Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
"Who really needs systemd?"
Much has been said about the numerous drawbacks of systemd. My question then is why are we seeing a near universal switch? It seems almost every distro is moving to systemd in fairly short order. Why do they do so? Surely dozens of distros each independently evaluating systemd and deciding to switch must be finding *something* compelling!
Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
"... as someone who frequently drives with the lights on to warn fellow motorists ..."
It is also not just speed traps. I take (and use) flashing headlights to mean 'there is something ahead requiring extra care and attention'. It could be a speed trap, it could be a deer on the highway, or it could be an accident scene.
New York Data Centers Battle Floods, Utility Outages
I don't think you got the joke.
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Apache/2.2.14 (Ubuntu) Server at xkcd.com Port 80
People With University Degree Fear Death Less
"If there are gods and they are just, then they ... will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by."
Okay, 3 questions though:
1) Who decides what is virtue and what is vice and by what standard?
2) What method do the gods (or God) use to determine if I am welcomed? Is it simply a numeric addition (good deeds outnumber bad ones)? Or perhaps it is a weighted scale ( 1 murder == 1,000,000 compliments). Are there any bad deeds that are unforgivable? Do my deeds from my entire life count or is only the last few years (or even days or moments) that count?
3) How can I know the answers to the above? Do I simply have to be the best I can? Is it reasonable to expect that if there is a God (or gods) that he (or she, or it, or they) would reveal himself? If not, would God be just? If so, how has he done so?
I posit therefore, that it is reasonable (necessary?) to investigate different, mostly conflicting, truth claims to determine which may actually be revelation of what God actually expects from us.
Survey Shows How Stupid People Are With Passwords
Have you considered using a password manager? KeyPass for example will do an auto type which I assume would bypass the cadence filter. Worth a try anyway.
Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies
Okay, let me get this straight.
You are giving this guy a hard time for making a decision on behalf of his young children while at the same time arguing that they don't have the ability to decide for themselves ... weird.
WikiLeaks Publishes Afghan War Secrets
Great post. The best part is the sig.
Google To End Google.cn Redirect
Okay, who modded this troll up?
"There are no serious Libertarian candidates"
Not true. Any sane definition of "serious candidate" would include the successful candidate(s). Ron Paul is a multi-term Congressman. I understand that Libertarian candidates have won numerous lesser offices.
"No serious, thoughtful person takes that ideology seriously"
Now you are just being insulting. Replace that ideology with ANY ideology and it still is insulting. Libertarianism, Christianity, Flat Earth. Serious, thoughtful people have believed or believe a lot of weird stuff. That does not mean they are not intelligent or serious or thoughtful only wrong. Instead of insulting them (Yes even us Christians) next time assume that although they may be wrong they believe what they do for a reason. Try to understand them and have a discussion. If you are very lucky they might actually convince you that it is you who are wrong.
"... minds of people who choose to believe simple platitudes instead of paying attention to the vagaries and difficult-to-explain nuances of human nature."
Ah, a troll AND a hypocrite!
<offtopic>Why is slashdot stripping out empty newlines?</offtopic>
Slashback: SCO, COPA, AllofMP3, Navier-Stokes, and More
Shortly after I Visa shut off service for Allofmp3.com I discovered you can still pay with Visa it is just a pain. You buy an XROST Prepaid iCard with your Visa and apply the card to your account. It isn't too bad. This is more of a barrier to new users who are just curious. Existing users who love the service can just put in a $50 payment every few months.