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Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 162

Well, it certainly makes things easier for us hobby programmers that make redistributable projects designed to run on shared servers. I can't count on people installing a framework or keeping a library up to date if they have no admin access to the server. A lot of PHP projects, like Wordpress, still aren't aimed at serious, large-scale enterprises. Don't assume the owners have shell access with enough permission to install dependencies.

I started working with PHP over a decade ago because it had a graphics library built directly into its core, so I could always depend on it being there. GDlib isn't great, but it works well enough for generating thumbnails. Saved me a lot of trouble trying to dick around with detecting ImageMagick or doing stupid shell calls that might not even work on hardened shared environments.

Granted, I only do small, trivial stuff, which is all I recommend PHP be used for.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 893

I seem to recall the core reason why WWII was fought was because how badly Germany was treated after WWI. Many prominent politicians predicted WWII 20 years before it happened.

Thankfully, the USA didn't repeat that mistake with Japan, a country with only a fraction the land mass of Russia, a fraction the population China, etc.

Comment Re:Web page designers (Score 1) 325

I'd like to think that, but the truth is that almost every site these days rides the latest bandwagon and is designed with flash and aesthetics first. Go to just about any design blog, and you can see designers left and right wetting their pants about the latest stupid trick that shouldn't work, but... in time, will likely become the standard.

Ads make me sick, but that's just business. People who design stark, minimalist sites that still require 4MB of scripts in the background (after applying your ad blocker) should be shot, because they're supposed to know better.

There's a reason I got out of web design as a career. I couldn't stand it anymore.

Comment Re:Most of the web really sucks (Score 1) 325

Think that's bad? I've seen a new phenomenon regarding web fonts that reminds me of the days of "Flash of Unstyled Content". The page text will load and display in a flash, but then instantly disappear until the web fonts have loaded, and then they'll be re-rendered. The result is that the text blinks in front of you briefly, as if to tease you, and then will flicker like mad for a few seconds as each different font is loaded (because headers and subscripts all need to be in different fonts).

Well, that is unless the web site hasn't fucked their UA detection, and all I ever get in PaleMoon is a totally blank page!

Comment They're breaking themselves (Score 4, Interesting) 120

I know this may be a bit off topic, but idiotic games are just part for the course.

I wanted to buy tickets to see Steve Martin at Boston Symphony Hall a few years back, and visited the TicketMaster web site. I wasn't surprised to find I had an offer for a front-row seat, since I was very early and this wasn't exactly AC/DC or some massively popular band. However, the web site insisted I needed to buy the tickets within 10 minutes, or I'd most likely lose my seats to another buyer. I messed around for a bit to see what the rates were for other seats, and sure enough, once the 10 minute timer was up, the front-row seats were no longer available and I was offered a new selection a few rows back. Rinse and repeat a few times, and I soon found myself in the middle of the venue, with all the front row seats having sold out, and the site urging me to buy RIGHT NOW before I risk losing out and every seat has been sold. No matter what I did, the web site wouldn't give me a decent seat again.

I knew very well the seats weren't selling out, so I simply cleared my web browser cookies, and... found myself in the front row again.

Another lovely bonus is how they offered to mail me the tickets for free, but they would charge (if I remember correctly) a $17 convenience fee for electronic tickets I could print myself. They employ e-book logic, apparently.

This type of bologna is why I stopped going to major concerts entirely. Also, it was surprisingly fun to visit a local race track (Seekonk Speedway in MA) for a mere $20, rather than one of the regional NASCAR races. Small shows may not have as much spectacle, but they're still lots of fun and you don't have to put up with all this ticket gouging nonsense

Comment Re:Seriously... What a nightmare computing has bec (Score 1) 236

That's not how it was back in the Amiga days.

You mean the days when simply plugging in some fast RAM caused half your software to stop working? 8)

Both my A1000 and A1200 were the most fun computers I ever owned, but man, Amiga programmers were the worst. They understood nothing about making software for a proper OS, especially when copy protection was involved (as it always was).

Comment Re:Geeks repellant! (Score 1) 233

Are you sure it's not a case of geeks being scared of a company that resorts to tactics like booth babes?

I find it interesting that while many people here are discussing the shallow nature of "babes" who may not have any knowledge of the company product, you're upholding the stereotype that geeks are too timid and antisocial to talk to women.

Comment Re:Stop apologizing (Score 1) 291

No it can't, selective breeding and direct genetic modification end up with the exact same result, and are both "genetic modifications" by any reasonable definition of the term.

Other than the instant gratification for huge profits. Selective breeding takes time and there's more opportunity to test it. Genetic modifications are booted out the door as soon as they can make money.

Comment Re:One standard to rule them all (Score 1) 153

First requirement of a connector is it should reliably stay connected even with little pulls on the cable

Lol... you should check out the proprietary power cable they used for the original PPC Mac Mini. It literally had zero friction and no retention mechanism whatsoever, so to keep my Mini from shutting off while just sitting on my desk, I had to duct tape the cable in place. Even better is the fact that it only had to slip out about 2mm before the connection was lost, so even taped in place sometimes the power still cut out. Worst fucking design in the world... hands down! I would have returned the thing if I hadn't only been using it occasionally for compatibility testing.

Comment Re:Good Grief. (Score 2) 312

This is a terrible answer.

First of all, some people are only interested in doing something as a hobby, and I can't stand it when people tell me that unless I'm intending to do some hardcore enterprise-ready programming, I should STFU and go home. It really sickens me how almost every programming community (and many development environments) are heavily biased towards doing real programming for work. Some people just want to learn the ropes and have some fun.

Second, Google is terrible at giving you good information, because Google doesn't do shit but point you to forums full of "experts" who do nothing but whine about the noobs. Plus, that information is always years out of date.

Third, even seasoned programmers tend to forget the difference between coding and programming. I knew how to code on my Amiga, writing simple algorithms and such, but I knew nothing about programming until I got into web development more than 10 years later. You know, modeling data, patterns, build environments, and so forth. Don't assume the guy is too lazy to look for information. Maybe he needs a lead as to what to look for.

Recommend some good books or a few, simple, well-structured applications to study. Telling people to "do it yourself" is just laziness on the part of bitter experts.

Comment Re:XP should be supported (Score 1) 67

Hardly surprising. I just found out that if I access YouTube with Firefox, instead of Chrome, some key features are missing, such as highlighted comments. You know, features driven by plain HTML that don't need or utilize special functionality exclusive to Chrome.

I guess Google isn't content discriminating against the competition, and now they're doing so against their own software, too.

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