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TypeScript: Microsoft's Replacement For JavaScript

catbutt Aside from Microsoft's history.... (488 comments)

...theirs seems like the right approach. It is certainly a better one than Dart. They've gone out of their way to be as compatible as possible, and really are making it practical for people to adopt the upcoming standards earlier. I really don't see what about this to get so up in arms about. Javascript does need improvements, and this is the best approach to that I've seen so far.

about 2 years ago
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Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack

catbutt Re:Yes (223 comments)

I balance my desire to get there faster with the desire to avoid tickets. Conveniently, I can do this fairly accurately because I know the rate I get tickets and the cost of those tickets, based on 20 some years of driving, and getting a ticket once every several years.

On the other hand, I have no real data on bad things that could happen to me by virtue of giving up personal data to a company like Google. Nothing ever has happened bad, to my knowledge. I doubt the chances of something bad happening are high at all.

That is a totally different thing than speeding and tickets....one is a well-known risk that can be calculated and balanced against other priorities fairly easily, the other is just a theoretical risk.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack

catbutt Re:Yes (223 comments)

How is it stupid to not care about privacy, especially if you can't give a single tangible reason it harms them?

I mean, I guess you could say I value privacy in the sense that I don't go to nudist colonies because I, like many people, consider what I look like naked to be private information. But that doesn't mean I am going to call someone "stupid" because it doesn't bother them if other people see them naked.

more than 2 years ago
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Pink Floyd Engineer Alan Parsons Rips Audiophiles, YouTube and Jonas Brothers

catbutt "Pink Floyd engineer"? (468 comments)

Yes, we all know he was engineer for Pink Floyd, but seriously, isn't his name most known for his own stuff? (Eye in the Sky, etc)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making JavaScript Tolerable For a Dyed-in-the-Wool C/C++/Java Guy?

catbutt Re:Going down in flames (575 comments)

Ok, so you've basically said Javascript sucks so just get used to it. I think that is excellent advice if the goal is for him to be miserable.

There is lots of cool stuff in Javascript that isn't in C++, I started with C and then C++ myself, and I find Javascript incredibly liberating. I'm not going to go through all the different things I like about it, others have done that before. My only point is that treating it so negatively is, from a psychological point of view, the worst kind of advice.

more than 2 years ago
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Sensor Networks In San Francisco Finds Parking Spots

catbutt Re:Race you to the nearest open spot (209 comments)

This would be awesome for the first person to use it. They'd have a pretty sweet advantage in finding a spot.

Once everyone has it, it will doubtfully make a difference.

more than 2 years ago
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Siri Competitor Evi Arrives, But Already Overloaded

catbutt Re:Not a real competitor to Siri (233 comments)

Even if it isn't a competitor now, it could certainly become one. "Built into the OS" isn't so much a good thing, although having access to everything it needs, is. If this service can do the hard part, it isn't that big a deal for Android to add API's to allow apps like this to work as seamlessly as Siri.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Patents Bad Neighborhood Detection

catbutt Re:You know, I'm normally against quotas (317 comments)

I don't agree with the OP, but I also don't agree with calling affirmative action "racist." Racism isn't just treating different races differently, a typical definition (wikipedia) is "the belief that inherent different traits in human racial groups justify discrimination".

Affirmative action is the opposite, it is based on the idea (flawed or not) that 1) groups should be treated the same, 2) the current situation is that they are not, and 3) the most effective way to move things toward equal treatment is to compensate by giving extra advantages to those who are otherwise disadvantaged due to racism.

Whether or not you agree with this, it is not racist. But it does indeed distort the free market, which often is a bad thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?

catbutt This logic doesn't really apply (464 comments)

You are assuming the supply of each movie is fixed. They can change the supply by modifying the number of theaters each is shown in. Movies that are unpopular play for shorter periods.

I think it would be smart if theaters did variable pricing, but it wouldn't necessarily mean Mission Impossible would be more expensive (since it would probably play longer). But in the most efficient world, there would be lower prices in play to lessen the number of empty seats, which could be considered waste.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?

catbutt Re:Most Hollywood Movies are a Commodity (464 comments)

That's absolutely untrue. For it to be a commodity, the consumer should not care which item they buy, they should only care about price. Are you going to see Young Adult simply because it is 50 cents cheaper than Mission Impossible? Probably not. Hence, not commodity.

more than 2 years ago
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Samoa and Tokelau Are Skipping December 30th

catbutt Re:Your math does not calculate (140 comments)

Probably because dec 31, 2011 is in lots of legal contracts. If you eliminate that date, you have a lot more chances for people to try to weasel their way out of contracts, and more work for courts.

more than 2 years ago
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FDA Backtracks On Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Proposal

catbutt Re:As a vegtarian: (172 comments)

For how many thousands of years have there been greater than one billion people on the planet?

