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 on: 2015-01-30 12:22:22 
Started by lcass - Last post by richierich
Slightly late to this thread but it reminds me of my nephews when they were young. They did IT at school like everybody else but it had minimal programming content, making a Powerpoint presentation was the only homework I saw them do, and they weren't bothered it wasn't any harder. Anyway now they're in their 20's they have zero interest in programming at all, it just doesn't feature in their lives - they were right about that! Neither works using a computer but of course they both have phones and use loads of apps. FWIW they're not dumb - kind of smart but not particularly, just normal people. I think they're probably typical.

Maybe it's a bit like being a car mechanic 50 years ago - everyone liked driving cars but most people had no interest or need to fix the engine. Even less build a new one from scratch.

The only interest those kids ever showed in having a go at programming was when I said we could write a bot to cheat for them on WoW or Runescape! They were playing a lot of those back then Smiley Never did that but for a long time I had ideas for a game where the player actually had to write bits of increasingly difficult code to progress. It has been tried sometimes (Robocode springs to mind and Code Hero was a more big budget attempt) but I haven't seen a really good one striking the sweet spot of moving the player through a structured teaching process without it seeming to be teaching. Hmm, what was that Double Fine one last year - HacknSlash? Haven't played that but it looked quite promising...I'm a bit out of touch TBH Cheesy

 on: 2015-01-30 12:13:49 
Started by lcass - Last post by TifantaWorld
I'm probably being too abrasive, but this isn't anecdotal. Half the kids at school just aren't that bright and they just don't even really need to be.

You don't need to be all that bright to program, though. That's the larger point I'm trying to make. Programmers, of course, enjoy making it sound like what they do is wizardry, but it really isn't.

As for why there aren't many women programming... beats me. It's seriously not as if they are actively or even passively discouraged.

Maybe that's how it is in the UK, but certainly not in the US. There is no good reason why there aren't more women in STEM fields other than that they are enculturated to avoid "male" things like that. And most of the people currently in STEM fields don't do a great job of making women (or minorities) feel welcome when they do enter into those types of jobs. The misogyny of Silicon Valley is pretty well-known at this point. Just one portion of the industry, but a high-profile one, and I think fairly representative of the whole.

 on: 2015-01-30 11:41:01 
Started by Uaimedna - Last post by TheBoneJarmer

I'm so sorry for not responding sooner! December and January have been terrible busy months for me and it is now that I actually took some time to log in on this website. I tested it out again, the font size is better but it is still very thin. I suggest not to take thin fonts anymore. They look fancy and very attractive for sci-fi games but on smaller devices they can lose pixels, no matter what font you use. I do not know if there is an option to setup different fonts for different resolutions in Java, but perhaps something to take a look at. It is unfortunately something I encounter quite a lot with games which is a shame.

 on: 2015-01-30 11:00:47 
Started by CTucker1327 - Last post by divxdede
I don't know if it can help you, but i studying more deeply nio some years ago and i started to write a server api available here :
It's quite functionnal but it was mainly for studying purpose. The code is quite well documented (if i remember well, you should start from EventDispachThread class).

I don't recommand to use it. I don't maintain or use it !! now i understand how it works, i use netty Tongue

 on: 2015-01-30 10:58:15 
Started by BurntPizza - Last post by Riven
Rewrote LibStruct to make it capable of addressing the full range of 64 bit address space.

Quite possibly the most complex code I've written to this day. Roll Eyes

Where we can see this as code? (it's in a rough state!)

 on: 2015-01-30 10:56:57 
Started by lcass - Last post by princec
Again it's easy to forget when you're in IT that most people are really not very bright at all. I mean, seriously not bright. It's hard to frame this in a politically correct way, but if you're using a computer now in a desk job, it's because you were already in the upper half of the IQ curve.

