I actually believe it would be beneficial if all browser switched to webkit/blink. Having everyone switch to the same engine is not the same as having only one dominant browser. The issue in the past was that IE was the dominant browser and was only developed and maintained by Microsoft, however, with webkit/blink its not a single entity contributing to the development, everyone who is using it actively improving it. I think Microsoft joining the effort will improve browser compatibility.
First of all I'm not American, so much for assuming. Secondly, I just stated my feeling since how else is one suppose to feel about U.N. when they are essentially useless, I mean look at everything going on in places such as Gaza, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ukraine. I would love to believe that U.N. is some benevolent entity that punishes evil and fights for justice and equality, but that's just not the case.
And not a single flying fuck was given. U.N., what a joke...
Or not understanding the op's point about bounds checking.
Who are "we"? If people like you represented majority, companies like Google would have already been out of business. In the real world, however, developers pick the right tool for the right job and browser technologies have their place. So go ahead and continue with your deluded reality and ignore the web, you will not be missed.
You are telling me when you build a client side native applications (lets say in c or c++) you look through every line of source code for each library you use? And not all of us web developers just "grab source code from ANYWHERE and tack it on", that is what sets apart good web developers from the bad ones; good developers do research on the libraries and frameworks they use and pick ones that are trusted, well maintained, and are industry standards. Furthermore, there really is not much of a difference between a web developer and a client side application developer, in fact many of us got our start developing client side applications, people need to come out of the mentality that client side developers are somehow more superior in skill to web developers -- today's web developers are not yesterday's web developers who just built simple web sites with static content, most web developers are building incredible applications which are as challenging as their client side counterparts, if not more.
Either come up with something better or shut up. The browser is far from perfect, but its continuously evolving and is the best platform currently in existence because of its widespread adoption, standards and ease of development compared to all other platforms. Even many desktop and mobile apps these days are wrapping the browser (or built on top of it) in one way or another (for example PhoneGap and nodejs) and use responsive design to assist with the development. Outside of few specialized areas where native client side applications are still necessary, technology is moving towards a new direction and the browser and platforms such as Chrome OS are a the centre of it so you better accept it.
You cant blame Microsoft for trying though. Google has had years to collect and analyse search data to tweak their algorithm, for Microsoft that's hard to do if nobody is using their search. I believe part of their strategy is to get people to switch over even if for a short period of time so they can accumulate data and ultimately improve their ranking.
Why would they want to do that? I know from the perspective of an end user since the game is obsolete so is the code and therefore should be open sourced, however, I'm certain they are still making use of the same code base in their newer games and they are not going to just hand it over. I'm a great supporter of open source software, however, in a company such as EA this will never happen.
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It has nothing to do with intelligent IT workers, majority of times these purchase decisions are made outside the knowledge of IT, the IT department is simply tasked afterwards with the support. Even if IT is involved, a lot of times politics are involved to a point where the OS is not even considered as a topic. Also many of times you have very little choice when it comes to what OS the appliance supports, you may not have a choice.
XP is used in many commercial products which cannot easily be replaced by the end user. For example: http://rightfast.com/index.php...
But why make not picking up after your dog an arrestable offence anyway? To me it would be reasonable if the penalty was a fine rather than a criminal record!