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Comment Re:Well that's for the birds! (Score 1) 70

You know what? You're on the right track...and sadly, this is the first comment I've seen regarding this. (I don't blame the others- this hadn't crossed my mind either)

Yes, there are real people losing jobs. That is a complete bummer. I feel bad for them.

But I still hate Twitter, and I hope they just go out of business entirely. Maybe the techies there can land a good job in some other company- I hope so. I don't want tech to die...just the garbage that is social media.

A millisecond of silence for the fallen techies of Twitter. For real...hate to see that happen.

Comment Re:They need more censorship (Score 4, Insightful) 70

Obviously you are being funny/sarcastic...but this is exactly why I left Twitter.

I made the mistake of calling the Twitter attack on a man a 'witch hunt'. Some poor guy made the mistake of defending the land-a-spacecraft-on-a-comet-guy during the whole shirtgate incident. Hundreds of level-headed concerned citizens went after that guy, including doxxing him. I believe my comment was, "Hey...this is turning into a witch hunt. Posting his personal details is not cool."

Which evidently was the worst thing I could have said. The attacks on me were fairly relentless...because 'witch hunt' is an attack on women, blah blah blah.

Twitter is a cesspool of bullshit. Where the more far out into safe space you get, the more popular you are.

I for one would like to see Twitter burn down.

Comment SVG Fonts (Score 1) 326

The ability to decode the font is also still proprietary.

AOSP is free software. Does AOSP lack support for color emoji?

It's not an ability inherent in any widely adopted font format.

W3C published a specification for scalable fonts whose glyphs include color information five years ago, titled SVG Fonts. Whose fault is it that this specification has failed to become "widely adopted"?

Comment Inline CSS above the fold (Score 1) 326

Nobody wants to be forced to use a desktop computer to see the whole web page.

I was thinking of a news site that shows photo, headline, and first paragraph to desktop or tablet users, but only the headline and a differently cropped photo to users of 6" or smaller devices. This way you can still fit as many stories into 320x440px.*

The real threat to bandwidth usage is [...] embedded CSS/Javascript in the HTML that can't be cached from page view to page view.

I thought additional HTTP 1.1 requests were more expensive than repeating any styles or scripts that block rendering of the first screen of the document. Google PageSpeed Insights recommends that web authors inline CSS above the fold.

* In CSS, px means roughly 1/2700 of the distance from the eye to the surface, rounded to the nearest hardware half-pixel.

Comment Seriousl? (Score 1) 78

"An iPhone is a nearly perfect object. Sleek, attractive, simple."

*Gag* Really? A "perfect object"? This ain't no dodecahedron we're talking about here. It reminds me of an old soap dish. Stop with the worship of cheaply designed disposable tech. It's a bad mindset and bad for the environment.

Sleek? so thin the damn things bend/break all the time. Oh wow, such engineering. How about we go after "battery lasts a week between charges" rather than "Can be used to jimmy a door"

Attractive? I don't think so, personally. They look boring. Really boring.

Simple? Please don't insult the average person's intelligence. This is from the people who thought a mouse with more than one button was too complicated for the average moron.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 326

Also, True Type / Postscript / Web fonts still don't support color gradients.

And why should they? Fonts hold letter shapes

Because letter shapes in some styles of lettering are more complicated than a binary choice of "this set of points is inside the glyph" and "this set of points is outside the glyph". One example is a font used to represent the emoji characters in Unicode.

Comment Re:Accessibility options (Score 2) 326

CSS breakpoints make it possible to create a design and have it look consistent (not identical) across all possible screen sizes. You can have style/design/personality and still 100% fulfill that original vision of the web.

One thing you can't get with CSS breakpoints is efficient transmission of more detailed information to UAs with larger* screens and less detailed information to users with smaller screens. You have to send HTML containing both the more detailed information and the less detailed information and use display:none in CSS to hide one or the other depending on the breakpoint. Then the user has to pay up to $10/GB** to download the HTML of both, one to view and the other to throw away unread.

If they created a modern WebTV device now

Microsoft has had a modern WebTV device ever since the Xbox 360 added Internet Explorer.

* Measured in square ems, to be specific.
** Typical price of mobile Internet or satellite home Internet in the United States market.

Comment Re:Scripts on web pages, take ages to finish page. (Score 1) 326

Not all web browsers support ad blockers. Chrome for Android does not, for example. And even on those that do, the user ends up seeing notices like "Here's The Thing With Ad Blockers". I even get that on my laptop despite using only a tracking blocker, not an ad blocker.

Comment The eleventh page view used to cost $35 (Score 1) 40

The Times bought five thirty eight, and I can't detect any significant downgrade in the site.

Other than that the eleventh page view each month cost $35 for a digital subscription to Only when Disney bought it did the paywall drop. And I find Disney charging less for something to be unusual.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 570

I wasn't being facetious.

'Real Interest' whether it is through internal, external, intrinsic, etc. does not matter. Those 'outside factors' you speak of are probably parents, counselors, peers, etc. Whatever the reason and influence...Your dictionary definition did nothing to explain what you think those outside factors are.

What matters is- do they have a real interest? Is programming something they WANT to do?

I honestly don't really care if a girl was told that 'computers are for boys' when she was 8 years old. She was also told a million other things that led her to become the person that she is. Maybe she is a nurse now. Or a marketing director.

If that previous counseling caused her not to have an interest in programming- then move along. Devote your time to what your interests are and become successful. Your parents may or may not have made a good choice in which direction to steer you.

It is not the responsibility of those currently in the industry to attempt to cultivate an interest in programming within those people who were not encouraged earlier in life. In that case, we'd probably end up getting 1 in 500 or so of these unfortunates who actually develops an interest after our experiment with exposure.

I don't go around to other industries knocking on their doors demanding to be let in...despite the fact that I was never given an opportunity to develop an interest. In some cases I was dissuaded from entering into highly paid careers.

My grandfather was a big influence on my life. He hated two groups of individuals: the rich and the highly educated. My late-in-life and substandard education can be traced back to the conversations he and I would have in the afternoon after school. "If a doctor is so smart, why does it take them 10 years to get through school?" I was programmed not to become a doctor- one of the highest paid and most respected professions.

This doesn't mean that society owes me a foot in the door toward a medical career. I don't think we need to be concerned about these nebulous reasons that females don't prefer programming as a career. We don't need to go back in time and right the wrongs of our ancestors.

Moving forward? Sure, that is a different story. Treat the kids equally. But by the age of 25, I had spent at least 10,000 hours on computer programming. Yes, I had an advantage over a person who was not encouraged in that direction. That doesn't mean we need to be stupid and erase that history and put me on the same footing as someone who started programming in the 3rd year of college. I had an interest, and I exploited it.

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