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Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 1) 152

Definitely. I remember being excited going from a 486 to a Pentium and how much it sped up the X session (which was already snappy enough to work with). It seemed like zero lag user interaction was just around the corner. Instead, we joined Windows in its laggy unresponsiveness. This wasn't just PCs either, even an Atari ST could run a usable monochrome X server. Instead of thoughtful coding, it's frameworks all the way down now.

Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 1) 152

With latency, if you click, then the display updates then it processes the click, your click goes not where you want, but where the GUI is now. This I find happens more often than I'd like in web "apps". With tree based systems, sure the widget moved, but the assignment of the click to the window was latency free, so your click ends up correctly on the now-moved widged.

IOW tree based systems are superior. Many toolkits abandoned it for compatibility with non tree based systems. What we have now is actually fundementally worse in high latency environments.

Man, this explains a lot. Mainstream Linux GUIs have been going backwards for a long time. But at least we have, uh, well, we already had most of it back then, come to think of it.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

It's probably worth noting that both times were in automatics. The scenario was: lift foot off brake ready to accelerate, car starts to creep forward, maneuver aborted due to cross traffic (possibly over-cautious), hit brakes...

In a manual car, the car would not even be moving unless the decision had been made to complete the pull-out.

Right turn on red is actually pretty nice though not appropriate in all situations.

Comment Re:Holy Shit, Dude!! (Score 1) 549

I've got too thick a skin to worry about that. But my point is not that the person in front bears any fault, my point is that there is more to the story than just assigning fault.

Can you understand that? Do I need to make it simpler? Do you realize that you and the other poster went off on a rant about something that I was not saying in the least? Even my daughter understood when she was four that it's no good assigning fault to someone else when you're lying in a pedestrian crossing bleeding out because you had right of way over that truck that was barreling down the highway towards the red light at 60mph.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania