Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat
If your tech idea is "Be the next [whatever]", it is not a good idea.
Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
Using an IDE doesn’t make you a bad programmer, but being unable to program without it shows that you’re not a really good one.
If I must make a bad analogy, I’d say it’s like using a cookbook: using one doesn’t make you bad at cooking. But a good cook is able to cook without one.
With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?
Sorry can't be a hipster.. too damn old. I've been a Mac guy since errr.. like 20 years ago now.
So, you’ve been a hipster since before it was cool?
Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise
That's what happens you become a data scientist. They invent numbers out of thin air.
They won’t do that for long when there will be no air left.
Pentago Is a First-Player Win
If Matthew Broderick had played pentago, the computer would have concluded the first country launching a nuclear missile always wins the war.
Il came close
New Oculus Rift Prototype Features Head Tracking, Reduced Motion Blur, HD AMOLED Display
It’s not the definitive product, but you can try it if you want.
What Sci-Fi Movies Teach Us About Project Management Skills
T2 is an action movie with a bit of sci-fi. Terminator is a sci-fi movie with action bits.
Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis
Having a low chance of contracting Parkinson doesn't mean you don't have a high chance of contracting one of the hundreds of debilitating or lethal diseases out there. You could also die before retirement from thousands of other causes.
Why are you still on /. instead of packing that suitcase now?
Scientology's Fraud Conviction Upheld In France
The worst thing is that the scientology mytho isn't even his best work.
He wrote some interesting science fiction, but the Xenu story isn't really SF. It's bad fantasy.
Crowdfunding Platform For Drupal Development Launches
"building a site usually leads to customers screaming and the site failing under high traffic loads"
Swedish Machine Turns Sweat Into Drinking Water
Are you fucking kidding me? Somebody develops a stillsuit and you think of Waterworld? This site isn't what it used to be.
Where are my mod points when I need them?
NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?
World of Warcraft Film Shooting Begins Early 2014
If you follow the "source" link to http://www.slashfilm.com/legendary-plans-first-quarter-2014-shoot-for-warcraft/ , it appears the movie (temporary) title would just be "Warcraft".
It seems the guys at mmopage don't know their video games. What a shame.
Trisquel 6.0 'Toutatis' Is Now Available
Steam doesn't work on mint debian. It requires glibc 2.15, and lmde only has glibc 2.13.
It's always possible to install a more recetn version, but it's easier to just use a more up-to-date distrib.
Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination
I don't know how Joomla has evolved since I last used it several years ago (just after the introduction of joomla 1.5), but its flaws were blockers for me.
It had almost no extensibility (new features had to be written almost like external applications, integrability with the core of the cms was minimal), no adaptability (you couldn't add a field to a content form without modifying half a dozen files, and there were no way to have different content types. Also you couldn't change the site structure: you had to hav all your content under a 2-levels hierarchy of sections and category), and no inter-operability between extensions (an extension like jacl, which brought almost-decent acl capabilities to joomla, was unable to work with community manager, a widely used extension that implemented the concept of use groups).
And it used an MVC object structure that looked like the software architect had no idea of the goal of an mvc structure, but had read in a blog that mvc is good.
Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination
it's easy to find and hire people who are familiar with it.
who *think they* are familiar with it.
Drupal looks easy to extend for a beginner developper because, like php, you don't have to do something right to have it work.
So it's really quick to have a mess of a codebase that leads to an unstable site that's a nightmare to maintain.
But if you really know the insides of it, you can craft a something beautiful that runs smoothly and is easy to work with. It's not perfect, and "real" coders will look at its non-use of OOP with contempt, but it's pretty good at what it can do.
And, let's be honest for a second: it's one of the least horrible open source CMSs out there (at least in the php world, I don't really know about Java or python or other CMSs).
If you want a good pphp cms, you have Drupal or Ezpublish. There's wordpress that wants to be a cms but isn't quite there, Joomla is a joke, Typo3 is from another time... The perfect software doesn't exist.
Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine
A few years ago is not now. Try writing a game running in html5 canvas.
I wrote one a few months ago for the github game-off: https://github.com/RonanL/game-off-2012
It's faster in chrome/chromium, but it's playable in firefox and opera.
I've written several tests to optimize canvas rendering. I found that chrome benefits a lot more from pre-rendering in an hidden canvas, while firefox doesn't benefit from it at all. Opera is about twice as fast as firefox for pure canvas rendering, and a little faster than chrome.
Keep in mind, I only test rendering a small (12x12px) image, and a game is a lot more than that: pure js performance is very important and not tested here at all.
Here are my test results right now (on linux, with several tabs open in chrome but only one in opera):
Draw 100k sprites: 0.551s
Draw 100k sprites in a buffer: 0.370s
Draw 100k sprites with a rotation: 2.193s
Draw 100k sprites with a rotation in a buffer: 2.145s
Draw rotate a sprite in a buffer, the draw it 100k times in another buffer: 0.427s
Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine
Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?
If your progress bar shows progress for several different tasks, it might be a good idea to divide it into several progress bars showing the progress for each part.
Say you must download some data file, then import locally (it could be anything: an update for a game, a feed for an rss reader, etc...). you could have one progress bar, but you have no way of knowing if the time taken by the two subtasks is similar, or if downloading will take 95% of time, or if downloading will be almost instant...
So you show two bars :
Downloading data... 100% complete
Importing Data... 47%
You will never have bars that never change filling rate, because downloading rate or available processor resources or quantities of other things may vary, but you can limit it by not using only one bar to show completion of entirely different tasks.
Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero
So, temperature uses unsigned floats?
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