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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

mrex Inconsiderate Slob, etc. (306 comments)

Missing option: greed

2 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

mrex Re:Missing (476 comments)

Did you just say that Quantum Leap was worse than Star Trek: Voyager?!?

Oh boy.

about a week ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

mrex Re:Missing (476 comments)

Don't forget what they did to Q!!

All the rest I can overlook, because we can all just put it out of our minds and pretend like the USS Voyager never existed. Barclay, Riker... even fucking up the Borg, OK whatever. Hive mind cyborgs are a cool concept and it sucks to see them ruined, but no huge damage to the legacy and meaning of the work.

But they retconned Roddenberry's single greatest character creation, the lynchpin of the whole damn TNG series and all that came after, into some weird sitcom character for Janeway to teach "humorous" life and child-rearing lessons to. Yes, there's nothing Janeway can't do, including educating the (formerly?) ageless, immortal, omnipotent, omniscient being that mentored Jean Luc Picard.

about a week ago
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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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