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+ - Google Serves Old Browsers Old Search Page

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "In an apparent move to push those using older browsers to update, Google is reported to be serving outdated search pages to said browsers. The older pages lack features available on the newer versions, and this policy compounds with the limits announced in 2011 on Gmail support for older web clients. As a Google engineer put it, "We're continually making improvements to Search, so we can only provide limited support for some outdated browsers." The BBC offers a fairly comprehensive analysis, here."

Comment: Re:News for nerds ... (Score 1) 186

Haha. "Geophysics."

Geophysics

Priceless. That's a great word to use in a "you don't know what you're talking about" speech.

I don't get you guys. You have no clue exactly how mindlessly you're parroting things that you read on a blog somewhere, and me pointing it out is going to result in another angry tu quoque. I can't even imagine what series of thoughts that you might have had that lead you to go "I got you now!" with geophysics. But they aren't anywhere near sane.

Here's what people who actually study geophysics focus on in case you still don't grok why you reached peak stupidity.

Comment: Targetting the "middle" (Score 1) 2

by i kan reed (#47808123) Attached to: Rant: Big flashy UIs

The problem, of course, is that power users lose from these things. But people who aren't very good with computers(but not completely awful) win.

You can see the difference in that software targeted at developers doesn't share these hallmarks as much. Menus remain loaded with options. Icons remain small and metaphorical, as opposed to large and explicit or artsy. "Advanced" options are available for almost every page of settings(oh and there are pages of settings).

The cause? That they actually study human-computer interaction these days, and study what helps normal people figure things out. A-B testing on UIs is done by major providers, and smaller providers hop on board with that.

Not every change benefits all users, but most are actually very carefully aimed at a majority of users.

Comment: Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (Score 1) 93

by i kan reed (#47807849) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

Because speculation doesn't require me to have a detailed and complex understanding of the particulars of CPU/GPU limitations. As a developer I've only ever run up against the "I'm rendering way too many polygons" problem.

Which is the kinda thing cleaned up through optimization.

+ - El Niño is Back

Submitted by i kan reed
i kan reed (749298) writes "After having very small cycles since 1998(when hurricanes wracked the east coast, and flooding the west), experts predict a 75% chance of a weak to moderate el niño by the end of the year. Some climate models (though not others) predict a continuing resurgence of the Pacific-based phenomenon for the next several years.

The differences in the models will also help shape which act as the best predictors of future climate behavior."

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