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Comment: It's a bird, it's plane, it's......a chair? (Score 1) 128

by Tablizer (#48191025) Attached to: More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

When you open a new window, it flies out on to the screen...

The Ballmer "Chair" interface, eh?

Seriosouly, though, I hope there is an option to switch that animation off. I like quick response, and switched off the XP and Win7 animations on my PC. Please, don't take that away, Mr. Nadella.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 168

by Tablizer (#48188475) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Let's say you were right. If companies can comb the world for the top 10% of IT talent (skipping the 90% you say are junk), then roughly 90% of the IT work in the USA will be from those cherry-picked foreigners.

Thus, the 90% should die in the street? (Since by the same logic, the Walmart greeters and burger flippers will also be cherry-picked from abroad.)

Perhaps this mentality is why income inequality is increasing.

I'm I following your view correctly? Feel free to clarify.

Maybe as a society it's better to value jobs over stuff rather than torture and discard 90% of the population so that 10% can have $5 lawn chairs. That's a political choice, but at least voters should know what they are up against. Some conservatives claim "trickle down" works (rich spending trickles down to poor), other conservatives don't care if there is no trickle-down and want a hard-edged Darwinian meritocracy, Ayn Rand style.

Comment: History answers [Hold on a minute] (Score 1) 168

by Tablizer (#48188363) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

How does this fit into my worldview where H1-B Visa holders are taking all of our jobs and lowering all of our wages? I'm just lucky I am easily able to ignore evidence that I don't like, or else this article would be troubling.

Simple. IT has proven to be highly cyclical based on past events. Good times today don't necessarily mean good times tomorrow. The H1-B program has no guarantees that the visa workers will go home if bad times hit.

The H1-B program is not based on any objective measurement of "shortage" and does not significantly respond to changes in demand. (I've personally lived through this after the "dot-com" crash.)

Further, it has harmed those trying to get into higher-demand IT specialties from glut IT specialties. Companies typically prefer younger visa workers to older citizen vying for glut transfers.

Comment: Re:Why the hell... (Score 1) 186

by Tablizer (#48177701) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Why the hell are we still stuck using Javascript...

Because it would take a large group of organizations to cooperate and work together, which rarely happens. Closed source wants to lock out competitors and open source wants to each be their own kings of their own little hills for bragging rights. (Almost nobody really works for "free", they all want either money or credit/status.)

I'd loooove to see a GUI-friendly markup language that is either far less dependent on any scripting or application code for the common desktop-like GUI idioms, or at least is not heavily dependent on ONE language, like JavaScript is per DOM.

But it's probably too big a project for a small group of geeks to get right (or to make good enough to gain traction). Rich GUI kits are not easy to implement. Plus, it probably has to be backward compatible with most of the existing HTML stack. The separation of applet and HTML page is part of what killed Java applets.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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