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Comment: Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 1) 122 122

Reviewing completed code doesn't tell you anything about the process of actually constructing it.

I recently did a presentation of a new framework at work. I decided to do it as a live-coding exercise. Everyone agreed it was far more engaging and illustrative than sharing a bunch of static code for them to look over. Seeing the end product is entirely different than seeing it built step by step.

Comment: Re:The basic tenet of security (Score 1) 196 196

OK, I'll bite.

Why would anybody have to "trust Slashdot" to post a comment here? Please be specific, instead of spewing rhetorical bluster that sounds good until you actually think about it.

I don't use this username or password anywhere else. What am I "trusting" Slashdot (or "the readership".. wtf?) with exactly?

Comment: Re:Most influential individual economic force... (Score 4, Insightful) 323 323

Ridiculous.

Remove any of the people on your list (except maybe Elon Musk, and that remains to be seen), and things would've just been business as usual with a different person in the seat.

Linus has made an incalculable change to the landscape. We are in a different world because of him.

Disclaimer: I am not a Linux zealot. Windows at home, Mac at work, iPhone in my pocket. But credit where it's due, for fuck's sake.

Comment: Re:the first google server was 10x4 GB (Score 1) 78 78

I remember back in high school computer class (early nineties) we learned that Bell Canada's customer database was 4 TB.

That's 4 million megabytes, this was an inconceivably enormous amount of storage back then, when 1.44MB floppies were state of the art, and hard drives (if you had one at all) ranged between 20-80 MB.

Nowadays 4 TB is a comfortably sized 1080p movie collection.

Comment: Re:80% is misleading (Score 1) 281 281

That is not the same as merely "present on the server", which is what you originally said.

And their methodology applies the same to all languages. If they are treating "PHP like a virus", then they treat all other languages the same too... you're acting like they're deliberately inflating stats just for PHP or something, which is ridiculous.

Look, I agree that "PHP powers 80% of the web" is an exaggeration here. However the stats do show that PHP, as a used technology, is indeed present in 80% of (the top 10,000) websites.

You are correct in pointing out this doesn't prove that PHP "powers" such websites. But "merely present on the server" is inaccurate too.

Comment: Re:Lemme ask you this ... (Score 1) 500 500

The system is broken, and effectively guarantees a two-party system. Ross Perot got nearly 20% of the popular vote in 92, which resulted in precisely zero representation in government. If 1 in 5 people voting for a 3rd party gains that party no traction, what hope is there?

And you suggest it's the "idiot voters" fault? The game is rigged.

Comment: Re:Of course it bombed (Score 1) 205 205

Let's take Star Wars, today we relate more with the empire then with the rebels.

Um... what?? Star Wars is pretty plainly about good vs evil. The empire is evil. They blow up entire (peaceful!) planets to control the population through fear. That's not exactly a bunch of subtle shades of grey, is it? In fact it's the very definition of terrorism (an act of violence, against non-combatants, explicitly intended to create fear for political purposes).

I identify more with the fight against "the evil empire" now more than ever.

So please, speak for yourself, and not how everyone else "relates". If you relate more to a totalitarian dictatorship that murders billions of innocents, you have some serious fucking issues, and please don't speak for the rest of us.

Comment: Try SilverStripe (Score 1) 271 271

I've been doing Drupal for years. After working with SilverStripe on my latest project, I ... don't want to work with Drupal anymore.

SilverStripe is a real OOP/MVC framework, where your solution is defined in (easily deployable) code. And they make writing that code as easy as possible. The CMS layer is also completely separate (and optional) to the underlying framework layer.

Drupal is a frankenstein framework, with your solution defined in heavily abstracted database entities, which are a PITA to deploy. Features, Config Management (incl the D8 initiative), etc, I now view as giant workarounds to the real problem, which is: that stuff shouldn't live in the DB in the first place.

Drupal certainly has its pros... it's insanely flexible and modular, has proven scalability, 10s of thousands of free modules for anything you can think of, millions of sites out there (huge community, easy to find answers about anything). But dear god am I sick of wrestling with configuration GUIs and worrying about how to get the results of that up to production.

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