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Comment: Contribute to open source games first (Score 1) 240

by dfdashh (#33806168) Attached to: Best Education Path To Learn Video Game Programming?
While what people are saying here is likely valid (game development is not "fun and games", etc etc), I'd like to suggest an alternative to lying to them or pawning them off to a school that will only postpone their decision-making process wrt game development: suggest that they work on an open source game. Working with an open source game is

- a tremendous learning experience
- a resume booster
- free
- easily accessible

Personal example: I never wanted to be a game developer, but I was interested in how games work and how to make them better feature-wise. After looking around I found the Xonotic project, for which I now provide feedback and test for. It's a win/win for me and the project team; I've learned a lot in the process and the project team gets free map reviews and gameplay videos.

Comment: Drizzle = what devs felt MySQL should have been (Score 3, Informative) 41

by dfdashh (#31441716) Attached to: Drizzle's Future Moving To Rackspace?
Background reading: one of the Drizzle guys who is moving over to Rackspace has a pretty good blog post on the move.

Although Drizzle is a really stripped down version of MySQL at the moment, it seems like the developers are trying to make it into what they thought MySQL should have been in the first place: a simple, modular database for web applications. From their FAQ:

What is the goal?
A micro-kernel that we then extend to add what we need. All additions come through interfaces that can be compiled/loaded in as needed. The target for the project is web infrastructure backend and cloud components.

Rackspace sounds like a perfect environment for them to fine tune their project under real world loads. Good on 'em.

Comment: Re:Try to skew their stats, if you must... (Score 1) 521

by dfdashh (#31160290) Attached to: Did We Lose the Privacy War?

verifying regular expressions must be too complicated for the dumb programmer wannabees, employed by these companies

Before you hand wave e-mail address validation off as a simple regular expression, you may want to take a look at the code behind an actual RFC-compliant validator. Hardly just a regular expression.

Comment: Why buy either? (Score 2, Interesting) 260

by dfdashh (#30351908) Attached to: Barnes & Noble's Nook, Reviewed
Could someone please explain the advantage of a dedicated e-book reader? I don't understand why I would buy either when I can get a netbook for $50 more (at worst) that can read both PDFs and Amazon e-books. Is it the battery life of these things, or is the hardware form factor really nice? I don't know.

Comment: Yes, they are needed in today's environment (Score 3, Interesting) 776

by dfdashh (#27658605) Attached to: Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?
Long time distance runner here. While running barefoot converts more of your energy into forward motion, shoes can protect us against those oh-so-prevalent sharp things on the ground. Granted if you run barefoot enough you will develop thicker skin, but (speaking from experience) I would still check the ground first before I ran barefoot on it. The last thing I need is to step on tiny shards of glass when training for a marathon. Ouch.

The article also spends little time discussing one big factor in the increase of running injuries: the surface on which most people run these days. Soft earth is infinitely more forgiving than asphalt, but due to its convenience asphalt/pavement is probably used the most. This leads to more running injuries as more and more runners are literally out in the streets, pounding their poor feet on a surface that doesn't give.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White