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Comment: So *that's* what that was... (Score 2) 202

by ryanvm (#34476694) Attached to: Rogue Satellite Shuts Down US Weather Services

This is personally amusing to me because I spent half of Sunday trying to track down reports of my Android Live Wallpaper app not working properly. I guess in hindsight, it's pretty cool. I mean, it's not often that you get to lament that a rogue satellite ruined your afternoon.

Oh, and in case you were wondering why I didn't take the opportunity to shamlessly plug my app.

http://www.appidio.com/apps/radar-wallpaper/

It's a live wallpaper for Android phones that shows the nearest NWS radar imagery.

Comment: Re:Will WB be able to do better than past releases (Score 1) 57

by Invisible Agent (#31930732) Attached to: Warner Bros. Acquires Turbine

LOTRO had quite a bit of hype behind it on launch, but never really took off (wasn't sufficiently different from WoW to make an impact ...)

What makes you say LOTRO didn't really take off? Multiple expansions later, it's still a very cool game with tons of players (though Turbine doesn't release subscriber numbers). If you mean that it isn't as popular as WoW, I'm sure you're right. But with 11 active servers (including decent European presence) and a 4 year run so far, I'd argue that it definitely "took off".

Comment: Re:Algorithms (Score 3, Informative) 396

by ryanvm (#31199812) Attached to: What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?
Seconded. As a self taught programmer, classic algorithms are always my weakest link when I do an interview. Unfortunately, it's also the most glaring, since they usually teach that kind of stuff early on in COMP SCI. I had an interview with Amazon a while back and in preparation bought the book "Programming Interviews Exposed". It's a pretty good resource for getting your hands dirty with all the algorithms that a general programmer should know.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown

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