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Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

narcc Re:I don't like (46 comments)

No, there are plenty of articles that ought to be deleted. Wikipedia should be punished for allowing organized special interest groups to take near total control over articles to push their own agendas.

10 hours ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

narcc Re:What 3500$? (281 comments)

So you think that it's okay for a company to, for example, hire a number of people from an impoverished country with a lower cost of living at a rate acceptable to them while living in that country and bring them to another country with a dramatically higher cost of living while offering them the same (now clearly unlivable) wage while they're here?

Let me guess "no one forced them!" Sure, they didn't have to come here to work for slave wages under horribly abusive conditions. They could have stayed in their home country and lost one of the few jobs available to them.

If believing that people should not be unfairly exploited so that a socially irresponsible company can save a few bucks means that there's something wrong with me, then that's a label I'll proudly wear.

2 days ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

narcc Re:What 3500$? (281 comments)

Please tell me that you're being sarcastic.

2 days ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

narcc Re:$3500 fine? (281 comments)

That's just a snake trying to eat it's own tail. If you raise the minimum wage, prices go up and then you have to increase government assistance to compensate.

I see that you're deeply confused. What bizarre libertarian whack-a-do gave such a pitifully simple-minded talking point?

2 days ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

narcc Re:Really? (281 comments)

You'd be willing to work for free too when the alternative is being beaten to death.

2 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

narcc Re:Still try to do proprietary email? (172 comments)

There isn't a good reason why social networking couldn't function more like email, with multiple providers inter-operating over some standard protocol. There just isn't as much money in it for the big players to be interested.

3 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

narcc Re:As if we needed (172 comments)

There are many, many, reasons not to trust Google.

This, however, is not one of them.

3 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (194 comments)

Please don't forget that the whole point of my comment was that threads are broken in JS.

That's new. Here I thought it was this:

The real underlying reason these apps feel flimsy is probably that Javascript is a single-threaded language. [...]
This means that when processing one action of the user (especially if it is a complicated action), the user interface will temporarily freeze.

Which is, of course, total nonsense.

For example, a simple "for" loop turns into a monster of functions calling eachother, in order to break the inside of the for-loop into small chunks that can't lock the UI. Now imagine a doubly-nested for-loop. You'd need special compilers to keep your code clean.

Which is also total nonsense. I'm sorry, but your assumptions simply don't match reality. Where did you come up with this stuff?

Again, I recommend you go do some reading about asynchronous programming and event-driven programming.

5 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (194 comments)

The problem is that "threads" are supposed to be a solution to dividing work.

Yes, but it's one of many solutions, and certainly not the best in every case. Threads come with their own set of problems, after all. They're no panacea. It's your job to understand the benefits and drawbacks of threads, and alternative solutions, and pick the best approach for your project. As threads are not an option in JS, it's a great opportunity for you to explore various alternative approaches. Tossing up your hands and saying "I must lock the UI!" is silly, particularly when it's clear that other applications don't seem to share that problem.

Lets face it: If your code locks the UI, you have a serious problem with your code! Go do some reading about asynchronous programming and event-driven programming. You'll find it quite helpful. Your users will thank you as well.

about a week ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:In defense of Javascript (194 comments)

And if done right, it can be really nice. I usually write classes

Just wait, it gets even better once you learn the basics...

about a week ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (194 comments)

Oddly enough, that makes my point. That "problem" was solved ages ago. Why is that we've seemed to have collectively forgot old, but excellent, solutions to common problems?

about a week ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (194 comments)

This means that when processing one action of the user (especially if it is a complicated action), the user interface will temporarily freeze.

Only if the developer is a total moron.

To be clear: I'm not talking about web-workers.

about a week ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Golden Hammer (194 comments)

Did everyone forget about Java?

It failed in the browser for good reason.

about a week ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

narcc Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

That's only if you count nonsense like candy crush as games.

If Candy Crush isn't a game, what is it?

about two weeks ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

narcc Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

Welcome to Slashdot! We, er, do that sort of thing here...

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

narcc Re:More bloat, less marketshare (114 comments)

It's scheduled for Firefox 37, to be released at the end of March next year.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

narcc Re:Just upgraded, lost cookies (114 comments)

Thanks. Having returned to FireFox after years of Chrome, I'm not likely to notice, or be irritated, by those kinds of changes.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

narcc Re:Just upgraded, lost cookies (114 comments)

YMMV

My certainly did. It restarted and reloaded my tabs, including this one, without a hitch.

that grim sense of foreboding that I now get with Firefox upgrades ("what's going to stop working this time? how is the UI I've been using for many years changed now?")

Just curious, what has been breaking for you? What UI features have changed in some significant way since Australis? I only ask because I switched back to Firefox from Chrome when Australis hit and have seen nothing but positive improvements with each release.

about two weeks ago

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US Federal Agencies No Longer Allowed to Buy Apple Products

narcc narcc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

narcc (412956) writes "US federal government agencies are no longer able to purchase Apple products after the company withdrew from a mandatory certification scheme.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certification is required under a law passed in 2009 if a federal government agency is to buy goods or services from a company. It ensures that the products meet minimum environmental protection standards.

It is not clear why Apple withdrew from the ratings service, especially as it cuts off sales to a fairly substantial customer — the US Government. One report by the iFixit blog suggested that the problem relates to the difficulty of repairing Apple products and stripping them down for recycling.

Apple has struggled with its eco-friendly credentials, with repeated reports from agencies such as Greenpeace criticizing the company, not just for what they know the company is doing, but also for their apparent secrecy about the environmental impact of their various manufacturing processes."

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Apple loses iPad trademark in China

narcc narcc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

narcc (412956) writes "Apple and its Chinese resellers are facing legal action following a court ruling that found that Apple does not own the trademark to the iPad name in China. Proview International registered the IPAD trademark during an ill-fated attempt to break into the tablet market back in 2000.

In 2006, Proview Electronics (Taiwan) agreed to sell Apple the “global trademark” for the IPAD name for £35,000, according to Proview, but the two companies have subsequently disagreed about whether that deal included China. Proview has applied for an immediate halt to sales of the iPad by Apple resellers in the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Huizhou, with the first hearings due in the next eight weeks."

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narcc narcc writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The other day (not too long ago) I got mod points for the first time. After they were gone, of course, I found several posts that were truely deserving of 'Insightful' and 'Interesting' -- I guess that goes to show you how careful you should be with the rare gift of mod points...

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