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Spoiler Alert: Smart Kids Become Successful Adults

poor_boi Performing well in school... (256 comments)

I've always felt that performing well in school is less a measure of intelligence and more a measure of one's ability to follow rules, complete assigned tasks, get along with teachers and classmates, and behave in socially acceptable ways. It even seems like highly intelligent people often perform worse-than-average in school because high intelligence often comes along with lower-than-average social skills (or a disinterest in adhering to social norms).

about a year ago
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Stop Standardizing HTML

poor_boi subject (302 comments)

He basically wants to drop tag names and just have tags create generic dom nodes which get sculpted by CSS and JS.

<html6style>
.myCoolTag { act-like-html: br }
.heyThisIsFun { act-like-html: p }
.canWeDropTheHtmlStandardNow { act-like-html: i }
</html6style>
<html>
This is the first line.
<html class="myCoolTag">
This comes after a newline
<html class="heyThisIsFun">
This comes after a paragraph break.
<html class="canWeDropTheHtmlStandardNow">And this is italicized.</html>
</html>

That's too verbose for him though, so he wants to be able to write this:

<html6style>
.myCoolTag { act-like-html: br }
.heyThisIsFun { act-like-html: p }
.canWeDropTheHtmlStandardNow { act-like-html: i }
</html6style>
<html>
This is the first line.
<myCoolTag>
This comes after a newline
<heyThisIsFun>
This comes after a paragraph break.
<canWeDropTheHtmlStandardNow>And this is italicized.</canWeDropTheHtmlStandardNow>
</html>

You'll notice that all this does is push the HTML spec into the CSS spec. I don't see much of an advantage to that. And it makes it impossible to get even a basic understanding of HTML document structure without constantly referring back to the CSS.

He also wants all new features that would previously have been implemented by adding tags to the HTML specification to be implemented by way of shims (polyfills). But who standardizes the behavior of shimmed constructs? Well, nobody. People just pick the shims they like. And because the shims are JS + CSS, the W3C is in charge of making sure the browsers execute them properly. Kind of like how today the W3C is in charge of making sure browsers execute HTML properly.

I think this guy might be happy if we got rid of every tag except <canvas> and all reusable components (e.g. <button>) came from third party vendors. E.g. <include src="http://html6.google.com/button.polyfill">. Oh boy I can't wait.

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

poor_boi Unit Tests are now your Compiler (575 comments)

One of the things you really miss with JavaScript is a compiler. Something to check your entire program for obvious errors. That's where unit tests come in. If you have Significant unit test coverage, you can run your unit tests instead of running your compiler. Unit tests nearly double in value (IMO) when used with a dynamic language that has no compiler.

more than 2 years ago
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EFF Reverse Engineers Carrier IQ

poor_boi Re:Cough it up (103 comments)

I just donated again. Thanks for the reminder.

more than 2 years ago
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New Study Finds People Remember More Than They Think

poor_boi Are they really remembering? (172 comments)

Are they really remembering?
Or are they just making the same choice twice?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Learning Dart Development?

poor_boi Re:Options and Advice (107 comments)

Some of the most useful programming books I've owned were from Wrox, especially on C++. Their extra effort to address programming in practice can be very helpful to someone who needs to get stuff done. (If I needed a regurgitation of the spec, I'd just read the spec.)

I rarely avoid books based on their publisher. Instead I look for books that are reviewed favorably by many people. And I look for reviews that tend to indicate that the book is the style and level that I'm looking for. Of course there are other criteria like date of publish, etc. Sometimes I don't even realize the publisher of a book until after I'm done with the book. :)

Basically I think pre-filtering based on publisher isn't a very useful way to locate the best book for a given scenario. Hypothetically if I found a Wrox book and an O'Reilly book that were seemingly very equal, I'd choose O'Reilly. But such a situation rarely happens -- I almost always have some other substantive reason to choose one book over another.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Portrait-Landscape Flipping

poor_boi Re:But ... (354 comments)

Filing a patent requires a lot of expensive lawyer time; a company like Apple typically will not file one that it cannot defend.

