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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Anne Thwacks Re:SYSTEM-D SUCKS! (158 comments)

from newer scripting languages

Why would anyone want a newer scripting language? That is like wanting to build a house from new bricks. If you know the old language, you can use it. If you don't, then perhaps you should not be messing with the system initialisation?

Its not like normal admins have to write these scripts - the people who manage ports supply them for you, and have a tool that puts them in the right place.Most people run OBSD because they want to have a system that runs their apps, not so they can experiment with the boot process. OBSD boots really fast. (Unless you screw up your fstab - like I did last week - In which case it might not boot at all).

Do you also complain about the type of pipe clip your car manufacturer uses on the under-bonnet pipes?

If you want to use Java to write a systemd replacement, then go ahead - I wont stop you. Do like Linus, and write your own damned OS.

2 days ago

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Anne Thwacks Re:In other news. (158 comments)

I don't know where you get your hardware from, but I dont recall any serious problems with OBSD hardware support. The only kit I have personally owned that was not supported was an Sbus SCSI card used in Sun Enterprise servers, and I had an alternative card anyway.

I have had more hardware support problems with Windows and Linux.

I regularly have uptimes of over a year, and bug reports generally produce a next day response. Try getting that elsewhere.

2 days ago

OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Anne Thwacks Re:Stop developing 64bit (236 comments)

Are you sure its a good idea to go forward? Don't you every watch Faux News?

Grounhog day forever!

2 days ago

OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Anne Thwacks Re:Unfortunate... (236 comments)

Its HALOWEEN you are supposed to be running Windows ME on your pumpkin. Even Windows 8 is not that scary!

After that, you throw that sodding SystemD infested Ubuntu in the trash can and upgrate to FreeBSD.

2 days ago

Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Anne Thwacks Re:Not true. There's a different division (839 comments)

Systemd is the first actual usable solution.

That implies there was a problem.

It seems to me that the only problems I have had with init is that some packages, in their infinite wisdom, need you to modify or create scripts yourself, and the message saying so assumes you are still using an LA36.

My experience with systemd is such that I too, will probably end up having to migrate not just myself, but also my userbase to FreeBSD.

Why is the Linux world so commited to foisting changes on the unsuspecting, and saying "See, you will like it when you have no choice!" It is like the schoolmasters who say "If you don't enjoy it, you will be severely punished!" - Fine in the late 1860's but even Dickens was agin it, and the 1960's was a revolt against that world. Remember the Paris uprising of 1968? (Hint: It was nothing to do with Paris Hilton).

I have a lawn too.

3 days ago

Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Anne Thwacks Re: Tax and cost from a PC-vendor point of view (350 comments)

The real problem is the $200 bribe to install all that bloatware. If you dont take the bloatware, you have to pay the full price of the hardware. Personally, I am happy to pay -$100 for widows+bloatware and install Mint over it.

5 days ago

Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Anne Thwacks Re:Wow (275 comments)

You mean when Bill Gates was introduced to IBM by his mum with such a high recommendation that they bought an OS from him that he didn't even have?

Its hard to top that!

5 days ago

Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Anne Thwacks Re:"not so much as a default wallpaper" (109 comments)

Why would they leave out the most important thing?

As most users have already defected to other distros, it was not worth the effort!

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Anne Thwacks Re:Performance issues? (170 comments)

If you use Unix on a server, you should have multiple partitions. If you don't know that, you should not be using Unix. If you have a server, and you are not using Unix, you should not be in charge of a server. The partitions might be on different H/Ds if performance matters. Different partitions get used in different ways. Some grow faster than others.

If any partition is more than 50% full, you had best have a plan for what to do next, even if it will not need to be done for two years. If you don't plan two years ahead, you should not be running a server. If you use SCSI disks on Unix, its easy to add more hard disks. If you are not using SCSI hard disks, well, presumably the data was not very important anyway.

Did I mention the lawn?

about a week ago

6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Anne Thwacks Re:Why no direct link ? (109 comments)

No seriously I want the editor tell me WHY ?

You must be new here!

about a week ago

Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Anne Thwacks Re:More changes I don't want ... (173 comments)

We are using it because it is marginally better than a hole in the head.

I particularly dislike the fact that, not only have you left the roundabout, but have entered the next one, before it notices. It is positively dangerous when you have to go round a roundabout twice for it to catch up! (In a 40 ton rig).

And that on a Note 3, but it used to work well on an HTC Desire Bravo!

