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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:My opinion on the matter. (802 comments)

That's really cool, but why are you running the new browser instead of Mosaic?

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:My opinion on the matter. (802 comments)

What's broken exactly?

Software has bugs and occationally they crash. I'm not an expert GNU/Linux system administrator by any means, and I've lost count of the amount of times when I simply wanted to just find a way to make the init system restart a service automatically when it crashes. This is trivial with Systemd, you just set Restart=on-failure in the service file and it's done. No need to write error-prone shell scripts or fiddle with run levels. It just works and it's well documented.

Straight out of Windows. Write buggy software. It's ok if it crashes once in a while because we can just restart it.

Also straight out of Windows. Make everything into one big integrated binary instead of something that you can see into or hack on.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:My opinion on the matter. (802 comments)

Embedded systems are exactly the ones that don't want a bloated init system that requires dbus for communication.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Smallpond Re:snydeq = InfoWorld (802 comments)

I felt it was enough a problem to submit a bug report to the CentOS people: https://bugs.centos.org/view.p... -- the problem I see is that the documentation for systemd and the observed results are different. Further, there are no instructions on how to take a System V init and convert it cleanly to systemd. I don't have a Red Hat Enterprise support license, so I couldn't report the issue to Red Hat. One of the problem of using an alternate distribution.

To this developer's eye, the systemd documentation is not ready for prime time. Note that this bug was reported against 6.5, not 7. I'll be looking at 7 when I get a round tuit.

So why is your bug filed against upstart?

3 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Smallpond Re:Men in education and healthcare? (329 comments)

2013 Mean salaries

  • Primary school teacher $54,740
  • Computer programmer $92,820
  • Doctor, internal medicine $188,440
  • RN $68,910

There's also a gap in garbage collectors. Nobody is concerned about those jobs because they are low-end jobs.

4 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Smallpond Re:What about nursing?? (329 comments)

Because women who want go into medicine end up nurses instead of doctors. This is the result of stereotypes, peer pressure and a largely male establishment.

4 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Smallpond Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

We can't even solve the problem of Unicode on /.

4 days ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Smallpond Re:From the wikipedia (303 comments)

Industry is much better than individuals at handling chemicals safely.

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Smallpond Re:Let's hope... (298 comments)

Actually, it's just a change to /etc/hosts.

about a week ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Smallpond Re:From the wikipedia (303 comments)

Clorox had $5.6B in sales last year, of which 10% was laundry products according to their annual report. A gallon of bleach sells for $2, so if all their sales generated 275M gallons of bleach-containing chemicals = 1M m3 x 101 mg/m3 = 100,000 gm. Nope. That amount is negligible compared to what the study reports.

about a week ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Smallpond Re:As long as... (376 comments)

You can sue for damages. Please provide documentation of monetary damages resulting from being disconnected from the internet.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Record Quantum Behavior of Electrons Via Laser Lights

Smallpond Total information awareness (33 comments)

We now can tell exactly how fast this electron is going. Unfortunately, now we can't find it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Smallpond Re:End state and private capitalism. (331 comments)

Apple alone shifted $54B offshore to avoid US taxes. If we closed tax loopholes but LOWERED corporate taxes, we would have more than enough to pay for it.

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Smallpond Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (371 comments)

Right -- before the hipsters, software types came to work in suits and ties. I distinctly remember that from the 70's. Oh wait, that was a hallucination. I remember them mostly wearing Birkenstocks, cutoff jeans and Peace symbol tees. I'm in my 60's but I don't have the selective amnesia of the above AC. In fact, I think the software types are mostly young marrieds and pretty serious about their work [anyway, more serious than I was]. When they propose new technology it is backed up with the advantages and not to get under the skin of the old fogies who think VB is just fine.

Some of our "hipsters" brought in some technology written in Erlang. It has been thoroughly tested by several groups and is now being adopted in multiple applications. It will surprise some people to learn that different processes can be written in different languages, and that it is usually better to use the right tool for the job.

about two weeks ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

Smallpond Re:What about the great monthly caps of Canada? (167 comments)

When you have multiple cables running to neighborhoods the number of downed lines and mysterious cable cuts increases dramatically.

about two weeks ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

Smallpond Re:Why so many China stories today? (167 comments)

Afghanistanism - noun, A journalism term used to describe the practice of reporting on distant parts of the world that is not relevant to the subscribers (obsolete).

about two weeks ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

Smallpond Re:Lantern? (167 comments)

A lighthouse sits in one place and is easy to hit with a mortar. A lantern is easy to move and shield.

about two weeks ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

Smallpond Re:POTUS Obama's hand is in the cookie jar...Again (78 comments)

My favorite example of government overreach was:

"The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect 'domestic security.' Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent."
    -- Redacted from a US Supreme Court document by the Ashcroft
          Justice Department in the name of national security.

about three weeks ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Smallpond Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

From TFA

Rehm runs and jumps with a specially designed blade that is 15 inches longer than his other leg

I can't imagine why anyone would accuses him of 'cheating' ...

The device is like a spring, so it stores energy as well as having extra length and mechanical advantage, and better still its far stronger and requires much more force to break.

I'm sorry he lost his leg, but there is no why this is 'fair' by any sense of the word.

It would be like wearing $500 shoes in a marathon when other runners are barefoot. Or like using a wind tunnel to train your bobsled team!

about a month ago

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Smallpond Smallpond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Which is your favorite Pittsburgh movie?

  • Dawn of the dead - Your blood pressure: 0.0
  • Innocent Blood - "Where ze hell is Shadyside?"
  • The Deer Hunter - Does anyone else find Christopher Walken kind of
          creepy?
  • Dogma - I bet they got them "Buddy Christs" at the Giant Eagle.
  • Robocop - Because filming in Detroit was a little TOO scary.
  • Flashdance - I worked in a mill and never saw a welder that looked
          like Jennifer Beals.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - Forget Chianti, I'll have an Iron City
          with that.
  • Groundhog Day - Most days feel the same as yesterday.

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