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Comment Re:Drupal (Score 1) 222

Get a new boss.

Seriously, I have been contributing to Drupal for 13 years and have a pretty sophisticated understanding of how it works. The organizations that are successful with it are similar to ones that work with other platforms.

They are realistic with expectations. No CMS is a silver bullet.

Comment Drupal (Score 4, Informative) 222

So, I agree with any advice about finding a decision table and making up your own mind. Take what they have to say with a grain of salt, however, and realize each table has it's own focus which may or may not be what is important to you.

That said, Drupal is the best CMS right now, and it's doing work to stay in that role for a long time to come.

From a usability perspective, the core team has done a lot of work to make it simpler to work with Drupal and interact with content. It's very easy to spin up new content types, add fields, and create pages / widgets that present that information. Now that views is in core, you can actually author a site using only drag-and-drop tools. Which is great for people just looking to get a single site up and running.

From a technical perspective, symphony is now installed as part of core, which opens a whole lot of possibilities around what you can actually do with it. One of my favorite features is the CMI initiative, which allows you to author a site using a config file, and use that to spin up lots and lots of sites. Which is great for enterprises, looking to adopt a CMS in a big way.

From an extensibility perspective, one of the most powerful features in the platform is native support for REST and JSON. Drupal can serve as a provider of data for single page applications, where people author content in Drupal and you load it through apps authored in Angular / Ember / React. Drupal simply serves as an API endpoint in this context, which allows you to pull data from it whenever you need it.

I realize you can do these things with Wordpress as well, but not as easily or as scalably. Whenever you get past trivial use cases, there's always something getting in the way with Wordpress that makes it less appealing. And other commercial enterprise content management systems, like SiteCore, are simply not extensible. The moment you go outside the sandbox they set up for you, it becomes very hard to make them work.

Comment Re:Prime Scalia - "Words no longer having meaning" (Score 1) 591

It's not so weird.

In the ACA case, the court simply used a test that applied logic to the whole of the law, instead of a single sentence. This is not unusual. It's not that words lack meaning, it's that few legal codes are perfect and it's a judge's job to figure them out. SCOTUS did that, in line with the role set out for the court in the Constitution.

With regards to the Rebel flag, it's more accurately called the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. It was never adopted by the Confederacy or any Confederate member state as an official symbol.

The fact a bunch of people want to treat it as a cultural symbol has always come with the understanding that it's also been understood as a symbol of oppression by many, many others.

It's ironic to hear judicial literalists claim an ambiguous sentence should be used to strike down a major piece of legislation, then turn around to defend the "Rebel Flag" as something worthy of cultural status. It never was a cultural symbol, it was the standard of an army that has little relevance to any actual antiquarian interested in the identity of southern states.

As far as changing the name of a park goes, monuments are retired all the time. Consider the case of Fort Haggerty:

The history described there is actually inaccurate, the fort was actively used through WWI for ammunition storage. But regardless - it was named after a predecessor of mine for his gallantry in battle against that same Army of Northern Virginia. I am not sure how fair it would be for people in Virginia to have to live with that Fort there today, considering what happened during the madness of war.

The point here is that there's often a difference between the literal truth of a matter and way it is interpreted by the many. It's useful to consider other points of view before declaring the world's gone mad.

Comment Finally (Score 4, Interesting) 169


It's not like this is unprecedented. I don't know what's so special about Assange that they could not have done this a long time ago.

My guess on what's about to happen:

- Sweden interviews him and drops the charges.

- Assange steps out of the embassy and is immediately arrested.

- Assange is charged in the US and extradited within a few days.

Comment This is an overreaction (Score -1, Flamebait) 465

This is an overreaction. What we are seeing is a rare opportunity for a politician to accuse Greenpeace of overreach.

The ecological impact is no more significant than were someone to walk through the Nevada Black Sands and disturb wagon wheel tracks from the 1800s. The Hummingbird was not actually touched nor will it be impacted by the group's efforts.

The statements from the government are meant to prevent future uses of the land for political purposes. The statements from Greenpeace are diplomatically what's best, but, in reality, they know all this too.

Comment This is being blown out of proportion (Score 2) 228

This is scary but ultimately a decision that needs to be appealed.

I own a small company that works with Drupal. I am a member of the Drupal Foundation and give as generously as possible to their events.

Similar determinations have been made by the IRS before and challenged successfully. It is important that Yorba stands up for themselves on this matter and establish the scientific and educational validity of their claim to 501 c3 status.

There is an important point in the lifecycle of every open source project, where it goes from being a small hobby to something having an ecosystem that must be managed. It's essential that there is a way to provide fiscal support for groups springing up around the management of these projects without creating a tax burden.

The IRS judgement pertains really seems to only include an established software project, and not one that is supported by a small community. I am not sure there is a way for them to make a determination between the two. IANAL, but I am sure this is important in distinguishing the legitimacy of 501c3 claims.

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