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Comment Re:Drupal hell. (Score 1) 65

[...]Or perhaps if I could just say "if you want that, go ahead and do that in the admin then". As it stands, I feel like drupal is costing me more time than it is saving me, and thus the learning curve doesn't seem worth it.

Bingo. I wouldn't suggest that Drupal is poorly written or that the documentation is bad. The fundamental problem with it is it creates more work than it saves. If your needs are specific, it's too rigid and if your needs are generic, it's too complicated to be worth it. I suffered from the former problem as every little thing I wanted to do required tapping into the core, meaning I had to redo whatever I did upon an upgrade. If you think Drupal might be a good solution for you, then you ought to try Django or writing something from scratch using Ruby on Rails or the Zend framework.


Empathy Is For the Birds 201

grrlscientist writes "Common Ravens have been shown to express empathy towards a 'friend' or relative when they are distressed after an aggressive conflict — just like humans and chimpanzees do. But birds are very distant evolutionary relatives of Great Apes, so what does this similarity imply about the evolution of behavior?"

"Today's robots are very primitive, capable of understanding only a few simple instructions such as 'go left', 'go right', and 'build car'." --John Sladek