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

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

That's like complaining about the 640K barrier in Microsoft's operating systems.

Yeah, who the hell needs more than that?

You know what is hilarious, it's that with mobile development all the old limits are coming back. The other day I was reading the story behind vi and the fact that using short one-letter commands was a decision linked to a slow 300-baud network link, and I couldn't help but think about minified javascript...

I have no experience with wearable computers (watches, glasses, etc.) but it must be even worse on those devices.

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

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

Most of it applies to old, obsolete versions of PHP.

Which might be the only versions that your hosting provider offers because upgrading PHP would change the language's semantics in ways that break other subscribers' programs.

Bullshit. Please post a list of hosting providers that offer only PHP4.

Because here is what 30 seconds of googling show:

Bluehost: PHP 5.4
WebhostingPad: PHP 5.4
Hostgator: PHP 5.4

The old crap in the linked article applies mostly to PHP4 or PHP3. Yet PHP5 has been initially released more than 10 years ago.

Find some other dead horse to beat please, this is getting boring.

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

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

PHP was expressly designed to display web pages. Originally the acronym meant something like "Personal Home Pages".

Yes, it has warts, security issues and the original database services were anything but plug-compatible, but it's a great language for quick-and-dirty.

If you want something architecturally cleaner, if not necessarily more secure, there's Python.

Could you care to explain how a language is "architecturally cleaner" for web applications when it does not have native web-related features? Unless you consider that piling up frameworks is a better architecture because it brings more moving parts in the picture. Hopefully you are not an architect.

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

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

Anyone cosidering PHP should read this the now infamouns "PHP is a fractal of bad design".

http://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/...

Most of it applies to old, obsolete versions of PHP. That's like complaining about the 640K barrier in Microsoft's operating systems.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

lucm You don't own the government (534 comments)

Ah but the corporations are owned by the shareholders, in this case it would be the police boards that pay into each 'corporation' but no matter how far down the line the money the police spend belongs to we the people so the 'shares' belong to 'we the people' as technically we are supposed to own the governement.

The US government has been a corporation since 1871, and the citizens lost control of their money in 1933. If you are looking for the actual owners of the country, check the "bank" section in the yellow pages.

about a month ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

lucm Re:Diversity is not a virtue (265 comments)

They probably hired communication specialists from the LAPD.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

lucm booo (268 comments)

Obvious campaign slogan for his pursuit: "Yank Barry from Wikipedia!"

Don't quit your day job... unless you're a comedian!

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

lucm Re:RTFA (268 comments)

If you don't want people to know of your extortion practices, then either don't extort people or do a better job at it so you don't get convicted for it in a public court.

Maybe you should have posted that as an AC...

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

lucm Re:But is it false? (268 comments)

I know that defamation suits can be filed (and sometimes even won) even if the information being published is true (if it's false, then one could further sue for libel) but it's my understanding that in the case where the published information is true, the onus is on the person who is suing to show that the *intent* of the publishers was to actually defame them... which of course is quite difficult to do in court. They would have to, using factual evidence, show how it was somehow considerably more probable that there was actually any malicious intent on the publisher's part than any claim the publisher the might make to contrary being true. Unless the publishers actually confess that this is the case, this will not be easy... no matter how good their lawyers are.

All wrong. Defamation means that the information is false. Libel means written defamation (it's slander when spoken). And since this is civil law, intent is not relevant, only alleged damages.

I didn't noticed if the lawsuit takes place in US or Canadian jurisdiction but it's basically the same rules in both countries on this kind of civil matter.

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

lucm Re: The cloud (387 comments)

There is a room with a serial killer inside. I show him to you through the glass, I tell you that if you went inside he will probably kill you. You decide to walk inside and are killed but are in no way responsible for your own death. Interesting.

This is pretty much the Ingrid Betancourt story, with the exception that she survived and is now called a heroine.

about a month and a half ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

lucm Re:MS (387 comments)

That jail must be very crowded with all the nigerian scammers and fake craigslist landlords who use hotmail to scam people.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

I just checked the numbers. The US Army is half the size of China's army, but for some reason 3x more expensive.

Funny enough, US Army uniforms are made in China so part of the US military budget actually ends up financing the Chinese army.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

Lately I was reading the Invasion America series by Vaughn Heppner (https://www.goodreads.com/series/106530-invasion-america) and it left me with this idea that it's before a great army is needed that it can be built and organized. In those books a natural disaster left many countries with food shortage so they attack America who happens to have a lot of intact farmland, and the army is not big enough to protect it.

I think the problem at the moment is not the size of the army; it's the lack of innovation in its methods and policies. Basically the army is still following principles enacted in the 1800s by Von Clausewitz; this makes the army a great invasion force but very clumsy in every other aspect of warfare.

And innovation does not mean selling tanks to buy supercomputers for the NSA. It means figuring out better ways to protect the country in the physical and virtual worlds.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

Decreasing the size of the army would be a good thing, as we're spending far too much fucking money on it.

You must be one of those people who think police is useless because they never got mugged.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

Discredit him? Hilarious. Obama could cut the size of the army that protects the country against foreign invaders and increase the powers of the people who spy on American citizens and the people who voted for him twice would still worship him, call him a savior and think that he is protecting their freedom better than the republicans. His marketing team is as good as Apple's.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

lucm Re:So... (90 comments)

Bing seems like a modern incarnation of Altavista

Altavista is now powered by Bing so the loop is complete!

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

lucm Re:Oh sweet sweet revenge! (90 comments)

since when can one do anything that is both useful and geoblocked at phone modem data rates?

1973

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

lucm Re:So... (90 comments)

Google is hell-bent on making a magic textbox that "does everything" but that forces people to use additional keywords like "near" or "loc", which basically transforms the "single textbox" in a poorly implemented command-line. This is bad UX, plain and simple.

You're arguing that the command line is a bad UI? On slashdot?

No, I'm saying that the Google search box is a bad UI. That's not the same thing.

To get that single textbox you force people to filter their query with keywords that have nothing to do with the topic they are interested into: "loc", "site", "near", etc. That's the equivalent of putting a single buzzer on a multi-tenant building and forcing visitors to buzz multiple times following an arbitrary pattern to reach a specific tenant because the architect believe a single buzzer is prettier.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

lucm Re:So... (90 comments)

Thanks. Your attempt at astroturfing is the best laugh I've had today.

Using "astroturfing" in this context is not only a weak insult, it is also a contribution to the bastardization of the word, which is unfortunate because like parents who claim that their kid is a victim of cyber-bullying because nobody "Liked" a link he posted on Facebook you are making it a little more difficult to discuss actual occurrences of an undesirable behavior.

When you think that a person has a bias regarding a specific technology or company, please use the proper term, such as "fanboi" or "mvp".

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

lucm Re:Oh sweet sweet revenge! (90 comments)

If your grandma lives in the USA, you could use screen sharing to watch Hulu during those 2 free hours per month. Or you could ask her to point her webcam towards the tv screen and watch high-quality American tv (like Keeping Up With the Kardashians) live, as long as she does not change the channel.

For some reason you don't want her to know what you are watching? No problem, here is what you could do

1) ask her to setup Dial-Up networking on her Windows XP machine
2) use dial-up over Skype to access her internet connection
3) gain access to US online services in the comfort of your non-NSA surveilled residence

With those 2 hours of free Skype per month, on dial-up you could probably buffer the first 3 or 4 minutes of a HD tv show episode. FOR FREE!

about 2 months ago

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