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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

deek Re:I wish Debian was as responsible. (126 comments)

Spoken like a true anonymous coward. I certainly wouldn't want to sign my id alongside that sentiment and mistruth.

yesterday
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

deek Re:Not really. (234 comments)

You condemn humanity as a species that hates others, yet you yourself display a misanthropic attitude.

I think it's your attitude that colours your perception. Yes, there are humans that kill others, but the vast majority do not. There are cultures that rate sport or musical ability more important than general learning. Then there are many that do not. Humanity is many many things. Focusing on one facet does not reflect the whole.

If an advanced civilization stumbled across us, I think they'd be fascinated by the variety and complexity of the life on this planet. They'd certainly study us. In fact, they may just be doing so now.

2 days ago
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

deek Re:I wish Debian was as responsible. (126 comments)

Gosh, who woulda thought that Debian Unstable is not stable.

If you don't want to go stable, I suggest you use Debian Testing, which, according to the bug report comments, was not affected.

3 days ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

deek Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

I've always found it curious that people hit out with the words "fuck you".

It's like saying "You are completely and utterly wrong, and I believe I should have sex with you".

Well, I suppose it does match the philosophy of making love, not war.

about two weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

deek Re:revolutionary idea? (328 comments)

Want to encourage the creation of creative works?

It's well known that creativity flourishes with experienced adversity. The irony of the copyright system is that it's actually discouraging this creative seed. Artists are way too comfortable, living off royalties, to knuckle down and start producing stuff.

I say we cut copyright to a bare minimum. A year at max. That'll get those lazy artists off their collective arses, and provide plenty of encouragement to create something at least once per year.

Remember kids, nothing speeds productivity like poverty.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

deek Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

You may have an out of date version of systemd. The "noauto" option works fine for me.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

deek Re:its all about choice. (581 comments)

There is Choice. Users can install the systemd-shim package, if they want to use other packages that are dependent on systemd.

Haven't tried it myself, but from all reports, seems to work pretty well.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

deek Re:No, wrong community (581 comments)

I think that emacs would make an excellent init system. It does everything else, so why not!

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

deek Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

Well, to be fair, there have been lies, manipulations, and propaganda aplenty on both sides.

As for your boot mount issue, the most common issue I've seen people have is with the way systemd treats the fstab file. Systemd will considers _any_ filesystem listed in /etc/fstab to be essential to the system. Unless they've been given options like "noauto" or "nofail", the latter which will instruct systemd to ignore failed mounts for that filesystem. So, if any essential filesystem fails to load, it stops the boot process, and should give you an emergency boot prompt.

It's not necessarily a design flaw. Just a design that is slightly incompatible with the sysvinit way of doing things. Once you understand it, you'll be able to easily cope with this aspect of systemd behaviour.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

deek Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

Well, if you want systemd to leave your entry alone, surely a "noauto" would work. Then you can use a local script to do the mount.

It'd be interesting to see what your logs say when it comes to the point where it tries to mount your system. Perhaps the mount command is returning an error code, even with the "degraded" option set. In which case, perhaps try "nofail" in the fstab options, and see how it behaves with that.

Otherwise, you could remove/comment out the entry from your fstab, and use a native systemd mount config to mount the filesystem. Look at the systemd.mount man page. You'll need to create the config file in /lib/systemd/system/ . That's my one annoyance with systemd so far. Would love these files to be stored in the /etc directory. Makes more sense to me. Probably related to Lennart's dream of being able to reset a system by deleting all /etc files.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

deek Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

Try adding "nofail" to the fstab entry options for your usb hard disk. Should be fine after that.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

deek Re:Coward (550 comments)

Sorry, your words have little weight because you're posting them as an Anonymous Coward. More hypocrisy at show, as far as I'm concerned.

SJW? Hmmm, never heard of that term before. After looking it up, I don't think you've used it correctly.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

deek Re:Coward (550 comments)

We each have our breaking point. Anyone will break when subject to a verbal tirade of appropriate intensity. Yes, even you, Mr/Miss AC. It's just as valid a reason as family, health, or job issues.

