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Comment: Re:They'd be shooting themselves in the foot (Score 4, Informative) 193

OEM, sure. But it's not my understanding that if you buy a PC and buy the full, expensive version of windows and the PC dies and you buy a new pc then you need to buy another copy of windows. Otherwise....why would anyone pay for the full version; you'd get the oem, right?

Comment: Re:The name is not the problem (Score 1) 317

by Threni (#49281603) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

Microsoft's javascript support is just like the other's; slower before but not so much now.

Self fulfilling prophecies? Well, maybe, or maybe it's just an obvious requirement for modern sites. Your list of uses is hardly exhaustive; stack exchange sites use it to great effect; you can't be serious when you prefer hitting f5 to provoke an update rather than...doing nothing and having the site update by itself? Look at google maps today (on the desktop). The limits to the practicality of javascript is...well, there are no limits. It's a programming language; you can do whatever you want with it. Emulate operating systems, games....

There's nothing sloppy about the use of javascript. I think you're a bit of an edge case; perhaps you're better off not using the internet; it really is as fundamental as that.

Comment: Re:The name is not the problem (Score 2) 317

by Threni (#49278699) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

The problem was never javascript. Sure, IE was the posterboy in slow, buggy javascript. But it's hard to imagine anything other that static pages (and there's nothing wrong with that) being handled with anything better than javascript. Perhaps you're not very technical, but forget ads and gifs for a moment and explain how you'd provide the same functionality javascript (and ajax and all that goes along with it) would be handled without javascript? Uploading files to a site with a progress bar? Dragging and dropping files onto the browser. Sensible, rich clientside validation of user input (in addition to the back end validation, obviously)? The only alternative I can imagine you giving is some other client side language. The only reason you're not blocking those too is because they're not as popular as javascript; they can certainly produce and handle popups.

Comment: Re:yeah, California is falling apart (Score 1) 224

by Threni (#49255785) Attached to: California Looking To Make All Bitcoin Businesses Illegal

" how the hens are kept that produce your eggs"

Er... What's wrong with ethical farming? It would be nice to think that you'd not need laws for that sort of thing, but apparently some countries need laws to stop people from discriminating against people with different colour skin so you can't leave everything to the marketplace.

Comment: Re:The impact on the pharmaceutical industry (Score 1) 132

by Threni (#49252395) Attached to: New Molecular 3D Printer Can Create Billions of Compounds

Yes yes yes. But they also invent cures and treatments for diseases which blight or end the lives of billions of people (over time). Put down the Russell Brand dvd and signed t-shirt for a moment, and think about who exactly would produce a cure for HIV, cancer etc if everyone can just make copies of compounds the drugs companies produced (at no small cost). Let me guess - you're going to crowdsource it on kickstarter?

Comment: Re:Why is this a surprise? (Score 1) 156

Very few things are "worth" what they cost. I mean, sure, on one level things are worth exactly what they cost. But on another level there's the cost of the raw materials and the labour required to assemble them, and the factory and its running costs etc. Do you include marketing? Shipping? R&D which is required up front but not to manufacture. A $600 smartphone costs $100 or so to build, and less after a while. What's it worth - $100 or $600? Is it "better" than a $100 smartphone? A smartwatch can keep time more accurately than a more expensive watch by simply correcting for any mistakes once a day. But when people spend any more than $100 on a watch it's not because they're after the accuracy.A lot of rather sad people are going to buy the Apple watch because they think they're in with a chance to be as cool as they think the people who got the first iPhones were. And the sort of people who spend $100,000 on a watch certainly aren't going to get one; not even the tasteless gold one (although i'm sure it'll go down a storm in the middle east and asia).

Comment: Re:No one should buy Microsoft products (Score 0) 148

by Threni (#49223047) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

No compromises, though. Can't decide whether to get a laptop or a tablet? Get a Microsoft Surface. It's the size and weight of a laptop, with a poor battery life, balanced out by a full size keyboard...but you can lug it around and use the touch screen - on the apps which support it - just like you would if you were using one of the more popular tablets from Apple or Android.

Comment: Re:Small data (Score 1) 51

by Threni (#49219555) Attached to: Book Review: Data and Goliath

>Well, it looks like the Front National, France's extremist and racist party, is posed to win the next
>election due to the usual two main parties being full of shit and full of themselves (not sure there's
>a difference there).

It's not hurting their chances that 12 civilians were murdered by religious fanatics, in an environment where there are many members of the same religion who surfed up in the '50s to work in factories which are long since closed, leading to high unemployment, and that as many as one in four of them believe that terrorism against civilians is justified. The french National Front are racist, but they aren't nazis.

Comment: Re:Number of legal positions (Score 1) 186

by Threni (#49219161) Attached to: Number of Legal 18x18 Go Positions Computed; 19x19 On the Horizon

Are you sure the correct answer is "it's generally not possible to represent numbers accurately using that format"? Where "accurately" means "the correct answer". If you counted the number of digits it would so you could say "oh, and this many digits i'm going to set to zero". Sometimes you want a jpeg, and sometimes you want a RAW file.

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