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Comment: Re:It's not the knife... (Score 2) 118

by websitebroke (#47781215) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released
You know, I read that article, and I walked away from it thinking the guy just really doesn't understand what exactly a scripting language is for, and how they work. For example, he was so incensed at the === operator, contending that == in PHP is useless. But it's quite useful. If you're testing for "truthy" values such as true, 1, or a character string, you use ==. If you need an actual boolean, use ===.

Comment: Re:I guess I'll bite the bullet on Cinnamon (Score 1) 132

by websitebroke (#47163483) Attached to: Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released
I figured that to be the case between KDE Mint 15 and 16, having come from Kubuntu. The Mint folks actively discourage upgrading and encourage fresh installs. Turns out they mean it. dist-upgrade did not work for me as it has for the past umpteen years with Kubuntu. That's one of a few reasons I'm switching back to Kubuntu.

Comment: Re:Not the first time (Score 1) 286

by websitebroke (#46375493) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

You must be one of those Gall-Peters "lets make Africa look like a limp dong" map proponents.

Mercator was not made and is not used for political purposes. When it's used in publishing, it's because the square format of the projection fits nicely on a single vertical-formatted book page. If the publisher is opting for something across 2 pages, they'll typically use a reference map such as Robinson or Winkel-Tripel.

Mercator IS used in places like Google maps, because it's great for navigation.

Comment: Re:Too bad; We should put multiple sats in GEO orb (Score 1) 74

by websitebroke (#44469697) Attached to: NASA and ESA To Demonstrate Earth-Moon Laser Communication
There are a few reasons it's being done with ground stations right now. This current project we're discussing is a "Demonstration", meaning that the technology has to be proven over several missions, and this is only the first. It's freaking hard to hit a 40 cm spot on the earth, not to mention a 10 cm telescope on a satellite orbiting the moon. My guess is they'll do a TDRS style constellation of satellites when the tech is proven (which I think it will be)

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