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Outlining Thin Linux

jrumney Re:All the main Linux distros already do this (125 comments)

....but all those have, or soon will have systemd. Which is what this is really about. It's nothing to do with servers, or desktops really. Its a rant against systemd from an old git (or more likely a cvs) who doesn't like change.

6 hours ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jrumney Re:Good response to the Systemd fight... (125 comments)

"Servers" is not just that instance of node.js that you run in your VM. Servers in general do need hotplug (for example, a RAID array of hot swappable hard drives), and there are benefits of using DHCP for networks of servers too.

6 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jrumney Re:Alright smart guy (484 comments)

And some, such as the original iPad, are cut off in less than a year. Apple is as much of a mixed bag as any other vendor.

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

jrumney Re:Expert. (348 comments)

You can't pirate something if it is already forced down everyone's throats.

3 days ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

jrumney Re:So much for mobile payments in Japan (330 comments)

Japanese gadgets are a dying breed. Not only do they have Apple, but they have plenty of Samsung and LG phones as well.

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

jrumney Re:First world problems. (609 comments)

Probably at least 20% of the world's population sees that bag of crap as the useful fertilizer that it is. Slightly fewer than 0.1% of the world's population liked the last U2 album enough to buy it.

about a week ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

jrumney Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Many people can safely drive with one hand but it is safer to be in the ten and two positions with two hands which is why we need to do it to pass most driving tests.

It's not always safer to be in the ten and two positions, as it can interfere with airbag deployment and lead to broken bones in the hand and wrist in an otherwise minor collision.

about two weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

jrumney Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

I wouldn't be unsurprised if it didn't come down to the hypothesis they started from.

about two weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

jrumney Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

And if the unusual happens all the time, then the usual must never happen, right?

about two weeks ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

jrumney Re:magicJack alternative? (162 comments)

Introduced in 2009.

GrandCentral dates back to at least 2007.

about two weeks ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

jrumney Re:3 times less? (170 comments)

The lithium in the universe is all antimatter, and there is twice as much as we expected.

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

jrumney Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Its a big stretch to go from supporting the right of victims of genocide to fight back to “dedicated to the use of violence” to overthrow the U.S. government or to prevent others from exercising their constitutional rights.. And they asked specifically whether she had been a member of such an organization, not that she was a member of another distantly associated organization.

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

jrumney Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

When I last filled in a security clearance form, there was a question asking whether I had used illegal drugs in the last 4 years. Was I failing to be entirely open by not confessing to have a friend who had an oxycontin prescription 6 years ago?

In a security clearance questionnaire or interview, the questions are very specific, and you answer those questions truthfully, not any others.

about two weeks ago
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X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

jrumney Re:It's comin' right for us! (145 comments)

I've seen this movie. We need to go to a place with lots of magnetic stones. That's where the alien spacecraft come to save a select few to revive our species on another planet. The catch is, they only want children for their zoo.

about two weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

jrumney Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

They don't want a war. They just want the oil that is under the South China Sea. To be able to exploit it, they first need to establish their claim to the territory. They are taking a gamble that noone is going to stop them by going to war over it, and once they have structures and maybe a temporary population on some of the islands further from their mainland, their claim to the area in between will be stronger than the other surrounding countries.

about two weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

jrumney Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Basically, the whole South China Sea is full of islands, which extend the territory of China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei to each cover the whole of the South China Sea (by the theory that any uninhabited islands within 12 miles of each countries' territory extends its territory to any other islands within 12 miles of that island.... until they hit undisputed populated areas of another country). In addition, Taiwan claims all of China, including the entire South China Sea. None of the countries recognize other countries' claims, but China is the only one actually physically asserting control over the area.

about two weeks ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

jrumney Re:Bullshit Numbers (198 comments)

There are a lot of Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and others who have lived in the UK for a couple of years on working holiday or ancestry visas, then returned home. Also, a lot of Europeans going to UK as young adults for a couple of years to improve their English to improve their future career prospects back home. UK has a fairly steady turnover of temporary residents who could swell the figures well beyond the current population level.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

jrumney Re:C (729 comments)

If you think all strings can be defined as const char arrays, then your experience with C programming must be very limited. The vast majority of strings in use in real world programs are neither const, nor defined as arrays.

about two weeks ago
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Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

jrumney Re:Nice rendering. Would it've killed them to (85 comments)

For things of this scale, yes. For smaller things, there are also units of Black Cabs and Pints of Lager (the latter being probably the most consistently regulated unit of measure in the world).

about two weeks ago

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