Thanks, and I take your points well made. I wasn't entirely fair on the article's author; it is as much or more those who commission these stupid fucking sites, but in any event it is a pox now and a means of lock-in in the long term. Big business fighting for their own benefit and damn what happens to the web, useful information, and usability.
I blame everyone: the designers, those who commission the sites, but I guess most of all the public that puts up with it.
As somebody who turns off just about anything in firefox except plain markup I get very frustrated with sites commissioned by, and signed off by, morons.
But that's just IT to the hilt, is it not.
Oh, I just rediscovered a lovely example I sent to a column writer who was on an RIA roll: <http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.win32.programmer.networks&tid=0058f9f5-48d6-4aeb-969f-d414c9b6140d&p=1>
Load it with Jscript disabled and notice the flicker; it displays (or did when I originally found it) useful info, then removes it and displays a warning that I need to endable scripting - FFS!
It gave me the data (plain text) and then removed it! I know it's MS but in fact I've seen other sites do just as badly in quite remarkably novel ways.
Sorry for the rant, gents (& ladygents, if any).