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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Ramley As it should be... (69 comments)

... at least IMO.

Background: I have been using XCode 6.6 (I think) for about a month now, as swift sounded intriguing. I wasn't a huge fan of obj-c, but I worked with it for a mobile app, so swift sounded like a potentially nice evolution...

One of the plus's of the IDE with Mac OS X is the ability to quickly assemble a UI. I would much prefer being able to work under the hood with the code for the rest of the app... it helps me understand the language, and how everything works together... as well as a sense of control, knowing it does what I intended for it to do.

If you want to create a complex app, it seems that one should know what they're doing... especially if it is to be used for more than personal use... for so, so many reasons.

about 4 months ago

Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

Ramley Politics... (126 comments)

It seems to me that whatever political party can effectively use this data first, has a great weapon in its arsenal.

about 5 months ago

How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

Ramley "Feels" Unnatural... (151 comments)

Business decision(s) aside, it feels completely unnatural that such a cool, grassroots company sold out to a behemoth monstrosity like FB.

I would really like to see FB taken down a notch (putting it nicely), and this I am afraid will draw more people to it, as this tech is very compelling. I don't want to have to use FB to play with VR on this level. Perhaps I won't have to.

Maybe Oculus did need the help referred to in the article, but couldn't there have been another way? $2B would be hard to turn down, but (imho) they could have gotten there another way, and maybe surpassed it.

just my $0.02

about 10 months ago

Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

Ramley Whoops... (264 comments)

I can already hear the excuses when the footage is "lost" over the one controversy an officer might have. Or (as previously mentioned), the camera magically shut itself off.


about 10 months ago

Book Review: MODx Revolution - Building the Web Your Way

Ramley Not a bad CMS, Very flexible (70 comments)

I have a client who wanted to implement ModX (Evolution, the prequel to Revolution). I took a look at it for them, and found it to be very simple to work with, and was quite flexible to be able to do what you needed with it.

It has its own coding standards, and allows for static templates or DB storage for HTML. It's definitely easier to use/customize than Joomla, and some of the other (more popular) CMS's. Out of the box, it just works, and works well.

Would I recommend it for everyone? Definitely not. I would compare its ease-of-use to WordPress, but I tend to like it better... if for no other reason than its not WordPress.

Just my simple 2 ... it's worth a look.

about 2 years ago

Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

Ramley Re:So do something about it. (525 comments)

You want to get rid of the TSA?

Don't fly.

It's that simple. No, don't tell me you have to. You don't. You get enough people together and you all refuse to fly until the TSA is dismantled, and you know what'll happen? The airlines will get things changed in a hurry and the TSA will evaporate in a puff of invalid logic. It's that simple!

"Oh but it isn't and I have no choice and I need to fly and-"...

I can't agree with this more. ...and I've done my part, but not only for TSA reasons.

You can be guaranteed that if *we* all stopped flying to protest the TSA, the TSA would go away because the airlines would scream 'bloody murder'. You can also be guaranteed that this will never (absolutely never) happen, because people in this day & age put their (mostly petty -- a dying family member is not petty) needs before something as important and fundamental as this.

Wouldn't it be a good start if we all could pick a day (or a week, etc.) that no one booked a plane ticket in the name of TSA protest? It would send a message, at least, but wouldn't completely stop the craziness of what is happening today. When can we have a "no fly day"?

about 2 years ago

Real-Time Gmail Spying a 'Top Priority' For FBI This Year

Ramley Maybe I'm Crazy, but... (283 comments)

This is Slashdot which has a deep user base of highly skilled technical talent, hates what's happening to the Internet (etc.) via the U.S. Government (etc.), and collectively has the ability to do something about it.

Personally, I often find myself reading articles like this, and becoming very frustrated about it to say the least. The older I get, the more I have seen the encroaching government rules/laws/lack thereof which basically invalidates some of the most important parts of the Constitution. It's gone waaaaayyyy too far at this point, don't you think?

All of this has to be somewhat obvious and common in terms of how you feel when you read this. I don't think I am in the minority here, but I might be crazy.

With the long-winded intro above... there must be something we can do as a collective. There are a lot of great minds here, and a lot of talent which can out-think, and out-perform anything the government can come up with without breaking laws.

What we're lacking is organization, and a plan to do something about it. That could be anything from making sure the world knows what's happening, to creating secure means of communication, to outing politicians, and getting the media involved, to a lot of things we haven't thought of.

I'm ready for the neigh-Sayers, and the "it won't happen because...", but doing something is a lot better than watching this all happen and feeling helpless.

How do we organize? How can Slashdot come together to do something positive which stops this atrocious behavior by our governments?

Before we hear about how silly this idea is or how it won't ever work, who has actually tried on a somewhat large scale in terms of people?

I may be alone, but I am so tired of hearing about all the incredibly ridiculous things our government is doing to the people who pay for them to be there.

Well, it was worth a try... I'm ready to be shot down, but if I didn't say something, I'd just be a lemming like a good percentage of the clueless constituency.

Rant over... :)

about 2 years ago

Internet Defense League To Be Deployed Against CISPA

Ramley Re:Education (71 comments)

YES! this is exactly right. Women's rights, abortion, etc... are very surface and personal issues that hit home to a lot of people, but aren't really going to change no matter who is elected. They are not the relevant issues, nor will they change easily.

It's a smokescreen to get elected, and make the other guy look out of touch. When will people figure this out?

In the U.S. we've got to stop electing the "cool" guy who would be fun (and interesting) to sit and have beers with, rather than a leader who puts the power back into the hands of the people.

The road we are going down undermines everything that this country was founded on, and made it stand out from the rest (good or bad). One must admit, to a point -- we had it good for a while.

