top 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.
about a year and a half ago
top 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.
top 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.)
top 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.
top Interview for
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.
top Stardock Developing MMORTS Game
Apparently yes, free as in beer, here's some additional comments from Brad...