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Comment Re:Oculus (Score 1) 57 57

No, the display device is only a part of the Oculus Rift solution. It also uses accelerometers, probably a gyroscope and an infrared camera for properly tracking your head movement.

The summary badly rewords the not so well written original. The actual article states, "With CRYENGINE’s update to version 3.8.1, the company adds support to Oculus Rift"

Comment Poor Testing is NOT the Problem (Score 1) 130 130

I am not going to argue that having better automated test is not a good thing. It is a good thing.

The problem is more about how these third party components are maintained. The majority of third party components I have worked with, upgrading to a newer version of the component meant rewriting large sections of code just to get the project to compile. The interface to the component changed. The tests would cover the happy paths and some bad paths, but a lot of manual testing and mitigation of new bugs would need to still be done. This doesn't even cover if the newer version of the component will even work for what you used it for. Yes, sometimes newer versions of components remove features, or change a feature you relied on in such a way that it is no longer usable.

You say don't use components from third parties that keep making these breaking changes? Guess what, that means using no third party components because basically everyone makes these same mistakes. The problem is usually worse with commercial components. Sometimes the wheel is so complex that you just can't re-invent it, but you never know when the third party is going change their axle size, or wheel diameter.

Comment Firefox Has Always Been Bloat (Score 3, Interesting) 351 351

Firefox was supposed to be a no nonsense browser only. It was supposed to be just a browser with all the "bloat" of the suite cut out. The odd thing is right away the first release of Firefox was a bigger download and took up more memory than Seamonkey. (Windows Platform) Firefox had been changed over to the generic UI framework and was on Gecko Runner. I assumed that these were the reason for the bigger size, but when Seamonkey changed over to these, its memory footprint and download size shrunk.

As it is Seamonkey download is 31MB and Firefox is 38MB. I personally like the old suite and all its options, but I also like that it feels faster.

Comment Does El Capitan Fix Major Problems? (Score 5, Interesting) 415 415

Mavericks and Yosemite introduced a number of really bad bugs and annoyances. Has this fixed some of them?
-Can you access the file dialog with out waiting forever with just the spinning disk showing?
-Does the filesystem update when things like screenshots are taken with out having to force a reload of the filesystem cache?
-Can you lock the dock to a certain position on one screen?
-Can we have it so the HDMI Port stops cutting out?
-Can the screen properly update without black boxes sometimes covering content / UI elements?
-Can we have an OS that doesn't feel like it is from the early 90s?
-Can we have more graphical setup options instead of having to do things through the command prompt?

Comment I am working on Shiny 0.9.0 right now (Score 4, Funny) 149 149

Rust is old and creaky. Now introducing Shiny! It is the programming language that gets rid of all cruft of Rust and adds a layer of NICKEL (Non-Intrusive Code Keying for Easy Learning) to make your programs shine forever. It is a high level language that anyone can learn to code in, but brings almost assembly level of performance.

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Comment No, Agile is a Failed Concept (Score 1) 507 507

There is no one methodology that works for everyone. Usually the purest form of any of the major concepts is fundamentally flawed in that in general you will not get what you want with Waterfall, you will never have a finished product, or even know the feature set for the next iteration in a pure Agile development.

What you need to do is look at the work you are doing and borrow from the main two, and any other, methodologies to come up with what works for your group for the type of software you are developing.

I have been in a group where the Waterfall with added iterations worked really well. We were working on embedded office automation controllers.
I have been in a group where we were making a tourism web site and a more Agile approach of faster iterations and showing the customer was more appropriate

I say Agile is a failed concept, because all the concepts are failed. You just need to take from them what is appropriate and modify it if things don't work, or the nature of the work changes.

Comment Better Tell Intel Their 4nm Process Isn't Real (Score 4, Informative) 166 166

Intel develops technology which doesn't doesn't make it into their plant for 5 to 10 years. Also they don't put things on their roadmap until they've proven possible.
Intel's 2012 roadmap shows 4nm process in 2022. Which means they have a process that has been tested to work, they are just tweaking it to reduce errors and working on the best way to outfit a plant for it. Also costs billions and time to refit a plant.

