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Comment: Re:Nooo!!!! (Score 1) 128

by skillet-thief (#14940544) Attached to: Recommended Reading List for PHP

I am more or less an intermediate PHP hacker. Most of my experience is in Perl and mod_perl.

Right now, what I find the most frustrating about PHP is the embedded model. It seems that you have to jump through a lot of hoops to work around that. Maybe once you get used to jumping through those hoops it is okay, but (for me anyway) it seems like I am working against the language when I want to abstract webpages away from their files, for example.

It seems to me that this is one of those areas where the easy-access part (templating built right into the way you code) starts making it harder to do more complicated things.

Coffee Maybe Not a Health Drink! 381

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the zomg-say-it-ain't-so dept.
perbert writes "Canadian researchers have published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicating that excess coffee drinking (4+ cups a day) could lead to an increased risk of heart disease if you have the wrong gene. In light of other studies linking antioxidants in coffee to a reduction in heart disease, who is right? Or will they cancel out in a coffee death-match?"

President Defends Global Outsourcing 1075

Posted by Zonk
from the why-not-he's-set-for-life dept.
mytrip wrote to mention a New York Times article discussing President Bush's trip to the Indian subcontinent. There, he urged Americans to welcome global competition for their jobs. From the article: "Mr. Bush, reiterating a theme of his trip, strongly defended the outsourcing of American jobs to India as the reality of a global economy, and said that the United States should instead focus on India as a vital new market for American goods ... 'The classic opportunity for our American farmers and entrepreneurs and small businesses to understand is there is a 300 million-person market of middle class citizens here in India, and that if we can make a product they want, that it becomes viable,'"
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Journal: How I mod

Journal by skillet-thief
When I have mod points, I have started reading un-threaded at 0, with newest posts first. Reading newest first seems like the most important. I generally try to use up my points quickly but thoughtfully. If I start at the top (ie. oldest posts first), I usually see a few posts deserving some points before I even get half way through a topic that already has 100 or so posts. Starting at the other end gives you a chance to get to some of the fresh stuff that could still have an impact on the disc
Microsoft

Journal: A day spent with Win95

Journal by skillet-thief

This morning, when I went to print out my dvi file over my home network to my stupid winprinter, doomed to be forever connected to my trusty Win95 print server, suddenly nothing worked.

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Journal: The modding system

Journal by skillet-thief

I'm starting to lose faith in the moderators. (Everyone will say: you must be new around here!)

But yes, it's true. I submitted a post that said exactly this: "Red Hat is a Vendor, for example". That's it. I even had to wait a few seconds because I typed it so fast the lameness filter got pissed off at me.

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Journal: My sig

Journal by skillet-thief

I think my anti-war sig is costing me karma!

Here it is, in case I ever change:

Congratulations! Now we're the Evil Empire

(Please note the lack of closing punctuation. It's my fault and I haven't gone back to fix it.)

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Journal: Another good thing about the /. system

Journal by skillet-thief

It seems easier to post to /. than to other forums that don't have comparable moderation systems, because one does not worry so much about sounding stupid. Anything you say that is not really interesting just disappears, as long as it isn't inflammatory, troll etc.

As far as I am concerned, this is a good thing, since it encourages participation.

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Journal: First point of view on the mod-point system

Journal by skillet-thief

Initial observation about moderation on /. :

If your posts start at only +1, it seems difficult to get to +2. Once there, however, one gets fairly easily to higher scores.

Conclusion (temporary) : the moderators are really still mostly reading already moderated posts. Maybe there should be a moderation display mode where the moderators only see posts below a certain threshold.

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