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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.

Comment: Re:No (Score 5, Interesting) 627

by fwarren (#46329233) Attached to: Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Back in the 80's I wrote a lot of code for my Commodore 64 on paper which I would type in later when the computer was available to me. I was in college a few years ago and was required to take a class on Visual Basic. Everyone is class was new to programming or learned with a fancy IDE. We had a test where we had to write a few routines on paper for a test.

Most students had no idea how to form a line of Visual Basic code. They would just start to type the statement and let IntelliSense give them the proper parameter list and then they would just fill in the blanks. This means they were lazy on if a statement used : or ; or if a variable was one-counter or one_counter or OneCounter. It was a disaster. out of 60 students I was the only one who passed that part of the test.

It is not that I am against IDEs. But having worked without them, and having to do the edit-compile-execute-debug loop, I conceptually understand what the IDE is doing for me. I have done the heavy lifting and I appreciate what the IDE does.

The best way to learn what the language can do, is to set down with a manual that has all of the commands and with simple examples, and read it whenever you are in the bathroom. It is much less boring reading something like this when the only competition is staring at the floor.

Comment: Re:Uh? (Score 2) 408

by fwarren (#46028243) Attached to: Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

Really. Geek Card revoked.

I set up a group of rules like 15110, 15111, 15112, 15113 then on my laptop I use a ~/.ssh/config file with entires like

Host HomeWife
  Hostname myhomeip.net
  Port 15111
  User honey
  Compression yes

Then I don't have to remember. BTW I know the external IPs, internal IPs, firewall rules, etc for all my work systems at multiple locations as well as my home systems.

Comment: Re:Took them long enough... (Score 1) 934

And more gun laws would stop that?

The laws on the books in Chicago that would keep a legal gun owner from selling a handgun to a person off the street are not working? More laws will not help with that.

If the only 2 groups that had handguns in Chicago were cops and gangs, gangs would still find a way to steal or purchase guns.

Comment: Re:Took them long enough... (Score 4, Insightful) 934

If I recall correctly stat say that the US is #3 in gun deaths in developed countries.. What is funny about that is if you take the 3 cities with the strongest anti Gun laws (Washington DC, New York City, and Chicago) and made them their own country, they would be #4 on the list and the rest of the US would drop down to something like #20 or lower on the list..

It is not the legal gun owners in these cities murdering each other. The truth is most of these deaths are black on black murders done with illegal guns. As long as we are discouraged from saying this and do not address the real problems in these communities, stronger gun laws won't fix anything.

Comment: Re:And each part takes a proportional share of deb (Score 1) 489

by fwarren (#45761593) Attached to: Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

Not hard to split up the debt. take the total revenues/taxes for each district last year, figure out the % it is of the total. Now use that percentage on how to break up the states debt.

I know that Northern Cali/Jefferson will get screwed, but it they want freedom, they should take the deal. It will prove to be a bargain, The rest of the state is not slowing down in ow fast they are spending money. The sooner they split, the less new massive debt that is not fair for them to take, that they will have to deal with.

Comment: Re:Yeah right (Score 1) 292

by fwarren (#45370947) Attached to: Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

That is the problem. Old skool players that have to much of the market cant make the switch. There is to much money in the old product and never enough money in the "where the market will be in 5 years product" to be worth their while. Then in 5 years if they enter the market, they are wannabes without a good product for that market.

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