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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

jmccay Re: I might not be here for Hurd 1.0 (206 comments)

Nah. More likely 2103. Don't forget the years it will take to actually take it seriously.

about a year ago
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British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing To Fear"

jmccay Re: Yeah, right! (404 comments)

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

What we have here is a massive data grab that can be mined many ways by who knows how many people. Bush set the infrastructure, & Obama doesn't see any reason not to use it. The head of the IRS has met with Obama more times than every other head of the IRS combined has met with a president. we already know Obama has targeted his political rivals, & the American media does a big yawn at this new scandal!!!!!!!

about a year ago
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Iran's New Space Program

jmccay Re:congratulations are (243 comments)

Are we talking about the same Iran???? Truth and public data are not a part of there vocabulary. In truth, these are probably spy satellites. They'll probably use them to target Israel and the US with their new nuclear missiles. You are highly delusional. Muslims have only one insatiable appetite...the spread of Islam!

more than 3 years ago
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US To Fire Up Big Offshore Wind Energy Projects

jmccay Massachusetts? (223 comments)

Since Ted Kennedy is gone, may they'll put it up there.

more than 3 years ago
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Tron: Legacy — Too Much Imagination Required?

jmccay Re:I think most people missed the point (429 comments)

I you people are missing the point. The original movie was about this fantasy world inside the computer--which at the time was a great imaginative way to see it. You could also look at the original movie as a VR world in which artificial programs help people accomplish tasks. If I remember correctly, the master controller was on a main frame and was a AI. All this is within the realm of possible for imagination.

      The way I saw the new movie was like this: Flynn was trying to create a VR world to mirror the one he experienced in the original movie. Every program in there was an AI. Some created by him in his search for creating the perfect world, and another group that came into existence. The movie was about the continuing war between those who want to control freedom and expression and those who wish to express their freedom and express themselves. It mirrors our battle in the real world with balancing the rights of a freedom with the need to maintain an ordered framework to express that freedom without causing anarchy and chaos.

more than 3 years ago
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Self-Powered Parts Are the Future

jmccay Re:The future of what? (101 comments)

Actually, my work is currently installing hands-free faucets in the bathroom sinks. The sensor battery is recharged with a small water turbine, and you only need to change the battery when it no longer works. Creating more technology like this would be better for the green movement than Al Gore's movie. Although, I doubt it is cheap enough yet for use by everyday folks.

about 4 years ago
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4chan Gives 90-Year-Old Vet a Great Birthday

jmccay Re:Thank you (363 comments)

Thank you for your service, and for helping secure the freedom of my family, friends, and myself.

about 4 years ago
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Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid

jmccay Re:This Guy (337 comments)

I know this is a little late, but I will reply anyways because this is the first time I have checked back on my post (frankly, I don't care what a bunch of liberal keyboard jockeys think). The people at wikileaks could have used some brains and realized they were endangering the lives of people. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. My anger was directed at the right people because without a sucker to post the information publicly, the information would have gotten little attention. I stand by my original claim. If these guys were reporting behind the lines in Germany, they would be the type of "journalist" who would publish the names of the Ally informants in Nazi German newspapers. Also, they probably would use the lame excuse of "we just published the information" when the Nazi's rounded up the informants and killed them. Grow up people and realize that freedom of information has a cost--you have to be intelligent to handle it. You can't just say what ever you want. You are not a "hero" just because you get information and post it that supports your idea that something is wrong. Hero's have the brains to think that innocent people may get hurt and they filter the information first. If they contacted the Obama administration first, they would probably have helped them because it is something Obama would have supported. I hope the whole staff at wikileaks pays some price--how ever many that may be!

about 4 years ago
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Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid

jmccay This Guy (337 comments)

This guy, and his source(s), are despicable! He released information that has put the lives of innocent people--people who wanted to improve their country by providing information-- in danger. I am sure the informants thought they were providing the information anonymously. Now, thanks to the acts of a "journalist" (I use that term in the very loosest sense), these informants are in danger. If these guys were reporting behind the lines in Germany, they would be the type of "journalist" who would publish the names of the Ally informants in Nazi German newspapers. No matter what your stance on the war in Afghanistan, everyone with intelligence should be mad at these people! They have no common sense at best! I think it is wrong for the Swiss to protect him. I hope they give him over to the United States.

