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Comment Re:"Dethroned if it stops innovating" (Score 1) 283

How are these examples Google's responsibility?

That was said in response to your previous statement:

Until Google reaches a point where it becomes virtually impossible to field a competing site successfully, I think the word 'monopoly' is a bit premature.

My point was that I believe that is the case already.

Windows and IE target the same customers - consumers of software.

While this might be correct that they both consume software, they are different markets. Not everyone using Windows will use a web browser, and not everyone using a web browser will use Windows. It is like saying that Google's search and advertising target the same customers - consumers of the Internet. Remember that the advertisers are also searchers (just wear different hats from time to time). Both instances seem to be two items that go hand in hand in people's minds today.

It could be stated that Google is stifling advancements in online advertising because the ad service is tied right in with search results (I'm not arguing that is wrong though), preventing other vendors from getting the market share on their service. To alleviate this, the EU will require Google to remove the advertisement feature from their web site and the user must choose if they want one of those services lol. I don't really think that is the problem per se. I think it is the ad service that is then sold to other web sites, which happens to be the same one used on their search site. Being that almost everyone uses google for search, they need to advertise on google. However, Google also makes money by then selling those ads to other third party sites. While I don't think this is wrong for them to do, other companies can look and claim that it is anti-competitive since this further cements their grips on the online advertising market. If someone advertises on Google, they also have the opportunity to show up on a vast array of other sites (a huge selling point). Explain how another competitor can come in to even compete? I'm not saying that Google is purposely doing so, but one has to understand that the government would need to keep an eye out to ensure that they aren't.

Comment Re:"Dethroned if it stops innovating" (Score 1) 283

I'm not sure I quite agree with your assessment. I believe that there is a very large barrier to entry for someone to compete with google. Even if some other company could somehow develop a competing algorithm (which is pretty unlikely due to all of the PhDs google employs and the decade head start - their only real threats have failed time and time again), they also have to have the technology infrastructure to handle the load. There is more to the search engine than other web applications. I'm not so sure that the fact that they have a great search engine is the concern. I believe the tie-in with that and the ad service is what is seen as the monopoly behaviors. They pretty much dominate the search so much that there really is not a reason to even market that much on any other search engines (stifling competition in the online advertising sector). So now, anything that they do to increase their market share in the online advertising sector is questionable if they are doing it to hinder competition or better a product. It is the same argument that Microsoft is trying to say with the browser tie-in with the operating system. They say that you can simply download and install another one if you so desire... after all, it is just a click away in the browser.

Comment Re:Not to fanboi all over the place... (Score 1) 849

You know, I'm not quite sure that will work on non-mobile/non-touch screen devices too well. The average slashdotter (and anyone growing up in the modern generations) most likely types too fast for that to even really register in their brain as the letters turn to asterisks too quickly. I think that hen peckers are the only ones who would really gain any advantage out of that. That is why it is so successful on the iPhone, you have no choice but to hen peck.

Comment Re:Just teach people how to code (Score 1) 66

Saying that a user should not be able to put in html is a cop out. As a versed software engineer, you should be completely perfect with parsing data and validating it. In fact, if you have a degree from a university (which I'm assuming that you do), you should have had to deal with grammars in one of your classes. It sounds like you don't recognize the need for this, as you are most likely not what one would classify as a "web developer". That is fine, but some applications require the use of this. One very realistic example is a CMS controlled by a company. They need this type of control. Creating your own language (bbcode or wiki-code) defeats the purpose of the standards that are out there (HTML), especially to the extent that a CMS needs.

Well, you attempted to fix your problem in this response but my first statement is correct. mysql_escape_string does have some problems. You have to use mysql_real_escape_string to be sure if you are inserting binary data into the database as there can be potential injection attacks done otherwise.

If you think that most PHP developers are extremely bad, I think that you need to look around at all developers. You find really bad code in all languages, and pretty often (go to for some examples). I would hardly look at my fellow developers (you know the real ones...) building frameworks like Drupal and call them extremely bad. You can say this is a minority, but I think that you are sadly mistaken, especially if you think this "Web 2.0" thing is a hype. Wait a few more years and look at the technology that is built around the web browser (regardless of the back-end technology).

