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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Dracos Re:You probably have one, though... (286 comments)

I don't have one, and it's unlikely that I will have any tablet, ever.

Touchscreens are a regression in human interfaces. Yes, it's more intuitive than a mouse, but it lacks any way to even emulate buttons after the first, "cursor" positioning is imprecise at best, and worst of all there's just no substitute for a keyboard.

Now that the market is correcting itself, Oremus can finally reveal the sad truth about tablets that many here knew at first sight of the iPad: tablets are for consumption, not production. Jobs thought his reality distortion field could hide that, but it's been powered off for a while now. Tablet sales are slipping because the hype is over and the masses are realizing that they need to get stuff done, so back to laptops they go.

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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Dracos Edge == Trident (173 comments)

We shouldn't let MS get away with trying to portray Edge as a completely new rendering engine. It's not... cutting a branch and cleaning it up does not create a new codebase.

Until the Edge branch receives significant rewrites, edge == trident.

3 days ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Dracos Re:Can't happen (165 comments)

mshtml.dll still exists. It loads when Wndows boots because it's the core of IE and Windows Explorer.

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Dracos Re:Noooooooo! (165 comments)

It wouldn't even take a new crop of IE exploits in the wild to make MS stock drop in price. The first two weeks would be a constant flood of blog posts detailing how crappy the code is. Trident is 17 years old, and many of us have heard how much of an unmaintainable mess the codebase has become in their attempts to implement web standards. Even then, MS would have to release it under a fully open license otherwise no one will taint themselves.

The "new thing", Spartan, is just a rebrand of IE with a new skin. It'll still be built around Trident and Chakra, so web developers will have no reason to have a different opinion of it from IE.

MS needs a new rendering engine, but they'll never use an open source one. Their only real option is to write one from scratch, which they haven't done since IE1, and that engine was replaced with Trident (which they bought) in IE4. There was IE5 for Mac, but that was pretty much a one man crusade and its rendering engine was nothing like regular IE.

about a week ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Dracos Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

I was told that by a former employee in a store a couple months ago. I wouldn't put it past RS execs to be doing creative accounting to justify wasting half the floor space with products that don't belong there. They'll get their golden parachutes before anyone else gets anything from a buyout, we've seen it all before.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Dracos Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

Why is it only now, three decades later, that they are finally going under?

The answer: Cell phones.

Upper management lost its vision long ago, but the coup de grace was when they started selling cell phones to cash in on an exploding market. Trouble is, RS buys the phones at retail cost and loses money on every unit.

In the last couple years someone in RS management sniffed out a bit of a clue, because they started stocking Arduino, RaspberryPi, and most recently LittleBits. A slight correction, but everyone knows RS should be the non-big-box side of Fry's.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Dracos Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

PHP gets bashed because a) the language maintainers are rather bad at language design, and b) so much shitty code gets written in it. I'm in a similar boat as you, having done primarily PHP development since 4.0 was released.

Drupal 7 is ok (I haven't looked at 8 yet), but if you really want to see good PHP code, look at Laravel.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Dracos Re:What about WordPress and SugarCRM or VTiger CRM (245 comments)

Yes, PHP is easy to write, therefore it is easy to write badly. WordPress is the poster child for PHP's bad reputation, because:

  • It's written badly
  • It's written badly even in the context of PHP4, from which it is a relic
  • The project management refuses to break backwards compatibility

Granted, PHP is the only language where a result like WP is possible. Shitty code hyped by an army of self-described "developers" who proudly and incestuously pass around bad practices like STDs.

That being said, JavaScript outside the browser is a convenient, unnecessary solution looking for a problem.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Dracos More votes, bah! (480 comments)

It should be very clear by now that at least one party doesn't want more people to vote in general, only more of the people likely to vote in that party's favor. The establishment only accepted electronic voting so that they can game the outcome. They'll never take the next step to allow it to be widely exercized.

about two weeks ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

Dracos Don't use WordPress (294 comments)

It's garbage, and doesn't deserve any support. The universe would be a better place if all knowledge and memory of it were obliterated.

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Dracos Re:Outdated distribution mode (400 comments)

The infrastructure currrently exists to release all films for home rental immediately!

Yes and no. Hollywood wants same day DVD release, the only thing preventing that is Walmart. As efficient as their distribution system is, it still takes 45 days to get a product onto store shelves. Hollywood doesn't want to risk that leak window.

about a month ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Dracos Re:Also.. (328 comments)

Nothing, except age. I still have my Epic 4G, and will until there is a new phone with a full QWERTY slider keyboard. I don't want a slim phone, that's why I put a bulky case on it.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

Dracos Nth verse, same as the first (248 comments)

If the JS and rendering engines are the same, then there's nothing new that matters to developers. Making it look like Chrome/FF is not necessarily a good thing, as those browsers have stripped the browser UI of many of the most important elements.

Trident is ancient hacked up garbage that MS needs to replace.

about 1 month ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Dracos Wrong Percentage (552 comments)

Companies don't want the exceptional 5%, they want the cheapest 5% that is slightly above average. They don't look past the per-head cost to find the hidden costs of bad code, poor design, and higher maintenance.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

Dracos Re:False Summary - Haigh Agrees with Knuth's Thesi (149 comments)

there are indeed no good technical histories of computer science, and little prospect of any.

I see the posthumous reactions to Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie as indicators that Knuth is absolutely right. Jobs, who was essentially just a marketing asshole, gets every manner of fanfare commemorating his "world-changing" achievements. Ritchie on the other hand is almost completely ignored in the media, even though he is one of the giants upon whose shoulders Jobs undeservingly stood.

I bet anyone here would agree that co-authoring UNIX is a far more important event than being the iPod/iPhone taskmaster.

about a month ago
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Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'

Dracos Re:Fascist moderators! (148 comments)

That sort of patriotism is about as sincere and effective as a flag lapel pin. It's fitting though that all this happened at Christmas, because seeing the movie now is just crass consumerism. Don't confuse the two.

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Dracos Re:So which building will they blow up? (343 comments)

Why MP3 players? Drop Sony CDs on NK to install a rootkit on every computer in the country.

about a month ago
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3D Printer Owner's Network Puts Together Buyer's Guide

Dracos Re:And the #1 option is... (62 comments)

So far we've only run ABS in it. The tolerances with the 1.75mm nozzle are pretty tight, no less than 1.63mm. This is very dependent on how stable the filament is between coming out of the nozzle and resolidifying. We got a FilaWinder to take care of that.

about a month and a half ago

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