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Comment Re:don't need a degree if you're a good developer (Score 1) 433

This. And honestly the companies who would discount you for not having a full degree before they even considered your experience are probably not the kind of places you would want to look for. If all they are looking at is a piece of paper and not actual ability chances are they aren't going to care about you, and to them you'll just be a cog.

Comment Re:Learn Ruby (Score 2) 433

Modded down but he's right. Learn Ruby, have an active github account, put up some interesting pet projects and fish around. The Ruby community is very active, very loose, and moves very fast. I myself have a team of 6 people I picked up on github who are working on a well paid contract with me.

Comment Re:No, it won't gain a strong following. (Score 1) 170

And you don't use an HP? Have you ever used a Casio?

Personally I have an HP48 I keep on my electronics workbench for EE calculations, but I used a Casio in middle school. I did one year of middle school in the states and I never purchased the mandatory TI83. I swear the TI was artificially limited - my Casio could do a lot of things in one or two steps that would take 4+ steps on the TI and it was significantly faster than the TI when plotting. Not to mention the screen was nicer and it wasn't as ugly.

The fact they only allow TI calculators on tests further points to them being artificially limited and in the pockets of textbook makers and standardized test providers. Though the fact that you can use a calculator on an exam in the first place is silly, America is the only place I've ever studied where you could use a calculator on an exam.

Of course if you are so used to your TI83 I doubt you'd find something else more attractive, but I find it funny someone who actually carries a calculator with them everywhere would actually choose the TI83.

Comment Re:Two things (Score 1) 378

Well the default behavior is not a new concept - this is how docks work usually and you could basically call that area a dock. Personally I like the new behavior because a lot of the times I just want to get any terminal or any firefox or that one thunderbird I'm running on one of the 5 desktops I have open.

As for your point 1, I'd realliy like to ask what other desktop allows such details customization so easily. The fact is installing plugins in Gnome 3 is really simple, and you can write plugins that will change the fundimental behavior and look of Gnome 3 to however you like. I don't see how that is a demerit to it and I don't know of other desktops that offer that much freedom.

Comment Re:Odd, I am enjoying Win 8 myself ... (Score 1) 300

Nice try shill, but remote desktop has been available on OSX and Linux [oh, and Windows] for a long time and there are clients availble on iOS and Android for a variety of different systems. This is not a great reason to get a surface. Your argument is like saying "You know what's great about getting a Chevy? Bluetooth Hands Free through the stereo."

Comment Re:I like my netbook. (Score 1) 300

Ultrabook. I have an Asus Zenbook (the small A4 sized one) running Ubuntu 12.10 with Gnome 3 and it's fantastic. It's an older model, and I got it just before a model change for something like $500 in USD. The battery lasts a good 6 hours with a normal workload and the evenlope case it came with is nice too.

Personally I'd love to have one of the Toshiba ultrabooks - much more refined with smoother edges and better construction plus some neat features like lighted keys. But at twice the price it's hard to justify it over the Zenbook and the fact it doesn't come in A4 size is a big detractor.

Comment Re:GNOME 3 rules, you totally owe them an apology (Score 2) 378

I completely agree with you. Personally I'm not a fan of docks so I used the frippery bottom pannel extension but at the moment I'm not even bothering. Honestly if people would take the week or so to get used to Gnome Shell they'd realize how efficient it is and how great it is at keeping things you don't need out of the way and putting them right where you need them when you do. I find the windows I need faster, I lauch applications faster, and I spend much less time in general dealing with the window manager itself. As a bonus it never fails to impress people when I give demos - for someone who's only seen Windows and OSX it's looks like magic.

Comment Re:A lot of apps use SSL (Score 1) 141

I wasn't the only factor here (the serverside deve was a different person unrelated to me) and in this case it was an internationalized domain that needed subdomain wildcards and a corporate cert. Find me one of those for $50 and I'll love you forever.

But you are damn right about SSL giving devs rope to hang themselves with. There are so many places to create holes in the system, and if your implementation scenario has one exception you need to make [not a "common usage scenario"] things get real messy real quick.

But I would like to point out that serverside SSL on nginx is very easy and if you don't have a funny configuration or your app isn't an intranet app then the standard SSL handlers on Android can pretty much be used as-is. So the reality is if you have a common usage scenario it is not difficult at all.

Comment Re:A lot of apps use SSL (Score 1) 141

Actually I didn't want to deal with the client. It was a job nobody else was taking, but a friend of a friend, and when I made it clear there was an SSL issue he just said to make it work and he didn't care. In order to make it work their in-house dev would have had to set things up serverside to do so and I don't think I could have ever gotten him to do it right anyway.

And the pay was awful, I pretty much lost money on it.

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