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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

4pins Planning & Vision (211 comments)

If you don't know how it's going to look, behave, or function; then put the keyboard down and go figure it out before you do any programming. It's amazing how competent you will find yourself, when you know what you are doing.

4 days ago

Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

4pins Re:Counter-threat (589 comments)

It is too late to threaten the theaters for that, Sony pulled the release so they cannot show the film. Or is the lack of logic your point?

about a month and a half ago

Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

4pins Re:No, Windows 8 pulled a Unity, not the reverse (125 comments)

Please mod parent up!

  • 1: Always run changes by your existing customers.
  • 2: Always look around and see if there is a "case study" for what you are considering.

about 2 months ago

Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

4pins Re:Does a pig need leaches? (215 comments)

That is great, however there is a whole set of employers that hire by the project. I personally attempt to avoid this (trying to provide stability for my family), however there is a certain appeal in always being focused on building something new. In this situation, having someone trying to make sure there is a next project to move to, would be nice.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

4pins Re:Nonsense (219 comments)

Java has been open source for some time.

People still have trouble with the owner monetizing it.

.NET has just now been open sourced.

People should jump from Java to C#, because now the .NET owner can't apply "money-grubbing tactics."

I am confused, did I miss something?

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

4pins Re:Unified Kernel (352 comments)

The real last step is getting the WinRT APIs and environments up to snuff so they can be seamlessly used alongside Win32 applications on the desktop.

You mean like this?

I am no fan of Windows 8, however it biggest problem is its face not its core or its capabilities. Compared to a few years ago (when the: common, random, and jarring full screen interruption was a blue screen of death), this is the world upside down.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

4pins Books (635 comments)

I keep buying books made from paper. I really enjoy not turning them off for landing (although that seems to be getting better).

about 5 months ago

Math, Programming, and Language Learning

4pins Lots and Lots (241 comments)

While I freely admit that most of my programming has been in other areas. In every project I do it seems the day comes when boss says, what we need here is a visual. Where: when I click on it here..., when I drag it their..., when I spin it... What you have to understand (and many here do) is that you screen/window/view is laid out in a coordinate system. So you cannot escape it! You quickly need: geometry, trigonometry, vectors, and if your doing any 3D calculus.

Good luck!

about 6 months ago

Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

4pins Re:Microsoft cross platform problem. (442 comments)

There have been compatibilitiy problems irking consumers ever since Vista x86_64 hit the market.

What? I never ran Vista x64, but I did run Windows 7 and do run Windows 8 in 64-bit. The only compatibility problems I've ever seen are with 16-bit programs...

The early 64bit days on windows where rough. Why? Programs that thought they knew where their 32bit dependencies would always be. Microsoft recompiled Windows (with some real effort) for 64bit meaning things like the Windows directory went from being 32bit to 64bit. 32bit versions supplied for backwards compatibility were provided under a new parallel structure (with different names) known as WoW64 (Windows on Windows). If you built your software with the proper: relative paths, environment variable, and registry references things just worked. If you had hard-coded paths or chose the wrong references, your software broke.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

4pins Re:I'm glad (442 comments)

Except for out-of-the-box integration with Remote Workplace

Alright, Microsoft Remote Web Workplace provides a convenient web interface (through a proprietary IE plug-in) to connect to RDP through a proxy. As long as IT supports Android and iOS, they will provide a way to RDP using one of the available third party clients. So how is this the must have, separating SurfaceRT from the established players?

about a year and a half ago

A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

4pins Re:let Metro apps run in a window on the desktop + (578 comments)

let Metro apps run in a window on the desktop + add back windows 7 start menu. With only 1 control plan is realty all they need to do.

