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The State of ZFS On Linux

fwarren Re:Several others posting say that risks corruptio (366 comments)

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.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

fwarren Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

fwarren Re:What a bunch of Wuss (579 comments)

Damn straight!!! They are in my house.

about a month ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

fwarren Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

fwarren OwnCloud (243 comments)

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"

about 6 months ago

Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

fwarren Re:As an enterprise user of oracle based systems (162 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

fwarren Re:Probably a tough choice to make. (200 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

fwarren Re:No (627 comments)

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.

about 7 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

fwarren Re:No (627 comments)

Used to have 3 very active childern at home. The bathroom was the only place I could sit and read for 5 minutes. And 5 minutes 3 times a day 7 days a week is almost 2 hours of distraction free time to read a manual.

As for the state of my colon, it is better than ever. Thank you for asking.

about 7 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

fwarren Re:Please Stop. (627 comments)

Well it looks like it is time to type Q in edline and switch to using notepad. I want to move up to a more powerful editor and am not sure if Sublime is right for me.

about 7 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

fwarren Re:No (627 comments)

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.

about 7 months ago

Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

fwarren Microsoft and Skpe (139 comments)

I doubt Microsoft will every be able to justify the 8 billion dollar price tag it paid for Skype.

I think Google should go out to and make another wise investment. I would love to so MS buy something like Pinterest for 15 billion.

about 8 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

fwarren Re:Uh? (408 comments)

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
  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.

about 8 months ago

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

fwarren Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

fwarren Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

fwarren Re:And each part takes a proportional share of deb (489 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago

Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

fwarren Re:Yeah right (292 comments)

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.

about 10 months ago

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

fwarren Sometimes a Cigar (726 comments)

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

fwarren Re:Linux Mint anyone? (631 comments)

I mean, even the close/minimize/maximize buttons had to be switched around to the top left... WHY?

I believe it is something like penis envy.

about a year ago



Package signing comes to pacman and Arch Linux

fwarren fwarren writes  |  about 2 years ago

fwarren writes "One of the main complaints heard around here on why some slashdotters don't run Arch Linux is that the packages are not signed. Fear no more. Arch Linux and pacman now allow for package signing."
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Ridley Scott to direct new Blade Runner movie

fwarren fwarren writes  |  about 3 years ago

fwarren (579763) writes "Alcon Entertainment, best known for the movie "The Blind Side" purchased the rights to Blade Runner earlier this year. The next order of business? Hire Ridley Scott.

Scott has signed on to make a new Blade Runner movie. At this point it is not known weather it will be a sequel or a prequel. With no script or writer at this point. I think it is safe to say that it will be roller coaster ride for the next few years."

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Under $100 Laptops have finally arrived

fwarren fwarren writes  |  about 6 years ago

Roman Phalanx writes "OLPC had promised that it would be possible to mass produce a sub $100 laptop. The folks at OLPC tried to realize that dream by re-imaging what a laptop looks like. How large of screen and keyboard it has. What OS runs on the laptop. Now that OLPC has decided to super size their systems to run Windows XP the $100 price point has slipped beyond their reach.

A Chinese firm has realized that dream. Taking the best from both the OLPC and EeePC. They ditched x86 compatibility and switched to a MIPS architecture to further reduce production costs. HiVision has managed to create a UMPC that sells right now for $120.00. They say they have refined the manufacturing process and have learned from building this laptop how to mass produce a laptop that will sell for $98.00. The new HiVision MiniNote is due out in October of 2008.

TechVideoBlog has footage of one of these Mini Notes being shown off at a trade show in Germany. They have managed to borrow a unit overnight for a while and have done a quick review on it. Overall it looks pretty good. MIPS based processor, WiFi, 1GB flash storage, it runs Linux, has 3 USB ports, Ethernet, SDHC card reader, audio in and out, , multi-tabbed Firefox browser support and Abiword for word processing. Running a custom Chinese Linux distrubution named Xip.

Overall performance seems snappy and no problems connecting to WiFi. Other than the lack of a webcam and the Adobe Flash Player it seems perfect. For $98 it looks like quite a value."

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fwarren fwarren writes  |  about 8 years ago

fwarren (579763) writes "The details here aren't entirely clear, but in one of the cases the RIAA is trying against someone for file sharing, lawyer Ray Beckerman (famous for defending plenty of people accused of file sharing) got the court to ask the record labels in the case to explain how employees at the labels actually used peer-to-peer file sharing apps in sending songs to radio stations. Beckerman is now complaining that the labels are refusing to answer,"


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