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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Damouze Re:Quebec Language Police (578 comments)

Your argument is flawed.

Technical and scientific jargon is usually derived from Latin, Greek or both. That is why the word electricity is so familiar to French, German and Dutch native speakers. The word was derived into each language from Latin.

If I put the word through a mangler and try to write it as the Romans would have, we would end up with electricitas, with an oblique stem electricitat-. Since a lot of words originally from Latin (and I am not arguing that word electricity is actually one of them, just that it was derived from a Latin root in an analogical fashion), find their reflections in later languages in their oblique form (we see this in the plural forms of western romance language nouns).

A system of derivation - either natural or artificial - tends to follow a certain paradigm and the odd ones out tend to be sucked into the paradigm as well (Icelandic has a few nice examples of this as well if I'm not mistaken) if their base forms resemble it enough. English has words like these: fish (singular), fish (plural), but also fishes (plural) in certain dialects. Some English verbs that used to show vestiges of the old Germanic strong verb classes have transformed into regular ones: as well, as did some verbs that fall into a category called preterite-present verb (which is a verb that has a present tense meaning, but a conjugation in a preterite (simple past) form. Their past tense was originally formed regularly according to the Germanic weak verb system. In English they are more commonly known as modal verbs.

The verb "to owe" for example is originally a preterite-present verb. The only remannt of that preterite-present past is well, its past tense form "ought". While its original meaning was to indicate one's posession of an object, along with the transformation from preterite-present verb to regular Germanic weak verb, its meaning shifted as well, to "to be in debt", with the regular verb "to own" taking over its original meaning.

Okay, I got a little carried away... Back to the topic at hand.

Like I said, there is a large chance that a word from scientific jargon was originally derived from a Latin or Greek word, or a compound of both. The chance that their reflections in other languages will be derived from that same base word is large as well.

about a month ago

Devuan Progress Report Published

Damouze Re:Forked the Debian? or the Debian? (184 comments)

But the most demotivational is when people are told that they can't even have an alternative systemd implementation/fork - of which there are already couple - because GNOME demands the systemd, not just any systemd.

Anyone remember AARD?

about a month ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Damouze Re:Call me racist and evil and bigoted and everyth (158 comments)

Thought and action are to different things. Speaking one's mind is acting on one's thoughts, just as much as otherwise acting out on one's thoughts and urges would be. From there on one enters the big grey area where a legislator could potentially infringe upon one's basic freedoms. Potentially being the operative word here. But the opposite is true as well - by speaking one's mind one could potentially infringe upon the basic freedoms of others as well. One's own freedom ends where those of others begin and vice versa.

about a month and a half ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Damouze Call me racist and evil and bigoted and everything (158 comments)

A person who has not commited a crime is innocent.
A person who is accused of committing a crime is innocent until proven otherwise

That person's beliefs, religious or otherwise are in and of itself not criminal. It is what that person does with those beliefs that makes all the difference.

about a month and a half ago

Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

Damouze Re:Trying to wrap my head around this (389 comments)

If you are against copyright, you want the terrorists to win. Please don't try wrapping your head around this yourself: highly skilled congress members are already wrapping their hands around this for you.

This posting was paid for by the RIAA and MPAA.

I assume you're joking here, because that is literally the dumbest remark about copyright and terrorism that I've ever heard.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Damouze Re: are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

Skype on Android has this nasty "bug" (although people might be tempted to call it a feature): you can't really close it. Believe me, I have tried. I have all but given up on it. Even if you have all the notifications for it disabled and forcibly stop it, it will respawn automatically within a show period of time. Were it not for the fact that I need it for work, I would not allow an app like that to even be installed on my cellphone or my tablet.

With regard to systemd: if the only choices you have are broken ones, you don't really have a choice now, do you? On the one hand you have systemd, which is bloated beyond repair. On the other hand you have all those software packages that won't run otherwise because they depend on it.


about 3 months ago

Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Damouze Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

I have no idea why Redhat made so many changes in their most recent release, but it is so vast that it may as well be a completely new distro. To name a FEW:

  Anaconda RHEL installer completely redesigned

About time.

