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Comment "at least without hiring outside help" - (Score 1) 124

.. This statement is interesting.
A lot of the e-commerce software you can get for free is written in common web development languages, e.g. Perl/PHP/Ruby/ASP.
So is this a question of lacking in-house competence from a SMB perspective? Most OSS e-commerce packages I've used have been a breeze to install, never mind to customize.

The truth to the statement is that some things are, at best, poorly documented. But if worst comes to worst, track down the bit of script you need to know (how it works) and read the code?

Comment Seriously, did you just RTFA and go...? 3 rules?? (Score 2, Funny) 101

Right, after reading the fine article I was just left myself asking...

Why did the robot have to... die? I mean, being decomissioned... No fair. It was just his stupid software, wasnt it? The 100kg arms could have been much more... loving with the right software?
Did it run WinNT?

Ever heard of the three rules? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

Comment Confessions of a long-term djb/tiny dns user (Score 1) 66

First of all, I really like djbdns! Up until two weeks ago I ran it for our my employer (700~ tlds) and it had been running flawless for the last 4 years.

The reason, in the end, for the switch is due to the administrative workload of using djbdns.

Pushing updates to other servers usually involves pushing the .cdb data file to the dns/root directory of each of the resolves. Ok one chore, fine. The problem is in managing the database.

Managing 50-100 records command line is feasible, but if you have a lot of domain and turn over a lot of requests for modifications a day this quickly becomes a pain.

We built a script to store the records in a sql database then create the data file, create the cdb from that, then push the updated file across the network.

Our new dns server runs directly to the SQL db, provides solid query caching.. Now I just have to replicate a sql db which is comparatively pain-free :)

Not had my morning coffee yet so please pardon the grammar/seplling ;)

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Resident Evil 5 Dev Talks Demo Feedback 114

MTV's Multiplayer blog sat down with Jun Takeuchi, producer for Capcom's Resident Evil 5, about the feedback they've gotten from the game's demo, which has been downloaded over 4 million times. He comments on the changed control scheme, which has generated a lot of discussion and criticism, by suggesting that their decision will become clear once the full game is out. "We understand that there are many people who want to run and shoot at the same time, but it's not the right alignment for the game." He also says the finished game will have shorter loading times, and he briefly discusses the media-fueled race controversy over the fact that Africa's zombies have dark skin. Takeuchi says, "People will be able to play the game and see what it is for themselves." Kotaku recently ran a preview of Resident Evil 5.

Comment A half truth (Score 0) 234

People that RTFA will realize that AMD's new CPU's only match the most current bottom-line Intel quad core cpu's.

Saying that, amd's offering does give you a good value for money and is in some cases significantly cheaper than Intel's offering. Adding to that fact is amd's discreet graphic offerings which are far superior to intel's offerings.

I imagine we'll see a lot of these amd chips and graphic offerings combined on the "budget" performance systems which is a good thing; they provide better performance (especially graphics-wise) than existing offerings in the same range :)

Comment Maybe not the best... (Score 1) 523

I type a lot in my line of work, but I also use the keyboard to navigate through documents.

I'm not a secretary nor would I call myself the most brilliant touch-typist in the world (or a grammar expert for that matter so don't bother), but I do appreciate a good keyboard.

I started my typing journey on a Macintosh type II keyboard around '91 sometime and have since gone through a selection of regular and laptop keyboards.

Now I don't care much for cool underlit keys and so forth, nor the wireless kind that constantly runs flat batteries, or ones with lots of fancy function keys (!!) but I did enjoy my Powerbook's soothing warm keys heated by the CPU placed squarely under the keyboard. Likewise did I enjoy my first logitech economical keyboard for my intel stationary.. I've completely forgotten where I was going with this rant... Hmm, must be something along the lines of:

All the keyboards I've ever liked I can't get brand new any more (no I don't fancy ebaying a "vintage" IBM keyboard just for kicks and to see if it actually works when it arrives).

Most of the keyboards I hated aren't made any more either.

What's up that?

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