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Submission + - Knockout MVC – Use all power of Knockout.js in ASP.NET MVC 3 (knockoutmvc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new free project that can be greatly helpful to developers moving to web development – Knockout MVC. This is an extension of the popular Knockout.js library that helps moving the whole business logic to the server side and automatically generates JavaScript necessary for the client side based on C# (VB.NET) model. So, creation of a JavaScript-based application requires no deep knowledge of JavaScript and you don’t need to write a single line of JavaScript code at all. This library comes with detailed documentation and an extensive set of samples.

Submission + - Orbitz Showing Mac Users More Expensive Hotels (wsj.com) 3

dracocat writes: Orbitz has discovered that Mac users pay up to 30% more for their hotels than those using Windows. In response it has begun to experiment with showing more expensive hotels to Mac users. The WSJ Article claims that this sort of targeting will only become more prevalent in the future.

The WSJ has confirmed through searches that the results for Mac users are many times more expensive than those shown to Windows users. Orbitz has replied that users always have the option to re-order by price if they don't like the initial order of hotels provided.

I generally am on board with using data to show more relevant results, but not sure how I feel about the supposed relevant results being more expensive. Is this inevitable or do we need some sort of screen bias protection?

Submission + - Computational Folkloristics (acm.org)

codeToDiscovery writes: "This recently published article in the Communications of the ACM got me thinking about the intimate ties between storytelling, role playing games, and computational modeling and domain nomenclature.

From the introduction:

The study of folklore, or folkloristics, is predicated on two premises: traditional expressive culture circulates across and within social networks, and discrete "performances" of traditional expressive forms serve an important role as the locus for the ongoing negotiation of cultural ideology (norms, beliefs, and values). The underlying assumption is that folklore emerges from the dialectic tension between individual members of a cultural group on the one hand and the "traditions" of that group on the other. This ongoing tug-of-war ensures that traditional expressive culture is constantly changing, adjusting to the needs of the individuals within a group."

Comment Don't do it (Score 4, Informative) 403

We have an offshore team in country [X] working on feature work and bug fixing on our enterprise level software product [X]. It is a horrible nightmare. Offshore creates more problems than they solve, they don't respond to explicit direction, they double, triple and sometimes quadruple bill while simultaneously producing very small amounts of actual work. We finally had to cut off their access to source control, and all check-ins have to go through an onshore dev for approval before it can be integrated. We are letting them go in the next week or too. But seriously, it can really be a waste of time and money for all involved.

Comment Looking behind the curtain (Score 1) 131

A lot of extensions request access to your browser's X, Y, & Z... and sometimes your entire file system (???) But since we (the user/s) wants to use the provided functionality in the extension, we all click "OK". Just from reading those notifications, it is still unclear WHY the extension needs those access permissions, or WHAT the extension might be doing with said access. How can we know/understand more about this process? Where is the source path of the extension & should we just be looking at the source code (assuming dev experience)?

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