ask around the planning firms in your city if they need any licensed help.  

To become a verifier one needs a background in Finance or Accounting and needs to be willing to go for the CFA as I said above.  AIMR, the company that administers the CFA is developing a new exam specifically for verifiers that will likely become mandatory.  It will not be 3 levels like the CFA though and shouldn’t be as overwhelming.  Let me know if you have any other questions.
2283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 03, 2004, 05:33:49 AM
Thanks for the advice Spiff.

The interview went really well.  The President is going to look at the schedule of one of the other employees over the pas year and figure up how often they had to travel and give me a concrete example of the frequency to expect.  If after reviewing it, I'm comfortable with it, we will "proceed", if I'm not he thanked me for "giving it a thought".  

So, I should receive that information from him this weekend and will probably make a decision by early next week.

Job sounds super sweet though, and the industry is booming (AIMR Compliance Verification).  

I'll update you all next week.
2284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 02, 2004, 10:10:45 PM
Quote from: "DonD"
I tried a mostly empty server (me plus 2 others), and still had ridiculous amounts of lag.

The gravity gun was interesting for about a minute, then I got tired of it.

The 'real' weapons also seem very underpowered, even against foes with zero armor.

All-in-all, not too impressed.

- Don


I can't imagine how they seem underpowered.  I seriously haven't had much lag at all either.  Strange.
2285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Book/Movie Recommendations on: December 02, 2004, 08:21:28 PM
Andromeda Strain by Michael Critchin [sp].  

I enjoyed it quiet a bit.
2286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a job! on: December 02, 2004, 08:20:04 PM
Congrats man!
2287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lycos Vs. The Spammers on: December 02, 2004, 08:19:38 PM
And manhacks.  We need manhacks to go after the spammers and those who use spyware.
2288  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Sales... it's official on: December 02, 2004, 07:12:48 PM
I wasn't impressed with Ghost at this year's E3 at all.

WoW on the other hand, I haven't bought yet, but plan to soon!
2289  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Cheap Laptops? on: December 02, 2004, 05:34:53 PM
IBM is the best laptop you can buy imho.

Anyway, I also have a laptop for sale Poomba.

An IBM Thinkpad T22.

P3 900Mhz
512 RAM
40 Gig HD
Windows XP Professional
Wireless NIC

It's in really good shape.  I can post pictures if you want.

I'm asking $530 for it, shipped.  Let me know if you're interested.
2290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 02, 2004, 05:13:01 PM
Quote from: "Spiff"
Eco,

Definatley go for it if the travel is as light as your friend says.

As far as the CFA goes, do it. I have some friends that have the designation, and say the designation definately helps in the future.

That being said, a 34% pass rate is pretty reasonable. I earned my CPA, and it was a bitch. The 34% is higher than the first time pass rates for the CPA exam though. The actual numbers for first time candidates passing all 4 parts (Auditing, Business Law, Fin Acctg & Reporting & Regulation) of the examon their first try are right at 20% or so. The figures go up as candidates re-take the exam, but first timers fare very poorly in comparison to those sitting for the Bar exam or Medical boards. The main drawback is study time. I spent a boatload of time studying the areas I didn't take in college (Consolidations & Not for profit Hospitals and Universities), and alot more time reviewing what I did take. That, and being up-to-date on the current tax legislation at exam time can be a pain, but well worth it. Don't let the thought of more study hold you back. Do it!

Good luck!


Thanks Spiff.  I definitely won't let the CFA be a reason not to take the job if it's offered to me.

Would you say studying an 2 hours a day and 8 hours during the weekend (18 hours a week) would be reasonable?  I'm just trying to figure out when I would study and still have time with the wife.  

I could then do an hour before work, an hour after work, and during the weekend it would obviously be a lot easier.  

I studied like heck for the Series 7, which I know is a helluva lot easier.
2291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 02, 2004, 04:30:53 PM
Quote from: "Lewpats"
Good Luck Eco biggrin

You should also ask what kind of help they give for taking the test since it is so hard.