You can get the first two for $8 right now. I just did this for my parents who said, "Learning something new at this point just isn't a good idea."

about a year and a half ago

A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

4pins Re:My solution for fixing Windows 8 (578 comments)

Hmm, interestingly 3.11 x 2 = 6.22, I never noticed that before. :)

7 + 1.1 = 8.


about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

4pins Re:What a relief. (614 comments)

Do not throw out well engineered software, maintain it.

the problem is untangling the business logic and reproducing it without error

Hold the phone. I thought we were discussing upgrading. Too many of these comments assume an "upgrade" necessarily means replacing the old software with something completely different. I believe this is a bad assumption! The poster specifically mentions IE 6, which is only eleven years old. So we are well into the era of MVC programming where the code talking to IE6 is the View. Therefore in order to upgrade it for newer browsers, you should not be touching the business logic. I full recognize that you may have inherited a pile of spaghetti logic without any comments (as I did three years ago), in which case I wish you luck in your replacement endeavors (after getting some radical new requirements, I am just now getting close). I also realize that "updating for new browsers" could mean adding missing closing tags to replacing an ActiveX plug-in with AJAX components. However, in a great many cases we are working with the Controller's and Model's APIs and not touching the business logic (nor moving heaven and earth).

Businesses need to view both computers and software as a durable good. You maintain durable goods until they either catastrophically fail or are so outstripped by newer technology that a new one actually saves you money or makes you more money.

about a year and a half ago

Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?

4pins Re:See the thing is I have used it (413 comments)

Technically it is a very good OS. It is fast and stable

First, these are some of my experiences with Windows 8, they may be atypical. Second, I'm running Office 2010 (one version old).


Windows 8 is initially very snappy, for reasons that I cannot diagnose (no high CPU usage or low amount of available memory), after I have run it for 24-48 hours it becomes slow and so I have taken to shutting it down every eventing (something I wasn't doing with Windows 7, but did do with every version of Windows prior).


These all run outside of metro, however this is suppose to be "Windows."

  • Word: Crashes, if I have more than one window open.
  • Outlook: Strange trouble switching between windows (often takes three clicks).
  • PowerPoint: Certain slides (some that I used previously) crash Windows 8.
  • SciTE (text editor): Syntax highlighting complete broken (just under Windows 8).

I've run all this by our head of IT and rather than try to fix any of it, he is trying to get us off of Windows. However at the same time we are deploying new SharePoint 2010 sites, so I do not think we are giving up on the brand.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Amps Up Its Multi-Window Android Upgrade

4pins Re:I don't know (229 comments)

Needing multiple windows on a tablet or phone means you are using it wrong, or really want to be using a laptop.

That is what I thought, then I picked up my laptop running Windows 8.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

about 2 years ago

US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

4pins Re:and how well will that work?? (228 comments)

I have been running Window 8 for nearly a month and I have found the start screen/metro impossible to ignore. The start screen keeps taking over and other metro interface components (most often the charms bar) keep popping up while I am working with classic applications. What am I missing? Is there a setting? Perhaps a script? I am already running a start menu replacement.

I know I said previously that running it this way was a mistake. However when many people are telling me to try something and many more are asking me about it, I feel it is only right to give it a real chance.

about 2 years ago

But Can It Run Crysis 3?

4pins Re:is the game worth it? (182 comments)

AMD Radeon HD5870 - No longer available, but faster cards are available for less than $100.

Oh you poor saps, Apple will still sell me an AMD Radeon HD 5870 for my Mac Pro for $449.00.

Feel free to cry for me.

more than 2 years ago

NPD Group Analysts Say Windows 8 Sales Sluggish

4pins Re:I partially blame OEMs (269 comments)

The entire OS is only really usable with a touch screen.

Not just a "touch screen" but a "multi touch screen," do you know what one of those costs? I cannot blame the OEMs for trying to offer desktop bundles and laptops at a decent price.

more than 2 years ago



Neutrinos NOT So Fast After All

4pins 4pins writes  |  more than 3 years ago

4pins (858270) writes "We have: hoped, wondered, contemplated the possibilities, and waited with baited breath. Now comes the disappointment. It seems our dreams will be a little more far fetched tonight.

Scientists at Switzerland's CERN research center threatened to turn physics upside down in September, when they measured a neutrino traveling at faster-than-light speeds. But now a new experiment by researchers in Italy suggests that the particles are actually obeying the cosmic speed limit.


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