You are not in a position to call out his character, unless you've experienced what he did. Unless you've volunteered yourself, given up your precious time and effort, for no recompense, and then been insulted, threatened, cursed, and have had every hateful expression thrown at you for your work. You cannot judge, because you just don't _know_.

The fact that there is such a toxic environment is the cause of my worry. That environment is not just in Debian developer circles. Every Slashdot poster, AC or otherwise, that has cheered this decision is a contributor to that poison. Every hater that has posted in any forum is a contributor to that poison. If you have done so, think long and hard about where you want open source software to go. Because if it continues down this path, there will be little future for it, and that's quite sad to me.

The positive thing to do, rather than rant and rave, is to go out and create a better alternative! Create, rather than destroy. I believe that forking is a positive thing to do. At least you're creating something new, which may even have a future, instead of cursing those who are actually trying to do something.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

deek Re:Coward (550 comments)

Bizarre reply. There is cowardice, and then there is foolishness. Listing your email address on a public forum would be the latter.

Are you trying to imply that the original AC was _not_ a coward for heatedly attacking a volunteer behind the veil of anonymity?

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

deek Re:Coward (550 comments)

You realise the whole reason he is leaving the Debian systemd team is precisely because of attitudes you've just displayed in your post. Deciding to heave a _volunteer_ position is his right, and it's rather impressive that you can get so angry about it.

Still, I had a good laugh. An Anonymous Coward heatedly taunting someone else as a Coward. Hypocrisy is humorous.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

deek Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

It's a massive improvement from a year or so ago. No reasonable person would expect that all, or even the majority, of Windows games would suddenly have native Linux ports in such a short time period. Personally, I'm quite amazed that it's grown as fast as it has, and I'm sure that Steam and Humble Bundle are to thank for that.

Gaming on Linux may never quite match what Windows has to offer, but I can confidently say that Linux has now become a viable gaming platform. I haven't had to boot into Windows for a gaming session for, hmmm let me think, at least 5 months now.

about 3 months ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

deek Re:Will Debian use the Kodi name? (188 comments)

That depends on whether the XBMC foundation are dicks and prevent Debian from applying security patches to the Debian packaged version of Kodi.

about 6 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

deek Re:Pft (962 comments)

Well, no, she is very much being labelled as sexist in the media because of those remarks. Not that I'm sympathetic to her, but the media have gone somewhat overboard with it.

When you look at the whole conversation in context, it was obviously said flippantly. Had a male politician said the same thing, paraphrased appropriately, it would still be flippant, and in equally poor taste. I'm sure the media would also parade his comments in exactly the same way. No difference.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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PS3 Jailbreak now legal in Spain

deek deek writes  |  more than 4 years ago

deek (22697) writes "Spanish gamer site NicaGamerz.com have reported that it's now legal to sell the PS3 Jailbreak modchip in Spain (Google translation). According to the article, one reason for the legal ruling is because Sony removed the ability to run GNU/Linux on the console. One can only wonder if Sony will soon rush out a firmware update that will re-enable the OtherOS feature, and appeal the court decision. Oh the irony of that thought ...

The legal ruling was made on the 13th December (Google translation). There are only 5 days to appeal, starting from that date."

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Does the internet change how we think?

deek deek writes  |  more than 4 years ago

deek (22697) writes "The internet may be reshaping how our minds work. Author Nicholas Carr talks about how the internet is influencing our thought processes and what the possible consequences of that are. "The ability to scan and browse is as important as the ability to read deeply and think attentively. What's disturbing is that skimming is becoming our dominant mode of thought.".

The lack of ability to concentrate on single tasks. The urge to browse information for no apparent reason. Are these the result of using the internet? Is this something we need to consciously work to avoid?"

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Australian web censorship now dead in the water

deek deek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

deek (22697) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Australian Web Censorship plan has effectively been blocked. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has withdrawn support for the plan, after realising that there were too many questions raised about the system.

The Senator further stated that "the Government should instead put the money towards educating parents on how to supervise their kids online". Imagine that! Education instead of domination. Seems like a step in the right direction."

