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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (176 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.

yesterday
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:In defense of Javascript (176 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...

yesterday
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (176 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?

yesterday
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (176 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.

yesterday
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

narcc Re:Golden Hammer (176 comments)

Did everyone forget about Java?

It failed in the browser for good reason.

yesterday
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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?

5 days 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...

5 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

narcc Re:More bloat, less marketshare (113 comments)

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

5 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

narcc Re:Just upgraded, lost cookies (113 comments)

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

5 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

narcc Re:Just upgraded, lost cookies (113 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.

5 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

Because I have evidence on my side. That puts me in a nice position. You have a sad devotion to a fallen hero and nothing to offer accept innuendo.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

No. This is why I don't care for pop science. An hypothesis doesn't "grow-up" and become a theory. An hypothesis is, put simply, a testable prediction. A theory, also in the simplest possible terms, is a predictive model.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

I should have said that it was obvious it wasn't universal.

And provided an example. You won't find any. (Not that a single example would make Randi's claims that the media were totally taken-in by his non-hoax any more fraudulent.)

do you have a reference that it was universal

Yes! I do! Mendham, Tim (1988) The Carlos Hoax, The Skeptic, 8(1)

It should also be stated that to a certain extent the whole hoax backfired [...] the media were extremely cynical (if not sceptical) of Alvarez' claims, and he received no sympathetic coverage at all.

Randy did not do any of those. Someone else who was close to him did.

Sure, a young foreign art student managed to do that all by himself, without any assistance from his infinitely more capable lover. Randi was blissfully ignorant. Let's just ignore the fact that Randi was well-aware of his true identity, knowingly employed an illegal immigrant under a false identity, and even lied to protect that identity (he even claimed to be worried about Pena's thick Bronx accent spoiling the "hoax") and, of course, to the US government on his I-9 form. Oh, and the fact that he admitted as much in court, stating that they didn't believe they were hurting anyone.

But sure, Randi was totally uninvolved, because he's a personal hero of yours.

Let's put reason and evidence first, shall we?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

It would help, the second time, if you got it from a university.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

Universally. Not really. Some skeptical, some more, some less.

So ... universally then. Glad you agree.

Yeah, right. What are *you* trying to imply with a list of things Randy did not do.

Well, he did all of those things. Did you miss it? It's well-publicized.

Your level of denial is astonishing.

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

narcc Re:If you dare... (216 comments)

I can't argue with people like you. You're beyond reason.

Let's try something different: On the issues at hand, where do you think society will ultimately end up? On which side of history do you want to find yourself?

I suspect that you won't want tell your grandchildren that you bravely denied the problem and fought against gender equality.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

I don't get whats so unscientific about randis skepticism

The lack of science. It's not exactly a big secret.

somehow his critics always believe in some sort of another magic

If it makes you feel more comfortable to believe that, go ahead. I don't argue with creationist either. I can't change their minds.

I have a different idea. How about we apply that same skepticism that Randi's fans believe they've mastered to Randi and his organization?

You won't like what you discover. It's no fun seeing a personal hero in the cold light of reality, but isn't it worth it, ultimately?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

did he shut down your 1-900 psychic hotline or something?

That would be an example of him actually accomplishing something. He's yet to do anything like that. See, his goal isn't to fight against fraudsters, it's to make himself wealthy.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

narcc Re:Hoax (972 comments)

are you saying that Randi fails because other cranks continue to peddle their crap to credulous public?

No. Read it again. I'm saying that Randi fails because every one of his high-profile "debunking" efforts have been failures. You'll find not a single success among them.

Then again, it's possible that he doesn't actually care if his "efforts" are fruitful. He could just be putting on a show for his followers. He is a performer, after all.

Isn't that exactly what Randi claims happened in the "Carlos Hoax"?

No, it's not. Randi's goal with the "Carlos Hoax" was to show how credulous the media can be toward frauds like "Carlos". The media, as it happens, were universally skeptical of "Carlos" -- a fact that Randi ignores because it runs counter to the story he's trying to sell to his witless fans. Put simply, Randi flat-out lied about the media's response to "Carlos" to further his career. (I'm not surprised that he lied, considering the risks he took. Identity theft, passport fraud, the list goes on. Would you want all of that to be for nothing?)

So, yes, I think I'll stick to the opinions of actual scientists. I'll continue to give known liars and criminals the credulity they deserve.

about a week ago

Submissions

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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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Journals

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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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