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Comment: Re:Plant? (Score 5, Insightful) 376

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49750121) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Java is certainly not dead. If you're a software engineer, my gut feeling is that 70% of job offers involve Java programming. Java is widespread in the enterprise as well as open source frameworks and platforms.

But parent is right in the fact that Java in the browser is practically dead. Some office environments still require Java for entperise applications, but practically all ordinary users don't need Java in the browser.

It's a little ironic, since Java on the web was one of Java's main, original use cases. Now Java applets are niche and fading out, whereas Java is pretty much rampant everywhere else.

Comment: Re:Is anyone else bothered? (Score 1) 95

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49742145) Attached to: Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Raking In Money

That sounds familiar. I'm also weird in the sense that even though I'm a deeply kind-hearted person by nature, I enjoy playing dark characters in games, such as an undead knight, an assassin or a brutish ork. I find these characters more interesting than "generic good hero guy".
But this leads to some interesting conflicts, as I mostly choose the "good" actions in games opposed to the evil or selfish actions, I just can't help it. So in the end I'm actually unable to play these dark personalities in character.

Once I decided to try and play a really "evil" character in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, doing the Dark Brotherhood and Daedric (Demon) quests. One quest requires you kill a unicorn for its horn, which I did, but I really had to push myself to do so and felt bad for days afterwards.

Comment: Re:Now Germany! (Score 1) 100

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49736709) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

You are exaggerating, but there is some truth to that, for sure.

Maybe it's worth mentioning that due to some cataclysmic events you might have heard about in history class, Germany has issues with many things related to patriotism and militarism.

It's no joke. Expressing patriotism or sympathy for militarism is kind of taboo and still frowned upon in Germany.

Comment: Re:Now Germany! (Score 1) 100

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49736483) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

All german parties except of the CDU/CSU (which are "sister parties"), led by the leftists, who were created from the remaining parts of the totalitarian SED that governed the GDR, and, out of this "tradition", have a very anti-US and pro-russia position

Are you serious? That is ridiculous. The FDP (liberal party), the SPD (social democrats) and the Green Party are not pro-Russians. None of the parties are pro Russian except the extreme left (Die Linke) and the extreme right (NPD, AfD).

There is some pro-Russian sentiment among many former citizens of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), but the vast majority of Germans, especially in West Germany, are very pro USA. Most Germans were actually quite let down by recent revelations that the US does not consider Germany one of its closest allies, at least in terms of intelligence cooperation, as the general perception in Germany has been that it is indeed one of the closest allies.

The presidency of GW Bush has hurt public perception of the US in Germany a lot, but that is not singular to Germany, this has been the case in almost the entire world.
Still I would estimate that if forced to choose a side, 80% of Germans would favor partnership with the US over Russia.
Like Bush before him, Putin seems like he is doing all he can to hurt the Russian reputation accross the globe, but especially in Europe.

Comment: Re:Seriously? Slow day or what? (Score 1) 121

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49719229) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

Well, Star Wars *is* a global phenomenon and a staple of US culture loved and adored by millions across the globe. So, now that you draw the comparison to the founding fathers, in our modern times George Lucas has probably been more significant to most people than the founding fathers have.

Comment: Re:So what do we learn... (Score 4, Insightful) 121

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49718561) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

I know that the Ewoks are controversial among the original, older crowd of Star Wars fans. I watched the movies as a kid and I thought that anything with spaceships and lasers was awesome. However I also thought that the furry buggers actually make sense in the context of the story.

Emperor Palpatine could foresee almost everything, he does claim so a couple of times himself. But the furry little natives of Endor probably seemed so insignificant to him that they didn't even register on his radar. Which ultimately tipped the balance of power to the Rebels and led to his doom.

Comment: Re:Old guy here - pixel art reminds me of bad game (Score 1) 175

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49680305) Attached to: The Decline of Pixel Art

I disagree. I think pixelated graphics can look better than high-res. Mainly because pixelated art leaves more to the imagination. Your brain fills in the details. Some 2D games that use high-res pictures don't appeal to me because I don't like the art style, like, for example, the faces of the characters. I have never experienced this "issue" with retro-themed 2D games that use more pixelated art.

Comment: Re:Privacy? (Score 2) 776

Seems like that is true. However I strongly suspect that, as with most things in the US. the share of that spending is extremely unbalanced. I'm almost certain a public school in a black neighbourhood will not be even close to the funding of a school in a predominantly white suburb.

Comment: Re:Agree about U curve, disagree with the rest (Score 1) 425

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49620871) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

I chose the wording 10x more "effective", because it's not necessarily just 10x "faster", although that is what it usually boils down to in the end.
A poor developer will write code that is buggy, doesn't scale well, with a poor interface and poor extendibility. His code will be more difficult for others to use and work with. It will in the long run be a maintenance nightmare and make the project as a whole worse and thereby affect the work of many other people and require that they also invest more time in their work. (Other developers, quality, IT support, contractors that plug into the system, etc.)

In the end and for all the people involved, a project with 10 average developers might take 10 times longer and cost 10 times as much as if one really good guy just sat down and got the job done.

I've seen this happen. I've seen a one-man team create a framework that is fantastic to work with, has a simple, intuitive API and just plain works, whereas a framework developed by a team of about 20 people that accomplishes essentially the same thing is terrible to work with and buggy.

Most managers don't realize the huge productivity and efficiency gap between skilled and unskilled developers. They think firing one expensive developer in the USA/Europe and outsourcing the job to 10 developers in India* is a net win. Most of the time, it is not.
Many unskilled developers should be considered more of a lability than an asset. You wouldn't want 10 unskilled developers working on the control systems of a 747 either, would you?

If I had my own software company, I would have absolutely no doubts about who to hire. I would hire the best guy(s) I could find for a salary of 100 to 200k instead of getting a couple of decent guys for the same money.

*I'm not saying all developers from India are bad. I'm sure there are also very good Indian developers. But from my personal experience most of them are not very good, in addition to the cultural/communication problems (they will almost never admit mistakes or that they didn't understand something), I found it very hard working with them.

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