top Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers
their #1 fear isn't the rocket blowing up and getting killed, it's not fear of blacking out from G-forces, it's not fear of getting shot down, it's the fear of screwing up.
Same as the #1 fear from TFA. (fear of writing buggy code / messing up)
The official Pilot's Prayer (as handed to us by Alan Shepard) is "Lord, please don't let me fuck up".
Not "Lord, please don't let me blow up" or "Please keep me safe"
This is also the Stage Manager prayer.
top Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?
And I'm still up in the air about a PS4, and definitely not getting an Xbox One, so it's at least in contention. Ultimately it will come down to the games, like it always does. Nobody thought the DS could compare with the PSP, and then the games came out and everybody realized what was important.
about a year and a half ago
top Microsoft's Lost Decade
He doesn't seem to get that no one accused Microsoft of collapsing as a company, but effectively coasting on previous success. And the thing about coasting, is that it means you had previously built up momentum. The fact that Microsoft kept making money just meant that they had built up a really strong market share. They just didn't do anything beyond what they already had.
top Atari Wants To Reinvent
It's called Bit.Trip Beat and it's great.
top Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?
There's a difference between anti-intellectualism and anti-institutionalism.
Iron Man 2 Review
Likewise. Dark Knight was good, but overlong, with too many unnecessary bits, and too much pretension.
Iron Man was a more cohesive experience.
top Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?
None of this says that you're a good programmer, it just says that you're a good marketer.
top Linux Games For Non-Gamers?
I enjoyed Travian until I discovered it's possible to completely paralyze someone by destroying their farms, so that it's completely impossible for them to take any actions or recover at all. Then you just become a mining/logging subsidiary of whoever is nearby.
top Can Video Game Accessibility Go Too Far?
A statement that somehow the message of art 'degrades' as it reaches more people is something I assumed to hear from some art snob complaining about reproductions of the Mona Lisa, not about a video game starring Mario. The whole notion is insanely elitist, and I'm frankly flabbergasted that someone saw fit to print it.
Especially considering that they got the whole idea wrong - it's only a demo mode that shows you how to beat a section. In order to progress through the game, you still have to play it yourself!
top Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?
If Rockstar managed to release San Andreas on the Playstation 2, a piece of hardware which was inferior to the gamecube, let alone the Wii, then I somehow doubt it's impossible to release an open world style game on the Wii. This basically just sounds like they don't really know what they're doing, and are wasting processor cycles on things they really don't need.
top Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X
Linux on the desktop is dead.
Long live Linux on the desktop.
top Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux
And people wonder why the year of Linux on the desktop never comes.
It's because all the linux geeks waste their time on stupid shit instead of actual useful things.
top Outliers, The Story Of Success
That money was only in the hands of a fairly small amount of plantation owners, though. The large majority of residents were poor white farmers.
top Amazon Announces Kindle 2, With Slew of New Features
Just in case you're not just joking:
Kindling is the word you're thinking of. Kindle is the verb, of starting a flame, or an emotion. Which seems fairly appropriate.
top Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty
The thing that confuses me the most about this paper is his hatred for using anthropomorphic metaphors to describe the functioning of a program. It confuses me partly because his examples of why it's bad don't seem to actually address his complaint, or anything like it. But also, because the more I think about it, they seem to fit very well.
Program components may not be living things, but they do run autonomously. They perform actions, frequently without any input from me. They seem to do things and interact with other components on their own - why not describe it as such? There's also the fact that he doesn't give any alternate way of describing what's going on inside a program.
top Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty
It's the equivalent of a biology class detailing the possibilities of life, by examining chemical interactions, without actually examining any actual living organisms.
top How 10 Iconic Tech Products Got Their Names
even considering the subject matter. It covers that wikipedia is wiki + encyclopedia, but offers nothing on how wikis got their name (a hawaiian bus system), it just says that android was made by a company named Android, and says that OSX is the 10th mac os, without even bothering to look into the cat names at all. The only one with an actual interesting answer was Red Hat.
top Batman Discussion
It's the latest Joker flick, Batman is just a secondary character.
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