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Comment: Could, but not for most (Score 1) 131

by Dracos (#49754179) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

Games could be prep for programming, but not for most of the very few who realize "Games are programs... I could write them, too".

Most of them will still lack logic, critical thinking, and math skills necessary for even most basic programming, let alone the often complex tasks required in modern games. Let's face it, we're not talking about simple games, we're talking about FPS games. Say "rendering engine", "frame buffer", "shader", or "vector" to them, and their eyes glaze over in sudden confusion and disinterest. The games they'd want to make don't give an accurate impression of what it takes to produce them, and the video card specs they obsess over are just numbers to them. Aside from that, there are many distinct roles involved with producing a game, which they could realize if they ever bothered to look at the game's credits.

Sure, there are "game programming" degrees available, but to me they sound pretty crap, with more focus on visuals than code. I know someone who got that degree from DeVry, and they didn't cover threading or networking. He came out as more of a digital artist than a programmer.

Comment: Re:Oooooold (Score 1) 103

by Dracos (#49744297) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

And its comments. In the past few months there has been a dramatic rise in AC shitpost comments. Not the usual /. level of garbage comments, but 4chan level.

I also wonder if there is anyone left at /. that knows how to run a website... it seems to have some issue about every other day. Also, fuck autorefresh.

Comment: Re:Firefox (Score 1) 199

by Dracos (#49647595) Attached to: Future Holds Large Updates Instead of Stand-Alone Windows Releases

I think you've figured out why they're doing this.

While IE (and now Edge) "aren't" part of the OS, they are tightly integrated. A Windows rolling release is the only way they could think of to make browser releases more often than annually and closer to every 5ms like everyone else.

FF on my laptop is still on 29 because every time I upgrade it another theme or add-on I rely on breaks.

Comment: MS giving up on mobile development (Score 5, Insightful) 223

by Dracos (#49580059) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

What I'm reading is that MS has all but given up on Windows as a mobile development platform for the sake of being able to run Android/iOS apps.

It also serves as a tacit acknowledgment that MS isn't connecting with mobile developers, and that mobile apps drive mobile platforms.

Comment: Re:ESPN can go eff themselves. (Score 2) 329

by Dracos (#49563327) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

ESPN is by far the most expensive channel block... every subscriber pays about $5/month for ESPN, whether or not they watch any sports.

Bundling is what keeps most channels alive, via bundling subsidy. Anything that even remotely represents a la carte will be fought by the content providers.

Comment: Re:Cripple Linux? (Score 3, Insightful) 174

by Dracos (#49529561) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

Makes me wonder about the economics of producing these things. Apparently something related to the OS choices makes it worth Intel's while to develop separate models and the infrastructure to build each one, rather than just building the higher spec model and slapping either OS onto it.

It's things like this that hearken back to the glory days of the Evil Empire, and why people find it difficult to trust MS now.

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