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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

StormReaver Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

Go back 5 years and imagine yourself trying to explain systemd to all the Linux developers.

That depends on how you do it. If you were to use the massive disinformation campaign you're perpetuating, and those who know better didn't speak up, then systemd would die on the vine. However, if you accurately describe what systemd does, then Linux would be five years ahead of where it is now.

Having actually read what systemd does, I'm looking forward to seeing it on my machines. It seems to solve several important problems, and seems to be well architected.

So far, every argument against systemd I've read has been a strawman (invent a problem that systemd doesn't actually have, then argue against it). The anti-systemd campaign has been truly bizarre, but that's how ignorance is typically presented.

about a week ago

World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

StormReaver Re:Waste (276 comments)

Spending six years learning how to program before going to college did me know good. It's like knowing the fundamentals really was a waste of time and was so not transferrable.....

Then you didn't learn the fundamentals. Instead, you learned something very specific to a particluar product. They're not even remotely the same thing, as the fundamentals haven't changed in over 30 years.

about a week ago

Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

StormReaver Re:Progress (162 comments)

The days when it seemed that Microsoft could have the whole pie all to itself is long gone.

I'm sure IBM thought something similar when Microsoft was "collaborating" on OS/2.

Now is not the time to let your guard down. We have finally, painfully clawed our way out of the Microsoft den. Now is not the time to squander all that hard work with feel-good naivety. Microsoft is Microsoft, and that will never change. The moment its management smells a weakness, you will become dinner if you're not paying attention.

I'm shaking my head at how quickly people forget the lessons of the past.

about two weeks ago

Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

StormReaver Yawn (183 comments)

So yet another first person shooter from a formerly innovative game company.

No thanks.

about three weeks ago

Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

StormReaver Re:On other words ... (230 comments)

sudo apt-get install malware

Being Microsoft, I can almost guarantee that this package manager has done almost everything wrong.

about a month ago

Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

StormReaver Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (206 comments)

Please, cite the violated law. Thank you.

1) Identify theft.
2) Slander of Title.
3) Copyright Infringement.
4) Trademark Infringement.
5) Defamation of Character.

And those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

And no, a warrant cannot authorize those things. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows for committing the above crimes just because a judge issues an illegal order to do so.

about a month ago

EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

StormReaver Re:Justice (68 comments)

...that's one of the things a court is for: Clear up legal facts if they are not explicitely stated in the law.

You just restated his argument using different words.

about a month ago

Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

StormReaver Re:Barometers In iPhones! (79 comments)

Smallprint: oh yeah, Android had them for years

I now expect Apple to launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung over the lowercase letter, "i" in Android. Alternatively, I expect Apple to launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung for showing atmospheric pressure in millibars; thereby infringing upon Apple's invention of the word.

about a month ago

Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

StormReaver Re:Not a great loss... (108 comments)

Oracle is becoming increasingly irrelevant....

I snuck PostgreSQL into the organization in 2005 to handle certain Web activity. It worked great for years, and my boss later decided to use it for other projects that were slated to use Oracle. All of those projects were so maintenance free at the database end that we later decided to replace Oracle with PostgreSQL for all of our database needs.

We found that the Oracle "features" we paid for failed when they were needed most, and therefore didn't work as advertised. PostgreSQL's replication and standby features would have been good enough.

I use PostgreSQL for all of my low end needs, too. I tried MySQL off and on for years, and it is still a terrible database (alter the data to fit the contraints!) when data are important. Even more exciting, though, is that PostgreSQL is slowly adding high-end features into its core infrastructure. And those features adhere to the PostgreSQL ACID philosophy.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

StormReaver Why Should We Care? (187 comments)

Why should anyone care what you have to say, since you're almost always in your own little Bizarro universe that is devoid of anything resembling the reality in which the rest of us live?

about a month and a half ago

Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

StormReaver Re:Don't bother with AP CS (144 comments)

One of the best things about AP Computer Science is that you get some good experience with recursion, inheritance, interfaces, class design --- more advanced topics that you might not encounter as a self-educated programmer (and many of the students in my classes are extensively self-educated).

