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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

gweihir Not possible (344 comments)

It has been tried for several decades, despite the stupidity even believing it is possible. Fist, there is this thing that eventually, any music has to be made analog before it can be listened to. Analog can always be recorded again and with minimal effort and loss of quality these days by anybody that has a soundcard and some basic understanding of electronics. Second, even digital format cannot be secure against copying, unless you augment them with some death-corps that kills everybody that bought it immediately after they did.

This is on the same level of small children that think just wanting something enough will make it true. The children have the excuse of immaturity. These people have not.

2 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:So what's wrong with systemd, really? (378 comments)

Nice collection of propaganda-lies you have there. Not credible to anybody with some actual understanding, but apparently you got enough mindless sheep to swallow it.

3 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

gweihir Re:Weeding Out (270 comments)

Really? You presume to teach me CS 101? Pathetic.

3 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

gweihir Re:Weeding Out (270 comments)

Your analysis is shit. I gave this as an example for a larger trend, as in this is 10% of my actual statement by importance.

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:The problem... (378 comments)

The NSA being able to break into systems without being detected is obviously far more important than your petty need for being able to diagnose problems.

Seriously, I wonder why they have not eliminated the logs entirely. They seem very intent on making then unusable or having the power to hide things in the logs by attacking the log-access binary. Which is one of the primary reasons why binary logs are such a brain-dead idea: You suddenly have to trust a whole lot more things.

4 days ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

gweihir Re:Same as humans ... (165 comments)

That is the other thing. Some physicist did an estimation of the most efficient way to do massively parallel computations, including node speed, communications peed, interconnect length, etc. Turns out the human brain is pretty much optimal in this universe, everything larger or with faster nodes or the like will be performing worse. So it is entirely possible, that human intelligence (such as it is in the average case) is really the best possible.

4 days ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

gweihir Re:Same as humans ... (165 comments)

Exactly. There is not even any credible theory that explains how intelligence could be created. "No theory" typically means >> 100 years in the future and may well be infeasible. It is not a question of computing power or memory size, or it would have long since been solved.

4 days ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

gweihir Re:Same as humans ... (165 comments)

Well, maybe he just realizes that it is unlikely we will get AI like that any time soon and probably never. If you follow the research in that area for a few decades, that is the conclusion you come to. AI research over-promises and under-delivers like no other field. (Apologies to the honest folks in there, but you are not those visible to the general public.)

4 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

gweihir Re:Weeding Out (270 comments)

Seriously, stop redefining my statement. You have no clue whether the threads in my example were needed or bad design. And no, it was not the OS.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:Torvalds is neutral (378 comments)

It may also turn out that when systemd-created problems begin to mount (as they are likely to do), this situation will change.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:Well, yeah (378 comments)

It is also a good model for numerous other things. Of course, sometimes you have to deviate. An excellent rule is that unless you have a very good reason, you must not deviate. "Faster boot" is not such a reason.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:Now ask him if he trusts systemd upstream "tast (378 comments)

Well said. One problem here is that systemd indeed increases complexity significantly and decreases the flexibility and control of the system administrator. That can still result in a good outcome, but not with these people in control and it shows in numerous places already.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:Whatever (378 comments)

At this time, that is doubtful. Initially, yes, but remember that he does the Kernel, not the user-space and it shows. (The user-space was and is mostly GNU, not Linux.) True, he does the kernel rather well, and I have no doubt systemd would never have had any chance as a kernel-module or the like, but really, once you reach user-space, Linus becomes an advanced user who is, for example, missing large installation system administration experience.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:This is why I no longer use Linux (378 comments)

Good to know. I have been contemplating that for a while for my headless systems. The network-stack is actually much better than what Linux uses and so is the firewall code.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (378 comments)

Or stated differently: Most people are morons. Do not make majority-decisions if you want quality, reliability, etc.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:The problem... (378 comments)

People have reported corrupt log files. The result is all the data is unrecoverable. The complaints have been answered 'as designed'.

That may be intentional. In fact they confirm it is. What better way for an attacker to cover his tracks after a successful break-in then being able to credibly corrupt the logs.

When things are right, it works as intended. When things are bad, it can go far off the rails.

The hallmark of a system that has gotten far more complex than it has any business being. I foresee that the standard answer to Linux system problems will be to "reinstall". I think I have heard that utterly primitive and anti-intellectual advice somewhere else before...

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

gweihir Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (378 comments)

There is some suspicion that the main goal in systemd is to make the init-system vulnerable to well-funded attackers. Especially the binary logs are a huge red flag.

4 days ago

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