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Comment: Re:I don't assemble computers. (Score 1) 183

by pspahn (#47572475) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

In my case, the first time was roughly 1993. I had this old hard drive that kept making knocking sounds and was unreadable, and my first thought was, "Let's just go ahead and see exactly why that MOLEX connector should only go in one direction."

I shaved the corners to match the bevel of the other side, and fired that thing up. While I was happy with the result, I can't help but think it would have been a little more exciting if the drive was functional. Some pops and smoke is great, but I was hoping for annihilation.

Comment: Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (Score 1) 309

by pspahn (#47561395) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

... which is basically saying the same thing as "Yeah, but then I'd have to work a corporate job!"

Some people like Texas, some people like other places. Some people like the start-up atmosphere, some people prefer being employee #499329.

That said, if you work at a start-up that is already funded, there's no reason you shouldn't be compensated well.

Comment: Re:Repeat after me... (Score 1) 309

by pspahn (#47561337) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

It isn't now, but in the future (which is the point, right) it very well could become a language one might call a "programming" language.

Consider the rise of SASS and LESS. We have these now because they are needed modernizations of CSS. At someone point I wouldn't be surprised to see them become a core component.

Comment: Re:Keyboards (Score 3, Insightful) 223

by pspahn (#47526225) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

I don't think it has anything to do with being "remotely managed" but rather the simple fact that a tablet and a laptop are still two different tools.

I think people are starting to understand that using a tablet isn't just "using a computer with a touch screen." It's an entirely different experience, one that is probably better suited for certain tasks that rely on organic movement. Gaming happens to be one of those tasks but certainly not the only. Music and art are others.

A chromebook is a cheap and crippled laptop, basically, but it beats the heck out of any tablet for typing which pretty much anyone would agree, at least as of now.

So I guess if you're seeing a controversy between people clamoring for one item over the other, a reasonable conclusion to draw would be that one person thinks one type of education is better than another.

Comment: Re:Coming to a plane journey (Score 2) 167

by pspahn (#47523757) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

All this.

This is why Ebola is dangerous. It doesn't matter how long it takes for someone to go from "sick" to "dead", as once they get sick, they probably won't be traveling. On the other hand, you have three weeks of incubation to traipse around the world and get somewhere quite distant from the original vector, then get sick, and now all of a sudden you have a handful of cases in Toronto followed by a handful of cases three weeks later in Mexico City ... and so on.

Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 1) 128

by pspahn (#47450117) Attached to: With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

I was fishing last week, and took some time to observe the fish behavior, as the water was especially clear and the ecosystem was especially healthy.

Something I noticed almost immediately was that the largest fish were swimming near the shore. I've seen this before, but in this case there were no small fry near the banks. It was only the large adults. Out toward the center of the lake was where you were seeing smaller fish rise to food on the surface. In the case of this small mountain lake, the prime locations for what these trout need (food and cover, mostly) happened to be near the banks while the less prime locations were out in the middle.

As they say, big fish eat small fish, and if those small fish want an opportunity to cruise a better location, they will have to fight for it.

The battle for food and shelter/protection is not something we only see in humans fighting wars. The vast majority of animal species on this planet spend the entire length of their lives in a constant battle for food and shelter.

Comment: Re:Github Followers (Score 1) 285

by pspahn (#47407907) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Funny you mention that. I was just looking over some gigs on Craigslist. I clicked an ad for a "Magento/Joomla Developer" and the first thing they list in the requirements is, "Strong Project Management Abilities".

I sort of feel like emailing them so I can ask why they want their developer to also be the project manager ... it's a rhetorical question since the ad is for a "boutique ad agency".

Comment: Re:Threats? (Score 3, Insightful) 273

I am utterly confused about that whole statement. Uber is worth more than Sony? People getting knocked out? I'm not sure what we're talking about right now.

I sort of get what the article is about based on the summary, but it is not appealing enough to warrant clicking on something (I have no idea where that link has been) that would explain the confusing summary.

Comment: Re:Faggy GUI effects? (Score 2) 186

by pspahn (#47259079) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

... clear giant work area for multiple windows.

All this.

There are way too many applications I use that fail to do anything useful for multi-monitor setups. There's a few useful features like being able to resize window panels to customize my view better, but I want to be able to tear panels off and put them on a different monitor. To me, that is so vastly more important than just increasing resolution.

I currently use two monitors. One in landscape and one in portrait and I use them exactly how you'd expect, documents on the portrait screen, video/games/etc on the landscape screen. If I use Photoshop, it's great because I can use the landscape screen for the image and the portrait screen can hold all of my panels ... nice and out of the way. Unfortunately, this is one of the few suites that supports these tear-off panels. I have yet to find an IDE/coding environment that makes me happy in this regard (while also making me happy in others). If I could stand to use Eclipse, I would ... I just absolutely loathe it.

May the bluebird of happiness twiddle your bits.