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Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State 678

New submitter plsenjy writes "An article in the Atlantic outlines how Microsoft Corp. has submitted its support for a Washington State provision allowing gay couples to marry. Citing the company's inability to compete for top talent in the face of discrimination, Microsoft joins other firms such as Nike and Vulcan to effectively change moral policy from the top-down."

Comment Start Learning Python (Score 2) 519

I'd recommend that you start learning Python. I moved away from PHP to Python in late 2008 and have NEVER, even once, looked back. Its just a better engineered language and the community is more deliberate and professional. SQLAlchemy is the best database library/ORM ever! And there are plenty of web frameworks to choose from (start with Flask or Pyramid).

Here are some thoughts from 2008 that got me moving away from PHP towards python. The python web community has grown a lot over the last few years, so my comments about Python being hard to get started in can be considered somewhat deprecated:,-long-live-Python!-p20488959.html

Finally, Python is much more general purpose than PHP, so the Python skills you learn while doing web development can be put to use in other programming areas (I do a lot of scripting and data manipulation with Python).

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2) 213

Stop giving your email address out to every bozo website that wants it and spam will virtually disappear. Stop subscribing for every stupid news feed and commercial website and your mailbox won't fill up. I've had the same address for 3 years at this point and I get 15-30 emails a day, most of which are important and valid. The ones that aren't are from my mom.



Submission + - Twitter Abandoning Ruby and Rails for Java (

An anonymous reader writes: While it almost certainly remains the largest Ruby on Rails based site in the world, Twitter has gradually been moving more and more of its stack to the JVM.

From the article:
We were originally a Rails shop, and I believe we are the largest Rails site in the world, but as we've grown as an organization, and as a service, performance and encapsulation have become very critical. I wouldn't say that Rails has served as poorly in any way, it's just that we outgrew it very quickly. So there are two things about Rails that make it no longer ideal for our situation.

Submission + - Dropbox Responds with Updated TOS

mrtwice99 writes: Dropbox has heard the concerns of its users and updated the TOS:

By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (and those we work with to provide the Services) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent reasonably necessary for the Service. This license is solely to enable us to technically administer, display, and operate the Services. You must ensure you have the rights you need to grant us that permission.

Still not sure about that last sentence, but the changes they made (in bold) are a huge improvement. Kudos to the management for actually caring about what its customers think.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 213

How about when you want to share folders w/ other people? And, you want them to be able to modify the content? And, it needs to work on Windows, Linux, or Mac? And, it needs to work for technically challenged individuals? And... Yes, encryption has its place, but also has its problems.

Comment Re:A common TOS (Score 1) 213

You are incorrect on both accounts. My goal was to make the TOS terms known to a wider audience in the hope of getting DB to change their TOS to something less permissive. The following is from TOS, as noted by another commenter above:

By registering to use the Services, you understand and acknowledge that and its contractors retain an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, copy, and publicly display such content *for the sole purpose of providing to you the Services for which you have registered*.

I realize they need some copyright assignment to provide the service, I just think its unnecessarily broad.

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