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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Etcetera Trendy != Better (232 comments)

Given that developers are the new kingmakers, Red Hat needs to get out in front of the developer freight train if it wants to remain relevant for the next 20 years, much less the next two.

It's very hard to avoid a snarky response, but I'll try.

* Developers are not kingmakers
* Developers are not system administrators
* Developers don't understand operations
* Developers often don't understand scale engineering unless they can abstract it away by not thinking too hard about anything
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and its derivatives) are not intended to be shiny new, but to be reliable
* Use Fedora if you want bleeding edge, or re-package things yourself. RPMs aren't hard.

4 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Etcetera Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

What's funny is it actually has the ability, and nobody uses it except for gettys.

This. Actually, in RHEL/CentOS, you can simply run /etc/rc every minute via cron and it'll sync what's running with what's supposed to be, assuming things have been /sbin/service stopped. (And if they haven't been cleanly stopped, you need a specialized tool that understands how to *TEST* the service rather than rely on subsys.)

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Etcetera Mirrors industry schisms... (810 comments)

You can see this in Development vs Operations, Bay Area Startup Hipster Programmers vs System Administrators Who Have To Carry The Pager, Big Data vs Simpler Analysis, and a lot of other places in the industry right now....

There's an influx of talent that doesn't seem to understand the fundamentals of system architecture, or assumes they have all the answers and can/should hard-code them into the design, preventing "the Unix Philosophy" from being applied by the operator who's trying to deal with the crisis at 3 in the morning. "whatcouldpossiblygowrong", ergo I shall design this in C, and if you need more flexibility than I'm offering then You're Doing It Wrong.

What they don't understand is that they don't have all the answers... Nobody does. The only solution is to leave as much flexibility available as far down the stack as possible to allow the folks who have to deal with this (eg, system administrators) the ability to do their jobs. Replacing shell scripts with C code and the unix toolkit with monolithic binary blobs does not help the situation.

systemd does a few things right (cgroup management, for one), and promotes the state of the art in a few areas that probably only could be dealt with at the PID1 level... Also, as the original article admits, there's nothing inherently wrong with working to speed up boot times across the board. All of these things are irrelevant and outweighed by enforcing declarative styles on system configuration, and the sheer philosophical hazard of taking all these disparate functions and putting them into a program.

It makes absolute sense for Android, and perhaps an embedded system that just needs systemd and busybox. For a regular Linux userland, it takes us in the wrong direction.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

Etcetera Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (246 comments)

Your best bet is to "forget" you read it; never acknowledge that you saw it, and assume the best.

For example, just because someone wrote about supposed "irregularities in the pension fund"; doesn't mean there are irregularities in the pension fund, it may just be some ignorant person spouting out / jumping to wrong conclusions.

Case to case basis. "irregularities in the pension fund" is something that could be ignored, "couldn't dispose of the corpse last night" puts you in a spot where you might be committing a crime by not reporting.

Actually, you'd probably be committing a crime by not reporting there too... In both cases, if it could be proven you were aware of it. What you're talking about is the different levels of moral responsibility between the two cases.

To answer the OP, as someone who's had root at large positions... Assuming you are not intentionally spying on something or doing something at the behest of a security directory, legal, or other internal affairs-ish agency (which probably doesn't exist at your smaller company), you should treat everything as if you were a cop and you didn't have a warrant. You're not going on a fishing expedition, but if something is "in plain view", it is not inappropriate to use common sense and reason to consider that information now available to you and make choices accordingly. If that means calling your CFO/Legal that's one thing, if it's police that's something else.

Overall, it's hard to go wrong with the time-tested advice sudo lectures you with, specifically #1/#3:

        We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

        #1) Respect the privacy of others.
        #2) Think before you type.
        #3) With great power comes great responsibility.

about a month ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Etcetera Re:no thanks (172 comments)

Firefox has gone down the ugly-UI-shuffle-for-the-hell-of-it route, Chrome sends an astounding amount of telemetry back to the hive-mind, and IE's performance is still a total joke even if I can see past the OS implications and numbingly-bad design. Are niche browsers all we have left?

