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Comment Re:Market fragmentation (Score 1) 341

You hit the nail on the head here. Even IF you received an invite, the SDK was utter crap. I spent 3 hours downloading all of the little pieces, getting the build chain put together, writing a small "hello world" app. At the end, I tried to build it and run it on the VM provided, and it failed, giving me some obscure error. I tried Googling and pushing the build around with all kinds of different parameters and manual packaging but no luck. Their forums were no help at all and the SDK interface itself was just absolute junk to use.

I sort of feel bad seeing a Canadian company like RIM fail, but at the same time they seemed to miss the boat entirely with how they treated the developers right out of the gate.

Comment Re:Too many browsers. (Score 1) 144

I've been quitely praying that this becomes the next "hot thing", and by "hot thing" I mean Google turns to dictating that the web must be run on this type of set up. I'd argue that the browser wars currently taking place are one of the reasons our web is still so cryptic and archaic. We sit around as web dev's and hack together gimped shadows of what we could do if we all had a common standard to hit, and a common platform to write for. I honestly feel like I'm working for 4-5 different architectures when I'm developing a website with the amount of different hacks and such I have to put forth to display a site correctly across the net.

Comment Re:Why humanoid? (Score 5, Insightful) 108

Two things. First, the humanoid is the result of millions of years of recent evolution. It's a solid design. Sure, you probably can come up with a better design, but why throw away what already works? That's wasteful. Second, we have millennia of human technology designed for the humanoid form. Why throw that away either? Same argument about waste applies.

Sure, on Earth. We haven't been living in space for millions of years, but under the Earth's gravity, the atmosphere, etc. Space is an entirely different environment and we would likely have developed entirely different in that environment. The tools argument is the most valid of the lot, but realistically we could/already have designed something better to accomplish tasks.

Comment Re:Open communication? (Score 1) 287

You're living in a fantasy world.

10 Here's how it really goes: "Oo, she has a nice ass." [girlfriend glares] "Why are you looking at her ass?" "Well, she walked by, I just kind of glanced there." "Why didn't you glance the other way?" "I don't know, I just didn't." "What's wrong with my ass?" "Nothing's wrong with your ass, I was just making an observation." "Are you saying my ass is fat?" "No not at all, I love your ass."

The next day: "My boyfriend doesn't like my ass any more..I don't think he loves me." "Aw, it's okay sugar, there's boys everywhere! Let me introduce you to my friend Ronaldo, he's single!" "Well, okay, since my boyfriend obviously doesn't love me anymore."

A week later: "Well since you have an infatuation with other women's asses, I'm leaving you for Ronaldo. At least HE says I have a nice ass!" 40-some-later GOTO 10

There, fixed that *cough* erm... implemented recursion properly for you.

Comment Interesting... (Score 1) 560

I'm in London, Ontario and not a single person I know here has said they felt anything. I was in a classroom with ~35 other people at the exact time it happened and no one said or felt anything. I've seen reports that people in Sarnia (west of here) felt stuff, but nothing from people in London.

Anyone in/around London have anything?

Comment Re:A challenge... (Score 1) 276

the director of information technology management

With that title, I'd be hard pressed to believe he even knows how many computers are in his own branch of offices, let alone how many lines of working code/sensors are inside of a production car. Also, I'm pretty certain that an aircraft of that size would be monitoring/controlling hundreds more inputs/outputs than a car strolling down the road.

Comment Re:Cheating is laziness... (Score 2, Interesting) 684

I wish I had mod points for you. This is EXACTLY what I'm seeing in my cs program right now. Everyone getting marks for effort, half their code works, the other half doesn't. Handing out ridiculously high marks for writing down psuedo-code is what bugs me the most. Our profs will give you marks if you can write down what you need to do, in some improper syntax but still achieve the 'right idea'. I'm apparently mistaken that learning syntax is important. I've been helping people in second year write stuff and they get hung up on writing proper if statements and implementing while loops properly. It baffles me how they got to second year without being able to pop off a for statement without even exchanging neurons. I also know a lot of people who've gotten through with friends writing a lot of their programs because they simply can't do it themselves. The lack of integrity makes me rage haha.

I guess on the flip side, these people who mess around like that are almost a necessity. A friend and I at work had this conversation the other day, how you get management who might have gotten a CS degree but can't code to save their lives. But they're pretty good at managing because they at least have some understanding of what your job actually is. Rather than having some BA/MBA boss who just 'wants things done, now.'

Comment Re:People aren't robots (Score 1) 709

The last part is so true. I'm on my first of three placements in my program and that is the biggest change for me. Not having to constantly(after school) think about how I can put code together to have the next project in on time. Mentally, there's no break during school it seems. It doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing I'll eventually get lost in thinking about school work, and/or feel guilty about not working on a project or something to do with school.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang