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Comment: Re:Mozilla should consider doing the same for Fire (Score 1) 426

It's the FireFox old-guard, much like with Opera the "old-guard" put up the most stink (myself included) when Opera switched to Blink.

The new firefox is much improved over old, and I believe it purposely got rid of things like the "status bar" and old "addon-bar" to get rid of the extension cruft of useless crap that isn't even needed anymore and all the addon's that are barely masked spyware that needs those "elements" to run.

Comment: Re:Not this again. (Score 1) 637

by CrashNBrn (#47617211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
Pretty much this. When I was originally in school decades ago. The curriculum was Pascal w/ the professors book, and Pascal for the Data "something" course. Then there was a Programming Languages class that covered, Lisp, Prolog, Modula,n Assembler, and C; thankfully the C book at least was Ritchies'.

I really don't think introductory computer science classes should be C++ nor Java. Pascal ( or a Modula-based language), Python or (hrm whats another P-language)... PHP? Burn with fire Burn with fire!

The language should be easy to teach the concepts. Honestly C could probably even be fine for at least the intro-courses. I know I didn't have any problem with C or Pascal --- having learned the basics with Basic :-)

Comment: Re:Fundamentals of Comp Sci (Score 1) 315

by CrashNBrn (#47589599) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
You know, Oberon sounded interesting given it's pedigree. Except there's something like half-a-dozen different versions of it - with varied licensing, multiple compilers for the various Oberon versions...

Then you read what the original "goals" for the Oberon language were (simplicity being a prime consideration) --- and he's gone back at least twice now, and rewritten Oberon - complicating each successive version in non-compatible ways with each other.

Comment: Re:Formal specifications are pretty useless for th (Score 3) 180

by CrashNBrn (#47577147) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification
Also, Hack:a new (Open Source) programming language for HHVM

Hack, a programming language developed for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP.
Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.

An open source version of Hack is available at as part of the HHVM runtime platform, which supports both Hack and PHP.

Also, FBIDE (a web-based Hack development environment) was presented at Facebook's Hack Developer Day,

Joel B. and I introduced Facebook's web-based Hack development environment, known internally as âoeFBIDE.â The Hack type checker is compiled to JavaScript, so all Hack language checking is done very fast, client-side. Features of FBIDE include autocomplete, an integrated debugger, quick file and code search, and other pretty cool things. FBIDE has been a great success internally at Facebook. At a company where vim and emacs are the dominant choices for development, a large percentage of Facebook engineers are using FBIDE, and the number is growing quickly. We believe FBIDE will be useful to Hack developers outside of Facebook, allowing them to productively become familiar with the language, so we're working on plans to make it more widely available â" hopefully toward the end of summer 2014.

Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant (Score 1) 183

by CrashNBrn (#47561031) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D
Ah! verrrrrrry interesting :-)

For some reason makes me think of the classic Best of's iirc Dragon magazine prints, Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum (?).

Perhaps that review's distillation evokes the in-between-time of AD&D and 2E.

Possibly, taking the freedom of feats (when you get them), with the Conceptually and Spiritually, of the classes portrayed within those Dragon magazine pages (useful *Abilities* at specific levels), along with the mechanics that were in place prior to the atrocious Unearthed Arcana and awesome Oriental Adventures.

Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant (Score 1) 183

by CrashNBrn (#47559839) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D
That certainly sounds interesting (at least), although D&D 3E was (at its core) really good too in the beginning. Yet it didn't take long at all for the warts to spread like wildfire.

I really can't see them ditching "feats" - even Paizo's Pathfinder suffers from being saddled with "Feats & Specialty Classes".

I think the key difference between (3E+ Style) Feats & Specialty Classes vs the 2nd-Edition class splat-books boils down to RolePlaying. The former (feats et al) try and cover all possible actions/RP opportunites, whereas the 2E splat books provided settings, optional rules, specialties and additional mechanics --- and since it was limited by "Proficiencies" the whole shebang was (somewhat) kept in check. Feats&SC proved to be popular and took on a life of it's own and added a whole 'nother meta-game with yet another obfuscating layer of min-maxing --- things that other gaming systems build in from the beginning with reasonable limits via Quirks/Talents/Curses/Advantages/Disadvantages.

Comment: Re:Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (Score 1) 285

by CrashNBrn (#47512081) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
Mine was in '87, $5 to $6 / hr for selling bingo tickets. McDonalds pay was less iirc, $4 to $5 / hr. If you were less than 18, there was some loophole where Students could be paid ~3.50.
My decade may be off by 5 years, but that still doesn't change the end result by much ~20% (1.78 instead of 1.96).

There's an interesting chart kicking around that shows wealth distribution/incomes from the 1930's to 2010. There is a decided shift that occurs beginning in the 1970's, but it is much more pronounced from 1980 onwards.

Prior to the shift, the total is split in 5 pieces Top-20%, Next-20%, etc. Each group has nearly the same rate of increase (wealth/income). At some point in the last 30 years that growth - that can be neatly split into pieces falls apart. One has to split out the top 1% or 0.1% and THEN break the groups down into pieces to see the catastrophic effect this redistribution of wealth has had.

My explanation is poor, but along with other economic indicators, including the nearly frozen minimum wage rate, things are not looking all that great for the bulk of the populace in North America.

Comment: Re:Not about leaks (Score 1) 282

It's pretty much the same at Google. Contractors have to take 6 months to a year off after an employment term. It would seem any of the tech-sector companies that utilize contractors play the same song and dance.

Especially that last bit of the "elusive promise of a hire" - which just fucks the employee since they wont really be prepared for not having a job at the end of the choreographed BS.

Comment: Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (Score 2) 285

by CrashNBrn (#47503623) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
$35,000 was a decent Salary in 1980.
Lets inflate that 2% per year over 34 years. ( x 1.96)

Merely adjusted for inflation, that should be:
~$59,000 (from $30,000) to ~$69,000 (from $35,000)

$5/hr was also the median minimum wage for student-like jobs in 1980-85 (~10,500/yr). Over three decades later most States don't even have a minimum wage at $10 or above.

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