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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mvdwege Re:This could be really good for Debian (547 comments)

NO. My argument was not that sysvinit was way too buggy. Your argument was that it was perfect, and I was disputing that by giving a single example of one of the possible ways it can break.

It's in fact this kind of dishonest arguing that is making those of us that want to look objectively at the various init systems move away even faster from SysV. Be proud of it. Now fuck off.

yesterday
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mvdwege Re:This could be really good for Debian (547 comments)

Well then call me an idiot and have done.

Shitty scripts are part and parcel in SysV rc. The whole system is an attractive nuisance for badly hacked together shell scripts, and it's a wonder it's held out as long as it did.

All this IMO, of course.

yesterday
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mvdwege Re:This could be really good for Debian (547 comments)

Sigh. Why do you have to turn this into another dick size war? I was trying to be reasonable by pointing out that SysV had some failure modes that systemd tries to address, and that one could at least accept that as a common ground upon which to debate the merits of both systems, but apparently you don't want to give even that much.

And then people complain that Lennart is occasionally a bit crabby online. Frankly, I'm starting to understand the guy.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (485 comments)

Oh fuck off. You're essentially arguing that Germans who denounced their Jewish neighbours to the Gestapo are not responsible for those neighbourse being gassed, because all they did was speak, it was the SS that did the gassing.

Anyone recognises your 'speech is speech, it is those acting on the speech doing the bad things' as an idiotic bit of sophism that adult people should not take seriously.

So fuck off already. I'm done replying.

2 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mvdwege Re:This could be really good for Debian (547 comments)

Yes, it was. Because the networking script tries to start nfs. There is a circular dependency in the scripts that is hard to debug.

And before you say that I should just edit those scripts: every next update may overwrite them, whereas systemd handles this dependency sanely. Why should I muck about with scripts then?

2 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mvdwege Re:This could be really good for Debian (547 comments)

I just told you that systemd handles the dependency between rpcbind and the network coming up in a sane and reliable way, whereas the init scripts don't. What more do you fucking want?

2 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mvdwege Re:This could be really good for Debian (547 comments)

Not all new and shiny, but perfectly functional.

Tell that to my girlfriend. She can do most maintenance on her workstation, but she had to have me look at boot deadlocks about twice a month, all because /etc/init.d/rpcbind and /etc/init.d/networking were in a race, and the NFS mounts lost.

SysV rc is not 'perfectly functional' by a long shot. Both at home and at work I keep running into limitations that systemd solves. Systemd comes with other bugs, and I've been hit with one or two of them, but they were, for me, easier to solve than SysV rc race conditions and deadlocks.

The growing hairball is SysV rc. Systemd is an attempt to solve it. You may disagree with the solution, fine. But stop denying that it is at least an attempt at solving existing problems.

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (485 comments)

Oh look, you can parrot other posts. Polly want a cracker?

BTW, that's yet another high school age 'joke'. You're doing a real good job protesting your maturity.

Now, go back to 4chan, and let the adults have a serious conversation, OK?

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (485 comments)

I have indeed no valid counterarguments I wish to present, as with your lack of reading comprehension and shaky grasp of logic it would be throwing pearls to the swine.

And for someone claiming that other people should just grow a thicker skin, you're a massive hypocrite to blow up a remark on your immaturity into a molehill.

Of course, emotional overreaction is another sign of your immaturity.

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Much as I despise trolls (485 comments)

No, I didn't. I wasn't arguing boundless freedom of speech, the post I was answering was.

It is quite obvious from the context that I think that my first hypothetical is not, and should not be, uncurtailed speech.

Reading comprehension is hard, isn't it?

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (485 comments)

Really, for someone who does not know what 'begging the question' in formal logic means, you shouldn't talk logic. I did use it correctly, and from the context it is obvious that I know of both the correct and incorrect usages.

If someone points out that you sound immature, effectively shouting "AM NOT!" does not help, you know.

And if you hadn't noticed, I had decided quite a few posts ago that you're not worth arguing with; on the other hand, your posts are so disarmingly immature and so gratifyingly full of insult material, that you make an excellent target for insults.

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (485 comments)

Because your posts sound like the screeds of a teenager with an entitlement complex. That's why people keep assuming you are one.

Really, just begging the question that the only real violence is physical, that's straight out of the mental world of the Randroids, making you either a teenager with zero life experience or as mentally stunted as the Holy Messiah and her Inner Circle.

And I'm not saying your argument is incorrect because you are young (that would be an ad hominem fallacy). I'm saying that your use of an incorrect argument make you sound young. There is a difference. Try and see if you can spot it.

