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Comment Ask Slashdot: PHP/JS Dev environments (Score 1) 279

Are there actually ANY good development environment for working with PHP and Javascript simultaneously? I use NetBeans but it doesn't really keep track of say, when a javascript function loads data from a php with the xml loader and things like that. I always end up with a strange hybrid of serverside and clientside code that is impossible to sensibly keep track of. Any suggestions?

Comment Changes in technology = Changes in expectations (Score 1) 250

Professional quality productions are possible, and to a certain degree, easy, to make on a home computer now. This means people in whatever media industry expect that grade of quality when they review demo cds, independant films, etc.

I would imagine the same goes for games, but from my observations, it seems like most people start there own company and just get on with it and find a publisher, rather that being scooped up by a larger development house.

Comment Re:It is profitable for me (Score 1) 393

Exactly, as cheezy as it sounds, especially in the context of software, the world does indeed profit from open source.

If every company contributed something alongside their larger business model, we'd live in a much nicer world. Oracle needs to open it's eyes to the bigger picture in my opinion instead of demanding that Open Source explain itself.

Comment Re:Nothing unusual (Score 4, Funny) 283

As Flight 9 approached Jakarta, the crew found it difficult to see anything through the windscreen, and had to make the approach almost entirely on instruments [...] He then called out how high they should be at each DME step along the final track to the runway, creating a virtual glide slope for them to follow. It was, in Moody's words, "a bit like negotiating one's way up a badger's arse".

British Airways pilots, always classy.

Comment Re:Government is Clueless about Business (Score 2, Insightful) 192

Welfare states can go pearshaped. Look at the UK. Due to a large proportion of the population living on welfare, taxes have skyrocketed, working ambition has been destroyed for a lot of people, and an underclass has been created. Extend the softtouchedness to immigration and you add in overstretched inadequate public services.

I can understand americans being fearful of a welfare state having witnessed how ugly they can become if done incorrectly.

Comment I agree with the summary. (Score 2, Interesting) 464

Me and my colleague were using the spreadsheet app on google docs last night whilst on the phone. I made a remark that we should probably be using chrome instead of firefox due to the faster javascript. He decides to go with it then suddenly says to me "In the time it takes firefox to load, I've installed chrome, launched it and I'm back on google docs."

Firefox needs to get it's act together to keep up basically.

Comment Stop calling it Malware (Score 1) 78

I'm tired of malware being differentiated just because it comes from a commercial entity. When you're replacing things that are practically system components (assuming most people have adobe pdf reader installed) then as far as I'm concerned this is a trojan, not some innocent advertising software.

Companies that make this software are getting too easy a ride on this and should be taken to court the same way someone who writes an Internet Worm would.

Comment 6 passengers? (Score 2, Informative) 260

an entirely new vehicle capable of carrying up to 6 passenger astronauts and up to 2 pilot astronauts into space on a sub-orbital flight.

No offense... but only 6 passengers? That's not not really that impressive. In my opinion you need at least 20 to 30 passengers before you can start saying it's really mass-market space tourism.

That aside, it's an interesting craft, and I'll be watching the launch.

Comment Why craigslist is simple. (Score 1) 164

Once you start adding fancy features, the site starts becoming responsible for the content. The atmosphere on craigslist is one that, if you get screwed over, it's entirely your own fault. On eBay, people can run to customer support if there's a scam. On craigslist it's such a basic site that it gives a real atmosphere of all responsibility being placed on the users.

It makes sense to me.

Comment As a vegetarian... (Score 1) 820

I'm not quite sure how to feel about this.

Even if it didn't harm any living animals, eating meat would still feel plain weird.

Quite a lot of comments against veggies here and how we have nothing to complain about but it's still an odd situation I think.

The closest way I can think of describing it, is say that every time you ate an apple, someone kicked your best friend in the face. Scientists invent an apple that doesn't kick your best friend in the face. There's still that negative association there that makes you feel bad about ever wanting pleasure from an apple, even the non-face-kicking variety.

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