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Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 534

That's like complaining about the 640K barrier in Microsoft's operating systems.

Yeah, who the hell needs more than that?

You know what is hilarious, it's that with mobile development all the old limits are coming back. The other day I was reading the story behind vi and the fact that using short one-letter commands was a decision linked to a slow 300-baud network link, and I couldn't help but think about minified javascript...

I have no experience with wearable computers (watches, glasses, etc.) but it must be even worse on those devices.

Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 534

Most of it applies to old, obsolete versions of PHP.

Which might be the only versions that your hosting provider offers because upgrading PHP would change the language's semantics in ways that break other subscribers' programs.

Bullshit. Please post a list of hosting providers that offer only PHP4.

Because here is what 30 seconds of googling show:

Bluehost: PHP 5.4
WebhostingPad: PHP 5.4
Hostgator: PHP 5.4

The old crap in the linked article applies mostly to PHP4 or PHP3. Yet PHP5 has been initially released more than 10 years ago.

Find some other dead horse to beat please, this is getting boring.

Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 534

PHP was expressly designed to display web pages. Originally the acronym meant something like "Personal Home Pages".

Yes, it has warts, security issues and the original database services were anything but plug-compatible, but it's a great language for quick-and-dirty.

If you want something architecturally cleaner, if not necessarily more secure, there's Python.

Could you care to explain how a language is "architecturally cleaner" for web applications when it does not have native web-related features? Unless you consider that piling up frameworks is a better architecture because it brings more moving parts in the picture. Hopefully you are not an architect.

Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 534

Anyone cosidering PHP should read this the now infamouns "PHP is a fractal of bad design".

http://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/...

Most of it applies to old, obsolete versions of PHP. That's like complaining about the 640K barrier in Microsoft's operating systems.

Comment: You don't own the government (Score 1) 534

Ah but the corporations are owned by the shareholders, in this case it would be the police boards that pay into each 'corporation' but no matter how far down the line the money the police spend belongs to we the people so the 'shares' belong to 'we the people' as technically we are supposed to own the governement.

The US government has been a corporation since 1871, and the citizens lost control of their money in 1933. If you are looking for the actual owners of the country, check the "bank" section in the yellow pages.

Comment: Re:But is it false? (Score 1) 268

by lucm (#47312983) Attached to: Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

I know that defamation suits can be filed (and sometimes even won) even if the information being published is true (if it's false, then one could further sue for libel) but it's my understanding that in the case where the published information is true, the onus is on the person who is suing to show that the *intent* of the publishers was to actually defame them... which of course is quite difficult to do in court. They would have to, using factual evidence, show how it was somehow considerably more probable that there was actually any malicious intent on the publisher's part than any claim the publisher the might make to contrary being true. Unless the publishers actually confess that this is the case, this will not be easy... no matter how good their lawyers are.

All wrong. Defamation means that the information is false. Libel means written defamation (it's slander when spoken). And since this is civil law, intent is not relevant, only alleged damages.

I didn't noticed if the lawsuit takes place in US or Canadian jurisdiction but it's basically the same rules in both countries on this kind of civil matter.

Comment: Re: The cloud (Score 1) 387

by lucm (#47269321) Attached to: Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

There is a room with a serial killer inside. I show him to you through the glass, I tell you that if you went inside he will probably kill you. You decide to walk inside and are killed but are in no way responsible for your own death. Interesting.

This is pretty much the Ingrid Betancourt story, with the exception that she survived and is now called a heroine.

Comment: Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (Score 0) 253

by lucm (#47100855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

Lately I was reading the Invasion America series by Vaughn Heppner (https://www.goodreads.com/series/106530-invasion-america) and it left me with this idea that it's before a great army is needed that it can be built and organized. In those books a natural disaster left many countries with food shortage so they attack America who happens to have a lot of intact farmland, and the army is not big enough to protect it.

I think the problem at the moment is not the size of the army; it's the lack of innovation in its methods and policies. Basically the army is still following principles enacted in the 1800s by Von Clausewitz; this makes the army a great invasion force but very clumsy in every other aspect of warfare.

And innovation does not mean selling tanks to buy supercomputers for the NSA. It means figuring out better ways to protect the country in the physical and virtual worlds.

Comment: Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (Score -1, Troll) 253

by lucm (#47087599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

Discredit him? Hilarious. Obama could cut the size of the army that protects the country against foreign invaders and increase the powers of the people who spy on American citizens and the people who voted for him twice would still worship him, call him a savior and think that he is protecting their freedom better than the republicans. His marketing team is as good as Apple's.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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