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Horribly Coded Sites

Posted by Darkademic in Web Development   0 comments

As a professional web developer, it's my job to make sure all the websites I make are coded nicely to ensure firstly that everything runs efficiently and bug-free, and secondly that future development will be relatively straightforward. Being a massive perfectionist is pretty useful here because it means I've adopted a very strict coding standard which I use for every project.

Over the past month or so I've been tasked to work on some websites that have been built by other developers in order to improve them, but in the end I decided it would be quicker and more beneficial in the long-term to just completely re-do these websites from scratch because the code was absolutely abysmal.

PHP (the language that I primarily use to make functional websites and which is used on over 20 million websites) is quite relaxed, in that it's very easy to write horrible code which still works. Apparently, even supposedly professional web developers have a tendency to write horrible code, and worse they c… continue reading

[DkR] Movie 2008

Posted by Darkademic in Gaming   1 comment

This is the latest movie for the Dark Reavers Team Fortress 2 clan. It uses some of the same clips from the previous movie but it is in black and white and features the newest [DkR] theme tune. Enjoy!

The high quality version is available to anyone who wants it; just leave a comment.

Free Tibet?

Posted by Darkademic in Politics   0 comments

Recently there has been a lot of news coverage surrounding the riots in China, where thugs supporting the campaign for Tibet's independence have been going around damaging private property and attacking completely innocent people. They have been doing this in protest against "human rights violations" commited by the Chinese communists since they took control of Tibet in the 1950s, and have seen much support from the West.

Now, before I begin to look like a supporter of the Chinese communists, I will say I am absolutely not. As an Objectivist and firm believer in the moral righteousness of laissez-faire capitalism, I hate communism and socialism in all its forms. My reasons for siding with the Chinese in this case in fact stems from my political ideas.

Prior to the Chinese occupation, Tibet was a slave society. Conditions for the majority of the population were abysmal as most lived in utter poverty, working for the ruling Lama class often without any pay whatsoever. Gruesome torture me… continue reading