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Comment: Re:You probably have one, though... (Score 1) 298

by Dracos (#48925445) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I don't have one, and it's unlikely that I will have any tablet, ever.

Touchscreens are a regression in human interfaces. Yes, it's more intuitive than a mouse, but it lacks any way to even emulate buttons after the first, "cursor" positioning is imprecise at best, and worst of all there's just no substitute for a keyboard.

Now that the market is correcting itself, Oremus can finally reveal the sad truth about tablets that many here knew at first sight of the iPad: tablets are for consumption, not production. Jobs thought his reality distortion field could hide that, but it's been powered off for a while now. Tablet sales are slipping because the hype is over and the masses are realizing that they need to get stuff done, so back to laptops they go.

Comment: Re:Noooooooo! (Score 1) 165

by Dracos (#48865743) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

It wouldn't even take a new crop of IE exploits in the wild to make MS stock drop in price. The first two weeks would be a constant flood of blog posts detailing how crappy the code is. Trident is 17 years old, and many of us have heard how much of an unmaintainable mess the codebase has become in their attempts to implement web standards. Even then, MS would have to release it under a fully open license otherwise no one will taint themselves.

The "new thing", Spartan, is just a rebrand of IE with a new skin. It'll still be built around Trident and Chakra, so web developers will have no reason to have a different opinion of it from IE.

MS needs a new rendering engine, but they'll never use an open source one. Their only real option is to write one from scratch, which they haven't done since IE1, and that engine was replaced with Trident (which they bought) in IE4. There was IE5 for Mac, but that was pretty much a one man crusade and its rendering engine was nothing like regular IE.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Onion link (Score 1) 314

by Dracos (#48823717) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

I was told that by a former employee in a store a couple months ago. I wouldn't put it past RS execs to be doing creative accounting to justify wasting half the floor space with products that don't belong there. They'll get their golden parachutes before anyone else gets anything from a buyout, we've seen it all before.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Onion link (Score 1) 314

by Dracos (#48821965) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Why is it only now, three decades later, that they are finally going under?

The answer: Cell phones.

Upper management lost its vision long ago, but the coup de grace was when they started selling cell phones to cash in on an exploding market. Trouble is, RS buys the phones at retail cost and loses money on every unit.

In the last couple years someone in RS management sniffed out a bit of a clue, because they started stocking Arduino, RaspberryPi, and most recently LittleBits. A slight correction, but everyone knows RS should be the non-big-box side of Fry's.

Comment: Re:Have you ever used PHP? (Score 1) 245

by Dracos (#48805031) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

PHP gets bashed because a) the language maintainers are rather bad at language design, and b) so much shitty code gets written in it. I'm in a similar boat as you, having done primarily PHP development since 4.0 was released.

Drupal 7 is ok (I haven't looked at 8 yet), but if you really want to see good PHP code, look at Laravel.

Comment: Re:What about WordPress and SugarCRM or VTiger CRM (Score 1) 245

by Dracos (#48804851) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Yes, PHP is easy to write, therefore it is easy to write badly. WordPress is the poster child for PHP's bad reputation, because:

  • It's written badly
  • It's written badly even in the context of PHP4, from which it is a relic
  • The project management refuses to break backwards compatibility

Granted, PHP is the only language where a result like WP is possible. Shitty code hyped by an army of self-described "developers" who proudly and incestuously pass around bad practices like STDs.

That being said, JavaScript outside the browser is a convenient, unnecessary solution looking for a problem.

Comment: More votes, bah! (Score 1) 480

by Dracos (#48794587) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

It should be very clear by now that at least one party doesn't want more people to vote in general, only more of the people likely to vote in that party's favor. The establishment only accepted electronic voting so that they can game the outcome. They'll never take the next step to allow it to be widely exercized.

Comment: Re:Outdated distribution mode (Score 1, Interesting) 400

by Dracos (#48717193) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

The infrastructure currrently exists to release all films for home rental immediately!

Yes and no. Hollywood wants same day DVD release, the only thing preventing that is Walmart. As efficient as their distribution system is, it still takes 45 days to get a product onto store shelves. Hollywood doesn't want to risk that leak window.

Comment: Nth verse, same as the first (Score 3, Informative) 248

by Dracos (#48692105) Attached to: Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

If the JS and rendering engines are the same, then there's nothing new that matters to developers. Making it look like Chrome/FF is not necessarily a good thing, as those browsers have stripped the browser UI of many of the most important elements.

Trident is ancient hacked up garbage that MS needs to replace.

Comment: Re:False Summary - Haigh Agrees with Knuth's Thesi (Score 4, Insightful) 149

by Dracos (#48676173) Attached to: Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

there are indeed no good technical histories of computer science, and little prospect of any.

I see the posthumous reactions to Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie as indicators that Knuth is absolutely right. Jobs, who was essentially just a marketing asshole, gets every manner of fanfare commemorating his "world-changing" achievements. Ritchie on the other hand is almost completely ignored in the media, even though he is one of the giants upon whose shoulders Jobs undeservingly stood.

I bet anyone here would agree that co-authoring UNIX is a far more important event than being the iPod/iPhone taskmaster.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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