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Comment Elegant? (Score 4, Insightful) 387

Javascript is about as elegant as an oil tanker. Considerable effort has gone into tools and libraries to make working in it suck less, but it's hard to wipe away the problems inherent in the design.

Comment Re:Hmmmmm..... (Score 3, Informative) 330

Red light cameras discourage running *yellows*, out of the fear of running reds and getting a ticket. They dramatically increase accident rates: http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/825583--red-alert-lucrative-cameras-spark-crashes-injuries

The other side effect is that they never bring in the money that's expected, and so yellows get shortened to catch more people running reds. They're a good deal for the companies selling them, but don't do anything for safety.

Comment Re:That would mean... (Score 1) 111

According to an article here a couple days ago, online ads are more dangerous than porn. Considering how many flaws there are in Java, all you need to do is get some code on any website someone visits and you can root the machine. The idea that the Twitter user was doing anything inappropriate at all is just speculation.

Comment Re:Discrimination (Score 1) 111

Windows is far more secure than Java these days. There isn't a lot of active "load a webpage and your computer is owned" exploits going around, unlike for Java where it's a weekly thing.

Comment Re:NDA? (Score 3, Informative) 386

There was an open beta on the weekend where discussing feedback was allowed and wide open. They even had a public forum for it: http://answers.ea.com/t5/Feedback/bd-p/Feedback

In fact DRM complaints were probably #2 on the complaint list... a mile behind the city sizes being absurdly tiny, which was the #1 complaint.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 4, Insightful) 379

That "bloody whitespace" is one of the reasons your average python code is more readable than your average perl code. You don't see a lot of python code that should actually be 30 lines but is crammed into one because the developer though that line breaks are some kind of precious resource.

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