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Judge Lowers Jammie Thomas' Damages to $54,000

peater Re:My favorite part (390 comments)

Just wait until they apply bass damages...


more than 4 years ago

Simplifying Search For a Younger Audience

peater Wolfram Alpha? (72 comments)

Wolfram Alpha seems to be a good step in this very direction.

more than 4 years ago

French Military Contributes To Thunderbird 3

peater Re:Choice of Commandos (379 comments)

I would think they are both equally secure. Pretty much anything gets through with little or no control over active-xxx elements.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

peater Re:Age and quality. (443 comments)

> perhaps also because geeks are not good marks for the sorts of products generally plugged via spam

I need my viagra and I certainly would love to cozy up to the wealth of the Nigerian prince you insensitive clod!

more than 4 years ago

Is Earth's Atmosphere an Import?

peater Re:comets (114 comments)

Can't you read? He has "no identity". Do you want him to spell that out for you? Oh wait...

more than 4 years ago

Barnes & Noble's Nook, Reviewed

peater Re:While it may not be a "Kindle Killer"... (260 comments)

I wasn't aware of the PDF issue with Kindle. Yeah, having to send documents to Amazon for conversion everytime I want to use a PDF would suck quite a bit. Among other things, I use my reader (Sony) as a reference store, so if I have important notes and such written in OneNote or I find a cool article I want to perhaps read on the way to work or whatever, I just push everything to a single pdf and carry that with me on the reader (Sony supports PDF out of the box). I get a lot of reading done while travelling so its important for me to able to print a pdf from any of the multitude of applications I use and carry that on my reader.

more than 4 years ago

Barnes & Noble's Nook, Reviewed

peater Re:wtb more booklike reader (260 comments)

While I agree that an ebook reader can't compete with the soft touch and feel of a book yet, you really ought to try one. I've got a Sony Reader and its really not all that bad. The absence of backlighting makes it really easy on the eye, I charge the battery once in a couple of weeks -- admittedly I don't spend TOO much time reading -- but yes the battery life is reasonably long and the reader comes with a soft cover so you can hold it like a book although it still has one screen (yes the cover protects the screen as well).

What I like about e-readers is that I can read multiple books in parallel -- depending on my mood, I just pick one and continue where I left off and switch to something else when I get bored (ADD?). The one thing I'm missing with my reader (its an older model) is a built-in dictionary which I believe Kindle and Nook both have. The newer versions of the Sony Reader have them too along with note taking features. But yeah, its quite a nice gadget and I've done hours of fun reading on it. If you can get your hands on one (borrow?) for a short while, give it a shot. Takes a getting used to but you might be pleasantly surprised.

more than 4 years ago

Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

peater Re:Probably invested a lot in this (655 comments)

Only on /. does a reference to masturbation trump an equally plausible reference to having sex.

more than 4 years ago

Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

peater Re:Of course (655 comments)

That's all very good and you are probably right, but to prioritize my priorities, would you be kind enough to share the msn id of this 15 year old?

I-have-no-claim-to-fame-yet-but-this-15-year-old-will-get-me-there-ly you'rs

more than 4 years ago

Intel Shows 48-Core x86 Processor

peater Re:Code Name is Offensive (366 comments)

Heh, yeah there was this secretary at my workplace in India who had a doc file called "Bangme.doc" which one of us noticed while shoulder surfing. Out of curiosity we opened the document while she wasn't around only to find out that it was a schedule of the partner's Bangalore Meetings. Big big let down.

more than 4 years ago

LHC Has First Collisions After Years of Waiting

peater Re:Obligatory (324 comments)

I'm still waiting for my wave invite. Insensitive clods!

more than 4 years ago

US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

peater Re:Hmmmm (570 comments)

You can even find MD5 dictionaries online which have precomputed hashes. You can just search for the one you need and it will give you the reverse MD5. I would assume authorities already have tables of precomputed MD5 hashes which reduces cracking time significantly.

