Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?
What type of phone do you have? Android? Learn java. Not the type of Java these people are talking about, I mean learn android. Have an iPhone? Learn iOS dev stuff. Do it every day for a year. Show it off during the interview. You'll learn something that is in high demand and you'll get the job you want.
Twitter Clampdown Could Impede Anonymous Tweets
best bot on twitter. http://twitter.com/#!/StealthMountain
Is Process Killing the Software Industry?
Agile means adapting, and it sounds like you're not.
Avatar Soars Into $1-Billion Territory
To say that hollywood doesn't recycle well established plots and put a new skin on it is silly. Personally, I rather liked Dances With Smurfs, and went to see it twice.
The Science of Irrational Decisions
I'm for killing violent offenders, but the problem is that the legal system is so broken that I'm not sure if anyone knows guilt vs innocence anymore.
I'm for abortions, but only in certain cases - extreme hardship for the child, health concerns, rape, etc. There are in fact times when you would be better off dead than alive.
Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net
I have a 55 hour work week, a wife and 2 kids, so here is a heartfelt thank you for the BoA items that grant additional experience. That said, I don't have time to play my main and level a lot of characters. For example, it took me almost a year to get to level 70 during BC when I started. Since the expansion, I've gained level 80 and have downed several 10 and 25 man hard mode encounters in Ulduar.
However, the melee imbalances in 2v2 arenas are such that I'm about to stop trying pvp at all. It's not worth the opportunity cost for me to level a plate wearer to 80, gear him up and l2faceroll. Is there something planned to prevent my only level 80 character (a warlock) from being every rogue's bitch in 2v2 arena? I'd happily trade my ability to completely dominate every paladin that comes across my path for the ability to live through a Cloak of Shadows duration. I recently dueled a s4 + s5 gladiator (ret paladin) and won 10 out of 10. Conversely, I recently lost to a level 80 rogue that was wearing a full compliment of greens and a quest blue. The fact that I was in mostly furious gear (with 2 piece t8.5 for the set bonus) did nothing to help me. I understand that duels are not meant to be balanced, but I chose that example because the same situation exists for me in 2v2 arenas when it's healer + rogue vs healer + me.
If pvp balancing issues for warlocks are out of the picture, are there any plans to provide pvp only servers (much like the tournament realms), where I can just create a level 80 character to do arenas and BGs with? I'd love to do arenas with my brother or a coworker, but in both cases our comp is completely impractical in even the mid level 2s bracket.
The Challenges of Class Balance In MMOGs
This would never fly in a modern MMO, as it requires that player to plan ahead from the very beginning or to re-roll once they learned how the system worked. A 'spec' system, where those points could be re-spent late in the game to allow players to shift their skills to match their play style would be interesting, but could result in players being able to shift from a tank style class to a healer or magic dps depending on the day and the needs of their group/guild. Starting from a basic school system, melee/damage caster/healing caster with different starting skill costs would allow for varied classes for each player, and not much more lock in than any other MMO out right now.
Not only does WoW have that, but it has it for two specs at a time. I respec once or twice a week to min-max specific encounters. It's pretty obvious you haven't played a modern MMO in some time.
CentOS Project Administrator Goes AWOL
As someone who recently had medical problems that sprung up over night, I can honestly say that there could be other reasons he's not responding. I guess an open letter is as good a way as any to try to get in touch with him, but the tone of the letter is beyond ignorant. It's more accusatory than anything (which may be justified), but it's certainly not a sign of professionalism. If anything, it shows that he may have been correct in managing the project without the petulant "help" of the other developers.
Pickens Calls Off Massive Wind Farm In Texas
Well, technically he didn't give the right amount of money to the right people. Does that count?
The Incredible Shrinking Genome
I blame it on increased use of design patterns and better tools for refactoring ;)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii To Include Official "Cheat"
This is very similar to what I've been seeing out of Blizzard, but the opposite approach (and I think Blizzard has this right). Instead of pushing the "Easy Button", how about making all the content easy and making hard modes that you can do for mad props/cool cut scenes/phat loot/self gratification.
Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades
Offtopic, but your sig is great. I never thought I'd agree with anything that Rush said. Like, ever. Who knew?
Nintendo and the Decline of Hardcore Gaming
This post sounds like the rantings of someone who has not made it past the first boss of Ulduar.
Slashdot Launches User Achievements
The obviously should have tried this on the public test realm. Hope you like all the qqing about impossible to achieve achievements. Nubs. 5 digit uid indeed.
Do Nice Engineers Finish Last In Tough Times?
unemployment in missouri is capped at $250 per week. That's enough for your average teenager.
Tales From the Support Crypt
TopCod3r? You're here too?
Breaking Into Games Writing?
You're writing needs to improve.
But there's little guidance on getting into the game world as a writer.
There are two someones that need a tough English teacher.
The first rule of slashdot grammar flaming is: You do not fuck up the grammar or spelling in your post.
The second rule of slashdot grammar flaming is: You DO NOT fuck up the grammar or spelling in your post!
Google Sorts 1 Petabyte In 6 Hours
I think this is the data set. I could be wrong though. The article (yeah yeah) says that
In our sorting experiments we have followed the rules of a standard terabyte (TB) sort benchmark.
Which lead me to this page that describes the data (and it's available for download).
Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?
I've taken two classes at a major university so that I can get my degree finally. In the most recent class, the teacher has been downright sexist. Crude jokes that come out badly because of his broken-ass english and a horrible sense of what's proper and what's not. I've only gone to class 4 times this semester... the first two classes, and the two subsequent tests. During each of the first two classes I saw a woman get up and leave the classroom after a horribly sexist joke. It may be that I recognize this because I've been in the workforce for several years and have gone through "sexual harassment training" or whatever, but I doubt it. This guy is creepy, and he's outright lewd.
So yeah, I can imagine that women don't want any part of the field if the people training the next generation of workers are this bad.
Arena PvP in Wow
Arena PvP in WoW is broken. Until they do something to fix the insane melee damage against clothies, the meta game is not worth playing. Woo achievements!