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Outlining Thin Linux

iamacat Before you hate systemd (148 comments)

I am sure some people are interested in the topic on its own right, but obviously most just want to escape from systemd. In this case, please first read this paper. Even if you think the end result is crap, there are some very lucid ideas in there. You would do well to at least consider them as you adopt OpenRC or whatever in your thin Linux distribution. I swear that I have no relationship with systemd project and only occasional hobbyist relationship with Linux.

7 hours ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

iamacat Makes no sense whatsoever (148 comments)

Every server is different, packages and dependencies are very much relevant. Some need a fully functional framebuffer with OpenGL support to generate web images/video.

If you are asking to configure system on build master and then mass deploy to individual servers, without any unnecessary development/configuration tools, that's a reasonable idea.

9 hours ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iamacat Re:Is systemd more complex than it needs to be? (447 comments)

You don't debug devices like watches and lightbulbs by connecting a keyboard and booting them to single user mode. You mount them as a drive, or they replicate logs over network.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

iamacat On which device? (484 comments)

It's easy to laugh at Android for limited upgrades. But the truth is, you wouldn't like most of the upgrades if they were available. iOS8 is probably perfectly fine on iPhone 6/6+. On others devices, you should only upgrade when you need the new features. Performance is likely to go strictly downward.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iamacat Re:Is systemd more complex than it needs to be? (447 comments)

Parallel is trivial.. hehe. Not when it needs to work unattended every time. Monitoring TCP/UDP sockets and starting/stopping services and their dependencies on demand in /bin/sh - interesting! Managing messages from all smart light bulbs in your house in text files? Go and try it.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iamacat Is systemd more complex than it needs to be? (447 comments)

Or is it complex simply because it takes complexity to do things better? Gnome is more complex than twm for example, but many people find extra functionality useful. Is traditional script-based init a good match for cell phones, watches, robotics, other new devices that Linux needs to support to remain relevant?

I fully understand that there should be server and education oriented Linux distributions where simplicity and ease of customization are more important than boot time milliseconds. Just don't think that others are doing anything wrong by catering to their own needs.

2 days ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

iamacat Oh boy (191 comments)

Think just for a second about how web email works, especially web e-mail that provides fast full content search. Or SMTP from outside systems. Can't read user's e-mail. Riiiight! Maybe with all open source client stack using public keys exchanged out of band.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

iamacat Yes, but you usually have a choice (232 comments)

At least in the US there are countless software/IT jobs because every business relies on software for its continuous existence in some way. Yor may have to downsize and live on lower wages for some time, but you will live.

5 days ago
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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

iamacat Re:Launch here please (50 comments)

J2ME? Palm/WebOS? iPhone? Android?

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

iamacat Re:Admirable, but why stop there? (249 comments)

Are you saying that buying servers is the same thing as maintaining, backing up, securing, auditing servers? What is your threat profile? If NSA or Amazon hacking your data are realistic top concerns, by all means deploy your own datacenter with armed guards. If it's common crooks, big providers are more likely to discover and patch exploits, detect intrusions and withstands DDOS attacks. It's their nest egg and they focus on protecting it.

about a week ago
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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

iamacat Launch here please (50 comments)

SF Bay Area, the birthplace of smartphones, badly needs dual sim phones. There are coverage gaps even with AT&T/Verizon, right alone highway 101 and major tech companies. Having a second prepaid sim would be a godsend for actually being able to call people when you need to. Especially if you want T-mobile unlimited plan rather than paying $1K phone bill because of a bug in one of your apps.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

iamacat Re:Admirable, but why stop there? (249 comments)

As opposed to what? Data on thousands of individual laptops? Servers in the hands of IT department in a company for which IT is not a core competency? I would think a cloud provider that specializes in this sort of stuff is less risky, all things considered.

Now, government secrets or say Coca Cola formula should be obviously stored in physically secured datacenter guarded by best security money can buy. Probably still not users laptops. But city gardening logs? I think Google Docs is fine.

about two weeks ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

iamacat Re:Yes they need individual desktops (249 comments)

Ergonomics is for 40 hours/week desk workers. If you are a gardening supervisor and spend most of the time interacting with workers, you can manage an hour/day hunched in front of a laptop filling in forms. In fact, you will prefer the flexibility to work anywhere, connected to a Windows XP cloud instance running your thousand custom applications. Obviously if you are going to spend most of the day at your computer, you should have a nice big monitor and a height adjusting desk.

about two weeks ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

iamacat Admirable, but why stop there? (249 comments)

Do all 8300 employees need individual desktops? This is not a software development company, and those machines still need to be managed, maintained and replaced. Keep big depos of $250 chromebooks where anyone can get one for temporary or permanent use at office or home. Then return when done, as still working or broken. No IT costs, as data is in the cloud.

