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Comment: Java is obnoxious (Score 1) 500

by rhyous (#47749065) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

1. Java is obnoxiously verbose. Despite having an example of properties from C# and cries for them to support them, they have failed to do so. So the syntax for creating getters and setters takes so much longer. Everytime I wrote code in Java over C#, it takes so many more lines. C++ compiler should support properties by now too.
A few years old but: http://www.slideshare.net/jeff...

2. The IDE. Besides having the look of an app from the 90's, Eclipse is a mess. It takes hours and hours of plugin research to get the same feature set as the default install of VS. Even basic features, like basic font size and themes, are unacceptably difficult. Then you have to add plugins to do anything worth while. Netbeans seemed to work better for some things but have less plugins.

3. The java installation is a pain. Both java and the IDE. Microsoft has the benefit of .NET embedded by default. And if a new version is needed, it comes with the IDE. The install of Visual Studio is simple and easy. You download and install it and it will install the needed .NET version and everything just works with one install. With Java, you have to find the right JRE/JDK and heaven forbid you get the one that doesn't have that enterprise feature. Eclipse is just a zip file. It isn't even an installer. So you have to manually add options to the Start page yourself if you want them. Not to mention the pinning issue. You pin it, but when you run it, it doesn't run under the pinned icon.

4. Oracle. Enough said.

 

Comment: Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (Score 1) 158

by rhyous (#47475987) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

I was constantly told growing up that girls are naturally better at math than boys. I was probably top 5 in my High School in Math as a guy. I heard this over and over and over again. The girls heard it too.

So why is this post saying the opposite?

Is my one experience just an anecdotal anomaly?

Comment: The wrong solutions (Score 1) 579

by rhyous (#47377243) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

I don't think the problem is what they think it is. Correlation does not equal causation. They've started off well. The lights with countdowns have an increase in accidents. That leaves the following questions:

1. Is it a significant enough increase to do anything about?
2. Why do these intersections have more accidents? Is it really the counter, or were other updates made the same time the counter was added?
3. Are the counters only added to busier intersections?
4. I often slow down sooner because I see based on the counter that I can never make the green light. (Yes, I speed up too when I do see that I can make the light.)
5. Also, I've noticed that because of these counters, the first car starts going sooner on a green light. This means one or more cars get through the light than before. This means more traffic is getting through the intersection. So is it the light or the increased traffic through the light causing the increase in crashing?

Anyway, I don't think we are ready to act yet.

Comment: Re:Bought one ebook from Amazon, will never do aga (Score 1) 72

by rhyous (#47351235) Attached to: Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

I believe in DRM free ebooks, too. My book, Fire Light (Trinity of Mind book 1), is DRM free. I also know a few other authors that sell DRM free books. However, I haven't even taking time to see if I can actually transfer them. I just click the box, DRM free when I publish.

Comment: Add one or two more classes to school (Score 1) 293

by rhyous (#47255243) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

I suggested we add an eighth, maybe even a ninth class to school. Most schools are somewhere between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. Some start earlier, some start later. However, think what an extra hour would do?

Benefits
1. It would give the students another class to take.
2. It would keep latchkey kids out of trouble and off the streets for one more hour while their parents get home.
3. Some kids don't get breakfast or dinner. Since they are at school earlier and later, they could server breakfast and dinner. This will give the poor kids better food and kids who are well fed perform better in school on average than kids who aren't. It is hard to concentrate on school work with a hungry stomach.
4. A peer tutor hour could happen. This would be extremely beneficial in student grading. It has been demonstrated that teaching something is one of the best ways to learn a subject more deeply and permanently. The good students will get better themselves as they help raise up the struggling students.

Problems:
1. Money. If teachers work to teach an extra class or two, they also have more to grade, etc. So teachers salaries would need to be raised and a few more teachers hired.
2. Too much homework for the kids.
3. Sports players need that time.

Solutions:
a. Add one hour as a peer hour where top peers tutor lower peers in a library-like setting. Make this hour required for kids whose do not have supervision until they get home. Not required if the student has a stay-at-home-parent.
b. Make another class an "in class" only course. Where there is no homework. Many skill are beneficial to learn in one hour a day blocks with little or no homework. Typing, cooking, reading practice, Physical Ed, etc...
c. This hour may pay for itself as the amount of crime between 3pm and 5pm is rather high, and would decrease significantly, so lower juvenile court costs, etc...these costs will eventually be reallocated.
d. Making the sports team puts you in a "class" for that sports team from 3pm to 5pm.