About 0.2 thousand, actually.

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

catbutt Re:Shocked. (851 comments)

Your employer also has the right to give all the raise or bonus money to the guy who is more willing to comply. I'm not saying it is right, but it is reality.

more than 2 years ago
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Average Web Page Approaches 1MB

catbutt Re:Too much Javascript for non-interactive content (319 comments)

Actually that's a really smart thing to do from a bandwidth point of view. There are all kinds of reasons not to do that (some of those are gradually disappearing, since now Google's crawler is starting to run some javascript to build the page as the user will see it), but if you are concerned about bandwidth, having javascript build your page for you is a very good way to do it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

catbutt Re:Salvation Army (570 comments)

Yeah but you are missing the point. The important thing is, the more donations come in to a particular cause, the more money they should be spending on that particular cause. If they have any credit (which obviously, the Red Cross does), they can do this before the "cash" is technically available.

about 2 years ago
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How HP and Open Source Can Save WebOS

catbutt Re:just move on (86 comments)

I don't see how you can say that. There are lots of things that could happen. The nice thing about WebOS is that its API is pretty standard Javascript/HTML5 stuff, so people don't have to invest so much in developing for it, as much of their work can apply elsewhere. Also, if it can be easily loaded on hardware sold with Android, it's pretty nice to have a platform that is more open than Android, and arguably, built in a more modern and future-compatible way.

People might even modify it to work on windows-oriented hardware, such as tablets or even laptops. Who knows. We need something like this.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

catbutt Re:Awesome for web developers and designers. (476 comments)

Are you sure about this? I understand that IE9 is not available for XP NOW, but certainly they could make it work on XP if they wanted to. Maybe certain things would be turned off, or maybe their would be code added to the OS to support those features, or something. But I can't see it being impossible to support the most important things in IE9 on XP. The important thing is to support the features that cause web sites to break, anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

catbutt Re:Won't hurt either (225 comments)

Microsoft probably knows that would be a waste of money. The people who are likely to put a non-IE browser on their PC's are pretty likely to know how to, and be inclined to, switch the default search engine.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

catbutt Re:Won't hurt either (225 comments)

I think the implication is, the more the two trash-talk one another, the sooner Google stops writing the checks.

more than 2 years ago
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HP Making webOS Open Source

catbutt Re:Awesome (169 comments)

Far as I know, QT is not portable to browser. And I don't know anyone who recommends doing web apps in C++. And it's not generally appropriate for Android. C++ (minus the qt part) might be ok on iPhone for libraries that don't call directly into the Cocoa API.

So I'm having trouble seeing how it is so vastly portable to some of the platforms that are most relevant.

more than 2 years ago

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Google Invests In Human Powered Monorail

catbutt catbutt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

catbutt (469582) writes "Google has invested a million bucks in one of the coolest and weirdest inventions I've seen in a while, pedal powered pods that scoot along 20 feet above the ground, from a company called Schweeb. I'd love to have them here in San Francisco, but have to wonder if they'd work better where things are a bit flatter. Unlike the other radical city-transforming transportation idea, the Segway, these appear to be cliff-safe."
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catbutt catbutt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

catbutt writes "According to a NYTimes article, which references a National Academy of Sciences study, wind farms may not be effective at reducing polution. The logic seems a bit odd, though, because it says that the reason it won't reduce certain types of pollutants is that there "was already a cap on sulfur emissions and one on nitrogen oxides was likely to follow. Is is possible such caps are a bad idea, then, if they cause people to not bother reducing their output of pollutants, since all it would end up doing is allowing someone else to pollute more?"
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catbutt catbutt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

catbutt writes "If you like pretty pictures from space, you should be happen to see that NASA has decided to save the Hubble from a premature fiery death. "Hubble is one of the great observatories," (NASA chief) Griffin has said. "It has revealed fundamental things about the universe of which we had no idea."

A repair is tentatively planned for 2008."

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