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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

thinsoldier Re:foundation (246 comments)

And don't teach any typical "web design" GUI applications. Knowing how to really understand text and how to manipulate it, mass find and replace, regular expressions, utf-8 vs ISO Latin 1, line endings, tabs, spaces, byte order marks, etc. These are very useful things to know. On many projects over the years I've had to convert ancient custom storage formats (that luckily all turned out to be plain text files) into mysql data and knowing these things about text itself were essential.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

thinsoldier Re:I'm confused (246 comments)

I'd like to suggest:

Intro to HTML itself could be condensed to 1 or 2 days.

A lot of time should be spent on HTML + CSS
and then HTML + DOM + basic JS transitioning to HTML + re-usable JS transitioning to HTML + jQuery
and then the Javascript language itself
and then the best ways to organize your app/site's JS code
and then a server side language
and then HTML FORMS + server side code
Might also be useful to introduce the idea of using DOM outside of browser JS, like with PHP on the server or Node

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

thinsoldier Re:foundation (246 comments)

And don't confuse web *design* (as in graphic design) with web *development*

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

thinsoldier foundation (246 comments)

Full time web developer for 12 years, no vacations, no co-workers, no college, no experience with "real/serious" languages, no math skills, no appreciation for CLI. I suggest some modern quick and easy stuff like frameworks and jquery initially to allow them to have the feeling of actually making something. But after that all the focus should be on foundation skills that would also be useful beyond just websites/webapps. Having those skills will make it possible to quickly pick up whatever else they encounter in the future. But make sure everyone takes a math test before starting the class. I go years at a time without having to use ANY math at all and then when I do need to I take 10x longer than any normal person to build the simplest things.

about 5 months ago
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Testers Say IE 11 Can Impersonate Firefox Via User Agent String

thinsoldier Re:Hmmm (252 comments)

I've been doing the same from 2002 to present. Around 2009/2010 we started charging extra for IE 6, 7 and now 8.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

thinsoldier let me get hooked (687 comments)

I have no advice for the game industry. But for a utility for graphic designers my suggestion would be to let me demo the software. Not for a limited amount of times but for a limited number of uses. I recently got a demo for a drawing application. It's limited to 30 days. I only sometimes need to draw anything. So in the next 30 days I'll maybe only have 4 real reasons to open it and will make time to play around with it in my spare time maybe 3 times max. But if I were given a limit of say 100 chances to run the program within a time limit of 9 months, that would definitely give me enough time to really evaluate, utilize, and possibly become dependant upon the software.

about a year ago
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Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

thinsoldier Re:Compatibility (474 comments)

Nothing runs on my two old mac minis. Most things run on my Mac Book Pro but they sure as hell don't have the frame rate to be enjoyable.

about a year and a half ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

thinsoldier Re:No. (376 comments)

Agreed. I was 30 when I watched it and it's in my top 10 list of awesome movies that I'll probably only watch once. I'm also considering adding it to the list of movies I'll definitely watch if it's on cable when I can't find anything else to watch.

about a year and a half ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

thinsoldier Re:Wow (376 comments)

I gave up on art 15 years ago when I saw a black square going for half a million. Have things really moved past that point now?

about a year and a half ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

thinsoldier Re:Wow (376 comments)

So what you're saying is she should clearly indicate that she's talking about the art book and behind the scenes DVD extras?

about a year and a half ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

thinsoldier everybody but Lucas (376 comments)

The movie was crap but you cannot deny the beautiful and hard work done by hundreds (thousands?) of artists to make it look and sound as good as it did. Has anyone been watching the behind-the-scenes videos of The Hobbit production? Even if the movie winds up disappointing me I feel at least 50% of staff working on those movies deserves a little gold statuette and a fat pay check bonus.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

thinsoldier first? (319 comments)

Really? Nobody from the entire continent of Africa has ever been to outer space? What about Australia and South America? Nasa employs scientists from all over the world, I figured there'd be a few astronauts with roots from outside the U.S. and Europe.

about a year and a half ago
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Paperless Tickets Flourish Despite 'Grandma Problem'

thinsoldier zzxx (425 comments)