You bet I'll ask them that!  I wish they would just tell me to finish my MBA and that would be enough.  Very unlikely though... :cry:
2292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 02, 2004, 04:06:34 PM
Many of you know I've been having issues with my Boss.  Well today I have my first interview (tonight after work actually).  It's for a pretty sweet position with a whole lot better money.  I'm not really worried about this interview as I spoke with the President of the company on the phone yesterday and he pretty cool and laid back and he is the one who called me.  So, I'll just be myself and try not to do anything crazy and I'm sure I'll be fine.

There are some negatives to the job though.  On the description of the position it says that it requires travel of up to 2 weeks per month.  I brought this to his (the president) attention yesterday and told him straight up that I wouldn't be able to do that, getting married in April and all.  He told me it's actually more like 2 days, per week, every 3 weeks.  A friend of mine works there and he is going to have her look back at her schedule for this year and figure out how often she was gone.  If it's more like the 2 days per week thing I can handle that, especially since the money is so right.  Also, the traveling would be pretty cool, to cities like NYC, Chicago, Denver etc., so that is appealing in a sense.  I refuse to be away from my wife for 2 weeks though, consistently.  

Now for the other negative.  The position requires that the person have an interest in acquiring the CFA Designation (Chartered Financial Analyst).  The CFA exam is split up into 3 levels, Level 1 has a 34% pass rate (lower than the pass rate for the CPA exam), and with level 2 and 3 the pass rate decreases even more.  A good friend of mine just sat for Level 1 and failed it.  He is bright, great at what he does (Equity Research) and had a similar GPA to me.  The CFA takes so freaking much time to study for.  I can't even imagine.

So, I'm still going to the interview despite these two negatives, thinking that maybe they'll be able to ensure me that I won't have to travel 2 weeks per month and that if I take the CFA and fail I won't be out of a job.

Likely?  Probably not.

If they offer me a lot more than I'm expecting, which is already 50% more than I currently make, I'm sure my fiance and I could make it work.  

Wish me luck...
2293  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / A Pirate . . . MMO? on: December 02, 2004, 02:15:14 PM
Sweet.  Thanks for the heads up.

Quote
No. Pirates of the Burning Sea will have a variety of professions available. You can be a naval captain, battling enemy navies and pirates. Or be a privateer, with official sanction from your sovereign to loot and pillage the merchant ships of the enemy. For that matter you can be a free trader, moving valuable cargo from port to port, or work your way up through one of the massive trading companies. And because our RPG system is not class-based, you can change your profession again and again over the life of your character.

2294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Fans Enjoy! on: December 02, 2004, 02:09:41 PM
I've played for about 2 hours or so and it isn't laggy at all for me.  The last server I played on before quitting my ping started off great, then it spiked to 200 or so, I needed to go to bed though so I didn't really care.  

Great game.  I really like that outdoor map with the rocket launcher.   smile
2295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 02, 2004, 03:33:14 AM
I played it for about an hour this evening and had a blast.  It was pretty chaotic, but extremely fun.  

I can't wait for more maps and Team Fortress Source smile
2296  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [FS] IBM ThinkPad T22 (P3 900Mhz) on: December 01, 2004, 05:50:53 PM
Hi all, I have an Thinkpad that is in great shape that I no longer need.  I used it for school and graduated in 2003 and my new job provided me with a new laptop.  It currently has Windows XP Professional, Office XP and Adobe Photoshop, and Firefox (plug for the best browser out there)

IBM Thinkpad t22 laptop
Pentium 3 900mhz
512 mb
40gig (pretty sure on this, will confirm when I get home)
14.1 lcd
around 5 pounds
Battery is in good shape

I'll also throw in my wireless network card, I'll have to get the brand of it when I get off work tonight.  I can format it and reinstall XP if needed.

I'm asking $570 for it shipped, OBO.  Let me know if you're interested.  I can also post some pictures of it if asked.  
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2297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Karate Chimp on: December 01, 2004, 05:29:38 PM
http://raditts.com/phyles/karatechimp.mpg

LOL smile
2298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Fans Enjoy! on: December 01, 2004, 01:42:35 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Looks like Alyk is kicking ass in Nova Prospekt smile


I wish Alyk  would come help me setup the damn turrets in Nova Prospeckt when they're knocked down.

