top Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
It's the closest thing you can get to something like BASIC from back in the DOS days on today's computers. Sadly it's not pre-installed with every machine like GW-BASIC was.
top Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
Feel free to wear a smart watch. It's not like your cell phone isn't already telling people where you are even when you think it isn't. Also go ahead and pay for it too, saves me some tax dollars when people pay for their own "spywear" as well as any fees for connectivity.
top I typically start my workday ...
Start -> Day -> FeedHorse.exe
Start -> Day -> Breakfast.exe Start -> Day -> Drive.exe Start -> Day -> Desk.exe Start -> Day -> WorkWhileEveryoneElseInMeetingsTalkingAboutWork.exe about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?
A DOS based database I programmed to handle a video stores inventory from a rental storage building. I was just starting out and the guy who wanted me to write it didn't pay me for it but said it was a trial. That was the last time I programmed in a rental storage facility.
top Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
"3. The price of burgers and lattes will go up."
Tell me how this is a bad thing since that stuff helps contribute to the national obesity rate? People out of work because they can't sell fattening foods to other Americans from places like McDonald's? Oh the horror, people are going to be forced to healthier food choices and actually have to work to prepare a meal to save money.
top Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
I think it's more like people don't want to go to a third party to fix a product that should never have changed and require the fix in the first place. Especially after they paid cash for the new shiny car that has tile shaped wheels.
top New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
I installed an HP Dodo Rockjet Printer with my abacus and the stone tablet prints are really nice quality. Wilma really likes it as well and she prints out all her pictures to it.
top Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17
Honestly I had more to watch on TV when I had to get up an turn a knob to change channels than I do these days. No cable for me.
top Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
And by mazes I mean mazes that can make your Nethack/Rogue happy bits twitch. Out of boredom I started making a cave and dungeon generator like the one Nethack/Rogue has. Here's the resources I used to put together what I have so far in Java.
Topic in General
Procedural Content Generation Wiki
BSP Dungeon Generation
Use one of the examples those places provides or do like I did and strike out on your own method to solve the problem of cave and dungeon building. I got a cave screen shot of one test generation.
My Cave Generator Output
top Firefox 29: Redesign
When I switched my mother from XP to Windows 7 she had a heck of a time finding where things worked and how they worked again. This UI change that is spreading all over the software world to make things more touchy feely like is really not sitting well with me when I use it on a non-touchy feely desktop. Part of me is glad that I kept my mother on IE at this point even though IE is bullet riddled with issues of it's own. The UI is at least somewhat consistent to the desktop for the most part on Windows 7.
top Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using Raspberry Pi
I'm sure there is better components out there but this is really cool and make me wonder if I could build my own 1960's Star Trek communicator at some point before I die and have that as my cell phone.
top In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
Won't help much if the game is just boring to people and/or expensive. Now if you told everyone to wear protective body armor when going out on the green and start aiming at each other then maybe you'd get your numbers up.
top The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money
I'm still burnt from the 2.x to 3.x UI changes. I'd be happier if they kept the 2.x look but improved the underpinnings of the Gnome system. Between XFCE and Cinnamon I'm not really concerned about Gnome anymore. Honestly I'd rather see more resources go in to one of those two than Gnome.
top Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta
I wish I could mod you all the way to Redmond with insightful points.
top UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"
.. when putting whale meat on the dinner table until a giant black spray painted bounty towel roll core parks itself in Earth's oribit and dangles a glowy soccer ball over the planet to bag us for lack of whales. Shattner and Nemoy won't be around forever Japan!
top Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion
Glad I didn't put any money in to the kick starter. I hope I'm wrong but I got an overwhelming sense of dread from this.
top Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?
.. is the furtherest thing from a power user out there. She'd like her old XP interface back.
top Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical
Why do my comments disappear after I hit submit for them? I scroll down and can't find them. I finally did several more comment loads and found what I posted. At least with the original site I saw my post appear in the comment section.
top Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical
Yeah I just tried beta a second time to give it a second chance and there is still way to much white space on here to make this pleasant. Also what looks like a tile bar near the top is giving me Windows 8 fidgets and I'm not enjoying this experience. Would someone please reformat the beta site and reinstall regular
/. and just fix it so that it doesn't auto-mod everything on the fly but lets you have some sort of conformation when moderating? That's all I think that really needed fixed.
top Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Keep the setup as is but have a confirm for moderations. I really hate moderating and something happens where I miss select a moderation type for a post and it gets stuck with something I didn't intend to put there.
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