NVIDIA put up a blog post recently that goes into some of the details of how Project SHIELD came together. There's plenty of marketing hyperbole in the blog post, but if you've ever wondered what it would be like to be one of the top engineers at a company like NVIDIA, this will give you some ideas. 14-hour work days for weeks or even months? Yup, it sounds like that's exactly what some of the people were doing, but that's what passion looks like I suppose.

The jury is still out on whether or not Project SHIELD will be a success, but you have to give credit to NVIDIA for at least trying something different. Plus, the blog post is an entertaining read, and if you need one more reason to like the idea: Project SHIELD can play Crysis (by proxy).

Source: NVIDIA Blog

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  • karasaj - Saturday, February 02, 2013 - link

    The hell? Sounds a TAD like trolling.

    My parents were married, and a week later my dad shipped to Kuwait. They didn't even have a honeymoon for a year. When I was born, he worked 5 days a week in another city, and drove back every week 4 hours there and back, just to be with us. He travels to and from south carolina, Canada, Australia, and Houston all the time. I assure you he isn't a virgin with no sex life. Just because you hate your job and can't imagine working for 12 hours a day doesn't mean everybody hates their life and can't catch a break like you. And before you accuse me of making some sweeping generalizations, look at your own post.
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  • HisDivineOrder - Saturday, February 02, 2013 - link

    Or perhaps those poor engineers were well compensated, players (don't hate the players, hate the game), enjoy playing the field with dozens of different women every night when they ARE free, and otherwise enjoy working their late hours when they do.

    Instead of locking themselves into marriage, a mortgage, this bill and that bill and whatever PTA meeting they have next, what their choir group wants to do on Saturday night, going to Church, etc, they get to work doing what they love. Then when they aren't doing that, they go out on the town, pick up girls, and ignore the not-really-awesome call of "family life."

    When they're older and they might want that, they still have enough money and have progressed in said company enough to take better hours, have lots of disposable income, and can enjoy the joys of monogamy or duogamy (if they're really rich) with plenty of time to do so.

    Plus, having done so well by avoiding worrying about family life early in their life when they should be focused on their career, they did much better at their job and got farther up in the company.

    Richer, they can pick up younger women with longer productive years ahead of them who are hotter. They could also make sure to pick up a pre-nup so when the hot, young chick turns out to be a meh wife, well... she can get nothing.

    Being wealthier and wiser, said engineer can also probably swing getting custody of their child (if they like) and if not, pay the young thang a decent alimony.

    He has his family, he has his life, and he endures the realities of "family life" without compromising his job or his passions. This hypothetical engineer can do this because he shrugs off the shackles of the traditional life and embraces the reality we live in today.
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  • Pirks - Monday, February 04, 2013 - link

    "enjoy playing the field with dozens of different women every night when they ARE free" - no, they won't play with dozens of different whores because they know about AIDS and they'd rather prefer to stay alive more than 5-10 years you know

    "Instead of locking themselves into marriage, a mortgage, this bill and that bill and whatever PTA meeting they have next, what their choir group wants to do on Saturday night, going to Church, etc, they get to work doing what they love" - I feel sorry for you if you think only AIDS carrying whores can be fun to be with and family is only about mortgage and PTA meetings, you seem to have quite a perverted view of reality

    "they did much better at their job and got farther up in the company" - and then when they have all the money but no time since they are executives they would just hire some shitty teenage nanny and they won't see their kids ever again, why bother spending time with family if you can pay some else to pretend that they care? Do you seriously think you can buy love for your kids?

    "They could also make sure to pick up a pre-nup" - yeal like real hot sexy gold digger is going to allow them to have a pre-nup, keep dreaming. These pros make those engineers so hory no pre-nup is required :)))
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  • Pirks - Monday, February 04, 2013 - link

    hory==horny Reply
  • JKflipflop98 - Sunday, February 03, 2013 - link

    What a complete and utter dipshit you are. Reply
  • gbk99 - Friday, February 01, 2013 - link

    "senior executive" ...that is not a real work, with your feet on the table. Have him try unloading a truck by hand or construction. Then he can come home and say I worked. What he does better labeled as fooling around. Reply
  • justaviking - Sunday, February 03, 2013 - link

    Interesting thread. Definitely off-topic from video cards with game bundles.

    I have to chime in about ",,,is not real work, with your feet on the table."

    I have literally picked rocks, stacked bales, and performed a wide variety of manual labor in exchange for a wage. I also know what a desk job is like. While they are completely different, to think that a desk job is not work is simply wrong. Of course there always exceptions (an undeserving boss or a lazy construction worker) but generally speaking both people do work hard and earn their pay.

    In particular, a friend who was an auto mechanic (car repair) complained about his boss sitting in the air conditioned office while he (my friend) did the real work and make money for the shop.

    But when it was time to go home, the mechanic was done for the day. No burdens. No worries. Meanwhile the boss was worrying about how to pay his mechanics next week. Working on next month's advertising budget. Debating which repairs on the building to make and which to defer. Can he hire another mechanic because business is growing, or will hiring another mechanic help attract more business, or does he have too many already?

    In addition to dealing with those issues (plus unhappy customers) during the day, the boss has those burdens and responsibilities weighing on him in the evening and on the weekends.

    If the mechanic makes a mistake, the shop loses a few hundred dollars. If the boss screws up, the shop can lose thousand or even tens of thousands of dollars, and they might have to lay off one of the mechanics. Meanwhile, my friend is at home with his feet up on his coffee table, enjoying his beer, and complaining about the boss who does nothing but sit in the air conditioned office, not realizing that the boss is still at the office that very moment.

    There is also the aspect of responsibility. It's not always easy. You go home tired and exhausted, just in a different way.

    Non-physical labor does not equate to not-working.
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  • justaviking - Sunday, February 03, 2013 - link

    I really should have said, "managerial job" when I said, "desk job," since this started talking about engineers, most of whom have desk jobs... but the point is the same. Reply
  • mars2k - Monday, February 04, 2013 - link

    I never work more than 7 hrs a day. Please don't tell my boss. Reply
  • Pirks - Monday, February 04, 2013 - link

    lucky bastard :) Reply

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