I'm going to beat that part right now though, be back in a bit with an update.


he never came back with an update. The bugs got him!


Actually, I finally beat it last night.  I just went into one of those small cells, setup a turret on each side of the door and held the other one.  What a tough spot.  Now I'm on that AntiCitizen board.  It's awesome.  Very very cool board.
2299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elisha Cuthbert is 22 today [56k warning I suspect] on: December 01, 2004, 06:02:43 AM
2300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (PC edition) on: December 01, 2004, 04:02:08 AM
Doom 3 without a doubt.  It's nothing but a beautiful, too dark mess.
2301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Fans Enjoy! on: December 01, 2004, 03:56:48 AM
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Looks like Alyk is kicking ass in Nova Prospekt smile


I wish Alyk  would come help me setup the damn turrets in Nova Prospeckt when they're knocked down.

I'm going to beat that part right now though, be back in a bit with an update.
2302  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Is WoW worth it as it is right now? on: November 30, 2004, 07:30:36 PM
Anyone mind telling me what End Game means in terms of a MMORPG?
2303  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Hunter Pet Stats on: November 30, 2004, 07:28:23 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Are there any other classes that can have pets?

Warlocks can summon demons.

s


I think I'll stick with a hunter then. smile
2304  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Hunter Pet Stats on: November 30, 2004, 07:18:03 PM
Are there any other classes that can have pets?
2305  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Hunter Pet Stats on: November 30, 2004, 07:12:20 PM
Wolves don't have Claw though, isn't that a disadvantage?  I'm picking the game up soon and think I'm going to play a hunter as well.  I love wolves, but I have heard not having Claw is a bad thing.
2306  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Server Choice Question on: November 29, 2004, 09:22:17 PM
Quote from: "Interloper"
No to the above question.


What is the benefit to PVP then?
2307  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Server Choice Question on: November 29, 2004, 08:10:44 PM
I have a question regarding pvp.  

If I decide to play on a pvp server and I'm wandering through one of the contested areas and I see an enemy player and attack and kill him can I steal his belongings?  Just curious.
2308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Christmas Recommendation/Wishlist Thread on: November 29, 2004, 08:07:26 PM
WoW for me I guess.  I'll probably get it tomorrow though.  I've finished Halo 2, am on the prison level of HL2 (GoTY so far), almost beaten Men of Valor and have decided I have no interest in the Vampire game.  

WoW has me intrigued though, so I'll likely be playing it this winter smile
2309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 02:46:15 PM
Thanks for the impressions!  I played an early build at E3 and was impressed with it, I can't wait to check out the demo smile
2310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what's next? on: November 29, 2004, 02:42:17 PM
Quote from: "Jocke"
Don't forget that battlefield 2 is coming out 2005. *drool*


Drool indeed! smile
2311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 's Gravity Gun... on: November 24, 2004, 09:44:12 PM
Quote from: "JayG"
Nanotechnology is the future.


Indeed.
2312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tunnel Vision on: November 24, 2004, 09:10:37 PM
Pretty cool smile

http://www.cyphic.net/zoomquilt/zoom.htm

 ninja
2313  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / STEAM Tags on: November 24, 2004, 09:05:57 PM
I would love to play some CS:S with you guys.

My Steam tag is Ecologic.
smile
2314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 's Gravity Gun... on: November 24, 2004, 08:41:34 PM
Quote from: "Goonch"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Goonch"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Goonch"
Quote from: "gameoverman"
That's where HL2 seems to shine, not in the tech but in the game world they've created with that tech.


I agree wholeheartedly! I am an absolute giddy old fart while playing HL2. HL2 is everything I wanted Doom 3 to be. That is why I am so disappointed with Doom 3. While FPSs have evolved and taken many steps forward, Id has set idle with their game design decisions and concentrated on creating a super engine.


YAWWWNNNNNNN


That's how I feel about Investment Analysts  Tongue


 unibrow


How about some stock tips?  :wink:


You should have bought Sirius a month and a half ago.  

