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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Lord Apathy Re:Remove It (519 comments)

Yes text log files are very handy, and just like with SysV you can run syslog on top of systemd just like you did before when you ran syslog on top of SysV. Amazing isn't it!

Then your wasting even more space by keeping both binary and ascii logfiles on the same system. One of the key reasons that someone put forth to have them in the first place. Binary logfiles are smaller than ascii. Which is a case I'm not really sure of any way. But now you have both the binary AND the ascii files now thus completely negating one reason to have them in the first place.

I want even bother to talk about having two systems in place anyway. Just skip the whole thing and do away with the one that nobody really wants in the first place.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Lord Apathy Re:Remove It (519 comments)

yes, so export the binary file to text files.. not difficult

A completely unnecessary step.

An one that might be impossible if the server has promptly stuck its thumb up its ass and won't boot. Then add that you are a junior system admin that doesnt' know how to do that. But you know enough to boot the system with a rescue disk so you can mount the drive and then ftp the log files some place where you can mail them to your boss at 2 am. Who might just reach through the network and strangle you because you took down his porn server anyway.

Not everything speaks binary log files, but just about everything speaks ascii. Log files are in ascii on purpose. So you can read them with the minimal tools and not have to fight the system to get to them.

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. That applies to binary log files.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Lord Apathy Re:Remove It (519 comments)

Exactly. Text log files allow you to pull them off the damaged system and examine them on another system. Many times the system that you have to examine them on won't be a linux system. The other day I had to examine a log file that my co worker sent to me on my phone.

If it had been a binary log file, I would have had to get off the toilet, get dress, and find a compatible system to decode the log files on. Maybe even spin up a VM to do it in.

I was able to tell her the boot params to boot up the box with out leaving my seat. Fuck binary log files.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Lord Apathy Re:Remove It (519 comments)

Oh horse shit! Binary logs are the biggest crock of shit to blow out someones ass since Windows ME. Pure text log files can be parsed with the same system tools that come with all linux distributions. I'm talking grep, awk, and sed. An you really adventurous, perl.

All the excuses that I've seen for keeping this foul system are bullshit!

about a week ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

Lord Apathy Re:Why didn't they just ask Federico Faggin? (167 comments)

This is what I came in here to say. They guy who designed the chip is still alive. Just shoot him a email, phone call, or smoke signals and just ask him.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say there is probably a logical reason behind the arrangement and not some conspiracy or something.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Lord Apathy Re:"CipherShed" (270 comments)

Just call it truecrypt and be done with it. The original authors abandoned the project, they don't get to vote on it any more.

Fuck'em

about a month ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Lord Apathy Re:The horror! (369 comments)

Agree'ed. It might be time for someone to test a few nuclear weapons. Time to remind the crazies out there there is some out there bigger than you and possibly a little more crazy.

about 2 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Lord Apathy Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

"The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword"

George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones

While I am pro death penalty in many cases and a strong believer in hanging I believe the quote above has some merit. If the prosecutors or the judges where required to pull the switch, then I believe we wouldn't have such a rush to impose the death penalty.

about 6 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Lord Apathy Re:Troi (512 comments)

I found Claudia Christian's character in B5 far more attractive than I ever found any of the Star Trek chicks. I like strong female characters that know how to handle themselves. I've never seen why people are attracted to Troi and Crusher characters at all.

But I will admit that I did start paying better attention to Voyager after they added that borg set of tits and ass to the show.

about 7 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Lord Apathy Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

You know one time I did have a good argument against taxing churches. Now for the life of me I can't remember it.

Tax the bastards!

about 7 months ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

Lord Apathy Re:Standards? Standards anyone? (91 comments)

The ZFS filesystem from Solaris Unix has some features that ext4 does not, especially filesystem snapshots.

I don't really conceder ZFS to be an experimental fliesystem. I would regard it as a mature and tested file system and I would not have the same issues with someone using it as a specialized file system like I mentioned. But at the same time I wouldn't regard it as a standard file system the same way ext3/ext4 is.

