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Comment: Static website frameworks - the sweetspot! (Score 2) 302

by thatkid_2002 (#48872231) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Use something like Nikola or Pelican with [favourite python template system here] to hit the sweet spot between hand-coding/frameworking and CMS. You can adjust any part of the look, feel and templating easily and you can enable customers to have a very easy/cheap way to get the site up, running and maintainable.

Because it is a static website there is no security maintenance needed. You don't have to be a programmer to work with a lot of these static site generators and the time investment to learn them is quite low in my experience.

Also, you can always just drop a PHP script (or embed snippets that are compiled in) with the static site to do any dynamic stuff you may need.

Comment: Put away your pitch forks (Score 3, Informative) 553

by thatkid_2002 (#48815783) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

SystemD is not replacing iptables, all they have done is integrate with iptables. Systemd's approach to configuring init "scripts" is superior (no really, it is) but it means that you can't just issue a straight "iptables -t nat..." command and instead have to call it via IPForwarding=yes and IPMasquerade=yes - unless of course you want to start a script with a unit file but then are you sure that iptables is up? Is the filesystem for the script up?

I don't know why I even bother reading the Slashdot comments about SystemD as they always lack critical thinking and instead prefer to cite hyperbole and FUD.

Comment: Bubbles in Mineral Oil cooling (Score 2) 114

by thatkid_2002 (#48638497) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles
People have inadvertently found while trying to make their computers look like aquariums that introducing bubbles (via a normal aquarium pump) reduced temperatures. The theory is that some of the heat is transferred into the air which rises to the top and allows it to escape the system faster.

Comment: Expect a Neck-beard at the age of 13 (Score 1) 121

by thatkid_2002 (#48638459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

The good news is that there's an actual university degree for his interest - greating games and game mechanics, as opposed to just playing them. Games design deals with creating game mechanics (among other things, probably of some interest to him). I used to live with some game designers and both have been employed for the last 5 year so I guess they've had success with the career so far.

Is there possibly any open course-ware for Games Design floating around?

Comment: Cartesian? Na mate, not reliable. (Score 2) 55

by thatkid_2002 (#48382983) Attached to: HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

A cartesian (like RepRap Mendel or this HYREL) based design always rattles itself apart and has very high stress on parts which increases as print speed increases. A SCARA (RepRap Morgan) or Delta (RepRap Rostock) have far lower stresses involved and shock from head movement is shared among multiple axis which decreases resistance/absorption problems and allows for higher print speeds.

They go on about design, and yet they failed to analyze what was the root cause of the faiures and opted to apply bandaids instead.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll