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Comment Re:Not the same use cases (Score 1) 245

"But it does what php can’t: a nodejs application is its own server and runs continuously"

Not true. Because PHP has wrappers to all the underlying C-functions you need to create a socket server. See socket_ functions.

Also, you can fork new processes with the pctnl_ functions and have IPC with the shmop_ functions.

Using this functionality you could build a more advanced webserver than node.js which, btw, has some terrible bugs in its socket reading algorithms.

Comment Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (Score 1) 488

Not only do we have basic academic knowlegde, we should have basic common sense.

Like: 5 minutes of pressing some buttons on a calculator using totally speculative numbers and probably not taking into account even half of the factors that actually come into the equation does not make a scientific study.

So please pipe down a bit, Taco Cowboy, and have some respect for those who are making serious studies on the subject by not assuming you can refute years of combined research in 5 minutes. Thanks!

Comment character encoding issues (Score 2) 641

You know, when accents on characters show up weird in the browser and you dig deeper and deeper to discover UTF-8 characters in the Latin-1 encoded database, but aren't sure your database client is showing the data in correct encoding and the dump you openend in the editor looks even weirder because it's trying to read the stuff in UTF-16 which the terminal the editor is running in doesn't support etc etc etc.

Really very frustrating to debug character encoding issues.

Comment Re:a rush of excitement (Score 1) 398

Also, depending on the climate where you live, you might consider a few solar cells. Freezers don't have a high peak power usage and if it's warm it's generally sunny too. Even if it's overcast the cells will still generate power, albeit not much. This should allow your freezer to cool down at daytime enough to stay at a reasonable temperature at night.

Seems some people are already doing this with good results:

http://eartheasy.com/blog/2009/09/our-experience-with-a-solar-powered-refrigerator/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-sqITxEImo

Comment Re:Typo in summary (Score 4, Interesting) 183

"West Virginia Homeland Security chief Jimmy Gianato, who's leading the state broadband project"

Forgive me my ignorance, but why is the chief of Homeland Security leading a broadband project? Isn't that kind of ... weird?

Makes one wonder what the exact relation between homeland security and broadband is ... and what ulterior motives this man Gianato is hiding.

Comment Re:a child throwing a tantrum isn't interesting (Score 1) 266

North Korea is not like a child, it's like a watchdog on a chain, guarding China's backyard.

If you don't understand that China is sending a 'get off my lawn' message to the US via the North Korean leadership, you're missing the point.

There are many articles on this, and laying the timing of all these NK threats and actions next to important events in the SE Asian sphere paints a pretty clear picture. E.g. this nuclear test is probably a reaction to the large joint SK-US military exercise going on.

First starting point I found:
http://www.eurasiareview.com/25012013-is-north-korea-chinas-secret-weapon-analysis/

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.

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