more than 4 years ago
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Thorium, the Next Nuclear Fuel?

jmccay Re:Cost (710 comments)

Don't forget the tree-huggers will not let us mine for it because we'd probably desturb the mating habits of some dung beetle or something. One only needs to look at California to understand that we are stuck in a stalemate. The tree-huggers don't want to use oil products to produce energy (California could be in the black instead of the red if it actually drilled for oil), coal, wood, and even nuclear. China's starting to create a strangle hold on REE that's needed for the green technologies they swoon over which doesn't produce the same bang for your energy buck as the other stuff. Do you actually think think for a moment the tree-huggers will let any mining happen? They would rather live in the dark ages.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Sci-Fi Run Out of Steam?

jmccay Re:Sci-fi not predicting far enough? (479 comments)

Sci-Fi ran out of steam when the writers started putting more emphasis on sex and bottom of the barrel characters that represent the worst of society.

more than 4 years ago
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Journalists Looking For Government Money

jmccay Re:good description (323 comments)

I trust Fox News far more that communist radio NPR that worships at the alter of Obama. They practically drool when he talks. Doesn't anyone have a problem with the government owning media? Isn't it bad enough that the private own media swoons on every word Obama says? He already owns the banks and 2/3 of the American car industry. This doesn't bother anyone else?

more than 4 years ago
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Legal Code In a Version Control System?

jmccay Re:Too early yet (334 comments)

You are kind of missing the point. Congress doesn't want us to know what the bills say, and they don't want to really know what the bill says. If they don't actually read the bill, they have plausible deniability. If you can't read the bill, then they can say you don't know what you're talking about, and if that doesn't work, they'll just call you a racist for disagreeing. Take health care for instance. What Obama and the Democrats have been saying the bill does is not what the actual bill says. They are playing a magician; they want you to watch what there right hand (what they say) is doing while the left hand (what the bill says) is doing something else. Didn't you have a problem when Obama broke his promise that we'd be able to view bills a week before they are passed (see here)? Aren't you bothered that most in Congress don't read the bill before they sign it, and then try to tell you what it actually does? They are trying to reform health care in America without actually reading the whole bill! Ask your local Representative if they read the bill before they passed it back in August. Anything that expedites the process of you being able to read what is being passed will not be done. This is business as usual.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook VP Slams Intel's, AMD's Chip Performance Claims

jmccay Re:You're Computin' for a Shootin' Mister (370 comments)

I wonder if the VP bought multi-core technologies expecting that there would be an instantaneous improvement. The truth is that multi-core technologies don't guarantee massive improvements if the software was not written to take advantage of more than one processor. I think this is more a case of a VP seeing too much of the "big picture" and not enough of the details.

more than 5 years ago
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Doctors Silencing Online Patient Reviews Via Contract

jmccay Re:non-issue (324 comments)

yes, you're correct. However, it is a censuring of a "right" in that if I go to a doctor and receive treatment and don't like the treatment...I should by the inherent right of our freedoms be able to post my opinion about it. This is lame. I'm so tired of hearing/reading about crap like this, it just frustrates me. How dare I voice a negative opinion about some stupid doctor's office? Please. There outta be a law....:D

Before you encourage Obama to take a away more of our dwindling rights, there is a democratic free market way this will get resolved--possibly. All it takes is some doctor to mess up, twice, and the second patient, or their family, sues the doctor and the associated medical institution involved for the mistake and not allowing the first patient, who had the same mistake, from posting about the problem. That could cause them to remove the clause. Basically, you make it more expensive for them to keep it in than to remove the clause.

more than 5 years ago
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Difficult Times For SF Magazines

jmccay Re:Online uptake? (218 comments)

I get tired of starting a book, and after I really getting into the book, I come across a sex scene that just doesn't fit into the story. Most of the sex scenes in the books are pointless. It seems some, not all, of the writers seem to committed to lowest common denominator of values. As for the magazines, I got tired of glancing at them finding that I didn't like any of the stories.

