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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

dlingman Maybe they have families (270 comments)

Having kids can eat up a lot of your spare time. While I realize this isn't a problem for that many slashdotters, it has been known to happen to the occasional software developer. Suddenly coping with family can look a lot like burnout, especially in the early years.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

dlingman Re:Business (270 comments)

And since when is Obj-C new? It's been out for 31 years now...

2 days ago

Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

dlingman As someone with a white macbook... (129 comments)

I'm hoping their auto update thingy won't try to force the 64 bit version (which won't work) down my throat.

about a week ago

SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

dlingman Go video go... (210 comments)

And now we have a decent sized amount of space for digital video. Huzzah!

about two weeks ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

dlingman Rolling roads (488 comments)

We need to get away from vehicles altogether, and switch over to R.A.H's rolling roads. Portable power supplies? Don't need them.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

dlingman Re:Powershell (729 comments)

a[2] = *(a + 2) = *(2 + a) = 2[a]

You're missing a ; at the end. Other than that, an optimizing compiler should notice that you're assigning something to itself, and make that entire line go away...

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

dlingman 3G is bad... (542 comments)

So - straight to LTE then? I don't blame him for saying 3G is not a good idea. much better tech is out there already. why waste time on 3G?

about three weeks ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

dlingman Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

No, that's Moose and Squirrel...

about three weeks ago

What Happens When Gaming Auteurs Try To Go It Alone?

dlingman Star Citizen (86 comments)

47.9 million via crowdfunding. 'Nuff said.

about 2 months ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

dlingman Asimov already covered this... (285 comments) Detective Del Spooner: Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you, you are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a... canvas into a beautiful masterpiece? Sonny: [With genuine interest] Can you?

about 2 months ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

dlingman Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

Yah - like the new language from Apple - Swift. Except, if you think about it, Apple has been working on it for 4 years... You should be able to potentially find people with up to 4 years experience with it. That formerly worked at Apple.

Just because a product or a technology has only been on the market for 3 months, doesn't mean that there aren't people with years of experience with it.

about 2 months ago

Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

dlingman Re:Resolution (316 comments)

I've actually got a Surface Pro (1st edition - Core i5, 4 gig of ram, 128gig SSD) that I bought to run photoshop on. It, like the Surface pro 2, has a Wacom supplied digitizer in it. I only get 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, compared to 2048 for the current Cintiq tablets, but it's more than enough for me. I actually use a Wacom stylus (Bamboo Feel Carbon) with it.

This new one, while having more generic horsepower, and a bigger screen, does NOT come with a Wacom digitizer - but some other one, that only has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, and only works with their pen.

I think that this was a HUGE mistake on their part, since the size is perfect for art, but losing the detail capability is bad.

about 4 months ago

Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

dlingman hundred watts? (355 comments)

How am I going to charge my Tesla with only 100 watts of power capacity? This sucks.

about 4 months ago

Proposed Indicator of Life On Alien Worlds May Be Bogus

dlingman Re:hmm (112 comments)

Indeed, they need to realize just how much greenhouse gas interstellar spaceships create.
A lot

Pigs in Space?

about 5 months ago


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