This road we're on has been taken countless times before in other ways, and it has never, ever ended well.

about 2 years ago

Smart Ice Cubes Tell When You've Had Enough Alcohol

Ramley Back in the day... (167 comments)

We would have used these for "How-fast-can-you-get-those-cubes-to-turn-red" parties.

about 2 years ago

Texas High School Student Loses Lawsuit Challenging RFID Tracking Requirement

Ramley Re:Battery? (412 comments)

I actually went to the website, and if you read the FAQ:

"Q. What does this pilot cost and what is the projected additional revenue expected?
A. NISD will spend approximately $261,000 on this pilot for the two schools and expects to realize $2 million in additional revenues."

about 2 years ago

Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

Ramley Re:Holy Heart Failures!!! (51 comments)

I always LOVED that car, and yes, I'm old enough for it to be the definitive Batmobile.

I'd love to pull a Bat-turn on I-10 one day.........again, but in that car rather than my own.

It's the definitive Batmobile to me also. I was old enough to still enjoy the (first rounds of) re-runs, and see it in an "antique" auto museum close to the area I grew up. I remember making a point of touching it, to see if it was a real car. Ah, the good old days.

more than 2 years ago

Water Bottle Fills Itself From the Air

Ramley Black Friday? (173 comments)

Well, damn... while glancing over the headlines, I somehow got it in my mind this was a Black Friday deal, and was about to avoid it.

more than 2 years ago

It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director

Ramley Re:Because the 35 year olds have gained wisdom (441 comments)

I'm 48, self-employed, and spend a good deal of time putting out security fires, and/or filling in the gaps that the younger, (very) less experienced guys didn't think through their solutions.

As one of my roles, I am the "go-to" guy for organizations which have development staff, but only have 1/2 of the required talent, if that makes any sense.

The more companies begin to understand / evolve online, the more open their eyes will be when they realize they've had their first SQL injection, etc. This is when people like us come in -- but the key to our success is keeping up with constantly changing technology, and doing it well.

more than 2 years ago

Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

Ramley The swinging pendulum (333 comments)

It seems the pendulum is swinging back towards Microsoft. If you live long enough, it will swing back (or away from MSFT) again.

It reminds me of the days when data was stored on main-frames, mini's, etc. with distributed green-screens... it went to PC's (stored locally), and now the cloud, then...

It's the pendulum.

more than 2 years ago

Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty

Ramley Re:40 (317 comments)

... and still coding

/ Very nice!

I'm 48, and wish I had another 24 years to do all of the things I want to do coding-wise alone. I haven't learned it all yet, and still want to know how everything works.

It's a great lifestyle after all this time. I own my own firm, work from my home office, get out to the boat on Fridays and work from there if needed (during summer), and make my own time to work on my own terms.

Coding at 48 is great!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

Ramley LED Light Strips (372 comments)

Don't forget about lighting, and some of the REALLY cool things you can do with LED's.

For about $25 (US), you can pick up 16 foot reels of bright LED RGB lights (30-60 LED's/meter). They come with remotes, so you can control color, brightness, effects, etc.

I've done some very cool access lighting in strategic places around the house, and it's pretty awesome.

The low-hanging-fruit, of course would be in the kitchen with under-cabinet lighting. It's even cheaper with one-color (white) LED's... It took about 30 minutes to "install", and the ROI is huge. Especially with the wife.

more than 2 years ago

Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

Ramley Smokers Tax (1199 comments)

Why not impose a tax on smokers... somehow affecting their paycheck?

Don't create more laws making nicotine illegal. We've had enough liberties taken from us. Personal responsibility is going out the window, imho.

Randomly test employees (or somehow find a way to separate the smokers from the non), and penalize the smokers via a "tax". Smokers still have the choice, but also have incentives to quit. The additional cost to health care, and testing would be covered by the tax.

Perhaps not realistic, but certainly more mature than simply making everything illegal, and eliminating yet another choice.

more than 2 years ago

New Content-Delivery Tech Should Be Presumed Illegal, Says Former Copyright Boss

Ramley Wow, just wow (379 comments)

I mean... really?!?

Still aghast that this could be coming from someone in such an influential position.

The kicker is that this could actually happen. After what's gone on over the last 11 years, not much surprises me anymore.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Ramley Re:Slackware on floppies (867 comments)

Then Redhat then centos

Exactly the same there, with a short detour into BSD somewhere down the line.

more than 2 years ago

Space Shuttle Items For Sale Soon VIa GSA Auction

Ramley Re:Slashdotted the Gov? (59 comments)

They're just making sure you actually *read* the article before commenting.

more than 2 years ago



Canada to reassess health model

Ramley Ramley writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ramley (1168049) writes "Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada's provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

"We can't continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services.

"At some stage we're going to hit a breaking point.""

Link to Original Source

Small Ad Agencies and Web Tech Success?

Ramley Ramley writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ramley (1168049) writes "I am a web developer/consultant dealing with several diverse industries, and have recently come across an opportunity to work with a small, successful, nationwide, advertising agency who has had several failures delivering Web projects on-time, within budget, with quality solutions. It seems this sector works with too many different existing technologies (i.e. ASP, Cold Fusion, PHP, various database implementations, etc.) and has a difficult time managing projects and vendors from a technical perspective, while trying to manage the greater projects of their core business (Creative, PR, Copy writing, Campaigns, etc.). To add to the problem, there are many different personality types and schools of thought approaching the projects which do not seems to understand the technical side of the business.

I have been casually asked by a managing partner of a particular agency: What would I do to make the marriage of technology & creative successful, both financially and from an on-time, quality delivery standpoint? Although I have my own ideas, I felt this would be a good place for the Slashdot community to share their wealth of experience. Please lend your 2, as this seems to be an issue in many of the same types of business I have run into."


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