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Comment: Re:Even my old high school is doing this (Score 1) 56

by Grax (#45335327) Attached to: The Academy For Software Engineering: a High School For Developers
Lincoln Nebraska has a technology focus program http://itfp.lps.org/

In the entertainment industry, it has produced an editor for Pawn Stars and an Emmy winner, among others. I don't have any information on how many successful software developers it has produced.

http://itfp.lps.org/alumni.html http://itfp.lps.org/graphics/Kelly.htm

Comment: Re:Next up (Score 1) 202

by Grax (#43634191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Your Company's Marketing-to-Engineering Ratio?
I don't think the original poster's numbers are that odd. I think he just doesn't understand the big picture. More goes into creating a product than just engineering and if no one buys it, the engineering is entirely pointless.

In his article The Development Abstraction Layer, Joel Spolsky said "...support and administrative functions which, in a typical company, add up to about 80% of the payroll."
I highly recommend that article as there is a lot of great information in that article that can help with developing perspective on what really needs to happen to make a great product.

Comment: Re:Only in the installer (Score 2) 234

by Grax (#43629291) Attached to: Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords
I don't think it is the end of the world, I think it is more about expectations. I haven't seen the screen in question but I would probably be fine with it as long as it had a warning that the password would be displayed. Suppose I am installing a virtual machine while sitting in a shared space or while sharing my screen on a projector. I go type that password in with the expectation it would be hidden and next thing you know, everyone knows my password. I suppose you could say I'm a bad person for using my login password on my virtual machine's install, but I want something easy to remember. It could very easily be something else but the point is, I didn't expect to be showing that password to anyone, even with others viewing my screen.
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Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

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