Comment Linux was Easy and Worked! (Score 1) 469 469

Some people may debate me on the easy part, but it was easier that most free OS to install. I tried FreeBSD(or OpenBSD, it was a while ago) but quickly gave up when it wanted me to put in what Cylinder Head Sector to start the partition at and which CHS to end at. Slackware at the time needed you to tell it which CHS to start at, but also told you the first CHS that was free, then it would ask for the size of the partition, telling you the maximum size for the CHS you had chosen.

Linux took some thought, and a couple of tries as you had to leave room to create a swap drive, which it didn't tell you at first, but it gave you some hints about how big to make it after you had made your OS partition. It was vastly easier than BSD.

I had already had the fun of installing and using WinSock on Windows 3.11, so the Microsoft world had prepared me for the pains of setting up PPP and TCP/IP under Linux.

It may not have had the best coding, but it worked on most X86 computers that people had at the time. DOS with Windows was the only OS that was easier, and it wasn't much easier. Also DOS with Windows wasn't free. Timing is everything.

It was almost as easy to setup as the best paid product at the time. One it was working, you could easily download and use many productivity tools. Bash was familiar to Unix people, and anyone who had done any programming. X was pretty easy to get running, even it if was really hard to get running at the full resolution/colour depth of your video card.

It hit at the right time, was easy to setup, easy to install more software, and free.

Now it is easier to initially install than Windows. Where I find it lacking is that tweaking of the setup after installation that has lagged behind. Windows has the control panel. Each X windows manager has its own control panel which all seem to miss this or that feature. I'll admit, it has been a few years, so this may have improved, but Linux on the desktop just needs easy, graphical configuration tools for everything and it will be ready for everyone to use. Microsoft has given everyone else a window of opportunity with the debacle of where is this setting in Windows 8.x.

Comment Re:My 2c (Score 1) 35 35

Shaw Cable in Canada allows you direct access to the configuration of the modem/router/wifi box. Unfortunately, if you turn off the wifi, it doesn't completely turn off the wifi. You have to call Shaw and get them to disable wifi on their side as turning if off in the software doesn't actually shut off the wifi, it just disables people seeing and connecting to it. The modem/router/wifi sometimes cuts out the cable modem part for a couple of minutes a few times a day if the wifi is enabled at all.

Comment Star Trek Hating Women in Command Roles (Score 2) 143 143

Unfortunately Janeway was one of the examples of this. There is no way she would have been a captain of a ship. Every time I saw any part of Voyager it was Janeway making an extremely stupid command decision. I had no problem with them having a female captain, I had a problem with her character being so incredibly stupid and annoying. Though Kirk was pretty good at doing bone headed things as well.

Comment Over 381 TSA Officers Fired for Theft (Score 1) 294 294
October, 2012

1. Miami International Airport (29)
2. JFK International Airport (27)
3. Los Angeles International Airport (24)
4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (17)
5. Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (15)
6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York-Laguardia Airport (14 each)
8. Newark Liberty, Philadelphia International, and Seattle-Tacoma International airports (12 each)
11. Orlando International Airport (11)
12. Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport (10 each)
14. Washington Dulles International Airport (9)
15. Detroit Metro Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (7)
17. Boston-Logan International, Denver International and San Diego International airports (6)
20. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (5)

Comment 2GB More Than Enough With Windows 8.1 (Score 3, Interesting) 128 128

As much as I hate Windows 8.1, one thing they have done right is greatly reduced the memory load.
Windows Vista 64-bit took about 2GB RAM, you basically had to have 3GB+ to run anything.
Windows 7 64-bit took about 1GB RAM, or practical tests 0.8GB, you basically had to have 2GB+ to run anything.
Windows 8/8.1 takes a whole 0.28GB RAM, you basically need 1GB+ to run anything.
The Surface 3 is made for word processing, browsing the web, watching video, taking notes, or simpler tasks like that. 2GB will work well for this role.
Will it work well for you? Maybe not, this is why there is the full line-up of the Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro models.
Unlike the ARM based Surface models, these will run any X86 program, this opens up all sorts of possibilities. Portable sound studio? Why not, the voice of Honest Trailers uses Audacity and since the Surface 3 has a standard USB 3 Port, you just need a good USB Microphone, or a good converter.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?