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Comment: How does that argument play versus Linux? (Score 1) 194

by Ungrounded Lightning (#49569815) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

CustomerP are generally too cash poor to be good customers. They are going to nickel and dime you for any project that you do for them because they are either too cheap to invest in newer technology or too poor to do so.

Latest statistics indicate that Internet Explorer has less then 15-20% of market share, with versions older then IE 10 being just 2.5% of the market. Looks like IE 6 is under 1% now.

It was similar arguments that massively hampered the adoption of Linux, Netscape/Firefox, .... Too few users, too cheap, expecting too much frree stuff. No money to spend.

It's one of the reasons general adoption took - and is still taking - so long.

It's also one of the reasons that companies that DID support them ended up with an edge on their competition, becoming some of the big-name companies in their markets.

Becoming market-dominant and ubiquitus includes not dropping substantial chunks of customers because you perceive them as "marginal". If you support 90+ percent of the market and your competition supports 70%, you keep getting little extra advantages. The outcome of competition is driven by tiny margins.

Comment: Re:But seriously now (Score 1) 370

by operagost (#49569505) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers
Yes, it does say to only work on those things women want to work on. It's even in the summary:

if the content of the work itself is made more societally meaningful, women will enroll in droves.

Content == what you're working on. And if we're changing what we're working on to attract more women, it de facto means we're selectively recruiting women.

Comment: Re:One of many potential causes (Score 1) 93

by Reziac (#49568715) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

Well, yes it is, since it doesn't have an infinite half-life and doesn't move around by itself. You're certainly not going to find it used in Montana wheatfields, yet CCD has affected bees here as well... so now what to blame?? Indeed, most of our acreage is never treated with anything, being non-arable grazing land or wilderness. Hasn't helped bees any.

I'd guess in addition to the viral and fungal agents that when they occur together have been determined as CCD causes already, there might be a genetic susceptibility in some lines of bees, but far as I know that hasn't been looked at yet.

I'm reminded that many a time, some OMG-Death-Chemical reaction has proven to in fact be due to a genetic defect. Frex, see MDR1 (multi-drug resistance gene) in dogs. Nope, it wasn't ivermectin causing illness and death; it was a genetic defect.

Comment: Re:"That can be reversed on request" (Score 3, Informative) 113

by MightyYar (#49566103) Attached to: New Privacy Threat: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

So let me get this straight rich gits with chauffeurs get priority over everyone else because why, why the fuck, why?

Because "people being chauffeured around" represent such a small proportion of rush-hour traffic that basing a decision around this particular concern would be far more emotional than pragmatic.

Comment: Ungrounded Lightning (Rod) to Stop Using DietPepsi (Score 1) 567

by Ungrounded Lightning (#49564133) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Aspartame has problems for some people (like my wife and brother-in-law) and not for others (like me).

Sucralose has problems for some people (like me) and not for others (like my wife).

Seems to me the thing for Pepsi to do is to bring out another formula - with a different name - using Sucralose, put them in the stores side-by-side (they get a LOT of shelf space to play with), and let the customers decide.

Changing the formula of an existing brand strikes me as a stupid move. I suspect Pepsi is about to have it's "New Coke!" moment...

Comment: problems with making stuff invisible to drivers (Score 1) 106

The bit you're apparently not grasping is something called a spatial light modulator. ... Couple it with a microwave radar or ultrasound sonar, and you can track individual raindrops and then cast shadows on them.

Then construct an object that appears to the system to be raindrops and you can put an invisible obstacle in the road. B-b

Comment: Don't forget legacy BROWSERS. (Score 4, Insightful) 194

by Ungrounded Lightning (#49563663) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

A site may wish to continue using JQuery because some of its clients are using older browsers that don't support the new features that allegedly obsolete JQuery code.

Drop the JQuery code and you drop those customers. Develop future code without it and the pages with the new features won't perform with people using legacy browsers. And so on.

I've seen similar things happen over several generations of web technology. Use care, grasshopper!

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 164

Yes yes, lovely fancy pedantic answers, but I still think Kilimanjaro deserves mentioning as the mountain that involves the longest vertical distance traveled for a mountain climber (assuming we discount all of these pesky underwater mountain climbers and center of the earth mountain climbers.)

Clearly, this is intuitively what people imagine when they hear of a "tallest" or "highest" mountain. Go up to the peaks of these mountains, look down at the ground level where you started--the one that is the farthest from that ground level, the one that involves traversing a longer vertical distance, the one that gives you the farthest clear view to the horizon--that is the tallest mountain. And the name of that mountain is, from my understanding, Kilimanjaro.

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