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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Clsid Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

PHP >5.3 is a good foundation and it mostly depends on what you want to do. PHP lends itself to develop something quick that works, like the web prototype language. You can even create a nice n-tier architecture with it, but as far as performance is concerned unless you are using some sort of cache, you are better off with a Java or .NET based solution.

about three weeks ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

Clsid Re: Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (346 comments)

By your same logic, you also have no evidence to back up your theory that the US did not fabricate this story. Besides, the whole article is based in speculation and when it comes to Snowden the facts quickly go down the drain.

about a month and a half ago
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China May Build an Undersea Train To America

Clsid Re:Rail+ ferry (348 comments)

Good luck finding a cargo ship that can go at those speeds. Having high speed rail connections is one of those things that you don't realize how useful it is until you have it. I can go from Shanghai to Hong Kong easily because of it, and of course it is the norm in Europe. In the US it is hard to picture the benefit since Acela trains' top speed is restricted because of the old rails, so taking your car and driving still beats everything over there.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Government To Standardise On Drupal

Clsid Re:Poor decision (102 comments)

I work with PHP and I would not say it is for beginners. That you can do something quick in PHP is one thing, but doing a proper MVC app in PHP requires pretty much the same skillset as a Java or .NET guy. In either case, all of those feel like children toys after you use either Node.js, C++/Boost or D with Vibe.

But having said that, I would not feel religious about any of the tech out there. In the end rarely you get to decide what is being used, since a lot of projects have to end up using whatever tool they started being coded with.

about 2 months ago
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How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

Clsid Use demos (115 comments)

The reason why that freemium crap is so entrenched is because most developers forgot the concept of the demo. It is very hard to spend money on something you don't know you might like, hence why freemium is more popular. Just make higher quality games, charge more if you want and provide a demo. Personally I'm sick and tired of all the flood of crappy games for mobile, especially after you can see stuff like Civilization Revolutions, that proves that the platform can be used for much more than a pea shooter.

about 2 months ago
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Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

Clsid Re:You just haven't experienced space travel yet (118 comments)

OSX might be overpriced because of hardware, but to call it retarded goes to say that you haven't used Windows 8

about 5 months ago
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Venezuelan Regime Censoring Twitter

Clsid Re:Usual anti-venezeuan bullshit from the extreme (152 comments)

With chavez we were doing pretty good, but after he died things took a U-turn in a matter of months. To make a long story short, the incompetent bureacracy that Chavez helped grow but ruled with an iron fist was free of the leash, so the economy in particular became the part most affected by inexperienced politicians.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Clsid Re:Work on the basics (387 comments)

Node is awesome, but please stop spreading the nosql myth. Even if you use something like mongodb, it cannot fully guarantee data integrity. Using something like postgresql or even mysql, not only gives you a huge usernase, industry standard tools and lots of help out there when you encounter the strange situation you will always run into when coding. Suggesting othherwise is either downright irresponsible or simply you are not doing mission critical stuff.

about 5 months ago
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OpenBSD Moving Towards Signed Packages — Based On D. J. Bernstein Crypto

Clsid Re:Very surprised that it took this long (232 comments)

I don't know, surely de Raadt has a reputation, but those guys have done a great thing in general. Having that attitude is what helps getting stuff done most of the time instead of happy hand holding, we are all good friends kind of attitude. Not signing packages and not wanting to use gnupg is kind of absurd, but I have seen weirdest attitudes in the free software world, like sticking with Vi instead of quick edit and easier tools like nano, or this whole thing about gnu info vs man pages.

I have been using Debian for my servers, but I'm seriously considering switching to OpenBSD mostly because it provides a barebones installation that is mostly secured by default. That and stability is what I value the most for servers and these guys deliver big time.

about 6 months ago
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RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

Clsid Re:Maybe Snowden Stole a Honeypot (291 comments)

And you really think that right now the need to know principle is the problem? Hell, helping create a more transparent and open society is the most important thing.

about 7 months ago
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RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

Clsid Re:It's a very sad day (291 comments)

