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The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

Rhaban Re:And we are back to them again... (60 comments)

You CRIMINAL!

But actually you could just copy+paste the link to your web browser, defeating the site's referrer check.

With the new firefox <meta name="referrer"> tag, criminal sites like /. will soon hotlink images anywhere without fear of consequences!
https://blog.mozilla.org/secur...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Rhaban Re:Choose a CMS you like (302 comments)

I think Wordpress is pretty horrible under the cover

A coworker was working on a wordpress site for a very important client.
Contributors to the site needed to be able to insert a number of html tags, including iframes, into their contributions.
It did’nt work. Everything was set up like it should be, and still only the admin could insert iframes in his articles.

I should have said, wordpress was configured with multisite enabled, because there was a main site and a blog, and it had to be separated.

There is a hard-coded condition in the wordpress kernel that disables raw html in contributions for everyone except admins, if multisite is enabled.
There is absolutely no reason for that. It is not a bug, it is something a wordpress developper has thought should be hard-coded in the kernel.

It summaries well my experience with wordpress: as long as you only do what wordpress is meant to do, it (mostly) works. As soon as you want to do something a little differently, you never know if it will be possible. And mor often than not, it is only possible with a ugly hack. And it will be broken with the next wp update.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Rhaban Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

Let's be clear that Tizen is actually the child of Nokia's and Intel's Linux-based OS that was known as Meego, which owed much of its existence to Nokia's Maemo Linux platform and Intel's Moblin. That's a lot of history, and Samsung has added more and more. Half-baked? What a bizarre term.

overbaked?

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Rhaban Re:Not the same use cases (245 comments)

Wordpress is junk, on par with joomla. It assumes a lot of things and as soon as you wander bayond its core functionality (a blog). Seriously, how can disabling in code, with no possibility to override it) unfiltered html in content for everyone except the super admin if and only if the multisite mode is enabled be called a security feature?

Symfony 2 does most things quite well (the authentication process is a nightmare), drupal does some strange things (and community modules go from "utter crap" to "pretty good").

I’ll look into Banshee, I’ve never used it and only know it by name.

about three weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Rhaban Re:Not the same use cases (245 comments)

A big steaming pile of crap is still a big steaming pile of crap, no matter how large the pile.

When you want your corn field to produce corn, nothing's better thant a big steaming pile of crap.

about three weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Rhaban Not the same use cases (245 comments)

These two languages each have their own use, and to chose between them you should not ask which is better but which is closer to my use case.

PHP, for all its problems, is still a very useful language for developing web sites, if only for the quantity of tools (frameworks, cmss, etc) available and their quality (far from every php tool is good, but you can easily fond a quality tool for each category: symfony 2 is a very good oo framework, drupal and ez publish are good cms...).

Node is younger, and does not have such a toolset. Sailsjs is a good framework but far from mature.
But it does what php can’t: a nodejs application is its own server and runs continuously, instead of being a set of scripts that must reload everything with each request.
It makes it a very good language for real-time uses, like the back-end of a small multiplayer game.

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Rhaban Re:Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

There are two open source php CMSs worth considering for a web site: Drupal and eZ Publish.

Since its version 5.0, eZ Publish is based on symfony. It is really powerful but its content structure is somewhat rigid, it is less customisable than Drupal.

Drupal uses some symfony components as well for its latest versions, but it is not a real symfony application like ezpublish. Its power is its versatility: It can do anything and everything.
It has a big community and some great modules and some horrible ones. You need to know what you want to do before you do it, because it is really easy to lose yourself in your own developments.
You can organize your content as you like or not at all.

Wordpress... As hard as it tries to be, wordpress is not a cms. It is a blog engine that can be hacked to do horribly the job of a cms. Its codebase is horrible.
A number of features heavily depend on the theme you use, which is an abomination. It is widely used and, as such, heavily targeted by hackers. There seems to be a new exploit every other day.

I have worked with Joomla a lot, but it was several years ago, between v1.2 and 1.5. I don’t know about recent versions, but it was a mess. You could not define different content types. Your site structure had to have 3 levels (2 leveles of categories, 1 level of content), no more no less.
You couldn’t define additionnal fields for your content. It had huge security flaws. Extensions couldn’t work with each other (for instance, there was a widely used extensions to define groups of users, and another one to define permissions. As they didn't work together, you couldn’t give permissions to a group of users...).

With wordpress and Joomla alike, you have to design your site for what it can do. WIth a real cms like eZ or Drupal, you design your site first an then you adapt the cms to do what you want.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Rhaban Re:Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

No love for Joomla?

+1 Funny

about a month and a half ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Rhaban Re:Better comparison site (377 comments)

Interesting, thanks for the link -- I must say, I see pretty much no visual difference at all between BPG and the WebP format on those sample pics, at identical file size.

In the Moscow picture, small size, the cables are very blurry in WebP and sharp in BPG.

about 1 month ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

Rhaban Looks interesting (43 comments)

But the guy in front of me in the open space might not really like having colored light shoved in his face.

about 4 months ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Rhaban Re:they fundamentally don't get it. (249 comments)

Worse: I often see ads for the product I just ordered... Why would I want to buy the same boots twice?

about 4 months ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Rhaban Re:.info (178 comments)

$6,000 to join $3,000 pa and they only have a .info domain? Nothing says "exclusive" and "accomplished" like a .info domain...

they have a .club: https://netropolitan.club/

(and it runs on wordpress...)

about 4 months ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

Rhaban Re:Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Or use PostgreSQL.

+1 Funny

about 5 months ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Rhaban Re: No device necessary (167 comments)

But keyboard and mouse is the one true way to play shooters.....

Well done, sir.

about 5 months ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Rhaban Re: No device necessary (167 comments)

Still not enough to play Duck Hunt on the Nes.

about 5 months ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

Rhaban Re: No silver bullet (116 comments)

Difficulty act as a motivator, and helps developpers to focus. Most bugs I've seen (or caused) are on easy, boring tasks.

about 6 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Rhaban Re:Neither (436 comments)

Same here. I don’t really care about what blocking ads encourage site operators to do, but if a website have too many ads or too intrusive ones, I just stop using it.

Same reason I refuse to play games with intrusive drms, instead of pirating it. If a company doesn’t respect me as their customer, I am no longer their customer.

about 6 months ago

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