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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

multipartmixed Re:Finally! (362 comments)

Massive amounts of boilerplate code?

I guess we've been using different SVR4 variants. I just use a case statement to test the first argument...

My beef with upstart et al is that they disable, instead of deprecating, old init. That means now I have to maintain at least three sets of scripts instead of two (sysv, bsd) for software distribution.

And what the hell was wrong with inittab? Let's see, it's succinct, works, and is fully debugged.

about 6 months ago

US Government Shutdown Ends

multipartmixed Re:153 GOP voted to default (999 comments)

Please don't send him to live in Northern Canada. The first time he slips and breaks his leg, he'll wind up using our free healthcare.

about 6 months ago

Canadian Military Developing Stealth Snowmobile

multipartmixed Re:Wisdom follows, pay attention! (187 comments)

There are Wankel-type sleds, but I think to say that they are the norm is misleading in the extreme. I don't think I've ever seen one that wasn't either a two or four stroke piston engine.

Are there even Wankel engines that have seals good enough for EPA/CARB besides that gem in the Mazda RX-8?

about 8 months ago

Canadian Military Developing Stealth Snowmobile

multipartmixed Re:Greetings from the Frozen North. (187 comments)

Not to point too fine a point on it, but our "friendly" neighbour to the south thinks it owns part of the arctic and can operate there without impunity.

We need to be able to patrol it. Helicopters and Snowcats are not cost-effective patrol vehicles. We also need under-ice sensing and patrol capabilities.

about 8 months ago

Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS

multipartmixed Re:Maybe it was just my youth but... (130 comments)

Insert a disk containing the program you want to run. Type PR#6 and push enter.


1 year,12 days

The Underhanded C Contest Is Back

multipartmixed NICE (88 comments)

I'm going to write a malware installer that appears to simply be an installer for Windows XP......but it makes sure you are connected to the internet first.

1 year,14 days

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

multipartmixed Re:Enquiring Minds Want To Know (580 comments)

Heh. Maybe we should add some Klingon Opera to our repertoire!

Their reaction must produce, O2-, they must have to do something with it, it's not like you can put it into a bottle and forget about it, we are talking large-scale here.

Oh shit, my brain is clearly not working up to speed this morning.

O2- + O2- => O2

I guess we can release oxygen gas into the atmosphere without significant concern. :facepalm:

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

multipartmixed Enquiring Minds Want To Know (580 comments)

....what are they going to do with all the free oxygen radicals?

about a year and a half ago

Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain

multipartmixed Re:health care being tied to jobs hurts the USA fo (312 comments)

Most civilized countries have health care provided by the government, not [directly] the employer.

Employer-funded health care is lose-lose. It is a public health disaster. It turns employees with family members having "pre-existing conditions" into slaves. They might not be picking cotton or calling the boss man "massa", but they are slaves nonetheless, and slavery is WRONG. The only people who win are the plantation owners. Er, I mean, the top 1% of Romney's 47%.

about a year and a half ago

The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

multipartmixed Re:I can only assume (547 comments)

I believe statutory rape in most jurisdictions requires the intent to have sex.

about a year and a half ago

The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

multipartmixed Re:strict liability? (547 comments)

It's a criminal offense. It requires mens rea. This is bullshit.

about a year and a half ago

Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World

multipartmixed Re:How is American Beer like sex in a canoe? (633 comments)

Near and nearly are synonyms in some dialects of English spoken on the eastern coast of Canada; perhaps elsewhere, too.

about a year and a half ago

Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

multipartmixed Re:All Edison's fault (1080 comments)

Dimming incandescent bulbs does not save a significant amount of electricity.

about a year and a half ago

Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic

multipartmixed Re:Just socialise the damn thing already (294 comments)

Your observations with respect to the BBC are very astute. In Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Hilter has been actively gutting the CBC (starving it for resources) because unbiased news is absolutely his number one enemy. Several times during his reign he has to scrap legislation because the voters found out what he was up to. Luckily for him, it not longer matters, he has a majority of the house now; I am fairly certain that by the time he is forced to call another election that he will have figured out how to remove the right to vote for those who would oppose him.

about a year and a half ago

Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App

multipartmixed I wish I lived in one of those countries (466 comments)

I got ----ed last week in Montreal because at some point I had accidentally clicked on the "bus" icon.

I would have made it through just before rush hour, but that stupid phone directing me to follow bus routes got me behind schedule by 15 minutes, which was all that was needed to completely hose my schedule.

about a year and a half ago

Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others

multipartmixed Re:Biggest troll ever? (171 comments)

It's a real company. I googled the one who likes Texas 42. She has been posting on SEO forums for a year. She is clearly an amateur. But not that kind. :(

about a year and a half ago

Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others

multipartmixed Wow (171 comments)

Mama mia... I wish I knew how to play Texas 42, whatever that is!!

Also, the CTO appears to be Sheldon's brother.

about a year and a half ago



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