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+ - Is the Web really the best way to build distributed applications?

Submitted by simonstl
simonstl (42816) writes "The Web grew up in a tough neighborhood, popular but infested with feuding constituencies and sprawled across multiple platforms. I argue that those challenges have created a best-of-breed solution, even if it doesn't look like the toolbox developers from more civilized environments expect. It's not just that the Web is what we have to do this work — it's that the Web is what we have to do this work because it learned lessons other platforms haven't yet even noticed."

Comment: Suck it and see, it's not for everyone (Score 5, Insightful) 318

by Peter Cooper (#41149723) Attached to: The Programmers Go Coding Two-by-Two — Hurrah?

Like many workplace practices, it's something worth trying, but not something to be trumpeted as "the way" to do things. Some people get on with pairing, some don't. And it's OK either way. Likewise, there are writers who work in pairs, but many who do great work alone. There are architects who work in groups and alone. So it goes for software developers.

Where it goes sour, however, is when people who find pair programming valuable start tarring anyone who doesn't do it as being error-prone slackers.

Media (Apple)

China's Official Newspaper Pans iPad — Too Locked Down 319

Posted by timothy
from the ironing-is-delicious dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The People's Daily newspaper, which is the official news organ of the ruling Communist party in China, apparently recently posted a review of the iPad, where it complained about the locked down nature of the device, noting that 'There are many disadvantages. For example you cannot install pirate software on them, you cannot download [free] music, and you need to pay for movies you watch on them.' You would think a country that is in favor of locking down the internet so much would like a locked up device ..."

Comment: Re:WASD? Flash version only, I guess. (Score 1) 362

by Peter Cooper (#33205860) Attached to: Gamer Plays <em>Doom</em> For the First Time

I still use the Quake with mouse scheme for all my FPS gaming. For anyone who forgets, that's right mouse button for "forward", A and D for strafe and S for back (as in WASD) and space for jump. Mouse inverted vertically.

All FPS games support this setup still, though you have to tweak. The bummer, though, is when you get a mouse that doesn't allow simultaneous left and right mouse clicking.. you can either shoot OR move ;-)

I keep trying to do the full, modern WASD method but can't deal with "W" being forward and the mouse merely being to aim. Just feels wrong. I guess this is what it is to be old. My muscle memory struggles to change.

Comment: Ooh, they're printing a new bit of paper! (Score 2, Insightful) 377

by Peter Cooper (#31748680) Attached to: Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

Wow, big deal. All they need to do to "change the rules" is to print a slightly different paper to slip inside the box. WTF would they need to "make" two separate editions? Hardly anyone seriously plays 100% by the official rules anyway so it seems a load of bullshit. You could just agree with your partner to follow this rule without buying a new set. This is just PR bullshit.

Comment: The ecosystem is, not the language. (Score 1) 84

by Peter Cooper (#31574956) Attached to: Metaprogramming Ruby

Ruby's ecosystem evolves very quickly, sure, but the underlying language doesn't. Ruby written 10 years ago isn't significantly different to that written now. It's the libraries that are being used that have changed, but Perl has become susceptible to that in the last few years too (consider Perl5i and all the Perl 6-isms that are entering Perl 5).

Comment: Re:Medical... (Score 0) 727

by Peter Cooper (#31466182) Attached to: Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

It is a medical device which means that it is subject to insane markups. Mostly they are probably paid for by insurance, so there is little attention paid to cost by consumers.

Consumers being the operative word. Insurance companies get massive discounts on medical devices - gotta keep the cartel propped up somehow.

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