[OT] Free software versus software idea patents
roy at panix.com
Fri Apr 15 04:52:56 CEST 2011
In article <4da7abad$0$29986$c3e8da3$5496439d at news.astraweb.com>,
Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
> What they give is ubiquity, which is a point in their favour. But just
> because something is common doesn't make it useful: for the most part
> both are used for style over substance, of sizzle without sausage, rather
> than anything actually useful or desirable: think of a misfeature that
> *degrades* the user-experience, and chances are it's implemented in Flash
There's certainly a lot to hate about JS (and even more so, flash), but
they fill a niche. They provide a way to have better user interaction
than you could with just forms and a submit button.
That's not to say there's not lot of sucky shit build with them. But,
if they didn't exist, something else would have to take their place. I
don't see JS going away any time soon.
Flash, on the other hand, is an unadulterated pile of dung.
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