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Comment: Lazy (Score 3, Insightful) 50

by pieisgood (#48248851) Attached to: Quake Meets Minecraft in FPS Construction Kit Gunscape

Ace of spades already did a pretty good job. This is just quake with worse everything. The bonus, I guess, is that since it's on a console you can create levels with blocks without having to get your hands dirty with real meshes or textures or any of the other things that make development on the PC difficult. I guess a plus for Xbone players... not so much for anyone else.

Comment: Another center for self absorption (Score 2) 62

by pieisgood (#47838967) Attached to: Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village

Assuming this project succeeded; I can only imagine that this would be another center of self absorbed web techs and recent college grads. People aiming to make 'apps' that will 'change the face of X' and 'rethink how we approach Y'. Yet, these 'apps', will offer half baked solutions to problems that were solved before but now require you to login to a site to work with.

I could just be jealous of high pay for awful work though.

Comment: Re:"Top Learning Language" ...OR... (Score 5, Insightful) 415

by pieisgood (#47409953) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

I think they're going for teaching conditionals, loops, classes, functions and structure. You don't need to teach them about memory allocation, pointers and memory alignment in an introductory class. You can save that for an asm and C course. Or better yet, a memory class (which I've not seen).

Comment: Makes sense (Score 3, Interesting) 415

by pieisgood (#47409877) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

It makes sense. IMHO python removes a lot of the hardware considerations that other languages have. This allows for a focus on the CS material, rather than the engineering material. An advantage over java is that it also supports functional programming. That means that you can teach introductory CS principles in multiple programming styles without having to switch languages. Top it all off with forced indentation (not my favorite thing), which makes beginner code easier to read for instructors and I can see why they did this. Now, later they'll get into asm and C/C++ and memory alignment and paging and all that stuff, but starting out it's nice.

Comment: Nice and all (Score 2) 75

by pieisgood (#47381833) Attached to: Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

I'd like if they supported more popular languages. Personally I'd like to learn Mandarin, but they only server European languages. I'm unsure why they don't support it. My mother speaks mandarin but I've never had the time to go out and take a college course on it, duolingo would be a great resource. Plus, Slashvertisment and what not.

Maybe I'll try it when Eastern languages are supported.

Comment: Carmack Talk QC 2013 (Score 3, Informative) 49

by pieisgood (#46411951) Attached to: Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

This was evident from Carmacks talk at QuakeCon 2013. He talked about meeting with valve employees and discussing VR. He talked about how the Valve guys showed him that black to white times on the screen were just as important as standard refresh rates. So it makes sense that they would be developing Source 2 to work with VR.

Comment: Teach Logic instead (Score 1) 231

by pieisgood (#46400095) Attached to: Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

If you want to prepare children for higher level mathematics and all that learning it implies, please start with logic. The idea of teaching young kids calculus is a bit absurd and not nearly as helpful as a foundation in logic. When you have a malleable mind that is still growing and rapidly changing giving an early foundation in how to think critically and how to approach abstract questions would seem to have a larger benefit than having them think about calculus.

Comment: Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 246

Ok, when I went to CC I only got an AA. Looking at it now though it makes sense. Just like people can get a bachelors of science in computer engineering. This was my mistake.

I guess the course design then would be tailored around the kind of worker you want to output. Do you want to output a JS front end type guy, or a back end software design and architecture person?

Comment: I'm confused (Score 2) 246

What would someone with an applied science in modern web development do?

Would they work on the algorithms for applied science in a server side language like php?
Would they work in python/c++/haskell or something like fortran and hook into php?

I'd like to help, but I need some further information.

Note: I looked up this degree on google and the last result on the first page was this submission.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!