Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Reveals a problem (Score 1) 256

by jamessnell (#43694781) Attached to: Spoiler Alert: Smart Kids Become Successful Adults
This outcome is because early successes build confidence and lower resistance to learning new things in our education systems. The discovery a strong correlation here is a symptom of our flawed education systems. I struggled massively as a child and after two hard-fought degrees, I have become a successful engineer. The correlation certainly isn't a law.

Comment: Reader (Score 1) 383

by jamessnell (#43209355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?
I use Google Reader OFTEN. Multiple times per day. I used it to bring me to this article. I also used Google Notebook heavily. When they retired it, it wasn't so bad, because they'd then started Google Docs (AKA Google Drive). However, Reader isn't being replaced, it's just being stabbed in the face and thrown in the dead-pile. I don't overly blame Google, as it probably doesn't pay for itself nor would I be willing to pay for it if they asked me to, I'd just spool up my own private web app, which I'm in the process of doing, btw. Still, I'm saddened by this attitude of optimizing margins and catering to the biggest level of user literacy. At least we still have Open Source software and the like.

Comment: What an insult (Score 5, Insightful) 347

by jamessnell (#43209307) Attached to: Jammie Thomas Denied Supreme Court Appeal
$200K+ for sharing 24 songs? Those profound douche-baggery. I'm so glad that newer methods are emerging to kill off the record label. This is an example of the industry that we call "The legal system", milking the life-force out of lady justice and then ripping her corpse apart and devouring it without a napkin. There's no measure of justice involved at all. Was there REALLY $222K in damage? Hell no, she helped advertise a brand, of sorts. What a disgusting farce. Glad I don't live in the states.

Comment: Feeling Validated (Score 1) 255

by jamessnell (#43081539) Attached to: Japan Plans to Restart Most of Their Nuclear Reactors
I'm feeling validated to see this. When I heard they said they were coming off nuclear power, I laughed pretty hard. That's because it's a massive population in a tiny area. They use large amounts of power and don't have oil resources. I figure their only option at all is to run on nuclear power. I think they'll want to obviously heavily beef-up their safety regulations. They should also really seriously consider LFTR reactors as an alternative, since they seem very viable and a lot safer (and more productive). I hope Japan's paid their debts when it comes to atomic-based nightmares. Nuclear power has it's problems, but it does also have its merits. And there are no comparable alternatives, despite what "green" types will claim.

Comment: Hang in there (Score 4, Insightful) 347

I have CS degree and develop web apps. I've worked on web apps since before starting university too, so it's something I do because I enjoy it. I suggest you stick it out. I was fairly jaded many times in the content of my CS program, as I expected a lot more. Since graduating a few years ago, I'm realizing that there was more value than I thought in those courses. Often it wasn't entirely captured in the technical details of the course, but rather the process of getting stuff done in that field. Web apps are continuing to gain traction and unless you want to work on "brosure" websites, you'll probably end up using fairly extensive CS concepts to make your web apps awesome. That said, if you love something, a formal education isn't always necessary. However, if you want to get WORK in that subject, you may find customers/employers bizarrely more receptive to the degree. It's stupid. It's reality. Take care friend!

Comment: It worked on my P4 (Score 1) 159

by jamessnell (#42841835) Attached to: Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern Graphics Cards?
In 2010, I put a then-modern PCIE video card in my P4 3GHz HT box. Suffice to say, Starcraft II ran on Ultimate settings just fine. I think the big difference between my beater and a much newer machine was load times, but once the core game was up and running, it kept up really really well. I think it probably helped that the video card had a fair bit of memory. Perhaps if I wanted to revive that machine further, I could also throw in SSDs, which would probably only offer limited benefit, but would certainly reduce any potential for disk io in the actual drives from being a choke-point. lol.

Comment: Sweet! (Score 1) 387

by jamessnell (#42791967) Attached to: Gnome Goes JavaScript
As a software developer, I must vote that this is a very very interesting idea. I think there's great potential in this sort of move. Of course, the elegance of the actual implementation will likely make or break it. Javascript is full of potential. Great idea!

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.