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Comment: Re: You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 198

by i_ate_god (#47672589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

One of the benefits about the teams I work with is just that, we're TEAMS.

So if I'm working on my part of the project, and something breaks from the other teams and the error is non-obvious, a bug report is filed saying not only how the error was generated, but that the error message itself is not clear to me and needs to be fixed.

QA has also been trained just enough to know when an error message doesn't make much.

Comment: Re:I got tired of waiting (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by i_ate_god (#47108589) Attached to: PHP Next Generation

> You're talking about Python, right? It may be a lot of things, but consistent isn't one of them.

Python's inconsistencies are bizarre enough that they become easy to remember, and there aren't that many. PHP's inconsistencies are much more subtle, and are everywhere. Peruse the string functions for a good example...

> Again, Python? Also, I wasn't aware that PHP was "difficult to scale". No one else seems to have trouble with it. Well, "double-digit percentage of total internet traffic" sites excepted, of course. Though at that point, just about everything is "difficult to scale".

for web apps I'd assume python and PHP have the exact same problems, and more or less the exact same solutions. PHP is going to be slower if you use mod_php over php-fpm though, which many don't do. As well, it's a lot easier to write up performance-dependent code in C when using python than when using PHP.

> I've never seen a "web framework" I'd classify as "good", let alone "excellent".

You should elaborate on this. Are these just frameworks for PHP and Python or are you being language agnostic with this statement? I've grown comfortable limiting my webapps to just RESTful APIs that frontends use and whipping up those APIs are painless in almost any language that has something similar to JAX-RS/Flask/etc

> A language known for abysmal performance

False, an implementation known for abysmal performance, which is CPython.

Comment: Re:Enlightened self-interest (Score 1) 149

by i_ate_god (#46990693) Attached to: From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

Sounds to me like someone is interested in preserving their job at the FCC rather than anything as altruistic or abstract as 'protecting the public's interests'.

does this detail really matter? Greed and survival instincts are no different than any other exploitable human attribute.

Comment: Re:update feature, and eye candy (Score 1) 79

by i_ate_god (#45957263) Attached to: Media Player Nightingale Reaches 1.12.1; First Release Since Songbird

On windows, your default player is Windows Media Player. It is cumbersome to use, doesn't support a wide array of formats, and it's full of content advertisement. So I install Foobar and VLC for a better experience. Or I can use XMplay for music if I want a media player that has style. My current XMplay install looks just like the old classic Winamp which is awesome.

On Gnome, your default player is Rhythmbox. Its shoutcast support, just sucks. It's never clear if its buffering, or timing out, or what. I hate it. I have not found a suitable alternative yet, but haven't tried very hard either.

On KDE, your default player is Amarok. I don't really know it well as I've only recently moved all my linux desktops onto KDE so can't comment.

Comment: Automated vehicles already exist (Score 5, Interesting) 937

by i_ate_god (#45908227) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Just from memory:

Montreal Metro is driven by autopiloting with someone in the cab for door management.

Vancouver Skyline doesn't even have a driver anywhere, it's all automated.

Several airports (Orlando was the last one I went to), have automated trains/monorails to shuffle people between terminals.

Most flights you take are done almost entirely on autopilot.

So far, it seems that mass transit is increasingly automated. So why is non-mass transit any different?

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_

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