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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

GaryOlson Re:Irrational Hate (379 comments)

I've been a system administrator for over 15 years. I can count on one hand how many times I had to touch the init system.

Then you haven't been trying hard enough. Any organization with even a hint of unique internal business processes requires modification of the init system.

about 10 months ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

GaryOlson Re:Speaking as a non-American... (1144 comments)

What you call a fault in the system is constitutionally known as separation of powers/ checks and balances. The system is working as designed; and working well. Join the debate instead of looking for non-existant flaws to repair.

about a year ago

WRT virtualization:

GaryOlson Re:Minerva didn't come from Zeus (196 comments)

She came from Jupiter.

Not if Zeus pleased her more. Those old gods really were quite incestuous.

about a year and a half ago

America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

GaryOlson Re:Corporate executives are smart. (541 comments)

Yes, they wanted a single-payer system. But they want the Government to be the single payer so the bureaucratic army of paper-pushing micro-managers can verify everyone is being treated equitably. Which costs more, not less, so less money is left for patient care. Lose/Lose

Everyone wants their micro-managing middle persons taking peoples money to grind the red tape wheel. We just need to ditch the mandatory micro-managing middle persons.

about a year and a half ago

Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)

GaryOlson SHTF billionaire style (297 comments)

Ellison is a prepper. He just has more money and resources than your average paranoid, anti-social TEOTHAWKI person.

about a year and a half ago

We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

GaryOlson Re:If you wanted to know about humans, (450 comments)

Certain entities in every organization/organism must take the active role of removing or thwarting the life sucking parasites. In this example, the parasite is government. And the gun loving rednecks have to be vocal to be heard above the mind numbing droning of professional politicians and their symbiotes the main stream media.

Just a normal ecosystem, nothing to see here, move along.

about 2 years ago

Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

GaryOlson Re:Label them "Money laundering", (848 comments)

And accuse them of hiding terrorist organizations....

According to the NDAA and POTUS Executive Orders, all that is required is merely to label, not accuse, them as Domestic Terrorists. Then the US Federal Government can seize all their funds, detain them without warrant, and confiscate any assets associated with generating these funds.

Oh, that's right, the US government is already started on the confiscation of assets; POTUS has already declared all assets belong to all the communist people of America.

about 2 years ago

US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

GaryOlson Re:Well... (1063 comments)

The state of medical research today in the USA:
publishing a report where the conclusions are known in advance, and the conclusions are provided by your financial sponsors, and the conclusions meet with a pre-approved social agenda.

about 2 years ago

Learn Linux the Hard Way

GaryOlson Re:Linux From Scratch (185 comments)

Linux From Scratch is now considered more organic -- you know, the small animal sacrifices and such required for a successful compile.

about 2 years ago

Learn Linux the Hard Way

GaryOlson Re:fp (185 comments)

Having your hodge podgey around your Windows is what makes it all GUI.

about 2 years ago

US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

GaryOlson Re:Why? Becasue people know it sucks. (362 comments)

We have a winner. I am seeing this very poli-drama being played out right now at my institution. The multi-decade tenured staff will not change from business processes implemented to fit a bad system bought 3 decades ago; and will not listen because they don't have to.

more than 2 years ago

US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

GaryOlson Re:Ouch. (362 comments)

So you are saying, if deployed properly, Oracle is a weapon of internal destruction with an effective kill to cost ratio?

more than 2 years ago

Favorite U.S. Political Party

GaryOlson Re:They all suck (503 comments)

...we have two clowns running for President.

Then they suck clown balls. Now just imagine Hillary in that act. Now you have the proper picture of our political climate.

more than 2 years ago

French Bees Produce Blue and Green Honey

GaryOlson Halloween breakfast biscuit honey (64 comments)

This would sell for quite the price as novelty biscuit honey during Halloween at various breakfast cafes in the US. Green eggs, ham, orange grits, and blue biscuit honey. Yum.

more than 2 years ago

Sugar Batteries Could Store 20% More Energy Than Li-Ions

GaryOlson Re:How is it a "sugar battery" then? (152 comments)

...girl scout cookies to show that they could grow carbon nanofibers from generic carbon sources.

At the price they charge, Girl Scout Cookies are no where near being generic carbon sources.

more than 2 years ago

Sugar Batteries Could Store 20% More Energy Than Li-Ions

GaryOlson Re:terrible reporting yet again (152 comments)

I don't think the story has fully crystallized; they'll lattice know later.

more than 2 years ago

Slackware 14.0 Arrives

GaryOlson Re:Installing the new version... (183 comments)

You can still install via floppies...

I installed OS/2 first, pulled the distro from a BBS, then installed Slackware from boot floppies and the FAT partition where I downloaded the distro. If I remember correctly, this required significantly fewer floppies. And the 9600 baud modem could spend all night pulling down the distro for the next morning.

