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Comment: .blog (Score 1) 184

by corychristison (#49154625) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

If google is the sole registrar of all .blog domain names, then you never actually 'own' it.

While I understand the convenience aspect of it, the user cannot transfer it out and is forced to use Google Blogger, and ONLY Blogger. Despite the fact that there are thousands of ways to get a blog online.

On the topic of .dev: I also don't understand where they are coming from with the .dev TLD. I can see it being valuable to both developers and device makers. Why wouldn't they try to capitalize it instead of hog it to themselves?

Comment: Say No to IoT (Score 1) 101

by corychristison (#49038597) Attached to: US Gas Pump Hacked With 'Anonymous' Tagline

This idea that we need to connect /everything/ _directly_ to the internet is insane.

Device manufacturers have a hard enough time makin devices work, let alone secure them. Even important things like manage switches and home routers have gaping security holes in them, I don't expect a mass sudden outbreak of common sense anytime soon, so we're all doomed, doomed I tell ya!

Comment: Frameworks (Score 2) 302

by corychristison (#48872297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

The beauty of frameworks and content management systems, is there are so many of them to choose from. You really need to do your research, and find one with a very simple templating system.

I, personally, have built my own. I've built and rebuilt it a dozen times now, and it is teetering between framework and CMS. I can crank out a nice, fully responsive, easily managed (with point and click editing) website in an evening.

My pricing is considered high to other local "shops" (ie. basement dwelling teenagers, or those who outsource to india).

I compete in the following ways:
- built fast (depending on project scope)
- no templates, every project is custom designed and developed
- complete customizablilty, and purpose built functionality (restricted by budget, of course)
- actual support (email, or telephone)
- hosted on our infrastructure

I will manage every aspect of the site, including content updates, online marketing, and social media.

Although, I will admit, I make more money building (standards compliant) web based applications for medium sized businesses.

Comment: Re: Attitudes (Score 1) 223

by corychristison (#48871905) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

I understand the frustration, sort of. If you do it for a living, you are not exactly the kind of user I was speaking to when I mentioned mplayer/mencoder.

If the parent poster spent more than 20 minutes on one software package with a broken UI, he could have figured it out how to get the desired effect with mencoder in less time. That's all I was saying.

I understand the discussion is about poor UI, I do. I get it. But sometimes the cli is faster, and easier. If you're an experienced linux user, and are having troube figuring out a shitty UI, then you could have figured it out on the CLI.

I, personally, have come to the conclusion that writing my own software is sometimes the best option. That is my mind set. If I can't find something to fit my needs, I'll find a way around it if it is a onetime thing, or I'll write it myself if it is something i will need more than once. I suspect a lot of deep-rooted linux people are the same.

If he's just using Ubuntu because he's a hipster, then he deserves to fudge around in shitty UI's. I like my linux, and I like writing software. Fact is, linux is not mainstream, and I like it that way.

Damn kids get off my lawn!
(I am only 26 years old, *sigh*)

Comment: Re: When I see that [literaly] textbook mistake... (Score 3, Interesting) 329

by corychristison (#48832713) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

From what I understand, this is how Android works. Every app gets its own user and group.

It is also, sort of, how Docker works. Each app gets its own container, the app is completely bound to that container. Docker manages access to outside resources (like the network) for you, utilizing cgroups, and kernelspace drivers.

Comment: Re: Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (Score 1) 180

by corychristison (#48824883) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

I actually wrote my own HTPC interface that runs on Linux. It's pretty hacky, but it's a relatively simple system written in PHP 5.6 and runs in Mozilla Firefox. I've gone through the trouble of integrating Netflix (via Pipelight), and Youtube leanback.
We use a Nintendo Wii Remote to interface with it. I've toyed with a web-based remote to control it via my android phone, but I prefer the Wii remote.

Comment: Re: Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (Score 1) 180

by corychristison (#48815311) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

I've been highly interested in a Gigabyte Brix with the AMD A8-5545. unfortunately, even with a modest sized SSD, and 2GB od RAM, it still works out to $350+ in my local currency.

I'd like one for a new HTPC. Its not a need at this point, so I've been putting it off.

These new units sound like they could work for what I need. Going to keep my eyes open.

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