PHP has won out as the language of choice on the web, its a fact. PHP is not what it used to be, prior to version 5.2. It is a robust language that can create very rich and scalable Internet technologies. I work with Fortune 500 companies who are completely satisfied with using PHP over Java. A "serious developer" should be comfortable in any language (whether PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, etc.). In fact a "serious" web developer must be versed in many languages, as they piece together systems in different languages.

Comment Re:Just teach people how to code (Score 2, Interesting) 66

Unfortunately you are incorrect at how easy it is to prevent these issues. In some examples, you want the input to come through as HTML that is allowed to be displayed back to the end users. An example of this is (or even the commenting system here). Do you remember the Samy worm that crawled through their system? The techniques you have given would not have worked. An advanced parser that validates the input is necessary to prevent that (by stripping out the bad portions of the data). I was tasked with creating such a parser for a website I worked on ( to prevent the XSS attacks like that from occurring (and also the problem with invalid HTML that can break page flow). Furthermore, mysql_escape_char is not the industry preferred method of preventing MySQL injection attacks as it still allows some to occur; the preferred method is to use PDO. You might want to study up on those...

Oh, and by the way, I am a software engineer (finishing up my Master of Science in Software Engineering with a focus on Knowledge and Information Engineering from the University of Michigan's Dearborn campus at the end of the summer and have been asked by the Electrical and Computer Engineering department chair to create new curriculum for the undergraduates in interactive web development, and will be teaching it as well) and I consider myself a PHP developer (amongst other languages) and take offense to that ;)

Comment Re:Notepad++ runs perfectly in Linux (Score 1) 1131

I was forced to use a linux machine at work, but I could not find any comparable editor. I was using Komodo for a while, but that just didn't cut it. I did install wine and use Notepad++, but it just crashed all the time. This would happen especially often while using the FTP Synchronize add-on, so I just went back to a Windows machine so that my productivity would go back up. I hope that using wine works better for you than me.

Comment Re:Design Patterns (Score 1) 517

Design patterns are needed by those who can read, but can't write. To write code you need to be able to ... write.

I really have to question one's programming skills when they state something like this (I would almost think that one that says this would also say that there is no reason to do any requirements or design before actually beginning the coding). No matter what you are writing, you are coming up with design patterns all of the time. You might not be writing as elegant solutions as "The Gang of Four" did, but you are still coming up with re-usable bits of code that solve problems in a specific domain. Design patters are simply solutions to design problems that are found to be reoccurring. I think that some people come across bad uses of the patterns and assume that all uses are bad.

Comment Re:Design Patterns (Score 1) 517

To become decent developer, you have to be able to figure out solution to problems yourself without consulting books.

A decent developer will refuse to refer to a book for help in solving a problem class that has been solved many times over. A great programmer will remember what he/she read in a book a while back about what to look for and how to reduce efforts. That book will not give you any answers to your problems that you will be able to cut-and-paste, rather it will give you the tools necessary to become a more competent programmer. There is more to writing good code besides knowing what the syntax of a language is.

On flip side, the only effect of design pattern application I have seen is exponential growth of code base size: piles of crap code doing nothing else but implementing the patterns, instead of actually solving the problem at hand.

I'm sorry that you have come across someone's bad code. Have you ever seen a bad implementation of a sorting algorithm and said this is so bad, and refuse to ever use that algorithm again? Just because you came across a bad use of something, does not mean that it is bad.

Comment Re:Design Patterns (Score 1, Informative) 517

I have to agree (it is the "gang of four"). Even if people say that patterns are overused, they are necessary if you want to reduce current and future estimates.

While working on my Master of Science degree, this book was probably the most useful book that I had to read. I applied the concepts instantly to my work, which allowed us to take on much larger projects and increase profit margins.

I should also state that it is very easy to read and has great examples to show the concept. This is really a must read for any individual who is writing software.

Comment Sweet!! (Score 2, Informative) 308

Now a whole new generation of kids can have great enjoyment from the Nintendo. It's kind of like a console hand-me down of sorts lol.

According to the article it is a knock-off device that one of the students found in India on the streets for $12. Adding the Internet access and other necessary componenets most likely will not hike up the price over the OLPC.

If someone finds the company that makes those devices, I want to buy in. This could take off.

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