more than 5 years ago
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MS Silverlight To Stream Obama Inauguration Events

jmccay Re:So much for a tech savvy Whitehouse. (589 comments)

You could just turn on the TV for the important parts. Maybe it's to 20th century for you? Every station and more is going to have some presence there. I am more shocked at the $150 Billion being used to put on this party. In a down turn economy, that could put a lot of money in our pockets. If they really want to get the economy going, send every American family, or single person, a tax free check for $50,000 to $100,000. It would probably have been cheaper than all the rounds of billions of dollar of hand outs to company that mismanaged the money. The even mismanaged the money gave them. Now even the porn industry wants a hand out!

more than 5 years ago
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China Makes Arrests To Stop Internet Porn

jmccay Re:numbers (204 comments)

Troll or not, you are immune from nothing. So what if you have lived through a war in your country. Plenty of people have. The US has not because, in the past, we don't generally let the war come to our country. We are smart enough to realize that it is best to fight the battles before they are on our front doorstep and in our front yards. If the rest of the world would get off their posteriors and take care of the small, and big, fires around the world, the US would more than likely just stay in our own country, but let's face it the United Nations is pathetic. Their peace forces are useless, a joke, and sometimes even criminal, and don't even start with accusations of "American soldiers are committing war crimes" because when they do, we prosecute the soldiers. Most of the time, as in this latest struggle for Iraq, the rest of the world believed liberal propaganda that was simply not true at best (& down right lies at worst). It's not my fault you people are suckers. I have heard from American soldiers in Iraq, and a vast majority them were shocked at the misinformation displayed by the likes of CNN et. al..

If the US pulled out of everywhere today. I am sure a lot of people would be happy--like dictators who abuse their people. I also know that the Europeans would probably do nothing but "talk" about the problem and try to negotiate with no positive results. Most of the time (not all of the time) if something needs to be done the US has to do it because nobody else will. This is not propaganda it is just the truth. If the rest of the world doesn't like the way the US is handling things, then they should start solving problems around the world instead of sitting on their collective rear ends bitching at their TVs, radios, etc. because the Americans are doing it all wrong in their experienced and expert opinion.

Get off your high horse and get a clue. The US does stuff because the rest of the world generally won't do anything. Some in America still believe it is possible to make the world a better place for everyone. It will not happen by everyone holding hands and sing peace songs. Some still believe it is possible to make a change for the better, and that governments should be by the people and of the people. Some of us still believe that differences of opinion need not lead to fighting, but the differences sometimes do lead to fighting--and should only lead to fight as a last resort when ones nation/self is in danger. (Of course, there are exceptions.) I know you are not smart enough to read this with an open mind because you just hate the US (or just hate my comments an/or me). In fact you'll probably reply with another troll or lame comment at best. That seems to be all your capable of at the moment.

more than 5 years ago
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China Makes Arrests To Stop Internet Porn

jmccay Re:numbers (204 comments)

<sarcasm>Your right. China SO much better than Bush. Why didn't I see that?</sarcasm>

I know...because your wrong. Bush didn't wage war on the rest of the world. There was a lot of misrepresentation on the part of most of the media about Iraq. WW II was a lot worse, but if you believed them, then Iraq was far worse! Bush preemptively attacked two nations who were supporters of terrorism before they could harm us more. Both now have a freely elected governments, and Iraq is now running their own security. The plan was always to hand over (& eventually leave) the country when Iraq was capable of protecting itself. That is now the case, and we now have a timetable to leave with Iraq able to stand on their own. If you believed Obama, Clinton, et. al. then this was never going to be possible. They were wrong, and the media, and the liberals, misrepresented Iraq to a majority of the people in order make themselves look better to regain power. A lot of people/suckers fell for the smoke and mirrors.

Bush liberated people, and China suppresses people. They censor the internet, and they use their prisoners (some of whom are just religious people) for spare body parts for other people. Did you get a transplant from China? Then it came from a prisoner (also (second article),). To be fair China has placed a ban on sales of body parts requiring a signature from the donor, but I don't know how this effects the human body parts harvesting from prisoners.

