Monthly Archives: April 2010

The web sucks. Browsers need to innovate

The only way the web can survive is to reinvent itself, to refocus. Each browser should focus on innovation, not parity

  • Why do all browsers have to support the same standards? This only limits their innovation, and limits web developers.
  • Browsers should innovate as fast as possible, adding additional functionality without concern about the other browsers out there.
  • Web developers can choose which platform they want to develop for. Does your app run best using Chrome’s non standard SDK? Go for it.

Reading this article made my teeth hurt, but I link to it for the sake of pluralism. In case it’s not obvious, some commentators dissected the flaws.

South Park

Our culture has few taboos that can’t be violated, and our establishment has largely given up on setting standards in the first place.

Except where Islam is concerned. There, the standards are established under threat of violence, and accepted out of a mix of self-preservation and self-loathing.

more on nytimes.com

Maybe we should be grateful to terrorists. After all, if not islam, there would be no taboos left.

Why Mark Suster is wrong about not hiring job hoppers

Finally, I propose that an argument could be made that startups specifically don’t want people that stay in jobs too long. These are people that have shown that they prefer stability over exploring  something new (or maybe they were the lucky few that found the right job on the first few tries). Stability is exactly the opposite of what you’re signing up for when you join a startup. The person seeking stability over all else will be the first to leave in favor of a big company or government gig when things get dicey.
more on pauldix.net

I’m not sure if article’s author is right about hiring for startups, but one thing is certain: job hoppers are not the people big companies would want (or should) hire.

Protons not as “strange” as expected

To “see” the proton, scientists need a different kind of probe. At Jefferson Lab, electrons are used instead of visible light. An electron is small enough to interact with the proton. A properly prepared electron can bounce off of the proton, knock it about or blow it apart.

Results of quark research by Jefferson Lab.

I hate computers: confessions of a sysadmin

Speaking of filesystems, why is it that a SQL database can find a specific record in a database of millions of records in a fraction of a second, but finding a specific file on your hard drive takes minutes? I’m sure there’s some very real reason why filesystems are so unfriendly to users, but I’ll be darned if I can explain it to any of my users.

A sysadmin asks some fundamental, but still very valid questions about computers’ usability. On the other hand: man, what these machines do IS complex. Current level of computer adoption is still amazing, if we take into account what was the world like just 200 years ago. But sure, we could do better.

Where The Rants Go

Meanwhile, Mr. Pilgrim’s book hasn’t been updated in 6 years even though it’s fucking online and people can send him patches. That’s right, the dude has the book up there, with the full text on the web where people can send him feedback, and he can’t be bothered to actually update it. Hell if he put the damn source code to the book up people could just fix it for him, but no, he’d rather leave his steaming pile of crap online for free as his only means of competing with the much better Learning Python.
more on oppugn.us

Zed Shaw is back, this time bashing Mark Pilgrim’s book. But this time he’s constructive: he started work on the better book.