It's rather ironic that seamless integration with the OS is much less of a privacy issue than seamless integration with remote servers nowadays....

about a month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Etcetera Re:High power use doesn't have to be dirty: (710 comments)

Oh, and unless there is an electric car with decent range that does not have software in it (actually, you can have a single ATMEGA MCU, but the source needs to be open), I'm keeping my gasoline powered car (that does not have software in it).

What are you actually scared of? Cars don't seem to be randomly crashing or exploding due to software bugs. Even the Toyota "bugs" turned out to be user error. Considering all the other safety features in a modern car it seems that even if a few percent of accidents were caused by software you would still be much safer in one.

You're asking what he's scared of on Slashdot? Maybe his real name is RMS...

about a month and a half ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Etcetera Re:HFS reliability (396 comments)

Anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s remembers having to use Norton Disk Doctor and later DiskWarrior at least once per month to repair the filesystem. Entire folders could go randomly missing each time you booted up your Mac, and if you accidentally lost power to your hard drive, the use of one of those was mandatory.

I think you're confusing generic Disk Repair with rebuilding the Desktop File...

Unless your drives were seriously damaged (floppies thrown in a backpack were always a bad idea no matter where you were), missing icons and whatnot were at the disk catalog level (used by Finder), not the HFS level. Command-Option on disk insert would fix it for me.

In the event of a power outage or something similar, it was always advisable to run Disk First Aid (and later versions System 7.5+ or Mac OS 8.1 maybe?) would run it automatically for you in the event of an unsafe shutdown, but that's just morally equivalent to running an fsck.

about 3 months ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Etcetera Re:some weird thoughts (136 comments)

Turing was gay, as such did he have some culturally "feminine" interests or ways of thinking, or was he more a "man-gay"

Not so weird. There may be plenty of sociological reasons one could consider for making this gender (or sex) specific that are probably pretty valid. (Men and women have dramatically different ways of understanding communication, and this was not unknown in the 1950s.)

But if the rest of us are forced to consider Turing's homosexuality as a person indivisible from his work as a visionary (OMG he was a thinker, and he was gay!), it's only fair to consider that trait in the analysis of the work he did...

about 3 months ago
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Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

Etcetera No, no it's not. (379 comments)

First of all, it's "climate change" now and not "global warming"... some spots are having much cooler temperatures instead.

Secondly, droughts happen. The history of California is the history of water politics mainly because most of SoCal is a semi-arid desert. San Diego in particular has a giant desert separating us from the rest of the country -- even LA.

Thirdly, unless you've just moved to San Diego, you're quite aware of the 2003 and 2007 fires. These were (also) not the result of global warming.

Fourthly, there's good reason to believe that at least some of the ones this week were started by (d-bag) arsonists.

It's over-broad statements like this from "scientists" that give credence to the assertion that climate scientists are thinking with the social policy side of their brains instead of the factual side. /signed
Native San Diegan; MRC/former CERT member; non-scientist.

about 3 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Etcetera Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Separate but equal was discredited a long time ago.

"Separate but equal" in the concept of RACE was discredited a long time ago (well, presumed illegal unless it survives strict scrutiny).

Sex is judged under intermediate scrutiny, which is between strict and "rational basis" review.

about 5 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Etcetera Re:I don't think you know what discrimination mean (673 comments)

Offering a nuclear-male/female-family-specific incentive is not the same thing as discriminating against non-male/female domestic partnerships.

There... FTFY.

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Etcetera Re:systemd Architecture (641 comments)

There does seem to be an aggressive, emotionally manipulative campaign by Red Hat to get it into every major distribution and that seems to unfortunately have succeeded.

It seems like there are quite a few *within* Red Hat that aren't all that pleased with the way things have been progressing, hence the "hey, let's give a voice to sysadmins in the direction of Fedora as well!" initiative.

