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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

JustShootMe Re:I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

In fairness, I installed Ubuntu *server*. I'd expect it to behave like a server, not a spin of the desktop distribution.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

JustShootMe Re:I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

Sometimes you use what the user demands/needs rather than what is the best choice technically. I'm not too fond of Ubuntu on the server either, but there are specific reasons for it in our particular environment that I can't get around.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

JustShootMe Re:I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

If there was a way to package an already built gentoo distribution for rollout, I would seriously consider it. (and there may be, I haven't used Gentoo in a long while)

It's not an option for the huge company I work for, though. Most companies want Debian or RPM based systems.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

JustShootMe Re:I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

I was using it as an example to show that server workloads are fundamentally different from desktop workloads.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

JustShootMe Re:I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

Where did you get the idea that this was about forking the kernel?

Linux (at least in this context) is not only the kernel, it's the whole ecosystem - whatever you call it. I don't think the person who wrote this article was arguing that the kernel should be forked. The only time I'll seriously consider that is if they try to put dbus into it.

I don't see anything wrong with the kernel that a little tuning can't fix. I do see plenty wrong with lots of distributions.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

JustShootMe I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

I am a linux sysadmin, and many of the packages required for desktop use not only don't apply to me, but are pretty well useless. I would love to see a distribution where any dependency on X11 was not only stripped out - but *compiled* out. I would love to see a distribution where systemd was not getting its mitts into everything.

But it's not only that, it's tuning. I discovered that Ubuntu's default scheduler settings on a Dell R620 with 384G of RAM and a nice beefy RAID 10 array are actually the *worst* settings for this kind of system. Everything else I tried - other schedulers, tuning CFQ, etc., they all led to better write throughput. Which leads me to wonder how many processor and other cycles are wasted because sysadmins just install with the default settings and hope for the best?

There needs to be a distro where the adults are in charge. I'd even build it if I had time, and I most certainly would be willing to put some time into working on one.

about three weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

JustShootMe Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

I completely disagree with you. Particularly the last sentence, which, again, is coming close to an ad hominem. I didn't make that argument and I wasn't going to.

I don't upload photos that I don't want distributed widely to iCloud. I figure if I do that I'm just asking for whatever happens. And that is the way *I* look at it when it comes to my own business, so I won't listen to anyone telling me I'm wrong.

I'm done here. One can never win this kind of argument because there is never any rationality to it. It's all emotional.

about three weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

JustShootMe Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

Indeed. This is not zero-sum. Just because a bad actor does something reprehensible does not mean that there is not an opportunity for education on how to reduce your risk. Don't crack. And don't put yourself in a situation where it's likely you will *be* cracked.

about three weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

JustShootMe Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

Your last sentence is pretty close to an ad hominem. The GP post is probably a troll. So why I'm posting here is beyond me. Maybe I'm bored.

Here's the thing. It's true that in a perfect world, you should have complete control of what happens to the stuff you post, just like you should have complete control over what happens to your body.

This isn't, unfortunately a perfect world.

Protecting yourself is a virtue, not a vice. And giving advice on how to protect yourself is not necessarily "blaming the victim".

Let me put it another way: to use some analogies that have been put forth in other comments, if there is a place in town where someone gets raped every single night, maybe two or three people, and you deliberately going to that place at night, alone... do you really think it's going to do any good to just tell whomever you encounter "don't rape me?"

When it would never have happened if you'd just not gone?

Protect yourself. Don't do stupid stuff. At the end of the day, you do have *some* control over your circumstances. Don't give up that control just because someone else does something stupid too.

about three weeks ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

JustShootMe Re:They already do this... (136 comments)

Sure they do. If someone wanted to know where to get more information about the referenced item and buy it, that's added value.

It's only not added value if that's not something you want to do. Just as if, if you are not interested in the stock or its performance, it adds no value for you.

The argument here is not about whether it adds value - it does. The argument is over the type of value it adds, the cost of that value, and whether the added value is worth the cost - which is considerable.

about a month and a half ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

JustShootMe Re:They already do this... (136 comments)

Stock exchanges make money, and trading stocks is a way for companies and investors to make (or lose, but that's not the hope) money. It's an inline ad for the stock of the company being mentioned. A very well hidden inline ad, but an ad nonetheless.

about a month and a half ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

JustShootMe They already do this... (136 comments)

They already do this with things such as stock quotes. They put "Apple" in there, and it automatically adds the ticker symbol, the day's performance, and a link to more information.

