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Comment: Re:Why the hell... (Score 1) 174

by Tablizer (#48177701) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Why the hell are we still stuck using Javascript...

Because it would take a large group of organizations to cooperate and work together, which rarely happens. Closed source wants to lock out competitors and open source wants to each be their own kings of their own little hills for bragging rights. (Almost nobody really works for "free", they all want either money or credit/status.)

I'd loooove to see a GUI-friendly markup language that is either far less dependent on any scripting or application code for the common desktop-like GUI idioms, or at least is not heavily dependent on ONE language, like JavaScript is per DOM.

But it's probably too big a project for a small group of geeks to get right (or to make good enough to gain traction). Rich GUI kits are not easy to implement. Plus, it probably has to be backward compatible with most of the existing HTML stack. The separation of applet and HTML page is part of what killed Java applets.

Comment: Re:I still don't see what's wrong with X (Score 4, Funny) 196

by mrchaotica (#48171871) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

It's not like 10 years ago it was enjoyable either to use a dumb terminal, and quite frankly I doubt it's improved (I think they were SUN dumb terminals connected to something I can't remember). These days you're still going to compete over resources over a extremely high latency link (relative to computer performance). Not to mention the increased use of graphical elements in the UI.

It's worse... these days we're making our dumb terminals using AJAX.

Comment: Re:It runs a program internally (Score 1) 290

by mrchaotica (#48171805) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Why don't you expect that you can re-write the code on the dozen micro-controllers in your car

I do, and I have (or more precisely, I paid somebody else to do it for me). In my case, the guy had to remove the ECU and de-solder the memory in order to flash it; on newer models it can be done thorugh the ODB II port -- I consider that to be an improvement.

Incidentally, you can get a lot more horsepower out of most turbodiesels that way.

On other cars from the same manufacturer, some people re-flash their window control module so they can roll down their windows using their keyless entry. My car had that feature already enabled, so I didn't need to mess with it.

or your refrigerator

My refrigerator is old and dumb. But if it weren't, I would indeed expect to be able to hack it.

What about your cable box?

When I had cable (against my will -- only because the cable company charged less for internet + TV than they did for internet by itself that year) I used an HDHomeRun with a CableCard.

your DVR?

I use an HTPC specifically because I can program it!

your DVD player?

It's a drive in the afore-mentioned HTPC.

How about that PS3 your kids play?

I boycott all Sony products (especially Playstations) as a matter of principle. I was starting to consider forgiving them for the rootkit, but then they removed OtherOS. Sony is dead to me.

Your ethical criteria is arbitrarily created to castigate Apple for doing the same thing that hundreds of other manufacturers have done over the last 100 years.

Nope. I apply the same standard to everything else I buy.

I'm genuinely worried acceptable new products will cease being made (which is, of course, the reason for my rule in the first place).

You probably own a few dozen processors which are similarly handicapped by the manufacturer to function as an appliance.

Try me.

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev

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