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Comment: The main issue with PHP is highlighted here. (Score 1) 120

by a_karbon_devel_005 (#28533769) Attached to: PHP 5.3 Released
The PHP development team has no vision, and they haven't ever had one. It's a hodgepodge that started out to be a "web perl" way back in the day, but then Java developers started using it and so 5 looked more and more Java-esque, but obviously being Java isn't their vision either. Take the namespacing in this release. They are using the BACKSPACE as the namespace separator. It's f'ing awful and inconsistent, but they wanted to jam it into 5.3 ... even though Dimitri had a patch that would have used "::" for the separator, the PHP devs didn't want to use it because it would have to go in PHP 6. That's because, just like the inconsistent library arguments, the PHP developer community, like it's user base, is "practical" .. they will sacrifice correctness for easiness. It's the same reason there's no way to flip a php.ini directive and have annoying warnings/errors turned into exceptions instead... "It's hard (because our codebase is shitty.)" PHP sucks, but it doesn't matter to most. It's too popular. But it does suck because there's no consistent vision for it.
Businesses

Hardcore Gamers on the Decline? 143

Posted by Zonk
from the coring-out-the-hardcore dept.
Ars Technica's Opposable Thumbs blog takes a look at the numbers for last year, and makes an interesting observation: hardcore gamers are probably not the future. Specifically, last year's videogame sales numbers show a huge trend in the adoption of mass-market licensed games. We've also previously discussed the extreme popularity of casual games. Despite Gears of War selling around the same amount as Cars (both around 2 million units), the cost in time and money to create Gears was substantially greater than the cost to create the Pixar-licensed title. The result? "As growth continues, we're bound to see some substantial changes. As it stands, hardcore gamers are still a pivotal purchasing force in the games market: most of the top ten titles were what I would consider "hardcore" games. However, the trend away from the hardcore and towards the casual is becoming increasingly more predominant. We've talked quite a bit lately about the growing demand and response for casual games, and when coupled with the shocking sales of licensed products, I'm left wondering whether or not the number of hardcore gamers is dwindling."
Businesses

+ - Credit cards for illegal immigrants

Submitted by
zhang1983
zhang1983 writes "Can we say "greed"? CNNMoney is reporting that Bank of America is planning to offer credit cards to undocumented immigrants.
BoA will not be requiring SSN from these undocumented immigrant applicants. Of course in order to open a credit card, the undocumented immigrants will need to have bank accounts (with BoA?) first.
This in addition to helping them with mortgages...

I guess there is no better way to encourage illegal immigration than saying "free money!""
Security

+ - 70% of sites hackable? A grand says 'no way'

Submitted by
netbuzz
netbuzz writes "A security vendor today is flogging a survey that claims 7 out 10 Web sites it checked have vulnerabilities that pose a medium- to high-level risk of a personal-data breach. Network World Lab Alliance member Joel Snyder says that percentage is "sensationalist nonsense" — and he's willing to back that judgment with $1,000.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1147 7"
Media

+ - Microsoft launches mobile DRM

Submitted by ukhackster
ukhackster (978279) writes "Microsoft has launched a new digital rights management package aimed at mobile phone users, at the 3GSM show in Barcelona. The PlayReady system will apparently allow people to share protected content between multiple devices — for example, they could buy a music track and then install it on their PC, mobile phone, and PDA.

DRM has been getting a tough press recently, following Steve Jobs' attack on the music industry last week. There are concerns that PlayReady could be an attempt by Microsoft to fragment the mobile DRM market (perhaps to give its Zune player a boost), but analysts have given it a cautious welcome and several firms, including Verizon, are on-board."
Patents

+ - Apple Fights for Your Right to Playlists

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "This week's Official USPTO Gazette brings news that Apple has requested a reexamination of a patent granted to Premier International Investments LLC for a List Building System, which covers making, editing and displaying music and video playlists. Elsewhere in the same Gazette, the USPTO notes that it's ordered a reexamination of an Amazon patent for a Method and system for electronic commerce using multiple roles (i.e., providing multiple electronic shopping carts for each user) after determining that substantial new questions of patentability ('SNQ') had been raised."
Google

+ - More on Google maps and war

Submitted by Assassin bug
Assassin bug (835070) writes "From the BBCGoogle is playing an unlikely role in the Iraq war. Its online satellite map of the world, Google Earth, is being used to help people survive sectarian violence in Baghdad. The use of Google Maps has been submitted on /. before regarding the location of tagets. This report offers information on another interesting use of online mapping technology in war."

Comment: Re:Scary (Score 1) 1046

by a_karbon_devel_005 (#17898480) Attached to: Scientology Critic Arrested After 6 Years
The question is not whether or not someone wants to believe in the garbage pseudo-science that Hubbard spewed out of his lying maw. The question is whether or not the "Church of Scientology" is a racketeering and, one could argue, terrorist organization, and it most certainly is.

The "Church" is the real issue, I'm sorry I didn't make my veiw on that clear.

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