4 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (485 comments)

And yet I don't see you trying to defend his idiotic contention that speech cannot be violence.

The complete naÃvety of the content of his posts bolster my position more than your snark defends his. Too bad for you.

4 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Free speech (485 comments)

You've heard The Ickle Jones: he should just grow a thicker skin.

Which of course nicely demonstrates that our Ickle is just another teenager who should fuck off back to 4chan where he belongs.

4 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (485 comments)

We're specifically talking about free speech here. There are no fists, I assure you.

The day you finally finish High School and move out of your parents' basement you may find out just how wrong you are.

4 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

mvdwege Re:Much as I despise trolls (485 comments)

In terms of content, you can say whatever the fuck you like about me.

Cool, so I can put up a webpage alleging that you are a paedophile then?

Despite what some loudmouths on Internet may proclaim, there are forms of speech that are damaging and therefore infringing on other people's rights. A government does have a legitimate interest in having those forms of speech curtailed, as much as it has an interest in having harmful physical acts like assault and battery curtailed.

Harassment, slander and libel, direct incitement to violence? It is up to the Frea Speach advocates to defend why these should be allowed, not for the rest of us to why we shouldn't have to put up with this in a civilised society.

4 days ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

mvdwege Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (164 comments)

Literally every time anyone says "I don't A, but B", they mean B but are just too cowardly to come right out and say it.

So why don't you go and take your concern elsewhere and fuck off, you misogyny apologist.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

mvdwege Re:I don't believe it .. (376 comments)

Naah. The poster is samzenpus, that ought to give you a hint: this is part of the ongoing neo-con rewrite of history to make them out to be the good guys, and to always have been the good guys.

about a week ago

Submissions

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Apple HealthKit forgets half of humanity

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about two weeks ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "Apple proudly presented HealtKit as tracking all your basic health parameters. Rather amusingly, they forgot a basic health issue for about half of humanity: HealthKit can't track a female user's period, as that functionality is not implemented."
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Recommendations for classic superhero comic collections?

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 4 months ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "Due to being in a relationship with a comics geek, I have gotten interested in the history of superhero comics. I would like to get a better grounding in the Golden Age (pre-Comics Code) comics, so here's my question to the Slashdot audience: what are your recommedations for essential reading? What collections/omnibus editions of Golden Age comics would you recommend?"
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Most Underaprreciated SF Writer

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "In the thread on Most Depressing SF there were hundreds of posts and but four mentions of John Brunner, dystopian writer par excellence. Now, given the normally US Libertarian bent of the Slashdot audience, it is understandable that outright British Socialist writer Brunner would get short shrift, but it got me thinking: what SF writers do you know that are, in your opinion, vastly underappreciated?"
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Fukushima finally reaches cold shutdown

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "The BBC reports that the reactors at Fukushima have reached cold shutdown, meaning that they no longer need active cooling to stay at safe temperatures. Plans can now be made to start the cleanup of the site. Unfortunately, TEPCO has also admitted that not all problems were out in the open until now; an estimated 45 cubic metres of contaminated water have leaked out of cracks in the foundation of a treatment plant."
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How not to handle a security bug

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "Calibre is a cross platform application to manage collections of ebooks. It provides you with a set of helpers that, among other things, allow you to easily upload content from your PC to your ebook reader. Unfortunately, instead of relying on system tools, the author has written his own mount helper to manage removable devices, and as usual with people inventing the wheel themselves made a series of critical security mistakes, such as overlooking race conditions. In a setuid application no less. The ensuing discussion is a prime example on how not to handle a security bug report."
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Prominent female dev harassed out of tech

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "Alex Bayley, until recently known as Kirrily Robert, and in tech circles better known as 'Skud', has decided to quit all her Open Source work and move into a different career because of persistent gender-based harassment.
Matthew Garret wonders if a persistent unwillingness to speak out against sexist trolling and outright harassment isn't a worse problem than the trolling itself."

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Dennis Ritchie dies

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Rob Pike, long time collaborator, confirms on his Google+ account that Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of the C programming language has died this morning. I learned my first C ages ago from the famous K&R book, and I'm sad to see another part of my computing youth pass away."
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Journalist dumps date for playing 'Magic'

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "So, you're a hard-working up and coming young journalist, too busy to have a social life, so you make an OKCupid profile.

After getting hit by creeps and weirdos, a charming fellow turns up and asks you out. You go on a date and enjoy yourself, until you find out this guy plays Magic; in fact, he's world champion.

So what do you do? You publicly dump him in a Gizmodo article, making fun of his nerdy hobby."

