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Comment: Re:I've been there (Score 1) 164

by trybywrench (#46920405) Attached to: Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?
if i had mod-points i'd give them to you. I wish more people realized that you don't have to be terrified of a gun. I live in Texas and no one seems to care about guns, not here in Dallas, not in Austin, not out West or anywhere. It's just not that big of a deal. Folks you don't have to live in fear, it must be exhausting to have to constantly worry about whether or not everyone you see owns a rifle.

Comment: good app for Google Glass (Score 1) 364

by trybywrench (#46640693) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
Seems like a Google Glass app could identify traffic lights and changes in their status way down the road while you're paying attention to the car in front of you. Then maybe project a little count down for when the app thinks the next light should turn green/red based on the one prior and the next one. Maybe you could give it feed back like "countdown off by +3 seconds" then the app could log that info along with GPS coords and heading for the next time you're encounter the light.

Comment: Re:Stop signs and lights everywhere. (Score 1) 364

by trybywrench (#46640617) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
Round-abouts waste a lot of space. You have that center island that can't be used for anything, while an intersection produces 4 pieces of usable real-estate on the corners with no wasted space in the middle. Also, in an intersection the roads are perpendicular to each other setting up facilitating/enforcing a grid layout for city streets/blocks. All things considered, intersections are more efficient than round-abouts IMO

Comment: conversational format (Score 4, Interesting) 142

by trybywrench (#46629545) Attached to: The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary
Wasn't Gmail the first to introduce the conversational layout? I remember the first time I saw it I was blown away over how simple the idea was yet how much impact it made on UX. Also, IIRC Gmail was the first to get Ajax right in a mail client, I remember being impressed when they embedded a GTalk client right there in mail. Then I think Google Calendar followed then docs with App Engine in there somewhere too. No matter your feelings on Google the company the software that sprang from Gmail is amazing.

Comment: father of 4 year old, align with interest is key (Score 5, Insightful) 231

by trybywrench (#46399809) Attached to: Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds
In my experience, with young children your best chance at teaching them these things is to relate it to their current interest. My 4 year old is really into maps right now, he draws me one every day at his preschool. I've been showing him different maps and trying to relate the concept of directions etc. With his interest in drawing hopefully I can work in the alphabet at some point too. It's a tricky task to put things in terms a 4 year old mind and attention span can digest without overwhelming them.

Comment: cherry picked scenerio (Score 1) 149

by trybywrench (#46279939) Attached to: Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?
I'm a fan of reactive programming, it's pretty neat. However, the article cherry picked the scenario that perfectly fits reactive programming. Furthermore, calculating a couple formulas is hardly complex, show me geographically distributed caches kept in sync with a few lines of code and I would be more impressed.

Comment: new respect for good managers (Score 4, Insightful) 249

by trybywrench (#45850269) Attached to: Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?
I made the jump from developer to team lead and now on to management. Good management is very very hard, keeping people on task, motivated, and managing burn out is really more of an art than science and I'm not even including dealing with different personality strengths/weaknesses and the various combinations thereof.

If you have a good manager or even just a not-bad manager let them know. It's a difficult position to do well and lots of folks who you respect see you as worthless.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.