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the journal is dead, long live the journal

deek deek writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Let's face it, I'm just not a Journal writing person, as much as I like the idea of them. Kinda reminds me of high school. We were supposed to keep a Journal for English class. I didn't bother much with that either.

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On happiness ...

deek deek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hurrah, I feel like writing down another journal entry. Maybe this'll happen more often, maybe not. All I know is I feel like jotting down my thoughts _now_.

I've never studied philosophy. I do think about things often though, so I could be considered a philosopher. Really, all that's really needed to become one is a love of wisdom. I'm just not an intellectual philosopher, instead relying on intuition and basic observation.

And as such, I've been pondering on 'happiness', and especially, how does someone achieve happiness?

One thought I've had is that happiness can be achieved by avoiding unhappiness. Ok, I know it's simplistic, and totally avoids that limbo state between unhappy and happy, but generally if you can avoid being unhappy, there should be a better chance of being happy.

Of course, we can achieve happiness by first becoming unhappy, and then trying to climb out of that state. The result should be that we're happy that we're not unhappy anymore. That's way too much effort to be happy, though. It'd be much nicer to just go straight to happiness.

So now my search for happiness is essentially broken down to how to avoid unhappiness. So what makes people unhappy? Now there's a whole essay topic if I've ever heard of one. There's so many ways that people can be unhappy, that it's depressing.

;) OK, I was punning a bit with that last sentence. I like punning ... it makes me happy. In fact, I'm usually happy when I do things I like, and conversely, unhappy when I do things I don't like. Hey, this is a promising thought! So to avoid unhappiness, I just have to stop doing things that I don't like.

But unfortunately, there's plenty of situations where you have to do something you don't like, to achieve something that you do like. I'm sure we all do things we don't like to do, just to feed ourselves and have a bed to sleep in.

And to move onto a totally different point, is it really worthwile trying to avoid unhappiness? Sure, you've got the benefit of not being unhappy, but I think that you'd start to lose perspective on happiness as well. Ye old ying/yang problem ... one depends on the other, and the other depends on the one.

The search for happiness seems to be one that does _not_ means 'complete' happiness, to the exclusion of all unhappiness. The search for happiness seems to mean minimising the number of times we're unhappy.

So in conclusion ... I think too much. It's not worth trying to achieve only happiness, as it's a rather elusive goal that, if achieved, is slowly lost. Maybe it's just worthwile taking life as it comes, and not worrying about which emotional state you want to be in. In other words, just trust in life, do the things you like, and let things happen that will happen. That appears the best way to be happy.

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And time goes on ...

deek deek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Maybe I'm just not a Journal writing person. Over three months down the track since my first journal entry, and only now do I add a second.

It's not as if I have anything particuarly insightful to say at the moment, but I just like the idea of actually using the resources that have been provided.

One thing that strikes me about Slashdot, though, is the general cynicism of the reader base ... _about_ their fellow readers! It seems that any post that degrades the Slashdot community as thoughtless posters, seems to be moderated up quite rapidly. The old "you're new to Slashdot" comment never seems to fail to get a few points.

Yeah, maybe it's just tongue in cheek, but I think there's a current of serious cynicism underlying the comments. Which is a shame, really, as I find most comments to be reasonable. OK, the moderation system helps definitely, but still the general impression I get of the Slashdot community, is that they're a bunch of pretty cluey people. Just what I'd expect for a website dedicated to "News for Nerds".

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First post?

deek deek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Finally getting around to playing with the Journal features of Slashdot. I have to admit, this place really is quite amazing. CmdrTaco and his merry men have definitely put a bit of thought and effort into it.

I became a subscriber to Slashdot a few weeks ago. I've been reading this place for the last 3 or 4 years, and I think they deserve my money. CmdrTaco recently wrote in his journal that he envisioned Slashdot to be an informal dirty gritty news site. This works for me. There's a certain honesty in this type of news reporting that the more polished news sites lack.

I'm not usually prone to doing Journal entries, especially online, but I might have to try this out more often.

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