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Comment: Pikers (Score 0) 783

by fwarren (#48830095) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

These folks are pikers.

Back in 1971 when I was 5 my parents dropped me and my 3 year old brother off at the theater to go watch Dumbo.

6 months later I went to go visit my grandmother. They loaded me up on the greyhound bus for the 12 hours drive and asked the driver to make sure I did not get off the bus till it got to the Los Angeles station.

I look back and think WTF? What was WRONG with my parents?

Comment: Re:CryptoWall (Score 1) 463

by fwarren (#48732699) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Or like me, have my fileserver a Linux system with the SMB shares on ZFS and have scripted hourly backups. Took me all of 20 minutes to recover. 16 minutes to figure out how far back to roll each share, 1 minute to look up the ZFS rollback command and 4 more minutes to commit all the rollback on all the affected shares.

Comment: Re:Several others posting say that risks corruptio (Score 1) 370

by fwarren (#47883773) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux

To get all the features of data integrity and error correction you need to avoid hardware raid with ZFS.

If ZFS controls the drives and you have striping or mirroring and one of the drives has corrupt data, ZFS can log an error and fix the data corruption. If hardware RAID controls the drive, it may realize a copy of the data is bad, and pass back the good copy, but RAID won't log an error nor fix the bad block. ZFS won't fix it either because it won't know since RAID handled returning the correct data to ZFS.

ZFS is self healing if it is NOT on top of hardware RAID. To reap all of the benefits of ZFS you need lots of RAM, that RAM should be ECC and two or more disks without hardware RAID.

Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 2) 548

by fwarren (#47723493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

As a child my dad taught me what to know about unions. He was a union stone mason in his youth.

Unions do not foster excellence. If you excel, you make everyone else look bad. My dad was a hard worker. He would get up at 4:00am and be laying brick by 5:00am, and some night had his truck lights on working till 8:00 or 9:00pm.

He said with the union job, you spent 4 hours working and 4 hours doing other things, like dropping your trowel off the top of the building. Then you had to wait for a supervisor to show up, explain you dropped your trowel. The supervisor then had to go down in the elevator, walk by the trowel, find a journeyman hod-carrier tell him to get the trowel and bring it up to you. 30 to 60 minutes wasted doing nothing, And by the time the trowel got back to you, you could stop to go to the bathroom.

I like doing good work. I don't want a union that protects me from my boss abusing me like it is 1910 again, but makes me a slave to mediocrity and not standing out from the crowd because it makes them look bad.

Comment: Re:Behind the curve (Score 1) 1040

by fwarren (#47185069) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Fully agree.

I worked for the welfare department in Fresno California in the 80s. A judge forced a "homeless" program on the welfare department. They would pay first month, last month and deposit. With the deposit being tied to the rent amount and all of that being tied somewhat to what welfare paid on a monthly basis. IE if you got a $700 welfare check, they would NOT fork out $1400 a month rent to you.

This program had two big effects. The first one is it hurt people who lived just above welfare status. If a crap-hole appartment went for $300 a month and a decent place went for $400. The crap-hole manager raised the rent to $400. Well to keep poor people with poor life skills who will trash the place out AND the fact that the crap-hole goes for $400, now the decent place raises their rents to $500. So this hurt a whole bunch of people who did not quality for welfare.

The second thing is many folks abused the program. You could get homeless assistance onec a year. So you did not pay rent (pocket 1 months rent), then got an eviction notice, welfare department pays 1st months rent (so pocket 2nd month of rent money). Then you dont pay rent on month 12, (pocket more rent money), they call it your last month, plus keep the deposit and you are now homeless again after a year and qualify for more help. There were lots of people who did this 2 and 3 years in a row.

The same will be true of this minumun wage increase. If you are a crap-hole manager and charge X now and everyones pay almost doubles, you can almost double rent. Now that you raise the rent the non-crap-hole place will raise rent as well. If a carboard box rents for x then a place with a real roof must rent for more than x.

Now it is not just labor costs that go up, rents will go up too. This will hurt everyone but union employees whos minumun pay is tied to being 150% or 300% of minumun wage.

Comment: OwnCloud (Score 1) 243

by fwarren (#46620175) Attached to: Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

This is what OwnCloud is made for.

I know not everyone is able to set up their OwnCloud server. There are places that will host it and set it up for you.

I am truely sorry that DMCA is slowly but surely choking the web, In the end it will go away. Kids that are 15 today, when they are 45 will not convict someone of piracy, they just wont see anything wrong, same thing for the judges and prosecutors. In the shot term it could get alot worse. If you don't have the skills to circumvent it all I can do is quote John Wayne. "Life is hard, it is even harder when you are stupid"

Comment: Re:As an enterprise user of oracle based systems (Score 1) 162

by fwarren (#46530893) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Yes, and Oregon may have even known what scoundrels they are. But they are the only company that completed the bid process. Which was so byzantine that the requirements kept changinig while the bid process advanced. When everything was said and done, Oracle was the only company that submitted a complete bid the state could consider.

I have a suspision that the process was built around the concept of give the outside contractor 100 million dollars so they can be blamend intead of us state employees. Tpyically things don't Wile E Coyote blow up in thier face so badly that evenyone involved goes down, but this looks like one of those rare instances where that will happen.

Comment: Re:Probably a tough choice to make. (Score 4, Informative) 200

by fwarren (#46488469) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

After 18 months, "Metro" is not a roaring success. Firefoxes absense on Metro will only hurt WinRT users. By definition, being a WinRT users they have already decided they are going to have a stripped down experience.

I don't think Mozilla is losing anything here.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 627

by fwarren (#46350603) Attached to: Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

There are plenty of times when I have not been near a computer and writing some code out when I had a thougth was a great thing to do. In addition to the fact it is great to do when learning a new language or construct.

The point was that everyone brought up on intellesense did not really know the language, they had a very lose understanding of the syntax. During their larval phase in learning to program it was hindering them from learning the language better. When you understand things, then it is eaiser to undertdand the tradeoffs, when to cut corners, how much time you tools are saving you, etc.

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