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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

profplump Re:UNIX Philosophy (457 comments)

If you think httpd only does one thing you clearly have never even cracked the configuration file open, let alone compiled it.

yesterday
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

profplump Re:What? (457 comments)

What is it about a server that makes systemd inappropriate? NetworkManager I see; servers rarely change their network configuration when they do they want to do it in a controlled way, not an automatic way.

But I don't understand what similar distinction you're drawing for systemd. It doesn't take away the ability to carefully manage your configuration via text files, and doesn't do anything automatically unless you ask it to; what about running a server makes systemd undesirable?

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

profplump Re:This Yeti/Area-51/LochNess story just won't die (193 comments)

If one of your required qualifications is "be part of an existing program that old admits men" then the program is sexist merely by its requirements, even if those requirements are applied equally to all candidates. Neither does discrimination require malice or intent -- unintentional discrimination has exactly the same outcomes as intentional discrimination.

You also can't claim both that there were no women up-to-snuff therefore no discrimination existed, and also that selecting women would have imposed an additional burden on NASA. One of those scenarios claims there was no discrimination while the other one claims that discrimination was present and intentional but justified. And again, if you construct one of the requirements to be "must urinate via a penis" it doesn't matter that you apply that standard to everyone who applies, it's still sexist (and assumes that "male" is the default option and the females have "extra" requirements -- even if gender was a legitimate reason to discriminate, why are females the group selected against instead of males?).

But mostly this is absurd, because if NASA wasn't discriminating against females they would have been in the extreme minority of organizations at the time. Sexism was even more ridiculous then than it is now and to presume that NASA is or was somehow exempt from that culture-wide phenomenon just because they dreamed up an arbitrary set of performance standards is insane.

yesterday
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

profplump Re:I have an idea (174 comments)

If I can't otherwise have sewage treatment -- yes, definitely.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

profplump Re:While I find it amusing... (184 comments)

Which all sounds like a good idea, though it's strongly tainted by the nationalist protectionism. The same sort art and education funding system could be setup with penalizing people who aren't lucky enough to currently reside in Canada.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

profplump Re:Small setup (287 comments)

Some people -- particularly those with 2 servers -- transfer data on paths other then WiFi endpoint Internet. Wired Ethernet is definitely faster in such cases. It's also frequently more reliable, easier to secure, allows simultaneous full-speed transfers, is full-duplex, doesn't incur a repeater penalty for transfer among local endpoints, requires less configuration and frequently avoids the need for custom driver installation.

Not that there's anything wrong with WiFi. It has lots of useful applications, its own set of benefits, and is definitely sufficient or even preferable for many installations. But to suggest that there's no use for wired Ethernet in a tech-heavy home scenario is ludicrous.

about a month ago
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Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

profplump Re:Mixed units (66 comments)

It sounds like you're saying /. doesn't support Unicode. Make all the excuses you want about it being hard -- they might be true -- but Unicode support on /. does not exist. The idea that a whitelist (that doesn't even include mu) is evidence of support is like claiming that an F1 car is road-legal because you added headlights.

about a month ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

profplump Re:Obvious (73 comments)

Tell me about it. And don't even get me started on the Anglicans -- they do almost nothing except plot terrorism. Given the number of current and former Anglicans in Australia it's hard to believe you can walk down the street with getting blown up.

/ Or maybe reducing the entire world to the single dimension of religion is not a terribly useful way to understand "terrorism"

about a month ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

profplump Re:The real reason, and it does make sense (533 comments)

The sentiment "then they are just going to stop caring" ignores our ability to require universal service for broadband just like we did for voice in the past.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

profplump Re:I'm with ATT on this one.. (533 comments)

I'm not sure where you getting mobile out of this -- AT&T is talking about wireline service. They think 10 Mbps is too fast to be counted as wireline broadband.

It's also unclear why you feel entitled to make everyone use the Internet the same way you do.

