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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

Gramie2 Re:Scratch (120 comments)

There are also several excellent books for Scratch programming. My son used Super Scratch Programming Adventure and really liked it.

2 days ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Gramie2 Re:Agree. District 9, for example (368 comments)

It was not a critique only of apartheid, but also of the situation afterwards, and the way that migrants from other African countries were (and often still are) being treated in South Africa.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

Gramie2 Re:Oh my god, you're actually serious??? (376 comments)

I also started in IT when I was in my early 30s, about 15 years ago. At the age of 45, I was lucky to find a software development job at a university.Yes, the pay is significantly lower, but I rarely exceed the 35-hour workweek (2-3 times in six years). There is flexibility that allows me to be a single parent that my previous 60-100-hour weeks and insane deadlines never had. I have the respect and cooperation of my peers and superiors. I have the opportunity (not taken yet) to take six university courses (anything I like) a year.

When I interviewed for the job, they asked me the standard question, "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Given that I'm a senior programmer, the only way up would be into management, so I replied, "doing exactly the same work, that I love, but doing it much better".

Being part of an organized workforce (I'm part of the United Steelworkers of Canada, for some bizarre reason), I have a reasonably good chance of continuing to learn and develop my skills until I decide to stop -- but I'm having too much fun to see that happening anytime soon.

about three weeks ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Gramie2 Re:Meetings (186 comments)

Absolutely. I have 2-3 meetings a week, almost never lasting more than one hour each. My boss shields me from all the other crap that I would otherwise have to deal with, including saying "NO", which I'm not very good at.

about 1 month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Gramie2 Re:Ok, I am naive, but... (320 comments)

I remember how delighted I was to learn data structures and algorithms, after 15 years of being a self-taught hobbyist. Tree traversal? Quicksort? Recursion? Quadtrees? I was fascinated and excited to understand how those things worked. I don't remember ever being resentful of long days and late nights. I even had to get the department head's permission to take more CS courses in one semester than they normally allowed.

Of course, I was a mature student, studying CS in my 30s after graduating in chemical engineering (where the only computer course we had was FORTRAN) and spending a decade in the workforce. So motivation was different for me.

about a month ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Gramie2 Re:Tech Up Bringing? (441 comments)

As a single dad to two boys, I have been the only dad at multiple birthday parties. I've planned and hosted them. I've dealt with my kids' teachers and coaches and friends without batting an eye.

Maybe I'm lucky that I'm not all that sensitive to what other people are thinking about me. It certainly helped when I was almost the only foreigner in a village in the mountains of Southern Africa for three years. It also helped when I was one of a handful of foreigners in the places I lived in Japan for seven years.

Yes, in some ways I feel more comfortable with people who speak English natively, or who understand about Tim Hortons and the Montreal Canadiens, but I also value the people who are around me, wherever it may be.

When I arrived in the aforementioned African country, my organization immediately (within 24 hours of my two-day trip) placed me in another village, where I lived with a family for a month. The rationale was that when you are thrown into an unfamiliar environment, you seek support and connections among those around you. If I had started with an orientation surrounded by other expat volunteers, I would not form close bonds with the locals. Also, learning the language became a matter of survival (although a few people around me spoke English, learning Sesotho was essential).

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Gramie2 Re:Some of the most successful companies (574 comments)

I dunno, the average GP (General Practitioner, or Family Doctor) in Ontario makes over $300,000/year, and malpractice is under $4,000. A general surgeon can easily make over $500,000. A senior software developer would earn about $100,000, a teacher with 10 years' experience about $90,000.

about a month and a half ago
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Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

Gramie2 Re:People are desperate for culture (126 comments)

Sounds like the daily train commute I used to do in Japan. Have you ever seen those videos of white-gloved train station workers cramming passengers into the train? Every morning for three years. If I didn't have my book up by my face when I got in, there was literally not enough room to get it out of my bag and raise it.