With one or two extra classes, an intro to Computer Science course that has limited homework but is more of an in class training, can be mandatory for all. Then the AP Computer Science class would be the next logical course and those who took the intro would likely take the next course.

Comment: Surface Pro 3 (Score 1) 321

by rhyous (#47126359) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

I just used a Surface Pro 3.

In my opinion it beats every tablet on the market. Once I replace my laptop with the Surface Pro 3, I am pretty sure that I will eventually stop using my Kindles e-readers.

However, I will still use the Kindle app. So are you wanting a different "e-reader" or are you wanting Amazon to have competition?

Comment: Publishers have to adjust (Score 1) 405

Look, Amazon is not a monopoly. They might be a large market share holder, but they have competition:

B&N
iBooks
Google Play Books
Kobo
Smashwords

The problem is that Amazon is doing a better job than all of them. They are selling 90% of the eBooks. I am not sure about the print books. The other companies aren't doing anything different. They are using DRM. If you buy ebooks through them, you are pretty much locked into using their app.

Amazon is making plenty of money off of indie authors and they don't need publishers. So this is not bullying. It is simply business.
Why should Amazon add books that will make them less money?
In what business does that make sense?

It is time that authors realize that publishers are no longer what they once were. Why?
1. Good editors are everywhere and cost $2000 or less.
2. Good book cover designers are everywhere and cost $500 or less.
3. Good print layout designer are $500 or less.
4. Good publicist/marketer is $500 a month ($6k a year)
5. Distribution is easy. Now distribution is done online through all the stores I just mentioned. The last remaining distribution channels that publishers have are brick and mortar stores (which are declining) and libraries, which are now including the ability to checkout eBooks, even from indie authors.

So publishers are realizing that their only value are these:
1. One time upfront cash infusion (cost of editor/cover/print layout)
2. They can send an email to their large contact list.
3. A sense of quality.

If an author builds their own contact list, then #2 is canceled out. That means all a publisher is anymore is one time service. Why would any author give up 80% to 90% of profits for nothing more than a one time service? Hire your own editor, your own cover artist and your publicist. You pay $9k and you own 100% of your work. You get %70 from all eBook sales on amazon.

The final feature, quality, is not going to last. Indie authors can write quality. Check out this: http://scififantasyreaders.com...
Pretty soon, there were be quality standards that indies follow. What will be left of the publishers? If they don't change and adapt, they will all go out of business and only their names in the books they once printed will remain.

Comment: Anthem (Score 1) 626

by rhyous (#47073701) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Yes!

What will the candle makers do when electricity takes over?
What will the horse trainers and carriage makers do when cars take over?
What will the printers and mail deliverers do when digital documents take over?
What will the highway patrol, taxi drivers, other drivers do when autonomous cars take over?

The world will improve. Other jobs will be available. Some individuals will have personal struggles, but the rest of the world will grow.

Comment: Show us the evidence (Score 1) 293

I get annoyed reading lines like: "There is growing evidence that the center of the Milky Way contains a mysterious object some 4 million times more massive than the Sun."

What evidence do we have? How is it growing? How big is it now? How much does it grow?

I mean, are we talking a mustard seed of evidence here? (Yes, iron analogy to use in science, I know ;-)

After reading the article, science is making a guess that wormholes are smaller than black holes. There is no scientific basis behind this guess. It is just a guess. So this article assumes that because Sagittarius A is small it is a worm hole, not a black hole.

So basically we are in the hypothesis phase, not even in the theory phase yet.

Comment: Languages Course (Score 1) 177

by rhyous (#46950717) Attached to: Programming Language Diversity On the Rise

I think you might be mistaken.

Just because someone posts something to git hub doesn't mean that is "the" language they have chosen.

We now have classes in college that are called "Intro to Programming Languages" and the whole purpose is to learn many different programming languages. Some of these "class projects" will invariably end up on GitHub. Then they have a final in the language of their choice, with a requirement that the language be "other" than the big 4 (Java, C#, C/C++, PHP).

So first, remove all those homework project from your evaluation, then redo your evaluation. You might see what I everyone else sees in the market: Java, C#, C/C++/ObjectiveC for compiled languages and JavaScript and PHP for non-compiled languages and then everything else is sometimes used for a product here and there.

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