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Comment Re:hated language becomes a success (Score 3, Insightful) 146

Languages are not nearly as important as ecosystem. Else Haskell and co would be ruling the world of software engineering.

We're only starting to see a world where good languages are starting to catch on...but it's slow going. If the ecosystem is there, it picks up, even if the language sucks.

Comment Re:I Don't Want To Know Anybody (Score 3, Informative) 211

When you're in a residential area with high owner occupancy, sooner or later you get to know most of your neighbors. Since people are likely to stay there a while (I think average house ownership is 7 years), you're gonna bump into them enough time that you'll get to know who's who.

It makes a huge difference: if something annoyed you, you talk to them, you compromise, and you're good to go for years to come (not always easy, but easier than having to redo it every year or two)

Comment Re:Same issue with uber. (Score 1) 211

You can't take a residential space and make it a commercial one (unless zoning rules allow). And the majority of AirBNBed places are condos and apartments in buildings where the renter/owner signed documents saying they would not do this shit anyway.

So yeah, it is the same rule for everyone. You don't take residential buildings and turn them into hotels, airbnb or not.

Comment Re:In theory, yes. In practice? (Score 2) 80

I encourage you to check out the source to either JQuery or Sizzle. You'd be surprised how many workarounds are needed even for items like querySelectorAll and xhr2.

I don't really need to. I already work on a lot of large scale web apps and sites targeting IE10 and up without using jQuery, and they work fine... ::shrugs::

Comment Re:Supporting quirks is what it's FOR (Score 1) 80

Not contesting the other arguments, but for the first one...

CSS selectors are MUCH easier than using document.getElementsByTagName, document.getElementsByClassName, document.getElementById. Those are all a mouthful when I can just type $(".className") and be done with it and have terser code that is easier to read (if you know jQuery)

document.querySelectorAll does just that. If it's too much to type, just alias it. Even to the $ sign!

Comment Re:So it's useless in the real world. (Score 4, Insightful) 80

No, it really IS useless.

If you only target modern browsers, between querySelectorAll, XHR2 or fetch (ok, that will need polyfilling), and all the newer stuff that's available in 95% of browsers, jquery is very nearly useless.

The only reason to use it is to deal with older browser quirks. Once you don't need to support that, you don't need jquery.

Comment Re:If incrimental upgrades are going to be the nor (Score 1) 142

Yup. The irony is now I use a Steam link connected to my PC as "my console" and its easier to use with less bullshit than my PS4.

Push the button on the controller, pick "resume playing", done. PS4's collecting dust (though there are a few...very few, but a few, exclusives I want to play)

Comment Re:PUBLIC STREETS belong to the public (Score 1, Informative) 767

There's also long studies made to make sure the streets are safe with the given expected traffic, choke points, traffic, and the fire department has to check it out to make sure it's okay in case of an emergency. It's not an exact science, but shit like this can seriously fuck things up.

Add that a lot of buildings and roads are built on pure corruption (things that really should not have been built gets built on "special" permits that skip normal rules, etc), and you end up with no one being happy.

Then you have people in cities like SF and Boston bitching about skyrocketing rent and too few units being built. Why do you think that is? You're right: they can't stop you from using the roads. So they just vote to stop people from building at all instead. Then the rich get skyscrappers up and live at the top, away from the "peasants". And you increase the gap between rich and poor.

This type of bullshit attitude is why everyone is so stressed, nobody's happy, and we have such a crappy society.

Oh, and while people go "I have the right to use this street! My taxes paid for it!", they'll conveniently ignore the other laws they don't like, speeding, city noise rules, etc.

In my particular case, the street in front of my house is actually a private way, with a compromise done with the city long before my time to give an easement right to connect 2 other street for locals. There's a bunch of (legally enforceable signs, since we own that street) signs up, as you're not allowed trucks, passthrough traffic, etc. People will happily ignore those, AND the street is on Waze to boot.

If it went both ways and all rules were observed, there wouldn't be any problem.

Comment Re:ecobee (Score 1) 193

Yeah. I had a Nest and eventually had to ditch it. The maintenance band range that isn't configurable is simply unacceptable in a large home. The temperature swings would last for hours at a time. The ecobee fixes that nicely (I wish the maintenance band was more configurable than 2 options, but at least one of the options is acceptable).

Ecobee still has a few glitches and weird algorithms (like the way it transitions from one comfort zone to the other at the same time as the active sensors are changing), but it still works great.

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