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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

jedidiah Re:Too late (427 comments)

> Systemd is deployed in real systems and these aren't crashing or suffering chronic problems.

Some people seem to be reporting this very thing. The cult of mindless progress just seems intent on ignoring everyone that isn't drinking the Kool-Aid.

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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

jedidiah Re:UNIX Philosophy (427 comments)

> However, do these programs follow the do-one-thing-and-do-it-well principle: web servers like Apache, database servers like PostgreSQL,

Yes they do actually.

One serves web pages and the other enforces the relational model on data. They aren't one huge behemoth that includes both of these as well as some other application level features.

yesterday
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

jedidiah Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (427 comments)

Are you kidding. Linux doesn't even need to be installed. You can just run it straight from the install media.

This is handy when you have a Windows install that can't even run it's own wired network interface and it can't tell you what driver it needs because it's too dumb to do that.

Linux liveCD to the rescue!

Boot up.
Interrogate hardware.
Proceed with beating the bushes to find Windows drivers.

yesterday
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

jedidiah Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (427 comments)

Linux works out of the box in the same way that MacOS or Windows does.

If your average Windows user had to install their own OS they would be even more lost than if they tried dealing with Linux.

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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

jedidiah Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (427 comments)

That list glosses over a couple of major problems.

1) You avoid the current version because it's such a usability disaster that no one wants to touch it. It's so bad that people would rather run an ancient and completely unsupported version.

2) Your current hardware is suddenly obsolete because it's last years model and it's not supported anymore.

Modular design makes "rage-forks" a lot less of a problem than some people try to make them out to be.

yesterday
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

jedidiah Re:Hold on a minute (172 comments)

Wages have been stagnant for awhile now. They might be an improvement on a Wal-Mart greeter but they seem to have not improved much in some places in the last 10 or so years.

Inflation is slowly eroding the apparent advantage.

Plus SFO and NYC are crazy expensive places to live. You just need more there.

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

jedidiah Re: I don't follow (360 comments)

> The new iMac and the Macbook pro both ship with retina.

In other words: screw all of the legacy users where legacy means last years model.

This is the problem with Apple's idea of "forward thinking". They don't just offer a new new features, they prevent you from using the old ones.

If real life hasn't caught up to the future quite yet, that puts you in a bind.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

jedidiah Re:Remove It (517 comments)

> I'm sure some elder statesman of the Unix world would ask "Why would you ever want a GUI on a UNIX system? "

This would be the "green screen" myth that certain trolls like to fixate on so much.

The truth is that GUIs were commonplace on Unix workstations long before they were widely adopted on DOS kludge clones. However, this fact does not mean that this feature has to be force fed to everyone all the time.

The key feature of a Unix GUI is that it is HIGHLY OPTIONAL. It also does not sabotage anything else. It doesn't require abandoning the Unix design philosophy. A GUI is not fundementally incompatible with the rest of Unix.

If you want an all-singing-all-dancing-crap-of-the-world style logfile, leave the originals alone and create a new set of tools that build on top of what's already there and leave what's there alone.

There's no need to sabotage other people's stuff.

3 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

jedidiah Re:Has it been working so far? (387 comments)

I'm glad that there is a virtual lynch mob around willing to shout down bad ideas. Some things are just bad ideas. They are very well understood as to why they are bad ideas. Yet people proceed (and kid themselves) despite of a lot of sound reasoning and appeals to first principles.

Past a certain point you have to turn the volume up to 11 just to get dissent to register to some people.

4 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

jedidiah So funny it's sad. (292 comments)

Never mind Tesla. I don't even want to deal with dealers for conventional cars. I would rather order the thing online direct from the factory (or Amazon) and just have it delivered. There is so much crap an nonsense you have to deal with at a car dealership, it's not even funny.

This "upselling" thing is a sickness that seems to have infested everything.

4 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

jedidiah Re:Wonder How Much? (292 comments)

Nah. The real question is what took them so long? They should have been first in line to suck up to Detroit.

4 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

jedidiah Re:10 rats (154 comments)

I was once in a position to observe a larger and more significant population of mice. While a population of 10 wasn't large enough to observe the appearance of a "prodigy", a population of roughly 100 was.

4 days ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

jedidiah Re:Soooo true (111 comments)

Yes. Not automatically running untrusted code is MUCH MORE secure than just sticking your fingers in your ears and assuming the problem will be handled.

Modern webpages are a rats nest of external scripts coming from who knows where. Browsers should not be enablers of this.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

jedidiah Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

Patents and trade secrets are the same thing.

Patents are supposed to be useful trade secrets that have been disclosed for consideration. The patent monopoly is that consideration. The point being that it's more productive to make that trade secret public knowledge.

Patents aren't meant to be an anti-competitive bludgeon or a virtual land grab.

Their original intent is more like an adhoc sort of peer reviewed technical journal except those things probably didn't exist when modern patents systems were first created.

That said, patents are pretty much worthless for disclosure purposes. They are designed for litigation, not useful disclosure. The treble damages rule also discourages everyone from actually trying to use patents as the storehouse of knowledge they're supposed to be.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

jedidiah Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

> So software patents should be abolished because some patents were incorrectly granted...

Not "some", the vast majority. The error rate for software patents is more like 99%.

> Should prisons be abolished because some prisoners were incorrectly sentenced?

If this were happening 99% of the time, then sure?

Software patents are so bad that it would be simpler just to abolish them. Although the real problem is the assumption from the Ayn Rand types that avarice is the mother of invention.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

jedidiah Re:You guessed it: It depends (224 comments)

The obvious problem with that is that your past work may very well be someone else's property.

You may simply have no standing to grant a license to your past work.

4 days ago
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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

jedidiah Re:Smartphone? (94 comments)

...here's an even more novel idea: just store data on your phone and stop worrying about Rube Goldberg machines meant to get around the limitations of locked down and crippled mobile platforms.

This sounds like an alternative to a network hard drive and likely to be used for similar reasons.

Spamming the world may not be it's actual intent.

The web is probably supported by your highly proprietary mobile device even if nothing else is. Probably simple to use too.

5 days ago
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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

jedidiah Re:Web Server? (94 comments)

Once you stop keeping a low profile, being noticed by your ISP is really the least of your worries.

5 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

jedidiah Simple bait and switch. (376 comments)

These are not the WMDs were were told were in Iraq. While Saddam's history with chemical weapons was well known at the time, they were NOT what people were concerned about. This stuff was not what was used as the excuse to go to war and invade.

They were not part of the sales pitch.

Also, these finds were well reported when they happened. They aren't a surprise. They're hardly news.

This sounds like a bad attempt at rewriting history. Someone is hoping that we all have short memories.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

jedidiah Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Hospitals have always been places of death. People have just been able to successfully kid themselves in the last few decades. It's basic logic. You take everyone with any kind of medical problem and concentrate them in one location.

Even with diligent medical practices, they are bound to be breeding grounds and exchange points for all kinds of nasty things.

5 days ago

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InternetGambling Verboten! EU objects.

jedidiah jedidiah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jedidiah (1196) writes "It seems that the US is not the only country that likes to "legislate morality" and whatnot. Germany and Sweden have now gotten in trouble for taking steps to outlaw online gambling. This has caused a ruckus in the EU since these laws might not be consistent with EU law overall. Did the Europeans saddle themselves with their own version of the ICC here? I guess "states rights" is not just for the US anymore. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/sweden_germany_eu_gambling/"
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