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Comment Re: haven't we learned from the last 25 exploits? (Score 1) 68

"I have yet to be cited a single good example here - very often what is being done would work just fine in HTML, with less overhead, but the 'designers' just do not understand HTML, or have any desire to learn it, so they do things this way instead." Over the years, I've done a lot of work with games and simulations for training. Often times, these training simulations must coexist with existing talent management infrastructure. This means a JavaScript API for communicating performance data to the host platform. I will concede that this could be handled in other ways, but they would most certainly be clunkier, slower, and more prone to error. But what about the simulations themselves? In one example, we built an electrostatic puzzle game in which students had to charge robot parts using charge sharing, conduction, induction, and the triboelectric effect in order to obtain target values. Each manipulation (e.g., sharing charge by physically connecting two charged objects with a wire) produced a change in state that was manifest in the underlying data model and on screen appearance. We could not have produced this educational game with just HTML.

Comment Re:haven't we learned from the last 25 exploits? (Score 1) 68

While I understand some the sentiment expressed here, a lot of this nonsense. An HTML-only web is great for relatively static content, but not so great for anything much beyond that. Is it so difficult to grok why you might want content to change on the client? I don't think so. Is JavaScript used for nefarious purposes? Yes, all the time. Is there bad UX because of JavaScript? No doubt. It is, however, a useful tool in the hands of skilled designers and developers. I'm usually the one telling people to get off the lawn, but in this case, meh whatever.

Comment Re: work life balance is a myth (Score 1) 710

If you are refusing projects to keep your day job, you are losing money on the long run. Even better you are able to command 100-400 per hour. I have seen "freelance" jobs in elance for sysadmin as "high" as you earn per hour in MacDonalds, and that is quite a joke.

There are many reasons to keep a particular job - money is but one. In a discussion about work - life balance, this seems to be a pretty important point.


OpenSUSE Beta Can Brick Intel e1000e Network Cards 129

An anonymous reader writes "Some Intel cards don't just not work with the new OpenSUSE beta, they can get bricked as well. Check your hardware before you install!" The only card mentioned as affected is the Intel e1000e, and it's not just OpenSUSE for which this card is a problem, according to this short article: "Bug reports for Fedora 9 and 10 and Linux Kernel 2.6.27rc1 match the symptoms reported by SUSE users."

Submission + - QVC computer glitch scammer enters guilty plea (

coondoggie writes: "A computer glitch in home-shopping network QVC's computers let a woman scam the company for $412,000 and more then 1,800 items. That woman, Quantina Moore-Perry, 33, of Greensboro, NC pled guilty to the scam in Federal court this week and agreed to surrender the $412,000. Authorities said Quantina Moore-Perry of Greensboro, exploited a glitch in QVC's computer system where she would receive merchandise without being charged if she canceled an order immediately after placing it. Authorities said there was no evidence Perry caused the computer glitch, rather she just took advantage of it. Perry then took the 1,800 products she received and resold items on eBay from March to November 2005."

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