more than 3 years ago

We Really Don't Know Jack About Maintenance

peater Re:Wait a second... (260 comments)

I hear ya! A client of mine seems to use the word "small" a lot while scope leaping. Let's add another "small" box here and mebbe a "small" drop down there, as if making the controls smaller would somehow reduce my coding time. I went along for the first 2 leaps, then I started budget leaping. The controls don't seem so small to him no more. Bitch.

more than 4 years ago

New Dating Sites Match People Through DNA Tests

peater Re:Hmm... (278 comments)

It's OK, when the shit finally hits the fan, you'll can come here and re-read my "I told you so" rant. PS: I told you so.

more than 4 years ago

Keeping Pacemakers Safe From Hackers

peater Re:Hacking hearts (167 comments)

In a related story, the servant waits while the master bates.

more than 4 years ago

Drupal Multimedia

peater Re:Build one to throw away (130 comments)

I didn't say he should have predicted the future. I said that considering he could achieve something using Zen in less than an hour, it could probably be done in Garland as well within a reasonable amount of time without having to mess with 1000+ lines of customization code. And before you assume I have a God complex, no I don't. I have made the same mistakes and yes I agree they are a necessary part of the learning curve. But that doesn't prove that Drupal "sux". It just proves that Drupal is flexible enough to accomodate varying degrees of customization needs and time and experience allow the developer to customize it in insane ways. Sometimes you find existing templates that are close to your desired outcome and you can get away with tweaking them a wee bit to fit your needs and sometimes you can't find any existing template that's even remotely close to what you want in which case its probably a better idea to either use something like Zen or just start with the bare php-template engine output and customize it from scratch.

more than 4 years ago

Drupal Multimedia

peater Re:Drupal Sux (130 comments)

As a Drupal developer myself, I'm not really sure why Greg had to mess with 1000+ lines of Garland-adapted code specifically because he goes on to say that he could do the same thing using Zen in under an hour which means his customization needs weren't too detailed to even require messing with 1000+ lines of code. I'm sure he knows what he is doing, but in my own experience I've managed to use the php-template engine with CSS to create some fairly customized sites in very little time without requiring Zen or any other 'specialized' base theme or requiring messing around with copious amounts of php code.

As for multimedia and no "native" support for images, while I am not familiar with Joomla or other CMS systems to make a fair comparison, Drupal does have many third party, well recognized and documented modules for this very specific purpose that integrate very well with the base system. The "installation" process is standardized and the extended help system delivers useful information to aid the developer. I'm assuming the reason that multimedia modules aren't integrated with the base system is because it allows users to consider options to implement galleries, videos, etc within the Drupal system and allows innovation (more options for end-users) and regular module updates without requiring multiple Drupal releases.

In that sense I would compare Drupal to C. A core system with a very small footprint with the bulk of the functionality being relegated to library code (modules in Drupal speak). I guess, as and when a module becomes the standard way of doing things in Drupal, it will get integrated into the core (like the standard library in C). The CCK module is a very good example of this which is being integrated partially into the core in Drupal 7. Personally I found CCK, Image, Views and Panels (all Drupal modules) invaluable to all my projects and they have become part of my "standard library" of sorts. For needs not satisfied with these modules, I just Google Drupal + need and choose between the numerous modules that come up.

Having said that, I do agree, Drupal could do well with "pre-installed" modules for basic functionality like image uploads and video integration with the option of overriding these with third party modules to perhaps make things a bit simpler for the uninitiated. But for me, the current state of things isn't a deal breaker given that I have my standard modules stashed away and I just have to copy to my new Drupal installation to have a very usable base system.

Like all else, Drupal (like C) has a very specific philosophy and if that gels with your preferred development methodology, then great! If not, the alternatives are good too.

more than 4 years ago



Michael Pritchard turns filthy water drinkable

peater peater writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peater (1422239) writes "Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it — inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009."
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