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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

mrex Re:Have Both (567 comments)

Exactly, this has been my preferred setup for a while. Terminals and other apps that lend themselves to landscape orientation maintain a home, and tasks like web browsing and document editing can have their more natural aspect ratio.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

mrex Did TV make us do it? (155 comments)

How much credence to you give to the theory recently put forward in a recent NPR Planet Money piece, ascribing the absence of women specifically in the computing industry to 1980s media representation of geeks and computer worker lifestyles?

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

mrex Re:Right .... (523 comments)

If it was nuclear powered, then it would have been much heavier

The Curiosity RTG weighed 3 times as much as the power source on Philae, but generated four times as much energy. IANANP, but absent some scaling factor that I'm missing, it would seem like a scaled-down RTG would have *saved* weight, not costed more.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

mrex Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

I used it in its first versions, and it handled my 5.1 setup perfectly, switched to headphones when I plugged them. And it had per-application volume working out of the box.

AKA the "I like PulseAudio because I coincidentally owned the hardware it actually supported well" comment.

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

mrex Re:Boy toy (786 comments)

There are cognitive differences between any two men you might select too. To what grouping will you attribute those?

This is intellectually dishonest. A gender-based deviation in cognition exists, regardless of individual deviations that also do exist. You're not rebutting his argument, you're confusing the issue with an irrelevancy that attempts to pass as a rebuttal.

There are also many cognitive tasks where the range of difference within a gender is greater than the range of difference between genders.

Your use of "many" here betrays an understanding that you wish to deny: that some other cognitive tasks display the opposite results, which consitutes evidence in support of the claim you wish to rebut.

about 2 months ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

mrex Re:benefits vs risks (863 comments)

Binary logfiles: You're not supposed to keep important log files on the local machine.

Seriously? What? This is the most dishonest response to a legitimate gripe ever. You're not "supposed to" "KEEP" important log files on the local machine - because they're important data and should be backed up and secured. NOT because text log files are a bad idea or useless! Name one operating system that doesn't keep local human-readable logs! They are *that* useful!

Send them to your central logging facility

Why is a fucking init daemon dictating my business processes to me? Is that the UNIX philosophy... "one size fits all"? Fuck no it's not!

If the machine is still running, you can use the appropriate tools to look at the binary log files for debug.

Assuming that those tools work, and that corruption hasn't fucked up parsing, and...

Doesn't feel unixy: Get with the times. It's scriptable and tweakable more than ever.

I don't think you understand what the UNIX philosophy is about, so you're not evaluating this complaint in a legitimate way.

Dependency in services
long startup times
Location/circumstances specific profiles

All of these are feature gaps. None of these require a solution that completely departs from the UNIX philosophy and application structure. None require binary logging. None require one daemon to rule them all. There are simple, elegant, UNIX-y solutions to all of these problems. Lennart & company just haven't bothered to find them.

about 2 months ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

mrex Re:Are you sure? (863 comments)

But journald is part of systemd, so it's perfect and will never break!

about 2 months ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

mrex Re:How about we hackers? (863 comments)

Career admin who is guilty of not wading into the debate at all until now, here. That is my view of systemd. It uses, and forces the user into, a "one service to rule them all" model that is exactly contrary to the UNIX philosophy of small, interoperable programs that do one thing and do it well. If 'ls' was designed with the systemd philosophy, 'chmod' and 'rm' would be arguments to 'ls' and everything would quickly become stupid and un-UNIXy.

about 2 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

mrex Re:Batteries? Seriously? (491 comments)

That's all great. Now stop telling everyone else how to live as an excuse to tout your superiority, fitness boy.

I want to see you bike to work in Las Vegas summers.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

So, when you said, "you asked in what way subsidiarity is an American tradition", what you meant was, "you asked a question that I could derail with a non sequitur".

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

You asked in what way subsidiarity is an American tradition.

No, I didn't. If you insist that I did, please quote me.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

How about making your own arguments? Reading de Tocqueville doesn't tell me what you took away from it or how you think it relates to our discussion.

I'm not concluding anything

OK, then.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

You and people like you obviously favor other such policies as well, and even though they seem individually harmless, collectively they bring down democracies.

Baseless calumny is no substitute for an argument. If you have nothing to add but wild ad hominem attacks, lets conclude our discussion.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

If your idea of a "political dictator and strongman" is someone increasing oversight of the nation's police forces, you've completely removed all meaning from those terms and are simply using them for rhetorical impact.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

While body cameras clearly have benefits, they also have costs and effects that we don't know yet.

Then it is you who are jumping to conclusions. You've concluded that there are serious costs and negative effects, despite a total lack of evidence. I'm *refusing* to jump to conclusions by not assuming negative effects until they can be shown to exist.

No, what I stated is the American tradition.

Really? How do you figure, when I just gave you several historical examples of Congress doing the same thing you're objecting to?

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

The smoky backroom full of fat cats like Obama, Bush, congressmen, and the lobbyists and cronies that supply them with money and want power.

So, the most powerful policymakers in our country are conspiring to implement an agenda of increasing public supervision of the police? That's your conspiratorial agenda? That sounds like *doing their jobs properly* to me!

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

Cities are fully in charge of their police departments

Of course they aren't. Some cities, towns, and villages are very poorly managed. Your distrust for government is pretty inexplicable if you believe that every government is fully competent and in control of their duties, isn't it?

And if the "move slowly", that's their right.

No it isn't. The people have the right to decide how their government operates, and if they're unhappy with the speed, to accelerate the process or escalate up the "chain of command".

It's only an "important issue" because some people are making it such for political and financial gain.

I'm pretty sure you would have a different outlook on the importance of the issue if someone who looked like your child was on the front pages practically each and every day over questionable police-violence incidents.

People are trying to fabricate a crisis in order to push through political agendas.

How is putting cameras on police even remotely a "political agenda"? What political interest group does it serve? What smoky back room is full of fat cats whose schemes for world domination will be advanced by subjecting police officers to something approaching the same level of workplace supervision that we demand of daycare operators?

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

mrex Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

I like the idea of police wearing cameras, but you're jumping to conclusions by assuming that it has a "clear and enormous benefit".

I'm not jumping to conclusions, I'm relying upon empirical data like this:

http://www.theguardian.com/wor...

Nobody knows what the long term consequences are or how this technology may be abused.

And unless a better, more tangible case against them can be presented than vague and airey fear, uncertainty, and doubt of speculative "unknown unknowns", we should expect to discover the consequences through experience shortly.

We don't know whether this is the right choice for every single community in the US either.

Is that the bar, now? Any law that is passed has to be "the right choice for every single community in the US", by the standards of every individual? That sounds like a recipe for a totally dysfunctional government. Even in a republican democracy, sometimes the majority gets to rule.

Just because something seems like a good idea to a lot of people doesn't mean it should become federal law.

I don't think anyone has been arguing that everything that "seems like a good idea to a lot of people" should become a federal law, so what point are you addressing here? A strawman?

Something should become federal law only if it cannot be implemented at the local or state level.

That's just your opinion, not the American tradition.

about 4 months ago

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Woz Immigrating to Oz

mrex mrex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrex (25183) writes "Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and geek extraordinaire recently announced his intentions to immigrate to Australia, citing several reasons for the move including a better education system and more positive attitudes among the population. In this story from AU's Sun Herald, the Woz disputes previous reports that Australia's National Broadband Network initiative, which aims to supply broadband internet access to all Australians, was a major factor in his decision."
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