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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Dracos Re:So which building will they blow up? (315 comments)

Why MP3 players? Drop Sony CDs on NK to install a rootkit on every computer in the country.

yesterday
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3D Printer Owner's Network Puts Together Buyer's Guide

Dracos Re:And the #1 option is... (62 comments)

So far we've only run ABS in it. The tolerances with the 1.75mm nozzle are pretty tight, no less than 1.63mm. This is very dependent on how stable the filament is between coming out of the nozzle and resolidifying. We got a FilaWinder to take care of that.

2 days ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Dracos Re:Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

Originally I started porting the site to PyroCMS, hoping I would have a clean upgrade path to a Laravel based solution. It later became apparent that Pyro lacked some features and functionality I considered critical, so I pulled out the big gun: Drupal.

2 days ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Dracos Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

WordPress is garbage. People need to realize that its superficial ease of use should not be a heavily weighted factor in choosing a CMS (for the record, WP is not a CMS, it's a blog script playing dress up). Making technical product decisions by argumentum ad populum is similarly dangerous. Pointing beginners at WP is to do them a great disservice in the long run.

Why is WP garbage?

  • Horrible architecture
  • Laughable database schema
  • Terrible coding practices, even for PHP
  • It is a relic from the days of PHP 4, because the development team refuse to break compatibility
  • A large community of self-described "developers" who learned all the PHP they know from the rest of the WP community that only knows how to write terrible PHP, because they mostly learn from WP itself.

All of these are contributing factors to the regular parade of WP exploits.

Now before you immediately mod this as flamebait, know that I have worked with WP in the past. I'm currently in the process of migrating a WP site to Drupal. I've read the codebase... it's one of the messiest plates of spaghetti I've ever seen. Just for kicks I grep'd the WP codebase for the global keyword... 2122 instances found. There's simply no excuse for that.

WordPress is a scourge. PHP's reputation (whatever you may think of it) is lessened by the mere existence of WP, even if PHP is the only language that could spawn such a shoddy product, much less allow it to thrive.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Dracos Re:locked in 25 points? (424 comments)

Against Hillary? Nope.... she won't be the nominee.

3 days ago
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3D Printer?

Dracos Re:Not Until I Can Download A Car (173 comments)

A couple months ago I downloaded a complete VW engine. One of the other hackerspace members has a Baja Bug that he wants to convert to fuel injection, so I modified the intake runners in Blender. The plan is to print the parts in PLA and cast them in aluminum.... one of the first things we'll cast once we've built the furnace.

But anyway, you can download the Local Motors desert racer.

3 days ago
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3D Printer?

Dracos Re:Fnord! (173 comments)

If the molds are printed in ABS, they can be smoothed out with acetone vapor. Those "ribs" would be too small to affect any pleasure anyway.

3 days ago
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3D Printer Owner's Network Puts Together Buyer's Guide

Dracos Re:And the #1 option is... (62 comments)

Chinese factories already do spit that stuff out by the ton. It is outrageous that 1kg of filament costs $35 to $50, when 1kg of plastic pellets costs $4 to $8.

One of the first things the hackerspace I belong to bought was a FilaStruder so we can make our own filament. We figure it'll pay for itself after 10 spools.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Dracos Re:Transparency is supported. Pronounciation? (377 comments)

Barney Stinson settled the pronunciation many years ago on How I Met Your Mother: it's "bee-peg". Although this format probably won't be used exclusively for pictures of boobs.

about two weeks ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Dracos Re:terrible article (376 comments)

Surprise, you don't represent the entire USA (nor does the average /.er).

about a month ago
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Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

Dracos Re:There's a solution (41 comments)

The real question is, Why is anybody still runing WordPress?

about a month ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Dracos Re:This just proves... (173 comments)

More than that, schools don't teach critical thinking, which is a requirement for being a good developer.

Zero to coder in 3 months? I don't think so. That's pretty much the equivalent of zero to literate in 3 months, which is laughable.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

Dracos Re:Mozilla needs to get its priorities right (132 comments)

Exactly, Firefox would be so much better if they wouldn't have changed the UI every 3 versions (and thus suffocating all the good complete themes) just to keep up with all the bad ideas Chrome came up with.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Dracos Re:Windows 20 will be POSIX compatible (230 comments)

LOL, no it won't. Whatever MS copies is always so badly reimplemented that there's no way they could achieve POSIX compliance.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Dracos Just stop (173 comments)

Every time Google messes with Gmail, the interface gets worse. The Gmail product management needs to be flogged every time they try to be too clever. By now they're owed at least a dozen floggings.

about 2 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Dracos VGA (81 comments)

I hope "VGA" is a bad hint at what this screen will be. Pi's have HDMI output, so surely the screen will support that, if not HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL. Adafruit's 7 inch LCD screens are 800x640 or more, so hopefully he's not referring to 640x480 resolution.

Hopefully what they release is at least 720p.

about 2 months ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Dracos Re:Will Microsoft ever learn? (209 comments)

They won't learn, because while most people think MS is a software company, they are actually a marketing company.

about a month ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Dracos Re:Maybe it has to do with spelling (399 comments)

Because MS hates standards. Their first vowel for exploitable software is 'i'. If you think that doesn't hold up, prepend Microsoft or Windows.

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Dracos Re:You mean bash.org ? (399 comments)

Has Netcraft unconfirmed the death?

about 3 months ago

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