All of these things are basic, fundamental, principles encountered early in the process of learning programming. If you're not extensively practicing these things by your second or third week (if not sooner) of learning object oriented programming (with recursion not needing OOP), then you should probably reconsider your career path and stop thinking of yourself as in any way, shape, or form, "extensively self-educated" in programming.

about a month and a half ago

Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

StormReaver Re:Samsung has worked with Nuance forever (161 comments)

I am not sure what buying Nuance is supposed to do but it has to be a defense of some sort.

Buy Nuance, raise licensing fees charge to Apple for Siri, make iCrap more expensive, make back money lost in court, make Apple pay for its own court victories.

It's poetry.

about 2 months ago

Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

StormReaver Re:Plus what religion might ET bring? (534 comments)

Religion is something that an ET might bring.

Maybe I'm giving so-called intelligent life too much credit, but I would hope that by the time a species could traverse the immense distances needed to arrive at Earth from whatever planet they come from, they would by then have the ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality.

about 2 months ago

KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

StormReaver Re:Simplification has a disgusting track record. (184 comments)

Chances are, we're about to lose the value of KDE, much like we lost the value of so many other projects over the years.

I truly hope that KDE isn't falling victim to the, "We're successful, so let's abandon everything that got us here!" syndrome that infects so many formerly-usable systems.

about 2 months ago

European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

StormReaver Re: Again? (96 comments)

Netscape was free too, and it was easy to switch from IE for anyone who wanted to...

Netscape wasn't free until Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer (IE) into Windows, which had (and still has) a (what should be illegal) monopoly on desktop operating systems. At that point, no one could charge for a browser. That was leveraging a monopoly in one area to gain a monopoly in another area, which is a felony (for which Microsoft was rightly convicted).

Switching from IE to anything else was almost impossible for most people, because Microsoft's browser dominance was so thorough that a huge number of web sites was created to fully work only with IE. Phoenix/Firefox broke Microsoft's stranglehold only through a rare convergence of events.

about 3 months ago

European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

StormReaver Re:Again? (96 comments)

No matter what one thinks of Yelp, they were one of the first few place review services around. Then Google tried to buy them and, when that failed, copied their business model and turned it into Google Places which held top place in any location search.

I'm failing to see the problem. That is how competition is supposed to work: doing something better than someone else.

Did Google threaten anyone, or did Google just provided a better service/experience?

Did Google conspire with other companies to put Yelp out of business?

Did Google somehow leverage a monopoly position in search to gain a monopoly position in reviewing stuff?

As far as I know, Google is just a better competitor.

about 3 months ago

Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

StormReaver Re:Huh? (282 comments)

Several years ago, a kernel developer submitted a patch that greatly increased Linux performance for desktop-oriented tasks; but the patch was rejected because it harmed server performance. In that case, there was no way to reconcile the needs of the two types of systems. Under that kind of situation, the logic for a server/desktop split increases.

about 3 months ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

StormReaver Not Enough (533 comments)

Not only is 4/1 not nearly enough, it needs to be symmetrical. 20/20 is just barely servicable for a household. 100/100 would be adequate, but 1000/1000 should be the standard. These companies want to stay at 4/1 so they don't have to "waste" any of their cocaine/hooker money on infrastructure.

about 3 months ago

GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

StormReaver Re:Huh? (314 comments)

Why the hell is a GUI system dependent on a low level system control daemon?

Just a wild guess (and I may be wrong), but perhaps it's for better communication of events between the underlying system and the GUI.

about 3 months ago

NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

StormReaver Switching to AMD (110 comments)

Thankfully, the Open Source AMD video driver has progressed enough to use it for normal computing. I've been using it on cards I already had laying around, and it performs very well for daily use. It performs much better than Nouveau (which isn't surprising, since AMD released full specifications, and nVidia requires complete clean-room reverse engineering), and integrates into a Linux desktop cleaner than the nVidia proprietary driver (nVidia destroys the boot display, for example).

Now I have enough motivation to no longer use nVidia. Thank you, nVidia, for helping AMD gain some ground.

about 3 months ago


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