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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Tester Re:Hmm (533 comments)

systemd's big feature of the alternatives is that is also supervises running deamons after they've been started. OpenRC (and baselayout 1.x, it's predecessor), tried to do it, but in a half-hearted way that never really worked. That why we have the "zap" command to tell the init system "you think this daemon is running, but it's actually not". With systemd, this kind of thing can no happen because it actually uses modern kernel features to keep track.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Tester Re:Hmm (533 comments)

PolicyKit specifically can be compiled to use consolekit instead of systemd for session tracking.

Except that, last I heard, Lennart is also the maintainer of ConsoleKit, and he has officially declared it dead in favor of systemd-logind. Seriously, the reason everyone choses systemd is because it's just better. And as a former Gentoo dev with a good knowledge of openrc, systemd is one or two levels above.

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

Tester But Montreal? (255 comments)

I don't get Uber. In Montreal, they offer their service, but they actually work with licensed taxis, at the official regulated price, just like any other taxi company. I don't understand why they can do it here, but make a big thing about it in other cities.

about 4 months ago
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Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

Tester Re:This is more about Oracle Linux (186 comments)

Don't forget Amazon EC2, etc.. Where you can get Ubuntu for cheap or RHEL for more $$ with a subscription, but installing CentOS you have to go through the "Store", I'm sure RedHat would prefer if people installed CentOS instead of Ubuntu..

about 8 months ago
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Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

Tester Re:Odd... (186 comments)

Switching between the two distributions (or even Scientific Linux) is already as easy as switching repos and updating a few branding specific packages. I'd imagine that Red Hat would make the process even easier to do so in the next release.

Actually their FAQ says that isn't an option, you have to re-install from scratch to get an officially supported system (as the binaries are not exactly the same).

about 8 months ago
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Belgian Media Group Demanding Copyright Levy for Internet Access

Tester Re:Two-edged sword? (162 comments)

Sorta... well no, It's still highly illegal and you can get sued for making an illegal copy.

For example: some Canadians got sued for coping "Hurt Locker" (The erotic comedy about two gay shoe store employees and their love of leather uppers.)

This is entirely untrue, in Canada, making copies of AUDIO recoding for personal use IS legal.. This only applies to Audio content, not to movies, etc. This is also why the levy is only on CDs, not on DVDs for example.

about a year ago
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The Balkanization of Chatting

Tester Re:"Cheap?" Who's still paying for chat apps? (242 comments)

>> how chat apps have overtaken SMS. Yeah, they are cheap.

Chat apps are cheap? I thought they were all free.

WhatsApp (the most popular one) is not free...

about a year ago
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How Paid Apps On Firefox OS Will Work

Tester Re:DOA (74 comments)

This experiment will be over in 9 months without a large infusion of capital.

Good thing that Google is giving Mozilla $300 million/year then

about a year and a half ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

Tester Re:Wow, only $7.25? (1106 comments)

Get rid of the car... Won't Obamacare include you in the medicaid soon?

about a year and a half ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

Tester Re:evidence-based policy (1106 comments)

Capital gains is also normally irrelevant to all but the "pretty rich"

Buy a house for $200K, sell it for $300K years later would be $100K in capitol gains. Many people who are not "pretty rich" do that. Then there are 401K's, Small stock portfolios, etc.

For that specific use-case, you can use the Canadian model, where capital gains on one's primary residence are not taxable, this covers the 99%.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Enyo: Up and Running

Tester WebOS (46 comments)

Interesting that you can write an entire review of Enyo without mentioning that it comes from WebOS...

about a year and a half ago
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Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?