I'm not in IT. And honestly, your anecdotal reasoning is precisely what we don't need to be using as the basis for educational policy. I get that you're being "edgy" here with the jaded cynicism, but it's not exactly a constructive outlook, now is it?
I'm probably being too abrasive, but this isn't anecdotal. Half the kids at school just aren't that bright and they just don't even really need to be. You probably don't hang out with (m)any of them any more because they're out there doing stuff that doesn't need people to be all that sharp, while you're surrounded by clever people. I am aware that this sounds elitist but hopefully I can temper that by saying that many of the people I know are far, far cleverer than me, and the ones who are considerably so don't bother engaging me in social circles either. We are all stratified by our ability into socioeconomic levels.

As for why there aren't many women programming... beats me. It's seriously not as if they are actively or even passively discouraged. They just seem to harbour no interest in it on a general level, much like their remarkable lack of interest in joining the army, or their remarkable lack of interest in becoming surgeons (don't ask me why). The opportunity is there, and it is equal, and it's shoved under everyone's noses the same, at least in the UK here these days thankfully. So given that the opportunity is now the same - for all colours and creeds too in the UK - the lack of representation is most likely genuinely down to indifference.

Cas Smiley

 on: 2015-01-30 10:24:25 
Started by CTucker1327 - Last post by CTucker1327
I've been using Netty for quite some time, which is built on the Java NIO framework, but as I enjoy tearing down into the core of things, I'm wanting to learn how to write my own applications using  the Java.NIO package.

I've been looking really hard for decent study material on this, but it seems like anything pertaining to is either low-quality, or very low in quantity. Most of the 'tutorials' I find online don't explain anything, and while I can write a basic server by now, I don't really understand how it all comes together.

My over-all goal is to move my server-api to NIO from Netty with the next major release, but to feel confident enough to do this, I will need to do a lot of studying. I don't want to degrade what I have, but I also don't like the feeling of relying on someone else to do all of the hard stuff for me.

Any suggestions are welcome, would prefer if it at-least uses Java7, but J8 is recommended.

Price doesn't matter, only quality. I'm willing to spend $250~ on a good NIO networking textbook.

 on: 2015-01-30 10:02:49 
Started by Kefwar - Last post by Springrbua
@bisl_ i won't say, that it will burn it, modern GPUs/CPUs start throtteling to reduce the temperature, if thats not enough, the Notebooks usually turn off to cool down. But throtteling and shutdowns are verry annoying, therefore you should read the tests. If it is a good Notebook, it's cooling system should be good enough to cool the hardware even in stress situations.
The GPU selection depends on the OPs needs, for max-settings in FullHD he needs a High-End GPU like the 970m or even 980m, for medium-high Settings the performance GPUs like 965m or even 860m should be enough. 
I highly suggest you do buy a Maxwell GPU, as they have better performance with less power consumption -> less temperature production. 
The Maxwell GPUs you can look for are the 860m (pay attention, there is also a Kepler-Version out there), the 965m, the 970m and the 980m. The 870m, the 880m and olders are always Kepler GPUs.

 on: 2015-01-30 09:51:32 
Started by Kefwar - Last post by basil_
taking a weaker GPU to reduce power consumption is a pretty stupid idea. better take a big GPU and do not run it a max-settings/v-sync-off/4k-resolution. if you stress a TNT2 too long it will burn too.

nvidias maxwell architecture compared to kepler is better _especially_ for laptops.

 on: 2015-01-30 09:50:40 
Started by lcass - Last post by pjt33
This could be caused by the same reason: Businesses want good programmers but only want to pay for mediocre ones. And forcing kids to take programming classes in school is certainly not going to help improve the situation.

I disagree with your wording. We aren't talking about "forcing" kids to take programming classes. We are talking about **making it an option** in a way that it isn't yet, in the same way that we offer art courses, or music, or physics.

Are you still talking about elementary / primary school? If so then the system where you live is clearly very different to the system where I grew up, in which pupils didn't get any options until they were 13.

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