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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

preaction Re:You say storyboards, I say flowcharts (69 comments)

I'm wondering if those flowcharts actually do help people learn basic program flow and basic boolean logic. After a while, you don't need them, because you can think like the machine. But, for getting started, it might be a good step and encourage thought before shotgun coding.

2 days ago
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

preaction Re:Make sure the project wants you (57 comments)

I tend to fix my own problem and then submit the code anyway. If my dealings with the project are unsatisfactory (and they usually are), I find a new solution to my problem.

Even submitting bug reports is hit-and-miss regarding appreciating contributions...

2 days ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

preaction Re:Internet and smart phones (139 comments)

[citation needed]. The Tesla deification is starting to get annoying.

about a week ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

preaction Re:Faulty premise (139 comments)

It's semantics, is what GP is saying. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan wasn't about "What would happen if we had the power to create worlds?", it was a character-driven action movie about Captain Kirk. It was a good movie, but it was not a good example of SF.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

preaction Re:Prove your worth (471 comments)

It's for this reason that I love this industry. I have no college education and I am well beyond the mean salary for developers in my area. I at least double the average salary for high-school graduates.

Because I can hack it (and got some lucky opportunities to prove it), I get a job. Almost fools me into believing there's a meritocracy.

about a week ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

preaction Re: what's wrong with the Metro drivers? (179 comments)

They still have to announce it manually? CTA's had automatic announcements as long as I've known.

Also, blame shitty audio equipment first. The actual CTA stations have such horrible speakers it's impossible to know what's being said.

about two weeks ago
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SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)

preaction Disable Advertising (48 comments)

As our way of thanking you for your positive contributions to Slashdot, you are eligible to disable advertising.

Oh disable advertising checkbox! I trusted you! You were the chosen one!

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

preaction Re: Spectromancer not FPS (292 comments)

I left Magic for the same basic reasons, but that was 20 years ago. Honestly, I feel it is more RPG-centric, where actions have lasting consequences.

In modern games, there are fewer chances to be a complete asshole, but that first experience soured me on the whole thing...

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

preaction Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (292 comments)

My first online multiplayer game was Diablo. I have avoided every online multiplayer RPG since, and generally avoid multiplayer "experiences".

Multiplayer video games are a cesspool of the worst elements of society. You have to be relatively well-off to afford everything you need to play. In fact, the more well-off you are, the more time you have to spend in the game, the more likely you're going to be an asshole.

You're anonymous. You're being competitive. You are (mostly) rewarded for being a complete asshole (loot, loot, precious loot! loot the newb corpse!)

At least before voice chat you could close the text box or put it out of your mind. Now, if I decided to partake, I'd have to deal with 8-year-olds telling me how they fucked my mother in the ass and how she moaned (when they don't have to tell me, I could hear it just fine).

Fuck multiplayer. Other people are too shitty to play with.

about two weeks ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

preaction Re:Well, if you're going to push... (159 comments)

But "Kleenex" is still a trademark, like "Band-Aid", "Lego", and "Nintendo". It's a very fuzzy line, and companies fight like hell against it.

"I am stuck on Band-Aid (brand)" just doesn't have the same cadence as the original jingle...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

preaction Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

Deprecated, thank YHWH, in 5.20 or .22. To be removed "not soon enough."

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

preaction Re:Perl (729 comments)

Perl::Critic, the link you mentioned, doesn't disable things for you (but you're right in that you can get modules that disable core language things, like "no indirect"). Perl::Critic is a linter.

Devel::Declare and now hooks into Perl's parser allow you to define your own parsing contexts! You can declare a keyword and say that inside here, I control the parsing, not perl. So many wild things one can do with that...

about three weeks ago

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