I don't see how this is any different.

about a month and a half ago
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Linux Sucks (Video)

JustShootMe LibreSSL... yeah. (293 comments)

I stopped listening while he was talking about LibreSSL. This guy is utterly ignorant of why LibreSSL was forked (because the OpenSSL maintainers were not responsive to bug reports and were actively working around memory issue detection), of who was forking it (OpenBSD, Linux has nothing at all to do with it), and what is hoped to be accomplished by the fork.

I just can't pay attention when someone is blabbing about something he has no idea about. Sigh.

about 4 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

JustShootMe Re:Feels Dated (435 comments)

Ruby makes sysadmins cry. I tried updating a legacy server yesterday that is running a ruby app. After two hours of trying to make it work, I gave up.

about 5 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

JustShootMe Re:I don't drink water... (332 comments)

Trees fuck in the air. What do you think pollen is?

about 5 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

JustShootMe Re:Not Uncommon for Portland (332 comments)

I think there are some rare cases where public opinion is wrong, and this would be one of them. I also think this is a horribly passive-aggressive way of doing it. If you feel that strongly, just set in motion the process of capping them, and if it fails, well, you tried.

I keep thinking of places down south who need all the water they can get, and we're just wasting a whole reservoir full. That saddens me.

(I live in Portland, but I'm in the Tualatin Valley water district, so it doesn't affect me much.)

about 5 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

JustShootMe It's not organic. (332 comments)

I live in Portland. They'd probably allow it if he was a free-range drunkard with organic piss.

about 5 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

JustShootMe Re:Someone doesn't understand devops. (226 comments)

I've been a developer, a sysadmin, and a devops guy. And the number of developers I've had to gently (and sometimes not so gently) say "stop doing that, you're crashing the server!" is way more than I am comfortable with...

about 6 months ago

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Where does a geek find a social life?

JustShootMe JustShootMe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JustShootMe writes "So I have a question for my fellow slashdotters, and yes, I realize I am throwing myself into the lion's den covered with tasty meat flavored sauce. I have never been a very social person, preferring to throw myself into technology, therefore I've been spectacularly unsuccessful in developing any meaningful interpersonal relationships. Lately I have begun to feel that this situation is not tenable, and I would like to fix it. But I really don't know how and haven't the faintest idea where to start. I know that I am in the minority and there are many different kinds of slashdot readers, most of whom have vastly more experience in this realm than I do. So, fellow slashdotters, please tell me. How, and more importantly, where, do you meet fellow geeks, preferably including some of the opposite gender, in meatspace?"
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Does choice of OS correlate with religion?

JustShootMe JustShootMe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JustShootMe writes "I work at a company that has both a Windows team and a Linux team. I have found that with one exception, everyone on the Linux team is either agnostic or atheist (that I know of). Conversely, the Windows team seems to skew towards the religious — there is one practicing Jew, one Christian (from what I've gathered from my conversations with him) and several of the Windows team managers who have come through over the years were very strong Christians.

How about it, fellow Slashdotters? Is there a correlation between the type of OS you run and whether you're religious or not? Think some grad out there might get a good thesis out of it?"

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How I metamorderate

JustShootMe JustShootMe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Here are the criteria I use when I metamoderate:

When something's moderated anything positive (Insightful, Interesting, Informative), I give the benefit of the doubt. Unless it's blatantly wrong, I'll almost always call it "fair". I recognize that what is insightful to me may not be insightful to others, and vice versa.

When something's moderated negatively, however, I come at it with a built in skepticism, and am inclined to metamoderate as "unfair" unless the person has given me a good reason to think it's fair.

In other words, if something is marked as "troll" and is not someone posting goatse.cx links, etc., is a legitimate opinion, and is not something that most would agree with, I'll still moderate it unfair. I think you have to have a *good reason* to moderate something negatively.

If everyone else would also follow these rules and metamoderate often, maybe the worst of the moderation abuses would go away.

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