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Comment Re:What bothers me about "mobile" website fetish (Score 3, Informative) 88

Can we just drop the "mobile" and talk about dynamic layouts instead.

What you're talking about is called a responsive layout, and it's the current best practice for mobile support. It involves using CSS media queries to adjust the page layout based on the size of the display.

(And the Google algorithm does detect responsive layouts and consider them mobile friendly.)

Comment Re:and... (Score 1) 88

... and if you told me you're using your phone to access the site, I'd get a puzzled look and say "but why?".

Because the mobile device was the nearest available thing capable of browsing the web at the time I wanted to look at the content.

The number of cases where there is a legitimate reason to not support mobile is very small.

Comment Re:If you want results from the web (Score 1) 313

Or why when setting up an email account does the mail app send the domain name you enter to apple?

I don't know for sure, but when you set up an email account, based on the address you supply, the Mac does try to auto configure stuff for a wide range of popular email services. I'm guessing it's probably sending off the address to search for that auto configuration information.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 180

If you have 100 hours available for testing, you can use static analysis to find 90% of the bugs and spend the rest of your time on the 10% that require deeper insight. Or you can waste 90% of your time being a human compiler, manually cross-checking symbols. Which is going to result in more reliable software?

That assumes that:

  • 1) Static analysis will find enough problems to save 90% of your testing time
  • 2) There is no additional cost in development time in manually handling all type conversions

And there are a lot of reasons to believe that neither of those are true.

Comment Re:April Fools stories are gay (Score 4, Insightful) 1482

The Left has become fascist in the name of tolerance. Tolerance will be imposed and all who stand in the way will put against the wall.

Yeah, I mean on the one hand we have people who wish to use the power of the state to deny the recognition of relationships of a minority group because it doesn't fit with their own view of the world, and on the other we have people refusing to use a company's product because they disagree with the politics of the CEO.

OKCupid are clearly the fascists here...

Comment Re:Replusive (Score 1) 505

Why do the worst technologies that are just barely able to solve the problem always make it? Is the developer community collectively really this stupid? I fear it is...

Because the people who spend their time worrying about which is the theoretically superior solution rarely come up with a practically useful solution.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.