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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 355

by Merk42 (#49519335) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

I can't tell you how often I have to tell my browser on my tablet to give me the real desktop site ... because most mobile sites are complete shit.

Links don't work, you don't have the same information, the layout is terrible, and you can't find anything.

In my experience and opinion, most mobile websites are written by morons, to satisfy a checkbox defined by marketing, and are generally pretty much useless.

Which sounds like a badly done site, not because it's mobile. I'm all for feature parity.

Since most phones run at the same resolution as a desktop ... WTF is the purpose of a badly written mobile site?

While my ~5" phone has the same 1080p resolution as the ~23" monitor I'm typing this on, having it exactly on my phone like that would make copy too small and buttons incredibly difficult to press. Yes you could zoom in/out the desktop site, but that's not a good experience either. You're right to question the purpose to a badly written mobile site.

Comment: Re:Screen shot (Score 1) 64

by Merk42 (#49487415) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements
Go ahead and find a default of anything that 100% of users will like. Chances are people have different opinions, often diametrically opposed from one another. No matter what you do, there will be a non-zero percent of people unhappy. These people will then be a vocal minority, because it's in human nature to be vocal about something negative than something positive, and it will seem like the default doesn't work for anyone at all.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

If it's anything like software music and books, you won't be able to "buy" it, you will rent it or pay a usage license.

Car companies are not dumb, they'll soon see that having a regular income from captive users is much better than selling good products that last decades and can be sold used to someone else.

And self driving cars will give them the opportunity to make this switch.

That's software, digital goods. Is there anything out there right now that is physical that people only rent with no option to buy?

Comment: Re: What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

And I imagine the first really magnificent high-speed umpty-hojillion-fatality incident involving one of these coordinated car trains putting a quick stop to the practice, assuming anyone is stupid enough to try it in the real world to begin with.

and the moment we had a magnificent high-speed fatality car accident it stopped the practice of human drivers....
and the moment we had a magnificent high-speed fatality train accident it stopped the practice of trains....
and the moment we had a magnificent high-speed fatality airplane accident it stopped the practice of airplanes....

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