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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

jopsen In defense of Javascript (194 comments)

I fully expect it [Javascript] to eclipse every other language in terms of popularity over the next ten years, for exactly the reasons you state. Driving down the cost of labor, and unifying skill sets so that people are even more interchangeable.

It pains me to say this, but Javascript is not that bad... I used to really hate it; but over the last year I've done a lot of node.js development. And if done right, it can be really nice. I usually write classes that takes a JSON object and does something... Then I can be very declarative when I put things together. Also asserts helps :)

But yes, static type safety seems to be underrated these days.

As for driving down cost of quickly writing something, I think that is good... Lots of administrative tasks, etc aren't done electronically because it's too expensive to write a shitty web-application. Don't be afraid for your job, the need for qualified developers won't disappear... Mostly there'll probably just be more tasks that it is feasible to develop (at least that is also a factor).

about a week ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

jopsen asm.js (194 comments)

Why the hell are we still stuck using Javascript for the web? Why have we not got some virtual machine...

asm.js is a subset of javascript that is easily translated to low-level instructions... And runs at near native speed in browsers that optimize asm.js.
Don't get me wrong, I totally agree that asm.js is a messed up construction... One can think of it as a bytecode encoding in Javascript...
But it works, it's fast, and it's backwards compatible... Though anyone trying to use large asm.js programs in browsers with a poor javascript engine will get an extraordinary poor performance :) In in practice it might not be "backwards compatible" as speed is a feature.

Anyways, why not? It works :)

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jopsen Re:2,266,800 (407 comments)

What is the difference between being in prison and jail? Just curious...

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jopsen Re:"There's a prisoner shortage," (407 comments)

Wow and really bad and a really scary way to put it, I envision authorities dreaming up ways to fill jails.

Nor authorities... Companies running prisons...
But yeah, "prisoner shortage" is a phrase you'll only hear in America :)

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jopsen Re:Ahem. (407 comments)

Agree... The cops needs predator drones to terminate long highway car chases... We'll all me much safer :)

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jopsen Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Am I the only one who thought the prison population was at an all time high?

Don't worry it's still troubling high... You still have more people incarcerated than various not-so-popular dictators have had...
So don't worry, America is still evil, he he :)

On-topic, it's a shame the falling prison population isn't the headline... But instead the headline is empty prisons for sale...

about a week ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

jopsen Re:freedoms f----d (132 comments)

The first thing to do is to follow the money trail and identify:
How do we get that effort started? What will it take, who can do it?

It's that already done: https://www.opensecrets.org/
How do plan we make people care?

about a week ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

jopsen Re:O_DIRECT (387 comments)

Lol, how is that not funny :)

I guess if you're the designer you can put "deranged monkey on some serious mind-controlling substances" on your resume, it would make for good story...

about a week ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

jopsen Re:language != abuse (387 comments)

Come on guys, at least ask a question if you don't understand the bug report/feature request.

Also when you close bugs you sometimes just hope it went a away with time... When I do this, arguably smaller projects, I try to close with a "Reopen if still relevant" comment... But sometimes forget.

Managing bugs is a lot of work... Sometimes it's calls for a non-perfect solution... Also a bug thread can grow so big that reading up on it is hard. I see quite often people mixing 3-4 issues into one... Just google for something about NetworkerManager gnome-shell and password dialog :)

about a week ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

jopsen Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

One can easily be heard and still be professional if he wants to.

Have you had much luck with that approach in a major open source software project?

Most large open source project don't have that much to argue about... having worked on LibreOffice and Firefox, I can say that if you do the work, you can quite often decide how to do it too..
Sure there are fundamental things in these project for which patches and major changes are hard to get in... but when refactoring some code, or fixing a bug, adding a minor feature; people are generally fairly polite and try to be helpful.

But who am I to say that a project like Linux, doesn't need a high level of technical excellence, I don't know...

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

jopsen Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (114 comments)

Mozilla is not a political organization. It about building a better free and open web.

That's hilarious.

How so... I'm not afraid to say that I support Mozilla, and that I'm very very very very far from agreeing most Americans on serious and important political issues. You now the kind of issues where America murders innocent civilians. I could go on... But Mozilla is not the platform for these issues.

about a week ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

jopsen Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

Once you have a couple dozen actual cases on your hands, this method is quickly overwhelmed.

