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Comment: Re:FOSS solution available (Score 1) 60

by hoggoth (#48434463) Attached to: BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

> if your software product confuses someone with almost 20 years of experience in computing, you're doing it wrong

Speaking of which... Software developer with over 20 years of experience here... I tried to figure out iTunes WTF?! How can they make something so confusing? I just wanted to take 10 mp3s and put them on my daughters iphone. "If you continue I will erase everything on the iphone"...?!?! nope nope nope nope...

Comment: Corruption is the new black. (Score 1) 485

by hoggoth (#48303503) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Is everybody ok with this?! Trial Lawyers *PAY* a politician to make bad laws that will generate more lawsuits, so he does. Google *PAYS* other politicians to make laws favorable to them. So they do.

It's completely outrageous and a generation ago would have been a huge scandal. Now it's business as usual. There is no more democracy.

Comment: Re:so what you're saying... (Score 1) 304

by hoggoth (#48152431) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

> But how about a person who's suffered years of emotional abuse "knowing" their spouse is cheating without being able to prove it?

What is the point of proving it? You don't get double-divorced if you can prove it. You don't get more money if you prove it. Decide to stay together or split up, then do it.

Comment: Re:Very easy to solve (Score 1) 179

by hoggoth (#48103455) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

> Restore the prohibitions against spying and require real warrants to engage. No more dragnets.

And while we're at it I'd like a pony and a flying car.
Aint going to happen.
It's like asking a Lion to just stop eating Wildebeast. Pass all the laws you want. Make all the restrictions and checks and balances you want. The three letter organizations have huge budgets for "black ops" where nobody can know what they are doing. Not even Congress. Probably not even the people in the next office in the same three letter organization.

Comment: Can't back up applications?!?! (Score 1) 577

by hoggoth (#48049459) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

> another backup, disk wipe, and reinstall.

The biggest problem for me is there is no way to backup and restore your installed applications! The 6 month shuffle goes more like: backup data, disk wipe, reinstall OS, reinstall every single application you use finding all of the serial numbers and resetting all of your preferences, restore data.


Comment: Re:Or put another way (Score 1) 195

by hoggoth (#48028509) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

The very similar software 'Spector Pro' does the same thing, but is strongly marketed for "monitoring your children" even though the product is used 99% by suspicious spouses and control-freak bosses. I don't expect they will have any legal problems because of their marketing. A few years back they removed the ability to do a "remote covert install" likely because it crossed that line of intent. (remote convert install means it sends an email with a fake attachment "hey look at this picture of the kids playing soccer" which was actually the installation EXE or a trojan that installed itself via an exploit.)

Comment: Re:In Theory (Score 1) 387

by hoggoth (#47865153) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

So what did you convert everything TO? I needed a program to manage my business and whipped it together in Access in one day. It handles customer lists, project lists, billable hours, todos (customer requests) and auto generates all of my end of month invoices from the billable hours.

Thing is I *hate* Access. Every time I have to touch it I cringe because the way it works hurts my brain. But what else would let me make a system that does all this in just a few hours? Foxpro-ish tools would take weeks to code the loading editing and saving data from the database to the on-screen grids and forms. I looked at Lazarus, Rebol, DABO and LiveCode (RunRev), but they all look like they require hand coding the interface to some extent.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins