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Comment: What's the big deal about win8? (Score 3, Informative) 346

by trybywrench (#47451409) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
I had to get a Windows 8 laptop, Surface 2, and Windows phone for work to test an application we're working on. I use OSX and Android day-to-day so from all the stories I expected to have an awful time trying to navigate through windows to even get to the application to start my testing/dev work but I don't see what the big deal is. The interface was intuitive enough for me ...maybe i didn't try to do enough, I just looked at the screen for the app, then click/touch it. :shrug:

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.

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