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Comment Re:Garbage (Score 2) 206

Indeed. or pre-writing the 'trilogy' to fit the star wars original trilogy pattern, the Campbell Story (episode one) embedded within the larger Campbell Story (the whole trilogy), then...throw it all away and reboot so you can do it again to a new generation. Sam Raimi's Spiderman set certainly fits this bill, but there are others.

Trouble is, as soon as you step away from the stereotypes and tropes and get 'original'...something falls short and then everybody's hunting around for what caused it to jump the shark (not that anybody uses that phrase anymore). There's actually some really good ideas tucked inside Pirates 2, 3, and 4...but because it doesn't directly fit a pattern we know, they're harder to grasp...so instead we're grasping for why the films aren't as good as that first one.

Hollywood is in a bind there - the *discerning* audience wants something different and new and not retreads...but the discerning audience doesn't pay as much (and is MUCH more vocally critical when things still aren't right even if they can't explain why).

So they decide to tell us, the discerning audience, to f' off, and they'll take the money instead from the rest of the rubes.

On the bright side, sci-fantasy genre TV has gotten a lot better in the last few years.

Comment Re:I've avoided trailers for 30+ years (Score 1) 206

"The funniest scene in the trailer isn't in the movie."

This was so true with the Bill Murray / Richard Dreyfuss "What About Bob?" - the high point of the trailer was, clearly after the house blew up, Bill Murray yelling (but totally deadpan about it) "OH MY GOD your house.". We waited the entire film for that line when the explosion happened and...nothing. Totally cut. Never existed.

It was actually more annoying and depressing than not having somebody face down a tie fighter on a balcony. more than 25 years later it STILL bugs me.

Comment Re:It *WAS* a "major platform" (Score 1) 87

Mind you, I hated how their app framework required you to use alternatives to HTML5 standards. You had no browser history/routing (had to fake/polyfill that), and no standard localStorage (have to use proprietary callback based API), and even image loading from http CORS sources is f'ed.

So yeah, Chrome App development was painfully annoying...but they could have resolved that without just dropping the whole engine.

The parallels to Chrome's handling of this and the GOP's handling of the Obamacare replacement are rather impressive.

Comment It *WAS* a "major platform" (Score 1) 87

But then they decided to get rid of their Apps framework and only support extensions (unless you're on Chromebook...and that may go away too if they ever get Android Apps on Chromebook working right).

Now it is just a browser with some annoying security restrictions and a need for a ton of extensions. It isn't an app engine platform in the way it used to be, at least not until they figure out how to support PWAs on desktop.

Firefox is supporting the common extensions framework (though not very well) and PWAs on Android (though not very well - they don't support standalone/fullscreen yet, which is ridiculous), so Chrome's losing some of what made it a platform to target.

Comment Inconsistent codes and rendering killed them. (Score 1) 207

Word would auto-create them. The user would then copy-paste from word into their fav HTML editor. The resultant character codes would then appear as upside-down question-marks on every other browser except IE.

Then fixing them for Firefox caused them to not work in IE.

The "internet" didn't do it: the browser-wars did.

Comment It has a name: Campbell's Law (Score 4, Informative) 110

"The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

it has impacts in a great many areas, including the test-based teacher and school evaluations.

Comment Re:Bad idea, speaking as a Chromebook user (Score 1) 102

Actually, that's a very good point. It also means that as developers, the only way we can test our apps now is to purchase a chromebook to test on. I can't just test it on my Mac and go "this works" and push it up knowing it'll just work on the chromebook.

Now I would have to build on the mac, send the package over to the chromebook (which I now have to have) and test it there, and repeat ad nauseum for bug fixes, before I can finally push it up.

Chrome app development worked because any normal dev platform could also be your test box. Soon? not so much.

Comment Amazon plans for benefits-free hiring for grads (Score -1) 111

there. fixed it for you.

Seriously, this is insulting. You work through college, you get a professional degree. You should be getting a job with real benefits, not a job that requires you to pay a quarter of your salary to the ACA, no 401K, etc.

Part time work is not a panacea. It is a step backwards, a trend that will treat professional developers with the same respect as a walmart greeter, if not checked.

We as developers deserve better.

Comment Re: Spotify (Score 2) 102

you'd have to look up the details (there's an extension to do that), but one "clue" is whether or not there is a forced nav bar from the window manager on the window. My own app was originally hosted, but at some point Chrome forced it to have the O/S's native drag-bar, which I didn't want. Packaging as a deployed app, as opposed to a hosted one, solved that. It required making other changes to the code around local storage and browser history (two items that Chrome deployed apps disabled, for reasons I still don't respect), but I did it, because the aesthetic quality of having my music player with no "chrome" from the O/S was important to me.

So I'm rather pissed off at Chrome right now for this.

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