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techsoldaten writes: Larry Garfield, a long time contributor to the Drupal project, was banished from the community over his alleged involvement in BDSM communities. Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, asked Garfield to leave the project based on his beliefs about equality. The Drupal community has an established Code of Conduct Buytaert feels Garfield violated based on holding beliefs related to gender roles. Thought crime?

Comment Re:well well well (Score 4, Insightful) 769

Actually, the DNC has a contractual and fiduciary responsibility to stay neutral in a primary, because they sign contracts to that affect.

Section 4 of the Democratic Party charter reads this way:

"In the conduct and management of the affairs and procedures of the Democratic National Committee, particularly as they apply to the preparation and conduct of the Presidential nomination process, the Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns. The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and evenhandedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process."

The chairperson was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned / was fired earlier today. The CEO of the DNC is Amy Dacey. But look at their emails and tell me if that lives up the charter.

Some of us are suing.

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.

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