Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
I hated math in university, I still hate it now, but over a 25 year programming career math has turned out to be the single most surprisingly useful thing I learned in university. Calculus, statistics, trig, I have needed them all in my programming work. I wouldn't have the cool job I have now if I couldn't do the math.
Slashdot Launches Re-Design
I have visited slashdot several times a day for years, but I'm switching to RSS, the new layout is too annoying. I actually took the time to look for a setting to fix the appearance, but there is none. Too much whitespace, not enough contrast, annoying bar at the top, the more stories button messes up constantly, reading a story in a new tab scrolls down automagically, rather than starting at the top. Just so awful. FAIL.
Best Education Path To Learn Video Game Programming?
Seriously, tell them to get a real degree so when they are tired of making games, they can get another job (not as a dancer.)
Best Mobile Computing Options For People With RSI?
I can't touch a mouse without pain. I've found a touchpad causes the least strain for me. I don't use the buttons, I tap the surface to click. Almost no strain doing that. I can use it all day. I have a synaptics one on a HP Pavilion laptop.
I also have a small bamboo stylus which I can use for a couple hours, but if I use it all day it bothers me. Get an ergonomic keyboard like the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard for typing.
Spend the money on a good chair, like an Aeron.
If you can touch type, any typing assistance software is likely a waste of time.
Speech recognition is only good if you can talk all day. To see if it will work for you, read a book outloud, see how long you last.
Interview for Mytheon
Apparently the guys at Petroglyph haven't been checking out the competition. There's a nice list at www.mmorts.com including such cool titles as Beyond Protocol, Dreamlords, and Battleforge.
Stardock Developing MMORTS Game
Apparently yes, free as in beer, here's some additional comments from Brad...