So, we have this client who has an enormous position in Qualcomm.  I've recommended to him on countless occasions to at least sell half of it.  A Month and a half ago I tried one more time to convince him to sell some of it.  I told him just this one time sell $10K of it and put it into Sirius.  It was selling for $2.80 at the time.  Did he listen this time?  NOPE! frown  Yesterday the stock almost hit $7, and today it's retraced a bit to around $6.17.  Of course now I'll have a voice message when I get back on Friday telling me he is ready to buy it now, after the fact.  Such is life and I guess it's his loss.
2315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Off to the Movies on: November 24, 2004, 07:55:09 PM
I'm looking forward to the Aviator more than anything now.  From what I've read it will likely win Picture of the Year.
2316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] LOST - Not on tonight ? on: November 24, 2004, 07:50:46 PM
Thanks for the news on Alias.  I love both of those shows so that will make Wed. a great night of TV.  Lost, Alias, Smallville!
2317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN College Hoops 2k5 - Impressions on: November 24, 2004, 07:46:29 PM
Fantastic Game!!

It's hands down without a question the most fun basketball game I've played. My friend and I played 2 games last night and we've decided we'll put Football on the back burner for a while in favor of this (unheard of!). The first game was the Chattanooga Mocs (where I graduated from) against East Tennessee State University. He beat me by over 20 , which was probably good as I tend to beat him the most in football and he is likely to play more often if he knows he can win. The second game I was Kansas and he was UNC and I won by 3. It was one intense game.

I'm having a hard time alley ooping. Any tips?

Oh, and thanks for the recommendation
2318  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MMORPG Question on: November 24, 2004, 07:43:10 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"

I'll read more on each and make a decision.  I should probably get my mmorpg fix in now, before the wedding in April smile


Change "probably" to "definately" my friend!

Life as you know it is about to change, regardless of what anyone may tell you.

(and was I right about College Hoops or what !!!!!)

LD   :wink:


Yeah, I can imagine.  My life has already changed and we're just planning the wedding.  I have to go have family pictures taken tonight with her family, and our engagement pictures on Sunday.  She is the most awesome person I've ever known though so I'm excited about it all smile

And you were certainly right about College Hoops.  It's hands down without a question the most fun basketball game I've played.  My friend and I played 2 games last night and we've decided we'll put Football on the back burner for a while in favor of this (unheard of!).  The first game was the Chattanooga Mocs (where I graduated from) against East Tennessee State University.  He beat me by over 20  :shock:, which was probably good as I tend to beat him the most in football and he is likely to play more often if he knows he can win.  The second game I was Kansas and he was UNC and I won by 3.  It was one intense game.  

I'm having a hard time alley ooping.  Any tips?

Oh, and thanks for the recommendation smile
2319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question on 3 Different Games (H2, GR2, Coll Basketball 2K5) on: November 24, 2004, 07:35:47 PM
Thanks for the info guys.  Once we complete Halo 2, we're going to return to Men of Valor and try and beat it smile so I was just curious.


Quote from: "Thin_J"

Also, the third person option disappears from the menu when you play split-screen co-op, so I'd say there's no way to play with that view in splitscreen. It makes sense if you really think about it. You would lose too much screen real estate to your character in splitscreen if you were to play in third person.

Yea, I see what you mean.  I personally like the 3rd person view for this game though.  I'm not a big fan of not being able to see the gun while in first person, a beef I've always had with GR.  

We'll probably still play through it in coop though, it looks like a blast.
2320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 's Gravity Gun... on: November 24, 2004, 07:27:17 PM
Quote from: "Goonch"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Goonch"
Quote from: "gameoverman"
That's where HL2 seems to shine, not in the tech but in the game world they've created with that tech.


I agree wholeheartedly! I am an absolute giddy old fart while playing HL2. HL2 is everything I wanted Doom 3 to be. That is why I am so disappointed with Doom 3. While FPSs have evolved and taken many steps forward, Id has set idle with their game design decisions and concentrated on creating a super engine.


YAWWWNNNNNNN


That's how I feel about Investment Analysts  Tongue


 unibrow
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