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Comment: In defense of Javascript (Score 1) 194

by jopsen (#48178389) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

I fully expect it [Javascript] to eclipse every other language in terms of popularity over the next ten years, for exactly the reasons you state. Driving down the cost of labor, and unifying skill sets so that people are even more interchangeable.

It pains me to say this, but Javascript is not that bad... I used to really hate it; but over the last year I've done a lot of node.js development. And if done right, it can be really nice. I usually write classes that takes a JSON object and does something... Then I can be very declarative when I put things together. Also asserts helps :)

But yes, static type safety seems to be underrated these days.

As for driving down cost of quickly writing something, I think that is good... Lots of administrative tasks, etc aren't done electronically because it's too expensive to write a shitty web-application. Don't be afraid for your job, the need for qualified developers won't disappear... Mostly there'll probably just be more tasks that it is feasible to develop (at least that is also a factor).

Comment: asm.js (Score 2) 194

by jopsen (#48178351) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Why the hell are we still stuck using Javascript for the web? Why have we not got some virtual machine...

asm.js is a subset of javascript that is easily translated to low-level instructions... And runs at near native speed in browsers that optimize asm.js.
Don't get me wrong, I totally agree that asm.js is a messed up construction... One can think of it as a bytecode encoding in Javascript...
But it works, it's fast, and it's backwards compatible... Though anyone trying to use large asm.js programs in browsers with a poor javascript engine will get an extraordinary poor performance :) In in practice it might not be "backwards compatible" as speed is a feature.

Anyways, why not? It works :)

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 2) 407

by jopsen (#48170341) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Am I the only one who thought the prison population was at an all time high?

Don't worry it's still troubling high... You still have more people incarcerated than various not-so-popular dictators have had...
So don't worry, America is still evil, he he :)

On-topic, it's a shame the falling prison population isn't the headline... But instead the headline is empty prisons for sale...

Comment: Re:language != abuse (Score 2) 387

by jopsen (#48165205) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Come on guys, at least ask a question if you don't understand the bug report/feature request.

Also when you close bugs you sometimes just hope it went a away with time... When I do this, arguably smaller projects, I try to close with a "Reopen if still relevant" comment... But sometimes forget.

Managing bugs is a lot of work... Sometimes it's calls for a non-perfect solution... Also a bug thread can grow so big that reading up on it is hard. I see quite often people mixing 3-4 issues into one... Just google for something about NetworkerManager gnome-shell and password dialog :)

Comment: Re:I'm not convinced (Score 1) 387

by jopsen (#48165165) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

One can easily be heard and still be professional if he wants to.

Have you had much luck with that approach in a major open source software project?

Most large open source project don't have that much to argue about... having worked on LibreOffice and Firefox, I can say that if you do the work, you can quite often decide how to do it too..
Sure there are fundamental things in these project for which patches and major changes are hard to get in... but when refactoring some code, or fixing a bug, adding a minor feature; people are generally fairly polite and try to be helpful.

But who am I to say that a project like Linux, doesn't need a high level of technical excellence, I don't know...

Comment: Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (Score 1) 114

by jopsen (#48160797) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

Mozilla is not a political organization. It about building a better free and open web.

That's hilarious.

How so... I'm not afraid to say that I support Mozilla, and that I'm very very very very far from agreeing most Americans on serious and important political issues. You now the kind of issues where America murders innocent civilians. I could go on... But Mozilla is not the platform for these issues.

Comment: Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (Score 1) 381

by jopsen (#48160709) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Once you have a couple dozen actual cases on your hands, this method is quickly overwhelmed.

Lol, if it ever became a matter of national security, they could just ask the NSA to do contact tracing...
But I'm sure the US could easily mobilize a lot of people to do contact tracing.

Nigeria did the right thing and was lucky.

Give me a break, they weren't just lucky, they made 18k face-to-face visits... Let's give them credit for working hard :)

Comment: Re:I am not alone when I say.... (Score 1) 139

by jopsen (#48156917) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription
In Denmark I could buy HBO online for 20 USD / month, episodes released as soon as they were in the US.. It's messed up to move to the US and then realize that HBO is unavailable and spotify has a significantly reduced catalog (luckily I can buy the Danish version with my Danish credit card).

Oh, and don't tell me HBO is available along with a cable subscription... that requires me to pay for a lot of stuff I don't want, and interface with a provider that I never ever want to talk to...
I would rather have DRM, than a cable subscription...

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