China doesn't need to place a value on human life because they have over a quarter of the population of the Earth (even with the 1 baby per family law). The value of life in China is cheap. Kill one person, and there are still many left to take that persons place. Take the treatment of baby girls. According to this article China is taking steps to prevent this from completely devastating their population.

<sarcasm>Oh yeah, you are so right, Bush is so much worse. Didn't you hear about the human harvesting in the inner city?</sarcasm> For those that don't get it, there is no human harvesting in the inner city.

more than 5 years ago
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China Makes Arrests To Stop Internet Porn

jmccay Re:numbers (204 comments)

As much as people want to complain about Bush, he didn't use censorship. One needs only look at all the people that were allowed to complain about him. For all the "fears" of liberals about Bush's various legislation taking away there freedoms, we still have all the freedom we had before he got in. The true test will come with this next president. The liberals have been whining a lot because they can't some up with a version of "talk radio" that actually survives on its own--public "welfare" radio doesn't count because it gets government funding and doesn't have the audience talk radio does. All the efforts to create a liberal talk radio network failed because they were just nauseating cheer leaders for the liberals. They never questioned, or challenged, the liberals when they strayed from the agenda. This is why conservative talk radio took off. They were not afraid to let the conservative leaders have to their face when they came on the show. Look at the liberals in almost any interview that isn't on a conservative show. They don't get asked the really hard questions, and if they are asked, they are allowed to skate by with a lame answer. It is nauseating. Like the current economic depression in the United States (I don't know about anything outside of the US), the media is over dramatizing the effects. There are unemployed people, but not as many as they want you to think. There are plenty of under-employed people--like myself. I hate what I am doing now, but I am employed and paying my bills. I am smart enough to know that things will not always be rosy. There will have times when I am doing things I don't like. The point of this comment is you have to always consider the source of the news and ask questions about it. Use your brain for something other than a hat rest.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Ooops...They were wrong

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jmccay (70985) writes "Apparently, Al Gore was wrong. The science behind global warming is not settled. All the past models and results can now be thrown out the window. Summarised here. The computer models apparently were not set up properly with the correct data. Here is a better description."
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jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jmccay writes "Since the departure of C/C++ Users Journal, I have been left with a void for real meaty development discussions and articles. Dr. Dobbs is ok, but it doesn't seem to fill that hole. Where does everyone go for good development articles? Slashdot is more oriented towards news, and freshmeat and sourceforge are not really oriented for the discussion."
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jmccay jmccay writes  |  about 8 years ago

jmccay writes "Recently, I found myself looking for a video editor, and a video converter, that was open source (or atleast freeware) for Windows and Linux, and I came to the conclusion that there does not seem to be a complete way to find any such software — no matter what the type of software you are trying to find. We all know the popular stuff like OOo. You can search Sourceforge, but I doubt Sourceforge covers it all. I know of one project off the top of my head that no longer uses Sourceforge. Where does everyone else go to find open source software for both Windows and Linux? In this case, I ended up settling (for now) on Microsofts bundled editor that only deals one format which limits me to only Windows platforms."

Journals

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Wow...What a year it's been

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wow. It's been a over year since I wrote in here. I am proud to say that I did not vote for Obama. I didn't vote for Obama because I looked at what he said, and compared it to what he did while in Illinois politics. I looked at his character, not the public persona he wants you to believe. I looked at who he hung around with and their beliefs. I knew he wasn't qualified for the office of President.

I don't usually watch Glenn Beck, but I did today. He mention some ideas about Obama's health care that got me thinking. One thing he talked about was an example Obama used to illustrate the health care problem. The basic idea was:

Obama says the American health care system is broken. Does he tell us about someone who got poor health care services? Nope. Does he tell us about someone who doesn't have health care? Nope. Well, what example does he use? He tells us how he watched his mother's trouble filling out paper work when she was ill.

I can't remember if Beck mentioned this, but I did have an idea. Why didn't Obama just help out his poor mother? Keep the Government out of our Health Care system. Think it is good? Think you know everything? I doubt it. Did you know that the current estimate for the 1018 page House Health Care bill is about $1 billion per page?

Did you know that there is a provision in the bill that prevents health care providers from taking new customers starting the year that this bill would take effect? Do you know what this means? I do. That means if you lose your job, or change jobs, you will have to enroll in government health care. Don't feel bad, your Democrat representative probably doesn't know this either.

