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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

WinstonWolfIT Getting better (194 comments)

As an old-school back end specialist, I hated the spaghetti runtime error aspect of Javascript -- until I started decoupling various aspects using, for instance, AngularJs. Lack of compile-time checking is an increasing part of even compiled languages like C# (dynamic, reflection), but since AngularJs supplies dependency injection, sanity has returned to the logic that needs to be in the front end. As I've increasingly shifted page loads to Ajax calls, my pages have become sweetly responsive even on slow (mobile) connections, and the turnaround time of a Javascript code change is often simply that of saving a file and refreshing the browser page, compared to starting a new session from scratch on a compiled back end change. It's also no contest on the turnaround of compiled vs Javascript unit tests.

The decoupled nature of AngularJs leads to remarkably few actual moving parts or Hail Mary references ala jQuery. The last logical step is whether or not Ajax calls are to node.js, but since back end Javascript is as testable as anything out there, it comes down to preference and the maturity of the back end framework.

about a week ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

WinstonWolfIT Crocodiles do as well (152 comments)

Hullooo, zeeba neighba!

about two weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

WinstonWolfIT Re: So what? (201 comments)

If the ship is built like their tanks, it goes twice as fast in reverse.

about a month ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

WinstonWolfIT Re:No surprise (224 comments)

Latent homosexual behavior manifested in competition for a same-sex mate.

about a month ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

WinstonWolfIT Re:Simple change. What about round abouts (213 comments)

Lights can be installed to pause the heavy traffic. This solves the starvation issue while still allowing the benefits of the roundabout the other 22 hours of the day.

about a month and a half ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

WinstonWolfIT A remake of The Birds anyone? (108 comments)

The Coen Brothers do an homage of Hitchcock perhaps.

about 2 months ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

WinstonWolfIT Extensive public input? (164 comments)

"The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all"

Hell, Slashdot has 500 comments on any given topic, and 95% of them aren't fit to bubble above the filters.

about 3 months ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WinstonWolfIT Re:Bang (162 comments)

You're not thinking it through. Small explosion on plane causes catastrophic decompression and ignites fuel. Small explosion in a security contained area takes out just a few.

about 3 months ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WinstonWolfIT Re:Bang (162 comments)

Honestly that's fine by me. Better sending up a contained security area than a plane full of innocents.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

WinstonWolfIT Bing is irrelevant (174 comments)

Without traffic being integrated into travel times Bing is useless. The when of a trip is just as important as the how, especially when navigating using a mobile. Bing will happily send me into a 20-kilometer parking lot, where Google will route me around it and save me significant time. Also, the usability of the site is laughable. Where's the search typeahead?

about 4 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

WinstonWolfIT Can't unring a bell (346 comments)

The mail is probably sitting in someone's pop3 inbox. Plus, when he received something obviously in mistake it probably got deleted. Either way, wouldn't it make more sense to contact the addressee and stress that the mail is proprietary and disclosing it would rain down a whole heap of trouble on the guy?

about 4 months ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

WinstonWolfIT Re:besides that (131 comments)

Perhaps but the whole point of an ESN is to keep work at work. I've seen Yammer used reasonably well with a couple of distributed technology groups for micro-blogging, and having chat channels (Skype, Lync, HipChat) is very useful. My current engagement is mostly from home, and our company ESN allows us to be productive without having to commute.

about 4 months ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

WinstonWolfIT Inconclusive (198 comments)

Chupacabra isn't included.

about 4 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

WinstonWolfIT Re: why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (561 comments)

Way too much truth here. I passed their exam to satisfy my curiosity but figured I'd find them as boring as I find myself after surfing their forums at the time. As far as the chicks go (recalling my days in Uni), a well-maintained genius is so outnumbered by men I would have better luck going for supermodels interested in money. The truth is everyone is an idiot in a demonstrable way, and the ideal match is the one who can find the humor in the ways their partner is just bloody hopeless.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

WinstonWolfIT C# for Q&D (466 comments)

The learning curve for a C programmer isn't bad, you can self pace into some elegance if you get painted into a corner, it's very easy to bang out a console application or service, deployments are pretty easy, and it's pretty well documented how to interface web services and web applications from the console. Given the OP's background and the objective, it seems the best fit for me.

about 4 months ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

WinstonWolfIT Bitcoins are insane (87 comments)

They have no intrinsic value, similar to tulip bulbs back in the day. Gold has intrinsic value. Currency has intrinsic value in that it's tied to the GDP and ability of its issuer to pay bonds. It's true monetary policy can grow or shrink a money supply, but see above. When a bitcoin is generated, it was generated from not virtually nothing, but literally nothing.

about 4 months ago
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Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

WinstonWolfIT Re:Queue the deniers (387 comments)

It's clear the apocalypse is coming -- whether it takes the form of Communists vs. the West, a new Crusades, or climatic change, our grandchildren are well and truly fucked.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

WinstonWolfIT BOFH (474 comments)

One week when I was bored I opened up my wireless, waited for the inevitable leach, and then played routing games around the sick porn sites he visited. Increasingly, all traffic routed to http://www.kittenwar.com./ The leaching soon stopped.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

WinstonWolfIT Re: We are being bred for slavery (364 comments)

Astute. The pool of available liquid currency precisely buys the pool of available commodities. Like tic tac toe, the only way to win this game is to not play it, but perceived happiness is devilish when your next door neighbor has a nicer car than you do.

about 5 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

WinstonWolfIT Re:Phonetics (53 comments)

Assuming the ph dipthong is prounounced as an f, they are still phonetically identical. Yes, I know ph doesn't occur in Spanish words and iPhone would be eeponeh.

about 5 months ago

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