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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Enahs As a recent Arch convert... (928 comments)

As a recent Arch convert--or more to the point, someone who's trying it for a second time--my boot time is ridiculously fast. Since it's a desktop, if it's going to be powered down overnight, I go ahead and shut it down, so boot time matters. It takes longer to log in and wait for GNOME to start up than it does to get to GDM. Also, setup was (imho) much easier than it was when I tried out Arch a couple of years ago.

I get many of the reasons why people don't like it, but imho the pros outweigh the cons.

about 2 months ago
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Foxconn To Employ 1 Million Robots

Enahs Re:When we look back... (372 comments)

This is great - more efficient production = lower prices. Ofcourse this isn't the end of capitalism or mankind - in fact it actually is capitalism and mankind at it's best - finding new and better solutions to problems, in order to free up resources for new things and inovations

And with a larger population yet a smaller workforce, who gets to benefit from these lower prices?

more than 3 years ago
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Foxconn To Employ 1 Million Robots

Enahs Re:Kurt Vonnegut: Player Piano (372 comments)

There's an 'interesting' economic problem and endgame in full automation too, most humans aren't 'earning' [except the ones twiddling the robotic controls, that can be done by other robots too] and so they don't have any wages to 'consume'. The utopian 1950s view of this was vastly increased leisure, flying cars and people in white togas. The 2000s view is probably a vast undernourished resentful underclass and maximised value for 'shareholders'.

This sounds like an argument I've had with some conservatives I know. This notion that you can eliminate anything resembling socialism, but have it to where industrial automation improves our lives, is luftmensch nonsense.

more than 3 years ago
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The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

Enahs Re:Would a standard for loudness help? (294 comments)

You know what irks me about that? Listen to Opeth albums from the last 10 years. I've never measured it, but it sounds like there's precious little dynamic range. And the kicker is that Porcupine Tree's Stephen Wilson is Opeth's producer.

more than 3 years ago
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The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

Enahs Re:Would a standard for loudness help? (294 comments)

How do I go about booking my favorite band for the evening commute, anyway? And how the hell do I fit them into a Honda Insight?

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Censors Crack Down on Time Travel

Enahs It's like this (154 comments)

I saw it explained on another website like this, and as I have no access to Chinese television I can't confirm this. Apparently there had been this trend of making programs in which a character would, for one reason or another, travel back in time to Imperial China. There, they would discover that pre-Revolutionary China was...well...pretty nice. This obviously presents a problem for the government since, although they're fairly Western in the business world, their government is still officially "Communist".

more than 3 years ago
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Steam Not Coming To Linux

Enahs Re:OS X steam client on linux (520 comments)

It would be easier to run Steam in Wine, or to use iBoot and Multibeast to install OS X on your PC.

Or you could run Windows. Or play games on a PS3, XBox 360, or Wii.

more than 4 years ago
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Steam Not Coming To Linux

Enahs Re:Valve != iD I suppose (520 comments)

Still have the metal box Quake 3 Linux package and CD. >_>

Same here. If only I could get it running on amd64 Ubuntu Lucid. :->

more than 4 years ago
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Steam Not Coming To Linux

Enahs Re:Not ready as a gaming platform (520 comments)

Yeah; I mean, you can run Steam on Wine, but that doesn't guarantee that many games will run.

As others will likely point out, if you want to play games on a PC, you should have Windows. We should keep lobbying for Linux-native games, but for the foreseeable future, we're going to need Windows.

Pet peeve: some titles have been sold as Mac-native but are actually running in Wine. Why do we not see this being done for Linux? I wouldn't mind paying for a version of a game pre-tuned for Wine, if the only choices are Wine or Windows.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

Enahs Re:AJAX (379 comments)

I recently had to grab a copy of the AP Webfeeds Manager, which is a Java app. I had to have Silverlight for the thing. It wouldn't work with Moonlight. The webeed manager will run in OpenJDK, though (but it's utter crap.) And the interface? It looks just like their AP Exchange site, which is (AFAIK) just AJAXed HTML. Oy, vey.