Legacy GRUB boot loader replaced by GRUB2

Adds a bit of complexity to it, but GRUB2 is much more versatile than old-fashioned GRUB. Besides, it's also much more mature now.

Procedure for bypassing root password prompt at boot completely different

As long as [sudo] su - still works (with any kind of password), I'm happy. It's root. You're not supposed to bypass the password prompt! But, if you really, really, want to, you could always issue init=/bin/bash at the kernel command line in grub[2]. Used to work with lilo, still works with grub[2] as well.

SysV init system and all related tools replaced by systemd

The sheer horror. Seriously, another reason NOT to use Red Shit.

ext4 replaced by xfs as default filesystem type

That, at least, is an improvement. Both ext3 and ext4 have fundamental design flaws (like kjournald (and alike) that pops up every five seconds and slows down your system to a grinding halt if you're especially unlucky because it fails to check if it's already running). XFS is a much more robust design in any case, and way, way faster to boot!

Directories /bin, /sbin, /liband /lib64are now all under the /usrdirectory

Not too sure what to think of this. On the other hand, Solaris does basically the same and has been doing that for a quite while.

Network interfaces have a new naming scheme based on physical device location (e.g., eth0might become enp0s3)

Not sure what to think of this either. On the other hand, various UNIX variants do more or less the same.

ntpdreplaced by chronydas the default network time protocol daemon

Hmm. Not familiar with that one. Is that the one that will absolutely refuse to update your time and date completely?

GNOME2 replaced by GNOME3 as default desktop environment

Arf. Gnome. Nuff said.

System registration and subscription now handled exclusively with Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM)

I blame Oracle for that.

MySQL replaced by Mariadb

I blame Oracle for that too.

tgtdreplaced by targetcli

What a shame. Last I checked, tgtd was just about the only ISCSI target daemon that made any kind of sense. But I admit, it's been a while.

High Availability Add-On: RGManager removed as resource-management option (in favor of Pacemaker)

Just a symptom. WIth systemd as the beating heart of your system, you'll need that Pacemaker. Especially if it's in the death throes of the log corruption you are bound to get.

ifconfigand routecommands are further deprecated in favor of ip

I love the 'ip' command. It's powerful. Still, for heaven's sake, let's keep the old commands?

netstatfurther deprecated in favor of ss

Stupid decision. Netstat is at the core of many a UNIX admin's skills.

System user UID range extended from 0-499 to 0-999

Couldn't care less. As long as I can reserve 1000 for myself (pun intended).

locateno longer available by default; (available as mlocatepackage)

Hmm. Why on earth would one want to do that?

nc(netcat) replaced by nmap-ncat

Well, nmap is a powerful tool. This, for once, makes sense to me.

Systemd is pain to use for me and feels backwards... I find troubleshooting processes with it to be more frustrating than anything else Redhat has done in the past 20 years... Well, almost.

More frustrating than using what's basically a GUI-only installer on a system that really does not need a GUI in the first place? Sure, you can use the anaconda text mode installer, but it does not support LVM and if there's one thing you really like on any Linux system, it's LVM. It's clean, it's mean and it's easy to setup and use. Actually it's easier to setup outside any installer, but anaconda (at least in text mode) refuses to pick it up and will happily propose (and if you let it, setup) a non-LVm installation for you anyway.

about 4 months ago

Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Damouze Re:Funny inability to see alternatives (469 comments)

You know. I could not care less about systemd, journald or wayland.

Wayland is just a piece of crap that supposedly should bring the desktop to Linux. Well, here's a reminder: the 'desktop' has been available for Unix like operating systems for the past 30 years or so. It's called X. But the developers of Wayland (or Mir) don't like X. The fact that it is a f****ng UNIX standard does not even come to mind! Instead, they decide to reinvent the wheel. Twice! But... Remote X sessions? No way José!

I have played around with systemd and journald. It's sort of fun. Until you realize it breaks the very thing that it is supposed to provide: a standardized way of booting up your system. Again, someone tried to reinvent the wheel. And now twice as well!