Now that we know we all will eventually be in government health care, let's look at what will happen. If we look to other countries for an example what will happen next, we get a bleak picture. The government will have to make decisions on what care you will get. This means factors like your Age, Sex, Race, and Politically affiliations will be factors in how much and what health care you get! Think I am wrong? Ever hear of affirmative action? That will play a major part in decisions. The old in the nation will get less health care (unless you are on of the Democrat's political elite) because under government run system younger, more productive, people will get the lions share of the money for health care. Think you'll immediately get that life saving procedure? Nope! You'll have to stand in line and wait months!

Even Obama admits that the new Cap & Trade is going to make electricity costs sky rocket. Don't believe me? Take a look here. I think that's the clip. The sound is broken on this computer, so I am not 100% sure if that is the correct clip. Given the fact that energy costs will no sky rocket, we can now assume the cost of everything will go up. Companies pass on the cost of running a business on to the customers. If Obama had any experience running a business, he'd know that this will effect everyone--especially the poor the most!

The government owns big banks! The Government owns GM and gave ownership of Chrysler to the UAW (as a political payback). That means the government now controls 2/3 of the American auto industry. The Government is trying to take over health care. Since when has the government run anything better? Welcome comrade to 1984!

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PIMs - Calenders

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 6 years ago I am currently searching for a modern calender program. I looked at Sunbird and Chandler. Both are just okay. Let's start with what I am looking for:

  • Must allow for custom event days. For example, if I have a reoccurring event on just Mondays and Saturdays (or any other combination like the 3rd Saturday), I don't want to have to enter 2+ different events to accomplish this.
  • Selecting multiple events on the calender should be easy--like drawing a selection box around the multiple items.
  • Should be able to copy/cut/paste (and have it working)
  • Exporting should be easy and customizable
  • Sharing/Collaborating multiple events with multiple groups of multiple people should be easy
  • Should be able to disable/enable all imports. For example, if I import holidays, I want to be able to select/deselect the holiday import

Now I will start with Chandler. The ultimate deal killer for me was the first bullet. That is a necessity for me. I hate having to do the same event multiple times because I can't select custom days, and the copy/paste functionality is not working! You can select multiple event with Chandler, but you have to click on each one individually while holding down the control key. As I hinted at before, the copy/paste functionality doesn't seem to be working. Exporting doesn't look that promising either. I never bothered with the sharing aspect of this software. I couldn't see setting it up since I was already annoyed by the time I tried to enter just my work week.
On the plus side. I like the dashboard view of events, but I would prefer a split view with the dashboard view at the top, and the calender view at the bottom. You can select the event categories to enable and disable. This calender has potential, but right now I don't really like it.

Now, for Sunbird. I was not able to copy and paste events. There doesn't seem to be a dashboard view. Selecting multiple events has the same issue. Exporting could use work too. Sharing is non existent. It doesn't seem like you can enable/disable categories of events. That would be nice to have. The one thing Sunbird has going for it, is you can select custom days for events!

I will probably settle with Sunbird for now, but I might be forced to use Chandler for the sharing possibilities. Combining these two projects might create a workable calender.

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Gmail Rocks and more.

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Google email still rocks. People may make fun of AOL, but they are not just an internet provider. They provide content...with the power of AOL/Time Warner. I like streaming Radio. Cetlic & Country songs fill there air.

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Google Email

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Google Email rocks! I love it so far. They even have a POP access that I can use with Mozilla. I love it. Although, some of the cool features are not available through Mozilla that I can tell.

      The internet interface is easy to use and figure out. I like the interface better than yahoo's interface. There are cool features. I definately give it an A rating!