The snapshot feature you mentioned, I admit, would be very handy, but you can achieve the same thing using logical volumes and ext4. Unlike ZFS logical volume management is a standard part of all linux distos. I've not used ZFS so I don't know how complex its snapshot feature is and how it would compare to LVM snapshot feature. Using LVM does add an extra layer of complexities in file system management but if you are using a 3rd party file system then the complexities that lvm adds shouldn't be a problem for someone capable of using ZFS.

about 7 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Lord Apathy Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Not to get all House Stark or whatever, but execution is a messy business and it does noone any favors to try to minimize that. Anyone crying "its too barbaric" should try to remember that we're ending someone's life here, and that doesnt really change just because you do it in a sterile antiseptic clinical setting.

Speaking of House Stark I was just thinking of that line used in the book.

"If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die."

I personally think this would be a good thing. If your going to be the one to sentience someone to death, you should be the one pulling the trigger.

about 7 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Lord Apathy Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Of course, you need a drug with low failure rate, but there are different ways.

I really don't understand why we go through all the trouble come up with some drug or drug cocktail myself. Just hang the bastards and be done with it. We have been doing that way since the dawn of civilization so why change now. Dead is dead.

Of course if we are still having a need for a death penalty I would question how civilized we actually are.

about 7 months ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

Lord Apathy Re:Standards? Standards anyone? (91 comments)

There is a reason to sick to the ext3/4 filesystem as the standard filesystem. Because it is the standard. Almost every filesystem tool in the linux world expects to be working with ext3/ext4. Sure you have special versions for vanity filesystems such as reiser and this one, but most tools expect ext3/ext4. There is nothing wrong with running a specialized filesystem specialized applications such as databases but not as your main default system. And certainly not a damn beta filesystem.

Not off topic but completely on topic. People are doing stupid things with a experimental filesystem and I'm call it what it is. Stupid.

about 7 months ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

Lord Apathy Standards? Standards anyone? (91 comments)

This is a example of some of the mind bogglingly stupid things that linux people do.

What I find funny now is years ago people on this board, myself included, where bashing microsoft for taking known standards and extending them. It was called embrace and extend. Linux at the time was the banner for standards and doing things right.

Now we have a major distro changing from the standard filesystem, ext3/ext4, to what is technically a experimental file system and using as the default install. This is crap that give linux a bad name. Linux will never take the desktop with bone headed decisions such as this.

There is a reason to sick to the ext3/4 filesystem as the standard filesystem. Because it is the standard. Almost every filesystem tool in the linux world expects to be working with ext3/ext4. Sure you have special versions for vanity filesystems such as reiser and this one, but most tools expect ext3/ext4. There is nothing wrong with running a specialized filesystem specialized applications such as databases but not as your main default system. And certainly not a damn beta filesystem.

Of course we are not new to bone head decisions are we when it comes to standards. Like the gnome people deciding that the middle mouse button is no longer important. Something that has been standard in xwindows and unix since it crawled out of the data ooze that spawned it.

about 7 months ago
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Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

Lord Apathy Re:Oh noes! (51 comments)

Yes he did. I really should have taken that remedial reading class in kindergartner.

about 7 months ago
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Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

Lord Apathy Re:Oh noes! (51 comments)

I think the BitCoin community is doing a pretty good job of ruining the currency on their own without government help

Of course it is. You just keep right on thinking that. It's doing such a good job that you don't have scams like Mt Gox or other exchanges just vanishing in the night. Naw, nobody is out almost a half a billion dollars because of a poorly run exchange or just outright theft. Damn, skippy its doing a fine job.

Hey, how would you like to buy a bridge? It's in New York state right outside of Brooklyn. Only 400,000 bitcoins.

about 7 months ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

Lord Apathy Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

Not really. Most of us knew it was going to be a failure from the start. Now we can finally put this boondoggle behind us.

about 7 months ago
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WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

Lord Apathy Re:American Money (240 comments)

Screw that. Lets get some real cryptids on there. Lets replace George Washington with a picture of bigfoot. Lincoln place can be taken with a picture of the loch ness monster.

about 8 months ago
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Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

Lord Apathy Re:Did everybody take their stupid pills this morn (77 comments)

I suppose the Drake Equation isn't complete crap. I still believe as a scientific formula it's pretty useless. But if you poke in numbers to what we know, it can give us some ideal what we can expect. An as someone pointed out as the years go by we might be able to fill in the more answers. But one thing is certain no matter what number we can find the answer to the Drake Equation might always be 1.

about 8 months ago

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