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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

organgtool Re:depends where you live - some figures (371 comments)

Since not everyone specializes in utilities benchmarking:

SAIDI: System Average Interruption Duration Index (average duration of interruption measured in hours)
SAIFI: System Average Interruption Frequency Index (average number of interruptions each customer experiences per year)

3 hours ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

organgtool Re:Systemd Is Inevitable (566 comments)

From what I gather, it's not *that* bad - most apps depending on systemd do so for the cgroups support.

That's the case now but soon desktop environments will start using logind and applications may start using journald. As systemd continues to offer more tightly-coupled modules, applications will likely start relying more on these modules until the point that systemd will likely be a requirement for almost all applications and desktop environments.

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

organgtool Systemd Is Inevitable (566 comments)

As the tentacles of systemd reach out and penetrate more areas of the system, more applications will inevitably require systemd which means that a Linux installation without systemd will only be able to run a small subset of Linux apps. Even though there are alternatives currently in the works for the init portion of systemd, applications are beginning to depend on the tightly-coupled processes that systemd requires which means that the only viable replacement for the entirety of systemd is another implementation of tightly-coupled procs which defeats the purpose of writing an alternative in the first place.

about a week ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

organgtool Re:Thanks, Backblaze! (142 comments)

Perhaps they are obvious to a System Administrator but to someone who is not an admin, everything in SMART probably looks like an error. In addition to that, the article describes common errors that sound indicative of a drive failure but are actually relatively benign. So there is definitely value in this information.

about two weeks ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

organgtool Thanks, Backblaze! (142 comments)

As someone who is suspicious of a couple of hard drives, this data will help me to determine just how concerned I should be. I don't know what Backblaze gets out of making this information public (except publicity), but it is refreshing to a company release information such as this rather than guard it as a trade secret or sell it.

about two weeks ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

organgtool Re:Whatever (450 comments)

Please speak for yourself. We developers are often horrible at recognizing what users want, but we are often excellent at recognizing poorly engineered software and systemd reeks of poor engineering. I'm all for tighter integration of components in the operating system so long as they make sense, but systemd tightly couples all kinds of components that should be optional and, in general, pisses all over basic engineering principles such as KISS. I started out very neutral in the systemd debate, but the more I learn about how it is implemented, the more I understand why there are so many people who vehemently oppose it.

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

organgtool Maybe I'm Just Cynical (185 comments)

The real use of this software is so that companies can monitor the likelihood of a departure of their critical employees as they slowly cut benefits and stagnate wages across the board.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

organgtool Nothing New (200 comments)

FFS, we've been over this a thousand times. No one is suggesting that Net Neutrality does away with ISPs performing QoS. Net Neutrality just means that ISPs can't prioritize traffic for their services of video/VOIP/etc over competing video/VOIP/etc. It's one of the few problems that has a relatively easy solution and the only reason we haven't implemented it is because there are enough special interest groups with enough power and money to make sure that they're not forced to play fairly with their customers' traffic.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

organgtool Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

Just to expand on your knowledge, all DDL commands autocommit.

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

organgtool Preparation (162 comments)

They're just making sure that there will be enough memory free on people's machines for when they merge systemd.

about a month ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

organgtool Encrypted? (215 comments)

Blu Eye monitors frequencies used by the encrypted TETRA encrypted communications networks used by government agencies in Europe

Yeah, but is it encrypted?

about a month ago
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Samsung Achieves Outdoor 5G Mobile Broadband Speed of 7.5Gbps

organgtool Re:Need for Speed (36 comments)

Or maybe he just has a 2G phone plan.

about a month ago
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Analysis of Linux Backdoor Used In Freenode Hack

organgtool Re:security methods can be used by both sides (37 comments)

I mean, kernel modules don't just magically appear and install themselves

At least not until the next version of systemd is released.

about a month and a half ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

organgtool Re:Not Even Close to a Fair Comparison (181 comments)

I have heard people make these claims, but I was not at a maturity level to determine whether or not they were exaggerated at the time Apple released their first PCs. I do know that the GUI was largely invented by Xerox PARC but they failed to capitalize on it while Apple recognized the opportunity and seized it. However, while Apple may have had decent success with the PC in its time, I think Windows 95 was the first OS that really brought the modern GUI-driven PC into the vast majority of homes. And I say that as an vehement critic of Microsoft.

about a month and a half ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

organgtool Not Even Close to a Fair Comparison (181 comments)

Steve Jobs revolutionized personal music players and smartphones. Elon Musk is revolutionizing energy production, battery technology, ground-based transportation, and space transportation. His goals are way more ambitious than any of the goals of Steve Jobs. And even though he has only achieved wide-scale success on one of those goals so far, producing a car that is safe, efficient, luxurious, and fast is much more difficult than doing the same for a phone. In that regard, Elon Musk has already surpassed Steve Jobs and he's only getting started.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

organgtool Law Enforcement (70 comments)

This will likely make life even easier for law enforcement as they can easily get the owner's fingerprints to unlock the device as opposed to a password which requires cooperation from the suspect (or a back door or password cracker).

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

organgtool Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

It would only be "Planned Obsolescence" if the user was forced to install an iOS Upgrade. But they aren't; so it isn't.

App developers can be pretty quick to drop support for older versions of iOS. So while you are correct, you'll eventually have to bite the bullet and upgrade once you're not able to get any more apps. At least that was my experience. I held off upgrading until I wiped the phone to trade it for a non-Apple phone. When I flashed to the latest version of iOS before the trade-in, the phone became so laggy that it was nearly unusable. And that was with no apps installed as I had wiped it clean of apps and data.

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

organgtool Re:Non-piratable (358 comments)

It's music that can't be heard and Apple figured U2 would be the perfect band to use this new technology.

about 2 months ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

organgtool I Can't Agree More (385 comments)

Much of the systemd debacle has been a clash of mindsets between the old Unix guard and a newer generation of developers focused on integration. The old Unix philosophy of each module doing one thing and doing it well allows developers to take a bottom-up approach and glue existing modules together to provide solutions rapidly. However, as Linus alludes, this method doesn't scale well, especially as many modules are cobbled together to implement much more complicated tasks. At a certain point, a top-down approach works a lot better for those larger tasks. The top-down approach provides a more user-centric look at how to create a well-integrated solution and may use existing modules just as would be the case in the bottom-up approach. Since it is more focused on the user's perspective (rather than the developer's perspective), it tends to realize shortcomings in existing modules earlier and therefore may lead the developers to make the decision to write some of their own modules rather than mostly relying on extending modules well-beyond their intended purposes.

Systemd takes a top-down approach, and while some may argue that it's design leaves a lot to be desired, that doesn't mean that a bottom-up approach is automatically better. Based on the dependency tree, this appears to be a project that started out with few requirements and quickly grew after it was deep in the implementation phase, which is a problem regardless of either development approach. And then you have just bone-headed moves on top of that such as using binary logging. In any event, it's being widely adopted, it's here to stay, and I'm sure it will continue to remain controversial.

about 2 months ago

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