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Submission + - ESPN unloads new design on April 1st, everyone wishes it was a joke (

JimboFBX writes: is the latest website to adopt a fluid lay-out, and as with almost every other site that's done so in an effort to accommodate tablet devices, it has resulted in a significant downgrade in the user experience, especially for smartphone users. The comments page has been overwhelmingly negative.

A fluid lay-out is page that is user-agent agnostic and simply reorganizes the page based on the dimensions of the browser window. You can preview the mobile page by simply shrinking the browser window.

Is it me or is the combo of a fluid layout + ajax calls ruining web browsing? It takes 8 seconds to use because the pop-in from AJAX calls results in a constant reorganization of the site. requires that I refresh it TWICE in order to see the latest news, an issue that is made worse by Chrome on Android forcing you to stop the page before you can refresh it (menu button, stop, menu button, refresh, menu button, stop, menu button, refresh). was horrendous when it first switched to the fluid layout; its still bad but at least the auto-playing video ads (with sound) at the bottom of the page are gone, and the back button seems to work properly now. There's nothing wrong with the idea of a fluid lay-out, but the execution of it always seems to be terrible.

Comment ap cs tests a joke (Score 1) 119

Ap cs is a joke. It's a programming test you hand write. If the person misreads your handwriting or is just wrong about their understanding of the language you get it wrong. And nobody is there to prove otherwise. Oh yeah, the test is 120 bucks to have what is clearly a non professional grade it. How do I know this? Because I knew every answer on the test, finished early, then got a 3. I had to argue for credit the intro to cs course I'm college, then complained that the data structures class was too easy and too slow. I then proceeded to graduate with a 3.65 gpa and have programmed better than almost everyone I've encountered.

When AP has transparency in their grading I'll take them more seriously. Until then, they are a sham company enjoying their lucrative monopoly in the education testing market.

Comment Re: As a 40 something programmer recently intervie (Score 1) 379

Fresh out of the job market (and into a job) almost none of the interview questions had anything to do with what was in my resume. They should be seeing if I'm a liar but instead they want to know what I do in my free time or ask me new grad questions for which nothing similar has ever came up in my career...

And see how I think? I think differently than you do and solve problems my own way. Does that make me unqualified?

Submission + - still being hit by DDoS attack (

JimboFBX writes:, a popular website for forming groups and arranging meetups (I first used it for airsoft), is once again down due to an ongoing DDoS attack that no doubt must be causing their engineers fits. It started on Thursday, February 27th and has been going on through the weekend despite meetup overhauling their infrastructure to counter it. For many users, this goes beyond just being an inconvenience as a lot of users rely on the site for communication and to find the address of a meetup.

Comment Re: Train the kids in valuable skills (Score 2) 271

I put my resume on and got bombarded by phone calls for jobs the next day. In contrast, I've gotten very few responses for jobs that I applied. Apparently that is how job hunting works now. Publicly listed jobs get overwelmed so you need to get first dibs on a subset of the job market via a recruiter.

Submission + - Contest for Guessing When Ice will Melt Has New Record in 97 Year History (

JimboFBX writes: The Nenana Ice Classic is a contest held in Alaska where a tripod is placed on the Tanana River in the winter and for the past 97 years the winner(s) is whomever is closest at guessing the exact date and time it will fall over from the ice underneath it melting in the spring. This year a new record was set as it melted on May 20th at 2:41 pm, the latest ever. The Ice Classic has been a barometer for climate change as one can see it has on average melted earlier and earlier, especially in the past decade. To put things in perspective, the last time it fell on May 8th or later was in 2001. This is the first time in the past two decades it has lasted longer than that. In 1992 it melted on May 14th and that was a freakishly strong winter. Seven of the past ten years the ice melted May 2nd or earlier. Does this start to mark the turning point for climate change, or is it more proof of the extremes that are to come as the Earth continues to heat up?

Comment law enforcement (Score 3, Insightful) 405

Law enforcement and the justice system needs an overhaul. Long delays for trials, a system where you must show up in person to defend trivial offenses or even ENTER YOUR PLEA, even if you don't live in the same state, one where your own state won't help defend you but they'll help arrest you for outstanding warrants or FTAs. That's a system where it can be more expensive to defend your innocence than to falsely admit guilt. One where you can call up a clerk and they literally won't give any assistance at all because "they aren't allowed to give legal advice". A system so complex and full of contradictions you need a degree to understand it, and even then a lot of it is up to interpretation. A system where laws are intentionally set against social norms (speed limit) or are ridiculously outdated with the only purpose to rob people for the purpose of filling coffers (speed cameras in a school zone near a high school).

The definition of highway robbery now means I got pulled over for doing something trivial that people violate on a daily basis (such as speeding when the flow of traffic is over the speed limit) and given a completely unfair and expensive ticket ($115 for 1 mph over the speed limit), rather than being robbed by actual criminals.

Submission + - Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday ( 1

JimboFBX writes: Interesting piece of baseball history happened on Friday. Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers stole second, tried to steal third too early, but made it back to second before being tagged. The problem was that teammate Ryan Braun already made it to second on the steal attempt. After tags were applied to both baserunners, Segura started trotting to the dug out before realizing that he wasn't out, Braun was, and his only option was to make it back to first. He then of course proceeded to try to steal second base again. The software for keeping the box score? Doesn't (yet) support someone running backwards on the bases. Looks like that will have to change.

Comment Stream still didn't work behind a firewall (Score 1, Informative) 298

I had the privilege of trying to install stream from behind a hotel firewall/router. Still doesn't work. Would download at under 16 kb/sec and there is hundreds of megs to download. I seen to recall that this is because it only uses a single tcp connection when there is a firewall and basically steam wasn't designed with this in mind. Remember, steam is fundamentally a web browser and file downloader. I know a few games where the stream based server browser also is very spotty. Firewall/NAT issues are pretty common, so if valve is aiming for mainstream then they have so far failed miserably. You need system administrator privileges to get stream to work.

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