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Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?

farker haiku mobile mobile mobile (224 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Is Process Killing the Software Industry?

farker haiku Is your team really agile? (460 comments)

My team is agile. We have a burn down chart. We have a weekly iteration planning session. We pair program, we test first, we write our cucumber tests, javascript tests, junit tests, and we code 35 or more hours a week. We're also in one of the strictest change management environments I've ever worked in, and we're still churning out high quality, highly tested code in high volume. In our stand up every morning we talk about the stories that were completed the day before and we mark them on our burn down chart at that time. Our Kanban board helps drive us through the process and it keeps everything visible to all the team members. Documentation for our semi-monthly releases is a chore - it takes us about 8 man hours a month, but were working to automate a lot of it.

Agile means adapting, and it sounds like you're not.

more than 3 years ago

Avatar Soars Into $1-Billion Territory

farker haiku Re:Extremely predictable plot... (782 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

The Science of Irrational Decisions

farker haiku Re:The implications (244 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or

farker haiku WoW pvp imbalance (520 comments)

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.

about 5 years ago

The Challenges of Class Balance In MMOGs

farker haiku Re:Classes? Who needs em! (209 comments)

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.

about 5 years ago

CentOS Project Administrator Goes AWOL

farker haiku medical problems (492 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Pickens Calls Off Massive Wind Farm In Texas

farker haiku Re:A fool and his money are some party (414 comments)

Well, technically he didn't give the right amount of money to the right people. Does that count?

more than 5 years ago

The Incredible Shrinking Genome

farker haiku refactoring (113 comments)

I blame it on increased use of design patterns and better tools for refactoring ;)

more than 5 years ago

New Super Mario Bros. Wii To Include Official "Cheat"

farker haiku Similar to Blizzard's new content (275 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades

farker haiku Re:weird (716 comments)

Offtopic, but your sig is great. I never thought I'd agree with anything that Rush said. Like, ever. Who knew?

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo and the Decline of Hardcore Gaming

farker haiku Re:Where there's a will... (438 comments)

This post sounds like the rantings of someone who has not made it past the first boss of Ulduar.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

farker haiku bugged (1582 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Do Nice Engineers Finish Last In Tough Times?

farker haiku Re:Work is overrated (613 comments)

unemployment in missouri is capped at $250 per week. That's enough for your average teenager.

more than 5 years ago

Tales From the Support Crypt

farker haiku Re:We're so smart (855 comments)

TopCod3r? You're here too?

more than 5 years ago

Breaking Into Games Writing?

farker haiku Re:You're writing needs to improve. (254 comments)

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!

more than 5 years ago

Google Sorts 1 Petabyte In 6 Hours

farker haiku Re:That's Easy (166 comments)

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).

more than 5 years ago

Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

farker haiku Here's my view (1563 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago



Qualcomm design for wimax killer patented

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  more than 5 years ago

farker haiku (883529) writes " Qualcomm, with its newly developed convergence program, seeks to create the first truly ubiquitous digital network so that everyone, everywhere, can find themselves connected. Convergent Innovation In order to provide the most expansive coverage possible, the convergence program has implanted tiny base stations into thousands of pigeons. "These birds thrive in diverse habitats, from dense cities to unpopulated regions," says Peter Rauber, director of engineering. "They carry with them a dynamic network as they flock and migrate." But the birds needed certain improvements to ensure goals were met and safeguarded. According to Rauber, this is where true convergence enters the equation. "

Gamers could win Nobel Prize in the future

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  more than 6 years ago

farker haiku (883529) writes "According to this story at physorg, a "new game, named Foldit, turns protein folding into a competitive sport. Introductory levels teach the rules, which are the same laws of physics by which protein strands curl and twist into three-dimensional shapes — key for biological mysteries ranging from Alzheimer's to vaccines.

"Our ultimate goal is to have ordinary people play the game and eventually be candidates for winning the Nobel Prize" said Popovic. Eventually, the researchers hope to advance science by discovering protein-folding prodigies who have natural abilities to see proteins in 3-D.

The game can be found here"

Clam Shells Provide More Global Warming Evidence

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  about 7 years ago

farker haiku (883529) writes "Scientific American is reporting that 'A new method for analyzing fossilized shells confirms link between carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and warmer oceans'. The article goes on to say that "The finding adds yet more weight to the contention that greenhouse gases drive climate change, and bode ill for the present increases in atmospheric concentrations of such gases. "It supports the notion," Eiler says, "that you can use simple radiative balance arguments — that is, the greenhouse effect to relate atmospheric chemistry to global temperature.""

A first look at Iron Ruby

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farker haiku (883529) writes "The "first drop" of source is available for Iron Ruby, the Microsoft .NET version of Ruby. It's a very early version, but since it's being released under the Microsoft Permissive License, it's going to be very close to open source. This might finally stop some of the most common complaints regarding Ruby: namely that there is no "mature" GUI toolkits. Being able to use WinForms might further help out newbie programmers who are looking to write simple apps to show off. John Lam's blog post on the article is here. They are also currently accepting source code contributions."
Link to Original Source

Rails ported to JavaScript

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farker haiku (883529) writes "John Lam has a story on his blog about how Steve Yegge has ported Rails to JavaScript.

FTA: In an effort to increase developer productivity at Google, Steve tried to convince the company to adopt Rails (and consequently Ruby) as a programming language. When that fell on deaf ears (Google really does not want to increase the number of languages that must be supported by their infrastructure), Steve decided to do what any other frustrated programmer would do: he ported Rails to JavaScript. Line by line. In 6 months.

As a programmer who has been trying to convince my company to adopt Rails, I know just how hard it is to get a large company to increase the number of languages supported. Does this mean that we can finally see some widespread Rails adoption?"

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farker haiku (883529) writes "Just a quick reminder that it's Free Comic Book Day in the US and Canada. Here is a list of the comics available for free, and you can find a local participating comic book store here. What is Free Comic Book Day? From their press kit: As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores."

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farker haiku (883529) writes "Gadi Evron has posted about a vulnerability being exploited in the wild to bugtraq. In it he says that it is "so massively exploited that it makes VML look cute." Exploit code is available here. You can test if your browser is affected here.

The fix is available here."

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  about 8 years ago

farker haiku writes "Brian Krebs of the Washington Post claims that he's seen the blackhat attack work on a macbook — without any third party devices. FTA:
Indeed, as I reported earlier, in his hotel room on the eve of that presentation, Maynor showed me a live demo of him exploiting the built-in Macbook drivers to break into the machine from another laptop — without a third party card plugged in."



Arena PvP in Wow

farker haiku farker haiku writes  |  more than 5 years ago

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!

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