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Nokia to sell Symbian to Accenture

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Nokia announced today that it is to sell its Symbian software activities to Accenture (following the sale of the Symbian services division to Accenture earlier). This decision leaves one to wonder: who is Accenture going to sell Symbian to, now that the largest manufacturer of Symbian devices is leaving this market?"
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TV Tropes Self-Censoring under Google Pressure

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "The popular wiki TV Tropes, a site dedicated to the discussion of various tropes, clichés and other common devices in fiction has suddenly decided to put various of its pages behind a 'possibly family-unsafe' content warning, apparently due to pressure by Google withdrawing its ads.

What puzzles me most is the content that is put behind this warning. TV Tropes features no explicit sexual content, and no explicit violence. It does of course discuss these things, as is its remit, but without actual explicit depictions. In fact, something as relatively innocuous as children being raised by two females, whatever the reason are put behind the content warning, even if the page itself doesn't take a stand on the issue, merely satisfying itself by describing the occurence of this in fiction."

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CRU exonerated by second inquiry

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mvdwege writes "After being cleared of charges of misconduct by a parliamentary comittee, now the CRU has the results (warning: PDF) of the inquiry into their scientific methods by a panel of scientists. (CRU press release here.

Criticisms: The statistical methods used, though arriving at correct results, are not optimal, and it is recommeded futures studies involve professional statisticians if possible; and the CRU scientists are lacking somewhat in organisation.

A far cry from the widespread allegations of fraud. It seems 'Climategate' is ending with a whimper."
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mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mvdwege writes "Apparently, Eric Raymond has decided that proprietary software is now a good thing, according to The Register. I must say it is rather revealing how easily he is willing to compromise on this particular freedom. Is his earlier vocal proclamation of the importance of freedom (still visible on his homepage mere posturing? And if so, how about his vocal support of other freedoms?"

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Wilting flowers

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 2 months ago

When Anita Sarkeesian posts a mildly critical video on how women are portrayed in video games, she gets rape and death threats serious enough to flee her home, and a large portion of the comments are basically saying "she asked for it".

But dare to call such posters rape apologists, or shitheads, or imply that suicide would make the world a better place, and suddenly the screams for fainting couches are deafening, and pearl-clutching moderators mod you down.

What a bunch of wilting flowers. Really, if you can't take it, don't dish it out, or else shut the fuck up when people call you out for the despicable cowardly piece of shit you are.

I spurn you like I would a rabid dog. I wouldn't trust any of you to sit the right way on a toilet seat.

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Short thought on the violentacrez kerfluffle

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 2 years ago

On the minor Internet kerfluffle that erupted when Gawker's Adrian Chen outed the identity of Reddit participant violentacrez, I have one minor thought:

Sure, the First Amendment means you can be a creep on the Internet as long as you skirt the edge of legality, but it also means that other people have the right to point out you're a creep.

Funny thing about rights: they work both ways.

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The REAL lessons from Fukushima, part 1

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Reading technologically oriented web forums, like e.g. Slashdot, amongst those that are not outright against nuclear power, two views seem to dominate in this author's opinion:

- The earthquake and tsunami were unprecedented, no-one could prepare for that.

- If only TepCo had sited their backup generators better, there would
    not have been a problem

As a computer security professional, this line of thinking sounds familiar to me: it's a 'Default Allow' strategy. This is where you allow full operation, and only build in safeguards or blocks against exceptional circumstances.

Unfortunately, as any professional in the field can tell you, this is a losing strategy; defense against exceptions is futile, as there will always be an exploit that you did not foresee. This makes your security policy an endless race to catch up to the bad guys, a race where you will always trail the leader.

If the nuclear industry's view on safety really comes down to assuming safety and planning for contingencies, then any mistrust thrown their way is deserved. This strategy leaves us scrambling for a solution when, not if, a disaster occurs. Fukushima is merely a case in point.

The only way to implement fundamentally safe nuclear power is:

- Make sure that with no outside intervention the reaction slows down
    and stops gracefully. Any system that relies on outside influences
    on the reactor core to keep it stable is fundamentally unsound.

- Assume failure. Build emergency response procedures assuming total
    failure of even the passive systems mentioned above. The point is
    not to think of what can go wrong and try to prevent it, but act to
    contain the damage if things do go wrong.

As long as these two principles are not implemented, not widely supported, and not communicated to the public, the industry will have to live with a well-deserved reputation of being dishonest about the risks of nuclear power.

Part 2, with my thoughts on what the other problem in the nuclear industry is coming up next.

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