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Comment Re:Low contrast, WTF?! (Score 1) 207

Amen. That site nails the reason why, too - designers who value visual aesthetics over legibility.

I understand why it happens - a contrasting font draws one's eye to the text, allowing the content, rather than the visual design to be the dominant feature on the page - and I'd imagine that's pretty hardwired into our visual perception. So the designer, knowing that he will win no design awards if the judges are distracted from the design by all of that contrasting text, chooses crappy, low-contrast designs. This is another reason why designers (UX and otherwise), in general, are a menace. They are the reason the "UX" across so many sites is sooooo wonderful.

Comment Re:Compile to JS vs WebASM (Score 1) 94

What's kind of funny is the web is slowly slouching towards a dubious re-inventing of the past 50 years of computing without bothering to learn anything about the old mistakes.

And this has been true of every technology change - from hardwired to microcoded computers to IC-based machines to microcomputes to SoCs, from mainframes to minis to workstations to PC's to phones and tablets, from Lisp to Scheme to Clojure, from Algol to Simula to Java, from standalone programs to client-server to web to Web x.y. The only surprising thing is that we continue to be surprised by this. The barbarians are always at the gate waiting for the next technological advances to release their supposed ignorance. But who's the bigger fool? The barbarian, or the one who doesn't acquiesce? We can see where the future lies. Make your bed for you must lie in it.

Comment Re:Prayer can help your code life. (Score 3, Insightful) 285

I'm glad you found the truth - that being more careful with pointer math and biasing array memory structures more is truly a blessing. May you also discover the higher truth that coding in languages that need no such nonsense (as their automated memory allocation and deallocation routines have been far better debugged than yours) is even more blessed and may lead you more quickly to the communion with defect-free code you desire.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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