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Liberal Geeks

jmccay jmccay writes  |  about 10 years ago

Liberal geeks have proven to be the same as all other liberals. So much for the so-called intelligence of these geeks--reasoning and thinking gets lost in the blind obsession with liberalism. They ignore evidence presented to them. They cry unfair when they think someone is suppressing their write to free speech, but when evidence is present about John Kerry, and the Democrats, attempting to hide and silence the voices of 250 vets who think John Kerry is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America, they are a joke. They don't believe in free speech. Free speech only applies when what people have to say agrees with their liberal beliefs! All else doesn't matter.
      It's funny that the only response to my post is an anonymous coward calling me a "f*cking retard". In true liberal fashion, when the face with evidence they can't refute, they resort to calling people names. It would be even funnier if it wasn't for the fact that a lot of the liberal socialist elite (i.e. the Hollywood so-called-know-it-alls and other top liberal who are trying to turn America into a socialist paradice) resorts to the same tactics. They are incapable of defending their own point of view when faced with the reality that their point of view is completely without substance and is built on top of lies.
        It's good thing that not all liberals are that stupid. At least, I can still have decent discussion with nebaz. Now, I wait and see what new names the liberal geeks can think of next. Maybe it will be more original than "f*cking retard".

      Apparently, printing skin with old inkjet printers is not science enough! It must have been too complicated a subject for the slashdot editors! There is researching going on to use inkjet printers to print skins. Google for it if you want more information

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KDevelop 3.0.4

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Compiling KDevelop 3.0.4 is a pain in the neck. It's not as simple as just compile & install, and help has been few and far inbetween. The documentation doesn't even mention my problems. Still I persist.

export KDEDIRS=/usr/local/kde:$KDEDIRS && kbuildsycoca >erroroutput.txt
kbuildsycoca running...
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/MakeFrontend)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/AppFrontend)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/Project)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/LanguageSupport)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/Plugin)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/DiffFrontend)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/CreateFile)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/VersionControl)
Property 'X-KDevelop-Version' is defined multiple times (KDevelop/SourceFormatter)

My reward? A plain IDE with just an open icon, two very basic menus, and no editor (just plain grey box). KDevelop 2.1 still works for now, but I want to use 3.0.4!

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The Ultimate Programmer's Development Platform

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have decided to describe my Ultimate Programmer's IDE Platform. The number one requirement is that it is a native compiled program for the CORE features, and a Java interpreted program will not do it! Java requires another program in addition to the OS or desktop software to run it--thus it is interpreted. For you Java developers, just get over it.
      The reason I require a native compiled program is because Java doesn't run fast enough on my Pentium II 350 to be a useful editor...let along a full-featured IDE. It might be doable on the Pentium III 900 that nebaz has loaned me, but that would make the speed difference between the two moot.
      It must be an MDI style program. Switching between code text windows should be easy and possible with a simple keystroke--such as Visual Studios keystroke ability. The layer movement of the text windows should move the new window to the top of the window order while pushing all windows in between back one in the order.
      The search abilities must allow for regular expression searches. I found this to be very helpful when programming with Visual Studio 6.0. The full searching abilities should be available in a scripting language or all scripting languages that can manipulate the IDE.
      That brings me to the next important feature. The IDE must be available in various scripting languages, and executable from a custom tools menu by creating a menu item with the command like " ". The bare minimum should be the text editor windows (this includes the ability to switch between the text windows) to enable the creation of scripts to automate various tasks--such as automating the upgrading of one version of a software library to another version or library. Multiple scripting languages should be available so that the right scripting language can be used for the right task.
      Another feature of having the entire IDE functionality available in scripts is the ability to customize and add new features. You can add a new feature and work out the algorithm details before committing it to a native compiled code!
      The IDE must have a class/project browser and file browser. I have found this very helpful in a large project. You must be able to automatically add functions, variables, and classes from a right click menu.
      A graphical representation of the project hierarchy is needed--like a UML diagram. Unfortunately, there is no one model to do this yet. UML is good, but to my knowledge you can't diagram functional languages and scripts. I think we need a new modeling language that allows modeling multiple design paradigms including OOP, AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming), functional, and anything else in the future.
      An integrated Dialog, or MDI, RAD (Rapid Application Design) tool that allows you to switch between manipulating the dialog with controls and editing the corresponding text, or resource, files.
      Support for multiple languages with customizable color context high lighting. It should be easy to add new context high lighting for new languages added.
      An essential feature is the ability to support multiple projects in one session. The ability to work on and view a shared source (DLL or so) along with the corresponding program that needs use it.
      Multiple compilers should be supported, or at least be easy to add support for a new compiler. This way you can keep the all these good features you like without having to learn new IDE features.
      An integrated debugger is also essential! Optionally, the ability to add a different debugger would be nice. Included with this feature would be features like call stack viewing and variable watching.
      Code role up should be provided to hide complex code that is not being worked on. This feature should be customizable to allow for new definition on what constitutes a code segment to role up.
      The last thing for now is a syntax completion feature that allows you to add, remove, and customize entries and libraries! This is a nice feature that I miss from Visual Studio since I don't have access to it anymore. This feature should also have knowledge of the current project class, variables, etc in order for it to be of the utmost usefulness.
      I might add more later on, but this is it for now. Think I have gotten all the features I like for now.