Not that unpleasant when you are crammed against high school girls and OLs ("office ladies", female office workers), but when it's a 50-year-old oyaji who just threw his cigarette away before stepping on the train it is less than ideal.

about a month and a half ago
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Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

Gramie2 Re:People are desperate for culture (126 comments)

Speaking of ramen, I lived near the city in Japan that had the country's highest-rated ramen restaurant (according to a popular TV show). There were lineups out the door and down the street after midnight on a week night!

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Gramie2 Re:Article ignores variability (610 comments)

I believe you are supposed to keep livestock in your house to help with body heat. That's the traditional way.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Gramie2 Re:Srsly, don't cross the streams. It's bad. (392 comments)

"Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."

about 3 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

Gramie2 Re:Switching to Libreoffice? (190 comments)

...but in Libreoffice it's a literal pain in the rear to do, especially if a Spreadsheet is involved.

A literal pain in the rear? I think you're not doing it correctly.

about 4 months ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Gramie2 Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

I have a friend whose adult daughter committed suicide a couple of years ago. My friend, after seeing her daughter struggle with mental illness for years, believes in assisted suicide as a compassionate solution for some people even if they do not have physical pain.

It's hard for me to agree with this, but I also haven't lived through what she has.

about 5 months ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Gramie2 Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

The characters in Silicon Valley (the Mike Judge TV show) are much more believable and accurate, and the show is far funnier as well.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Gramie2 Re:ERP system from *Oracle* (209 comments)

Can you imagine how much face would be lost by people up in the executive suites if they admitted a mistake of this magnitude? They would run the company into the ground first.

about 5 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 Re:They have gone further before (590 comments)

Well, this new character isn't actually Thor either, no matter what they may say. I expect that they will do a short run with a woman and return to the original Thor, because it's all about business and they don't want to confuse potential customers who like the movies (or the actual Norse mythology). This is just one of the regular "everything has changed" publicity stunts that they pull every few years because they don't have any real character development. Remember the death of Superman? Of Captain America? It's about the same level as when Dallas (the original series) said, "the whole last season was just a dream".

about 5 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 Re:Another comic book gimmick (590 comments)

I think it's due to a lack of visionary storytelling. Just like all the alternate universes. I blame it on management running the show instead of the creatives. Oh, for the days of Miller on Daredevil, Byrne on X-men/FF, Layton/Michelinie on Iron Man....

about 5 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 They have gone further before (590 comments)

Does no one else remember Beta Ray Bill from Walt Simonson's run in the '80s (the golden age for Thor and large swathes of Marvel, in my opinion). Beta Ray Bill was able to wield Mjolnir and Thor's power even though he was a vaguely-humanoid alien.

about 5 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Gramie2 Re:Today, I would never have learned programming (608 comments)

If you really are interested, you could check out Basic4Android. No, it's not free, but it is very reasonably priced (starting at $60, and you can usually find coupons online to lower the price even more). It makes Android apps possible for the average programmer. There is a superb community growing around it, too, and the main developer of B4A answers many of the questions himself.

about 5 months ago

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Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gramie2 (411713) writes "Codegear (now a subsidiary of Borland) has just released version 1.0 of Delphi for PHP, a RAD development environment (running on Windows) that produces standard PHP code. It features a large set of built-in components, including ones that use AJAX for database access, and Codegear is encouraging users to develop their own components. The framework, VCL for PHP, is open source, and documentation follows the PHP model.

Initial database connectivity is for MySQL and Interbase (Codegear's commercial database that spawned the open-source Firebird), but more are promised."
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Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gramie2 writes "I was toying with the idea of throwing my son in the car and driving for two days to watch the latest shuttle launch. I didn't, but it occurred to me that I don't know the logistics of going to watch a launch. Where is the best place to stay near the site? Where do you view from? I imagine that there are restrictions, so do you have to make get tickets or make other arrangements ahead of time?

And how do you find out the launch schedule? What about smaller launches? How do they compare? Is there one time of year that is better than another? Any other recommendations for the whole experience?"

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