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

profplump Re:So long as it is consential (363 comments)

The smaller government is the less harm it can do. But also less good. You can argue about where the point of balance should be, but to argue that smaller is always better assumes that government can do nothing worthwhile. That is not a widely held assumption, so you must support it if you want to convince anyone of theories that assume it.

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

profplump Re:So long as it is consential (363 comments)

Exactly what makes parents more qualified to make educational decisions than other people? I know they *feel* more qualified, but it's unclear to me that feeling is justified by any observable fact. Parents have a certain perspective to offer, but no particular expertise (at least not as a group), and certainly not the only valid perspective. What you're suggesting is essentially self-regulation -- which we know from other areas creates inherent conflicts of interest and readily ignores broader societal goals. Why do you think it will work here when it clearly does not in other places?

about a month and a half ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

profplump Re: Misleading Headline (246 comments)

And the parent says "fair" as though there's only one way to evaluate that declaration. As with most things it's a more subtle question than simply declaring that some other position is morally wrong and therefore your position must by default be the only acceptable option. If you want to support a regressive tax feel free, but simply declaring that a progressive tax isn't clearly morally superior is not the same as providing rational in support of a regressive tax.

Moreover anyone who excludes payroll taxes from their definition of "income tax" is stretching credulity. Payroll taxes are paid by even the very poorest earners, are proportional to income, and are deducted from paychecks. The only people who avoid them are the very rich who either hit the upper limit -- though it's unclear why such a limit even exists -- or those who don't have earned income in the first place, like those living on investment income.

And of course most poor people pay both payroll taxes and sales taxes, even if they "pay no income taxes at all". Which is why taxation needs to be considered as a system and not as a series of independent pieces -- only they very rich have the freedom to choose which taxes apply to them.

about a month and a half ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

profplump Re:Official Vehicles (261 comments)

You've got this 100% backwards. Deciding to drive slower than everyone else makes you a much bigger risk than the people driving the same speed. If the speed at which most drivers are comfortable on a road is too high for safety the road system itself (which includes signage and surroundings) has been designed incorrectly and should be corrected.

about 2 months ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

profplump Re:Aww jeez (194 comments)

People who didn't want their car stolen again asked for that feature. Feel lucky that you didn't have need of it before it existed.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

profplump Re:Firearms? (191 comments)

Or maybe we're just familiar with past disasters and a more or less complete lack of the sort of scenario you imagine. I know it's fun to pretend that everyone else is evil and coming to hurt you -- that's the plot of more or less every zombie movie -- but in real life it's just not much a threat compared to say, dehydration.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

profplump Re:Travel trailers have dual use. (191 comments)

A lot of people would be excited to have $1.5k to spend on their vacation. Your plan sounds great for you, but it's hardly generally applicable. Even ignoring the costs, most people who live in dense urban areas wouldn't be able to park the thing anywhere useful.

about 2 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

So which differences in skin tone, height, and facial features uniquely define the races? If you start with the assumption that race is a physical, heritable trait this work might make sense. But if you want to be take seriously you first have to establish that claim, and thus far no one has done so (nor is anyone honestly trying, as definitions of race are not stable across cultures or time, which almost certainly means they aren't physical in the first place).

about 2 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:Politically Correct Science (541 comments)

You might want to re-read the quotations from the article: “Our findings do not even provide a hint of support in favor of Wade’s guesswork.”

That is not the same as saying "I didn't publish those conclusions" -- it's a rebuttal that the conclusions he makes are supported by the evidence he provides, from one of the foremost authorities on that evidence. You can claim that the original authors are lying if you want, but they aren't making the sort of wishy-washy statements you describe.

about 2 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:alas (541 comments)

As soon as you come up with a heritable definition for race you can start on your analysis of heritable differences in relation to race. But historically we can't even come up with racial definitions that are stable across cultures and over a few generations, let alone that are heritable on the scale of evolution, which makes the whole discussion nothing more than handwaving.

about 2 months ago

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