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De-Nile is not just a river.

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 10 years ago As usual, Slashdot's finest show they are clueless about the problems facing the technology industry. Maybe if we are all lucky, they'll get to experience being unemployed in person!

All next week, CNN Headline news will be showing a segment titled "Exporting America" at 6pm on Lou Dobbs tonight. On his website, down near the bottom of the page is a link to an extensive list of companies exporting jobs.

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Slashdot: News that Matters...NOT!

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Slashdot claims to have the news for nerds, but they consistently ignore the most important news of all. The news on the fight to keep American jobs, especially High Technology jobs, in America,and keeping foriegn workers from getting American jobs in America when we have a high level of unemployment.
          They can keep their heads buried in the sands if they want, but I will keep up the fight. If you are reading this journal entry and you haven't signed up for the news email from WashTech.org, then you should! They keep you informed of the fight to save our jobs. You don't have to join them, but you really should sign up for the email news.
          For instance, if you had already signed up for the email and you live in the San Francisco area, then you could have particpated in the protest outside the conference promoting the offshoring of jobs to places like India!
          I should point out that none of the candidates; Republican, Democrat, or otherwise; are really talking about really creating jobs. They may talk about creating jobs, but people cannot live off of the jobs they are creating. None of them are even talkingabout saving current jobs! We need to start with saving the current jobs, or the problem will escolate out of control as the jobs are lost faster than they are created! It's like trying to stop a dam fromleaking by building a new dam in front of the old one. You might prevent a flood, but you'll lose everything if the old dam breaks before you finish the new dam!
          We need to get media to publish the names of companies who do offshore jobs to places like India because these companies like the extra cash they get by pay the new Indian employee tens of thousands less than the American Employee, but they don't want the public to know it was done because it is a huge public relations nightmare!
          There is an argument going around comparing this to the exporting of the textile industry, but the two are completely different. When the textile industry was offshored, the money saved was passed along to the consumor. This meant that consumors could do something about this by buying American made products.
          This is not the case anymore. The money saved is used to falsely inflate profits and increase the salaries, bonuses, and perks of the executive privilages! We need to make the public aware of this and get the fired up to prevent the job loss. It willnot stop with just call centers, technology, and accounting. Any job that doesn't require a person to physically do something on site can, and may be, exported overseas to falsely inflate profits and increasethe perks of executives!

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Being Employed and Not Employed at the same time!

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 11 years ago

It stinks being employed and unemployed at the same time. I got desperate for money, so I decided to try temping in manufactoring with a temp agency. I now work for the agency, but they can't send me anywhere until they hear back from my references.
      I think it's time to send another email to the President. It's time to complain about the constant inflow of high tech workers with visastaking the jobs of hard working and under appreciated Americans! I also need to point out the greedy business that are taking away jobs from hard working Americans by sending jobs to India where they can pay some $5000 a year instead of $45000! All this so they can keep their multimillion dollar paychecks, bonuses, perks, and other forms of "reward" for keeping a seat warm.
      I emailed the person who is supposed to have ported the contiki to the Coco III (512k memory). He got the Coco III for $1 at a used computer store (or something liek that). Apperently, he also targeted some form of a cross-platform compiler (motorola 6809 processor) using GNU compiler, but it doesn't work well with RS-DOS. I think he might have more luck porting it using OS-9 Level II since it is a Unix clone.
      I guess I will go upstairs and tinker with mingw and msys to configure, compile, and install the wxWindows library. I have installed both msys and mingw, but I still need to set up the variables. I have to figure out how to set the colors in the sh shell on Windows. I also need to researchand find out if I am supposed to be able to run standard DOS commands.

