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Comment: Re:PHP is a very solid choice (Score 1) 534

PHP of old used to make it very easy to write applications with large security holes, but newer versions do a much better job of preventing developer's tendancies to shoot themselves in the foot.

If that were true, then fetid garbage like WordPress wouldn't even run on PHP 5.3+, being as its code hasn't changed at all since the days of PHP4.

Globals... globals everywhere...

Comment: Re:I'd dump my iPhone for one of these... (Score 1) 196

by Dracos (#46826583) Attached to: OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Furthermore, what about those of us who want--nay, require--a hardware keyboard? I don't give a rat's ass about gestures or voice recognition, but I do want to type on real buttons while my entire screen is visible. Such things are no longer being developed, which is why I still have my Epic 4G. In the 3 years I've had it, it has has been connected to WiMax (yeah, it's a Sprint pre-LTE device) for a total of about 4 minutes, because there never was WiMax coverage where I live, but I still have to pay a stupid $10/month data surcharge.

Comment: Re:Wordpress is crap (Score 1) 58

by Dracos (#46470345) Attached to: Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

I agree, WP is shit from end to end. Poor practices, horrible architecture, and just generally bad code quality... pretty much the most offensive plate of spaghetti I've ever seen. It's almost worse that many people now insist that WP is a CMS, rather than just a blog playing dress-up.

Comment: Re:So, can it play Crysis at full framerates, or.. (Score 2) 219

by Dracos (#45892485) Attached to: Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

Come on, even an Arduino Uno has an MSRP above $20.

Intel priced their Galileo at $70 to compete with Arduino, RasPi, Teensy, BeagleBone, etc, almost all of which are less than $50. I expect Intel to price Edison even higher. If Intel really wants to be a player in the Maker segment, they've got to get serious about the price points.

Comment: Re:All in favor of Elop getting the job? (Score 1) 292

by Dracos (#45371761) Attached to: Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

None of the names I've seen on the shortlist should get the job. MS rose to power with a technologist (Gates, FWIW) at the helm, but under an accountant (Ballmer) has mostly moved forward on intertia that Gates created. If the MS Board wants to see the company get back on track, they need to install another technologist... ideally someone with credibility to satisfy business customers, and a likeable personality that end-user consumers (and developers) can identify with favorably. There are probably perople who better fit that description, but Ray Ozzie comes to my mind... too bad everyone as MS thoroughly pissed him off.

That being said, Elop can't strictly pull a Nokia on Microsoft... he was a Trojan Horse sent by MS to dismantle Nokia. Who would be Odysseus in this new scenario?

Comment: Re:Misleading criticism of title... (Score 1) 160

by Dracos (#45365605) Attached to: Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World

I never have GPS or network location location enabled, but damn if don't still kill that infernal MapsPrefetcherService a dozen times a day, along with a bunch of other crap that insists on running as a service. Google is the reason why I find myself trusting Android a little bit less every day.

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