" 'People should be free to give away or sell their tickets to whomever they want, whenever they want,' says Gary Adler, a Washington attorney who represents the National Association of Ticket Brokers. 'An open market is really best for consumers.'" The same can be said for games on Steam. I hate TF2. I'd gladly give my "copy" away to anyone who wants it, but I can't.

about 4 years ago
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Video Gamers Have Power Over Their Dreams

thinsoldier control yourself or an avatar? (308 comments)

But which has the most control over their dreams? First Person players or Third Person Players?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's DRM Cracked — For Real This Time

thinsoldier Re:Let The Excuses Begin (443 comments)

Asshattery indeed. If only they realized that this good news FINALLY means it makes sense for me to BUY Assassins Creed 2 AND Splinter Cell Conviction.

more than 4 years ago
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Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Causes Outrage

thinsoldier Re:WOW (543 comments)

hmm... I'm pretty sure I've killed 5 or 6 times more civilians than that in just the first 2 hours of playing Prototype. And once you've leveled up enough to pick up a bus you can just hold it sideways and literally "mow" down the sidewalks full of people. Like cutting grass, screaming, blood-soaked grass.

more than 4 years ago
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What's In an Educational Game?

thinsoldier Re:Doujin games, (160 comments)

I disagree. Without chrono-trigger, breath of fire, and dungeon siege my brother might have been illiterate. And around here they let illiterate people "graduate" from high-school all the time.

more than 4 years ago
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What's In an Educational Game?

thinsoldier Re:None of the above. (160 comments)

But if there were upgrades that increased the strength of the bronze, decreased the weight of the wooden pole and made your troops do lots more arm-strength training then that info would suggest you invest in those upgrades instead of just coming straight out an telling you what to do. Then maybe after defeating your first opponent who'd advanced to big metal shields you unlock an achievement and a "300" styled 2 minute video about bronze forging, spear tactics and training methods.

more than 4 years ago
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Six Men Endure 105-Day Mars Flight Simulator

thinsoldier laptop + bittorrent? (274 comments)

I'm sure they could find somebody with 105 days worth of tv & movies on their laptop to lend to the astronauts so they have some entertainment. Surely somebody on slashdot has 365 days worth of porn on an external hard drive they could donate to NASA? If you add in a Kindle for when they're tired of video they can keep completely entertained for the whole trip!

about 5 years ago
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Large Content Patch To Precede Upcoming WoW Expansion

thinsoldier Re:Meh (159 comments)

Problem for me was that the 3 people I play most games with tend to be in my house most of the time. Telling them to spend $60 and then another $16 a month and get in their car and drive 6 miles back to their house so we can "play together" is fucking bullshit.

If 3 systems can play UT3 on my home network (1 only have 1 at the moment) and 4 people can play halo on 1 x-box on 1 screen (I can also make UT3 play split-screen on my pc) then I don't see why we can't have 2 people playing WoW on 1 machine on 1 account.

I'm sure there are a lot of kids out there whose parents didn't get them the game because it would cost too much fighting between their siblings and even if every child had their on PC it would be too expensive to buy a separate copy and pay a separate subscription for each kid!

more than 5 years ago

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thinsoldier thinsoldier writes  |  more than 7 years ago

thinsoldier writes "I have 1 computer(64bit cpu, 1.5GB of ram, ATI X800), 3 keyboards, 3 monitors, 3 mice...why can't 3 people use one system simultaneously?

I just need to check my yahoo mail, chat on IRC and edit some html. My brother wants to check out his friends hi-5 page, and my cousin wants to chat on msn. These are all very light-weight computing tasks that I'm sure all modern systems can handle at the same time. So why can't we do this?

An xbox or gamecube can let 4 people play a high end video game split screen! So why can't we do something similar with our modern hardware and operating systems? Many of us have 2 or 3 of everything so we don't even need split screen!

How many people with large families have had to buy 2, 3, or even 4 computers to keep everyone satisfied?
Wouldn't it be more cost effective to buy one really good system and some second hand monitors/mice/keyboards?

What about the typical school computer lab where the only thing kids do is learn basic Office apps?
You don't need a whole computer just for 1 kid to use Writer. Why can't we hook 4 monitors and inputs up to 1 box and save the schools some money?

Is anyone out there working on this problem?"

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