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Comment: Sorry, but the Chrome model makes sense (Score 2) 683

by thermal_7 (#37102608) Attached to: Mozilla To Remove User-Facing Firefox Version Numbers

- A Browser is more adaptable, in general more up to date with new technologies and probably easier to develop/maintain by focusing on smaller steadier releases.

If you accept this then you should also accept:

- With frequent releases, you don't want regular users to be constantly be hassled with updating their browser / add ons and flashing a new version number in their face, especially when there isn't much difference between versions.

And in general, the version number of a browser is just confusing and irrelevant to regular users.

Comment: Re:5 FINAL??? (Score 2) 282

by thermal_7 (#36520872) Attached to: Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan

If you use the compatibility reporter plugin they will all run regardless of the version of Firefox. Then you can flag them as compatible or incompatible which notifys the author and prompts them to either make them compatible or flag them as compatible with the new version.

Comment: Not quite as snappy (Score 1) 450

by thermal_7 (#34693482) Attached to: Thin Client, Or Fat Client? That Is the Question

I have been forced to do my development on a virtual machine at work. I can compare the performance well because my home and work machine are almost identical spec except for the virtualized bit. Note they both have an SSD and quad core.

Performance is pretty good, but not good enough to make the switch worth it IMO. At home I never wait for trivial action to complete, like opening an application. At work however, sometimes the machine will lock up for a few seconds, which is enough to distract me. The feeling of, hmm its stuck, when is it going to complete, will usually drive me to check my mail/rss which makes focusing harder.

Comment: Mistakes? (Score 2) 394

by thermal_7 (#34471488) Attached to: Programming Mistakes To Avoid

I very rarely see programming mistakes. There seems to be 2 kinds of programmers.

- Those who care about what they do and try hard.
- Those who don't care about what they do and don't try hard

The later write terrible code, but it is just because they are either lazy or aren't suited to the profession and can't get enthused. Very rarely do you see someone who cares about there work make a big mistake (and if so they are probably just starting out).

Comment: .NET is doing great (Score 1) 342

by thermal_7 (#33037172) Attached to: Will Ballmer Be Replaced As Microsoft CEO?

Microsoft is now doing a great job with .NET which ties computers to their platforms. They have released the new ASP.NET MVC framework which finally provides a way to use the nice underbelly of .NET without using ASP.NET, which is an abomination.

Then there are things like WPF and VS 2010 which are great positive steps.

So peg this as a positive one.


+ - Avoiding GM Foods? You're Overly Fussy - Monsanto->

Submitted by blackbeak
blackbeak writes: The BBC today characterized those who avoid GM foods as overly fussy, the very same day that the Wall Street Journal announced picky eating may be recognized in the 2013 DSM as a psychiatric disorder. The DSM item refers to something completely different, though I'm sure many will confuse the two. Of course, this was not done without subterfuge; the author, Professor Jonathan Jones in no way indicates his close ties to Monsanto. Point by point Jones regurgitates the same pro-GM arguments debunked numerous times all over the net for years, while serving up some stale half facts too.
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Comment: Re:We're going the wrong direction (Score 1) 253

by thermal_7 (#31895418) Attached to: Thoughts On the State of Web Development

I think you are missing an element. Black boxes as you say should be more reliable and have less bugs and security issues than code written by a random programmer. Take for example Hibernate. It is used by probably more than a 100,000 apps/websites. Only really obscure bugs are going to go unnoticed. Writing all your SQL by hand however is only used by one application and there is a greater potential for bugs/security issues to exist.

Comment: Re:Frameworks (Score 1) 623

by thermal_7 (#31396348) Attached to: Whatever Happened To Programming?

Very true.

I find the one place that what you say doesn't hold true anymore is in frontend work. When your HTML is 3 times the amount it should be, and your javascript is horribly inefficient, it may not run to an acceptable standard on someone with a slow network connection, on a 8 year old PC running IE6. In many cases you can't afford to be sloppy.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming