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posted by LaminatorX on Sunday November 02 2014, @04:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the ontology-fail dept.

In a short interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, touts the W3C's HTML 5 standard, which was finally published last week after eight years of work. Sir Berners-Lee sees HTML 5 as advancing the Web as the central platform for delivering Internet content and applications, to mobile devices as well as PC users.

Q. How do you use the Web? Are there any sites or services that you use regularly?

A. We do all our work at the W3C on the Web — everything. We have a mantra: If it's not on the Web, it doesn't exist. When discussing things in a meeting, everything we do, the minutes of the meetings, it's always on the Web.

Some other quick takes on HTML 5 are here.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 03 2014, @10:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 03 2014, @10:54AM (#112567)

    I really enjoy GUI interfaces which sit as thinly as possible on top of a command line interface; I want full control and understanding of how the frontend and backend are talking to each other---at all times! If anything gets in my way and complicates this, then it is either redundant bullshit designed by a sociopath or it is a subliminal play for 'power and control' by a corrupted force

    It's fine for you to prefer ultra-minimalistic GUIs that are effectively graphical skins for CLI, but it's idiotic to claim that designing GUIs for anybody with different preferences means the developer is a sociopath or trying to impose subliminal mind control on you. What on Earth makes you think a standard GUI would be able to have that effect, or what they'd try to "make" you do even if it could -- buy more Cheetos, listen to cheesy 60s music, perhaps, or.....????

    Seriously -- somebody whose main talent is composing music, writing screenplays, training animals, painting, medical care, or other things benefits far more by a GUI that lets them accomplish things on the computer quickly & easily so they can focus on what *they* are good at and find interesting. They're sure as hell not going to benefit from a GUI that forces them to waste time learning obscure commands for things they could achieve far faster with a mouse.


    Neither is memorizing or using obscure CLI interfaces or minimalistic GUIs -- in fact, doing so is detrimental to a quest for "enlightenment" or "self-sufficiency" due to the extra time it requires.

    You want real enlightenment? Read a wide variety of books acclaimed for their wisdom & insight (whether it's Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird or Dr. Seuss' The Sneeches), go to see brilliant plays like "Wit", learn/contemplate the philosophies by the brilliant historic philosophers like Kant, Bentham, and Socrates, volunteer as a companion for lonely seniors, study rhetoric, volunteer with the kids staying in a research hospital, study psychology & how people handle adversity or trauma, learn how to rehab abused & feral horses or cats or dogs, explore other parts of the world if you can afford to... You won't find enlightenment just by using technology, however fascinating you find it.

    You want to be self-sufficient? Try growing your own fruit & vegetables, learning how to train animals, sew (or at least mend things), cook a variety of things & change recipes on the fly, perform basic first aid, basic house repairs, make/repair wooden items -- for that matter, learn to play an instrument and write stories, as they're the underlying building-blocks of entertainment media. Like it or not, the reality is that you could easily get by on your own or in a small village without knowing a single command-line term -- but you wouldn't last long if you can't feed & clothe yourself and have something to offer others that they will value enough to do things for you in return.