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DARPA Wants Atlas Robot To Go Wireless

neorush This is the big one (19 comments)

...in that, with this effort / funds, someone may be able to solve the energy density problem. Even our best batteries are something like 1/30th the density of unleaded fuel. As soon as the electrical energy storage problem is solved the world really will change drastically...flying cars anyone?

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

neorush Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

It is a loose typed language. This is what would happen in these cases. That's the point, it is in fact designed this way!
OMG Look how crappy c++ is!

int x = 'a';
cout << x;
will print 97;

Seriously, just because a language doesn't function the way you are used to, does not mean that it is broken...

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

neorush Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

Yeah, I do admit that MySQL / Maria is the hard limit here. Never used GlusterFS, going to do some reading later. Thanks.

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

neorush Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

We load balance D7 across VM's automatically...no issues here...how were you trying to scale? What would you use instead of PHP?

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

neorush Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

What do you prefer for a server side language? I'm always open for a better way to go, from my experience PHP wins in development time and community support every time. I'd love your take on it though :-)

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

neorush Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

D6 was spaghetti code at its finest. D7 integrated a lot of very solid guidelines and changes, D8 continues in the same thread and is a very coherent and solid framework so far. We run some very large sites on D7 and they load very quickly on crappy hardware which keeps costs down.

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

neorush Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

PHP is a shit language.

* http://whydoesitsuck.com/why-d...

We have === for this...if you change your way of thinking a bit you can actually code more quickly with loose typing (and yes, still keep things secure). Most of the arguments around PHP are something like "it doesn't work like this other language I'm familiar with".

Most of the arguments in here relate to complaining about the issues with most large open source projects, e.g. function naming conventions...while PHP has major issues in this regard (most notably how parameter order always flops around myFunc(haystack, needle), myFunc2(needle, haystack)...etc.) From my experience these sorts of things crop up in libraries / projects all the time, it is not unique to PHP.

The language as a whole really does allow for rapid prototyping, and quick updates, and cross platform support. Read efficient and profitable.

I've found that most people who hate PHP also hate Javascript, again, they don't know how to leverage it properly....so it must suck.

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

neorush Re:Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

Also should have added that TFA is total crap.

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

neorush Have you ever used PHP? (245 comments)

So...do any of the PHP bashers do any actual extensive coding in PHP? Have you ever looked at the code in Drupal 7/8?

Seriously, I am always baffled by everyone who starts ranting on how crappy PHP is. I have done mostly PHP development for 12+ years. I have yet to have a site hacked, or SQL injection exploited. It is a very solid language, it can be made VERY fast (JIT is also coming down the pipe out of the box in 6+). It lends itself to rapid prototyping and easy patching / testing. There is a module / plugin / snippet of code out there for pretty much everything. It will run on a windows server, a debian box, and CentOS pretty much the same.

Loose variable typing is not always bad thing, and you can always cast variables anyway:
$_GET['my_var'] = (int) $_GET['my_var'];
Ta-da! We definitely have an integer now!

I have written entire chat bots with raw socket connections in PHP...it can pretty much do everything...and do it quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

neorush Re: Dupe (840 comments)

You have to disassemble most of the headlight housing and surrounding components on my Subaru. The dealership does it for the cost of the light bulb if I'm getting an oil change anyway...how much is $12 worth to you? I used to do my own oil changes, but after buying everything I might save $10 ...and there lies the problem...a full day of fiddling (and it still might not work)...or $30 for a new coffee maker?

about a month ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

neorush Don't even have 1G (216 comments)

I still have no cell phone coverage at my house...I live in New York State...can I at least get coverage at my house...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

neorush Re:Server Techniques (202 comments)

I built an oil cooled machine a few years ago in a fish tank, it was really awesome looking....but....The oil makes all plastics parts and wires so brittle, that in just a few months they snap with any kind of movement. One of the add-on cards I had also had some rubber parts to the capacitors, and when the rubber expanded in the oil it just popped the capacitor right of the board. Also while gaming the oil would push 130F until I put an external radiator that was air cooled on it, if it is run for under 8 hours at a time the oil will actually cool down, and it took several hours to even get 5 gallons of oil warm again. On top of that...don't get me started on maintenance....the oil "crawled" up out of the tank and up the wires. I switched to fully wireless keyboard / mice / usb hub, but the power cord really had to be wiped off every so often.

While neat, there are some major issues with oil immersion. Instead, a sealed case (hot glue anyone?) and externally mounted water cooled heat sinks would do the trick. The sealed units are awesome, and they don't freeze either as it is not actually water in the sealed units. You can even get self-contained water cooled PSUs now.

about 3 months ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

neorush Re:Ubuntu changed everything (110 comments)

Hear hear! We switched from Debian to Ubuntu years ago on all production servers...there are some real polishes that make managing the servers that much easier. Yes, it can be done with Debian, but its already done on Ubuntu...

about 3 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

neorush Re:He claims this himself (391 comments)

Oh yeah, the MacroMedia preloader (MM_)....haven't seen that since 2001....and they are seriously using tables for layout...

about 6 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

neorush Re:Well here we go again. (552 comments)

interestingly enough....
neorush@localhost:~$ apt-cache search popcorn
pd-chaos - Pd library for calculating various chaotic attractors

about 7 months ago
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Google Announces "Classroom"

neorush Re:"For advertising purposes" (143 comments)

...well at least for the next 3-5 years until we decide to cancel this project.

about 9 months ago

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My Space Deletes 29,000 Sex Offender Accounts

neorush neorush writes  |  more than 7 years ago

neorush writes "From TFA:
"Social networking Web site MySpace Latest News about MySpace has found and purged more than 29,000 sexual predators using the site, a number described by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as an "exploding epidemic." The figure is more than quadruple the amount MySpace said it found two months ago. In May, MySpace — which allows users to create their own Web pages — said it banned from its site about 7,000 people discovered to be sex offenders."

First of all MySpace has more than 100 Million registered users (I didn't confirm that number I just remember reading it somewhere awhile back), which means that 29,000 is only .029% of the MySpace population. Sure I have a better chance of running into a sex offender on MySpace than say winning the lottery, but is this anymore dangerous than letting my child walk down the street in the suburbs? Its just describing this problem as an "exploding epidemic" seems just like another media scare tactic."

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