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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:After five years... (655 comments)

Accidentally modded redundant. Commenting to undo.

about a year ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:Apple ][e (623 comments)

Almost identically history, AppleBASIC in elementary, onto GW then QBasic in middle school. On to Visual Basic for a few apps in early high school and then into C++ with AP Computer Science. The only difference was that I was the last year of C++ before the transition to Java.

about a year and a half ago

Stop Standardizing HTML

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:HTML isn't anymore (302 comments)

Pretty certain the tools for actionscript3 and actionscript3 itself (the language the flash runtime uses) is far more sophisticated and robust than javascript. AS3 is more comparable to Java and .NET, and would be a wonderful toolset for building web applications. It was everything Java attempted to be (in the browser).

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

SavedLinuXgeeK Re: Dictionary (770 comments)

2 tbsp = 1 ounce
1/4 cup = 2 ounces
Seems pretty straightforward to me.

about 2 years ago

Google Wants To Be a Wireless Carrier

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:They won't buy CDMA (151 comments)

Exactly. T-Mobile is already in a position that is friendly to unsubsidized phones. There is a reason Google and T-Mobile have worked together often. I know that Deutsche Telekom was looking to sell off T-Mobile as well. I guarantee that a T-Mobile infused Google would be near unstoppable.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:I wonder... (291 comments)

This is assuming they aren't doing their redirect with DNS records that are hosted outside of their infrastructure. Assuming they don't run their own DNS, wikipedia should be able to do this with almost no bandwidth costs.

about 3 years ago

CDN Optimizing HTML On the Fly

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:Oh please (121 comments)

Isn't that the point of using Google's copy of jQuery for your sight, in lieu of hosting it yourself. You can share the cache with any other site that is pulling the jQuery lib from a trusted 3rd party. After looking at the link you posted, that code may be simpler with respect to size, but in terms of maintenance or having a novice manage it (without introducing cross platform issues), it seems like it may be a nightmare. What would be nice, and Adobe has done this for flash, is to have a separate cache for trusted libraries. It would be nice if I could query to see if jQuery were available in a browser lib cache, and use it from there if available.

more than 4 years ago

Fragmentation vs. Obsolescence In the Android Ecosphere

SavedLinuXgeeK Flash has had the same problems (315 comments)

The flash runtime has experienced the same problems as it was a developing platform. Flash 8,9 and 10 are all still in use today and have different feature sets and programming models. I realize the analog is slightly different as android is an OS and not a runtime, but the fact remains that progress requires this. We as geeks bemoan long development cycles and slow progress. Well the way to get around slow progress is quick iterations, and that gets to you to fragmentation. Adobe has realized this and their rate of development has slowed as they have stabilized on where they want the platform to go. Give android a year or so, and once Google realizes where it wants android to go, the iterations should slow down dramatically, and fragmentation will be a thing of the past.

more than 4 years ago

Beautifully Rendered Music Notation With HTML5

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:Only relevant (259 comments)

The source is not for you to read, but for bandwidth to be saved. You'd probably hate it more if the page took a lot longer to load as well.

more than 4 years ago

Beautifully Rendered Music Notation With HTML5

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:It has external dependancies (259 comments)

Looking at the source code, it only uses jQuery for an on page load handler. The library itself doesn't have any references to jQuery or to the '$' context that jQuery uses. He probably could have used a body onload tag to achieve the same thing, but then when pushing new web standards and using methodologies from the early 90's, this was probably the safer path.

more than 4 years ago

Students Flock To GMU For a Degree In Video Game Design

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:Liberal Arts versus Vocational training (225 comments)

As a GMU graduate ('06) in the Computer Science department, and also as someone who went through their honors in general education, I can honestly say that I have an extremely well rounded education. My general education courses were extremely broad and deep. I had taken AP/IB courses in high school, as had most of my fellow honors students, and these courses were generally challenging for everyone. Also most of my CS courses were also very broad and deep at the beginning, but grew to be more focused as the years progressed. Now my educational path through Mason may not be what the normal person at Mason would go through, but it should be an example of what the school is about and what it is capable of. Though I will also say, that I am a firm believer that you will get out of an education what you put in to it. I have friends who have gone to top engineering schools, and my skills/abilities/job opportunities are on par with where they are at as well.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Flash CS5 Exports Animations To HTML5 Canvas

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:Smart move and good news (166 comments)

I have to agree with the GP 100%. Labeling the GP as flamebait is just unfounded and dumb. Flash has it's entire class hierarchy/toolset/API that is used internally in building the flash animations. If you look at the documentation for AS3 and AS2 and look at all the functionality that is currently available to Flash developers, you'll see the extra bloat that will need to make it into the export. Now I wouldn't necessarily call it bloat, but it is above what a normal person would expect for something done by hand. And as the GP also said, every SWF is a compressed archive. Gzip is great, but unless you have 100% control of your hosting (big companies will), it's not always feasible. It really is a trade off for the hosting company of CPU and load vs. bandwidth, and I'm assuming bandwidth is cheaper for them on normal hosting package.

more than 4 years ago

Tools For Understanding Code?

SavedLinuXgeeK Re:Don't attempt the impossible... (383 comments)

Be careful to make sure that your predecessor quit, and didn't die. While possibly funny, that may not go over so well...

about 7 years ago


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