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Comment: Drupal again! (Score 1) 29

by Verdatum (#49380697) Attached to: Book Review: Drush For Developers, 2nd Edition
Anyone ever notice that 9 out of 10 Slashdot book reviews are related to Drupal? One of these days, some other publisher is finally gonna notice that Slashdot will publish most any tech book review, and start also taking advantage of this free visibility...As long as it isn't that one guy who uses Slashdot as his shitty blog...

Comment: Re:The paper is BS... (Score 1) 247

by Verdatum (#49183179) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality
The refactoring techniques they used were from Fowler's book, Working Effectively with Legacy Code. But it seems like they didn't actually bother to read his book. They are good techniques, and it is an excellent book, I recommend it to anyone stuck working on old crummy codebases. But the book tries to stress that the specific techniques are not nearly as important as determining when it is appropriate to use which technique. It further stresses that the most important thing is to get as much of the codebase covered by well written unit tests as is reasonably achievable. But there was no mention of either of these concepts in this paper. The article made it sound like they just gave a bunch of undergrads the list of techniques and instructed them to apply them. Undergrads generally have zero experience working on legacy code. Most of them only work on assigned programming projects from scratch. The only time I worked with legacy code was tweaking the Linux Kernel for my OS class.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 435

by Verdatum (#48620511) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
Cuban cigars are indeed good. And in the 60s, they were pretty solidly the best. However, the embargo lasted so long, and cigar interest has had big enough explosions in the past 20 years or so that the other countries, and indeed the Cuban manufacturers themselves have figured out how to make cigars that are every bit as good in nearby regions. It'll be great whenever they finally return to the US, but it won't quite be the massive cigar-renaissance in the US that some people expect.

Comment: Re:Congressman Amash’s letter sent to Collea (Score 2) 379

Thanks for providing this, AC. I don't know what Mr. Amash is talking about. Section 309 doesn't grant any blessing of Executive Order 12333, or any other mechanism of collection. It just states that if any collection takes place without a court order, then it must be disposed of within 5 years with a few very-specific exceptions. The sky is not falling people. Do your research before you freak out based on alarmist stuff like this.

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