What a nightmare

more than 2 years ago

Detailed Images Show Intra-Molecular Bonds

GaryOlson Prior art (53 comments)

The scientists better get those molecule pictures copyrighted quickly before the MPAA sues them for infringement.

more than 2 years ago



What's in your ARP table?

GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GaryOlson (737642) writes "1) physical hosts
2) a plethora of virtual hosts
3) mostly router routes
4) last night's dinner
5) Cowboy Neal's addresses"

Park by finger interface

GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GaryOlson writes "If the analog steering wheel interface is just too complicated, if you spend all your time focused on a 4" cell phone interface, and if you have mad finger interface skills, park your car with your cell phone."

Best practices for fiber channel networks?

GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GaryOlson writes "White papers and tech docs on fiber channel storage cover the basics such as creating aliases, zones, labeling cables, etc. But what about best practices and methods for nebulous operations like managing zonesets, VSANs, or port channel groups? Are these subjects too closely tied to a specific business operation or vendor technology to define best practices?"

Thank an Engineer

GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  about 6 years ago

GaryOlson writes "A little something TI is sending to its friends:
Check out the premiere of the "Thank an Engineer" short video series from Texas Instruments. These short spoofs demonstrate what the world would be like without the many engineering marvels you've been a part of creating.

We, at TI, wanted to send a quick "Thanks" your way and maybe get a laugh out of you while we were at it. And if you don't like them, well you can just ... give us a better idea and you just might win one of ten flip video cameras we're giving away by the end of the year! We, at TI, wanted to send a quick "Thanks" your way and maybe get a laugh out of you while we were at it. And if you don't like them, well you can just ... give us a better idea...."

GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GaryOlson writes "Forbes Special Report focuses on The Power of Networks. Included with articles by Networking Pioneers and a new media Internet billionaire, an academic intruduces us to a new metaphor for the Internet as a WorldBeam". The basic architecural design is summarized "The Worldbeam and another design construct, the Empty Computer, go hand in hand." and "Many sorts of information are blended together in the Worldbeam, just as many colors are combined into a beam of white light."

I am just wondering if that beam will be coherent enough to be useful.



DHMO sourcing

GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  more than 3 years ago Posted, and pulled quickly thereafter, Craigslist decided Dihydrogen monoxide was not a credible article to sell.

DHMO, fine-grained powered form (Blue Ridge and I470)

Date: 2011-02-01, 3:19PM CST
Reply to: sale-cqpnf-2192227974@craigslist.org

Each year, we accept delivery of DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide) but due to a miscommunication with the provider, we received a major overstock.

We have a current excess stock of approximately 25 cubic meters, and have been told to expect an equally large additional delivery by the end of the day.

This is not a thermodynamically stable powder, and it is expected to convert rapidly to an aqueous form, often followed by resolidification into larger crystalline structures. We would prefer to find a taker before this occurs.

This is NOT superior laboratory grade DHMO, but the more general quality obtained from natural sources, not synthetic. Expect some inclusions, and small amounts of Hydroxyl Acid and possible Hydrogen Hydroxide contamination. Neither affects the general usefulness or the chemical stability. We do provide the Material Safety Data Sheets for each chemical, or you may obtain your own at DHMO.org.

DHMO is widely used by construction companies to aid in the pouring and setting of concrete, and we have been notified that the ice and snow removal companies in the metro area have been utilizing this in the cooling systems of their vehicles too. While we'd prefer to find a single taker for the full amount of excess, we would be willing to donate any amount required to such services!

THERE IS NO CHARGE. However, interested parties will need to bring their own suitable, chemically inert, appropriate containers and source of transportation. We expect that the DHMO will still be in predominantly fine-grained powder form for the next 4 to 7 days, although after that a large quantity is likely to have become converted and contaminated.

Contamination and conversion of the previous delivery has also resulted in cylinders of Hydroden Hydroxide being formed. These are crystalline solids, based on a hexagonal matrix, as elongated cones, NOT the smaller 4 c.c. cubes! We have sizes of these ranging from 5 cm to 0.75 meters, but the supply is limited. They are free as well to anyone able to use them Some inclusions are present. Most cones are relatively high quality with a refractive index of 1.33 at 590 nanometers. Once again, bring your own containers!

Please contact for directions. Thank you!

Location: Blue Ridge and I470
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 2192227974


Creating justification

GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  more than 5 years ago Working on the architecture for a new system, I was discussing all the positive and negative considerations with the new Unix admin. The new Unix admin kept coming back to a choice I had dismissed as too risky. Finally, I found the explanation which worked:
Everyone catches the bus -- some earlier, some later, some under.

thus I retire my old sig: Conservation of improvement: I make a better solution; and the universe creates a better idiot.


GaryOlson GaryOlson writes  |  more than 6 years ago Sig update: Previous sig Support computer literacy -- because a computer is a terrible thing to waste.

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