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Any Open Source Solutions For DIY Auto Diagnostics?

Metaphorically Re: Too Expensive? (270 comments)

A lot of those warnings can be reset without any tool, for example to reset my oil life monitor I push the button under it a couple times and get a message that says "oil life reset" at which point I hold the same button in for 5-10 seconds. Other systems can be much less obvious but read through the owners manual, it's often buried in there.

more than 4 years ago

Google To Host International SVG Conference

Metaphorically Re:Really, about time. (38 comments)

The path of least resistance is not SVG. It's a very promising standard, and programs like Inkscape have done wonders with it (and so has KDE), but in browser-land there are simpler solutions that are more widely supported.

So are you trying to say that it's easier to get IE to implement canvas? Or are you trying to say that it's not worth implementing the rest of SVG in the browsers that support it?

Yes, SVG needs to be in tools that target graphics designers, like Illustrator and Inkscape. And I guess, by your logic, those apps need to support canvas too.

Canvas is a simple API for drawing to a space on a web page. That definitely fills some needs. SVG fills some needs too. There is overlap. There's also overlap between plain text and html, nobody's saying we should get rid of one in favour of the other.

As for the size of the spec, that happens as a specification matures. Have you looked at the size of html5? SVG provides a lot of features, there are some common subsets that can be relied on today across numerous platforms. It would be nice if every implementation had all the features, but we can say the same thing about CSS or any number of other standards. Like an alpha channel in PNGs...

about 5 years ago

Intel Cache Poisoning Is Dangerously Easy On Linux

Metaphorically Re:Linux (393 comments)

hehe, if only it were so simple. I miss the days when all a virus wanted to do was delete everything on your hard drive.

more than 5 years ago

Ancient Books Go Online

Metaphorically Canvas vs SVG (198 comments)

The viewer uses Canvas, which is pretty cool, but... if you're doing scaling and panning through a document and are okay with using new technologies then I wonder why they didn't build parts of it with SVG (since that's a way to do zooming & panning pretty naturally).

I don't have much experience with canvas yet, anyone have input?

more than 5 years ago

Ancient Books Go Online

Metaphorically Re:One set of texts in deep need of help (198 comments)

I wouldn't call PDF an open format. It's well-documented, yes, but is controlled by Adobe.

Sorry if it sounds pedantic but they have made changes to the format over the years that harm preservation of data, like mechanisms for DRM and certain uses of a document through their reader.

more than 5 years ago

Robo-Arm Signatures Are Legal, Gov't Buys One

Metaphorically Re:Margaret Atwood (154 comments)

If I'm not mistaken, there are cases where people send things to a celebrity to be signed and get it back with a video of the signing. Can't think of where I heard this so I don't have a reference.

more than 5 years ago

Using Drupal

Metaphorically Re:Drupal and the CMS. (122 comments)

I've used CakePHP (1.2 beta) and Drupal (4,5 and 6) but Drupal more recently. I like both very much. If I were building a site with the features you describe I'd go with Drupal. Either way you've got a lot of learning ahead of you but at least with Drupal, if you get it right, you'll have the benefit of piles of modules that are already tested and other people who are familiar with them. CakePHP can get you just as far but in my experience you're doing a deeper pile of custom code.

There are at least a couple of popular shopping carts for Drupal. I'm building a simple Ubercart site.

The other popular contrib modules you're almost sure to run in to are Views and CCK. You'll want to get some screencasts or podcasts to get familiar with those (Lullabot does some good ones - they're also the authors of this book).

I've been doing a lot with Views lately and a little with CCK. There's a pile of stuff you can do with very little custom code in the right places. It just takes a lot of effort to learn what works well together.

more than 5 years ago

Using Drupal

Metaphorically Re:What we REALLY need (122 comments)

Same as the authors of Drupal. Story is that it all started when Dries tried to register (dutch for "community" afaik) and got instead. Somehow that eventually turned into Drupal as a play on druppel, Dutch for "drop" or "rain drop" or sth. That's also why the logo is a rain drop.

more than 5 years ago

Using Drupal

Metaphorically Re:Drupal and the CMS. (122 comments)

I've never seen any hints of intentional obscurity. It's just a matter of having thousands of users and contributers. Some are going to talk a lot about what they do, some expect you to step through the code if you want to figure it out. There's a lot of code and documentation to wade through and nobody to hold your hand.

It definitely is getting to be a big complicated project though. When you give it the second glance, be sure to talk about what you do - help reduce the obscurity.

more than 5 years ago

Using Drupal

Metaphorically Re:Drupal and the CMS. (122 comments)

The core Drupal download is good for a brochure site but it powers some massive sites. It runs my current site, integrated with Gallery 2. I used to like Wordpress but my site outgrew it.

I've been using Drupal off and on since 4.7. In version 6 I've really gone into it and am building a couple large sites with it. I'm using a pile of contrib modules and they integrate very well together. The Views module and the theming system have minimized the amount of custom PHP I have to write.

The learning curve is very steep and it has historically been hard to find the "right" pieces on but that is improving steadily. I think the difficulty with finding the right (and current) info is a reason that people come away with the impression you've got.

more than 5 years ago

Bush's Electronic Archives Threaten To Swamp National Archives

Metaphorically Re:Barney Cam... WTF? (185 comments)

I got 6 minutes in then stabbed myself in the eye. But yeah, cute.

more than 5 years ago

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Now Final

Metaphorically Re:Solutions in search of a problem? (57 comments)

Sorry but wtf are people doing on Mount Everest that's so important?

To use your metaphor, there's been a lot of sending people up Mount Everest while someone in a wheelchair can't get around at work.

more than 5 years ago

Google Zeitgeist 2008

Metaphorically Re:to be fair (136 comments)

When the kids here want to go to facebook (or more likely runescape) on one of several computers in the house where it's not bookmarked, I've taught them to just google it - using the search box next to the address bar.

This is to prevent typos.

It applies doubly so to the flash game site of the week where neither they nor I am sure of the correct domain name.

more than 5 years ago

Review: Wrath of the Lich King

Metaphorically Re:My Review (545 comments)

Holy shit! 50g for a port? I'm seriously undercharging. I do it for tips - got 9G once tho.

more than 5 years ago

Can You Be Denied the Right To Support OSS?

Metaphorically Re:Welcome to contract law (212 comments)

Pretty sure that ass raping has never been recognized as a remedy for breach of contract. As a matter of fact people very often modify the written terms of a contract through their actions. The original terms of the contract are then not easily enforceable.

more than 5 years ago

US Army To Use MMOs For Turing Tests

Metaphorically Already been done (55 comments)

See Automatic Goblin Therapist.

It's an add-on for WoW that acts like Eliza in reply to chat from other players. The download page also has some "best-of" conversations.

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?

Metaphorically minor correction (702 comments)

that'd be

load "*"

and I can't print what the shortform looked like here

more than 5 years ago

Is Anyone Buying T-Mobile's Googlephone?

Metaphorically Re:Because they're not Apple (454 comments)

I wish they all would... Imagine that, only advertising products that you're selling.

more than 5 years ago


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