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Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 536

We do have two experts on staff long term that maintain the core, but yeah new people come in and get started with us all the time and it works out great. They add to our platform as need and eventually move on, and PHP is a decent platform for this model to work. Why do you think this is somehow wrong? Are you too old and get cant a job now and need to cry about it somewhere? This discussion is about what works as an alternative to perl. PHP is working great for our situation.

Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 536

you seemed to skip over the

" and come in at affordable rates, "

part of the post.

Our current platform has grown just fine over the last nine years and the perl platform we were on prior to this one began to have issues with finding new blood willing to come in and support it. The old blood wanting more money were typically snatched up by large corporations who would afford them.

Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 2, Informative) 536

If you are concerned about getting in employees who know the language from school or have experience at several prior jobs, and come in at affordable rates, or have a concern about available contractors, PHP is going to give you a larger available talent pool that you can swap people in and out faster then continuing with perl or going down just about any other path where the knowledge pool will be fairly limited. There are a lot of platforms in PHP that can aid with this, providing frameworks that everyone can follow regardless of how stable or unstable your development team may be.

Comment: the smart ones simply leave (Score 2) 686

by xmousex (#47218907) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Sufficiently advanced races who develop the technology to travel to other planets find that same technology eventually allows them to exit the universe entirely. This leads to custom universes that are far more suitable for stable permanent civilizations outside of the chaos of the original birth universe. Colonizing other planets just seems like a chaotic inefficient messy task with little reward.

Comment: wow really (Score 1) 717

by xmousex (#46256105) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

so let me get this straight. If i am in an interview and i explain to them how well i held up under the pressure of ongoing 60 hour work weeks at my current or previous positions, this does nothing for me to get the next job?

I know for the positions i have hired people in for, this sort of experience is something i always considered a good thing. People who have been willing to do what it takes to get things done.

+ - An open letter to the management of Slashdot. 14

Submitted by onyxruby
onyxruby (118189) writes "I have been watch for some time now as Slashdot has started beta testing a new version of the website. As you are well aware the new site would constitute a complete change to the look, interface and functionality of

Change happens, and for those of us who work with technology for a living it is the only constant. Change is a process and in and of itself is not a bad thing when it offers improvement. Unfortunately the change that has been offered negatively impacts the look, interface and most importantly the functionality of Slashdot.
Many people have had trouble reverting back to the classic interface. The new interface simply does not offer the functionality of the old. Things like statistics, comments and layout are very difficult to find. You have a community that lives and breathes data and want to know their data. How is my comment ranked, how many people responded – it’s really all about the dialogue. Can I get the information that I want in a readily digestible format?

As you’re well aware the new site does not offer the very thing that people come here for. This in and of itself is not why your community has organized a boycott of Beta. The boycott was originated because the new version will be implemented whether the community wants it or not.

I want to explain why this change has gone down people’s throats about as well as Windows 8’s Metro interface. The reason has absolutely nothing to do with the interface and everything to do with the perception that the editors and management of Slashdot appear to have.

The message that has been consistently handed down is that we are “your audience”. We are not your “your audience” we are your product. People do not come to Slashdot for the news stories, there are untold other sites that provide those as well as professional and original writing about them. People come here for the community of insiders from across the industry.

Please respect the community and stop what you’re doing. You have commented that you don’t want to maintain two code bases. Your community works in the industry and understands this, which leads many to suggest you abandon the new code base entirely so that you are only maintaining once code base. Tell us what your trying to accomplish and I would imagine that a wide range of experts would be more than willing to help you meet your goals."

+ - /. Beta comments don't work, users upset.-> 4

Submitted by magic maverick
magic maverick (2615475) writes "Since the new /. Beta came to light, many /. users and commentators have tried it out. However, they are almost universally condemning the new commenting system. It simply isn't as good as the so called Classic system. Some users, however, haven't a bad thing to say. Mainly because they haven't had a chance to even use the new system. It simply doesn't load. One user, Magic Maverick , who lives in a third-world country with crappy Internet, had this to say:

I come to /. for the comments, but with the new Beta, I can't even see anything! It just says:

''Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments. Try again... na-nu, na-nu!

It seems like the "developers" need to take some advice from people who actually know what they are doing. I'm happy to help explain what graceful degradation means if they like...


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