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Ask Slashdot: Making JavaScript Tolerable For a Dyed-in-the-Wool C/C++/Java Guy?

mangst Re:Javascript: The good parts (575 comments)

Bump! I loved this book. I had a working understanding of Javascript when I started reading it (e.g. I knew how to create a function, how to create an "onclick" event handler for a button). By the time I finished it, I had a much deeper, more fundamental understanding of the language.

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

mangst Re:I like it (803 comments)

Actually, I think you're right. I don't think it matters to the kernel what the directory structure is because the kernel is concerned with more lower-level things like memory management.

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

mangst Re:I like it (803 comments)

Reorganizing the file system like this would have been a good change to implement for v3.0 of the kernel.

more than 2 years ago

On the topic of computer power consumption ...

mangst What? (219 comments)

Don't you mean "On the topic of computer **electricity** consumption?"

about 3 years ago

"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

mangst Re:Sadly I don't think it's just your imagination. (627 comments)

Perhaps its precisely due to the internet that we have so many people acting on their neurotic tendencies.

Maybe there is a grain of truth in China restricting internet access and outlawing Western pop culture.

about 3 years ago

Re. medication requiring a prescription:

mangst Loaded words again... (550 comments)

The first poll question should just be, "Take them seldom."

The hyphenated addition, "and glad of it" is skews the purpose of the poll. The poll question is not about the person's feelings towards his or her use of prescription medication, but about the frequency of his or her use.

more than 3 years ago

With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

mangst Another poll with loaded words... (840 comments)

"Brewed in a mega-factory".

This poll option is badly worded. The word "mega-factory" implies that large-scale beer distributors are of low quality and that anyone who chooses this poll option is also of low quality. This may discourage people who prefer national brands from choosing this option.

A more neutral wording might be "From a national (large-sized) producer".

more than 3 years ago

It's Not a New Ballmer Microsoft Needs; It's a New Gates

mangst You won't find another Gates... (211 comments)

...because Gates was the only one who built the company from the ground up. That kind of experience surely shapes a person

more than 3 years ago

Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers

mangst A web developer's wet dream... (353 comments)

...being able to assume that everyone is using the latest version of their browser.

more than 3 years ago

YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious

mangst If you want to keep your bookmarks... (66 comments)

If you are an existing Delicious user and want to keep your bookmarks, you must visit the Delicious website and agree to AVOS's terms of service before July (you should have gotten an email telling you about this). If you do not do this, you will loose all your bookmarks when the site is migrated to AVOS's servers in July.

Note that Delicious gives you the ability to export your bookmarks. This is helpful if you do not want to agree to the new terms of service, or just do not want to use Delicious anymore. To do this, click "Settings", then click "Export / Backup Bookmarks".

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

mangst Re:Ronald Reagan (2288 comments)

Don't worry, we don't think the less of you all in the States for it. Well, that's not actually true, we think it's kinda cute and sweet that you have your precious little antique measurement systems - aww, how retro! - but we figure eventually you'll grow out of it and become a proper country.

Haters gonna hate. Write your own word processing software then.

more than 3 years ago

Churchill Accused of Sealing UFO Files, Fearing Public Panic

mangst Re:Panic (615 comments)

What if it is a conspiracy, but a different one. We as human beings need an Other to focus our attention on, otherwise we tear ourselves apart. But we can't afford to have wars anymore because there comes the risk that somebody will use a nuclear weapon and destroy all life on the planet. Aliens, UFOs, etc are a good way of taking our attention off of ourselves.

more than 4 years ago

HTML Web App Development Still Has a Ways To Go

mangst Humans can only learn so fast (279 comments)

There are so many web frameworks out there, like the author says. New ones are released and existing ones are updated on a regular basis. The truth is it takes time to learn a framework and become comfortable with it. We can't possibly keep up with it all.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Outlines Bold Space Policy ... But No Moon

mangst Re:Color me not impressed (455 comments)

Yeah well we no longer have a Cold War to give us reason to be bold.

more than 4 years ago

Triumph of the Cyborg Composer

mangst Sounds great... (502 comments)

...but who is playing the piano in those sound samples? Does Emily Howell also say when to play louder and when to play softer? As a piano player myself, this is just as important as the musical notes when it comes to bring an emotional "feel" into the music.

more than 4 years ago

Speaking With the Designer of an Indie MMO Project

mangst Re:The problem is implementing his ideas (104 comments)

I actually RTFA and the guy is very well spoken. He seems to know what he's talking about and seems to have realistic expectations. The screenshots aren't half bad either.

more than 5 years ago

Fewer Than 10 ET Civilizations In Our Galaxy?

mangst Re:Assumptions (642 comments)

This assumes a sufficiently advanced civilization could survive itself for a sufficient span...I don't see how its realistic to expect [human] survival into the "millions of years" range.

Crocodiles on the other hand - those bastards are believed to be around 200 million years old...If crocs could somehow work space travel into their lifestyle, this could lead to something...

I'm reading a really good book now called Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. It's a story about an alien race invading Earth, except the aliens hadn't developed their technology on their own. They learnt everything that they know from these stone tablets that another intelligent race, long since extinct, had left on their planet.

What if we end up being that exinct race? (which seems quite possible, given what we are doing to the environment) The dinosaurs left behind their dead bodies which we used for energy (fossil fuels). Maybe we will leave behind our knowledge which sentient crocodiles will use to colonize the galaxy?

more than 5 years ago

Researcher Trolls MMO, Surprised When Players Hate Him

mangst Re:Correctly? (895 comments)

The only reason he was "unbeatable" was because he built a character optimized to exploit a cheap trick that didn't rely on his own strength.

Sounds like the fault lies with the game designers who allowed for such a trick to exist in the first place--not with Myers.

If it was so unfair, then the designers should have nerfed the teleport skill or something.

more than 5 years ago



"Logon" terminology poll suggestion

mangst mangst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mangst (978895) writes "I have a suggestion for a poll. What word do you use to tell your user to "logon"? For example, "Click here to logon to your account."
1. logon
2. login
3. log on
4. log in

Similarly, how do you say "logoff"?
1. logoff
2. logout
3. log off
4. log out"

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