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What's worse?

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I don't know what's worse, being unemployed or people assuming I am unemployed because of something I did. It sucks when the only thing a company tells you when they lay you off is that "...it's not performance related...". Of course I found out why after I got my annual report because I unfortunately have stock in them (and it's worthless). It's surprising the tails annual reports tell when you read between the lines! Apperently, the top four people got $30,000 anual bonuses, and the new CEO got a $30,000 raise. I bet I know where the money for these things came from...the four people they laid off. Bonuses and Raises when the company is supposed to be tightening their belt. Oh well, such is life, and Corporate ethics, and polotics, still suck!

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Corporate Ethics still suck

jmccay jmccay writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Corporate Ethics still suck. CEO, CTO, et. al. are all greedy bastards. When combined with the entertainment industry, they are the people hogging all the money. Why should they care what happens to an insignificant non-exec and non-rich person. They have their money and expensive toys.

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Open Source

jmccay jmccay writes  |  about 12 years ago

Open Source has be scientifically probed by other, but I came to a realization the other day. The true nature behind open source is sharing, the realization that you can't do it alone, and that you might not be the best.
      {rephrase this paragraph} People say lifes a journey, and we travel many paths on this journey. Open source is just another path in the land we call life. I remember Tim Orielly's comment during his talk The Shape of Things to Come (available to listen to here) describing an old lady's description of Bill Gates as being the dinner guest who just doesn't want some of the mashed potatoes--he wants all the mashed potatoes. The corporate way is also just another path in the land of life, but the tradition corporate paths are growing old and worn. Some are now journeying on the path of open source--at least part of the time. The question is why would they?
      I said that one of the things I realized (which is obvious but under appreciated) is that open source is about sharing. Sharing is so much a part of Open Source that several licenses have been created to insist you share with others what was shared with you. Simply put, you must play nicely.
      Sharing once was a big part of our culture. As a child, I was told to share with others, but I tended to be greedy. I was looking out for my own interests, pleasures, and needs. When I got older, I finally realised that sharing was a good thing--it just took some time.
      When I was younger, I learned to program in BASIC on the Tandy Color COmputer (1, 2, and 3). If you were serious about the color computer, you got Rainbow Magazine. The magazine was only about using and programming the Color Computer. You could learn a lot about programming in basic this way. One of the old techniques I learned was how to fool the eyes into thinking there was more than 4 colors on the screen when you were in the resolution that had only 4 colors. It was very simple, you packed different color lines (or pixels) next to each other. I even played around with OS-9 Level II (a realtime Unix clone--not the Apple OS). Times seemed more open then because like Linux of today, most people using the Tandy Color Computer were hobbiest and a few professionals (back in the day of BBSs).
      Eventually, I switched to an IBM pc clone and was disappointed. Information was no longer readily available, and I couldn't do a lot of things on my IBM pc clone computer. Speech synthesis didn't seem possible, but it was a simple cartrige to plug in on my Color Computer. The same goes for sound and music.
      Things are coming full circle again in the computer industry. Sharing in the open source world has become a vital part of it. This brings us back to the early days of *nix operating systems when code floated free to and from places. This idea of sharing is not just a look, but don't touch idea. It's a here's what I did. You can change it for your needs, but you must make the changes you made to what I gave you available for other make similar changes. The industry seems to go in circles with the only thing changing is the hardware we use int he various models.

  {more later on the realization that you can't do it alone and that you might not be the best}

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Corp Ethics

jmccay jmccay writes  |  about 12 years ago

The government wants to crack down on all these corporations that have been guilty of illegal activities. I would prefer they inject some morals into corporations first, and some decent amount of humanity. Instead of giving billions (or even trillions) or dollars in a bonuses to one or more people at the top, they should put the money away for times when the revenue stream is dry and in drought conditions. With this stored money, they could keep existing experienced employees longer and aoivd a lot of the ups and downs of hiring and firing employees (with all the problems of having to retrain people to the "way things are done" so they are productive).

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