Are you seriously suggesting that Snowden is not trustworthy? I would definitely support the guy that had to run away from his country because of a massive information leak than some crude government/corporation propaganda. It truly makes me wonder why you are posting as an anonymous coward and spread FUD about the only way we could have found out about such things in the first place.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Clsid Re:Xubuntu (829 comments)

But if you need to manage an engineering office, wait until users start crying out for their AutoCAD, or even worse, propietary software created with god knows what outdated version of Visual Basic. Then the whole advantage of deploying Linux suddenly disappears. Now if you are in a software company, that's a whole different story.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Clsid Re: Install Classic Shell (829 comments)

I would deploy Windows 8 for the same reason I would deploy the latest Office. They both suck in my humble opinion, but the whole world seem stuck with Microsoft solutions and Windows 8 is noticeable faster than Windows 7, so there is that at least.

Classic Shell is good for personal use, but even the weird Windows 8 interface still does the job. After certain point in your life you realize that you are being a geek for worrying too much about petty stuff like how an OS looks or feel. The world would be a lot better off if everybody used Linux and OpenDocument to save their stuff, but that simply won't happen on a large scale, so just go with whatever the industry is using and be done with it. Seriously, in the end most of your users could not care less.

about 7 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

Clsid Re:Do these projects OpenBSD, FreeBSD matter anywa (280 comments)

Yeah those lamerz at OpenBSD...

From Wikipedia:

Proprietary systems from several manufacturers are based on OpenBSD, including devices from Armorlogic (Profense web application firewall), Calyptix Security, GeNUA mbH, RTMX Inc,[5] and .vantronix GmbH.[6] Later versions of Microsoft's Services for UNIX, an extension to the Windows operating system which provides some Unix-like functionality, use much OpenBSD code included in the Interix interoperability suite, developed by Softway Systems Inc., which Microsoft acquired in 1999.[7][8] Core Force, a security product for Windows, is based on OpenBSD's pf firewall.[9]

about 7 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

Clsid Re:Framing the debate (280 comments)

And exactly how is being conservative and simple a problem with security?

about 7 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

Clsid Re:Not really (280 comments)

Not having stuff running by default is not the only thing OpenBSD does. It has a crapload of features regarding security, starting with the very nice firewall, so please go educate yourself and then comeback. That system is perfect for production systems like web servers and proxy servers which is where I use it.

about 7 months ago
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Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

Clsid Re:Cost and Benefit (250 comments)

Most meaningful post so far. I don't understand why people feel so threatened by China, when in fact the vast majority of young generation of Chinese are in awe of American culture.

about 7 months ago
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Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

Clsid Re:They have the money to do this (250 comments)

The WSJ? Really, a bunch of conservatives writing about the demise of a country they perceive as a threat. LOL.

I'm in China and all I can tell you is that you still haven't even seen half of what's coming. The only issue I see is the high cost to acquire real estate, but the Chinese being what they are, just tackle the issue by making it a top priority or a must in a family to buy the house first and then get married. So the main thing is that they are used to a lot of hardships Western people would not be able to endure for a week, especially the jobs where they treat you like crap and only pay 3000 yuans. But by basically eating 10 yuan noodles every day and actually saving as much as they can, the Chinese thrive. Sorry but humankind need to go through periods of crap to become better and the Chinese had their fair share and now they will just keep going up for at least two more generations from what I see. Even the 1-child policy had the unintended effect of making a large portion of the population a lot more educated since families poured all the resources in their single child instead.

So again dude, you still haven't seen the half of it. If you want to get a glimpse, go to Chengdu, the New Century Global building and you will see what I'm talking about.

about 7 months ago

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Venezuela's e-government law includes penalties for not using free software

Clsid Clsid writes  |  about a year ago

Clsid (564627) writes "New e-gov law not only reinforces a previous decree that made free software mandatory in public institutions, but also includes taxes for using closed-source software. These funds go to a National Endowment for Science that will help small enterprises and groups of individuals create free software alternatives. And judging by the impact of the first decree, which ended up creating Canaima GNU/Linux and also the promotion of a local initiative similar to OLPC which put laptops with Linux in the hands of 90% of elementary school children, Venezuelan free software collectives are describing it as huge achievement and even calling for open hardware initiatives as well. Original article in Spanish (Google translation)."
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