Originally Posted by Corrections
Wow that's a lot of unsubstantiated defamation to pack into your first comment on AI.
The only thing better that "spotty logic" is making wild claims you don't even bother to back up with the spottiest of logic.
I guess it's easier to be a pretentious dick than offer any valid criticism of another person's work. It's worked so well for the guy behind the other six accounts that constantly fume about every DED article without articulating any real grievances.
Dude, calm down. Step 1: Check my post count and joined date. Hardly my first rodeo.
I'd hope the digressions are intuitively obvious, but the first starts here:
Google's dominant position in mobile maps originated with Apple, but when the iPhone first appeared in 2007, Google had already established its web-based maps as the leader in online mapping.
This was largely due to its novel use of AJAX web technologies to present and display easy to peruse maps and satellite imagery, a project that developed as an outgrowth of Google's 2004 acquisition of Where 2 Technologies.
His characterization of Java VMs is a little spotty, but I'll (mostly) let that go. "Novel use of AJAX"? You mean the one that changed the web into a real platform like Sun could only wish Java had?
More importantly: On AI, who really cares? Reduce your writing to what's needed. Simplify, simplify. What's the point of Java and AJAX? There is a history to these techs. I get it. MOVE ON.
So he keeps harping on fragmentation...
([Android is] a fragmented mess of platforms where every manufacturers' phones had their own VM with more quirks and bugs to work around than a web browser in the late 1990s)
That's just fanboy. I like the "Only .5% of folks using Android are really using Android" line, but this is just minimally contextualized attack. Then there's some Vista cameo like Princess Leia in Thumb Wars explaining, "I escaped somehow," then we move from open sourced Android to closed culture Android, then... Look, it's like watching Oliver Stone. What's the point? Take the time to boil it down for me, or take it to RoughlyDrafted. Or better yet, I'll boil it down: "The history of Android is one of fragmentation. I will now explain why that's important for mapping apps." Poof. Word count cut in half.
I could keep going, but critiquing Dilger's writing isn't my job. I just wish, as a reader, he'd do better and carefully revise what he's got with good, enjoyable signposts that help make the crux of his argument more obvious. Say, like Gruber does. Here, I was less evaluating Dilger's work than sympathizing with the previous poster. This is a forum, after all.
(That said, when it comes to the hospital bit, I'm a little more ethically disappointed in Dilger, and that has very little to do with his writing, other than some evidence of a systemic carelessness for others, including, here, your reader. But I'm mostly just disappointed with his lackluster attitude for city residents that contributed to his care.)
You don't have to make your stuff easy to follow for your writing to be good, but at least Pynchon uses an appropriate genre, you know?
Edited by rufwork - 9/27/12 at 8:32am