And why the hell do I need dbus? Come on, can't people invent an IPC mechanism that is even marginally more useful than that and at least more well-programmed and well-behaved? What do I need dbus for if all I am doing with my system is say, running sendmail?

Anyway, enough with the ranting. Uselessd is a fitting name. Even so, adopting it (or systemd) requires a change of philosophy, one that I am not willing to make. Linux (and UNIX in general) is supposed to be an open system with a intelligible interface. Hell, all init is supposed to do is run a shell script! It is not supposed to be this big binary blob that only takes up memory. Memory that I could be using for other things, like say, run sendmail...

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Damouze Re:Simple (635 comments)

Hear hear.

With regards to editors. I used to -hate- vi. Passionately and with an almost religious fervor. To the extent that I renamed the vi binary to sucky-editor etc. For me, joe was the way to go. At university, on systems that were maintained by me, vi was usually a symlink to joe ;-).

All those wordstar key combo's that I was used to from those days (and nights) that I spent writing my next C program were not lost to me. I could still use them in joe while I was writing my C programs for Linux. Them good ol' times...

Nowadays, there is a dichotomy of editors in my twisted brain. If it's flat text I use vi. Mainly because of it's powerful search and replace features. If it's something else, like a UNIX shell script or a SQL file, I still use joe.

about 5 months ago

Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Damouze The programming language for the next 20 years... (315 comments)

C. Plain old C.

Entire Operating Systems are written in it. Userland tools for those operating systems are usually written in it. Any self-respecting developer knows at least C. The rest is just like fashion tips: next year they're outdated.

Although, as much as I hate to admit it, the same could be said for Java...

about 6 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Damouze 4DWM ftw :) (611 comments)

I miss the good old days of the SGI Iris Desktop and 4DWM. There is a clone of sorts around for Linux and it looks quite nice, but it just lacks the magic touch of SGI.

about 8 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Damouze Re:Yawn. (403 comments)

"Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his dreams he reckons himself your master"

From a fabulous game I used to play :).

about 8 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Damouze Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (1098 comments)

In what way is it impossible for people to use GPL licensed software to develop commercial applications? Loads of companies do it and not every single one of them shares the source code of their product or products with their customers.

I tend to take a stance in the middle ground here. The GPL license and the BSD license serve different purposes, just like the rest of the plethora of licenses in existence do. It is up to the developers to decide which of those licenses suits them and their philosophy best.

I used to be a nearly religious advocate of the GPL v2.x licenses and their derivatives. In fact, in many ways I still am. The problem with the current incarnation, GPL v3, however, is that it contains more restrictions than freedoms. And while I am no fan of DRM of binary blobs in software, preventing them from being included in Free and Open Source software harms the cause of Free and Open Source Software more than it does it any good, to name an example. Add to that the fact that the legalese in general of the GPL v3 does not invite a sense of freedom (at least to me it doesn't) it could be argued that it actually foregoes its original goals, in favour of the licensing equivalent of hard marxism.

In other words, the GPL v3 doesn't suit me, so I tend to avoid it in my hobby projects. Fortunately for me (and the rest of the world) they're exactly that: hobby projects.

1 year,6 days

Most run piece of code. Ever

Damouze Re:Depends on the decade (9 comments)

It must not be my day today, because I made a mistake:

In C it would have to be:

a &= 15;
a += (a >= 10 ? 48 : 55);

1 year,12 days

Most run piece of code. Ever

Damouze Re:Depends on the decade (9 comments)

I skipped the 'non-assembler' part, my apologies.

I still think it's a cool piece of code though and it's probably been run the most, especially in certain operating systems associated with the color blue :P.

In C:

a += (a >= 10 ? 7 : 55);

1 year,12 days

Most run piece of code. Ever

Damouze Depends on the decade (9 comments)

In the late '70s and early '80s:

and $0f
add a, $90
adc a, $40

Since then:

add al, $90
adc al, $40

1 year,12 days

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Damouze Barbaric (3 comments)

Capital punishment is barbaric and should be abolished by every country in the world. No nation can truly call itself civilized unless it has abolished the death penalty.

1 year,14 days


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