Lol, if it ever became a matter of national security, they could just ask the NSA to do contact tracing...
But I'm sure the US could easily mobilize a lot of people to do contact tracing.

Nigeria did the right thing and was lucky.

Give me a break, they weren't just lucky, they made 18k face-to-face visits... Let's give them credit for working hard :)

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

jopsen Re:Steam to other countries (139 comments)

it's already available in Scandinavia... have been for years... I've been thinking about getting a proxy... I lost HBO when I moved to the US...

about two weeks ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

jopsen Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (139 comments)

In my market for me to subscribe to HBO it costs somewhere north of $130 a month, ....

And out of those 130 USD, HBO makes maybe (maybe) 10 USD, or so... if not less...

about two weeks ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

jopsen Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

In Denmark I could buy HBO online for 20 USD / month, episodes released as soon as they were in the US.. It's messed up to move to the US and then realize that HBO is unavailable and spotify has a significantly reduced catalog (luckily I can buy the Danish version with my Danish credit card).

Oh, and don't tell me HBO is available along with a cable subscription... that requires me to pay for a lot of stuff I don't want, and interface with a provider that I never ever want to talk to...
I would rather have DRM, than a cable subscription...

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

jopsen Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (114 comments)

After what the Firefox board....

Where to start, where to start... First off there is no firefox board. Mozilla Corporation has a board, as does Mozilla Foundation.
Having followed this, rather closely, I can assure you that Brendan made the decision to resign, the message was delivered by internal email.
Later in an internal meeting the board explained that they had strongly recommended and hoped that Brendan would ride out the storm.

Any allegations that the board force Brendan to resign is pure fiction. Sure, I can promise you that there wasn't an elaborate conspiracy to lie to all employees and community members, but if there was Brendan was in on that "conspiracy" :)
The truth is that given the storm and the level and amount of personal attacks, I understand how someone does not wish to ride it out.

All being said and done, let's move a long... Mozilla is not a political organization. It about building a better free and open web.

about two weeks ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

jopsen Re:what do you expect? (228 comments)

...before finally deteriorating into an insignificant third rate state in the EU. That's what real Western democracies are.

I'm sorry what nations in the EU are deteriorating?
Sure the financial crisis hit some of countries hard, but that is short term, in general most poor EU member countries are getting dramatically better: http://www.theguardian.com/com...

I don't think you can claim that long term EU member countries are deteriorating, northern Europe all the way down to Germany and France aren't doing bad.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

jopsen Re:Reasonable (144 comments)

Google's approach to this is reasonable.

Absolutely,
Also note that the results are not fully removed, they just won't show up for some keywords.
It's really quiet reasonable that a rape victim can has not to have an article about incident show up, when you google the victims name.
In particularly important when the victim decide to look for a job 10 or 20 years down the road.
Keep in mind the article may still show up googling the perpetrators name...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

jopsen Re:Spam on Gmail? (261 comments)

Yes, but it's when you have to check for false positives... Most American companies suffers from a high level of institutional incompetence and will ask you to check your spam folder, before checking if they actually sent you an email.... The poster is asking why gmail can't delete the obvious spam, so his spam folder only holds contents with a high likelihood of being false positive...

IMO, the spam folder should be sorted, not by date, but by likelihood of being a false positive....

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

jopsen Re:Why is the paper so important? (447 comments)

My lady and I have been together over ten years, we have an eight year old daughter and are completely happy.

Well, I hope you'll enjoy hell!
- Just kidding :)

On-topic, if you're not religious and don't think the symbolism is important, then the only reason left is the legal framework. Such as ability to visit your spouse in the hospital, making decisions of behalf of your spouse if he/she is incapable or declared incompetent from for example: brain damage, psychological illness or dementia (which is likely to eventually happen). If you don't marry or manually setup advanced health care directives, you can end in a situation where you or your partner is declared incompetent and guardianship/custody is award to a state appointed representative. This all depends on where you live, from what I understand mental patients in the US are left to die on the streets, but in other countries custody will be assigned to someone trustworthy by the state, if there is no other arrangement like advanced healthcare directive or marriage.

If you're not religious and don't care about the symbolism, marriage is still a common reasonably well understood and internationally respected legal framework for people who trust each other and lives their lives together.

about two weeks ago

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