If it ain't broke, break it anyway, right, Associated Press?

more than 4 years ago
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Buried By The Brigade At Digg

Enahs Glad to hear someone's on it. (624 comments)

I never checked out the Google group, but always figured Bette Verboten was part of the problem. There's a whole group which made it no secret that they were gaming the system. It's part of a larger problem that you'll run into, especially if you've ever checked out the FOX Nation boards: if a story presents a viewpoint that's not totally right-leaning, then it's part of the evil liberal agenda. It's part of a larger sickness infecting political discourse in America, not just a Digg problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers

Enahs Oy vey. (319 comments)

Jeez, if you're going to replace the musicians in the pit, why not go whole hog? It would probably be cheaper to film the production on a sound stage and show the whole thing on pay-per-view.

Wait, you mean the point is to get people to watch a live performance? EXACTLY!

I can see doing this in cases where I've seen it done well--when it's inconvenient to have a full orchestra but you want the sound of a full orchestra, such as a small-town performance (where you might be hard-pressed to hire a decent-sized competent orchestra)...but to do it on Broadway? Yuck.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Says PC Folks' World Is Slipping Away

Enahs Re:Benefits (1067 comments)

Are you really comparing a $500 single-tasking gigantic iPod Touch to a chef's knife?

more than 4 years ago
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Yale Delays Move To Gmail

Enahs Wow. (176 comments)

Nice to see Yale sum up my problems with cloud computing.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Replace FileVault With EncFS

Enahs EncFSVault (65 comments)

I wish this project was still alive and well, but it's not been updated since April 2008. :-(

http://code.google.com/p/encfsvault/downloads/list

Basically it automates the process of setting up your home dir to use EncFS. If someone could update it and add some features such as painless uninstall. It's pretty easy to disable if you're comfortable with the command line but I wouldn't feel right recommending it.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Replace FileVault With EncFS

Enahs Re:Whoa - Big Fucking Limitation (65 comments)

Maybe you should, you know, verify that fact before you vent your spleen. EncFS supports xattr, even on OS X. Apparently some people have trouble building the MacPorts version with xattr enabled.

http://www.arg0.net/encfs

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture

Enahs Re:For all those PPCs out there (440 comments)

Yeah, that works great for running all the Mac-specific stuff.

Honestly, if you can run Ubuntu, you can probably spring for a cheap PC too. Some aspects of running Linux on a PPC tend to be non-trivial, especially that whole thing of HFS+ not being resizeable unless you're running on an Intel Mac with a GUID partitioning scheme.

more than 4 years ago

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Howdy again, LAMERS!

Enahs Enahs writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Do people actually READ these things? Holy crap. Don't you have something better to do?

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Howdy, Slashdot lamers!

Enahs Enahs writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Looks like people are looking through the journal section. Whoops! Buhlennium is dead, dead, dead. I simply don't care anymore! I do write about myself and things I care about (yes, I'm that self-centred) both here and here.

That's it. :-P

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Whoa, Slashdot has a journal section? When'd that happen???

Enahs Enahs writes  |  about 13 years ago Whoa!

I feel stupid--I didn't realize until today that Slashdot had a journal function.

Well, hell, kuro5hin is down, Adequacy is lame--so here goes nuttin'.

Lately, what's been fascinating me is GTK pixmap themes, and more specifically, how to make GTK themes that look identical in their native environment and on KDE apps. I've got one that I rather like, buhlennium, and while I'm not done with either it or the IceWM theme of the same name, I'm already working on a complement to another IceWM theme (not by me) called Cross.

And I'm butting my head against problems...dammit.

Are there any good docs on the GTK pixmap theme? No, and considering who the original author was, they'd probably look soemthing liek thsi if tehy exitsed. Is the KDE Legacy style a perfect copy? No, and as far as I'm concerned, it's not even a very good KDE style. For whatever reason, menus take their color scheme from buttons...weird...

Anyway, short of hacking on theme engines myself, I'm working on workarounds, and I can't figure it out. I'm not wanting to theme everything, just highlighted menu items, buttons, scrollbars, etc. I managed to use a default PNG for GTK apps to set the color, but for whatever reason, that caused miscellaneous things like, say, XChat or the GIMP's JPEG plugin to crash.

To have a look at what I'm working toward, look here.

Damn it...anyone know how I can get GTK and KDE apps to look like they're playing nice together? ;-)

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