Tester Network effects (404 comments)

It's too late for this round. For the same reason that no one can replace Windows on the desktop, nothing will displace iOS/Android on "slabs with a large touchscreen". There are too many applications written, too many people who rely on them, they will not switch for something that's more or less the same, but different. People will switch only if it's something radically different, a new category of devices, just like Apple created with the original iPhone or the iPad, they're just not comparable to previous feature phones (or even previous "smartphones"). Windows Phone and BB10 are DOA, no one wants them, it's too late. They're like the DRDOS and the OS/2 of smartphones.

about a year and a half ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

Tester Re:OSX may not have killed Linux, but it's winning (505 comments)

Basically you're argument is that it's all about Microsoft Office? I agree with you, then it has nothing to do with how Good or Bad GNOME vs OSX are. The Linux Desktop will not happen on any serious scale until the corporate world stops revolving around Office and there isn't a damn thing we can do about it.

about 2 years ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

Tester Re:Why do FOSS library folks hate ABI compatabilit (505 comments)

It's funny you say that.. The important Linux Desktop APIs have been stable for over a decade. Look at GLib 2.x and indeed the entire GNOME 2.x stack, it hasn't been broken. You can still run an application compiled against GTK+ 2.0 on any modern distribution.. Obviously, it will have the same functionalities that it had 10 years ago, but the same can be said of Windows or OSX.

And well, GTK+ 3 has a slightly different API, etc, but so is WinRT or many of the newer OSX APIs. And Well, GTK+ 2.x is parallel installable, so you can keep using it more or less forever.

about 2 years ago
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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

Tester It's called "The City" (395 comments)

Different places have different specialties.. And when a place attracts lots of people who know something, it becomes a pole for that thing, generates high salaries in that field, and make life very expensive for everyone else. Silicon Valley, Bangalore, etc do high tech. New York, London, Hong Kong do banking. You can't have all of them. And I doubt a small-ish country like the UK can have many of them. The US can afford to have New York and Silicon Valley because they're very very far appart. The City is just too close to East London (or even Cambridge) to make them separate markets, meaning that old humid houses are still terribly expensive and no one in their right minds would want to move there unless they are made tons and tons of money.

about 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

Tester No nostalgia: I like GNOME 3! (654 comments)

I really like GNOME 3, to me, it's better than any other desktop I've ever used. So I don't feel any nostalgia towards old, ugly, clunky desktops.

about 2 years ago
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Digia To Acquire Qt From Nokia

Tester Re:Digia ? (152 comments)

They've been around for more than 15 years so take that for what you will. There is no guarantees that any company won't go under but they seem solid enough.

Except that I'm pretty sure their biggest client was Nokia for most of these 15 years, so good luck to them.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Entrenches Tech Neutrality In Copyright Law

Tester Re:Fill me in, eh (54 comments)

In Canada, does their Supreme Court make laws? Or did the court just interpret an existing law which will be quickly altered to void this inconvenient decision?

It depends on how you define "make laws". Technically, the legislature in Canada is supreme - they make the laws. Just like in the US. But all laws are subject to the Constitution and more specifically the Charter, which means that they can be struck down by the judiciary; i.e. Canada has de facto judicial supremacy. And of course, the common law is judge-made law, just as it is in every common law country.

But in this case, yeah, the legislature can just go ahead and introduce a new law that it thinks will pass the judicial test. That's how the system is supposed to work anyway.

But the constitution is irrelevant in this case, this case was all about regular law. So this is about common law, which is what the judges use to interpret the laws passed by parliament. So Parliament can absolutely void all of this by changing th statutes.. But the last time time they touched copyright law, it was hugely controversial, so I don't expect this government or any government to expand political capital doing that in the near future.

more than 2 years ago
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China Secretly Clones Austrian Village

Tester The Venitian? (329 comments)

Well, how is that different from half the hotel/casinos on the strip in Las Vegas ? Appart from the fact that's it's more realistic.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple, Google: Battle of the Cloud Maps

Tester Re:The underlying map data is key (179 comments)

Google didn't make their own maps, neither did Microsoft or Nokia or Garmin or Tomtom. They all buy their maps (the raw data) from a small numbers of companies like Maptech or Teleatlas who do all the hard work. Apple can buy their maps from the same place... The real challenge for Apple to make their own maps application is that they don't have Google search to find stuff on it.

more than 2 years ago

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