It's not true. Tech companies spam the USPTO with patent applications, taking the shotgun approach of hoping something, anything will stick. It is not terribly expensive to file patents, especially when compared with the amount of money that Apple can throw around.

more than 3 years ago
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I Name My Servers After:

poor_boi Mountain Names, Server Names (722 comments)

I have worked at 3 software companies in Colorado, and all 3 companies named their servers after mountains: fourteeners first, then thirteeners. With VM technology making server instances so cheap these days, I wouldn't be surprised if I started seeing the names of some tall foothills showing up in the directory.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Taking On Apple?

poor_boi Security (127 comments)

Maybe I'm daft, but what does Facebook making an App Store have to do with the security of iOS?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

poor_boi Re:I just mark them as spam (619 comments)

Marking otherwise legitimate emails as spam has a potential downside: if your spam blocker is stochastic / bayesian / learning, you will be teaching it that legitimate email patterns are "spamlike." I prefer to just blacklist the sender's address in types of cases.

more than 3 years ago
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School Super Asks Governor To Make His School District a Prison

poor_boi Re:For a school superintendant (505 comments)

It's not "some link I found." It's EVERY link I found. If you don't think that carries serious weight, then we have a philosophical difference of opinion about finding reliable information on the internet, not about prepositions. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

poor_boi Experts Exchange (323 comments)

I subscribed to Experts Exchange for 12 months once. I did find probably 4 useful answers there during that time (that weren't obvious available anywhere else), and I felt like I got my money's worth. Since StackOverflow and StackExchange came to prominence, I think Experts Exchange is no longer worth the money, and the quality of its content has declined dramatically. It's no longer worth my money. (If you're going to reply and say: "it was never worth your money," please save yourself the trouble.) Yes, I know there are ways to get at the Experts Exchange answers without paying; and yes I know their gaming of the Google spider and search results provides a strong argument for justifying circumventing their payment system, but when I am collecting information for my professional obligations, I'd rather go through the proper channel. Has paying your way and acting in earnest really lost all respect as a valid choice? :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Only 39% Curse At Their Computers?

poor_boi Not _at_ the computer (286 comments)

I don't really curse at my computer. I've cursed while using it, but it was not directed at the computer itself. I may have also had a few choice words directed at Western Digital the company in an recent extremely unlucky multi-drive failure (primary and backup) and subsequent data loss.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Government Competition To Predict Commute Times

poor_boi Wages (79 comments)

No offense, but if you want a good traffic prediction algorithm, please offer more than my shitty quarterly salary.

more than 3 years ago
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Ergonomic Mechanical-Switch Keyboard?

poor_boi Re:Text To Speech (310 comments)

You mean "speech to text," not "text to speech." There's a difference.

more than 3 years ago
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A Tidal Wave of Java Flaw Exploitation

poor_boi Re:Nice try (238 comments)

If you don't want to reinstall (you really should) then at least run Malware Bytes in addition to a full system scan with your usual A-V software.

more than 3 years ago
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A Tidal Wave of Java Flaw Exploitation

poor_boi Re:Patch bloat (238 comments)

If you download Java (JRE or JDK) via the developer site, the installer doesn't have any toolbars or crapware embedded in it. Only the java.com-hosted installer has a toolbar "offer" during install. This is why I always download from java.sun.com (I suppose now it's http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html).

more than 3 years ago

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Oracle to buy BEA for $8.5 billion USD

poor_boi poor_boi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

poor_boi (548340) writes "After months of negotiation, software giant Oracle Corp. has finalized a deal to buy one of its largest rivals, BEA Systems Inc. The final price tag: around $8.5 billion USD in cash. In the short term, the news boosted BEA's stock value, while causing Oracle's to lower by about 1 percent. The two companies have long competed over customer business in the enterprise software market. Oracle Corp. has been acquiring dozens of companies during the last three years, including its 2004 acquisition of major rival PeopleSoft, Inc. for $10.3 billion USD."
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