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Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

ThirdPrize Re:When upgrades break code (432 comments)

Yeah, because I would love to spend my time maintaining something that is no longer supported, while my skill set slowly goes the same way as my will to live.

You really need to badger your managers to upgrade things every couple of years or so. If you do it continually then it is not going to be as painful as jumping a couple of releases of the language in one go. Unless you do new stuff and use the latest technologies then your working practices are going to remain the same. Things move fast these days (though not that fast in the python world). To reference a language I am more familiar with, I am sure a C# application written in .Net 1 would probably still compile and run on a new machine, however, whatever it is doing, you can guarantee there are better ways of doing it these days. Probably in half the code.

about 3 months ago
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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

ThirdPrize Re:Registered? (169 comments)

I tried that but it still says "BillGatesSux" is taken.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

ThirdPrize Re:Kids these days.... (328 comments)

Can we bring up Pat Metheney and his Orchestrion at this point? He has an orchestra full of real instruments that he can play with his guitar, sort of like MIDI for real instruments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VymAn8QJNQ

about 4 months ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

ThirdPrize Re:PengPod Owner (93 comments)

>>I would do the same with a Rapsberry Pi, some USB display, and a battery,

LOL!

about 6 months ago
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Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

ThirdPrize Past the point of needing new iPhones (348 comments)

I am sticking with my 4S until it is rendered too slow by the OS. A faster processor doesn't really mean anything these days. Most of the apps I run are not processor heavy games. Bigger screens and coloured cases are all window dressing really.

about 7 months ago
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The Big Hangup At Burning Man Is Cell Phones

ThirdPrize Re:hidden smoldering man (167 comments)

Welcome to the joys of getting old ;)

about 8 months ago
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Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense

ThirdPrize Re:Complete Garbage (321 comments)

Lets face it, the original iPhone was all about running "web apps". Crappy bits of HTML running over the web. It is only because people started jailbreaking and writing their own apps that Apple opened up iOS to developers. Without the original jailbreakers Apple would be a lot, lot poorer.

about 10 months ago
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Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

ThirdPrize Re:That bad huh? (313 comments)

Come on, its not like you meet someone on a $30/M web site, start dating, cancel your subscription and you are suddenly forced to stop dating them. You go on for a few months, contact all the possibles and if there is nothing, then you cancel. Stay on there too long and you just start contacting random ones.

about 10 months ago
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Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

ThirdPrize Re:It's about content not specs. (305 comments)

Isn't the article rather missing the point? Does the average Android game really require more power? How many cores do you really need to play Angry Birds? I guess the hardest thing it is ever going to do is play 1080 video and I suspect the chipset is already optimised for that.

1 year,2 days
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Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

ThirdPrize Lazy (260 comments)

You see i have this old 286 machine i found in the loft. I can't be bothered to take it down the tip so i thought a charity might like it. ;)
Certainly where I live, the charity shops (of which there are a lot) won't touch hardware. Full stop. They are mostly run by old ladies who wouldn't know a top end PC from a hole in the ground. If they started accepting PCs, old printers, scanners (remember them), etc their shops would soon be full of them.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Tablets: Less Jarring Than Windows 8?

ThirdPrize Re:finally, a tablet that will be welcome here (179 comments)

Unfortunately it will be judged mainly on its performance. So it better be running on some nice kit if it wants to make an impression.

about a year ago
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Australian Prime Minister's Spoof "Apocalypse" Speech Goes Viral In China

ThirdPrize Re:K-pop? (225 comments)

You mean big japanese robots prancing around as if they were riding a horse? That I would like to see.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Jump Back Into Programming?

ThirdPrize Re:Get into Mobile Computing (247 comments)

I would second this. I program for the day job but a few years ago i got an iPhone. I had always looked down on shareware and freeware but once i got my first app on the app store I was converted. As long as you come up with a vaguely original idea you can write a small puzzle/board game in a month or two of evenings. Probably quicker if its full time. Make it free and people WILL download it. Objective C is fairly good now they have sorted the memory management.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Jump Back Into Programming?

ThirdPrize Re:C# is great... (247 comments)

Sorry, but learning C++ is a bit like learning Latin. It is good if you want to understand the background of todays modern languages but really, there are so many better and well thought out languages these days that you shouldn't really need to.

about a year and a half ago
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Objective-C Overtakes C++, But C Is Number One

ThirdPrize Re:C, raw machine independent assembler-like langu (594 comments)

Well, C is one step above assembler but not much more than that. Most of its commands and operations map onto assembly quite nicely (x++ to increment a variable, etc) and outside of the libraries, there is not much "high level" functionality built into it. Its portable as most of it is "lowest common denominator" stuff.

about 2 years ago
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Objective-C Overtakes C++, But C Is Number One

ThirdPrize 0 based arrays have no place in a modern language (594 comments)

Unless you are doing string or memory manipulation in c, then yes, you can use them. In all other languages it should be banned. I remember tutting when i read that c# had caved in to the c programmers and included it. There is just no need because 1) it is not obvious (eg, _month[0]="Jan" or things like that). 2)Use an iterator, that's what they are there for.

Of course that is just my opinion.

about 2 years ago
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Documentation As a Bug-Finding Tool

ThirdPrize Re:Theory doesn't always work in practice. (188 comments)

Wrong. First you write the documentation, then you write the tests and then, if you have time, you write the code.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?

ThirdPrize Re:It's reputation.... (247 comments)

Technically, but it depends on the project. Some times there is a certain amount of implied pre-ordering going on. You just have to read between the lines on the project description. No compensation though f it does fall through.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?

ThirdPrize You can be TOO successful (247 comments)

I love Kickstarter, it is one of my secret vices. First rule though, never pledge any more than you can afford to write off and still keep a smile on your face. I have pledged to a couple of dozen projects from books and CDs, to paintings and sculptures, to gadgets and tech. Only one has failed to deliver so far, though after a year of silence, that seems to be getting back on track.

The worst thing that can happen to a Kickstarter project is for it to be TOO successful. You have a crazy idea to build something, Kickstart it and suddenly there are a thousand people after it. All of a sudden you are talking serious money and serious organizational skills to produce it. If they just want the money to bring something to market (you are essentially preordering) then fine, if its to do some R&D and actually design the thing then I'd be careful.

I just think of it as a way to be a kind of "patron to the arts" and to find some cool stuff along the way.

Finally, want to get a surefire success for your project? Just stick the words "Neil Gaiman" in in somewhere. They love him. ;)

about 2 years ago

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Has /. changed the way you think?

ThirdPrize ThirdPrize writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThirdPrize (938147) writes "/. is an interesting site but like most social web sites it is only as interesting as its readers. They seem to be spread across the political spectrum and nowhere is this more apparent than in the comments sections. I would like to know though, has an argument in /. ever effected the way you thought about anything? Has it changed you choice of os/console/politics/religion? If so, how?"
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Surface:a look at Microsofts new platform

ThirdPrize ThirdPrize writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThirdPrize (938147) writes "Here is a story on Microsofts "Surface". It is a touch screen/interactive/computer/table beastie that looks a bit like an old school Space Invaders machine. It goes into hardware as well as software details. Interestingly the front end is written using the same libraries as Xbox 360 games."
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