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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

mitzampt Re:Systemd Is Inevitable (573 comments)

You can use a different architecture for replacement components, it shouldn't be the same thing

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

mitzampt too... many... links... in... article.... (573 comments)

I expect things to happen just like GNOME3:
STEP 1: Big change, didn't really think that one out...
STEP 2: Community outrage, people whining, people migrating away
STEP 3: Some development versions away, things actually starts to work, requested features are being added
STEP 4: We get to a pretty nice project in itself, it has identity, it has what was intended, it has far less users (ungrateful bastards!!!)
PROFIT?
Should we get involved into the design of systemd and make it take on our own problems I'm sure it will turn out just fine. After all, the stakes are high, the stakes are many. I for one eagerly await for systemd to add plain text log/config support, just like mother UNIX wanted. Until then begone!

about a week ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

mitzampt Re:Soon to be patched (329 comments)

If you have the bucks then pay the professional, I haven't heard of any of them to do a terrible job for the huge paycheck. And the insurance will not cover even if a 'professional' did a lousy job.
What the guys in the thread are stressing and you are not getting is the regulation of said job(s). And in my opinion both FOSS and closed source lack, in practice, a lot of testing scenarios. Being a conscious fellow I can add my own hacks... er... tests to see what I am installing, to more or less satisfying results and I always open a bug report when things aren't ok. And the tests, in my experience, are more easy to do and have shorter resolution loop (including feedback and push forth) in open source as it is in closed source. Also, the guys back at the source are really helpful even if you didn't pay for a support contract and the criteria for selecting your bug to be resolved are in most cases technical and fair.

about 2 months ago
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Linux distro to vampire XP install?

mitzampt Reuse... (10 comments)

One: Windows and Linux drivers are not interchangeable... That being said, for old equipment most likely linux kernel still has support for it. On the other hand, for specific hardware forget it.
Two: Applications are not that easily to move from windows to wine. Some won't work. Some will work only after fresh install. Migrating registry keys and license files are also rarely successful.
I do not discourage use of a gnu/linux distribution to solve your problems, but I don't see your solution feasible. If you need specific hardware or software and support is nowhere to be found in the community I suggest you upgrade both hardware and Windows.

about 2 months ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

mitzampt Re: good (364 comments)

Point taken, AC.

about 3 months ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

mitzampt Re: good (364 comments)

Then enlighten this entire forum, smart ass :)

about 3 months ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

mitzampt Re:Annoying header graphics (97 comments)

We accept cash only

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

mitzampt Re:Slashdot (85 comments)

Quality forum? You've never heard of Proronix?

Should I have?

It's the site that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

mitzampt Re:Google? (85 comments)

Some are common personal preferences that got accepted within submissions. Don't remember that much about NAT, though...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

mitzampt Re:Slashdot (85 comments)

Phoronix

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

mitzampt Re:Every day (282 comments)

Really sorry for my phrasing. I'll stay at my current job as long as I can grow and develop, otherwise I'll move somewhere else. If I don't do that and I stop learning it would be really hard later on to pick up new stuff...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

mitzampt Re:Every day (282 comments)

Yeah, I picked my first job as bad pay but a lot of learning opportunities and sticked with it for three years, which is usually the minimum requirement for a good job. Our college teachers called these 'the sacrificed years'. After that, I picked a better job and as long as I can grow I stay on my current workplace. I believe that once you stop growing it's really hard to change jobs.

about 5 months ago
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How To Prevent the Next Heartbleed

mitzampt Re:need to get over the "cult of macho programming (231 comments)

Unless you are trying to switch to pascal-style strings instead of null-terminated ones you have limited ways to automatically check buffer overruns, just as you have limited ways to do garbage collecting or, for that matter, almost anything automagical with pointers. The compiler alone cannot enforce that policy, one could try to enforce it in the standard library or a framework. The difference between low and middle level languages and high level languages is the magic that happens behind the language. C has almost no magic, it just gives you the building blocks to do whatever you please.

about 7 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

mitzampt Re:Knowledge seeds (608 comments)

I'd like a portable generator for my Android device of choice. Would that be Ok? I actually live in an area that can imagine the power grid not being there. Neighbours not far from my place still get some degree of technology. And that some degree means laptops, microwave ovens, satellite TV and air conditioner while being hundreds of miles from the closest power line. You might want to imagine the worst case scenario, but for me it's so unlikely I'd advise anyone to just learn how to cope without slashdot or facebook.
Also, you might want to prepare for the most likely cataclysm: the Internet of zero privacy and high levels of censorship and manipulation. How would you survive that?

Starting with one of the great great GP and TFA, knowing that space is vast, how would people survive separation from the Earth? Would any of you be ready for that?

about 7 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

mitzampt Re:Maybe not extinction... (608 comments)

Well if most of you fearing the apocalypse could delete some of the porn on your drive and save heavy amounts of books, blueprints and scientific articles humanity might have a chance of recovering from such a cataclysm faster. You see a lot of crappy shows on television about people training to fight zombies and learning how to grow mushrooms, fearing some sort of Mad Max scenario, but fail to imagine ways to save knowledge in a meaningful way.

about 7 months ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

mitzampt Re:Fixing defects in sloppy coding is NOT "support (322 comments)

So how long did XP without service pack have support? How about XP SP1? Linux kernel 2.4 has reached end of life, but with code available there might be patches made by individuals who need it. You are comparing a kernel with an operating system, if you wanted to beat the linux crowd ask them about any distribution individual release. I was pleased to find out that the last version of SuSE before being acquired by Novell still has some mirrors on the net.

about 7 months ago
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Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data

mitzampt http://xkcd.com/1321/ (136 comments)

Yeah, it's getting colder outside on the global scale. Just look out the window every winter. It's all the proof I need. This winter the snow excess here was a football field-size snowflake. Those damn alarmists don't know what they're saying, let's just wait and see how wrong they are.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

mitzampt Re: Yawn (158 comments)

Well played, sir, well played

about 10 months ago
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What to do with misdirected email?

mitzampt Already registered? (1 comments)

How can it be already registered without confirmation e-mail?

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Implement Wave Protocol Self Hosted?

mitzampt Re:Why Wave? (112 comments)

I think I went on with the Google hype about Wave, but I could see in it a replacement for current usage of e-mail (document collaboration, discussion threads, file transfer) as a lot of people abuse the reply with history feature of mail.
Because it wanted to replace e-mail it tried the federated approach for inter-server communication. Having servers of different ownership communicate freely would have provided migration or further along the way interconnection with social media (think about migrating a Facebook group or a forum thread to a Wave conversation).
Also today we use a mix of realtime/instant (chat) and offline/persistent (e-mail) communication. Isn't it time that somebody would try to invent a product offering both types of communication in the same package?

about a year ago

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