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OSNews, Generic OSes Now that the holidays are upon us (happy holidays!) and the year is about to end, we at OSNews thought it time to finally lift the veil a little bit on the next version of OSNews - OSNews 5. I've hinted at this next version of OSNews here and there in the comments, but we think it's time to make it all a little bit more official by taking in some initial feedback.
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RE[2]: noscript
by darknexus on Thu 27th Dec 2012 10:26 UTC in reply to "RE: noscript"
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What is driving peoples hate of Javascript, it's a good way of adding functionality to a website without having to resort to underhanded measures.

I think most of it comes from the way most websites use it when it's not necessary and, on top of that, a lot of js coding these days seems to be done by twelve-year-old script kiddies who have no understanding of code optimization rather than professional web developers. The over-use, misuse, and widely varying performance and implementation of Javascript across various browsers and platforms (particularly slightly older mobile platforms) has resulted in a great deal of wide-spread resentment of the technology. Javascript itself isn't the problem, it's the people who misuse it for in-your-face flashy looks or who accidentally degrade your machine's performance without realizing it. Remember that not everyone's running the latest and greatest, although I'd bet most people who visit OSNews are.

I have heard about how some sites use it to track you but I haven't encountered any of this in my years of being on the web

Are you saying you have never used Google, or any other modern search provider? If you have, then you'd better believe you've encountered it. Any webpages that have been infested with Facebook or Twitter? How about any web page that uwses Google Ads? You've never seen those, in years of being on the web? If you've seen any of these things at all, then you've seen use of both Javascript and cookies to track you.

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