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Comment They know it already (Score 4, Insightful) 435

Older programmers know the basics and they know how to learn new technologies. Matter of fact, that's precisely what they know. Those who don't move into management before they become "older programmers".

There's always a need for better learning tools. But tools for "old programmers" doesn't make any more sense than tools for female coders.

Comment Re:Corporate data grab (Score 4, Informative) 34

Have you looked at the service agrement? It says exacly this:

To the extent necessary to provide the Services to you and others, to protect you and the Services, and to improve Microsoft products and services, you grant to Microsoft a worldwide and royalty-free intellectual property license to use Your Content,

Comment Re:It's easier . . . (Score 0) 77

The quick response isn't a reflection of how easy it is to change a page. It's a reflection of the millions of dollars government agencies have spent preparing for every potential shutdown over the past few years.

Long before the shutdown happened, government agencies stopped doing the people's work and instead started to prepare for a lapse in funding. Government inefficiency caused by the same people who are tasked with oversight to prevent wasteful spending.

The web sites were able to be turned on quickly, in part, because it started happening *before* the president signed HR 2775. OPM ordered government employees back to work the day before it was signed.

Comment Re:Ah the memories (Score 2) 176

Yea, but it doesn't work. Google simply isn't able to do text searches anymore. They can return as many fast half-assed results as I can stand, but not one single accurate result.

Wanna get a list of pages that don't contain the test altavist? Simple just search for -altavista. Yea, doesn't work.

Comment Re:Ah the memories (Score 1) 176

It's still the best you could hope for. Sure wish Google still had that technology.

If my search criteria isn't on the page, I don't want to see it. Can't google get some of that cutting edge 90's tech back? They have smart people, right?

Comment Re:So out of curiosity, (Score 5, Informative) 147

Gandi rocks, no doubt about it. However, they cannot protect a domain owner from the US government.

I have my domain there because they respect the rights of a domain owner far more than other registrars, but there's nothing they can do if the US government wants a domain in a US-hosted top level domain. When it comes .com, .net, or .org, NSI is all that matters. And unfortunately, they don't care about domain owners.

Comment Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (Score 1) 554

I'm not sure which 'forever' you're thinking of. If the location bar was for searching, there wouldn't be a need for that little search box to the right of it.

Before the awesome bar, the closest thing to search in the location bar was automatically adding 'www.' and '.com' to bare names. Even that went away for many years due to the brouhaha.

I'll let the 'typing in URLs is bad' pass. We all know that's silly.

Comment Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (Score 1) 554

What's so awful about the Awesome Bar is that it has partially repurposed the location bar, causing the UI to be inconsistent.

In all cases before the awesome bar, the location bar was used for URL's. After the awesome bar, the location bar is almost always used for URL's, but during text entry it is used to search both URL's and web page titles.

An inconsistent UI us a bad UI. The awesome bar introduces inconsistency into the firefox UI. It's bad.

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