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Using Today’s Web Without JavaScript

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Sonniesedge turned off JavaScript completely in her browser and tested how a bunch of major websites looked. Many of them were simply blank. But The New York Times worked:

The NY Times site loads in 561 ms and 957 KB without JavaScript. Holy crap, that’s what it should be like normally. For reference it took 12,000 ms (12 seconds) and 4000 KB (4 MB) to load with JavaScript. Oh, and as a bonus, you get a screenful of adverts.

A lot of images are lazy loaded, and so don’t work, getting replaced with funky loading icons. But hey ho, I can still read the stories.

Again I say: the web would be better off if browsers had never added support for scripting. Every site on the web would load in under a second.

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icepotato
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Truley, the hottest take
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reconbot
22 hours ago
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Surprising nobody but destroying the business model
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skorgu
1 day ago
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Browsing with uMatrix on by default is occasionally frustrating, often enlightening, and generally fine if you're a computer person.
duerig
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If JavaScript had never been invented, Flash would still be running in every browser. It turns out that people really want the kind of thing that code on a webpage provides. They are even willing to install 3rd party software to get it and avoid browsers that don't provide it.
aranth
1 day ago
Advertisers and web developers want it - the middlemen. Users will tolerate it when it's a necessary gateway to the content they want that could have been provided without it.
duerig
1 day ago
The reason why Flash got to a 99% install base was because users saw it as a crucial part of their experience. From watching videos online (I remember how amazing YouTube was compared to downloading quicktime videos before it) to games to audio clips to anything even vaguely interactive. Between HTML5 and JS, it became easier and easier to do these things (and do them better on mobile) without Flash and so it lost its place. But that dynamic and lightweight user experience is something users want. Most users don't install apps or software on their device or do it very rarely (and are stressed about it). Even I, a relatively saavy user, am hesitant to install a new app on my phone because I have hundreds already that are too much to manage. But I don't hesitate to tap on a link to a new website because there is no install process, nothing to remember to delete, and no worries about whether it will start trying to send me notifications or track my location or whatever.

By Stephden

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Today, after recently getting my doctorate, I went to Starbucks. The barista asked how to spell my name (Steven): with a 'ph' or a 'v'. I jokingly said, "Steven with a PhD". She wrote "Stephden" on my cup. FML

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hahaha he totally had that one coming
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Today, my husband argued with me for an hour, because he believed that loaded potato skins grow naturally on a tree. FML

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Today, while working at Starbucks, a customer dumped a hot chocolate on me and yelled, saying it wasn't his order. The order actually belonged to a 4-year-old boy with the same name who started screaming when he didn't get his chocolate. FML

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There Is Dough Reason To Stop

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(Bakery | IL, USA)

Bakery | IL, USA

(I own a bakery. In the front, but to the side, is an area for me to mix the dough, which has a glass partition just in front of it so people can watch the process. Many people are fascinated by it and will often ask me questions while I work. My associate is waiting on customers and there’s only a couple of people in line. Customer comes up to glass:)

Customer: “You need to stop playing and come wait on me.”

Me: “First, I’m not ‘playing’; I’m making dough. And second, actually, no, I don’t.”

Customer: “Yes, you do. You’re just being lazy!”

Me: “Lazy? Seriously? Lady, I’m up to my elbows in dough! Now you have two choices; you can either get your happy butt back in line or you can leave.”

Customer: “I WANT YOUR MANAGER, NOW!”

Me: “She’s my manager.” *nods towards my associate*

Customer: *to my associate* “I WANT HER FIRED RIGHT NOW!”

Associate: “I can’t fire her.”

Customer: “WHY NOT?”

Associate: “Because she’s the owner!”

(The customer got red faced, and looked at me. I gave her a little finger wave. She sputtered and stormed out. I hate people who feel they’re entitled.)

The post There Is Dough Reason To Stop appeared first on Funny & Stupid Customer Stories - Not Always Right.

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mutantlog
131 days ago
Abe's reaction at the end of these is always the icing on the cake.
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Has Been Given “Alternative Facts” About Climate Change

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(Grocery Store | PA, USA)

Grocery Store | PA, USA

(A woman approaches my register and hands me four reusable grocery bags she has brought with her. I scan her groceries and start bagging them into the reusable bags.)

Woman: “What are you doing! Don’t put stuff directly in the bags! They’ll get dirty!”

(I stand confused for a moment, but she comes around and starts bagging items individually into plastic bags, then putting the plastic bags into the reusable bags. I follow her lead.)

Woman: “Honestly! You’d think they would have you better trained. EVERYONE uses cloth bags nowadays!”

Me: “I apologize. Most people use them because they are better for the environment.”

Woman: *smiling at me now* “Oh, I know. That’s why I bought them!”

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