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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Kludge Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (385 comments)

The logging is a perfect example. Why do I have to learn a new program (journalctl) just to read the system logs? What if I had to learn the syntax of a new program to read the logs of every program that I used? That would suck. If openvpn and mysql and httpd and sshd all had their own little program that I had to use to read their logs, I would give up using Unix.
I already have a program to read all logs, more or less. And I already have a program that searches all the logs, egrep. Yes, I had to learn egrep syntax, but now that I know it, I can do almost any search imaginable of any program's logs. Except systemd.

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

Kludge No, it's real. (226 comments)

It doesn't teach to laugh at geeks and nerds. It laughs at the stereotypes tied to geeks and nerds.

No, those are not stereotypes. They are characters probably based on real people. I watch the show and it completely reminds me of my college and grad school years and the people whom I knew then, including the Texan. It literally gives me flashbacks.

about a month ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Kludge IE was part of the OS. M$ said so. (230 comments)

Not only was it virtually impossible to get rid of, MS in several cases argued that it was an integral part of the OS and therefore it could not be removed and replaced with any other browser.

about a month ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Kludge Other solutions? (152 comments)

But you will miss out on all the bloated javascript bullshit if you spoof an old browser.

If only getting rid of slashdot beta were that easy....

about a month ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Kludge Disagree (579 comments)

I have edited Wikipedia. Recently I found an error on a mathematical web page. I fixed it, explained the error in the logs, and it stayed fixed. No problems

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Kludge Why almost anything is preferable to systemd (826 comments)

The advantage of older init systems, whether Sys V or BSD, was that I could figure them out. I did not know those systems well, I was not an expert in them. If all the scripts in them changed overnight I would be fine with that. But the advantage was that I could easily figure out how to search or hack or change them just by using programs that display or process text.
Systemd changes that. Now not even the log files are text. Systemd cannot be figured out or easily hacked. You can only do with it what others want you to do with it, unless you are willing to dive into source code, recompile and reinstall.

about a month ago
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Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

Kludge Re:Does it matter? (65 comments)

after all, we can't just have random people running the internet

I will differ with you here. Random people can and do "run the internet" all the time. Individual network service providers choose to whom they are going to connect. They choose how to route their traffic. Anybody can choose to use alternative DNS roots. The internet can be run by random people just fine.

about a month and a half ago
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Leaked Documents: GCHQ Made Port-Scanning Entire Countries a Standard Spy Tool

Kludge We are surprised because... (58 comments)

We are surprised because these are our governments spending our tax payer dollars to find exploits in computers in foreign countries that have done us no wrong. While you may have no scruples about this sort of thing, most of the rest of us are offended when something is done in our names that we would never stand having done to us.

about a month and a half ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Kludge if you're just posting the good parts... (226 comments)

They may have a point.
Other than the goals and near-goals, soccer is pretty boring. If you post those, then there is no point in actually watching the game and consuming the advertising.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

Kludge I use OPIE (113 comments)

I print out a list of 100 passwords, fold it up, and keep it in my wallet. Each time I use one, I cross it out. It is small, flat, easy to carry, and always with me.
Just don't let your users write the name of the server and their username on it. :)

about 2 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Kludge So you are saying that Verizon is too stupid? (398 comments)

So you are saying that Verizon is too stupid to balance connections and packets over multiple routes? You can even buy multi-WAN routers for your home that do this for you. Verizon can't figure it out?

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Kludge Isreal? (454 comments)

Why should anyone believe a person with a clear agenda

Are you talking about Isreal and its military complex?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Kludge Yeah! Especially on the iPhone (636 comments)

You can still use all the same languages you did before.

Yeah! We can program in standard C++ on the iPhone like we've always been able to do!

about 4 months ago
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A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

Kludge Keyboard? (105 comments)

Does it have a physical keyboard?

about 4 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Kludge Nope, still fvwm1 (611 comments)

When fvwm2 came out I thought it was too bloated, so I stuck with fvwm-1.24. It starts in less than a second, never swaps to disk, never slows or freezes up, and gives me superpowers that more modern desktops don't have because they would scare off the morons. I install an rpm that was built on porky.redhat.com in 1998, and it still just works.

about 4 months ago
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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

Kludge Totally newsworthy! (77 comments)

Look at who posts on this article and you will see who the real nerds are.
Screen was the first piece of software that I ever downloaded and compiled. That was almost 23 years ago. It was awesome. It gave me lots of virtual terminals on my shiny VT100. I still use it when I have to get stuff done on a slow remote connection. Long live screen!

about 5 months ago
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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

Kludge Another reason not to use nonstandard software (86 comments)

People need to learn not to use non-standard software controlled by corporations for their communications. For me, no Skype, no Facebook, no stupid crap.

about 5 months ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

Kludge Mod parent up! (161 comments)

Taking advice from an MBA is a bad idea.
The reality is that if you blow a couple years of your life learning how to code and build apps, that is a great two years of your life spent, whether your app is "successful" or not. You will have learned a lot and people with good technical skills will always be in demand.

about 6 months ago

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Ask ./: Where are the complete hosting providers?

Kludge Kludge writes  |  about a year ago

Kludge (13653) writes "In 2000 there were thousands of email/web hosting businesses. In 2013 not much has changed.
To get my email/web/webmail/domain/VOIP/public-key/XMPP/VPN hosting I have to deal with five different service providers. Where are the complete hosting providers? The absence of competition in this area drives many to Google, making data siphoning easy for the NSA.
Why has hosting not advanced in the last 10 years? Where are the hosting providers that make end-to-end encrypted email/web/VOIP/XMPP easy and automatic for all my clients?"
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CIA's renews funding for "Facebook.com"

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "The Onion is reporting that the CIA has renewed funding for its successful 'Facebook.com' program. Apparently the Agency's program has saved the agency millions of dollars. Perhaps I should get myself one of those nifty "Facebook" web pages."
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DOJ moves to block AT&T T-Mobile merger

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "Apparently the US government has been not completely bought out yet. The Washington Post notes that 'The U.S. Department of Justice has filed papers in federal court in Washington to block AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile ... The U.S. is asking the court to declare the deal in violation of U.S. antitrust law.' I think I may have a T-mobile party."
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Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "If I have to view another pump-and-dump spam I'm going to scream! As a user, I want to know why the tech world has been unable to give me control over my electronic mail system. Why can't I just have an email system that allows emails with senders and subjects that I choose, and everyone else has to put 10 cents in my account to give me an email? Is that so hard? Is this just an inability to agree on a standard?"

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