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awarded Constituent
Jul
24
awarded Caucus
Jul
6
comment Getting larger images from Google News RSS Feed
Everything documented here was discovered by trial and error. There's no documented method to get larger thumbnails. If they changed how it works in a way that eliminates the useful filenames, then there's probably no alternative.
Jul
3
awarded Great Answer
Jul
2
comment What are the disadvantages of using persistent connection in PDO
@Pacerier, nope, it was someone else.
Jul
2
comment What are the disadvantages of using persistent connection in PDO
@Pacerier, preaching to choir. This occurred during the US financial crisis in 2008 (seven years ago now), and the company was on the verge of going under, so there was little other choice than to not spend money. Thankfully, none of the problems that existed then, financial and technical, are still problems today.
Jun
30
revised How do I extract IP addresses and port numbers from this string?
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Jun
30
awarded Enlightened
Jun
30
awarded Nice Answer
Jun
29
comment What are the disadvantages of using persistent connection in PDO
@Pacerier, I'm saying that management elected to not pay them to investigate the problem deeply, given that we had a workaround in the form of pconnect.
Jun
25
comment What are the disadvantages of using persistent connection in PDO
@Pacerier, we'd outsourced all of our IT at the time to a local company. Good, smart people just management wasn't willing to pay for enough hours for them to get the job done. We don't believe it was a MySQL issue, but a lower level networking / Linux issue. Since the time this was written, we've switched hardware and OS a few times and the three second bug no longer occurs.
Jun
24
awarded Nice Answer
Jun
15
awarded Popular Question
Jun
13
awarded Good Answer
Jun
3
comment Could a Great Flood have happened?
@Himarm Floods happen "all the time", and if your worldview tells you that all the places you've ever been are all there is to the world, then a local disastrous flood can seem tremendous. Check out what's happened in the past week in Texas and Oklahoma, for example. There are similar local flood stories in other cultures as well, including a bunch from China. None of these tales match up well enough with the Great Flood mythology or from the likely origin of it in Gilgamesh to act as supporting evidence.
Apr
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awarded Constituent
Apr
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comment Does HHVM (HipHop) support Postgresql/arbitary pecl extensions?
@FractalizeR, unfortunately I'm just spreading the word that it exists, I haven't used it yet.
Apr
10
comment PHP memcached Fatal error: Class 'Memcache' not found
There should be no real performance impact from having both loaded, no.
Apr
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comment Does HHVM (HipHop) support Postgresql/arbitary pecl extensions?
@FractalizeR, the linked extension provides both ext/pgsql and PDO support.
Apr
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revised Does HHVM (HipHop) support Postgresql/arbitary pecl extensions?
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