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Ouya's Unsung Strength: Multiplayer For Parties

WWE-TicK Re:XBMC (54 comments)

Also plays 1080p without a hitch.

Latest stable of XBMC, Gotham, now works completely out of the box on Ouya. 1080p, AC3 and DTS decoding, AC3/DTS passthrough, everything. And as a bonus, you get a silky smooth XBMC interface experience unlike on the Pi.

You have a point about the CEC thing tho. Just get a remote with an IR learning function so you can use that to turn the TV on/off and control the volume on your receiver. Everything else will be used to control the Ouya.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

WWE-TicK Re:Learn the background of languages (387 comments)

You can do encapsulation easy enough in C. But what about inheritance and dynamic binding?

The point of OO languages is to be able to support OO constructs and make implemented OO designs easier. True, you can do all those OO things in C. But without language support, it gets to a point where the pros are outweighed by the cons. C++ and Objective C were invented for a reason.

about 8 months ago

Career Advice: Don't Call Yourself a Programmer

WWE-TicK Re:Engineer (422 comments)

You should try actually working with people outside of academia and you will quickly learn that just because there degree says "engineer" on it doesn't make them an engineer. You will learn the converse to be true as well. I've encountered people with physics degrees and computer science degrees hold "engineering-type" positions who I would say were actual engineers compared to people who were really nothing more than "paper" engineers.

more than 2 years ago

Career Advice: Don't Call Yourself a Programmer

WWE-TicK Re:Programmers are not Software Engineers (422 comments)

Something tells me you've never seen the curriculums for undergraduate software engineering degrees. They're computer science degrees with mandatory software management courses thrown in replacing what would've been elective courses in Computer Sceince. At least in the States they are. Nothing about the curriculums make them more "engineering-like" than Computer Science. Unless my CS program just happened to be more "engineering-like" compared to everybody else. Perhaps ABET accreditation makes all the difference.

more than 2 years ago

The Games Programmers Play

WWE-TicK i wish i still played games (163 comments)

I'm a programmer and I don't play games any more :(. Not sure what happened. In college, I damn near flunked out because I played Quake too much. But ever since I started working professionally (10 years now), I simply don't have the motivation to load up a game and play it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

WWE-TicK University is ... (913 comments)

University is not trade school. You go there to get educated. If all you know is one narrow field, then you can hardly call yourself educated.

You can do what I did and take the general ed classes at the local community college, then just transfer the credits in. A lot cheaper that way.

And out of all the general ed classes you need to take, I'd have to say the English 101 class is the most important. It's just down right embarrassing to claim that you are educated, but can't even write a coherent paper. And yes, you do that a lot in the professional world. Or in more general, you need to be able to communicate effectively. I know this one senior developer who said one of the best developers he's ever had was a guy whose degree wasn't in CS or related field but in English. And it was simply because he was knew how to communicate his thoughts in a clear and effective manner. His code might not have been as tight and efficient as a CS guy, but in the grand scheme of things that doesn't matter as much as being able to write clear and maintainable code.

Who knows, you might actually enjoy some of those non-CS classes. I know I liked the critical thinking class I took to fulfill a humanities credit. That surprised me because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have signed up for a class like that if I wasn't forced to pick something.

more than 3 years ago

Biggest Changes In C++11 (and Why You Should Care)

WWE-TicK Re:Nice but... but nothing. They are useful. (385 comments)

For example, while g++ mostly supports the new standard I'm pretty sure gdb doesn't allow you to set a breakpoint in an anonymous function. Until it does I would say they have no place in application development, or only under the most draconian coding standards that prevent the kind of unpleasantness you get when a junior developer realizes all the kewl stuff they can do with them.

VC2010's debugger allows breakpoints in lambdas. Just sayin' ...

more than 3 years ago

Biggest Changes In C++11 (and Why You Should Care)

WWE-TicK Re:Nice but... (385 comments)

Dunno about you, but I find lambda's extremely useful. It lets me use Boost's signals and slots without using that butt ugly boost bind() function. I also like using them to do nested functions like you could in Pascal. The new overloaded meaning for the auto keyword is also a pretty awesome addition. The compiler I use the most these days (VC 2010) doesn't do typesafe enums yet, but I see myself using that a lot when it comes too.

more than 3 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

WWE-TicK ssh + rsync = win! (482 comments)

I put a Linux box with an SSH server and rsync on my FIOS line. Then I use rsync for Android to sync file shares between the Linux box and my Android tablet. This has been working fine for me. It might even be more secure than Dropbox.

more than 2 years ago

On Monday, AT&T Customers Enter Era of Broadband Caps

WWE-TicK Re:What can you expect.. (537 comments)

When someone says "American", normal people that have at least two brain cells to rub together don't think "Canadian", "Mexican", "Brazilian", "Peruvian", "Haitian", or whatever country that happen to exist here on the American continents. They think "citizen of the U.S.". A person who refers to us as "USians" might think he's being clever, but in reality to everybody else he just looks like a gigantic douche bag. Jokes on him. I hope he doesn't do that in real life in front of strangers.

more than 3 years ago

How Facebook Ships Code

WWE-TicK Re:Programmers != Engineers (314 comments)

A person is an engineer because of what he does, not because some piece of paper says he is.

more than 3 years ago

How Software Engineering Differs From Computer Science

WWE-TicK PE certification for Software Engineering (306 comments)

I believe some places up in Canada are now doing PE certifications for Software Engineering as well. Last time I researched this, I believe Texas was going to do the same thing for some reason failed. But PE certs for SE will be coming in not too distant future. Will that finally shut up the "software engineers are not real engineers" crowd? Probably not. I find the kind of people who even make such complaints are usually "paper engineers" anyway and haven't done any actual real work "in the field" and their entire self esteem is built on having a degree that says "engineer" on it. IMHO, just because your degree says "engineer" on it doesn't make you a "real" engineer either. After working in the field for about 7 years, with many different kinds of engineers, I have to say I've met quite a few "paper engineers" during that time.

more than 5 years ago

How Software Engineering Differs From Computer Science

WWE-TicK ABET like Software Engineering (306 comments)

ABET recognizes Software Engineering as a legitimate engineering field. Just sayin'...

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 As a Viable Alternative To Flash?

WWE-TicK Re:It has already begun (541 comments)

Sounds like you're trying to use the Flash Authoring Tool to make apps. Learn about Flex. They address all of your points:

a) actually, I don't know about this ... if you like Eclipse then you'll like Flex Builder
b) Like JavaScript, ActionScript 3 is based on ECMAScript. Therefore, it's not a big leap to learn AS3.
c) The Flex SDK is free. Flex Builder is, of course, not free ... but last I checked, it wasn't outrageously expensive when compared to other commercial development tools (Visual Studio, IntelliJ, etc.).

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 As a Viable Alternative To Flash?

WWE-TicK Re:Flash the anti-standard (541 comments)

Not quite. This Flash app I developed looks slightly differently under Linux than it does under Windows. So much for looking the same everywhere; you still have to test.

more than 5 years ago

MS To Push Silverlight Via Redesigned

WWE-TicK Re:Breeze to Program (710 comments)

> Actually, I prefer Silverlight as it does not require that hideously expensive Flex dev environment.

Neither does Flex. The Flex 2 SDK is a free download.

more than 6 years ago


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