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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
Security implications for user interface changes?
Posted Nov 29, 2012 10:15 UTC (Thu) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Nov 29, 2012 17:43 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Nov 29, 2012 18:06 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
It also hurts that in many cases, the problem is actually hard, and if you tried to explain when you would want to use each option, as opposed to the terse explanations that they have, it's a very slippery slope to having books on the subject (with significant disagreements between the books over what the 'right' way to do things is)
Posted Nov 29, 2012 18:21 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Dec 3, 2012 2:25 UTC (Mon) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
... it's a very slippery slope to having books on the subject
You didn't finish the thought. The problem with having books on the subject is that people don't have time to read books on the subject.
It's actually impossible to explain some things - the time it takes to explain it is more than a person has to listen.
Posted Nov 29, 2012 10:32 UTC (Thu) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
When it was announced that Firefox 64-bit nightly builds on Windows would be discontinued, I stopped using them and dropped back to Waterfox (a third-party Win64 build) instead, which is usually a bit behind the latest upstream release. But I wouldn't expect the Firefox developers to take the slightest notice of that as some kind of threat to the Internet. They can just produce the best software and then it's up to everyone else whether to run it or not.
Posted Nov 29, 2012 12:26 UTC (Thu) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106)
Or, if it's about serving the needs of users it's about serving the needs that we don't hear about from actual users, not the needs users go out of their way to express.
Or, if it's about serving the needs we hear about from actual users, it's important to focus in on one or two corner cases (like grandma) and not the vocal minority; you see, the ones who talk very little are representative of a much larger group who, we assume, have similar needs.
The ones who do not talk at all are such a huge group that their needs obviously trump the needs of the vocal minority and the not-very-vocal minority. The best part about the silent majority is that since they express no needs at all *any change whatsoever* that seems neat can be justified as a service to them, the most important group.
Posted Nov 29, 2012 15:03 UTC (Thu) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
In your analysis you forgot about one important audience: those who do not use the program at all yet. (When starting a new project everyone falls into this category, and even for Firefox the majority of the world's population does not use it.)
Posted Dec 2, 2012 10:04 UTC (Sun) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Statistics are good only to check whether things go broadly according to plan or there is a need to dig deeper into why.
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