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Comment In other words... (Score 4, Insightful) 225

This year, Mozilla Will Remove the #2 reason everyone started using Firefox in the first place.

Copying Chrome has been a bad strategy, and killing XUL is one of their worst decisions ever. I'm waiting for the announcement that Firefox will become a re-branded Chrome, like Opera. Yay for software monoculture!

Comment Re:megavitamins (Score 1) 90

There are also some fat soluble vitamins that are toxic if you take too much (like D).

Yes, in general fat soluble vitamins have a higher potential of toxic accumulation. But how toxic is it?

You can use about 50 000 IU per day for a long time with out symptoms.

Taking 50,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D for several months has been shown to cause toxicity. This level is many times higher than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for most adults of 600 IU of vitamin D a day.

And even this information is old and the 600 IU RDA seams to be lacking.

New recommendations are at about 7 000 to 10 000 IU per Day with no access to sunlight at a UV-Index above 2.

Comment Re:What's the point of Western Union? (Score 1) 115

Is it still, like, 1975 there?

Close. Through at least 1999, WU still operated on a mainframe that had been in service since 1974. There were scores of filing cabinets full of microfiche bundled with rubber bands.

For a company based on what was once high tech, they've been deathly afraid of it for a long, long time.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 185

Users don't care about "brand experience", they care about product experience. Maybe if Mozilla hadn't spent the last 9 years making terrible decisions, poorly allocating resources and prioritizing bugs, distracting themselves with silly crap, useless feature churn, and making their flagship product copy every bad decision Chrome made, more people might still use their products. The path they're on is all but guaranteed to get them into the dustbin of internet relevance.

Comment 350k packages, so what? (Score 1) 133

What would be telling (especially in light on left-pad) about npm, JS developers, and JS itself is how many of those packages are larger than a size that would be considered ridiculously small in another repository: 25 lines of code (which is being quite generous), measured the same way that left-pad becomes 11 lines.

Comment Superficiality (Score 1) 145

The video game industry has long been most concerned with the superficial aspects of a game: primarily graphics and sound, and more recently online/MM aspects. These are the simplistic aspects that are easy to quantify and turn into sales drivers. The actual game play experience, which is more than just its appearance, is always somehow relegated to secondary importance because many elements are subjective. Classic cases of style over substance, and form over function.

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