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Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 8

I've had a kidney stone, and I'll tell you the LAST thing I wanted to do during all that pain was hop on a roller coaster. I didn't want to move, period, even after bigass pain meds.

It was the most painful thing I ever felt. I invented several new vowels and cuss-words, some Klingon, and repented to every deity I could think of. (Its effects vary per person and per stone, though.)

Comment Re:This again? (Score 1) 352

You use your video card to print?

Back in the old days they did all kinds of kludgey things to save bytes and/or processing time. These days we usually view such tricks as maintenance, dependency, and security risks because the hardware is cheap enough.

(Except we use web browsers to try to act like desktop GUI's, so I guess wacky kludges never die, just morph.)

Comment Re:Php tied to platform? [Re:PHP] (Score 1) 352

The problem with the browser is that HTML browsers were not originally designed to act like and/or mirror desktop-style GUI's. However, that's exactly what the industry has been trying to do for the past 2 decades, and badly. Even the big vendors F up their UI's.

If a browser were designed UP FRONT to be GUI-oriented, then browsers wouldn't need to download giant GUI JS libraries to try to mirror real GUI's. It's almost like every app downloading an OS to run. Dumb! Illogical! Bad humans!

One of my common suggestions is to make the (GUI) browser be a "dumb" vector plotter: plot shapes and input boxes based on simple linear coordinates. The flow and relative placement control would be done on the server side. This would greatly simplify the client and related standards.

That way you have only ONE layout/flow engine instead of 50-ish you have to test for on the client (Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android, times each version X, version Y, etc. etc.) Fonts would be a little trickier, but I've kicked around various solutions for those that would take a while to describe here.

I'm tired of UI's breaking and overlapping wrong in different ways on different browsers/devices. I'd rather have the 90's DLL Hell back instead of this insidious Render Hell.

Lets do it logically this time. First, we have to admit we fucked up really bad and turned UI's into rocket science. Actually, rocket science is easier: it follows physics, while the HTML stack follows Chaos Theory. It's great job security until you count your grey hairs and Tums.

Comment Re:Php tied to platform? [Re:PHP] (Score 1) 352

The problem with anything in JS + DOM is that version n + x of the browser comes out and the app stops working right.

We try to force a browser to act like a desktop GUI, and it often backfires because it was not designed to be a full desktop-like GUI, and our stack of kludges eventually bytes us in the ass.

People, we are doing network UI's wrong. Time for a new standard. JS+Dom keeps sucking rotting eggs over and over in different combinations of suckativity.

Comment Person Existed (Re:No they aren't denying it) (Score 1) 606

That's not true, as other replies demonstrate, but even if it were true, it's not evidence of super-natural backing.

Evidence of existence of him as a person is not the same as evidence of him having super-natural powers or connections.

I personally don't doubt that the scriptures are based on an actual person or persons (to various degrees), but the supernatural angle requires stronger evidence. "Bob said he saw the guy cure lepers" is not strong evidence. For one, we should give Bob a sobriety test first.

Comment Re:Scientists aren't the problem (Score 1) 606

Yes, if you leave lead in the systems, then people will evolve lead-resistance, like Kevin Costner evolved gills in Water World. Commies and socialist interfere with the evolution of our Great Toxic-Resistant Race!

Bring on the sludge, us Ayn Rand Cowboys ain't afraid! We'll happily ride off into the brown sunset.

I force my kids to watch Mutant Ninja Turtles to show how they COULD be if the damned commies stop cleaning shit up.

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