Systemd has the ability to do pretty neat things, but so do lots of other init systems and process controllers. The only thing that feels really head-and-shoulders above whatever else was available was cgroup integration for services. Is that worth all of the other breakage, the DJB-level asinine-ness of the developers, and the lack of flexibility caused by removing shell scripts from the boot process? Doesn't feel like it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

Etcetera Re:what's the load you are moving? (119 comments)

If the load you are moving to the cloud doesn't keep a system busy then renting may be a better option -- empty machines are expensive.

Well, maybe. Physical space is obviously a fixed cost unless you feel like building a Japanese Car Park-style for moving Dell systems around, but you'd be surprised how well modern systems can be power efficient when they're told to.

The basics of suspending HW, using c-states, reducing CPU speed, etc, can take out a significant chunk of your power (and cooling, if applicable) cost. If you're virtualizing (even just Xen/VMWare), there are even more savings to be had.

You'd be surprised how many people hard code power settings to "Max Performance" at initial boot time and never go back to evaluate whether that's always really needed.

about 5 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Etcetera Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Religious belief is one thing, forcing that belief upon other by supporting (or not) a policy change that would ostracize a non trivial part of the population is another.

... You mean that self-evidently hellacious period known as 2007? (a/k/a the "status quo" at the time the proposition was written and submitted)

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

Etcetera Re:The USA isn't synonymous with efficiency (279 comments)

The difference is that "AllahIsFalse" is political/opinion speech, while "MegaUpload" is engaging in commerce and/or barely free speech.

Yes, Free Speech is Free Speech.... but political speech -- ie, "meta speech" -- is more deserving and in more need of free speech protections than your torrents are.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

Etcetera Re:ICANN is a convention (279 comments)

What is the chance of Microsoft, Google, and Apple getting together and agreeing on anything?

Well, they agreed that Obama needed an attempted ear-full from them about the NSA spying...

Senior executives from AT&T, Yahoo, Apple, Netflix, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Facebook were among those in attendance.

“We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the President our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urged him to move aggressively on reform,” the technology firms said in a joint statement after the meeting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/tech-executives-to-obama-nsa-spying-revelations-are-threatening-business/2013/12/17/6569b226-6734-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html

about 6 months ago
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Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

Etcetera Disney did it. (53 comments)

A looooong time ago:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle-Vision_360%C2%B0

Circle-Vision 360 is a film technique, refined by The Walt Disney Company, that uses nine cameras for nine huge screens arranged in a circle. The cameras are usually mounted on top of an automobile for scenes through cities and highways, while films such as The Timekeeper use a static camera and many CGI effects. The first film was America the Beautiful (1955 version) in the Circarama theater, which would eventually become Circle-Vision theater in 1967.

about 6 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Etcetera Needs a recording LED, like everything else (341 comments)

Google needs to put in a hard-wired LED that's on when recording. Yes, you'll look like a Borg when you're recording, but that's a small price to pay for others' comfort.

Can people still obscure it? Yes... but if I see someone walking around with a Google Glass *and* a bit of black electrical tape over the front, I know I'm dealing with a complete d-bag and can treat them accordingly.

about 6 months ago
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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

Etcetera Re:$1 Billion? Chump change. (410 comments)

If Obama really wanted to 'press for the need', he'd propose a $1 trillion fund.

Much less than the Iraq War's costs over 10 years.

FTFY.

Also... much less than we were borrowing from (mostly) China on an annual basis 2-4 years ago.

about 6 months ago

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta 2 released

Etcetera Etcetera writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Etcetera writes "Coming off the heels of Beta 1, released back in April, Red Hat has posted the next beta of their upcoming enterrprise release, including "an updated installer, new technologies and resolutions to many issues that were reported earlier in the Beta cycle." Full B2 release notes here, with updated versions of some of their other beta docs here. From their blurb: "The breadth of testing and quality of feedback that we are receiving has been impressive and we are grateful to our user community and our development partners for helping us create a solid enterprise-ready operating system capable of scaling to today's demanding workloads." Start your downloads here."
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