Come of Google - you need to test software before you release it - you are not Microsoft

about a week ago

Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Anne Thwacks Re:Weight (108 comments)

Lack of exchangeable battery and SD card mean the whole discussion is pointless. I mean, who the hell would leave the house without a spare battery? - or a means to change data between home and work or different clients?

Oh, they don't leave the house! That explains it!

about two weeks ago

Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Anne Thwacks Re:Who cares about performance? (108 comments)

Besides old timers, who cares if it takes a couple more hours to deplete the battery?

Most people who leave their mother's basement for more than the above-mentioned few hours!

about two weeks ago

Ubuntu Turns 10

Anne Thwacks Re:Companies Fail To Admit Thier Mistakes (110 comments)

Can I say Yyggdrasil?

Assuming I could pronounce it.

It used to work quite well for me, till I discovered where to buy a *BSD CD.

Unity killed Ubuntu. I am busy Migrating the family from Ubuntu to Mint.

about two weeks ago

The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Anne Thwacks Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

If you want people with secrets worth investigating, surely advertising as providing secrecy is the best way to recruit them.

If you are hiding a needle in a haystack, you might want to make sure the hay is magnetic first.

about two weeks ago

Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Anne Thwacks Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

sharks in tornadoes

Are you suggesting that sharks in tornados are not a serious threat?

Even in Texas?

about two weeks ago



Captchas - data on human failures?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 5 months ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Today, once again, I failed to pass a captcha. I promise I am really human. However, my eyesight is not what it was 20 years ago.
I normally give up after two attempts. And no, MP3's are not the answer. As far as I am concerned, speakers on PCs are NSFW.
Does anyone have any data on what percentage of Captcha failures are actually humans? Does anyone ever check how much traffic they lose through humans failing captchas? How would you check anyway?"

Eye strain and ADHD

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about a year ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Once you are over 40, the lenses in your eyes become hard. The means your eyes lose the ability to “accommodate” — that is, the ability to adjust their focus from far to near If you are naturally long sighted, you will need to use reading glasses. If you are naturally short sighted, you probably needed glasses anyway – but will now need to wear them more often, and may need varifocals or several pairs of glasses for different distances.

If your glasses are not perfect, and possibly even if they are, the lack of accommodation means your eyes have to strain to focus as the eye muscles pull on the inflexible lenses. I find this straining does often enable me to see things for a while without wearing my glasses, but eventually becomes quite painful. As a consequence of this, I have an increasing tendency not to actually even try to focus, but instead to try and guess, possibly relying on occasional glances.

I am now finding that the pain of focussing to achieve fovic vision is not just leading to me “not looking” but is being associated with paying attention, and I am finding it hard to pay attention, not just for long periods, but at all, because some part of me fears the pain.

Is it possible that one cause of ADHD is poor eyesight?"

Norton Insecurity

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "A colleague of mine has developed a web shop for his client. The shop is working, but people visiting it with Norton Security on their computer are advised that the site is risky, which is clearly damaging its business prospects.

A visit to Norton's web site suggests that they will remove this notice if he signs up to their program. While this might be free (or might not), it is not something he wishes to do.

How is this not an illegal extortion racket, and illegal restraint of commerce?"

Someone else's rights offline!

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Nigerian Musicians are having a one- day strike as a protest against piracy!BBC Story

Some people might actually welcome a RIAN!

Of course, those of us living in Europe can only get pirate copies of Nigerian music, so we are not affected by this strike. However, you are welcome to check some Nigerian music on youtube"

How should I "sell" a game concept?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I have invented a completely new type of game, which might have very wide appeal. There is no chance of me coding it myself, as my skills are not in the right area. (Ever tried coding a game entirely in SQL?) It needs the kind of skills used to produce team sports games (NBA, FIFA, etc) but is not sport. It is potentially both single and multi-player, with team playing and global networked versions possible. It would appeal to both sexes, with good appeal to older players (limited appeal to aliens* and superheros predicted). It would benefit from a Wiimote type interface.

This is really something that could only be done using computers (ie no board-game or ASCII* version possible), as it requires interaction, visual presentation and live motion.

I dont want to reveal too much in case someone else takes the idea and runs with it.

Who should I approach, and how?

(*Actually, an ASCII version might appeal to aliens, but not to many humans!)"

Car computer wanted

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I want to play DVDs in my car, and use SatNav, visit Slashdot, Google, Wikipedia, update my timesheet, invoice clients, read spam?

Can you get a computer that would fit in the DIN slot where a car stereo goes, and runs Windows/FreeeBSD/BeOS/why. Something like those screens you pull out and flip up?

Are there any that /.ers recommend, or recommend avoiding? Where can I get one (in the UK)"


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