For heavier use, provide computer labs with a choice of platforms, so if someone really needs to work on the latest version of Office or Photoshop, they can.

And of course, anyone who is expected to work on computer for hours every day, or handle sensitive data, should get a laptop/desktop of their choice with reasonable price constraints. Savings from all the other use cases will more than pay for the luxury.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

iamacat Re:Why not all apps at once? (131 comments)

Luckily all chromebooks come with multitouch touchpads which are perfectly capable of handling pinch/rotate gestures.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

iamacat That's some bull (488 comments)

A half full bus is dramatically more efficient than each of the passengers driving their own car. Plus there are many alternatives to batteries for relatively few vehicles traveling fixed routes - trains, trolleys, natural gas, biodiesel. The first priority should be getting people to ride public transportation, even legacy one. The second is getting ones that can not into electric cars. This is not even on the radar.

about two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

iamacat Why? (215 comments)

Every revolution results in the most brutal, morally crude, religiously exploitive group coming to power. This is a simple function of a free for all fragfest. If we are so revolted by some head chopping, what about French revolution and its guillotine? If US and other countries didn't launch military intervention after similarly brutal bolshevik revolution in Russia, we could have avoided much of cold war, including current Ukrainian episode. Any country would want to establish a friendly buffer zone after being repeatedly attacked from the same direction many times.

We have nothing to offer to people of Iraq. The government we installed last time supported Shias killing Sunnis. Now it's the other way around. To change that, minds of millions of people need to be changed. It's not a matter of installing one government or bombing one rebel faction. When there is a visionary with big following, we could try to support him, like German's who helped install Lenin into power in exchange for a big piece of territory. All the good it ultimately done them.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

iamacat The problem is monopoly OF the classrooms (359 comments)

Most education should be free or very cheap. Sure, if you need access to a particle collider or DNA sequencing, these things cost money. But for learning math, programming and majority of other subjects, there are excellent free ebooks and software. We should mandate use of textbooks that are free online and free software that runs on most devices that would be available to student's family (Windows, Android, Chromebook etc). Even if minimum wage is $15/hour, the cost to have one person who continuously circles the classroom during the test and ensures that only approved software is used is trivial.

about three weeks ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

iamacat You are there to serve them (129 comments)

Calmly try your best for 40 hours/week or whatever you agreed to. Explain limitations and possible solutions, like user training and shifting parts of infrastructure to where you are in a better position to maintain it. Then set the limits, but don't be rude. You don't pay the company's bills, your users do.

about three weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

iamacat Most learning should be open source learning (546 comments)

If you need access to a particle collider, yes you need a big, formal research facility. For everything else, there is enough free information to get a solid job. It's too bad recruiters are looking for a degree, they shouldn't. A programming test can be administered very inexpensively and the problem space is too big to learn every possible question by rote. Current system basically ensures that only rich white and asian people have a shot at a well paying job with their $100K+ degree, regardless of aptitude and effort.

about three weeks ago

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ExtJS is trying to back down on LGPL

iamacat iamacat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iamacat (583406) writes "For years, ExtJS was dual licensed under commercial license and LGPL. Now they decided to switch to GPL or commercial in an attempt to cash in on their popularity by pushing LGPL users into their commercial license. This is their right as code's owners. The catch? Jack Slocum of ExtJS is now claiming that their product was never licensed under LGPL and is threatening to sue people who redistribute old versions as such. That despite the previous license stating "Ext is also licensed under the terms of the Open Source LGPL 3.0 license". The author of a related project, gwt-ext, speaks out."
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iamacat iamacat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamacat writes "Jack Valenti died shortly after a stroke after leading MPAA for nearly four decades. His obituary describes him as "a showman, a gentleman, an orator and a passionate champion of this country, its movies and the enduring freedoms that made both so important to this world". Let's all mark the April 26 as a day to mourn passing of a great gentleman who lobbied so hard for our freedoms."

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